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    DAYS fires writing staff (UPDATE)

    Tuesday, February 12 2008


    UPDATE: February 12 2008, with the end of the Writer's Strike, the DAYS writers are back to work Wednesday February 13th!

    On his myspace page, a now ex-writer for Days of Our Lives, Tom Casiello, expresses his pain over his job loss. He tells of the phone call he received that terminated his work on DAYS and shares that his last breakdown was sent in November 1 2007. Shocked and upset about this turn of events, he shares how the whole group was fired at once and rather suddenly. It's the way it is. It's always sudden for the one terminated but never sudden for the boss. It's never easy to lose a job that you love and it's obvious by reading his passage that there is a lot of love for the show, though contrary to his musings, it's a well known fact that Days has been at the bottom of their game for several months, and then some. Though several writers have shockingly lost their jobs, the fans seem to understand this. They saw the ratings drop drastically and fans will attest to a lackluster for the show - because of the lack of good writing. Now that being said, the writers gave us a good run with some of the storylines and we thank them for that. As DAYS fans, we want to see the show moved to the #1 spot that we feel it deserves. We want the best for it so if this means firing all the writers and replacing them with those who have more of a sensibility for the show, shouldn't we all be for that? Some would disagree. While this major firing has left some viewers thrilled with the prospect of far better writing and original storylines in the works, others can't help but feel for those who have lost their jobs and are concerned more for what this will mean for the future of Days. Time will tell but what we have noticed, we can all agree on. The show has never been better in several ways. The writing is original, the vets and younger cast are being used, we're seeing the outside of Salem a little more and the pace of the show is much faster than we've ever seen. This has all been with the recent introduction of writer, Dina Higley, who served as DAYS's head writer in early 2003. Again, there is another side of this. The show has lost a few actors along the way.

    Soaps.com has requested a quote from DAYS, however, they have not been available for comment regarding this. We spoke with a rep for WGA who tells us, "The writer's guild cannot comment under the press blackout, but the Guild is looking into the situation."


    While Soaps.com also has no word on whether the show has also fired other script writers such as Bettina F. Bradbury, Cydney Kelley, and Jodie Scholz, there is speculation that Dina Higley will take over Hogan Sheffer's role as Head Writer, who we all thought would do the show some good when he came to the show on October 5, 2006. For a short time, Sheffer did a great job with bringing the character of Elvis John Wells (Susan Banks and Stefano DiMera's son) on canvas, with bringing an added edge to the show with the black glove crimes, etc. The writing went downhill shortly thereafter, driving fans away and the ratings down with the firing of several cast members including the much loved daytime vets.

    At this point, the show is picking up and we're seeing some good writing, some original storylines and we hope to see more in the future as DAYS struggles to stay on TV a little longer!


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by bella star at Sunday, February 10 2008 02:57 PM

    thank god they fired the writes to bad it wasnt sooner maybe belle and shawn and billie would still be here the writers went down hill when they let john go the ratings went down with firing of several cast members i been watching days from the start and yes i love the must loved vets of days lets keep days on for 40 years more

    Posted by 4Angels at Monday, February 11 2008 08:45 AM

    I am Praying that the New writers will keep Belle & Shawn on
    the show!! It would be so out of their Characters To leave
    There Families NOW With Bo's new health problems, Shawn would not leave his parents when they need him. and Belle
    would never leave Marlana with John being so out of his
    True Character! HOPE THE NEW WRIGHTERS GET ALL THIS FIXED!

    Posted by jnjclark at Monday, February 11 2008 03:42 PM

    PLEASE PLEASE, KEEP SHOWN AND BELL ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by grig at Tuesday, February 12 2008 03:02 PM

    I don't get not being able to discuss "spoilers" in the comments. Why? If it is there or all to read, what't the big deal"

    Posted by grig at Tuesday, February 12 2008 03:04 PM

    I forgot to add this with my comments ...... I really hope the writers don't write out Shawn and Belle. Please get rid of that meaningless storyline "the college scene" - it is so pointless and keep Shawn and Belle. PLEASE!

    Posted by paprika at Friday, February 15 2008 12:32 AM

    let it be understood that John wanted a break and they did not let him go.. he wanted to leave.. the fans talked him back and am I glad they did.. Now that he is playing a role that leads him to be stone cold and lacking emotional attachment let's hope he can keep the one liners better than the writers are giving him, as for me I would improvise.. I absolutely could not stand for my role as an actor to be so demoralized. Come on guys step up to the plate. Some of John's oneliner's have been funny but----?

    Posted by paprika at Friday, February 15 2008 12:33 AM

    Too late,, it looks like Martha Madison has another role already..

    Posted by Chance_35776 at Friday, February 15 2008 04:46 AM

    I am so sorry to hear that Shawn has been let go, I do think this is a big mistake. Why is Phillip on the show was purpose has he got, I think Phillip and Belle should sail off into the wild blue yonder and leave Shawn alone. I too have watched for 40 years and hope the writer's will stop bringing back the dead, John should have not been brought back as for Marlena (I am happy we have regulation's in real life doctor's have to go by. This is one very very sick doctor. LOL)she should go also both of these actor's over act their parts and I don't watch when either of them are on I channel surf...as far Sami and EJ enough already. I am so happy to see Victor back, leave Bo, Hope, Steve and Kayla alone and let them have happy lives please.

    Posted by austinshae at Friday, April 04 2008 11:10 AM

    It seems like it has been the same stories for years...perhaps a change in people involved, but essentially the same OVER AND OVER. How many times can Stefano die and John lose his memory? They are always looking for something or someone. Can we get back to some basics...or at least not forget who was related to who in years past? It seems dangerously close to the family tree only having ONE branch!

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