Days of our Lives sweeping changes to bring back romance and beloved characters.

NBC’s Longest-running scripted series hits the reset button with a new writing team, cast additions and a new producing team.

Soaps.com was informed that Executive Producer Ken Corday is resetting “Days of our Lives” with what they call “the simple yet successful formula of centering the show around romance and the characters fans know and love.” Corday says, “It’s time to make a more positive, romantic, and intriguing show driven by the power of heroic love. I’m very excited about the new adventure we are about to take which is based on the show that my parents created 45 years ago.”

As Soaps.com already reported, “Days of our Lives” appointed a new head writing team consisting of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. The successful writing duo plan to change the direction of the show as they tell contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the “DOOL” history of family, romance, and intrigue. McPherson and Thomas commented, “New fans will find many reasons to stay, and longtime fans will find many reasons to return.”

Launching with a grand event in the fall, big surprises will be coming to Salem.

Co-Executive Producer Noel Maxam, who has been a producer on the show for four years, and Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, who has been Executive in Charge of Production for over ten years, will work together as a team. “The new writing team has already generated much excitement with the compelling stories they have written, and we plan to translate those stories to the screen with a refreshed look,” commented Greg Meng.

Ken Corday stated, “I am confident these changes will bring back excitement and anticipation to our family of fans as they tune in each day to see what happens. You won’t want to miss a single episode of the new ‘Days’ ahead!” Ken Corday also commented on the renaissance of the show, “We are thrilled that Deidre and Drake are rejoining the show. I know their return will excite loyal fans and intrigue new viewers. We are gearing up for some amazing cast surprises and guest stars visiting Salem in the fall, launching a grand event airing on September 26th.” Soaps.com has heard rumors that this event is about Tom and Alice Horton (Macdonald Carey and Frances Reid) and that it includes Bill Hayes (Doug) and Susan Seaforth-Hayes (Julie) and past characters such as Christie Clark (Carrie), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Patrick Muldoon (Austin) and Matthew Ashford (Jack). A “DOOL” insider has also stated there’s a new set called the ‘Horton Town Square’.

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