At Least This Is More Interesting Than the Show...Though Not by Much
Well, it looks like Days of Our Lives will have yet another head writer. According to at least one online source, Dena Higley is out. I have assumed she is the one who's been responsible for the last several snooze-inducing months of Days, including the cringe-inducing Daniel/Chelsea relationship, the yawn-inducing Morgan/Phillip/Chloe/Lucas/Sami/EJ/Nicole hexagon, the head-scratch-inducing ascent of Max Brady to central character status, and the fast-forward-inducing autism storyline, in which case I say good riddance. But apparently her spin is that she hasn't actually been writing the show in ages, so who knows.
Days has gotten a lot of undesirable attention from the WGA lately -- perhaps the showrunners ought to reconsider how they handle issues with the writers? Speaking of which, I found this part of Nelson Branco's post especially interesting:
Executive producer Ken Corday is said to be trying to seize control of his series, and is hoping to position Higley back at the helm.
Um, doesn't "executive producer" sort of imply that one should already be in control of the series? You know, being the executive in charge of the production? If not, they should totally change that title. It's way misleading! And as to the second point: What? Why?! I think there have been some good high points during Higley's tenure, but the show has been more uneven than my balance after five Kettle Ones, and the ratings are in what I think people in the biz refer to as "the crapper."
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this story shapes up, and more importantly who the new head writer is and whether s/he can finally rescue Days. In the meantime, I'll continue watching (sort of), yawning (definitely), amassing the world's largest collection of screencaps of EJ's hotness and Kate's insane hair and wardrobe, while blogging about the episodes I really care about -- from 20 years ago. Good times.
Update: Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Higley is still in as head writer. Weird!