— Ron Carlivati was appointed as the new head writer of Days of our Lives on January 23 and now his material is finally set to hit the screen! In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, the scribe spoke to the magazine about his initial plans for the NBC/Global soap, which was renewed for its 52nd season.
• “Having grown up on soaps, I often gravitated to the characters that had been on for a long time, so what’s great about DAYS is there’s a deep bench of characters like that with Steve, Kayla, Hope, John, Marlena and the DiMeras and Stefano, who sadly passed away, but you still have Andre and his family, and you have Victor Kiriakis. Lucas is getting a big story and I’m looking forward to it.”
• There will be some romance coming up as the first scene on Wednesday as John looking for Marlena. Patch & Kayla will have a romantic evening coming up.
• Look for the returns of Chandler Massey, Eileen Davidson and Alison Sweeney. “…It seemed like the death of Will Horton was not a popular decision and was viewed as a mistake. I wanted to take a look at that and see if there was any way to repair some of that damage. So without saying too much about where it’s going, that’s obviously a major reason why Alison Sweeney is coming back. I was thrilled to be able to write for her.”
• Deimos’ murder was already written but Carlivati expanded on the story by having it be a different killer.
• Look for the reunion of Chad and Abigail. “One of the stories I focused on right away was how we were going to move Chad and Abigail back together.”
• The first character created by Ron will hit the screen in 2018.
Pick up your copy of SOD on new stands now for more from the six-page spread.
— This week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) is jealous when he finds Justin (Wally Kurth) comforting Adrienne (Judi Evans) on Wednesday (July 19) while Anjelica (Morgan Fairchild) has an unholy alliance with someone unexpected!
Abigail (Marci Miller) and Chad’s (Billy Flynn) deep feelings for each other resurface on Thursday (July 20) but a protective JJ (Casey Moss) runs into Chad and warns him not to cause his sister any further pain.
On Friday (July 21), Anjelica ropes another face from Salem’s past into her master plan. John (Drake Hogestyn) and Paul’s (Christopher Sean) brings about a new suspect in Deimos’ murder. Coming soon: Steve (Stephen Nichols) plans something romantic for Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).
— This week on The Young and the Restless (Global/CBS): Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) crosses the line as she kisses Jack (Peter Bergman) at the Abbott cabin on Monday (July 17; Canadian episodes listed). Victor (Eric Braeden) arrives at the motel that Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) are staying at and face off. Victoria (Amelia Heinle) hides her pain after seeing Billy (Jason Thompson) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) together at the house. Dina (Marla Adams) shocks Jack on Tuesday (July 18). Mariah (Camryn Grimes) questions her future with Devon (Bryton James). Scott (Daniel Hall) solidifies his alliance with Victor.
— Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) July 14, 2017
Ravi (Abhi Sinha) confesses to Ashley (Eileen Davidson) on Wednesday (July 19). Nikki embraces her new life. Abby (Melissa Ordway) makes a shocking discovery. On Thursday (July 20), Cane (Daniel Goddard) fights to save his marriage. Reed (Tristan Lake Leabu) comforts Mattie (Lexie Stevenson). Phyllis loses her patience with Billy.
— This week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): On Monday (July 17), the fallout following Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) shooting Sheila (Kimberlin Brown)! Meanwhile, Quinn (Rena Sofer) worries when she learns that Eric (John McCook) has been spending time with Sheila. Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) asks Bill (Don Diamont) for help reuniting her and Douglas with Thomas (Pierson Fodé). Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) talks to Steffy about the affair with Quinn.
— SheilaCarterSquad (@Italyloveskimby) July 16, 2017
Steffy confronts Quinn about betraying Eric on Wednesday (July 19). Sally (Courtney Hope) invites Caroline to lunch. Ridge vows to make things right with his family on Thursday (July 20). Sheila worries that Steffy will undo her progress with Eric. The Forrester and Spectra fashion houses ready themselves for the upcoming competition on Friday (July 21). Bill vows to reunite Caroline and Thomas.
— This week on General Hospital (City/ABC): On Monday (July 17), Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) gives Anna (Finola Hughes) her blessing. Sam (Kelly Monaco) is forced to comply. Curtis (Donnell Turner) feels guilty. Sonny (Maurice Benard) talks Carly (Laura Wright) down. Griffin (Matt Cohen) has good news. Laura (Genie Francis) faces difficult truths about Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) on Tuesday (July 18). Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) makes matters worse. Ava (Maura West) is a wreck. Sonny begins an uphill battle. Curtis learns what it means to make a true sacrifice.
Laura turns to Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) for help on Wednesday (July 19). Nina (Michelle Stafford) has a decision to make. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) needs a favour. Finn (Michael Easton) and Hayden (Rebecca Budig) look to the future. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is conflicted. Nina’s faith is shaken on Thursday (July 20). Laura pleads her case. Josslyn (Eden McCoy) feels repsonsible. Sonny is pulled in opposite directions. Lucy (Lynn Herring).
Nathan (Ryan Peavey) calls Nina out on Friday (July 21). Jason (Billy Miller) promises to do what he can. Sam makes a beeline for Julian (William deVry). Sonny receives an ominous text message. Ava’s depression worsens. Coming soon: Alexis is rushed to GH!
— TV Line reports that Michael Sutton will return to General Hospital as Stone when he “appears” to Sonny (Maurice Benard) in a time of crisis. The actor originally played the role of Stone Cates from 1993 to 1995, when his character died tragically of an AIDS-related illness. Stone “appeared” to Robin back in September 2010 when she was trapped in a well.
— General Hospital definitely needs to keep Serena Baldwin and her portrayer Carly Shroeder. The family dynamic in the scenes this past week, when Scotty (Kin Shriner), Lucy (Lynn Herring) and Serena mourned Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) is the reason soap fans continue to tune in each day.
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) July 13, 2017
Part-two of our tribute to Peter Hansen (aka Lee Baldwin) starts RIGHT NOW on ABC! Don’t miss it. Check your local listings for more info. pic.twitter.com/TaCbt3saD0
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) July 14, 2017
Also this scene as well with Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) and Ava (Maura West). GH has got the cast… Such a shame it can put together long-term storylines in place of quick “event” stories.
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) July 14, 2017