What is happening over in Salem now? Breaking news today has that DAYS head writers, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas have been fired! Apparently, executive producer, Ken Corday has made the decision on the switch, and according to Soap Opera Network the duo is being replaced by none other than dismissed former co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin and former DAYS co-head writer, Christopher Whitesell!
Marlene McPherson to Twitter to share her sentiments and her frustration over what has gone down today. “Thank you DOOL fans, You are the best and we love you! NBC never let us tell our stories. They kept stopping us and changing our direction. Sad.”
Tomlin returns to DAYS after being the Co-Executive Producer exiting in September of 2011. This will be Tomlin’s first writing gig since he was an interim Head Writer for One Life to Live during the 2007-2008 Writers Strike. Tomlin was head writer on Another World some 27 years ago. Whitesell also returns to the show after being Co-Head Writer from October 13, 2008 – June 13, 2011 (on air episode dates). Whitesell was most recently writing breakdowns for The Young and The Restless for the past year and has been co-writer for General Hospital, Sunset Beach, One Life to Live and As the World Turns.
What is most upsetting here to many fans, is that Marlene and Darrell were spearheading Will’s coming out story. However, during their tenure DAYS scored its lowest viewer total in the key 18-49 female demo, with the week of March 19th-23rd hitting an all-time low. So what do you think of the Salem writer shuffle? Do you think it will help the show? Or, do you think the powers-that-be should have continued with Marlene and Darrell? Let us know!