Days of our Lives head writer, Dena Higley opened up to Fancast’s Sara Bibel about writing the comeback soap of the year. Two key issues addressed with the scribe were ; writing Alice Horton’s memorial gathering which is going to involve many former cast members, and what is happening with Hope’s altered-personality? Here are a few juicy excerpts below!
Higley on how Hope’s new storyline came about and her intent: I picked up the phone, called [Co-Executive Producer] Gary Tomlin, and said, “This is what I want to do.” He’s like,”That’s the craziest idea you’ve ever had, and I love it.” So it came out of the blue. It just hit me that we would have so much fun with Hope because it’s coming out of the kidnapping and the drama with Bo. I think that’s all very relatable to women. You have trouble with your husband and you get angry and what do you do with that anger? What if all of your anger in your life took on a life of its own? What would that look like? I wanted it to be kind of a fun “woo woo” story and at the same time I wanted it to be a relatable woman’s story. I think we’re all going to be cheering because we all can relate, I think. I’ve been angry at a few men in my time.”
Higley on writing Mrs. H’s memorial: “Tears. Tears. It was so cathartic. I’ve been on the show since 1985. I remember MacDonald Carey (Tom). I remember with sweet fondness Frances. I was given a blank check and [asked],”Dena, who do you want to bring back?” I started making lists and they started making phone calls. People were so generous and gracious to want to come back and pay tribute to her. We wrote the scenes. We cried. It’s like doing a funeral for your most beloved family member. If you could do it perfectly, what would it look like? We’re not one hundred percent,but I think we came pretty close.”