As The Writing Room Turns: DAYS Ditches Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr.; Re-Hires Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell!
I bet the dude who has to paint over parking space labels at the Days of Our Lives studio barely even gets to go on his lunch break! Soap Opera Network is reporting Ken Corday has fired head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. The pair has reportedly been replaced by Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell — whom Corday fired as the soap's co-executive producer and co-head writer respectively in May 2011. Whip meet lash!
McPherson and Thomas didn't even make a full year at the sudser they were brought in to "reboot," following the shiteous tenure of one Dena Higley. Unfortunately, the duo's efforts never really did much to spike the serial's ratings.
I've always heard really good things about Tomlin and Whitesell. Several industry insiders insist they were responsible for practically everything decent during Higley's reign of terror (the Nicole/Sami baby switch for one!). It will be interesting to see what they do with the show without Higley's disastrous influence.
Best of luck to McPherson and Thomas, whom I feel should both be commended for their work in Salem. Will (Chandler Massey) coming out and bonding with his Grammy Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the best current arc on daytime. Someone should snap these two up for their writing team, ASAP. Or better yet, they should develop a YA LGBT soap for LOGO!