Thaao Penghlis: “The James Reilly’s of The World Have Destroyed Daytime”



Exiting Days of Our Lives actor Thaao Penghlis recently spoke out about his firing from Days of Our Lives to Michael Fairman for MichaelFairmanSoaps.com. The veteran actor revealed how he got the call about being tossed from the soap while doing mission work in Cuba—nice job Kenny—. He also talked about the state of the once-great Days of Our Lives and daytime as a whole.

MICHAEL:

When you look at Days now, with the departure of so many long time veterans and icons of the genre, what do you think?

THAAO:

Days is not "Days" anymore. It’s an extension of what it was; it’s not the body or the heart of what it was. We were all part of that, especially those that just left and I think we were the best of daytime. I think, hands down, the James Reilly’s of the world have destroyed daytime. They took the thing that people watched, which was great reality and passions, and made it into somewhat of a joke and cartoons. However, I must say, the fact that “DAYS” has remained on so long is a credit to the show. It has such a wonderful history and I will miss it."
 

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Dena Higley Pays Tribute to “Jim Reilly”

Days of Our Lives Head Writer Dena Higley recently posted a blog where she pays tribute to the recently deceased James E. Reilly.
As for other events of note, I'd like to mention the passing of Jim Reilly. He was, and will always remain, an amazing force behind the history of DAYS. I was lucky enough to write for him during the "Buried Alive" storyline--one of my favorites. Of course, I think he will most be remembered for having Marlena act completely out of character when she was possessed and then again when she was a serial killer. Two very popular and successful storylines. Jim's imagination was crazy and it was an adventure working for him. He will be missed by the entire daytime community.
Dena also gives a shout out to EJami fans, imploring them to "hang in there for the long haul". Must be getting a lot of hatemail lately. Keep it up EJami fans! Read about this and more in Dena's blog here. Related: Passions Creator James E. Reilly Dead.

DC #314: Bryan Dattilo Interview

Days of Our Lives’ Bryan Dattilo drops by Daytime Confidential to visit with Luke and Jamey about hosting ACME This Week on Saturday October 25, 2008 at 8pm.

Bryan talks about sneaking on stage with the General Hospital cast at this year’s Daytime Emmys and how he enjoys taking dares on the Salem set.

We discuss what it was like for him to work with the James E. Reilly, who recently passed away. Dattilo shares his memories of the storylines that Reilly wrote for him and Louise Sorel and how Reilly provided the peak of Lucas’ character and story development during the Carrie/Austin/Sami/Lucas quadrangle. We talk about his current pairing with Nadia Bjorlin’s Chloe and how Nadia and Brandon Beemer are daytime’s Brad and Angelina.

Bryan talks about his son Gabe, and how being a father has impacted his onscreen role as a father to his and Sami’s son Will. He shares how he coaches his son’s pee wee flag football team and how his son has picked up on his father’s hip hop roots.

We ask Bryan about the rumor that Lucas’ days in Salem may be numbered and he tells us what he knows.

All this and much more on today’s show.

ACME Comedy Theatre: Oct. 25, at 8 pm
135 N. LA Brea Ave.
Los Angeles,CA, 90036
Tickets: (323) 525-0202.

Related: Bryan Dattilo Official Website l ACME This Week
Photo Credit: Jeff Xander.


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Passions Creator James E. Reilly Dead


Prolific daytime scribe James E. Reilly passed away over the weekend, according to Soap Opera Digest.com. He was 60. Reilly was most known for his much talked about stints as head writer for NBC's Days of Our Lives (92-97; 03-06) and for creating the zany cult fave Passions. He also served for a time as head writer of Guiding Light on CBS and Sunset Beach on NBC. As a big fan of Reilly's work on Days of Our Lives, this news hits hard. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and former co-workers.