Ex-Days of Our Lives head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. gave their belated Daytime Emmy acceptance speech in a statement to Soaps In Depth. Said the scribes:
"We are so sorry we were not able to attend the awards show, but are thrilled to have won! We would like to thank [DAYS executive producer] Ken Corday for his endless support and for entrusting us with his family legacy, and [co-executive producer] Greg Meng for always believing in us and having our backs -- we share this award with both of them. Thanks to NBC and Sony for helping keep the genre alive. A very special thanks to the fans -- without their devotion and commitment there would be no show. We also want to thank our amazing cast and crew. And, lastly, we want to thank our mentor and friend, James E. Reilly. We know he is watching over us and smiling."
McPherson and Thomas should really be proud of the work they accomplished at DAYS, especially the amazing story of Will Horton (Chandler Massey) coming out and bonding with his grandma/best friend Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). They provided Hall with the best material she's had to play since she was levitating over a bed, with lime green eyes!
While not all of their stories were game changers, they vastly improved the quality of DAYS' storytelling in a short amount of time. I also love that they thanked the late James E. Reilly. This man doesn't get nearly the respect he deserves. Soap snobs love to rip his legacy to shreds, yet there hasn't been a soap writer to generate as much forward ratings growth and buzz about a daytime drama since Reilly's first stint at DAYS.
Okay, so we won't talk about that second stint... Wait, on second thought, yes we will! Reilly isn't the first soap showrunner to lay a turkey egg during his return engagement. Gloria Monty's second stint at General Hospital, or Michael Malone's second time around at One Life to Live, anyone? Congrats on your win, Marlene and Darrell. Now get started on a new soap bible of your own, already! I know I'd watch.