Thursday's episode was the most poorly written, acted and directed episode I've seen and that's a low bar to cross for Days. Edwin Klein is a so so script writer but even Patrick Mulcahey couldn't have saved Higley's dreck. OMG. How did the actors get through this storyline.
They need more than Susan Dansby on the writing staff to represent black experience. Get Michelle Val Jean on the head writing team as an outline writer. I re watched the first Generations episode and it was very good for a first show. In hindsight they should have structured the stories a bit differently and some of the casting was too pollyanna goodie goodie with the black actors, but Sally is smart. I'm excited for YR with Mal at the helm too.
That's lazy and uninspired. How could these writers sit around a room and not come up with a beginning, middle and end. If they wanted to do an umbrella hospital story, assemble the right characters, I mean where's Lucas? Doug Marland penned a brilliant story with the lassa fever thing. It was well planned and involved everyone. They could have rebuilt the hospital theme part of the show by kicking off this murder mystery and cleaning house. They could have brought on Phil Brewer's long lost grandson to harken back to the great Phil murder (he was struck with a geod book end!). They could have tied any number of historical elements from the show as a nod to vet viewers and still had a semblance of an interesting plot. This is the product of a writing committee where one person isn't in the creative lead.
Even Valentini's directing couldn't save hot mess Tuesday, 9/27 episode. It felt like a finger painted script/story. The Suzie Q stuff was downright weird. Richard Burgi is a great actor, too bad they ruined him. Looks like he'll be pushed out for a new Jeff Webber recurring contract. I guess they can't have too many middle aged men running around Port Chuck. The Heather/Franco scenes were painful. I was imagining Carlivati at home with his daily cocktail, screaming at the TV: "They fired me for this high school webisode material?!" And really with the Morgan term paper stuff. Those scenes were downright embarrassing for Brian Craig. No wonder he quit.
Mal Young posted a pic of the new writing team today! Can someone name everyone around the table? Mal, Sally, _________, Kay, _______, ________, Brent Boyd, ________, ___________, ____________, McDaniel, Steve Kent Who's definitely not there: Michael Confort
I won't defend MAB as I think it was a mistake to give her so much creative power, but Sony and CBS each had a head writer at the table and MAB was required to work with them (Hamner and Sheffer). Hammer's penchant was weaving murder mysteries and Sheffer's was shock value plot twists/goofy/camp (can we say Chipmunk disguise?)....It was a weird writing committee.
I don't see CBS getting rid of the AMC writers: Beldner and Hall especially. Rebecca Taylor was AMC's principal script writer but I'm not impressed with her scripts on YR so far. Especially this past week. CBS likes Lloyd Gold; he's been around a long time, highly respected playwright, has done scripts, breakdowns and head written. I like his YR outlines. I think Conforti will go as will Thomson and Boyd.
Rex Best and John Smith both of whom are senior citizens. Smith was head writer and exec producer when Alden there. In fact I think he was promoted over Alden before Latham came. I doubt Best and Smith would leave BB. Michael Minnis was also at YR but he's HW at Bold. Eric Freiwald passed away. Others were Josh McCaffrey, Jim Houghton, Lindra Schrieber (who was off and on again). MAB phased out Sandra Weintraub, Linda Firewall and Linda Schrieber for Mandy Beal and Beth Milstein. Latham fired Houghton and McCaffrey.
I'm hearing Anne Schoettle may come back. She's David Shaughnessy's wife. She's been on staff before. Not sure about Milstein. Many of the old YR writers are either retired, dead or on B&B. I can't see them firing most of the dialog writers to bring back Sandra Weintraub or Linda Freiwald. Maybe bring back Trent Jones and/or Fred Johnson, but they've been off soaps for years. Jim Houghton's obviously not coming back. Sally may bring her good friend Thom Racina on board. MAB hired him then fired him after 13 weeks. I'd love to see Michelle Val Jean (BB) reunited with Sally on YR. I never thought Michelle's style was suitable to BB. She's more YR. She worked on Generations. It may be that Slater and Esser get larger roles more breakdowns etc.
LML was the most destructive because she inherited a strong show and randomly fired producers, writers, directors, you name it. And had no longterm plans. MAB had good and bad periods. First year was good. Fourth year bad. JFP just cemented the bad parts more firmly but she nabbed Jason T and Gina T for huge roles and they are the best recasts in many ways. So I would say worst to least bad: LML worst, then MAB second two years, then JFP 4 years, and MAB's first year being the least bad. Mal has turned it around in so many ways after a few months. Let's hope...