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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2007 EDITION
THE WRITER'S CORNER
THIS WEEK MARKS THE SECOND EDITION OF THE WEEKLY SL INSIDER FEATURE, "THE WRITER'S CORNER." EACH WEEK I, TIM LOWERY (BETTER KNOWN AS PHOENIXRISING05), AND MY FELLOW SALEM LIVES HEAD WRITER, PATRICK L. EWING (BETTER KNOWN AS ROMAN), WILL TAKE TIME OUT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM READERS AND ANYONE ELSE THAT DECIDES TO CHECK OUR FAN FICTION BLOG OUT. WE WILL TAKE TURNS ANSWERING QUESTIONS EACH WEEK. THESE QUESTIONS CAN BE QUESTIONS ABOUT CASTING, WRITING, PAST STORIES, CURRENT STORIES, OR WHATEVER COMES TO MIND REALLY PERTAINING TO SALEM LIVES. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PM US QUESTIONS DURING THE WEEK FOR US TO ANSWER AND ALSO REMEMBER YOU CAN POST QUESTIONS VIA COMMENTING HERE IN THE BLOG. IF WE RECEIVE NO QUESTIONS, ROMAN AND I WILL JUST ANSWER QUESTIONS BASED ON REACTIONS TO EPISODES AND DISCUSSIONS WE HAVE HAD WITH OTHERS. SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU, HERE WE GO:
THIS WEEK'S WRITER IN THE HOT SHEET: PATRICK L. EWING (ROMAN)
1.) Why are there not hardly a mention of police or bodyguards watching the characters during this huge war storyline?
Roman: That has been and will be addressed ASAP. I agree, it makes no sense for people to be walking around free as a bird while Stefano, Victor & Orpheus have taken control of Salem.
2.) Will the episodes continue to be as long as they have been in the past?
Roman: We will always have episodes that will be longer in duration depending on what is going on, but as a rule, we will try our best from now on to shorten the episodes and to also get to the point in the episodes. We will work on repeat scenes, dialogue and storytelling. I know JER is not writing this blog, and that is what we want to keep out of it.
3.) Will humor become more prevalent in SL?
Roman: Yes, it definitely will. It is something e have gotten away from. But, it will return. It will be the type of humor that will rise out of the circumstances of the stories and characters, and will fit into what we are trying to convey.
4.) Roman Brady is starting to do things that he would never do before. Why are you taking this route with him, and will it continue?
Roman: When you lose two children, as Roman and Marlena have, it is bound to effect you. Roman has always put his faith in the law above everything else, because it has served him throughout his life and career. Now, we see a man who is broken, blaming himself for what that faith has cost him. Will it continue? Stay tuned.
5.) How do you compare SL with DOOL?
Roman: DOOL, if they would balance out their show, use veterans and history, and stop insulting their legions of fans with what they give them, the show would be No.1, no doubt in my mind. They have a wonderful staff and EP in place, so it will take time, but I hope that they do listen, as we do. SL is beyond everything else, so much fun to do. You can tell in the writing and the stories. The biggest kick? The readers' views and comments. Ed Scott, Hogan Sheffer and the rest of the crew at Days needs to listen to their true, core fans. If they do that.........watch out.
WELL, THAT IS ALL FOR NEXT WEEK. REMEMBER TO PM QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED IN THE WRITER'S CORNER TO ME OR ROMAN BY NEXT FRIDAY AT 8PM EST. ALSO, YOU MAY POST QUESTIONS HERE IN THE BLOG BY COMMENTING. JUST DO IT BEFORE FRIDAY AT 8PM. THANKS AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK IN THE WRITER'S CORNER WHERE ROMAN WILL BE ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. UNTIL NEXT TIME!!!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: THANK YOU TO TISHY AND DAYSFAN FOR COMING TO THE SL CHAT THIS PAST WEDNESDAY. ROMAN AND I WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW OF THE DATE FOR NEXT MONTH'S CHAT. WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE READERS AT THE NEXT CHAT. ALL ARE WELCOME THOUGH, READER OR NOT SO DON'T BE SHY!! JOIN US NEXT MONTH. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS SOON.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Kathryn Joosten (Elma Young): The primetime vet ("The West Wing," "Desperate Housewives") began airing as Joelle's (Arloa Reton) mother on September 18. The role is recurring.
Jake T. Austin (Joey Young): The young actor, of Disney Channel fame, began airing as Joelle's son on September 18. The role is recurring.
Richard Steinmetz (Dr. Hector Dobbs): The daytime and primetime vet ("Melrose Place," "Passions") began airing in the role of Abby's (Ashley Benson) doctor on September 20. The role is recurring.
PREVIEWS AND PEEKS INTO WEEK OF 9/24/07
-The tables turn on Anna.
-Miranda threatens Kate.
-Nicole and Jean go at it.
-Joelle does the unthinkable.
-Tension mounts between Victor and Maggie.
-Orpheus taunts Sami.
-Marlena and Will begin therapy.
-Steve and Hope are trapped.
-Tony makes a shocking discovery.
-Abby tells her family she must leave Salem.
-Steve and Hope are drawn together.
-Some of Forrest's agenda becomes clear...or does it?
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28
IT'S A BIG DAY AS MARLENA HAS A BREAKTHROUGH IN THERAPY, TONY MAKES A SHOCKING DISCOVERY, STEVE AND HOPE ARE DRAWN TOGETHER, AND FORREST'S AGENDA BEGINS TO BECOME CLEAR...OR DOES IT?
NEXT WEEK: Abby leaves Salem. Jack and Billie's attempt at a date turns into a nightmare. Marlena unearths the real reason behind her mental disorder. Joelle reaches a turning point and commits a shocking action.