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  1. Can push the date back a bit further. John Goudas' "Soap Opera Scenes" had a piece on Kate Linder that appeared in a few papers in mid/late October 1986. Kenney was still at Y&R, but it was known he was leaving in January. His decision wasn't a surprise. From Nancy Reichardt's Tune in Tomorrow appearing in various papers the last week of August 1986:
  2. It's like Days had the thought that, "Whoops, Gillian is irredeemable, so let's start Camilla More fresh." Except they did jack squat with Grace. I don't think Days really ever knew what to do with Gillian, either. She starts as Shane's snippy partner. Gillian's kinda villain-y, but for a brief second Days flirts with her actually being a victim. That's dropped quite quickly as they kill Emma in the exact same manner they killed Renee three years earlier, right down to a similar speech by Emma. At this point the list of Things Keeping Shane and Kimberly Apar
  3. Mike Horton, just what were you doing in Israel that allowed you to be blackmailed so easily?
  4. After I post, I remember a few more details of Hart Bennett. Bennett was the prosecuting attorney against Marlena in 1985 in her murder trial of Stefano. Late in the trial, he admitted he had no case. Bennett, who had already been disgraced and was falling off the wagon before the trial, spiraled. He'd been a friend to Kimberly years before and she was the only one to care when he returned to town and tried to help him repair his life before the trial. His spiraling caused communication problems with Shane, who was back in England - the prelude to Days going on location
  5. In 1991, shortly after John found out he wasn't Roman via DNA results, he contemplated suicide. It was framed as being self-destruct mode because of Stefano (as the ISA told Roman in front of Marlena) as well as being the natural reason that he'd seemingly lost everything. The scenes of John in his vehicle in the rain with gun in hand beside his head were well done. Marlena found him and talked him out of it and took him back to her/Roman's home, but I don't think I've seen any of the fallout beyond that. A dying Tony/Andre (whatever) framed John for murder in Aremid for
  6. When Pat Falken Smith came in in 1981, Tomlin and Poteet-Lisanti were given huge kudos in the press for just keeping Days steady. Jon-Michael Reed seemed to be a fan of Laemmle's. When she left, he praised how the characters were beginning to fit into the framework. A year later, he said: Nothing else named either of the duo between hiring and Falken Smith coming in.
  7. Yeah, this seems to be a very weird coincidence. Unless Laemmle had some secrets.
  8. How in the world did Days survive this? This is just so bad. I don't know why - in a sea of all this horrible mess - that I'm so offended by Jessica just being Cathy 2.0, but I am. Laemmle didn't even bother to wait six months before using the same storyline as her predecessor, involving the same people and even having the same job. And what's the point of having Max, Kellam and Alex? The basic character is the same for all three. I just want you to know I appreciate this.
  9. By all accounts in the press in 1979, Ed Mallory left on his own. I'm sure he saw the writing on the wall. Charles Bateman was considered a strong hire, considering his character actor background. Too bad it looks like his character has nothing to it. By all accounts in the press in 1979, Ed Mallory left on his own. I'm sure he saw the writing on the wall. Charles Bateman was considered a strong hire, considering his character actor background. Too bad it looks like his character has nothing to it.
  10. Kenney left in January 1980. An interview I read from a couple of weeks afterward said it was because of Ann Marcus' firing. That absolutely can't be and so I'm wondering if Harrower was already on the way out and he misspoke. Jason has Kenney with Days through the show that aired January 18. The weird thing about Laemmle is that she didn't seem to give any comments at all to the media during her run. Marcus loved to interview, Harrower gave comments here and there. Laemmle? Nothing. A couple of Jon-Michael Reed columns from later that year said L
  11. Flippen's name does not appear in any contemporary newspaper articles. Laemmle was announced as taking over in late January 1980. Harrower seems to have written at least a couple more weeks after that. My theory is that Laemmle/Betty Corday/Days planned on using Flippen as a staff writer, but her illness prevented that beyond her short stint. Days had other staff writers, so I don't see why one of them couldn't have done a bit if Laemmle was delayed if Flippen wasn't intended to be part of the staff. I'd imagine that Flippen had absolutely zero power. The contemporary n
  12. I'd like to know who was really calling the shots between Laemmle being announced in January and her actually taking over in April.
  13. What is Sam's real purpose here? Is she doing more than being a problem for Marlena and Don?
  14. Thanks. My early Horton history is obviously quite shaky. I need to go back and read early summaries.
  15. NBC exec Fred Silverman is the one who suggested Marie be a nun. He looked at the Horton family tree in early 1979 and said You know what this family needs? A nun! I just looked up what was going on with Frann. Frann was taken off contract by Ann Marcus. The end of Amanda's story was supposed to be her living happily ever after with Greg. Meanwhile, Days was trying to build a relationship between Chris and Mary. However, Josh Taylor and Barbara Stanger didn't exactly get along. Harrower brought back Amanda for that reason and to also make some relationship c
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