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Headwriter Ron Carlivati Previews His Explosive Return to DAYS!

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From May 2 through Sept. 27, 2023, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, which meant that all four of the daytime soaps were penned by temporary writers during that time. While the other three shows began airing material from their regular writing teams that fall, Days of Our Lives tapes so far in advance (seven months!) that headwriter Ron Carlivati’s new material isn’t airing until Friday, May 31!

“I think some people think that I left some sort of road map that these people were following, and that is really not true,” Carlivati revealed to TV Insider. “I think at the beginning they benefited from the fact that it was the holidays and they could kind of tread water a bit to December and play Christmas and they didn’t have to advance story all that much. 

“To the credit of the show, I think what they tried to do was move things slowly in the hopes that the strike would end and respect where my storylines were so that I could play them off when we came back,” he continued. “Unfortunately, the strike dragged on, so I understand that the show needed to make story decisions. From January to May, those were not my stories. I had nothing to do with those.”

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Carlivati is happy he gets to wrap up the baby switch storyline.XJJohnson/

The scribe was pleased that when he came back, there were still plenty of storylines that he had started that the temporary writers had not fully resolved before his return. “I was sort of hoping that the big things that we had laid in would be stuff that I would get to play off when I got back,” Carlivati explained. “And for the most part, I get to do it, though as you’ll see from what you’re watching right now, the Nicole baby secret is starting to come out. “

DAYS fans can look forward to plenty of juicy drama coming up now that Carlivati is back at the helm and steering the stories to some explosive conclusions. “There’s Maggie and Konstantin’s wedding and we’re on the train to outing Theresa,” he teased. “There’s the Sloan/Nicole confrontation, so look for that, and then you’re on the path to Eric finding out it’s his baby.

“Does it come out that EJ knew about it or not?” the scribe added. “What will happen there? The [replacement writers] did start solving the Li Shin murder and got the ball rolling on Gabi getting out of prison, which was our plan anyway. I was able to pick up the story, so look for some twists and turns and a new Gabi getting out of jail to shake things up, which I think will be really fun.”

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