It was announced on Monday (Jan. 23) that veteran soap scribe Ron Carlivati has been named head writer at Days of our Lives.
Carlivati succeeds co-head writer Dena Higley, who has once again been fired from the NBC soap. Higley’s co-head writer, Ryan Quan, will remain with the series as creative consultant. Sheri Anderson Thomas has also been named creative consultant at the soap. She previously served in various writing capacities at the soap in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
“We look forward to the fresh and compelling stories these changes will bring to Salem,” said the show in a statement to Soap Opera Digest.
Carlivati succeeded Higley as head writer once before, at One Life to Live in 2007 — where he worked his way up, beginning as a writer’s assistant in 1996. Following the cancellation of OLTL by ABC, Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini moved over to General Hospital in 2012 and saved it from cancellation. Carlivati was let go from the ABC soap in the summer of 2015, with his final episodes airing in October.
Many are hopeful that Carlivati’s fresh take on DAYS will not only save the soap from cancellation but rejuvenate its characters and storylines. DAYS has been in the new in recent weeks following Megyn Kelly’s deal with the network. It’s looking like Kelly’s news series is set to replace the third hour of the Today show.
Due to DAYS’ advance taping schedule, Carlivati’s material may not air for another six months.
— Ron Carlivati (@carlivatiron) January 24, 2017