Monday, May 27, 2024

NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” — Staring Down Megyn Kelly and Possible Cancellation– Hires Writer Who Saved “General Hospital”


NBC’s “Days of our Lives” has fired its head writer and replaced her with the man who saved “General Hospital” from the getting the axe.

Dena Higley is out, and Ron Carlivati is in at the 50 year old serial.

Carlivati has a big task because “Days” is in trouble. Since NBC News made a deal with Megyn Kelly for a daily daytime news show, speculation has been high that the former Fox News star would get the “Days” hour. At the same time, the Kelly hour could go to the third hour of “Today” at 9am or go be a competitor for “The View” at 11am.

“Days” ratings are the lowest of the remaining four soaps. That doesn’t help.

Can Carlivati resuscitate a show that once featured demonic possession and still has sets that date back to the 1960s? It’s very possible. He revived “General Hospital” right before it was due to be cancelled by bringing back fan favorites and playing to the audience. Maybe he can give Kelly a recurring character. She’d be a great villain!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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