Cathy Jeneen Doe (Simone, 'Passions').
Days of Our Lives hasn't had the best ratings in recent months despite the fact that, in my opinion, the soap has improved by leaps and bounds since the Emmy-winning Hogan Sheffer was appointed head writer. Now Ken Corday, executive producer, is bringing in another higher-up with a remarkable soap pedigree - Edward Scott.
Until recently, Scott was supervising producer of the number-one-rated daytime soap, The Young and the Restless. He was there when the late William J. Bell presided over the soap, but was let go shortly after Lynn Marie Latham was put in charge. Scott is also married to Y&R's long-time leading lady, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).
In addition to acquiring Scott from Y&R and naming him the new co-executive producer at Days, he also hired casting director Marnie Saitta away from the soap.
"I am very enthusiastic about the important changes for Days of Our Lives that Edward Scott will bring as co-executive producer," commented Corday. "Ed comes with more than 20 years' experience with The Young and the Restless and brings a new, vibrant, creative energy and strength to this all-important position of leadership."
He continued: "Days will benefit greatly from Ed's direction. The viewers will also be thrilled with the exciting changes in the days to come. I would like to thank former co-executive producer Steve Wyman, supervising producer Roy Steinberg and casting director Fran Bascom for their service and friendship over the years. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours."
"As a long-time fan of Days of Our Lives, I am excited to join the production team," said Scott. "I look forward to the challenges ahead in delivering even more exciting programming to Days many fans. I'm fully committed to bringing renewed success to this American icon."
You can knock Passions for being too campy or the cast for being too pretty (and for having a character actually named Pretty), but you can't criticise it for a lack of diversity. Minority characters often linger on the back burner on soaps, but Passions has always featured them front and centre.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has honoured Passions with its 2007 American Scene Award, which recognises excellence in programming that portrays diversity in a positive and realistic light. Passions is the only daytime drama to win this award back-to-back. Cathy Jeneen Doe (Simone) accepted the award on behalf of NBC/Universal Studios Inc. and executive producer Lisa de Cazotte.
Congratulations to Eric P. of Akron, Ohio, for winning our Rachael Ray show contest. Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children), who was a recent guest on the talk show, mentioned how she wanted her grandchild to call her 'Grandie'. We asked our readers: What did Ray suggest Lucci's nickname be instead? Those who correctly guessed 'Glamm-ma' were put into a drawing, and Eric's name was selected, winning two VIP tickets to a taping of the Rachael Ray show!
- Dana Block