According to TV Suds report, Dena Higley has quit the show. Nelson Branco reports:
OK, Salemites: party at my house and don’t bring your own booze, because I’m supplying it all! Super-reliable sources tell The Suds Report Dena Higley quit as head writer last week. “If you read her NBC blogs, the writing has been on the wall for a while; she’s been unhappy with the media criticism of her work,” says one insider. So what’s the official reason “for doing daytime TV a favour?” Two words: Ed Scott, Days’ co-executive producer. “Dena said she couldn’t work with him any longer,” explains the source. And the news gets better: Sony wants to replace Higley, who is still under investigation for scab writing during the writers’ strike, with former Y&R Emmy-winning scribe Jack Smith or Genoa City’s current executive producer Josh Griffith. So, what’s the bad news in all of this? “[Executive producer] Ken Corday was on his many vacations when she bolted without warning, and when he found out he told everyone not to worry because he was going to talk her out of leaving,” continues the stunned source. Yikes! Corday is officially trying to cancel his parent’s beloved series, methinks. Memo to Corday: Don’t do it. Higley has given you the out of a lifetime! Hire Smith or Griffith (so Sony doesn’t have to pay him out of his contract when CBS chief Barbara Bloom realizes her dream) — or both! Days and Sony have not responded to my emails for confirmation yet because it’s the weekend. More deets next week.
Wow, that’s a lot to take in. I’m glad Dena could be gone but not sure if this is the right way to go about it. I’d rather it have been Corday to let her go and she leaving them in the lurch like this can’t be good short term. Noticing she picks on Ed Scott in the story, I would hate for Corday to lure her back with his dismissal, since he’s improved so much since joining the show. (Of course she would have a problem with him, ES does quality soap).
So I’m holding my breath. It’s still up in the air, nothing official. She walking out isn’t exactly the ideal way for this to happen and current stories on the cusp of happening (Nick/Melanie, Stefano’s return) could be the easiest things to suffer. We’ll just have to wait and see (so much easier said then done).
Updated Sunday Morning: Over at Daytime Royalty where Nelson posts, he updated with “MAJOR, MAJOR NEWS IN MONDAY’S NELSON RATINGS. This story just got nastier! And it involves Y&R. Just wait…”
Update Sunday afternoon-This is getting more and more bizarre. Now Nelson is stating that a scoop on Monday is going to break your heart and nobody looks good, and it’s just sad for daytime. Seriously stop posting shit like this unless you want mass hysteria to wind up making things much worse!
Update Sunday Evening-What he reports now:
U guys are all wrong; no one will guess this! Alas, I can’t legally do anything until tomorrow. I would NEVER have guessed yesterday that this news story would go in this direction. My sources left out A LOT of facts originally, and to be fair I misunderstood what they were trying to imply because of a certain scandal last year. If you love irony, tomorrow you’ll be drenched in it, but depressed. I want to put you all out of your misery, but I can’t. And tomorrow, please don’t shoot the messenger. It gets ugly… and I don’t think Days will ever recover. Yes, it sounds like I’m teasing, but I’m not…. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself involved with which has never happened before in my career. This makes Martha Byrne’s departure seem like a love affair between her and ATWT! News story of the year, yes, but no one wants to deliver this kind of news. But I have to now. The news will be posted on an updated SUDS not Nelson Ratings because it doesn’t belong there. I will however link to Suds in NR, and will delete the entire Suds entry I posted yesterday and revise it. Everyone just go about your lives today, because speculating isn’t going to do anyone any good.
Seriously, why can’t the actual show be this interesting?