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Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
Jason47
May 30 2014, 09:00 PM
Renee Dimera
May 30 2014, 01:18 PM
Matt
May 30 2014, 10:15 AM
RIP Renee (Dumonde) DiMera Banning Marshall
I wondered why I had that sharp pain under my shoulder blade today. :)

Seriously, this broke my 16-year-old heart back in the day. Renee is, to this day, my favorite character to walk through Salem. I was a lonely teenager, dealing with being gay, and there was something about her that spoke to me. Her final tirade where she talks about being on the outside looking in all of her life and feeling a compelling need for people to like her really resonated with me back then.

Given the resurgence of the Dimeras over the years, it really is a shame that Renee is not alive to take her place as the matriarch. Philece Sampler was just so damn talented!
I have to check in with Tammy Taylor. She said she'd hook me up with Philece to ask some interview questions. But haven't spoken to Tammy in awhile. Wonder if she changed emails. If I am successful in contacting Tammy, you should get some questions ready that you'd like me to ask Philece.
That's great, Jason. I've read interviews with Philece over the years where she talks about being blindsided by the firing. I was a member of her fan club, and she wrote us a heartfelt letter where she talked about Renee's death being solely the writers' choice. It seemed odd that she was one of the top 3 episode leaders in 1982, and then Renee's character was pretty much systematically dismantled in 1983. Of course, I love blaming Maggie DePriest, but I wonder if she was truly responsible or if someone higher up wanted her gone.

Anyway, it's nice to know what a great career Philece has had as a voiceover artist. I'd be over the moon if she were somehow brought back for a guest appearance during the 50th, along with the actors who played Stefano's other deceased children. Maybe Stefano could have a dream sequence about what life would have been like if he hadn't meddled in his children's lives. We would see Tony and Renee happily married and surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Maybe it would be a family dinner and eccentric Aunt Megan could be there with Benji and his family and of course Lexie. It could be fun and creative. :)

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
Matt
May 30 2014, 10:15 AM
RIP Renee (Dumonde) DiMera Banning Marshall
I wondered why I had that sharp pain under my shoulder blade today. :)

Seriously, this broke my 16-year-old heart back in the day. Renee is, to this day, my favorite character to walk through Salem. I was a lonely teenager, dealing with being gay, and there was something about her that spoke to me. Her final tirade where she talks about being on the outside looking in all of her life and feeling a compelling need for people to like her really resonated with me back then.

Given the resurgence of the Dimeras over the years, it really is a shame that Renee is not alive to take her place as the matriarch. Philece Sampler was just so damn talented!

SOD: "She's a pistol" - Gabi killed Nick
jam6242
May 30 2014, 07:06 AM
WilSonJAb33
May 30 2014, 01:07 AM
am103
May 30 2014, 12:58 AM
Like I said in the tweets thread, this probably would have been good drama if we hadn't known that Camila was leaving. I hate that this story sat backseat to Daniel/Nicole this month when it should have been the driving story.

I'll miss Gabi. I've really liked her for about the last year. And if we're getting Melanie (and Chad) in her place, the young crowd on Days is going to go back to being insufferable after a couple years of being okay.
actually there is a lot of room for Will & Sonny to get storyline with out Gabi & Nick since the ate up so much of the screen time allotted to that age group but I agree that Will & Sonny I think need more in their age group then just Mel & Chad there is no real tight link between Will & Sonny to Chad & Mel any more.

I think that even Abby & Ben could relate to some good storyline but that is dependent on not putting Gabi in yet another triangle this time with Ben and Chad I think writers need to avoid that with Abby it been over done with her. Also wbring back Dario if the want a young person w Gabi's crime w Wilson having sole custody of Arianna due to this w Rafe still around there more compelling storyline for Dario frankly then for Chad...
Never thought I'd see Dario and compelling in the same sentence.
He sure was purdy though. :wub:

SOD: "Brady and John Showdown over Theresa"
As much as I like EM, at this point the most drama they could pull from this storyline would be to have Brady overdose. His death would have major impact across the canvas and would be gripping and true-to-life. It could also serve as a starting point to reuniting John and Marlena as she struggles to reach out and support the man who so callously tossed her aside.

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
karenap63
May 29 2014, 12:04 PM
Matt
May 29 2014, 10:32 AM
Uhoh. "The Bradford Curse" We all know what's coming....
Yep.....I did like Gene and his craziness, dreams of Marlena, and his visions. Especially liked the bow tie as a telephone. :blulaugh:
And we're not too far from the introduction of his wacky soul mate, once Anna Dimera Designs is established. :)

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
Matt
May 29 2014, 10:32 AM
Uhoh. "The Bradford Curse" We all know what's coming....
I know, damnit! Hack writers! :redface:

Thursday, May 29th Daily Discussion
Greta = one of the Top 5 most useless contract characters DOOL ever created. Boy, how I was hoping she'd be killed off at her own coronation.

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
Matt
May 28 2014, 10:46 AM
I'm going to go out on a limb to say that this entire "Who Killed Trista's Mother" story made not a damn bit of sense. lol
Truly. I'd forgotten how utterly awful it was. Once this storyline was over they really didn't seem to know what to do with Trista (other than marrying her off to Gene). I guess that's why Barbara Crampton got pink slipped shortly after.

It's actually gratifying to me to remember that were plenty of storyline duds and bad decisions made in the past, even in the "Golden Era" of the 80s. :D

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
jam6242
May 27 2014, 08:18 PM
Renee Dimera
May 27 2014, 08:10 PM
jam6242
May 27 2014, 04:23 PM
Renee Dimera
May 27 2014, 03:58 PM
Such character assassination on Renee, turning her into a murderer. Thanks, Margaret DePriest, for destroying a wonderful character and then killing her off. :shame:
DePriest was very good at that. She's the one who refused to write for Doug and Julie again after Bill and Susan met with her to tell her they didn't like how out of character Doug and Julie were being written. Bill wasn't happy with how Doug was reacting to Hope. DePriest told him he didn't know anything about raising children despite the fact that he had raised five of his own (and for several years as a single parent).
jam ... Do you have any idea if DePriest was also responsible for Gregg Marx's exit as David? It seems like his character was off-screen almost entirely after Renee's murder, then once he was vindicated as the murderer (after Julie's false confession), he just disappeared. I know that Marx and Philece Sampler were close friends, so I always wondered if he had just become disgusted with the direction of his storyline and left. Any idea?
I haven't seen anything about that. I only know about Bill and Susan's situation because they talked about it in their book. But I wouldn't be at all surprised. Wonder what he did to tick her off, lol? Guess it was better for Gregg in the long run because he went on to win an Emmy on ATWT.
At the time, the paradigm was for East Coast soap actors to head to Hollywood to do shows on the West Coast. Gregg made the opposite move. I always thought it was so bizarre how a central, legacy character like David, played by a very talented actor, just seemingly vanished. Of course, as you mentioned, DePriest was pretty much dismantling Doug and Julie at this point (they were gone within six months), so I guess it's not surprising that David would be taken off the canvas as well.

So many bad decisions were made at this time, but it took a new set of writers to usher in the age of the super couples and the so-called golden era of the mid- to late-80s. Still, there was definitely still a place for characters like Doug and Julie, David and Renee.

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
jam6242
May 27 2014, 04:23 PM
Renee Dimera
May 27 2014, 03:58 PM
Such character assassination on Renee, turning her into a murderer. Thanks, Margaret DePriest, for destroying a wonderful character and then killing her off. :shame:
DePriest was very good at that. She's the one who refused to write for Doug and Julie again after Bill and Susan met with her to tell her they didn't like how out of character Doug and Julie were being written. Bill wasn't happy with how Doug was reacting to Hope. DePriest told him he didn't know anything about raising children despite the fact that he had raised five of his own (and for several years as a single parent).
jam ... Do you have any idea if DePriest was also responsible for Gregg Marx's exit as David? It seems like his character was off-screen almost entirely after Renee's murder, then once he was vindicated as the murderer (after Julie's false confession), he just disappeared. I know that Marx and Philece Sampler were close friends, so I always wondered if he had just become disgusted with the direction of his storyline and left. Any idea?

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
jam6242
May 27 2014, 04:23 PM
Renee Dimera
May 27 2014, 03:58 PM
Such character assassination on Renee, turning her into a murderer. Thanks, Margaret DePriest, for destroying a wonderful character and then killing her off. :shame:
DePriest was very good at that. She's the one who refused to write for Doug and Julie again after Bill and Susan met with her to tell her they didn't like how out of character Doug and Julie were being written. Bill wasn't happy with how Doug was reacting to Hope. DePriest told him he didn't know anything about raising children despite the fact that he had raised five of his own (and for several years as a single parent).
Yup, and I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but Maggie DePriest (sorry, but I love calling her Maggot DeBeast ... she's earned it) also crafted Frankie's grisly, shocking onscreen demise on AW, even after we mounted a massive write-in campaign and executive producer Jill Farren Phelps asked her to write Frankie's exit so she could return down the road.

I always have this horrible fear of DePriest being brought back to Days. I believe if she came back, either Nicole or Kate would be killed off. She does NOT like strong, complicated female characters.

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
Such character assassination on Renee, turning her into a murderer. Thanks, Margaret DePriest, for destroying a wonderful character and then killing her off. :shame:

NBC Sneak Peak Pics - 5/26/14
missmeka1987_
May 24 2014, 01:50 AM
Nicole angrily tells Daniel they can no longer be friends!

:dance: :yahoo: :cheer:
If only she would use the words "Fuck off, you sanctimonious, predatory, judgmental, egocentric prick." :flipoff:

Too much to hope for, I guess. :)

Anne Marie Howard interview
Thanks for posting. Love her so much! She was just terrific as Nicole on AW, and I'd love to see her back on Days, though not as Kim. Maybe Sandy Horton could come back from that medical convention she went to in 1984. :)

Thursday, May 22nd Daily Discussion
Matt
May 22 2014, 12:55 PM
OMG! Fantasy soap recasting -- Eric Martsolf as Scotty Banning & the STILL hot Russell Todd (Jamie, AW) as David Banning.

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Yes, but hello there Mr. Gregg Marx! Come back to Salem, Mr. Banning. :hail:

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Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
I'm convinced the writers had decided to write the Dimera family out entirely. Stefano was dead, Tony was revealed not to be a Dimera, and they've clearly already planned Renee's demise, probably only because of their intention to expunge the entire family (note the "Fearless Prediction" at the end of the article). I remember reading that Larry Welch was going to be the Slasher, but as the story progressed the writing team concocted the Andre/Stefano connection.

Seeing how the character is progressing, I think that Renee may be the first example I can remember of true character destruction. She was portrayed as generally sweet and appealing (with a lot of spunk and willingness to manipulate people a bit when it suited her needs). But she was sad, misunderstood and wanted to be loved and to belong. The writers (and I'm guessing particularly Maggie DePriest, aka Maggot DeBeast, also responsible for Frankie's murder on AW) made Renee so vengeful and evil toward the end (manipulating David, trying to kill Anna and her unborn baby).

At least they let her shine at the very end and show her vulnerability. After all these years, I still wish Philece Sampler were on this show. I can only imagine a 50-something Renee going toe-to-toe with Kate to protect "Daddy" from her clutches. :)

Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
Bo and Hope meet ... sigh.

It's obvious reading these summaries that the writers already had Renee pegged for murder. I'd forgotten how much I utterly hated Anna at this point; actually, I was hoping that she'd also become a victim of the Slasher after Renee. But the amazing Leann Hunley eventually won me over and Anna is in my top 5 favorite characters of all time. :)

SOD: James Scott off Days
Although I think the show does need a break from Sami and, to a lesser extent EJ, I have a horrible fear of Corday "wooing" back Molly Burnett to be his new female show runner. In all honesty, I'd much rather have AS back in six months than to ever, EVER have Melanie back on this show.

NBC Sneak Peak Pics - 5/12/14
IIttu
May 9 2014, 09:36 PM
Supergirlx2
May 9 2014, 04:15 PM
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Marlena makes a startling discovery related to the murder case.

That there's really is a body and we shall not expect a return from the death in the future?
I think Nick is gone for good. :(

However, remember when Stefano was last murdered, he was shot and we actually saw him in a coffin at his funeral. And then there's Marlena's nine murder victims and Marlena herself, all of whom were seen as corpses.

It's a soap... death is easily reversed. :blulaugh:


Vintage DAYS SOD Synopses
I had forgotten what a monster Alex Marshall was, willing to help Stefano commit murder. Anna was a piece of work as well. Both of them could really have been written off the show, had the writers not decided to focus on Quinn Redeker's and Leann Hunley's comedic abilities. They went from displaying true criminal behavior to simple buffoonery. "Right, Saddleshoes?" :)