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“This was an important move to ensure the future of the show,” declares Executive Producer Ken Corday of his decisions to replace Co-Executive Producer Ed Scott with soap veteran writer/producer/director Gary Tomlin.

The news comes weeks after a reported blowup between Scott and Head Writer Dena Higley. Sources say Higley filed a compliant with the WGA as a result, but a spokesperson for the organization would only issue a “no comment.”

Sounds like a lot of behind the scenes turmoil for a show that has already had its fair share. “There isn’t anymore,” downplays Corday. “What was perceived as behind the scenes turmoil was basically a mountain being made out of a molehill and I had to very quickly put a stop to that, and that has been done. Whoever thinks that I don’t do things when I’m vacation should take some inventory,” adds Corday, who was out of town with his family when he released Scott from his contract. “Just because I’m not at my desk doesn’t mean I’m not working.”

This isn’t the first time Corday and Tomlin have worked together: Tomlin served as the soap’s co-head writer from 1980-81. “Gary’s past on DAYS goes way back,” says the exec. “I have a very fond remembrance of going to New York with him on January 3 1980 and DAYS was inches from cancellation. Gary came up with story literally overnight in his hotel room and the show was saved. That was 28 years ago, but form there, I realized that this guy could write. Never knew he could direct or produce until he did. He has certainly paid his dues around the industry. A year ago, before Ed came in, I looked at bringing in Gary in and at the time, the marriage of [of then Head Writer] Hogan Sheffer and Gary Tomlin wouldn’t have occurred, so I chose not to do that. And then the strike hit and all bets were off. The show improved, the ratings went up. The strike ended and the show continued to go up and then it seemed as though there were different points of view as to what the show should be doing and where the writing should be going and I had to choose one.”

He chose Higley’s. “I feel very positive, only because Dena will not be second-guessing herself now,” notes Corday. “She will not pulling punches to make anyone happy but herself and the viewers. The big story she has in place is great and she wants to turn that loose right now. It’s wonderful.”

As for DAY’s future – and the current renegotiations with NBC – Corday hints “I hope to be able to make an announcement shortly after Labor Day. I look forward to a long healthy future of the show. We’ll hit 11,000 episodes in January and I’m pretty strongly convinced we’ll hit 12,000 four years after that.”

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