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Big Changes at Days!

Behind-the-scenes shakeups are rocking the Days studios on both sides of the camera.

Matthew Ashford, Sarah Brown, Christie Clark and Patrick Muldoon are the first group of actors to be cut from the large cast -- with more to follow, say sources. "This is just the beginning," shudders an insider. "There are going to be more people out. Everyone is a little freaked out."

After a mass exodus in September 2011 in which Nadia Bjorlin, Crystal Chappell, Louise Sorel, Tamara Braun and others left the canvas under the new writing/production regime, there was a "reboot" of the 46-year old soap. Ashford, Clark and Muldoon returned, along with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogesyn. Brown's Madison was introduced in October. But the much-heralded "new" Days -- which included a massive set overhaul -- didn't goose the ratings significantly.

The actors went online to express their thoughts. "DAYS has been great 2 us. It will always be home," tweeted Muldoon. "That's the way it goes in this business," noted Ashford on Facebook. "As always - thank you to everyone for your support."

Behind the scenes, less than a year after Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. were appointed head scribes, they have been replaced by former Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin and former Co-Head Writer Christopher Whitesell. Emmy Award winning AMC and OLTL alum Lorraine Broderick joins the team as a breakdown writer. In a statement, Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng enthused, "We are excited and look forward to the stories of romance, suspense and intrigue this new team plans to tell."

Rumors of NBC's increased involvement in the state of the soap was widely spread after McPherson wrote the following on Twitter: "Thank you DOOL fans. U r the best and we love you! NBC never let us tell our stories. They kept stopping us and changing our direction. Sad." Sources tell Digest that the network is, indeed, taking a greater interest in the future of their lone daytime serial.

There may be some good news in all of this, however. Setsiders say the return of Nadia Bjorlin could be imminent.
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