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Former head writer Michelle Poteet Lisanti returns to Days as staff writer
Topic Started: Jun 12 2009, 12:43 AM (2,533 Views)
King
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Jun 12 2009, 01:39 AM
The current writing team is almost identical to Sunset Beach now.

I can see Dena gone when her 2 year contract is up, to be replaced by Meg Bennett.
I've noticed that too...


I loved SB tho. LOL.
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I think a lot of things go into making a headwriter's tenure great...the production staff, budget, network support, the cast, the writer, the writing staff...a lot of stars need to be alligned. I'm sure if she returned, it wouldn't be nearly as good as the first run.
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King
Jun 12 2009, 08:24 AM
I think a lot of things go into making a headwriter's tenure great...the production staff, budget, network support, the cast, the writer, the writing staff...a lot of stars need to be alligned. I'm sure if she returned, it wouldn't be nearly as good as the first run.
That's true. But look at Brash and Cwiklys tenure. They managed to put out some good stuff even though Wyman did everything he could to destroy it with his damn special effects, LOL.
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Amello
Jun 12 2009, 07:49 AM
Kenny
Jun 12 2009, 01:00 AM
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Jun 12 2009, 12:57 AM
I don't get the Sheri Anderson love - have you seen the last season of Falcon Crest? *shudders*
All I know is that that many people champion Sheri Anderson as the greatest writer in Days history. I don't know if that's true or not, because I wasn't watching in the 80's. Lord knows she's gotta be better than the team currently in place though, whoever the hell is writing.
Um, that is wrong. Bill Bell wrote the best tenure Days has ever had, and will ever have. This is FACT and not just my opinion. Anyone who argues otherwise is an idiot.
When you're right, you're right kid! I was watching then and I was watching when Anderson wrote the show and Bell was 100 times better!
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Amello
Jun 12 2009, 07:49 AM
Kenny
Jun 12 2009, 01:00 AM
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Jun 12 2009, 12:57 AM
I don't get the Sheri Anderson love - have you seen the last season of Falcon Crest? *shudders*
All I know is that that many people champion Sheri Anderson as the greatest writer in Days history. I don't know if that's true or not, because I wasn't watching in the 80's. Lord knows she's gotta be better than the team currently in place though, whoever the hell is writing.
Um, that is wrong. Bill Bell wrote the best tenure Days has ever had, and will ever have. This is FACT and not just my opinion. Anyone who argues otherwise is an idiot.
INDEED! Best writer is William J. Bell by FAR! He was the one who crafted the stories that made Days famous, with its original original characters...the true vets of Days!

And King, you are right. Now days, Sheri is very highly praised for what she did back then...but back then....she was actually kind of, in a way, the Tomlin/Whitesell/Higley of today...along with Margaret DePriest and some others. She put the nail in the coffin for the Horton's pretty much, and brought in all the new characters that we consider famed vets, and wrote out the beloved vets of that day.

Its really ironic, this era for Days is a repeat of what happened in the 80's.
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Jun 12 2009, 09:40 AM
Its really ironic, this era for Days is a repeat of what happened in the 80's.
This era on Days is a load of hog shit, LoL. At least Bo, Hope, etc. were interesting!
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Kenny
Jun 12 2009, 01:00 AM
Southofsoap
Jun 12 2009, 12:57 AM
I don't get the Sheri Anderson love - have you seen the last season of Falcon Crest? *shudders*
All I know is that that many people champion Sheri Anderson as the greatest writer in Days history. I don't know if that's true or not, because I wasn't watching in the 80's. Lord knows she's gotta be better than the team currently in place though, whoever the hell is writing.
Your dream is not crushed. What do you think about her writing along Carlivati?
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Jun 12 2009, 12:57 AM
Kenny
Jun 12 2009, 12:49 AM
I want to cry.

I was hoping to open this and find news of Sheri Anderson replacing Dena Higley. Too good to be true, I suppose...
I don't get the Sheri Anderson love - have you seen the last season of Falcon Crest? *shudders*
Was she responsible for that mess? Horrific, absolutely horrific. I am starting to wonder if it isn't network interference that is causing many of the problems with soaps. If you look at the good old days, of supercouples and relatively few triangles, and then look at nighttime tv with its endless URST (unresolved sexual tension, couples forever apart), it seems possible that network brass decided that formula would work for soaps.
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Leia
Jun 12 2009, 10:28 AM
What do you think about her writing along Carlivati?
Eh... eh... I think I'll pass on that.
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I am not familiar with Poteet Lisanti's work..anybody know it?
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Charmqn: Just posted this as a new message, but here it is again in case anyone missed it:

As requsted on various message boards, here are the abbreviated weekly recaps of Gary Tomlin & Michelle Poteet Lisanti's one year of head writing "Days" from October 20, 1980-October 20, 1981. Tomlin is now the co-executive producer of "Days" and Poteet Lisanti just returned to "Days" this week as a staff writer.

Week of 10/20/80: Mrs. Chisholm confirmed that that Kellam knew Sunny was murdered. Cassie crashed Tod's party. Julie guessed that Joshua is Sunny's long-lost son. Marie asked Alex not to look for Jessica's parents.
10/27/80: Julie stopped Joshua from killing Kellam. Cassie's dead body washed ashore. Don and Marlena argued about her joining Kellam's staff. Neil refused Kellam's bribe and his gambling debts mounted.
11/3/80: Tod begged Jessica to lie to the cops because they thought he killed Cassie. Mary's attentions were on Chris. Kellam lost the governor's race.
11/10/80: Chris left town when he found out Alex owns the marina. Don and Marlena separated. Trish offered to help Neil with his debts.
11/17/80: Marie admitted to Alex that they are Jessica's parents. Tod and Jessica were charged with Cassie's murder. Liz realized that Neil was Kellam's pawn. Maggie cautioned Mike against teasing Mickey about her and Kyle.
11/24/80: Joshua's testimony cleared Tod and Jessica. Kyle fantasized about Maggie. Mike and Trish rekindled their past love. Neil had Lee tranquilized.
12/1/80: Pippin, the loan shark, closed in on Neil for his gambling debts. Jessica moved into her new apartment. Kellam made a move on Marlena.
12/8/80: Marie begged Alex not to adopt Jessica. Kellam urged Marlena to adopt Johnny. Pippin, the loan shark, had Neil beaten up. Kellam told Liz he'll give Neil the money if she leaves Neil and returns to him.
12/15/80: Jessica was adopted by Alex. Neil disappeared. Marlena asked Don for a divorce. Doug was angered when Lee taunted Julie.
12/22/80: Lee ruined Doug and Julie's Christmas Eve. Doug got even by spending Christmas Day with the Hortons. Because of a mixup, the hospital party had two feuding Santas, Don and Kellam. Chris returned to Salem. Liz asked Mickey to hire a detective to find Neil.
1/5/81: Lee resented the arrival of her sister, Renee. Neil returned but wouldn't tell Liz where he was or how he paid off his debts. Marie went on a religious retreat. Tom prepared for hip surgery. Mike became Trish's manager.
1/12/81: Chris and Joshua decided to build a gym. Lee began receiving mysterious phone calls. Maggie and Mickey became closer after Kyle left town.
1/19/81: Alice found out that Alex is Jessica's father. Liz agreed to marry Neil. Brent returned and followed Renee. Joshua offered Tod a gym job.
1/26/81: Marlena and Don made love one last time before their divorce. Chris told Leslie that it's over between them. Don agreed that Liz should confess their affair to Neil.
2/2/81: Brent assumed the name Brad Connors and dated Julie. Alex asked Marie to leave the church and marry him. Liz came clean to Neil. Lee found out she could walk again, but pretended she couldn't.
2/9/81: Alex fumed when Tod and Jessica dated. Neil forgave Liz for her affair. Renee caught Lee out of her wheelchair. Alex and Marie followed Mary in the Chandler plane, which Max had rigged to crash to kill Alex.
2/16/81: Marie and Alex found their way to a deserted cabin after crashing. Mary found out Marie was Jessica's mother. Brent told Lee he would kill Julie unless Lee paid him more money. Kellam proposed to Marlena.
2/23/81: Lee admitted to Doug she had been a prostitute. Max was confident that Marie and Alex were dead. After Julie rebuffed Brent, he plotted to kill her and frame Lee.
3/2/81: Lee went off the deep end after killing Brent, who was holding Julie hostage. Marie removed her nun's veil and kissed Alex. Doug and Julie reunited.
3/9/81: Kellam showed signs of a breakdown. Tod proposed to Jessica. Neil advised Trish not to divorce David. Tod blamed Marlena for Kellam's condition.
3/16/81: Julie refused to press charges against Lee. Neil clashed with Don over Liz. Chris dated Renee.
3/23/81: Kellam attacked Marlena then was accidentally shot dead by Tod. Marie came closer to leaving the church. Mary seduced Alex. Joshua comforted Marlena. Julie and Doug planned to remarry soon.
3/30/81: Marie caught Alex with Mary. Trish brought Scotty to Salem. Jessica agreed to marry Tod. Alex warned Max not to hurt Mary. Liz accused Marlena of leading Kellam on.
4/6/81: Max went to jail. Marlena revealed to Don that Kellam had raped her. David arrived to stop Trish from divorcing him. Maggie was intrigued when Neil started a surrogate mother program at the hospital.
4/13/81: Tom and Alice advised Marie to leave the church. Marlena resumed her work at the hospital. Don gave up on Marlena once and for all. David told Tom that his boss, Stuart Whyland, might move to Salem.
4/20/81: Jessica was elated when she found out Alex was her father. Mickey nixed Maggie's idea of becoming a surrogate mother. Lee set her eyes on Neil.
4/27/81: Mickey rethought things and gave his okay for Maggie to become a surrogate mother. Marie told Jessica she was her mother. Neil was hesitant to hire Stuart as hospital administrator. Maggie learned that Mike would be returning to Salem in a few weeks.
5/4/81: Marie left the church and began dating Alex. Jessica disappeared. Stuart offered Marlena her own radio talk show.
5/11/81: Mike returned to town. Lee tried to turn Hope against Julie. Neil purchased a house for him and Liz. Stuart dated Marlena.
5/18/81: Lee was released from Bayview. Neil dated Mary to get her off Alex's back. Stuart had eyes for Maggie. Mike became a paramedic. Liz's singing career skyrocketed.
5/25/81: Lee failed to stop Doug and Julie's wedding. Trish and David divorced. Mary located Jessica at a convent. Julie and Doug honeymooned in Japan.
6/1/81: Maggie became pregnant. Mickey told Marlena that he's still apprehensive about Maggie's pregnancy. Chris told Renee about his estranged brother, Jake.
6/8/81: Don and Liz planned to tie the knot. Chris suffered a concussion after a scuffle with Tod. Doug consulted Marlena about Hope's distrust of Julie. Hope decided to live Tom and Alice. Lee gave up on pursuing Doug. Chris was delighted when Jake moved to Salem.
6/15/81: Maggie comforted Stuart. Marie told Mother Superior that Jessica is rushing too fast to become a nun. Jake impressed Hope. Marlena convinced Stuart to hire his son, Evan, at the medical center.
6/22/81: Doug made a scene when he found Hope in Jake's room. Tod apologized for fighting Chris. Don investigated Marlena's weird phone call. Mickey feared that Maggie wouldn't give her child for adoption once it was born.
6/29/81: Chris broke off with Renee. Alex wanted to wed Marie. Hope turned Doug away.
7/6/81: Mike proposed to Trish. Lee tried to throw Neil and Liz together for Marlena's sake. David warned Marie about Alex.
7/13/81: Alex was shot. Renee told police she saw David removing fingerprints from a gun. Neil confirmed that Evan fathered Maggie's child through the surrogacy program. Doug and Hope made amends.
7/20/81: David was charged with shooting Alex. Alex's condition stabilized. Lee dated Stuart.
7/27/81: Jessica kept mum about being evicted from the convent and formed a sleazy alter ego named Angel. Marlena received an ominous note. Liz pressed Don to marry her. Jake pursued Angel. Trish put off marrying Mike.
8/3/81: Alex revealed he had not seen his assailant. Tod admitted he had a drunken blackout the night of Alex's shooting. Don investigated Marlena's strange letters. Neil failed to pry Evan away from Maggie.
8/10/81: Alex realized he's paralyzed. Mary gave a report to Don that stated David was shuttling drug packages in California. Hope offered to introduce Jessica to Jake, who doesn't know Jessica is Angel. Liz planned a splashy wedding to Don.
8/17/81: Mike and Trish got engaged. Don agreed to marry Liz in two weeks. David was convicted of shooting Alex. David's cell mate was hired to kill him. Hope resumed dating Jake, this time with Doug's approval.
8/24/81: David broke out of jail. Maggie had second thoughts about surrendering her child. Marlena received more frightening calls.
8/31/81: Don and Liz got married. Marlena worried that her caller killed a girl. Jake broke a date with Hope to see Angel. Hope warmed up to Julie. Mike tried to win over Scotty. Tod and Joshua reconciled.
9/7/81: Mike scared away a henchman who held Trish and Scotty at gunpoint. Neil caught Jessica hallucinating. Don and Marlena joined forces to catch her mystery caller. Neil dated Mary. Renee hid David in the Body Connection basement.
9/14/81: Mike discovered David. Alex planned a risky operation for his paralysis. Marie set a wedding date with Alex. Jessica's "Angel" persona vowed to exterminate Jessica.
9/21/81: Marie realized that Jessica is Angel. Marlena's caller is on a murder rampage. Joshua told Marlena he has feelings for her.
9/28/81: Marie stopped Jake and Angel (Jessica)'s wedding ceremony and got Jessica hospitalized. Don and Liz had more tiffs over Marlena. Mickey noticed Evan is uncomfortable around him.
10/5/81: Lee was besieged by creditors. Mary tried to seduce Neil. Mike helped David don a facial disguise.
10/12/81: A depressed and out-of-it Tod was arrested after Don prevented him from strangling Marlena. Don thought Tod was Marlena's mystery caller. Mickey and Maggie learned her child would be adopted by a doctor. The mob edged closer to David. Joshua comforted Marlena.
10/19/81: The cops nabbed the mobster after David. Marlena's caller struck again while Tod was locked up. Mike helped Alex search for clues about his assailant.

Tomlin & Poteet Lisanti were replaced after this week of show's by Pat Falken Smith, who would, in the next few months, re-introduce the characters of Valerie & Danny Grant and create three new families in Salem with the introduction of Roman Brady, Kayla Brady, Abe Carver, Stefano DiMera and Tony DiMera.

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Wow! Thanks for the breakdowns Jason! I remember all that but I was so happy with Pat Falken Smith's return! Charmqn, until recently MPL was on the writing staff of OLTL but it's hard for me to know who does what with a staff that large! I believe she was writing scripts for awhile and I was enjoying OLTL until recently!
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Sharongate, bitches!

Southofsoap
Jun 12 2009, 01:39 AM
The current writing team is almost identical to Sunset Beach now.

I can see Dena gone when her 2 year contract is up, to be replaced by Meg Bennett.
Meg Bennett recently re-joined GH, and her husband, Robert Guza, Jr is the HW.
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Jun 12 2009, 01:00 AM
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Jun 12 2009, 12:57 AM
I don't get the Sheri Anderson love - have you seen the last season of Falcon Crest? *shudders*
All I know is that that many people champion Sheri Anderson as the greatest writer in Days history. I don't know if that's true or not, because I wasn't watching in the 80's. Lord knows she's gotta be better than the team currently in place though, whoever the hell is writing.
I would have welcomed Sheri back in an instant. That said, I'll take Michelle. She went a long way toward erasing the mistakes of Nina Laemmle (oh God, that woman was AWFUL!!)

As for greatest writer? Can't beat the Bell/Smith era.
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Thanks Jason47! With a few exceptions, I remember these stories & characters. My favorites from this time were Doug & Julie reuniting, Jessica's multiple personalities, and Maggie being a surrogate mother (she kept the baby, of course). Bill & Susan Seaforth Hayes said that when Doug & Julie remarried during this time, the writers actually asked them for input regarding how they wanted the wedding to be. They indicated that this wasn't the norm. So, I take that to be a hopeful sign that Michelle will do a good job and care about the characters this time around.
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Jun 12 2009, 07:26 PM
Thanks Jason47! With a few exceptions, I remember these stories & characters. My favorites from this time were Doug & Julie reuniting, Jessica's multiple personalities, and Maggie being a surrogate mother (she kept the baby, of course). Bill & Susan Seaforth Hayes said that when Doug & Julie remarried during this time, the writers actually asked them for input regarding how they wanted the wedding to be. They indicated that this wasn't the norm. So, I take that to be a hopeful sign that Michelle will do a good job and care about the characters this time around.
Michelle doesn't have any say in story.
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Not yet, anyway. ;)
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Does anyone know if she had a hand in last weeks Grace/EJ/Sami reveal?
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