‘Days of Our Lives’ Boss Replaced in Soap Shake-Up

by | October 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Deep Soap

Shocker: “Days of Our Lives” Replaces Executive Producer Noel Maxam With Lisa DeCazotte

Days of Our Lives” has replaced co-executive producer Noel Maxam with Lisa DeCazotte, who previously served as the executive producer of “Passions” and “General Hospital: Night Shift.” DeCazotte previously worked with “Days’” new headwriters Marlene McPherson and  Darrell Ray Thomas Junior. This shift comes as a surprise. Maxam became a producer and director at the show in 2007, was promoted to supervising producer in 2009, and was chosen by executive producer Ken Corday to be one of two co-executive producer along with Greg Meng, who has worked on the show for decades. Maxam was credited with developing and supervising the design of the new Horton Square set.

Soap Opera Network broke the news on Saturday. Meng confirmed it to Soap Opera Digest on Sunday. He gave no explanation for the change, saying only, “[Executive producer] Ken Corday is excited to have Lisa join the ‘Days of Our Lives’ family.” Maxam was a director and producer for “The Young & the Restless” for many years, working closely with former EP Ed Scott. When Scott joined “Days,” he recruited Maxam. When Scott left the soap a year later, Maxam remained. Now that Scott is working as a producer on”The Bold & the Beautiful,” perhaps Maxam will reunite with his mentor.

Nancy Lee Grahn (“General Hospital”), who earlier in the week used Twitter to create a PR nightmare for designer Vera Wang when she tweeted that GH was not allowed to purchase a couture wedding dress for use on the show, hinted at the news on Saturday tweeting, “Very excited about soap news about to be broken Monday. I LOVE the person that this is about. She is [Grahn's daughter] Kate’s Godmother. That’s all I’ll say.”  Sunday, she added, “Lisa De Cazotte is one of the finest women I know of… and I know alot of fine women. Watch Dool ratings rise just because…..”  Grahn ought to consider a second career as a publicist or journalist, because she broke two major stories in a week.

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Darnell Williams to “All My Children”?

Yet another major daytime story breaks via Twitter. “All My Children” star Lindsay Hartley (Cara), one of only two actors to officially sign deals to join the on-line version of the show, tweeted that one of the show’s most talented and beloved actors, Darnell Williams (Jesse) will be joining her.  “Hello everyone! Pp update . Darnell Williams has officially signed on!! More to come xo” Prospect Park has yet to confirm, but the company has so far opted to announce the signings of multiple actors at once. AMC fans have been concerned that, while numerous actors as well as the show’s current headwriter and Executive Producer have signed contracts to join the on-line version of “One Life to Live,” AMC had only Hartley and Cameron Mathison (Ryan.) Hopefully, several more AMC actors will soon be joining him.

It is hard to imagine Jesse without the love of his life, Angie, particularly since the show’s ABC run ended with her regaining her sight and forgiving him for not telling her about the death of their baby. Unfortunately, since Debbi Morgan has joined the cast of “The Young & the Restless,” the show is going to have to find a way to write off Angie.

Jeanne Cooper Temporarily Leaves Y&R, Stacy Haiduk Returns

“The Young & the Restless” grande dame Jeanne Cooper needs to take a brief  leave of absence for medical reasons. Executive Producer Maria Bell assured Entertainment Weekly that Cooper will be back on the show soon, saying “Jeanne is an integral part of our show and we look forward to her imminent return.  We have great storyline coming up for Mrs. Chancellor.”Michael Learned, best known for her starring role in “The Waltons” will be her temporary replacement. Learned played a cancer patient on “General Hospital” last year. Learned will first appear in the November tenth episode.

Friday’s episode of Y&R ended with a shot of a familiar feline tattoo. Genoa City’s crazy cat lady Patty is back. Soap Opera Digest confirms that Stacy Haiduk is indeed returning to the  show. It seems that Patty has been working as Genevieve’s (Genie Francis) maid, using the name Myrna. It does seems somehow fitting that insane Genevieve would hire someone even nuttier to clean her house. Based on the mysterious text messages that everyone suspected of Diane’s murder received, it appears that Patty is the culprit, though her motivation is as of yet unclear. Perhaps she thought that killing Diane would help the object of her obsession, Jack (Peter Bergman). If nothing else, Patty’s return should provide some meaty scenes for Paul (Doug Davidson).

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