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Backstage Shakeup At ‘Days of our Lives’: Walk Outs, Firings and Hirings

Backstage Drama At DAYS

The backstage drama continues on Days of Our Lives. First we hear that head writer Dena Higley has walked off the job and that Ken Corday, Co-Executive Producer welcomed her back. We can report that Ed Scott, co-executive producer of the long running NBC soap has been fired.



This comes after news that Scott allegedly rewrote scripts from head writer Dena Higley. Scott also allegedly encouraged at least one cast member to rewrite scenes. Gary Tomlin will be brought in as the new co-executive producer.

Scott is very well known and well respected in the soap world. Most of his career was spent at The Young and the Restless, first as a producer, then a Supervising Producer and then as Executive Producer. He left the Y&R family in June of 2007 and in August of 2007 joined Days of Our Lives as the Co- Executive Producer, working alongside Emmy Winning head writer Hogan Sheffer to restore the “integrity” back on DAYS. Scott has numerous Daytime Emmy nominations and five Emmy wins with the Young and the Restless.

Tomlin began his career in acting and worked on various soaps in the 80’s. He began writing in 1980 with stints on Days of Our Lives, Search for Tomorrow, Texas, Another World and Santa Barbara in which he was part of the 1989 Emmy winning writing team. In 1995 he joined All My Children as a producer until 1996. In 1997 he joined Sunset Beach as the executive producer, a role he had until December 31, 1999. After joining One Live to Life as an Executive Producer from 2001 until 2003, Tomlin took on directing at Passions from 2003 until 2008. During the Writer’s Strike of 2007-2008, Gary went Fi-Core and accepted an interim writing gig at One Life to Live. During that time, he kept the show afloat and it was rumored he would replace head writer Ron Carlivati at the conclusion of the strike…that proved to be untrue. Tomlin remained on OLTL‘s writing team after the strike ended.

NBC has no comment on the shakeups at Days of Our Lives.