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Better than ever ‘Days’ celebrates major milestone

November 9, 2018

"Days of Our Lives" cast are, from left, Sal Stowers, Marci Miller, Judi Evans, Kassie DePaiva, Camila Banus, Lucas Adams, Eric Martsolf, Christopher Sean, Mary Beth Evans, Galen Gering, Kristian Alfonso, Chandler Massey, Deidre Hall, Vanessa Williams, Bryan Dattilo, Lauren Koslow, Victoria Konefal and Olivia Keegan.

Today is a special day in the world of television as it marks the 53rd birthday of “Days of Our Lives.”

As you may recall, the show almost didn’t make it to this milestone as NBC considered canceling it to make room for Megyn Kelly. Thankfully, brighter minds prevailed and the sands through the hourglass have continued to fall.

To celebrate the occasion, “Days” is launching The DOOL App, a portal featuring a treasure trove of soapy goodness for both current and former fans. The free app features a video vault full of clips from past episodes, including Bo and Hope’s London wedding and the reunion of John (then Roman) and Marlena on the pier.

Cast members will provide weekly recaps and connect with fans though their own digital “room” where they can post things of interest to them. There is also an arcade where fans can play trivia and answer quizzes. In the future, the app will add original webisodes to supplement the show’s stories.

The app is a great anniversary gift for the fans, but honestly the best gift has been the show itself as “Days” is the best it’s been in decades.

If you haven’t watched for a while, you are missing some of the best scripted daytime drama I’ve ever seen. After changing head writers more than its characters changed clothes, “Days” has finally found its match in Ron Carlivati, who is now in his second year as the show’s head scribe.

The show has thrived under Carlivati’s hand, taking home Daytime Emmys this year for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing. Using an incredible understanding of the history of “Days,” Carlivati develops stories that are seemingly out of nowhere but brilliantly connect in the end. And he manages to unfold the stories at a breakneck pace that was unheard of just a year ago. You miss one episode, you miss a lot.

Not everything has been perfect. Steve’s unseen exit, too many doppelgangers, Stefan DiMera and a campier Kristen have all been misfires. But more often than not, “Days” has hit the bull’s-eye. And the best is yet to come as we’ll welcome back a beloved character early next year in a twist that could be Carlivati’s best yet.

In this column in July 2017, I asked if the fresh direction in which Carlivati planned to take “Days” was too little, too late to rescue a show that had become unwatchable. Fortunately, the answer was a resounding no.

“Days of Our Lives” airs at 1 p.m. weekdays on NBC. Episodes from the previous week are available at NBC.com. The DOOL App can be downloaded at www.TheDOOLApp.com.

Angela Henderson-Bentley writes about television for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact her at ahenderson-bent-ley@hotmall.com.

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