The message boards have been buzzing about an item on a gossip site, that says that Days producer Ed Scott has been rewriting the show for “weeks and weeks.” There is more to the rumor, but you can read the rest here.
(Spoiler-free types be warned, there are some storyline spoilers also in that column. For myself, I can hardly bring myself to care about being spoiled anymore.)
I think Higley is covering her ass. I am not inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt, given the way she scabbed for Days during the writers’ strike, but weaseled herself out of being penalized for it. I think this item is clearly slanted to make her look better. In any case, the writing of the last few weeks has certainly been an incoherent mess (S&K fallout scenes aside), but before that it was an only slightly less incoherent mess.
I am worried that this type of infighting makes it more likely that NBC will pull the plug. I hope Days can sort itself out and get in a headwriter that Ed Scott can work with. I hate to sound callous, but if all this results in Higley’s departure, I would have hope for the show again. (Not a lot of hope, but a little.)
Honestly, I think Days’ problems have been years in the making, and the lion’s share of the blame lies at the feet of one man: Ken Corday.
ETA: I see my fellow blogger Tripp has also posted about this, saying nearly the same thing I did. Here’s her take.