Take your best Caption This shot at Lexie (Renee Jones) from Days of Our Lives.
Here's what's coming up on Days of Our Lives on Tuesday (January 6).
Days of Our Lives is getting a lot of press these days for its decision to embark on a very un-Salemlike (read: sans microchips, memories on CD or the like) medical storyline featuring Theo, the young son of Abe and Lexie Carver, be being diagnosed with Autism. The storyline was inspired by the real life diagnosis of headwriter Dena Higley's son with the disorder years earlier.
What has soap critics like TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco scratching their heads is the fact that the reveal or "money shot" as Nelson calls it, happened offscreen. According to Nelson in his latest column, this sinks the storyline before it even begins, as well as denies long backburnered Days vets James Reynolds and Renee Jones their opportunity to shine as performers.
What do you think? Since we didn't see Abe and Lexie first learn their son had a disorder that would change all of their lives onscreen is the storyline already dead in the water or will it still be worth it to see where Days goes with this story?
Days of Our Lives' stars James Reynolds and Renee Jones and Headwriter Dena Higley appeared on the Today Show to talk about this summer's autism storyline. Anyone who is curious about autism or the upcoming storyline should check it out.
This month Days of Our Lives will place a spotlight on autism when it’s revealed that Salem police Commissioner Abe Caver (James Reynolds) and wife Dr. Lexie Carver (Renee Jones), will find out that their son has the illness. This storyline has a great amount of sentiment for head writer Dena Higley especially since she too had a son that was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, just like little Theo Carver. Days have paired with group Autism Speaks, the country’s foremost autism advocacy group in order to give an authentic and accurate depiction as well as relaying information of families dealing with the disorder.
"We're telling the profound and life-altering story of a child with autism from his parents' point of view," said head writer Higley. "Their pain, their struggle -- and ultimately, their ability to find life-affirming hope in the midst of learning how to live day to day with this disability. This is a personal story for me...as my husband and I have walked in the shoes Abe and Lexie are now about to walk in."
Background on Autism
Autism is a brain disorder that hampers a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and i a person afflicted by it has extreme behavioral challenges. Autism is diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis. There is no cure for autism.
"This storyline realistically portrays the emotional trauma that every family faces when a child is diagnosed with autism, yet it also opens a window for viewers to see the hope and achievements that are possible as a family pulls together," said Alison Singer, Executive Vice President of Communications and Awareness for Autism Speaks. "We are honored to work with 'Days of our Lives' and applaud the show's commitment to shine a bright spotlight on the autism crisis and its effects on the whole family."
With all the crazy storylines that has been on DAYS since its inception I have to commend them with taking the time to build up a fantastic storyline in order to bring awareness to this growing crisis.