More shakeup on Days of Our Lives: The NBC soap has officially announced that it has hired the Emmy-winning duo of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell to serve as their newest head writers, effective immediately.

The duo replaces Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr., who were brought on in May 2011 to help relaunch the aging sudser by bringing back veteran stars like Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Patrick Muldoon, Christie Clark and Matthew Ashford. Ratings, however, did not improve: DOOL is tied with The Bold and the Beautiful as the least-watched serial in daytime among women 18-49 (a 1.1 rating). The Young and the Restless is the most watched with a 1.6 rating, according to results through March 25.

Tomlin and Whitesell have previously written for DOOL. The change was first reported by Soap Opera Network.

A spokeswoman says Tomlin and Whitesell will be joined by Lorraine Broderick as a member of the new writing team. Co-executive producer Greg Meng released this statement: “We are excited and look forward to the stories of romance, suspense and intrigue this new dream team plans to tell.”

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