James E. Reilly was an American soap opera writer, who begun his career in daytime in 1984, as an associate head writer for CBS's serial "Capitol," and then moved on to briefly serve in the same position on "Ryan's Hope." In 1985, he joined the crew of "General Hospital" and wrote for the show until 1987. He also had a brief stint as associate head writer on "Days of our Lives" in 1989, and as a consultant in 1990 on "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," respectively. He got his first co-head writing job on "Guiding Light" in 1990, and he left the show in 1992, to fill the same position on "Days of our Lives." He stayed with the show 1998, and went to be a consultant on NBC's soap "Sunset Beach" for a brief period before he created "Passions," NBC's daytime drama in 1999. He wrote and supervised the show during its entire run until 2008. Meanwhile, he was also pulling double duty when he returned as a head writer on "Days of our Lives" from 2003 to 2006. "Passions" was the final show he was writing for before he passed away while recovering from cardiac surgery.