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Alison Sweeney Back AT DAYS … Directing!

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Courtesy/AliSweeneyTwitter

Alison Sweeney who since departing her long time role as Sami Brady on Days of our Lives has been busy on the other side of the camera!

First, she recently directed an episode of General Hospital and will be returning to do future episodes, and now comes word from Alison that she is already back in Salem directing an episode of DAYS!

Today, Alison tweeted this pic with the words,”So happy 2 b back in Salem – directing! Love visiting my peeps,  Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Deidre Hall (Marlena)!”

No word yet on when the episode will air, but as fans of the NBC soap know, DAYS tapes months in advance!

So, what do you think of Alison directing at DAYS?  Ready for her run as Sami to wrap-up on air in the coming months?  Share your thoughts below!

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Jimmy
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Jimmy

Why does DAYS tape so far in advance in comparison to other soaps?

Jules
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Jules

Saves them money. They shoot 8 episodes in 5 days, with one week a month always dark. But as time goes, those extra days shooting a one week frame produces adds up to further and further in advance they are in shooting VS air.

It has been said other soaps will be following suit to the same end, but it doesn’t seem like they’re taking it that far yet.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

To have time to find a new home if NBC does not want to continue.

Ricky
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Ricky

It was decided years ago to tape far in advance to reduce the production costs and keep Days on the air. I for one think it was an incredibly smart decision and ever since the switch ( which I think was sometime around 2010) the show has been such a pleasure to watch.

I find there is more of a balance with character airtime and story arcs that don’t drag out forever.

I hope that helps explain a little, and they tape about 4.5-5 months in advance if you were wondering.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I wondered about that as well.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Glad Alison is back in Salem, even if it is behind the camera! Didn’t think she could stay away for long. Nice to know you can always go home again!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

She’s been gone all of 5 minutes and not on screen yet…SMH…she seems to be all over the map at the moment doing even more than she did when she was acting. OVER THIS!!!

LUMIly
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LUMIly

I love Sami,so hurry home to Dool and Lucas forever this time 🙂

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Would love her to be in Lucas’ orbit. Love Lucas & miss him. He needs more story no matter what.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Lucas and Serena(Melissa Archer) will be paired…i can picture them together and see chemistry without them even in scenes yet…hope it happens!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

So happy for Allison Sweeney and DooL. Nice photo too

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

She’ll eventually be back in front of the camera too…im certain she’ll want to be part of Days 50th next year!!!

Jim Nelson
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Jim Nelson

Well I am sure she will do an excellent job directing, she’s an intelligent gal with great instincts – she understands the way a soap unfolds, and the sometimes cornball expressions and reactions that are required (I don’t mean that as a “put down” at all because I love DAYS but we all know how each scene is it’s own cliffhanger) – at any rate I think most of us feel confident she has the experience and know how that is needed when directing daytime drama.

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

I certainly will miss having Sami in Salem, but I support Ali’s decision. Days is so good these days, and newer actresses like Kassie dePaiva, Jen Lilley and incoming Melissa Archer should help keep the drama stirred with fan favorites, such as Missy Reeves, Lauren Koslow, and Ari Zucker.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

There is no place like home! If Alison is a good director, shouldn’t the people at Days benefit from her expertise? Of course they should! Welcome home, Alison!

Judie Farinelli
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Judie Farinelli

I have watched Alison Sweeney since she started on DAYS, and am so sad to know she will be off screen. I hope she returns periodically, as no one can fill her shoes with the same zest and passion that she put in to Sami Brady. Now I see character E.J. was killed on Friday’s episode.. Losing to many characters. It should have been Stephano.

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Raven Bowens is the New Chanel on DAYS

There has been a casting switcheroo at Days of our Lives.   Precious Way is out in the role of Chanel Dupree and the part had been recast.

Way debuted on-screen back in March of 2021, but now comes word, first via Jason 47’s Facebook page, that Chanel will be played by actress Raven Bowens.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Bowens to first air on-screen on the July 6th episode.  Apparently, she has been taping at the DAYS set since April.

Raven has previously appeared on All Rise, Insecure, The New Edition Story and Future Man.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

So, what do you think of the Chantal switch? Comment below.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews the New EJami

Coming up on Days of our Lives, Dan Feurerriegel take over the role of EJ DiMera on-screen, and the character is making quite the timely, or untimely return to Salem now that Sami (Alison Sweeney) has been hitting the sheets with her ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).

Feurerriegel is stepping into the coveted role of EJ made soap-famous by James Scott, who left the series back in 2014 and never returned.

Now the question is can Sweeney and Feurerriegel strike soap gold with their re-imagined duo known as “EJami”?

 

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Alison Sweeney opened up about the casting, working with Dan, and the future of EJami sharing: “To be honest, I was nervous when I heard they were recasting EJ.  That’s a big role to fill, I mean, James Scott was definitely a fan favorite and EJ is such a memorable role in the story and certainly in Sami’s life.”

Sweeney said of sharing scenes with Feurerriegel, “Dan has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He clearly understood the importance of the task ahead.”

As for what fans of EJami may be in for, Sweeney noted:  ” I hope those ‘EJami’ fans see the couple they were so connected to, but of course, in a new, different way.”

So will you be giving the new EJami a chance? Looking forward to Dan’s debut, or are you Team Lumi all the way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this week’s promo for DAYS.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Opens Up To Maurice Benard About His Battle with Addiction on All-New ‘State of Mind’

In a terrific episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) State of Mind You Tube series, the actor welcomes another one of the best actors on daytime, Days of our Lives star Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of our Lives).

What made this so compelling was Billy Flynn’s ability to talk openly, frankly, and with great understanding about his battles with addiction which he notes have been alcohol, drugs, and the cycles he has found himself in within his life and how he was able to break free of them, and the work he continues to do to keep him from falling back into them.

Flynn shares how much of his adult life was greatly impacted by his childhood, and explained to Benard, how he acted out when he was younger. He also shares how his addiction caused issues for awhile with his job at Days of our Lives.

This episode is a powerful one to watch for anyone struggling with issues of addiction, dependency, suicide, having problems at work, and trying to not self-destruct, which so many of us do, once we seemingly get what we what or while we are trying to obtain it.

Bravo to Billy and Maurice for bringing this forward and to the audience.

Watch Billy’a visit on State of Mind below, followed by a bonus segment where Flynn asks Benard some ‘hard-hitting’ questions.

What did you think of what Billy shared with Maurice? Comment below.

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