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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
Jimmy

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

Jules
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
4ever DAYS

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

Ricky
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.
Lew S.

I wondered about that as well.

Gmbenet
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
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
LUMIly

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

MBmomof3
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)
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
MBmomof3

So happy for Allison Sweeney and DooL. Nice photo too

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
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
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
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
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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If you have been witnessing this week’s episodes of NBC’s Days of our Lives, you know that Julie suffered a massive heart attack that has rocked Doug to his core, and has made the once invincible Julie devastated that she may not survive this medical crisis to continue her enduring love with her husband.

The heart attack which came about after Julie minced words with Gabi (Camila Banus), has given veteran stars and Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy Award recipients, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, some emotional and heartfelt material to play.  As everyone knows, the popular duo has been married in real-life for decades.

On their official Twitter handle DaysHayes, the couple shared this tweet to their followers: “Those scenes between Doug and Hope, and the ones between Doug and Julie were so beautifully written, we didn’t have to act them. The love between us played them for us. Thank you, Ron!”

Of course, Bill and Susan were referencing Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati for this storyline and giving them these impactful scenes to play which mean so much to them and the longtime DAYS viewing audience.

So, what have you thought about the recent Doug and Julie scenes, since Julie suffered a heart attack?  What do you think of giving vets like Bill and Susan the ball in this storyline? Comment below.

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On an all-new Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, three women who have been part of the latest major reveal are the special guests.  First up is Leann Hunley, who’s Anna returned to Salem only to find Tony (Thaao Penghlis) very much alive and married to who she thought was “Nicole”.

Then in the twist at John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) wedding anniversary shindig, it was revealed that the woman masquerading as “Nicole” was actually Kristen, thus devastating Anna knowing that Tony knowingly married his own sister as part of plot to gain control of DiMera Enterprises.  She later learns Tony has to spend time behind bars for shooting Ted Laurent, and has to say goodbye to him as he serves time after finding him again.

Leann chats with host Michael Fairman as she weighs-in on the latest story plot, working with her dear friend Thaao Penghlis , the men in Anna’s life through the years, and how the series has written her character over the years and more.

Later, Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole)  sit down with Michael and talk about the sisterhood they have formed since learning that Ari would be playing Kristen in disguise.  The dynamic duo share their thoughts on the making of, and the moment of the big reveal when John figures it all out and unmasks Kristen in front of the guests at the Jarlena wedding reception, as Brady (Eric Martsolf) is beyond duped!  In addition, both Stacy and Ari share that they are looking forward for viewers to now see the return of the real Nicole, and that Kristen will no longer be hiding under a mask, and more.

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So what did you think of the sentiments shared by Stacy, Arianne and Leann?  Was the unmasking of Nicole/Kristen one your favorite moment recently on DAYS?

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Right before Labor Day weekend, NBC released the new fall season promo for Days of our Lives, and from the looks of it, fans are in for surprise after surprise, all leading to “a twist never before seen in daytime”, according to the teaser.

From Jack (Matt Ashford) and Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) big kiss, to someone becoming preggars, to the reuniting of Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and heart-stopping drama involving Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), plus Vivian (Robin Strasser) being alive much to the shock of her son, Stefan (Brandon Barash), an Elani wedding, and returns of Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Hartley) and Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), and more, there are plenty of nuggets to dissect and speculate on of what’s to come in Salem from this fall season kick-off.

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