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Alison Sweeney Back AT DAYS … Directing!

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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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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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