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Alison Sweeney Previews Her DAYS Return: "I Think I Can Say That It's Definitely An Emotional Homecoming …"

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Alison Sweeney who returned to Days of our Lives recently to tape episodes surrounding the shows 50th anniversary that kicks-off in the fall and into November, chatted with PEOPLE.com about being back at the saddle on a daytime drama series, after being gone from the show for over a year.

The recently Daytime Emmy nominated actress, who also has on her resume: host/author/director, previewed what may go down when Sami returns to Salem: “I think I can say that it’s definitely an emotional homecoming and with family there is always going to be. Let me just say that it’s been over a year since I’ve had a tantrum or slapped anybody so I’m out of practice, I might need a refresher.”

After her almost 22-year run on DAYS, Sweeney who has been doing movies made for television, and hosting Biggest Loser among a myriad of projects, said she was challenged coming back to the rigors of soap operas:  “Doing movies we do like eight pages a day, and than I have to go back and do like 50 pages in a day. Oh my gosh. I said to the producer, ‘You know I’m really out of practice, right? Just so you’re aware it’s a really long time since I’ve memorized anything like that.’ I’m freaking out a little but am very excited to see my friends and be family again.”

What will bring Sami back in story to Salem? Share your thoughts on Sweeney’s return below!

 

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mzemma
mzemma

Can’t say I have missed Sami at all. And since she evidently is not bringing her children, guess it is a short visit. Either a wedding, or an illness/funeral is probably on the agenda.
Too bad Sami isn’t returning right now, as her son, Will, needs a wake up call.
Whatever the reason for the return, I pray it is better than the inane reason she went to CA (the movie on Sami’s life).

dmr
dmr

I agree with you, mzemma. I hope that she takes nuWill back to California with her…

Patrick
Patrick

I couldn’t agree more… take Guy Wilson back to hollywood… to ply his craft

in order for him to “be” in Salem

his job… for thee denizen to act at ???

and respond to Freddie Smith… ???

that’s not acting with… and for

his contribution to Salem … lulls… lacks.. and languor

sorry… has to be said…

I can’t help but think… this was a part of the reason Freddie Smith exited… although.. I had to google just how much his participation.. and invest in that facial cream… reaps

Salute

Sonny

and this pairing

hope the trio… : Sony / Days / NBC prop and reinvent

SZima
SZima

Say WHAAAAT? You haven’t missed Sami? This show has been pretty much complete CRAP since she and EJ left.
Sami gave the show so much energy; now it’s a snooze-fest!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Ok this is really mean, but why do they always come back? It’s like a vicious painful game of whack-a-mole. Just when you get used to them being gone, they come back and then leave again just to rip the band-aid off our poor wounded flesh. Why? Let us move on! I don’t watch Days too often, but I’ve been through favorite character whack-a-mole multiple times with other soaps, and the fans are the ones getting slammed on the head.

sharron
sharron

Agree! Stay or go! They always go to do “other projects”. Then, those projects seem to fizzle, and they return. Just stick with the show, like all the veterans have!

Mary SF
Mary SF

It is not mean, and agree in general, but in AS case it is a bit unfair. She was only sixteen when she started on the show, she stayed for 22 years– far longer than most of the young ones who leave thinking there are bigger pastures out there only to return a few years later.

Also, this is the 50th anniversary year– Sami was big part of the show, and I think AS would want to be a part of this milestone year. In this case, her returning is more like a family reunion, than an actress who left, realized there was nothing out there and is coming back. If it wasn’t the 50th anniversary year and she came back I might think it was bit too soon, but for this event I think her coming back for part of it is justified.

Dottie
Dottie

Agreed! And very well stated

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Plus, she said all along that she would come back now and again, so this should not come as a surprise.

Patrick
Patrick

have to agree : “it’s not mean”

I didn’t even think of Sami… after the demise of EJ

yes, granted, he may still be alive

should the trio: production unify

re-invent EJ with Michael Muhney… or another actor capable of stratosphere.. then have at it

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Caroline Brady’s illness and/or death will bring Sami back.

Cindy
Cindy

She has to find out EJ IS ALIVE & save him from Stefano !

Patrick
Patrick

OR

save

US

from Abs… senses dull.. with her… Keep her looking like a woman… ??? !!!! she’s done it before

this thing going on with .. pairing her with Chad… doesn’t work… I just balked at the scenes with Chad … throwing himself at… and she runs back to BEN… when her sanctimonious self declared DiMera less

BRING BACK Sheryl… ie: the hottest woman to be paired with Lucas.. since Sami… and Chad takes an interest… now .. heres… a HOTTEST trio… to spark

Blake
Blake

I’m glad Sami is back. It has been a nice break with her off the show but hopefully she will come back again.

linda dupuis
linda dupuis

It will be good to see Sami back she always added some spice to the show and please don’t let Kristen be alive that would be really stupid she fell 100 feet no one survives that

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Cats do…lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Due to illness…ill take the rest of the month off to comment…see you all in June…i hope!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Yeah, when they need Kristen she will live, just like every Dimera who “died” before her. Sorry to hear you are not well– keeping you in my prayers– these threads just won’t be the same without you, so I do hope you come back in June, in the meanwhile it is time to focus on yourself and your health– unlike like cats and Dimera’s we only have one life, so take care

linda dupuis
linda dupuis

Hope do better thinking of you be well

Patrick
Patrick

my sincere regards JimH

take care…

you’ve stamped and etched your presence w/FUN

Renee Williams
Renee Williams

I think that when Will goes to find out info on Clyde, He comes up missing or hurt really bad and it brings Sami back to Salem.

The Substitute
The Substitute

My gosh the woman was on for 21years let her pay tribute to a soap she grew up on! Allison Sweeney is a spit fire she has a lot on the ball I was sorry that she did not win the emmy. The problem with this whole system is you have columnists who pitch for their favorites and interns that get paid to go on blogs and drivel at the mouth about scenery chewers!

Patrick
Patrick

“I” was sorry too

let the : finally lauded : nominated : forego… the WIN

everyone in the industry knows… how equal… plus… Maura West contributes

there has to be times.. when gift back… should be lauded

Maura : if GH is smart… has plenty… and “ALL” the hierarchy at top

22 years of dream… should have persevered

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t want to denigrate or less than

Ali Sweeney

topped

carried

contributed the genre immense

“Thank You, Ali”

Patrick
Patrick

*there has to be times.. when gift back…

take note, Anthony Geary

“thank you”

Sami
Sami

What the hell is up with your punctuation and syntax? Trying to read your comments is like doing a puzzle.

Tim S
Tim S

It is too early for her to comeback.. she needs to stay away.. she made her bed( and left Days) and she needs to stay away for at least a few years to let her fans miss her….

Mary SF
Mary SF

Under normal circumstances I would agree with you, but this is 50th anniversary of the show– and she was a big part of the show for 22 years. I think it would be silly to have 50th anniversary year without bring back Sami for some of it. It would upset her fan base more if they didn’t ask her back or if she said no. Those who are not fans of hers can rest assured the return will no doubt be brief.

Laurie
Laurie

This is a different situation, Tim. Days is bringing many fan favorites back for their 50th Anniversary show. They are really pulling out the stops and it would be silly to NOT invite AS just because she just left a year ago. Quite frankly fans would be angry & disappointed.

louisa
louisa

Can’t wait to see her again. I SO hope EJ returns too!

Kathy Lewis
Kathy Lewis

I grew up watching Days and Sami has certainly been one of the most interesting characters. I do hope that EJ is alive (he is a Dimera) and he and Sami can finally find the peace they deserve. They both went from conniving, manipulative people, to find their true love. Sami finally found some happiness and the scene in the morgue even brought me to tears. Now they can get rid of Serena, she’s lies to everyone all the time. At least, Sami did it with dignity. Also, Will needs a good slap for acting like a paranoid idiot. So, if Sami comes back maybe she can line up several of the characters.

damien
damien

can carrie and austin come back too?!
i miss the beautiful christie clark… her and rafe were soooo good together,as are her and austin. which makes it so hard to choose! maybe they can do a rafe/ carrie/ austin triangle for real this time!

Patrick
Patrick

“beautiful” post

echo
gavel
gush

this would be MAGICal

“…i miss the beautiful christie clark… her and rafe were soooo good together ”

you add this threesome
w/ Stephen Nichols
w/ Peter Reckell

dang! this is serial recipe for fall all over in love again

LUMILY
LUMILY

I want Sami Horton to come back for Lucas and Will,they are family and please bring Allie Horton too.

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know what to think

ie: Adrienne, Justin, and Lucas

this is combustion drama unfold

big

I can’t tell you who deserves Adri

I love them

tears, submission,for the fallout outcome, big reel

thank you Wally Kurth, Judi Evans, Bryan Dattilo

Patrick
Patrick

they should soras Ali…

for Joey

LOL

just to think of Kayla.. mixing… so much more.. and giving Lucas more air

keep

Sami
Sami

Ali and Joey are cousins.

Tim S
Tim S

Nick needs to come back and take Eve with him…Now that would be a good storyline…

Aden
Aden

Nick and Eve were one of the greasiest, sleaziest, most disgusting couples to ever appear on daytime t.v. second only to Kathie Lee and Hoda.

Patrick
Patrick

I really do seperate Kassie DePaiva and Casey Moss

two of the finest contributors in Salem

finest

Yes

I laud them

they forego… bad writing… or audience vehement… and troop upward

they love each other… and against the grain.. fan chagrin… they LOVE

let it go

these two carry

Robin
Robin

Bring EJ back with Sami to deal with Clyde. The big dogs all get into trouble and EJ comes back to save his father and Sami helps. Clyde, Stef and Kidockis get in to trouble together wtih some new villian they team up and the villian takes over and tries to kill them all and kipnapps their family members one by one, suddenly people are missing everywhere. EJ, Sami, Rafe, Hope, John swope in and take control after half the town feels the tremors of the evil surroundings. Interesting twist all over……….

Breaking News

RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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DAYS Preview – Week of January 7, 2019

This week on Days of our Lives; after two bombshells about her boyfriend surface, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is not pleased.  First, she learns he was the guy that kidnapped Gabi (Camila Banus) and brought him to Stefan (Tyler Christopher).  Later, Ciara overhears a key conversation that does not sit well with her … at all.  Is it curtains for #Cin?

Meanwhile, Xander (Paul Telfer) intends to move back into the Kiriakis mansion, now that he has ammunition in that flash drive thanks to Eve (Kassie DePaivba) on Titan. Looks like Leo’s (Greg Rikaart) new housemate might become quite the ally to take down the entire family for their own gain.

Chad (Billy Flynn) is trying to do everything he can to make Abigail (Kate Mansi) forgive him, and what he does for her is quite special. But what could it be?

And, we learn that Haley (Thia Megia) has ties to Salem and an explosive secret.

Check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC for the action this week in Salem and then these other teasers below:

Monday, January 7

Jack runs into Kayla and discovers a dark moment from his past.

Tuesday, January 8

Julie helps Chad plan a special date with Abigail.

Wednesday, January 9

Leo meets Xander for the first time — and is immediately smitten.

Thursday, January 10

Eric reveals he’s made a decision about Holly’s custody case.

Friday, January 11

Brady and Chloe share a close moment.

Now, which storyline are you most intrigued by this week on DAYS? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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