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Alison Sweeney Talks DAYS Return On AOL BUILD Series: "What I Love Most About Sami Is That She Is A Firecracker!"

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Days of our Lives returning favorite, Alison Sweeney was featured on the AOL Build series on Tuesday, where this busy actress/producer/author/mom/spokesperson chatted on a myriad of her projects from her partnership with Arm & Hammer, Her Murder She Baked TV movies, her books, and of course teased her return to DAYS in the coming months as Sami comes back to Salem.

When discussing getting back on set at the long-running NBC soap opera, Sweeney expressed: ” I went back to Days of our Lives this summer, and shot some episodes and I am going to be on this fall starting in October, I think for a couple of months. It was so, so fun It was also oddly nerve-wracking because it turned out OK. I was petrified the first day I returned to work. I was worried I wouldn’t remember my lines. I was worried I wouldn’t remember how to be Sami … I had all of these crazy fears, and then I got there and it was like being home again, and it was wonderful. It was so great. I was happy to be there.”

When the host asked Ali what she could give as a preview to Sami’s return, Sweeney noted: “I think the biggest teasers the show already shared, in that another popular actor is coming back, Chandler Massey, who you remember played Will for many years… make of that what you will.. But it was really fun to see him again and … Maybe to work with him. What I love most about Sami is that she is a firecracker. She comes into a scene and it sort of explodes around her. Sometimes on purpose and sometimes she didn’t mean it . So, there’s something very fun about bringing that character back to life. Definitely, she throws down in Salem and makes some trouble wherever she goes.”

Watch the entire 30 minute interview with Alison after the jump! Then let us know if you are looking forward to seeing how Sami comes back into the story under new head writer, Ron Carlivati in the comment section below!

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Yes, yes, yes!!!!

Is it wrong to want really really bad Sami? No, it is not! Sami who went in drag as a man really really bad. Sami who tortured her half-sister and was awful to her mom about not being with her bio dad. Sami, who’s sense of self-entitlement at the expense of everyone else was as routine as the days in a week.

Bring it.

dmr
dmr

I did like the character of Sami during her younger years, during the Austin (Patrick Muldoon), Carrie, and Sami (and Lucas) years (probably, because I was a teenager and could relate to teen love and angst). However, as the years went on, I grew tired of Sami and her antics. Although, I respect Ali having so many years in the industry and she does have such a loyal fan base.

Celia
Celia

Teen love and angst. Yeah, my friend. Who cannot relate to that. Perfectly stated, dmr.
Sometimes…just sometimes; don’t you wish you could turn back time? When the heart goes pitter-patter at the first sight of the boy ( or girl) we have a crush on?
I can’t wait to see Sami in action again….with a dash of naughtiness.

Jovin
Jovin

Leave those ideas where they belong…with Jim Reilly in his grave! He wrote Sami not so much as a her not so much as a character…but as a sociopathic, psychotic, narcissistic nut job without one redeeming quality. Thankfully…people grow and change! We witnessed Sami’s growth on air. For new writers to trash all that forward progress and character development is lazy, predictable, and a cheat to intelligent viewers who expect more!

Celia
Celia

Well said, Jovin.
I do like Sami, though. LOL.

Vickie Gonyon
Vickie Gonyon

I liked Sami, no matter what story line they had for her, she played in 100%..WELCOME BACK ALLISON SWEENEY…..

Patrick
Patrick

I was very attracted to “Stan” yike

Jovin
Jovin

You do realize that Stan was portrayed by a male actor and not by Sweeney right? She did a couple esbablishing shots and set ups. I shudder even thinking about the steaming pile the show was when Reilly wrote it!

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Well if she returns (or when she returns) it couldn’t hurt this show, because right now the show is just so astonishingly terrible anything would help.

Celia
Celia

An excellent point, Johnny Grant.

blake
blake

I’m glad Sami is back, even if for months. Hopefully she can keep coming back for visits.

Vickie Gonyon
Vickie Gonyon

I’m so excited Allison AHA Sami. is coming back to DOOL. I’ve been a avid fan for 50 years, and i didn’t like when my favorite actor left the show. I’ve followed her in her Hallmark movies and Biggest Loser. No matter what show shes on, she is 1 of the best actors in ever to be on DOOL… I can’t wait for her return.. I glad that the actor who played Will, is coming back also..To bad he wasn’t locked up in a dungoen somewhere also…A typical DOOL move…

Vickie Gonyon
Vickie Gonyon

It would be so perfect, if Will really didn’t die after all…

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

It’s interesting that she hints that Chandler Massey is back, but not necessarily in the character of Will. Of course it would be wonderful to see the smiling, effervescent Will again. However, creating a new character could be even more interesting, especially seeing how he would interact with everyone expecting him to have Will’s behavior and knowledge when he doesn’t. It could be fascinating to watch the new character struggling to live up to and confront the reputation and repercussions of a person he might never even have known. Either way, I will get my DVR set up to start recording as soon as Sami or Chandler are back.

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

Likewise, it could be helpful to new audience members if a new Chandler character slowly got to hear Salem’s people and history explained to him in little chunks of information.

dottie
dottie

Since Sami has left I hardly watch Days. I used to dayscafe every day now maybe every 2 weeks

Mateo
Mateo

Okay….so let’s be clear…Sami is coming back for a couple of months. Much like Eileen Davidson and Chandler Massey. We all know it’s temporary and can only add enough air to keep this show floating till renewal time in 2018. It’s trendy now to bring back characters from long ago. Either dead or written out. I love Chandler Massey’s portrayal of Will. I don’t like the fact that they not only killed him off but made it so much a part of the canvas. It’s what caused Sami to leave town. EJ and Sami were separated by death as well. I am certain EJ will return from the great beyond. I just wish that these actors wouldn’t come back as a gimmick. Once they leave the stories go back to the mundane. My only hope is that Ron Carlivati will write the hell out of this show. He is sorely missed at GH. The huge difference between GH and DAYS is that GH has a stellar cast without bringing back old characters. While there are a few good actors on DAYS, none of them are as spectacular as the casts on other shows. I know that John and Marlena are soap veterans but watching them in any scene together is like watching paint dry. Kayla and Patch (Steve) are just a painful reminder that the 80’s were as fake as the music was back then. You can not rewrite or relive history. My fingers are crossed that DAYS will have some fire again. Currently it’s the MOST unwatchable show in the daytime lineup. With Arianne Zuker leaving there will be one more superb actress leaving the canvas. Ron has his work cut out for him. I have faith he will do his best because he is a stunning writer but I hope he lets go of all the younger cast because they are painful to watch. Hey Ron, make Marlena a serial killer again with a penchant for rubbing out horny teenagers. This will make the show bearable AND enjoyable at the same time.

Paul
Paul

I am looking to her return Ali is my fave actress ever love Sami Days been horrible without her but big part me of is sad that James Scott is not returning i was a huge Ejami fan i thought this time we see them reunite but no he still going to remain dead i think more fans want to see EJ been brought from the dead that Will i never liked her son at all. I am happy she reuniting with him as we all know all mother loves their sons but i never liked the way he treated her.

Mo
Mo

I’m looking forward to her return. Just wish EJ/James Scott were back too. Are the twins returning?

Bonnie Ermilio
Bonnie Ermilio

My husband and I LOVE the Murder She Baked movies on Hallmark Mysteries and Movies channel. Will Allison be making any more of those movies? We don’t see any new ones coming soon. What’s happening?!!!!

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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