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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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