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Alison Sweeney to Return to Days of our Lives in New Deal

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Fantastic news for Days of our Lives! One of their biggest stars, Alison Sweeney (Sami) is going to be spending a lot more time in Salem when the show returns to production in September.

According to a report by Deadline, Sweeney will be back taping all-new episodes later this year as part of a new deal that will have her airing through most of Days’ current season contract with NBC into most of 2021.

This marks a new deal for Sweeney with the long-running show.  Alison left DAYS in 2014 as a full-time cast member, but since then has been returning for multiple short term story arcs since 2017.

In a statement, Days of our Lives executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It is always a beautiful day in Salem when we get to welcome Alison Sweeney back to the canvas.  Sami Brady is an integral part of our show’s history and we are elated that she’s coming home again.”

As to the storyline for Sami, while we are sure the show is keeping more under wraps, Deadline reported that Sami will  part of an emotional storyline centered around family and her SORASed daughter Allie Horton (Lindsay Arnold), which viewers are currently seeing play-out on current episodes airing in August and into September.

In addition to her new stint with DAYS, Sweeney will continue to produce and star in her other projects; many of them, as fans know, for the Hallmark Channel.

So, what do you think of more Sami on the way on DAYS … and more Alison Sweeney for a lengthier-time on the daytime drama? Comment below.

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Rodd
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Rodd

Definitely a good shot in the arm for DAYS! Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Richard Danner
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Richard Danner

I am SO excited for this. Alison is one of the daytime greats and i am SO excited she is sticking around Salem. This HAS to mean they are finally going to recast EJ. And they will probably bring Johnny onto the scene as well! OMG THIS IS AMAZING! EJ can’t stay in Europe forever! Paul Leyden(ex-Simon, ATWT) is my top pick. He has an accent and is tall, dark and very handsome!

Patrick
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Patrick

the one actor that came to mind… ie: recast EJ

he did a Lochner episode w/a few of his Guiding Light cast mate (s)

Paul Anthony Stewart : ex Danny , Guiding Light

he was a very pleasant surprise how well he looks… he’s got the same high brow low key attribute similar’ James Scott

Mary
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Mary

I read somewhere that Rafe is not leaving Salem.

Satan
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Satan

He is leaving. Because his daddy somehow got the entire family targeted by some unknown band of criminals. But apparently he and Gabi will both be back… presumably before the Hellidays.

Patrick
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Patrick

WITH ALL the sweeping change’ – it seems like it’s back to @DAYS of ole: Sami AND Nicole. WHEN soaps MUST – change – with the time unless @Ken Corday is that smart… perhaps by the demise of Hope AND what should be Jennifer. smell her dead paycheck any one? recognizing the quality they have in Linsey Godfrey And Stacy Haiduk they bring along , stalwart Ali Sweeney AND Ari Zucker…. Yawn As I type this.. I realize… OH GOD NO ! Galen Gering and Ali Sweeney AGAIN! if DAYS truly want a surefire HIT !!!! they would rehire Christy… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

MY QUEEN : slap me

Marci Miller AND Billy Flynn : I LOVE HIM. okay

Chad AND ABS

for ALL the upheaval… ??? REAL’ly ? QUALITY STUFF LEFT

Patrick
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Patrick

OH GOD : Salem’ite STING … another LOVE FEST

Lani and Eli ( and the twins )

best ever

Patrick
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Patrick

Ali AND Tripp : welcome back to the younger set .. of LOVE

this show has some stir, fire, simmer, and AMMO

YUM

Damien
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Damien

Yes!
Yes!
Triple yes to Sami along with Tripp and ofcourse Samis rival sis Carrie!!
Would love to see Rons take on Sami/ Rafe/ Carrie / Austin!
My all time fave days triangle is Sami/ Austin/ Carrie !
Days wasnt doin much for me the past cpl months but really excited with Sami and the gorgeous Marci Miller back and poosible news of Tripp s return especially since Patchs around again!
Would just wish Days would really promote the show during the day on tv with commercials since its one of the only shows/ soaps not affected with shutdowns
Cmon NBC!

Mary
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Mary

Christy Clark lives with her husband and children happily in London, England.

Patrick
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Patrick

AND, I pray; she’s long past her covid-19. my best to you and yours Ms. Clark and all the readers on this wonderful platform. I hope i reach the heaven

WOW was their instantaneous combustion … ALL over the telee when Carrie and Rafe did in fact “CHEMISTRY” !!!! oh lord, it was smart, LOVE, n FEAST !!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

have been watching Judi Evans as @Bonnie. Lord God same goes with Ms. Evans (covid, plus) and hers. moment of silence… candle lit ‘ heart

Mika
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Mika

I would have rather they kept on Greg Vaughn.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Based on his statement, I doubt Greg Vaughan would immediately return to the role of Eric, especially given that prior story promises never happened.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

And I would guess with his statements, Greg has burned bridges with the way he pointedly shades Ron C. Even if he thinks he didn’t get the stories he was promised, not a good look to appear to be whining about it publicly. I like Greg, but he shouldn’t have taken that approach. And he thought he was a “supporting player” in everyone else’s story? Well, his character — no matter how likeable — was not meant to be the star of the show.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Well, his character — no matter how likeable — was not meant to be the star of the show ” I agree I certainly also think he got to do so much more than be that “glorified extra” ??? these casts are huge? who’s hot , who’s going backburner, comings and goings ???? Greg Vaughan was at his all time high w/Eileen Davidson: whatever they are smoking. this last return ? I thought Greg Vaughan AND Linsey Godfrey ROCKED THE HOUSE ! until the return of Ari Zucker… then here comes sister Sami in Ali Sweeney. hence, my opine that… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ken Corday saving face, part II: sign Alison Sweeney for one-year!

Satan
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Satan

The Devil has always been a fan of Samantha Brady. Great decision to keep her around.

Momo
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Momo

Yay! Good news. I wish James Scott, EJ, would return.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

I think getting James Scott back would take a miracle.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

This news makes it even stranger that Will won’t be around. Can we please get him back?

Angela Y
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Angela Y

This show is not appealing in the least anymore because it’s turning into the Jarlena hour & everyone else not associated with them is written for poorly & given maybe 1 day every two weeks. I call them ReRons leftovers, those he doesn’t care about. I guess time jump was so bad they have to time warp back to 09 or so with the last blast crew too? So much for new characters & diversity. Pathetic

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Funny, because usually the soaps are called out for NOT focusing on veteran characters and their families. I think that’s something that the Days team is actually doing really well with. But I agree about the lack of diversity.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I was shocked to see actual courtroom scenes! In many months, courtroom scenes were avoided like the plague. We just saw characters talking about them before and afterward, sometimes in some kind of anteroom to the courtroom. It was so awkward…

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Everyone loves Sami. Glad she’s back.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Glad Sami is back. Everyone loves her.

PaulabEmmett
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PaulabEmmett

I want Alison Sweeney back on cool permanantly

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Krista Allen is The Bold and the Beautiful’s New Taylor Hayes

In a shocking casting move, former Days of our Lives star, Krista Allen (Ex-Billie Reed from 1996-1999) has replaced long time B&B favorite, Hunter Tylo in the role of Dr. Taylor Hayes.

According to EW.com, Allen will take over the role of beginning on December 10th. Tylo, had previously played the role of Taylor for over three decades on the CBS daytime drama series.

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The report also notes that The Bold and the Beautiful did reach out to Hunter about reprising her signature role but was unsuccessful.

For fans of the show, Taylor has been absent for many key story points since 2019 including: her son Thomas’ brain surgery and the recent marriage of her daughter, Steffy’s marriage to Finn, plus the birth of her grandson and more.

In a tweet following the casting news being announced, Allen shared on her Twitter account: “This is gonna be a fun one! Very excited to step into this iconic role and be back on Daytime after 25 years! … Omg T-W-E-N-T-Y F-I-V-E years?”

Krista will start taping at B&B’s CBS Television City soundstage this Thursday, October 28th, and will share her first scenes with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Will there be trouble ahead in his marriage of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge with NuTaylor back in the picture?

Allen was recently seen on the TV series 9-1-1, and numerous primetime and film appearances.

So, what do you think of Krista Allen becoming the recast Dr. Taylor Hayes? Comment below.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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