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DAYS Alison Sweeney: "I'd Want My Epitaph To Be, 'Ali Sweeney: She Worked Hard!'"

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Alison Sweeney (Sami) has been burning down the house on Days of our Lives in recent weeks with some of her best performances in her extraordinary two decade plus career on the NBC soap opera!

The fan favorite departed the series following her last tape day on May 23rd to devote time to being a more full-time mom to her children, and to concentrate on other aspects of her very busy career including: her hosting gig on The Biggest Loser, her novels including her latest book, Scared Scriptless and directing! Alison is said to be  directing over at General Hospital filling in for one of the directors.

PEOPLE.com chatted with Alison about life after soaps, and putting her family first at this time in her life when she is one of the most fearless, hard-workers out there! Alison revealed: “I’ve always been willing to work hard.  I love what I do, and I’m passionate about it. I’d want my epitaph to be ‘Ali Sweeney: She worked hard.'”

What do you think about what Alison would like her epitaph to read?  We would certainly agree that it would be a great choice given all that she has accomplished in her life!  Have you been enjoying Alison’s recent scenes as DAYS Sami continues to inflict her revenge on Abigail (Kate Mansi) and EJ (James Scott)?  Let us know!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

The Sami’s revenge on Abigail and E.j. is an emmy winning for A.S.,performance(the others were good too) and i loved it…it was a good five ‘DAYS’ there but now im ready for the revenge part of the plot to be done and move on…

Omar
Omar

I agree Alison Sweeney’s performances during the week were Emmy worthy..I love DAYS but the one thing about the show that irks me, is the stories drag on and on..I hope we get a satisfying finish to this storyline without it lingering till fall.

phil
phil

I would rather it take longer to tell a story than have quick stories with very little depth…just sayin!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

And Jordans story is the one that really drags…hope it picks up soon…and i too hope Sami’s story has a satisfying finish!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Kristen kidnaps Danial so E.J. can take his place…E.J has cosmetic surgery to look like Danial to avoid past crimes and because he doesnt have medical knowledge he leaves the hospital to work for Victor…to take over Victors business and all his money after Sami leaves him penniless! Then as Danial he decides to make a play for Abigail as E.J./Danial is really attracted to her after all…real Danial escapes Kristen and comes face to face with fake Danial in the Horton Square in front of Jen, Maggie, Victor with both men claiming to be the real Danial Jonas…wouldnt you just love two Danials living in Salem…lmfao!!!

dmr
dmr

Sami has never been my favorite character. I have always thought that she was very immature, which is why I never bought into someone like EJ Dimera being involved with her. But, I think that the writers are doing a good job at going through the emotions of someone being cheated on and humiliated-the shock, anger, sorrow, etc. I agree, Jordan’s story is beyond boring. Are we to believe that her BIG secret is that she stole some money and ran off with her brother to protect him? How boring.

Father Time
Father Time

I’m sure there’s a lot more to the Jordan and Ben storyline. It will all be revealed in due time.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree with you to a certain degree dmr, but I think the writers are taking Sami’s “anger” a bit too far. I had previously posted that I don’t know how I would have reacted had my husband cheated on me. Sami is well within her rights to wield her “weapon” of payback against both EJ and Abigail. But, this has become an obsession and a thirst for revenge which is not very becoming, nor is it apropos for someone of Sami’s “loose” past. EJ and Sami knew each other’s shortcomings, including their frail sense of fidelity. So what is she carping about? Because it was done to her? She could cheat on her mate, but watch out if the same is done onto her. No one crosses Sami? I am no fan of Abbi…frankly, I do not like her much. However, Sami is being made out to be a regular old biddy…..a virago. That just isn’t Sami. That’s more like Julie. What gives? Is it to ease our pain in watching her exit, lol? Why make the audience hate her? I am not liking Sami very much right now…, I hate this behavior.
Please writers, allow Sami to walk out with dignity and integrity. As it is, she is losing whatever self-respect she has.

Tina
Tina

No Michael. I hate that Ali’s last months are wasted on this story. Both Ali & James deserved better story with more competent actors.

Maggie
Maggie

Ali has been turning in extraordinary performances, one after the other. She’s been phenomenal. She’s taken a story that was a horrible slap in the face to her (and to James Scott) and turned it into one more memorable Sami story. As Ali said, she was handed lemons and she proceeded to make margaritas out of them. While I’ll never forgive Days for this story and for the destruction they dealt to EJ, Sami, and EJami, I will always remember Sami’s heart breaking over what should not have been.

I’m going to miss seeing my girl Sami – thank heaven for you tube – but I’ll be following Ali wherever she goes and cheering her on.

Go Sami! Go Ali!

Work hard!

kazzy
kazzy

really getting sick of anything sami and ej. Sami’s best pairing ever was Sami and Lucas, the scheme team. I just want ej and sami gone at this point. yes I am a hater and will never ever change my mind so lets not go there, shall we?

I think Ej’s best pairing was Nicole, she was the prefect Dimera wife.

I am not enjoying sami’s revenge as she is taking it to far and will proably just end up back with her lying cheating rapist anyways.

phil
phil

Both are leaving, and EJ is before Sami…I think he is going to die by the way and Sami will move away.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

You are not alone…i always liked Sami with Lucas…and Nicole with E.J.,…it shouldve been E.J. cheated on Nicole with Sami and then Sami and E.J., runs off together…imo!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

EJ did cheat on Nicole with Sami—that is what broke them apart, when Rafe told Nicole who was married to EJ that Sami and EJ had slept together the day Johnny disappeared and they thought he died. Nicole left EJ only to soon find she was pregnant with his baby and convinced Rafe to claim to be the baby’s Daddy. And Sami and EJ did end up together after their marriages blew up– so in a way your story idea did happened, so that should make you happy.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks Mary…you are correct…i dont know why i can remember Days plot from 40 years ago…like when Phylis planned to shoot Julie but by mistake shot her own daughter Mary but then i almost forgot E.J. did cheat on Nicole with Sami…another one of my brief memory loss problems but i guess it was there in the back of my mind when i put it in my comments in reply to kazzy and not realizing it already happen…i keep doing things like that too in my personal life…i try not to let it get to me…grateful that you reminded me…thanks, Mary!!!

Ann Marie
Ann Marie

I thought Sami was the one who befriended Abby not Abby. I would feel bad for Sami if Sami had not cheated on Rafe

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sami is a hypocrite…

Mark
Mark

Sami is ok but the real loss at days is EJ

Chaz
Chaz

I think Alison Sweeney has been turning in the best performances out of her whole run on Days the last few weeks. In the past Sami could be nasty, bitchy & vengeful but she somehow came off as a spoiled little girl. With this revenge story AS is putting out performances as an adult woman out for blood. Even her facial expressions seem different, harder and more cunning.

Perhaps AS did need a break and the burden of having so much story all the time took its toll and she felt more dynamic as her run was coming to an end.

That said, I hope that they do bring Sami back from time to time. For a legacy character to just fall of the earth makes no sense. It has always bothered me when major events happen & close family is absent. In real life people try to be present for this like weddings, funerals and such. And when soaps ignore years of family ties with either little or lame excuses it always makes the audience shake their heads.

dmr
dmr

I absolutely loved Sami’s scenes with Caroline and how she finally broke down. I’ve never been a huge fan of Sami; but, those scenes were genuine and raw.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Sweeney is one of the reasons DAYS has become my soap of choice (even tho I follow all the remaining four). Her Sami is a rich legacy character and even if the plot seem wrong, I enjoy watching the actor. She will be missed but we will remember these great moments until Sami visits Salem. I cannot imagine there will not be guest appearances or a short-term storyline down the road.

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

The role of Sami Brady that Allison Sweeney played on Days has so tainted my opinion that I have difficulty separating the character from the actress. Anyone can play a self-absorbed, over-the-top, immature, undisciplined, screeching shrew.

I am waiting for everything to blow up in Sami’s face, at which time I will say, Bien hecho, bitch.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Change is Good…she has done this gig for many many years… I was shocked to hear she is directing a GH episode…isn’t that what Kim MC ( Robin) has always wanted to do? If there was a ‘opening’, why would they not have offered it to a long GH alum? I am sure there are reasons, but honestly, that’s just not cool….

Only my little bitty opinion…. 😉

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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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Ron Carlivati Staying Put At DAYS As Head Writer

In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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