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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews the New EJami

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Coming up on Days of our Lives, Dan Feurerriegel take over the role of EJ DiMera on-screen, and the character is making quite the timely, or untimely return to Salem now that Sami (Alison Sweeney) has been hitting the sheets with her ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).

Feurerriegel is stepping into the coveted role of EJ made soap-famous by James Scott, who left the series back in 2014 and never returned.

Now the question is can Sweeney and Feurerriegel strike soap gold with their re-imagined duo known as “EJami”?

 

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Alison Sweeney opened up about the casting, working with Dan, and the future of EJami sharing: “To be honest, I was nervous when I heard they were recasting EJ.  That’s a big role to fill, I mean, James Scott was definitely a fan favorite and EJ is such a memorable role in the story and certainly in Sami’s life.”

Sweeney said of sharing scenes with Feurerriegel, “Dan has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He clearly understood the importance of the task ahead.”

As for what fans of EJami may be in for, Sweeney noted:  ” I hope those ‘EJami’ fans see the couple they were so connected to, but of course, in a new, different way.”

So will you be giving the new EJami a chance? Looking forward to Dan’s debut, or are you Team Lumi all the way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this week’s promo for DAYS.

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Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, definitely! Loves it. Glad Dan is on board for the return of EJ. It will be an interesting love triangle.

Lew S
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Lew S

Sami and Lucas have always had chemistry. E.J and Nicole were the couple for me.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Lew S
I do remember when EJ was married to Nicole and he cheated on her with her sister, played by Tamara Braun at the time, who was later killed by the look-a-like Rafe put in place by EJ’s father while the real Rafe languished in the mansion’s underground accommodations.That was a good story line, N’est-ce pas?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Nicole’s sister wasn’t murdered by Rafe’s doppelganger, Nicole’s mom was.

Violet Lemn
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Violet Lemn

4everDays
Thanks for setting me straight.I just read all the history of that SL and I honestly don’t remember any of the parts with Taylor and Quinn, just her cheating with EJ and Nicole’s mom being killed, which was terrible.

Tatina
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Tatina

No, and No! Lucas is a yelling hyena who belittles Samantha and EJ only loved Samantha.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Based on everything I have seen—the audition reel, to the publicity portrait—Dan Feurerriegel looks fitting for the role of EJ DiMera, and I look forward to seeing him take on this role. However, I am also looking forward to seeing a true reunion between Lucas and Sami; a reunion we were genuinely robbed of. In truth, I await the day Marci Miller returns as Abigail, and we potentially re-visit the Abigail and EJ pairing; I do feel like Miller and Feurerriegel, respectively, could have a lot of palpable chemistry.

Phil
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Phil

Please no! I like Chad and Abby!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Phil, I do, too, but I need a desperate break from the coupling beyond Abigail being off-canvas.

tiff5555
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tiff5555

Oh God, I hope not with EJABBY, however, it might go there.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I really hope Sami and EJ stick around for a while. Especially with Johnny being recast, it makes sense for them to stay in town. I’m also glad Belle and Shawn are sticking around, it’s great to see them back as well as Chloe & Philip. And it was awersome to see Greg Vaughan back as Eric in the promo! Now they need to bring back Hope, Jennifer, Will & Sonny, and get rid of Gwen once and for all!

Phil
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Phil

Will they recast Sydney too?

Satan
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Satan

Eventually, they will have to. They probably have to break out the calculators and figure out the appropriate level of SORASing first, in proportion to Allie & Johnny supposedly being in their early 20s now. Since Sami has already said that Sydney was at a boarding school somewhere, we can probably assume she’s supposed to be a teenager now. Much like JJ Deveraux was, before he finally appeared with the rest of his family in Salem. Even though JJ should have been in preschool about that time. Of course the private school should be done for the summer soon, so… Read more »

Tatiana
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Tatiana

Im in as long as Days does not ruin #EJami any further, they need to be reunited and heads of the DiMera family.

Phil
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Phil

I will always root for Sami and EJ! Sorry, not sorry. I would rather Lucas be involved with someone new. I did like Lucas with Chloe, but they seem to be going the Chloe amd Brady route. They also seem to be all about pairing Nicole and Rafe (although Eric will be back, likely to call it quits with Nicole and leave) so maybe Ava and Lucas could be tested? Just let Ejami be endgame please!

Katie Allison
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Katie Allison

I think Days did a fantastic job recasting DF to portray EJ. I saw the screen clip of Sami & EJ. They look SO good together and the chemistry is great! So happy EJ & EJAMI are back! They are and always will be my favorite duo.

Moto62
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Moto62

I’ve always been Team Lucas, no matter what. Lumi for Life

Mark C
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Mark C

Lucas has been so cute with Sami I almost died when EJ was at the door!

David A
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David A

Hi. I just watched the new EJ on DOOL. He is six inches taller (plastic surgery can work wonders – ha ha!) has different teeth that are yellowy, tall and vertical and his dialect is even different. James Scott would say “Sah-mon-thu” for Samantha and newbie Dan says, “Sa-man-tha” for Samantha. I guess plastic surgery also changes your dialectic roots and also gives you much broader shoulders after the surgeries. Too funny. Thanks.

David A
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David A

James Scott has blue eyes and Dan Feurerriegel has green eyes. How funny it is that one can choose an eye color of their choice for plastic surgeries I guess.

tiff5555
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tiff5555

I thought James has brown eyes, lol

David A
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David A

Maybe they are brown but certainly not green like the new EJ’s eyes are. Maybe my internet search data was erroneous. Thanks!

Autumn
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Autumn

Love Ejami as they will always be the best match. Not a fan of Lucas, can’t understand why Sami would search the world for her “soulmate” only to cheat with her ex who always wanted her to be like Carrie and “wants to change her”. Lumi hasn’t been relevant for years, because Sami needs more then some unemployed mama’s boy…maybe Kate can pay another woman to marry him, lol! Welcome to Salem Dan, and I love you Bryan but not with Ali S….Ejami forever, hope you read this Ron 😉

Mark C
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Mark C

I love the new EJ!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Marc C, I am with you! Your encouraging stance is welcome. After having seen Dan Feurerriegel in action, I am impressed and glad EJ is back!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Today, was the longest that the new E.J was on screen, mostly with Tony. I personally do not like the actor. I guess I’ll be FF most scenes he’s in. He is in no way compatible with Sammy, I don’t find this stuffed shirt sexually attractive in the least.
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Soaphound
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Soaphound

I hate to rain on parades, Violet, but I don’t care for him yet, either. That graying look and wrong side-part in his hair just makes him look stodgy. Stuffed shirt is right.. how about some LIFE in the part? Not very promising so far.

Autumn
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Autumn

New EJ is wonderful and Ejami is back! Dan and Ali make a beautiful couple onscreen, and I already see their chemistry. The Lumi reunion looks awkward and makes no sense, can’t wait to see our Dimera King and Brady Queen shake up Salem once again. I see how DOOL is trying to write Lumi as funny and appeal to fans, but like before the Ejami train in motion can’t be stopped. Looking forward to our hurricane Sami colliding with tornado EJ for the Ejami fireworks!!!!! Soap Gold 😉

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG, really???

Jaime
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Jaime

Im seeing a lot of LOVED characters being left on the sidelines without story. THus the Sami hour is not for me. When Days does this and omits some of the best for a new cast I am outta here.

Tatina
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Tatina

I’m enjoying what Dan is bringing to the character of EJ. The only beef I have is Samantha bedding Lucas was irrelevant since EJ was dealing with his own demons where Samantha and EJ could have worked thru it.

the other lis
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the other lis

I know this is blasphemy but Sami and nu EJ have better chemistry than Sami and old EJ. If Sami has to leave they are going to have a hard time replacing that chemistry. They need to pair nu EJ with either Belle, Gwen or Ava because it going to take a great actress to replace Sami.

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