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

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

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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?

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

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.

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

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.

Please no! I like Chad and Abby!

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

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

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!

Will they recast Sydney too?

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 I would expect SORASed Sydney within the next few weeks….. assuming her parents are still in Salem. If NuElvis doesn’t stick around very long, they could always use that excuse to not bother recasting Sydney yet.

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

I thought James has brown eyes, lol

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

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 😉

I love the new EJ!

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!

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.

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.

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 😉

OMG, really???

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.

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.

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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Jonah Robinson Joins the Cast of Days of our Lives as Dr. Mark Greene

If you caught last Wednesday’s June 12th episode of Days of our Lives, a new doctor came running into Horton Town Square shirtless; much to the delight and then eventual chagrin of Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

Enter actor Jonah Robinson who is now on the Peacock streaming soap opera in the recurring role of Dr. Mark Greene. We meet Mark when Leo tries to hit on him, only to have Mark clarify to Leo he is straight, shocking Leo that his gaydar could have been so off.

Later, Mark is at University Hospital and stepping in for Chanel’s (Raven Bowens) doctor who was called away for the day and he assures Chanel and Johnny (Carson Boatman) that their unborn baby has a strong heartbeat, and at the moment is doing fine.

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During the conversation, Mark reveals he is the big brother to his little sister, Felicity (Kennedy Garcia), with whom Chanel loves when she comes to the bake shop.  There was also a little ‘wink-wink’ moment, when Johnny recalls that the doctor on the hit NBC medical drama, ER, was named Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), to which Salem’s Mark Greene, says he was named after.

Taking to his Instagram, Robinson shared, “Meet Dr. Mark Greene. So excited to be joining @dayspeacock. It’s an honor to be @kennedyjean04 @louis_tomeo ‘s big brother.”

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So, it looks like there are 3 Greene siblings.  Will we eventually meet the parents?

Before Days of our Lives, Jonah was seen on Peacock’s Daisy Jones and the Six, and has appeared in independent movies and musical theatre productions throughout his career.

Do you hope DAYS expands Jonah’s role as the Greene family becomes more entrenched in story? What are you first impressions? Comment below.


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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.


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AnnaLynne McCord Previews Her Days of our Lives Debut; But is She Playing Abigail?

Next week, circle Wednesday June 19th for the on-screen debut of AnnaLynne McCord said to be a “mystery woman” on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, as Chad (Billy Flynn) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) are on the case to try to see if they can find any leads to find an alive Abigail,

McCord, who has her own soapy history having appeared in roles on TNT’s Dallas reboot and the 90210 reboot, comes to Salem with plenty of television experience in primetime.

Now that Chad was told by Clyde Weston (James Read) that Abigail is actually alive? Could McCord be playing a recast Abigail? Since it appears Marci Miller did not come back to the show to reprise her role? Or, is McCord playing a completely different character.

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To prepare viewers for emergence on the DAYS canvas, AnnaLynne spoke to where she explained the genesis of who she is or might be playing.

Following the end to the SAG-AFTRA strike in November of 2023, the idea of McCord coming to DAYS began to percolate, and she actually started taping at DAYS in January of this year.

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Citing a lot of upheaval at the time, McCord was not clear on what part she was going to be playing, “To be frank, it was very ambiguous in the beginning. Obviously, there was a writer transition and everything that was going on within the industry politically so to speak. So when I initially came on, no one really knew who I was gonna be. We were figuring it out as we went.”

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However, McCord did tease, “What fans who are clearly very clever will come to figure out very early on is that a certain gentleman who is not quite so gentle by the name of Clyde Weston has his fingers in the storyline of my character. So I enter day one as ‘Mystery Woman.’”

So, do you think AnnaLynne McCord will be the new and alive Abigail Deveraux DiMera, or do you think she is playing someone brainwashed to believed to be Abigail, or she is playing a totally different character? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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