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DAYS New Summer Promo Reveals The Returns of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Louise Sorel

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Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

Then look out for four weddings from Ben and Ciara,  Eric and Nicole, Kayla and Justin, Eli and Lani, but who will actually say their “I-do’s”?

It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the preview below.  Then let us  know, who are you most excited about seeing back on the canvas via the comment section!

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Jimh
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Looking GOOD!!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It really is, Jimmy! I’m stoked!

Shay
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Shay

Hi, Jimh! Nice to see you still posting away here at MFTV! Hope you are doing well!!!!!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Its all i got to take my mind off things…nice to hear from you!!!

Phil
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Phil

Will Chloe be back? I miss her

Momo
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Momo

I thought I read she is returning.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Chloe is definitely returning!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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It is nice to see familiar faces, such as Louise Sorel (who is making her overdue return as Vivian Alamain), Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo. And while I know Jay Kenneth Johnson has had the fanfare for returning to the role of Philip, and I am sure it will be fun to see him in it, I was also hoping to potentially see the return of John-Paul Lavoisier in the role, or even a different actor (a-la Jacob Young [Rick, B&B; ex-JR, AMC et al]). Let’s hope the summer months lives up to the expectations. Also, granted, the post-production still… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

So the pregnant teenage girl is SORAS’d Allie?

Momo
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Momo

I don’t think so. I hope not. I don’t think Allie would give her child away. Sami and Kate wouldn’t allow it. Why is Nicole in the delivery room?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

By the looks of the extended promo, Sami and Nicole get into a right because Allie wants to give her baby to Uncle Eric and Nicole, but in the end Wilson will be the parents. Will and Sonny will be dad’s to Will’s Nephew or Niece. Or Allie could have twins that are separated, one going with Eric and Nicole, the other going to Will and Sonny.

Momo
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Momo

I don’t like that story. And why age Allie so much???

Celia
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Celia

I agree—-same old same old. I wish storylines would break away from giving away babies; switching babies; babies dying!! Uffa!!
Another irritant for me is Sarah’s hair—-such weird styles she sports—-same “do” as my six-year-old.
Some things never change. It may seem banal, comparatively speaking; ….what can I say? Give the girl some “adult” flair!!

Momo
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Momo

I did not like Sarah’s hair today (June 2). Other than today, I think it’s been okay.

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Violet Lemm2

Hi Celia
Its been a while. Hope all is well with you and your family. I agree with you on both counts, the baby thing and Sarah’s hair. Speaking of hair, Maggie has kept her hair colored and looking pretty nice, during her prison stint. Wonder if she will buy all of her husband’s reasons and excuses for what he’s done as easily as she has Xander’s.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Miss V, Good to hear from you……glad all is well. I moved into my new home a couple of weeks ago—-so, between home-schooling and getting this place together takes up all of my time. I do have help, but I am very “particular”…. everything needs my touch. LOL. Yes, Maggie has always had beautiful hair—full with a rich texture. Not many women can pride themselves for having such a gorgeously cascading head of hair, even in youth!! Maggie loves Victor—she has forgiven him before, but this is different—-too personal; involving her grandchild and daughter—too painful to bear. Yet, it… Read more »

Violet Lemm 2.
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Hi Celia Glad things are well with you, though hectic. You are right though I never thought about the jail thing with Victor and Xander. There wouldn’t be as much drama as with this payback of Brady’s though. He is getting on my nerves more so lately, than usual.Its too bad he didn’t spend as much energy keeping his new found daughter with him instead of sending her off with mommy dearest. Yes, it was horrible what Victor and Xander did, but Kristen never thought twice about tearing babies out of there mother’s bellies, just because she wanted one. I… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Violet! Hello again, lovely lady!…It’s been awhile! Glad to read that you are hanging in there despite the increasing heat and protests/riots in your area…for the record, I’m a fan of neither!!!! (Despite having very strong political convictions, I don’t have a militant soul..I vote by ballot and bank checks…that’s it!!!!) But I did mean to mention that I was just thinking of you!!!! In addition to enjoying a lot of flashback posts regarding our favorite old soaps here at MFTV, I’ve also indulged in a few vintage Dame Maggie movies over the past few days, and they were such… Read more »

Violet Lemm 2.
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Violet Lemm 2.

Well, hi Shay! So nice to hear from you again. Glad you have been enjoying our beloved Dame Maggie. I am still waiting for a new season of Doc Martin. Did you by any chance ever see a series called A Place To Call Home. I enjoyed that so much, and was so let down when it ended. As for the soaps, I have been more or less enjoying The Nurse’s Ball on GH. I just record so I can just watch the good stuff.I do watch Days, but it has been getting on my nerves and Iam not interested… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

I’ve missed our discussions too, Violet, but it’s simply impossible not to go off-topic with you!!! I especially roared at your mention of the “good doctor” since we were taken to task over him the last time he was brought up in conversation…LOL!!! As for the Aussie APTCH, oh my, yes! I watched it all the way through, although I preferred the earlier seasons more than the latter ones, but thought the show finale was wrapped up pretty well in terms of all the characters..I really loved Old Lady Bligh when she was in her battle axe mode, considered Anna… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Shay I almost didn’t wait for your reply. I am so excited. I found this movie, 2015, set in 1973 London with Maggie Smith, called the Lady In The Van. A homeless woman who takes up residence in a man’s driveway for 15 years. Is your mouth watering yet, or perhaps you’ve already seen it? I recorded it last night, so I cant wait. I hope Michael can overlook our off topic chat, but the truth is , there aren’t any soap topics these days of interest. At my age I hope I can outlast this craziness. Talk to… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello! Been there, done that, Vi! Watched this movie based upon real-life people when it was first released! Needless to add, there’s another EXCELLENT performance by our beloved Dame Maggie! I loved her as “The Old Lady in the Van!” Alex Jennings was also superb as playwright, Alan Bennett…in fact, these two absolutely spectacular actors made this story come alive!!! I could go on with many more superlatives, but won’t, other than to say that even in portraying a woman who was down on her luck and living in the most basic, horrible of circumstances—i.e., facing an existence which is… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Miss V—-Brady? I was never a fan. TPTB need to have him act his age. He’s the perpetual child—every soap has one. He turns me right OFF!! This Kristen is inconsequential , as far as I’m concerned. Now, if we were talking about Eileen Davidson? Well, Kristen’s peccadillos pale in comparison to her persona—Simpatica!! Thankfully, I don’t live in the city—-My newly-built home ( love the smell of a new house) is in Nissequoque ( Long Island, NY), a small village and suburb of Smithtown. While driving into town today, I did notice quiet, peaceful protesting near the only… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCeeGirl…Glad to read that something is going well in NewYork…it’s always a pleasure to read a good-news update from you! May you and yours enjoy a blessed and beautiful life in your new home! All is fine on my end, too…still massively hand-washingblessed, mask-wearing and keeping to ourselves on the home front…in other , NO protesting—left or right—for this lady and mine under any circumstances!!! And speaking of ladies, what a fab femme is that Louise Sorel!!! I recall in passing her early days as crazy Vivian, but she was also sublimely sinister as “Santa Barbara’s” formidable Augusta Wainwright Lockridge,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

P.S. That was meant to say: hand-washing, mask-wearing, et al…I had to cut-and-paste my post before refreshing the page, since my initial submission was stuck and wouldn’t send! Somehow that extra “blessed” ended up in the next sentence! Weird…

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Shay—-so good to hear from you—-let’s count our blessings, amica cara—an upside-down world. The hypocrisy runs rampant—we cannot go anywhere without a mask; cannot hug our friends and relatives etc., That’s what we are ordered to do or not do. Hmmmm, but, the upper echelon of the opposition does whatever it pleases. People were put in jail for not following protocol ( a father playing with his chid in the park), yet the rioters and looters are shoulder to shoulder and faccia a faccia!!!!!!!!!!!! While the populace does its best dealing with Covid-19, the “unmentionables” follow a higher, God-given… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

I know, I know, CeeCeeGirl! (Soooo good to hear from you!) I also remain grateful and happy to be vibrant and alive, even though law-abiding individuals like ourselves have been told we cannot attend church services, family celebrations, or observe Memorial Day/4th of July events and we simply accept that in the interests of personal and public health….yet, at the same time, throwing grand mal temper tantrums in the streets and destroying others’ property all whilst prospectively spreading a deadly disease is perfectly okay??? Upside-down world, indeed!!! You know what galls me the most? Being told that WE are the… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes, that’s Allie.

Momo
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Momo

YES YES YES! So looking forward to Days. It is such a good show. I hope people will watch.

carol1952
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carol1952

So good to hear that Louise Sorel is coming back only she can play Vivian.Nothing against Robin she did a good job as Vivian, but I love Louise Sorel.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I didn’t care for this Philip and I liked Ms.Sorel so much better on Santa Barbara.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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