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Days of our Lives’ & Another World’s Philece Sampler Dead at 67

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This has been a heartbreaking week in the soap world, as we now lost three stars who graced the genre with the news today that Philece Sampler (Ex-Renée Dumonde) of Days of our Lives has passed away.

Sampler was 67-years-old and appeared on DAYS from 1981 to 1983, with guest appearances in 1984. The actress played the on-screen daughter of the late Joe Mascolo (Stefano DiMera) and Brenda Benet (Lee DuMonde).

Following her time on DAYS, she moved to New York to replace Anna Stuart in 1986 in the role of Donna Love for three years on Another World.

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Philece’s longtime friend, Nelson Aspen posted on his Instagram of Sampler’s passing say she was just shy of her 68th birthday and passed away from a heart attack.

Aspen wrote, “Heartbroken to receive the call today that my dear friend, Philece Sampler, has passed away from a heart attack, just shy of her 68th birthday. That explains why I didn’t hear from her yesterday on my own birthday: we always celebrated as Cancerian siblings. She was an amazingly energetic, loving and loyal friend.

Another of Philece’s dear friends, author Peggy Webb also shared her grief on social media sharing: “My dear friend Philece Sampler died unexpectedly at her home in L.A. She was an enormously talented actress w/a loving heart & a kind soul.”

DAYS star, Thaao Penghlis expressed: “So sorry to hear that Philece Sampler has passed on. Always the pro, that day we celebrated the DiMera family on Days. It’s hard to believe that all three actors have made their transition. Today I celebrate having known such talented pro’s. Here’s to Joseph, Brenda & Philece. Xx”

Share your remembrances and condolences on the death of  Philece Sampler in the comment section,

 

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Oh my this was the time I watched it ten years younger then her but oh this was such a exciting time for that show god bless her

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Hard to imagine her as a 67 year old, but maybe that’s because I haven’t seen her on TV in nearly 40 years. Ironically, the only DiMera who never came back from the dead. Don’t know why they killed her off in the first place, but maybe they had trouble writing for her after the “icky” factor of her (unintentional) incestuous relationship with her half-brother Tony (for those who didn’t see it, she had no idea Stefano was her daddy at the time) Always wished Renee would come back. Unfortunately, she’s also one of the few DiMeras who did NOT… Read more »

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Icky? Tony and Renee was one of the greatest love stories told on Days and it was heartbreaking when the truth came out.

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What a beautiful woman! I was not watching Days back then but her friend Nelson Aspen and others had wonderful things to say about her.Iam sure she provided many happy memories to her fans.

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I lover her as Another World’s Donna!

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I met Philece a few years ago. She was very gracious and friendly. I’m glad I spoke to her. I’m saddened and shocked by her premature death. RIP

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I was so hoping she would return to Days.So sorry for your loss.I always liked her.

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DAYS Brandon Barash On Stefan’s Resurrection: “You’ll See Some Revenge, Corporate Takeovers, Losing a Memory … Maybe Gaining of Memories”

Dr. Rolf is at it again on Days of our Lives! While Jake DiMera has met his maker, apparently his twin brother, Stefan O DiMera is coming back to life.  That sets the stage for Brandon Barash to reprise his original DAYS role.

In a brand new interview with his on-screen brother, Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) on the Days of our Lives You Tube Channel, Barash talks on what viewers can expect once Stefan is completely back in action, and how he feels about taking on the darker twin once again.

Brandon teased: “You’ll see some revenge, corporate takeovers, losing a memory … maybe gaining of memories.”  With Stefan back in the DiMera mix, look for the two brothers to not always see eye-to-eye. Barashs shared that they’ll be, “Butting heads for sure”.

Meanwhile, will Stefan and his true love, Gabi (Camila Banus) reunite once she knows he is alive? Barash weighs-in on that and more ‘burning’ questions.

You can check out the chat below.

Now, let us know, are you glad that Stefan O DiMera is back on the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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BREAKING NEWS: Days of our Lives Ending Its Run on NBC, Moving to Peacock Starting in September

In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Brandan Barash Shares Reaction to Jake’s Death on Days of our Lives: “It Was Fun Getting To Know You”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jake (Brandon Barash) met his untimely demise, when he was shot by a mugger.  Thus, signaling what would seem to be the end of the line for the character.

However, on today’s episode of the NBC soap opera, Jake visited a grieving Ava (Tamara Braun), so perhaps there is more than a ‘ghost of a chance’ that Barash is sticking around.

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As previewed exclusively last month during our virtual interview with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati …the Salem scribe revealed there would be another death in Salem, following the murder of Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller), and the character would be ‘dead-dead’.

However, speculation is running wild that with the return of Dr. Rolf, that perhaps Jake will be resurrected … or Barash will once again play Jake’s twin, Stefan O. DiMera!

On Instagram, Barash had some fun with Jake’s demise with comparison side-by-side photos – one of which features Barash as Jake covered in blood, and reading the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

Barash captioned his pic: “How it started/how it’s going. #ripjake It was fun getting to know you. 🙏🥃”

So, what do you think about DAYS killing Jake? Do you think Brandon will be sticking around Salem? If so, as who? Comment below.

 

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