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Days of our Lives Revisits ‘The Possession Storyline’ This Fall

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On the heels of the streamer limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, the NBC daytime drama series has announced that they are set to revisit the all-time classic “Possession Storyline” from 1994.

In that, Marlena (Deidre Hall) became possessed by the devil and it became one of the most remembered stories of all-time on the soaps.

Now, DAYS is turning a return to the storyline with this promo teaser, “Something wicked is coming to Salem this Fall!”

The series is promising that “fans can look forward to twists and turns you’d never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not)…. this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe!”

You can check out the promo below.   More details will follow on this exciting storyline!

So, what do you think of DAYS harkening back to the possession storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Damn! I enjoyed OG possessed Marlena.I it’s as good as 1994 Possession Storyline.

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Wanted to watch it back then, but couldn’t. YAY!!!

Satan
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Satan

HELLo Salem! It’s good to be back!!

Steve
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Steve

Funny, with any other storyline revisit you’d be calling him “Re-Ron” and claiming he’s had no original ideas, lol. Heaven help us.

Satan
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Satan

Well yeah, but this is about ME. So that’s different!

Rodd
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Rodd

Not really looking forward to this if it’s going to be a repeat. Are they running out of ideas with that talented cast? Yee-gads! I’ll wait, watch and see once we’re into it. Always try to believe for the best in our soaps.

Mark
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Mark

They really need to go back to these gothic storylines it’s what made days so much fun

davlestev1
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davlestev1

A one off Halloween special. It won’t be an extended storyline.

JJ
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JJ

That was the kind of story you don’t revisit. I know Ron C. has been chomping at the bit to revisit this story. I swear he has been possessed by Jim Reilly. Their writing is so similar it is eerie! Both of their writing is shallow, plot driven, predictable, repetitive, and ludicrous at times. I watched the original. It was ok. A lot of overacting, a lot of campy writing, a lot of cheesy special effects. It wasn’t a first for daytime. Both Loving and Dark Shadows had featured demonic storytelling. It was different and divisive, you either loved it… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

I’ll take Rons writing at Days where regardless of the consistency there are exciting arcs that are umbrella, complex and impactful going forward.Over at Y n R nothing happens for weeks, no romance , no plots just characters chatting over , over and over again. If anything even slightly eventful happens it s wrapped up off screen in one eppy. Josh Griffith and his toilet seat writing .

Alan McLaren
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Alan McLaren

I agree. I wish that Ron could go to Yr for a year and straighten the show out. Bring back Paul Williams and others to make it more interesting.

Natasha
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Natasha

Yeah I stopped watching y&R over a year ago. It got so boring and the Abby surrogate story line is beyond stupid and ridiculous

Jaime
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Jaime

Carlivati has not had an original thought in years. Terrible writer.

Harlee
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Harlee

I totally agree, well spoken

Sindeegirl
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Sindeegirl

I agree and dark shadows was a different thing. Completely!!

matthew simons
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matthew simons

Hopefully like the April fool idea – one day only halloween… otherwise DON’T.

KimBradyWannaBe
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KimBradyWannaBe

Time for a break from this show… like Carson on GH, I’m tired of Jarlena on Days.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I’m 100% game for this if it’s a one-off Halloween special like the April Fools episode. In fact, I think soaps need to do one-off episodes more often because they usually turn out great. But if this is a long-term storyline, it’s going to get old FAST. It was even ludicrous at the time, and I really don’t think daytime TV is the place for possession stories anymore.

Lew S
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Lew S

Ok……………. Ron can’t come up with an original idea.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Oy veh…

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG,
I’d rather see Ben and his never fail necktie come back. I wonder if they’ll show John trying to kiss her with his slobbery open mouth. That should bring her down to earth real quick! ⁰

LouieY
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LouieY

I was never a fan of the JER era and definitely over the writer pets of Brady/Black family and Ben/Ciara. While all the other characters get crappy writing—the Bonnie and Duke the Bear stuff is Ridiculous. If you can’t attempt quality for all stories and characters it’s not worth tuning into. Thanks to Ron, I’m starting to watch CBS soaps which bring good drama and angst.

Jaime
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Jaime

That story is worthy only of Days Cancellation. Soap media promotes garbage for the producers but is rarely HONEST. Terrible story and if that is why they brought Johnny back send him away far away never to be seen again. Deidre Hall I am so ashamed that you do such insulting nonsense. Surely you have enough money by now.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Shaming Deidre Hall is shaming all who loved the previous possession and are already loving the repossession! She has enough money for a comfortable lifestyle, but she also enjoys the work and the possession is her personal all time favorite storyline. It’s not insulting, it’s entertaining, you’re the one insulting.

Harlee
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Harlee

Yuck! I didn’t like the first time around and of course it’s stunt plot driven dibble. I like my soaps to be character driven stories. Did anyone watch last weeks episode on Thursday the 9th on YR with Jack/Phyllis, Nick/Sharon, Victor/Adam best character driven episode I’ve seen in years. All coming from the characters past, heart pulling when you’re a fan know each couple’s history…Wonderful!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Lord, can Harrison Lord become a regular character? Can he be raised from the dead? The actor playing Harrison, in a 1-day stint, has acting chops as well as appeal that is off the charts! And while you’re at it, bring back Calista Lockhart, too! Another great character actress who chews the scenery par excellence! Forget the Possession storyline!

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

An “all-time classic” is not how I would describe that plot. There have been some lousy storylines on soaps over the decades but I can think of only two that were so dreadful that I permanently quit watching a series and never went back….. The “Marlena is possessed” garbage on Days and the “cloning of Reva” on Guiding Light. Both were such bad ideas that I questioned the qualifications and judgment of the writers who came up with them and (inanely) thought they would work. Who in their right mind would think revisiting this junk is a smart move? Obviously,… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Barbara from Atlanta,
Iam not looking forward to this crap again. I wonder about the actors feelings. Are they truly having fun doing this or are as disgusted as some of us. I know a lot of fans are enjoying and looking forward to another round of craziness. Something else that bothers me is Doug having to portray the devil.I just hope he likes it more than I will.

Satan
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Satan

Don’t worry…. I won’t be occupying Doug for much longer.

After all, you can’t really raise a lot of Hell in the body of a 96 year old man. I’ll be changing residences before too long!

Trish B
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Trish B

Keep your original residents in hell! There is enough negativity going on!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I guess we know now what Doug’s problem is. I lost my TV reception yesterday when he made contact with Paulina’s butt, but saw it today and realized he will be used to re-possess Marlena. Now I think this SL will be funnier than I thought.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I’ve kind of changed my mind some, since I wrote this comment. You know what they say about curiosity killing the cat.

Satan
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Satan

So…. how about that entrance, huh?

Didn’t think I’d show up in Salem like that, did ya??

Trish B
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Trish B

. Praying that you get back where you’ve been for the last 27 years!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Does anyone have any info about Chive Tea like Kayla ordered at the pub? I know what Chives are but never heard of them being used to make tea.

Satan
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Satan

Chai tea, not chive!

Though “chai” is actually an Indian word for “tea”, so calling it “chai tea” is sort of redundant. It’s a drink made from black tea with milk & spices added. The drink has some decent anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory propeties, so that might be why Kayla (as a doctor) is a fan of the beverage.

Trish B
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Trish B

Oh wow! Bravo for the info!

Cecilia
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Cecilia

I hated it then and now even more better way to have storyline than anything to do with Satan

Pandyboots
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Pandyboots

It was ridiculous before and it’s ridiculous now. What on earth are they thinking? There are so many other ways to go. All I can say is, “YIKES”.

River
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River

My sentiments exactly.I prefer story lines that are at least slightly believable.

Unhappy DOOL fan
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Unhappy DOOL fan

I’m totally disgusted. What is this… some cheap Halloween trick? Is the show that desperate they need to go back to this? It seems stupid
And immature writing. If I wanted to watch a horror story, I’d rent a horror movie. This is ridiculous. I’m ashamed if this horrible decision. What next, Mary Poppjns or the wizard of Salem/OZ? I will watch another show during this time until the DOOL writers get some Real material. Or fire the kids And bring in some mature writers. This is bull crap.

Unhappy DOOL fan
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Unhappy DOOL fan

With COVID and death lying in every corner, this is the last thing people need to see. A possession? Really? Folks need GOD more than ever right now. How sick are these writers? Or Maybe they’re the ones possessed? I think that’s the answer. It’s starting to make sense. Yes, I’ll visit another show. Anything will be worth watching than this crazy crappy storyline. It’s sick!!!

Neva Settles
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Neva Settles

The most ridiculous story line ever…….Marlena being possessed! Please STOP! I am so disappointed……..beyond belief! I will never watch again! How stupid do you think people are????!!!

Larry
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Larry

Disgusting and totally inappropriate. We may stop watching.

Sindeegirl
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Sindeegirl

I think its awful. I didn’t watch these parts 25 years ago and I skip some of it again nnow.its enough evil is here on earth destroying our world. No need to bring in more even on TV. This is a soap opera not a horror movie.

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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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