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DAYS Thaao Penghlis Previews: "You Won't Believe What Happens In Jan-Feb. Great Scenes, But Tragedy Is Part Of The DiMera Life."

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Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) has been stepping up to the plate lately and running the DiMera empire clearly with his own agenda, which has not completely been revealed.  He certainly has it out for Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is MIA and her quest to bring the DiMera family to its knees, and he may also have it out for Belle (Martha Madison), as well.  We shall soon see.

Whatever the case, the very talented Thaao Penghlis posted on his facebook page a little teaser to whet the appetite of his fans and followers with the latest NBC photo of the actor as Andre DiMera.  And speaking of appetite, make sure to pick up your copy of  Thaao’s latest book, Seducing Celebrities One Meal at a Time out in bookstores now!

Thaao related this message with his photo: “Andre 2015. You won’t believe what happens in Jan-Feb. Great scenes but tragedy is part of the DiMera life.”

DAYS fans must put on your thinking caps!  What tragedy is going to happen in Salem?  How will it impact the DiMera clan?  What do you hope happens to Andre?  Share your thoughts below!

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I love Thaao Penghlis !!
We once had a twitter chat/whatever, he is a true sweetheart. and a helluva a Cassidine!
I miss his Cassidine character 🙁
I can only hope he will come home!

Have a bad feeling this will be the end of Stefano 🙁 For good this time

You are probably right, Marc. Joseph does not seem well. I have not seen him on his feet for quite a while; always sitting, he is. He is probably on his way to permanent retirement. I know Stefano is a bad guy, but, Days won’t be the same without him. I shall miss him.

I too was thinking the end of Stefano. Even if Joseph were to leave, I don’t think they should kill Stefano. Let him be out there a la Sally Spectra on B&B.

Does Joseph use cue cards? A lot of times it seems like he’s looking at something (cards).

@Mo.
Yeah, he could be looking at cue cards. I’ve noticed that sometimes he hesitates before talking….as if he’s out of whack. Aging is a B.

Same here CeeCee. I can’t imagine Days/Salem without Stefano.That makes me sad.

“oh, god” I don’t want to know…. but this crossed my mind

Joseph Mascolo, “I have loved you from the very first time I laid eyes on your presence in Salem”

what a treat… and beyond

Stefano is forever!

I would not surprise me; his continued absence, and off-on decision to be apart of the show, and then not be apart of it is concerning. Plua, he seems to be bound to a wheelchair in real-life, so I suspect that Joseph might be on his permanent exit from Salem, Illinois.

Illinois?? Wow!!!!! Where have I been these last seven years? I thought it was Salem, Massachusetts….well, you know, the (be)witching state? Lol.

Yes, CeeCee, Salem is located in Illinois, though, I think it’d be beautiful for it to be from Massachusetts; I love it in Salem, MA!

I’ll be upset when Stefano is off Days for good but I know he will have to retire. It’s just a strange world to never see Bo Brady again and that it looks like the same will happen with Stefano.

Oh, yeah…ridiculous storyline with this Sami business. Again!…,don’t even miss her! And yes, yes, Andre is the evil twin and all that jazz. But, how deliciously does Thaao play the dastardly Lucifer we love to hate? Except that I love, love, love Thaao!

I believe we will finally lose Stephano.

SteFano

The tragedy will sadly IMO be the demise of Stefano. But will it be at Hope’s hand if she learns he was behind Bo’s kidnapping and torture?

Was it really Stefano who was behind Bo’s kidnapping and torture? I think the real guilty party is Andre.

I am so surprised by how much Martha Madison… looks like her older sister, Sami.

as played by Alison Sweeney.

now that Belle is ensconsed with Sami… in DiMera Enterprises… to the tune of $250 million

this could be good… I am from the get go… taken with MM’ Belle…

which is a good thing…

we need more actors and characters on this show to root for… if they are being featured

hats off to Thaao Penghlis… you might not be my DiMera Lead, of choice… but your acting… take after take… lends itself enjoy

I am a little shocked that Ben left the baby all alone in the hotel… wow… crazy stuff happening at Days these Days.. but good!!!

Yes, good! Even great! And I can’t wait for the build up of a GREAT romance between Abby and Chad–will further add to the “glow” that is already surrounding DAYS redux–and the actor and actress playing those roles are up to the part and then some. Great going, DAYS.
And I, for one, am eager to see the cool love story lurking underneath the surface between Hope and Rafe. Galen plays the role with just enough understatement and authority–I want to see him “thaw” Hope from her frozen-in-time grief from Bo’s death–I know his “smoldering” sex appeal (love those warm, brown eyes!) will burst into “flame.” LOL

Nancy…I agree with you about Chad and Abby..BUT I also heard she may be leaving the show and has not opted to resign her contract….I do love them together….I would not think they would recast the role… but given the numbers of people they are getting rid of …who knows?

I also agree that Rafe and Hope may be a great romance…and yeah SHE IS a cold one!

Billy Flynn (Chad) makes me ask, “EJ who?”

It will be a sad day when bigger things call on him. He is THAT good!

Rafe should be with a young woman who will be able to give him children. He has always wished for a child. He lied Sami’s kids. Hope cannot give him one. I understand what you’re saying, Nancy. But I don’t think it would be fair. Poor Rafe deserves to get a love of his own…fresh and new. Enough with these older women. First Kate, now Hope? I wish Serena would return!

Ben has completely lost it. if you remember, Ben told Abby he left the baby with his mother.

Ben is not all there, tim. I doubt he would have left the infant alone if he were thinking with a full deck. He would not have killed all those people either. I don’t think Ben is evil….he is very, very sick!

okay.. why would you not check Ben for a hotel key to find the baby.. .. but how did he get into the hotel without any money or wallet.. .mmmm.. come on…. Days.. a little better writing on this one…

The whole thing, from the pitiful fire on the bed to the sprinkling of snow on the ground after the storm that closed the roads, seems weak to me. It’s rather disappointing after such a big build up. I am still very impressed by the performances of Robert Scott Wilson and Kate Mansi.

I too wondered how he was able to get a motel room if he didn’t have his wallet. Did he have money in his pocket which he used up? What about id? It looked like a nice place, not a dump that might skirt the id issue for enough money.

I think he had Wendy’s money/wallet.

Yes, exactly, tim. As I said before, this baby is no premie. It is already a few months old. Are we stupid? Secondly, it would have not survived for so long out of an incubator ….AND FOOD…INTRAVENOUSLY. Ask any doctor, nurse, or anyone with any sense.
But, regardless of that idiocy, Kate Mansi’s acting is so believable, I got goosebumps. Everything works…sans makeup, messy hair, distraught appearance and holding it together. She is just great. She deserves a nomination. To think that she was always a persona non grata for me….has been since she got down with EJ. But, I am starting to truly respect her, as an actress.

Have heard chatter that Joe Mascola has decided to retire…

I’m thinking that right, Deb.

And, is Victor going to have that heart attack? Maybe John Anniston is retiring also?

I read somewhere that he is very sick in real life. The soap press says he’s suffering from diabetes and heart problems.

Mascolo

@Mary SF.
You are so right about the ‘baby law”. I didn’t even stop to think about that. True on all counts. Funny thing is, my mother (as an attorney) always mentions that. I had forgotten. She said that is also the reason they never use the same baby at that age. Yesterday, Abbi’s baby looked like a different baby from the day before. I am so glad you brought that up, Mary….and, PTB?, SORRY! I guess you know what you’re doing.

I know we have to have a villain and it should be from the oldest family
But why does it have to be Andre

I know we need a villain and it should be out of one of the oldest families in Salem why does it always have to be Andre

this is the perfect time for Jason Brooks to return… pronto no?

then recast Peter Blake…. ie: Michael Muhney ; Ted King ; Jason Brooks

any one of these three solid men… would offset and fire vs. Vincent Irizarry’ Deimos

I don’t know what will happen but I can only hope that his father Stefano gets his just due reward for all the hardship he has caused Bo and Hope over the years and that Hope takes Stefano out for good. Maybe it will even teach Andre a thing or two!

Stephano dies for good…Andre takes over the mansion and Dimera business…he kicks Chad out of both!…and because AS is not back full time, Sami is using Belle to help her bring down the Dimeras and Andre wants revenge!……just a guess!

I have only been watching for a little over two years, I started watching to observe how the Will and Sonny storyline would progress. Well, that’s over and I didn’t care for the way it ended.
All this other jazz with the horrendously cornball acting of Stefano (to my eyes, it’s not convincing) is melodramatic filler. The only interesting storyline right now is Abigail and Chad with Ben fleeing with the premature baby that looks like a 1 year old kid. Aside from that, it’s meh, I don’t know, a little boring.
Jennifer FINALLY said “I haven’t heard from Abigail. I’m beginning to get a little worried.” (to Rafe). Really? It seems to me that Abby has been gone for a while – and NOW Jennifer is finally worried? Geez.

Many of us wanted a better ending for Will and Sonny…as for the baby it looks like they soras the child while still in the womb…as for Jen now concerned about Abby-time passes differently in soaps than it does in real time…what seems like weeks for us can just happen in a few days in Salem!…Days does seem to be slowing done a bit…there is no real buildup to the next storyline…hopefully things will improve soon!

Actually, Jennifer has been worried since day one. Ben has been texting her on Abbi’s phone to assuage any doubt. She’s always been somewhat concerned because it seems that when mother and daughter text each other, Abbi signs the text. My siblings and I use a certain coded word, as well, just for our parents. But, Jennifer did wonder why Abbi had not signed the texts . She just thought that Abbi and Ben needed time away, yet, she always had misgivings about how out of character it was for Abbi to just up and leave like that. It is the reason JJ got involved. I am not into miss Jenny, but she’s a very good mom, unlike the ones over at GH.

Come on people everyone should know by now that there are laws in the entertainment industry about using babies on set. The younger they are the more strict the rules. Usually most soaps and series are not going to use a new born even if that were allowed because I’m sure it is. Most productions will get a baby who can be on camera the longest before the scene ends or otherwise they have to write a reason to whisk the baby out of the scene. Stop giving soaps a hard a time about the “age” of the baby– most times it is just a doll anyway.

I hope no one else dies. Tired of all the dying.

The character is 86yrs old, that is pushing 90..
It’s really something that he hasn’t retired long ago..
geez he’s been on Days since 1982 wow!!!

((on the side– I want my Cassadines back at GH lol

Isn’t “Caroline” older than that? I don’t think it’s the age, su, as much as an actor’s health. My great-grandmother is in her 90’s and very healthy. She goes for walks, cooks etc. I don’t think Mr. Mascolo is well.

Stephano passes due to heart attack. Andre will be the next STEPHANO DEMERA

Something to do with Stefano, probably. Maybe he will be “presumed” dead?

Well the TPTB stated that from here on out, once a character is dead, they are gone for good. So so many great characters have been axed over the past few months, and more to go… the DOOL as we know it will never be the same…

Such is a fact of life, sad to see Joseph go…

Thaao Penghlis : you are an original DiMera…. had it not been for this familial Dynasty… as lead by the enigmatic superlative Joseph Mascolo. Salem and DOOL would not exist

I am glad that one of his first born is by his side

its so noticeable the respect and care that is going on between you two men.

tears

The DiMera Empire will forever reign

Bring back Clyde Weston.

If only they could. James Read did a stellar job with that creepy guy. But, everyone knows that Clyde was the drug lord. I can’t see how they could bring him back. Still, it would be great to see Clyde take revenge on the town for Ben’s meltdown.

Wouldn’t that be hard to do. Clyde Weston is in a Florida prison waiting to be tried for murder.

Very Easy. The charges get dropped, evidence disappears, witnesses recant. We need a more exciting bad guy in town. James Read was brilliant, and great to look at.

And I am STILL wishing to see James Read appear in Port Charles as a mysterious man after Laura’s heart–one can dream, can’t one?

I yhink A Martinez is the new sheriff in town, so to speak. He is filling the void for James Read.

I always thought Ben killed that person in Florida and Clyde was just taking the rap for it.

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Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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DAYS Dan Feuerriegel on EJ Keeping Eric From His Child, “He’s in the Deep End … There’s No Coming Back for Him Now”

On Days of our Lives, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) has been reunited with her biological son, baby Jude. Her husband, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), is now keeping a major secret, and in order to keep it from coming out he had to get Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) out of Salem, and keep both Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart) quiet and at bay.

However, as in any good soap opera, time is running out for EJ. What will happen when Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan) find out that EJ is not the little one’s biological father, but Eric is? And, what will happen when they realize EJ knew the truth and hid it from them?

This is just one item in a laundry list of skullduggery committed by EJ since he has been in Salem. With Arianne Zucker set to exit on-screen on July 29th, it looks like we are heading into the home stretch of the baby switch storyline.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Dan Feuerriegel to get his take on the situation and what it has been like working with Greg and Ari in the story.

Dan shared on EJ’s despicable decision to pretend he is Jude’s bio-dad, “I know I’m a terrible human being, but I love playing a terrible human being.” Feurriegel added, “Oh, he’s in the deep end. Like, there is no coming back for him now.”

The DAYS star also noted if EJ had done anything more nefarious to Sloan, his character might not ever be able to come back from that. “There’s only so much hatred EJ can get from the viewers that it probably would’ve been a bridge too far for me to just make her (Sloan) disappear,” clarified Dan.

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As to his time working with Arianne Zucker as his on-screen wife, Dan had noting but praise for her. Feuerriegel expressed, “I loved working with her. She’s so good. She’s an amazing actress. She’s fantastic. Every scene that I did with her, I didn’t have to do anything because I just rode on the coattails of what she did. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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Dan also had high marks for his on-screen nemesis, Greg Vaughan, “Greg is fantastic, like everybody in the storyline was amazing. Greg’s amazing … Ari’s amazing … Jessica was fantastic and that’s what made it work. I’m very grateful to have worked with every single one of them.”

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On soap operas and especially on Days of our Lives, when someone exits, or ‘dies’ on-screen that doesn’t mean goodbye forever, and Dan knows this too. In regards to anyone who leaves Salem, the actor joked, “I’m not going to say the doors closed, because you never say never, especially in Hollywood or on a soap. I mean, I’ve come back and I was like two inches shorter and (with) a completely different face.”

So, how do you think Eric will find out that Jude is really his son, and that EJ has been lying to keep Nicole? Let us know in the comment section, but first Check out our conversation with Dan from the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Return to Days of our Lives to Celebrate Abe and Paulina’s Juneteenth Wedding Anniversary and a ‘Going Away’ Party

There are several reasons that Days of our Lives favorites Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani) are making a return on the Wednesday, June 19th episode of the Peacock streaming soap opera.

First, Lani and Eli come back to Salem to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Abe (James Reynolds) and Paulina (Jackee Harry), which happened on Juneteenth Day which is on June 19th.

Juneteenth, which is a Federal holiday, is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.

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Meanwhile, the return also serves as a “apparent” send-off for Johnny (Carson Boatman) and Chanel (Raven Bowens), who are set to depart Salem, since Johnny landed his dream job in California.

Look like Elani is also attending their going away party, but are the departing couple (with Chanel being pregnant) really going to leave Salem? Stay tuned.

Stowers made her first Days of our Lives appearance back in September of 2015. Lani is the adoptive daughter of Abe and the biological daughter of Paulina. As for Archey, he arrived on the scene in 2017 as Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) grandson. Sal and Lamon were last seen on-screen in March of this year.

Looking forward to seeing Eli and Lani back on DAYS? Do you think Johnny and Chanel are exiting the Salem canvas? Comment below.

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