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Tamara Braun Returns To DAYS and Shares, “Well, Well, Well! Looks Like The Cat Is Out of the Bag”

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Look who’s coming back to Days of our Lives! Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Tamara Braun is returning to Salem to cause trouble in her role of Ava Vitali.

Ava had been presumed dead and her return to the canvas will usher in her on-screen son’s return when Tripp (Lucas Adams) is back starting next week.

Braun shared on the news via her Instagram: “Well, well, well!! Looks like the cat is out of the bag! Ava and I are excited to return to Salem @nbcdays . Hope you come along for the ride to see where the adventure take us!”

DAYS EP Ken Corday told Soap Opera Digest on the news:”Tamara Braun is coming back and that’s important, not only for Steve and Kayla, but for her son, Tripp, and others to be determined.”

Back in June, Braun won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Dr. Kim Nero on General Hospital.  She previously won in this category for DAYS’ Ava back in 2009.

At this time, no first airdate back has been revealed.

So, excited to learn Tamara is back on DAYS? Share your thoughts below.

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Awesome, she is one of my favorite actresses! So glad she is back. Might that mean Joey is on the way as well? If he didn’t kill her.

That’s right! He’s in prison for killing her.

Goddamn it… another escape from Hell? Is somebody drugging Cerberus again? It’s not easy to knock out a dog with three heads, you know?

Fantastic news! Love Tamara Braun and this gives Steve and Kayla story alongside Tripp. Time to release Joey from prison, too and bring him into the Johnson fold. And, also bring back Theo finally, too. (Abe needs his son home). So so so so pleased that Tamara is back at DAYS. Looking forward to Ava causing lots of trouble. Pair her up with Jake for a whirl, that would be interesting..

JAKE AND AVA,I LOVE THIS. STEVE AND KAYLA WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE JOEY BACK WITH THEM. OH YES BRING THEO BACK.HE WILL FIT RIGHT IN FOR HELPING TO SAVE JULIE AND HIS SISTER SAMI IS NO MATCH FOR AVA.IF THAT IS TRIPP BABY, SAMI WILL NOT BE GETTING THE BABY, EVEN IF THE JUDGE RULES IN HER FAVOR. I WOULD LIKE AND LOVE IT IF BELLE GAVE THE JUDGE A CALL. AND RULE IN FAVOR OF NICOLE UNTIL AVA AND TRIPP SHOWS UP.

Someone dies on a soap is no longer shocking-that wore off years ago!

WHY NOT BRING BO BRADY,HALEY AND STEFANO BACK.HALEY CAN ALSO BE A TWIN. J.J. NEEDS TO COME BACK AND BE HAPPY AGAIN.EVE SHOULD THINK ABOUT HOW SHE HURT HEY VERY ON DAUGHTER BY SLEEPING WITH J.J. IT IS TIME FOR GABI TO GET WHAT SHE SO RICHLY DESERVES.HOW CAN SHE BE IN LOVE WITH HER HUSBAND? POINT BEING IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED,SHE WOULD BE MARRIED TO ELI RIGHT NOW. SHE PRETENDS TO LOVE HER DAUGHTER, AND DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE HER, BUT SHE NEVER SPEND ANY TIME WITH HER. TRUTHFULLY SPEAKING,ALL GABI WANT, SEX, POWER.AND MONEY.SHE ESCAPED GOING BACK TO PRISON TWICE, ABIGAIL DID NOT WANT HER TO LEAVE HER DAUGHTER. IF THEY WOULD HAVE SENT HER TO PRISON,SHE WAS READING TO LET A LITTLE BABY DIE. SHE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE BITTER AND HATEFUL RIGHT, AS THE WHOLE TOWN HAVE GONE OUT THE WAY TO SHOW THEIR TENDER LOVE AND CARE,AS WELL AS FORGIVENESS.PLEASE DO NOT LET HER BE HAVING A BABY FOR JAKE. IF ANYONE IS WITH CHILD, LET IT BE GWEN OR CHLOE.CHLOE AND STEFAN WOULD HAVE BEEN TOGETHER IF IT WOULD NOT BEEN FOR GABI MAKING IT HER PERSONAL BUSINESS TO HAVE CHLOE CATCH THEM IN BE. WHEN JAKE SEE CHLOE,HOW MUCH HE LOVED HER WHEN HE WERE STEFAN WILL ALL COME BACK. LET CHLOE WALK IN THE DOOR HOLDING HIS BABY

Nothing against Tamra, fabulous, but why oh why is there no originality in Days of Our Lives anymore? Yet another return from the dead…please …should have made her a different character.

They already tried that. She played Nicole’s sister for a while.

And even that was a mis(re)cast when Natalia Livingston fit much better in the role; the reasons for replacing Livingston with Braun were B.S. and I have always said that the role of Jordan easily could have just been the re-introduction of Taylor Walker.

I love Tamara in anything she does. She’s one of those actresses you can count on to deliver every time!!!

ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SHOWING AND TELLING SAMI WHAT FOR ABOUT HER SON TRIPP BABY. SAMI IS NO MATCH FOR AVA. UNTIL AVA AND TRIPP ARRIVE, I HOPE AND PRAY THAT BELL WILL HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH THE JUDGE ABOUT SAMI AND JAN.SHE TALKING ABOUT THE LOOK ON NICOLE FACE,I WANT TO SEE THE LOOK ON HER FACE WHEN THE JUDGE RULE IN NICOLE FAVOR. I ALSO HOPE AND PRAY THAT BELLE TELL THE JUDGE ABOUT WHAT SAMI DONE TO HER DAD. WHAT SHE SAID TO JOHN BROKE HIS HEART, AND MARLENA KNOW THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED.

Does Joey get out of prison then????

Seriously! If there was ever a character/actor I would like to see come back, it’s him. I’m yawning at the prospect of seeing another back-from-the-dead character. Didn’t like her the first time around. (No shade at Tamara.)

Does Ron C. just ask for old tapes of PSYCHOPATHS …. and with glee, just start writing for them? It is just exhuasting and unpleasant to watch a show filled with such dark, angry, villainous people, and I include Gabi in that! As far as Im concerned, she oughta be locked up for life! Her crocodile tears about loving her daughter and what a good mother she is are sickening to watch. When exactly is she a good mother? Between drugging and brainwashing pregnant woman, and trying to murder senior citizens (all of whom are related to her daughter)…she hardly has the time to be a mother, let alone a good one! Now another psychotic, delusional female (back from the dead of course), Ava, is coming back. This show REALLY needs a new headwriter. Any writer who would dare bring back Jan Spears is seriously out of touch with the audience!

Johnny
Agree with everything you say. Gabi is supposed to come back soon and am pretty sure she’ll pick up right where she left off, going after Jake and making everyone else miserable! This Jan Spears IAM sure will be another troublemaker. What gets me is these people that have been released with a clean bill of health, sanity wise, still act crazy. They should rename Salem while they’re at it and call it Crazy Town.

PLEASE!
PLE A S E !

!! PLEAsE!

DO NOT – NUT UP – her so quickly… one note

D i m e n s i o n (s)

Ava as a Mother… Tripp is just so FANTASTIC !
Ava as a grandmother … doting and then there’s SOME doting … GOOD STUFF w/Kayla
Ava as an EX LOVER… COME ON ( no man FORGETS GOOD SEX ) NO MAN
Ava as an adversarial… With Mary Beth Evans !!!! ???? tough job but these two “equals”

it’s a plush move plush job plush IMAGINATION PULL !

I present to “YOU” : Mary Beth Evans; Stephan Nichols; Tamara Braun STANDING OVATION

WHO CARES ABOUT SONNY AND CARLY : gh CAN NOSEDIVE

IF YOU CAN; IF YOU DARE; mess with a supercouple fandom… no easy task… w/Ron, Ryan, AND coworker PULL. Tamara already has the job 1/2 done.

tantalizing prospect ???? Justin, Rafe,

cannot wait to see her with on screen son: Lucas Adams; Tripp. I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE Tripp back on the set

this is just tour de force FANtastic !!!!

welcome back Salemite’

I am surprised that no fan have yet to mention that .. in the can thru mid OCTOBER
with back in production , SEPTEMBER 2020. the time span from 8 months dropped to 1 1/2 months

I happy dance for all the TURN

Salute !

Soooo excited!
Days keeps rolling hot returns!!…
JJ, Tripp, Marci millers Abby and now Tamaras Ava!!!
Y n r take note! Viewers fall asleep with nothing happening in genoa city!
Salems on fire!!

Ava Vitali is the best role Tamara Braun has had in daytime, and I genuinely hope this time around that Braun and her character are treated properly. Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein absolutely destroyed the character, and lost the true dimension of Ava, so I hope that comes back and is re-developed. Now, that being said, I hope this is not a guest return. I hope it is a full-time one and they actually give Ava something to do outside of Kayla and Steve, and maybe develop her as an actual character. Will we be recasting Joey, or will we bring back James Lastovic?Her stint on General Hospital as Kim Nero was a mess from beginning to end, despite some amazing acting work by Braun.

Also, still sad she was not cast as Victoria Newman in 2005; now, that would have been perfect casting.

Hi Scott : ^^^^ “…Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein absolutely destroyed the character,” ABSOLUTELY ! It was incredulous, the desecration

this is one of those times… when you are just gnawing at the screen

well, LOL… for the LOVE of Tamara Braun, right?

any way…. this truly explains ALL those posts ^^^ back from the dead, and for that evil mindset PSYCHOPATH’

i IMPLORE – AND beg…. Ron/Ryan/all his coworker. let’s stop and smell the coffee with Tamara… she is so loved in this genre. the potential for GOOD work… with GREAT CAST… and immediate touch, with very real feelings… is right in front of us (telee). im so looking forward to her work with Lucas Adams… to flesh her out… heart tug… real feelings right?

look at all the work Tamara had @GH with just Oscar… add in a grandchild? the potential for familial vibe. throw in @DAYS supercouple. which is what i’d like to try and explain… @DAYS had so much magic… with EVERY child of Shaun and Caroline Brady… that it was difficult to even think about new love interests. look how often Kristian Alfonso tried… altho she had it with Aiden… NEW WRITERS MUCK THINGS UP SO OFT. of that one year leap… i voted the worst story was with Justin and Kayla.. altho i loved how the show… actually had the man cut off ties and letting kayla go. that was upstart. how about Ava working for Victor, and Justin is the allure

any way.. when you have someone with the calibur and finesse like Tamara.. AND despite how cruel her last run… she had immediate chemistry with Stephen Nichols.. and the writing never was; with Mary Beth Evans… so this is all just waiting in the wings.. for top shelf feature

so excited to see the fallout with just Patch and Kayla…FINALLY at last having a child of their own… seeing Kayla love and accept Tripp WITH GRANDCHILD… with Sami and Lucas daughter.. Ali…. !!!! this just bites with excitement.

ta-da

Ron Carlivati… you love this genre as much as we do. take good care of how good she is at this genre. @GH mucked this up… she emmied for her work. let’s give her another one.

I very much believe if Ron Carlivati and the team at Days of Our Lives write Ava Vitali as a flawed human being with a compassionate, relatable side, much like how Eileen Davidson portrayed Kristen DiMera when she returned in 2012.

The character can be deceitful and devious, but there needs to be some kind of humanity to them that allows us to forgive them and relate to them, and why they are doing the things that they are doing. That was missing from Tamara Braun’s 2015 return to the role.

Given how Lucas Adams (Tripp) and Braun interacted at the Daytime Emmy Awards some years ago, I have a feeling that the chemistry between Ava and Tripp is going to be quite accomplished, and hope that Carlivati and his team do good work, and make this return worth while!

She’s a good actress, though I would rather it not be another return from the dead (all this writer likes to do is that and triangles)…if we have to have her can we at least not make another triangle w/Kayla/Steve & her..just let her cause trouble and find someone else..maybe Rafe. She could make him interesting..lol. In the end, Marlena has Stefano & Orpheous, so I guess Kayla will have nut job Ava as an adversary.

Maybe the triangle is NOT with Steve?

You may remember that the first time Ava was in Salem, she hooked up with RoboJohn, who at the time thought he was Stefano’s brother and was embracing his supposed DiMera darkside a great deal.

Just by coincidence, John is rumored to be “not himself” when he finally wakes up from his recent aneurysm. What if he reverts to the RoboJohn mentality, right around the same time Ava shows up??

When Tamara Braun was Taylor Walker and she was [briefly] in scenes with Galen Gering (Rafe), I did enjoy that potential; same thing with Christie Clark (ex-Carrie), and while I would enjoy seeing both Ava and Rafe single for more than a few seconds, I would welcome an eventual pairing, especially if it meant upsetting Sami (Alison Sweeney). Or maybe they could go for a Carly/Johnny re-pairing, with Braun paired up with Brandon Barash (Jake, ex-Stefan).

Tamara Braun wasn’t playing Carly when Johnny Zucchini was in Port Charles. That was all during the Laura Wright era. Though ironically the first Carly, Sarah Brown, came back to play Johnny’s sister (who actually turned out to be his mommy).

On the other horn, this un-named “Philly mob” that Jake was mixed up with before he arrived in Salem, it’s not much of a stretch to think that could have been the Vitali family. So it’s possibly they DO know each other… though presumably Ava hasn’t been doing a lot of family business, as she was supposed to be dead for the last several years.

Should be interesting. If Tripp is Allie’s baby daddy, scenes between Ava and Sami should be fun!!!!! Days is the best soap on TV!

I was hoping she’d retake her crown as Carly Corinthos, but this is welcome news. Please Days, don’t screw it up this time. The last time you tagged her with the “R” word. Not nice.

Why oh why bring back such an irrelevant character from the dead?? This show is beyond losing any type of realm of normalcy. I saw Corday’s interview in SOD & I do not see how you can redeem that crazy nut they created in 2015..to bring in a character to create angst for a third time for a 30+ year super couple more than shows these writers have no creativity about them whatsoever. The two actors that play Steve and Kayla are two of the best in the business and should have angst via a medical issue, children, etc They don’t need a played out psycho coming back from the dead. This viewer will gladly flip onto other streaming shows.

Oh, gee—Joey’s comin’ home?

OMG ,this is ludicrous! I love Tamara Braun BUT the woman was killed. They look like idiots as it is with bringing all these dead people back. Hopefully her appearance will only be in flashbacks and dreams, etc.

I stand by my comment above and agree 100% with Pudge!

How do you redeem a character as vile as Ava?? Please stop…the using sexual manipulation on underage Joey was sickening. She tried to kill Kayla & forced Steve (form of rape) to sleep w her to save Kayla’s life..that was last run alone. She should be burned at the stake in Horton Square no redeemed.

The sexual manipulation of Joey was bad enough.. but now he’s been in prison for several years (Hell only knows how long it’s supposedly been, given all the time jumps & SORAsing) for killing her.

I’d say after that, Joey deserves to kill her for real. Why not, he’s already done the time for it.

Let’s see how many more viewers lose with Ava coming back. She was an obsessed nut job with no redeeming qualities. Show has Kristen & Jan who are over the top obsessed with characters. Don’t need Ava & her crazy obsession with Steve again besides the dude has to be at least 20 years older than her. Leave her dead or have her obsess over someone her own age. It’s sad they keep bringing irrelevant characters back from the dead.

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Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Reveals When Days of our Lives Episodes From His Head Writing Regime Resume Streaming

Days of our Lives viewers have not been watching material from head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team for many months. Well, things are about to change.

Circle this Friday, May 31st when the first new script from Carlivati and company will stream on the Peacock soap opera. If you recall, Carlivati had to step away from the writing gig at DAYS due to the writer’s strike, but because the soap tapes at least seven months ahead of air, it is only now that fans will see how the stories shift or finish out that were started by Carlivati.

According to Ron’s conversation with TV Insider, when Carlivati and his team resumed writing the show in late October of 2023, the stories were already written well into 2024. Carlivati explained, “For me, as of us talking right now, the (replacement writers’ material) is still airing, so that has been very tough. I’m just very anxious and eager for our stuff to start airing again.”

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Ron explained before the writer’s strike, he and his scribes had written up through the 2023 Thanksgiving episodes. Speaking on how the replacement writers tried to handle stepping in for the regular team, Ron expressed, “I think what they tried to do was move things slowly in the hopes that the strike would end and respect where my storylines were so that I could play them off when we came back. Unfortunately, the strike dragged on, so I understand that the show needed to make story decisions.”

The award-winning writer made clear that, “from January to May (2024), those were not my stories. I had nothing to do with those.”

Having lived through a writer’s strike before (when he was at One Life to Live in 2008), Carlivati explained how he dealt with coming back and adjusting the stories including that the plan was to, “blow things up, jettison anything that I did not like, and get back to a show that I understand and can enjoy and tell. ”

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Look for a Carlivati-style ‘wink-wink’ on Friday’s episode. As he puts it, “I did want to make it clear that this was the line of demarcation, that the writers were back and there was a change happening. We have a little nod or two to what was going on in the first day and I think it will be very obvious and clear to the savvy viewer. Luckily, story-wise, certain things were coming to a head already.”

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Stay tuned for how Ron resolves a Sloan and Nicole showdown, how Eric will find out he is Jude’s true baby daddy, what happens when the new Gabi returns from Salem from out of the slammer, the Maggie/Konstantin wedding, payback time for Theresa and more.

In addition, and as previously reported, when Carlivati returned, he crafted the series 15,000th episode which is set to air in early December, and will also pay tribute to the late Bill Hayes with the passing of his on-screen beloved character, Doug Williams.

So, glad to know Ron and his team’s material will start to reveal itself this Friday and moving forward on DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.

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Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.

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However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.

 

 

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