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Thaao Penghlis and Leann Hunley Coming Back To DAYS

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During Sunday night’s Daytime Emmys, Guest Performer in a Drama Series nominee, Thaao Penghlis (Ex-Andre, DAYS), shared on his Instagram some great news!

According to his post, Thaao and best friend, Leann Hunley (Anna, DAYS), who attended the ceremony together, are returning to the NBC soap opera.

Penghlis shared: “Thank you all from Leann & myself for your continued support. We had a great time celebrating Days & it’s nominees. You will see us on the screen in July. But is it Tony or Andre?”

Look for the duo to be back this summer on Days of our Lives.

So, what do you think of Thaao and Leann coming back to Salem? Intrigued? What will happen when these two appear on-screen? Comment below.

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Phil
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Phil

I really hope that it is Tony!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Most definitely. I love seeing Thaao as Tony. Never really got into his other character Andre.

Mary
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Mary

But Andre was more fun

Patrick
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Patrick

“God” it was high brow expectation … because you knew they could deliver – bubbly or martini any one – savor the wit the delight of two minds above? Kate AND Andre

Karen
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Karen

Please please please, be Tony!!!!!! And please please please be alive!!! This is great news. The only thing better would be if Bo came back alive!!!

Celia
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Celia

I echo what you said, Karen!! Anna Nd Tony!! Forever!!

Patrick
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Patrick

these two are so dynamic… FUN.. full of character… can swing the gamut on whatever the show needs. high brow with wit … just aplomb and OWN Salem. @Thaao , congrats on your own nomination!!! Anna is CLASS. cannot wait to see you two . OH GOD – they just up the ante and amp adult foray. this just gives us more kate,roman, specifically… two additional dynamo to upper crust … distract Roman , he needs some loving. just saying… OH !!!! @Ron Carlivati…. 2 things 1. even I know there was so much respect, given the talent… Yet even… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I haven’t said “Rafe’alicious” in a very long time… as Ron Carlivati was spreading the wealth of canvas and tapping in to all his skillset . when scripts PLUS cast are feeding off of each other…. I savor the hour. I am so enjoying Galen Gerring… for obvious REASON… he’s so mind numbingly handsome…. he’s the current day Cary Grant. he effortlessly nuances his delivery with effective mannerisms ALL the nuances … watch his eyes… his facial expressions DRIVE you . I LOVE HOPE… SHE exploded imploded rises to the occasion.. WITH Bo; Aiden; Rafe. Jeezus, who goes their ?!?!… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Rafe does NEED to move on his own now… no more shortcoming no more propping … I so wish it was with Carrie Brady… even at the top of her game Jordan could work. is Kayla turn? God she needs to have that nurturing TURN. she exudes so much love and care… for this I am so glad that Patch is coming home… I hope without that eye patch. so ranting along because their is so much going on.. yeah i’m not in to the brain tumor thing… so I marquee : spotlight ALL Points Bulletin Galen Gering as Rafe… Read more »

Claudio
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Claudio

LeAnn Hunley is still a beautiful lady, wow LeAnn is 64 years and still looks good for her age. Days please sign her, to a contract. She is a wonderful actress.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Claudio…Agreed! LH is gorgeous; and natural…..it’s her face without botox or ‘plastic’ intervention. Love her!!
Aside–I think Haley is Melinda’s daughter, not her sister.
If Trask is an American citizen, wouldn’t that make Haley American? …Hmmmm–if only Trask would come forward, one way or the other.❤️

Barbara
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Barbara

Oh this is the best news ever! Tho I can’t imagine Rolf saving an impaled Tony I sure would love it to be Tony somehow. Hope it’s not short term!! WOOHOO

Ray
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Ray

I remember Leann coming back last year. She came to Salem and was spending time with Roman. Did she disappear and the story dropped?

Satan
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Satan

Well, both Tony & Andre were seen in the celestial waiting room when Marlena just about checked out from the penicillin overdose. But we did see Andre’s initials on that bizarre warehouse medical facility where Elvis & Jack also were being held.

So I guess I should expect him to escape from Hell yet again? After the first 666 times, I’m used to it.

Momo
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Momo

YAY!

Jimh
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Jimh

Days has become like a prime time episodic tv series with stars/characters making guest-like appearances….too many characters too keep long term so i guess seeing some every now and then is better than not at all!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Applause—-two of my faves!!

su000
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su000

Well that sucks!
I want my GH Cassidine back ! (Thaao Penghlis )

Mark
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Mark

So looking forward to seeing them both again…

Mary
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Mary

I just hope that the writers do justice to both Thaao and Leann.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I do like seeing Thaao on either show.

LeRoy Davidson
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LeRoy Davidson

Greatest news ever! Now I will resume watching “Days.”

Celia
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Celia

Once again, DOOL needs a little boost, albeit having Nicole and Xander back is manna from the gods——the Haley/Melinda story is really intriguing to me. I have suspected for months that Trask was Haley’s mother….mentioned it several times.
I propose Tony as Haley’s grandfather. He has been in China all this time, married Chinese “royalty” …..the marriage produced a son who impregnated Melinda with Haley.
Hmmmm—I wish!!
Sooner or later TPTB must/will introduce Haley’s ‘mystery’ father…..Thrilling!! “Me like” that prospect….

Michele
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Michele

I sure hope that it’s Andre when he comes back!! I love when he is on!!

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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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