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Thaao Penghlis Heads Back To Days of our Lives! Will Be Play Tony Or Andre DiMera?

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More exciting returns for the 50th anniversary of NBC’s Days of our Lives with the news today via Soap Opera Digest!

Thaao Penghlis, who was last seen on General Hospital as Victor Cassadine, has returned to Salem and is already filming new episodes in either the role of Tony DiMera, or his dastardly lookalike cousin, Andre DiMera!  Thaao is also back on contract!

Penghlis was last seen on DAYS  back in 2009 when Tony died.  As for Andre DiMera, viewers last saw him turn-off his own life-support machine in the hospital and framed Shawn Brady (Frank Parker) to make it look like he murdered him a few year prior.

The actor posted on his facebook page: “I’m back. I cannot tell how great it was going back to the DOOL set on contract & be embraced by so many. As Ken Corday said ‘Welcome back to the family.’ And seeing big Daddy was just beautiful. And love the material from the new head writers.”

So, who do you think Thaao will play when he re-emerges in Salem for the 50th anniversary episodes … Tony or Andre? Comment below!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Regardless of whom he will be playing, it’s exciting that the new executive team and head-writing regime are paying attention to the history of Days of Our Lives. All casting scoops are promising and makes me very excited about the upcoming fiftieth celebration this fall. However, I hope all planned returns aren’t outed by publications months in advance; I’d still love some elements of surprise when it comes to who appears.

Patrick
Patrick

Tony and Anna DiMera come home!

the DiMera manse really needs a woman… and who better than Anna to return

and then along comes Carrie, and her child
much to the delight of Anna

EG
EG

I hope Tony. Chad needs a better DiMera roll
model. Tony doesnt take shit from Stefano.
He doesnt agree with his methods either.

damien
damien

awesome idea, would love to see carrie fight her child from the evil grasps of the dimera family, marlena and roman of course would also be resistant to that!
bring back carrie and austin too!

Cindy george
Cindy george

Ugh. Not Carrie! Please nooooo!!!

kelly
kelly

Tony is dead.

sue
sue

Please no Carrie……ugh…….

Jen
Jen

If you’ve read any of Thaao’s posts, he refers to Stefano as “daddy” and Chad as “brother” or “bro”…..He will most likely be Tony because Andre was a cousin.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

TVLine confirmed his return as André; whether or not he’s also portraying Tony has yet to be confirmed.

Blake
Blake

Great news! So glad Days keeps bringing back the faves! Keep it up Days this is going to be a kick ass 50th anniversary!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Doesn’t matter who he comes back as to me either, just as long as he comes back and hopefully stays awhile ! 🙂

Jeremy
Jeremy

Thaao is just that good. Why not play both roles. As a long-time DAYS fan, unfortunately, I don’t recall Andre, I only remember Tony. Very pleased an iconic DiMera is returning.

I still would love DAYS to usher in Robb Derringer or Ted King as the new-Peter Blake-Dimera. And, I hope somehow DAYS can manage to bring Eileen Davidson – ANY character(s) back for the 50th. As Kristen is “dead”…. Susan is always fun, gosh, DAYS will be moving upward!!!

Layla Kalich
Layla Kalich

Robb Derringer would absolutely ROCK the role of Peter Blake-Dimera. Only thing is I am not sure if he would ever go back to another Soap. It would be nice to see Ted King in something though. Robb is doing a lot of guest spots and things like that.

Katie Rankin
Katie Rankin

Jeremy….Kristin’s body was never found……she’ll be back someday!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’ll take Thaao as Tony and/or Andre! Yeah!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

No!! Victor, No!!! Please don’t leave Port Charles for Salem.

Shay
Shay

Agreed, Lou, but it’s more like Port Charles left him….in the smoldering rubble of the Crichton-Clark Clinic! But I’ve never given up hope for a return engagement of the nefarious Victor Cassadine….loved, loved, loved him with Dr. O.!!!!! Bring him back, GH!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Shay, we havent seen the last of Victor. I loved him and Spencer’s scenes together!

Cindy george
Cindy george

Agree. He is not written as cartoonish on GH as he is on Days.

Shay
Shay

Hope you’re right, Timmm! Victor was always my favorite Cassadine, and he was a perfect beau for Dr. O.!!!! (Even if he couldn’t hold a candle to that “demented Dane” Faison in Liesl’s heart and mind….)

Missmeka1987
Missmeka1987

you are out of luck He’s on days contract 🙂

knitter 1
knitter 1

But only until his contract is up!

Judy ox
Judy ox

Wow good news awesome cant wait best news ever

su0000
su0000

wow
looks like DROOL is getting a new cast ..
always someone old or new being cast ..

Mo
Mo

I’m so happy. Hopefully he’s back as Tony. I was just thinking yesterday as I watched Days that they should bring back Peter.

Hopefully Stefano will be back in person and not on the phone. He can figure out a way to bypass the charges.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Supposedly, he is confirmed to play Andre.

Mary SF
Mary SF

If they are bringing back “dearly departed” Dimeras please bring back Lexie, she was the only sane one of the bunch– but love TP, glad he is coming back- Stefano needs more kin on the show, now with EJ and Kristen are MIA.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If Renee Jones doesn’t want to come back, Victoria Rowell would be great!

damien
damien

victoria rowell is too unpedictable and ungrateful, so glad y n r and neil moved on. she held the winters hostage storyline wise without her. they finally got a hot story with hilary, although it looks like pratt the prick cooled it for fake jack and crazy kelly. goof!

Mwlack
Mwlack

Dont be mad… No one can play Lexi’s Role as the original

Beth
Beth

Excellent news. Thaao has such a great history on the show, and he can evil with such charm. I like everything I’m hearing about the new writing team and where their priorities are. It’s a long time to have to wait, but I’m hopeful it’ll be worth it.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This is fantastic news! DAYS is overhauling the show for its 50th anniversary, and I’m really excited to see what they have in store. Thaao Penghlis is an amazing actor of such caliber and true talent. I LOVED him on GH as Victor Cassadine, but I love him even more as Tony/Andre DiMera. Truth be told, I don’t really care which role he plays, I’m just stoked that he’s returning, and on contract! GH were fools not to keep him around, but their loss is definitely DAYS gain. I’ve wanted him to return for years, and now, he finally is.

Avelina from Santorini Greece
Avelina from Santorini Greece

YAYYYYY!!!!!!!

James McDonald
James McDonald

Thaao Penghlis and A. Martinez both on Days of Our Lives…I am so excited I busted my buttons. So glad Thaao is returning to Days and I thought they would never ask. Bravo to the writers for writing a story for him. I hope Thaao is playing “Tony” again and the writers sure do have some explaining to do. They made his death so final. I could never believe it was Tony left on the island and we saw Andre get swallowed up in quicksand years back. Tony has as many lives as Stefano does. “The Phoenix arises” I have always enjoyed seeing Joseph Mascolo and Thaao P. working together.
So glad that A. Martinez will be in a soap opera again and it is Days Of Our Lives. Bold and Beautiful didn’t give him more than a dozen episodes. Wonder if he will be “Doctor Cruz” or play a villain named “Adolph Martinez”? (hee-hee)

elm51
elm51

this news is fascinating – i am doing the happy dance!!!

Patrick
Patrick

STAR count : “respectively”

Thaao Penghlis
A Martinez

Ali Sweeney
Peter Reckell
Stephen Nichols

Camila Banus

Aussie hunk
star turn for recast (soras) Joey

Oy ! hope I haven’t left any one out : hoping for surprise guests as well

I sure would LOVE Shane and Kimberly Donovan
Carrie and child
Fay is alive (Nicole’ mother)

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Kimberly is on next week, Patrick!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Alexander Bruszt as Finn.

So, it seems that Thaao is playing Andre & A is playing Eduardo.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Regardless of who Thaao plays, the big deal is how his presence will be explained. Happy for Thaao because I have known for quite some time that he wanted to return to Salem. Just hope the premise is not so far fetched that the story becomes ridiculous. Maybe shows ought to be more careful about killing off characters. I think Ken Corday has done that in recent years. I applaud him for that. It is also nice to have a show that people want to return to. So congrats to all concerned.

Timmm
Timmm

I would love to see him back at GH BUT I am happy for the fans of Days. Thaao is a great actor!

Norman
Norman

I hope that Andre stays for long on days. I hope he plays the bad man. And he be helping Stefano out, Andre needs to teach Chad to be a better Dimera. Chad is getting to soft lately. He’s going to save Marlena ass from stefano. Andre you got to teach him to a bad ass Dimera.

Dawn
Dawn

Considering Kristen is dead. I would love to see Tony come back revenging the death of his ex wife and EJ. I like both Andre and Tony. You have any Dimera on screen I am sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what they are up to and what is in store for Salem with the best villians. I am so happy to hear Thaao is coming back now Days get be back like it use to be the good old days with new stories in mind.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I can’t wait to see TP. I loved him as Tony DiMera….not so much as Victor Cassadine. He is one of the most captivating actors ever!!!! Can’t wait!

JP
JP

I’ve been watching Days of Our Lives for over 30 years, so I am a LONG time fan, and I’m excited to see familiar favorites back on canvas. However, I’m concerned that they are forcing a lot of old characters without solid, long-term plans for them. I’m a little worried that the show is coming to an end and these actors are being brought back to give fans an ending to their stories. I seriously hope that TPTB aren’t forcing out the younger cast members in a desperate effort to lure viewers back with familiar faces, because new generations are necessary for a show to continue to thrive. No one wants to watch everyone sit around the retirement home. Actors like Jen Lilley, Christopher Sean, Billy Flynn and Casey Moss all have huge potential that still needs to be tapped. I’m happy for the revitalization as long as it’s not at their expense.

Patrick
Patrick

“Jen Lilley, Christopher Sean, Billy Flynn and Casey Moss all have huge potential”

huge amounts to tap… just love these 4

just tap in on the extras…. as well

Maxine, Anne, T, : these 3 are dynamo

Patrick
Patrick

I just about jumped in to the TV set : OMG! Eve meets Rafe and isn’t involved w/JJ and Paige and it works… is hot… interesting : intriguing… could be

why not ?

dag!

celebrate some hotness

Dale
Dale

My favorite DiMera was always Renee(such a tragic character). Her last few episodes, prior to her death, were incredibly exciting… and since she was a DiMera. Death is just a minor detail.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Omg. I am so behind with my DVR of days… Tony was my favorite Dimera.. But to see Thaao again. As Tony or Andre..…Im lovin it.… I screamed so loud. I love him. I don’t care, Tony and Stephano was the best. Thank you Days….

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RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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DAYS Preview – Week of January 7, 2019

This week on Days of our Lives; after two bombshells about her boyfriend surface, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is not pleased.  First, she learns he was the guy that kidnapped Gabi (Camila Banus) and brought him to Stefan (Tyler Christopher).  Later, Ciara overhears a key conversation that does not sit well with her … at all.  Is it curtains for #Cin?

Meanwhile, Xander (Paul Telfer) intends to move back into the Kiriakis mansion, now that he has ammunition in that flash drive thanks to Eve (Kassie DePaivba) on Titan. Looks like Leo’s (Greg Rikaart) new housemate might become quite the ally to take down the entire family for their own gain.

Chad (Billy Flynn) is trying to do everything he can to make Abigail (Kate Mansi) forgive him, and what he does for her is quite special. But what could it be?

And, we learn that Haley (Thia Megia) has ties to Salem and an explosive secret.

Check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC for the action this week in Salem and then these other teasers below:

Monday, January 7

Jack runs into Kayla and discovers a dark moment from his past.

Tuesday, January 8

Julie helps Chad plan a special date with Abigail.

Wednesday, January 9

Leo meets Xander for the first time — and is immediately smitten.

Thursday, January 10

Eric reveals he’s made a decision about Holly’s custody case.

Friday, January 11

Brady and Chloe share a close moment.

Now, which storyline are you most intrigued by this week on DAYS? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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