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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Cindy george

Ugh. Not Carrie! Please nooooo!!!

kelly
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kelly

Tony is dead.

sue
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sue

Please no Carrie……ugh…….

Jen
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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)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

Blake
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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
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LeeAnn

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

Jeremy
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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
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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
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Katie Rankin

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

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

Shay
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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
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Timmm

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

Cindy george
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Cindy george

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

Shay
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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
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Missmeka1987

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

knitter 1
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knitter 1

But only until his contract is up!

Judy ox
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Judy ox

Wow good news awesome cant wait best news ever

su0000
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su0000

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

Mo
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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
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Jeremy

Supposedly, he is confirmed to play Andre.

Mary SF
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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
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4ever DAYS

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

damien
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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
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Mwlack

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

Beth
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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
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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
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Avelina from Santorini Greece

YAYYYYY!!!!!!!

James McDonald
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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… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

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

Patrick
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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
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4ever DAYS

Kimberly is on next week, Patrick!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Alexander Bruszt as Finn.

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

Gmbenet
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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