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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

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Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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cindy Tobias
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cindy Tobias

Im not sure yet. But where the hell is our Sonny. Its a different Sonny. I’m not happy. And they are having problems…come on. I let u know later what I think..

Mark Ledoux
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Mark Ledoux

The actor who played Sonny didn’t want to come back. He’s living in Florida and wants another type of career.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Freddie Smith (Sonny) moved to Florida and didn’t want to return. He and his wife are thinking of starting a family and both are getting into real estate. More lucrative; secure work, in his mind. So; we got a new Sonny. I thought he looked way too young at first but I actually think he’s doing a great job, and is adorable.

Angela Y
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Angela Y

Liked it but not overblown by it; do think this is the wave of the future if soaps are to survive. Cable is becoming a dinosaur and streaming is the way to go. It’s honestly hard for me to support this show because of how badly the head writer is handling the main show right now. I’m a generational viewer that grew up watching with my mom and grandmother. When they stop watching I will, they unfortunately have no desire to watch on line.

Phil
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Phil

Yeah, Ron was doing okay for awhile, but it’s getting stale again. General Hospital is far more enjoyable now!

Satan
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Satan

Only complaint so far is Will & NuSonny immediately having some sort of marriage problems…. which would be even more ridiculous if that idiot Leo Stark is involved. There really wasn’t a reason to bring him back. Let’s hope his bug eyed mother doesn’t make an appearance.

Poor Chad… he thought he was getting a break from his own wreck of a marriage…. and now thrown right in the middle of his friends’ troubles.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

They don’t have marriage problems…

Satan
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Satan

Well, it seems like they do…. Even though it turns out Will was NOT cheating, the fact is that Sonny obviously has some trust issues. The irony of that is that he suspected Will of cheating with the dude that he (Sonny) was previously cheating with. Yes, Will cheated before… but he was really not himself at the time (horrible recast) and he’s died & come back through Rolf-amnesia since then. Meanwhile Sonny not only cheated with Leo, but also while Will was in prison, Sonny was literally hooking up with the guy who actually committed the crime. So if… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I get what you’re saying but whether there was a past history of cheating or not…though to add further fuel to the fire there was, it’s understandable that Sonny jumped to that insecure place due to, as be explained, Will’s actions and secrecy and then finding out Will lied, wasn’t at work, but at a hotel… It sucks to have trust issues but I guess when both parties have stepped out before insecurities can arise. All in all, they seem as in love as ever. I’d love them to come back to Salem…not sure if Chandler Massey would come back.… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Iam loving it so far except for that Leo Stark which as Satan said there was no need for but don’t worry, mommy dearest is back at Y&R causing troubles there. While I do miss our old Sonny I do like this NuSonny who played Noah on Y&R and be sure to look for Peter Porte and Lisa Rinna’s dance.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I stupidly said that Zack Tinker played Noah on Y&R when it was actually Fen Baldwin he played. I’ll accept him in a minute if we have to lose our old Sonny. After seeing this series, I want to see them back in Salem and Will never looked so good, a beard and just all grown up. The friendship between the two guys and Chad was wonderful to see. I haven’t seen Chad so funny and animated in years. Greg Rikkart/Leo Stark did a good job as usual.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet, three gorgeous guys in the same story? I’m gonna need to turn up the air conditioning!

Carolann
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Carolann

I just love watching Leo he brought a lot of fun to the show at first on days i didn’t like him but he grew on me

Phil
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Phil

I actually kind of liked it! I’m hoping they do more of these type of things in the future. Zach Tinker was great as Sonny. Can’t wait to see more.

Phil
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Phil

Freddie Smith aka OG Sonny said he was not interested in returning.

su000
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su000

I’m not big on TV- but- you have to pay to watch Peacock.
My cousin has Peacock and told me- it’s not worth a nickel lol
She dropped it..

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Peacock TV is a free streaming service. The upgrades cost very little. You can sign up for free and watch Beyond Salem and a lot of other shows and movies for free at Peacocktv.com

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

It’s free. They have different tiers and Beyond Salem is on the free platform. Peacock in and of itself has some great shows and films…they have a much bigger selection of shows and films then when they initially started.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO,
It is free. I get it on my Smart TV as a free App. Please look into it further. This series is great, even the locales and colors are more vibrant.

Con E.
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Con E.

I thought it was fun, and always enjoy a little comic relief in the middle of dramatic trauma, aka-Leo. I have noticed the regular DOOL has been sneaking some fun into the gloom of Salem, thank goodness. Hello, Paulina! I have watched DOOL over 50+ years and have been through the peaks and valleys of the storylines and I’m enjoying this break although I think Beyond is a little busy with the multiple fast-moving storylines. I am fine with this new format, even though Beyond’s genre is more intrigue than drama. I’m okay with Sonny’s replacement as it was Freddy’s… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Con E,
I think that seeing as how this is only a five day series, they did a wonderful job, especially the locales, outdoor settings , especially Florida and the colors were amazing, like watching a movie.

Steven
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Steven

I loved it!! New fresh take! Excited for the next episode! Yea do I like everything? No. But at least they are trying something new!!

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

It was only so-so ): I was not happy with Will and Sonny having problems again. Hoping that will be over and done with during the five days of the series. Love having Chandler back and I like Zack Tinker’s Sonny very much too.

The other stories felt lame to me. It’s more of the same poor writing that is happening on Days lately – the overall storyline arcs aren’t good right now, individual scenes are well written and the performers give their all but the show is not very good at the moment ):

Tink
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Tink

Checked it out with the free Peacock and wouldn’t pay for it that’s for sure. The acting is laughable and too camp. Not sure where the other OG super couple Steve and Kayla were though. Sorry, not a fan of John and Marlena; their acting has declined over the years. Am happy Deidre got to do voice over though.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Personally, I think the show is beautiful; if nothing else it’s exquisite visually. The acting? Same actors from DAYS so there was nothing new or different there. NuSonny was actually quite good.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca 1,
Iam also loving it and if you watch Y&R you might have recognized NuSonny as old Noah Newman. Just read your other comment and am holding myself back from gushing too much. You are right on all counts. Billie’s Tango partner, Peter Porte is also from Y&R, played Paul’s son and as grown into one good looking man, ooh,la,la.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Violet! Nice to hear from you. Believe it or not I don’t watch Y&R. Ironically, I always read it has the best ratings of the four remaining but for some reason that’s the one I haven’t watched. Peeked in a bit out of curiosity to see Steve Burton, then Jason Thompson…and just saws seconds of Justin Hartley before he was blown up, lol, but I can’t say I ever watched one episode…just a peek at these actors. So, hmm…I don’t know who Peter Porte is. Maybe one day I’ll succumb and start watching Y&R. Only decades of history to… Read more »

Angela Y
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Angela Y

The look on Ben’s face in the top photo says exactly how I feel about this Beyond Salem.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I like it! Gorgeous production; beautiful sets; location shots, compared to Days. I don’t even know if they actually traveled or if it’s the magic of the media. I’m assuming they didn’t travel due to expense and more importantly, covid. But it LOOKS like they’re on location and that’s what makes it work.

It’s fun escapism. I thought the tango scene was pure entertainment! I think they’re following the production value of The Bay… Wonder if they’re thinking of making this a daily show, or a weekly…testing the waters with this one week event. I’d watch at this point…

Ashland Cripton
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Ashland Cripton

What are the chances a platform titled “Peacock TV” has access to a series that has a storyline involving this “Alamainian Peacock”… and is Vivian Alamain somehow connected to this storyline? The character and / or her family just HAS to be. Wasn’t Zach Tinker on another soap opera once upon a time… wasn’t it “The Young and The Restless”?? Different to see Sonny Kiriakis portrayed by somebody other than who has played him for so long on the regular show (too) (Freddie Smith), but He (Zach Tinker) is definitely adorable and very good looking. So yes he has the… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Though the “Alamainian Peacock” itself was never mentioned before now, the fictional country of “Alamainia” is very much a part of Days history, from the early 1990s. And yes, the country was named after the Alamain family. The one piece of history they forgot to mention is that John Black was previously known as “Forrest Alamain” in one of the 666 different rewrites of his back story. He was raised as Vivian’s nephew, before he ended up working as Stefano’s brainwashed “pawn”.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Ashland Cripton,
Yes, Zank Tinker was on Y&R a few years ago. Played Fen Baldwin.

Momo
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Momo

I loved Beyond Salem. It was really good. I thought they did a great job. Leo Stark is a scene stealer.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I enjoyed the heck out of Beyond Salem.

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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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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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