Actress Returns for Limited Run

This one has me excited. I have a feeling you’re either gonna love it or hate it…


Alison Sweeney, who portrayed Sami Brady from 1993 until 2014 and again for a short time in the fall of 2015, is headed back to Salem! Per Deadline Hollywood:

[She] confirmed via her Instagram that she is reprising her role on the hit NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. “I have big news to share. I’m coming back to Days,” she revealed on Monday.

You can check out the short video she posted announcing her return at the link above. Soap Opera Digest further adds that Sweeney will film Sami’s latest appearance in Salem during May and June, and they’re referring to it as “an extended visit.” Considering the shooting schedule, this means she’ll likely air in October and November.

Ever since she announced that she was leaving the show, Sweeney has said that she’d love to come back for visits, time permitting, and she made it work for the 50th anniversary, so I can’t say I’m shocked by this — but I do think it’s a needed shot in the arm for Days. She’s for sure some of the biggest star power at their disposal right now, especially in terms of the under-50 crowd, and she has a major fanbase. Sami became something of a show-eater during her last years, and several writing regimes leaned way too heavily on her (and on her pairings with EJ and Rafe) in the absence of other viable 30-something female leads. This sounds like it’ll be something more substantial than her return for the 50th, which gave us some excellent scenes surrounding Will’s death and some really perplexing, open-ended material about the possibility of EJ being alive. This gives them the opportunity to tie up some loose ends — and, fingers crossed, revive Will in some way, thereby undoing one of the biggest mistakes the show has made in recent years as far as squandering its next generation of leads.

Is it the fall yet?

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14 Comments on “Actress Returns for Limited Run”

  1. underyourwing Says:

    love love love !!

  2. Fluffysmom Says:

    I’m happy about it. It’s not a coincidence that one of my kids is named Sami.

  3. Shea Says:

    I know I am in the minority but she is the reason I stopped watching the show back in the late 90s. I can handle a short return but I am certainly not excited about it. IF it were to coincide with a return of Will (with a decent actor and NOT Guy Wilson) that would be cool but according to Jason47 there have been some some leaked audition tapes for a character named “Gabe” but the scene in the clips is an EJ scene. So I think it is more likely that she is bringing EJ back not Will but who knows.

    • mykleraus Says:

      People think “Gabe” might be for Chad, too — the audition scene is an EJ/Chad scene — and I think it coincides with Flynn’s contract being up, so that’s also possible. It would be bizarre for them to recast EJ just to have Sami return short-time, but they’ve done much weirder, so who knows?

      • Shea Says:

        It was an EJ/Chad scene but I thought they were reading the EJ lines. They are going to need a new villain once Deimos leaves.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I wonder if they’re just reusing the scene for a new character. I’m sure Tony or Andre has another six kids out there somewhere…

    • Jackie Says:

      How can you not like her? She is an excellent actress and always played her role with perfection.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I think a lot of people just got tired of “The Sami Show” for a few years there. They definitely leaned too heavily on her starting around 2009, but I like her and am attached to her, so I didn’t mind much.

  4. ADW Says:

    I’m glad Sami is returning 🙂 I’m wondering if Sami’s Uncles Shane or Steve reached out to let her know that Stefano is actually dead. The fact Sami siphoned multi-millions from Dimera and her wanting to keep her children away from Stefano were the reasons why she went into hiding after her Hollywood stint. Andre who is still around WAS very pissed at Sami and unsuccessfully attempted to imprision her the last time she was in town. Are we supposed to assume Andre is just going to forget the whole thing and just go about his business as usual whatever he is doing at Dimera Enterprises and slithering around town sipping cocktails and wearing Barry Manilow suits?

    • mykleraus Says:

      Yeah, if nothing else, this should clear up that whole convoluted “Sami’s in hiding and Lucas doesn’t know where his daughter is” mess. They have to at least address the Andre angle, because he had it out for Sami last time…

    • mykleraus Says:

      And “slithering” really is the perfect word for what he does!

  5. […] the news of Alison Sweeney returning as Sami broke, it’s seemed likely that her return would tie into the return of either Will or EJ, […]

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