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It’s the return that DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans have been waiting for! Alison Sweeney has announced that she’s bringing Sami Brady back to Salem for an extended visit! “I’m coming back to DAYS!” the actress enthused in an Instagram Live video. “I can’t wait — I’m really excited. I’ve missed Sami!" And in a recent Instaram post, she revealed that she will be making her highly-anticipated return in the episode airing on Friday, Oct. 13! Naturally, with Ben's claim that Will is actually alive, Sami will want to get to the truth about her son's fate!
Christie Clark (Carrie) and Sweeney on DAYS in 1994 (Photo Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Sweeney made her DAYS debut back in 1993 as the mischievous Sami, and the character quickly became a fan favorite. So viewers were devastated in 2014 when the actress announced that after two decades on the soap, she would be saying goodbye to spend more time with her family and pursue other projects.
Since exiting days, Sweeney has appeared in many Hallmark Channel movies, including the popular Murder, She Baked series co-starring ALL MY CHILDREN alum Cameron Mathison (Ryan). “I love doing the Hallmark movies,” Sweeney admitted. “They mean so much to me and I’m so excited to produce them and develop the stories. It’s so incredible. I have some movies coming up later we’re going to be filming later this summer. But you’ve gotta make time for Salem!”
Mathison and Sweeney in 2016’s Murder She Baked: A Deadly Recipe. (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media)
The actress also tried her hand at directing a few times, helming some episodes of ABC sudser GENERAL HOSPITAL. Whether or not Sweeney would also be taking a seat in the director’s chair over at DAYS hasn’t yet been decided. “I’ve been talking to the producers about that,” she revealed, “so we’ll have to see.”
But Sami has always held a special place in Sweeney’s heart, and she’s really looking forward to coming back home to Salem again. “Thank you so much for asking and pressuring the DAYS producers into making this happen,” she told fans with a chuckle. “I can’t tell you what it means to me to have your support. I’m honored and humbled and frankly nervous!”
Sweeney admits that she’s missed her DAYS alter ego, but is a little worried about stepping back into the rigorous daytime grind with all the dialogue to learn and fast-paced shooting schedule. “I’m excited and nervous about it,” she confessed. “Also, there’s a new headwriter. Ron Carlivati is going to be writing Sami this time. So that’s going to be new and different. So we’ll see what his take is on Sami and what kinds of shenanigans she’ll get into!”
At the time she announced her big return, Sweeney guessed that with DAYS' advanced shooting schedule she would be making her first appearance on air in October, and it turns out she was right! Now the only question remains, can Sami get to the bottom of what's really going on with Will, and just how long will Sweeney's stint last?
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