“Days of our Lives” star Alison Sweeney will announce on the Tuesday, January 21 edition of “The Ellen Show” that she will be departing the NBC Daytime drama series after portraying the role of Samantha “Sami” Brady for 21 consecutive years. Sweeney’s contract is set to expire in December 2014, according to published reports.
“I decided that it’s going to be my last year with the show,” said an emotional Sweeney to host Ellen DeGeneres on her future at “DAYS.” Sweeney added, “I’ve been on ‘Days of our Lives’ since I was 16 years old and I have never had more than a two-week vacation in that whole time. I mean, it’s so awesome. I love Sami, I love Salem, I love my job. I love daytime, I love the fans, I love everything about it.”
In case you missed it last year when it premiered on Lifetime Movie Network, LMN has scheduled several re-airings of “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer,” which stars former “All My Children” actor Michael Nouri (ex-Caleb Cortlandt) as a retired and respected judge accused of being Daedalus, a serial killer infamous for luring his victims to their deaths through labyrinth traps.
Also in the film is former “Days of our Lives” actress Valerie Wildman (ex-Fay Walker), who plays the role of Beth Harrington, a “real housewife” with a secret. Wildman can currently be seen in the new season of “Venice: The Series.”
The “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer” airing schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 17 marked the final tape date for “Days of our Lives’” Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez), who joined the soap in October 2010. The actress announced plans to depart the soap in an August 2013 interview with Soap Opera Uncensored.
“Tomorrow is my last day shooting as my beloved character Gabi! Thought this photo was dramatic enough. Everyone wish me luck on my last day of taping as Gabi on Days of our Lives,’” wrote the actress the day before she filmed her final scenes in a message published on her Instagram page.
Next week on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” Gabi (Camila Banus) and Will (Guy Wilson) get ready to christen their child with their whole family all in attendance to celebrate, but a surprise guest may have other plans in store.
“Oh, my god!” says a shocked Gabi as Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow) look on with their own surprised faces, but who could make all three begin to clam up? Viewers can only begin to speculate if it has anything to do with a certain “dead” man!
Ratings Report for the Week of January 6-10, 2014
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 5,472,000 (+159,000/+833,000) * <—- 5 year high
2. B&B 4,135,000 (+8,000/+576,000)
3. GH 3,289,000 (-41,000/+433,000)
4. DAYS 2,991,000 (-30,000/+426,000)
* New high for JFP/Altman/Passanante regime
* Highest since December 28, 2008 – January 1, 2009
1. Y&R 3.9/11 (+.2/+.5) * <—– 5 year high
2. B&B 2.9/8 (+.1/+.3) ** <—– 5.5 year high
3. GH 2.5/7 (+.1/+.4)
4. DAYS 2.2/6 (same/+.3)
* Last time at 3.9: Dec 28 – Jan 1, 2009
* New high for JFP/Altman/Passanante regime
** Last time at 2.9: April 28 – May 2, 2008
For the second week in a row, “Days of our Lives” has generated its top Women 18-49 Audience in more than two years!
According to Neilsen live plus same day numbers, the week of January 6 through the 10th saw 688,000 women 18-49, the biggest audience in that key demo since the week of November 21-25, 2011 — even a step up from last week’s number, which was 669,000.
It was quite exciting news when word leaked that “The Partridge Family” star Shirley Jones was headed to “General Hospital” in February, but it looks like her Port Charles storyline may lead to even more of a thrill!
TV Guide reports that the Oscar winner and sitcom icon (who also appeared on “Days of our Lives” as Irish matriarch Colleen Brady back in 2008) will play Mrs. McClain, a lonely widow who sees something strange and disconcerting while paying a visit to her late husband’s grave.
Even though she’s on “Days of our Lives,” hosts “The Biggest Loser,” and graces the covers of countless magazines, the world just can’t seem to get enough of Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady). And now fans of the busy mom of two have another venture to look forward to: Her new book, “Scared Scriptless.”
The actress took to Twitter to announce the reveal of the book’s cover, along with a link to details about the book, which is due out in bookstores on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. “Just in — my book cover!” she wrote. “So excited 2 share with you!! Like it?”
As previously reported, Daniel Cosgrove is joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the role of Aiden, but what you may not have known is that the actor is playing Salem’s newest attorney. The actor is scheduled to first air on Wednesday, January 22 as Aiden gets more than he hoped for when he butts heads with Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) over their children.
Meanwhile, look for Larry Poindexter to return to the soap for the first time in thirty years. According to sources, the actor will portray the role of Father Louis in scenes with Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) and the aforementioned Cosgrove and Alfonso. The news was first reported by Jason47.com, which highlighted the actor’s 1984 appearances as Ben Welch, the brother of Larry Welch (Andrew Hyatt Masset), who stood up as the best man at Larry’s wedding to Hope. A specific first airdate is unknown at this time.
On the Tuesday, January 14 episode of FX’s “Justified,” entitled “The Kids Aren’t All Right,” you may find a familiar face gracing the screen.
“Days of our Lives” actor Riley Bodenstab (Cole) will appear in the role of Derrick, a good looking kid with an attitude. According to a network representative, Derrick is Loretta’s (Kaitlyn Dever) boyfriend who is known for selling weed and harder drugs to other teenagers while at the same time not being as tough as he should be – particularly when it comes to Loretta.
Based on the Elmore Leonard novella Fire in the Hole, “Justified” stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, “a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky.”