— Alison Sweeney opened up to People magazine about leaving the role of Sami Brady on Days of our Lives after 21 years. She knew it was time for a change when her nine-year-old son, Ben, would wake up before 6 a.m. just to have breakfast with her.
“Ben would just wake up really early just so he could have breakfast with me before I went to work, and that sat with me. I’d like to be there for them and not feel like I have nine other things going on in my head. Committing to two full-time jobs (she also hosts NBC’s The Biggest Loser) and being a wife and mom has been challenging and exhausting. It’s been weighing on me for a long time.”
Sweeney, who recently directed an episode of General Hospital, taped her final episode of Days of our Lives earlier this summer and will air throughout the fall.
— People magazine is also reporting that Eileen Davidson, who recently returned to Days of our Lives (as Kristen)for a short stint and will then head to The Young and the Restless (as Ashley) this fall, is set to join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills next season along with friend Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, Days of our Lives; ex-Taylor, Melrose Place).
— The Young and the Restless’ Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) married fiancé Matt Katrosar this past weekend.
— General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful alum Antonio Sabato, Jr. will host a new syndicated reno series, Fix It & Finish It. The series will premiere on September 8, 2014. Check your local listings closer to that time to see which local station in your area will pick it up.
— Finn Wittrock (ex-Damon, All My Children) has joined the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
— This week’s Days of our Lives scoop: Sami (Alison Sweeney) succeeds in getting Abigail (Kate Mansi) to lose her job at the hospital and later runs into Jordan (Chrishell Stause). Jordan implies that she and Rafe (Galen Gering) have a much better relationship than she and Rafe ever did but Sami interrupts and reveals that Rafe recently slept with Kate (Lauren Koslow). Jordan then goes to confront Rafe while Kate is more than thrilled that the truth is out.
Daniel (Shawn Christian) tries to get away from Kristen (Eileen Davidson) but is caught by her men. Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) find themselves on the same flight to Rome.
What’s coming up:
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS/CTV Two): Deacon reveals why he returned
Deacon confronts a broken-up Brooke. Wyatt calls a last-minute press conference. Wyatt forces Liam into a corner and embarrasses him. Bill encounters a roadblock on his way back to Brooke. Liam spills his secrets to Ivy. A surprise kiss! Quinn is linked to Ricardo’s death. Deacon reveals why he really returned to Los Angeles (he was sick of being the drunk underdog in Port Charles!) Wyatt tells Quinn to stay away from a certain someone. Liam worries about Hope’s offer. Aly and Ivy play matchmaker for Liam.
Coronation Street (CBC/Hulu): Will Andrea get caught?
Norris and Dennis continue to row over Rita. Andrews makes a confession to Michelle. Roy tries to return Hayley’s overdue library book. Peter is hurt that his own family thinks that he’s guilty. Lloyd borrows Tim’s van to help Andrea move. Sophie and Maddie babysit Simon. Eileen and Michael are stunned by Lloyd’s discovery. Tracy makes an appointment with a medal specialist. Steve’s unaware who he picks up during an airport run. Rob quizzes Tracy about the medal. Gail and Michael join Audrey for birthday drinks.
Days of our Lives (NBC/Global): Sami drops a bomb on Jordan
Abigail is furious to learn about Sami’s latest stunt. Kate has a mysterious proposal for Victor. Daniel is horrified when he learns what Kristen has in store for Brady. Abigail and Sami face off. EJ is stunned by a revelation from Victor. Kristen uses force to get what she wants from Daniel. Rafe is curious when he catches Jordan with Clyde. Daniel takes action to make sure Kristen pays for her crimes. Sami drops a bomb on Jordan. Clyde issues Ben with a very stern warning. Things heat up between Eric and Nicole when they take off for Rome. Adrienne is shocked when Sami bites back. Eric tries to keep his feelings for Nicole under control. Does Rafe want Sami back?
General Hospital (ABC/City): Sam and Patrick investigate Nina (they head to the clinic!)
WWE star David Otunga surprises Alice. Franco is caught in the act. Jordan updates Anna on her progress. Nina tells Nathan to fight for Maxie. Lulu asks Maxie if she really has true feelings for Levi. Ned overhears Tracy talking to Fluke. Tracy learns about a cure for Alice. Britt considers telling Nikolas the truth about Spencer. Julian tells Sonny that he knows about what he did to A.J. A revelation prompts Sam and Patrick to investigate Nina and the clinic! Sam is caught snooping around the clinic.
The Young and the Restless (CBS/Global): Mariah sets her sights on Nick (gross)
Lily plays matchmaker for Devon and Abby. The claws come out between Mariah and Summer. Jill tries to be the voice of reason with Billy. Avery agrees to help Victoria. Kevin ends up in hot water with Detective Harding. Billy and Chelsea try to define their relationship. Colin’s mistakes come back to haunt him. Jack plans to say goodbye to Phyllis.