DAYS Preview: Alison Sweeney Returning! Plus — Chad Is Arrested & Chaos at Gabi’s Trial


alison sweeney returning to days of our lives 2018

— A week following the announcement that NBC renewed Days of our Lives for a 54th season, Soap Opera Digest has revealed that Alison Sweeney is back filming as Sami Brady! Sami was last seen in the fall following Will’s (Chandler Massey) resurrection and then shared a tryst with her ex Rafe, which was just exposed at his wedding to Hope. 

alison sweeney returning to days of our lives 2018

“That return was successful, and the storyline was so well received,” she tells the soap mag. “I loved every minute of it, and those are big shoes to fill. Great stories like that don’t just grow on trees, and it was so great and freeing to admit to [head writer] Ron Carlivati that I was nervous because it’s such a compliment to him and his writing. But it was great because he said the same thing, ‘Yeah, no kidding!’ I think he felt the same pressure, which was comforting to me to know that it matters to him as much as it does to me.”

To read more about the new “super-exciting” and “roller-coaster ride” of a new storyline DAYS has in store for one of Salem’s greatest, pick up the new issue of Soap Opera Digest. Look for Sami to pop back into Salem this fall.

alison sweeney returning to days of our lives 2018

— Coming up this week on Days of our Lives: Chad (Billy Flynn) and Stefan (Tyler Christopher) argue about Abigail (Marci Miller) travelling to Hong Kong with Stefan on Monday (March 19). Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) vents to Marlena (Deidre Hall) about her anger towards John (Drake Hogestyn). Steve (Stephen Nichols) gets John to accept his forgiveness. Meanwhile, Brady (Eric Martsolf) uses the New Face of Bella contest to spend time with Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

On Tuesday (March 20), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) seeks refuge with her son, Shawn (Brandon Beemer) in Hong Kong. Rafe (Galen Gering) and Kate (Lauren Koslow) open up to one another. Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) returns home to Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), unaware that a mysterious person has followed her back to Salem. Sonny (Freddie Smith) has a bitter encounter with Paul (Christopher Sean) and Will (Chandler Massey).

Vivian (Louise Sorel) has a warning for Sonny on Wednesday (March 21). “Gabby” does her best to cover in front of Kate. Eli (Lamon Archey) supports Gabi (Camila Banus) as they mentally prepare for her trial. J.J. (Casey Moss) receives positive news about his new career as a paramedic. 

Stefan and “Gabby” arrive in Hong Kong on Thursday (March 22) and begin to bond. Hope seeks legal assistance from Belle (Martha Madison). Gabi’s trial begins where Lani (Sal Stowers) takes the stand and results in major fireworks!

On Friday (March 23), Hope spies Stefan with a mysterious woman, not realizing that it’s Abigail. “Gabby” is stunned when Chad arrives at her hotel room. Chaos erupts in the courtroom after Lani’s confession. Gabi receives shocking news.

Here’s what’s happening on DAYS during the week of March 26:

  • Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) chastise Rafe for his betrayal of Hope. 
  • Sonny goes on a date with Leo, who harbours a secret.
  • Belle comes to Chad’s rescue after he’s arrested in Hong Kong.
  • Will asks Adrienne (Judi Evans) for a job at The Spectator.
  • “Abigail” takes the stand at Gabi’s trial and drops a bombshell.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on Global and NBC. Canadian viewers can catch up on demand, on the Global Go App (which is now also available on Apple TV) and on


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