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Soap Casting News: Is Alison Sweeney Leaving 'Days of Our Lives'?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 22nd 2010 2:45PM
alison_sweeney_days_of_our_lives_nbcThis week, a fan favorite who's been on the show for a little less than 20 years may not be sticking around to reach that major anniversary. Another star has found a happy, new home across town, and a bachelor tries his wings in the skies of 'The Bold and the Beautiful.'

Also, don't forget to check out the Soap Round-Up every Saturday to find out what's been happening on screen the soap world.

Will There Be More 'Days' Ahead for Alison?
It won't be the same without Sami ... That's how fans feel, but it may not make a difference. 'Days of Our Lives' star Alison Sweeney may not re-sign with the soap. The problem is financial; in the 17 years that Sweeney has been on 'Days,' she's become a big star for NBC and has other, lucrative offers.

She has grown up before viewers' eyes as Sami Brady, and shown herself to be a capable host of NBC's biggest reality franchises, 'The Biggest Loser.' Now, Sweeney may have the chance to do more than just soaps; she wouldn't be the first daytime star to be lured by primetime. In fact, at one point, her former on-screen mom -- Deidre Hall (Marlena) -- did both 'Days' and the NBC drama 'Our House' simultaneously.

Right now, it seems like 'Days' is playing hardball. The soap has been cutting costs for a couple of years, so dishing out a big contract for Sweeney may not be in the cards. But can you really blame her for looking for the best deal possible? An insider told Soap Opera Digest, "She considers 'Days' her family ... but at the end of the day, the deal has to make sense."

jake_pavelka_the_bachelor_abcReality Star Tries Soap Reality
After three reality television shows, Jake Pavelka will give soap a shot. 'The Bachelor' will do a guest turn on the Emmy-winning CBS soap 'The Bold and the Beautiful' in January.

Pavelka, who also appeared on 'The Bachelorette' and waltzed on 'Dancing With the Stars,' will play a pilot on 'B&B.' He'll be flying Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Thomas (Adam Gregory) from Paris back to L.A. on a private jet. Pavelka one-day stint will air on Fri., Jan. 14.

As far as what Brooke and Thomas are doing on the jet, a 'B&B' spokesperson told TV Guide, "Thomas will have burgeoning feelings for Brooke but at that point she will be unaware of them." Uh-oh, sounds like another scandal for La Logan!

Greene Days on 'Y&R'

Theater star Ellen Greene will guest star on 'The Young and the Restless.' You might remember Greene as Swoozie Kurtz's sister, Vivian, on ABC's 'Pushing Daisies' and if you're a bit older, as Audrey on Broadway and in the movie musical 'The Little Shop of Horrors.'

On 'The Young and the Restless,' Ellen will be playing another eccentric character. Entertainment Weekly reports that Greene is going to be part of the Billy (Billy Miller) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) storyline. "Ellen [will] play Primrose, a gal who represents a surprising link to the past that brings unexpected joy to Billy and Victoria," wrote EW. Hmm ... sounds like this may have something to do with Billy and Victoria's desire to have a baby of their own. The Primrose episodes commence on Fri., Jan. 7.

terri_conn_one_life_to_live_cbsWhat's In A Name?
A couple of updates from the soaps regarding names -- yes, names. Terri Colombino, who played Katie on 'As the World Turns,' starts on 'One Life to Live' Mon., Nov. 29. However, in real life, Colombino is now Terri Conn, and on 'OLTL' she's Aubrey Wentworth.

This rose by any other name is very excited to be in Llanview. "I was watching the show on Nov. 15, and it really hit me how fortunate I am to be on this amazing show!" she said. "It is classic soap ... secrets revealed, romance, comedy, and family ... and it looks like a movie!"

Conn's also enjoying being part of the cast. "Everyone is so sweet and they are total pros. I'm having so much fun with my character. I just keep getting more and more excited every day! Thank you [executive producer] Frank Valentini and ABC for giving me a shot!"

Also on 'One Life,' remember when Josh Kelly was cast a month ago? Well, he was nearly going to play Joey Buchanan, but Tom Degnan got that part. Now, we learn that Josh Kelly will be 'OLTL's' Cutter. He's going to be hanging out with Joey, though ... and Kelly (Gina Tognoni) and Aubrey (Terri Conn).

Contract Developments
Good news for some soap actors: According to Soap Opera Digest, Emily O'Brien will be playing Jana on 'The Young and the Restless' for years to come. Yep, they've given her an extended contract for more than just a year. Now, let's hope Jana can get her life back on track and snag a new love interest because Kevin (Greg Rikaart) is too smitten with Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) to give Jana another go-round.

Meanwhile, on 'General Hospital,' that crazy doctor with the homicidal tendencies, Dr. Lisa Niles, will not be checking into Shady Brook or sentenced to Pentonville Prison any time soon. Actress Brianna Brown signed a one-year deal with 'General Hospital.'

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daul.karen

I have watched Days since I was 16 years old. I have loved the romance, intrigue, family issues and ideals. Loved the conflict . I love Marlena , John, Hope. Bo, Victor and Maggie, Love Nicole, Caroline, Father Eric. Stephano. Love the love\hate relationship between John and Stephano. I like Samatha now better than ever. And Kate. All the other actors can go. Bring back the older actors Carrie, not Austin, Belle, Melanie. Kristen could have been so much more.
You can get rid of her too. The storyline with Will and Sonny is fantastic. Why not ace storylines for all the actors. What a waste of good acting. Shame on you.

June 22 2013 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sara

if ali leaves it just wont be the same.

February 25 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Merle Wurth

Sami's character is interesting but I could be happy with more Beau and Hope, Victor,and Stephano but would love to see Marlana come back at least now and then.

November 30 2010 at 8:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Samantha Riggio

I hope Days of Our Lives is not that stupid to let Ali Sweeney go because "Sami" really is a big part of DOOL. I've been watching Sami since I was in junior high school. DOOL would not be the same without Ali / Sami.

November 23 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy B

I had a feeling something was going to happen, didn't know what, but Sami~~leaving~~PLEASE do't go. As for Melanie, I kinda agree, she acts so high and mighty now, way too phoney. I was surprised to see Ari go, I mean it was and still is in a way, a Sunset Beach reunion, especially with Ralf and Ari playing brother and sister, and Ari and "Brady" (Ethan) being in love!!!! I am getting way to old for 'change'. Better yet, get rid of Melanie and Nicole, and give their salaries to Sami!!!

November 23 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kasey

Yuh soaps are starting to suck. They canceled all the good ones.After DOOL had the psychic stuff with Marlena I said goodbye to that show

November 23 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

I WISH THEY WOULD GET RID OF CARLY AS WELL. I WANT BO AND HOPE BACK TOGETHER. I do like the drama about the prison though. IT PISSED ME OFF THEY GOT RID OF Lindsey Hartley( would have been a great story line with an involvement with her and EJ but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the stupid powers that be keep cutting out the best. Ali Sweeney should be paid the raise she deserves it. She like Peter Reckell and Kristin Alfonso are the heart and soul of DOOL. Time they did away with burying people alive. LET MAGGIE OUT ALREADY. Why don't they do a storyline with some intrigue with Bo and Rafe going undercover. I love Galen Gerring he was great on passions along with Lindsey and Brady( oopa I forgot his real name. DOOL get your act together and quit getting rid of our Favorites. As for the girl who plays Melanie she has grown on me. I wish they would use Phillip's character more though

November 23 2010 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeanine

If she leaves the show, they might as well cancel it. They were making Sami and Rafe the new power couple. No one can replace her.

November 23 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tshasta

I totally agree....she's a twit!

November 23 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Fisher

I also have to agree about another character for Malcom, and his girlfriend too! Thank you Dawn for your response!

November 23 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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