NBC’s Days of our Lives may be in the middle of a cast exodus, but the long-running soap is turning to a veteran star and major fan favorite with a ton of star power to boost its profile when the series resumes production next week. Alison Sweeney will be returning to DAYS later this year as Sami Brady-DiMera for an extended run that will mark her longest period of time on the soap since her departure in 2014.
As first reported by Deadline, the popular star signed a new deal that will bring her back to screens later this year and will air through most of 2021. She will be part of a major storyline involving her on-screen daughter Allie Horton (Lindsay Arnold). Sweeney will also continue her work with Hallmark Channel as a producer and actress.
“It is always a beautiful day in Salem when we get to welcome Alison Sweeney back to the canvas,“ said Executive Producer Ken Corday. “Sami Brady is an integral part of our show’s history and we are elated that she’s coming home again.”
Sweeney departed Days of our Lives in 2014 after 20 years of playing Salem’s most infamous trouble maker-turned-heroine. She returned in the fall of 2015 for DAYS’ 50th anniversary when Sami and Lucas’ son Will was brutally murdered during a polarizing and controversial storyline. She has since returned every year for guest appearances since 2017. Most recently this year with episodes airing from mid-July that will end in mid-September.
Sami’s return will hopefully blunt the departures of numerous talent — Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady), Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady-Weston), Chandler Massey (Will Horton), Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) and Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez-DiMera) — though the latter two are set to return for filming next month.
Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Episodes are available on NBC.com and Peacock.