Days of Our Lives Fanatics

COUNTDOWN TO AUGUST TEASER...9 WEEKS UNTIL THE FIRST RETURNS! "Days of Our Lives" fans are now just around 9 weeks away from the beginning of the storylines from the new head writers and the first returns of many fan favorites. Look for the changes to begin in late August! For those who have missed the headlines over the past few months, here's what "Days" fans can expect this summer: Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) makes a brief return, while Melissa Archer (Serena), Paul Telfer (Xander), Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Terrell Ransom Jr. (Theo) say farewell. Beginning in late August and continuing thereafter, the storylines from new head writers Dena Higley and Josh Griffith are set to begin. Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Wally Kurth (Justin) are back on contract for the first time since 1991. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) is also back on contract, just in time to welcome new cast member James Lastovic, who makes his debut as the now-teenaged Joey Johnson (son of Steve & Kayla). Camila Banus returns for a longer stay as Gabi, who is released from prison. Alison Sweeney (Sami) has also confirmed her return for later in the year. Thaao Penghlis is back on contract as the thought-to-be-dead Andre, and what trouble will this dastardly DiMera be up to this time around? Soap vet A Martinez make his "Days" debut in a yet-to-be-revealed role, with connections to several people in Salem. Jason Cook returns after a 9-year absence as Bo & Hope's son, Shawn Douglas Brady. And two of the most anticipated returns are set to happen around Labor Day: Stephen Nichols (Steve) and Peter Reckell (Bo) are back in action! Plus, what celebration would be complete without a visit from Bill Hayes (Doug) and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie)! "Days" fans can also expect some characters, including Theo, Claire and the above-mentioned Joey, to be rapidly aged into teens this fall. The anticipation continues to build as fans wonder which other fan favorites will be returning to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Stay tuned...