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42 December 6th, 2014 Melissa Archer Debuts On DAYS! What Were Your First Impressions? And, A Preview For Next Week When Serena Sees Eric!

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On Friday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Melissa Archer made her return to network daytime television in the role of Serena Mason who arrived on the scene in Salem!

The former One Life to Live favorite where for years she played Natalie Buchanan, had a few scenes setting the stage for big moments next week.  What we learned – Serena is friends with Melanie (Molly Burnett), and she has a job doing research work at the hospital and she is a journalist.  Melissa shared scenes also with Aloma Wright’s Maxine.

When Serena sees Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) at the hospital elevator she admits she knows who she is to Maxine, and that the doc hasn’t aged a bit!

Next week, DAYS officially ushers in Archer with this newly released promo, where we begin to know the back-story of Serena’s relationship with Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan).

So, what did you think of Melissa’s entrance on to the scene? Are you looking forward to seeing how Greg Vaughan and Melissa work on-screen as a love match? Comment below, but first check out the NBC promo after the jump!

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  1. DEE says:

    Watched her on OLTL for years, glad to see her back on a soap. Miss all those she worked with on OLTL also.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    Miss our beloved OLTL so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    I wish she had been Sarah or an unknown relative of Marlena’s…a neice Samatha Evans had given up for adoption but i forgot she is suppose to be a love interest for Eric…just hope she’s not a snooze like Jordan who i think will die in a fire at the club Sonny is opening…doubt they’ll recast!!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Yes to all that, jimh!

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  3. denisefan says:

    Love Melissa Archer. Seems Days will transition well from the departure of Sami and EJ.

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  4. Margie says:

    Melissa is terrific and makes everyone in her scenes come alive – Eric could sure use that! Can’t wait.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    She was instantly interesting…glad she’s a part of the Days family!!!

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    CeeCee replied

    I hope so, jimh. I loved her on OLTL……she needs to outshine herself as everyone is expecting her superlative-self to deliver and then some….great expectations. She is as cheery as ever…later.

    dmr replied

    Yes; Eric could use some excitement!

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  5. dani says:

    she looked so good…so good to see her….kind of excited for her and Eric..

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    Amber replied

    I am so sorry to say this Dani, but Melissa is the worst actress in daytime. I cannot stand, her horrible acting. I will skip her scenes with eric.

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  6. Eric Buchanan says:

    So Excited to see Melissa’s debut. Was a big fan of hers on OLTL. She brings a lot of talent and personality to the show….can’t wait to see where it leads!

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  7. Mark says:

    Love that promo “OLTL’s Melissa Archer returns to daytime”…I love the soaps! Long love the soaps!!!

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I noticed that too. Looks like the people at Sony and NBC acknowledge the foolish action of the alphabet people.

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    Gary Turner replied

    I noticed it too, I was thinking the very same thing, what a________s the so called Execs at ABC-TV were – neither One Life to Live nor All My Children should have EVER been cancelled – their inability to combine the two shows and present them as half hour inceptions (I should say their unwillingness to at least make an attempt to experiment with a new model of both shows) will only assist NBC especially since currently there are 5 actors on DAYS who were previously on AMC/OLTL ~

  8. louisa says:

    Great promo! Love the OLTL shout out! I think Melissa is going to bring a lot to the show. And she didn’t seem like Natalie at all. Can’t wait to see what happens. Now if Days would just hire Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser!

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    Johnny replied

    I agree with you louisa, Hire Erika Slezak as the new Caroline Brady. Peggy Mccay is 87 years old, and rumor is her health has gone down hill. Also hire Robin Strasser as the new Vivian Alamain, she would be terrific.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Florence Henderson should play Caroline Brady…she already played Carol Brady matriarch of a Brady family anyway…lol…Erika is too young for that part…Josh Taylor who is Roman is in his 70s…Erika is 68…having the mother younger than her son would be ok if Roman was from a previous marriage but he isnt…id rather see Erika as Laura Horton…she could be recurring and make occasional appearances so she wouldnt have to relocate if she desires to remain in CT…She as Laura and Jerry Ver Dorn as Bill Horton would be awesome…

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, man, Johnny….how fantastic that would be!!! The women of OLTL would add so much more spice and entertainment to Days.

    4ever DAYS replied

    Johnny, jimh is right…Caroline Brady is a great great grandma.

    As far as I’m concerned, Peggy McCay owns the role of Caroline. When she retires or dies, Caroline dies…it’s that simple.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    My apologies Johnny…i had failed to mention Robin Strasser would be an excellent choice as a recast Vivian…

    Llanviewer717 replied

    Robin might be willing to relocate since she did or does own property in CA. I doubt Erika would want to leave CT. But, one can certainly hope. Ideally, I’d like to see this mess between the alphabet people and PP resolved and OLTL go back into production. Some people had trouble viewing online. Luckily, I did not.

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    Gary Turner replied

    Llanviewer, I appreciate your optimism. For a long time, I shared it, thinking that One Life could come back, as could AMC – but Prospect Park royally screwed everything up – although the initial blame does remain with the idiots over at ABC-TV. It seems doubtful, albeit not impossible, that One Life could still re-surface…well miracles do happen and it is the Holiday Season so…..

    Mark replied

    I love robin strasser!

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  9. Jeremy says:

    I like Melissa. I hope her character is worth-while. I’m not a fan of the Melanie character or the actress who played Mel. Not a Melanie, Daniel fan. Boringville. I’m hoping Melissa knocks it out of the park alongside her OLTL pal Kassie. GH or DAYS would be lucky to get Erika Slezak back into the soap worlds.

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  10. Gentry Ashmore says:

    I wish Melissa all the best. She is wonderful. So missing Natalie and John McBain and my beloved OLTL. Nothing else compares.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I’m right there with you Gentry. Nothing compares to our beloved OLTL.

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    Stacey replied

    I so agree with you Gentry. I miss Michael and Melissa as well and I know many others do as well. THEY WERE GREAT ! Would love to see them again.

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    Sara replied

    How wonderful would it be to see this couple again. They sizzled on OLTL and am sure they could knock it out of the park again. Easton’s character on GH is terrible. It is a damn shame!

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    Andrea replied

    Easton lost his mojo on GH. Silas Clay is not a good long-term character for him. What I wouldn’t give to see him on DAYS!!!!!

    Emily replied

    I agree too. Miss John and Natalie. I wonder if ME will continue on GH? They’re not doing much w/his character Silas. Not much family, friends, not fleshing him out much. Would LOVE to see them on screen again. 1 day….

    Emily replied

    Until then, looking forward to watching MA pop and cause trouble on DOOL:)

  11. Sherry says:

    Love her! She seems different from Natalie so far but all it will take is a nudge from Nicole I reckon and Serena’s gloves will come off too. Definitely see lovely chemistry between she and Eric already on the promo. They look like a couple I can root for hopefully and it made me smile when I heard the part about Melissa Archer returns to Daytime because she’s the reason why I’m giving Days a shot. Hope she’s around for a long time!

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  12. Nick D. says:

    If Easton ever left GH would be great to see him reprise his Tanner role on Days opposite MelArch.

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    Marianne replied

    Hell yes it would be fantastic!

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  13. Jay Keaveny says:

    It’s wonderful to see Melissa back on TV. I’m sorry that it won’t be as Natalie but time marches on. I would especially like to see her in some scenes with Kassie Depaiva.

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    anacarrie replied

    I agree. It is wonderful to see her; I’ve missed her. I occasionally watch her early days on OLTL and of course along with Michael Easton as John and Natalie. I gave the reboot a chance but it just was a different universe as far as I was concerned. I am just going to enjoy her and whatever story lines envelop. I know she’ll do a good job. Did they run a promo like this when KDP joined? Just curious.

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  14. Brandee says:

    Liking Serena and Eric already, smokin’ chemistry!!! Would they be called Seric? Or Erena? First impression of Serena is that she’s adorable and a bit mysterious. Welcome to Days Melissa Archer And Serena! Both are a breath of fresh air for this soap.

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  15. Beth says:

    I’m a fan of Melissa Archer, but as has been said here, I wish she’d come to Salem as a Horton or relative of a legacy character. DOOL has a history of bringing on actresses with a fan following like Sarah Brown and Chrishell Stause, and having them play a newbie with no connection to the town, and then firing them. I’d be more interested in watching Sarah Horton or Melissa Horton than Serena Mason, but I’ll watch and hope for the best. DOOL is sagging right now and it needs more romance and exciting storylines, and I’m not sure that creating a backstory for Eric and Serena, where the romance happened off-camera, is a great idea. I can’t recall one single successful couple on soaps where they’d fallen for each other off-camera. But as I said, I’ll hope I’m wrong and that Melissa has a successful run on DOOL.

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  16. Mo says:

    I liked her. She seems like she’s a good actress and vibed well with Melanie.

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  17. Kay says:

    I think Melissa is a wonderful actress and will definitely be an asset to OLTL.

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    Kay replied

    I made a mistake, I meant to say GH, not OLTL!!! Please fix that typo.

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