Days of Our Lives Exclusive: Law & Order: SVU Vet Tamara Tunie to Judge John Black

Law & Order: SVU vet Tamara Tunie will trade in her scalpel for a gavel this fall on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

TVLine has exclusively learned that the actress has landed a short — but pivotal! — arc on the soap in November, playing Salem’s tough-as-nails judge Weston. Details surrounding Tunie’s guest spot are being kept close to the vest, but we can tell you that she will make a decision that impacts John Black’s (the returning Drake Hogestyn) life in a major, major way.

No stranger to daytime, Tunie made a name for herself playing attorney Jessica Griffin on the late CBS sudser As the World Turns.

Tunie — who will still regularly appear on SVU — makes her Days debut on Friday, Nov. 18.



Comments (36)

  • So will she still be on SVU?

    Comment by Stacy – August 23, 2011 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, it’s been confirmed that she’s in the season premiere and the exec producer said he’d like to have her on SVU as much as possible so I’m guessing she just won’t be in every episode, but I’m sure she’ll still appear regularly. After all, she is in the opening credits.

      Comment by Ashley – August 23, 2011 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Tunie — who will still regularly appear on SVU — makes her Days debut on Friday, Nov. 18.” Last line of the article.

      Comment by toby – August 24, 2011 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Tunie used to be on “As the world turns” before SVU. Alex, is returning to Law and order SVU.

      Comment by Heather – August 24, 2011 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Show needs some polish and added depth. Writing has been lacking some punch lately. This actress will give a boost coupled with return of the Marlina and John return.

      Comment by Dona Marshalek – August 24, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • YEAH!!!!…Looking forward to the return of John and Marlena…Stopped watching DOOL for 3 years and caught up in a Day!!!!…Miss seeing the older actors….the new Teen characters should have their own show…..

        Comment by ellen obrien – August 24, 2011 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I am so glad they are being brought back, I have watched the show since the first day it started

          Comment by Norma – August 25, 2011 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I hope she remains on svu but if not I wish her best wishes on her new career. keep u the good work Dr. Warern

      Comment by regina – August 24, 2011 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Someone needs to strengthen her reading skills.

      Comment by Tania – August 24, 2011 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good for her. She and Mariska will be the only reason to watch now that Chris Meloni has departed. I imagine this is the last season for it anyhow. I met Ms Tunie outside a theater and talked with her briefly and she was so very nice. And even more gorgeous in person.

      Comment by Dennis Pauly – August 25, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! Glad to hear casting spoilers that involve John!! :D

    Comment by Sivat – August 23, 2011 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting as Days tapes in LA and SVU tapes in NYC, so she must take alittle hiatus pretty soon.

    Comment by Philip – August 23, 2011 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If she’s not appearing side-by-side with another “Days” character, her scenes can always be shot in NY and edited in to the finished scene.

      Comment by Eric Payne – August 24, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She is a great actress. And for Trivia buffs she held three acting jobs at once: As you know she played Jessica on ATWT (Daytime), of course her role on SVU (Primetime) and she was in Julius Ceasar with Denzel Washington on Broadway. Wow!

    Comment by Jeffrey Kagan-McCann – August 24, 2011 02:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And had commericials running!

      Comment by Mike – August 24, 2011 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Remind me what John did before they left the show that he would be getting arrested for? Im drawing a blank….

    Comment by Mlynne – August 24, 2011 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nothing, it’s something created by the new writers.

      Comment by Sivat – August 24, 2011 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A whilw before John left he was addicted to drugs and that is why Marlena and John left the show. So they could bring him back because of that.20 long year DOOL fan.

      Comment by Violetta – August 24, 2011 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m thinking all of the poor choices he made as nujohn? (bribes,drug trafficking,dimera empire stuff…)

      Comment by Beba Kajdic – August 25, 2011 12:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is a short term stint, probably only a couple of episodes.

    Comment by JC – August 24, 2011 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Days was going off the air…

    Comment by sheila – August 24, 2011 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nope DOOL is here to stay

    Comment by Violetta – August 24, 2011 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What is with the flash backs on DOOL? I know that some of the people are returning to DOOL but as different people.

    Comment by Violetta – August 24, 2011 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Didn’t Taylor play a different role on Days several years ago? Someone who was obsessed with John?

      Comment by Judi – August 24, 2011 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yes she played a mobster and was nuts for patch when he was married to alice it was a long and drawn out series to the plot

        Comment by sheryl – August 25, 2011 12:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yea she played a girl named Ava and was a woman named Carly on General Hospital or One life to live(who cares I watch DOOL)

        Comment by drae – August 29, 2011 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I Will miss her if she’s not on svu cause I don’t. Watch. Soaps

    Comment by Melissa Osboorne cook – August 24, 2011 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Congratulations Tamara.. I wish u all the best. Will miss u dearly on s.u.v., watch the show faithly.love it. Please don’t go away for to long lol.

    Comment by Brenda – August 24, 2011 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OHHHHH Grand She is great actrees congratulaciones .a like

    Comment by Karmen Gonzalez – August 24, 2011 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe John will turn out to be the rapist attacking the hookers.

    Comment by Dianne – August 24, 2011 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You could be right about John, attacking the hookers. I even thought it might be Abe.

      Comment by Theresa – August 24, 2011 05:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed… they showed the Phoenix tattoo one day.

      Comment by Jane – September 2, 2011 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nope, the attacker is Gus. Shocking right?

    Comment by Chris – August 24, 2011 10:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Days tapes 3 months in advance. I’m not sure on SVU, but I imagine they have more time built in for post production and editing. That means that she could easily fly to LA to do all her scenes in a week or two(or less if they shoot with extended hours) and still be back to New York. Maybe she won’t be following the detectives around during the entire episode (I like those), but she can still be present. Her scenes could be taped together, too, as it saves both series money.

    Comment by Joe – August 25, 2011 03:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am thinking the attacker might be the DA- he does have a reason to have a grudge against hookers

    Comment by Deb – August 25, 2011 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tamara tunie is the girl no matter what no one says she is beautiful and i love her style she is an awesome actress no matter what show she is starring on but; I just love her on Law& Order SVU because it is my favorite show period so if she goes to another show i will still watch her on Law & Order. Keep up the good works Tamara Tunie.

    Comment by sandra freemount – September 1, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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