“Days of our Lives” may be losing actress, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) later this year, but an equally powerhouse actress may be swooping into Salem: Former “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer)!
Rumors started swirling that the Kentucky native was headed to the NBC sudser after she began following the “DAYS” Twitter account, as well as the accounts of “DAYS” actors Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) and Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas).
TVGN is proving why it’s now the “the new way to watch soaps.” With the network already picking up encore airing rights to “The Young and the Restless” this past summer, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more “soap” for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, “Who Shot the Daytime Soap?” Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.
“The past five years have seen a collapse of epic proportion within the soap opera industry. What was once a formidable lineup of no less than 14 network soap operas in the 1980′s has collapsed to just four – ‘General Hospital’ on ABC, ‘Days of our Lives’ on NBC and ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ on CBS and now TVGN,” is the opening statement from the documentary that features interviews with several daytime legends, veteran stars, and a host of talents from behind the scenes that have helped make the soap opera genre the longest running form of television entertainment.
If you’ve been enjoying the dynamic between “Days of our Lives” Theresa (Jen Lilley), Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) and Kimberly (Patsy Pease), you’re not the only one! Shaughnessy and Pease shared their thoughts on the parent/daughter relationship with Soap Opera Network last week, and Lilley is now weighing in on the dramatic storyline!
“Oh, Theresa is not happy about her parents dropping into Salem at all!” the Virginia native says with a laugh, explaining that Shane and Kimberly haven’t exactly been the greatest parents of all time. “Kimberly had a sordid past… We’ve all made mistakes. I think if you’re a human being, and you’ve lived under the sun, we’ve all done something we’ve regretted. And Kimberly did turn her past around. She became a child psychologist, [but because of that], she and Theresa have had a rough relationship. Kimberly was always trying to psychoanalyze her, she’s always trying to diagnose her, which is really hard. Theresa felt like her whole life, she was Kimberly’s patient and not her daughter. And then Shane was the dad who would swoop in randomly and be try to be like, ‘You should listen to your mother!’ And it’s like, ‘Dude, you’re a spy, and I really don’t even know you.’ So I think she’s uncomfortable with the weight of the world that’s hit her.”
When the news broke that Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease were headed back to “Days of our Lives” as Shane and Kimberly, daytime fans went wild. The two halves of the show’s former supercouple haven’t been in Salem at the same time since Alice’s funeral over three years ago, so their brief return — placed right in the midst of November Sweeps — has been viewed as an early holiday present by many. But as both actors tell Soap Opera Network, their quick drop into Salem won’t exactly be merry and bright, considering their onscreen daughter’s (Theresa, Jen Lilley) drug overdose is what brings them back to town! Read on for the full storyline scoop as well as Pease and Shaughnessy’s thoughts about returning to the soap that helped make them household names!
“Days of our Lives” Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) has been a busy bee as of late! Not only is the former “The Nanny” actor popping up in Salem beginning Monday, November 18, he’s also appearing in an episode of the Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, “The Young and the Restless”) produced Nickelodeon children’s show, “Deadtime Stories!”
“I think it’s so terrific,” Shaughnessy says of the series, which stars “Wizards of Waverly Place’s” Jennifer Stone as a babysitter who shares her collection of frightful tales with the children she watches each week. “If I was a kid and enjoyed being scared, I’d certainly watch it. There’s nothing like it. Goosebumps is off the air, and it kind of takes the place.”
We’ve been keeping a little secret for over a month now, and we can finally reveal what we’ve been dying to report: Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease are returning to “Days of our Lives” as Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady!