The Most WTF-y Casting News in a Long While
I made it back from Maine, only a little worse for the wear (the trip was awesome; United Airlines is not). But thank goodness I had cell reception there, because I received multiple texts yesterday morning about some truly wackadoo casting news that I’m still giggling over. This is so Days in its randomness, and it has me wishing it were a day later so I could post it as a “WTF Wednesday” instead.
Tamara Braun is returning to Salem this winter — but not as cameo-crazed Taylor Walker, whom she played in 2011, but as Ava Vitali, a random mobster she played for six months in 2008 and won an Emmy for! According to Soap Opera Digest:
With Stephen Nichols (Steve) back in Salem, Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GH et al) has returned as Ava Vitali, the role that won her an Emmy in 2009.
Is Ava a character I thought we’d ever see again? Absolutely not. Who’s next, the Parrot Man from Aremid? Caprice? I don’t think Ava has even been mentioned since her 2008 exit (well, partly because Steve and John, the two men with whom she was involved, were fired right afterward, but still). My guess is that this will be used to explain where Steve has been, and I suppose that works as well as anything. There’s no indication yet whether she’s on contract or just doing a brief stint, but if they would please give her a throwaway line about wearing her mother’s cameo, I might pee my pants with joy.