Time for Another Cast Cull!
It’s been a while (what, nine months?) since we had one of these, but four actors have just been announced as having been let go from Days…
Martha Madison (Belle), Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Sal Stowers (Lani), and Marie Wilson (Summer) are all out, according to Daytime Confidential. Can’t say I’m surprised about any of these, given the recent adjustment of head writing staff and the fact that the cast seems wildly bloated of late.
I feel sort of bad for Madison and Beemer, who are by all accounts lovely people and decent actors, but this show did exactly what I always feared they would when they brought back Belle and Shawn: rehashed their mid-2000s story, down to the juvenile behavior, only now they’re parents of a teenager. I’ve just found Belle so unappealing since her return that I’m relieved to see her gone. I would be interested in seeing Beemer’s Shawn stick around and move into totally different story — BTW, he’s still only had one scene with Hope, I think! — but they’ve done so little with him that it also isn’t a huge loss. If either of these characters is ever going to work again, they need to be brought back solo and more or less reset. This was a major wasted opportunity to do that. Interestingly, Olivia Rose Keegan, who plays Claire, hasn’t been announced as leaving — though I believe she’s on recurring status rather than contract, so who knows? With Marlena having no children on the canvas, though, it would make sense for Claire to stick around and live with her and John.
I’m still completely unclear on why Lani was brought on in the first place, since there doesn’t seem to have been any purpose in revealing her as Abe’s daughter, her police work (besides to be an extra body), or her flirtations with Rafe and Shawn. I hate that they’re writing out yet another poorly developed black character for whom there were plenty of possibilities, but what’s been onscreen for her has been so blah that it’s zero percent shocking.
As for Summer: adios! I have nothing against Marie Wilson, and I wouldn’t have minded a con artist story in theory, but the one-two punch of making it all about Daniel and trying to make us buy another retcon about Maggie’s uterus has rendered this whole thing DOA for me. On the plus side, maybe this will turn into more of a villainous role in the coming months, which could be fun — and it does seem that they’re addressing this pretty soon after the character came onscreen, which is positive progress (remember Jordan?), though now we have to sit through her until, I don’t know, November or something insane.