Ridiculous Casting News
We have a whole bunch of rumored returns confirmed, and they range from “Oh, huh” to “WTF?!”
Jason47 is confirming that Sal Stowers is back as Lani Price. Sal Stowers, who was hired to play a character without any seeming direction or purpose whatsoever, has been rehired to play the same useless character. Okay, sure. If this is just to address her existence/where the hell she went, fine. Otherwise, I cannot fathom the point of this. I thought they might put her with Rafe originally, but they wrote Rafe as so not interested. Then her initial flirtation with Shawn held some promise, but they couldn’t be bothered to commit to that, and then Lani was briefly a nymphomaniac, and then she vanished. I hate the idea of her fading into the ether without mention, especially because she’s the second child whose childhood Abe missed out on, and Theo should care about having a sister. I, however, do not care about this character or understand what value they see in her that they couldn’t be bothered to infuse during the nine months she was floating around in the background of scenes.
Meanwhile, the new Soap Opera Digest confirms that Christie Clark and Austin Peck are returning as Carrie and Austin. I truly have no idea what to do with this information. I love Christie Clark and Carrie, and I think she has a genuine place on the show. So does the character of Austin. But both their returns as a couple (2005-06 and 2011-12) were bland retreads of past stories, and I don’t think I can sit through another round of fickle Carrie cheating on another guy. It’s interesting that they’re bringing back Peck instead of Patrick Muldoon, who played the role during the couple’s last stint. This does mean that we should finally figure out the sex and name of the child they had offscreen after leaving Salem last time, as well as finally seeing Carrie onscreen with Anna again after 31 years (!!). I do hope they’ve dropped Austin’s scintillating, ridiculous career as a forensic accountant, since I didn’t believe that either version of Austin could even count, particularly Peck’s, and of course there would be a place for Carrie as an attorney, but…
We also have confirmation from Jason47 that Martha Madison is back as Belle. What are we going to do with two blonde, lawyering, constantly-desired-by-all-men, unable-to-take-personal-responsibility sisters-of-Sami? In theory, there’s a place for both of them in Salem, and I like having that family rounded out a bit, but they’ve made the characters a bit redundant in each of their returns. It is kind of funny that Carrie, who was a teen in the early 90s, ostensibly has a toddler, while Belle, who was born in the early 90s, now has a college-aged child due to plot-point pregnancy and SORASing.
What do you guys make of all this?