Posted tagged ‘Casting’

Another Actress Returns

November 17, 2017

I think we all knew this was coming at one point or another. And here it is. Details behind the cut…



Two Actors Return for Visits

October 21, 2017

I can’t say these are totally unexpected, but I’m mostly thrilled about the details…


Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

October 21, 2017

Yesterday marked Arianne Zucker and Nicole Walker’s last day in Salem, at least for now, after a run that began in 1998. She’s given us a lot over the years — the wonderfully bitchy barbs, the gut-wrenching storylines about Nicole’s desire to be a mother, the hilariously strange porn moniker “Misty Circle,” and far too many sobfests over Daniel Jonas — but, in reviewing my archives, the biggest wonder of all is that she isn’t leaving Salem to go on the run for her crimes against fashion and good taste.

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This could be our last look ever at Nicole Walker (though my money would be on seeing her again, whether in the form of Zucker or a recast), and she’s leaving us with styling as bizarre as any she’s sported throughout either of her stints on the show. One can only imagine what horrors lie within that rolling suitcase. But what’s really important here is that stroller she’s pushing. For all the messy storytelling over the years, for all the damaging writing and bed-hopping and stupid mistakes, Nicole is leaving town with her daughter. I think I’ve said most of what I need to say about her exit, which isn’t my favorite ever, though I can appreciate its dramatic purpose, but I really love that instead of heading out of Salem in handcuffs or a bodybag, she’s got Holly. Her heart is broken as she leaves Eric behind, and yeah, she’s kind of fleeing possible murder charges, but you know she’s going to be all right, because she has that little girl, and her wish to be a mother has been one of the show’s strongest throughlines since her 2008 return, despite umpteen writing regime changes and casting shake-ups. I still would’ve loved for her to head out of town with her head held high, having chosen to be single and focus on giving her daughter the best life possible, but this will do for now.

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Annnnnd I completely lost it at her Scarlett O’Hara-esque final line — “As God is my witness, I will be back. We will be back” — which also happens to echo one of Sami’s most ridiculous scenes from the 90s, and that’s saying something.

If you dare, come behind the cut for a stroll down Memory Lane, including a look at Nicole’s very first scene from 1998 and some of her more egregious follicular and sartorial misdeeds…


Actor Reprises Role

September 12, 2017

Another return to report, though I’m guessing this will be for a short arc…


Actress Returns

September 1, 2017

This one is right up Carlivati’s alley, and I love it.


I Believe the Children Are Our Future

August 23, 2017

Kayla must be really upset about Joey heading off to the slammer. She’s stooped to dressing herself out of Anjelica’s closet!

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I didn’t realize “dressing like a bedspread” was the trend for summer 2017, but okay. And that sweater (?) doesn’t even match the pink dress!

I got a little choked-up during that final montage of Joey saying goodbye to Tripp and leaving the apartment with his parents, intercut with Steve and Kayla stopping by the hospital to talk about when Joey was a baby (…nine years ago). I mean, it’s pretty weird to hold a family gathering to see your son/nephew/cousin off to prison, but the sentiment was nice, even though Eric, who just went through a similar experience, was a glaring omission. Although I still hate that Joey got saddled with this story, there’s the hope that time offscreen will ‘reset’ him and leave the show with a viable character related to a bunch of people. (BTW, I’m still bitter we didn’t get more JJ/Joey cousin time. I feel like those two would’ve had a lot to share.)

Boy, though, it’s not even two full years after this teen scene debuted, and, uh…


…they’ve really dropped like flies, huh? It’s absolutely insane. Chase came with so much built-in backstory and drama (and the added benefit of not being incestuously related to anyone!), so of course they made him a rapist. Ciara lost her father, was kidnapped, was raped, became infatuated with her cousin’s husband, got duped by another boyfriend… and none of it seemed to stick. Theo’s autism was barely used, and they made him the center of a tepid triangle that went nowhere. Claire was suddenly turned into an insufferable brat. Joey became a murderer and then had a relationship no one cared about with Jade, who had the potential to become a Jan Spears-type catalyst for this group but instead just kind of lingered around way after her expiration date and was written as a weirdo unfamiliar with normal human interactions. Just such a waste all around. It’s like nothing was planned, and they just kept having things happen because there was screentime to fill. There was such potential in launching a full-scale teen scene this way, in a way they hadn’t since the Last Blast crew (the 2004 and 2009 ones trickled in much more gradually), and they blew it all. And this failure to build up new generations has hurt the show so much. The current 20s/30s set is a clear reflection of this: it’s this cobbled-together group of people who have either had something work almost by accident, or they’re just random people who happen to be around and got plugged into that crew.

Given the spoiler-y news in the previous post (don’t click if you don’t want to know about an upcoming exit and a recast!), it looks like we’re in for what’s essentially a reboot of this whole college generation. Let’s see if Carlivati & Co. have managed to pull together something a little more substantial than what we’ve gotten with this crew of kids.

Actor Posts Spoiler-Heavy Video

August 22, 2017

Welp, this came out of nowhere. Earlier today, Kyler Pettis (Theo) posted a video to his Vimeo channel and then promptly deleted it — but not before the internet noticed and preserved it. The scenes he posted, which based on taping information are probably intended to air near the end of this year or the beginning of next, seem to reveal an exit, a recast, and a pregnancy. Go behind the cut for details…