Just when you think Days of Our Lives is done with bringing back fan favorites, head writer Ron Carlivati writes up one more storyline that is sure to make fans happy. Eileen Davidson, who is currently starring on The Young and the Restless as Ashley Abbott, will be back on DOOL this fall.
According to TVLine, the assumption that Davidson will be playing Salem’s nutty Kristen DiMera might not be correct. A DOOL representative told the site that “the exact role — or roles — Eileen will be playing this time around is strictly under wraps. It’s all a big surprise for the audience.”
This isn’t a major surprise given the fact that Davidson has played multiple roles on the NBC soap — from lookalike Susan Banks to Susan’s three siblings — Thomas, Penelope and Sister Mary Moira. These delicious storylines were all a part of Davidson’s time on DOOL beginning in 1993.
Davidson has talked about how difficult it was playing multiple roles while on DOOL. Even though it was a terrific challenge for her as an actress, it did take its toll. “[The producers] worked me to death. I was going to leave after the first year I played Susan. And they asked me to stay an additional year to finish off the storyline, so I did. It was a great, great, great thing for me,” she said in the book Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments. “I would do something like this again, but I would want to know a beginning and an end date.”
Rest assured, her role on Y&R is secure, especially since she’s only doing a guest arc on DOOL. Her reps confirmed to TVLine that Davidson began filming on June 5 and her scenes will begin airing in time for November sweeps.
— DaysCafe Cathy (@DaysCafe) June 13, 2017
— Elizabeth Roberts (@lizroberts42ky) June 13, 2017
@eileen_davidson YESSSS! UR COMING BACK 2 DAYS…BUT AS WHO?? HMM
— Steven Bramley (@stevenbramley42) June 13, 2017
Now the big question is whether these character returns will bring DOOL out of the ratings basement. Only time will tell, but DOOL is banking hard on these huge fall storylines.