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DAYS Poll: What Did You Think Of Stacy Haiduk’s Debut As Kristen And Susan?

Last week on Days of our Lives brought with it the return of Susan Banks and Kristen DiMera, this time played by former The Young and the Restless favorite, Stacy Haiduk (Ex-Patty Williams).

As DAYS viewers know, the roles were made soap-famous by two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson.  With Eileen busy on Y&R in her role of Ashley, Stacy stepped into the wacky and evil roles delivering her take on the characters; while maintaining the inflections, mannerisms, and motivations of these two very different women.

Earlier this week, Davidson posted her congrats to Stacy on Twitter, stating: “Big congratulations to debuting as Kristen/Susan on this week!!! Stacey is a fantastic actress and I’m sure she will SLAY!”

Stacy returned the compliments to Eileen tweeting: “Thank you, Eileen, you’re amazing! This means SO much coming from You!! I am super excited and very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of . LOVE & LIGHT to You and All!! XOXO”

Any actor will tell you; taking over a part from someone who is so identifiable with the character is not an easy thing to do, but Haiduk has been more than up to the task, as viewers went a long for the ride as Kristen revealed herself and her ultimate plan at John and Marlena’s wedding on Friday’s episode, and there is more yet to come!

So, what were your first impressions of Stacy as Susan and Kristen? Take our latest DAYS poll, vote, and let us know below. Then share in the comment section if you enjoyed Stacy’s work as much as we did!

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I knew Stacy could play crazy cause she was brilliant as Patty Williams. Introducing her as Susan(although I knew she was Kristian) was perfect because it made it easier to accept her as Kristian when she lost the prop teeth. Great writing and casting, Days!

Yes, Karen, agreed. I knew it had to be Kristin, as well…..Susan is locked up.
As I said on the other site, I suspected neither Kristin nor Susan….I believed it had been Hattie to have sent the doll.
But, when you mentioned Kristin, I saw the light….of course!! LOL.
Yet, I was sure it was not Susan but Kristin when we actually saw her.
So, you were right about Kristin…..makes sense since her body was never found.

I liked her better when she was playing Kristen as Kristen! She was completely convincing as Kristen… but not so much as Susan to me!

Oh Stacy was awesome as Susan and Kristen! The show needs these characters and Stacy is doing her thang! I’m so glad she’s on Days, a much needed shot in the arm for the show.

Loved her as Kristen! Didn’t love her as Susan… but was she Susan? I think she did Kristen justice!

When Stacy Haiduk was still part of Y&R, I never responded positively to her work. In theory, Patty is a character I would like, but Stacy never really convinced me with her acting that I should invest emotionally in her character. I always felt like I needed more nuance, humanity, and subtext from her work to engage with it in a meaningful way.

Characters like Kristen and Susan require an actor who can bridge dark and light, hard and soft, and eccentric and conventional; these characters need an actor who can manipulate and challenge the viewers’ expectations, draw the audience in without revealing too quickly character’s true intentions or making the character too easy to understand. In other words? These characters need Eileen Davidson — desperately. They need her acting talents, her rich history with Days, and her uncanny ability to generate chemistry with her fellow actors. Stacy’s attempts to portray these characters only made me surer than ever that Eileen is the only person who can and should bring these characters to life. I hope there is a plot twist coming where we learn Stacy is playing a different character who is impersonating Susan/Kristen. This show needs more villains anyway; Stacy as someone who has little concern about trifling with Kristen could be interesting.

“I hope there is a plot twist coming where we learn Stacy is playing a different character who is impersonating Susan/Kristen.” That’s what I’m hoping, too. As far as I’m concerned, if they couldn’t get Eileen, they should have not done the storyline. Some characters are iconic & no other actor should play them – Kristen/Susan are on that list, along with Marlena & Sami.

Well since Eileen Davidson is leaving Y&R maybe she would be willing to come back to Days as Kristen.As for Stacy Haiduk, Days could keep her around as Susan because Eileen Davidson may not want to play a dual role again since it might be too tiring for her.

I agree. Stacy just comes off as a crazy Kristen, whereas when Eileen plays her, there is a vulnerability and you feel bad for Kristen, which makes her a more well rounded character. As far as her Susan, she was just annoying. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Eileen as Susan, with Stacy I want to FF.

I found myself reading my email during her scenes today. She’s especially irritating as Susan, who I always really enjoyed. I’d be more than willing to chip in on one-way tickets out of Salem for both of them. LOL

Yes, yes!! You said it, Adam. If truth be told, I ‘ve always loved Susan more than Kristin…..Eileen’s version, though.
I really like Stacy, but it’s not the same…..I can’t feel Susan….Not once did I hear, ” you’re mean, mean, mean”…. oh, how I miss the ‘real’ Susan!!

Totally Agree!’ Stacy doesn’t have the talent to pull off playing Kristen Dimera.. she’s not believable!! Hope days brings Eileen back or kills Stacy hadiuk contract soon!

Agreed! Eileen made Kristen beautiful and believable. There’s no way Brady would be attracted to the skeletal mess that is now “Kristen”!

Eileen who?

I’ve seen her on Y&R and a couple of other things – great actress! I thought she did a great job with the character of Susan, but Eileen Davidson should have been there for the Kristen part. If they could have worked that out, that would have been awesome! Ms. Haiduk did what she could with the Kristen character, but Ms. Eileen left some big shoes to fill. The character had major interactions with so many main characters – should have been Ms. Eileen. I was a little let down.

Great to see the actresses Eileen and Stacy giving each other such love on social media!

I have always loved Stacy as Patti Williams, and I liked her debut as Susan/Kristen. I feel she will make these characters her own, as time goes on, especially if all the spoilers are right, in her relentless goal to get whatever she really wants, this time. I also like the fact that Stacy is doing this role, her own way, which is more acceptable than just doing an imitation of Eileen. She’s just gotten her feet wet, so hope everyone will be supportive as she really gets her teeth into this part.

As Susan, I didn’t think the teeth were bad enough and the accent was a little different, but she did okay. I was happy to have Susan back. I think she was better as Kristen.

Stacy Haiduk is a lovely woman and wonderful talent. She’s a keeper. Just don’t go all creepy weird long term. I think Y&R handled writing the Patty Williams character poorly, doing a disservice to mental illness. Miss Haiduk made it work. Good for DAYS to have her!

Well we know from Y&R that Stacey can do crazy. I really liked her as Kristen, apart from her noise you could hardly tell it was a different actress in the role. My Mother didn’t know. But we have yet to see if she can pull of Kristen’s unbridled sex appeal. Eileen had chemistry with John, Brady Daniel and Eric, time will tell if Stacey will have that.

Second sentance should read I really liked her as Susan.

Always an Eileen Davidson fan

Never liked any of the DUAL ROLES OF CARLIVATI!!!!!!! STAND BY THAT. WISH WE HAD STEPHEN INSTEAD OF THIS CRAP. IM CANCELLING THIS PROGRAM ITS NOT DAYS ANY MORE ITS CARLIVATI’S FOLLIES STARING HIS OLD FRIENDS INSTEAD OF LOVED DAYS CHARACTERS. SHERRY ANDERSON BETRAYED US ALL.

To my surprise Stacy is wonderful as Susan and Kristen, I love her. To be honest I never thought anyone could play the part other then Eileen .Boy was I ever wrong. To be honest I actually like Stacy better. She plays her part to perfection. Great job of casting Days.

Too over the top for me. She was better as Susan but I didn’t care for her Kristen. I thought she was overacting the part.

She was hilarious. I loved it when those teeth flew across the room !

so funny!

STACY HAIDUK KILLED!!! She is so fascinating to watch and her performances are absolutely VISCERAL! She is the ONLY reason I decided to tune back in to DAYS after a several decade hiatus. What a casting coup the creators have with her in this role! Brava, Stacy!!!

NO ONE CAN REPLACE EILEEN IN THAT ROLL. STACY APPEARED TO MATURE FOR BRADY LOVE INTEREST…FOR THT MATTER SO DOES EVE…RATHER SEE HIM WITH TERESA.

I don’t like Stacy’s portrayal as Kristin Dimera . Need Eileen back !

I really didnt like the new Susan at first but it didn’t take to long for me to get to like Stacy ,she is doing a great job of Susan and Kristen. Love her.Susan even made me laugh the other day and I certainly could use a good laugh,thanks Stacy

Sorry, but this Kristen/Susan just doesn’t compare to the original one. No offense intended, but I just can’t tolerate this replacement.

That recast was the biggest mistake ever made in daytime history the role of question can only be played by one person and that is Eileen Davidson

Days is getting worse = so tired of the dead coming alive = Susan and Kristen roles
are beyond stupid. get rid of Ted and Zander – I can’t understand them with their
accents = Sarah is a terrible actress – tired of looking at Eric and his
sad faces –

Really, Miriam? The “our” in ‘Days of our Lives’ represents inclusivity. We all have a right to be included. Care to exclude blacks, gay, the poor, disabled and comedians?

I want my soap to be all inclusive, accents and all.

I think Stacy is a wonderful actress.She has jumped into these roles so well& is so believable.

I can not stand her playing Kristen. She is a witch. It’s ridiculous! It’s making Days of Our Lives awful!!!

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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.

 

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Melissa Reeves Returns to Days of our Lives

Longtime Days of our Lives star, Melissa Reeves, who has not filmed episodes with the Peacock streaming episode since 2021, is reportedly back on set and shooting story as Jennifer Horton. Reeves began her run as Jennifer back in 1985.

Melissa is taping the Thanksgiving episodes, but will also be a part of the Doug Williams memorial in honor her beloved former castmate Bill Hayes, who passed away in January at the age of 98.

According to TV Insider, Melissa had one concern in returning, in that, the role has been most recently been played by Cady McClain in her absence. Reeves expressed, “My one thing was, ‘I’m not taking this away from Cady.’ If this is Cady’s thing and she loves being here and she really loves playing this part, I don’t want to take it away from her. I’m so good either way.”

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Previously, Melissa had moved to Tennessee full-time with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-Y&R, GH, DAYS). Speaking on being back to pay tribute to Bill Hayes, Reeves shared, “I heard about Bill, which was just devastating for all of us. I was like, ‘I wonder if they’re going to do tribute shows.’”

For decades, Reeves along with Matthew Ashford (Jack) formed the Salem supercouple of Jack and Jennifer. She related that she reached out to Ashford who said to her, “Would you ever think about going back?’ to which she replied, ‘Matt, I think about Days all the time.’ Melissa added, “So I said, ‘Matt, you know if they called, I would say yes, but I haven’t heard anything.’”

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Being a part of the tribute to Bill Hayes and to say goodbye to his beloved character of Doug Williams, has special significance for Melissa. She mentioned she weeped, recalling, “Of course I cried because he’s such an incredible man, but what an incredible legacy he has left behind as a man, as a father, as a grandfather, as a husband.“

So, looking forward to seeing Melissa Reeves reprise the role of Jennifer Rose Horton later this year as we say goodbye to Doug Williams and honor Bill Hayes? Comment below.

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