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Eileen Davidson Chats On Her Return To DAYS As Kristen & If Susan Banks Will Follow! – Watch the Video!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

In an in-depth and re-introductory interview to the fans and the canvas of Days of our Lives, Eileen Davidson chatted with TV Line in a new video feature released today.

During the conversation, several past and present clips are shown featuring Eileen’s original story of nearly fourteen years ago, where Kristen tried to destroy John and Marlena’s happiness, while Susan Banks and a host of other characters Davidson so magnificently played, comprised one of the wackiest and most sensational stories under former DAYS head writer, the late James Reilly.

Eileen reveals to TV Line if Kristen, the former Salem troublemaker has changed her spots or not, and if Susan Banks might be on her way back to the Salem scene.  Davidson confirms she has already taped scenes with Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John), and James Scott (EJ).  In regards to Kristen’s time away from the canvas, Davidson admits that the present-day Kristen has undergone “years of intensive therapy”.

Now after the jump watch the video! Then let us know your thoughts about what you think will happen upon Kristen’s return to Salem come this October!

Leave a comment | 12 Comments


  1. David Larsson

    July 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I wish a clip was available of Eileen Davidson portraying Thomas Banks.

  2. Patrick

    July 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    14 years… of “no” Eileen Davidson…. for DAYS!

    OMG! What a BLAST to the PAST…. and can’t wait FUTURE!

    Cat on a HOT tin Roof!

    it’s a treat, just hearing… she’s already done scenes, with John, Marlena, and EJ. Can’t wait.

    Eileen STARRED DAYS…. it seems like yesturday.

    I have to state one more time….. DAYS! please, don’t, “XYZ Expletive” this up for Kristen. and us FANS. We remember Kristen and Susan… etc….. so well.

    The only thing, I don’t like about the above article….. is: In regards to Kristen’s time away from the canvas, Davidson admits that the present-day Kristen has undergone “years of intensive therapy”.

    What does? “years of intensive therapy”. mean? course, Eileen quips, that we don’t know that Kristen has changed for the good or the better. Fasten your seat belts people.

    What i already posted… with regard to Susan possibly returning…. the formidable… acting talent that ED is… the writers can give her the same dialogue… and with ED’s talent… ie: body language… nuances… would still bring hoot, and holler…. Laugh out Loud…. FUN for ALL.

    The Gala Premiere is October 11th.

  3. mo

    July 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I can’t believe it was 14 years ago. Her storyline is one that has stayed forefront in my mind along with Vivian burying Carly alive.

  4. mo

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I think Kristen would need therapy after being stuck in that harem and then trying to get over losing John and their baby and having Stefano as a father. That’s why that whole EJ isn’t my son business didn’t ring true. Kristen and Peter weren’t Stefano’s bio children, yet he treated them the same, if not better than his bio children.

    • Patrick

      July 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm


      yeh, those are reason enuf… for therapy. it just spooked my some… cause, i thought, “oh, no”. an excuse… or let down… on how they write the new Kristen.

      even, she said…. “the late great James Reily” wrote his vision, over the top, good old days.

      i, hold my breathe….

      alas, thru thick and thin…. days for life!

  5. Jules

    July 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Great interview! The interviewer asked great questions. I loved hearing she’s already worked with James Scott and you can see her working with Casey D. I’m so excited for her return!

  6. Michael

    July 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This is potentially good news! Love Eileen- she was AMAZING back in the Day. Let’s just hope the writers/Corday don’t screw up another opportunity with a returning actor/character that fans have loved over the years (examples: Lisa Rinna- twice!, Melissa Reeves, Matthew Ashford, Christie Clarke- also twice!, Patrick Muldoon, Austin Peck, Stephen Nichols, etc.)

  7. ND Mitchell

    July 26, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Eileen will be missed on Y&R. She is the original Ashley Abbott Newman McCall and will always be. I don’t care how many Ashley replacements….there is only one Ashley and that will always be Eileen Davidson. 🙂

  8. Gmbenet

    July 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Stories by the late James Reilly was the reason many Days fans quit watching the show in favor of The Young and the Restless. Many of those fans have never returned to Days.

    • Patrick

      July 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      I’m inclined to agree with you. it’s the darndest thing to remain true to your soap and ever vigilant. The late great James E. Reilly… creator of:

      1. Carly – being buried alive, by Vivian.
      2. Marlena – Possessed by Satan.
      3. the Kristen/Susan mega watted drama, laugh out loud high brow… et el… my favorite.

      Fabulous Woman. Top of the Line. IE: reason i remain ever faithful.

  9. Monique

    July 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I am totally excited Eileen is coming back…i am so ready for a Marlena and Kristen Smackdown, of course with Marlena remaining the pretty heavy weight champ lol I
    am so hoping with Eileen’s return to Days this means more airtime for my favorite super couple John and Marlena. Thanks Eileen for coming back you were totally the missing link of the show, missed your hell raising girl!!!! 🙂

    • Patrick

      July 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Deidre Hall. I salute this woman…. she is BACK… with an energy… that has escalated her to new heights.

      I say this – perhaps… cause… it’s not just scenes with her and Sammi.

      She has been so riveting… in all her scenes with Carrie and Will. I still give her kudos for helping Sammi along… “show some respect” LOL.. as Sammi rears her attitude.

      But, it was a treat to have Carrie “home”… and was fun to watch DAYS of old. Marlena… lion’essing… her “cubs”…. Carrie, Sammi, Will… etc.

      and, every one… knows how DAYS has raised the bar with the stellar story of Will… with Marlena… top drawer’ing… along with her grandson.

      I used to grit my teeth… of ole…. sugary sweet…. holier than thou… Marlena of ole… HOWEVER… since she’s come home…. She’s STARRING DAYS.

      Thank you Deidre.

      and acknowledging… John… finally, he’s being written story… what with his… going after Ian.. for dissing his son Brady…. the drugging of his son. and of course, John, also, contesting Stefano’s will and “deserving” his share and/or stake of the DiMera Empire.

      and, on the horizon… October 11th, to be exact.

      Kristen DiMera… back in fine form… to wrest control of Salem… with EJ. and wreaking havoc… with Marlena… LOL.. who, as their past story, dictates, they were the fiesty… polar opposites… kept us on the edge. John will man up and rise to the occasion… for Femme Fetale.

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.


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Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

So, excited to hear that their may be plans ahead come fall for DAYS to come to back and tape new episodes? Comment below.


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This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.


During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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