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Eileen Davidson Teases Her DAYS Return … And Who She Is Going To Play!

Days of our Lives is must-see soap opera these days, and coming up November sweeps is about to turn up the notch even more on th show that is fast approaching its 52nd anniversary in a few weeks!  Coming up, Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson returns to her old stomping ground to stir up the drama, and some trouble.

In an new interview released today with TV Insider, the speculation that her return coincides with the mystery of  “Where in the world is Will Horton?” is discussed.  And what we learn is that Davidson will be coming back as none other than Susan Banks, with a tease that some others from her five role alter-egos, she once played on DAYS in the 90’s may not be far behind.

In explaining how Susan and Will might cross paths, Davidson tells TV Insider: “They connect the characters in a very cool and unforeseen way that’s both funny and tragic. And it’s very entertaining! I think I just sold this story better than anyone has ever sold a story ever. I should be a publicist. [Laughs] But in order to bring Susan back, she needed to be somewhat grounded, which isn’t easy, because there’s a fine line between her and reality. She’s so completely out there. A lot of viewers won’t know her if they weren’t watching 20 years ago. [Laughs] They’ll be going, ‘What the hell is that and how did it get on my TV screen?”’   Eileen goes on to add, “This arc is mostly about Susan, but we really cram in a lot. A few other people may be making cameos. You might even see a comb-over.”

As to working in story with head writer Ron Carlivati, who has a penchant for injecting humor. emotional drama … and the outrageous into his stories, Davidson said: “Ron is terrific. He realized that I know Susan better than anybody so he was totally fantastic and supportive about me changing things, editing, doing whatever I needed to do to make the writing work for the character within this new story. I had a great experience going back.”

So, are you a jazzed that Susan is coming back for some major and key story? What do you think will go down in the weeks ahead?  Look for Davidson to arrive on the scene on the upcoming November 2nd, episode of DAYS … and that, my friends, is next week!  Comment below.

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Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

So Rolf was working for Susan. Makes perfect sense. She is EJ’s mom and would protect Sami’s son anyway she could. I love Eileen’s work and am thrilled to have Chandler Massey back. I have watched Days since it’s premiere episode. First scene. Tom and Alice’s front porch.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Yes, yes, YES!!!! Love me some Susan Banks!

blake
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blake

Oh that’s right, she is EJ’s mom. I totally forgot about that! I noticed yesterday that Kate spoke to someone on the phone and asked them to return since they are a DiMera. I figured it was Kristen but I guess it was Susan.

Mary
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Mary

I’ve always wanted Susan Banks to return. This could be good.

Richard
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Richard

Susan would DEFINITELY protect Will. Cameo will probably be Kristen, and i BET you EJ will be revealed to be alive as well! I CANNOT wait!

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Since Sami is only back for a brief time and so she would have to have a good reason for leaving her son so soon after finding him alive.So maybe Kristen returns too and she reveals that she injected EJ with that drug.So that gives Sami new hope that EJ could be alive and goes in search of him but promises Will that she’ll come back to Salem and him as soon as she can.

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Richard…..from the day EJ “died”, I repeatedly said he was alive in some European country ( probably Italy or Switzerland) in one of the DiMera holdings. If I’m wrong, I’ll eat crow.
When Will “died”, he joined EJ there.
I love Susan to pieces….one of my most favorite characters…yeah!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“When Will “died”, he joined EJ there. I love Susan to pieces…” this would be the wondrous ideal situation.. to believe the heart wants I’m hoping that … unfortunately for Susan .. Dr. Rolf convinced her.. as he told Hope.. he was working “alone”. that.. this was his doing.. and got Susan to go along with this.. and SHE HAD TO this was her son and , heck… her bff Marlena grandson. ” I don’t” want to talk about EJ unless it’s the one and only James Scott however.. i’m going their.. could Tyler Christopher be : EJ DiMera. I… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Patrick.
Hey, Patrick,
I like your theory…Tyler as EJ. Do you think he will be affecting a British accent?

Satan
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Satan

Susan was no evil mastermind…. and hardly mentally competent enough to be in charge of a conspiracy involving returning people from the dead. On the other horn, Kristen Blake DiMera would be the perfect suspect for such a thing, carrying on her late father’s traditions. Of course involving Kristen in such a plot would demand answers to the questions about the whereabouts of her brother EJ. Who (much like Will) was presumed dead, but known to be injected with some bizarre chemical – in that case, by Kristen herself.

Jimh
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Jimh

Maybe Kristen is posing as Susan???

Satan
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Satan

That’s always a remote possibility, since some of the Salem residents actually think Kristen is dead, just because she got thrown out of some castle window into the ocean (yeah, like a DiMera ever died from something like that??)

blake
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blake

I wondered the same thing.

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

That’s a thought, Jimh.

Celia
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Celia

I like that, Jimmy. But, how will Susan hide those teeth? LOL.
I am assuming Eileen has been taping, already…. meanwhile back at the Y&R ranch? It could be that maybe Ashley hasn’t noticed how shifty Abby’s boyfriend is due to her busy schedule…DOUBLE LOL.
You know, Jimmy, Melissa is pregnant in real life….soooo, Abby is having Zack’s baby. What a mess!!

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Maybe Susan is working for someone else.For example maybe EJ is alive and he’s the one who employed Dr. Rolf to revive Will.However then EJ asked his mom Susan to watch over Will in Memphis while he dealt with other stuff.

Jimh
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Jimh

That is very plausible, and i like it!!!!

Satan
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Satan

Well, when Elvis “left the building” a couple of years ago, he did not relocate to Hell. Now you can interpret that however you like, but does anybody really think he would be let into Heaven? There were rumors of a recast a while back, accompanied by one of those nebulous “You Tube audition videos”, which more often then not turn out to be complete fakes. And in this case, the guy who was reading looked closer to the age Elvis SHOULD be (about 20 now as he was born in 1997) rather than in his early 40s as the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You’re right, Satan…..Susan is not the mastermind….However, she may have been the “den mother”….
….how about Stefano? He is the master of masterminding…..if one factors in that Stefano is still alive. Mascolo’s death does not imply Stefanos’s.
But, I do believe your theory makes more sense than mine, in the form of one Siren: Kristen. She and Stefano?? Together? They are no callow youths, nor strangers to treachery ….they are hellishly ( one for you, my Prince of Darkness. LOL), and diabolically pagans.

Satan
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Satan

Take it from me (and I should know) there will be no further “risings” of The Phoenix. If Ron Carlivati attempted to re-cast Stefano DiMera, it would be the end of his career.

Of course now that I have said that, there will be some folks cheering him on to do so, just for that reason. (insert devilish grin here)

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I am very happy Susan is back for a little while. I loved Eileen’s portrayal of that character the most out of her other characters she played on the show. Yes, Kristen was a bitch we all loved to hate but Susan had some very funny things to her. This show really is firing up on all cylinders!!!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

I agree. Susan was as singular, as unique a character as you willed in all of daytime. And , bless her, Eileen opted for for than camp. How Susan paired up with Stefano and how that was a point of deep anguish made for great viewing.

Yes, we all love KDM. And Eileen can do no wrong at DOOL. Its a shame the writers at the other show never noticed what a talent they have sitting around, not doing much.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with Susan. Tremendous news.

Kalle
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Kalle

I’m so excited to see Eileen Davidson back to DOOL. It’s so cool that she got creative freedom for portraying Susan!

blake
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blake

Yes, thankfully both Days and Y&R are owned by Sony.

Jimh
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Jimh

Days has improved somewhat but i will wait and see how it all turns out first…Days remains a bit on the gloomy side and i wish they would give the characters some fun moments…long before the nurses ball on GH, Days used to do some stage numbers for the hospital that were very good-like to see that return.

blake
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blake

I thought Kristen was the one that Kate called on Thursday and mentioned they needed to return because they are a DiMera, then she hung up because Roman showed up.

I’m so glad Eileen is back, also glad that she will be playing Susan and seems obvious Kristen and the male character (Thomas?). Days is amazing so far. With Eve back today, Sami back and Eileen next week Days just keeps getting better!

Ronnie
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Ronnie

I think maybe Kate was talking to Anna DiMera?

blake
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blake

Oh, is Anna coming back?

Phil
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Phil

I will take Eileen back anyway that I can, but I am disappointed that she will be playing Susan! I know I am probably in the minority here, but I so wanted to see a Kristen story penned by Ron!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Me, too, Phil! And I want to see Kristen back in action with Eric…

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, LOL, my heart fell.. crestfallen

Susan… I love Eileen Davidson… and knowing that this arc.. is just that.. just as short as the last one that Kristen spent with Daniel Jonas… OMG !!!!

that being said.. NEW WRITER – NEW direction – NEW – ED – BACK ON

“.. with Eric ” god is he afire

Patrick
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Patrick

Eileen Davidson is thee definition of pure sex appeal… raw undefined edge Kassie DePaiva is thee definition of pure sex appeal…raw undefined edge just a snowball of senses heighten there are no words to describe how much these two radiate .. torch… fire … blaze the camera loves them… I know we love them… argh!!!!! I wanted so much for Ron C. to boldly script powerful women in control.. BECAUSE the MEN @DAYS are so funny .. and take it all with a grain of salt.. and have so much sense of humor.. that they play so well with all… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

PS: i’m still reeling from the “news”

I WAS salivating – and saluting – Kristen and Eve return.

Susan will invoke … as she always does.. manages to stir emotion

hell.. if EJ found a heart to heart.. so can’t we

it’s with a dubious ARGH!!!! will the writing live up to what was.. 20 years ago

not a fair compromise is it ?

Patrick
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Patrick

“… because they get the “joke” that it’s still a guys and girls world ”

…because they get that this is a serial… and are always having FUN with

LOVE this show to bits

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great comments, Patrick. “‘.. with Eric’ god is he afire”: Indeed! It’s great to sit around the campfire — and watch!

Joel
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Joel

I agree, Phil! Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera is one of the best roles in soap history.

blake
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blake

If you read the TV Insider article Eileen hints that Kristen may be returning also.

Dave
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Dave

I would love to see what Kristen is up to because I know she isn’t really dead

su0000
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su0000

I liked Ashely until Eileen Davidson went to Housewives, that destroyed her.
Now, I have a hard time to stomach her..

So, she is on kill list .. eehhh.

Celia
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Celia

Well, SuzieQ….I’m glad I never watch those silly unrealistic-reality shows ( pardon the oxymoron) which have invaded the air-waves. Trash!!
So, my admiration for Eileen has not been spoiled. Love her!! Love Ashley. Love Kristen. Love Susan.

Patrick
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Patrick

from the outset.. my hope is dashed

I so wanted

that Kristen and Eve become fast friends and take over

I was just so ready for a new layer of intrigue; via Eileen Davidson and Kassie DePiava

in the same vein and context that we LOVED TO BITS

Hope and Jennie Bear.. Yeah, I do

Nicole and Sami …

two super powers on my wish list

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I absolutely love Susan she is so funny and Eileen plays her to perfection.Sorry about the pun but you can Bank on it. that Susan will give us plenty of laughs,I only hope that she sticks around a lot longer this time,,,

Helen
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Helen

I thought Kristen was “dead” ~ did they leave any wiggle room way back then?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Kristen fell out a window. It didn’t show how or where she landed and her body wasn’t found. There is plenty wiggle room…maybe she landed on a trapeze net and ran away with the circus!

Jimh
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Jimh

I think they had a stunt double fall out that window and fell into a mattress or safety net or even that trapeze you mention…so the real Kristen should be ok-lol

Satan
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Satan

No body was found. And she’s a DiMera (even if only by adoption).

Those two things pretty much guarantee she survived a tiny drop in the water when Marlena threw her out the window of that castle.

Satan
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Satan

Oh, and she’s not in Hell either. And we all know she would never be headed the other direction!

Mo
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Mo

Can’t wait for Eileen to return no matter who she is playing.

dmr
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dmr

I love Eileen Davidson. She is such a classic beauty. I no longer watch DOOL; however, I always tune-in when Eileen has an upcoming arc. I don’t think she is fully utilized on Y&R. Ashley’s “romance” with what’s him name is boring. He acts like his therapist more than her lover. & the storyline with her mother Dina has grown tedious. Graham is creepy and the storyline with Dina seems to be in the constant midst of rewrites. I do love Ashley and Jack’s relationship, however. Again, I am looking forward to seeing Susan Banks again, in Salem!

Celia
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Celia

Tell me about it, dmr. Whose brainstorm was this……pairing her with Ravi? TPTB actually thought this was a”sexy” idea? What a dead relationship. Where’s the “Oh, WOW!!”, the urge to fall into each other’s arms? The steam? Ashley is sooo the come-hither-I’m-alive type……Ravi? I get more life from a door-knob.
She needs a MAN!!

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