SAY WHAT?! Natalia Livingston OUT, Tamara Braun IN as DAYS' Taylor!



Just what the heck is going on over at Days of Our Lives!? Soap Opera Digest is reporting Natalia Livingston has been fired and DAYS has cast her former General Hospital co-star Tamara Braun to take over the role of Taylor! Ouch, thats gotta hurt... Livingston's debut on DAYS just started a few weeks ago and Braun, who was on the sudser as Ava in 2008 has started taping today. Co-executive producer Gary Tomlin stated:

 It was decided to take the character of Taylor in a new direction. Natalia Livingston is an amazing actress and a consummate professional. She is a class act and everyone at the studio adores her.

I guess Braun's pesky Daytime Emmy win on the show for another character is something to overlook, right? Braun's first airdate is slated for April.

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I LOVE this! My friend and I just said Tamara would've made a great Taylor! I love Tamara.

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UPGRADE! Tamara Braun proved herself as an actress w/Ava and won a deserved Emmy for it. Love the chemistry she and Arianne had, so it'll be cool to see them play sisters.

And this is nothing new for this show w/actors playing different characters.

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They probably want to make Taylor crazy. Tamara does crazy amazingly!

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east.west you are so right! She and Arianne were amazing together.

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Tamara was great on Days when she played Ava. I am sure she will be great again.

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And this is nothing new for this show w/actors playing different characters.

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It's nothing new, but it's one of the reasons people see DAYS as a joke. People still aren't used to Chris Kositchek as Roman, now this. She won an EMMY as Ava. That says that role and character stuck out. Why not bring Ava back and let her mix it up with EJ. This is asinine. Grey's Anatomy would never bring Katherine Heigl back as someone named Midge and just expect fans to be okay with it. Until daytime starts treating fans like they have a brain, they will keep shedding viewers.

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Jamey, you do have a good point. I'm so grasping at straws that seeing Tamara return as anyone is exciting to me.
If they really want to stop shedding viewers they just need to get rid of DENA HIGLEY.

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Hilarious!!! Just hilarious.

I like to think that Tamara Braun deserves better. DAYS isn't on a creatively very high level right now. And to recast Taylor with an actress who was on the show not that long ago in another role, for which she even got an Emmy Award, speaks volumes.

I love having Tamara back on soap opera, but I wish it would have been Y&R or OLTL. Just not this...

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One thing I disagree with though is the "mixing it up with EJ" comment. I am SO sick of Days ONLY focusing on love triangles and who is with who. SO tired of it! It's all DENA HIGLEY knows how to write!

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I WILL BE WATCHING DAYS REGULARLY NOW CAUSE THIS IS EXACALLY WHAT THEY NEEDED ANOTHER STRONG ACTRESS TO CARRY THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully Ken is Laying the GRound Work to Fill the VOID of that younger set, and Replacing it with strong strong strong vital characters which is what makes Days great!!!!!

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I agree with Jamey! Tamara Braun is a great actress, but COME ON SHELLY! (MAD TV homage there) That's the first thought that came to my mind when I read this; it's ridiculous and an insult to viewers' intelligence casting her in a different role. No need to be infuriated by it, obviously, but come on! She played a vital role for almost the whole year of '08. The Golden Girls used the same actors in different roles, as do the Law and Order shows, but those were guest roles.
And YES, they need to can Dena Higley's ass ASAP! Tired of the boring and stupid mixed together.

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Even though I want her to spread her wings and stay away from Daytime, Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Annie, AMC) would've been an excellent recast.

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I don't like Tamara Braun, but I did like the Ava/Patch/Kayla storyline. It is weird that she's coming back in a different role, but Days is notorious for this (see Josh Taylor, Judi Evans, Wayne Northrop, etc.).

I liked Natalia Livingston and I can't see TB playing the heroine very well. She's good at playing a total bitch, though.

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Why am I not surprised AlastairCrane doesn't like Tamara Braun?

"I liked Natalia Livingston and I can't see TB playing the heroine very well. She's good at playing a total bitch, though." They said they're taking the character in a different direction. Ever occur they're going to make Taylor a bitch?

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^^ Nicole's already a bitch. No need to make her sister one as well.

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I ADORE Tamara Braun. She is my all-time favorite Carly Corinthos, but DAYS has a way of hiring people, not knowing what to do with them, and firing them. There is no rhyme or reason over there anymore. SOMETHING is up, and I'm gonna find out what that is!

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And I agree with those who say that Days is a trainwreck. It needs a complete makeover. Stop focusing on Sami/Rafe/EJ, et. al all the freakin' time. I've been watching this show for 20 years at least, and I'm sick of the crappy writing at both Days and Y&R. Even though the Tamara Braun situation is not a big deal, it somehow just speaks volumes to me about the state of soaps these days. Could they not have found someone else to play the role? I'm probably wrong, but it reminds me a lot of the casting of Eden Riegel as Heather. Actually, it REALLY does, in a way, because it looks like they're going to completely change the personality of this character with someone who didn't necessarily have to be cast in the role. Same thing with Maura West as Diane. Great actress, wrong role. Oh well. I guess if I can get used to Josh Taylor as Roman, I can get used to "Ava Vitali" as Taylor.

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Agree, Jamey, why not bring her back as Ava??? smdh, and they wonder why fans are tuning out in droves???

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Yeah, Jamey, you're right. They'll probably never even use Tamara. They'll just keep using only Alison, Nadia, Galen and James. And no one else. I don't know why I'm getting my hopes up. Sad

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After years of adoring Bonnie Lockhart, I am finally used to Judi Evans as Adrienne even though she's dull as dishwater.

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This proves that Greg Vaughn made a smart decision not "testing" for this show he might have been fired within a week. They got rid of Lindsey,Mark, and look what they did to Stacy Haiduk even their young cast jumping ship this show is terrible. I love Tamara but i won't watch this show again not even for her.

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It helps though that the peeps Ava missed it up with....Patch, Kayla, John, and Marlena are no longer in Salem...so it won't be as jarring.

Of course if I had a choice I would like them all back in Salem.

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See Jamey, you are a sensible person though.

My whole thing about Daytime is it is never going to change. So in the sea of 1980 inspired storytelling, when news or stories come in like this happen, I welcome it.

I think this will work. Even though she was on two yrs. ago, the show has become a different and better show (know you'll disagree) between those two yrs.

And you know we'll be seeing James Scott light up w/this development in this insta love story w/EJ and Taylor, b/c now he's looking like wtf is this.

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When I read the headline, Jillian took the words right out of my mouth. Yes, there have been some primetime shows that have done this, but Days is the one soap that is notorious for pulling things like this, I remember the Roman fiasco, as kid that made my head spin.

I like Tamara Braun, she was great as Ava, earned a well-deserved Emmy, but they didn't give Natalia enough time, and I thought she was getting into it. Will see how this goes.

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Great casting news, although it's a little weird since Tamara played Ava two years ago. Far to short time for me to see her as a different character.

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And maybe that "something" being up is that they actually watched Natalia scenes. You are in the know Jamey, but I do think (and call me naive) it's them going a different direction w/the character in the DAYS way. I tried rationalizing it as her being no different than what the character was originally written as, but I can't defend anymore. She was awful. And I say this as someone who defends her Emily Quartermaine, b/c I think the writers change that character so drastically from Amber's version.

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And also, look at me today, remember that they fired Charity Rhamer the day after she first aired.

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All I know is for everyone who hates this idea, there are two or there who love it. I'm barely holding on to Days. I fast-forward through so much of it now that it will be nice to see Tamara back on. I'm just so sick of the love triangles, the cheap sets, the bad music, the terrible writing. I've been watching this show for over 20 years. I started as a kid. I don't want to let go of it. I know that I'll just end up disappointed when Dena stops writing for Taylor in six months anyway.

Dena just needs to go. Think about the things she's done. She can't even write a decent autism storyline and she's the mother of an autistic child. The Chad as a DiMera "Storyline" has been going on for months and we've only seen like four scenes with Chad and Stefano together. Chad even left town for weeks during the middle of it.

And enough of Sami's kids! Johnny and Allie get more airtime than Maggie and Kate. It's ridiculous. SO sick of ALL Sami's kids. And I'm so sick of all SAMI/EJ/RAFE all the time. Spread the wealth! Write stuff for other characters! It seems so simple yet must be so hard for Dena, Christopher, Ken, Gary, et al to get it.... SO frustrating!

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east.west, I agree. I thought she was awful. I wasn't going to go there because I don't want to argue. But I want you to know, I agree.

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Alistair Crane, it took me years to buy Judi as Bonnie after seeing her as Adrienne. Adrienne was there first.  I always wanted them to reveal Adrienne and Bonnie were twins. That would have been fun to see and have them both fighting over Justin. Justin could have bedded Bonnie, thinking it was Adrienne, only for Adrienne to walk in on them.