DAYS RECASTS Susan Banks With BRYNN THAYER!




I wonder if Eileen Davidson will find this development "Mean, mean, mean?" Soap Opera Digest is reporting One Life to Live alum Brynn Thayer is joining Days of Our Lives in the role of Susan Banks!
 

According to the magazine's website, Susan will some how factor into another mystery involving the late Alice Horton (Frances Reid). The OLTL star, who also appeared in such primetime series as Matlock, and more recently on the web in such programs as Life in General and The Bannen Way, is only slated for a short stint.

 For newer fans, Susan was one of several toothy doppelgangers of Stefano DiMera's (Joe Mascolo) unhinged, adopted daughter Kristen Blake. In addition to Kristen and Susan, Davidson portrayed Susan's sisters Sister Mary Moira and Penelope and even her brother Thomas, in one of DAYS' most outlandish-yet-entertaining storylines ever!

Susan is also the mother of Salem's current, resident do-badder Elvis DiMera, Jr. (James Scott), whom she named after the deceased King of Rock and Roll. Susan thought the Jailhouse rocker had sired her baby. She later learned it was Stefano dressed up as Elvis, wielding a turkey baster. God I miss James Reilly. Watch a few clips of Susan Banks below!






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    david46208

    Well…Well too bad Eileen Davidson could not return. But she is stuck on that mess of a show The Dumb and the Plotless. So hey I can’t wait to see what happens during this short stint.

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    Scooter Smith

    That Jennifer was the first one that I knew (in the second video). I thought she was great. Then Missy came back. and now I watch this and realize she was awful. I hope that this recast is decent.

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    SoapArmageddon

    She’s going to have quite the job on her hands replacing Eileen, but if Jeanne Cooper’s Katherine on Y&R can be played by Michael Learned for a few weeks then Brynn Thayer, who I actually remember from Matlock, can play one of Eileen’s roles on Days.

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    alstonboy4315

    This is foolish and unnecessary. Eileen Davidson OWNED the role of Susan Banks…….a role that she played to absolute perfection. Why toy with a good thing? I am sick of these ridiculous recasts. I am sure that Brynn Thayer is a great actress, and I mean no disrespect toward her personally, but some roles simply should not be recast!!

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    Soap_Stud

    Brynn is a solid performer. I miss her in daytime, but I hope she stays longer than one episode. I wonder if Susan will be the same kind of role or will the show take the character. In a different direction.

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    jedizenmaster

    I’m excited about this and Brynn is an awesome actress. This is a role that is recastable its not like susan banks was a Vet character on DOOL.

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    snizzle

    I don’t remember the role of Susan but Brynn Thayer is a marvelous actor. She and Judith were both awesome on OLTL back in the day.

    With ED being unavailable at least DOOL is using an established daytime performer. We all know MAB would have brought in some random washed up sitcom actor for the gig.

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    THEBEST

    Oh, come on ya’ll. Are we not gonna see Susan until Eileen bolts Y&R or it’s canceled? EJ has been driving story for years. It’s ludicrous that’s taken this long to recast Susan.

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    angrierblackerman

    Brynn is fantastic! Come on, Susan was not a character, she was a caricature that gave Eileen Davidson a chance to ham it up. Black Wig, Fake teeth, glasses…instant Susan. Brynn is more than capable!

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    smellykellyjay

    If I’m understanding this correctly, Susan will only be on for a short time. If this is true, I wonder if they wanted Eileen Davidson back for the role, if they even tried to get her. Nothing against Brynn, of course.

    Remember back in 2002 when DoOL and B&B brokered a deal where Lauren Koslow returned for a short stint as Margo on B&B in exchange for Joseph Mascolo, who was playing Massimo on B&B at the time, returning to play Stephano for a little while? I remember it being touted as the first time something like that had ever happened. I also remember that Koslow did appear on B&B, though I can’t recall if Moscolo appeared on DoOL until he left B&B.

    Anyhow, since Y&R and DoOL have the Sony connection, wonder why they couldn’t use that to get Eileen back as Susan for a limited time. I don’t think they are working her like a dog on Y&R.

    Maybe this is a test run by DoOL. If Brynn/Susan get a positive reaction, they’ll bring her back more or on a permanent basis.

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    GatesBear

    Not sure if this has ever been addressed since EJ returned but …does Stefano still believe it was Kristen that left for England all those years ago with baby Elvis and not Susan? Or does he still believe that the person being held captive is Susan?

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    marknsprmo

    I just hope there are no more buck teeth and badly fitting wigs! and please no more nuns habits!!!!! I was always embarrassed for Eileen playing those dumbass characters that sounded like muppets and looked like a bad halloween costume.

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    blake3b

    [quote=smellykellyjay]If I’m understanding this correctly, Susan will only be on for a short time. If this is true, I wonder if they wanted Eileen Davidson back for the role, if they even tried to get her. Nothing against Brynn, of course.

    Remember back in 2002 when DoOL and B&B brokered a deal where Lauren Koslow returned for a short stint as Margo on B&B in exchange for Joseph Mascolo, who was playing Massimo on B&B at the time, returning to play Stephano for a little while? I remember it being touted as the first time something like that had ever happened. I also remember that Koslow did appear on B&B, though I can’t recall if Moscolo appeared on DoOL until he left B&B.

    Anyhow, since Y&R and DoOL have the Sony connection, wonder why they couldn’t use that to get Eileen back as Susan for a limited time. I don’t think they are working her like a dog on Y&R.

    Maybe this is a test run by DoOL. If Brynn/Susan get a positive reaction, they’ll bring her back more or on a permanent basis.[/quote]

    According to the writer (can’t remember what her name is) that brought EJ on, they were planning on bringing Eileen back for like 5 episodes so that Susan could be there when EJ was introduced. But unfortunately it didn’t happen.
    I hope she can come back on Days again. I’d love to see Kristen and Susan back on Days for good.

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    Jon

    One of my favorite Days stories of all time! Eileen Davidson was ROBBED of the Emmy! I wish Ms Thayer the best of luck and I’m glad to have the character back, but Eileen will always be the real Susan Banks to me! I also ADORED Sr Mary Moira!

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    soapbaby

    [quote=angrierblackerman]Brynn is fantastic! Come on, Susan was not a character, she was a caricature that gave Eileen Davidson a chance to ham it up. Black Wig, Fake teeth, glasses…instant Susan. Brynn is more than capable![/quote]

    ^^I couldn’t agree more. This is a good move on DAYS’ part. Not only is Brynn Thatcher a fine actress but she’ll likely look more age-appropriate to be the mother of extremely SORASed EJ DiMera (who should be a few years younger than Will!)

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    david46208

    @marknsprmo: Yes she was a hoot. But you were right. With JERK things always got too silly and too far out there to even be taken semi-seriously. So this time around should be better.

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    ladyanwyn

    I still miss the one who Eileen Davidson ‘hand-picked’ to replace her some years ago on Y & R! I liked her so much more overall. Especially after the Days of Our Lives debacle!

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    ladyanwyn

    I quit watching this show countless number of years ago…but I think it was right around the time that Eileen Davidson was on the show, and the whole vampire theme was happening. Nothing made any sense, it was taken too far out on a beam, and Stefano stills gets away with everything.

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    ladyanwyn

    What made me finally leave the show was that it had gone so far downhill after Macdonald Carey passed-away, and they (the writers, executives, et al) appealed to young viewers only.

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