'Days of Our Lives': Casting Updates, Comings and Goings

Days of Our Lives has always had a rotating cast coming in and out of the fictional town of Salem. But now, the latest comings and goings show that a lot of fan favorites — and new cast members — are being added to the roster. Did your “fave” make the list? Let’s take a look.

Adrienne Frantz teases a daytime return on ‘Days of Our Lives’

Days of Our Lives veterans (and other soap vets!) can’t contain their excitement about their return to Salem. First, Lisa Rinna let it slip that Eileen Davidson was returning to the show — though Davidson was ultimately confirmed to be appearing in Beyond Salem — and then, Adrienne Frantz spilled some beans!

Soap watchers will remember Frantz as the devious schemer Amber on The Bold and the Beautiful. (At one point, Amber was involved in Sheila Carter’s plotting and scheming, so you know she was very good at being very bad.) And when she sent out the above tweet on Sept. 4, fans immediately began wondering if the actor was returning to Los Angeles to reprise her role of Amber.

But Days of Our Lives showrunner Ron Carlivati seemed to confirm that Frantz wouldn’t be returning to Los Angeles at all. She wasn’t even returning to Salem. But, Carlivati’s tweet seemed to imply that Frantz would be appearing in Beyond Salem.

Nothing has been confirmed definitively, of course. But with the recent news of Charles Shaughnessy, the 5th Baron Shaughnessy’s, return to the Days canvas as Shane Donovan, having a beloved soap vet like Frantz on the canvas for Beyond Salem would be an embarrassment of riches.

Fan-favorite Bryan Datillo confirmed to return to Salem

SoapHub has confirmed that fan-favorite actor Bryan Dattilo is returning to Days of Our Lives. The outlet confirmed that Dattilo, who originated the role of Lucas Horton back in 1993, has just signed a contract that will keep him in Salem for at least another year.

A little-known fact about Dattilo that most Days fans don’t know is that he originally tried out for the role of Tommy Oliver (aka The Green Ranger) in the children’s show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. According to his IMDb page, he was actually offered the role, but turned it down when he got cast as Lucas on Days.

Dattilo has also had bit parts in such shows as Saved by the Bell, CSI: NY, and In The Heat of the Night.

New actors added to the lineup

Peter Porte is also on the Days of Our Lives canvas. But this soap veteran will be appearing in the Days spinoff, Beyond Salem.

Porte may look familiar to soap watchers because he previously made his bones on the hit soap opera The Young and the Restless. On that show, he played Ricky Williams, the son of Paul Williams. Porte played the role from 2011 to 2012.

But on Beyond Salem, Porte will be playing Kyle Williams, an ISA agent. Kyle will reportedly be involved with Billie Reed, played by Lisa Rinna. Rinna, as fans know, can be seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills today.

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