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Soap Comebacks: Shaughnessy on 'Days of Our Lives,' Nouri on 'All My Children'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2010 3:02PM
charles_shaughnessy_glassesCan you name two tall, dark and handsome television stars who will soon be delving into daytime? No, it's not a trick question, it's news. Yesterday, 'All My Children' will be welcoming Michael Nouri to the ABC soap as a new romantic adversary for Erica Kane. As for the other man, it's none other than Charles Shaughnessy, who will be returning to 'Days of Our Lives' to reprise the role he originated in 1984.

You may recall Shaughnessy from his recent stint on 'Mad Men' -- as St. John Powell, director of the British ad agency that acquired Sterling Cooper -- as well as his best-known role, as Mr. Sheffield on 'The Nanny.' But he was wonderful on 'Days' in the '80s and early '90s.

Shane Donovan was the quintessential James Bond of daytime (aside from Tristan Rogers on 'General Hospital'). He was a secret agent with the ISA (International Security Agency), and brought a lot of class and elegance to the show. The fact that he's coming back now is a real plus for the NBC soap, and a shout out to longtime fans who remember Shane.

He's going to be appearing in a story arc that lasts about ten episodes or more. The first air date will be in late April, early May. By the way, Shane did appear briefly in 2002, but this should be a more involved visit. Perhaps it has something to do with the recent revelation that Kim, Bo and Roman's sister, has leukemia. Kim and Shane were once one of the greatest love stories on 'Days.' Remember this song that was the soundtrack of their romance:

As for Michael Nouri, he's recently been on 'Damages' and 'NCIS,' but will now crop up on 'All My Children' as a character named Caleb McGraw. He crosses paths with Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, when her plane crashes in the woods -- directly into his home. They are forced to help each other, and sparks fly. Just for the record, Nouri did 'Search for Tomorrow,' a CBS soap from 1975-78, so this a comeback for him, too.

Commenting on the casting of Nouri, executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers said, "We look forward to working with Mr. Nouri as he uses his vast experience and talent to bring the unique and complex character of Caleb McGraw to life." His appearance begins on May 24.

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