Soap Opera Digest ~ Days of our Lives: Shane Returns to Salem CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY makes an explosive return as ISA Agent SHANE DONOVAN beginning on May 3.

Soap Opera Digest ~ Days of our Lives: Shane Returns to Salem


CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY makes an explosive return as ISA Agent SHANE DONOVAN beginning on May 3.


Charles Shaughnessy and Kristian Alfonso


“Stefano Dimera is up to his old tricks, teases Shaughnessy. After John and Marlena escape an attack by one of Stefano’s henchmen, Agent Harmon arranges the duo’s move to a safe house, where they are joined by Bo, Hope, Carrie and Rafe. Unbeknownst to them, Harmon is working for Stefano. Per Stefano’s orders, he rigs the house with explosives. “Roman and Shane try to defuse the bomb, ” reveals Shaughnessy.

Shane was last seen leaving Salem with Kimberly following Alice Horton’s memorial service in June 2010. Prior to that, the actor made a brief return in 2002. “I think this was the most fun of my return trips because everyone was sort of back to where I left off originally,” observes Shaughnessy. “Stefano is plotting against everyone.It was fun working with my pals again.”

The actor will make 12 appearances over the next several weeks, and will cross paths with Shane’s former love, Kayla. “Shane and Kayla see each other at the Brady Pub,” previews Shaughnessy. “MARY BETH [EVANS, KAYLA]  is a darling. We always laugh our heads off and have a great time. I’ve kept up with her quite a bit since leaving Days.” 

Charles Shaughnessy & Mary Beth Evans

Shaughnessy is still keeping active with his nightime credits. When he first left Days in 1992, he starred with FRAN DRESCHER on the popular sitcom, THE NANNY (1993-99). In 2011, he guest starred on Drescher’s latest series, HAPPILY DIVORCED. “I was very glad that it paid homage to THE NANNY,” he shares, “but it didn’t beat you over the head. It was a very sweet episode.” He also made a handful of appearances on AMC’s MAD MEN, playing stuffy, British business exec Saint John Powell. “I’m a huge fan of the show, so it was a real thrill,” he enthuses. “The last episode I did was directed by MATT WEINER [creator/executive producer].” Now he will guest star on upcoming episodes of Nickelodeon’s series, VICTORIOUS. “I did two episodes,” he says. “The series is very popular around the world. The kids were great. It was fun to be part of something so phenomenal.”

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7 thoughts on “Soap Opera Digest ~ Days of our Lives: Shane Returns to Salem CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY makes an explosive return as ISA Agent SHANE DONOVAN beginning on May 3.

  1. I cannot wait for Shane to interact with all his friends in Salem. I am hoping he has some scenes with EJ, but in any case I won't be disappointed in having my favorite character return.

  2. So excited for Shane's arrival to aid in the investigation by the ISA.Like those photos. Great pic of Mary Beth and Charlie! Having excuse to watch soaps again. 😉

  3. So excited that Shane & Kayla will cross paths even if it is only as friends. I was introduced to Days during the "Shayla" storyline so I was always a big fan of them as a couple (though it sounds as if I may have been the only one). Can't wait 'til the 3rd. Thanks for the update!

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