Charles Shaughnessy to reprise role of Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives

Hot off the presses is news that Charles Shaughnessy will return to Days of our Lives on May 2, 2012.  Shaughnessy first appeared as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives in 1984 and quickly became one half of the popular Shane and Kim supercouple. 

He stayed until 1992 enjoying and on again off again relationship with Kimberly Brady and her sister Kayla during that time.  He has twice before reprised the role of Shane Donovan; once in 2002, and most recently in 2010 when the ISA agent returned to Salem and reunited with ex-wife Kimberly Brady.
Shane Donovan, with his clipped British accent and career as a spy for the ISA was Salem’s answer to James Bond. Shane’s return to Salem is said to be due to an ISA investigation that he is working on.  It is said to involve John Black, who we learn (next week) is also still working for the ISA, and Ian McAllister.
Shane not only brings back a suave sophistication to Salem’s law enforcement team, but hopefully his return will usher back in another era of the ISA and the adventure based good guys after the bad guys storytelling that made Days of our Lives so popular through he 80’s and early 90’s.
With a renewed focus on the ISA in Days of our Lives’ storytelling perhaps another imminent return to Days of our Lives – Lisa Rinna (Billie Reed) will also be in town as part of her involvement in an ISA case against Ian McAllister. 
Now that would be interesting – pitting Kate, who obviously still has a thing for Ian, against her daughter, Billie, as she works to bring Ian down.  That is, of course, assuming that Ian is the bad buy in this investigation.  It wouldn’t be the first time an ISA agent has presented himself incognito when first appearing in Salem.
Two notable examples are Roman Brady who pretended to be the deranged patient calling into psychiatrist, Marlena Evans’ radio station and threatening her.  And Shane Donovan was introduced onto the Salem canvas in 1984 as Larry Welsh’s butler.

Update:  Unfortunately Shane Donovan is only back for a 12 episode storyline arc.  He returns to help bring down Stefano (or try to!).  Kimberly is mentioned, but does not return with the dashing spy.

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