HOLY CRAP, you guys, Martha Madison (Belle) and Brandon Beemer (Shawn) have been let go from Days of Our Lives. (Thanks so much to reader and forum poster lascuba for the link. Although, note to Soap Opera Network: Use of the term "super couple" for these two characters may very well have broken the internet.)
As much as I have bitched about Belle and Shawn as a couple (and oh my, have I bitched),
I am actually a bit sad to see two legacy kids leave Salem. Martha
Madison in particular has given some good performances -- I just think
Belle was so one-dimensional[ly "awesome" in the eyes of the writers
but in a way that is invisible to the viewing public] that nobody could
make me like that character. I didn't like Kirsten Storms until the
last year or so of GH; there's a Belle jinx, I fear. So maybe sending
her and the now-dopey Shawn out of town is for the best. I've often bemoaned the lack of appealing younger characters on Days --
especially those who aren't Bradys or Hortons -- so hopefully this move
means the show is going to focus on that part of the canvas a bit more.
Anyway, having the kids of Bo and Hope and John and Marlena written out worries me a bit. But my worry is overridden by the joy at never having to see another disturbingly unsexy Belle/Shawn love scene or the 78th version of their "do you really love me?" conversation. I have nothing against the actors, though, and hope they land somewhere else soon. And in Brandon Beemer's case, I hope said landing is shirtless and within my field of vision.