Ok, so this should be filed under casting spoilers, but the news hit the Internet so fast that it even shocked the actors to realize their fans already knew..
Where to start? Even hours after the fact, I’m still got a boatload of emotions: Shock, Excitement and Fear.
Shock-Yes, I’m shocked first. Never been one of a Shelle fan, it seems their story finally has gotten moderately interesting. I could almost scenes of Shawn and Belle separately (something I had problems before). I was really nervous that Belle’s recent scenes with Phillip meant Phelle was endgame. I adore JKJ and it’s my desire for him to be more than just Belle’s #2 guy. Their scenes lately really were looking like Phelle were the couple TPTB were going for. Phillip realizing Belle was in danger, Shawn’s seemingly non-caring reaction to that danger, Phillip saving Belle from the water, and staying with her in the hospital.
Excitement-Yes, I’m excited. Finally the show cutting two of it’s more boring characters? Yes, there apparently are Shelle fans out there, in spite of two recasts who have very little chemistry with each other. But Shawn and Belle are two of the most boring characters on the show. Many state they are two legacy characters, children of long time super couples but I think that actually hurts them. Both have been on screen their entire adult lives. There is no backstory there, we know everything there is to know about them. The writers have never given Belle or Shawn a vice or even layers. They are good people who are totally dependent on their families to support them. They go on the run, and don’t even bother to get money, food, or clothing first. Shawn chooses to become a cop like his Dad, but his brains are not even up to the SalemPD’s standards, and that’s saying something. Belle’s devotion to her parents, specifically her father has always made up who she is…and never allowed her to live on her own. I applaud the idea to let them leave the show. They could bring them back later down the line with recasts, but for now, the Shelle story is totally played out.
Fear-Ok, it does scare me a little. I do think that if Shawn and Belle have been axed, that means the younger generations are fairly safe for now…they obviously are trying to build up the cast and get some new blood in, but they can’t fire everyone so my hope is the younger cast, specifically Nick, Chelsea, and Phillip are safe. I also want Stephanie to be safe, not because I think SH is some kind of magical talent but because she’s Steve and Kayla’s daughter and right now I’m not feeling so secure in them keeping my favorite veteran couple on the air.
So for those of you who have wanted to see Shelle gone, yippee, we got our wish. For those that think Shelle is the best thing on the show right now, sorry (and God help you in life).