I don't know Chelsea..due to a long time when I quit watching DOOL but have heard about her. I, also, thought it was a great idea to bring back so much of the old cast...it's really those people we, the viewers, want to see. But a couple of them seem to have lost their ability to act during their absence. I'm talking about Billy (Lisa Rinna), Austin and John Black. That man just drives me bonkers w/his whispery voice and his thinking he's so great and now, he thinks he's killing machine. I doubt he could pick up a heavy phonebook with his super-thin body.
Marlena, Jennifer, Jack, Carrie, Lucas and Austin seem like their old selves.
But I'm still watching...if I didn't have my crochet projects to keep me busy while watching TV, I doubt I'd be watching many of the shows that I do...like any Housewife show. It's better than staring off into space while crocheting and I don't feel much guilt when getting something else done during that time.
(That old Italian/Catholic guilt never seems to leave)