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46th Annual Daytime Emmys Predictions: Who Will Take The Gold? Who Should?

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It’s almost impossible to pick just how the blue-ribbon panel votes when it comes to the Daytime Emmy Awards.  Now for the 46th time, tonight is the night we all find out whom is going home with an award for their hard-work as judged by their peers.  So when it comes to Michael Fairman TV’s annual Fearless (and Fearful!) predictions, its often picking apples over oranges, but taking into account what we know, taking the temperature of the genre at this time and last year, and throwing in some Emmy history, here is how we think some of the major categories will shake-out.  So, check out our thoughts on the ‘Who Will Win’ and the ‘Who Should Win’ in the categories below.  But note this:  To the nominees – you all deserve to be here.  So enjoy the day and night, and let’s see whose name is called when they rip open the envelopes on stage beginning at 5PMPST/8PMEST.

Here’s how to watch: On the Web: emmyonline.tv, On Facebook: facebook.com/TheEmmys and facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards on Twitter: @TheEmmys and @DaytimeEmmys On YouTube: youtube.com/TheEmmysas well as on the KNEKT TV network (www.KNEKT.tv) on Apple TV, Roku, iOS and Android. Or “Download the KNEKT TV app on “Amazon Fire” http://bit.ly/KNEKTfire

Outstanding Drama Series

This looks two be a two-horse race, but as with Emmy history, never count any show out.  General Hospital submitted the finest episode of all of last year on the soaps; and that was the funeral of Detective Nathan West.  With its tribute to the men and women in blue, and it’s moving portrayals by Kirsten Storms and Michelle Stafford, along with the police ritual where Dante hands Nathan’s widow the American flag, this one had all the feels, all the drama, and an episode that the viewer needed 10-plus hankies; this one was not only beautifully acted, but directed and written at all.  GH’s second submission was an episode from the Nurses’ Ball; something the show has done repeatedly in the competition, which often has failed to land them the win.  However this time, it features Mike struggling to remember the lines to “Summer Wind” due to his Alzheimer’s, and Sonny coming to the stage to help him out, and the stunning number from Ava Jerome aka Maura West, “You Don’t Own Me.”  All of this as Peter is delivering Maxie’s baby by the roadside.  The Young and the Restless could also take home the gold, and this would be under ousted EP Mal Young’s tenure.  But both episodes were strong.  The culmination of the J.T. abuse story goes down where Victoria is confronted by her angry ex-husband, and during their discussion things escalate as she figures out he tried to kill her father, and he emotionally and physically starts to abuse her.  In walks in the women from downstairs, and Nikki clobbers J.T. over the head with the fire poker.  The second installment is a doozy where Ashley reveals she is the one who set-up Jack to not be a “true” Abbott as part of her revenge plot.  Jack throws his chair through the office glass windows in horror and disgust of what his sister perpetrated on him.  These episodes featured stellar performances by Peter Bergman and Eileen Davidson.  Days of our Lives ‘film noir’ episode of Abby lost in her mind with her alters was a clever and well directed, written, and performed episode by Marci Miller.    The second installment was Lani struggling to survive and keep her baby too, as she has an emergency c-section in what was deemed the “Sliding Doors” episode.  We were surprised Days did not submit John and Marlena’s attempted wedding and its aftermath – where the children rally around Marlena to say their “goodbyes”.  The Bold and the Beautiful is all about the “Who Shot Bill Spencer” whodunit?  Murder mystery reels are always good, but not sure this can overtake the others in the category.

Will Win:  The Young and the Restless

Should Win: General Hospital

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Outstanding Lead Actor

The juiciest role in soap this year goes to Jon Lindstrom who got to relish in playing twins Kevin Collins/Ryan Chamberlain.  Emmy voters love a doppelganger, and duel or multiple personalities, and Lindstrom is a long-running vet in daytime, who has never won the gold and in Lead Actor.  So if any time is right to reward him this is it!  He faces very tough competition though;  Maurice Benard had submitted his finest reel in years as Sonny is heartbroken when his father, Mike doesn’t even remember who he is during a scene.  Benard’s scenes with Max Gail are always stunning and in this reel that is true.  He also includes a scene from the ‘Sonny-centric’ episode where Sonny’s son, Dante had become the mobster in town and tries to talk his son out of a life of crime to no avail.  Then, there is probably the best reel of them all in this year’s acting competition and that is from former Days star, Tyler Christopher.  As Stefan DiMera, who is obsessed with the alter “Gabby”,  the emotions displayed in his scenes combined twisted, compassionate, gut-wrenching, and evil all rolled into one.   We could be seeing an upset here and it would then be Christopher’s second Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor.  Peter Bergman is always good and always deserves to be invited to the party and in this one; Jack is very upset over what has been done to him which kicks-off by him learning in a movie theatre that he is not the bio-son of John Abbott.  Of course, we later learn Ashley set the whole thing up to dupe her own brother.  Never count out Bergman.  Billy Flynn always shows Chad DiMera’s emotional heart no matter the stakes, and he does it here again with his nominated work, especially when he tries to process that Stefan is the bio-dad of Abigail’s father, not him!

Will Win:  Jon Lindstrom

Should Win: Maurice Benard, Tyler Christopher, or Lindstrom (So close to call)

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Outstanding Lead Actress

Five major performances by major soap opera powerhouses are vying for gold in the Lead Actress category.  GH’s Maura West delivers the one-two punch in her reel.  The now signature scene of Ava yelling at her dead daughter Kiki to wake-up out of the body bag after the young woman is murdered is one of the most memorable moments of 2018.  Couple that with a showdown at her daughter’s gravesite where a guilt-ridden Ava looks to get into a fight with Carly and everyone she knows, plus, having told her other daughter Avery that Kiki is gone, puts West as the nominee to beat.  But, do not count out GH’s Laura Wright, who delivers a very emotional and understated performance in her reel.  You can’t beat scenes between Jason and Carly and in Wright’s reel she has two of them.  The gut-punch occurs at the end when she tells Jason (Steve Burton) what she endured at Ferncliff.  The reel is juxtaposed by the final scene where Carly lets Nelle have it!  Then, we have the DID storyline played to perfection by former Days star Marci Miller as Abigail is lost in her own mind and her alters Dr. Laura and Gabby struggle for control.  One Life’s Erika Slezak won an Emmy for Viki’s multiple personalities and it could do the same for Miller, who carried Days for most of 2018 in this story.  Heather Tom is a five-time Daytime Emmy winner. And in her scenes; Katie has her day in the custody case of her son, and in emotional testimony reveals why she wants full-custody even though she loves Bill Spencer.  It’s Tom at her usual best.  Tom’s co-star, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who’s Steffy was the lead in most of B&B’s storylines of 2018, illustrated the mistakes (sleeping with her husband’s father!) and then taking charge of her life as a single mother showed how the actress evolved the character through her performances.

Will Win:  Maura West

Should Win:  Maura West

Don’t Count Out:  Laura Wright, Marci Miller

The Rest of the Acting Categories

Outstanding Supporting Actor

This one is tough because all of the men in the category delivered in spades:  GH’s Max Gail, DAYS Eric Martsolf, Y&R’s Bryton James, DAYS Greg Rikaart, and GH’s Dominic Zamprogna.  However, we go to go with the man who has been the talk of the soaps since he took over the role of Mike Corbin, and in the emotional story showing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on those afflicted and how they relate to their family.

Will Win: Max Gail

Should Win: Max Gail

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Six women vie for the gold:  DAYS Kassie DePaiva, Martha Madison, Linsey Godfrey, and Y&R’s Beth Maitland and Mishael Morgan, plus GH’s Vernee Watson. This one is tough too: Beth Maitland gave the performance of her career, Mishael Morgan broke our hearts, Vernee Watson is a master class of acting, Kassie DePaiva deserves an Emmy, Madison showed us what she can do when give the material, and Godfrey balanced drama and comedy.  When the dust is settled it’s down to this …

Will Win: Beth Maitland

Should Win Beth Maitland or Mishael Morgan

Don’t Count Out: Kassie DePaiva

Outstanding Younger Actor

Two-horse race here: Days Lucas Adams betrayed Tripp, or GH’s Garren Stitt’s heartbreaking Oscar who learns he is dying.  Take your pick!

Will Win:  Lucas Adams

Don’t Count Out: Garren Stitt

Outstanding Younger Actress

It’s got to go to naughty GH’s Nelle Benson for the second-year in a row.  Chloe Lanier have your acceptance speech ready.  (Although, Hayley Erin and Eden McCoy could surprise here.)

Will Win: Chloe Lanier

Should Win: Chloe Lanier

So, what do you think of our picks? Agree? Disagree? Weigh-in via the comment section below!

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I disagree with the outstanding lead actress… Laura Wright will win and should win. I think Maura West won enough… Laura is much better and maurice benard will win for lead actor

Scott
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Laura Wright is a good actress but not a powerhouse like Maura West.

JM Sullivan
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Both of these actresses are powerhouses, in my opinion. They also seem to be close friends who support one another.

Tina Schönbrodt
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Yes both are great I like maura but i love laura

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If Garren doesn’t win this year, he better win next year.

JM Sullivan
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In my opinion, no one is in the same class with Maurice Benard! Garren Stitt’s time as Oscar was fabulously played. Max Gail has been damn near perfect as Mike. Eden McCoy tugs at my emotions every time she’s in a scene. Kassie DePaiva always leads the field in every role she plays. Laura Wright is outstanding in her role as the complex Carly trying to be a better person all the time.
[This article would have wowed me more if an editor/proofreader had spent a few more minutes working on it.]

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I agree with you that nobody is in the same class as Benard: nobody is that bad.

JM Sullivan
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JM Sullivan

He’s the best actor on television and has been incredible in a number of movies, too. In addition to that, he represents extremely well for those who live with bipolar disorder. That puts him on my list of heroes.

Tina Schönbrodt
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Absolutely ♡

Tina Schönbrodt
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He is the best you are so jealous…

Phil
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What I want to see:

Best show: DAYS/GH

Best Writing: DAYS

Lead Actress: Maura West (love Miller though)

Lead Actor: John Lindstrom

Supporting Actor: Max Gail (Love Martsolf though)

Supporting Actress: Kassie De Paula (Love Madison though)

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I liked watching it on TV

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“Will Win: Maura West

Should Win: Maura West”

This is all that matters. That’s all. Welcome to my TED Talk.

Steve
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Lindstrom captivated in every scene he was in. Benard picked up his game a bit last year, but JL should take it for multiple roles.

West and Gail in runaway categories.

Maitland breaks the GH stranglehold on the acting categories.

While Stitt had the higher profile role, Lipton could surprise.

Lanier should take it, with McCoy already the front runner for next year.

In the guest category, Patricia Bethune was a true short term character that stands out. Just her annunciation on “Caroline” creeps you out.

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Thank you for posting how to watch the show!

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The 2 sure things should be Lindstrom and Gail.

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Gh for the win would love to see a tie for the gh days of our lives

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Maura! Maura! Maura! Love her! & Jon Lindstrom and Max Gail.

Kay
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Do you have any idea how many great daytime actors have given their heart and soul to this industry? But hey let’s just keep on giving statues to the same old same !

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Dear Michael Fairman ..
After reading your predictions=
You have 80% of them wrong 🙁

I do not watch the awards, but nonetheless, you are way off this year 🙁

JM Sullivan
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So many actors/actresses were deserving of awards this year! Great job to all!

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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