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Arianne Zucker On Her Exit Episode Of DAYS: "Today We Say Goodbye To Ms. Nicole Walker. Thank You For Taking The Journey With Me!"

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Daytime fans know Arianne Zucker gave 110% to all of her performances as Nicole Walker for over 18 years on NBC’s Days of our Lives.

The Daytime Emmy-nominated actress made the  decision to not renew her contract with the series, and since DAYS tapes six months in advance, today on the October 20th episode, viewers will see Zucker’s final scenes.

In story, Brady (Eric Martsolf) has blackmailed Nicole into leaving Salem with her daughter, Holly, or he will turn her into the police for murdering Deimos Kiriakis.  In heartbreaking scenes earlier in the week, Nicole was forced to break-up, and break the heart of her true love, Eric (Greg Vaughan), or Brady will cause havoc for her life.

Zucker took to her Twitter account today for a tune-in alert and a special thank you to the legions of DAYS fans who have loved and supported over the years.  She also mentions she intended on live-tweeting her final performance when it airs today, but she is currently filming a movie with her real-life sweetheart, Shawn Christian (Ex-Daniel, DAYS).

The actress related: “My Friends-2day we say goodbye 2 #MsNicoleWalker. TY 4 taking the journey w/me! I was going 2 try&live tweet, but I’m filming. #Raincheck ?”

So, are you ready to say goodbye to Nicole?  Let us know and share your favorite Arianne Zucker performances on DAYS throughout the years in the comment section below!

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I don’t want to think Nicole will be off the canvas forever but even if she isn’t, it’ll still be tough not seeing her. The character had so many layers so that gave Arianne the chance to play the gamut of emotions which has to be a treasure trove for an actress. We got to see the character’s good side and bad side. I do have to thank Arianne for all the years of playing Nicole and making me root for the character but also making me want to smack the character upside the head sometimes. I’ll miss you, Arianne… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

I agree that she won’t be gone forever, But I need to discuss the exit we got, because our gal deserv d a whole lot better! It was like he dusted off his scripts from GH where Robin left Patrick, and was typical Carlivati plot driven, out of character nonsense!! If there was one thing Nicole always was, it was a fighter!! She was not a broken, spineless woman. With a martini in hand and a scheme up her sleeve, she could do anything! The last few writing regimes have certainly done her no favours, especially saddling her with the… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I agree with you on Zack. never understood why they did that. As for Deimos, that bastard is still very much alive. He was too evil to die just by a knife to the heart. I’m just holding out hope that Arianne just wants to take some time off then go back to DAYS. Guess tile will tell.

Rachelle
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Rachelle

I read all you wrote, and it was just as if I wrote this. I totally agree with all you wrote I feel they did Nicole a disservice, letting her leave the way she did. I really believed Eric would leave with her. She deserved that ending. Sorry to the actor who plays Eric, but they both deserved happiness finally. When it comes to Stefano, let him rest in piece already. The Phoenix does not have to rise again. It’s getting a little cheesy. On the same note, I’m not happy with bringing characters back from death. I honestly find… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

TPTB have messed up the show royally. I no longer watch–it’s too crazy.
And I’m sad not to watch Mary Beth and Stephen who are my favorites.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Very nice tribute, James! I agree wholeheartedly!

Sarah Scott
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Sarah Scott

So sorry to see you go, you were my favorite! Hope to see you come back as Nikki again in the future. #youplayedyourrolewell!

Debbie Sanmartin
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Debbie Sanmartin

We will miss you! You are one of the best criers on the show. The way you left I know you will be back, because they left the story line where it makes it easy for you to return. I know we will see you again. Best luck to you and Daniel (that’s the only way I know him). I also miss Daniel!

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I have a feeling we might see Nicole onscreen soon because i read somewhere that Nicole will be back for the Christmas episodes.So maybe this exit will set the stage for when Nicole returns and she and Eric reunite for good once they deal with Brady’s blackmail and leave town together.

Marsha Hubel
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Marsha Hubel

I am very sorry to see Arianne leave DOOL. She gave her all in every performance. She will be missed.

Celia
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Celia

Ari,
I wish you the best of the best. You have become analogous to a ‘real’ friend.
You will be missed, and I will always hold that little light of hope you will be back, wishing for the light to get bigger and bigger every day.
If we are to place any verity to Nicole’s last words, as she stoically and sadly exits the stage, then, you will be back.
This is not good-bye, but arrivederci.

Jimh
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Jimh

So will Chloe and Brady become a couple…i mean who is actually left for him???

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

Kristen (Eileen Davidson) is returning to #DAYS. She has already begun taping so she will cross paths with Brady again.
I think she may be the key to finding Will.
Not sure how long she is staying this time.

Ursula Le roy
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Ursula Le roy

Enjoyed watching youfor years,,been mad at some scenes but you are a very good actress. Best of luck in what ever you chose to do. Tell Daniel hello enjoyed watching him to.

Ursula Le roy
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Ursula Le roy

enjoyed watching you for years. You are a very good actress Best of luck in what ever you chose to do. Tell Daniel hello and enjoyed watching him also

damien
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damien

NOOOOOOO…..
Nicoles final scenes nevermind the last month were raw and heartbreaking
Eric and Nicoles goodbye were gutwrenching…especially the moment when Eric was screaming out for her. Their chemistry is so hot that i hope Nicole doesnt stay away for long so ERICOLE can be reunited.Bradys threat was haunting and vengeful. All three actors in this triangle need to be nominated for emmys
LONG LIVE ERICOLE.

Mo
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Mo

She can always return! Good luck Ari.

Dinah Anderson
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Dinah Anderson

Love all her work with Greg this week.

Shirley
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Shirley

I am not ready to say good bye. I will miss you so much being on the show. I think you made the show. Hope you will be back soon.

Denise Boncaro
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Denise Boncaro

I’ve enjoyed watching her play Nicole and will miss her

Toni carriero
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Toni carriero

Beautiful great actress. She will be missed.

gail baltzer
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gail baltzer

I really like Arianne a great actress and will be missed.sincerely gail baltzer, Ontario, Canada. a loyal fan all the years

Carolyn F Bortz
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Carolyn F Bortz

She put on a phenomonal act when Daniel died, couldn’t of done it any better. And there were several scence in the past that she played out just as well. I will miss her on the show. Hope she returns to Salem someday. In the mean time i wish her well in her future endeavers.
God bless you Arianne Zucker!

Tabitha Dozier
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Tabitha Dozier

You’ll be sadly missed. I hope one day you decide to come back. I’ve enjoyed every moment.

Terri
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Terri

I will not watch DOOL’S until you return,if ever. You are one hell of an actress. You give your all. I hope you make it to the big times. Please keep us in touch when your movies will be aired. The best to you and Shawn

Barbara Hyatt
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Barbara Hyatt

I will miss Arianne on days.you are my favior Actress on days.hope to see you nicole back on days soon.like to see nicole and eric back toghter.with eric. Jr. Miss nicole already.hope to see Arianne soon.please come back to. Days soon

Eileen Bush
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Eileen Bush

I love her character & her great job of acting. I will miss her & hope someday she & Holly will return

Donna baldwin
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Donna baldwin

I hate to see her go. An in hopes she willreturn. I really was hoping for a happy departure.

Eileen Bush
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Eileen Bush

I think she is a great actress. Hope someday She & Holly will return. Good luck on your new movie

Rose
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Rose

I so enjoyed you on days and will miss you. I look forward to seeing you in your new movies and wish you even greater success.
Rose

Brenda Capps
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Brenda Capps

I think she is one of the best actresses on Days and she will be missed by many fans..Hope she comes back some day as she makes the show what it is today…love her character and she must somehow get back with Eric in the future…Good Luck on your movie

Lew S
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Lew S

I wish her all the best. But, the ending seemed similar to Theresa’s exit.

Jim Larson
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Jim Larson

Oh you are right Lew S – Theresa’s exit was very close in that she left under the threat of blackmail.
Can I ask a ridiculous question? Why couldn’t Nicole just say “I’m taking a break from men – the heck with Brady and with Eric – I want some time with my baby and I’m moving to another State to start fresh”. Also, when Nicole left Eric, and he screamed “NICOLE!” why didn’t he run after her rather than just stay in the cabin – I mean, isn’t that what most people would do?

Kathy Fleck
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Kathy Fleck

I will miss Nicole a lot. She made you, love her, hate her, hurt with her, laugh with her, want to get revenge on those who hurt or wronged her. She was uncomplicated, confusing and misunderstood at times. She was raw, funny, loving, direct, feisty, rambunctious, beautiful, witty, irresistible, sexy, vivacous, impossible, loving, unique,all in all simply amazing! It has been wonderful and a breath of fresh air to get to watch her, get to know her, understand her, grieve with her, get angry with her, and see her become a very strong woman who can handle pretty much all… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

Yes! I share the same sentiments as this viewer, Kathy Fleck! She said it all! I am 65 year old woman and I have been a fan of Nicole/Arianne Zuckers’ since she first showed up on Days! I first began watching the show in 1975 while on maternity leave from work. Back then there was nothing on daytime tv but soaps! So, I decided to watch Days and would tape each day’s episode after VCRs became popular! I would call home from work if my husband was home to make certain no one changed the channel when Days was on!… Read more »

Sheila fridley massie
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Sheila fridley massie

I have loved watching Days, and Arianne. She made that character! No one else could play her. Hope one day she’ll come back to Salem before Eric finds a new love. I am going to miss watching her. Good bye for now Arianne (Nicole to Good luck with whatever you do .

Bev Cunningham
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Bev Cunningham

Arianne, of course we (I) will miss you. I wish you’re story line had ended better. I’m sad for Nicole. You have had our hearts and minds flipping and flopping from the first. Never evil just bad mostly for the right reasons , when Nicole would run out of options. I think you will do well at whatever you do. You are a tremendous talent. I hope only the best for you and Shawn and may your career flourish. Love ya!!

Sal McGal
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Sal McGal

That was sincerely the WORST exit show ever. The character of Nicole deserved to leave Happy and should have taken moody, brewing Eric with her, he’s a terrible actor but I always enjoyed Nicole. I have officially given up on watching Days, just so sick of the poor writing and everyone coming back from the dead. Good luck to you Arianne, you are much too good for this past it’s prime soap.

Janet Glover
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Janet Glover

I can’t believe Nicole is leaving Days! I absolutely love her! Awesome actress! Powerful! She have Days and fans her all! Hopefully we’ll have the pleasure of seeing her character in future episodes! Good luck! You will be missed!! Luv ya!

Patrick
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Patrick

hopefully, if I read it correctly, in SOD… we can expect to see Nicole and Holly around the holidays… for a visit

Janet Glover
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Janet Glover

I can’t believe Nicole is leaving Days! I’ve watched Days since high school! I absolutely love her character! She gave Days and fans her all! Powerful and awesome actress! She will be greatly missed! Hopefully we’ll have the pleas

ure of seeing her character in future episodes! Good luck and much love! Say hi to Shawn for me!

Billy Fisher
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Billy Fisher

OMG…I love her!
Please come back after your movie!
XOXO

cindy
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cindy

Days won’t be Days without Nicole

Mary
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Mary

I wish the best for Ari . I hope that one day she will decide to come back to DOOL if only for a few weeks.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I have only followed DAYS for the last 7-8 years but I liked Ms. Zucker and her character. DAYS is ever a confusion to me. A solid show with strong family and community setting, yet so off the rails with some of its plots and drama. I worry it will become like GH with the diMeras becoming like Cassadines with story twists at expenses of charactehttp://michaelfairmansoaps.com/wp-content/themes/mf/i/submit-button.gifr and history.

Jim Larson
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Jim Larson

I sort of tired of her (meaning Nicole) incessant whining and indecisive nature. She goes through men like I go through a bag of M&M’s ~ I’m not knocking the actress, just the character.
I wish her (Ari) the best though in her future endeavors ~ I am sure she will continue to work and prosper.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

She will be missed. good luck in whatever you choose to do.

Patrick
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Patrick

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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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