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BREAKING NEWS: DAYS Shake-Up! Josh Griffith Exits and Ryan Quan Named New Co-Head Writer!

Courtesy/NBC

Courtesy/NBC

There was a major development behind the scenes at Days of our Lives revealed on Thursday.  Josh Griffith has left the series as co- head writer, and has been replaced in the position by DAYS staff writer Ryan Quan.

In an official statement from the daytime drama on the writing change at the top, it reads: “Days of our Lives is pleased to announce that staff writer Ryan Quan has joined co-head writer Dena Higley to form a new head writing team.  Josh Griffith has left the show to pursue other projects and interests, and we wish him the best.”

As for Quan’s resume, Ryan started at DAYS as a writer’s assistant in 20o8, became a script writer, and went to be the DAYS associate head writer by 2012,  and has comprehensive understanding of the lives of the people of Salem.  Ryan started his daytime drama career as a script typist on the now defunct Passions, back in 1999.

Griffith came aboard the NBC daytime drama series along with Higley to reenergize the show through its 50th anniversary storylines.  Their episodes began airing late August/early September of 2015, and they replaced outgoing co-head writers, Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell.

So, what do you think of Ryan Quan being given the reins as co-head writer?  What do you think about the exit of Josh Griffith? Share your thoughts on this breaking story below!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Truly shocking. Josh’s material has been incredible on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and he really is a great choice of head writer. I can’t help but feel like there were creative differences behind the scenes, and that there was a struggle over how to tell story. I have to believe that NBC / Sony Pictures Television / DAYS OF OUR LIVES are making the right decision by bringing in Ryan Quan into the position as co-head writer with Dena Higley. Time will tell, because I am in love with DAYS OF OUR LIVES right now.

Connie
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Connie

Are you scott? Ciara being raped, and you love DAYS. The soap needs better writing. Days sucks right now, hopefully that changes.

su0000
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su0000

It’s reality..
as I write this women are being raped, it is reality..
Rape has always been a pin of soap writing since the 70’s..

((now many more have been raped as I finish writing))

Trudy
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Trudy

Too much violence for me.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree with Connie – DAYS is just AWFUL right now, the writing is dreadful and I really just don’t plain “care” about Belle and Phillip, their storyline is as dull as can be.
Maybe some people weren’t crazy about the characters of the more recent past, such as Paige, Eve, Will, Sonny – but I did. I thought the storylines were edgy and interesting. Right now, I really (currently) don’t think the show is that compelling.
Maybe a new Writing team will shake things up.

Matt
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Matt

You have to be joking Scott.This show is nothing but death, violence, and now teen rape.It’s disgusting.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I’m just as surprised didn’t see that coming. .apparently they just don’t trust Higley on her own and the show was getting wayyyy too dark and gloomy. So much happened so fast the DAYS were running into each other and two weeks at a time.

covington666
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covington666

I agree, scott. I’m really enjoying the darker edge. light, winsome romance isn’t something days does well. aside from some questionable teen acting choices, days is moving quickly and is totally engaging.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Of course you would. 666 speaks for itself. WOW and double WOW….LOL???????

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Uh, Scott…ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!?!?!?! DOOL is F-A-R FROM INCREDIBLE right now!!!!!! No, no and more no.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, i will have to wait and see…i dont like all the gloominess in the story but Days is still a lot better than it used to be…and the best serial right now…hope he will manage to keep the ratings up…but the show needs to tone down all the violence…wonder why the writing changes…anyway, i will have to wait and see.

Patrick
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Patrick

OK.. I need some one to commiserate with… “thank you” Jim I never kept up with who was who behind the scenes… I’m much better in the moment.. and rolling with this 5 days a week cycle and train argh! having read past comments… ie: I’m not fond of Dena Higley !!!! ??? i’ll keep this to a minimum… but… her homophobia is a clear signal to me.. that I’d much prefer it was she…. SHE who was let go… and that she’d keep her Christian morality to a minimum and kept out of the workplace. it’s stunning to me..… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Days of OUR Lives and General Hospital… in transition near or at the same time; last year.

Days of OUR Lives… started anew; last August, 2015
General Hospital… started anew; last September, 2015

I certainly wasn’t pitting my two shows against each other.. but it was certainly fun to keep up with POSTS regarding each show out of their respective starting gate

WOAH ! stop the presses

thinking that my shows are a 365 day program… LOL keeps me in check ?

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

Very surprised by this move. Impressed with “Days of Our Lives” these past few months and it doesn’t seem like the time to make a change. It will be interesting to see how things pan out. Congratulations to Ryan Quan.

Ces
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Ces

Guess they finally figured out what fans that have stopped watching already know; that Days sucks and is not remotely entertaining! I havent looked back and welcome my hour back! PR brought me back but no stories on that show could keep me. Good luck in their final year on air but from what I just read @ Ciara getting raped, I’m guessing more fans will leave. Cya~

su0000
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su0000

ok–

”Griffith came aboard the NBC daytime drama series along with Higley to reenergize the show through its 50th anniversary storylines.”
” Josh Griffith has left the show to pursue other projects and interests, and we wish him the best.”

That says ^^
Griffith came to Days to-
” reenergize the show through its 50th anniversary storylines.”

and now he is done and left-
”to pursue other projects and interests”

I wish Griffith still had interest in soap writing and would come to GH along with Ron..

Dylan
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Dylan

Bro….give up the dream of Ron returning. And secondly, NO woman in her right mind would enjoy and defend rape storylines as an important part of a show, AND gleefully point out how many women are being raped as we type. You are one twisted dude!! I just want everyone on here to know you are NOT a woman, so then your posts will begin to make a little bit of sense.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Amen and Amen!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Dylan, you mean I have been calling ‘him’ SuzieQ? How can you be sure? I feel like an idiot. Maybe su0000 is trying to rile us into controversial conversation; which could be a good thing, no? I don’t know. I am stunned, Dylan.

Timmm
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Timmm

Dylan, what a twist su0000, is really STAN! Wow this is better than anything on GH right now!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Thank you, at least I know I am not the only one who believed suooo is a man. When I first came to this site a couple of years back I just assumed he was based on his comments and his comments to me, but then everyone started refering to him as she, and suoo identify herself as a woman, so I thought okay this is one twisted woman, because even the most masculine women I know don’t think the way he does. But woman or man, suooo keeps things interesting with the comments suooo posts-LOL

Dylan
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Dylan

Yup…Su is a MYRON, not a MAYA. Tangled webs around here!! LOL.

Rose
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Rose

Wow! It seems since I started reading DOOL comments there has been disappointment about recent stories. Maybe this was the cause of Josh “leaving.” I just hope this is the end of the rape story.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Too late to just drop the rape story…Ciara will either be pregnant or do drugs and alcohol…they will have to deal with it…they just cant continue it like it didnt happen…i wish they didnt go there.

Johnny
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Johnny

I have faith in the new change. I’m glad they chose someone who knows and loves the show. DAYS has been on fire lately. I hope they bring it back to a more basic shooting schedule this 6 month ahead just isn’t working.

Stephen
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Stephen

What’s happened to Beth Milstein? Fans hopes were riding on her! How can Dena be back?!!*$!! Fans know Dena wasn’t there at Christmas, due to a production assistant instagraming a photo of a Christmas card printed with the signatories of the producers and “Josh and Beth”, (and no Dena). Fans have been hoping that Dena’s reported “leave of absence”, was her being fired before he stuff had aired, and Days feeling the need to conceal that. ALL of the homophobia-pandering regime need to go. Dena was head-writer when that hatefulness went down. How could NBC possibly authorize her renewal? This… Read more »

Fay
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Fay

I’m so extremely disappointed that Dena is still there. Just when I had hope they’d have gotten rid of the trash the way HIGLEY and josh believed they were doing when they slaughtered Will and had him carried in a bag. Well, the news is Will wasn’t the trash in all this mess. He was an iconic and important legacy character. The trash was the writers and show producers who thought they’d get away with it. Oh, don’t forget Dena’s Facebook interview while she was on leave where she talked as she hated the show anyway except for Rafe, of… Read more »

kay
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kay

Agreed. These writers and Ken Corday are ruining this show with each passing day. Death, murder, teen rape, and so on. Whatever happened to romance and love stories? How long must we put up with this trash writing?

Paul N.
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Paul N.

Sonny abandoning Arianna and having a loving scene with Sonny on Will’s grave was all part of the show’s homophobic messaging. Sonny is not a “real” father – despite the throw away line from Gabi that says he was – everything about Will’s death including the picture blowing away was Higley and Griffith saying “no more perverts will be raising babies on this show anymore.” The scene on Will’s grave was just saying gay marriages aren’t real and gays are flighty and will replace one partner with another because just like Will, they are all sluts. The fact that they… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

The reboot has been a disaster – killing off one fan favorite after another, going full on homophobe in the end of Will and Wilson, destroying Aiden in favor of Rafe. The only successful pairings in the last year have been Chabby and Stayla, both created by others and Abigail is gone. Chase grows up to rape Ciara? What kind of hateful, sick person thought of that? Moreover, none of the new characters and pairings have worked. I’m sure JG was responsible for the death, death, death rape and he certainly wasn’t shy about “borrowing” from the previous soaps he’s… Read more »

Eddie
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Eddie

I so agree with you.

Peter K.
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Peter K.

When you think about it, the only successful things about this god-awful reboot have been pairings that were created by other writers. Everything Dena and Josh brought to the table flopped. I’ll never forgive the show for its homophobic pandering in Will’s death, and a “sorry we were so obvious with the homophobia that you noticed” resurrection isn’t going to cut it, either. However, I just see the reboot as total scorched earth – they didn’t want anything but their favorites standings, and now nothing is standing. I theorize Higley is in a little room somewhere with legal pads until… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

Josh Griffith never seems to stay with a show for very long so I’m not surprised that he left. DOOL should replace Dena Higley with Ron Carlivati.

Jen
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Jen

No to Ron. Soaps need to stop shuffling around head writers and hire new, younger writers. Ryan is only 38 and has never been a head writer. Hopefully he’ll have fresh ideas and have respect for fans.

James Howard
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James Howard

Yeah Ron C would clean up Days and bring in so much electric, fun, entertainment, humor, love, and adventures. Ron Carlivanti is the man for the job. Ken Corday needs to hire Ron C immediately!!!!!! He bring on great new families, move away from warfaire, and bring back old faves to stay!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

HUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????

Stephen
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Stephen

Erika Slezak nailed Dena Higley back in 2007 when she said “Dena doesn’t care about the rich history of the show, which is evident in what she writes” “I hate to say this but Dena will push the show in any direction. She needs to realize that she is not writing for a movie – a one time thing – but for a character that has to live with the actions for a long time” “She wants to write for her own characters and she wants to write stories that she thinks are interesting but nobody else does. She doesn’t… Read more »

Eddie
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Eddie

Could not have said it better myself.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Thank you, Stephen.

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you Iakovos. I am just saying what I see! I find it interesting, (and heartening) that what I see, others do too.

Elaine
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Elaine

Stephen… Thank you and we’ll stated. ‘Legacy characters destroyed’,

Here’s hoping some one is reading all of this because I think there are some great points made in most of these comments. Good job Days fans.

On another note in my opinion, it would be nice if the writers would pull a Days old stunt and just make everything a DREAM and back date everything back before killing off E.J. Dimera. Just a good old fashion RE-DO.

Maxie1215
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Maxie1215

Getting rid of Josh and his unoriginal “kill, kill, kill” BS is a start, but unless Higley is booted along with her obsession with making it the Rafe show, nothing can save it. Days needs to apologize for the homophobic killing of Will and the destruction of his family (Guy or Chandler can come back to undo it, either would be most welcome), redeem Eric, bring back Aiden and redeem Chase…there’s so much fixing to be done give the cruel and hateful nature of the reboot. They had a young, handsome teen with a compelling backstory and no genetic relation… Read more »

Eddie
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Eddie

Preach, sister, preach. Could not agree with you more.

Patrick
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Patrick

really well said; about the actor; Chase !

“…They had a young, handsome teen with a compelling backstory and no genetic relation to any young woman on the canvas, “

Dishy
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Dishy

I think the show is amazing now! People just relax! First of all – Tony fed Chase before the attack – obviously he was drugged and brainwashed! On top of it – I am sure Chase is Ava & Patch’s son!!! There is tons of good stuff going on! Give it a chance!

Paul N.
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Paul N.

Oh great – the teen rapist is innocent because he was drugged – what a social responsible story that would be.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

He’s Andre, not Tony, but that could change, Dishy.

Peter K.
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Peter K.

Oh, no! No! I thought Days should have been pulled from the air when they were so blatantly pandering to anti-gay bigots with Will’s death, but if they did a rape story where the rapist is innocent because the rapist had been brainwashed , that would be totally socially irresponsible. There’s enough misogynist messaging in the world that says rapists aren’t really responsible for their actions without a “it’s not the rapist’s fault” storyline on Days. I don’t need total social responsibility in my soaps, but I would rather them not be blatantly homophobic and misogynist.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Relax? Do you think in 2016 anyone would relax about a “the rapist isn’t responsible for the rape” story? Days started this disgusting reboot with over-the-top homophobia, I guess it is to be expected that they would top themselves with extreme sexism. Why not just say Ciara was wearing a short skirt and had been drinking, so she clearly wanted it? I don’t know how a show that would assert that a rapist wasn’t responsible for his actions could stay on the air. There’s quite enough messaging in this world that rapists are responsible for their actions, but doing so… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Teen Werewolf, maybe, Dishy? Or perhaps, Andre was working in Dr. Jekyll’s lab?….do you think Andre concocted something? If Marlena turned into a demon….well…. …….speaking of which…. Had Days lost all that is just? I do not like what is going on…Hope is ruining Rafe. For what? Oh, Bo asked him to? I doubt this is what Bo had in mind. These two are supposed to uphold the law. I find it quite revolting that Andre should be blamed for Stefano’s death. I care not what a baddie he is….he did not do it. I care not that Stefano was… Read more »

kiki
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kiki

The teen rapist wasn’t responsible for the rape? They better not go there. Soap or not, fantasy or not, there are messages you shouldn’t send, but hey, this is show that kicked off its anniversary celebration with the gruesome strangulation of their gay legacy character, the onscreen desecration of his corpse and then all but told the audience it was okay to be happy about it. It’s a morally repugnant show, so frankly if it does play out that Chase “didn’t mean it so it is okay” – it would not surprise me at all.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Meant to write there is enough messaging in the world that rapists are NOT responsible for their actions, a tv show doesn’t need to play into that. It’s just really an uncomfortable and terrible idea – but this is a show that is rife with homophobic, sexist & gruesome ideas so it shouldn’t shock anyone.

Paul N.
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Paul N.

Word! I cosign it all. Bring back Will and Eric…heck, make the whole awful, mean-spirited reboot a dream. The show is about the Bradys and the Hortons, not about their systematic destruction.

Elaine
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Elaine

That’s right…the show is supposed to be about the Brady’s and the Hortons. The writing doesn’t seem to center around that much anymore. I wish they would get back to the roots of it all.

James Howard
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James Howard

I feel like Will’s death was due because Ali Sweeney, who plays Sami opted to return to the show full time. I feel like they did it to smash her.

Jen
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Jen

Glad Josh’s dark, disgusting stories are nearing an end. Dena and her Hernandez show are horrible, but he is worse. I don’t think Corday cares they are horrible writers, but Josh was stealing stories he’d written for other soaps. Probably was fired for that. I wonder what happened to Beth Milstein. All writers, producers and directors involved with Will’s death and the anti-gay messaging that came with it need to be fired. I stopped watching in October and I’m not looking forward to seeing what these hacks do with Sonny and Paul (and possibly Will) in a few months.

kiki
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kiki

With Higley still there, I guess I won’t get my hoped for Rafe and his whole family killed by an errant drone strike story.

Bring back the Hortons (starting with Will) and the Bradys (starting with Eric) and get rid of Higley.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…errant drone strike”

WE DEMAND A TAKE OUT HIGLEY

Patrick
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Patrick

I meant to add… LOL

“Funny”

mark
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mark

Days is the best soap and the only one I will watch so I am sure its in good hands! Love you days!!!

colby
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colby

Rumor I heard today, is that Kim Zimmer ex Reva is heading to Days. I hope this is true.

blake
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blake

Sucks that Josh Griffith left and Dena Higley is still there.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

My money would be on conflict with Dena; their styles are just too completely different to mesh well, and I was skeptical from the start when this partnership was announced. (Though why, if I’m right about that, they would opt to hang on to Dena and not Josh would be beyond me.)

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

My best guess is Dena wrote six months and then took a six month leave and now will write six more months and be released. Her contract was 12 months, but she and Josh were in a power struggle. She left. Beth Milstein replaced her. Dena returned, so Beth had to go and Josh chose to leave after fulfilling his 12 month contract which he may have wanted to extend if Dena hadn’t returned.

Lilo
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Lilo

Hopefully they will lock Dena in a room with a shrine to Galen Gergig and some unsharpened pencils until her contract runs out.

Fay
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Fay

None of the characters even act like the characters the fans have know for so long. He’s ruined the show. He only writes hateful and tragic stories that have no other purpose than shock value. The spin off stories after his ugly events just have no substance. It’s all a waste. I can’t even watch anymore. It’s just horrible. And by the way, he really has just repeated storylines from his other jobs in soaps and others. He can’t even come up with original stuff. He just chose to copy every crappy story ever told because he wasn’t even smart… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

There’s no mention of how this change relates to the poorly written sensationalistic violence. The rape seems to have become a tipping point. in just a few weeks, Ciara was rsped, kidnapped, lost her father, had a house fire, her mother was almost killed on her wedding night by her new stepfather, who was killed in her home. Hope the change brings romance and real drama.

Rj
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Rj

Not crazy about the storylines right now, so have not been watching much. They have descended into dark, gloom, doom, ugly, mean. This happened to Days a few years back. They have some good storylines, start to move forward, do better, and then they descend into darkness. Some people may like it, and I realize that is a part of life and drama, but still like day time drama to be a bit lighter, more romantic escapism. I did like the Valentine’s Day episode with the little ‘love’ minuets.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I used to be fan of Josh’s work, but with his story line of killing Delhia on Y&R, and all the death and darkness that has invade Salem since he took over– my hope is Josh will be pursuing some spiritual pursuits that will lighten his soul, if not he should move over to prime time writing where some his dark and heavy material will be more suited and appreciated.

Dylan
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Dylan

I tend to agree with you, Mary. Everyone is blaming Dena, but Josh has been solely been holding the headwriter reins during her months long absence. I haven’t even heard it officially announced that she is back in the building. The problem with some daytime soap writers is that they are trying to write Primetime Cable on Daytime Network t.v., and it doesn’t work! The kind of grim, bleak, dark, heavy programming that is so popular on primetime now does not translate to daytime soaps. Ron Carlivati was a chief offender in this as well. Unless your name is Su,… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Dylan, in reference to your first sentence, Dena has been gone for what appears to be six months, but the show tapes up to six months ahead, so what we have been watching is Josh and Dena. We’re about to start seeing the six months of Josh and Beth. We won’t start seeing Dena and Ryan until six months from now.

Beth
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Beth

All I know is, I have not watched Days in weeks and weeks and I’m not even tempted to do so, no matter how many deaths, sexual assaults, kidnappings, blackmails, transplanted hearts, psychic visions, rushed romances, cold-blooded killings, and brainwashed lovers they focus on. If this was mostly the work of Josh Griffith, goodbye and good luck. But I have a bad feeling this was mostly the brainchild of Dena Higley, and if so, I don’t see myself returning to DOOL anytime soon. I wish I could have celebrated the renewal of DOOL as the actors and crew did, but… Read more »

TMJ
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TMJ

Days has been excellent lately, in terms of dialogue and character interaction. Where it has failed is in overall plotting. There has been far too much death. I can understand the reasons for killing Bo, Daniel, and even Stefano, although I disagree with a couple of them. The real tragedy is the killing of Will Horton. It will go down in history, along with the death if Alan Quartermaine on GH, as one of the worst mistakes in the history of soap writing. (I feel qualified to say that since I have been watching both shows for over 40 years).… Read more »

Fay
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Fay

I’ve watched soaps for 35 years and loved them until now. I agree the killing of Will was one of the all time top 2 mistakes ever made by soap writers/producers. I have been a lifetime fan of Guuding Light, As the world Turns, All My Children,and part-time young and the restless. I began Days when the others were cancelled. So I feel I’m a good judge of a huge soap mistake.

Killing Will. Stupidest choice ever. They had a goldmine with That Character.

Maxie1215
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Maxie1215

Last year, when fans were hating on Will – they were hating on the character. Will was written as a self-destructive mess – but still a loving father and deep down good human being. He was a perfect candidate for redemption, and even the hateful fans who hated on him were reacting to the character. Now, fans simply watch and say “I hate the writers” – big difference.

Will was a goldmine. The show threw him and his legacy in the trash to pander to bigots. It will always be a black mark on the show.

VAL
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VAL

Will was killed. Yet Roman Brady still lives. I know there was an internal debate as to which Brady to kill and it was thought Will would bring in a larger audience. So how does that decision seem now. Wouldn’t Eric’s descent into alcoholism and Hope craziness make far more sense had the individual been Roman.

TMJ
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TMJ

I think they chose to kill Will because they had systematically destroyed the character. By the end he bore no resemblance to the character that Chandler Massey had played so brilliantly. Guy Wilson did what he could with the dreck he was given, but he could not pull it off. He is no Chandler Massey. From a plotting standpoint, they should have sent Will off to Europe to reconcile with So/nnny offscreen. That way they failed story would be over, but Will would live, and be available for a redemption story in the future. Knowing what we all know now,… Read more »

TMJ
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TMJ

Killing Roman would not have provided the dramatic effect they were seeking. We may think of Roman as a legacy character, but they just think of him as a sounding board, and as a prop in stories for other characters.

Paul N.
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Paul N.

Chandler’s Will was just as hated by trolls as Massey – I remember when everyone was cheering Brian and throwing every slur in the book at Will, especially from within the gay community. There were constant slams of Then, the recast came and everyone acted like Massey – who I loved but there’s no doubt he was phoning it in the end – was Lawrence Oliver. It wasn’t fair to either actor. but the nastiness toward the character and both actors gave the show an excuse to write a homophobic storyline and everyone should take note of that.

VAL
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VAL

Josh Griifith leaving happened right after Days was renewed. So they waited until they got the go ahead for another year and got rid of the person most responsible for saving the show.. Too bad NBC didn’t put in a clause that the renewal was conditional that retread Dena could not come back. Best of luck Days – you are going to need it.

ash
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ash

Saving the show? This was the worst negotiations they’ve ever had. They got closer to losing the show than ever before. Most likely they were told the renewal was on condition of getting rid of Josh. (Probably why they had him stop writing during negotiations. Let’s face it, he was on the clock and if it got canceled then his stuff wouldn’t get filmed. But they had him STOP!) LOL

Adios!

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Unbelievable!!! A name of a head writer that I have never heard of.

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

rolling…

thank you for that

Ryan Quan… will surprise MANY

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Cost cutting begins. Josh Griffith was a “name” and surely had an expensive contract. Ryan Quan, first time as a head writer, will come cheaper. Good luck to him. Hope his first move is suggesting a week in which someone isn’t raped/assaulted/murdered/going crazy/being grieved.

Mike
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Mike

For the first five months of the Days reboot, I more or less enjoyed the show with one HUGE grudge against it because of the way Will was written off. During that time, I liked the suspense, the characters returning, I liked Steve and Kayla for the first time ever (I know, I’m a lone person here on not being fans before) – but I had reservations about the teens, the weird timelines where three weeks would go by in real life but only two days in Salem yet the characters were behaving as if three weeks happened in those… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Mike, what we’re seeing now is what led to Dena’s LOA. Any day now will be Josh and Beth’s work. Six months from now will be the return of Dena.

ash
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ash

Dena was gone in August. Her stuff is over. Josh was a part of anything the entire time anyway. Think he set back and dos whatever Dena wanted and just twiddled his thumbs? They worked together. He’s responsible too. Plus. Josh and Beth without Dena has already started. The rape. At minimum, all of Feb. and some of January is all Josh.

Ultimately the only thing that can really save Days is if Ken Corday steps out and let’s other people take charge. He’s made one mistake after another and he’s too pompous to admit it.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

What I’ve also heard, Mike, is when Josh and Dena first started co-headwriting, Josh had control for the first 3 months and Dena had control the next three months. TPTB saw what we’re now seeing and pushed Dena to take a leave of absence. Beth Milstein, who’s name should be in the credits soon, took Dena’s place. Apparently, they had to bring Dena back to finish her contract, so it won’t be surprising to here of her exit by the time her newest material reaches the air. In the meantime, I’m hoping to see a great mix of storytelling with… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*hear of her exit

damien
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damien

great
now our shows being written by a twice fired headwriter and a nobody… yikes
same old corday crap… lots of grand promises , none delivered
bo dying of a brain tumor, will choked to death and eric drinking and driving….
griffin shld ve quit before he started.

Paul N.
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Paul N.

Haven’t watched since the horrific and totally homophobic pander that was Will’s death but started following the show’s social media when rumors of a Will resurrection surfaced. Without an apology for all the god-awful & despicable homophobia that was part of Will’s death, I’ll never trust the show. Sonny in the second row, Will’s relative’s dancing around with a male stripper the day after his funeral are just two of the very many homophobic story beats they barely tried to hide. Josh Griffith was part of the homophobia, but so was this Dena Higley person, so if she’s still there… Read more »

mike
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mike

Under Griffith the show was “Days of Death” here is hoping someone fresh can change things for the better. We can assume that NBC had a hand in the writer change as part of the renewal.

Mo
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Mo

I think Dena needs to go too. I was hoping this would mean that the stories would change and we’d get some good writing, but with Dena still around, I doubt it. And filming 6 months in advance has to go. It doesn’t allow them to quickly change things that aren’t working which means viewers suffer.

There is more wrong than right with Days right now. That’s sad. It and we deserve better. It can improve. We just need good writers!!!!!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Could Josh be coming to GH to perform CPR on its stories?

Lilo
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Lilo

I haven’t watched since Will died but Chase raping Ciara reflects the show’s total moral bankruptcy – it wasn’t long ago that they were precocious kids together. Getting rid of half the diseased, exploitative heart won’t do anything. The show’s contempt for its viewers could not be more obvious.

TMJ
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TMJ

Yet another inexcusable plot development. Disgusting.

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

This may be good news. DOOL has been extremely dark, depressing, and violent. Let’s hope that this will be an improvement (more soapy, less CSI).

su0000
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su0000

And according to the numbers many like it that way, the numbers are up up and the failing Days has been renewed….
So it apparently it is doing very well in comparison to the past when days was on death row before the change-up …

ash
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ash

That’s not exactly true. Numbers have been falling. Drastically. Any rise was due to false hope of returning vets and good stories from pr which turned out to just disappoint the mass. It actually took Longer than ever to make a deal to renew.

Not fooled at all by the false hype and praise

Fay
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Fay

I find it hard to believe anyone like Days anymore. It makes me wonder if show reps add comments when I read a positive one. I know no one at all who still likes it. My mother in law watched her entire life and thinks it’s horrible since new writers. At a meeting a month ago some older colleagues said they watched their entire lives and now just hated it. The were especially hating the Bo story and felt let down. What’s to even like on it anymore? Where is the payoff? Oh, payoff is destruction of all, I guess.

Marlena
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Marlena

Fay you are absolutely right!! I have watched this show since day one and it is now in the toilet!!!!! I cannot imagine the twisted minds that are responsible for this fiasco. They have destroyed what Chris and Gary have so beautifully done. I never like that Dena H. woman anyway. She is unimaginative. Selecting her was a bad, bad, move!!!!

Jim Preston
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Just to provide clarification, I watch the show, I am a relatively new Viewer, meaning that I have watched for about 2 1/2 years or so. Just because I watch the show, doesn’t mean I and others can’t be critical. This storyline between Ciarra and what’s his name – Chase – is idiotic. Their acting talents leave something to be desired. I know they are young and I get that but honestly I am not feeling it. The young actress playing Paige was so intense and when she grabbed her mom (Eve) and said “I know it was you” that… Read more »

kiki
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kiki

I’m also a new viewer, and I miss interesting Paul, trainwreck Will and…passive aggressive Sonny…? That was some good soap. I’m glad you are defending True O’Brien as well. She wasn’t great, but she got steadily better and she’s far better than this poor young woman that got playing Ciara. There’s nothing for me to watch anymore.

code85
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code85

I will agree the actress playing Ciara is not good at all. But all both said are relatively new viewers and do not know the history of 80% of these characters. I have been watching since 1992, I see a lot good things about this show and see some stuff that needs to go. No SOAP OPERA today is what use be back 10 to 15 years ago , must less 20 years ago. I seeall the people on her complaining never satisfied with nothing . they wantedTomlin & Whitesell gone and now they want Dena gone. I personally would… Read more »

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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.”

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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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