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Could It Be That Chandler Massey Has Returned To Days of our Lives?

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Speculation, storyline rumors, and a facebook post from Chandler’s Massey’s former PR rep, Jeff Ballard have added fuel to the fire over the last 24 hours that the three-time Daytime Emmy winner is either on his way back to Days of our Lives, or is already taping there.

Massey, who rose to audience and critical acclaim for this emotionally-riveting performances as Will Horton, left the series and was replaced by Guy Wilson.  Chandler’s exit from the show at that time was somewhat controversial. In 2013, he had first announced his decision to leave the series and attend college while talking to the press at the Daytime Emmys, but then was rapidly replaced by the series by Wilson.  Subsequently, the show decided to “kill off” the character of Will in 2015 as part of the necktie serial killer murders.  A move that struck a nerve with the LGBT community and DAYS fans.

But now according to his teaser of a social media, Ballard relates: . “I’ve been getting quite a few calls about this — so for the record — I can neither confirm nor deny that my former client and good friend, three-time Daytime Emmy winning actor Chandler Massey will be returning to his role of Will Horton on Days of our Lives later this year. I guess you will all have to keep watching!!”

Since his initially posting and after seeing more reaction and pick-up from the press, Ballard added: “More of the same about Days of our Lives and Chandler Massey — gotta go with the “they only talk about you if you’re important” thing —” And in another post attached to another outlet’s pick-up of his post, Ballard added, “Apparently the flames have been fanned — or where there’s smoke there’s fire?”

There has also been speculation that fan favorite Freddie Smith is reprising his role as Sonny Kiriakis and will appear later this year, although unconfirmed by Smith, or the show itself.

So what do you think? Is Chandler back at DAYS?  Are all of these posts just to get the audience riled up, so they will ask for Chandler’s return, once again?  If Chandler were to come back, what role do you think he would be playing? Could Will Horton not be dead afterall?  Could Chandler be playing another character?  Share your thoughts on this develpoing story garnering steam around the web in the comment section below!

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Derrick
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Derrick

WTH is wrong with Corday?????
He said once characters are dead, they STAY DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

It will be good to have Chandler back but HOW if Will is dead??????

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

He wasnt dead…Will survived the attack and was possibly in the witness protection program-maybe he was in a coma like i said below and in past comments…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, you have said that, Jimmy, many times. I had agreed with you. It would be wonderful to see that be dutiful face again. And, Freddie’s. Make them a happy couple again!!!!!’ I loved this couple’s story; the marriage; their harmony. But, this time, make it work!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Correction–Lol…to see that beautiful face again…..

Joan
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Joan

I will find you a boyfriend Jim, no worries sweetie. You deserve the best.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Joan.
To whom are you referring, Joan? I hope not our treasured jimh. If you are being sarcastic? None of us will find your inane remark humorous or cute.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Will that was strangled was discovered to be like one of those fembots in Austin Powers.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, my friend.
I will always have your back, Jimmy.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I have to say that I do agree with you. While I am glad to see the Will we know best back on the show, it does contradict what Ken Corday said in his interview about characters staying dead when we see them die on-screen. I think it is better to keep the characters on the canvas only because these are people we know better than our own families and it is always fun to watch a character die then come back only to have a far-fetched explanation as to how and why the character didn’t die in the first… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

I don’t care what Ken said, having Chandler back on the show could only be a good thing. Perhaps Ken has already broken his promise by bringing back Daniel Cosgrove anyway LOL. Not allowing returns from the dead does limit which fan favourites can come back, especially since DOOL killed off half its cast in the last few months!

Patrick
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Patrick

Thanks James R. it’ doesnt’ have to be that much more difficult to expound

Serials before and after Will.. will surface… should surface… again and again…

where are my gays… I smell gay… I long for gay life traverse

I want to share… with my friends….. on twitter… on facebook… with any one who’s interested.. who will listen… i’m on Days of OUR Lives… I’m gay!

this is exciting spiral…. and it GAY DAYS

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I think having our gay men in a storyline would be great too, Patrick, seeing as I am gay as well.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am so torn, James. Yes, Corday did say that….but, as many posters are saying, there were so many little clues to naysay Will died. Sami could have whisked him away. All I can say is that I will overlook all logic, which goes against my ken (lol), just yo have Chandler back.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Yikes—I’m afraid I was in shock when I watched th brutality of Will being strangled that it never hit me to look for any clues as to whether or not Will was actually dead—either way, it’s going to be DAYS at it’s best as it has been for a little while now—the show is really a comfort zone for me to step into.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

The only injustice I see, lying aside, is that it kind of lessens the incredible performance by Bryan Datillo’s Lucas (grieving for his dead son) just like it did for Jason Thompson’s Patrick on GH when he mourned Robin and then not 5 minutes later they show her alive. It just isn’t the same when the character truly is dead and buried. That being said, I think a HUGE injustice was done to the faithful gay viewers not to mention the legions of fans who have watched the character of Will from a baby. So if they can right the… Read more »

Ruby
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Ruby

Who gives a shit, Will needs to stay dead. Please no more gay storylines on Days. Enough of this fluff.

Patrick
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Patrick

Gays ongoing cycle of life has not changed… we have the genes… same upbringing… same battles

same fluff

same everything… except better sex? !

call that

that’s the one difference that would change the world

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

What an unpleasant person you must be in ‘real’ life. At least you’re not a hypocrite.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hello there, a Ruby.
You really need to soak your head in cold water into the 21st Century. Pity!!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

(to Ruby) What an insensitive and unkind statement to make – Gays are the only group that it seems to be “ok” to hate. You would NEVER dare post something like, “please no black characters” or please “no Hispanic characters” but you seem perfectly at ease making a homophobic remark. In life, gays contribute to the arts, sports, and pay Taxes just as most people do. If you don’t want to see any gay characters, turn off your Television set and do us all a favor and jump out the nearest window. As for calling it “fluff”, well, the storyline… Read more »

David
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David

Hey Ruby, you are a crazy lady LOL. I am Gay sexy and very proud. Don’t like it, don’t watch. Very simple.

Carle
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Carle

To homophobe Ruby- why don’t you go back in your ‘closet’ & stay there

Thomas
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Thomas

Who cares how they do it, as long as Will and Chandler are back. I would totally buy and watch an evil doppelganger having taken Will’s place that slept with Paul and ruined his and Sonny’s relationship. Now the real Will returns and resumes his and Ariana’s and Sonny’s relationship and family

JJ
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JJ

Ok, I am with everyone else. They need to bring Chandler back as Will and have Freddie reprise his role as Sonny. Love Will and Sonny! Only way I will watch DOOL.

johnj
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johnj

He could be brought back as a look alike family member (cousin), also gay.

james
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james

you will see will horton
by mid september

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

I said several times to upset posters Will isn’t dead…he survived the attack but was in a coma and was in hiding for his own protection…Sami took him away and had had him under care at some clinic..maybe im wrong about some of this but it would be nice if i got the alive part right….this would be Days greatest news if true other than its renewal.

Kay
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Kay

I was hoping for that scenario as well. We never saw Will’s body after Sami and Lucas saw him in the morgue and Sonny never saw him either. The casket was closed and at the end of the funeral show when Sonny went to the cemetery the casket was not there and grass had already been planted and headstone in place. So it is very possible that Will could have been whisked away to some undisclosed place to recover while every
one was under the impression that he died.

Katie
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Katie

Will was kidnapped by the Dimeras, thats what I think. He is alive, I hope I am right. maybe Bo Brady is alive?.

Mike
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Mike

Hey spread the word to try a good shot at getting one live to live back by actually searching for the show in the Netflix search engine the more pings the show gets let’s them now how much people have an interest in a show or movie. Full House was brought back this way. Also you can call Netflix and request one life to live and tell them it has a huge fan base. I called and they have been hearing others ask about this since the online petition which must be sighn along with searching for the show on… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi Jim

it would be near top of the list of all that DAYS is

for all the naysayers of this missed part of life.. we share

this is a collaborative effort the whole production that Days of OUR Lives REELS
would , once again, throttle, full steam ahead… LIFE

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Say it again, Patrick! Bring Will/Chandler back…it’s not unheard of….so, nothing is stopping the TPTB to make it happen…..perhaps, they are finally listening to us. I agree with every positive feedback our fellow-posters contribute.

Patrick
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Patrick

sometimes… in hindsight… things go amiss… awry.. and things linger… a yearning to get back to.. an all encompassing best in show of show

Will is home

Eve steps up her life… declares herself worth… takes life by her own horn… shakes up Salem with passion.. ignites men… is admired by ” the women”

she inflames livelihood

with Days being renewed
with Aiden… or Peter Blake returning… Hello Daniel Cosgrove

with Will
with Eve

Days head writing TEAM have all the arsenal in their pen to paper

Patrick
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Patrick

p.s…. I love your idea that he was in a coma.. and Sami squired him away for safe keeping… till he fully recouped

this is a dream…

have all “threads” been fully realized ?

i’ll safe keep my heart

Patrick
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Patrick

can you imagine… the tour de force “curtain call” standing ovation

Alison Sweeney REELS

bringing back home… her home w/child

a light

hers

w/Lucas

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

thanks Patrick…i always enjoy your comments

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, sounds good, Patrick. I will go one step further and suggest that Sami is in ‘Switzerland’, as a subterfuge….she is really taking care of Will?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, Sami has her son. And, I suspect she stole the DiMera’s money for that reason….she needed/needs the cash for Will’s care.

blake
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blake

OMG am I dreaming??????? If this is true this is the BEST news I have heard in a long time!!!!

It would be amazing to have Will alive and to have a great actor playing him again! If he comes back I will watch it all the time again! I would excuse anything from the writers to bring him back, even if Vincent’s character became a mad doctor bringing people back to life like he did on AMC lol.

Gino
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Gino

Will Horton is alive, that’s the rumor out there. The real Will was kidnapped. I hope this is true. I always loved Chandler, in the role of Will. Also rumor is Freddie Smith is coming back as Sonny. Celebrity Dirty Laundry had the scoop first. They seem to know there stuff, better than Daytime Confidential.

Carson
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Carson

Gino you are a smart boy LOL. You predicted a few months ago, that Chandler was coming back to Days. Also Celebrity Dirty laundry has always good scoop and they are more accurate than soap Central and Daytime Confidential. Also Gino rumor is Netflix is looking to pickup One Life To live and revive it again. Just a rumor for now. That would be great news for the fans. You are very handsome Gino, saw your modeling Pics. I have a boyfriend and know you are engaged to be married in the summer. Congrats and say Hello to Ethan from… Read more »

Hellsbells
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Hellsbells

Celebrity Dirty Laundry website cannot be trusted to tell the truth about anything!!

Anna
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Anna

I hope it’s true but I would only accept him as Will Horton. But I also hope these writers don’t destroy the character even more.

Father Time
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Father Time

My Maria no like quit watch cry all time .

Patrick
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Patrick

thankfully… with new writers… and the original Will back on track Chandler Massey exuded so much warmth… and generates so much endearment to his legacy character… that his acting 1/2 the battled any writing lack thereof which is a moot point.. as Chandler Massey left at the peak of his starring role everything that DAYS held… spiraled this is too much to foresee… the expectation of the audience (me)… I love Will and Sonny with Paul I would imagine… Chandler Massey returning a more mature person and more accepting of the role requirements… would only stratosphere even more so… what… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Good point, Anna. No character abomination, please!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello dear Friend! You and Anna are absolutely right!

I also want to respond here about the Oz/Benard comments (no Reply button there). I didn’t think my comments would make the cut, given their disdain for both men. But your point about “sensational television” is well taken. Best wishes to you!

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

replying here CeeCee…ignore this ‘Joan’…notice he or she is nowhere else commenting…its either some poster with a second name or someone who just comes to this site just being silly and stupid…just attempting to see if they can stir up something and get posters going or just joking around….later.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Chrystie.
I agree with you completely, Chrystie. Will being alive negates the pain we saw Lucas go through. However, Lucas may not have known the truth….he probably thought Will was, indeed, dead at that moment. He could have been told later. Perhaps not many were privy to that fact.
And, could be Sonny is right there, supposedly in Switzerland, not Greece, with Will and Sami. I will even stretch it and say EJ is there too…..for good measure. Lol…later.

Beth
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Beth

DOOL seems to be in damage-control mode, and I’m glad to see it. They never should have killed off Will Horton and angered not just the LGBT community but also longtime fans of the show. They upset all of the Haidan fans (and I wasn’t one of them, but it was a bad move) by firing Daniel Cosgrove. They started to move Hope and Rafe ahead with a kiss that was apparently taped and scooped, but which was then edited out of the episode. There are all sorts of rumors that Dena Higley is gone from DOOL, which makes sense… Read more »

blake
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blake

I agree Beth.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Me too.

aria
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aria

i started watching dool recently during their 50th anniversary, and for those dool fans i would be happy for them, it looks like this guy was a real talent having won the emmy 3 times, i never saw him so i can’t speak i saw the last guy playing the character and how he was brutally killed off and i know that upset long time fans. so hopefully they will get this character back with the actor everyone seems to favor. although this show needs to get back on schedule like the other shows, i hear casting 5 to 6… Read more »

Jude Heracles
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Jude Heracles

Gosh I hope so! I don’t care how implausible it is! Even if it’s a Gay twin who doesn’t want Sonny at first and then. ..

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Maybe he’s only coming back short-term for all we know –
Furthermore, how do we know he is coming back as Will? Maybe Sami had twins and one was whisked away.
Maybe this is Will’s evil twin brother, Bill.
I’m partially kidding but who knows – and if it is a twin brother, he doesn’t
necessarily have to be gay – maybe that’s a catch, Sonny comes back and falls for Bill but guess what Bill is straight.
Well I know it sounds preposterous but no more so than what they come up with
LoL ~

Mike
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Mike

Please, please let this be true. I hope they somehow find a way to bring Will back. Will and Sonny – and at the end, Paul – were the characters whose story kept me hanging on, even when everything else was boring me to tears. And right now, everything is boring me to tears. After the initial barrage of death and destruction and returns (and exits), the wheels started coming off the car right before Daniel’s death. But in the last two to three weeks, the wheels are fully off the cart with ridiculous stories, boring stores, and non-sensical stories… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Freddie and Chandler are most likely back because Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) tweeted a picture of Vincent and Judi Evans (Adrienne) together on the Club TBA set. In the background is Freddie and a couple others of which one with his back turned looks to be Chandler. BTW, Vincent’s tweet was in honor of working with Judi at DAYS after last working with her at Guiding Light 30 years ago. Apparently they played a couple named Beth and Lujack. Do they ring a bell? Did lightning strike back then? Could he same happen with Adrienne and Deimos?

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

For some time i commented Will was possibly alive…he survived the attack, was in a coma, the funeral staged. he is in hiding for his protection from Ben, Sami had him in a clinic and used Dimera money for his care…hope im right on all of it…Corday said no more back-from-the-dead but my theory what might of happened would make sense.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Sounds good, Jimmy!

Father Time
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Father Time

The Guiding Light no on radio .

Trophy Lady
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Trophy Lady

Beth and Lujack were THE ULTIMATE SUPERCOUPLE!!! They were truly magnetic! I really hope that Judi and Vincent are coupled on Days. It would be so pointless, and so disappointing to not have their characters back together again! YES, Adrienne and Deimos MUST be together — PRONTO!

Guiding Light was SOOOOOOOOO good back in the ’80s!

Kay
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Kay

Club TBD

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes, Kay, Club TBD as in Club To Be Determined. It was auto correct.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Do Beth and Lujack ring a bell? LOL. To give you some perspective on how funny that sounds to a GL fan, asking that is like asking a Days fan if “Patch and Kayla” ring a bell? Oh, gosh, YES! Is the answer. Similar vibe between Beth-Lujack and Patch-Kayla: Good girl, bad boy; opposites attract; etc. Lots of adventure and drama. Judi and Vincent were dynamite on GL. If they were given story together on Days, I’d have to watch again just to see them in action.

blake
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blake

Oh yeah Lujack and Beth, great couple on Guiding Light

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

i wonder if Aiden will have a twin to explain his return…it was the twin who attempted to kill Hope and the good Aiden is alive…unless Andre is going to use a lookalike to torment Hope…or he hust shows up as a ghost?

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m hoping.. per some ones.. ingenious idea that Daniel Cosgrove… who was never seen after his fight to the death w/ Bo was rescued by Stefano and Andre… and they acknowledge; Aiden is in fact… Peter Blake this would add so much luster richness to the DiMera as for Hope !?!? go with it… Kristian Alfonso could use the revulsion… just another layer for her to act out… she bedded with a DiMera… and is still drawn to him better yet ! Peter Blake returns with a woman in his life… it’s KD’ Eve I hope Daniel Cosgrove is back… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

He could come back as surprise twin that no one ever knew about .

Robert
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Robert

Umm unless the whole necktie serial killer storyline was a dream, I don’t see how Will could be alive!!

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

Will was found alive but in a coma…to protect him against the killer the whole funeral was staged…thats what i think and had said in the past.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Or Will was kidnapped by the DiMeras and a doppelganger was put in his place as far back as when he went to work on the screenplay in California.

fanny
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fanny

I do like your scenario @ 4ever DAYS…so the doppelganger would be the one that was killed, while the REAL Will is still alive.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Robert…my dear friend. Anything is always possible and probable on a soap. I bet Stefano is alive, as well. LOL.

Joshua
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Joshua

Yes Stefano and Bo might not be dead. You never know with Days. Anything is possible lmao.

lou piikes
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lou piikes

Didn’t Ken Corday make a public statement about characters who died will stay dead?

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

In past comments i always said Will wasnt dead…off camera a pulse was found and him still breathing…Will might have been in a coma…to protect him from the killer it was staged-his death announcement and his funeral…i believe only a few knew including Sami…i believe she has him in a clinic somewhere and used some of the Dimera money for his care…part of its a guess but ive commented for months that he is alive!

jb44
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jb44

I hope this is true. Chandler is a terrific actor and brought real depth to the character.

Paty
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Paty

Totally agree. I really missed him…

Heath
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Heath

Oh please! His acting ability has been missed so badly, the recast was horrible. Let’s hope that the ground breaking gay couple returns and the gay characters stop being ignored! Where is Paul, he’s John’s son, he should have some story!

clh
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clh

Sounds more like PR rep is just trying to get his clients name out there and create a fan frenzy.

mollie
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mollie

A distinct possibility. I thought so, too.

mark
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mark

He is so cute and was so good as will there was no other will for me! I love you days so much!!!!!!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I have posted before about resurrections overused as a plot device. This would disappoint me and sour me some on DAYS. Now, I have no problem with an actor returning as a new character. God knows, forgotten children and dubious parentage are soap tropes we cannot let go. Regardless, Chandler Massey was an excellent Will Horton and his scenes with Freddie Smith were wonderful. Their story had such promise but I am afraid writers and disappointment by many in Massey’s replacement erased all that good. Guess we will see, no?

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

Like i told others…several times in the past i commented that i believe Will survived the attack but was in a coma…the funeral was staged to protect him from the killer…only a few knew including Sami who has had Will in a clinic for months and might have used some of the Dimera money for his care.

kristie
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kristie

I do hope so!! Loved Chandler Massey as Will Horton!!

Hellsbells
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Hellsbells

He was so good with Marlena!!

Paty
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Paty

He was so good with Marlena, Ej, Sami, Sonny… and the list goes on 🙂

Chaz
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Chaz

They could pull a Dallas or St Elsewhere and have the whole murder spree be in Ben’s mind. Especially with Kate Mansi leaving as Abigail it would be a different way to write her off the show. Abby leaves town and that caused Ben to have a mental breakdown and imagine doing all those awful things.

Father Time
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Father Time

Me no like ghost story .

Mary SF
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Mary SF

So Ken Corday said characters that are dead stay dead, so the only way this can work is either the character Will did not die and his death was staged for his protection, which might explain the pathetic funeral they had for the character at the time, OR CM is going to be a different character, and if he is playing a different character will that character be gay or straight? My money is on Will’s death was staged, assuming all these rumors are true. If this was the plan all along then I would be ticked at them for… Read more »

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

Thats what i told some posters many posts ago…Will survived the attack…a pulse was found off camera and he was still breathing but in a coma…to protect him, the funeral was staged…Sami had him in a clinic and used some of that Dimera money for his care…that would be the only reasonable and satisfying theory i could think of that makes sense.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

There are documented cases of “dead” people discovered alive in morgues, Jimmy. If DAYS would combine your story with mine, it would be cool.

Will was declared dead, but showed signs of life and Sami went in overdrive.
Will is in a coma.
Will wakes up with amnesia.
Will eventually recovers his memories.
Will is now straight, but for how long?

mike
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mike

They would be correcting the biggest mistake they ever made, I could forgive them for that.

Patrick
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Patrick

Oh…. lordy… i’m going to turn this one …. it’s too gut/heart wrenching to go their….with expectation

argh!

My Will
My Sonny
My Paul

argh!

Chandler Massey, within grasp

Jonathan
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Jonathan

I hope Chandler Massey is returns back to the show as Will this year and he’s better than Guy Wilson right after his character, Will was killed off and murdered by his half cousin’s ex-fiance, Ben Weston, who’s the Necktie Killer until he died shortly last year back in October and Will is a legacy gay character on the show.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

But the only thing is, we graphically saw Will being strangled to death by
the criminally insane Ben.
It’s not like Will was feared “lost at sea” and found on a deserted Island and it’s not as if his plane went missing “without a trace”.
Then again it’s a soap so who knows, I guess the writers can come up with
whatever they want, but personally the credibility of the show I feel becomes compromised when they clearly depict a death and then retract it.

Becky
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Becky

I would love to see Chandler Massey back at days as Will Horton,but I can’t figure out how that could happen with the way he was killed off.Also I do believe Ken Corday did say that if they died the character would stay dead.

On another note:: Is there some way that we could have the option to LIKE or DISLIKE any of the comments on this site. PLEASE!!

Thank you!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

While I did enjoy Chandler in the role of Will Horton, I must admit, I was impartial to Guy Wilson’s portrayal. But, even I must admit, killing the role of Will off was a mistake that should’ve never happened. So I hope that Corday has gone against his dead-stay-dead comments this once, and allows for Will to return.

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

Will never died…off camera he was found to be still alive or revived…he was whisked away for his protection…the funeral was staged…maybe he has been in a coma…Sami used some of that stolen Dimera money for his care…its the only theory i can think of that would make sense after Corday said the dead will stay dead.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Well Jim it is not my intention to discourage or disagree with you but we saw the life CHOKED out of him in such a graphic manner we saw him gasp his last breath while Ben mercilessly strangled him – we saw his eyes cross and his breathing ceased. If that ain’t dead I’m not quite sure what is – It’s not as if his car “rolled off a cliff” and exploded but no body was ever recovered. It’s not as if his plane was “feared lost”. It’s not as if he was thought to have drowned at sea. He… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Maybe Chandler Massey will be back as Will in the form of Will’s ghost?

tim S
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tim S

I am sure Bo is with him also then… This is just not right.. He is DEAD.

William
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William

Well Will alive along with Adian and Ben returning. Are we about to make days history with ‘Dream Season’ and if so does that then pave the way for Bo to still be alive and away somewhere?

Michael
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Michael

I really hope this is true. Chandler was one of Days’ best actors ever. I’ve missed watching his incredible performances.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

If Will is alive and Sami knew and was hiding him, at least that would be one explanation for why she seemed more concerned about finding EJ than the “death” of her son.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I had to reply here, sonniorsolita.

But if whatever caused the amnesia also caused a coma, it could be possible.

There are documented cases of people awakening from comas with their sexuality changed. And amnesia isn’t necessary for that to happen.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Fair enough. If you are talking about traumatic brain injury, yes, you are correct, a person’s sexuality can be altered because for that to happen the brain has to be “rewired.” But I’m not sure that would be a good story choice. Too depressing to think about poor Sonny having to face a Will who’s not attracted to him anymore. And watch Will struggle with that… Days is depressing enough without bringing Will back just for another downer story!

Rodd
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Rodd

I can only hope. While I really like Chandler, I wouldn’t want to see him back as any other character than Will. Any other character would be like pouring salt in the wound.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I just have to roll my eyes. I’m sorry; I know this is overall a good idea in terms of righting a HUGE mistake. But how about TPTB stop making these huge, avoidable mistakes (because who, except TPTB, didn’t see that killing Will was a mistake?) and get things right the first time? That way we don’t have to put up with storyline nonsense like whatever it is they’re going to do to get Will back on the canvas? (As an aside, I’m not sure gay viewers who stopped watching are going to forgive them and come back in droves… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Was it a huge mistake, Michael? Or was it DAYS’ master to lure Chandler Massey back? DAYS could’ve collected info showing most people didn’t like Guy Wilson and missed Chandler Massey. DAYS already decided not to recast Sonny because they knew the recast Will wasn’t working and Freddie Smith was open to returning. Freddie could’ve agreed on a long-term contract if Will was back in the form of Chandler. DAYS could’ve “killed Will” to force Chandler’s hand.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*master plan

Patrick
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Patrick

@4 I could easily accept Chandler Massey, back to DAYS, in an original role.. as in a character written especially, for him he’s a riveting enigmatic charismatic… every superlative in the book disclaimor mode : it was quite obvious, in his young demeanor.. when he’d “squirm” squeamish look come over this face.. at playing a gay character… I understand that. now that he’s 2 years older… time has been good to him… and he’s grown outside of DOOL… I can go their easily he physically, left the DOOL lot… August 23, 2013 effective immediately so… it’s what ??? 2 1/2… Read more »

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

I dont think they killed off Will in the first place…i now believe they intended to bring CM back as Will…Will survived the attack off camera, the funeral staged with only a few who knew like Roman and Sami…Will might have been in a coma and in some clinic…Sami using Dimera money for his care ect.,…now Will has awaken from his coma-maybe with amnesia and Sonny returns to help him get his memory back.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I just had a idea when I read your comment, Jimmy!

Amnesia…Will can’t remember anyone, including Sonny. And he no longer has gay feelings, but will Will regain his memory and those feelings…?…

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Amnesia causes people to forget facts, not change their built-in sexual attraction, lol. A straight character wouldn’t get amnesia and no longer have straight feelings! But… you could twist that idea just a bit and make it work… someone (Sami? Who never truly accepted him?) keeps telling Will he is straight and creates a fake wife and story for him or whatever. But he doesn’t understand why he feels nothing for this woman… or any woman, lol!

Patrick
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Patrick

@Michael (not… it wasn’t difficult for me.. to let go of Will and Sonny and even Paul… they just were not available… with no Freddie Smith and no Chandler Massey to their avail ? it just spiraled I MISS Paul Narita… big time ! that’s been my battle cry… at least write for him… and take care time and seriously hire him a new leading man… he’s a delight… he’s a good actor… and the camera loves him. BACK from the dead… so effing what… ??? this is daytime serial… I think the idea of distending our belief system…. ONE… Read more »

damien
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damien

dont care how they do it but as long as the REAL will returns im all about it!!! it used to be a long time ago instead of soaps just recycling tired plots( see: y n r, two hit n runs n two double identitys in two years= lame) that soaps used to educate audiences about socially relevant issues, while will horton was struggling with his sexuaity and acting out to gabi and sami and conspiring with ej !, i was also dealing with mine too. Chandlers brave performance really resonated with me brought me back to days full time… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I would love to have Chandler back. He IS Will.

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

Hmm.. so maybe Sonny really left to care for/be with Will? It would explain where Sami has been as well. I guess Chandler could come back as a new character..maybe Andrew Donovan? I mean Josh Taylor and Judi Evans have both done that successfully in the past. It may just be a hoax and Chandler may never pop back up in Salem.

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

Maybe he is on the island Melaswen, where Maggie, Caroline, Alice, etc. were several years ago after Marlena “killed” them.

Jaime
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Jaime

Nothing against the actor BUT Days is hiring too many right now and the show again losing sight of its core will be unrecognizable. So much for Corday and his promises of a return to the Days we loved. It was great in the Fall and this winter its already sub par. Two months of Daniel praise, with a couple of days for Bo ???? Now Brady is worthless as he morphs into Daniel please have both go away!!!! Our Steve deserves better than to be robbed by writers of his street savy just to promote stories for a couple… Read more »

Tad
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Tad

I hope this is true. I strongly disliked Guy Wilson as Will, but it was a horrible mistake to kill the character. It was senseless and cruel. I’ll gladly buy Will’s resurrection.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Was it a mistake, Tad? See my post above.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, I agree, Tad. And, I have said it a million times, exactly what you just did. I know I sound like a broken record….Guy was terrible, I’m sorry to say. But, Will Horton was a crucial character to the show for so many reasons. So, not to enumerate every single one, I will say, as I said over and over before, Will was the only male scion left carrying the Horton name in that age group. Unless Mike Horton has had a male offspring to continue the legacy?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Mike Horton’s interfaith relationship with Dr. Robin Jacobs produced their son named Jeremy. Robin is Jewish, but you already know that because of her last name. Right CeeCee?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@4ever. I had no idea Mike had a son, nor that he was married to a Jewish woman. That is irrelevant anyway….I started watching Days only a few years ago, after College. I watched as a little girl with my Gran, but facts are very hazy for me now. I get all my info from her. My grandmother forgot to mention that fact. The only thing she told me was that when Mike was brought back, he was much younger than what he was supposed to have been.So, I guess Jeremy would be able to carry the name. I was… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Mike and Robin didn’t marry each other, CeeCee. Robin was pressured into marrying Mitch Kaufman.

Grown-up Jeremy was played by Trevor Donovan for five months in 2007.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Trevor Donovan wishing DAYS a happy anniversary:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iRTKbRbNQuI

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@4ever.
Wow, what a cutie!! Thanks, 4ever. Seeing Trevor could pass as Chandler. So, back to my idea, Chandler may come back as Jeremy? No? I guess I don’t know what I’m talking about? LOL. Later.

toscanti
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toscanti

I stopped watching DOOL when Chandler left the show. If he’s back, I’ll tune in once again. Very exciting news!

Paty
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Paty

Me too. I’m very excited about the possible return of him…

Lia
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Lia

Omg why can’t I get Will off my soap? Cords said character killed off after September 1st of last year would remain dead, and now this? I hate Will, and I hate Sonny. Enough! Why bring him back if Paige and Serena aren’t returning too? I was the happiest Days fan alive when Will was killed off, and now I might have to see his face again? Ugh!!!

carol
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carol

I would like to see him come back ,You know what they say if you dont see the body that means they are still alive,now suppose Sami is hiding him then that explains why she showed no emotions at all,Remember when Marlana thought it was odd that Sami wouldnt cry or anythihg.Or perhaps maybe he is Will’s twin i know we only know of Will but stranger things have happened before.and on Days you never know what is going to happen.Like Chases dad is coming back cant think of his name .I am getting old lol

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Aiden.

k/kay
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k/kay

On a soap opera nobody is ever dead!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

If only the same scenario could play out in real life…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, James. But, we must stay forever young, yes?

CarrieAustinfan
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CarrieAustinfan

Yeah, bring Will back. It was a HUGE mistake to kill him off. I really hope this rumor is true because I was really upset about how homophobic the circumstances of Will’s exit seemed to be.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Hi, CarrieAustinfan, Would you consider it homophobic for me to suggest a storyline where Will awakens from a coma with amnesia and considers himself straight? Is he Will or Will’s twin? Maybe he’s a doppelganger. If he’s Will, will he remember his prior life…his family and Sonny? If he remembers Sonny, will he still have feelings for Sonny or gay feelings in general. Would Will be accepted for his change? I wouldn’t consider it to be homophobic if someone were to suggest such a storyline or to write one…I would consider it soapy good fun! I also don’t consider it… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oooooo, I like that, 4ever. Will wakes up and we await with bated breath if he is straight, gay or bi. Good , challenging story. But, I really loved, loved, loved Chandler and Freddie playing the it couple, for whatever time it lasted. Are we sure Will was killed off because he was gay? Or is it just speculation. I hope TPTB were not that short-sighted. As I always contended, Will was fired because he was/is in the wrong profession. He lacks charisma and savoir faire…not a good actor, in my opinion. However, it was the wrong move to have… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I like how you phrased your last sentence ending in “seemed to be,” C/Afan.

Often in soaps, nothing is as it seems, much like in real life and behind the scenes at the soaps. DAYS is privy to more information than the viewers, which could’ve been why “Will” was “killed.” It simply could’ve been for future storylines.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

As I said higher up, amnesia wouldn’t change your sexual orientation. (Amnesiacs forget facts, but their sexual attraction wouldn’t disappear. Straight people wouldn’t have amnesia and wake up with gay feelings, for example.) BUT to expand on my earlier story idea that someone keeps insisting Will is straight and confusing him, they could convince Sonny that to help Will’s “recovery,” he must not tell Will who he is or about their relationship. Yet Will is drawn to him anyway, and — voila! — you have a love story all over again!

CarrieAustinfan
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CarrieAustinfan

@4ever DAYS: There are plenty of reasons why Will’s killing seemed homophobic and all those reasons have been mentioned on the internet. Thankfully, Days seemed to have realized its mistake. Guy Wilson was not the right actor for the role, but they didn’t need to kill Will.

I wouldn’t consider suggesting a storyline like that homophobic, but it’s not realistic. Amnesia wouldn’t change your sexual orientation. I doubt the show would ever go for a storyline like that. If they’d do an amnesia storyline, they could just have him not remember Sonny. Same story, no mixed messages to the audience.

Andy G.
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Andy G.

Of the four remaining soaps, “Days” has demonstrated a particular willingness to trample upon and rewrite character history for the sake of their latest plot line, so if this news is true it wouldn’t surprise me a bit. On the other hand, it could just as easily be a P.R. guy earning his paycheck.

Patrick
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Patrick

DAYS of OUR LIVES : puhlease.. for the love of God…

DO NOT ! I implore you(s)

do not bring ; ex-Aiden; ex-Will back as ghosts… or for a short term visit

these two have “Q” ratings through the roof !

long term ; full time ; necessary

Tad
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Tad

Chandler Massey has an interview appearing in the next Soaps in Depth on stands next Monday. Hopefully this will provide some answers.

Maddie
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Maddie

I’m not so sure if I really want THIS writing regime to touch (and ruin) the gay characters and storyline any more than they already have. They had an obvious agenda to destroy this epic and historic storyline in the most violent manner from the start and exclude the gays from the big anniversary, so I don’t see them suddenly write for equality. If Will and Sonny don’t come back LONG-TERM and in a true FRONTBURNER storyline like in 2013-14, when Days hit this decade’s best ratings, I’d rather not want Griffail to even touch them. We don’t need a… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Ditto. Even under the previous writing team, it was disappointing to see Chandler bring this character to life, and then right at the zenith of the character’s development, the writers shoved the character to the back burner. Chandler’s talents often were wasted on mundane drivel, while overlooking the smörgåsbord of potentially interesting and meaningful story lines available. This appeared to be a direct result of the negative viewer reaction to one very-brief, very-chaste dream sequence showing Will and Sonny in the shower. I’m totally in favor of the story ideas others have presented here. Additionally, I dearly would like to… Read more »

carol
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carol

I wouldn’t mind seeing him come back,but geez why say he is dead if he wasn’t going to stay dead,Hey I know someone stolled his body from the funeral then help bring him back to life. if I can recall we never did see him in a coffin the coffin was closed wasn’t it… Or maybe maybe the whole thing about Will being dead was a set up by the poiice in order to catch Ben who knows,stranger things have happened before..I do remember to at first Sami didn’t show much of any emotions even her mom said that too,she… Read more »

Days Of Our Lives

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: JPI

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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