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Daniel Cosgrove Making A Return To Days of our Lives!

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Days of our Lives fans who were wishing for a return of Daniel Cosgrove to the show may have gotten their wish, but for how long, and as who?

Soap fans first reported hearing the news  of the actor’s return via a TV commercial that aired this week for the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Then within the issue (on newsstands now) they reveal that the actor who played the character of Aiden Jenning,  and who is presumed dead after his confrontation with Bo (Peter Reckell), is back at the DAYS set filming and will first air in late spring.  But the questions remain:  Is Daniel back as the ghost of Aiden?  Will he appear in some newly-minted flashbacks?  Could this all be the handy work of Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) and there is a Aiden doppelganger on the loose?

Is fan favorite Cosgrove back in a newly created role?  There are so many theories and not to spoil it since DAYS taped months ahead they are keeping tight-lipped for now.

So, what do you think about the news that Daniel is back filming at DAYS? Do you think its just a short “ghostly” visit to scare the hell out of Hope (Kristian Alfonso)? Do you think Aiden never truly died?  Could Daniel be filming a new role?  Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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Anna
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Anna

Ugh why DOOL?? Why??? Out of all the actors and characters that you could bring back why waste time and space??? Why isn’t Eve and Will still on the canvas???? How much more can this fan take???

Patrick
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Patrick

when DAYS is renewed…

they could bring back Kimberly and Shane Donovan

along with Will and Eve… I agree

Patrick
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Patrick

Whew ! LOL

I was waiting for this thread!

I was at the grocery store…. and lo and behold… !!!! brain teaser mind blown stunner

this has to be for the long term…. duration of ALL that’s GOOD in Salem

He’s the quintessential – ideal – dreamy leading man

Phil
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Phil

Good! Now bring back Kassie DePaiva since it is her who needs to be on FT!

Annie
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Annie

I’ll have a seat at this table, couldn’t agree more. Love them both and miss Eve so much!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I miss Kassie more than I can say. I can do without Cosgrove. And, it isn’t because of the Aiden character; I just never liked him.
On another note. What is happening???? Kate and Deimos? Oh, my!!! I hope so. They will sizzle together.
Something else I need to say, Anne…and you’re my victim…LOL. Forgive me, my friend. You know how Abby is wary and Leary about moving into the DiMera mansion? Well, it may be that TPTB are insinuating Chad as ‘HEAD’ of the lair for a reason. Chad will be the new Stefano. Like father like son?

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Honestly, I don’t care who Daniel Cosgrove plays, as long as they keep him around this time. He’s a great actor and brought real layers and complexity to the role of Aiden. He and Hope were awesome together, and I hated how the writers completely turned his character around and made him a scapegoat and attempted murderer.

If he’s a new character, here’s hoping he’ll play Peter Blake, Frankie Brady or Andrew Donovan.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…He’s a great actor and brought real layers and complexity”

he does his acting with such a natural ease… and I love his take on belonging fitting in and moving in and around Salem

WOAH ! I hope he’s Peter Blake…. hummm??? this is the Andre connection? he’s a DiMera

loving this

when he’s romancing – he’s ON

when he gets riled ! he nailed IT

the connection with Chase… is going to be GOOD

WOW they have to make him Peter Blake

Richard
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Richard

OMG him as Peter Blake would be awesome!!!!

Dylan
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Dylan

Peter Blake, okay. But he’s about 20 years too old to play Andrew Donovan.

cassie
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cassie

I agree. I can’t believe they let him go. He is an awesome actor, good-looking and I loved Hope with him. I love Rafe and think Rafe and Hope have chemistry, but they are friends not lovers. I want him to protect her but step away as wanting her. He has no kids, he should be with a woman that can give him a kids. I want him to be AIDEN, not Peter, not anyone but himself. I want the man that died to be an imposter.

Patrick
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Patrick

for all the good news… and it’s revelatory still… DAYS continues to remain right up their with the 4 serial until Kassie DePaiva WINS that best leading actress in a drama serial ON THE LATEST ISSUE of Soap Opera Digest picture of : Kristian Alfonso – Daniel Cosgrove – Kassie DePaiva the byline under Kassie DePaiva : hopefully i’m recalling this correctly… but it’s close “I was schocked… I Cried ” her exclamation at being fired what gall and disrespect to the best of the best . Period ! for all the superlatives netted this outstanding woman…. she is always… Read more »

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

Aidens twin Caiden…real Aiden couldn’t kill Hope so Andre used mind control on Caiden to make him think he is Aiden and had him attempt to kill hope while Aiden was kept a prisoner but now Andre is using mind control on Aiden who thinks he is Caiden to make ghostly visits as Aiden to torment Hope but soon Aiden as Caiden will remember he is really Aiden but is caught by Rafe…Aiden tries to convince Rafe it was Caiden who pretended to be Aiden who attempted to kill Hope under Andres mind control and then Andre used Aiden as… Read more »

brenda
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brenda

THAT IS THE STUIPIDEST CRAP IVE EVER HEARD AND I NEW THAT YOU WERE GONNA MAKE JEN A DRUG ADDICT BEFORE SHE EVEN WENT HOME FROM THE HOSIPTAL AND I NEW YOU WERE GONNA MAKE BRADY HAVE ALL THE FEELINGS OF DANIEL I AM 58 YEARS OLD I STARTED WATCHING DAYS OF OUR LIVES AROUND 8 OR 9 YEARS OLD WITH MY GRANDMOTHER BUT NOW YOU HAVE CRAZZY SCRIPS THAT DONT EVEN MAKE SENCES MOST OF THEM DONT EVEN HAPPEN IN THE REAL WORLD AND YOUVE CHANGED ACTORS SO MUCH IN THE LAST TWO YEARS THAT ITS CRAZZY (DAYS YOU… Read more »

cassie
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cassie

LOL! I don’t want flashbacks. I want another double like they did Rafe. Aiden is tied up somewhere

boes
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boes

I’d love to see him back but I don’t think we’ll get that lucky. I bet it’s for a few dreams, maybe for Chase, or some flashbacks when it’s explained why he did what he did.

JANET
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JANET

I like Danial C. Hope he is the Aiden twin. the son could use some family. Right now he is in trouble. Not law trouble but feeling terrible. He needs some family. Of course Andre will be doing something. to get Hope.. I would rather Hope be with Danial C than Rafe. I like Rafe fine , but just not with Hope.The show is awful right now. Wash rinse and repoeart. patch made to screw that pig. At least kayla has been saved but we know Sammi the second. no thanks. I never liked EJ for this before , and… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Chase will end up being Ava and Steve’s son…plenty of family.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s a BIG guess, Jimmy. Wow. Imagine if it’s true.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is great news. Daniel Cosgrove is a terrific actor who did a wonderful job with all the layers of Aiden. I was so disappointed that Aiden was killed. How I wish TPTB would find a new part for Daniel and bring him and the fantastic Kassie DePaiva back full time.

JANET
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JANET

I agree they are both good actors, and we don’t need more teens.

cassie
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cassie

Not a fan of Eve. Kassie is a good actor but her daughter is gone she has no storyline now.

Kat Hilderbrand
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Kat Hilderbrand

I really like Daniel Cosgrove and am sol glad he will be back. He was great on ATWT and Days! This should be an interesting turn of events no matter what character he plays!

TearyTam
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TearyTam

Why….why… All of these returns? From death, far off places, cmon…its hella OLD I am ready for Andre to go.. He’ll bring back EJ if anyone.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Awwww, C’mon!!!! Seriously?

Minnie
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Minnie

I love this news! I just hope it is not in the form of a ghost and permanent. I hope he is not paired with KA as she will be forever cursed by Bope fans. They will never accept her with anyone but Bo even though PR made it clear he does not want to come back. Give DC a new younger love interest. Rope can continue on with their 3 fans. Lol

cassie
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cassie

They have more than 3 fans, trust that. But I don’t want them together even though i like them both.

JoAnn Marie
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JoAnn Marie

Aiden is boring and I hope his return is short! Hopefully, a ghost!

Joey Martin
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Joey Martin

I wondered if he would since they have featured chase so munc.

Mo
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Mo

Days needs to do something to excite the show. Don’t know if this is it, but we’ll see. So tired of the boring teen stories. These teens ARE NOT Shawn, Belle, Philip, Chloe, Mimi–the actors who played these characters could actually act. This new crew is horrible–nuCiara especially. She ruins every scene she’s in. I know that’s harsh, but I am just so tired of her and having her on the show. RECAST STAT!

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

Yeah…recast stat and make her younger…bring back Lauren Boles!!!

Mo
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Mo

Lauren was fabulous.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Mo…I wish that TPTB of DOOL would get rid of the so-called new teen set already!!!!! To me, they’re all BEYOND GOD-AWFUL!!!!! B-L-E-C-H!!!!!!

cassie
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cassie

I think that little prissy daughter of Belle and Shawn is annoying! I can put up with Ciara because she has always been sort of strange to me. LOL!
I like Chase and Theo the most.

Mo
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Mo

I also don’t like Lani–Sal can’t act. And the Salem PD is about as bad as Genoa City’s.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Not harsh, Mo…just truthful. You’re not alone.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Bringing back characters, or at least actors, when we were told it wouldn’t be happening…. gives me hope that the death of Will Horton will be reversed, and that he will be coming back with either Guy Wilson or someone new.

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

I have said myself Will isnt dead…he survived the attack but is in a coma and in a care facility outside of Salem.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Hey Scott, Don’t hold your breath for that one.

Mary
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Mary

Glad he is coming back. Liked him and I can’t wait to see the storyline. I liked him with Hope, better than Rafe….Good actor…

Jennifer
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Jennifer

So happy for this news. I was sad to see him go and look forward to his return. Hopefully it is for good!! Love him!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

GREAT NEWS….GREAT ACTOR……

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well if Aiden, Will, Serena, Paige, Bo and Daniel all end up alive on some island of Stefano’s that be fine by me. I also would like Stefano to be alive too– he can meet his maker in some way later, it just never sat right with me that Hope murdered him even under distress. Personally I always thought Stefano who cheated death a million times over the years should die in some simple way, like choking on a grape — to me that would have been poetic justice for the Phoenix– done in by a piece of fruit.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

A chocolate covered cherry would be good too, Mary.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Maybe it’s either to play Aiden’s evil Twin brother (that no one ever knew about) or it’s just to do some nightmare dream sequence – who knows – it’s all speculation on our parts I suppose. At any rate, he is a good actor, have liked him since his days on All My Children so if he returns it’s a-ok with me.
Will be interesting to see what develops.

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

For months I would only tune into “Days” to hear Mac Carey and hopefully see a scene with Daniel Cosgrove or James Read. This is very good news and I hope it is a long term role.

Belle
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Belle

I liked Aiden and hate that his character was killed.

damien
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damien

thank you days for listening to the fans!!!! daniel made it impossible not to root for aiden in his final DAYS! Daniel is so charming and lovable, him and hope had amazing chemistry.
i hope his stay is permanent..

Patrick
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Patrick

you know…. it would be amazing… if… TPTB “really” listened

Kassie DePaiva would return and DAYS would be on solid ground

for one of my current favs to be returning to my telee… elevates once again my own endorphin

a treat restored

blake
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blake

Hopefully he’s playing a new character, and please not a ghost.

Dylan
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Dylan

On a random side note here, Victor’s brother shows up claiming something about Victor’s fiancee and 30 years ago. In REAL soap time, Victor K showed up on the Salem canvas 31 years ago, in 1985. So there’s that. Second, the son of Victor K, Phillip, was rapidly aged, and graduated high school in 2002, which was 14 years ago, which would logistically make the character of Phillip 32. However, with the rapid aging of Claire, Phillip is closer to 40 now. So…..at what point 30 years ago did this mystical fiancee of Victor’s exist? 30 years ago, Victor would… Read more »

cassie
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cassie

It’s a soap…that will explain it. simple asthat.

Patrick
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Patrick

it may not have been 30 years to the date… when Deimos was let out

I figure he’s been out for some time

and he could have still somehow fathered Xander. !!!!

this is what I want most of all

a ready made family to complete the takeover… of the Kiriakis… and JPL’ Phillip takes the fall

Deimos reigns supreme

Rj
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Rj

Just as the chemistry between Hope and Aiden was blossoming they killed him off. That was too bad, but I thought may be they did it to bring Bo back, but then they killed him off. Perhaps, they wanted to bring Hope and Rafe together to tighten up and tie together some lead actors/characters. I think Rafe and Hope may be fine and even good together- I can even see them together in the sense that they are both on the police force, etc., but I was disappointed how they dealt with Aiden as I said just when the chemistry… Read more »

jb44
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jb44

I loved him! So glad to hear he is coming back; hopefully for a long time.

Barbara Flowers
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Barbara Flowers

I hope he doesn’t stay long. Never liked his character.

Jaime
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Jaime

Sorry, but Days was great in the Fall. The writers have gotten awful this winter and adding so many characters spells the same old same old with Days decline, ruining long standing loved characters to prop up a bunch of unknowns.

Right now I find this Jan – Feb on Days its worst in 6 months.

What happened? Where is Corday’s promise of a return to caring about the characters and integrity? What happened to all that talk of great writing.

This Jan, this Feb so far is really bad writing.

cassie
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cassie

The worst to me, all of the deaths and funerals. I need a mellow days for at least a month to get the killings out of my head.
When the teens showed up it took a nose dive. They messed up and need to start all over again.
These teens are not doing a good job together. No chemistry like Phil, Belle, Shawn, Mimi and Brady.
Definitely no chemistry like Nick, Will, Gabi, Sonny, Chad and Abigail. They had the ratings high when they were together.

Ces
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Ces

…… And THIS is why I quit Days again. I knew I’d only last a short while @ Bo’s death. The show is horrible. Hate the recasts, teen stories and everything else. Not even Stephen & MaryBeth can keep me watching anymore. I quit for 7 years and I’m quitting again.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Excuse me, but didn’t Ken Corday practically guarantee that anyone killed from the point of the 50th anniversary on would remain dead? In my mind NOTHING has been worse for soaps than the trend of killing off characters and then bringing them back. Just, lame.

BUT, maybe Hope will simply be hallucinating. At least that wouldn’t be as bad. (And I totally appreciated Haiden, JUST cannot stand the idea of the back from the dead when the character was killed onscreen!)

Mozelle
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Mozelle

I thought it was said once an actor was dead, they were going to not bring them back. So what’s up with this, I don’t get it.

Reney
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Reney

I am glad to hear this news.I think Daniel Cosgrove is a great actor.I really liked Aiden and Hope together until they had him turn into a nutcase.I was really hoping for a longterm relationship between Aiden and Hope.It is going to be interesting to see what happens when Daniel Cosgrove returns… who will his character be?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Where is your character within this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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