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DAYS Continues Its Search For A New Abigail! Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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Replacing Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux has proved challening for Days of our Lives.  The popular actress finished up her run in December, but is currently airing through the spring on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.   After several casting breakdowns and casting calls, the sudser is still looking for their new Abigail.

According to Soap Opera Digest on Wednesday, a new casting call has gone out for the role, which gives these details on the character: “She comes from a loving home, despite her father lack of consistency in her life. Abigail looks innocent and young but can often seems more mature in essence than her 26 years because of the difficulties she’s experienced. She’s made plenty of mistakes in her life, but she tries to learn from them and has compassion for others. She’s fiercely loyal and protective of her family, and she has a spark and youthful joy that endears her to everyone she meets.”

The casting call also says they are looking for the new Abigail to start taping at the end of April, and that the search is continuing, even though the current cast is on hiatus till April 4th.

So, put your casting director hats on one more time.  Which actress familiar to daytime or primetime audiences, would you suggest would make a great Abigail?  Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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

The actress who played Langston-Starr’s friend-on One Life To Live…if available!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s also an excellent choice, Jimmy.

vinman
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vinman

As always….w(R)ite on Jimh!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

They won’t need a new Abby if Days continues with those CRAZY storylines!

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

So i guess i am right…Ben kidnaps Abby and she disappears until a recast is found…meanwhile i hate the name Chabby…everytime i read that name it makes me think of Spongebob and his Crabby Patties…lol

Colleen
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Colleen

I can’t stand cabby either makes me nuts!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, who started that craziness–Chabby, indeed. Let me just say the better word for DAYS right now is SHABBY–lol!

Ricardo
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Ricardo

They need to cast Brittany Underwood , ex Langston OLTL. She is a wonderful actress.

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

Thats who i said too…

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Minds think alike Jim lol. We both know Jim, Brittany Underwood should be the new Abigail. Let’s hope that we are right.

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

I just rewatched her in some old OLTL eps.-she would be the perfect choice-reminds me of Abby in those scenes!

Mel
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Mel

Please! No Brittany Underwood. I want someone who can actually act not just recite lines.

Nancy
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Nancy

What have you been smoking? lol. Brittany can act.

Mel
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Mel

@Nancy,

Brittany can act? Please who are you trying to kid here. There is difference between acting and simply reciting lines.

Rafababe
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Rafababe

Is Kelly Missel too young to play her?

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Great suggestion!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Rafababe.
Lol…this is like deja-vu. We have been posed this question months ago. I had suggested both Kelley Missel and Lyndsy Fonseca ( Colleen, Y&R). Both smashing talents.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do think Kelley is too young, but does it really matter? Age is never a problem, it seems. EJ was born after Will….soooo…..
Jason’s suggestion, (below) of Kristen Alderson is also a great suggestion.

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

I want Brittany Underwood ex-Langston, OLTL!!!!

Dennis Valverde
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Dennis Valverde

Kelly Missel would be a better choice to be the new Abby!

Lisa
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Lisa

who is Kelley Missel

Rafababe
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Rafababe

I misspelled her name it’s Kelley Missal she played Danielle “Dani” Manning (Todd & Tea’ daughter on OLTL)

Brittany Underwood is not a bad choice either.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Kelley Missal played the part of Daniela (Dani) on OLTL . She was the daughter of Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) who, in reality, turned out to be Victor Manning, who was the real Todd’s ( Roger Howarth) identical twin with an altered face ( complicated story…LOL).
Anyway, Dani’s mother was Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano).
Please forgive the winded reply, Lisa. But, I was crazy about this soap. LOL.

Lisa
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Lisa

I remember her but wouldn’t she still look a little too young yet for that part. I remember Langston also

Lisa
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Lisa

I checked up the year that Kelly was born on imdb and it said 93 and Kate Mansi was born in 87

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Lisa.
I know there is a few years separating them, but as I said, Sam (GH) is only 7 or 8 years younger than Julian, her ‘father’. So, TPTB can do anything they want. LOL.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I don’t think she has done too much since OLTL though

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I believe Kelley is still in College, Elite…but, has done a couple of movies here and there.

Jason W
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Jason W

Kristen Alderson

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Oh please no

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Second that emotion!

PGP
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PGP

Brittney Underwood is a GREAT choice. Just not Rebecca Herbst. I want Herbst to work things out and stay at GH, but if she doesn’t I would rather she come on as someone else… she seems too old to play Abby…maybe another Horton?

Mateo
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Mateo

Give it to Susan Seaforth Hayes. Her character of Julie has seen better days and they rehash all the old characters around. It will hearken back to the time when Joan Crawford replaced her daughter Christina Crawford on the Secret Storm back in the 60’s. Put her in elastic pants and a pony tail and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Co sign!!!!!!

Linda Dano, Call Ken Corday!!!

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

I want her to wear that braid headband like she done in the 70s….lol

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

How about Susan Lucci…lol

Sandy
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Sandy

They should make a call out to the actress Kirsten Alderson who played Starr Manning on OLT /GH later turn to playing Kikki to be cast as new Abby D. I know she left her role on GH which is base in Ca and move back home to New York, but she and Brittney Underwood are the only two at the moment that I can see being the best choice to play Abby D recast.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

It’s great to dream. I would take any of the above mentioned actresses. However, a few, such as Kristen etc. are back in school on the East Coast.

Mo
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Mo

I like Mara, I think her name is, the gal who plays Natalie on Y&R. If she’s not under contract, grab her. She’s a great actress.

Shari barnes
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Shari barnes

How about nobody Kate mansi will be impossible to be replaced.she’s that awesome

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

All kidding aside, I agree with Shari – Kate Mansi is great in the role, she is one of the few actresses on the show that is totally believable on many levels. I will really miss her as Abigail – some of the young teen actresses on the show, or should I say very young actresses and actors are just atrocious and I don’t mean that in a critical or unkind manner it’s just a statement of fact. So, it shall be a daunting task to find a new Abigail who will bring to the role with Kate Mansi did.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Anyone know why she is leaving? What her plans are?

Patrick
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Patrick

They should bring back JADE HARLOW… who played a way too short stint as Sheryl Connor… who was “friends’ with Jordan.. and became involved with Lucas

She was so natural… and a SEXY cutie patootie to boot

YOWSAH

I truly want Kelly Missel…. last I read… Ceecee pointed out she was going to school on the east coast

take a break Ms. Missel…. get your cache filled with green… you are… Ms. Abs

Patrick
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Patrick

Jade Harlow… is 32… but, oh my god…. can she “reel”

she can play 25 PLUS

Tom84
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Tom84

Brilliant idea!!

Beverly
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Beverly

Kristen Alderson if she is available and interested. Such a terrific talent.

Mo
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Mo

No.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I miss Kristen….I basically grew up with her through my TV screen. I am only four years older….so I have a deep affection for her. I do believe she is attending University.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

DOUBLE “NO”!

mike
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mike

Brittany Underwood would be a great choice.

Sward
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Sward

Abby is 26?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Kate Mansi is 29. Abby Devereaux is only 24-25….not long out of College.
I did not like the character for a very long time. I despised her holier-than-thou, little-good-girl image everyone had of her. We all knew how she chased EJ.
However, after the PTB finally decided to give Abby some brains, she just killed the role. Now, I love and respect her.

mike
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mike

Kate Mansi can be replaced. Smh

Alderson is living on the East Coast now. Doubt she is interested.

Would love Kelley Missal

Ghlover
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Ghlover

I would say Adrienne Leon (ex Colleen Y&r and ex Brooklynn GH

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Adrienne is just drop-dead-gorgeous. I should have thought of her, Ghlover. I think both she and the original SORAS Colleen, Lyndsy Fonseca would kill the role.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

KLS is Karissa Lee Staples, CeeCee.

damien
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damien

yes! i definitly second that!
she can play sweet, sexy and shrewd
her and jj would look great together as brother and sister as both share darker features
besides sony owes her after firing her as colleen and replacing her with that horrible recast than killing her legacy character all together

damien
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damien

as well , both adrienne leon and casey moss do music on the side, i believe both are singers which would be a cute bonus to have them both perform on the show together maybe at the club
can we get behind adrienne leon?!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

* I MEANT to type it shall be a daunting task to find a new Abigail who will bring to the role WHAT Kate Mansi did.
My fingers move too quickly.

Stayla
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Stayla

I think they should get Ashley Benson back to play Abigail (but she is is busy doing PLL). How about Karissa Lee Staples? What does everyone else think?

Stayla
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Stayla

What does everyone else think?

Mo
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Mo

Never heard of KLS.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

KLS would be a good fit, Stayla! She’s the right age and she’s very pretty! She has a nice resume too!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Who is KLS? Initials throw me off. LOL.

Brian
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Brian

I didn’t even know who Karissa was until you posted her name and I looked her up and she is gorgeous and seems like the correct age. I think you should call the Days studio and suggest her.

blake
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blake

Tough call, they need someone talented and beautiful to replace Kate Mansi. Too bad she left.

sheryl
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sheryl

kristen alderson

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

She would not have chemistry with Chad…..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I was going to say that, as well, Elite. I love Kristen, but I just can’t see her in the role of Abby. I hope we will all like whomever is chosen.

Anna
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Anna

What about Bruce Jenner slash Caitlyn Jenner lol.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Caitlyn is taller than Chad. Wouldn’t work.

Laura
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Laura

Lol too funny Anna, you made my day. Cool comment.

gw
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gw

What about Taylor Spreitler who was on days before as Mia. She’s 22 so pretty close in age and a pretty good actress.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Bree Willianson, she had that tough edge. I do like the Brittany Underwood idea. Also Natalie Hall would be good

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Bonnie,
I think Bree is too old to play the part. Abby is supposedly in her mid-twenties. Bree actually looks her age. But, yeah, I agree….she would have added that edge to Abby; now that she will be a DiMera.
There are a few great choices that fans have suggested. Availability is another factor, though.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I agree that Brittany Underwood, ex Langston Wilde of One Life to Live, would be perfect for this role. She’s a very strong, multi talented actress and very smart woman.

Belle
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Belle

Kristen Alderson

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

NO, already!

scott
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scott

I posted this on another thread about Tobin Bell, John’s father, but was not sure anyone would see it….please read….thanks… C’mon peeps..isn’t it obvious who John Black’s father is…..it’s…..Abe……years ago, Abe was in Ireland getting over his true love Fay Walker, Nicole’s mom, and he met Kathleen McKinnon, (oops my bad, she was on Another World), Kathleen somebody and they had a torrid affair and thus John Black was born….he’s actually only in his early 30s, but Stefano had him brainwashed and his body enhanced so much that he aged to be around Abe’s age, so therefore, no one would… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Scott, you certainly started my day in the right direction. I must say, I enjoyed my coffee much more while reading your post.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Good treatise! Bravo!

Mo
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Mo

I was thinking Ashley Jones, but she’s probably too old.

Maybe during this recast, they can find someone who can act who can replace Ciara. Even Claire is getting on my nerves.

vinman
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vinman

As much as I like Brittany Underwood. ….I think Chloe Lanier (Luke spencer’s sister in 1963 flashback)would be an awesome recast!!
thoughts?

xmascarol
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xmascarol

How about Lindsay Hartley or is she to old?Or perhaps the woman who played Lilly on As the World Turns.Don’t remember her name. No I don’t act lol . What was that young actresses name on Passions,she was friends with Samoan not to sure how to spell it. Just a thought or two in any case I would love to see Lindsay come back.I know her character was killed off .but as we have seen these people can play other characters as well.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lindsey Hartley is too old. She was also Ariana Hernandez.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

hi that’s what i thought to old.How did Ariana die? I missed it.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@xmascarol.
Catchy name there, Carol, I presume? LOL.
Ariana was hit by a car. I can’t remember if it was really an accident or if Stefano was involved somehow.
Gabi named her baby after her (sister).

Joe
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Joe

I’d love to see ageist Mueller Murray do Abigail

Kim
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Kim

Bring Kate back why are so many characters leaving I just don’t understan

Cherylynn
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Cherylynn

New actress Ashley Gibson

Susan Bizukiewicz
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Susan Bizukiewicz

I can’t remember her name. It was a few years ago. She was giving her baby up for adoption to Nicole.

Susan Bizukiewicz
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Susan Bizukiewicz

Her name was Mia

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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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