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DAYS Deidre Hall On The Killing Of Will Horton: "Seeing The Show On Air Brought Back The Terrible Sadness We All Felt When The Scenes Were Being Shot."

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Daytime icon, Deidre Hall (Marlena) took to her official facebook page to share her sentiments, and that of the DAYS cast as they watched the brutal murder scene of Will Horton on last Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, which also marked the final episode of Guy Wilson (Will).

Deidre posted: “It was very difficult to see the killing of Will on air. We all stood paralyzed and fixed on the screen in the make up room. Guy was terrific in his portrayal. Seeing the show on air brought back the terrible sadness we all felt when the scenes were being shot. I have seen him a number of times since he left and am happy to say he is doing well.”

As fans of the long-running NBC soap opera know, the character of Marlena and the character of Will had a very special bond.  The powers-that-be connected the two as Marlena (Will’s grandmother) was the person that helped Will come to terms with his sexuality, and accepted and loved him fully, and unconditionally.

Share your thoughts on Deidre’s comments on the cast members sadness watching the final scenes of Guy Wilson in the comment section below, and if you will miss the on-screen relationship between Marlena and Will?

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Mika
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Mika

I think it was a huge mistake. Soaps need the younger generation for its future. Meaning eventually all the old timers who were once the younger generation will be gone and the younger generation is needed to carry the stories and families I to the future.

Laura
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Laura

The scenes between Marlena and Will, especially when Chandler was playing Will, were some of my favorite scenes between two characters in all of the 35 years I’ve been watching DOOL. It’s a terrible shame that we will may never see again that strong connection between the older and younger generation of characters. Besides the love story of Will and Sonny -Marlena’s scenes with her grandson is what I will miss the most.

Sal
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Sal

agree 100%

blake
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blake

Ditto!

ces
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ces

yes, the ones with Chandler I loved.

Me
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Me

Especially ALL the scenes with Chandler yes.

Mateo
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Mateo

While Chandler Massey was a phenomenal actor, I truly believe that Guy Wilson was never given a good shot in the role. The writers intentionally set up Mr. Wilson to fail. The murder of Will Horton was their convenient way to get rid of a controversy that the powers at DAYS were afraid to follow through on. They already did the hard part. They showed a young gay couple in love. They showed the dislike of their lives by some residents in Salem. They showed them in love scenes. They got married and they had kids. So what was left?… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Mateo you are so right!

Dylan
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Dylan

Why do people want non stop misery and adultery and remarriages and divorce for straight couples, but nothing but sunshine and rainbows for gay couples? Life is not like that.

Mateo
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Mateo

I never once said that is what I wanted for any couple, be they straight or gay. Life happens, pain, death, divorce, late rent payments, wandering eyes and the like…however watch how the gay population is portrayed in the mainstream media. If a gay person is portrayed they get three versions: sluts, diseased sluts or dead sluts. Period. There is never a successful gay couple portrayed because society still views a gay person as lesser than. I want to see life portrayed like I live life..with a little of everything thrown in for good measure but no penalty for being… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

You’ve got to be kidding me. Ever since Sonny first appeared on the show, DAYS has been bending backwards to show gays in a positive light! And show people who disagree with it in a negative light! It’s been preach, preach, preach, from day 1! Culminating in a weeklong gay wedding extravaganza complete with yet another bigot for Victor to give a tongue-lashing to. Speeches, LONG, WINDED speeches, over and over again, they won GLAAD award after GLAAD award, because they showed gays in such a positve light. It was so heavy-handed that I was SURE Will & Sonny would… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Your last sentence, maddie, is worth a million bucks. It covers everything.

Mateo
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Mateo

and God forbid they give the gay community any attention that they would give a straight couple. After all, gays don’t deserve any good things at all. They are morally reprehensible and all. Hatred and bigotry are powerful drugs. They leave stains on our country and especially on our youth. The reason “long winded” speeches are necessary is because people can’t seem to learn the basic lesson of all people being equal. I don’t care if you sleep with your best friend Margaret or her cute brother Marvin , there is no right way to portray bigotry and hate. Days… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Thanks CeeCee, you know me, hopeless romantic, I believe most women in the audience would prefer happy endings for their couples.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Mateo, you are forgetting that DAYS has done more for gays than ANY other soap EVER has. And yet you’re so bitter that it isn’t going to continue in the way you like. For now, anyway. Well, guess what? DAYS has other audience members who aren’t gay who would like to be represented, too! How about Christians/Catholics, who loved this soap because it was so reverent and family-oriented? Tom Horton read from the Bible every Christmas. How about African-Americans? The disabled? Not a one. I, for one, would like to see some male-female love stories and weddings. There hasn’t been… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Oh, cry me a river! Will Horton was not the only murder victim in Salem and he was not murdered because he was gay. Will was murdered because he had figured out that Ben was the necktie serial killer and was therefore a threat to Ben. The other murder victims in the Salem necktie murders were NOT gay. This is a bunch of crap, dogging out the show because they killed off Will Horton. If it had been left up to me Will would NEVER have been written to be gay in the first place. I agree with maddiehayes. The… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Deidre Hall also complimented Guy Wilson’s performance. She also said Guy Wilson is doing fine. Not too many seem to be caring about that, just the gay storyline. WOW!

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

“Don’t ASK for a gay character?” – oh, okay, so let’s see, 99% of the town of Salem in heterosexual (and white) but there can’t be SOME diversity? Then, the writers come up with a fleeting gay themed storyline, and kill off the character. I realize the actor portraying Sonny vacated the role and this left the character of Will adrift, but they COULD have re-cast Sonny. No, no it’s better to get rid of him (with no chance of returning) so that the new writers could avoid an “uncomfortable” storyline and concentrate on older, established characters. I’m not saying… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

Those who can’t handle that there are gay people in this world all argue the point that DAYS spent too much time on “gay people”. As if gay people should be allotted only 3.5 minutes a week because they are less than any one else. The show didn’t have to bend over backwards to be nice to any one. Gay people are simply people. We don’t need you to be “nice” to us. We need to be treated like everyone else. I don’t owe DAYS a thank you because they “allowed” gay characters into the story line. They should represent… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

As Mateo said, it was “too much gay”. They went too far with it. All the preaching drove me batty! These weren’t characters, they were SYMBOLS, and DAYS was using them to preach a message. And I’m sorry, but most people are NEVER going to be convinced that being gay is “just the same as having brown or blue eyes” as Justin memorably said. It’s not a race! Speaking of which, if they want diversity, African-Americans like Abe and Theo should be the ones with the front-burner storyline. Maybe that’s what they’re going for now.

kay
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kay

Mateo: Great post! I agree 100%. This move by Days (the destruction of WilSon and now the murder of Will) is upsetting and devastating for many viewers. Now having Sonny decide to leave Salem again right after burying his husband, and by doing so ABANDONING Arianna is going to upset even more viewers. Granted Sonny was not her legal or biological father, but he was her step-father and Godfather, and he PROMISED Will last year at her Christening that he would take care of her and treat her AS IF SHE WERE HIS OWN CHILD, and with his departure to… Read more »

David
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David

What about Paul? He is another gay character? Guy did not fit the character. Maybe he should have been recast. Written off like Sonny? Similarly on OLTL, Fish and Oliver were written off without any story development. But on ATWT, Luke and Oliver did not have a happy ending. I understand your positions but Guy was not a fan favorite. When he took over the role, fans who did not not like the gay storylines already expressed how gay Days became. Guy was not Chandler. I cringed when he was on, but I feel that way about Christine who plays… Read more »

carol
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carol

Good post I couldn’t have said it any better

Mo
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Mo

I enjoyed Will and Marlena’s relationship. It’s a shame it’s gone.

Dollie
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Dollie

I have been watching DOOL since I have been old enough to watch tv lol. I’m not too upset that Will is gone. I was never impressed with Guy playing Will. I will admit he went out with a bang, he acted his death scene perfectly. It is too bad that was his best acting since day one with the show (my opinion). I’m not just picking on Guy. I was not impressed when the “new” Chad and Eve started either but they really owned their characters and totally made me change my mind about them. Guy just never did… Read more »

blake
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blake

Yeah Dollie when I watched his final episode I thought the same thing, that he was doing his best acting on his last day.

Mamaw
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Mamaw

Will’s portrayal as a loving father were flawless, and because he demonstrated weaknesses (as if often true in real life – ie: insecurities in his relationship and marriage) the fans now him gone, so that is what they got and now are crying it should not have happened – people just don’t think and often speak out at a given moment, not considering the overall character and what he contributed and could have continued to do – he was not given any credit due to him, but was faulted….too often the fans are the worse enemy of the soap and… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

The images of Will & Ari will always stay with me. Guy Wilson clearly worked to develop of loving rapport with the twins who played her, and I am really saddened that the show never gave us a “loving goodbye” scene with Arianna, but I fear it was all about not showing positive gay fatherhood under the new writers. Will dead, Sonny abandons Arianna and she will be raised by straights.

Cat
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Cat

I think it was brilliant as no other character on the show is related to so many families. He’s a Horton, Brady & Kiriakis. And tied to the Dimeras. Even though killing off a legacy is always hard. Because this one effects almost every family in Salem…..it is bringing about so many awesome scenes by the remaining “family” members. I know many are screaming and thinking its a slap to the LGBT community…I’ve never liked labeling people based on their sexual preference. To me,,,, I’ve watched the character grow up & it’s just as heartbreaking as it was when Robin… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

Exactly! Excellent articulate post!!

Stephen
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Stephen

Exactly?
Exactly right?

Other reactions are valid too!

I simply would have liked more Will Horton! Will Horton is one of my favourite characters ever, and I didn’t want him killed of. And that’s as valid a reaction as the one above.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Exactly! The great thing about opinions Stephen…is that yours is exactly right too!

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

Kates in the square talking business knowing her Gtandson was murdered and Teressa talking to Kate briefly about Will-her cousin-then discussing business takes the story down a notch to stupidity level…otherwise im enjoying the show again.

blake
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blake

Yeah it’s like when Paige died and we didn’t get to see Abby with her brother JJ, instead she was going back and forth between Chad and Ben because that’s all they do with her.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s funny, blake….and so on point. Lol.

Dylan
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Dylan

I too thought that was pretty flip and insensitive. People cope in different ways but this was a brutal murder. Will didn’t just go on a cruise with Doug and Julie.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. They’re doing theses hugely impactful storylines and not showing the fallout! Paige or Will. I get that Serena had limited connections on the show, but Paige and especially Will!! WTF!!!! The other storylines can wait IMO. Geez he’s barely cold. <:(

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I understand, well it’s a soap but I thought the same thing too. Gee, Kate was so close to Will, but it’s right back to business as usual – leaving Theresa out of the loop regarding work.
Marlena too, seems rather detached and distant to me considering how close she was with Will. I have only been watching for a little over two years now but it seems to me a bigger production would have been over Will’s murder. On the other hand, they just can’t have a show with everyone crying at a Funeral service.

Stephen
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Stephen

Everyone thinking Chad’s the killer takes me out of the story every time. Because Chad’s not like that, and the characters know he’s not like that! So it’s stupid and unbelievable, and it discredits the whole story. Not only did Chad saved Marlena’s life, but Chad was the guy who very publicly stepped in front of a bullet to save a man, his new-found brother EJ. That’s EJ, the then fiance of Sami Brady. Chad literally was willing to die to save his life! And now, Sami is shown trying to murder a defenceless comatose Chad, her brother-in-law and uncle… Read more »

Me
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Me

LOL, I so don’t care about Will being gone. I fell in love with Chandler and Freddie’s interpretation of Will & Sonny. That ended when Chandler stopped airing. I’ve heard and read that they destroyed Will’s character. Who wants an LGBT character on a show if they are excruciating?

Dylan
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Dylan

Because there are no bitchy, whiny guys in the LGBT Community in real life, right? Come on now.

Dishy
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Dishy

thank you Dylan!

Me
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Me

Yes they are, but Will never was one of them and he didn’t need to become a bitchy, whiny asshole, especially since it was totally out of character. But we know the writers had a hard time with Guy WilSon as Will, as he was not in the least but likeable or charismatic. Good riddance I say. They destroyed the character of Will and there is no need to cry when people point this out. TPTB f*cked up, no point to deny it. They dug their own grave.

Stephania
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Stephania

I am still awfully sad by what TPTB did by killing off Will Horton and Leting go Guy Wilson. I am not taling anything away from Chandler Massey and heaven knows he has 3 Emmys to prove that he is a great actor. But, this time the Wedding and the Death is all about Guy and he has done a great job in using what the writers gave him. Really, DOOL could have let him continue with a new love interest more suited to him. But I believe that once Freddie Smith decided to vacate the role of Sonny, they… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Well said. Fans of Guy Wilson are coming out of the woodwork, so much so that Ms. Hall had to assure fans he’s all right. I think more people sympathized with what he went through at hands of Massey fans than anyone knew. No disrespect to Massey himself, but some of his fans were pretty vicious. Everyone I know loved the Wilson wedding, and that got the show so much good publicity. The Will/Sonny/Paul triangle carried the show earlier this year, and that’s not nothing. I know it brought a lot of fans to the show. Everyone also agrees trying… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

I also think it was a mistake. There’s so much sorrow and grief on DOOL that I find myself enjoying individual performances but the show is much too dark in tone right now and that is usually a turn-off for viewers. Paige, Will and Serena are dead. Caroline and Chad are fighting for their lives in the hospital. Bo is presumed dead by Steve and Victor. It’s the anniversary of EJ’s death and Sami’s still grieving. Marlena was almost killed and was having flashbacks to being attacked. Yeah, there are 3 engaged couples on the show right now, but I… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

It is too much, I agree. Doom & gloom everywhere. Didn’t Adrienne just test positive for the breast cancer gene? So we have that darkness to look forward to. Even Anne & Theresa have cut back on their witty, biting banter! Sad days in Salem folks. Other odd things: JJ seems to be over his grief from Paige’s death. He barely shed a tear. Add Theresa. She wasn’t phased much at all over Paige. She’s even talking business today. Did we even see Dr. Dan’s reaction to Paige’s murder? She was like a daughter to him. Victor fawning over unconscious… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

I meant surely writers aren’t going for a Victor/ Carolyn romance. (I typed Maggie).

Tracey M.
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Tracey M.

Despite the acting being flawless, Bryan R. Dattilo rocked it, killing off Will was a big mistake and in such a brutal nature. Will represented many things to the show, history, popular with the fans as well as the gay storyline. I will miss the scenes between Will and Marlena, Lucas and Kate.

Annie
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Annie

A BIG mistake. It’s pretty sad when a soap needs to bring back characters of years ago to save it. Killing Will Horton was the last straw for me. It made no sense. It was stupid. I’m finished with days.

LauraR
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LauraR

What gracious words from Deidre. I haven’t quite made up my mind if I think the killing of Will was worth losing his story potential but I wish Guy all the best.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I’m so glad that Guy Wilson finally proved what a brilliant actor he was in those final weeks, even though he got scare few chances to show it thanks to the de-gaying of the show. He was good before, but people had blinders. Also, people forget how much hate Chandler and Freddie have weathered in the past. But that’s no longer relevant. Guy certainly didn’t phone it in once he found out he was leaving. As for the Guy versus Chandler, well both of them are far better than most of the actors on the show. I loved the Will… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I think they saturated the story with the Will/Sonny/Paul thing and had no where else to go … it was time for Will to go … Now Sonny can come back to Salem and be comforted by his 1st true love and we don’t have to deal with Will’s puppy dog whining anymore…The Gays still have the Gay storyline and the non-gay will have their characters … Win Win …. Will Horton is not the ONLY GAY IN SALEM!

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

First of all, I don’t know for certain but I think Sonny (as portrayed by Freddie) is only returning to Salem for the Funeral of Will. I don’t know if it will be “implied” that now it’s clear sailing ahead for Paul, who’s hardly been on the canvas lately. Derrick, the Hotel clerk who wanted a chance with Paul, seems to have vanished from the canvas. So, obviously, the writers have gotten rid of the gay characters, allowing them more time to concentrate on the older, more established characters. Certainly, I realize some viewers felt the show was becoming “gays… Read more »

kay
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kay

Don’t count on getting Sonny & Paul pairing. These writers are not interested in writing for the LGBTQ characters. That ship has sailed. Paul is only there for John and his storyline. He will have no love story at all. We probably won’t even know anything about his sex life. Sonny is off to Paris. Derrick Is out of the picture. Will was murdered for no reason other than to spite the WilSon fans and please the Will haters (and those who opposed the actor portraying him).

Stephania
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Stephania

I so agree with you. I loved Will ( Guy Wilson ) when he first came on the show. There was nothing wrong with his interpretation of Will. His only crime was not being Chandler. Roles on Soaps are recast constantly and believe me they could have done far worse than Guy. I feel very badly the way he was treated and it was not warranted. Certainly they didn’t need to kill him off and devastate the whole town to prove a point. I started watching Days strictly for Will and Sonny . I certainly take issue with Will being… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

I love your post, Stephania. I really wish they had corrected the character, rather than killed him. My own personal reaction to Guy’s performance has been mixed, but I would like to concentrate on the positive and say that he has done some stuff which I have really loved, and I am grateful to have seen it, and I am thrilled that there are people out there who wholeheartedly love what Guy brought. They began to adjust and correct the character in the small number of scenes they gave him after Sonny’s departure, and I was loving Guy Wilson in… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Your posts are very well written, even though I don’t agree with much of the subject matter. And really, if the discovery of a fictional soap opera character is “one of the best things to happen in your life”…your life must be pretty empty. Not judging, we all have hobbies and such and we all feel passionate about our shows, that’s why we post. Maybe re-think what is important in your life, that’s all I’m saying. At the end of the day, I sincerely hope Will Horton, dead fictional soap character, is not high on your priority list.

Stephen
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Stephen

@ DYLAN Thank you for the compliment which is very generous considering I have dissed one of your posts! And thanks for the free advice!!! 🙂 I realize that I did not express myself well enough in my post to not sound ridiculous, but no matter, it’s not important, I wanted to show appreciation for the character (when well-written) and the people behind it anyway. Context would explain it, but I don’t wish to add more personal context to my posting here. So I’ll just say this: some times an unexpected thing can be the missing ingredient which makes the… Read more »

K. K.
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K. K.

I’m still disgusted at the way Will was written off. There was no reason why Will couldn’t join Sonny in Paris and share custody with Arianna off screen. The whole thing was shoddily written and designed to de-gay the show in time for the olds returning for the 50th. Guy Wilson was my Will, as Sonny’s proposal to Will sucked me in to the show. So, I’m not a long time viewer and they seem to have given me the finger and said I’m not welcome for their 50th Celebration. Also, I found it totally in poor taste that they… Read more »

kay
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kay

I totally agree with this post.

dalphine
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dalphine

That was nice of her to make that statement, but it was still wrong for them to kill Will/Guy off if they had sent him off with Sonny that would have been better than killing him and a lot of fans wanted Horita to happen. Will and Paul had great chemistry. But I guess the conservation Homophobic got to DOOL I hope they really don’t think that bring back all the old timer is going to keep the fan interest is totally not going to happen. Young viewers are the ones that would have kept Days on air. I watched… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

A gay sex scene made you turn back to a soap? There’s a porn site for that.

PGP
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PGP

Mistake, but some great performances have come from it. Alison Sweeny has not missed a beat since coming back! Easily the best performed this week! I want her to stick around!

kay
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kay

I disagree.

Marc Jimenez
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Marc Jimenez

This Episode of Will Horton Murder and the whole Scene this week Broke My Heart seriously I’m Very Upset Regarding THE new writers why IN THE HELL WOULD THEY kILL HIM OFF .. I ‘M A GAY MALE HERE and I loved Will & SONNY LOVE STORY AND THESE NEW WRITERS COMES ABOARD AND ERASES IT OFF COMPLETELY … There was no need to kill Will off if they wanted they could of hve Will leave to Paris and be with Sonny …. These is a Sad Situation especially a Gay Character like Will being on the Show A LONGTIME… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I am repeating myself; here to this day… of the new production… of all that is… behind the scenes… @DAYS my three glaring gaping gouge my wounds 1. the firing of Kassie DePaiva 2. the firing of Daniel Cosgrove 3. the killing off of a legacy character that sets a backward tone of assasination of Will and Sonny… and Ariana Grace they shuffled off Will so quickly in that body bag… that It crossed my mind that perhaps… in all things relevant… DAYS production will relent and make Will alive in order to bring closure to the serial murder it’s… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Will hasn’t been Will since Chandler left.

kelly
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kelly

Chandler, while very good, was only as good as the scripts that he was given by the writers. Guy Wilson like all others on Days of our Lives was at the mercy of the writers. The blame for what happened with what happened with Will’s character belongs with them.

Me
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Me

Uuuuuh, nope. If the writing sucks, ok but if the actor cannot deliver it’s double trouble. Can’t blame this solely on the writing or soaps would extinct for some time now!

kelly
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kelly

@ Me

This is where you and I disagree because I think the writing for Will, Sonny and Paul absolutely sucked for a long time. In my opinion, Guy Wilson had no trouble delivering the goods when the writing was there. Once the writers decided to kill Will off they only wrote what they had to in order to kill Will off.

Stephen
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Stephen

Kelly, I agree. It was the writers that made Will into a jerk. They were doing that when Guy was off screen, with Will in California, and not communicating with Sonny. To a lesser extent they made Sonny into a jerk too. They made them both obsessed with working and not giving an eff about anything or anyone else. The writers did that! But the already established characters of Will and Sonny were simply not like that! Then the writers made Will cheat. He was seduced by Paul, and, crucially, Will went with it. Considering his gigantic storm of outrage… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“… but that itself was already against established character ” the writing steered itself gone… with the character assasination of Will… and Sonny…. as a couple.. their wasn’t even any redeeming factors to uphold or care about geez Louise ! well said : props “… Will was like! Troubled, yes, but a good soul underneath, who, if he did get angry, it came from a place of caring for other people. And also it was Sonny who helped him treat the people around him fairly ” ie: the one thing that I give credence to like mother like son… was… Read more »

damien
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damien

as a casual viewer of days since the early 90 s i fell in n out of days thru sammie / austin/ carrie days and shawn and belle days but really got glued long term when i personally felt a connection to chandler early will when he was struggling with his sexuality. as i was also going thru turmoil myself like will his angst and confusion uncannily mirrored mine! his situation with gabbi, his hate and frustation with sammi, him confiding with marlena, his infatuation with ej, then his crush on sonny are the remarkable points of the will character… Read more »

Me
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Me

So true! Will in the beginning was charming and riveting and intense and raw and real. Then they recast him with an actor who couldn’t carry on the role in this way and he became hateful and unlikeable character. No respectable gay man would want to see so much offensive attitude of a character who once was a true role model, proud to be looked up to.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Personally I don’t think that sexuality had anything to do with why the writers chose to kill off the character of Will. Ever since Chandler Massey left the role, I have read nothing but negative comments about Guy’s portrayal. Just about every day someone would comment that he was not right for the part and to get rid of him. I think that the new writers took all that negativity into consideration and the murder was a really good way to bring Sonny and Sami back onto the canvas for the anniversary and satisfy the apparent need to get rid… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Yes, it CAN be said that “killing off Will” was a means to get rid of the gay storyline. I don’t think they killed him off because some fans were not smitten with Guy’s portrayal of Will – but rather, that the writers did not want to pursue dangerous waters that didn’t resonate that well with all the fans. There were other ways they could have handled Will’s leaving – he could have flown to see Sonny and had his plane “missing” with no likely survivors. Then, somewhere down the road, Will could have re-surfaced. Unfortunately, we saw before our… Read more »

kelly
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kelly

I think there is another issue no one is talking about but should. One Life to Live had a very open, very honest and well written love story between two male characters named Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish. The storyline didn’t last long before ABC announced that it would be very quickly wrapped up as both Kyle and Oliver would be leaving town. ABC said that the storyline was axed “the too gay storyline did not “appeal” to the US daytime audience”. Ken Corday and the writers may have decided that when they focused on the gay storyline ratings dropped.… Read more »

Me
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Me

I totally agree with that! The writers may not be the best, but if a recast actor sucks all the charisma and charm out of the character, there is little they can do (unless TPTB would finally admit they messed up with the Will recast) other than getting rid of the actor/character every previous fan (of Chandler’s Will) has begun to despise.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Say what you want about Guy Wilson, you can tell this is a personal loss to his closest co-stars. I always loved his scenes with Marlene. (He was especially wonderful with the little ones who play Ari).

Linda
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Linda

Happy to see his whining butt gone. I couldn’t stand watching him. He whined in every scene! Not entertaining to watch at all. Brutal death scene though … Looking forward to Ben going to jail with his hillbilly Father … neither was entertaining to watch … Too Dark for Daytime TV …. Not Why I tune in!

Me
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Me

Agreed!!! And I didn’t watch the death scene.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yeah, right! You probably have it on a 24/7 loop!

Me
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Me

You wish. I haven’t seen one single real scene with GW. I’ve seen a couple of gifs in 2014 and that was more than I could bear. Never heard his voice. Not in interviews either. I have a total aversion to this actor.

Linda
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Linda

Happy to See Sammi back .. hope they figure out how to bring EJ back (Remember, Stephano had Kristen give his “corps” a shot of some kind …. did he revive him in a lab out of the country????? (YES I WAS PAYING ATTENTION!!!!)

Jaime
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Honestly the scenes with Marlena (Deidre) were good. However, due to the departure of Freddie Smith, recasting I am not all that upset about writing out of Will. What I found disappointing and in poor taste frankly was bringing up EJ and a letter before even a funeral or a true ounce of mourning for Will. I hate to think that Days will remake another mistake of attempting a re make of the Sami hour! What I most disliked about Daniel was the endless propping, to have Sami dominate again and to have dismissal of genuine air time in balance… Read more »

Me
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Me

Not everyone was a fan of Guy Wilson. He is the reason I stopped watching. Pretty obvious he is part of the reason why they turned Will’s character into an ass and the only way not to admit they messed up is to get rid of Will. Torture lasted long enough! Why keep such an awful character, when in the beginning he was a likeable character and role model? I see fans cry about Will’s death and how it is an affront to the LGBT community. Please!! WHO wants THAT kind of Will as an LGBT community model? I certainly… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Agreed! But they didn’t have to have Will die at the hands of Ben aka the neck tie killer. The writers could have sent Will off to join Sonny in France. Then in six months or so, have Sonny and a recast Will return to Salem.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Young people struggling with ANY type of life issue should NOT be looking to soap operas for help, or answers, or guidance. To even suggest that is ludicrous! Soaps have been built on things like adultery, divorce, casual sex, murder, etc. Young gay people struggling with their sexuality should be directed to the series Queer as Folk. That was an insightful, well written show that presented all sides of the gay lifestyle, something that soaps will never ever do.

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree with you wholeheartedly… that teens should not take to heart… what presents itself in Serial

although… I will adamantly state.. that what pulled me in to daytime… was ” how to relate” in familial situations…..

and to see an LGBT experience… like mine… featured… my heart soared

DAYS ! don’t let this be gone… Paul is alive… able present and gives… eye for an eye present

Rj
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Rj

I have not watched in awhile, but sorry to hear that Will was killed off. The Will Sonny love story was one of the best storylines I had seen on Days for awhile. Sorry it ended. Not one for watching murders on TV, so I am waiting for them to pass. Glad Guy is doing well, but wish they had kept Sonny and Will together.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Who IS the guy who is “Stefano’s other son” (??) How many sons does this man have?? They bring out these old characters from years ago, with little to no explanation for newer viewers – I started to tune in (about 2 1/2 years ago I guess) and the Will and Sonny characters grabbed me. Now, they are virtually off the canvas, and who ARE some of these people? I guess I can grasp that “Patch” is Kayla’s ex husband or estranged husband – but I don’t seem to be following how Aiden (the lawyer involved with Hope) is indebted… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Andre is a confusing character Tim. The actor, Thaao Penghlis has been off and on with Days for over 30 years. He started as Tony, and then Andre was his look alike cousin. Andre was a serial killer too. He strangled a bunch of women while wearing a mask of Roman’s face. Tony disappeared off a pier, and returned many years later. Then it was revealed he was really Andre. Then Tony and Andre both became Stefano’s sons somewhere along the way. Which is really gross now, because they both had sex with their sister Renee, who was one of… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Thank you DYLAN for the explanation. Yes, I agree, it seems like really his presence doesn’t serve any real purpose. He keeps threatening Aiden and I keep thinking….did I miss something here? I haven’t missed an episode since early 2013 when I started to watch it. I needed to get a Soap Fix after ALL MY CHILDREN didn’t quite make it as an on-line inception, and I chose DOOL – which is a great show, but they have drifted away from the summer storylines and right now of course are more or less focused on the necktie killer (Ben). It’s… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

R.I.P. Will Horton. I miss you already.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Where is your character within this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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