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DAYS Exited Peter Reckell Thanks Fans For Love & Support Following Daytime Emmy Snub!

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Peter Reckell returned to Days of our Lives for the series 50th anniversary storyline that culminated in November with the death of his beloved and iconic character of Bo Brady.  Many of his DAYS castmates, felt that Peter delivered the best work of his three decade career on the NBC soap opera during his brief return to daytime.

In the set-up of the last beats of his story, Bo learns that he is dying from abrain tumor from his sister Kayla (the Pre-Emmy nominated Mary Beth Evans, who was terrific in the scenes).  And then in the next several episodes, tries to prepare himself for the envitable.  He shares his grief with his best friend Patch (Stephen Nichols), and asks Rafe (Galen Gering) took look after Hope (Kristian Alfonso) after he is gone.  Peter entered the Emmy race this year in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series but failed to get through to the next round.  That bit of news sent fans sharing their love for Peter and disappointment for him.

In addition, The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy winner, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), who is one of the most classy guy’s in the business, took to Twitter to also tell Peter and his new castmate Jason Thompson that they were wrongly overlooked.   Davidson expressed: “Thinking of 2 performers that should be on the list too…@peterreckell and @MyJasonThompson A deep bow to them. Others as well.”   Davidson did make it to the blue ribbon round in the Lead Actor category.

In the end, Reckell took a moment on social media to address his long time fans today with this:  “The LOVE and SUPPORT from you guys is what’s meaningful to me!!! Thanks So Much!!!”

So, did the Emmy voters get it wrong with leaving Peter off the final Lead Actor ballot? Disappointed in his final run as Bo, he won’t get a chance at a Daytime Emmy one last time? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s unbelievable that Peter Reckell was snubbed! Kristian Alfonso should’ve been nominated too! But hey, Vivian Giovanni was nominated and should be annihilated by Lauren Boles!

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

Too many good actors overlooked and why the bunch of untalented teens even considered for nomination-what a joke!!!…i miss Lauren Boles…what a great little talent…they dont age the children on Coronation Street like they do to our soaps…they have a talented child actress who plays Amy Barlow and they wisely know how to use her-she is a gifted scene stealer!!!

Mara A Mitchell
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Mara A Mitchell

For a dramatic recast Viv is superb. Long term Lauren Boles is best child actor Days ever!

Mo
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Mo

OMG! Are you kidding me? nuCiara is AWFUL! She should be paying me for being forced to watch her acting class, which she is failing miserably at. The role needs to be recast STAT!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*Vivian Jovanni

virginia
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virginia

I agree Peter should have been nominated [he was GREAT!!] the child “Ciara” and Kristen should not have been overlooked either.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Lauren Boles (little Ciara) wasn’t overlooked, virginia. I hope big Ciara is dropped after round one and little Ciara wins the gold!

I would grade Vivian Jovanni’s first performances an F, but she’s turning in D+ performances nowaDAYS. I’m hopeful she’ll continue improving.

Cathy
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Cathy

Absolutely he was robbed!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I thought that his scenes were “okay” and I did think it a tad silly that he died right in the middle of fake Leaf Park, but of course, it’s a soap. I don’t think we need to throw Daytime Emmy Awards at every actor on every show to prove their worth. It is after all just a Popularity Contest Award. I’m not saying he wasn’t believable in the scenes he had to play, just that I was pretty much unmoved by them, keep in mind I am not a super long time watcher of the show, I have only… Read more »

JUDY K
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JUDY K

THIS IS NOTHING BUT A POPULARITY CONTEST……..SO MANY DESERVING NOT MENTIONED, AND SOME MENTIONED ARE NOT DESERVING……DO THESE PEOPLE EVEN WATCH THE SOAPS?????????????????

Tim S
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Tim S

Ditto…very sad. Say ya a lot about the credibility of the Emmys.

Tristy
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Tristy

DOOL was only getting better for the Anniversary episodes and bringing Peter Reckell back to play Bo Brady ignited that and probably was mostly responsible for the much needed ratings. Now the storylines are getting yucky and boring. Ken Corday said we would be on the edge of our seats during the Anniversary shows and he was right. We were only to be robbed of a great Bo Brady adventure. They had him die way too soon and they had him in captivity way too long with not much dialogue to make for a great storyline. I know it was… Read more »

joe smith
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joe smith

you are soooooooooooo right, it would have been better for Peter NOT to come back just to selfishly killoff his character like lucy lawless did on Xena. So they can never be played again. It was just a selfish move with no considerstion for the fans who blindly support any move that is made.

Laura
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Laura

He seriously thought he deserved one? Funny. I do agree that he is more deserving of a pre-nom than some of the ones chosen. Billy Flynn comes to mind.
What I’m wondering is why on earth Robert Scott Wilson isn’t listed? He was brilliant as psycho Ben.

James McDonald
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James McDonald

How young are these people that nominate the Daytime soap opera actors? How experienced are the judges? Don’t they recognize excellent acting skills and talent? Peter Reckell was snubbed. I also think Suzanne Rogers (“Maggie”, Days Of Our Lives) has done excellent work as well in the past year.

clh
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clh

Why would he? He was there all of about a blip and was nothing spectacular at that.

Ces
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Ces

The best & most deserving were snubbed. Jason Thompson, Peter, and Robert Scott all robbed. Tell me why Missy Reeves was on this ballot? One less thing to watch!

Patrick
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Patrick

she’s riding on the coattail of Kassie DePaiva

I’m certain she submitted the scenes when she walked in on Eve and JJ at the hotel

that’s about the only scene I think made her alive… for that time being

this should be a real doozy of a time… watching her overdose on prescription painKILLherS

I hope she la la lands in a long COMA

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t this a layed out story board fix for easy reel

Jennifer has an underlying guilt be it survivors guilt… over Daniel, Eric, and Brady… and nary a focus was given her.. with all the fallout…

watching her at home… slumber and easy does it as pain registers , with the audience, argh! I meant with her character… she overdoses… Jack visits… and wrapped in a ribbon…. Gran Alice pulls and tugs at her heart strings and a spiritual awakening…. argh! brings her back

whoopee … Melissa Reeves

Ces
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Ces

Lol Patrick. She hasnt done much in years!

Tim S
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Tim S

Missy reeves has not had a decent story line for a long tIme. Maybe this pill popping one will be good

Ces
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Ces

Maybe she should remove her 5 inch *house* shoes and she’d be a bit more convincing. Wonder is Missy is up for being a pill popper? Hallucinate and start seeing Jack.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Well said, Ces!!!!! I mean…Rob Scott Wilson did FABULOUS work on DOOL!!!!! I will never understand as to why Melissa Reeves is even nominated this year!!!!! To me, her character of Jennifer is S-O BLAH AND EVEN MORE BORING!!!!! S-o unfair!!!!!

Ces
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Ces

Agreed jaybird. Matt brought out the best in Missy and since then she has been extremely blah. Putting her with Dr. Dull didn’t help matters. Missy needs someone like Matt (or keep Matt!!) to liven her up. Crazy that she submitted herself.

Linda
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Linda

I have always loved Peter Reckell, BUT, I’m not sure that he is deserving of an Emmy considering all the wonderful actors and performances this year by actors that have worked their butts off day in and day out all year! Sentiment should not negate their contribution and talent.

Vickie HART
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Vickie HART

He should have gotten it! They brought him back and always been great so they should not have went by the ending.

Eric leathers
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Eric leathers

No matter what Peter deserves an emmy his final scenes as bo deserves one hopefully we will see bo again one day

susan kidwell
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susan kidwell

I AGREE WITH YOU ERIC LEATHERS PETER DESERVES IT,

Delores Decker
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Delores Decker

They don’t know,an EXCELLENT actor,when they see one.I will miss him tremendously.Have a WONDERFUL life Peter.

Beverly Charlene Goff Meadows
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Beverly Charlene Goff Meadows

Not sure what year any of the judges were looking at; obviously not 2015!!!
Bo/Peter Reckell was robbed as was Kristian Alfonso, Nicole/Arianne Zuker and many others. Not really sure why Y&R are always heavy on the nominations…Could be some bias showing up. Maybe all the fans of our favorite daytime shows should boycott the Daytime Emmys!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m certain… and have to believe

that next years nominations; will include

Suzanne Rogers
Arianne Zucker
A Martinez

hopefully, Bryan Dattillo along with Thaao Penghlis ( he’s bringing it as he searches for his father, Stefano ! )

would love to see Jenn Lilly materialize

now i’d love DAYS to be renewed for another 2 years; along with the rehiring of Kassie DePaiva and Daniel Cosgrove

long live Salem’ites

Jt
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Jt

Emmy’s became a bad joke! If you are 20 or less no matter what they give you a nod? Forget talent it does not count! Even when his story sucks they hand Geary a nod? Stephen Nichols and Reckell can turn in outstanding work and you can be certain they will never be recognized! The emmy’s became a bad joke !

Sunni
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Sunni

I will always miss him and so will his thousands of fan.. He was wrongly snubbed…He did an excellent job..I think the Emmys should let the fans vote in all categories..Who are the people who do the voting…They made the mistake of never voting for Susan Lucci.

Willa Sargent
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Willa Sargent

oh yes Peter Reckell & Kristian Alfonso was definitely ROBBED of a Emmy nomination,, i can’t believe they both were overlooked,,i am mad as hell too!!! #iam50yrsDaysfan and been with Days since i was 11 yrs old!!! i see this is just not right!!! i see on Days actors like Robert Scott Wilson, Billy Flynn also ignored!!! Kassie DePavia also done great acting as Eve,,, plus Ari Zuker.. wow i cant believe this is going dismissed!!

Susan
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Susan

I love Peter but sorry I don’t think he deserved one. The scenes were stupid and I don’t get what everyone saying he was great was watching because they weren’t that great at all. He looked uncomfortable with grown up Ciara, and then overacted some other scenes. The storyline was rushed and silly and inconsistent and I don’t believe in giving an actor one just because he decided to hang up his acting shoes. Peter’s wife was touring so he was only able to stay for a short time as he had to be home to mind his daughter and… Read more »

Tristy
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Tristy

Hi Susan! How are you? Yes I totally agree with what you said. Remember when he was sitting next to Ciara like almost dumbfounded or speechless and she was like Dad what’s wrong? And then he said nothing..I just can’t believe how grown up you are..well neither can we, ha ha! He did seem uncomfortable. His scenes were rushed along and I made sure I didn’t miss a day or blink! I really think his Wife influenced his decision to up and leave the California lifestyle. He sold that beautiful custom built home he had in Brentwood I think is… Read more »

I love gh
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I love gh

He should have enteredi n the supporting or guest appearance categories since his run was short. The voters are in the daytime community and know that he is not interested in a permanent role on Days. With such talent, I get it. He deserves an Emmy for his great work, just perhaps in another category.

Judie
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Judie

Guest Actors cannot be a character that has been on.the show or returns to the
Show. That category is for newly created roles

susan kidwell
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susan kidwell

HOW COULD YOU FORGET ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS ON DAY TIME,I NEVER HAVE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELFS.

Velma Green
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Velma Green

Bo should have won.Wish he would come,back to Days.They need him.Days is getting worse everyday.Won’t be surprised to see it dropped.

Mo
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Mo

A lot of questions with the prenoms. Confusion reigns all around.

Carol
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Carol

He was certainly robbed! His final scenes had everyone in tears! The daytime emmy voters must be blind.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I wasn’t in tears, I found it idiotic that he just died like that, there wasn’t any consideration for chemotherapy or radiation, yes, I understand, it’s a soap and we allow for some silliness.
I just didn’t think the storyline was all that compelling, his torture scenes went on too long, and then his final scene of dying in the park was a tad inane. So, no, I don’t think it was a performance that automatically screams “Emmy” award.

Jjc2011
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Jjc2011

Absolutely Peter deserved a nod and a win. He has been one of the most underrated actors in daytime for three decades. His scenes in his early years, with Roman’s “death” on the beach, when Pop Shawn had a heart attack, were ignored. Part of it, IMO, is that Peter’s Bo was and remains IMMENSELY popular with fans, and Emmy panels frankly usually go for the villains, the crazies and the overacting because they only see snippets and have no clue about the actors who play the actual good guys. When the over the top actors/characters usually win, that’s the… Read more »

Brenda Sisler
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Brenda Sisler

I’m shocked and upset that Peter Reckell didn’t make it on the ballot he’s been a great actor and deserves more to his ending. I’ve followed his storyline as Bo from beginning to end. Good luck and best wishes to Peter Reckell with your future. You will greatly be missed you have the trophy in my opinion great job.

Brian
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Brian

Yes Peter and Kristian were both snubbed and so were a few others!

fginaspy
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fginaspy

While I think PR did an exceptional job in his final Storyline I think lead actor is a stretch as he is not a contract player. His performance should have been entered as guest performance or the category Donna Mills co-won last year.

Judie
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Judie

Peter could not enter guest star category…that category is for newly created roles

tatiana
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tatiana

I agree. He did a fantastic job but he wasn’t on the show long enough for a lead actor nomination. He should have been nominated for best guest performance.

I imagine Jason Thompson wasn’t nominated because he barely had a story and very little screen time.

Rj
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Rj

I always loved Bo and Hope, and was glad when Bo came back, but I was hoping they would be together longer. All happened so fast. He had just returned, and then he was gone. Not enough time to have it really pull at your heart strings eventhough I felt sad that he would be gone, and it was the end of an era. I know Peter probably wanted to wrap it quickly, and just came on to give the Bo fans a proper farewell. With that said, his departure was emotional, but it could have even had more of… Read more »

JANET
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JANET

I watched it, and I agree P R deserved a chance. The show is fine and it has loads of good actors. has for a long time, and they never get a mention. I guess they can’t all win, but I stopped watching because the same ones do every year. It is a popularity contest. The fans know who is left. in the lurch.

Regina
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Regina

I have been a fan of Days since 1965, I absolutely love Bo & Hope, I have watched their love story from the very beginning I think they are the best Super Couple ever, I agree that Peter’s return was to short I. think they could have played it out a little longer or shortened the captivity storyline and made his return to his family and Hope longer, after all they are so popular because of their great love for each other. I know Peter wants time with his daughter and I respect him for that, I just think they… Read more »

Jaime
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Jaime

Reckell and Stephen Nichols have been snubbed by the emmys for years. This is not a true award for talent any longer it is simply a promotion by certain producers to get something. The fact that the emmys nominate young people with barely had a handful of appearances with nothing exceptional on screen devalues any so called award.

Wont be watching the emmys they have been a bad joke for years.

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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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