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DAYS Necktie Serial Killer Ben To His Next Victim: "You Should Have Just Stayed Away!"

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Next week on NBC Days of our Lives the red necktie serial killler claims his next victim, which is set to send the citizens of Salem reeling!

In the latest promo, the network teases: “The red necktie serial killer will strike again with a twisted shocking murder that will rock Salem to it’s core.  Ben (Rob Soott Wilson) also says to his victim: “You should have just stayed away” and we later hear a female scream.

Watch the latest promo from DAYS after the jump! Then, let us know if you are ready for next week’s emotional episodes of shows and the reveal of the victim, and if you are getting creeped out by Ben!

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Enrique
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Enrique

RIP William Robert Horton

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

RIP Days for me. If Will’s done, I’m done!

Kelly
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Kelly

Then I guess you are done because the rumour is that the next victim is Will. Which would explain why Sami is coming back.

Susan
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Susan

He goes to Genoa City for his next victim….Summer Newman

CMD
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CMD

Don’t I wish. If ever a show needed a serial killer it’s Y&R.

vinman
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vinman

THANK YOU!

Torqumada
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Torqumada

LOL. Please swing by Port Charles and have tea with Sonny…

Dylan
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Dylan

Yes!!!! Would you like a necktie with your tea, Mr. Corinthos?

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I believe the next victim will be Sonny! Not really in the mood for a horror story.

Eddie
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Eddie

If I were writing the script and wanted to kill Will then I would have had Ben say Why couldn’t you leave well enough alone. I would use You should have just stayed away for Sonny. Sonny is away in Paris, but needs to come back to manage TBD while Chad is in hiding. Will is in Salem the whole time. He’s not away anywhere. But Will is investigating something that he should leave to the police. Of course who knows what these writers are thinking as they write. I mentioned a few days ago that I thought the script… Read more »

Thomas Jenkins
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Thomas Jenkins

I agree and they’ve let the gay characters just fall by the sidelines in favor of drudging up old characters from 1968. That’s their choice, I’m sure it will please some viewers and displease the ones (like me) who started tuning in to view the problems faced by Sonny and Will, complicated by the presence of baseball player Paul and the hotel clerk Derrick. What is the purpose now for Paul to be in town? So, the writers have chosen to concentrate on “Patch” with the outdated Pirates patch over his eye, and Kayla talking to her rebellious teen son… Read more »

Torqumada
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Torqumada

Sonny or Gabi….

Dylan
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Dylan

Will!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Aaaaand there goes Will

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

And here goes me as a long-time viewer!!!

Adam
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Adam

Me too Matthew, Days will be cancelled next year. The ratings were suppose to rise way up. Days is on life support. I will stick to the number 1 soap, young and The Restless. Killing Will Horton, is the biggest mistake Days has made in a long time.

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Ridiculous writing.

Adam
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Adam

Yes Cynthia, I agree with you. Deidre Hall I love her, but her character is so boring now. I would rather watch my dog do tricks, than watch Days now.

Thomas Jenkins
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Thomas Jenkins

Yes her character is a real snooze, there isn’t anything interesting about her to me.
I too would rather watch your dog do tricks, can I come over there.

Tony
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Tony

If they kill off Will Horton in this way I believe the show is going to have huge backlash and neg press. Not only is he a legacy character, but he’s a historic character on Days (with his coming out etc.). While Tomsell writing regime mishandled the entire show this year, it wasn’t the actor’s fault. Both Guy and Freddie were given way too much material which imbalanced the show. To violently murder a gay character, on a soap with such a conservative history, sends a validating signal to all those homophobic fans that their twisted, angry, bigoted feedback was… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Unfortunately, we cannot escape it, Tony. When the rumors of Will’s murder first started, I, among many others, was floored. I never liked this Will….he just never did it for me as the Will character. But, that’s neither here nor there. The issue is killing off a core character…a HORTON to boot. We have had this discussion before. I loved Will and Sonny, as a married couple ( except the cheating part)…. If Guy was not well-received as Will, then TPTB could have recast….it does seem that ‘they’ are trying to get rid of the ‘gay scene’, which is ridiculous….part… Read more »

Thomas Jenkins
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Thomas Jenkins

I AGREE it is so obvious that they don’t care about the gay characters now on the show, it was like – wha—–? All of a sudden, practically in mid-sentence, Sonny was gone, Will has nothing to do except occasionally listen to someone’s problem, Derrick is gone (did he leave town? did he get a new hotel clerk job?) and Paul has virtually nothing to do (except to smile and say he is glad John is his dad). The writing has shifted to older characters, in honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, which, is fine but they are no longer… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Thank you Tony and let the backlash begin! Sends a bad message and there were so many ways to remove Will from the canvas. Would this type of exit been given to Rafe, Daniel or Brady? I think not – They are considered manly men – TOTAL BS! It is a shame that Corday and his writing team are lost in the 80’s and incapable of representing a world/town/city/state that consists of Gays, more than two or three African-Americans & Asians. Don’t get me started on the firing of Kassie DePaiva, who has given powerhouse performances, since Paige’s death. So… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

All interesting points. However, If the next victim is Will it won’t be because he is gay. His death will take place because Will has discovered some information about the neck tie killer that leads to Ben.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Of course, Kelly. TPTB are not going to come out and say it’s because Will is gay. ‘They’ have to come up with a reason. But, in essence, if Will is killed off, it will definitely be because ‘they’ do not want to pursue gay storylines. Why else would any writer want to be rid of a core character? The only Horton male left is Lucas, right, I think. The idea of killing of a member of legacy family is ludicrous….almost obscene to me. Wouldn’t ‘they’ want to keep such legacy characters intact? Just makes no sense. The killer could… Read more »

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

Will murdered…Abigail finds the body…thats her scream…Ben isnt there when she finds Will ! The promo teases making us think its a woman he kills because of the scream but those scenes when Ben kills Will was edited together to include Abs scream when she finds Wills body…cant fool me…lol

ivorylilly
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ivorylilly

Is it will or is it Daniel?

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

wish it wew both…lol

elm51
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elm51

lol – i was thinking the same thing………………….

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Hate to burst your bubble: If the victim is Will, the writers haven’t fooled anyone.

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

lol

XoxoXtyna
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XoxoXtyna

I thought the same thing!!! I was like that’s Abby’s scream….

Beth
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Beth

I’ve seen opinions where people hate this storyline and who the next victim is, and where people are ok with it and applaud the show for being brave enough to make the victim someone we’ve watched for awhile. I certainly don’t hate the storyline and I think that Rob Wilson is doing a very good job as a killer. But I’m not a huge fan of seeing my favorite soap characters grieve for a loved one, especially at this time of year as the holidays approach. I know I should be comforted by the thought that few characters stay dead… Read more »

ivorylilly
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ivorylilly

Its really getting boring again when true and all the other young people were getting the lines it was refreshing and exciting.i stopped watching this show because the writers are too predictable and only leave suspence hanging only for a few then the writers show their hands .its like someone telling the ending before you see it.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

ITA. I’m having the same experience.

Kelly
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Kelly

@ Beth

I agree Days should have brought back both Shane and Kimberly for Paige’s funeral. And to support Eve. I’m guessing that Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease were not available to return to Days when needed. Either that or neither Charles nor Patsy were asked to return.

Mo
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Mo

I guess Will is killed. I liked the character of Will until Guy took over. Have mixed feelings about this victim. Will be glad to see Guy off screen, but sad to see Will go.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

My feelings, exactly, Mo. I love Will, not Guy.

carol
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carol

I am ready to see who Ben kills next.I knew he was trouble from the start and who the heck should have stayed away.How much longer will Abby be so stupid and not knowing there is something seriously wrong with the man she is suppose to marry?I never did like Ben he is creep,I just wonder how his sister will react when she hears of her brother being a serial killer.He certainly does have a lot of demons in him doesn’t he.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Carol. I have been blaming Clyde and Ben’s upbringing for his criminal mind. But, I realize that there are many ruthless people with devastatingly horrid upbringing out there who do not become murderers. So, he could just be mentally ill. All violent criminals have some kind of mental disorder. Oh, and Abby is an airhead who brings destruction wherever she goes. I would go as far as calling her a floozy. I will keep saying it……the re-introduction, by the writers, of the good little girl, is not working for me. I can still see her legs wrapped around EJ… Read more »

clh
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clh

Sonny

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It looks like Will’s DAYS are numbered!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Don’t be so gleeful. The same thing can be said for the show!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m nervously excited, not gleeful, Matthew.

DAYS has been must see TV for me since the new writers started! I don’t like every single thing about DAYS right now, but I do look forward to each and every episode.

I’m having fun with all the twists and turns!!!!!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Twists and turns. I’m not sure what those are in this writing, but OK. Most people I know, myself included, guessed Ben was the killer. And Will as a victim is hardly a secret. Glad you’re enjoying it, tho. Me, not so much. I’m going to be streaming a new Days replacement the next week if Will is killed off Friday!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

If the next victim is not Will, that’ll be a twist! Glad you’re enjoying the show.

clh
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clh

Sonny of course

Steven
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Steven

It’s Will! – It will be either Abigail or Gabi that’s discovers Will’s body! I was more than just creeped out by Ben. The scene where he’s about to strangle his latest victim, I found it very disturbing, because the look on Ben’s face (when he has the necktie in his hand) was a cool and clam expression about strangling someone to death (a person who is his friend). Then the next expression on his face (while he’s doing it) is “I have to do this, because you made me do this”! Then after the murder, Ben’s now in panic… Read more »

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Ready? No. Because it’s the death of Will and that means I will stop watching. Just don’t have the heart to do it. Stupid, shortsighted move by the writers.

Eddie
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Eddie

I agree with you completely.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Me too. I’ll be done with Days if Will is killed off.

Brett
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Brett

I won’t ditch the show but I agree it’s a very bad move on the writers part.

lynn
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lynn

Omg is it sami

CeeCee
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CeeCee

No, it’s EJ, come out of hiding.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Dylan. Hi, Dylan. You are probably right. I suppose it is much more compelling to follow Ben, the killer systematically and methodically as he goes about his killing spree as if it were the most ordinary routine. It is disturbing to watch him experience his sadistic flashbacks….as in in a trance. This is why it makes me wonder if he is aware of what he is doing. There’s such a disconnect with his actions. Psychologically speaking, such killing are normally personal. The killer becomes one with the victim. But, Ben acts as if his flashbacks were committed by someone else.… Read more »

blake
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blake

So much for Ben being the red herring huh?

It would be stupid for the show to kill off Will. Maybe they are doing it because they think it’s not likely Sami will return for good. But all Will needed was a good recast. I am glad that Guy Wilson is gone from the show now.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I wanted to wait to see what other people thought the next victim would be, it seems the majority think it will be Will– my first thought was Julie Williams—but last week when I saw Ann at the bar where Ben was working I thought it was going be her, but her death wouldn’t rock Salem to their core—but honestly I don’t want to be guessing who is going to be next, I wanted a real murder mystery were the identity of the killer was in question. Guessing who is next to die is morbid, not fun in a soapy… Read more »

carol
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carol

I thought it maybe Ann to.Actually I was so surprised that the showed who the killer was in the first place,but I cannot help but wonder about Rafe he seems to be hiding something ,just look at him sometimes like he is the killer .who knows who it will be,I dont think Will will be killed.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I hope Will won’t be killed, Carol. But, I do wish he would be recast. Hmmmm, Rafe, as the killer, you say? At this point, it could be anyone if he or she has flipped his/her lid……even Caroline…LOL. There certainly could be a last minute surprise twist and the killer not be Ben, at all. I said this before, and I know it sounds stupid and amateurish, but what if it has been Clyde all along and Ben witnessed the murders? In his disturbed mind Ben is reliving the murders in his head and has taken the events as his… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

Cee I love your posts but wouldn’t that be awfully similar to when Marlene believed she was a killer thanks to Andre? I think this is much more interesting….it shows that for once….a soap writer KNEW who the killer was ahead of time…which rarely happens. They usually make it up as they go. There are so many levels to this story that’s why it’s fascinating. I think the way this story is being told…we NEEDED to know it was Ben. The viewer needs to be in on how dark and twisted he is to go along for the ride. It’s… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I’m not even going to try guessing, Mary. I don’t follow Twitter, or Facebook or any other info which may be out there. So, I don’t know who’s leaving, other than Kassie and Will. I doubt she is next in line to die?
My brain is fried trying to guess who’s next. Lol.

Sue
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Sue

I Hope it’s not Gabi.

Alex
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Alex

Eh, Will needed to go. I’m glad the show had the guts to do this. Sonny would finally be rid of useless husband too.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Gee, Alex. Sonny could have gotten a divorce if he did not want Will’s cheating self in his life any more. Will wouldn’t have to die in order to be rid of him. You make it sound like death is the only alternative to ending a marriage? LOL and Oy Vey, Mamma Mia, Sacrebleu; Alex….I suppose you’re single? Just teasin’.

Patrick
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Patrick

“please” don’t let it be Will

I’ve wanted, Guy Wilson, to go, for the longest time… and it’s not so much that Chandler Massey is missing.. just that the epic flatlined and waned

my interest rose
my life streamlined
my life is
my life begets

just like

i’ll cry to this

i’ll cry for this dream

they made it

I recognize love.. it permeates

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Huh?!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Don’t you get the beautiful poetry, Matthew? Patrick has a poet’s heart and mind.
Patrick was not into Guy…he wanted him gone. But, not to kill the character. Will’s presence will be missed, not because we miss Massey, but because a legacy character…epic, within the core of Salem will be no more.
So, even though Patrick prayed, dreamed of a farewell to Guy, he regrets his feelings because he realizes and recognizes the love he now feels for both actor and character.
I hope I have interpreted your writing correctly, Patrick….did I do it justice?
You and I must be descendants of Willy, Patrick.

Thomas Jenkins
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Thomas Jenkins

LoL I was thinking the same thing, but I know Patrick has a poetic way of phrasing things….

Virginia
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Virginia

I won’t miss Will, that’s why Sami will return to Salem. I am just waiting for Bo’s homecoming so that we can be rid of Aiden. Clyde needs to be carted off to prison as soon as possible!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I have a feeling Clyde will be carted off in a bodybag on a stretcher, Virginia! If not, prisoners beware!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve BEeN… wanting to say this… for, quite, some…; while

he reminds me of a younger Dave Duchovney

wow… acts are going to walk through those studio doors and realize some thing

it’s not my dream : it’s theirs

but i’t s all caught

good for him for getting an opportunity to film big act

it is

Patrick
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Patrick

with relief… I posted.. as long as it’s not Justin

the firing of Eve
the letting go… finally… of Dr. Jonas (Daniel)

the splitting up… of Sonny and Will.. with the audience

i’ts all cyclical.. endearment followed

pulls at the same heart

my show is on and gangbusters!

DAYS reigns!

YES!

Ally
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Ally

I think it’s going to be Chad and abigail finds him

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Chad??? You think Ben’s going to kill Chad this coming week and Abby’s going to find him and scream? No, it’s Will because spoilers indicate that Will finds evidence and the Chad/Ben fight is yet to happen and Chad being in the hospital with his eye bandaged up saying “I didn’t kill anyone, you have to believe me ” from the first 50th anniversary promo released on 8/27/15. I know this s/l is moving at a steady pace right now but I don’t think all these scenes that I just mentioned are going to happen the week of 10/5 –… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

No, no, no. Please !!!!! I love Chad…do not let it be Chad. I don’t want Will killed off either. Shame on the writers, Ally, for doing this.

Mike
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Mike

It certainly seems like Will is going to be the next victim (unless it’s a red herring and Sonny does pop back into town at the last minute just to get bumped off – but so far, this storyline seems to be going just as all the spoilers and guesses suggested it would). And I have two major problems with this move. First, Will is why I’m watching Days of Our Lives everyday. For well over two decades, I was an occasional Days watcher – coming on for certain characters or story lines, but eventually getting bored within a couple… Read more »

Enrique
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Enrique

Even if Will were Willow it would still happen. (Look at GH when they killed off core characters) There’s no homophobia happening here.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Well said. It hurts for all of us who fondly watched Will. But I can imagine for gay men and women, it feels even worse. With all the horrible violence directed against gay youth, this just feels so … wrong. And to have a major legacy character bumped off by a flash-in-the-pan character whose name will be forgotten 10 minutes after he leaves the canvas is ridiculous. (No offense meant to the actor, who is doing a good job, just the pointless character.) The whole thing is not entertaining — which is why I watch soaps — it’s disturbing and… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

You did not HONESTLY use the phrase “with every fiber of my being” in a serious conversation, did you?! No offense bro……lol….you’ve watched one too many badly written soap opera!! Every time I hear that phrase on a soap I burst out laughing. GH is the worst offender for using it over the years. Really who talks like that?! With every fiber of my being? With all the oat bran in me…..

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

If Will is the next victim, I will NEVER watch Days again.

Dylan
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Dylan

Yes you “will”. You’re being all threatening and drama queenish. But of course you’ll watch. You’ll tune in for the funeral. ..and the sad baby Ariana scenes…and the grief scenes and by that time you’ll probably be over it.

Enrique
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Enrique

Because this ONE character is leaving? So you only saw Days for just Will?

Enrique
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Enrique

That’s the problem only seeing soaps for ONE character or ONE couple. It’s no wonder these soaps do horrible because certain people in the fanbase complain when things don’t go their way.

Michael
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Michael

Wouldn’t it be great if the Necktie Killer “killed off” Guy Wilson’s Will- and then he came back to life as
Chandler Massey’s Will. They could even have a Dallas type shower scene with Sonny telling the real Will all about his lousey dream- and we could all forget about the last three years without Massey in the role.

Dylan
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Dylan

Chandler has not even been gone for 2 years.

Josh
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Josh

Oh please. C’mon, people. I’m gay, too, but everything isn’t political or about being gay or a color or a religion. Why does everyone have to look for a reason to be offended. It’s a TV show, for Pete’s sake, and the classic DAYS serial killer stories from the early 80’s did not spare frontburner characters from meeting their demises. If anyone should gripe, they were all women who were killed because they were women. Only Marlena received that reprieve, and Will’s portrayer does not have an ounce of the star power of Deidre Hall. Did anyone complain about how… Read more »

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Politics? This isn’t about politics at all. BTW Unless I missed it, I don’t recall anyone saying it was in any post until I read yours. It’s about a Horton we saw grow up being killed off for “shock and awe” and eventually nothing that impactful, certainly nothing worth what will eventually be a needless killing of a young person with tons of potential for being a part of the future of Days and the 50th. A 50th Celebration without Will Horton, how can they even consider that? The Days 50th looks more like a wake than a celebration. JMO

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

I see the post you referred to, but it’s still not politics for me. Lots of younger viewers like Will Horton the character and Guy Wilson does have a fanbase.

Dylan
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Dylan

I agree with paragraphs 1, 2, and 4 wholeheartedly. 3 you kinda lost me. Lol. About Will….if he is the victim it has absolutely nothing to do with his sexuality. I am a straight male and the killing of Will doesn’t bother me for many reasons. 1 it will affect the entire canvas of Veterans. 2) it will bring in some phenomenal performances. 3) Soaps shelf life. People are talking like these shows have another 50 years in them. Lol. Soaps are gasping their last and temporary ratings surges mean nothing! Does it really matter if legacy characters are killed… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Dylan, I am usually very stubborn when it comes to my convictions and my feelings. But, you, my friend, have a way about you that is so convincing…..I agree with everything you said. Are you an attorney? My father is, and he has your style, that finesse which can skillfully transform something white into black and vice versa. He’s amazing to watch. Your writing is impressive , making me believe that which is not in my head to be my truth, against my will, if that makes any sense…LOL.

Mark
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Mark

I know some people are upset that Will is going while others are thrilled. Remember, this is a soap opera. In order for a soap to survive nowadays they need to take risks. This is a risk. This will bring so much story to the other characters, Sami, Rafe, Marlena, Kate, and so on…. Though I thought Chandler Massey did an excellent job as Will, I felt Guy was not right for the part. He tried his best, but it didn’t work. I wonder if Chandler was still playing the part if they would have killed the character ?? Look… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

So true, Mark!

I don’t like the idea of Will dying, but I know I will be enthralled with all the drama!

If I were to absolutely hate the murder of any character, I would still have to watch to see how the other characters deal with the realization. Just look at how beautiful the drama surrounding Paige’s murder has been!

I’ll be there for the survivors…4ever.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Sorry, guilt-tripping doesn’t work with me. There’s no shame in giving up a show that no longer interests me because the new SLs are not holding my attention — and killing Will is the final straw. BTW I don’t watch any of the shows you mentioned, so I could care less who they kill off. JMHO

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

After a decade of loyal viewing, I will NOT watch Days again if Will Horton is killed off. If they kill Sonny or someone else, I’ll continue watching. Otherwise, I stand by my original post and I will no longer watch Days without Will Horton being a part of Salem’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

David
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David

I’m not a young man but the younger characters brought me to this show. I’m sure the show will survive with me as it did for the first 45 years, but when they say good-bye to Will, say good-bye to me too. And good luck with the relics from other decades that are popping up now.

Mo
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Mo

If this is what Ben does to his best man, he’s going to have trouble replacing Will.

Dylan
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Dylan

LMAO!! I guess ol Clyde will have to step up to the plate.

Dylan
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Dylan

I think that this story will probably culminate with Ben killing Clyde. ..as probably all of Clyde’s abuse is probably what made him snap. I like that this is not another Andre murder story. It is more gritty and real. Just a question…..not that it really concerns me 30 years later…now they’re saying Andre is biological child of Stefano. And Tony was too? So that means that Renee…also Stefano’s biological child…slept with both of her brothers. Ewww. But I am sure it’s happened on Bold and Beautiful at some people the way those people cross pollinate.

Mo
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Mo

I too am confused about Andre’s parentage. They didn’t really explain it. Just kinda glossed over it. A fuller explanation, family tree, would help.

Kelly
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Kelly

Ben is coming unhinged. This is not love he feels for Abigail but obsession. Poor Abigail has now become Ben’s possession. So what will happen to her if she Ben wakes up and finds her lacking somehow.

carol
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carol

I wonder to myself if Ben saw who the real killer was and is reliving it in his head.However how does that explain why he had the red ties,unless of course Days is trying to throw us way off.I still say something smells about Rafe.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That is exactly what I said, Carol. This happened to us before, where we had exactly the same idea. LOL. I said that Ben witnessed his father commit the killings and then took the events as his own due to a disturbed mind. ….followed his father and then got rid of the evidence. Wow!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Mo. I am not too familiar with the soap’s history either. I started watching during my first pregnancy, seven years ago. But, I did a little research….that’s what I do when I’m confused about a character. I believe Andre was supposedly Stefano’s brother’s son, ergo Stefano’s nephew. After Andre’s parents died, Stefano reared him as his own, but then it was revealed that Andre was in fact Stefano’s biological firstborn. I guess Andre’s mother cheated on her husband, by doing the hanky-panky with Stefano. So, what else is new…..WOW!! Between, Stefano, Victor K, Victor N and Sonny C, they… Read more »

lynn
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lynn

OMG a sad sad day in Salem feel so bad great acting today brought me to tears can’t wait to see Kate’s reaction and I really can’t wait to see Ben get his I wish they would have let will get in a few punches on Ben

carol
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carol

I hope that Ben gets his sorry ass caught and Abby what a dope,she actually believes Ben what does she have schit for brains???

Days Of Our Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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