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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: 50 YEARS! Photo Book Commemorates Anniversary! U.S. Book Tour Dates Announced!

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Get ready DAYS fans! To commemorate the NBC  Daytime Emmy Award winning daytime drama’s golden anniversary, the series co-executive producer Greg Meng has written and produced a special coffee table book to honor the legacy of the iconic series.

Days of our Lives: 50 Years is an unparalleled peek into the soap opera that has not only become an important part of American pop culture, but is also adored by millions of fans around the world for the lives.  The book is available for pre-order now, and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and in book stores and Barnes & Noble locations nationwide starting on October 27, 2015.

Meng said of the new book: “As a longtime member of the Corday Productions family, it is a privilege to present this memory book. Days of our Lives: 50 Years is a collection of rare photos providing a big picture view of the show’s history while reflecting the heart and soul of the show through some of the beloved and iconic stories during the first 50 years. This is a tribute to our family of fans around the world.”  Inside the book is an in-depth, photographic journey of the longest-running scripted program in NBC’s history which includes rare black-and-white historical images and a wealth of full color photos. Fans can go on the journey and remember highlights of iconic characters and beloved stories.

But there is more!  To promote the book and the big 5-0 announced today will be a multi-city book signing tour including some DAYS most beloved actors.  Cities slated for the tour include: New York, Northvale (NJ), Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, Atlanta, and Pigeon Forge.

Cast participating in the nationwide tour include: Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams Brady), Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera), Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady), Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton), Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera), Christopher Sean (Paul Norita), Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux), Drake Hogestyn (John Black), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Martha Madison (Belle Black), James Reynolds (Abe Carver), Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), Susan Seaforth-Hayes (Julie Williams), James Lastovic (Joey Johnson), Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady), Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker), Eric Martsolf (Brady Black), Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan), Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis), Sal Stowers (Lani), Judi Evans (Adrienne Kiriakis), as well as Author/Co-Executive Producer, Greg Meng.

U.S. Tour Dates

    • Los Angeles-10/25/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble The Grove at 2:00pm
    • Phoenix-10/26/2015 Book signing at Changing Hands at 6:30pm
    • New York-10/27/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue at 12:00pm
    • Northvale, NJ-10/27/2015 Book signing at Books & Greetings at 6:30pm
    • Denver-10/28/2015 Book signing at Tattered Cover, Aspen Grove at 6:30pm
    • Dallas-10/29/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble at 6:30pm
    • Kansas City-10/30/2015 Book signing at Oak Park Mall (B&N) at 6:30pm
    • Atlanta-10/30/2015- FoxTale Book Shoppe – Location TBD at 6:30pm
    • Pigeon Forge-10/31/2015 Book signing at the Titanic Museum from 11:00am to 3:00pm

So will you be picking up your copy of Days of our Lives: 50 Years?  Will you head out to see DAYS cast members in-person if you are nearby one of the book signing tour locations?  Are you happy to read there will be a commemorative book from the show itself?  Who do you hope is featured in it?  Comment below!

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MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Wish the tour would hit my area. I would so be there! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE DOOL!!!!

su0000
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su0000

wow .. ok, are those books sought after?
My neighbor gave me 2 new, never opened, AMC collectors Anniversary books from B&W day 1 to whenever.
I was about to give them to Goodwill. lol 00ooops..I’ll find 2 AMC fan’s to give them to.
I hope all the Days fans can get the 50 year anniversary book. Someday those book may be all that is left 🙁
((who gets the money from them, I wonder..

Eddie
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Eddie

Why should I care anymore?

Mo
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Mo

I too wish they were coming near me. I will get the book. Probably put on my Christmas list.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I am totally pre-ordering this! Bought SOD’s 50th anniversary edition, too. Been a fan since I was in preschool, LOL, at my mother’s knee. 🙂

Ces
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Ces

I’m there Phoenix!! 🙂

Robbie
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Robbie

No Guy Wilson or Kassie Depiva. Pretty telling that those reports might be true.

Liz
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Liz

I will definitely go to the one in New York!

Lisa Westcott
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Lisa Westcott

PLEASE!!!!!!! come to Massachusetts or New Hampshire for a book signing

judy
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judy

would love to have the book been watch seen day one

Cathy
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Cathy

If Suzanne Rogers is coming to Denver, along with Bill and Susan Hayes… I will be there!

Kathy
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Kathy

I would love to meet these three too. Cathy, if you get to meet Suzanne tell her the other Kathy says hello.

Rodd
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Rodd

I love it when any soap, whether I watch it or not, is able to hit such a milestone. DAYS is going all out in promoting their 50th by starting a year ahead of its actual anniversary. It certainly is a great money-making plan. Their 50th anniversary magazine came out with a lot of pictures and information that stopped short of this past year. Now comes another book and I can’t help wondering how short o the 50th it will come. I’m really not complaining, because I gobble it all up. But I do wonder why they couldn’t have put… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Are all of these cast members coming to every city?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

No, but I can give you a list of who if you give me one or two specific locations you have in mind…What city or cities do you want more info on?

Amy
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Amy

I am interested in the Dallas event. Please give me as much information as possible, including which Barnes and Noble location. I went to a Frozen event with my children at a Barnes and Noble. It was insane. Are you limiting the number of people at the event. If so, how do I make sure I get in. Thank you.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Barnes and Noble Dallas, Texas…Lincoln Park Cast members from Days of our Lives Author Event (Film/TV/Radio/Video) Thursday October 29, 2015 7:00 PM Cast members Kristian Alfonso, Deidre Hall, Lauren Koslow, Stephen Nichols, Galen Gering, Billy Flynn, Camila Banus, Thaao Penghlis, and author and Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng join us to sign Days of Our Lives 50 Years! Don’t miss this rare chance to meet these amazing talents. Wristband required. Sorry, no memorabilia allowed in signing area. Special Instructions Please present your Barnes & Noble receipt for DOOL 50 Years beginning 9:00AM on October 27 to receive your wristband to save… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS turns 50 on November 8th of this year, so it is already in it’s 50th year.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

How do we find out which cast members are coming to the Atlanta and Pigeon Forge book signing?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Friday, October 30, 2015, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Days cast members book signing
Titanic Museum, 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Phone: 800-381-7670.

You can call and ask who will be there.

Lynn Karriker
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Lynn Karriker

That date is wrong, it’s going to be October 31st, tents will be set up outside in the parking lot

Lynn Karriker
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Lynn Karriker

Pigeon Forge news: Days of our Lives” fans, get ready. A little bit of Salem will converge on Pigeon Forge in late October. A few cast members of NBC’s long-running soap opera will attend a book signing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Titanic Museum for “Days of our Lives: 50 Years,” a book with a collection of photos that reflect the show’s history and celebrate its anniversary. Author and co-producer Greg Meng wrote the book, and it will be released on Oct. 27. Meng along with cast members Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams… Read more »

judy
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judy

the show is a good show hope it stays on a a lone time 50 more years go go go day

jennifer
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jennifer

will there be more cities announced I live in Indiana and I was hoping that they would come to Indianapolis.

Karen
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Karen

I am interested in going to the book signing in Pigeon Forge, TN. Does anyone know how that will work? Do you buy the book at the Titanic. Do they know what cast members will be there for the signing?

Lynn Karriker
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Lynn Karriker

Days of our Lives” fans, get ready. A little bit of Salem will converge on Pigeon Forge in late October. A few cast members of NBC’s long-running soap opera will attend a book signing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Titanic Museum for “Days of our Lives: 50 Years,” a book with a collection of photos that reflect the show’s history and celebrate its anniversary. Author and co-producer Greg Meng wrote the book, and it will be released on Oct. 27. Meng along with cast members Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams Brady), Lauren Koslow… Read more »

Betty
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Betty

When would you suggest getting there in order to get a ticket in to see them?

Cathy Dominu
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Cathy Dominu

Do we buy the book ahead of time or can we get it when we get there.pigeon forge location. Thanks

Darlene
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Darlene

Can we get a book at the siging in pigeon forge my mom has been watching almost 50 yrs truefan

jamie
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jamie

I don’t know if books will be there, I preordered mine on amazon, it was 24.91, . Can’t wait to go

Darlene
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Darlene

Can i get a book at signing in pigeon forge

lauren
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lauren

I would like to confirm which cast members will appear in New York on 10/27 and approximately how long will the event last?

Amy
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Amy

I don’t know how to go about getting a book signed. Do I buy ahead or buy it there. How do I help my mother in wheelchair enjoy the experience? We would head to pigeon Forge

Linda jones
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Linda jones

I think Arianna Zucker, Nicole, is the most beautiful person I have seen. I love the show and Nicole and Brady Black are my favorites.

Bev Buzzerd
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Bev Buzzerd

What’s the chance of not getting to see them if you are at end of line and their time is up?

kimberley
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kimberley

wish they would make the trip to enid event center in enid,ok there is a bunch of days of our lives fans here be a dream come true….. or even okc would be close maybe one day they will …. fingers crossed…..

Megan
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Megan

Why is there not a signing in Chicago, Oak Brook or Naperville, all in Illinois? Huge area to overlook.

Lisa Manz
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Lisa Manz

Do you know the cast list for Kansas city tomorrow

Laura reynolds
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Laura reynolds

Went to pigeon forge for the book signing . It was very disappointing due to the lack of organization and nothing was ever mentioned that you had to have a ticket to get in to see the cast. We stood on line for five hours to be turned away. I would like to say a huge ty to (on screen names)hope ,Kate and Lucas. I have to say Lucas was awesome! Me vice president was awesome as well he was very appreciative of the fans. I have watched for 39 years and Peter Reckell has always been the person I… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

Going to the one in Bethesda, MD on Tuesday but there are only 5 cast members and all the other signings have so many more including my favorite characters. I have always wanted to visit the set or meet them on tour. Do you know if there will be any coming in 2015/2016? I would be thrilled just to visit the set or have a meet in greet. I’m 44 and have been watching since I was 10.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

What cast members will be at the New York and New Jersey signing???

Charlene Kroeker
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Charlene Kroeker

Will you be doing a book signing in Houston or Austin TX? We missed the one in Dallas, TX. My Mom has been a fan since day one it would be awesome if she could get to see some of favorites actors.
Thank you,

Brenda
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Brenda

Will the tour be in Philadelphia, PA or Baltomore, MD? Anywhere near those cities? If so, when?

Carolee Chrisman
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Carolee Chrisman

I have not seen anything about the cast doing a book signing at the Villages
In Rochester Hills, MI Nov. 18 at 6:30.

April
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April

I really hope there are stories and biographies in this book. Can someone let me know if there is? Thanks and God Bless

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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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