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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abby, Gabby, and Dr. Laura: Three Personalities But Which One Will Survive?

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Last week on Days of our Lives, viewers were shocked when yet another personality emerge from Abigail (Marci Miller). This time it was Dr. Laura, named after her grandmother and shrink, Dr. Laura Horton.

From all appearances it seems like Dr. Laura is more in control than the fiery Gabby, or the emotional Abby. But when all is said in done, which personality will be the one that is dominant?

As we have seen with other DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) storylines, at some point, an attempt to integrate the personalities is the order of the day.  But for now, what secrets are Gabby and Dr. Laura protecting Abigail from that caused her to split? We know that she murdered Andre, but what did Andre (Thaao Penghlis) potentially say or do to her prior to his murder?

This story gets juicier every day, and kudos to Marci Miller for bringing this storyline to life from the pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati.

Now after the jump, watch this week’s promo from NBC and let us know how you think this will all play out via the comment section below!

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Jimh
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Jimh

Andre said she is nuttier than the Three Stooges-so 3 personalities developed-lol

Celia
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Celia

We should find humor in this, Jimmy…..it offers nothing else. I am not liking this claptrap. I cannot take it too seriously because it is not presented as such…’Tis too farcical to take it to heart. This is a serious desease, not something of which to make mince meat. So, you are the perfect guy to make me laugh about this complete blarney….and, Harry; but, he doesn’t watch Days, LOL. As I said, Gabi is waaaay so unlike how Abby is portraying her….or, is this what people entrapped in multiple personalities do? The story is too confusing to follow. At… Read more »

Jimh
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Her Gabi comes off too much like the town tramp…Gabi is far from that…im just so-so ok with this story at first but now i think its a failure…finding it odd that she can walk around the Dimera Mansion as Gabi but no one else including staff ever sees her…Stefan isnt exciting and poor Vivian-i need more of her!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

You hit the nail on the head, my Jimmy……mental disease or not; I’m not buying it.
And, yes….I have said the same thing….she wanders through the halls with nary a body in sight.
Something elses? She snaps in and out of her craziness almost at will….and the acting is not up to par when Marci gives that confused look to the audience…..no, no, no….me no like!! Me no believe!

Jimh
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Jimh

im also surprised there arent security cameras in and out of the Dimera mansion…you think there would be the way they dont trust each other!

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, my friend…they live within the claws of the DiMera mansion—more like a fortress with peek-a-boo doors and rooms….there should be cameras everywhere….including the toilet, LOL.
Yet, I wouldn’t discount Stefan deactivate the system, Jimmy.

Celia
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Celia

You know, Jimmy….I need to give credit where credit is due…..the scene with Andre and Abby, today, was stupendous; I was awed. Now, that was credible acting by Marci….kudos!! Gabigail is exagerated…on purpose? I don’t know! Perhaps, this is how Abby sees Gaby and her sub-conscience tells Abby’s truth…..that her bitterness is alive and well, only stored within her psyche. This could mean she has resented Gabi for a long time….who could blame her? She slept with her husband. Yes, Abby was presumed dead, but, the angst runs deep. Abby’s Laura surfaces as the mediator, but also, as a reminder… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

We all knew a DID story was coming the minute ReRon was hired to write this show, and it sucks just as much as we all knew it would.

I’m still not over the fact that he ruined one of THE most legendary General Hospital characters of all time with this dragonshit writing (yeah, I’m talking about the Luke/Fluke nonsense, and I am the one who first used the name “Fluke”, by the way)

Aria
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Aria

I’m so glad I’m not a dool fan, this storyline alone would make me turn off the show, it was oltl most irritating never ending story which to me also made oltl unwatchable at times thank goodness GH got rid of RC, this type of story fits dool more then it does GH.

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Jovin

That fluke story, the way it ultimately ended, was a huge F U to the audience. Early on in the story, savvy viewers guessed that it was actually an embittered Bill Eckert posing as Luke. Theres nothing wrong with that because soap fans are very hard to fool or to surprise! The fact that it was Bill made complete sense within the GH world. The dialogue, referring to Tracy (about what she did to Jenny) made sense. It would have been a good storyline in its own right, exploring what made Bill so evil! But Ron got pissed off that… Read more »

dan
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dan

Agreed. Fluke was the worst soap abomination ever. And there were a few more over at GH from Ron as well. But I have to say, I am enjoying Days right now!

Celia
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Celia

I am enjoying Days, as well, dan……most storylines, as I haven’t in a long while. The multiple personalities could have been intriguing, if the ‘telling’ were not so ‘misplaced’….you know? It came out of nowhere, in order to fill some fantasy….whose? Ron’s? And, to add insult to injury—-baaad acting by Marci and Tyler. Usually such mental disorders and how the afflicted person navigates through it reel me in….this one puts me to sleep because of its childish writing…..someone did not do his homework again…..Abby has been completely turned into an idiotic nonentity…. As I said more times than once, will… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Wow. Heard and noted hombre. LOL.

Christine
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Christine

I think Andre did something to Abigail that reminded her of Ben……maybe he made a strong pass at her….and then she snapped killing Andre/Ben in the process

Carrie
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Carrie

I read a spoiler claiming Andre was trying to rape Abigail.

Celia
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Celia

What a great premise,Christine, and Carrie!!…..now, the combination of those two situations would make so much more sense.
Perhaps, I’m jumping the gun? As it is, I can’t see the story standing on two feet–four, if you count Stefan. He should tell Chad and try to help Abby; not allow her to continue with this calamity–Abby is very dangerous, right now. This is my opinion, of course….however, Chad should know what is going on with his wife, nonetheless.
I detest Stefan even more for keeping this ‘hidden’, as it were….it is neither his right nor his decision.

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Mister Media

I’m a fan of DID story lines, but there were a few moments last week when it seemed like Carlavati was actually recycling dialogue from old One Life To Live scripts. It’s still intriguing however, and I think Marci Miller is doing a fine job with it.

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K/kay

I know a lot of people are complaining about RC and his DID storylines but back in the day Kimberly Brady had a alter when Patsy Pease was on so everybody does it RC just likes those stories like Bill Bell liked love triangles with siblings etc. every writer writes with what they feel comfortable with just like Pratt and the disaster goofy stories just like JFP as a producer loved to blow up sets ane replace them with cheap stuff.

Celia
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Celia

I understand, Kay, my friend…..the difference for me would be that Ron is not creating an interesting story for Abby. She does not come off as someone with a mental disorder…..just a nut where I, instinctually, want to shut her up.
And, there’s no comparison to Bill Bell—you said it, Kay….he could create the most engaging love triangles….unforgettable…..

Phil
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Phil

Speak for yourself Satan! I like this storyline! I also know you did not coin the name “Fluke” as most critics called him Fluke! I am actually hoping s few more personalities come out here! Classic soap story here!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Phil,
I do not object to this type of storyline, as I am sure Satan does not, either….it is the way it is told. Not believable….different strokes for different folks.
It is an opinion….

rebecca1
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I like the story, too, Phil. I think Marci is doing a great job and I also think she’s got Gabby’s mannerisms down pat, from the flicking of her hair to the way she puts her hands on her hips and stands back. And then the transitions…just great work. And when I think of the dialogue and again mannerisms of the different personas she’s taking on it’s even more impressive. (LOL; I’am ALWAYS impressed with all actors everywhere who remember pages of dialogue. Don’t know how they do that!!!!!) And, I’m loving Tyler is this role. I’ve always liked his… Read more »

blake
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blake

I have really enjoyed “Gabigail”, she’s stunning, very sexy and really hot with Stefan! I’m hoping when this story is over that Abby is more like her, more sexy and confident. I’m sure Stefan will bring that out in her.

Celia
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Celia

So, blake, what you’re saying is that Gabigail is an exaggerstion of Gabi? If that’s the case, then I can understand ….but, the confusion should be cleared. There’s no line between the two, and now a third? I do agree about Marci’s looks…..she’s beautiful. I had commented on the fact that with her coloring she needed to wear bold colors and darker eye make-up. What a transformation. I hope that, after all is said and done, Abby is restored. I would not be happy if Abby becomes enamored with Stefan and take it to the point of no return. I… Read more »

Maca
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Maca

I’m so glad Marci Miller is playing this than that Kate what’s her name

Celia
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Celia

Mansi. She was the best !!

Alan
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Alan

I have no idea where Ron is taking this story but I’m in for the long haul. DID stories are one of my three favorite soap plots (baby switches and housewife hookers are the other two) so I’m glued to my screen.

Celia
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Celia

Housewife hookers?? Cracking up, here…..

Angel
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Angel

You must love the shows on Bravo then. 😉

Celia
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Celia

@Angel.
Hi, Angel,
What show? I, actually, don’t watch anything on “Bravo”, LOL…..if you mean “Housewives”?…. I don’t even know what network ‘spits’ out that trash….have never watched an episode.
You are too funny, Angel….I like that.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Tony Geary ruined the Fluke storyline by dictating story and his six months vacation schedule. It didn’t help when he injured his back and prolonged the “Fluke” saga beyond recognition.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

righto!

Angel
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Angel

As fierce as Marci Miller has been portraying these parts, the emergence of Dr. Laura is now reading like a retread of the Viki Lord/Niki Smith/Jean Randolph storyline on One Life To Live in the 1990s.

Celia
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Celia

Yup….that’s why it is so boring for me. Something’s gotta give ( as my Gran is wont to say).
I have to be sooo wowed, Angel, by this story, until I will obliterate all the others, which have been already told, from my mind. We shall see.

mel
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mel

Everything about this is just beyond awful!!!

Mo
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Mo

Enjoying it.

Christy
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Christy

Come on Ron can’t you write anything but DID storylines. First OLTL the GH now Days enough. Find something new to write about already and please dump Alain from this show

Lisa Ann
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Lisa Ann

I am loving this story and Marci is doing a phenomal job. Luckily for me, I never watched those other soaps and I’m too young to remember the Kim sl, so this is my 1st DID story. I’m even more lucky that it got bestowed on my favorite female character. This story is a total WIN WIN for me. Hats off to the writers and actress. And kudos

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Lisa Ann…..I’m 31, but, I do remember Vicki/Nikki ( OLTL), which never really stopped…..it trickled down to her daughter, Jessica. However, I loooooved the continuing story.
So, you do have a point….it was my first DID, where I actually understood and enjoyed. I guess every storyline after that has become mundane for me, merely tolerable….the Abby story needs a twist which has never been used before.

Alan Harding
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Well, I don’t think the Transitions between the personalities are all that believable, no offense to Marci, but I think they could have been presented better. I blame this on the story boards and also the direction, not necessarily on the actress, although she is no Erika Slezak – plus of course, this kind of thing has been done to death and probably done with more conviction on other shows. Why do I watch the show? That’s an equitable question – I suppose after a day of working around deathly ill people (I work in a Cancer Clinic) I need… Read more »

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Well I for one love this story.Marci is playing her roles to perfection Even my best friend loves this story.All to often think just because someone has a mental illness they tend to think we are crazy.which is not the case.Take if from someone who knows.Now I think that Abby may come out of this alright.All she needs is a lot of love and support from her friends.

Celia
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Celia

I know,xmascarol…..it is sad for those with DID, or any psychological issue, to be called crazy….the word is used too loosely. But, when Vivian said the word, I did chuckle at the irony….you know?…, calling the kettle black syndrome. I think that those of us who sort of “object” to the storyline, is probably because it has been told ad nauseam. As I said, Abby’s story must have an awesome and mind-spinning twist—-different from all the rest. What I am wondering is; if Abby goes on this trip with Stefan ( which, as we all assume, is an excuse to… Read more »

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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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