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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Aiden Returns Just as Hope & Rafe Get Closer! Is An Aiden Doppelganger The One Who Tried To Kill His Bride?

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Monday May 9th will be a big episode day on all of your favorite soaps, as the all-important May Sweeps ratings period heats up!

Days of our Lives is set to tell two big stories, one of which has the highly-anticipated on-screen return of Daniel Cosgrove in the role of Aiden Jennings, or is it really Aiden who returns?

Previously, Cosgrove and his then on-screen love interest, Kristian Alfonso  (Hope) became very popular with the fans and were known on social media as “Haiden”.  When Cosgrove’s Aiden was “killed” in a face-off with Hope’s former husband, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), many fans were very upset,  while on-screen Hope and the town of Salem thought he was a-goner.

As viewers recall, after being blackmailed by Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) because of his huge financial debt, Aiden planned on killing his new wife Hope just after they were married … by strangling her.  Now, DAYS fans saw on the Friday, May 6th episode of the NBC sudser that Aiden shocked Hope by being in her home and telling her he is alive!  The action picks-up Monday in a full-episode centered on the night that Aiden tried to kill Hope, where he tells his wife that he coudln’t go through with killing her, and that when he tried to flee Hope’s house he came face to face with his doppelganger.  Aiden will reveal that Andre was behind the plan, but could the man calling himself “Aiden” be the doppelganger?

Watch the latest promo for Days of our Lives after the jump!  Let us know: Are you glad that Daniel Cosgrove is back, which will certainly throw a wrench into the Hope and Rafe romance?  Do you hate or love the idea of another possible doppelganger story on DAYS about to be unleashed? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

I hope he is telling the truth. I liked Hope with Aiden.I am not thrilled with Hope and Rafe. I don’t hate Rafe, just find him someone else. I liked him with Sammy. Danial Cosgrove can act, and with K A the stage lights up. two talented actors make the stories real. welcome back. I will be watching.

Linda
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Linda

OMG Hope and Aiden totally are Hot together. Aiden just needs to prove to Hope he can be trusted and I see her falling for him. I think she is trying to convince herself she should be with Rafe when she loves Aiden. these 2 have Undeniable chemistry. HAIDEN Forever!!

GB
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GB

doppelganger. on a soap. wow: no-one’s EVER done that before!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

LMAO– love the sarcasm.

Ray
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Ray

I HATE doppelganger SL’s!!! I liked Haiden, & I’m glad to have Cosgrove back but nooooooo!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I like Daniel Cosgrove and am very glad to see him back. I hope he stays.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I love that they have brought back Daniel Cosgrove. He is handsome and talented. Perfect leading man. If Aiden were to reunite with Hope..great. If not, that’s fine too. He can be paired with a broomstick and still have chemistry. He doesn’t have to be tied to Hope. Hope and Rafe are just nauseating. Don’t like them whether Aiden in the mix or not. They look so awkward and the actors just don’t seem into it. Happy Daniel Cosgrove is back!

Fatima Mamun
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Fatima Mamun

Totally happy that Daniel Cosgrove is back!!! He was really undervalued on Days before and I hope they don’t make the same mistake again. He is a leading man and Days should take advantage of that. Hope or no Hope, Aiden is a star in Salem and will be great with whomever he is paired with. Days is very lucky that he agreed to come back. He is a fan favorite and they better not waste a good thing. The show needs viewers tuning in to see great performances and chemistry between couples. Rafe and Hope are not doing it.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t mind the actor coming back and the show undoing Aiden being a madman who would try to kill his wife– but honestly who cares. The show has all but destroyed the character of Hope for me when after Aiden was killed off the first time. She barely had time to process his death when she reunited with Bo, then Bo dies. And although she was only with Bo for like a minute we are supposed to believe she was so upset by his death that she would murdered Stefano in the heat of the moment. Okay maybe that,… Read more »

Fatima Mamun
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Fatima Mamun

I agree with that. Hope has changed for the worse. In some ways, she is worse than Aiden. She killed someone, covered up the murder and then framed Andre. It doesn’t matter why she did it- the writers can’t fix that with a doppelganger. Her relationship with Rafe is not believable either. One minute they’re friends and the next , she is in love with him and wanting to sleep with him. That’s not the Hope I know. The writers have shown no respect for that character and it was all done so Rafe could look better. Hope waited almost… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

what a position for Daniel Cosgrove “Aiden” to be in

he has chemistry…. with two of Days leading characters… Hope and Kayla

YUM

why not revisit with Kayla… if Hope turns him down… or he bides his time and gets to know Kayla

I think the fans would eat this up…

just saying… because of how electric the dynamic , are

lining up for this show

Patrick
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Patrick

I think Daniel Cosgrove is brought back to “salvage” and/or TURN ( in a good way ) what this show needs Kristian Alfonso… is never better… when in love and romance is in her life whew! which is so fine… by me… as we get… one of the “BEST” leading men currently…. he’s dreamy… I mean really I couldn’t believe it… when… in – ONE – room… at the Salem P.D… there’d Aiden, Justin, and Rafe… swoon OK… invite me I’ve posted before… I’d be nutted up… if I had Lost two husbands that quickly… especially when it was so… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I forgot to add… I wonder if Roman, Hope, and Rafe… every discuss their “dirty cop” deeds

here’s hoping that Andre is back in full swing soon… as he brings FUN back to the canvas

it’s some DiMera at the very least

i’m a month behind… dang! I got lost in the dark

missing Chad and Abs

Melanie
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Melanie

I’m thrilled Aiden is back. Didn’t like how the writers left it where everyone believed him to be a monster when he was only trying to protect his son’s life. Any parent would understand that, I think. Now his character can be exonerated. I loved him with Hope. Took a while but I’m starting to like Rafe with Hope now too. She’s been through way too much to start any kind of romantic relationship with anyone. Bo has only been dead for about 6 months. She grieved much longer when he was presumed dead. Would have liked if they had… Read more »

blake
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blake

I hope he’s back for good, Days could really use his talents.

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

I said he had a twin-and such a novel idea-lol

Kim
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Kim

VERY excited to see Aiden /Daniel Cosgrove again! He is a fantastic, subtle, emotional actor and Kristian really does her best work around him. They just have a connection on screen that is rare. Galen and Kristian don’t bring out passion in each other. Rafe should be with a younger character so he can have kids. Hope and Aiden are much better suited for one another.

Fatima Mamun
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Fatima Mamun

Except for Jordan, every woman they have given Rafe is someone else’s LOL. Rafe was mooning over Hope when she was with Aiden and that made him look desperate and kind of perverted. There is something wrong with Rafe in general. None of the women he’s had have worked. Sami was the closest thing to being ok that he’s had. I wish Days would stop trying to force him together with women that most fans want to see with someone else. It doesn’t help him or the show. I don’t see passion in any Rafe and Hope scenes either. Rafe… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Personally I liked Rafe with Carrie. The union didn’t last long but I thought she was best suited for him. There was also a half minute there I thought Rafe might be good with Nicole— speaking of which, they used to best buds but I don’t even recall Rafe making an condolence call to her when Daniel died–oh well, things change I guess.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve always said… Hope and Rafe are not… equals… if you will Carrie Brady, outside of Sami… was Rafe best bet TILL Dena Higley… if it’s true… she’s in love with Rafe’alicious… is better off just pairing Rafe back with Kate… till Dena hires a new love interest for Rafe as Kate is not being true to herself… and bedding DOWN with Deimos… course i’m a month behind… so who knows what kate is doing I mean really… If I was Kate and saw Deimos swooning over Nicole.. I’d dump him… and with Aiden back in town I see a… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

That’s an interesting comment about the character of Rafe. He’s nice, he’s likeable enough, but I tend to agree with the comment that he’s not terribly dynamic for some reason. But, I’ll take any storyline that doesn’t center around the same old same old re-hashed mush between Steve (“Patch”) and Kayla – please, cannot take anymore.

Ray
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Ray

It would have been so much more believable if they had just chalked up the last 6 months or so as one of Abby’s hallucinations. Then they could have cherry picked what was real & what was not & made Abby’s instability even more frightening than it already is because if she’s literally been in her own head all this time….

But no…They went for the tired…I mean tried & true.

Did I mention above that I HATE doppelganger SL’s???

Yeah, I did. And I do.

damien
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damien

love daniel, aiden
i may give days a shot again after abadoning it

Minnie
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Minnie

Love, Love, Love that Daniel Cosgrove is back! This means I’m coming back too. I was angry with the way they destroyed Aiden and killed him off. Stopped watching after that. I will give Days a chance to redeem themselves with a good story for Aiden and redemption for him too. I really don’t care if he ends up with Hope. I actually think he needs someone younger like Nicole or Chloe. As for Hope and Rafe, KA is just GG’s next victim. He’s never had a successful pairing (somewhat Sami but EJ won) as long as he’s been on… Read more »

Rj
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Rj

Glad to have Daniel back any way they manage the story lines! 🙂

judy
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judy

never liked Aiden and keep Hope and Rafe togther

Rj
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Rj

I like Hope and Rafe too!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

WHAT!!? An EVIL twin on a Soap Opera? I must say, this show is extremely
innovative, I’ve never heard of such a thing!
I DO like the actor since his days on AMC but the storyline sounds, if you don’t mind me wording it simplistically, stupid.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

Days rehiring the original Ciara brady and bringing back lauren boles it is never going to happern.also Vivian jovanni is Ciara brady now and it is going to stay that way.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

Sorry but I don’t miss lauren boles on days or her character of Ciara brady..

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

It is time for all to excepted that Vivian jovanni is Ciara brady now and it is going to stay that way.

GIGI
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GIGI

I Love Sweet Rafe, with Hope!!! All Protective and Loving Man , He is Perfect for Hope!!! Even Bo, Loved Him, I think Hope Love Rage not Aiden. Aiden, can leave and take Chase, with him. He is just not Hopes Type, seems so sneaky and needy, just a fake, !! We were so happy when Rage was With Hope, and even Ciara, Loved Him.. He would do anything for Them, A Good Strong, Caring Hand Smart Man I hope the Writers see this. Hope and Rafe Forever!!! Aiden is wrong for Hope, Let Hope marry Rafe, He will Live… Read more »

GIGI
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GIGI

Sorry but I and my whole Family and Friends, are a Rafe Fan!!! We All Love Rafe Here, He is Handsome and True and Will do Anything for the Woman He Loves!!! Please Give Rafe a Chance, He is the One for Hope and Ciara. They make a Beautiful Family. Ciara will never feel for Aiden, the way she feels for Rafe, plus the fear and hatred she feels for Chase. It will be shown that Aiden, is hiding and plotting things again, with Andre, and now wants Rafe dead. Get rid of Aiden, and Chase. Days was just getting… 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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