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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad Is Brainwashed By Andre! What Did You Think Of The Scenes?

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On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, in quite an array of images from the disturbing – bugs, cats, explosions – interpersed with images of Belle (Martha Madison), Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) did the unthinkable and brainwashed his brother, Chad (Billy Flynn)!

After hijacking Chad’s hypnosis therapy session with Marlena (Deidre Hall), he gives his ‘bro’ a freakish therapy session of his own, strapping him to a chair, and strapping his head down. Next, Chad is forced to watch a screen and fed images to literally rip Abigail (Kate Mansi) out of Chad’s heart, and seemingly replace it with Belle’s! In a heartbreaking moment, a tear streams down Chad’s face.

All of this is Andre’s attempt to have Chad go after Belle to retrieve the stolen DiMera fortune! And all of this, just as Abby and Chad had a moment of coming together after their long-suffering months of terror due to serial killer Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  But it looks like with any super couple in the making, happiness is fleeting! Meanwhile,  Stefano (Joe Mascolo) was to be pleased when he happened upon the scene of Andre brainwashing Chad!  He admonished Andre for his actions.

Now comes the big questions:  Will Chad sleep with Belle for the DiMera fortune?  Can he snap out of it? Is Andre’s new reign of terror going to be even farther reaching?

Let us know:  Were you disturbed by the visions that Chad was enduring while being brainwashed? What do you think will happen next? Comment below!

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Days has taken pages from RC to bring their ratings up and keep its’ fan intrigued, surprised by shockers, twists & turn and on the edge suspenseful drama with cliffhangers, every day.
And- it works..
RC brought in 3 million with his twist & turns on the edge WOW moments and humorous writing.
Days did well to heighten the dark drama and give its’ fans thrills and WOW moments and pull back on the yawn love problems junk. with exception of the two main couples.
It’s working, a good thing for Days..

LONG LIVE THE SOAPS!!!!

Margie
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Margie

RC? Ha!

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Are you the lead writer? LOL! I respectfully disagree. I prefer soapy to CSI.

Mo
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Mo

What is RC?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I thought the scenes were full of IT. Unrealistic; without substance. All of them. Since when does Stefano sit by and allow another, matters not if it’s his son, give orders? Looks bad, really bad. Ritorni, Stefano. Tuo figlio e’ matto.

Patrick
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Patrick

Thanks Ceec’ why would the writers defame… weaken Stefano love for HIS family… his children… ? doesn’t make sense… all for the $500 million that Sami bilked from ? which is another weak spot… AS’ Sami isn’t even on the show… and they let her get away with that? laughable… The DiMera family has and always should be pivotal in moving Salem. DOOL would not exist; had it not been for the DiMera Empire… I believe Thaao Penghlis thread… that The DiMera live with tragedy… oy! it’s hard to swallow… when you think of all those actors associated with the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Patrick.
Absolutely right, Patrick.
Furthermore, what is $500 mil. to the DiMeras? Pittance! Can’t they come out with something more gripping? Something that doesn’t make me go, Hmmmm and Huh??

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I agree, what a disjointed and chaotic mess. I liked the show a little more when I first started watching about 2 1/2 years ago or so when it was Sonny, Will, Sammi, EJ, Abigail, etc. Now it’s so confusing, with all new characters, I haven’t missed an episode but can’t seem to follow what is going on. Who’s this new gal in town (she used to play Bianca’s gal friend on AMC, for a while, I think….) and why is she putting on sickly looking make up? I can’t stand Andre and Stefano’s over the top cornball acting is… Read more »

Sarah StJohn
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Sarah StJohn

So disappointed that, after a big surge in DOOL ratings, they are once again reverting to these far-fetched plots. Brainwashing, programming, etc. What’s next? Satan again? If you want to keep viewers, keep it real. Recent stories were mostly good. Please go back there. I don’t care for the Abby character, but this new stuff is terrible.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sarah and Tim Welles. As much as we all (mostly all..lol) wanted Ben to get his up-commence, his diabolical storyline kept us entranced and in suspense. I couldn’t wait for the next episode. Ben stole the show, with Chad the perfect foil. I won’t be so naive as to think Days would remain as interesting and engaging as it had suddenly become….deep down we all knew that as soon as the story would climax, down would go the interest. Makes me very sad. All the characters you mention Tim brought a sense of comfort to the soap. Now, as you… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

That’s all right your points are extremely valid and well-taken! I realize very well that it’s a “soap” and we all have to allow for the fact that this doesn’t mirror real life, but a little credibility is expected. I work in the Medical Field so many of the scenes are laughable but I watch for the entertainment value. Why would Dr. Kayla be convinced that this new gal (obviously a character from before I was a viewer) has Leukemia just because she put on unflattering make-up and darkened under her eyes? How many more times is raspy voiced John… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well I think it was one of the cruelest things I’ve seen the Dimera’s do. It is one thing when they do this stuff to their so called enemies, but when they do this to one of their own family members that is cold. I just hope Abigail will be a lot sharper than some of Salemites and realize that Chad has been brainwashed and get him some help. It is time for her to rescue him— that is what all great soap couples do.

Patrick
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it’s absolutely cruel… and weakens the character of STefano DiMera… he would never allow this familial destruction if the plot point is ; for the money sami bilked … this isn’t good for the character assasination of ; Stefano… and even Andre himself… he’s a DiMera… what’s his act? revenge… a total takeover cause daddy imobile… lacks the firepower… of ole? ugh! I can only hope DAYS brings back EJ from the dead… or Peter Blake… to go toe to toe head to head… with the new man about town… Kiriakis ‘ LEAD Vincent Irizarry’ Deimos let it be EJ… Read more »

Margie
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Margie

I’m glad Chad and Abby remain front and center, but I hope this crisis doesn’t last for months.

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Will a brainwashed Chad sleep with Belle…will she too be brainwashed to sleep with Chad-does she even know Chad…Meanwhile this Ava, Kayla and Patch plot almost feels like a thinly disguised Kristen, Marlena and John plot!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

LOL, Jimmy. You are right on track about the laughable plot.
Also, I don’t think Chad is brainwashed. Could he be faking it? He knows how diabolical Andre is and I truly believe he wants to safeguard the family from ruin; that is, financially. He could also be protecting Abby from all that is DiMera right now. Andre is out of control putting Chad in a precarious position which would mean having to reveal all to Abby. Obviously he can’t do that. So, the next best thing would be to keep her at arms-length. Merry Christmas, Jimmy, my friend.

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

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all posters!!!

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

I fast-forwarded these scenes. DOOL is too violent and upsetting. If they keep it up, then I will quit watching it completely. Who thought Andres was a good addition, by the way? DOOL has the least attractive men of all soaps.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

What the heck do looks have to do with it? Thaao is a popular actor, in a ‘strange’ role. And, Days is no more violent than GH or Y&R. The fires? The identity switches; the mob lords….to name a few. DOOL has been more graphic with the Ben storyline, but the concept of violence is silently understood in the other soaps…..it’s there like a fantasm. I will always watch no matter how much I may point out ‘things’ that are unrealistic or ridiculous, or how much some characters irritate me. It is your prerogative not to watch. So, don’t watch.… Read more »

Mike
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I thought it was ridiculous. Andre was waiting for Chad to come back to the mansion to spring this plot on him for him to seduce Belle. He had no idea Chad was going to be heading straight out to Marlena’s office, or that Chad would for sure turn him down. And yet, despite that, he somehow put this plan together on the sly, got to Marlena’s office ahead of Chad, hid in her closet without her seeing him, brought materials to knock Marlena out and inject Chad – and then promptly took him to a secure location to show… Read more »

Paul
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I couldn’t agree more. Andre is like a cartoon character. And those sunglasses he was sporting to be incognito at the hospital made me LOL. How many times can Marlena be attacked in her office btw before University Hospital hires security? At least they had John comment on that. As for the brainwashing scenes, I ff’d.

I wholeheartedly agree about the timing on this show. Its’ beyond ridiculous. And don’t get me started on the 20 lb preemie that is already cooing and making baby sounds.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I agree too – who in the heck is writing this jazz? I liked the show better when it centered around Sonny, Will, Derrick and Paul – and I also enjoyed Sami and EJ and JJ’s romance with Paige complicated by Eve. Now, I can barely follow what’s going on, and I never miss a show, I am just one day behind because I watch it on my RoKu device on the NBC app – So many “new characters” or return of older characters, it’s hard to keep up. I can only take so much of the cartoonish like villain… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

I thought that was really stupid. I haven’t watched the show in weeks and yesterday decided to check it out. When I turned it on I saw the flashes of all these weird clips and thought “WTF?” I know about that process to brainwash people but seeing it on Days just made me roll my eyes. Then I watched other clips with Belle, Joey, Patch, Kayla and the killer lady that returned but I couldn’t get into it. I did like seeing Brady and Theresa but the outlook for Days does not look good. I miss when Days was Must… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

DOOL was so unbelievable for months that I worried how it would maintain the pace and momentum. There are certain things working and others not so much. The biggest issue I have with the show is the pacing and missed opportunities. First, characters leave without having an opportunity to feel the big payoff. Clyde slipped out of town to go to jail in Florida. There should have been some scenes involving Victor, Stefano and Kate. Ben was arrested less than a week ago and all we hear is that he is on suicide watch. Let us see the scenes where… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Agree totally especially with lack of reaction. Jennifer’s daughter was kidnapped my a murderous husband, she has a geandchild in nice, her daughter barely survived being burned alive, and her routine seems pretty much the same.

Kari
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Kari

For me, the only two positive things about this storyline are… 1) Watching Billy Flynn try to pull this “RoboChad” off, with those expressive eyes of his. I think he did well with what he was given, especially considering how ridiculous as the storyline is and how many plot holes it has. 2) The payoff that is sure to come because you know Chad is going to be absolutely FURIOUS with Andre once he’s 100% himself again. I’m not even sure furious is a strong enough word. Looks to me like they needed a setup to make Chad want to… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Just a few months ago, Stefano wanted Chad to break Ben up so he could be with Abby and get Abby’s land inheritance. Now he’s with Abby. Maybe the old gal hasn’t died. So I’m confused as to why they don’t want him with Abby anymore. I get that the money Belle potentially has is A LOT (and on a sidenote, $500 million is very popular on the soaps. Jabot paid Newman that sum on Y&R.), but surely the DiMeras can’t be destitute. Should be interesting, though I did like Abby and Chad together and hope Tom is Chad’s child.

Dylan
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Dylan

Ron Carlivati ONLY brought good ratings to GH when he focused on vets and returning faves. His outlandish stories and focus on newbies brought GH record low ratings. Days has been doing outrageous stories for decades. Long before the absurd Faison mask story, in 1984, Andre wore a Roman mask and Killed people. These stories work on Days because we actually care about the characters!

Susan
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Susan

Now this is the Andre that we all know and love. I wonder if he is part of that organization John was told about.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Brainwashing? Please let’s not go down such a crazy path. It’s silly.

Beth
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Beth

It’s camp and not my favorite kind of storyline, but on the plus side, it is the kind of storyline that a couple-to-root-for gets, and it’s a sign that DOOL knows how good Chad and Abby are together. I also think that if anyone can pull off the villain in this storyline, Thaao Penghlis is the actor to do it. I also have to give credit to the writers and Billy Flynn for showing Chad resisting the brainwashing and crying during the process as he tried to say Abby’s name. That’s some excellent soapy, romantic stuff right there!

Anne
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Anne

Soaps need a balance of light and dark, joy and evil to work and Days upset this balance in a disturbing way. Abby and Chad needed time to recover and experience some happiness before another sadistic storyline emerged. This is kinda sick, actually.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I loved every second of it!

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Well YOU are most certainly NOT in the majority that’s for certain.

Suziq
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Suziq

Absolutely absurd, laughable. I miss the show that we had just a couple months ago. Most familiar and liked characters are gone and dropping like flies. It seems 10 new characters…STRANGERS…pop up on the screen each week. I don’t care about these people. To me, appeal of soaps is you know these people, they are friends in your home. I really fear this complete turnover is going to be a huge bust.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I do too….it’s like…who ARE these people? To me, it’s as if I’m watching the wrong show or a different show. I realize new characters pop up time to time but this has been like….wha…..

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m interested in this; from the standpoint: Billy Flynn

will the writing exact or take a toll on all the the audience has been responding to… and cheering on…. Billy Flynn’ ACTING

he has been riveting… thanks in large part… to Robert Scott Wilson..and .. surprise surprise… in large part… to kate Mansi…. Abs has been spot on… emmy worthy… every since she found out about Chads amnesia…. she’s revived Abs big

Abs and Chad are forwarding DAYS

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

This is the kind of storytelling days does best! I love how ever character seems to have something exciting happening at the moment. I love action/adventure, Science fiction, intrigue plots.

Rose9
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Rose9

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! If you’re going to do something totally crazy like brainwashing. He should have been kidnapped and strapped to that table for days, like RoboJohn years ago. But he was in and out of that chair in one scene. FAIL!

Kate
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Kate

Perhaps you didn’t notice that Chad was hypnotized first, that’s why it didn’t take long!! People will do anything they’re told after being hypnotized. He was hypnotized and then brainwashed. I don’t think this was a fail at all. It was AWESOME!

Rose9
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Rose9

Actually I didn’t notice that, thanks for the clarification. I unfortunately find myself fast forwarding through a lot of Days. Even though I’m super dissapointed in the show I’m glad other people seem to be liking it. I’ve been watching for almost 20 years and I want to show to succeed. Just wish it would succeed and I was enjoying it more!

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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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DAYS Production Designer, Tom Early, Shows Off New and Reimagined DiMera Mansion Set

It’s always great to see a face-lift to the sets on your favorite soaps.  So many of then have been around for years and years, and in these changing times need to be given new life and freshened up, as much as longtime fans may miss the comfort and familiarity of the originals.

2020 and 2021 has also definitely been filled with challenges and keeping everyone safe on set throughout the coronavirus pandemic on all of your favorite soaps.

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Recently, Days of our Lives fans noticed a change to the famous DiMera mansion set, where for decades the likes of Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) graced the room with bluster and drama as only Stefano could.

With so much of the action taking place there in story, and several key characters living at the mansion, it was time for an update.

Production Designer, Tom Early took to his Twitter account and shared two views of the reimagined set.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the new look DiMera Mansion via the comment section below.

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