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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Is Raped By Chase!

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NBC’s Days of our Lives gave its viewers another shocker at the end of Wednesday’s episode when Chase Jennings (Jonathan McClendon) rapes Ciara Brady (Vivian Jovanni).  The set up occurs since Chase has fallen under the influence of a vengeful Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis).  At the Salem Inn over a meal, Chase informs Andre he never felt part of Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso) family and has a dark side to him like his father Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove).  Andre urges him to not supress his darker instincts.  When Andre brings up Chase’s feelings for Ciara, the teenager tells him he feels he has blown it with her.  Andre says he thinks Ciara is into him, and that women like a strong, take charge kind of guy.

At Horton Town Square, Chase finally resurfaces. Hope and Ciara have been very oncerned about his whearabouts. Ciara convinces the guard Hope has watching her to let her take Chase back to Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) with her.  Once at Jennifer’s, Ciara holds Chase’s hand and apologizes for their argument.  Next, Chase professes his love for Ciara, but she pulls away.  Ciara  relates to him that he is like a brother to her.  Chase pushes the issue and tells Ciara he thinks she feels the same way he does and he moves in for a kiss.  They actually start to kiss, but Ciara pushes him away and puts on the brakes. She tells Chase, she is not ready for this.  Chase is sure she is and just not admitting it.  He pushes her down to the sofa and tells her this is what they both want!  He next covers her mouth with his hand as Ciara starts to cry.   The episode fades to black.

Jovanni told Soap Opera Digest about her DAYS rape scene: “When Albert (Alarr, co-executive producer) and Josh (Griffith, co-head writer) told me that Ciara was going to be raped, I was nervous at first, but also very grateful to be getting the opportunity to explore this complex and layered storyline.”

So, what did you think about DAYS decision to have Ciara raped by Chase? Are you upset that DAYS chose to bring a rape into this storyline? What do you think will happen next? Will Ciara keep her rape a secret from Hope and everyone else? Will she confide in Theo (Kyler Pettis), who truly loves her? Share your thoughts on this game-changing moment in the comment section below.

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Patrick
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Patrick

“Oh My God” tell me this isn’t so…. tainting the SORAS teen set he’s my favorite of the newbie SORAS. I was waiting for Daniel Cosgrove to come back and get what’s his…. his son argh! is this the set up… of Daniel Cosgrove returning… ??? as a ghost… giving a shock treatment / lobotomy / nutted up Chase a familial visit… which would be extremely sad to me… seeing Chase go home… with his ghost dad as they reunite and leave the show not what I had in mind… nor for Ciara Alice to be raped… REALLY Days Production… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Patrick they are pulling all the drains to the plug..standing in the hottest shower…and enjoying the heat. .viewers be damned. .teen rape. .crazy Hope..visions and transplanted visions of how not to go wrong ..and DAYS gone bye of James E Reilly. .as in Lilliput. .we’re doomed

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yup. When you’re right, you’re right, dav.

Carolina
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Carolina

Who is Ciara? Who is Chase?

This God awful show.

Victor
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Victor

What I heard is Ciara, is going to get hooked on drugs and will be a hooker. Also she will be cutting herself. God please help us, this storyline will be dark and depressing. I will not watch anymore of this wacko show.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

As much as I advocate for the final four there comes a time when the network deliberately tries the patience and loyalty of its daytime viewers. .I have a kitchen sink. .I don’t need one thrown at me. .I don’t want to sit through yet another painful decline..I don’t want to sit on pins and needles until next February or March awaiting your strutting peacock decision. .and I certainly don’t want to see another island of supposed dead people negating months of a powerful story. .and performances. .GET IT TOGETHER. .GET IT RIGHT. .AND STOP THE DAMNED MADNESS

carol
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carol

Yup Daniel is returning I saw where is already taping so it could be say later spring when he comes back.Funny just awhile ago Chase and Ciara were little kids now this ugh.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I think this rape is a big mistake–“like father like son”–no, no, no–a bad mistake.
Haven’t Chase and Ciara been through enough already? This taints a promising rebirth of Days.
And while I’m at it, why did STEVE HAVE SEX WITH THE CRAZY ONE? Another bad mistake.
Hope Days doesn’t start to crumble like GH and the Tony Geary Luke/Fluke/52nd anniversary show that destroyed the legacy character of Luke and the romantic love story of Laura and Luke–to say nothing of making the whole Spencer family VICTIMS instead of SURVIVORS of their family’s history of violence and alcoholism.

Patrick
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Patrick

this just doesn’t follow… even after the fact that Chase… who explained he doesn’t know why he did the things he did… apologized to Theo for the bullying

because Ciara wouldn’t acknowledge or return Chase feelings…. ??? he did this because he’s ???

1. a screwed up kid… with no parents
2. jealous of Theo
3. under the spell of Andre
4. ????

most of the fans – POSTS – are having a difficult time as it is… accepting the newbie SORAS

they go and do this ????

this came out of nowhere… i’m dissapointed

Eddie
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Eddie

I agree with you, Patrick. I’m disappointed as well.

Dylan
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Dylan

I am SOOOO torn about this development. My first thought was WHY WHY WHY? Why did they do it? Why more violence against women? Why more rape? Why are they making the show so dark? Ciara just lost her father. Why are they giving this heavy material to VERY green actors who are just beginning to gel with the audience? All I could think was why. But then….. This could be a chance for DAYS to tell a VERY relevant story about teenage rape, where the rapist is not some violent thug, but rather a VERY troubled hormonal kid. It… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I am SOOOO torn about this development. ”

I really do try and plug for; and prod this show… onward and upward

oy!

Luke and Laura
Kayla and Jack

argh! I’m upset about this

@Lew S. well said post

gavel – This is what Corday believes the audience wants? Dang! –

stumped; off; and thrown for a loop

Lew S.
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Lew S.

So, this is the new DAYS? Numerous murders, funerals and now rape. This is what Corday believes the audience wants? Dang! Where is the love and romance and is there ONE happy couple on this show? Don’t see how this helps the story.

su0000
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su0000

hi Lew S..
Of course it is the drama people want..
The numbers are up, Days was on the chopping block and has risen out of the ashes, so it is evident people do not, no longer, care for love in the afternoon they are looking for intriguing high gripping drama..
What was good in the 80’s of couples, now in the new media era in 2016/21st century..
Love in the afternoon is not making it, and it’s killing GH, wait for it … lol

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Hey Su, I am a 21st century guy, but I don’t find rape entertaining. There are so many directiy they could have taken Ciara and Chase and they chose this? I know soaps have to offer intrigue and high drama and a bit of whimsy, but DAYS has been down right depressing! GH will get it together and hope DAYS will too. Remember, the renewal is only for a year. Good to get a post from you!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

They DO care for love in the afternoon. That’s the whole point. And they do care for family–and Days had begun to give us this again; thus the rise in ratings, BUT the Steve debacle (sleeping with the other woman) and Chase raping Ciara is NOT exemplifying the above. I PREDICT A DOWNHILL SLIDE. ps And Hope and Rafe killing Stephano and covering it up ? Another big no-no. Shades of General Hospital! Days, trust me, you do NOT want to go down that road. See where it got GH. “A word to the wise is sufficent.” Or should be!

Cindy
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Cindy

I so agree with you. Bring back the good old days

covington666
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covington666

i’m all for the drama. i don’t need badly played romance. i don’t need patch and kayla in a ridiculous closet being “cute.” give me something that you can’t miss. DAYS of the past 6 months is exactly what has me not fast forwarding things again.

Patrick
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Patrick

Days of OUR Lives – really ?

i’d much rather watch Jennifer Horton NUT UP

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

That’ll happen, Patrick. Jennifer will plunge into darkness where she will have visions of Jack. Eventually, Jack in live form will save her from the depths of insanity!

dee
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dee

I was hoping jj would walk in and shoot the bastard…..

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Share your thoughts on this game-changing moment ”

this has altered all that “is” DAYS of OUR Lives

I realize this happens
I realize this has happened in Salem

where are you ( head writers) drawing the line ?

neither of these actors have melded with; the cast ; the audience ; their characters ?!?!

it’s taken me this long… to start giving the SORAS teens a chance… as in not minding them … for this to happen… just shocks and sucks the life right out of them

I’m clearly surprised and thrown by this

Adam
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Adam

Days needs to fire all the writers, hire Ron ex GH. Celebrity Dirty Laundry reported this rape storyline on Days. We need Anna Dimera Back on Days. Calliope Jones, Eugene, Carrie and Austin. oh Vivian and Ivan, they were entertaining. madam Madam Vivian. Rehire Louise Sorel. Days is a big mess now.

carol
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carol

I am with you there I would love to see Louise Sorel back and Ivan now she can make you laugh .I guess Days feels like it needs more action then just walking through the park or talking. By the way what is this thing going on now with Brady? I dont mind action but rape ,no way.

Rose
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Rose

I’ve been reading a lot of “love letters” about DOOL as well as complaints about funerals and such. For someone who had never watched Days I was thinking of giving it a try. But the rape just changed that. Who needs it? It’s sure not entertainment for me.

BreckRoy
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BreckRoy

This storyline feels so unnecessary and borders on offensive, as the writing and acting talent is not there to tell it with the honesty and nuanced sensitivity that is required to make a story about a virgin teenager forcibly raped by her step-brother something that would remotely be must-see TV. Also, we’ve no investment in these versions of the characters and the actors are still finding their way–so it’s not horrifying and heartbreaking the way a story this sensitive should be. (Vivian Jovanni was pretty terrible in the Valentine’s Day episode and while I’m hopeful she’ll get there, she’s not… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Ita. One horrific tragedy after another after another. It gets kind of sick. What’s next? Let’s see they haven’t done cannibalism or extended torture. Maybe victor will axe Maggie and baby Tate to death? Goodbye days. It’s sad.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

BreckRoy, thank you for your astute analysis…

This storyline is indeed offensive: (1) rape, in and of itself, is offensive; and (2) these characters are virtually brother and sister. So there should be no “love,” no “sex,” no violence. This is sad really…

You have outlined many of the recent violent storylines DOOL has showcased. Is it trying to give GH a run for its money on which soap can be darker?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James,

To me, this so-called storyline is OFFENSIVE PERIOD!!!!! When will soaps (and also primetime) learn that rape has NO BUSINESS AT ALL being in the entertainment industry?!?!?!?!?! Some people may and might call it ‘pushing the envelope’. I call it degradation and humiliation. BEYOND SENSELESS!!!!!!!

Take care, Brother.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James,

Another thing: I find rape scenes in movies to be a real TURN-OFF!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, rape scenes in movies R-U-I-N a movie!!!!! Bottom Line Here (well, for me, anyway): Rape doesn’t belong anywhere in the entertainment industry. AT ALL!!!!!!

Take care, Brother.

Mike
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Mike

You beat me to it, but you expressed my feelings almost exactly. The versions of these characters we are seeing right now are brand new – the audience is still trying to get used to them. They’ve been on the show about four – maybe five – months. You don’t throw brand new characters with ‘green’ talent into a heavy story like this and expect the audience to want to go along for the ride. And considering the kind of writing we are seeing lately – this cartoon and now a mess of a story with Ava, the Hope/Rafe personality… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@Mike “…You don’t throw brand new characters with ‘green’ talent into a heavy story like this and expect the audience to want to go along for the ride ” I really appreciate your stating this if ever their is an injustice … in this world… that shouldn’t go unnoticed … and should reach people.. it’s rape add in the new thread of a shake up in the headwriting team… Josh Griffith OUT and Dena Higley remains, at the helm? I’m flustered and in disbelief that this storyline is even addressed… judging and assessing how story follow through since the Griffith… Read more »

mary
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mary

Why,Every time I fall I love With A character like chase. You have and do something really stupid. Why can’t I can’t be messed up without Doing stopping totally ridiculous.A lot of young People. That their life has been screwed up.Sentenced to stupid Acts.

Patrick
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Patrick

Newbie SORAS TEENS Ciara, Chase, Theo, Claire, Joey it’s taken so long…. and I mean… a long time.. to even get an ounce or smidgen of.. OK… I can live with these characters…. in small doses…it’s doable I’ll manage. BUT… like you… @Mary… my favorite one… was Chase… watching him be the most realistic of teen angst hurt confusion heck… lost… without his Dad Chase and mother… he may have killed, accidentally that being said… I was so… looking forward… to ex-Aiden… even as a new character.. even as Peter Blake… still take responsibility for his son, Chase and the… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

You are being too kind BreckRoy. Vivian Jovanni was really BAD in the Valentine’s Day episode. I turned off the television.

I do agree with you. Days has become way too dark a show.

Mo
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Mo

I fast forwarded through her scenes. Just couldn’t stand it. She cannot act!!!!!

Lisa
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Lisa

^ My sentiments exactly, BreckRoy. This is not the Days we were once again promised…. I remember being skeptical when Corday made his new set of promises last fall about the show being restored to it’s core for the 50th anniversary, beloved vets like Stephen Nichols being brought back etc etc. I was cautiously optimistic and excited by some of the cast’s tweets about how much we were going to love what was coming and how it felt like old times when they were taping all this. Well, I haven’t loved one second of it, really. This latest ”reboot” has… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I’ve been disappointed too, I must admit. We heard Ken make promises before. I feel he’s really failed. The character of Hope has been destroyed as well.

Denise
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Denise

Exactly!!!

JANET
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JANET

you said it all. If this is love in the afternoon, someone needs a trip to the unemployment office. Rape, ? Blackmail rape .patch was raped no matter what you say. When Sammy went with her rapist, EJ I shut the show off.Looks like Hope killed the wrong De mera. This show has just too many scum bags lately. Anton brainwashes everyone.?

Ashley
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Ashley

I agree. It seems as if the writers believe the most vile stories are the ONLY way to capture an audience. The story lines just go from 0 to 1000 within a day. Then when the story line does slow down the viewers are stuck with a bunch of filler episodes and no action. It’s just odd. I watch DOOL, Y&R, and GH so I understand there are many ups and downs on soaps, but this on DOOL is just plain inconsistent writing.

Chris
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Chris

Ava didn’t rape Steve, he consented to have sex with her so that she could free her fiancee Kalyla!

Chris
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Chris

*his

nicholas
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nicholas

I am so disappointed ! Chase was a character i liked . It’s not that often that you see a young soap character struggling with the death of both of his parents , one who was a psycho who tried to murder his stepmom . Wished his struggles , vulnerability were shown more . I would liked to have seen Chase struggle with the idea that he might end up psycho and evil as his dad and have Hope and others reassure him over that but he would still think in a paranoid sort of way that the Salemites are… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You can’t get much more socially relevant than teen rape, nicholas.

Let this storyline be a warning to teens. Let it warn teens and their parents how volatile a step-sibling/child can be. Show the adults to not be so wrapped up in their own little world that they overlook something.

HACC
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HACC

This storyline is SO STUPID!!! It never should have been written let alone considered in the first place! Chase is one of the best teens in the teen scene! He shouldn’t have been ruined for a storyline that NO ONE wants to watch! It’s completely unfair and it came out of no where! Just like the storyline for Aiden came out of thin air and made NO SENSE! With AIDENS return I was hoping for Aiden to reunite with Hope BUT also with chase! And for days to fix the mess they caused! But now they’re also ruining chase!? Chase… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

All I have to say is, “Where did all the good soap writers go?”

They are all into the shock and awe with nothing substantive.

Chloe
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Chloe

When the new writers took over, Josh Griffith tweeted several times about how the show was going to have so much “romance”. So far, all we’ve had are multiple murders [and from what I hear, another one is coming], Now they’re adding rape to the mix?? What’s next – Bubonic Plague? I’d prefer to not see a rape storyline at all, but if it has to be done, I wish they would have picked someone on the show who can actually act. WoodenCiara is just awful; she can’t act her way out of a paper bag. Yes, she can cry… Read more »

Eddie
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Eddie

If this is how the “new” DOOL is going to be for the next two years then I say better to end it right now.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is a very disturbing turn of events. I have two responses. First, rape is a horrible, violent and disgusting crime. There has been so much violence against women on the show already – the murders of Serena and Paige, the attack on Marlena, and the kidnapping of Abigail and Ciara. Enough already.

Secondly, I don’t know that these two young actors are up to the task of telling this very complex story.

Enrique
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Enrique

I’m going to wait and see how this storyline goes. One of the greatest soap storylines Josh Griffith, along with Michael Malone did was the rape of Marty Saybrooke on OLTL. I hope this brings out Vivian Jovanni’s talents the same way Susan Haskell played her story.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

The rape Marty Saybrooke was a riveting story expertly portrayed by Susan Haskell. Susan was doing a terrific job with the character before the rape. Based on what I’ve observed, Susan Haskell is light-years ahead of Vivian Jovanni in acting ability.

Lana
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Lana

I think that TPTB will regret this. I’m willing to give the younger actors a chance but they are far from ready for this heavy of a storyline. Plus there was very little build up and suspense. Just shock value.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

And the sad decline of DOOL continues……….

Magento
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Magento

This soap is going off the rails. I mean come on. First you up age the characters mid story as if that wasn’t awkward enough. Then they kill of Chase’s father only to bring Bo back and to then have him die. Now this!?! I mean come on DOOL’s. This has to top the worst of the writing decisions (many outlined above by others). While I’ve loved this show for years (since HS), I think it’s about time to drop this sinking ship.

Stephanie L
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Stephanie L

DOOL has survived because of love and romance and doing whats right. It should be Bos ghost that comes back and makes sure justice is done and all is righted

Brett
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Brett

I think he’s been hypnotised.

Joel
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Joel

If Hope doesn’t throw Chase out for good, she is off her rocker.

Marco
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Marco

Please let hope kill chase, fire the gun again hope. Lol. Your good with that. Also let hope fire bullets at Andre Dimera. Now its time to stop watching Days. I will stick to Y&R and The Talk.

Mary Stevens
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Mary Stevens

Really,DAYS??? Two rapes in two weeks?In essence,what Ava did to Steve was rape.A big difference being that they aren’t kids,and Nichols and Braun have the acting skills to handle this story line.No one wants this brutal story line.Why???

fginaspy
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fginaspy

Bad idea. A rape story never gets me to tune in. I won’t be watching.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That is so, so, bad; it’s ridiculous. How did this unassuming, quiet , respectful kid turn into a monster? What is going on? So dumb and weird.
For once, give us a story that is memorable in a good way. I am still in Ben-mode….haven’t recovered/awakened from that nightmare yet.
Now this? Not to mention that Chad is turning into Stefano ll. Bah!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Victor. Oh, my goodness, Victor. Really? Ciara will be cutting herself? I know that this may not be important to some, but the kids are home from school, this week. I had all my nieces and nephews over, almost every day. My older nieces ( 11 and 9 ) love Days and I was at a loss for words when they asked me what was wrong with Ciara. Obviously I FF many scenes when they’re around, so they did not see anything too graphic….but cutting? The PTB should be a little more cautious. I realize they are not beholden to… Read more »

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

If they want to know whats wrong with Ciara just tell them the truth: bad acting…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my Jimmy. Lol. These kids have no idea, no concept what making love, having sex , or what rape is. My sister-in-law and sister would not be too happy if I gave thrir daughters lessons in sex education. LOL. My point is, no sooner these kids were SORASED, tragedy strikes in more ways than one. It is neverending with this soap. I don’t want to put a damper on the fact that Chandler is coming or anything; which should bring a happy light to the show; but, I’m beginning to think he will probably appear as a ghost or… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Clearing a bit of confusion here. My brother and his wife have a daughter; and my sister has a daughter with her husband , as well. Lol.

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

You know you are right about Ciara…the secrecy, the shame, the fear, mental anguish and confusion…it happened to me as a child-changed me forever…i did did not get help until i was in my 30s and to this day only one other living person in my family knows about it…counseling sure helped…just regret not mustering up enough courage to get help sooner but like most victims of this horrible crime the shame can be overwhelming…

Mo
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Mo

I was hoping they would be interrupted. I think it is so wrong. When Lauren played Ciara, Ciara was a different character. She has changed so much and not for the better. This is a majorly wrong decision and I don’t like it.

Mo
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Mo

Considering Ciara was kidnapped as a child and is the daughter of two cops, wouldn’t she know some self-defense? I also think she should not have allowed the kiss to go on so long. That was so soap opera. And the minute Chase started getting close and with his lips, she should have moved away. This decision is bad. Bring back romance. Bring back Julie and Doug and give them real story!!!! Maybe Hope will send Ciara off to in-patient counseling. I think Hope should tell Chase he killed his mother. That would really send him over the edge. And… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Ciara needs to be recast, but at this point, I’d love for Chase, Ciara, Joey, Claire, and Theo to all leave town.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Awww, I like Theo. The rest can leave, but add Belle to that group. I am not a violent person, but I want to smack Belle and Hope to moon.

k/kay
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k/kay

I don’t watch this show but I tell you Hollywood bitches about violence against women but they can’t get enough of it. Ugh!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah! The irony, right, Kay? You speak the truth.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Was hoping for more fun teen stories to counter the darkness of recent months. Not to mention tome to really bond with these new actors and SORAS’d chracters. Seeing kids be kids for a awhile before we might have taken this storyline step. Not sure I like the hypnosis mind control plot. It seems so 1980s. With so much drama in our world, I would like to see something a little more relevant on the canvas.

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

Too much…Darkness Of Our Lives…now will Ciara become pregnant…will Theo step in and claim to be the father to help Ciara keep her secret once she confides in him…when the truth comes out…will Chase be brutally attacked by someone-one of Andre’s thugs cause Chase was going to tell about his connection to Andre-Theo will be framed and sent to jail while Chase lays in a coma…then Theo is brutally attacked in jail to keep the gloom and doom coming…we need some brighter days ahead.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Good stuff, Jimmy.

Julien
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Julien

This is a hot mess! Chase and Joey pining for each other would’ve been a far better story option than this travesty!

Donna
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Donna

Please no I did like Chase now they blew it for me. OMG this is not ok. I feel grossed out please tell me it didnt happen please . Please tell me he stops!!!! please and runs away.

Ray
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Ray

I usually try to be positive about the show, with the exception of extremely bad storylines and less-than-capable actors. But, I think the recent storylines are “jumping the shark.” I have expressed how thrilled I was with the shows we were seeing when the new writing team came onboard and everything revolving around the 50th anniversary shows. Now, it seems the writers are obsessed with writing characters into a corner. First, please stop bringing back DEAD characters, even as ghosts. If you want the fans to not miss these characters, stop reminding us that they were once a great part… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Here’s an example of what DAYS could have done to engage viewers. Once Chad and Abigail emerged from captivity and Ben was in jail, they could have developed their story of recovery as young love that overcomes all odds. Inspiring romance. But no. Instantly, Chad is hypnotized to hate Abby. Then he moves the family into the evil mansion–there’s got to be more with that than a set shortage. Absurd. . The romantic possibilities for Steve and Kayla have been squashed. And as everyone has mentioned ad infinitum, Sonny and Will’s story ended in violence.

Latasha
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Latasha

Idont think it right to put a rape in ther I love it how it was

Mo
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Mo

Is Ciara going to be on-screen even more now? I can’t take her bad acting as it is. If this storyline gives her more screentime, it will really be bad for viewers.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

You’re so right Mo. On Thursday’s episode, I guess Ciara was supposed to be hurt, shocked, terrified, horrified and confused by what Chase did to her. With the current actress, I just didn’t feel it. She’s too stiff. She appears to be reading her lines. She has no facial, vocal or body expression. She doesn’t make the character live.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s true. Ciara is displaying what a rape victim does go through, as I said above. But, she is doing it without heart….very mechanical. The movements are there, but no emotion. That is what’s missing, which is why we cannot connect with her emotionally. And, everyone is right …..she does not hit the spot, as an actress.

tim S
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tim S

Wow.. I am surprised by all of the negative comments… I am liking Days and the unpredictable(ness) of it. Rape is bad and not in favor of it, but it is happening out there daily in the world. This story could be good for many to see out there in the world. Remember everyone … .WE are in 2016… Soaps need to evolve and create intriguing storylines… Days is doing this and doing a good job.. Sure it has been dark lately,, but it will lighten up a bit eventually. I can only watch so much lovey dovey storyline…. Give… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

this – has, to be – a case of “totally” took me by surprise ! No? and /or a case of just had it… the last straw… all our mindset took in and adjusted to the fact that a serial killer wreaked havoc Rape… with two minors…. a child that’s a big deal to not overlook and shake your viewing pleasure ? argh! I didn’t have a chance to watch all of Thursday ep’…. it still looks like this in fact occurred… I’m so hoping… that this is still a case of Chase just running away from his emotion(s) or… Read more »

tim S
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tim S

Patrick.. I am a little upset with your comment of “Viewing Pleasure” I don’t think you need to be attacking me and judging me due to my comments. Your can have you opinion, but don’t make your comment sounds like I am seeing pleasure in someone being rape??!! It is soap drama and all I am saying is that there should be made awareness of rape and I am glad that Days is taking on this topic to make people aware of it. Try to be a little more sensitive on here on attacking people’s comments. That is not cool!!

tim S
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tim S

I re read your post and Looks like was mistaken.. I apologize. I wish this website could let you delete your post if you make a mistake!!! No way to delete it, if you make a mistake and post it!!

Thanks Patrick for your comment!

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi Tim…

watching daytime serial 5 days a week… one expects that it’s going to be just that…its, a required, on obsession, a habit… a viewing pleasure, for me near 4 decades.

I am glad that you took the stance that this issue… that will never… go away… is of relevancy…. Rape is the most heinous crime… and should… get the electric chair… with no choice of life sentence.

LOL… I SO wish we could go back and make corrections.. I do a lot of that… with my grammar

Tom84
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Tom84

Totally agree with you Tim. Obviously I don’t condone it, but rape has been a big part of Days of our Lives history. Laura in the 60s (or was it 70s?), Kayla by Jack in the 80s, Sami in the 90s and again in the 00s and now Ciara in the 10s. Even Sami’s friend Jamie was sexually abused by her father in the 90s. I get that things have been pretty grim with the murders, but overall, for me having watched for almost 20 years, what’s happened over the last six months has been a hell of a lot… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Maybe, tim S. While you are so right about bringing soaps up to par with the 21st Century, people’s feelings about what’s good and bad in this world haven’t changed that much. This is a discussion, so, we will get a myriad of opinions, thoughts, feelings and sometime, remarks with which we do not appreciate. Yes, putting what goes on around us to the forefront on TV, Daytime or otherwise, is all fine and good….but, firstly choose the right protagonist; one who can take us with her and within her. I got nothing from Ciara/Vivian. Not only that, there has… Read more »

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Daytime Drama! Days of our lives Is a DAY TIME DRAMA. PERIOD
I’M afraid to watch this episode because it’s Co and Hope’s daughter but if the scene makes me cry and feel something they continue to be on a roll. The other day I when Theresa was consoling Nicole I felt so sad (and started to cry) keep it up

Patrick
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Patrick

I get what you are saying: I caught up and watched Wed. ep we do not know how far things progressed… oy! this thread is really throwing people in a tailspin… me with; OK this is a daytime serial we know; share socially conscious relevant topical subject matter…. I get that as well whew! there’s a lot of intensity in ALL of Wednesday ep this being just one part of ; Steve / Kayla / Joey / Ava : Kayla and Steve talk to Roman about pressing charges against Ava Steve telling Kayla about Joey walking in on him and… Read more »

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nancy dillingham

I do NOT like what they are doing to Chad and Abby. They have one warm interlude after he found the baby–and it’s been arm’s length. Why don’t TPTB go with a great love story and great chemistry? Stopping just when the story was getting good? UH-HUH–a dirty trick to play on the viewers. Even if the actress playing Abby is leaving down the road, they can have a GREAT love story–and the character of Abby can be replaced on down the road. Not cool, writers–and, most importantly, not keeping longtime viewers who had tuned out and were beginning to… Read more »

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

I finally watched the episode and I’ll say I was tuned in from start to finish. I love drama that throws characters into new territory and is saying something about society. I felt steve “giving it” to Ava with forceful made sense in a way that was earned. She got what she wanted didn’t she. Andre I’d a revelation. After all Stefano and his family have done to Hope and her family I don’t feel it the least bit skeptical of Hope’s Motivation to kill. These kinds of story bits make me question my own moral code etc and that’s… Read more »

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Chrystie_Delancey

YUCK!

This makes me believe they should go back to a different taping schedule. Had they been able to do so, this story would NEVER have happened because they would have listened to the viewers constant complaints about SORASing Ciara. Chase is not needed. He should have gone into foster care when his father died.

This is just disgusting and so unnecessary. They need to get rid of Chase ASAP and send Ciara to boarding school or something and recast her with a better actress. They are blowing it big time with RJ too.

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Mellisa M

Don’t understand why Josh Griffith has decided to go down such a bleak path with DAYS. It was on such a progressive uptick, but now, it’s DAYS MAYHEM all the time. I thinks this rape might have crossed the line.

The little rapist needs to die. No cover up or excuses. Kill the kid off.

clh
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clh

Yeah, over this show. I just deleted all my unwatched DVR episodes and cancelled recording it. Not watching anymore of this garbage. Wish the show had been cancelled.

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maddiehayes

I concur with everybody. DAYS has become a disgusting joke! Every other week there is a murder, a death, a rape, somebody high on alcohol or drugs .. WHERE is the ROMANCE, the ADVENTURE I used to love about DAYS?! Why not give Patch&Kayla a great adventure where they can work together as a team instead of this sordid Ava story? Why is “Daniel’s heart” a main character? We can’t get rid of this guy!!! .. And why in the name of all that’s holy, did Chase rape Ciara?! They were so cute when they were little (about 6 months… Read more »

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4ever DAYS

Food for thought (literally and figuratively), maddie: Andre has been feeding Chase, so it’s possible the food was drugged. If there’s a silver lining, it will be when Theo eventually comes to Ciara’s rescue. I find rape to be disturbing, but some good can come from the storyline, including a reminder to the audience how quick things can turn. Right now, DAYS is showing how ugly rape can be, which in this instance is of a girl by her friend/stepbrother. If Ciara and Chase were on B&B, they’d be having consensual sex! Between the two, I’m happy to be watching… Read more »

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Oh yes 4Ever, I am fully aware of how bad B&B is with the incest, but DAYS has had some pretty bad storylines of brothers & sisters “intermingling” with the same people, I especially hated Kayla & Shane. But going back even further, Bill/Laura/Mickey and Addie/Doug/Julie. This kind of behavior in real life is reserved for trailer trash. But on a soap it’s par for the course. I do hope Chase was drugged or otherwise brainwashed, keeping my fingers crossed ..

mike
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mike

Chase was a character with potential, well played by a very good young actor. Days is going down the wrong path.

Tom84
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Tom84

Maybe, but Jack Deveraux raped his wife and stayed around for another 20 odd years. You never know how they’ll write it next.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, DOWN THE WRONG PATH, definitely!
And the young man IS a good actor.

Alicia Turner
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Alicia Turner

Chase is just like his father.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And a dangerous myth to perpetuate, in my opinion.

blake
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blake

This is horrible and just stupid, just because the previous shocker stories got viewers doesn’t mean all of them will. Want to shock us? Write some really great and clever stories!!!

blake
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blake

This reminds me of when Guiding Light made Fletcher Reade’s son, Ben (played by Matt Bomer) a prostitute serial killer.

Ryan Hatch
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Ryan Hatch

Rape will always be an issue, and for a soap to explore it, takes guts. Rapes, as disturbing and violent as they can be, make for compelling and emotional storylines for all of the characters involved. Some of Daytime’s best storylines centered around them such as Luke raping Laura on GH, Marty’s gang rape on OLTL, and Sami being raped by Alan on DAYS. As morally reprehensible as it is, the drama that comes from it makes for an emotional roller coaster and pushes the actors to places, we as an audience haven’t seen yet.

code85
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code85

I agreed it brings out drama.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

When Luke raped Laura, he was originally supposed to die in a mob hit and leave the show. BUT, the story was played with depth and with angst by the two actors Genie Francis and (once) great actor Tony Geary (when he was “hungry” and wanting to act and to gain recognition).

carol
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carol

I didnt see what happened ,but Chase I thought he was going to be one of the good guys boy was I ever wrong,but then again look who his dad was,He will be coming back.Waiting to see how his dad will handle this.Hey maybe Andre is really Aideen ,lol just a thought well it has been done before. Now for myself if they want to keep bringing back old characters I would love to see Vivian and Lurch there,whatever.

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

While for the most part I am enjoying this film-noir version of Salem town, I think this storyline is a mistake. It is too much for a group of characters that are still establishing themselves with the audience.

Aidan
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Aidan

I stopped watching Days years ago because it just became too ridiculous, but I see not much has changed. How many female characters been raped now? Laura, Julie, Marlena, Liz, Kimberly, Kayla, Sami (twice), Jamie, Billie, Stephanie, Jennifer, Maggie, Jan, Adrienne, Nicole. Melissa, Hope, Carrie, Chelsea and countless others have been attacked. And it’s NEVER written well. It’s just a tool to quickly arc a character into another story. It’s foul and obscene, and a crutch DAYS has used for far too long. Now they’re raping men (Eric, Steve) and it’s not being handled any better. In fact, it’s worse.… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I do NOT like the teen storyline at ALL. Nor do I like most of the young actors in these roles. They- especially the actors portraying Theo, Chase, and Bell’s daughter are almost completely devoid of talent. The worst of all I thought, has been Vivian. I truly couldn’t stand her scenes with Hope or any of the teens. However, and I hate to admit it, but she has demonstrated some acting potential in today’s reactive scenes. Plus, unlike Days from years ago, circa Kayla and Jack when the violent scenes lasted much longer on camera, at least the Ciara… 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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