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Days of our Lives Delivers 20-Month Ratings High In Total Viewers!

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Courtesy/NBC

Days of our Lives anniversary week is being capped-off with news from Nielsen Media Research, and in a press release from NBC, touting the 50-year-old drama’s current success!

For the week of November 2- 6, DAYS delivered its most-watched week in 20 months averaging 2,721,000 million viewers for the ratings week.   That performance is only bested by the week of February 17-21, 2014 where the show averaged 2.836,ooo viewers.

In addition, week to week, DAYS grew +10% in women 18-49 (0.87 vs. 0.79 for the week of Oct. 26-30) and +11% in women 18-34 (0.52 vs. 0.47).  Versus the same week last year, DAYS was up +15% in total viewers (2.721 million vs. 2.373 million for the week of Nov. 3-7, 2014), up +49% in women 18-34 (0.52 vs. 0.35), up +6% in women 18-49 (0.87 vs. 0.82) and up +12% in women 25-54 (1.18 vs. 1.05).

In results for the 2015-16 season thus far, DAYS ranks #5 among network daytime series in both the women 18-49 and women 18-34 demos.

With Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) and Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso) wedding, as Bo (Peter Reckell) attempts to get back to Salem,  the Bicentennial celebration, and Abigail  (Kate Mansi) learning Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) is the necktie serial killer, the series was firing on all cylinders.  We anticipat next week’s ratings for this week’s airshows, where Bo and Hope see each other again for the first time in 3 years or more, will also garner some very high numbers!

So, what do you think about DAYS rating performance?  Is it the best daytime drama on television right now?  Did DAYS knock it out of the park for their 50th anniversary?  Are you surprised at the numbers?  Share your thoughts below!

 

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Patrick
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Patrick

“…DAYS ranks #5 among network daytime series ”

I have to believe, this is – very – good news

please give us a renewal notice already

code85
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code85

Right own

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I expect a two-year renewal. I’ll take five, though! 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeeeees!!!!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

HI, Mary. Sounds reasonable and reprehensible, at the same time. I am as suspicious as you are, but not comparable to what was done to Will. From what I gathered, Peter does not want to be part of the show. There were probably many negotiations going on behind the scenes. But, I believe, Guy was just thrown under the bus without much notice. As far as I’m concerned, Guy/Will was stabbed in the back, as it were. I read all these comments about ‘haters hating on Will’ ( which is one of the worst grammatically incorrect expressions in existence). No… Read more »

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too bad daniel cosgrove was sacrificed for peter reckalls temporary return,,, imo daniel cosgrove s mezmorizing portrayal as aiden s tortured last days were one of the main reasons viewers kept tuning in!… at the very least aiden should ve ran off and not been killed off. hope and aiden were the next ‘ it’ couple!!!

elm51
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instead of tptb turning aiden into a maniac why couldn’t they write hope being torn between bo & aiden – then kick bo to the curb and then bo leaves salem since peter didn’t want to stay on the show……………..

Mary
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Mary

That would have been nice. Instead, the writers are going to give fans what they want in the short term. Bo and Hope back together for a few weeks then the rug will be pulled out. All will find out that Bo is dying as a result of what happened to him during his 3 year captivity. He cannot be saved. Since Peter is leaving the show Bo’s death will happen fairly quickly. But the writers will make sure that Hope, Kayla, Steve, Victor, Caroline, Shawn, Ciara, Jennifer, Maggie, John, Marlena, Roman, Brady etc each get to say goodbye to… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@Damien; too bad daniel cosgrove was sacrificed for Peter Reckell @elm51; why couldn’t they write hope being torn between bo & aide @Mary; Hope will truly be a widow posts are full of yearn for love and romance… i’m certainly with… oy! Hope… had it in spades! twice ! w/ Bo and Aiden! and both will be gone I am so with… that to see Hope torn between both… would have been tantamount to serial recipe knowing that Hope tragedy of lost husbands…. looms… is heart ache! if only DAYS production would have written these ideals argh! this is going… Read more »

lynn
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lynn

I agree their chemistry was great

lynn
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lynn

I agree I really liked hope and aiden together

Ray
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Ray

The only surprise is that the ratings weren’t higher. I continue to hear from long-time viewers that they can’t wait to watch the show each night. I do not think the ratings are completely accurate. With more than 5,000 fans gathering in Pigeon Forge two weeks ago for the book signing, it seems a lot of fans are not be counted. The highlights from the shows have been endless. Will’s murder, the return of Sami and Sonny, the dark side of the murders, Aiden’s descent into madness, the emergence of Abby and Chad as a supercouple, Bryan Datillo’s tour-de-force, are… Read more »

Jenni Zemlock
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Jenni Zemlock

Problem is many people Fast Forward through commercials on their DVR then the ratings do not count. Also many fans do not have a DVR & will watch on YouTube when they come home which also doesn’t help ratings. I agree ratings are much higher then the ratings sport.

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Tim Welles

Theresa and Brady? I mean, hasn’t there been enough of the pairing of those two? I just think it gets a little monotonous with the SAME deal of Theresa being manipulative and Brady being taken in over and over. Also, I am bored to death by Nicole and Daniel. I DO like the storyline of Ben and Abigal, due largely to the incredible dramatic performance given by Kate Mansi as Abby. I also enjoy the tension between Chad and Ben. I realize of course that the show has other characters, but it’s time to explore other avenues than the same… Read more »

lynn
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lynn

I fast forward theresa and Brady’s scenes I can see him falling off the wagon again get a clue

Jan
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Jan

LUV IT! Been a 50 year view and miss seeing all the oldies but goodies. Bringing BO back is the BEST THING EVERRR !! Luv this Chad, superior acting and I am a grandma!! Ha~

Jan
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Jan

OH and having the writers get all “Shonda-rymes” with Aiden, was hard to take. But having his son, Chase, and Ciara grow up literally over night? Come on. Usually they send kids away to school THEN bring them back as teens.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I love Chad–and Abbi. Great story fraught with storm and drung.

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

Days is real good right now but i hope they tone down the violence soon…glad ratings improved…Andre is a little too cartoonish…seriously, give Patch a makeover…couldnt we have some Julie and Gabi scenes about Nick Fallon…judgement is still out on the teens…how about a triangle involving Ciara-i know she is a teen-with Rafe and Hope kind of like the 70s triangle involving Julie and her mother Addie with Doug!…GH could take lessons from Days…use your vets…tie newbies to the vets…interesting character driven stories that involves the entire cast…i miss Rory and Bev…where is Ann and Maxine…Bo is going to die… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Bev needs to return, pronto!

even if to mix it up and played bad girl… and “lure” JJ

she’s a HOTTIE…. reminded me of a young Cybill Shepperd… ala, the “Last Picture Show”

plus Bev could hook up with the new Australian actor

WE MISS THEM ! Bev… Anne… Maxine anytime now folks… the most interesting character meld with vets….

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

and Rory too!

Mo
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Mo

I like Maxine too.

The teens are awful. They cannot act. I was watching Y&R last night and thought the actress who plays Faith is a great actress. Why can’t the Days’ teens act? They are wooden. I hope they will improve, but it’s painful watching them while they try to act their way through scenes.

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

i hope to see some improvement with the teens…i

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I thought the actress playing Ciara was good yesterday–also the young man playing Aiden’s son. They’ve new on the set; I’m sure they will “jell” with the seasoned cast. I’m giving them the chance.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeees! Mo, I was floored when I saw Faith act like a little adult. I couldn’t believe the ready tears over losing her little brother. This little girl is going places. Her acting was flawless.

Mo
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Mo

I’d like to see Ann back too.

Mary
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Mary

No a thousand times no!!!

lynn
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lynn

Haha Ann and her many wrapped dresses

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Most definitely it is the best soap airing–and it is giving the fans what they want–familiar and beloved characters, suspense, romance, and high production values with music, lighting, etc. And it is telling stories that the viewer can’t wait to see. It is not insulting nor ignoring the longtime, loyal viewers. And, at its core, it is about family.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

and, if you’ve noticed, it’s getting back to its Catholic roots, with Caroline & Bo both saying novenas, and Sami consulting the priest, with the message from EJ in the Bible .. TomSell didn’t even have the traditional Christmas Eve service in the church last year. Nor did they show everybody at Thanksgiving dinner. Remember? Last year’s Thanksgiving episode was Kate & Clyde in bed! My mom always looked forward to seeing the holiday episodes with “the family”. LOL, so glad to see DAYS is back on track! (oh, and I love the return of romance most of all! Chad… Read more »

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

Along these lines, I fully expect that this year’s Christmas episode will include Will’s Christmas Tree ornament “accidentally” (on purpose) being smashed into a million pieces. I’m betting that a Horton dressed as Santa will step on and crush the ornament, to figuratively add another nail to Will’s coffin. However, if the writers really want to appease the vengeful fans, then a lightning bolt from the heavens will reach down to shatter the ornament, as a sign of the Almighty’s complete disapproval of everything about Will. Given the show’s recent track record, it’s most likely outcome will be that Will’s… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Hey ChandlerFan, that’s very funny, and I know you are hurting at the loss of Will. So sorry. I loved Will too and I’m hoping that somehow the DiMeras will be able to “resurrect” him, as they have so many others, LOL. As for religion vs. gay, does it have to be one or the other? Why can’t DAYS have both? They usually show everybody in the church at Christmas Eve (everybody at the same church, LOL). Will & Sonny were there two years ago. Last year, no, they did not show it. Nor did they show any families having… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s nice to see the gains, but the ratings should be way higher!

Potential viewers are missing out on alot of excitement. Please spread the word that these DAYS are to die for!!!!!

blake
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blake

Congrats Days! Great news during their anniversary week. Just wait til next week’s ratings since this Monday was the anniversary show.

Hopefully Ken Corday can get that two year renewal for Days that he’s going for.

su0000
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su0000

Goes to show;
people like vets returning and suspenseful killings/serial killer on the loose..
Couples are ho hum and not a people graber
but- bringing vets back and dark murders are a winning ticket.

It worked for RC his first 2 years, and it’s working well for Days!
(soap couples, do not entice viewers to tune in..)
Darke intense Drama, and a damned good plot to get involved in is what gets people clicking in.
Favorite character’s, a favorite family, a loved vet, entangled in murder/serial killer putting people on the edge, who is next is what sells tickets..

Patrick
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Patrick

character evolve and merit standing ovation… and cumulative cast meld and all the more richer for Kassie DePaiva, ex-Eve Daniel Cosgrove, ex-Aiden James Read, ex-Clyde Robert Scott Wilson, ex-Ben Billy Flynn, Chad ! bar none… the best thing going … I say this with all due respect to the cast as a whole… but with the firings of some raw talent.. new energy… newbies let it’s now up to the veteran pull… to do just that… “reign” IN… I love them to bits… Kayla, Hope, Bo, and Patch… let’s go! with all the supporting cast afire… frontburner smolder A Martinez,… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

Once the ratings stunts are done is when we will see if this show keeps it’s added viewers. Let’s face it, once the Bo/Hope and Patch/Kayla hype finally dies down I am sure the ratings will go back down for DAYS. The necktie killer story is coming to an end. Caroline’s ridiculous illness story line is over (thank you Christmas gods). Aiden is gone. Eve is going soon. And what do we have left but some really bad teen actors. The new Ciara has about as much talent as my dog’s fleas. She is awful and the new Chase character… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Don’t hold back Mateo tell us what you REALLY think – LoL. I agree though that Caroline and her visions while wearing the red living room drapes was a tad ridiculous. Nicole and Daniel (to me) are a snooze. Doug and Julie need to go to a Retirement community and send a postcard to Salem once in a while. The show will have to concentrate on some new characters for the new year in order to attract some new viewers. All this jazz about “Patch” being back and Bo being back will soon die down. Of course, it hurts me… Read more »

James McDonald
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James McDonald

I have been trying to watch every episode, but I still wish it was available on cable NBC On Demand. Watching the missed episodes on NBC.com does not do well with the speed that I have.
This week I have been interested in Bo Brady and A. Martinez as “Eduardo Hernandez”.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS is now available through Roku…It’s a streaming device.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Yes that’s how I watch it now, through the NBC Ap through my RoKu which is pretty cool – a word of advice though there are some audio technical difficulties and I notice they are loading the ap with more and more commercials.

DAYSfan
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DAYSfan

FYI: Days is on the POP channel at 8:00 Mon – Fri

JUDY K
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JUDY K

STARTING WATCHING AND REALLY ENJOYING…GAVE UP ON THE BORING BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL…..SAME OLD EVERY DAY!!!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

You are so right about the show being on fire. Daniel Cosgrove was superb as Aiden. I am going to miss him so much. I am very impressed by Rob Scott Wilson. His unraveling Ben is riveting. (Again, makes me so sorry the online All My Children didn’t last longer. I can only imagine what he would have done with Pete if given a chance.) Kate Mansi is wonderful as the terrified Abigail. I can’t wait to see how Chad is going to come to her rescue. And now, Sami has be kidnapped. This doesn’t look good. I am enjoying… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Keep going up!

Linda
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Linda

So Sorry To Hear Of His Passing Prayers To His Family And His One Life To Live Family Wish You Were Back On TV Miss You all

Mo
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Mo

You posted in the wrong thread.

Linda
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Linda

So Sorry To Here Of MichaeL Passing He Will Be Missed By One Pre To Live Fans May He RIP wish You Were Back On TV Miss You All

Mary Ann
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Mary Ann

I feel that Bo and Steve should remain on Days! This will keep the views watching! Love this show! Been watching since 1966!

Calie
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Calie

Not only am I enjoying Days, my 17 year old is hooked…on Bo Brady and Hope and Steve and Kayla all these years later. Its magic.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

oh yes, my 13-yr-old gets a big kick out of Bo and Steve! LOL

Dave
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Dave

I knew DAYS could do it. They just needed the right team to write and provide vision. Now let’s focus on maintaining or bettering these numbers so they get another pick up through 2017!!!!!!!!

Dave
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Dave

Also, if DAYS can fir fire out a way to keep Alison Sweeney, you can guarantee the numbers will go up. EJ anyone???? 🙂

Chris
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Chris

All it took was one horrible murder after another. Killing off Will Horton was a long term mistake many new fans are still upset from it. Some may have not liked the Gay story line, but Will and Sonny were a 21st century couple. How are they going to keep up ratings when the 1980 favorites are gone and the deaths stop. The teens are boring to watch. Where will the shows ratings be in a few months?

lynn
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lynn

I am not a fan of sami can’t act to me and the actor playing bo cant act be glad when both actors leave

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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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