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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eduardo Down, John Meets His Father, Abigail Freaks At Her Wedding!

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Friday’s Days of our Livesoffered up an intense episode filled with gunfire, kidnappings, a wedding, and a freak out!

First, at the warehouse, John (Drake Hogestyn) and Eduardo (A Martinez) are facing off with thethe gunmen who are trying to kill them as they finish off their mysterious drinks!  It is revealed that Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Arianna have been kidnapped by these henchmen and someone is calling the shot using an altered voice.  Eventually, Marlena and Arianna are freed, and John tells Marlena to leave quickly.

As the situation in the warehouse escalates and shots ring out, back-up has come in the form of the Salem PD with Rafe (Galen Gering), JJ (Casey Moss) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  But things take a dire turn when Eduardo sees that his son in the line of fire from an oncoming bullet from one of the assasins.  Next, Eduardo throws himself in front of Rafe and is shot.  The next several minutes are tense as Eduardo is bleeding out, and Rafe is trying to hold his composure while tending to his father.  Rafe tells Lani to get an ambulance!  But then, Eduardo asks where John is and then everyone realizes he is gone! John has been kidnapped.

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Later at the end of the episode, John is tied up and in some large room that eerily looks like a lab. In comes a decrepit old man with a horrendous red scar across his face with big eyes, who introduces himself as Timothy Robicheaux AKA Yo Lin (Tobin Bell)!   The old man implores John to look at his eyes to see their resemblance.  This finally introduces the story of the unraveling mystery of John’s biological father.

Meanwhilem Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) are in the throes of their wedding day, but the wedding party is MIA.  Chad eventually learns why after speaking with Gabi  (Camila Banus) who was worried for her daughter’s kidnapping and the best man Rafe iis n the middle of the shootout! Chad does some improvising and gets Theo (Kyler Pettis) to be his best man.

In the most touching moment of the episode, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), Adrienne (Judi Evans) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) give Abigail something borrowed, blue, and new which all had significant meanings.  Julie gives Abby a poem from her great-grandfather Tom Horton, who’s poet pen name was of course, “Norm De Plume”.  Adrienne gives Abigail a very sentimental locket with a photo of her late father Jack as a child inside …. so she’ll have always have her father nearby and to see the resemblance of her son and Jack.  Jennifer gives Abby a new penny for good luck and a drawing of a bouquet of violets she saved from Abby’s childhood.

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Eventually, the wedding begins.  Doug (Bill Hayes) walks Abigail down the aisle.  As soon as she is facing Chad and the nuptials are about to begin, Abby sees the image of Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) through the window and freaks out and screams!  Did Abby really see Ben … or is she imaging it?

Sadly, after Gabi arrives at the hospital to be reunited with her daughter,  a cop tells her and Marlena to wait at the hospital and that he has been instructed to guard them.  What will Gabi do when she finds out her father has been shot? What will Marlena do when she realizes John has been kidnapped?

So, what did you think of Friday’s DAYS?  Did you enjoy the Chabby scenes and the beginning of their wedding?  Were your creeped out by Yo Lin?  Where is Ben Weston?  Will Eduardo’s shooting finally bring Rafe and his father closer?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

Bill Hayes-90 years young-amazing—Susan Seaforth Hays-always adds a touch of class to the show—they will always be my number one supercouple of all time!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

They certainly have earned that position, Jimmy!

Diana
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Diana

Amen to you Jim, I love Bill Hayes. He is still a handsome man. looks good for his age. Susan is a classy, sassy lady and wonderful actress.

Rodd
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Rodd

Here! Here!

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

I agree both Bill/Susan bring such grace to the show. I have always love their love story on both the show and off.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Agreed!–but what they hey–what are the writers doing to Days–crazy scenes with John Black and his father Tim–W-A-Y out there; I’m afraid Days has become unwatchable for me. Hope murdering Stefano, Ciara raped, Joey smothering Ava–Patch taking the blame, the crazy man who kidnapped Abby returning to play havoc at the wedding of Chad and Abby, Jennifer, a walking zombie on pain pills. Who is there left to pull for in this CRAZY turn of events? I guess just turn it off!

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

It’s become Death Valley Days…

Michael
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Michael

OMG! This Crazy John’s father story has got to GO now- I can see the ratings descending each second these ridiculous scenes last! Poor Drake!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Abby freaked out because the freak is out!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

LOL. I like that, 4ever. Great pay-on-words. Do you think that’s really Ben, out there; or is Abby’s mind playing tricks on her and us?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think Abby’s fear pushed her to imagine seeing Ben, CeeCee.

Maybe she’ll truly see him in the flesh during her honeymoon…Imagine Chad and Abby in their honeymoon suite:

Chad orders room service. Abby’s in her dressing room or bathroom preparing for their big night. Room Service knocks at the door. Chad answers and it’s Ben. Ben subdues Chad…

Abby is ready and crawls into bed. She has no idea Ben is under the covers!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I hope Abby’s abyss doesn’t result in abysmal ratings, CeeCee. lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, 4ever.
That would be an a TWILIGHT ZONE scene. I love your twist…it is perfect!! Best one, yet!!
More, please!!!!!!!! My sisters and I think you should write for Days. I hope TPTB read these boards.

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

One hot freak though…miss see that shirtless body!

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

I love that idea about Ben…now you should be wring Days-i agree with CeeCee!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

No, Jimmy, you can and I can assist you.

BTW, I’m not receiving my notices. I only know if someone replies to me if I reread the threads. I think I have to delete several apps and downloads to have more space for my E-mail. Maybe deleting my E-mail will help too. LOL!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Jimmy…you will always have that exalted position…..4 ever is right, both of you can work together. I don’t know what Days is waiting for…

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

The scenerio you came up with (regarding Chad answering the door and Ben taking the place of a room service attendant) would probably be considerably more compelling than some of the dreary garbage they’ve currently got airing.
I don’t care much for this “Summer” character, the “John has found his equally raspy voiced father” storyline is for the birds, and the Ciarra was raped by her almost stepbrother storyline was not well excecuted and not convincingly acted. So, at least to this Viewer’s eyes, they’d better come up with something a tad more interesting in the near future.

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

Yo Lin and John…father and son…reunited at last so John can at last learn about his past…but are you like me-grown tired of the mystery-of waiting 3 decades to learn John’s true identity?…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I could care less about John, or what happens to him, Jimmy. The man annoys me to high heaven. Poor Marlena…’hey, doc!’.

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

I used to like him when he first came on and everyone thought he was Roman…liked him for years even after several of his identity changes but now its gotten to be too much with his convoluted and redundant storyline that i no longer care about him.

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jaybird369

CeeCee…AGREED!!!!! And, at this point, John bores me to tears. To me, John is ANNOYING PERIOD!!!!!

Later, my friend.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jaybird.
Hey, Jay.
I know I will get some backlash here since John is a fave of many fans….but, I have never liked John. I don’t know what it is? Maybe, the eternally puzzled look around his eyes and brows? Or the “hey, Doc”?
LOL…later, my friend.

Anne
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Anne

I haven’t watched for 30 years but if that’s how long the storyline has continued–sad. This ancient scarred man going on and on about Korea is awful and unwatchable. It’s as bad as all the murder.

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

Johns story is worse…

Shell
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Shell

John’s father droning on an on. I tried to stay awake but I was lulled to sleep. I kept the episode in case I want to try re-watching it tonight with better luck. But I doubt I will be able to get through it awake.

SZima
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SZima

As someone who just started watching Days only 3-4 years ago, the whole “John’s Story” thing is boring as hell! I don’t need to know what happened to him some 30 years ago and isn’t a guy in his 60’s a little old to be so concerned about who his mommy and daddy are?
I also can’t really make heads or tails out of the whole “Agency” storyline. Stupid.

On another note, while I’m complaining, the entire show needs a re-write. All the killings/deaths, rapes and kidnappings going on…NOT what I want to see on my “love-in-the-afternoon” pass time!

Mel
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Mel

There are thousands of adults, some of them in their 50’s and 60’s, who are searching for their biological families. Even after 50 plus years these people want a connection to where they came from. John Black is not abnormal in wanting to know.

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

As a long time viewer…Days was at its best from the 60s to late 70s…it was good in the 80s to early 90s but nothing can compare to those first two decades…i believe Days has archived all their episodes…if current Days viewers could see those early years they would see what a great show it once was.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That old man, Jimmy, is so decrepit and strange looking….he gives me the weebie jeebies. Dracula needs John’s FRESH blood. Yuck and ugh!!!!!!!!
What a stupid, nonsensical story.
If TPTB consider this entertainment, then they need to get back to the grindstone and compile a more engaging draft/script. Sooooo creeeepy!!!!!!

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

His father belongs on Dark Shadows…

Mateo
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Mateo

Once again the only reason to watch DAYS is the story about Ben/Abby/Chad. I could care less about Eduardo. I could care less about John. I could care less about Summer. The biggest and saddest problem with DAYS is that I could care less is the phrase I use to describe it. Such a pathetically boring show as of late. I can’t believe it has become such a snooze fest. During the shootout with Eduardo and John all I could do is hope they were both taken down. And now the fake Howard Hughes like character as John’s father. Spare… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oops, Mateo…lol. I had not read your post yet. We seem to have used the same phrase. I thought I only did that coincidental thing with Timmm.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree, this Eduardo character is such a drag, nothing interesting nor appealing about him. I was thinking if he got killed it would be a great way to write him out, isn’t that awful LoL but I was thinking that. As for John…..zzzzzz…..and finding his father, who gives a rat’s tail.
The only story which slightly holds my interest is Abigail and Chad and the possibility that crazy Ben is back….otherwise, sorry, right now the show is as dull as unbuttered toast.

JANET
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JANET

I enjoyed the show. I like and will miss this abby. The shoot out was fine. At least Days shoot out the cops won and the winners were not the mob don. Hope this won’t be the end for A. I just wish he would shave that awful thing on his chin. I hope Abby and Chad will at least get to go off on their honeymoon. I know KM is leaving , but a couple of days of happiness would be a good thing.

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

Rafe was always unhappy about the return of his pappy who abandon his family and made Rafe feel real crappy…but now that Eduardo took a bullet for Rafe and made him safe, will things turnaround and Rafe want him in town…lol

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Hee Hee

fginaspy
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fginaspy

I agree Bill Hayes looks wonderful at his age. Bravo!! His wife is beautiful.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What a great pair! Reminds me of what COULD still be on Days–rather than these CRAZY story lines.

Ray
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Ray

Am I the only one wondered if poor Abby and Chad could only muster Adrienne, Lucas, Doug, Julie and Jennifer for trhe wedding? Where is Maggie? At the hospital interviewing Summer for a non-paying job? The shoot-out scenes with Eduardo, John, JJ, Lani and Rafe were so bad that I kept waiting someone to yell “Cover me Bree.” JJ is NOT believable as a cop. His stone cold police poker face is BORING. Lani needs to be involved in a story instead of just trying to fit in with Abe, Theo, Rafe and Hope. I have mentioned before, but please… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

At the beginning of the episode, Jen was on the phone with Maggie. It was explained that Victor was sick so Maggie needed to stay home with him. Weak excuse, but her absence was explained.

I don’t know where they think ROOKIE COP JJ is .

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, what I said!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

How many more children does Maggie have out there? Are they going to show up one by one….slowly but surely.
Are we to believe this?

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I think Maggie “got around” in her youth if you catch my drift.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

What an unfestive, dismal, gloomy, lonely ceremony/reception. The priest/pastor was the only highlight of the entire event.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree but at least they didn’t get married in Fake Leaf Park.

Mo
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Mo

I guess Salem doesn’t have a SWAT team. Why else is ROOKIE COP JJ in the shoot out? I was like, OMG you have got to be kidding me. And Detective Lani is there too? Where is the SWAT team? I guess Rafe was in a hurry, but still, you could get some people who have been on the force, say a year, couldn’t you? And I don’t think detectives are usually involved like this. This show is just so ridiculous. But I keep watching. LOL And what was up with that baseball cap on backyards on Ed? Stupid. What,… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No resemblance whatsoever. Bye to the good old DAYS!

Mo
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Mo

Yesterday’s ep was so yuck. John’s dad is so ridiculous. I found myself wondering if the actor liked the job or just needed the paycheck. I fast forwarded through most of the scenes. It is so convoluted and STUPID! So this guy, Yo Ling, has ths same disease as Caroline and he sent Deimos to get the serum. So, yes, Hope, you killed the wrong person. But Yo also has a blood disease and now needs John’s blood. Since John is captive, it’s not like Dad has to get his permission. But he will bring in Paul and I think… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree with you COMPLETELY – I watch the show on the NBC app and I’m not sure how to FF on it LoL – I try, believe me because I can’t take raspy voiced John talking to his raspy voiced father, ugh please. This storyline STINKS!
I almost want to apologize for being so blunt but they need to overhaul this show, they really do.
The only storyline right now that is marginally watchable is Abby with Chad with Ben possibly lurking nearby.

Mo
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Mo

No apology needed. I have felt bad for being so harsh, but I have just had it with the stupid writing. The whole assassin thing is ridiculous. People are just talking about it like it’s just a regular job. No one has said, well, we need to find out who they killed and charge them with murder or something. The cops are ridiculous. There’s no chemistry with JJ and Gabi–they’re just put together because there’s no one else. Joey confessing to that girl and the girl not freaking out is stupid. Some of the acting is god awful. Maggie can’t… Read more »

Peter K.
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Peter K.

Am I to understand they cast a Caucasian man as John’s part Asian father? So, Josh Griffith has the triple crown: blatant homophobia, misogyny and now racism. Keep it classy, Days.

Mel
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Mel

Is the father really supposed to be part Asian?

Mo
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Mo

No. From what I’ve read, the man deserted from the Korean War, ran off to China, and assumed a new identity: Yo Ling.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am tired of John Black. If this storyline brings genuine resolution to the mess that is his history, then good… but make it quick.

I do long for some reality and romance in Salem. We seemed to have taken a turn after so much fun, surprise, and reunion in the last year. Don;t blow it!

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

There WAS chemistry between young Paige and JJ but for whatever reason, there is no chemistry whatsoever between JJ and Gaby. She got out of Prison extra early for Murder, well after all it WAS only her first murder – soo ridiculous. The storyline of ultra-boring John and his long lost father Lo Mein or whatever the heck his name is, honestly – the show is awful right now! I am only aprox. a 2 and a half year viewer but at least the show used to be good when it centered around Sonny, Will, EJ, Sammi and JJ’s crazy… Read more »

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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