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Days of our Lives Joins Pop TV's Lineup With Same-Day Repeats Beginning Weeknights On August 24th!

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Fantastic news today from Pop TV!  The cable outlet which already airs same-day repeat broadcasts of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is adding Days of our Lives to their soap block line-up, and it’s all beginning this coming Monday, August 24th!

DAYS will air at night exclusively on Pop beginning at 8PMET on Monday, and will follow The Young and the Restless which airs at 7PMEST.

In a Twitter announcement, Pop TV related to its followers: “Hold the sand. Same day episodes of Days of our Lives​ are coming to @PopTV​—weeknights 8/7c starting Monday.”

Pop promises a press release this afternoon with more details!

What do you think of the addition of DAYS to Pop TV’s programming line-up, just as the long running series 50th anniversary is fast-approaching?  Share your thoughts below!

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

Great…POP is becoming the new soapnet…wish theyd aired repeats of ‘The Doctors’ serial too and Britains Coronation Street!!!

Darlene
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Darlene

What channel is pop? I’ve got comcast

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

mines charter…

Tivette
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Tivette

Usually Channel 111 in many Comcast markets. YAY!!!

judy
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judy

A lot of us dont get pop tv and what is it

Steve
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Steve

PopTV is the old TV Guide channel.

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

POP is the renamed tv guide cable channel…call your cable provider and tell them you want POP…the channel, not coke or pepsi…lol

su0000
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su0000

Jimh..
POP is a rerun channel, the programming is bottom of the barrel and not worth paying for lol
you can watch the soaps on their internet network and other places including DVRing them, recording, or On Demand and others..
No need to pay for POP to watch your soap … 🙂

Benigno
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Benigno

su0000: Pop is a general entertainment channel but it does offer some really neat original programming (Schitt’s Creek, Big Brother After Dark, frequent entertainment specials) and marathons for Survivor, The Amazing Race and a number of CW shows. 😀

su0000
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su0000

I have Comcast..
POP is on a high pay tier ..
I’m not going to put out $$$$ (to go higher up) to have POP .. lol
POP is a low budget rerun channel that also shows now 2 soaps that I can watch online 7/24
((I believe they are also on – on demand ..

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

Pop is part of my charter cable packaged deal which includes internet…i dont pay more to get it…lol

Benigno
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Benigno

If your cable provider has an ala-carte package, you can just order a smaller number of channels that you’d intend to subscribe and watch,

Julie
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Julie

Anyone know if it’s available on Direct TV?

ediebailey
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ediebailey

Hi, Julie.
Pop is on Directv Channel 273 but it is only available in some of the higher priced packages.
Wish Pop would now add General Hospital even though I don’t currently have it in my economy package.
I still miss Soapnet and wish some channel(s) would air classic soaps from the past like Santa Barbara (my all-time favorite), Another World, As The World Turns and One Life To Live.

blake
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blake

Yeah it’s on my Direct TV.

Beth
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Beth

IA with whoever said that Pop has become the new Soapnet, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad to see Pop value soap operas and re-air classic primetime shows from the ’80s and ’90s. As for DOOL, I can’t wait for all the returning vets, and now it will be easier to watch!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

This is why DAYS is no longer available on Hulu.

Carol
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Carol

Since downgraded on Direct TV no longer can get POP. So watch Days on Hulu if miss it during the day, but episode is not until next day. Days doesn’t show on Hulu Plus on TV, have to go to hulu.com on computer which then switches over to NBC.com I noticed when it plays. Although I pay to not have commercials on Hulu Plus, on the internet version that switches over to NBC.com have to put up with the stupid commercials. Don’t think that is fair at all. Think heard NBC is the one that controls this.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Sounds like a ratings boost is expected! Good news!

Patrick
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Patrick

I “really” so hope this

Hello DAYS fans

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Excellent news!

Rolan
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Rolan

I for one am very excited by this news! it would be even more terrific if they air a 50 hour marathon of days like soap net did for general hospital on their 50th

Diane
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Diane

I wish GH would be broadcast on POP along with the other 3 remaining soaps. POP is affiliated with CBS so it’s unlikely, but it would be great especially with all the breaking news interrupting daytime programming.

Julie
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Julie

I agree!

Sandy
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Sandy

With Days coming, an NBC show, maybe GH will follow soon. One can hope!

judy
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judy

You can tape it on DVR I do that every day most cable companys will give you one or charge a small fee theres so many things to tape

Julie
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Julie

Wow! That’s great news! Wish they would add GH & old episodes of AMC & OLTL. I have always often thought it would be great to rerun a series from the very beginning. For those of us too young to remember or had to work during years prior to the invention of recording devices! It’s like losing a chunk of memory… I started watching in high school around the time Luke raped Laura on GH…1979ish…along came adulthood, marriage, babies, jobs & couldn’t watch. Started watching again off & on over the years, have been watching faithfully again since no longer… Read more »

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Try catching up with GH on utube. I watch old episodes from 1979 and on thanks to that video site.

Mo
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Mo

Good news.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

On Dish Network, POP is channel 117. It does carry some original programming. One of my favorites, the Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek” with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, is on the network. It also aired “Queens of Drama,” a “reality” show about former daytime divas trying to put together a new soap for the CW. Donna Mills headed the cast. Right now, as a CBS-owned network, it broadcasts “Big Brother After Dark” most nights, which I think is the most god-awful thing on television but to each his or her own!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Congrats to Days. 50 great years and counting.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

Is “Pop TV” available on streaming devices such as RoKu?
On RoKu I get Netflix, Hulu + and Amazon but of course there is a monthly charge for those.
Does anyone know if Pop TV is available in this manner?

blake
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blake

This is great news. I have Pop and now I have a reason to watch it now that Days will be on there. And great timing since the show now has the new head writers’ stories airing and the anniversary coming up!

Janna
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Janna

Well they aren’t marketing this very well because it took going to Hulu to watch, finding out I was being diverted to NBC.com, then just being curious enough to find out why and searching Google until I found this article on the 3rd result page. I’m worried because I have a busy enough life that I can’t watch the show every day and Hulu was great for that. I would binge watch several episodes even up to the point of the episode that was leaving the site. Will there still be several episodes on the website? Will my On Demand… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

I never understood why TV networks, such as Pop or SoapNet, broadcast same-day episodes. Doesn’t everyone have at least a VCR, a DVR, or Internet access to watch those episodes on their respective network Web sites? I agree with others that it would be more entertaining to show older episodes of these and other shows. If it was soap operas, I would love to see classic episodes of shows that aren’t on anymore, or older episodes of shows currently still on the air. (Wouldn’t it have been fun to watch 50 classic episodes of Days of our Lives to celebrate… Read more »

MEL
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MEL

I LOVE IT. I HAD BEEN WATCHING DAYS ONLINE ON HULU AND THEY JUST RECENTLY TOOK IT OFF OF HULU AND HAD TO START WATCHING AGAIN ON THE NBC WEBSITE, WHICH BY THE WAY WAS NOT SAME DAY AS IT AIRED. PLEASE KEEP IT AS PART OF THE LINEUP. I HAVE TO WORK AND I LOVE IT WATCHING IT ON ACTUAL TV INSTEAD OF THE COMPUTER.

Alison
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Alison

Hey we are with suddenlink, what channel is pop tv, we are in abilene texas.

Miki
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Miki

Hey we are in Abilene too!!! Did u ever find out if we get pop?

Patrick Baker
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Patrick Baker

Is POP carried on centurylink? I live south of Sarasota in port charlotte fl

Jan
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Jan

I need the UVerse channel number for POP for a friend. I don’t have UVerse.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

See comment below.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I googled “Pop channel on uverse” and it says Pop is not available on Uverse.

marylyn kruger
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marylyn kruger

If days is pre empted because of breaking news, would i be able to see te entire show on pop later without the interruption?

Sandy himel
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Sandy himel

I am upset that the one guilty pleasure I have, Days of our lives, which I could watch at 8 pm, since I work, has been taken off for another shopping channel!!
Is it a Comcast problem? Or has it moved again??

sylvie
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sylvie

something must have changed, I was not able to watch dool on POP tonight @8P PST…..Why? is this change temporary or permanent, if permanent, what other channel I can watch the encore…thanks.

Beverly Giles
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Beverly Giles

Days did not come on POPS tonight! Why? Thanks!

Beth
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Beth

I just found out via TV that POP channel is no longer going to carry Days of our Lives. It hasn’t even been a year and I loved watching it without having to record it. What happened? Do you know if it is going somewhere else? Help !!

Merrilyn
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Merrilyn

Day of Our Lives is no longer showing on Pop TV. Is there another channel besides NBC to watch?

Thank you and God bless

Sally
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Sally

Days of our lives has not been aired on POP for the last 3 days, what happened?

Linda Berlinger
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Linda Berlinger

I always watch Days of our Lives on 273, now it is gone, WHY, you need to put it back on in the evenings at 8:00 at night. Please listen to the public.

Cindi Poulson
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Cindi Poulson

Why did you removed Days of Our Lives from Channel 117? Did you move it to another channel???? Please put it back on!!!!!!!!!! I pay nearly 100.00 a month just to watch this and 185! Bring it back!

Juanita Brown
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Juanita Brown

What happened to Days of Our Lives? I work and can’t watch it during the day. Please bring it back!!!

Nancy B
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Nancy B

HEY!
What happened to Days Of Our Lives at 5pm pacific standard time on POP channel 273????
If I miss Days at 1pm I could watch at 5pm . Please bring it back. Please.

Rj
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Rj

You can watch it on xfinity demand if you have that. Most of the time I watch it on my iPad or iPhone. Just want to add I did see the show today during it’s air time at 1 – I may be the only person, but I liked the Rafe/Hope scenes. Perhaps, anything is better than the murder, ugly, dark scenes they have been showing. Also, Chad was outstanding when he was crying and said good bye to Abby – so realistic, heartfelt, and true emotion. Show was better today than I have seen Ina long time. Keep the… Read more »

Blanche McKinney
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Blanche McKinney

Please, please restore the showing of Days of Our Lives. I am not watching any of the other things you have put on in its place. I can’t always watch the show during the day, and I really appreciated having it on your channel in the evenings.

e. kanaby
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e. kanaby

Why did POP stop carrying Days of Our Lives? Not everyone can be home during the day. My first blame was COMCAST.. They are getting too big and too expensive
. Can’t POP work something out with them for evening (daily reruns?) It certainly makes one keep looking around for new carriers and user friendly networks.

Thanks for your consideration.

e

Sandy Moore
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Sandy Moore

Why have you discontinued Days of our Lives, They no longer have it channel 5 where I live until 1:00 in the morning. When I found it on Pop I was very happy and now all of a sudden you stop playing it why???

ML
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ML

So where is Days? Not seeing it here. Concerned since Days moved to NBC Boston, channel 10 here in MA as of 1 January.

Dennis Lewis
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Dennis Lewis

We are not receiving Days of Our Lives on Pop at 8 P.M. as advertised. Nightcap and Schitt’s Creek is listed. Why?

L.P
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L.P

from NY..channel NBC feb 9…Days of Our Lives not broadcasted today due to. Snow Storm. When and where can I see this episode? (advertised to view on POP for today!). Please advise. TY

Jancee
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Jancee

Oh, it would be so awesome if SANTA BARBARA could be seen on POP channel!! The re runs of course!

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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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