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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie's Toast Brings Touching Moment In Dramatic Episode!

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Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives has set up many plot points, and was a must-see for longtime viewers.

During the Bicentennial celebration of Salem, it was the always stellar Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) who made a touching, and beautiful speech and toast about: the lives of the characters of the town, friendship, those they have lost, and of course, Tom and Alice Horton, and her beloved Doug (Bill Hayes).

That was followed by another hearfelt speech by Deidre Hall’s Marlena, and then another hankie-moment when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) toasted her grandparents – Tom and Alice – and all that this town has meant.  These moments in the episode truly signaled the homage to 50 years of Days of our Lives as the series turns the big 5-0 on Sunday, and on-air next Monday.

Meanwhile, in two more compelling performances, Kate Mansi (Abigail) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) delivered as Abigail realizes, and is scared out of her wits,that Ben is the necktie serial kiler.  Frightened, she tries to get away, but Ben slams the pregnant gal into the door.  Next, he brings her to the cabin and sends a text to Jennifer and JJ (Casey Moss) on her phone that she left to get away with Ben.  Abigail is in major peril! Who will find her?  JJ perhaps, since he wants to be a cop?

And in another touching performance, nobody believes Caroline (Peggy McCay)!  She actually spoke with Bo (Peter Reckell), who is on his way back to Salem to try to stop Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso) wedding to Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove).   Caroline tries to tell anyone who will listen to her that Bo called, and even goes to Hope to tell her she cannot marry Aiden.  When the wedding begins at the end of the episode, she even tries to stop it!   Peggy McCay also showed why she always brings it when given material worthy of her talents.   Elsewhere, Abe (James Reynolds) connects the dots to who Lani  (Sal Stowers) may be after looking at her eyes!  Is he about to figure out that she may indeed be his daughter?

What did you think of the hearfelt speeches during the Bicentennial celebration? Did you reach for the hankies?  What about Abby’s fate?  Did you enjoy all the performances?  Weigh-in below, and stay tuned as DAYS is set to deliver more dramatic episodes leading up to, and after they hit their golden anniversary!

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Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I think Kate Mansi (as Abby) always delivers the most believable performances. Some cast members make me feel that they are “acting” (some not so convincingly) but to me this gal always makes me feel that Abigail is real, she actually resides in this stupid town, and gets herself mixed up with the wrong guys. As for the celebration – meh – I’m not a long-time viewer (just a little over two years) so this whole “60’s” dress up didn’t really grab me, and believe me I’m actually old enough to almost remember the 1960’s. I don’t find Caroline’s “visions”… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And now you may take a well deserved nap sir cuz I don’t know WHAT show you’re watching…LOL. .it’s so good I binge a week and a half at a time to catch up from August. .I’m now mid October and it’s great. ..
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Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I was merely stating an opinion, the fact remains that they killed off Will, poor Paige got murdered, Sonny left the Country, Paul is left adrift with nothing to do except to occasionally tell John he is glad to be his son (see, I really DO watch the show) and now the storyline has acquiesced into close-ups of Caroline seeing these stupid visions, and everyone dressing up as 1960’s people for the town’s celebration. For a while there, the show was being quite innovative, featuring gay people in prominent roles but of course, that didn’t last. I also said that… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

OI CHEEKY…LOL..Now see here Dawn Wells..oh wait that was maryann on Gilligans Island I meant Tim Welles…LOL..I’m merely stating the show is in a very good place right now and picking up more viewers..sure the visions are a tad hokey simply because they are wayyy to accurate for even suspended belief but I like that it’s Caroline. Peggy Mckay has a story line to get jiggy with it and i’m on board simply because it didn’t go to some newbie but a veteran..It puts poor Maggie in Victor and Carolines sordid history and makes you realize how a good old… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Kate M. Is not even close to looking hispanic. Perhaps Mediterranean, but not hispanic. Her facial features belie your statement; and that’s a fact. Hispanics are indigenous people with a dash of Spanish descent….not even true Spaniards, from Spain.
If you research THE RACES OF MAN, it will be loud and clear. Perhaps, dev, you may have taken ANTHROPOLOGY (see also physical and cultural Anthropologies) in College or graduate school?

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And you could champion my expressiveness as well you championed Tims..LOL..fair is fair dear.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

thank you daviestev1, for some common sense. Can’t believe the way some people are calling DAYS “homophobic and bigoted” these days. Really?! How soon they forget! DAYS has had more gay characters in front-burner stories than any other soap EVER has had at one time. But now that they’ve been relegated to the back-burner so some other characters can have a chance, now they are haters. Well, Y&R has NEVER had a gay character, certainly not one with a major storyline. GH’s gay characters are seen maybe 4 times a year. DAYS did a lot for gay people. Now it’s… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You, Mr. Welles , have stated exactly what is on my mind. Abby/Kate has come a long way….to think that just recently I had a very low opinion of her as an actress. But, WOW, is she impressing me!! She is believable. The different expressions crossing her face are believable. The only other actress on Days that does that to me is Theresa; with her facial movements, that is. John Aniston’s humor is something to cultivate….I love him. Rob/Ben assumes the role of the psychopath with nary a difficulty. As Kate, Rob is credible. It’s a real shame he is… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Yes, I agree, the young actor who plays Chad also delivers a good performance with a sustained consistency. No, he doesn’t have the male catalogue flawless look (which is usually boring anyway) but he proves that acting ability is what’s really important. I do enjoy Victor’s quick wit as depicted by Mr. Aniston and his delivery of those lines is always piercing with dry humor. On a negative note, I often find the scenes between Marlena and John to be a little lackluster at times but again, that is only my humble opinion. I also do wish they would “get… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Billy Flynn understands his character is more than a smolder and a great body..I hope Days holds on to him for some time..miss EJ but at least we don’t have to deal with all that eyelash fluttering..it was exhausting..LOL..perfect actor to be cast to replace James Scott as the chip on his shoulder Dimera young gun..my only problem with Abigail that puts me off the character is she looks too ethnic/hispanic to be Jen and Jacks child..but she is Irish and Italian and I need Abby to look like who she was born to..a silly observation but i’m being honest… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

As for Ben and the actor it was one note and perfect for crazy with that set jaw and crazy eyes..he was a good menacing…i’ll give him that at least…but don’t they always bring it with the crazy? Even the worst actors come to life handed that role…LOL

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Tim Welles.
Lol, Tim…Hey, Doc and John are the brunt of many a joke I usually share with ces. The most boring couple on earth. We need to,express ourselves, right? Right…So, express away, Tim; I’m with you!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@davlestev1. Oh, dav, I do champion your expressive ‘ecriture’. I do admire your style. No doubt about ‘reading’ your heart. However, sometimes that insidious imp that is arrogance rises its ugly head, here and there throughout your beautifully written comment. I consider ‘CHEEKY’ and calling Tim Welles, Dawn Welles quite irreverent and cocky; if not offensive. I have been on these boards for over a year now, and, I do believe we have been here before. Most of the time the banter is tame; but others such times as now, you make cutting remarks with sharp, little razors. Get my… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I agree on Caroline’s visions-way over the top and honestly, I’ve never been a Bo Brady fan. I really liked Aiden Jennings-before his character turned. I like Aiden, Hope, and the kids-not the aged teenagers who look as though they have camera fright. I did enjoy the gala and the 60’s feel to it. Maggie always looks classy and fantastic, as does Marlena. I thought that Eve looked elegant-finally. I also like Jennifer’s dress and hair-which is a first. I liked Kayla’s black dress too. I think that Kate Mansi is doing an excellent job with the material, as is… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I wasn’t crazy about the 8 Dollar wig that Adrienne (sp?) had on but I know it was a costume party. I also don’t know where they found those Red drapes that passed for a dress on Caroline but you know, it was a dress up event. I also can’t quite figure out where they now intend to go with the character of Eve – is she really going to get into it with Jordan – it doesn’t seem that Eve has any direction with Paige gone, she’s no longer fighting with Jennifer and there’s no sense in her hating… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, dmr. Where have you been? I swear I was thinking about you, and here you are. I missed you. That was a loooong vacation, LOL. I enjoyed the celebrating myself….albeit, I am too young to have been around for Days’ inception. Everyone looked impeccably a’ la 60’s mode. I have watched here and there as a little girl in the 90’s with my grandmother. But, I’ve been seriously watching only for the last seven years or so. My grandmother is staying with me for a few days, so we are watching together. She was actually brought to tears when… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Oh gawd – worst wig ever goes to Adrienne!

Karen
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Karen

Loved absolutely everything about it!! The toast was very touching, the entire show was worth watching. Love that John came home to Marlena and has realized that she is more important than finding his past at the moment❤️

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I can certainly appreciate what you are saying and feeling, Karen. For longtime fans, as my grandmother, the episode evoked dormant memories, seemingly list, but brought to the surface and at her feet. She was brought to tears.
But, as Tom Welles stated, the episode certainly did not have the same effect. Sometimes I envy those who have experience all the ups and downs of a soap from its inception.
I love Susan and Bill Hayes. There is something to be said about being so much in love even after a lifetime together.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So did I! Loved so very much seeing Jennifer’s album: Tom and Alice, Mickey and Maggie, Roman and Marlena and PATCH AND KAYLA–epic!
But where was Bill and Laura?????????????????????

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m loving the heart and soul of DAYS mixed with edge-of-your-seat excitement!!!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Well put. Me too.

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

Days-best soap right now…Peggy Mckay at 88 and Bill Hayes at 90 can still deliver…the younger actors could learn from those two…the still beautiful Susan Seaforth Hayes always adds a touch of class to the show…i only wish Denise Alexander who played Julies nemesis Susan Hunter Martin couldve made a cameo for some of us old geezers who remember Days glorious golden years under Bill Bell…all the actors are doing brilliant work but its still odd seeing Ciara and Chase looking nearly as old as JJ while Ariana remains a toddler…JJ and Gabi have great chemistry…i wonder if Ben will… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I can’t believe Bill Hayes is 90. Oh, my gosh!!!!! I mean, look at him. My grandfathers are 77 and 76 respectively. When I asked my very New Englander grandfather what he thought, he said, ” As long as I can keep your grandmother ‘happy’, I’ll bite”…..he’s a dirty old man…LOL. He likes to joke, Jimmy.

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

My 88-year-old father is a dirty old man too…i cant recall the last time he showered…oh, you meant that differently…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jimh.
Yeah, Jimmy; I can see you like play-on-words, yourself. Most of his humor is directed towards my grandmother. He has made it a life-long mission to tease her. And, she loves it.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Susan Seaforth Hayes–yes, just lovely! And Bill Hayes–just like the “Doug” of old–still has that twinkle in his eye. A lovely couple–so great to see them back.

Sheila
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Sheila

I guess I was spec ting more since there was so much hype. I felt the speech was lack lustre and mediocre at best. I am fed up with the buildup to Aiden attempting to kill Hope. Way to much dialogue and visual thoughts gave me silently yelling…try to kill her already!!!! Could Bo and Steve run into anymore silly difficulties before reaching their destination? The one storyline that has kept me paying semi attention is Beab. Kate and Robert are rocking it.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I agree with Sheila enough of this nonsense about Killing Hope and Aiden constantly being threatened by that annoying cornball actor who plays Andre or wherever the heck he is supposed to be. I do NOT agree that all the senior actors are great, sorry, no offense to our senior community but I do not think, with the exception of Jon Aniston and a couple of others, that they are so believable. I think the actor who portrays Stefano overacts and does the most cornball Italian accent I’ve ever heard. I also don’t know who at DOOL writing team decided… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Tim. The fact is Joseph Mascolo’s fake Italian accent is not that bad. The problem is, Italian consists of innumerable regional dialects, and none is even close to what Stefano tries to affect, but it is passable. We are regular visitors of that spectacularly beautiful country, as my husband’s family is Italian. Italian proper is now spoken throughout the peninsula. It is the older generation who holds on to folklore, including all the immigrants in America and throughout the world. Mascolo is from West Hartford, Connecticut, where I attended Boarding School. He is very well known and respected in… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’ve only watched Days for a year and a half. I have to agree with much of what you said Sheila. After so much hype of the return of the veteran characters, what I’ve seen so far is pretty lack luster. Bo and Steve were able to get out of chains and break out of the house where they were held while the unseen villains went to beat up the pilot? Come now. All the obstacles, the storm, the plane crash in the woods of Kansas and the broken motorcycle are very contrived. I only hope things will get better… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Wasn’t that a great fight scene they staged today? And please tell me TPTB ARE NOT going to kill Bo off!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And I loved seeing everyone dressed up –and all together–just like they used to do! Fantastic!

Sheila
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Sheila

The reality is Bo is not staying. I for one am happy about that. He was never a favourite of mine when he was on the show. I would rather have had Aiden be Hope’s HEA but TPTB had to axe current actors to pay the old ones to return for the 50th. Let’s face it when you can’t stay out of the basement you lose money. I am not impressed with the show and even though I started watching 50 years ago the flashbacks, the goofy Bo behaviour, the terrible writing and WARDROBE for Caroline have left me very… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Sheila. Hope’s predicament reminds me of THE PERILS OF PENELOPE PITSTOP, and/or Maid Marian where Bo (Robin Hood) has to jump through hoops, climb every mountain and conquer the seven seas to get to her.
Yes, enough of the morbid visuals.
Furthermore, off topic. Why do these women, past their youthful years, insist on wearing virginal wedding dresses and veil? Same with Elizabeth over at GH. Just wear a nice outfit suitable for a second or third or fourth marriage, for a mature woman with adult kids.

Sheila
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Sheila

Exactly!!!!!

Stephen
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Stephen

I would love to be celebrating Days 50th, and not long ago I was really looking forward to it and very very excited about it, naively imagining that the wonderful (and just recently better-adjusted) Will would be a real and very alive part of it, but they killed him, my favorite character, who was one of their best characters ever, to kick off their icky celebrations in a deeply offensive story-line that makes NO sense, and frankly now, the thought of watching Days makes me sick. I feel sad for the hard working cast and crew, but, yuck, I have… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

But stephen it’s done. .one character loss shouldn’t make you quit a really good soap

Mark
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Mark

Well obviously you must be watching since you think it’s sad, desperate, and tasteless….

Stephen
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Stephen

Heh, I stopped watching when they buried Will, but don’t worry, I can still know that it’s “sad, desperate, and tasteless” through my PSYCHIC VISIONS!!

Daphne Jennings
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Daphne Jennings

Where did Hope get her beautiful spaghetti strap wedding dress? I love it!!!!!

Mo
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Mo

I don’t like it, especially not for a fall wedding.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You’re so right, Mo. Beautiful dress. Not for fall……should have worn no veil. On its own the dress was enough. A veil on a 50-year old, and not her first marriage is tacky. Just my opinion.
I loved all their clothes. Caroline? Who dressed her? She looked like a meadow in bloom.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Mo. Poor Hope and her gorgeous wedding dress. Here we go again….. What will happen, now? Has Bo arrived in the nick of time? Will Hope be in a coma, and in hospital? Isn’t that where they all end up? Bo will attack Aiden, for sure. But, will Aiden say it was the strangler come to call and he, Aiden fended him off and was stabbed in the process? Well, until Hope wakes up, anyway. OR; Bo will just kill Aiden. What did Aiden do with Hope’s gun? I have not been this excited, waiting for Monday, for the… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Caroline’s outfit was hideous. And then at the end she just pulled it on over her hospital gown. LOL

The wigs need to be retired. They were not flattering at all. At least Hope didn’t wear that wig when she married.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, beautiful! And I loved Mary Beth Evans’ black number and her hair looked so lovely.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

At first I was like, “Wow hair and wardrobe sure hate Judi Evans (Adrienne). She looks ancient.” Then I realized it was due to the throwback costumes. But seriously, they did her no favors. They aged her at least 20 years in that hair and wardrobe. Kate and many others proved that the throwback thing could be fun and flattering. I also want to comment on Kate Mansi and Robert Scott Wilson. They have really improved and are bringing their A Game to this storyline. I’ve been a little hard on them and their acting skills in the past so… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I’m laughing about who dressed Caroline – I was thinking the
same thing – Maybe she made the dress herself from the drapes or
from an old bedspread – or to steal Carol Burnett’s line “ah saw it in the
window and I couldn’t resist”.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

IKR? Poor Caroline. Loved that classic Carol Burnett though. Lol.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

This episode was the best I’ve seen in a long time. Everything about it was great. Ben&Abby, her fear and his exquisite craziness! So much fun watching these days. Caroline, when she realizes nobody believes her about Bo, pretends she just had a “spell” and goes out the door muttering “Suckers!” Bo and Steve, how AWESOME were they? Wisecracking together just like old times. When they got on that motorcycle and rode off, I cheered! I cannot WAIT to see what’s next on DAYS every day. A few months ago, I could barely bring myself to watch it at all.… Read more »

janet
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janet

ITA

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Agree–they are honoring their longtime fans!

vinman
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vinman

Just had a “deja vu” moment……since Days tapes 6 months ahead….is that the same atrocious looking dress that Peggy McKay (Caroline Brady) wore @the emmy’s this year?

Reagan
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Reagan

While Days has my attention right now, I was very disappointed that there were no flashback scenes during the toast- or any part of the episode. If we are celebrating the past 50 years, let’s SEE them. Just my thoughts. Also glad Kayla is getting more action. She is much more worthy than the material she has had.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Go Mary Beth–can’t wait for the reunion of “Sweetness” and Patch. Romance again!

gloria
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gloria

YES!!!

Mo
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Mo

I really loved Julie’s toast.

Mateo
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Mateo

DAYS has been worth watching recently I will say that much. Still all these old timers yanking people’s chains with fake speeches of love for Salem when the characters speaking have basically put viewers to sleep. Julie has the most annoying behavior. She is Miss Judgmental and a complete gossip but everyone thinks she is so great. Marlena sleeps through her performances. I believe that the character of Marlena has seen so much attention lavished on her that the actress who portrays her doesn’t even try any more. She just goes on autopilot. And the actress who plays Caroline is… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I have to agree with you about the Julie character. She’s a loud, rude, obnoxious busy body who’s always sticking her nose into everyone’s business. What’s her purpose in the show anyway?

I am so very sorry to see Daniel Cosgrove and Kassie DePaiva go. Both are superb actors and their characters have such potential for stories. They will definitely be missed.

gloria
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gloria

Totally agree. Julie grates on my nerves-always has. And why doesn’t she call “Caroline” Caroline? She calls her Carolyn which is annoying. Victor kind of says Carolyn too but that is different somehow. Julie is just annoying. I am not so sorry to see Aiden go because I cannot figure him out-is he bad or good? Kassie-GOD-she knocked the role of Eve out of the park. I am a longtime (since day 1 when I was like 8 yrs. old) of OLTL-so I know Kassie-not to mention I watched her on GL-anyway. Love her-she did GREAT. I just wish Paige… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, Llanviewer, don’t let my grandmother hear you say that about Julie. LOL. She is a Horton…..goes way back. Not only is she Hope’s step-mother, but also her sister, as they have/had the same mother. Doug/Bill is her real-life husband. She just coddles every member of her family….a close-knit bunch.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Wow! How distasteful to say all those things. Saying “Patch” “looks like a former porn actor–bite your tongue. Stephen Nichols doesn’t deserve that nor do the other actors you criticize. For shame!
I do agree that the Chad/Abby/Ben story is masterfully done.

gloria
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gloria

Agree-I love Steve/Patch & find him to be hilarious in his scenes with Bo. He & Kayla are gorgeous together as are Bo & Hope.

dmr
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dmr

I have to admit, I completely agree with you about Caroline. I can’t stand it. If I were Hope, I think I would have driven the woman to the “home” already. One thing I am happily surprised about is that Julie did not harass Gabi at the gala-over her beloved Nick. Also, whatever happened to the ridiculous storyline of Eve drugging Jennifer and making her look “crazy” like her mother? Was that dropped or did I miss something?

Mateo
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Mateo

Eve felt too guilty about going through with it and decided to bug Jennifer’s house instead which went unnoticed until JJ found the bug when he was in danger while Clyde was catching on to JJ’s undercover work.

gloria
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gloria

Is anyone else disappointed that they aged Ciara? I knew when I saw the new Chase that Ciara would be next. Mistake!! I loved that kid who played her for so long-what a personality (the next Sami in the making!) She was really young when she started & she was the cutest little thing. She deserved to stay on the show at least long enough to see Bo come back! She missed him so much & now she won’t get to see him come home! I don’t see a need for young teen storylines on this show right now.

Reagan
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Reagan

I knew they would kind of have to if they were aging Theo & Joey. But young Ciara was so strong that they intro to new Ciara was too weak. One day she is 7, 8, getting the news that her mom is engaged to Aiden. Three episodes or so later, she’s 16. lol.

gloria
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gloria

I didn’t think much about Joey being aged because we never saw much of him as a little boy, although I realized-wow, they aged him because I knew he should be younger. And I have to admit I did not realize that was Theo that came into the wedding house with Abe. I had a fit when I realized it. This was after we saw Chase & Ciara aged. I said oh no, here we go. They are all 16. Don’t like it at all. I enjoyed the elementary school aged kids-it was fun-don’t look forward to the teens-what are… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Ciara was 11 or 12.

blake
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blake

I agree, they should have kept the young actress that played Ciara, she is a better actor than a lot of the adults! They could always bring her back as another character.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I’m not exactly disappointed that they chose to age Ciara but it doesn’t help the credibility of the show (hard to believe as it is) in general.
They could have at LEAST though sent her off to Boarding School for a year and when she returned – gosh she got so much taller. But to have her portrayed by a child actor two weeks ago and today she is ready for marriage, (kidding) that’s a bit hard to swallow.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I like new Ciara. She reminds me a lot of Hope (so did preteen Ciara!). Great casting. Loved her scenes with Julie today.

dmr
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dmr

There was no reason to age Ciara and Chase. Both kids were very cute and fine actors. The new actors are dreadful and appear to be camera shy and their lines are very, very rehearsed.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

@dmr, completely agree with you abut Ciara and Chase. Dumb unnecessary move.

gloria
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gloria

After the wedding there was a scene with Rafe & the “new” Ciaria & I thought OMG-they’ll be dating next week. She looks old enough to be with him! And now with Joey getting drugged & Theo freaking out & Ciara nearly stealing . . . We just got through JJ’s bad teen years-don’t need this right now! And what will become of poor Chase after his father is found out?

frvrlovc
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frvrlovc

I agree!! I have been watching DAYS for all 50 years, started watching after school with my Mom back in 1965!! There may be a few oh this could be better and why did they let that one leave, etc. But, I LOVE the new writers and it sure is keeping me glued to my TV screen every day! I think it is the best it has been in quite some time. I am one who definitely could NOT wait for Bo and Steve to return! Monday’s show is bound to be another one not to miss!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, gloria. Everyone in my family and ALL my friends find this to be a stupid move. However, I think we were so used to seeing Ciara with that cute little face working that fertile brain of hers. It’s too soon for me to form an opinion about the new Ciara. But, unless my eyes were playing tricks on me, the grown-up Ciara I saw the first day, was different from the nuCiara I saw on Friday’s episode. The other one was not as pretty and was more mousy-looking. I definitely do not think much of the ‘older’ Chace Jennings.… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Kate M as Abbey is pretty fantastic- truly talented. However, you have got to be kidding me with the ‘aged’ versions of Ciara and Chase. Are they kidding? Truly, I thought that Guy Wilson was the worst actor I’ve ever seen on daytime. However, he’s Olivier incarnate compared to the talentless actors portraying Ciara and Chase. Somewhere, someplace there are real actors that could play these roles. What is wrong a Days casting director? Seriously, you could tell that neither one can act after the first line.

dmr
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dmr

I completely agree with you. I had been waiting for Guy to ship out of Salem from day one. Dreadful.

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

YES!

the new actor who portrays: Ciara Alice…

what a loss

what a waste

where is my Lauren Boles

she completed Kristian Alfonso

frvrlovc
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frvrlovc

So true! She was such a good little actress and could easily pass for HOPE’s daughter! The NEW AGED teens are a real waste!

Dan S
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Dan S

Decided to start watching Days a couple of months ago since many of the shows I have watched all of my life aren’t around to celebrate their 50th. I have to say – I am hooked. I think the overall writing, acting, pacing and characters are outstanding and I will continue to watch after the anniversary. I really appreciate the use of the veteran cast members. GH should take note!

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No1_ILoveLucyFan

Just about every aspect of Days right now is amazing. From Peggy McCay proving time and time again that she’s earned a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, to Robert Scott Wilson’s portrayal of Ben as a completely delusional, psychopathic murderer and all points in between. The supercouples are back, the storylines are amazing, the lighting, directing and music are all heightening the storylines and the ratings are showing that Days has what it takes to remain on-air. Way to go, Days!!!

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maddiehayes

ITA, I am loving DAYS right now!

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frvrlovc

SO true!! I for one, am waiting for I NEED A HERO to start playing once BO does arrive and those in town find out that he IS back!!

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MBmomof3

I am absolutely loving Days! Best soap on right now. Sure there are some things I would do differently, but this show has risen to the occasion deserving of the 50 years of television history. Really great. It sits on my DVR now not because I don’t want to watch, but because I want to watch an episode more than once! I don’t think I’ve done that since OLTL went off the air and I couldn’t bring myself to erase the last episode. Happy tears this time. Viva Days!

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Patrick

“… because I want to watch an episode more than once! ”

isn’t that the truth

it was wrenching to erase hours needed on my dvr, with will’ death

but… I have not let go of the scenes with James Read’ Clyde last day… with Ben

what an acting lesson that will forever be

emmys all around

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I’m not sure why but it thrills me to no end to see Jason Cook as Sean D. Nice to see him all grown up. I always preferred his portrayal. No Brandon Beemer hate, just prefer Jason Cook. I liked him as Matt on GH too.

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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.”

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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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