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Days of our Lives Scores Its Most-Watched Week In Two Years! Total Viewers Up To 2.914 Million!

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Days of our Lives is continuing its major uptick that began at the end of 2015, with news from NBC today that for the first week of 2016,  (January 4- January 8th), the series scored big in the ratings with its most-watched week of episodes in two years.

There is more excellent news with that for the long-running NBC soap opera which turned 50 this past November.  The series averaged 2.914 million viewers, that is the daytime drama series best numbers since the week of January 6th -10th, 2014 (2.991 million).

In addition, in the key womens demographic of 18-49, DAYS delivered its highest weeklong average rating in 18 months, with a 0.91 rating.  That rating is the highest for a week for the series since July 14-18, 2014 (0.93).

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Versus the same week last year, DAYS was up +11% in the women 18-49 category (0.91 vs. 0.82), up +11% in the women 18-34 demo (0.49 vs. 0.44) and up +19% in total viewers (2.914 million vs. 2.452 million).  Season to date, Days of our Lives has grown +3% versus last season in total viewers (2.869 million vs. 2.777 million, “most current”).

So, what drove more eyeballs to DAYS?  The drama of the death of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shaen Christian) following the horrific New Year’s Eve car crash, and the heartbreaking episodes and performances dealing with who will get the good doctor’s heart … Brady (Eric Martsolf) or Eric (Greg Vaughan) with Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) having to make that call!

And then there was that shocking Friday cliffhanger where Hope (Kristian Alfonso) shot and killed Stefano (Joe Mascolo) once and for all!  These dramatic moments were major factors in this great week for the audience at home, and for the hardworking producers, writers, actors, and behind-the-scenes crew at DAYS.

So, what do you think of DAYS best weekly performance in the ratings in two years?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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code85
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code85

Right own keep it up Days. This is for all the doubters.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Prediction: DAYS will be renewed for TWO more Seasons….next week, right?

Patrick
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Patrick

don’t mind admitting a few heart palpitations… till I hear as much

@Ricardo is saying the same thing

bells and whistles happy dance beaming from ear to ear heart taken w/ DAYS

Susan
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Susan

I think it will be renewed for one more season at least.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If you miss a DAYS you miss a lot! High stakes drama all in a DAYS work! Five DAYS per week perfection! Vacation DAYS, sick DAYS or snow DAYS…don’t forget about DAYS!

My DAYS aren’t complete without DAYS!!!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Cute, 4ever, I love it. And, I agree. I look forward to most of what’s offered on Days, right now. (Well, not Hope’s stupid story).
I wanted to ask you, since you are an avid fan……What are the chances that Joey is Ava’s and Steve’s son? I believe that’s why she’s concocted all this. Well, weirder things have happened on Days, right? Lol. At first I thought that it was going to be another teen seduction. But, i’m starting to lean toward this new idea. Her actions do not bespeak any sexual connotations. Just a thought! Later.

Michael
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Michael

I am betting that it will turn out that Joey was responsible for the accident that killed Daniel. First, notice that everyone talks about the number of cars involved in the pile up- but no details other than Eric’s drinking and close ups of Jen. The second to last time we saw Joey, Steve gave him that motorcycle, promised to give him fast track lessons, and made him promise not to tell Kayla. Then we see Joey at the Basic Black Party, getting rebuffed by Eva. The drama will unfold as Eric is exonnorated, but leaves Salem in search of… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

No chance at all, CeeCee, which is why it’s a possibility, LOL!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@4ever.
Exactly, 4ever. I’ll buy that!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If Ava really had Steve’s baby, Chase is their son!

Ricardo
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Ricardo

I am enjoying watching Days right now, next week they will renew Days for 2 years. That’s what I am hearing.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, Ricardo! I feel that is happening!!!! Let’s keep supporting, let’s keep watching, let’s keep praying?

LOVE LOVE LOVE DAYS!!! To more DAYS OF OUR LIVES, to come!!!!

su0000
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su0000

Goes to show;
people like action, mystery, and yes murder..

GH is having its grave dug by J&S with the horribly dull love in the afternoon, that faded out long ago..
Couples are cool, GH had great couples, that now are looking rather smoochie ridiculous.

CONGRATS !! DOOL for the writers picking up their game and delivering !

tim S
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tim S

Maybe a green episode of GH will put some life into it!! LOL..

Come on…. magazine coming out green saves the magazine…I like crazy stories but this one … NOT

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think it will, tim S. That’s the whole point. Of course, it is far fetched, Lol. But the planet is going green, haven’t you heard? HaHa.

Matt
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Matt

GH was still ahead of Days in the ratings and GH is doing great numbers as well. The show is so much better than when ron was writing. J&S are doing a great job, congrats to them

Mister Media
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Mister Media

The actors are killing it on Days right now! The stories are great, but the writers aren’t just writing BIG stories. They are also writing all the small but emotional beats that result from the big stories. Days may just have the best writing of all the soaps right now. Y&R had an amazing day today, but GH has been disappointingly lackluster and B&B is like a cartoon version of a soap. GH needs a new editing approach with longer scenes. The show could learn a lesson or two from Days!

jeremy
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jeremy

Days is so Dull and Boring. Nothing exciting about this Cheap Soap with cheap sets, production :&

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I think the score is great. It is right up there with a motion picture thriller.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Don’t be an annoying little gnat just don’t watch it’s a good show no need of negativity

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

GH could learn a lesson from Days? Should they kill off Laura, Michael, Anna, and Mac for a lazy cheap temporary ratings bump? Should they sacrifice the long term all for a short term numbers surge? How about a death one week, then a funeral the next, and then keep repeating this pattern like Days? I got news for you that one trick pony gimmick will eventually run out. The fact that Days has to kill off so many characters in a very short amount of time is just flat out desperate reckless writing cause they know it’s the only… Read more »

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I should have been more clear – the lesson I was referring to had to do with the editing. The quick cuts on GH are too frequent. The scenes need more time to develop. I’m not a fan of numerous and gratuitous deaths, but they do give something for the actors to play if done well. Long live GH!

Mr. Tim
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Mr. Tim

I couldn’t agree more… Now we have lame Theresa trying to start of clothing line… Gimme a Break!

Pjc722
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Pjc722

Finally stefano is dead and for that much I hope the DiMera family. As much as I love a good villain family on a soap, for one family to do as much illegal and diabolical things as the Dimeras and nothing to happen to them such as jail just made the police/Brady’s look stupid.

Love that Hope did it. As some have said it should have been John. But amazing end to an era.

Susan
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Susan

Stefano is dead; long live King Andre!!

Mr. Tim
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Mr. Tim

I couldn’t disagree more. I never hated Hope, until now… pious and hypocritical. YOU DON’T KILL AN ICON LIKE STEFANO THE WAY THEY DID!!! Very disrespectful to the best actor ever on Days. So how is it a good storyline to have Hope kill a helpless, feeble and sick old man who had begun to stop all his evil?

nicholas
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nicholas

Days of our lives is the outstanding daytime drama at the moment . You can forget about young and restless and bold and beautiful . Days of our lives is the soap to tune in right now . The writing is amazing and the acting is great . Those of you who watched Days in the 1980’s will be pleased to know that Patch and Kayla are back on and the wonderful A Martinez whom some of you will remember as Cruz Castillo from the late great soap ” Santa Barbara ” is now on Days playing a character named… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah, A Martinez is wonderful as always. I hope to see more of his nicer side in reuniting with his family and with helping John. I don’t buy him as a bad guy because he was Cruz Castillo (nice guy) for so many years.

Mo
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Mo

Awesome.

But I don’t want to keep seeing murders and death.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Glad to see it! Not happy with everything going on (the destruction of Eric & Nicole, for instance) but there are enough stories and moments I like to keep me watching every day. Can’t say that about last year’s DAYS.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I can’t understand the Ericole situation, maddie.

It’s as if Nicole lost Eric because Ari Z and the tan man are cozy in real life. Dan is out, but Nicole staying could require that Eric/GV is gone too. For what it’s worth, Ericole still have it! The angst is excruciating. Maybe the plan is an Eric recast.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

If they recast with Jensen Ackles, I’d be on board, LOL. DAYS has truly wasted GV and if it was so Ari and Shawn (?) could carry their real-life relationship onto the screen, it backfired. Not every real-life couple has great on-screen chemistry, in fact, hardly any of them do!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

If they do an Eric recast I hope GH scoops up GV as Lucky. I liked his version of Lucky and really hate the storyline that Lucky abandoned his children. I wonder if GV would return? If I recall correctly they unceremoniously dumped him when “the real Lucky” was available.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, 4ever. Nicole is left behind (as part of the cast, that is) because there is a love triangle brewing…… I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings and be repetitions ( I think I already said it, and for that I apologize), but, Brady is having dreams of sexy Nicole giving him that come hither look. HaHa.

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

Proof people still like drama in their daytime…as long as the writers write good stories.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Billy Flynn, Billy Flynn, Billy Flynn. That fine actor is what has me watching.

I am also enjoying the character development of Theresa by the fabulous Jen Lilley, but I hope they do not make her too goody two shoes too quickly. She needs to keep that naughty side just a bit.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I hate to say this, but the Liason/Jasam thing just might be working for GH. I was shocked to see Monday’s episode (with both Liason AND Jasam) was the highest-rated, while the Scorpio-Drake epi (my personal favorite episode in months!) was the lowest rated of the week! It’s truly mind-boggling, but Jasam and Liason have loads of fans. And as long as GH can keep ALL of them dangling and hoping, they will get them to tune in. But just how long can they keep shippers dangling before they get fed up? And what happens when they finally close the… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Of course people turn in, these type of stories always bring in eyeballs, but in the end what are you going to do– keep killing people? Eventually a soap needs a solid story board with stories that are woven over time. If a soap subscribes to the Ron C form of writing, your stories have to keep getting more outlandish or out there in order to top or compete with what was done, and in the long term a soap can’t do that. Prime time can because they have only so many episodes a year, but a daytime soap will… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

So happy for Days. Hope the renewal announcement comes soon!

Rj
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Rj

I watched because I was curious to see how all was going to happen, but as other have said I hope they move away from all the death. Hard to keep watching everyone so sad. Romance, Mystery, Intrigue and adventure are fine from here on in. I think that all the actors have done an excellent job. They have a strong cast now, so they need to keep giving them good storylines to perform. I agree that Chad – Billy Flynn has stepped out as a strong and leading character. Kudos to him. Look forward to seeing more. Congratulations to… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Billy Flynn, Stephen & Mary Beth are about the only three I am watching for. I dont like this stupid Hope story or how they killed Stefano off, John searching for his parents ran its course a long time ago, not interested in Theresa or her screeching, lame bad actors in the teen storyline, and a new dearh every week. I’m not sure I want to juggle Days & GH but then again GH has had its dull days too! What we need are fresh writers snd more original storytelling.

Ces
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Ces

*death*

blake
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blake

Congrats Days, well deserved! With these healthy ratings and demos NBC/Sony would be smart to keep Days on at least for another two years. According to rumors it’s already happening and I hope so!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, well played by DAYS, they won, jointly won top honors last year for Best Drama, they will WIN again this Spring. Word on the street is a renewal is in the works? That’s fabulous. They deserve to live another two years. Hopefully, we’ll know for sure middle/late of next week.

KateA
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KateA

I am watching because Vincent I starts on Monday….I think. He does evil very well. He is suppose to have a close connection to the DiMera family. Really looking forward to seeing him back on the screen, causing problems. I am totally enjoying Michael Knight on Y&R. Sure wish there was a way to get Susan Lucci back. Yes, still missing All My Children.

Guppy Gal
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Guppy Gal

I can barely make myself keep watching this show. It all death and destruction all day every day! If I want to see that I can watch the nightly news. What happened to love in the afternoon? I have lost track of how many have been killed in the last year!

Lonny
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Lonny

I’m not sure why people are tuning in for death and sadness. I’m about ready to turn the channel if it doesn’t get better soon. This is not my DOOL. I want to see family, love, happiness not murdering the entire town.

Mr. Tim
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Mr. Tim

The way they killed Stefano off was extremely aweful writing!!! I mean this guy was an icon and this is the way you treat him? Why not have him go away to an island or something? To have him shot by the pious and hypocritical Hope was pathetic. He was my favorite character ever and deserved a better exit!!!!

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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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