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Days of our Lives Scores Most-Watched Week In 19 Months!

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Courtesy/NBC

It was a sorrowful week on Days of our Lives, but a big week for the NBC daytime drama series about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in just a few weeks time!

The long-running series garnered its most watch week in 19 months for the ratings week of October 12-16th.  The episodes surrounded the murder of Will Horton (Guy Wilson), and his loved ones dealing with the fallout including: return appearances by fan favorites, Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Freddie Smith (Sonny).  The week featured dramatic and emotional performances from the DAYS cast in a storyline move that has been met with an onslaught of social media reactions on the decision to kill the legacy and LGBT character of Will.

According to NBC press release, DAYS scored very strong with a major increase of  2,647 million total viewers for the ratings period.  Additionally, the daytime drama matched its top-rated week among women 18-49 in nine months, and hit a 19-month high in total viewers.

For the week of Oct. 12-16, Days of our Lives (0.80 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.46 rating among women 18-34) ranked #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and #6 in the women 18-34 race, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Scoring  2,647 million total viewers makes the episodes the most-watched week for Days of our Lives since the week of March 3-7, 2014 (2,717 million viewers). Among women 18-49, DAYS earned its highest rating in five weeks (since the week of Sept. 7-11, 0.80) and equaled its high in nine months (since Jan. 12-16, 0.86).

So, what do you think of DAYS ratings performance? Will it be all uphill and continue to increase as we head into the major story for the 50th anniversary celebration?  Share your thoughts and reactions to the numbers in the comment section below!

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Wilma Biddle
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Wilma Biddle

It has been a very sad week on the show but I am waiting to see what happens. I can’t wait to see what happens when Bo gets back. I have watched the show since it first started and I love it.

Kelly
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Kelly

I can’t wait for Bo to get back either. Sadly, Peter Reckell is back for only 13 weeks which means that Bo will be leaving Salem again sometime in December. Peter Reckell, after 17 year as Bo, wants to move on.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Bo will be back just in the nick of time. He will save Hope from Aiden’s necktie.

tim S
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tim S

Ready for some more killings..

Kelly
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Kelly

Definitely will happen.

su0000
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su0000

lol Tin S..
soaps are really really really boring with couples and love gone wrong junk..
Give a soap some darn good murders, shooting, stranglings and WALLA up goes the numbers! lol
younger people of the 21st century era of media just do not like loooooooooong love conversations and couples problems, they like action, intrigue, gripping stories.

tv and movies no longer have much involved love stories because it just not wanted.
soaps need to get out of the 80’s and into the 21st century if they are to get new viewers,

CeeCee
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CeeCee

And, Su. That’s exactly what’s wrong with Daytime programming. You do have a Lust/penchant for the macabre. What younger people are you talking about…of the 21st Century, you say? Well, isn’t that rich? No, Su, normal teens are not interested in crime stories, unless they are mentally unstable. You said once that your parents were both psychiatrists. I am more than certain, that is not what they advocate. C’mon, susu….really? I am a ‘younger’ person…I like action/adventure/fantasy, but I dislike crime/gore. When I watch a show that intrigues me, I cover my eyes during the ‘bad’ stuff.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

This sounds great until you read the actual numbers in the article. Sounds like Days is still last place among the remaining 4 daytime soaps, so killing off Will Horton didn’t elevate the show in that regard — but it did create a firestorm of bad press on social media. Highest rated episode in 19 months, really sad considering it wasn’t highly rated then either. I hope it was worth killing off a legacy character, doesn’t sound like it, though.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

DAYS has been in last place for years! Nothing new there. I would like to see them overtake GH because GH has been SO bad lately and DAYS has been SO good, but maybe the word just isn’t getting out fast enough. DAYS’ ratings do seem to be improving week-to-week.

code85
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code85

Days has not been last for years. You go 2009 or 2010 and they were not in last place. They were not last place in the 90s

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS is spectacular!!!!!

YesterDAYS (10-21-15) episode involving Aiden’s murderous visualization was absolutely spellbinding!!!!!

I “Hope” everything turns out alright!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I wholehearted agree that Aiden’s visualization of his killing of hope was spellbounding–marvelously done, giving shading to the character and allowing the viewer to connect emotionally to the scene. Days is succeeding for one simple reason–it is continuing to give the viewers what they have always wanted–great stories, great acting, great writing, get scene setups, and the characters they want to see–and–no small thing–giving legacy characters their dues. Patch kissed Kayla! We viewers believe now that there will be a happy ending for them. Patch is going to bring Bo home. Evil will be punished; Ben will be caught, and… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know, maddiehayes. At first, I was taken aback…confused. I had the TV on, but I wasn’t paying much attention as I was doing other stuff….then, when my brain settled on the show? spellbinding, indeed….riveting. It was soooo very clever what ‘they’ did. I was floored by the sheer outstanding staging of that scene. For Aiden to go over his sequence of action/activity was a stroke of ingenious madness.

Adam
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Adam

Well all of this controversy over Will definitely worked out, 19 months ago was when Kristen, EJ and Sami were still on. Since this is about last week’s ratings we can’t count Sami as part of the spike cause correct me if I’m wrong but she was on this week.

Why weren’t ratings released for last week though? It wasn’t even on soapoperanetwork website like it usually is.

Mark
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Mark

Great news!

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

Sounds like they are starting to make a “killing” in the ratings…but will it all “die” down after the 50th and be a “slow death” as once again Days will get “strangled” by the competition and remain “buried” in 4th place?… maybe Days and GH could end in a “tie” for third?…lol

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Wow! Enjoy that war of words–you “slay” me–clever. Are those shows calling you yet for your writing expertise? LOL

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Clever.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Very good, “Jimmy!”

Patrick
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Patrick

you really treat us to humor….

with all our inner mindset carrying drama ; at the forefront

you frontburner us with laughter

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, now. Here goes the jimh we all know and love. Your play-on-words (puns) surely made a “killing”. LOL. luv-ya, Jimmy.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Glad to see people are tuning in. The performers deserve it. The cast are giving it their all IMO.

Patrick
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Patrick

gosh, aren’t they tho

leaves me … awestruck and wanting the best for my show of shows

“every” actor who has shared on this blog… plus tweets

on just how excited they are with the scripts and the energy at the studio…

dang it tho… DAYS is headlining … so it is!

my favorite pastime… is Happy

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Patrick, I’m so happy that your show is bringing you joy. It’s a pleasure to read your posts. I’m loving Days too. Soapy goodness. 🙂

Days faces ratings challenges that the other soaps don’t, due to the affiliates scheduling and it not airing at all in some major markets. I would love to see it overtake GH because it is the superior show IMO.

Tina
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Tina

Very good week. But days must follow through on the EJ is alive story

Katiek
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Katiek

I recently started watching Days again when I
Heard Steve and Bo were coming back.
I was shocked Will was murdered, I know many
Didn’t like the actor, I feel the character had been
Written horribly and ruined with his affairs, but
Killing him? I just hope Lucas gets a much needed
Story out of this.

jen
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jen

My prediction: By December, the ratings will have tanked and in January the show will announce they are canceled with a final air date in September.

code85
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code85

Really?

Christine
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Christine

Honestly, these numbers seem like heavy spin by NBC, but it’s nice that Days is on an upswing. It sure beats the alternative. Fingers crossed that this eventually leads to some kind of renewal for the show.

Patrick
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Patrick

“fingers crossed…”

bar none

this simply has to be it

renewed energy vim and vigor and leading daytime

NBC / Sony / Days of OUR Lives

hey! if NBC is lauding their achievement… let it be

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

It should be obvious by now that beloved vets, romance and good writing is what brings in the viewers. March 3-7, 2014, saw the return of Drake Hogestyn as John Black. Nicole & Eric had some romantic moments. That alone would have been enough for me to tune in. As someone else noted, EJ and Sami were still on in those days. They were a very popular pair, and DAYS burned a lot of bridges with their fans in the way their exit was handled. Even though I’m a Lumi fan forever, I am glad to see DAYS has taken… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well they would be in big trouble if that story and fall out didn’t bump up the numbers– but whether those numbers hold in the weeks to come will be the real issue. I am finding the story telling to be a bit uneven. Some episodes are so compelling that sometimes I watch them again later in the afternoon via time shifting on my satellite, then the next day I am falling asleep in the middle of it— I like to see the pacing improve–right now they are way too much time of somethings (like Daniel and Nicole doing a… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I am finding the story telling to be a bit uneven ” I feel like i’m watching two shows the days of ole and the new DAYS , ie: August 17, 2015 full steam ahead…. ie: DAYS of ole ??? huh? whenever they show… (what carried? DAYS… and I can no longer stand… and no longer, find interesting… ) because their was so much of them… Daniel, Eric, Brady, Nicole, and Jennifer to watch them now… they haven’t even integrated them at all with the new storylines and new actors… is that telling? I was embarassed watching Daniel and Nicole… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“another” well done ep’…. DAYS production is treating Daniel Cosgrove’ Aiden; is this days current new leading man…. the natural ease he shares on screen with Hope… is astronomical… look at how happy Hope is… ( do you think, she’d lend/help him out with money, if she wasn’t ? ) my first thought after that well done production that DAYS treated us to … That Aiden realizes what the heck he’s doing !!!! stop … what ails you and live in this new life of yours… with your new lover/fiance… and his son, with Ciara how can a person not… Read more »

janet
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janet

Patrick I agree. Days is shooting its self in the foot with getting rid of D.Cosgrove. he and Hope have great on screen chemistry>Bo is not staying, so let him and Hope reunite for a while, and when its over get back with Aiden. Also shouldn’t Bo come home to a daughter he shared the screen with before.

code85
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code85

I disagree with both of you. Daniel Cosgrove is talented, but every show he has been on is last couple of years has been canceled. Get my drift. The writers half be given some credit for his performances, they give him enough meaty story to act out.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Kudos to all the actors. They have given outstanding performances after Will’s murder. Poor Lucas is just breaking my heart. I can’t stand it. He is just devastated by the loss of his son. I hope Adrienne can help him.

edie bailey
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edie bailey

Llanviewer717 You said it perfectly. Bravo to Bryan R Dattilo, who is my favorite actor on Days and has truly been brilliant and I hope he submits his recent material for Emmy consideration. Watching his utter devastation upon the loss of his son Will has been utterly unbearable, as you stated. It was especially cruel, coming so soon after Adrienne broke up with him. As it appears she has finally concluded that her marriage to Justin is not salvageable–and has already reached out to comfort him–I sincerely hope that they will rekindle their beautiful romance. It’s so hard to watch… Read more »

mike
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mike

The next week will be the true tell. Did they piss off enough viewers by killing Will to have a ratings drop.

jj
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jj

It’s like a train wreck. People watch just to see what is happening. Unfortunately they will still end up losing alot of long time fans like me. I bet in 2-3 months they will have the worst ratings ever.

Amy V
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Amy V

I have watched the show for 30 years, and I was devastated! I just keep watching for a new twist that wl make me happy.b I was really angry with so much death!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Judi Evans STARs LOL…. my dream lady… oh there are so many… I stand by my post… she’s 1 of 2 in Salem yes ! alongside my Mary Beth Evans…. these gals forefront lead and pull me they make me smile beam laugh and yearn for romance simply radiant Adrienne pulled out all the stops… even if… Justin and Sonny, emphatically stated she doesn’t put herself first… oy! she wasn’t having any of it… from Justin…. “we have legal papers ” proving you are not a part of my life any more…. to that affect and it’s huge LOL –… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am not surprised. Ben was riveting…WOW!!
Plus, as maddiehayes said, bringing in the many vets, cinched it, albeit I am already tired of Bo and Steve being held captive. I hope the action will start now. I am sure both these seasoned thespians will give us what we want…..Awesome, swashbuckling entertainment.

mark
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mark

LOVE YOU DAYS HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

janet
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janet

After not having watched Days for years. I am enjoying it now. Will I don’t care about. Sammi the brain dead idiot married to the man who raped her ?I hear she is leaving so EJammi gone I can stay..never liked her with him. I like the murder mystery and of course, the returns. If Bo isn’t staying I wish they had left Aiden alone. I like Danial Cosgrove and I do like Aiden. Nice to see Caroline and Victor, never understood why these two actors were not put together. even at their age they have great on screen chemistry.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Awww, Janet. Will was part of the edifice that made Days. A fundamental brick was removed. The remaining Horton name will soon be no more. I don’t think TPTB did get their ducks in a row here…..Will’s death was a random, willy-nilly, thoughtless and senseless action.

PGP
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PGP

I may be in the minority here, but I love having Gabby back on this show. I also sort of like the possible pairing of JJ and Gabby!

suzi
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suzi

i am shocked that i am reading so much negativity. i think the show is great! i have only been watching about 5 years but it has really perked up and moved some stories along. i think Days needed to really shake things up and shock some viewers….the show has been on brink of cancellation since I have watched it. Let the writers/EP try something different. To be honest it seems like FINALLY the actors arent retreading half the prior days dialogue from the day before every day! THAT was horrible! my only complaint is just a personal thing….i cringe… Read more »

Cynthia
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Cynthia

I think the new writers need much help…they go into too many directions & calculate story line miserably…they are rather lazy and unimaginative in their efforts and need a substantial boost …hire someone who knows how to write for goodness sake !

code85
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code85

Not everything in life is a bed of roses.

Katzie
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Katzie

I, too, am sorta surprised at all the negativity about the changes at Days. The very day the new writers took over was the day the show became exciting again. The Days preview that is up on YouTube is more like a movie preview – there is excitement and drama coming up! Days has become Must See TV again. I will miss some people however, like Paige, Will, and Aiden. But since this is now a show I look so forward to, the changes are worth it. I am sad Bo will only be back for a short time, tho.… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Great post, Katzie!

DAYS has gone from good to ON FIRE!!!!!

code85
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code85

Days is number 3 in viewers out doing GH by 1,000 viewers.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Woohoo! Congrats Days. You deserve it.

Days Of Our Lives

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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