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Days of our Lives Stops Airing On Pop As Of This Friday April 15th!

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Courtesy/NBC

Days of our Lives will no longer be airing same day repeat broadcasts on Pop, the latest cable outlet that is airing episodes of the soaps at night, since the demise of SOAPnet.

Pop still retains The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful in their line-up.

According to a Pop rep, “Days of Our Lives will be on the schedule till this Friday, April 15.  The time slot will not be replaced by one specific show.”

Make sure to continue to check poptv.com for listings, and for other platforms to watch the latest episode of Days of our Lives, as of now they can been via NBC.com, or the NBC app, as well as on the NBC network in its regularly scheduled afternoon slot across the country.

What do you think of having DAYS off of the Pop line-up? Comment below!

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Lance
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Lance

I really don’t care about pop, I watch Days on NBC and sometimes on YouTube.

Shannon Shoemaker
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Shannon Shoemaker

It’s not on youtube

Diane Ranieri
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Diane Ranieri

I am very disappointed I rely on watching ot at night
I wish they would reconsider and put it back on at night especially when the show gets interrupted during the day they always had the full show at night
Please put it back on
Thanks Diane

Nancy Lee
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Nancy Lee

I have been watching Days for 39 years. I have a busy schedule and was glad to be able to relax and see it at night on POP! Very disappointed!

dream jones
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dream jones

It’s ridiculous that it’s it on. The Dallas nbc affiliate uses any excuse to interrupt this show. Some of us live in rural areas a f do not have internet to view online.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It was nice having it uniterrupted from constant news breaks oh well…. not a good sign for this show but it won’t stop me watching on NBC

Terri Sulek
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Terri Sulek

I liked it on pop in case of interruptions during regular shows…please bring it back….I do love the fact that the Young and the Restless and the Bold and Beautiful is on pop though…these are my 3 favorite shows…..

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

That’s very bad news. I guess CBS doesn’t want to keep giving air time to an NBC show. It is unfortunate for fans because, where I am at lest, Days episodes are one day behind on NBC.com.

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, that stinks… I wonder why they even put DAYS on in the first place

perhaps because of Sony producing both shows ?

just goes to show… CBS and Y&R…. its not enough to be #1

and NOT support the genre as a whole

LOL… I love my DAYS… even if it’s a bottom dweller

Salem’ite

Tamiko Lewis
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Tamiko Lewis

Just when it started to get good….I don’t like when they start messing with soaps. I guess this might be a part of the deal that was made to keep days on for another year. But, not showing it at night will less the chance of people focus on the show. Stop doing this to soaps…create new ones. Talk show are boring and need to bring back other soaps…..people will welcome that

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

I get a little busy in the day and will catch up with it at night…dont see any reason why nbc cant put it On Demand…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jim…EXACTLY!!!!! If CBS OnDemand can air recent episodes of both Y&R and B&B…and if ABC OnDemand can air recent episodes of GH, then NBC OnDemand can start airing recent episodes of DOOL. Oh and BTW…I am STILL WAITING for CBS OnDemand to add The Price Is Right to their line-up!!!!!

Take care, Jim.

Later.

pixie pennington
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pixie pennington

Why arenyou taking Days off of POP. I sometimes can’t watch during the day and I love this show. Please do not take it off.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

If you go to NBC .Com they will show it .No streaming which is good for me.Just Type in Days of our Lives and when you see NBC they will have full episodes of the show or clips whichever you prefer

davlestev1
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davlestev1

But the video can be stagnant no matter how good your device so do on demand you get at least the whole week and let’s face it.. It’s like a bag of Lays.. Good or bad you can’t watch just one lol

Dee
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Dee

The episodes of the show on NBC.com are not a same day episode – – it is next day. Oh well – –

su0000
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su0000

POP is of CBS .. so of course it would maintain its 2 soaps The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful .. a no brainer lol

davlestev1
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davlestev1

True su

Char
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Char

I record it. Only time I watch pop is if it is preemptend.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Where I live comcast got rid of pop it is now a paid channel.I am not to happy about it.However if I can watch it when it is on that is fine but sometimes I cannot always watch it so when that happens I go to NBC.com Days of our lives.Just curious why did Pop take it off? They certainly didn’t have it on for to long

davlestev1
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davlestev1

To be honest I think it’s the up and down ratings and they want out of the soap business permanently.. Yeah we may alienate some viewers but daytime doesn’t dictate our viewer base

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Not pop nbc it’s a show they are not behind any longer why give them a leg up

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

Can you tell us why?

nicholas
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nicholas

this is not a good sign for the long term future of days . it was cancelled in France in january after returning to french tv screens in 2000. in australia it now runs on a pay tv channel called arena that not everyone has or can afford , it is interesting to note that it was taken off free to air tv in Australia after a continous run of 45 years on channel nine . in new zealand it no longer runs , same in England . It ‘s really only Bold and Young that you have a chance… Read more »

Carly
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Carly

we need to stop this from happen because there is always breaking news where I live and it nice to know I can TiVo Days at night. pop should care about soap fans and they really need not do this Days just got picked up for another year or two so that is good news

Michelle Burkholder
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Michelle Burkholder

I Love the POP station it was a great deal to be able to watch that when I miss Day of Our Lives that afternoon!!! I will not watch this channel ever again and will spread the news.

Dee
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Dee

I agree – – the only reason I watch Pop is for Days of Our Lives – – I can live without Y&R – – don’t watch Bold & Beautiful. NBC should put Days On Demand way ABC does GH.

Natalie
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Natalie

When they took soap net of I was bummed, and now for them to take Day’s off pop, that sucks. I liked being able to come home and watch Y&R and then Day’s on the days that I have to work. This just suck!!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I don’t understand why they made this move. This was an outlet for some folks who miss that day’s episode. I guess watching from the monitors of your computer screens is the only option left.

Mo
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Mo

That’s too bad.

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

I watch all four soaps and am wondering why Days Of Our Lives looks so hazy and dark? Are they using poor filming techniques?

I’m sad that POP is dropping DOOL. I was hoping they’d carry all four soaps at some point.

SDavid3440
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SDavid3440

I hate it. I loved knowing pop was there if I missed my soap, or if the station interrupted the soaps. Please reconsider.

Penny
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Penny

This is terrible…I just learned that Pop showed DOOL and was excited since our station has an issue of cutting the last 10 min of the show off….don’t know why, I’ve asked but can’t seem to get an answer…this happened today also, so was happy to know I would be able to see it on POP…well guess I won’t be watching Pop anymore either

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Disappointing. Why do people abandon network and now cable for streaming? Corporate conglomeration! Cable networks used to be independent. No more. Shows are on several channels ad nauseum. I enjoyed having DAYS to watch at 8. Now POP is becoming a CBS/CW sibling carrying reruns and burnoffs.

Gia
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Gia

I wish they would add Days of Our Lives on Demand. GH B&B and Y&R are all on demand

Jenn
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Jenn

Days has a different look and tone than B&B and YR. While I think the CBS soaps fit POP well, Days is maybe a little to dark for the channel. Soaps all have their own personalities.

Vickey phillips
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Vickey phillips

This is so stupid I just got into watching the show baby move

Bettie
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Bettie

This is not good. My sister-in-law and I enjoy sitting and relaxing watching it in the evenings because day times are so busy. Wish they would not remove it. I have been watching Days for the 50 years and hope it survives.

Sandi
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Sandi

This makes me sad. We loose the soap network and now this. I’ve been watching this on pop since it started because it’s the same day episode. Too good too last. I will be watching on my iPad app but It’s going to be a day behind with way too many commercials. Life goes on . . . . . .

James
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James

It stinks I have watched days for 20 plus years and with my work I can’t watch the original airing

Gia Myers
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Gia Myers

I hate this. We finally got a network to show our beloved characters from Salem on Days of our Lives. Now they stop . WHY????? I’ve been watching since I was 3 yrs old with my grandma. It’s as if these people are our family. I guess I can simply remove POP off my list of networks.

Faye Goodman
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Faye Goodman

I think it is terrible, something that you can watch without recording, people that work cannot watch during the day

Johnny Davis
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Johnny Davis

I feel bad about this decision. Why did Pop channel decide to do this?

jean smith
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jean smith

i really enjoyed coming in and watchng days of our lives after work. so great to be able to keep up they need to keep it on.

Debbi
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Debbi

I am so upset Pop is no going to show Days any longer. Why are they keeping the other soaps and cutting Days? I will no longer be watching the Pop channel!

Sue K.
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Sue K.

It’s just wrong!!!!! You should have taken Y&R off and left Day’s on. Y&R is just stupid now.

Carolyn Roush
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Carolyn Roush

I don’t have ability to live stream and it was nice to know if I missed dool in day time I could always count on POP.

Vicky
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Vicky

Who the heck watches Impact Wrestling? Who, in their right minds, watches Schitt’s Creek, which is the stupidest show I’ve ever seen? Thanks a LOT for ruining my 8:00-9:00 evenings!! I look forward to watching Days of Our Lives every day after a hard day’s work … and you’re going to replace Days of Our Lives with yet another stupid show. It’s just not right!!

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

I, too, wish “Days” was still on Pop. But I have to say I love “Schitt’s Creek” and find it one of the funniest things on television right now! Of course, there’s no guarantee that I’m in my right mind. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.

SNOOK
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SNOOK

WORKING ALL DAY, POP WAS VERY CONVENIENT FOR ME. WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH PLAN B NOW. NOT HAPPY

katie
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katie

I am very disappointed I can’t watch Days of our Lives on the evenings. I am busy during the day time and don’ have a way of recording the daytime episodes. Sadly I will have to give it up. Too bad networks get us hooked then drop us.

Dolly
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Dolly

This sucks bigtime. I HATE our local NBC station as it is always interrupting programs when we get one drop of rain and NBC always interrupts programs for news. I loved watching on POP as there were not interruptions. I will only watch on line and not the stupid local NBC station. I bet it had to do with the new contract and NBC wanted to be the only station broadcasting Days.

Joan
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Joan

Having Days on POP was great. It is difficult to catch it during the day and it gets intercepted with news break. Also It is easier to record a whole evening of Soap without it being in conflict with another channel. Because of the Soap, I am aware of the great pictures that comes right after Days.
POP must have their reasons. Thank you for providing the service.

Susan Parsons
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Susan Parsons

I think it sucks. I like to be able to come in at night and watch my favorite show on TV. Been watching this show since it come on for the first time. I was a little girl at that time but always enjoy being able to catch up. Getting to watch it at night was great. Got to see it before for a long while on soapnet then cable took it off one channel to another I didn’t have. Please rethink this.

SHIRLEY
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SHIRLEY

I am so sorry to see DOOL leaving POP, as I watch it at night on days I have to work, so I will be missing some of the episodes. Please bring it back as this is my favorite soap.

Virginia Barnett
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Virginia Barnett

Please bring it back as I have to work and this is the only way I can see it. I was so happy to find it on your channel back last year and now I have lost it again. Please, Please bring it back.

Eve
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Eve

I think it stinks. I watched it most evenings to keep cauget up with what was happening. I cannot watch suturing the day and 8 was a perfect time to watch. I am very disappointed.

Crystal Turner
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Crystal Turner

Very upset with this decision. I think all DOOL fans should boycott POP !

BB Bishop
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BB Bishop

Why did Poo stop showing days of our lives – it was always handy if original episode is missed. – I watched on POP

Heather
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Heather

Very disappointing DOOL was removed from POP! I’m all set with any other programs on this channel!

Melissa
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Melissa

I think it’s bull that pop dropped days of our lives. I work during the day and that’s the only time I could watch it. What are we paying for cable for when we can’t watch our TV shows at night.

Susan Austin
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Susan Austin

Unbelievable! Why was this decision made? Stupid and I will NOT watchdOG now!

Donna Clunan
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Donna Clunan

I am disappointed in this decision. I work during the day and enjoyed watching Days of our lives on pop. I hope they reconsider this decision. I don’t want to watch That 70’s reruns. Time to change the channel.

Tanya Supplee
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Tanya Supplee

Not a happy camper! Watching at night was perfect- not convenient to watch during the day ! So very disappointed- oh well that’s the days of my life!!!!

Cheryl Elrod
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Cheryl Elrod

This stinks! What about us working people? I realize we are a dwindling breed, but come on already!

Cindy
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Cindy

Please bring it back as there are days I miss it in the last showing due to watching and doing things with my grandchildren and that’s when I catch up on the days I miss it at night. I have been a fan of days since the 80’s!!! Dool forever!

SHERRI
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SHERRI

IT WAS A BREATH UV FRESH AIR AND VERY VERY RELAXING 2 C DAYS WHEN 8TH GOT HOME AND COULDN’T C IT .BRING THA DAY TIME.
I DON’T RLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU STOPPED SHOWING BIT OR THE SHOW KEEPS GETTING DUMPED BY NETWORKS. IT MAKES NO SENSE. WHY????
THIS IS THE BEST SOAP ON A8R THAT EVERY ONE COPIES OFFBOF.
WHOMEVER CANCELED IT IS JUST PLAIN STUPID STUPID STUPID. ..

Sjones
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Sjones

Having Days on Pop was great. I paid extra for the Pop TV 71 channel just to watch Days of Our Lives and now I can cancel it . I will miss the show but will save money as they drop Days I can drop them.

Megan
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Megan

I think it stinks!! I work during the day and can only watch it in the evening.

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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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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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