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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: The Aiden Episode – Daniel Cosgrove's Return!

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Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives ushered in the return of Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden) in a compelling episode that gave the fan favorite, who was written-off six months ago, a nice make up gift with a show devoted to him that come Emmy time next year would definitely be a submission for him.

DAYS also took the viewers on a journey through the episode via a chapter storytelling device, as they unraveled the back-story of what happened to Aiden and where he has been, since all had believed he was the one who tried to kill his bride, Hope (Kristian Alfonso).

The story picked in part one called “The Intruder”, where Rafe (Galen Gering) has just brought Hope home from their night together, and Aiden is in Hope’s house and stuns her that he is alive!  Next in a chapter called “The Wedding Night”, the series goes back in time six months prior to when Hope was set up to be killed by her new husband.   When Aiden goes downstairs to get ready to prepare for murdering Hope, he chickens out.  He heads out the front door and is greeted by an Aiden doppelganger.  Andre (Thaao Penghlis) shows up behind him and utters: “I knew you would be too squeamish to finish the job.”   He then injects Aiden with a syringe-filled with a drug to the neck and Aiden goes down.  Next, Andre puts Aiden in a trunk of a car saying he is going to take good car of him.

In the next chapter: Six Months Ago” The Cell Part”, Aiden is now imprisoned by Andre who keeps knocking him out by gassing him in his cell.   Aiden refuses to eat the food brought to him, but befriends a dead bird, who is in the cell with him.  He says, “Who killed you little fella?”  To torture Aiden even further, a video is shown to him of his wedding to Hope and then of Hope being strangled to death.  Aiden cries out for his son Chase (Jonathan McClendon) and then cries out in horror as the Aiden doppelganger is killing Hope, “Why did you have to kill her?”  Fast forward: it’s now two months ago where we are in the “Cell Part Two”; now Aiden is kind of losing his mind, has grown a full beard, is talking to the dead bird, and scribbling important notes to himself on the notepads left by Andre.  He says, “The devils in the details.”   It’s been 115 days since his captivity.  Then comes the newsfeed that he sees on the screen provided by Andre  … Chase is being arrested for raping Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) as gas comes in through the duct in the wall, and Aiden passes out.

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Now it’s three weeks ago “The Escape”.  Aiden has figured out how long to hold his breath to not be affected by the noxious fumes from his calculations on his notepad.  When the guard comes to bring him his plate of food, Aiden is faking being knocked out by the gas.  He attacks the guard from behind, just as the guard opens the gate. Aiden puts him in a sleeper hold, and knocks the guy out to ensure his escape.  He then takes the dead bird with him and goes free.

We are now up to one week ago; “The Road Home”: Aiden has made it to a men’s room, cleans up and shaves off his beard.  He tells the bird it’s time he flies solo and leaves the dead bird behind.   He then hitches a ride on the road to get back to Salem.   The episode now takes us back to the beginning to two hours ago; “The Goodnight Kiss”: Aiden uses a key to get inside Hope’s house, before Rafe and Hope come back from their night.  Finally, we are back at real time; “The Intruder” Part Two:  Aiden tells Hope he is alive.  She freaks out and draws a gun, and gets him to the ground and calls the police for back-up.  She tells them to take him into custody, while he protests.  Hope says, “Aiden Jennings, you’re under arrest for attempted murder.”

It was a great performance by Daniel Cosgrove, and an intriguing way to tell the back-story, whether you like another doppelganger explanation as to how they saved the character of Aiden from being despicable.  Cosgrove is back on Days of our Lives, and so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Is this the true Aiden?  What did you think of the Aiden-centric episode?  Share our thoughts in the comment section below!

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

Its a good episode but why is everyone kidnapped to tell a story-Bo, Aiden,Ciara, John and Paul-i could go on…just glad to see some Days improvement!!!…Hope as Ramboette is overly vengeful!!!…and the actress who played Summer shouldve played Sarah and paired with Rafe-they look good together!!!

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

Most annoying is Ciara-why does the actress talk like she is gritting her teeth?

Mo
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Mo

I have been asking for a Ciara recast for months. This ‘actress’ is awful!!!!!

blake
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blake

I agree, she is the worst.

Marie
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Marie

I’ll be glad when the episodes with the new writing team begin to roll in. Tired of the dark, sadistic scenes. The repetitive gassing and well preserved “6-months dead” bird was a bit much. And if Andre has been jailed for a few months and Stefano is dead, how is anyone still on their payroll 3 weeks ago? (the guard Aiden fought during his escape).

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Llanviewer717

Daniel Cosgrove did a great job in this episode. I loved how he showed Aiden starting to go crazy but trying to hold onto his sanity. His desperation was palpable. I loved how the chapters unfolded the story.

I can’t imagine what the end goal is here. Hope certainly isn’t going to go back to the father of the man who raped her daughter. Still, I’m very glad to see Daniel back on the air.

Patrick
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Patrick

as I’ve posted… could …. “any one” buy into… a dream sequence… and just go back…. and bring back Lauren Boles… as the original Ciara Alice

BUT… keep the SORAS Chase as is

you then have a complete… happy Family

Aiden, Hope, Chase, and Lauren Boles… dynamo back in Salem

DAYS needs this family… power

Ken Corday needs to take responsibility for how fast DAYS went dark.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

You don’t suppose the writers will go as far as saying Chase was also abducted so when Ciara was raped, it was really by someone she didn’t know and not her stepbrother?

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Good heavens I hope not.

Patrick
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Patrick

@James

I had thought of the same thing… that it was Aiden Doppleanger… who was wearing a “Chase” mask…. but then… it seems like Chase already confessed…

after all this time… it stills smarts

I wanted to suppose…is scenes with father and this SORAS Chase relationship

would have made this close knit family that much more

he’s a good actor that kid

Marie
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Marie

Forgot to add that I hope the return of Aiden can bring a silver lining to Chase’s future somehow. I would also like to see a silver lining for Ciara’s future. I have been bothered by the Chase/Ciara rape storyline. Although Chase definitely needs to serve time for what he did, Andre needs to be brought to task for putting the rape idea into the kid’s head in the first place. It would be nice if the truth could come out and maybe it would help Chase to forgive himself and for Ciara to move forward and accept counseling.

Mike
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Mike

I appreciate Days doing something different, like having these episodes where it is just about 1 story. But this one didn’t quite work – there was way too much time spent on just one person being on screen, and as much as I like Daniel Cosgrove, I got bored and started fast forwarding. And I guess it doesn’t help that I don’t buy the whole back story. I get why they would switch him out with a double – because ‘Daniel’ had to be around to inherit the money. But once switched out, why the mask? This stranger that looks… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Aiden is the character’s name. You’re interchanging the actor’s real name when you talk about storyline. For a min, I thought you were talking about Dr. Daniel.

And yes, I thought it odd that they had footage of Hope being attacked. I figured “Aiden” had put a nanny cam in the room.

Mike
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Mike

Sorry – I didn’t even realize I had gone from Aiden to Daniel – does this mean I’m losing my mind like Abigail?

damien
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damien

loved it!
very rare i d sit thru an hour of just one actor…. but for daniel cosgrove i d sit thru two hrs!
he s the real deal
thank you for the episode and the return!

Lois Yandt
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Lois Yandt

I can’t even bear to watch days anymore….the ship is sinking, it makes me sad. Bring DC back was really the last straw for me.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am not sure anyone really applauded the murderous Aiden storyline, and no one I know wanted Mr. Cosgrove written out of Salem. On those points, I am happy for the rewrite. I just tire of all the tropes and tho, not a longtime DOOL viewer, I know the DiMera history and me thinks those Gothic families with nebulous businesses and beyond-reach powers are growing old as story foundations. I will watch with interest and hope this twist and turn is soon straight and we are on our way to new inventive stories and adventures for Aiden and Hope.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I found it a bit contrived and over-wrought, but overall satisfying due to Cosgrove’s commitment to the material and the production values. A good, solid effort.

Adele
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Adele

I found this episode to be ridiculous and a total waste of time. Why do the writers feel the need to rewrite a story that just aired six months ago? Dumb idea when tons of vets are sitting on the back burner and this guy gets a whole episode to himself. Days has lost its way!!!

Mo
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Mo

I did not enjoy it. Reminded me of the movie “Castaway” with Tom Hanks and his volleyball Wilson.

Mo
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Mo

Why didn’t Aiden’s hair grow? Was the barber visiting every few weeks?

mark
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mark

I’d watch him read the phonebook

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Days seems to be coming up with anything at all to stay afloat, at least that’s the overall feeling that I sense.
I realize that Soaps come up with plots that borderline on the absurd, but after all it IS a soap –

TMJ
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TMJ

Daniel Cosgrove’s performance was excellent, but the storyline is pointless. If they wanted to redeem Aiden (a concept I agree with) they needed to go back further in time. As it is, we still end up with an Aiden who considered killing Hope. How can Hope possibly be involved with a guy who tried to kill her? What’s next, the reconciliation and relationship between Ciera and Chase? I liked the characters of Aiden and Chase, but the current storylines have destroyed both. It’s time to cut both loose.

Patrick
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Patrick

and i’m still wondering… if Roman, Hope, and Rafe… get together and discuss their dirty cop secrets I like that DAYS has taken the time to rectify… their best “asset” and it’s obvious it’s Kristian Alfonso… they NEED… big time… Daniel Cosgrove… the romance and love story was palpable… you add in Steve and Kayla… and yes, i’ll prop them… Brady and Theresa… are romance add in Victor and Maggie Doug and Julie… which is a moot point.. as we rarely see them DAYS really ruined their opportunity with Vincent Irizarry… tried and true.. BUT he’s FANTASTIC as a doctor…… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m missing Chandler Massey and Kassie DePaiva… to brighten up OUR Days

plain and simple… so much excite could be generated across the board

Lauren Boles as well

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I don’t watch Days but am very happy DC is back on. He was great on GL and ATWT playing key family members.

blake
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blake

Yeah he was great on Guiding Light as Bill Lewis. Bill and Lizzie were a great couple.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I thought it was good. I was okay with the stand alone episode– the only false note was that poor bird should have been decomposed after six months– DG had a real chance to shine, but now that his character is back, what next? Cannot see how the character can fit into the canvas long term–but I am glad they are redeeming the character, trying to undo some of big mistakes made earlier, but will it be too little too late?

Priscilla
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Priscilla

Thought it was Tastefully done I enjoyed the episode

Fatima Mamun
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Fatima Mamun

It was an excellent episode!! There are only a handul of actors on Days right now that could handle that type of material and Daniel Cosgrove was magnificent. Days made a huge mistake destroying Aiden for the 50th. The character was becoming established despite the lack of air time and then BOOM, the 50th came and they wanted Bo back for a few weeks to give closure, so what do they do?! Destroy another love interest for Hope that had a growing fanbase. What the writers did was completely absurd. Aiden needs to be redeemed or at least fixed in… Read more »

nicholas
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nicholas

that episode was an excellent episode ! Quit complaining ! Cosgrove’s acting was amazing . The way the episode was built made it by far one of the best episodes in the history of the soap . if you haven’t watched it go to the nbc website . It is monday’s episode . For all of you disappointed in the show and i am one of them i can say that monday’s episode was a turning point , a very positive turning point and not just because Aiden came back .

jb44
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jb44

I am so glad they brought back Daniel Cosgrove. Now, I hope Aiden and Hope can get back together. There is no chemistry between Hope and Rafe and I hated watching them together.

Rj
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Rj

Well, glad they are bringing Aiden back however convoluted the story line is, but can’t imagine Hope ever going back to him even if he wasn’t the actual murderer he was involved in the original plot. The thing is it took time to build the romance and chemistry between Hope and Aiden, and just when it was starting to gel they broke them up which was a shame. Days seems to do this frequently. I may be the only one, but I actually don’t mind the Hope/Rafe romance, in fact, some of the scenes are really endearing. So now, I… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Hope and Aiden are married. Wonder how that will play out.

Natalie
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Natalie

This episode was complete rubbish. Daniel Cosgrove is a good actor but this was soap opera at it’s worst. If a new viewer tuned in on Monday they would have turned the show off within 5 minutes. As for the character of Aiden and the rewrite of his story, neither was needed. The character was a two tier character. If you are going to go all out to return someone from the dead, make it a character that is vital to the show. Aiden is not. This is not a slam at Cosgrove but just shabby/lazy writing.

Mary
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Mary

What is shabby/lazy writing is the putting Hope and Rafe together. Those two have the chemistry of a wet dish rag. Rate should be paired with someone else; maybe Nicole again. Bringing Daniel Cosgrove back is one of the best decisions DOOL has made. Now maybe we can witness he great chemistry between Hope and Aiden once again. And while they are at it, please oh please, recast Ciara asap.

Leslie Ann
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Leslie Ann

Chemistry is in the eye of the beholder and some fans love Rafe and Hope. They have potential. Story wise, Aiden has no long term potential. That is why this is not a great decision. Characters with ties to the canvas should be brought back like Will, Jack, Eric etc..

Marilyn
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Marilyn

I found this episode pretty boring. Can’t see Hope falling back in love with Aiden since he was a liar, a gambler, a thief (he took money from her to pay his debt) and in cahoots with the DiMera’s. Hopefully they will let Hope divorce him and move the character into someone else’s orbit. Cosgrove is a good actor so I’m not mad that he is on the show again, but hope his time with Hope is done soon.

Patrick
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Patrick

well.. if that’s how the show goes… I absolutely “loved” Aiden instant rapport and heat when he met Kayla

YES !

absolutely this is gold

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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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