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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Wigged Out … Abigail Reveals Another Personality!

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Days of our Lives delivered a shocking Friday cliffhanger! In story, we see Abigail (Marci Miller) having quite the nightmare when she has a bloody hand and a confrontation with Gabi (Camila Banus), where Gabi confesses to murdering Andre. Gasping for air, Abby wakes up.

Next in the episode, viewers see Gabi’s jacket, a brunette wig, and someone sneaking into Stefan’s room. The woman is about to plant the lid of Tony’s urn (the murder weapon) when Stefan (Tyler Christopher) walks in and catches her. When the woman in the wig turns around it’s Abigail.

Abigail is thus revealed to be Andre’s killer, but she also has somehow developed a split personality, “Gabby”!  According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Marci Miller revealed on the plot twist that Stefan first gets wind of: “She (Gabby) is really trying to manipulate him and frame him and take advantage of him, and she’ll use anything: her sexuality, she”ll threaten, she’ll be super dark and devious.”

Now that Stefan has seen Abby holding the murder weapon lid it is only a a matter of time that he realizes it was Abby as  “Gabby” in the security tape.  What will he do with the intel on Abigail/Gabby? Stay tuned!

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati has certainly delivered riveting stories of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) before.  On One Life to Live both Viki (Erika Slezak) and her daughter, Jessica (Bree Williamson) had gut-wrenching revelations that caused them to splinter into multiple personalities.  Before Carlivati was head writer at OLTL, Viki’s battle with mental illness and DID had also been written by other head writers and regimes throughout the series history,

Watch the promo for next week’s Days of our Lives after the jump.  Then let us know what you think of the Abigail twist in the comment section below!

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Debra m
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Debra m

Will wait and see how this story unfolds. Marci Miller is no Erika Slezak. Is Ron doing another repeat storyline? He has really improved DOOL but I know there were alot of people who were happy when he was fired from GH calling him re-Ron. Will wait and see what happens.

Ric
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Ric

Ron wasnt the one that created the Vicki/Nikki DID storyline to begin with, That was created way before his time and in my eyes what he did was nothing new or original, No one on the soaps these days can hold a candle to Erika Slezak. One of the remaining soaps should bring this talented actress back to the daytime community.

one last thing somebody at ABC please bring Jane Elliott back to GH.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

You are so right Ric. No one in soaps these days can hold a candle to the incomparable Erika Slezak. I miss her and the rest of the marvelous cast of One Life to Live everyday.

Debra m
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Debra m

I am surprised Frank has not brought Erika Slezak on GH, at least for a few episodes like e did with Nora. I know he always spoke highly of her on OLTL. I would love to see her in scenes oppisite Roger Howarth again. They were amazing together in scenes as brother and sister, Vicki and Todd. Those were the days when soaps were great!

Kit
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Kit

Agnes Nixon created the Vicki/Niki DID story line, not Ron Carlivati.

mel
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mel

I am not sure that I can even watch! This is just not believable for the Abby character and no, Marci Miller is definitely no Erika Slezak. This just doesn’t make sense to me at all. Mental illness does but where are the blackouts, loss of time and disappearing acts that go along with DID? I am not buying it! I was watching OLTL when Victoria was showing initial symptoms (I am old!) and this doesn’t fit. I periodically take a break and now might be a time to do just that!!! Between JJ/Lani/Abby, I am wearing out my FF… Read more »

K/kay
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K/kay

How do you know ? Give her time you guys rush to judgement RC has confidence nobody thought Kelly Sullivan could pull it off on GH she did give them a chance

Celia
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Celia

You have a point, Debra….Marci is no Erika….mainly due to experience. Nonetheless, I am very confused with Abby’s split personality. I am no expert, but, if Abby transformed into Gabi as soon as she awakened from her ‘nightmare’, it makes no sense that she would go into the secret place, as Gabi…..her clothing would be readily available. Why dress as Gabi, if she already was Gabi in her head? I don’t know if I am making any sense, and I am, by no means, an expert on mental health, but if she were Gabi, would she not question why she… Read more »

Debra m
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Debra m

This story is not making any sense but I am going to give it a chance and see what unfolds. You are so right, she is not acting like Gabi, coming on to Stephan. It would make more sense if Abby was just putting on an act to trap Stephan. On OLTL, Vicki played an entire different character, Niki Smith, who was fliratatious and wild. But, by the way Abby woke up in bed, all confused, she is not faking the DID. It just seems dumb to me. Evan Tyler had that look like WTH? Also, the Steve, Kayla, Marlena,… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Gabigail is a fox! I hope she wears slutty clothes like Gabi!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

AbbeyGabbey….how are they slutty clothes???????????-lol

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Well, Jimmy, “slutty” compared to what Abby usually wears. lol

Celia
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Celia

Gabigail? LOL. Abby is very pretty, but homely looking….albeit, lately she has started to accent her eyes, with shadows, liners and mascara….looks beautiful, and done with taste; not overwhelmingly so. Her wardrobe has met the 21Century, as well. I don’t exactly ken what you mean by slutty? LOL…..You think Gabi dresses slutty? Golly Gee, I need to examine my closet closely…..HaHaHa…. Ok, 4ever, you have redeemed yourself with your last comment to Jimh, LOL. ( Joshin’ with you). I guess compared to Abby, Gabi’s clothes may seem a bit risqué? Abby’s clothes are perfect for a convent…..as I said, lately,… Read more »

sharon
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sharon

FREAKIN LOVE what Ron is doing on DOOL, Michael. Another reason to keep watching this soap.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m with you. Always loved Ron!!!

Tim S.
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Tim S.

Agree.. storylines like this is why I try to keep watching soaps.. some days it is difficult.. great job and lets hope this goes well. She is a great actress and I have confidence in her.

Pjc722
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Pjc722

It always surprised me how much praise is heaped on Ron for recycling story that is far from original. While its something else to see Abigail get a bigger story, yhe fact that Rob will gife her a split personality and that LAME line “im not abigail, im gabby” is lazy. Guaranteed it will be revealed she gained the personality when she was raped by Andre who taunted her with how strong Gabby was compared to her. And thats why she blocked out killing Andre and the split personality. I do have one question… if a person, like Abigail doesnt… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I will give RE-Ron a chance here…Days has improved…

Joel
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Joel

Love split personality stories. It’s been a long time since Days had a great one with Kim (Patsy Pease).

su0000
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su0000

hi Joel..
Those stories are always interestingly intense,
And, with the different story and a different actress, a hidden personality story is never the same.

Phil
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Phil

I want her to have more than one alternative personality! So glad Marci Miller is getting this story to play out!

Celia
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Celia

Marci is soooo good, Phil…..I am just confused. Am I the only one?
After finally ‘seeing’ John’s crazy behavior, and accepting it; I am not buying Abby’s alter-ego.
I will stop overthinking it, and simply enjoy….which I am, anyway, even in the midst of my confusion. LOL.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Maybe it isn’t a true DID storyline, Celia. Vivian might be behind it…

As for Ben’s return, he could be quite busy with Gabigail…

So many possibilities!

Celia
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Celia

A@4ever.
Yes, I agree, 4ever. Good one. What if Abby is putting on an act? But, her trance looked authentic….her movements were mechanical…until she was confronted by Stefan. Then, she was a version of a crazy-off-the-wall, Gabi.
As confused as the Chelsea’s ‘movements’ on Y & R, I am.
I don’t care what role is in store for Ben…..I just want to fill my eyes of him. LOL.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

No insult to M.M, but those legs going up the stairs were definitely NOT Gabi’s.

Mateo
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Mateo

Ummm…..oh my my my……Everyone wants to be Gabi these days LOL….wow, I love Ron’s imprint on DAYS….Tyler has so much chemistry with the ladies on DAYS…except for that DA…lord help us…that dress was horrible and not even make up could cover up those “markings” all over her shoulders. Who would do that to any actress? Make up people…….help a lady out…I am so looking forward to what’s ahead…

Maca
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Maca

Days is so fabulous it’s real soap opera

Ray
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Ray

I am looking forward to this storyline. I hope to see Marci Miller vamp it up. I wish there was a way to see her with Batty Ben.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m sure that’s in the works, Ray, because Ben is on his way!

Celia
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Celia

He is? Oh, good! He is a baddie, 4ever….but what a hunk!! Marci and Ben? I hope she can do him ‘justice’.
What will we get, when these two come together again?

Steve
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Steve

Ron didn’t create nor write the best Viki DID scenes. There was a reason they referred to her daughter as Messica.

Ron does get credit (or blame depending on how you view it) for Connie’s DID on GH.

K/kay
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K/kay

Gillian Spencer first created the did story for Vicki she was also very good

Alan
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Alan

Ron didn’t create Jessica’s DID on OLTL — that was Dena Higley.

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

And Agnes Nixon (the creator of BOTH of sadly what now WAS of both “One Life to Live” AND “All My Children”), did too (help to create, build, and mold the whole DID with Viki and her daughter Jessica).

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

Jessica had even more personalities than her own respective mother did, though, at least from what I know of…. over the years and such.

Alan
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Alan

Actually, Viki had more alters: Niki Smith, Jean Randolph (the gatekeeper), Tommy, Princess, Tori, and Victor Lord.

Jessica only had Tess, Bess (the gatekeeper),Teen Jess, and Wes.

Carrie
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Carrie

I feared it was Abigail slipping into mental illness again. I was really hoping R.C. wouldn’t go down that road. I find this predictable and boring. The only thing that would make me happy about this would be if this ISN’T mental illness but, instead, Abby and Andre having faked Andre’s death. I would love it if this is just Abby, Chad and Andre going to great lengths to run Stefan out of their lives.

Boop
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Boop

Carrie, I didn’t think it was Abby; I thought it was Vivian.

Celia
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Celia

As I said, Boop, I am not convinced it was Abby….it’s too easy. Yet, sometimes the culprit is staring at us right in the face. And, sometimes ‘ they’ want us to see what’s not there. So, I agree with you.
I wonder, as is, in so many cases, if TPTB even know themselves, who it is?

Helen
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Helen

Agree, that would be pretty amazing! We need another real twist!

K/kay
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K/kay

Do not be too hard on RC all head writers repeat storylines even Bill Belll did it and others let’s be honest just so many storylines you can tell! Just b thankful they are not cooking big with Kate yet!

Alan
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Alan

I love multiple personality storylines and couldn’t get enough of OLTL’s Viki/Niki and Jess/Tess. Just wish Abby’s alter was called Gail instead of Gabby.

DAYS continues to be the show to beat!

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

Gail sounds like a good idea for a possible name for maybe, just maybe if it goes this way…. For another personalities of “Abby”/”Abigail” and / or “Gabi”.

Allen
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Allen

Loved Vikki on oltl can’t wait to see the story way to go Ron oh and just be thankful your watching days it could be something similar to the Chew on ABC 🙁

blake
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blake

I figured out weeks ago that Abby killed Andre, then later I realized it must’ve been from blacking out or a split personality because they showed the same flashback of Abby and Andre in the hospital talking about Andre understanding mental illness in two episodes. Then when I saw the fake Gabi on video I knew it was Abby. She hadn’t been the same since Andre died, she’s been pretty robotic and montone as opposed to being so cheerful and joking around with Chad. She’d be upset that Andre was dead but do a complete 180. I figured out that… Read more »

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

Oh my gosh yes I agree with you on this so much! I think the reasons Stefan has known this whole time, though, is because both Staefan and his whackadoodle mother, Vivian, have been in on having it turn out this way (this whole -entire- time).

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

It’s like there is is some kind of big “scheme” if not several “scheme’s” going on here.

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

There are just so many possibilities , with all of this camaraderie of a storyline, though….

If they throw us off in a lot of this, well hey, at least it will all keep all of us entertained.

Mike Brookshire
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Mike Brookshire

IF Abby was the murderer she changed BEFORE the murder. How boring. The fake news Russia drama has more twists and thrns.

Satan
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Satan

ReRon strikes again…..

Same tired crappy plots he wrote on OLTL & GH.

YAWN…..

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

Meh. If that’s what it takes to keep the show alive, I guess I’ll trudge through it. Watching the scenes of Abby asserting herself with Stephan are just plain tedious. Further, I want to like the scenes with Stephan, but I just don’t. Really, it’s just a matter of waiting around for the scenes with Chandler Massey, Lucas Adams, or Casey Moss — while the rest is just filler. Even if they’re just standing around eating pink donuts, their scenes are still worth waiting for. Gotta admit that I do like Julie butting into everyone’s business — usually with unexpected… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Anne seems to have forgotten her unexplained hatred for the Horton family, about the time she fell in love with Lucas.

For the record, I think they would make a decent pairing. But the fact that we haven’t seen Anne in months would lead a Devil to believe that ReRon has no interest in writing for her.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m hoping Anne returns, but the actress is busy, Satan. I saw Lucas and Anne as having great potential. Their scenes together were so much fun. The push and pull between the recovering alcoholic and the party girl would be dramatic and hilarious!

Please come back, Meredith Scott Lynn!

Patrick
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Patrick

I don’t know – why – RC wouldn’t be interested in the feisty Anne Milbauer… she’s Barbara Streisand , no? who wouldn’t load this , for REEL.

the zany theatrics with so much humor… SHE’S a MUST.

at the very least… have her reporting for Adrienne and Jenny Bear
at the very least… have her bar tending.. and waiting @Dougs Place.

some thing

Lucas and Anne…. it’s too bad they can’t “party” together

Mark
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Mark

I recently was wondering myself where Anne has been? She works for Jennifer & Adrienne ( <—- missing as well) at the paper. My guess is we will see her more with Teresa's return.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’m intrigued. I keep prefacing all my comments with “I’m new to the soap” because I can only base my opinions on what I’ve seen/know so far. Still haven’t read the history of the relationships, personalities, scandals, etc. Since they mentioned it over and over that Abby had some mental health issues this seems to fall right into place; perhaps she was pushed by a subliminal urge to get rid of Gaby…since Stefan O. put it in her mind that she was still a threat to her marriage. Though Abby rejected his attempt to freak her out by insinuating that… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Whew ! thank goodness.. their are more pro Abs as Gabigail… than con I truly believe this is a testament from RC and behind the scenes.. on what they see in Marci Miller. she is radiant… and this arc will not only flesh her out.. but give the audience that much more of her work. i’m distracted with the Olympics… and once again… behind… gotta catch up. PS: I so agree with you on Steven “Patch” Johnson… continually endearing his wife… “Babe” and or “Sweetness” I posted to @Nancy D… boy does this blog ever need an edit button… I… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey Patrick…LOL…better late than never (to agree with me regarding the overuse of ‘baby”!) I’ll take it! 😉 I loved Stephen Nicols on GH so I was eager to follow his story here; “Kayla” was Katherine on GH and the two actors were together there too. Interesting… As for Marci…I love her acting. Something about her. As for her appearance; I think she’s beautiful with or without makeup. Natural… I haven’t been watching the Olympics but rather can’t wait til they’re over since most of my primetime shows are reruns until the Olympics are done. I’ll catch the highlights to… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Just saw the ending. WOW! This should be good.

I was hoping that Eli would tell the truth about the baby, but we all know it will come out sometime!!!!

Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

I don’t like Abby so I am damn sure I will not like Gabby. I don’t think Marci Miller can pull it off and I am not interested in watching this arc. I want to know what John and Billie are up to.

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

I so agree with you. Very happy to see a reappearance of Billie. Of course, I have to wonder what Paul and Will are up to, now that they’ve both been waylaid by John. (Tied up naughtily together somewhere?) It occurs to me that the characters of Paul and Will would actually be blood relatives (not that one really needs to worry about any offspring in this case). Peter Brady is both Paul’s great-grandfather (his grandmother Colleen Brady’s father) as well as Will’s great-great-grandfather (his great-grandfather Shawn Brady’s father). So, technically Paul and Will are second cousins once removed. That’s… Read more »

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

Interestingly, Paul shares exactly this same level of kinship with Tate, through exactly the same great-grandfather Peter Brady (Theresa Donovan’s great-grandfather). Paul is Tate’s blood relative on BOTH sides of Tate’s family.

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

Ah, I see the problem: Theresa Donovan and Brady Black are second-cousins, sharing the same great-grandfather Peter Brady. Tate is genetically dooooomed.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

John found out he wasn’t a Brady.

Mo
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Mo

Paul and Will are not related. Neither are Brady and Theresa.

Colleen Brady is not John’s mother. That was rewritten with that stupid Yo Ling story or whatever his name was.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

A story on mental illness and no insulting comments it is about time.To be honest the minute I saw iit was Abbi I knew right away that she had a spilt personality.I suffer with a mental illness and it can get pretty bad at times.So I can certainly relate to this story.I feel for Chad what is he going to when he find out his wife whoops I mean Gabby killed Andre.and has a spilt personality.The last time I saw a show with a split personality was on One Life to Live.Maybe people will understand more about mental illness now.

Anne
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Anne

Why not fresher storylines? Something other than DID, lying about paternity, covering up Where is romance and maybe intrigue. Instead, we just get edgier evil.

Though at this point I welcome anything that saves us from seeing Lani crying day after day and JJ acting like a fawning fool.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This is not a DAYS development I look forward to despite the talent. Too well worn a trope.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I think that Marci did a pretty good job playing someone with a spilt personality

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

Agreed. Marci Miller is growing on me.

Of course, if they REALLY want to show a deranged split personality, they could bring back Kate Mansi for a guest appearance as one of Abby’s personalities. (Roseanne did something like that with the two different actresses who played Becky, in a Patty Duke Show spoof.)

They could flip a coin as to which actress gets to go to Statesville prison as Andre’s murderer.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Lawd!!!!! Abby done lost her MIND and flipped a WIG. Poor Girl has gone Looney Tunes.

dmr
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dmr

Maybe this storyline will give the character some much needed oomph. The dark hair definitely adds some oomph to the character. I don’t watch DAYS anymore. But, I like to catch the updates now and then. I’m not a fan of NuAbigail. I don’t see the chemistry between NuAbigail and Chad. I know that they have a following, but, I find her to be rather bland.

Mike brookshire
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Mike brookshire

The new fake news story with Abby is trashy. Seems the writer of Days has something against anyone being good to the core. Abby is beyound psycho, John is willing to murder his best friend, etc etc. There is good in people and in life. Wake up writers.

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

Yes, but in fact, if you ask me… There is BOTH good AND bad in EVERYBODY and / or in EVERY character. You have to have one, in order to have the other…. and to be able to TRULY appreciate it, too. Well, at least this is in MY opinion, anyways…. Lolz….

Mike Brookshire
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Mike Brookshire

Yes, everyone has both good and bad, but seldom not to the extermre Days writers resort to. If as if they can’t think outside the soap box and resort to the same old same old. At least John had an excuse, although it was a lame one. Hey Days, why can’t Abbys split personality be BECAUSE the real Abby is setting an elaborate scheme to catch the real killer.

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

When faux-Gabi walked up the DiMera mansion stairs, it looked like her Gabichic coat was made out of the same material as the carpeting.

Jaime
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Jaime

Every time Days goes to Tyler I turn it off

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

Isn’t this is all of that a soap opera is all about? Over the top stories , some that you would not want to have happen in real life…. nor would they actually happen in real life. I have seen people expressing before how these shows and / or soap operas is what apparently people go to and watch “for an escape” from their own everyday life’s trials, tribulations, and / or problems…. But yet, when they dont do stories that are LIKE what they would and / or might want to happen in “real-life”, I believe and think that… Read more »

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

And also, I believe it was in one of the episodes either from the last week OR the week before…. But, what I noticed is when in this episode, “Abby”/”Abigail” and / or “Gabi” woke up in the middle of the night from another one of her spookish of nightmares, when she woke up, she was freaking out which from what I can remember is what woke Chad up , as well. I Chad asks her what’s wrong, what’s the matter, is everything alright? Those kinds of things. Then she tells him she had a nightmare having to do with… Read more »

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

*Passive aggressive.

Dang typos again. Lol.

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

*at least seems

blake
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blake

I love Gabigail, I wish she were on all of the time! The actress looks and acts really hot when she’s “Gabi”.

janey westrich
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janey westrich

So sick of author making this show even harder to watch. I knew “nicole” wanted out, but was hoping they would be smart enough to just replace her. Now that we finalllllllly get Chad and Abagail back together where they belong, and you screw that up as well. Brady now a villian.. Gee wiz… the story line is a mess! Find someone else to kill Andre. This story is getting worse every day! and the stupid one night stand pregnacy.. Give me a break. Now to top it off. Hope is finally happy and you have distroyed that as well.… Read more »

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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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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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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.

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