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DAYS Rings In the New Year With A Car Crash and A Paternity Revealed!

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The countdown begins to a new year of shocking twists that will give us something to scream about!  That’s what NBC is teasing in their latest promo!

New Year’s eve in Salem doesn’t look like it’s going to be a happy one for everyone.  In fact, it looks down right deadly.   First, Chad (Billy Flynn) and Belle (Martha Madison) look to be hitting the sheets, but can Abby (Kate Mansi) armed with information stop this dangerous liasion?

In the latest promo,  Abby will finally learn that her baby daddy is Chad, not serial killer Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  Can Abby get through to Chad in time and let him know the good news about baby Thomas? Will the brainwashed DiMera even care at this point?

And in the mother of all car crashes, look for some major Salemites to end up on one fateful situation.  Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) is one of them, who screams as she about to be in the middle of it.   DAYS fans knew this day was coming as we prepare to say goodbye to a long-running cast member.   Will it turn out to be the one everyone is suspecting?

Watch the final promo of 2015 for DAYS after the jump, and then let us know what you think will happen when the smoke clears from New Years Eve for your favorite characters!

 

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A drunken Erik causes an accident that kills Danial and leaves Jen in a coma…Jen has an out-of-body experience and sees Jack…Erik flees the seen…everyone believes the accident was Jens fault…a vengeful Melanie attempts to kill Jen but by mistake she shoots Maggie and it leaves her a cripple…no one can contact Victor because he is smoochin with Caroline…Caroline has a baby vision and even at 88 thinks she is pregnant but its about Abbys baby Tommy…Erik confesses he accidentally killed Danial but gets off with probration-he is remorseful and eventually leaves town and returns to the priesthood…Melanie has a… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Oh My God, so much happening

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I really enjoyed today’s episode. Finally, some suspense. I think the baby storyline intermingled with Chad’s, is bringing it for me.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, Jimmy. What a coincidence. My nine-year old niece LOVES Days. She said that Caroline loses her mind and believes that Shawn is really alive and he and Caroline are having a baby. She has no clue that it is biologically impossible for Caroline to have a baby at her age…or it it? It’s Days….anything can happen.

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

Caroline is on a soap where the towns top psychiatrist Dr, Marlena Evans was once possessed by the devil so anything is possible…lol

conniemac
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conniemac

best soap writer ever!!

jammy
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jammy

Better than the real thing 🙂

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

Thanks…wish the shows writers would read this stufff…some of us can come up with better ideas…i can picture all this actually happening…i dont mean to brag…oh, yes i do…lol…but it is a lot better than what they are doing!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

A promising promo!

A little romance…Steve & Kayla, but is Ava a threat?
A revelation…Thomas Jack is not Ben’s baby, but does that really mean Chad is the father?
A celebration…The New Year’s Eve party/Basic Black fashion show, but fun for all?
A temptation…Belle and Chad, but will they go all the way?
A car accident…Who lives and who dies and who will make up lies?

DAYS is delivering daring and dangerous daytime drama!!!!!

su0000
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su0000

hi 4ever DAYS..
”’DAYS is delivering daring and dangerous daytime drama!!!!!””
yes-
and GH is delivering a ton of lackluster mush, anticlimactic comatosing love mushy crapola.. not a thrill to be found. GH is in laa-laa land
GH has been raped of all it was and should be -> GH ..

hey! GH and Days should change writers!!! yes?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Hi su0000!

I’m happy with DAYS’ writing, but do realize alot of people see nothing but doom and gloom. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

GH will pick up.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I always knew the baby was Chad’s. But, golly gee, 4ever, I love the way you think! Is Chad the father? Isn’t that interesting! Wow!!

I hope Chad and Belle do not go at it. I do believe Chad is playing a game. Not brainwashed at all. Belle is soooo insipid, I don’t wish her upon anyone….not that Abby is my favorite either, but I am starting to tolerate her. If only she would stop blowing like a fish.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Happy New Year to you too, CeeCee!

Several months back, many posters (including me) at other sites and this site suggested that once EJ died, sperm (which can live a few hours after it’s host dies) of his was saved and Abby was inseminated several months later on the night she slept with Chad.

Would that be too much for Chabby/DAYS fans?

A confirmation of Ben not being the father is not a confirmation of Chad being the father, especially when the DiMera family is involved. You must remember Kristen visiting EJ’s body in the morgue?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@4ever.
Absolutely, 4ever…..everything and anything IS possible….especially when you put it so eloquently.

Sward81333
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Sward81333

Days is top-notch right now. But at the rate they’re killing off characters, there will be no one left by the end of 2016. Ha!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Hi Sward81333!

They can always reanimate and start the process all over again!

Do you live in Slick Rock, Colorado (zip code 81333)?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Sward,
Speaking of killing off characters, either Eric or Brady will be saved. How do they know Daniel’s heart will even be a match for either? However….yes, however…LOL. What if George Jonas was not really Daniel’s father? What if Daniel is Victor’s son by some Days’ miracle? ( which happens all the time). This would mean that Daniel is Brady’s uncle, and VOILA’, they share DNA and they are a match. Maggie’s dilemma is solved.
What do you think, oh mighty Jimmy H? Good one?

Ces
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Ces

All days knows how to do is kill off fan favorites. I may exit the show again; came back for Peter but nothing is keeping me interested except a bunch of recasts and poor acting (teens!). I dont get the brady/theresa thing either. Her voice is grating!!

Adam
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Adam

Daniel is killed, it’s believed that Jennifer killed him but it was a drunk Eric all along.

Susan
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Susan

Who told you that Jennifer is thought to have killed Daniel?

Omar
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Omar

Days has become such a dark and sad show with all these deaths..I thought with the 50 anniversary and new writing regime it will get better but it’s worse for wear..I am just glancing and fast forwarding..so depressing to see the show..No comedy relief, no romance and no interactions between characters that have chemistry with each other!

Mo
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Mo

I don’t know who it is.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hello, Mo, my friend. I think Chad is hoooot. Belle is nooooot!!!! The woman is not one bit pretty, as some seems to think. Not a true beauty. Thin lips and huge forehead. I know, I know, I’m being catty. But, since we’re on the subject…..However, looks are not always necessarily the thing. Granted, we are, as a rule, firstly attracted to the physical image, but when we get to know the person, oftentimes, the personality takes over and looks, good or bad, fade away. Billy Flynn is just naturally sexy. He may not have the chiseled Adonis-like look, by,… Read more »

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Chrystie_Delancey

Once again, CeeCee, you took the words out of my mouth. What does it for me with Billy Flynn is that he is charismatic. He CAN act. He doesn’t need to be some pretty boy that just struts around with his shirt off. At least for me, that does not do it. I like an actor that can play both drama and comedy and Billy has it in SPADES! That man is going to be very successful outside of soaps some day. Not to mention that he is hilarious on Instagram. He is the type of guy (like Timothy Olyphant,… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

When I said I didn’t like Ashlyn Pierce’s looks (I think that’s her name, Aly on B&B) someone called me out for being shallow. Whatever. Everyone has a different opinion and it’s fine. I like Martha Madison (Belle), but I am not really loving Belle 2015/2016. I have noticed this time around that Martha does have a large forehead. I think bangs might be a better look for her. I’m also concerned about Belle dating Chad. Chad is Will’s age. Will was her nephew. Therefore, Chad is her nephew. LOL I don’t find Billy Flynn (Chad) attractive at all. I… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Mo. I would never, ever call you out. I like you too much. Besides, I am the queen of criticism. You offered your opinion. To a certain degree I agreed with you. Billy Flynn is not your typical looker…but, man, oh, man…he is SEXY..hot, hot , hot. He is a turn-on. I’m with you with Belle; I do not like the character one bit. In fact, mostly has to do with this revenge sex thing. Why, why? I ask. So divorce papers have been filed. Does that mean one must go out and share fluids with someone she barely… Read more »

clh
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clh

This show is misery on top of misery and boring.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, clh. I will add ‘senseless’ to that. Especially the Andre/Stefano relationship. What a looney-tune Andre is. So irritating to me because I love Thaao. Another actor being used as a patsy.
I think Andre is slowly poisoning Stefano….that could be the murder? Possibly?

Ray
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Ray

I think DOOL needs to slow the pacing down. It seems the most interesting stories happen and then there is not an emotional fallout that follows (Bo’s death being an exception). I am still frustrated that Ben left the show so quickly after Abby was rescued. It would have been interesting to see his character realize the mistakes he had made, have more of a meltdown, be shipped off to a sanitarium, etc. It was not evident that Kate or Marlena had just lost their grandson two months before during the Christmas episodes. Marlena is consumed with John’s past (again?)… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I agree with a lot of what you wrote. I’m not loving Belle’s incarnation and her having cheated on Shawn. It’s an excuse so Belle can dally with Chad, but I don’t buy Belle as a cheater. What happened to make her one? The paternity reveal does seem to be happening too fast. I’m surprised it’s coming out now, but okay. nuCiara is awful. The caroling was awful. JJ’s and Claire’s duet was not good–sounded like it wasn’t rehearsed so guess I should say it met requirements. I like the actress Claire, but still can’t get that Claire is this… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

I understand Hope’s vigilantism and I would gladly stand right beside her. Her husband Bo was kidnapped then held and tortured for three years. Bo died of a brain tumour that MIGHT have been operable had he gotten the help needed. So yes, I ‘m looking forward to Hope going postal on who ever is responsible. Don’t forget Belle cheated on Shawn. with Phillip years before. Women cheat for both physical and emotional reasons. If a woman is unhappy in her marriage then she is more than likely to cheat on her husband. Belle may have felt that she had… Read more »

Jaime
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Jaime

Steve and Kayla are the very best of Days! Need more of them not these very short scenes in between the less than interesting!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Love me some Patch and Kayla–loved the scenes today (Tue.).
Chad, come back to “yourself” and find out you are the baby daddy to little Tom.
“Come together, right now”!

Mo
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Mo

I don’t buy Chad as some sexpot hot irresistible guy. The actor is not handsome IMO. No wonder Belle isn’t interested. That said, I would like to see him back with Abby. I still don’t like Billy as Chad and wish they would recast, but it seems I am in the minority with this opinion. At least he can act, unlike nuCiara.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yup. I love this couple. She’s a beauty. Steve has charisma himself even with his gruff manner.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

My above post was directed to Jaime….about Kayla and Steve.

Mary
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Mary

Why can’t anyone be happy? Have some couples stay together & like someone said don’t kill him off put him in another hospital to work.. I have been watching since I was 6 .Just have some people stay together!!!!

Kelly
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Kelly

Don’t you know that happy couples on DOOL are boring. I mean, who wants to watch some couple happily going through their day to day routine. (I am being more than sarcastic)

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Words no contented soap actor wants to see in their script ” Life is perfect” or ” I have never been this happy”. Before the age of spoilers these words were a sure sign your character was about to meet their Maker. And sure enough on Dec 31 episode Daniel said words like that to Brady while in the car– had to laugh even if I knew didn’t know this was coming, I would have known by those words alone Daniel was going to die in that crash. I can’t say I will miss the character. He hasn’t been on… Read more »

Marc Lormand
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Marc Lormand

Dark DAYS is a hit with me. I love these dark stories. Romance is mush. The show is going to wind down over the next 9 months more than likely, so I’d rather see the dark drama while it’s on air vs some crappy romance.

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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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