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DAYS Sneak Preview Unveiled: A Non-Stop November To Remember Filled With Dramatic Shockers!

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At the conclusion of the annual Day of Days fan event on Saturday, the attendees were treated to the first look of the NBC daytime drama series fall sneak preview promo, followed by its posting on NBC.com and social media.

In it, the preview reveals that while Will (Chandler Massey) has been found he has amnesia, and he thinks none other than Sami (Alison Sweeney) was his former wife! While Susan (Eileen Davidson) continues her twisted vendetta and ways to keep him apart from the family and loved ones he doesn’t realize are really his!

Then, Theo (Kyler Pettis) is shot, and JJ (Casey Moss) is the culprit, and lives are changed forever. Abe(James Reynolds) is hit by devastating news that his son’s life hangs in the balance, and that causes a ripple effect in Salem, and longtime family ties and friendships are on the edge.

And in a shocker, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) is back, when none other than Sami enlists him to help jog Will’s memory back in the most frightening way. Ciara comes home with Victoria Konefal taking over the role. While that is happy news for Hope (Kristian Alfonso), she is faced with heartbreak when a rift goes down between her and Rafe (Galen Gering), and later in the promo it appears that Sami and Rafe are going to hit the sheets!

Viewers also get first glimpses of Sister Mary Moira, Kristen, the return of Louise Sorel (Vivian) and a first shot of Tyler Christopher, both whom debut in December!

Watch the sneak preview after the jump. Then let us know what you are looking forward to most in the next few months on DAYS in the comment section below!

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JONNYSBRO
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JONNYSBRO

Omg omg Ron Carlivati u are killing me right now. This looks amazing.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Ron is “killing it” at Days. JJ shooting Theo is must see TV.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve watched this promo about 5 times already…

THIS IS THAT GOOD People. I’m so glad posts see it.

loud out loud double cheers

i’m combusting.

Jules
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Jules

Ron is a FLIPPING GENIUS!!!!

This man is a STORY. TELLER. PERIOD.

I am LIVING for Days right now.

Tamara HodgeWashington
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Tamara HodgeWashington

I am enjoying some of the twists, but Will..Naw, never a fan! Some is just too corny, find myself flipping to Maury, for real laughs.

#alwaysRONCARLIVATIfan

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Oh, my God!!! We got our DAYS back!!! Ron is hitting it hard out of the ballpark. With material like this, the show better go up in the ratings. And how about more than a one year guarantee every year to keep DAYS on the air? It does suck every year when it comes to renewal time if the network will let show show stay on the air. It’s been that good so let us have 2 or 3 years of guaranteed DAYS.

Michael
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Michael

Wow! This looks incredible.

Jimh
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Jimh

Back when Will was killed and viewers were angry i said Will was still alive and would return with amnesia-the only thing i got wrong was i thought Sami would know and was hiding him from Ben…but will Ben be any help-he did not kill CM’s Will…he killed GW’s Will-lol

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Well Sami could think that Will seeing Ben again could help him regain his memories since Ben is the one who attacked Will.For example Sami could think Will’s amnesia was the result of the trauma of Ben strangling him and so she may think Will seeing Ben again will unlock Will’s memories.Plus Chandler re-shot the scenes of Ben “killing” Will and so those probably will air when Will comes face to face with Ben again.Plus i can’t wait to see the scenes between Sami and Ben because i have a feeling Sami won’t hold back on Ben since he tried… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sammy will really go ballistic, if she ever finds out that good old Clyde was the one who had EJ killed. I don’t think Ben even knows.

Jimh
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Jimh

But if i was Sami i wouldnt want the man who we thought killed her son anywhere near him…instead i would had brought Sonny and Will’s daughter Arianna to help regain his memory which i believe would had made more sense!!

Celia
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Celia

True, true and true…I was right there with you, Jimmy.
And, now I think you may be right again. Remember when you recently suggested that Susan may be Kristen posing as her?
Satan had said that Susan would not have the wherewithal to pull off a stunt of this magnitude……so, you may be right; it’s Kristen.
All I can say is …I am enjoying Susan so much…good or bad, LOL.
Now, I await Vivian with open arms.

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes Celia my friend, my madam Vivian will be back soon to cause trouble. I cannot wait to see my madam Vivian back on Days. Please Days bring back, Ivan her side kick. Days is getting good now. Susan Banks is a hoot Lol. Kristen is mean mean mean and Sami is mean mean mean too funny. take care Celia my friend.

Celia
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Celia

@Claudio…
Yes, Claudio….you are the sweetest man. Who loves Vivian????? Who loves her MORE????
I do, I do…..kidding….I know how much you are into Vivian—most likely a lot more than I. But, she’s up there for me, as one of the most fascinating characters, EVER!
Later, my friend.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Well it looks like a lot of exciting things are going to happen on Days Of Our Lives in the coming weeks and even months.

Jimh
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Jimh

Wow..i will be watching regularly again…i still wonder if Kristen is posing as Susan or is that really Susan…Ciara looks promising…Rafe and Sami…how about Ciara and Rafe…that would be almost like a Doug, Julie and Addie rebooted love triangle-and i am all for that-hear me Days…its Christmas season and that latter part is the only thing on my Wish List!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Vivian is Days answer to Ghs Helena Cassidine-looks like she already got Nickolos-lol

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m so excited for the – posters – here that certainly looks like the sexy as all get out.. Eileen Davidson’ Kristen.. on the last shot of this hugely HOTTED out promo. it’s ingenious.. if you look again.. at how much Chandler Massey looks like and sounds. like with his laugh.. is so enjoying working with ED’s.. Susan and/or Kristen.. she looks back at him.. with care and just an all around feast of one actor to another. I can’t believe the excitement … no reason to contain it, either when it comes to Vivian.. and whomever.. Tyler Christopher is… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Patrick!!!! Chandler grew up….even his voice changed…..listen carefully….compare; it’s deeper…..he’s a man!!
I know that, as myself, you and your poet-heart, notice these minute ( but so huge) details.
I cannot stop singing Days’ praises!!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m just gobsmacked… FEAST what other word is their… for the diehard Yeah, I DID NOT Expect to see Ben, back major treat. Sam will go to great lengths for us fans.. and Sami , as the mother lion she is.. will … do what she can… and as only Sami does… let’s the chips fall where they may… and hope for the best… even we know.. she wants him back at any cost.. and it’s not selfishly.. because all of Salem loves Will. high drama woah… just seeing Louise Sorel and Tyler Christopher in the promo every trigger …… Read more »

Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

Hoping that Tyler is Nicholas Alamain. Pretty sure he is since Viv is back. Happy that Rope breaks up, hoping Safe is just a step on the way back to LUMI!!!! I am sure Kristin is pretending to be Susan. I knew “Susan” had convinced Will that he was EJ when I saw the letters over the bed. I believe Kristin is behind the DiMera sabotage. I hope they toss Kate out of DiMera. I wouldn’t be surprised if Billie showed up soon and expect to see Jack, ghost or for real, for JJ and Jennifer soon. Been watching Days… Read more »

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

OMG so good !! I keep watching it, Days is on FIRE !!!

Mateo
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Mateo

We call this RE-BIRTH. DAYS you were in a massive accident and you have finally recovered. Ron Carlivati = genius, savior, writer beyond measure. So jazzed. Eileen Davidson…..FIYAH!! Allison Sweeney – just what we all need. Tyler Christopher just ahhhhhh (heaven help me), Louise Sorel welcome home girl…….Chandler Massey can’t wait till you “remember” because what a mess you left death’s door for…..Robert Scott Wilson, sweet christ on a croissant, how does someone so perfectly beautiful play someone so evil to such perfection, the Theo story taking a leap from the headlines but I am glad they gave it to… Read more »

Joel
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Joel

Amen!

Al
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Al

Yes, Kristen!!!!!!!!! OMG, Sister Mary Moira!! Thomas Banks can’t be far behind. lmao. This is soooooo good. Eileen Davidson is amazing!!!!

Satan
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Satan

Kristen in that red dress, with the evil laugh… looking just like the Succubus she really wants to be. Don’t worry Kristen, your future employment is secured here in Hell!

Mo
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Mo

Is that Kristen or Susan’s sister? I forget her name. I know she was thought to have drowned way back when, but in Salem, who knows?

Jovin
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Jovin

Penelope drowned. She was one of the quadruplets of Susan, Thomas, and the nun. One thing I never understood…Kristen is not Stefano’s biological daughter. So…why isn’t she one of them? Make them quintuplets and family. I guess that’s what we call Buy Illogical!

Alan
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Alan

I think it’s Kristen.

Penelope Kent was the fourth Banks sibling who was given up for adoption by Susan’s mother and was adopted by a British orthodontist. Penelope was drowned by Edmund who thought she was Kristen; Susan later told him that Penelope was dying of an incurable disease.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Susan has a brother named Thomas and 2 sisters named Mary Moira who is a nun and Penelope.Penelope was the one who was killed when Edmund drowned her but he thought she was Kristen since they looked alike.Susan, Mary Moira, Thomas and Penelope are quadruplets.So the only character who can’t come back is Penelope since she is dead.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve already posted – couldn’t Tamara Clatterbuck, be Penelope

the resemblance to Eileen Davidson.. is uncanny

these are two highly touted women of means

sensual – presence – and oh so commanding

just to keep the zany comedic and dramatic effect onward

heck.. why wouldn’t this not reach ?

Tamara Clatterbuck for the WIN… make her a younger sister of the quadruplets

Maca
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Maca

Love ron c and days!!!!

Tamara HodgeWashington
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Tamara HodgeWashington

Love Louise Sorel in EVERYTHING

mike
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mike

WOW, just WOW

Mo
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Mo

It looks so amazing!!!!!! I look forward to watching Days every day and that was not how I was feeling just a few months ago.

Why doesn’t Sami just do a DNA test on Will? That will prove to him he’s her son.

I look forward to Vivian returning. So much good going on here!!!!

Mo
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Mo

Have to add, I’m glad Rob/Ben is back. I miss him.

Mo
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Mo

And Abe, your son was committing a crime. So yes, it’s horrible he was shot, but JJ thought Theo was pointing a gun at him.

Sarah
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Sarah

OMGEE I am BEYOND EXCITED to see Sami & Rafe going at it again. these 2 have always been so hott together. it will be interesting to see how all the drama with Rafe & Hope plays out. i do like these 2 together but they definitely have some issues to work through. i’m glad that they are finally getting the writing to face their problems head on so they can move forward.

Mo
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Mo

Yes, when someone is hesitant to pick a wedding date, there may be problems!

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I’m also excited to see Sami and Rafe have sex because they have history together and it makes sense that they might turn to each other for comfort.However i don’t Rafe to have sex with Sami while he’s still with Hope because i don’t want him to cheat.Now maybe he and Hope get into a big fight and Rafe thinks they have broken up and so he turns to Sami.

Mike
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Mike

Tyler Christopher as Nicholas Alamain?

Or as a reborn Stefano? Brain swapping, clone, something weird and fun like Days of old.

Satan
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Satan

Days has already claimed that TC will be playing an entirely new character. Probably Vivian’s latest sidekick, since Ivan is long gone, and Gus (the guy who was with her the last time she was in town) turned out to be working against her… or whatever it was. (senior Devil moment here… the memory starts to go after a few thousand years, so the details are kind of foggy.) I doubt they will bring Nikolas Alamain back, because they can’t figure out what age he’s supposed to be. He was a kid back when the Alamain family first appeared. Then… Read more »

blake
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blake

Man that is a helluva promo! I definitely got hyped and goosebumps watching this! Thank God for Ron C. coming to Days.

If you aren’t watching Days now, you should be!!!

Chrystie-Delancey
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Chrystie-Delancey

I love it all EXCEPT why can’t JJ catch a break?

He has grown up and gotten a respectable job yet I fear he will never amount to anything than a Kevin Fisher clone on Y&R. It just isn’t fair to character development.

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG – just finished the 11/14 – Tuesday epi as Hope and JJ are going over the case . it dawns on both of them… that with Theo “autism” .. HAD JJ known it was him.. that had he said.. “drop” what you have in your hand. AND with Theo “honest to goodness nature. turned around.. with decoder in hand… his mindset ? he knew it was JJ and/or was ready to tell him it wasn’t a gun. the horror in JJ… after the fact.. was not any less in high yield drama. Gawd I loved Lani words… ” you… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

forgot to add –

this is going to have some serious repercussions… on Kate

because as JJ told Hope.. that all the things that did occur… were and are NOT in Theo person

he would never have acted this way –

as he’s secretly cavorting with Kate for DiMera Enterprises

I’m so in love with Lauren Koslow… so get ready for Koslow and Penghlis

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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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