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DAYS Thaao Penghlis Previews: "You Won't Believe What Happens In Jan-Feb. Great Scenes, But Tragedy Is Part Of The DiMera Life."

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Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) has been stepping up to the plate lately and running the DiMera empire clearly with his own agenda, which has not completely been revealed.  He certainly has it out for Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is MIA and her quest to bring the DiMera family to its knees, and he may also have it out for Belle (Martha Madison), as well.  We shall soon see.

Whatever the case, the very talented Thaao Penghlis posted on his facebook page a little teaser to whet the appetite of his fans and followers with the latest NBC photo of the actor as Andre DiMera.  And speaking of appetite, make sure to pick up your copy of  Thaao’s latest book, Seducing Celebrities One Meal at a Time out in bookstores now!

Thaao related this message with his photo: “Andre 2015. You won’t believe what happens in Jan-Feb. Great scenes but tragedy is part of the DiMera life.”

DAYS fans must put on your thinking caps!  What tragedy is going to happen in Salem?  How will it impact the DiMera clan?  What do you hope happens to Andre?  Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
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su0000

I love Thaao Penghlis !!
We once had a twitter chat/whatever, he is a true sweetheart. and a helluva a Cassidine!
I miss his Cassidine character 🙁
I can only hope he will come home!

Marc
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Marc

Have a bad feeling this will be the end of Stefano 🙁 For good this time

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You are probably right, Marc. Joseph does not seem well. I have not seen him on his feet for quite a while; always sitting, he is. He is probably on his way to permanent retirement. I know Stefano is a bad guy, but, Days won’t be the same without him. I shall miss him.

Mo
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Mo

I too was thinking the end of Stefano. Even if Joseph were to leave, I don’t think they should kill Stefano. Let him be out there a la Sally Spectra on B&B.

Does Joseph use cue cards? A lot of times it seems like he’s looking at something (cards).

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Mo.
Yeah, he could be looking at cue cards. I’ve noticed that sometimes he hesitates before talking….as if he’s out of whack. Aging is a B.

Blake
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Blake

Same here CeeCee. I can’t imagine Days/Salem without Stefano.That makes me sad.

Patrick
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Patrick

“oh, god” I don’t want to know…. but this crossed my mind

Joseph Mascolo, “I have loved you from the very first time I laid eyes on your presence in Salem”

what a treat… and beyond

Stefano is forever!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I would not surprise me; his continued absence, and off-on decision to be apart of the show, and then not be apart of it is concerning. Plua, he seems to be bound to a wheelchair in real-life, so I suspect that Joseph might be on his permanent exit from Salem, Illinois.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Illinois?? Wow!!!!! Where have I been these last seven years? I thought it was Salem, Massachusetts….well, you know, the (be)witching state? Lol.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Yes, CeeCee, Salem is located in Illinois, though, I think it’d be beautiful for it to be from Massachusetts; I love it in Salem, MA!

Blake
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Blake

I’ll be upset when Stefano is off Days for good but I know he will have to retire. It’s just a strange world to never see Bo Brady again and that it looks like the same will happen with Stefano.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, yeah…ridiculous storyline with this Sami business. Again!…,don’t even miss her! And yes, yes, Andre is the evil twin and all that jazz. But, how deliciously does Thaao play the dastardly Lucifer we love to hate? Except that I love, love, love Thaao!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I believe we will finally lose Stephano.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

SteFano

Val
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Val

The tragedy will sadly IMO be the demise of Stefano. But will it be at Hope’s hand if she learns he was behind Bo’s kidnapping and torture?

Amy
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Amy

Was it really Stefano who was behind Bo’s kidnapping and torture? I think the real guilty party is Andre.

Patrick
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Patrick

I am so surprised by how much Martha Madison… looks like her older sister, Sami.

as played by Alison Sweeney.

now that Belle is ensconsed with Sami… in DiMera Enterprises… to the tune of $250 million

this could be good… I am from the get go… taken with MM’ Belle…

which is a good thing…

we need more actors and characters on this show to root for… if they are being featured

hats off to Thaao Penghlis… you might not be my DiMera Lead, of choice… but your acting… take after take… lends itself enjoy

tim S
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tim S

I am a little shocked that Ben left the baby all alone in the hotel… wow… crazy stuff happening at Days these Days.. but good!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, good! Even great! And I can’t wait for the build up of a GREAT romance between Abby and Chad–will further add to the “glow” that is already surrounding DAYS redux–and the actor and actress playing those roles are up to the part and then some. Great going, DAYS. And I, for one, am eager to see the cool love story lurking underneath the surface between Hope and Rafe. Galen plays the role with just enough understatement and authority–I want to see him “thaw” Hope from her frozen-in-time grief from Bo’s death–I know his “smoldering” sex appeal (love those warm,… Read more »

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Nancy…I agree with you about Chad and Abby..BUT I also heard she may be leaving the show and has not opted to resign her contract….I do love them together….I would not think they would recast the role… but given the numbers of people they are getting rid of …who knows?

I also agree that Rafe and Hope may be a great romance…and yeah SHE IS a cold one!

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Billy Flynn (Chad) makes me ask, “EJ who?”

It will be a sad day when bigger things call on him. He is THAT good!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Rafe should be with a young woman who will be able to give him children. He has always wished for a child. He lied Sami’s kids. Hope cannot give him one. I understand what you’re saying, Nancy. But I don’t think it would be fair. Poor Rafe deserves to get a love of his own…fresh and new. Enough with these older women. First Kate, now Hope? I wish Serena would return!

Amy
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Amy

Ben has completely lost it. if you remember, Ben told Abby he left the baby with his mother.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ben is not all there, tim. I doubt he would have left the infant alone if he were thinking with a full deck. He would not have killed all those people either. I don’t think Ben is evil….he is very, very sick!

tim S
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tim S

okay.. why would you not check Ben for a hotel key to find the baby.. .. but how did he get into the hotel without any money or wallet.. .mmmm.. come on…. Days.. a little better writing on this one…

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

The whole thing, from the pitiful fire on the bed to the sprinkling of snow on the ground after the storm that closed the roads, seems weak to me. It’s rather disappointing after such a big build up. I am still very impressed by the performances of Robert Scott Wilson and Kate Mansi.

Mo
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Mo

I too wondered how he was able to get a motel room if he didn’t have his wallet. Did he have money in his pocket which he used up? What about id? It looked like a nice place, not a dump that might skirt the id issue for enough money.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I think he had Wendy’s money/wallet.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, exactly, tim. As I said before, this baby is no premie. It is already a few months old. Are we stupid? Secondly, it would have not survived for so long out of an incubator ….AND FOOD…INTRAVENOUSLY. Ask any doctor, nurse, or anyone with any sense. But, regardless of that idiocy, Kate Mansi’s acting is so believable, I got goosebumps. Everything works…sans makeup, messy hair, distraught appearance and holding it together. She is just great. She deserves a nomination. To think that she was always a persona non grata for me….has been since she got down with EJ. But, I… Read more »

Deb
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Deb

Have heard chatter that Joe Mascola has decided to retire…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m thinking that right, Deb.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And, is Victor going to have that heart attack? Maybe John Anniston is retiring also?

lou piikes
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lou piikes

I read somewhere that he is very sick in real life. The soap press says he’s suffering from diabetes and heart problems.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Mascolo

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Mary SF.
You are so right about the ‘baby law”. I didn’t even stop to think about that. True on all counts. Funny thing is, my mother (as an attorney) always mentions that. I had forgotten. She said that is also the reason they never use the same baby at that age. Yesterday, Abbi’s baby looked like a different baby from the day before. I am so glad you brought that up, Mary….and, PTB?, SORRY! I guess you know what you’re doing.

Carla cannon
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Carla cannon

I know we have to have a villain and it should be from the oldest family
But why does it have to be Andre

Carla cannon
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Carla cannon

I know we need a villain and it should be out of one of the oldest families in Salem why does it always have to be Andre

Patrick
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Patrick

this is the perfect time for Jason Brooks to return… pronto no?

then recast Peter Blake…. ie: Michael Muhney ; Ted King ; Jason Brooks

any one of these three solid men… would offset and fire vs. Vincent Irizarry’ Deimos

Eugenia
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Eugenia

I don’t know what will happen but I can only hope that his father Stefano gets his just due reward for all the hardship he has caused Bo and Hope over the years and that Hope takes Stefano out for good. Maybe it will even teach Andre a thing or two!

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

Stephano dies for good…Andre takes over the mansion and Dimera business…he kicks Chad out of both!…and because AS is not back full time, Sami is using Belle to help her bring down the Dimeras and Andre wants revenge!……just a guess!

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I have only been watching for a little over two years, I started watching to observe how the Will and Sonny storyline would progress. Well, that’s over and I didn’t care for the way it ended. All this other jazz with the horrendously cornball acting of Stefano (to my eyes, it’s not convincing) is melodramatic filler. The only interesting storyline right now is Abigail and Chad with Ben fleeing with the premature baby that looks like a 1 year old kid. Aside from that, it’s meh, I don’t know, a little boring. Jennifer FINALLY said “I haven’t heard from Abigail.… Read more »

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

Many of us wanted a better ending for Will and Sonny…as for the baby it looks like they soras the child while still in the womb…as for Jen now concerned about Abby-time passes differently in soaps than it does in real time…what seems like weeks for us can just happen in a few days in Salem!…Days does seem to be slowing done a bit…there is no real buildup to the next storyline…hopefully things will improve soon!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Actually, Jennifer has been worried since day one. Ben has been texting her on Abbi’s phone to assuage any doubt. She’s always been somewhat concerned because it seems that when mother and daughter text each other, Abbi signs the text. My siblings and I use a certain coded word, as well, just for our parents. But, Jennifer did wonder why Abbi had not signed the texts . She just thought that Abbi and Ben needed time away, yet, she always had misgivings about how out of character it was for Abbi to just up and leave like that. It is… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Come on people everyone should know by now that there are laws in the entertainment industry about using babies on set. The younger they are the more strict the rules. Usually most soaps and series are not going to use a new born even if that were allowed because I’m sure it is. Most productions will get a baby who can be on camera the longest before the scene ends or otherwise they have to write a reason to whisk the baby out of the scene. Stop giving soaps a hard a time about the “age” of the baby– most… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I hope no one else dies. Tired of all the dying.

su0000
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su0000

The character is 86yrs old, that is pushing 90..
It’s really something that he hasn’t retired long ago..
geez he’s been on Days since 1982 wow!!!

((on the side– I want my Cassadines back at GH lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Isn’t “Caroline” older than that? I don’t think it’s the age, su, as much as an actor’s health. My great-grandmother is in her 90’s and very healthy. She goes for walks, cooks etc. I don’t think Mr. Mascolo is well.

LORRAINE FEATHERSTON
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LORRAINE FEATHERSTON

Stephano passes due to heart attack. Andre will be the next STEPHANO DEMERA

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Something to do with Stefano, probably. Maybe he will be “presumed” dead?

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Well the TPTB stated that from here on out, once a character is dead, they are gone for good. So so many great characters have been axed over the past few months, and more to go… the DOOL as we know it will never be the same…

Such is a fact of life, sad to see Joseph go…

Patrick
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Patrick

Thaao Penghlis : you are an original DiMera…. had it not been for this familial Dynasty… as lead by the enigmatic superlative Joseph Mascolo. Salem and DOOL would not exist

I am glad that one of his first born is by his side

its so noticeable the respect and care that is going on between you two men.

tears

The DiMera Empire will forever reign

Margie
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Margie

Bring back Clyde Weston.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

If only they could. James Read did a stellar job with that creepy guy. But, everyone knows that Clyde was the drug lord. I can’t see how they could bring him back. Still, it would be great to see Clyde take revenge on the town for Ben’s meltdown.

Amy
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Amy

Wouldn’t that be hard to do. Clyde Weston is in a Florida prison waiting to be tried for murder.

Margie
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Margie

Very Easy. The charges get dropped, evidence disappears, witnesses recant. We need a more exciting bad guy in town. James Read was brilliant, and great to look at.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And I am STILL wishing to see James Read appear in Port Charles as a mysterious man after Laura’s heart–one can dream, can’t one?

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I yhink A Martinez is the new sheriff in town, so to speak. He is filling the void for James Read.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I always thought Ben killed that person in Florida and Clyde was just taking the rap for it.

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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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