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Daytime Emmy Winner and Y&R Favorite, Greg Rikaart Joins Days of our Lives!

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Smart move Days of our Lives!  One of the most talented acting gents in the business, Greg Rikaart, is now joining the cast of the NBC daytime drama.

The news broke late today first via TV Line. No word yet on what role Rikaart will play, but he is set for a multi-episode arc that will air in the Spring of 2018, since DAYS tapes six months advance.

This is an exciting opportunity for both DAYS under head writer Ron Carlivati , and Rikaart to play another dynamic character on a daytime drama series.

As the story goes, Greg was let out of his contract after 14 years on The Young and the Restless in his role of Kevin Fisher, a part in which he won a Daytime Emmy for back in 2005 for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Flash forward: In recent weeks, Rikaart has returned to Y&R making some guest appearances, and according to sources cited in the TV Line piece, Rikaart’s landing at DAYS does not mean he will not recur on Y&R.

So, excited to hear Greg will be appearing on DAYS?  Who do you hope Rikaart gets mixed up in story with in Salem? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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su0000

I really liked the awesome character Kevin and Greg ..
He will do well at days, he is bringing his talent to Days; good for Days good for Greg Greg ..

Brett
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Brett

YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!! Daytime Deities and Divas, please give me a romance between Greg and Chandler Massey!!!! For…uhm…purely storytelling reasons and not solely because they are two of the most adorable men on daytime!

Celia
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Celia

I agree. I so wanted Will and Sonny together. But, Brett, I like your premise.
I suppose too much time has passed for Sonny and Will? And, of course, there’s Paul to consider.
We shall see.

Jovin
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Jovin

Gross!!!! There is like a 15 year age difference!

Brett
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Brett

So what, it’s a soap opera? All the characters who aren’t children and grandparents are depicted ambiguously in terms of age. Besides, there’s 10 years between the actors who play Victor and Maggie, and 15 between the actors for Victor and Nikki (Y&R), and that’s believable.

Celia
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Celia

Funny, that. You’re right, of course, Jovin….For some reason I always have this picture of Greg being in his twenties.
On second thought, it is gross….just as gross as Kristina and Parker ( GH).

Michael
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Michael

Can you say ageism? I have dated men much older than me. So, it’s really not a big issue. If you have a problem with age differences on TV shows, then you’re not allowing yourself to suspend reality for an hour just to watch said show.

Patrick
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Patrick

these threads always give me alarm bells and whistles

my first thought… OMG

“He belongs on Y&R”

this is just another example of how valued he is as an artist

“Multi-episode arc” hmmmmm

much longer than a guest star arc…

we’ll take it

from what posts I’ve read on this site – and I believe a whole lot of em

Y&R without all the Baldwin troupe. is their loss

Mr. Greg Rikaart plus your family. welcome

Mo
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Mo

Yes, I’m excited to hear Greg is joining Days. I wonder who he’ll play and what story he’ll be involved in. Maybe a romance with Chloe? Or Paul?

Your loss Y&R.

Mo
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Mo

Is he joining Days for 2 or 3 episodes or 2 or 3 months or longer?

Judy
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Judy

would look good with chloe

Mo
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Mo

That would be funny if they did pair him with Chloe since his character’s love on Y&R is also named Chloe.

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont know how strong DOOL is but I give them all the credit in the world for trying! They make moves when things are not clicking. The right moves? To be determined but a guy like Greg, the show can only get better. We see Y&R weakening. Way back when they let Harding go. Hartley wasnt Y&R’s fault but they could have rocked the house bringing back Muhney! Now they lose Kevin. Its stupid, him and Mariah are off the charts, Chloe is still in hiding and Gloria is in town. Just stupid. Hey, but we get to watch… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Glo may be in town, but we hardly see her. Bring her back to the front. We need her!

Timmm
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Timmm

You are correct. She and Victor have been flirting. Maybe they have big future plans for her? Victor would hire her to piss off Jack and might even sleep with her since Jack and Nikki have been rubbing shoulders!

Celia
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Celia

All these women flitting around like moths to a light ( in this case, a dimming light, by the second) should compare notes.

This is for you, Timmmy: Gloria and Victor? It would certainly send Nikki would have a hissy fit……her nose is already up in the air; any more and it will touch the sky. Then, there’s Jack. How about a foursome?? Yucky.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So right, Timm. But don’t forget the thrill of watching Charlie and Mattie trying to act.

Timmm
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Timmm

Dont forget Reed! Ugg!

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Soaphound….these kids are dull, but, at least, they’re still green….they have years to hone and own their craft, if they decide to stick with it.
Sam ( GH) is no better. What’s kelly’s excuse? Her time has come and gone.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Timmmy!!!! Please, my love…the thought of Victor doing the tango with anyone is synonymous to yuck!! How much viagra will he need? LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think he will steal Nick’s vitality along with his half billion dollars! After all, what can Victor NOT do?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…where Victor is concerned, probably a BOATLOAD of Viagra…lol. Yep.

Have a good one, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

@jaybird369.
HaHaHa, Jay…you sure a boatful is enough? More like an Armada!!!!
Later, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
What can Victor not do? …Hmmm…..Can’t do anything to have me, and that’s a fact !! His loss. LOL.

holly
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holly

This makes me very happy; Greg is my of my favorite actors. He was great on Y&R and sure he will be great on DOOL.

Celia
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Celia

Celebration!

Jimh
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Jimh

He like Eileen Davidson can do both shows..

Judy
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Judy

wow cant waite till he on wow he always been one by favor he wiil vewes with him

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Exactly!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Did anyone notice the breath of fresh air when Greg returned? He was so poised and handsome and clearly back where he belongs. I just grinned like a fool whenever he was onscreen. And I vainly hoped they would see how idiotic the decision was to let him go. But obviously DOOL sees his value, so best wishes to the Great Greg. I particularly enjoyed his scene with Cane. And while on Cane, can I just say (and I know I’ll get clobbered for this) that, if Juliet is on the level, I’m glad he and self-righteous Lily are kaput.… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Not lying? She did lie. Remember that whole sexual harassment lie. Cane lost his job because of that (yes he lied about things, but if Juliet hadn’t brought the suit I don’t think he would have lost his job). Then again, maybe they deserve each other: two liars.

Helen
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Helen

So glad you mentioned the boost of energy when Greg’s scenes aired. Something wonderfully different in the way he delivered lines, body language, facial expression. I miss him on Y& R.

Patrick
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Patrick

first: absolutely, Greg Rikaart brings a whole new level of REEL. it’s like I’ve said of Eileen Davidson… when these two are on… they make everything show up my reel post : Lily … ms. high brow she just irritates me to no end… every since “her” twins were sorased.. she’s taken on a whole new meaning of “biatch” hasn’t she who told her to amp up her ‘attitude ? she does not have presence enough just like her twins… with Devon. go backburner … bye bye the winters clan has never worked…save for Neal… whew WHICH – I will… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

This is where we disagree, Soaphound. LOL. Cane is a dog!!!! I am not excusing Lily….she did cheat, but she told Cane the truth. Cane lied. Plus, I am not so sure this baby is his. Cane and Lily will get back together….eventually. These couples go through cycles to create drama, which is not drama, at all. Same stuff…I guess the writers run out of stories? I do not like Cane. I never did. I wish Michael Graziadei would return. Lily had the best relationship with him. I like Lily. I love her fashion sense, as I do Hilary’s….we have… Read more »

Soaphound
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Bless you, Celia, for reminding me of the Graziadei days. I liked he and Lily also. He is really sexy and was great in his scenes with Michelle Stafford too. And
Hilary/Mishael is a very stylish woman. She’s one of the rare young actresses who knows how to wear clothes, not having the clothes wear them. Victoria should take notes.

Boop
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Boop

I agree with you about Lily; she acts as if she never cheated. Plus, everyone else acts as if it never happened , also. She never said to her kids, dad forgave me when I had sex with a friend of his, twice. I am furious when the writers pretend that things never happened by having other characters pretend, also. Lily’s family is really hypocritical and unfair; upholding her in her decision to leave Cane; however, asking Cane to forgive her when she had sex with Joe. Amnesia has overpowered the whole cast.

Satan
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Satan

Let’s hope this isn’t the start of Ron Carlivati flooding Salem with newbies like he did when he was with GH. You could turn on the show 3 out of 5 days a week and not recognize anybody. And some of the ones you did recognize didn’t belong there because they were characters forced on the viewers from his previous show that got cancelled. Since this actor reportedly left his last gig because they wouldn’t write his character as “gay”, I’d guess he’s going to be somehow tied to Sonny, Will, or Paul. Most probably Paul’s new boyfriend, since there’s… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Y&R chose not to renew his contract, Satan.

Celia
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Celia

Are we sure Greg’s character will be gay, 4ever? It would be great if he could be free to display his true persona.

Celia
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Celia

Thanks for the explanation, 4ever. Great synopsis.

Mo
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Mo

Greg left Y&R because his character left with his gf who everyone thinks is dead. Considering Greg has been playing Kevin for 14 years and Kevin is straight, I don’t think Greg left because his character wasn’t gay. If so, why did he recently return?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

No, the truth is Y&R chose not to renew Greg’s contract. From that, there was speculation that Greg’s wishes for Y&R to reveal Kevin as gay was the deciding factor. Y&R didn’t want to deal with fans of Greg/Kevin pushing for Greg to have or not have his wish because Y&R just didn’t want to deal with the subject. Now, of course, they’re pussyfooting around a lesbian storyline. Possibly, because Sony distributes Y&R and DAYS, Sony was able to persuade DAYS to take on Greg and have him play a gay character per his wishes, something that Y&R wouldn’t grant.… Read more »

davlestev1
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I agree with 4 ever DAYS. Sony agreed on this actors part and worked with Ron Carlivati to give GR a role he really wanted play. And once he’s done at DAYS I guarantee he’ll return to Y&R. I also suspect that wherever Will was Greg’s character was there with him. Sonny is set to be floored by Will again and his over active Sami genes when the character comes to Salem to claim Will back. And BTW who calls their own self SATAN LOL. And you answered back using his handle. ROFL. TOO MUCH!! SATAN!! LOL.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, that sounds better than Greg’s character coupling with Will. I like that, Satan.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Almost, but not quite sure, Celia. Greg said he wouldn’t mind Kevin being gay. Y&R eventually dropped Greg from contract status. DAYS, distributed by Sony who also distributes Y&R, hires Greg. It’s almost akin to the Eileen Davidson situation. They’re having to go to DAYS to sow their wild oats, so to speak, but Eileen is contracted to Y&R with outs for DAYS whereas an out and proud Greg was ousted for whatever reason(s) by Y&R and is under a short contract with DAYS.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Greg Rikaart is hardly a newbie. He has been employee by Sony for over a decade.

Mo
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Mo

That’s what I thought, but maybe OP classifies Greg as a newbie since he hasn’t been on Days before.

Greg can act. I think whatever character he plays, he will definitely contribute to the show and make it better.

blake
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blake

Great news! Involve him with Sonny, Paul and Will! I hope he’s going to be on Days longer, or recurring like he is on Y&R.

blake
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blake

Days is really pulling out all of the stops lately! It really is the best soap on TV again, all of the scenes are entertaining lately!

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Good pick up for days.It should be interesting to see what kind of character he plays.

Mateo
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Mateo

I bet ABC is really crapping in it’s diapers that they got rid of Ron Carlivati. He has brought this tragedy of a show back to life. Not only that but bringing back to life some of the most amazing characters. Judi Evans deserves an Emmy. I mean my GOD she has been on FIYA. They are bringing back Sami, Kristen, Rolf, Will, Vivian Alamain and telling some fun crazy ass stories. This is what DAYS is for. I look forward to what Greg Rikhaart will bring to the canvas. I really have say DAYS is improving quickly. Glad to… Read more »

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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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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