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Executive Producer Ken Corday Previews DAYS New SORAS'd Teen Scene!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Now here’s a case of wide-spreading SORAS that has hit a major soap town! Coming up, viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives will see a teen scene sprout before their very eyes, when well-known Salem kiddies grow overnight!

These five characters who will toil in teen angst are on tap to help give the long-running soap a needed breath of fresh air, along with the already announced big returns and major storylines coming this fall for it’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Days of our Lives executive producer Ken Corday told TV Insider on the move:  “By aging these children into young adults, we’re making them more relatable to our audience and more dramatically exciting. These are not ancillary characters, but young leads. None of them will be a goody two-shoes. Each is somewhat flawed.”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios/Courtesy DAYS

And those flawed teens include: Patch and Kayla’s son Joey who will come on to the scene a troubled teen played by James Lastovic who debuts next week on August 28th.  Joey will be followed by the new teen version of Ciara Brady played by Vivian Jovanni and Chase Jennings played by Jonathon McClendon who will hit the screens on October 30th.

Then, be on the lookout for Theo Carver now in the form of Kyler Pettis on November 3, followed lastly by Claire Brady played by Olivia Keegan showing up on the November 25th episode, just in time for Thanksgiving with the Brady clan.

Corday went on to elaborate:  “My late mom (Former DAYS EP, the lateBetty Corday) used to say, ‘You have to water the roots of the Days of Our Lives tree with a new generation every 10 years or so,’ and that’s what we’ve done. These are the children of the children of the children of the children, and they are vital to our future.”  As for the disposition of the SORAS’d characters, Corday teased: “You’ll see that Ciara is a lot like her mom, Hope, and that Joey is very much like Patch. I n fact, Joey will be giving Patch the ‘rebel’ a little of his own medicine!”

What do you think of the new Salem teen scene? Which character are you looking forward to seeing the most when they make their debut? Do you like the idea of growing the next generation for the legacy of the soap opera? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Dishy
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Dishy

If the writing and acting are good – then it could be top notch – as long as the parents don’t get sidelined! ALSO: shame that the current Ciara had to age – that child is pricelss

Patrick
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Patrick

“…ALSO: shame that the current Ciara had to age – that child is pricelss ”

gavel

I’m going to miss her terribly

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I am pissed about that move—why couldn’t they let Ciara grow up in real time like GH di with the character of Robin Scorpio? Nobody but that actress has ever played her and the same could have been done with Ciara. BAD MOVE!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Joey’s almost here! Looking forward to seeing all the teens!!!!!

Theo looks puzzled.
Claire looks sweet.
Chase looks disturbed.
Ciara looks wild.
Joey looks…like Steve and Kayla!! lol

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

Theo looks puzzled-because he dont remember going thru puberty…Claire looks sweet-looks can be deceiving…Chase looks disturbed-probably the killer…Ciara looks wild-she discovered she suddenly has boobs…Joey looks like his parents-good, we can avoid a paternity storyline…Parker???—maybe Daniel, Nicole and Parker are leaving town???…lol

Patrick
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Patrick

“…maybe Daniel, Nicole and Parker are leaving town??? ”

ROFLMAO

at least laughed out loud

could this be a sign ? as they didn’t SORAS Parker?

I can hope … that Daniel is murdered

if there is ever one question… I could ask Ken Corday?

how is it possible that …EVERYTHING that is DOOL and Salem… revolved around ONE character… Dr. dullard Daniel?

what a glaring ???? fact and serious mishap?

wow… I’ll be looking for his character assassinations…

Patrick
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Patrick

i’d like to take this time… to laud … Ciara Brady’ Hopes fiesty fierce loyal daughter

Ms. Lauren Boles.

Standing Ovation !!!!

I will miss your adorable mystique

DAYS: Please: find a way to bring her back as another character

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Standing O for Ms. Boles!!!! Loved her as Ciara. I will miss her.

blake
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blake

I thought the same thing, Lauren Boles needs to come back as a different character. She is the best.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, Patrick, YES. Lauren Boles is just that good. She’ll be a star, her path has been set, she’s been such a scene stealer on DAYS, yet, she’s left such an impression, she’s quite the little actress. Will definitely miss her presence on DAYS. The camera loves her, Patrick!
We love her, and will miss her a lot. To Lauren/Ciara Brady.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I agree. Lauren Boles is an absolute joy as Ciara. She lights up the screen. I will miss her so very much. I sincerely hope she continues acting and wish her tremendous success in the future.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I must admit that I’m skeptical given how poor and/or uninteresting JJ’s story lines have been since he joined the show. I haven’t seen a decent teen story line on a soap in years.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

New writers are in charge of this group of teens. Plus, DAYS recently hired a best selling author named Danielle Paige as a script writer. She also has 10 years of soap writing experience!

Patrick
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Patrick

Thanks @4… for the news on Danielle Paige… I hope she makes up for Dena Higley absence and carries the torch till they are all back together

” I am so stoked”

DAYS magic

isn’t so much rebounding…. (in my book) just forefront the best out their

Brian
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Brian

This is going to be the best teen set since Shawn, Belle, Phillip, and Chloe!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I recall when friends who watched DAYS then buzzed about these characters as teens. I am newer to DAYS but love teen stories. Please do not hurry them along with marriages or babies. Teens work well for social issue stories and mysteries. SORAS is one thing but if we let them get to this level, then let them stay that way for a few years.

Mike
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Mike

I don’t mind them being SORAS’d just would have preferred the current Ciara. She is an interesting little actress.

blake
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blake

True. Hopefully they can bring her back as a different character.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

No kid is allowed to be “12” years old on a Soap for very long. Usually they go off to Boarding School (or something like that) and when they return they are now 18+ – well, they can only write so much for a little child.
I expect any day now Will shall come home and find his little girl played smoking a cigarette on the couch and being played by a 17 year old girl.

Benigno
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Benigno

Tom Jenkins: UK soaps allow their kids to grow up on real time and still manage to get interesting stories of their own. Tom Cunningham on Hollyoaks is a prime example of that, having been around since 8 years old and had experience getting kidnapped, getting close to death more times than the average child, get a girl pregnant at 13 years old, lost an entire family save for his 30 plus year old sister over a span of his entire childhood, and still manage to not go off the rails just yet.

richard
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richard

It’s going to be hard to top the Chloe/Shawn/MiMi/Phillip/Belle crew of the late 90s but with the new writers, I have faith that there are brighter DAYS ahead!! I love the new Claire!! I wonder who will be paired with who?? JJ/Claire please!!!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is rather priceless that he says the next generation is the future of the soap when all those you mentioned, once they passed into adulthood, their characters were all abandoned for years, and only now for the 50th are returning. Let’s hope this new crop of teens last passed their 21st birthdays.

SixBells
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SixBells

Claire’s mother is JJ’s mother’s cousin. Not gonna happen. 😉

richard
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richard

Oops forgot about that!!!

blake
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blake

It would be great if the teens could be as great as it was when it had Chloe, Brady, Phillip, Shawn, Belle and Mimi.

Patrick
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Patrick

I am most excited to see kayla and Patch son’ Joey ! God’ (excuse me, if I say this on occasion) I am so EXCITED to see Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols… TOGETHER! 2ndly: Ciara…. excuse me : Ciara ALICE Brady ! I”m just glad to see a recast of Chase Jennings…. (could this mean that Aiden exit was a rumour… has that been confirmed? ) I so hope not Abe’ son; Theo : I hope this means more airtime with Abe… I’m still wondering about that big surprise ! wouldn’t bother me a bit… if it was Renee… Read more »

damien
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damien

hmmmm..looks like too much too soon! would ve been nice if they slowly appeared and viewers got a chance to adjust! hopefully the teen set gets a school or cafe set, not just sonnys chessy expensive cafe or the bushes in the park!

Alan
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Alan

Hooray!

There’s nothing that snags new viewers — and retains old ones — like hiring a bunch of teens and introducing them all at once.

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

Children sure grow up fast these DAYS…lol…the actress playing little Ciara will be sorely missed…hated it when Natasha Ryan who played little Hope so brilliantly was let go when they aged Hope…i will wait and see how this goes before making final judgement!!

Tony
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Tony

JJ and Claire can’t be paired they are Horton cousins.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Are people not reading Michael’s article? They aren’t being introduced “all at once.” They’re being introduced over the course of three months. (Aug-Nov). Five actors over three months isn’t unreasonable at all.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I agree. Plus, the characters are not strangers.

Mo
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Mo

Not impressed. And I don’t like that Ciara was aged. Lauren was fabulous.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

If the show becomes “Today’s Teen World” I’m not sure that it would sustain my interest since they will be pivotal characters not just set decorations as the Kids pretty much are currently. It’s hard to say – but I would have liked to have seen more dramatic action occur between Derrick, Will, Paul and Sonny. From the sound of the overall situation it doesn’t sound like that will happen.

Chaz
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Chaz

Admittedly, Ciara annoyed the hell out of me a few years ago. But, I have come to appreciate the actress and am royally pissed that they did not allow her to remain on the show and age naturally. Days has a horrendous history of rapidly aging characters and I doubt this latest crop will bring much to the canvas considering the mess they made out of JJ. (Yes, I know there are new writers but, still.) Will should only be 20 and yet Ciara & Claire, born in 2005, will suddenly be, what….4 years younger? At this rate Ari should… Read more »

Bee
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Bee

Should’ve aged Allie too! Would give Lucas more of a story line.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

It was past time to age Ciara brady into a teenager it will give her good storyline and alot of airtime. I cant stand lauren boles I am so glad that she is off of days of our lives and will no longer be playing the role of Ciara brady and bo and hope daughter.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

I never like lauren boles she was terrible actress.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

I am going to say this again it was past time to age Ciara brady into a teenager.

hot game
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You are so awesome! I do not think I’ve read through something like that before.
So great to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this topic.
Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up.
This site is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!

jm
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jm

I think that it is downright STUPID to age the kids by 10 yrs. If You want to do this, age all the adults too, which will then put Alice, Victor, and Stefano in their graves. The plot lines on Y+TR are unrealistic anyway, without the “aging.” I for one am not going to watch this DUMB show any more…

clg
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clg

There was no need to age the kids so harshly and this current actress is horrible, they should have kept the previous one.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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