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Finalists Revealed In Aussie Actor Search For Role Of Finn On Days of our Lives!

It’s down to three! After a wild talent search with over 300 applicants in Australia, Days of our Lives has narrowed down it down to three hunks, who are the finalists with a chance to win the coveted role of Finn, the new doctor in Salem just in time for the series 50th anniversary in November! The role of Finn is a lock for a 13-week contract cycle deal and will come to the Salem canvas as a resident under the tutelage of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian).

The three finalists are: Alexander Bruszt, 31, Tom Dalzell, 30 Andrew Steel, 30.  DAYS Co-EP Greg Meng said in a statement, “The number of submissions and the calibre of talent we were introduced to through this partnership with Arena far exceeded our expectations, and we’re thrilled about testing the top three finalists next week!”

The men are all excited for the opportunity of a lifetime to jump start their acting careers on network television in the states.  Previously, they have had small role son Australian television series in Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters and Wonderland.   In a chat with Australia’s TV Week, Alexander Bruzt summed it up best by saying, “May the best man win! (Laughs)”

So, take a look at the finalists headshots here.  Which gent do you hope lands the role of Finn? Weigh-in below!

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

Yes, lets bring in another newbie…Days has done SOOOOO great(SARCASM) with newbies like Jordan, Ben, and Serena so lets continue with Finn and maybe Days will ‘Finnish’ its 50th with a big cake that says CANCELLATION instead of CONGRATULATION…enough said!!!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I am not wishing for cancellation…ive watched this show since 1965 with few breaks here and there, and hate how the ptb seem not to care for it anymore…saying the show will get CANCELATION instead of CONRATULATION is my fear of what will happen to Days if ptb do not listen to fans and turn things around…maybe if you read my previous comments about the show you wouldnt be sooooo rude in your reply to me!!! ps—take a look below and READ my reply to Ray…it says ‘I HATE TO SEE THE SHOW CANCELLED’….

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

How this get down here…this was a reply to code who said i was a jerk and rude for wishing Days cancelled which isnt true and now i see his comments to me are missing from my comments that are first above and my reply to him placed down here??????????????????????

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I can tell you what I suspect happened, jimh. I do believe the moderators, God bless them….they do their job well, and I admire that, realized how inappropriate code’s remark was, and they removed it from the site. Good for Michael Fairman. I also wrote in to carp about it.
So, I think that because code’s comment disappeared, your comment just follows as it was received. I read code’s comment to you. I was mortified…it was not very nice. Don’t worry, jimh. Later.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, jimh.
Please, take it from me, Jimh. Do not pay this code person any mind. I’ve got your back….always.
He/she just suddenly appeared out of nowhere. He/she has made it his/her mission to insult other posters. I suppose attacking people is his drug of choice. He/she did it to me and others. So, my friend keep posting your well-thought-out comments. I, for one, learn so much from what you have to say.

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Same here…i will always have your back too…code didnt really bug me…i just think he misconstrued my comments…it happens…ive done it myself…no harm done!!!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee…i also go to another site to comment on the British soap Coronation Street, a very realistic serial about working middle class families…character driven plotlines that make sense and have a beginning, middle and end…so down to earth…i love it…well, on that site you can dislike an actor, character, or storyline and no one ever insults another poster if they disagree with you…instead they politely say what they like about what you may dislike and viceversa…its completely friendly and classy whether one agrees with your comments or not…now thats the way it should be on any site…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@ jimh. Perhaps, Jimh. But there was no reason to call you a jerk, whether he misconstrued your comment or not. You have a big heart and are quite forgiving. The world should learn a lesson from you. Be that as it may, I am glad the moderators removed his/her remark. Anyway, I do agree with you. DOOL is trying to do its best to keep itself afloat. And, you may be right in that all these newbies may not be what the audience wants. Many are asking for ‘vets’ versus introducing more characters. The prospect of losing yet another… Read more »

mike
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mike

Guy in the middle has the best look.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, mike. Alexander has that Jimmy Dean, old Hollywood-look about him. Great call.

Aden
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Aden

Didnt Days try something similar with a character NO ONE wants to remember? A certain scuzball named Colin Murphy? Viewers of all soaps are crying out for vets and characters with ties to the fabric of the show. And yet they keep introducing these pointless newbies, attemping to shoehorn them into story…and it mostly always fails. Dont even get me started on Hayden on GH….a slutty prostitute…willing to sleep with anyone and sell herself to the highest bidder. Classy!!

Mo
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Mo

They are all good looking. Bruszt might have the slight edge for me. Question is, can they act?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@ Mo – Alexander definitely has a mysterious masculine edge. I checked out his reel, too. There’s something interesting about him.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I call ‘interesting’, sex appeal, Jeremy. Wow!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

okay, okay, CeeCee, I guess it was indeed, ‘sex appeal’ that I was inferring. 🙂

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“judging” from pics available on google

i’d say : Alexander Bruszt : he looks like he can carry many different looks with varying emotions to go with

only saw 2 clips from youtube:

Alexander Bruszt, and Andrew Steel

for the dramatic style, i’d say Alexander Bruszt
for the comedic and doesn’t take himself seriously… Andrew Steel

either way…. GIVE ANNE A BFF with the guy

“Please”

Jeremy
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@ Patrick – All 3 actors demo reels were not very impressive, and without reading a character description for Finn, all we know is that he will be short-term and be working with the wonderful and amazing (haha-ha) Dr. Daniel. I too, am interested in Alexander Bruszt and, Andrew Steel for the same reasons you mentioned. If we were provided more than headshots, more details about the character itself, I’d be more precise in a specific actor. So, at this time, I’m into Alexander and Andrew. Leaning more toward, Alexander Bruszt.

Mo
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Mo

Yes, give Anne more story and a BF.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I love Anne. She cracks me up.

Ray
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Ray

I am hoping and praying this new blood will give DOOL a much-needed shot in the arm. I just finished watching today’s show and was wondering how Ken Corday could allow the show to get this bad, especially the ridiculous story lines (elephant statues?), horrible acting and even worse dialogue. How many times can we see JJ pull away from Paige when things start getting steamy? The character of Serena is the biggest loss (I’m sorry Melissa Archer. You deserved better). The reporter barging into Will and Sonny’s apartment, screaming his name, insulting Marlena and wanting to look at his… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’m right behind you, Ray. Well said.

Mark
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Mark

I agree with you 100%. And bring back Tony & Anna Dimera!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think Ken Corday is suffering burnout and doesnt care anymore…i think he’d might want to try other things…i once suggested the same thing about a murder storyline—a copycat Salem Strangular—or who murdered Clyde and a stalker plotline involving Kate and the return of Laura Horton but i doubt any will happen…i hope the return of Kristen and the 50th anniversary will help turn things around but if it doesnt i believe the sands in the hour glass will run out and the show will be cancelled by the end of 2016…i hate to see the show cancelled…ive watched since… Read more »

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

I vote for Tom Dalzell 😉

mike
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mike

If Days only did one thing to improve the show that should be replace Guy Wilson.

code
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code

Really?

Mo
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Mo

OMG yes. He is awful. Has made me dislike Will and WilSon. They replaced Chandler with THIS Guy. Ha Ha Pun.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Mo. Ahhhh, Chandler….so drop-dead-gorgeous!!!!!! Has anyone noticed that Guy has square-shaped eyes? And that moue he makes with his round mouth makes my hair go grey prematurely….I know, I’m so shallow. I think the make-up, hair, and wardrobe crew could have done something more appealing for him. Why does he sport this grammar-school-boy haircut? Elongate his eyes somewhat, and for heaven’s sake, take off those grandpa sweaters and shirts!!!!! But, guys, seriously; there is no redeeming quality about thisWill. I never liked him and I kept comparing him to Chandler. I am wrong, I know that…I never really gave… Read more »

Jill Fair
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Jill Fair

Dalzell

Mo
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Mo

Isn’t Xander Australian?

I would like to see more vets, but if this guy can act and they give him a decent story and maybe pair him with Theresa or Anne or even Nicole, it might be a good idea. But if it’s just a stunt to get fans in Australia, then I’m not interested.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Never mind the head shots, we have to see how they look without shirts on because that is what they will be hired for– eye candy, nothing more. They will be lucky it they last as long as Cameron, the last hunky doctor the show had– I really hope these guys aren’t pinning too much hope of making it big in America, based on a short term gig on the lowest ranking soap on the air.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I don’t know how others feel, but I get tired of the characters LITERALLY bumping into each other, like every OTHER episode – it’s sooo overdone and sooo astonishingly corny – I know it’s a small town, I know there are only like 3 sets but honestly, is this the best the writers can do – Nicole bumps into this new guy at “the square” then Nicole bumps into Serena, then Nicole bumps into Eric, then Nicole bumps into someone while texting, does Nicole need glasses or what – and whether they hire an Australian guy or a half Indian… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, Tom. Great post.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’ve often wondered if the directors and actors mistake the figurative for the literal.

The writing can say “bump into each other” as a way to say they come face to face or meet or run into each other…well, maybe it’s good the writers don’t write “run into each other.” LOL!

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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