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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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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!!!

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’….

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??????????????????????

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.

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.

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!!!

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…

@ 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 soap is very sad, indeed.

Guy in the middle has the best look.

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

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!!

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

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

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

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

Andrew Steele

“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


@ 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.

Yes, give Anne more story and a BF.

I love Anne. She cracks me up.

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 computer was over the top, with horrible acting by a day player. Is this the best the casting department could find?

Deidra Hall deserves better. Are we really supposed to think she would not John questions about when Paul was conceived? Unless Paul is over 30 years old, wasn’t J&M already a super couple at that time? The writers are rewriting history all for the sake of making Paul a member of a core family.

The writers have also made Will so unlikeable that it seems everyone is cheering for Paul and Sonny. How are we supposed to be excited about either pairing when we know Freddie Smith is leaving the show.

Molly Burnett is another waste of talent. Ever since she returned, she has delivered her lines like a stoner, rambling with a dazed look on her face. I loved the Melanie years ago and thought Molly was a powerhouse actress, but once again, the writers have destroyed the character.

The show needs to bring in some new characters, but give them some redeeming qualities and have some ties with Salem characters. We have enough bitchy, bad characters. Even the show out with some suspense, a murder trial, a stalker/stranger storyline.

I hate to be so negative about the show, but I feel like NBC is not going to stand behind a show that has a 1.7 rating and continuing to fall. Now is the time to bring back core characters (Phillip, Chloe, Belle, Shawn-Douglas). We need some continuity and not a show with no redeeming qualities.

I’m right behind you, Ray. Well said.

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

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 the first episode in 1965 with some breaks here and there…this started out about a family of doctors but now its become the Dr. Dullniel Jonas hour…sad!!!

I vote for Tom Dalzell 😉

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


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

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 him a chance. I never took to him…it is what it is, I guess. But, he has had ample time to do something with his personality…instead, TPTB decided to make him a cheater, which, may I add, makes me abhor him even more. The real Will is not supposed to be so manipulative, self-centered and egotistical all at the same time. Off with his head !!!!! Kidding, people…LOL.


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.

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.

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 half gay Eskimo I don’t really care as long as the person can act. The writers need to get on with it already, and dump that STUPID
elephant story it’s so dragged out (and boring).

Yeah, Tom. Great post.

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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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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