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Greg Vaughan On If He Would Consider A Return To General Hospital As Lucky Spencer: "Of Course, If The Opportunity Was There, And If It’s Right."

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Photo Credit: Joey Skibel

On Sunday, exited Days of our Lives star Greg Vaughan (Ex-Eric) was the special guest on After Buzz TV’s weekly episode Dishin Days.  While there are still a few months to go on-screen for the character of Eric Brady (as played by Vaughan), the popular actor is already pursuing the next move in his enduring career.

One of the questions that keeps popping up on the minds of soap fans everywhere and on social media, is if Vaughan would be up for making a return to the role of Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, a role that he played from 2003-2009, now that he is available.

During Dishin Days, a caller asked Greg if he would want tocome back to GH.  Vaughan replied: “Of course, if the opportunity was there, and if it’s right.  I think daytime television is a wonderful platform, and I have had some amazing opportunities.”

Greg went to to say:  “I was speaking with Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) and Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) just the other day and Maurice was so enamored with my beard (Laughs).”  He  then added:  “I’m not saying I wouldn’t be open arms (to return), it’s just that I do have another opportunity, and if it does come to fruition then I won’t be going anywhere else in the daytime world.  I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, but they know where to find me, if needed.”

As to what DAYS fans can expect for Eric in the coming months as Greg wraps-up his run on-screen, Vaughan teased:  “When it comes down to it …  it’s going to be jaw-dropping.”   He also added the door has been left open for Eric to return to Salem:  “Yes, I would say it’s definitely open for Eric to come back on the canvas. “

So, do you think General Hospital should reach out to Greg and make him an offer to return to the ABC soap?  What jaw-dropper do you think is in store for the character of Eric on DAYS? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Timmm
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Timmm

I pray Greg returns to GH! I know, I know fans will say they want JJ back but people, lets be real, JJ is tied to Nashville full time. He only came back to GH recently to whisk his buddy Tony Geary into “Retirement!” With Liz in a major story, Lulu front and center and Laura back on canvas, yes, it would be great to have Lucky back. He would fit in fine!

Sarah
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Sarah

I think Nashville will be cancelled after this season but not sure JJ would want to go back to GH full time regardless.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I hope not Sarah; I love Nashville! Hope it gets picked up for many seasons to come. JJs great as Avery so as much as I like him as Lucky, for now anyway he’s Avery to me.

Timmm
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Timmm

Its a job but I think he is more focused on music and primetime. I really believe the ONLY reason he came back to GH last time was to send his buddy Tony off into retirement.

Antonette
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Antonette

I totally agree-Lucky needs to come back and put lizabeth in place and reunite with his kids

Fanny
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Fanny

Absolutely agree Timmm… TPTB should make him an offer immediately
before it’s too late. Get him back on the Police force, reconnect with his
son and brother…and mother… GH could use a core character like Lucky.

Ces
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Ces

Agree with all of that.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I completely agree! Please bring Greg back to GH!

Harry
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Harry

I am with Rebecca on this–I really enjoy Nashville. I think I enjoy it because of JJ. And JJ is not coming back to GH anytime soon as this young man is the hit of that series. Do I think JJ is irreplaceable as Lucky? Maybe. But I think Lucky is a necessary component to some of the stories occurring right now. The only actor who can play Lucky other than JJ is Greg Vaughn. To me, he was a grown up Lucky. Moreover, I always thought Greg was a vastly underrated actor. He played an anguished man addicted to… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Well said Harry!! Nice post!

michael
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michael

“I’m not saying I wouldn’t be open arms (to return), it’s just that I do have another opportunity, and if it does come to fruition then I won’t be going anywhere else in the daytime world. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, but they know where to find me, if needed.”

What exactly is he saying here? Did DAYS ask him to return after all?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I believe so, michael.

Shari
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Shari

I think he is saying he has another opportunity in a different area. Maybe a prime time show or a movie.

Li
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Li

He is so hot! I would love him to return but maybe not as Lucky but as someone else. Remember Claudia??? Soaps do that sometimes. Although I would probably be safe in saying that Jonathan Jackson is not planning any GH return so maybe Greg could come back as Lucky. Maybe he can settle Elizabeth down and she can move on from Jason….

Harry
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Harry

Yes, but that never works, Li. Claudia was an abysmal failure.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think Greg, as Lucky, and Lizzie would be dazzling together….beautiful couple. We need to see Liz in a different light….I know I do!!!!! She is now a persona non grata; a cold place for her to be. So, bringing Lucky/Greg back would be a welcome respite.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Welcomed

Mary SF
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Mary SF

O Thank God they are not killing Eric– the way they were going I was worried they were just planning to kill off all the characters one by one until they knew for certain if they were going to be renewed or not.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Y&R tried to grab him just to spite GH– too bad he is too old to play a recast Kyle. But where ever he goes next I am sure he will be successful and I wish him luck.

robbie
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robbie

Come on GH, don’t miss this opportunity! Great time for Lucky to return to the canvas!

elm51
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elm51

i watched the afterbuzz show last night – called in & spoke to greg – he is such a doll & really down to earth…………….
i would love to see him come back as lucky on gh – now if jonathan jackson becomes available i don’t want tptb kicking greg to the curb like that did the last time…………

Elaine
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Elaine

I watched the whole interview. I think he may be in negotiations with DAYS again. It appeared that was more of an option that GH was now.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I agree, Elaine!

blake
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blake

Well I hope it’s with Days, I’d like him to return to Days.

Sooz-E
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Sooz-E

I really think that what Greg was hinting at was that he has a prime time gig opportunity and that if that works out he would not be returning to daytime at all. He left Days because they could not agree on a contract so it would be silly to have his character taken off the canvas only to return a month or so later. I do not watch DOOL, but from what I can gather it would just be too much of a shock to the storyline to do something like that. I really think that if the opportunity… Read more »

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

GH needs to drop a few characters in the meantime…yes, id like to see the return of Lucky…Speaking of GH is Jake going to somehow turn out to be a clone and the real Jake truly dead…i think Helene has mind control over clone Jake to cause problems, especially with Sam as part of the curse Helene-still alive-placed on Sam.

Sooz-E
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Sooz-E

Pretty sure if Jake was a clone that Nicholas would have put a squash on that one real fast, he still cares very much for Elizabeth, enough that he told her that big “Jake” was Jason before anyone else, so if lil Jake was a clone pretty sure he would know that too and NOT let Liz get attached to him. Whether or not Helena has any control or influence over Jake is yet to be seen, whatever the cause, the boy ain’t right that is for sure. I hope they are able to get him the help he needs… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Definitely!! GH cannot go wrong with Greg. I don’t really know Lucky, but I do know multiple actors have played the role. I love Greg; however, TPTB at Days turned Eric into a sanctimonious, wretched failure. I sooo hope he comes to GH. He has so much more to offer that what Eric had.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Mainly before the car crash, CeeCee. Eric has come down to earth and now rolls in the mud with the rest of us/Salem folk. lol

Regardless how Eric is or was, he and Nicole are great as Ericole! GV and AZ only have to look at each other in character to see the chemistry.

I think Greg will be back.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, 4ever,
I hope Greg will come back as Eric. And, I did feel the connection he and Nicole had….but, if you remember, TPTB turned Eric into a superficial, hypocritical snob. There was a period of time where I disliked the character with a passion.
In the meantime, lol, he could just slip over to Port Charles for a spell.

Patrick
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Patrick

“rolling” on the floor laughing

“… Eric has come down to earth and now rolls in the mud with the rest of us/Salem folk ”

I would welcome Greg Vaughan back on either DAYS… or GH

it’s so hard to fathom…a character resurge… when they’ve been kicked to the curb or never gave him a chance to act… just no scripts

I wish him the best

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

Greg is a sexy man and a wonderful actor. Greg will be back in Daytime, hopefully GH as Lucky Spencer.

carol
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carol

I don’t think any actor could be better than J. Jackson in the role of Lucky.

damien
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damien

i never watched an episode of gh ever but i would follow greg to port charles if i got to watch him every day! days dropped the ball on letting greg go. i could care less about the new aussie doctor supposedly taking eric s place as nicoles new love intrest. days has no supercouple to root for currently. chabby will be recasted with a new abby. dont like the newer recasts in the phillip/ belle/ shawn triangle. hope / rafe feels forced, brady / teresa s been neutered down with a watered down teresa so days goofed up losing… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, damien, I like the way you describe the ‘remolded’ Theresa. “Watered down”….perfect!! Great way to describe the character. Supposedly her great love for Brady and motherhood did this? Okay, but why such a drastic change? And, what the hey is the big deal about Brady, anyway? A recovered alcoholic? A good guy? There is no such thing ….once an alcoholic always an alcoholic, even though he no longer drinks. What makes him better than Theresa? Or Any of those others with their nose up in the air? Hope and Rafe? Oh my gosh!!!! The most mismatched couple on Days.… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey, CeeCee…y-e-s…Rafe and Hope are so mismatched…PERIOD!!!!! To me, they look BEYOND RIDICULOUS together!!!!! A-n-d…more and more, I have this unpleasant image (or whatever) in my head of poor Bo already turning over in his grave…Y-I-K-E-S!!!!!!

Later, my friend. P-e-a-c-e.

Sooz-E
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Sooz-E

I have watched GH for the better part of 30 years now, and while I love J. Jackson as young lucky and teen Lucky, for ME he never seemed to be able to grow the character up past that stage. Like I said that was just for me, my mama on the other hand thinks J. Jackson will only ever be the best and only Lucky. I however feel that Greg Vaughan did wonders for the character and growing him up, maturing him. Greg as Lucky got some really GREAT story arcs like being hook on prescription painkillers, and having… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS Co-headwriter, Dena Higley, left her writing post and was replaced by Y&R’s Beth Milstein. Greg’s exit was written by Dena, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Greg returned to DAYS as Eric.

Becky
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Becky

I sure hope so. Love him and Nicole!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The best time for me between Eric and Nicole was when she was working in the Rectory with him (I think it was the Rectory). Their blossoming love was so sweet. He, a priest, she a messed-up woman who had been to hell and back, inflicted on herself by herself. I felt the sexual tension, albeit it was sort of ‘gross’ since Eric was a priest. But, he is human with human feelings, regardless. Then, TPTB deftly, but stupidly ruined that relationship, as usual, I don’t think ‘they’ like happy endings?

Aria
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Aria

I like him but I’m on the fence with the lucky character I feel the character can be so condescending so I’m not sure we need the character at this time.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Jackson is an awesome actor. But I preferred Vaughan version of Lucky.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, Aria. I always got that feeling, also. I do like Greg very much, but something about Eric’s persona emanates the sense that no one is good enough, or lives up to his standards. Plus, he truly does represent the typical lovelorn, lost soul….a true Shakespearean character….which to me is quite a contradiction.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

They really messed up the character of Eric Brady. I blame the writers for this. He’s a genuinely gifted actor. But so was Archer. It was a loooooong drawn out stroll through tedium for both actors.

Eric going off the rails didn’t make any sense. He did the best he could with awful or subpar material.

Speaking of subpar material, how long is Paul going to be stuck pouring tea in the background? No one wastes talent like Days (heavy sigh).

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Yes! Come on home to GH. Perfect time for Lucky to return & stay. I always liked Greg Vaughn in that character.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

He never brought Pathos to the character of Lucky. It’s portray was in no way iconic. Wooden pretty boy with no shades of anything Spencer. But I’m sure he’s a great friend.

Maggie
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Maggie

Please come back to G.H. The story calls for Lucky’s return. Liz needs a backup to ward off Sam and Jason is just too wishy washy to be any help to her. Jake is legally Lucky’s son and well the boys need a father that loves their mother and will STAY!!!!!

Darla
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Darla

To ward off Sam? LOL

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s funny, Daria. Maybe Greg/Eric still has his PRIESTLY powers!!

MissySnow
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MissySnow

I wish GV all of the best in the world, but he was fired and replaced as Lucky Spencer when JJ returned to the show in 2009, and the second JJ is available after Nashville is cancelled, GH will once again send GV packing. However, GV could return to the show as Sly Eckert, but no way should he ever return as Lucky Spencer.

Tania
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Tania

Maybe he can come in as a new character or AJ

Omar
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Omar

Greg should NOT come to GH..His talent will be served best over at CBS ..Nashville is one of my favorite shows but once it completes this season, the show qualifies for syndication and the ratings are not that great, so most likely it will be cancel, so JJ will be looking for work and GH will hire him in a heartbeat and if Greg is cast as Lucky, they will drop him fast..They did that a few years ago and I thought that was messed up and not right. I hope DOOL rethinks and hires him back..He is a legacy… Read more »

Marlene Zaffino
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Marlene Zaffino

LUCKY COMING BACK WOULD BE GREAT. MORE HEADACHES FOR LIZ.AFTER THIS LAST FIASCO SHE DESERVES TO LOSE BOTH KIDS.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

What makes anyone think after “Nashville” ends, Jonathan Jackson would want to go back to GH? Greg was always more believable as the adult good-guy cop Lucky who had demons to battle. I think it would be great if GH snapped him back up.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

From the sound of this interview it sounds like he’s just keeping the door open at GH should he at anytime in the future be looking for work but is hoping for and banking on some other possible offer. I think the way he phrased it was confusing as to whether the prospect was in daytime or somewhere else.

As for Nashville… one of my favorite shows. As long as it has its faithful following, which it still does, and continues to make money off the music as well, I’m hesitantly optimistic it’ll get picked up for season 4.

Guest
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Guest

No! No! No! What he said was ‘ In order for him to come back to GH-A LOT of IFs would have to happen!”
It was DOOL that has the door open for him to return as Eric!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t know which interview you’re referring to Guest. I’m referring to the one that’s at the top of this page. LOL…

Jenniet
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Jenniet

Didn’t he pretty much point blank say it isn’t GH he’s in talks with? I know I’m just being a hopeful DAYS fan, but I can’t help hoping that he is heading back. GH dropped him for JJ and I think he deserves more respect than that. DAYS under utilized him, but what GH did was just nuts.

Lisa C.
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Lisa C.

It was the old producer and head writer who dropped Greg for JJ. I’m sure that Greg could let bygones be bygones, especially if the money is right and he gets something meaty to work with. He’s proved himself at Days but Lucky is definitely needed at GH.

StinaPop
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StinaPop

I’ve always had a soft spot for Greg. He is from around here (north Texas) and I remember many moons ago, back when his oldest son was just born, he and his wife and another couple came into a local sushi joint. I wanted so badly to talk to him and tell him what a big fan I was but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. They had a newborn, were in his home town, and were with another couple…just didn’t seem right.

Come on GH bring Greg back! He was always my favorite Lucky.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Geary, Easton, and Thompson are no longer on the payroll. I would think there has to be plenty of room in the budget to bring back Greg as Lucky. The old regime are the ones who fired him and they are all long gone.The new regime would have a fresh clean slate with him so no reason they can’t get a deal done if both sides want it. GH needs to give Greg a long term contract and Lucky needs to be a full time character again. It would be the first time in over a decade that Laura would… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree Newmanwins. It would be very nice to see Laura with all of her kids!

Tatiana
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Tatiana

I would love for Greg to come back as Lucky.I really enjoyed Greg’s portrayal of the character and Lucky should be on the canvas. Another leading man, a father to his kids, a brother to both Nik and Lulu, a cop…the list goes on. But please do not put him back together with Liz. How could he possibly forgive her after she cheated on him not once, but twice!? And the second time with his brother. There is no coming back from that IMO. But I would love to have Lucky become Liz’s friend again – because he knows her… Read more »

Bailey Madison
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Bailey Madison

No. I want him back on days. I think GH did him dirty and I loved him as lucky, but if he don’t go back to days then I would like to see him pursue other things.

Guest
Guest
Guest

If YOU actually read it carefully- In order for GV to return to GH it does like A LOT of ” IFs to happen for him to come back!.”
There is a bigger chance for him to return to DOOL as ERIC – He has said- ” They left the door for him to return & they know where to find him”
He sounds like he would prefer DOOL over GH as well, if given the choice.

Stormie
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Stormie

Greg is so talented and the sweetest man so of course I would love him back on GH. His chemistry with Kelly Monaco was amazingly hot. Why not have Jason with competition for Sam instead of another tired round of Sam against one of his harem members. Whatever Greg decides I’m sure it will be the right decision for him and I support that 100%

Dee
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Dee

Bring on GV! But not for Liz – for Sam. They were so hot.

Theresa
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Theresa

I think they should reach out to him instead of recasting the character.

Lisa C.
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Lisa C.

Greg is super talented and he’d be very welcome back as Lucky! I read that Rebecca Herbst, who plays Liz, would love to have him back. With Lulu likely getting a divorce, her big brother would definitely have his hands full. Plus Laura and Nik are in town and Genie Francis could use a great storyline.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Well, frankly, He’s a good actor I cannot say that he isn’t.
However, in all honesty, his character of Eric is so whiney and always so full
of self-pity, it does get monotonous and annoying after a while.
I am perhaps being presumptuous but I suppose Eric will go off the show to
serve a prison term for his drunk driving incident and will re-emerge at some
future date.

Janet
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Janet

Yes, bring him back!!

crystal marquez
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crystal marquez

yes please bring greg back as lucky he was an amazing lucky !!!he made it his own i love greg as lucky and lucky and liz belong together i think it would be good for lucky to come back now he could be a father to his son aiden and be there for the boys and liz and not right away be with liz but be there for her and have them get back together they have always loved each other he is the only man that is right for her plus loved him when he was a cop awesome… Read more »

Artlie
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Artlie

Never as Lucky. Johnathan Jackson owns that role. Greg never came off believable as Lucky. Some other character perhaps.

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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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