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Kassie DePaiva Discloses Her Battle With Leukemia

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On Thursday on her website, Kassie DePaiva revealed some personal news that we are sure was heartbreaking to her Days of our Lives and One Life to Live fans.

Kassie, who had returned to work at DAYS as Eve Donovan for a second go-round, disclosed that she has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital.  The Daytime Emmy-nominated actress though relates that she will continue treatment for the next 3 months, but that her prognosis is a good one.

In her blog post Kassie shared the following: “I know that I have been quiet lately and I want to let you know what’s been going on in my life. I was asked back to play Eve on Days and had begun my exciting return. During the 3 week July hiatus I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital. I will continue treatment over the next 3 months. My prognosis is good, I will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and we expect a complete cure.  I consider this just a bump in the road. I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive and life affirming throughout this.

I have a strong faith that strengthens me every step of the way. This has been a private matter but with Eve’s return coming soon I felt it was time to let my loving fans know what’s been going on. The Days and OLTL family  love runs deep. Although I’m unable to be “camera ready” now… my goal is get back to stirring up trouble in Salem soon. Keep me in you thoughts and prayers.”

Send you well-wishes to Kassie here as she continues treatment and her fight over Leukemia in the comment section below!

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Monica
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Monica

Oh no! Best of luck to her in her treatment. 🙁

Iakovos
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Iakovos

We fans of Ms. DePaiva appreciate all she has shared with us in storytelling and song these many years. We return the favor with prayers and best wishes. How wonderful to hear the prognosis is good.

Bonnie crozier
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Bonnie crozier

Sending you love and healing wishes from Canada…….

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Get well Kassie, we all love you very much. I live in Vancouver BC, Canada.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Same here ! Sending love and prayers from Montreal

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

I am a cancer survivor. So I have an idea of what this must have been like for you. You have a very positive attitude which makes a big difference. I have been cancer free since 1987. If I can beat it, so can you! And you will!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Get well soon, Kassie, and hurry back to DAYS! This is sad and happy news on a couple levels. It’s sad because she’s battling cancer, but happy news because it seems very treatable and she has a good outlook! Also, through Kassie’s statement, it seems that her Eve visit is more than a short stint or it could be a short visit followed by a longer stay and she is looking forward to an even longer time at DAYS. Eve is needed, and Kassie needs to be the one playing her. Hopefully, DAYS can write around Kassie’s absence and wait… Read more »

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

Prayers and thoughts with her…

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Kassie, loads of love and prayers coming your way. Always enjoyed your portrayal of Blair Cramer on OLTL and happy you have a new home at Days.
I know you’ll be back doing what you love in a short time. Take care.

Ellen Edvardsen
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Ellen Edvardsen

Sending thoughts and prayers for your recovery. I’m a longtime fan and look forward to your return to daytime.

Aria
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Aria

Nothing but positive thoughts and prayers and you will get better God bless.!

Mo
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Mo

I wish her well. I’m sad to hear this.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I was so sorry to read that you are sick Kassie. I have been a fan of yours since you started on OLTL many years ago. I just watched you on Michelle Stafford’s online show yesterday and enjoyed it so much. You have always been so down to earth and real. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you battle this disease. Love you Kassie and can’t wait to see you up and well again real soon!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my Lord. That is such devastating news. I love you, Kassie. Have faith, dear lady; for yourself and your family.
My heart and prayers are with you. All the best!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Weep openly time

the one thing about tuning in to this blog… takes me by surprise and turn

Kassie DePaiva: my leading lady

praise the lord that the world of medicine continues to make inroads and “treat”

take care

dmr
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dmr

Always a class act. Wishing her a full recovery!

Michelle
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Michelle

I’m praying for a complete healing for you Kassie. I think you will be just fine.

John Gordon
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John Gordon

I enjoyed her on Days of our Lives as Eve and the scenes between her and her daughter Paige were interesting. Certainly better than what is currently going on, which has been a bit on the dull side of DOOL.
I wish her a speedy recovery and I am hopeful for her that her treatment time is
not too difficult a process.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is shocking news. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kassie and I know you will beat this. You are loved, not only by your beautiful husband and family; but, also by millions of devoted fans from your wonderful career. God bless you always.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Kassie is on toDAYS episode!

John
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John

Kassie I am praying for you, you are a class act. I loved you on OLTL as Blair Kramer and as Eve Donovan on Days Of Our Lives. You are a terrific lady Kassie.

Vicki
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Vicki

Sending healing thoughts and prayers, Kassie!

sheryl
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sheryl

So sorry to hear about your illness ,we are sending prayers ,love and hugs. to a speedy recovery.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Kassie DePaiva, we will indeed keep you in our thoughts and prayers…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I know that I will. Yes.

As always, Peace, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Brother, you have made my day!! Thank you for that. You know how much I appreciate you and admire you as well…

With regard to Kassie DePaiva, the situation she faces is what is truly important. Similar to the shocking death of Nathaniel Marston, we all must realize that everyday is a gift and we shouldn’t take anyone for granted. Soap opera storylines, our favorite characters, our despised storylines, none of that matters. What truly matters is real life struggles and triumphs, how we treat and love one another.

Take care, Friend!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Today the role of Captain Obvious is being played by Jamesj75…

The support here is overwhelmingly heartwarming. It’s nice to see a thread where everyone is in agreement, one that brings out the best in everyone… All these positive thoughts, energies, and prayers are embracing you, Kassie DePaiva…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey James…’Captain Obvious’…GOOD ONE…LOL!!!!! But, in all seriousness, though, James…I should have told you this A LOT SOONER: Brother…you are A TRUE AND REAL GENTLEMAN!!!!! I just wanted you to know that.

Later, Brother.

Claudio
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Claudio

Wow this is shocking news,. Very upset and I will pray for you Kassie Depaiva. Get well and hopefuIly you come back to Daytime.

mark
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mark

I just love you Kassie ever since Guiding Light!!!! Will pray pray pray many rosaries for you!!!

JK
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JK

YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS….I LOVE YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS YOU WILL BEAT THIS THING…

rose
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rose

Wishing Kassie a complete recovery. I’m sure her positive attitude and the support of her family and friends will really help.

Belle
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Belle

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Michelle
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Michelle

Wishing Kassie a full recovery. Stay strong and we look forward to seeing Eve very soon. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rj
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Rj

Wishing Kassie a complete recovery and healing! We are all pulling for you! We need you on Days to spice all up and keep us wanting more! You are one dynamic lady!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Glad to hear the prognosis is good though it still must be scary…but with prayer warriors all things are possible..here’s to continued good health Mz.Depaiva.

Diana
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Diana

Thoughts & prayers to the beautiful talent that is Kassie Depaiva. I enjoyed so many years watching OLTL and Blair was always my favorite! So many people we love had or have cancer and love, prayers & support are truly the best medicines. My father recovered from colon cancer (very severe) so I know it’s difficult. Fight your cancer and get back to enjoying life, God Bless***

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Glad for your dad Diana this is a post that’s very reassuring to people…down but by no means out..thank you

Boes
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Boes

Love this woman, just love her. She brings a light to everything she does.

I so hope she’ll be okay.

Kyle
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Kyle

Get well soon! Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. It’s true your fans adore you for your talent, but we adore you more so because you are such a bright spirit and a class act. Salem needs some butt kicking like only Eve can do!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Kassie, You are in my prayers and God bless. A true class act.

Tivette
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Tivette

Praying for your great and speedy remission and recovery, and waiting with baited breath for Eve’ s return, too!

Phil
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Phil

Prayers, side note question… is the return as Eve a permanent return?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Kassie…may your heart and spirit be strengthened by all the warm wishes and may you find an escapism during this difficult time as wonderful as the one you provide through your fantastic portrayals on soaps. Wishing you the best…

K. Ross
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K. Ross

As a cancer survivor all my thoughts and prayers are with you for a quick recovery.
Glad to hear your prognosis is good.

Linda
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Linda

I hope you recover soon and am back to work in Salem. I really miss Blair/OLTL. You’re a terrific actress and singer. Stay strong and hope to see you back soon.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Kassie…there are A LOT of people who love you and care about you…and that also includes A LOT of people here on this site (myself included)!!!!! KEEP FIGHTING, KASSIE!!!!! I firmly believe that you will beat this. STAY STRONG, KASSIE!!!!!

Peace.

Barbara
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Barbara

Your Union County friends are praying for you!Hoping our home town girl is feeling better soon.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I hope that you feel better soon.I will pray for you.A fan from CT May God Bless You.Just know we are all thinking about you.Love,Carol Oh here is a hug for you.Hug.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Goodness, this is a shocker, and not in a good way at all. As devastating as it is to me that this is happening to someone I consider one of soaps’ great treasures, I’m glad to hear the prognosis is good and glad that she sounds so optimistic. Sending out all the positive energy I can.

Brian
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Brian

Get well will you , your too precious a person ,actress to think otherwise

Love
Brian, gail, reba

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I have really missed Eve (shockingly, as I loathed her at first), and look forward to her return. I hope it’s permanent.

Kassie DePaiva is a beautiful and talented actress. I wish her a speedy recovery and all the best.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Holy Cow,Cassie is back on Days today wow.I got my wish.It is about time Days did the right thing.They should have never let her go in the first place.Good maybe now the show will liven up again.She looks good.My thoughts and prayers are with Cassie oh by the way so good to have you back.You were missed.

Patty Smith
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Patty Smith

Wow, God Bless you Kassie!! You have been one of my favorite actresses since you first walked on as Blayre Kramer… You are such a Beautiful soul and your faith will see ya thru!! You and your family will be in my prayers, you all are already in my heart

Katzie
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Katzie

Your amazing attitude and acceptance of your family/friends/fans’ prayers and well wishes for your, Kassie,will help get you through this. God Bless You.’

Diane Dalrymple
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Diane Dalrymple

Dear Kassie, I have been aOLTL fan forever and loved you on that soap. I actually met you and your husband when you were singing at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in N.J. years ago. You have a beautiful voice and I know that the Lord that gave you that voice will be at your side during this time. I wish you all of God’s blessings and hope you get better soon. Your loving fan, Diane

Cathy
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Cathy

Fight like a girl Kassie! Remember, you have cancer but it doesn’t have you.

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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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