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Martha Madison Says "Au Revoir Salem!" As DAYS Also Cuts Brandon Beemer, Marie Wilson, and Sal Stowers!

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Four actors have been apparently shown the front door in the ever-changing face of the canvas of Days of our Lives.

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This time, in a report from Daytime Confidential, Martha Madison  and Brandon Beemer are once again put as Belle and Shawn, as well as Marie Wilson as Summer, and Sal Stowers as Lani.  Madison confirmed her exit with a bittersweet tweet, “Au revoir Salem! #Leo #NineLives” 

According to the item, Stowers was actually let go at the end of 2015, but because at the time DAYS was taping so far ahead she is still being seen on air at this time.

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Obviously, part of the new DAYS head writing team of Ryan Quan and Dena Higley’s first order of buseinss had to be to take a look at the canvas they inherited under Josh Griffith, and make some decisions on the characters who’s storyline were lackluster.

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DAYS viewership is once again down, after hitting a high note back in November of 2015, and then again in the first weeks of January of 2016.

So, what do you think about the upcoming exits of the reported actors and their characters of DAYS? Share your thoughts below!

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Kar
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Kar

New Ciara is awful, she should be cut.

Mo
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Mo

YES YES YES

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, I agree, Kar.
What are they doing to Days? I love this show. I loved Will and Sonny….please come back.
So now that ‘they’ have zapped Paul’s brain, are they straightening him out? If TPTP do that, I will scream. I bet that when Paul is completely lucid, he will not be gay any longer. I hope I speak too soon.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’m all for giving a newbie a chance to find her fit or interruption in a role. Unfortunately, new Ciara is not up to the task of this demanding role. She should be thanked for her time and politely shown the door.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Yes don’t mean to be unkind but that girl is awful and very unconvincing as the “more mature” ciara.

Jack
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Jack

Yes agree she is awful and can’t act. My german Shepard dog, can act better. Lol

Robert L
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Robert L

Absolutely agree, terrible actress. The storyline she was given is not up to her acting abilities and she is ruining it. Plus I hate the whole storyline anyline! Days should have left her and the other “kids” as kids!

dmr
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dmr

I have said that from day one, and she is too inexperienced to handle such a serious and intense storyline.

TearyTam
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TearyTam

Really sad that Sal Stowers leaving…saw potential in her role and character! Well Y&R should GRAB her for Devon, since Hillary’s true claws are OUT.

Mo
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Mo

She needs to work on her acting. Character was not well thought out, add in that the person they cast can’t act and no wonder she didn’t catch on.

TearyTam
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TearyTam

I really like Sal’s style, especially more than nuCiara and Joey. Check out Sal’s previous works!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Actually, she’s pretty good it’s the role that is awful and going nowhere fast. Sal Stowers needs to get in a night time series, she has potential and I think the show needs ethnic diversity.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is sad news about Sal Stowers. I enjoyed her performance in the online All My Children. Why was this character brought to Days? Other than revealing who her family is, they haven’t done anything with her. Seems like such as waste to me. A waste of Sal Stowers time and talent. And a waste of money paying her salary since they weren’t going to do anything with her. Perhaps TPTB could have used that salary to build an office set so characters could discuss their troubles in private instead of in that damned park.

HopeLiam_ClaireTheo
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HopeLiam_ClaireTheo

i agree with your post LLANVIEW .. Beautiful(literally)not basic regular same look of a soap chick on days… Beautiful woman of color at that,and gorgeous very pretty and she was a natural imho with handsome Brandon Beemer Shawn D and Lani are so cute on days, natural and have chemistry. I hope we see her on another soap then as she is clearly able to get another shot i believe on days or bold or y and r . I will enjoy SAL til’ she leave salem. No wonder why DAYS again are screwing up, would not surprise me,if the… Read more »

Brandon Parker
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Brandon Parker

I’m not happy with Days of our live i am done I’m never watching this soap again
i can’t believe they did this yet again unbelievable

SZima
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SZima

Really? You are quitting watching because some “new” minor unimportant characters with boring stories were fired?

OK

Eddie
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Eddie

I know my favorite characters were dumped partly to make room for this bunch. And now these characters have to go bye bye? So many things are wrong with this show these days. NBC should pull the plug and let this show go before it really loses everyone’s respect.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

So the Belle Sean Phillip triangle that has been a repeated failure failed again? I’m shocked said no one.

I don’t understand what Ken C is thinking. They take quality actors and stiff them with really sub par material. I’m as confused as anyone about what they are doing here. Other than the teens, there are capable actors sitting around waiting for something to do.

So, six months of teen daughter warbling before we sink this leaky boat and never speak of it again. Ugh.

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

Actually, Sal Stowers plays Lani not Cassandra. I had watched DAYS since the 70s and they were like family. But after Hope was almost killed on her wedding night, beloved Bo died, Patch slept with Ava, Abby was kidnapped while pregnant, more violence, Hope shot Stefano, a forced Hope/ Rafe pairing, Jen became hooked on pills, Eric killed Daniel, and then (the last straw)…Ciara was raped….I had to stop watching. I no longer make an attempt to catch the show. I may turn it on for a few minutes but then turn it off. it’s the MOST depressing and dark… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I saw great potential for the Lucas/Adrienne and Justin/Eve pairings. Too bad TPTB didn’t see it. I don’t know anything about the Sarah character you mentioned; but, Melissa Archer is a very talented and powerful actress. Giving solid material, she will deliver a great performance.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@mrsnoahdrake, I feel the same about the return of Belle & Shawn, including, the brief return of Jason Cook as Shawn D. It’s a real shame, I was definitely into the Belle/Philip/Shawn triangle, take 3 or 4??? hahaha, I love what you say about Judi Evans, Wally Kurth, and Bryan D. as Adrienne/Justin/Lucas, that was unfolding so nicely last year, another story…abandoned. I was intrigued with Adrienne and Lucas, and yet we see them at Chad & Abby’s wedding being slightly affectionate, yet I wondered what is up with them? Are they now just cordial friends. Yeah, I too I… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Great news.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

In a way. .I loved having a piece of sami-ness back in Belle. .but I have to admit Martha needed time to re-acclimate to Salem. .how embarrassing for marie Wilson. .I would never answer another job offer from days if I were her. .Sal. .well still a green actress no real story to grow into. .Brandon is always good when the writing is. .Dena is going to write the farewell year of days in 2017..this show has run its course because no one in daytime can come out of the past in order to change the landscape. #farewellSalem2017

Johnny
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Johnny

What the hell is going on in Corday land? News of departures like these makes me very nervous , but as life long Days watcher and fan I’m hopeing for the best.

Tay
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Tay

I knew exits were coming, just really sad it is Belle & Shawn. Yes, the material for them could be better. Change the material & not can the actors. With Bo dead, we need his son. As for Sale, I hate that the African American/ethnic scene never grows or lasts. Summer was a bad choice. Really hope they don’t can MBE & SN next! Always love “Kayla” & in my opinion the Brady canvas needs her.

Phil
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Phil

Now could they please bring Kassie DePaiva back as Eve? I would have kept Belle and Shawn, but oh well.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I would love to have Kassie DePaiva back. She is wonderful.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, bring Kassie DePaiva back as Eve… so much potential for story with Eve, I really wanted to see her develop further with Justin.

Beth
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Beth

The character of Summer hasn’t been working at all, so Marie Wilson’s departure is not a surprise. IMO, Martha Madison hasn’t really fit into the canvas this time around, and I can blame the writing, but whatever the reason, Belle hasn’t been a success. I know TPTB wanted to give Abe a story, but even with the arrival of a daughter he never knew he had (which is an overused way of introducing a new character), Abe still didn’t have story, and there were times when Sal Stowers was not up to the task, IMO. As for Brandon Beemer, he… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, focused storytelling, I like that Beth. I agree. I would love for Nicole (Ari Zucker) to get that, Nicole is finding her way after losing Daniel, but I feel she is stuck in this business with Theresa for the sake of giving Nicole something to do. Ari is such a great talent, it would be great if DOOL would give her a focused storyline. I loved her connection with old/new Parker. DAYS utilize Ari Zucker, she is gold when given worthy material.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

It’s sort of like they are all treading water over at DAYS….things aren’t working here and there – I get the feeling the powers that be are not sure what the next move should be –
The character of Belle is uninteresting, at least to me. She is quite attractive but vacuous, there isn’t any real depth there, so I find I don’t care about her. She does not have any real chemistry with any other characters that I can feel.
At least, that’s my overview.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I am surprised at the exits of the Shawn and Belle characters—I love Marie Wilson so I had been wishing that she would have stayed longer—I’m not trying to be mean but the teens who took over from the young actors don’t hold a candle to the children who played those parts (Ciara, Chase and Theo)—I am terribly missing the little girl who played Ciara. Something tells me the bloodbath isn’t over yet and there will be more exits coming within the next few weeks.

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

I have mixed feelings about Shawn and Belle leaving-most of the teens shouldve been showed the door except for Theo-i like this actor but its the no talent teen scene that hurts this show…but Summer was a mistake and im so glad she is leaving…Melissa or Sarah-Maggie’s daughters should have been brought on instead…had Melissa Archer played Sarah that would have been great…she couldv’e been involved with Philip but sneaks around with Deimos as both plot against Victor to steal his fortune but Sarah develops true feelings for Philip and has a change of heart about helping Deimos…Lani can go… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I wish MM could stay too, Jimmy! BTW, Peter Brown (Dr. Greg Peters) passed away. I know you know who he and his character were.

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

Yes…i know who he was…his character was involved with Denise Alexanders Susan Martin and Mary Frann’s Amanda Howard…back in those ‘DAYS’ all the acting was good and i loved all the actors-the stories were some of daytimes best…unfortunately i cant say that about current Days…i still like the show but the teen set is terrible…they need young characters if this show is going to continue for future generations but this group of young characters are going to be the shows downfall…Martha Madison as Belle-i liked it she was an attorney and thought she and Justin would get some good courtroom… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I like Martha Madison, too! She was re-growing on me. As was Brandon Beemer. I was really enjoying see the story develop further, with Belle and Philip, and the new develops with Lani and Shawn, I was hoping to see more of Martha, and Brandon. I’m quite shocked that Martha Madison was let go; I’m really liking her version of Belle. As for Marie (Summer) being let go, I’m so okay with that. The development of Summer was a dismal failure from the start. And, Sal Stowers as Lani was developing slowly, though I would have preferred more interaction with… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I watched 3 eps last night… to catch up on DAYS Shawn D. w/ Lani … had potential I enjoyed their night out for drinks and eating apple pie. they looked good together… not to mention…. I like the mixed couple together… as I posted… wouldn’t it be something…. had Shawn D. , Lani, and Abe find out about all the double dealing dirty cop machinations of Rafe, Hope, and Roman. Martha Madison: never once… did I compare her to Kirsten STorms…. that’s saying… a lot… she didn’t raise or lower the bar… what does make me laugh… in a… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

ps: Paul… Knocks me out

when the camera loves you… and you have a knack for acting… oozes sensual

Christopher Sean IS a knockout

Yum!

OK… write for him already… and that Zap had better be nothing more than amping up his manhood and gaydar

Tay
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Tay

Losing Shawn & Belle just doesn’t make sense to me. 🙁

Ray
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Ray

First of all, I hate to see actors lose their jobs. Best of luck to their next chapters. It seems that DOOL has lost almost all of the momentum that was happening during the high-rating period in November. Today, the show is unrecognizable. There have been so many new characters introduced in the past four months, along with losing so many fan favorites that it feels like a different show. I have stated before that I have been a fan since the late 1970s. I want this show to survive. But, it seems with all of these writers changes, the… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I have whiplash with all the changes on this show. Yee-gads!

tim S
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tim S

Agree with all of these decisions.. accept. .maybe Summer .. still early on.. I did fast forwarded through most the show yesterday.. def not worth my time lately….. by the way…. I thought the character of Chloe was coming back…

Shell
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Shell

I understand what you mean about fast forwarding. Ever since Christmas, it has felt like the writers are trying to turn Claire into the next Adele.

Mo
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Mo

Sad to see Belle and Shawn go. Does this mean they are taking Claire with them?

Not sad to see Sal go or Summer.

I have some others who should go or be recast starting with Ciara.

What about Philip? He was hooked up with Belle. I don’t like the recast so I wouldn’t mind if he left.

penny
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penny

I’m so done with DAYS, they finally hire a beautiful and intelligent person like Sal Stowers and a new writing team comes in and decides to destroy whatever hopes I had for character Lani. Bye Days, I hope your days are numbered pretty soon.

Ces
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Ces

I don’t watch the show anymore but those *recasts*. They should dump the teen set next starting with the annoying Ciara. Some characters were not meant to be recast. No one does Shawn D better than Jason Cook. So glad I’m just sticking with GH! Don’t miss Days at all.

Steven
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Steven

Even though renewed, DAYS is apparently in disarray and has lost their way!
Now I’m starting to wonder if Josh Griffith was forced out (than leaving on his own).

Even with these casting cuts, I don’t expect anything new from Dena Higley & Ryan Quan. I bet they will continue on the same very dark track they’re on right now: bringing in characters (old & new) and not knowing what to do with them (having no clear direction) and rewriting history in order to fit in the storyline.

DAYS really needs a new Head Writer(s), because this regime just isn’t cutting it!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I can appreciate a new writing team’s prerogative to shift but Salem is crazy of late. The appeal of daytime drama is bonding with characters and the actors who play them. Please stabilize the landscape in Salem and focus on crafting solid appealing stories and making them work. Also, if we are going to say goodbye to characters, then develop the ones who remain and populate them in those new tales of romance, adventure, family, and daily life.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Although I hate to see people lose their jobs I think these cuts were necessary. These characters bought nothing to the show, and the fact I don’t even know who Cassandra is says a lot about how little I’ve been paying attention to the show at the moment. Unfortunately we still will have to wait until after the Olympics this summer to see what this team is doing, and that is a lot of time to kill. Best thing they could do for this show, which they are addressing is shorten the time between filming and airing episodes.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Okay, the character Lani is being axed, not Cassandra but is there a Cassandra because the name doesn’t ring any bells with me?

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

Cassandra was Sal Stowers character name on the Prospect Park relaunch of All My Children, where she played Angie’s (Debbie Morgan) daughter.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

She was very good as Cassandra on the Prospect Park version of AMC so I admire Sal Stowers but her character on Days of Our Lives is boring and not connected to anyone romantically – so I guess they just stopped developing her role. She will most likely just leave town to accept a Police department assignment elsewhere – I mean it’s obvious the character is not growing or evolving or doing much of anything at all.

Louis
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Louis

What age range and characters does days want to focus on? Shawn and belle should be front burner. Days needs to focus on the next generation while keeping vets around . Unbelievable!

Richard
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Richard

EXACTLY. THANK YOU.

Mo
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Mo

Half the police force has been hired. Now crime in Salem will REALLY run rampant!!!!!

John
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John

Days is totally unwatchable for me at the moment – maybe he changes will be for the better !

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

The Summer character was a dry edition to the cast to say the least and Sal Stowers has not to proven to me any real acting talent. I do think that Sean D should have had more interactions with hope as support.

Meghan
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Meghan

DAYS is so inconsistent. I was so excited during the 50th Anniversary stories but since then I feel like there has been a significant downward spiral. The stories seem very dark, with very little light/joy to balance things out. I was looking forward to getting reacquainted with Belle and Shawn so their sudden departure is disappointing.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Inconsistent is a good choice of words – that really sums it up. Too many disconnected storylines, and some atrociously written ones as well. I personally do not mind Belle and Shawn leaving, to me they just don’t add anything exciting to the show. They should NOT have killed off Will Horten and they should have attempted to recast Sonny. What in the world does Paul have to do? The Kidnapping story was terrible, mercifully short that it was….I am referring to Paul being kidnapped by John’s crazy father, that was absurd.

Elise Kiefer
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Elise Kiefer

Anyone being replaced or are all of those mentioned characters terminated? What will they do about Maggie’s daughter storyline? Still angry they brought Bo back to kill him off!

Ray
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Ray

Here are a few suggestions: 1) Bring back Sarah and Melissa Horton – Their children can be the next generation of DOOL. 2) Why not introduce some of Sonny’s brothers? 3) Recast Abigail pronto. 4) Continue to trim the cast of dead weight to save money. Then, offer Allison Sweeney, James Scott and Eileen Davidson the moon. 5) Introduce a powerful African-American family that can mix it up with the Hortons and Bradys. Debbi Morgan as the new Valerie Grant would be EXCELLENT casting. I would love to see her mix it up with Vincent again. This would also allow… Read more »

stevie g
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stevie g

The actress who played Billie in the mid 00s was good, they should bring her back. I had assumed they had retconned Rex and Cassie out of existance, they are never mentioned.

Mo
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Mo

Julie Pinson? Krista Allen? Lisa Rinna?

I’m guessing you mean Julie.

stevie g
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stevie g

Yes Julie Pinson, played Billie in the mid 00s. They could pair her with Frankie Brady. They’ll need a new lawyer after Belle leaves. Oh that was another thing that was never explained. When we last knew Belle she was studying pre med, so it was odd that she turned up as a lawyer. You don’t hear of many career changes like that.

Patrick
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Patrick

the fire sale and spiral is on “Thank You, Ken Corday” Days had one complete family; with three generations… as I’d posted before… they looked like they were getting their vibe on… and it was NICE to see Abe Reynolds… getting a family. SAD to see Lani going… she had potential… could it have been with Shawn D. ? Roman ? Rafe ? I had wanted to see Abe and Lani discover all the secrets and dirty cop’ going in on Salem…. with Hope and Rafe… w/ Roman keeping their secrets… this includes hiding the secret that Joey told Roman… Read more »

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I’m not a committed Days viewer and this is why. Their constant writer and cast changes give the impression of haplessness, grasping and desperation. The subliminal message to viewers is that the show is unsteady and unreliable. The takeaway is a reluctance on the part of viewers to invest time, energy and loyalty in a show that can’t seem to get its act together and treats them with a sometimes callous disregard. How can an audience commit to a character and a story line when the show can’t? Moreover, why should they? The show is training people to remain uninvested… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree with Mister Media – I have the overall feeling that the show seems hopelessly adrift. Just because I am an “older viewer” doesn’t mean I object to young people storylines, but the “teen scene” on this show is truly an atrocity to behold. The so called “teen rape” scene was so badly executed and acted that I sincerely feel embarressed for the show. I enjoyed JJ when he was with Paige – and for whatever reasons, the chemistry just isn’t there when he is with Gabi – and it’s a little too hard to buy the fact that… Read more »

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

If the writing isn’t there – and it isn’t – you can fire and hire all the actors in the world and it will not improve the show. They should be working with what is at hand and this wholesale bloodletting is a major step backward.

Anne
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Anne

Why does Days continue to make such bad decisions? All the producers need to do is listen to fans, who say repeatedly that the teen actors are not skilled enough to get so much screen time, that relationships among meaningful characters are important and that the show relies too much on violence and shock to (unsuccessfully) create drama. I think Clair is a better actress than Ciara, but neither she nor Shawn figure much in Hope’s recent troubles. You wouldn’t know they were her son and grand-daughter. I know it’s a soap, but not even a heroic detective such as… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

Get rid of the lousy teen actors. They are AWFUL. Beyond AWFUL!!! This ridiculous John story is beyond pathetic. Then we have “Patch” and Kayla acting like teenagers when they are ready to start receiving social security checks. I swear this show is beyond stupid. Eduardo? Sorry but the actor’s Santa Barbara days are long gone. He looks so ridiculous with that chin growth. He can not act out of a paper bag. Give Nicole something other than a bed to crawl into. Anytime Nicole is single she becomes a “hooch” and that is ridiculous. She needs to be a… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey, Mateo…EXCELLENT POST, dude!!!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Great comments Mateo. You are so right about the teens. They performances are dreadful. At least the blonde girl who plays Claire is awake when she does her scenes. The rest of them appear to be sound asleep. The John character has to be in his 50s if not 60s. His daddy issues should be well behind him. His psychiatrist wife should take off her leather special ops outfit and work with John to “let it go” and move on. What Days needs is a character as interesting as Billy Clyde Tuggle and an actor as talented as the late… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

You tell ’em! LoL your posts always make me laugh Mateo and I agree with you that this show needs some help – What in the world does Paul do on the show now other than tell his dad (eternally raspy voiced John) that he is “glad to be his son”. Okay, we get it he’s glad to be John’s son, now what. Oh that’s right they brainwashed him with a 3-D Viewmaster so I guess that was something. At least, that storyline arc was mercifully brief because if Lo Mein or whatever his name was showed up one more… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

Thank god Rebecca Herbst avoided joining this show.

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

Why don’t “they” fire Ken Corday…

Patrick
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Patrick

there’s no other reason to explain … DAYS Ken Corday Productions… has taken the easy street I will forever bring up just how …. these shows should not be handed down to their immediate family…. there is obviously no creative matter in their son I want that he knows this… at the very least Days History… from (Wikipedia) Al Rabin Executive Producer of Days of Our Lives (with Betty Corday: May 12, 1986 – December 31, 1987) (with Al Rabin: May 12, 1986 – March 6, 1989, December 1989 – April 20, 1992) (with Shelley Curtis: March 7, 1989 –… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

THERE’S a thought.

Brian
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Brian

Big mistakes with Belle, Shawn, and Lani too (IMO). All 3 of these are legacy characters and should be on canvas to drive story for these 3 major families (Blacks, Brady, and Carver). Instead we are stuck with the terrible acting of new Ciara and new Theo. Both are attractive but can’t act to save their lives.

SZima
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SZima

They need to weed out a few more useless characters…these were a good beginning…and start using the core characters more.
The next wave needs to be, MUST be, the awful re-cast teens!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I agree, as I think it’s fair to say most viewers would agree, that the Teen players on this show are dreadful. I think Ciara needs to go off to Boarding School and when she returns maybe they can re-think her character. With the summer months just ahead, it wouldn’t surprise me if they concentrate even MORE on the younger set unfortunately – Now that Phillip is forming his own Record company, because well everyone does that when they can’t think of something else to do, of course Claire will be his first (and probably only) client even though her… Read more »

damien
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damien

i havent watched days in months… i miss the show that it once was… but not the current mess… more failed promises from corday about the hype of new writing regime!… i dont believe him anymore and he has no credibility at all. this is been done too many times with no success, with exception to two years ago with the arc of kirstens return and the father eric / nicole romance and will and sonny story, the shows been too inconsistant

Gary
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Gary

I am so angry, they fired Martha again. Days should have fired the new Ciara. I loved Martha Madison , she is a wonderful actress. Who are they going to fire Next? Sorry to say this, but Days ratings have fallen again. I smell a cancellation next year. Days is boring now, nothing to look forward too. I love Gh and Y&R. Days is putting me too sleep.

mike
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mike

Martha Madison is quite boring. Sal Stowers is not a very good actress. Marie Wilson was saddled with a character that makes no sense at all. The only one I’m sad to see go is Brandon Beemer.

CMD
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CMD

Oh, thank gosh Belle is gone. Can’t stand her. And why even bring Marie Wilson back in the first place?

scott
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scott

Agree with Mary SF about shortening the time between taping and airing..then when things aren’t working, like Belle, Shawn and Phillip and especially Summer, the teens…they can fix them quicker then having to wait months for them to play out….again, they should have had Ben come back take the town hostage, then blow it up right before the Olympics and when it returns you find out who survived, who died, etc….and the writers could refocus the show and get it back on track….the could have taken out half the cast and retooled it to the characters that works….just a thought….

Richard
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Richard

This is not surprising. DAYS has never known how to write for Austin and Carrie or Shawn and Belle. As far as Claire, she is actually the closest to her real age. She is suppose to be 15 and she was born on screen in 2005. So she hasn’t be SORASd that much. But with Shawn and Belle hone, are they still bringing Chloe back?? Shawn/Belle/Phillip/Chloe is the age group that should be carrying the show. They’re in their 30s now. They can’t keep counting on John and Marlena, Bo/Hope, Patch/Kayla, Jack/Jemnifer, those characters heyday were in the 80s/90s!!!! rest… Read more »

Tad
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Tad

The wrong people are being fired. Heads need to roll behind the scenes. The producers Meng, Allaar and so called writer Dena…After Dena’s Rafe evil doppelganger story how in the world was she ever rehired by this show? I can just imagine the new Rafe story she’s cooking up. Rafe is about to learn he is one of a set of identical triplets.

Michael
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Michael

Thank goodness- (although Beemer was given Nothing to do and he is pretty hot.) please please please take Ciara and Claire and Jade and Theo and Chase -please take these none actors off the show. How can any casting director or producer not see how terrible they are?! They actually make Guy Wilson seem talented. Well not really- but they are just awful. Also who in the world is responsible for the John’s Father/ brainwashing story. Seriously did they just set out to write the eorst storyline they could possibly come up with. Marlena is 68 years old- she should… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

hey now, Michael, I’m in the minority, but I love and miss Guy Wilson.

I totally agree with ya, Dr Marlena Evans, needs a compelling story, and since her children (Sami, and soon-to-be Belle and Eric) are off canvas, Marlena definitely needs a real opportunity. Same with Maggie, too!

Mo
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Mo

Yo accidentally used Andre’s brainwashing machine and Paul is now in love with Belle.

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Im not amused by the new writers who apparently are cutting to turn Days into the all Hernandez hour! If the vets are next, or limited, I will be cancelling the Hernandez hour. Dena needs to respect the program and viewers not just write for pets!

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Higley and Quan should be going! Their concepts are not Days at all! Dario, mother and unknown sister all should never have been added.

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What’s that? sniff sniff, I smell agenda, Day’s kills or escort off every single character that is anyway a legacy. Will, Eric, Belle, and Shawn, But apparently I don’t need to worry cause the fate of days is in their new youngsters hands. Who have already all been written into a corner, as murderers and rapists.

Unf-ing believable.

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Heads need to roll: Start with Quan and Dena who think we should replace Days with the All Hernandez hour! 1) Rafe is cute but dull. He bascially has no personality and has been playing the same roll as he did on Passions. No passion here. All stereotype nothing more. 2) Dario can go. If we are keeping Rafe, two is just too many especially after bringing back Gabi, Eduardo and a mama! Just too many cutting the air time significantly from beloved characters whom we actually tune in for and now will have to turn the dial as the… Read more »

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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.”

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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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