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Matthew Ashford Returns For A Short Stint To Days of our Lives!

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Here’s a very welcome surprise!  While DAYS executive Ken Corday told soap press that he would not have more returns-from-the-dead in the imminent future, news from TV Insider on Monday has that none other than the beloved Matthew Ashford is returning to the NBC soap opera as Jack Deveraux!

As fans of the series know, Jack perished in an elevator shaft/crash saving his daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi). However in his upcoming return, as of now, Matthew is slated to appear in a five episode arc.   Ashford begins taping this week at the NBC set of Days of our Lives.

Since DAYS tapes so far in advance, the audience will not see how Jack’s return plays itself out till the spring of 2016.

So, will Jack come back as a vision and a ghost to tie up his love story with Jennifer?  Is Jack actually alive? Could fan response bring back Ashford even for more episodes next year?  Share your thoughts on the return of Matt Ashford to DAYS in the comment section below!

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Chloe
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Chloe

Ugh! I know I’m in the minority but I can’t stand Jack. He became so silly over the years & the way he ran out on his family was inexcusable. I hope his stay is really short & he remains dead.

Mo
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Mo

He ‘ran out of his family’ because Days’ writers wrote him off and the actor was let go.

Mo
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Mo

Whoops, should be ‘on’ not ‘of’.

Brian
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Brian

Yes you probably are in the minority. But I am sure that there are characters that I can’t stand but others love.

PGP
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PGP

I am in your minority, but I think that is because the writers messed his character up too much.

Linda Goodlett
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Linda Goodlett

I have NEVER liked Jack. So glad it is only for a short time!

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

YES!!! So glad Jack is back! I hope this return becomes permanent. Killing off Jack was the biggest mistake of the TomSell regime, and they made a ton of a mistakes, so that’s saying something. Fan reaction to this news has been off the charts with joy. Matt started off recurring in 2001 but quickly earned a contract a few months later. Let’s hope history repeats itself! Meanwhile, a big pat on the back to my fellow Jack fans who have been campaigning for this return for MONTHS, despite Corday’s refusal to bring him back. This is amazing news, and… Read more »

Tay
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Tay

Agreed it was worse decision to kill him off! If this is not permanent or long term, I wish GH would bring him back as Tom. Not because I liked that character so much but because 1) I miss Ashford in daytime & 2) Hardy presence is almost non existent on GH now.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

He”s a fine actor and appears to be a fine man.

Kelly
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Kelly

@alistaircrane – Matthew is coming back only for a five episode arc.

Geobear
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Geobear

I disagree that that was their worst decision. In fact, it might have been a blessing. At least they treated the dead with respect. Based on how they treated the other DAYS men, I really don’t want to even THINK about how badly TomSell would’ve mangled Jack if they’d kept him around!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Put me down as someone who was disappointed when they killed off Jack. I never believed he was dead even after Jennifer got the news. They can make an exception and bring Jack back to us permanently. Jennifer needs him and so do Abigail and JJ.

Mo
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Mo

I don’t like that it’s a short stint and this leads me to believe Jack is still dead. 🙁

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Was bummed Ashford was written off the Salem canvas but I hope this is a vision from beyond offering guidance or closure. I am not fond of resurrections. GH has burned me on those!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

He will probably be an apparition, as seems to be the theme. And, speaking of the supernatural, I wish Carolina would see the possible fatal predicament in which Abby finds herself. Ben plans to kill her and run with the three-month old baby.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

The baby is three months old? I thought the baby was about six months old. lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

HaHa….that’s so funny, Lou…..and probably more accurate.

elm51
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elm51

hmmm – interesting you would say that because i thought the same thing when will was being brutally killed…………..she never saw that either

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I think Jack coming back is because something awful will happen to Abby’s baby and herself and she is slated to leave the show so maybe her dad comes for the sendoff…. unless they recast??

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Correction; Caroline

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

He can come back…it can easily be explain that many past Jacks were all imposters, including when MV played the role…Jennifer is more interesting and even likeable when he is around…build Jack and Jen as the next Alice and Tom…it can be done!…PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! or ill stop eating CHEESE!…lol

Tay
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Tay

Agree Jennifer is best with him.

jb44
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jb44

I so agree with you. The only time I even like Jennifer is when Jack is around. I usually fast forward through her scenes.

Ces
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Ces

Bring back Jack for good! Too bad we have to wait soooo long!

Fuck Days
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Fuck Days

Ghost.

Why taunt us with this stuff?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I guess you don’t like the idea of Ghost Jack. There’s a chance he’ll just be Jack and those five episodes can turn into something substantial.

Why jump to conclusions and create a questionable username?

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

Below you i had written IMPOSTER…these are occasional visitors to this site just to start an argument with posters…dont fall for usernames unfamiliar to you when they make these idiotic comments!…then they will disappear!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I will never understand how some idiot will post under such a disgusting moniker and get through; when over at GH , perfectly, clean posts, which may get on the moderators nerves, get kicked in the butt and not appear on the board. Go figure!
How did this one get past you, moderators?

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

IMPOSTER!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m torn. I really like the actor and always enjoyed his portrayal of Jack D, but sometimes it is best to let dead characters remain dead even as a ghost. The latest example is the ghost of Bo. Now instead of my last memories of Bo being his dying in the arms of his beloved Fancy Face, they will of this lame soap ghost egging Hope to seek revenge. Likewise with Jack, his giving his life to save Abigail was a touching way to end the character, so why would I want or need to see his ghost now and… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m glad someone posted as such…. “…Now instead of my last memories of Bo being his dying in the arms of his beloved Fancy Face, they will of this lame soap ghost egging Hope to seek revenge. ” I know, right ? why ruin the everlasting love and appeal this supercouple reigned ? as i’ve posted prior… how can she – the character, of Hope – get over so quickly two men she loved… that’s where I wanted it to go; a realistic portrait of a widowed heroine… next thing you know she’ll enlist the help of Rafe… and he’ll… Read more »

Geobear
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Geobear

This Bo is SOOOOOOOO not a ghost. He’s another one of Hope’s hallucinations. Bo entire life’s goal was to PROTECT Hope from danger and PREVENT her from going after the bad guys. Alive or dead, there’s no way he’d be encouraging her to do this. Now, Hope’s OWN subconscious, on the other hand…that’s a different story 😉 I can completely believe she conjured him up as a coping mechanism and is sending herself off on a revenge mission.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well whether a ghost or hallucination the point is still the same, sometimes writers give us these beautiful death scenes and then ruin it when the character comes back in some form soon after so my last memory of that character will be something less impressive than the beautiful death scene. But logically your reasoning is sound that this Bo is Hope’s grief filled mind fueling her quest, but still wish PR last scenes were the ones of him dying in the park instead of these after death appearances.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Perhaps she’s dreaming? Lol.
Great post, Geobear.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I agree, Geobear.

Hope also feels guilty for not looking for and giving up on Bo.

Timmm
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Timmm

Matthew, how about returning to GH as Tom Hardy next?

Helen
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Helen

No no no, I hated him as Tom Hardy. He was miscast and horrible in the role. He is wonderful as Jack on Days.

ces
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ces

I agree Helen. Tom Hardy was a horrible dull character and Matt needs more to chew on that that drab.

Reagan
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Reagan

Maybe now with different writers and all the time off canvas, he as Tom would be better this go around. I miss Hardy presence on GH & want Matthew back on daytime. 🙁

Tay
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Tay

I agree!! GH needs Hardy presence again & daytime could use Matthew!!

Vicki
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Vicki

I will want Matt back wherever he is. So sad they killed him off anyway-YES back as Tom Hardy (Part of GH legacy) would be AMAZING.

Brian
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Brian

I love Matt and Jack but why only 5 episodes? What are they going to do with poor Jenn? I assumed maybe she would be with Eric but then saw that Greg is leaving too. I am so confused!

ces
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ces

Ha, me too! Poor Jen walks around doing nothing and worrying about her kids all day.

Patrick
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Patrick

Melissa Reeves is the one who “needs to go”

poor judgment and choices behind the scenes @Days

Vakina
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Vakina

So excited to see Jack again…fingers crossed he stays

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Five DAYS and then they decide he stays…4ever!

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

Shows really need to think twice (or more) before killing off popular characters.

Mateo
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Mateo

Sweet lord, stop bringing back characters that are written out. So pathetic. Poor writing is showing big time. If DAYS fans haven’t learned their lesson with Bo Brady’s short lived return, then they are in need of some therapy, perhaps from Marlena. Let the dead lie!

ces
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ces

Give the fans what they want NBC — make Jack’s stint longer. He’s an obvious fan favorite!! With Steve back – he needs another brother now that Bo is gone.

Patrick
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Patrick

wouldn’t that be something… if they really need to beef up a family… let it be from a strong “family” of actors

Jack Deveraux
Steve Johnson
Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis

altho, if Jack was to return… he should be on his own sans Melissa Reeves… she’s deadweight and oh so tiring

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Patrick. Miss Jenny gets to me, too. And, I will say this, knowing everyone will rebel against me; I do not like Hope. She gets on my last nerve. I have kept this secret for years. Well, now I have just blurted it out. What a relief….feels so good, so cleansing…lol.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Steve has not signed a contract…. Daniel is going and now Eric….seems pretty dull to me…if Abby leaves there’s really no great couple…I thought it would be Chad and Abby…

Blake
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Blake

What’s the point of bringing him back if it’s only for five days? can the show not afford to keep veterans on? Jack should be back for good, but writers don’t seem smart enough to know how to write for him.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Well, it’s about time! Glad DAYS came to their senses and invited Matt back to the show. Like Ces said, Steve needs his brother! And Jen needs Jack. All her other pairings have been lackluster. And, if Abby marries Chad, she’s gonna need someone to walk her down the aisle! Wouldn’t THAT be a crowdpleaser! 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

if he’s not a permanent fixture… then… I hope he’s back to usher Melissa Reeves’ OUT

Abs and JJ are fine on their own… I think they should bring back Jamie Lyn Bauer

and let Jennifer and Jack ride off in to the sunset… give this couple a happy ending… and fans of this show a rest

Melissa Reeves salary should go to an actor who – can – act

Patrick
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Patrick

SIDEBAR: STAT

Thanksgiving ep in Salem!

this trio knocks – me – OUT

Justin, Eve, and Eduardo

as played by ; at the top of their game; ON

Wally Kurth
Kassie DePaiva
A. Martinez

talk about raw in your face talent

DAYS needs nuMagic to unfold… to draw and add layers without all the history…

Justin and Eve belong in Salem

Barbara
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Barbara

Well, they’re throwing us Jack fans a bone once again with no long-term stint. Just don’t get it. There has always been an abundance of story potential but the character is always shafted (pardon the pun).

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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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