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NBC Makes It Official, Announces Days of our Lives Renewal: "We Couldn't Be More Excited To Bring Its Fans New Stories For The 51st Season"

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Following Thurday afternoon’s breaking news that Days of our Lives got its renewal pick-up by NBC, the peacock network made it official with their press release heralding that the beloved daytime drama series will live to see another day,and  continue into the 2016-2017 television season, and they could not be prouder and happier.

Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment made the announcement and said in a statement, “NBC is incredibly proud of the legacy of Days of our Lives and we couldn’t be more excited to brings its fans new stories for the 51st season. In a business where having a show remain on the air for two seasons is considered a success, what DAYS has achieved is extraordinary.”

In addition, the sub-header for the official release said “The Tales From Salem Will Continue as Beloved Series Earns Pickup Following Recent Ratings Surge.”   So far this season, DAYS is averaging a 0.90 rating, 6 share in women 18-49 and 2.901 million viewers overall in ‘most current’ ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Through the first five weeks of the current quarter, DAYS has grown to a 0.93 rating, 6 share in women 18-49, up +6% versus its 0.88 for the same period last year, and 2.993 million viewers overall, up +15% versus its 2.601 million for the same weeks last year.

NBC also noted:  “The success of the series derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling — supported by a diverse ensemble of performers — and its uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. With its mix of classic genre traditions and groundbreaking narratives reflecting modern life, Days of our Lives remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.  Days of our Lives is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is executive producer, with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Dena Higley and Josh Griffith are the head writing team.

So, what did you think about NBC executive Jennifer Salke’s comments on DAYS renewal and the network’s continue interest in Salem? Happy to hear the renewal has been made official? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000

GH doesn’t have a yearly renewal date, seems they just it roll until they don’t ..

CONGRATS, DAYS!!

Matt
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Matt

Gh doesnt have a renewal date becasue the network owns the show. Since Sony runs Days, they have to reach an agreement with NBC when the contract is up.

Johnny
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Johnny

I couldn’t more happier! I watched DAYS since I was a kid . It’s probably my favorite TV show ever!

Eddie
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Eddie

I thought that the last few renewals have been for 2 yrs at a time. Is this renewal just for one year?

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Yes and if the ratings drop nbc will dump the show so let’s hope people continue tuning in

Patrick
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Patrick

Yeah, I don’t particularly care for; “option for additional year”

NBC clearly states… “how magnanimous it is to celebrate a show… for 51 years.. and in the same breath… (which is true ) how a prime time show may last… if at all… 1 to 2 seasons

so… buck up … and coulda woulda shoulda given us 2 years

Patrick
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Patrick

on top of that… LATEST SOD issue : Kassie DePaiva… “missed Opportunities”

NBC / Sony / DOOL… and probably more specific… KEN CORDAY production

RE HIRE : this gem… gold mine… class act… energetic… bubbling personality

who enlivens any show… she’s respected… and lauded

she shares with the fans… missed opportunity

how much she would have loved to screen ; to REEL

with, Billy Flynn and Judi Evans, plus

can you imagine… what a dream ; let down

forever wonder… what could have been

i’ll let up ; after the 2016 emmy

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I am happy about the renewal, but I also know DAYS should continue improving it’s numbers or September 2017 will be the end of DAYS. Watch every episode within one day of airing and don’t give up!

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Not a viewer of Days but glad for its fans.

SZima
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SZima

Glad the show is continuing, BUT are they going to shorten their shooting schedule for 5-6 months ahead to a more normal 4-6 weeks?
THAT is what’s wrong with this show. By the time they realize a storyline/character is NOT working, they have months worth of shows already shot, that we have to suffer through, before the story can be dropped!
The best thing they could do for the show…and it’s viewers…is get on a shorter shooting schedule!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I think elsewhere on this page that is mentioned – the fact that one of the stipulations of the contract is a shorter shooting schedule – and, I agree with you that they need to do that to see what is working, what isn’t. Right now, at least to my viewing eyes, NOT MUCH is working. The teens are not believable, Andre’s villainous hammy acting is for the birds, and Victor’s long lost brother is a tad over the top. Belle being with Phillip is also not terribly compelling. I enjoyed the show quite a bit more about a year… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is fantastic! The new regime has definitely re-grounded the soap back to a soap worth watching. And I cannot wait for the 51st season, along with the 52nd!

john
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john

Are they going to change their filming schedule?

Patrick
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Patrick

I really wish with the DAYS renewal threads… this would have been addressed as a stipulation…

I hope some one… any one… can look in to this and share ?

Hello Mr. Fairman… any chance you can find this out…

Mo
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Mo

Just a one year renewal? Better than not, but two would have been better.

Frank
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Frank

They got renewed for 1 year, plus an option.

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

Lets hope this good news continues for all the remaining soaps…hopefully tptb realize soaps remain a popular and important part of daytime viewing for many years to come..now how is the status for the other three…GH has slightly improved and speaking of GH is Hayden really Pauls daughter?

Jules
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Jules

Out of line! This comment d to be deleted immediately! Michael, do something.

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

This is my insane asylum…im here to stay-FOORRREEEEVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!…lol

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

It wouldn’t be the same without you.

Timmm
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Timmm

This is great news for not only DAYS fans but for the soap opera community in general. [FOUR STRONG!] Here comes Rebecca Herbst!

k/kay
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k/kay

Nope congrats but if Fv lets her walk then GH is dead for me as a viewer ewe lost Jason Thompson stop the back stage politics she carried the story last year while Billy Miller sleep walked

Dylan
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Dylan

I hope DAYS does snag her. GH has completely decimated the character of Liz, and always has her come up as the loser in everything. She should be the Jessie Brewer of the modern day…Head Nurse, take charge, full love life, respected, professional…never mind chasing after a brain damaged murderer. Now, she is so desperate for a friend, she is hanging with a serial killer who terrorized her and her family for years? Plain BAD writing. BUT…..in the past few years, DAYS has hired some serious big name talent in the COMPLETELY wrong roles!! They NEED to hire her as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Ta – Da ! drum roll….. Ladies and Gentlemen ! I give you…. ” Is Liz a secret super vixen ” ———— she’s on the cover of the latest SOD issue w/above caption   supervixen 1.A beautiful woman of Domineering stature. 2.A Woman worthy of having a religion dedicated to her. One (specifically feemale) Who has many followers and carries herself with a goddess like elegance. 3. A strong woman who leaves an everlasting Impression on one. (see also Glamazon) one could clearly see Liz… escaping, if you will… not unlike Jake acting out… now it’s Liz turn. after… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

And yes Jason Thompson making the role his own we do however need a scene with him and Jess I don’t like lazy actors Jason is not one nor is Becky

Patrick
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Patrick

when JT made his debut… I watched his scenes… and the scenes between Ashley and Dr. Neville… you can really tell that Michael E. Knight… delights in his scenes with Eileen Davidson… he matter of factly… fandom excite; is in to his job with ED. it’s a LOL delight as a fan to watch all else about Y&R I FF’d… just don’t have the time… point: I stopped watching all together… when no scenes between Jill and her own son materialized. deleted the last 3 episodes.. so I guess I’ll never know. these two storylines have all the potential

Matt
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Matt

Great news for fans of Days, glad to see we are not losing another soap, at least for another year!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And the most creative soap on the air presently. I loved the Feb. 12–Valentine show–where all the couples had “dream” or “nightmare” vignettes.
I love that Days does something different and unexpected–and just sheer fun–for its fans. Loved most especially the 1940s-style fim noir of Patch and Kayla. That’s what I’m talking about! Thanks, writers, directors, actors, etc. Way to go!

mike
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mike

Mr. Fairman have you heard the rumor of the return of Chandler Massey?

Gino
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Gino

Hi Mike the rumor, that I am hearing is will Horton is alive. Chandler Massey will be back on Days in about 6 months. Days tapes 5 to 6 months ahead, but they are thinking of changing it to 3 to 6 weeks ahead. Rumor is the real Will Horton was kidnapped. I hope this is true.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s most likely true, mike. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Chandler as Will make his return during the Friday Summer Olympics Cliffhanger (08-05-16)! There has to be something big for DAYS fans to hang in there during the 2 weeks preemption for Olypic coverage.

carol
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carol

This is good news I watch the show every day whether it be good or bad,heard that Chases dad is coming back. He is already started filming. So see they do bring the dead back.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Woo freakin’ hoo!!! Love me some Days! I would be so sad to lose another iconic soap. Congrats and keep up the great work.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Rich
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Rich

Interesting that the renewal for Days is just for one year, with an option for an additional year (similar to the deal that CBS had with the NFL for the first year of Thursday night telecasts in 2014).

That would signal to me that NBC is hedging its bets and leaves the door open for a possible cancellation in the event that the 50th anniversary-fueled ratings bump doesn’t last in the coming months. And there is some evidence to suggest that the bump may have already evaporated.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but I’m merely being realistic.

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

As a fan for over 30 years, I love knowing Days will continue. No soap is perfect, but I have to says I am really enjoying the soap these days and I make a point to watch it off my DVR each night…I used to wait until the weekend to tackle the episodes for the week. While I am sure we all have favorites who are no longer on the show ( for me, it is Christie Clark’s Carrie), or favorites currently on the canvas (Suzanne Rogers is top notch in my book), I do enjoy all the current cast… 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.”

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.

Photo: AfterForever

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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