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On-Air On-Soaps 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Predictions!

On-Air On-Soaps is getting ready for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be held on Sunday.

While the ceremonies unfortunately will not be televised live, which we know has dampened the spirit of daytime drama fans; there will be plenty of coverage coming your way.  To get you in the mood for Emmy weekend 2016, we have looked into our crystal ball, watched all the nominated performances and episodes, and have come up with our choices.

The Daytime Emmys can be a tricky game to play … it all comes down to the selection of the reels, peer voting, and the competition in the respective categories.  Emmy night can also be tricky to predict, and to try to make sense of, especially when there are many worthy nominees.  With deep thought, a dash of Emmy karma, and gut instinct, On-Air On-Soaps’ Michael Fairman will attempt to predict the winners.  He will also offer his picks for who he thinks Should Win, and the Don’t Count Out nominee(s) in each category, plus analysis.

To the nominees and our colleagues: your work continues to inspire, and is compelling and powerful, and to succeed in a medium that can be this daunting is truly an outstanding accomplishment in its own right.  Enjoy these final days in the race to the finish line. You are all winners no matter what the envelope may say.  And yeah, it sure feels good to go home with the gold!  After reviewing our picks, share your thoughts, and let us know who you think Will Win and Should Win in the major daytime drama categories.

Here now are On-Air On-Soaps fearless predictions for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys. 

Outstanding Drama Series

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Who will win:  The Bold and the Beautiful

Who should win:  General Hospital  (for the 52nd Anniversary episode)

Don’t count out:  The Young and the Restless

This is a race impossible to predict, as you can make a case for all four shows winning the golden statuette on Emmy night.  One thing is for sure; we have been assured by the new voting rules of the academy that this year will not end in a tie like last year.  So, one show is going away the victor.  But who will it be?  The Bold and the Beautiful, because it is a half hour show gets to submit four episodes according to the rules instead of two episodes that the hours soaps get to submit.  If topical and socially relevant issues of our time are what Emmy voters are touched by, then B&B should have this.  The exceptionally written and performed episodes included: Maya and Rick’s wedding and the Avant family confrontation, as well as Maya disclosing to Rick, provided the drama and forward thinking – harkening back to the soaps of old when they were known for pioneering the way to bring tough topics such as: abortion, HIV/AIDS, and crib death, to the consciousness of its audience.  B&B took a risk in turning the character of Maya into a trans character, and it paid off.  However, 4 episodes of the same story theme could be a demerit to some who voted.  As for General Hospital, who has had trouble in recent years coming up with the right combination of a one-two punch of Emmy submissions, once again, they got the one of the two.  However, we don’t think there was a finer hour of daytime television this past year than GH’s 52nd Anniversary episode – from black and white to color, how they integrated the show’s genesis in 1963 into the story of Luke’s childhood past, and how when watching it you feel like you are sitting inside an intimate stage play watching performances that are spellbinding.  This was a case where acting, writing, producing, and directing all came together in an episode that will definitely be talked about in the annals of soap opera.  The problem came with GH’s second choice, which features other cast members, and heavy stakes drama including Patrick finding Robin alive and rescuing her, and Nikolas going off a balcony after a fight with Jason.  So if we could go on one reel GH is the choice.  Then we come to the juggernaut that is The Young and the Restless, and actually when you think about the criteria of having two shows that bring riveting drama to the table, Y&R could very easily win another Emmy.  There were not two episodes that were more emotionally compelling last year than the Adam reveal, and its fallout, played to perfection by the cast, and written in a way that everyone found out, everyone had a reaction, and it set off a domino effect that is classic soap story telling.  So, for the continuum Y&R could take this.  Days of our Lives celebrated their 50th anniversary kicking their show into high gear with dark intense drama, and no more was that amplified than in killer Ben’s capture, and Abigail pleading with him to tell her where he took her son, plus Aiden getting ready to end the life of his new bride, Hope, amidst the backdrop of the Salem bicentennial celebration, and Bo’s return.  Good drama.  Again, this category is too tough to truly call.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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Who will win: Maura West

Who should win:  Maura West

Don’t count out:  Mary Beth Evans, Kassie DePaiva, Finola Hughes

In a difficult category to call, and in a year that the gold statuette could end up in any of these ladies hands; it all comes down to the selection of the reels.  And from where we are sitting, Maura West could very well take home the lead actress prize for the second year win a row for her performance as Ava Jerome on General Hospital, but this time with a touch of Denise DeMuccio thrown in for good measure!  In her nominated performance, West’s Ava is dying of cancer, and wants Silas (Michael Easton) to end her life, only the opposite occurs.   Ava is given a new lease on life, thanks to a bone marrow transplant from her baby girl.  When Denise comes into the story, complete with flashbacks, the audience learns the lengths the mob gal will go to, as well as giving the voting panel a complete story arc, which always has “E-M-M-Y” written all over it. Then, there is the amazing Finola Hughes as Anna Devane on General Hospital, as Anna watches her beloved Duke die from a mob hit, and then sits in her first therapy session with her new psychologist and finally unloads all her pent up guilt and rage she has for Carlos Rivera, the man she thought she had murdered to avenge Duke’s death.  The only thing standing in Hughes’ way of an Emmy may be the jarring cuts in the first half of her reel, which has nothing to do with her, but how the scenes actually aired.  Days of our Lives veteran Mary Beth Evans has a hankie-inducing reel.  As Dr. Kayla Brady tells her brother Bo that he is dying, and then turns around and tells the love of her life, Patch, that his best friend does not have long to live,  Evans was perfection, and made us cry right along with her.  She towed the line of playing a doctor delivering the news to her patient, and then breaking down that it’s her brother’s fate.  In the later part of her reel, Kayla gets a little high off the fumes in a supply closet while trapped with Patch, which showed a nice balance, but might it off-set her chances?  For Kassie DePaiva, a win would be bittersweet.  She never received an Emmy for her performances as Blair Cramer on One Life to Live, and is the sentimental favorite and was let-go by DAYS after turning in terrific performances in the role of Eve.  This Emmy season fans and critics have raved about her performance as a mother who tries to come to terms with the fact that her daughter has been murdered, and she must bury her.  In the process, she is reunited with Paige’s father, Eduardo played by Daytime Emmy winner A Martinez.  DePaiva played the notes of the scenes from A to Z, and she could win the Emmy alone just based on the final moment of her reel when Eve lets loose on the citizens of Salem post-funeral.  Tracey E. Bregman last won a Daytime Emmy over 30 years ago in the then Outstanding Younger Ingénue category.  The scene in which she submitted this year speaks to every woman who has ever gone through a divorce, and obviously spoke to the voters. But will this Y&R vet’s work be enough against the other performances?

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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Who will win:  Anthony Geary

Who should win:  Anthony Geary

Don’t Count Out: Tyler Christopher, Kristoff St. John, Justin Hartley, Christian LeBlanc

It’s hard to beat the master when he delivered what may be his most masterful performance of his legendary career.  If he wins, Anthony Geary will tie Cloris Leachman with the most Emmy wins in history with 9 victories.  The General Hospital icon played both Luke, and his father Tim Spencer, in his nominated work in the series 52nd anniversary episode, which finally unlocked the secret that Luke had been harboring and buried deep in his psyche’- he murdered his father, and accidentally killed his mother.  It was a classic performance that still has you in tears by the time you get to the episode’s final moment, and what a way for Geary to end his daytime career with the gold come Emmy night.  But in the most intriguing match up of Emmy night, Geary is up against four other exceptional performances.  Could one of these gents be crowned the new daytime king?  Let’s start with Geary’s longtime cast mate, Tyler Christopher, who broke our hearts in the most compelling work of his career as Nikolas watched his son Spencer fight for his life after being badly burned in a fire at Wyndemere.  Christopher shared with the audience a rare moment of the dark prince, a scared father who doesn’t’ know what to do if he loses his only child.  As for Y&R’s Justin Hartley, the Adam reveal did not disappoint, in fact it surpassed expectations due in large part to Justin’s nuanced, subtle, and disarming portrayal of the vengeful Adam, who finally has to let his guard down and admit to his wife Chelsea his duplicity in assuming another man’s identity so he could come back to her and their son.   Christian LeBlanc is a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, and so he certainly knows how to pick an Emmy reel.  This time as Michael tries to come to terms with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, he enlists the assistance of a call girl.  But instead of having sex with her, ends up having an emotional purge.  Finally, Kristoff St. John, the sentimental favorite in this category had the opportunity to take longtime good guy Neil Winters and turn him bad.  No one played being wronged, and turning it into a revenge plot better than St. John, and Neil being alcoholic and drinking again, didn’t hurt either.   St. John could become the only second performer, (the first being B&B’s Heather Tom) to win in all three daytime drama performer categories in his career.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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Who will win:  Melissa Reeves

Who should win:  Melissa Reeves

Don’t Count Out:  Jessica Collins

America’s soap sweetheart, Jennifer Rose Horton, has developed a backbone!  And, there was nothing more delicious to watch than DAYS Melissa Reeves slap-heard-around-the-world as she lashes out at her arch-nemesis, Eve Donovan (Emmy-nominated DePaiva).  Reeves performance was unrelenting, and she let it all out as Jennifer found out the sordid truth – catching her young son JJ in bed with Eve in an ongoing fling.  The fallout from the moment gave Reeves the material, in our opinion, that is hard to beat.  Then there is Jessica Collins, who certainly ended her Y&R run with finally some material worthy of her talent.  Collins, who played Avery Clark, had a reel that centered on her insufferable relationship with her ex Joe Clark, who she believes raped her.  Jessica delivered in spades!  Y&R’s Lauralee Bell, has previously won a Daytime Emmy, but not for her acting work.  Could Bill and Lee Bell, creators of the iconic soap’s daughter, take home the gold?  In some of her best work to date, Lauralee plays Christine’s angst upon finding her baby died after Nikki ran her down and then seeking justice, and in the meantime being jealous of Paul and Nikki’s relationship – since the two have a son together, Dylan.  On The Bold and the Beautiful, Linsey Godfrey had an incredible year, and it is none more illustrated then in her nominated work, where Caroline admits to Ridge that she slept with his son Thomas, and that Thomas is her baby daddy!  Great, powerful scenes!  Finally, Days of our Lives veteran Peggy McCay is in the running once against (last year in lead) but this time as Caroline, who has psychic visions as she sees her beloved late husband Shawn, and then in real time sees her wayward son Bo, has come back to Salem.  But it’s Reeves and Collins who stand out among the lot!

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Who will win:  Jacob Young

Who should win:  Jacob Young or Dominic Zamprogna

Don’t count out:  Bryton James

To us, this is a two-person race when it comes down to the reels.  The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacob Young has a one-two punch of a gun toting paranoid, and vengeful Rick Forrester catching Caroline and his brother Ridge making out on the Forrester Creations couch, and then showing his dramatic prowess in the key scenes where Maya discloses her truth to Rick that she is transgender. The poignant moment when Rick does not shun her, but stands by her is TV at its best, and Young at its best.  But hot on Young’s heels is General Hospital’s Dominic Zamprogna who played ‘betrayed angst’ like no other male actor on the soaps this past season … even though, hot-head Dante Falconeri had it all wrong, and cheated on his beloved Lulu when believing she cheated on him!  The turn in the story, and the two episodes Zamprogna chose, were some of his best work to date.  Y&R’s Steve Burton chose simple, touching scenes where Dylan and Avery have their big break-up.  Burton, who has an Emmy already, is always a stalwart.   For Bryton James, another former Emmy winner, he chose scenes where Devon wises up and figures out just what his duplicitous father, Neil Winters, did to his wife Hilary.  It could be the gold ticket for Mr. James. And for, General Hospital’s Sean Blakemore, he had the opportunity in his reel to show strength, tenderness, and anger as Shawn is hauled off to prison, but first says goodbye to the son he never knew he had.  Young for the win, Zamprogna a length behind, and one of the Y&R guys in an upset – that’s how we are going to call it.

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

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Who will win:   Hunter King

Who should win:  Brooklyn Rae Silzer

Don’t count out:   True O’Brien

This is a category that could go several ways, but it looks like Y&R’s Hunter King will emerge as a three-peat in the category.  This time a scorned Summer lets Abby have it for sleeping with her late husband behind her back.  It gave King material to sink her teeth into.  Will the voters give it to her three years in a row?  General Hospital’s Brooklyn Rae Silzer is the youngest nominee of all.  However, her scenes tugged at the heartstrings as little Emma finds out her father Patrick, and his lady love Sam, have broken up. All Emma wants is to have a mother figure in her life, and is desperate for her real mom, Robin, who she believes in Paris unaware she has been kidnapped.  If emotional tugging is the deciding factor Silzer could win, but if her relentless cries of “mommy” turned off the voters, she might not.  Former DAYS star True O’Brien has a strong reel, also.  She turned in a performance where Paige finally learns the truth – her boyfriend JJ was sleeping with her mother.  That set the stage for fireworks when the truth came out.  The Bold and the Beautiful’s Ashlyn Pearce really had the opportunity to shine shortly before she found out the news she was let-go due to storyline, when Aly went nutso on Steffy.  And another B&B star, Reign Edwards, showed us why simply stated is sometimes more in her scenes with her on-screen parents, Emmy nominees Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatunde.  For Edwards, we think next year will give her stronger material in which to enter, and is an actress to keep a close eye on.

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

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Who will win:   Bryan Craig

Who should win:  Bryan Craig

Don’t count out:  Tequan Richmond and Pierson Fode’

Consistently throughout this past Emmy season, General Hospital’s Bryan Craig turned in raw performances as Morgan Corinthos, who tries to come to terms with the fact that he suffers from bipolar disorder, the same mental illness as his father, Sonny.  In a manic and drunken state in his Emmy-nominated reel, Craig’s Morgan ran the gamut of emotions highs and lows that is hard to bet against on Emmy night.  Craig’s recurring GH castmate, Tequan Richmond, also had a very solid reel as TJ watches the man he looked up to, and who turns out to be his dad, Shawn Butler, being sent to prison.  Richmond brought the tears and the dimension to make his performance believable.  Newcomer Pierson Fode’ could fall in line with other young gents of The Bold and the Beautiful who have won this award.  Pierson showed strength, betrayal, and anger in his reel where Thomas rails on his father Ridge and punches him, after dad has some choice words for his son.  Then we come to GH’s scene-stealing machine, Nicolas Bechtel, who is adorable, and well beyond years in moments leading up to the fire at Wyndemere that scarred Spencer as he tries to woo the girl of his dreams, Emma Drake.  Later Bechtel, shares a two-person scene with his on-screen dad, Tyler Christopher.  Finally, perennial nominee Max Ehrich returned for some time to The Young and the Restless, and delivered another strong emotional turn as the misunderstood, never-can-quite do-right Fenmore Baldwin.  This one should be Craig’s.

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

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Who will win:  Obba Babatunde

Who should win:  Dee Wallace

Don’t count out:  It’s Obba or Dee for the win!

This past Emmy season gave us two incredibly memorable pieces of work from two extraordinary performers, and having to choose between them is like picking between apples and oranges.  When we first saw The Bold and the Beautiful’s Obba Babatunde’s (Julius) stirring portrayal of a judgmental father in his confrontation with Karla Mosley (Maya) during Maya and Rick’s wedding, we knew right then and there it had Emmy-written all over it.  The scenes where Julius unloads his disappointment on Maya for being transgender, and the price he also paid in his life because of it, stands out as one that will be remembered for time to come …  and let’s not forget those tears that Obba shed, too … yes, soap opera at its best.   However, General Hospital cast the right actress when they landed Dee Wallace as the MIA Patricia Spencer, older sister to Luke and Bobbie.  Patricia comes into the picture to help resolve and reveal the mystery surrounding Luke’s childhood past, and tortured mental state (Fluke).  In her nominated-performance you get an entire story arc as Patricia sees how the decisions she made as a young teen to protect Luke cost him his sanity.  In a sad turn, Patricia, who is very sick, dies by the end of it.  As for the other nominees in the category, the always-good Anna Maria Horsford, as Vivienne Avant, gets an opportunity to talk about the mother’s side of the parental failings with their transgender daughter Maya, in a nice scene.  But although Adam Leadbeater made Dr. Malcolm one evil figure on Days of our Lives his work didn’t feel meaty enough against his competitor’s performances.  As for former ATWT alum Frank Runyeon’s return to soaps as Angel on The Young and the Restless, what could have been interesting just didn’t cut it for us.   Obba and Dee are the ticket here!

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

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Who will win:  The Bold and the Beautiful

Who should win:  General Hospital

Don’t count out:   The Young and the Restless

This is a two-horse race between The Bold and the Beautiful’s transgender story, and General Hospital’s 52nd anniversary episode.  GH won the WGA Award for former head writer Ron Carlivati, and his writing team for this spectacular episode.  If the same holds true, they should win here.  It was creative storytelling at its finest.  But something also tells us that the voters may have gone with B&B’s stirring Maya Avant story, which as previously mentioned, is a hot button topic of our time.

Outstanding Directing Team in a Drama Series

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Who will win:   General Hospital

Who should win:  General Hospital

Don’t count out:  The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful

Can’t bet against the 52nd anniversary episode of General Hospital for direction, especially when it’s the work of Bill Ludel, who has been the man behind the camera for some of Tony Geary’s and the series most original episodes.  But Y&R and B&B always come away with wins in this category.  The CBS Daytime dramas again turned in drama-filled splashy episodes, disasters, and more to keep this category interesting.  This is one that could go any of four ways, but Port Charles should be the home to this.

So, what do you think of our picks? Who do you think will win and should win in the major daytime drama categories come Emmy night? Share your picks and your reasons in the comment section below!

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su0000
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su0000

Michael-
you are the soap guru ..
I believe you are spot on..
However-
the judges will be the problem ………….. LOL

BTW; who are the Judges?
I want their names ..

Harry
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Harry

Why, Suoo? So you can put a horse head in one of their beds?

Rj
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Rj

What about Billy Flynn as Chad? He has been consistently excellent. Also, Ari Zucker is another one that has been consistently great for years – she needs to be recognized at some point. Kudos to all the others for strong performances!

sherry lasch
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sherry lasch

They have to send in their tapes to be nominated and really Billy Flynn and Ari Zucker didn’t really have anything to send in to be nominated for.their stuff started after the deadline that the tapes needed sent in by.so next year we should see those two being nominated.

Rj
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Rj

Thank you, Sherry. I thought there may be some technical/logistical reasons, but want to mention them since Billy Flynn ‘Chad’has been doing an excellent job especially as a new comer, and well, Ari Zucker ‘Nicole’ has been one of my fav performers for years. She gives strong emotional but realistic performances whether she is angry, loving, tough, vulnerable, sad, etc. She is solid and always provides good drama. Congrats and kudos to all the performers!

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k/kay

The only one I care to see win anything is the little girl from General Hospital that plays Emma. But it has become nothing but a in crowd scene people check the box for their favorites and don’t base it on the actual acting . As far as I am concerned what could have been a riveting storyline on B&B turned into as usual by Brad Bell as a PSA moment he is once again back to the tiresome triangles. Gh should get it hands down for the Black and White scenes and I hated the Fluke storyline.

Phil
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Phil

Love Maura West, but still hoping for a Hughes Depaiva toe…. otherwise I want a GH sweep! The anniversary was awesome!

Patricia
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Patricia

Where on line can I watch Daytime Emmy’s on Sunday
Help!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’d also like to know!

Vicki
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Vicki

They are ONLY showing the Red Carpet online. The show itself will NOT be televised. NO ONE would get past the MONEY to care fans wanted to see the show.

Melissa
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Melissa

Bryan Craig will and should win? Nooooooo!

Lauren
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Lauren

He was exceptional, yes!

Melissa
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Melissa

Let’s agree to disagree!

Harry
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Harry

I agree with Melissa.

Wil
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Wil

Bryan Craig has always been a joy to watch. From when he found out about Sonny’s betrayal to his current no polar storyline. He was robbed on the former
, the “voters” need to give it to him this time. Chad Duell had an Emmy; he is far less riveting.

mark
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mark

Yes he should win!!!

Melissa
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Melissa

Well you got your wish! He has been doing less pouting and shouting lately, so I have liked Morgan a *little* better these days.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

His performances are WAY over the top. He must have been taking acting lessons from Tony Geary–lol!

mark
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mark

Go Missy Reeves you deserve a ton of Emmys!!! Justin Hartley too! The rest I don’t care.

AJQ
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AJQ

The touch of Denise Demuccio should assure that MW doesn’t win. The character and the OTT ridiculous portrayal was an embarrassment and contributed to viewers getting fed up and leaving, resulting in record low ratings for the show.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Agreed!

Harry
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Harry

I agree as well. Maura West is a scene chewer just as the other nominees Bryan Craig and Tony Geary are. To me, the most powerful acting yields to a pause allowing subtlety to drift in. Geary certainly is capable of this, however, as Fluke, he allowed a passive aggressiveness to wash over him and the end result was ridiculous. The aforementioned three whallop the viewers over the head in case they didn’t get the emoting. Stafford does the same thing but at least she was not nominated. I realize Michael Fairman is the expert in these matters and I… Read more »

Claire
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Claire

This is the last year Anthony Geary can be nominated?! Fingers crossed. He crapped on GH on his way out the door after demanding the show bow to all his demands for years. Good riddance.

Lana
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Lana

Your mouth to God’s ears……….

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I do not think Anthony Geary deserves to win–unprofessional behavior should NOT be rewarded.

Michael
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Michael

And that is why he probably didn’t win.

Melissa
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Melissa

It’s funny that he even cares about these awards now that he’s retired. He has enough Emmy’s, he doesn’t need another one.

Paul
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Paul

I agree. While I’ve always enjoyed his performance, the arrogance displayed in his exit interviews turned me off. I hope he does not win and equally hope he never returns to the show, not even in a guest spot.

Harry
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Harry

Me too, Paul, and I NEVER thought I would feel this way about Geary.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Paul…AGREED!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, Anthony Geary’s time at GH is OVER!!!!! SAYONARA!!!!!

Vicki
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Vicki

Agreed but tonight he IS the odds on favorite and will likely win. He is the academy’s darling. Interesting he never cared about the whole awards thing until the last couple of years.

robert
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robert

i think Y&R will win best drama for the third year in a row. the episodes when everyone finds out Gabe is Adam was fantastic,also the two Y&R episodes submitted were back to back,while the other shows were two separate episodes. i can see the voters glued to their screens watching those episodes. while GH’s 52 episode was good the second submission was weak. every year that seems to happen. i think Hunter King will three peat

Lexie
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Lexie

Guess you were wrong. Y&R was the big loser of the night. Phelps used Miller & Muhney two years in a row to win. She canned them and now she lost the Emmy with her recasts. Karma baby, karma.

chuck
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chuck

It’s going to Be a tight race between gh,B&B and days, thier reels were good.

Jt
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Jt

Fine actors consistently ignored. Emmy’s now a waste of time
T

Lana
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Lana

I agree. Seems rigged.

Vicki
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Vicki

AMEN to that. Hunter King is JFP’s favorite. Too bad she had little story last year and the story she did have was with the Scooby gang. Personally, I am OVER her. She is so small compared to the BIG name actresses on the show.

Patrick
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Patrick

It will be gut wrenching… and sucker punched…. angst should… Kassie DePaiva or Mary Beth Evans…. NOT “win” for their respective role… on Days of OUR Lives OK.. the emmy reels… with Maura West… “dying” and asking Dr. Silas Clay to help her… (ala Kevorkian) end her life… is what it is… as a long time viewer however gut wrenching it is… you knew she wasn’t going to argh! the loss of a child… at any age… as a parent… has to be the biggest heartache in LIFE you fear this… you instantly leap head over heals… mind over matter…… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Totally agree about Kassie De Pavia. She was gut wrenching mourning the loss of her daughter. I don’t watch Days but tuned in just to watch Kassie.
It was a huge mistake letting her go–huge!

Patrick
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Patrick

Thank You Harry…. last August… DAYS started out with a bang… guns smoking… and fired cylinders the excitement has waned… and once again…. we are back at the starting gate… waiting for – after – the NBC Olympics to stage with new arsenal OK… so I resigned myself… that I’ll put all my hopes in to the DAYS women nominations,,,, LEAD I’m happy for True O’Brien… good girl… that storyline…. with Kassie DePaiva… Melissa Reeves… and CAsey Moss…these ladies ROARED to the finish line… and what culminated was all the women being nominated how good is that… Kassie DePaiva Melissa… Read more »

louisa
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louisa

I seriously hope you are wrong about the lead actors. I want anybody but those two.

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, isn’t it just time… to “reward” gold to someone NEW

Anthony Geary has 8
Maura West has 3

su0000
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su0000

I want to know who the judges are.
Anybody have a list of the judges..
Are the judges a big secret?
Who judged the soaps? (names….

Harry
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Harry

Suoo, hold your horse head……no one is going to give you the names and addresses of the judges.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

🙂 Harry you are so fine!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

My fingers and toes are crossed for Kassie DePaiva to win!!!!!!!!!!!! She is outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vicki
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Vicki

I don’t believe she will just based on past history. Whenever someone is off a show (via firing) they usually don’t reward them. We shall see how it goes this year

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, this really hurts

“bites”

I feel like a school kid… enamored by a beautiful woman… add in her intelligence… presence… chutzpah … wherewithal… and she commands

she’s an act all to herself

like I’ve posted before… with – ALL – the upheaval.. DAYS is…

they FIRED her…. can you believe that…

I – will – always – blame Ken Corday

in order to bring back the light… and intellect…

Kassie DePaiva IS needed

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

I wonder if Caroline Brady will have a vision of who wins…lol

jaybird369
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jaybird369

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Hey, Jim…GOOD ONE…LOL!!!!!

Mo
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Mo

Wish I could watch it on TV.

su0000
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su0000

hi Mo-
Go to Twitter and in search put ; Parachute TV
there will be links to the Emmy’s ..
Or just search google ; Parachute TV

I did post a link to the backstage goodies but I see it wasn’t allowed 🙁 if you find the link it was quite fun to watch ..

good luck ..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Do you have to pay?

carolyn
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carolyn

@bryan-craig is or will b an in-law soon we r all in 4 @bryan-craig @kelly thiebaud

Alan
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Alan

I predicted GH would lose best drama based on their second choice of episodes to submit. Ron’s 52nd Anniversary episode was amazing television so the Jean and Shelley material was going to pale in comparison and show a shift in the tone and quality of the writing. I’m no fan of Charles Pratt’s but at least Y&R’s submissions showed continuity in tone and writing and I think that will pay off for them. I’m hoping for a Justin Hartley win in the lead actor category. I’ve been mystified by the praise heaped on Anthony Geary over the years — he’s… Read more »

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The Young and the Restless has gotten so stupid and boring, I hope it doesn’t win for anything. It’s only going to encourage the horrible writers!!

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Wish Sharon Case love she deserved a emmy for yr

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Not sure where the story you saw showed this. This actress hasn’t received a decent story in a few years. How many more Baby saga stories will get thrown her way.

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So upset over Mary Beth Evans’ win instead of Kassie DePaiva – it’s just so wrong! If Kassie had lost to Finola or Maura, fine, but to lose to Mary Beth, who is a SUPPORTING ACTRESS in 2015 on Days, is crazy. She deserved to win for The Bay, she is a fine actress, but Kassie deserved to win so much and so much more. I am heartbroken. Who are these panelists? Why are they so out of touch with reality – MBE is NOT the Best Lead Actress of 2015! Really upset! Wrong wrong wrong! On the other hand,… 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.

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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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