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Patrick Muldoon Speaks Out On His Exit from Days of our Lives!

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Patrick Muldoon, who was part of the first wave of casting casualties, as Days of our Lives tries again to reposition itself with the audience and the ratings, opened up to Soap Opera Digest in the latest issue on newsstands now!  Muldoon expressed his disappointment at how Austin Reed was portrayed and shared what he had hoped would have happened in his return to the role after 18 years away from Salem.   Here are a few excerpts below!

Patrick discussing what went wrong with his return to DAYS:   “I was all set to come back and be the romantic hero with a broken heart. That’s who the guy was when I left.  What I walked back into was pretty much the disintegration of Austin.  Not one thing went right for him.  I thought that was out of the ordinary and pretty creative. Truthfully, Austin and Carrie had to be broken up anyway for story.  But in the back of my head, when I would get the scripts, I was always waiting for that turn where the character would be allowed to be heroic and not passive. That’s who Austin was when I originally played him. So leaving, without seeing that happen, was sad for me.”

Patrick on if he sensed there were potential problems that would leave to him being written-off the series:   “I would have really liked to be around to see Austin man up and claim what is his.  When I thought Austin  was really strong, the story continued that he was passive. That’s not our former head writers,  Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas’s fault.  Those decisions were made by whoever behind the scenes.   I didn’t necessarily know I was leaving.  I just sensed something was up.”

So what do you think about how DAYS wrote Austin?  Are you sad to see Patrick go from the series?  Let us know!

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Scott
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Scott

He was wrong for the role since Austin Peck. AP should’ve returned, not Patrick Muldoon. He wasn’t right for the role anymore. Plus, they ruined everything Austin/Carrie.

nhuixnhuix
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nhuixnhuix

I hate to agree because I hated AP in his run and PM is a vastly superior actor but, yeah, it is one of these times where the character somehow got away from its creator even if people always thought of *him* as the character. It is a bit the same with Billie, I think. I know LR *is* Billie but somehow she is not playing Billie the way we think of Billie now. Anyway a lot of people have come down on the fact PM looks older than Austin is supposed to be which is part of it but… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Agree… Austin and Nicole would be an interesting pairing!

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL… “…good-hearted dumb-as-stumps Austin.” Too Funny. it’s true. Austin Peck grew on us. When he moved to ATWT… then OLTL.. low and behold.. soap digest etc… were praising his acting chops…. LOL. He Manned up. that being said… the original, Patrick Muldoon… with the current writers… didn’t have a chance…. He does have a comedic side to him…. I laughed out loud with him… in his acting the well done story… with the couger Abby. The lil hot vixen. I sincerely liked having him and carrie…. home… we grew up with so many day time actors… HEY, I READILY ADMIT…… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

They really rested on hearing the names PATRICK MULDOON and CHRISTIE CLARK together again. I can honestly say they kept saying they kept hearing they wanted PM back, but I heard more more of a pro-AP movement.

SJB wouldn’t go back as Claudia. She’ll either retire from daytime or go back into primetime. Of course, they could welcome her back, but that is IF she decides she’d go back. But I don’t see a GH return for her, I think she’d rather go back to B&B. Or even do Y&R as Victoria.

metejt
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metejt

I couldn’t disagree with you more. Patrick Muldoon IS Austin. The writers have just butchered the character and it’s a damned shame. I’m SO disappointed in what Days is doing. Once again, it has become the “Sami Brady” show and that’s so boring it’s ridiculous. I had hoped DOOL was finally on the way to reclaiming it’s status but sadly they are just destroying it. I also agree, Austin with Nicole would be interesting. If they HAD to get rid of a character it should have been Rafe IMO.

Scott
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Scott

I’m sorry but PM is not Austin. He’s too emotionally disconnected from the character. If AP had been playing this material, it would’ve been stronger and more of a welcome to people. Plus, PM doesn’t look attractive anymore. He looks 60. It’s NBC trying to control the series instead of letting the Head Writers do their jobs.

Lucy
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Lucy

Days is not much more a ‘Sami show’ than a Nicole show or a Rafe show or even a John/Marlena show..although these last two are core characters as well as Sami who drives story because she has the ties and the complex characterisation, dynamics with other important characters. End of story.

Mo
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Mo

So glad AP did not return. Never liked him as Austin. He can’t act.

metejt
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metejt

I gotta agree with you Mo. Austin Peck couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. Would NOT have looked forward to having him back at all.

cr
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cr

Afraid not pm was better as austin.

Dorothy
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Dorothy

I was very sorry to hear Patrick was let go from Days. TPTB have made Austin look like a weepy, groveling wimp, which was not the way Austin ever was. I hope he finds work soon and am sad to see him go. 🙁

angela
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angela

I am a fairly new viewer of Days (about 6 years now). I am a 40+ year fan of abc soaps and what I have discovered (and I know alot of you will go crazy) is the acting on Days sucks! They are writing Patrick M like a real idiot. While I realize he loves Carrie his declarations of love make me want to vomit. He maybe the original but it is no longer his role. Austin Peck was much better in the role. I do agree he is too old to play the role any longer. Speaking of old…..… Read more »

Penny. AZ
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Penny. AZ

I totally agree Austin makes me gag he is such a wimp OMG. Billie should be gone to sorry I can’t handle her either. What are they doing to Days I have watched it ever since it started and its getting to where I can’t handle watching it. If someone isn’t in bed sucking face – someone is having someone else’s baby. It use to have a story line now its getting to be so trashy I don’t look forward to watching it. When Sammi comes on I switch the channel. Need new writes

debbie
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debbie

Patrick will always be Austin…..they ruined his character. Wish they didn’t let him go.

heidi
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heidi

So sad what they did to Austin… Patrick is great and did well with what he was given. He’s absolutely adorable still and wish him the best in finding something else. DOOL is having it’s challenges and I am getting so tired of all of the shake-ups and repositioning and the Horton Town Square! They must have spent a mint on it because it is the star of the show.

Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn

I HATE to see Patrick leave!!! Days is losing a great actor! I really wish the new writers could find a way for him to stay!

Diva of DOOL
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Diva of DOOL

Patrick is one of the nicest, funniest actors I’ve ever talked to. I wish Patrick nothing but the best wherever he may roam.

Lucy
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Lucy

Yep he is fun and funny, great sense of humor and sarcasm..too bad his character Austin is a pathetic bore (although better than Rafe the Hero)

Jared
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Jared

Honestly, I thought Patrick was the one and only Austin, but something was missing this time around. DAYS keeps rebooting and promising happier days ahead. I’ve heard this for over a decade now. The show just does not work, and you can change the head writers and the producers, rotate cast members in and out continuously, but the common denominator is Ken Corday. DAYS and Y&R both need a Ron Carlivati/Frank Valentini dream team.

cr
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cr

You are right on one count and on the dream not so much.

David
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David

PM was good years ago and that was the reason he went to Melrose Place (if I am correct), but this time around, his character was not fully developed and it was poorly written. He should have been paired with an older woman; he could have played the rescuer instead of Rafe. BTW, I like him — he is just a good egg with morals, and he appeals to minority viewers. I think it is a shame that PM and other who are leaving were not utilized. This show is like a yo-yo; if it does not work — get… Read more »

lola
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lola

Sami WORKS !!! She is the most complex and dynamic character on the canva HANDS DOWN, hate her, like her she is interesting to watch.
After that the writing stays bad, most of the storylines are weak and boring (except Sami stories actually) and they should use in a better way other characters..but really these bitter comments against Sami are pathetic and innacurate..without her this show would be EVEN MORE boring and the ‘haters’ would be frustrated with the search of another scapegoat..lol

Patrick
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Patrick

it is the sami show… for good reason… like you said… she’s complex, and dynamic… no matter who she shares the screen with… she’s a viable… addition to this show… that being said… i’m most sad, about Carrie leaving… don’t you agree? that sammi and carrie… are the perfect two some, sisters, DAYS Heroines, that would center the show? I say his cause, carrie, of all the newcomers and returnee’s.. who’ve come back… she’s done the best work.

Blake
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Blake

Sucks that he was written so badly for. They finally got the original Austin and Carrie and dropped the ball, majorly!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

The current regime ruined Austin and Carrie. Too bad. I used to like the characters, now I can’t wait to see them go. Take John Black with you.

Mo
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Mo

They didn’t write good story. Having Abby go cuckoo totally went against who the character was. I’m sad to see Patrick and Austin go.

Chaz
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Chaz

Frankly, I would have bought an Austin/Will pairing. PM’s acting this time around just lends itself to it.

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL. I’m not the only one who saw this… it was laugh out loud, entertaining… his eye contact, body language, hands flitting to and fro… camp entertainment. altho, i couldn’t see him with Will. Dag! Even Carrie, was struggling with intimate sceneries… LOL. alas, we got the one good story with Austin and Salem’s HOT lil’ Vixen, Hot about town Abby. with all due respect… the original, Austin, PM…. was nice to see…. The Writers lost him. DAYS – Keep Carrie. Hire Eileen Davidson, as Kristen, to helm the DiMera Empire and lock horns with Marlena.. over John.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Hello! Will is his half-nephew! Gross!

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

I was so excited to watch Days again for Carrie and Austin. They are my favorite couple. Man, was I let down. After a 5-year hiatus, I came back to Days expecting love and romance with Carrie and Austin. Instead I suffered through 7+ months of crap only for my couple to be sent packing. Days has screwed me over for the last time—-when Carrie and Austin leave, I leave. If Carrie returns without Austin, I won’t watch. I want my couple back together! Patrick is the right Austin. Austin Peck was good, but Patrick will always be the best.… Read more »

Kimberly
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Kimberly

This is such a sad thing. Austin really should have been given the chance to become a solid force — a strong man with a strong vision that could overshadow Carrie’s foolishness. And, the actor is SO good at his craft! What a sincere and believable Austin Reed he has created. I hope the best for Patrick — I am very impressed with his work.

RJ4
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RJ4

As Patrick said, he needed a much stronger role. He is a strong actor and could have been good with the right character development and storyline. The problem is (was) that he was not right for the role they were giving him. Too bad that the writers, TPTB were not able to tap into his ability and potential. I would have liked to have seen him have his own story line – he would have made a great journalist investigating a story. They could have teamed him up with Jack. It is a shame they dropped the Afghanistan/Vet story line… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Back in the Day, Muldoon as the original Austin was fantastic. I was looking forward to his return. In truth, acting-wise, Muldoon is a a far better actor than he was years ago. He played his role full of emotion and truth, and even though the writing REALLY sucked these past few months, he did a good job portraying his role. However, and this is the sucky part, although Muldoon is a better actor these days, he just doesn’t have any chemistry with Carrie (Christie Clarke), and he no longer LOOKS like a young soap star stud (sorry). I found… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Well said… this, it would seem, has happened, to both Austin and Billie. They are both, still, very likeable, and capable. Just wish the writing, and the producing… were better equipped to supporting their cast.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Glad he and Jack are leaving. Both are a bore because of the writers, and I prefer Carrie with Rafe. Bt Austin with Nicole would have been nice, at least as a short fling because EJole are written in the stars. Ian should leave, too, with Stefano. Both are useless and take up too much time with the same old storylines. I’d say to keep Carrie and Madison because the pairings of Cafe and Bradison are perfect. But why are Roman, Doug, Julie and Caroline still there when they do not do anything? Maggie and Victor are finally getting screentime,… Read more »

Taneka
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Taneka

I agree with you 100%. I like Carrie & Rafe together too. Sami never deserved anybody that good.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

U got that right! Sami barely deserves Lucas! But I still love Lumi.

cr
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cr

Carrie is lily white saint and sami is the real thing, she flawed but she way better character.

MJ
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MJ

Patrick was doomed by that new haircut.

cr
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cr

Really? How dumb are you

MJ
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MJ

Clearly smart enough to know a bad haircut when I see one.

cr
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cr

It does not matter so much what a character or actor hair looks like, but their acting does count. Get your properties straight.

days fan81
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days fan81

R u kidding me. Patrick was, by far, the worse Austin Reed between the two. For the years he been acting. PM should be ashamed. There’s another interview doing the rounds were Pat is clearly puting the writers at fault. Pat it is not the writers fault. When u have a much older character paired up with a teen u going to have problems, this is N0T the fault of the writers. This is solely the fault of Patrick’s sick fanbase who wrote in to make that happen!! Patrick sucked with every actor he was paired up with, including Lauren… Read more »

cr
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cr

Patrick muldoon was so a way better actor to played austin than peck was; the problem was the austin he played 15 yrs ago was a stronger man rugged and heartbreaker and he came played a water down version of what austin use to be. Austin peck verison is basically what pm had to played. He is better actor and need meatier material. Pm deserve better.

cr
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cr

Hey we guess what it was not writers fault but he higher ups and austin peck has grown as a actor but his version strip and begged to keep carrie and did not hardly fight mike for carrie.

days fan81
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days fan81

Hog wash Austin Peck version would never have been paired up with a little girl. Peck’s version would have share more scenes with Carrie!! Had more chemistry Every time Pat was paired up viewers and ratings sank! Pats voice. Is creepy Atleast when Peck was on he never affected the ratings, like Pat did. PM took a great character an has ruined it. Strong actor my foot if Pat was such a strong actor he would still be on the show. Because is acting would have saved him, like with Christie. Funny how patrick solely puts the blame on the… Read more »

cr
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cr

He did not blame the writers but the higher ups retard

77
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77

Hey Well AP is back this time. Austin, Carrie, and Sami are back because of Will’s return from the grave storyline. Will’s return is going to be huge this January! Anna is behind it, Sami knows something, and I think Austin, Carrie will know something. Chandler Massey did say in a interview that he loved the uncle nephew chemistry with AP this time. Will’s return is going to have the town in chaos and Ryan Quan teased it’s not your average return from the dead! Alison Sweeney has signed a contract deal but did say that Sami’s return builds up… Read more »

NINABEE
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NINABEE

I THINK IT IS RIDICUOUS THAT AUSTIN IS WRITTEN OFF SHOW!
HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED—WHAT A DUMB MOVE BY THE WRITERS…

cr
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cr

Writers were not able write they wanted to and the higher ups would change their direction.

Dana
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Dana

I like Patrick but let’s face it AP played the role longer and he made Austin dumb. PM no longer fit. It also sucks that he had to take a backseat to the “Great” Rafe whom it is clear the show is determined to feature among “others”.

cr
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cr

Right on; you are so right.

Dana
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Dana

I feel for Patrick because he’s a good actor but AP is who made the character dumb so Patrick coming back into the role just didn’t fit. Also It sucks that Austin had to take a backseat to “SuperRafe,” because its obvious that TPTB are determined to continue to feature Rafe all the time, (among others that shall remain unnamed). I always liked Austin with either actor in the role but he’s gone now and the REAL problem with Days will still be there.

cr
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cr

So true

cr
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cr

Patrick muldoon should have been a character that reminded us of the old austin and not austin peck water down verison.

Jenna
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Jenna

My love affair with Days of Our Lives started years ago when Carrie, Austin, Sami and Lucas were still teenagers and just beginning their infamous triangle. Carrie and Austin were my couple. After several years of not watching the show, I was very excited to learn that the ORIGINAL Austin and Carrie were reunited and back on DOOL. I was really disappointed. Austin had become a doormat, a wuss and Carrie belonged with Rafe. I never liked her with Mike Horton. That was just weird, but her and Rafe are reminiscent of everything that used to intrigue and attract me… Read more »

77
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77

AP’s Austin was really paired with Sami and Austin a lot too. So expect to see a lot of Sami/Austin/Carrie fued reunite. I wonder if Lucas or Rafe will be thrown in the mix this time. At least Will is back and alive!

Aaliyah
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Aaliyah

Terrible, just terrible…the writing staff are absolutely murdering my beloved soap with each passing year, and things just keep getting worse. PM is Austin Reed..point, blank, period! This man did an amazing job with his portrayal as AR, back in the early ’90s, and it’s unbelievable how callus the producers/writing staff/behind the scenes b*****ds are in treating PM as though he never even extisted to begin with. I am an ’80s baby (1981), and started becoming aware of DOOL in 1987. And I must say, Bo & Hope were my favorites from day one. But, it wasn’t until my childhood… Read more »

Krista
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Krista

I agree!! PM is Austin Reed and Melanie is indeed a flea lol! Where I live, we are a year behind the US and Austin and Carrie are still on screen. I love Patrick Muldoon as Austin, much as I did when I was a teenager in the early 90’s (I had such a crush on him!). He and Christie have great chemistry as Austin and Carrie and I will miss them both when they leave our screens. If the whole Carrie-Rafe love triangle is an indication of where DOOL is heading, not sure I’ll keep watching.

MIchelle
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MIchelle

I hope you people READ THIS AUSTIN PECK PLAYED THE PERFECT AUSTIN PLEASE bring him bak to days soon!! thanks and put him with sami!!!!!!

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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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