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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Gains The Most Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of September 5th through the 9th, and it appears that the first week of new DAYS head writing team, Dena Higley and Ryan Quan, has given the NBC soap an uptick in viewership!  Higley and Quan’s first major storyline revolves around the three super-villains (Orpheus, Clyde and Xander) inflitrating Salem to cause havoc for many beloved characters, and it seems to be piquing viewers interest.

DAYS gained the most total viewers for the week adding +91,000, bringing their average weekly tally to 2,249,000.  In addition, DAYS also gained the most viewers in the key 18-34 and 25-54 womens demos for the week.  The series also added eyeballs in the 18-49 female category.  While the jury is still out, and it’s only Higley and Quan’s first week of material that has aired, fans of the long-running soap are hoping that the show will continue to generate excitement so the numbers continue in the positive.

The only other soap to gain viewers for the week was ABC’s General Hospital.  The show added +32,000, bringing their total to 2,620,000. GH also added the most viewers in the womens 18-49 demo with +14,000.  The gang in Port Charles also saw small bumps to the positive in the 18-34 and 25-54 categories.  On the negative side, GH tied an all-time low for the 7th straight week on viewers 18-34 ratings share.

It was not a good week for the CBS Daytime soaps of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Y&R lost the most viewers of all the network soaps for the week with -136,000, and tied an all-time low in the ratings share for women 18-49, and in addition was on the minus side in the demo categories.  The Bold and the Beautiful while losing -59,000 in total viewership, also hit an all-time low in the 18-49 womens demo, as well as tying all-time lows in the ratings share of 18-49 and 18-34 female fans.

Of note: Monday’s episode of the ratings period did not count for those shows that aired repeat broadcasts due to Labor Day.  To view the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON, view it here.Nmbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,624,000 (-136,000/+61,000)
2. B&B 3,699,000 (-59,000/+251,000)
3. GH 2,620,000 (+32,000/-145,000)
4. DAYS 2,249,000 (+91,000/-221,000)

So, what soap delivered the best drama during the ratings week? Which daytime drama is piquing your interest right now? Which is not? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

This past week’s DAYS episodes for which the ratings haven’t been tabulated were even better! This coming week is when the prison escapees orchestrate a blackout! Chills and thrills ahead!

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

Days did seem a little better this week-still hate seeing Teresa being let go…GH still feels disjointed…but its ok…i believe Finn was married to Finns daughter-but Finn doesnt know Paul was his wife’s poppa-so whatever happened to his daughter Paul blames Finn(maybe he experimented on her hoping to cure his illness and it backfired resulting in Susan’s death or maybe an operation that went wrong crippling her or something) so Paul is killing people at the hospital to frame Finn…this serial killer story is dumb and an epic fail…all these murders at the hospital…why would anyone want to continue to… Read more »

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

And Nelle is most likely Nina’s daughter like in my original guess …???

Patrick
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Patrick

“OH” – OK … – Wow –

“added eyeballs” gains

LOL

my DAYS

listen Ryan Quan and Dena Higley… CLEAN SLATE… all the opportunities lies with

Patrick
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Patrick

foreseeable gains :

Leann Hunley ; Anna DiMera
Christie Clark : Carrie Brady
Austin Peck : Austin Reed

Patsy Pease ; Kimberly Donovan
Charles Shaughnessy ; Shane Donovan

Kassie DePaiva: Eve Donovan

THE BEST

Mackenzie Grey
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Mackenzie Grey

Still not watching. Now I’m watching Y&R and will be glued to it big time with SSM back as head writer!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I’m intrigued with the new HW at Y&R as well. After the Tyler Christopher debacle at GH I am done there, and I am wondering whether I should move to Y&R or just simply find another interest and give up soaps all together at this point.

Mackenzie Grey
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Mackenzie Grey

IMO Y&R is worth a try, esp with SSM back on board. Also, you may want to give Brit soaps a try: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, and Eastenders. These soaps are top notch. Hope this helps!

mark
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mark

Days is the best!!!!

Margie
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Margie

James Read and Kassie DePaivs brought me back. Wake Days TPTB. Say nope to Hope.

blake
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blake

I agree, Hope has been on the front burner forever. We need a serious break from her for a while.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree too; Hope & Rafe suck as a couple, and Hope is such a bland character now. Wish she’d be backburnered for a month!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I’m not surprised about DAYS. They have all those great-looking guys like Eric Martsolf, Casey Moss, Christopher Sean, Robert Scott Wilson (now gone), plus the return of Freddie Smith. Talk about an embarrassment of riches! It almost makes up for all those dreary sets and violent plots. Almost.

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m going to nudge you over… “almost” their

LOL

“…Talk about an embarrassment of riches! ”

menfolk, LIVE

you left off Billy Flynn and Wally Kurth… Daniel Cosgrove, Galen Gerring

blake
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blake

It’s true, even the actors that play Rafe, Aiden and with Austin Peck coming back too.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Well it is about time Days did something to liven up the show.It was good to see Cassie back as well.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Did anyone get a chance to check out Kate ( ex-Abby) on the Lifetime Movie Channel this past Friday night? Lets just say she was the complete opposite of Abby.More like Ben however she did a great job .It was a very good movie you should check it out if you can. Speaking for myself I loved it,but then again I love suspense and mysteries.

Carla cannon
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Carla cannon

Been watching this show forever this is the best I have seen it in two years they really need to keep this Orpheus thing going and maybe bring his wife back like she had Amnesia or something so his broken heart will mend I love this show it’s the only one not follow one day I’ll get to meet all those people because God knows I feel like I know them but in reality I just know the characters not the people

Dave
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Dave

DOOL and GH have been great this week. The death of Sabrina and attack on Monica. Whoa!!!! And bad guys on DAYS waiting I the wings to strike with a city wide blackout? Thrilling times ahead. Especially as we enter the holidays and rating always go up. Come DOOL, keep it coming strong for another year!!

blake
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blake

I’m glad Days will have Carrie, Austin, Kimberly, Shane and Nancy back, I just hope they aren’t short term. The show needs the big guns. I just wish they wouldn’t only do it in the last few months of each year just to be renewed.

But I’m really glad that Y&R has Sally back and Pratt out, I’m excited to see what she and Mal Young bring.

Lulu
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Lulu

Days has been good a few weeks now and General Hospital hasn’t been bad. I’m enjoying all four Soaps , now. Keep this good writing going. Except for Sonny , I ‘m excited about G.H ; they’re giving him too much of a free rein to listen in on police business and enter jail cells freely.

Lee
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Lee

General Hospital & Days are the best!!! Love Cassie, hope Days keeps one of its best on the show! Also keep Teresa, love her! These two sisters make a great team along with Nicole. Kayla is being a baby about Steve, if she loves him take him back… would she want him with another woman? Bringing back the 3 evils certainly is entertaining. I don’t care for Carrie Brady and Austin, their boring. I hope Kate Mansi changes her mind and comes back!! For goodness sake, give Jennifer a MAN !! As for GH… I love Finn!! They have some… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Days of OUR Lives : NEW headwriting team; September 6, 2016; Ryan Quan and Dena Higley

GH : renewal stat : September 18, 2016; FV and Jelly… same trio from a year ago

Y&R: NEW EP : Mal Young… and new headwriter Sally Sussman

steady influx

comings and goings are

Watching 44 years +
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Watching 44 years +

So happy past favorites are returning…but for how long?? HELLO new writers…STOP killing off favorite for characters!!! GET BACK TO CORE FAMILIES!!! Maybe Jennifer (YES give her a man/solid story) is head of Horton family and Kayla/Steve (Kayla’s brain surgery knocks some sense into her) head of Brady family!! Write some stories that made DOOL so great to begin with!! Stop the revolving door and please try to remember the characters history (Phillip returned with his previously amputated leg in tact…really?!?!). Long time viewers are not dumb. And how many dead people come back to life? Didn’t Ken Corday say… Read more »

Jan Morie
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Jan Morie

I started watching Days with my grandmother than with my mother,. My daughter watched it with my mother and herdaughter my grand daughter watches it with me. Four generations of DOOL fans. Would’t change to another soap for any reason. We all have our good and bad days weeks months ., but i’m still fairhful to the show. Love all the DOOL family keep up all the good work.

Peri Levine
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Peri Levine

DOOL needs to get those ratings up, tho. Way too low. DOOL needs to overtake GH before year’s end to really have a chance to shine.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Well, GH is doing everything possible to ensure DOOL’s chances.

Peri Levine
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Peri Levine

I have watched B&B for a while, only 30 mins, a guilty pleasure most of the time. I’ll watch Y&R now that Sally Sussman is back as HW. I won’t watch DOOL or GH until things improve, so I won’t be watching either for the next year or so.

MeganLA
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MeganLA

Are you kidding me? DAYS’s numbers are still close to all-time lows and way below TomSell’s number last numbers, especially in the key demos. They’re still below 400,000 in women 18-49 and have been so for six months. Just to compare: TomSell had ONE single week below 400,000 and before they were fired, the numbers were always around or above 500,000. Higley has destroyed this show, and no amount of desperate spin can change that. It’s totally insane that NBC allows Higley to stay as head writer for even one more day. Her Days-truction, i. e. murdering, axing and destroying… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You don’t know what you’re talking about, Megan!

These ratings are for the first week of the new writing team of DH & RQ. She wasn’t writing when DAYS was less exciting which caused lower ratings. And Ryan Quan has never been a Co-headwriter for DAYS until now.

Peri Levine
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Peri Levine

Megan, ITA. For me DOOL is a Daysaster! I cannot watch until it improves. Same for GH. Not going to wast time on shows I no longer enjoy. Thanks for the great post!

Art
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Art

The show still isn’t good and the ratings are still terrible. Higley and Griffin helped destroy Days and she is still there further ruining the show with her anti-fan agenda and pandering to her favorites.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I’m glad to see Orpheus back because it gives Jarlena and Stayla a story. Love the flashbacks! Soaps should always show lots of flashbacks when they bring back a long-gone character, to refresh our memories! And there are plenty of newer viewers who don’t know who the character is (Orpheus was even before MY time!) so bravo to DAYS. Clyde and Orpheus are funny together, but I could have done without him and Zander.

Mo
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Mo

I’m glad the ratings are better, because the ratings in the most recent SOD are abysmal.

I’m enjoying Orpheus. I may have seen him when he was first on, but it was so long ago, I don’t remember. I googled the storyline to refresh my memory. It is also nice that the show has some flashbacks.

I hope the show continues to improve. One way would be to get Kate out of her foyer. Move her into the house. It’s ridiculous that she conducts all her business in the hallway.

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Okay, this may be a little off-topic but on Days of Our Lives, young Claire has been left behind contingent on the agreement that she stays with Marlena and John and stays under their watchful eye. Okay, that is at least believable. So Marlena confronts young Claire and says “we promised to keep you safe, and there are bad people around”. Marlena then brings Claire to the Park. Yes, all right, uh huh, because the Park is definitely a safe haven. I always say, if you want to feel safe and secure, find a Park because nothing bad ever happens… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

DOOL is improving, and so is B&B. Unfortunately, they still aren’t where they need to be. On B&B, I’m so sick of Ridge and Steffy! Annoying, selfish, bratty little twats! Send them OUT! As for DOOL, it’s getting good but Ciara is such a brat and Claire is starting to become one as well. I’m also beyond bored of the Aiden/Hope/Rafe storyline. Hope and Rafe have no chemistry and are totally our of character. Aiden has no reason to be on the show. And Andre is a bland character. Did we really need yet another villain?

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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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