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RATINGS: General Hospital Gains Most Viewers! All Soaps Up!

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The ratings are out for the week of January 18th through January 22nd, and it was a good week for all four network daytime drama series as each showed gains.  As well, each show is ahead of its total viewing audience numbers from last year at this time.

However, it was ABC’s General Hospital who gained the most viewers adding +116,000.  In story during the ratings week, Lulu (Emme Rylan) rescued Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) from the cabin fire, Johnny (Brandon Barash) exited one more time, the Lulu and Valerie catfight broke out, and the further disintegration of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu’s marriage ensued.   GH fans also had the opportunity to see fan favorites Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna (Finola Hughes), working together to try to find the whereabouts of Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise).  With that and other stories, GH brought its total viewer average count to 3,131,000.

Days of our Lives added the second highest number of viewers for the week with +85,000 in episodes that saw Hope (Kristian Alfonso) confessing to murder, then later sharing an unexpected kiss with Rafe (Galen Gering), John (Drake Hogestyn) finding himself in a stunning betrayal over his biological parents, and more.  The 50 year old soap opera came in with a total viewer tally of  2,872,000, and that is +473,000 from last year at this time.  Y&R is the only show ahead of DAYS in terms of audience growth in numbers from a year ago.

Speaking of The Young and the Resstless, the CBS soap continued to lead the pack in the number one spot,  gaining +39,000 viewers, and giving the series + 5,308,000 in total viewers for the ratings week.  Meanwhile, The Bold and the Beautiful is still holding very strong hitting over the 4 million mark in total viewers again, and gaining +65,000.  In the key demos, GH was the only soap to increase viewers in women 18-49, while DAYS was the only soap to increase viewers in women 18-34.  In the category of women 25-54, Y&R, DAYS and GH were up, with GH gaining the most viewers.  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,308,000 (+39,000/+567,000)
2. B&B 4,063,000 (+65,000/+313,000)
3. GH 3,131,000 (+116,000/+226,000)
4. DAYS 2,872,000 (+81,000/+473,000)

So, what do you think about the total viewer number and increase from last year at this time on your favorite soap?  What do you think about all the soaps solid ratings performances at the start of 2016? Do you feel they can sustain it? Which of the four soaps is working best right now?  Which is not?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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mysty
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mysty

Robert and Anna were on doing their thing too. I’ve been really loving them

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ITA, they are really the main reason I’m still watching. They have such great chemistry!

Tristan
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Tristan

Anna and Robert for the win! Now, can we please get a contract for Tristan Rogers? I’d want him teamed with Anna of course, as they are the gold standard, but some story with Laura would be wonderful!!!!

Harry
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Harry

Yep–it is Robert and Anna all the way.
I have no use for any of those other loser couples.

Ces
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Ces

Wish Brandon could have stuck around!!

Tristan
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Tristan

True, dat!

Harry
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Harry

Damn, Ces.
He is so damn brilliant.
He reminds me of a a more handsome and more modern version of Jimmy Cagney in White Heat.
My one lament is that his crackling talent was wasted on this lame storyline involving the whole Lulu/Dante/Valerie silliness which was so beneath him.
I also wish they would have allowed him to go on to play Chopin on the piano.
Why does Johnny have to go while lesser talents such as Julian, Morgan, Carlos, Sonny and Franco get to stay?

Tristan
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Tristan

Brandon Barash is so amazing. He literally lights up the screen, without saying anything. And yes, Harry, he makes the actors you mentioned seem like sleep-walking amateurs. Barash is a true leading man and it is shameful he is not on GH in that capacity. When you think about it, Barash and Tristan Rogers have more chemistry between them than the rest of GH’s male cast members combined. And neither are on contract. Go figure!

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

Johnny ‘Cagney’ needs to stay…”Look at me ma…im top of the world!!!”…lol

Natalie
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Natalie

I agree! Love Brandon Barash! I understand having Morgan on as he is Sonny’s son and now is bi-polar. However, I have no interest in Carlos or Franco. They are great actors, but dislike the characters and feel they have little place in Port Charles.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… Y&R is the only show ahead of DAYS in terms of audience growth in numbers from a year ago ”

I’ll take this….

it’s my understanding that NBC and Sony start negotiations the first of February

puhlease

su0000
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su0000

Good to see ALL the soaps going up, that is a good thing..

I had no doubt that fan favorites;
Robert (Tristan Rogers)
Anna (Finola Hughes)
the exit of Johnny (Brandon Barash)
and even Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) would bring them in.. 🙂

GH is the lowest in bring in new viewers since last year..
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

GH 3,131,000 (last week +116,000/ last year +226,000)

(((DAYS 2,872,000 (+81,000/+473,000) <– WOW!))

Tristan
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Tristan

su0000: we totally agree. Yes, Robert, Anna, Johnny and that scoundrel Carlos draw viewers!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Rafe and Hope did not kiss.

To all you women between the ages of 18-49, thank you for making DAYS the only soap to gain from the same week last year in your demo!

Location shoot airing soon: Brady and the mystery woman at the beach!

blake
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blake

Days is doing a location shoot? Awesome! And there’s a mystery woman???

Also, am I dreaming or did I see them do a location shoot at a high school last week? Days was on in the cafeteria at work and I thought I saw that.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes, blake, DAYS has had several indoor location shoots in the last couple months:

The warehouse where Hope met the evil Dr. and where Stefano was disposed of.
The high school.
The runway and party for the fashion show.
The auditorium for the photo shoots.

Now, Brady has already had a dream of a beach at the end of Wednesday’s episode which will lead him on a trip to Malibu where he will meet the mystery woman who’s haunting his dreams…

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Some of his stories could use some work IMO but kudos to Chuck Pratt. I’ve been enjoying Y&R recently more than any other time since he began writing for the soap.

blake
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blake

I agree. I never thought I would say it but Pratt’s Y&R is the most entertaining soap on now.

su0000
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su0000

Y&R was always my #2 soap
GH was my forever #1 soap..
However now; I FF through most of GH and none of Y&R, making Y&R my #1 soap, now..

Patrick
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Patrick

Days of OUR Lives : Wednesday ep’

Eric is released from the hospital

mom Marlena and dad Roman are “holding” on Eric

he is IMMEDIATELY read his rights….

heart tugging pull at all the heart

poignant moment

argh! ruined by Nicole… (ala a Carly moment) butts in and has to have her moment

all good and well… production! this is cry at the moment stuff !

Eric

susan
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susan

Young and the restless is the best soap ever and deserves being #1!!!

jlh
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jlh

I’ve enjoyed seeing Robert back in action–and with Anna to boot–but I’m borderline shocked that the character I’m most interested in right now is KIKI!!! The actress has really made that character her own, and as much as I adore Kristen Alderson, her Kiki did nothing for me but wince at her name. Hope some good stuff is coming up with this Jerome.

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t she, tho? the one word I come up with, with regard to Kiki Enthralled : 1.capture the fascinated attention of: synonyms: captivate · charm · enchant · bewitch · fascinate · [more] archaic enslave. I just couldn’t be happier for Hayley Erin and… Maura West with the cutest of the cutest; Avery what a family hopefully the tug of war won’t last too long between mother and daughter… not that Kiki doesn’t have good reason… but you can see the natural ease in which this mother daughter act… I imagine if they teamed up together… all that they could… Read more »

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

Proof there is viewers for soaps…enough said.

su0000
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su0000

hi Jimh 🙂
nothing like breastfeeding story to bring ’em in …… lol

blake
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blake

Yep. So much for “soaps are a dying breed” BS

Phil
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Phil

I agree that Robert and Anna play a part in this ratings increase, but Jason and Sam do too. I am really enjoying GH these days. Loving the new writers despite what others are saying.

Dan
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Dan

I totally agree with you, Phil. I think Jean & Shelly have done a good job since taking over, and the viewership numbers back that up. It took a while to build the show back up from the horrendous 2.4 to 2.5 million viewers that they were doing when Ron Carlivati got fired. They’re up approx 600,000-700,000 viewers since then, which is wonderful news. If you’re a fan of GH, there’s no way you can’t be happy about that. As long as they can keep those numbers at a respectable level, we should continue to have our GH for many… Read more »

robert
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robert

it’s good to see all the soaps up from last year. they probably got a holiday boost with the holiday. i’ve actually been enjoying Y&R the most right now

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Perhaps that blizzard that hit most of States last week had something to do with the bump in numbers– I mean if you can’t go anyway because of three feet of snow, staying home and catching up on your soaps seems a good way to ride out a storm. I would think that storm, and the holiday that Monday, had more to do with the numbers being up than the actual stories.

blake
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blake

Not really because it didn’t hit until Friday.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

After following soaps and the ratings game for years the basic fact is ratings go up when there are more eyeballs watching the screen and in most cases for soaps the reasons the number of eyeballs increased are two fold. If the stories are hot, as in the case in sweeps or if there is an outside cause leading people who normally not at home to be home, like during holidays. Since there was no stories on any the soaps that week that warrant an increase, it is logical to assume the holiday on Monday and the blizzard on Friday… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

You are so right, Mary SF, and claiming the ratings “miraculously” went up without any acts of God is laughable. I really wish they would stop this kind of boasting. It is just like when a new show is hyped up and premiered and then it is suddenly “the number one show on television” and then the next week is tanks. Yippee!

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

It is so beyond time to stop with the “live + same day” way to count the ratings. I, for one, have become busy during the day and now as a stay-at-home parent I do not regularly watch my shows until later that night or on the weekends.

It is time that DVR viewing/recording get in on the action as the live + same day is not the whole picture of a show’s success or failure.

Patrick
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Patrick

I read somewhere… that… if you watch what you DVR within 3 days… it counts

so.. this is what I hope… and try my best to contribute to these ratings

so ; I don’t have to binge them all.. just keep up within 3 days of recording

su0000
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su0000

here yah go, Patrick; There are three types of viewing Nielsen regularly measures and reports. Live viewing, live plus same day DVR viewing (these are the most commonly reported numbers) and live viewing plus seven days of DVR viewing. Almost all of our overnight and weekly data uses the live plus same day measurement. But we do also report some live plus seven data. But the advertising is bought and sold based on Nielsen data we almost never see, commonly referred to as C3 or C+3 which stands for live viewing of commercials plus three days worth of commercial viewing… Read more »

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

YES!

This is the fourth week in a row that GH is over three million viewers! Bravo to the writers, producers, and actors!

I can’t even remember the last time that happened to be honest but don’t recall it happening in this current decade. I beleive the highest it went was two or three weeks in a row of being over three million viewers during RC’s ratings surge in late 2013 to early 2015.

Timmm
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Timmm

GH is up and Frank Valenti has HUGE news! I Two pieces of good news for us GHers! Robert and Anna together is enough to boost numbers. Seeing those two bust into C&S room the other day was great! R&A just ooze chemistry! HOWEVER, by the end of the week, Friday [1-29-2016], it was horrible! I FF through 3/4 of the show. Mayor Lomax recast and current story is horrible. Lulu looked like a fool trying to seduce DOGnte! Billy Miller seems like he is REALLY under Helena’s spell. He is acting like a mummy! BM has the chops to… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Interesting observation…when looking at total numbers of viewers for The Chew and The View the soaps hold their own or are better. Unless I’m missing something. Again makes you wonder why the OLTL and AMC cancellations except maybe costs to produce.

Donna M
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Donna M

have to wait and see if Gh revival is for real. love TR and hope he stays..too bad for Y&R if he does. but as a vet lover not too linterested in most of Gh..frankly don’t even know who these people are and don’t care much for Alexis, sonny and crew. Big new from FV..if it aint’ frisco …or lucky or TR for permanent…dont’ care. and wont’ make me a regular again. BTW wtf with laura…no romance or even a n inkiling yet. not interested in Scotty redo although llike KS… When Gh bought in the recent newbees they should… Read more »

Days Of Our Lives

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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