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RATINGS: It's A Big Week For The Bold and the Beautiful!

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Leave it to soap stalwarts John McCook and Rena Sofer (Eric and Quinn) of The Bold and the Beautiful to generate some major numbers for the CBS Daytime drama in the latest ratings for the week of September 26-30th.

The fallout from Eric and Rena’s wedding and Eric landing in the hospital in critical condition helped B&B to almost 4 million total viewers for the week (3,913,000) while gaining viewers in all key womens demos 18-34, 18-49, and 25.54 with an increase in ratings shares, as well.

The only other daytime drama to gain viewers was NBC’s Days of our Lives which added +17,000 bringing its tally to 2,213,000.  The ongoing drama of the three super-villains reign of terror continuing to cause havoc for many  Salem favorites has shown a slight uptick.  DAYS also gained viewers in the 25-54 demo.

General Hospital, which featured the beginning of the end for Paul Hornsby (Richard Burgi) being revealed to all as the hospital serial killer, saw the ABC daytime drama losing  -8,000, but GH still came in with 2,703,000 for the ratings week, and saw gains in the women 18-49 and 18-34 demos.  GH also tied an all-time low in 18-34 ratings share.

Finally, first place Y&R was the show with the most in the minus column for the week in question.  Y&R lost -98,000 total viewers bringing their average tally to 4,691,000. The soap tied an all-time low in 18-49 womens demo ratings share and lost viewers in that demo, as well.  However,Y&R saw an uptick in women 18-34.   View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,691,000 (-98,000/+79,000)
2. B&B 3,913,000 (+230,000/+283,000)
3. GH 2,703,000 (-8,000/+103,000)
4. DAYS 2,213,000 (+17,000/-283,000)

Which soap piqued your interest the most during the ratings week? Which soap do you think needs a jump-start? Comment below!

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su0000

DOOL gained..
”the ongoing drama of the three super-villains reign of terror continuing to cause havoc for many” is intriguing and drama, that’s what soaps are- drama.

General Hospital..
”which featured the beginning of the end for Paul being revealed to all as the hospital serial killer, saw the ABC daytime drama losing”
And Sonny ranting to God of his sins.. BLAH SNORE..
AND GH tied an All-Time Low in 18-34 ratings share.

note; the Serial Killer story is standing next to the Music Box story, both horrendously lacking drama and both total sleepers; can’t get any worse, or can it?…. yup..

Ray
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Ray

I started watching B&B earlier this year. It is amazing how much a 30-minute show can fit into one episode. This show is on fire. Eric and Quinn needs to be a wake-up call for soap writers that people watching soaps are not interested in young actors that can’t act carrying their show. The storyline with Eric and Quinn was shocking at the beginning, but now it has so many layers it should have effect on all of the characters for months. I love it that Ridge, Steffi and Rick are now the villians. The problem with B&B is that… Read more »

Benigno
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Benigno

Hollyoaks has been carried by young and upcoming actors for 21 years now.

Scott H
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Scott H

I love Hollyoaks……wish we had soap writers that blended drama and comedy and aren’t afraid to “kill off” major characters….the Lindsey “gloved killer” storyline went on over a year and killed off a lot of characters….this is something that General Hospital could have done with Paul and he could have eliminated half the bloated cast…..i’m hoping that on Days, the 3 cra cra’s will really BLOW UP Salem and maybe then the show can redo the sets and bring them up to into 2016/2017….i’ve noticed that the writing has improved with Ryan Quan…..love Sonny and Paul…..and Sonny and Chad….and love… Read more »

geraldine
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geraldine

the show is boring, they needed new writers, quinn get away with to much.

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

No matter the ratings are up or down, the results remain the same with Y at 1, B at 2, G at 3, and D at 4,…on the plus side is the ratings seem healthy-for now!!!…

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

noise outside…

su0000
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su0000

The soaps standing 1-2-3-4 will never change..
Why? Because–
the viewer/fans they have will maintain as are..
There will be No new watchers to mention.

Only bump the soaps will get is–
if one soap is canceled and its’ viewers migrate to other soaps.

What is will be …. GH will always be #3..
UNLESS it falls below Days and that is a possibility with J&S writing.

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

Yep…same viewers tuning in and out then tuning in if something interest them at the moment and then back out when its over!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Same as always because Y&R adapts and GH stays the same. Look no further than ABC signing Frank and JELLY to a new contract!

Patrick
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Patrick

my DAYS is on even keel… sparking

good enough

it’s good

mark
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mark

Good for bold and beautiful I’m gonna start watching again!

John
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John

Bold and the Beautiful has been a must watch for me in the last two weeks! I was cheering at the tv screen when Eric was calling out each one of his family members!! The show deserves the ratings increase!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I was cheering right along with you!! I loved how Eric put those ungrateful slobs in their c place. Go Eric go!! On a side note am I the only one that thinks Ridge is overly annoying now

John
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John

He is! And so is Steffy! I cringe when she starts pouting with those lips! I feel likeI am on the verge of hating them!

Rose
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Rose

Just my thoughts on some of the ratings… GH…we are treated to three GRAPHIC killings, or attempted ones, this last period…Alexis getting her throat slit by Julian, Sabrina being strangled to death by Paul, and Tracey being held as “body armor” with his deadly syringe by Paul. And there was Monica, earlier Valrntine holding Laura at gunpoint on Cassadine Island, and even earlier, Kiki almost being held a hostage by Morgan with a shotgun in the cabin. An observation, all women. The men in the past mostly get shot. And right now we can’t blame Sonny and the rest of… Read more »

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

Dark Shadows and Edge Of Night had the most violence and killings of all soaps when i was growing up-however, it wasnt in-your-face graphic like todays serials like GH and Days-children could watch …both these serials used to be more like B&B and Y&R-about family issues, love and romance ect ect…now its all gloom and doom…no true heroes anymore…and like you i rarely watch the news-shooting kills dozens at club, stabbing at mall, shootings at mall and school, boyfriend fatally beats toddler to death, baby left to die in heated car, family bludgeoned to death, boy set ablaze by another… Read more »

Debra m
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Debra m

I loved Dark Shadows as a kid. Yes they had killing and violence but it was not over done like the soaps today. And Dark Shadows dealt with family, the Collins, and the love story of Barnabas and Josette.

The Quinn Eric story is the best . This should show the other soaps we want to see less of the younger characters and give more to the vets, like Laura and Kevin.

Mackenzie Grey
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Mackenzie Grey

Yay!!! Loving the Quinn and Eric SL. Congrats to B&B!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sorry but three super villains don’t hold a candle against one Dimera — Days lets get back to basics here. After a week of everyone abusing poor Quinn look forward to her turning the tables, but hopefully with a twist that when she is in power she will be far more gracious to Eric’s family than they were to her– I really am rooting that Quinn is growing as character– and they are transforming her in a complex person with layers instead of crazy Quinn Yes, I have to agree with Suooo, Jelly’s music box story on Y&R was their… Read more »

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

I did like Days story at first because it utilizes most of the cast but its just another violent story and i think its leading up to killing off Teressa which is another big mistake-boy do i miss Days 60s to the 80s years…the 80s werent the greatest time but it was far better than the 2000s ‘Mess Of Our Lives!’

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

Quinn should be pregnant with Erik’s child…

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Now that would be interesting…but doesn’t he beat out Sonny over in Port Charles for having the most kids???

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

That would be an interesting twist. But you have to figure the age factor of Quinn. In real life Rene Sofar is 47 years old. I don’t what age bracket she is in on the show, but for argument sake let’s put Liam in his mid to late twenties, and Quinn was19 or tweny at the time Wyatt was born. That would put Quinn at around 44 or 45 if I am doing the math correctly. It would be cutting things a little close, but it might be doable. That would definitely turn a few heads. Steffie being a neice… Read more »

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I meant to say Wyatt

Sylvia
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Sylvia

Y&R is a complete bore. Not a single story worth my time. Phelps & Pratt have made it a total mess. The Christian/Sully reveal has drug on so long that both of the kid’s real parents are dead. Great writing….NOT.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I was thinking the same thing. And how close are Nick and Chelsea going to stay when he finds out that Chelsea knew the whole time that Adam was the father. This uselessness has the potential of dragging on for a while. For the sake and stability of the baby, they should just let sleeping dogs lye, and let Sharon keep the baby. Although now that the character of Dyan is leaving (please no more recasts) whose to say how this will play out

Mo
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Mo

It’s Eric and Quinn’s wedding, not Eric and Rena’s. I really like Eric and Quinn together and the story has been great. It’s wonderful to have Eric in a story. I hope Wyatt tells Quinn about the power of attorney. Glad Days is improving. It has been better. I also hope the success of B&B showcasing Eric and Quinn shows that viewers enjoy seeing more mature, shall we say, characters and actors. We want competent actors telling good story. Days will improve more if they recognize this and recast some of the teens and also refocus onto other characters. I… Read more »

Rj
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Rj

Days may be up from previous week +17,000 which is good that it is up, but down -283,000 from last year and only soap that is. That is important to take note as I can’t imagine sponsors would be thrilled about that. With that said, love my Days cast want them to stay on, but would like to see a different type of storyline. I do put the show on for a few minutes to check to see what is happening, but do not seem to stay with it long because I like a different type of escapist entertainment. With… Read more »

Diane DivineyRangen
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Diane DivineyRangen

I was surprised by the turn and awfull decisions of Ridge & Steffy. It has shown just how greedy and egomanical they have become. When a character becomes this evil though, it makes it easier to get continue watching them. I certainly hope they turn a page. However, past events have shown Ridge is selfish to any end and Steffy will remove anyone to the point of murder who cares for someone she no longer wants. What is troubling is she does the greatest evil EVEN if she doesn’t want that man. Look at what she tried to do to… Read more »

kazz
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kazz

I love this storyline with Eric and Quinn ( In Love) What I really don’t like is Spoiled Steffi and her Dad Ridge.. they are totally disgusting. Would love to see Wyatt see what a idiot he’s been for those two Losers.. Ridge ruins the whole show in my opinion..

Harry
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Harry

I don’t trust the numbers.

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

Me too…i always thought the lottery was fixed-lol

PF
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PF

Oh, Jelly, you really know how to raise those female demos (lmao!). You have a talented, handsome actor in Richard Burgi, and what do you do?! You turn his character into a delusional serial killer, making it necessary to write him off the show. And all for a poorly written storyline yet. What a foolish waste. But wait! At least we still have that smarmy hypocrite Sonny and his God complex to keep us riveted to our screens (UGH). What’s it going to take for ABC to realize what a terrible mistake they made renewing these two insipid “writers”?

blake
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blake

Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen B&B that close to Y&R in total viewers before, only a difference of about 800,000.

Violet V Lemm
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Violet V Lemm

I am loving B&B mainly due to the wonderful pairing of Eric and Quinn. The other SLs were getting so boring. Y&R has been boring and disgusting for too long, thanks to Billy and Phylliss.

Timmm
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Timmm

I hope Jack is on to something good! He should disown Billy and no way should he let Phyllis near Jabot! He gives her a supply closet office which is funny but she or anyone else can walk into Jack’s office and look at anything on his laptop. Really? I hope these two are done for good! Jack needs to date Avery! New writing is near, Dylan is leaving and Summer is supposed to be recurring. Get her out and bring back Daniel. GH is a snooze. They resigned all three of their problems and the show is unwatchable. Griff… Read more »

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

Photo: AfterForever

It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

Photo: AfterForever

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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