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Rob Scott Wilson to DAYS Fans on Playing Alex Kiriakis: “I Hope They See the Light at the End of the Tunnel. After a Few Episodes You’re Not Going to See Ben Weston at All”

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After last week’s final episode of the Peacock limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2, viewers got their last glimpses of Rob Scott Wilson in his signature soap role of Ben Weston.

In story, Ben and Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and baby Bo headed back out to sea after saying goodbye to Hope (Kristian Alfonso) in Montreal to continue sailing around the world, thus marking the exits of the characters.  The previous week, Ben and Ciara said goodbye to Salem.

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However, as DAYS fans were aware, Rob Scott Wilson is returning to the mothership and Days of our Lives in his new role of Alex Kiriakis. Wilson is set to make his new character debut next week on-air.

As a prelude to his return to the show, Rob spoke with TV Insider to offer up what to expect when a shirtless Alex hits Salem and the Kiriakis living room. Alex is the son of Justin (Wally Kurth) Kiriakis, and his ex-lover, Angelica Deveraux, played by a bevy of actresses including: Jane Elliot, Shelley Taylor Morgan, Judith Chapman, and Morgan Fairchild.

When talking on if he is concerned about viewer backlash, or the sudden appearance of Alex just a few weeks after Ben left the canvas, Wilson shared to the fans: “Whether or not you hate the new character, or love the new character, if you can roll with me through this … I know, I hope my fans, personally, will stick it out.”

Rob added: “We can change my hair, and I can put on some glasses and change my vibe a little bit, but they ultimately know there hasn’t been much time that has passed. But I’m hoping they can see the light at the end of the tunnel and see that after the first few episodes you’re not going to see Ben Weston at all.  We’re telling a different story with a different person and if you can give it just that moment, I’m hoping they will see that.”

You can check out the interview with Wilson below.

Now weigh-in: Are you willing to give Rob a chance in his new role of move past the sudden change from Ben to Alex? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

He doesn’t have to change a thing for me. I like him just the way he is as long as his character isn’t changed to some disgusting jerk.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

This is sort of a P.S. wonder who his love interest will be. Please don’t let it be Gaby.

carol green
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carol green

Or Qwen

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Just read he and Alley may be a couple. OMG, our used to be Ben with that worthwhile twit.Another good excuse to stop watching this mess they’ve turned a good show into.

Momo
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Momo

I’m glad he’s staying.

Steve
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Steve

At least on GH, they give Roger Howarth or Michael Easton months off screen before the new character is introduced.

anne
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anne

DOOL obviously likes Ben Weston and wants him to stay. The writers see no problem putting back on the canvas right away. No big deal!

Samara
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Samara

And look how that worked out…both times! There 3rd character on the show is even worse than the 2nd. And having Austin’s story go on at the same time as Franco’s ghost didn’t help. At least Ben is off canvas. Regardless they are keeping Rob on and he hopefully makes it work better than GH.

Satan
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Satan

There never was such a thing as Frodd’s ghost. That was just Elizabeth in an Ambien coma, “haunting” herself.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
But why should that be necessary? If we already like an actor, to me he’s acceptable ,and doesn’t need to be changed in to another completely different person. To each his own I guess, but if next week Roger Howarth was Franco, it would be fine with me but someone else, let’s say Satan for example would be a whirling dervish down there.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Because he isn’t playing Ben; he’s going to be a new character. Ben and Ciara left the show together, and the actor was hired to play someone completely new. But some viewers get confused and they can’t understand why the characters in the story don’t see that the new character looks exactly like the character the actor previously played. Even when the show waits months to bring an actor back to play a different role, there are viewers who are still asking why no one in the story mentions that Austin looks like Franco, for example, lol.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca 1
I don’t know who you aimed this comment to but I knew what they were doing from the beginning and loved the idea. So thanks but no explanation needed here.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi, Violet; I replied to you because you wrote, “But why should that be necessary? If we already like an actor, to me he’s acceptable and doesn’t need to be changed into another completely different person.” So, I was saying that the reason they sometimes give a bit of a different look to an actor coming back to play a different role is because many viewers don’t understand why the actor looks exactly the same as he or she did in their last role,and want to know why no one in the story notices it. You ma not need the… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca1
Thanks, it really mystifies me how some people have a problem with this.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I know. And even after months they still ask why the characters in the story don’t mention anything to each other or the new character about the fact they look exactly like so ‘n’ so. As mentioned there are some who still don’t get how “Liz’ doesn’t notice that “Austin” looks exactly like Franco…

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Christina

Absolutely!! He’s a great actor. He’ll make us believe he’s Alex Kiriakas in a matter of lines!!!

carol green
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carol green

So glad he is staying.I am sure that he will be just fine as a new character.

carol green
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carol green

I dont care who he plays he is a good actor and it shouldnt matter.

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JOHN GAINOR

I like Rob, he was even good as Petey Cortlandt on the brief on line version of ALL MY CHILDREN – SO, he has proven that he is a proficient actor. It always disturbed me that Ben was a serial killer, but the whole town forgave him – it was a bit unbelievable – so, if he’s in a new role I’m sure he’ll do fine. Honestly the show is so stupid anyway LoL what’s the difference – I watch it most of the time and laugh but I DO watch it ~

Nancy Deskins
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Nancy Deskins

Glad you’re staying Robert and I will watch you as a new character. Just be great.

Celia
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Celia

So glad!! Love Rob in any role—from Worcester ( locals pronounce it, “Woostah), Mass–Anyone from Massachusetts is fine with me.
I wish he would have played a cop–this way he could look at videos from the surveillance cameras —who’s coming and going?—I mean, such a mansion as the DiMera’s must have such a system, right? Right?

Nick
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I hope he takes acting lessons, his range is limited and his accent comes out routinely.

Violet Lemm
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Nick
His accent and “range” is great so you go take some lessons!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Nick—Rob does not need acting lessons as he is so very well skilled. Perhaps, you mean speech lessons? However, what I hear is not discordant. It’s better than hearing “axed” instead of “asked”, or “towed” instead of “told”. plus, I’d rather withstand any accent than bad grammar–such as, “between you and I” instead of between you and me–“none of them are here” instead of none of them is here…. and so on and so forth.

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Soaphound

Celia, you’re right. Rob doesn’t need ANYTHING, he’s perfectly fine as is. “Axed” is also one of my favorite peeves! Can you believe the great Billy Joel even says it once in his song “Don’t Ask Me Why”? And another pair of my favorites: “realator” instead of realtor and the Biblical Revelation given incorrect plural status as “Revelations”. Lazy or just unaware?

Celia
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Celia

Just stupid, Soaphound. Let’s call it what it is. It goes all the way back to grade school. Subject and verb agreement. Most people mistake the object for the subject. They should know better. A preposition is always followed by the object–always, without fail!!’ Unfortunately, most of these actors/actresses have no clue what a preposition is–or a conjunction-or a verb-or a subject-ot an object-or avgerund etc. One, none, neither, either etc. are all singular pronouns. ( Oops–pronouns have become a dirty, no-no parts of speech)– who would have “thunk”–duh!! Also, words such as group, audience, public etc. are singular, collective… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Saw his entrance today as Alex. I would have liked it a lot better without all the references to his previous role of necktie killer, etc. Hope he settles down some, I don’t like to see him play the clown.

carol green
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carol green

I know I will like him as Alex.He is a good actor so it shouldn’t matter who or what he plays.

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DAYS Brandon Barash On Stefan’s Resurrection: “You’ll See Some Revenge, Corporate Takeovers, Losing a Memory … Maybe Gaining of Memories”

Dr. Rolf is at it again on Days of our Lives! While Jake DiMera has met his maker, apparently his twin brother, Stefan O DiMera is coming back to life.  That sets the stage for Brandon Barash to reprise his original DAYS role.

In a brand new interview with his on-screen brother, Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) on the Days of our Lives You Tube Channel, Barash talks on what viewers can expect once Stefan is completely back in action, and how he feels about taking on the darker twin once again.

Brandon teased: “You’ll see some revenge, corporate takeovers, losing a memory … maybe gaining of memories.”  With Stefan back in the DiMera mix, look for the two brothers to not always see eye-to-eye. Barashs shared that they’ll be, “Butting heads for sure”.

Meanwhile, will Stefan and his true love, Gabi (Camila Banus) reunite once she knows he is alive? Barash weighs-in on that and more ‘burning’ questions.

You can check out the chat below.

Now, let us know, are you glad that Stefan O DiMera is back on the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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BREAKING NEWS: Days of our Lives Ending Its Run on NBC, Moving to Peacock Starting in September

In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Brandan Barash Shares Reaction to Jake’s Death on Days of our Lives: “It Was Fun Getting To Know You”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jake (Brandon Barash) met his untimely demise, when he was shot by a mugger.  Thus, signaling what would seem to be the end of the line for the character.

However, on today’s episode of the NBC soap opera, Jake visited a grieving Ava (Tamara Braun), so perhaps there is more than a ‘ghost of a chance’ that Barash is sticking around.

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As previewed exclusively last month during our virtual interview with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati …the Salem scribe revealed there would be another death in Salem, following the murder of Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller), and the character would be ‘dead-dead’.

However, speculation is running wild that with the return of Dr. Rolf, that perhaps Jake will be resurrected … or Barash will once again play Jake’s twin, Stefan O. DiMera!

On Instagram, Barash had some fun with Jake’s demise with comparison side-by-side photos – one of which features Barash as Jake covered in blood, and reading the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

Barash captioned his pic: “How it started/how it’s going. #ripjake It was fun getting to know you. 🙏🥃”

So, what do you think about DAYS killing Jake? Do you think Brandon will be sticking around Salem? If so, as who? Comment below.

 

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