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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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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.

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

Or Qwen

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.

I quit watching 2 years ago and I believe it was the right thing from what I’m reading.

I think it was to soon for him to be a playboy to in love let him enjoy fun times a little longer my opinion

I’m glad he’s staying.

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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 actor to look different than he did when he played Ben, but other viewers (not me, lol) can’t easily make the switch in their minds.

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

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…

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

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

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

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 ~

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

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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 nouns.
Thank you for your reply—I truly appreciate it. I don’t want to sound like a know-it-all, but as yourself, bad grammar is up there among my “irritants”. I make a lot of typos , but as spelling, they are not considered grammar mistakes.
And, yes—Rob is perfetto!! Yum❤️

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.

Iam just adding to my comment above. I just ran my big mouth saying I’d like any way Rob played his new part. WRONG! He’s being a total jerk and Sonny said all the right things to him confirming this. I hope things change as time goes on, and for God’s sake, put some clothes on.

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

they just should have replaced them with other actors! Rather than having them killed or in an accident!!

I love what Ben says about not seeing Ben at all. Well, lately I’ve been seeing too damn much of him.He needs to put it where it belongs and not front and center. I know Iam being contradictory but I didn’t think he’d lose his dignity with this new character.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex Learns He’s Victor’s Son While Xander Learns He’s the Father of Sarah’s Baby

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A devastated Justin has to tell Alex that he is not his biological father, and that Angelica had an affair with Victor, and she made Victor agree to never claim Alex as his own for it would send shockwaves through the Kiriakis clan.

While Justin sits down with Alex and assures him that this does not change the fact that he still considers himself Alex’s dad, that doesn’t seem to make Alex feel any better. Alex feels like he has been lied to his whole life, especially by Victor.  In addition, this news means that Alex inherits the other 50% of Victor’s legacy. The other 50% was given to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), even though at the time of his death, Victor was supposedly never legally divorced from Vivian (Louise Sorel).

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Bonnie (Judi Evans) finds out the news from Maggie, and wants to be there for her husband, so she heads back from Horton Town Square to comfort Justin. Alex asks Justin to leave as he needs some time alone. Justin hugs his ‘son’ from behind and then walks out. Later, Justin breaks down in tears in Bonnie’s arms.  Meanwhile, Alex is seen looking at a portrait of Victor trying to process what this all means for him moving forward.

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While this is playing out, Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) breaks down and tells Xander (Paul Telfer) what she overheard Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Phillip (John-Paul Lavoisier) talking about – that Xander is the biological father of Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) baby.  Chloe even goes so far to admit, that at first, she was going to hide the secret, not only to keep Xander, but because Sarah didn’t want him to know. However, she had second thoughts.

Chloe levels with Xander knowing when she tells him, he is going to hightail it over to the Brady pub where Sarah is tying the knot with Rex.  An emotional Xander tells Chloe he loves her, but they both know it’s the end of the line for them.

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At the Brady pub, Phillip officiates the ceremony and Rex and Sarah say their “I do’s,” but then, Xander shows up.  He confronts Sarah and she admits it’s true. The baby is his. He asks to speak to her privately and so they head out to do so. Meanwhile, in the aftermath, Chloe gets a knock on her door, and it’s none other than Phillip who shows up to console her. Will they hit the sheets for old times sake?

So, what did you think about the performances today of Wally Kurth, Rob Scott Wilson, Nadia Bjorlin and Paul Telfer? Are you glad Xander knows the truth? Happy that Alex is Victor’s son? Do you think Xander will still be revealed to be the true son of Victor’s when all is said and done? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Some SORASing is going down on Days of our Lives! Announced today, Jamie Martin Mann will now be portraying the teenage version of Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Theresa’s (Jen Lilley) son, Tate Black.

In addition, Ashley Puzemis joins the Peacock streaming soap opera as Holly, the now teenaged daughter of the late Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker).

According to Soap Opera Digest, both actors are set to make their debuts on the October 9th episode, as it looks like DAYS is beefing up its teen scene with some fresh faces for some teen angst.

Will Tate or Holly be a troublemaker causing drama for their parents?  Will they fall for each other? Stay tuned.

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