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Shawn Christian On His DAYS Departure: "Humbled & Grateful To Have Shared Dr. Jonas' Life With You All."

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After months of silence, Shawn Christian (Daniel) has finally broken his on Wednesday with a tweet, as DAYS fans are seeing the last of him on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, Dr. Daniel Jonas is brain dead following a horrific New Year’s Eve car crash leaving both Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Eric (Greg Vaughan) in need of a heart. University Hospital doctors,  Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Fynn (Alexander Bruzt) are keeping Daniel’s organs alive while a major decision is made by Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as to who will get the good doctor’s heart since he is an organ donor and a match for both men.

Today, Christian thanked his fans for their enduring support during his eight years with DAYS relating:  “Your outpouring of love is deeply appreciated. Ur messages have me speechless, humbled & grateful to have shared Dr. Jonas’ life with u all.”

Will you miss Shawn and Dr. Jonas in Salem?  What did you think of the sentiments he shared to the fans today? Did you have a favorite Daniel storyline or romance through the years?  Comment below!

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Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

He never caught on and the desperate way the writers would try to connect him with anyone never made him endearing. Shoving characters down any throat that’s available isn’t very creative or compelling. He’s so cute it’s such a shame. Maybe his reformed bad of a sudden daughter Melanie (the most irritating) will never be seen again.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

He never caught on? Wasn’t he on the show for, like, forever?

Cindy sousa
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Cindy sousa

I’m disappointed that Daniel left the show.he is a terrific actor. U will be missed

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Daniel you will be Missed ,Im 49 I have been watching DOOL since I was 14 yrs old thats 36 yrs u all are part of my life I grew up with DOOL♡♡♡ I LOVE U ALL

Sonya Lipscomb
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Sonya Lipscomb

I loved Daniel and Jennifer

Reagan
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Reagan

I agree that there were certainly times I felt he was shoved down our throat! I liked him a little bit when he was with Chloe, but they (the powers at be) didn’t seem to want to make that work. I thought he had chemistry with Lisa Rinna when she came back but they quickly moved him back to Jennifer – which ruined both of their characters during that time. It was certainly time for the character to move on. Agree he is a cutie!

Ces
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Ces

Lol! I have to agree about everything including Melanie. He was just a dud all around. Cute but dull.

Janice
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Janice

And just what do you do for a living, that you are calling him a did ? Go ahead and lie because I know you won’t be truthful

Ces
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Ces

What I do for a living has nothing to do with this character being a dud. That’s probably the stupidest comment I’ve ever responded too. Separate character from actor Janice! Doh!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

He wasent dull at all he was sweet honest caring loyal and. GORGIOUS , Daniel & Nicole 4 ever!!!♡♡♡

blake
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blake

Yeah I can’t take much of Melanie. Short visits are fine.

Bil Thompson
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Bil Thompson

Agree about Melanie, she’s like 28 going on 12 – regarding the way
she is depicted or perhaps the way she is interpreted by the actress who
portrays her.

Kelly
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Kelly

I think that Daniel and Jennifer were a great couple.

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

My problem was the show got to be too much Jonas and having Nicole going back and forth between him and Erik..before that it was too much with him and Jen-they lacked chemistry…i suffered from Jonas burnout…also at the same time it got to be too much with Will, Sonny, and Paul…too much of both storylines and very little else going on with the rest of the cast…more balance between all characters like it is written now has improved things but they didnt have to kill off some of the characters to do this…i wouldve had Will and Sonny simply… Read more »

Geena
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Geena

So happy to finally see the end of the Jonas reign. Since his backburning, the show has become much much better. Just hope Melanie isn’t back permanently.

blake
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blake

Same here. I have no problem with Maggie here and there but not full time. I hated that Brady was with her.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well I didn’t think it was necessary to “kill” off the character, but I will not miss Daniel at all. It had nothing to do with the actor, just the way the wrote him over the years, he went from being the man whore of Salem who slept with anyone and anything to Saint Danny who could no wrong– both extremes were boring. A truly interesting character has all kinds of shades of grey, which is why characters like Bo, Steve, EJ and others like them were memorable, and the Daniels of the soaps are soon forgotten. Good luck to… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I will miss him.

Rodd
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Rodd

I feel sorry for Suzanne Rogers. Maggie had three children and now the only one on the canvass these past few years is dead leaving her without any blood relatives on the show. I hope that the writers bring back one or both of her daughters next time they need a new female character. DAYS’ Hortons are the bedrock of Salem and now with Kate Mansi leaving, there will be even fewer. Julie’s son, David, is never mentioned and neither is her grandson, Scotty. Doug had a son with Rebecca, Dougie, and he’s never mentioned. And don’t even get me… Read more »

Rebekah
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Rebekah

I so agree!!!!! Incorparate more of the Horton’s in the storyline, even a mention of them would be nice. Some of us viewers have been with the show since we were teenagers and remember the old characters. I DO LOVE that most of the characters have remained as the same actors….Kayla,Kim,Steve.
Daniel was a favorite and I wish he had become more of an anchor in the stories. He was SOO SOOO easy to drool over!!!

Reagan
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Reagan

I’ve been wishing that they would bring Scotty back w/ the guy who’s over at GH playing Rick Lansing… b/c they’re not utilizing him on GH. Agree that one of Maggie’s daughters needs to come back.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Crushing scenes today with Nicole and Maggie…. not sure how actors laying in that bed can hold back the tears themselves….

I loved that Nicole finally had her happy ending…for a minute. Since they are together in real life, I would think after her contract is up that she may as well say bye bye…

Message to TPTB… these new “kids” are not going to carry this show so… better have a Plan B!

blake
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blake

They should not have recast Ciara, and the other teens are just as bad. I like Joey though.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I like Joey, too, blake. But, I expect TPTB will ruin him somehow….another teen caught in the Black Widow’s web ‘melodrama’….same old, same old. I think we all agree with Elite about a Plan B. These kids ain’t working for me either. It is what it is, I guess. If things can remain status quo for a loooong while, I will be happy……please do not attach Jen with any man. She is at her worst when ‘entangled’. She has a penchant for bringing the guy down with her. I honestly can’t remember her smile. I feel badly for Nicole. I… Read more »

Brandi
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Brandi

I like Joey too, I fast forward through the teenager scenes, it was much better when they were young. I do not like the characters Chase and Ciara, I tried but they just don’t have it. The acting just isn’t there.

mike
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mike

Not going to miss him. Wish Dr. Jonas would take his Australian friend with him and let us keep Greg Vaughan instead.

Cheekygrrl
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Cheekygrrl

When Dr. Jonas first arrived in Salem he was bedding Kate Roberts, Billie Reed and then Chelsea. Nothing like keeping it in the family…LOL!

Katie
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Katie

Shawn Christian is a very good actor. While I’m sad to see his character killed off and his presence gone from Days, I’m glad to have watched him in Salem for the past 8 years. I hope his new career path takes him to great heights where his great talent talent will be appreciated.
Wishing you, Shawn, all the success in the world!

deb
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deb

Contrary to some continous claims Daniel and Shawn have his fans; myself included.
Daniel was a flawed character but in the town of Salem with rapist and murderers running free he was a pretty decent guy. The actor had chemistry with a lot of his co stars. He will be missed by me and many others. Of course he has his haters but so does every other character on Days.

I was becoming a fan of Daniel and Nicole as a couple but it is what it is. I wish SC the best.

Brandi
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Brandi

I miss Daniel. I liked him and Jennifer but when he started dating Nicole, I saw the chemistry. At least she is dating him so she sees him out of work. Wish them both the best.

gloria
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gloria

I have always liked this actor. I loved him on ATWT years ago. I don’t understand the negativity that surrounds the character of “Daniel” I thought he “caught on” very much in recent years. He became the go-to guy for help and ran the hospital with Kayla. He was Victor’s godson! And friends with everyone. I will miss him very much. Where on earth is Maxine by the way? She will be devastated over his death.

kevin
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kevin

Gloria, I totally agree on all what you said. I have always liked Shawn Christian and wish him nothing but the best. I am so done with DOOL…people said it’s great, I disagree…To many characters are leaving, the show looks different and even feels different. If they want to improve DOOL, look back at the good old day for the way the show was done and recreate that.

Timmm
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Timmm

I will say this, I am not in favor of a Patrick Drake recast on GH BUT this guy might fit the bill IF he can act?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Timmm.
I like Shawn and I think he would be a significant asset for GH, as a different doctor. He is too old to play Patrick Drake, I would think. Please don’t call me ageist. Lol. I speak the truth. Luv-ya.

Timmm
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Timmm

You young tart you! I see what your saying. He could even be Julian’s lost older son that goes head to head with Dante? But yes anyway, we need to restock GH doctors and nurses.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmmm.
Oh, my gorgeous guy, you…..Shawn C is fifty years old….older than Julian. But, don’t fret. Age doesn’t matter to GH. Sam, Julian’s daughter is almost as old as her Dad. Imagine that! So what if his progeny (Daniel/Shawn) is older….LOL. It might work. Still luv-ya.

Timmm
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Timmm

FIFTY! He must be living a clean California lifestyle. He looks good!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right???!!!….he looks great. Not a day older than I. HaHA! Bye, luv.

Anne
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Anne

Love Shawn Christian! Amazing actor who filled the small screen. He will be missed, just like all the others killed by Days.

So is Nicole pregnant? Let it be so.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Anne, what an ingenious idea. It hadn’t even crossed my mind. Good one, Anne! I like the idea of a pregnant Nicole. She’s always, so desperately, wanted a baby!

gloria
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gloria

I never dreamed she could be pregnant! That would be great & maybe she could end up with Dr. Finn-Daniel’s friend? We still don’t know much about him at all. A shame his friend dies so soon after he comes to town. There is no other man in that town for Nicole.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@gloria. Hi, Gloria. It could be that this new doctor was specifically brought in because Dr. Jonas/Shawn was leaving. Oh, not to worry, gloria (lol), I am sure TPTB will think of something to pin on this new hunky doctor; a shady past? Criminal family and terrifying upbringing? He is from Australia, right? Isn’t that country/continent where all the British criminals were sent way back when? Double LOL. Seriously speaking, though, if Nicole is, indeed, pregnant; and, I pray she is, maybe she should just lay back, mourn Daniel and clear her mind and soul and enjoy her pregnancy….look at… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am really going to miss Daniel. He’s been such an important part of so many stories since I started watching Days. Thank you Shawn Christian for making Daniel such a strong and interesting presence on the show. I wish you much success in your further career.

Everyone is jumping ship!!!!!!! What’s going on over there?

tim S
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tim S

Never connect too much to him.. but enjoyed the eye candy…

Melanie
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Melanie

What I liked about Daniel was his ability to stand up to Victor. I also liked how he and Nicole always stood by each other, even when they didn’t always want to. They believed in each other’s innocence when others misjudged them. They were perfect together.

Margaret
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Margaret

Daniel and Jennifer romance got me addicted to days after I stopped watching for over 10 years…… I did not find them boring at all….for me I loved how they would put each other’s happiness over their own….that is true love the sacrifice they made for each other…..since they broke up Daniel had a pretty much zero storyline……the last I remember with him was the JJ/Eve affair and that involved Jen as well….. I am glad I saw him give Jen a hug and told her to be strong for Abby like she always had been….before leaving for the fashion… Read more »

blake
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blake

I feel bad for the actor, it wasn’t so much him as it was the writing and the pairings he was in. Daniel and Jennifer were HORRIBLE, and they just didn’t know how to write for him. I could see him on General Hospital next, he could be the new Patrick there.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Does anyone know where he’s headed next? Please, soap gods, let it by y&r!!

Tommie
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Tommie

I loved Daniel I hate to see him leave I kept hoping hime and Jennifer would get together. They were a better match than him and Nicole and Chloe.

Katzie
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Katzie

I think it sucks that we hadn’t seen Daniel in months. it just seems an ignominious ending for a character that Days invested alot in (ie, family connections). I just wish he’d had a better ending. it seems so sudden. poor Maggie (and Victor); so much loss and sadness lately.

stevie g
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stevie g

Daniel was one of my favorite characters on the show. I’m devestated he’s gone. My favorite part of him on the show was watching his freindships develop, which we saw in real time. Specifically with Nicole (when they were just friends), Brady, Eric and his scenes with JJ were wonderful as were his scenes with Maggie and Parker. Romantically, I liked him with Chloe and always hoped one day they would find there way back. But I also would have been happy if he and Jen had married as he was great with Abbey and JJ.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Shawn Christian would make a great Dr. Steve Webber recast. GH has an opening for a doctor and Liz could use her brother. We could even have a Ned/Olivia/Steve triangle down the road.

Willa Sargent
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Willa Sargent

Shawn Christian, what a great handsome hottie actor!!! he sure will be missed by me, alot…i so glad Ari Zuker & Shawn are a couple off set… I watched him not be given a great storyline… this wasn’t right,,, he would been great with Missy Reeves, but no they did not go that direction,, I do however think Ari & Shawn enjoyed their scenes together.. I know he doing movies, and i feel he will reach new Heights in a movie career…Shawn deserves a great acting career, he has tons of talent, Blessed with his sexy looks!!! Best Wishes Shawn… Read more »

Jessica Burnman
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Jessica Burnman

I will definitely miss daniel the show will not be the same with him but I do hope to see him on other shows he is a good actor

Jessica Burnman
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Jessica Burnman

I will definitely miss daniel he is so cute

Danielle
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Danielle

I loved Daniels character and so disgusted with days to have killed off his character. L

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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.”

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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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