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Thaao Penghlis Previews His DAYS Return As Andre DiMera! Watch Out Salem!

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Next Friday, the incomparable Thaao Penghlis arrives back on the Salem scene for the sixth time in his soap opera career! But this time when he returns he will be back as the evil Andre DiMera, not Tony DiMera! Penghlis tells TV Insider why!

When viewers last saw Andre  in 2007, he switched off his own life-support system and committed suicide and framed a Salemite to make it look like they murdered him!  But how did he survive?

The answer to that and more will be revealed in an upcoming episodes.  What we do know from Penghlis’ chat with TV Insider: Andre returns to town because of his ailing father Stefano (Joe Mascolo)! Yes, father! It will turn out that Andre is really the son, not the nephew of the DiMera partriarch.  That will put him in a Cain and Abel story with his brother – Chad (Billy Flynn)!  But there’s more, including when Andre shows his face to the rest of Salem during a funeral for the third victim of the Necktie serial killer!  Here are a few intriguing excerpts from the interview below!

Thaao on how come the writers chose to resurrect Andre: “I think they were looking to bring on a real villain, to not only create big conflict in Salem but to build up the dynasty. Stefano has had a heart attack, and it turns out that Andre is Stefano’s son [rather than his nephew]. Andre’s return to town is a very European thing to do. In the old world, the children always take care of the aging parents. Andre may be Machiavellian but he takes care of his own—and he’s very unhappy with the way some people have treated his father.”

Thaao on what happens when all of Salem finds out Andre is alive and well and in their backyard: “Stefano doesn’t want anyone to know Andre has returned, so he makes him stay in the house for a couple of weeks. But, eventually, Andre gets bored and can’t stand it anymore and so he crashes a memorial reception for [the third] victim of the serial killer. Everybody’s like, ‘Whaaat?’ There’s a lot of screaming and horror and panic that Andre is alive and people want to punch him. [Laughs] You could not ask for a better welcome!””

So, are you looking forward to the return of Penghlis as Andre DiMera? Do you think he will taunt and terrorize Marlena (Deidre Hall) and the returning Sami (Alison Sweeney)?  Do you think he could be the Necktie serial killer? What do you think of him turning out to be the bio-son of Stefano’s?  Comment below!

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Mo
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Mo

Looking forward to Thaao’s return. Don’t remember too much about Andre, so it’ll be interesting.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Same here, Mo. I don’t know Andre, at all. But I look even Thaao. So, I’m always glad to see him anywhere.
Everyone on the Days sites has such great ideas on plot lines. I repeat…I just love all of the interesting input and way of thinking. I truly enjoy these sites.
Thank you Mr. Fairman!

Thom Boise,ID
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Thom Boise,ID

You didn’t see the Salem Stalker where everyone thought Marlena was the killer when Andre had everyone alive and well on an island called Melaswen?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry, no I did not. I don’t think I was born yet. What year was that? I was born in 1986.

Dylan
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Dylan

2003-2004. You were alive but probably not watching brutal murders on soap operas, thank goodness! The whole storyline was stupid, typical James Reilly pointless nonsense, as all the characters turned out to be alive. And no one can convince me that that was not the plan all along! I know showbiz execs can be ruthless, bUT most of the people killed were senior citizens….and I doubt Ken Corday would have been so heartless as to make his long term veterans think they were losing their livelihood! I also doubt that they all would have eagerly come back to play the… Read more »

Jack Burke
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Jack Burke

Sounds a tad inane but whatever.
If he terrorizes Marlena she will react with her usual non expressions…I mean she didn’t seem too horrified when Kristen fell out the fake window with the painting of Italy in the background.

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

Of course Marlena wasnt horrified…she knows Kristen will just come back from the dead anyways!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Jack. I love the way you think. I see exactly what you mean. Marlena’s composure remains intact, even when the skies are falling. BTW, listen to what jimh says. He’s hardly ever wrong….LOL.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Stefano is getting old and Andre is a great addition/replacement!

Thaao is an exciting performer and great on Twitter!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, it’s a pull at the heartstrings…. achingly so… how much these characters have taken

Stefano
Caroline
Victor

god! how I love this

aside from McDonald Carey and Francis Reid…

these three are huge to me

it seems like…

Thaao Pengllis.. Andre
Vincent Irizarry… ties to the Kiriakis

are in place to reign

not taking any away from your time

it’s all still giddy and shell shock and momentous each and every DAY

I’m going to so miss Kassie DePaiva and Daniel Cosgrove…. respectfully so…

Eve and Aiden

this is a snowball and stratosphere take off

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, 4ever, my friend.
So, is Thaao staying for good? Between him and Camilla staying; well, I’m over the moon. I love it!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Thaao, Stephen and Camila are said to be longterm, CeeCee!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thanks, 4ever. I don’t read any captions or follow anything pertaining to soaps except to be on these sites. I rely on all you guys to do that for me. LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

Congrats Days you have Stephen now you got Thaao. GH’s loss!

su0000
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su0000

Thaao Penghlis is my favorite Cassadine !
I want all the Cassadines back, I’m gonna have to kidnap him and bring him back to GH!

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m going to gleefully cheer on, mine (Days of OUR Lives) and boastfully salute…. two ex-Cassadine : Thaao and Stephen add champagne blitz… ex-Santa Barbara gold… A. Martinez Emmy Winner : Tamara Braun… ex-Carly, GH saw Gabs.. in the most recent SOD ! dang it.. she’s the bee’s knees… cute as all get out! my lady loves are frontburner and full steam ahead : Kayla and Hope! I just have to tip my hat off to Peggy McKay’ Caroline… I cried… when she saw her late husband in the mirror… as she called out for him… “Shawn” the momentum has… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Su..and how lucky to have Stephen Nichols (Stefan) as well. I might not like all the mob stuff as much as you, but I do love the evil Cassidine’s.

Timmm
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Timmm

You know he is alive! Him and Lisel were great together!

Ces
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Ces

Agree Timmm. Loved Thaao on both shows for years. GH should not have killed him off.

su0000
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su0000

The magic of the Cassadines-
they are immortal, they do not die 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know, right, Ces?. Victor should have remained ….be a father to Nathan….father and son; the two extremes. Some storyline that! But, there remains Liesl’s cryptic words…” Oh, not Victor. Nathan’s father is much worse.”
I think those words were just a deterrent. I love Thaao in any shape or form. Later.

Ces
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Ces

Yes CeeCee, would have enjoyed some Victor/Nathan scenes or Victor battle it out with Nicholas. Thaao was too sexy & dynamic to be let go. Foolish GH for that!! On the flipside, I spent the 80s loving Andre/Tony so he’s home there too. I just didnt want to start watching Days again. Popping in to see what all the fuss is about

Shay
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Shay

Amen to that thought, Timmm! Loved both Victor and Stephan Cassadine on GH. Both would have added so much to the current canvas. But hey, we still have Sappy, Val-Chops and Alexis, so we can rejoice, right? (Just kidding, but of course….)

Timmm
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Timmm

I know Victor is alive! Stephan would have hit the roof knowing Helena knew what she did for all these years. Can you imagine those three in the same scenes together! BUT, instead of three daytime legends we have Nathan chewing up scenes at the PCPD the the TEETHINATOR!

David
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David

I want Marlena to be poccesed by the devil again, that was a great storyline in 1995.

Jack Burke
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Jack Burke

Oh c’mon David, honestly? Once was enough.

Ces
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Ces

Haha!!! a lot of people hated it, but I loved it too. Hated seeing that damn yellow comforter still on her bed once she was exorcised though. Days had huge ratings during that storyline though and I think Dee loved it.

Patrick
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Patrick

respectfully, to both, Deidre Hall and Eileen Davidson

DAYS was #2…. number two !!!! at and should have been #1

can any one justify why Y&R is #1 ? expletive

for those 5 years that ED starred… and loving my Marlena for always and forever

these two ladies STARRED

the possession
and Susan plus

reigned

forever

Ces
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Ces

I agree Partick, I will never understand how Y&R was #1, hell, I can’t figure out why the Bell shows ever rank high, they are boring!!!! Loved DH & ED during that story. Days took a chance and it paid off.

Tim S.
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Tim S.

I agree.. but who will be the third murder victim???

Alan
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Alan

Yes it was David, I enjoyed the storyline with Marlena being the devil. I remember when Marlena was Poccessed. I loved her lines, she said girlfriend you are a mess, you need some rest. I wouldn’t count on getting it. Lol. I am a big Days fan. I hope Days gets renewed, rumor is they want to to pick up Days until 2018.

jb44
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jb44

I loved it, too. I am also very excited to have Thaao Penghlis back. I hope he stays for a long time!

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

I dont think Andre would waste good ties on the people of Salem…Clyde would…he has programed Ben to do all these killings to frame the Dimeras whom he hates and because Ben isnt really his son so if Ben gets caught it wont be a big loss to Clyde!!!

Kelly
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Kelly

I have another suggestion. Clyde has found out that Ben is the serial killer. That is why Clyde visited Marlena after Chad left her office. In order to protect Ben from being arrested Clyde needs to find out what she knows.

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

Thats good…you could be right…but i wonder now if Ben is the killer itll end with him murdering his father?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

So, Ben has embodied Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? And, Kelly, to go a bit farther, he doesn’t remember a thing.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Whoa, there, jimh. Ben isn’t really Clyde’s son? I thought it was Jordan who wasn’t his bio daughter. Ben too?
Nonetheless, I love your scenario….Ben is under Clyde’s influence and does the murders. Hmmmmm, interesting.
Now that Chad is suspicious of Clyde, I hope he handles his own investigation delicately and diligently. And, POW! Chad will emerge the hero of Salem when he nabs the villain.

Dave Netherton
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Dave Netherton

No Andre is not the killer. I’ve got my own theory on who the killer is. Somebody posted that we find out who the killer is next week on Wednesday Sept. 23rd??? Several months back Matthew Ashford’s (Jack) twitter page status said something like “I’m Back…Sept 23″…NO WORD OF A LIE NOT MAKING THIS UP…Could Jack still be alive & he’s framing Chad to get him away from Abigail. Could they have kept Jack’s return to the show under wraps all this time??? Now THAT would be a shock!!! Remember Jack’s father Harper Devereaux was a serial killer back in… Read more »

Tim S.
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Tim S.

hmmmm interesting.. sounds good to me…

Patrick
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Patrick

all i have to say thus far in to as long as it’s not : Aiden, or Justin, or even Andre, posts are even speculating that it could be Bo… at this point.. even tho I have yet to see Thaao… as Andre… just wanting the DiMera and Kiriakis fam… to remain solidified in any form dang it I don’t want Aiden MIA… it’s riveting and key to tune in how much the actors are just giving due respect and accolade to how much the energy levels have risen and the excitement for all of DAYS production and audience alike… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Dave.
Of course Jack could still be alive. I, for one, would not be shocked. I like the way you think.

Dylan
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Dylan

Matthew Ashford has been jerked around by Days enough! I hardly think he would return to play Jack as a serial killer!!

Kelly
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Kelly

in July Ken Corday was interviewed in SOD and made it clear that Jack would not be returning to Days. Corday said he again said fans saw Jack die after falling down the elevator shaft and coming back from the dead would be an insult to the viewers. In any case, die hard fans of Jack and Jennifer will NEVER ACCEPT the idea that Jack could be the serial killer. I still think the serial killer is either Clyde or Ben.

BrendaD
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BrendaD

Not impressed with this story line. It really is so ”Really, come on” when people return after death. It has happened so many times.

Libby
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Libby

Thrilled to see Thaao return to DAY$. He is a master !

Josephine Vetter Winters
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Josephine Vetter Winters

I love the story so far, But was going nuts trying to figure out how Andre was Stefano’s son instead of nephew,Now that clears that up for me, But now I’m confused how Justin goes to the DiMera Mansion and oddly doesn’t seem surprised at the presence of Andre,Considering that he is suppose to be keeping a low profile. And Justin doesn’t say anything to anyone before Andre shows up at the funeral. Hopefully this is explained as well!!!

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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.

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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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