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The Daniel Cosgrove Interview – Days of our Lives

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The story of Daniel Cosgrove’s (Aiden Jennings) journey on Days of our Lives has certainly had its highs … and its lows.   Let’s start with the lows:  After becoming a viable love interest for Kristian Alfonso’s ‘Hope’, and the series giving the couple a big push, many fans were all about the duo now known as “Haiden”.   Suddenly, word got out that Cosgrove was being written-off the show in late June of 2015, and as viewers witnessed, the once charming Jennings was revealed to be duplicitous in his intent.  He became a desperate man so in debt, and under the thumb of the DiMeras, that he was plotting to kill his new bride shortly after they were married to get the benefits from her life insurance policy.  Those scenes occurred during DAYS 50th anniversary series of shows last November.  In story, Aiden was “killed” by the returning hero, and Hope’s longtime and enduring love Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), just before he could finish the job of strangling Hope.  Fans were outraged that they invested so much time in Haiden, and that the show seemingly unceremoniously dumped Cosgrove.

Now the highs: DAYS, which had been taping six months ahead of air, had already made a deal with Cosgrove for a return!  Viewers had to wait till this past Monday to see his re-emergence on to the Salem scene.  And when he did, the show devoted an entire episode featuring Cosgrove at his best, to set up and explain where Aiden has been the past six months, and how on earth he survived.  When viewers last saw Aiden, his lifeless self was being carried out in a body bag, or was it even Aiden?   Yup!  In true soap opera tradition, an Aiden doppelganger is now believed to be the one who was killed in a case of an Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) arranged version of “trading places.”

On-Air O-Soaps chatted with Daniel to find out what he thought of the emotionally draining Aiden-centric episode, how aware he was of the outpouring of fan support for his original ‘demise’, what it was like working with Peter Reckell in his ‘death” scenes, and just how and when did he found out he was returning to DAYS.   In addition, the DAYS star weigh-ins on the dark path Aiden’s son Chase (Jonathan McClendon) is on, and how he thinks his alter-ego will fare now that Hope has moved on in her romantic life with Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering)!  The always candid and humorous Cosgrove fills us in on how it all went down, and what to expect in the months ahead as Aiden attempts to regain his life.

MICHAEL:

Monday saw the Aiden-centric episode, which featured you in almost every single scene.  It appeared to be a nice make up gift from Days of our Lives for letting you go in the first place.  (Laughs)  You delivered a fantastic performance that you should remember come Emmy time next year.

DANIEL:

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Thanks for saying that, and I was quite surprised to have the episode.   It didn’t really occur to me how much of it I was in, but good lord it was a lot! (Laughs)   I was little worried to do so much solo … and to be talking to a dead bird. (Laughs)  It could have gone awry.   Honestly, I have not seen the episode.  I think there will be people who liked it, and people who don’t care about it.   I just hope it came out alright.   They tried to do something different, and I was happy to be a part of it.  I was honored that they gave me it, and the opportunity.  You have to bring it with something like that.   I just wanted to make sure I could get those scenes on the first take, and move on to the next.

MICHAEL:

When did you know you were coming back to DAYS?

DANIEL:

I stopped working in the middle of June of 2015, and then other than a few people whispering things here and there, I actually paid no mind to it.   I just assumed I was done.  They had killed Aiden.  He is dead.  They picked him up in a body bag, and there is no explaining this away.  Although, forgetting everything I have learned doing daytime for years, you can explain anything away!  I think we started having a conversation about me coming back in August of last year, and I started working again in mid-November.

MICHAEL:

Many fans were outraged that they “killed off” Aiden, and to many he was sacrificed to prop up the return of Bo (Peter Reckell).  Those that were rooting for, and investing in the love story of Haiden, felt short-changed.

DANIEL:

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I heard!  I don’t really do social media; although I have a Twitter account I joined when I first came on to Days of our Lives.   I know there were a lot of people vocal about my departure, and I just want to say a big “thank you” to them.   I know the fans wanted the show to bring Aiden back.  It was always a surprise to me, because the first year and half I didn’t really have that much to do on the show, and it was frustrating.  It didn’t get really interesting till (former head writer) Josh Griffith, and Dena Higley came on board for DAYS 50th, and then we had different characters mixing it up, and talking with other characters.  Prior to that, other than the cabin scenes, where I admitted how Aiden’s ex-wife died, and that he covered it up because of Chase, there wasn’t a lot of meaty stuff to invest in for the character.  There were more of the bake sales, and the galas, and the cutesy stuff, but what that did allow was to let Kristian and myself, as Hope and Aiden, find some scenes where we can connect.  I think that resonated with people.  I also think it surprised some people, too, where people were going, “Wait a minute!”  Hope is half of an all-time super-couple, and Bo and Hope are like an institution here.  I think the Hope and Aiden pairing was embraced by more people than expected.  Again, not to the caliber, or the same league that Bo and Hope had, of course not, but people at that point were willing to accept letting Hope move on, and have scenes with another male character.  There was an audience for it, and that is what you hope for.

MICHAEL:

How was taping your then “final” scenes, and working with Peter Reckell?

DANIEL:

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I am not in a position where I can ask, or dictate anything when it comes to story, and I know that.  But just as fans wanted something to happen, an actor who plays a character wants something to happen.  There was only one request that I had, and it didn’t come to fruition.  When I knew Peter was coming back, I did have a sidebar, and it wasn’t like I wanted to take a meeting.  I just wanted to say this: “With Peter coming back as the character of Bo, I’m hoping Peter and I will have dialog.”   I also said:  “To make Bo stronger, please don’t take my testicles away,” because quite often to make one character look stronger, they will make the other character look weak and pathetic.  I knew the character of Bo was going to win in the end, but I was like, “What would make his character stronger is if you write Aiden just as strong, too.  Therefore, if he is strong, and I am strong, and he wins, it makes him look better.”   My one request was to just let Aiden keep his dignity.  In the end, there was no dialog.  There was just a beat down scene.  I would have loved to have scenes with Peter to play out, but that didn’t come to pass.

MICHAEL:

What did you think when you heard that the show would pull out the ole’ doppelganger card to explain Aiden’s return and survival?  Any concerns it wouldn’t be accepted by the audience?

DANIEL:

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I had my concerns thinking, “Well, how are they going to do this?”  I know in daytime anything goes, and an audience can be very forgiving, but not everyone.  They maybe are like, “We have seen this before so we will go with it,” or “We have seen this before we are bored with it.”  If it’s written well, you hope that most people will buy into it.

MICHAEL:

What did you think when you heard that while you were off the show they had your on-screen son, Chase rape Ciara (Vivian Jovanni)?

DANIEL:

Oh, I hated it!  I don’t like that at all.  I wish they didn’t go that far with it, and cross that line.  Even hearing it is so hard.   I hate those kinds of stories.

MICHAEL:

It seems that the show was equating that since Aiden was a bad guy, and now his son has also turned into a very bad guy.

DANIEL:

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Well, that’s just it.   When he hears what Chase did to Ciara it breaks Aiden down.  He is an emotional mess right now.   He has been locked up for a long time.  Coming back, he is trying to get himself together, so to hear all this news, and then the rape thing, was so tough.  It was crazy too, because my last couple of weeks before I left the show that was when Jonathan began playing Chase, and so for the most part I equate Chase and Ciara with Connor Kalopsis and Lauren Boles!  So to me, in my performance, I wanted to make him finding this out so devastating, because Aiden remembers Ciara as this little girl.  Material like that I really want it to affect the character I am playing.  I don’t like seeing actors with forced tears, but there are some times I have to remind myself that this is a soap “opera”.  So if there comes a point where there is a death of a loved one, or that sort of an attack, that is something you have to let hit you hard, unless it’s written in the script some other way.  But if not, you need to try to be there in the moment as an actor, and let it rock and roll.

MICHAEL:

Are there more twists coming?  The guy we are seeing on-screen right now is the REAL Aiden Jennings, right?

DANIEL:

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Yes, he is the real Aiden Jennings.  But when I first came back, it didn’t have my character’s name on the script.  I didn’t know quite honestly, because when I came back we really didn’t go into detail of which way it was going to play out.  You don’t always know.  So when I would get scenes with characters at the beginning of my return they were calling me by a different name.

MICHAEL:

Your name was back in the credits as of Monday’s episode.  You are back on the show as a full-time cast member, not just for a May Sweeps bang?   Just wanted to assure the fans coming from you!

DANIEL:

Yes, I am back.  You will be seeing a lot more of me.

MICHAEL:

Aiden realizes Hope and Rafe are romantically involved, and Aiden witnesses this, and feels this.  So where does he think this actually leaves him in his mission to win Hope back?

DANIEL:

He knew Rafe had eyes on Hope for so long.  It’s a bit of monkey wrench.  He does think he has a shot with Hope.  Aiden is back in Salem to get that all back on track, and to explain some things.

MICHAEL:

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How is Aiden ever going to get past the fact that he was still intending on killing Hope the night of their honeymoon, before he chickened out at the last second?

DANIEL:

Hey, she doesn’t have to know everything! (Laughs)  Some things don’t change, and we will see as the story moves along.  Aiden likes to cherry pick with the facts, and what the truth is.  Now if someone where to find out the truth, or the facts, and bring it to Hope’s attention that could certainly blow up in Aiden’s face.  There will be a lot of things at stake.  But honestly, what is he going to do now?  Aiden’s son raped Hope’s daughter.

MICHAEL:

Andre (Thaao Penghlis) and Aiden are back in each other’s orbit, which will be key to the story moving forward.  Aiden is going to get caught up under Andre’s thumb once again.   Soap Opera Digest previews in their latest issue that next week Andre reveals to Aiden that Hope shot Stefano (Joe Mascolo).  Aiden will come to him with an offer that he will secure his release, if Andre won’t testify to Hope killing his father.  A tangled-web!

DANIEL:

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Andre and Aiden will be reconnecting, and I love working with Thaao.  We have a lot of stuff coming up.  It’s a pretty crazy situation, and it’s not going to be so easy for Aiden to get his life back on track.  He has been writing in all those notebooks while he was locked up, where he thought he had it all figured out.  Let me just say, Aiden’s algorithm is off!

MICHAEL:

How was acting in the standalone episode opposite your scene-partner, the little bird?

DANIEL:

It was a real bird, too!  It looked dead, but it was a live, living bird, but its day rate was more than I make in a month! (Laughs)  The bird also has a cabaret act on the weekend! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Hope and Rafe, as a pairing, are picking up some traction with viewers, and the show has been pushing the duo.  At this point, can Aiden truly be a viable love interest for Hope?

DANIEL:

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I hope the fans like Hope and Rafe, as the show has been investing a lot in that.  That is a couple that has Bo’s blessing!  That’s heavy.  If they are giving that blessing from Bo, then they are pretty much telling the viewers: “This is your couple.”  But I will say, Aiden is going to come in to this and be like, “I have something to say about that!”

MICHAEL:

Fans did invest in the pairing of Aiden and Hope before!

DANIEL:

Yes, the fans did invest in my character.  My thought was the show wanted to get rid of the character early on, and then they actually re-thought it differently.  I think they saw the relationship was different for Hope, and it worked.

MICHAEL:

How is getting to share scenes again with Kristian Alfonso?  I don’t know why Hope hasn’t cracked up yet … one husband tried to kill her and then is “murdered’, one husband comes back to save her from the other then has a brain tumor and dies suddenly, then she shoots Stefano to avenge Bo’s death, then Ciara is raped, then Aiden comes back … I mean, how much can one person take!

DANIEL:

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She takes it all in stride! (Laughs)  Working with Kristian is good.  We picked up right where we left off.

MICHAEL:

Do you think fans should view Aiden as a good guy, a bad guy, or a ‘we don’t know’?

DANIEL:

I would love for you to be able to ask the writers on any soap character, how they see them:  Is this character a good guy, or bad guy, or misunderstood?  But you have seen how this works in daytime.  I play Aiden like he is a good guy.   He may be misunderstood, and he may be a victim of circumstances, whether he created those circumstances or not, but I always play it like: “I’m doing the best I can.”  When you get a script there are situations where you have beloved characters saying about another character: “That character is bad news.”  From there, for instance, you kind of get an indication of how the show wants you to think.  

MICHAEL:

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How is working with Jonathan McClendon?  Will Aiden be there for his son through his dark turn of late?

DANIEL:

Jonathan is a talented kid, and he has big future. Aiden is in repair mode.  He is going to want to repair the relationship and the situation with his son, and Aiden will hope that Ciara is OK.

MICHAEL:

Let’s not forget: Aiden is legally married to Hope!  He could be a real jerk and not give her a divorce so she could be with Rafe.

DANIEL:

Yes, he is legally married to Hope, so he could be a jerk about it.  We shall see!

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MICHAEL:

What would happen if DAYS says, “Daniel, we are bringing the Aiden doppelganger back.”  Would you be down to take that on?

DANIEL:

I am up for anything!  It’s fantastic to be back, and I’m thrilled.

What did you think of Daniel’s return to DAYS? What he previews to look for in the next beats of the storyline? Are you rooting for Aiden and Hope, or Hope and Rafe?  Share your thoughts in the comment section by clicking “Leave A Comment” at the top left of the interview.

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Heather

I love soapy saga. I’m absolutely loving Rafe and Hope, didn’t think I would but they are so cute together. So I really hope endgame is Rope but I’m more than happy to have Aiden cause some problems along the way. I hope Aiden is a huge thorn in their side but that their love will endure. If we can’t have Bo and Hope, I’m more than happy to have Rafe and Hope. Love Galen and Kristian and Daniel too.

Patrick
Patrick

“….I love soapy saga ”

absolutely LOVE this line

needs to be featured…. I am absolutely gobsmacked… by
Aiden return…. the atmosphere… tensions… guns blazing… and mindset are reeling

yeah this is saga

Marcy
Marcy

Good interview! Welcome back Daniel Cosgrove as a Days fan I am so happy to have you back on the show.I also watched you on the Guiding Light.Just in case you are reading this site…I also want to say you are a great actor.A big thanks to Michael Fairman for always bringing the best interviews. As far as the Aiden character I feel he is a good guy that has some bad ways.Rafe is a good guy that has done a lot of questionable things also, like covering up peoples crimes.Sami and now Hope.Rafe is not perfect and Aiden isn’t either. I am willing to give Aiden the benifit of the doubt and believe that maybe he is trying to get himself together and be a man deserving of Hope.I loved Haiden and was upset when the show turned him bad and killed him off.I am glad he is back if it took a doppelganger storyline to bring Aiden/Daniel back then so be it…that is alright with me.I loved the episode where Aiden basically had the whole show in that cage with the bird.It was a way to show us fans what happened to Aiden and what he had to endured.It was kind of sad but a good episode.Aiden should fight to win Hope back…Rafe is good with hope but Aiden is endgame.As far as Chase I wish the writers never had him rape Ciara!Why?That can complicate the relationship with Hope and Aiden.I guess things will work out somehow.Go Haiden!

Frankie
Frankie

The Aiden-centric episode was absolutely brilliant with an excellent performance by Daniel Cosgrove.

Cathy
Cathy

I never like the character of Aiden but I did like DC especially from 90210. I find him to be quite arrogant in this interview. Daniel has some of the nastiest fans I ever seen on Social Media and he just fed into their entitlement. He was not allowed to have dialogue with Peter Reckell. They did not allow him to keep his dignity. I hope the writers tell the story that he requests. Not impressed with him at all.

Julie
Julie

Not excited about it in terms of Aiden and Hope. But I’m ok with it in terms of Aiden and Chase. The rape story is disturbing and it would be nice to see the writers try to mend things somehow.

Pat
Pat

Never did like Adin w/Hope. Want Hope w/Rafe.

xmascarol
xmascarol

me to

Ethan
Ethan

Days writers need to leave Hope with RAFE!!!!!!! GO ROPE!!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Soap-on-a-rope is good. “Rope” on my soap is bad! Go Haiden!!

Kathy
Kathy

I really would LOVE to see Hope and Rafe stay together
And for Aiden to give her up because he does love her
So! And then make amends with Chase and help
Him get his life back on track. But I really hope that
He will be a Good Man on the show . Welcome Back
Aiden Jennings !!! And if your reading this
You Are one Handsome Man!!!❤️

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Together, Hope and Aiden were boring until Aiden’s darkside emerged. Hope and Rafe are more boring than Hope and Aiden were. With the return of Aiden, I’m convinced Haiden is the way to go! They are all sorts of wrong that makes them right. Rope is choking me. Aiden’s return is proving he is a multi-layered character which makes Aiden, Hope and Haiden fascinating. Rafe should be with Blanca, the new gal arriving soon.

Patrick
Patrick

“…he is a multi-layered character which makes Aiden, Hope and Haiden fascinating ”

Bam! ’nuff said

DAYS: bring back Jade Harlow (ex-Sheryl)… how sexy and enough for Rafe’alicious

tickledpink
tickledpink

Love DC. Am THRILLED that he is back. I didn’t care how crazy the story had to be to get him back. Please please keep him!! I love Aiden with Hope, but if that doesn’t work out, move the character on to other stories. DC is a phenom actor. So happy that he is back!

Judy
Judy

Pairing Hope with Rafe was a very dumb move that made me stop watching after 12 years. Haiden is perfection and I love DC. I met him and he is th nicest guy in the planet. If someone doesn’t like him they are the problem not Daniel. Haiden is the only reason I’d ever go back to watching Days.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

TBH, Hope bores the heck out of me with both Rafe as well as Aiden. Get rid of both of them & either have Hope be a single mom for a while (Why not???) and bring on a love interest for her later, or make her a crazy cat lady & be done with it.

As far as Haiden being endgame? I doubt it – Days sealed the deal when Chase raped Ciara. If Hope takes Aiden back, she will be dead to many viewers.

Nope to Rope.

Nope to Aiden.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

That’s one of the wrongs (actually the worst) I was referring to above that makes the possibility of a Haiden reunion right, No1. It’s a deep long lasting conflict on many levels, but I do understand how many would be upset about it.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Days sealed the deal when Chase raped Ciara. If Hope takes Aiden back, she will be dead to many viewers ”

I get this and understand this

I don’t want it… I don’t have to like it… I hate that the audience festers and is let down… so many times ??? !!!!

argh! I can’t stand it

Kristian Alfonso and Daniel Cosgrove.. prior to the rape… loved… enveloped romance and took us on a ride of dream complete and savor

dynamic and layers of … I hope the writers feast on this

so will I

in now way possible is it to let go … the rape… bringing back Lauren Boles… would do this….

BRING BACK Lauren Boles

with the SORAS Chase

lovefest… beaming from every angle

Aiden, Hope, Chase, Ciera Alice

magic

Lily
Lily

Well done interview. I think DC is a good looking talented actor, but I feel as though his return is a big mess. There are so many holes as to why a doppelganger would have been created and his history is so shady I find it hard to believe Hope would be drawn to him in any way, not even mentioning the rape of her daughter by his son. Ugh! I love that KA is getting frontburner story, but I think there were other avenues to go to provide her with that. Triangles (or a possible quad) get the fans riled up and interested in watching, so I guess that’s why they thought this return would be good for the show. I would have rather they let him stay dead than have us lose faith in the stories they write. We need to be able to invest in what they present. Aiden was a weak man, killed by Bo in a heroic move. As is, my hope is that this is used as a way to have Hope realize the depth of her feelings for Rafe. Right now, she’s physically attracted to him and feels grateful as she relies on him for support. I think we need to see her fall head over heels. Rafe and Hope have wonderful chemistry. The show needs to work it and with this story I hope they will.

Wanted to add DC plays shady really well and that’s when his character began to stand out. I assume they’ll capitalize on that strength and keep viewers tuned in on whether Hope’s detective sense kicks in and she gets the upper hand this time round.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I felt he was out-acted by the Bird.
I hope that bird gets nominated for Best Performance by a
fine feathered friend.

Patrick
Patrick

Daniel Cosgrove… is …. “old Hollywood” he captures romance; he captures loving; he captures engulfed

he is; magnificent…. I don’t care who roars … envious position

who on earth… gets this much ???

he’s the complete ideal of what your heart beats

I am transported

from his “All My Children” to “Guiding Light” to … “Days of OUR Lives”

he caught

ALL of

thumpety thump thump thump

what a dream

(ok… i’ll finish the interview)

Patrick
Patrick

Daniel Cosgrove @Days !

it was riveting heartbreaking enthralling… “devastating”

“… I knew the character of Bo was going to win in the end, but I was like, “What would make his character stronger is if you write Aiden just as strong, too. ”

there may NOT have been script between you and Bo… but the elements of…. “Bo, Hope, and Aiden” was palpitating

dag! how it was shot… so full on… OUT … it was IN… it was just their… splayed for all the world to see… utter combust

it left everything hanging… looming unfinished.. un done… just not complete

it was vital for you to be

Patrick
Patrick

What did you think when you heard that while you were off the show they had your on-screen son, Chase rape Ciara (Vivian Jovanni)?

DANIEL:

Oh, I hated it! I don’t like that at all. I wish they didn’t go that far with it, and cross that line. Even hearing it is so hard. I hate those kinds of stories.

“I hate this” I hate it too.. I hate it with a passion…. young love… innocence lost… blocked forever… Ciera Alice and Chase….

dang it expletive

so much potential to keep this new family… ON…. real… and together

I just hope… that DAYS production… gives Daniel Cosgrove… because he deserves it… to explore the fallout… regardless of what’s right and wrong… his son
his family
his reason

there was so much potential for the SORAS Chase to begin anew… REEL and wait… till his father returns

argh! tears… all the possibilities for this duo to forge bond and move

DAYS just do IT… this was all a big mishap… a disaster…

bring back SORAS Chase and the original Lauren Boles… w/ Aiden and Hope.. as thee one and only pinnacle and beacon of all that is… grans jewel Hope… and her nest.. and belong… and all that’s her character

Aiden, Hope, Chase, and Lauren Boles

the best

Patrick
Patrick

“…Andre reveals to Aiden that Hope shot Stefano (Joe Mascolo). Aiden will come to him with an offer that he will secure his release, if Andre won’t testify to Hope killing his father.”

THIS is “big” time stuff

real drama

not that… Aiden … should, EVER, use this against his lady love

but whets the audience in how invested they are in this new best of the best daytime pair

Patrick
Patrick

I mean… it’s a dance

Aiden caught in the middle… could he use this to help his son?

could this be the catalyst for mend
this be the catalyst for this family to move on

I know… it’s a rape… that DAYS !!!! how dare you !!!!

ruin

this formidable BEST family

Patrick
Patrick

“…If they are giving that blessing from Bo” ie: Rafe and Hope

Hope’ HEART knows

all be damned

this is a love of a lifetime…. (plus, Bo)

this is on real time

no two ways about it… Rafe is sidelined

Bo captures #1
Aiden’s love

Patrick
Patrick

“…Aiden is in repair mode. He is going to want to repair the relationship and the situation with his son, ”

that kid… and Aiden need this

what a coop de ta… for a marquee father and son REAL

Patrick
Patrick

Michael Fairman… you make me laugh

“…What would happen if DAYS says, “Daniel, we are bringing the Aiden doppelganger back.” Would you be down to take that on? ”

WOWSAH

this is Daniel Cosgrove

DREAM

Patrick
Patrick

L – O – V – E

serial recipe

Lois Yandt
Lois Yandt

I am way past ready for Hope demise at the hands of Aiden. Days could have told so many wonderful stories in the past two years but they decided to squander another opportunity so they could promote their teens, Paul Sonny Will triangle , Chabby and ignore the bigger picture with the vets, & history. SURPRISE SURPRISE I’m to the point if they get cancelled so what!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Great interview. I’m thrilled Daniel Cosgrove is working and that Aiden is back on canvas. I am troubled by one thing. The interview seems to indicate we may have to see Chase again. I’d hoped we were finished with him.

Fatima Mamun
Fatima Mamun

Absolutely despise Rafe and Hope. The show had the opportunity to try this pairing years ago and kept them in the Friend Zone. Rafe is a one note character. Nothing changes. I am not excited about all of the “perks” Rafe has been given since his number one fan and current head writer was rehired. It reeks of favoritism and takes away from the wonderful work that Daniel Cosgrove did throughout Aiden’s courtship with Hope. Everything changed on a dime for Aiden as soon as the writing regime changed. Everything viewers saw was no more. It was all a lie. I suppose we are to believe that Aiden set up a bullying situation in order to first meet Hope at St. Luke’s, that the woman on the PTA that chose Aiden to work with Hope at the bake sale was working for the DiMeras, that Father Louis was in on the scheme and forced Hope to work with Aiden for the Gala Fundraiser? Aiden was trashed, recycled and trashed again to usher in the return of Bo and set foundation for Rafe’s sudden lust filled heart for Hope. Sorry but everything that happened to destroy Aiden’s character was insulting, cruel and completely unbelievable for everyone that invested in him and the Haiden pairing. I am beyond happy that Daniel Cosgrove is back and I hope they do right by him this time. He is an incredible actor with so much range and a wonderful person. His castmates speak highly of him as do anyone that has ever met him in person. He is the furthest thing from arrogant.

With Dena Higley still in the lead writing position I don’t expect Rafe to lose to Aiden. I want Aiden to have a good story that will showcase his talent. A new costar would be icing on the cake. Anyone who has watched Daniel Cosgrove on the other soaps knows full well he is a master at creating chemistry with anyone he works with. He tips the scales with good looks, humor, sex appeal and charm. Welcome back Daniel and welcome back Aiden!!!!

Reney
Reney

I Agree.

Reney
Reney

I feel Aiden was trashed to bring back Bo.Haiden/Aiden fans such as myself would like to see Aiden have the chance to be with Hope again.It has been nice seeing Daniel Cosgrove back on Days again,hopefully to stay!

Roselyn
Roselyn

Happy that DC is back on DOOL, but I want Rafe and Hope to be together. It is nice though to have a third to stir up trouble and keep things interesting for my new favorite couple, Rafe and Hope.

Violet V Lemm
Violet V Lemm

I have always liked Daniel Cosgrove, especially on ATWT but this Aiden is too much, especially filling his sons head full of all this nonsense about Hope , Ciara and them getting back together as a family. I think he has seriously lost it and should just cut his losses and leave town.

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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