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THIS WEEK ON DAYS: A Shocking Confession, Two Proposals, And A Doppelgänger Trap!

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NBC’s Days of our Lives is bringing the drama this week as several storylines take a significant turn!

According to the latest promo, John (Drake Hogestyn) is lured into a trap by Hattie (Deidre Hall), and instead of saving Marlena (Hall) from the loony bin, he gets a straight-jacket of his own!

Meanwhile, Abby (Marci Miller) and Chad (Billy Flynn), and Paul (Christopher Sean) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) both have several touching moments as both couples may be set to wed.

Finally, in a shocker, Brady (Eric Martsolf) is in for a surprise when Nicole (Arianne Zucker) blurts out that she is Deimos’ (Vincent Irizarry) killer! But is she?

Watch the teaser after the jump, and let us know which story you are most intrigued by in the comment section below!

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Mary SF
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As someone who has spend time in a Mental Health Unit the term loony bin is not so much offensive as outdated– there are some slang word and labels that should be retire- Mr. Fairman is aware of those pertaining to homosexuality, so too with those who suffer mental health problems— this is not PC gone a muck but rather society adjusting to a more informed time in history– yes this is only a soap site, but still, Loony Bin? Surely the writer of the article can use the correct term without damaging the point of the article Okay with… Read more »

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

Thank you! My son has been in mental health facilities on several occasions. I find this very offensive.
Please use some sensitivity

Jimh
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Jimh

Mary…i like your idea of Tyler coming on as Stephano…but how about Theo(Andre taking both parts with a little added make up)…or why cant a woman posing as his unknown twin-Stephino-lol

Jimh
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Jimh

Mary i too spent time in a mental health facilities after suffering a nervous breakdown 20 years ago…i am also in outpatient care for depression, anxiety and panic attacks and bipolar disorder…i try not to let too much bother me…someone on another now defunct soap site where someone who disliked my comments about a certain soap actress i was defending …called me a nut case who belonged in a nut house-i told them i rather be their than where they belonged!…

su0000
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su0000

hey Jimh..
next time tell them-
Me? in a ”nut-house” ha no way I prefer the looney-bin the decor and food is much better. Which one did you prefer?

( humor is your best weapon .. 🙂

mfarris70
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mfarris70

ITA. These outmoded terms need to be retired. I’m still surprised at how casually they are used on soaps, especially GH.

Shay
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Shay

Well, with the exception of Laura’s catatonia, the entire concept of mental illness has always been considered a complete joke on GH, so why would the facility in which patients are treated be regarded with any respect? When one sees the likes of “inmates” like Heather, Franco and Fluke literally running the “asylum” with their assorted mirthful and malevolent hijinks, of course, the terms “nuthouse” and “loony bin” are highly befitting. But I seriously doubt any of us who watch these OTT characters confuse them with those suffering real-life ailments of the mind…or would express the actual institutions in which… Read more »

janet
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janet

I don’t think anyone is trying to hurt you. The people they are talking about are NOT real. I have visited my friend in one, and we would never want to hurt anyone. As for Nicole, I agree 100 %. I want to see her leave happy, take the baby and go. I would like it to be with Brady, but I would hate to see him lose his job. Sadly I have seen plots from Re-Ron and I hold no hope. Let the murderer be someone evil, not Nicole. I have watched all this baby story, have become a… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I wasn’t hurt nor offended, I was merely pointing out to the author of this article they wouldn’t use the N word to describe black characters, nor would they use the F word to describe homosexual characters, therefore real or not, the use of the term loony bin to describe a place where people with a mental illness go to seek treatment is outdated. Mental illness is like any other illness and those who suffer it from it should be given understanding not mocking. And that was my point, there are other terms that would make the author’s point and… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I’d like to know who killed Deimos so we can then move on. It will be interesting to see Marlena and John together in the sanitarium.

Mo
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Mo

And good to see Chad and Abby reunite.

Jimh
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Jimh

I did mention Nicole as the killer because the actress is leaving the show…i suppose Sonny and Paul are getting married and its Sami who stops it and announces Will is alive???

Jimh
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Jimh

But maybe she isnt???…maybe the returning Stephano is to blame?…if they are just going to show Stephano’s hand i would like to see Hand’s Newman-ex Y&R get the part-lol

Jimh
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Jimh

If Stuart Damon was still acting and not retired i think he is the only actor who could be J.M. s replacement as Stephano if the character is really coming back…however, i did hear only his hand will be shown.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I was kinda hoping Tyler Christoper will be a cloned younger version of Stephano- RC is the type of writer to try to pull something like that off– I know JM is irreplaceable but still if we are going with the clone it really wouldn’t be the same character– oh well a girl can dream can’t she?

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Mary SF… I was thinking maybe Tyler was the new EJ?

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m just so excited to see Tyler Christopher back on our screens. it’s all in the rumour mill he’s capable of : Alexander Kiriakis Ej DiMera Nickolas Alamaine WOW… for starters I’d love it if he was Nickolas Alaimaine..because the chemistry with Louise Sorel… @DAYS KEEP Viviane on forever… that this would be a great part EJ would be fascinating – Alexander Kiriakis – is he one of the adopted sons? it could explain his age difference with Sonny. just give him time with John Anniston Victor. what if he’s Peter Blake ? so much REEL is on the horizon.… Read more »

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ChanderFan

I’m kinda hoping (but it won’t happen) that what with all the many doppelgängers on this show (including Rafe’s doppelgänger) that it will turn out that Will’s entire recast was a secret doppelgänger all along. It would be great (but it won’t happen) if Marlena and John discover that the “real” Will is locked up in the padded room next to theirs, and has been held captive there for the past couple years. It would make a more interesting story (but it won’t happen) if Marlena and John bring back the “real” Will, who never got married to Sonny, never… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it was a surprising twist on Angelica having that heart attack… thereby limiting the caricature (s) , if you will, and seeing both Hattie and Bonnie step up to the plate , on how THEY will deal with the outcome. Bonnie was LOL FUN on Friday ep: as she told Angelica… “come and get it, bitch” so… at least with Angelica down … this gives us more acting prose and choice scenes for both Deidre and Judi. I say good for them… since they’ve done this before… it’s been easier to “swallow” . Bonnie and Hattie are both likeable enough… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

PROP TIME – Bryan Dattilo

he goes to see his mother.. and wants to nip it in the bud, so to speak

Kate : you are fired from countess wilemina… this is “tough love”

Lucas shoots back : ” do you know any other kind ”

geez louise – catches you doesn’t it

Drake
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Drake

For the first time in about a decade Days is on the right track. Please keep this momentum going!

Jimh
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Jimh

The first Doppelganger story i believe happened on Edge Of Night involving Phil Capice in the early 1960’s…forget why these criminals had the original Phil replaced but i know it was much better done than today’s versions…back then Phil’s wife Louise told her father Winston that her husband would not ‘retire’ with her for the night(couldn’t say go to bed back then)…that’s because the impostors face may look like the real Phil’s face but the criminals and the guy posing as Phil knew the rest of his body didn’t look like the real Phil’s…so to make all less suspicious a… Read more »

Steve Griggs
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Steve Griggs

“The Edge of Night” was written for many years by Henry Slesar who also wrote mystery novels and many of Alfred Hitchcock’s TV episodes. His “EON” stories were just as prolific as the equally unforgettable episodes of another soap – “Dark Shadows” – that hooked me on soaps back in the mid 1960’s.

Jimh
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Jimh

In a way Dark Shadows did start out like a mystery soap somewhat like Edge with the mysterious disappearance of Liz’s husband,Burke being framed for a crime he didnt commit and who killed Bill Malloy plot…but the show was nearly cancelled until it was turned into a supernatural/horror soap…i have dolls made of several characters from the show…i sure miss both soaps…im happy DC saved the DS episodes…if only Edge had done the same and saved theirs!

Dishy
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Dishy

Thank god Dark Shadows’ ENTIRE series is available on DVD. I rewatch it over and over year after year – in dribs and drabs. Those stories still hold up today!

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

You bring back many memories of days gone by, jimh.
Those were the days.

Having said that, I hate that Ari is leaving after so many years. Hard to lose such a beautiful familiar face. I do hope she leaves free and clear with her baby.

I am not enjoying the doppelgänger stories at all.
Now John will also be in restraints at the institution? Not conducive to suspense or good drama.

Shay
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Shay

My first memories of soap doppelgangers were Grant Putnam/Andrei Chernin on GH and later, Days’ Tony/Andre DeMera….now they seem so commonplace that they’ve rather lost their impact…especially with all that masked nonsense Ron C. implemented on GH.

Jimh
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Jimh

ya…the doubles stories have run their course.Days did a good one back in the 70s but it involved the actress’s real life twin who played her twin on the show…back in the 60s Dark Shadows did doppelgangers too but those were fun..i watch British soap Coronation Street and i never see them do doppelgangers…its a little more down to earth…however, my Corrie is getting a bit over run by criminals…

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

jimh, glad to see some love for Coronation Street. I’m on the Canadian border and see it on Canadian TV. So well written and well paced! No flashbacks, no SORAS, no 1% Richie Ritches, no Uber Villains with multiple islands unlimited henchpeople and money. Its a half hour with twice cast of any US soap. Large ensemble scenes each episodes so everyone works and at least half the cast has a storyline. No lingering, stories get wrapped up in no more three months so if you don’t like something you aren’t tortured by a full year of Sonny saying Morgan… Read more »

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

Well NBC Sucks! Unlike Y&R and GH which were preempted today. NBC decided to show DAYS, then after 14 minutes, in the middle of Nicole’s flashback, cut to Lester Holt, then interviews with LOSERS in a field in Oregon to get their feelings about the eclipse. I watch NOTHING on NBC except local news an DAYS, and after today will boycott WAVY news . Please post a complete description of the episode so us on the East Coast know what happened on THE MOST IMPORTANT EPISODE OF DAYS THIS YEAR!!!

Mo
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Mo

It didn’t air as scheduled in my area. It was on another NBC channel, but of course DVR didn’t record that because it wasn’t labeled as Days. I think NBC should not have shown Days at all.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Download the app at NBC.com where each episode is put up at night.

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m going to have to start doing this. danged it tho… my time with this show is now top shelf.

I watch the local news and national news plus … I don’t need my show constantly interrupted

thank you God… Abs and Chad are one .

Mo
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Mo

Thanks for the info.

Patrick
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Patrick

three things that happened on the 8/21 ep

John got trapped with the real Marlena in her padded cell

Nicole confessed to killing Deimos to Brady….

Sonny proposed to Paul.

Judy
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Judy

wow is getting good cant white for the next show to begin

dmr
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dmr

These cartoonish antics certainly sound like Ron’s writing…

nicholas
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nicholas

days of our lives is finally must see tv again ! thrilled to bits with the stories . a friend of mine as well as a work colleague of mine had given up on the show altogether but they have been watching the show again and they are watching it everyday as well .

nicholas
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nicholas

i have been busy trying to convince friends , work colleagues to watch the show or tune in again . we should all do the same .

Chaz
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Chaz

Nicole better not be the killer. For AZ to leave by going to prison and not getting her child back would suck.

Patrick
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Patrick

My “Days” 1. Lucas, my man : as soon as you took that shot… I immediately started welling up. is this the long promised story arc ? well, it grabbed on to me. it was a nice touch to see Chloe back on the scene. 2. Abe, my man : the look Theo shot back at him was so piercing… ( Abe is telling him he cannot “work” with or be with the DiMera ) this is close to the heart. dag! as he told Theo… I wish your mom was here. Theo tells his dad he’d do it all… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

if looks could kill… I LOVE how Valerie … even if Eli is her son… that she stood by Abe. she was asked to take off that necklace and earrings … for evidence ? anyway… it was great that even tho Eli is her son… she also loves Abe. Man… nice turn

Boop
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Boop

I agree , Patrick. It was a great scene!

Mo
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Mo

Dario, not Deimos.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m hoping Mr. Michael Fairman new website includes an “edit”

Patrick
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Patrick

Andre : ( after Kate gives him a lesson )

” enjoy your power trip, for now, Mrs. DiMera, because this will end… soon ”

scintillating stuff

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just not for long, I hope

when these two are on the same page. watch out Salem.. they are just stoking the fire (s) the denizen of Salem are easy fodder.

add in Kristen

heck; add in Vivian Alamaine and Nickolas Alamaine. this town just upped the ante : Sophistication wit and check mate back on track

assuming Tyler Christopher is Nickolas Alamaine. WOW

Boop
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Boop

I love Andre and Kate’s scenes ; even though I can’t stand Kate.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

So much of what you said I agree with. I love the Kate/Roman tease! They were so great together before getting separated in the Salem Serial killer storyline. (naturally their union meat Lucas was Roma’s son in law and stepson simultaneously!!!) I love a good twin storyline. It was looking like an episode of PINKY AND THE BRAIN with Morgan Fairchild as the Brain saddled with two Pinkies. I’m loving DOOL. Ron always gives the actors something to play. For too long DOOL was two ppl having coffee talking about what’s happening to other ppl. Scripts work when characters are… Read more »

Jake Martin
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Jake Martin

In Nicole’s perceived “memory” of what occurred that night, it really looked like, technically, Deimos accidentally stabbed himself while struggling with the Knife while Nicole was holding it. He sort of “lunged” into it ~ many years ago it was said that Lana Turner’s daughter was holding a Knife when her mom’s lover kind of “walked into” it – maybe they are basing this scene on something reminiscent of that event ~

Jimh
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Jimh

under a previous post i did say he might have killed himself

Patrick
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Patrick

Julie is visiting Abs : when Andre walks in… YIKES – wowsah – the barbs zingers start rolling.

Julie to Andre : “look whos talking says the bottom feeder of Salem ”

RC : one up for you… two steps back for GH

Patrick
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Patrick

O – K i’m a little miffed and P – O WOW – this show is moving but why, show Andre walking in to the pub and Kate and Roman are kissing ? Why? it’s called good acting plus Ron Carlivati OK time to acknowledge the marquee : two proposals I’m beyond completely thrilled that Marci Walker and Billy Flynn have found ” IT ” I started crying and marveling that Chad and Abs are found, thriving, and exciting. argh! whew exhale Paul and Sonny: Sonny is now back to earth. I am SO excited for Christopher Sean… Paul has… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s so funny and a little ( doggone sexy ) OK all men have to do cute some time. Roman grinning from ear to ear and playing it to the hilt… that he’s still got it.

2 kisses in one day ! “Marlena” and Kate.

see how fun this is when the whole cast gets to play

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Deimos found dead still in his disguise ? Yet in Nicole’s flashback of her killing him, he was not in the disguise ?? Hmmm

Mo
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Mo

Strange. Didn’t see Monday’s ep so I didn’t notice that.

dmr
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dmr

I watched a little of today’s episode (Wednesday, 8/23) and the only character/part that I found interesting was Lucas. I liked his interaction with Kate when he went to the DiMera mansion and Kate found out that he had been drinking. As much as I like Chad, I can’t stomach NuAbigail. Kate is right, she is a Damsel that constantly needs saving. I find nothing appealing about the actress or the character. In my opinion, the couple has zero chemistry.

Mo
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Mo

I really liked nuAbby at first, then not so much. Hopefully things will improve with new writer.

ChanderFan
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ChanderFan

Gotta agree with both of you. Every time I see nuAbby on the screen, my first thought is, “wait, who is that? oh yeah, right, that’s SUPPOSED TO BE Abby.” I must say that as much as I liked Casey Deidrick as Chad, it’s still a pleasure to watch Billy Flynn in that role, too, as he gives the character a likeable depth and a more caring demeanor to Chad. Billy Flynn appears to have enough range that he could have made a good fit as a recast for almost any of the male characters on the show. I get… Read more »

blake
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blake

Good make Nicole the killer and haul her off. I’m so ready for her to go. We at least need a long break, like we’ve had with Sami.

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree. especially with Sami. it’s like a whole new arena is opening up. these two leading ladies brought every thing. as her last days are winding down… it’s kinda like last chance to see Eric and Nicole grasping at what was. DANG IT.. Greg Vaughan is magic. simple as that. as I read in SOD… Eric is still fighting his attraction. I just think it’s a lot of retread as Nicole, after Deimos, already starting sleeping with Brady,. and all fans have always wanted was something with Eric. any way…. Eric smolders with every one. Nicole.. never really had… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I truly am seeing a newfound LOVE… Marci Miller and Billy Flynn have captured their magic.

it’s been so much fun watching their hospital visits… as they BOTH anticipate each other… with their knowing looks, smiles, laughs, and just responding in love.

I see it
I want it

kudos to Abs and Chad.

Billy Flynn astounds…. like I said so long ago… when he looks @… he totally engulfs

Days Of Our Lives

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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