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Vincent Irizarry Debuts On Days of our Lives! What Were Your First Impressions Of Deimos?

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Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry, who made his highly-anticipated on-screen debut as Deimos, the brother of Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston)!

In his first scenes, Victor armed with a gun confronts his brother who has gotten inside the Kiriakis mansion.  As the dialog plays out, viewers learn that Deimos has been in prison for years, and that he somehow managed to work a deal for his freedom.  Clearly, Victor is rattled to see his younger brother again, who he wished would have remained locked up in the slammer.

When Victor questions Deimos as to what he wants, and why he came to see him in Salem, Deimos reveals he needs a job.  There is also clearly some underlying blackmail, or not yet revealed secret between the brothers from their past that is also at play here.

When Phillip (John-Paul Lavoisier) happens upon the scene, he acts stunned to learn that Victor has a brother.   Deimos leaves the mansion with Victor never hoping to see him again.   Meanwhile, Caroline (Peggy Mcay) tells Justin (Wally Kurth) she has had visions of something terrible happening to Victor.  She also thinks it will be related to a man named “Damian”.

At the end of the episode, DAYS fan witnessed a huge double-cross as Phillip and Deimos met up at the park bench.   Clearly, they are working together!  It looks like they just might have a major plot to bring down Victor, once and for all.

So, what were your first impressions of the new bad guy in town, Deimos?  Glad to see Vincent Irizarry finally make his DAYS debut? What do you think Phillip and Deimos’ plan will be? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Michael
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Michael

I loved it!!! It was like me having ice cream on Sunday…it was a great episode and great debut

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

He seemed more like a Dimera or a GH Cassidine…i see him as the future anti-hero Victor type once JA leaves as Victor one day…i see him getting into fights with Brady and Philip…i see him paired with Nicole.

gloria
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gloria

Great idea about him with Nicole. I have been worried to death about her, ha. I thought maybe she would get with Finn but that might be too close to Daniel. It was creepy when Brady dreamed about her the other day, huh? And she & Eric can never go back. This guy would be great. I think he’s a good addition.

Beverly
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Beverly

What an incredible addition to the cast. He is a first rate actor – always enjoyable to watch. Looking forward to the development of this character.

SZima
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SZima

Can these writers be trusted to actually “develop” a character?

Gary
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Gary

Vincent welcome back to Daytime, I watched Days yesterday. Vincent is a wonderful actor, and looks terrific for 56 years old. still sexy as ever. The man never ages.

scott
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scott

this is going to be another shnooze fest……first off, Victor has been on for 100 years and now all of a sudden he has a way younger brother that’s been in jail….Phillip is sooo boring and him and Belle have no chemistry whatsoever….the one good thing about the show was Ben, the serial killer and he’s gone….ever since, Days has fallen flat….maybe they can bring back Ben with a storyline from the series Making a Murderer and he can be falsely accused on DNA and get off, then go on another killing spree and wipe out the teens that cannot… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And thanks for an annoying rant lol just go with it and enjoy we still have to get to September and a new nbc contract just to give people like you a keyboard work out

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

But Scott, how do you really feel? I sense you’re holding back. LOL. DROOL continues to saddle good and great actors with No Win storylines. Regardless of whether you liked Melissa Archer or not, no one could animate that stupid elephant storyline. Kassie/Eve was brought on to give Jennifer a rival. That had zero reason to tune in. Hope is stuck with a dismal storyline. And as if the last twenty years of Who Is John Black wasn’t riveting enough, we’re going through it one more time. I see the revolving Sean Brady casting continues. (Spin the wheel, Beemers turn!)… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Scott.
Why do you find the great age difference between siblings so far fetched? Look at Hugh Hefnerer. There is half a century of years separating his first and last child. Later.

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

What about the age difference between Andre and Chad…no one brought that up?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jimh. That’s right, Jimmy! Duh….didn’t see what is right in front of my nose. Lol.

Ces
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Ces

With exception to letting Kassie go, I agree with everything else. Hope they dont pair Vincent with Nicole; already tired of her telling and crying. Really, there are more emotions! Never liked Nicole. Everything else you say is accurate!

SZima
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SZima

Why are you wasting your time watching this show?

Scott H
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Scott H

I don’t feel I’m wasting my time, just disappointed right now with the way the stories are being told. I grew up with Grandma H and her donuts….Dr. Tom, the Horton’s hanging of the Xmas balls…..it’s like a tradition and they are part of my family. Just think the show needs to relax on the killings and departures and stop bringing in new characters when you haven’t fleshed out the ones that were introduced a year ago……where’s Paul’s “boyfriend”…is he not gay anymore? Why has he not called to check on Sonny…why did Bo die and be buried in practically… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Great start. Would love him paired with Nicole. Imagine what naughtiness they would create!

blake
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blake

Nicole deserves a new love interest and he would be great for her!

Timmm
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Timmm

Good get for DAYS!

Bil Thompson
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Bil Thompson

He was great as Dr. David Hayward on ALL MY CHILDREN, the show that should have never gotten the axe and deserved better than an ill fated attempt as an On-line presentation.
At any rate, yes, will be glad to see him as a cast member of the classic DAYS OF OUR LIVES and sparring with Jon Aniston.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Vincent Irizzary is one of those actors who immediately steals the screen. You can’t take your eyes off of him because he’s so interesting and has such a strong presence. He’s a great addition to the cast, and the backstory between Victor and Deimos looks like it’s going to be great. I’m very excited to see how this plays out. I just hope Deimos will stick around for a while and not be killed off or written out at the end of this story. Vincent definitely has the power to be a leading man on the show, especially if John… Read more »

tim S
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tim S

DITTO.. I agree with everything you said…. Days needs a younger villian… So many of the older verterans on the show are 60s-80s year olds.. Great actors, but Days has not done a good job in the past getting younger villians.. Now we know that Ava will be gone.. now that she has kidnapped Kayla… great writing and Days has been rockin it!!

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

Andre and Chad are brothers too and like forty years apart in age.

Patrick
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Patrick

PLEASE ! PLEASE ! PLEASE ! stop ; with all the responses; her should be paired with Nicole !!!! really? inasmuch as I like Arianna Zucker ! I now consider her to be ole days… and yes, I’ve posted that she’s had a rebirth of sorts… with Daniel and Eric gone… but really ??? ready to latch her on to… the best male lead in daytime I hope not meh !!!!! perhaps… if they must…. let him have his fling ! hopefully… as was posted… Nicole will be pregnant with Daniel baby… so that lets us all off the hook… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

ahha!

Days gets ”Vincent Irizarry” and GH gets Genie Frances, sigh ..
WTG DOOL !! (Lucky for Days!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

And B&B gets the “Giligan’s Island” actress, LOL!

Harry
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Harry

but it is only a 3 hour gig….a three hour gig.

Rose
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Rose

Days gain, GH’s pain…especially since we were losing Dr. Patrick Drake.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ahh, Vincent! How I have missed you, you gorgeous man, you!! You bring the devil with you wherever you go. I am breathlessly anticipating anything this profoundly and infinitely perfect thespian brings to Salem. Food for thought….and this is directed to 4ever: could Phillip really be Deimos’ son? They are obviously working together to overrun Titan Industries toward a takeover….so, why would Phillip go against his own father. I never realized he was a baddie. Awwww. I feel so badly for Victor. I love his Teddy Bear look!! I love John Paul, too…as all of my OLTL cast, but, I… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Philip was created in a petri dish. Victor and Kate’s plan was for Kate to carry their child, but Vivian had other plans and became pregnant with Philip…You never know what could have transpired in the lab! I wonder how many cc’s were in the petri dish, CeeCee?! lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Tee-hee! You are such a wicked dood, 4ever….I love it…so clever.
I didn’t know the circumstances surrounding Phillip’s conception and birth. Thanks. And, thank you for making me chuckle. Later.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…You bring the devil with you wherever you go. ”

classic line… perfect for Vincent Irizarry

here’s DAYS new Villain… perhaps he can align with Andre…

I hope he’s on for the long haul…. and it’s JPL that takes the fall

too funny about @4ever’ Phillip… I had forgotten that petri dish

ie: I have hope that Deimos son is Xander… talk about sophistication and upping the ante on class acts…. major talents…. male leads big time

Mo
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Mo

Xander is too old to be Deimos’ son. Plus, Xander is in prison. I do think it was a mistake getting rid of Xander.

Harry
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Harry

What Cee Cee said.
Vincent is an amazing actor who cannot bore you even when he eats oatmeal.
I just don’t have the time to watch Days but would re consider giving up either GH or Y&R and replace the 2 aforementioned with Days if the 2 aforementioned continue to disappoint me.
Vincent is worth it–he’s positively golden.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Patrick,
….Glad you liked my line…lol…thanks!!
It is possible for Xander to be Deimos’ son. I man is able to reproduce at 18 years of age. So, it is plausible.
There’s a storyline right there. Perhaps Deimos impregnated a very young girl snd abandoned her….Xander’s mother. Would not put it past Deimos. Like father like son. Xander could definitely be brought back…..wow…what a juicy story that would make!

Mo
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Mo

Vivian went to the same fertility place as Kate and Victor, pretending she was going to have a baby with Ivan, but had Victor and Kate’s embryo implanted in her. Good times.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thanks, Mo.

Barb
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Barb

After only seeing Vincent as Lujack & Nick Henry on GL, (both characters absolutely LOVED!) was a bit disconcerting to see him being “the bad guy”. But, he certainly has charisma galore, definitely the acting chops, so looking forward to what comes next. Just what did Victor do to frame Deimos into getting life in prison. What did Deimos do to get him out after 30 years. And while Deimos was said to me 20 at the time he bedded Victor’s fiancee’, just how hold was Victor then? 40? 30? 35? I mean, Caroline has said she was in high… Read more »

KateA
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KateA

Absolutely wonderful. I am really liking Days! I am hooked! Vincent just captures your attention. I hope he gets plenty of screen time. Michael Knight needs more screen time on Y&R!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

THIS MAN IS GREAT NO MATTER WHAT SHOW HE IS ON OR WHAT PART HE PLAYS…WILL HAVE TO TUNE IN NOW…..

Mel
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Mel

I liked Vincent on AMC so I hope he does a good job on DAYS. One question I’ve always had it why does DAYS film 6 months in advance and has this always been the caae.

Rj
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Rj

Even though I did not see all of his scenes, he is a talented actor, and could be an interesting addition to the show. Like what others say about pairing Nicole with him. Two strong actors could make for a dynamic presence. Like that Days is trying to shake it up to find good chemistry between actors, and better storylines.

blake
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blake

I really liked Vincent Irizarry on Guiding Light when he was Lujack and the long-lost twin brother, Nick. Nick and Mindy (Kimberly Simms’ version) were HOT!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Phillip is working for … ??? Deimos Kiriakis !

LOL

hey… as long as Deimos doesn’t take the fall if Salem finds this out!

JPL’ Phillip is not that endearing of a character any way

Caroline sure read Justin the riot act, didn’t she tho? at least she’s talking about them and not sweeping them under the rug

Patrick
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Patrick

gawd! on Monday’s ep: Kassie DePaiva did more in those two scenes… then all of DAYS cast ever

1. when she asked Justin … where … if at all … was their relationship going
2. when she pulled out that picture coloring from Paige as a child

it just smarts… and is a painful reminder how huge a mistake Ken Corday is responsible

a reminder that February 2, 2016 is fast approaching

whatever will Rafe, Eduardo, Justin, and now Deimos do with their lives?

Val
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Val

I think VI has another winning character in Deimos! We left him alone today brooding into his coffee, so I wonder if he’ll meet a like-troubled woman the next time we see him?

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

He seems like he might be a little slimy which is why I think it is going to be a lot of fun watching Vincent in this role. Hopefully we’ll see some bad to him as well as some good so he can be redeemed at times but not all the way because we all love a baddie on our soaps.

Mo
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Mo

I was interested until I realized it’s all about that boring stupid serum.

Don’t like that Philip is working against his father.

Paul
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Paul

A jet could fly through the holes in the backstory created for Deimos. However, ill go along with it because the end result is a good actor joining the cast. Let’s hope the writers don’t waste him as they have with other ABC refugees.

Sward
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Sward

Hmmm. Did Deimos kidnap Bo? Did Stefano get murdered for the wrong reason? By the way, I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of Stefano — even if it’s his ghost or spirit haunting someone.

Mary greenlee
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Mary greenlee

I think they must be writing the script 5 minutes before the show airs.

Brett
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Brett

I think DOOL has done a good job of recovering from losing several key players, Billy Flynn and Vincent are great.

shelly
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shelly

I can’t wait for Judi Evans (Adrienne) to walk in and make eye contact with Vincent Irizarry! That perfect soap opera chemistry from the good ole days! (Sad, I know, she’s no longer on contract) .

LujackLvr
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LujackLvr

I have watched Vincent Irizarry for 32 [it will be 33 in November] years & I have followed his career, from GUIDING LIGHT to MARIE [where he played Sissy Spacek’s abusive lout of a husband] to HEARTBREAK RIDGE with Clint Eastwood & Mario Van Peebles to SANTA BARBARA and back to GUIDING LIGHT [where Vincent had played My Beloved Brandon “Lujack” Luvoneczek from Nov 1983 to December 2, 1985, the day that Lujack died on-screen due to pervasive internal bleeding; it was 5 years/7 months/3 days later, Vincent returned to GUIDING LIGHT to portray Lujack’s as-yet-unknown twin brother, ace-reporter-with-a-ponytail, Nick… Read more »

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

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But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

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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