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Which Soap Rang In 2016 With The Best New Year's Eve Episode: GH, DAYS or Y&R?

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When your favorite daytime dramas pick back up on Monday, three soaps left viewers with much to ponder as they rang in 2016! General Hospital, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless had New Year’s festivities, and some ended up in dire consequences, and the other renewed romances or the possibilites thereof!

On General Hospital, the show delivered a more tender episode centered around the love stories on the show and the dramatic tension of some possible ones to come! Johnny (Brandon Barash) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) were together in Johnny’s cabin on The Haunted Star at midnight.  They clinked champagnes glasses and both entered into quite the smooch! Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) rang in the New Year with the best possible news: Sonny felt his leg move and the couple kissed in happiness.  And it was Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) who renewed their love for one another with hitting the sheets, and each proposing marriage to the  other.  Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Billy Miller) were also together at midnight by circumstances, where they were playing a game of pool, and looked at each other as if they might kiss.  Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins)  kissed Valerie (Brytni Sarpy), who told him she wanted to just remain friends.

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On Days of our Lives, the long awaited New Years Eve car crash finally happened. I t is now revealed the circumstances that led up to it.  Brady (Eric Martsolf)  and Daniel (Shawn Christian) were going back to the Kiriakis’ to wait for their gals Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Theresa (Jen Lilley) who still needed to finish up some business with Kate (Lauren Koslow) at the Basic Black fashion show party.  Brady is in the driver’s seat, Daniel in the passenger side.  Brady realizes he left the gift Theresa gave him at the club, so they turn around.   At that time, a drunk-off-his-rocker Eric (Greg Vaughan), who decided not to wait for a cab to drive him home since it would take an hour, got in his car and drove. Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) was  in her car heading that way, because she was just with Abigail (Kate Mansi) learning the news that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the bio-dad of baby Thomas, not Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).   Next thing you know, all three cars crash.   Elsewhere, Chad and Belle (Martha Madison) were about to have sex, when Abby busted up their liaison with news for Chad! Will she get through to him and his brainwash block?

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On The Young and the Restless, Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Ben (Sean Carrigan) said their “I do’s”, but not before Ashley (Eileen Davidson) looses conciousness for a moment and falls to the floor during the vows.  Everyone wants her to go the hospital, but she refuses. The wedding continues and Abby and Ben become husband and wife.  Later a disraught Ashley goes to the Jabot lab and tears the place up hysterical and in tears.  Dr. Neville (Michael E. Knight) finds her and finally gets her to admit she has a brain tumor and is dying.  He says let him help her and they will find a cure.  She agrees to let him do his research.   Meanwhile, as Billy (Burgess Jenkins) has been trying to get to Abby and Stitch’s wedding he is accosted by his gambling debtor.   The guy wants his $200,000 now.  Billy says he will get to him tomorrow.  That’s not acceptable and so a henchmen beats Billy up in the face and leaves him in the parking garage on the floor.   Noah (Robert Adamson), who noticed Luca (Miles Gaston Villenueva) and Marissa (Sofia Pernas) kiss decides to leave the New Year’s/Wedding party, and notices his car is boxed in inside the parkting garage.  He puts his car in reverse to begin to leave, and acccidently runs into Billy!  Later, Marissa finds Billy and calls 911.

So, which New Year’s Eve episode hit the right notes? Which intrigued you the most?  Share your thoughs in the comment section below?

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Alan
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Alan

I hate to say it but Y&R had the best New Years Eve episode…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Re: Y&R. We all know where this is going. Marissa will assume Noah ran over Billy and left the scene. Will she spill to the authorities? Does she even need to? There are evidentiary tire marks, for sure…. AHHH, shucks! How clever and original! **************************** I would love to see a blossoming romance between Lulu and Johnny. So tired of Dante’s dog hound-eyed face. *************************** I am not too happy with some of the stuff going on at Days right now. Too much happening all at once. It has been one death after another. Jen in a coma? Why? The… Read more »

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

I said Jen will be in a coma and will see Jack…Mathew A. is making a brief return to the show as Jack so having her in a coma makes some sense to me!…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ok, Jimmy. I understand that. I had no idea Jack was making an appearance, albeit in her subconscience. Thanks. Later.

Thom Boise ID
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Thom Boise ID

They said before his appearance wouldn’t be til spring but who knows!

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

Thom….didnt know that…thought it would be sooner.

su0000
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su0000

Hi CeeCee!
I would really like a Lulu and Johnny hookup yoo.
but—
I think Brandon is just a short stay, so don’t see them going there..
We have to get Brandon to stay on!

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

I would like them together too…they are perfect together!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That certainly is a shame, Suzie Q. I figured Brandon was just going to be a nice, warm breeze. Come and gone. I like him so much better than Dante. Luv-ya.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

now, that’s something, I DEFINITELY agree, with you, su0000 – “get Brandon to stay on!”
I love love love love that idea.

Speaking of love love love love, Where is LUCY???? I miss her oh oh oh oh oh so much.
Back to Brandon, it would be great if he could at least sign up to GH for one-year, he’s just THAT good. We love to hate Johnny. And, I do see it with Lulu & Johnny. New and old Lulu.

Come back to Port Charles, Lucy. GH, bring Lynn back already!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oops. Sorry. There was no blood-vial switch involved, was there?!. Clyde just threatened the technician with his family’s lives. Niiiice!

elm51
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elm51

first place……………….days of our lives
second place…………..young & the restless
third place……………….general hospital
the funny thing is i have watched gh since the beginning & and it will always be my favorite soap but i have to give credit where credit is due days is the most intriguing….jmo

Barb
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Barb

Loving all of DOOL episodes!

Mark
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Mark

Days of Our Lives all the way! 😉

damien
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damien

i never made it to the end of days because i got bored half way thru with the lame fashion show rip off of bold and beautiful. griffith is already boring me with his recycling y n r tenure of chelsea redeeeming her bad attitude as a up coming fashionista now in the form of teresa! poor eric must ve only made an appearance towrds end of the show because it wasnt end in the first boring half, i would ve watched it for him otherwise!…. again a stupid death occurs to a character who the audience forgot about because… Read more »

damien
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damien

correction on my previous post.. the ny eve episode was pre empted in my area.. the lead up eppie was lame. i ll have to go online to catch the drama

CeeCee
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CeeCee

How right you are, damien. To paraphrase Leah on the previous Y&R thread, soaps, in general are going through the rinse/repeat cycle, and unimaginative. Case in point….did we not expect Luca to be listening to Marissa’s and Noah’s conversation, and then see them embracing?m So, now Luca has a big fat ‘something’ over Noah’s head; that is, if Luca really heard Noah hit Billy, what better way to get rid of Noah by ratting him out to the police? In one way, damien, I am sort of glad this happened….it gets Noah front and center. It’s about time he is… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Johnny kissed Lulu, saw it coming 10 miles away.. That was exciting as toenail clippings.. Sonny saw his leg move and got kissed by his wife.. Saw that coming 10 miles away. That was exciting as pigeon droppings. Patrick & Robin’s sex looked like they were shot with a tranquilizer gun before hitting the sheets. That was exciting as watching sloths mating. Sam and Jason played pool and almost kissed. That was exciting as an empty water glass Dillion and Val are friends.. For a New Year’s Eve… I can only thank God I was not overcome with excitement preventing… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Y&R,
at the least put some effort into New Years eve..
Nothing special, nothing exciting, but I did not nod-out, so gotta give it the thumb up..

Personally, I wish had never watched GH or Y&R’s New Year’s eve and Christmas episodes, I now can see into the future of both soaps, and it is sad very sad 🙁

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And yet you did watch them and posted your long winded diatribe. .which by the way had me LMAO..OH SUUU

su0000
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su0000

hi davlestev1..
I know!! why did do that lol
I did FF but still I hung in there..
Well, I am a certified GH, that is my excuse lol

(those couples bore me to near comatose, they do nothing, nothing at all..
they don’t even date or share a burger they don’t even get fresh air..
no adventure they just kiss and that is their deal. lol ..

Rose
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Rose

Su…I agree about the couples being boring…to here’s no build up or tension before they kiss and whatever. Well maybe a little between Nik and Hayden. Pretend you’re RC…how would you have spiced up New Years Eve?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

“Johnny kissed Lulu”…. YUM!!

su0000
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su0000

heyyyy CeeCee, more to to be seen monday..
You best nail your pants to the bench so you don’t get blown away from the exciting impact of the kiss!
Yup, the smoochie will be the biggie of the week !! ahaa yah sure 🙂

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@Su0000, that a wild write-up, I loved it. Now, I know you watch DAYS, too, now, right?
Can you do a write-up for that episode too. I’m WAITING….well, your MF blog fans are all waiting, too, I’m sure. Give us your take on DAYS….if you didn’t watch it, do it, I’m waiting. 🙂

Mateo
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Mateo

DAYS continually pulls the stupid card. I can’t believe even the writer of this blog drank the DAYS Kool-Aid. The only story worth watching in the last year on DAYS was the necktie killer storyline and that was ruined when in addition to murdering various characters they managed to kill off any semblance of respect for the gay story lines they were writing. The only character who is gay is Paul. And now they are gonna have Paul fall for some woman and realize that “he wasn’t gay, he just thought he was gay”. The show is poorly written, averagely… Read more »

Sheila
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Sheila

Y&R and Days almost a photo finish.
B&B
GH a good distance behind. It was ok but far from #1.

robert
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robert

I have to say Y&R had the bestNew Year’s show. Money was put into it. I loved everyone looking fancy and Y&R had some cliffhangers. DAYS is too dark for me. Not a fan of all the deaths. GH was really cheesy. What was that college football playoff stuff. By the way B&B is just terrible.

Patrick
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Patrick

Melissa Reeves I just do not get the attachment are we clinging to her character history… because she’s still on the show… for whatever reason? I truly want her in this coma… vegging out for the duration and tenure of DOOL Matthew Ashford… will moisten , more than Jennifer.. that’s for sure she’s an overpaid prop… for JJ and Abs.. and the history of DOOL Horton clan! her salary could easily go towards Kassie DePaiva I’d much rather watch Jack Deveraux … as a single father, (widower) from a male point of view… if not Jack… bring back Jamie Lyn… Read more »

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

“overpaid prop” – oh man, I laughed too hard!
I can’t argue with a single thing you said, Patrick
And I’m sure this actress must have been ecstatic at the total destruction of ‘the gays’ aspect of Days in 2015.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, Patrick. I was so afraid of saying what you said about Jen (Melissa). You said it for me. You know we will get backlash for that….She is a Horton, afterall…LOL.

Shay
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Shay

“Overpaid prop?” Oh, Patrick, that term you just coined is sheer perfection! Although I don’t watch Days, I can certainly attribute that very same label to quite a few GH characters!!!!! Therefore, thank you!….I shall definitely utilize it in the future, and I will make sure to credit you for it!!!! Well done!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I liked GH the best, although I find the term “hitting the sheets” to describe Robin and Patrick lovemaking a bit crude. Honestly, no one wonder there is no romance on soaps nowadays when the world has reduce psychical intimacy to the level of dogs humping with such terms as “hitting the sheets’. Y&R was okay, but nothing to write home about. I didn’t watch Days because I had zero interest watching them bring in the New Year with more death and destruction. And as much as like dJack and Jen in their day I have no appetite to see… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

I would have to say #1 Y & R thanks to Adam (Justin Hartley) & Chelsea(Melissa Egan). #2 Bold & Beautiful thanks to the transgender story & the break-up of Caroline & Rick. #3 G.H. Thanks to Carly/Sunny & Jason

Bonnie
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Bonnie

YR seemed the most exciting. GH is always my number show, but of the stories on the NY show, I only care about Lulu and Johnny

Amy
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Amy

GH loved Sonny & Carly scenes

Becky
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Becky

Patrick and Robin. Sincere sweet and loving reunited engagement.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Phil
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Phil

I know it is doom and gloom but DAYS is top notch right now! My top choice for New Year’s episode!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It was a blast seeing “Downtown” Julie Brown on DAYS New Year’s Eve episode!

Tea
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Tea

GH was the best for ME…I loved Sonny moving his legs.
And all the loving kisses he and Carly shared this NYE!!!

Laurie waskiewicz
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Laurie waskiewicz

GH

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

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

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

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

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

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

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

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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