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Who Killed DAYS Andre? Name Your Prime Suspect!

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Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives saw many threats made against Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis), and eventually saw the guy left for dead!

It’s Abigail (Marci Miller) who finds her husband’s brother dead on the floor at DiMera Enterprises when we fade to black and are left with a major cliffhanger, and the beginning of a murder mystery, this time under the capable hands of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.  Prior to his death, Andre revealed his double-crossing of both Gabi (Camila Banus) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), and both women were left not so happy.

In fact, Gabi threatened Andre, and we don’t know exactly what happened with Kate when she all of a suddenpledged her love to Andre, only to have him reveal his very sinister side to her, and what he has been up to.

Chad (Billy Flynn) is not happy with his brother whatsoever, and neither were Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Vivian (Louise Sorel). She wanted to eliminate Andre. Meanwhile, Stefan called someone to possibly do an outside job on his brother.  Anna (Leann Hunley) is quite a suspicious suspect too, because she has an ax to grind with Andre, because of the loss of the love her life, his twin brother, Tony.

So with the investigation about to begin, who do you think will be the prime suspect in Andre’s murder: Anna, Gabi, Kate, Chad, Abigail, Stefan, Vivian, or someone else? Weigh-in via the comment section below!

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boes
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boes

Tony killed him. Or Anna with the urn.

Because Tony isn’t dead and I bet he’s been impersonating Andre for most of the time.

Jimh
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Jimh

Ya…i think Tony is around!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I always felt that when they brought Thaao back, he should have been playing Tony. I preferred Tony over Andre so i was disappointed when I learned Thaao was reprising Andre. Would be great if Tony was alive and kicking.

Jovin
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Jovin

Let’s Correct it now. Thaao should be Tony, the charming, suave, debonair man about town with Anna by his side. Andre was never meant as more than a cartoon villain. Let’s not forget that he viciously stabbed and murdered 5 women in the 80’s. Then there was him as the Faux Killer of 2003. Finally, after years of captivity and abuse and identity swaps, Tony should be able to claim his place as head of DiMera! Now that Stefan O. has arrived, let him be the “bad” DiMera, but let Chad and Tony be the good guys! Every headwriter of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I like it, boes.

Monica
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Monica

All the clues are there. It’s ABIGAIL! Remember first and foremost that she is kooky. Then, remember the scene in the Gaby-Sheek offices between Gabi and Abby? While they were talking the camera specifically and purposefully showed us a coat and some wigs. There are three reason Abby did it: 1) Stefan hit on Gabby in front of her on purpose to make her jealous and she has secretly fallen for him. 2.) she walked in on chad and Gabi hugging (making her kray-kray come back) and 3.) when she confronted Andre he showed his true colors to her –… Read more »

Chillywillie
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Chillywillie

I said same theory. It was almost obvious from that same episode you talking about on Jan 17th. I rewatched it after today’s episode and confirmed my suspicions with the wigs. And also two different times they zoomed in on her coat and her badge. And roeshadowin* conversation about Vivian saying to Stefan she doesn’t think Abigail is fully well from mental breakdown and could snap anytime soon

blake
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blake

Who cares? I’m glad Andre is gone. Days has way too many who-done-it stories, at least two a year.

Mary
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Mary

I disagree. I am going to miss Andre. I hope and pray this does not mean that those fans who love Thaao Penghlis have not lost him on Days.

Celia
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Celia

I love Thaao…..the culprit could be anyone… Vivian, Stefan, Anna, Kate, …even the one we hardly consider plausible, such as Abby.
We must remember that even those we do not suspect could be the culpable….such as Abby and Gabi……both have done the unthinkable, in the past.
So, I guess Gilles will be the attorney defending whomever….

Patrick
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Patrick

I HOPE NOT @Mary. I truly appreciate what Thaao brings it’s old skool it’s classic it’s elegance It’s dashing it’s humor it’s wit with word and lots of expression it’s pulling out from… his mind, instinct, tact, he’s like a one man show.. and WITH Kate and being a DiMera sharing the manse TONS OF FUN. I HOPE with; that Andre is pulling a great stunt out of the DiMera hat… and is “faking” his death. to help get the family fortune out of the clutches of Stefan and Vivian. was Thaao let go for ? Stefan and Vivian ?… Read more »

Maca
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Maca

God bless Ron Carlivati!!!!!!!

Mary
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Mary

Absolutely not!

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Someone you least suspect.I don’t know who though.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Andre either faked his death, or the presumably dead Andre is actually Tony, who has been in-place of Andre for the past few months.

Kit
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Kit

Andre took a page from Stefano’s playbook and has faked his own murder in order to wreck havoc on the “surviving” members of his family. If I’m right, he will soon be called Phoenix Junior or Phoenix II.

Christine
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Christine

I agree with Boes…that strange “person” taking Anna’s picture….I thought that might be Tony as well. I loved the character of Andre, but let’s face it….I don’t think he was redeemable nor was he evil enough to take over for Stefano!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I don’t think he was redeemable nor was he evil enough to take over for Stefano” I truly believed this in the beginning… but.. with RC writing … Andre and Kate become this comedic in the throes, take no prisoners.. enchanted themselves celebrating all the mystique at the DiMera Manse. formidable foes ? you have to laugh at how well these two are written… nonetheless Kate and Andre LIVE it was a lively escape to delve in to.. the wit the zingers the laugh… the nuanced word play looks glances.. sideways back to and around. dance

Patrick
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Patrick

ps: after all… this is Andre time to rally excite and bring about Andre Turnaround

to be taken serious… at the top… and LIVING the life as one, alongside in equal measure

COME ON Andre

I think this is built in and around Vivian.. and Thaao will rise from the ashes and phoenix father , with ring, and chess mate with Chad and drink from gods how Kate is his trusted alliance and lover perhaps

Priscilla
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Priscilla

Anna killed him

Satan
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Satan

I’m going to put extra security on Andre this time. He escapes Hell far too often!

Mateo
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Mateo

It was Sister Mary Moira in the library with a candlestick after she announced that she was pregnant with his baby. She is sad because she gave up her virginity and celibacy for such a wicked wicked evil evil evil man. Go back to the church Sister, you have done something terrible. What will Susan and Kristen think? Actually I tend to go with the Anna theory. She is just whacky enough to take him on. And to join in the chorus of daytime angels singing this hymn: God Bless Ron Carlivati!! I am now singing a solo to rejoice… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

I think you need also to thank Sheri Anderson!! She wrote through the Glory DAYS of this show and had a hand in either creating or developing many of the characters on air today. Ron has admitted publicly that he doesn’t know the show’s history. Given that Rons last writing stint ended in complete disaster, with GH gutted and broken, I think here at DAYS he is being kept on a very tight leash by Sheri and Boss Corday. Ken wanted the qualities Ron brings to the show: creativity, outlandishness, umbrella plotting, shock value etc. But he NEEDED a writer… Read more »

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I agree that since Ron Carlivati doesn’t know the show’s history he might rely on both Sheri Anderson and Ryan Quan who are his story consultants to keep him grounded and to tell him if he’s going astray.Plus maybe Carlivati needed time to adjust in how he should write for Days and that’s why his first few months were a little bad.

Jovin
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Jovin

A little bad?? Lol. They were nonsensical and cartoonish and made most of the characters look like morons….which incidentally was exactly what Ron did at GH. The double doppelgänger story went absolutely nowhere, served no purpose, and was mercifully aborted seemingly midstream, although I don’t know how seeing as DAYS tapes so far ahead. Maybe Corday was reading scripts and flipped out and said CUT THIS CRAP AND CHANGE GEARS QUICK! July to October was painful. Nicole’s exit was demeaning and awful and did a disservice to actress and character! Will’s return was kind of weird and anti-climactic. Though I… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Mateo…to me, Anna has ALWAYS BEEN LOONEY-TUNEY…PERIOD!!!!!

Just saying……….

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think “Stefan O” arranged to have him attacked and for it to look like a murder…he was against his mother’s plan to murder him…perhaps this was his way of making her think Andre is dead. And, if Tony is still alive (now, I’m new to this show and I don’t know the history so I could be completely off the track, just going by the little I know and have read here)…is it possible he was involved, too?

Alan
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Alan

I think that Andre has faked his death to cause DiMera stock to plummet so he can buy it up and regain control of the company from Stephan and Vivian.

Celia
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Celia

It’s a possibility, Alan….you’re usually quite on the mark.
I think the fact that Vivian was so set on murdering Andre was a ploy to steer us in herbdirection.
If he is, indeed, dead, I bet kate did it, a’ la woman scorned? Enter Gilles?

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I’m wondering if Andre was killed during a struggle with someone and so whoever killed him didn’t plan to do it.Also maybe Andre has faked his death and is going to fake either Vivian or Stefan for his “murder”.However if it turns Tony is alive i’m wondering if maybe the show is going to maybe tease that it was Tony who got killed and whoever did it thought it was Andre he or she was killing.That way when and if Tony appears alive the viewers wonder if it’s really Tony or if it’s Andre impersonating Tony again.

Mo
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Mo

Harold. He was tired of picking up Andre’s socks.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

HaHa!!

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Somebody not on the canvas currently or Vivian.

I think they are putting too much in potential for Stefan O to have him commit murder. I think he and Vivian planned it but somebody got to him first. Doubt highly it was Anna nor Gabi.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Chrystie….I thought the same thing. Vivian is too obvious. Anna will be a suspect…. as will Gabi because of Andre firing her; I mean, she announced it to a few people, so…..
I like your idea thst it coukd be someone not known to us.
Greg Rikaard?… he’s coming soon, isn’t he?
What if Tony, who fell off the pier while arguing with Phillip did not die? This solidifies boes theory. Tony killed Andre our of revenge? Maybe Andre held Tony prisoner, and he finally escaped? Not probable?

Shay
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Shay

Hey, CeeCeeGirl!!! The real culprit is Victor Cassadine…he didn’t actually die in the Crichton-Clark explosion and he’s hiding out in Salem!!!! At least that’s my wishful thinking since I want to see Victor return to Port Charles one day!

Celia
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Celia

@Shay,
Hey, you…good to “see” you here.
You know, Shay, when the Days ‘team’ was shipwrecked on a Greek island, I made a similar comment. …..that is; Nikolas Cassadine was stranded there as well. LOL.
Yeah, so, Victor was perhaps impersonating Andre…..how witty of you, ma belle…
Keep on watching, bella….

Shay
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Shay

Well, once this Faison thing is settled in Port Charles, I might as well “check out “ of GH and find another soaptown to visit! With no Genie Francis/Laura to assume the mantle of mayor, that storyline has been sullied to the max…I’ve no interest in watching the contest as it now stands, although I do have a suitably fitting campiagn slogan for Ned….”Quartermaine or Bust!” What do you think, CeeCeeGirl???? Works for me….

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Okay I think that I figured this one out.I believe that Abby killed Andre well first he fires her then he takes away her company from her and Abby has killed before who is to say she wouldn’t do it again.I mean she was angry as all hell.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

whoops I mean Gabby

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think the killer is Abby. She became his biggest supporter and seemed horrified when she discovered his body. She’s the last person some people would suspect, but one shouldn’t forget Abby’s propensity for profound behavior…the girl has gone crazy on a crazy person before!! Abby just doesn’t remember she killed him, but eventually she will.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, 4ever….if you read my post, that’s the first thing I said?….Abby is the last person we’d think would kill Andre…. as is Gabi.
The only thing that strikes a discordant note is her tears….Abby looked sincerely shocked!!!! ….and in real pain.
Remorse??

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think Abby blocked it out, Celia. She’s experiencing PTSD and a possible split personality. Maybe she does remember and at first she thought it was a dream, like when she dealt with Ben, the root of her problems. Juicy stuff!

Celia
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Celia

OOOOOHH, 4ever…I like that…Abby blocked it out !!! Makes a lot of sense. And, what a plot-line that would make!!!! I hope it works out that way…..I wonder, though, for how long will the mystery of “who done it”, go on…??

Carrie
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Carrie

John Black.

Matt
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Matt

What about Hattie escaping Statesville to get back at her Alfie by killing him??

Carrie
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Carrie

That’s a good one. I miss Hattie.

Scot
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Scot

Hold the phone. If this guy is indeed Andre, who cares who killed him? He was a psychopath serial killer who gruesomely stabbed and murdered multiple women in the early 1980’s. He also tried to kill Hope and Marlena while framing Roman in the process. Why are Kate and Abby all sentimental about this monster? Why would one of his victims, Hope, be trying to find his executioner? She executed Stefano, who deserved it. Roman saved her butt. Why the hard line with Roman and Anna about even filthier trash like Andre? I tried to watch this show again because… Read more »

Chillywillie
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Chillywillie

Just rewatch the Jan 17th episode. Soooo obvious. Suspected it right after murder happened. Every single person looked guilty or like they knew something about it when they heard of andres death. The only person that showed real shock and emotion was one person. And I said yup there is yourkiller. ABIGAIL!!! Just watch that episode again. 1)Vivian foreshadowing conversation with Stefan about Abigail not being stable and could snap anytime 2)Abigail walking in on chad hugging gabi 3)gabi office with all those wigs in there 4)at least 2 maybe 3 close ups of gabi jacket and id badge. Which… Read more »

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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.”

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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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