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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

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This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

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Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

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Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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DesylvaNewman
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DesylvaNewman

#teamadam all the way.
Adam and Sharon belong together.
They have always supported and defendeded each other.
Their love is 100%.
It is time to reunite #Shadam

I agree with Sharon, Shadam is the next Niktor.

Hope Adam gets Sharon back. ❤️❤️❤️

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes,yes Desylva! Rey is nice but not very exciting. Adam is so hot and that bad boy thing is irresistible on him. Plus, Chelsea has become more obnoxious in voice-over than in regular speech. Sharon’s risking everything here and since no one ever gives Adam a break, maybe Victor will support them. Unless devil boy Conner tries to sabotage Sharon again. We don’t need that!

Connie C
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Connie C

Yes, both of these guys are really But I think Adam because you can see there’s a connection and there is a fire in their eyes. Definitely Adam. But I agree Rey is also a very handsome and sexy guy he needs a great sexy and intriguing lady for him. He needs that hot and heavy wild love with a gorgeous and mysterious character

Carole
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Carole

I agree. Sharon has such a deep rooted love for Adam.
I want them together soooooooo bad!!!

Myrtle Brewington
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Myrtle Brewington

So do i

Iris Benson
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Iris Benson

I’m team Adam. Rey and sharon are boring together

Carole
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Carole

#TEAMADAM hands down

Drake
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Drake

For the sake of story, Adam, but in the real world she would be a fool not to choose Rey. I mean that’s one snack of a man.

Hope
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Hope

Team Shadam! They have been apart way too long!

Celia
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Celia

This is soooo redundant. If it’s not the deadly triangle, it’s Gramps Jack getting it on with sneaky, snaky young women. I like neither Ray nor this Adam. Chronologically speaking, age and certain events are not in sync. I get it, it’s a soap. But Sharon looks her age—-and Mark has a baby face. As far as Ray? He is too stiff—-he brings the “cop” mentality home. I had always hoped Nick and Sharon would get back together. Now, Jack —–Please, writers, do not go down the uninteresting, pathetic old man/young woman path again. Do not make the “great”, undisputedly… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

What really bothers me, Celia, is Jack’s poor judgment with Sally. There has to be someone else in town besides a proven schemer who’s also patronizing and self-serving. If he’s chasing memories of Phyllis…that’s even more insulting.

Celia
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Celia

TPTB always “reinvent” older characters. Why? —-to keep them relevant. However, we are dealing with much older adults who should know better than to fall for scheming, much younger women—as I said, it only makes Jack look like a fool—-the kind of fool into whom I’d love to smack some sense ….or take a very hot shower. EWWWW!!
The writers did the same thing with Victor time and again.
Chasing memories of Phyllis? Good one. At least, her breath doesn’t smell like formula.
I don’t like any storyline on Y&R —-my favorite soap needs a little push in the right direction.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Celia Hey, how are you and family? Staying well I hope, despite all that white stuff you’ve been getting. I wonder if Jack in real life feels as foolish as he’s acting with his hand glued to that darn cradle. You would think they would have learned ssomething from the last fiasco. I think Jack is smitten with Sally because she reminds him of the younger Phyllis. I never felt he got over his “red” I don’t know how he can even look at her and Billy without wanting to throw up. Iam not saying they have to pair him… Read more »

Team Magneto
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Team Magneto

There are so many defunct soaps that have actresses that could have been perfect with Peter Bergman. Kassie DePaiva, Kristen Alfonso,Kelly Menaghan just off the top of my head. When you think about the history of him and Jill how can he throw up at Billy & Phyllis? Jack forgave Billy the way John did. Honestly I’m only liking Lilliam, Jack & Billy, Amanda and Imani/Anaya I think Sally, the Abby baby story,Kyle shirking his son, Victor’s revenge, Vikki wanting Billy back is so been there done that blah. They completely underuse/misuse Lauren, Michael, Kevin and Chloe. They’re the people… Read more »

JenW
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JenW

I like Adam but in this triangle I am Team Rey. I love Jordi V. and I think he and Sharon are a terrific pairing. I was disappointed and amazed at Chelsea’s reaction to Adam’s return considering they were so devoted to each other, so that totally changed the dynamic of their relationship for me [and that marriage she was in made no sense and was a non-starter] … I still hold out for them to be together. That being said, Team Rey all the way – I hope he won’t give up on the marriage too soon. Terrific interview… Read more »

Sherl
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Sherl

I agree. Team Rey. Let Adam work it out with Chelsea.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Team Rey, but I’d rather see him with someone who is more committed and really IN love with him. They have never been really romantic, more like brother and sister. Sharon and Mark may be a couple in real life and they may want to continue it on screen but I sure don’t. They deserve each other!

Danielle Bartlett
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Danielle Bartlett

Team Adam no denying sharons pull towards Adam everyone sees it

Sally Hage
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Sally Hage

#Shadam ALL THE WAY

Esther Leyva
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Esther Leyva

Always wanted Sharon and Adam together. They have always had chemistry !!!!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Esther
In my opinion, only when Michael Muhney played the part, especially after they got married and they were out in the snow, and Sharon in her white fur coat.

Linda Stroup
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Linda Stroup

Neither, its time for her and Nick. CANT STAND Adam, and Ray is sweet, but Nick is her forever. PHYLLIS needs to hook up with Adam, they are two of a kind schemers

Mary Spence
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Mary Spence

Sharon needs to stay single for awhile. I can’t believe Adam and others have calls in Sharon to give advise to their love ones. And Sharon is as crazy as they come. And Nick is kind of goofy. And I’m sick of Abby, he’s never satisfied. And that storyline of looking for a serum donor is crazy too. .And another thing, Billy and Lily is a no no, she gave Cane a hard time but with Billy boy it’s a different story. Bring Cane back in the story please.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Mary Spence
Sorry, but I have to disagree. First of all Abby is a she and she’s not looking for serum but a sperm doner, which was before Devon stepped up. Iam not crazy about Billy and Lily, but I sure don’t want to see him back with Victoria, that man eater and it was Cane that gave Lily the hard time, remember the baby that we never saw?

Deborah
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Deborah

Sharon knew she shouldn’t have Rey in the first place. Unfortunately Rey has had his world turn upside down again. He deserves better than this. If she had an ounce of loyalty in her, she would realize Rey has been there for her doing her crisis. She is always trying to justify Adam at anyone expense. What about her Daughter suffering from what Adam did to her as a baby. I know you have to forgive but who more important my daughter or Adam. Poor Chesla suffering too because of Adam chasing behind Sharon. I have watched this story from… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

The end game will always be Nick and Sharon ! Adam should have stayed dead when they fired Muhney. Been done with it and Phyllis should have moved to New York never to be seen again. Waste of salaries

Frances Morlan
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Frances Morlan

I think sharon and rey should move to Florida try to work on there marriage Adam should never came back Adam should find a new therapist for Chelsea else where that doesn’t involve sharon

Garrett Godwin
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Garrett Godwin

I am all in for Adam & Sharon! It is finally time that these two be together! Adam & Sharon is the story worth watching and rooting for: sweet and sexy, showing the many layers and sides of love and romance! Team Adam AND #Shadam! Reunite #Shadam!

Pauline Davis
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Pauline Davis

Am team Chelsea all the way Chelsea is the one for Adam and Connor will hate his father for ever

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I think if Chelsea had a brain in her head she would dump Adam. She knows he’s got the hots for Sharon, so why keep beating a dead horse? She should take Conner and go live her life, find someone who really wants her. Wonder how he’d feel if she went chasing after Nick again. I’d love seeing Nick with anyone but crazy Phyllis.

Lynn
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Lynn

No offense to Grossman, but he is not “Adam” —something is missing since he became Adam; he almost seems to be too whiny and needy.
That being said, recast Adam and I’ll be on board team Shadam.
(While on the subject of recasting….. The actor who plays Billy doesn’t have what it takes to play the part).

Celia
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Celia

Agreed and agreed!! No one will ever compare to Muhney’s Adam.
As far as Thompson?—-I said the same from the first day he showed up in GC as Billy—-likewise, no one can replace Billy Miller. YUM!!
Bring back Daniel gor Lily–
Also, bring back Kemo ( who must be approaching fifty) as a reminder of Jack’s real age. LOL.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Ah Celia, every time I see Billy Miller mentioned, I practically swoon. He was — and IS — the only true spirit of Billy Abbott. I’ve never gotten the vaguest hint of playful, adorable flakiness from JT. He just comes across as humorless and, frankly, arrogant. Remember when Billy M. would squeeze Kevin’s cheek and call him “my little chipmunk.” Oh Billy, where are you when we need you?

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Soaphound—Billy seems like a sweet dream now—-he was the show!! I’m a good girl ( I think(–LOL—madly in love with my husband—but, Soaphound, my heart always skipped a beat whenever he appeared. Then, that idiotic Drew/Jason business on GH was the lowest of the low. Prince Burton wanted his job back and Billy was flushed down the toilet. Back to GC—-I never liked Chelsea; that’s a known fact—wishy washy personality, but the right age for Adam. Sharon is old enough to have given birth to Mark—-sorry guys—-it’s a soap, but the age factor ( that BIG of a difference)… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

And you know what else, Celia…why was no woman ever pursuing Drew after he and Sam split? One of the sexiest guys on TV had no “lustees” besides you and I? (In a partnerless world, of course). Drew & Franco and Drew & Curtis had more sparks than Sam I Am anyway. I just thought it was odd.

Satan
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Satan

Well, to be fair, Drew was understandably preoccupied with his son dying of brain cancer. And after that, he got thrown into the middle of this whole thing with the Shiloh cult, Whiny Heiny and how that all goes back to when he & Jason got kidnapped for some mad scientist’s experiment…. which eventually got him killed (or so we were led to believe. He’s not in Hell… that much I can tell you.) That doesn’t leave a lot of room for a “social life” unfortunately. Might have been logical if he & Kim had re-connected over their mutual grief… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Sorry I took my time answering you, Soaphound—–I didn’t mean to be rude. School is in full session now ( in person classes), so, life picked up the pace—-busy!! It WAS odd that “Drew” was left stagnating, as far as women are concerned—-however, after reading Satan’s take on it, he makes a lot of sense. I only wish and hope Billy will resurrect and return to PC. Franco is dead—-sad!! I realize many were/are not fans, but I liked the actor. Why isn’t Peter dead? What is in store for him?I cringe each time the camera’s “eye” is fixed on… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Billy A can’t be the goofy Billy that Miller played. His daughter was hit by a car and died and that changed him forever. JT as Billy is still haunted by the loss of Delia and while he had found a way to find happiness Delia’s death is always with him. If he behaved as the goof ball he’d be disrespecting Delia and her place on the show. Well done JT!

Sandy
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Sandy

Team Rey. Honor your wedding vows!! Rey is a really good guy.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sandy
You said that Rey is a really good guy and that’s part of the problem. He’s also a man, not a doormat nor another word I won’t use here. He’s never going to change Sharon’s feelings from Adam to himself, and he’s letting her make a fool out if him. I think he should take what little pride he’s got left, throw it in a suitcase with his clothes and tell her adious!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Isn’t it odd, Violet, that Rey and sister Lola are in the same boat? Fighting ghosts of their partners’ past loves that aren’t past at all. Lola wasn’t a doormat. Rey shouldn’t be one either. Move on!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

So right Soaphound. Rey’s just too damn nice and he’s living in la la land if he thinks there will be some miracle changing how she feels about Adam as compared to how she feels about HIM.

Rosie
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Rosie

Rey

K Des
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K Des

Team Adam

Catherine
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Catherine

I so want Sharon & Adam together ! For years I wanted Sharon & Nick back together. Then when Nick & Phyllis got back together again that was the last straw and I’m over it . The chemistry between Adam & Sharon is off the charts with the sexual tension . Poor Rey he just cant win .

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I’m with you, Catherine. When Sharon looks at Adam, even I start getting heated up. And if I have to listen to any more of Chelsea’s histrionic voice-overs, I’ll need a nurse!

Team Magneto
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Team Magneto

I believe Chadam was better. I believe Rey deserves someone madly in love with him so I vote neither.

Days Of Our Lives

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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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Newman Kids Talk 48th Anniversary, Storylines, Camaraderie, and Take the Trivia Challenge

On Friday, to celebrate the 48th anniversary of The Young and the Restless (which premiered back on March 26th,1973) Michael Fairman chatted virtually with the actors who comprise the adult Newman family children; Joshua Morrow (Nick), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Mark Grossman (Adam), Hunter King (Summer) and Melissa Ordway (Abby).

During the conversation, on You Tube’s the Michael Fairman Channel, the actors discussed what it was like coming into the iconic Newman clan when they first debuted, behind-the-scenes moments and laughs they share working with each other, and what it has been like for them to share scenes with their iconic TV father, Eric Braeden (Victor) and for some of the kids, their on-screen mother, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).

In addition, each touch upon their current Y&R storyline where:Nick is involved with Phyllis again, Adam is on to Chelsea, Victoria is trying to be in the woman in charge of the company and she finds herself boyfriend-less, Summer has her hands full with the arrival of Tara Locke and Sally Spectra who may all destroy her relationship with Kyle, and Abby wanting to have a baby via surrogacy with the sperm donor being Devon.

Later, Michael plays a round of “Stump the Newman” trivia where the actors are put to the test to see just who knows the history of the Newman clan best. Watch what happens when the mention of the notorious and ill-fated reliquary storyline is brought up!

Joshua, Amelia, Mark, Hunter, and Melissa also express what it has meant to them to be a part of the legacy of The Young and the Restless, and still later Joshua’s daughter, Charlie, even makes a special guest appearance.

Now watch the conversation in full with the Newman kids below. 

Then let us know, what was your favorite moment of the interview? How do you hope their current storylines resolve? What was your favorite and least favorite storyline of all-time for Nick, Victoria, Adam, Abby, and Summer? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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