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B&B Casts Spectra The New Generation!

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What another fun shocker from The Bold and the Beautiful!  At the end of Tuesday’s episode viewers noticed a young red-headed woman writing a check and signing it with the name “Sally Spectra”! Was it an homage to the character and the late, great Darlene Conley?

It’s one better, make that four better, because TV Insider revealed the scoop that the show, about to embark on its 30th anniversary season, has brought back a whole slew of never-before-seen Spectras!

Leading the way is Courtney Hope (Transparent) who plays the central role of Sally.  Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) revealed, “The new Sally we just met on air is the original Sally’s grandniece and Shirley’s granddaughter.”  In addition, Shirley is Sally’s sister played by Emmy winner and daytime soap favorite Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, DAYS).  Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening) will play Saul, the grandson of Sally’s lifelong tailor, Saul. Darlita will be played by Danube Hermosillo (Modern Family).  She is the next gen’s Darla!

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As to the characters story and how this new Spectra clan will fit onto e canvas, Bell dished, “Our new Sally has hopes and dreams of being a designer. The old Spectra Fashions brick warehouse is about to be hit by the wrecking ball—Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) wants to tear down the building and put up a skyscraper—but there’s a Hail Mary pass. We’re bringing back Mick Cain, as Sally’s son C.J., who owns the building. Mick has no interest in the fashion business but now he has a relative who is hot to give it a shot, so he’s going to let young Sally have the building for six months. She has very little time to make a go of it, but this is her opportunity to make Spectra Fashions shine again. And the original Sally is backing her from afar.”

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As to if this foursome will plot and steal designs from Forrester Creations like the Spectra/Forrester showdowns of the past, Bell teased: “They will definitely play dirty. Young Sally wants this company to be legit but, right away, the decks are stacked against her. As with a lot of people who come to Los Angeles with lofty ambitions, reality will come crashing down. Both she and Shirley come from nothing. Shirley, who worked for years in a bakery, raised Sally when her parents flew the coop, and together they’re a tough, determined team. And they’re broke.”

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So, what do you think of the revived Spectra clan and the casting choices? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Gerry
Gerry

Patrika Darbo is a great choice. She was an interesting offbeat villain on “Days” when her character was introduced. I just wish the show hadn’t killed off Darla’s daughter. She would be a great addition.

Is Sally (the character) still alive?

Claudio
Claudio

Yes Gerry, Sally Spectra character is alive. They should recast Sally with Robin Strasser ex Dorian OLTL, she would be terrific in the role. Patricia Darbo is a talented actress and I will watch her in her new role.

mollie
mollie

Or recast Sally Spectra with Kim Zimmer, former Reva Shane on Guiding Light. She could play a sassy and brassy Sally, imo.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I don’t foresee them recasting Sally Spectra. That would be an insult to Darlene’s memory, and would be a complete mess. The reception would be horrible. No one could portray the bigger than life, deep-voiced Sally like Darlene did during her lifetime.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Finally– the show was missing something for ages without a true rival designer house — although I don’t think it was necessary to recreate all the same names as the original Spectra threesome– unless they are planning on recycling old scripts and this will save them from reprinting them-LOL

Irene
Irene

I used to love the rivalry between the two designers. B&B needs some changes. Same old characters and same stories over and over. This is long overdue. P Darbo reminds me of original Sally. Same type.

Joel
Joel

This is a great shocking twist in the tradition of B&B but giving the next generation all the same/similar names is a bit much. Sally, Saul and Darlita?!? I would’ve loved to see Bobbie Eakes back… Maybe as Shirley’s daughter?

Claudio
Claudio

I love Bobbie Eakes, the lady is a wonderful actress and singer. I miss Macy so much, maybe Days or Y&R can hire her.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Give it time-there is a good chance that Macy could be back with us. Thorne is still around and I always thought Thorne and Macy were soul mates. Let’s just get this new blood settled in.

Mo
Mo

I agree that giving them all the same names are a bit much.

I love Patrika on Days so happy to see her on B&B.

I guess it’s good to have another storyline, family. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe Thomas will defect and return to Spectra. Didn’t he design for them once before?

vinman
vinman

Will be interesting. ……anything but that sorry “trio”….

Alan
Alan

That seems like a whole lot of characters to introduce all at once — especially for a half hour show.

Toni
Toni

I like the idea of the Spectra gang but to hope the story is good. Don’t just bring theme onn for fillers.

Sharon
Sharon

Courtney Hope is an awesome choice for the role of Sally. She is a strong, talented, proven actress that will make the Spectra’s proud….

Ray
Ray

This is a great spin on an old tale. I think the show is due for an infusion of new blood. I have been watching for more than a year and the only new character has been RJ and bringing back Ivy. With four new characters, I wonder if Sasha/Zende/Julius/Vivienne will continue to be pushed to back-burner even more.

I was not watching during the Sally Spectra era. I would have loved her over-the-top personality. It is great to see Patrike Darbo cast as a relative. I am afraid “Days” will regret not signing her to a lon-term contract. I would have loved to have seen some scenes with Nancy and Craig.

It will be interesting to see how these young characters will interact with Steffi/Wyatt/Liam. I am also hoping to see how this will impact Bill. I am ready for Ridge to take a break. I am still not buying the Ridge/Quinn lustfest.

Best of luck on the new storylines, to Patrika and all of the other new cast members.

P.S. I love Quinn!

Darren
Darren

They should have recast, Sally Spectra with Patricia Darbo. Patrika and Sally, both have red hair and are sexy chubby ladies. Sally is away, the character was not killed off. I love Patrika, she is a wonderful actress.

Darren
Darren

Darlene Conley passed away in 2007, man I miss Sally. She was Dame and loved her acting. They should have devasted Sally with Patrika Darbo, but I wish Patrika good luck on The Bold And The Beautiful.

Mark Y
Mark Y

CJ is back?! And Patrika Darbo? Best news about B&B in a long time! Can’t wait.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Looking forward to seeing what will unfold! Sounds refreshing right now. Maybe, just maybe Wyatt will hit it off with nuSally or Darlita and NOT have her introduced to Liam, LOL!

davlestev1
davlestev1

#FINALLY..but don’t forget your other characters. .and by the way I must say THANK YOU AMAZON FOR THE IRISH SOAP RED ROCK. .IT’S F.A.B. like the reboot of THUNDEBIRDS HEE HEE .

stevie g
stevie g

Why couldn’t the new Sally be Patrikas daughter instead of grand daughter? She has a young (currently unseen) daughter, Joy on Days.

Mo
Mo

I guess because they want Shirley to be Sally’s sister. Although, she could be a much younger sister. And then it gives them more family should they want to call them in.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

I love it! Can’t wait for the day when Thomas leaves Forrester to work at Spectra as head designer. They are taking the show back to their “Glory Days” when the Forresters, Spectras, Logans and Spencers ruled. But, they need to trim the cast. As it is, there are many disjointed story lines.
And, BRING CAROLINE BACK. New couples should be Thomas and Sally, Caroline and Rick. Can’t wait for Steffy’s and Liam’s wedding. More Bill Spencer and Katy – their chemistry has always sizzled.

Iakovos
Iakovos

This is welcome news, especially if it means a finish to the endless Liam-Steffy-Wyatt slog and the stupid Ridge bed jumping stories. Really, B&B just see a story through and let us move on to new ones. And have the characters do something.

B&B for a looooong time has missed genuine conflict. The Forrester-Spectra battles in business made for great stories and the treat of fashion shows. The Logan love slog and the repeat marriages/divorces/annulments and such have grown so tiresome.

toscanti
toscanti

This is Great News! I miss Darlene as “Sally Spectra”. This will be a nice way to celebrate 30 years of B&B. I’ve watched since day one.

Cheryl O'Neil
Cheryl O'Neil

I am REALLY EXCITED about the new Spectr
story line & your casting!! I can’t wait for
the Fire again between Forrester & Spectra!!
LOL! The Liam Steffy & Wyatt Storyline
Is getting soooo OLD!! How MANY TIMES
can they get Married! Wyatt needs a new
Love in his Life that won’t even look at Liam
PLEASE! Hee! Hee! Have A Nice Day!

Dean_Morgan
Dean_Morgan

Just when I thought I couldn’t find the time to add another soap to my DVR, I hear Patrika Darbo, who I loved on Days, will be part of Bold. Guess I won’t be getting much sleep…because I cannot miss her.

Mo
Mo

Why does Shirley have a southern accent and the other Spectras don’t? I think they should have had Patrika just use her natural voice.

And Sally Sr.’s voice didn’t even sound like her. I guess they did the best they could.

Considering Jackie M was in that building after Spectra, I don’t know why there was Spectra stuff on the walls.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I like the idea but am concerned about these details. Sally, Saul, Darlita??? It is one thing to build upon the recently ignored Spectras. It is another to try to merely recopy what worked before. We’ll see.

I wonder how C.J. Garrison, Sally’s son and, thus, related to these folks, will fit into all of this? Will the show even bother to mention him?

Mo
Mo

How is that that Sally Jr. has the last name of Spectra? Was Spectra Sally’s maiden name or a made up name? If it was her maiden name, then did Shirley not give her daughter the daughter’s father’s last name? So then that daughter too gave her daughter the Spectra name? Unless Sally is related to Shirley through a male? It is very complicated.

Or did Sally Jr. just take the name?

Family tree and explanation is needed.

Deb
Deb

I actually hate this idea. The old Sally was way too over the top to be either likeable or believable, and it seems like a desperate ploy for ratings (which they never have had to resort to) to bring this rival storyline back. I think Rick and Thomas should start their own fashion house and keep the Forresters the stars of the show.

Patricia Jones
Patricia Jones

I LOVE the new Sally Spectra !!!! The actress is phenomenal !! She reminds me of a younger Heather Tom ! Send Thomas back to NY, he is a bore . She is definitely for Wyatt. She is his female counterpart !! Can’t wait until Sally and Wyatt meet !!!!!!

Lisa W.
Lisa W.

The storyline and acting seems too forced and the whole seems awkward and annoying. The show needs to stop rehashing old plots and come up new ideas.

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