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DAYS Peter Reckell Reflects On Bo's Death, His Heartbreaking Scenes, If He Would Ever Return & Fan Reaction!

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Two weeks ago, Days of our Lives viewers watched in shock as their beloved anti-hero, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) suddenly died as he was recalling his iconic love story with the love of his life Hope (Kristian Alfonso).  In an episode which contained touching writing harkening back to the history of Bo and Hope, historical clips, and beautiful performances, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Bo collapses in Hope’s arms.  And with that, fans of Peter Reckell and Bo Brady learned that indeed the actor’s highly touted return to the NBC soap, which just turned 50-years-old in November, was short-lived.  But during his recent run, it provided emotional material for Reckell, and his long time castmates.  For it had been over three years since Peter left the legendary soap opera, and with a feeling that the manner in which Bo was written out left much to be desired, and much unresolved.

While Reckell’s visit was not long in 2015, he still delivered what he is known to portray better than anyone else: deep emotions, heart, passion, and the guy you just want to give a big hug to!  In part two of our interview with Peter, we discuss his thoughts now on the show losing Bo, as well as him having to say farewell to this character he embodied over decades.  Peter also shares if he would ever entertain the notion of returning to DAYS, since the mantra is usually “never, say never” in soapland, when characters die.  When you think about the scenes fans recently witnessed between his DAYS co-stars: Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), Galen Gering (Rafe), Kristian Alfonso, Peggy McCay (Caroline) and more, it’s hard to imagine that long-time viewers weren’t touched by all of it, and Peter weighs-in.

As it’s truly an end of an era, Peter reveals the emotions he felt filming his final scenes, and the emotions he felt watching the fans’ response, and his co-stars reactions to Bo’s untimely death.  He also addresses the reported decision making process to kill off Bo, what would he like to change if he could from Bo’s final story beats, and more.  Here’s our very special chat with an actor whose performances will always remain in our hearts, and will always be unforgettable.

DAYS fans, and in particular those of Bo and Hope, witnessed an emotional hankie-filled episode that was devoted to the super couple, with a look back at their enduring love story with retrospective clips.  This was happening right as Bo was dying in front of his beloved “Fancy face”.   It was a beautiful episode.  Did you watch it?

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PETER:  Yes, mostly because my wife Kelly’s song played in that episode.  But then I watched it.  As I have told you before, I usually don’t watch myself.  I think mostly what affected people were the memories.  Most of those scenes were 30, 25, or 20 years old, and so that sort of tells you the landscape of who has been most affected by this.  It’s those people who were changing their high school and college schedules so they could watch the show, pre-DVD and DVR, and back when we were putting DAYS on our VCR’s. (Laughs)

For that retrospective episode, and the moments within it where Bo brings the oak tree, and the carnival tickets out of his pocket (all relating to key moments in Bo and Hope’s past), did you have a hand in saying to the writers and producers, “This is how I would like that show to be created, and for Bo to die?”

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PETER:  No.  I was just there for the ride, and doing what they asked me to do.  I have said all along, I was really proud of the writers, and how they did this, as it’s a difficult thing.  People are both cranky and pissed that Bo is not going to be there, and also thankful that they finally had some definition of what happens in the relationships and with the character.  It was a double-edged sword that the writers were able to navigate pretty well.

After Bo dies, he is lying on the ground and Kristian Alfonso, Mary Beth Evans, and Stephen Nichols, your long-time acting partners. are pouring their hearts out above you grieving over the sudden death of Bo.  Was that moment surreal for you?  How were you just able to lie there while they were acting circles above you?

PETER:  The difficult part was not having tears streaming down my face.  It was like I wanted to say, “Hey, let me reach up and hug you while you are crying!”  It was that kind of moment for me.  Actors are put in difficult situations, and that was one of my most difficult situations to just try to be convincingly dead, because there were so many emotions going on inside my body at that time.

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Overall, what can you say about filming your final scenes?  The moments where Kayla tells Bo that he is dying was exceptional, the moment between Patch and Bo after Patch finds out Bo hasn’t long to live … there were some very powerful nuggets within the story.

PETER:  It was difficult and rewarding work, and to be able to have the kind of material you can sink your teeth into.  That scene with Stephen Nicholas (Patch) and myself in the park … I get all choked up again just talking about it. 

Following Bo’s death, and over the last week and a half of airshows, fans have been watching what seems to be a “Ghost Bo” propelling and egging Hope on to find answers to who kidnapped him, and ultimately was responsible for his life being cut short.  How do you explain her visions of Bo?

PETER:  It took me awhile to get it when reading the scripts.  Finally, the writers told me it’s Hope’s subconscious, and her feelings of not only guilt, but love.  And because Bo’s death came so quickly, and with the closure, I think it needed some padding for people’s hearts to land on, so they can see Bo a little bit again.  I wasn’t Bo anymore, but a manifestation of Hope’s interior world.

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Looking back on it, it seemed like an interesting choice by DAYS to not have Bo have many goodbyes with people; whether that was for the impact of him dying all of a sudden and the shock of it all, or whether it was for lack of time to execute those scenes.  Would you have preferred to have farewell scenes with long-time castmates: Peggy McCay, John Aniston (Victor), Jason Cook (Shawn-Douglas), and Josh Taylor (Roman)?

PETER:   I think being back in Salem for another week would have been nice.  I kind of agree with that, and to be able to see Bo, and these iconic relationships that Bo had with his brother, his mom, etc.  There were some relationships there that were skipped over, which would have been nice to play.  They did what they could, and you can’t drag something out like that for too long.  Bo was crying quite a bit as it was.  If he has too many of those scenes it would get too repetitive, and then the audience would get too tired of it.

You did play some scenes with the new Ciara, Vivian Jovanni.  What do you think will happen to her now that the father she missed so much … is dead?

PETER:  The thing that occurred to me afterwards is that Ciara is sort of carrying the mantle of Bo Brady.  She’s obviously Bo’s daughter.  She is a rebel, hardheaded, but with a heart of gold.  You don’t have to hire a new Bo, because she is the new Bo!

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In the recent issue of Soap Opera Digest, which included an interview with you, DAYS executive producer Ken Corday noted that once the show knew that you were only coming back for a limited time, a decision was made to kill the character off, as it was best to have closure in the relationship of Bo and Hope.  He said it was also a painful decision to make.  But would you say it was made by mutual decision?

PETER:   The decision was basically made three years ago, and even longer than that.  In the climate that I left the show previously, I did not have a storyline.  So the decision was not made this year.  My decision was: “If I’m not going to be utilized, then I am not going to be part of mainstreams storylines.  I would much rather not miss out on my daughter’s life.  Not miss out on her discoveries of her life, and not be an impact on her, and not share her life with her.”  Having left the show, and having made my choices from then on, it was making my daughter my first priority.  There was no decision made when Ken Corday called me this time.  It had been in the works for several years.  The fact that people are going back and forth with, “Well, Peter decided to be there a short time,” or “Ken decided Peter would be there a short time” …  that decision was made many years ago.

It was amazing to watch how you were helping your passionate fans who were mourning Bo, and bridging the gap between you and them, with your responses via social media, the day Bo died, and in the days following.  Were you overwhelmed by the response you received?

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PETER:  I have been overwhelmed since the audience knew I was coming back, because the response has been so amazing.  I have been overwhelmed for many months now, and then this last few weeks even more so.  When I came back to the show 20 years ago, Ken Corday said to me, “You know, Robert Kelker-Kelly (Ex-Bo) people really, really liked him.  I hope this works out.”  Ken was concerned that people wouldn’t respond to me being back.  I was not at all prepared for the response this time in 2015.  When Bo was in prison this time for so long, people were going, “C’mon! Get him out of prison.  I’m tired of seeing him in there!” (Laughs)  They wanted to see their hero being a hero, instead of lying around moaning and groaning in a prison cell.

In addition, what was so heartwarming was seeing your co-stars on the day Bo passed, and the next day posting on social media their thoughts, “thank you’s”, admiration, and paying a tribute to you for your years of collaboration together.  I’m speaking in particular of the posts and sentiments shared by Mary Beth, Stephen and Kristian.  What did you think when you saw they shared about you?

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PETER:  I poured my heart and soul into Bo, and when you are passionate in your work, passionate people respond.  When you look at Mary Beth Evans, you can see our relationship.  You look at Peggy McCay, you see it there.  Even the short scenes I had with Drake Hogestyn (John Black), you could see our relationship.  And even though Galen Gering and I didn’t know each other that long, nor did we have any real powerful scenes before I came back, there is a respect and a camaraderie that comes when you are pouring yourself into these scenes.  What we do for a living is all-emotional, and when you allow yourself to delve deep into those emotions, you have a connection.  Like Galen Gering said, “He was just going along for the ride,” because I was so committed to those scenes (where Bo tells Rafe to look after Hope).  Then, you see it in his eyes when we are performing that scene.  He was just as committed, and going along for the ride.  I even got a call from Ken Corday thanking me and saying, “Whenever you want to come back….”  And I said, “Huh?” (Laughs).

So after all that has happened on-air now, and on social media, would you want to go back to DAYS? 

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PETER:  The difficult part is: I don’t want to raise my daughter in Los Angeles.  Our lifestyle and the energy in the air is so different where I am in Nashville.  I don’t see myself and my family living in LA again.  The shooting schedule for DAYS was perfect.  I had to be there off and on for a few weeks.  I was in studio a few days a week, and then I would come home.  I was very fortunate that when I came to work, Louden was off of school.  So my family moved to LA for a month.   Kelly was able to do a lot of stuff while we were there.  Louden was able to hang with her best friend for a month.  But I don’t see us living there, and being there on a permanent basis.

Did you feel then the way the story was told, and what seemed like a finite way to kill Bo was the best resolution for you, and the audience?

PETER:  Yes, so people don’t have the same reaction and feelings they did before.  I know the audience was upset and wanted to throw things at the TV, and went through some of things I did, but there was an end.  They aren’t left hanging wondering what the hell happened.

How was it filming those final scenes with Kristian?  What are your thoughts on how the relationship with Bo and Hope was left?

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PETER:  Kristian and I had such a connection over so many decades.  You look at some of the stuff from the beginning: we were just two kids flying by the seat of our pants (Laughs) and doing whatever we were asked to.  Our relationship sort of reflected what Bo and Hope were going through.  It was difficult this time, because Bo and Hope didn’t really connect until the last two shows of mine.  Hope was wondering, “What is going on with him?”  Meanwhile, Bo had the tumor that was affecting him, and the headaches going on that he was trying to keep from Hope.  Bo felt that Hope wouldn’t be able to handle his dying on top of everything else she was dealing with, and just went through with Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove).  So as characters, we didn’t really connect for a whole lot of time.  I think the writers saw that.  Bo and Hope finally connected, and then Bo was gone.  Even though the audience got a chance to say goodbye to Bo, Hope and Bo didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, and to say goodbye to the relationship.  There wasn’t anything for Hope to be able to move on with her life, basically.  I’m not sure, and this is just a feeling that I have, that they might come up with something to have me back to sort of help resolve that relationship.  The writers came up with a pretty cool storyline when I was back, and I trust that they will come up with something good … if they even decide to do that.  I would think from the audience reaction, they would have to figure out something.

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This week, viewers watched Bo’s funeral!  Was it hard for you to imagine that they were even having a funeral for your character?

PETER:  Yeah!  It’s kind of strange (Laughs).  I was getting people sending out comments like, “Oh, the Thanksgiving show touched me so much.”  And I didn’t read those scripts because I wasn’t in them (Laughs), so I did not know what happened in them.  Again, the response to all of these moments has been overwhelming in how much the audience cares about Bo.

How is it for you now dealing with, and mourning the loss of Bo?

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PETER:  Bo passed away, and they did it in a manner that was powerful.  If that is then end of Bo, that’s the end of Bo, but I am not one to burn bridges.  It was goodbye for me, and it was traumatic, and still is.  It’s always difficult to say goodbye.  You put so much emotion and time into it.  You recall the little things: There was a scene on location where Bo was in a fight.  I got an elbow that landed in my mouth.  I am standing there bleeding, and then I get 8 to 10 stitches in my mouth, and in my lips.  I go on working for the next two days, because we have a whole production team out there.  A movie star would go into his trailer, and go, “OK, I will see you guys later.”   I remember one day I woke up and had a black eye from playing on Ken Corday’s softball team.  I am lying in bed with my eyes completely closed thinking I don’t know if I can come into work.  I remember then I got a call from Ken asking me to come in to work!  I go, “I can’t see!”  But Ken says, he will send a car for me.  So, I have put a lot into this, and I am very lucky, too!  I am not saying that anybody took advantage of me, they didn’t.  It’s just something that I was very passionate about, and that the show was very passionate about, for a long time.  So that makes it difficult to leave and go on to the next chapter of my life, whatever that may be.  And if I had this kind of story when I left three years ago, I might not have left.  But now I have experienced being a father, and the elation and rewards of being a dad.  In the past, I missed my daughter’s first steps, and first words.  I would get calls from my wife about it, but now I get to experience all of those things.  Being a dad is very rewarding, and I am enjoying it.

So now that you got back in step with acting again during your stint at DAYS, do you want to do primetime, and film roles?  I am sure your fans will follow you anywhere!

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PETER:  Right now, I would like to do something every now and then, which going back and doing DAYS brought back to me.  Prior to going back, I was fine just being a dad.  But going back, it sort of made me realize that I miss this environment where you get to have huge emotions.  Out there in the real world, you get pissed off at somebody and they really don’t like it much, and you’re not supposed to have big emotions.  I’m a kid at heart, and a little kid can stomp their feet, and cry, and get away with it.  However, adults aren’t supposed to do that. (Laughs)  But this audience has been so incredibly supportive of me, and is so special to me, that I don’t intend on losing our connection.  I am looking forward to the future, for sure.

So, what did you think about the thoughts shared by Peter’s  on his DAYS exit, and Bo’s death?  What did you think about his final scenes with his longtime co-stars?  Do you hope the writers try to bring bo back again?  What did you think about his performances during what seems to be his final DAYS story arc?  Post your thoughts on the emotional sentiments discussed with Peter in our interview in the comment section below!

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

Bo should stay dead,,,just like the others…i like getting emotionally invovled with these characters who are almost like a second family…why waste time killing someone off and letting us get emotionally involved only to have the character return…it makes me feel cheated and like i wasted my time getting involved…instead bring back other characters or new ones with some connected to the vets and move the characters forward instead of recycling the same thing over and over…like when Stephano was killed off several times only to return…there is no suspense when you know they arent truly dead!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

LOL you know what Jimh..I agree..good luck to you in the future..you are NOT going to be a part of Nashville or any other show..the 80’s are over..just like your weathered face..I was glad to have Bo back..I was annoyed at the unending torture scenes and that silly set..until Patch showed up and proved it was indeed a job to loose that pipe..appreciated that..and that silly prisoner of torture tray of food..what was that pockmarked brown thing anyway?..Peter Reckell your bread and butter was made and manufactured at the DOOL factory..you decided to toast it..so long..farewell..ah…

Vickie Taylor
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Vickie Taylor

If they do bring Bo back I hope it is not as a ghost or Hope’s imagination . If he is not coming back as a live person that had been replaced by a Bo look a like just don’t come back. This whole storyline was a huge disappointment for long time fans.

Richard
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Richard

It kind of sucks that the characters of Billie and Chelsea weren’t on hand for this. Chelsea is his daughter too.

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

I love Peter Reckell, but knowing how Bo died, him returning would cheapen the genre. I dont mind people that go over cliffs, or no body is found, but watching someone die from a Brain Tumor, Im not gonna spend disbelief for that. It makes Daytime soaps a joke. Its sorta of interesting that soaps of the 50’s. 60’s, or 70’s rarely used the Back from the Dead plot device. It was used a few times, but not to the extreme as it is now.

jen
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jen

PR made a big deal about the audience that was affected by Bo’s death – because of revisiting scenes from 20, 25, 30 years ago. Hello… Will Horton was a character for 20 years. New and old fans were attached to him. Will was connected to more people in Salem than Bo was. Yet, he didn’t get to say good-bye to anyone. He was barely on screen. So what if Bo didn’t get to have a whole boatload of good-byes for another week. PR and his fans have nothing legit to complain about. He got 100x better exit than Will… Read more »

kay
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kay

I totally agree..Will’s death was shocking because he was murdered – not because he did anything wrong but because Ben Weston turned on him in an attempt to frame Chad for the crime because he was jealous of Abigail’ s relationship with Chad. There was no reason for Will to die (& for Guy WilSon to be let go). But Peter Reckell wanted to say goodbye to the character of Beau and give closure to the Beau/Hope relationship. He was not “killed” or “murdered” but instead he died of a brain tumor that had gone undetected until the last minute.… Read more »

JoAnn Marie
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JoAnn Marie

Peter’s thoughts on his exit both here and in SOD were so open and honest. I could feel every word he said. His final scenes were so emotional. That’s what I miss on Days…no one quite does it like Bo/Peter. His exit has left a huge void in the hearts of many. His scenes with Steve and Kayla were delivered with such feeling…you knew that this went beyond just a story…these were real feelings that PR SN & MBE were having. I wish that PR onscreen time with KA was longer. I felt that there scenes together, although amazing, were… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Well said!

K c
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K c

Of course bringing bo back would be great. Peter Reckell come back as recurring if thats what it takes. Have him return with explanation of what happened, who really died. Brady pub, legal travels for Victor jobs that he could do. Still give him time to have some BOPE time. I always pictured him and Hope as the Tom and Alice of the future. Have them sailing off into the sunset on the “Fancy Face III” Would love for PR our beloved BO BRADY to return. WITHOUT BO BRADY/PR DAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

dg
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dg

I would love to see Peter Reckell return he was the original Bo Brady and played that role awesomely. Kristian Alfonso and Peter always worked so well together and always had fun you don’t see many actors and actresses that have the chemistry like Bo and Hope do! It was wrong to kill Bo off that quick. Always loved them in the 80’s and will always like them to this day! They made DAYS OF OUR LIVES exciting! Replacing him with Robert was the biggest mistake Days did hated him playing Bo that guy didn’t fit into Bo like Reckell… Read more »

Barb
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Barb

Yes I totally agree and what a wonderful interview! Bo deserved a better storyline when he left years ago and I don’t fault him for asking for one. He had a powerful character for many years…..and yes he and hope should be the tom alice to finish out the shows for the next 20 years at least ys keep the younger characters as they bring in the age demographics interest however for those of us in our 50-60’s we too have many years left to watch and that is where the numbers will stay steady if you quit killing of… Read more »

tatiana
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tatiana

I absolutely love the character of Bo Brady. He has always been my favorite soap character and Bo and Hope have always been my favorite soap couple. His death broke my heart and it could have been handled better. The storyline did not provide enough time to truly say goodbye to Hope and to other characters like his kids, Victor and his mom. They should have spent less time in prison and getting back to Hope and more time being with Hope and friends and family. The ending was rushed. I’m sure I am not the only fan that feels… Read more »

K c
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K c

Tatiana I too feel that the story line was handled wrong. We were all robbed/cheated. IF Bo Brady/Peter Reckell did have their final act he deserved so much more. He was there since 1983. Gave them the rebel turned hero. And was half of Daytime’s all time Famous Supercouple of all time BO & HOPE. In my opinion they gave DAYS a lot of dedicated viewers over the years. Killing him off just doesn’t seem right. Ready for BO BRADY/PETER RECKELL to come back alive to give the continued great acting and the love story to go on. When he… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

@K c

Ken Corday said that all those killed off would never come back to live. Their deaths will be permanent. Which means that Bo Brady will not return unless it is as a ghost. Also Peter Reckell has said that he is done after 30 years. Peter is going to concentrate on raising his daughter. Not killing off Bo would not have been fair to either Hope or Kristin Alfonso.

tatiana
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tatiana

And I love Peter Reckell. He is gorgeous!

Scoma60
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Scoma60

I am so grateful Days brought Peter & Bo back. His return and Bo’s death was brilliantly done. I wish it had lasted a couple week’s longer but Days truly honored Bo as a character. The story was enhanced by the long histories between Bo & Peter’s relationships with MBE,SN,Peggy and their characters.

fginaspy
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fginaspy

Nice interview. Thanks for sharing. I truly respect PR for his reasons for leaving 3 years ago and coming back in 2015. He made a home elsewhere far from LA and is actively enjoying his life as a husband and father. As he lives in Nashville maybe he can appear on ABC’s Nashville. I felt there was more time wasted in captivity than quality time with family in Salem for Bo. Clearly a writing issue. I wish he had married Hope at the pub even with the headache and told Hope of his impending death with their family in attendance.… Read more »

K c
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K c

OF COURSE BRINGING BO BACK WOULD BE THE GREATEST THING EVER. PETER RECKELL OF COURSE. HE COULD COME BACK RECURRING WORKING IN THE BRADY PUB OR DOING “LEGAL” TRAVELLING JOBS FOR VICTOR. BUT STILL HAVE SOME BOPE TIME. COMING BACK TO REVEAL WHAT REALLY HAPPENED/WHO WAS IT THAT CAME BACK/WHO REALLY DIED. DAYS OF OUR LIVES NOT YHE SAME WITH BO BRADY GONE. ALWAYS THOUGHT OF BO AND HOPE AS THE TOM AND ALICE OF THE FUTURE. AFTER ALL WITHOUT ALICE WOULD THEY HAVE REALLY MADE IT. I ALWAYS PICTURED THEM SAILING OFF INTO THE SUNSET ON “FANCY FACE III”.

Mary
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Mary

@K c

All great ideas! However, Peter Reckell made it clear that he was coming back to Days only for a few weeks no longer. Long enough to give closure. Days did try to get Peter to agree to stay longer but got no where. He lives in Oregon and had no intention of commuting back and forth to LA. And Kristin Alfonso has just signed a new three year deal with Days. She wouldn’t have signed if she didn’t like what the writers have planned for Hope’s future.

Barb
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Barb

I thought he lives in Nashville?

K c
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K c

I completely agree. I just feel the whole storyline was not up to par. That everyone was robbed. Would have loved for Bo and Hope to have more time together. And for Bo to have more time with his family. Too much time spent on the capture and rescue. Should have been more time spent on Bo with the family and dealing with the tumor. Having him spend Thanksgiving together would have been great. Everyone going around to recall memories of their precious time with Bo. Having Bo remember times with them. Having Bo tell everyone just what they meant… Read more »

Cyndy Budlong
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Cyndy Budlong

Here’s a cliff hanger of all , Yes Bo died or they made us believe in the arms of his Fancy Face Hope but he had passed out before , We don’t really know if he went into a semi coma because with the Glioplastoma it is possible I know because that tumor hit home & made it more tear jerking for me , is it possible he wasn’t they did put the sheet over his head but they didn’t check , & yes they did carry the casket to the burial sight but was Bo Brady in it ,… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

bo is dead – let him stay dead – there is absolutely no need to bring that character back –
peter said he only watched the episode when bo died in hopes arms only because his wife’s song was played during the episode…………….sorry but that statement right there speaks volumes about how much he cared about being back on the show………..jmo

Jjc2011
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Jjc2011

wow. You sure missed the point. Lots of actors are uncomfortable watching themselves. But he so respects his wife’s work, he made himself watch. Implying it was anything negative about the show or his costars is just so off the mark.

elm51
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elm51

saying that i missed the point & my comment is just so off the mark is rude and condescending because everybody is entitled to their own interpretation/opinion of what was written here & that was mine – that is why i ended my comment with “jmo”

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Thank you for reminding me that I have a 51 year old elm tree which needs to be chopped down. It’s root system has a mind of it’s own!

elm51
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elm51

well start chopping then……………….and have a wonderful day!!

Beth
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Beth

Another terrific interview with Peter Reckell. If I could, I would thank him for what I consider to have been the best Daytime scene in 2015, which was the Steve/Bo scene in the park when Steve knows he’s dying. I felt more in that scene, and in the ones with PR and MBE before that, than I did watching any of the other soaps where it was advertised as a “don’t miss” episode. Sometimes the best scenes are the ones that surprise you., where real affection comes through our TV screens. As for Bo staying dead, I never thought that… Read more »

K c
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K c

I do hope for that too. I would love for Bo Brady/PR to return alive. Sooner than later. I know interviews make it sound like later. But some twitter post make me feel a bit of both. Would love for him to be able to come back alive. Pleading his case. Prove he is him in the flesh. Fight to win Hope over. Make her fall in love with him again. After all she still does. But romance her, wine her, and dine her all over again. Bring their chemistry back again. Remind all of us just why we fell… Read more »

Jjc2011
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Jjc2011

Great interview. Thanks. Peter is a class act. I hope he gets an EMMY. He really deserves it….as does KA, MBE and SN.

Sue Brauda
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Sue Brauda

I hope one day Peter Reckell (BO Brady) Will come back to Days Of Our Lives.
He is a great actor..and I think he could work as much or as little as he would like.
he is a super star.and would a plus for Days..I would like too see BO and Hope as the super couple that they have always been.but if to much time has past.BO is great on is on. and we would love to have him any way we can have him!

K c
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K c

I agree Sue. Peter Reckell’s BO BRADY is great. Him and Kristian Alfonso’s Hope are amazing to watch. They have given DAYS a great story for us fans to watch and fall in love with. What we all need today in this world. Peter when you’re ready to come back, no matter how much or little of you we get, we will take you back. Give us the rest of the BOPE story.

Deloris Philpot
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Deloris Philpot

I didn’t want Bo to die. I think Peter Reckell did an excellent job. I have watched Days from the beginning. Bo and Hope are my favorite couple. Bo is my favorite character, and he can only be played by Peter Reckell in my eyes. I miss him and wish he could come back. I understand about him wanting to be a hands on Dad. That’s admirable, but if he ever wants to come back, then I would be thrilled.Ut broke my heart for Bo to die. By the way, I share a birthday with Peter.

K c
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K c

I am saddened that killing him happened. Totally crushed. Days never be the same without BO BRADY/PETER RECKELL.
Great guy. Lucky family.
Hope Peter can find a way to have the best of both worlds. When he’s ready to come back we will welcome him with open arms.

Sonia
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Sonia

Please come back and be Bo Brady

Sonia
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Sonia

You are a class act and I hope you come back, your amazing and we just don’t want to let you go tearssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Sonia
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Sonia

Its where you belong and I hoped you would feel that when you returned and I think you did.

K c
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K c

I agree. You are an amazing actor. Performance is always believable. Always bring so much to the show. Pleasure to watch you on the show. Makes our hour in fantasy world so much of a better place. Not the same without you. Hope to see you soon. Love you PETER.

K c
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K c

Sonia. I agree with you.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I loved the return of Peter Reckell/Bo from start to finish and the service was nice!

Congrats to DAYS for it’s increase in the newest ratings and for becoming #2 in the most important demos!!

Dee Rynberg
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Dee Rynberg

I loved the character of Bo and grew older with him and I certainly didn’t want him to die. He is the only Bo (Perter) and no one could ever replaced him. I didn’t like the other guy and was so happy when Peter returned. My heart broke when he died. Yes, I would love to see him come back some day soon.

K c
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K c

I agree with you. My heart still breaks when I think about Bo being gone. Just not the same without him. Please come back soon PETER.

Anita
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Anita

Peter, I enjoyed reading this interview you gave. I do hope you will come back to Days some day soon. You were one of the best actors on the show. Really the show seems empty without you. I have always loved the way you work with Kristian and also Steve Nichols. In the meantime, enjoy your life with your wife and daughter. Much happiness to you always, Anita

K c
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K c

I agree with you completely. Days just isn’t the same without Bo/PR. Can only hope that PR has a change of heart. Give us all the hero that we all love. Bo and Hope are the heart of the show. Can’t wait for his return to make Days what it used to be. Great job PETER RECKELL.

Sharon
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Sharon

I will make this short and sweet. There is no better actor in daytime than Peter Reckell. He has …. and always will be … my FAVORITE ! I’m so sad that he has left, but I wish him much happiness with his family in Nashville. Maybe some day ( if we are so lucky ) he may decide to come back. He can never be replaced. Love ya Pete. I’m Outta Here !!

K c
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K c

I completely agree. I think him coming back would give their ratings a boost. Bo and Hope are a true love story. Make some believe in love and romance. Please come back Peter Reckell.

Peter Reckell
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Peter Reckell

I wish u had not of left DOOL,the show isn’t worth watching without Bo & Hope

Jane Hennigan
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Jane Hennigan

I hope they do bring Bo back! I grew up watching Bo and Hope, they can bring him back to life, after all how many times has Stefano died and Bo character is like a Phenonix also, Peter I so hope they bring you back I already miss you!

Cyndy Budlong
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Cyndy Budlong

Most definitely Bo Brady needs to return please I started watching days again when all this had happen it was tears after tears to see Bo & Hope torn apart really , I could not believe what I was seeing , Bo & Hope forever , it could of played out so many ways , I understand the Glioplastoma brain tumor that certain tumor hit home , w treatment can give the quality of life , he should of been off screen to be put in a hospital for a cure , I’ve been watching days ,, since hope was… Read more »

Bo & Hope
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Bo & Hope

U 2 made DOOL I just wish Peter had of stayed, I understand about him wanting to spend time with his girl. …so good luck,DOOL rating will drop….

Kristian Alfonso
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Kristian Alfonso

U and Peter made DOOL worth watching, now it’s not, Ken Corday messed up killing Peter off. And now if he does come back they will have Hope with someone else and that’s gets old.nobody moves on that fast the way Bo & Hope love was.

Mary Castle
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Mary Castle

Peter Reckell is a very class act,dedicated,perfectionist, gives heart & soul for the audience. Yes bring him back the show W/ him had more family warmth to it, Bo just makes you fill loved. When an actor can bring all the emotions out of you & you forget all of your pain in life just for that minute you are in a wonderful peaceful place. That is Peter Reckell for me. He makes you fill passion, love, kindness,anger,forgiveness,the hurt the lets U cry away your hurt. and all the emotions that come out of you. Honey that is an amazing… Read more »

fginaspy
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fginaspy

It seems the funeral and buriel are combined in many productions. A minor thing. I have an issue with odd happenings that in reality wouldn’t happen. Abby wearing the sleaveless top and it is snowing outside. Ben saying it wasn’t easy to bury Wendy as the ground was hard. Duh buriel in winter is delayed until the ground thaws.

margaretcaldwell
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margaretcaldwell

I would love to see Peter Reckell come back to Day’s But i do understand that he wants to spend time with His Child, what a great Dad he is, i have watched Bo & Hope ever since the beginning & there couldn’t be a better Couple,Gosh i remember when he went off the show years ago & they brought the new Bo in..it was’nt the same..there is always a way to get someone back from the Dead, Just the same way they made an imposter of Rafe…But Peter Reckell i wish you & your family all the best &… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

They must have paid him buckets of money back in te day. It takes lots of $ to riaise kids these days- it must be nice nor to have to worry about paying any bills while retiring down in Nashville.

JD
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JD

Would it kill him to mention Kristian? I mean seriously. If the follow-up question had not been asked, he would have completely blown over her existence. I was half expecting him to add a touching comment about how much he’ll miss the baby who plays Tate, because why not. It screams caddy. Please stay dead, Bo.

Deb W
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Deb W

I think Ken Corday and writers really screwed up 3 yrs ago by not giving Peter Reckell(Bo) more of a storyline to keep him there, just like he said! THAT falls on the writers AND Ken Corday! Can’t he see how the rating shot up BECAUSE Peter Reckell(Bo) came back? In soaps, never say never and bringing him back is doable and YES can be done! There are lots of ppl who have young children and there are ways to work around the children’s schedules. I sure hope all these comments are forwarded to Ken Corday. There aren’t many soaps… Read more »

Daysfan
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Daysfan

I would always welcome Bo back if Peter Reckell wanted to return on a permanent basis. No one is truly dead on a soap, so anything is possible. There is no one else but Peter that could play Bo Brady, so whenever he’s ready to return, I’m there! Bo and Hope are forever.

Margaret
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Margaret

Having Bo come back would be no different that Steve coming back or Roman coming back both died onscreen before and returned. I would be perfectly happy with Bo returning if they would give him a decent storyline with Hope the way it used to be. I have been invested in this couple for 32 years, from day one and although there were times I would have liked to slap Bo over the head, I love them together and neither character has been used to full potential separate. Its sucks that Days didn’t give Peter decent material for Bo three… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Leave Bo dead and have him come back at times as a ghost to help Hope with revenge on the people that hurt Bo. Bring back the other cast that r missing and never seen for awhile. And some new cast couldn’t hurt.

SARAH
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SARAH

simple bring bo back as a twin that was kidnapped at birth that nither parent knew about .I’VE WATCHED THIS SOAP SINCE I WAS IN HIGHSCHOOL AND MISS PETER AND HIS REMNISHION OF BO . SO PLEASE GIVE A THOUGHT TO MY IDEA . I THINK EVEN PETER MIGHT GO FOR IT . THANK YOU SO SO MUCH.

Stephanie jackson
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Stephanie jackson

No come back please please please please please please please please please please please

Stephanie jackson
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Stephanie jackson

I meant bo please come back I hate this auto correct

Anita
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Anita

I can see by most of the messages left here that Peter is loved and already missed. I do hope he returns. Time will tell. He sure doesn’t look his age of 60. Wow! Anita

Karen Ritchie
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Karen Ritchie

What! He is 60?..,rafe looks to young for hope..Bo must return

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m really going to be keeping a keen eye on just how this plays out… Rafe; does in fact, look younger than Hope. TPTB killed off Bo… for storyline purposes… and thereby giving KA’ Hope.. an out.. and an easier … if you will… path; to the “pairing” of; Rafe and Hope i’m just not seeing it…. yeah… they work so well together… an eye out for each other… and a caring of your partner… and co-worker is? Hope “extra” long look Hope “extra” longer hug Hope caress… of touch REALLY? will RAFE ( ? ) MAN UP be an… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Thank you Michael for another wonderful interview with Peter. I love Bo as much as the next person and I love PR too — dead needs to be dead. Peter Reckell has a new life in TN and it’s obvious he wants to enjoy that life. Like he said, this gave him a little stint for a bit and he got to close out Bo. Fans don’t want Bo around for a month, they want him back for good. Let BO stay gone and let Hope move on for good. She finally has a chance with a good leading man… Read more »

Karen Ritchie
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Karen Ritchie

Oh my gosp..I loved the interview..thank you

Oh I would love to see peter come back in the future ad bo
. Oh please have him return… help him return yet be able to be with his family also… please please…so many of us DOOL fans want to see him return..

Anita Hanson
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Anita Hanson

Maybe Peter could come back to Days and work out of TN. Wouldn’t this be possible for him? I also agree that Rafe looks too young for Hope.

Francesca Vaccarino
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Francesca Vaccarino

Bo, we miss you. Bo and Hope represent love that is forever and it is nice to imagine it is possible in a world where even starting out that way so often turns ugly. Your the brother we wish we had, the lover we wish we had, the friend. Like Steve, no one can replace you. We can say ok, Rafe is a good guy for hope, but that love won’t be young love or love that stands the test of time. Rafe does deserve to have that bond with someone. He is a good guy. It is so easy… Read more »

Sandy Joyce
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Sandy Joyce

I respect Peter`s decision, but my heart is broke. Bo is such an amazing actor .Bo and Hope for many years were a super couple. He was gone for three years,came back for two weeks, then died. I just can`t get my mind wrapped around it. He`s gone. Please come back Bo.,Fancyface needs you. You belong together.

Chris
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Chris

What a great interview! Peter Reckell ‘s portrayal as Bo Brady I hope will be remembered as one of the best characters ever on television. When Anthony Geary left his iconic role as Luke Spencer, there was tons of press, which was understandable because of the legacy he left. Peter also left his mark on daytime television. As a young man growing up, I wanted to be Bo Brady and put on a leather jacket and ride a.motorcycle and always come to the rescue. I have always enjoyed Peter ‘s scenes with Stephen Nichols, another amazing actor, whether they were… Read more »

Helen
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Helen

As a fan for over forty years, I have being impressed with this soap. The actors are amazing and did their parts with enthusiasm. Bo and Hope are the ones that left a mark in my life, remembering what all they’ve been through in this soaps. It just reflects on true relationships, with all its ups and downs. These two cast members to me really played their part well, as if they were meant to be together in real life. They seemed to have the knock for each other. I don’t think Days of our lives will be the same… Read more »

Sherry
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Sherry

I enjoyed the interview BUT, I want Bo to come back to Days…..It is NOT going to be the same without him. We love you Peter! Please come back!!!!

Julie
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Julie

I will forever lv bo brady.peter reckell will forever be the one and only bo brady.peter gave us so much adventures smiles tears.he will always be in my heart.i thank him for the 32yrs he gave us.being a dad is the most important thing in the world and his true fans understand family comes 1st.he will truely be missed but will live in our hearts forever.

Jeannine
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Jeannine

There’s no doubt about it, definitely bring Bo back!! Especially since Patch is back now as well. With Bo and Patch together a lot of amazing scripts could be written! Please Peter come back as a living Bo. Your audience is in their prime (50’s like me} and would love to see you working again with a lot of the cast from the 80’s. You are too young to retire, please take advantage of having your former cast mates available to work with and COME BACK PLEASE!!

Sharon
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Sharon

DOOL will never be quite the same without Bo, and we have all hoped for his return but alas, life just happens. I for one look forward to some other projects PR might do – he is such a gifted actor (our “Daytime Brad Pitt” ) and could hopefully find time to do some specials or something of that nature. I hope to see him staying active in the entertainment industry. I will say too, if I personally have been given a choice for either PR or KA to leave the show I would have selected KA..

Bopeful
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Bopeful

It would be so easy to bring Bo back. At anytime when PR wants to come back, Hope/Patch would realize Bo’s body was secretly exhumed and Stefano/Andre has it. At Bo’s party, Andre paid off a waiter to slip a drug in Bo’s drink to simulate death so he and Stefano could kidnap Bo and cure his tumor with one of their mad genius doctors. They do this so they can use Bo as a bargaining chip with Victor. Bo’s life in exchange for full rights to Victor’s drug. It’s really that easy! Also hoping that Hope will be pregnant.… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Why did they have to kill Bo! Why couldn’t they have gotten Robert Kelker-Kelly to come back. Or chosen another actor.

Tammy
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Tammy

I would like to see his final image (in Hope’s mind) after she finds the person responsible for his death to be that of an angel (not in black) walking toward the light with their son Zack. I think this would give Hope the comfort she needs.

Carla cannon
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Carla cannon

that was not the way such an iconic character should have left This is just my opinions but this man’s heart is so broken I would have liked to have seen that man the holidays together as a family about where the fans would be so heartbroken through the holidays I know it’s just a soap but that storyline saved my life he gave me a reason to believe in me while I look for a real hero in my life I will probably never get to meet any of those actors but I feel like I know them inside… Read more »

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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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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DAYS Production Designer, Tom Early, Shows Off New and Reimagined DiMera Mansion Set

It’s always great to see a face-lift to the sets on your favorite soaps.  So many of then have been around for years and years, and in these changing times need to be given new life and freshened up, as much as longtime fans may miss the comfort and familiarity of the originals.

2020 and 2021 has also definitely been filled with challenges and keeping everyone safe on set throughout the coronavirus pandemic on all of your favorite soaps.

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Recently, Days of our Lives fans noticed a change to the famous DiMera mansion set, where for decades the likes of Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) graced the room with bluster and drama as only Stefano could.

With so much of the action taking place there in story, and several key characters living at the mansion, it was time for an update.

Production Designer, Tom Early took to his Twitter account and shared two views of the reimagined set.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the new look DiMera Mansion via the comment section below.

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