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Peter Reckell Addresses Rumors: He Is NOT Returning to DAYS, and NOT Going to GH!

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Daytime icon and favorite Peter Reckell, who is so beloved as Bo Brady on Days of our Lives, is sorely missed by viewers and the industry since he departed the NBC soap some time ago.

Today, Reckell took to his Twitter account after being  his loyal fans and followers wanted to know what is going on with all the rumors they were hearing, about a possible return to Salem, or if he is heading to ABC’s General Hospital!  Reckell tweeted about a return to DAYS:  “Ken (Corday) and I talked ,and as before we could not come to in agreement.”

Reckell tweeted in regards to being considered for a role on General Hospital, or another role on a daytime soap: “As for the rumors about other soaps, including DOOL, over the last year, those were started by people who thought they could benefit from them. The doors that are opening for me are not in daytime TV. Thanks as always for your generous love and support. 🙂 🙂 :-)”

So are you disappointed that DAYS and Reckell could not come to an agreement to have Bo back on the canvas?  Are you disappointed that Peter is not going to GH in a new or recast role?  What should DAYS do now? Recast Bo Brady? Try to work out a deal with Peter, no matter what?  Share your thoughts!

 

 

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Aria
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Aria

GH already has to many people in their cast so no lost there.

Tali
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Tali

I was hoping for him to be recast as John McBain on OLTL since it doesn’t look like Michael Easton will grace the canvas! Good Luck to Peter Reckell in whatever he does!

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Work out a deal now to have him return to Days . We miss him so much. I know whatever Peter is asking is not that outrageous.

Bettyrj
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Bettyrj

I totally agree! Bo is missed! Hope and Ciara need to have Bo back! Come on, Corday! Get Peter back! We need a fair and unbiased cop in Salem!

robin
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robin

Bo Brady is the heart and soul of Days. He must be allowed to return on his terms. Period!

danny
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danny

I am extremely disappointed that Corday can only promise story lines to one actor and for one character–Daniel. Forget what the fans want. More new characters coming and no room for Bo. It sucks.

Skp53
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Skp53

I agree. They need Bo back!

JEM
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JEM

DAYS has a whole lot that could be cut…Will, Sonny, and the whole gay ensemble for starters. But beyond that…there is a lot of dead weight. Rafe and Gabi come to mind. They just played one of the most absurd episodes ever…a cop funeral with 3 people in attendance, and this cop was a hired killer who we didn‘t know or care about. And they can‘t find room in the budget or on the canvas for Bo? It is a slap in the face to long time viewers, and to Reckell. Like others have said, we don‘t know where the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

The days of soap stars making diva demands have long been a thing of the past, and they all know it.

legit. and it’s true.

this is directed for all… and I happily retort…

“…Will, Sonny, and the whole gay ensemble for starters.”

honestly… we’re talking two characters… and we’ll see how DAYS deals their production sans Chandler Massey.

Glenn Hubbard
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Glenn Hubbard

JEM,

I agree with you about the whole homosexual part of the show. We mute that part and talk among ourselves when that stuff comes up. It feels cheesy and forced anyway. It seems so many shows are on some kind of indoctrination kick for radical social causes. Bo is a good and inspiring character.

Yvonne
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Yvonne

Days can not get rid of the Will Nd Sonny characters. But the writers do need to masculine up Sonny more. When he came into the show he was a world traveler and adventurer, now he’s all wimpy. If you are to keep the characters stick with the characters initial characteristics.

Peter R
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Peter R

I think it is terriblle they wont work with Peter He is one of the actors that has made this show.
Days will go down when they start not appreciating there good actors
Diann

Roseann
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Roseann

I really think Days should reconsider having Peter stay on as Bo, we already are upset with the fact Alison Sweeney has left as Sami. PLEASE PLEASE GIVE HIM THE MONEY HE WANTS, HE IS WORTH IT.
THANKS,
ROSEANN

Mark
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Mark

The role should be recast—-they should have already done it!

Mark
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Mark

I agree. It’s not fair for K. Alfonso. She needs a storyline.

Mark
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Mark

I agree—it’s not fair to Alfonso—it’s really limiting her story line. They should either kill him off or recast.

Sharon
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Sharon

Can not replace Peter!! That is his part and no one elses. They replaced him once before it it was just not the same as it was when they tried to replace Kristen!! If he is asking an unreasonable amount then oh well!

Skp53
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Skp53

He should be back on DOOL, but I was looking forward to seeing him on GH too.

clyde
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clyde

if Peter Reckell is not returning to Days Of Our Lives, who’s gonna play Bo Brady ?

Mark
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Mark

Kill him off. That would at least give K. Alfonso a storyline!

Corinne Speirs
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Corinne Speirs

Why not Robert Kelker Kelly who replaced him the first time he left. I think he did a great job. We need a Bo back!

4everdays
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4everdays

Some stars demand too much money and producers have to make smart
decisions. Pay big money for one person or the same amount of money
for several actors and there is no change in the ratings. I agree with
Ken Corday. You have to protect the bottom line.

4everdays
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4everdays

And yes, I miss Peter Reckell as Bo.

4everdays
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4everdays

Does anybody recall the last time Wayne Northrop, Patsy Pease,
Mary Beth Evans and Peter Reckell were togather as the Brady
siblings? Were they ever?

JEM
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JEM

Wayne Northrop left in 1984, and returned in 1991. If they ever were together as the siblings, it would have been briefly in 1991, because that was right around the time when Mary Beth left after the disastrous attempt was made to pair her with Shane. Peter and Patsy also left circa 1992, after Kim‘s multiple personality story and when Robert Kelker Kelly Replaced Peter. Of course, since 1997, Roman has been played by Chris Kositchek, whoops, I mean Josh Taylor. Kim has shown up periodically and Kayla presumably still lives and works in Salem. Same as Bo. Thats an… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I can remember when they were all on DOOL at the same time. That was when the show was really good and not about who is sleeping with who. I really enjoyed the days when there was an actual story going on. Now it just seems that it the same thing over and over with different couples, sex, sex and more sex. Get back to the good stories. A little mystery that actually gets solved before it gets monotonous. I can miss a week and still know what is happening. AND I say bring Peter Reckell back. He is one… Read more »

Gisele
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Gisele

Put bo back on days it’s been really boring need some exciting like the olding days

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Time to recast or kill off the character but only if there is no more chance he and Corday cant work things out. An important legacy character like Bo shouldve never been off the canvas.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I really like Peter Reckell, but GH’s cast is really over-sized already. I miss him as Bo, but wish him all the best in his future endeavors. DOOL really needs a love interest for Hope (or some storyline). I would like to see her with Lucas. Any reason Hope and Lucas couldn’t work? Are they somehow related? I’ve watched for a long time, but I’m not a super-fan with all the history like some posters on here. I would just like to see more Hope and more Lucas. But DOOL has been sooooo good lately. Love it!

Jake
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Jake

They are cousins…plus I do not see the chemistry

JEM
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JEM

Hope and Lucas????? If you need a daily dose of incest, check out GH or B and B. LOL. Hope and Lucas are cousins and even if they weren‘t, the age gap is jarring.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

That’s why I asked if the characters are related. thought I was clear on that.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Recast, Recast, Recast— this madness of Bo “being out of town” has gone on long enough. I love PR as much as the next guy– but honestly they have recast Bo successfully in the past– no reason they couldn’t do it again. If they don’t recast soon– then yes, kill Bo off– we all know in soap land death is only as permanent as hair dye– it can always be undone– but limbo land is getting annoying and the character deserves better to languish in no man land while the tptb get their act together.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

agree.

Bo Brady
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Bo Brady

NO WAY CAN THE DAYS RELACE BO WITH SOME OTHER YUTS !!!!!!! IT IS HIM OR NO ONE !!!!!!!

R.P Johnson
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R.P Johnson

As much as I hate to admit it, I don’t miss him. I wish Hope hope more of a storyline. I think the show is doing fine without him. I would rather see the next generation of “DOOL,” especially if the show casts some brothers and sisters for Sonny and Teresa.

4everdays
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4everdays

We already see JJ’s older sister, Abby and Theresa has a brother named
Andrew. Theresa and Andrew have a half sister named Eve: MY ALL TIME
FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!

4everdays
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4everdays

Eve and franky could be grandparents without SORAS. It has been that long.

JEM
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JEM

No doubt. Eve is pushing 50. They were teenagers along with Jennifer. Jennifer graduated in 1987, so in real time, that makes her 44 on the show. Eve was a gross character. She was a hooker, and scarred up, and sleeping with a greasy pimp. Yuck!!

SZima
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SZima

I’m with you…don’t miss Bo either. But they should kill the character off so Hope isn’t talking on the phone to NOBODY forever. It’s beyond ridiculous!

Joshua
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Joshua

He will never win an Emmy staying on “Days of Our Lives.”

SZima
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SZima

He doesn’t deserve one.

4everdays
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4everdays

Hope and Lucas are first cousins(Hortons). Hope’s mom, Addie and Lucas’
dad, Bill are sister and brother.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Thanks for clarifying that.

Daysfan
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Daysfan

I think DOOL should kill Bo off. It is clearly a money issue. Peter has a family to support and is entitled to ask for what he feels he’s worth, but these are hard times for soaps and unfortunately the money isn’t what it used to be. I would hope that he would return to DOOL at some point because I can’t imagine it ending without Bo and Hope.

Nina
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Nina

They have specified that it is not a money issue. I think that Bo doesn’t agree with the gay story line because that’s when he left when that started. Wish they were done with that. DOOL was doing just fine wtihout that crap!!!!

Christian
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Christian

Amen to that. Lets be done with thst story line!

Bonnie Misquaddis
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Bonnie Misquaddis

I agree that they should get rid of the gay stuff and also Brady doing coke too. The show don’t need stuff like that being advertised one a good soap like DOOL. I would love for Bo to return cause him and Hope make the show. There is not much excitement happening they are losing their true audience that havebeen warching for years now m Bring Peter bsck and get bsck your audience.

4everdays
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4everdays

Hope should be with Justin as others pointed out.

4everdays
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4everdays

I want to see Adrienne flip out over and over. Judi Evans is great!!!

Hilary
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Hilary

I think the answer to this and so many other actors whose characters are not only MIA from the canvas but SORELY NEEDED TO DRIVE STORY is to pay them what they’re worth, write good, compelling stories that are character-driven and make sense for their history, and properly characterize them so that we don’t look at them in the SL’s and say, “huh?” That’s the answer. Pay Peter. Pay Stephen. Make room for them on the canvases. Give us the legacy people we’ve grown to care about. That’s what I think.

Larry Welch
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Larry Welch

Oh well then…no Bo anymore?? I think now is the time for a visit to see how Hope is doing…No?? I’m sure she’d love to see her old ‘Beau’…Patience has its virtues…

4everdays
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4everdays

I may have to stay away for a while. I’m starting to flip out over all the
possibilities. The show has a great many ducks in a row. I love DOOL.

R.P Johnson
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R.P Johnson

With Nicole, Sami, Kristen, Brady Will and EJ, the show is the best it has been in years. I can’t wait to see if Chishelle to start!!!

Daisy
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Daisy

Good luck to him but they need to recast or kill him off. Its not fair to Kristen A. She’s a great actress and needs a storyline…and not some stupid Stefano deal either!

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

I was surprised when I read this articles.. Best Wish for our good friend/fan to Peter Reckell whatever he want to go.

cissy
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cissy

would love it if they would bring back Robert Kelker Kelly.loved him as BO.

JEM
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JEM

Almost every single character on this show has been presumed dead at one point. There is very little emotional impact when this show tells a death story. But a Bo presumed dead story would work…it would affect the entire canvas…allow every cast member the chance to shine…especially Kristian…I still say she was robbed of an Emmy the year that twisted satanic freak Jim Reilly made the decision to kill off her son. She plays grief exceptionally well…and it would give her a big story…and eventually allow Hope to move on. I cannot see a successful recast at this point, and… Read more »

Sandy
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Sandy

I do miss Bo and I am sure Hope does too. She just seems to be floating between scenes a little lost. Recasting him seems like a good idea. I wonder what Peter Reckell’s next move will be and where he will end up? I sense the money plus his status were a big issue for him and he is not settling for less. Good luck but I sense a little arrogance here.

Mad/hatter
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Mad/hatter

They had a recast one of the best in the industry Robert k Kelly but you shit all over him because once again you let actresses go bat shit on you. So to bad that they do not have a storyline next time accept a great actor who is ten times better looking etc. the only actress who met him even half way was Lisa Rinna. If you are without a storyline oops who cares!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

you know… add… in how wonderful and absolutely beautiful, sensuous, sexy, alluring… captivating… i have plenty of superlatives… to equate Crystal Chapelle.. and equalling splendid… was Lisa Rinna. two women… who… had it… loved Bo… just as much…. dag! I loved these women…. so.. if the rumour mills are true… and I can truly see this happening… behind the scenes eschewing… sorry fans… but… I can at one time see that this happened…. KA is likely to have ruminated her will…. man… honestly… Crystal Chapelle… spoke volumes… she’s a hot staggerinly loaded with talent woman…. she had the same behind… Read more »

fan from beginning
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fan from beginning

Recasting Bo Brady I feel would notwork. Some characters are owned by the actor and for better or worse, PR owns BB. The chemistry between Bo and Hope has nothing to do with looks- it has to do with the history between KA and PR. I have always loved when they would show history clips of the 2 of them from times passed. Also all 3 actresses that worked with RKK were not happy with him personally. CC even went so far as to say that when she heard PR would reprise his role as Bo years back she stated… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Thank goodness Reckell isn’t returning to Days. I used to love Bo/Hope but Reckell’s portrayal had been lacking in recent years. Sorry- buy he was boring. When I read that he couldn’t come to terms with Corday, I detect money issues. His days are done- and it is time to pas the reins over to more interesting and timely talent.

Patrick
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Patrick

for storyline purposes… ie: for the sake of Hope.

let Bo have a mid-life crisis… have him jettison accross the u.s…/world… and end up with Carly.

this would be an easy out… for his eventual and has to return…. in.

he has a breakdown from being on the police force… and has a breakdown… something.

he’s still pivotal and the clammoring fans will reason… and await his return.

dmrjmd
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dmrjmd

No; I am not disappointed either way. On DOOL, Bo was written as a key stone cop with an ego. No reason for him to have an ego as a cop or a detective. Not sure if he has ever solved a crime. The Salem PCPD are written to be inept.

debbie
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debbie

Make him an offer that he can’t refuse. Days needs him back with Hope. We want to see more of both of them. The show would be complete, love John and Marlena! The first stars on Days mean so much to the people who have been watching all our lives, like myself. You have some loyal fans to watch that long!

Rhonda Scott
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Rhonda Scott

I so agree with you Debbie! Days just isn’t the same without him. I have saw some say Hope should be with Rafe….ugh, so not a couple there! It’s Bo & Hope all the way!

Cathy
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Cathy

DOOL should work on a deal with Peter. Noone can replace him! Bo & Hope together always! Work it out!

Karin
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Karin

Give Peter what he wants and bring him back to Days!!!

MK
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MK

he is Not going to GH or Days. I could see him on B and B as Ridge.

Bosgirl
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Bosgirl

I hope he NEVER goes back to Days. I’m holding out for primetime. I hope someone will bring Peter to us during primetime hours. I’ll NEVER watch Days again. They ruined Bo and Hope and the reason I had been watching for years.

Debbie
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Debbie

I think they should recast the role of Bo. As much as he loves Hope and Ciiara he would never stay away this long. If they are not going to recast him, they need to hook Hope up with Rafe,

Jake R.
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Jake R.

Where is Bo supposed to be, anyway? I remember he was taking his mother for Alzheimer treatments out of state, which I thought was a novel way to write them both off the show. Then Caroline came back less than a month later without Bo. Re: Hope-I’m a somewhat new “Days” viewer (since the gay storyline started), but I know a little of the history of the show. In my opinion, I like the chemistry she has with Abe, but I thought for awhile there they were trying to pair Abe with Kayla (I think that’s her name?) after Lexie… Read more »

gail
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gail

Yep, devastated, but I move on from such things fairly well…. Hope your future is good to you, and as you wish it to be. Hope to see you around, but enjoy your life. Enjoy your family. DOOL’s writers can’t seem to do it well without ya for some reason? 😀

Rhonda Scott
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Rhonda Scott

Yes, I’m very disappointed that DAYS and Reckell could not come to an agreement to have Bo back on the canvas? He is greatly missed by so many DAYS watchers!

Vicky
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Vicky

ABSOLUTELY DOOL should work out an agreement with Bo!! They can come up with something to keep him on board, and save our super couple Bo and Hope. Come on DOOL! Seriously….too many soaps are biting the dust and you should do everything you can to keep the fans watching!

Mary
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Mary

I AGREE, I REALLY MISS HIM. WE NEED SOME STABILITY IN CHARACTERS TO KEEP US WATCHING.

paula
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paula

I WANTED PETER TO BE SAM’S DAD ON GH VERY DISAPPOINTED. I LOVE HIM

SANDY
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SANDY

PETER QUIT BECAUSE OF NO STORY LINE. NOT BECAUSE OF MONEY.

Julie
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Julie

Days has always been it’s own worst enemy. They have some good storylines, but often run them into the ground, and others that have promise get swept under the rug. They could try and get a deal with Robert Kelker Kelly, who played Bo quite well some time back, but I also think they could work out a deal for Peter if they wanted to. I am quite sick of the Teresa/JJ thing already, both of those sorry little twits should be slapped silly. And as for the gay storylines, they are here, we know it, but I am getting… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

the producer need to come to an agreement with peter because the show needs him

all54christ
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all54christ

Honestly, when I was young–I did anything possible to stay caught up and not miss a show. Those were the days…super couples, crazy interesting story lines, exotic locations…I pulled up the “I Need a Hero” on youtube when Bo came back in black leather and a motorcycle. I can still remember that in high school! My teen daughters used to watch it with me…but then the story lines tanked, everyone’s kids left, and old characters just disappeared. I miss the old days. Sick of Sami and all her drama–really girl? Get a clue. EJ? You aren’t enough of your dad.… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

No re-cast. He will be missed but time to move on!!!!!

Steph
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Steph

I understand you need controversy to keep things interesting but let that happen among all the new younger characters on the show. I am 47 and have been watching Days beside my grandmother since the age of 10. Women like to live vicariously thru these characters and we need a steady couple like Bo and Hope who can keep that dream alive that “True love does exist” so Days needs to keep that alive. We also really enjoy seeing all the Holiday celebrations with characters and parties where everyone dresses up so please start adding these back into Days for… Read more »

Marsha
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Marsha

After watching DOOL for 45 years, or more, I felt Hope and Bo were to be the next couple to carry on the Horton legacy that has been in limbo since Alice Horton died. Please Peter and Ken, work things out! Hope and Cierra need Bo back!

PAT IN UTICA
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PAT IN UTICA

I love Peter as Bo, but if he does not want to come back they should recast his role to someone who does want to be there. they have done this before and should do it again, so Hope and Bo can get on with the show.

peterman
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peterman

get peter back because him and hope kept the show going,if not i dont watch

Cynthia P
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Cynthia P

I have been watching Days of Our Lives for almost 30 years. My favorite couple was Bo & Hope. That is why I have been watching ever since. I was sadden to hear that Bo was leaving and will not be returning. My mom watched Bo in As the World Turns when he played in that soap opera. It will be hard to replace him! I wish him lots of luck.

pat
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pat

Get peter back as bo brady. He is greatly missed. Work out a dealwith peter. I have been an avid and loyal watcher of dool and peter was a good part of it.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

Photo: NBC

Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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