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Peter Reckell Opens Up On What Led To His Decision To Exit Days of Our Lives!

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Six months after finishing his run as legendary soap icon, Bo Brady, Peter Reckell opened up about his thoughts to Soap Opera Digest in a fantastic new interview in the latest issue (1/23/21013) on newsstands now on what went down behind-the-scenes that led to his decision to depart Days of our Lives leaving many fans heartbroken.

Reckell answers some burning questions including: were he is at with his decision to leave Salem, if he might ever consider returning, and what was the root cause of his exit from daytime.   Here is an an interesting excerpt below:

Reckell on the reason he left DAYS:  “Not having storyline, not being able to do anything artistic there was my issue… I just want the people who support me to know the real reason why I’m not there.”

So soapers what do you think about Peter’s statement on his decision to leave?  Should DAYS do everything they can to court Peter to get him back on the Salem canvas as Bo?  How do you feel Bo’s storyline has been over the last several years?  Weigh-in!

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No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

They need to bring back Bo, Jack (Patch had him deepcover for the ISA), Patch (for Kayla – and he’s a pawn again!!) and….JOHN!!! Where are all the men in Salem??!! Nothing at all against the actors/actresses, but if Days thinks that Nick and Gabi or Daniel and Jennifer or Sami and who-even-cares-anymore have the makings of a supercouple, they are sorely mistaken. There is no history and/or no chemistry between them. TPTB are looking for instant gratification when it comes to a ratings boost and they’ve clearly forgotten what made Days “DAYS!!” – the long, slow-burn romance & adventures that supercouples went on. J&M didn’t even kiss for what – a year? Bo & Hope danced around their feelings for a long time too. Mr. Corday needs to take a step back and build the show up with veterans as well as the younger set and put them into character-driven umbrella-type storylines. With all due respect, the writing team previous to the current one seemed to have been on their way to doing just that…their mistake was trying to change EJ’s father and killing off the Phoenix. Those problems have been corrected…I’d love to see those storlines picked up again. The gold coin? Alice -vs- Stefano? John & Marlena together, Bo & Hope together… Come on Corday, you wanna know how it’s done? This is it!!

erica
erica

ratings were awful with these stories that’s why they did stop it. Get real, that being said Bo and PR deserve better writing, that’s for sure.

entityofthenight
entityofthenight

Peter Reckell is comin back to Days in late January early February. He is acting right now as we speak and he will make his return then. I read this on Soapnet. He left the show originally to spend more time with his family. And he really did not have any kind of a story line. So he exited. However, if he didn’t come back, I would like to see Hope hook up with Rafe!! That would be an interesting storyline. Ciara is really acting out and being a little brat, because she misses her daddy, that’s why she is doing all these bad things.

entityofthenight
entityofthenight

I need to make a correction in my previous comment on 12/31/2013. I had used Peter Reckell by accident instead of Drake Hogestyn coming back. I was thinking of Bo at that moment. Please excuse the error. I have been a DOOL fan since 1970.

lisa
lisa

they need to get Bo Brady back on Days Of Our Lives and Bo needs to be back there as Bo and Hope

Teresa
Teresa

Amen.

Susan Perry
Susan Perry

Here! Here! That says it all. I’ve been watching for 45 years….clearly veteran couples from Tom and ice, Doug and Julie, John and Maena, and especially Bo and Hope keep one’s interest for years. Old romance that’s ever new with the adventuring couples and their shenanigans, yet always with the stability and comfort of home, family, and Salem. Plus a common villain and the girl(s) you love to hate! Magic! But it takes all the characters that have built Salem to keep it there.

vickie white
vickie white

I have watched days of our lives for 30 years but no longer do so. Days has took all the good actors off and bringing on the young crowd. When they took Bo OFF THE SHOW THAT WAS IT FOR ME. Bo was a great actor and I enjoyed watching him. You brought Marlana and John back and now John is now MIA. Days I have a lot of my friends that have stopped watching Days. the writers need to stop destroying the show or it will go off the air. You need to meet BO’s demands and bring him back!!!!!!!! No One can replace him !!!!!!!!!

BJ
BJ

Bo is a hottie, and needs to be on there, but his and Hope’s script had become boring. I used to love watching Bo and Hope, but their relationship had become stale, and needed to be spiced up with some outings on the Fancy Face and romance! If not with Hope….someone! He’s too handsome to be on a show without romance!!! He deserved something written in other than detective/police work! That stuff gets so boring day after day. He needs to come home for Christmas! As for John…I used to LOVE watching John, but it got to where he couldn’t talk without making one eye squint lol! And while I’m on a role….Jennifer Horton needs to change clothes sometime! I know they’re probably all taped in the same day or week, but she wears the same dress day after day. How long does it take to unzip and change into something different for a different day? Very unrealistic. Also, I’m SICK of seeing her whining and crying about EVERYTHING! Yeah…..bring BO back with some pizazz and romance, not an explosion or police work! Give him a whole new occupation! Loved Bo! 🙂 Ok…I’m finished. Thanks!

Valerie Weber
Valerie Weber

I agree with you Ms.White bo and hope was the only reason I stayed watching days.There love story from the very beginning got me hook,there chemistry was unbelievable because they made it look so real and personal.All of those love scenes made me think they was married in real life.They are my Number 1 couple of all time and Josh and Reva are 2.If bo doesn’t come right now PLEASE let him reunite with hope before the show goes off the air which I think will be soon because I have also stop watching because Brady and his Fancy Face are not together and that really sucks.Step up writers and bring Bo back.

Tonya
Tonya

They need to stop taking off all the good people and get a story line back on the show. I have been watching Days for many years and hate the way it is going right now. Bo needs to come back, he and Hope are an item. They never should have lost Jack as he and Jen were an item. Lets get this straightened out and get all your viewers back. If you want to get rid of anyone, let Kristine off. Try your hardest to keep Sami on……

Joyce
Joyce

I agree bring Bo back and Patch.These actors make the story line.I do like Rafe but Hope belongs with Bo….

Melissa
Melissa

Atleast he didn’t pull a Steve Burton…!

Mary Hargett-Hiduk
Mary Hargett-Hiduk

No 1 I am in total agreement with you and everything Peter stated. John/Marlena, where is the love and passion of yesteryear? Kayla without Patch is just so WRONG. Hope needs Bo (Peter, and not a replacement actor). Bring back the ISA, get John, Patch, Shane and Bo doing what they do best. Shane and Kim, are so loved and missed. Victor and Maggie should have more airtime, Would love to see Jack comeback from the dead and reclaim his love ( folks this Salem, they do come back from the dead). I am really getting tired of the Sami,Rafe, EJ trangle. No matter which one she picks it will end up in disaster. The writers today do not have a clue how to write good sound story lines and really do not care what the long time viewers want. It is time for Gabi and Nick to leave Salem. Put the younger actors into filler spots and bring back our Veterans. They are the ones who have made Days the great show it once was and could be again. Bottom line, if Corday wants to see the ratings rise then he must dump the current writers and bring in a team ready to write for the fans and not their selfish egos, bring back our veterans with decent stories full intelligent, intriguing, danger filled, mystery surrounding story lines and of course strawberries and cream for J&M. It really angers me the way the Drake is being treated AGAIN along with all the veterans. I expect to see Peter (Bo) comeback late spring early summer and bring Shawn, Belle and Clare with him or at least that is my hope.

Carol
Carol

You are spot on!

Stephanie Luce
Stephanie Luce

It is so sad. I didn’t know Peter was leaving the show I thought he was just on an extended vacation. I was horrified when I found out he left the show. What are the Days people thinking and doing???? I’ve been watching the show since 1973. I like having some of the young story lines for the younger generation but these characters aren’t carrying the show. I would think this is obvious by now.

Ida McGinnis
Ida McGinnis

It could not had been said better, please bring the old cast back.
a regular for at least 1973.

vickie white
vickie white

i agree one hundred percent the veterans made the show they are Days why people watched so many years, keep going down the path you’re going and it will be death for Days of Our Lives. All the writer’s seem to be focused on are Stephano and EJ. How many times has Stephano came back from the dead? i am sick of the Stephano story line it’s old and boring. There’s nothing attractive about him and the bedroom scenes with him is disgusting!!!!! please!!!!!!! Get BO back John, Kim, Shane , Steve don’t let Will leave the show he is a wonderful actor. And get Daniele a Woman i am tired of hearing Jennifer whine she’s not a child Abigail is more of a woman than her mother. Your portraying Jennifer as immature and whinny i love her as and actress but please give her a part to show her at her potential she’s fading fast due to the scripts you’re giving her. let her get hot and wild for Goodness sake.

Shirley
Shirley

I would like to see Marlena back with Roman, They were so good together.

v Hunt
v Hunt

B Brady coming Back.to the show just might save the show. Sami is leaving amd she is a lead actress. Bring Back the Hortons and Bradys. Get rid of Gabi and Rafe . And Nick Will and Sonnie boring. put some strenght in the storyline. How about BO BRADY and his son Shawn D and Belle and their family
WE WANT THE OLD STORYLINES WITH PASSION AND GOOD STORY TO FOLLOW.
Bring back the veterans. This is what we want to see! Ypu are taking away the entire reason we watch DOOL!!!!!!!!!

erica
erica

who knows..he could come back as the new Ridge Forrester..or far more interesting perspective as Stavros Cassadine ! ha.

paul
paul

I think the powers that be at Days made a major mistake allowing Peter to leave or forcing him off. This guy is a legacy character and his story along with Hope’s could have been increased simply by aging the kids so they have more generational stories or giving them more “earthbound” stories that increase their Q rating and the shows viewer ratings. Time in and time out, the powers at days believe all their stories have to be centrally located with Stefano or a DiMera as the evil that needs to be brought down and that’s not the case.

As for Steve Burton, I am CERTAIN that with Peter that if the Bold and the Beautiful offered him the character of RIDGE he would have jumped ship immediately to join that soap. Steve left GH for his family and to relocate to Tennesse. It had nothing to do with anything more than being accommodated. Plus, after 20 years of doing the same old thing day in and day out … his wardrobe for the last 10 years or so was cartoonish – Black Tshirt, Jeans and black reboks with a leather jacket added in on cold months.

I miss seeing characters leave shows and then seeing the actors pop up on other soaps. That was a huge draw for me to discover Y&R when Peter Bergman left AMC and showed up there. Or even Beverly McKinsley when she left Another World as Iris and went to “TEXAS” and then left that world to go to GUIDING LIGHT.

MK
MK

He’ll be back by Spring!

Ces
Ces

probably. Hope can’t parade around Salem alone forever!

Daisy
Daisy

Oh she won’t, because where there is a way to include him, there is a Rafe.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I can understand Peter’s reasons for leaving, but, boy, Bo needs to come back to Salem! Hope running around and getting into everybody’s business is not very entertaining. Fancyface needs her hubby!

Ces
Ces

Agree!!! Hope giving advice is not the Hope I love! Kristian Alfonso deserves SO much more than that!

Margot
Margot

You are quite right about that . I sure miss Peter and hope he gets back to Days very soon!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ditto!

paul
paul

The problem that DAYS incurred by not “killing off” Bo, that also exists on B&B with Ridge and GH with both Robin and Jason is that the characters were not killed off. Sure, it’s an old soap opera trick to kill off a character, no body is found and then the loved ones move on until a wedding is about to happen or a power struggle needs to be decided with the presumed dead person entering into the scene all dramatic! It’s a soap staple where either the original actor returns or a new actor takes over. Why these soaps opted not to do it is beyond me. First of all, in each case the departed actor/character was part of a pair. The pair were super couples. Now they are super singles. In the case of B&B and GH, Brooke is lamenting her love for Ridge as Sam is missing Jason… she is the only one in PC who believes he is alive… as is Patrick with Robin. In all three cases, as with Bo, we, the fans, know they are out there and so DO NOT WANT TO SEE the other halves move on because we want them to wait for the other person to return to complete the couple again. GH should never have led us to believe that Jason’s body was never found and then had Sam believe he is alive because she feels it. A body should have been found but burned (warehouse should have burned down) just so the fans can move on. Fans LOVE Robin as a character but bringing her back every month without a reunion with Patrick is just a cruel joke on devoted fans. No actress or character matched with Patrick will have the energy we want them to have while we know Robin is being held by any number of past villians. It’s just ridiculous. With Bo and Ridge, these characters have left the canvas but have not died so to see Hope meet a man and fall in love will be cheating. To see Brooke met a man and sleep with him (thankfully she only kissed Bill) would be showing the character as not maturing after all these years of jumping from one love to another and then back to Ridge. Honestly, with Bo he should have discovered evidence on Stefano right before he left the show on his boat and as he is sailing out from the pier with Hope and, maybe Roman waving BYE, his boat should have exploded and we are left to think he is dead. Hope grieve and then move on and then down the line either Reckell or someone else returns. His return would be that much more dramatic! The same with Brooke. She should be seen leaving for Paris to confront Ridge about all of his daliances and failing her over the years and ordering him to choose. If he can’t forgive her than Brooke should be a strong woman and be… Read more »

cecile
cecile

I would love to see Bo back and doing what he does best—-being Bo Brady.

MJ
MJ

It seemed like the character of Bo had become written with no real purpose over the past couple of years. Stale storylines and a lacking challenge for the actors has stalled this show a bit. Fresh talent is always welcome in any show but the days that just focus on all the young new actors are tough to watch.
Days could benefit from GH’s lead these days. They are doing a great job blending old and new actors in story lines that cross over and keep moving.
Mr. Reckell should find new acting challenges that his fans can all enjoy. That’s what I’d love to see.

Leigh
Leigh

I agree. They should balance the new talent with the veteran talent. Bo should always have a place and story on the show.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Well said.

auntsis
auntsis

I agree! The writers are trying to get a younger viewer, but that isnt going to happen. The older viewers are the ones that will keep Days alive. I loved the old story lines that were full of mischief and romance and evil doers. Bring back some of the older actors and get some really good story lines and cliff hangers goin again like in the good old Days.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I already knew that Peter has left the door open for a return-glad he addressed it publicly, and he needs to return. But, for now, Ghost Bo MUST be addressed, one way or another-it’s just uncomfortable…

Ces
Ces

yeah, like why wasn’t he at the wedding with his wife.

mo
mo

It’s basically what he said before: that there is no story for him. He had a lot of story when he was younger and now it’s someone else’s turn. Wish he were still on Days, but I understand and support his decision. I do wish Days would either write Bo off or recast. Having him in the bathroom, basement, whatever is ridick.

MT
MT

You are right, it’s SOMEONE else’s turn! I will say he helped make the show (what’s left of it). What it is today. The shoe can’t revolve around Bo and Hope anymore, but it damn sure should be featuring their offspring front and center. Shawn, Chelsea and maybe even JT should be their. But on the flipside, we can’t cater to all the “legacy” characters because then everyone is related.

Ces
Ces

Peter Reckell is sorely missed on DAYS. I completely blame the writing team for their disastrous storylines the last couple of years. Bo & Hope deserve better than this and watching Peter onscreen is more exciting than Daniel-Chad-Cameron-Rafe-Brady put together!!! Bring back Peter with storyline — a GOOD storyline!!!

Margot
Margot

Ditto to that one . Bring him back and give him a good storyline – one that he could sink his teeth in and enjoy.

Linda
Linda

Bo, Shane, Kim, Steve yes bring them all back. Have been watching since 1966. But now I watch once a wk and can keep up. No story lines, no real romance, slow story lines. there are alot of older viewers and always about the young is BORING and NOT interesting. Get rid of the new writers and bring back the old. AND Nick is creepy….glad when he is gone gone gone………And Brady has got to be the stupidest man on earth…give him some brains and do it soon……..

Bopefan
Bopefan

It’s Bruce Evans and Gary Tomlin who need the blame. They’re the ones coming up with the stories and Bruce is the one who wouldn’t let Marlene and Darrell write the stories they wanted. Days would be a much better show if Evans took a step back and Tomlin left.

Ces
Ces

I agree. I think Marlene and Darrell were doing a fine job before the new regime took over; after all they did write Will’s storyline!

Beacon
Beacon

The writing on Days is awful, exactly what Peter implies – there is no artistry to the storylines, no depth, no richness of content. There is no Bill Bell or Doug Marland writing the show. The show needs that sort of creative genius.

Ces
Ces

Lots of fluff definitely. Every once in awhile they do something right (Will’s story).

Dinah
Dinah

Come back Peter, god knows Kristian need you.

Leigh
Leigh

I think the writers have been trying to make Rafe the new Bo. It’s just not working. Bo was a special character with a special actor. Rafe & Daniel are on all the time and I hate their stories. I wish the show would just concentrate on the core families: Bradys, Hortons, Dimeras, & Kiriakis.

susie
susie

I think what they are doing with peter Rickle is ashame he is a great actor why are you firing all the good actors I don”t think days will last if everyone is fired who has been there for years we don”t need more deaths we need family story lines too many people have lost people with cancer this will be hard for alot of people, bring back peter rickle beau and hope should finally be together as a family you unfortunately will lose alot of viewers

Keri
Keri

I think Peter should go play Ridge on B&B I think that would be amazing!!

Carbofan
Carbofan

Would only be interested in Bo with Carly. Hobo is boring.

Amina
Amina

I like what he said about Bo not having a good storyline, the writers ignoring the wants of the viewers and how they made his character behave ‘Un-Bo like’. Peter and his character deserve more than what he was given

DeBorahe
DeBorahe

I have hated Bo and Hope’s storyline since the time Bo moved Carly into their home. Listening to some of Peter’s comments during fan fest about letting the writers know how we feel about the story lines was a big clue to how he felt as well. I hated to see him leave. I stopped watching the show and keep track on Days Cafe.

bebr13
bebr13

GENERAL HOSPITAL is on fire using all of its veterans. Yesterday’s episode consisted of almost exclusively characters who had their heydays in the 80s and 90s and it was truly compelling television. And ratings are going up, which is absolutely the right direction. They are making it affordable by doing short-term returns, using many of the vets on recurring, and even the younger people in their own stories are heavily woven in with their parents on the show, who are the aforementioned vets. Some deals, like Tony Geary’s give him more freedom for less money, and other actors don’t have 3-day a week guarantees but are still heavily featured in plannable stretches. Many actors love their shows and will come back if asked. But both the actors and the fans have to be respected. Ratings will follow and in the right direction. DAYS, take notes and make it happen!

Gazoo987
Gazoo987

I absolutely agree with you 100%. I dont watch DOOL any more, haven’t in ages…. But they need to learn from GH . Veterans are the way to go.

Ces
Ces

I could do without Lucy screeching but love seeing old favorites back onscreen, just wish some would go (Britt!)

Melanie
Melanie

I love Peter Reckell – he’s an artist who understands and appreciates his audience. Something the folks at DOOL should understand as well.

Miss you Bo – come home soon =)

Mary SF
Mary SF

I’m not completely buying his sole reason for leaving was story related. Everyone wants to be appreciated and know their contribution to their workplace valued. The characters of Bo and Hope made Days –Days for a longtime. The powers that be made tons of money from them and now that these characters have aged- no longer in the demo Days wants they are tossed aside and left to languished to back burner status.

Then to add insult to injury they ask him to take a pay cut. I think by taking a stand he thought Days would cave and give him some reason to stay, but instead they said- see ya don’t let the door hit you on your way out. It was a lousy way to go and I hope they do work out their “creative differences” so PR can come back. But if not– then him and Ronn Moss should form a club– former leading soap men who got the worse send off by their show ever. He deserved better.

richard
richard

In all honesty there wasn’t any story for him, they completely mishandled the Carly/Bo/Hope triangle and then they hired Lisa Rinna back but didn’t wanna risk fan outcry by putting Billie with Bo…..to be honest Lisa Rinna’s Billie wasn’t that great him anyways, she sizzled with RKK’s Bo. They need to recast Bo’s daughter Chelsea, and bring them both back with a PURPOSE. I know its difficult to find stories for everyone so I can understand the “artistic” reasoning. If he doesn’t wanna do DAYS, he could to Bold and Beautiful as a recast Ridge Forrester.

James McDonald
James McDonald

What I miss is when Days of Our Lives used to go on location and have a big epic storyline for the Ratings Sweeps. New Orleans,Miami and Mexico come to mind. Bo & Hope, Marlena & Roman or Marlena and John on the run after Stefano or Toscano.

Mary SF
Mary SF

With the money those location shots cost nowadays- they are no longer worth the investment for the number of people still watching. It is a shame- but I don’t think we will be seeing that kind of stuff on Days any time soon.

olddoolfan
olddoolfan

Peter and Kristian were offered a huge opportunity at storyline potential in late 2009. It’s a shame one half of the duo could not overcome her ego to allow it to play out. The arrival of Carly was not going to see the end of Bope. If anything she could have given them new life. What a shame Kristian actively worked against that opportunity.

I don’t blame him or leaving. There is only so much Salem style cops ‘n robbers anyone could be expected to take.

He’s an actor of exceptional talent. This show hid him inside a supercouple and arguably forcible dumbed down his talents to facilitate that working.

I hope he only goes back if he had a commitment to a genuinely challenging story for himself. I can’t see that happening.

Evelyn
Evelyn

Yeah! Crystal REALLY needed to get her ego and demons in check so that storyline could have been a better storyline! Look, go check the numbers already. The percentage of fans that wanted CARBO didn’t come close to the diehard Bo and Hope fans! I’m a Jack and Jen raving f an and I even saw that one a mile away! Can we please move on from the CC blame game already!

Siobhan
Siobhan

Gee I recall saying wait for Peter to talk and when he does you completely miss a big point he was making. You really just keep showing how little you understand or know about a man you say you are a fan of. I know Peter very well and he would be appalled by your comments. He thinks the world of Kristian.

Kim
Kim

What proof is there that Kristian tried to stop Bo & Carly other than what CC claims as the truth in her so-called book? If Kristian really had that power, then how is it that Bo & Carly were a couple for the entire year of 2010?
And really? laying blame that Kristian’s the reason Peter had no stories? Please. Peter had the start of a storyline when Bo & Hope were investigating the bank statements. Then the story took a complete 180 & the pieces started not fitting together. Are you going to say that she didn’t want that story either, so it had to be changed?
How was Peter hid in a supercouple? If it weren’t for Bo & Hope’s popularity, Peter probably wouldn’t have been on the show for close to as long as he has been. And what an insult to say that his talents were dumbed down. You really think that little of Peter as to say that?

Bopefan
Bopefan

It’s a shame you have such a low opinion of Peter olddoolfan that you thought he had been “hidden” inside a supercouple and forced to dumb down his talents. Some of Peter’s best work is on Days of Our Lives. I can think of several storylines where Peter shone as an actor, losing Roman, finding out he was Victor’s son, Hope’s “death”, Bo and Shawn fighting scenes, Bo and Chelsea fighting scenes, the death of Zack, the pancreas storyline and many, many more. As far as being hidden in a supercouple, whether you like it not, Bo and Hope were, are and will always be a much loved supercouple. That’s a fact. Both actors have been given storylines on their own and together. Peter has had many solo storylines but Hope is, and I quote Peter “Bo’s soulmate”, so of course she would feature into the storylines in some way. It’s clear you don’t like the character or the actress but I’m amused by your blind hatred. You’ve failed to see Peter for the amazing actor that he is. He has been outstanding in Days of Our Lives and been given many great storylines.

Hilary
Hilary

I am looking forward to buying the mag and reading the whole thing. I appreicate his comments, they’re clearly very genuine and heartfelt. I think he’s exactly on point with eveyrthing he has said in these excerpts, and it’s actors like him that make me proud to be a soap opera fan and to truly care about this genre. I could not think any more highly of him and support his decision to leave, heartbroken though legacy Days fans like me are. Thank you, Pete.

Kay
Kay

Bravo Peter.

Soaps are dying because the writers have their own agenda…couples….storylines they want to push meanwhile destroying the characters to get there. If they paid more attention to viewers and what they want I think a good written show would come along with it…but alas.

Linda
Linda

So true, need the vetran’s back……no good story lines any more….nick is a creep and his “wife” is almost as dumb as Brady…….writers get a life….swear that it takes a story years to get to the point….tired tired tired ……

Blake
Blake

He’s right, and he comes across as a class act he really does.

Daisy
Daisy

4 words to sum up the real problem here, Gary Tomlin & Galen Gering. Galen is not Peter. Rafe is not Bo, and he will never be Bo. Having Rafe teleport into the safehouse on GT’s first day writing, solving Bo’s case and again getting plopped between EJ and Sami, with no explation how the heck Rafe got there, further insured I will never accept the Rafe character. Not as top cop, not with Sami, and sure as hell not with Hope. The character can’t even exist without plopping him into situations where he doesn’t belong, propping him up by having all of Salem worship at a Rafe alter, and having Sami drag the dead weight that is the Rafe character along with her wherever she goes for five years now. Enough is enough. If Rafe was a well conceived character, played by a good actor, like Bo wa when he was brought in, and could carry his own weight, it would be different. But he’s none of those things. I can’t even watch him.

Annie
Annie

I argee I don’t care for Galen garing he thinks he is like Bo he is not Peter Reckell! I argee with daisy! I don’t needd to see Sami and all her men! barf Let me see bo and Hope and John and Marlena

Bopefan
Bopefan

I have to wonder why he would do the interview now so long after leaving. What was interesting to me was that in the interview he commented about stories not being finished and Peter told fans that Bo was written out of character from end of 2009 onwards which was all Tomlin, so I’m confused with the shout out to Tomlin unless Peter is now wanting to come back and thinks Tomlin’s in charge. Hopefully if he does come back they will write Bo true to form because Peter has always made it clear how much that upset him.

Ces
Ces

maybe he’s craving a little attention? 😉

Dmitri
Dmitri

More time for Bope, less time for the 30 something crowd. Tired of Sami and her men! Let’s see some Bope action!

Joan Chliek
Joan Chliek

BRING PETER RECKELL BACK!!….He’s so good at what he does and, agreeably, needs to be brought back to the forefront in an interesting and challenging storyline that, we as fans, would appreciate and embrace. He’s sorely missed…. New characters are always ok, but the charm of DOOL is the continuity and history of two families and many of the original characters that remain. Days is not the same without Peter Reckell. Salem and “Hope” without “Bo” isn’t working….Please listen to your fans!!!

Carol
Carol

Peter is not doing his fans a favor by leaving the show. Bo has had some amazing storylines in the past few years – emmy worthy infact. So it is hard for me to believe that he wasn’t given good material when he was. Was the showing revolving around his character – NO but that doesn’t mean that his character wasn’t important. You can do just so many Bo and Hope break up and make up storylines. You can just do so many Hope gets kidnapped and Bo rescues her storylines. You can just do so many Bo cheats on Hope storylines. How many times do Bo and Hope have to remarry?

The fans want Bope so it is very limiting for the actors. If Bo is paired with someone else all heck breaks loose. So with that in mind it was probably a good thing Peter left.

Jess
Jess

Hmmm….could the new characters he is talking about be the Hernandez gang? That bunch of ilk has hogged all of the screen time since Rafe was introduced.

Keely
Keely

It’s a shame that Days writers can’t write for their favourites (Rafe, Sami, Dan etc) and still honour the show’s history of supercouples. Bo and Hope, Jack and Jen, Marlena and John are the reason many 40 + yr olds are watching. Younger viewers are not going to just stumble upon daytime soaps – traditionally they are introduced to them by their mothers and grandmothers. Alienating the older generation is going to rob the show of new, younger viewers. Keep the supercouples together (and that means bringing Jack and Bo back )and play musical beds with the newer characters.

Dmitri
Dmitri

And to top it off, the few younger viewers they have gained are not impressed with the show either!

Kate
Kate

Peter Reckell NEEDS to come back to Days!!!!! The show is not the same without Bo Brady!!!
We need better writers too!

holly
holly

Have never liked rafe, not a fan when he was on passions. Bring back both, patch and Shane. If they put hope with rafe I’m done. Need a break from sami as well!

Annie
Annie

I argee with Peter Reckell! He is the Best Bo Brady ever! I don’t care for all the new charactrs of the show. They need a good writer and not the one they have right know! I think that John and Bo need to work together to bring down Stefano ! Bring back our vets! ken Corday is Killing days because of these new characters all the die-hard audience knows the VETS like the back of there hands! I really don’t care to see will and sonny in bed I MEAN NO OFFENSIVE to anyone. it ‘s just I want to see bo and Hope and John and Marlena and Carrie and Stefano and Kristen. I don’t want to see Daniel and the favor of the month! I grew up with days who you root for the Supercouples and who fight to stay together! I think my favorite scene was with Bo back in 91 with Drake when John told Bo that Marlena was alive and when they ost zack that was heartbreaking! Come back Peter you are missed!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I don’t think Rafe is the new Bo, or is trying to be. He is a great character who is, like many others, wasted on Sami. Rafe is consistently dragged out of a great potential storyline (like the ISA story from last summer) to take up airtime with Sami. EJ is de-villified to be with Sami, until he screws up again. Lucas has no storyline because he is done with Sami. If anyone is the problem with DAYS, it is Sami Brady, the women who hogs the airtime with boring, repeated, trashy storylines that ruin both her character and the men involved in her love life. The new characters he is referring to, I think, are Cameron and and likely the new ones being brought into the show later this year. They have very little airtime or backstory. It would be interesting to learn more about these characters while still having our vets on with ore airtime, but we are instead stuck with Dannifer and Sami’s love life! This is why I read the DAYS recaps rather than watching the show. Now that it was renewed through summer 2014, there is no harm in boycotting the soap when there is nothing I am interested in.

susy
susy

They need to showcase their core families Hortons Bradys Dimeras Kiriakas They most definitely need their vets and more importantly their Super Couples!! Shane and Kim are so missed Steve and Kayla Bo and Hope John n Marlena Jack n Jennifer there should be a triangle with Victor Maggie and Caroline !! Hello?? The 80s were their best years don’t fix what ain’t broke Gary isn’t writing for Passions anymore it got cancelled for a reason!! WAKE UP KEN AND NBC!!

Cookala
Cookala

Though I’m not (in the least) a BOPE fan, I really, really miss Peter as Bo. He’s a fantastic character – with a lot of potential. I think I’d like to see him with Billie again and maybe a little on the wild side. I used to love his interaction with “Junior” and believe it or not, could see them as friends. Here’s hoping TPTB come to their senses and bring him back.

apriljgutierrez
apriljgutierrez

Attention People! I couldn’t agree more that Peter Reckell is terribly missed! I have watched Days Of Our Lives since I was eight years old.In many ways Salem was like my second home & the people on the show were an extended family! Bo & Hope are one of the Greatest Super Couples of all times! I think they could still have many great stories ahead of them! They are still very popular & obviously both are not to bad on the eyes either.I don’t blame Peter for leaving,being asked to take a decrease in pay is insane! I Love Days Of Our Lives,they need to respect the Integrity of the characters that made the show the success that it is today! I think the show needs to listen to What The Fans Want! Bo & Hope have a love that transcends thought time! As a reviewer myself it is rare to see a Soap Couple that after twenty five years still have the greatest chemistry! They reach out & you believe in them! I hope the show realizes how deeply the fans care about the characters & their story lines! I hope that Days is Smart Enough To Get Him Back! Hello We Miss Peter Reckell aka Bo Brady! The worst part is watching Hope without Bo it’s not right! I am just saying! Peter thank you from all of us for all the years of joy! Days Get It Together Dudes!

Sarah
Sarah

The show is a complete and utter disaster. Corday preaches about how the show is about family, romance, tradition, and legacy characters, but the show is nothing but. They are making a mockery out of their fans and their cast members, who have been there for years. I will list the problems I see in Salem, and what I think they should do to create a better soap for all us fans of 47 years. I agree with Bo about bringing the newer characters in, and giving them all the storylines. One of the biggest, outrageous new characters who took many storylines, and had many connections was the creation of Melanie Jonas. She was involved in every storyline in Salem, she had almost seven men running after her, and she ended up being related to Max, Trent, Maggie, Daniel etc. She also recieved the longest goodbye I have ever seen on Days. She was given a week of goodbyes, and Bo was given one day. This is just not fair to fans or the veteran actors. There was no reason for a new character like Melanie to receive so much more, than characters like Bo. Here are my recommendations for the show: 1.They need to bring back the romance and the characters that the fans love to see. First is through the supercouples: 1.Bo and Hope (bring back Peter) 2.Kim and Shane (bring their protrayers back) 3.Jack and Jennifer (bring back Jack) 4.Kayla and Steve (bring back Steve Nichols- he was fired from Y and R) 5.John and Marlena (keep them and give them a good storyline) 6.Tony and Anna (bring back Thaao and Leann) 2.The above five couples are ten actors that respresent the supercouple era, and are all fan favourites. They should be given front burner storylines, and the newer characters should be fit around them, or younger cast. 3.Storylines now they need to be dumped: 1.Danifer- worst couple ever on Days, Jennifer has never grieved for Jack, and Jennifer character has been completely ruined from her nosiness, to her being all upset about how Parker is going to affect her life. She is not even the same Jennifer from the past. 2.Nicole losing her baby for the second time made many fans angry. The writers need to make the baby alive. More on that later. Although, Ari pulled in some amazing acting nods, that should give her an Emmy win. 3.Gabi and Nick’s courtship and marriage is a big crock. Gabi’s character is, and has always been a waste of time. She is not a fan favourite, no Hernandez’s are, and she needs to go. Nick can stay, but more on that later. Nick needs to stop bring a bigot too. Days needs to stop putting her in a front burning storyline. 4.Rafe/Sami/EJ triangle- The writers need to end this triangle for good. I don’t even care who she picks. Next, Days needs to bring back Stefano DiMera and re-unite him with Kate. State is a well-loved… Read more »

Mary SF
Mary SF

And if they did everything you suggested, there would be posts stating the show is filled with vets, they would be mad that the characters you would ditch would be gone, and Days was just rehashing the past because they have run out of new stories to tell.

My point is everyone would like the show to be written the way they want it, and have the characters they would like to see, but an equal number of people who hate whatever you or anyone can come up with. So I stop wishing for the show to be the show I would write and I started to enjoy the show that was there and I found it a lot more bearable that way.

Just remember, be careful for what you wish for just might get it— Days from the 80’s and 90’s seen as repeats when the present day Days eventually gets cancelled

Rj
Rj

Good post, Sarah!!

Patricia
Patricia

I totally agree with all that Sarah has said! Great post from you Sarah!
I hope everyone reads your post because it is covering all the show and it all makes sense!. Too bad Corday doesn’t have the brains that you do Sarah!

Rj
Rj

Like to see more storylines with more involved plots-some investigation and intrigue that keeps you guessing and involved. Bo and Hope would be good at that.

tammy
tammy

I agree that writters can reach a happy medium with the veteran characters
As well as with the younger group, with a few exceptions. John is soooo boring with his monotonef acting. And thou I have no problem with gsy relationships, it turns my stomach upside down to watch it. If gonna have it im dtoryline, leave it suggestive (like Will &Grace). Bring Bo back and hire nrew writters who know how to tell a love story.

Maria Roy
Maria Roy

Let Peter Reckell come back and go after the DiMeras
We need this kind of story line.who better
To go after them then Bo. Lets get back to the
Days when watching was exciting!! And bring
Bo back

Carolyn
Carolyn

Bring him back

JT
JT

At this point I just want Steve Patch Back. Bo with HIm would be icing on the cake But I think Patch’s story has not been told fully.

1) Steve has never had the opportunity to raise his own child.
2) Kayla’s explanation made little sense. He took a job with the ISA and that means he chose the ISA over her??? She supported her brothers in such jobs and Steve is not the type to take a little office job and she always knew that about him and loved him for his spirit!
3) Steve has more facets that most soap men from heroics to vulnerability, flaws, music, laughter and wit to immense drama and sadness.

Bring on a Patch, Days could use it. Tomlin is wrong to keep denying favorites just to promote a failed Passions. Tomlin may be the problem on Days.

theresa
theresa

well said JT

Kristy
Kristy

DAYS and TPTB should do whatever they need to do to get PR back to DAYS!!! There is a big gap w/o him!!

theresa
theresa

I am going to miss “Bo” I grew up with him on Days!! Good luck!!

carole
carole

BRING HIM BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

CHERYL
CHERYL

PLEASE BRING BO BRADY BACK!!! HOPE AND BO HAVE BEEN THE BEST COUPLE FOR THE LAST 37 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN WATCHING!! HOPE DOSEN’T EVEN SEEM LIKE HOPE ANYMORE!! IT’S LIKE EVERY SCENE SHE IS IN NOW IS SO FORCED AND FAKE. BRING BO BACK!! BRING BO BACK!!! HE WAS ALWAYS THE SHOWS BEST LEADING MAN!!! HE’S A MAN’S MAN AND VERY SEXY AND GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES!! DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY!!!!!!!!

Cheri
Cheri

Ken Corday:
Please bring Peter Reckell back to Days! The show is not the same without Bo. As a 30 year fan of the show, I have barely been watching lately since he has left. I can’t stand Nick and Gabby, etc. so am no longer interested in watching. I watched because of Bo and Hope. Peter and Kristian are both talented actors and have a chemistry that cannot be compared. The show was such a hit because of the characters like Bo and Hope, Kayla and Steve, Kim and Shane, John and Marlena, and Jack and Jen. These are the characters that the 40+ aged fans want to see, we care about them, and have invested many years of our own time watching them, addicted to the show, never wanting to miss an episode! Now, I am going weeks, months actually without watching. Bo needs to come back soon! It would be great if he brought Patch or Shawn, Belle, and Claire back with him. I care more about Shawn and Belle than I ever will about Nick and Gabby. There is no chemistry there. Peter Reckell deserves a great storyline, come on writers get creative! He is a wonderful actor. The scenes at Zach’s graveside where Bo is angry and hysterical with grief were so heartbreaking and believable that I cried the whole time. He was excellent during his pop Shawn’s death on the plane, and during his pancreatic illness storyline. Kristian did an excellent job during Princess Gina, and nightime Hope. Watching them both is what keeps me glued to Days! Give them both the respect they deserve. The 80’s stories were the best, but it can be good again! Please listen to us fans of Bope!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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