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Peter Reckell Says On A Return To DAYS: "We Are Talking Again, Trying To Work Out A Deal For The 50!"

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Days of our Lives turns 50 years young in November of this year, and as the big 5-o approaches many fans are hoping some beloved favorites will return in time for the celebration or make an appearance in story, somehow.

One of the biggest names ever associated with DAYS is Peter Reckell who played anti-hero Bo Brady for decades.

While discussions have been on and off for a few years now, and Peter has kept his ardent fans updated all the time on Twitter as to the status of discussions or negotiations with the show, this weekend he tweeted what looks to be a very positive step in the right direction for Reckell’s Bo to come to Salem for the 50th anniversary of the show.

Peter tweeted: “We are talking again, trying to work out a deal for the 50! I need your love, support, and positive energy!!!”

So, how much would it mean to you if Peter was to come back to Days of our Lives in time for the 50th anniversary?  Do you think a deal will be worked out this time?  Share your thoughts below!

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

At this point i no longer care if Bo returns or not but at the same time it would be nice to see him and many other vets return for short visits and story arcs for the shows 50th…cant work it out with PR then get John Stamos…lol

Iakovos
Iakovos

The writers have sort of let us forget about Bo. It would be good to see him back in Salem. I did not watch DAYS during the heyday of Bo and Hope but I know they were “the thing.” If Bo does come back, he would stay if in the person of Reckell or another actor. Or supply a good enough short-term story that allows Hope and the many fans some closure.

Boy, does Reckell look good!

Sandy J
Sandy J

I recomend if a deal does not work out with Peter Reckcel brief return as Bo Brady, why not to and reach out to Bo Brady number Robert K. Kelly who replace Peter from 1992-1995. They are plenty of old footage with him as Bo since he was a contract player those years as Bo and with Bo number two they could try and reach out to Lisa Rinnina (Billie Reed) and Chrystal Chapman (Dr Carly Manning) Robert K. Kelly as Bo with those two ladies had some good stories with them as well as with K Alphonse (Hope Brady) .

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

I actually liked RKK better as Bo…so i wouldnt mind him making a guest appearance!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

As much as I loved when RKK played BO, I don’t see him being asked back, if the “Deal” with Peter doesn’t work out. Peter is DAYS history. RKK filled in the blanks for 3 years. Peter will either be wiling to make this deal happen, or if not, no need, leave Bo out of it.

Nick D.
Nick D.

If GH couldn’t afford Stamos I don’t think Days could even afford his autograph at a Full House convention. But yeah, I agree that whether or not PR returns isn’t going to make or break Days. Good writing is the #1 thing lacking over there and the only thing that will save the show.

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

I mention Stamos jokingly because of the problems he had with GH over that shows 50th…lol…Good writing is Days biggest problem right now but since they tape so far in advance it will be some time before we see if new writers can fix the problem or we’ll be seeing that show’s finale ‘DAYS’!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

You are gone stay gone and let the new regime brighten the decade ahead…DON’T BE A VICTORIA ROWELL because you can’t put ham and roast beef on the same sandwich..I don’t know what he was thinking when he left..was it old mans pilot season..was something getting rebooted..what is with these soap actors…

SZima
SZima

There is no point in bring Bo back for a short-term stint. He’ll just screw up Hope’s life the way Robin screws up Patrick’s on GH every time she “honors” the show with her presence.
I’m liking Hope with Aiden, and Bo would also screw up Ciara’s head again, and I don’t need to see any more tantrums from her! lol

Cathy
Cathy

Robin doesn’t screw up Patrick life that is on the writers not working with the actress schedule like they do others who weren’t even from GH, if truth be told the writer tried to ruin Robin to move Patrick on. Robin and Kim are GH legacy not Patrick. Robin has ties to MANY GH characters. Kim stated many times she is willing to do both and if others like MoB, TG, Ro H, ME and even the new ones like BM get to do GH and other things then Kim can do both. Many of us wait for anytime the writers and FV DECIDE to bring Robin back. Same goes for Bo played by the only Bo and that’s Peter Reckell.

damien
damien

#BRING BACK BO!!!!!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

UMMMMM…damien..the only ratings grabber will be an Sami/EJ return..the true ratings grabber will be an Ali Sweeney return altogether…James Scott or not..Sami can return EJ’less and blow the ratings out the roof just WAITING for EJ…I like BO but it’s like a Patch return..after a month..put a PATCH on the STORY…

richard
richard

At this point, I would rather see RKK reprise Bo. Its so exhausting seeing these teasers about PR, and frankly, it isn’t fair to the fans!!! They should’ve had Bo presumed dead, or maybe Aiden will been have working with the Dimeras and Bo is being held against his will!! I find it hard to believe Bo would just leave Hope and Ciara. I have never bought that story.

Dishy
Dishy

Robert Kelker Kelly aged better; at this point bringing back Bo would only screw Hope up. If they have to – bring back Kelker Kelly

madluv4u
madluv4u

Exactly! And he would probably do it for cheaper.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I don’t like the way Mr. Reckell seems to involve the fans in his business negotiations. He should negotiate with the show in private and then, if a deal is reached, share the good news with fans. He deliberately puts pressure on the show to meet his terms by raising fans’ expectations. That being said, it would be nice to see him on the show — but it will have to be a very smartly crafted arc. Not like GH’s Robin unsatisfactorily popping in and out. If it’s a short-term appearance, the writers need to decide the fate of the character of Bo once and for all.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I could not agree with you anymore! This is not the first time he has tried to drag fans into this… I cannot believe there is a problem in the negotiations in the first place…in the hey day of Hope and Bo I see the relevance, but they have moved on, rightfully so after he left, so perhaps he’s holding out for a BIG paycheck instead of giving the fans what we deserve…closure.

It’s not like when he left he was tremendously in demand…. probably not a good idea to hold the show hostage at this point…because we stopped caring long ago.

Rj
Rj

I hear you. I felt part of that problem may have been the storyline that they gave him/them when the pulled Marlena and John a part. I would still like to have a few stronger matriarch/patriarch couples – Marlena/John, Victor/Maggie (actually Kate/ Stefano – liked them together), would like Julie/Doug as well, but they seem to only want to appear sporadically – then have other storylines and sub-storylines, relationships, etc. weave in and out of their lives. Would like models like Friday Night Lights, Cedar Cove where you have a stinger Maine couple (who like all couples have issues, but they work through them), then they have storylines that revolve around relationships and issues of people in the community. I know they do this on Days, but it seems to be all over the place, it needs more cohesiveness. They have central characters who anchor the show who are the stalwarts, and then they have other sub-plots.

vinman
vinman

If $$$$$ is involved. …..cya BO!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I hope management can work out a deal not only with PR but many previous stars of the show. A 50th wouldn’t be much fun it they couldn’t mine the rich history of the show with clips and guest spots. I cannot imagine Bo really has a place in Salem anymore, but it would be nice if Bo and Hope could have a proper confrontation and goodbye. The way they ushered him off the show was just sad, and PR and the character deserved better, this might be a chance to right that wrong.

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

Days needs to use its rich history everyDAYS and not just for its 50th, and because they have lost focus on their rich history is the main reason they remain in fourth place and loosing viewers!!!

Cathy
Cathy

DOOL isn’t the only soap losing viewrs so is GH.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I can’t believe that B&B is still on the air….I watch it on my DVR and I Fast forward through most of the show now…not just the commercials….I know its popular overseas, but to me this show is awful!

Laurie
Laurie

Cathy,

My pet peeve: General Hospital is NOT losing viewers!!!

1. Y&R 5,138,000 (-228,000/+71,000)
2. B&B 3,809,000 (-237,000/+79,000)
3. GH 3,242,000 (+53,000/+347,000)
4. DAYS 2,443,000 (+21,000/-302,000)

GH ratings have risen 3 wks in a row: New ratings here show they’re Up 53,000 from the week before and UP 347,000 from 1 yr ago!

DAYS gained viewers in these latest ratings, 21,000, but down 302,000 from 1 yr ago. Not bad considering they were down 583,000 just 4 wks ago! I predict next weeks ratings for Days will rise even more because of the JJ/Eve reveal, the social media buzz it caused. But for Clyde & the elephant caper, Days has improved much over the last weeks.

Young and Restless is down around 443,000 viewers in 2 wks! GH has NEVER, EVER lost that many viewers since Cartini came on & I’m over people saying these things!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Bo & Hope definitely need that closure, confrontation and goodbye as you stated, Mary SF. I would love to see it involve Ciara and the return of Jason Cook as Shawn D. I think the show would benefit in uniting the family, and incorporate believable and valid explanations revealed as to why Bo really left Salem, and why he must say have a proper Goodbye upon his next exit.

Joel
Joel

Don’t know why the DAYS brass was so Reckell crazy. Robert Kelker Kelly was just as good in the role.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I want Peter back for good…just to knock smiley-faced Aiden’s smug look off his pie-shaped face.

Jackie Ramirez
Jackie Ramirez

i would love for Peter to reprise his role as Bo Brady! Bo and Hope has always been my favorite super couple.

Carolyn
Carolyn

It would be great to see him back, especially if TPTB could orchestrate a few scenes with Caroline, Roman, Kayla and Bo.

James McDonald
James McDonald

I think Peter Reckell is missed as “Bo Brady” on Days Of Our Lives. He certainly needed a huge break from it all. He wanted to move to Oregon and have more time to be with his wife and children. I would be happy to see him on the 50th Anniversary episodes if he wanted to come back for a limited time.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I’m all for a Bo return for a limited run, as well, with Peter Reckell in the role, if it all works out. It’s time that the writers put closure on the Bo & Hope relationship. It would be great if Jason Cook (Shawn D) could come back to reprise his role, too.

Patrick
Patrick

Jason Brooks
Michael Muhney
Trevor St. John
Brandon Barash
Josh Kelley
Corbin Bleu
Ted King

just to name a few

Jeremy
Jeremy

haha-ha, what do you want to do with those seven actors?
just to a name a few…what? additions to Days?

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

savor , tease

Jason Brooks for the WIN… dang he was at his finest as Peter Blake
Michael Muhney.. should be a DiMera… Peter , EJ… would work stupendously
Trevor St. John… dang… the women love him… so do I
Brandon Barash… brings so much bubbly ooh la la and returns… whet
Josh Kelley… can he get any sexier
Corbin Bleu… salivate game on… entreat and i’m ON he CAN ACT and NICE
Ted King… without doubt one of my FAVES… dang i love him with SKYE.. but i’d take him with Kayla

one more

Jason Cook… Shawn Douglas… OK top of the line…

davlestev1
davlestev1

????..AND HUHHHH…AND ????…Shows have to evolve…shows need new blood..new whatever you look at…HEHE…me too..look at J.J. we all like eye candy…but if it sits in the bottom of your book bag for TOO long…NO THANKS..unless it’s Ali Sweeney…I CANNOT WAIT FOR A SAMI RETURN…MAKE HER LIKE COOKIE LYON FROM EMPIRE..she went out to Hollywood and got involved in the Rap Music scene and has been making money…LOL..who else but SAMI..could pull that off with all the I wanna be GHETTO sass..AND I WILL BE..THAT’S MONEY..and look who all hangin’ around me KATE…

davlestev1
davlestev1

OF ALL the scenarios Sami could get away with even though she know she can’t..she’d be stupid enough to just GO WITH IT…

JP
JP

Ah, yes, let’s get Jason Brooks back! He was awesome as Peter. I doubt it can happen though because of the wrench he threw into holier-than-though Melissa Reeves’ marriage last time. She’s half the actor that Brooks is, but unfortunately, that uptight witch has too much history with the show, and her husband would make her quit if Jason Brooks were to return.

I’d love to see Peter Reckell back too. He was never a great actor, but he and Kristian are part of the show’s heart and soul, and he was the biggest sex symbol in the show’s history.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Unfortunately, Jason Brooks is very unlikely to return to the role.
I’m sold on Robb Derringer as new Peter Blake, I’ve also heard the suggestion of Ted King as a possibility, too. It’s time DAYS brought Peter back via a Kristen visit!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

JP…y-e-s…that would be TOTALLY AWESOME if Jason Brooks were to come back to DOOL…HELL YEAH!!!!! To me, Jason Brooks is ONE H-O-T DUDE!!!!! And…he can TRULY A-C-T…EVEN BETTER!!!!! But you know what would make me EVEN HAPPIER…if that self-righteous and prissy-filled Melissa Reeves were to leave DOOL!!!!! I mean…I am S-O SICK of Jennifer’s annoying and even more meddling attitude…BEYOND B-L-E-C-H!!!!! To me, NO MORE JENNIFER=Y-A-Y!!!!!!

Have a good one, JP. Peace.

Rj
Rj

Would love to see Bo back. In fact, would like to see as many vets back as possible. Always like seeing all the vets on the show. Think that is what is needed to bring some of us back to the show now. Understandably and good that they bring in some new people from time to time for new energy and change, but since the show is a bit in the doldrums right now, two lead actors (Scott, Sweeney) just left , storylines are a bit lackluster, think it is time to bring back the vets to jump start the show and get it going again. I know times change, they are trying to go after a younger audience, but right now the new formulas are not working with ratings going so low, so maybe it is time to go back to some old formulas for awhile anyways, and bring back the vets from the golden era of Days. There is something familiar and comfortable about them that brings you back to watching the show. Still like when I see Marlena and John together. It gives a foundation to the show. The vets make you want to tune in and watch. Like seeing the vets on the screen. Like seeing old family and friends. If you do not have an attachment to the characters you are not drawn in to watch. With Days it is part of the nostalgia that keeps you watching. Without that the show is lost. Bring Bo and the vets back! The time is right now. Without them there is no reason to turn the show on.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I agree about seeing old family and friends…. however…I have to disagree with the John and Marlena story. I used to really like john…something happened and I just got so sick and tired of him…. I was glad when he went off the radar for a while….I think it was about negotiations….but just not into it anymore.

Get Marlena involved with someone new…

Michael
Michael

Yawn. I love Days and I want it to stay on the air. In order for that to happen it needs interesting actors and storylines- not self indulgence. Please stay away Peter- your Days are done.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Peter Reckell always manages to remind viewers that the soaps are a business, first and foremost. He’s a party pooper!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maybe under the new writing regime it’s something that would be conceived; the perception of Bo over the past few years has been quite disgusting. I wouldn’t mind him coming back in a recurring capacity, where he pops up every now and again.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I feel like for #DAYS50 the new regime have a large task ahead of them. I’d love to see a lot of classic faces come back to the series; there are so many characters that could be ushered back to the scene, even if for a temporary multi-week stint, though some I’d love to be brought back on a permanent basis. And maybe even a few new characters and / or faces, that would be something, wouldn’t it? And maybe some characters could be written out of the series, to get rid of some dead weight!

Belle (Martha Madison)
Shawn Douglas (Jason Cook)
Carrie (Christie Clark)
Austin (Austin Peck)
Bo (Peter Reckell)
Carly (Crystal Chappell)
Sami (Alison Sweeney)
Mike (Roark Critchlow)
Laura Spencer (Susan Flannery or Jamie Lyn Bauer)
Sarah Horton (Terri Conn) [RECAST]
Taylor Walker (Natalia Livingston)
Madison Brown (Sarah Joy Brown)
Billie Reed (Julie Pinson)
TBA Role (Michael Muhney) [NEW]
TBA Role (Martha Byrne) [NEW]

Jeremy
Jeremy

hey Scott, I too, would love to see Shawn & Belle return to Salem, with Martha and Jason Cook, too. Along with, Christie Clark as Carrie, though, I’m not sure which Austin would be best to bring back. I’d definitely love to see Crystal Chappell return, along with Billie Reed, though I would prefer Lisa Rinna followed by Krista Allen. And, Vivian Alemain!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The last time Rinna appeared as Billie it did not feel right to me; not familiar with Ms. Allen’s portrayal, either. I just know I enjoy Ms. Pinson’s acting ability and feel like she’d bring more depth to the role of the character once again if she were to return, especially as part of the Salem Police Departure, or part of a bigger storyline.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Scott, may I add to your list:

Lexie Carver (Renee Jones)

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Renee already has stated she’s done acting and done with Days of Our Lives, so I did not include her for that specific reason. Plus, I’d want to see them pursue Abe with someone new, like Maxine more or even maybe Kayla.

Patrick
Patrick

#1. you forgot Louise Sorel … Vivian Alamain

that’s OK

dang… honestly… the #1… person I’d like back… for continuity history…. and further Salem’ites…. Jamie Lyn Bauer…. Laura Horton

Michael Muhney would attract legions of fans out of the woodwork… NEED HIM

Martha Byrne is a VERY INTERESTING choice… and intrigue PULL … BIG!

I really would love to see Christie Clark… I honestly think she’d rise to the challenge and forefront and dethrone Alison Sweeney as the new heroine

Jason Cook…. Roark Critchlow… for the WIN

more than any thing.. it’s simply time for MBE’ Kayla to LIVE on our screens

it’s time for Judy Evans’ Adrienne to personify… and magnify…. her character

where is my Rafe’alicious

RECAST Guy Wilson

bring back Shane and Kimberly Donovan… w/Andrew

bring back Peter Blake

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

Billy Warlock too as Frankie Brady…Billy is married to Julie Pinson…maybe Billie and Frankie could shock both Jen and Eve by returning to Salem as a married couple???

bklyngirl
bklyngirl

Exactly!

Jason Cook

Martha Madison

Peter Reckell

Christie Clark

Austin Peck

I would love Vivian and Ivan to return for some comic relief, and Shane and Kim as well. Get rid of all of those deadwood characters eating up the show.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really don’t miss Bo. I’m glad Hope has a storyline and I like her with Aiden. I wouldn’t mind Bo returning very briefly for the big 50th celebration, but only to say goodbye…and then please STAY gone. I hate this “will he/won’t he” stuff.

Jazz
Jazz

Why is he trying to work out a deal? You would think for a show that made him and kept him employed for 30 years, he’d happily come back for the 50th regardless of the “deal”. He is obviously demanding money and that’s fine, it’s a business but why let the fans know? I think the only time he should tweet is when he has a deal done not while negotiations are taking place!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Couldn’t agree more! He wanted out and now he’s gone….it was all about money…so if you play that game, you had better be prepared for the consequences… Hope, and the fans have moved on.

Peter R… be careful how you gamble.. and stop dragging fans into this…. we’re no longer that invested in you.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Jazz…Oh, I agree…TOTALLY!!!!! I mean…what EXACTLY is Peter Reckell’s, uh, ‘deal’ here?!?!? Is he trying to prove something????? Also, it seems to me that Mr. Reckell is arrogantly trying to use soap fans (in general or whatever) as bargaining chips or something…N-O-T COOL AT ALL!!!!! Bottom Line Here (well at least for me, anyway): At this point, I NO LONGER CARE if Peter Reckell returns to DOOL for the show’s 50th Anniversary (or whatever) in November. Nope. Don’t care. Next……….

Mo
Mo

I could care less. We’ve moved on from Bo and Peter. If he were just to return for a few eps, not worthwhile, although Ciara would love to see him.

Tim S
Tim S

Unless Peter is wanting to come back at a cheap salary for the 50 Annivserary celebration…. Days needs to use the money on new talented actors …. Don’t care about Peter.. he has moved on and so have all of us!!!

Char
Char

I am 65 years young and have been watching DOL for many years. I would love it if Bo came back. Maybe he could rescue Hope from her current love interest. Fans would love it !!!!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Bo is coming back!

BOB W
BOB W

LOUISE SOREL WILL BE A BIG ADDITION FOR DAYS OF OUR LIVES….FIRST BEING AN INCREDABLE ACTRESS AND HAS BELONGED TO ONE OF THE BEST STORY LINES…..BURING CARLY MANNING….AND LAYING ON HER GRAVE GIGGLING WITH GLEE…LOL…LOVED AUNT VIVIAN….HOW ABOUT IT SINCE THE 50TH ANNIVERSAY IS COMING SOON.

bklyngirl
bklyngirl

She doesn’t even have to return on the 50th. She can return in December, January or in the Spring, long as sh returns.

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Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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