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THE PETER RECKELL INTERVIEW – DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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By Michael Fairman

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TV SOAP:
Peter, now that Ed Scott has been chosen as the new co-executive producer, replacing twenty year veteran Steve Wyman, how has that been behind the scenes for “DAYS”?

PETER:
It has been a huge boost to the show.  Ed has a lot of passion.  I think the biggest thing is Ken Corday, (exec prod. “DAYS”) has given him the reigns basically, and said, “Go for it and do what you gotta do.”  Part of the issue with Steve Wyman is that he did not have total power.  He didn’t have much power to go after all the elements of the show; from the writing, the lighting, and the way we use our cameras…. everything.  Ed has come in with a lot of energy, a lot of commitment, and passion.  It is great for everyone, not just the actors, but also the wardrobe and make-up departments, and the sets.  Everybody is charged because he listens to people and they get a say.  Ed listens to their suggestions and doesn’t just come down and say, “This is what I want and this is the way it’s going to be.”

TV SOAP:
Have you talked out about your character, Bo Brady, with Ed yet?

PETER:
First, I just wanted to hang out and see what his patterns were.  So, we set up a breakfast during our vacation in September.  At that time, I will get to sit down and pick his brain and hash out some things, not only about “DAYS,” but daytime in general.

TV SOAP:
Will Bo be integral to the Brady/Dimera vendetta storyline?

PETER:
I don’t know that I am an integral part.  I am sort of keeping people in control.  When I came back to the show 12 years ago, I was not real thrilled that while I was gone Bo had become a cop, and where was it leading.  Now, it’s leading more and more each year that he is more under control and less of a hot head.   Bo seems more reasonable, and that is the current thing.  I am trying to keep Steve under control and Sami under control.  In my mind, Bo has always been the renegade.  Currently, this is a role that is difficult.  It’s not easy for me.  I like the role of a renegade with passion.

TV SOAP:
There were recent scenes where Doug and Julie, John and Marlena, and Bo and Hope are together reading the letters of Santo and Colleen’s back-story of the vendetta.  Are days like that great fun where you all get to work together in the same scene?

PETER:
Oh yeah, we should do it more often.  We all have a great time and the taping of the show is secondary.  (He laughs)  I like the way the show is written, where you are seeing the story being portrayed through different people’s eyes.  Then, we see the actual story being played out by the characters of Santo and Colleen.  It is really kind of a cool way that Hogan Sheffer (head writer, “DAYS”) has put that together.

TV SOAP:
Is it tough being a veteran of the show and having a small part in this big umbrella storyline? (The Brady/Dimera vendetta).  Do you know where things are heading for Bo?

PETER:
I am not really sure, and have not been integral in figuring it out, as yet.  It’s really a Sami and EJ story.  I am not really concerned about it. This whole thing will resolve itself and Bo will be a part of it.  What I am looking forward to is the storylines that come down the road, and how involved Bo will be in those.  I don’t know a heck of a lot of “Y&R”, but having fantastical stories like this one, I don’t believe was part of the make-up of the show.  We will have more storylines that are more identifiable, and I think I will be much more integral to those… I hope!

TV SOAP:
Have you and head writer, Hogan Sheffer, ever sat down and discussed Bo, since Hogan started with the show?

PETER:
No.  We have tried to hook up, but we both have been busy.  Maybe during the show’s September vacation, we will do that, too.

TV SOAP:
We have heard all the reports of your recent riding accident.  Could you please clarify for your many fans in Australia, what happened?

PETER:
I was riding my pedal bicycle to work and the front forks broke, and I shattered my clavicle.  They put a titanium piece in there to put it back together.  They want me to clean up the rotator cuff in my shoulder as well, and we are just starting to address putting that back together.

TV SOAP:
In a recent interview with TV SOAPS, Kristian Alfonso (Hope) told us that many times she comes in to work nervous about the scenes for the day, and you will help calm her nerves.  From your perspective, is that true?
PETER:
Sort of.  That is the way it was, to a great extent, when we started.  Because, at that time she was a novice to the acting stuff and I had a bit more experience.  These days it’s not so much that.  Every now and then that will happen.  She will get nervous because of the amount of material and I will stop her and go, “Hey, let’s take this one step at a time.” It’s not difficult to do that, and we start dealing with each scene individually.  I get nervous, too.  It’s a good thing; the two of us still care so much about the show that we want to do a good job.  That’s true, especially now with someone like Ed Scott, who is really watching and cares about the product and how the actors are doing.  It’s funny, you watch other actors who have been around as long as we have and that doesn’t happen.  It keeps it fresh for us.

TV SOAP:
The soaps seem to drop all the core characters over the summer for the younger set storylines, and this always seems to backfire.  What is your opinion on that trend?

PETER:
Oh, yeah.  They have tried on “DAYS,” especially this year.  Kristian and I hardly worked this past January and February.  It got both of us very nervous.  The ratings of the show dropped, and then they brought us back and the ratings climbed back up.  So, it’s kind of strange to us anyway, that the show keeps doing that every summer. They drop us off the show and the ratings go down, and they go, “Oh-oh” and bring us back on.  So why go through that every year?  I don’t understand it.

TV SOAP:
We hear there is some major news on the home front with you and your beautiful and talented wife Kelly Moneymaker?

PETER:
Kelly is pregnant!  We just saw the ultrasound pictures today, and the baby is beautiful and we are just so excited.  She is six and half months pregnant.

TV SOAP:
Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?

PETER:
It’s a little girl.  We are stoked, and we will have a little holiday baby.  This is our first child.

TV SOAP:
How will fatherhood be, do you think?
PETER:
Going to work in the morning and leaving the house, is going to be terrible.  I know I am going to want to be with the baby all the time.  That is probably when my story will be so big I won’t be able to go home. (He laughs)

TV SOAP:
Do you and Kelly have a name for your baby?

PETER:
Yes, but we are going to keep it secret until it’s born.  Somebody else has already stolen the name.  It is an unusual name.  The baby named itself, and it came to Kelly in a dream. She woke up from this dream and she had to go look up the name.  It’s a beautiful and perfect name.

TV SOAP:
Has Kelly been working on her musical career while going through this pregnancy?

PETER:
She has six projects going.  Kelly is working with a recording artist from Poland who she is developing…also, Kelly’s “own girl band”… and Kelly has got another album she is working on. She is trying to get all the songs done before she can’t breathe anymore!  (He laughs)

TV SOAP:
Would you like to see Bo battling some type of life-threatening health issues, or something along those lines that is more reality based, as you alluded to earlier?

PETER:
The reality story where Bo and Hope dealt with their son Zack dying last year, was something that does happen to people in real life.  The audience responded and loved it.  Hopefully, we will see more of it down the road.

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TV SOAP:
It seems like every time the writers try to break up Bo and Hope with another romantic love interest, it turns the fans off.  Do you think that is true?

PETER:
That is the thing, the whole love story, break up thing.  For us, at this point, what could break us up?  We have gone through our child dying.  It seems like those kinds of things where the two of us have gone through a rough patch; it was the circumstance that gave us the rough time the audience likes.  We see two people struggle through that, and end up finding strength in each other and seeing it through.  I think that is a huge example to our audience; struggle and be there for each other as much as you can through the pain, etc, etc.  Zack’s death was an amazing storyline.

TV SOAP:
How has it been having the Dimeras back, Joe Mascolo (Stefano), Thaao Penghlis (Tony/Andre), and Leann Hunley (Anna)?

PETER:
It’s great.  It’s a base and it adds that substance to the show.  On the bad guys side, we are up to a few more.  Before they came back, the one bad guy, EJ, was always written smarter than Bo.  I did not see a whole lot of substance.  Joe and I had a scene today that was great. There were two men going at each other who could stand up to each other, not only physically, but emotionally, and verbally.  It was these two bulls going at each other.

TV SOAP:
How is your eco-friendly home coming along?

PETER:
The house is finally finished.  We have been trying to find a publicist who can get the house in Dwell magazine and those types of magazines.  We have been so busy with the baby now.  But, I am very proud of the house.  It’s very astounding!

TV SOAP:
When we last talked, you were facing many challenges in fixing the home.  Has it mostly been resolved?

PETER:
The grey water stuff worked out.  The water from our showers and washing machines irrigate the landscape.  Our rainwater catch system is working now.  Our solar panels are in and cranking out electricity.  Most everything is in and doing beautifully.

TV SOAP:
When you and Kelly go out in public nowadays, what do fans say to you the most?

PETER:
It funny, these days they just go, “Hi” and they want to talk to Peter Reckell.  They are calling me by my real name instead of Bo.  The interesting part about it is the people that are white collar; it’s not the blue-collar workers, which is rather interesting.

TV SOAP:
What do the fans want to see from Bo?

PETER:
They mostly say, “I hope you have bigger storyline.”

TV SOAP:
Do you know what the mystery of the vendetta is, between the Bradys and the Dimeras?

PETER:
Yes, I do.  We just found out this week.

TV SOAP:
Was it worth the wait?

PETER:
It’s something that most of us could have guessed, and it was not something that necessarily blew you away.

TV SOAP:
Do you think the story will wrap up soon?

PETER:
I think the story will be wrapped up quickly.  Bo was not the one who found out.  Bo found out along with everyone else who put it together.

TV SOAP:
What do you think we can say to your legions of fans, what to expect from Bo in the near future ?

PETER:
I don’t think we know what’s in store for “DAYS” with this new powerhouse at the helm.  I would think exciting things would happen!

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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