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The Peter Reckell Interview – Days of our Lives

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Twenty six years after Peter Reckell debuted on daytime television screens, as the rebellious anti-hero Bo Brady of Days of our Lives, the actor finally scored his first acting nomination for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  To say Peter is the sentimental favorite to walk away with the Outstanding Lead Actor prize is an understatement.  Bo Brady along with his love-interest and wife, Hope Williams Brady (played by Kristian Alfonso), are one of soaps most recognizable, beloved all-time super couples.

In real life Peter is a down to earth environmentalist, husband to Kelly Moneymaker, and a new dad!  In November 2007, Peter and Kelly welcomed their little girl, Loden Sloan Reckell into the world.  At the time of our interview Peter was taking care of his daughter, and in love with being a dad.

Now as Days or our Lives picks up steam in the ratings, and the news that former on-screen love interest Crystal Chappell is returning this fall as Dr. Carly Manning, Peter has high hopes for Bo’s future.  Fans who have been disappointed at the actors’ lack of storyline this year, just have a few months to wait for an exciting new twist in Bo’s and Hope’s on-screen life.

In this candid and joyful interview, Peter and I discuss Emmy night, his nomination, and the days ahead for “DAYS”.

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MICHAEL:

What did you submit for the Daytime Emmys for competition in the Lead Actor category that brought you your first nomination?

PETER:

It was right after the plane crash.  I was in the hospital with the pancreas issue, and I was talking about Pop dying, basically.  And that was it.

MICHAEL:

This was directly after the crash?

emmyPerformance.jpgPETER:

It was the first or second episode after the plane crash.  I was in the hospital talking to Roman about what happened, and talking to Ma about what happened.

MICHAEL:

What resonated for you with that performance that you decided to choose it as your submission for the Outstanding Lead Actor category?

PETER:

It’s that the basic value of the show is family values.  Here I am talking with my brother and my mom about Pop and how important he was, and is to all of us.  So, I don’t think you get better soap opera than that.  That is what Days of our Lives is all about.

MICHAEL:

So how did you hear that you were one of the five finalists for Outstanding Lead Actor?

PETER:

I don’t even pay attention to them anymore, and it was wild.  I was feeding my child Loden her breakfast, and did not even know the nominations were coming out that day.  One of our producers called and said, “Hey, congratulations,” and I am like, “Whoa, thanks… for what?”  He told me about the Emmys and I was like, “Whoa dude. I totally forgot about all that.”  It was quite surprise.

kellyPeter.jpgMICHAEL:

What did your wife, Kelly Moneymaker, say when she found out after all these years on Days of our Lives, and in soaps, that you got a Lead Actor nod?

PETER:

After she stopped crying and hugging me, she said, “I am so proud of you. It’s about time.”

MICHAEL:

It is about time.  For those who may not be aware, how long have you been playing Bo Brady?

PETER:

I started in 1983 and there were six years that I was not on the show between 1983 and now.  However, most of the time, I have been there at “DAYS”.

MICHAEL:

So now are you planning on getting something to wear on the red carpet and for the festivities?  I know dressing up is not one of your favorite things.

PETER:

I am having my wife talking to me about it, and the people at work are talking to me about it. I go, “I got a tuxedo.  I will just wear that.” They are like, “No. No. You have got to have something special.”  I said, “OK, whatever.”

MICHAEL:

In the Lead Actor category, you are up against Tony Geary (Luke, “GH”), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, “Y&R”), Thorsten Kaye (Zach, “AMC”), and Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, “GL”).  Are you familiar with these gentlemen’s work as actors?

kristianPeter.jpgPETER:

Oh, absolutely.  They have all been around for awhile.  It’s weird to try and pick one of us as one being better than the other.  Every year it changes.

MICHAEL:

What did your long time acting partner, Kristian Alfonso (Hope),
say when you said, “I am now a Daytime Emmy nominee!”

PETER:

I give her partial credit for this, because the two of us are a pair and we work hard together. She also said, “Well, it’s about time somebody got it.”  She is happy for me.

MICHAEL:

If you actually win and get to make an acceptance speech, will you prepare one ahead of time?

PETER:

It’s hard for me not to prepare a speech.  It’s kind of in my head already, and the problem is making it fit in whatever it is…20 seconds they give you.  You’ve got so many people to thank, and so many things you want to say in a moment like that.  It will be difficult to make it short and sweet.

MICHAEL:

I think we have all determined that you are the sentimental favorite to win because all of us have watched you for so many years, and Bo is such an iconic character.  Why do you think Bo has stood the test of time and is such an iconic soap character?

edPeter.jpgPETER:

I bet if I could answer that they would pay me an awful lot. (He laughs)  I really don’t know. It’s a combination of the writing and the producers, and the people I work opposite of.  I have been a very fortunate person, and a very fortunate actor to be where I am at with this particular set of circumstances for so many years.  I asked Ed Scott (ex- co-executive producer, “DAYS”) that once. You know, he was the second person that called me and told me, “congratulations” after the nominations came out.

MICHAEL:

But is it true, that Ed Scott predicted you would be nominated awhile back?

PETER:

Well, last year we were sitting at the Emmys and the show got nominated for four awards. We were all just excited because of that.  In the past, Days of our Lives, hardly ever gets nominated for Emmys.  So we were all just sitting there happy as hell that we got that many nominations, and I said, “Yeah. I don’t know if I will ever get one of these,” and Ed says, “Just wait till next year.”  Yeah, he is a pretty good producer.

MICHAEL:

Now, the news comes that Crystal Chappell is heading back to “DAYS” as Dr. Carly Manning.  I spoke to her recently, and she told me she is looking forward to working with you again.  Obviously, this will be major story for Bo!

PETER:

Yeah. They told me she was coming back, and I was floored, because last I knew she was in New York working.  I knew Guiding Light got cancelled. It has been awhile since I had a major story.  I had that short storyline last year with the material that I submitted for the Emmys, but I have been used recently to just support other people’s storylines.  They told me Crystal was coming back, and I was like, “Oh, that means I am going to be busy!”  I had gotten into being a real-life dad. With acting it has sort of been… I go to the studio…do what I’ve got to do, which I love, but I have been being a dad.  It’s going to be exciting because Crystal is an astounding actress!

crystalChappel.jpgMICHAEL:

She is an awesome actress, Peter.
I think Crystal is one of the best actresses on daytime.

PETER:

Yeah, she is.  I am going to have to ask her how the Bo/Carly story all resolved back then. She worked with me for a year or so…

MICHAEL:

…And then you left and Robert Kelker Kelly took over the role…

PETER:

Right.  So I am not sure how that all ended up.

MICHAEL:

So obviously with Kristian in the mix, there will be a triangle for Carly/Bo/Hope?

PETER:

Yeah and I am looking forward to it.  To have that triangle, is going to be pretty killer.

MICHAEL:

Last question, how is fatherhood?

PETER:

daysEmmyCele.jpgI am loving it.  Being a dad is great. I am just sitting here waiting for her to wake-up from her nap.  I am just sitting outside Loden’s door waiting for her to make her first few noises so I can go in and play with her.  It’s an amazing thing, and I am having a great time.

MICHAEL:

I will see you at the Emmys!

PETER:

Good.  I am looking forward to it!

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Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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