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Will 'Days of our Lives' Celebrate 45 Years With Bo Breaking Into Jail to Save Hope?

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 5th 2010 1:10PM
Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell'Days of our Lives' turns 45 on Nov. 8. For 27 of those years, beloved fan favorites Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso have been entertaining viewers as star-crossed lovers Bo Brady and Hope Williams Brady.

As one of the most romantic super-couples on soaps ever, Bo and Hope have battled everything over the decades starting with her father's resistance to their romance to her trying to kill him while zoned out on prescription meds.

The couple's current conflict has Hope incarcerated, having been convicted for crimes she committed while under the influence. She may -- or may not -- get out of the big house in time to hang her bulb on the Horton Christmas tree (the traditional ceremony is a favorite among 'Days' viewers.) But fans in the Los Angeles area can see the actors, along with the rest of the cast, at a fan appreciation day at Universal City Walk on Sat., Nov. 6.

TV Squad recently caught up with the couple, who dished on their storyline, two new books devoted to 'Days,' 'Skating With the Stars,' and 'Days' anniversary. Read on to get the scoop from one of daytime's great duos.

Peter, you may have to break into a women's prison to help out Hope!
Isn't that exciting? People have wanted Bo and Hope to go on an adventure story for quite some time. We'll give them more than they've asked for.
Alfonso: We're two months ahead of what's airing and I have to say, "Oh. My. Gosh."
Reckell: I just read an upcoming script; it takes us into our history ... I can't say much more.
Alfonso: We're so excited when we get our scripts. We, too, are fans of 'Days.' It's not just a job.

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Days is celebrating its 45th birthday with a coffee table book 'Days of our Lives 45 Years A Celebration in Photos' by Greg Meng and Eddie Campbell. Also, former Days head writer Sheri Anderson has written a novel, 'A Secret In Salem,' which uses beloved 'Days' characters (including the much-missed John and Marlena.)
Alfonso: The books are absolutely amazing. There are black and white and color photos in the photo book. There are many that make us go, "Hm ... why did they have to show that photo?"
Reckell: It has some real backstage photos that show people the secrets of 'Days of our Lives.'

It'll remind people of how big hair was back in the '80s
Reckell: You talking about my hair?

Both! Kristian, fans who recall your real-life skating background might have been hoping you'd be on ABC's 'Skating With the Stars,' but those shows don't usually cast from other networks.
Alfonso: [Fox] did a [similar] show about five years ago. Scott Hamilton hosted it. They did come to me and asked me to do it. Kristy Swanson won it. They said to me, "Please just come to taping." I went and I loved it. But, seriously, I think I'd be so sad if I put ice skates on again because I wouldn't be able to jump anymore! I'm just a little bit older.

How have you seen fandom change since the '80s? Today, there's the Internet.
People didn't have immediate access. They'd write a [fan] letter. It'd take a while to get to us. Then, it'd take a while for us to respond. Now, [with the Internet] they do have immediate access. When viewers can talk to you every day and know the intimate details of your life, getting on an airplane and traveling to an event isn't a draw as much anymore. I think the fans and the passion are still out there. It's just a different world now.
Alfonso: All of the above. I do appearances with my jewelry line, Hope Faith and Miracles, and nothing makes me happier than meeting a fan and having a fan come up and tell me what they think of the story, what they like, what they dislike ... I love that immediate feedback. I'm a people person. I'm not a computer person. I think the our fans are the most loyal fans.
Reckell: And vocal.
Alfonso: We love them for that. We want to hear the good and the bad so we can improve.

If the show ever had Bo and Hope split -- divorce -- there'd be a journey of them getting back together and having that fantastic sweeps re-marriage.
We're not divorced.
Reckell: We've been apart [but never fully divorced.]

It almost seems like the writers are afraid to fully break you guys up, but if they did that journey could begin.
That's true .... yeah.
Alfonso: I have to say the writers have been doing an absolutely incredible job continuing the journey and keeping it interesting not just for the fans but us, too. We continue to come to work with passion and excitement.

Did you hear about the recent 'Falcon Crest' reunion at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
I was out of town. I would have loved to have been there. (Note: Alfonso played Pilar Ortega on the nighttime soap.) Once in a while I'll run into Lorenzo [Lamas, who played Lance] and David Selby [who played Richard].]
Reckell: My daughter and I are watching old movies recently. I didn't realize Lorenzo was in 'Grease.'

NBC is putting on an event at Citiwalk in Universal City on Nov. 6 where fans can meet the cast.
Yes. It's a great opportunity for the fans to come out and it's completely free; it's a way for us to thank the fans for all their love and support for 45 years and a toast to another 45 years.

What's the No. 1 thing a fan wants to experience when they have a moment one-on-one with you?
I think they're hoping that you live up to their every expectation and I hope [that happens] when they do meet us.

'Days' is the lone NBC soap now, but there was kind of a 'Santa Barbara' reunion on the show in your prison storyline with Robin Mattson and Gina Gallego, who played rivals Gina and Santana on 'SB.'
Isn't that great? It's so much fun to see that.
Alfonso: They're both such wonderful actresses and great people; when I heard I was going to being in prison in this orange suit -- which I've kind of grown accustomed to....
Reckell: It brings out the green in your eyes.
Alfonso: Thanks, Petey.

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May 23 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pat rotruck

i remember watching the debut show of Days with my grandmother those 45 yrs ago. it really sparked my interest way back then and i don't think i've missed to many episodes since. when we lost dr. and mrs. horton, it was like losing part of my family and i sat and cried. then the good times, like bo kidnapping hope on her wedding day on his harley. there's just so many things. this show is the greatest.

November 26 2010 at 6:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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