Sunday, May 19, 2024

“Days of Our Lives” Will Bring Back Dead Character (Peter Reckell) and Exited (Kristian Alfonso) for Peacock Series “Beyond Salem”


Only on a soap opera can dead characters return for new episodes.

Indeed, that’s what’s happening on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” Peter Reckell, who on the show for years and years, is returning for a streaming series on Peacock called “Beyond Salem.” It really is ‘beyond’ since his character was killed off years ago quite definitely.

The new “Beyond Salem” will run for a week in July and include Kristian Alfonso, who quit “Days” a couple of years ago and vowed never to return. Never say never, kids. Also in this “Beyond Salem” will be all the “Days” regulars including Deidre Hall, who started playing Marlena Evans in 1921 and has not aged one day.

The logline for the show calls it “an adventure of a lifetime” and it sure will be if Reckell turns up as a ghost, or it’s revealed he had a twin brother no one knew about, or the ailment that killed him didn’t and he’s been held captive at NBC all this time. “Days of our Lives” can pull it off, I’m sure. They just won a Writers Guild Award for best daytime drama.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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