Casting Roundup

More casting news — some surprising, some not — behind the cut…

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The cast and crew celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary with a cake on the Brady Pub set on Monday, and this photo, tweeted by Lauren Koslow, confirms something that’s been rumored for a while: Brandon Beemer, who played the second adult Shawn Douglas Brady, is back on set and filming. (He’s in the bottom right of the photos, kneeling with Martha Madison, Jen Lilley, and Billy Flynn.) According to info that’s been trickling out online, the show got Jason Cook (the first/current adult Shawn) back for the 50th anniversary and was hoping to get him to stick around long-term, but he prefers to focus on writing and directing. If that’s the case, I don’t mind Beemer being back. I never thought he was bad, and he’s a familiar face who’s likable enough and worked well with the actors who play his family. It’s kind of funny that this is the second time he’ll be taking over from Cook, but they could do a lot worse.

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In other cast addition news, Soap Opera Digest reveals that Real Andrews, formerly of General Hospital and As the World Turns, is joining Days in a to-be-named role. There aren’t many details available as of yet — including whether this is a contract role or a short-term one — so all we can do is speculate. Aside from the obvious (that he’ll be Abe’s brother, Jonah, because in Salem, all black people are related or they’re Maxine), this could totally be a story-specific doctor or lawyer role. Guess we’ll find out when he starts airing in 2018 or whenever.

Finally, Jason47 reports what we’ve all kind of known for some time: that Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) only signed on for a short return stint, and once it’s over, both he and Bo will be leaving the show — in a more final way than before. Bo is slated to die of an illness, thus closing the door for Bo/Hope, allowing Hope to move on, and giving fans the closure they’ve needed since 2012. I think that having Bo die is a smart way to wrap things up, but given that they knew this is how it was going to go, I’m not sure I understand the decision to have Aiden go out the way he has. They could have Bo return, having been in captivity, only for Hope to be torn — and then Bo becomes the final victim of the Necktie Killer when he saves someone else from an attack, so he dies a hero and Hope is conflicted even as she faces her new marriage to Aiden. This could’ve also spared Will, who could’ve been sent out of town to be recast, while still giving Bo, Hope, and their fans a dignified ending. I’m not sure of the wisdom in essentially resetting Hope to where she was in 2013 with this series of moves, but we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

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21 Comments on “Casting Roundup”

  1. Cyn Says:

    To me it seems like TPTB decided to go for a Rafe/Hope relationship since Aiden and Hope were so boring together. To do that they needed to put a final end to 2 relationships – Aiden and Bo. To make her just fall out of love with Aiden would make Hope seem shallow and petty, so Aiden needs to be the bad guy. Bo ends up being the transitional relationship that helps her heal from the trauma. He is there for her – and she will be there for him through his upcoming illness. If Bo dies, then Rafe is there to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She can do this because she has made peace with Bo and knows she did everything that she could for him.

    If he isn’t a Carver or related to Maxine, could Real Andrews be a recast Dr. Marcus Hunter? Steve sure could use a friend. Sadly, Richard Biggs passed away years ago. Real Andrews looks a little too young, so I guess it probably just wishful thinking.

    • mykleraus Says:

      You’re right about Aiden, so I get that. Good reasoning. They couldn’t just have her flake or throw her into another non-Bo triangle.

      Andrews playing Marcus could be fun, though the character didn’t do a TON in the past besides be Steve and Kayla’s friend. If that’s the case, I actually wish they’d brought him on and had him reconnect with Kayla — romantically — before Steve returned.

      • Cyn Says:

        To me the problem there would be that Steve would do anything for Marcus – their connection is very deep from childhood and strongly reinforced in adulthood. He would sacrifice his own happiness for Marcus…and that kind of thinking always gets S&K in trouble and unhappy.

      • mykleraus Says:

        But it might make for good story! 😉

  2. Shea Says:

    I’m not going to debate the need to throw Aiden under the bus but he was a totally boring character until he revealed his dark side and I enjoyed his last month on the show a lot. I am also not going to debate the need to bring Bo back just to kill him off. I LOVE the character of Bo so I will take what I can get…especially when it involves my favorite supercouple….Bo and Steve. I love Bo and Hope but I don’t necessarily love Hope without Bo. I am currently loving Rafe so we will see what happens if/when Hope and Rafe become an actual pairing.

    I’m also fine with bringing Brandon Beemer back but it is odd that they brought Jason Cook back first then made the switch again.

    I am familiar with Real Andrews from his days as Detective Marcus Taggert on GH. He was very good in the cop role and had a lot of scenes with Port Charles mobster Sonny Corithos and his enforcer Jason Morgan. So he routinely held his own in scenes with Maurice Bernard and Steve Burton so I think from an acting standpoint he could be a strong addition to the show. (Of course as we know so much of it depends on the writing just look at Robert Scott Wilson…Ben was a cardboard cutout with abs until the writers decided to make him a psychopathic serial killer and now he is knocking it out of the park.) Real Andrews is in his early 50s so I guess a Marcus Hunter recast is not completely out of the question but I am leaning toward Jonah or Jett Carver.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I’m glad they’re closing out Bo’s story in a way that feels finished (even if he rises from the dead at some point in the future) instead of just having it lingering the way it was. They were clearly optimistic they’d get Reckell back when they wrote him out — hence the lack of a solid exit. So I’m glad they’ve rectified that.

      What I’ve seen of Andrews has been strong, so I hope they’ll give him something to do — though I’m wondering what ALL these cast members are going to be doing in 2016. The show sounds like it’s going to be very full, and the balance is awful at the moment.

      If Andrews is playing a significant character, I’d bet on Jonah, too, though Marcus could be fun. He’s way too old to be Jett, though that’s never really stopped them before…

      • Shea Says:

        He is too old to be Jett but since I have seen Real play a cop so well that is what I see him doing so I threw Jett out there since he has the FBI background. It’s harder for me to see Real Andrews playing a doctor since I see him as such a tough guy.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I remember him as a doctor (an oncologist?) from his too-brief ATWT run. He was geared up for an interesting pairing with Barbara, who was sort of the Kate Roberts of ATWT, and I liked him in the role, but they moved away from the story fast.

    • Cyn Says:

      The bromance of Bo and Steve lives on 🙂 – at least for a little while. They are also my favorite supercouple! Steve should write another little song – remember “The story of boy name Bo”?

      • mykleraus Says:

        I’m glad this return trip has had Bo/Steve material. That was one of the hallmarks of both characters in the 80s, so it’s nice the show remembered it and played upon the history for the 50th.

    • Cyn Says:

      If Real is in his 50’s then I think he would totally fit as Marcus Hunter, and it sounds like they could use a few more doctors on Staff at the hospital, especially with Daniel leaving and Kayla getting a life!

  3. Mo Says:

    I wonder if Lucas is still around? It seems like there isn’t a whole lot for him to do on the show now and I didn’t see him in that cast photo. I LOVE those cast photos, although the people they leave out always leave you guessing!

    • Mo Says:

      *Spoilers* Oh! And I wonder if this “mystery illness” will involve Daniel as I’ve heard he won’t be leaving town alive either. Also heard Caroline might be dying being thrown around. An “outbreak” storyline might actually be fun and is the kind of event you could do without breaking the bank. The Demira’s, of course, will have the cure and Chad will give it to Abby just in time to save her life.

      • mykleraus Says:

        That could very well be. They did a really stupid one about five years ago that centered on Carly, Melanie, and Nathan, but the potential is there — especially if it involves Daniel DYING!!!

      • mykleraus Says:

        And of course Stefano will have the cure. He already had the one for comas and death last year!

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think he WAS in the cast photo, just off to the side. I remember not seeing him initially and then having him pointed out to me. I’m curious how long this quiet Lucas/Adrienne/Justin/Eve thing can go on…

  4. underyourwing Says:

    i’m confused!!!! :>o

  5. fluffysmom Says:

    Bryan Dattillo is recurring so who knows whether they will use him or not. I’d like to see him onscreen more often.

    • mykleraus Says:

      That’s one of the most disappointing aspects of Will’s death to me. I worry that Lucas will become collateral because there won’t be a natural place for him to fit into the big stories.


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