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20 February 19th, 2011 OLTL’s Bree Williamson & DAYS Peter Reckell named “Power Performances of the Week”!

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Picking up where we left off from last week’s choice for The Power Performance of the Week, (those honors were given to OLTL’s Melissa Archer and Michael Easton), we were on “Bree Williamson Watch” to check out this past Monday’s episode when Jessica, who is already rocked to the core upon her wedding ceremony being busted up, and then finding out her sister Natalie slept with her fiancée, Brody, would finally learn the rest of the secret Natalie has been hiding.

When Jessica learns that Natalie had Brody’s baby, not John’s, that would be the final straw that would break the camels back, sort of speak.  In an amazing tour de force performance by one of daytime’s most celebrated young actress, Bree Williamson played the betrayal, frustration, shock and disbelief, and horror that her sister ruined what Jess had finally hoped would be a picture perfect life. After all, poor Jess has suffered through several bouts of DID, losing her last husband, Nash, and a baby.  So now Jess, who has already found out that her night with Robert Ford (when she was out of her mind as a teenager thanks to her creepy dad, Mitch Laurence) produced her little bundle of joy, she then learns that her sister had the current love of her life, Brody’s baby! What ensued was a fantastic performance by Williamson, in particular in the showdown scenes with Archer. Who did not love it when she called her sister “a whore” or when she yanked the necklace from around Natalie’s neck and said, “You’re not my sister!” Then watching her become unhinged from there!  And of course, we all knew who was about to pop out…Tess!  As broken-hearted Jessica breaks into Foxy Roxy’s, who should be looking at her in the mirror but her psycho-alter.  It was riveting drama. The drama also picked right back up on Tuesday’s episode when Jess and Tess had a confrontation of who will take over Jessica’s mind and deal with the miserable situation the girl finds herself in. For these reasons and more we happily name One Life to Live’s Bree Williamson one of this week’s choices for the Power Performance of the Week.

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Over in Salem, in a much more subtle and beautiful played performance, Days of our Lives, Peter Reckell showed viewers why he is one of the greatest all-time leading men of soap opera. In just a small amount of scenes, Reckell as Bo Brady showed the pain, heartache, grief, and deep love of a man who realizes how much he has missed his “Fancy Face”, Hope, played by Kristian Alfonso.  Now, whether you are a Bope fan or a Carbo fan we are sure you can appreciate the sensitive portrayal of a couple trying to get past what drove them apart in the first place; the death of their young son, Zack. Reckell delivered without so much as uttering many words or long speeches!  I dare you to not need to reach for the hankies as Hope talks about Zack and the dissolution of their marriage as a grief-stricken Bo listens on.  Yes, the moments were fleeting, but hey, Oscars have been won for a performance of 8 minutes or less!  For these reasons we are also happy to name Days of our Lives, Peter Reckell as our other choice for this week’s Power Performance of the Week. Watch the video clips of Bree Williamson’s Power Performance below and then check out Reckell’s!

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  1. Jester says:

    Peter is the BEST!!!

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  2. JustMe says:

    I think Peter deserved power performance of the week for the Bo & Carly break up scenes. Bo crying over losing one woman he loves to be with another woman he loves…powerful. JMO

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  3. MJ says:

    I totally agree with you. Peter thoroughly deserved Power Performance of the Week for Monday’s scenes. He was truly phenomenal. The emotion was so raw, so real and so natural. I teared up every time I watched them. So beautiful. So touching. Peter always gives 110% to his scenes but rarely gets the accolades he deserves.

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  4. Doe says:

    I agree with your choice of Brees’ performance as the power one. She is an outstanding actress and these scenes quantified that. Wow!! That says it all..WOW!!..

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  5. Debbie says:

    I’m so glad to see Peter get the recognition he deserves. He has been giving us some very emotional scenes these last couple of weeks. Peter is awesome!

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  6. Nisey says:

    I agree, Peter is amazing, always is and imo never gets the true recognition he deserves for HIS work alone as an actor. Very emotional powerful performances from him the past few weeks. Peter takes you on a journey with Bo, and when Bo cries I cry.. and its heartfelt from him. Truly a remarkable actor!!!

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  7. Sue says:

    Yes, thank you for recognizing Peter Reckells performance this week. When Hope brought up their dead son Zack, you could see the flood of emotion come over him. He struggled to keep it together. You could tell he felt that heartache, and he made me feel that heartache too! Made me tear up, and I don’t do that often.
    That’s what it’s all about, making us feel something. Phenomenal job Peter!

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  8. irie says:

    I was wowed by Peter Reckell’s performance. Glad you were too. Little dialogue, lots of feeling. Another great performance from him. So nice to see him getting the appreciation he deserves.

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  9. olddoolfan says:

    It has been interesting to follow Peter Reckell’s promotion of this most recent storyline for Bope insofar as he repeatedly indicated that it was a Hope SL in which he was supporting. Interesting because as usual, this IMO undervalued actor stole the show. Not going to lie, this Carbo fan was blown away by the combined delivery of Crystal Chappell and Peter in both (err Wha?) Carbo ‘breakup’ moments but Peter’s emotional connection to the loss of Zack was something to behold. Not only one of Salem’s best but certainly arguably their most consistent. It is the main reason why this fan will continue to advocate for the show to invest in a Bo, Carly and Hope triangle. Peter Reckell. This show has written Bope into a box for years. There is much opportunity available to them with CC/Crystal back in the mix. Most particularly for Mr Reckell. This fan believes he absolutely deserves it.

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  10. Hil says:

    Peter has had some wonderful performances of late (and is so often overlooked). The break up scenes with Crystal Chappell were really great, Peter was so wonderfully emotional and vulnerable. And then the scenes with Kristian Alfonso, as soon as Hope brought up Zach you could see the change in Peter. He really went to that place…it was heartbreaking. This man deserves so much more recognition, he is a fantastic actor.

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  11. Ida says:

    Peter has and always brings his A+ game as Bo Brady. He has this wonderful energy that glows in every scene he is in…he has the power to elevate not only himself as an actor but those that are lucky to share scenes with him. This scene along with the Carly breaking up with him ones are very raw powerful emotions… as a viewer you cant help but be moved and fall in love with this bad boy with a heart of gold.

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  12. Melanie says:

    Peter Reckell’s performance was phenomenal – rarely do I get choked up (in a good way)watching Days anymore but this one got me big time! So glad I was not alone in appreciating Peter’s work.

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  13. Waverly says:

    Great choice going with Peter’s performance! He needs the material to showcase his talent because it is always there waiting to be utilized and he never disappoints. Glad to see they wrote him this opportunity and that you recognized his skill.

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  14. L says:

    Thank you, Michael, for recognizing Peter for his performance for the week of February 19. Peter is, by far, one of the most under-appreciated actors on daytime television. His performances are raw and subtle … his talent endless.

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  15. JJ says:

    Peter has always been great, has always been sexy and handsome but with age he gets better and better. I have always been frustrated about how underrated Peter’s talent has been by the mssm (mainstream soap press). Thank you for acknowledging the talent of the best leading man ever on daytime. Sure wish tptb at DAYS would acknowledge the talent and popularity of Peter and write a story centered on Bo.

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  16. Alyssa says:

    The Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso scenes was great! They brought a few tears.

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  17. deisgnergirl777 says:

    Peter always manages to deliver when given good material.

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  18. Alexa says:

    I have not watched very much Bree, but I’ll admit that these were likely among her better performances.
    My question is, in ‘power performances,’ does ‘big, dramatic’ or ‘over the top’ trump ‘subtle yet powerful? Subtle, in my opinion, is better than big 99% of the time, because most actors tend to take it too far.
    For example, before Florencia Lozano even says a word to Ted King at her door, her face and eyes already tell the story. Have you seen it? Her face is hurt little girl, the damaged woman she is, compassion, and anger with herself. These few seconds, in my opinion, are far better than most actors’ body of best work. Also, in going for ‘big,’ Téa’s ashes scene last year, in the hands of a less skilled actor, pretty much anyone, would have been over the top, but Florencia struck just the right chord.
    I am not trying to take away from what was a strong performance by Bree Williamson, in the least, and I haven’t watched Days since it was revealed that Roman was John Black, so I really cannot speak to Peter Reckell’s performance at all.

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    todd replied

    I agree. Bree gets a nomination for the Emmy every year. She is very good at what she does, but is far from the OLTL A-list. Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Hillary B Smith, Susan Haskell, Kim Zimmer, and the often overlooked FLorencia Lozano. This was her year. I expected an Emmy. I am floored that she didn’t get a prenomination. What is going on over there?

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  19. Shelle says:

    It’s so great to see Peter Reckell is recognized for his amazing work. He deserves that so much as he’s so talented.

    He’s the best and I agree with a statement above – when Peter cries, I cry. he always delivers. His performance is always true and believable and he can do both comedy and drama effortlessly.

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