"Days of our Lives" has had it all: From first love and supercouples, to devil possession, plane crashes and babies switched at birth, the daytime drama has entertained us with storylines both fantastic and heart-wrenching. And its reward is that today it is celebrating its 45th anniversary on air! Most shows don't make it five years, but "Days" has gone where few other shows have succeeded. Today, ET talks to supercouple Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso to find out the secret to the success.
"If we could answer that question we would be producers and make a lot of money," Peter jokes. "To guess, we just have so much fun doing what we do and, I think, that comes across."
Daytime drama has changed a lot since 1983 when Bo first rode his motorcycle into Salem and began the process of winning Hope's heart. The pace is faster, the look is more modern and the storylines are topical.
"When I heard I was going to be in prison for months at a time in an orange jump suit, which I wasn't too thrilled about, but I have gotten used to now, and very little makeup … but it has been such a great opportunity. I have never done it before. I don't believe it has ever been done on TV before," Kristian says of her current storyline.
But even as the show moves forward, it doesn't forget its roots and for the anniversary, two favorite characters will be returning: Melissa Reeves as Jennifer and Mary Beth Evans as Kayla.
"[Mary Beth] was in the makeup room today," Kristian says. "It is so great to have people come back. It is family. The show is about family. I think that is also what keeps us on the air.
For fans who want their very own piece of "Days of our Lives"' 45th anniversary, pick up a copy of Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos, which provides a rare glimpse of more than 500 behind-the-scenes photos of the daytime drama.
"If you are interested in the workings of 'Days of our Lives,' it is like a tell all book," Peter says.
And Kristian adds, "There are photographs in this book that we had never seen. Plus photos, we were, 'Did they have to use that?'"
"Days of our Lives," which airs weekdays on NBC, was just picked up by the network for two more years, through the 2012-13 season.