Wishful Casting: Billy Miller as Peter Blake on Days of Our Lives

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Peter Blake was a key character in Salem, USA during the mid to late 1990s. He was a key member of the DiMera clan and mixed it up with all of Salem's most cherished and nefarious families. 

When last we saw Peter Blake, he was being taken to a club fed type prison for a white collar crime - abandoned by his father Stefano (the late Joe Mascolo) in one of his attempts to redeem his image amongst the Salem elite. Peter spent most of his time in Salem obsessed with loving one Ms. Jennifer Rose Horton (Melissa Reeves) - eventually marrying her. In the process, he was involved in drug trafficking, while gaslighting, his mother-in-law Laura Horton (Jaime Lyn Bauer). Peter was also busy trying to kill a majority of Salem's main players, including but not limited to: John Black (Drake Hogestyn), Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso), Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford), Laura, and even his beloved Jennifer Rose. 

While Jennifer Rose was blinded by love for Peter, her former and true love Jack, and mother Laura, had figured out he was still involved in some shady dealings. They tried to get Jennifer Rose to see the truth. Eventually, Jennifer Rose saw the light and Peter was escorted off to prison. 

As Days of Our Lives appears to be reconvening the DiMera clan, it seems the perfect time for Kristen's (Stacy Haiduk) brother Peter to rejoin the canvas and wreak havoc with Jennifer Rose, Jack, and their children - just as Jack and Jen appear headed for reconciliation. 

It has just been announced that Billy Miller will be exiting General Hospital. At a time when so much of the soap world is all a twitter with scuttle of him returning to The Young and the Restless, it seemed the perfect time for a wishful cast to DAYS.

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For those of you who may be thinking about age differentials, Miller and Haiduk are approximately the same number of years apart as Eileen Davidson and Jason Brooks, which would allow them to have the same type of sibling relationship in terms of age. In addition, Miller would play well with the older set of Jack and Jennifer crowd - and could be a nice solution for Eve (Kassie DePaiva) now that she is the town pariah, and the younger set of Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), Brady (Eric Martsolf), Gabi (Camila Banus), and Eric (Greg Vaughan). 

You may recall that Ron Carlivati was still head writer at GH when Miller was cast as Jake - but really Jason Morgan. Some of Miller's best work on GH came under Carlivati's watchful hand in his pairing with Lizzie Beth (Rebecca Herbst).

There is no doubt that Billy Miller is a controversial choice for Peter Blake, but in a world where major characters are being recast with younger actors - cough, Adam Newman, cough - I think it is worth a healthy discussion. 

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