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KELLY KRUGER LAUNCHES BLOGKelly Kruger (ex-Mac, Y&R), real-life fiancée of Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), who is set to appear on B&B as a publicist named Eva on August 8, has launched a beauty and lifestyle blog. The actress shares her favorite products, DIY projects, as well as photos of her and Brooks. Check it out at http://madisoncharles.com.
Y&R STAR WEDS(Photo) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R) married Matt Katrosor yesterday and tweeted a photo of the beautiful ceremony. "Best. Day Ever." is how she captioned the following shot here
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Casting CornerAndrea Grano returns as Dr. Sternin on Monday, 7/28.
Ashlee Lapine appears as Hannah on Monday, 7/28.
J. Paul Boehmer appears as Dr. Cutler on Tuesday, 7/29.
D.C. Douglas is back as Colin’s cohort, Kurtz on Wednesday, 8/13.
Karina Logue appears as Helen Copeland on Thursday, 8/14.
Nathan Anderson appears as Brian Lynch on Monday, 8/18.
Michael Fairman returns as Murphy on Tuesday, 8/26.
Tricia Cast returns as Nina Webster on Wednesday, 8/27.
Shemar Moore returns as Malcolm Winters on Wednesday, 9/10 and Thursday, 9/11.
Scott Elrod joins the cast as Joe Clark on Wednesday, 10/1.
SHEMAR MOORE RETURNS TO THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESSMoore Set to Guest Star on Television’s #1 Daytime Drama On Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11
For the first time in nearly a decade, CBS Daytime veteran and CRIMINAL MINDS star Shemar Moore will return to television’s #1 Daytime Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, for a special two-day guest appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Moore, who appeared as a series regular for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), will reprise his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000. During his two-day return, Moore will reunite with longtime friend and co-star Kristoff St. John, who portrays his on-screen brother, Neil Winters. In the episodes, Malcolm returns to Genoa City after leaving town years before without a proper goodbye. Now, he’s back for an important visit with the Winters family to make amends and catch up on everything he’s missed.
“I am excited about returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as a special guest,” said Moore. “This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family.”
Eileen Davidson Is Joining RHOBH, Says Source(people.com) One way to add more drama to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Throw in a couple of former soap opera stars.
Just a week after PEOPLE learned that Days of Our Lives alum Lisa Rinna will appear in the Bravo series, a source says that Eileen Davidson is now set to join her soap opera star pal next season on the reality show.
The new additions will take the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud.
While Davidson, 55, and Rinna, 51, might be newbies when it comes to the Housewives franchise, this won't be the first time they've appeared together on television.
Davidson first got her start on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives in 1993 when she starred as the villainous Kristen DiMera alongside Lisa Rinna, who played Billie Reed from 1992 to 1995. Both actresses later returned to reprise their roles on the NBC series.
Bravo has yet to officially confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast.
'Finding Carter's' Cynthia Watros: 'You have to know how to hold a gun'Zap2it: "Finding Carter's" premise is that a 3-year-old was kidnapped from her front yard. As a mom do these stories just chill you to the heart?
Cynthia Watros: Yes, once I had twins myself. They're almost 13. Before I had children, you can listen to horrible things that happen in the world but you kind of go on. This strikes inside of your heart. It changes you. For example last night I wanted to watch this documentary about the end of life stuff. Maybe I can watch this and on the cover one of the stories showed it's going to be a child and I can't do it. I remember watching 'Titanic' and the water is rising and she is about to go under, and she says, 'My son is going to miss me.' [I thought then], 'Are you kidding me?' You are about to die!" And then I have kids, and you can completely get it. And it is about your kids.
Zap2it: Your character is a detective. Did you talk to cops, to learn the proper way to hold a gun, to move?
Cynthia Watros: I have. I have been around cops and with this role you want to look the part and you don't want to make a fool out of yourself on camera. You will get one point of view to do something then the other. You definitely should do your research so you know what you are doing how, to enter a room, how to hold a gun.
Tricia Cast and Michael Fairman Return to The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) Hard to believe but it's been nearly a year since The Young and the Restless said goodbye to Katherine Chancellor, the divinely salty doyenne played by the late Jeanne Cooper. On Aug. 26-27, the CBS soap will mark the one-year anniversary of Katherine's death with a remembrance ceremony in Chancellor Park that brings back actors Tricia Cast (Nina) and Michael Fairman (Murphy).
According to a Y&R rep, the gathering is Katherine's idea, adamantly requested in a letter to Jill (Jess Walton) that mysteriously arrives on Aug. 13, and it will result — finally! — in some resolution to the soap's maddening music box mystery. Katherine's widower, Murphy, who has been living in a Lake Michigan cabin she bequeathed to him, also receives a letter from his late wife, prompting him to return to Genoa City for the memorial. Meanwhile, Katherine's dear friend Nina flies in from Los Angeles, where she's now a successful author.
What's Nina going to think when she finds out Cricket (Lauralee Bell) is already having trouble in her marriage to Paul (Doug Davidson)? Can she resist the opportunity to gloat? And here's the kind of bad news Y&R fans will love: The homage to Katherine is going to coincide with yet another tragic setback for Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Our girl falls off the wagon — again! More scoop soon.
SOAP ALUM IN LIFETIME MOVIEFormer soap stars Erin Sanders (ex-Eden. Y&R) and Michael Woods (ex-Kent, AMC et al) will play daughter and father on the Lifetime TV movie, GUILTY AT 17. Airing on July 20 at at 7 p.m./6 central, the thriller is about a teen (Sanders) who falsely accuses a teacher of sexually assaulting her friend.
'LeAnn and Eddie' unveil their reality on 'Wendy Williams'(Video) After many years of being tabloid fodder, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are ready to show the world their reality on their new VH1 show " LeAnn & Eddie."
The couple made an appearance on "The Wendy Williams" show (July 17), to promote the show and dish on all things their show would and wouldn't include as well as to have a little fun.
When the host inquired about their decision to put their lives on TV when the public already get their fill from the magazines, Cibrian defended their choice saying, "Tabloids, while they provide great sensational headlines and great hot topics for you to discuss, they aren't always accurate, so we just kind of wanted to poke fun at that."
The interview wouldn't have been complete without Williams bringing up Cibrian's ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, Brandi Glanville and the social media sparring she does with his current spouse.
When Williams said to the actor, "Why don't you tell you wife to get off Twitter and stop engaging [with Brandi]?" Cibrian was quick to defend Rimes saying, "Well my wife doesn't engage, I think that's the thing to, that the media has made a feud out of this, a Twitter feud."
The couple also revealed despite being open to having a child of their own, Cibrian's two sons with Glanville will not be shown on "LeAnn & Eddie." The two boys also do not appear on "Housewives."
Y&R's Special Guest!(Photo) Longtime THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan Connie Knight will be making an appearance in Genoa City in the episode slated to air Wednesday, August 13. But she's not just any ordinary soap fan — she's the mother of sports superstar Deion Sanders! The athlete visited the Y&R set with his mother and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, as part of the taping of his reality series, DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK. Daniel Goddard (Cane) is a big fan, and posted this photo of them with Bryton James (Devon) to his Facebook page, writing, "What a super nice guy! It goes to show, you can be a legend and still be down to earth."
So after you've seen Knight's appearance on Y&R, you can see the flip side of their visit when DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK returns to the air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network!
Y&R STAR LANDS PRIME-TIME GIGJessica Collins (Avery, Y&R) will be guest-starring on TNT's PERCEPTION and will share scenes with the show's lead, Eric McCormack (formerly of WILL & GRACE). The episode is set to air August 5.
West Gets Scary!Maura West (ex-Diane, Y&R) is featured in a new horror movie called Come Back To Me, but she may not make it to the end credits alive! The film tells the story of a woman who begins suffering memory lapses and blackouts, then discovers that she's pregnant — but her husband is sterile! She sets up a hidden camera to keep track of what she's doing during her fugue states, and is shocked by what she discovers!
From the trailer, which you can see here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-isZwofD9_Y), it seems that West's character, Eileen, has some kind of psychic abilities. Not that they seem to help save her life, if these clips are any indication! The film is adapted from the book The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn, and is written and directed by West's former AS THE WORLD TURNS co-star, Paul Leyden (Simon). Look for it in theaters, on iTunes, DirecTV and iN-Demand starting Friday, July 25... if you dare!
Dar Dixon appears as Phyllis’ doctor, Dr. Burnett on Tuesday, 7/22.
Andrea Grano returns as Dr. Sternin on Monday, 7/28.
Ashlee Lapine appears as Hannah on Monday, 7/28.
J. Paul Boehmer appears as Dr. Cutler on Tuesday, 7/29.
D.C. Douglas is back as Colin’s cohort, Kurtz on Wednesday, 8/13.
Karina Logue appears as Helen Copeland on Thursday, 8/14.
Scott Elrod joins the cast as Joe Clark in October.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Reveal Why They Decided to Do a Reality Show (It Wasn't to "Fire Back" at Brandi Glanville)The best way to deal with the tabloids and public constantly talking about your relationship? Do a reality show.
Sure, it might not make much sense at first, but it's exactly what Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes decided to do with their new unscripted VH1 series, LeAnn & Eddie, which debuts Thursday, July 17.
With LeAnn citing the eight-episode series as a way to "take our life back and have fun with our story and where we are now" at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour on Friday, Eddie acknowledged the irony of turning to reality TV as a way to stop tabloid fodder.
"Come on, we're all realistic," Eddie answered when asked if he really thought doing the show would get the press to stop the tabloid's coverage of the show.
"Ultimately, we wanted to do a show and I think that this format and this genre, unscripted, gave us an opportunity to do something fun and work together," he continued. "What's really real about the show is our relationship juxtaposed by everything the public reads and is fed by the tabloids…ultimately, this is a comedy and that's how we go about our life as well, is we laugh and it really helps."
LeAnn added to that point, saying, "I think people think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't at all."
But is the couple looking at this show as their way to fire back at Eddie's outspoken ex-wife Brandi Glanville, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in a major (and public) way? "This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody," Eddie insisted. "If anything, it's very much a satire and you'll see that."
And like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, LeAnn & Eddie will not feature appearances by the former couple's two children, who are 11 and 7. "They are not in the show and that was a decision that we made together, that it's not about that," Eddie explained. "Keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wife's show and they're definitely not going to be in ours, and that's that."
LeAnn expanded a bit, saying, "We do talk about the kids in the show. We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed..…you can't really do a show without talking about that." (And the duo definitely discusses Brandi in the first trailer for the show.)
And LeAnn and Eddie are not looking to other couples who've turned to reality TV, specifically Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, who aired their recent relationship troubles on True Tori, for guidance on how to handle their time in front of the cameras.
"That's obviously not what we're doing at all," Eddie said, while LeAnn added, "We're together. Still." She then joked, "We wanted to ruin our marriage so that's why we went into this!"
While there are currently no plans on doing another season, Eddie joked, "That's up to the tabloids. If they want to stop writing about us..." But LeAnn hinted that she would be open to filming more episodes, saying, "If this goes past a first season, I think it will just evolve into the next phase, whether that's tabloid fodder or music."
LeAnn & Eddie premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m. on VH1.
VH1's 'LeAnn & Eddie' is 'very much a satire,' say stars Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn RimesA new reality show is launching on VH1 on Thursday (July 17) called "LeAnn & Eddie," which follows the everyday happenings of singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband actor Eddie Cibrian, who tell the 2014 summer TV press tour that the show is meant to be humorous and light-hearted.
"[This show] gives us an opportunity to have fun and work together and ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go abou tour life as well -- we laugh," says Cibrian.
"Eddie and I really have coped with [our struggles] by laughing," adds Rimes. "We're smart a**es, we give each other a lot of crap. People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't at all. It's time to have fun and take that story back, because it is ours, it isn't anyone else's to twist and turn and spread lies about. This is our first chance for you to see who we really are."
Rimes is speaking of how prevalent she and Cibrian have been in the tabloids in recent years, which she says will be addressed on the show.
"We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what has surrounded our lives so much for the last five years," says Rimes. "Everyone has used our lives for entertainment, so we kind of wanted to take our life back and have fun with our story, with where we are now."
But they won't be using the show to fire shots back at Cibrian's ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville.
"This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody other than to kind of make fun of the fodder that has surrounded us. If anything, it's very much a satire," says Cibrian. "As far as the kids are concerned, they are not in the show and that was a decision that we made together. It's not about that, we keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wife's show and they're definitely not going to be in ours."
Rimes adds, "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed ... you can't really do a show without talking about that. But I always say the whole show, we joke about ourselves, we make fun of ourselves. ... We both realize to do a show like this you can't take yourselves seriously."
"LeAnn & Eddie" premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Wanted to Do VH1 Reality Show to "Take Our Life Back"LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have been in the public eye for pretty much their entire relationship thus far thanks to paparazzi and tabloids. So the two were not only well-trained for the ups and downs of documenting their daily lives, they actually wanted to do it.
"Everyone's used our lives as entertainment and so we wanted to actually kind of take our life back," Rimes told reporters Friday at VH1's Television Critics Association fall previews.
The end result is LeAnn & Eddie, a new reality series about the everyday lives of the Grammy-winning singer and the CSI: Miami alum. Premiering on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1, the series promises to show a different, more honest, side of the couple compared to the duo splashed across tabloid covers and gossip websites. "We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what surrounded our lives so much in the past five years," Rimes said. "I think we're really kidding ourselves with the illusion of a private life because it's very hard."
Rimes is of course referring to the intense media scrutiny that has followed the two since they first began a romantic relationship in 2009 when they were both married to other people. Both subsequently divorced their respective partners and eventually tied the knot in 2011. Cibrian admits the intense coverage of their relationship was a major motivating factor in wanting to do the show, which they pitched to VH1. "If [the tabloids] want to stop writing about us, then we won't have to set the record straight anymore," he said. "[It] gave us an opportunity to do something fun, work together and at the same time, what's really real about the show is our relationship. You'll see how we interact with one another."
From the executive producers of Duck Dynasty, LeAnn & Eddie will have a similarly light tone, according to its stars. "We've both gone through a lot of private things with the public eyes watching. ... Eddie and I really have coped with it all by laughing," Rimes said. "People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't."
"Ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go about our life as well; we laugh, and it really helps," Cibrian added. "It's a show not about real dysfunction or exploitation. It's a fun show to watch and you laugh and that's kind of the area we wanted to explore."
And those jokes also extend to others within the couple's orbit, such as Cibrian's ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, who has not shied away from talking about her ex-husband and his wife on the hit Bravo reality series. "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed," Rimes said. "Any situation, any tabloid fodder that might have come from her ... you can't really do a show without talking about that."
However, Cibrian stressed "we're not taking shots."
As with the Real Housewives, this show will not feature Cibrian's two sons with Glanville. "We keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wives' show and they're definitely not going to be in our show and that's that."
Aside from exercising creative control to keep his sons off the air — Rimes and Cibrian serve as executive producers on their show — the couple say that viewers will get an honest and relatively unfiltered representation of them on the show. "We thought we were going to be more protective of the final cut but we kind of let the final product breathe on its own," Cibrian said. "There are some things that are kind of embarrassing that we left on the show because we thought it was funny. We really didn't censor ourselves that much."
But will these moments be loud enough and uproarious enough to cancel out their bad press? Rimes is optimistic. "There's nothing to hide," she said. "There is, I feel, only great things to gain by being who we are and allowing people to see that."
LeAnn & Eddie premieres on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's Reality Show Debuts: Check Out the 5 Most Memorable Moments!After months of buzz, the first episode of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's new show, aptly named LeAnn & Eddie, has made its debut online.
Didn't catch it yet? Don't worry, we already took care of it for you and are here to provide you with the five weirdest moments from the premiere show.
But before we get into the nitty gritty of the couple's latest foray into the world of reality television, let's get one major subject out of the way: Cibrian's ex, Brandi Glanville.
So is the show really all about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star?
Well, not entirely, but the married duo do make mention of the outspoken blonde a whopping eight times throughout the 22-minute program. (Translation: she's the topic of discussion roughly every three minutes. Good times!)
But back to the most memorable moments from the famous couple's highly anticipated show…
1. She's Not the Only Singer in the Family: The Grammy-winning crooner reveals that her hubby once tried his hand at a musical career (there's even a hilarious throwback clip to boot!). Cibrian seemed wholly embarrassed by the subject, and admitted that he'll be sticking to his day job.
2. It's All About Perspective: At the red carpet premiere of The Best Man Holiday, the couple plans to kiss a certain way to throw off reporters. Rimes even bets that the awkward kiss would end up in a tabloid—and sure enough, she was right!
3. Rime-isms: The country superstar sure had a few quotable moments throughout the premiere, but the most jarring one was none other than this gem: "Tattoos and boobs are like bank accounts, they can never be too big." Yep, she said that.
4. Babies on the Brain: When Mario Lopez asks her if she's planning on having any kids in the near future, she replies, "We work on it often!"
5. Ah, Unconditional Love: Rimes and Cibrian joke (we think?!) about being with one another through thick and thin. "I'd love you even if you [only] had $10 million," he tells his wife. She then turns to him to say, "And I'd love you even if you were fat and ugly." And then, in that sweet little moment, they both start giggling and say, "No we wouldn't, who are we kidding?"
Former Men in Trees Star Scott Elrod Joins The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) (Photo) It's a recipe for disaster! Heartthrob Scott Elrod is heading to CBS's The Young and the Restless in the contract role of Joe Clark, the ex-husband of Julia Child wannabe Avery Clark (Jessica Collins). As fans know, the marriage went south when Avery began her affair with war vet Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), but she has always felt guilty for betraying her husband and has privately hoped he's found happiness.
But what are the chances of that? According to a show rep, "Viewers can expect Joe to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve as he crosses paths with several key Y&R characters." Look for Elrod to hit the air in early October.
Elrod's film credits include Lone Survivor and the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Fans of the ABC romantic comedy series Men in Trees will remember him as Cash, the sexy, free-spirited handyman who went to work for Marin (Anne Heche) and repaired much more than her rundown mountain cabin. The big question: Which Genoa City gal will benefit from Joe's handiwork?
Has Y&R Cast Mariah's Mom?(Photo) Karina Logue has been cast as Helen Copeland on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and will first air on Thursday, August 14. The actress has appeared in several TV series, including SONS OF ANARCHY (starring her brother, Donal Logue), CSI: NY, BONES, TRUE BLOOD, NCIS and ARMY WIVES, and films such as Argo, Zodiac and When A Stranger Calls.
Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but seeing as how she shares a last name with Mariah, there's obviously some kind of connection there, and the soap has confirmed that Logue will first appear in scenes with Joshua Morrow's Nick. The casting notice describes Helen as a trained nurse who was in and out of jobs, and she was a young mother... but an unwilling parent.
So who do you think Helen is?
Polo Crosses THE BRIDGEWhen FX's crime thriller, THE BRIDGE, returns tonight, Wednesday, July 9, at 9:00 p.m. EST, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Polo will be a part of it. The Emmy nominee who broke hearts as Jamie, the troubled teen that Fenmore bullied, will be kicking the season off when he debuts in a similar role.
"I play Kyle, a nervous kid who gets in a little over his head with someone I meet at a car wash," Polo reveals of his character. "My scenes were with Franka Potente (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM). She has a really unique character [Eleanor Schrock, a ruthless, shunned Mennonite who is working for the cartel] this season for the show. It was great to work with her."
Being able to add this year's Peabody Award-winning drama to his resume was a thrill for Polo, but that's not all he took away from the experience. "I learned how to ride a bike for the project," he reveals. "Of course, I practiced at home on a regular bike before filming, and then on set they gave me a bike for a 10-year-old. The sizing was definitely off, but I made it work!"
And you'll want to hold on to your seats — this series that focuses on the joint battle against a Mexican drug cartel by an El Paso police detective and her counterpart from across the border is about to get intense. "I spent four hours in the make-up chair to film my final scene, which I believe is in the third episode," Polo teases. "It was a fun project to work on."
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Joshua Morrow InterviewTwenty Years on The Young and the Restless: Joshua Morrow's Five Favorite Moments. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Y&R CASTING NEW ROLEY&R is looking for a Caucasian woman in her 50s to play the role of Maureen, which starts shooting at the end of the month, and will be around for about two months. She is described as someone who has always wanted more from life than she's been given, but has a strong sense of self.
NEW PROJECT FOR EX-Y&R STARShawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS) has cast Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, Y&R) in his latest project, SPANNERS. Christian, who stars as Dr. Adam Parr, an 8000-year-old immortal, shares, “Eric plays Adam’s brother, who leaves clues on a videotape right before he’s murdered. He’s also an immortal. So Peter has to solve the mystery of his immortal brother’s death.” Christian is also executive producer of SPANNERS. To view a trailer, visit http://www.spannersthemovie.com/.
Finding Carter Stars Preview 'Intense,' 'Fun' New MTV Kidnapping DramaYou’ve never seen a mother-daughter relationship quite as complicated as on MTV’s Finding Carter, premiering Tuesday (June 8) at 10/9c — and that’s exactly what stars Kathryn Prescott and Cynthia Watros love about their new gig.
Here’s the drama’s plot in a nutshell: After discovering that her “mom” is actually just a woman who kidnapped her as a young girl, Carter Stevens (Prescott) is reunited with her biological family, including her biological mother Elizabeth (Watros).
“This lovely rainbow tornado comes into our lives again, and we welcome her, but it shakes everything up,” Watros tells TVLine. “Elizabeth tries desperately to reconnect with this daughter that she hasn’t seen in 13 years. I think they’re more alike than they both want to admit, so they definitely clash.”
But while this all sounds heavy — and, to be fair, it is — Prescott insists that Finding Carter isn’t all gloom and doom.
“The first episode is really intense, because it’s like the rug is pulled out from under her, but after that … there a lot of fun moments,” Prescott explains.
For Elizabeth, however, the abduction drama consumes nearly every aspect of her life.
“Not only is Elizabeth a detective that wants to get this criminal, but more importantly, she’s a mom who lost years with her child,” Watros says. “She has to reconnect with Carter, who was essentially brainwashed. [The abduction] is always circulating with Elizabeth.”
Elizabeth will gradually become closer to her estranged daughter, but don’t expect Carter to start calling her “mom” anytime soon.
“Carter is grieving her mom, or the woman she’s always called ‘mom,’” Prescott says. “It’s like torture. The closer she lets Elizabeth get to her, the more she feels she’s like [her kidnapper] Lori get away.”
(Stockholm Syndrome doesn’t even begin to describe it.)
Y&R Casting News!(Photo) Character actor Joel Brooks has landed a three-episode arc on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play Judge Ramsey. The showbiz veteran first airs on Thursday, July 24, and will share exciting scenes with several Genoa City characters. Might Judge Ramsey have something to do with Ian's threat to sue Nikki for emotional distress?
Y&R'S STEVE BURTON IS A DAD AGAIN!(Photo) Congratulations to Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R/ex-Jason, GH) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.
"Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.
Y&R Live TweetsMatthew Atkinson and Hunter King will live tweet on Tuesday, 7/15/14 at 9:30AM PST.
Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!On Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END, Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, Y&R/ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) could be just the thing to make Wendy's ninth and final life count... if she lets him! "She meets him in the [season premiere] episode," offers Executive Producer Maggie Friedman. "He's just a regular, salt of the earth guy, but he totally challenges her." Look for the duo to share sparks from the start, but can she get over her fear of mortality enough to enjoy it?
If the hot EMT can't heal what ails her, at a minimum, he could be quite the distraction! "He's so good and so sexy!" Friedman enthuses of the former soap star. "Mädchen Amick (Wendy) was kind enough to come in and read with different actors who were auditioning for the role, and she and Ignacio just had so much chemistry that we had to snatch him up. They're great together!"
Serricchio will appear for a multi-episode arc beginning Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 p.m. EST. There's a wickedly fun season ahead on WITCHES OF EAST END — for more details, catch Friedman's upcoming Primetime Preview interview in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, August 8.
Mishael Morgan InterviewMishael Morgan Dishes Her Sizzling Young and the Restless Triangle. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Lyndsy Fonseca To Lead 'The Escort'(deadline.com) Romantic comedy The Escort has found its lead in Lyndsy Fonseca, the Kick-Ass actress who’s coming off a four-season run on The CW’s Nikita. Pic tracks a sex-obsessed journalist (Michael Doneger) who throws himself into the world of high class escorts when he starts following a Stanford-educated prostitute. Will Slocombe (Cold Turkey, Crime Fiction) is directing from a script by Doneger and Brandon A. Cohen, with Doneger, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, and Sonya Walger rounding out the cast. Filming on the Cloverhill Pictures production is underway in LA. Blake Goza is producing and Tyler Konney is executive producer on the project. Taylor & Dodge is repping the film worldwide. Fonseca, who also played Daughter on CBS’s hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Doneger is repped by APA, Underground, and Lev Ginsburg.
Y&R's Stitch Will Keep You In Stitches!You may know Sean Carrigan (Stitch) as a hunky romantic lead on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but the guy has quite the talent for stand-up comedy, too! And if you're in the San Diego area you can see for yourself later this month!
On Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, Carrigan will be performing in two shows each evening, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, CA. He'll be joining national headliners Cort McCown and Eleanor Kerrigan on stage, and the show will also feature Comedy Store favorite Willie Hunter. For more information and to order tickets, click here!
Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!It's time for another afternoon tea date with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther)! The actress will be hosting her annual Afternoon Tea In Vancouver to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday, July 19, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from noon to 2:00 p.m., with a cast autograph session to follow.
Linder will be joined by castmates Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Christel Khalil (Lily) and Tristan Rogers (Colin) and Redaric Williams (Tyler) as well as Y&R hair and make-up experts Patty Denny and George Guzman. Guests of the event will enjoy high tea, delicious edibles, a raffle, an auction, and more.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.katelinderafternoontea.com.
Greg Rikaart Receives the HRC Visibilty AwardGreg Rikaart Receives the HRC Visibilty Award: Video.
Phyllis Is Back In August!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans (and Genoa City residents!) should mark Monday, August 11, on their calendars, because that's when Phyllis is coming back! Of course, she's been in a coma, so it'll probably take a little while before she's fighting fit again. And she'll look a little different as soap vet Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; Kelly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is taking over the role from Michelle Stafford (who is now playing Nina over on GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
Are you excited that Phyllis is waking up? What do you think she'll do first?
B&B CASTING NEWSY&R Alum Kelly Kruger (ex-Mackenzie), the real-life fiancée of B&B star Darin Brooks (Wyatt), will appear on the soap on Friday, August 8, during the upcoming Paris remote. Kruger will play Eva, a chic and savvy Forrester publicist. For the exclusive scoop about the couple’s incredibly romantic Parisian engagement, pick up the 7/21 issue of Digest, on sale 7/14.
Y&R CASTING NEW ROLEY&R is looking for a Caucasian actress, age 40-45, to play the two-day role of Helen Copeland, a trained nurse who was a young mother, had an unsettled life and is slightly bitter.
B&B STAR ENGAGED!(Photo) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) revealed on social media that he and longtime love Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac, Y&R) got engaged on their recent trip with the show to Paris. "Well, I asked her..." he captioned a shot underneath the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations!
REAL-LIFE DUO WELCOMES BABY GIRLA baby girl arrived for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B) and her fiancé, Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R) on Saturday, June 12th. The actress tweeted, "For all those asking, Robert and I welcomed our daughter Aleda Seren Adamson into the world last week!” Here’s the couple with their bundle of joy: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=319251144903965.
Revenge of the Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15 PercentAfter a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year's Daytime Emmys race.
This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
When Peter Bergman began his career as a soap opera star more than 30 years ago, it seemed the public's -- and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' -- appetites for daytime dramas were insatiable. He earned the first of his 19 Emmy nominations for playing Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children and in 1989 moved on to play Jack Abbott on CBS' stalwart contender The Young & the Restless, which then was (as it is now) the top-rated U.S. soap opera. Then, around the mid-'90s, daytime dramas slowly were pushed into the Daytime Emmy shadows as talk shows, game shows, reality and other programming grabbed the spotlight.
Three years ago -- in the wake of the cancellation of two long-running soaps -- something unexpected happened. Interest in soaps, and their ratings, began to rise again -- up nearly 15 percent in the past year.
The rebound has been reflected in this year's race of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, where soaps once again have the most nominations: Y&R has 26, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (both on CBS) with 18 and ABC's General Hospital with 16.
After ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, there were only four soaps left on broadcast TV, compared with 19 at the height of their popularity in 1970. Then things turned around. "Yes, we've reduced the number of soaps, but there are still enough people who think, 'That's my kind of entertainment; let's see what's left,' " says Bergman of the shift.
Soap viewership started to take a dive around 20 years ago largely because millions of women joined the work force and no longer were at home watching TV. The rising popularity of the DVR has countered that trend, making it possible for all those fans to watch. Also, it has been easier for them to engage with one another through social media, where they can discuss the genre's ever-edgier storylines, such as gay-bullying on NBC's Days of Our Lives and a character deciding whether to get an abortion on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.
Jill Phelps, executive producer of Y&R who has the distinction of having held that title on six soaps over the past three decades, says the shows have been made over for a cooler audience. "The stories have more edge, there are quicker editing cuts and newer music," says Phelps. "The pace, tone and sophistication have changed. We have smarter viewers, and I think that's true of all the soaps. It's an overall hipper viewing audience."
Melissa Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson on Y&R and is nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the fifth time in six years, says she hears from fans who have remained loyal but also finds that a new generation is tuning in. And the writing has gotten so much better, says Egan, who joined Y&R in 2011 after spending five years on All My Children. "It's a shame that soaps get a bad rap [critically]. Many of the actors are amazing. It's like doing a new play every day."
No one knows better than Bergman. On the day he spoke with THR, he had 30 pages of dialogue to memorize and another 30 the next day. There are no teleprompters or cue cards, and most scenes on Y&R shoot in one take.
"He has an unbelievable energy and theatricality that makes him delicious to watch," says Phelps. Bergman is humbled but also quick to defend his peers and fellow soap contenders: "To me, good acting is simply good acting."
DANIEL POLO READY FOR EMMYSY&R alum Daniel Polo (ex-Jamie), who is nominated as Outstanding Younger Actor, is looking forward to Sunday night. "I’ll be there," he says. "I’m bringing my mom and my grandfather because they've been my biggest supporters. They're about excited about this as I am.” Polo says when get got the news about his first nom, “I think basically everyone in the neighborhood found out because I was so loud," he recalls. "I still had to go to school that day but when I got out, I celebrated with a nice big bowl of Ramen from my favorite Japanese restaurant with my family and friends.” The 41st Annual Daytime Emmys are set for Sunday night. Watch them live online at DaytimeEmmys.net.
The Best Soap Opera Moments of 2013(variety.com) There may be only four broadcast soaps left but the folks at “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” served up plenty of sudsy, sensational moments in 2013 — many of which will earn gold statues June 22 at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
“Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.
“We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”
“Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.”
Among “Days’” highlights was Kristen and Brady’s wedding, which came to an abrupt halt after the groom’s mother played footage of the bride’s sexy romp with Eric — the priest officiating at the ceremony!
“That was the culmination of a long story arc,” says nominee Greg Meng, “Days’” co-executive producer. “Eileen Davidson (a lead actress nominee for her perf as Kristen) gave a brilliant performance. We also had Will and Sonny’s romance, and some dark comedy moments with Kate, Sami and Gabi disposing of Nick’s ‘body.’”
Fans of “Restless” ran through several boxes of tissues during the storyline in which young Delia was unintentionally struck dead by Adam’s car after her father left her unsupervised for just a few fatal moments. “It was a very difficult story to tell,” says nominee Jill Farren Phelps, “Restless’” executive producer. “The primary source of the story was to tell the journey of two fathers — and all that happens with them and the people who were affected by this.”
Another standout for “Restless” was the tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the show for 40 years.
“That episode was a love letter to Jeanne,” says Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president, CBS Daytime. “We had 25 cast members on set to share their emotions. Jeanne’s last moment had her going up the stairs as (her rival) Jill asked if she could help. It was written for Katherine to say no. Jeanne added a ‘good night.’ And that was the last time we saw Katherine.”
The tribute program earned a Special Class nomination.
However, not all the memorable moments of soaps from last year are up for accolades. While eight “GH” actors were nominated, the show itself was surprisingly shut out in series, writing and directing categories.
The most polite word that could be used about the glaring snubs is “ironic” since “GH’s” dream team, executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, delivered one memorable moment after another last year. The pair resurrected the Nurses Ball (which featured Rick Springfield performing “Jessie’s Girl”), staged a deadly confrontation between Luke and Laura and evil Helena Cassadine, revisited the classic Lesley/Monica feud, and brought back veteran Rachel Ames as Audrey to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary episode.
Finola Hughes, strangely absent from the lead actress category, briefly played a dual role in which she brought to life both Anna and evil Dr. Obrecht, masquerading as Anna. “Finola gave just enough so that you knew something was off,” Carlivati says. “She was brilliant.”
“One of the real highlights (from 2013) is that our ratings are so strong,” says Valentini. “ ‘GH’ is vital and alive. That’s our most important accomplishment.”
"THE TALK" CELEBRATES "THE 41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS" ON MONDAY, JUNE 23CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show THE TALK will salute “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special show dedicated to daytime television’s biggest night, Monday, June 23, 2014 (2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network. THE TALK hosts, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, along with guest co-host Marie Osmond, will be joined live in-studio by some of the night’s biggest winners for a post-Emmy celebration. This year marks the third time THE TALK has paid tribute to Daytime Emmy winners from across the daypart by inviting them to appear live on the show the following day. Guest names to be announced following the Daytime Emmy Awards early Monday morning, June 23.
EILEEN DAVIDSON SIGNS CONTRACT WITH Y&RAlthough Eileen Davidson has been jumping between Y&R and DAYS to play two very popular characters (Ashley and Kristen, respectively), the actress has decided to stay put on the soap where she got her start by signing a contract with Y&R. “They has been reaching out for quite a while and wondering what I wanted, so the deal we made suits my life very well,” she reports. "I’m really happy. I’ve put in a lot of years in this medium, which I don’t take for granted, so I’m very grateful." Davidson will start airing in early September, while her 12-week story arc on DAYS is playing out.
Hang With Y&R's Egan And Help A Good Cause!THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS fans can spend a little time with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and contribute to a worthwhile cause, too! The actress is raising money for The Riedel & Cody Fund (RCF), a non-profit organization that helps with the treatment of pets stricken with cancer, by participating in an on-line auction, where Egan will take the winner and a guest out to lunch or, if they can't make it to Los Angeles, will do a Skype session for a personal chat!
The auction is currently running and will continue until Wednesday, July 9. Check it out by clicking this link!
Cast AppearancesLauralee Bell, Sean Carrigan and Jess Walton will present at the Creative Art Emmy Awards on Friday, 6/20.
CAMERON MATHISON DENIES Y&R RUMORSAcknowledging the speculation that he has been cast as Y&R's new Adam, Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) tweeted, "Just to clear up some rumors... There is absolutely NO indication that I am going to Y&R to play Adam Newman. Thanks for all the support tho."
Steve Burton InterviewSteve Burton on His Young and the Restless Daddy Bombshell. Read the TV Guide interview here
E! NEWS CELEBRATES "SOAP WEEK" ALL THIS WEEK STARTING TONIGHT AT 7:00PM ET/PTMonday, June 16th – What better way to gear up for the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards than by celebrating one of our favorite categories, Soap Operas! Beginning TONIGHT, E! News is pulling back the curtain and exposing all of the lies, mysteries and cover-ups that go on behind-the-scenes of E! each day. Well, not quite. BUT you will see your favorite E! News correspondents testing out their acting chops for a DRAMA-FILLED week of hilarious skits, appropriately titled, “All My Anchors.”
Each night during the week of June 16th, E! News will feature a different over-the-top and ridiculous spoof of your favorite soaps. Don’t miss the cat fights and “who done its” when E! News “Soap Week” kicks off TONIGHT, Monday, June 16th, and airs all this week at 7:00pm and11:30pm ET/PT.
Casting CornerD.C. Douglas returns as Colin’s cohort, Kurtz on Tuesday, 7/1.
Robert Gant returns as David Sherman on Friday, 7/11.
Is Miller GH's New Jason?Ever since Billy Miller left the role of Billy at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, there has been speculation that the fan favorite would be snatched up by GENERAL HOSPITAL to take over the part of Jason (previously played by Steve Burton, who is now Y&R's Dylan!). And last night, TV Guide's Michael Logan added some fuel to that particular fire by posting to Twitter: "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."
When contacted for comment on the possible casting coup, a rep for GH replied simply, "We don't have any info on that." Could the rumor be true? Is Robin going to succeed in saving Jason and bring him back to Port Charles with a slightly different face? Or could Miller be playing someone else? What do you think?
Comic Kathy Griffin to host Daytime Emmys onlineKathy Griffin is taking her comedy online as host of the Daytime Emmy awards as the event heads to a new home on the Internet.
The 41st annual awards will be presented June 22 from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
Griffin joked that her only regret is that the epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup.
The awards were televised on the HLN cable network the past two years. But when the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and various cable outlets couldn't strike a deal, the academy decided to move the show online.
Awards will be handed out in 25 categories, including several new ones, during the live stream.
The academy hopes to attract more worldwide fans through social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Google Hangout, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.
SIX DAYS OF SPECIAL TWITTER CHATSCBS DAYTIME CELEBRATES “THE 41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS” WITH SIX DAYS OF SPECIAL TWITTER CHATS WITH ITS STARS LEADING UP TO DAYTIME'S BIGGEST NIGHT
Talent and Producers From CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-Nominated Dramas, Game Shows and “The Talk” Will Participate In Live Chats Each Weekday, Beginning June 13
CBS Daytime will celebrate “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special multi-day live Twitter chat event featuring stars and producers from across the Network’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated lineup. Beginning Friday, June 13, talent and producers from LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK will live-tweet every weekday, Friday, June 13 - Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.
Actor Sean Kanan from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will kick off the live Twitter event on Friday, June 13. THE TALK hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood will jump-start Daytime Emmy Week with a live group chat on Monday, June 16. Model Tiffany Coyne (LMAD), actors Steve Burton, Doug Davidson and Christian Le Blanc (Y&R), actors Heather Tom and Scott Clifton (B&B), Executive Producer Mike Richards (TPIR) and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President Angelica McDaniel are scheduled to participate in chats throughout the week (see below for full schedule).
CBS leads the 2014 Daytime Emmy nominations with 60 nods, more than any other network. The #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, received 26 nominations, more than any other show. In addition, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received 18 nominations, THE TALK received five, LET’S MAKE A DEAL received three and THE PRICE IS RIGHT received two nominations.
CBS Daytime’s entire entertainment lineup was honored, with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL both receiving nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. THE TALK was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment as well as Outstanding Talk Show Host, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL were both nominated for Outstanding Game Show, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL host Wayne Brady was nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Following is the schedule for the live Twitter chats:
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
1:30 PM, ET/ 10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (#BoldandBeautiful)
o Sean Kanan (@Seankanan)
MONDAY, JUNE 16
4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT: THE TALK (#talklivechat)
o Julie Chen (@JulieChen)
o Sara Gilbert (@THEsaragilbert)
o Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne)
o Sheryl Underwood (@sherylunderwood)
TUESDAY, JUNE 17
12:30 PM, ET/ 9:30 AM, PT: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (#YR)
o Steve Burton (@1SteveBurton)
o Doug Davidson (@DougDavidsonYR)
o Christian Le Blanc (@CJLeBlanc)
1:30 PM, ET/ 10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (#BoldandBeautiful)
o Heather Tom (@BBheathertom)
o Scott Clifton (@CliftonsNotes)
10:00AM, ET, 7:00AM, PT: LET’S MAKE A DEAL (#LMAD)
o Tiffany Coyne (@TiffanyCoyne)
THURSDAY, JUNE 19
11:00 AM, ET/ 8:00 AM, PT: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (#PriceIsRight)
o Mike Richards (@MRichTV)
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT: Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime
o Angelica McDaniel (@AngelicaMcD)
CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 27 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes television’s #1-rated daytime program and network television’s longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime talk show THE TALK as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
Eva Longoria: Having Kids Is 'Just Not in My Future'(Photo) Though Eva Longoria loves kids, she isn't rushing to have her own.
"It's just not in my future," the actress told PEOPLE at Wednesday's Brita Burbank YMCA special event, which celebrated the company's donation of water filtration pitchers and dispensers to YMCA locations across the country.
As children played and made their own fruit-flavored water at the outdoor event, Longoria, 39, explained what drew her to the cause.
"With kids, I love their energy and spirit and innocence," she said. "It's really important for us to be here today to talk to them about water because that stays with them. Water's the original energy drink. Water is really good for you. Water can be fun."
The Devious Maids producer – who's dating Mexican businessman Jose Antonio Baston – also shared her secrets for staying in shape.
"I run a lot. I'm a big runner. And I do yoga," she said. "So, I just alternate. Run, yoga, run, yoga. I do weight training as well."
And though she's all about staying hydrated, you won't find Longoria sipping from a disposable water bottle after a workout.
"So many end up in the ocean so I've banned them from the house," she said.
Chat And Cook With Y&R's CollinsTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Jessica Collins (Avery) was a guest on the Wednesday, June 11, episode of HOME & FAMILY, but if you missed that episode of the Hallmark Channel talk show, we've got you covered!
First we've got her entire interview segment where she dishes about her co-stars, working in soaps and learning all the jargon to play a lawyer! Then we've got the cooking segment where the skilled chef demonstrates how to make a delicious-looking blueberry cobbler!
Y&R CHARACTER RETURNS(Photo) Robert Gant, best known for his role as Ben on QUEER AS FOLK, will reprise attorney David Sherman on Y&R. Gant, whose character is the son of longtime Chancellor lawyer, Mitchell Sherman, first debuted in September, 2013 for the reading of Katherine's will. David’s return air date is set for July 11, followed by several episodes of a major storyline that involves the Newman family.
Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!It's time for another afternoon tea date with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther)! The actress will be hosting her annual Afternoon Tea In Vancouver to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday, July 19, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from noon to 2:00 p.m., with a cast autograph session to follow.
Linder will be joined by castmate Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Y&R hair and make-up experts Patty Denny and George Guzman, as well as additional cast members of the soap to be named in the coming month. Guests of the event will enjoy high tea, delicious edibles, a raffle, an auction, and more.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.katelinderafternoontea.com.
Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream OnlineAfter clinching last-minute deals with the CW, CBS and HLN the last few years, the Daytime Emmy Awards couldn’t do it again this year. With two weeks left before the June 22 ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not air on TV. Instead, they will be livestreamed, the first time that has been done with the long-running awards show. The Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be streamed live at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5 PM PT on June 22. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS.
A Legendary Return!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Judith Chapman (Gloria) will be stepping back on stage as the legendary actress Vivien Leigh in her one-woman show, Vivien, Saturday, June 7 at Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA. The soap vet has wowed theatergoers from coast to coast portraying the troubled star of Gone With The Wind, who suffered from manic depression. For more information on Vivien, check out facebook.com or twitter.com. Also, tickets are available by calling 777-794-5576.
Y&R Casting Corner
Corbin Bernsen returns as Father Todd Williams on Thursday, 6/19.
Burgess Jenkins debuts as Billy Abbott on Tuesday, 6/24.
Aly Lind returns as Faith Newman on Thursday, 6/26.
Beth Maitland returns as Traci Abbott on Friday, 6/27.
Y&R Cast AppearancesCady McClain will appear on Entertainment Tonight on Friday, 6/30/14.
Lauralee Bell will appear on HALLMARK: Home & Family on Tuesday, 6/17 with a repeat airing on Wednesday, 6/18.
Tom Speaks Out On Y&R Exit(cbs.soapsindepth.com) With the shocking news that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is replacing the recently-returned David Tom with daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott, Soaps In Depth reached out to the actor to get his perspective on the unexpected recast.
"It was such a great experience to have been a part of the Y&R family again," Tom tells In Depth. "It was wonderful to see so many old friends and people I know that I used to work with and enjoy so much like Jess Walton (Jill) and Peter Bergman (Jack). I got to do some scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor), finally."
The Emmy winner admits that he didn't see Y&R's decision coming. "I think I was definitely well-liked there," Tom muses. "As far as I knew, nobody knew about this. Not even the cast." Was he given a reason for his termination? "One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with [the new] Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don't understand why they didn't think about that [when they were casting her]. We don't really have a storyline [anyway]; She's with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her."
The actor is already making plans for the future, including putting together a demo reel out of his best scenes from this last trip to Genoa City. Is he up for another daytime gig? "Hell, yeah. I'd go in a heartbeat to another soap opera," he says. "I love to work.
"The worst thing you can do is mull about it," continues Tom, who adds that what he'll miss most is working alongside his fellow Y&R actors. "The whole cast is wonderful. I felt like they were a part of my family."
Look for more of our exclusive interview with Tom in our CBS issue on sale June 16!
ALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS FINISH THE SEASON WITH YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH IN VIEWERSTHE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE TALK all finished the 2013-2014 season and the May sweep with year-to-year growth in viewers.
Compared to last season in viewers, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +13% (3.03m from 2.69m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 grew +12% (3.50m from 3.11m), while THE TALK posted growth of +16% (2.78m from 2.40m), according to Nielsen most current ratings. The 2013-2014 season was the best season in viewers ever for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK.
Other viewer increases included THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1, which grew by +12% (5.02m from 4.48m); THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, which was up +9% (5.81m from 5.33m); THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which posted a +10% gain (3.89m from 3.52m); and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which rose +8% (5.24m from 4.82m).
This season was also THE TALK’s best season in women 25-54 (1.1/06, +10% from last year), while both THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 (+8%) AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 (+7%) also grew in the demographic.
For 2013-2014, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 both posted their best women 25-54 deliveries since 2009-2010. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 also posted its largest audience for a season since 2003-2004, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 posted its largest audience for a season since 2006-2007.
Additionally, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted its largest audience since the 2007-2008 season, while THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted its largest audience since the 2009-2010 season.
This was also the best May Sweep ever, live plus same day, in viewers for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK also posted their best May Sweep ever in households.
Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 posted their best May Sweep viewer deliveries since 2007.
Finally, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted its best household rating and its largest audience in a May Sweep since 2011, while THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted its best household rating and its largest May Sweep audience since 2008.
Eva Longoria's Las Vegas Strip steakhouse closesEva Longoria's female-focused steakhouse closed over the weekend, less than two years after opening in a swanky shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip.
Officials with parent company Landry's said SHe by Morton's shut down effective Sunday. The restaurant had opened in late 2012 with a theatrical nightclub on the upper floor, but the club portion closed in early 2013.
"The restaurant was looking into alternatives to repurpose the space to enhance its dining experience," said Scott Marshall, SHe's chief operating officer. Unable to agree with the landlord on an overhaul after the club closed, "we were left with no alternative other than to sell the space back."
The restaurant was located inside the Crystals shops at the Aria casino and featured a catwalk and smaller portion sizes for female customers. Mirrors on the back of the dessert menus were designed for patrons reapplying lipstick after their dinner.
The steakhouse ran into trouble last month when the Southern Nevada Health District temporarily closed the restaurant. Health inspectors gave the restaurant numerous demerits, mostly related to keeping food at proper temperatures and maintaining accurate thermometers.
The eatery quickly reopened with a grade "A'' from the health district.
Y&R’S NEW BILLY ON SNAGGING ROLEIn an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Digest, Y&R’s newest addition, Burgess Jenkins, who replaces the recently ousted David Tom as Billy Abbott, shares how the part became his. "My managers contacted me and said the folks from the show had reached out about the role,” explains the actor. “So, I talked with the producers about it and they filled me in on the role and it was apparent to me from the get-go that this was a wonderful character with interesting layers. I met some of the cast and we clicked right away. Not only are they terrific people, but I can tell we’re going to have a great time. I was taken with this opportunity right away.” Check out the Soap Opera Digest issue on sale June 16 for the rest of the interview.
Y&R'S NEW BILLY CONFIRMS CASTING!(Photo) Burgess Jenkins has confirmed that he will succeed David Tom in the role of Y&R's Billy. "So excited to be joining the Y&R family!" he tweeted. "Thanks so much for the outpouring of warm welcome from all the fans!
Y&R'S DAVID TOM OUT?(Photo) Daytime Confidential is reporting that David Tom (Billy) is out and has been replaced by Burgess Jenkins. Tom, who first played the from from 1999-2002, returned in February after Billy Miller left. Some of Burgess's previous credits include ARMY WIVES, NASHVILLE. He is expected to begin airing in late June. For more, go to daytimeconfidetial.com.
MICHELLE STAFFORD SPEAKS OUT ON Y&R'S NEW PHYLLISY&R's original Phyllis, Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH), took to Twitter to throw her support to Y&R's decision to recast the role with Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, GL; ex-Kelly, OLTL). "Thx 4 the #GH [love] 2day Tweeps!" she wrote. "Now I want u 2 give [love] 2 @ginatognoni who will now b playing the role of #phyllis on #YR she will be awesome!!!"
GINA TOGNONI SPEAKS OUT ON Y&R GIGIn a statement on her Facebook page, Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, GL; ex-Kelly, OLTL) has offered her excited reaction to landing the recast role of Phyllis on Y&R, made famous by Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH). "I am beyond blessed to play this incredible role of Phyllis Newman at Young and the Restless," she wrote. "I am thrilled to be back on CBS. Thank you for your support I feel it in my HEART. So excited to work with is Amazing cast and crew. I am grateful To my beautiful Husband, my family, friends and The best FANS in the world."
Y&R SWITCHES FAITHS(Photo) Aly Lind (who played Faith before McKenna Grace stepped in last summer) is back at Y&R playing the role of Nick and Sharon's daughter. Grace has been cast in a movie called Russellmania and will be shooting in Vancouver. She will last air on May 29. Lind, who will first appear again on June 26, can be seen in Blended, starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, which opens today.
Gina Tognoni Joins The Young and the Restless(Photo) Look who's coming out of her coma! Suds goddess and two-time Emmy winner Gina Tognoni has won the hotly contested role of Phyllis Summers on CBS's The Young and the Restless. The character, originated by Michelle Stafford, has been hospitalized and off the show for a year. A rep for Y&R tells TV Guide Magazine that Tognoni's audition and take on the character was "flawless."
The actress arrived on the soap scene in 1995 as Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live and followed that with her Emmy-annointed stint as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light. She has also appeared in Crystal Chappell's big-buzz web sudser Venice. Look for Tognoni to hit Y&R in late summer.
Y&R Star Goes UNDER THE DOMEMax Ehrich (Fenmore, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is joining the cast of UNDER THE DOME, which returns for its second season on Monday, June 30, at 10 p.m. on CBS. He'll play Hunter, who will first appear "digitally" in the third episode says executive producer Neal Bauer.
What does the new gig mean for Fen's future in Genoa City? Since Ehrich is not on contract with Y&R, the moonlighting shouldn't affect his position with the soap. Baer tells Soaps In Depth that Ehrich is set to appear in about six DOME episodes.
Y&R CASTS NEW ROLE(Photo) Y&R has filled the part of the much-talked about character of Stitch’s wife, Jenna, with soap newcomer Stephanie Lemelin.
The actress, @StephyLems on Twitter, shows up for duty on May 13, with her debut slated a month later on June 13.
Eva Longoria dines in Brooklyn before Frieze art fairEva Longoria enjoyed a low-key dinner in Williamsburg before checking out art fair Frieze over the weekend.
On Friday, Longoria was dining with Lake Bell and her tattoo artist husband, Scott Campbell, at Antica Pesa.
On Sunday, she was dressed in all white on the arm of beau Jose Antonio Baston as she perused art.
Also at the fair, James Franco was seen with his arms around two women at once.
A spy said Franco looked relaxed, even though he had to get to his show, “Of Mice and Men,” at 3 p.m.
'The Young And The Restless', 'Days Of Our Lives' Renewed In CanadaSony Pictures Television and Shaw Media have inked a deal to extend the Canadian run of veteran daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives on Shaw-owned Global Television through the 2015-16 TV season. Now in its 41st year on air, The Young And The Restless has amassed 123 Daytime Emmy Awards and leads this year nominees with 26. It is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Days of our Lives, in its 49th year, has garnered 36 Daytime Emmy Awards and has 14 nominations this year. it is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.
IT'S OFFICIAL - Y&R RECASTING PHYLLISWith Michelle Stafford signed on to play GH's Nina, Y&R has put out a casting call for Phyllis. The show is seeking a 35-40 year old actress to fulfill the following description: "Phyllis is beautiful, smart and conniving. She is confident in her own sexuality and is unafraid to use it to get what she wants. She knows she has power over men and many times has used it, both to her benefit and to her detriment. She definitely has an edge." The character has been in a coma since Stafford's exit last August. With Jack moving on with Kelly, and Sharon's secret seemingly safe, the timing is perfect for a Phyllis comeback.
NEW CONTRACT FOR Y&R’S GRIMESLooks like Y&R’s Camryn Grimes will be sticking around for a while to play the mischievous Mariah, now that the actress has signed a contract. "I’m having so much fun and at this point, there’s no reason for me to go anywhere else,” she smiles. "I’m happy where I am.
B&B And Y&R Stars Engaged!Congratulations are in order for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! Not only are they expecting a baby girl in June, but the couple recently became engaged!
"We were such slackers about it," Godfrey admits. "We actually got engaged on New Year's Eve. We told our family and friends, but we didn't make a huge formal announcement about it. We weren't sure we were going to make one and then we decided against it and just started calling each other 'fiancée.' We want the baby to get here and be a little bigger and then do all the official stuff!"
Best wishes to the happy couple!
Y&R STAR’S FILM GRABS TOP PRIZEDuring the recent Beverly Hills Film Festival, the documentary A Man Called God, produced by Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R), received two awards, including Best Documentary. This marks the third time that the movie, which chronicles the actor's real-life experience in a cult with his family as a young boy, has won in this category on the film festival circuit. You can check out www.mancalledgodmovie.com for more on St. John’s effort.
HAVE LUNCH WITH Y&R’S ERIC BRAEDENWant to have lunch with Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)? To help raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center Spring Auction for Human Rights, the actor has offered to dine with the highest bidder at a Los Angeles restaurant. The annual auction is now open for bidders at www.rfkauction.com until May 13.
B&B Exec Leads Important CrusadeWhen he's not overseeing the production of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for his day job, supervising producer Ed Scott is trying to save the world — literally. The TV exec and husband of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is the CEO of the Save The Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping raise both awareness and funding for environmental research in collaboration with major universities.
The organization has planned several exciting events for Earth Week this week. On Tuesday, April 22, Chicago's No. 1 rock station, The Drive 97.1 will auction off a Candy Apple Red Fender Standard Stratocaster signed by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler. For more information check out the STE auction site. The foundation is also sponsoring a major symposium on Saturday, April 26th featuring the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the focus of which will be the problem of marine debris.
"There are three huge garbage patches in our oceans right now, one of which is in the North Pacific and covers an area the size of Texas," Scott explains. "The fish eat the plastic, and god only knows what it does to us when it gets into our system. The other major problem is container ships dropping big containers. Every year hundreds fall off of ships in rough seas, and they're really fouling up the water."
Scott points to a new book called Emotion For The Ocean by Chet Forrest, which explains, in layman's terms, the devastation being done to our oceans and marine life. "The oceans are our lifeblood," says Scott. "I don't think enough people understand the severity of what is happening, but we have to get it resolved. We can't keep destroying the oceans like we're doing."
For more information about Scott's efforts on behalf of Save The Earth, visit www.savetheearth.org.
Murdering My Youth: A Memoir by Cady McClain(Order here!) (Book Cover) Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless." Paperback: 270 pages - April 16, 2014 (Order here!)
Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud SeparateGreg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.
Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.
"As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.
"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.
Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity(variety.com) The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.
A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.
Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.
One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.
But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.
“General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.
“Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.
It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”
“The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”
Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.
Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.
“Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.
The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.
Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”
He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.
“What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”
Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.
“There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”
'America's Next Top Model' Eva Marcille & Baby Daddy All Smiles ... After Restraining Order(tmz.com) (Photo) "America's Next Top Model" star Eva Marcille can't make her mind up -- days after she accused her baby daddy of violently kicking down several doors in their home and trying to snatch their child from her arms ... she posed in a smiley photo with him.
Eva obtained a restraining order against rapper BF Kevin McCall on March 28th, claiming he went ballistic during an argument and chased her around their home, trying to take their 2-month-old daughter.
Eva claims Kevin kicked down 4 doors during his rampage and even threatened to punch her.
But clearly, something changed -- days later on April 4th, Eva was all smiles again, posing for a photo with Kevin and their daughter on Instagram with the ironic hashtag #familyfirst.
According to the restraining order, Kevin's required to stay 100 yards away from Eva.
To each their own.
B&B And Y&R Co-Creator HonoredTHE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, is being honored by The Guild Of Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Los Angeles at its annual Accessories For Success Spring Luncheon And Fashion Show. The event will be held on Friday, April 11, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Heather Tom (Katie, B&B) will be hosting, and the award will be presented to Bell by Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) and John McCook (Eric, B&B).
Before the luncheon, luxury accessories will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters LA. The luncheon itself features a fashion show from Kyle By Alene Too. If you would like to attend this gala event, tickets are available to the public. Just click here for more information!
Y&R RECASTING ADAM?Y&R has put out a casting call for a character named Aaron Newton, who sounds a lot like Adam Newman, last played by Michael Muhney, who left the show in late January. The contract role would begin taping in May, and the description reads: "Caucasian Male. MID 30s to LATE 30s. A very handsome, very SEXY, very appealing, very charming LEADING MAN. Aaron is a smart businessman, loves women, and can out maneuver even the shrewdest. NOTE: Actor must be AT LEAST 5'10 and have NO ACCENT PLEASE. This actor will carry major storylines. ONLY actors with strong acting experience will be considered."
Watch Soap LifeSoap Life, the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! (See the full cast list here.)
For a preview, you can watch the trailer here.
Kristoff St. John: Still Young, Still Restless [INTERVIEW](ebony.com) (A Man Called God Trailer) The veteran soap star opens up about 20+ years on ‘The Young & the Restless,’ and his dad’s directing effort, ‘A Man Called God’
It’s been 25 years since the popular CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless became daytime’s top drama, and Kristoff St. John has been there for the better part of its reign. As Neil Winters, the New York City native has been flexing his thespian muscle as one of the most compelling characters on television for 23 years: a divorced (and believed to be widowed) recovering alcoholic who’s a loving father and grandfather and also a respected pillar of the community.
In Winters’s imperfection, he’s also had romances with two sisters, become embroiled in a paternity scandal, and then—years later—fathered a child with his brother’s wife and taken the blame for the sudden death of a one night stand. He’s helped his daughter battle cancer and also bedded all types of women in between.
Yes. Believe it or not, that layered image of a Black man can be seen on network television almost every single day (even via a work of fiction).
“I feel comfortable playing the character,” says St. John. “I cannot find the role of Neil Winters on any other program on television, or movies for that matter. This is the role of roles.
“It’s a funny parallel that life has, real life and my stage life—things that have mirrored throughout the years,” he adds. “But in no way, shape or form could I find the role of a Black corporate executive who has been the CEO of several companies, a thriving force in the corporate world commanding millions of dollars.
“We do not see Black men forging business deals necessarily on television or in the movies. Shall we go to the stereotypical pimp, hustler, drug dealer, detective? These roles that have been plentiful, that my father had to audition for and procure as a young man beating the streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s?”
Unbeknownst to some, the 25-year soap veteran’s father is the groundbreaking Blaxploitation actor Christopher St. John, who also wrote, directed and produced the controversial 1972 film Top of the Heap (which subsequently caused him to be banished from Hollywood for its critical themes about the U.S. government).
“He called the entire NASA program a sham,” the junior St. John explains about the movie’s plot, which revolved around a Washington D.C. cop struggling with family woes and career stress, while also having a very vivid imagination. (He dreamed of becoming the first Black astronaut). “He dared to be different; he showed things of Hollywood and they didn’t like that at all,” St. John says of the obscure film.
“They called him subversive and they removed his film from the movie theaters and he faded away.” While Top of the Heap won an award at the Berlin Film Festival and was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, it could be considered a tough trivia nugget—even for a staunch Blaxploitation fan.
“It’s really because of his blacklisting and his film being pulled and him not being able to get work, [that my] career was borne,” the son acknowledges of his father’s sacrifice. “God works in mysterious ways. His exit was my entrance.”
Though Kristoff St. John, who started off in soap operas with the groundbreaking serial Generations in 1989, is not recognized as a pioneer in the field, his character is arguably the longest-running, African-American character in the history of television. (S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren is commonly referred to as that—with her 17 seasons on Law & Order.)
“It’s interesting that I’ve been on this show so long. I was a kid when I got there and certainly felt like one,” he says. “In a lot of ways I still feel like a kid, but I have three of my own now, and that’s a testament of the 23 years that I’ve been doing the show and a testament of the show itself.”
Though television genres like ratchet reality shows and celebrity-driven talk shows seem to have grown exponentially and garner most of the attention these days, St. John—who also appeared on Happy Days and Roots—is very aware of the impact the unsung daytime drama still has on its viewers. “I can’t think of a show that’s run as long as our show has,” he says. “You know, we’ve heard about shows like The Simpsons as the longest-running series primetime show, and we don’t get enough press, strangely enough, about CBS’s number one daytime drama for all these years. Why is that? I don’t know.
“It’s phenomenal that it has been that long. In fact, it’s probably a record that will never be broken.”
Outside of The Young and the Restless, St. John is also celebrating the release of a film he produced that’s currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. Titled A Man Called God and directed by his father, the full-length documentary started filming 30 years ago and chronicles the St. John family’s spiritual journey to Southern India to search for God. “We filmed a documentary that sat in a vault for many, many years because we lost our faith. And I took the material recently [and] spun a whole different story I knew would work.”
A Man Called God will next be screened March 31 at the American Documentary Festival in Palm Springs, California.
Y&R Fan EventThere will be a Y&R 40th Anniversary Fan Club Dinner on Saturday, August 24th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. Fans wishing to attend should contact Cathy Tomas for reservations and information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CADY MCCLAIN IS Y&R'S NEW KELLY!(tvguide.com) One Emmy winner is out, another is in. CBS's The Young and the Restless has been forced to recast the role of grieving mom Kelly Andrews, currently played by Cynthia Watros, who has moved on to the upcoming MTV series Finding Carter. The new Kelly is former All My Children and As the World Turns great Cady McClain.
A rep for the top-rated soap tells TV Guide Magazine that Watros will shoot her final scenes March 14 and will last air April 16. McClain shows up for work March 26 and will first be seen April 24.
The switch isn't unexpected. Watros, known for her gigs on Guiding Light and Lost, went to Y&R without a contract well aware she might need to drop out if the Finding Carter pilot got a series order. (Carter films in Atlanta, Y&R in Los Angeles.) Yesterday she tweeted: "I LOVED being on Y and R. A big hug to the cast and crew! You guys rock! My fans and my not fans. I love you. I hope I didn't let you down."
Word is, a Kelly recast was mandatory because Y&R plans to romantically team the character with Peter Bergman's kingpin character, Jack Abbott.
'Young & the Restless' producers reportedly auditioning actors to replace Michael Muhney(radaronline.com) Two months after Michael Muhney was fired from The Young and the Restless for alleged sexual misconduct, producers are currently holding auditions to find a new actor to play the popular Adam Newman role, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Muhney, 38, was dumped after co-star, Hunter King, 20, reportedly complained he’d fondled her breasts on two occasions — both of which she protested were unsolicited and unwanted advances.
“Benjamin Franklin said it best, ‘Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see,’” Muhney said in his first public comments after the alleged incident on Twitter.
He later added, “…and that quote doesn’t only apply to what is being said about ME. It also applies to others. Please be kind to everyone. #respect.”
Muhney’s soap character was involved in a fiery crash at the beginning of Jan., and scenes have hinted that his character is still alive.
“I saw it coming, and I didn’t see it coming,” he explained. “I suspected it could happen, but I didn’t think that it really would — at least not now; maybe down the line.”
“There are active auditions going on to replace Michael Muhney’s character as Adam Newman. Producers haven’t found the best actor yet to fill the role. It’s important that the role be filled by someone the audience will grow to love,” an insider told Radar.
“There are storylines being written about Adam and the character is central to the show.”
In the aftermath of Muhney’s demise, tales of bitter on-set fighting, backstabbing and cast cliques emerged.
Veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — previously came to Radar in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney.
According to Braeden, Muhney had openly waged a “campaign” to get him kicked off the show which, he stunningly confessed, which led to an epic “shouting match” between the pair.
“I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” the Emmy Award-winner admitted.
Sources tell Radar, “One thing is certain, the next actor that will portray Adam Newman, won’t have the ego or chip on the shoulder that Michael had.
“If there is even a hint of diva behavior, or drama, the role won’t go to that person. Period. Everyone wants to move on from that disaster.”
ABC Drama Pilot 'Sea Of Fire' Adds To CastKevin G. Schmidt (The Young And The Restless) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire. It chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Schmidt, with ICM Partners and Cammerata Management, will play Zander Harper, who’s dating Jane and becomes a suspect in her disappearance.
Y&R'S BURTON TICKLED PINKSteve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) revealed via Twitter that he and his wife, Sheree are expecting a girl, due in July. The couple are already parents to Makena, 10 and Jack, 7. To see how the actor made his announcement, check out pic.twitter.com/9DN0tdFMcJ.
Graziadei Series Picked Up By LifetimeLifetime has completed a deal for a 10-episodes order to conspiracy thriller pilot The Lottery. As expected, it will join Lifetime’s recently picked up new drama Un-Real, from A+E Studios, which also received a 10-episode order. The Warner Horizon-produced Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. “The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” Lifetime’s general manager Rob Sharenow said. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.” The project, written by Sexton, stars Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Martin Donovan, Lesley Ann Brandt and Louise Lombardi. Sexton, serves as executive producer with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.
Buy Eileen Davidson's ClothesEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.
Cooper's A Bestseller!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!
You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.
Y&R is on PinterestThe Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!
Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.
A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.
Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
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Soap Opera 451Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments: The first enhanced e-book of its kind, “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” by New York Times bestselling author and soap opera insider Alina Adams, features actor interviews, insider information, fans and fan favorites looking back on 45 of the most memorable moments in daytime television history, as well as links to view the selected scenes, and to the star-studded contributors’ personal sites, so that readers may interact with them personally. (An Internet connection is required and availability will vary depending on your viewing device).
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” includes interviews with: “All My Children’s” Eden Riegel on her character Bianca coming out as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane; “Another World’s” Linda Dano on her character Felicia's alcohol intervention; “Dark Shadow’s” Kathryn Leigh Scott on Barnabas bringing Josette back from the dead; “One Life to Live’s” headwriter Michael Malone on Marty's gang rape; “General Hospital’s” headwriter Thom Racina on scripting Luke and Laura's wedding; “Generations” creator Sally Sussman Morina on the show’s groundbreaking racial housing discrimination story; and dozens of other stars, writers, insiders and stories from “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Guiding Light”, “Passions,” “Texas,”“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Doctors” and many more.
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” may be experienced via a tablet, iPad, cell-phone, lap-top or desk-top computer. All of the text may be read on the Kindle or Nook devices.
Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
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A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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