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  • Debuted on: March 26, 1973
  • Network: CBS
  • Created by: William J Bell & Lee Phillip Bell
  • Takes place in: Genoa City, Wisconsin



  • Current Cast

    • Robert Adamson as Noah Newman
    • Lauralee Bell as Christine Blair Williams
    • Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott
    • Eric Braeden as Victor Newman
    • Jared Breeze as Max Rayburn
    • Tracey E. Bregman as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin
    • Lachlan Buchanan as Kyle Abbott
    • Steve Burton as Dylan McAvoy
    • Sean Carrigan as Ben “Stitch” Rayburn
    • Sharon Case as Sharon Newman
    • Judith Chapman as Gloria Bardwell
    • Alicia Coppola as Meredith Gates
    • Doug Davidson as Paul Williams
    • Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbott
    • Jerry Douglas as ghost of John Abbott
    • Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea Lawson
    • Max Ehrich as Fenmore Baldwin
    • Michael Fairman as Patrick Murphy
    • Daniel Goddard as Cane Ashby
    • McKenna Grace as Faith Newman
    • Alice Greczyn as Emma
    • Camryn Grimes as Mariah Copeland
    • Justin Hartley as Adam Newman
    • Amelia Heinle as Victoria Newman Abbott
    • Bryton James as Devon Hamilton
    • Christel Khalil as Lily Ashby
    • Hunter Haley King as Summer Newman
    • Michael E. Knight as Dr. Simon Neville
    • Owen & Henry Leark as Connor
    • Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin
    • Aly Lind as Faith Newman
    • Kate Linder as Esther Valentine
    • Beth Maitland as Traci Connelly
    • Devon Martinez as Shawn Taylor
    • Mara McCaffray as Natalie
    • Mishael Morgan as Hilary Curtis
    • Joshua Morrow as Nicholas Newman
    • Nadine Nicole as Gwen
    • Melissa Ordway as Abby Newman
    • Max Page as Reed Hellstrom
    • Sofia Pernas as Marisa Sierras
    • Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher
    • Michael Roark as Travis
    • Tristan Rogers as Colin Atkinson
    • Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Newman
    • Ted Shackelford as Jeffrey Bardwell
    • Helen Slater as Dr. Chiverton
    • Randall L. Smith as Moses Winters
    • Chrishell Stause as Bethany Bryant
    • Kristoff St. John as Neil Winters
    • Kelly Sullivan as Sage Warner
    • Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott
    • Terrell Tilford as Barton Shelby
    • Gina Tognoni as Phyllis Summers
    • Miles Gaston Villanueva as Luca Santori
    • Jess Walton as Jill Fenmore
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    This Week On The Young & The Restless




    May 2
    Adam gets an enigmatic message; Luca plans his next move; Sharon tries to deal with the truth about Christian.
    May 3
    Victor and Jack spar; Billy provokes Phyllis; Victoria seeks peace.

    May 4
    Sharon starts to lose control; Victor and Meredith bond; Abby frets over the state of her marriage.
    May 5
    Sage's loyalty comes into question; the Newmans receive an unexpected visitor; Marisa opens up to Noah.
    May 6
    Cane receives a shock; Stitch puts it all on the line to stand up for Max; Ashley holds her ground with Hilary.
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    (News section last updated April 29, 2016)


    2016 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations

    See all of the Daytime Soap Opera nominees for the 2016 Emmy awards here. (& our picks too)

    Daytime Emmy “After-Party”

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    THE TALK’s Annual Daytime Emmy “After-Party” with exclusive appearances from many of the night’s biggest winners

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Puts Newcomer Chrishell Stause in a Place of Honor

    (Photo) Chrishell Stause (Bethany) may have just started at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but yesterday found herself in a very special place at the soap’s soundstage.

    Guests and newcomers are usually given temporary dressing rooms, and yesterday, Stause was thrilled to be placed in 41C, the dressing room occupied by the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) during her 40 years on the show. “Feel honored to have this dressing room for today!” Stause shared.

    Stause is scheduled to make her debut on Wednesday, May 25, but details surrounding her character are being kept under wraps, so you’ll have to stay tuned!

    CBS RENEWS ITS ENTIRE DAYTIME LINEUP FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON

    CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 29 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The lineup, nominated for an industry-leading 60 Daytime Emmy Awards collectively, includes LET’S MAKE A DEAL; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which received a two-year pickup; THE TALK; and THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which both previously received multi-year pickups through the 2017 season. This season, CBS Daytime saw its viewers increase +2% over a year ago.

    “Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming – the most for any broadcast network – which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry’s best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. “Our loyal audience has made CBS Daytime the #1 daily destination for millions of viewers and we thank them for contributing to this phenomenal success. Next year will be even bigger and bolder!”

    LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated host Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.33 million viewers, up +3% from last season while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.72 million viewers, up +2%. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.

    The 44th season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is up +4% from a year ago with an average of 5.13 million viewers while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is up +3% with an average of 5.88 million viewers. Daytime television’s most watched daytime program, hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the program is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. THE PRICE IS RIGHT is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show.

    The #1 daytime drama for 27 consecutive years, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, is averaging 5.28 million viewers, up +1% from last season. The series is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET/11:00 AM-12:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is currently nominated for 27 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which recently celebrated its 29th anniversary, is averaging 3.94 million viewers. The most-watched dramatic serial in the world, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is a Bell-Phillip Television production, broadcast weekdays (1:30 PM-2:00 PM, ET/12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is currently nominated for 23 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.

    Currently in its sixth season, THE TALK is network television’s #1 daytime talk show, averaging 2.77 million viewers, up +2% from last year while remaining even in women 25-54 (1.0/06) and women 18-49 (0.7/05). Recently, the series won the 2016 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team” and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Talk Series.” THE TALK, hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, broadcasts weekdays (2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT/CT). Produced by CBS Television Studios, the show was developed by Gilbert, who also serves as executive producer along with executive producer John Redmann. THE TALK is currently nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.

    This month, CBS Daytime announced the launch of NOT SAFE FOR DAYTIME, an edgy new series of digital videos on its YouTube channel that highlights and promotes CBS Daytime’s popular programs. The webisodes include inventive original skits, pop culture parodies and viral video spoofs, and feature stars from across the entire CBS Daytime lineup.

    Baby Girl on the Way for Marisa Ramirez

    (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Blue Bloods actress Marisa Ramirez is thinking pink: The star is expecting a baby girl!

    Ramirez revealed the happy news at an intimate baby shower April 17 in New York City with her best girlfriends, including costars Bridget Moynahan, Abigail Hawk and actress Erin Cummings.

    Held at the Gallery event space inside the Langham Hotel, the baby shower was vintage-themed and featured a champagne reception with florals by UrbanStems.

    “This was a complete surprise,” Ramirez, who wore a Voodoo Vixen dress, told PEOPLE earlier this year about her pregnancy. “Some mornings I wake up and forget I’m pregnant! It just seems like it was meant to be — a happy surprise.”

    At the time, she was still holding off on finding out the sex of her baby, due in May. “I’m sure it won’t be much longer until we can’t take the suspense anymore,” she said.

    SOFIA PERNAS BACK AT Y&R

    Sofia Pernas (Marisa, Y&R), who was taken off contract last March, then immediately landed a lead role on the pilot of the prime-time series, TRANSYLVANIA, is back shooting scenes on the soap. The actress tweeted a picture from the Genoa City Athletic Club set with Robert Adamson (Noah) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith). While Pernas awaits for word if TRANSYLVANIA will be picked up, her first air date on Y&R is set for May 5.

    DAYTIME EMMY PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED

    NATAS has released the list of presenters for the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be held on May 1. Daytime stars scheduled to present include B&B's Karla Mosley (May), Pierson Fodé (Thomas), Jacob Young (Rick); DAYS's Camila Banus (Gabi), Billy Flynn (Chad) and Jen Lilley (Theresa); GH's Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Laura Wright (Carly) and Donnell Turner (Curtis); and Y&R's Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Hunter King (Summer) and Jason Thompson (Billy). Y&R alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) will also present again. At the Creative Arts Awards, which will be held on April 29, presenters include B&B's Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Heather Tom (Katie) and Don Diamont (Bill); DAYS's Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) and James Lastovic (Joey); GH's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Anthony Montgomery (Andre); and Y&R's Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael).

    FULL CAST FOR TWIN PEAKS REBOOT REVEALED

    Showtime released the full cast list for its hotly anticipated TWIN PEAKS reboot, which features returning stars like Kyle McLachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), Ray Wise (Leland; Y&R's Ian), Sheryl Lee (Laura/Maddy), Madchen Amick (Shelly) and David Duchovny (Agent Dennis) and a host of new hires, including several with soap ties: Bailey Chase (ex-Chris, ATWT), Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni, AMC); Matt Battaglia (ex-J.L., DAYS) and Nafessa Williams (ex-Deanna, OLTL). Other notable names include Eddie Vedder, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera and Ashley Judd. Click here to see full chart.

    Eric Braeden Celebrates the Genius of Prince

    (Video) Who would have guessed that Eric Braeden (Victor, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is a big fan of Prince?

    Following the unexpected death of the music icon, social media was full of tributes to his music and talent, but one of the most unexpected came from Braeden, who tweeted a video of himself “celebrating a genius” by rocking out to Prince’s “Kiss” in his car!

    Chrishell Stause Teased By Pal Melissa Claire Egan — See the Hilarious Video!

    (Video) Chrishell Stause has reported to work at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where she will be playing bad girl Bethany, and has run into some old friends on the soap’s set!

    “Lots of friendly, familiar faces here at Y&R!” Stause posted with a hilarious video of new castmate Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) giving her the brush off!

    The two actresses are just playing for the cameras, of course, having been friends since their days on ALL MY CHILDREN where Stause played Amanda alongside Egan's Annie! We can’t wait to see these two on screen together again!

    THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Texas Battle and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Tatyana Ali Star in New Movie, 'Second Sight'

    Tatyana Ali (ex-Roxanne, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Texas Battle (ex-Marcus, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) are co-starring in the new psychological thriller Second Sight!

    The film, which premieres on TV One Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. ET, stars Ali as a woman haunted by psychic visions of a kidnapped girl. Realizing that they’re not figments of her imagination, she sets out to save the missing child.

    “She’s a teacher, and one of the little girls in her school gets kidnapped,” Ali previews. “And her visions start again. It’s something she experienced when she was a child, and it starts up again and she has to deal with it.”

    Battle plays Ali’s boyfriend, who doesn’t believe her abilities and visions could possibly be real. “He thinks it’s one of those things where it’s just maybe a bad dream,” the actor explains. “He wants to believe her, but at the same time…”

    As their relationship is tested, the tension mounts and the quest to rescue the kidnapped child takes a dark and sinister turn. “There’s a twist!” Battle promises.

    Sandra Nelson on NCIS - May 3

    “Homefront” – When a 14-year-old foils a home invasion, Gibbs suspects the teenager is withholding pertinent details. Also, Director Vance and Senior FBI Agent Fornell travel to London as part of the ongoing escaped British spy case, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    The episode features an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama as she welcomes Gibbs and the wife of a Marine to the White House for a “Joining Forces” roundtable with military spouses. “Joining Forces” is a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families and support them through wellness, education and employment opportunities.

    Guest Cast Includes: First Lady Michelle Obama (Herself), Joe Spano (Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell), Sandra Nelson (Jessica Terdei).

    Sandra Nelson on NCIS - May 10

    “Dead Letter” – The NCIS team, alongside the FBI and MI6, continue an international manhunt for an escaped British spy who has left one colleague fighting for their life in ICU, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Sarah Clarke guest stars as FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe and Duane Henry guest stars as MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves.

    Guest Cast Includes: Sarah Clarke (FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe), Joe Spano (Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell), Sandra Nelson (Jessica Terdei).

    DAYTIME EMMYS ADD LIVE-STREAM COVERAGE

    The Wrap reports that The Daytime Emmys, which will not be telecast this year, will have a strong live-streaming presence on Periscope, courtesy of a partnership between NATAS and Parachute TV. Parachute TV will cover the red carpets of both the main ceremony on May 1 and the Creative Arts Emmys on April 29, and winners will interact with fans via Periscope after their acceptance speeches.

    The Young and the Restless Casts Chrishell Stause as Wild Child

    Here comes trouble, Genoa City.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that All My Children and Days of Our Lives alum Chrishell Stause will next heat things up on CBS’ The Young and the Restless.

    Stause will recur as Bethany Bryant, a young woman who relishes the chance to push things to the limit and live dangerously as long as she’s not the one who gets burned. The wild child will find herself immersed in a prominent family’s juicy drama when she first appears on Wednesday, May 25.

    In addition to her runs as AMC‘s Amanda Dillon and Days‘ Jordan Ridgeway, Stause’s credits include guest spots on ABC’s Mistresses and Body of Proof and the web series Youthful Daze and Luke 11:17.

    Eva Longoria's First Clothing Collaboration Is Almost Here (and She's Serious About it, So Get Psyched)

    It’s official: the halcyon days of celebrity clothing design are here.

    Once upon a time, fashion lines designed by the rich and famous were limited to a one-off line of leggings or a single eponymous shoe. But these days, celebrities are involved in clothing line creations in a whole new way. Musicians and actresses aren’t just wearing designer brands, they’re helping create them from the first sketch to the final stitch, and the latest celeb to join those ranks is none other than petite fashion plate, Eva Longoria.

    The star’s line for The Limited has been brewing since the summer, but she’s just let WWD inside her design process for the styles, which will hit stores this fall. Previously, Longoria made her first foray into design with a homeware line for J.C. Penney, but this marks the first time she’ll try her hand at clothing. The collection will feature 250 pieces, including stretch denim, body con dresses, some office-ready pencil skirts and blazers, and plenty of graphic tees with wine-centric slogans.

    According to the Telenovela star, her love affair with fashion started early when she got a Singer sewing machine for Christmas as a child. Sewing curtains and pillows quickly turned into a high school obsession with creating her own clothes. She even had a sewing machine in her trailer on the set of Housewives, confessing to WWD, “I made a lot of my dresses but I never told anyone. And if you looked at it really hard, you’d be like, ‘Your seam’s falling apart.’ Sewing zippers is still a challenge for me.”

    Since The Limited is doing the sewing these days, you can wear her designs without fear. And those designs will include stretch denim, bodycon dresses and graphic tees with sayings like “Life is too short to drink bad wine” and “Money doesn’t make you happy, wine does,” at prices 15 to 25 percent higher than the Limited’s non-Longoria designed offerings, WWD says.

    Michelle Stafford Shares Her Love for Hockey With Her Son — See the Adorable Pic!

    (Photo) As a big hockey fan, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Michelle Stafford (Nina) is passing on her love for the sport — and her favorite team — to her kids, as she proved with an adorable photo she posted of her six-month-old son, Jameson, all decked out in an L.A. Kings jersey!

    “You say ‘brainwashing,’” she wrote, “I say ‘responsible parenting.’”

    Jameson looks like a natural in the jersey, and we can already picture him on the ice!

    David Hasselhoff wants to stop paying his ex $21K monthly in alimony

    The $21,000 monthly alimony checks David Hasselhoff continues to send ex-wife Pamela Bach is making it increasingly difficult for the actor to plan his retirement — which is why he’s decided to do something about it.

    The “Baywatch” star has filed legal documents asking a judge to cut off the payments. According to People, Hasselhoff, 63, has shelled out $2.3 million to Bach, 52, since their divorce in 2006.

    “I am 63 years of age, and am at an age when I should be preparing for retirement and not having to continue working in order to pay [Bach’s] support,” he said in the papers.

    With a gross income of $112,000 per month, Hasselhoff also explained in the docs that it would be impossible to balance both Bach’s payments and his own expenses, as he’s responsible daughters TaylorAnn, 25, and Hayley, 23, who live under his roof.

    And while Hasselhoff’s projects have supplied him with paychecks, including a cameo in next year’s “Baywatch” reboot, it appears his ex has done little to revamp her career.

    As the actor described of Bach, she is “an attractive woman in excellent physical health,” who has made a limited effort to support herself. Since the split, Bach has only added one credit to her resume, a stint on “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2011.

    Hasselhoff and Bach pulled the plug on their 16-year marriage ten years ago. The screen star has been dating 34-year-old Hayley Roberts for six years.

    CBS DAYTIME LAUNCHES “NOT SAFE FOR DAYTIME”

    CBS Daytime announced today the launch of NOT SAFE FOR DAYTIME, an edgy new series of digital videos on its YouTube channel that highlights and promotes CBS Daytime’s popular programs. The webisodes will include inventive original skits, pop culture parodies and viral video spoofs, and feature stars from CBS Daytime’s #1 lineup, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK.

    “CBS Daytime has one of the most passionate and loyal audiences in television, reaching 28 million viewers each week,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. “We wanted to thank them by creating even more content, going behind the scenes of our series and showing a side of our talent that is, well, not safe for daytime TV! This is an irreverent, fun, ‘fresh’ way to bring CBS Daytime to our viewers everywhere at any time.”

    New NOT SAFE FOR DAYTIME videos will be posted over the coming weeks to the CBS Daytime YouTube Channel. Following are examples of some of the videos:

    Bold and Delicious: Actor Pierson Fodé of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL spoofs sexy fast food burger commercials.

    Draw My Life with Sharon Osbourne: Inspired by the YouTube viral videos for “Draw My Life,” THE TALK host tells her entertaining life story while humorous drawings illustrate her narrative.

    Whisper Challenge with Steve Burton & Joshua Morrow: Inspired by popular video challenges featured on YouTube, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS actors whisper fun phrases to one another while wearing noise cancelling headphones.

    Priceline with Sheryl Underwood & George Gray: THE TALK host tries to cut in line at THE PRICE IS RIGHT, but find out what happens when Underwood runs into the show’s announcer, George Gray.

    #LMAD: Behind the Deal: Announcer Jonathan Mangum of LET’S MAKE A DEAL pitches game ideas to his favorite Zonk characters, The Donkey, Gorilla and Turtle, that could put them out of work.

    CBS Daytime has been #1 in the day-part for 29 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes network television’s #1 daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, network television’s most-watched talk show THE TALK, as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

    Justin Hartley Live Chat

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    THE BAY MOVES TO AMAZON PRIME

    Acclaimed web soap THE BAY is moving to Amazon Prime this summer! 28 episode will be re-released on Amazon Prime as two 14-episode seasons, featuring a new beginning in this "Director's Cut." States Gregori J. Martin, THE BAY's creator, writer, and executive producer, "We’re excited to bring to the viewers these remastered episodes with never before seen footage. The show will have a new starting point, and we hope the viewers will binge watch the series to learn the whole story."

    In May, THE BAY will resume production on six new episodes comprising the second half of the latter season. Martin teases that Nicolas Coster's Jack will take an A Christmas Carol-esque journey featuring Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) as Jack's late ex-wife, Brandon Beemer (Shawn, DAYS) as a younger John, Jensen Buchanan (Elise, Y&R) as a younger Melody and Marisa Tait (ex-Becky, B&B) as a younger Katherine. Elsewhere, Sara's (Mary Beth Evans) prison misery will continue, and Pete (Kristos Andrews) will face new dilemmas as he conspires to free his imprisoned mother while dealing with the news of Janice's (Lilly Melgar) brutal rape.

    For more information, check out www.thebaytheseries.com.

    Michael Graziadei Previews His Role on STITCHERS

    Michael Graziadei (ex-Daniel, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is guest-starring on the sci-fi drama STITCHERS as a cocky filmmaker!

    On the series, a young woman is “stitched” into the memories of the dead to investigate crimes, and in the upcoming episode, “Midnight Stitcher,” she discovers that the victim was brainwashed to kill Graziadei's Roman Bain.

    “My character is an arrogant hipster director who is extremely reluctant to help the agents when they show up on his film set asking questions,” Graziadei tells Soaps In Depth.

    However, the actor got along famously with the series stars. “I worked with Emma Ishta, Damon Dayoub and Salli Richardson-Whitfield,” he says, “all of whom were warm and welcoming to their show. Salli was a trip and we had a few laughs together.”

    The episode is scheduled to air Tuesday, April 19, at 10 p.m. ET on Freeform.

    Y&R ALUM MICHAEL MUHNEY IN BIKE ACCIDENT

    (Pic1, Pic2) Michael Muhney suffered a concussion and some nasty cuts and scrapes when he was in an accident in a bike race on April 9. "At least now I can donate my brain to NFL research," he joked on Twitter. He added, "A little stiff & sore now, but doing well considering I hit the asphalt at 32mph! Thanks 4 the good vibes!"

    Ricky Paull Goldin Hosts New Reality Series SAVE OUR SHED

    (Video Sneak Peek) Daytime vet Ricky Paull Goldin has an exciting new gig with The Design Network’s new series SAVE OUR SHED!

    The actor — best known as GUIDING LIGHT’s Gus and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Jake among his many soap credits — is teaming up with Michael Murray as the co-hosts of this new reality series that helps families turn their ugly storage sheds into something amazing in just 48 hours!

    SAVE OUR SHED premieres Tuesday, April 12, on The Design Network, and you can watch it on their website by clicking here! But until then, check out this preview!

    David Lago Stars in 'Superman: The Musical'

    David Lago (ex-Raul, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is going to be flying high in his new role as The Man of Steel himself in a new production of Superman: The Musical!

    The classic musical was originally produced on Broadway in the 60s and is written by the composers of Bye Bye Birdie. “It is a campy, silly, larger-than-life poke at the iconic Man of Steel,” Lago tells Soaps In Depth. “I’m playing Clark Kent/Superman, originally played by Bob Holliday on Broadway.”

    The show is directed by Kristopher Kyer, who Lago reveals was his very first acting coach when he started out at the age of 15. “He’s an acting acrobat,” the Y&R alum declares, “a musical theater genius and insanely fun to watch. It’s a full-circle sort of thing, working with him. Without his help, there is no way in hell I’d be able to do this. No way.”

    Superman: The Musical is playing at the Grove Theatre in Upland, CA, from Friday, April 22, through Sunday, May 8. Click here for more information and tickets!

    Billy Miller Opens Up About the Childhood Illness That Left Him Hospitalized for Years

    Jake and Spencer both received excellent care from Shriners Hospitals for Children on GENERAL HOSPITAL. But did you know that Billy Miller (Jason) saw more than his share of a children’s hospital back when he was a kid? The daytime hunk spent several years under the care of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children… and GH was there to help get him through it!

    “I remember GH being on when I was laid up in the hospital, and even at home recuperating,” says Miller of his youthful days spent at the well-respected institution, adding that before the advent of cable, the viewing options were limited! “These days, there are choices. When I was a kid, we just got GH!”

    That’s not the only way in which Jake’s hospital experience was different from Miller’s. Jake’s broken arm was repaired by implanting rods and if all goes well, it should heal rather quickly. Miller, in contrast, faced a more intense battle with a rare condition called tarsal coalition, which attacked the cartilage in his ankles.

    Get the real-life story from Miller, who reflects on his time at both the real and fictional children's hospitals in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

    So Wild! Inside Ashley Jones’ Safari-Themed High Tea Baby Shower

    (Pic, Pic, Pic, Pic, Pic, Pic) When it comes to motherhood, Ashley Jones is already walking on the wild side.

    The mom-to-be — who’s expecting a son with husband Joel Henricks in May — celebrated the upcoming arrival of their baby boy with a safari-themed high tea baby shower thrown by good friends Kaley Cuoco and Marisa Coughlan on Saturday.

    Hosted by her girlfriends at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake, California, the baby bash brought together Jones’ friends and family, including moms-to-be Lacey Chabert and Ali Fedotowsky, new moms Amy Davidson and Haylie Duff, and The Guncles, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson.

    “When I arrived, I saw sweet Kaley and almost started crying. It was a safari paradise,” Jones, who wore a dress from Seraphine maternity, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

    Seasoned party planner Cuoco (she also hosted Davidson’s baby shower!) worked with Lauren Tatum Events to set the scene with people dressed up in elaborate costumes and body art as a zebra and giraffe, who then roamed the grounds and could be seen pretending to eat leaves in the distance as guests enjoyed their afternoon tea.

    “In another life, Kaley must have been a party planner. She adds whimsical details to her parties that are unforgettable and thrilling,” says the former The Bold and the Beautiful star. “Sitting at high tea and watching fabulous acrobatic artists on stilts as safari animals is surreal. I felt like I had been transplanted to South Africa!”

    Guests were also treated to live music courtesy a jazz quartet and were gifted with a pair of Rothy’s flats, a nod to Jones’ “seamless transition” into motherhood.

    As the afternoon winded down, Jones, who’s currently appearing on General Hospital, was joined by Henricks and his 3½-year-old son Huck.

    “Huck was able to see a bit of the festivities,” says Jones. “He loved the animal theme and has a whole bevy of new creatures to play with in his room now.”

    She continues, “This was one of the most memorable days of my life. Rarely am I at a loss for words, but seeing so many people you love in one room supporting the next step of your life is overwhelming. Kaley and Marisa really surprised me. They kept all the details about the day a secret, which made it even more special. I’m still in shock, but full of gratitude.”

    And while Jones, 39, was thrilled to have her family join her for her special day, she admits the circle of support extended beyond the shower.

    “My mom and her two sisters came out to attend the shower, but also ended up helping with the nursery,” she shares. “There’s nothing like having a village of women supporting you.”

    Meadow Walker Receives $10.1 Million from Roger Rodas' Estate

    Meadow Walker has been awarded a large settlement deal from the estate of Roger Rodas, the driver who was involved in the fatal accident that not only killed him, but also Meadow's father Paul Walker.

    "The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short," the 17-year-old's lawyer Jeff Milam said in his statement to PEOPLE on Thursday.

    "Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow's lawsuit against Porsche AG – a $13 billion corporation – intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker's death."

    Rodas and Walker were in a Porsche Carrera GT that ultimately crashed and exploded in Santa Clarita, California, on Nov. 20, 2013. The actor was in the passenger seat of the car at the time, and both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The settlement comes days after Rodas' widow Kristine lost her unrelated legal battle against Porsche after a court judge dismissed the car manufacturer of all four vehicle defect claims.

    On Thursday, Walker and her legal team announced they will "continue to fight to hold Porsche accountable" in the teenager's own lawsuit, filed in September.

    FIRST PHOTOS OF BROOKS/KRUGER WEDDING!

    The knot.com has the exclusive photos of the Hawaii wedding of B&B’s Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Kelly Kruger (ex-Eva). "SO excited to finally be able to share this with you guys!” posted Kruger on Instagram. "Head over to @theknot to get an exclusive look inside the most special day of our lives!!

    Eva Longoria Shares 7 Scent Secrets (Including What Her Wedding Will Smell Like!)

    Eva Longoria has an impressive beauty background. She’s a L’Oréal brand ambassador. She has her own perfume. And she’s been giving us hair envy since her days as Miss Corpus Christi. So at a celebration for Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic White Diamonds fragrance, we drilled the beauty maven on what scents are important triggers for her.

    1. The first fragrance she ever owned: White Diamonds
    “I remember saving my allowance for a White Diamonds,” the actress tells tells PeopleStyle. “I loved the bottle, and I remember it was such an aspirational thing to own. I was in high school, but fragrance was not a necessity in our home — it was like, ‘If you want that, you’re going to have to buy it yourself.'”

    2. One scent she’ll always recognize no matter what: Grapefruit
    “That’s a note in fragrance that I love because it’s clean and fresh — it smells like you just bathed.”

    3. The best-smelling place she’s ever visited: The Park Hyatt in Paris
    “I love the smell of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme,” she reminisces. “They have their own fragrance pumped through the hotel, and one time they gave me a bottle because they don’t sell it. I spray it in my bedroom. Not in my home — just in my bedroom.

    4. The scent that makes her feel cozy: Cooking
    “What scent makes me feel at home? Probably cooking — the scent of cooking.”

    5. The scent that reminds her of Desperate Housewives: Hairspray
    “The scent that reminds me of my Desperate Housewives days is hairspray,” she laughs. “We were constantly working.”

    6. The scent that reminds her of her fiancé: Musk
    “He wears different ones so it’s hard — it’s definitely musky,” she admits of her fiancé, Jose Antonio Baston‘s scent. “When I smell his aftershave or the cologne he uses… I think its sexy for a man to have a signature smell. I veto some! I don’t influence the choice, but I veto the bad ones. I have veto power.”

    7. The scent she imagines for her wedding: Floral“Jasmine and gardenia, like fresh flowers,” she says.

    Bryton James Reaches a Daytime Emmy Milestone!

    Bryton James (Devon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) feels like he’s in good company among the other Supporting Actor nominees for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards!

    Having been nominated five times in the Younger Actor category — and winning in 2007 — the actor is excited to have graduated out of it. “It’s my first time to be nominated for supporting,” he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I’m thrilled.”

    James is honored to be up for the award among such talented competition, especially Y&R castmate Steve Burton (Dylan)! “Growing up, my mother used to watch GENERAL HOSPITAL [where he played Jason], so he was a very familiar face to me growing up,” he reveals. “It’s kind of cool to be nominated beside someone you grew up watching like that.”

    Still, he’s hopeful he might go home with Emmy gold on May 1, and has already started composing his acceptance speech. “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t started thinking about it,” James confesses. “I have. You want to be prepared, because there is so little time and you want to mention everyone that is a part of your journey to get up there.”

    Wilson Bethel, Dougray Scott Cast In ‘Harley And The Davidsons’ For Discovery Channel

    Wilson Bethel has been cast in the role of Ray Weishaar in its upcoming miniseries Harley and the Davidsons. Weishaar was the member of the Harley-Davidson “Wrecking Crew,” who helped popularize the slang term “hog” in reference to Harley, taking victory laps with the team’s pig mascot.

    Dougray Scott has been cast to play Randall James, CEO of Indian Motorcycles, Harley’s chief competitor, in the miniseries premiering September 5.

    Bethel has starred in The CW’s Hart of Dixie the past four years. Last summer, he starred in ABC’s Astronaut Wives Club and recently wrapped filming the pilot Infamous for A&E.

    Scott recently finished shooting AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead; credits include Mission: Impossible.

    The actors will join a cast that includes Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Bug Hall (The Little Rascals) Stephen Rider (Daredevil), Jessica Camacho (Sleepy Hollow), Daniel Coonan (EastEnders), Annie Read (Awkward), Gabe Luna (Matador), Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and newcomers Essa O’Shea and Sean Scully.

    From Raw Television, the three two-hour episodes of Harley and the Davidsons dramatizes the launch of the Harley-Davidson brand in 1903 by Milwaukee friends William Harley and Arthur Davidson.

    Kristoff St. John Prepared to "Lose With Grace" at This Year's Daytime Emmys

    Kristoff St. John (Neil, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) had some very welcome company when he discovered he had received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination — his father, Christopher St. John!

    St. John admits that he’d forgotten the timing of everything, so when his phone blew up with notifications and congratulations for receiving his very first nomination in the Lead Actor category, it came as a surprise to both of them. “We both jumped around the living room for about 30 seconds,” he tells Soaps In Depth. “I’m not kidding. My 77-year-old dad and I grabbed hands and jumped in a circle and went, ‘Yay!’”

    The actor reports he’ll also have family with him at the Emmy ceremony because his 12-year-old daughter, Lola, is begging to come along. “I told her that a ticket to the Emmys, I could buy her a ticket down to Florida and Disney World and we could have a great weekend,” he smiles. “She’s like, ‘I don’t care. I want to go!’ I said, ‘How come you want to go so bad?’ And she said, ‘Well, you won the last time you took me.’”

    Still, St. John is realistic about his chances, considering the stiff competition in his category this year. “I take my hat off to all four of the nominees,” he says, “especially Anthony Geary (ex-Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL) for having a legendary career. I’m preparing myself to lose with grace when Mr. Geary receives the night’s Emmy. If for some odd reason, the gods shower me with the moment of glory, I’ll rush on stage and take it, but that’s how I feel.”

    Yvette Nicole Brown On Y&R: "This Is Huge For Me"

    Yvette Nicole Brown has finally found her way to Genoa City!

    The longtime Y&R fan, who stars in the CBS comedy The Odd Couple, will make her debut playing a reporter, sharing scenes with Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis Abbott) on Monday, April 4. And before you catch her on TV, you can take a look at what it's like for a fan to live out their daytime dreams.

    "This is huge for me," she gushed on set. "I kind of feel like I'm dreaming. It's been surreal the entire day [of filming]."

    The actress, who confessed to watching the show since age 7, was beyond giddy as she made her way around the famous fictional town, rubbing up against the Abbotts and the Newmans. And what was her final review?

    "[Genoa City] looks as opulent and amazing as it does on television," she said with a huge smile.

    Tune in to The Young and the Restless on Monday, April 4 on CBS to see the highly-anticipated episode.

    Tracey E. Bregman Didn't Believe She Was Nominated for a Daytime Emmy!

    Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was so surprised to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards, she literally couldn’t believe it had really happened!

    The actress tells Soaps In Depth she was on a flight to Florida and discovered the plane was airing THE TALK so she could watch the announcement live. “I didn’t want to wake my boyfriend up in case it didn’t happen,” she adds, “so I was letting him sleep until they called my name, and then I started hitting him!

    “Then I started to think ‘Oh my God, I woke him up so fast, are they sure that they called my name?!’” Bregman continues with a laugh. “I started to question myself and I had to pay $20 to get Internet to go online to see!”

    And of course, being on a cramped airplane meant she couldn’t celebrate the exciting news the way she really wanted to. “I couldn’t jump up and down and yell,” she smiles. “They would’ve taken me off!”

    Bregman has been nominated in the supporting category in 2006 and 2008, and won Outstanding Ingenue in 1985, but this is her first time up for lead. “I was kind of like, ‘Oh my God! That’s so cool!’ she enthuses. “Listen, so one could be more stunned than me! And I’m thrilled. I’m blown away that I get to share company with the women that I’m nominated with.”

    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Tatyana Ali Reveals She's Engaged—and Pregnant

    It's quite an exciting time for Tatyana Ali.

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress is not only engaged to her longtime beau, Dr. Vaughn Raspberry, but she's pregnant as well!

    The 37-year-old revealed that she and her fiancé are expecting their first child together and are currently in the middle of planning their very special wedding day for later on this summer.

    "Planning our wedding has been so exciting, but when we found out we were expecting, our perspective shifted completely," she shared with Entertainment Tonight.

    "We want out ceremony to really celebrate our newest blessing!"

    The mama-to-be also gushed about meeting her future husband, dishing that they "met on eHarmony."

    "It was my first time dating online," she revealed. "We wrote letters for months before we decided to Skype. And then, of course, met."

    The star added, "We're best friends."

    Congratulations to Vaughn and Tatyana on both the pregnancy and the engagement news!

    Michael Damian Previews His New Movie, High Strung

    (Trailer) Two years of hard work is about to pay off for filmmakers Michael Damian (ex-Danny, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Janeen Damian. Their dazzling new film, High Strung, hits US theaters nationwide on Friday, April 8!

    In the movie, directed by Michael and co-written by the couple, a midwestern dancer on scholarship to a New York performing arts school crosses paths with a brooding British virtuoso violinist who’s struggling to make ends meet. Joining forces with a local dance crew from the streets, they combine their skills to enter a contest with the potential to change their lives.

    “We had 50 musicians and more than 65 dancers from around the world,” Damian reveals of the movie choreographed by Dave Scott (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE). “And it includes several genres: ballet, hip hop, contemporary, tango, tap, and Irish step dance.”

    The picture, which debuted recently at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, combines the personal passions of its producers in a way that they hope will inspire. “It’s a movie for adults and kids,” Damian says, adding that a sequel is already in the works. “We hope that young people see that hard work, perseverance, staying true to yourself and treating people with respect along your journey will take you somewhere wonderful.”

    Damian is also offering an exclusive, movie-package giveaway to Soaps In Depth readers. To win two tickets to view High Strung on the big screen at an AMC theater on opening night, two custom T-shirts, and a personalized video message from Damian, enter the contest by joining the Street Crew.

    Y&R’S EHRICH DEBUTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    Max Ehrich (Fen, Y&R) and his girlfriend, Veronica Dunne, have started a YouTube channel. "The channel is for us to be able to interact with the fans," enthuses Ehrich. "Most of our fans know us from our TV shows and as our characters. We wanted to give them a sneak peek into our real lives. We will be singing, there will be inspirational videos about self-love. We will be addressing real issues, Q&A’s, live streams, funny sketches, celebrity appearances and much more.” The first video appears tomorrow and the first 10,000 subscribers will get a exclusive live stream with both Max and Veronica. Max’s new show THE PATH, where he stars as Freddie Ridge, debuts today on Hulu. The series also stars Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. To subscribe to Max’s channel, click here.

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Stars Celebrate Their Daytime Emmy Nominations!

    (Photo) The cast and crew of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS gathered to honor the soap’s 43rd anniversary, but also to celebrate the 27 Daytime Emmy Award nominations they received that day!

    “It’s wonderful for all of our nominees and the show,” Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps told Soaps In Depth. “I always say the day you get the nominations is the best day. It’s a talented group of people.”

    Steve Burton (Dylan) was celebrating his sixth Emmy nod, this time in the Supporting Actor category. “It never gets old!” he enthused. “I’m very grateful. It’s awesome to be recognized by your peers. It’s a lot of fun.”

    “I feel very humble and proud to be a part of this show,” declared Outstanding Lead Actor nominee Justin Hartley (Adam). “The big thing is the show is nominated. If the show wins, everybody wins, which is great. That’s what I’m really excited about, to be honest with you — the show’s nomination.”

    “Nothing feels better than to be recognized by your peers, for whom you have great respect,” expressed Lauralee Bell (Christine). “The topper was getting the news from someone I trust and love, Martha Byrne (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS), watching the New York broadcast!”

    Lead Actor nominee Christian LeBlanc (Michael) revealed that many of the actors were actually filming a very sad scene when the nominations were announced, and once they learned the news it was hard to go back to work!

    “I’m excited,” LeBlanc cheered. “Life is hard — why would you skip the fun part? It’s one of the times in this industry where we get to pat each other on the back. Win, lose, or draw, you get with likeminded people and celebrate!”

    HGTV Slate Includes New Series From Monica Potter

    The Monica Potter Project (working title)
    Premieres in August
    The Monica Potter Project (w.t.) stars actress Monica Potter as she joins her sisters back home in Cleveland, Ohio to buy and restore their childhood home. Together the sisters and their feisty mom tackle a massive renovation of the house, which has remained virtually unchanged for three decades. Throughout the series, Monica and her family revisit old mementos and moments of forgotten history—and uncover more than they expected by coming home.

    Y&R’S CHAPMAN SPEAKS OUT

    Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) has taken to social media to join the chorus of viewers who are criticizing the revamping of the Chancellor mansion, which she declares has been changed “from a timeless vision of elegance, taste, love … to a gray lifeless, colorless institution”. Citing that she has “nothing to lose,” the actress, who hasn’t been seen in Genoa City for many months, further explains, “I am, merely, an observer… Who hears much… And can only shrug my shoulders.” To read Chapman’s entire post, click here.

    WHY THE DAYTIME EMMYS WON'T BE ON TV THIS YEAR

    In a statement, NATAS confirms that the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys, which will take place on May 1, will not be televised. "After last year’s critically successful Daytime telecast, it is with great disappointment that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announces that there will not be a broadcast of the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy ® Awards,” said Bob Mauro, President. “After months of negotiations to find show sponsorship, the NATAS Executive Board has decided that the current climate for awards shows prohibits the possibility of a telecast this year. With that said, we will be putting on a world-class awards celebration honoring the best and brightest of Daytime television and look forward to an exciting show. All efforts regarding returning the annual gala to television in 2017 are underway.” Said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime Emmy Awards, "We are especially grateful for our passionate Daytime fans and are looking forward to producing a grand gala that honors the talents and artistries of all the professionals that represent Daytime television."

    ‘Lawman’ star Peter Brown dies at 80

    Peter Brown (Charles Sanders, OLTL/Greg Peters, Days/Roger Forbes, Loving/Doctor, Generations, Robert, Y&R/Blake, B&B), who played Deputy Johnny McKay on 1960s TV Western “Lawman,” died March 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 80.

    Brown played McKay on ABC’s “Lawman” during the entire 1958-62 run of the series, which starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Brown was also a regular on NBC Western “Laredo,” playing Chad Cooper during the series’ 1965-67 run. This story of the Texas Ranger starred Neville Brand as Reese Bennett.

    Brown also guested on a number of other TV Westerns, including “Maverick,” “Cheyenne” and “The Virginian.” On the big screen during the period he appeared in Disney’s Hayley Mills musical “Summer Magic” (1963), surfing movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964) and Ann-Margret vehicle “Kitten With a Whip” (1964).

    During the 1970s while continuing his TV career, Brown played the villain in the 1974 blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown,” starred with William Smith in “Piranha” (1972) and starred in the horror-thriller “Act of Vengeance” (1974). He appeared in 1982 prison picture “The Concrete Jungle,” starring Jill St. John, and Fred Williamson’s “The Messenger” (1986).

    Brown did quite a bit of work on daytime soaps, recurring during the 1970s on “Days of Our Lives” as Dr. Greg Peters, on “The Young and the Restless” from 1989-1991 as Robert Laurence and on “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 1991-1992 as Blake Hayes.

    He was a steady presence on television as a guest actor on series including “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Wonder Woman,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Dallas,” “Knight Rider,” “Baywatch” and “Wings.”

    Brown made his last screen appearance in 2005 in the feature Western “Hell to Pay.”

    Born Pierre Lind de Lappe in New York City, the actor and his family moved West when he was young. While in the Army, he got into acting when he organized a theater group on base in Alaska to occupy his spare time. After his discharge he studied acting at UCLA.

    Brown is survived by fifth wife Kerstin, whom he met in 2008. Other survivors include his children Joshua, Matt and Christi and three grandchildren.

    Shemar Moore Is Officially Leaving Criminal Minds After 11 Seasons

    Say it ain't so!

    Shemar Moore is saying goodbye to Criminal Minds after 11 seasons on the CBS procedural, E! News confirms.

    Moore has played FBI special agent Derek Morgan since the show first started, but at the end of tonight's episode, Derek decided to leave the BAU to focus more on his wife and baby.

    Just within the past few episodes, Derek was abducted and tortured and was nearly killed just before finding out his girlfriend Savannah (Rochelle Aytes) was pregnant. After his abduction, Derek and Savannah got married, and then she gave birth to his son, Hank, in the midst of Derek's attempts to find out who was responsible for his attack.

    Basically, we don't blame Derek for his decision.

    While Moore's decision wasn't fueled by kidnapping and torture, he is partly leaving in order to focus on having a family. He told TVLine that he wants to "walk my dogs, travel, get married, have kids. I want balance, and it's hard to do with the schedule that we have."

    "It's a weird experience," Moore told THR of his exit. "I just spent 11 years with a group of people and it's a weird thing to walk away from—but I did it on my terms and in the right way."

    Moore is not the first original cast member to leave the show. In 2008, Mandy Patinkin left his role of Jason Gideon after just two seasons due to creative differences.

    Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.

    ‘Young and the Restless’ star Kate Linder ‘times are tough’ now

    Times are rough for “The Young and the Restless” star Kate Linder. She told FOX411 it’s not easy to be in the industry these days, especially with all the violent movies being made.

    “Times are rough now, and it’s hard when you go to the movies and go ‘What am I gonna see?’… ‘I don't want to see that; I don’t want to see people blowing each other up,’” she said.

    Linder has starred on the CBS’ “Y&R” since 1982 and she is currently the third actress to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just from her soap opera days.

    The Hollywood starlet wants to bring back the days when parents don’t have to worry about what their kids see on the big screen.

    She told FOX411 at the Movieguide Awards that family-friendly programing begins with the studios.

    “It all starts with the studios and the producers and if they say ‘No this is the film I want’,” she explained. “You look at these films—the independent features—you get so excited because these people have been trying to get these films done for years and then here they are up there getting an Oscar. It’s never, never, never give up! And I think that’s the most important thing, I think.”

    SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard Dead At 71

    SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard (George Summers, The Young & The Restless) died today in his home near L.A., the union announced. He was 71. No cause of death was given, though rumors of his ill health had been circulating earlier this year.

    The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor first was elected head of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009 and became one of the co-Presidents of the merged union when SAG and AFTRA finally formally joined in 2012. Howard become the sole leader of the 160,000-member union in 2013 and was re-elected last year.

    Following protocol, SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris now is Acting President of the union. The former 90210 actress and longtime union activist was elected EVP of the melded union in September 2013 and also re-elected last year.

    Kenneth Joseph Howard Jr was born on March 28, 1944, in El Centro, CA. Long before getting in front of the camera, he was a page at NBC’s The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in NYC while on his summer breaks from Amherst College. He later graduated from Yale.

    In 1968, Howard made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon’s Promises, Promises. Two years later, he won a Tony for his role as a school gym teacher at a Catholic boys’ school in Robert Marasco’s Child’s Play. He starred in two groundbreaking presidential musicals — first in 1969 as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 (which is being revived in concert form next week at City Center) and then in 1976 as the President in Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Howard most recently seen on the big screen in last year’s Joy and The Wedding Ringer and 2014’s The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall,

    Originally known on the small screen for his role as an NBA player-turned-inner-city high school coach in CBS’ The White Shadow from 1978-81, Howard found a new generation of viewers with his appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock as the CEO of Kabletown. He also was a regular on the hit ’80s soap Dynasty and its spinoff The Colbys. In 2009, just before becoming SAG boss, Howard won a Primetime Emmy for his supporting actor role on HBO’s Grey Gardens.

    On the night of his solid re-election last August 20, Howard said that “serving the members of Screen Actors Guild and now SAG-AFTRA has been one of the greatest privileges of my life as an actor.” The union said Wednesday that “in lieu of flowers, remembrance contributions may be made to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Onyx and Breezy Foundation for the Welfare of Animals.”

    Another World Alum Alicia Coppola Joins The Young and the Restless

    Alicia Coppola is returning to daytime-TV for the first time in more than 20 years, since wrapping her award-winning run as Another World’s Lorna Devon.

    Fresh off reprising her role as NCIS: Los Angeles‘ FBI Agent Lisa Rand, Coppola has signed with CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Per Soap Opera Digest, she will recur as Dr. Meredith Gates, who debuts April 13.

    Describing her first take on the character as “dynamic and interesting,” Coppola told Digest, “She reminds me of Lorna. She feels things very deeply.”

    Coppola’s other previous TV credits include NCIS and its sire JAG (as Lt. Cmdr. Faith Coleman), as well as Jericho, American Dreams, Criminal Minds and Sons of Anarchy.

    SOAP ALUM DEAD AT 80

    Peter Brown (ex-Greg, DAYS/ex-Blake, B&B/Roger, Loving/Doctor, Generations/Robert/Y&R), 80, passed away on March 21 from undisclosed causes. "My dear friend, actor Peter Brown died today with his loving wife Kerstin by his side," family friend Alison Reynolds announced on Twitter. In addition to his wife, the New York-born actor is survived by two sons, Matthew and Joshua.

    Y&R’S ROBERT ADAMSON OFF CONTRACT

    Hot on the heels of the news that Y&R's Sofia Pernas (Marisa) has been taken off contract and Lachlan Buchanan (Kyle) has been let go, comes word from Daytime Confidential that Robert Adamson (Noah) has been placed on recurring status. Adamson started playing Nick and Sharon's firstborn in 2012.

    Y&R STARS ON JEOPARDY

    Tune in to the game show JEOPARDY on March 22 to see eight Y&R actors present video clues in one category. Scheduled to appear are Peter Bergman (Jack), Eric Braeden (Victor), Justin Hartley (Adam), Bryton James (Devon), Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael), Mishael Morgan (Hilary), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis).

    Y&R CASTS NEW ROLE

    (Photo) Michael Roark has been cast in the recurring role of Travis, a mysterious stranger who sets his eye on someone in Genoa City. The recurring role begins on April 29. Roark’s credits include BEAUTY AND THE BEST, FINDING CARTER, GREY’S ANATOMY and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

    Chicago Justice: Lorraine Toussaint to Reprise Law & Order Role on Spinoff

    Lorraine Toussaint (ex-Vera, OLTL/ex-Dr. Watkins, Y&R) is taking on the criminal justice system once again — on Chicago Justice, NBC’s next installment in its Windy City franchise.

    According to THR, Toussaint will guest-star in the forthcoming backdoor pilot as defense attorney Shambala Green, a role she originated on Law & Order in 1990 and last played in 2003. Chicago Justice‘s trial run (no pun intended) will air this spring, as Episode 21 of Chicago P.D.

    Toussaint, who currently co-stars on Fox’s Rosewood, joins Philip Winchester (The Player), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn), Joelle Carter (Justified) and Carl Weathers (Rocky) in the potential series. Her recent TV credits include Forever, The Fosters and Orange Is the New Black.

    LACHLAN BUCHANAN OFF Y&R

    Kyle hasn’t been seen in Genoa City for months (the character has been working in New York), and his portrayer, Lachlan Buchanan has confirmed via Twitter that he is leaving the show. "Last day in #genoacity #YR,” he tweeted and included a selfie with Hunter King (Summer). The post has been deleted.

    B&B’s BROOKS AND KRUGER READY TO SAY “I DO”

    (Photo) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) and fiancée/Digest columnist Kelly Kruger (ex-Eva, B&B; ex-Mac, Y&R) are in his home state of Hawaii and prepping for their big day. The duo took off on March 15, and Brooks posted a photo from the airport with the caption, " w/@KrugerKelly #BrooksingItToTheAltar.” His on-screen mom, Rena Sofer (Quinn) sent regrets on not being able to attend. "I'm so excited for you both!!!!! Mazel Tov!!!” she tweeted. "I'm so sorry not to be there but I'm sending you all my love!!!” Two co-stars who will be there for the “I do’s” are Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy). "Late night packing for Hawaii for @KrugerKelly and @THEEdarinbrooks wedding! But I just know I'm forgetting something! SOOO many Hawaiian shenanigans to get into with my wedding date @JacquelineMWood!” tweeted Godfrey. For the inside scoop on Kruger’s bridal shower, check out the issue of Digest on sale now. Congratulations to the happy couple!

    SOFIA PERNAS OFF CONTRACT AT Y&R

    Although Deadline reports that Sofia Pernas, who joined Y&R last year as Marisa, was informed on Monday that the show was letting her go for budgetary reasons, a Y&R spokesperson clarifies that the actress is not leaving, although she has been taken off contract. According to the rep, "Sofia Pernas is recurring and will continue to be seen on the show." She has, however, already lined up her next gig, booking the role of Coriander in the CW pilot TRANSYLVANIA.

    Sofia Pernas Joins CW Pilot ‘Transylvania’ In Recasting

    The Young & the Restless‘ Sofia Pernas has been cast as a regular opposite Laura Brent in The CW genre-themed drama pilot Transylvania. She replaces Amrita Acharia who was originally cast in the role.

    It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for Pernas. On Monday, she was let go early from her Young & the Restless contract due to budgetary reasons. Twenty four hours later, she had auditioned, tested, and booked the role in Transylvania, and today, she got on a plane to go to the pilot shoot.

    Written by Hugh Sterbakov and directed by Jason Ensler, Transylvania is set in 1880 and centers on Victoria (Brent), a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history. Pernas will play Coriander, an exotic gypsy, the leader of the matriarchal Szgany clan that runs the fleshpots of the Old City — the haunted spot where Vlad the Impaler once killed thousands of their tribe.

    Morocco-born Pernas is repped by Ryan Daly at Zero Gravity Management, and Innovative Artists.

    Daniel Goddard Sick With Bronchitis

    (Pic) Daniel Goddard (Cane, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was back at the doctor again!

    Six months ago, the actor broke his elbow shooting a fight scene for the soap and required emergency surgery. Now the actor shared another selfie from the doctor’s office, this time breathing through a tube and looking a little worse for wear as he reported he has bronchitis.

    It’s good that Goddard got himself checked out because it means he'll be better all the sooner! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Max Ehrich Shares Hot Shirtless Photo!

    (Photo) Fans may not see Max Ehrich (Fen) as often as they may want on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS these days, but the actor reminded everyone what they’re missing by posting a hot photo to Twitter!

    Ehrich wrote an ecological message urging fans to “keep our planet clean and green for future generations,” but we have to imagine that most people looking at this picture aren't paying any attention to the background scenery!

    Hunter King Recurs on Life in Pieces March 31

    “Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie” – Tim thinks wearing a Cinderella dress during March Madness is good luck, so he refuses to take it off in hopes his alma mater will win. Also, Greg fantasizes about what to write in a birthday card for his boss, Tyler goes to prom and must withstand unsolicited advice from his parents and grandparents, and Jen sets Matt up on a blind date with her coworker, Dougie (Fortune Feimster), on the season finale of LIFE IN PIECES, Thursday, March 31 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    “CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring” – John and Joan reveal a shocking secret they’ve kept from their kids for 35 years. Also, Greg quits his job after creating a public funding campaign for his own invention, Heather and Tim try to make up for missing Samantha’s Student of the Month Ceremony at school, and Matt’s plan to make a big announcement at his and Colleen’s book party keeps getting delayed, on the season finale of LIFE IN PIECES, Thursday, March 31 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Nora Dunn guest stars as Carol, a family friend of the Shorts.

    Recurring Cast include: RECURRING CAST: Hunter King (Clementine), Jerry Lambert (Chase), Susan Park (Dr. Sally Hong).

    Tracey Bregman's BF Claims Her Son Wants to Kill Me

    "The Young and the Restless" star Tracey Bregman is in the middle of an intense legal battle between her son and boyfriend ... and the bf says he's scared for his life.

    According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Bregman's boyfriend, Brian Landow, got a restraining order against her 19-year-old son, Landon. Brian says Landon pulled a gun on him and has threatened to kill him multiple times -- this is all because he and Tracey have tried to put an end to Landon's out-of-control partying.

    In fact, according to Brian ... Landon hates him so much, the teen hatched a plan straight out of a soap script to sabotage mom's relationship -- hiding panties in Brian's car and dumping cocaine in his coffee.

    The two are set to go to court later this month.

    BURGESS JENKINS REVEALS REAL REASON BEHIND Y&R EXIT

    In his hometown newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal, Burgess Jenkins reveals that he left the role of Y&R's Billy late last year because his wife, Ashlee, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jenkins, who was traveling back-and-forth from the West Coast, where Y&R films, to the East Coast, where his family lives, explained, "Continuing to travel back-and-forth ... every week would have made it impossible for me to take care of her." Jenkins reports that his wife is doing well. "At this point, however, we know that she is going to be OK,” he said, “just in for a long and grueling battle with chemotherapy and radiation. Which stinks, but it’s a real blessing just knowing when we wake up in the morning that she’s not fighting for her life.... It’s great to see her back to normal.” For the full story, click here.

    Meredith’s got a new man on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ — meet the new ‘McDreamy,’ Dr. Will Thorpe

    Meredith’s got a new man on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ — meet the new ‘McDreamy,’ Dr. Will Thorpe

    Every now and then there’s a major OMG moment in the first few minutes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and on Thursday night (March 10) fans’ collective jaws dropped the moment a certain new army doctor graced the screen. “Who is that,” we asked. Major Will Thorpe, that’s who!

    Dr. Thorpe is going to be the new love interest of Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the tall handsome drink of water is played by “Young and the Restless” alum Scott Elrod.

    In the episode entitled “All Eyez on Me,” Meredith, Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Jackson (Jesse Williams), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) travel to a military hospital to perform a super risky procedure on a veteran’s advanced tumor. It’s here that the “Dream Team” from Grey Sloan Memorial work with the new “McDreamy,” Dr. Thorpe.

    The tight-lipped show rarely releases many details before an episode airs, but Elrod was able to tease his fans on Instagram with this photo from set.

    But sorry, ladies. The 41-year-old actor also posted his recent engagement news to interior designer Vanessa Vazart. The happy couple are also expecting their first child together.

    If you’re wondering if this is a one-time appearance, you’ll be happy to know the army surgeon is going to be sticking around. At first, Elrod was only set to appear in one episode. Since starting on the show, his contract was extended to four, and it looks like he is about to take Grey on her first date since her husband’s death.

    “Grey’s” fans everywhere just want to say, “Thank you, Shonda,” and please make Elrod a series regular!

    “Grey’s Anatomy” airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

    Soaps Hunks relive the '80s! Stephen Nichols! Don Diamont! A Martinez! Michael E. Knight!

    Soaps Hunks relive the '80s! Stephen Nichols! Don Diamont! A Martinez! Michael E. Knight!: Video.

    Scott Reeves Returns to NASHVILLE

    (Pic) Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Steve, GENERAL HOSPITAL) teased a return to primetime, posting a photo of himself holding up a script for the ABC series NASHVILLE, writing, “Hmmmm…”

    Reeves previously appeared on NASHVILLE as music agent Noel Laughlin in a handful of episodes starting last season. What brings him back onto the canvas? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! NASHVILLE airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, and returns with new episodes beginning on March 16.

    Kelli Goss In CBS’ ‘Furst Born’

    Kelli Goss (The Young and the Restless) is set as a series regular opposite Katey Sagal and John Carroll Lynch in CBS comedy pilot Furst Born (aka untitled Butler/Hope/O’Shannon). Written by Dan O’Shannon, Robyn Butler and Dan Hope, the extended-family show is about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag racers. Goss will play Brianna, the youngest of the three legitimate children of Wayne and Julie, who can add glitz and glitter to a public event just by showing up. The cast also includes Swoosie Kurtz and Brooke Elliott. Goss is repped by Global Artists Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

    Charity Wakefield & Thad Luckinbill Cast In ABC’s Meaghan Oppenheimer Pilot

    The Player alumna Charity Wakefield and Thad Luckinbill (The Young and the Restless) have booked series-regular roles in ABC’s untitled Meaghan Oppenheimer drama pilot, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon.

    Written by Oppenheimer, the project follows the personal and professional life of Gemma, a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. Wakefield will play Jules, Gemma’s younger sister. Described as manic, emotionally unstable, and lacking any trace of a filter, Jules is the epitome of loneliness gone wrong. Whereas her older sister Gemma has built up walls of icy protection around her, Jules is desperate for any bit of love she can get. Luckinbill is Oliver, Gemma’s trophy fiance, the preppy trust fund kid with classic good looks. He would be detestable if he weren’t such a nice guy.

    Wakefield will next be seen in BBC 2’s six-part drama series Close To The Enemy and she previously recurred on Wolf Hall. Luckingbill is a partner in Black Label Media, the production company behind Sicario and Demolition. As an actor, he recently had guest appearances on Ballers, Criminal Minds and Major Crimes. Wakefield is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Independent in the UK. Luckinbill is repped by Primary Wave and CESD.

    Soap Super-Fan Yvette Nicole Brown to Guest on Young and the Restless

    If you wish it, they will call — Yvette Nicole Brown is proof of that.

    The Community and Odd Couple actress will cross an item off her bucket list this week when she shoots a guest appearance on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, TVLine has learned exclusively.

    “The people at CBS found out that I’m a freakin’ fangirl,” Brown explains. “And they were like, ‘Do you want to go to Genoa City?’ And I’m like, ‘Um, yeah.’ It was probably one of the most exciting calls I have ever received. The only thing that could equal it is if I were to get a call to be on Sesame Street.

    “If Sesame Street ever calls,” she adds, “just go on and tell the Lord I’m comin’ home.”

    On Y&R, Brown will play a reporter in scenes with Peter Bergman (Jack), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), and Jason Thompson (Billy). “All I know is something is happening with Jack, Billy and Phyllis that’s a big deal,” she shares, “and I’m reporting on it.”

    Brown’s episode is slated to air on Monday, April 4, which, coincidentally, is just three days before The Odd Couple kicks off its second season; the sitcom returns Thursday, April 7 at 8:30/7:30c, replacing Life in Pieces.

    Devon Martinez Opens Up About Her New Role on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    Devon Martinez debuted as Shawn Taylor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS March 1, and shared her experience of following in her famous father’s footsteps!

    As the daughter of daytime vet A Martinez (Eduardo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), the actress was already familiar with the industry. “My dad has been a huge part of my journey,” she told Soaps In Depth. “He’s just very proud and excited for me.”

    Shawn is looking for parents to adopt her unborn child, which means Martinez has been working with Kelly Sullivan (Sage) and Joshua Morrow (Nick). “They’ve been so gracious,” she said of her new co-stars, “not to mention so fun to play with. It’s been great working with them so far.”

    Martinez also finds it easy to get into character, as both she and Shawn are newcomers in an established world. “It’s been really interesting to explore,” she said. “It’s a great little story and I want to share it. I have so much respect for the show and the people that work on it. I’m excited to be a part of it and grateful for the opportunity!"

    For more from Martinez, don’t miss her interview in an upcoming CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!

    Actor George Kennedy dies at 91

    LOS ANGELES — George Kennedy, the hulking, tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic “Cool Hand Luke,” has died.

    His grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died on Sunday morning of old age in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.

    He had undergone emergency triple bypass surgery in 2002. That same year, he and his late wife moved to Idaho to be closer to their daughter and her family, though he still was involved in occasional film projects.

    His biggest acting achievement came in “Cool Hand Luke,” a 1967 film about a rebellious war hero played by Paul Newman who is bent on bucking the system as a prisoner on a Southern chain gang. Its theme of rebelling against authority and the establishment helped make it one of the most important films of the tumultuous 1960s.

    Kennedy played the role of Dragline, the chain-gang boss who goes from Luke’s No. 1 nemesis to his biggest disciple as Newman’s character takes on folk hero status among fellow inmates. The movie garnered four Academy Award nominations, and Kennedy was named best supporting actor.

    Newman and Kennedy provided a spectacular one-two punch — Luke as the reticent anti-hero, Dragline as an illiterate brute. They shared several memorable scenes, including one in which Kennedy’s character wins a bet by getting Luke to eat 50 eggs in an hour.

    After the critical and commercial success of “Cool Hand Luke,” Kennedy carved out a niche as one of Hollywood’s most recognizable supporting actors. He had parts in several action flicks in the 1970s, played Leslie Nielsen’s sidekick in the “Naked Gun” spoofs and was J.R. Ewing’s business rival in the final seasons of “Dallas.”

    One of his strongest supporting roles was in the hit 1970 film “Airport,” which spurred the run of 1970s disaster pictures. Kennedy played Joe Patroni, a no-nonsense, cigar-chomping troubleshooter who stubbornly guides a jetliner stuck on a snow-clogged runway out of harm’s way.

    The film spawned several sequels (Kennedy was in all of them) and landed Kennedy a Golden Globe nomination.

    Kennedy said his acting ambitions were cemented when he was a young child.

    “I remember listening to a radio program when I was young and it made me feel good and I remember telling my mom that I wanted to make people feel the way this radio program made me feel,” Kennedy said in 1995.

    “I got some great breaks, and I wound up being an actor.”

    His film career began to take flight in the early 1960s. He starred in 1963’s “Charade,” a whodunit that features Kennedy, Cary Grant, James Coburn and Walter Matthau seeking out the $250,000 they suspect was left behind by Audrey Hepburn’s dead husband. His other acting credits in the 1960s included “The Dirty Dozen” and “Guns of the Magnificent Seven.”

    Kennedy once called “Charade” the favorite movie in which he appeared.

    “It had Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, music by Henry Mancini; it was shot entirely in Paris,” he said in 1995. “I have nothing but wonderful memories.”

    Kennedy became regular face in action movies in the 1970s after the success of “Airport,” including “Earthquake” and “Death on the Nile.” He made several film and television appearances in the early and mid-1980s, but few were successful.

    He turned to comedic roles in the 1980s and 1990s, the most memorable being the three “Naked Gun” films.

    Among his later credits was a small role in Wim Wenders’ 2005 film, “Don’t Come Knocking.” Kennedy’s last on-screen role was in the 2014 remake of “The Gambler,” which starred Mark Wahlberg.

    Kennedy was born in New York in 1925. He started acting at the age of 2 when he joined a touring company production of “Bringing up Father.” Five years later, he became a disc jockey with a kids radio show.

    He enlisted in the Army at 17 and served in World War II, opening the first Army Information Office that provided technical assistance to films and TV shows. Kennedy spent 16 years in the Army and left as a captain.

    After his Army stint, Kennedy made his television debut in “The Phil Silvers Show” in 1955 and had a variety of guest appearances in the Westerns “Have Gun, Will Travel,” ”Cheyenne” and “Gunsmoke.”

    Kennedy, an avid reader, also dabbled in writing and published a couple of murder mysteries.

    Schenkel remembered sitting in on an autograph session in London with his grandfather.

    “I sat behind him for hours that day watching the hundreds of fans in line waiting to meet my grandpa,” Schenkel recalled. “At the end of the day we sat in our hotel room eating room service and he said to me, ‘Seeing all those people I was able to bring a little enjoyment and happiness into their life — That is why I did it.'”

    In later years, Kennedy became an advocate for adopted children. He had four adopted children, including his granddaughter Taylor, whose mother, also adopted by Kennedy, had become addicted to drugs and alcohol.

    “Don’t let the fact that you’re 77 or 70 get in your way. Don’t let the fact that you’re a single parent and you want to adopt get in your way,” Kennedy said in a Fox interview in 2002. “That kid, some place right now, cold and wet, needs somebody to say, “I love you, kid, good night.'”

    Michael Muhney Teases New Project

    Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) could be back on television very soon!

    The actor has done a couple movies since exiting Y&R back in the beginning of 2014, and took to Twitter today to inform his fans that he’s very close to making a deal on a new series! “I’m on pins and needles,” he writes. “If not this one, I will find a good show soon!”

    @michaelmuhney: Sooooooo close on a deal for a new series! I'm on pins & needles. If not this one, I will find a good show soon! #WorkinOnIt

    Naturally, with a deal still in the works, no details regarding the mystery series are available at this time. But as soon as there’s news to report, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Casts Devon Martinez, Daughter of Soap Star A Martinez

    The daughter of a daytime vet is joining THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

    TV Insider is reporting that Devon Martinez, the daughter of Emmy winner A Martinez (Eduardo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) has been cast on Y&R as Shawn Taylor, a young pregnant woman looking for parents to adopt her unborn baby.

    Her dad is a veteran of many soaps, having appeared on SANTA BARBARA as Cruz, GENERAL HOSPITAL as Roy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Ray and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as Ramon, so Martinez will have a great source for advice as she tackles her first daytime role!

    Martinez is scheduled to make her debut in the episode airing Tuesday, March 1.

    Eric Braeden as You've Never Seen Him Before!

    (Pic) Hunter King (Summer, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) posted the most amazing photo of on-screen grandfather Eric Braeden (Victor)!

    With a photobomb assist from castmate Melissa Ordway (Abby) doing her best doggie impression, King snapped a selfie backstage with Braeden and used a Snapchat filter to turn him into a puppy!

    @HunterHaleyKing: Victor Newman...CEO of Newman Enterprises or....dog? ?? #YR

    Is there anything that Eva Longoria can't do?

    (Video) She is an actress, producer, activist, lip sync expert, and now the sixth Spice Girl.

    The Telenovela star has provided us with the twist on The Spice Girls' iconic hit "Wannabe" that we didn't even know we were, yes, desperate for. Because instead of going for bouncy Brit pop, Longoria tackled the tune in her character's character, showing us what the song would sound like telenovela-style, the Spanish-language soap operas being known for their flair for the mega-dramatic.

    While Longoria may be getting tired of being asked to reinterpret a variety of standard things soap-opera style as she makes the rounds promoting her NBC sitcom, she is amiably handling all requests with aplomb.

    The season finale of Telenovela airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

    Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards – Winners

    Best Make-Up for Daytime TV:
    The Young And The Restless

    Best Hair Styling for Daytime TV:
    The Real

    “LET’S MAKE A DEAL,” “THE PRICE IS RIGHT,” “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS,” “THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL” AND “THE TALK” ALL POST WEEK-TO-WEEK AND YEAR-TO-YEAR VIEWER GROWTH

    CBS’s entire daytime lineup posted growth in viewers over the prior week and the same week a year ago with the top six programs, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 14.

    LET’S MAKE DEAL 1 was up +5% (3.36m from 3.22m) last week and +4% from the same week a year ago (from 3.25m). In women 25-54, LET’S MAKE A DEAL was up +11% from both last week and last year (1.0 from 0.9).

    LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 posted viewer growth of +3% over last week (3.87m from 3.75m) and +2% over a year ago (from 3.78m) while up +10% in women 25-54 (1.1 from 1.0) from both a week and year ago.

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +4% in viewers (5.46m from 5.24m) versus last week and +10% versus last year (from 4.98m). THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 saw growth of +2% over last week (6.22m from 6.08m) and +8% from last year (from 5.78m).

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was up +3% from a week ago (5.01m from 4.87m) and +2% from a year ago (from 4.89m).

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL increased +3% from last week (3.74m from 3.64m) and +1% from last year (from 3.72m).

    THE TALK posted weekly growth of +4% (2.90m from 2.81m) and yearly gains of +1% (from 2.87m).

    Overall, CBS has the top six daytime programs in viewers: THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 at #1, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 at #2, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS at #3, LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 at #4, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL at #5 and LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 at #6.

    In women 25-54, CBS has the top four daytime programs: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS at #1, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 at #2, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL at #3 and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 at #4.

    In women 18-49, CBS also had the top four daytime programs: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 tied at #1, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL tied at #3.

    SOAP COUPLE’S DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES

    (Poster) Former soap scribe Sally Sussman Morina and her husband, Y&R supervising producer, Tony Morina, are debuting their documentary, Midnight Return, at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 12 and 13. The film is a follow-up to the story of Billy Hayes, whose escape from a Turkish prison after his arrest for drug smuggling was told in the Oscar-winning film, Midnight Express. This latest account chronicles Hayes’s return to Turkey 30 years after his hellish imprisonment. Go to http://sbiff.org/midnight-return/ for information on times and locations of screenings in Santa Barbara.

    Eileen Davidson’s brother dies

    (pagesix.com) Our condolences go out to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Eileen Davidson.

    Davidson, who for many years has starred as Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless,” announced the passing of her brother at the age of 69.

    “I’m here with a very heavy heart to share the news of another beloved family member passing away. Sadly, my eldest brother, John ‘Jack’ Davidson, left us suddenly last week at the age of 69,” she wrote this week on her blog for Bravo, which airs “Housewives.”

    In the last year and a half, the CBS soap star, who is married to actor Vincent Van Patten, has dealt with the deaths of her sister and niece, as well as the passing of her father-in-law, the actor Dick Van Patten, and her husband’s cousin.

    Davidson, 56, described her brother as “a brilliant man” with a “wicked sense of humor and a great love for his family.” A Vietnam veteran who studied at St. Mary’s College, he was involved in martial arts and “loved old cars and considered himself a ‘muscle car aficionado.'”

    Eileen Davidson Confesses She's Been In Abusive Relationships

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eileen Davidson (Ashley) has opened up about her experiences as a survivor of physical abuse.

    In a recent episode of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS, the actress confessed to her past troubles and expanded on her experiences in her Bravo TV blog in the hopes of helping other people in the same position.

    “I consider myself a strong woman,” she writes. “I’ve played strong female characters throughout my acting career. I think most people who know me would describe me that way. Because ‘strong’ doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself in an abusive relationship. It can happen to anyone.

    “I know, because I’ve been in two of them,” Davidson adds. “Once when I was a teenager and again in my 20s. Maybe people might say I don’t ‘look like’ or ‘seem like’ the kind of person that this could happen to. The truth is, there is no stereotypical victim.”

    The Emmy winner hopes that sharing her own struggle will inspire men and women in similar situations to seek the help they need to save themselves.

    “If I can say anything to the many women and men out there who think there’s no way out,” Davidson says, “it would be: You are not alone. You can be strong. You can get help. You can leave. If anyone reading this needs help seeking help, please call the National Domestic Abuse Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).”

    Marisa Ramirez Expecting First Child

    (Pic) Marisa Ramirez is going to be a mom!

    The Blue Bloods star is pregnant and expecting her first child in May, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

    “This was a complete surprise,” Ramirez, 38, tells PEOPLE. “Some mornings I wake up and forget I’m pregnant! It just seems like it was meant to be — a happy surprise.”

    Another surprise is the baby’s sex: The mom-to-be is holding off on finding out — at least for now.

    “I’m sure it won’t be much longer until we can’t take the suspense anymore,” she admits.

    And while she has yet to tackle a pile of parenting books — “Some of the books have totally freaked me out and they have been thrown across the room,” she jokes — she’s getting plenty of support and advice from the cast.

    “Donnie [Wahlberg] has known for awhile. He did a little happy dance when I told him and he’s been extremely supportive and sweet,” Ramirez says.

    “It gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that my Blue Bloods family is there to help me transition into this new chapter of my life.”

    But while her career has provided her with a constant support system, it’s also made indulging in her cravings a bit of a challenge.

    “Because I’m an actress, I’m really hard on myself. It has been hard for me to give myself time to rest and not go to the gym after work or to allow myself to eat things that I don’t normally eat like croissants or Hamburger Helper,” she explains. “But I have been giving in to those cravings in moderation. In the first trimester, my body changing was so hard for me to accept. Now all I do is laugh about it.”

    Fortunately, Ramirez hasn’t experienced morning sickness and other than “feeling constantly bloated and uncomfortable,” she is “feeling great” — and looking forward to her future.

    “I get to experience this anticipation and excitement of meeting a child that will change my world forever and who will bring us so much joy,” she says.

    JASON THOMPSON TO BE A DAD: "I'M VERY EXCITED!"

    Congratulations are in order for Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) and wife Paloma Jonas, who are set to become first-time parents in May. "It’s just another crazy change in the world of my world changing," the actor, who recently made the leap from GH to Y&R, tells Digest. "I'm very excited about it."

    Joshua Morrow's Daughter Suffers Broken Leg

    (Pic) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Joshua Morrow (Nick) had some scary real-life family drama!

    The actor tweeted, “Have I mentioned lately my deep hatred for trampolines?” along with a photo of his daughter, Charlie Jo, laying on the couch clutching her stuffed animals while showing off the bright pink cast on her broken leg.

    We have no doubt that Morrow will take great care of his precious baby girl and she’ll have a speedy recovery from her unfortunate trampoline accident.

    CHRIS MCKENNA TO B&B!

    (Pic) Looks like Chris McKenna has found a new soap home on B&B. The actor, who played Y&R’s Detective Harding last year, tweeted a photo of himself outside of the CBS Studios with the following caption, "First day of work on a new gig. I could swear I've been here before. #YR #BB @BandB_CBS #AcrossTheHall.”

    Thad Luckinbill Produced Film Books Kevin Spacey

    Kevin Spacey has been set to star with Nicholas Hoult in Rebel in the Rye, the Black Label Media drama about the formative years of The Catcher In The Rye author J.D. Salinger. Empire exec producer Danny Strong is directing the script he adapted based on the Kenneth Slawenski biography JD Salinger: A Life. Hoult was set last fall to play Salinger as he progressed toward writing the seminal novel of the 20th Century. Spacey will play Whit Burnett, a professor at Columbia and editor of Story Magazine. He became a mentor and was the first to challenge the young Salinger, inspiring him to grow as a storyteller. Black Label Media is financing and Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing alongside Bruce Cohen (who teamed with Spacey when they both won Oscars on American Beauty), Jason Shuman, and Strong. BLOOM began selling foreign at Toronto and CAA is repping North American rights.

    This comes as Spacey and his Trigger Street partner Dana Brunetti prepare to take the reins of Relativity Media after Ryan Kavanaugh steers that company through bankruptcy and into reboot mode early next month. As Spacey told Deadline, he will continue to selectively act in feature productions and House of Cards, something he did while running the Old Vic. The fourth season of House of Cards begins March 4 on Netflix, and Spacey plays Richard Nixon in the Liza Johnson-directed Elvis & Nixon. He’s also filming Billionaire Boys Club and Baby Driver this year. Spacey is repped by CAA and Joanne Horowitz.

    Black Label Media is hot off the Denis Villeneuve-directed Sicario and next up is the Jean-Marc Vallée-directed Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

    'Nashville,' soap opera stars team up for new Franklin restaurant

    Jonathan Jackson, star of the ABC drama "Nashville," has joined forces with actor Steve Burton, best known for his stint on "General Hospital" (which also featured Jackson), to open a new restaurant in Franklin.

    According to the restaurant's Facebook page, work on Jack and Jameson's Smokehouse is underway at 509 Hillsboro Road.

    Owners Jackson and Burton have been friends for more than 15 years, and believe Jack and Jameson's (named for their sons, not the booze) is "the kind of family friendly, world-class restaurant and music venue Franklin needs."

    Jack and Jameson's will feature burgers, barbecue and melts and looks to serve 15 to 20 local beers on tap. Weekends will bring live music (who knows, maybe Avery Barkley will make an appearance).

    Stay updated with their Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Michelle Stafford's New Movie

    Michelle Stafford fires up the screen with Tom Sizemore in the upcoming film Durant's Never Closes. The indie flick is set to premiere in January, but Soaps In Depth has your first look at Stafford and Sizemore facing off!

    While Stafford can also be spotted in the Durant's Never Closes trailer, this (not safe for work without headphones!) clip offers a first look at the tension between Stafford's Suzie and Sizemore's Jack Durant, a notorious restaurateur and ladies man. "He was a mobster and this is the story of his life," previews Stafford, who plays Durant's ex-wife. "I come into it in the middle and we're just talking at the bar about our lives, with flashbacks."

    As you can see in this clip, which is riddled with salty language, these are not flashbacks to happier times! The crime biopic looks at the legend of Durant and takes place over a single day in Durant's Steakhouse, which remains a Phoenix institution today.

    Durant's Never Closes is set to premiere January 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix. "I'm excited," says Stafford. "I shot it back in March, so I've seen my stuff in it, but I'm looking forward to sitting there with a bunch of people and watching it, for sure. It's a great story!"

    The theatrical run will debut at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 22, and will also play in select cities around the country. For more on Durant's Never Closes, visit http://www.runningwildfilms.com. And watch the dramatic clip here!

    27 YEARS ON TOP! “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” CELEBRATES AN UNPRECEDENTED 27 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AS DAYTIME'S #1 DRAMA

    This Just In…

    …From CBS Entertainment

    CBS'S THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS marks 1,405 consecutive weekly wins – a total of 27 years – as daytime’s #1 drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dec. 11.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, currently in its 42nd season, began its winning streak the week of Dec. 26, 1988.

    “Spending a few seasons at number one is a remarkable achievement for any show in television today, but to accomplish 27 years at the top is truly Hall of Fame status,” said Angelica McDaniel, Head of CBS Daytime and Syndicated Development.

    “This success is a testament to the incredible passion and hard work of the cast, staff and crew on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS led by Jill Farren Phelps and Charles Pratt, Jr., Sony Pictures, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and CBS Daytime. All of our efforts would mean nothing without the most dedicated fans in daytime who have made Genoa City their home, many for years. Congratulations to all involved for this success!”

    For the week, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.79 million viewers (up +1% from last week), 1.7/11 in women 25-54 and 1.2/09 in women 18-49 (up +9%).

    Season-to-date, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is averaging 5.08m, second in daytime behind only CBS’s THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, and is first among all daytime programs in women 25-54 (1.9/13) and women 18-49 (1.3/10).

    In key women demographics, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been first in women 25-54 for 459 out of the last 461 weeks and first in women 18-49 in 453 of 457 weeks.

    Find Out How You Can Meet Your Favorite GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars

    For the first time, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans in Nashville and Atlanta are going to be able to get up-close and personal with their favorite stars!

    Soap Fantasy Events has announced that there will be GH Fantasy Events held in the two cities featuring Laura Wright (Carly), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Finola Hughes (Anna).

    General admission includes Q&A's, interviews and fan fun. VIP tickets also include a personal photo op with the group of actors (bring your own camera!), and the Platinum ticket also includes an additional two-hour meet-and-greet with the actors for autographs and photo ops as well as premium seating at the show!

    For tickets to the Nashville event on Saturday, April 16, at Zanies Comedy Club, click here.

    For the Atlanta event on Sunday, April 17, click here!

    VICTORIA ROWELL CONTINUES WITH LEGAL ACTION

    Though Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) lawsuit against CBS and Sony for not rehiring her on the soap was dismissed last month, the judge allowed a future filing under certain conditions. The actress has opted to pursue the matter further. "On my behalf, my counsel filed an amended complaint to strengthen and clarify my claims of retaliation and discrimination against Sony, CBS and other defendant,” shares Rowell in a statement to Digest. "We intend to vigorously prosecute these claims."

    Melody Thomas Scott Shares Her Delicious Candied Yam Recipe

    (CBS.com) Family, friends, and lots of food—it's finally the holiday season!

    This Thanksgiving, say goodbye to the stress of finding the perfect side dish, and say hello to the most perfect candied yams courtesy of a Y&R superstar. Melody Thomas Scott, who plays the sweet and supportive Nikki on The Young and the Restless, shared her go-to party dish that's guaranteed to satisfy everyone around the table.

    Melody's Yams Richard

    Ingredients:

    3 pounds canned yams
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 cup melted butter
    1/2 cup half & half
    1/3 cup chopped pecans
    1/3 cup seedless raisins
    16 large marshmallows

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350°.
    Mash yams, which have been drained from can.
    Add all other ingredients, except marshmallows, mixing thoroughly.
    Place in buttered 2-quart casserole. Cover top with marshmallows.
    Bake for 25-30 minutes.

    Sharon Case's Roasted Vegetable Recipe Adds Color To The Table

    (CBS.com) From pies to warm family embraces, the holiday season is certainly sweet—and, while we're not ones to say no to another dessert, we like something healthy to balance out our meals.

    If you're looking for a way to add some greens to your table this Thanksgiving without sacrificing big, savory flavor, you're in luck. Sharon Case, who plays Sharon Newman on The Young and the Restless, shared the perfect vegetable side that will leave even the biggest carnivores wanting more.

    Sharon's Roasted Vegetable Recipe

    Ingredients:

    4 medium carrots (3/4 pounds), peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick on the bias
    2 large parsnips (1 pound), peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick on the bias
    1 medium head cauliflower (2 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch florets
    1 small butternut squash (2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch dice
    1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
    1/3 cup pure maple syrup
    Chopped pecans

    Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 425°.
    In a large bowl, toss the carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, squash, and Brussels sprouts with the olive oil and nutmeg, and season generously with salt and black pepper. Spread the vegetables on two large baking sheets and roast for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly brown.
    Scatter the pecans and ginger over the vegetables and drizzle with maple syrup; toss well. Continue to roast the vegetables for 25 minutes longer, until they are tender and golden.
    Scrape the vegetables into a bowl and serve hot or at room temperature.

    Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia Justin Hartley, Lead Cast Of Dan Fogelman NBC Pilot

    Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Justin Hartley (Smallville), Sterling Brown, and Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot) are the first to be cast in Dan Fogelman’s pilot set at NBC. Written on spec by Fogelman, the untitled dramedy is made up of a unique ensemble of characters all born on the same day.

    Moore, repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, is Rebecca, the lovely wife and best friend to Jack (Ventimiglia). She’s on the verge of giving birth to their triplets, after having just moved into their new home in Pittsburg. Hartley, repped by Innovative Artists, is Kevin, a handsome and successful television actor with an underlining boredom in his ultimate bachelor life. Brown plays Randall, a sharply dressed corporate businessman and family man, based in New York. It’s a team effort to raise two young daughters with his wife Beth. Jones plays William, Randall’s biological father who abandoned him at a fire station soon after Randall was born.

    Moore will next be seen in a starring role in Dimension Films’ 47 Meters Down, and was recently seen in Dermot Mulroney’s Love, Wedding, Marriage opposite Kellan Lutz and James Brolin. In addition to her role in Fox’s Red Band Society, her other credits include Disney’s Tangled, Christmas In Conway opposite Mary-Louise Parker and Andy Garcia, and a stint last year on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. She performed at the 2011 Academy Awards, singing the Oscar-nominated song from Tangled, “I See the Light,” alongside Zachary Levi. Other film credits include Saved!, License To Wed, Because I Said So, Dedication, The Princess Diaries and A Walk To Remember.

    John Requa & Glenn Ficarra are directing the pilot. Fogelman, Requa & Ficarra executive produce with Jess Rosenthal and Charlie Gogolak. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

    Max Ehrich Joins Hulu’s ‘The Path’

    Max Ehrich (Under The Dome) has landed a recurring role in Hulu’s original drama series The Path from Jason Katims’ True Jack Prods. Created by Jessica Goldberg, The Path examines Eddie (Aaron Paul) and Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan), a couple at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. Ehrich will play Freddie Ridge, the drug-addicted teenage son of a wealthy family, whose parents offer to make a donation to the cult in exchange for his rehabilitation. Ehrich is repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott.

    CBS & Sony Win Dismissal Of Ex-‘Young & The Restless’ Star’s Retaliation Claims

    Victoria Rowell isn’t getting her old job back on the long-running soap, and she’s not getting far with her retaliation lawsuit against CBS, Sony Pictures Television and producers. “Plaintiff’s first and second causes of action for failure to rehire on Y&R are dismissed, with leave to amend, if Plaintiff can do so in good faith and in conformance with the analysis in this Order,” a federal judge told the former The Young & The Restless actress yesterday (read it here).

    This doesn’t mean Rowell’s 9-month legal pursuit of the network and the producers for not putting her back on the show she “reluctantly” left in 2007 is completely over. For instance, Judge John Kronstadt rejected CBS and Sony’s First Amendment and anti-SLAPP moves against her case. However, the actress got a hard amended road ahead in terms of the retaliation claims in trying to prove she was punished because of being outspoken about the need for greater diversity on Y&R and other soaps. Attempting to re-join the show since 2010, Rowell has claimed that not only has CBS and Sony refused to heed fans’ demands and bring her back to Y&R, but that they have “worked behind the scenes” to hamper her ability to appear at paid speaking events and conferences. The judge disagreed on the latter allegations and dismissed them too.

    But the return to Y&R is the real heart of this case, which Rowell first filed in NY in February.

    The actress’ first amended complaint, filed subsequently this year, “does not allege that Plaintiff applied for an open position on Y&R after she left the program,” wrote the U.S District Judge on November 10. “Indeed, it does not allege that there ever was an open position on Y&R for which she was qualified.”

    “Plaintiff cites no case law that supports her position that a prima facie retaliation claim can be made due to an alleged failure to rehire as a result of a refusal to create a new position or reopen an old one,” Judge Kronstadt adds. Part of Rowell’s multi-headed argument is that a return to the Drucilla Barber Winters role she played for 17 years on Y&R should be no big deal because characters are killed off or leave soaps and come back all the time.

    Rowell “claims that there is always a position that is constructively open,” said the judge. “This alone is not a sufficient basis to state a claim. Indeed, such an approach has the potential to open the door to vast number and wide variety of claims in many industries in which those who did not pursue open positions claimed that employers should have created them.”

    So, in true soap style, now it’s all a question of what further filing walks through the courtroom door.

    Dan Stormer and Mohammad Tajsar of Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP represent Rowell with Cyrus Mehri and Michael Lieder of Mehri & Skalet PLLC plus Robert John Valli Jr., Sara Wyn Kane and Sumantra Tito Sinha of Valli Kane & Vagnini LLP.

    John Lecrone, Elizabeth Carroll and Matthew Peterson of Davis, Wright & Tremaine LLP are handling things for CBS and Sony Pictures TV. Fellow defendants Corday Productions, Bell-Phillip TV Productions and Bell Dramatic Serial Company have their own representation.

    Kelli Goss In Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’

    Kelli Goss (The Young & The Restless, Big Time Rush) has been cast in a recurring role opposite Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson in the Netflix comedy The Ranch. Created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, The Ranch centers on the son of a Colorado rancher (Kutcher) who returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business. Goss, repped by Global Artists Agency and Luber/Roklin, will be playing Kutcher’s love interest.

    Y&R’S JOSHUA MORROW IN NEW MOVIE

    (DVD) The family film, GOLDEN SHOES, which includes Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R), is now on sale on DVD on Amazon.com. The soap fave plays the father of an 8-year-old boy who gets involved in playing soccer. "They asked me to do it and I said, ‘Of course,’ “ Morrow smiles. "It was a chance for me to do something other than Nick and obviously I love anything to do with sports, especially kid-related.” For his scenes, Morrow went on a week-long location shoot in Michigan. "I brought two of my sons, Cooper and Crew, with me and they even got to be extras,” he shares. “I even flew in my dad and we had a lot of fun." In the story, Morrow’s character is deployed to Afghanistan. “His name is George and he's stuck in a bunker, trying to get home to his family,” Morrow explains. “There’s a serious fire fight and you wonder if he’ll get out of there or not. You see that it’s a real rough situation and that he’s in peril. I got to be dirty and there’s gun play. It was a real cool experience and a different pace from Y&R.” After viewing GOLDEN SHOES recently with his sons, Morrow gives the project two thumbs up. “It’s got a great message about chasing your dreams and not giving up,” he assesses. “It’s a really great movie for the whole family."

    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!)

    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.

    Order Your Copy Of Jeanne's book here.

    Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits Stores

    The 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.

    Join the Y&R Fan Club!

    Fan Club members receive exclusive gifts such as cast photos, an autographed birthday card, and much more! Stay in touch with other fans and get the latest news on future Fan Club events, including the Fan Club Luncheon where you can dine with your Y&R favorites, participate in a Q&A session and bid on unique auction items. The application is quick and easy. Join today!

    Victoria Rowell Novel

    Former Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.

    When/Where/Details:

    May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
    2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd, between 1124th and 125th streets
    6-8 p.m.

    May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
    Time Warner Center
    7 p.m.

    May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
    513 Octavia Street
    6 p.m.

    May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
    7373 Scenic Highway
    12 - 3 p.m.

    May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
    2590 Citi Place Court
    2 p.m.

    May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
    7 p.m.

    May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
    2900 Peachtree Road NE Suite 310
    7 p.m.

    May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
    7 p.m.

    May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
    Summer Series, an Evening with Victoria Rowell
    485 DeMott Lane
    7 p.m. - Lecture Q&A
    8 p.m. - Book Signing/Reception

    May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
    Camp Creek Market Place
    3685 Market Place Blvd
    5 p.m.

    June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
    915 New Hope Road Southwest
    6/4 - evening
    6/5- matinee and evening
    6/6 - matinee and evening
    *Booking Signing after each performance.

    The Man Who Came Back

    The Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD

    Death In Daytime

    Eileen 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.”

    A Memoir by Victoria Rowell

    Book: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell


    Facts

    1. January 13, 2012: An incarcerated Victor tied the knot with ex-daughter-in-law Sharon.

    2. January 21, 2000: Show hair stylist Arik Anderson and make up artist Kathy Jones appeared on the soap to give Victoria a 1940s makeover.

    3. January 28, 2004: Jeanne Cooper celebrated her 30th year playing Katherine

    4. January 2006: After “confessing” to killing Tom, Ashley was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

    5. January 2008: After being blackmailed, Gloria agreed to wed her brother-in-law, Jeff, because he knew she had tainted Jabot's face cream.

    6. February 5, 2009: Don Diamond (ex-Brad Carlton) last aired.

    7. February 7, 2006: Barbara Crampton popped back into Genoa City as reporter Leanna Love in order to put accused murderer Ashley in the hot seat.

    8. February 10, 1992: Columbia Pictures TV hosted a tribute to Bill Bell (creator of Y&R and B&B) in honor of his 35th anniversary in daytime television.

    9. February 10, 2006: Victoria broke off her engagement to Brad when she learned that he’d postponed his divorce from Ashley (who was being charged with Tom Fisher’s murder).

    10. February 14, 1995: Jack married Luan with Keemo, their son, as best man

    11. February 16, 1996: Nick and Sharon were finally wed, despite his mother's disapproval.

    12. February 24, 2006: Convicted for the involuntary manslaughter of Tom Fisher, John was sentenced to serve seven years in the Wisconsin State penitentiary.

    13. February 1995: Bryant Jones joined the cast as Nate Hastings.

    14. March 1, 2006: Mackenzie miscarried J.T.’s baby. Upset that Kevin had been with her at the time, J.T. hooked up with Victoria!

    15. March 12, 1996: The show celebrated eight years and running as the top-rated daytime soap opera.

    16. March 22, 2002: Bob Barker guest-starred as himself.

    17. March 23, 1973: “Nadia’s Theme” (aka “Cotton’s Theme”) made its debut as the show’s new theme song.

    18. March 26, 1973: The serial made its daytime debut, becoming an immediate success and revolving around the Brookses and Fosters.

    19. March 26, 1984: Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) underwent surgery on and off screen, as viewers first witnessed an actual face-lift.

    20. March: In 1982, The Abbotts (John, Jack, Traci and Ashley) first appeared in Genoa City.

    21. April 3, 1998: Nikki’s hubby, Joshua, was shot to death by his "late" wife, Veronica.

    22. April 6, 1998: Victor divorced Diane and married Nikki on what he believed to be her deathbed. That marriage was declared invalid.

    23. April 8, 2002: Ashley secretly underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her breast.

    24. April 9, 2001: B.B. King guest-starred as himself.

    25. April 13: On this day in 1984, Victor and Nikki were married.

    26. April 23, 2007: In a hastily arranged private ceremony, Sharon and Jack exchanged vows in front of a justice of the peace named Jason, who was an old college buddy of the groom’s.

    27. April 25, 2001: A psychotic Jana kidnapped Lucy and Delia, believing that she and Kevin could become a family with the two little girls.

    28. April 29, 2005: William J. Bell, the soap scribe who co-created ANOTHER WORLD, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

    29. May 1 and 4, 2009: Katherine and Murphy got married.

    30. May 7, 1998: Wanting to prove to Chris that he was a changed man, Michael donated a kidney to ailing Danny.

    31. May 9, 1997: Sharon met Cassie, but didn’t know that the girl was her daughter.

    32. May 13, 1999: Upon finding Olivia in Neil's bed (albeit alone), Malcolm assumed the worst and took off.

    33. May 20, 2002: Ashley learned a second lump in her breast required immediate surgery.

    34. May 28, 2000: Diego informed a distraught Sharon that he was leaving town.

    35. June 17, 1998: Mary held a memorial service for her husband, Carl, unaware that he was still alive and calling himself “Jim.”

    36. June 20, 1986: Traci married the family's groundskeeper, Brad.

    37. June 23, 2008: Victor and a pregnant Sabrina wed.

    38. June 24, 2002: Raul and Brittany made love for the first time

    39. June 1997, Michael Baldwin was released from prison and returned to Genoa City.

    40. July 2, 1998: Don Diamont reprised his role as Brad.

    41. July 11, 1997: Olivia and Malcolm had a church wedding.

    42. July 12, 2010: Film star Eric Roberts debuted on Y&R as Adam's high-profile defense attorney, Vance Abrams.

    43. July 24, 2001: Chris Williams returned to Genoa City.

    44. July 29, 1992: Ryan made Victoria his underage bride.

    45. July 30, 2007: Tammin Sursok assumed the role of Colleen Carlton from Adrianne Leon.

    46. July 2006: The news that Nick got Phyllis pregnant was the last straw for Sharon. She and Nick decided to divorce.

    47. August 1995: Jack learned the truth about Luan’s fatal illness shortly after they were married.

    48. August 1-5, 1997: Danny finally learned the truth about Phyllis’ paternity fib.

    49. August 2, 1997: Jerry Douglas (John) welcomed son Hunter William into the world.

    50. August 15, 1994, Esther wed Norman, a con man, unaware that Kay had hired an actor to play the minister.

    51. August 18, 2006: After suffering from a stroke that put him in a vegetative state, John Abbott was disconnected from a ventilator and passed away.

    52. August 20, 1993: Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

    53. August 20, 2001- Following emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, Phyllis learned she couldn’t conceive more children.

    54. August, 24, 2001: Alex accepted Malcolm’s marriage proposal.

    55. September 7, 1994: Sharon Case made her debut as Sharon Collins.

    56. September 11, 2006: The show’s co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, appeared on the soap for the first time, along with her friend, famed concert pianist Van Cliburn.

    57. September 17, 2008: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS taped its 9,000th episode, which aired on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Our congratulations go out to the cast and crew for such a long and successful run!

    58. September 21, 2009: Patty Williams shot Victor three times, causing him to need a heart transplant.

    59. September 26, 1989: Jessica married Jim.

    60. September 27, 2002: Joshua Morrow (Nick) became a first-time father when wife Tobe gave birth to their son, Cooper Jacob.

    61. September 2006: The Winterses’ foster son, Devon, collapsed with meningitis and went into cardiac arrest

    62. October 2, 2008: Designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard returned to play himself.

    63. October 2, 2009: Having decided to take daughter Colleen off life support, Traci agreed to donate the young woman's heart to a dying Victor, who'd been shot by Colleen's crazed kidnapper, Patty.

    64. October 4, 1997: Lauralee Bell (Chris) married photographer Scott Martin in Santa Barbara.

    65. October 11, 2011: Sofia gave birth to a baby boy, who she named Moses after her late father.

    66. October 17, 1998: Victor married man-hating journalist Leanna Love in Las Vegas.

    67. October 27, 2006: Neil found out Carmen had been murdered.

    68. October 29, 1992: The serial celebrated its 5,000th episode, and the city of L.A. officially declared a William J. Bell Day.

    69. October, 2001- Sean arranged for Lionel Richie to serenade Jill.

    70. Nov 1, 2004: The 8,000th episode airs

    71. November 2, 2005: Following the reported death of her husband, Bobby, Brittany took their newborn son, Joshua, and moved to New York to be with her parents.

    72. November 5, 2010: Mac and J.T. wed just prior to leaving Genoa City.

    73. November 7, 2007: Enrique Iglesias played at a benefit concert at Indigo. Afterwards, Neil and Karen made love for the first time.

    74. November 9, 2006: After discovering that Billy owed thousands of dollars to bookies in Miami, Jack sent his little brother to work at House Of Kim in Hong Kong.

    75. November 20, 2006: After being arrested for the murder of Carmen, Devon was allowed out on bail to undergo cochlear implant surgery.

    76. November 27, 1989: Peter Bergman first aired as Jack Abbott

    77. November 29, 2006: Adrienne Frantz crossed her B&B character, Amber, over to join the cast of Y&R.

    78. November 1989: Peter Bergman first aired as Jack Abbott, replacing Terry Lester in the role.

    79. December 9, 2003: Rose collapsed at the altar after Paul refused to marry her.

    80. December 15, 2005: While honeymooning with Michael, Lauren was believed lost at sea when the yacht she was on exploded.

    81. December 23, 2003: Neil and Dru exchanged marriage vows in a Japanese-themed ceremony held on Ryukyu Island.

    82. December 27, 2002: J.T. sang “Faith” and “When You Say Nothing At All” to Colleen for her 16th birthday.

    83. Q. Who is the artist and what is the name of the song played at the end of Y&R on June 22, 2010? It was played during the scene with Lily, Cane and Mac.
      A. “When the Wind Blows” by Melena Buscema and Michelle Chrenshaw.

    84. 20...And Counting -- A Milestone Week For The Young and the Restless: In an unprecedented accomplishment, CBS's THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS this week marks its 1,040 consecutive week-or 20 years- as daytime's Number One drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dececember 5, 2008.

      The YOUNG AND RESTLESS winning streak started the week of December 26, 1988.

    85. December 12, 1991, two of Y&R's biggest stars- Eric Braeden (Victor) and Peter Bergman (Jack)- had a physical altercation backstage. According to press reports, after exchanging bitter words onset, Braeden showed up at Bergman's dressing room door to further discuss the matter and violence ensued. Since then, the actors have resolved their differences and now enjoy a cordial relationship. The same cannot be said for Jack and Victor.

    86. Rick Hearst (Matt) was up for the role of Larry on Ally McBeal until Robert Downey Jr. was released from prison

    87. In 1981 on Y&R, several of Genoa City’s leading residents were guests at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. Y&R intercut clips of the wedding with shots of Katherine and her friends watching as the royal couple exchanged vows. It was the first time a real-life event was woven into a soap storyline.

    88. Y&R was the first soap to explore eating disorders. In 1976, character Joann Curtis desperately tried to lose weight in order to win back the affection of her husband, Jack. After losing several pounds, Joann expressed a desire to make love with her spouse, but he wasn’t interested. Hurt, Joann devoured a multicourse meal that she had prepared for the two of them.



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