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Nick sees the Cassie imposter; tensions increase between Ashley, Victoria and Stitch.
Hilary and Leslie butt heads; Sharon talks to Jack about her memories; Victor has the rug pulled out from under him.
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Chelsea sees Billy differently; Victoria and Stitch's date takes an unexpected turn; Colin tries to make peace with Cane and Lily.
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Y&R STAR WRAPS RUNElizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) who opted to leave the role she has been playing since 2008, is nearing the end of her Genoa City run. Today on Twitter she posted, "It's an emotional day, cleaning out my dressing room, a place I will truly miss.” The actress will last air on Tuesday, May 27.
DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS SETThe Daytime Emmy Awards have been set for June 22 at the Beverly Hilton, Variety reports, with the Creative Arts categories being presented on June 20 at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Thus far, no television outlet is scheduled to broadcast the ceremony.
B&B Exec Leads Important CrusadeWhen he's not overseeing the production of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for his day job, supervising producer Ed Scott is trying to save the world — literally. The TV exec and husband of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is the CEO of the Save The Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping raise both awareness and funding for environmental research in collaboration with major universities.
The organization has planned several exciting events for Earth Week this week. On Tuesday, April 22, Chicago's No. 1 rock station, The Drive 97.1 will auction off a Candy Apple Red Fender Standard Stratocaster signed by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler. For more information check out the STE auction site. The foundation is also sponsoring a major symposium on Saturday, April 26th featuring the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the focus of which will be the problem of marine debris.
"There are three huge garbage patches in our oceans right now, one of which is in the North Pacific and covers an area the size of Texas," Scott explains. "The fish eat the plastic, and god only knows what it does to us when it gets into our system. The other major problem is container ships dropping big containers. Every year hundreds fall off of ships in rough seas, and they're really fouling up the water."
Scott points to a new book called Emotion For The Ocean by Chet Forrest, which explains, in layman's terms, the devastation being done to our oceans and marine life. "The oceans are our lifeblood," says Scott. "I don't think enough people understand the severity of what is happening, but we have to get it resolved. We can't keep destroying the oceans like we're doing."
For more information about Scott's efforts on behalf of Save The Earth, visit www.savetheearth.org.
Y&R Casting CornerDanielle Demski from “Let’s Make a Deal” will appear as a businesswoman on Friday, 4/25/14.
DC Douglas will appear as an associate of Colin’s on Friday, 4/25/14.
Mo Rocca from CBS This Morning appears as Milton on Wednesday, 4/30/14.
Helen Slater will debut as Dr. Chiverton on Friday, 5/2/14.
Super Bowl XLVIII Champion, Michael Robinson will return on Monday, 5/19/14.
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!)
Cady McClain InterviewCady McClain on Her New Young and the Restless Role and Shocking Memoir. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Party With The Stars!If you don't yet have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with this: The 15th Annual SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island, FL! More than a dozen daytime actors are scheduled to attend the festival, taking place Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Stars scheduled to appear include GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt); THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance); GUIDING LIGHT's Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan); and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Melissa Archer (Natalie).
SoapFest events include the intimate A Night Of Stars dinner; Cruizin' Boozin' & Schmoozin' With The Stars on the Marco Island Princess yacht; Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and VIP Brunch With The Boys Of Daytime.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual SoapFest weekend, which will raise funds for Camp Able (a program for local special needs children), the Island Theater Company Kids Program and other local organizations. For a complete schedule and description of events, ticket packages, and additional updates, visit www.SoapFest.com.
Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud SeparateGreg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.
Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.
"As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.
"With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.
Cast AppearancesDaniel Goddard will appear on The Price is Right on Wednesday, 4/16, Friday, 5/9, Wednesday 5/14, and Friday, 5/16.
Camryn Grimes will guest star on THE MENTALIST on CBS on Sunday, 4/20/14.
Eric Braeden will appear in a one night only performance of BritWeek’s Evening of Shakespeare, Music & Love on Friday, 4/25 at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. eventbrite.com
Melissa Ordway will appear on The Price is Right on Monday, 6/30.
Helen Slater Joins The Young and the Restless(tvguide.com) The doctor is in — and she looks just like Supergirl! Helen Slater is heading to CBS's The Young and the Restless as an OB/GYN named Dr. Chiverton. But which Genoa City gal is expecting a baby? The soap is keeping that quiet for now, since there are several possibilities beyond the obvious one, Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman), who currently thinks she's pregnant.
Slater hits the air May 2 for at least five episodes, with more appearances likely to be scheduled. The actress made a media splash 30 years ago when she played the title role in the film Supergirl. She later returned to the Man of Steel universe when she played Clark Kent's birth mother Lara-El on Smallville. Slater was also a regular for two seasons of ABC's Family's The Lying Game, as Sutton and Laurel's mom Kristin. Her other film credits include Ruthless People, The Secret of My Success and the Oscar-winning City Slickers.
SUPER RETURN TO Y&RSeattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champion Michael Robinson is heading back to tape at Y&R on April 16 for scenes that will air on May 19. He will cross paths with Eric Braeden (Victor) and Sean Carrigan (Stitch). The fullback last appeared on March 13 as a businessman. You can tweet Robinson at his Twitter handle, @RealMikeRob.
Y&R CASTING NEW RECURRING ROLECBS has released a a casting call for the recurring role of Barton. The part, which will begin shooting next month, is described as, "An African-American doctor in his late 30s to early 40s, handsome, intelligent, and a highly capable surgeon. Open to name actors."
Bell's Series Nominated For AwardCongratulations are in order for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Lauralee Bell (Christine) — her web series, MI PROMISE, has been named a Webby Award Honoree for Online Film and Video: Drama Individual Short or Episode! The Webby Awards is an international award organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising and on-line film and video.
"I am so proud that MI PROMISE has impressed the selection committee for the Webby Awards," says Bell, who produced and starred in the six-episode series, which details the tragic aftermath of a teen who was texting and driving. "That's icing on the cake for our MI PROMISE team.
"Our entire goal was to reach teens, pre-teens and adults about what can happen when you text and drive at the same time," the actress adds. "If we've helped to make people consider the consequences by providing a dramatic example, then we accomplished what we set out to do!"
Check out MI PROMISE by going to www.mipromise.com.
Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity(variety.com) The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.
A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.
Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.
One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.
But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.
“General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.
“Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.
It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”
“The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”
Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.
Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.
“Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.
The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.
Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”
He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.
“What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”
Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.
“There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”
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'Suits' Season 4: 'Family Ties' Michael Gross cast"Suits" Season 4 is bringing a "Family Ties" star to Pearson Specter this summer. Michael Gross (River, The Young & The Restless) will recur as a businessman working with the law firm.
Gross will play the recurring role of Walter Gillis, described as the down-to-earth founder of a DVD distribution company. While trying to keep his business afloat and solvent, Gillis also needs to fend off repeated takeover bids.
"Suits" star Patrick J. Adams let the cat out of the bag on the casting Tuesday (April 8), when he posted a photo with Gross to Instagram:
(Photo) "Well call me Alex P. Keaton. #michaelgross #familyties #shalalala"
Best-known for playing patriarch Steven Keaton in the 1980s sitcom, "Family Ties," Gross has also appeared on TV shows like "How I Met Your Mother," "Psych," "CSI" and more. In film, many might recognize the actor from the cult movie, "Tremors."
Season 4 of "Suits" is expected to air during the summer of 2014. Two other actors, DB Woodside and Brendan Hines, are also expected to recur during the season. The "Suits" Season 3 finale airs Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on USA.
'America's Next Top Model' Eva Marcille & Baby Daddy All Smiles ... After Restraining Order(tmz.com) (Photo) "America's Next Top Model" star Eva Marcille can't make her mind up -- days after she accused her baby daddy of violently kicking down several doors in their home and trying to snatch their child from her arms ... she posed in a smiley photo with him.
Eva obtained a restraining order against rapper BF Kevin McCall on March 28th, claiming he went ballistic during an argument and chased her around their home, trying to take their 2-month-old daughter.
Eva claims Kevin kicked down 4 doors during his rampage and even threatened to punch her.
But clearly, something changed -- days later on April 4th, Eva was all smiles again, posing for a photo with Kevin and their daughter on Instagram with the ironic hashtag #familyfirst.
According to the restraining order, Kevin's required to stay 100 yards away from Eva.
To each their own.
Have Tea With The Stars In Calgary!Canadian fans will have an opportunity to mingle with Kate Linder (Esther) and other cast members of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS while donating to a worthy cause on Sunday, April 27. The actress will be hosting "'OpportuniTeas' For Independence," a high tea in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that will benefit the March of Dimes Canada.
"It's exciting because we're going to a different part of Canada," Linder tells Soaps In Depth. "This will be different because while I'm sure some fans who have been to past teas will come to this one we'll also have some new faces, too. It's always nice to meet people who support the show!"
Joining Linder at the get-together will be co-stars Jess Walton (Jill) and Tristan Rogers (Colin). "Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) is coming, too, and I'm very excited about that because this might be one of her last events for a while," says Linder sadly, of her soon-to-be-exiting on-screen daughter.
The tea will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session. The afternoon of fun and festivities will include a raffle, live auction and gift bag giveaway. Plus, Y&R make-up artist Patti Denney and hair stylist George Guzman will auction off an on-the-spot makeover for a lucky winner! For tickets and event info click here!
Branson's Baby!Congratulations are in order for Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN/ex-Ronan, The Young & The Restless/ex-Shane, Guiding Light) and longtime love Jaimie Foley on the birth of their first child, son Van James. The infant certainly took his time coming into the world, waiting until well past his due date, but now that he's here, the parents couldn't be happier. You can see a pic of the happy family on Twitter by clicking here!
Scott Calls Tabloid Out!(facebook.com) Is it possible for the GLOBE to print an entire article with not ONE shred of truth to it?Well, they've done it. In their April 7th edition,there is an entire page devoted to absolute lies.It refers to a phone call that I had with Susan Lucci,whom I don't even know. Sure,over the years we have run into each other at events, "Hello,how are you," and that's it.She does not have my phone number, nor I hers. Hey,Globe...There was no phone call! According to the Globe, I told her that YR isn't a great place to work these days because of the havoc Jill Farren Phelps has created under her rule. That we are walking on eggshells! In reality, our set has never been as relaxed and copacetic, with a very warm vibe, due to some recent changes made. In my 35 years in Genoa City, there has been only one regime that made us walk on eggshells, and it wasn't under Jill. Sure,we were warned of the "Wicked Witch" that was blowing our way, but she has been nothing but a great leader, gracious, professional, approachable and a pleasure to work with. They also intimated that I was upset that my husband (who,btw,has a multi-year contract with "The Bold and the Beautiful,") didn't get Jill's position of EP! Utterly ridiculous!Edward is extremely happy at B and B and would never think of switching shows. I'm sure CBS legal would have a few things to say about that,too! And, Brad Bell as well! Don't get me wrong:If Susan were to come to YR I would welcome her with open arms,just as I would any actor coming to Genoa City. It boggles my mind that a rag could print nothing but falsehoods. Usually,there is a small grain of truth,but not this time! Don't believe everything you read,kids! - Melody Thomas Scott
B&B And Y&R Co-Creator HonoredTHE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, is being honored by The Guild Of Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Los Angeles at its annual Accessories For Success Spring Luncheon And Fashion Show. The event will be held on Friday, April 11, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Heather Tom (Katie, B&B) will be hosting, and the award will be presented to Bell by Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) and John McCook (Eric, B&B).
Before the luncheon, luxury accessories will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters LA. The luncheon itself features a fashion show from Kyle By Alene Too. If you would like to attend this gala event, tickets are available to the public. Just click here for more information!
Y&R HUNKS' NEW ASSIGNMENTY&R's Joshua Morrow (Nick) and TV brother Steve Burton (Dylan) will be traveling to Las Vegas to serve as behind-the-scenes social media reporters at the ACM Awards on April 6. Check out this video to see the actors' hilarious take on their upcoming duties (although Morrow has a more grandiose role in mind).
MO ROCCA TO GUEST ON Y&RMo Rocca, host of the Cooking Channel's MY GRANDMOTHER'S RAVIOLI and a correspondent for CBS SUNDAY MORNING, will appear on an upcoming episode of Y&R as Milton, an accountant. He tweeted a shot from the set alongside Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki). See it here.
Jill Larson debuts on Monday, April 14th.
Andrea Grano returns as Dr. Sternin on Tuesday, April 15th.
Cady McClain debuts as Kelly Andrews on Wednesday, April 16th.
Matthew Atkinson debuts as Austin on Thursday, April 17th.
Chris Elwood debuts as Marcus on Thursday, April 17th.
Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland will return as Ashley and Traci Abbott on Friday, April 18th.
Eva Longoria Admires Beau Jose Antonio Baston's 'Humor and Intellect'While other actresses obsess over every line and wrinkle, Eva Longoria, who's just one year shy of 40, isn't freaking out about getting older.
"Age is something you can't control, so why worry about it?" she says.
"I would never want to repeat my 20s," she tells Parade. "I welcome age with open arms because I want to evolve as a human being, gain more wisdom. I have so much more to do! And the only way you do that is with age."
Part of what makes the present such an enjoyable time for the former Desperate Housewives star is being in the company of Jose Antonio Baston, the president of Latin America's Televisa media company.
"I'm attracted to humor and intellect in a man," says Longoria, who got divorced from Tony Parker in 2011. "Let me tell you, I'm very lucky in my life."
The Devious Maids producer has been dating Baston, 45, since the end of last year.
In November, a source told PEOPLE Baston was "sweeping [Eva] off her feet and courting her like a proper gentleman."
The Young and the Restless Spoilers: Susan Lucci Hired On Y&R If Jill Farren Phelps Gets Her Way(celebdirtylaundry.com) The Young and the Restless is in trouble. No, it’s not teetering on the edge of cancellation, yet. But the ratings are way down, decades-long fans are tuning out and show runner Jill Farren Phelps knows that she needs to do something quick. She has taken a lot of heat for treating female characters (and the actresses that portray them) badly and finally seems to realize that she needs to do something to change people’s perception of her. According to the April 7th print edition of GLOBE Magazine Jill has made one hell of an offer to Susan Lucci. For all the details be sure to get this week’s copy of GLOBE.
Lucci has always been extremely loyal to All My Children. She spent 41 years with the show and took work outside of daytime while waiting to see if the rebooted version of the show was going to work. Now that AMC is good and dead with absolutely no tangible way of resurrecting it, Susan feels better about contemplating doing another daytime show and is said to be seriously mulling over the Y&R offer. She was reassured that her character would be a smart business woman with a front-burner storyline. That sounds kind of like her role of Erica Kane, right?
This is like a multi-tiered power move on Jill’s part. Lucci brings instant credibility to the show and she is a power player. Then there is that legion of fans that really wishes she would come back to daytime. Y&R needs a real lift in the ratings and bringing Lucci in would likely be a nice boost. However fans have reacted for the most part negatively to JFP’s attempt to buy back their devotion by hiring Lucci.
Live Chat ScheduleSean Carrigan, Amelia Heinle, Melissa Ordway and Redaric Williams will live tweet on Monday, March 31th at 9:30am PST.
Jess Walton and Tristan Rogers will live tweet on Wednesday, April 9th at 9:30am PST.
Talk Show Appearance“THE TALK” ON CBS - Thursday, April 3
Steve Burton and Joshua Morrow (CBS’s “The Young and the Restless”)
Former Soap Star Gets Gone!While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN/ex-Shane, Guiding Light/ex-Ronan, The Young & The Restless) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."
The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."
While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."
Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.
Eva Longoria Will Not Have a Baby on Her Own: "I Do Not Have That Need to Procreate"(Cover) Eva Longoria would love to have a child some day, but that does not mean she will have a have a baby on her own.
The actress appears on the cover of Parade and opens up about her future family plans as well as her latest projects.
"I've always wanted a family," the Devious Maids producer tells the magazine. "I believe in family. But children are a product of love. So I don't think I'll go off and have a baby by myself. I do not have that need to procreate."
As for getting older—the Texas beauty recently celebrated her 39th birthday—Longoria would "never want to repeat" her 20s and has no worries about aging.
"I welcome age with open arms because I want to evolve as a human being, gain more wisdom," the Desperate Housewives star admits. "I have so much more to do! And the only way you do that is with age."
Longoria has shifted from appearing in front of the camera and is now focusing on appearing behind-the-scenes, as a producer and director.
"Had I known how hard acting was going to be, I wouldn't have done it," Longoria explains. "There's no recipe for success, no rhyme or reason why certain actors are famous and others aren't. As an actor, you kind of just say your lines and cross your fingers."
To read more about the new love in her life as well as her charitable and philanthropic work, be sure to pick up the issue on Sunday.
'The Young and the Restless' celebrates 41 years(Cast Photo) "The Young and the Restless" is taking a break from love, deception and backstabbing to celebrate the soap's 41st anniversary.
Led by longtime stars Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, the cast and crew gathered Tuesday to celebrate a day early. The CBS show has been daytime's top-rated soap since December 1988 and was recently renewed for three years.
A chocolate cake in the shape of the number 1 and covered in white icing with a red 'YR' logo was cut on the set at Television City in Hollywood.
No one from the show's debut on March 26, 1973 — when it was just 30 minutes long — remains with the show. Jeanne Cooper, who arrived six months later to play grand dame Katherine Chancellor, died in May at age 84.
The Young and the Restless Turns 41 With Help From Drew Carey(Photo, Infrographic)
Y&R RECASTING ADAM?Y&R has put out a casting call for a character named Aaron Newton, who sounds a lot like Adam Newman, last played by Michael Muhney, who left the show in late January. The contract role would begin taping in May, and the description reads: "Caucasian Male. MID 30s to LATE 30s. A very handsome, very SEXY, very appealing, very charming LEADING MAN. Aaron is a smart businessman, loves women, and can out maneuver even the shrewdest. NOTE: Actor must be AT LEAST 5'10 and have NO ACCENT PLEASE. This actor will carry major storylines. ONLY actors with strong acting experience will be considered."
CADY MCCLAIN ON Y&R GIG: "THE PEOPLE ARE SO NICE"In a blog post on her offical web site, Y&R newcomer Cady McClain (ex-Dixie, AMC; ex-Rosanna, ATWT) dishes about her first day on Y&R as Kelly. "Where to begin… let’s start with how INCREDIBLY LUCKY I feel to have been asked to come and work on this amazing show. The people are so nice, the sets are awesome, the writing is fantastic… I could go on and on…," she begins. "They did a really nice thing for me: the stage manager announced my name to everyone and they all applauded to welcome me to the show. I mean, seriously. I don’t know if I’ve ever had that! WOW…. I had fun, what can I say? It felt soooo good to be acting again. Sometimes acting can be exhausting, but I don’t think that’s going to happen here. I think this is going to be a very fulfilling experience. I am so looking forward to sharing it all with you." For her full post, click here.
DIGEST WEDDING SPECIAL ON SALE NOW!(Cover) Be sure to grab a copy of Best Soap Weddings, a new, full-size issue from the editors of Soap Opera Digest focusing on daytime's most memorable nups. This collector's edition is a must-have for any soap fan and includes interviews with fan-favorite soap brides, weddings through the decades, couples who married on screen and off, stars' real-life wedding photos, expert tips on how to look like a soap bride, unforgettable ceremonies, celebrity wedding guests, most disastrous weddings, memorable photos and so much more. Head to the newsstand today (March 21)!
Larson Talks Y&R And First Kiss!(abc.soapsindepth.com) Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) is returning to soaps for a two-day stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS beginning Monday, April 14. The actress will play Connie, a stage manager who'll try to keep things running smoothly during Chelsea's fashion show. The gig reunites her with Pine Valley pals Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R; Annie, AMC) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R; Frankie, AMC).
"Connie's in the middle of all the action," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a real fun role and when it came along, I said, 'Oh, yeah!' I'm in touch with [Y&R headwriter] Jean Passanante via E-mail, so maybe that's what triggered the idea."
Larson's getting buzz not only for her upcoming Y&R gig, but also for her appearance in the short film First Kiss, which was directed by Tatia Pilieva. Larson was one of 20 artists cast in the indie project, which captures a series of first kisses among strangers.
"I met a man who was working for the clothing company [providing outfits for the film]," Larson recalls. "We got to talking, and I kept looking around wondering who did they call in for me to kiss? Then, I realized it was him! It was very sweet."
First Kiss has gone viral on the Web. Why? Larson believes it's because the film touches on the universal themes, fears and joys that are related to locking lips. "Sometimes when you kiss someone for the first time, you think, 'Do I like this person?' 'Should I get out now?' 'Are we going upstairs?''Do I like him?' 'Does he like me?' 'What are our children going to look like?'" she muses. "The film resonates with people because of its tenderness. It expresses things that we all feel, but don't have the courage to say anymore."
AIR DATE CHANGE FOR Y&R'S CADY MCCLAINLooks like Y&R's new Kelly will be debuting sooner than expected. Cady McClain, who is taking over the role from Cynthia Watros, tweeted, "NEWS FLASH! My first air date is April 16th, not the 24th… so… it's SOON! Yipee!!"
Eric Braeden InterviewYoung and the Restless' Eric Braeden Talks Toyota Grand Prix and Those Victor-Nikki Battles. Read the TV Guide interview here.
Y&R ADDS NEW CHARACTER(Photo) Matthew Atkinson (PARENTHOOD, JANE BY DESIGN, CSI, DROP DEAD DIVA and ONE TREE HILL) has been hired in the recurring role of Austin and will first air on April 17. The newcomer's first scenes will be with Steve Burton (Dylan) and Jessica Collins (Avery), where he will play a cameraman working with Avery on her new venture. Tweet him @JMattAtkinson.
See Carrigan On The Big Screen!If you are heading out to the movies this weekend, be sure to check out THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Sean Carrigan (Stitch) in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club! The film stars Nia Long (Kat, GUIDING LIGHT), Amy Smart and Wendi McLendon-Covey (THE GOLDBERGS) as single mothers from different walks of life who create an unlikely support group. "I play Tony, the love interest of Wendi McLendon-Covey," Carrigan tells Soaps In Depth. "She was so much fun! It was a wonderful cast. We had a great time shooting it, and Tyler Perry was amazing!"
The Single Moms Club opens today in theaters nation-wide.
Y&R'S HENDRICKSON ON EXIT— IT'S TRUEIn a statement to Soap Opera Digest and her fans, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) confirms reports that she is leaving the soap she first joined in 2008. Here, in her own words, she reveals the reasons behind her life-altering decision: "You may have heard the rumor that I am leaving Y&R…and it is with a grateful heart that I wanted to tell you personally, my unbelievable fans, that the rumor is true. What does one say after a decade of the most amazing relationship? Let me start by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for standing by me and all of my characters in daytime over the many years. A big special thanks to the BAMers, Chilly's, Clonan's and Clovin fans. Your love and dedication has been unwavering. Even the most beautiful relationships need to go through changes in order for them to grow and evolve. This is where I find myself. I need to stretch my wings and fly into the unknown. The one thing that remains true and what I will hold close to my heart as I embark on this new adventure is that I will ALWAYS have you. If it weren't for all of your love, support and faith in me as an actress I wouldn't be able to make this bold move. Please know, this is not goodbye forever. This was a very amicable parting of ways. I will be working for a few more weeks and airing well into May. Y&R and especially Jill Farren Phelps made it very clear they did not want to see me go and plan to leave the door open for Chloe. I am beyond thankful for my career in daytime, the friends I have made along the way and especially for all of you. I hope to see you all soon. Lets keep in touch. Maybe in another medium or simply another time slot. Regardless. I'll miss you. Love Lizzie. "
Watch Soap LifeSoap Life, the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! (See the full cast list here.)
For a preview, you can watch the trailer here.
ELIZABETH HENDRICKSON LEAVING Y&R?Is Elizabeth Hendrickson on her way out of Genoa City after six years as Chloe? That seems to be a possibility, as TV Guide's Michael Logan tweeted over the weekend that the actress may elect not to renew her contract. So far, the actress hasn't commented.
Kristoff St. John: Still Young, Still Restless [INTERVIEW](ebony.com) (A Man Called God Trailer) The veteran soap star opens up about 20+ years on ‘The Young & the Restless,’ and his dad’s directing effort, ‘A Man Called God’
It’s been 25 years since the popular CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless became daytime’s top drama, and Kristoff St. John has been there for the better part of its reign. As Neil Winters, the New York City native has been flexing his thespian muscle as one of the most compelling characters on television for 23 years: a divorced (and believed to be widowed) recovering alcoholic who’s a loving father and grandfather and also a respected pillar of the community.
In Winters’s imperfection, he’s also had romances with two sisters, become embroiled in a paternity scandal, and then—years later—fathered a child with his brother’s wife and taken the blame for the sudden death of a one night stand. He’s helped his daughter battle cancer and also bedded all types of women in between.
Yes. Believe it or not, that layered image of a Black man can be seen on network television almost every single day (even via a work of fiction).
“I feel comfortable playing the character,” says St. John. “I cannot find the role of Neil Winters on any other program on television, or movies for that matter. This is the role of roles.
“It’s a funny parallel that life has, real life and my stage life—things that have mirrored throughout the years,” he adds. “But in no way, shape or form could I find the role of a Black corporate executive who has been the CEO of several companies, a thriving force in the corporate world commanding millions of dollars.
“We do not see Black men forging business deals necessarily on television or in the movies. Shall we go to the stereotypical pimp, hustler, drug dealer, detective? These roles that have been plentiful, that my father had to audition for and procure as a young man beating the streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s?”
Unbeknownst to some, the 25-year soap veteran’s father is the groundbreaking Blaxploitation actor Christopher St. John, who also wrote, directed and produced the controversial 1972 film Top of the Heap (which subsequently caused him to be banished from Hollywood for its critical themes about the U.S. government).
“He called the entire NASA program a sham,” the junior St. John explains about the movie’s plot, which revolved around a Washington D.C. cop struggling with family woes and career stress, while also having a very vivid imagination. (He dreamed of becoming the first Black astronaut). “He dared to be different; he showed things of Hollywood and they didn’t like that at all,” St. John says of the obscure film.
“They called him subversive and they removed his film from the movie theaters and he faded away.” While Top of the Heap won an award at the Berlin Film Festival and was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, it could be considered a tough trivia nugget—even for a staunch Blaxploitation fan.
“It’s really because of his blacklisting and his film being pulled and him not being able to get work, [that my] career was borne,” the son acknowledges of his father’s sacrifice. “God works in mysterious ways. His exit was my entrance.”
Though Kristoff St. John, who started off in soap operas with the groundbreaking serial Generations in 1989, is not recognized as a pioneer in the field, his character is arguably the longest-running, African-American character in the history of television. (S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren is commonly referred to as that—with her 17 seasons on Law & Order.)
“It’s interesting that I’ve been on this show so long. I was a kid when I got there and certainly felt like one,” he says. “In a lot of ways I still feel like a kid, but I have three of my own now, and that’s a testament of the 23 years that I’ve been doing the show and a testament of the show itself.”
Though television genres like ratchet reality shows and celebrity-driven talk shows seem to have grown exponentially and garner most of the attention these days, St. John—who also appeared on Happy Days and Roots—is very aware of the impact the unsung daytime drama still has on its viewers. “I can’t think of a show that’s run as long as our show has,” he says. “You know, we’ve heard about shows like The Simpsons as the longest-running series primetime show, and we don’t get enough press, strangely enough, about CBS’s number one daytime drama for all these years. Why is that? I don’t know.
“It’s phenomenal that it has been that long. In fact, it’s probably a record that will never be broken.”
Outside of The Young and the Restless, St. John is also celebrating the release of a film he produced that’s currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. Titled A Man Called God and directed by his father, the full-length documentary started filming 30 years ago and chronicles the St. John family’s spiritual journey to Southern India to search for God. “We filmed a documentary that sat in a vault for many, many years because we lost our faith. And I took the material recently [and] spun a whole different story I knew would work.”
A Man Called God will next be screened March 31 at the American Documentary Festival in Palm Springs, California.
EILEEN DAVIDSON RETURNS TO Y&REven though she's back to work on DAYS as Kristen, Eileen Davidson is squeezing Y&R into her hectic schedule to make an appearance as Ashley. The actress and Beth Maitland (Traci) will both be back in the studio on March 20 to tape scenes that will air on April 18, when the sisters come to Genoa City for a family event. Ashley will also air on April 21."I'm looking forward to being a bad girl and then a good girl and then a bad girl again," Davidson exclusively tells Digest.
Jon Lindstrom InterviewGeneral Hospital's Jon Lindstrom on His Marriage to Y&R's Cady McClain. Read the TV Guide interview here.
41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMS REVEALEDThe 41st Annual Daytime Emmy nominations will officially be revealed on May 1, but NATAS and ATAS has released the talent who have received prenominations in the acting categories:
Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R), Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R), Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH), Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Jess Walton (Jill, Y&R), Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly GH) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) landed prenoms in the Lead Actress division.
Up for Lead Actor are Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R), Roger Howarth (Franco, GH), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), John McCook (Eric, B&B), Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R), James Scott (EJ, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS).
The Supporting Actress prenoms went to Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GH), Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH), Kelly Sullivan (Connie, GH) and Cynthia Watros (Kelly, Y&R).
Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH), Blake Berris (Nick, DAYS), Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GH), Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B), William deVry (Julian, GH), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) made the Supporting Actor cut.
In the Younger Actress category, prenoms went to Kirsten Alderson (Kiki, GH), Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), Hunter King (Summer, Y&R), Kate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B), Kelley Missal (Dani, OLTL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly, B&B) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, AMC).
Younger Actor prenoms went to Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey, OLTL), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R), Adam Gregory (Thomas, B&B), Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Eric Nelsen (AJ, AMC), Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R) and Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS).
Live Chat ScheduleSteve Burton and Jessica Collins will live tweet on Wednesday, March 19th at 9:30am PST.
Cast AppearancesEric Braeden, Doug Davidson and Christian Le Blanc will appear at the "Men of Daytime" event at the Spa Resort's Casino in Palm Springs Saturday, March 22nd.
Steve Burton and Joshua Morrow will appear at Wiley's Comedy Club on Saturday, April 12th in Dayton, Ohio at 1pm.
Steve Burton and Joshua Morrow will appear at The Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan on Sunday, April 13th in Louisville, Kentucky at 1pm.
EILEEN DAVIDSON BACK TO DAYS SETAfter eight months away from Salem, Eileen Davidson (Kristen) reports back to the DAYS set today. The actress was last seen on the soap in November, but actually taped her final scenes last summer. "I'm speculating just like every other fan on what the basis of her return is," shares Eric Martsolf (Brady). "I'll see her in the make up room on Monday morning. But the show is keeping a tight lid on her story." The actress recently tweeted, "I'm grateful! It's so much fun getting my 'Kristen' on!" Look for her to first air in July.
'Hogan's Heroes' star Clary marks 88th birthdayRobert Clary of "Hogan's Heroes" fame said he will be celebrating his 88th birthday this weekend simply, at a dinner out with friends, and with gratitude for his long life.
"Every day I wake up is a birthday," said Clary, who as a Jewish French teenager survived the Nazi Holocaust that claimed 12 family members, including his parents.
He's resisted bitterness, he said: "You learn from the bad things and you learn from the good things."
Clary has been off the screen for more than a decade, staying busy with his family, his hobby of painting and regular gym workouts.
"The only thing I really miss tremendously, I lost my wife. But that is part of life, unfortunately," Clary said. He was married to Natalie Cantor, the daughter of singer-actor Eddie Cantor, for more than 30 years.
TV viewers still recognize Clary as Cpl. Louis LeBeau from the 1965-71 sitcom improbably set in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. He also sang in clubs, recorded pop songs and standards and performed in musical theater.
A voting member of the motion picture academy, Clary said his top picks for Sunday's Oscars are Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") and Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street").
"I don't care how many Oscars she (Streep) has won. If she's brilliant, she's brilliant. She deserves to win one more," said Clary, sounding very much like the feisty POW LeBeau.
After "Hogan's Heroes," his TV work included the soap operas "The Young and the Restless," ''Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Clary remained publicly silent about his wartime experience until the early 1980s when, he said, he was provoked to speak by those who denied or diminished the orchestrated effort by German leader Adolph Hitler's government to exterminate Jews.
Since then, he's appeared in a documentary and written an autobiography, "From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes," to document his experience.
Melody Thomas Scott InterviewMelody Thomas Scott Talks 35 Years on The Young and the Restless. Read the TV Guide interview and see the videos here.
Stafford To GH?Rumors are abound that Michelle Stafford is set to play Nina Clay on General Hospital and a tweet on Feb. 24 from Michelle teased fans about a possible new project. So is the actress headed to GH?
Michelle Stafford tweeted: “Today is an awesome day to start something new!! That's what I'm doing y'all... I'll tell u about it very soon! ?”
The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott Guests on The Crazy Ones(tvguide.com) She just can't stay off the sauce. Daytime goddess Melody Thomas Scott, who plays recovering alcoholic Nikki Newman on CBS's The Young and the Restless, has booked a guest gig on CBS's The Crazy Ones as...a boozy librarian! The actress will share scenes with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in an episode scheduled to air mid-April.
"It came completely out of the blue," Thomas Scott tells TV Guide Magazine. "I was originally called in for another role on the show and was told by the producers that I was too young, which was fabulous! But they thought Robin and I would play off each other well, so they created a role for me in a different episode. It's a great character and not at all glamorous like Nikki. This poor girl is really trying to be sexy but she's just not cutting it — and she has no qualms about pulling out her flask during library hours."
Thomas Scott says the Crazy Ones team had watched her old episode of My Name is Earl and seemed inspired by it. "That was another role where I'm all drinky-drinky," she says with a laugh. "I guess it's never too late to be typecast!"
Working with Williams and Gellar was "wonderful and surreal and still hasn't sunk in yet," she says. "The whole thing has been crazy!" Thomas Scott has even more to celebrate this week: Thursday, Feb. 27 marks her 35th anniversary on Y&R.
Y&R Fan EventThere will be a Y&R 40th Anniversary Fan Club Dinner on Saturday, August 24th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. Fans wishing to attend should contact Cathy Tomas for reservations and information at email@example.com.
Casting CornerRob Steinberg appears a Victor's lawyer on Thursday, March 6th, 2014.
CADY MCCLAIN IS Y&R'S NEW KELLY!(tvguide.com) One Emmy winner is out, another is in. CBS's The Young and the Restless has been forced to recast the role of grieving mom Kelly Andrews, currently played by Cynthia Watros, who has moved on to the upcoming MTV series Finding Carter. The new Kelly is former All My Children and As the World Turns great Cady McClain.
A rep for the top-rated soap tells TV Guide Magazine that Watros will shoot her final scenes March 14 and will last air April 16. McClain shows up for work March 26 and will first be seen April 24.
The switch isn't unexpected. Watros, known for her gigs on Guiding Light and Lost, went to Y&R without a contract well aware she might need to drop out if the Finding Carter pilot got a series order. (Carter films in Atlanta, Y&R in Los Angeles.) Yesterday she tweeted: "I LOVED being on Y and R. A big hug to the cast and crew! You guys rock! My fans and my not fans. I love you. I hope I didn't let you down."
Word is, a Kelly recast was mandatory because Y&R plans to romantically team the character with Peter Bergman's kingpin character, Jack Abbott.
'Young & the Restless' producers reportedly auditioning actors to replace Michael Muhney(radaronline.com) Two months after Michael Muhney was fired from The Young and the Restless for alleged sexual misconduct, producers are currently holding auditions to find a new actor to play the popular Adam Newman role, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Muhney, 38, was dumped after co-star, Hunter King, 20, reportedly complained he’d fondled her breasts on two occasions — both of which she protested were unsolicited and unwanted advances.
“Benjamin Franklin said it best, ‘Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see,’” Muhney said in his first public comments after the alleged incident on Twitter.
He later added, “…and that quote doesn’t only apply to what is being said about ME. It also applies to others. Please be kind to everyone. #respect.”
Muhney’s soap character was involved in a fiery crash at the beginning of Jan., and scenes have hinted that his character is still alive.
“I saw it coming, and I didn’t see it coming,” he explained. “I suspected it could happen, but I didn’t think that it really would — at least not now; maybe down the line.”
“There are active auditions going on to replace Michael Muhney’s character as Adam Newman. Producers haven’t found the best actor yet to fill the role. It’s important that the role be filled by someone the audience will grow to love,” an insider told Radar.
“There are storylines being written about Adam and the character is central to the show.”
In the aftermath of Muhney’s demise, tales of bitter on-set fighting, backstabbing and cast cliques emerged.
Veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — previously came to Radar in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney.
According to Braeden, Muhney had openly waged a “campaign” to get him kicked off the show which, he stunningly confessed, which led to an epic “shouting match” between the pair.
“I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” the Emmy Award-winner admitted.
Sources tell Radar, “One thing is certain, the next actor that will portray Adam Newman, won’t have the ego or chip on the shoulder that Michael had.
“If there is even a hint of diva behavior, or drama, the role won’t go to that person. Period. Everyone wants to move on from that disaster.”
2012 NAACP's Image Award WinnersOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
ABC Drama Pilot 'Sea Of Fire' Adds To CastKevin G. Schmidt (The Young And The Restless) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire. It chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Schmidt, with ICM Partners and Cammerata Management, will play Zander Harper, who’s dating Jane and becomes a suspect in her disappearance.
SUPER BOWL CHAMPION MICHAEL ROBINSON LIGHTS UP CBS DAYTIMEMichael Robinson, fullback of the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, will make his acting debut on CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on Thursday, March 13 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
During a recent interview on “NFL Total Access,” Robinson revealed that his guilty pleasure is “watching the stories” on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. When producers at the show learned of his interest, they invited him to make an appearance. Robinson jumped at the chance to visit Y&R and was thrilled when he found out that he had been written into an upcoming episode working with Daytime Emmy winner Eric Braeden, who stars as tycoon Victor Newman.
“It was an amazing experience! I’ve been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show,” Robinson says of his time on set. “I’ve always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their storylines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms, and I felt like a part of the Y&R family.”
Eddie Cibrian to Brandi Glanville: I OVERPAID You Alimony -- Now I Want It Back(Letter) Eddie Cibrian has overpaid Brandi Glanville more than $100k in spousal support ... and he's gunning to get it back -- and his people tell us Brandi is a bald-faced LIAR in trying to spin what really happened.
The former couple is still sparring over money, and they hired a law firm to help figure out who owes what. The attorney sent both Eddie and Brandi this letter which says after a full audit Eddie paid Brandi $114,738 too much in alimony.
Multiple sources connected with the audit confirm to TMZ ... although the document merely refers to the overpayment as "support" ... the overpayment is for SPOUSAL support, not child support.
Brandi has tweeted, "...Mr. fancy new cars&house man is asking ME for child support." We're told that is FALSE. Eddie's people tell us, "It's a complete lie." Furthermore, our sources make it clear child support has nothing to do with the overpayment.
As for how Eddie expects Brandi to pay him back ... according to the lawyer's letter, it will be subtracted from her share of his retirement accounts.
Brandi's lawyer, Ron Rale, tells TMZ, "The lawyer who sent the letter does not represent Brandi in connection with Eddie's calculation of alleged overpayment of support." Rale adds, "It appears to me Eddie is trying at least in part to get back some of the child support he paid."
Look Who's Showing Up for The Young and the Restless Fashion ShowMake it work! CBS's The Young and the Restless is gearing up for a big spring fashion show — airing April 11-16 — that will boast a guest appearance by Jill Larson (All My Children's Opal), and a crossover by The Bold and the Beautiful's Jacob Young (Rick) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline).
A Y&R rep tells TV Guide Magazine that Lily (Christel Khalil) will offer up the Genoa City Athletic Club for the unveiling of a new fashion line by Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) called Chelsea Lawson for Jabot. The event, highlighted by catfights and other crazy hijinks, will feature fan fave Larson in the role of the harried stage manager, who will face quite a challenge when she must keep Chelsea, Lily, Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Hilary (Mishael Morgan) in line behind the scenes.
Fashion mogul Rick and his wife, Caroline, will fly in from L.A. to attend the high-profile show, giving CBS an opportunity for a fun twist: Caroline will have a couple of run-ins with Noah Newman, played by Godfrey's real-life beau, Robert Adamson! The two stars are currently expecting a child together.
That's not the only bit of Big Eye synergy in the works. Y&R fans will soon learn that Hilary has always wanted to appear on the CBS game show The Price is Right and it seems she'll finally get her wish. Look for her and Neil (Kristoff St. John) to "Come on Down!" during the soap's March 26 episode.
Stars Team Up For Good CauseIt's been a full decade since Kelly Kruger played Mac's teen angst on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now, there will be real grown-up drama ahead when she appears in the Monday, February 24, episode of ABC's CASTLE titled "Room 147." In it, a mystery unfolds when more than one person confesses to the murder of a struggling young actor. "I'm playing the girlfriend of the victim," Kruger reveals. "I'm interviewed by both Castle and Beckett, and it was very emotional."
Kruger says that the show's stars — who happen to be fellow Canadians — were key to making the long shooting day easier. "They were the most humble and most welcoming people I think I've ever worked with," she enthuses. "I was also really sick that day, which would have been challenging somewhere else, but they looked after me and made sure that I was okay. They were really sweet."
The actress — together with boyfriend Darin Brooks (Wyatt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) — is also partnered with an organization called Aid Still Required (www.aidstillrequired.org) on another exciting project. "When a natural disaster hits, it's a big deal and people are quick to donate and help," she explains. "But years later, when the disaster has left the headlines, people are still living in the worst conditions and not getting much help."
In an effort to assist those still affected by the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kruger and Brooks are trying to raise $15,000 to purchase a seed oil press. With it, the Haitian farms could produce a bio-diesel fuel from their newly-planted jatropha trees and thereby contribute to a self-sustaining economy.
"We wondered: If we don't do something, who will?" she says. As an incentive to donate, Kruger and Brooks are offering everything from wristbands and tote bags to B&B set visits and even autographed scripts. "Visit www.healhaitinow.org to donate and learn more," she says of the campaign that's running through Sunday, March 16. "If everyone would donate just $10, we would reach our goal."
Y&R'S BURTON TICKLED PINKSteve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) revealed via Twitter that he and his wife, Sheree are expecting a girl, due in July. The couple are already parents to Makena, 10 and Jack, 7. To see how the actor made his announcement, check out pic.twitter.com/9DN0tdFMcJ.
Family Ties Dad to School Last Man StandingTwo of TV's most iconic father figures are about to cross paths.
Family Ties patriarch Michael Gross (ex-River, The Young & The Restless) has booked a guest-starring role on Tim Allen's comedy Last Man Standing, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Gross will play Mr. Hardin, a longtime no-nonsense math teacher who has seen standards drop over the years and struggles to the hold the line.
Aside from his role on the iconic '80s sitcom as Alex P. Keaton's hippie dad, Steven, Gross is also known for playing Burt Gummer in the Tremors franchise. He recently guest-starred on CSI, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Call Me Fitz.
Last Man Standing returns with new episodes on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8/7c on ABC. Are you excited to see Papa Keaton on the series?
Eva Longoria Is Now Rocking Bangs - Take a Look!(Photo) Over the weekend when she wasn't spending time with her main man Jose Antonio Baston, Eva Longoria spent time with her other mane man, Ken Paves.
The actress visited her longtime hairstylist's salon in West Hollywood for more than a trim. The star got blunt bangs during the appointment.
Eva tweeted a photo of her mane makeover via Twitter, posting an image of her just-washed wet hair and faux-terrified face, while Paves looks on. When she emerged from the salon she sported her usually loose waves. (Twitter Photo)
Then on Tuesday the former Desperate Housewives star switched it up again, flat-ironing her new do for an extra-sleek effect.
The 38-year-old was one of three stars that flaunted new fringe over the weekend. Rihanna and Katy Perry both sported bob-and-bangs combos.
Eddie Cibrian Is Not Requesting Child Support from Brandi Glanville, Says Actor's RepIt looks like this is starting to turn into a he-said, she-said situation.
Just one day after Brandi Glanville said ex-husband Eddie Cibrian was seeking child support from her, the actor's rep has told E! News that is simply false.
"There is no truth to the claims that Eddie has requested child support from Brandi now, nor will he ever request child support from his ex-wife," the rep said in a statement. "The notion is preposterous. This is yet another ploy for self-promotion."
In a tweet on Tuesday, Glanville wrote, "Im not taking cheap shots at my ex in my new book cuz its all true,&now mr fancy new cars&house man is asking ME for child support! Uknownada."
What's more, a source told E! News yesterday that Cibrian has asked the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star for support payments and that she has been advised by her attorney not to discuss the matter.
"Going to stay positive and focuse on my new book & let my lawyer handle the rest," Glanville later tweeted.
Glanville, who admits in her memoir that she used Twitter to "obsess" over Cibrian and his current wife, LeAnn Rimes, after their divorce, was the target of a National Enquirer report last month about Rimes supposedly encouraging Cibrian to seek primary custody of their two sons.
E! News was told there was no truth to the report.
FRANK TALK WITH Y&R AND B&B STARSTonight (Feb 18) and tomorrow evening on THE INSIDER, entertainment reporter Kevin Frazier will conduct a roundtable discussion about diversity in daytime with seven NAACP nominees from Y&R and B&B. Tonight's guests will be Y&R's Kristoff St. John (Neil), Redaric Williams (Tyler) and B&B's Aaron Spears (Justin) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter). Tomorrow night, Y&R's Christel Khalil (Lily), Angell Conwell (Leslie) and B&B's Karla Mosely (Maya) will appear.
Brandi Glanville: Ex-Husband Eddie Cibrian Is Asking Me for Child Support!More than three years after their divorce was finalized, are Brandi Glanville and Eddie Cibrian (ex-Cole, Sunset Beach/ex-Matt, The Young & The Restless) headed back to court?
"2 all these young unmarried bloggers writing about getting over divorce¬ seeing ur children grow up 1/2 the time, walk a mile in my shoes," the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star tweeted Tuesday, her post apparently directed at those who would claim that she's the one who keeps rehashing the issues between her, Cibrian and his current wife, LeAnn Rimes.
She added: "Im not taking cheap shots at my ex in my new book cuz its all true,&now mr fancy new cars&house man is asking ME for child support! Uknownada."
A source tells E! News that Cibrian has asked Glanville for support payments and she has been advised by her lawyer not to discuss it. (Well, discuss it further.)
"Going to stay positive and focus on my new book & let my lawyer handle the rest," Glanville also tweeted. "Who is coming to the Grove tomorrow night at 7 pm??"
Sounds like someone's got another signing lined up for her latest book, Drinking & Dating.
Cibrian's rep has not yet returned requests for comment.
Glanville, who admits in her memoir that she used Twitter to "obsess" over Rimes and Cibrian after her divorce, was the target of a National Enquirer report last month about Rimes supposedly encouraging Cibrian to seek primary custody of their two sons.
We were told that there was zero truth to the report, and that Glanville was in stitches over it.
She continued in her book: "It turns out the internet can be your worst enemy. Especially when you spend most of your time googling medical conditions, surviving cheating, or reviewing the twitter feed of some c--t-ry music singer who likes to post countless pictures of your children #StillBugs."
Heather Tom in "Vanities"Heather Tom will be performing in the hit off-Broadway play “Vanities” Wednesday, March 26th – Sunday, March 30th at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her co-stars are actresses Nicholle Tom and Sonia Satra. Tickets are available at 954-462-0222 or online at www.ParkerPlayhouse.com.
Casting CornerChris McKenna debuts as Mark Harding on Monday, Feb 17.
Stephanie Erb appears as Dr. Janice Mead on Friday, Feb 21.
Claude Kowlton appears as the Caretaker on Friday, Feb 21.
Camryn Grimes on That Shocking Young and the Restless Cliffhanger(tvguide.com) Whaaat? Fans of CBS's The Young and the Restless got a Valentine's Day surprise when it was revealed that the ghost of Cassie Newman, played by Emmy winner Camryn Grimes, isn't a ghost after all but a lookalike imposter who is very much alive. What's more, the conniving cutie is in cahoots with that Machiavellian menace Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). What's going on here? TV Guide Magazine spoke with Grimes about this super-secret plot twist hoping to get something, anything. Just give us a crumb!
TV Guide Magazine: We know Ghost Cassie appeared when her mentally unstable mother Sharon [Sharon Case] was off her meds. But who's Fake Cassie?
Grimes: You're not going to find out exactly who she is for quite a while — but it's pretty out there. She's a very ballsy character. You'll be surprised at the nature of her relationship with Victor. He doesn't want his son, Nick [Joshua Morrow], reuniting with Sharon, so Victor is working with Fake Cassie to make sure that doesn't happen.
TV Guide Magazine: How? By making it seem like Sharon is nuts and seeing ghosts? And, then what? Nick will dump her?
Grimes: That's the initial plan. But then they find out Sharon has an explosive secret — one Victor can really use. They don't know what the secret is, but they know it must be something pretty big.
TV Guide Magazine: Were you shocked to learn there was life beyond Ghost Cassie?
Grimes: Totally. I heard rumors that the storyline might be changing, that somehow I would be continuing on the show. I had all these ideas going through my head but I was thinking of the obvious things, like maybe Cassie had a twin sister nobody knew about — all the obvious soap stuff. But what the writers came up with is so much fun and so unexpected. I love it! And I'm really excited to be working with Eric Braeden. This new character has so much potential to go all over the place. I'm looking forward to the reaction from the audience as it all unfolds.
TV Guide Magazine: And now you finally get to change clothes!
Grimes: Don't get me wrong. I love Ghost Cassie's little pink sweater. I just didnt know I'd be wearing it for a hundred million episodes. [Laughs] I've been in that thing since way last summer!
Talk Show AppearanceTHE TALK" ON THE CBS
Monday, Feb. 17
Daytime Emmy-winning actors Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and brother David Tom (“The Young and the Restless”)
SOAP STARS ON THE RADIOGH's Michael Easton (Silas), Y&R's David Tom (Billy) and DAYS's Guy Wilson (Will) are on tap for the season premiere of the new monthly Internet radio series, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman. This 90 minute Blog Talk Radio special event begins tonight, February 13, live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. Dial 323-325-LIVE to participate, and to log on and hear the broadcast live click here. It will also stream at www.michaelfairmansoaps.com.
Eva Longoria Joins Blumhouse's 'Visions'Blumhouse horror pic Visions has added another TV name to its cast. Eva Longoria will join Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, and Community‘s Gillian Jacobs in the film which also has The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons in talks to co-star. Fisher stars as a pregnant woman who moves with her husband to the countryside where she is plagued by visions of a sinister hooded figure. Longoria will play Fisher’s fashionable, acerbic and funny city gal pal who disapproves of her friend’s life choices. Visions is directed by Kevin Greutert from a script by Lucas Sussman. Universal is set to distribute the Jason Blum-produced pic as the latest in the companies’ fruitful microbudget genre collaborations while Blumhouse International is repping rights at the Berlin Film Festival. Meanwhile Longoria directed Episode 1 of Lifetime’s Devious Maids, the Marc Cherry dramedy she’s an exec producer on which returns for its second season on April 20. On the big screen she’s also set to star in upcoming pics Frontera with Michael Pena and Ed Harris, Refugio from Damian Bichir, and Any Day opposite Sean Bean and Kate Walsh. Longoria is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
Graziadei Series Picked Up By LifetimeLifetime has completed a deal for a 10-episodes order to conspiracy thriller pilot The Lottery. As expected, it will join Lifetime’s recently picked up new drama Un-Real, from A+E Studios, which also received a 10-episode order. The Warner Horizon-produced Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. “The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” Lifetime’s general manager Rob Sharenow said. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.” The project, written by Sexton, stars Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Martin Donovan, Lesley Ann Brandt and Louise Lombardi. Sexton, serves as executive producer with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.
Y&R Star's Spouse Joins DAYS!(Photo) Melissa Ordway's (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) husband, Justin Gaston, has been cast on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the newly-created contract role of Ben. A singer and model, Gaston appeared as a contestant on the sixth season of the reality series NASHVILLE STAR, so it's appropriate that his DAYS alter ego is described as a musician from the South. Ben is also rumored to be Jordan's brother.
Gaston reportedly began taping later last year, and should first air on DAYS later in February.
EMERGENCY RECAST FOR Y&R'S KELLY?Now that the MTV pilot FINDING CARTER has been picked up, it appears that Cynthia Watros (Kelly, Y&R), who is part of that cast, will be too busy for her daytime job. A casting call went out from the soap for an actress to play Molly but the role sounds suspiciously like Kelly. The character is described as a blonde in the mid-30s to 40 age range and "has been down a difficult path in life, but is beginning to live again." When asked if Watros was leaving, a Y&R spokesperson declined to comment.
Crazy About Zima!(cbs.soapsindepth.com) On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Yvonne Zima knocked our socks off as Sheila Carter's dangerous daughter, Daisy. Now, the actress is set to do it again when she stars opposite actor Shawn Roberts in Lifetime's The Girl He Met Online. "It's a cautionary tale about on-line dating and I think warns against seeking love too desperately," Zima offers. "My character, Gillian, is constantly finding herself in relationships and not taking any time alone to recover... it culminates in disaster!"
In fact, the emotionally unstable gal is not even close to being the cat's meow that Andy (Roberts) thinks she is. While Zima clarifies that the character isn't as sadistic as Daisy, it was equally challenging to play. "I think she might have both bipolar disorder and a borderline personality," Zima suggests. "She's moody and she believes her own lies."
The situation could get complicated when Gillian's adoptive mother (Mary Margaret Humes) enters the picture, and Andy's sister pays a heavy price. Zima says that she was thrilled to work with the actress whose career she'd long followed. "I'm such a huge fan — I was star struck because of knowing her from DAWSON'S CREEK. Working with her was also lovely because she is so similar to my older sister, Madeline."
The film's star is excited for her soap fans to see this tale ("They'll have a lot of fun watching it — it's a wild ride — but they might want to hate my character," she teases). But more importantly, she wants people to get the message. "I think everyone should see it because on-line dating has become so prevalent," she suggests. "My friends are on all the weird Web sites that I refuse to be a part of [now]." The Girl He Met Online premieres Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.
Dance With The Soap Stars Tonight!LA Ballroom Studio, founded by PORT CHARLES' Rib Hillis (Jake) and wife Elena Grinenko (from DANCING WITH THE STARS), is holding a special "Be My Valentine" Social Party on Thursday, February 6. There will be plenty of dancing and fun as well as their first Celebrity Dance Challenge, featuring a "Battle Of The Soaps" where Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) will be facing off against Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL). And one of the celebrity judges will be THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael)!
The "Be My Valentine" Social Party will be held at LA Ballroom Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA, from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information about LA Ballroom Studio and the event, you can visit their Web site!
CBS DAYTIME CELEBRATES VALENTINE'S DAY(Video) CBS Daytime celebrates Valentine's Day with special themed episodes of THE TALK, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Monday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 14 on the CBS Television Network. In addition, CBS Daytime will mark Valentine’s Day with talent from the entire lineup participating in Twitter “Love Chats” throughout the week, using #Heart2Heart (full schedule below).
THE TALK will feature special Valentine’s Day giveaways and cooking segments on Monday, Feb. 10 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT/CT), when lifestyle expert Chi-Lan Lieu unveils the hottest Valentine's Day gift ideas, and Tuesday, Feb. 11, when chef Gesine Bullock-Prado prepares unique Valentine’s Day treats, including conversation heart cheesecakes, heart-shaped fudgy brownies and pie pops. On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Jacksons (Marlon, Tito, Jackie and Jermaine) will perform a live medley of four of their classic hits song, including “The Love You Save” and “Want You Back.” On Friday, Feb. 14, actor and comedian Kevin Hart and actress Regina Hall stop by to talk about their new movie, “About Last Night,” a modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy.
On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the #1 daytime drama for 25 years, Valentine's Day is filled with romance and intrigue when the celebration kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 13. (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT). Love is in the air as Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard) and Lily Ashby (Christel Khalil) invite friends and family to an exciting gala at the newly renovated Genoa City Athletic Club to honor Delia Abbott. Billy Abbott (David Tom) wants to focus on his future with his wife Victoria (Amelia Heinle), but a secret indiscretion with his friend Kelly (Cynthia Watros) comes back to haunt him. Meanwhile, a game-changing twist will forever change the lives of Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) and Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow).
LET’S MAKE A DEAL, hosted by Wayne Brady, celebrates Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14 (check local listings) with prizes for singles and couples, including an all-expense paid trip to Paris and a $15,000 cash prize. During this special romantic episode, single traders will be brought together for a “prize connection” in the hopes of falling in love with a deal. However, even on Valentine’s Day, surprises are still in store for the Traders as they pick between cars, a ski getaway, a trip to New Orleans, or the dreaded Zonks - including Zonk Candy, Zonk Gorilla Cupid, a Zonk Corn Dog and a Zonk Broken Heart. Plus, one lucky Trader will have a shot at the “Big Deal of the Day,” valued at more than $28,000.
Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, is throwing a wedding shower Friday, Feb. 14 (11:00 – 12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00 – 11:00 AM, PT). An audience filled with engaged couples will have the opportunity to play as pairs and win special prizes, including his and hers wedding bands, a collection of wedding china, a romantic trip to Florence, and a honeymoon in Fiji. Plus, one lucky couple will have the opportunity to win the destination wedding of their dreams in Cancun.
On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, it’s a Valentine’s Day full of romance, love and heartbreak on Friday, Feb. 14 (1:30 – 2:30 PM, ET; 12:30 – 1:00 PM, PT). Having just overcome many obstacles to be together, Wyatt Fuller (Darin Brooks) and Hope Logan (Kim Matula) spend their first Valentine’s Day as a couple with the traditional flowers, candy and jewelry. However, Hope’s ex-fiance, Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), refuses to give up on her. Will his presence put a damper on Hope and Wyatt’s romantic day? Meanwhile, news of Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge Forrester’s (Thorsten Kaye) upcoming trip down the aisle is met with mixed emotions. “Dollar” Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) makes a romantic attempt to woo Brooke back while her sister, Katie (Heather Tom), is secretly yearning for Ridge’s heart and fighting the urge to follow her own.
Following is the schedule for live Twitter “Love Chats,” including respective Twitter handles (all chats will use #Heart2Heart):
Monday, Feb. 10:
Tuesday, Feb. 11:
Wednesday, Feb. 12:
Friday, Feb. 14:
CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 27 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes television’s #1 daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, as well as THE TALK, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
CBS Daytime Has its Largest Weekly Audience in More Than 8 YearsCBS Daytime soared to its largest weekly audience in over eight years as the Network's entire lineup hit rating milestones, according to Nielsen ratings for the week ending Feb. 2.
For the week, CBS Daytime averaged 4.79 million viewers, it largest weekly viewership since the week ending Dec. 30, 2005. Among women 25-54, CBS Daytime averaged 1.6/09, its largest average since the week ending Feb. 21, 2010.
Among the Network's daytime programs, both THE TALK and LET'S MAKE A DEAL delivered series highs in viewers while matching their series-best women demographics. For the week, THE TALK averaged 3.19 million viewers, its largest weekly audience ever and matched its best women 25-54 ratings (1.2/07). Both LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 (3.71m) and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 (4.22m) delivered their largest weekly audience to-date.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 posted its largest weekly audience (6.08m) since the week ending Dec. 31, 2004, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 had its largest audience (7.12m) since the week ending Jan. 1, 2005.
The Network's daytime dramas also delivered milestone weeks, with THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL soaring to its largest audience (4.17m) since the week ending April 13, 2007 and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS scoring its best weekly audience (5.73m) since the week ending Feb. 29, 2008 and its best women 25-54 ratings (2.3/12) since Feb. 4, 2011.
Soap Star Crystal Hunt -- Charged With Felony Deadly Assault -- In Glass Smashing Brawl(tmz.com) Soap star Crystal Hunt has been hit with FELONY assault with a deadly weapon ... for allegedly smashing a glass into another woman's face during a bar brawl ... TMZ has learned.
The L.A. County D.A. filed the charge ... claiming the bar glass is a deadly weapon.
TMZ broke the story ... Hunt was arrested Dec. 13 after an violent confrontation with a woman at Pearl's Liquor Bar in West Hollywood. Cops say she threw a pint glass at the woman's face. The alleged victim was injured and required medical attention.
Hunt -- who played Stacy Morasco on "One Life to Live" -- claimed the woman had been harassing her ... and she acted in self-defense.
If convicted, Hunt faces up to 4 years in prison.
Y&R'S BURTON STAYING PUTSorry, GH fans! Despite the ABC soap showing Jason's photo, Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) will be sticking around his current working place. The actor announced via Twitter, "just re signed." Burton first started airing as Dylan in January, 2013.
Eva Marcille Welcomes a Baby Girl: 'I've Never Known a Love Like This'(Photo) Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra, The Young & The Restless) is now a model mom!
The former America’s Next Top Model winner has welcomed a baby girl with her boyfriend, songwriter Kevin McCall.
Marcille (aka Pigford), announced the happy news on Instagram, sharing a pic with her newborn and quoting her boyfriend, who said: “Wow she has her mothers eyes. I never knew I could fall in love again.”
“I’ve never known a love like this,” Marcille, 28, added.
The couple, who announced that they were expecting in August, have named their bundle of joy Marley Rae, the proud dad revealed, as he shared a pic cradling his little girl.
“She came out fighting the nurses!” he wrote. “This is def our child lol thank you Jesus Christ for everything going decently and in order #amen.”
Y&R'S DAPPER ON SURPRISE RETURNWhat?! Carmine is alive? On today's episode (Jan 31) of Y&R, we found out that Lauren's hunky boy toy turned psycho didn't meet his maker after all. His portrayer, Marco Dapper shares some insight on the twist, including that he did not know when he was let go that his alter ego would be back. "There was always talk of maybe but nothing was ever matter of fact," he says. "I figured I was done. I didn't even watch Y&R after I left because I hate watching myself on TV. I'm too critical. But I still kept my ear to the ground when it came to what was going on at the show." Then came the call. "They contacted me direct and basically said, ‘FYI, you’re coming back but don’t tell anybody,’ " he chuckles. "That was fine because I’m good at keeping secrets. It was nice to be back and catch up with everybody. It was like revisiting the family."
How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the DeadHow the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead. Read the article here.
Eileen Davidson Returns to Days of Our Lives(tvguide.com) Yes, there is a soap god! Über-fan fave Eileen Davidson is returning to NBC's Days of Our Lives for a "powerful Kristen DiMera story arc" a show rep tells TV Guide Magazine. The actress, who also plays Ashley Abbott on CBS's The Young and the Restless, quit Days last July, telling us in an exclusive interview that she needed more personal time.
Now it's back to work! Davidson will begin shooting at Days in March and will hit the air this summer. Says co-executive producer Greg Meng: "The writers have some great things cooking for Kristen and we can't wait for the fans to see what this will mean for Salem. Must-watch TV at its best!"
When last seen, Kristen had been busted at her wedding for having sex with a priest (all of it caught on tape!) and she has since been on the lam. So even though there are no deets yet on Davidson's new storyline, one thing is absolutely certain — our girl Kristen has some 'splainin' to do!
Y&R ALUM'S NEW ROLE: DADIt looks like Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; ex-Jonathan, AMC; ex-Shane, GL) will soon become a father to a son. The actor recently tweeted, "Thank you all for the congrats and warm wishes. My little mans due march 17, HAPPY ST. Pattys!" Former AMC co-star Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall), tweeted to him, "Amazing darling! Congrats again! Your life will change for the better! Xo"
RICK HEARST BACK TO GH!Fan favorite Rick Hearst (ex-Whip, B&B; ex-Matt, Y&R; ex-Alan-Michael, GL; ex-Scotty, Days) is back filming at GH as Ric Lansing. Sonny's brother was last seen in Port Charles in June, 2009, when his alter ego left for Los Angeles and uttered the prophetic words, "Don't worry about me. I'll be back." Look for him to first air on February 24.
Daytime Emmys Update: It's Going to Be a Real Race!For a while there it looked like the Daytime Emmy soap categories would be split among just four shows — The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. But a ruling from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has allowed the Prospect Park internet reboots of All My Children and One Life to Live to compete in all the soap categories — and those web kids are serious about taking home some gold!
"Our entry deadline was last Friday, Jan. 17, and we've had a lot of great submissions from AMC and OLTL — in fact, we've set an extreme record for the number of entries this year," NATAS senior executive director David Michaels tells TV Guide Magazine. "From the look of Prospect Park's submissions, I think they'll give the four network soaps a real run for their money when it comes to production values and the quality of the writing, directing and acting."
Michaels also notes that "several stars who chose not to submit themselves in recent years have decided to get back into the game — so the more the merrier! Between that, and the enthusiasm from AMC and OLTL, this has the makings of a real horserace. There's a lot of buzz and a real seriousness about the awards this year, especially coming from the younger actors. They've been calling, asking questions, they really want to be involved. And that's sure to make for a much more exciting ceremony."
No word yet on when or where the 41st annual Daytime Emmys will air — talks are ongoing — but look for the acting prenom lists, with ten names per category, to be released March 3. Nominations are announced May 1.
Y&R STAR HITS 31Happy anniversary to Tracey E. Bregman, who has played the sexy and unpredictable Lauren Fenmore for over three decades on both Y&R and B&B. The actress posted on her Facebook page (Jan 21), "31 years ago, I walked into Young and Restless a teenager thinking this was going to be the coolest summer job ever!! So grateful for everyday, every year and everyone I am lucky enough to work with!"
BABY NO. 3 ON THE WAY FOR STEVE BURTONY&R's Steve Burton (Dylan) announced on Twitter that he and wife Sheree are expecting their third child. Already father to Makena, born in 2003, and Jack, 2006, Burton tweeted, "I'm having another kid," and revealed that the new arrival is due in July. "It is an awesome 'surprise'," he added. "We are looking forward to another little one!" As for the sex, he wrote, "We will soon find out :)"
OLTL ALUM TO Y&RChris McKenna (ex-Joey, OLTL) is heading back to daytime, according to his Twitter. "It appears I'll be making a bit of a return to soaps. At least for a few episodes. #theyoungandtherestless," he tweeted.
Phil Morris Joins ABC's 'American Education'Devin Ratray (Nebraska), Phil Morris (ex-Tyrone, Y&R) and Dalpre Grayer have been cast in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. Jack Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Ratray, repped by Don Buchwald & Assoc. and Kind Management, will play Jeff Gelman, an often inappropriate history teacher in the Zinn/Chomsky mold, now on academic probation. He also stars in Blue Ruin, which won the Directors Fortnight at Cannes and had its Sundance premiere this week. Morris, repped by Innovative and CBE Enterprises, plays Eugene Booker, the naturally charismatic, eccentric, super-fit high school principal and War vet. Grayer plays one of Alfie’s students.
David Tom InterviewDavid Tom Previews His Return - After 12 Years - to The Young and the Restless. Read the TV Guide interview here.
CBS boss addresses ‘Y&R’ controversy(theloop.ca) Wednesday’s renewal of The Young and the Restless — along with CBS’s entire daytime lineup — was tempered somewhat by the cloud overshadowing the long-running soap opera: star Michael Muhney’s sudden firing last month.
“I can’t comment on any of the allegations,” Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment president, told critics at the 2014 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday morning. “I can only say that when the producers and Sony [Pictures Television] came to us and said, ‘We want to make a change,’ and they laid out their reasoning why, we supported them.”
Those allegations are that Muhney — who has portrayed Adam Newman for the last five years — sexually assaulted co-star Hunter King, who plays Summer. Reports accuse Muhney of groping his co-star’s breasts on two occasions and of overall harassment “for a long time.” Media outlets also say Muhney’s behavior was “less than appropriate” during his 40-episode tenure on Veronica Mars.
Neither Muhney or King have come forward to make public statements about the situation, though other members of the cast have.
“Please set the record straight, for those of us that have to take the abuse from the fans,” Kristoff St. John posted on Twitter. “It’s hard to watch and read.”
“The last day he was here, he apologized to me, you bet,” longtime Y&R lead Eric Braeden told Radar Online earlier this month. “He was contrite and apologized for several things that he had said and done. I said it’s OK. The essence of what we learn as Christians is to forgive and one forgives. I have forgiven him, I always told him that openly.”
CBS Renews Daytime Lineup For Next SeasonCBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler made the announcement at the top of the network’s TCA executive session, touting the network’s daytime success. The early renewal includes talk show The Talk, soaps The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful and game shows Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal.
Who Will Air The Daytime Emmys?Cable outlet HLN has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the past two years, but there won't be a third. "It's fairly definite," Albie Hecht, the network's vice president and general manager, tells Soaps In Depth. "I just want to put a pause on everything and figure out what we're doing before we make any commitments. Shows like [the Daytime Emmys] need commitments in advance to plan and I don't think we can make that commitment."
Hecht, who joined HLN a little over three months ago, says that the decision has been made early so that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) can make other plans. "It's only fair to let them look around and let them do what they need to do," the HNL chief adds.
This doesn't mean that the Daytime Emmys won't be on television, however. "Having the show on HLN was a wonderful experience for us," says David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "We are currently exploring other avenues so that the Daytime Emmys will have a broadcast home."
For her part, THE TALK's Aisha Tyler would love to see the ceremony return to one of the big three networks. "I think it would be great," she says. "CBS is the number one daytime network. It'd be great to have the Daytime Emmys on the number one daytime network. I think that would make perfect sense!"
Y&R'S KRISTOFF ST. JOHN: "WE WANT THIS TO END"In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Y&R's Kristoff St. John (Neil) addressed the backlash and drama surrounding the No. 1 show in the wake of the Michael Muhney's (Adam) exit. Though he doesn't mention Muhney by name, St. John appears to be weighing in on the situation.
(facebook.com) My Y and R Friends, Family, Fans... I come in peace.
What does anyone on the periphery of this whole episode really know? We are a company who have worked closely together for many, many years. Some, as in Jeanne Coopers case, may she rest in peace, for 40 long years, since the inception of the show in 1973. Eric Braeden has served 34 years at his post, Doug Davidson 36 years, Melody Thomas Scott 35 years, Jerry Douglas 33 years, and many other cast and crew members who have committed and dedicated MOST of their lives to bring a complex, colorful story to life every day, 52 weeks a year, for 40 years. This is a HUGE chunk of our lives. We know each other, our families, and the show intimately. We have struggled through the good and the bad, professionally, and personally. I cannot speak for those that I have just mentioned, but I imagine the feelings are similar, and run deep. To think that these professional, honest, hard working people are trying to deceive, cover up, misguide or misdirect the public in ANY way is blasphemous, and simply not true. There are newer cast members who watch the veterans very closely, Inspecting, detecting, and some rejecting. Some newbies are in awe, with gratitude for a veterans help and protection. Some are unimpressed, struggling to keep their ego's in check, figuring out ways to bring their own stamp to the show. Some fail within the first few days or weeks, bowing down to the pressure cooker of the grand Y and R theater; The stage. Others take to the stage with determination and bravado, standing toe to toe with the Iconic actors that made the show what it is today. These newer actors try to somehow figure out the formula for the 'staying power' and secret to longevity in the fictional city of Genoa. It's NOT a secret that actors have ego. Some have bigger egos than others. An actor must have thick skin to deal with the Himalayan sized egos that some actors bring with them as they take to the stage. Perhaps their bravado is false, as they retreat after a scene to fight another day. Occasionally things get out of hand, when an actor decides to disrespect the very stage that the veterans that helped to create the magic from scratch. My take is that the 'stage' is a metaphor for life itself. The stage of life can be brutal, with that unfortunate 'Dog eat Dog' mentality. Some actors succumb entirely to the stages pace and energy. They try desperately to break the code, and break through, so they can give a good performance. Some are brash and sassy, disrespecting the 'code', denying true creativity and harmony with others. Others embrace it, relish it, admire it, protect it, respect it and its predecessors and occupants, that are only there to help and guide. The stage is our playground, the story is KING. Collectively, we are a mighty, ensemble cast, with various diverse, ethnic backgrounds. It is no coincidence that all of us still share the stage at this pivotal juncture in the history of 'The Young and The Restless". Most of these talented actors were hand picked by the mighty boss who now resides in Heaven, the great William J. Bell Sr. I recall being picked by Bill for a four episode arc… That was 23 years ago.
We strive to bring you excellence, not gossip and slander. We hope that at the end of the day, that we are working on something worthwhile… when in reality, believe it or not, it is historic. From the make-up, hair, and wardrobe artists, to the set decorators, dressers, stage managers, grips, cameraman, directors, producers, writers, audio, editing and music, chyron engineers, painters, props, lighting, production staff, interns, florists, and yes, craft service and even the pages that monitor the phones… This 'baby' has taken a VILLAGE to birth it, raise it, nurture it, love it… for you to behold and cherish, watch and tell others… YOU, the fans, are a vital, most necessary component. The largest part of this village. Without you, we have no play to give. The stage is worthless and barren if there is noone to witness our hard work and effort. We do it for you, and of course for us, to feed ourselves and our families. It is a two way street, decorated with countless awards and accolades. A golden road of wealth, fame and opportunity for many who trudge its distance, however short or far they may travel on its golden cobblestones. However, recently, this magical road has been littered, with controversy and dark rumors... like black rain clouds, threatening to pour it's stormy wrath of destruction on the travelers below.
It is absurd and hurtful the way the rumor mill has spun out of control, with uninformed people forming opinions, completely in the dark. Unfortunately, you, the fans, are innocent bystanders. However, many are feeding off of the hysteria of those that are out for blood. Sadly, It is a mob mentality.
I remember the riots in Los Angeles years ago, when black on white, black on Korean, black on black crimes were being committed. No-one could believe what we were watching develop on the streets of Los Angeles. A brick was thrown, a storefront smashed, and then, suddenly, people were being pummeled to near death in busy South L.A. intersections, in plain view of cameras and PEOPLE, who, rather then help their brother man, joined in the melee. Like vicious, hungry jackals, they beat and tortured innocent civilians, and torched cars, business' and homes. Half of the city was on fire, as shop and home owners watched their lives and possessions burn to the ground, without ANY ASSISTANCE from the fire or police departments, because they were too frightened to enter into the war zone. This was due to a blatant HYSTERIA, fueled by anger and aggression. As the rioting continued from day to night, and day after day, until the National Guard was called in, most of the rioters were 'sheeplike', behaving without care or love, following in the footsteps of the man ahead of them, who was angrily raging out of control. Perhaps the anger stemmed from childhood, when personalities are first born. Not able to tell right from wrong. Looting, burning, destroying. A total lack of self control. With little or no regard for the innocent people that either stood and watched, or simply joined the fracas. Not respecting the world stage that was traveled, by so many before him. Are we to assume that 'most' people are sane and level headed when a potentially catastrophic moment arises? Unfortunately, NO! Most don't pause and reflect on the true essence of a horrible moment in time. Rather than pausing and intelligently evaluating, people exhibit catastrophic knee jerk reactions, exacerbating an already heightened, mismanaged issue. Adding fuel to the fire is what we call that. Instead of helping to douse the raging inferno, many human beings jump on a fiery bandwagon, with flammable thoughts and actions, causing a nuclear blast of epic proportions. The rioters were finally put in their place by the National Guard. The looters were arrested. Those that had beaten people were taken to court, The public court of opinion was widespread. But most saw the riot for what it was. Most saw the truth about what happened when Reginald Denny was pulled from his truck and unmercifully flogged by many. The news covered that event non-stop, showing the gory details over and over. A crying outpour of shock, embarrassment, shame and disdain. How could this happen on the streets of our beautiful, sunny city. A city divided. A city in shame. An out of control, messy, destructive moment in our history. One that couldn't be helped. One that couldn't be avoided. Like a ticking time bomb. The tension in this city had been bubbling over for some years, and finally, it all came to a head.
The implosion at Y and R, has caused fans to seek an even bigger explosion, one that is unwarranted, and without real merit, based on what little information has been given or leaked. Because of this soap opera behind the scenes hysteria, we are now ALL in a WAR ZONE. Can you blame the actors when under fire and being attacked, for putting on flak jackets, arming themselves with the only weapons available, (social media) and firing SOMETHING, anything back? The problem here is that we have very little artillery. Our hands are tied, beyond belief. Beyond our control. WE WANT THIS TO END AS MUCH AS THE FANS DO. But I'll be damned if I allow a FEW OF THE MANY THAT HAVE HELPED TO CONSTRUCT THE HOUSE THAT WILLIAM BELL SR. built, along with his precious wife LEE PHILLIP BELL, with THIER own hands, from the ground up, to BULLY ME, SCARE ME OR MY FAMILY, AND IMPEDE MY PROGRESS IN THIS ONLY LIFE THAT I/WE HAVE. I have worked for 40 years in this Hollywood machine and have never witnessed such senseless, misdirected anger and discontent. It reminds me more of a Shakespearean play, where misunderstanding and deceit are played out on stage by colorful characters with much charm, but with insidious intentions. Remember, “The play is the Thing” (wherein I will catch the conscience of the King) Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2. You don't cut down the entire apple tree because of one infected apple. This IS SHAKESPEAREAN by design, with tragic consequences for those that allow it.
Life isn't necessarily about Soap Operas, although they provide a fine source of entertainment and distraction. LIFE IS ABOUT ENDURING THE GOOD TIMES AND BAD, MAKING IT THROUGH EACH DAY, CLOSER TO OUR GOALS, ACCOMPANIED BY OUR DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. It is EASY to live in harmony when times are GOOD. The true test comes when we must handle times that are bad and dismal. Hate and anger force us to fight and bicker amongst ourselves. Love and peace are why we must hold each others hands, procreate, and continue our species. Planet Earth, our only home, hanging by a thread, with our lives just the same… So fragile, Hanging by a thread. As we try desperately to tether to anything with a foundation…to keep us safe…to be grounded… to be accepted… to be considered normal, and loved. We have to be held accountable for our actions. This is the law of the universe. A law that was put into place since the first amoeba was formed. How far we have progressed in our evolution, to a raging, out of control, senseless revolution. How much we have endured. And, how much more time is left that we have to make it right, and make a difference, as long as we draw breath. WE MUST PICK UP THE PIECES OF THIS TRAGIC MOMENT IN TIME. COLLECT OURSELVES, OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND REMEMBER WHY WE ARE ALL HERE ON PLANET EARTH.
I would be remiss if I didn't remind myself and you, that these potent words may be trouble for some. I'm sure that some will criticize and try to ostracize me for getting on my pulpit and expounding words that might be considered 'holier than thou'. Some might look for and seem to find the double entendre in this story. Indeed, this is not my intention. I believe that cooler heads will prevail. I passionately believe in what I'm saying, so much so, that I am willing to take THAT chance. To clear the air and rectify, for the sake of all that is good, and my own peace of mind. I am not a follower of ALL that we consider good, but rather a messenger with a clear message from my heart. I feet compelled to draw YOU near, without condemnation, without prejudice or judgement, or biased behavior. I am only asking for the same respect. Do not condemn me, or judge me. In one of our darkest hours, I am asking you for 'clear' understanding. To be 'present'. Not to delve into the past, or think recklessly about the future. To be here, now. To be calm and collected, with some form of purity to resolve this car crash. Lets not be spectators or instigators. Lets rush to the aid of the fiery ball. Help to douse the flames. Provide some salve to the burning ruins. I say go forward, and bring resolve to other important issues in life. Hold your babies and children close. Enjoy their innocence and total trust in you. They are small only for a short time, and then they belong to the world. Hug your neighbor, no matter what has come of friendship. Don't let bad feelings fester and be sore. Look your family member in the eye, and save that memory forever. Do a random act of kindness for a perfect or imperfect stranger, not to tell others, but FOR others. That is what I must do. My soul says it so. We must help the man or woman on our left, that might feel 'left out' or ostracized, or condemned. Have compassion for those that are mired in cloudy discontent. We must somehow find the answers. Those answers lie within. They may be difficult to hear, but if you listen closely, those answers will come. In the spirit of all that is righteous, in the name of those that have come before us, and have settled major issues such as WORLD WARS, and accomplished astronomical feats, such as putting man on the moon.
I implore all of us, fans, actors, producers, writers, cast and crew, from the smallest to the largest, journeymen, astronauts, traveling through time and space. it is TIME TO WAKE UP, and believe in our brother man and woman. That TOGETHER we have unheralded strength. TOGETHER we can spread the message of love, harmony and peace. STOP THE HURT, HEAL THE WOUNDED, EMBRACE THOSE THAT NEED LOVE AND COMFORT. This is just a blip on Gods radar. A moment in time, that will pass, if we ALL WORK TOGETHER.
Please remember that this little, yet GIANT, beautiful, one of a kind television show, created more than 40 years ago, with rich stories that mimic our lives, is truly a GIFT. It's my gift. It's your gift. It is larger than ANY of us. More mountainous than we can climb. From the early days of radio, to the advent of the television, Grandmothers, mothers, have passed this remarkable story down to their children, and now OUR children's children. We must somehow revere and respect its legacy, with some sort of dedication, until it's last moment to draw breath. To honor the memories of those that have toiled and given their lives for it. Jeanne Cooper, the matriarch would want this, nay, demand this. Bill Bell Sr. the patriarch, would only want unity, harmony and peace for ALL of us, as we enter into the final phase of the history of this mighty, iconic show. Jeanne and Bill are smiling on us, bathing us with their grace and dignity... all the way from Heaven and beyond. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the most watched, successful, number one CBS Daytime Soap Opera of all time; “The Young and the Restless”! This is what Bill and Lee Phillip Bell, and their children struggled successfully to set forth.
I Remain Proudly
Jerry Douglas: 'Michael Muhney Is High Strung & Emotional'(rumorfix.com) Jerry Douglas, the legendary actor who plays the patriarch John Abbott on Young And The Restless, tells RumorFix exclusively, “I think Bill Bell [the creator of Y & R] would be turning in his grave” because of the show’s groping scandal.
Jerry, who was killed off and returns to the show twice a month as a ghost, says, “It’s sad to see the publicity coming out of this upsetting situation.”
The 81-year-old says Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), who was fired for allegedly groping Hunter King’s (Summer Newman) breasts, “was very respectful with me telling me how much he admired my work and all of those nice compliments.”
But, the daytime icon says, “I watched him work a couple of scenes with Eric Braeden [Victor Newman] and there were a lot of battles that went on there that were unnecessary. Eric is an old pro and does good work. This guy seemed to be high strung and emotional. He would just blow up in the middle of the scene for things that aren’t that important.”
He continued, “Eric told me this [heated arguments] has been going on for a long time … I know the producer has had meetings with him because I saw Michael walking out looking upset.” Jerry says Sony and the producers showed tremendous patience by not firing his long ago.
On the other hand, Jerry says, Hunter “is an adorable girl” The actor, who has been on the soap for 25 years, says, “To do a thing like that to a woman is despicable and unacceptable. It’s sad.”
The veteran adds, “Actors work under a very emotional situation. That’s our job is to remember it’s make believe it’s acting. “
ERIC BRAEDEN ON MICHAEL MUHNEY: "HE WANTED ME OFF THE SHOW."Bitter Arguments, ‘Fisticuffs’ & The TRUTH About Fired Star Michael Muhney: ‘Young & The Restless’ Veteran Breaks Silence About On-Set Turmoil In Explosive Tell-All
(radaronline.com) The cameras have turned.
The cast and crew of hit soap The Young & The Restless are in turmoil, in the wake of star Michael Muhney being fired for allegedly groping the breasts of his costar Hunter King multiple times.
In the aftermath of Muhney’s demise, tales of bitter in-fighting, backstabbing and cast cliques have emerged, painting a sordid portrait of what’s REALLY going on behind-the-scenes of the highest-rated daytime drama on American television.
Now, in an unprecedented move, veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — has come forward exclusively to RadarOnline.com in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney, 38.
Speaking to Radar’s Jen Heger, a forthright Braeden claimed Muhney, who played his on-screen son Adam Newman, had openly waged a “campaign” to get him kicked off the show which, he stunningly confessed, led to an epic “shouting match” between the pair.
“I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” the Emmy Award-winner admitted.
But, said Braeden, “The notion that Hunter King came to me and was coaxed by me to go to the top (and get Muhney fired) is utter nonsense.”
Here is our full interview:
RadarOnline.com: Sources have told Radar that your relationship with Michael Muhney was contentious at times. Why was it?
Eric Braeden: I welcomed Michael Muhney when he came here. He is a great actor. We did have our differences, but for anyone to say that I had him fired is a lie. I have always thought he was a very good actor and told him so. Towards the end, Muhney and I did have our differences and had a shouting match, no question.
During that shouting match, all kinds of things were said. I won’t go into detail about it. I don’t remember the specifics of who said what but what I do recall is that I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth. That is about as far as I will go. That is it. It was a campaign to get me off the show. It was Muhney who wanted to get me off the show and he expressed that to various people.
Radar: Why did he want you off the show?
EB: He wanted me off the show because he wanted to be head honcho. In his words, I was the old lion and he was the young lion. He wanted to push aside the old lion. That was in his words to me, at the very end. I welcomed that guy, as I said. (I told him), ‘You are very good at what you do, keep your nose clean and stay out of everyone else’s business and just do your job.’
Radar: Was Michael Muhney his own worst enemy?
EB: Yes, of course. He has no one else to blame but himself and he said as much when he left… to several people and I respect that he did that. He apologized for his ambition and his desire to become the guy, the young lion, pushing away the old lion. The last day he was here, he apologized to me, you bet. He was contrite and apologized for several things that he had said and done. I said it’s okay. The essence of what we learn as Christians is to forgive and one forgives. I have forgiven him, I always told him that openly.
Several days after Muhney was fired, he gave an interview to the Huffington Post and was asked if he thought Braeden was involved in his firing. The married father of three children, said, “I do know one thing for sure: I really look up to and respect my friend, [Emmy-winning "General Hospital" star] Maura West. She had the most dignified walk down The Green Mile that I’ve ever seen [when she was fired from "Y&R," too]. In her final days, when her character was dead woman walking, she held her head up high and was classy and professional right until the end. I plan on doing the same thing with everyone I’ve worked with on the show. I’ll apologize for when my character bled into my real life at times and if I was intense a few times. But I’ll let everyone know how blessed and honoured I was that I got to work with them all. I got to be an actor in a land where you can play dress-up and pretend with a collective group of other talented actors. I’m going to take Maura’s lead. If there were disagreements in the past with Eric, for me, it has to be history.”
Radar: What did you think about Michael’s comments to the Huffington Post?
EB: He is a very good actor and should keep his mouth shut. I don’t need to listen to the drivel that comes out of that person’s mouth.
Radar: There were rumors circulating that your script was taped down for you to read from during scenes. How do you respond to that?
EB: Where do you think Sony would get the money to pay production assistants to do such a laborious task? I do between 10-60 pages of dialogue.= I am known to be one of the fastest workers here. You can ask crew people, who will tell you that. When you have been in the position I have been in for so long, people will obviously will take pot shots.
But yes, I do ad-lib. It’s never out of context and I do it because I know the history of my character, more than anyone else. I feel as an actor, we need to change this or that. It’s the joy of acting, to discover something in a scene and do it. Some actors are by the book, but we all feel it out in the process of doing the scene. In daytime television, we don’t have the time to rehearse and as a creative actor, you suddenly feel the rush of the moment. When I do it, it’s always within framework of the character. It’s the joy of the profession.
Radar: How is Hunter King doing?
EB: I hardly know the girl. I just don’t know people’s names until they have been here for 10 years. She is a sweet girl and a damm good actress. The notion that Hunter King came to me and was coaxed by me to go to the top is utter nonsense. The rumor mill is being fed with misinformation, by whoever.
Radar: Young & The Restless executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has been getting a lot of criticism from fans of the show since Muhney’s firing. Is that fair? What do you think of the job she is doing?
EB: I like Jill Phelps. I have nothing against her. I don’t know what the cast thinks and frankly I don’t give a damn. I make up my own mind. She has been very cordial to me and very nice to me. She has been very supportive to me. For anyone to go after her is wrong. It’s categorically wrong and mean spirited. That woman has been nothing but in support of the show, as far as I can tell.
Radar: Young & The Restless has been the number one daytime soap opera for twenty-five years, which is an amazing accomplishment. How did the show do it?
EB: I have tremendous respect for our writers, who have the hardest job in the business. They don’t get enough respect, they are damn good at what they do. I think the audience is drawn to the core characters of the show. It’s a privilege to be a part of the show.
Michael Muhney Firing -- Fans Protest By Getting Super High(tmz.com) (Photo) Fans of fired soap star Michael Muhney are taking to the air -- protesting 1,000 feet in the sky -- to make sure CBS honchos know they're really pissed off.
TMZ broke the story ... die-hard fans wanted to make a strong statement of support for Muhney -- who was fired from "The Young & The Restless" for allegedly groping the breasts of his 20-year-old co-star Hunter King.
So ... they plunked down $785 for an aerial banner flown over the CBS studios in L.A. where the show is filmed. The banner screams: #TEAMMUHNEY SUPPORTS MICHAEL MUHNEY.
Small problem ... They flew over the wrong studio. The honchos are in the Valley.
NAACP Image Awards Noms AnnouncedThe NAACP’s 45th annual Image Awards are set for February 22 and will air live on the East Coast On TVOne and tape-delayed in the West from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Eva Longoria to Direct Devious Maids Season 2 Premiere - When Will She Guest-Star?Eva Longoria will make her directorial debut on this season of Devious Maids, creator Marc Cherry revealed Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews.
Longoria will helm the Season 2 premiere of the Lifetime soap, which she and Cherry both executive-produce. "After eight years of training, I told her it was time," Cherry said. "It's something she's always wanted to do."
Now that the former Desperate Housewives star is getting ready to pull double duty behind the scenes, the question quickly turned to when Longoria will guest-star on the hit Lifetime series. Although there isn't a plan (yet), Cherry confirmed he was interested in her popping up on screen "The Eva Longoria card — I will play that at some point, absolutely," he said.
However, he was also adamant about waiting for the right role for his former leading lady. "I told Eva, 'If I'm going to bring you on, it's something that I think would be great for you,'" he said. "Lifetime can't wait for me to bring her along, but Eva and I have to have talks about that first."
Looking ahead to Season 2 of Devious Maids, which returns on April 20, Cherry reflected back on Desperate Housewives — and its infamous sophomore slump. Cherry said one of the most important lessons he learned was "know what your second season is before you write your first season."
Cherry said he was grateful that he and the writers had months to prep Devious Maids' 13-episode cable series, as opposed to the six weeks Cherry said he had to prep for a 22-episode season of Desperate Housewives. "When I did Desperate, I was just trying to get through that first season. When Season 2 started, I didn't know what I was doing," Cherry said. "I learned a lot of lessons the hard way."
Therefore, for Devious Maids, Cherry "very much plotted everything for Season 1 with an eye towards Season 2." One such plot point Cherry knew from the get-go would come up in Season 2 would be Marisol's transition from a maid to a wife with her own devious maid. "She becomes one of the employers," Cherry said. "She's moving on up but she has a lot of deviousness to deal with in her house."
In a twist from last season, which was criticized for depicting Latina actresses in stereotypical blue-collar roles, Marisol (Ana Ortiz) will have a white woman named Opal as her maid, played by Joanna Adler. "So she'll be reversing racism in that particular household, so we're trying to diversity a little," Cherry said in reference to last summer's controversy. Adler's character is one of several that will be introduced this coming season. "You'll see some new faces, and we'll say goodbye to some other faces," Cherry hinted.
The second season of Devious Maids premieres on April 20 on Lifetime. Are you excited for Longoria to direct? Who do you think she should play on the series?
Eileen Davidson Defends Young Co-StarEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) has taken to Twitter to show her support for Hunter King (Summer), in the wake of the online reports connecting the young woman to Michael Muhney's (Adam) exit. Davidson tweeted, "2 u who r bashing @HunterHaleyKing. Shes amazing, brave & courageous. She deserves 2 b applauded & respected. THE END." Later, the actress followed up with, "I have so much respect for you Hunter. My thoughts are with you. Xoxoxox."
Y&R's Muhney Breaks His SilenceAfter Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R) tweeted that he was fired on December 17, he's been quiet on Twitter. The actor broke his silence yesterday when he tweeted, "Benjamin Franklin said it best, 'Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.' " Most recently he shared, "...and that quote doesn't only apply to what is being said about ME. It also applies to others. Please be kind to everyone. #respect"
Y&R Michael Muhney -- I'm SO Much Better Looking Than Zach Braff(tmz.com) Michael Muhney -- who was fired recently from "The Young and the Restless" for allegedly groping his co-star's boobs -- was also fired from "Veronica Mars" -- partly because his ego was out of control ... sources connected with the production tell TMZ.
A source connected with the production tells TMZ ... Michael told multiple people on the show he was up for the lead in the TV show "Scrubs" along with Zach Braff, but he was just too good looking.
One source said, "I'm not a fan of Michael's," adding, "He had a VERY strong sense of self." We're told the consensus was ... his personality was just really tough to take.
Another source tells TMZ ... the final straw was that Michael allegedly released portions of the season finale online. He was fired, and the way they killed him off was great. He was investigating a crime inside a house and got shot. His last words were, "I smell bread" ... and then he died.
But we spoke with an actress -- Jenna Zablocki -- who was Michael's on-screen love interest in "The Portal." She says, "He was a gentleman, professional, and a really cool guy."
As for the Y&R firing ... the allegations were hardly a secret ... a popular soap blog had a post last month detailing the breast-grabbing allegations.
We called Michael's rep but did not hear back.
Buy Eileen Davidson's ClothesEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.
Michael Muhney -- Angry Young & Restless Fans Plan AERIAL ATTACK on CBS(tmz.com) It's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's a flying banner paid for by "Young and the Restless" fans outraged at CBS for firing Michael Muhney.
Turns out a group of Y&R fanatics on Facebook pooled together $785 to pay for a banner that will soon fly over CBS Studios in Los Angeles with a message saying, "NO ADAM NEWBIE, JUST MICHAEL MUHNEY."
TMZ broke the story ... Muhney was fired last month for allegedly groping 20-year-old co-star Hunter King's breasts on 2 different occasions. Muhney has allegedly harassed people on the set for a long time.
Y&R's plan is to retire the character and bring a new actor in to reprise the role of Adam Newman, but it's not sitting well with diehard fans.
Don't mess with soap fans.
Maria Bell Weighs In On Y&R's MuhneyAfter addressing Michael Muhney's (Adam) exit in the issue of Digest on newsstands now, and in light of the story on TMZ.com, Y&R's former executive producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell - who hired Muhney - made additional comments to the Highlight Hollywood website about the situation. "Let me be clear.... I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor- not the person," she said. "Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions. It's still a loss for the fans." To see the rest of her remarks, go to highlighthollywood.com.
Michael Muhney Fired For Allegedly Groping Co-Star's Breasts(tmz.com) Michael Muhney, a big soap star who played Adam Newman on "The Young & the Restless" -- was fired last month after one of his co-stars complained to the brass that he grabbed her boobs -- on 2 occasions ... TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources connected to the show tell TMZ ... 38-year-old Muhney allegedly bullied and harassed 20-year-old Hunter King, who plays Summer on the show. She went to higher-ups and complained recently Muhney had fondled her breasts on 2 occasions -- and she said both were unsolicited and unwanted.
Sources tell us ... the new allegations were the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back." Muhney -- who is married with 3 kids -- had been a problem on the set for a long time, allegedly bullying and harassing Hunter and others. He even admitted in a recent interview with HuffPo's Canada TV after getting fired, "Sometimes I've walked around with a big backpack of hubris."
Muhney's last show will air January 30th.
Muhney has been an extremely popular character on the show, and fans are threatening to stop watching.
Calls and emails to Muhney's rep were not returned.
Y&R's Case Makes Video For MuhneySharon Case (Sharon, Y&R), who worked closely with the recently axed Michael Muhney (Adam), created a special video tribute to her co-star. "For my dear friend @michaelmuhney," she tweeted. Check it out here!
Angell Conwell InterviewAngell Conwell: The ‘Young and the Restless’ Interview with Kam Williams. Read it here.
Melody Thomas Scott On Muhney ExitAdd Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) to the chorus of Y&R stars insisting Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps is not to blame for Michael Muhney's (Adam) exit. After a tweet from TV Guide's Michael Logan, in which he wrote, "If/when the REAL Muhney story comes out, U won't B blaming ANYONE at @YandR_CBS @Sony or @CBSDaytime," Scott responded to a fan, noting, "Not my place2reveal but the arrogance of some ppl who have NO knowledge of the situation is astonishing.THE SHOW IS NOT 2 BLAME. ANY actor would've been fired under these circumstances.Terrible loss 2 the show & it sickens me that this has happened. Jill is completely innocent in this.So is the show,Sony,CBS,etc.Tragic situation." You can view the conversation here: https://twitter.com/TVGMLogan/status/413325756211527680.
Billy Miller's Good-Bye VideoThe cast and crew of Y&R made a hilarious and heartfelt video to mark Billy Miller's last day as Billy Abbott. Check it out here: http://vimeo.com/82412454. For the exclusive story about why Miller chose to exit, pick up the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.
GH's West, Y&R's Braeden, Deny Online RumorsAfter rumors flared up online in the wake of Michael Muhney's Y&R ouster as Adam that his TV father, Eric Braeden (Victor), was responsible for Maura West's (Ava, GH) 2010 firing from the role of Diane, both Braeden and West weighed in on Twitter. "implying I had to do with MWest's departure is libelous!!" huffed Braeden. Echoed West, "Absolutely NOT. Not in any way, shape or form. Have no idea why my name is involved in ANY of it."
Fired Y&R Star Speaks OutMichael Muhney, who was just axed as Y&R's Adam, gives his first interview since learning of his dismissal. "There was truly a moment when I thought I was having a very vivid, surreal dream and I couldn't wake up so I could tell people I was having an awful dream about Y&R letting me go," he tells the HuffPost TV Canada website. For the full interview, check out.
Stars Weigh In On Muhney's ExitMichael Muhney's (Adam, Y&R) impending departure from Y&R has prompted a swift online reaction from fans and fellow actors. Sean Kanan (A.J., GH) tweeted, "@michaelmuhney Michael, I just want to wish u all the best in whatever awaits u over the horizon. Hope u & your family have a great holiday." Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara, ATWT) tweeted, "@michaelmuhney Michael, you are the reason I started watching the show this year. Never watched in all my #ATWT years... You are brilliant." And Muhney's on-screen brother Joshua Morrow (Nick) added on Twitter, "We've lost some big time talent on our show in Michelle, Billy, Jeannie & Muhney lately-but I promise u all we R committed 2 U fans. #Truth."
Michael Muhney Axed From Y&R!Michael Muhney announced on Twitter that he has been released from the role of Adam on Y&R, which he has held since 2009. "I'm so sorry," he wrote. "It breaks my heart to say this, but I was just let go from Y&R. My last day on set is this Thursday. My last air date will be Jan 30th. I'm going to take some private time with my wife & kids, as I am most concerned for their well-being…I have 3 final episodes to film, and because they are my last, I will be giving it everything I have. More details will follow... #xoxoxo"
Y&R Actor OutHartley Sawyer (Kyle, Y&R), who replaced Blake Hood in March, has been let go. According to the show's spokesperson, "Hartley is wrapping up but will be airing for several weeks into the new year." A final air date or a reason for the sudden exit have yet to be released.
Y&R, B&B Stars Expecting A Baby!Congratulations are in order for real-life loves Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), who are expecting their first child together. The actor posted a sonogram on his Facebook page yesterday, noting, "Guess What?! How do I tag a future family member? Should I make it a page? — with Linsey Michelle." And then another that said, "It got a little Bigger!!! In 10 minutes... Jk.. 11 1/2 weeks today. — with Linsey Michelle." To see the photos, go to: https://www.facebook.com/robert.g.adamson.9
Bell Wants To Teach, Not Preach!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Lauralee Bell (Christine) is hoping to use the power of the Internet to make people — especially teens — think before they text while driving. With her new six-part web series, mi promise, debuting today (Dec 2) on www.mipromise.com (with subsequent episodes to be launched through December 13), Bell explores the world of Riley (played by Cassidy Ann Shaffer of Disney's AUSTIN AND ALLY) on her ill-fated sixteenth birthday. "I'm trying not to be Miss Preachy about any of this," insists the actress-turned-producer/director. "I'm just trying to show them that there's more to life than being on your phone, texting.
"You can't fault the kids," adds Bell. "They are in this time when they really don't know any better. This is how they're growing up, with a phone in their hand!" While Bell believes there is a bigger issue regarding how absorbed kids can be by texting their lives away, mi promise shows the horrific results of a texting while driving. "I wanted to give a face to a person that could be their real-life friend one day," she shares. "I don't want them to have to lose a friend for them to get it. There's no reason why a kid, who just turned 16 and is driving in L.A. — or anywhere — should be texting, 'I'm 4 away, I'm 2 away...' You'll get there when you get there!"
Bell not only plays the grief-stricken mom in the series, but she took on the additional duty of being the director. "That was something I went back and forth on," she admits. "I didn't want someone asking me about what shots I wanted when I was sitting at the bedside, crying! But I could visually see how everything should be, how I wanted it to go. My dad [Y&R's co-creator, the late Bill Bell] taught me how important family dynamics are. And as soon as you have interest in a character, you care. Because of that, I knew how important it was to be bubble-gummy at the beginning — you have to get that she's a teenager and you have to see that she's so psyched about her life."
As important as it was to address the brutal and sometimes irreversible consequence of texting while driving, Bell says she didn't want to get too graphic. "We've softened it as much as possible, because I don't want parents to go, 'Oh, my God. I don't want my kids to see that!' We wanted to make the point, 'When you get in that car, you need to be totally focused. Don't blow it. Don't add an element that can up your chances of anything happening. Be present in your life!'"
Once the entire web series is available online, Bell hopes people will share it with the teens in their life. "This is really a way to get the point across without making the teen feel like their being lectured to or scolded!"
Daytime Drama: David Tom Returning to Young and the Restless, Replacing Billy Miller(tvline.com) At The Young and the Restless, one Daytime Emmy-winning Billy is out, and another Daytime Emmy-winning Billy is in.
David Tom, who originated the role of grown Billy Abbott on the long-running CBS sudser, is returning to Genoa City. He succeeds Billy Miller, who has decided to exit the show.
TV Guide Magazine soap guru Michael Logan broke the news on Twitter Monday evening. CBS Daytime boss Angelica McDaniels followed with confirmation.
@TVGMLogan: WOW! Massive @CBSDaytime NEWS! #BillyMiller OUT at @YandR_CBS and guess who's the NEW Billy Abbott??? DAVID TOM is BACK! Deets 2Morrow AM!
@AngelicaMcD: Please join me in welcoming Daytime Emmy winner David Tom back to #YR and @CBSDaytime as Billy Abbott’s exciting storyline continues.
@AngelicaMcD: I respect Billy Miller's decision to move on and wish him great success in his future endeavors.
Tom made his debut as Y&R‘s SORASed Billy (who up until then had been played by tots and tykes) in June 1999, and stayed with the serial until summer of 2002. Over the course of that run, he earned two Daytime Emmys nods, converting on one.
Miller, the third young adult actor to play Billy, made his Y&R debut in September 2008, amassing two Daytime Emmys wins among three nominations.
Since leaving Y&R, Tom — the brother of five-time Daytime Emmy winner Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Victoria, Y&R) — has appeared on All My Children (as Paul Cramer), Veronica Mars and episodes of CSI, 90210 and Criminal Minds.
Details of the transition timing — last and first airdates and what not — are expected on Tuesday.
Blair Redford Cast In USA's Sean Jablonski PilotStephanie Szostak (Iron Man 3) and Blair Redford (ex-Scott, Y&R/ex-Miguel, PS) are set to co-star opposite Matt Passmore in USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot. The project, from UCP, follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Szostak), as they struggle to sift through their stagnant marriage, looking for the spark they once had. When Neil discovers that Grace has been seeing a debonaire male escort (Redford) his entire world is turned upside down. As he gains a new perspective on life and what motivates women, Grace contemplates her own needs and whether her marriage is worth saving. Jablonski and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment executive produce. The French-born Szostak, repped by UTA and manager Estelle Lasher, recently wrapped production on the Ricky Blitt/Peter Farrelly indie comedy Hit by Lightning. Redford, who has spent the last two seasons on The Lying Game, is repped by Greene & Assoc. and Luber/Roklin.
Y&R Actor Inks New DealSean Carrigan, who plays hunky doctor Ben “Stitch” Rayburn, has signed a contract with the show. The actor tweeted, “Thrilled to be on contract at #YR and excited for what is ahead for “Stitch” on @CBSDaytime @YRInsider @YandR_CBS #CBS.”
New Friend For Summer?Remember that casting notice a little while back looking for a model? Well Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Briana Nicole Henry has been cast in the recurring role as Summer's new model pal, Esmerelda! Look for her to take Summer under her wing during a modeling session on Thursday, December 12! (And for trouble to no doubt ensue shortly thereafter!)
Tristan Rogers Tweets About GH/Y&R SwitchTristan Rogers is speaking out about his decision to trade in the role of GH's Robert Scorpio to reprise his Y&R alter ego, Colin Atkinson. "I’d like to thank Frank and Ron for great storyline that kept Scorpio true to himself," he posted, adding, "I’m stoked on Colin’s return to #YR in 2014 and delighted to once again be a part of the CBS Daytime family."
Confirmed! Rogers Back On Y&RAlthough he's not scheduled to appear for a few months, Y&R has exclusively confirmed to Digest that Tristan Rogers (who will soon wrap up his stint as GH's Robert Scorpio) is returning as Aussie crime lord, Colin Atkinson. "Y&R is excited to have Tristan Rogers return to the show," shares a spokesperson. "We have an exciting story planned with him and Jess Walton [Jill] that will begin in early 2014."
R.I.P. Shirley MitchellShirley Mitchell (ex-Sylvia Chase, The Young & The Restless) , who played Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong on the classic CBS sitcom I Love Lucy, died Monday. She was 94. Remembered as Lucy’s friend with the funny laugh, Mitchell appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy after joining the cast in 1953. She was believed to be the last recurring adult cast member following the deaths of Doris Singleton in 2012 and Peggy Rea in 2011. Mitchell appeared on numerous TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s including Bachelor Father starring John Forsythe, Please Don’t Eat The Daisies as neighbor Marge Thornton, Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies. She also appeared as Clara Appleby, the wife of henpecked husband George Appleby (Red Skelton) on The Red Skelton Hour. In 1972, she voiced Laurie Holiday on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Roman Holidays and last year voiced Betty White in Betty White & The Huntsman. On the film side, Mitchell appeared in Jamboree (1944), Desk Set (1957), Big Business (1988) and The War Of The Roses (1989).
From soap opera to rock ’n’ roll(bostonherald.com) The world’s greatest cover band returns to Boston on Saturday (Nov 16).
At least, that’s how the band’s fans feel about the group.
And you don’t want to mess with daytime fans.
Port Chuck, made up of four “General Hospital” veterans — Steve Burton, Scott Reeves, Bradford Anderson and Brandon Barash — stops at the Hub’s Wilbur Theatre as part of its farewell tour.
“We’re not just a cover band,” singer Barash told the Herald last week during a telephone interview.
Sure, concertgoers might hear such classics as “Born to Run” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
“We take those songs and spin them into new renditions. It’s not like you’re watching karaoke. We make each song our own,” Barash said.
The actors formed the band in 2010, and the name is a riff on the fictional town of Port Charles, the setting for “General Hospital,” “a fitting wink to our audience,” Barash said. The guys have rocked the Country Music Awards in Nashville, crossed the country for live shows and released two CDs available on cd baby.com.
So why end the good times now?
“It’s just harder and harder to get everyone together. We wanted to have one last great tour and go out with a bang,” Barash said.
Of the four, only Anderson is still on the serial, and he has one foot out the door. He willingly dropped to recurring status and is reportedly seeking other projects. Burton relocated to CBS’ “The Young & the Restless”; Reeves was written out of the soap earlier this year; and Barash departed his role of mobster Johnny Zacchara of his own accord in April.
He has at least one reminder from his six-year run with the serial — co-star Kirsten Storms, who plays lost spirit Maxie Jones. They went public as a couple about a year ago, married in June and are expecting their first child.
“It all worked out. We’re having a girl in January. I wake up every day knowing how lucky I am, how fortunate I feel that my life has taken the tangents and turns that it’s led to where I need to be, and I just have the most perfect partner for me in my wife. I couldn’t be happier,” he said.
He recently completed a part in the crime film “Guardian Angel,” set to be released next year.
When viewers last saw his intense mobster, he was cooling his heels behind bars, leaving the door open for a return.
“You never know what could be,” Barash said. “At some point, it’s definitely a possibility. I’m not going to rule it out completely. At this point in time, it’s not going to happen for me. There’s way too much I want to do.”
But is this really the swan song for Port Chuck?
“It’s really tough,” said Barash, who has performed solo on the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon and cites Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and Frank Sinatra as musical influences. “It’s been such a great experience for all of us, one of those things we can give back to our fans, a really interactive fan/actor experience. It kind of fills us quite a bit. It’s heartbreaking it’s our last tour, but the logistics of it, can we keep it going? We’ve thrown out the idea of doing weekends here and there, but as far as full-on tours, it’s quite difficult.”
As for returning to the Wilbur next weekend — the band last played there in February — Barash said, “It’s a trip being on that stage and having three tiers of screaming fans rocking out to our show.”
Port Chuck, at the Wilbur Theatre, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $60-$250; ticketmaster.com.
"THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" OBSERVES VETERANS DAY WITH TWO SPECIAL EPISODES FEATURING U.S. VETERANS(Photo) CBS Cares PSA Regarding Education and Employment for U.S. Veterans Featuring Y&R Actor Steve Burton to Run in Conjunction with the Episode
The #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (Y&R), will observe Veterans Day with two episodes featuring U.S. veterans, as well as a CBS Cares PSA that directs viewers to www.VA.gov, beginning Monday, Nov. 11 on the CBS Television Network.
In these special episodes, longtime Y&R character Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) hosts a fundraiser to honor veterans, while also hoping to get closer to her long-lost son, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), who recently completed a tour in Afghanistan. Nikki's husband, Victor (Eric Braeden), announces a plan to have his company, Newman-Chancellor Enterprises, provide jobs for qualified U.S. veterans, letting people know that he values veterans as driven, goal-oriented employees and advising other employers to seek out these proven leaders.
Y&R invited 12 U.S. veterans from the Army, Navy and Marines and who served in World War II, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraq to participate in these memorable scenes, along with actors Peter Bergman and Sean Carrigan, who play veterans on the series. The show worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for authenticity purposes with this storyline.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 24 years. The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Corbin Bernsen Film Dedicated to His Late Mother(Trailer) Jeanne Cooper, famous for her many years as Katherine/Kay Chancellor on the soap opera The Young and The Restless, passed away in May. Later this month, a movie will arrive on DVD and VOD with a special dedication from her son Corbin Bernsen.
Releasing October 25 from Dallas faith-based movies enterprise EchoLight Studios, Beyond the Heavens tells the story of Oliver, a 12-year-old boy who is compelled by the lingering sadness surrounding the disappearance of his brother to scientifically investigate the existence of God.
“My hope is that Beyond the Heavens will encourage people to explore faith, open their mind and go beyond what they think they know,” said Bernsen. “This is what my mother encouraged me to do. I hope to encourage others to do the same through this story.”
Bernsen wrote, directed the film and co-stars as the boy’s father Gus Henry. The movie was filmed in Provost, Alberta and was praised by The Dove Foundation as a “terrific inspirational film.”
Cooper's A Bestseller!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!
You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.
Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Is An Open Book!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans who have been waiting for their favorite matriarch, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), to finally pen her memoirs need wait no longer! Her autobiography, Not Young, Still Restless, will hit bookstores and on-line retailers like Amazon.com on Tuesday, July 31.
The Emmy winner tells Soaps In Depth that it wasn't easy for her to revisit certain chapters, as it were, in her 84 years of life. "It brings back all sorts of feelings! You get angry all over again!" Cooper says, giving her trademark throaty chuckle. "Writing your autobiography is a lot like therapy."
Indeed, Cooper's good friend, Barbara Hale (PERRY MASON), was amazed by the effort. "She was like, 'Oh my God, how did you put it down in a book? How did you get started?' I'm like, 'Please don't ask me that, Barbara!'"
Of course, the showbiz vet is well aware that some of her revelations might raise eyebrows -- like her affair with Beau Kazer, who recurs as her Y&R son, Brock. "I asked Beau's permission to tell people about it, and he said, 'Duchess, I love you and I've always loved you. I'd marry you tomorrow,'" she recounts. "I said, 'But you're already married!' He said, 'It doesn't matter -- I'd marry you, too!'"
While Cooper said she was careful in what she revealed, not wanting to be vindictive or mean-spirited, does she have any regrets after seeing her life story in print? "No. I have no regrets. Not a thing!"
To pre-order yourself a copy of Not Young, Still Restless, click here. And keep your eye out for a feature interview with Cooper in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, where she will reveal more secrets from her book!
Y&R is on PinterestThe Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!
Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.
A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.
Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
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Soap Opera 451Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments: The first enhanced e-book of its kind, “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” by New York Times bestselling author and soap opera insider Alina Adams, features actor interviews, insider information, fans and fan favorites looking back on 45 of the most memorable moments in daytime television history, as well as links to view the selected scenes, and to the star-studded contributors’ personal sites, so that readers may interact with them personally. (An Internet connection is required and availability will vary depending on your viewing device).
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” includes interviews with: “All My Children’s” Eden Riegel on her character Bianca coming out as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane; “Another World’s” Linda Dano on her character Felicia's alcohol intervention; “Dark Shadow’s” Kathryn Leigh Scott on Barnabas bringing Josette back from the dead; “One Life to Live’s” headwriter Michael Malone on Marty's gang rape; “General Hospital’s” headwriter Thom Racina on scripting Luke and Laura's wedding; “Generations” creator Sally Sussman Morina on the show’s groundbreaking racial housing discrimination story; and dozens of other stars, writers, insiders and stories from “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Guiding Light”, “Passions,” “Texas,”“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Doctors” and many more.
“Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” may be experienced via a tablet, iPad, cell-phone, lap-top or desk-top computer. All of the text may be read on the Kindle or Nook devices.
Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
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