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Is Y&R's Austin Dead Or Not?For a dead guy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Austin sure seems to be getting around! Which always begs the question: Is the hunk really dead? Or, given the many lookalikes and twins (Caleb/Cane, Mariah/Cassie, Jeffrey/William) that have sauntered through Genoa City, could fans soon be getting a double dose of Austin with a doppleganger?
"I don't know what's going to happen," admits his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson. "From Day One, Austin has been a very mysterious character, and we haven't figured out much about him. There's a lot of questions we could ask, but no answers just yet! I can't give anything specifically away, I would say you will learn a lot about Austin in the coming weeks."
Right now, viewers are learning a lot in flashbacks, including the stunning revelation that Austin and Abby were having a hot and heavy affair! "When I first came on the show, Melissa [Ordway, Abby] and I talked about how her character is related to everyone, so we thought at some point we were going to have a relationship!" laughs the actor. "I guess that kind of ended up happening! I enjoy working with her; she's such a sweetheart!
"Keep watching," Atkinson adds with a grin. "This is not a predictable storyline at all!"
For more on Austin and Atkinson's future, don't miss our in-depth feature interview in the CBS Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 23!
Casting CornerJonathan Bray appears as “Mr. Harriman” on Friday, 3/6
David Purdham returns as “Mr.Tipton” on Monday, 3/9
PRICE IS RIGHT “Model Search” runner up Jonathan Morgan appears as a “GCAC Bartender” on Tuesday, 3/10
PRICE IS RIGHT Model James O’Halloran appears as a “GCAC Bartender” on Thursday, 3/12
Victoria Rowell at Miles College today; to host Ala. Majesty Awards Fri.(al.com) Actress and author Victoria Rowell -- best known for her roles on the TV soap opera, "The Young and the Restless," and the 1990s crime drama, "Diagnosis Murder" -- will make three appearances at Miles College in Fairfield today and Friday.
The actress -- who played the popular character Drucilla Winters on "The Young and the Restless" for 14 years -- will speak today in Brown Hall Auditorium on campus immediately following a Black History Month address by civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. that begins at 11 a.m., according to a news release from the school.
Today at 1:30 p.m., Rowell will speak to female students at the George T. French Jr. Student Activity Center on campus. She will seek to inspire them as they pursue their education and careers, according to the news release.
On Friday at 7 p.m., Rowell will serve as the host of the Alabama Majesty Awards to be held in Pearson Hall Auditorium. The event is described as "a salute to African American living legends" that have had a positive impact on the community.
The honorees are Dr. Richard Arrington Jr., Birmingham's first African-American mayor; Miles College President George T. French Jr., Dr. Claude Brunson, an anesthesiologist; and Earl Hilliard, who served as Alabama's first African-American Congressman since Reconstruction.
Rowell is often credited with using the part of Drucilla on 'The Young and the Restless" to create a positive role model for young African-American women.
But Rowell -- who has won 11 NAACP Image Awards -- left the show in 2007 after claims of racial discrimination. She recently filed a lawsuit against CBS, Sony Pictures Entertainment and others, saying she was blocked from being rehired on the show in 2010 because she has often spoken out regarding a lack of racial diversity in both casts and crews on daytime TV.
The actress, who has been in the entertainment business since the mid-1980s, has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies and has published several books, including the memoir, "The Women Who Raised Me."
For more information about the Alabama Majesty Awards, go to www.alabamamajestyawards.com or call 205-335-9455.
Miles College is located at 5500 Myron Massey Blvd. in Fairfield. For more information, call 205-929-1000 or go to www.miles.edu.
CBS DAYTIME SHOWS HIT VIEWER MILESTONESAll of CBS's daytime shows posted year-to-year growth in viewers, with several delivering their biggest audiences in more than a year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 22.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL averaged 4.18 million viewers, up +10% from a year ago, and its largest average weekly audience since the week ending Feb. 16, 2007. It was also up +13% in women 25-54 (1.7/09 from 1.5/08) from a year ago.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 5.58 million viewers, up +7% from last year, and its largest audience since the week ending Jan. 31, 2014. Among women demographics, it was up +5% in women 25-54 (2.2/12 from 2.1/12), +15% in women 18-49 (1.5/09 from 1.3/09) and +17% in women 18-34 (0.7/05 from 0.6/05), all best since the week ending Jan. 31, 2014.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 4.25 million viewers, its largest audience ever, and was up +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/06 from 0.8/06) from a year ago.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.66 million viewers, up +14% from a year ago.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.71 million viewers, up +7% from last year.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 averaged 6.65 million viewers, a gain of +9% from the same week a year ago in both viewers and women 18-49 (1.2/08 from 1.1/07).
THE TALK averaged 3.01 million viewers, up +7% from last year and its largest weekly audience since the week ending Feb. 14, 2014.*
Armie Hammer, McKenna Grace Topline Black List Reading Of Tom Flynn's 'Gifted'Armie Hammer and McKenna Grace will be starring in a live staged reading of Tom Flynn’s screenplay Gifted as part of Black List Live! on Saturday March 14, 7PM at the Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood.
Hammer will portray Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever, who is raising his niece Mary, played by Grace, in rural Florida. When he enrolls her in school for the first time, she is labeled as gifted. All Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is her mother Evelyn, and the dilemma that he doesn’t have custody of Mary.
Grace is starring in Cinelou’s upcoming film Cook opposite Eddie Murphy and Blumhouse’s Amityville: The Awakening. Hammer is starring in Warner Bros. upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opening on Aug. 14.
Save The Date!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Fan Club has announced that the 2015 Fan Club Event will be held the evening of Saturday, August 15, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. You must be a current Y&R Fan Club member in order to purchase tickets to attend, but there's still time to join because reservation packets will not be mailed out to members until Sunday, March 15. (Fan Club members will also be able to purchase one additional ticket for a non-member.) You can find an application to join the Y&R Fan Club by clicking here.
The Sheraton Universal will be offering a special rate on hotel rooms, and a block of rooms has been set aside. But the discount code will not be available until March 15, so don't book your reservations until then, or you won't get the special rate. Most of the cast of Y&R is slated to be in attendance, and additional smaller events are being planned for Friday, August 14, and Sunday, August 16, so you'll want to keep those days open as well.
Eva Longoria: 'I Am the Underachiever in My Family'(Pic) Eva Longoria may have starred in a top-rated television program for eight seasons, but as the last member of her family to receive a Master's degree, she was considered an "underachiever" in her household.
"When I was on Desperate Housewives, it was the number-one show in the world, and I was ranked really high [on the] Forbes list," she told a crowd gathered at Harvard University on Saturday. "I said to my mom, 'Look,' and she said 'Right, when are you getting your Master's?' "
Longoria said the importance her family placed on education has stayed with her and is evident in her philanthropic work (including the Eva Longoria Foundation and for Eva's Heroes), for which she was honored with the Artist of the Year Award at Harvard University on Saturday.
In addition to urging the Ivy League students to use the opportunities they have been given and the knowledge they possess to make the world a better place, Longoria, 39, applauded Harvard for embracing cultural diversity.
"I've kind of lived my life straddling the hyphen of being Mexican-American. I kind of just sit on that hyphen, you know – navigating loving enchiladas and apple pie, loving mariachi music and Britney Spears," she said. "But there are so many moments in my life that were memorable to that experience of being a hybrid, of being a hyphen."
Longoria, who grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, would often take day trips with her family to Mexico and wondered why they were able to get in the shorter line when entering back into the U.S. while others had to wait in a much longer line.
"[My dad] said they were born on the other side – el otro lado – and I said, 'Dad, why were we born on this side?' and he said, 'Luck,' and I never forgot that. And I never forgot how important it was to be an American."
As for that Master's degree, Longoria made her mom proud when she got a MA in Chicano Studies at Cal State Northridge in 2013.
Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"
Although the 90-minute show focuses on the experience and perspective of an African-American actor -- through the metaphor of Shakespeare's Moorish prince, Othello -- Cobb says that the play's themes run much deeper. "It's about an actor -- for all intents and purposes, me -- auditioning for the role of Othello. If you know the play Othello, Othello is a large, dark-skinned man. The voice-overed auditioner, who is white, is looking for a certain image of what he thinks that man should be," Cobb explains. "The actor is trying to give the auditioner what he's after, but there's this inner monologue going on. 'I know more about being a big, black guy than you do. You should be listening to me. Can you trust that I know things you don't know? Can we have that discussion?'
"More broadly, it's about the American theater, the nature of love, our ability to see or not to see one another," he continues. "Not just across racial lines but in general. No one sees us wholly for who we are and what we have to offer. In that respect, the play seems to have a great crossover appeal. That takes its toll on personalities."
Following each performance, Cobb opens up the floor for feedback from the audience. "It stirs people to speak. They have these very visceral reactions, from college girls to older men and everybody in between," he notes, adding that he's pleased to see his show sparking such discussions. "We're all sort of entrenched in our positions or perspective. We can't move forward and grow as a culture until we can get past the stuff that keeps us in our spaces."
Cobb will bring American Moor back to Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ, from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. For tickets and showtimes, visit www.lunastage.org. Then from Tuesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 25, and Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10, Cobb will perform at the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in Manhattan. For more information on those dates, click here.
Eddie Cibrian, Josh Hopkins, Rory Scovel & Donald Faison Join Monica Potter PilotEddie Cibrian (Third Watch), Cougar Town‘s Josh Hopkins, The Exes‘ Donald Faison and Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) have been cast as the male leads in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter.
The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production, is loosely based on Potter’s life and stars the actress as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands, which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again.
Cibrian will play Jason, Bridget’s first ex-husband, a slick professional gambler. Faison plays Bridget’s second ex-husband, the very earnest Kevin, who is positive and upbeat at all times, and a staunch protector of the environment who is also “accidentally” extremely wealthy. Scovel plays Robert, Bridget’s third ex-husband. A pompous writer and college professor, Robert went to Harvard and can’t wait to let everyone know it. Hopkins plays Tom, a veterinarian in the midst of mutual attraction with Bridget, an animal lover.
I hear that the NBC pilot is in first position for The Exes star Faison, so he would be leaving the TV Land sitcom if the Monica Potter project goes to series. The Exes is currently filming its fourth season and there had been no official decision yet beyond that.
The castings underscore how stretched the talent pool has been this broadcast season. Of the four actors, two, Cougar Town‘s Hopkins and Ground Floor‘s Scovel, just became available as their previous comedies only recently ended their runs, and one, Faison, is still on another show.
Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer executive produce with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Potter serves as producer.
Hopkins is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Scovel is with Mosaic, CAA and attorney Isaac Dunham.
"CSI: CYBER," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11CMND:\Crash” – Agent Avery Ryan and her cyber team investigate a roller coaster crash caused by someone who found a way to hack into the ride’s internal computer, on CSI: CYBER, Wednesday, March 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
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Ellen's parody of 'The Slap' may actually be the show you were expecting(Video) Everyone's talking about "The Slap" -- at least that's what NBC wants you to believe. But now, Ellen DeGeneres will have you all talking about "The Slaps."
Have you heard about "The Slap"? Of course you have. It's a Very Serious Drama starring critically acclaimed actors -- a fact which surprised many people who tuned in to the premiere expecting a Jackass-type show about people slapping each other.
Don't worry if you were disappointed though, because as always, Ellen DeGeneres has your back.
On yesterday's episode of "The Ellen Show," she featured a hilarious video cutting together all of the times she has fake-slapped people in her comic sketches ... and we're not gonna lie, we thought the actual "The Slap" would have been a little more like this:
NBC's actual "The Slap" is a four-episode miniseries, which stars Zachary Quinto, Melissa George, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman. The show explores how a family deteriorates after a father is taken to court for slapping another person's child.
The series is a remake of the Australian show of the same name, and that in turn was based on a novel. The first episode aired on Feb. 12, with the second airing Feb. 19 on NBC.
John Enos on Blue Bloods“Occupational Hazards” – Erin is rattled when an unknown assailant breaks into her apartment and also attacks her co-worker. Meanwhile, Jamie and Eddie discover a pipe bomb in an elderly woman’s apartment, and Frank looks into a charity that is soliciting money for the NYPD, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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Casting CornerLachlan Buchanan debuts as “Kyle Abbott” on Wednesday, 2/25
Scott Reeves on Nashville“That’s the Way Love Goes” – Rayna’s anniversary of her induction into the Grand Ole Opry is cause for celebration and guest starring cameos by country stars Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan as themselves. Rayna reaches out to Deacon and her daughters to perform with her, prompting the girls’ hopes of the couple reuniting romantically. Will is uncomfortable when he’s paired with an out gay man to collaborate on songwriting. Sadie is interviewed by Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” and goes public about her private battle, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.
Guest starring are Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant, David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Laura Benanti as Sadie Stone, Moniqua Plante as Natasha, Scott Reeves as Noel Laughlin, Lorrie Morgan as herself, Kyle Dean Massey as Kevin Bicks, Vince Gill as himself, Robin Roberts as herself and Nick Jandl as Dr. Caleb Rand.
“That’s The Way Love Goes” was written and directed by Callie Khouri.
Talk Show AppearanceThe Queen Latifah Show (Syndicated)
Tuesday, February 17
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CBS RESPONDS TO ROWELL SUITIn a statement, CBS responded to Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Dru, Y&R) lawsuit claiming that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama, noting, “We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Victoria Rowell Speaks Out!(Photo) Soaps In Depth was present this morning when former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) held a press conference in New York City to discuss her lawsuit against CBS and Sony.
"This is a profound moment for me," the actress shared, "as an African-American woman who wishes to continue to live the American dream. I've always advocated for myself, and was taught to do so after 18 years in foster care. And I advocate for others, and was taught to do so. So this is not about me. This is about myself and the many, many other African-Americans who have been denied the right to perform in front of and behind the camera. Specifically on Y&R."
In her suit, Rowell claims that CBS and Sony have refused to rehire her in retaliation for her being outspoken about the lack of diversity in the daytime community, and particularly on her former show, the top-rated daytime drama. "It is an incestuous industry, and it has retaliated against me," the actress told In Depth at this morning's conference.
Soaps In Depth will have more on Rowell's case in an upcoming issue.
Y&R’S HUNTER KING LANDS ON PRIME-TIMEBe sure to tune in to see Hunter King’s (Summer, Y&R) guest-starring appearance on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, airing on February 15. King is playing Lexi Nolan on an episode titled, Under My Skin. "I really enjoyed working on such an exciting project like CSI,” says the actress. "It was physically challenging (once you see it you'll understand) and I love challenging myself as an actor! I can't wait for everyone to see it!
Y&R' Collins Is Cooking!(Video) Jessica Collins cooks on Home & Family: The Young & The Restless star Jessica Collins stops by with her recipe for Creme Brulee French Toast and to dish up what's happening this month on Y&R.
CTD Prez Hilary Estey McLoughlin Steps Down, CBS Consolidates Daytime & Syndi Programming Under Angelica McDanielRising star CBS executive Angelica McDaniel is getting a bigger playground. CBS has folded development of syndicated series into the broadcast network’s daytime programming operation. CBS’ head of daytime, SVP Angelica McDaniel, will now oversee both the network’s daytime programming and new series development for first-run syndication. In her new role creating programming across all genres including talk, court, newsmagazines and game shows, McDaniel will continue to report to CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler for CBS’ daytime programming, while reporting to both Tassler and Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, on syndication matters.
CTD’s President of Creative Affairs Hilary Estey McLoughlin, who had been overseeing development of syndicated series, is stepping down and will segue into a production deal with the company. Elaine Bauer Brooks will remain as EVP of Development at CTD, becoming a member of McDaniel’s team. Joe Ferullo, EVP of Current Programming at CTD, will continue to oversee the division’s portfolio of 8 current first-run series, now reporting directly to Nuñez.
McDaniel, who also oversees CBS’ Saturday morning educational/informational teen-targeted programming block, is credited with launching the network’s successful daytime talk show The Talk. She joined CBS in August 2010 as VP, current daytime programming and was promoted to SVP in February 2012, also overseeing daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and The Bold And The Beautiful and game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal. McDaniel has a syndication background — she was a creative executive in the Telepictures/Warner Bros. program development department and served as the current executive on the fifth season of The Tyra Banks Show.
“Angelica is an executive force of nature who brings incredible energy to everything she touches,” said Tassler. “She has a non-stop creative mind, is never afraid to think big and she is always in tune, if not a step ahead, with the audience who watches our shows.”
McLoughlin, who was Telepictures president before moving to rival CDT in October 2013, oversaw the final stages of development of Judge Judy’s court show Hot Bench, the highest-rated new syndicated strip this season. CDT developed and piloted talk show Man In The Middle starring Jerry O’Connell this season, but it couldn’t secure stations for next fall in a very crowded marketplace.
Ex-'Young And The Restless' Star Hits CBS & Sony Pictures TV With Retaliation Lawsuit(deadline.com) Eight years after leaving the long running soap opera, Victoria Rowell is taking the network and the producers to court today for not letting her back – and she directly blames Les Moonves. In a just filed lawsuit in federal court in NYC, the actress who played Drucilla Winters on The Young And The Restless from 1990 to 2007 claims CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Production Inc. are distinctly not allowing her back on Y&R or The Bold And The Beautiful. Why? Because of her public advocacy of greater diversity on the soaps, she says. That’s a violation of federal law and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, today’s jury seeking complaint claims (read it here). It alleges that Rowell was being “impoverished and blackballed because she had chosen to speak out against the discrimination and injustice that she had endured and witnessed happen to other African Americans.”
“We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers’ letters and a lawsuit that has no merit,” said CBS in a statement today. “We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
Trying unsuccessfully to get back on the soap as the popular character since 2010, the actress says that “the Defendants have disregarded their own self-interest in their efforts to retaliate against Ms. Rowell.” In her claims of retaliation complaint, Rowell now wants a variety of unspecified damages, including back pay, front pay and benefits. She also wants “an order directing Defendants to re-employ Ms. Rowell on Y&R, or at least to consider her seriously for re-employment on Y&R without regard to her prior efforts to address the discrimination that she perceived at Defendants.”
In fact, deep within the filing’s details of Rowell’s efforts to increase diversity on the soap, her desire to get back on it and meetings with the likes of SPT’s Steven Mosko and bigger boss Michael Lynton, is this odd gem involving CBS boss Moonves. “Sensing from both Bradley Bell’s and Steven Kent’s comments that the decisions were being made at a higher level, meaning at CBS, in March 2011, Ms. Rowell exchanged emails with Leslie Moonves, CBS’s President and Chief Executive Officer, about her desire to return to Y&R or start a new role on B&B,” the 48-page document claims. “Mr. Moonves responded that he no longer was involved in programming or casting for those shows, and suggested that she seek help elsewhere. The suggestion that CBS was not involved in decision-making was not true.”
“After many months of advocacy with CBS and Sony officials on behalf of Ms. Rowell, National Urban League President Morial told Ms. Rowell that in his opinion Mr. Moonves opposed Ms. Rowell’s return to any CBS show, likely because of her advocacy for increased African American employment in front of and behind the camera,” the suit later alleges. There’s also an exchange where Congresswoman Maxine Waters supposedly tries to “advocate” with Moonves to put Rowell back on the show. “Mr. Moonves responded that if Ms. Waters contacted him again on behalf of Ms. Rowell, he would report her to the House Ethics Committee,” says today’s filing. “It is unclear what Mr. Moonves thought was unethical about Ms. Waters advocating for a constituent, but his response certainly showed Mr. Moonves’ hostility.”
Rowell’s views on the diversity in the soaps world is nothing new – at least not on social media. On the 41st anniversary of Y&R in 2014, she posted a series of tweets chastising the show.”Young & Restless on air for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?,” the also former Diagnosis: Murder actress wrote. Just last week on Twitter, the 2-time Daytime Emmy nominee reiterated that long held stance:
@victoriarowell : #BlackHistoryMonth NOT BlkMysteryMonth. NO blk exec producers hired in soap opera industry though advertisers/producers depend on AAspending.
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC out of D.C. plus NYC-based Valli Kane and Vagnini LLP and Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP are representing the actress in this action.
Y&R ALUM VICTORIA ROWELL SUES CBS AND SONY!Daytime Confidential broke the news that Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) is suing CBS and Sony (and other defendants) on the grounds that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her speaking out about the lack of employment of African-Americans on daytime's top-rated drama. In the suit, Rowell alleges that she left the show in 2007 in the wake of racial discrimination, which she describes in her complaint. Rowell claims that since 2010, she has sought to return to the show, or to join BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, and that Sony and Bell-Phillip Television Production, Inc., acting in concert with CBS's CEO, have rejected her bid because of her public and private comments about the show's lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
CBS DAYTIME IS IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE THIS VALENTINE'S DAYTalent From CBS Daytime’s Entire Lineup Will Participate in Twitter “Love Chats” Throughout the Week of Feb. 9.
CBS Daytime celebrates Valentine's Day with special themed episodes of THE TALK, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Monday, Feb. 9 - Friday, Feb. 13 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 (full schedule below).
THE TALK kicks off the festivities with romantic giveaways from lifestyle expert Chi-Lan Lieu and themed cooking segments on Monday, Feb. 9 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT/CT). On Thursday, Feb. 12, chef Dean Sheremet will prepare “Take Your Love Around The World with Food” dishes, and on Friday, Feb. 13, pastry chef Candace Nelson serves up Valentine’s Day desserts, including naturally pink raspberry cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches with heart shaped brownies. Valentine's Day week will also feature celebrity guests, including Terry Crews, Taraji P. Henson, Kunal Nayyar (CBS’s THE BIG BANG THEORY), Allison Janney (CBS’s MOM) and Robin Tunney (CBS’s THE MENTALIST).
Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special themed episode featuring an audience full of single traders looking to make deals and love connections, on Friday, Feb. 13 (check local listings). Traders are matched up to make deals as couples when Cupid Wayne Brady sets the singles up on the wildest blind dates of all time. After one game of "Let's Make a Date," where a trader is shown four potential partners to choose from, Wayne finds a love connection between the couple after learning they already met earlier in line. Jonathan Mangum decides to makes his own deal with Wayne in honor of the Valentine’s Day show – swapping their pants during a commercial break! Also, when a couple passes up their Zonk, Wayne and Jonathan dig right in to a half-eaten box of chocolates. Our hopeful traders attempt to make a love connection and a great deal because the only thing worse than a Zonk is a Zonk and a bad date!
Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is celebrating Valentine’s Day by throwing a wedding shower, Friday, Feb. 13 (11:00-Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). An audience filled with engaged couples will have the opportunity to play as pairs and win themed prizes, including his and hers wedding bands, bachelor and bachelorette parties in Mexico, a honeymoon in Fiji and a trip to the romantic city of Venice, Italy.
The residents of Genoa City are flirting with disaster this Valentine's Day on television’s #1 daytime drama for 26 years, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) clashes with her husband Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) as she puts the bottle before her marriage and family on Friday, Feb. 13 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT). Life for the Winters family spirals out of control when Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) learns of his son, Devon Hamilton's (Bryton James), affair with his wife, Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan). Also, bad boy Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) inches closer to winning back his wife Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) under his new identity, Gabriel Bingham.
It’s not all flowers and candy hearts this Valentine’s Day for the characters on Daytime Emmy Award-winning THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL on Friday, Feb. 13 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT). As the Spencers scheme to take over Forrester Creations, Liam (Scott Clifton) has to choose which Forrester woman will he spend Valentine’s Day with: Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) or Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood)? Still brokenhearted over losing Hope, Wyatt (Darin Brooks) finds himself spending the most romantic evening of the year sharing a box of chocolates with his crazy and consoling mother, Quinn (Rena Sofer). Meanwhile, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) has a difficult time dealing with something she isn’t quite familiar with: a Valentine’s Day without a Valentine. As she drowns her sorrows in a bottle of booze, she pours her heart out to none other than her ex-lover, Deacon (Sean Kanan).
Following is the schedule for live Twitter “Love Chats,” with the respective Twitter handles:
Monday, Feb. 9: 3:30 PM, ET/12:30 PM, PT: THE TALK hosts Julie Chen (@JulieChen), Sara Gilbert (@THEsaragilbert), Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne), Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) and Sheryl Underwood (@sherylunderwood)
Wednesday, Feb. 11: 10:00 AM, ET/9:00 AM, CT/7:00 AM, PT: LET'S MAKE A DEAL model Tiffany Coyne (@TiffanyCoyne)
Thursday, Feb. 12: 1:30 PM, ET/10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL’s Don Diamont (@don_diamont) and Heather Tom (@BBheathertom)
Friday, Feb. 13: 12:30 PM, ET/9:30 AM, PT: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ Bryton James (@BrytonEjames) and Mishael Morgan (@MishaelMorgan1), 11:00 AM, ET/8:00 AM, PT: PRICE IS RIGHT model Rachel Reynolds (@Rachel1Reynolds)
2015 NAACP Image Awards WinnersOutstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Shemar Moore - "Criminal Minds" (CBS) (ex-Y&R)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Soap stars to visit with fans in TampaSt. Petersburg, Florida – Fans of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restlesshave a chance to meet some stars this weekend.
Actor Daniel Goddard, who plays Cane Ashby, and Sharon Case, who plays Sharon Newman Abbott, are coming to Tampa for events arranged by Soap This.
Goddard and Case will be attending a Lightning hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Amalie Arena. Fans can purchase tickets to watch the game with the stars in a suite, get autographs, and share a photo session.
"We're very excited," says Patti Werynski of Soap This. "Daniel Goddard and Sharon Case are two of the biggest actors in daytime soaps."
On Saturday, fans can also meet the stars at a breakfast at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Tampa.
Barbie Tsagaris, who formed Soap This with her sister, says soap stars love meeting their fans.
"They're so down to earth and they're very gracious," she says.
Soap This has held several previous events with Goddard, but this is the first time Case is participating.
For more information about these fan experiences and to purchase tickets call Soap This at 727-210-5143.
CBS'S ENTIRE DAYTIME LINEUP POSTS WEEK-TO-WEEK GROWTH IN VIEWERS AND WOMEN 25-54CBS's entire daytime lineup registered week-to-week growth in viewers and women 25-54, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Jan. 30.
Compared to last week, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +4% in viewers (4.97m from 4.77m) and +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/08 from 1.2/08) while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +5% in viewers (5.81m from 5.56m) and +7% in women 25-54 (1.5/09 from 1.4/09).
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +3% in viewers (3.20m from 3.09m) and even in women 25-54 (0.9/06) and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 posted gains of +4% in viewers (3.69m from 3.55m) and +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07 from 0.9/06).
Among the daytime dramas, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was up +1% in viewers (4.80m from 4.74m) and +11% in women 25-54 (2.0/12 from 1.8/11), while THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL notched a +6% jump in viewers (3.97m from 3.75m) and a +13% spike in women 25-54 to a season high (1.7/10 from 1.5/09).
THE TALK was up +3% in viewers (2.87m, its second-largest audience of the season, from 2.79m) and +10% in women 25-54 (1.1/07, which matches a season high).
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 were the week's five most-watched daytime programs.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 were the top four daytime programs in women 25-54.
DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMINATIONS REVEALED!See the list of Emmy Prenominations here.
See Who's Returning to Mistresses!Even though Mistresseslast showed Scott getting ditched at the altar, he's not done just yet! Justin Hartley will return to the ABC summer soap for two episodes, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
In the final moments of the second season, Joss (Jes Macallan) and Harry (Brett Tucker) finally got together on the beach outside of Joss and Scott's wedding. The episode ended with Savi (Alyssa Milano) walking down the steps to possibly find her sister and her ex-husband together. However what Savi saw or didn't see could be complicated by the that Milano is exiting the show.
"A lot of where Season 3 starts is dealing with what the massive repercussions that choice will bring," Macallan said. "We know it's going to be wrapped up, but we don't know how they're going to handle it."
Regardless of how the show handles Savi's off-camera reaction to the major development, it's clear Scott's handling of the rejection will play a big part in the beginning of the season. As for Joss and Harry's future, both Macallan and Tucker are just glad their characters finally got together - a plotline that wasn't exactly planned from the beginning.
"[The writers] allowed the progression of what was happening on-screen to happen and influence their writing," she said. "They were like, 'There's something going on there' and they ran with it. I don't think we thought it was going there, but they [said to us], 'Are you feeling that under the subtext?' And we said, 'Totally, that could happen.'"
Are you happy Joss and Harry got together? Are you glad Scott is coming back?
Mistresses returns this summer to ABC.
Y&R ALUM’S INVITATIONElizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe, Y&R) is encouraging her fans to stay in touch and even interact with her by checking out the personal videos she posts on http://peeppl.com/feeds/theehendrickson (the latest footage features the actress asking for requests for her to play on the ukulele). "I love PEEPPL because it lets me stay in direct contact with my fans, who have been wonderful to me since I left YOUNG AND RESTLESS,” Hendrikson tells Digest. "I can make exclusive videos based on what my fans suggest and how they vote for their favorites. It's a really creative way for us to collaborate that I've never seen anywhere else. It's as much fun for me as it is for my fans."
Monica Potter Comedy Produced By Ellen DeGeneres, Workplace Comedy From Jimmy Fallon Get NBC Pilot OrdersNBC has given pilot orders to comedies produced by top talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. This brings NBC’s half-hour pilots to nine, including straight-to-series comedy Telenovela starring Eva Longoria.
The first project, an untitled multi-camera from Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production, stars Parenthoold‘s Monica Potter. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, was written by I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Loosely based on Potter’s life, it stars the actress as a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands, which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again. Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer executive produce with A Very Good Production’s DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Potter serves as producer.
A Very Good Prods. has upcoming NBC multi-camera family comedy series One Big Happy.
Single-camera comedy Sharing, from Universal TV and Fallon’s Eight Million Plus, is a workplace comedy about the different groups of people working side by side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson and Damian Lanigan wrote the script. Bronson is executive producing with Fallon and Rick Schwartz; Lanigan is a co-executive producer.
GH: Kiki Recast(Photo) General Hospital has tapped The Young and the Restless alumna Hayley Erin to take over the role of Kiki Jerome, who was previously played by Kristen Alderson, Daytime Confidential reports.
Y&R STAR AND WIFE SPLITSean Carrigan (Stitch, Y&R) shares exclusively with Soap Opera Digest that he and actress Suzanne Quast are ending their 7-year marriage. "My wife and I jointly filed for divorce at the Santa Monica courthouse today,” he reveals. “It’s amicable and we’re citing irreconcilable differences. It’s been really sad for us but we both agree it’s the right thing at this time."
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's Reality Show Is Canceled After 1 SeasonLeAnn Rimes may be singing the blues about reality star dreams.
Her VH1 reality show with husband Eddie Cibrian, LeAnn & Eddie, was canceled after an eight episode season, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The singer, 32, and her actor husband, 41, hoped to use the show partly to dispel public fallacies about their marriage.
"The biggest global misconception would be that we're not two people who are really in love with each other, that there are ulterior motives to our relationship," Rimes told PEOPLE in July. "But people just don't get it. Hopefully people will get a chance to see how we just click."
The couple, who famously met while they were both married to other people (she to chef Dean Sheremet, he to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville), wed in 2011.
VH1 had no comment on the cancellation.
Y&R FINDS THEIR NEW KYLE(Photo) Y&R has tapped Australian actor Lachlan Buchanan for the coveted role of Jack Abbott’s son, Kyle. "Yes, I’ll be doing an American accent which means the Aussie one is going to disappear,” he smiles. “It’s going to be a fun challenge and I’m really looking forward to playing Kyle.” The daytime newcomer starred on the Australian soap HOME AND AWAY (“It’s like a rite of passage there”) and has made guest appearances in plenty of American prime-time TV (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, CASTLE). He reports to work on January 27 and will first air on February 25.
Y&R’S ADAMSON LANDS PRIME-TIME ROLERobert Adamson, who plays Noah Newman on Y&R, will make a guest appearance on the popular CBS crime series, NCIS: NAVAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE as Senior Cadet Lucas Craig. The episode is set to air on February 10.
Eva Longoria Comedy 'Telenovela' A Go At NBC With 13-Episode OrderNBC has landed Eva Longoria for next season, giving a 13-episode order to her NBC single-camera comedy Telenovela.
The project already had a big commitment in the pitch stage — Telenovela, from Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein and Universal TV, was going to get a 13-episode order if Longoria committed to star and a pilot order if she didn’t. The project is expected to hire a casting director shortly. Additionally, since Telenovela is set behind the scenes of a telenovela, NBC was in discussions with sister network Telemundo for 4-5-minute segments in Spanish that would be used to promote the NBC series to Spanish-speaking audiences.
NBC was one of two networks that was pursuing Longoria for a long time. At ABC, she had a comedy from ABC Studios and the Trophy Wife team of Emily Halpern,Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. It was fast-tracked as a script that will go to pilot with a 13-episode penalty for Longoria attached if she commits to star.
Longoria had been developing Telenovela through UnbeliEVAble with Universal TV and NBC for some time. Based on an idea by Longoria, it centers on an ambitious telenovela star — a character created for her — who struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera.
Since the end of Desperate Housewives, Longoria had been focused on producing through her UnbeliEVAble banner. She executive produces Lifetime’s Devious Maids and her company has sold several projects this development season, including medical drama Critical at NBC and Texas political/family drama Pair Of Aces at ABC.
Eva Longoria's Company Inks Pod Deal With NBCUniversal For TV & FilmEva Longoria’s return to primetime TV as the star of a new comedy series Telenovela was one of NBC’s biggest announcements at TCA today. I have learned that the project is part of a big new three-year pod deal for Longoria’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment. I hear the pact spans television as well as film and includes multiple pilot commitments as well as a series penalty on the TV side.
NBCUniversal stepping up in a big way to keep UnbeliEVAble in the fold no doubt played a major role in Longoria’s decision to commit to Telenovela. She had been heavily courted with single-camera comedy vehicles by two networks this season, NBC and ABC.
At ABC, a half-hour from Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was fast-tracked as a script that was going to go to pilot with a 13-episode penalty for Longoria if she committed to star.
NBC had promised Telenovela, from Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, a 13-episode order if Longoria committed to star and a pilot order if she didn’t. There had been discussions about cross-promotion with Spanish language sister network Telemundo. Showing its commitment to the project, NBC hired a casting director long before Longoria had decided which comedy she would do as an actress.
Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble had been under a first-look deal at Universal TV since 2012. She and producing partner Ben Spector, who executive produce Telenovela together, had been developing the project, based on an idea by Longoria, at the studio for some time.
This development season, UnbeliEVAble, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, has set up nine projects, including medical drama Critical at NBC and Texas political/family drama Pair Of Aces at ABC.
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Genie Francis Reveals 30-Lb. Weight Loss(Photo) Genie Francis has felt the pressure to be thin since she was a teenager starring on General Hospital.
"I started working when I was 14 years old," Francis tells PEOPLE. "The first thing they did after I had been there for three or four months is put Laura on a diet," she says, referring to her character Laura Spencer, one half of soap opera supercouple Luke and Laura. "I totally freaked and it was very hard on me."
Francis spent the next 30-plus years going from one crash diet to the next. Until now.
The 52-year-old teamed up with Nutrisystem after gaining weight due to menopause and the stress of her two kids leaving the nest. In seven months, she has shed 30 lbs.
"I wanted something different this time," says Francis, who plans to lose an additional 20 lbs. on the program. "A lot of the diets I've been on have been extreme and taught me how to starve myself. But this has taught me how to feed myself."
Now the actress never feels deprived. A typical day on Nutrisystem could be pancakes and eggs for breakfast, a half cup of yogurt as a snack and pizza with a big salad for lunch. Dinner might be a chicken breast with one cup of broccoli and half a cup of brown rice, followed by an ice cream sandwich for dessert.
But Francis did not slim down due to diet alone; the actress hit the gym five times a week. She still spends an hour, three days a week weight lifting with a personal trainer and two days doing cardio, like the elliptical machine and fast walking.
"The first five weeks I dragged myself to that gym, I didn't want to do it," she admits. "But then something flips and you want to go."
"The weight loss and toning up is almost secondary to me now because I need it just to feel good."
Make that great. Because with her weight-loss success has come a newfound confidence.
"More important than anything, I feel positive," she says. "I am able to look at the future with some sort of hope and excitement now. And really there was none of that when I was overweight."
H. Wesley Kenney Dies; TV Producer & Director Of Soaps, 'All In The Family'(deadline.com) H. Wesley “Wes” Kenney, a producer-director who won seven Daytime Emmys and directed two dozen episodes of All In The Family, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline. He was 89.
Kenney was a producer on hundreds of episodes of soap operas Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, The Doctors and General Hospital. During a 35-year career starting at the DuMont Television Network, he directed for such series as My Favorite Martian, Big John Little John, Flo and the pilot for All In The Family spinoff The Jeffersons, which aired an episode of Norman Lear’s landmark series starring Carroll O’Connor.
“I was an average guy, who with great luck was able to be successful,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I think that’s as much as I can say. I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”
He was born Harry Wesley Kenney Jr on January 3, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. After a stint in the Navy, he joined the DuMont Network, directing as many as a dozen live broadcasts a day. He helmed numerous episodes of the early ’50s series Rocky King, Detective, starring Roscoe Karns, and was at the control board for Mike Wallace’s 1950s interview programs Night Beat and The Mike Wallace Interview. Decades later, he taught at UCLA.
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Is Heinle Out At Y&R?With new headwriter Charles Pratt, Jr penning the futures of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters, there have been rumors that a major character is on their way out of Genoa City. And while some fans worry that Michael's cancer could lead to a tragic exit for Christian Jules LeBlanc, the big rumor now is that Amelia Heinle's Victoria will not be returning after visiting her son, Reed!
News that the actress deleted her Twitter account added fuel to the fire, but an insider at Y&R tells Soaps In Depth that there are no truth to the rumors and that Heinle's deletion of her Twitter account has nothing to do with her status at the show.
There are definitely big doings coming up on Y&R (just wait for the February Sweeps issue if CBS Soaps InDepth on sale on 1/26 for more details!), so it's not impossible that one or more actors could be on their way out. And we'll do our best to keep on top of all the rumors and bring you the truth as we find it out!
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal(hollywoodreporter.com) SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.
The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.
The deal was reached Nov. 14 and approved by the board Dec. 8.
"I congratulate our members on ratifying this excellent agreement. Our members will benefit from increased wages and overtime rates, expanded residuals and stronger protections,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard.
Key terms of the deal include:
* Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.
* A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.
* Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.
* Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.
* An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two, from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.
* Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.
* An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.
* For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multitracking and sweetening.
* Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under the agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.
'The Young & The Restless' Twitter Rants: Eric Braeden Denies Sharon Case Allegations(inquisitr.com) The Young and the Restless is having some off-screen drama on Twitter, with a few fans arguing about Eric Braeden allegedly calling Sharon Case unprofessional. Case portrays Sharon Newman on Y&R.
A tweet by the one accusing Braeden of disrespecting Case demands he apologize to her.
“Mr Braeden, you owe Sharon Case an apology. You have not acted like a gentleman. @EBraeden.”
Braeden also fired off a message to a blogger who posts a lot of information on The Young and the Restless. It reads as follows.
“FYI: i NEVER had an actor or actress fired! I have been in this business for 50 plus yrs! NOT ONCE! A BLATANT LIE!!!”
Braeden retweeted a message when someone stood up for him. The fan wrote the following.
“Sharon the actress did very unprofessional things to Eric Braeden! FACT”
The same message was also tweeted to Sharon Case; she hasn’t responded to any of Twitter comments.
The Miami Soap Opera Examiner reports that the last person to disagree with Eric Braeden was Michael Muhney, who portrayed the role of Adam Newman. He was fired in December 2013 over allegations of sexual harassment, but backlash from fans erupted. One of the several speculations about why Muhney was fired had to do with he and Braeden reportedly not getting along.
A few years ago, writers wanted to romantically pair Victor Newman and Sharon Newman, but Case made sure it didn’t happen. Now some rants on Twitter are getting picked up.
As the report addresses, Case wanted “edgier” storylines, but has been marginalized by Braeden due to his influence as a veteran cast member. It mentions that Sharon might have very little screen time after the custody case storyline due the “strained” working relationship with the actor. She could be written off the show if she goes goes somewhere after losing custody of Faith, or maybe even be sentenced to prison. Killing characters off is another way many exit shows, but it’s not irreparable for daytime TV to change that if the character is revived later on.
Since Michael Muhney’s firing, Y&R gets more attention when it becomes a hotbed of off-screen gossip. In fact, Muhney and Case are friends. They’ve defended each other on Twitter when their professionalism is under attack.
Eric Braeden is tired of the accusations that he’s ever tried having someone on The Young and the Restless fired. Even if he and Sharon Case really aren’t the best of buddies, would it get to that point?
Beau Kazer, Actor on 'The Young and the Restless,' Dies at 63(hollywoodreporter.com) Beau Kazer, who portrayed Brock Reynolds on the long-running CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, has died. He was 63.
Kazer is believed to have died on Dec. 30 in his sleep in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said his wife, photographer Sharon Alkus. She said he had been staying in Thousand Oaks to finish writing a book he called Adventures in Honkerville.
“Sadly, he was almost done,” she said. “I will type up the remainder of the chapters and dedicate it: ‘To Beau Kazer, a truly loving human being, one I hope to meet again someday.'”
The actor had health issues for two years, Alkus said, adding Wednesday that no cause of death had been determined.
Kazer played the lawyer son of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) starting in 1974. He left the show in the early 1980s but returned to Genoa City on several occasions through 2013. He came back twice for his mother’s funeral (however, it was his mother’s look-alike that had died the first time).
The Toronto native also played Dr. Bunny Willis on the ABC soap General Hospital and appeared in guest-star gigs on such primetime shows as Hart to Hart, B.J. and the Bear and Barnaby Jones.
In Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), Kazer is seen playing Brock on a television set that is kicked over by Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle. For that, he received a credit as “Soap Opera Man.”
The Young and the Restless Actor Beau Kazer Has Died at 63Genoa City is saying goodbye to another member of the infamous Chancellor clan.
Beau Kazer – best known for originating the role of Katherine Chancellor's son Brock Reynolds on CBS's long-running sudser The Young and the Restless – died Dec. 30 in Thousand Oaks, California, according to reports. He was 63.
The Ontario-born actor got his big break in 1974 by originating the role of Brock, the adult son of Katherine (the late Jeanne Cooper) on the daytime drama. After leaving the show in 1980, he appeared on and off from 1984 to 2013, when he returned to Genoa City to attend Katherine's funeral. Brock fondly referred to his mother as "the duchess."
Kazer also appeared on other shows like General Hospital, Hart to Hart and B.J. and the Bear.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Alkus.
"The Young and the Restless has lost another of its own," wrote Y&R star Daniel Goddard on his Facebook page. "RIP Beau Kazer. I remember the first time I heard your voice and thought wow! This guy should have been in radio! Then I watched u act and was blown away with how natural and honest your performances always were. God Bless."
Y&R’S TRISTAN ROGERS REUPSTristan Rogers (Colin) reports on Twitter that he is sticking around Genoa City. "I am at Y&R for another year,” he posted. "Doesn’t mean I won't do other stuff. But my mind is there and I want to make it prominent in daytime.” Rogers originated the role in 2010, left the following year, then came back in 2012 just long enough for Colin to get arrested and carted off to prison in Australia. Colin regained his freedom and returned to Genoa City in February, 2014.
Billy Miller to guest star on SuitsGeneral Hospital’s Billy Miller (Jason) will guest star on Suits when the Toronto-shot series returns for the continuation of its fourth season in January. Suits returns on Wednesday, January 28 at 10 p.m. on Bravo (in Canada) and USA Network (in the U.S.), but you'll have to wait for Miller. He will appear in the season finale episode. Miller will portray Marcus Specter, the younger brother to series star Gabriel Macht‘s Harvey.
MELODY THOMAS SCOTT DETAILS HEALTH CRISISIn a lengthy post on her Facebook page, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) shares the frightening details of exactly what happened that caused her to be hospitalized and miss some days at Y&R. "It started on Thursday,November 13,” she begins. "I had been sick with a sinus infection for a couple of weeks, which also included a hellish cough. I had already missed some work, which, in my business, you had better be half dead to call in sick. I was. At least I felt like I was. I had a constant fever, had no energy, was very pale and just couldn’t beat this thing.” Scott received antibiotics and steroids from a new doctor that caused a very severe reaction, which included hallucinations. "I have learned that one isn’t really aware that they are hallucinating while they are in the middle of an episode.” she writes. "It’s not until the fantasies are over that you realize what your mind has been up to. By the time you figure it out, it is such a terrifying realization, that you can’t seem to articulate it. Am I crazy? Am I dying? Why is this happening to me? The thought that it could be a reaction to the meds I was given hadn’t occurred to me yet…. Constantly freezing, I hid under blankets on the sofa, while trying to engage myself in the conversation or movie the family was watching. Remember, I was not aware at that time that I was hallucinating. I don’t know if this is typical, but I could never identify the hallucinations while I was having them. I had to wait until they were gone to realize that they had happened." The actress got progressively worse — "It got to the point where I literally couldn’t breathe and I truly thought I was going to die. Not being able to breathe will do that to you" — and her family took her to the ER. "I was tested for every brain disorder, stroke, seizure, MRI’s, CT scans, no expense spared, as the resulting bill verified...And every test came up normal,” she reports. After Scott left the hospital, she was still ailing, and looked into alternative medicine. With acupuncture, massage, herbs and a diet switch, she ultimately began to feel better. "The daily improvements are slight, but very welcome. This has turned out to be a long haul. Albeit, a very unexpected one. It’s still difficult for me to believe that this happened. How could it happen? … Right now I am just focusing all of my energy on being able to resume my life.” For the full account, visit the actress’s Facebook page. If you have trouble viewing the page, it will be fixed, Scott assures on Twitter. "My assistant will fix it for me tomorrow.I'm sure you can wait one more day!And the main thing is I'm alive! Xo.
Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91Veteran actor Booth Colman (Prof. Hector Jerrold, General Hospital/Dr. Felix Burke, The Young & The Restless)– a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades – has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15.
An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, Chicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much else.
He had long runs on the soap operas The Young and The Restless and General Hospital. He also appeared in several episodes of the Planet of the Apes 1974 TV series as Dr. Zaius, a role that brought him invites to fan conventions for years after.
His big-screen roles included a 1952 debut in The Big Sky and a role in Norma Rae and later in roles in Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There.
He also appeared hundreds of times on stage as Ebenezer Scrooge each year with a theater group in Rochester, Mich.
Colman was born March 8, 1923 in Portland, Ore., and attended college at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan. During WWII, he served in military intelligence, where his facility with foreign languages was useful.
"THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" MARKS 26 YEARS AS DAYTIME'S #1 DRAMATHE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS marked 26 consecutive years as daytime's #1 drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dec. 12.
For the week, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.76 million viewers, up +4% over last week. The program also led the week in both women 25-54 (1.8/12) and women 18-49 (1.2.09). Season-to-date, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is daytime's #1 drama in viewers (5.04m), women 25-54 (2.1/14) and women 18-49 (1.4/10).
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, currently in its 41th season, began its winning streak the week of Dec. 26, 1988.
MUHNEY MOVING FORWARDAccording to his Twitter page, Michael Muhney, who was let go from his role of Y&R’s Adam last year, is optimistic about his professional career. "2015 will be a big year for me, I can feel it,” the actor tweeted. "Primetime shows with great scripts have been calling. I've been getting close. Almost there!” That was followed up by, "I'm itching for a new character on a brand new show. I'm 23 pounds lighter. I've got the eye of the tiger. I'm excited about the future!"
Vail Bloom Admits to Having Serious Drug Problem During Years on Y&R(musictimes.com) If you tuned in to Vanderpump Rules last night then you already have caught a glimpse of the newest cast member, Vail Bloom. While interviewing for a hostess job at one of Lisa Vanderpump's three restaurants Bloom made a pretty solid impression. Even the impossible-to-please Vanderpump thought she was too perfect because she seems so totally together. It didn't take too long for us to get a sense of who Bloom really is, and the fact of the matter is that she is so put together because she has already fallen apart.
Bloom defined herself as a struggling actor that needs another job to help pay the bills. The fact is, daytime fans may recognize Bloom from her stint as Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless. She portrayed the character for three years before leaving back in 2010 and at the time she had some personal demons to expel.
"I was on The Young and the Restless for just under three years and I was starting to get into this whole like ... what seemed like the Hollywood lifestyle, and I was starting to get into a little bit of trouble with drugs. Obviously, I'm doing well now. I meditate twice a day. I have myself together, but I certainly have a history. It just made the lows, really low. I always have to be kind of on guard and not surround myself with people that [would take me down the wrong path] ... I'm strong, but I don't want to be subjecting myself to it all the time," explained Bloom last night.
So she is taking the brutally honest approach before stepping into the glare of reality television. Vanderpump Rules isn't necessarily the best environment for someone with addiction issues to choose to spend their time in. However, Bloom had to have had a clue of what she was getting herself into and perhaps the lure of a decent paycheck from Bravo is more pressing than the fear of relapse. Are you glad to see Bloom back on television again? We've got to hand it to Bravo, they keep tapping into daytime to grab new stars for their reality shows and it really seems to be working some magic on the ratings!
Y&R’S KRISTOFF ST. JOHN REFLECTS ON SON’S PASSINGKristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) posted the following message on Facebook about son, Julian, who died on November 23: "On December 5th, 2014, the 25th birthday of my son Julian's life, I laid to rest his physical remains as the day turned to dusk. Through the rain soaked clouds the sun suddenly soared through, shining freeing rays of orange, reddish sunlight…bathing and purifying all who had gathered to witness his ascent to heaven. I saw his spirit rising skyward, finding a million stars, creating an unprecedented supernova. My son, my brother, my best friend. A liquid pool reflection of my soul, and his. The greatest young man I have had the honor to know, and father. I love you…till the end of time.” See here for more.
HEARTBREAKING NEWS FOR SOAP ALUMAdrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, B&B/Y&R), who is married to Scott Bailey (ex-Sandy, GL), revealed on Facebook that she has miscarried for the second time. The actress posted, "There are no words for the pain. Losing one baby breaks your heart, losing 2 crushes a piece of your soul."
Y&R’S KRISTOFF ST. JOHN RESPONDS TO SON’S PASSINGKristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) issued the following statement to ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT regarding the death of his son, Julian:
“It is with deep sorrow and overwhelming heartbreak that I regretfully share the news that my beautiful, talented, 24 year old son, Julian ‘Jewels’ St. John, passed away on November 23. He suffered from schizophrenia for many years and tragically lost his life just a few days before Thanksgiving, and two weeks before his 25th birthday. His legacy will live on in our hearts and for those that continue to suffer from this insidious disease. My ex-wife Mia, Julian’s sisters Paris and Lola and I, are all devastated beyond words and belief. We mourn the loss of our son, brother, artist poet, and a giant of a young man. A beautiful life gone much too soon. Julian will forever be remembered as he now takes flight with Angels.”
Julian will be laid to rest on his birthday, December 5.
Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good CauseTHE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.
Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.
Julian St. John, Son of The Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John, Died of Apparent Suicide(people.com) Julian St. John, the son of The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, died of an apparent suicide following a lifelong battle with mental illness.
Julian's parents, Kristoff and Mia, announced the sad news over the weekend, confirming his Nov. 23 passing.
He was 24 when he was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach facility, reports Radar Online. While ruled a possible suicide, the official cause of death has yet to be determined while additional tests are conducted.
"Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit." Mia, a boxer, wrote in a statement posted on Sqor Sports, a social media website for athletes. "He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure."
"Unfortunately, the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle – he simply chose to set himself free. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul."
Mia went on to share that funeral services will be held in Westlake, California, on Dec. 5, which would have been Julian's 25th birthday.
In a 2013 profile on Julian's art, the Huffington Post noted that Julian had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 18. "Julian knows what it is like to feel lonely, off-kilter and claustrophobic," the Huffington Post reported. "He has endured bouts of severe depression since he was a child."
On Monday, Mia and Kristoff thanked their fans for the outpouring of support they've received over the past few days.
"While nothing can remove our pain at the moment, we find solace in your messages and knowing how much our son, Julian St. John was loved."
Y&R CASTING NEW ROLEY&R is seeking a Caucasian male in his mid-20s to play the contract role of Matt Wilkins, who is described as a handsome, sophisticated scion of a wealthy, Kennedy-esque clan. The role is set to start shooting at the end of January.
'Y&R' Kristoff St. John's son died; Mia St. John says he was set free from pain(sqor.com) (Photo) On November 23rd Kristoff St John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John. Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle--he simply chose to set himself free. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul. Funeral services will be December 5th, his birthday, in Westlake, California. Following services will be a reception and art exhibit from his final collection. http://theartofjulian.com/
The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.
There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).
At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)
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!)
Buy Eileen Davidson's ClothesEileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.
Cooper's A Bestseller!THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!
You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.
Y&R is on PinterestThe Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!
Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.
A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.
Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!
Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits StoresThe Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"
It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.
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Victoria Rowell NovelFormer Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.
May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
The Man Who Came BackThe Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD
Death In DaytimeEileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”
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A Memoir by Victoria RowellBook: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell
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