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News, Cast Updates and Scoop(News section last updated May 26, 2019)
Melody Thomas Scott To Release Memoir(5/26/19) Literary agent Dr. Uwe Stender has announced on Twitter that Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) is penning a biography for release in summer of 2020. He tweeted, “Star of the #1 daytime drama The Young and The Restless Melody Thomas Scott’s ALWAYS YOUNG AND RESTLESS, a memoir covering her career (and life struggles) from a child actress (i.e. Hitchcock’s Marnie) to becoming the longest-serving and beloved daytime actress on television in the same role, written with Dana L. Davis.” The actress then followed up with her own tweet, “Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag now! Can’t wait for all of you to read it! Now you all know what I’ve been up to!”
Jason Thompson Reveals How His Son Changed His Life(5/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It was a very special day on May 23 when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jason Thompson's (Billy) celebrated the third birthday of his son, Bowie. To commemorate the milestone,Thompson posted a beautiful photo of his happy, chubby-cheeked baby boy on Instagram. Accompanying the photo was a heartfelt note where he ruminated on parenting, the joys of fatherhood, and how much his children have changed his life in innumerable and wonderful ways.
"This boy. Three years today. Paloma and I were talking last night about the last three years.The challenges that have surprised us, and the realities of what parenting actually is," marveled the Y&R star. "The amount of times we disappointed ourselves with how we handled something, and the moments later that you realize how you could have been better, more patience, more understanding. And yet, you are aware that they look to you to anchor them, to not let them drift into a space without boundaries, looking up at you, to tell them it’s going to be okay, to be in control when they aren’t."
The challenges of being a parent have been worth it to Thompson, who rose to fame as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patrick. "To push back on that not so little voice inside your head that wants to tell them 'they should know better.' It’s confusing... for adults, let alone young hearts and minds," he continued. "And the joy. The love is unmeasurable. He brings so much joy to people. He’s sweet. He’s emotional. He loves to laugh. He likes to share with sister... when he wants to share. When he doesn’t, he lets everyone know. He is so clearly his own person. And it’s the most beautiful thing to watch. There will be no bigger honor of my life, there is nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for him. Our worlds forever changed three years ago. Thank you universe, thank you stars, for our Bowie Banjo."
Kimberlin Brown Reveals Secrets of the Epic Lauren/Sheila Feud on Y&R and B&B(5/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans think about the show’s all-time greatest baddies, Sheila Carter’s name is always near the top of the list. But, despite the fact that the evil nurse roofied married man Scott to have sex with him, stole wife Lauren’s newborn to pass off as her own and plotted murder the way some people do their vacations, portrayer Kimberlin Brown told Soaps In Depth her alter ego didn’t start out as a villainess with a capital V. “Lauren didn’t want Scott and then only wanted him when Sheila did,” she pointed out. “Sheila was doing everything she could for a man that she fell in love with... And that’s when the big V hit: when Lauren pushed her over the edge.”
Some would say that Lauren was the baddie in that case — and Brown agreed! — but then again, Sheila’s nemesis didn’t have homicidal tendencies that needed to be kept in check. “I almost drowned her [in a Jacuzzi when we crossed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in the early 1990s],” the actress recalled in character. “There were also all the fights int he lab and the fights at the cabin… Even our small confrontations were something.” Even if it was as simple “as knocking a teacup out of somebody’s hand.”
Of course, for all the bitter words and threats that were exchanged between Sheila and Lauren, there were as many shared only with viewers. In Sheila’s case, that often meant being a version of Snow White’s Evil Queen. “There were so many shots that were superimposed, where you had to be so still while looking into the mirror and talking to yourself and then the mirror talked back as evil Sheila,” Brown laughed. “And Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] was a part of all of that. I relied on her reality to help my reality work as well.”
In fact, the actress maintained that Sheila and Lauren’s ongoing battle was “one of the most successful storylines in daytime.” Why? “Because Tracey and I believed what we were doing. We both came up with our own reality that made our characters so convincing in those storylines. I look forward to more of those days ahead.”
Behind the scenes, Brown and Bregman were much more friendly than their alter egos and remain so today. “We talk periodically, catch up on Instagram and that kind of thing,” Brown revealed. “I don’t live in Los Angeles, but when I’m in town [to shoot B&B, where Sheila makes appearances], we definitely run into each other in the hallway and scream and hug. I wish nothing but the best for Tracey, and I know that she feels the same.”
Cynthia Watros Joins Web Series MISGUIDED(5/23/19) Cynthia Watros, who is slated to start taping as GH’s Nina next month, will appear in the upcoming third season of the digital daytime drama MISGUIDED, the first episode of which drops on www.MisguidedTheSeries.com on Monday, May 27. She will portray Anne, a waitress at The Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge. According to the press release, “Fans of GUIDING LIGHT [where Watros played Annie] will enjoy the homage to the character she once portrayed in Springfield while fans of MISGUIDED will see a waitress who is unlike anyone they have ever come upon before.” Here is a sneak peek at the actress as Anne opposite MISGUIDED’s creator/writer/director Paul Gosselin, who plays Paul.
Noemi Gonzalez Says a Heartfelt Goodbye to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(5/23/19) Mia Rosales made a splash when she first appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in November of 2018, stirring up trouble all over Genoa City. But by April of 2019, actress Noemi Gonzalez announced that her stint on the soap was coming to an end and her final episode aired on May 20 as Mia and Arturo left town to start a new life together in Miami. Gonzalez shared a photo she’d taken of herself back at the start of her run as she said a heartfelt goodbye to the soap and her fans. “I took this picture to send to my mom — a sneak peek of me in my gown for the opening credits of Y&R,” she explained. “And now I gratefully share this with you all.
“Yesterday was my last episode of Mia Rosales, and I want to thank everyone who tuned in, supported me, this iconic show, and the Rosales family,” she continued. “But most importantly, a special thank you to the ones who saw me. Those of you from all over who sent me love and encouragement while I gave it my all in the soap world and met its loyal fans. Lord knows this was a crazy amazing chapter in my career that I won’t soon forget thanks to my new loyal loves. All this to say I see you, and I love and appreciate you. Stay tuned for what comes next!”
Mia was a classic soap troublemaker, the kind that fans love to hate, and during her all-too-brief run on Y&R, she interfered with relationships, faked a pregnancy (that ended up being real!), and put someone in the hospital! Hopefully, motherhood will mellow her or else Arturo is going to be in big trouble!
E! News To Air Soap-centric Special(5/22/19) E! NEWS will be airing E! NEWS DAYTIME DRAMA DEEP DIVE, which will be hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy on May 23 at 7PM ET/8PM PT on E!. Among the actors interviewed are: DAYS’s Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Deidre Hall (Marlena) Drake Hogestyn (John), GH’s Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason), Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and Casting Director Mark Teschner and Y&R’s Eric Braeden (Victor) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren). Check out a promo for it here and be sure to tune in!
Soap star Melody Thomas Scott seeks a clean break in Beverly Hills(5/21/19) (latimes.com) Actress Melody Thomas Scott of “The Young and the Restless” fame and her husband, soap producer Edward J. Scott, are ready for a change of scenery on the Westside. Their Beverly Hills Post Office-area home of 18 years is up for sale at $7.25 million, records show.
The couple stand to make a sizable profit at that price. Records show they bought the place in 2001 for $2.3 million.
In the Summit, an affluent guard-gated enclave, the English Tudor-style home wears its style on its sleeve. Stone and half-timbering touch up the exterior, and inside, coffered ceilings and hardwood floors fill the living spaces.
Two stories of beveled glass windows brighten the main level, which kicks off with a formal entry. Elsewhere in the 6,080-square-foot interior are six bedrooms and 7.25 bathrooms, including a master suite with dual bathrooms.
Outside, more than a third of an acre of grounds features verdant gardens that surround an infinity-edge pool, cabana, a grill and a dining area. Sweeping ocean and skyline views are found both inside and out.
Best known for playing Nikki Newman in “The Young and the Restless,” Melody Thomas Scott is credited on 2,415 episodes of the long-running soap opera. She also boasts guest appearances on “My Name Is Earl,” “Castle” and “The Crazy Ones.”
Edward Scott has scores of producer credits including “The Young and the Restless.” He currently serves as a supervising producer for daytime soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Carol Whelan-Garrett and Linda Riha of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices hold the listing.
Eric Braeden Welcomes Michelle Stafford Back To Y&R(5/21/19) Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) took to Twitter to weigh in on the Phyllis switch from Gina Tognoni to Michelle Stafford. After the Y&R stuperstar tweeted the following on May 12, “To @ginatognoni Opens a New Window. ! I hope your weekend was a good one! You are a hell of an actress and a damned nice colleague! Just want you to know! ?,” he posted a clarification today: “I’d like to make something very clear, bec I hate misunderstandings!” he posted. “I have nothing but the greatest respect for GINA TOGNONI [ex-Phyllis], she’s a consummate professional! And , as with all colleagues who leave for one reason or another, it reminds us how fleeting this business is, sadly! Having said that, I couldn’t be happier that MICHELLE STAFFORD is back! When she left Y&R I was very upset, bec she defined the character of Phyllis, it was her creation! I’m very glad she’s back where she belongs &look forward to working with her!”
Young and Restless: Greg Rikaart's Kevin Is Back to Take Care of Some Unfinished Business(5/21/19) (tvline.com) (Photo) The Young and the Restless‘ Kevin Fisher will be lured back to the dark side upon his return to Genoa City.
Greg Rikaart, who last appeared on the CBS soap in February 2018, will reprise his signature role on a recurring basis beginning Friday, June 7. And it appears Kevin will be shedding his good-guy persona.
Per CBS, the reformed baddie — who has been living off the grid in Oregon with Chloe and their daughter Bella after Chloe faked her death to avoid jail time for murdering Adam Newman — resurfaces in the wake of Adam’s resurrection to finish some unfinished business (and re-explore his darker side in the process).
Y&R‘s decision not to renew Rikaart’s contract in May 2017 after 14 years with the soap triggered an intense fan backlash. At the time, the Daytime Emmy winner said, “I am sad to leave a place I hold so dear but also really excited about what the future holds.”
Soon after exiting Y&R, Rikaart joined Days of Our Lives as the duplicitous Leo Starke, a role that garnered him a 2019 Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He made his final appearance on the NBC soap in March. “Playing [Leo] has been a gift,” the actor shared on Twitter after his last Days episode aired. “An absurdly fun and delicious gift.”
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 5/20/19 - Make a Wish(5/20/19) Make a Wish (Listen / download) Like many THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS viewers, Richard and Charlie — hosts of the Soaps In Depth Podcast — have noticed that Traci has been looking at Cane with a certain twinkle in her eye. This week, the talk turns to something modern soaps don’t do as much as they once did: fantasy fulfillment. From RYAN’S HOPE’s Kim to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Shauna, we’re looking at why it’s so important that soap feature everyday (read: not rich) folks who, like the rest of us, are just doing their best to get by… and maybe dreaming of one day moving into a mansion or catching the eye of someone whom everyone else believes to be out of our reach! Plus, news, preview and more, on this week's jam-packed episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast!
Dishing with Digest - 5/17/19 - Christian J. LeBlanc(5/17/19) Y&R’s Christian J. LeBlanc Looks Back On His Soap Career (Listen / download).
Y&R’s Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael) recalls his soap start on AS THE WORLD TURNS, weighs in on his leading ladies through the years and more with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the latest casting news.
The Young and the Restless Adds All My Children Veteran Eva LaRue(5/16/19) Eva LaRue is returning to Natalia Boa Vista’s stomping grounds.
The former CSI: Miami star will join the cast of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, TVLine has confirmed. In addition to her homecoming at the network, the move will mark LaRue’s daytime comeback: She played neurologist Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the ABC soap All My Children off and on over the course of 18 years. In 1997, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for supporting actress for her work on the series.
LaRue’s Y&R character, Celeste Rosales, is the mother of Lola (played by Sasha Calle), Arturo (played by Jason Canela) and Rey Rosales (played by Jordi Vilasuso). LaRue begins shooting in late May; look for Celeste’s first appearance to take place on Wednesday, June 26. EW.com first reported the casting.
The actress’ other TV credits include Fuller House, George Lopez, Soul Food, Third Watch and Santa Barbara. At present, she hosts Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.
CBS recently renewed The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful — as well as its entire daytime lineup, which also includes The Talk, The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal — for the 2019-2020 TV season.
Doug Davidson Opens up About His Emotional Return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(5/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Soaps are in a constant state of change with their intricate, fast-paced storylines, pairings and love triangles, but if there is one touchstone in daytime, it is the loyalty of fans. With more than four decades under his belt, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Doug Davidson was already aware of that loyalty, but admits that he was still taken aback by the love he received from viewers when his alter ego, Paul, went MIA from Genoa City. “I think the amount of enthusiasm was remarkable and humbling,” he confessed to Soaps In Depth, clearly touched by the groundswell of support he received regarding his absence, with people reaching out to him via social media. “Most of my career has been rather low-key by choice. I didn’t do a lot of grandstanding. It was really nice to be part of a family, a group, so when it ended, it shocked me, and perhaps it shocked [the fans] even more.
“I forget where it is, but there is a passage in the Bible that talks about being grateful for the rough spots, because in retrospect, those rough spots can be the most life-changing,” he added quietly. “If this hadn’t happened, it would’ve been another day at the office. I would never have realized the depths of their devotion and enjoyment of what I did. Because it’s me in the car, on stage, having dinner, learning my lines. It’s not like the theater where people stand up and applaud. But this was life-changing. The fan reaction made the sun come up in the morning for me!”
Davidson is quick to credit much of that reaction to the uniqueness of the soap genre itself. “The idea of our show is really to open up the souls of our characters. It’s a continuing human drama, where you get to know these characters like your neighbors or your family,” reflected the Daytime Emmy winner. “So viewers go through intimate moments with you when two characters are falling in love, having children... the highs and the lows. When you have a 41-year relationship with the audience, those moments are much more impactful. It goes beyond just watching and enjoying a scene. You become concerned about Victoria, or you feel for Nikki.
“They’ve been with me for Paul’s history, when he was a gas station attendant and got April pregnant, and turned into a good guy when he tried to get his dad free of the Mob or accidentally fell in love with another man’s wife,” he continued. “No other show that I am aware of except for soap operas can take you back 40 years in time and use actual clips with the same actors. It’s almost like life in real time!”
While Davidson might not know what the future holds for his alter ego, he is ready for the ride. And now he knows that he won’t be going on that ride alone, either — his fans will be right there with him! “I’m just so incredibly grateful, because there was a time when I didn’t think I would be coming back,” he confessed softly. “To have people — and it was thousands of people — taking time out of their day to write comments, to say, ‘Hey, you really changed my life... ’ It was like being at your own funeral, where you hear the nicest things — and the bonus is I was still alive and could hear it all firsthand! I was like, ‘If I have to hang it up, they have made me feel really good about the time I have spent there!’ Then they heard that I was coming back, and it was another flood, with them going, ‘Our prayers have been answered.’ Well, my prayers were answered, too. It just makes you go, ‘Oh, my gosh, they are so kind!’ And I will be forever grateful!”
Y&R’s Kate Linder To Be Grand Marshal(5/15/19) Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R) has been named the Grand Marshal of the 36th Annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade. “This is a wonderful community and I will always fight for LGBT+ rights!” proclaims the actress. The event will take place on May 19 and starts at 10:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “A Million Moments of Pride, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.” For more information log onto www.longbeachpride.com. . For tickets, click here.
Y&R's Christian LeBlanc Promises Michael Hasn't Lost His Edge(5/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can be forgiven for wondering whether Michael had become a recluse over the last year. After all, he only seemed to pop up to give his fellow Genoa City denizens legal advice or to express his dismay when son Fen changed careers. Yet that low profile changed when Michael was called upon to defend Nikki and Victoria during the recent courtroom battle involving T.J.s murder. “I had been warned repeatedly that there was a lot of stuff coming up,” chuckled Christian LeBlanc to Soaps In Depth. “They were like, ‘Get ready, there’s a lot of work!’ But I loved it! The speeches that they gave Michael — the closing argument — was great. Courtroom scenes are fabulous for an actor, because you can play the theatrical element of it all. You can play it broader, a little wider. You can play Julius Caesar if you want!”
In an era of ever-tighter budgets, LeBlanc said that it was rare and luxurious to have a lengthy trial, including a jury. “A jury is always great because it gives you somebody to play to,” he shared with a smile. “I remember my first trial on the show, and they had a whole 12-person jury! The movie JFK had just come out, and they gave me one of those monologues that you were supposed to get passionate about. It was really fun. This [trial] was another one, because there are so many levels to play when you’ve been on a show for a while. “
“When Michael cross-examines Victoria about something as sensitive as domestic abuse, this is a woman he dated at one point, “ he continued. “And Michael knew J.T. back in the day. The joy of being on a soap for so long is being able to show the amazing history in all those scenes. A witness isn’t just a witness. And the opposing attorney is your ex-fiancee!”
For LeBlanc, another joy to filming courtroom scenes is being able to tap into his alter ego’s edgier self. “Even though Michael can be all gooey with Lauren, he still has a dark side, and we see it in court,” he pointed out. “He has a razor-sharp intellect that he’s not afraid to weaponize in the courtroom. He can be kind of a jackass. He doesn’t suffer fools. I received a lot of comments online about how crazy my reaction was when Michael found out that the women had thrown a bag over Tessa’s head and kidnapped her. It was like, ’Really? You didn’t tell me about this, too?’
“Twenty years ago, I thought the core of Michael was a man who considers himself the smartest person in a really stupid town sometimes,” continued the actor. “It still works today. He’s had to deal with people lying to him, and now you have the added emotion that those people lying are his friends. During the trial, he felt constantly betrayed. ‘Why are you treating me like just a lawyer?’—that was his thought. And that’s what made it so interesting.”
While LeBlanc is eager to sink his teeth into any storyline with his alter ego, he hasn’t exactly been twiddling his thumbs in his downtime. “I’m really busy because I have an art show coming up,” he revealed. “I had to drop that because of the courtroom stuff, and once you get out of it, you have to fight your way back into the vibe. I started [working on it] recently again, but I’ve had guests in town, and the dogs... life gets crazy!”
And if that isn’t hectic enough, the Emmy winner has completed the children’s book he’s been working on — “I just need to go in and do rewrites for myself” — and will be teaming up with Sean Carrigan (ex-Stitch) for a few improv nights. The juggling “makes me a better actor,” he insisted. “Or a happier human being certainly. I’m just amazed I have all these things that I can focus on that I enjoy. Acting is my primary thing, but the other stuff feeds into acting. It’s a wonderful synergy!”
Vernee Watson In New CBS Series(5/15/19) Vernee Watson (ex-Birdie, Y&R), who just won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress, will appear in a new CBS series from Chuck Lorre, BOB Hearts ABISHOLA which will debut this fall. The show was announced today by the network during its upfront presentation. The release describes the comedy as “a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over.” Watson will play Gloria. No word yet on what this means for her GH gig.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 5/13/19 - Comings & Goings(5/13/19) (Listen / download) On this week's episode of the Soaps in Depth Podcast, Charlie and Richard discuss all the latest news to hit the soaps. Now that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Adam has reunited with Sharon, what comes next? Now that Chelsea, Kevin and Chloe are all Genoa City bound, how might their returns impact the canvas… and who should be next? Who should GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jax be paired up with? Plus, all the news, preview and laughs you can stand!
Greg Rikaart Is Back at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(5/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It’s been a little while since viewers last saw Kevin Fisher, but Greg Rikaart has returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS once again! "Here for this," he tweeted when the news of his comeback broke. "Literally." The actor was last seen on Y&R back in February of 2018, but he's been keeping plenty busy playing Leo Stark over on NBC sudser DAYS OF OUR LiVES. He also landed a guest spot on the primetime sitcom MODERN FAMILY. When Rikaart said goodbye to DAYS in March of 2019, many Y&R fans hoped he would bring Kevin back to Genoa City, and it looks as though they'll be getting their wish. Although the soap is keeping details of his return, including an air date and storyline, under wraps for now, Christian LeBlanc (Michael) has already shared a pic with his TV brother from the set so it should only be a few more weeks before Kevin's back on screen!
Rikaart joined Y&R back in 2003, and after 14 years on the soap, announced his departure in May of 2017. At the time, he admitted he was sad to bid farewell to the soap after so many years, but promised his fans that the future is still uncertain. “At the moment it is still unclear what lies ahead for Kevin and I,” Rikaart wrote, “as we will be saying goodbye to Genoa City for a while.”
Kevin was written off the show alongside Elizabeth Hendrickson’s Chloe and their daughter, Bella, after the law caught up with her. He arranged for them to go on the run and set up in Oregon as a family with new identities. Rikaart returned to reprise his role in the fall of 2017, appearing in a handful of episodes as he helped Victor hack into Nick’s bank account to steal his trust fund, and then again in December when he helped Nikki steal money from Victor!
Unfortunately, while Kevin could return with his daughter, Bella, Chloe is unlikely to be joining her family in a return to Genoa City as portrayer Hendrickson is now playing Margaux Dawson on GENERAL HOSPITAL. And with Adam Newman making a return from the dead, Chloe is probably going to want to steer well clear of the entire family!
Christel Khalil Opens up About How Her Son Has Changed Her Life(5/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When Mother's Day rolls around, Christel Khalil (Lily, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) doesn’t just spend Mother’s Day with her son, Michael, 9. She likes to share the love — and the honor — with her own mom, Belita. “We’ll do what we normally do every year, where my mom, my son, maybe a couple of my brothers, and I will go out to either lunch or dinner,” she predicted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s nice that we have a day to recognize all the hard work that mothers do. I definitely like it for myself, but I also like doing stuff with my own mom as well, so it’s nice!”
Also nice are the touching mementos that Michael has created for her throughout the years. “He’s made me a little plaque with red hearts, and tons of cards,” smiled the proud mom. “His school does a lot of arts and crafts, so I get Mother’s Day gifts because they make the kids do them every year!”
Still, the Emmy winner says that it’s the less tangible gifts that she really appreciates from her son. “I feel like I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t had my son,” she reflected quietly. “The lessons he’s taught me are countless! He’s taught me to be more selfless, more compassionate, more empathetic. Because I had him when i was so young, it really was an age where I thought I knew everything. He helped show me what life is really about and what really matters, which I think is important for anyone to realize!”
THIS IS US’ PICKED UP FOR THREE SEASONS(5/12/19) One of the most celebrated TV series on any platform since its launch in 2016, ratings powerhouse “This Is Us” has been renewed by NBC for the next three seasons.
The unprecedented three-year pickup signifies the network’s utmost confidence in the series that has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist.
The announcement was made by Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.
“In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Katz and Pakosta. “A huge thank you and congratulations to our executive producers, cast and crew who reach new heights every week with the show’s inventive and compelling storytelling.”
For the 2018-19 season, “This Is Us” averaged a 3.79 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, making it currently the season’s #1 entertainment series on any broadcast network in 18-49, as well as the #2 drama in total viewers.
In addition, “This Is Us” generated television’s biggest lift going from “live plus same day” to L+7 Nielsens, growing by 1.78 rating points. When 35 days of linear and projected non-linear viewership are added, “This Is Us” more than triples its 2.01 L+SD rating, increasing to a 6.94.
“This Is Us” and its cast have won many top awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Sterling K. Brown for Best Actor in a Drama Series and three AFI Awards for Program of the Year.
'This Is Us' star Hartley on INDYCAR GP: 'This is fantastic!'(5/12/19) He may star on NBC’s “This Is Us,” but after experiencing life at 200 mph around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, actor Justin Hartley felt more like “This is fantastic!”
On his path to wave the green flag to start the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, Hartley was schooled on what it might be like to pilot an Indy car at speed by none other than racing legend Mario Andretti.
Harley, who portrays Kevin Pearson on NBC’s hit show “This Is Us,” took a thrill ride as a passenger in the Indy Racing Experience two-seat Indy car driven by Andretti, watched the NTT IndyCar Series morning warmup practice from pit lane and took a tour of INDYCAR Race Control. He also met several stars of Indy car racing – including Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly of Andretti Autosport in the photo above – and stopped to pose for selfies with dozens of excited “This Is Us” fans.
“It’s a historic place,” Hartley said as he took in the view from the sixth floor of the IMS Pagoda. “I’m a race fan and, you know, to get to watch these incredible machines do these incredible things – this is fantastic! It’s engineering at its best.”
Climbing out of the two-seater ride with Andretti, Hartley summed up the experience simply: “That’s cookin’!”
Later, Hartley climbed to the flag stand at the IMS start/finish line – hovering above the iconic yard of bricks – to perform his honorary starter duties, waving the green flag to begin the race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course.
Hartley’s counterpart in honorary celebrity roles Saturday was Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who drove the Chevrolet pace car ahead of the field on the parade and pace laps before the green flag. Crawford, a noted performance car buff, took a two-seater ride with Andretti, too, and thrilled hockey fans as he took in sights around the track.
Life in Pieces Cancelled After 4 Seasons(5/11/19) Life in Pieces is on track to have its last laugh.
TVLine has learned that CBS has cancelled the family sitcom after four seasons. Life in Pieces this Thursday night aired its fourth episode out of Season 4’s total count of 13.
Thus far this spring, Life in Pieces is averaging a 0.84 demo rating and 5.8 million total viewers, down 24 and barely 10 percent from Season 3. Among CBS’ nine sitcoms this TV season, it only outranked Happy Together in the demo while placing sixth in total audience.
Dishing with Digest - 5/10/19 - Suzanne Rogers(5/10/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Suzanne Rogers On 46 Years As Maggie On the newest Dishing With Digest.
Suzanne Rogers talks about her remarkable run as DAYS¹s Maggie, her real-life health battle and more. We also talk about the latest casting shockers at DAYS, GH and Y&R and the big surprises at this year¹s Daytime Emmys.
FBI Spinoff, Good Wife Creators' Evil Among CBS Drama Series Orders(5/10/19) CBS wants more FBI: The Eye network has handed a series order to spinoff FBI: Most Wanted, TVLine has learned, along with two other new dramas.
Most Wanted — executive-produced by Law & Order and #OneChicago mastermind Dick Wolf — centers on the division of the bureau tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Nip/Tuck veteran Julian McMahon stars as FBI Agent Jess Lacroix, with Kellan Lutz (Twilight) playing Agent Crosby and Alana De La Garza (Law & Order) as Assistant Agent in Charge Isobel Castille. The Most Wanted cast debuted in an April 2 episode of FBI that doubled as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff.
As for the other two dramas CBS picked up: Evil, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, is “a psychological mystery that examines science versus religion and the origins of evil,” per the official description. Katja Herbers (Westworld) stars as a skeptical forensic psychologist who teams up with a priest-in-training (Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter) and a blue-collar contractor to investigate paranormal phenomena like miracles and demonic possessions. Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) and Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) also co-star.
Legal drama All Rise “follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system,” according to the official synopsis. The ensemble cast includes Simone Missick (Luke Cage), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Jessica Camacho (The Flash) and CSI vet Marg Helgenberger.
The YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Beth Maitland Shares What Motherhood Means to Her(5/10/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Over time, Beth Maitland's (Traci, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) appreciation for Mother's Day has increased. “When my own mother was alive, I didn’t really understand why she was so adamant about spending the day together,” she reflected to Soaps In Depth. “But once I had a daughter of my own, I got it! It’s a celebration of the miracle of continuance — the reality that part of yourself can go beyond time and the here and now. It’s all about the future and family, as well as hope and love.”
Of course, motherhood is more than Mother’s Day. “Becoming a mother changed my life in every good way possible," said Maitland. “It brought this baby who was a gift of love for a lifetime. It completed me as a woman and challenged me as a human to raise a contributing, responsible and epic new citizen of the world.
“I have learned gratitude, patience, unlimited forgiveness, unconditional love and the tremendous hope for the future that my life before a child could not give me,” continued the Emmy winner. “I have learned to trust in things I cannot see and especially the things in my daughter and all children that are pure and right and good!” Asked if she has a favorite Mother’s Day, Maitland isn’t one to look to the past. “Every next one is my favorite Mother’s Day,” she smiled. “Because to me, having children means the future — and waiting eagerly to see what comes next!”
Actor Hartley to wave green flag for IndyCar Grand Prix(5/9/19) Television star Justin Hartley will be the honorary starter for Saturday afternoon's IndyCar Grand Prix.
Hartley plays Kevin Pearson in the NBC series ''This Is Us'' and was part of the cast that earned the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in 2018 and 2019.
It will be the first IndyCar race since mid-April. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will be the pace car driver for the race.
Victoria Rowell Says Kristoff St. John Was 'Lobbying' for Her Y&R Return Before His Death(5/8/19) (people.com) As Victoria Rowell processes the loss of her friend and longtime The Young and the Restless costar Kristoff St. John, she’s hoping to get an opportunity to pay tribute to him on the daytime drama that launched their on-screen partnership.
“it would be an extraordinary way to pay tribute, for me personally as well to Kristoff and to the fans, so we’ll see,” Rowell, 59, told PEOPLE at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, noting that prior to St. John’s death in February at age 52 due to hypertrophic heart failure, he had been lobbying for her return on the soap opera. “It was one of the things that Kristoff requested —and I did too, quite frankly: to be reunited.”
The actors were first paired on the soap in 1991 after Rowell’s character Drucilla Winters had been introduced a year earlier and become a fan favorite, with St. John joining the cast as her husband Neil Winters as her storyline expanded.
“[Series creator] Bill Bell approached me and told me that there was a lot of popularity with the Drucilla character and he was growing out the family, and he was looking for a love interest the next year,” Rowell recalled. Without a single screen test, she said Bell soon told her “’I found your love interest.’ And Kristoff showed up on set. Of course, he was a consummate after having worked — he’d already done Roots and all kinds of shows and worked with big stars, and it was immediate. There was a symbiosis there that he can’t put a price on.”
Rowell and St. John worked together over the course of 16 years until her departure from the series in 2007. St. John would remain a regular member of the cast until his death earlier this year. (The two-time Emmy Award-winning actor was found dead Feb. 3 in his home. The coroner later determined the 52-year-old died of heart disease exacerbated by alcohol use, ruling the death an accident.)
“I look forward to the decisions that have to be made or will be made by CBS Daytime and Sony, if they’ll bring me back or not onto the show,” Rowell said. “The fans have been requesting my return. There’s a Hashtag campaign #bringbackdru, #bringdruback. There’s a poll that’s very favorable at 87 percent, but again, the decision is not up to me.”
Indeed, due to Rowell’s departure amid outspoken critiques of the show’s lack of diversity and handling of racial issues, the actress has had a rocky — and occasionally litigious — relationship with the soap’s production company and studio.
Nevertheless, Rowell, who will appear in Lifetime’s upcoming adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and produces the streaming soap satire The Rich and the Ruthless, said she hopes to be able to honor her creative partnership with St. John onscreen. Until then she continues to work through her grief.
“I don’t think in my lifetime I won’t have a long-term scene partner like that. … Kristoff has been in my life for 26 years, the same for the fans he spent in living rooms,” she said. “So in my solitude I quietly mourn his loss, but love is immortal and time heals.”
Rowell did appear in a special tribute episode of Y&R, joining the cast on-set to reminisce about their dear friend, share their fondest memories and relive some of St. John’s most memorable scenes.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 5/6/19 - The UN-Emmy's(5/7/19) The UN-Emmy's (Listen / download)
This week Richard and Charlie hand out awards in categories that the Emmy's seem to have ignored. Who will be Man-Ho of the year? Listen to find out.
Tyler Johnson Cast on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Theo Vanderway(5/7/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Genoa City is getting a new hunk! Actor Tyler Johnson has been cast on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Theo Vanderway. He will make his debut in the episode scheduled to air on Monday, June 3.
Theo is a colleague of Kyle Abbott’s from his time in New York, although the soap wouldn’t divulge any further information about the character or what kind of drama he might get wrapped up in when he arrives in town. But seeing as how Summer is a little upset with Kyle right now, maybe she’ll make a play for his former colleague?
While this is Johnson’s daytime debut, the actor has made primetime appearances in shows like GOSSIP GIRL and 30 ROCK, and can be seen in films such as The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Haunting of Sharon Tate.
2019 Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees(5/5/19) Read the list of the 2019 Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees in all the soap categories here and see our picks too.
Talk Show Appearance(5/4/19) The Talk – CBS
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Y&R's Loren Lott Got a Surprise Kiss From Celebrity Crush Shemar Moore!(5/3/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It’s no surprise that Loren Lott (Ana) would have a crush on Shemar Moore — who wouldn’t? — but she got quite the surprise when he returned to play Malcolm on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for a few episodes centered around Neil’s funeral. “As many of you may know, Shemar Moore is my biggest celebrity crush,” Lott confessed on Instagram. “So my TV brother, Bryton James (Devon) told him that I loved him and to mess with me.”
So while everything was professional while the actors taped the episode, Moore hadn’t forgotten what James had told him and saved the best for last! “At the end of the day I asked for a picture,” Lott revealed. “He picked me up in his arms and took pictures with me, then he put me down and planted one on me. Strictly to mess with me while Bryton took pictures!”
(Photos) It was like a dream come true for the actress/singer, and she didn’t really mind being messed with by James and Moore at all! “It was hilarious and I totally died,” Lott chuckled. “Imagine your celebrity crush kissing you! Everyone behind the scenes was watching and they laughed and called me Miss Moore for the next like, two days. Anyway, my life was made and Shemar was actually so cool and getting to see him act live and sing for him was great. He’s so good. Especially to push through the way he did. I was grateful that even with all the tears we all still found a way to have a good time! Good one, Bryton! I love you forever!”
Video: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Heather Tom Facebook Live(5/3/19) Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Heather Tom Facebook Live: Video.
Daytime Emmy nominees Beth Maitland and Peter Bergman are LIVE and answering your questions!(5/2/19) Daytime Emmy nominees Beth Maitland and Peter Bergman are LIVE and answering your questions!: Video.
Go Backstage at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Society(5/2/19) (Video) Society on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is Genoa City’s newest it place, and here's your chance to go behind the scenes in a special video featuring cast members Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman), Sasha Calle (Lola Rosales), and Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) along with Y&R production designer David Hoffman. “This is an exciting new place," James said. "A place for everybody to hang out here in Genoa City. We wanted to create a location where people feel comfortable any time of the day and night. And at night, it turns into a club.”
After everything that’s happened to poor Abby, co-owning the resto with Devon will definitely perk that gal up. “There’s so much going on with Abby Newman. She went through a bad breakup," stated Ordway. “She just had her heart broken. Her wedding didn’t happen. But now, she has focused all of her energy on Society…Society is so cool because it’s hip, it’s fresh, it’s trendy. Everyone loves Crimson Lights. Everyone loves the GCAC, but this is something a little bit different, so I’m excited.“
The restaurant’s set is huge. It contains a casual eating area as well as a posh, plush fine dining section. “We’re very excited about it, as we usually don’t don’t get to do something this grand, that will have as much use on the show in terms that it will have many storylines that will overlap in it.” Hoffman said. “One of the producers said to me that the important thing was that since it’s owned by Abby and Devon, that it would have to be a place that Abby would think it was cool and want to hang out in.” And Ordway is really excited about the place too! “This looks like a place that Abby would hang out, or Kyle would hang out, or Summer would hang out, and I think that it’s different and it’s modern," she enthused. "l think it’s cool.”
The place is so big that, according to Hoffman, “It’s a set that gives you the opportunity to have one group of people doing one thing, and to have another [group of] people walk in and it’s perfectly logical to have storylines overlap." And the head chef's portrayer agrees with him. “There’s so many things that could happen whether it’s like trouble at work, or trouble with work" Calle declared. "And I also get to play with Abby as we’re part of the restaurant and the creation of the restaurant. I think it’s always fun when all of the characters can come together and work together.”
It’s as if Society is the newest cast member of Y&R! Could it play cupid? “I’m hoping that the set will have lots of opportunities for our couples to have romantic rendezvous in a very fun, welcoming atmosphere” Hoffman teased with a grin.
The Truth Behind Mishael Morgan's Appearance as Hilary on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(5/1/19) No, your eyes weren’t deceiving you — Hilary was back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! However, while Mishael Morgan made a special appearance in the May 1 episode as Devon had a vision of his late wife while struggling with his feelings for Elena, the character is still dead. Although a rep for the soap has confirmed to Soaps In Depth that the actress will be appearing in a few more episodes over the coming weeks, but she is not back full time.
Morgan joined the cast of Y&R back in June of 2013 as the scheming, manipulative Hilary Curtis, and the character quickly became a fan-favorite among viewers as she fell in love with Neil, then Devon, and “Hevon” became a massively popular supercouple. So fans were understandably devastated when the actress chose to leave the soap and Hilary was killed off in a tragic car accident.
So while Hilary is not coming back from the dead permanently, fans can look forward to Morgan making a few more spectral appearances as Hilary helps Devon move past his grief and hopefully find new love in his life.
Daytime Emmy Awards will be streamed online via EmmyOnline.tv, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube(4/30/19) This Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards will be streamed online via EmmyOnline.tv, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. At 8pm ET/ 5pm PT — get the details on how to watch here:
View the Emmys LIVE on the following outlets
— Daytime Emmy Awards (@DaytimeEmmys) April 29, 2019
Young and Restless, Bold and Beautiful Renewed at CBS for 2019-20 Season(4/30/19) CBS will remain in a lather for another year (at least), with the network renewing The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful for the 2019-2020 TV season. The network actually renewed its entire daytime lineup, which also includes The Talk and game shows Let’s Make a Deal and The Price is Right.
“For almost a third of a century, CBS has demonstrated a remarkable legacy of success in Daytime,” said Angelica McDaniel, Exec VP of CBS Daytime. “Our programming continues to maintain a level of achievement unheard of in today’s television landscape, thanks to the passion and dedication of the extraordinary producers, casts, staff and crew on the shows, our studio partners, and most importantly, the fans. They have our deepest gratitude, and we look forward to entertaining them for many years to come.”
The 47-year-old Y&R has maintained its position as No. 1 soap for 32 years running. The upcoming season will mark leading man Eric Braeden’s fourth decade with the series. B&B, meanwhile, recently marked its 32nd anniversary.
Young and Restless: Melissa Claire Egan Set for Summer Return as Chelsea(4/30/19) (ew.com) Chelsea Newman is coming home!
EW has learned exclusively that veteran soap actress Melissa Claire Egan is returning to The Young and the Restless to reprise her fan-favorite role. She’ll begin taping new episodes next month for an early summer debut.
Egan told her fans via Twitter in January of 2018 that she was leaving the soap after “six wonderful years.” But she left open the possibility of a return to Genoa City. “This isn’t goodbye,” she wrote in her tweet. “Truly. Just goodbye for now.”
The character of Chelsea was last seen in February 2018 when she left town with her son Connor to avoid jail time. Egan’s departure occurred during the stewardship of Mal Young, the sudser’s former head writer who reportedly left in December. Longtime Y&R scribe Josh Griffith is now running the writers room.
Before joining Y&R, Egan played Annie on ABC’s All My Children from 2006 to 2011. She recently filmed a starring role in the Hallmark movie, Holiday for Heroes, that will air in November. Egan has earned five Daytime Emmy nominations.
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.
Presenters Announced For The Daytime Emmys(4/30/19) The list of presenters has been released for this weekend’s 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. At the Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, May 3, B&B’s Courtney Hope (Sally) and Annika Noelle (Hope), DAYS’s Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani), GH’s Josh Swickard (Chase) and Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and Y&R’s Sasha Calle (Lola), Hunter King (Summer) and Michael Mealor (Kyle), as well as DAYS alum Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig), who is nominated for his series AFTER FOREVER, will do the honors. At the May 5 ceremony, B&B’s Don Diamont (Bill) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt), DAYS’s Camila Banus (Gabi), Billy Flynn (ex-Chad), Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail), GH’s Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax), Y&R’s Daniel Goddard (Cane) and Melissa Ordway (Abby) will be presenting, as will S.W.A.T star Shemar Moore, who just reprised his role of Y&R’s Malcolm, and ALL MY CHILDREN alum Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan).
Dishing with Digest - 4/26/19 - Tracey E. Bregman(4/26/19) Y&R’s Tracey E. Bregman Opens Up About Her Challenging Year (Listen / download) Y&R’s Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) talks about saying good-bye to Kristoff St. John and Neil, the fires that destroyed her Malibu home, her soap past on DAYS and present on Y&R and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also have the scoop on what will happen on all of the shows during May Sweeps.
NATAS Explains Why Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels Weren't Made Public(4/26/19) For the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has made some changes, which NATAS president Adam Sharp told Soaps In Depth all about back in November before nominees were announced for this year’s ceremony. But now another new rule has come to light, which is that they will no longer be posting the acting reel submissions online. While they originally began sharing the clips five years ago in the hopes of sparking interest and engagement among fans, it ended up having some unforeseen consequences as the reels that were made public underwent scrutiny by competitors. This is what caused the revocation of Patrika Darbo's Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series last year after it was found that rules had been broken.
“Looking at the original issue that brought up these protests and this investigation last year, where one entrant in the competition had gone on YouTube and pulled the reels of his competitors and, awards manual in hand, scrutinized every second of those reels and found potential violations that our staff in the vetting process and our judges in the judging process had missed; well, he only screened the categories that his show was competing in,” Sharp explained to Variety. “So the same way as you wouldn’t want a scenario where, in the middle of a trial all the evidence is put on the courthouse steps and the public can just come up and challenge whatever pieces they want and overrule the jury in the process, we determined that essentially handing these on-air raw submission materials over to competitors in a category would create the potential for abuse and the potential for an unfair imbalance.”
So the only options were to upload clip reels for every category or none of the categories, and because they simply didn’t have the resources or the rights to every clip, NATAS unfortunately had to choose the latter. All four daytime dramas threatened a boycott of the Daytime Emmys following the scandal last year, but as NATAS announced the changes they were making to the various processes, including nominating and voting, everything got back on track.
Although fans will not be able to see the reels for themselves this year to make predictions as to who will take home the Emmy, they can all tune in on Sunday, May 5.
Shemar Moore Opens up About Returning to Y&R for the Kristoff St. John Tribute(4/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS planned a tribute to honor the character of Neil Winters and actor Kristoff St. John’s legacy with the soap, Shemar Moore made sure that he would be a part of it. “CBS is doing such a beautiful thing by the audience, because Kristoff has been there for 33-plus years. He’s an icon,” he told Soaps In Depth. “So I hope the fans can appreciate this tribute. It was not even a question, I told the show that I am on now, SWAT, I said, ‘Nothing is more important to me right now than being a part of this tribute. Whatever they ask me to do, big or small…' And SWAT and CBS understood the importance of it and let me out.”
Moore also confided that it was St. John himself who stepped up and urged the show’s casting agent and producers to hire that nervous young actor who’d auditioned opposite him that fateful day. “That’s why I will always say I have a life, but I don’t have this life and I don’t have this career, because if Kristoff didn’t pick me, I would never have a chance at it,” he admitted. “And if he didn’t embrace me, I would never have grown and got the confidence to explore and become what I’ve become.”
When the Y&R alum returned to the set and read his script pages, the emotional scenes touched his heart deeply. “I told the headwriter when I got to CBS, I don’t know who wrote [Malcolm’s eulogy], but whoever wrote this must have been hiding in my house, in my closet, and listened to the way I talk, the way I think, and how I felt about Kristoff, because every page felt and read like something I would say,” Moore revealed. “The words were so close to home, and what’s interesting to stand up on set with cameras aimed at you, with makeup on, with the crew there, and the cast sitting there… It wasn’t acting, it wasn’t performing. I just hope that people will see me, and hear the words coming out of my mouth and the emotion coming out of my body and know the only thin gI had to remember when I was saying the eulogy was to call him Neil and not Kristoff, because to me I didn’t really feel like I was talking to Neil. I felt I was talking directly to Kristoff. I hope people will feel that.
“I’m so grateful and so humbled to be a part of it,” Moore added of his role in the special episodes. “I’m so proud of the cast of Y&R, because everybody on that day was there to show love and honor to Kristoff St. John. And I hope everybody appreciates the tribute, and I hope months and years later, the people who really know him do not let this man ever be forgotten.”
For more on Y&R’s special tribute to St. John’s legacy, be sure to pick up the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth magazine, going on sale Monday, April 29.
Y&R Stars Reveal What They Submitted for the 2019 Daytime Emmys(4/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) This year, for the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards, actors were asked to submit reels of up to 15 minutes in length containing clips from any episodes aired during the 2018 calendar year. And while the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences isn’t making these submissions public as they have in the past, some of the stars of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS told Soaps In Depth what scenes they chose for their reels. Will it be enough to earn them the coveted trophy? We’ll all find out when the Daytime Emmys air on Sunday, May 5!
Bryton James (Devon) - Outstanding Supporting Actor
“I used two scenes in the hospital, my last day of working with Mishael [Morgan, ex-Hilary]. The scene where Hilary actually passes away. And then I used the scene where I discovered that Lily was the cause of the accident. She took her eyes off the road and ran the red light. I had one episode where I started to have these panic attacks and I started going to therapy, so there is my one scene from the therapy episode.”
Beth Maitland (Traci) - Outstanding Supporting Actress
“I had a really good episode in the spring, one in the summer, and a couple in the fall that I earmarked for my own use. In the spring, it was about Dina and the Alzheimer’s issues. I might be getting this out of order. There was a scene early on where Dina stopped recognizing Traci and she calls me the nurse. The scene begins where Billy is comforting me in the dining room and Jack and Ashley have been quibbling and they come in and try to say, ‘Mother loves you. You know it’s the disease.’ And I blast them and say, ‘Look, don’t you talk to me about family! Daddy is gone, Colleen is gone. And you are all I have left. Our mother is disappearing every single day, and you guys just quibble and bicker like children.’ Then there was another episode during the Walnut Grove reunion and Traci dedicates a scholarship in Colleen, her late daughter’s, name. As a supporting actress, it’s not so much about my featured work as an actress. It’s about me supporting the other storylines of the people around me. So I added a little scene with Kyle, and an angry scene with Jack, and a fix-it scene with Ashley. And the last episode was when we had flashbacks of the young Abbotts and our history is seen through Traci’s eyes. I gather my family together for a family meeting and I’m telling them all, ‘You’ve got to straighten up, this is not who we are!”
Mishael Morgan (ex-Hilary) - Outstanding Supporting Actress
“It was pretty much all of Hilary’s final scenes. The scene where I find out that I’m not going to survive, and I had that with me and Gina [Tognoni]. Hilary and Phyllis, where it was her finding out that she was not going to make it. And then there was my scene with Kristoff St. John, basically just talking to him about letting things go. And my two last scenes with Bryton, with Hilary and Devon at the end.”
Peter Bergman (Jack) - Outstanding Lead Actor
“I submitted the day that Jack found out he was not an Abbott. He’s in the theater watching the film as it comes to a close, and we follow him through that day as he is seen in the bar with Billy trying to figure out what went wrong. As Billy is trying to talk him down, he goes home to find all his family there, and eventually, after listening to his mother go on about what a great marriage she and John have, Jack blows his top. He goes completely crazy on a woman with Alzheimer’s. He blows a cork. And the next scene, he is with Ashley having just found out she was behind this. And he’s duly upset and she tries to get his compassion before it’s over, and he does not have much compassion for her. I really did have a lot of material this year. I had some scenes with Kristoff St. John at the Abbott cabin, but I just had to take them off my reel.”
Chrishell Hartley Mourns the Death of Her Father(4/23/19) As many families around the world came together to celebrate Easter, Chrishell Hartley (Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) joined her own family to say goodbye to her beloved father. “We lost you today but it was a long, terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she shared on Instagram with a vintage photo of her dad. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took its hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”
The daytime star, who also appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Bethany and ALL MY CHILDREN as Amanda, clearly inherited her love for entertaining from her father. “I grew up in an unconventional family and my dad was a drummer — the heartbeat of the music,” Hartley explained. “Today we lost the heartbeat of our family but I am happy knowing he took his music to heaven. It just got a lot more rock and roll up there. We love you so much.”
Preview THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Emotional Farewell to Neil Winters(4/23/19) This week, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will say goodbye to Kristoff St. John’s beloved character of Neil Winters as the character’s death rocks Genoa City to its core just as the actor’s passing did to the entire daytime community. The soap has already outlined its plans for the special tribute, including returns from many past stars, and a stand-alone episode where the actors step out of character to remember their dear friend. Now, Y&R has released an emotional preview of what viewers can expect from these unforgettable episodes.
“I don’t even know if I would be here right now without him,” Nikki cries as the trailer begins. The tears flow freely and Ashley sobs: “I just thought he’d always be there.” And as everyone gathers together for the funeral, Jack is one of the ones to stand before the group to speak about the wonderful man they’ve lost. “Neil didn’t just touch lives,” he declares. “He saved lives.” And having come home to Genoa City to say a final farewell to his big brother, Malcolm admits: “I don’t want to think about a world without Neil Winters in it.”
Check out this special teaser for the powerful episodes to come later this week: Video.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 4/22/19 - Fixer Uppers(4/22/19) (Listen / Download) Fixer Uppers.
On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, Charlie and Richard take a look at several characters who could stand to be pushed in a new direction. Can GH’s Drew go from out-man-out to Big Man On Canvas? What will it take for Y&R’s Cane to get his life back on track? Should B&B’s Quinn take another trip to the dark side? And can anyone make DAYS’ JJ smile? Plus, preview of the week’s hottest stories and more!
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Details of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Special Tribute to Kristoff St. John(4/20/19) The daytime community was rocked by the sudden death of Kristoff St. John on Feb. 3. And while THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS released a short video to honor the actor that week, the soap needed more time to put together a fittingly special tribute to St. John and his beloved character of Neil Winters. Beginning on Tuesday, April 23, and continuing through the end of the week, the residents of Genoa City will learn of Neil’s passing and come together in grief to remember him fondly. “Just watched the scripted shows airing next week in tribute to the life and legacy of Kristoff St. John,” tweeted head of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel. “Cried nonstop. Grateful to Y&R staff, cast, and crew for honoring him through the sadness.”
Some familiar faces will be returning to Genoa City to pay their respects, including Shemar Moore as Neil’s younger brother, Malcolm Winters, and Julia Pace Mitchell and Angell Conwell as Neil’s exes, Sofia Dupre and Leslie Michaelson. In addition, St. John’s longtime friend, Stan Shaw, who also co-starred with him in the TV mini-series Roots: The Next Generations, will be appearing as the reverend officiating Neil’s funeral.
On Friday, April 26, THE TALK will welcome special guests from Y&R to share their memories of St. John and air classic clips of the actor from his decades on the soap. Then, Y&R will be airing a special tribute episode of its own on Monday, April 29. And among the actors sharing their heartfelt memories of St. John will be former castmembers Victoria Rowell and Mishael Morgan, whose Y&R alter egos of Drucilla and Hillary were unable to attend Neil's funeral as they have both passed away themselves.
These are going to be episodes that no daytime fan will want to miss, so be sure to set your DVR to record — and perhaps never delete — every single one.
Two Stars Wrap At Y&R(4/19/19) Y&R’s Jason Canela (Arturo) and Noemi Gonzalez (Mia) have filmed their last episodes on the CBS soap. “Feel blessed to have had @jasoncanela Opens a New Window. and @iamnoemigonzalez Opens a New Window. become like family to me,” praised their co-star Jordi Vilasuso (Rey). “My heart broke today as they filmed their last scenes and are moving along in their journey. They have inspired me beyond belief and I’m SO GRATEFUL to not only have worked with them but also to have grown with them. Here’s to my Rosales familia!” https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTIX7eH1Pc
Y&R: Genoa City Mourns Neil(4/19/19) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Shemar Moore (Malcolm), Bryton James (Devon) and Head Writer Josh Griffith preview how the show will bid farewell to the late Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil). “I owed him an emotional story,” says Griffith. “Because of that, writing it was an integral part of the grieving process.” Adds James, “Pretty much everybody who was a significant part of Neil’s life is there, as they should be,” James acknowledges. “The show did a really great job with the episodes to give the time and respect that character deserves. I really think the audience will be happy. Aside from what was written for us, the writers and the producers know we all had a personal relationship with Kristoff, so they allowed us to add a little here and there to make the words our own.” Notes Moore of the eulogy Malcolm delivers, “I told the head writer, ‘It’s almost like you were hiding in my closet or somewhere in my house,’ because whoever wrote it, literally word for word, it sounds like something I would say, it sounds like something I would write.” For more, pick up the new issue, on sale tomorrow. The good-bye begins on April 23; a special segment will air on THE TALK on April 26.
Dishing with Digest - 4/19/19 - Kin Shriner(4/19/19) GH’s Kin Shriner Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download).
Kin Shriner looks back on 40-plus years as GH’s Scott Baldwin, his roles on other soaps, his daytime pals, favorite memories and so much more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also debate the pros and cons of ripped-from-the-headlines stories.
Talk Show Appearance(4/19/19) The Talk - CBS
Friday, April 26
THE TALK remembers Kristoff St. John from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on behalf of his upcoming tribute with a special conversation with his former co-stars Shemar Moore (CBS’ S.W.A.T), Victoria Rowell, Christel Khalil and Bryton James; “Top Talker” former treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios; actress and author Bridget Moynahan (CBS’ BLUE BLOODS) (n)
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sean Kanan(4/19/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Looking back, Sean Kanan calls GENERAL HOSPITAL’s A.J., the character he last played in 2014, “a romantic whose aspirations and dreams were crushed.” Try as he might, Alan’s son never did live up to the Quartermaine name and legacy, which was a huge weight on his shoulders. “It fermented his becoming cynical about life and feeling like he was this self-fulfilling prophecy of failure... and that fueled his alcoholism,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “I don’t feel like the character ever really got a fair shake.”
Likely, A.J. could have benefited from reading Kanan’s new book, Success Factor X (now available for pre-order at Amazon.com and other similar retailers). “My partner, Jill Liberman, and I went out to 50 interesting people and asked, ‘What is the best advice that you’ve been given about success or that you would like to share about success?’” he explained, adding that everyone from Mark Cuban to ALL MY CHILDREN’s Erica, Susan Lucci (amongst numerous other daytime stars), participated. “I learned that there are somewhat identical trails that many people take on the journey, even if they’re trying to accomplish something very different.”
Fans will get a chance to meet Kanan in person as he travels the country for a special book signing tour. He and Liberman will kick things off on Thursday, May 16, at the Barnes and Noble in Country Glen Center in Long Island, NY. There are also dates scheduled in New Jersey, Florida, and California, however Kanan has said he will not be appearing at the Thursday, June 10, signing at The Grove in Los Angeles. A full list of dates, times, and stores where the signings will be held is available on the Success Factor X Official Website, so click through to there for updated information.
The actor plans to use the book as a springboard for a nationwide speaking tour on the topic. And fans will now be able to recognize him in person again after he shaved his hair off for his upcoming film, Dark Stories, which is based on Verotik, the series of dark comics by rocker-turned-director Glenn Danzig. “I play a character named Sgt. Anders, who is the lead detective in a homicide investigation,” Kanan previewed. “I chose to play him with a gravelly voice — it was a real departure for me. I may keep [this look] for a while and see what other work I can do.”
In the meantime, Kanan is putting the finishing touches on THE BUBBLE, the single-camera dramedy he’s penned and is working toward getting produced this year. “It’s about an aging soap star who wants more from life, and it comes in the form of the 16-year-old daughter that he didn’t know he had,” Kanan said. “He’s thoroughly unequipped to be a father but decides to give it a shot and just can’t get out of his own way.”
Daytime Emmys Sets Mario Lopez & Sheryl Underwood As Hosts(4/16/19) Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood have been named hosts for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which are set for May 5 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Organizer the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled the news today when it also revealed that David Osmond will host the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts ceremony May 3.
“I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said David Michaels, SVP Daytime at NATAS. “With their combined wit and charm, plus America’s favorite arbiter, Judge Judy, receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award as well as the best of Daytime nominated in all genres and a stellar list of presenters yet to be announced, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”
In addition to the hosts, Carolyn Hennessy will return as host of the Daytime Emmys’ livestream from the red carpet and backstage post-show interviews with the winners May 5.
The Daytime Emmy noms were announced March 20, with Days of Our Lives leading all programs with 27 noms. CBS leads all networks with 61 nominations. Amazon Prime Video tied Netflix for second this year with 49 noms apiece, followed by NBC (38), ABC (35) and PBS (31).
Y&R's Jordi Vilasuso Says a Heartfelt Goodbye to Jason Canela and Noemi Gonzalez(4/16/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Although they will still continue to air for a little while longer, Jason Canela and Noemi Gonzalez have taped their last scenes as Arturo and Mia on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Jordi Vilasuso shared an emotional farewell with his on-screen family. “Feel blessed to have had Jason and Noemi become like family to me,” he posted to Instagram with some pics from what looks like a going-away party. “My heart broke today as they filmed their last scenes and are moving along in their journey. They have inspired me beyond belief and I’m so grateful to not only have worked with them but also to have grown with them. Here’s to my Rosales familia!”
Canela was the first member of the Rosales family to appear on Y&R back in February of 2018, and Vilasuso joined him in August, followed by Sasha Calle as their baby sister, Lola, in September. Gonzalez was the final addition to the clan, bringing Rey’s scheming wife, Mia, to Genoa City in November. However, one year after making his daytime debut, Canela announced his departure from the soap, followed just a couple weeks later by Gonzalez’s declaration of her own exit. Once Arturo and Mia are gone, it will leave Rey and Lola as the only members of the Rosales family left in town.
While final air dates have not yet been announced for either Canela or Gonzalez, given Y&R’s taping schedule, viewers should expect for their characters to make their last appearances sometimes before the end of May.
Young and the Restless Reveals New Details of Kristoff St. John Farewell Arc(4/16/19) The Young and the Restless has announced new details regarding its sendoff to late cast member Kristoff St. John. The farewell arc will air Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26, with a storyline in which his character Neil Winters “passes away unexpectedly,” per the network.
A tribute episode follows on Monday, April 29, with current and former Y&R stars sharing memories of St. John’s 28-year run on the soap.
In the special episodes, Genoa City gathers to remember one of their own when Neil Winters passes away unexpectedly. Neil’s family and friends come from near and far to pay their respects and remember their cherished father, colleague, brother and friend. Neil’s family learns of his passing on Tuesday, April 23 and the story will be featured prominently for the remainder of the week. Shemar Moore reprises his role of Neil’s brother, Malcolm Winters, for two episodes, on April 25 and April 26. Christel Khalil (Lily Ashby) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) also return for this storyline. Additionally, actor Stan Shaw, Kristoff’s longtime friend and co-star from Roots: The Next Generations, will appear as the Reverend at Neil’s funeral on April 25.
Y&R EP Anthony Morina previously shared, “Our hope is that this storyline and tribute episode… will honor the legendary character Kristoff helped create, and provide our audience with the opportunity to say a meaningful goodbye to Neil Winters.”
St. John died on Feb. 3 at the age of 52.
Kelly Kruger Expecting First Child with Husband Darin Brooks 'After About a Year of Trying'(4/16/19) (people.com) Kelly Kruger is going to be a mom!
Soap stars Kruger and her husband Darin Brooks, who wed in March 2016, are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.
“After about a year of trying to have a baby, we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing our love into this world!” says Kruger, 34, who stars as Mackenzie Browning on The Young and the Restless.
“It still doesn’t feel real aside from the morning sickness, fatigue, crazy changes to my body and the fact that I sobbed on the airplane watching Instant Family — it usually takes a lot to make me cry,” Kruger admits. “I get so emotional when I think about the fact that I’m growing a little human in my body that’s half me and half Darin. I cry every time I think about it!”
Brooks, who is well-known as Wyatt Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful, is also elated to enter the world of parenthood and has been astonished at his wife throughout her pregnancy journey thus far.
“Kelly’s been truly amazing through this whole process! She’s been filming and working through it all, which is incredible! And just the strength and energy she has had to be the bearer of this new little life form is inspiring!” he says.
Adds the dad-to-be, 34, “Pregnancy can have its challenges, for sure, but it’s definitely worth it! It has brought us closer together and we just can’t wait to meet the little me or Kelly!”
To celebrate their love and their little one on the way, who is due in September, the couple recently enjoyed a trip to Hawaii, where they documented Kruger’s growing baby bump with a beachfront photo shoot.
“Pregnancy has been an incredible journey so far and I couldn’t be luckier to have a husband like Darin to experience this with. He’s always been a caregiver and nurturer but since being pregnant, he’s just stepped up in a way I never expected,” says Kruger, who appears in Hallmark Channel’s upcoming film From Friend to Fiancé, premiering May 27.
She quips to PEOPLE, “Makes me want to be pregnant all the time!”
Though the couple doesn’t yet know the sex of their baby (they plan to find out), they are already over the moon about meeting their bundle of joy this fall.
Says Kruger, “We can’t wait to meet this little one and are enjoying every step of this process. Pregnancy isn’t easy, but we are so grateful to be experiencing it.”
Actor Justin Hartley lands the role of homeowner in Encino(4/16/19) (latimes.com) Actor Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” fame and his wife, Realtor and actress Chrishell Stause, have purchased a newly built home in Encino for $4.65 million. We’re betting they looked at the modern farmhouse-style single-story and said, “This is us.”
Private and gated, the 6,762 square feet of open floor plan is crowned by high ceilings and exposed wood beams. A glass wall reveals the temperature-controlled wine room. The kitchen features both prep and eat-at islands as well as a glass-sided breakfast nook.
A high-tech media room, a dining room, a butler’s panty, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms are among the other living spaces.
The resort-like backyard contains a contemporary fire-pit area, a pool house, a swimming pool and a sports court.
Hartley, 42, has television credits that include the daytime soap opera "Passions," the adventure-drama "Smallville" and the thriller series "Revenge." He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on "The Young and the Restless." He also is branching out to TV production with his newly launched ChangeUp Productions.
Stause, 37, plays herself on the Netflix realty reality show “Selling Sunset.” Her television credits include “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.”
Ray Akbari and Cyrus Ahmadi of Standard Realty were the listing agents. Stause, who also goes by the name Chrishell Hartley, and Jason Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Group handled the buying side.
‘Face The Truth’ Canceled After One Season(4/14/19) CBS Television Distribution’s Vivica A. Fox-hosted daytime talk show Face the Truth will not return for a second season, Deadline has learned, while The Doctors and DailymailTV have both renewed for a 12th and third season, respectively.
Led by Fox and a panel that included attorney and advocate Areva Martin, psychologist Dr. Judy Ho, actress, life coach and mom Rosie Mercado, and Judge Mary Chrzanowski, aka “Scary Mary,” Face the Truth, from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, was described as having a unique take on talk by providing meaningful conflict with constructive resolution. Each episode featured real people presenting their problems big and small to the panel in search of solutions.
Face The Truth was produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano and Dr. Phil McGraw executive produced.
Hosted by ER physician and best-selling author Dr. Travis Stork along with co-hosts plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, The Doctors delves into real life stories and celebrity exclusives and provides sought after answers, interventions and care.
The Doctors has received six Emmy nominations for outstanding talk show/informative, winning in 2010.
Taped in front of a live studio audience in Hollywood, The Doctors is produced by Stage 29 Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Patricia Ciano and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers.
In its first season, DailyMailTV, which hails from the team behind Dr. Phil, had the highest-rated national debut of any syndicated newsmagazine since 2007, according to DailyMail.com and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions.
The series features top stories from DailyMail.com, ranging from exclusives to breaking news, showbiz, crime, health and science and technology, five days a week.
DailyMailTV is executive produced by Carla Pennington, Jay McGraw, Martin Clarke,Dr. Phil McGraw and Jeffrey Wilson. Eric Beesemyer serves as co-executive producer.
‘Into The Dark’: Barbara Crampton, Shawn Ashmore Among 6 Cast In Hulu’s “Culture Shock” Installment(4/13/19) Martha Higareda (Queen of the South, Altered Carbon), Shawn Ashmore (The Rookie), Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator), Felipe de Lara (The Lord of the Skies) and Creed Bratton (The Office) will join previously announced Richard Cabral (Mayans M.C.) in Into The Dark‘s “Culture Shock” installment, Hulu’s monthly horror event series from Blumhouse Television on Hulu. In addition, Gigi Saul Guerrero aka La Muñeca Del Terror (Luchagore Productions, La Quinceañera) will direct the feature-length episode as well as co-write.
The Into the Dark series includes 12 feature-length episodes, released each month over one year and inspired by a holiday, featuring Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story. The Culture Shock installment will premiere July 4.
Written by Efren Hernandez, James Benson and Guerrero, from a story by Hernandez and Benson, Culture Shock is a thriller that follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare.
Blumhouse Television has upcoming The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe, which will premiere on June 30 on Showtime. On the feature film side, Blumhouse Productions will release the thriller MA starring Octavia Spencer in late-May, and they recently announced that Elisabeth Moss has been cast in their upcoming Universal film, The Invisible Man.
Guerrero is repped by Carlos Bobadilla of Valor Entertainment and Verve. Higareda is repped by ICM. Cabral is repped by Paradigm, Atlas Artists and Morris Yorn. Ashmore is repped by Gersh, Paul Nicholls and JTWAMM. Crampton is repped by Michael Eisenstadt at AEFH and Josh Silver at Silver J Mgmt. Bratton is repped by Michael Eisenstadt at AEFH Talent. de Lara is repped by Vision Entertainment.
Dishing with Digest - 4/12/19 - Brytni Sarpy(4/12/19) Brytni Sarpy On Jumping From GH To Y&R (Listen/download).
Brytni Sarpy talks about making the move from GH's Valerie to Y&R's Elena, working closely with Bryton James (Devon), her Lay's commercial and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the most recent GH casting news.
General Hospital Recasts Nina With Guiding Light Vet Cynthia Watros(4/12/19) General Hospital has replaced one Daytime Emmy winner with another, by recasting the role of Nina with Guiding Light vet Cynthia Watros.
As previously reported, Michelle Stafford is parting ways with ABC’s one and only daytime drama (after an alleged contract standoff) and returning to the role of The Young and the Restless‘ Phyllis, where she will replace her own recast, One Life to Live/GL vet Gina Tognoni.
“It’s a bittersweet day,” GH boss Frank Valentini said on Twitter, shortly after People.com broke the news. “I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”
Since wrapping her Daytime Emmy-winning run as GL‘s Annie Dutton, Watros’ TV credits have included Titus, The Drew Carey Show, Lost, House, Finding Carter and Y&R (as Kelly Andrews).
Watros beings taping at GH sometime in June.
Elizabeth Bogush on NCIS: Los Angeles 5/5/19(4/12/19) “No More Secrets” – The NCIS team travels to Cuba for an unsanctioned mission after Callen gets a lead on Anna Kolcheck’s (Bar Paly) whereabouts, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, May 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Elizabeth Bogush guest stars as Joelle Taylor.
GUEST CAST includes: Peter Jacobson (Special Prosecutor John Rogers), Elizabeth Bogush (Joelle Taylor).
Shemar Moore and Victoria Rowell Return to The Young & The Restless to Honor Kristoff St. John(4/11/19) (people.com) The Young & the Restless is honoring the life of Kristoff St. John and his character, Neil Winters
Kristoff St. John‘s TV family is saying their final goodbye to the late actor in the sweetest way.
Later this month, The Young & the Restless will celebrate the life of St. John — who died at age 52 on Feb. 3 — and his character, Neil Winters, with the return of some of his onscreen family, including Shemar Moore, Victoria Rowell and Mishael Morgan.
In an upcoming episode of Y&R, the cast will gather to remember one of their own when Neil (played by St. John since 1991) dies unexpectedly. Neil’s family and friends come from near and far to pay their respects and remember their beloved father, colleague, brother and friend.
Neil’s family will learn of his passing on the April 23 episode and the storyline will be featured prominently for the remainder of the week.
(Photo) Moore will reprise his role of Neil’s brother, Malcolm Winters, for two episodes airing April 25 and April 26.
(Photo) On April 29, Y&R will air a special tribute episode in honor of St. John that will include cast members sharing memories of their dear friend and colleague, along with memorable Neil Winters clips spanning his 27 years on the show. Moore, Rowell (who played Neil’s longtime love, Drucilla Winters) and Morgan participate.
Last month, PEOPLE confirmed that St. John died because of heart disease, which was exacerbated by alcohol use. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office listed his cause of death of “hypertrophic heart disease … and effects of ethanol.” His death was officially ruled an accident.
In early March, he was laid to rest next to the grave of his son Julian St. John, who died by suicide in 2014. Friends and family gathered at the Calvary Community Church in Westlake, California, where he was buried, to celebrate his life.
Following St. John’s death, Moore spoke out about the loss of his dear friend.
“I’m raised an only child, but Kristoff is truly the closest thing to a brother and a brother’s love and a brother’s mentorship that I’ve ever known,” Moore, 48, told PEOPLE about St. John.
Remembering his early days on CBS’ long-running soap opera, Moore recalled St. John coming alongside him and being a strong support system.
“He didn’t have to embrace me the way he did. When I came in and was trying to find my way and he saw how scared I was, he saw how nervous I was,” Moore said. “He saw my six pack and all that, but he just saw me and he embraced me like a brother. If he hadn’t embraced me, I would have never got my sure footing in the beginning days.”
Said Moore, “He was the sexiest black man on television from what my aunties and grandmothers told me before I’d ever knew that I was ever going to share the stage with him on The Young & the Restless.”
“He opened doors for me and many. He opened doors for people who don’t even realize he opened doors, but he did,” he added. “He opened doors and he was so committed to his craft. He always wanted to be better. He wanted to touch people and he did.”
St. John’s storyline on The Young & the Restless will begin Tuesday, April 23 and the special tribute episode will air Monday, April 29, both on CBS.
Justin Hartley Launches Production Company, Inks Pod Deal With 20th TV(4/10/19) Justin Hartley is branching out into TV producing. The popular This Is Us star has signed a pod deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the acclaimed NBC family drama.
Under the pact, Hartley will develop and produce new projects for broadcast, cable and streaming through his newly launched company, ChangeUp Productions. Hartley will work with Julianna LaRosa, whom he has hired as VP, Head of Development and Production.
Most recently, LaRosa served as Manager of Development at Greg Garcia’s CBS TV Studios-based Amigos de Garcia Productions since 2013. There, she worked on such series as The Guest Book for TBS and The Millers for CBS. Additionally, LaRosa produced a 10-episode scripted comedy web series, The MacMillan Genius Grant.
Hartley is the latest This Is Us star to land a pod deal with 20th TV, joining Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown.
Hartley plays one of The Big Three, sitcom star Kevin Pearson, on NBC’s hit drama series This Is Us, which just wrapped its third season. Along with the rest of the cast, he won two back-to-back drama ensemble SAG Awards in 2018 and 2019.
The actor was recently cast in the Dan Mazer-directed coming-of-age comedy The Exchange, as well as in CBS Films’ comedy Lexi and Universal Pictures’ politically-charged, action/thriller The Hunt.
Hartley, who can next be seen starring in the Universal Pictures/Will Packer-produced comedy Little, which opens this weekend, is repped by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Y&R’s Vilasuso Weighs In On Co-Star’s Exit(4/9/19) Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) went on Twitter to praise his soon-to-be-departing TV wife, Noemi Gonzalez (Mia). “Since the beginning, you’ve brought everything 2 ur work on @YandR_CBS! U stepped up 2 the challenge of daytime TV and brought so much 2 the complex #MiaRosales from the get go,” he tweetd. “Thx u 4 your talent & passion.U & Mia will be missed but you’re a &will continue 2 burn brighter!”
Gina Tognoni “Walking In Peace” As Y&R Gig Wraps(4/9/19) Y&R’s Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) shared on Instagram that she’s making the most of her last days on the show. The actress posted, “Here we go starting our journey ??walking in peace with my Phyllis’. Each day is precious to me here in LA . I am still giving life to this character for a few more episodes/weeks .. Filled with Love as We count down and continue our story in New ways . BTW this is my dressing room/ sanctuary. I always sit in here and feel peaceful and centered . It’s special .” Tognoni joined the show in 2014 and will soon be wrapping her run to accommodate the return of Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH), who originated the role.
More Y&R Stars Back For Neil’s Funeral(4/9/19) Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia Dupre) and Angell Conwell (Leslie Michaelson) will return to Y&R on April 25 when their characters attend the funeral of Neil Winters. Mitchell will also appear on April 26. Neil’s portrayer, Kristoff St. John passed away on February 3 and a special tribute to the actor will air on April 29.
Noemi Gonzalez Announces She Is Leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(4/9/19) When Mia Rosales arrived in Genoa City back in November of 2018, she immediately started stirring up drama, but all that is about to come to an end just five months later as Noemi Gonzalez is leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. “Mia Rosales,” she posted to Instagram with a heart emoji. “It’s been a pleasure. Thankful, blessed, and honored. Gracias a Dios for this life-changing experience. One more month of Mia in Genoa City. Stay tuned for what’s next!”
Gonzales made her debut in the Nov. 12 episode of Y&R as Rey’s estranged wife. She quickly revealed why their marriage was so fraught with tension because not only did she have an affair with his brother, Arturo, in the past… she still clearly had the hots for the guy even now! As she lashed out, Mia didn’t make very many friends in Genoa City, and even landed sister-in-law Lola in the hospital by accident. Oops!
Mia is currently claiming to be pregnant with Rey’s baby in order to avoid being charged with Lola’s assault, but the truth has a way of coming out. Will she be found out and sent to prison? Or will Mia make her escape before the long arm of the law can reach her? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out how her story wraps up!
Lauralee Bell Reveals Why Y&R's Murder Trial Was So Difficult to Play(4/9/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When it comes to her THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alter ego, Lauralee Bell loves that Christine is a strong woman ready to fight for her beliefs. However, there’s a difference between being strong and being hard, and the soap vet confessed to Soaps In Depth that she felt her character may have crossed into the latter category as she faced off against Nikki, Victoria and Sharon. “The trial was so well-written, but I had a personal struggle with it,” she admitted. “I totally understand Christine’s position as D.A. Nikki had a choice. Obviously, she was acting to save her daughter, but they could have called 911. She could have said, ‘Get away from my daughter, you [jerk]!’ But she didn’t have to let J.T. die. They could have gotten a restraining order, which they never did.
“So I totally understand that the D.A. side needs to be presented,” she continued. “My issue comes when I cross-examined Victoria. It was clear that J.T. was hurting her. When I say, ‘Why didn’t you do this?’ I know it’s because she was scared! He was dominating her! I talked about it with the producers and directors, and we shaved some of the dialogue because my character is uber-sensitive to what Victoria went through because Christine was date-raped and sexually harassed. It was really complicated for me to play!”
If Bell could have waved a magic wand, she would have added a scene or two. “This is the perfect example where Christine should have gone home and talked to Paul or called Nina, and been crying. There should have been an opportunity for her to say, ‘I had to do this today, but it broke my heart!’ That would have made my character human again. The audience could see that Christine was suffering. I do address it where I say to Victoria, ‘I am so sorry about what happened to you,’ but by the end of it, I’m like, ‘You should’ve done things differently. You made a bad choice. Nikki should’ve called for an ambulance. You should have tried to revive J.T. That would have made all the difference, but you didn’t even try!’ That dialogue was really hard for me to say!”
Despite that challenge, Bell says that she relished flexing her acting muscle in the courtroom. “Gina [Tognoni, Phyllis] and I had a 10-page scene where I was cross-examining her on the stand, which we did in one take,” shared the talent. “It sent chills through both of us! Afterward, everyone clapped, which was really sweet.”
Having Christine being harder than nails has Bell waxing nostalgic for the days when her character was a tad more light-hearted. “She used to giggle and smile a lot more, and I miss that!” she reflected. “I know the fans get annoyed. Nobody is more annoyed than me. People might not realize that we are thinking that, too! I want Christine to be a strong woman, but it’s difficult because she doesn’t show any emotion. I understand she needs to represent one side, but I would have liked to have added just one line to remind everyone that Christine suffers, to remind everyone that she’s human, too!”
Soaps In Depth Podcast 4/8/19(4/9/19) (Listen / download) The hits keep on coming as Soaps In Depth editors Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss the latest big news to rock daytime, including Michelle Stafford exiting GENERAL HOSPITAL to step back into the role of Phyllis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Plus, with Y&R having recast Adam Newman, how might the character’s arrival shake things up in Genoa City? Listen in for the latest news, preview and more!
Soap opera star Daniel Goddard makes a clean break in Calabasas(4/9/19) (latimes.com) “The Young and the Restless” regular Daniel Goddard has sold his home in Calabasas for $1.2 million.
Built in 1969, the Spanish-influenced house is entered through a large courtyard with a sitting area and fountain. Terra-cotta floors lead inside, and French doors open throughout the home to connect the indoor and outdoor living areas.
High ceilings, hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace enhance the central living room. An updated kitchen with a two-seat center island opens to the dining/den area.
The nearly 2,100 square feet of living space contain three bedrooms and three bathrooms. There’s an additional 200-square-foot room above the garage.
A covered patio, lawn and an outdoor fireplace make up the rear yard.
Goddard, 47, has appeared on close to 1,000 episodes of the daytime soap opera since 2007. Among his other credits, he starred in the 1999-2002 fantasy-adventure series “BeastMaster.”
The property previously changed hands in 2006 for $1.05 million.
Shari Huntington and Stephanie Shanfeld of Coldwell Banker were the listing agents. Huntington also represented the buyer.
Talk Show Appearance(4/7/19) THE VIEW, ABC
We 4/10: Justin Hartley
Dishing with Digest - 4/5/19 - Chrishell Hartley(4/5/19) DAYS’S Chrishell Hartley Is Living Her Best Life (Listen / download).
Chrishell Hartley talks about her new hit Netflix show, SELLING SUNSET, coming back to DAYS as Jordan, married life with Justin Hartley, the celebrity that made her starstruck and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting shakeups at Y&R.
Greg Rikaart Returning To Y&R!(4/4/19) Greg Rikaart, who recently wrapped up his run as DAYS’s opportunistic Leo Starke, is coming back to Y&R reprise the role of Kevin Fisher. The actor first joined the cast as Michael’s little brother in 2003 and won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2005. In 2017, the character was written out as Kevin moved to Oregon to live with the presumed-dead Chloe and their daughter, Bella. Kevin made sporadic visits to Genoa City and was last seen in February 2018 when he helped Sharon obtain Adam’s DNA records. Though the show confirms Rikaart’s return — slated for late spring — details of his comeback are being kept under wraps.
Justin Hartley, Avan Jogia & Ed Oxenbould To Star In Coming-Of-Age Comedy ‘The Exchange’(4/3/19) Justin Hartley, Avan Jogia, and Ed Oxenbould are attached to star in The Exchange, a coming-of-age comedy which is being directed by Dan Mazer. Mazer is a long-time collaborator of Sacha Baron Cohen who got his start as a writer/ director/producer on Cohen’s Da Ali G Show and was recently part writing/directing team for his Showtime series Who Is America?.
Dan Hine (Cuckoo) of the London-based Who’s On First is producing with Elevation Productions’ Christina Piovesan and Noah Segal.
Tim Long wrote the script for The Exchange, inspired by his high school experience. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a socially awkward but highly enterprising teenager who decides to acquire a “mail order best friend”; a sophisticated exchange student from France. Instead, he ends up importing his personal nightmare, a cologne-soaked, chain-smoking, sex-obsessed youth who quickly becomes the hero of his new community.
Filming is currently underway in Canada. Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman will serve as executive producer for Los Angeles Media Fund, which is financing the project.
Hartley, best known for his role as Kevin Pearson in NBC top-rated drama This Is Us, which just wrapped its third season, will next be seen on the big screen in Universal’s Little comedy.
Jogia currently toplines the new Starz series, Now Apocalypse, and will appear opposite Samuel L. Jackson in New Line’s Shaft reboot, as well as alongside Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in Sony’s Zombieland: Double Tap.
Oxenbould starred in Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Wildlife, with Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal and co-stars Sony/Playmaker forthcoming miniseries, Reckoning.
Hartley is repped by CAA; Jogia by ICM, The Character Talent Agency, and Link Entertainment; Oxenbould by WME.
Mazer’s directorial credits include Dirty Grandpa and I Give It A Year, which he wrote. He also wrote the script for Bridget Jones’s Baby and Office Christmas Party. He’s repped by CAA, United Agents, and Nelson Davis.
Long is repped by CAA, which also reps Who’s On First.
‘Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross to ‘lose millions’ in royalties after college scam(4/3/19) Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross — who stand to lose a small fortune.
“Each cast member earns a fat royalty every time ‘Housewives’ airs anywhere around the world. Eva and Marcia planned on cashing those checks for years, and now Felicity has messed that up,” a spy dished to Straight Shuter.
“We’re talking millions of dollars lost. They’re steaming mad and nothing Felicity can say or do will help.”
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin were the most famous names in the landmark college admissions scam case that led to 50 people being charged in the criminal investigation involving wealthy parents, coaches and college prep executives who have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
Huffman, 56, who’s an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday, March 11 in federal court in Massachusetts. The star allegedly paid a proctor $15,000 to take the SAT for her older daughter, Sofia.
Loughlin, 54, and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged after allegedly agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters accepted to the University of Southern California as a recruited crew athletes, even though they didn’t row competitively.
She was arrested and released from jail on $1 million bond.
Since appearing in a federal court in Los Angeles March 12 and released on $250,000 bond, Huffman has been “inconsolable” and “distraught,” the source said.
Michelle Stafford Thanks Everyone for Their Love and Support(4/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) During all the behind the scenes drama being reported about GENERAL HOSPITAL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Michelle Stafford (Nina) was quiet, but there was a very good reason for that. Her father, Michael, was undergoing surgery. But the actress has finally reached out via social media to give an update and express her gratitude.
“I love all of you guys!” Stafford declared. “Truly… you are so lovely to me. Thank you for all of your kind words and love. I wanted to thank all of you who reached out to me and DM’d me in the last few days about my father’s heart surgery. You cannot know what that has meant to me. All is good. Thank you.”
Stafford has been at the center of many online reports that she is leaving GH to return to Y&R to play Phyllis again. Although at this time, neither show has confirmed any of the casting news, Y&R’s current Phyllis, Gina Tognoni, has already said her goodbye to the soap, and GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) said his own emotional goodbye to co-star Stafford.
Whatever Stafford’s future holds, we’re just glad to hear that her father’s surgery went well and he will still be a part of it!
Talk Show Appearance(4/2/19) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - NBC
Tuesday, April 9: Justin Hartley
Stars React To Y&R’s Tognoni/Stafford Switch(4/2/19) Stars from Y&R and GH took to social media to weigh in on Gina Tognoni’s Y&R exit and Michelle Stafford’s (Nina, GH) return to the role of Phyllis. In response to Tognoni’s Instagram message, Alice Hunter (ex-Kerry, Y&R) posted, “You are the smartest, sharpest, deepest and most layered actor I saw on that set and I enjoyed watching you work beginning to end. Thank you for pouring your heart into Phyliss and demonstrating how to love and understand such a deeply flawed character. I’m better for having worked with you. X.” Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R) wrote, “Love you for reals!!” Jessica Collins (ex-Avery, Y&R) added, “As always, you are a class act. Nothing but love for you lady and can’t wait to see what amazing things come next! Xoxo.” B&B’s Courtney Hope (Sally) posted, “??.. You’re iconic ?? I will miss seeing your brilliant work and smiling face in the halls! You deserve the beauty of whatever comes next ??!” In the GH camp, Stafford’s on-screen love interest James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) lamented, “It’s all fun and games…. Until you lose Michelle Stafford.” Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) shared, “Gonna miss you around the water cooler @TheRealStafford! All the best to you for the future! Xo.” And Laura Wright (Carly), who worked with both women (she and Tognoni were both on GUIDING LIGHT), enthused, “Onward and upward to these two talented beauties!!!! #daytimefamily Opens a New Window. .”
George R.R. Martin's Soapy New Adventure(4/2/19) Andrew Miller, real-life husband of Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN, et al), is the showrunner of Hulu’s upcoming WILD CARDS series, based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin. In a big reveal that just so happens to fall on April Fool’s Day, Riegel, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (ex-Leo, DAYS) appear in leaked footage from the set of the new shows, which can be viewed on Martin’s official site at http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog. Tweeted Riegel, “I think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 4/1/19 - Ins & Outs, Preview & More!(4/1/19) (Listen / download) Join Soaps In Depth editors Richard Simms and Charlie Mason as they discuss the big changes impacting the soaps this week and in the months to come. How will incoming headwriter Josh Griffith, whose material begins airing this week, change the Genoa City landscape? Now that Ingo Rademacher is taping at General Hospital, how long until he hits Port Charles? And what should Bold & Beautiful fans expect when a Real Housewife takes on a major new role? All this, plus exciting preview and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast!
Gina Tognoni Releases Statement About Y&R Exit(3/30/19) Gina Tognoni, who will be leaving the role of Y&R’s Phyllis, has released a statement on Instagram about her exit. “Five years ago, I was blessed to embrace the incredible character of Phyllis Summers Abbott,” she begins. “I am beyond grateful for the creative experience that The Young and the Restless has given to me as well as the amazing relationships I made with the cast, crew/staff, producers, and writers. I love my Genoa City family, which made it easy to give 110% every day. My long commutes always went smoothly because I loved where I worked and the people I worked with!” To see the full statement, go to https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvpwc7ohB9P/.
Huge Y&R Casting News! Gina Tognoni OUT; Michelle Stafford IN!(3/30/19) Big shakeup at Y&R: Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) is returning to the soap she first called home. The Emmy-winning actress will be leaving Port Charles to reprise the role of Phyllis, which she played from 1994-97, and then again from 2000-13. Gina Tognoni, who assumed the role in 2014 — and also won a Daytime Emmy for it — was reportedly let go. Daytime Confidential first reported the news.
Who Is Brandon on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Meet Mitch Eakins(3/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The new character of Brandon on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will be played by Mitch Eakins beginning on Wednesday, April 3. “This is exciting,” the actor tweeted. “Hope the fans are ready for some mischief.” He’s currently scheduled to appear in a few episodes, but who knows what the future might hold? Brandon is a musician, but instead of being part of Devon’s music empire, reports have him becoming involved in Victoria’s storyline.
Y&R isn’t actually Eakins’ daytime debut as he played Rafe’s physical therapist, Pete Clarke, in a handful of episodes of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 2013 and 2014. You might also recognize him from his appearances in primetime series like THE AFFAIR, SEAL TEAM, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, and TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES. And if you play videogames, his voice might sound familiar as he has done voice work for games like Call of Duty: WWII and Red Dead Redemption II.
Eakins is slated to appear during the first two weeks of April, but you’ll just have to stay tuned to see how his storyline plays out to find out if he’ll be sticking around longer than that.
‘Why Women Kill’: Leo Howard & Alicia Coppola To Recur In CBS All Access Series(3/30/19) Former Freakish star Leo Howard and Alicia Coppola (Empire) are set for recurring roles in CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill, a darkly comedic drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios.
Created by Cherry, Why Women Kill details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s (Ginnifer Goodwin), a socialite in the ‘80s (Lucy Liu) and a lawyer in 2018 (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed but how their reaction to betrayal has not.
Howard is Tommy. Seen in 1982. A sexy, handsome teen, about to turn 18, he is working as a waiter at one of Simone’s (Liu) parties. Boyishly likable, hardworking, and with a little swagger, he is the son of one of Simone’s friends. He’s also got a mad crush on Simone.
Coppola will play Sheila. Seen in 1963, a New York Italian from Brooklyn, who is the friendly, outgoing, a bit overbearing, loud and well-meaning neighbor of Beth Ann (Goodwin) and Rob (Sam Jaeger).
Cherry will serve as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Marc Webb will direct and also executive produce. Why Women Kill is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Howard’s recent credits include the lead role of Grover Jones on Hulu’s Freakish, a recurring on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet as well as a lead role in Roland Joffe’s TV movie Scorned. He’s repped by Paradigm and Randy James Management.
Coppola recently wrapped a recurring role on the fifth season of Fox’s Empire and will be seen in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Blood and Treasure. Coppola is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Leslie Allan-Rice Management, and attorney Derek Kroeger.
Dishing with Digest - 3/29/19 - Beth Maitland(3/29/19) Beth Maitland Talks Emmys And Y&R Run (Listen / Download)
Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R) talks about the story-rich year that led to an Emmy nomination and the joys of playing an Abbott with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the biggest surprises of this year’s Emmy list, Matt Cohen’s exit from GH and more.
Eileen Davidson's Y&R Visit(3/29/19) Another Young and the Restless vet is coming home to honor the late Kristoff St. John and his character Neil.
Eileen Davidson (aka Ashley) will return for the CBS soap’s tribute episodes to St. John, who died last month at the age of 52, Soap Opera Digest reports. On April 23, Genoa City will learn of Neil’s unexpected death and then gather to remember him. A special installment, airing April 29, will feature cast members past and present sharing memories of St. John, as well as clips of memorable moments from the actor’s 28-year run on the iconic soap.
“When I was initially contacted by Y&R, it was only supposed to be for a quick visit, but after Kristoff St. John’s passing, the show asked if I would participate in their plans to honor both Neil and Kristoff,” Davidson tells Soap Opera Digest. “Luckily, I was available, and I am honored to be included in those shows.”
Casting Switch! Y&R Hires New Nate(3/29/19) Sean Dominic, who recently appeared on the OWN series GREENLEAF, has been hired as the No. 1 show’s new Nate Hastings, replacing Brooks Darnell, who joined the cast in July 2018. Dominic will make his Genoa City debut on April 10.
Y&R Hires New Adam Newman(3/28/19) The protracted casting call for a new Adam Newman has come to a close: The show has hired Mark Grossman to portray the role formerly played by Justin Hartley, Michael Muhney and Chris Engen, confirms a show spokesperson. Grossman’s past credits include a stint on the Freeform series, FAMOUS IN LOVE, and HUSTLE. Daytime Confidential first reported the news.
Kristoff St. John’s daughter challenges handwritten will discovered by his father(3/27/19) There seems to be a battle brewing over Kristoff St. John‘s estate.
Paris St. John, the late “Young and the Restless” star’s daughter, filed to control his estate after he appeared to die without a will. Soon after, Kristoff’s father turned in what appeared to be a handwritten will penned by the late soap star. The note detailed that Paris should receive 25 percent of his estate while his other daughter, Lola St. John, receive the other 75 percent.
Now, Paris officially has challenged the handwritten document, The Blast reported on Tuesday. Paris filed an objection to Christopher St. John’s motion to become the executor of his deceased son’s estate. According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Paris believes the handwritten will was written “inside a private diary and was not intended to be seen by third parties,” adding, “The document would never have been found if someone had not opened the decedent’s private journal.”
Kristoff’s older daughter believes he would want a neutral party in charge of his estate to figure out some financial issues. She also claims in her legal filing that a “page has been removed” from the will, which should arouse suspicion on its validity.
Paris wants her grandfather’s motion denied and a neutral party put in charge of the estate.
St. John died at age 52.
Jason Canela Out At Y&R(3/26/19) Jason Canela, who joined the cast of Y&R as Arturo in February 2018 as Nikki’s paramour, announced on social media that he is leaving the soap. “When I signed my 1 year contract with YnR I was excited because for the first time in 3 years living in this city I was able to call a studio like ‘Television City’ home,” he posted. “add to that the incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of working with to create genuine relationships with…. I want to send all my love and positive vibes to the YnR fans who have been so welcoming since day1! Appreciate the love and no worries, The Rosales family will still be cooking up some drama in Genoa city…” For the full statement, go to https://twitter.com/jasoncanela/status/1110175378117541888
Y&R Tribute Absence Explained(3/26/19) The Young and the Restless invited series alum Tonya Lee Williams (ex-Olivia) to be a part of next month’s tribute to Kristoff St. John (Neil), “but she’s overseas working on a project and couldn’t participate,” CBS Daytime chief Angelica McDaniel explained on Twitter.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 3/25/19 - What Will Happen Next?(3/26/19) What Will Happen Next? (Listen / download)
This week on the Soaps In Depth Podcast, Charlie and Richard make a few fearless predictions about what will happen on the soaps in the weeks and months ahead. Plus, they discuss whether the all-important Sweeps ratings periods aren’t nearly as important as they once were.
Morning Show Appearance(3/23/19) TODAY – NBC
Monday, March 25 - (10-11 a.m.)
Eva Longoria & Isabela Moner on Dora & The Lost City Of Gold.
Tonya Pinkins & Brian Kerwin on Madam Secretary 4/14/19(3/22/19) “Carrying the Gold” – As Elizabeth prepares to officially declare her candidacy for president, she must deal with fallout from a news article alleging she had an affair with President Dalton during her CIA days. Also, Mike B. and Jay adjust to the growing pains in their expanded roles as campaign staffers, and Elizabeth calls for a UN criminal tribunal against Myanmar military leaders over their treatment of the Rohingya, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, April 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jane Pauley guest stars as herself.
GUEST CAST includes: Skipp Sudduth (Peter Harriman), Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Brian Kerwin (Deputy Secretary Steven Bailey)
Facebook Live with Hunter King, Michael Mealor and Sasha Calle(3/22/19) Facebook Live with Hunter King, Michael Mealor and Sasha Calle: Video.
Lauralee Bell’s Lifetime Movies Network Film Airing March 22(3/22/19) Y&R’s Lauralee Bell (Christine) takes a break from courtroom drama to play a doctor in the TV thriller, NIGHTMARE TENANT, which premiers March 22 on Lifetime Movie Network. “I play a single mother, Carol Allen, who’s a doctor and her daughter is going off to college,” the actress explains to Digest. “The daughter is very concerned because she doesn’t want her mom to be all alone in this big house, so she suggests, ‘Why don’t you grab some college student here in town to live with you, so you’re not alone?’ The next day at work, Carol is examining a young patient with a very sad story, so without even thinking, my character says, ‘You know what, until you’re back on your feet, come stay with me.’ She moves in and Carol’s world starts to crumble a little bit and she’s really not sure why. It’s really important that you watch the first six minutes of the movie because it really sets up the whole reason why things happen the way they do. There’s a scary element to this movie. I had to look away from a scene that I’m not even in because I was actually a little frightened.” For this project, Bell worked with the same production team that put out her last Lifetime movie, MISTRESS HUNTER, but this time she got to do more than act. “They are a great group of people and were kind enough to offer me executive producer credit,” smiles Bell. “Lifetime Movies Network is, for so many people, that comfortable channel where you know there’s good quality programming. I hope this is the beginning of even more projects. I always love coming back to Y&R, but if I’m fortunate to do something like this once or twice a year, that would be ideal for me.”
Get to Know THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Star Sasha Calle(3/22/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) When growing up, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Sasha Calle (Lola) never thought too much about becoming an actress. Instead, her passion was singing. “Music was always something that I wanted to do,” she shared with Soaps In Depth. “A friend of mine knew that I sang, and when I was graduating from high school, he told me that I really needed to be in Los Angeles [at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy]. He was like, ‘This place is for you. You’ll grow here and develop your gift.’” Of course, Calle first had to get accepted to the prestigious school! “You have to audition to get in... and mine was one of the worst auditions ever!” she groaned. “I didn’t know what I was doing. The song was terrible, the monologue was terrible. I could never afford training when i was growing up, so this would be my training!”
Displaying a very Lola-like determination, Calle called one of the instructors to beg for a second chance. It took 45 minutes of pleading and persuasion, but she managed to land another audition. “I went to Barnes & Noble to get a monologue book — which we’re told never to use as an actor! And then I prepared with this song from The Wild Party, which was the hardest song!” she recounted. “At the audition, I am singing and dancing, and I completely messed up the high notes. I messed them up bad! But I kept going. I was heartbroken about the song when I went on to the monologue. I was in tears, but the monologue felt so real. I had never really acted before — that was the first time I had done anything like that — but I had never felt so connected to anything in my life!”
Still, when she finished the second audition, Calle says she was sure she’d “messed up and lost my chance at my dream. My mom and little brother had come with me, and I told them, ‘I can’t leave until I talk to the [judge].’ So we waited until all the auditions were done, and I walked up to him, and he was like, ‘Wow, you are an incredible actress!’ I was like, ‘What?’ Then I told him that was the first time I’d done anything like that, and I really wanted to sing. It was crazy, but I was accepted. And now I’m on Y&R!”
In fact, Calle is quick to give a shout-out to her school for training her for the fast-paced production of daytime. “My college professors really pushed us like crazy. It was bam, bam, bam — like military boot camp for the arts!” she laughed. “And I was lucky to have my agents, because they were sending me out at least four times a week, where I had to learn dialogue really fast.” All of that prepared Calle for the Y&R audition, where she was given eight pages of dialogue to learn in three minutes! “Everybody was freaking out, but I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m so excited!’ It was like they were testing us, but I was ready!”
Equally cool for Calle is being able to sink her teeth into a character like Lola. “I love her!” she declared. “I love how gentle and hardworking she is. She’s bound to make mistakes like any person. She gets frustrated because she likes to control her life, and that will make her break. But I’m excited to see her ups and downs!” Lola has had plenty of both already, but for Calle, the journey has only been uplifting. “Every time I walk into that studio, I’m excited,” smiled the actress. “I always find something new to learn. I love that Y&R picked me, and we’re a family now. It’s really beautiful!”
Jett Slade on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS — Everything You Need to Know(3/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The character of Jett Slade appeared suddenly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but his portrayer, Gilbert Glenn Brown, may be familiar to some viewers. While this role marks his daytime debut, the actor has made numerous appearances in film and television.
Devon Hamilton wanted to know what his sister, Ana Hamilton, was doing with all her money and suspected she was in serious debt but after following her to a motel, discovered that she was actually funding medical treatments for her father. And much to Devon’s surprise, her father turned out to be former R&B star Jet Slade! However, his health is poor, and he needs constant care from his nurse, Elena Dawson. Plus, there does seem to be something else going on… there’s definitely more to this story yet to be revealed!
According to Brown’s official website, he began acting on stage in theater productions between New York and California. He was born and raised in New York City into a family from Jamaica. He caught the acting bug in high school and he joined The Mind-Builders Creative Art Center’s Positive Youth Troupe. Continuing his studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Brown graduated and pursued a career in show business.
Brown had a recurring role on the CBS children’s series THE INSPECTORS, and also guest starred on primetime shows like THE PASSAGE, DYNASTY, THE RESIDENT, and QUEEN SUGAR. And he can also be seen on the big screen playing Howard Clement in The Best of Enemies, the new film starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson.
Shemar Moore and Victoria Rowell return for Young and the Restless tribute to Kristoff St. John(3/20/19) (ew.com) Several old friends will return to The Young and the Restless to help say goodbye to longtime star Kristoff St. John, who died on Feb. 4 at the age of 52.
EW has learned exclusively that Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis Winters) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) will participate in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama to pay final respects to St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991. Moore will reprise his role as Neil’s brother for two episodes airing April 25-26, while Rowell, Morgan and Khalil will appear as themselves in a special tribute episode on April 29. The latter will include former and current cast members sharing memories of St. John and will also feature clips of St. John’s most memorable moments.
Moore made his last appearance on Y&R as Neil’s brother in September 2014. Rowell, who played Neil’s wife, was a fan favorite from 1990-2007. Morgan played Hilary Curtis, Neil’s former cheating wife, from 2013-18.
The Y&R plot line will address St. John’s passing beginning April 23. Genoa City learns of the unexpected death of Neil, so family and friends gather to remember their beloved father, colleague, brother, and friend. The story will continue through the remainder of the week.
“We all miss Kristoff immensely and are understandably still in a bit of shock,” says executive producer Anthony Morina to EW. “Our hope is that this storyline and tribute episode airing in April will honor the legendary character Kristoff helped create, and provide our audience with the opportunity to say a meaningful goodbye to Neil Winters.”
St. John’s last appearance on The Young and the Restless was Feb. 6. The episode ended with the tribute, “In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Friend.” He won two Emmys for playing the makeup executive.
Kristoff St. John Died from Heart Disease, Triggered by Alcohol Abuse(3/20/19) Kristoff St. John died from heart disease and alcohol abuse ... according to a report from the L.A. coroner's office.
The 'Young and the Restless' star's official cause of death is listed as hypertrophic heart disease and is categorized as accidental, according to the report obtained by TMZ. The disease makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and often goes undiagnosed.
St. John was discharged from a mental health facility just 2 days before his death. The report says he was admitted after threatening to hurt himself.
As for the "accidental" label -- that's because Kristoff was apparently on an alcohol binge at the time of his death.
TMZ broke the story ... 52-year-old Kristoff was found dead last month at his home in the San Fernando Valley. Law enforcement sources say one of the actor's friends went to check on him and found his body. Police and paramedics responded, and we're told Kristoff was pronounced dead on the scene.
As we reported ... a source close to Kristoff tells us the actor checked himself into UCLA Medical Center in January for depression issues, and he had just been released a few days before his death. We're told Kristoff's depression was partially linked to his son, Julian's suicide in 2014. It also seems to be the likely trigger for Kristoff's heavy drinking at the time of his death.
As you know, around the 3-year anniversary of Julian's suicide in 2017, Kristoff allegedly threatened to take his own life with a gun ... and cops placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.
Kristoff had played Neil Winters on 'Y&R' since 1991 -- earning 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations for the role. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.
DAYTIME DRAMA LEGEND MELODY THOMAS SCOTT APPEARS ON THE COVER OF THE MARCH/APRIL ISSUE OF WATCH! MAGAZINE(3/20/19) (Cover, Photo) The March/April edition of CBS’ Watch! magazine, which hits newsstands today, features covers with series/film star Nina Dobrev (CBS’ new Thursday night comedy series FAM), daytime drama legend Melody Thomas Scott (currently celebrating her 40th year on CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) and the newest Spock, Ethan Peck (the latest addition to CBS All Access’ popular original series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY).
Additionally, this edition includes a story on an array of stars’ charitable causes; a guide to must-have spring styles; a Q&A with SHOWTIME star Regina Hall of BLACK MONDAY; a look back at 10 historic NCAA March Madness moments – and much more!
Nina Dobrev exudes Old Hollywood glamour in the opulent designer attire selected by stylist Katie Bofshever for Dobrev’s “behind-the-scenes” themed Watch! cover shoot, photographed by Jason Kim on the “New York Street” backlot of CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Calif. Though the Bulgarian-born Dobrev, who was raised in Canada, does, indeed, love fashion, she shares with writer John Griffiths that she has her parents’ “Eastern European frugality:” “I know where money should be spent, the things I need versus the things that I want. For the most part, if I splurge, it’s on experiences, not things. I’ll travel, because I want to have amazing experiences with the people that I love.” Also in the story, Dobrev reveals what it’s like filming in front of a studio audience for her first comedy (FAM); the “most Bulgarian thing” about her; what kind of kid she was growing up; what she does to stay centered; and what “fam” means to her. Says Dobrev, “Family means unconditional love, sometimes to a fault...I also believe that you have your blood relatives and then you have your love relatives – that’s what I call them. Your friends are the family that you choose. So I have multiple families…the common thread between them all is love. That’s what really fulfills me.”
For Melody Thomas Scott’s chic cover shoot, she was styled by Christina Pacelli in a mix of dazzling gowns and elegant dresses, and photographed by Andrew Eccles on the grounds of a lavish Malibu estate. During her interview with Malcolm Venable, Thomas Scott discusses why she has relished her 40 years as the “cunning,” “tough” and evolving Nikki Newman on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, adding lightly that “[Nikki’s] not anybody I would want to be friends with. I wouldn’t trust her for anything.” When asked how playing Nikki has informed her life, Thomas Scott answers, “She’s taught me humility. Sometimes if I go out shopping and I see a woman behaving like Nikki, I will recognize that immediately and I think, ‘Thank God I’m not really like that.’”
The dashing Ethan Peck’s cover shoot was photographed by Matthias Clamer in a studio in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. He was styled by Watch! style director Sasha Charnin Morrison. Despite being the grandson of the legendary Gregory Peck and having worked steadily since the age of 9, Peck tells writer Sara Vilkomerson that he had been contemplating changing careers shortly before being cast as the most famous Vulcan of all – Spock. In addition to talking about his childhood and his early start in the industry, the pressure of playing an iconic character like Spock, meeting the late Leonard Nimoy’s family as part of his research for the role, and how it felt to be in the Spock makeup for the first time, Peck relays why the show seems aspirational to him: “I feel like what’s going on in the world right now – the news, the media, the stories of hatred versus love – it’s so polarizing… This show feels like the perfect antidote to that. It’s this vision of a welcoming and loving future where there’s acceptance and unity. It’s where diversity is second nature and acceptance is first, and we’re all searching for a better way to live unified.”
Sam Jenkins highlights several of the many CBS stars who use their influence to support worthy causes. Among those profiled are Danielle Campbell from CBS All Access’ TELL ME A STORY as well as CBS stars Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs (THE NEIGHBORHOOD), Violett Beane (GOD FRIENDED ME), Sami Gayle (BLUE BLOODS), Kate Linder (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), Bojana Novakovic (INSTINCT), Thomas Sadoski (LIFE IN PIECES), and Norah O’Donnell (CBS THIS MORNING).
Actress Regina Hall reflects on some of her roles with Watch! columnist Brantley Bardin, sharing why she thinks the film “Girls Trip” was such a box office sensation; why she’s appreciative of the dialogue “The Hate U Give” created; and what she likes about playing Dawn, a “cutthroat” Wall Street trader in 1987 in the new SHOWTIME comedy series BLACK MONDAY.
The issue’s “Trending” section features a preview of spring’s top 10 styles – from bold yellow pieces to feathery accents on dressy designs. Also, in her column “Casa de Sasha,” style director Sasha Charnin Morrison relays how “spot on” the leopard look remains, reminiscing about first wearing the wild style in 1993, after Fran Drescher boldly donned it, head-to-toe, on “The Nanny.”
Also, writer David Walters recollects some of the “most heart-pounding, buzzer-beating, school-spirit-lifting” highlights from NCAA March Madness history.
The issue’s additional stories include:
Fred Schruers’ “Scene Makers” column, in which he chats with Army veteran and actor/producer/technical director Tyler Grey about how Grey helps keep it real on CBS’ military drama SEAL TEAM.
Stuart Elliott’s “Ad Vantage” column, remembering the resonant “two great tastes that taste great together” campaign that launched in the ‘70s for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
“24 Hours with…Jeff Glor,” which takes readers through a typical day for CBS EVENING NEWS anchor Jeff Glor, as reported by David Hochman.
THE CW star Jeanine Mason (from new drama ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO), talking with John Griffiths about her childhood passion for dancing and scoring a spot on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2009, which helped pave the way for guest-starring and recurring roles on some of television’s most popular series before being cast in her current lead role.
A Q&A with best-selling author Lisa See, who talks with Sam Jenkins about the research she did for her latest novel “The Island of Sea Women,” set in Korea during and following WWII, how her adventurous grandmother’s spirit continues to impact her books’ characters, and how she’s been shaped by the Chinese side of her family.
“10 Things That Make Me Smile,” a gratitude list from country legend and ACM Awards host Reba McEntire, as told to David Hochman.
Also, CBSWatchmagazine.com continues to complement the print magazine’s articles while still showcasing its own unique content, including photos and videos that are original to Watch!
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/18/19 - Ask Us Anything!(3/19/19) (Listen / download) On this very special episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast, hosts Richard and Charlie answer your burning questions about soaps, the magazine and much, much more
Jordana Brewster, Vivica A. Fox, Anna Akana Join Brittany Snow In ‘Bailey and Darla’(3/15/19) Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious franchise, Fox’s Lethal Weapon), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day, Fox’s Empire), and Anna Akana (Youth & Consequences, Netflix’s upcoming Let It Snow film) are set for supporting roles in the indie film Bailey and Darla, which stars Brittany Snow and Sam Richardson. First-time feature helmer Nico Raineau directed the pic from a screenplay he wrote with Lauren Schacher.
The plot centers on Darla (Snow), a cynical reporter whose sex addiction is getting in the way of her sex column, and her evolving relationship with Bailey, a well-meaning sweetheart who’s been dumped by his fiancé Elizabeth (Akana) and learns he has testicular cancer (again). Together they embark on an impromptu cross country road trip, recreating Darla’s myriad trysts from state to state. She’s looking for a story and he’s looking for a last hurrah; what they find is something neither expected.
Brewster plays Tanya, Darla’s no-nonsense boss, while Fox is Cindy, Bailey’s loving but somewhat overbearing mother.
Snow is producing the pic with Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman, and Highland Myst’s Jon Keeyes. Executive producers are Michael J. Rothstein, Matthew Heldermann, Luke Taylor, Shaun Sanghani, Sabine Stener, Martin Sprock, Ryan Johnson, James Sears Bryant, and Gigi Lacks, while Michael Palkovicz, Jackie Palkovicz, Alan Leibowitz, Jesse Murphy, and Kamar Kalpakciyan serve as co-exec producers.
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Dishing with Digest - 3/15/19 - Lauralee Bell(3/15/19) Lauralee Bell Chats About Lifetime Movies And Y&R Run (Listen / download) Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R) looks back on her 35-year run in Genoa City, previews her new Lifetime Original Movie NIGHTMARE TENANT and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about who we'd like to see make the cut for this year's Daytime Emmys.
Brytni Sarpy Previews Her New Role of Elena on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(3/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As she prepared to make her debut as Elena on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Tuesday, March 19, Brytni Sarpy chatted with us about how the soap lured her away from her recurring role as Valerie Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL and what it’s like going from playing a cop to a doctor! “An opportunity came up for a series regular role on Y&R that kind of fit my type,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “And my team came to me about it and asked if I was interested in it, then I met Nancy Nair, who does the casting, did a screen test, and the rest is recent history!”
Thankfully, Sarpy was already familiar with some of her new Y&R castmates, so she felt right at home in Genoa City. And not just Jason Thompson, who she worked with on GH where he played Patrick! “Christian LeBlanc (Michael), we’ve done some events together,” the actress recalled. “I actually went to college with Noemi [Gonzalez, Mia]. I know Camryn [Grimes, Mariah] from some fan events as well. It’s a small world for me!”
Although she couldn’t say too much about her new role without spoiling upcoming storyline, Sarpy is excited to be tackling the role of a doctor. “There are a lot of parallels with Valerie,” she teased, referencing her former GH role. “They are pretty similar in how they get on the scene and their interactions. I do like that she’s a doctor. Its a little different than playing a cop and a detective. It’s fun.” Of course, that could all change when she has to memorize pages and pages of dialogue filled with medical jargon! “Most of the scenes have been normal interactions and conversations,” the actress admitted. “But I will definitely feel a little nervous when I start talking about arteries or whatever!”
Although she's only just started on the CBS sudser, it's already going great. “I’m really excited,” Sarpy happily reported. “I feel really embraced. The thing with the soap community in coming to another soap is that as much as we get a lot of naysayers online, there is so much positivity and encouragement that I felt through this transition. It’s been really humbling and I feel very appreciated. I value all the fans who not only watch GH but watch Y&R or watch both. The role has shown me what a great community of fans that we have.”
Stay tuned to see Brytni make her debut in Genoa City.
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sean Kanan(3/15/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Looking back, Sean Kanan calls GENERAL HOSPITAL’s A.J., the character he last played in 2014, “a romantic whose aspirations and dreams were crushed.” Try as he might, Alan’s son never did live up to the Quartermaine name and legacy, which was a huge weight on his shoulders. “It fermented his becoming cynical about life and feeling like he was this self-fulfilling prophecy of failure... and that fueled his alcoholism,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “I don’t feel like the character ever really got a fair shake.”
Likely, A.J. could have benefited from reading Kanan’s new book, Success Factor X (now available for pre-order at amazon.com and other similar retailers). “My partner, Jill Liberman, and I went out to 50 interesting people and asked, ‘What is the best advice that you’ve been given about success or that you would like to share about success?’” he explained, adding that everyone from Mark Cuban to ALL MY CHILDREN’s Erica, Susan Lucci (amongst numerous other daytime stars), participated. “I learned that there are somewhat identical trails that many people take on the journey, even if they’re trying to accomplish something very different.”
The actor plans to use the book as a springboard for a nationwide speaking tour on the topic. However, fans might not recognize him in person as he shaved his hair off for his upcoming film, Dark Stories, which is based on Verotik, the series of dark comics by rocker-turned-director Glenn Danzig. “I play a character named Sgt. Anders, who is the lead detective in a homicide investigation,” Kanan previewed. “I chose to play him with a gravelly voice — it was a real departure for me. I may keep [this look] for a while and see what other work I can do.”
In the meantime, Kanan is putting the finishing touches on THE BUBBLE, the single-camera dramedy he’s penned and is working toward getting produced this year. “It’s about an aging soap star who wants more from life, and it comes in the form of the 16-year-old daughter that he didn’t know he had,” Kanan said. “He’s thoroughly unequipped to be a father but decides to give it a shot and just can’t get out of his own way.”
Noemi Gonzalez On New Project: I’m Not Leaving Y&R(3/13/19) Although Noemi Gonzalez (Mia, Y&R) will be seen on the upcoming Netflix series DARK/WEB, the actress assures that she isn’t exiting the soap. On social media, Gonzalez reports that she filmed her scenes for DARK/WEB before landing the role of Mia, explaining, “Don’t worry Y&R friends, this doesn’t mean I’m leaving our lovable daytime drama. Just showing some love to the work I did a year ago. If you love Mia just wait till you meet Molly!”
Emma Roberts, ‘This Is Us’ Star Justin Hartley & Glenn Howerton Join Damon Lindelof’s Thriller ‘The Hunt’(3/13/19) Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, and Glenn Howerton and have signed on for the Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse-penned politically charged action thriller The Hunt from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. Z for Zachariah helmer Craig Zobel, who previously collaborated with Lindelof and Cuse on HBO’s The Leftovers, is set to direct the film, which is being produced Jason Blum and Lindelof, under his White Rabbit banner. Cuse and Zobel will serve as executive producers.
The Hunt is slated hit theaters October 18 via Universal. No word on the film’s plot but we hear it explores escalating aggressiveness between the political right and left in America.
Universal execs Erik Baiers, Jay Polidoro, and Mika Pryce will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Roberts is reprising her role as Madison Montgomery in the eighth season of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse. On the film side, She most recently starred in Billionaire Boys Club, Little Italy, and Paradise Hills, which had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She can be heard in STX’s upcoming family animation film, UglyDolls. Roberts is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment.
Hartley currently stars on NBC’s #1 award-winning drama, This Is Us, and can next be seen on the big screen in the Universal/Will Packer-produced comedy, Little, out April 12. Repped by CAA and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman, Wertheimer, he was also recently cast in CBS Films’ comedy, Lexi, opposite Rose Byrne, Adam Devine, and Wanda Sykes.
Howerton toplines NBC’s comedy A.P. Bio, which is in its second season, and stars in the long-running FX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which he developed with series creator Rob McElhenney. Other credits include The Mindy Project, Fargo, and Showtime’s House of Lies. He’s repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Kristoff St. John’s Ex-Wife on Their Heartbreaking Final Call(3/12/19) (extratv.com) (Video) “Extra” spoke with Mia, who opened up about Kristoff’s death and how she is doing today.
Mia admitted, “I have okay days, I have really bad days, I’m just waiting to get to the part where I’m having good days. It’s difficult 'cause it’s still early.”
She added, “I’m so used to having Kristoff as my rock… he was always just there for me.”
Mia also reflected on the last call she had with him before he took his life, revealing, “Even though we talked every day, this call was a very different call. He kept saying he wanted to die, but he said in a different way this time that really struck me. He tells me to hang on one second, that Julian’s at the door, and I just started screaming 'No!'”
Kristoff and Mia’s son Julian died by suicide at age 24 on Nov. 23, 2014, following a lifelong battle with mental illness. She said about Kristoff, “He was so tortured since our son passed, he felt so much guilt… he felt like he failed his son.”
Days before Kristoff's death, he was being treated for suicidal thoughts. She said that he was released from treatment too soon. “They were supposed to keep him on a 5150, which is a 14-day hold, and they didn’t, he was let go on the fourth day. I think it all boils down to education – staff needs to be educated, and there needs to be oversight and accountability.”
Mia vowed to advocate for mental illness and an increase in education about it. “I am determined to keep talking about mental illness, the importance of mental health, and how we have to change things, we need reform, and I am not going to stop.”
Mia is dealing with her own issues, and said the outpouring of support from fans is keeping her going. She shared, “I ended up in the hospital after Kristoff passed on a 5150… with the outpouring of support, I felt like I can do this, and I need to do this.”
Getting emotional, Mia explained she has to do it for Kristoff and her late son. “I just have to, I know they are on the other side rooting for me and counting on me to do this.”
Following Kristoff’s death, Mia lost her sobriety after 30 years. She said, “I’m getting there… I am working on it. All I can do is one day at a time.”
Soap Alum Readies For EMPIRE Debut(3/11/19) Alicia Coppola (ex-Meredith, Y&R; ex-Lorna, ANOTHER WORLD), who will appear in a new role on EMPIRE, posted a shot on Instagram, revealing her character’s name of Meghan Conway, with the caption, “Thank you @empirefox. I loved every moment. Season 5 returns @foxtv Opens a New Window. March 13th…It’s one hell of a ride….”
Chrishell Hartley Stars in SELLING SUNSET(3/11/19) Soap fans have been enjoying her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway, but actress Chrishell Hartley is also going to be starring in the new Netflix reality series SELLING SUNSET, premiering on Friday, March 22! “I had my work cut out for me in this group,” she tweeted.
In addition to her acting career which has also included roles as Amanda on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Hartley also works as a realtor associate for The Oppenheim Group. And now everyone can watch her take on her new career in SELLING SUNSET. Jason and Brett Oppenhim are twin brothers who run a high-end real estate agency that sells incredibly luxurious homes to wealthy buyers in Los Angeles. And when they hire Hartley to join their staff, the other women don’t react very well to the newcomer, and that's putting it mildly. Take a look at this trailer for a taste of the drama to come!
Although Netflix hasn’t revealed exactly how many episodes there will be in the series, you’ll be able to binge all of them beginning on Friday, March 22, when SELLING SUNSET premieres. And hopefully Hartley will manage to find her place among the cutthroat agents she’s working with! (Although given that she’s still an agent for The Oppenheim Group, we’re guessing they eventually come to an understanding? Hopefully?)
Wilson Bethel Cast In CBS Legal Drama Pilot ‘Courthouse’(3/9/19) Daredevil alum Wilson Bethel is set as a series regular in CBS’ legal drama pilot Courthouse, from writer Greg Spottiswood (Remedy) and Warner Bros. TV.
Written and executive produced by Canadian writer Spottiswood and directed by Mike Robin, Courthouse is a show that pulls back the curtain on the court system. It follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.
Bethel will play Mark, a roguish, highly successful Deputy District Attorney whose best friend and colleague Lola (TBD) has been just been appointed a judge. Never great with boundaries, Mark struggles with the personal and professional changes in their relationship.
He joins previously cast series regular Jessica Camacho.
Len Goldstein and Robin also executive produce. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
Wilson was most recently a series regular on Netflix’s Daredevil as the villain, Bullseye. Before that, he played Wade Kinsella on the CW’s Heart of Dixie and was a lead on ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club. Bethel is repped by Gersh, LINK Entertainment and Jeff Endlich.
Camryn Grimes Reveals What She Probably Won't Submit for Her Emmy Reel(3/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) For her work on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Camryn Grimes has two Daytime Emmy Awards on her shelf. One, she earned in 2000 at the age of 10 for Outstanding Younger Actress for playing Cassie Newman, and the other she took home in 2018 for her Supporting Actress work as Mariah Copeland. Over the years, the actress has proven herself adept at both comedy and drama as the soap requires, but for this year’s Emmys, she knew what she probably wouldn't be submitting to secure a nomination, and that’s any funny business!
“I think people are so used to giving awards to scenes that are high in drama that they don’t see the wealth and difficulty in doing comedy,” Grimes admitted to Soaps In Depth. “Comedy is sometimes harder than doing the drama! But most people submit a drama reel where everyone is crying!”
In fact, the redhead confided that last year, her Y&R co-star, Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) actually bucked the trend and “submitted a comedy reel that I thought was so brilliant! But it’s not typically what we’ve been doing or taught to submit. I don’t think that’s going to change, but I wish it would, because comedy is just as relevant, just as important, and takes just as much talent as drama!”
Well, whatever Grimes ended up submitting for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the 2019 race, her talent will no doubt shine through. Stay tuned when the list of nominees are revealed on Wednesday, March 20, to see if she’s among those vying for the trophy this year.
‘The Us Project’: Laura & Vanessa Marano Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot(3/8/19) Sisters Laura Marano (Austin & Ally) and Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) are set as series regulars opposite Parker Young in The Us Project (fka The Story of Us), a CBS hybrid comedy pilot from Mike Royce, Nick Stoller, Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios.
Written and executive produced by Royce and directed by Pam Fryman, The Us Project is a story told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years, about how an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family.
Vanessa Marano will play Nell, the older daughter of Kevin and Holly (TBD), Nell is a teenager and the leader of the two daughters. Laura Marano will portray Jen, Kevin and Holly’s younger daughter who idolizes her sister Nell so much that she pretends they’re twins.
Laura Marano is best known from her role on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. She next will be seen in Netflix’s The Perfect Date opposite Noah Centineo, and her debut EP (ME) will be released on March 8.
Vanessa Marano is best known from her role on Freeform’s Switched at Birth.
Both actors are repped by Paradigm, Marano Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Meet GH’s Michelle Stafford In Austin, TX(3/7/19) Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) will be at the SXSW Wellness Expo this Sunday, March 10, in Austin, TX. “I am so very honored to be on this panel and a part of the SXSW Wellness conference,” she tells Digest. “I am joining five other amazing women! We will be discussing how to change your life (for the better) and starting a company and doing it all as a working woman and (in some cases) a working mother.” For more info, click here.
Y&R Actress Exits(3/6/19) Alice Hunter (Kerry, Y&R) is leaving the show, at least for now. Hunter tweeted “To all asking – yes, Kerry is taking an indefinite hiatus. She earns it though you’ll see soon enough. I LOVE the arc, even if I’m sad to leave. And yes, a bunch of #YR cast & crew surprised me Friday and it was something I’ll never forget,”
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/4/19 - Back from the Dead(3/6/19) Back from the Dead (Listen / download)
As The Young & The Restless prepares to resurrect the supposedly-dead J.T. from his apparently premature grave, Richard and Charlie discuss the fact that more often than not, death is a temporary condition on soaps. They offer up their takes on the pros and cons of soap resurrections. Plus, a look at who could step into the role of Y&R’s Adam Newman, the Bold & Beautiful reunion that could use a bit more drama, the game-changing performance of one General Hospital actor and more!
Kelly Kruger Reveals Why She Loves Coming Back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(3/4/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) There’s no place like home. It’s a sentiment that Kelly Kruger expresses every time she returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to slip into the down-to-earth shoes of her alter ego, Mac. “Even though there are so many more people that weren’t on the show when I was there originally, it’s just like instant family,” she told Soaps In Depth with a smile. “Especially with Amelia [Heinle, Victoria]. We clicked right away. Obviously, we had a lot of scenes together because of the J.T. storyline. And when I first came back, I worked with Thad [Luckinbill, ex-J.T.], which was so fun, because we were so close when I was on the show [from 2002-’03]. Even though I’m not on Y&R all the time — I’m basically a guest-star — everyone there makes you feel like you are part of the family regardless. I’ve been on other sets, but there is something special about returning to Y&R!”
While Kruger herself may have a lot of fun when she steps back on set, her alter ego is usually involved in super-charged emotional scenes — such as when she tearfully confessed that she’d been abused by J.T. or identifying her ex-hubby’s wristwatch, which catapulted the sleuth’s disappearance from a missing persons case into a murder investigation. “I’ve been so blessed with what they write for me when I come in,” expressed Kruger. “The only thing that can be difficult is the flow of a soap. They are so fast, so I need to already be at that emotional place when I come in. There’s no time for a second take to find the emotion!
“I usually have about a week to prepare — I would never be like, ‘Oh yeah, I looked at the scripts last night!’” she added with a laugh. “If you are working on a soap all the time, you are in the flow and can look at the script the night before. But because I’m not on all the time, I’m not in that flow. I dive into the scripts and make sure I’m so prepared that when I show up on set, it’s there. And to be honest with you, the exciting part to me is having that emotional stuff, the heavy stuff. I love it!”
Delving into meaty storylines may require a bit of preparation, but Kruger said that getting into Mac’s headspace is nearly instantaneous. “When I go into wardrobe and put Mac’s clothes on, that’s when I become Mac, she smiled. “But it’s not that hard to get into her skin. Mac was the first real character that I lived in for an extended part of time. I was so young, and it was such a big part of my life... She is such a special part of me in a way that I don’t feel like I really need to do anything — she is just there.”
Since leaving Y&R, Kruger has been busy. She’s appeared occasionally as Eva on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, landed a slew of guest-starring roles on primetime series and most recently wrapped several TV movies — BFF Bride, No Place Like Home and Girls’ Night Out. But an added incentive to returning to Y&R is that her real-life hubby, Darin Brooks, just happens to be across the hall, where he plays Wyatt on B&B.
“Their call time is usually around 8 or 9 a.m., whereas Y&R’s morning call time starts at 6 or 6:30. If I have the morning call time, Darin is not going to be getting up to go in with me!” she revealed with a laugh. “But if I have an afternoon call time, I’ll sometimes go in early with him. So it depends. But we always have lunch together. Like I said, with Y&R and B&B, it’s like a big family, and I love having the opportunity to see everyone. And then for Darin and I to hang out at work, go over to The Grove... we love it!”
Kristoff St. John's Memorial Service Announced(2/27/19) If you would like to pay your respects to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kristoff St. John, there will be a memorial service held in California for the late actor. His ex-wife, Mia St. John, shared the information on her Instagram that a service and reception will be held on Monday, March 4, at Calvary Community Church at 5495 Via Rocas in Westlake Village, CA. The service is scheduled to run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. “Join us and celebrate the beautiful life of Kristoff St. John,” she wrote.
The daytime community was rocked when St. John was found dead on Feb. 3, and his Y&R castmates have shared their special memories of their late friend. While the soap aired a short tribute video at the end of the Feb. 6 episode, they are planning a special storyline in April to celebrate both the actor and his character of Neil Winters.
Mia has also been vocal about sharing St. John’s final words to her before he passed away. “Spread his message far and wide,” she posted. “I know he meant it for all of us. He said, ‘Understand, you’ve got to live in the present. Observe all the good things in your life and others around you. Julian would not want you to live your life with bitterness and upset. It eats away at you and drains your life slowly, but surely. You must rise to the occasion and accept the beauty around you. You had 30 years, get 30 more. I believe in you.’
“As for the 30 years, he was referring to my sobriety,” she continued. “After our son passed, we both lost our sobriety. I held on for almost three years, then blew 30 years one year ago. But as I ‘trudge this road of happy destiny’ I know the universe has a plan and I will be clean and sober once again. #onedayatatime”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to St. John’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Eileen Davidson Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(2/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Get excited, because Eileen Davidson is coming back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as fan-favorite character Ashley Abbot at the end of March! Unfortunately, it’s just for two episodes, airing on Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March, 29, so be sure not to miss them! (But hopefully this indicates that Davidson might be willing to return to the soap again in the future...)
Davidson originated the role of Ashley in June of 1982, and played it until 1988. The character was recast a couple of times, but Davidson returned to the soap to reclaim her role in 1999. So after all those years, Y&R fans were crushed when Davidson opted to leave the soap in order to spend more time with her family. However, even as she said her final goodbyes to the studio and her beloved friends in the cast and crew, there was still the tease of a return. “You never know,” the actress admitted at the time. Ashely was last seen in October of 2018 when she confessed to her scheme to take revenge on Jack and take over Jabot, then left for Paris to start her own company.
With Jabot in turmoil currently, will Ashley have something to say about Jack trying to take back the family business? Or might she be coming back to attend daughter Abby’s wedding to Arturo? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. And also if Davidson would be willing to continue reappearing on a recurring basis that might better fit her schedule!
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/25/19 - Fan Favorites Return!(2/25/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s edition of the Soaps In Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie talk about the returns of General Hospital’s Ingo Rademacher (Jax) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), as well as The Young & The Restless’ Doug Davidson (Paul). Plus, The Bold & The Beautiful kicks off a new plot that could shake-up the entire canvas. All this, plus preview and more!
Dishing with Digest - 2/22/19 - Emme Rylan(2/22/19) Emme Rylan On Why She Loves Playing GH’s Lulu (Listen / download).
GH’s Emme Rylan dishes Lulu’s current tale, Dominic Zamprogna’s return as Dante, working with Genie Francis (Laura) and Anthony Geary (ex-Luke) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news, and whether AMC and ONE LIFE will return to TV.
Dr. Oz Examines The Final Days Of Y&R’s Kristoff St. John(2/22/19) On Friday, February 22, THE DR. OZ SHOW will air an episode titled, “The Final Days Before Soap Opera Star Kristoff St. John’s Death: What Really Happened?” Mia St. John discusses her ex-husband, Kristoff’s, mental health, as well as their son’s. “I never recovered, really recovered, from the death of our son, and neither did Kristoff,” she shares. “And now, the death of Kristoff, it’s just, it’s a lot. It’s a lot, but you know, I know there are so many people that are counting on me. The kids that I work with now, and my daughter [Paris], and just for Kristoff and Julian to know that I’m still here fighting, and I’m going to continue to fight.” Regarding St. John, Mia adds, “Kristoff was, he always appeared to me and a lot of people to be probably the most confident person I’ve ever met. But, at home, personally, you know, with his family, he was actually very insecure.” She offers her thoughts on his passing, noting, “You know, I wanna believe that it was an alcohol accidental overdose.” Tune in tomorrow for the full episode.
Y&R's Kelly Kruger Books New Film(2/22/19) Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R) has been cast as the lead in a new film, A VERY CORGI CHRISTMAS. The actress, who will be working with Kevin McGarry, posted, “New role. New hair. ??????? Haven’t seen snow in quite some time ?? Day 1 on #AVeryCorgiChristmas and YES I get to work with a CORGI PUPPY! #dreamjob #setlife #BTS #onlocation.” The actress tells Digest, “Working with a puppy is pretty much my dream. It’s my first time. It’s also my first time playing a mom so really what’s better than a puppy, a kid and a love interest?! Plus, I’m reunited with my BFF BRIDE director and producers, so I’m pretty excited about it all!!”
Brooke Shields Joins CW Pilot About Gender Non-Conforming Beauty Intern, Longoria To Direct(2/22/19) Brooke Shields has joined the cast of The CW’s Glamorous drama pilot, with Eva Longoria set to direct.
Penned by Jordon Nardino (Desperate Housewives, Quantico), Glamorous follows a yet-to-be-cast gender non-conforming high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime — interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube.
Shields will play Madolyn, a former supermodel (natch) who is no stranger to the covers of Vogue and now is the founder and CEO of one of the industry’s most respected cosmetics companies. A canny businesswoman, Madolyn is described as being at the top of the game and will stop at nothing to stay there, including making a strategic hire to be her eyes and ears within the company.
In turn, iZombie‘s Jade Payton has been cast as Venetia, an ambitious young clotheshorse who serves as Madolyn’s trusted personal assistant. Cool, smart and savvy, she is deeply connected with Chicago’s queer community and nightlife, with her finger on the pulse of who and what is happening in the underground scene.
Shields’ previous TV credits include Suddenly Susan, Lipstick Jungle, The Middle, SVU and, most recently, episodes of Jane the Virgin and Murphy Brown. Former Desperate Housewife Longoria’s previous directing turns include black-ish, Jane the Virgin and The Mick.
Jordi Vilasuso Opens up About the Challenges of Playing Rey on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(2/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It’s been about six months since Jordi Vilasuso snagged the role of Rey Rosales on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but he still can’t stop smiling. “I’m over the moon to be on this show,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s been very exciting. Careerwise, this is the first time I’ve played a cop on a soap. I feel Rey has this heroic quality to him. He has a very strong moral compass and an integrity that I try to live by in my own life. But he’s human, too, and there are going to be times when he falls down as he navigates obstacles and challenges.”
Of course, there have been no shortage of those for the detective! Since hitting the scene, he’s investigated J.T.’s disappearance/murder, which has had him butting heads with Genoa City’s most powerful denizens, not to mention battling his attraction to Sharon. Adding to the drama has been the arrival of his estranged wife and his complicated relationship with his siblings. “Rey has a lot of difficulties, but... if he didn’t have anything to deal with, then you are going to go along with nothing but that heroic quality!” laughed Vilasuso. “And that would be boring!”
Even though Rey came to town after Arturo and Lola, Vilasuso said that he is aware of how important it is to ground characters with a family, especially in daytime. “I can’t even tell you how appreciative I am that Rey has a family and that it’s a Hispanic family!” he declared, clearly delighted. “With everything going on in society today, where there’s a push to be all-inclusive and show off different colors in the American culture, it’s truly an experience that I will never take for granted! Rey is a paternal brother, really, because he raised his siblings after their father left,” he continues. “One of the reasons he came to Genoa City is because he wants to look after them, be close to them. In a lot of ways, that’s true to Cuban-American families. They tend to be pretty tight- knit. It’s nice to be able to show that!”
It’s also nice for viewers to be able to relate to a clan that doesn’t have a private jet waiting to whisk them to Paris. “That’s kudos to [former executive producer/headwriter] Mal Young, because it was very important to him to highlight that [working-class] slice of life,” the actor revealed. “Rey is living above the coffee shop with his wife, trying to make it work instead of living in one of the mansions in Genoa City. Although all the rich people in town seem to live together! There is only so much studio space at CBS!”
Where Rey lives isn’t as important to Vilasuso as how he lives. And in that regard, the Miami-born actor hopes his alter ego will be up to his earlobes in the messier side of Genoa City life, including taking a hard tumble into an emotional abyss! “Rey has fallen before when the affair between Arturo and Mia happened. He will always crawl out of the hole and return to the place he is now — because that’s who he is,” he suggests. “But I think it would be very interesting watching how he deals with that fall!”
Thad Luckinbill Back To Y&R(2/21/19) (Photo) Thad Luckinbill is back filming at Y&R, and the show posted a photo, with the caption “Spotted On Set! J.T. Taking a coffee break.” The actor, who returned in late 2017 and whose character is presumed dead, tells Digest exclusively, “It’s always great to come home and visit my Y&R family. Stay Tuned!”
Y&R's Paul Resurfaces March 25(2/20/19) After being on (barely) recurring status with The Young and the Restless for a year, Doug Davidson will resurface as Paul on Monday, March 25, Soap Opera Digest reports.
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Celebrates Melody Thomas Scott's Anniversary With a Special Episode(2/18/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Brace yourself for a real blast from the past when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS celebrates Melody Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary on the soap with a special standalone episode focusing on her character of Nikki Newman airing on Wednesday, Feb. 20!
Scott joined the cast of Y&R in 1979 to play Nikki Reed, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who had previously been played by Erica Hope for less than a year. Her romance with Eric Braden’s Victor Newman became one of the soap’s most enduring and popular supercouples, and Nikki has become an important part of Genoa City’s history, earning Scott a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1999.
With Nikki having confessed to J.T.’s murder, she’s in exceptionally hot water right now, and this special hour of daytime television will see her reflecting on her past and the consequences of her actions. So make sure your DVR is set to record this historic episode!
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/18/19 - A Reunion For Julian & Alexis?(2/18/19) A Reunion For Julian & Alexis? (Listen / download).
This week on the Soaps in Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie ponder whether General Hospital’s Julian and Alexis can — or even should — find their way back to one another. Also on tap this week: How Days Of Our Lives has kept John and Marlena front-and-center, why Bold & Beautiful should let Hope go over the edge and a celebration of Melody Thomas Scott’s four decades as The Young & The Restless’ Nikki.
Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners(2/17/19) DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST MAKE-UP
The Young and the Restless
Patricia Denney, Marlene Mason, Kathy Jones
DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST HAIR STYLING
Doug Davidson Back To Y&R!(2/16/19) Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) revealed on Twitter that his long-time co-star, Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) has returned to the show by posting a photo of the men together at the CBS studio, tweeting, “He’s Back!!” A show’s spokesperson confirms that Davidson was on set taping today and that episode will air on March 25. Davidson, who originated the role of Paul in 1978, was taken off contract a year ago January and had been appearing on a recurring basis. When Davidson revealed his status change in September, fans were outraged, as was Braeden, who regularly used Twitter to complain about Davidson’s lack of airtime, as well as the direction of the show.
Dishing with Digest - 2/15/19 - Melody Thomas Scott(2/15/19) Melody Thomas Scott Looks Back On 40 Years On Y&R (Listen / download)
Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott chronicles four decades in Genoa City, shares her dream storyline for Nikki, her memories of Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine) and Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we examine the pros and cons of supercouples.
Talk Show Appearance(2/14/19) The Talk - CBS
Monday, Feb. 18
actress Melody Thomas Scott discusses celebrating her 40th anniversary on CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Lauralee Bell To Star In & EP Lifetime Movie ‘Nightmare Tenant’(2/13/19) Lauralee Bell is set to star in and executive produce Nightmare Tenant, a Lifetime movie thriller that premieres March 22 as the anchor of the channel’s Spring Breakdown films.
Bell, a Daytime Emmy nominee for her decades-long role on The Young and the Restless, plays Dr. Carol Allen, a kind-hearted Ivy League alum and single mom whose high-achieving and well-rounded daughter (Heather Hopkins) gets accepted into the same university. At her daughter’s suggestion, she takes in a hard-luck student so she won’t be living alone when her daughter starts college.
Rob Malenfant directs Nightmare Tenant, and Ken Sanders produced it in a reteaming with his Mistress Hunter star Bell.
Bell wrote, directed and produced mI promise, a 2014 Daytime Emmy-winning web series that follows a 16-year old girl who makes a critical error by texting and driving. It premieres this week on Amazon Prime. Her credits also include web series Family Dinner and Just Off Rodeo and the 2006 Lifetime movie Past Sins. Bell is repped by House of Representatives Denny Sevier and Focused Artists.
Soaps inDepth Podcast - 2/11/29 - The Write Stuff(2/12/19) (Listen / download) This week, Charlie and Richard discuss how the headwriter change at The Young & The Restless will impact the show moving forward. Plus, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite couples and dive into the mailbag to see what has listeners buzzing.
Melissa Leo, Jessica Collins, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology(2/12/19) Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will get a tug from Bellamy Young (Scandal) and Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), among many other TV stars, later this year.
Netflix’s Parton-centric anthology series — which will use music from the country legend’s songbook to inspire the plot of each episode — has recruited more than a dozen actors to appear in newly announced standalone installments.
The roster also includes thirtysomething alumni Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield (who will reunite in the episode titled “Sugar Hill”), The Practice‘s Camryn Manheim, The Americans‘ Holly Taylor and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.
Though character details have not been revealed for the new cast members, Netflix has provided episode titles and synopses, which you can view below.
“Down From Dover”
“Two Doors Down”
Previously announced stars include Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin (in an episode based on “These Old Bones”) and Grease: Live‘s Julianne Hough, who will fill the title role in an episode inspired by “Jolene.”
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere sometime in 2019.
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL Casts Matthew Atkinson as the New Thomas!(2/12/19) The Forrester Family is growing again as Matthew Atkinson joins the cast of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as the much-missed Thomas Forrester beginning on Thursday, March 14! He will be the fourth adult actor to portray the character, most recently played by Pierson Fodé. “We are thrilled you are here with us portraying Thomas!” the soap tweeted when the news broke.
Atkinson will be familiar to CBS Daytime fans from his stint as Austin Travers on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS from 2014-15. During his time in Genoa City, Austin started as a television cameraman before graduating to kidnapper, but his romance with Summer Newman hit the skids when he was unexpectedly found murdered!
Before joining Y&R, Atkinson had roles on JANE BY DESIGN and PARENTHOOD, and after leaving daytime, he could be seen in shows like YOUNG & HUNGRY, POWERLESS, and NCIS: LOS ANGELES. And now the actor is returning to daytime to bring Thomas back to B&B. The Forrester heir was last seen in the spring of 2018 when he returned to New York City to live with Caroline and their son, Douglas.
What brings Thomas back home again? And will he attempt to rekindle his relationship with Sally? Stay tuned to find out.
'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75(2/10/19) Carmen Argenziano -- who's perhaps best known from "Stargate SG-1" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.
Argenziano passed away Sunday, according to his personal appearance agency, Event Horizon Talent. His agent, who books him for conventions, confirms to TMZ that Argenziano had, in fact, died ... but the circumstances of his death remain unclear for now.
The Pennsylvania-born actor has starred in tons of TV shows and movies over the course of his 5-decade career, including "The Rockford Files," "Lou Grant," "Heartbeat," "Booker," "L.A. Law," "Melrose Place," "Sisters," "CSI: NY," "The Young and the Restless" and, of course, 'SG-1' ... where he played Jacob Carter from 1998 to 2005.
Argenziano also has lots of smaller roles in big productions like "Columbo," "Police Story," "The Godfather: Part II," "CHiPs," "The Greatest American Hero," "The A-Team," "Cheers," "Crime & Punishment," "ER," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "House" ... and many, many more. The man has 227 acting credits to his name on IMDb.
Argenziano is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his three children.
He was 75.
Monica Potter Claims Resisting Harvey Weinstein Seduction Barred Her From ‘Cider House Rules’ Role(2/10/19) Actress Monica Potter claims that she lost a chance to appear in the 1999 film The Cider House Rules because she rejected Harvey Weinstein’s advances.
Speaking to her hometown Cleveland television station WKYC on its Let’s Be Clear show, Potter said Weinstein had tried to bed her three times, “twice in New York and once was in London.”
On two occasions, Weinstein made advances while wearing a bathrobe, she claimed. She rejected him physically, she said, taking advantage of his attire. “I belted him. I flat out belted him… I really hit him where it hurt,’ she exclaimed. ‘So yeah, I missed out on that role because of that hairy pig.”
She added: “I didn’t do something, so therefore I missed out on it. I’m not saying the person who got it did. I’m just saying I didn’t.” The Cider House Rules lead female role of Candy Kendall was played by Charlize Theron in the film.
Potter claimed she told her father about the first Weinstein incident, but did not talk about the others until her confession today. Potter said she was “so grateful for all the women that stood up” against Weinstein and revealed similar confrontations.
Weinstein’s representative told WKYC in a statement that the allegations were false, even though Weinstein had great respect for the actress.
“The final cast decisions on Cider House was the creative team’s alone. Close to 100 people auditioned and it came down to two people, which is a pretty good position to be in,’ the representative’s statement said. “There has never been anything other than respect and professionalism between Weinstein’s company and Ms. Potter, stemming from The Very Thought of You in 1998, and they have only had a friendly and cordial relationship over the years, and any suggestion or allegation otherwise is simply false.”
GH Star To Y&R!(2/10/19) Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) has joined the cast of Y&R in the contract role of Elena Dawson. The actress will begin taping next week, and her character will cross paths with several key players in Genoa City. Sarpy first hit the daytime scene in 2015 as Valerie Spencer and has seen a recent uptick in Port Charles appearances. No word yet on what will happen to Valerie.
DAYS’s Greg Rikaart Books MODERN FAMILY(2/10/19) (Photo) Greg Rikaart (Leo, DAYS) is set to appear on an upcoming episode of MODERN FAMILY as an ob/gyn (one of the show’s mainstay characters, Sarah Hyland’s Haley, is expecting). “After all the comas I’ve been in, it’s nice to be on this side of the bed,” he tweeted. “Thanks for the insanely lovely and warm welcome @ModernFam!”
Melissa Claire Egan Stars in the New Movie 'Holiday for Heroes'(2/10/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It may be almost Valentine’s Day but it’s still winter, so what better time to think about Christmas movies? Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie, Holiday for Heroes. “So excited I can announce this now!” she tweeted when the news broke. “It’s Christmas in February! So excited to be shooting Holiday for Heroes. And this guy’s pretty rad, too.”
Talk Show Appearance(2/9/19) Talk Show Appearance
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, syndicated
Mo 2/18: Justin Hartley
Dishing with Digest - 2/8/19 - Lauren Koslow plus the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John(2/8/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Lauren Koslow (Kate) Shares The Highlights Of Her Soap Career.
Lauren Koslow traces her soap roots, from Y&R to B&B to her current role as DAYS's Kate, and discusses that blue streak in her hair and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look back at the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil, Y&R).
‘The Young And The Restless’ Will Have A Kristoff St. John Storyline(2/8/19) (deadline.com) Actor Kristoff St. John, who died Sunday, will be honored with a future storyline on his longtime show, The Young and the Restless. Expected to begin in late April, the story will pay tribute to his character, Neil Winters, and his real-life persona, according to CBS.
A special St. John tribute will be featured in Friday’s hourlong Y&R episode, which airs at 12:30 PM ET and 11:30 AM PT. The show has asked fans to “flood our timelines” on social media with St. John photos as part of the homage.
St. The actor’s final Y&R scene aired Wednesday. He had played Winters since 1991, with his love story with Drucilla WInters (Victoria Rowell) becoming a fan favorite.
He was found dead Sunday afternoon at a home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 52. A cause of death has not been released.
As Neil Winters, Kristoff St. John Was a Cornerstone in a Corner Office(2/8/19) (nytimes.com) Quick — name a transformative black television character.
James Evans. Cliff Huxtable. Olivia Pope. Cookie Lyon. Annalise Keating.
You only paused if you did not grow up, as I did, watching “The Young and the Restless.”
Kristoff St. John, who died this week at 52, originated the role of Neil Winters on “Y & R” — as it is commonly referred to by its fans — in 1991 and played it up until his death. With 28 years in the show’s fictional Genoa City, St. John was the second-longest-serving black soap opera actor, behind James Reynolds of “Days of Our Lives.”
Black men like Neil have been hard to come by on television. He was a young, up-and-coming executive at Newman Enterprises, fresh out of Stanford. He was self-assured without being arrogant, and down-to-earth without being a caricature or a clown. He was ambitious, he loved his friends, and he got along well with all of those veteran, high-flying executive types.
His obvious romantic interest was Olivia — doctor, sorority sister, beautiful. His longtime love, though, turned out to be Drucilla (Victoria Rowell), Olivia’s outspoken sister, who was also lovely but decidedly rougher around the edges. Drucilla was Cookie Lyon, minus the prison stint, before there was a Cookie Lyon.
I was groomed to care — our mother raised my brother and me while CBS soap operas played in the background. I knew about the Spauldings and the Bauers on “Guiding Light” long before I knew most of my classmates’ names at school.
I was more fond of “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” — CBS programs sponsored by Proctor & Gamble — but my mother and my brother were all for “Y & R.” It was more glamorous; it had fancier sets and better lighting.
When we got a VCR, “Y & R” had to be taped everyday, so they could watch it in the evenings.
This practice occasionally annoyed me, until Neil, Olivia and Drucilla arrived. Then I got interested. Black folks! And black folks tackling issues of assimilation and acceptance. Could Neil take Dru around his work colleagues, who were not ready for her bluntness? Would it just be easier to woo Olivia and be done with it?
Neil and Dru became not quite a supercouple (see Angie and Jesse of “All My Children” if you want that), but a memorable couple. They dealt with the outlandish stuff that all soap couples endure — infidelity, secret-keeping, family tensions. But they were real with each other.
They teased each other, they fought, they made up, they confided in each other, saying things about the people on their jobs that they would never say in public. They talked about each other’s family members. And they could cut their eyes at each other in a way that eliminated the need for pages and pages of script.
They were hilarious, without trying to be hilarious.
They were black. And working hard. And mostly stayed out of trouble. And they mostly loved each other.
In the 1990s and 2000s, this was rare.
“Y & R” eventually created a whole complicated family life around Neil, while continuing to further his career. He went on to work at Jabot and at Chancellor Enterprises, the show’s other major corporations, and became chief executive at Newman for a time.
After Drucilla disappeared in 2007 (I know!), Neil mourned profusely. Then he got on with life.
He dated, he married, he divorced, he supported his daughter and his son. Whatever storm the Winters’ extended family found itself in, there was Neil, helping to hold it together.
St. John was still a young man on a veteran show. He could have had many more years as Neil, wrangling with a younger generation led by his children, Lily and Devon.
Through it all, Neil was not a thug, not a troubled child, not somebody the white people needed to save. He did not need “help.” He was an equal. He wasn’t anyone’s charity project.
All he needed was a chance, and Genoa City gave him that.
I stopped watching regularly long ago, but at least once a year, I’ll be home on a holiday with my brother and my mother, and one of us will turn on “Y & R.” We will marvel at how this one, or that one, is still on the show. We feel like we know them. We do, in a way. We’ve known them for over 30 years.
I’m sorry that Neil will no longer be a part of that homecoming.
Kristoff St. John, a Fixture of Daytime TV, Is Dead at 52(2/8/19) (nytimes.com) Kristoff St. John, who won two Daytime Emmy Awards during his long tenure on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” was found dead early Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52.
Sarah Ardalani, a public information officer at the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, confirmed the death. She said that an autopsy had been conducted but that the cause of death had not been determined.
Mr. St. John spoke openly about his depression after his 24-year-old son, Julian, committed suicide in 2014. Mark Geragos, Mr. St. John’s lawyer and friend, said in a telephone interview on Monday that Mr. St. John had told him recently that his grief and depression had worsened.
Mr. St. John began playing Neil Winters, a cosmetics executive who struggled with infidelity, alcoholism and many other plot twists, on “The Young and the Restless” in 1991. He most recently appeared as the character in January, completing nearly 1,700 episodes of the show.
He told The Toronto Star in 1994 that he saw Winters as “energetic and striving for the top spot,” someone who “doesn’t really see himself as a ladies’ man but rather quite sensual” and “very secure.”
Mr. St. John won 10 N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards for playing Winters, one of the longest-running African-American characters on a soap opera.
Kristoff St. John was born on July 15, 1966, in New York City and grew up in Bridgeport, Conn., and Los Angeles. His father, Christopher, was a producer, director and actor; his mother, Maria, was an entertainer. Both of them inspired him to enter show business.
“My dad is a producer-director,” Mr. St. John told the Canadian newspaper The Edmonton Journal in 2000. “Had he been a fireman, I’d probably be putting out fires.”
Mr. St. John began acting as a child. His television career started with an appearance on the sitcom “That’s My Mama” in 1975. He played a young Alex Haley in “Roots: The Next Generations” (1979) and had a recurring part on the television version of “The Bad News Bears,” on which his father also appeared. He was also seen on “Family Matters,” “Martin,” “A Different World,” “Diagnosis Murder” and other shows.
Mr. St. John’s two marriages, to the boxer Mia St. John and Allana Nadal, ended in divorce. Last year he became engaged to Kseniya Mikhaleva, a Russian model.
Mr. St. John had two daughters, Paris, from his first marriage, and Lola, from his second. Complete information on survivors was not immediately available.
His son, Julian, an artist who suffered from schizophrenia, depression and drug addiction, committed suicide by asphyxiating himself with a plastic bag at a mental health care facility in Long Beach, Calif., in 2014. Mr. St. John and his first wife, Mia, accused the staff of negligence, filing a lawsuit against the facility and airing their grievances in an interview on “Entertainment Tonight.”
“My son died because there are millions of people suffering from the mental disabilities of schizophrenia, bipolar and being depressed,” Mr. St. John said. “And so at the end of the day his life will not be in vain. His life will be vindicated, and I will campaign until the day that I die to bring justice to my son.”
The lawsuit was settled in 2017.
Y&R's Christel Khalil and Bryton James Open up About Losing Kristoff St. John(2/6/19) News of Kristoff St. John’s death rocked the daytime community to its core, especially among the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where he had portrayed Neil Winters for decades. While Devon was Neil’s adopted son and Lily was technically Neil’s niece, he loved them both like his own children. And portrayers Bryton James and Christel Khalil loved St. John like their own father.
“As one of the lucky people to have experienced Kristoff’s spirit, love, and talent first-hand,” James expressed on Instagram, “I can only say thank you forever for loving me, guiding me, protecting me, and for teaching me every day how to choose to find the levity in life no matter what. I will never stop making you proud. I love you. My man…”
Like many, Khalil struggled to put her feelings into words but finally shared a heartfelt post to let everyone know what her castmate and dear friend meant to her. “I’ve been thinking for a while what to say,” she confessed. “How to express my love and gratitude for Kristoff in my life. I don’t know if I can ever fully express how my heart feels. I’m so heartbroken. I’m mad, sad, confused… but I understand. I’m thankful you’re not in pain anymore, such a deep pain that no one could understand. No parent should have to bury their child. I’m sorry you had to. I’m sorry you’ve been hurting so much.
“You were one of a kind,” Khalil continued. “I’ll never forget you were the first person who took me under your wing when I joined Y&R. You were the one who when I had my screen test, you helped me, made me feel connected and comfortable. I know part of the reason why I even got a role that changed my life forever is because of you. Your goofiness, openness, and genuine love and care you showed for other people was never overlooked. You treated me like your real daughter over the past 17 years. Between our deep conversations about religion to your goofy dad jokes, you’ve always had a special place in my heart. A place where a father should have been… I’m grateful I got to know you and share some of my most important moments of life with you. You will never be forgotten. I love you. I love you…”
Our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved St. John during this terribly difficult time.
GH's Vinessa Antoine Shared a Special Memory of the Late Kristoff St. John(2/6/19) As the daytime community reacted to the death of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kristoff St. John (Neil) on social media, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan) shared the story of a very special encounter with the late actor she will always hold dear to her heart. “I met Kristoff the day before my audition test for GH,” she recalled on Instagram. “We were at a juice bar in Calabasas. When I saw him, I knew immediately who he was. You see, I had kind of grown up with this man in my living room so I felt as if I had already known him. But I didn’t. I had no idea that he was this kind and incredibly generous man.”
The actress is now starring in the Canadian primetime drama DIGGSTOWN, but back in 2014, she was still on the verge of becoming a soap star with her role on GH. “So there I was,” Antoine related. “Standing behind him in line when I finally said, ‘My mom loves you on Y&R.’ (I meant to say I love you on Y&R.) He smiled and said to tell my mom thanks for watching.”
Standing there looking at the juice menu, Antoine wondered if she should tell her fellow actor that she was auditioning for GH the following day. “Sweaty armpits and heart racing, I told him,” she confided. “He replied, ‘That’s amazing!’ And without skipping a beat, he asked, ‘Do you have the scenes with you?’ I said , ‘Yes, but they’re in the car.’ He told me to go grab them and he would work with me if I wanted to! Um… yeah!”
Grateful that this daytime vet would be willing to share his wealth of knowledge with her, Antoine ran to her car and returned with the pages. “He did not know me at all but he took the time to sit with me over lunch and break down my audition scenes with me,” she revealed. “I have no doubt that the notes he gave and the suggestions he told me helped me land the role of Jordan. For the next four years, we would speak periodically, give each other that knowing smile, and hug at events. He was always so warm, honest, and just so damn supportive. Even with all that he had to face.
“Thank you, Kristoff, for everything you were and what you gave to this planet,” Antoine concluded. “You are a kind spirit who is with your son, now. I’ll miss you.”
Kristoff St. John was ‘sad’ and lonely hours before death, fiancee claims(2/6/19) The Young & The Restless actor Kristoff St. John was sad and lonely hours before he was shockingly found dead in his home, his fiancee exclusively told RadarOnline.com.
Russian-born model Kseniya Mikhaleva, who became engaged to the actor in August 2018, told Radar she last spoke to St. John on Saturday, Feb. 2, one day prior to his death.
“He was (a) little bit sad because I’m in Russia,” the brunette beauty said, adding he wanted “to be with me always.”
Mikhaleva said she believed the couple’s long-distance relationship contributed to his sadness. She is currently working toward a business degree in Moscow.
“He missed me,” she told Radar. “We were at a distance.”
As Radar reported, St. John, 52, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Sunday afternoon. Cops confirmed to Radar that he possibly died of an alcohol overdose.
Mikhaleva confirmed that she was in Russia at the time of the incident. She said she will be travelling back to Los Angeles soon.
The couple last saw each other in December 2018 to celebrate the New Year. St. John travelled to Moscow to be with Mikhaleva, where the two posted loving photos together.
“Happy New Year everyone. My love @ksumik,” the soap star wrote on Jan. 2.
Mikhaleva said the couple was in the process of waiting for documents that would allow them to get married soon.
“There was a little bit (of time) left and we could be together,” she said.
The heartbroken fiancee added that she is “so sad.”
LAPD confirmed to Radar that St. John’s death is currently being reviewed by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office.
Kristoff St. John’s Final Airdate Revealed(2/5/19) Kristoff St. John’s final airdate as Y&R’s Neil Winters will air on Wednesday, February 6. A special tribute to the late actor, who joined the soap in 1991, will air on Friday, February 8. St. John passed away over the weekend, and tributes have been posted online from colleagues and friends.
Shemar Moore Remembers Kristoff St. John(2/5/19) Shemar Moore, who played Neil’s brother, Malcolm on Y&R (1994-2002; 2004-2005 and 2014), posted an emotional video on Instagram regarding Kristoff St. John’s death on February 3. “I lost my brother yesterday,” said Moore, who now stars on the CBS prime-time series S.W.A.T. “I’ve never had a brother but you were my brother. You showed me the way; you were my mentor, you were my inspiration. You showed me what true talent was, you showed me what humility was… I love you, I hate this. I love you, but I’m gonna celebrate all your good.” For the rest of Moore’s personal tribute, click here.
Darius McCrary Divorce Settlement Reached, Ex-Wife Gets Custody of Daughter(2/5/19) Darius McCrary's real-life "Family Matters" are finally settled -- after a nearly 2-year long divorce battle he and his ex-wife have reached an agreement ... TMZ has learned.
Tammy Brawner, a former Harlem Globetrotter, and Darius filed final divorce docs Monday in L.A. -- and in their most contentious issue ... custody of 3-year-old Zoey ... Tammy's come out on top. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, she gets legal and physical custody of Zoey, and Darius will have weekly visits with her.
There are several strings attached for Darius. For starters, his first 20 visits with Zoey will be monitored. According to docs, he must also attend alcohol/drug abuse and batterers intervention classes over the next year -- and complete 6 parenting classes.
If he completes the classes, he can then have unmonitored visits. He'll still have to enroll in co-parenting classes. Both parents are banned from speaking in a "negative, disrespectful or derogatory manner" around their child.
Financially, Darius will pay Tammy $1,366 per month in child support ... but no spousal support.
The court seems to be taking Tammy's allegations about Darius' substance abuse very seriously. The agreement requires him to submit to 2 random drug tests over the next 60 days.
Neither parent can be under the influence of drugs or any other substances when they have Zoey.
Daytime Tragedy: Soap Community Reacts To Kristoff St. John’s Death(2/4/19) Daytime Tragedy: Soap Community Reacts To Kristoff St. John’s Death
The soap community is responding on social media with shock and love to the tragic death of Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) at age 52.
CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television released the following joint statement: “The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him. On behalf of the Y&R cast and crew, CBS and Sony Pictures Television, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones, especially his two daughters, Paris and Lola.”
Eric Braeden tweeted (Victor, Y&R), “My good friend and colleague, MY BROTHA, KRISTOFF ST.JOHN , passed away!! No words right now!!”
Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) addressed fans on Twitter with, “Thank you all for your condolences for my dear friend Kristoff. We all loved him so much. Brokenhearted.”
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) imparted, “In my life journey I have come across only a few people that radiate pure love, Kristoff was one of those people. He was so selfless when it came to caring for others. He was smart, so insightful, and supportive of everything positive. His smile would light up a room and his presence was always welcome. I will miss him. I know in my heart he has found peace and we all have another angel watching over us. God bless his soul. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Camryn Grimes (Mariah, Y&R) posted, “Our hearts are broken because his was the biggest.”
Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) reacted with, “This is such tragic news. Kristoff was a class act, always so kind & a fabulously talented actor. My heart goes out to his family, friends & fans mourning his sudden loss. Rest In Peace.”
Tyler Christopher (Stefan, DAYS) offered, “@kristoffstjohn1 thank you for your friendship when I was having a difficult time some years ago. You didn’t even know me yet you dropped whatever you were doing to meet with me and share your spirit in hopes that it may lift mine. A rare commodity. Rest my friend.”
Hunter King (Summer, Y&R) wrote, “My heart is so heavy today. Kristoff you were always so sweet and so kind to everyone. You had the best smile and the warmest hugs. Going to miss seeing you at work. Truly so saddend by this tragedy.”
Melissa Ordway (Abby, Y&R) tweeted, “There are no words. Kristoff, I will miss your big hugs, bright smile and contagious laugh… you always made me laugh. It was a true honor to know you. We are heartbroken.”
Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea) acknowledged, “So heartbreaking. Kristoff was such a loving, kind, welcoming, funny, wonderful soul. Can’t believe this news. Rest In Peace, beautiful man.”
Chrishell Hartley (Jordan, DAYS) lamented, “Woke up to the terrible news of @kristoffstjohn1. Always so kind, and so welcoming, ready with a hug. Sending so much love to everyone feeling his loss and I pray he is at peace with his son.”
Obba Babatundé (Julius, B&B) added, “The lights have diminished and the sound around me has been muted with the exception of the sound of hearts breaking due to the loss of a great human being. May his soul rest and his spirit sour. R.I.P Kristoff.”
Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber) posted, “So unbelievably heartbroken by the passing of my dear friend Kristoff St.John. I loved him so much! He was such a wonderful man! @kristoffstjohn I hope you are dancing with the angels and Your son today! The world just lost a beautiful soul! #kristoffstjohn #yr #loveyou.”
B&B’s Ingo Rademacher (Thorne) shared, “Mate. You were just telling me how happy you were when we spoke in the CBS parking lot.?? So shocked to hear this. RIP my old friend. You will be missed. My condolences to his family and all of his fans. ?? you are with your boy now.”
Cait Fairbanks (Tessa, Y&R) said, “A sweet soul. after a few scenes with you and @brytonejames that day you caught me taking a photo behind a plastic filter that I had found on the ground and instead of laughing at me you said “wow that’s so cool! can you show me?” sharing time with you was a true blessing. I’m so sorry.”
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS) wrote, “I always enjoyed our talks- he was such a kind soul and a cool cat. And as a father I often wondered how he endured the pain of losing his son. I hope they are joined together again in peace. @kristoffstjohn1.”
Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John Dead at 52(2/4/19) The Young and the Restless family has lost a beloved member.
Kristoff St. John, the actor who originated the role of Neil Winters on the long-running soap opera nearly three decades ago, has died. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to E! News that police were called for a possible alcohol overdose and found St. John dead in his home in Calif. around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities have not disclosed any further details and the cause of his death is unconfirmed at this time. St. John was 52 years old.
"Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him," attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement on Twitter. "On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love."
A New York native, he got his start on television with brief appearances on shows like Happy Days and Wonder Woman. By the late 1980s, St. John landed a recurring role on Charlie & Co. before The Young and the Restless in 1991, on which he starred until his death.
St. John won two Daytime Emmy Awards for his performance on the show and was nominated an additional nine times.
In 2017, he reportedly underwent psychiatric treatment after an alleged "scare" regarding his mental health, according to Entertainment Weekly.
St. John was married and divorced twice, first to Mia St. John, with whom he welcomed son Julian and daughter Paris. Julian died of an apparent suicide in 2014 at the age of 24.
The actor was later married to Allana Nadal, with whom he had daughter Lola.
Hs is survived by two of his children and his fiancé Kseniya Mikhaleva, who he proposed to in August. "How did it happen ??? How ??? Why did you leave so early ???? and left me alone ..... I can't believe," she wrote on Instagram on Monday. "You were everything to me .... you were a loving father, a loving man,.....how love??we should doing a lot of things in future......"
Our thoughts are with the star's loved ones at this time.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Y&R’s Eric Braeden Sounds Off On Attempt To “Diminish” Victor(2/3/19) During an “Ask Me Anything” live chat on Facebook, Y&R superstar Eric Braeden pulled no punches about the former regime at the show. When asked what happened to Victor Newman’s office set, the actor replied, “Well, let me be honest with you. There was an attempt by the former executive producer and head writer to diminish the role of Victor Newman,” he said, without naming Mal Young specifically. “I’ll say it very clearly and very succinctly, he attempted to diminish it, to bring the character down… Never forgive him for that, but he’s gone… Bye bye!” See the video here.
Dishing with Digest - 2/1/19 - Heather Tom(2/1/19) B&B’s Heather Tom Looks Back On her Daytime Run (Listen / download).
Heather Tom (Katie) talks about on her soap past, her five Emmy wins, her B&B leading men, becoming a director and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the actors who made the cut to receive Emmy pre-nominations.
Alice Hunter Is "So Thrilled" to Be Starring on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(2/1/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) For THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Alice Hunter (Kerry), she can trace her decision to become an actress to an exact moment while growing up in Australia. “When I was 12, I used to sing and dance in competitions. I was never the best singer, but I always had the most pizzazz!” she told Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “I remember doing this competition at the local shopping center. I was competing against people older than me and younger than me, and I won the whole thing just off of purely pizzazz!”
As the prize, Hunter was allowed to pick a free course in modeling, makeup or acting classes. “I had no interest in modeling. But I did like being on stage, so I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I’ll try this acting class,’” she recounted. “The very first class, I was like, ‘This is it. This is for me!’” Having made the decision, the ambitious teen hit the audition circuit Down Under. “I did a lot of extra work, but my first big job was H20: JUST ADD WATER, which was a children’s mermaid show,” she shared. “I played the best friend to the mean girl.”
Hollywood soon beckoned. “My dad’s an American, and I’ve always had dual citizenship, so it was always in the back of my mind that I’ve got to go where the work is. The last year of high school, while everyone was applying for different colleges, I poured everything into moving to the United States,” said the British transplant. “I had folders and folders of printouts. I knew the names of every agency in L.A.. I ordered a Thomas Guide [map] and had it shipped to Australia, where I circled all the studios!”
The prep work helped, but Hunter admitted that she’s a little amazed that she made such a big move when she was only 17 years old. “I have to wonder how I did it!” she laughs. “I remember hitting the ground running. But a few months in, I had issues like a sore neck. Looking back now, I’m like, ‘Oh, I was incredibly stressed out!’ But at the time, it was like, ‘Go, go, go!’”
Interestingly, soaps were high on Hunter’s must-do list. “I auditioned for all the soaps when I first moved here and got close to a few, particularly DAYS OF OUR LIVES. But when that didn’t happen, I sort of put soaps to bed,” she confessed. “I was like, ‘Well, my window has passed.’ I went on to do other things. I ended up doing a lot of comedy. The comedy world really embraced me, which was unexpected. I did nighttime television and experienced a lot of ups and downs, where a pilot doesn’t get picked up or a series that you think is ‘the one’ gets dropped after the first season. When the Y&R audition came up, I was surprised — and so thrilled when I got the role!”
It wasn’t all that long ago that daytime dramas were regarded patronizingly by the entertainment industry. But those days are over, Hunter insisted. “Six or seven years ago, my fellow acting friends would have been like, ‘Oh, are you going to try to leave [the show]?’ Now they’re like, ‘I am so jealous!’” she laughed. “There is so much content out there now, but it comes and goes so quickly that actors’ lives are in constant flux. A job like this is really a blessing!”
So, too, is exploring a character like Kerry, who Hunter says she can relate to quite a bit. “I am a very driven woman, focused on my career, and there is not a man in Alice’s life — just as Kerry is ambitious, with no man in her life.” Of course, for Kerry, the latter isn’t entirely true, given the attraction between Hunter’s alter ego and Jack. “This is not something Kerry was prepared for!” Hunter chuckled. “Jack has definitely thrown her. There is an age gap, which will bring up all sorts of issues. I’m excited to play all those levels.”
While the actress said that she has no idea what’s in store for her character, she’s appreciating her new gig — and getting to meet Y&R fans. “My mail lady came up to me and was like, ‘Is this you?’ That was special to me. On social media, you get negative comments, too, but every show, every piece of art, gets criticized by someone, so I don’t let that bother me. I’m just grateful to be even a little blip on the radar of Genoa City!”
Sean Kanan Invites You to Dinner With Deacon and Amber!(1/31/19) This June, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters Deacon Sharpe and Amber Moore will be able to have dinner with them! Actors Sean Kanan and Adrienne Frantz will be hosting a memorable night out in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, June 22, from 8-10 p.m. PDT. “After all these years, the fans still love Deacon and Amber,” Kanan confided to Soaps In Depth. “This special evening will be a great opportunity to spend an intimate dinner with us. The evening will have a fantastic dinner followed by a Q&A and some very cool surprises.”
B&B viewers remember Deacon as the biological father of Little Eric, who tried to seduce Amber away from Rick, and the two characters eventually reconnected years later on Y&R as Deacon blackmailed Amber into marriage. Thankfully, the actors are nothing like their troublemaking alter-egos, so the dinner should be a lot of fun!
Tickets are available now, but they are also limited. They will include a catered dinner, photo opportunities, a Q&A session, a surprise gift, and more. You can find more information on the Facebook Event Page and you can order tickets directly from Kanan’s official website.
Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Scott Reeves(1/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With both of his children now married, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) has recently thrown himself wholeheartedly back into a host of projects. “People started reaching out and asking, ‘Whatever happened to Blue County?’” the actor/singer revealed to Soaps In Depth, referencing the band with whom he had several hits.
With new music already produced, the group readily embraced the idea of hitting the road again. Besides, Reeves added, “I love nothing better than to get on stage and perform our stuff live.” Their acoustic tour, called Population 2, will take them to the UK in April. For US dates and locations, pay a visit to www. bluecountymusic.com.
In between gigs, Reeves is busy with his family coffee business, Revival Roasting Company, which has several new offerings, some of which are named to honor his grandfather, Rex. “He instilled the passion in me when I was 5 years old,” the entrepreneur explained. “We pride ourselves on grade-one, single-origin coffees that are really unique.”
Having wrapped his stint on CMT’s NASHVILLE when the series concluded, Reeves will return to the screen in a new, country music-themed project this year: DOLLY PARTON’s HEARTSTRINGS, a Netflix anthology series in which each episode is named for one of the icon’s much-loved hits. In “Jolene,” “I’m a sly silver fox going through a mid-life crisis,” Reeves previewed of the flick. “He starts seeing [a singer whose name is] Jolene, who is played by Julianne Hough, unbeknownst to his super sweet wife, Willa, whose best friend is played by my dear friend, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.”
The actor also has some good news to share with soap fans. With wife Melissa Reeves living part-time in Los Angeles while playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jennifer, he’s open to reprising his role on GH. “It would be interesting to see how prison affected Steve,” he proposes. And since his old on-screen flame is now happily married, “I would love nothing more than to go stir things up in Olivia’s perfect, stable life.”
“THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” SCORE LARGEST AUDIENCES IN FULL MONTH(1/30/18) For the week ending Jan. 25, LET’S MAKE A DEAL (one and two), THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one and two) and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS all posted significant ratings highs, including:
LET’S MAKE A DEAL (one) attracted 3.05 million viewers, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL (two) scored 3.55 million viewers – both broadcasts attracting their largest audiences since the week ending Dec. 28, 2018. THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) attracted an average of 5.00 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (two) reached 5.69 million viewers, with both broadcasts also delivering largest audiences since the week ending Dec. 28, 2018.
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which is celebrating its 30th straight year as the #1 daytime drama, scored 4.26 million viewers last week, the show’s largest average weekly audience in a month (also since week ending Dec. 28, 2018).
Source: Nielsen, live plus same day ratings for the week ending Jan. 25, 2019.
SAG Awards 2019 Winners(1/28/19) Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: This Is Us (includes Justin Hartley)
Hunter King Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(1/27/19) Look out, Genoa City — Hunter King is coming back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Summer Newman in the episode airing on Tuesday, Jan. 29! The last time viewers saw the character was back in November of 2018 when she decided to take a job offer from Victor in Dubai. Of course, when Summer left town, she was caught up in a scandalous storyline where she’d slept with Billy not realizing he was just looking to get revenge on Phyllis, so there’s still plenty of unfinished business for her to deal with!
King reprised her role back in June of 2018 after not having been seen on Y&R since December of 2016, and immediately started stirring the pot, trying to seduce Kyle and Billy and causing no end of drama. Will she return a changed woman looking to make amends for the trouble she caused? Yeah, maybe not!
King took over the role of the SORAS-ed teen Summer in 2012, replacing the short-lived Lindsay Bushman. During her four years on the soap, she earned five Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Actress, taking home the trophy twice in a row in 2014 and 2015. At the same time she was playing Summer, King was also appearing as Clementine in the CBS comedy LIFE IN PIECES, but when she was upped to series regular for the show’s second season, she dropped to recurring at Y&R. But now that she's returned on contract, it appears that CBS has been able to work out a schedule where she can star on both shows.
GLAAD Media Awards Drop Soap Operas(1/25/19) Acknowledging the fairness, accuracy, inclusiveness, boldness, originality, impact and overall quality of LGBTQ representations in the media, this year’s GLAAD Media Awards has decided to drop the Daily Drama category, which recognized achievements on soap operas (The Bold and the Beautiful won the past three years).
Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations(1/25/19) Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations: read the nominees here.
Noah Alexander Gerry Reveals How THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Changed His Life(1/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS newcomer Noah Alexander Gerry (Charlie) was growing up in Florida, his family would travel to California in the summers so his sisters could audition for TV commercials. “They were the ones who really liked acting, and I went along with them because I was a little kid at the time, and they couldn’t leave me at home,” he recalled to Soaps In Depth with a smile. “I actually didn’t like acting that much until I was about 12 or 13 years old, and I got my first audition for a drama. I actually got to build the character, and I thought that was so much fun! So that kind of changed my life, and I realized that was what I wanted to do!”
While Gerry’s parents were supportive of his desire to pursue acting — even bringing him out to Los Angeles to pound the pavement — he says they were also pragmatic, cautioning him against viewing the entertainment industry through rose-colored glasses. “[Show business] isn’t the most stable of professions, so they wanted to make sure we were prepared for life if it didn’t work out,” he recalled. “But they drove us around to auditions, got us into as many acting classes as they could. They just wanted to make sure that this was something we wanted to do and let us know how much work it would be and that it would be a long road ahead. They were very honest with me, but they supported my decision, too.”
Like a lot of young Hollywood hopefuls, Gerry eventually landed on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Still, getting the part of Lily and Cane’s SORAS'd son, Charlie, was a game-changer for the young actor. “I was a little familiar with Y&R because my grandma works at a hospital,” he revealed. “But after I got the part, I found out that a lot of my aunts and family members were fans of the show, especially down in Fort Myers, FL. Everybody has been so supportive, which is very cool!”
In addition to learning character backgrounds and family history, Gerry says he had a learning curve in terms of the soap’s production. “I thought every show ran the same — hour-long dramas or half hour comedies. Then I got here, and they were doing so much!” he remembered, laughing. “The work surprised me. It was challenging! When I look back at all my old lines and what I had to do when I first got here, it was tough! I had no idea the amount of lines you had to memorize on a soap opera. I didn’t realize how hard [people in daytime] work!”
Since Charlie — and twin Mattie — surprised audiences with their sudden SORASing, Gerry says he’s relished his alter ego’s evolution. “He started as a jock,” he said. “But I think he’s grown up a lot. He’s gone through a lot and is now look- ing at life a little differently.” Certainly, Charlie’s had to deal with a heck of a lot more angst than most teens, including the shame of his father’s one- night stand with the late Juliet, his parents’ marriage nearly breaking up and now having his mom, Lily, go to prison for a year because she caused the crash that killed Hilary — because she’d been arguing over Charlie’s relationship with Shauna!
Gerry says that he relished playing the emotional storyline and wouldn’t mind if his character had even more turmoil in his future! “I like to play the more serious stuff,” he admitted. “It’s more challenging to me personally, because I get to feel things that I normally don’t get to feel or deal with issues that I normally don’t get to deal with in real life. I would love it if Charlie did something bad, maybe broke the law and had to go on the run from police! I think that would be fun. That’s what’s so cool about soap operas. You really can go in any direction. I love it!”
Lorraine Toussaint To Portray Activist Flo Kennedy In Gloria Steinem Biopic(1/24/19) Lorraine Toussaint, who currently stars in AMC’s Into the Badlands, has been cast as the feminist, civil rights advocate and activist Flo Kennedy in the upcoming biopic on iconic women’s rights leader Gloria Steinem which is being directed by Julie Taymor. The Glorias stars Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander who are both playing Steinem at various stages of her life. The film is based on Steinem’s memoir.
Flo Kennedy was a powerhouse and somewhat flamboyant civil rights activist who often showed up in her cowboy hat, false eyelashes and pink sunglasses. She said that she liked to make white people nervous. She organized the protest against the Miss America contest and was arrested more than once in standing up for the rights of women and blacks. She later went on the lecture circuit with Steinem.
Alex Saks is producing the project via her Page Fifty-Four Pictures, with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are serving as executive producers.
Toussaint is also the lead of the new NBC series The Village which will premiere March 12 right after the critical/ratings darling This is Us. Her film Fast Color releases at the end of March. In addition, Toussaint is a voice actor on Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princess of Power and is co-starring in the upcoming Aug. 8 release of Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark.
She is repped by Frontline Management and Innovative Artists.
The Soaps In Depth Podcast #1: The Inaugural Episode(1/22/19) (Listen / download) In this first episode of The Soaps In Depth Podcast hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss the new General Hospital opening, 5 Things We Love Right Now, and share their thoughts on what would happen if they wrote the soaps.
Tammin Sursok Welcomes a Baby Girl!(1/22/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen), who has announced the birth of her second child, a beautiful baby girl! Of course, we'll have to take her word for it because the actress has yet to share any photos of the newborn or any details such as her name. "She's here," Sursok declared on Instagram. "And she's perfect." She and her husband, actor/producer/director Sean McEwen, have opened up about how difficult this pregnancy has been, so we're just glad that everyone is doing well now.
“After a bumpy, emotional, and magical journey we are finally here,” Sursok shared on Twitter when she announced the news back in September of 2018. “We couldn’t feel more grateful. Baby due in January.” Then, in November, the expectant mom shared that they were going to be having another baby girl with a video where she can’t stop screaming and jumping up and down, even when the doctor turns the camera on the happy couple and she leaps into her husband’s arms. Although McEwen jokes about how he’s going to be outnumbered by all the girls in the house, he’s also clearly thrilled by the news.
Best known to Y&R fans as the ill-fated Colleen Carlton, a role she played from 2007-09, Sursok has gone on to appear in TV movies like Girlfriends of Christmas Past and had a recurring role as Jenna on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. Back in her native Australia, the actress got her big break playing Dani Sutherland on the hit Aussie soap HOME AND AWAY.
Sursok and McEwen already have a beautiful family with five-year-old daughter, Phoenix, and we’ve no doubt that this new baby girl will only add to that. It’s just a shame that we still have to wait to get a good look at her!
Ava DuVernay To Host Day Of Racial Healing Event With Eva Longoria & Judd Apatow(1/18/19) Much of Hollywood will be locked in on the Oscar nominations Tuesday, but some A-listers will be focusing on a bigger picture late that day.
One day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY will host a National Day of Racial Healing event to examine efforts to end discrimination and injustice.
Centered at the Filipinotown campus the A Wrinkle in Time director opened for her collective last spring, the gathering will feature DuVernay, Judd Apatow and Eva Longoria among the participants. Livestreamed starting at 1 PM PT, the conversations and performances also will see Emmy winner Laverne Cox, Wrinkle star Storm Reid, Melissa Etheridge and ex-Georgia House Minority Leader and almost Peach State governor Stacey Abrams participating in the event, on which ARRAY is partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “There’s a lot of talking and tweeting these days,” DuVernay said to Deadline today. “A lot of pontification about where we are as a country and how we arrived here. When Kellogg approached ARRAY about working together on furthering and deepening those conversations, I was all in.
“The responsibility of fighting inequality and injustice is all of ours,” the Oscar-nominated Selma helmer added. “But it’s particularly important that those of us with certain visibility and influence use our platforms to urge bold conversations. We can never give up on pushing this nation to live up to its promise.”
Founded in 1930 by breakfast mogul William Keith Kellogg, the foundation focuses on providing tools for children nationwide to grow and learn. With events all over America next week, the Kellogg Foundation started its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative, of which the National Day of Racial Healing is but one component.
Video: Facebook Live with Daniel Goddard and Jason Thompson(1/18/19) Facebook Live with Daniel Goddard and Jason Thompson: Video.
Judith Chapman Returns To Days(1/17/10) Soap vet Judith Chapman will again play mom to fellow Young and the Restless alum Greg Rikaart when she returns to NBC’s Days of Our Lives in a new role, as Leo’s mother Diana, Soap Opera Digest reports. (Chapman previously played Days‘ Anjelica Devereaux)
Victoria Rowell Shares Backstage Secrets of Dru and Neil's Japanese Wedding on Y&R(1/17/10) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The folks from YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Genoa City had something extra to celebrate during the Christmas of 2003: Drucilla and Neil got re-married in a lavish ceremony on the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. The bride’s portrayer, Victoria Rowell, remembers the event very well. “Our first wedding was innocent, subtle and lovely. It really fit the tone of where we were on the show,” she recalled to Soaps In Depth. “The Japanese wedding really spoke to how much Neil and Dru had grown as characters and the importance of the Winters family in terms of the entire show’s paradigm.”
Rowell, now a producer herself, recalls the episode as being one of the first times she contributed behind the scenes. “I was very proud of being invited to participate in that way, so those parts behind the camera were exciting for me,” she confided. “In front of the camera, obviously, to work with Kristoff [St. John, Neil] was lovely, but we had wonderful guest stars come in for that episode as well.”
In fact, the musical accompaniment for the ceremony — Clint Black’s “When I Say I Do” — was a direct result of Rowell’s footwork. “I reached out to my friends, Kenny Lattimore and Chanté Moore, and brokered them to sing. That was exciting!” she explained, adding, “I also collaborated on the creation of the wedding dress, which was later selected for [a costume exhibit] at the Hollywood Museum.” However, when looking back at the photos from that special day, it was Drucilla’s unusual hairstyle that stands out. “The producers had hired Nancy Morrison, who was a wizard,” Rowell shared. “We researched authentic Japanese wedding hairstyles, and she created the wig. She was marvelous!”
The actress recalls really appreciating that Sony Pictures Television would “roll out their backdrops from the lot,” resulting in yet another memorable day for Dru and Neil. “We worked really long hours for our first Y&R costume ball where Dru was a firebird ballerina and Neil was the Grecian god. I loved that,” she said, adding that fortunately, the wedding didn’t require as much overtime. “Nonetheless, it was spectacular, and we had a lot of the cast there, including Peter Bergman (Jack), Tonya Williams (Olivia) and Christel Khalil (Lily), for the wedding party itself.”
Of course, for Rowell, any time that she got to spend a whole day making eyes at St. John was a favorite, so the Japanese wedding ranked right up there. “You can’t put a price tag on that kind of chemistry,” she laughed. “So we always had a good time.”
Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes & More Set To Co-Star In CBS Films Comedy ‘Lexi’(1/16/19) Rose Byrne (Spy, Instant Family), Justin Hartley (This Is Us, A Bad Moms Christmas), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish, A Bad Moms Christmas), Ron Funches (Trolls, Undateable), and Charlyne Yi (The Disaster Artist, Twin Peaks) have joined star Adam Devine as well as previously announced cast Michael Peña and Alexandra Shipp in Lexi, a comedy from Bad Moms helmers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
The film, which is currently in production, explores what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Byrne will voice Lexi, an omnipresent AI assistant who takes her job of ‘making his life better’ much too seriously.
“We are extremely grateful to have such an incredible cast,” said Lucas. “Clearly, they haven’t watched any of our prior work.”
“Speaking for everyone perpetually enamored with, and increasingly terrified by, how well their phone knows them, I look forward to this extraordinary group of actors and filmmakers exploring the side effects of too much tech,” remarked CBS Films President Terry Press. “I think audiences will agree that some romances are better when you disconnect.”
Suzanne Todd, the producer behind the Bad Moms films, is producing Lexi, while Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Byrne is repped by CAA and by RGM in Australia; Hartley by CAA and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman; Sykes by WME and attorney Roger Pliakas; Funches by Truhett Garcia Management, CAA, and attorney Lev Ginsburg; Yi by UTA, Mosaic and Lev Ginsburg and Ginsburg Daniels LLP.
Jason Canela Opens up About His Painful First Day at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(1/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Everybody wants to put their best foot forward in a new job. For Jason Canela, though, it was a tad difficult when he first started as the hunky Arturo on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. “My first day on the set, I couldn’t even walk!” he confided to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “I hurt my ankle the night before. It was so bad that I had to ask for a wheelchair at CBS. When I met [executive producer/headwriter] Mal Young and everyone, they looked at me in the wheelchair and were like, ‘What the hell? You were fine at the audition!’”
It got worse. “My first scene, I had to go up the stairs!” recalled the actor, shaking his head. “It was only five steps, but that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life! But I was just so grateful to be there. I didn’t want to miss it.”
As difficult as the situation was, the Miami native says it wasn’t all pain and no gain. “It was as intimidating as hell knowing I had to work with Eric Braeden (Victor) and Melody [Thomas Scott, Nikki],” he said, “but [my injury] sort of took the pressure off. I was so focused on getting by that day, and I think everybody was extra nice to me because I was in a wheelchair, so that might have worked in my favor. I think that just by showing up, I proved to them how badly I wanted to be there!”
Clearly, Canela knows how to adapt to life’s unexpected surprises, which is a good thing because he’s had to be pretty fluid when it comes to dealing with storyline twists for his alter ego. “I had an idea where I was going with this character, but then I see things in the writing and am hit with a curveball!” he chuckled. “Sometimes I’ve read things about Arturo, and I go, ‘Man, how can he have done this?’ But then I sit down and try to find the justification of the character.”
Early loop-de-loops included Arturo’s red-hot affair with married lady Nikki and, after she returned to hubby Victor, a new relationship with Abby. Still, none of that prepared Canela for finding out that Arturo’s estrangement from Rey came about because he’d slept with his sister-in-law! “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, how can I be such a jerk to my brother? To my family?’ I think I said that when I was in the makeup room, and someone said, ‘Oh, did you think it was going to be all butter flies and rainbows? You’re on a soap opera, kid. Wake up!’” he recalled, laughing. “But it was a wake-up call, and I had to sit down and really think how Arturo could have taken this route!”
That said, Canela is delighted with the journey that he’s on, even if he doesn’t know what may be around the corner for his character. “It would be good to know where Arturo is going, but at this point in my life, I’m kind of focused on the present,” he shared. “Whatever they want to do with Arturo, I’m on board! I’m having so much fun with it! I never, ever imagined that the character would take the turn where he was dating Abby, and when I get my scripts to see other turns ahead... it’s so cool.”
Indeed, the actor says that he’s had plenty of “Pinch me!” moments since joining Y&R. “The other evening, we had an event at [the outdoor shopping mall] The Grove, which is next to CBS. I wasn’t working that day, but I drove in and parked at CBS, and used my card to walk through CBS, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh, man, these years I’ve been in L.A., I’ve walked into CBS, Fox, everywhere for auditions,” Canela shared quietly. “For the first time, I’m walking in these hallways and am like, ‘I can call this home.’ It was a really cool moment. It’s such a blessing to be on Y&R. I do not take it for granted. Not for a second!”
Talk Show Appearance(1/12/19) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Th 1/17: Victoria Rowell
Dishing with Digest - 1/11/19 - Gina Tognoni(1/11/19) Y&R’s Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) Reflects On Her Soap Career (Listen / download)
Y&R’s Gina Tognoni chats about her Genoa City leading men, her memories of GL and OLTL and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the importance of shows’ opening credits.
Nominations for the sixth annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards(1/11/19) IATSE Local 706 will hand out its hardware February 16 during its ceremony at Novo in Los Angeles.
DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST MAKE-UP
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Price Is Right
The Real DaytimeMelanie Mills, Glen Alen Gutierrez, Motoko Honjyo Clayton
The Young and the Restless
DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST HAIR STYLING
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Real Daytime
The Young and the Restless
Soap Alum In New Ad For PETA(1/11/19) Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Alex, Y&R; ex-Diego, GH) appears in a new ad for PETA Latino with his dog, Hero, that encourages people to treat their animals like family. “I don’t consider Hero to be just my pet—he’s my partner,” says Serricchio in a statement. “Taking him with me everywhere I go makes the experiences 10 times better. I saved his life when I rescued him from a man who abused him, and a year later, he saved mine after I lost my little brother. We need each other, and we share the same adventurous spirit and love for people. He’s a member of the family, and I encourage everyone who has animal companions to take their time to train them with lots of praise and treats and give them all the love and attention that they deserve.” For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.
Emme Rylan Requests Help for Her Sister's Battle With Cancer(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It may appear that GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) shares basically everything with her fans on social media, but as with any person, there is still so much going on that you don’t see on Twitter or Instagram. “Although I share so much of my life with you, there has still been a very private side,” Rylan confided in a recent Instagram post. “My sister, Lara, is battling stage four cancer. My family would be so grateful if you could take a look at her page. Even a dollar helps.”
Lara Behrens’ family has set up a GoFundMe Page that details how she learned in October of 2018 that the back pain she had been suffering from was due to a cancerous mass on her sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine just above the tailbone. While exploring alternative options, the current treatments to bring the cancer under control and offer some relief have already depleted Lara’s savings, and she reluctantly allowed her family to set up the page to ask for donations to contribute towards her medical needs and living expenses. After just 20 days, the page was $25,815 towards its goal of $30,000.
Some of Rylan’s GH castmates also helped to get the word out. “Hey, beautiful ones,” posted Tamara Braun (Kim). “This is our dear Emme Rylan’s sister, Lara. She is battling stage four cancer. Please visit Emme’s page and click the link in her bio to learn more. I don’t know Lara personally, but she sure does sound like a kind and giving person who could use some help. Any contribution would help. Sending love and gratitude.” Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) also tweeted: “Please read Emme Rylan’s post and if you can spare a bit of healing love wrapped in a donation for her sister, Lara, we who love our Emme would be so grateful.”
Our thoughts are with Rylan’s entire family during this difficult time, and we wish them all the best as Lara continues her treatments and hopefully beats this thing.
Eric Braeden Calls Doug Davidson Status With Y&R “Outrageous”(1/6/19) Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) responded to a fan’s comments about Doug Davidson (Paul) being taken off contract at Y&R. After the official @Y&R_CBS account tweeted a shot of the late Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine) with Braeden, noting, “We wanted to start off 2019 with an amazing #ThrowbackThursday. Genoa City will always remember Katherine Chancellor and #YR will always remember Jeanne Cooper,” @JoyMathys responded, “Are we supposed to believe in your respect for the ones who made the show after the way @DougDavidsonYR Opens a New Window. was treated last year?” Braeden responded with, “ The treatment of DOUGIE DAVIDSON, the OLDEST member of our cast, was and is outrageous!! It’s STUPID!! If you want ratings you don’t get rid of A DEMONSTRABLY popular actor!!.” This is not the first time Braeden has weighed in on Davidson’s status with the show; the actor has been very vocal in his support for his longtime co-star.
Cait Fairbanks Responds to Tessa Haters(1/6/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Ever since THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Tessa arrived in Genoa City, she’s been a nebulous character, with fans trying to figure out if the dark-haired beauty is someone they should root for or rage at. Considering her bad behavior — stealing Mariah’s private diary to boost her singing career and now blackmailing Sharon, Victoria, Nikki and Phyllis in order to make some quick cash and pay off the human traffickers she’d hired to smuggle sister Crystal into Canada — the needle seems to be tilting these days towards rage! “I find that exciting!” her portrayer, Cait Fairbanks, insisted to Soaps In Depth. “I actually like the challenge of making bad behavior into more of a human instinct. It’s more interesting as an actor to try to take a character that is a villain and try to humanize them as much as possible. It becomes a fun game!”
Of course, it’s a game that can occasionally evoke angry tweets! “It is interesting, because sometimes people don’t just attack the character of Tessa, it turns into personal attacks, which is where I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, wait! That’s not me! I promise you, that’s not me! I’m not hurting Camryn [Grimes, Mariah]. It’s Tessa hurting Mariah!’” shared Fairbanks. “But I think it’s hard because Mariah is such a loved character, and hurting her leads to a negative response. So I do understand the reaction!” Still, the actress is quick to point out that her alter ego isn’t the only one in town who has crossed lines! “I think there are a lot of flawed characters in Genoa City!” she laughed. “If you look back at the history of some of the show’s characters, they’ve done worse things than Tessa, so to see how personal this storyline feels with her and Mariah is very interesting.”
Even though Tessa’s decision to blackmail her girlfriend’s mom, Sharon, put her on Santa’s naughty list last year, Fairbanks doesn’t think her character is so much evil as she is selfish! “Tessa tends to be opportunistic and always takes the quickest action to get what she wants,” she admitted. “But she’s very good at compartmentalizing. With the blackmail thing, it was such a personal betrayal with Sharon, but I don’t think that Tessa ever truly thought about it or thought she’d be found out! Maybe in the back of her mind, she was always going to protect Sharon. She’s like, ‘I never had any intention of making this happen, I just wanted the cash!’ That’s how simple it was. That was her way of rationalizing it.”
It might be Tessa’s way of rationalizing it, but it has certainly created tension between her and her fellow Genoa City denizens, including her sweetheart! Indeed, given Tessa’s penchant for lying, many fans have even begun to wonder if Y&R’s first same-sex couple might be doomed. For Fairbanks, however, the Tessa/Mariah relationship is a lot like all the other relationships in Genoa City! “Look at all those couples on the show that break up and then get back together — Nikki and Victor, Sharon and Nick, Billy and Phyllis,” she reminded. “I think Tessa and Mariah have a bond that goes beyond. Real love is when you do bad stuff, and the other person can look at you and say, ‘I love you despite all those messy bits!’ And Tessa’s messy bits are about self-preservation and her willingness to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. If Mariah can accept that about Tessa, it will be fine. I think there are so many things that bring this couple together. Now that the secret is out, they can be truly honest about who they are. It could be a new beginning!”
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) The Talk - CBS
Friday, Jan. 11
Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Sharon Case, Kristoff St. John, Joshua Morrow and Jess Walton
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Th 1/10: Victoria Rowell
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) THE REAL, syndicated
Mo 1/7: Vivica A. Fox
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL Pay Tribute to Scha Jani(1/4/19) Viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL saw that at the end of the Jan. 2 episode of each soap there was a special dedication in loving memory of Scha Jani. But because he worked behind the scenes, many fans aren’t aware of his contribution to the shows.
Part of the technical crew, Jani worked as a video operator, lighting director, and technical supervisor at B&B and as a video operator at Y&R. He began working in Genoa City back in 1984 and added B&B to his resume in 1987. Jani was also a video controller and operator for the CBS primetime reality competition show SURVIVOR. As part of the technical team, Jani earned 30 Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work — and two Primetime Emmy nods — taking home 16 trophies over the course of his daytime career.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Including Highs & Lows from each soap, Wishes for the future, Best Newcomer and more.
Elizabeth Hendrickson Got Engaged to Rob Meder This Christmas!(12/26/18) (Photo) It was a very special Christmas for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux), who became engaged to boyfriend Rob Meder over the holiday! “Officially my favorite Christmas ever!” she announced on Instagram with a pic of her holding up a glass of champagne to the camera, showing off her absolutely gorgeous ring. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!”
Meder shared the same image on his own Instagram, being sure to point out that selfie cameras on cell phones reverse the image so everything is backwards. “That’s Lizzie’s left,” he noted of the ring finger, “making for an extra special Xmas.”
Hendrickson joined the cast of GH in May of 2018 as the town’s new district attorney, Margaux Dawson, but she was already well-known to soap fans from her roles as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Chloe and ALL MY CHILDRENS’ Maggie and Frankie. Her Instagram is full of sweet pics with her romantic beau, and last Thanksgiving she expressed her love to Meder with a sweet message. “Thank you for always keeping me in check while simultaneously letting me be me,” she shared. “I’d also like to thank you for listening to all of my new karaoke song choices on repeat in the mornings. You’re a great man and an amazing partner.”
Congratulations to the couple for a lifetime of happiness!
Y&R’s St. John Weighs In On Exec Switch(12/24/18) Kristoff St. John (Neil) took to social media to welcome back Josh Griffith as the show’s head writer, and share his thoughts about longtime co-worker Doug Davidson (Paul) being dropped to recurring status earlier this year. “Let’s welcome @joshgriffith59 Opens a New Window. back to Y&R!” the Emmy-winning fave posted. “His inspiring leadership, focusing on the core characters, will prevail. The character assassination of Paul@DougDavidsonYR Opens a New Window. was brutal. Raise your voice! Bill Bell Sr. created this legendary show. It is our duty to protect his legacy.”
Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok left grief-stricken after pet dog killed by coyote(12/24/18) South-African born Australian actress Tammin Sursok shared her grief on social media over the weekend after her dog, Tiger, was attacked and killed by a coyote.
"Rest well my angel," the former Home and Away star wrote on Instagram yesterday. "I will always love you. 13 years together. My first born.
"Hug the ones you love tightly tonight. It's all so fleeting."
Surok, who now lives in Los Angeles, also spent two years on American soap opera The Young and the Restless and nabbed recurring roles on Hanna Montana and Pretty Little Liars. She played Dani Sutherland on Home and Away from 2000 to 2004.
She said she rushed the beloved pet to veterinary hospital immediately after the attack.
"My dad found our dog lifeless, no vitals, eyes open, legs ripped - did mouth to mouth and he was completely gone no vitals," she told fans.
But Tiger had a faint heartbeat and was rushed to surgery, she said, asking fans to "pray with everything you've got" before later revealing that he didn't make it.
"He fought so hard," she said, thanking fans who offered support. "We are all pretty raw."
Vernee Watson on Young Sheldon - 1/10/18(12/24/18) “A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor” – When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world’s worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Vernee Watson (Nurse Robinson), Wayne Wilderson (Dr. Gilbert), Mauricio Lara (Ricky).
Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88(12/24/18) Ethel Ayler (Constance Small, Ryan’s Hope / Nurse Potter, Y&R) , whose career spanned prominent Broadway, film and TV roles for five decades, died at age 88 on Nov. 18 in Loma Linda, Calif., according to her family. The cause of death was not given.
Born on May 1, 1930 in Whistler, Alabama, Ayler attended Nashville’s Fisk University as a voice major. But the lure of show business overcame the academic life, and she moved to Chicago to pursue a singing career. Her breakthrough came as a member of a touring company of Porgy and Bess.
Langston Hughes’s musical Simply Heavenly marked Ayler’s Off-Broadway bow in 1957, and she soon moved on to a role as Lena Horne’s understudy in the Broadway play Jamaica. She also worked on other Broadway productions, including The Cool World, Kwamina, Black Picture Show and The First Breeze of Summer. Ayler was a long-standing member of the Negro Ensemble Company, and appeared with them many times. She also starred in the 1960s in Jean Genet’s off-Broadway play The Blacks: A Clown Show, as part of a cast that included Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge and Louis Gossett Jr.
Ayler may be best remembered for her role as Bill Cosby wife Clair Huxtable’s mother, Carrie Hanks, on The Cosby Show. She appeared on six episodes during the show’s run, offering sage advice to her daughter. Ayler said she named her character after her grandmother. Her other TV appearances included episodes of Family Ties, Martin, Friends, Brooklyn South, Six Feet Under and 7th Heaven.
In film, Ayler won a Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Female for her work in the 1990 film To Sleep With Anger, starring Danny Glover. She also appeared in 9½ Weeks (1986) and The Bodyguard (1992), and played voodoo believer Garn Mere in the critics favorite 1997 film Eve’s Bayou.
Ayler last appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated production The Little Foxes in 1997.
Joshua Morrow Reveals Why Nick Can't Resist Phyllis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(12/23/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Nick and Sharon’s most recent wedding on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS ended in tears when the bride dumped the groom at the altar after announcing she knew he’d cheated on her with Phyllis! And Sharon wasn’t the only one angry at Nick for his philandering — Joshua Morrow admitted to Soaps In Depth that some Y&R fans also let him know they didn’t approve of Nick sleeping with Phyllis again! “But I actually think that makes the most sense,” the actor argued. “Phyllis has always been Nick’s Kryptonite. There is just something about her that he can’t shake. They kind of get each other!”
Longtime viewers know this isn’t the first time that Nick has cheated on Sharon with Phyllis. The two have been in and out of each others’ orbits through the years as friends, lovers, and everything in between. And their daughter, Summer, will always connect the two whether they like it or not. (To be honest, though, neither of them ever really seem to mind that much!) “They’ve found a way to turn that conversation into a flirty vibe between the two of them,” Morrow mused of the couple’s chemistry. “They’ve got a lot of history together — a lot of pain has come of that, but they’ve also had a lot of hot, good times!”
So while viewers — and Sharon — may not be pleased to see Nick go running back to Phyllis over and over again, they honestly should probably expect it at this point! “Fans hate it,” Morrow shrugged, “but it’s always made sense to me that he turns to Phyllis when things get a little funky with Sharon!”
Eric Braeden Announces When He'll Be Back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(12/23/18) Get ready for the return of The Great Victor Newman! Eric Braeden is back in the studio at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and there’s going to be plenty of drama to look forward to now! “Back on set with my long-lost daughter!” the actor tweeted along with a photo of himself with castmate Amelia Heinle (Victoria). And although he's made a couple of brief appearances via video chat, Braden has now announced that Victor will be back on screen properly in time for the holidays! "I‘ll see you all on Friday, Dec. 21st,"he promised. Of course, due to earlier preemptions, that episode will actually air on Monday, Dec. 24.
Back in September, Braeden announced that he was taking a month off from Y&R so he could go on vacation. And in October, he shared some absolutely gorgeous photos from his trip back to his home country of Germany. The Daytime Emmy winner also promised fans “a hell of a storyline” once he was back taping new episodes of the soap.
Victor hasn’t been seen since he expressed his glee at Sharon dumping Nick at the altar during their ill-fated wedding ceremony back in October. But some viewers suspect that he will find himself very deeply involved in the current storyline where Victoria is struggling to keep the lid on J.T.’s death and disappearance. Perhaps Victor could lend a hand to his little girl? Given the chaos and turmoil that the entire Newman family is currently involved in right now on the soap, Victor is more needed than ever!
Dishing with Digest - 12/21/18 - Susan Seaforth Hayes(12/23/18) (Listen / download) Susan Seaforth Hayes Looks Back On 50 Years On DAYS
DAYS’s Susan Seaforth Hayes reflects on her 50th anniversary as Julie, her real-life love story with Bill Hayes, her early memories of Salem and more. Plus, we discuss the exit of Y&R’s executive producer/head writer, Mal Young.
CBS Soap “Young and the Restless” Exec Producer Mal Young Confirms Departure as Ratings Continue to Waffle(12/19/18) (showbiz411.com) NOW: Mal Young confirms exit from “Y&R” : “Just arrived in London for the holidays. I felt like it was a good time to move on. Never a good idea to get too settled on a long running soap and I achieved all that I and CBS set out to do: improved scripts and production values. I have a project of my own that I’ve been developing and want to pursue that now. Plus running a show like this is all consuming and want to get a bit of my life back – and see my family occasionally!”
From me (Roger Friedman): Fans should not put all the blame for what’s happened at this show on Young. He had to report to people who dictated quite a bit to him. The real failure still lies with Head of Daytime Angelica McDaniel. to be continued…
EARLIER The end is near if not already passed for Mal Young.
The executive producer and head writer of “The Young and the Restless” seems to be out according to various sources.
My own efforts to reach Young have proved unsatisfactory, without a denial coming from the former producer of the hit show “Dr. Who.”
But Young’s tenure at “Y&R” went from being welcome to a nightmare in a short time. Many veteran actors from the show have left — either voluntarily or written out — causing a severe ratings drop.
Last year at this time, the 45 year old soap was up to 4.8 million viewers. Today it’s averaging 4.2 million with some days falling below the 4 million mark.
Doug Davidson, the show’s longest running actor, was dropped over the summer without even a goodbye. Eileen Davidson (no relation), the popular star of the show with a huge following and also more than 30 years of service, left, she said, of her own volition.
Young may have suffered from the same fate that has affected executive producers for decades: hubris. In an effort to brand the show his own, he alienated viewers by introducing new characters, dropping old ones, re-writing history. There are only four soaps left on the air. The ones that are gone did exactly that. and look where that got them.
With Young gone, viewers can expect to see their faves back before too long.
Talk Show Appearance(12/16/18) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Fr 12/21: Victoria Rowell
Can Devon Be Saved on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Bryton James Speaks Out(12/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Devon has been getting some help on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but will it be enough to pull him out of his downward spiral? Losing Hilary and their unborn child shattered his world completely, and it may be beyond repair. “He’s not only trying to numb himself to his own feelings,” Bryton James explained to Soaps In Depth, “but he’s trying to distance himself as much as possible from the invasiveness of the people who are trying to make sure that he’s okay.”
Cane and Nate’s constant interference in his life has been driving Devon up the wall, though he did agree to Ana’s suggestion that he speak to a professional. But will that be enough to help him deal with the grief he’s still experiencing on a daily basis? “From the time of the accident to the hospital to the funeral, he was around a lot of people and a lot of support,” James admitted. “But then everyone went back to their daily lives while Devon is left by himself to deal with his feelings. He is the one who has to wake up in his empty bed every day and face the reality alone.”
And worse still, even if Devon does manage to get his act together, it could all come crashing down around him when Lily is eventually released from prison. “Devon hasn’t completely forgiven her,” the actor revealed. “One day, she will be able to come home and live the rest of her life with her family and her husband, and see her children grow up. But because of Lily — in Devon’s mind — he won’t get to experience any of that! He gets frustrated that his family doesn’t understand that.They’re not being sensitive to his feelings. Devon is having a particularly hard time, particularly with Nate, because he operated on Hilary. And in Devon’s mind, that played a part in what happened to her.”
Speaking with the therapist does seem to be helping Devon explore his grief, but taking the anti-anxiety meds could begin to pose a problem if he comes to rely on them too much. Previews James: “He’s going to be taking himself down a road where the numbing of his feelings turns into something that he really doesn’t control too well!”
Stay tuned to see how far Devon falls before someone can pull him back up again.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES
The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ATLANTA (FX Networks)
THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations(12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” CELEBRATES UNPRECEDENTED 30 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AS TELEVISION’S #1 DAYTIME DRAMA(12/12/18) CBS’ perennial daytime favorite THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is celebrating its unprecedented 30th consecutive year – that’s 1560 weeks – as television’s top serialized drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 30.
Y&R (as it’s affectionately known by long-time fans), currently in its 46th season, was first broadcast in March 1973 and started its current winning streak the week ending Dec. 30, 1988. Season-to-date, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is averaging 4.42 million viewers, is the #2 overall daytime program (behind CBS’ THE PRICE IS RIGHT) and is the top program overall among women 25-54 and women 18-49. Thanks to Y&R and CBS’ other daytime perennials, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK, the Network has been #1 in daytime for 32 consecutive years.
“The legacy of this show is remarkable,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs and Syndicated Programs Development. “No other modern day entertainment program in ANY daypart has been the top-rated show for 30 consecutive years. This is an extraordinary feat that could not have been possible without the passion and commitment of the fans, cast, crew and staff. Their support has helped to make CBS’ daytime block the powerhouse that it is.”
Eva Marcille wants a good night of sleep for Christmas(12/10/18) Between keeping it glam on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and taking care of a newborn, Eva Marcille just wants some quality shut-eye this Christmas.
“A gift I would love to get this season is anything to help me sleep,” the “RHOA” star, 34, told Page Six recently. “So an eye mask, a bed, sleeping pill, anything to help me go to sleep, that’s what I’ll take.”
Marcille, who welcomed a baby boy in April with husband Michael Sterling, gushed that the best gift she ever received was when he proposed to her on Christmas Day in 2017. The couple’s November nuptials were captured by Bravo cameras and will air during the franchise’s finale episode.
Another one of Marcille’s favorite gifts from her husband: Two pairs of house shoes.
“I got a gift that I thought was a horrible gift and it ended up being great,” she explained. “One of the first gifts he gave me were two pairs of white house shoes, and I was like ‘Why?’ and he was like ‘Because the house shoes you wear are really dirty and you need new house shoes,’ so he bought me two pairs and I thought it was like really stupid, but then when I got the old pair dirty and I needed a new pair, I had more house shoes!”
“It ended up being the gift that kept giving,” she said.
Who Is Rebekah Barlow on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Meet Jennifer Taylor(12/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) One of the new faces in Genoa City may look familiar to some viewers. High-powered businesswoman Rebekah Barlow on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is being played by actress Jennifer Taylor who some might recognize from playing Chelsea on the CBS sitcom TWO AND A HALF MEN.
Rebekah is holding meetings with people looking for her to invest in their companies. Phyllis and Billy are hoping she’ll work with Jabot, and are using Nick as bait. But Devon is dealing with his own issues and is unprepared to make a solid pitch to the businesswoman for Hamilton-Winters, and could blow the deal. Who will Rebekah choose to do business with and how long will she be in town? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!
Taylor got her start back in 1998 in the film Wild Things and playing Laura Riley on the short-lived TV series MIAMI SANDS. She has also guest-starred in numerous primetime series like DIAGNOSIS MURDER, CHARMED, GHOST WHISPERER, and NCIS. Her most recent regular primetime gig was playing Anne Seery on Showtime’s critically-acclaimed series SHAMELESS. But Taylor is probably most famous for playing Charlie’s girlfriend, Chelsea, in many episodes of TWO AND A HALF MEN over the years (after playing three different guest roles in earlier episodes!).
According to her Wikipedia page, Taylor was born in Hoboken, NJ, and grew up in Coral Springs, FL, twice being first runner-up in the Miss Florida USA pageants. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Paul Taylor, and their two children.
A Sharon and Nick Reunion on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Sharon Case Speaks Out(12/6/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) No one can accuse THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Sharon Newman of having a boring life. At the beginning of the year, the beauty’s love affair with Scott crashed and burned, then she became involved in the conspiracy to cover up J.T.’s killing, and reunited with ex-husband Nick, only to have their engagement implode when she learned that the hunk had had a one-night stand with her rival, Phyllis! Given the fact that this is the second wedding to Nick that Phyllis has destroyed before vows could be exchanged, does Sharon’s portrayer, Sharon Case, feel a bit of déjà vu when she plays those scenes? “I really don’t see it as a repeat story,” she insisted to Soaps In Depth. “Nick and Sharon are core people in Genoa City, who are in love and have a big family. Nothing in life is as simple as getting married and living happily ever after.
“I look at it as these people have lives hat go on every day,” she continued. “Their lives change every year, and things happen. I don’t look at it as a repeat wedding any more than any other day of their lives!” Indeed, Case views Sharon’s rocky relationship with Nick as becoming one of the biggest mysteries on the sudser! “Nick and Sharon have become a couple that never seems to end up getting married!” she laughed. “It’s always going to be the question, ‘Will it happen this time or not?’ It really kind of keeps you guessing, because every two or three years, Nick and Sharon find their way back to each other and have a wedding. But you wonder if this time will be the time, because we’re just one of those couples who finally gets to the altar, but something always happens. Next time, a scud missile will hit us!”
Despite the odds that seem to be against them, the Emmy winner actually looks at the couple’s relationship as being positive. “The fact that they’ve tried to get married a few times now and keep trying to be together... they obviously really love each other!” she declared. “They see their life as an adventure and are very romantic. I like that about these characters!”
Of course, viewers would have to be blind not to recognize the chemistry that has been sizzling between Sharon and the new guy in town, Rey! Case said that the feedback that she has been getting from viewers is split about her alter ego moving forward romantically with anyone other than Nick. “Some fans are making comments against it while others are right on board, and are happy to see whatever is next for her,” she smiled. “For me, it’s my job! Whatever the writers write for me, I will do my best to interpret it and put it on screen and make it feel true to life. If I’m accomplishing that, I’m happy. If people started texting me saying that they don’t believe the chemistry between Sharon and Rey, well, that’s a problem!”
Sharon may be currently dealing with her growing attraction to the sexy detective, but Shick fans can take heart — Nick will continue to do his darnedest to win Sharon back! “I think Sharon does want to go back to Nick,” Case reflected. “She’s not only dealing with being hurt but with the shock of his affair. He slept with Phyllis when he and Sharon were madly in love and were walking down the aisle. It’s more shocking to have something like that happen at that time than learning about it on a sleepy Monday morning 10 years later! But the last thing she wanted to do was leave him. And I can imagine Nick will do everything he can do not to have their lives disrupted, and to try and get their lives back on track. Whether that happens or not... we’ll see!”
Eric Braeden Announces When He'll Be Back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(12/5/18) Get ready for the return of The Great Victor Newman! Eric Braeden is back in the studio at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and there’s going to be plenty of drama to look forward to now! “Back on set with my long-lost daughter!” the actor tweeted along with a photo of himself with castmate Amelia Heinle (Victoria). And although he's made a couple of brief appearances via video chat, Braden has now announced that Victor will be back on screen properly in time for the holidays! "I‘ll see you all on Friday, Dec. 21st,"he promised.
Michael Mealor Reveals How He Lost His Southern Accent(12/5/18) Fans might be surprised to learn that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Michael Mealor (Kyle) is a little bit country, as he has no trace of it in his voice on the soap. Because after growing up in Georgia, the actor wanted to make sure he got rid of his Southern twang for his career in Hollywood. However, instead of hiring a dialect coach as many performers do, Mealor went a slightly different route. “For six months, I worked with speech therapists who work with stroke victims,” he revealed to Soaps In Depth. “They teach you to retrain your muscles, so you start with vowels and you build to consonants, and then to full words, and finally sentences.”
As for the accent he was going for, the young star admitted he didn’t want it to sound like anything too recognizable. “I wanted it to be mysterious, where you don’t know where I’m from,” Mealor mused. “It’s just a true American accent.”
Viewers of Y&R can attest that the training he underwent worked like a charm. Although it’s also had an amusing side effect. “Now, I don’t think about it, because the muscles are just trained,” Mealor smiled. “Now I have to think about using a Southern accent!”
Y&R’s Kelly Kruger Launches New Line(12/5/18) Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R) has launched a line of essential oil roller perfumes on her website, KellyKrugerBrooks.com. “I have been into essential oils for a while now,” the actress tells Digest. “I am completely amazed at what they can do. Every time I travel, I literally pack about 10 oils with me and was looking for a more convenient way to have them on the go. I started making rollers for myself and people were always asking what perfume I wear or what that smell is. Whenever someone had a problem like a cold, allergies or pain, I would immediately make them a roller to try to help, my sister-in-law, Cherise, is a yoga and Ayurvedic specialist and taught me all about these blends so I thought why not find a way to offer this to everyone! We decided to partner up and bring the most effective blends to people to really help in their daily lives. I’m always wanting to help people, especially in the wellness department. This is a great, affordable way to introduce people to essential oils. My hope is that they help everyone the way they have helped me.” The actress has a handful of oils available for purchase now. “I am offering five rollers with one blend changing monthly,” she explains. “You can purchase one at a time or the whole bundle for a discounted price. Prices range from $20-$25 depending on the blend. We use 100% pure grade essential oils mixed with organic fractionated coconut oil. Each blend is therapeutic, non gmo and 100% healing!” Here’s a breakdown of what’s for sale:
Immunity: Perfect for the holidays! Especially if you’re going to be around large groups of people or on a plane. This scent is warm and spicy with notes of cinnamon clove and rosemary.
Just Breathe: This roller is magic if you’re someone who suffers from allergies, are congested, get headaches or just want to take a minute and breathe. Notes of peppermint and lavender will have you breathing deeply and clearly in no time!
Kelly’s Blend: This one changes monthly. This way I can share all my favorite blends! For the month of December you can expect a citrus/jasmine blend.
Sleepy Time: This one has been a lifesaver for me!! Not only does it help you fall asleep faster it also gives you a better night’s rest. Also great for stress and anxiety as well as Jet lag. The scent is warm vanilla with notes of lime and lavender.
Calm On Get Happy: This one will instantly uplift any mood! Just smelling directly from the bottle will brighten your day! You can expect soothing notes of jasmine and rose along with orange Ylang Ylang and much more! This blend has the most essential oils in it and is a great all-around perfume.
Watch Y&R's Mishael Morgan in Her New Movie, 'Hometown Holiday'(12/5/18) (Video) Fans of Mishael Morgan who miss seeing her as Hilary on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can get their fix of the daytime alum in the new movie, Hometown Holiday! “’Tis the season… for another Christmas movie!” the actress cheered on Instagram. “I had such a blast on the set of Hometown Holiday. Grab your copy at Walmart today!”
The film centers around a high-powered music executive named Ryan (played by Bradley Hamilton), who attends a country wedding to get the chance to sign an up-and-coming musician. But instead, he falls head over heels for small-town girl Krista (played by Sarah Troyer) which leads to a year of mistaken identities and misunderstandings. Morgan plays Amber, who works with Ryan at the talent agency, so will she be more helpful in keeping his mind on business or on romance?
Based on a Harlequiin romance novel, Hometown Holiday can be purchased from Amazon.com or at stores like Walmart, as Morgan herself noted. Or, if your cable package includes the channel UPtv, the film is scheduled to air twice on Sunday, Dec. 23, and once on Monday, Dec. 24. But if you can’t wait, you can get a taste of the holiday romance with this special trailer!
Although Morgan is quite busy now raising her new baby girl, Naliyah, once she gets back into the swing of things, we expect to see the talented actress in many more new roles in the future. And we’ll be sure to let you know about them when they happen!
Christel Khalil Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Set(12/2/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans who were worried when Lily Ashby was shipped off to a distant prison can relax a little because Christel Khalil has returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for more! On-screen hubby Daniel Goddard (Cane) shared the good news when he tweeted a photo of the two of them hugging in a Y&R studio office. “Reunited and it feels so good!” he shared. “Happy birthday to this girl right here! I’ve missed you and love you! It’s so great to have you back!”
Back in August, Khalil announced that she was dropping to recurring status with Y&R to pursue other career opportunities outside of daytime. And she recently did just that by appearing in the Lifetime movie Sorority Stalker. On the soap, Lily went to prison for her part in Hilary’s death and after experiencing problems in that particular institution, was sent to a prison farther away from Genoa City.
The last time Lily was seen on screen was at the end of October, and her loved ones have been having a rough time dealing with her absence. But if Khalil is back filming at the studio now at the end of November, it’s likely that her episodes will air sometime in December, just in time for the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that her family will be visiting her in prison than she would be released, but you’ll have to tune in to find out and see her again!
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