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



  • Current Cast

    • Marla Adams as Dina Mergeron
    • Lauralee Bell as Christine Blair Williams
    • Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott
    • Donny Boaz as Phillip "Chance" Chancellor IV
    • Eric Braeden as Victor Newman
    • Tracey E. Bregman as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin
    • Gilbert Glenn Brown as Jett Slade
    • Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales
    • Sharon Case as Sharon Newman
    • Judith Chapman as Gloria Bardwell
    • Doug Davidson as Paul Williams
    • Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbott
    • Sean Dominic as Nate Hastings
    • Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea Lawson
    • Cait Fairbanks as Tessa Porter
    • Camryn Grimes as Mariah Copeland
    • Mark Grossman as Adam Newman
    • Amelia Heinle as Victoria Newman Abbott
    • Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell
    • Bryton James as Devon Hamilton
    • Tyler Johnson as Theo Vanderway
    • Christian Keyes as Ripley Turner
    • Christel Khalil as Lily Ashby
    • Hunter Haley King as Summer Newman
    • Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales
    • Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin
    • Aly Lind as Faith Newman
    • Kate Linder as Esther Valentine
    • Beth Maitland as Traci Connelly
    • Michael Mealor as Kyle Abbott
    • Mishael Morgan as Amanda Sinclair
    • Joshua Morrow as Nicholas Newman
    • Melissa Ordway as Abby Newman
    • Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher
    • Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson
    • Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Newman
    • Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Summers
    • Jennifer Taylor as Rebekah Barlow
    • Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott
    • Zach Tinker as Fenmore Baldwin
    • Jordi Vilasuso as Rey Rosales
    • Jess Walton as Jill Fenmore
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    February 24
    Victor rallies the troops for Victoria; Sharon takes matters into her own hands.
    February 25
    Jill announces a new business venture; Phyllis receives a tempting offer.
    February 26
    Victor questions Adam's motives; Chelsea plans for her future.
    February 27
    Nikki gives Billy a reality check; Kevin helps Devon crack a code.
    February 28
    Jack shares disturbing news; Victoria wants answers.
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    (News section last updated February 25, 2020)

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/24/20 - You Win Some, You Lose Some

    (2/25/20) (Listen / download) In this week's edition of The Soaps In Depth Podcast, Richard and Charlie play You Win Some, You Lose Some while discussing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ shocking cast changes, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s latest hookup, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s “two-timing” and a happy ending on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that… really wasn’t all that happy.

    Brytni Sarpy Explains Why She Tries to Get Bryton James to Do Yoga With Her

    (2/25/20) (soapsindepth.com) As a former fitness trainer, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Brytni Sarpy (Elena) is a big advocate of yoga as a form of exercise and has even dragged Bryton James (Devon) to a class or two. “I’m trying to get him to join my gym, but he likes to play basketball,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth with a smile.

    “But yoga is one of the best exercises anybody can do, because it works out your entire body, your mind, and your breath. It really helps in anything you do.” Including acting! “It basically evens you out and balances your body and your breathing,” shared Sarpy. “Because it gives you better lung support, you have a better presence on stage in front of the camera and fires the synapsis in your brain. It makes you quicker in everything!”

    Lachlan Buchanan on Station 19 3/12/20

    (2/25/20) “Born to Run” – The Station 19 crew responds to a drunk driver scene. Meanwhile, Dean receives advice from Pruitt on a difficult situation, and Sullivan seeks help from Dr. Amelia Shepherd, on a new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

    “Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

    Guest starring is Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina Deluca, Pat Healy as Chief Dixon and Lachlan Buchanan as Emmett Dixon.

    Y&R’s Shemar Moore Mourns the Death of His Mother, Marilyn

    (2/19/20) (soapsindepth.com) (Video, Video2) Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) who is mourning the death of his mother. “Marilyn Joan Wilson-Moore, my mother, best friend, and partner in crime passed away Feb. 8 at 76 years old,” he shared on Instagram. “I miss her more than I ever thought possible and I don’t know how to do this life without her. But I get my strength from her and I will be okay because of her.”

    In a series of emotional videos he posted, Moore admitted he’d been offline since his mother’s passing and opened up about the crushing loss. “I don’t know life without this woman,” he admitted. “I don’t know what to do but I will figure it out because that’s what she would want. But everything I am, everything I’ve accomplished, is because of this amazing woman. My mother is gone. She ain’t here no more. But she’s here. I’ve been quiet because I’ve been crying a lot. I’ve been yelling and screaming. Our journey was already great, but we had plans. We were almost there. She was tired. She had heart issues, she had MS as you know.”

    As the clips continue, Moore assures fans that he’s hurting but he’s going to be okay because that’s how his mother raised him. “I’m gonna miss my momma for the rest of my life,” he declared. “I love you guys. I love how you supported my mom. I love how you support me. My heart is broken. But we gonna party because my momma loved to party. So cry your tears, if you will, I appreciate it, and then let’s have a party for the greatest woman I’ve ever known.”

    Moore also shared a pair of videos featuring photos of him and his mother throughout the years set to Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.” Make sure to swipe through to see them both.

    Our thoughts are with Moore and his entire family during this difficult time.

    Listen to Y&R Star Sasha Calle’s New Single “Ex-Factor”

    (2/18/20) (Listen) Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) has released a single, Ex-Factor, which can be heard on various platforms. Click here (https://lnk.to/SashaCalle) to listen. “Song is out now. Stream it, share it, cry with it like I still do. Here’s a little piece of my heart. I love you.” the actress tweeted.

    Lachlan Buchanan guests on Station 19 3/5/20

    (2/18/20) “Satellite of Love” – As Ben readies the new Physician Response Team truck for the field, his suspicions about Sullivan and the missing Fentanyl continue to grow. Meanwhile, Jack and Rigo try to look past their differences when they are forced to work together and fight a mysterious gas station fire; Dean and JJ try to work through their differing parenting styles; and Travis meets someone new, on a new episode of “Station 19,” airing THURSDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and Hulu.

    “Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

    Guest starring are Brenda Song as JJ, Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina Deluca, Rigo Sanchez as Rigo Vasquez, Pat Healy as Chief Dixon, Lachlan Buchanan as Emmett Dixon, Gina Ravera as Claudia Flores, Bob Bancroft as Joe and Amber Friendly as Elaine.

    “Satellite of Love” was written by Chris Downey and directed by Paris Barclay.

    Why Everyone Loves Eric Braeden

    (2/17/20) (soapoperadigest.com) Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) “I love his consistency … I love his unpredictability … I love his strength … I love his vulnerability … I love his pensiveness … I love his laughter … I love that his soul loves to dance with mine. My Nikki loves to love his Victor. And a bonus Haiku: Invisible sparks Have no bounds in those moments When auras are One.”

    Joshua Morrow (Nick) “Eric is a true legend and a man I deeply admire. His career has spanned many decades and he just seems to get better every year. I love being his son on the show and the guidance and wisdom he has given me has had such an impact on me that it’s difficult to put into words. One-of- a-kind people rarely come along, but I can honestly say I will never in my life meet another man who will remind me of him. Thank you, sir, for everything you have given to this medium and to our show. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is nothing without the strength, emotion, charisma and talent that he has given us for 40 years. I love ya, brother, and you deserve all this and more.”

    Amelia Heinle (Victoria) “He is loved by one and all because his heart and his spirit are strong. The loyalty and friendship that he offers to me are like priceless jewels that I would never trade. Who could not love him or not want to be in his presence? I don’t know of one.”

    Peter Bergman (Jack) “Eric Braeden’s work over the last 40 years is the stuff of daytime legend. Our shared enmity is perhaps the oldest in television, and I am unspeakably proud and grateful. Bravo, Old Boy! Congratulations!”

    Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) “Eric, first, I love you so much and you know that. You are so extremely giving and have been such a huge confidant and supporter of mine. All of your love through these years has been so special to me. You have always been so thoughtful about my family and what is happening with me. It has been amazing working with you as I never know how it’s going to go … and you know I love that! I have enjoyed the free-fall with you! Congratulations to you on 40 brilliant, enjoyable years! You have made me and so many others fall in love with Victor! Here is to 40 more!”

    Melissa Ordway (Abby) “Eric Braeden is a legend. Talented, smart, kind, generous … I could go on and on. One of the things I love most about Eric is his laugh. It’s contagious. I feel honored to play his daughter and to call him my friend.”

    Mark Grossman (Adam) “Eric Braeden is the king. I always know we’re going to be laughing and having a good time when we get to do scenes together. I’m honored I get to work with him!”

    Jess Walton (Jill) “When I first met Eric about 32 years ago, I thought he was very scary and gruff. The reason I love him so much now is that he is, at heart, a big softie! Kind and generous, brave and protective. I was very nervous when I heard we would be in a storyline together many years ago, but it turned out to be an exciting and challenging acting experience! You never knew what he was going to do next! I loved it, and him! And every year since, my fondness for him grows. Congratulations, Eric, and thank you for everything you have done for our show and everyone concerned!”

    Doug Davidson (Paul) “Everyone loves Eric Brae- den because he is a true leader; strong, talented, funny, trustworthy, loyal, gentle when he needs to be, faithful…. He’s everything you’d want … in a bird dog! And a friend and colleague. God bless, Eric Braeden!

    Lauralee Bell (Christine) “Everybody loves Eric because he’s an incredible leader at Y&R. He’s unbelievably talented, he’s hysterical, he’s got your back, he makes you a better actor, he cares and I’m so lucky to have known Eric for most of my life. I’m grateful that our friendship has really grown over these last few years! We’ve had great talks, have mutual love and respect, and in my opinion every day we should be celebrating Eric for all he’s brought to Y&R.”

    Greg Rikaart (Kevin) “Eric Braeden is a legend. He is incredibly smart, talented and funny. And Eric cares. Truly. Whether it’s any kind of injustice going on immediately around him or in the world at large, he uses his powerful voice to help facilitate change. I think the world of him and I’m grateful to Eric having my back. Kevin, on the other hand, is simply terrified of Victor.”

    Eileen Davidson (Ashley) “Happy anniversary on 40 fantastic years!”

    Sharon Case (Sharon) “We all love Eric’s sense of humor. I wish the audience could see some of his comedic bloopers and his comedy version of the scenes during rehearsals! It could be a spin-off show.”

    Jason Thompson (Billy) “What I love about Eric is I’m not sure what I’m going to get. The work is always different. I appreciate that. I also really value our conversations when it’s not about work. The biz, the world, politics, whatever it is, it’s never boring. Cheers, Eric. Congrats! And thank you for your dedication and for your contribution to keeping the lights on.”

    Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) “It’s such an honor to say I’ve worked with Eric Braeden. He’s so talented, of course, and an icon in the industry, but also such a fun man! My favorite times are laughing with him or goofy dancing with him. He’s smart and fun and kind and I feel lucky to be able to work with such a legend!”

    Camryn Grimes (Mariah) “Everyone loves Eric Braeden because what’s not to love? You have this iconic person who has been able to create a legacy with his work that you can’t help but be in awe of, and at the same time he’s this lovable, approachable man with a giant heart and wisdom to boot. He is the totem of our show and, more importantly, a good man.”

    Hunter King (Summer) “I love Eric’s kind heart. He always takes the time to ask you how you’re doing and check in on you. Throughout the years on the show, I’ve had my ups and downs in my personal life and Eric always asks how everything is and is genuinely curious and cares so much. I love that about him!”

    Sean Dominic (Nate) “Because Eric Braeden came up to my mom when she was on set and had a convo with her, then offered to take a pic, it made her birthday week memorable. He also cracks me up.”

    Bryton James (Devon) “Everyone loves Mr. Braeden because he never fails to keep us on our toes…. Or make us laugh in group scenes.”

    Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith) “When I work with Eric I feel like he’s really my Grandpa, he makes me feel so special! And he has the best laugh!”

    Beth Maitland (Traci) “Eric cares more deeply than anyone for the well-being of the show he loves. He is passionate in his commitment to the cast, the crew, the fans, the stories, the public face of this family; he has dedicated so much to it over these 40 years. Although we don’t work together in scenes very often, I treasure our long friendship — the respect he has always shown me, and the many laughs we have shared — and wish him every happiness and, of course, 40 more!”

    Marla Adams (Dina) “Eric Braeden, a.k.a. Victor Newman, whose name is really Hans Gudegast, which means ‘good guest’ in German — Hans is the best guest I know! Happy 40th Anniversary, old friend!”

    Kate Linder (Esther) “I have had the pleasure of working with Eric for over 37 years. I can’t imagine Y&R without Victor and Eric. Congratulations, Eric, on your 40 years and counting.”

    Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael) “What can I say? From his fine collection of Steuben shot glasses to his mad polka skills, Eric is a gift that keeps on giving. Like an onion, he is many-layered and full of surprises. Yet like a true Prussian at his core lays the eternal question, ‘Haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band?’ Happy Anniversary, Eric!”

    Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) “Some of my favorite scenes have been with Eric Braeden. I feel so lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to share the stage with an icon like himself. Working with actors like Eric help you learn and grow as an actor. He also has the kindest heart! Congrats on this milestone, Eric!”

    Mishael Morgan (Amanda) “Eric is such a huge icon and just to be able to work with him has been an awesome experience. When you’re in scenes with him, he’s very unpredictable and as an actor, I really appreciate that because it really keeps you on your toes. When I first came to Y&R, I didn’t know what to expect because I had been watching Y&R all my life and Victor Newman was such an amazing character. I was really shocked to find out how funny Eric is. He’s actually hilarious as well as so open and kind. I want to thank him for inspiring me as a kid and still continuing to do that as a peer.”

    Corbin Bernsen Recurs on Tommy 3/5/20

    (2/14/20) “To Take a Hostage” – When a concert promoter who is accused of defrauding his customers and vendors takes hostages in a restaurant, Tommy sends Cooper and Diaz to manage the situation until she can arrive. Also, Tommy must navigate the politics of the L.A. City Council when two members refuse to sign on to her new budget proposal, on TOMMY, Thursday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST: Tonye Patano (Mrs. Gates), Corbin Bernsen (Milt Leakey), Luke Jones (Henry), Katrina Lenk (Kiley).

    Daytime Emmys Find a New TV Home, as NATAS Launches Its Own Streaming App

    (2/13/20) (variety.com) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has found a new, permanent telecast home for the Daytime Emmys: Its own site. NATAS is launching a streaming service that will serve as the place to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.

    The new over-the-top platform is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, several months before the Daytime Emmys take place. The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.

    But the real utility of the new streamer will come on June 12, 13 and 14, when the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards are held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif.

    The Daytime Emmys used to be a broadcast mainstay, rotating between ABC, NBC and CBS in its heyday. But NBC dropped out after 2004, and ABC after 2008. The CW aired it in 2009, and then CBS aired it in 2010 and 2011. After that, HLN picked it up for two years, and Pop TV ran it in 2015 — the last time it was on linear TV. Since then, the Daytime Emmys has run on a mix of YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and something called KNEKT.

    Now, with the new over-the-top app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said viewers would have a clear idea where to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.

    “We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way,” Sharp said. “But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

    Sharp said NATAS is currently building out the OTT app in order to be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.

    Besides daytime, sports and tech/engineering, other Emmy awards shows that NATAS administers include News & Documentary, as well as regional awards in most of the country (except Los Angeles). The L.A.-based Television Academy, which handles the Primetime Emmy Awards, is not involved in this new OTT service, but has been briefed on it.

    Sharp said the new service will also include past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives. “Certainly on our social channels since the beginning of the year you’ve started seeing a couple of hints of that, some of these great moments being pulled from the Emmy archives like Ellen DeGeneres’ first win in daytime,” he said. “Or Rosie O’Donnell and Elmo bantering about wanting to rename it the ‘Daytime Elmos.’ Mr. Rogers doling out life lessons from the stage as he accepts his lifetime achievement award.”

    NATAS is also producing original shorts, including its first entry, “Behind the Emmy.” “For this series of shorts we are combining backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

    The first installment, which posted today on NATAS’ social outlets, looks at PBS’ “Wildland,” a “POV” production that won a News & Doc Emmy last year. “The filmmakers literally learned to become fire jumpers in order to make this film,” he said. “Where they would jump into the burning region with the firefighters, actually help fight the fire, hold the hose, and then put the hose down, pick up the Red camera and start shooting some of it.”

    The NATAS app will be free and, at least initially, not contain commercials. “It is going to be there as a resource,” Sharp said. “Long term, I think we certainly see opportunities for ad support and/or sponsor support. That is not in the plan for launch day. I think our focus right now is really on building the content and building the audience. Then we’ll look at the monetization path down the road. There are certainly opportunities for it, and it’s something where in the engineering we are baking in. Monetization is not the focus, at least for 2020.”

    Hunter King To Headline ABC Western Comedy Pilot ‘Prospect’

    (2/11/20) Life In Pieces alumna Hunter King has been cast as the lead in Prospect, ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer; director-producer Randall Einhorn; and ABC Studios, where Einhorn is under an overall deal.

    Written by Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer and to be directed by Einhorn, Prospect is described as a comedic Western with a feminist twist. An idealistic young woman, Abigail Lansing (King), moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher, but her ideals quickly are tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children.

    King’s Abigail Lansing is proper, smart, a little awkward and chatty, but always positive, friendly and hopeful, with a healthy dose of nineteenth century feminism. Abigail is a young woman from Boston who is thrilled to be able to set off on her own adventure as a school teacher in the western prairie town of Prospect. Somewhat starry-eyed, she envisions herself preparing adorable young children for their future with an education. Abigail discovers when she gets to Prospect that it’s not going to be what she thought it was. For one thing, she has to teach adult men, not children, and her living situation is a little more rustic, and awkward, than she expected. Abigail has to re-think some of her expectations but decides with characteristic spunk and optimism that there’s good work to be done here in Prospect– on her own terms.

    Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer executive produce with Einhorn. ABC Studios, part of Disney TV Studios, is the studio.

    King is coming off a four-season run as Clementine on CBS’ single-camera comedy series Life In Pieces, which she joined as a recurring in Season 1, becoming a series regular at the start of Season 2. Since 2012, King also has co-starred on CBS’ daytime drama The Young & the Restless, earning five Daytime Emmy nominations and two wins. She is repped by Coast To Coast, Industry Entertainment’s Dan Spilo and Hirsch Wallerstein.

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/10/20 - What's The Rush?

    (2/11/20) (Listen / download) Just like that, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Lola and Kyle called it quits. Like every other aspect of the couple’s relationship, the end felt more than a little rushed... prompting Richard and Charlie to take a look this week at the pacing of several current storylines. From THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s dithering Spencer brothers to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Gina and Stevano and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Mob war, they look at what’s working and what’s not… and why!

    Camryn Grimes Recalls Cassie’s Tragic Death on Y&R

    (2/9/20) (soapsindepth.com) It’s been 14 years since Camryn Grimes (Mariah) played the tragic death scene of her first THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS character, Cassie, but she still remembers that day. “I couldn’t get through that scene without crying! I was on the deathbed, trying to force my tears out and to not breathe, because I was supposed to be dead!” she recalled to Soaps In Depth. “Of course, when they yelled cut, everybody on the set was clapping and crying. I’m 14 years old and sobbing. My parents were there and sobbing. I’m like, ‘I just want to go home!’ It was a sad, sad day. It was a tough day — the hardest scene I’ve ever had to do, hands down!”

    Even after leaving the soap, Grimes says she always felt a great deal of loyalty to Y&R. “I was honored to play Cassie from conception to death, and that’s something that is so rare in the soap opera world,” she shares with a smile. “I’ve always said, even if I won an Oscar tomorrow and Y&R was like, ‘Hey, do you want to come back?’ I would in a heartbeat! I feel so honored to be part of this show that I will always come back!”

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/7/20) THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW, syndicated

    Tu 2/11: Justin Hartley

    ‘The Young And The Restless’ Will Celebrate Emmy Winner Eric Braeden’s 40th Anniversary As “Victor Newman” With Three Days Of Memories

    (2/6/20) (Promo Video) Daytime Emmy Award winner Eric Braeden has spent 40 years playing the villain Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. But even though he’s done some despicable things on the show, the daytime drama will celebrate Braeden’s milestone 40th anniversary with episodes airing Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Thursday, Feb. 20 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET/11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    The character of “Victor Newman” made his first appearance on Feb. 8, 1980. Initially, Newman was to be a guest character with a story arc lasting about eight to 12 weeks. But Braeden’s portrayal was so dynamic that 12 weeks grew into 40 years, and he became one of daytime’s most iconic male leads. Although the character is ruthless, he is loving to those he holds dear, as proven over the many years of controversial plots and relationships.

    During the three days of Braeden tribute episodes, viewers will be treated to clips – some dating back to 1980 – from memorable episodes during Braeden’s 40-year run.

    “I am enormously grateful to the writers and my fellow actors, and most importantly to (series creator) Bill Bell,” said Braeden.

    Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18, the show will depict Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) hosting a glamorous gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Victor’s company, Newman Enterprises. In addition to the Newman family, the gala will be attended by familiar faces from Victor’s past and present. Returning for the celebration are Victor’s grandson, Noah Newman (Robert Adamson), his first wife, Julia (Meg Bennett), and Victor’s brother, Matt Miller, played by Robert Parucha, who originated the role in 1985.

    Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless premiered on March 26, 1973. The series is broadcast weekdays and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

    Chrishell Stause reveals mom’s terminal cancer diagnosis 2 months after Justin Hartley split

    (2/6/20) Chrishell Stause, who recently separated from Justin Hartley, revealed her mother is dying from cancer.

    “I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” the “Selling Sunset” star shared on Instagram this week. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”

    In April, Stause, 38, posted a tribute on Instagram to her father after he died.

    “We lost you today but it was a long terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she wrote. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took it’s hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”

    In November, Stause was seemingly blindsided when Hartley, 43, filed for divorce after two years of marriage.

    Soon after the breakup, Stause posted a cryptic quote on Instagram that said, “It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be.”

    According to TMZ, the exes disagree about the date of their actual split. Hartley claims they separated on July 8, 2019, but Stause argued in documents that they didn’t separate until Nov. 22, 2019.

    Vincent Irizarry to grand marshal neighborhood Easter parade

    (2/6/20) (lakewood.advocatemag.com) Soap star Vincent Irizarry will be the grand marshal at this year’s Newellian Easter parade, bringing some celebrity notoriety to the neighborhood tradition.

    The actor got his start in daytime television in the early 1980s with a recurring role in “Guiding Light.” Since then, he’s gone on to star in just about every soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and most recently “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    Irizarry is friends with neighbor Belynda Ortiz. When she told him about the parade, he expressed interest and agreed to serve as the grand marshal.

    “It was that easy,” parade organizer Liz Simmons said.

    Irizarry joins only a handful of celebrity grand marshals who have participated in the parade. In the past, Texas icon Kinky Friedman—a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former Texas Monthly columnist—led the parade route.

    “It’s a show up and do-your-thing event,” Simmons said. “I never know what we’re going to get. There’s no rules. It’s very creative and totally fun.”

    The parade, in its 15th year, will start at 3 p.m. April 12.

    Sean Dominic Teases What’s Next for Nate on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (2/6/20) (soapsindepth.com) Growing up traveling the world as a military brat, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Sean Dominic (Nate) says that he always knew he wanted to be a performer — he just wasn’t entirely sure in what capacity. “At 4 years old, I was dancing with the grown-ups while other kids my age were playing with toys,” he recalled to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “Then I started to play the saxophone. I played that for a year, and then I switched to the trombone. The problem for me with moving around so much is that I always wanted to try something different, so I didn’t stick with anything.”

    Well, not musical instruments, anyway. Singing kept the hunk interested throughout his youth. “I was in a gospel choir and an R&B group, and high-school choir. I thought maybe I’d be a singer,” Dominic shared. “At the same time, I was doing a few plays in middle and high school.”

    In fact, Dominic said that he remembers the exact moment when he first began to think about becoming an actor. “I did a play called Tied To The Tracks. I got in really late and only had a very small part where I played one of the deputies searching for the bad guy. I was like, ‘What can I do with this part that will get a reaction from the audience?’ So, I changed my voice. I did this funny, small, [squeaky] voice and had the audience laughing! It was like, ‘Boom! I like this!’”

    After graduating from high school, Dominic headed to New York City, where he modeled, took acting classes and landed roles in theater productions and commercials. “I was still kind of Bohemian about acting,” he confessed. “I didn’t get really serious about it until after I lost a job. It was a wake-up call, and I was like, ‘Okay, do I want to do this?’ I was bartending at a comedy club at the time, and I would watch these comics come in every night, getting to know the manager of the club, getting to know us workers and the bigger comics. They had such a strong work ethic; I realized that’s what I needed to have with acting!” To that end, Dominic came out to Los Angeles to pound the pavement during pilot season. “On my last week here, I booked Y&R!” he revealed. “It was surreal!”

    Even though the role was a recast, Dominic says he “wanted to bring a fresh light to the character. It’s taken a while, but I’m definitely more comfortable playing Nate now. I know who he is as a person.” Specifically, Dominic views his alter ego as “a big-brother kind of guy who always has an answer to everyone else’s problems. He’s always in someone else’s stories, asking, ‘What’s going on with you?’”

    Lately, though, Nate has begun to have his very own story, with his casual relationship with Abby imploding after he nearly lost his medical license over her scheme to declare Victor dead. And fans have also begun noticing sparks between Nate and Hilary’s look-alike, Amanda, and a deep friendship blooming between Nate and fellow doctor Elena — both of which could cause tension with cousin Devon! However, “I think Nate is too golden to do anything bad to Devon,” said his portrayer. “Nate is a hero!”

    Which is just fine with Dominic. “I grew up watching Denzel Washington and Will Smith, and they usually played the hero. That’s why I’ve always been attracted to that kind of role,” he reflected. “I think playing a villain would be fun, too, but I don’t want to be stuck in that role!” Nor does he want to provoke fan ire. “I was on a show before Y&R where I played a character who broke up with this girl. When I was in the mall, this dude comes at me, saying, ‘Hey, man, I hate what you did to that girl… but I love your work!’” he laughed. “I can’t imagine having a career always playing the villain and having people hate me! And I know Y&R fans can be passionate, so I’m hoping Nate will continue to be the hero!”

    Teri Polo, William Baldwin, Mena Suvari, Robert Pine Star In ‘Fourth Grade B’

    (2/5/20) Teri Polo (The Fosters, Meet The Parents), William Baldwin (Northern Rescue, Sliver), Mena Suvari (American Horror Story, The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson), and Robert Pine (The Last Full Measure, Wish Man) have been tapped to star in Fourth Grade B, a comedy-drama written by Marcelo Galvão. The indie is an American remake of Galvão’s 2005 Brazilian feature Quarta B. It’s described as a satirical portrayal of a private school’s emergency meeting filled with accusations and intrigue, as each parent tries to protect their own child and the uproarious chaos that follows the decision to light up a joint. Pamela Dunlap, Roland Kickinger, Ben Begley, Challen Cates, Taja V. Simpson, Boti Bliss, Rob Norton, Kelli Daniels, Jamison Jones, and Jiu-Jitsu celebrity trainer Rigan Machado co-star. Galvão produced the Wolf in a Pack production pic with Gabriela Kulaif and executive producers Giordano Biagi and Caio Vecchio. Galvão’s credits include the 2012 film Buddies as well as 2017 Netflix western The Killer.

    Y&R’s Hunter King Shares Her Real-Life Love Story With Fiancé Nico Svoboda

    (2/4/20) (soapsindepth.com) Let’s be honest: THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Summer hasn’t exactly been lucky in love. First hubby Austin cheated on her before he was murdered, fiancé Luca held her hostage until he was captured and carted off to jail, her ill-fated pursuit of her mom’s beau, Billy, resulted in a night of revenge sex with him dumping her the next morning, and hubby No. 2, Kyle, only married the beauty so that she would donate part of her liver to the young woman he really loved. Phew! Thankfully, Hunter King’s love life is at the exact opposite end of the spectrum than her alter ego, with the beauty becoming engaged in 2018 to Nico Svoboda, who is a cameraman on Y&R’s sister soap, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.

    “We’re best friends,” she replied simply when asked how she knew Svoboda was Mr. Right. “It’s easy to hang out and talk about nothing. We don’t need to go out to have fun. It’s just fun to be home with him. And he gets along with my family. It’s nice to have your best friend as your life partner. As long as you have a friendship, I feel like that’s so important!”

    King first met Svoboda when he worked as a cameraman on Y&R, which posed some unusual difficulties. “After our first date — he didn’t even kiss me on our first date — I had bedroom scenes the next day!” she recalled with a laugh. “I was like, ‘He’s never going to ask me out again!’ But he did!” Still, the actress says she was thrilled when she left the sudser for a brief time to focus on the sitcom LIFE IN PIECES, and upon returning, Svoboda had become a B&B cameraman. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be awkward when I have kissing scenes,’” she chuckled. “Kissing scenes are part of the job and he knows that, but it’s still weird when he’s right there. So I was happy when he got the job on B&B!”

    Like any other newly-engaged couple, King and Svoboda have thrown themselves into wedding planning. Initially, they found a venue but scrapped it when their stress levels and guest list kept growing. “We liked the venue because you could do anything you wanted, whereas other venues, you had to pick Package A or Package B, using their caterers and vendors. Our venue, you could bring in all your own stuff… but it then created so much work!” groaned King. “We wanted to make it easier on ourselves. So we decided that if we’re going to spend the money on the wedding, why not make a vacation out of it? Now we’re looking into a destination wedding.”

    In fact, the lovebirds have already taken a whirlwind tour of London, Amsterdam, and Paris. “We loved Amsterdam and Paris,” shared the Emmy winner. “Amsterdam is so beautiful… we’re not sure we’re going to do Europe. We’re still looking. Any excuse to travel!”

    While King is happily settled down with the love of her life, she believes that her alter ego has, if not settled down, then at least matured. “Summer is trying to see things in a different way, trying not to let history repeat itself,” she reflected. “She’s not doing things just to get attention, and she’s trying to live with more standards.”

    King paused, then grinned mischievously when she remembered exactly who Summer is related to! “Summer is Phyllis’ daughter, so you have to keep that in mind,” she laughed. “Both of them seem like they’ve matured, but they can catch you off guard with the crazy stuff they pull. So, you never know!” In other words, Summer may no longer be a wild child, but she still is a wild card!

    For more from King on how she and Svoboda plan to spend Valentine’s Day don’t miss our special holiday feature in the new CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale now.

    Y&R’s Tyler Johnson Explains Why He Avoids Social Media

    (2/2/20) (soapsindepth.com) While Theo is a successful influencer in Genoa City on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, his portrayer, Tyler Johnson, confesses that using social media to promote himself or products is simply not in his wheelhouse. “It’s kind of a stretch for me to play, because I’m sort of social media averse,” the hunk admitted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s not that I don’t like the landscape — I enjoy engaging with it, but as an artist, I’m sensitive. You see all the good things that come across, but then what’s the one thing that you focus on? The negative!”

    Even though Johnson says he is wary about the sometimes brutal world of Twitter, he recognizes its popularity and finds it fun to brush up against it with Theo. “I understand the power of social media, and I understand the power of these platforms and those who can utilize them in a really big way,” he admitted with a smile. “I have a lot of respect for that. And with this role, I get to understand that culture without actually being part of that culture!”

    2020 Writers Guild Award Winners

    (2/1/20) Daytime Drama
    The Young and the Restless
    Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Lynn Martin, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

    Young and Restless Seals Blockbuster 4-Season Renewal Deal at CBS

    (1/30/20) THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the most-watched and highest-rated daytime drama for the last 31+ years, has been renewed for four more years, through the 2023-2024 broadcast season, it was announced today by CBS and Sony Pictures Television.

    “Having the #1 show for any length of time in any daypart is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “But THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been daytime’s top drama for over three decades. The last time any other show was on top, Ronald Reagan was president, and the Berlin Wall was still standing. It’s a remarkable achievement and a testament to the extraordinary cast, gifted writers, talented producers and supremely passionate fans, as well as our tremendous partnership with Sony Pictures Television.”

    “We are thrilled to continue the legacy of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS at CBS, as this renewal will take us to our 50th anniversary in 2023, and beyond,” added Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “The iconic characters created by William J. Bell and Lee Philip Bell 47 years ago continue to captivate audiences in the U.S. and across the globe, and we look forward to building on the dynamic storylines featuring these beloved characters.”

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been a mainstay of CBS Daytime for over 47 years. Currently, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS leads all other daytime dramas in viewers (4.11 million), women 25-54 (1.0) and women 18-49 (0.6). (Source: Nielsen live plus 7-day ratings through Jan. 10, 2020)

    In the last year, there have been many notable anniversaries on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Among them, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) celebrated 40 years on the show; Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) celebrated 30 years; Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) and Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) celebrated 25 years; and Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) celebrated 15 years. Next month, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) will also celebrate his 40th anniversary.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS stars Marla Adams, Lauralee Bell, Peter Bergman, Donny Boaz, Eric Braeden, Tracey Bregman, Sasha Calle, Sharon Case, Doug Davidson, Sean Dominic, Melissa Claire Egan, Cait Fairbanks, Camryn Grimes, Mark Grossman, Amelia Heinle, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Bryton James, Tyler Johnson, Christel Khalil, Hunter King, Christian J. Le Blanc, Kate Linder, Beth Maitland, Michael Mealor, Mishael Morgan, Joshua Morrow, Melissa Ordway, Greg Rikaart, Brytni Sarpy, Melody Thomas Scott, Michelle Stafford, Jason Thompson, Jordi Vilasuso and Jess Walton.

    The series is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET/11:30 AM-12:30 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Anthony Morina is the show’s executive producer. The co-executive producer and head writer is Josh Griffith.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (1/30/20) The Talk – CBS

    Friday, Feb. 7

    Actor Eric Braeden (CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS)

    Katharine McPhee & Eddie Cibrian Star In ‘Country Comfort’ Nanny Comedy Series Ordered By Netflix

    (1/30/20) Netflix has given 10-episode series order to Country Comfort, a multi-camera comedy series starring actress-singer Katharine McPhee (Waitress on Broadway, The House Bunny) and Eddie Cibrian (Take Two, Rosewood). The series was created by former The Nanny executive producer Caryn Lucas.

    In Country Comfort, when her career and personal life get derailed, an aspiring young country singer named Bailey (McPhee) takes a job as a nanny for a rugged cowboy named Beau (Cibrian) and his five children. With a never-give up attitude and loads of Southern charm, this newbie-nanny is able to navigate the family dynamics and be the mother figure they’ve been missing. To her surprise, Bailey also gets the band she’s been missing in this musically talented family who help get her back on the road to stardom.

    Despite plot similarities to The Nanny and Lucas’ background as one of the of the key writer-producers on the CBS sitcom starring Fran Drescher for most of its run, Country Comfort is not a reboot of that show or associated to it in anyway. The general premise of a single father and a nanny helping him raise his kids has been around for a long time, employed on screen numerous times, from The Sound of Music to Mary Poppins Returns.

    Lucas serves as executive producer and showrunner. Kelly Park (Family Reunion, Alexa & Katie) is directing.

    American Idol alumna McPhee starred on the CBS drama series Scorpion, which aired for four seasons, and in the Broadway musical Waitress. She is repped by WME and MGMT Entertainment.

    Cibrian recently starred in the ABC series Take Two and was previously seen in Fox’s Rosewood. He is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Lucas also co-wrote the hit movie Mss Congeniality staring Sandra Bullock.

    Camryn Grimes Returns as Cassie to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (1/30/20) (soapsindepth.com) Look for Camryn Grimes to be playing double in an upcoming episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! The actress, who now plays Mariah Copeland on the soap, is set to reprise her role of Cassie Newman! “This is what I was excited about and couldn’t say!” she tweeted after the news broke.

    Longtime fans of Y&R will recall Grimes’ Emmy-winning portrayal of Sharon and Nick’s daughter from 1997 until the young woman’s tragic death in 2005. In the years that followed, the actress would occasionally reprise her role for ghostly visits to her folks and in 2014 returned to the soap full-time as Sharon’s previously-unknown daughter, Mariah.

    So since she’s already on set, Grimes will simply switch gears and step back into Cassie’s shoes for a change in order to pay her mother another visit from the great beyond. And with Sharon preparing to undergo chemotherapy as she battles breast cancer, she’s going to need all the support she can get from her loved ones… even the ones who are dead!

    At this time, the soap hasn’t released any information as to when this episode is scheduled to air, and with the recent preemptions due to CBS News coverage, that could still change anyway, so you’ll just have to stay tuned!

    Kate Linder Invites You to Tea in Calgary

    (1/28/20) It’s tea time again! Kate Linder (Esther) has brought together another group of her castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for another OpportuniTea event to benefit the March of Dimes Canada. The seventh annual event will be held at the Westin Calgary on Sunday, April 5, from 1-3 p.m. with an autograph session to follow.

    Joining Linder for the fundraiser will be castmates Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Sharon Case (Sharon), Mark Grossman (Adam), Bryton James (Devon), and Brytni Sarpy (Elena). “This will be the first time that Sharon, Mark, and Brytni will be coming to a Calgary tea and Christian, Bryton and I look forward to showing them around and letting them discover the city’s warm hospitality while raising money for March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program,” Linder told Soaps In Depth. “We always have so much fun meeting the fans at these teas and since we have so many fans who come back every year, they must love it too!”

    The afternoon will include high tea, plus a Q&A with the Y&R stars, an autograph session, and both live and silent auctions. For more details on the event and to purchase tickets, please click here.

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/27/20 - The Bold & The Pre-Empted

    (1/27/20) (Listen / download) Thanks to the on-going impeachment hearings, daytime is taking a major hit, with soaps being pre-empted… in some cases just as their stories are hitting major turning points! Charlie and Richard look at how DAYS OF OUR LIVES is winning a game that the other shows aren’t even playing. Plus, find out what THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS did that neither of your hosts had ever seen before on a daytime soap. All this, plus details about next week’s show and why you won’t want to miss it!

    Kelli Goss & Elizabeth Alderfer To Co-Star In ‘United States Of Al’ CBS Comedy Pilot From Chuck Lorre

    (1/27/20) Kelli Goss (The Ranch, The Young & The Restless) and Elizabeth Alderfer (Disjointed) are set as series regulars opposite Adhir Kalyan, Parker Young and Dean Norris in The United States Of Al, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot from The Big Bang Theory co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre, fellow Big Bang executive producers David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, TV personality and scholar of religious studies Reza Aslan and Warner Bros. TV.

    Written by Goetsch and Ferrari, The United States of Al is about the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir aka Al (Kalyan), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

    Goss will play Vanessa, Riley’s (Parker Young) soon-to-be ex-wife and the fiercely protective mother of their young daughter. She tries her best to co-parent with her undependable ex, despite her frustration with his hard-partying, adrenaline-junkie lifestyle.

    Alderfer will portray Lizzie, Riley’s arty younger sister who lives at home and works for her father, Art (Dean Norris). She’s adrift since the loss of her fiancé, killed in the line of duty. Lizzie copes by throwing herself into booze and Burning Man, which makes her both an ally for her brother, an enabler for his more self-destructive tendencies, and like no woman Al ever met in Afghanistan.

    Lorre and WBTV previously cast Alderfer as a series regular in Disjointed, the multi-camera comedy series Lorre co-created and executive produced for Netflix.

    Goetsch and Ferrari executive produce United States of Al with Lorre, Aslan and Mahyad Tousi for Warner Bros. Television and Lorre’s studio-based Chuck Lorre Productions.

    Goss was most recently seen as Heather on Netflix’s The Ranch. She’s repped by Ryan Olson, Management 360, Jackoway Austen Tyerman

    Alderfer’s series credits also include A.P. Bio, The Passage, Orange is the New Black and The Good Wife. Alderfer is repped by Gersh and Door 24.

    Corbin Bernsen recurs on Tommy 2/13/20

    (1/27/20) “There Are No Strangers Here” – Tommy works to keep her officers in line when one of their own turns up dead, and some want to take extreme measures to find the perpetrator. Also, Mayor Buddy Gray and Deputy Mayor Doug Dudik are concerned about what damaging information Arturo Lopez (Arturo Del Puerto), a recently arrested acquaintance of Buddy’s, may have on him, on TOMMY, Thursday. Feb. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    RECURRING CAST includes: Corbin Bernsen (Milt Leakey), Tonye Patano (Mrs. Gates), Alexander Hodge (Eric Decker).

    Dishing with Digest - 1/24/20 - Matthew Atkinson

    (1/24/20) (Listen / download) Matthew Atkinson talks about playing B&B’s divisive Thomas, his past as Y&R’s Austin, working with Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock on The Blind Side and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also debate the soap stories that never should have been told.

    Will Packer & Eva Longoria Developing Latina Drama ‘Tias’ At Universal

    (1/23/20) Universal is in development on Tias, a female-driven Latina ensemble drama based on an original pitch by TV scribe Rob Sudduth. He will also write the script.

    Will Packer and James Lopez will produce under Packer’s eponymous production company, Will Packer Productions. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector will also produce under their UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner.

    Sudduth is a Texan native who cut his teeth in acting with parts on such series as Felicity, Alias, The Young and The Restless, Veronica Mars and Desperate Housewives to name a few. He segued to writing and was accepted into the National Hispanic Media Coalition TV Writers Program, his first feature being Going to Gunn, which won Best Comedy in the Page International Screenwriting Awards. His TV writing career took off as a producer on ABC’s The Real O’Neals, Netflix’s On My Block, a supervising producer on Lifetime’s American Princess, and as a writer on NBC’s Telenovela, the latter which Longoria served as EP, starred in and also directed an episode.

    Sylvie’s Love, which Longoria stars in opposite Tessa Thompson, is here at Sundance, making its world premiere on Monday. Upcoming for her is the Jamie Foxx-directed comedy All Star Weekend starring Robert Downey, Jr. Gerard Butler, Benicio Del Toro and Foxx. Longoria is also in pre-production on her feature directorial debut, 24-7, which she’ll star in opposite Kerry Washington. The comedy follows a group of accountants who band together against their firm’s male colleagues to solve a fraud case that will save their jobs.

    Packer’s next feature for Uni is the romantic drama The Photograph opening on Feb. 14. The movie, directed and written by Stella Meghie, and starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, is a series of intertwining love series set in the past and the present.

    Universal Production SVP Sara Scott and Creative Executive Christine Sun will oversee the project on behalf of Uni. Sudduth is repped by MetaMorphic Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc. Longoria is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Christian Keyes Cast as Ripley Turner on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (1/23/20) (soapsindepth.com) More of Amanda’s past is going to be revealed when Christian Keyes joins the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Ripley Turner. Look for him to make his first appearance in the episode scheduled to air on Wednesday, Feb. 5, although, with all the preemptions at the end of January, that date will likely change quite a bit.

    Ripley Turner is the former fiancé that Amanda filed a restraining order against and has been hiding from in Genoa City. But it looks like her past is about to catch up to her, and some more of her secrets will finally be revealed!

    Y&R will mark Keyes’ daytime debut, but you may recognize the handsome actor from his role as Levi Sterling on SAINTS & SINNERS, Michael on SUPERNATURAL, Charlie Riggs on IN CONTEMPT, and Niles Monroe on THE FAMILY BUSINESS. More recently, Keyes played Desmond on DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and Nathan on THE BOYS.

    Stay tuned to see how Ripley shakes things up for Amanda.

    Soaps in Depth - 1/20/20 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    (1/20/20) (Listen / download) In a matter of weeks, a good soap can stumble into a bad patch, and a soap that’s been struggling can suddenly become must-see TV. This week, Charlie and Richard look at all four daytime soaps and discuss where they are on the cycle. Which soap has made a miraculous turn-around? Which is treading water? And which do the hosts actually disagree on? Find out on this week's episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

    Rachel Kimsey Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl

    (1/14/20) (soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations are in order for daytime alum Rachel Kimsey, who gave birth to daughter Sutton Faith, her second child with husband Matthew Waterson, on Jan. 7. The actress, who soap fans remember as Mac on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Meredith on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, shared the happy news on January 12 with an Instagram post featuring a couple snaps of the little angel. “This little stunner is here and taking her corner of the world by storm,” Kimsey wrote. “We are buried in the exhausting first days but Sutton is already showing us her personality and her fiery spirit. She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with and we couldn’t love her more.”

    Kimsey and Waterson are already parents to Everly Rian, who will be turning two on March 19. The actress has been doing a lot of voice work recently in her career, playing Wonder Woman in JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION and performing various characters for videogames. And on Jan. 7, she was hard at work right up until the delivery! “Squeezing in one last session before a tiny human arrives (hopefully),” she shared. “Localizing a really fun game I can’t wait to share!”

    And then later that day she tweeted: “I think my water just broke while I was standing in the parking lot at Walgreens. Two women in a car staring at me as my pants started to soak. I guess sometimes it does happen like in the movies.” Thankfully, Kimsey was able to get to the hospital and safely deliver her bundle of joy, though it took nearly a week before she shared the big news publicly.

    Best wishes to the entire family on their new addition and we can’t wait to see more beautiful pictures as Sutton grows up!

    Mckenna Grace Recurs on Young Sheldon 1/16/20

    (1/14/20) “Body Glitter and a Mall Safety Kit” – Sheldon learns to listen when an emotional Paige (Mckenna Grace) struggles with her parents’ divorce. Also, George Sr. is furious when Georgie tries to buy his way out of chores, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/13/20 - Questions, We've Got Questions

    (1/13/20) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie find themselves with a few questions about recent events on the four daytime dramas. For example… why is THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Victoria, one of the wealthiest women in Genoa City, doing her own laundry? And how does THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Forrester Creations plan to keep Zoe from filing a company-breaking lawsuit if they ever decide to fire her? Why did DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kristen so quickly give up her latest game? And how, exactly, did GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nikolas marry Ava, given that legally, he’s both dead and wed… to Hayden! All this and more as we look at things that make us go… Hmmmm.

    ‘When Calls The Heart’ Producer Inks Deal With ‘High Strung’ Duo For Three Christmas TV Movies

    (1/10/20) Brad Krevoy Television, a division of MPCA and producer of Hallmark Channel’s hit series When Calls the Heart, has signed a deal with High Strung creators Michael and Janeen Damian for three Christmas TV movies. The films, Much Ado About Christmas, Christmas in Transylvania and The Christmas Waltz, are slated to begin production this year.

    The Damians are behind High Strung and High Strung Free Dance, the sequel, both theatrically released by The Walt Disney Company in international territories and by Sony, Netflix, Redbox and others in the U.S. High Strung Free Dance is set to release digitally in the U.S. February 4, courtesy of GVN Releasing.

    BK TV recently produced Christmas in Rome starring Lacey Chabert and Sam Page for the Hallmark Channel, as well as Holiday in the Wild starring Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis, Knight Before Christmas starring Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse, and A Christmas Prince 3: The Royal Baby, for Netflix.

    Previously the Damians and Krevoy collaborated on Hallmark movies A Princess for Christmas starring Sam Heughan and Roger Moore, which debuted at #1 in prime time cable with 4.9M viewers, A Royal Christmas starring Lacey Chabert and Jane Seymour, Crown For Christmas starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones and The Sweeter Side of Life starring Katherine Morris and James Best.

    “Since first working together on A Princess for Christmas, Brad Krevoy has continued to believe in our unique ability to bring heartfelt stories to life,” said Janeen Damian. “We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with him and hope new and longtime fans will enjoy what we have in store.”

    The deal was negotiated by Eric Jarboe for BK TV, and business affairs executive Reuben Liber and Alan Abrams of Abrams Coate on behalf of the Damians.

    Corbin Bernsen guests on Tommy 2/6/20

    (1/10/20) “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” – Multiple Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco stars as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles, on the series premiere of TOMMY, Thursday, Feb. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Michael Chernus, Adelaide Clemens, Thomas Sadoski, Russell G. Jones, Olivia Lucy Phillip, Joseph Lyle Taylor and Vladimir Caamaño also star.

    A true-blue New Yorker, Abigail “Tommy” Thomas uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland. Tommy steps into her new job surrounded by her predecessor’s staff, including Chief of Staff Donn Cooper, a savvy cop with good instincts and the ability to be discreet; Blake Sullivan, the polished and confident press secretary who is eager to earn Tommy’s trust; and Ken Rosey , an idealistic speechwriter and former attorney. Tommy also hires Abner Diaz, a fellow street-smart New York transplant, as part of her personal security team. The person responsible for hiring Tommy is Mayor Buddy Gray, a charismatic politician whose goals and ambitions don’t always align with Tommy’s. Buddy relies on the political instincts of his deputy mayor, Doug Dudik, a slick operative with questionable morals who is wary of Tommy’s growing influence. Now that Tommy is in L.A., she has a second chance at a relationship with her adult daughter, Kate Jones, who still faults her mother for choosing career over family many years ago. Possessing a New Yorker’s gift for being tough and sarcastic while remaining likable, Tommy has the conviction needed to succeed as the first woman to lead the LAPD in its fight to keep citizens safe and crime at bay in the City of Angels.

    GUEST CAST includes: Corbin Bernsen (Milt Leakey), Alexander Hodge (Eric Decker).

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jason Canela Is Engaged!

    (1/9/20) (Pic1, Pic2) Congratulations are in order for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Jason Canela (ex-Arturo), who is engaged to girlfriend Janaina on Jan. 6! The actor popped the question by getting down on one knee at Tap 42 Craft Kitchen & Bar in Florida. "I truly believe we can make each other as happy as we made this kind individual the moment I proposed to you for the rest of our lives," Canela wrote, referencing the guy in the next booth over whose face was beaming at the proposal in the photo.

    "I look forward to loving you," he continued, "to exploring life with you, to exploring you, and to being your rock when you need rocking, woman. LOL. Seriously, though, I love you with all my mind, body, and soul. I could not have chosen a better partner to do life with. She said yes. Well, technically, she said, 'Let me think about it.' But I'm pretty sure she was joking. I hope she was joking. Ha ha ha. Janaina, were you joking?"

    On her own Instagram page, Janaina proved she was joking as the Brazilian-born model shared her own response to the romantic proposal. "Yesterday, on my birthday, I received some of the best gifts life could ever offer," she posted. "I get to spend the rest of my life next to you, Jason, and I'm officially a part of your family which I love so much! I have never been so happy and excited in my life. I look forward to this new journey and I can't wait to keep creating beautiful moments like the ones we are already living. I love and yes, yes, yes a million times!"

    During his run on Y&R, Canela's character was pretty unlucky in love with Arturo enjoying a brief affair with Nikki before starting a relationship with Abby that was ruined by his lingering feelings for his brother's wife, Mia. Luckily, in real life, Canela has found true love with Janaina, and we wish the happy couple all the best for a lifetime of happiness together!

    Melissa And Scott Reeves’s New Role: Grandparents!

    (1/9/20) Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) and husband Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al) announced on social media that they will become first-time grandparents when daughter, Emily, welcomes a baby in July with husband Nate Smith. “@scottreevesforreal and I are so darn excited!!!!” Melissa posted on Instagram. “Getting our papa G and Sweet Mama hearts ready for our first grandbaby.” Melissa and Scott wed in March 1990; Emily was born in June 1992. Congratulations to the family!

    Soaps In Depth Podcast- 1/6/20 - I Don't Want To See That!

    (1/6/20) (Listen / download) What recent scene on The Young & The Restless left Richard and Charlie channeling Valerie Cherish? (And if you don't know who Valerie Cherish is, run to YouTube… you’ll thank us later!) And what did Charlie decide he’d rather see instead? Find out in this week’s episode, as your hosts turn their attention to current storylines on all four of the current daytime dramas, and offer up suggestions on how to turn them into must-see TV.

    Morning Show Appearance

    (1/3/20) Today - NBC

    Wednesday, January 8

    (10-11 a.m.) Jim Gaffigan and McKenna Grace on Troop Zero

    Season 5 Of THE BAY Available Now

    (12/31/19) All new episodes of THE BAY are available now at www.thebaytheseries.com, free for a limited time, with Amazon Prime to follow. To end the year with a bang, an additional two new bonus episodes will stream tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, on the official THE BAY website! The actions picks up where season 4 left off: Pete Garrett (Kristos Andrews) and Commissioner Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) were inching closer to finding a missing Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who was being held hostage by her blackmailing husband, Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford). Meanwhile, Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow) was accused of intentionally shooting her fiancée and sought guidance from her abuelo Nardo (special guest star A Martinez) and psychiatrist Dr. Angela Foster (special guest star Vivica A. Fox}. After help from his father John “Blackwell” (Ronn Moss), Evan Blackwell (Brandon Beemer) and Tamara Garrett (Celeste Fianna) returned home from Europe amid the ongoing chaos, Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen) continued his search for love.

    Elizabeth Hendrickson's Pregnancy Written Into THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (12/31/19) Congratulations are in order for Kevin and Chloe on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as the couple are expecting another child together. And this particular storyline twist is due to the joyous news that Chloe's portrayer, Elizabeth Hendrickson, is pregnant with her first child! "Well, it's official, we're having a baby!" the actress joked on Instagram posing with castmate Greg Rikaart (Kevin), who had passed along to her the crib he and husband Robert Sudduth used for their on son. "I'm so thrilled that Y&R wrote my pregnancy into my storyline. What a special way to document me and my baby girl's journey. Greg, you're an incredible hubby on and off-screen! Greg passed on Monty's crib to us. Thank you, Greg, Rob, and Monty for the good juju! Now, let's hope this baby sleeps!"

    In October, Hendrickson announced that after experiencing two miscarriages, she and her husband, Rob Meder, were expecting a baby girl in March of 2020. And as she prepares to welcome her daughter, it looks like a crib isn't the only gift she'll be receiving from her friends. Mother of two, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), declared: "Yay! I have some stuff for you!" Hendrickson replied: "More goodies?! There is an upside to being late to the game!"

    Just before Christmas, Hendrickson shared a lovely photo of herself cradling her growing baby bump in front of a beautifully decorated tree celebrating her baby shower. The actress' own mother, Kim Hendrickson-Radovich hosted a tea party to welcome the new addition to the family. "I can't wait for our little girl to experience all the love that is waiting for her," Hendrickson gushed.

    There are just a few more months to go before the little angel is born, and we can't wait to see all the beautiful pictures once she's here!

    Sasha Calle Reveals She Was Injured for Lola and Kyle's Wedding on Y&R

    (12/31/19) Weddings are a pretty big deal on soaps, so it’s not surprising that a lot of fans were cheering on the day that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Lola and Kyle finally got hitched. Unfortunately, the bride’s portrayer, Sasha Calle, couldn’t exactly waltz down the aisle for her TV wedding the way she had envisioned. “I sprained my ankle the day before,” she revealed to Soaps In Depth with a groan. “I had never sprained my ankle before, and then I had to stand all day as well as walk down the [aisle]. It was very difficult and challenging because I had to fight through the pain!”

    The powers that be tried to help Calle as much as possible. “Luckily, they allowed me to wear my sneakers,” she laughed. And despite the difficulties of the day, Calle enjoyed her first soap wedding. “It was a lot of fun. The set was incredibly beautiful, and everybody was so supportive!”

    Hayley Erin on Modern Family 1/15/20

    (12/30/19) Legacy” – Phil pays a visit to his dad to make sure he is ok after hearing some concerning news about him. Meanwhile, Jay gives Claire and Mitch a bunch of their old childhood memorabilia that triggers them to reevaluate a long-held story about their first family vacation on an all-new episode of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

    “Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett and Reid Ewing as Dylan Marshall.

    Guest starring is Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy, Marsha Kramer as Margaret, Paula Marshall as Beverly and Hayley Erin as Brenda Feldman.

    “Legacy” was written by Jack Burditt and Christopher Lloyd and directed by Jason Kemp.

    Soaps In Depth - 12/30/19 - Best & Worst Of 2019

    (12/30/19) (Listen / download) As the one-year anniversary of the podcast rapidly approaches, Richard and Charlie look back on the past 12 months to discuss the soapy highs and lows. Which show made the biggest move? Which storyline payoff was a homerun? Which much-maligned character should have been given a bigger break? And which storyline did just about eveyone love? Find out on this week’s episode!

    Greg Rikaart Reveals the Secret to Kevin's Success

    (12/23/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Kevin is one of those characters that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans seem to adore despite his misdeeds. And let’s face it, those misdeeds have been massive. Over the years, he’s lured an underage Lily into a sexual relationship (and gave her an STD to boot!), tried to kill Colleen by setting Gina’s ablaze, and racked up a rap sheet that’s so long, it should come in volumes! “I give a lot of credit to [Y&R’s former headwriters] Jack Smith and Kay Alden,” Greg Rikaart, who plays Kevin, said to Soaps In Depth. “I know Kay has been on record saying that the momentum was going in the direction of people wanting me to stay, but she was like, ‘There’s no way! This is an impossible character to redeem!’

    “But in the end, you know, I guess nothing is ever really impossible!” he added with a laugh. “I think they took their time with Kevin’s story, where it culminated with him trying to kill himself. Those were really wonderful scenes way back in 2005 with Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael] and Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren], so I think Kevin’s redemption was earned. We learned a lot about Kevin’s past. It didn’t justify his behavior, but it certainly explained some of it. Kevin was never bad for the sake of being bad; he was more tormented. But I’m very grateful that he’s still around!”

    While he may no longer be the tortured soul that he once was, Rikaart admits that the character still seems more comfortable wearing the murkier gray hat over heroic white. Case in point: Even though he’s back working for Paul at the GCPD, he also agreed to help Chelsea launder her dearly departed hubby’s ill-gotten gains. Can we say “conflict of interest”?

    “He definitely is someone who seems to have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other,” reflected Rikaart with a grin. “He can sort of fall on one side [of the law] or the other. But he’s reformed in that when he does something bad, he feels it’s for the greater good. When he kidnapped Phyllis, in his mind, it was justified because he was trying to use her as leverage to rescue Chloe.”

    "I have so much fun working with Michelle [Stafford, Phyllis] that I sometimes have a hard time keeping it together," laughed Rikaart.

    Of course, the Emmy winner also believes that Kevin enjoys flirting with danger as much as he likes being an upstanding member of society. “Being good tempts him as well as being bad,” he insisted. “He does struggle when he’s being bad, but he can figure out how to sleep at night without too many problems!”

    As far as those sleeping arrangements go, fans are delighted that Kevin has been able to reunite with Chloe in Genoa City, now that her own murky past has been wiped clean. Why does Rikaart think the couple is so popular? “Kevin and Chloe’s romance is a little less conventional than perhaps some of the other relationships on the show,” he mused. “They’re kindred spirits in the fact that they’ve both been unlucky in love. Both are somewhat broken, if you will. Maybe that is relatable to a lot of people who aren’t as lucky in love.”

    And there is the quirky factor. “They’re not the sort of characters who are into dimly lit rooms with candles, rose petals and romance,” said the actor. “They tend to be more silly with each other, but that kind of works for these characters!” After 16 years of playing Kevin with all his flaws, faults and funniness, Rikaart continues to delight in adding ever more dimensions to his alter ego. “Every day that I’m here, I can put on a different Kevin hat,” he smiles. “He can be angst-ridden, or he can be sort of light — or anything in between. There is such complexity to him. It’s the greatest gift!”

    The Emmy winner loves that Kevin is back at the GCPD. "I like the dynamic between Kevin and Paul. Paul is kind of a surrogate dad for Kevin."

    Dishing with Digest- 12/20/19 - Doug Davidson

    (12/20/19) (Listen / download) Y&R’s longest-running cast member, Doug Davidson (Paul), talks about his four decades in Genoa City, his surprise exit and subsequent return and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the hottest headlines of 2019.

    New Soap Digital Series Set To Debut

    (12/19/19) STUDIO CITY, a new digital series created by daytime vet Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon, B&B et al), makes its debut on December 20 on Amazon Prime. The series features other daytime notables including Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (ex-Carly, GH et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS et al), Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) and Scott Turner Schofield (ex-Nick, B&B). “STUDIO CITY a love letter to soaps,” says Kanan in a statement. The actor stars as Sam Stevens, a soap opera actor trying to navigate his own tumultuous personal life. “Each episode gives fans a double dose of storyline by weaving in clips from the fictional soap-within-the-show … Soap operas have been an integral part of my life and I wanted to create a project that reflected my deep affection for the enormous talent behind their continued success and longevity,” Kanan states.

    New Character Alert For Y&R

    (12/19/19) Y&R has cast Chase Coleman (ex, Garrett, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) in the short-term role of popular recording artist Tanner Watts, who has a past connection to someone in Genoa City. The actor, who also appeared on THE ORIGINALS, has begun filming and tells Digest, “I’ve been having an absolute blast. I didn’t know I was going to have this much fun.” Barring preemptions, Coleman’s debut is scheduled for January 3.

    Doug Davidson Reveals When He'll Be Back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (12/18/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of Doug Davidson were excited when he returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Paul Williams in March of 2019 after a lengthy absence that had some worried he was off the soap permanently. Unfortunately, after his initial return, Paul's appearances became extremely sporadic with Davidson popping up about once a month or so. "I miss being there," he admitted on Twitter. But the actor continues to keep fans up to date on when they can expect to see him on screen again and Paul should be back for the holidays. "Paul sighting update!" he shared on Instagram. "The latest information I have is Paul will be seen the 23rd with Chance and the 24th with Lauralee Bell (Christine), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren), and Christian LeBlanc (Michael)! We had a blast!"

    Back in February when the news of his return to Y&R broke, the actor tweeted his gratitude to his fans. “Okay!” he admitted. “So, the cat is out of the bag. None of any of this would happen without all of your undying loyalty, support, and kindness. All of you are the reason Paul is back on the canvas. Thank you so much. Eric Braeden (Victor) has been incredible the entire time. A huge thanks to him as well!” Braeden shared his excitement about Davidson’s return to Genoa City when he tweeted a picture with his longtime co-star captioned: “He’s back!”

    In September of 2018, Y&R fans were upset when Paul’s appearances on the soap appeared to come to an end and Davidson admitted he had “no dates scheduled” for the foreseeable future. As the longest-tenured cast member on Y&R, Davidson has quite a history in Genoa City and is beloved by his loyal fans. And when he returned to the CBS studio for work, he couldn’t resist sharing a snap on his Instagram. “Okay,” he admitted, “it did feel like home.”

    “Honestly, you are all so amazing,” a grateful Davidson expressed to his fans for their support. “I am beyond humbled. I love you all. Peace be with all of you.”

    With all the crime in Genoa City, you'd think the chief of police would be kept a lot busier than this, but hopefully, Davidson's fans will be happy to continue seeing the daytime vet on their screens for a long time to come. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

    ‘Daybreak’ Canceled By Netflix After One Season

    (12/17/19) Daybreak, Netflix’s post-apocalyptic dramedy starring Matthew Broderick, will not be getting a second season. Series co-creator/executive producer Aron Eli Coleite revealed the news of the series’ cancelation on Twitter. It comes a month and a half after Daybreak launched on Oct. 24.

    “No one is as heartbroken as we are that we can’t share more of this ride with you,” Collette wrote. “But we are so grateful to have gotten to bring it so far.”

    Daybreak, based on the eponymous comics by Brian Ralph, followed an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate this strange and treacherous world. It was described as part samurai saga, part endearing coming-of-age story, and part Battle Royale.

    The series developed cult following but found it challenging to break through the clutter of original offerings. In addition to Broderick as Glendale High School Principal Michael Burr, Daybreak featured Krysta Rodriguez as the biology teacher; Colin Ford as hero and every-teen, 17-year-old Josh Wheeler; Sophie Simnett as Sam Dean, the most widely admired girl at Glendale High; Austin Crute as contemplative samurai Wesley Fists; Alyvia Alyn Lind as highly unstable kid genius Angelica Green; Cody Kearsley as Turbo Bro Jock, the bloodthirsty leader of the jocks; Jeanté Godlock as Mona Lisa, his badass right-hand woman; and Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan (not one of those Kardashians).

    Executive producers were co-creators Coleite and Brad Peyton as well as Jeff Fierson.

    Mishael Morgan Reveals She Always Wanted to Be an Attorney

    (12/17/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When Mishael Morgan found out that her new character on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Amanda, was a high-powered attorney, she says that she was ready to sign the contract! “For me, right there, I was sold”, she laughed to Soaps In Depth. “Being a lawyer was my first career choice. That’s what I had wanted to be all my life.”

    In fact, Morgan says that two weeks before she was scheduled to go to law school — after being involved in a car accident that gave her a new perspective — she took the leap into acting, booking her first role. “This is like my two dreams coming together, where I can play an attorney on TV!” smiled the actress. “I call my girlfriend, who is an attorney, and she’s still working at nine o’clock at night. I don’t have to do that or have to worry about the consequences of losing a case!”

    Cait Fairbanks Opens up About Her Struggle With Eating Disorders

    (12/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS know that Cait Fairbanks is a talented, beautiful actress from her performances as Tessa. But the young woman opened up on Instagram about struggling with her own appearance and how it led to unhealthy behavior in the hopes of helping others going through the same difficulties. "Yes, this is just another mirror selfie," she started, "but, I'll be real for a second. We all have things we don't like about ourselves. I'm pretty open about anxiety and depression, not for attention, but to try and reach out to those who may feel the same.

    "Growing up auditioning, I always felt I had to fit into a category and never quite fit in," Fairbanks continued. "Age, weight, height, etc. I took my pain and anger out on my body. I'd starve myself (a few hundred calories a day) then binge, then make myself vomit. Rinse, repeat, you get it.

    "When the actress tried to make a change to a healthier lifestyle, she found herself slipping back into the same habits. "I started working out," Fairbanks revealed, "then that became another obsession, hours in the gym every day twice a day. I wasn't seeing any changes I wanted. I was so hard on myself."

    Thankfully, things have changed today, and her series of mirror selfies ended with a big smile. "I've reached this point in my life where I just want to stop hurting myself," she declared. "I've been working out every day, but listening to my body. I've been eating well and drinking water, cut drinking [alcohol], staying in when I need, forgiving myself. I'm not sure who needs to hear this, maybe no one, but I hope that you can be patient and kind to me. Thank you. I'm sorry if I'm not enough of the friend you need, but I'm trying and I'll always keep trying."

    Inspirational words from an inspirational person. Hopefully, they reach some people who might need to hear them.

    Heather Tom Directs DYNASTY

    (12/11/19) Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Heather Tom (Katie), who continues to spread her wings behind the camera, now directing an episode of the CW primetime soap DYNASTY! "I had an amazing time directing DYNASTY for the CW," she shared on Instagram with a photo of her nameplate and script cover. "Thank you to all the cast and crew — you rock! And thank you to the CBS diversity program — this never would have happened without you! More pics to come after the episode airs!"

    Tom may be best known to soap fans for her starring roles on multiple soaps — B&B's Katie, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Victoria, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kelly — but she has begun making a name for herself as a director, helming her own short film, Serenity, as well as multiple episodes of B&B and an episode of Y&R.

    DYNASTY is currently in the middle of its third season, with episode 9, "The Sensational Blake Carrington Trial" airing on Dec. 6. The series is scheduled to return on Friday, Jan. 17, with the ninth episode of this season, so if they don't skip any weeks, Tom's episode, "You See Most Things In Terms of Black & White," should air on Friday, Feb. 7.

    Justin Hartley's Wife Chrishell Thinks Money Grab Triggered Divorce

    (12/11/19) (tmz.com) Justin Hartley's estranged wife thinks the almighty dollar destroyed her marriage.

    Sources connected with Chrishell Stause tell TMZ, the "Selling Sunset" star is privately calling BS on the date of separation Justin listed in his divorce filing. TMZ broke the story ... Justin claims in his docs he and Chrishell separated July 8, 2019. By contrast, she says they were together right up until the day he filed ... November 22, 2019.

    We know the 2 were seen out in public together multiple times between July and November, so the early separation date is puzzling. We're told Chrishell doesn't think it's all that puzzling ... that the tea leaves point to some sort of deal Justin may have and she believes he just doesn't want her to get a piece.

    As we reported, both Justin and Chrishell acknowledge they were having problems, but she says they never called it quits until she learned from TMZ he filed to end the marriage.

    And, as we reported, Chrishell's lawyer, Samantha Spector, is asking Justin to pay her client spousal support ... something he made clear he does not want to pay.

    We're told Justin is making big bucks in the wake of his success on "This Is Us." Unclear how the spoils will be divided.

    Patrick Duffy, Alicia Coppola, Peter Macnicol Guests on All Rise

    (12/10/19) “What The Constitution Greens to Me” – Following her battle with the Commission of Judicial Performance, Lola questions her own brand of creative justice. And when Benner assigns Lola a politically charged eco-terrorism trial that involves a senator’s son, once again, Lola realizes she must trust her instincts in order to succeed, on ALL RISE, Monday, Jan. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Peter Macnicol (Judge Albert Campbell), Patrick Duffy (Ed Parker), Alicia Coppola (Wanda Taylor)

    Soaps in Depth Podcast - 12/9/19 - Sweeps Hits & Misses

    (12/9/19) (Listen / download) Now that November Sweeps has come to an end, Charlie and Richard look at what worked and what didn’t on the four soaps. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas tumbling into a vat of acid to Days Of Our Lives doing a time-jump, they’ll hit all the highs and lows. Did General Hospital get our hearts beating or flatline? And what seemed to be the big trend on The Young & The Restless? All this plus a special shout-out to someone whom our hosts has long held in high regard.

    Lisa de Cazotte Dies: Emmy-Winning Daytime Producer Was Age 58

    (12/9/19) Lisa de Cazotte, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television producer died Saturday, December 7, after a long illness, Deadline has learned. She was 58.

    Born Lisa Smith in Westchester, New York in 1961, she graduated from Fordham University and began her television career as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live. She quickly moved up the ranks to associate, then coordinating producer.

    Later positions included working as a producer then supervising producer on NBC’s Santa Barbara and ABC’s All My Children before she was named supervising producer of Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach.

    In 1999, de Cazotte partnered with writer James E. Reilly and was named EP of NBC Studio’s Passions. She served as EP for the run of the show until 2008; then went on to executive produce General Hospital: Night Shift, a primetime spinoff of GH that ran on cable, before returning to All My Children. In 2012, de Cazotte was named co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. In 2017, she became supervising producer of The Young and the Restless, where she won her third Emmy. She was still producing the Sony/CBS show at the time of her death.

    In 2002, de Cazotte married French filmmaker and Oscar winner Antoine de Cazotte. They divided their time between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

    Lisa de Cazotte is survived by her husband Antoine, her brothers Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Critics' Choice Awards Nominations 2020

    (12/9/19) The 25th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on January 12.

    Best Actress in a Drama Series
    Christine Baranski, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
    Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)
    Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
    Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Regina King, Watchmen (HBO)
    Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX)
    Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)
    Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

    Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    Asante Blackk, This Is Us (NBC)
    Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple)
    Asia Kate Dillon, Billions (Showtime)
    Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Justin Hartley, This Is Us (NBC)
    Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
    Tim Blake Nelson, Watchmen (HBO)

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
    Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Audra McDonald, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
    Jean Smart, Watchmen (HBO)
    Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us (NBC)

    Best Actor in a Comedy Series
    Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)
    Walton Goggins, The Unicorn (CBS)
    Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)
    Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
    Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself (Netflix)
    Bashir Salahuddin, Sherman’s Showcase (IFC)
    Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)

    BEST ACTOR - Film
    Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
    Robert De Niro – The Irishman
    Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
    Adam Driver – Marriage Story
    Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
    Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
    Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

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    Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
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    Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
    Al Pacino – The Irishman
    Joe Pesci – The Irishman
    Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Ex-Wife Of Y&R’s Kristoff St. John Writes Tell-All

    (12/8/19) In an interview with PeopleOpens in a new Window., Mia St. John, the former wife of the late Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R), revealed that she has written a memoir, Fighting For My Life, that will include details about the actor’s private life preceding his death last February 3. Mia St. John, a world boxing champion, also shared how their son Julian’s suicide in 2014 caused her ex-spouse to experience his own struggles with grief and mental health. “A lot of people don’t know what was happening at the end of his life,” she explained. “Not just with the depression and the guilt over his son, but all the circumstances surrounding his life and the last days of his life. So much has been swept under the rug… Everybody knew what was going on in his circle, but I feel like there was such a big attempt to cover everything up, which was not really to his benefit.” The book is scheduled for release in 2020.

    Justin Hartley I'm Moving On From My Wedding Ring ... After Filing For Divorce

    (12/6/19) (Photos) Justin Hartley is getting back to work after filing divorce docs, and he's doing it with a little less weight ... on his left hand.

    Check out these pics of Justin Thursday on the set of a photoshoot -- you can clearly see his wedding ring is now MIA, which, honestly ... is to be expected at this point. As we first told you ... the "This Is Us" star filed to divorce actress Chrishell Stause 2 weeks ago ... after 2 years of marriage.

    Justin's filing appears to have blindsided Chrishell ... because there's a huge 5-month difference in their accounts of when they separated. He says they separated on July 8, but in her response, she lists it as Nov. 22 ... the day Justin filed the divorce petition.

    The breakup is proceeding quickly now. Chrishell packed up her things Wednesday and moved out of the former couple's L.A. home and into a place of her own.

    Justin ditching his wedding ring, publicly, the very next day is a sure sign he's moving on too.

    ‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment

    (12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.

    Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.

    The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.

    Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.

    Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.

    Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.

    The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.

    WGA TV Nominations

    (12/6/19) Winners will be honored at the 2020 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

    DAYTIME DRAMA

    Days of Our Lives, Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Dave Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Betsy Snyder, Katie Schock; NBC Universal

    General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writers: Anna T. Cascio, Dan O’Connor Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

    The Young and the Restless, Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

    Justin Hartley Divorce Wife Chrishell's Moving Out

    (12/4/19) Chrishell Stause is making the next big move in her divorce from "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley ... by packing up her stuff and leaving their home.

    The "Selling Sunset" star was seen talking to movers at her L.A. residence Wednesday, and it looks like she's staying positive through the rough situation. A moving truck was also parked in front of the house she's shared with her recently estranged husband.

    We broke the story ... Chrishell filed her response to Justin's divorce petition, and strongly suggests she was totally blindsided by it. According to the docs, she lists their separation date as Nov. 22, 2019 -- the day Justin filed for divorce -- but he claims they separated on July 8, 2019.

    As we've pointed out ... that's a bit odd, considering the couple was seen out together multiple times after that date, including a week before his divorce filing.

    The separation date isn't the only thing the 2 don't agree on -- Chrishell wants Justin to pay spousal support and her attorney's fees ... but he wants the opposite.

    Chrishell also took a thinly veiled shot at Justin on social media by sharing a quote about it being difficult to watch people change, and now ... she's changing her address.

    'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley Wife Responds in Divorce Strongly Hints She Was Blindsided!!!

    (12/4/19) (tmz.com) Chrishell Hartley and "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley see a huge 5-month difference in when their marriage fell apart and, according to her, his divorce filing was a total blindside.

    Chrishell just filed her response to Justin's divorce petition and, according to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she's listing their date of separation as Nov. 22, 2019 ... literally the day Justin ran to court and filed his petition.

    Meanwhile, he says they separated on July 8, 2019 ... which seemed crazy because we'd seen them out together multiple times since then, most recently in November -- just a week before his divorce filing.

    Besides the separation date -- Chrishell and Justin don't see eye to eye on a couple of other issues. According to her docs, filed by celeb attorney Samantha Spector, Chrishell says she wants him to pay spousal support ... and he doesn't want to pay.

    She also wants him to cover her attorney's fees, but -- you guessed it -- Justin wants her to cover her own legal expenses.

    Chrishell seemed to indicate the breakup was bitter with a not-so cryptic post on Monday about watching people change.

    Oh, and speaking of change ... Chrishell has one other request in her docs. She's going back to her maiden name ... Stause.

    Elizabeth Hendrickson Opens up About Starring on Y&R and Running a Salon

    (12/3/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When she’s not showing off her acting chops on TV, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is showing off her entrepreneurial spirit with the lifestyle salon that she co-owns, Ellie and Sass. “I have a great team where we all get behind each other, because things are going to happen!” she shared with Soaps In Depth, adding with a laugh, “I try to remind myself that it’s nails and lashes. People will live if things go wrong!”

    Managing a salon that focuses not only on beauty but on being able to recharge reminds Hendrickson that it’s very important to put aside time for herself! “I’ve learned there are times when I have to be selfish”, she confesses. “There are things I have to miss. I would have loved to have dinner with a girlfriend, but I needed to go home and decompress after a long day at Y&R and the salon, because I need to get up and do it all again the next day!”

    Chris McKenna's Family Survived a Serious Car Accident

    (12/3/19) Daytime alum Chris McKenna has revealed that his family was involved in a very serious car accident, but thankfully everyone survived. "For those concerned," he shared on Instagram. "My mom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece were in a head-on collision yesterday. Everyone lived. The baby is miraculously unharmed, Ry is very sore, Mal has a cracked sternum, my mother sustained serious injuries to her legs, arms, chest, and will require multiple surgeries and extensive rehab. I'll be going home to take care of her for a while. Coulda been worse. If you know Ry or Mal, feel free to drop them a line; They're pretty shaken up, but so thankful as well."

    The actor, best known to CBS fans for his role as Detective Mark Harding on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and ABC fans for playing Joey Buchanan on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, also took to social media to thank the makers of the car seat that saved the life of his beautiful niece, Ripley. "To Chicco USA," McKenna tweeted, "My family was involved in a head-on collision. Though many serious injuries were sustained and both cars were destroyed, everyone will eventually recover. Thanks to your car seat, our precious six-month-old baby Ripley was completely unharmed. Forever grateful."

    As fans took to social media to express their love, McKenna was touched by the outpouring of emotion. "Thank you, everyone, for all your support and warmth," he tweeted. "We're very moved and appreciative. I'll update with good news as it arrives. For now, this one is still smiling and nothing matters more to Mom than that."

    Justin Hartley’s soon-to-be ex-wife posts cryptic quote

    (12/2/19) Justin Hartley‘s estranged wife, Chrishell Stause, shared a cryptic message that seemingly took aim at their impending divorce.

    “It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be,” read a quote by Nishan Panwar posted to her Instagram on Monday.

    In November, Hartley, 42, filed to divorce Stause, 38, citing irreconcilable differences. He filed the documents without an attorney, according to TMZ.

    The former couple met during their soap opera days, with Chrishell on “Days of Our Lives” and Hartley in “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless.”

    The two dated for three years before Hartley popped the question in summer 2016, and they tied the knot the following October. They have no children together; Hartley has one daughter, Isabella, from a previous relationship.

    Hartley currently stars on hit NBC series “This Is Us,” and Stause appears on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset.”

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 12/2/19 - Thanks For That

    (12/2/19) (Listen / download) The best thing about Thanksgiving, other than leftovers, is taking a moment to be grateful. So now that Turkey Day has come and gone, Richard and Charlie are moving into the appreciative phase. What are they grateful for, where the soaps are concerned, this year? For Charlie, it’s that two of his all-time favorite actresses are working together on the same show. For Richard, it’s a couple of relative newbies. And for both of them, it’s… well, let’s just say things get super cheesy toward the end. Get ready, because the post-Thanksgiving show is a cornucopia of treats!

    Alyvia Alyn Lind Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (11/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Faith will be back for the holidays! Alyvia Alyn Lind is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Friday, Dec. 20 just in time for some festive holiday fun… or drama! You never know which you'll get when the Newman family gets together!

    Lind joined the cast of Y&R as Nick and Sharon's daughter back in 2011 but was temporarily replaced with McKenna Grace in 2013 until she returned in 2014. The last time viewers saw Faith was back in July of 2019 when she came home from camp to find her parents' lives turned upside down by Adam's return from the dead!

    Of course, Lind has been keeping plenty busy when not appearing on Y&R. She was on the big screen in the 2018 remake of Overboard, and on the small screen in series like Hulu's FUTURE MAN and Netflix's DAYBREAK this year. But it's always good to see her back in daytime as Faith whenever scheduling permits!

    Daniel Goddard Says Goodbye to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (11/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After 13 years playing Cane Ashby, Daniel Goddard has left THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and as his final episode of the soap aired, he took to social media to share a heartfelt message with his loyal fans. "My dearest friends, I just wanted to let you know that on today’s episode of Y&R, Cane’s journey finally comes to an end. I wanted to tell you for a while that today is my last air date but I really just didn’t know how. Thirteen years ago, I stepped foot onto one of television’s most iconic shows and for this Aussie dreamer who set out in search of something greater than himself... I suddenly felt like I was home. We had some good times, didn’t we? We laughed together, cried together and loved together, but through it... we were always there for each other because that’s what families do. I love each and every one of you, you will never truly know how much you mean to me. So, as Kristoff would say, 'Stay looking up!'”

    Goddard announced that he was exiting Y&R in late October, and as the news spread, fans were in just as much disbelief as he was at the unexpected turn of events. "I still can't believe it," he mused on Instagram on Nov. 13. "I loved that show with every ounce of my being. Thank you to each and every fan who has reached out to me and shared their love, support, and disbelief. I love you like family. And to all the cast and crew from Y&R who have called and texted their support… you are so very loved."

    The week before his final episode was aired, the actor shared a set-side selfie with Jess Walton (Jill) and Tristan Rogers (Colin) as he prepared to say goodbye to his daytime family. "Today is my second-to-last episode on Y&R and what a ride it has been," he exclaimed. "Jess and Tristan, I couldn't appreciate you any more. It has been such a joy and pleasure. We told some pretty awesome stories together, didn't we! And to all the fans that have been on this wonderful journey with us over the years… thank you, you are loved!"

    Goddard made his debut in 2007 and his pairing with Christel Khalil's Lily Winters became one of Y&R's most popular supercouples. Sadly, Khalil dropped to recurring status with the soap and the couple's marriage hit the skids as Lily was sent to prison. The actors made their final appearance together on Y&R in the Oct. 25 episode when Lily paid another visit to Genoa City.

    Soaps In Depth - 11/25/19 - Vats All Folks!

    (11/25/19) (Listen / download) If we remember only one thing about the 2019 November sweeps period, it will be that The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas fell into a vat of acid. As “holy crap!” moments go, that’s pretty big. This week, Charlie and Richard look back on week two of November sweeps and find that, a few exceptions aside, it’s come up lacking. Which show has scored the most points, and which seems to have forgotten there’s a competition going on? Join us for a look at the week that was… and the week that, if Charlie had his way, could have been!

    ‘American Soul’: Elton John, James Brown, Dick Clark, Richard Pryor Among Those To Be Portrayed In Season 2

    (11/25/19) We’ll be seeing a slew of music industry icons and visionaries portrayed in the upcoming second season of American Soul, the Don Cornelius-infused period drama, set for premiere on BET in 2020.

    American Soul takes an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in an unforgiving Hollywood in the 1970’s – how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of Soul Train — “the hippest trip in America” and one of the most predominant television shows for African American culture.

    Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impressario Cornelius, season two of the period drama picks up two years later in 1975. As Don, played by Sinqua Walls, becomes a rising star, he continues to manage an assortment of spectacular talent that comes to his show, a shaky family life, personal health and perhaps most importantly, his own ego.

    In addition to Walls, American Soul stars Kelly Price, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Katlyn Nichol and Christopher Jefferson.

    Guest stars set for Season 2 include Darius McCrary (Family Matters) as James Brown, Alex Ball (NCIS) as Dick Clark, Hudson Thames (Mad Men) as Elton John, Tone Bell (Fam) as Richard Pryor, Demetria McKinney (House of Payne) as June Pointer, London Brown (Ballers) as Bootsy Collins, D.C. Young Fly (Grown-ish) as Sly Stone, Big Boi (The Bobby DeBarge Story) as George Clinton, Ledisi (Selma) as Patti LaBelle, Melanie Fiona (The Bronze) as Chaka Khan, Yung Joc (Step Up) as Gary Shider, and Christopher B. Duncan (Black Lightning) as Ray Bradley, Kearran Giovanni (Major Crimes) is set for a recurring role as Ruby Daniels.

    McCrary’s James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, makes an appearance on Soul Train with his band.

    Thames’ Elton John is a young British rock star in Los Angeles at the infamous Chateau Marmont eager to meet Don. When Don gets to the hotel, Elton begs to be on Soul Train and asks for an audition.

    Ball’s Dick Clark is the host of American Bandstand. He and Don are basically in the same business – only Dick has already been in the game for 15 years. He makes nice when he runs into Don on the Soul Train lot, but he’s ready to lash out and let Don know who the top dog in the conversation is.

    McKinney’s June Pointer is the hot-headed, trouble making member of the legendary Pointer Sisters.

    Brown’s Bootsy Collins is a vibrantly attired, colorful character who is a famous member of George Clinton’s band, Parliament-Funkadelic. He used to work with James Brown and cracks jokes at his expense when Brown shows up at Clinton’s rehearsal in a huff.

    Bell’s Richard Pryor, smart, quick, outrageous and crude, is a brilliant comedian who’s famous for his irreverent acts that are peppered with extremely bad words. Richard is a guest host of Soul Train where he knows he has to watch his language and behavior. Behind the scenes, however, he doesn’t.

    D.C. Young Fly’s Sly Stone is the very eclectic, but often troubled front man of Sly and the Family Stone. He strolls into Soul Train to meet Don with his band, which includes a black llama. He also has a reputation of leaving before he does his show.

    Giovanni’s Ruby Daniels is a beautiful femme fatale with ties to the mob. She’s a deadly acquaintance of Gerald Aims and has come to town to fill the void left by another mobster’s death. Though Don comes to know Ruby as a savior to his beloved Soul Train, Gerald knows her true intentions and fears she will surely thwart his efforts in becoming a legit businessman.

    Big Boi is George Clinton, who, wearing a fur vest and star-shaped shades, appears in a purple haze at a recording studio to rehearse with Parliament-Funkadelic and two of James Brown’s band members.

    Ledisi’s Patti and LaBelle perform on “Soul Train,” but the band performs to a music track while Patti sings live. Patti gets into a little riff with Tessa over her drummer’s attitude.

    Fiona’s Chaka Khan is the talented, charismatic lead singer of the funk band Rufus and appears with them on “Soul Train” singing “Once You Get Started.”

    Yung Joc’s Gary Shider is a guitarist with Parliament-Funkadelic who is famous for wearing an “adult diaper” in his performances. When he offers to give the furious James Brown a shiatsu massage to calm down, Brown almost explodes.

    Duncan’s Ray Bradley is a kind, down-to earth man who has adopted JT’s little sister Aiya after she ended up in the system.

    Produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, American Soul is created by Devon Greggory and Jonathan Prince. Jesse Collins, Prince, Greggory and Tony Cornelius executive produce. Andrew J. Horne and Dionne Harmon are co-executive producers.

    ‘Young and the Restless’ marks Peter Bergman’s milestone

    (11/25/19) Five years ago, “The Young and the Restless” celebrated Peter Bergman’s quarter-century on the daytime serial with a cake and speeches. The actor says he didn’t expect any fuss over his 30th year playing Jack Abbott, but producers devised a plot twist worthy of a soap opera.

    To publicly honor the anniversary, Monday’s episode (12:30 p.m. EST, CBS) is all about Jack and those close to him. As he reads his sister Traci’s (Beth Maitland) family memoir, his past is revisited with clips from previous seasons and appearances by other Abbotts, including Eileen Davidson as Ashley.

    “As flattered as I was, I didn’t know how interesting this was going to be, or how much fun,” Bergman said of the retrospective. “Well, I was so moved by the whole thing. It was retracing three decades of my life and, obviously, three decades of Jack’s life.”

    He said he hopes it’s enjoyable for viewers as well, including seeing the succession of hairstyles and fashions over the decades.

    Bergman stepped in as Jack on Nov. 27, 1989, replacing Terry Lester as the rival to Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). Bergman, who starred for a decade on “All My Children,” has collected a total of 21 Emmy Award nominations for best lead actor and won three trophies for “The Young and the Restless.”

    His character’s growth has kept the work interesting, he said.

    “My earliest memories of Jack are of this kind of rakish cad of a fellow, pretty weak sense of moral gravity and out for himself,” he said. “And one by one, these relationships Jack has have forced a kind of empathy on the character. He starts to see the world through other people’s eyes,” with credit to the women he’s known.

    Bergman is aware that actors rarely have job security, including in the daytime serial realm where the number of shows has been diminished by changed viewing habits.

    “A lot of our friends are actors with remarkable resumes, who have struggled and been unemployed for long periods of time,” he said. “So to look at this as 30 years of solid work, 30 years where I didn’t have to look for work as an actor, is a pretty extraordinary thing. And if I didn’t know that on my own, I have lots of friends to remind me.”

    Tyler Johnson Opens up About Meeting Y&R's Many Fans!

    (11/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While Tyler Johnson (Theo) was familiar with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and all things Genoa City because of his late grandmother, he admits that he’s been shocked at how large the soap’s fan base is. “I have people that I went to high school with reaching out to me since I started on the show”, he grinned to Soaps In Depth. “It’s sort of like this invisible fan base that pops up in certain situations.”

    Even the owner of a restaurant that Johnson has been frequenting in his neighborhood for years watches the sudser. “I walked in one time, and he greeted me as Theo! I hadn’t a clue in the world that he was a Y&R fan!” laughs the actor. “A lot of my peers are watching. It’s been a really nice surprise!”

    Justin Hartley Files for Divorce ... This is No Longer Us

    (11/22/19) Justin Hartley has filed for divorce after only 2 years of marriage.

    Hartley filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce from Chrishell Stause, who has been on "Days of Our Lives" and is a star of the Netflix show, "Selling Sunset."

    It's almost like this came out of the blue. Justin and Chrishell were together just last week, so something seems to have happened.

    The couple has no children together, so custody won't be an issue. It's unclear if they have a prenup. BTW, Justin has one child from a previous marriage.

    Justin and Chrishell dated for 3 years before he proposed. They met when their mutual friend encouraged them to go on a date since they were both starring in soaps at the time and were single. He was on "Young and the Restless," and the soap community is small.

    Update 3:59 PM PT -- The plot just thickened. Justin lists the date of separation as July 8, 2019 ... months ago. The weird thing is ... they've been together a number of times since then ... as recently as last week. And, in his docs, Justin says he does not want to pay Chrishell spousal support and he wants her to pay her own lawyer's fees. It is possible they had a prenup that would make spousal support unnecessary.

    Dishing with Digest - 11/22/19 - Amelia Heinle

    (11/22/19) (Listen / download) Amelia Heinle talks about her road from LOVING’S Steffy to YOUNG AND RESTLESS’s Victoria, weighs in on her soap names, talks about her bond with her Newman co-stars and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the recent DAYS rumors — and pickup.

    Daniel Goddard Says Goodbye to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (11/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After 13 years playing Cane Ashby, Daniel Goddard is leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and as his final episode was about to air, the actor shared a set-side selfie with Jess Walton (Jill) and Tristan Rogers (Colin) as he prepared to say goodbye to his daytime family. "Today is my second-to-last episode on Y&R and what a ride it has been," he exclaimed. "Jess and Tristan, I couldn't appreciate you any more. It has been such a joy and pleasure. We told some pretty awesome stories together, didn't we! And to all the fans that have been on this wonderful journey with us over the years… thank you, you are loved!"

    Goddard announced that he was exiting Y&R in late October, and as the news spread, fans were in just as much disbelief as he was at the unexpected turn of events. "I still can't believe it," he mused on Instagram on Nov. 13. "I loved that show with every ounce of my being. Thank you to each and every fan who has reached out to me and shared their love, support, and disbelief. I love you like family. And to all the cast and crew from Y&R who have called and texted their support… you are so very loved."

    Goddard made his debut in 2007 and his pairing with Christel Khalil's Lily Winters became one of Y&R's most popular supercouples. Sadly, Khalil dropped to recurring status with the soap and the couple's marriage hit the skids as Lily was sent to prison. The actors made their final appearance together on Y&R in the Oct. 25 episode when Lily paid another visit to Genoa City.

    Mishael Morgan Reveals Why She Returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (11/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Nobody is more surprised that Mishael Morgan is back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS than Mishael Morgan. “I had no idea that I’d be back so quickly,” laughed the beauty, who, after being killed off last year as the uberpopular Hilary, is now playing Amanda Sinclair. “There were so many factors to why I decided to leave in the first place, but one of them was that I had played Hilary for five years. That’s a long time for most actors to play a character.

    “Not in this genre, no — here, 25 years is more common!” she added with a chuckle. “But for most actors, five to six years is a long time to play a character, so I was looking to see if there were other opportunities out there, other characters to play, other stories to tell that I could facilitate.”

    Yet Morgan says that she was intrigued when Y&R called to pitch her the idea of slipping into the stilettos of a new character. “I thought it would be such a challenge for me as an artist to be able to walk on to a show with everyone I already know but start new relationships and new dynamics with these same characters,” she shared. “The idea seemed really fun to me. The creative aspect to acting has always been the driving force for me in my career. And that’s why I said, ‘Yes. Yes, I’ll do it!’ Y&R gave me an offer that I couldn’t refuse all around. I was like, ‘Let’s make this work!’”

    While Morgan has said that returning to the sudser has been like coming home, she admitted that her first day on the set was “kind of surreal. The new EP [executive producer Anthony Morina] announced to the cast and crew that I was back, and I was given this huge round of applause. It really felt like I had come back to my family! It was really nice!”

    Of course, that doesn’t mean the actress hasn’t been dealing with a few butterflies. “I’m terrified!” she confessed with a laugh. “Fans really did love Hilary for very specific reasons — reasons that made Hilary Hilary. But I have to take out some of what was specific to Hilary because I am playing a new character. It’s been a challenge trying to make Amanda different than Hilary but still likable. I’m excited for the opportunity, but I’m a little scared that people are really going to miss Hilary and they’re not going to adjust to this new character.”

    At first blush, however, Amanda does resemble Hilary — and not just in looks! “Amanda is a high-powered attorney. She is very strong, very confident — in those key words, she sounds like Hilary,” conceded Morgan. “But it’s different. When Amanda walks in, she has already achieved her level of success and confidence in herself, whereas Hilary was becoming that. There was almost a desperation with Hilary to be somebody. I think that redeemed her in many ways from her craziness.”

    "Bryton [James, Devon] already came up with a nickname if Amanda and Devon would get together — Demanda!" Morgan revealed.

    One could argue that Hilary’s sweeping love story with Devon also redeemed her; certainly, the pairing was wildly successful with fans. Even though Devon has recently found love again with Elena, social media is buzzing about whether the Hilary look-alike could destroy all that. “Being part of a power couple can be a double-edged sword,” admitted Morgan. “Everybody wants you together, but if one character is gone, you wonder if your character will ever recover or if fans will be okay with you being with someone else. From what I heard, Devon and Elena are pretty popular. It might feel a little weird if Amanda came in and broke them up, but at the same time, that’s what makes it interesting if we have some fans who want them to break up and some fans who don’t. That kind of battle is always fun!”

    More ‘Ripped From The Headlines’ Pics Set At Lifetime With Nia Vardalos, Lyndsy Fonseca, Kirstie Alley, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jenn Lyon

    (11/19/19) Lifetime has added three original movies to its true story-based Ripped from the Headlines slate for 2020, with stars including Nia Vardalos, Lyndsy Fonseca, Kirstie Alley, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jenn Lyon.

    Vardalos toplines Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story, about a woman whose black-widow tendencies are revealed with her murder plots to take down her ex-husbands and daughter. Fonseca and Alley star in You Can’t Take My Daughter, which follows a young woman who fought to keep her rapist from gaining custody of her daughter. And Sigler and Lyon lead The Neighbor in the Window, the story of a suburban wife who finds herself and the security of her family threatened by another seemingly friendly neighborhood mom.

    Read more details about the movies below.

    The new films join a Ripped form the Headlines winter slate that includes the previously announced Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story, starring Niecy Nash, and Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer, starring Ashley Williams, Sean Kleier and Brooke Smith. Also newly set are a pair of companion specials: Beyond the Headlines: The Kamiyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts and Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy.

    Vardalos is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Del Shaw Moonves. Alley is with Ryan Martin of Buchwald. Fonseca is repped by Madeline Feder of ICM. Sigler is with Abrams Artists Agency. Lyon is repped by SDB Partners. Williams is repped at Gersh by Paul Rosiker and Daisy Wu, Kleier by Gersh and Atlas Artists and Smith by Paradigm and Barking Dog Entertainment.

    Here are details on all of the films in Lifetime’s Ripped from the Headlines slate, including premiere dates, synopses, cast and crew:

    Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story
    (Premieres 8 p.m. January 18)
    In the summer of 1998, Gloria Williams (Niecy Nash), reeling from a recent miscarriage, drove from her home in South Carolina and walked into a Jacksonville, Florida hospital posing as a nurse and took newborn Kamiyah Mobley (Rayven Ferrell) out of her mother Shanara Mobley’s (Ta’Rhonda Jones) arms. By the time police were alerted, Gloria was long gone. Renaming the baby Alexis, Gloria raised her as her own, providing her with unconditional love and nurturing. It wasn’t until years later, when Alexis applied for her first job and couldn’t provide a social security card or a birth certificate, that she realized something was wrong. As questions mounted, Gloria was forced to tell Alexis the truth, that she was really Kamiyah Mobley and abducted as a baby. Despite discovering the mother she knew was really her kidnapper, Alexis kept the secret as long as she could, until an anonymous tip soon led to Gloria’s arrest and their world came tumbling down. From Rock’n Robin and Lincoln Square Productions, Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen by My Mother:The Kamiyah Mobley Story is executive produced by Roberts, Linda Berman, Michele Samit, Richard Kletter and Gary Randall. Jeffrey Byrd directs from a script written by Samit and Kletter.

    Beyond the Headlines: The Kamiyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts
    (Premieres 10 p.m. January 18)
    Kidnapped at birth by a woman she grew up believing was her mother, Kamiyah Mobley, now 21, sits down exclusively with the award-winning journalist for a revealing interview about life since her true identity was exposed in Beyond the Headlines: The Kamiyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts. The special is A Rock’n Robin Productions and Lincoln Square Productions co-production for Lifetime. Robin Roberts and John R. Green executive produce. Senior producers are Andy Genovese and Monica Delarosa. Brie Miranda Bryant and Kimberly Chessler executive produce for Lifetime.

    Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer
    (Premieres 8 p.m. January 25)
    When Chris Watts (Sean Kleier) tearfully pleaded to television cameras for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife Shanann (Ashley Williams) and their two young daughters, dark secrets loomed just beneath the surface. As the story spread, hearts went out to the distraught father and husband, who appeared to lead a charmed life. But days later, after failing a lie detector test, Chris confessed to brutally murdering his family and slowly revealed the horrific details of their deaths. Friends and family were left reeling, looking for answers as his double life and secret affair came to light. Brooke Smith portrays FBI agent Tammy Lee, who helped to bring Chris Watts to justice. Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killeris produced by Sony Pictures Television. Judith Verno/Peace Out Productions (Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter) serves as executive producer. Michael Nankin (Van Helsing) directs from a script written by Barbara Marshall (The Bad Seed).

    Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy
    (Premieres 10 p.m. January 25)
    The all-new special will include exclusive never-before-seen footage and new interviews with Tammy Lee, the agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation who elicited Watt’s confession during an extended polygraph and interrogation session, and Shanann’s close friends, Cassandra Rosenberg and Cindy DeRosset. These interviews include new insights and take a deeper look into the circumstances surrounding the Chris Watts murder case. Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedyis produced by A+E Originals. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Miguel Sancho serve as executive producers for A+E Originals alongside Brie Miranda Bryant and Nicole Vogel for Lifetime.

    Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story
    (Premieres 8 p.m. February 1)
    Stacey Castor (Nia Vardalos) weathered the storm of her first husband’s death and managed to find love again with her boss, David (Mike Dopud). But when David is discovered dead of an apparent suicide, the police suspect some foul play, as David’s death mimics that of Stacey’s first husband. As the evidence begins to fall into place, a suicide attempt by her daughter Ashley (Chanelle Peloso) further complicates the investigation. Was Stacey a victim of a tragic circumstances, or a Black Widow out for the attack? Based on a true story, Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Storyis executive produced by Danielle von Zerneck, Frank von Zerneck, Cindi Riddle and Peter Hunziker. Jim Donovan directs a script written by Michael Vickerman, Cindi Riddle and Peter Hunziker.

    The Neighbor in the Window
    (Premieres 8 p.m. February 8)
    When upbeat, outgoing Karen (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), her husband Scott and their young son relocate to Washington for Scott’s job, Karen looks forward to starting a new life. She soon meets Lisa (Jenn Lyon), her beautiful charming neighbor and quickly bond. But Lisa soon starts lying to Karen, and about Karen to others. Lisa cleverly sets herself up as Karen’s victim, until every aspect of Karen’s new life starts to unravel. Karen doesn’t realize how desperate and cunning Lisa is—until things come to a shocking head. The Neighbor in the Window is from writers Karen Stillman and Margaux Froley, inspired by the book False Victim by Kathie Truitt. The Neighbor in the Window is produced by A+E Studios and Front Street Productions. Nancy Bennett executive produces, while Menhaj Huda directs.

    You Can’t Take My Daughter
    (Premieres 8 p.m. February 15)
    Amy Thompson (Lyndsy Fonseca) is a vibrant law student in Charlotte who is attacked and raped by Demetri (Hunter Burke), a friend of a friend she met once. Discovering that she is pregnant from the rape, Amy makes the difficult decision to keep her baby, despite the fact that Demetri continues to stalk and harass her as she waits for the long-delayed trial. She gives birth to a beautiful little girl and decides to flee him and start over in Atlanta. Six years later, Demetri finds her and, to her horror, sues her for custody of her daughter. Using her own legal and investigative skills, Amy fights back. You Can’t Take My Daughter, also stars Kirstie Alley as Amy’s mother, Suzanne. The film is executive produced by Linda Berman of Lincoln Square Productions, Rocky Lang of Harbor Lights and Big Dreams Entertainment. Tori Garret directs from a script by writer/producer, Karen Leigh Hopkins.

    Tamara Clatterbuck & Michael Graziadei on All Rise 11/25/19

    (11/19/19) “How to Succeed in Law Without Really Re-Trying” – When one of Lola’s former murder cases is overturned on appeal, Mark helms the retrial and struggles to keep the bomber in jail, while Lola fears she may have prosecuted an innocent man, on ALL RISE, Monday, Nov. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Ever Carradine (Felice Bell), Tamara Clatterbuck (Katie Kopple), Michael Graziadei (Choke).

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/18/19 - What’s Going On At DAYS?

    (11/18/19) (Listen / download) Ever since news broke that the Days Of Our Lives cast had been released from their contracts, fans have been wanting to know exactly what that means for the future of the show. This week, Charlie and Richard look at what’s being said, what it probably means… and the best thing fans can do to make sure sand keeps flowing through the hourglass for many years to come. Then, they take a look at how the first full week of November Sweeps played out. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas falling into a vat of acid to The Young & The Restless’ hostage crisis, what worked and what didn’t. Plus, what’s behind General Hospital’s creative resurgence of late? All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

    Y&R Brings Back Fenmore

    (11/17/19) Michael and Lauren’s son, Fenmore, will come for the holidays during the week of December 23, which means Zach Tinker is back to reprise the role. Fen left Genoa City a few months ago to pursue a singing career but off-camera, ran into trouble with drugs and underwent a stint in rehab. Earlier this year, Tinker received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor.

    Y&R’s Adamson Lands New Gig

    (11/17/19) Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R) has landed a guest-starring role on the ABC drama STUMPTOWN. The actor posted on Instagram. He will be in the 11th episode of the season, titled “The Past and the Furious,” which will air in 2020.

    Latinx Family Comedy Inspired By Chef Aarón Sánchez’s Memoir In Works At ABC With Eva Longoria Producing

    (11/15/19) ABC has put into development a family restaurant comedy inspired by the memoir by celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez. The project hails from The Real O’Neals writer-producer Rob Sudduth, Eva Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and 20th TV, where the company has a first-look deal.

    Penned by Sudduth, the untitled Where I Come From project centers on divorced chef Zoila Sanchez, who has always told stories through her food. And that food’s got some explaining to do: she uprooted her fraternal twin sons Alex and Rafael from El Paso to New York so she can fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant. As they all struggle to make sense of their odd new world, they must lean on each other like never before and use the family business to forge a new community — one meal at a time.

    The story is inspired by Sánchez’s memoir Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, which was published last month. The characters Zoila Sanchez and her fraternal twin sons, Alex and Rafael, were inspired by Aaron’s mother, Zarela Martinez, who was also a famous chef, and Aaron and his fraternal twin brother, Rodrigo.

    Sudduth, who was born and raised by a Latino family in Texas, executive produces alongside Longoria and Spector through UnbeliEVAable and Sanchez.

    The Food Network staple and James Beard winner Sánchez also co-stars on Fox’s MasterChef and MasterChef Jr, and in 2016 founded a scholarship fund for aspiring chefs from the Latin community, providing mentorship opportunities and scholarships to the International Culinary Center in New York.

    UnbeliEVAble is coming off the soapy summer drama Grand Hotel, which ran on ABC for one season. It featured a strong Latinx presence in front of and behind the camera. The company also produced the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary Reversing Roe which premiered this fall at Telluride.

    Sudduth’s writing credits include the upcoming Netflix comedy series Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters, Lifetime’s American Princess, and Netflix’s On My Block.

    UnbeliEVAable is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Sánchez is repped by CAA.

    Tristan Rogers Visits Y&R!

    (11/13/19) Tristan Rogers will reprise the role of Y&R’s Colin Atkinson, who was last seen in 2017, for a two-day appearance that will kick off on November 20. The actor, who shot the episodes during a production break from his other daytime gig (playing GH’s Robert Scorpio), tells Digest that he particularly enjoyed reuniting with Genoa City leading lady Jess Walton (Jill). “It’s a delight,” he smiled. “It’s like we’ve never been away from each other.” For more on Colin’s return, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.

    Y&R's Sean Carrigan Previews His Exciting New Role in 'Ford v Ferrari'

    (11/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans who miss seeing Sean Carrigan as Stitch on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can catch the handsome actor on the big screen playing real-life racecar driver Walt Hansgen in the new movie Ford v Ferrari, premiering on Friday, Nov. 15! "This is probably my first time playing a real person," Carrigan admitted to Soaps In Depth. "I did a little research. He was a helluva racer who raced the circuit all the way back to Watkins Glen and worked is way all the way up to racing on the Ford team at Le Mans."

    The story centers around an engineer and race car driver played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale who work to help Ford defeat Ferrari at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race. "They were both extremely professional and really cool," Carrigan said of his co-stars. "I shot over in France with Christian Bale and that was at the beginning of the photography of the film. They shot in France for months. And then in the last few weeks, we shot out in Fontana, CA at the racetrack there. It was when the Dodgers were playing the Red Sox in the World Series, so Matt Damon and I were going back and forth about it because he's a Red Sox fan and I was going for the Dodgers. So in between takes, we were talking smack to each other about the World Series. It was fun!"

    In addition to working with talented actors like Damon and Bale, Carrigan was excited to get behind the wheel of a race car… even if he wasn't actually driving it! "It was incredible!" he enthused. "What they do is they put you in what's called a biscuit. You're in an actual race car, but the front axle is attached to the rear of a turbo-charged truck that's being controlled by an actual race car driver.

    "So they put four cameras on the hood so it looks like I'm driving," Carrigan continued. "And then all the other races are racing around me and we all have headsets. Everything is choreographed and you can hear the stunt coordinator calling out orders saying, 'We're going to go high up on this turn, and then you come down low…' It's like he's directing a little auto symphony, you know? It was one of the funniest things I've ever done. It was extremely exhilarating."

    Check out this trailer for Ford v Ferrari and then head to the theaters to see the Y&R alum on the big screen! (Video)

    ‘Your Honor’: Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks & Jimi Stanton To Guest Star In Showtime Drama Series

    (11/13/19) Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Chet Hanks (SHAMELESS) and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher) are set for guest star in Your Honor, Showtime’s limited series starring Bryan Cranston.

    Produced by CBS TV Studios and King Size Productions based on the hot Israeli drama format Kvodo, the legal thriller hails from Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King.

    A legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society, Your Honor stars Cranston as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Carmen Ejogo, Hunter Doohan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia co-star with Hope Davis and Michael Stuhlbarg. Production is underway in the Big Easy.

    Toussaint plays Sarah LeBlanc, the Chief Justice at the criminal court where Michael Desiato (Cranston) is a judge. She respects his methodical ways and his commitment to justice but often finds herself at odds with him as she tries to move cases quickly through the overloaded criminal justice system.

    Stanton is Carlo Baxter, the eldest son of Jimmy Baxter (Stuhlbarg) who is destined to follow in his father’s criminal footsteps, and Hanks plays Carlo’s best friend, Joey Maldini, who has criminal plans of his own.

    Moffat serves as showrunner and executive producer and has written multiple episodes of Your Honor, including the first one. Edward Berger is directing the first three episodes and executive producing. Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg of Scripted World and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment also serve as EPs. Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach created the Israeli series on which Your Honor is based.

    Soap star Jason Thompson is giving up his outdoor bathtub

    (11/11/19) (latimes.com) You’ve heard of outdoor showers. But an outdoor bathtub?

    A Hollywood Hills house owned by a trust connected to soap opera star Jason Thompson is for sale at $1.275 million.

    The Midcentury Modern one-story has a hip retro vibe along with modern updates. One of them is a 70-inch white soaking tub set on a sheltered deck off the master suite. Another chic update is the pivoting front door.

    Banks of windows, clerestories and sliding glass doors in the nearly 1,500-square-foot home open to views of the hills of Griffith Park, the cityscape and nearby mountains.

    Natural light floods the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space. Details include wood-beam ceilings above the living area and an eat-at counter off the kitchen island.

    There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den. A detached studio sits a few steps down the hill at the back of the house.

    Thompson, 42, has been a regular on “The Young and the Restless” since 2016. Before that he had a long stint on “General Hospital,” starting in 2005.

    He bought the property in 2006 for $860,000, public records show.

    Jennifer Gainey of Compass is the listing agent.

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/11/19 - November Sweeps

    (11/11/19) (Listen / download) Interrupted weddings. Nightmarish technology. Fake royalty. Paternity lies. If all these things are happening on your favorite soaps, it must mean November sweeps has begun. (And if all of those things are happening on one soap, it must mean you’re watching Days Of Our Lives!) This week, Richard and Charlie look at how the first week of sweeps played out. Which soap had the hottest plots? Which left viewers wanting more? And which one is about to kick things into overdrive? All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.

    Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominees Set

    (11/11/19) Final voting begins December 3 for the MUAHS Guild Awards and closes January 3, 2020.

    The awards, which honoring achievements in make-up and hair styling in film, TV, commercials and live theater, will be bestowed at a gala January 11 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live.

    DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST MAKE-UP

    Dr. Phil
    Cool Benson, Alan Bosshardt, Christina Patch

    Price is Right
    Carol Wood

    The Bold and The Beautiful
    Christine Lai Johnson, Chris Escobosa, Stacey Alfano

    The Real
    Melanie Mills, Uzmee Krakovszki, Motoko Honjo-Clayton

    The Young and The Restless
    Patricia Denney, Kathy Jones, Laura Schaffer Holmes.

    CBS Will Pre-Empt Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage

    (11/8/19) CBS is the first U.S. broadcast network to announce its plans to pre-empt regular daytime programming for coverage of next week’s first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. All of the broadcast networks are expected to join cable news channels and news streaming services to cover the hearings, which will start Wednesday with the testimony of Bill Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the State Department.

    CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell will lead coverage of the hearing and another one scheduled for November 15, with testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. CBS Evening News also will originate from Washington on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. The newscast is expected to move to Washington permanently by the end of the year.

    CBS also said that it will provide coverage on CBSN, its streaming service, along with coverage on CBS News Radio and CBS Newspath. CBS This Morning also will feature interviews and analysis, with co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil joined by 60 Minutes correspondent John Dickerson with historical perspective.

    Others contributing to the network coverage include Face the Nation moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan, chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, political correspondent Ed O’Keefe and White House correspondent Paula Reid. Contributors Jonathan Turley and Kim Wehle will provide analysis.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (11/8/19) The Talk – CBS

    Friday, Nov. 15

    Peter Bergman discusses his milestone thirty years on “The Young and the Restless” (n)

    Ron Perlman, Vanessa Marano & More Star In ‘This Game’s Called Murder’ Thriller

    (11/8/19) Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman, Switched at Birth alum Vanessa Marano, Natasha Henstridge (Diggstown, Species 1 & 2), James Lastovic (Insatiable, Days of Our Lives), and Annabel Barrett (Detachment, Ocean’s Rising) are set to star in This Game’s Called Murder, an indie thriller written and directed by Adam Sherman.

    The pic is being described as an absurdist story full of violence, betrayal, and sex set in a world ruled by technology and social media. It’s a modern, dark-humored tale of greed, romance, and lost innocence in consumer-crazed, alienated society that functions as a harsh critique of society today without taking itself too seriously.

    Sherman and Hagai Shaham are producing the project, which is shooting in and around Los Angeles.

    Perlman, known for FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Amazon’s Hand of God, and the Hellboy features, will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal opposite Abigail Spencer. He’s repped by Gersh and LINK Entertainment. Marano recently wrapped filming the CBS pilot, Super Simple Love Story with sister Laura Marano, who she starred alongside in Saving Zoe, which was released theatrically earlier this year. She is with Paradigm and Marano Entertainment.

    Henstridge is repped by Buchwald and Atlas Artists; Lastovic by Global Artists Agency and Blain & Associates; Barrett by Citizen Skull.

    Mishael Morgan Mourns the Death of Her Father, Michael

    (11/8/19) Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Mishael Morgan (Amanda) who is mourning the loss of her beloved father, Michael Morgan. "No words," she shared on Instagram with a broken-heart emoji and an image of his memorial invitation. Michael was 67 at the time of his passing on Nov. 5.

    Morgan's friends and castmates offered their sympathies via social media. Bree Williamson (ex-Claudette, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) posted: "I am so, so sorry, honey." Y&R's Brytni Sarpy (Elena) declared: "Sending you so much love." Melissa Ordway (Abby) offered, "I'm so sorry," and Bryton James (Devon) promised: "Here for you, always."

    Last August, Morgan shared a family photo from her father's 66th birthday party where he was holding his grandson, Niam, in his lap. "Happy Birthday, Daddy and Grandpa!" she exclaimed. You'll note that the picture was taken while she was pregnant with her daughter, Naliyah, who was born just a few months later. This was also after Morgan had left Y&R and her character of Hilary Curtis had been written out of the soap.

    Our thoughts are with Morgan and her entire family during this difficult time.

    William Wintersole Dies: Veteran Actor On ‘The Young And The Restless’ Was 88

    (11/7/19) William Wintersole, who played the role of Mitchell Sherman on daytime drama The Young and the Restless for more than 20 years, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home at age 88. He passed from complications of cancer, according to his daughter.

    Wintersole also played Ted Ballantine on General Hospital in the 1980s, and had appearances on I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy, Bonanza, Star Trek and The Fugitive during his career.

    An Ohio native, Wintersole was born on July 30, 1931, and began his acting career in the 1960s.

    He is survived by his life partner, Marlene Silverstein, and daughters Tiffany Harmon and Katherine Ramsey. He had three granddaughters, Kristy, Amy and Jill, and one great granddaughter, Abby.

    Y&R’s New Chance On “Fun And Amazing Ride"

    (11/5/19) Now that the news is out, Donny Boaz took to social to share his excitement about playing Chance on Y&R. The actor posted, ” Soooo… this happened. I signed a multi-year deal and have now been working on “The Young and the Restless” for 6 weeks. And now, I finally get to share it with my friends and family. I will be playing Chance Chancellor. It’s been a fun and amazing ride so far. Easily the hardest, fast paced job I’ve ever had and it’s as equally rewarding. I feel so very thankful and grateful for this new journey.” Boaz debuts on November 8.

    Y&R Casts New Chance

    (11/5/19) Actor Donny Boaz has been cast as the new Phillip "Chance" Chancellor IV on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! The character has been mentioned a lot in recent episodes, but will finally be making his return to the screen in the flesh beginning in the episode scheduled to air on Friday, Nov. 8. "I signed a multi-year deal and have now been working on Y&R for six weeks," he shared on Instagram once the news broke. "It's been a fun and amazing ride so far. Easily the hardest fast-paced job I've ever had and it's as equally rewarding. I feel so very thankful and grateful for this new journey."

    This will be Boaz's daytime debut, but he has some primetime soap experience playing Bo McCabe on DALLAS from 2013-14. He also has numerous film and television credits including a recurring role on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and the Lifetime movie Hometown Christmas.

    Nina and Phillip's son was most recently played by GUIDING LIGHT alum John Driscoll, and was last seen in 2011 when he left town to go take a job at the Pentagon. However, his name has surfaced quite a bit when Adam mentioned running into Chase during his time in Las Vegas, and he also has something to do with the new will of Katherine's that surfaced giving Cane her fortune instead of Devon! Stay tuned to see how Chance shakes things up again in Genoa City.

    Doug Davidson Reveals When He'll Be Back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (11/5/19) Fans of Doug Davidson were excited when he returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Paul Williams in March of 2019 after a lengthy absence that had some worried he was off the soap permanently. Unfortunately, after his initial return, Paul's appearances became extremely sporadic with Davidson popping up about once a month or so. "I miss being there," he admitted on Twitter. But the actor continues to keep fans up to date on when they can expect to see him on screen again. "12th of November and the 17th and 18th of December, I think," he revealed. "Beyond that, I don't know."

    Back in February when the news of his return to Y&R broke, the actor tweeted his gratitude to his fans. “Okay!” he admitted. “So, the cat is out of the bag. None of any of this would happen without all of your undying loyalty, support, and kindness. All of you are the reason Paul is back on the canvas. Thank you so much. Eric Braeden (Victor) has been incredible the entire time. A huge thanks to him as well!” Braeden shared his excitement about Davidson’s return to Genoa City when he tweeted a picture with his longtime co-star captioned: “He’s back!”

    Back in September of 2018, Y&R fans were upset when Paul’s appearances on the soap appeared to come to an end and Davidson admitted he had “no dates scheduled” for the foreseeable future. As the longest-tenured cast member on Y&R, Davidson has quite a history in Genoa City and is beloved by his loyal fans. And when he returned to the CBS studio for work, he couldn’t resist sharing a snap on his Instagram. “Okay,” he admitted, “it did feel like home.”

    “Honestly, you are all so amazing,” a grateful Davidson expressed to his fans for their support. “I am beyond humbled. I love you all. Peace be with all of you.”

    With all the crime in Genoa City, you'd think the chief of police would be kept a lot busier than this, but hopefully, Davidson's fans will be happy to continue seeing the daytime vet on their screens for a long time to come. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

    Simon Black on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS — Everything You Need to Know

    (11/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Trouble arrived in Genoa City as Simon Black appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for the first time on Nov. 1. Before Jeffrey Vincent Parise made his debut on the soap, his character was described as "a charming and dangerous stranger who visits town to settle unfinished business with someone in Genoa City." And now we know just who that person is!

    Simon showed up and introduced himself to Chelsea Lawson as an old colleague of her late husband, Calvin Boudreau. Unfortunately, he wasn't there to offer his condolences but to collect the money owed him. The money he went to collect from their storeroom only to find it was missing. Chelsea flew into a panic but tried to keep her cool as she wondered how she was going to cover her tracks! How far will Simon go to get what he's owed?

    Parise has some experience playing "charming and dangerous" from his popular role as the villainous Carlos Rivera on ABC sudser GENERAL HOSPITAL as well as portraying the Prince of Hell, Asmodeus, during the 13th season of the CW's SUPERNATURAL. Viewers might also recognize the actor from his roles in primetime series like THE DETOUR, MAD MEN, CASTLE, and CSI: NY. He's also appeared in films like The Love Witch and The Outer Wild.

    Although his stint is not said to be long-term, Parise will be appearing as Simon in multiple episodes beginning at the start of November, so you're not going to want to miss any of it. Stay tuned to see just how dangerous Simon might be.

    Watch Y&R's Michael Muhney in His New Movie, 'Sidepiece'

    (11/5/19) (Trailer) Daytime alum Michael Muhney (ex-Adam, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in a new short film called Sidepiece! "If you wanna see what I can do with a pair of drumsticks, you gotta stay tuned for this Teddy Tenenbaum written and directed production," the actor tweeted. "I'll be posting a trailer soon!"

    Tenenbaum, who has been on the writing staff of primetime series like GHOST WHISPERER and SOUTH CENTRAL, described Sidepiece as a "kinda-romantic-comedy." It stars Jenness Rouse and Muhney as Lucy and Collin, a couple who meet for a date… but they're both cheating on their spouses! Add in co-writer Minsun Park as Lucy's sister-in-law who seems weirdly excited that she's finally cheating on her brother and things get complicated. Really complicated!

    Currently, the film is just beginning to tour the festival circuit, and Tenenbaum urges fans to follow @SidepieceM on Twitter for updates on screenings. "Hopefully, we'll be in a town near you," he tweeted. "Michael is amazing in it!" But until then, you can check out this trailer for a taste of the complicated!

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/4/19 - Big Turning Points!

    (11/4/19) (Listen / download) As we head into November Sweeps, all four soaps are dealing with big changes. Some are storyline twists (like The Young & The Restless revealing that Theo's an Abbott), while others are behind the scenes (like Dan O'Connor, General Hospital's new co-headwriter, having his material begin airing). And of course, Days Of Our Lives is about to stage a major event that will shake up the entire show. Join Richard and Charlie as they look at what's coming up, and how these turning points will impact the soaps in the days and weeks to come!

    Y&R Star Suffers Loss

    (11/4/19) Christopher Banninger, a sound mixer on GH and the former husband to Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R), died on October 31 of a massive heart attack. “He passed away with no pain and with dear friends holding his hand,” Maitland shared on social media. “He is survived by our daughter Emelia, and although you may know we were recently divorced, I have spent 35 years of loving this man with every ounce of me and I feel so sorry for the pain this loss brings to so many of you who loved him too.”

    Dishing with Digest - 11/1/19 - Melissa Claire Egan

    (11/1/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Claire Egan discusses her return to Y&R as Chelsea, her ALL MY CHILDREN years and her new Hallmark movie with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we debate the merits of soaps' special episodes.

    Daytime Emmys: Gender-Neutral Young Performer Category, More Inclusive Eligibility Among 15+ Changes for 2020

    (11/1/19) The confirmed merging of the Younger Actor and Young Actress categories into one, gender-neutral award is but one of many changes on tap for the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards.

    NATAS has announced a slew of changes and updates for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which as recently reported will now be held across three nights, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.

    The changes include but are not limited to:

    * Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series replaces the Outstanding Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories, as well as eliminates the gender of the category.

    * All performers eligible for gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one they feel best fits their gender identity — as Asia Kate Dillon, a non-binary cast member of Showtime’s Billions, does by choosing to compete in the Supporting Actor category at the Primetime Emmys.

    * These categories are now open to both Broadcast Dramas and Digital Drama entrants:
    Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design
    Outstanding Casting
    Outstanding Costume Design
    Outstanding Lighting Direction
    Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing
    Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

    * Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Hairstyling reels must now include only “everyday” makeup and hairstyling. Special event, Halloween, special effects, prosthetic or period makeup and hairstyling reels belong in a newly created Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling category.

    * Other new categories include Outstanding Young Adult Program (created for tween and teen viewers 12- 17 years old, and accepting Series and Specials) and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program.

    * Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Family Viewing Program has been replaced with two categories: Outstanding Principal Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult, or Special Class Program, and Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult Program, or Special Class Program (whereby Limited is defined as appearing in 25% or less of the total episodes for the season, appearing on screen in 25% or less of the entire Special, and/or onscreen Guest credit).

    * Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program has been eliminated.

    Y&R Alum Jessica Collins Stars in Dolly Parton's HEARTSTRINGS

    (11/1/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of Jessica Collins from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will definitely want to check out the new Netflix anthology series DOLLY PARTON’S HEARTSTRINGS, premiering Friday, Nov. 22. The actress is joining fellow Emmy winners Camryn Manheim, Timothy Busfield, and Patricia Wettig as well as Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Ray McKinnon in the cast! “Finally I can share this with all of you!” she exclaimed on Instagram when news of her casting broke. “Beyond grateful and so proud of this project. Thank you, beautiful Dolly and my whole HEARTSTRINGS family. I’ve been floating ever since you welcomed me into your kind and talented world.”

    Collins’ episode is titled “Cracker Jack” and also stars Tammy Lynn Michaels (POPULAR) and Parton herself. Collins will be playing the character of Monica. And fellow Y&R alum Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan) will be starring opposite Julianne Hough in the “Jolene” episode.

    Each episode will begin with an introduction by Parton as herself talking or singing about the meaning behind each song. She will also appear in some of the stories, each of which will be a stand-alone show with a separate story and cast from the others. The stories, all based on classic Parton songs, will run the gamut from romance to drama to comedy.

    Collins got her start in daytime playing Dinah on ABC sudser LOVING from 1991-94 before finding further success in film and primetime. She returned to soaps in 2011 to play Avery Bailey Clark on Y&R, earning a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2013 and taking home the trophy in 2016. After leaving Y&R in 2015, Collins appeared on shows like 9-1-1 and GREY’S ANATOMY while also giving birth to her daughter, Jemma, in 2016.


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    Facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    59. September 26, 1989: Jessica married Jim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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