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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
    • 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
    • Noah Alexander Gerry as Charlie Ashby
    • Daniel Goddard as Cane Ashby
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Lexie Stevenson as Mattie Ashby
    • Jennifer Taylor as Rebekah Barlow
    • Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott
    • Gordon Thomson as Daryl Tulane
    • Zach Tinker as Fenmore Baldwin
    • Jordi Vilasuso as Rey Rosales
    • Jess Walton as Jill Fenmore
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    September 18
    Michael points the finger at Adam; Victoria is blindsided.
    September 19
    Nick surprises Phyllis; Devon and Jill protect Katherine's legacy; Nikki turns to Paul for help.
    September 20
    Phyllis issues a warning; Chelsea keeps Adam in line.
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    (News section last updated September 14, 2019)

    Y&R's Michael Damien Previews His New Movie 'High Strung Free Dance'

    (9/14/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The multi-talented Michael Damian said that he’d been spotted on AMERICAN BANDSTAND before being hired by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ creator, William J. Bell, who “wanted to bring a younger demographic to the soap’s audience.” Damian recalled his time on the soap playing rocker Danny Romalotti as being “The greatest and most amazing experience… It helped launch my music [career].”

    Now, he’s writing, directing, and producing movies, the latest of which, High Strung Free Dance, is about how the hard work of some other young artists pays off. Opening nationwide on Friday, October 11, the movie is the follow-up to his 2016 release, High Strung. However, instead of featuring two students, Damian said that this time, it’s about two aspiring pros: a dancer (played by two-time Youth American Grand Prix gold medalist Juliet Doherty) and a pianist (played by actor Harry Jarvis) who “have the training and the talent, but just need the break… it’s about not giving up and doing whatever it takes to get that shot.” How might Broadway’s hottest choreographer (played by Thomas Doherty from Disney’s Descendants 2) help or hurt their achievement?

    The result is drama, romance, an exploration of honesty, and a spectacular performance of the show within the show. But along the way, is a whole lot of inventive dance facilitated by head choreographer, Tyce Diorio from FOX’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE! Speaking of his wife and co-writer (and former SOLID GOLD dancer) Janeen, Damian explained, “We were raised with the classics, but we also love the modern sound. So we wanted to infuse them into each other and break some boundaries with dance where you have a ballerina en pointe being partnered by a hip hop dancer in boots.”

    In addition to providing entertainment, Damian said that their goal for the film was to inspire young people and remind them that, “If you put in the time and effort, and if you really want to pursue your dream, it is possible.” As for their own dream? Damian revealed: “Janeen and I have already been working on a story” for a third High Strung film.

    For more from the multi-talented man, including his thoughts about bringing rolling stone Danny back to Genoa City, pick up the current CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.

    Mishael Morgan's Daughter Is Already Walking — See the Super Cute Video!

    (9/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Naliyah isn't even quite one year old yet, but she's already taking her very first steps! Mishael Morgan (ex-Hilary, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) captured her 10-month-old daughter on video getting a little help walking from her older brother, four-year-old Niam. "Coach Niam and his first student!" she exclaimed. "These two."

    In the brief clip, you can see Niam holding his baby sister's hands as she gets to her feet and unsteadily stumbles to the floor as she attempts to move forward. "Walk, Naliyah," he encourages as she gets back on her feet by herself. And when she takes a few tentative steps forward before falling down again, Niam bursts into enthusiastic applause as Mom cheers from behind the camera. It's seriously too cute for words!

    Morgan and her husband, Navid Ali, welcomed their baby girl into the family back on Nov. 8 of 2018, just four months after she last aired as Hilary on Y&R. Although the actress did appear on the soap's special tribute episode to the late Kristoff St. John, and while there, taped a few additional scenes that aired in May and June as Devon had visions of his late wife.

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    Eric Roberts Toplines ‘My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother)’

    (9/12/19) Eric Roberts and Dr. Rico Simonini will topline My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother), a platonic rom-com bromance that will be shooting this month in Los Angeles. Described as along the lines of Louie Malle’s My Dinner With Andre, the film follows Roberts having dinner with his cardiologist and friend, Dr. Rico and evolves into their deep passionate friendship and how their lives are intertwined. The pic was written by Roberts, Simonini, Eliza Roberts and Darryl Marshak. Eliza Roberts and Marshak are directing and producing the project with Sarbori Bhattacharya, Joe Levy, and Sambhu Choifhury serving as executive producers.

    Y&R’s Linder Leads Charity Walk

    (9/11/19) Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R) will once again serve as the Grand Marshal of the Walk To End Lupus Now on Saturday, September 28 at LA Live, which is an entertainment complex in the South Park District of downtown Los Angeles. “It’s incredible to see the power of the Los Angeles community at the Walk to End Lupus Now and I’m excited to be back as Grand Marshal for the second year,” the actress said in a statement. “My sister-in-law was diagnosed with lupus 19 years ago, and I know how important it is to support our lupus warriors. I’m looking forward to walking, fundraising and raising lupus awareness alongside each walker — each participant plays an important role in supporting our community and raising critical funds for lupus research so that we can develop better treatments and find a cure.” To register for the walk, learn more or to make a donation, visit walktoendlupus.org/losangeles.

    Corbin Bernsen on Fresh Off The Boat 9/27/19

    (9/10/19) “Help Unwanted?” – After Brandi Chastain scores the World Cup-winning goal against China and rips off her jersey to celebrate, Evan gets his first case of “the tingles,” and now Louis and Eddie must team up to give him the talk. Meanwhile, Jessica and Honey are learning what it means to be best friends, and we learn a whole lot more about Marvin’s family, on the season premiere of “Fresh Off the Boat,” FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 (8:30–9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

    Inspired by a true story, “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis Huang, Constance Wu as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang, Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang, Ian Chen as Evan Huang, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin.

    Guest starring is Brandi Chastain as Candy, Trevor Larcom as Trent and Corbin Bernsen as Mervin.

    “Help Unwanted?” was written by Cindy Fang and directed by Kourtney Kang.

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 9/9/19 - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

    (9/9/19) (Listen / download) When you love a soap couple, the last thing you want is to see their relationship hit the skids. But given that that’s the nature of the beast, it will almost inevitably happen. This week, hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason look at the best — and worst — ways to cause trouble in a soap relationship. Plus, they introduce a new recurring segment in which they critically ask, "Whatcha doin’, [Insert Soap Name Here]." All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

    Bold and the Beautiful's Ashley Jones Says Husband Beat Her, Files for Divorce and Restraining Order

    (9/7/19) (people.com) The Bold and the Beautiful star Ashley Jones has filed for divorce from husband Joel Henricks, PEOPLE confirms.

    Jones, 43, filed on Friday, just a week after she was granted a restraining order against Henricks.

    According to the court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jones says she and her son Hayden Joel, whom she shares with Henricks, fled their home on Aug. 17 as she was “afraid for my safety and the safety of our son.”

    Jones alleges that since she left, Henricks has continued to “stalk and harass” her.

    In the order, Jones alleges that Henricks has physically abused her and that it has gone on for many years, starting before they were even married.

    Jones and Henricks wed in 2015.

    “He calls me a whore and accused me of infidelity regularly, and been incredibly jealous of long-ago boyfriends with whom I have no contact,” Jones alleges in the restraining order filings.

    The actress shared horrifying details of one incident, alleging that in 2016 Henricks “was drunk” and “twisted my hand and threw me to the ground.”

    “Joel was trying to get my cell phone from me because I was recording him being belligerent and threatening me and beginning to get physical. I dropped the phone and Joel let me go. I left with Hayden, but Joel convinced me that he would not drink anymore, so eventually I went back,” she explains in the restraining order filings.

    She also recalled another time in 2017 when Henricks allegedly “caused a spiral fracture in my hand. I had to have surgery.”

    Jones alleges that Henricks has a “history of substance abuse, and continues to drink, use marijuana.”

    In 2018, Jones claims in the court documents that Henricks began to “excessively” abuse alcohol and allegedly showed up “inebriated” to pick up his older son Huck, now 7, from his first marriage. The incident forced his ex-wife to request a DVRO, according to the documents.

    Jones claims the drinking got so out of hand that Henricks would even drive with an “open container in his drink holder even while leaving work.”

    She claims Henricks later became suicidal after “drinking copious amounts of vodka and mixing drugs.”

    In July 2018, Jones says she found “Joel with a belt around his neck attempting suicide. He said he did not want to live. He had continued to drink heavily and to abuse prescription medication.”

    Jones then went on to describe in detail what led up to her escape last month and what happened after she left.

    On the night of Aug. 16, Jones alleges that Henricks came home in a rage, accusing her of having sex with someone in the bathroom of their home — which she denies.

    Ashley Jones and Joel Henricks with their son Hayden Joel

    “I was very confused as I was in the bathroom alone and had not been with anyone else. I have never been unfaithful to Joel,” Jones says in the court documents.

    He told her he had a recording of it, which he played for the children.

    The next morning is when Jones left.

    On Aug. 18, Jones claims she found a tracking device on her car. Although she removed the device, Jones alleges that Henricks has continued to stalk her and track her every move.

    Henricks has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Jones.

    Jones’ filing comes just a few months after she and Henricks celebrated Hayden and Huck’s birthdays with a joint Cars-themed party in June. Henricks did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

    If you suspect domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

    If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

    Eva Longoria Details Being 'Bullied' By Desperate Housewives Co-Worker on Set: 'It Was Pure Torture'

    (9/7/19) Eva Longoria experienced some desperate times on the Desperate Housewives set, and her embattled former co-star Felicity Huffman proved to be her savior.

    Longoria was one of 27 individuals who penned a letter of support to a judge on behalf of Huffman as she awaits sentencing for her role in the college admissions scandal.

    “There was a time I was being bullied at work by a co-worker,” Longoria wrote to the judge, without naming the alleged perpetrator. “I dreaded the days I had to work with that person because it was pure torture. Until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”

    Longoria also recalled how Huffman consoled her after she was the only Housewives leading lady not nominated for a Golden Globe in Season 1. “I wasn’t devastated but the press made it a bigger deal than it was between the four of us actors and that did affect me a bit,” she wrote. “Felicity came to my trailer and said, ‘It’s just a piece of metal, that and $1.50 will get you a bus ticket.’ She then proceeded to tell me how talented I was and how I never needed an award to know that. I know I would not have survived those 10 years if it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity.”

    The actress’ full letter, obtained by NBC News, can be read here.

    Huffman pleaded guilty earlier this year to committing mail fraud and honest services fraud in connection with paying $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of her and husband William H. Macy’s older daughter, which ultimately resulted in a 1420 score for her. Federal prosecutors have recommended the judge sentence Huffman to a month in jail and fine her for $20,000. Huffman’s attorneys are asking Huffman instead be sentenced to a year of community service.

    Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry

    (9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.

    Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.

    CBS Head Of Daytime Angelica McDaniel Exits In Restructuring

    (9/6/19) Angelica McDaniel, EVP, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment, is leaving the network after nine years. I hear her last day was today. McDaniel’s position is being eliminated as the network is folding the daytime team into the Current Programming department headed by Amy Reisenbach.

    Other networks have a similar streamlined executive structure. For instance, ABC’s Vicki Dummer oversees scripted current series across all dayparts.

    “Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series line up with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the Network’s first daytime talk show in years while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows,” Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement to Deadline.” We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors.”

    McDaniel was a rising star at CBS, landing a string of promotions over a short period of time. In her most recent post, McDaniel oversaw CBS’ daytime lineup, which recently marked 32 consecutive as #1 in daytime. It includes daytime dramas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal and talk show The Talk.

    McDaniel, who joined CBS in August 2010, previously served as SVP, Daytime, CBS Entertainment and VP, Current Daytime Programs, CBS, overseeing The Talk. McDaniel, who counted former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves among her biggest supporters, also oversaw the 2013-2014 season rebranding of CBS’ Saturday morning programming block to CBS Dream Team… It’s Epic!

    Mark Grossman Opens up About Being the New Adam

    (9/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Looking back, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Mark Grossman (Adam) can now see that he was always interested in being in the entertainment industry. “I’d go to movies over and over again. I did two plays in grade school, but then I got into sports, and extreme sports [such as] motocross," the hunk recounted to Soaps In Depth. “But we’d make these funny motocross movies that included a storyline and plot.”

    At the time, Grossman regarded acting as a pipe dream. “It wasn’t until after college when I was working in corporate America and got scouted to do modeling that I was like, ‘Wait a minute, this is something you can actually do?’ Modeling and acting kind of go hand in hand, because a lot of agencies represent both [professions], and that opened the door to acting. I got exposed to this new world that I knew nothing about, and I just dove right in!”

    That fearless attitude has served Grossman well since being cast as Victor’s notoriously complicated son, Adam. Ever since Justin Hartley vacated the role three years ago and began starring in primetime juggernaut THIS IS US, fans have been clamoring for the character to return from the dead. “There is definitely a lot more pressure being a recast”, conceded Grossman. “Obviously, given the nature of soaps, it’s not uncommon to have recasts. But it’s a little nerve-wracking! I checked out all the other actors who played Adam and thought they were so great. I know that I have big shoes to fill! But I’m trying to focus on the work and, at the end of the day, put my own stamp on the character.”

    To that end, the Arizona transplant believes Adam’s “a good guy at heart but very wounded. He suffers from abandonment issues… and trust issues, which you can see played out in the whole dynamic with Victor, Nick and Victoria. Adam didn’t grow up in this world. He doesn’t feel like he belongs, [whereas] Victoria and Nick grew up with silver spoons in their mouths.”

    While Adam may harbor some hard feelings over The Mustache’s absence during his childhood, Grossman pointed out that Victoria and Nick are the ones who seem to resent their half brother. “Victoria really wants to be the heir apparent to Newman Enterprises, so she and Adam are always clashing. And Victor seems to favor Adam when it comes to business, because he sees [his younger son] as being most like himself. The [family] dynamics are pretty intense! I don’t know if Adam, Victoria and Nick will ever be able to find a common ground. But conflict is what makes good drama!”

    Well, if there is one thing Grossman doesn’t have to worry about with his alter ego, it’s having a shortage of good drama! In addition to Newman family difficulties, Adam has had to deal with Kevin and Chloe, who continue to blame him for the death of daughter Delia. “It was a tragic accident”, he reflected before offering cautious hope for fans who want to either see Adam finally forgiven or some sort of closure. “There’s some stuff coming up, and things will be addressed a little more.”

    Viewers have also been eager to watch Adam’s love story with Chelsea, especially now that Melissa Claire Egan is reprising her role. “I feel like Adam and Chelsea have something special”, said Grossman. “I’m excited about where this story is going to go! I hope fans enjoy the drama!”

    Listen to the New Song from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Cait Fairbanks

    (9/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Audio) Fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Cait Fairbanks (Tessa) can enjoy a brand new song from the actress/musician with the release of "Something in You" on multiple streaming music platforms. Y&R music supervisor and composer RC Cates tweeted "Get you some #YR" along with an ingroov.es link letting you choose from Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Deezer, or Amazon Music.

    The gentle acoustic tune is a lovely song about falling head over heels in love with lyrics like "Caught in the middle between my head and my heart" and "Your eyes like fire, through smoke my heart has been cleansed but I've been jaded and I'm scared to take another step."

    Soaps in Depth Podcast - 9/2/19 - Fall Preview

    (9/2/19) (Listen / download) The temperatures may be dropping and leaves are falling from the trees, but summer’s end does have one benefit: It’s time for the Soaps In Depth Podcast’s Fall Preview episode! Join Charlie and Richard as they share an exclusive peek at what will happen, as well as their own thoughts on what should, on all the daytime soaps!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Brytni Sarpy Reveals Her Fitness Secrets

    (9/2/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As a former personal trainer, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Brytni Sarpy (Elena) told Soaps In Depth that working out isn’t just about exercise: It’s the best way for her to de-stress. “It kind of rebalances me,” she shared with a smile. “My energy level can be really sporadic, and I find that working out gives me more energy and puts me back on track with a regular sleeping schedule.”

    When it comes to her favorite form of exercise, the beauty gives yoga a thumbs up. “For the last three years, I’ve been really wrapping my brain around my yoga practice,” said Sarpy. “I think this kind of meditation should be taught in schools. That’s what I do every day to calm myself and make sure I’m starting my day the right way!”

    Filipina American actress lands recurring role on soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’?

    (9/1/19) (asianjournal.com) A FILIPINA American actress is now a recurring guest star on CBS’ “The Young and Restless,”?one of the longest-running soap operas.

    R&B singer Jules Aurora comes to the series as Indio, a social media influencer.

    “My character…isn’t too far off from my actual life,” Aurora told the Asian Journal. “It was amazing to work on set with so many seasoned actors. I fell in love with it and there will definitely be more to come in all avenues of my career.”

    The Filipina American talent starred in East West Players’ “Mamma Mia!” which “awakened a love for acting.”

    “The Young and the Restless,” which first aired in 1973, is set in a fictionalized version of Genoa City, Wisconsin. It continues to be the the highest-rated daytime drama on American television.

    “This role has opened up a new door within the realm of TV and film and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making progress and learning new things,” Aurora added.

    Aurora recently performed the national anthem in front of a crowd of 37,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California during the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team match against Ireland.

    A Southern California native, Aurora is best known for her appearances on FOX’s “American Idol: Season 10,” as a Hollywood week finalist, and “The X Factor: Season 3,” as a finalist in the Top 50 girls. She has released an R&B EP project entitled?“Worth It.”

    How Holocaust survivors, immigrants and a soap opera star formed a soccer powerhouse

    (8/31/19) (latimes.com) The most dominant team in Southern California’s long soccer history is one you’ve probably never heard of. But it is one that should never be forgotten.

    Maccabee Los Angeles materialized virtually overnight in 1971, more than two years before the professional North American Soccer League came to the city, then disappeared just as suddenly 11 years later.

    In between, it played in seven U.S. Open Cup finals, winning five of them; no team in the 106-year history of the nation’s oldest soccer competition can match that.

    Yet it wasn’t so much how often the semipro club won as what it stood for that makes it memorable. Although Maccabee — sometimes spelled Maccabi — was founded by Israeli expatriates and Holocaust survivors, it was among the most diverse clubs in the 12-member Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, where teams with names like the San Pedro Yugoslavs, the L.A. Armenians, San Pedro Croat and Atletico Latino built their rosters along ethnic lines.

    “The Croatian team was Croatian. The Hungarian team was mostly Hungarian. But we had a very, very different mixture,” said Eli Marmur, at 75 still as sharp and fit as when he played as a defender on four of Maccabee’s national championship teams. “We were the Maccabees but we had two Argentines, three people from Mexico, six Israelis and a German.

    “It is so appropriate to what is happening today because we were so inclusive.”

    The German was actor Eric Braeden, who was born Hans-Jorg Gudegast in the middle of World War II, the son of a Nazi party member. Braeden, who would go on to portray the loathsome Victor Newman in the TV soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” said he didn’t learn of his father’s past until long after his death. Playing alongside Marmur on Maccabee’s back line — and scoring the first goal in the team’s first U.S. Open Cup final — was his contribution to repairing German-Jewish relations, he said.

    Maccabee’s significance was more than symbolic though. The team, whose uniform featured a large Star of David in the center of its jersey, became a symbol of both Jewish pride and defiance — despite the fact that half the players wore a crucifix beneath the star and blessed themselves before taking the field.

    “Playing for Maccabee was something for us,” said Marmur, who played seven seasons in the Israeli Premier League. “Not that we had to prove a point, but we were looked at differently. It’s not just doctors and lawyers. It’s also Jews with muscles.”

    Sometimes they had to flex those muscles. After a game with a Hungarian team ended in a brawl, the Maccabee players were taken away in police cars for their protection. Other teams that couldn’t slow Maccabee with their play tried to do so with anti-Semitic slurs.

    “They didn’t think that we would beat them. So they resorted to this language,” said Marmur, the team’s enforcer, who played with his fists almost as much as he did his feet. “They wanted us to do something that will take us out of the game.

    “We made a statement.”

    The Open Cup, formerly known as the National Challenge Cup, is modeled on England’s FA Cup in that it is open to teams from every level of the national soccer pyramid. MLS teams have won the last 20 tournaments, however, with Atlanta United beating league rival Minnesota United in this week’s final.

    The NASL, the professional league that predated MLS as the country’s top-tier league, didn’t allow its teams to play in the Open Cup in the 1970s and ’80s, leaving the competition to be dominated by amateur and semipro clubs such as the Brooklyn Italians, New York Greek American and Philadelphia United German-Hungarians — gritty ethnic teams from urban centers.

    The core of the Maccabee team was made up of former Israeli professionals who, like Marmur, came to Southern California to study and in protest of a Premier League rule that he said forced players to sit out two seasons before they could change teams.

    Many never went back.

    Jonah Fontela of U.S. Soccer, which oversees the Open Cup, said the late ’70s and ‘80s “were the Wild West” in American club soccer, with leagues folding and reforming overnight, players jumping from team to team and clubs frequently erasing, then redrawing, the line separating pros from amateurs.

    It many ways it was also a golden era, especially in Los Angeles — although with the NASL refusing to even play exhibitions against semipro teams, clubs like Maccabee never got a chance to find out just how good they really were.

    Maccabee, named after a group of Jewish rebel warriors who took control of Judea and founded the Hasmonean dynasty during classical antiquity (167 BC), was clearly too good for the teams it did play, going 35-0 in 1976-77 when it won its third U.S. Open Cup. That was the season Leo Kulinczenko, a young defender who had played for the Ukrainian Lions in Chicago, joined the team.

    “That was a great experience,” Kulinczenko said. “We thought of ourselves as U.S. champions. It was great to be a part of that.”

    The Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, which dated to 1903, staged weekend double and tripleheaders at Daniels Field in San Pedro and Jackie Robinson Stadium on the West Side, whose bumpy pitches matched the unevenness of the rough-and-tumble games.

    “There were not a lot of fans,” Kulinczenko remembered.

    There was talent, though. The Maccabee roster included Moshe Hoftman, a former Israeli international who came to the U.S. to study engineering at UCLA; Benny Binshtock, who reportedly turned down a spot on Israel’s 1970 World Cup team because he couldn’t get the time off from work; UCLA standout Jerry Schmitman; Marmur, who was in graduate school at USC; and Braeden, a three-event national track and field champion in Germany . who began his acting career in the U.S. by portraying Nazi soldiers on TV.

    When he played for Maccabee, Braeden told Fontela, opponents would insult him as both a Nazi and a Jew.

    “Make up your mind,” he would answer. “Which is it?”

    Ole Mikkelsen, a UCLA All-American, was recruited to Maccabee by a group of teammates who played for both teams. It was a huge step up from college.

    “Going into the Greater L.A. league, you’re 18 years old and all of a sudden thrown in with men that played at a professional level and all still competitive,” said Mikkelsen, a forward who went on to play for two teams in the NASL.

    “The Greater L.A. Soccer League and the Maccabee experience provided so much value in bridging the gap from college sports to make a living.”

    Very few found that bridge led to a long career in professional soccer, though. Mikkelsen played just two seasons in the NASL, Kulinczenko played one year in the American Soccer League and the former Israeli professionals never played a game after Marmur helped Maccabee transform from a semipro soccer team into a youth sports club in 1983.

    Many found success in other arenas, though. Marmur opened physical therapy centers in Beverly Hills and Encino and was inducted into halls of fame in Southern California and Israel. His son Ori, who attended Maccabee games as a boy, is the director of original films for Netflix.

    Mikkelsen, who coached the Ventura Fusion soccer club, is chief exeuctive of a life-sciences start-up, Schmitman has chiropractic offices in Sherman Oaks and Calabasas and Braeden, a two-time Emmy winner, is in his 39th year on “The Young and the Restless.”

    If they had come along a decade or two later, they might have enjoyed long, if not lucrative, careers in MLS. But, Mikkelsen says, they would have missed out on a more important experience.

    “Many of us consider ourselves pioneers,” he said. “We certainly take pride in where the sport is today, but most of my peers would also say, ‘I wouldn’t change a thing.’

    “The times we had were fantastic. We were fortunate. It felt like grabbing on to Superman’s cape and just holding on for the ride.”

    Doug Davidson Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (8/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of Doug Davidson were excited when he returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in March of 2019 after a lengthy absence that had some worried he was off the soap permanently. However, even though he's made sporadic appearances since then, fans once again grew concerned when he disappeared for over a month. "That's true," Davidson admitted on Twitter, promising, "but I'll be back for another stint Sept. 10 in the US." So mark your calendars and make sure your DVRs are set!

    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.”

    Lexie Stevenson Signs With a New Agency

    (8/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The future looks bright for THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Lexie Stevenson (Mattie), who has new representation in her budding career! "Officially signed with my new talent agency today, Stewart Talent Los Angeles and Stewart Talent New York," she revealed on Instagram. "I absolutely loved meeting the team and I'm so excited to work with them.

    "I'm even more excited that I now get the opportunity to be bicoastal and work a little closer to home sometimes," the Maine native added. "Thank you, Stewart, for bringing me on board and making me part of the family. Let's get to work!"

    Stevenson joined the cast of Y&R back in May of 2017 when Mattie and her twin brother, Charlie, were SORAS-ed into teenagers. During this time, Mattie struggled to cope with the dissolution of her parents' marriage, enjoyed a brief relationship with Reed Hellstrom, and watched her mother go to jail.

    Soap Alum's Baby News

    (8/30/19) Rachel Kimsey (ex- Meredith, DAYS; ex-Mackenzie, Y&R) announced on social media that she is expecting her second child. The actress shared a photo of her baby bump and posted, “So, for my birthday, I decided to put in an order for something totally unique and one of a kind- but, you guys, the shipping and handling is terrible! It’s going to take 20 more weeks and I have to carry it myself! Baby Girl #2 arrives in January” Kimsey and her husband, Matthew Waterson have a daughter, Everly, born in March, 2018.

    Obba Babatundé Recurs On S.W.A.T. 10/2/19

    (8/28/19) “Fire in the Sky” – The SWAT team works with Lieutenant Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington), a senior LAPD Hollywood Division officer, when the mayor assigns her to oversee city departments joining forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Also, just as Hondo settles into legal guardianship of his teen charge, Darryl (Deshae Frost), his home life becomes more complicated when his estranged father (Obba Babatundé) unexpectedly moves in, on the third season premiere of S.W.A.T., Wednesday, Oct. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    CBS Sets Season-Premiere Dates For ‘The Talk’, Soaps & Game Shows

    (8/27/19) CBS has set the premiere dates for new seasons of its daytime program lineup of soap operas and talk and game shows.

    Marie Osmond is joining Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood on the panel of The Talk for its 10th season, which is set to bow at 2 p.m. Monday, September 9.

    The Young and the Restless, which has been TV’s No. 1 daytime drama since the George H.W. Bush administration, kicks off its 47th season on Tuesday, September 3. It will see Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) rivalry with his son Adam (Mark Grossman) take a shocking turn, while Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) battles his dark side.

    Meanwhile, The Bold and the Beautiful — which this month topped the soap opera demo for the first time in its long history — launches Season 33 on Monday, September 16. After an argument with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) over Thomas’ (Matthew Atkinson) misdeeds, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) spends the night with another woman. Also, tragedy strikes Katie (Heather Tom) and Bill (Don Diamont), and Shauna’s (Denise Richards) attempt to make peace with the Forrester family in the wake of Flo’s (Katrina Bowden) terrible deception backfires.

    The Price Is Right, the Drew Carey-hosted dean of daytime game shows, comes on down for its 48th season starting Monday, September 23, as does Season 11 of Let’s Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady.

    “For more than three decades, CBS has been the undeniable audience favorite in daytime television,” said Angelica McDaniel, EVP CBS Daytime Programs. “From our iconic and exciting game shows, to the intriguing and compelling storytelling of our daytime dramas, our award-winning programming makes a clear connection with viewers every weekday, 52 weeks each year. And this fall, with Marie Osmond joining The Talk, we’ll have an exciting, warm and authentic new face at the table. We look forward to having viewers join us every day on CBS for a season full of entertaining, real and unforgettable moments.”

    Will Forte & Kaitlin Olson To Headline Quibi Comedy Series ‘Flipped’, Eva Longoria, Arturo Castro & Andy Garcia Also Star

    (8/26/19) Will Forte (The Last Man On Earth) and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson are set to star in Flipped, a new comedy series, from Groundlings alums Steve Mallory and Damon Jones, and Funny or Die, for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform Quibi. Desperate Housewives alumna Eva Longoria, Arturo Castro (Alternatino) and Andy Garcia (Mama Mia: Here We Go Again) also star in the series which begins production today.

    Written by Mallory and Jones, Flipped centers around chronically underemployed couple Jann (Forte) and Cricket Melfi (Olson), self-proclaimed home renovation “experts” who are more than confident they are television’s next great home design celebrity duo. Flipped follows the clueless pair as their dreams of basic cable fame and glory are derailed when they get themselves kidnapped by members of a drug cartel, (Garcia, Longoria, and Castro) and are forced to renovate their sprawling homes.

    Mallory and Jones executive produce with Ryan Case, who also directs, Joe Farrell and Jim Ziegler. Steve Burgess co-executive produce. Adrien Finkel and Whitney Hodack serve as producers. Funny or Die is the studio.

    Forte created and starred in The Last Man On Earth, which ran for four seasons on Fox. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Booksmart and Extra Ordinary.

    Olson can currently be seen as Dee Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She previously starred and executive produced The Mick, which aired for two seasons on Fox.

    Longoria co-stars in the live-action feature film Dora and the Lost City of Gold and will next be seen in the feature film Sylvie opposite Tessa Thompson. She is an executive producer on ABC’s summer drama Grand Hotel.

    Castro is the creator, writer, executive producer, and star of Comedy Central’s Alternatino. He’s known for his breakout role as Jaimé on Broad City, which aired for five seasons on Comedy Central and will soon be seen in the live action version of Lady and the Tramp which will be released on Disney+.

    Garcia recently filmed Brian Petsos’ upcoming feature Big Gold Brick, Words on Bathroom Walls, directed by Thor Freudenthal and Redemption Day, a feature film directed by Hicham Hajji. On the television side, Garcia will next be seen in Amazon’s Modern Love based off NPR’s popular podcast.

    Case recently directed half of the last season of Divorce for HBO as well as the premiere of the upcoming season of Atypical for Netflix.

    Mallory’s spec script Super Intelligence sold to New Line and is being released this December starring Melissa McCarthy and James Corden. He is currently writing a Lebron James-starring body swapping movie for Paramount Players.

    Forte is repped by UTA and Rise Management. Olson is represented by UTA. Longoria and Garcia are repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Ryan is with CAA, Mosaic, and Ziffren Brittenham. Mallory is represented by MGMT Entertainment and Lichter Grossman.

    Eva Longoria To Direct Cheetos Movie ‘Flamin’ Hot’ For Fox Searchlight & Franklin Entertainment

    (8/26/19) Multi-hyphenate Eva Longoria has landed the directing job for Flamin’ Hot, the Fox Searchlight biopic about Richard Montanez who created the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. DeVon Franklin will produce the pic under his Franklin Entertainment label, which is currently under a production deal at Fox.

    Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the job after impressing Franklin and Fox with her authentic approach to portraying Richard and Judy Montanez inspiring story. Richard rose from humble beginnings to achieve the American Dream. The son of a Mexican immigrant, Richard was a Janitor at Frito Lay when he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. His creation, inspired by the flavors of his community, revitalized Frito-Lay and disrupted the food industry, creating a pop culture phenomenon that continues today.

    Charlie St. Cloud and October Sky scribe Lewis Colick penned the script. Zahra Phillips is overseeing the project for Franklin Entertainment, while Taylor Friedman will represent the studio. Samuel Rodriguez is the executive producer.

    Longoria is also attached to direct and produce Universal’s 24/7, which she stars in with Kerry Washington, and is producing My Daughter’s Quinceañera also at Universal. She has several projects in development under her production banner Unbelievable Entertainment, including A Class Apart at HBO and Lucky Boy, which has Nisha Ganatra attached to direct.

    She can currently be seen on the big screen starring in Paramount’s live-action Dora the Explorer.

    Franklin Entertainment’s forthcoming slate includes a Kirk Franklin biopic, which is set up at Sony, and a remake of the 1975 coming-of-age drama, Cooley High.

    Longoria is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Franklin by WME and Hansen Jacobsen. Montanez by Paradigm; Colick by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment.

    Y&R Alum Lands Prime-Time Gig

    (8/25/19) Loren Lott (ex-Ana, Y&R) has landed a role on OWN’s CHERISH THE DAY, a new anthology series created by Ava DuVernay, reports soapcentral.com. The actress announced the news on the red carpet for Magic Men Live! in Los Angeles on August 22. “I’m just really excited every day that I have a job with like, the highest of the highest women in my opinion,” she shared. The new series “chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day,” reported Variety in March. The show is set to air in late 2020.

    Y&R's Bryton James Shares the Life Lessons He Learned From Kristoff St. John

    (8/23/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actor Bryton James (Devon) gave THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS high marks for the tale surrounding Neil’s shocking death, which also paid tribute to the character’s portrayer, the late Kristoff St. John. “The show did an amazing job putting it together. And once the story was in place, it was up to all of us — not just me — to feel our real feelings for what had happened to our friend," he shared quietly with Soaps In Depth. “I spoke from my own heart when I was given the words to say about Neil. We all wanted to experience the grief and then move past it in a healthy way together.”

    That includes never forgetting the lessons that his on-screen father taught him in both his personal and professional life. “With Kristoff, I witnessed somebody go through unimaginable circumstances and still choose to bring so much joy and happiness every day," James said. "I learned how to conduct yourself, be a professional person and a great human being. It’s a life lesson that I will never forget!”

    Tyler Johnson Reveals What Theo is Really up to on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (8/23/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Ever since he arrived in Genoa City, Theo has been stirring up nothing but trouble for Kyle on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. But the hunk's portrayer, Tyler Johnson, told Soaps In Depth that it's all in the interest of full disclosure. "Theo does everything with passion, enthusiasm — and his passion for the truth can sometimes get him into trouble," he explained. "But he's most interested in the light that the truth brings. He wants everything out in the open!"

    Of course, there are some parts of their shared past that Kyle would most definitely like to keep under wraps, and that includes Zoe, the underage teen who nearly died at that big party, and whose father Kyle paid off to keep the whole incident under wraps. The very same young woman who Theo not only brought to Genoa City, but as his guest to Kyle and Lola's wedding! "Theo wants to have some fun and push Kyle's buttons — the two, in this case, aren't mutually exclusive!" teased Johnson. "Kyle has been so dismissive of Theo's and their [friendship], their past. He wants to see if he can get Kyle to crack, to break with the holier-than-thou persona he's adopted since moving back to Genoa City.

    "Theo knows Kyle's other side," he added slyly. "They were very close for a long time, and the changes that Theo sees in Kyle strike him as inauthentic. The gap between who Kyle was in New York and who he is now is just too wide! Theo is willing to push that perceived facade to see what's really behind it!"

    But while some viewers might think that Theo is just a troublemaker out to destroy his friend's happiness, Johnson insisted it's not that simple, and said that when it comes to making Kyle acknowledge his past, "he has the best of intentions. He [just wants] certain things out in the open. The passion of his own convictions can sometimes lead to dramatic consequences!"

    Stay tuned to see what those consequences might be, and for more from Y&R's Johnson, don't miss his exclusive interview in the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, Sept. 16!

    General Hospital Casts All My Children Vet Michael E. Knight in Mystery Role

    (8/21/19) Now this is more than a tad interesting: All My Children vet Michael E. Knight has been cast on ABC’s sole surviving sudser, General Hospital.

    SoapOperaDigest.com first reported the news.

    No details on Knight’s GH role are being made available; TVLine hears, though, that he will begin taping scenes when the soap returns from its mid-summer production hiatus.

    A seven-time Daytime Emmy nominee — and three-time winner — during his AMC run, Knight first played Tad “the Cad” Martin in 1982, and save for the occasional break stuck with the soap through both its ABC and online revival finales. (He also played Ted Orsini on AMC, but… we don’t really talk about that.)

    In addition to his time as AMC‘s Tad, Knight’s previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless (where in 2015-16 he played Dr. Simon Neville) plus episodes of NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland (as himself).

    Vincent Irizarry Opens up About Joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

    (8/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As the fallout surrounding the baby-switch storyline continues, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped veteran daytime actor Vincent Irizarry to lend a bit more intrigue in the recurring role of Dr. Jordan Armstrong. He will first air on Monday, August 26, and for the sake of the Forrester and Logan families, let’s hope his character is more ethical than Reese, the physician who originally set this storyline in motion! Then again, considering the last doctor Irizarry played (ALL MY CHILDREN’s David Hayward) was pretty treacherous, it’s anyone’s guess what we should expect from his new role! “I’m open to whatever they throw my way. We’ll leave it at that,” teased Irizarry, who also played SANTA BARBARA doctor Scott Clark.

    Though the Emmy winner is a well-established face in daytime, he starts every new character he plays with a blank slate. “Even though I’ve played a doctor before, it’s not like Jordan is going to be exactly like David, because the backstory always informs who the character is,” he said. “I never worry about having to bring something different [to my portrayal] — it all stems from who the guy is and where he comes from.”

    Meanwhile, Irizarry is thrilled to be back working with former AMC colleague Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and regularly bumping into old castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as the soaps tape across the hall from each other. “It’s like one huge repertory company with all of these shows at this point,” he mused. “I’ve been in this medium for nearly 40 years, so I’ve worked with so many people, not only the actors on the show but also people on the crew and production throughout all these years. It’s great!”

    Stay tuned to see how Jordan impacts the canvas.

    Y&R's Melissa Claire Egan and Michelle Stafford Preview 'Crazy' Chelsea and Phyllis Scenes

    (8/19/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS knew to expect the drama with the return of Melissa Claire Egan's Chelsea to the soap, and now that she's getting mixed up with Michelle Staford's Phyllis, things are going to get downright wild! The two actresses made some press appearances to promote Y&R, including one on GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO that saw Stafford reminiscing about a memorable scene where Phyllis put a real octopus in Cricket and Paul's bed!

    But the real juicy bit came at the end where the hosts asked the pair to tease some upcoming storyline. "Chelsea kind of stabs Phyllis in the back," Egan admitted, "which you know, you don't want to do because her wrath is like, intense." Stafford added: "Right. And then Phyllis comes back and takes her down!" They then both laughed as they agreed the two women would just continue trying to one-up the other.

    "And then there's this huge party that we throw for the opening of the Grand Phoenix," Egan previewed, "this hotel that's this big venture. And some crazy stuff happens there. You have to watch. We can't really say. It's never really been done in daytime, I don't think, but what happens at the party is like, bananas. It's actually funny, too!"

    Check out the entire clip from the morning show here: Video.

    Adrian Rosales on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS — Everything You Need to Know

    (8/19/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) That's actor Jay Montalvo playing Lola's father, Adrian Rosales, on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. He made his debut in the Aug. 16 episode when he crashed his baby girl's wedding ceremony. The soap had kept the casting under wraps so that viewers would be just as surprised by his arrival as the characters!

    Although her family tried to keep Adrian hidden, Lola caught sight of her dad and although he made an impassioned speech, she couldn't find it in her heart to forgive him and was clearly upset that he had come to her wedding uninvited.

    Y&R isn't actually Montalvo's first appearance in daytime, as he played D.A. Benjamin Lazaro for a handful of episodes on ABC sudser GENERAL HOSPITAL back in 2013. Viewers might also recognize him as Emilio Castillo from HACIENDA HEIGHTS or from his guest appearances on series like SPIN CITY, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., or JANE THE VIRGIN. Montalvo has also appeared on the big screen in films like Get Shorty and S.W.A.T..

    Eva Longoria Guests on Grand Hotel 9/2/19

    (8/19/19) “Dear Santiago” – Alicia and Javi continue their mission to figure out what really happened to their mother. Santiago still finds himself bound to Mateo, as startling secrets from his past come to light on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

    “Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

    Guest stars include Eva Longoria as Beatriz.

    “Dear Santiago” was written by Curtis Kheel and directed by Barbara Brown.

    Don Diamont Remembers His Craziest Scene Ever

    (8/19/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Over the course of 30-plus years in daytime, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Don Diamont (Bill) has had some pretty memorable scenes. Then there are others he chooses to forget, like the time his THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alter ego, Brad Carlton, proposed to Ashley by belting out a rap song called “When Will She Say Yes?” The actor admits it was tough to play the corny scene with a straight face. “Oh my god, I was in a cold sweat at the time”, he remembered. “I read it in the script and was like, ‘Wait… I’m doing what?!’”

    But ever the professional, he decided to give it his all. “I was like, ‘All right, let’s jump in with both feet! Give me the chains! Give me the M.C. Hammer pants!’” Diamont said he’s not above making a fool of himself if need be. “At heart, I really am an idiot after all”, he laughed. “So while I was initially petrified of that scene, I decided, ‘Oh, to hell with it. I’m going to have fun!’ I have not thought about that scene in years!”

    America Ferrera & Eva Longoria Among A-Listers To Pen Letter In Support Of Latino Community

    (8/16/19) America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are among the A-list stars that have signed a letter to support the Latino community in light of recent deadly attacks and political targeting.

    The Superstore star and the Desperate Housewives star were among 200 actors, musicians, artists, activists, and labor and civil rights leaders that have signed the letter, which has been published in newspapers including The New York Times, El Nuevo Herald, La Opinión, and El Diario.

    Other top names include Diane Guerrero, Alex Martinez Kondracke, Mónica Ramírez, and Olga Segura, along With Jennifer Lopez, Gina Rodriguez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carmen Perez, Anthony D. Romero, Wilmer Valderrama, Zoe Saldana, Salma Hayek Pinault, Ricky Martin, Rosario Dawson, Diego Luna, Dolores Huerta and Sandra Cisneros.

    This comes amid a raft of incidents including the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 individuals and injured 24 others, the sweeping ICE raids that took 680 individuals into custody in Mississippi, the continued separation of families, and the inhumane living conditions of those detained.

    “As a Latina, my heart breaks with every attack on our dignity, humanity and lives. And as an American, I fear for the future of my country when our culture and policies lack a basic decency and respect for human life,” said Ferrera. “We all have a responsibility to show up in this moment and demand decency for one another and for our country.”

    “We’re facing a moral crisis in our country, and we chose to use this moment to raise our voices, and speak up,” said Longoria. “Integrity starts with looking in the mirror and this letter calls on everyone, not just our community, to choose humanity and decency over hate and violence.”

    “This piece is to remind us of our shared humanity,” added Orange Is The New Black star Diane Guerrero. “We don’t have to look far to see what family separation and hateful rhetoric is doing to the people in our country. If we do not act, we will be complicit in one of history’s greatest tragedies.”

    Dishing with Digest - 8/16/19 - Eva La Rue

    (8/16/19) Eva La Rue On Y&R Present And AMC Past (Listen / download).

    Eva La Rue talks about her latest role as Y&R's Celeste, shares her memories of All My Children, jokes about the book she'll write with Kelly Ripa and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest dual roles on daytime and how actors feel about playing them.

    Kristoff St. John’s family puts his condo up for sale for $315K

    (8/16/19) Kristoff St. John‘s family is moving on.

    “The Young and the Restless” star’s father and daughter, who have been fighting over control of his estate since he died in February, have put his Canoga Park, Los Angeles, condo up for sale, according to a report.

    They’re asking $315,000 for the 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom condo.

    The late actor’s residence is located inside a gated community “in a tranquil environment with pools spas, lighted tennis courts and workout room,” according to Realtor.com.

    St. John paid $260,000 for the condo in 2014. The proceeds of the sale are to be put into an escrow account until a final decision is made about who is in charge of St. John’s estate.

    His daughter, 27-year-old Paris St. John, has been fighting with the actor’s father, Christopher St. John, since the late soap star died without a will.

    Kristoff was also a father to daughter Lola St. John, 16.

    He died of hypertrophic heart disease in February at age 52.

    His autopsy report, obtained by Page Six, stated that he suffered from a history of alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder and suicidal ideations.

    Other “significant conditions” were the effects of ethanol and myocardial bridging of the left anterior descending coronary artery.

    Neither St. John’s father nor daughter could be reached for comment.

    Eva Longoria would need no convincing for 'Desperate Housewives' reboot

    (8/16/19) Eva Longoria would love to reprise her role as CEO and Talk Show host Gabby Solis in Desperate Housewives — and she insisted the salary wouldn’t be an issue.

    The new mother spoke with Fox News about the possibility of fronting a reboot of the hit comedy-drama, which ran from 2004-2012. And when asked what it would take for her to reprise her famous role, Longoria claimed she’d return in a heartbeat.

    “It would take nothing,” she shared. “I love Gabby Solis, I miss Gabby Solis. I miss Wisteria Lane. … I always said I’d be the first to sign onto a reboot.”

    The 44-year-old actress welcomed her son Santiago with husband Jose Baston last June, and while she admitted she’s loving the experience, the star insisted she’s doing it on her terms.

    “I don’t read comments, so I usually avoid all that negativity and mom-shaming if there has been any,” she confessed. “That’s probably my biggest pet peeve about motherhood, is other mothers who judge other mothers.”

    Despite having her hands full, the star swiftly returned to work after giving birth and is currently starring in the live-action Dora the Explorer movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

    “I didn’t realize she was globally famous until it was announced I was doing this movie, and my friends from all over the world were calling,” she admitted. “(Then) I realized how important she was in so many people’s childhoods!”

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is in cinemas now.

    Y&R Alum Books New Role

    (8/13/19) Loren Lott (ex-Ana, Y&R,) who just departed the show, will not be out of work for long. The actress announced on Instagram that she has landed a new gig. While she did not give specifics, she posted a video of her dancing on Instagram, with the caption, “#Mood!! I’m booked again!! I can’t wait to start filming ?????? I’m back on prime time! You know what that means! FREE FOOD!! CRAFT SERVICES!! BADDIE MAKEUP! I just want to say when God closes one door he opens another. trust him! I’m forever grateful. Thanx to my team! @cleartalentgroup@crackerjackmanagementeast@crackerjackmgt“

    Eva Longoria Guests on Grand Hotel 8/26/19

    (8/13/19) “Art of Darkness” – Teresa hosts a charity auction at the hotel. Meanwhile, Alicia and Javi learn more about Beatriz and the unmarked room, bringing back confusing childhood memories, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, AUG. 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, V) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

    “Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

    Guest stars include Eva Longoria as Beatriz, Adrian Pasdar as Felix and Katey Sagal as Teresa.

    “Art of Darkness” was written by Bob Daily and directed by Nicole Rubio.

    ‘Same Time, Next Christmas’: George Newbern, Nia Vardalos & Phil Morris Join Cast Of ABC Holiday Movie

    (8/13/19) Scandal alum George Newbern, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Phil Morris (Doom Patrol) and Dannah Lockett (The Kenan Show) are set for supporting roles opposite Lea Michele, Bryan Greenberg and Charles Michael Davis in ABC’s holiday movie Same Time, Next Christmas, from Freeform Studios.

    In the movie, Michele plays Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart, played by Davis, during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later and the old chemistry between them flares up anew – but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

    Newbern will play Woody Harrison, Olivia’s father, a laid-back easygoing southern California man who is still deeply in love with Faye, his wife of more than 30 years.

    Vardalos will portray Faye Henderson, Olivia’s mother, a fit, attractive woman, a vegetarian who does yoga and keeps her husband Woody on a healthy regimen as well. She and Woody are always smooching and cuddling like newlyweds — even after more than 30 years of marriage. She’s hoping that her daughter Olivia can find a happy marriage as well.

    Morris is Alec Cutler, Jeff’s dad, an energetic, funny guy who was widowed early on, made an unfortunate second marriage, and has kept resolutely single ever since. A competitive guy who speaks in amusing sports metaphors. He befriended the Henderson family on his family’s annual Christmas visits to Hawaii.

    Lockett will play Madelyn, Jeff’s adorable little girl, who is initially upset to be in Hawaii for Christmas missing out on her white Christmas in Vermont.

    Newbern is known for his role on Scandal as B613 agent Charlie, recurring for the first six seasons before becoming a series regular for the seventh and final season. He most recently recurred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Newbern is repped by Innovative Artists and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.

    Vardalos received a best original screenplay Oscar nomination for the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which she also starred. Her other screenplay credits include I Hate Valentine’s Day, which also marked her feature film directorial debut, Larry Crowne and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. She can most recently be seen in the current season of the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Vardalos is repped by CAA, OAZ in Toronto and Untitled Entertainment. Former Mission: Impossible star Morris played John Jones in Smallville and has voiced roles in The Justice League, Secret Saturdays, The League of Superheroes, The Amazing Spiderman and Atlantis: Lost Empire. He currently plays Dr. Silas Stone, father of Cyborg in Doom Patrol for DC Universe. Morris is repped by Metropolitan Talent Agency.

    Lockett and her sister Dani will star as Kenan Thompson’s daughters in NBC’s The Kenan Show, which will start production next year. Their video “Call Jesus” went viral last year and has since accumulated 1.8 million views on YouTube. Lockett is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, Abrams Artists Agency and SGSBC.

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 8/12/19 - Get These Characters A Story… Pronto!

    (8/12/19) (Listen / download) Long before news broke that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Billy Miller would be exiting the role of Drew, the character failed to have any major story. This week, Soaps In Depth editors Richard and Charlie ask why some characters — including THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Bill and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Traci — wind up backburnered, no matter how popular. Plus, Charlie introduces a new segment called "I Don't Get You,” and the hosts answer some viewer mail.

    Bryton James Previews What's Next for Devon and Elena on Y&R

    (8/11/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) If there is one constant in soaps, it is love: finding it, fighting for it, losing it and loving again. THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Devon is currently in the “loving again” stage, having found himself going starry-eyed over Elena after the tragic death of wife Hilary. Bryton James, who plays the widower, admitted to Soaps In Depth that he wasn’t sure how fans would respond. “I know how passionate they have been for me and Mishael [Morgan, ex-Hilary], and I thought it might be difficult for anyone or any character to fill Hilary’s shoes. But fans are loving Devon and Elena together, and they’ve given us our own name already — Elevon! Brytni [Sarpy] is an exceptional actor. She’s been a wonderful addition to the show.”

    James believes that fans might have been less receptive if his alter ego had bounced back too quickly from losing Hilary. “The show has done a really good job with the story and the pacing. It’s very realistic for anybody who has experienced the loss of a true love,” he said. “After everything Devon and Hilary had been through together, they’d gotten to the point where they realized they were meant to be together. They were going to have a child. That was a big part of Devon’s life, and those feelings don’t go away overnight.”

    Indeed, it was a pivotal moment when Devon finally took off his wedding ring before going to the grand opening of his restaurant, Society, said his portrayer. “It’s very relatable for anyone who has experienced a loss so unexpected. They need to take the proper time to mourn and to finally give themself permission to have those romantic feelings for anybody else.”

    Once Devon has given himself permission to embrace a new love, though, James predicts Elevon might be a little less turbulent than Hevon. “Elena is a lot more grounded than Hilary was. Hilary was volatile, which was why Devon tried to contain her — maybe too much. Only at the end did he realize that is who he fell in love with, and there was no point in trying to control her,” he reflected. “With Elena, I don’t think he’ll do that. She’s more grounded than he is!”

    Not that James expects his new Y&R on-screen romance to be completely drama-free. The couple already have endured turbulence: Devon infuriated Elena when he quizzed her Uncle Jett about her past, then paid off her student loans without consulting her! “I can guarantee,” he said, “there will be twists and turns ahead for them!”

    Over the years, there have certainly been plenty of twists and turns for both James and his alter ego. “I never would have imagined 15 years ago that Kristoff [St. John, Neil] wouldn’t be here with us, or Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) wouldn’t be on the show, or I wouldn’t be seeing Christel [Khalil, Lily] every day,” he said quietly. “They are the Winters family. That’s where I came in. And now I am literally the last member of that family to be completely on the canvas… it’s a big torch to carry, but it’s my honor. I’m so grateful that the show still has me here,” he added, “and I get to do my best to keep the Winters family going!”

    Sharon Case Admits She Doesn't Usually Watch Herself on Y&R

    (8/11/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Some performers study their scenes as part of the acting process, while others avoid watching themselves altogether. For THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sharon Case (Sharon), however, it goes both ways. “I don’t normally watch myself, except when I have scenes that are really important or poignant for some reason,” the Emmy winner admitted to Soaps In Depth. “I feel like I have had a lot of those lately!”

    The actress added that she also tunes in when she’s got a new leading man, such as Jordi Vilasuso, who plays Rey. “Whenever Sharon is developing a new romantic relationship, I think it’s important to me as an actress to watch it,” Case confessed. “But otherwise I’m not watching myself. If I’m just pouring coffee at Crimson Lights, I’m not turning the TV on to watch that!”

    Daytime Emmys to Combine Younger Actress and Actor Awards Into One Gender Neutral-Category in 2020

    (8/9/19) The Daytime Emmys in 2020 will combine the Outstanding Younger Actress and Outstanding Younger Actor awards into one gender-neutral category, our sister site Variety reports.

    The National Academy of Television Arts (NATAS) is also expected to announce that coinciding with that change, the new category will include performers from both broadcast dramas and digital series.

    The Daytime Emmys already keep things gender-neutral with its Outstanding Special Guest Performer category.

    The young performer categories first debuted at the 1985 Daytime Emmys, at which time they were named the Outstanding Ingenue and Outstanding Young Man awards; Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless) and Brian Bloom (Dusty, As the World Turns) were the inaugural winners. The gender-specific categories were later renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female and Outstanding Juvenile Male, before eventually adopting the Younger Actress and Younger Actor titles.

    In 2012, the criteria for the two categories was tweaked, requiring that the nominated performer be aged 25 or younger.

    This year’s winners in the separate categories were Hayley Erin (Kiki, General Hospital) and Kyler Pettis (Theo, Days of Our Lives).

    The Television Critics Association Awards, held every August, are among the TV-industry accolades that similarly have gender-neutral categories (e.g. Individual Achievement in Comedy).

    ‘Yellowstone’: Q’orianka Kilcher & Jennifer Landon To Recur On Season 3

    (8/9/19) Former The Alienist star Q’orianka Kilcher and Jennifer Landon (Animal Kingdom) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming third season of Yellowstone, Paramount Network’s flagship drama series starring Kevin Costner.

    Co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which is under constant attack by those it borders – land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park.

    Kilcher will play Angela Blue Thunder, a Native American and political opponent of Tom Rainwater. Thunder is described as a woman with pain in her past and unadulterated fury in her present. Convinced that Rainwater’s management of the casino has been a catastrophe, she shows up in his office, ready to punish the world (and Tom Rainwater) for all the things it did to her.

    Landon will play Teeter, a new wrangler on the Yellowstone Ranch. Teeter is a snuff dipping, sunbaked, expert wrangler.

    Yellowstone is co-produced by 101 Studios. Executive producers are John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Costner, David C. Glasser and Bob Yari.

    A ratings juggernaut, Yellowstone continues its run as cable’s most-watched summer series and is up double digits across all key demos compared to season one to-date averages.

    Kilcher starred as Mary Palmer in TNT’s Emmy-nominated limited series The Alienist. On the film side, she can currently be seen in Paramount Player’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which opens today. She’s repped by APA, Anonymous Content, and attorney Eric Feig.

    A three-time Daytime Emmy winner for her work on As The World Turns, Landon’s most recent TV credits include the role of Amy on TNT’s Animal Kingdom and a recurring on Cinemax’s Banshee. She’s repped by Jericho Management and Productions and Abrams Artists Agency.

    ‘Empire’: Vivica A. Fox Upped To Series Regular For Final Season

    (8/9/19) There was a lot of news coming out at TCA regarding the sixth and final season of Fox’s musical drama Empire, including possible spinoffs and that Jussie Smollett would not be returning for the last hurrah. But one character that will be returning is Cookie’s older sister Candace played by Vivica A. Fox.

    It was a given that Candace would return for the sixth season, considering she has appeared in every since she was introduced in season two, but Fox will now be appearing as a series regular instead of recurring.

    During TCA, Fox told Deadline that she knew from the get-go she wanted to work with Lee Daniels as well as Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, who she had known for years and was more than happy to play Cookie’s (Henson) older sister.

    Fox said that each year she has been on the show has grown and grown and that last season Candace went through a lot during her time in the Empire universe, but her huge storyline focused on mental health and abuse. We thought her character was being abused by her husband, but it was actually her son that was abusing her due to mental health issues.

    “One thing I love about Empire is that they tackle taboo subjects that other shows won’t,” said Fox. “Now that I have been made a series regular, I want to find out more about my son and what’s going on — I don’t know yet so don’t ask!”

    Fox said that she will head to Chicago at the end of August to shoot the final season. The sixth season of Empire is slated to debut on September 24.

    Danny Trejo rescues baby in overturned car

    (8/9/19) Actor Danny Trejo said his role as a real-life hero “was awesome.”

    The 75-year-old “Machete” and “Spy Kids” star helped pluck a baby trapped in an overturned car after witnessing the crash at a Los Angeles intersection Wednesday.

    “What we saw was a lady ran a red light, crashed into that little Explorer, flipped it over,” Trejo, an LA native, according to video obtained by The Post. “There was a baby inside and a grandma.”

    The actor said he teamed up with a passerby, who gave her name as Monica Jackson, to save the baby.

    “I couldn’t unbuckle the seat belt, so she got in and undid the seat belt,” he said. “I pulled the baby out the other side.”

    Jackson said the driver “was hurting, but all she said was, ‘get my baby, get my baby.'”

    The Los Angeles Fire Department says three people were taken to a hospital, and there were no life-threatening injuries.

    “It was awesome,” Trejo said.

    “God bless you, pay attention,” he said. “And use them: The only thing that saved that little kid was his car seat, honest to God.”

    Tammin Sursok auditioning for Batwoman role

    (8/9/19) Actress Tammin Sursok is auditioning for a role alongside fellow Australian Ruby Rose in the Batwoman TV series.

    The Pretty Little Liars star took to Instagram on Wednesday and posted a snap of her audition script for the show along with a pair of reading glasses.

    Rose will become the first openly-lesbian Batwoman when the new series begins later this year, and mother-of-two Tammin clearly wants to be part of TV history.

    The Meg star had to pull out of an appearance at Comic-Con last month because she was too busy with Batwoman in Canada.

    Y&R's Tracey E. Bregman Reveals What She and Lauren Have in Common

    (8/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Although THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Lauren isn’t quite the witch that she once was when she tormented Traci all those years ago, portrayer Tracey E. Bregman likes that her alter ego has maintained much of her feistiness. “There is a great quote from Al Capone that sums up Lauren, which says, ‘Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I’m kind to everyone. But when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you’re going to remember about me!’” she shared with a laugh. “Lauren is not a pushover! I go back to the Phyllis doppelganger story, where Lauren was the one who identified the real [Phyllis] and shot the other one. She took a huge gamble and she was right. That takes cajones!”

    While Bregman isn’t exactly a pushover in real life, she definitely thinks that Lauren is “more ballsy than me. However, where we are the most alike is the love we have for our family… and our fashion sense!”

    ‘Grand Hotel’: ABC Will Make Renewal Decision After Summer Run Although Karey Burke “Wished” Ratings Were Stronger – TCA

    (8/5/19) Grand Hotel fans will have to wait until the soapy drama’s summer run is over before discovering whether there will be a second season.

    ABC’s President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the network hadn’t made a renewal decision on the Eva Longoria-exec produced show.

    Burke did, however, point to the show’s soft ratings, which may not be a great sign for its future.

    “We’re going to wait until the end of its run. It’s a show we like a lot. It’s a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger but we’ll make that decision after its run,” she said.

    Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.

    The Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez-fronted series is a contemporary adaptation of a “period piece” format from Spain with an Upstairs/Downstairs tone. Katey Sagal is among the celebrity guests who show up to visit the family-owned hotel.

    Christel Khalil Opens up About Being Homeschooled

    (8/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) On small screens and big, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Christel Khalil (Lily) grew up in front of the camera, starring in movies like Matilda, commercials, and primetime shows before landing on Y&R at the age of 14. “When you grow up doing the job, you have to really decide whether you are an actor because you like it or because you were put there by your parent,” she reflected to Soaps In Depth.

    Now that she’s an adult, the Emmy winner said she can look back and clearly see the pluses and minuses. “I did grow up a little sheltered and awkward. I was homeschooled, so I always felt like I missed out on the school experience,” she shared. “But looking back, I’m really grateful for the way I grew up. Since I was always around adults, I think that I matured very quickly. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but I look at it as a blessing. I never really realized how much I appreciated acting until I was an adult!”

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher Joins Netflix's Sweet Magnolias Adaptation, in Recast

    (8/2/19) JoAnna Garcia Swisher has boarded Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias adaptation, replacing Parenthood‘s Monica Potter in one of the lead roles.

    Based on Sherryl Woods’ collection of romance novels, the series centers on three South Carolina women who have been best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career and family. Swisher’s Maddie Townsend is described as a low-key but resolute and loving woman whose gal pals are trying to convince her that now is the time for reinvention.

    Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva) and Heather Headley (Chicago Med) were previously cast as Maddie’s best friends.

    Since wrapping Kevin (Probably) Saves the World‘s one-and-done run, Swisher has been attached to the ABC comedy pilot Happy Accident and, before that, the Fox pilot Dan the Weatherman (where she replaced Ashley Williams). Her previous TV credits also include Once Upon a Time, Pitch and The Astronaut Wives Club.

    Dishing with Digest - 8/2/19 - Michelle Stafford

    (8/2/19) Michelle Stafford Opens Up About Her Y&R Return (Listen / download).

    Michelle Stafford talks about the road that led her back to playing Y&R's Phyllis, her favorite GH memories and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Billy Miller's exit from GH as Drew, and debate whether or not big roles should be recast.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (8/2/19) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo

    Thursday, August 8 – EVA LONGORIA and JULIANNE MOORE

    Kristoff St. John's Daughter Claims His Handwritten Will Is Not All in His Handwriting

    (7/31/19) (theblast.com) The daughter of late "Young and the Restless" star Kristoff St. John is calling into question the validity of a handwritten will, claiming that parts of it are not in her father's handwriting.

    According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Paris St. John is contesting a handwritten will her grandfather has been trying to get approved by the court.

    Paris had filed an objection back in March but now she is going into detail about why she believes the will is invalid.

    Kristoff St. John‘s father has now jumped into the mix of his son’s probate and revealed the late soap star wrote up a handwritten will less than 2-years before he died.

    She claims that "material provisions of the purported holographic will are not in the decedent's handwriting." Paris says she "believes certain other alterations and interlineations were made in someone other than the decedent's handwriting after his death."

    In her filing, she points to one particular passage about a check and says "the handwriting of the above material provision differs significantly from and falls outside the normal, genuine, and known characteristics reflected in the handwriting of Decedent at or around the time in which the purported holographic will was allegedly executed."

    Adrienne Frantz Shares Good News About Her Hospitalized Father

    (7/31/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and prayers to Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and her entire family as her father, John Frantz, was rushed to the hospital on July 27. "Please pray for my dad, John Frantz, right now!" she shared on Instagram. "He was airlifted to the hospital and is in ICU on life support! I am on a plane now! Hang in there, daddy, I'm coming! Life is precious and fragile! Treat it as such! You never know…"

    Frantz's Y&R and B&B co-stars and friends like Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R), Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, Y&R), Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget, B&B), and Jacob Young (ex-Rick, B&B) joined the many fans in sending love and support in the comments on the Instagram photo of her father and her daughter, three-year-old Amélie.

    After arriving at the hospital, Frantz snapped a photo of her dad in his bed and offered an update for fans and friends. "No news yet!" she reported. "Please keep praying for my dad, John Frantz! I'm here, Daddy! Not a good look on you! Please get up so I can kick your butt for freaking me out!"

    Thankfully, a couple days later, on July 29, Frantz had some good news to share. "Looks like someone has an amazing guardian angel!" she exclaimed. "My dad is up! He is still in ICU but this is a start! I really thought this wouldn't happen! It has been a horrible few days! Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful prayers and support! Still have a long way to go but God blessed today! And thank you to all of the wonderful doctors and nurses who have been taking such great care of him! Lunch is on me tomorrow!"

    Although Frantz has not yet explained what happened to her father to land him in the ICU, it's clearly very serious and we're glad for the good news that his condition is improving. We'll hold the entire family in our thoughts during this time and hope for further positive updates, which we will naturally continue to pass along.

    Adrienne Frantz Requests Prayers for Her Father Who Is in the Hospital on Life Support

    (7/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and prayers to Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and her entire family as her father, John Frantz, was rushed to the hospital on July 27. "Please pray for my dad, John Frantz, right now!" she shared on Instagram. "He was airlifted to the hospital and is in ICU on life support! I am on a plane now! Hang in there, daddy, I'm coming! Life is precious and fragile! Treat it as such! You never know…"

    Frantz's Y&R and B&B co-stars and friends like Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R), Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, Y&R), Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget, B&B), and Jacob Young (ex-Rick, B&B) joined the many fans in sending love and support in the comments on the Instagram photo of her father and her daughter, three-year-old Amélie.

    After arriving at the hospital, Frantz snapped a photo of her dad in his bed and offered an update for fans and friends. "No news yet!" she reported. "Please keep praying for my dad, John Frantz! I'm here, Daddy! Not a good look on you! Please get up so I can kick your butt for freaking me out!"

    Although Frantz has not yet explained what happened to her father to land him in the ICU on life support, it's clearly very serious, but at least she is trying to keep her spirits up. We'll hold the entire family in our thoughts during this time and hope for some good news in the next update, which we will naturally pass along.

    Anna Grace Barlow To Recur on Y&R

    (7/30/19) Anna Grace Barlow (The Fosters, Scream Queens) will recur on The Young and the Restless as Zoe, a character with a “surprising connection” to a member of Genoa City’s jet set, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/29/19 - Tough Love

    (7/29/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, hosts Charlie and Richard dish out a little bit of tough love to their soaps. What changes would they like to see made to GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Tune in to find out… then let them know what changes you’d like to see made.

    Sasha Calle Reveals the Talent She Doesn't Want to Bring to Y&R

    (7/29/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) In her personal life, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Sasha Calle (Lola) can belt out a tune with the best of them. After all, she’d wanted to be a singer before she caught the acting bug. Given the Genoa City denizens who have been singing — Ana, Jett, Tessa, Fen — would Calle love to jump in and have her alter ego go from being a chef to a songbird? “I’m open to anything, but to be honest, I think that might be so far out of left field for the character that I’m not sure it would be a good thing!” she admitted to Soaps In Depth with a grin. “It would just be so random!”

    Calle said that she would rather focus on music away from the show… and maybe even try to up her action skills after a fan suggested via social media that she’d make a fabulous Spider-Woman. “That was so super cool — I would love to do that!” she laughed. “Right now I’ve got my hands full with Y&R, but I love being pushed, because that’s how you grow as an actress!”

    Loren Lott Wraps At Y&R

    (7/28/19) Loren Lott, who joined Y&R as Ana in November 2018, has filmed her last episode. On her YouTube channel, the actress documented her final day. “What an amazing journey!” she posted. “I’m so grateful to God for this step in my career. I have learned so much and I have had so much fun. I’ve received thousands of hugs and kisses and had several Dream Come True moments. I am so excited to move on to what’s next for me. I was a little bummed at first when I was told that creatively they didn’t know what to do with my story line and they wanted to spend their budget increasing other people’s storylines but I appreciated their honesty. Everyone has told me how much they love me and showered me with so much encouragement. Y&R is still my family forever and I have no bitterness towards them at all! Plus I’ve learned that certain no’s are an even bigger yes somewhere else. I’m grateful for every storyline I participated in and every song I got to sing. How cool that I got to sing and act on TV. All I wanted when I left Broadway was for my grandparents to be able to turn on the TV and see me without having to travel to support me as they are getting older. I got exactly that. Thanks God. I’m so excited for what’s next.” To check out her full video go Here.

    Catching up With ALL MY CHILDREN's Cady McClain

    (7/28/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The glow on Cady McClain’s face says it all. The actress who spent the better part of three decades playing ALL MY CHILDREN’s beleaguered Dixie Martin has been totally fulfilled while pursuing a long-held dream: telling her own stories! “In my very early days with Michael E. Knight (Tad) on the show, most of the writing was really wonderful,” she shared with Soaps In Depth, “but Mike had a very particular sense of humor and sensibility, so he and I would often attack the scripts and rewrite them.”

    Being able to successfully do that while also being mindful of the tale being told helped McClain determine that, in the future, she wanted to work behind the camera! “I’ve never been really that satisfied with only being an actor,” she admitted. “I learned things like ‘all glory to the story.’”

    Now a director, she’s been touring film festivals while sharing the fruits of her labor. That’s how she connected with Artists For Change founder Julia Verdin and agreed to help turn her short film into a full-length feature. McClain says that Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, the movie she recently produced, is “about a teenager who is kidnapped into the sex-trafficking trade and how she meets other girls and fights her way out.” The goal is to use the gripping picture to help communities raise awareness.

    Also coming soon is Paint Made Flesh, a film that McClain directed about a female artist who revisits an old relationship in order to rekindle her passion. “In the process, some very intense truths are revealed that they’ll have to wrangle with,” McClain offered. The twist to the production is that it’s based on a stage show. Explaining her interest, McClain said, “I’m really entranced by the idea of filming theater because it’s not that different from daytime, which we call doing ‘a play a day.’”

    Next up is a noir mystery/thriller that the visionary is writing and planning to direct. Additionally, she said, “I’m working with my husband, Jon [Lindstrom, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kevin/ Ryan], and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC) on a project as a producer.” But is she still interested in acting? “There are a couple things burbling on the horizon,” she teased, “that I might say yes to.”

    In the meantime, the Emmy winner has been encouraging the next generation of filmmakers via speaking engagements. “One young woman came up to me and said, ‘I’ve been directing with my friends, but now I’m seeing that I could actually do this for a career!’” she confided. “I said, ‘Yes, you totally could.’”

    Mae Whitman and Eric Roberts To Guest on Kidding

    (7/28/19) Mae Whitman (Good Girls) and Eric Roberts (Lost Girl, Suits) will guest-star during Season 2 of the Showtime dramedy Kidding, per The Hollywood Reporter. Whitman will play a medical marijuana dispensary employee who likes to watch Puppet Time when she’s high, while Roberts will portray an Amazon executive who’s looking to make an acquisition and comes into contact with the Puppet Time team.

    B&B and Y&R Stars Mourn the Death of Makeup Artist and Friend Jenna Wittman

    (7/24/19) On July 20, the television families of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS lost one of their own when makeup artist Jenna Wittman died. That day, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) shared the sad news that it was time to say goodbye. "It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic news of our decades-long friend and makeup artist extraordinaire, Jenna Wittman," she expressed on Instagram. "On life support, with no hope of recovery, I said my goodbyes and wishes for a peaceful journey into her ear this morning. Please join me and the companies of Y&R and B&B in prayer, wishing her a speedy journey to the most loving eternity. We will always love you, Jenna."

    The following day, B&B supervising producer Casey Kasprzyk shared the news of her passing. "Yesterday, the B&B family lost an incredible makeup artist and human being, Jenna Wittman. Our hearts are heavy, but we smile remembering her sense of humor, dedication to craft, and ability to make everything and everyone better. Halloween 2018 — she made me Steven Spielberg."

    The comments to both of these social media posts were full of heartfelt messages of love and sympathy. "Mel, I'm thankful you could do this," Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R) expressed. "My heart is broken, but I am grateful for peace… and no more pain. Love you!" Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget, B&B) added: "Decades-long friendships. She was one of a kind" followed by a broken-heart emoji.

    David Hedison, Actor in James Bond Films and Soap Opera Another World, Dies at 92

    (7/22/19) (people.com) David Hedison, an actor best known for starring in Another World, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and License to Kill has died. He was 92.

    The actor died on July 18 in Los Angeles with “his loving daughters Alexandra and Serena by his side,” according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

    “Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father,” his family said in the statement. “He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefitted from his warm and generous heart.”

    The statement continued, “Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style.”

    Hedison began his acting career while studying theater at Brown University. He later attended The Neighborhood Playhouse and The Actors Studio.

    He made his film debut in 1958’s Son of Robin Hood and starred as the scientist André Delambre in The Fly, which was released that same year.

    Hedison’s film career continued with turns in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and two James Bond films as CIA agent Feliz Leiter: To Live and Let Die and License to Kill.

    He also starred as Spencer Harrison on the daytime series Another World and as Arthur Hendricks in The Young and the Restless.

    In the statement, his family said Hedison joked he preferred “SRO” (Standing Room Only) to “RIP.” He is survived by his two daughters.

    In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to The Actor’s Fund.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (7/18/19) THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN

    Tuesday, July 23 - Actress Eva Longoria

    Irizarry Joins B&B

    (7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.

    Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.

    Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.

    Mixed Martial Arts Pic ‘Mickey Kelley’ To Star Sean Patrick Flanery, Katrina Bowden, Dennis Quaid & MMA Fighters Renzo Grazie, Edson Barboza & Mickey Gall

    (7/7/19) Fledgling LA film production and distribution outfit Forrest Films is gearing up on mixed martial arts movie drama Mickey Kelley, which will star Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder), Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) and Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) alongside MMA fighters Renzo Gracie, Edson Barboza, and Mickey Gall.

    Set in 1990, the film follows Mickey Kelley (Flanery), one of the first American black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, who gets pulled away from everything he loves and into an unsanctioned MMA tournament, where his dreams of providing for his family come to a halt with a split-second decision. His life goes off the rails until years later he gets a shot at redemption.

    Alex Ranarivelo (American Wrestler) will direct the pic, currently in pre-production. Flanery and Alex Ranarivelo teamed to co-write the screenplay, from a story Flanery created.

    Supporting cast includes Maurice Compte (Narcos), Reno Wilson (Transformers) and Currie Graham (Pompeii). Ali Afshar and Ava Rettke are producing for Forrest Films. Executive producers are Forrest Lucas and Sean Patrick Flanery.

    Said Ali Afshar, who runs Forrest Films with Forrest Lucas and Charlotte Lucas, “Forrest Films is drawn to material and stories that lead with the heart and tell a tale of perseverance through conflict and struggle. Mickey Kelley checks these boxes and even creates new ones for us that will differentiate and elevate the film in the marketplace. Sean really created a gripping story here and we’re excited to bring it to life.”

    Forrest Films’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution Scott Kennedy added, “Commercially, Mickey Kelley stands out by offering a powerful combination of action and emotion that tugs at audiences throughout. We have a great cast that plays this dichotomy off beautifully.”

    Forrest Films was launched eight months ago as a vertically integrated content company that releases, produces, finances and develops features. Upcoming releases include Bennett’s War starring country music star Trace Adkins (releasing August 30); the action/drama The Ride starring Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges; sports-themed Lady Driver; the romantic drama Roped; action/drama American Fighter; the thriller The Stand At Paxton County and comedy Wheels Of Fortune.

    The company is supported by a media fund, backed by Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, Inc., Lucas Oil Production Studios, MAVTV and Lucas Oil Speedway.

    The firm recently tapped former Warner Bros. svp of theatrical marketing/worldwide advertising services Lori Drazen to serve as svp of marketing; former Open Road marketing svp Liz Deutsch to serve as svp of in-theater marketing and promotions; and former Open Road vp Bryce Campbell to serve as svp of operations. These executives report to Scott Kennedy.

    Prior to those hires, producer/writer/actress Christina Moore was promoted to executive vice president at Forrest Films, Ava Rettke was named director of development and production, and producer Hadeel Reda signed an overall production deal with an eye to producing three movies together over the next two years.

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/15/19 - The Shame Game

    (7/15/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s all-new show, Richard finds himself having to defend the honor of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Liz, while Charlie addresses some pretty big, unanswered questions regarding Chelsea’s return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Be there as accusations are made, fingers are pointed, laughs are had and preview is given on this week’s episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast!

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS's Doug Davidson Shares the Secret to His Success

    (7/14/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actors who have been on soaps for 40-plus years like THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Doug Davidson (Paul) are often asked how they keep their characters fresh. Yet the Emmy winner believes that’s the wrong question. “Who wants to do a mediocre job, no matter what their profession? I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to do my best,” he reflected to Soaps In Depth.

    Of course, Davidson admitted that there are days when it’s more of a struggle. “Sometimes things get in the way, like you have a personal emergency and you are up until 2 in the morning, and have a 7 a.m. call time. That probably won’t be your best day!” he shared with a smile. “But I try to put the biggest shine on it no matter what I am doing. If I’m washing the car, and see a spot, I don’t go, ‘Oh, well, I’ll take care of it next time!’ There’s nothing worse on my drive home, than going, ‘Shoot! I missed that opportunity!’ So I always try to do the best job I can!”

    Michelle Stafford Mourns the Passing of Her Beloved Dog, Beauregard

    (7/11/19) Please join us in sending love to Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and her entire family as they mourn the death of their beloved dog, Beauregard. The actress shared some cute pics of the animal on Instagram as she warned her fans there was an "obnoxiously long post" incoming.

    "Today we said goodbye to this good boy," she expressed. "I knew this day was coming soon. I was thinking of not telling my kids and just doing it alone. Not giving them a chance to say goodbye. After all, they ceased to give him the attention they once had and I thought it was a better idea to tell them when they noticed he wasn't around. 'Oh, he passed on. But he's in a better place now.' That's what we say, right? 'He's in a better place.'

    "Truth be told, I didn't want my kids to be sad. Or feel pain," Stafford continued. "I wanted to make it easy for them. That's my job as a parent. I suppose. Then I realized that my daughter would use that against me in years to come… right? 'You just killed Beauregard without letting me say goodbye,' she would probably say as a sassy 15 year old. Since I am not interested in giving my daughter ammunition against me… I decided to tell her what was going to happen to Beau. I'm joking, but I did think it would ultimately be wrong to not let my kids say goodbye to him, pain or no pain."

    So Stafford braced herself and delivered the heartbreaking news to nine-year-old Natalia and three-year-old Jameson. "Pain and loss are funny things," she mused. "None of us wanna feel it but it truly is inevitable. We seem to be living in a world these days of feeling wronged to feel pain or loss or sadness. Or we pop a pill to 'fix' it. Pain is a part of life. Honestly, how can we measure joy correctly if we haven't felt sadness?

    "So my daughter was quite upset," Stafford added. "We said goodbye and told Beau he was the best boy in the world and we thanked him for protecting us. We wished him well on his next adventure. I told Natalia it was important to tell him what a good boy he was. She did. J, too. I listened as Natalia cried (keeping my composure), after all he had been my dog for 15 years. But our kids pick up our emotions and copy us. I just wanted to be there for her. I let her do whatever she wanted so we had a little funeral in the backyard."

    In the end, Stafford feels that she did the right thing for everyone involved. "As we got ready for bed tonight, she said, 'I'm glad for Beau, that he's out of pain.'" the actress shared. "I don't know if she would have come to that if I had chose not to tell her. Life is up and down and we gotta be willing to feel it to really live it. We gotta let our kids feel it, too. Thank you, Beauregard, for teaching me a valuable lesson. You truly are the best boy in the world."

    Y&R's Melissa Claire Egan Previews Her New Movie 'Holiday for Heroes'

    (7/11/19) It may be almost Valentine’s Day but it’s still winter, so what better time to think about Christmas movies? Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie, Holiday for Heroes. “So excited I can announce this now!” she tweeted when the news broke. “It’s Christmas in February! So excited to be shooting Holiday for Heroes. And this guy’s pretty rad, too.”

    The guy she’s referring to is her co-star in the seasonal romance, actor Marc Blucas, as she shared an on-set photo of them looking all ready to open some Christmas presents. "Audrey is a hard worker," Egan previews of her character. "She owns her own sweet little coffee shop with her best friend, Jade, and she starts writing love letters to First Sergeant Matt Evans." After she sends him some of her coffee, he writes a thank you note that starts off an exchange that eventually leads to a face-to-face meeting. "Audrey and Matt's relationship is really special because they got to know each other through letters and they got to know each other as people, as human beings, before they ever met face to face," the actress explains. "So it's a very rare, unique, beautiful, romantic story." You can watch a special behind the scenes look at Holiday for Heroes at Hallmark's official website.

    Daytime fans first fell in love with Egan when she played Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN from 2006-11. She then joined the cast of Y&R as Chelsea Lawson, where she remained until 2018. Fans were thrilled when she returned to Genoa City in July of 2019, and they can now look forward to seeing even more of her in this romantic new movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be premiering on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel until probably November at the earliest!

    Don’t worry — we’ll keep updating you as more information is released, including an air date.

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/8/19 - Summer Preview & Predictions

    (7/8/19) (Listen / download) If there’s one thing Soaps In Depth editors Richard and Charlie love more than previewing what’s to come on your favorite soaps (which they’ll do this week), it’s predicting what they hope will happen (which they’re also going to do). Get a glimpse of what’s to come, whether on the air or in their imaginations, and then weigh in with your own predictions, all this week!

    Catherine Bach Returns To Y&R

    (7/4/19) Catherine Bach will return to The Young and the Restless as Chelsea’s mother Anita Lawson, beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, TVInsider.com reports.

    DYNASTY Vet Joins Y&R

    (7/2/19) Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY; ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA et al) has been cast in a new role on Y&R. The soap vet will play Daryl Tulane, who shared an interesting connection to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) during her time away from Genoa City. He appears for several episodes beginning Monday, July 29.

    Who Is Calvin on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Meet John Burke

    (7/2/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) That's actor John Burke playing Calvin Boudreau on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Chelsea picked up a handsome husband during her time away from Genoa City, and now that she's back in town, he's followed closely behind her! But what kind of drama will he be bringing?

    Y&R is not Burke's first daytime gig. He made some recurring appearances on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as a pilot for Spencer Publications in 2011 and 2012 and his IMDb page lists small roles on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as well as GENERAL HOSPITAL. He has also made numerous primetime appearances, most recently in series like NCIS, JANE THE VIRGIN, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. On the big screen, you may have seen the actor in films like Transformers: The Last Knight, LBJ, or Sicario.

    Rick Springfield Moves D.R. Festival to Mexico ... As Death Count Grows

    (7/2/19) Rick Springfield is not taking any chances -- he's calling off his music festival in the Dominican Republic as the number of American tourists getting sick and dying in the country continues to grow.

    The "Jessie's Girl" singer just made the announcement, saying ... "In an abundance of caution and for the peace of mind and well-being of my fans, band and crew, the ‘Rick Springfield & Friends’ event in Punta Cana is being rescheduled to take place at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun in 2020."

    Rick says the new dates will be determined asap, but attempts to reschedule in 2019 were unsuccessful.

    The musician has held these "Rick Springfield & Friends" fests for close to a decade, which started as concert cruises before moving them to land and resorts. This was going to be the first in the D.R.

    Along with Springfield, the festival lineup was set to include Patty Smyth, host Mark Goodman, actor Doug Davidson and musical guest Guns & Mullets.

    Springfield adds that the decision to postpone was not easy, but the "safety and well-being of our amazing fans, band and crew will always be the most important consideration in any situation."

    As we've reported ... at least 10 Americans have died while either visiting Dominican Rep. resorts or shortly after returning to the U.S. -- many from heart attacks, and some from respiratory complications.

    Jordi Vilasuso Reveals Why He Doesn't Like Reality TV

    (6/30/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While unscripted television programs like THE BACHELOR still attract huge ratings, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) admitted that he hasn’t really watched much of it. “I like documentaries, but I don’t watch any reality TV. I think I’ve had an animosity towards that type of programming because they’ve taken so many jobs away from actors,” he shared candidly to Soaps In Depth. “And I grew up loving storytelling, so I haven’t been able to get behind unscripted shows.” That is not to say Vilasuso doesn’t enjoy competition-based shows such as THE VOICE or MASTER CHEF. “I thought Gordon Ramsay’s show was great, because there was a lot of creativity involved,” he grinned. “And we cook in my house, so that one was cool!”

    Y&R Star Weds

    (6/30/19) Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R) and longtime love Rob Meder are married! The duo eloped to St. Bart’s and wed in front of close friends including celeb designer Jeremiah Brent.

    Melissa Claire Egan Relives Some of Chelsea's Most Memorable Moments on Y&R

    (6/28/19) Melissa Claire Egan Relives Some of Chelsea's Most Memorable Moments on Y&R: Video.

    Y&R Alum Engaged

    (6/28/19) On social media, Abhi Sinha (ex-Ravi, Y&R) revealed that he popped the question to girlfriend Helen Kim, who said yes. “On June, 17th, 2019 in front of Kilimanjaro – I asked the love of my life to marry me,” he tweeted. “Best decision of my life. (Because she said yes!) I love you so much Helen, and cannot wait to marry you @helenkkim.” To see a longer version of the story, click here.

    Hunter King Says a Heartfelt Goodbye to LIFE IN PIECES

    (6/28/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After four years filled with laughter and tears, LIFE IN PIECES has come to an end. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Hunter King (Summer) wrote a bittersweet, heartfelt goodbye note to the CBS sitcom and the talented cast along with a series of backstage pics she took over the years.

    "Tonight is the series finale of LIFE IN PIECES... crazy how fast these four years have flown by," she mused. "This first picture was from the beginning of season two when I had just become a series regular, and saw 'Clementine' posted on my trailer. I was so excited and had to get a picture with it, even though you can’t see what the hell it says, ha ha! I’m so grateful for these last few years and the memories I have made from filming such an amazing show with such great people. Thank you for letting me play Clementine."

    Catching Up with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Max Ehrich

    (6/28/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It would be every bride’s nightmare to find her groom cheating on her wedding day, which is why no one can blame AMERICAN PRINCESS’ Amanda for running off on fiancé Brett, played by Max Ehrich (ex-Fenmore, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). “I think we can all relate to planning for something and then having a crisis that leads you to reevaluate,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “But you’ll find out a bit more as to how and why that happened… Brett is not just a cold-hearted [jerk].”

    The Lifetime series, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST, follows Amanda’s subsequent exploits when she finds herself at a Renaissance Faire where nothing makes sense, but everyone embraces the weird. Ironically, it’s there that she attempts to find peace while building a new life. “Brett’s heartbroken,” Ehrich explained, “because as much as he knows he screwed up, people also don’t just get married on a whim. They really thought they loved each other.”

    Having previously played Fenmore, this new character was easy to slip into. “Fenmore almost went off to be an attorney — that’s what his dad wanted him to do — and they both also grew up having pretty privileged lives,” Ehrich revealed. “Brett is not as edgy or dark as Fen [was], but they’re both finding themselves and making mistakes along the way.”

    The character that Ehrich played in his latest film, Netflix’s Walk. Ride. Rodeo., however, is someone to aspire to. In it, he plays a man who encourages a recently paralyzed female barrel racer not to give up on her dreams. “He’s constantly hitting her up to just speak [at conventions] because he’s very intrigued by her story,” Ehrich revealed. “Then when they end up Face Timing, it’s like love at first sight.”

    Not only did Ehrich contribute to the film the song “Ride” (co-written with Amberley Snyder, whom the movie is based on), but he’s also been making music his primary focus of late. “I started working with [the publisher] with whom I made ‘Ride,’ and I ended up going there and doing a writing camp,” he revealed. “Music has been really therapeutic for me since I was a teenager because it’s a way of processing life. I’m excited to share things I’ve gone through, the things I’m going through and things I want to go through via my music.”

    Look for the performer to release a record this year before hitting the road. “I want to be traveling, playing my music and exploring the different cities and countries I go to,” he said. “That’s my plan.”

    Talk Show Appearance

    (6/28/19) The Talk – CBS

    Tuesday, July 2

    actress Sofia Pernas (CBS’ BLOOD & TREASURE); actress Alison Sweeney guest co-hosts (n)

    NATAS Exec Revamp Includes Changes For Daytime Emmys

    (6/28/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is realigning some of its executive structure, the organization said Thursday, moves designed to consolidate oversight of planning and producing its shows including the Daytime Emmy Awards.

    The moves include David Michaels exiting as SVP of Daytime Emmy Awards & Events and executive producer of the Daytime Emmys, a post he has held for nearly five years, and come after NATAS launched a probe last summer when the four network daytime dramas in a rare show of unity threatened to boycott the Daytime Emmys unless structural changes were made.

    Steve Ulrich, the former NBC Sports exec who since 2010 has overseen administration of the Sports Emmy Awards, will now move to the newly created role of SVP Production & Events. He will oversee overseeing the planning and production of the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy ceremonies, along with the the National Student Production Awards announcement and other NATAS programs and events.

    In addition, Lisa Armstrong, who joined NATAS in February, will become Director, Production & Events.

    Among the soaps’ demands last year during the boycott threat was for NATAS to “hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show” after questions arose about voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.

    The organization said the new structure will create greater independence and differentiation between the production of the Emmy ceremonies and the top-level administration of the competitions.

    “This realignment allows our leadership team to think more strategically across all our programs as we work to serve this growing audience,” Adam Sharp, who took over as president and CEO in November, said today. “Further, it builds on efforts initiated last year to strengthen confidence in the Emmy Awards process by responding to concerns raised regarding common oversight of awards administration and production.”

    Sharp also noted audience growth for NATAS events like the Daytime and Sports Emmys, both of which have seen boosts in social media viewership. The Daytime Emmys streamed live in May on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and emmyonline.tv.

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Alum Jessica Collins Teases a Return to "One of My Favorite Roles"

    (6/27/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) An Instagram post has fans hoping it means that Jessica Collins is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Avery Clark! "All smiles today at work, reprising one of my favorite roles!" she shared. "Love reuniting with this cast and crew and can't wait to share the details with all of you. Stay tuned!"

    Collins made her debut on Y&R in July of 2011, playing a high-powered attorney who was later revealed to be the sister of Phyllis Summers. She had a history with Dylan McAvoy, and had a romance with Nick Newman. During her four years on the soap, Collins was nominated twice for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress and took home the trophy in 2016. Dylan's not around, but Nick is, and with Phyllis on the rampage, her sister might be just the person to talk her down!

    After getting her big break playing Dinah on the ABC sudser, LOVING, Collins has gone on to appear in numerous television series. However, many of them are no longer on the air. So if she's returning to play one of her "favorite roles" again, it could Y&R, but it might also possibly be something else like IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, GREY'S ANATOMY or 9-1-1.

    Sofia Pernas & Alicia Coppola's Blood & Treasure Renewed for Season 2

    (6/27/19) CBS is out for (more) Blood & Treasure: The network has handed the new summer drama an early Season 2 renewal.

    Blood & Treasure premiered in May to 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, in a special post-NCIS showcase. Understandably dipping after that, it as of late has averaged about 3.6 million and a 0.4 — numbers that swell to 5.7 mil/0.7 with Live+3 DVR playback. The Season 1 finale airs July 16.

    “Blood & Treasure is a fun, escapist adventure with comedic elements filmed in multiple locales around the world that has been a great performer and a wonderful addition to our summer schedule,” said Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ EVP of Current Programs, in a statement. “We’ve heard the story pitch for season two and look forward to seeing all-new exploits from Russia to Southeast Asia next year.”

    The series stars Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) as a brilliant antiquities expert who teams with a cunning art thief (played by The Brave‘s Sofia Pernas) to take down a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the world hunting their target, they find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

    The cast also includes Michael James Shaw, Katia Winter, James Callis, Oded Fehr, Alicia Coppola and Mark Gagliardi.

    Melissa Claire Egan's THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Return Date Revealed

    (6/28/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Chelsea Newman is coming back! That’s right — Melissa Claire Egan is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! “Told ya it was just ‘goodbye for now,’” the actress Tweeted when the news broke. “This is gonna be good!” Look for Egan to make her grand return to Genoa City on Friday, June 28. In the days leading up to her first episode back, the star teased her imminent return with a behind-the-scenes Instagram snap of her and Sharon Case (Sharon). "Chelsea's got some explaining to do (i.e. why she knocked Sharon unconscious before she left town last year)," she joked.

    Egan first joined the cast of Y&R back in November of 2011, after a run playing Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN. However, in January of 2018, the actress revealed that she was saying goodbye to Genoa City after six years in the role. Although as she said at the time, it was just “goodbye for now,” leaving fans hopeful that she would one day return to the role. During her time away from soaps, Egan starred in the Hallmark movie Holiday for Heroes, which fans can look forward to seeing later this year.

    Chelsea was last seen on Y&R back in February of 2018 when she skipped town with her son, Connor, to avoid going to jail for embezzling money from Fenmore’s. She left Christian, with Nick, with whom she was romantically involved before she left Genoa City. However, Chelsea was truly in love with Adam, and now that he’s also back on Y&R — although with Mark Grossman taking over the role from Justin Hartley — it’s the perfect time for Chelsea to resurface. But what's this we hear about her having a new husband?

    Michael Mealor Previews Kyle's Summer Drama on Y&R

    (6/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans might have to shell out some bucks for a whole new cooling system in their house — or else risk their TVs melting down this summer whenever Kyle comes on screen in THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! “You’re going to see a steamier, love-drunk, sexier side of Kyle that we haven’t seen before!” his portrayer, Michael Mealor, promised Soaps In Depth with a grin. “The love triangle [with Summer and Lola] will continue, with drama and the kind of tension that will escalate, but at the same time, there will be a lot of summer delight, if you will!”

    Indeed, the hunk says that his alter ego might have stripped down to launch the Jabot marketing campaign last summer, but this year, there won’t be any marketing campaign involved! “You are going to see more of Kyle, that’s for sure!” laughed Mealor. “It will be fun, because this is the first time we will see him in this light — head over heels in love! We’ve seen him as a jerk, as a businessman, as a family man, with him being a caretaker for Dina, and we’ve seen him hurt… but now we will get to see what Kyle looks like when he’s in love, what he’s willing to do and what he’s willing to sacrifice!”

    While Kyle will be growing ever-closer to Lola, he can’t shed all of his feelings for Summer. “I do believe that they will always have a piece of each other’s hearts,” his portrayer said. “He does care for her. There are residual feelings, but they might be very, very subtle. And that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t genuinely care for Lola, because he does love her. He will go to the ends of the earth for her!”

    Clothes or no clothes! “Summers are a lighter time of the year with soaps,” smiled the actor. “It’s not quite so heavy and dark, so we’re trying to lighten it up… and that might mean the clothes are falling to the floor a little bit!”

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling

    (6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).

    This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Goodard Dishes his Days as a Male Model

    (6/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Before he ended up in front of the camera, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Daniel Goddard (Cane) ended up… well, in front of another kind of camera, when he earned his paycheck as a model. “I’ve done New York Fashion Week, which was great,” he told Soaps In Depth with a grin. “I did Calvin Klein underwear, and a Dolce & Gabbana sunglass campaign. Modeling is fun, but there is such a stigma that you’re not smart.”

    While Goddard acknowledged that there are some posers who might have had a vacant stare behind the eyes, successful models needed to be actively engaged. “Really good models who make a lot of money are very talented, because you have to sell the product and know what you’re doing," explained Goddard, "including understanding lighting and angles.” As for his own career on the runway, Goddard looked back at it fondly. “I had a good time, but I was at a point in my life where I wanted more — it didn’t complete me!”

    Y&R's Robert Adamson Stars in "Death of A Salesman"

    (6/24/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) On June 21, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Robert Adamson (ex-Noah) debuts in his "dream role"as Biff Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Los Angeles. Heading up the cast is Rob Morrow as Willy Loman (NORTHERN EXPOSURE, BILLIONS), Dylan Rourke (IN THE VAULT, GREY'S ANATOMY) and Lee Carlington (MISTRESSES, BROKEN). Adamson has been keeping fans updated on the show with some behind-the-scenes photos through his Instagram account. "Please come check it out if you’re in town," he urged his fans.

    Y&R castmate Christian Le Blanc (Michael) went to a preview performance of the play on Thursday night, "Saw the preview of Death of A Salesman last night," Le Blanc tweeted. "Robert Adamson is amazing!" Although Adamson admitted on his own Instagram he hopes he doesn't do the same thing on opening night he did during the preview! "Let’s just hope I don’t go on stage with my fly down," he joked. "I did that last night."

    Death of A Salesman won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony award for playwright Arthur Miller and is an example of the post WW II realism movement in the arts. Taking place in the late '40s in Brooklyn, the story revolves around a ne'er do well traveling salesman and the relationships he has with his sons, wife, and neighbors. The play will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday matinees, through August 4, 2019. Tickets are on sale from $20-$35 and can be purchased on the theater's website.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (6/23/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

    Th 6/27: Justin Hartley

    Talk Show Appearance

    (6/21/19) The Talk – CBS

    Monday, June 24

    Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Melissa Claire Egan, Mark Grossman and Michelle Stafford (n)

    2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations

    (6/20/19) Choice Drama TV Actor
    Adam Huber – Dynasty
    Cole Sprouse – Riverdale
    Justin Hartley – This Is Us
    K.J. Apa – Riverdale
    Oliver Stark – 9-1-1
    Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

    Choice Comedy TV Actress
    Candace Cameron Bure – Fuller House
    Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
    Kaley Cuoco – The Big Bang Theory
    Nina Dobrev – Fam
    Sarah Hyland – Modern Family
    Yara Shahidi – black-ish

    Theo on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS – Everything You Need to Know

    (6/20/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) A Genoa City hunk got a new face when actor Tyler Johnson made his debut as Theo on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in June. Theo Vanderway first appeared in the episode that aired on May 9, though at the time, he was played by actor Nic Luken, best known for playing Jonah on NASHVILLE.

    Theo is a colleague of Kyle Abbott’s from his time in New York, and works in publicity. Summer Newman and Kyle met with him in Manhattan, and he then followed them back to Genoa City where he introduced them to an internet influencer who could help them. However, this being a soap opera, it took no time at all for business to turn to pleasure! Summer immediately invited the hunk into her bed for some no-strings-attached fun, but is she really interested in Theo or is she hoping to use him to make Kyle jealous?

    While this is Johnson’s daytime debut, the actor has made primetime appearances in shows like GOSSIP GIRL and 30 ROCK, and can be seen in films such as The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

    Melissa Claire Egan Shares a Sneak Peek at Her Return to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (6/20/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Chelsea Newman is coming back! That’s right — Melissa Claire Egan is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! “Told ya it was just ‘goodbye for now,’” the actress Tweeted when the news broke. “This is gonna be good!” Egan has already been back at work on set, and Chelsea should be showing up any day now as the star just teased her imminent return with a behind-the-scenes Instagram snap of her and Sharon Case (Sharon). "Chelsea's got some explaining to do (i.e. why she knocked Sharon unconscious before she left town last year)," she joked.

    (Photo Egan first joined the cast of Y&R back in November of 2011, after a run playing Annie Lavery on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN. However, in January of 2018, the actress revealed that she was saying goodbye to Genoa City after six years in the role. Although as she said at the time, it was just “goodbye for now,” leaving fans hopeful that she would one day return to the role. During her time away from soaps, Egan starred in the Hallmark movie Holiday for Heroes, which fans can look forward to seeing later this year.

    Chelsea was last seen on Y&R back in February of 2018 when she skipped town with her son, Connor, to avoid going to jail for embezzling money from Fenmore’s. She left Christian, with Nick, with whom she was romantically involved before she left Genoa City. However, Chelsea was truly in love with Adam, and now that he’s also back on Y&R — although with Mark Grossman taking over the role from Justin Hartley — it’s the perfect time for Chelsea to resurface. But what's this we hear about her having a new husband?

    Y&R’S Lexie Stevenson Stars In Music Video

    (6/20/19) Lexie Stevenson (Mattie, Y&R) can be seen in a newly released music video by Quincy Fouse, who stars in the supernatural series LEGACIES, but goes by Soul Fro when performing as a R&B musician. Stevenson is prominently featured as the singer’s love interest in a song titled, “I Know.”

    To watch the video, go to: https://youtu.be/8fGktDEf30g.

    Sharon Case Said the Sweetest Goodbye to Y&R Castmate Gina Tognoni

    (6/19/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans weren't the only ones who shared how much they'll miss seeing Gina Tognoni as Phyllis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Her co-stars also took to social media to let her know how much she'll be missed and to wish her well in the future. In particular, Sharon Case (Sharon) opened up on Instagram. "Decades ago I knew you only from watching you on daytime," she revealed. "You were always one of the 'queens' back then when I was just trying to make my way into this genre. We met once briefly at Radio City and you were always 'the one to beat' at the Emmys. Well, you always took the trophy, and rightly so… even to this day!

    "When I learned that I'd be working with you on Y&R I was…" Case continued, adding a shocked emoji to explain her emotions at the time. "This became a lovely friendship and working relationship of my tenure at Y&R! You touched my soul… You respect others and your craft. You are a complex artist and I learned so much from you. I don't know how to say goodbye. I can only reverently say, 'Bravo!'"

    Case joined the cast of Y&R back in 1994, after a one-year stint as Debbie on AS THE WORLD TURNS. During that time, Tognoni was playing Kelly Cramer on ABC sudser ONE LIFE TO LIVE, but it was after joining GUIDING LIGHT in 2004 to play a recast Dinah that she began racking up the Daytime Emmy Award trophies that Case spoke of. Of course, Case is no slouch in the acting department and has racked up many Emmy noms of her own, taking home the trophy in 1999 for Outstanding Supporting Actress. (Thankfully, the two friends never found themselves competing in the same category at the same time!)

    Eva Longoria Baston Guests on Grand Hotel 7/1/19

    (6/19/19) “Curveball” – Danny discovers a new piece of information in Sky’s disappearance, Alicia and Gigi disagree on how to best run the hotel, and Gigi gives her a glimpse into her mother’s past, on a new episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JULY 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app or Hulu.

    “Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

    Guest stars include Eva Longoria Baston as Beatriz.

    Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

    “Curveball” was written by Bob Daily and directed by Eva Longoria Baston.

    Michelle Stafford Relives Some of Phyllis' Most Memorable Moments on Y&R

    (6/19/19) Michelle Stafford Relives Some of Phyllis' Most Memorable Moments on Y&R: Video.

    Heather Tom Back To Y&R — To Direct!

    (6/18/19) B&B’s Heather Tom (Katie) announced via Instagram Opens a New Window. that she directed an upcoming episode of YOUNG AND RESTLESS. Posted the actress, “So grateful for the opportunity! Thanks especially to @angelica_mcd Opens a New Window. @cbsdaytime Opens a New Window. #tonymorino Opens a New Window. @youngandrestlesscbs Opens a New Window. @sptv Opens a New Window. and all the actors I had the pleasure to work with. Such an extraordinary amount of talented people! It was so emotional for me!” Tom, who has been directing episodes of B&B since 2016, played Y&R’s Victoria from 1991-97 and then again from 1997-2003. “Xxx to everyone involved in making this happen!” she added, noting, “And to be clear- I’m directing not acting!” Look for Tom’s episode to air on Wednesday, July 17.

    Doug Davidson Reveals How Important THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Is to Him

    (6/18/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Sometimes people need a wake up call to appreciate what they have in life. But THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Doug Davidson (Paul) said to Soaps In Depth that while he was shocked at the tidal wave of love from fans when his alter ego basically disappeared from the canvas, he didn’t really need to be reminded how important the soap and its fans were to him.

    “Taking the show for granted would have happened pretty early on in my career, when I was feeling my oats. In fact,” he laughed, “if you would take that young Doug and give him the script that I’m working on now, I think he would have collapsed! At that time, I didn’t think I’d still be here all these years later. But at the same time, there was a part of me that really thought the environment that [Y&R’s co-creator, the late] Bill Bell created would be around forever! I’m just glad that I was able to express my appreciation to Bill before he left the show.”

    Dishing with Digest - 6/14/19 - Stacy Haiduk

    (6/16/19) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Double Trouble On DAYS (Listen / download).

    Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) dishes about her current DAYS tale, her past on Y&R and ALL MY CHILDREN, how she kept busy during her time in between acting gigs, and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Caroline’s upcoming memorial on DAYS and recent recasts.

    The Truth About Victor's Blood Disease on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (6/14/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans were wondering what’s wrong with Victor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and when he revealed that he has a rare blood disease, they feared the worst. However, this isn’t some made-up soap opera illness — Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a real thing.

    Although rare, PNH is a life-threatening blood disease characterized by the destruction of red blood cells, blood clots, and impaired bone marrow function. Symptoms can include significant fatigue or weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, shortness of breath, recurring infections, severe headache, and blood clots. Although many patients suffering from PNH experience few or no symptoms and can be treated with folic acid and iron supplements, more severe cases can require drug therapy or a bone marrow transplant.

    Victor originally kept his illness a secret and sought help from Dr. Nate Hastings. However, Nikki realized something was seriously wrong with her husband and urged him to open up to her. After learning the truth, she pressed him to inform the entire family and Victor finally conceded, explaining his diagnosis to Nick, Victoria, Adam, and Abby. While he’s trying to remain strong in the face of an uncertain future, it’s clear that Victor is struggling to deal with everything. So it’s a good thing that he’s not alone in his fight.

    'Orange is the New Black' Star Lorraine Toussaint Files for Divorce

    (6/14/19) "Orange is the New Black" star Lorraine Toussaint is bailing out of her marriage ... she's filed for divorce.

    According to court records ... Lorraine filed her divorce petition Thursday in Los Angeles to make the split from her husband, Robert Michael Tomlinson, official, legally.

    According to the docs they have no minor children together ... although there have been reports they have a teenage daughter. They were married on June 25, 2017.

    Lorraine is asking the court to award her spousal support, and to block the court's ability to award support the other way around.

    Lorraine played inmate Yvonne "Vee" Parker on season 2 on the hit Netflix show, 'OITNB.' She's also appeared on many other TV shows ... including "Where I Live," "Amazing Grace," "Law & Order," "Judging Amy," "Ugly Betty" and "Friday Night Lights."

    But, Vee was definitely her breakout role -- she even won a 2015 SAG Award for it, along with her co-stars. Lorraine also garnered rave reviews from TV Guide and Vanity Fair.

    She's also done several films, and got praise for her role in "Selma."

    ‘American Idol’ Vets Diana DeGarmo And Ace Young Hit Road With ‘First Date’ Musical Tour

    (6/14/19) Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, the real-life couple and American Idol veterans, will star in the national touring production of First Date, the 2013 Broadway musical comedy.

    The tour and cast were announced today by producer Fifth Estate Entertainment. The musical, newly updated and with book by Austin Winsberg, and music & lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will hit the road in Fall, 2020. Matt DiCarlo will direct.

    DeGarmo was a Season 3 contestant on Idol, and Young was a finalist on Season 5. Both have since made careers in musical theater – they met in 2010 while appearing in Broadway’s Hair, and married while touring in the 2013 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

    First Date, which starred Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez in the 2013 Broadway staging, follows Aaron (Young) and Casey (DeGarmo) as their blind date unfolds in real time.

    DeGarmo and Young are repped by Headline Talent Agency.

    Brytni Sarpy Dishes Joining Y&R and Elena's Future With Devon

    (6/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The internet practically exploded with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans reacting to Brytni Sarpy’s debut as Elena — specifically, the character’s first meeting with Devon, which clearly left the widower feeling a bit befuddled. While Sarpy says that she was excited to create the character of Elena, she confesses that she also felt a whisper of trepidation, because she was well aware that Devon and his former love interest, Hilary, were one of the most wildly popular couplings in Genoa City. Indeed, their love story only ended when Hilary’s portrayer, Mishael Morgan, left the show, prompting the soap to kill off the character in a poignant storyline arc that had Devon marrying her right before she died. “I’m treading really lightly with this whole situation,” the Y&R newcomer insisted to Soaps In Depth. “I know how sensitive these shifts can be!”

    Not that the beauty isn’t up for the challenge. “I came from playing Valerie Spencer [on GENERAL HOSPITAL], where I broke up a very liked couple with Dante and Lulu, so I understand being on the front line where the audience does not want a shift to end, and starting a new one,” she smiled. “But the writing team has done such a fantastic job. Hilary’s presence is always visible.” And that was before Morgan returned to tape scenes which showed just how much Devon’s late wife was still on his mind… even when he was with Elena! “As scared as I was about it,” said Sarpy, “I think Elena’s evolving relationship with Devon is being written very delicately. I haven’t heard much negative reaction so far!”

    Of course, at the moment, Elena comes across as a warm, caring doctor, struggling with her own demons, which are centered around her mother’s untimely death. Still, soaps have a tendency to throw in twists and 180-degree turns for characters. Sarpy shied away from identifying her alter ego as either the classic good girl or a vixen. “I think humans are multifaceted, so it’s very hard to pin them down into one category or the other,” she admitted. “We all make decisions, and some of those decision can be bad or have terrible consequences.

    "I feel like Elena’s secrets are slowly coming out, with dealing with her mother’s death and that trauma," added the actress. "She was committed to her work instead of her mother, and she now feels guilty. She’s removed herself from being a resident [at the hospital], which is almost like she’s punishing herself. All she has left of her family is Jett, and she wants to right the wrong of not being with her mother by being there for Jett while he’s sick. I’d say that she’s a good person with baggage… but who knows?” Anything could happen!

    Whatever happens with Elena — or even Elena and Devon — Sarpy is savoring driving onto the CBS lot. “It’s been a really easy, chill transition [from ABC],” she admitted with a smile. “I love the environment, and am really enjoying working with the people here. I would love to share scenes with everyone on the canvas. I think Y&R does a great job of bringing characters on and threading them together. The more Elena makes Genoa City her new life, the more chances I get to play with everyone!”

    Daniel Goddard Opens up About the Joy of Fatherhood

    (6/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) One of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Daniel Goddard's (Cane) favorite roles is that of dad. On-screen, the family-oriented character is the father of twins Charlie and Mattie,and in real life, the actor is raising his sons Sebastian and Ford. A reflective Goddard recently described the joys of being a parent. "Can you feel my pride?! It’s bursting out of me like one of those creatures out of Aliens! Cause this is my oldest," he exclaimed on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself and Ford. “And let me tell you, being 13 in this day and age is so much harder than when we were kids. The pressure on them comes from so many different angles now, and on so many different levels... (Who has teens and knows what I mean?)

    “But Ford, you are facing it all like a champ!" the Y&R star added, addressing his oldest boy directly. "The workload at school, the social load because of social media that we never had to deal with. And I’m so proud of you! Never let the world get you down, ever. Enjoy your summer break, you have earned it.”

    Goddard also passed on heartfelt advice to his fans. “And this applies to everyone out there reading this," he declared. "The world can be tough, and people can be cruel, but know just know this: ‘This too shall pass!’" He then paraphrased Andre Gide’s famous quote: "'You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ I’ve got your back [Ford] till the day I die, never forget that. You are loved.”

    Y&R’s Khalil Filming New Project

    (6/12/19) Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) is currently filming a movie with actor and musician James Maslow in Philadelphia, PA. Khalil will be playing Aly, who is the girlfriend to Maslow’s Scott. James posted a video on his Instagram story with the actress from the set of the film, which can be viewed here.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (6/12/19) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS – NBC

    Tuesday, June 18: Eva Longoria

    Swae Lee celebrates birthday with Shemar Moore and lots of tequila

    (6/12/19) It was an “Unforgettable” night.

    Swae Lee celebrated his 24th birthday at Rockwell nightclub in Miami on Tuesday, where he had an “epic tequila-fueled extravaganza,” an insider exclusively told Page Six.

    Arriving at around 2 a.m., the Rae Sremmurd member “came with a huge entourage and took over the table next to the DJ booth, surrounded by ladies,” the source said.

    Our insider also added that while fangirls were “screaming trying to get his attention,” we’re told he “didn’t seem to have his eye on one particular girl,” as he was “way too pumped up and eager to get the crowd excited.”

    Countless bottles of Don Julio 1942 tequila and Belaire Champagne were paraded to the birthday boy’s table throughout the night and Swae was seen ripping shots.

    We hear, “He and his crew went through a lot of bottles.”

    The “Powerglide” rapper hopped on stage, joking that it was his “21st birthday for the third year in a row” and then treated clubgoers to an impromptu performance.

    While on stage, Swae noticed “Criminal Minds” actor Shemar Moore partying at a nearby VIP table and invited him on stage.

    “The two absolutely lit up the stage together when they started pouring shots from their 1942 bottles in partygoers’ mouths,” said the source. “Girls were screaming at the very top of their lungs for the duo and Shemar … teased the girls by lifting up his shirt countless times” to show off his six-pack.

    Swae partied until the early morning, closing down the club at 5 a.m.

    His actual birthday was on Friday, June 7.

    Gina Tognoni Shares Her Last Day at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

    (6/10/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Sadly, June 7 marked Gina Tognoni’s last episode as Phyllis Summers on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. And after those scenes aired, the actress shared a peek behind the scenes at her final day on set at the CBS sudser. “That’s a wrap!” she posted. “Just after today’s scene. I am so grateful for everyone who took the journey with my Phyllis. See you soon.” In the clip, you can see Tognoni stepping off set wiping away tears as everyone applauds her. “I love you guys!” she shouts over the clapping. As the camera pans over the crowd, you can see Michael Mealor (Kyle) and Melissa Ordway (Abby) among them as well as Hunter King (Summer) who rushes over to intercept her departing TV mom to give her a big, emotional hug.

    Although Y&R still has not officially confirmed the reports that Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is returning to reclaim her role, Phyllis’ story will continue. As will Tognoni’s career, as an actress this talented shouldn’t be out of work for very long. Remember, she’s a three-time Daytime Emmy Award Winner for her work on GUIDING LIGHT and Y&R!

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/10/19 - Grading The Soaps

    (6/10/19) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie look at what worked — and what didn’t — during the all-important May Sweeps period. Which shows had the best stories? Which stories seemed to miss the mark? And which shows came out of May ready to heat up the summer months? Find out on this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

    Dishing with Digest - 6/7/19 - Greg Rikaart

    (6/7/19) (Listen / download) Greg Rikaart Dishes About Y&R Return.

    Greg Rikaart talks about his surprising exit and welcome return as Y&R’s Kevin, his stint as DAYS’s Leo, his path to Genoa City and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss characters who became suddenly interesting.

    Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson Facebook Live

    (6/7/19) Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson Facebook Live: Video.

    Roselyn Sánchez, Denyse Tontz & Bryan Craig in Grand Hotel 6/17/19 produced by Eva Longoria

    (6/4/19) “Pilot” – Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior on the premiere episode of “Grand Hotel,” airing MONDAY, JUNE 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “Grand Hotel” stars Demián Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sánchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

    Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble) are executive producers, in addition to Bob Daily. Bill D’Elia is a director and an executive producer. Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés are executive producers of the series, as well as executive producers of the original Spanish version. The series is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

    “Pilot” was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.

    Why Women Kill: Marc Cherry Dramedy Gets August Premiere at CBS All Access

    (6/4/19) CBS All Access will tell us Why Women Kill before summer is over: The upcoming dramedy will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 15, TVLine has learned.

    New episodes will drop on a weekly basis, with installments getting released every Thursday. The show’s first season spans 10 episodes.

    Created by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids), Why Women Kill follows the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Per the project’s logline, the show “will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.”

    Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin, Elementary‘s Lucy Liu and The Good Place‘s Kirby Howell-Baptiste will star as the central trio. Goodwin plays Beth Ann, a seemingly cheerful housewife in 1963; Liu plays elegant socialite Simone; and Howell-Baptiste plays the fiercely intelligent attorney Taylor.

    “Oh my gosh, I’m doing [Why Women Kill] now and it is kicking my ass in the best way,” Goodwin recently teased to TVLine. “It’s brain-hurting fun. A creative playground, for sure… [Cherry] is a master of words. Everything is a bit more theatrical and heightened and stylized and poetic and juicy.”

    The cast also includes Jack Davenport (Smash), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Reid Scott (Veep), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Sadie Calvano (Mom), Leo Howard (Kickin’ It), Alicia Coppola (The Young and the Restless) and Katie Finneran (Bloodline).

    Beth Maitland Defends Traci's New Storyline From Internet Haters

    (6/4/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It’s been a while since Traci Abbott had a storyline of her own on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, something aside from being the rock to keep the Abbott family together as they deal with whatever dramas they’re all going through. However, Beth Maitland found herself defending her alter ego's newest storyline from some rude people on the internet who were not fans. When one Twitter user commented that she didn’t like Traci making a fool of herself with Cane, things turned ugly, and Maitland stepped in to shut it down. “I respect everyone’s right to their opinion,” she declared. “I respect tolerance, kindness, an open mind, and acceptance. I don’t respect meanness so much. I do what they write. I’m an actor. And I love representing real women with true hearts.”

    Matiland’s Y&R castmate, Eric Braeden (Victor) even entered the fray, tweeting: “Beth Maitland is one of the kindest people I have ever met and a damned good actress!” So she quickly assured her fellow daytime vet that he wasn’t the only one rushing to her defense on social media. “Thank you, my dear,” she responded. “All is well. Just a little fuss over name-calling and misunderstandings. I feel very championed and loved. And am a little tougher than I look.”

    Unfortunately, Cane and Lily have some extremely… passionate fans who don’t like it when their favorite couple is split up. And while Traci initially helped offer Cane some advice on how to win back Lily’s heart, she has also used this for inspiration for a new novel which has led to her fantasizing about Cane sending some of that affection her way. But some fans seem to forget that behind those Twitter handles are real people with real feelings. Still, Maitland is trying to stay positive and is looking towards the future. “I’ve been tweeting what this story means to me,” she explained. “Possibility. For Traci, Cane, and for everyone. We all deserve to be cared for and that can come from surprising places.”

    While she wouldn’t say exactly where Traci’s story was going, the actress is excited to be a part of it, especially given the recent addition of the period fantasy sequences. “I am loving it,” she enthused. “I was raised on '40s movies and it’s fantastic to be in one. I also love the creativity [headwriter] Josh Griffith is bringing across the board. Light and dark are coming your way. He is gifted and dedicated to putting the ship on course. So grateful to be a part of this!”

    So stay tuned to see how Traci’s storyline continues

    GH / Y&R Alum Ties The Knot In Las Vegas

    (6/2/19) Kelly Sullivan (ex-Kate/Connie, GH/ex-Sage, Y&R) revealed on Instagram that she married longtime beau Eric Schneider in Las Vegas on May 27 . Real-life bestie Vanessa Ray (ex-Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and hubby Landon Beard were on hand to witness the nups, with Ray posting, “On Monday our best friends in life witnessed our best friends in life commit their lives to each other. Eric and Kelly are our soul mates. Our invisible best friends. You are our late night calls. The keeper of the bail money. They have fed us, housed us, dabbed away sad tears, and made us laugh until we have good tears. You guys are like if the church giggles and a beautiful sunrise had a baby. Cheers to a life time of doing life.?? #donsbirthdaywedding Opens a New Window. .” Congratulations to the happy couple!

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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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