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Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes & More Set To Co-Star In CBS Films Comedy ‘Lexi’(1/16/19) Rose Byrne (Spy, Instant Family), Justin Hartley (This Is Us, A Bad Moms Christmas), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish, A Bad Moms Christmas), Ron Funches (Trolls, Undateable), and Charlyne Yi (The Disaster Artist, Twin Peaks) have joined star Adam Devine as well as previously announced cast Michael Peña and Alexandra Shipp in Lexi, a comedy from Bad Moms helmers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
The film, which is currently in production, explores what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Byrne will voice Lexi, an omnipresent AI assistant who takes her job of ‘making his life better’ much too seriously.
“We are extremely grateful to have such an incredible cast,” said Lucas. “Clearly, they haven’t watched any of our prior work.”
“Speaking for everyone perpetually enamored with, and increasingly terrified by, how well their phone knows them, I look forward to this extraordinary group of actors and filmmakers exploring the side effects of too much tech,” remarked CBS Films President Terry Press. “I think audiences will agree that some romances are better when you disconnect.”
Suzanne Todd, the producer behind the Bad Moms films, is producing Lexi, while Mark Ross and Alex Ginno will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Byrne is repped by CAA and by RGM in Australia; Hartley by CAA and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman; Sykes by WME and attorney Roger Pliakas; Funches by Truhett Garcia Management, CAA, and attorney Lev Ginsburg; Yi by UTA, Mosaic and Lev Ginsburg and Ginsburg Daniels LLP.
Jason Canela Opens up About His Painful First Day at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(1/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Everybody wants to put their best foot forward in a new job. For Jason Canela, though, it was a tad difficult when he first started as the hunky Arturo on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. “My first day on the set, I couldn’t even walk!” he confided to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “I hurt my ankle the night before. It was so bad that I had to ask for a wheelchair at CBS. When I met [executive producer/headwriter] Mal Young and everyone, they looked at me in the wheelchair and were like, ‘What the hell? You were fine at the audition!’”
It got worse. “My first scene, I had to go up the stairs!” recalled the actor, shaking his head. “It was only five steps, but that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life! But I was just so grateful to be there. I didn’t want to miss it.”
As difficult as the situation was, the Miami native says it wasn’t all pain and no gain. “It was as intimidating as hell knowing I had to work with Eric Braeden (Victor) and Melody [Thomas Scott, Nikki],” he said, “but [my injury] sort of took the pressure off. I was so focused on getting by that day, and I think everybody was extra nice to me because I was in a wheelchair, so that might have worked in my favor. I think that just by showing up, I proved to them how badly I wanted to be there!”
Clearly, Canela knows how to adapt to life’s unexpected surprises, which is a good thing because he’s had to be pretty fluid when it comes to dealing with storyline twists for his alter ego. “I had an idea where I was going with this character, but then I see things in the writing and am hit with a curveball!” he chuckled. “Sometimes I’ve read things about Arturo, and I go, ‘Man, how can he have done this?’ But then I sit down and try to find the justification of the character.”
Early loop-de-loops included Arturo’s red-hot affair with married lady Nikki and, after she returned to hubby Victor, a new relationship with Abby. Still, none of that prepared Canela for finding out that Arturo’s estrangement from Rey came about because he’d slept with his sister-in-law! “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, how can I be such a jerk to my brother? To my family?’ I think I said that when I was in the makeup room, and someone said, ‘Oh, did you think it was going to be all butter flies and rainbows? You’re on a soap opera, kid. Wake up!’” he recalled, laughing. “But it was a wake-up call, and I had to sit down and really think how Arturo could have taken this route!”
That said, Canela is delighted with the journey that he’s on, even if he doesn’t know what may be around the corner for his character. “It would be good to know where Arturo is going, but at this point in my life, I’m kind of focused on the present,” he shared. “Whatever they want to do with Arturo, I’m on board! I’m having so much fun with it! I never, ever imagined that the character would take the turn where he was dating Abby, and when I get my scripts to see other turns ahead... it’s so cool.”
Indeed, the actor says that he’s had plenty of “Pinch me!” moments since joining Y&R. “The other evening, we had an event at [the outdoor shopping mall] The Grove, which is next to CBS. I wasn’t working that day, but I drove in and parked at CBS, and used my card to walk through CBS, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh, man, these years I’ve been in L.A., I’ve walked into CBS, Fox, everywhere for auditions,” Canela shared quietly. “For the first time, I’m walking in these hallways and am like, ‘I can call this home.’ It was a really cool moment. It’s such a blessing to be on Y&R. I do not take it for granted. Not for a second!”
Talk Show Appearance(1/12/19) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Th 1/17: Victoria Rowell
Dishing with Digest - 1/11/19 - Gina Tognoni(1/11/19) Y&R’s Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) Reflects On Her Soap Career (Listen / download)
Y&R’s Gina Tognoni chats about her Genoa City leading men, her memories of GL and OLTL and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the importance of shows’ opening credits.
Nominations for the sixth annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards(1/11/19) IATSE Local 706 will hand out its hardware February 16 during its ceremony at Novo in Los Angeles.
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Soap Alum In New Ad For PETA(1/11/19) Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Alex, Y&R; ex-Diego, GH) appears in a new ad for PETA Latino with his dog, Hero, that encourages people to treat their animals like family. “I don’t consider Hero to be just my pet—he’s my partner,” says Serricchio in a statement. “Taking him with me everywhere I go makes the experiences 10 times better. I saved his life when I rescued him from a man who abused him, and a year later, he saved mine after I lost my little brother. We need each other, and we share the same adventurous spirit and love for people. He’s a member of the family, and I encourage everyone who has animal companions to take their time to train them with lots of praise and treats and give them all the love and attention that they deserve.” For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.
Emme Rylan Requests Help for Her Sister's Battle With Cancer(1/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It may appear that GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) shares basically everything with her fans on social media, but as with any person, there is still so much going on that you don’t see on Twitter or Instagram. “Although I share so much of my life with you, there has still been a very private side,” Rylan confided in a recent Instagram post. “My sister, Lara, is battling stage four cancer. My family would be so grateful if you could take a look at her page. Even a dollar helps.”
Lara Behrens’ family has set up a GoFundMe Page that details how she learned in October of 2018 that the back pain she had been suffering from was due to a cancerous mass on her sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine just above the tailbone. While exploring alternative options, the current treatments to bring the cancer under control and offer some relief have already depleted Lara’s savings, and she reluctantly allowed her family to set up the page to ask for donations to contribute towards her medical needs and living expenses. After just 20 days, the page was $25,815 towards its goal of $30,000.
Some of Rylan’s GH castmates also helped to get the word out. “Hey, beautiful ones,” posted Tamara Braun (Kim). “This is our dear Emme Rylan’s sister, Lara. She is battling stage four cancer. Please visit Emme’s page and click the link in her bio to learn more. I don’t know Lara personally, but she sure does sound like a kind and giving person who could use some help. Any contribution would help. Sending love and gratitude.” Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) also tweeted: “Please read Emme Rylan’s post and if you can spare a bit of healing love wrapped in a donation for her sister, Lara, we who love our Emme would be so grateful.”
Our thoughts are with Rylan’s entire family during this difficult time, and we wish them all the best as Lara continues her treatments and hopefully beats this thing.
Eric Braeden Calls Doug Davidson Status With Y&R “Outrageous”(1/6/19) Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) responded to a fan’s comments about Doug Davidson (Paul) being taken off contract at Y&R. After the official @Y&R_CBS account tweeted a shot of the late Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine) with Braeden, noting, “We wanted to start off 2019 with an amazing #ThrowbackThursday. Genoa City will always remember Katherine Chancellor and #YR will always remember Jeanne Cooper,” @JoyMathys responded, “Are we supposed to believe in your respect for the ones who made the show after the way @DougDavidsonYR Opens a New Window. was treated last year?” Braeden responded with, “ The treatment of DOUGIE DAVIDSON, the OLDEST member of our cast, was and is outrageous!! It’s STUPID!! If you want ratings you don’t get rid of A DEMONSTRABLY popular actor!!.” This is not the first time Braeden has weighed in on Davidson’s status with the show; the actor has been very vocal in his support for his longtime co-star.
Cait Fairbanks Responds to Tessa Haters(1/6/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Ever since THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Tessa arrived in Genoa City, she’s been a nebulous character, with fans trying to figure out if the dark-haired beauty is someone they should root for or rage at. Considering her bad behavior — stealing Mariah’s private diary to boost her singing career and now blackmailing Sharon, Victoria, Nikki and Phyllis in order to make some quick cash and pay off the human traffickers she’d hired to smuggle sister Crystal into Canada — the needle seems to be tilting these days towards rage! “I find that exciting!” her portrayer, Cait Fairbanks, insisted to Soaps In Depth. “I actually like the challenge of making bad behavior into more of a human instinct. It’s more interesting as an actor to try to take a character that is a villain and try to humanize them as much as possible. It becomes a fun game!”
Of course, it’s a game that can occasionally evoke angry tweets! “It is interesting, because sometimes people don’t just attack the character of Tessa, it turns into personal attacks, which is where I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, wait! That’s not me! I promise you, that’s not me! I’m not hurting Camryn [Grimes, Mariah]. It’s Tessa hurting Mariah!’” shared Fairbanks. “But I think it’s hard because Mariah is such a loved character, and hurting her leads to a negative response. So I do understand the reaction!” Still, the actress is quick to point out that her alter ego isn’t the only one in town who has crossed lines! “I think there are a lot of flawed characters in Genoa City!” she laughed. “If you look back at the history of some of the show’s characters, they’ve done worse things than Tessa, so to see how personal this storyline feels with her and Mariah is very interesting.”
Even though Tessa’s decision to blackmail her girlfriend’s mom, Sharon, put her on Santa’s naughty list last year, Fairbanks doesn’t think her character is so much evil as she is selfish! “Tessa tends to be opportunistic and always takes the quickest action to get what she wants,” she admitted. “But she’s very good at compartmentalizing. With the blackmail thing, it was such a personal betrayal with Sharon, but I don’t think that Tessa ever truly thought about it or thought she’d be found out! Maybe in the back of her mind, she was always going to protect Sharon. She’s like, ‘I never had any intention of making this happen, I just wanted the cash!’ That’s how simple it was. That was her way of rationalizing it.”
It might be Tessa’s way of rationalizing it, but it has certainly created tension between her and her fellow Genoa City denizens, including her sweetheart! Indeed, given Tessa’s penchant for lying, many fans have even begun to wonder if Y&R’s first same-sex couple might be doomed. For Fairbanks, however, the Tessa/Mariah relationship is a lot like all the other relationships in Genoa City! “Look at all those couples on the show that break up and then get back together — Nikki and Victor, Sharon and Nick, Billy and Phyllis,” she reminded. “I think Tessa and Mariah have a bond that goes beyond. Real love is when you do bad stuff, and the other person can look at you and say, ‘I love you despite all those messy bits!’ And Tessa’s messy bits are about self-preservation and her willingness to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. If Mariah can accept that about Tessa, it will be fine. I think there are so many things that bring this couple together. Now that the secret is out, they can be truly honest about who they are. It could be a new beginning!”
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) The Talk - CBS
Friday, Jan. 11
Cast members from CBS’ THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS including Sharon Case, Kristoff St. John, Joshua Morrow and Jess Walton
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Th 1/10: Victoria Rowell
Talk Show Appearance(1/5/19) THE REAL, syndicated
Mo 1/7: Vivica A. Fox
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL Pay Tribute to Scha Jani(1/4/19) Viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL saw that at the end of the Jan. 2 episode of each soap there was a special dedication in loving memory of Scha Jani. But because he worked behind the scenes, many fans aren’t aware of his contribution to the shows.
Part of the technical crew, Jani worked as a video operator, lighting director, and technical supervisor at B&B and as a video operator at Y&R. He began working in Genoa City back in 1984 and added B&B to his resume in 1987. Jani was also a video controller and operator for the CBS primetime reality competition show SURVIVOR. As part of the technical team, Jani earned 30 Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work — and two Primetime Emmy nods — taking home 16 trophies over the course of his daytime career.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Elizabeth Hendrickson Got Engaged to Rob Meder This Christmas!(12/26/18) (Photo) It was a very special Christmas for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux), who became engaged to boyfriend Rob Meder over the holiday! “Officially my favorite Christmas ever!” she announced on Instagram with a pic of her holding up a glass of champagne to the camera, showing off her absolutely gorgeous ring. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year!”
Meder shared the same image on his own Instagram, being sure to point out that selfie cameras on cell phones reverse the image so everything is backwards. “That’s Lizzie’s left,” he noted of the ring finger, “making for an extra special Xmas.”
Hendrickson joined the cast of GH in May of 2018 as the town’s new district attorney, Margaux Dawson, but she was already well-known to soap fans from her roles as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Chloe and ALL MY CHILDRENS’ Maggie and Frankie. Her Instagram is full of sweet pics with her romantic beau, and last Thanksgiving she expressed her love to Meder with a sweet message. “Thank you for always keeping me in check while simultaneously letting me be me,” she shared. “I’d also like to thank you for listening to all of my new karaoke song choices on repeat in the mornings. You’re a great man and an amazing partner.”
Congratulations to the couple for a lifetime of happiness!
Y&R’s St. John Weighs In On Exec Switch(12/24/18) Kristoff St. John (Neil) took to social media to welcome back Josh Griffith as the show’s head writer, and share his thoughts about longtime co-worker Doug Davidson (Paul) being dropped to recurring status earlier this year. “Let’s welcome @joshgriffith59 Opens a New Window. back to Y&R!” the Emmy-winning fave posted. “His inspiring leadership, focusing on the core characters, will prevail. The character assassination of Paul@DougDavidsonYR Opens a New Window. was brutal. Raise your voice! Bill Bell Sr. created this legendary show. It is our duty to protect his legacy.”
Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok left grief-stricken after pet dog killed by coyote(12/24/18) South-African born Australian actress Tammin Sursok shared her grief on social media over the weekend after her dog, Tiger, was attacked and killed by a coyote.
"Rest well my angel," the former Home and Away star wrote on Instagram yesterday. "I will always love you. 13 years together. My first born.
"Hug the ones you love tightly tonight. It's all so fleeting."
Surok, who now lives in Los Angeles, also spent two years on American soap opera The Young and the Restless and nabbed recurring roles on Hanna Montana and Pretty Little Liars. She played Dani Sutherland on Home and Away from 2000 to 2004.
She said she rushed the beloved pet to veterinary hospital immediately after the attack.
"My dad found our dog lifeless, no vitals, eyes open, legs ripped - did mouth to mouth and he was completely gone no vitals," she told fans.
But Tiger had a faint heartbeat and was rushed to surgery, she said, asking fans to "pray with everything you've got" before later revealing that he didn't make it.
"He fought so hard," she said, thanking fans who offered support. "We are all pretty raw."
Vernee Watson on Young Sheldon - 1/10/18(12/24/18) “A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor” – When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world’s worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Vernee Watson (Nurse Robinson), Wayne Wilderson (Dr. Gilbert), Mauricio Lara (Ricky).
Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88(12/24/18) Ethel Ayler (Constance Small, Ryan’s Hope / Nurse Potter, Y&R) , whose career spanned prominent Broadway, film and TV roles for five decades, died at age 88 on Nov. 18 in Loma Linda, Calif., according to her family. The cause of death was not given.
Born on May 1, 1930 in Whistler, Alabama, Ayler attended Nashville’s Fisk University as a voice major. But the lure of show business overcame the academic life, and she moved to Chicago to pursue a singing career. Her breakthrough came as a member of a touring company of Porgy and Bess.
Langston Hughes’s musical Simply Heavenly marked Ayler’s Off-Broadway bow in 1957, and she soon moved on to a role as Lena Horne’s understudy in the Broadway play Jamaica. She also worked on other Broadway productions, including The Cool World, Kwamina, Black Picture Show and The First Breeze of Summer. Ayler was a long-standing member of the Negro Ensemble Company, and appeared with them many times. She also starred in the 1960s in Jean Genet’s off-Broadway play The Blacks: A Clown Show, as part of a cast that included Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge and Louis Gossett Jr.
Ayler may be best remembered for her role as Bill Cosby wife Clair Huxtable’s mother, Carrie Hanks, on The Cosby Show. She appeared on six episodes during the show’s run, offering sage advice to her daughter. Ayler said she named her character after her grandmother. Her other TV appearances included episodes of Family Ties, Martin, Friends, Brooklyn South, Six Feet Under and 7th Heaven.
In film, Ayler won a Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Female for her work in the 1990 film To Sleep With Anger, starring Danny Glover. She also appeared in 9½ Weeks (1986) and The Bodyguard (1992), and played voodoo believer Garn Mere in the critics favorite 1997 film Eve’s Bayou.
Ayler last appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated production The Little Foxes in 1997.
Joshua Morrow Reveals Why Nick Can't Resist Phyllis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS(12/23/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Nick and Sharon’s most recent wedding on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS ended in tears when the bride dumped the groom at the altar after announcing she knew he’d cheated on her with Phyllis! And Sharon wasn’t the only one angry at Nick for his philandering — Joshua Morrow admitted to Soaps In Depth that some Y&R fans also let him know they didn’t approve of Nick sleeping with Phyllis again! “But I actually think that makes the most sense,” the actor argued. “Phyllis has always been Nick’s Kryptonite. There is just something about her that he can’t shake. They kind of get each other!”
Longtime viewers know this isn’t the first time that Nick has cheated on Sharon with Phyllis. The two have been in and out of each others’ orbits through the years as friends, lovers, and everything in between. And their daughter, Summer, will always connect the two whether they like it or not. (To be honest, though, neither of them ever really seem to mind that much!) “They’ve found a way to turn that conversation into a flirty vibe between the two of them,” Morrow mused of the couple’s chemistry. “They’ve got a lot of history together — a lot of pain has come of that, but they’ve also had a lot of hot, good times!”
So while viewers — and Sharon — may not be pleased to see Nick go running back to Phyllis over and over again, they honestly should probably expect it at this point! “Fans hate it,” Morrow shrugged, “but it’s always made sense to me that he turns to Phyllis when things get a little funky with Sharon!”
Eric Braeden Announces When He'll Be Back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(12/23/18) Get ready for the return of The Great Victor Newman! Eric Braeden is back in the studio at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and there’s going to be plenty of drama to look forward to now! “Back on set with my long-lost daughter!” the actor tweeted along with a photo of himself with castmate Amelia Heinle (Victoria). And although he's made a couple of brief appearances via video chat, Braden has now announced that Victor will be back on screen properly in time for the holidays! "I‘ll see you all on Friday, Dec. 21st,"he promised. Of course, due to earlier preemptions, that episode will actually air on Monday, Dec. 24.
Back in September, Braeden announced that he was taking a month off from Y&R so he could go on vacation. And in October, he shared some absolutely gorgeous photos from his trip back to his home country of Germany. The Daytime Emmy winner also promised fans “a hell of a storyline” once he was back taping new episodes of the soap.
Victor hasn’t been seen since he expressed his glee at Sharon dumping Nick at the altar during their ill-fated wedding ceremony back in October. But some viewers suspect that he will find himself very deeply involved in the current storyline where Victoria is struggling to keep the lid on J.T.’s death and disappearance. Perhaps Victor could lend a hand to his little girl? Given the chaos and turmoil that the entire Newman family is currently involved in right now on the soap, Victor is more needed than ever!
Dishing with Digest - 12/21/18 - Susan Seaforth Hayes(12/23/18) (Listen / download) Susan Seaforth Hayes Looks Back On 50 Years On DAYS
DAYS’s Susan Seaforth Hayes reflects on her 50th anniversary as Julie, her real-life love story with Bill Hayes, her early memories of Salem and more. Plus, we discuss the exit of Y&R’s executive producer/head writer, Mal Young.
CBS Soap “Young and the Restless” Exec Producer Mal Young Confirms Departure as Ratings Continue to Waffle(12/19/18) (showbiz411.com) NOW: Mal Young confirms exit from “Y&R” : “Just arrived in London for the holidays. I felt like it was a good time to move on. Never a good idea to get too settled on a long running soap and I achieved all that I and CBS set out to do: improved scripts and production values. I have a project of my own that I’ve been developing and want to pursue that now. Plus running a show like this is all consuming and want to get a bit of my life back – and see my family occasionally!”
From me (Roger Friedman): Fans should not put all the blame for what’s happened at this show on Young. He had to report to people who dictated quite a bit to him. The real failure still lies with Head of Daytime Angelica McDaniel. to be continued…
EARLIER The end is near if not already passed for Mal Young.
The executive producer and head writer of “The Young and the Restless” seems to be out according to various sources.
My own efforts to reach Young have proved unsatisfactory, without a denial coming from the former producer of the hit show “Dr. Who.”
But Young’s tenure at “Y&R” went from being welcome to a nightmare in a short time. Many veteran actors from the show have left — either voluntarily or written out — causing a severe ratings drop.
Last year at this time, the 45 year old soap was up to 4.8 million viewers. Today it’s averaging 4.2 million with some days falling below the 4 million mark.
Doug Davidson, the show’s longest running actor, was dropped over the summer without even a goodbye. Eileen Davidson (no relation), the popular star of the show with a huge following and also more than 30 years of service, left, she said, of her own volition.
Young may have suffered from the same fate that has affected executive producers for decades: hubris. In an effort to brand the show his own, he alienated viewers by introducing new characters, dropping old ones, re-writing history. There are only four soaps left on the air. The ones that are gone did exactly that. and look where that got them.
With Young gone, viewers can expect to see their faves back before too long.
Talk Show Appearance(12/16/18) THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, syndicated
Fr 12/21: Victoria Rowell
Can Devon Be Saved on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Bryton James Speaks Out(12/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Devon has been getting some help on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but will it be enough to pull him out of his downward spiral? Losing Hilary and their unborn child shattered his world completely, and it may be beyond repair. “He’s not only trying to numb himself to his own feelings,” Bryton James explained to Soaps In Depth, “but he’s trying to distance himself as much as possible from the invasiveness of the people who are trying to make sure that he’s okay.”
Cane and Nate’s constant interference in his life has been driving Devon up the wall, though he did agree to Ana’s suggestion that he speak to a professional. But will that be enough to help him deal with the grief he’s still experiencing on a daily basis? “From the time of the accident to the hospital to the funeral, he was around a lot of people and a lot of support,” James admitted. “But then everyone went back to their daily lives while Devon is left by himself to deal with his feelings. He is the one who has to wake up in his empty bed every day and face the reality alone.”
And worse still, even if Devon does manage to get his act together, it could all come crashing down around him when Lily is eventually released from prison. “Devon hasn’t completely forgiven her,” the actor revealed. “One day, she will be able to come home and live the rest of her life with her family and her husband, and see her children grow up. But because of Lily — in Devon’s mind — he won’t get to experience any of that! He gets frustrated that his family doesn’t understand that.They’re not being sensitive to his feelings. Devon is having a particularly hard time, particularly with Nate, because he operated on Hilary. And in Devon’s mind, that played a part in what happened to her.”
Speaking with the therapist does seem to be helping Devon explore his grief, but taking the anti-anxiety meds could begin to pose a problem if he comes to rely on them too much. Previews James: “He’s going to be taking himself down a road where the numbing of his feelings turns into something that he really doesn’t control too well!”
Stay tuned to see how far Devon falls before someone can pull him back up again.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/13/18) MOTION PICTURES
The SAG Awards are January 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, simulcast live by Turner’s TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
BLACKKKLANSMAN (Focus Features)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE AMERICANS (FX Networks)
BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ATLANTA (FX Networks)
THE KOMINSKY METHOD (Netflix)
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations(12/12/18) The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live January 13 on the CW at 7 PM ET/PT.MOVIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” CELEBRATES UNPRECEDENTED 30 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AS TELEVISION’S #1 DAYTIME DRAMA(12/12/18) CBS’ perennial daytime favorite THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is celebrating its unprecedented 30th consecutive year – that’s 1560 weeks – as television’s top serialized drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 30.
Y&R (as it’s affectionately known by long-time fans), currently in its 46th season, was first broadcast in March 1973 and started its current winning streak the week ending Dec. 30, 1988. Season-to-date, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is averaging 4.42 million viewers, is the #2 overall daytime program (behind CBS’ THE PRICE IS RIGHT) and is the top program overall among women 25-54 and women 18-49. Thanks to Y&R and CBS’ other daytime perennials, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK, the Network has been #1 in daytime for 32 consecutive years.
“The legacy of this show is remarkable,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs and Syndicated Programs Development. “No other modern day entertainment program in ANY daypart has been the top-rated show for 30 consecutive years. This is an extraordinary feat that could not have been possible without the passion and commitment of the fans, cast, crew and staff. Their support has helped to make CBS’ daytime block the powerhouse that it is.”
Eva Marcille wants a good night of sleep for Christmas(12/10/18) Between keeping it glam on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and taking care of a newborn, Eva Marcille just wants some quality shut-eye this Christmas.
“A gift I would love to get this season is anything to help me sleep,” the “RHOA” star, 34, told Page Six recently. “So an eye mask, a bed, sleeping pill, anything to help me go to sleep, that’s what I’ll take.”
Marcille, who welcomed a baby boy in April with husband Michael Sterling, gushed that the best gift she ever received was when he proposed to her on Christmas Day in 2017. The couple’s November nuptials were captured by Bravo cameras and will air during the franchise’s finale episode.
Another one of Marcille’s favorite gifts from her husband: Two pairs of house shoes.
“I got a gift that I thought was a horrible gift and it ended up being great,” she explained. “One of the first gifts he gave me were two pairs of white house shoes, and I was like ‘Why?’ and he was like ‘Because the house shoes you wear are really dirty and you need new house shoes,’ so he bought me two pairs and I thought it was like really stupid, but then when I got the old pair dirty and I needed a new pair, I had more house shoes!”
“It ended up being the gift that kept giving,” she said.
Who Is Rebekah Barlow on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Meet Jennifer Taylor(12/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) One of the new faces in Genoa City may look familiar to some viewers. High-powered businesswoman Rebekah Barlow on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is being played by actress Jennifer Taylor who some might recognize from playing Chelsea on the CBS sitcom TWO AND A HALF MEN.
Rebekah is holding meetings with people looking for her to invest in their companies. Phyllis and Billy are hoping she’ll work with Jabot, and are using Nick as bait. But Devon is dealing with his own issues and is unprepared to make a solid pitch to the businesswoman for Hamilton-Winters, and could blow the deal. Who will Rebekah choose to do business with and how long will she be in town? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!
Taylor got her start back in 1998 in the film Wild Things and playing Laura Riley on the short-lived TV series MIAMI SANDS. She has also guest-starred in numerous primetime series like DIAGNOSIS MURDER, CHARMED, GHOST WHISPERER, and NCIS. Her most recent regular primetime gig was playing Anne Seery on Showtime’s critically-acclaimed series SHAMELESS. But Taylor is probably most famous for playing Charlie’s girlfriend, Chelsea, in many episodes of TWO AND A HALF MEN over the years (after playing three different guest roles in earlier episodes!).
According to her Wikipedia page, Taylor was born in Hoboken, NJ, and grew up in Coral Springs, FL, twice being first runner-up in the Miss Florida USA pageants. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Paul Taylor, and their two children.
A Sharon and Nick Reunion on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS? — Sharon Case Speaks Out(12/6/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) No one can accuse THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Sharon Newman of having a boring life. At the beginning of the year, the beauty’s love affair with Scott crashed and burned, then she became involved in the conspiracy to cover up J.T.’s killing, and reunited with ex-husband Nick, only to have their engagement implode when she learned that the hunk had had a one-night stand with her rival, Phyllis! Given the fact that this is the second wedding to Nick that Phyllis has destroyed before vows could be exchanged, does Sharon’s portrayer, Sharon Case, feel a bit of déjà vu when she plays those scenes? “I really don’t see it as a repeat story,” she insisted to Soaps In Depth. “Nick and Sharon are core people in Genoa City, who are in love and have a big family. Nothing in life is as simple as getting married and living happily ever after.
“I look at it as these people have lives hat go on every day,” she continued. “Their lives change every year, and things happen. I don’t look at it as a repeat wedding any more than any other day of their lives!” Indeed, Case views Sharon’s rocky relationship with Nick as becoming one of the biggest mysteries on the sudser! “Nick and Sharon have become a couple that never seems to end up getting married!” she laughed. “It’s always going to be the question, ‘Will it happen this time or not?’ It really kind of keeps you guessing, because every two or three years, Nick and Sharon find their way back to each other and have a wedding. But you wonder if this time will be the time, because we’re just one of those couples who finally gets to the altar, but something always happens. Next time, a scud missile will hit us!”
Despite the odds that seem to be against them, the Emmy winner actually looks at the couple’s relationship as being positive. “The fact that they’ve tried to get married a few times now and keep trying to be together... they obviously really love each other!” she declared. “They see their life as an adventure and are very romantic. I like that about these characters!”
Of course, viewers would have to be blind not to recognize the chemistry that has been sizzling between Sharon and the new guy in town, Rey! Case said that the feedback that she has been getting from viewers is split about her alter ego moving forward romantically with anyone other than Nick. “Some fans are making comments against it while others are right on board, and are happy to see whatever is next for her,” she smiled. “For me, it’s my job! Whatever the writers write for me, I will do my best to interpret it and put it on screen and make it feel true to life. If I’m accomplishing that, I’m happy. If people started texting me saying that they don’t believe the chemistry between Sharon and Rey, well, that’s a problem!”
Sharon may be currently dealing with her growing attraction to the sexy detective, but Shick fans can take heart — Nick will continue to do his darnedest to win Sharon back! “I think Sharon does want to go back to Nick,” Case reflected. “She’s not only dealing with being hurt but with the shock of his affair. He slept with Phyllis when he and Sharon were madly in love and were walking down the aisle. It’s more shocking to have something like that happen at that time than learning about it on a sleepy Monday morning 10 years later! But the last thing she wanted to do was leave him. And I can imagine Nick will do everything he can do not to have their lives disrupted, and to try and get their lives back on track. Whether that happens or not... we’ll see!”
Eric Braeden Announces When He'll Be Back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!(12/5/18) Get ready for the return of The Great Victor Newman! Eric Braeden is back in the studio at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and there’s going to be plenty of drama to look forward to now! “Back on set with my long-lost daughter!” the actor tweeted along with a photo of himself with castmate Amelia Heinle (Victoria). And although he's made a couple of brief appearances via video chat, Braden has now announced that Victor will be back on screen properly in time for the holidays! "I‘ll see you all on Friday, Dec. 21st,"he promised.
Michael Mealor Reveals How He Lost His Southern Accent(12/5/18) Fans might be surprised to learn that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Michael Mealor (Kyle) is a little bit country, as he has no trace of it in his voice on the soap. Because after growing up in Georgia, the actor wanted to make sure he got rid of his Southern twang for his career in Hollywood. However, instead of hiring a dialect coach as many performers do, Mealor went a slightly different route. “For six months, I worked with speech therapists who work with stroke victims,” he revealed to Soaps In Depth. “They teach you to retrain your muscles, so you start with vowels and you build to consonants, and then to full words, and finally sentences.”
As for the accent he was going for, the young star admitted he didn’t want it to sound like anything too recognizable. “I wanted it to be mysterious, where you don’t know where I’m from,” Mealor mused. “It’s just a true American accent.”
Viewers of Y&R can attest that the training he underwent worked like a charm. Although it’s also had an amusing side effect. “Now, I don’t think about it, because the muscles are just trained,” Mealor smiled. “Now I have to think about using a Southern accent!”
Y&R’s Kelly Kruger Launches New Line(12/5/18) Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R) has launched a line of essential oil roller perfumes on her website, KellyKrugerBrooks.com. “I have been into essential oils for a while now,” the actress tells Digest. “I am completely amazed at what they can do. Every time I travel, I literally pack about 10 oils with me and was looking for a more convenient way to have them on the go. I started making rollers for myself and people were always asking what perfume I wear or what that smell is. Whenever someone had a problem like a cold, allergies or pain, I would immediately make them a roller to try to help, my sister-in-law, Cherise, is a yoga and Ayurvedic specialist and taught me all about these blends so I thought why not find a way to offer this to everyone! We decided to partner up and bring the most effective blends to people to really help in their daily lives. I’m always wanting to help people, especially in the wellness department. This is a great, affordable way to introduce people to essential oils. My hope is that they help everyone the way they have helped me.” The actress has a handful of oils available for purchase now. “I am offering five rollers with one blend changing monthly,” she explains. “You can purchase one at a time or the whole bundle for a discounted price. Prices range from $20-$25 depending on the blend. We use 100% pure grade essential oils mixed with organic fractionated coconut oil. Each blend is therapeutic, non gmo and 100% healing!” Here’s a breakdown of what’s for sale:
Immunity: Perfect for the holidays! Especially if you’re going to be around large groups of people or on a plane. This scent is warm and spicy with notes of cinnamon clove and rosemary.
Just Breathe: This roller is magic if you’re someone who suffers from allergies, are congested, get headaches or just want to take a minute and breathe. Notes of peppermint and lavender will have you breathing deeply and clearly in no time!
Kelly’s Blend: This one changes monthly. This way I can share all my favorite blends! For the month of December you can expect a citrus/jasmine blend.
Sleepy Time: This one has been a lifesaver for me!! Not only does it help you fall asleep faster it also gives you a better night’s rest. Also great for stress and anxiety as well as Jet lag. The scent is warm vanilla with notes of lime and lavender.
Calm On Get Happy: This one will instantly uplift any mood! Just smelling directly from the bottle will brighten your day! You can expect soothing notes of jasmine and rose along with orange Ylang Ylang and much more! This blend has the most essential oils in it and is a great all-around perfume.
Watch Y&R's Mishael Morgan in Her New Movie, 'Hometown Holiday'(12/5/18) (Video) Fans of Mishael Morgan who miss seeing her as Hilary on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can get their fix of the daytime alum in the new movie, Hometown Holiday! “’Tis the season… for another Christmas movie!” the actress cheered on Instagram. “I had such a blast on the set of Hometown Holiday. Grab your copy at Walmart today!”
The film centers around a high-powered music executive named Ryan (played by Bradley Hamilton), who attends a country wedding to get the chance to sign an up-and-coming musician. But instead, he falls head over heels for small-town girl Krista (played by Sarah Troyer) which leads to a year of mistaken identities and misunderstandings. Morgan plays Amber, who works with Ryan at the talent agency, so will she be more helpful in keeping his mind on business or on romance?
Based on a Harlequiin romance novel, Hometown Holiday can be purchased from Amazon.com or at stores like Walmart, as Morgan herself noted. Or, if your cable package includes the channel UPtv, the film is scheduled to air twice on Sunday, Dec. 23, and once on Monday, Dec. 24. But if you can’t wait, you can get a taste of the holiday romance with this special trailer!
Although Morgan is quite busy now raising her new baby girl, Naliyah, once she gets back into the swing of things, we expect to see the talented actress in many more new roles in the future. And we’ll be sure to let you know about them when they happen!
Christel Khalil Returns to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Set(12/2/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans who were worried when Lily Ashby was shipped off to a distant prison can relax a little because Christel Khalil has returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for more! On-screen hubby Daniel Goddard (Cane) shared the good news when he tweeted a photo of the two of them hugging in a Y&R studio office. “Reunited and it feels so good!” he shared. “Happy birthday to this girl right here! I’ve missed you and love you! It’s so great to have you back!”
Back in August, Khalil announced that she was dropping to recurring status with Y&R to pursue other career opportunities outside of daytime. And she recently did just that by appearing in the Lifetime movie Sorority Stalker. On the soap, Lily went to prison for her part in Hilary’s death and after experiencing problems in that particular institution, was sent to a prison farther away from Genoa City.
The last time Lily was seen on screen was at the end of October, and her loved ones have been having a rough time dealing with her absence. But if Khalil is back filming at the studio now at the end of November, it’s likely that her episodes will air sometime in December, just in time for the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that her family will be visiting her in prison than she would be released, but you’ll have to tune in to find out and see her again!
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