Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), who married fiancé Matt Katrosar on Saturday, July 26. The actress tweeted some pics from the seaside ceremony that looked just gorgeous, including the one here taken just after the couple were pronounced man and wife! Best wishes to the happy couple!
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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie) has already been confirmed to be joining the cast of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS next season, but now People Magazine is reporting that she will be joined by fellow soap star Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)!
The two newcomers will be taking the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud on the reality series. Bravo has yet to confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast, but we'll keep you updated. Will you be watching?
Fan favorite Shemar Moore is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Malcolm! Unfortunately, it's just a brief visit for only two episodes. "I am excited about returning as a special guest," Moore said in a statement. "This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family."
Malcolm will be coming home to Genoa City reportedly to make amends with his family for his hasty departure the last time around (when the character was played by Darius McCrary). Look for Moore's episodes to air on Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11.
Erin Sanders was just 17 when she played a naïve Eden on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Now, the actress is going back to high school in Guilty At 17, a new film premiering Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m. EST on Lifetime. In it, she stars as Traci, a girl who accuses a teacher of sexually harassing another student (Chloe Rose; DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), only to face dire consequences: the teacher, who was innocent, commits suicide!
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Longtime THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan Connie Knight will be making an appearance in Genoa City in the episode slated to air Wednesday, August 13. But she's not just any ordinary soap fan she's the mother of sports superstar Deion Sanders! The athlete visited the Y&R set with his mother and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, as part of the taping of his reality series, DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK. Daniel Goddard (Cane) is a big fan, and posted this photo of them with Bryton James (Devon) to his Facebook page, writing, "What a super nice guy! It goes to show, you can be a legend and still be down to earth."
So after you've seen Knight's appearance on Y&R, you can see the flip side of their visit when DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK returns to the air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network!
Soap hopper Brian Gaskill (GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' B.J., THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar, PORT CHARLES' Rafe and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobby) has just released a dramatic short film called The Speech. "I'm very excited about getting this film out there," he says.
Gaskill not only stars in the short opposite actress Clea Rivera, but also wrote the script and co-directed it. "It takes place at a wedding reception," the actor explains, "and is about a couple exploring their past together and what that means to their relationship now.
"Soap viewers will be super comfortable with the romantic setting and wedding wardrobe," Gaskill adds with a chuckle before warning: "But it definitely takes a turn away from standard soap fare... it may get a little racy!"
The Speech was funded through Kickstarter with donations from friends and fans, and you can watch it now below. "I couldn't have done it without Ambika Leigh, Garrett Robinson and the whole gang at the film collective and workshop, We Make Movies," Gaskill declares proudly.
THE YOUNG & RESTLESS has added yet another cast member, with TV Guide reporting that Scott Elrod is joining the soap in the contract role of Joe Clark, Avery's ex-husband. How will he feel about seeing his old flame with Dylan, since it was their affair that destroyed the marriage?
Elrod starred in the ABC series MEN IN TREES and has also appeared in shows like CSI: MIAMI and CASTLE as well as films like Argo and Lone Survivor. Look for Joe to show up in Genoa City and start causing trouble in early October!
Karina Logue has been cast as Helen Copeland on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and will first air on Thursday, August 14. The actress has appeared in several TV series, including SONS OF ANARCHY (starring her brother, Donal Logue), CSI: NY, BONES, TRUE BLOOD, NCIS and ARMY WIVES, and films such as Argo, Zodiac and When A Stranger Calls.
Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but seeing as how she shares a last name with Mariah, there's obviously some kind of connection there, and the soap has confirmed that Logue will first appear in scenes with Joshua Morrow's Nick. The casting notice describes Helen as a trained nurse who was in and out of jobs, and she was a young mother... but an unwilling parent.
So who do you think Helen is? Sound off in the comments!
When FX's crime thriller, THE BRIDGE, returns tonight, Wednesday, July 9, at 9:00 p.m. EST, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Polo will be a part of it. The Emmy nominee who broke hearts as Jamie, the troubled teen that Fenmore bullied, will be kicking the season off when he debuts in a similar role.
"I play Kyle, a nervous kid who gets in a little over his head with someone I meet at a car wash," Polo reveals of his character. "My scenes were with Franka Potente (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM). She has a really unique character [Eleanor Schrock, a ruthless, shunned Mennonite who is working for the cartel] this season for the show. It was great to work with her."
Being able to add this year's Peabody Award-winning drama to his resume was a thrill for Polo, but that's not all he took away from the experience. "I learned how to ride a bike for the project," he reveals. "Of course, I practiced at home on a regular bike before filming, and then on set they gave me a bike for a 10-year-old. The sizing was definitely off, but I made it work!"
And you'll want to hold on to your seats this series that focuses on the joint battle against a Mexican drug cartel by an El Paso police detective and her counterpart from across the border is about to get intense. "I spent four hours in the make-up chair to film my final scene, which I believe is in the third episode," Polo teases. "It was a fun project to work on."
Remember when Cynthia Watros had to vacate her role as Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS because of a new primetime drama, MTV's FINDING CARTER? Well, you can see her in action when the show debuts tonight, Tuesday, July 8, at 10 p.m. EST on MTV! The 12-episode series focuses on Carter, a teenager (played by REIGN's Kathryn Prescott), who discovers that the woman who's been raising her isn't her mother -- Watros' character, Elizabeth, a police detective, is!
"I'm the mother of a teenaged girl and I was hoping to do one of those GILMORE GIRL type [shows]," executive producer Terri Minksy tells Soaps In Depth. "This brilliant, beautiful [script] was available and I took it! I really did respond to it and wanted to write a mother/daughter piece."
The pilot shows Carter and Lori (the mother who kidnapped her) having yogurt with a side of gummy bears and banter for dinner before Carter's world turns upside down. "That scene is almost literally a transcript of my life with my daughter," Minsky reveals. "We do the 'love you, love you more' thing that Carter and Lori do."
Scene-stealer Zac Pullman plays Grant, the younger brother Carter never met since he was conceived after she was kidnapped and became -- in his words -- the "replacement" child. "What does that do to him psychologically," Minksy rhetorically asks. "What will Carter's relationship with him be?"
CARTER scored a casting coup with Watros' TV parents -- they're played by Robert Pine (ex-Stephen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIUFL) and Meredith Baxter (FAMILY TIES). "Writing for those two is beyond fun," Minksy shares.
For more on FINDING CARTER, pick up the next CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, July 14!
ABC's CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP will be doing a soap star episode on Tuesday, July 22, featuring Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)! Christopher's wife, Brienne, will spend a week living in the Moss home while the Player guitarist's wife, Devin DeVasquez, heads to the Christopher house. Tune in at 10 p.m. EST!
Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Steve Burton (Dylan) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.
"Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.
Character actor Joel Brooks has landed a three-episode arc on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play Judge Ramsey. The showbiz veteran first airs on Thursday, July 24, and will share exciting scenes with several Genoa City characters. Might Judge Ramsey have something to do with Ian's threat to sue Nikki for emotional distress?
On Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END, Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) could be just the thing to make Wendy's ninth and final life count... if she lets him! "She meets him in the [season premiere] episode," offers Executive Producer Maggie Friedman. "He's just a regular, salt of the earth guy, but he totally challenges her." Look for the duo to share sparks from the start, but can she get over her fear of mortality enough to enjoy it?
If the hot EMT can't heal what ails her, at a minimum, he could be quite the distraction! "He's so good and so sexy!" Friedman enthuses of the former soap star. "Mädchen Amick (Wendy) was kind enough to come in and read with different actors who were auditioning for the role, and she and Ignacio just had so much chemistry that we had to snatch him up. They're great together!"
Serricchio will appear for a multi-episode arc beginning Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 p.m. EST. There's a wickedly fun season ahead on WITCHES OF EAST END for more details, catch Friedman's upcoming Primetime Preview interview in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, August 8.
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans (and Genoa City residents!) should mark Monday, August 11, on their calendars, because that's when Phyllis is coming back! Of course, she's been in a coma, so it'll probably take a little while before she's fighting fit again. And she'll look a little different as soap vet Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; Kelly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is taking over the role from Michelle Stafford (who is now playing Nina over on GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
Are you excited that Phyllis is waking up? What do you think she'll do first?
Congratulations to first-time parents Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), who welcomed Aleda Seren Adamson into the world on Thursday, June 12!
We have no doubt that the baby girl is both BEAUTIFUL and YOUNG, but hopefully not too RESTLESS! Best wishes to the happy family!
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, landing Outstanding Drama Series as well as a some acting nods and a trophy for their special episode honoring the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine). Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!
Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!
Eileen Davidson hasn't even begun her return stint as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kristen -- she's scheduled to hit the screen next month for a limited run on the NBC soap -- but the actress already has her next gig lined up! The beloved star, who has been juggling sporadic appearances as Ashley on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS with her DAYS duties, has inked a contract with CBS and will be back in Genoa City for good starting in September! Tell us below, are you excited to see Ash more often?
The Daytime Emmys have a host! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin.
"I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I'm told is the most important television event of the year," Griffin says. "Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show. I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man's first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup. I apologize to FIFA."
The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. PST, and the ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net.
Former Australian soap star Ashleigh Brewer will debut on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in July as Eric's nice, Ivy, the daughter of the designer's younger brother John, who has been living in Sydney. Soaps In Depth caught up with Brewer following her first few days of taping to find out how she's settling into the role.
"My first day at work was last Friday, and it was a whirlwind day," says the Queensland-born actress, whose previous acting role was a five-year stint on the Australian soap NEIGHBORS. "I was lucky in that a lot of my scenes were group scenes, so there were eight or nine of us on set. I got to meet a big handful of the B&B cast all at once."
Brewer admits her life has been a whirlwind since her casting was announced, and she's even been invited to join B&B's retinue in Monte Carlo at the annual International Television Festival in June. "I feel like I'm not even deserving of it yet, because I've only worked a few days like I'm cheating the system," she jokes. "I've gotten all of these incredible perks before I even officially started airing. It's as if I'm dreaming all of this a little bit!"
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will celebrate a quarter of a century of broadcasting in France by filming location scenes in the city of Paris! Kim Matula (Hope), Scott Clifton (Liam), Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt) will begin the three-day, multi-episode shoot this Wednesday, June 11, for scenes that will air from Wednesday, August 6, through Thursday, August 14. (The actors will be taping scenes today, June 9, and tomorrow, June 10, in Monaco, where they are attending the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival.)
"B&B is long overdue for a rendezvous with the world-renowned romance of Paris, France," says headwaiter and executive producer Bradley Bell. "Forrester Creations has always had its international office in Paris, and now we're going to take our cameras in for a closer look. We will show you Paris as you've never seen it before."
Although the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not be broadcast on a television network, that doesn't mean that you won't be able to watch live and cheer on your favorite stars as the trophies are handed out. This year, the ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet, reports Deadline Hollywood!
You will be able to watch the show direct from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Don't miss it!
If you thought THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was steamy, Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget) promises you haven't seen anything yet! The actress is both the star and executive producer of Lifetime's sizzling new feature, The Secret Sex Life Of A Single Mom.
Based on Canadian author Delaine Moore's memoir by the same name, it's the tale of a 30-something mother's personal journey from painful divorce to self-discovery. Jones stars as Moore, whose best pal (played by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Cynthia Preston, ex-Faith) encourages her to try on-line dating, with some intriguing results. "The script is definitely a tamer version of Delaine's life," Jones giggles. "It is TV-MA, which is television for mature audiences, but I think Lifetime wanted to keep it tasteful..."
Look for the single gal to explore her long-dormant sensuality by taking a walk on the wild side. "It could happen to Bridget! That's the kind of shock and awe that I think Lifetime wants to bring to this project," Jones suggests of the soapy tale. "I think I was hired because they think I could make it seem like this could happen to anyone."
Watch a preview by clicking here and don't miss the film's world premiere on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime!
With the shocking news that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is replacing the recently-returned David Tom with daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott, Soaps In Depth reached out to the actor to get his perspective on the unexpected recast.
"It was such a great experience to have been a part of the Y&R family again," Tom tells In Depth. "It was wonderful to see so many old friends and people I know that I used to work with and enjoy so much like Jess Walton (Jill) and Peter Bergman (Jack). I got to do some scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor), finally."
The Emmy winner admits that he didn't see Y&R's decision coming. "I think I was definitely well-liked there," Tom muses. "As far as I knew, nobody knew about this. Not even the cast." Was he given a reason for his termination? "One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with [the new] Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don't understand why they didn't think about that [when they were casting her]. We don't really have a storyline [anyway]; She's with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her."
The actor is already making plans for the future, including putting together a demo reel out of his best scenes from this last trip to Genoa City. Is he up for another daytime gig? "Hell, yeah. I'd go in a heartbeat to another soap opera," he says. "I love to work.
"The worst thing you can do is mull about it," continues Tom, who adds that what he'll miss most is working alongside his fellow Y&R actors. "The whole cast is wonderful. I felt like they were a part of my family."
Look for more of our exclusive interview with Tom in our CBS issue on sale June 16!
Word on the street is that David Tom is out as Billy on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! Daytime Confidential is reporting that the actor, who played the role from 1999 to 2002 and stepped in this year for the departing Billy Miller, is being replaced by Burgess Jenkins.
The soap is reportedly taking the character in a different direction, necessitating the recast. Jenkins has appeared in numerous primetime series including ARMY WIVES, NASHVILLE and ONE TREE HILL. Look for him to first appear in late June. "So excited to be joining the Y&R family!" the actor tweeted. "Thanks so much for the outpouring of warm welcome from all the fans!"
There's a new Forrester heading to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL! Australian actress Ashleigh Brewer has been cast as Ivy Forrester, a new character who is Eric's niece. "We are thrilled to introduce Ashleigh," says executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell. "Ivy is the daughter of Eric's younger brother, John Forrester, who has been living in Sydney. A young, worldly designer, Ivy is brought in to work on the new Hope For The Future line. It won't be long before she finds herself deeply entangled in the lives and loves of our younger generation."
Brewer is well known in Australia and the UK and has appeared on the Aussie soap NEIGHBORS, but this is her first US series. Look for Ivy to make her B&B debut in early July.
Phyllis will be coming out of her coma this summer on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but according to TV Guide, when she wakes up, she'll look a whole lot like GUIDING LIGHT's Dinah and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kelly. That's right, soap vet Gina Tognoni has been tapped by the soap to take over the role of the feisty redhead vacated last August by Michelle Stafford (who you can see starting Tuesday, June 3, as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nina).
"I am beyond blessed to play this incredible role," Tognoni shared on Facebook. "I am thrilled to be back on CBS. Thank you for your support; I feel it in my HEART. So excited to work with this amazing cast and crew. I am grateful to my beautiful husband, my family, friends and the best FANS in the world."
No first airdate has been announced at this time, but look for Phyllis' recovery to throw a major monkey wrench into Jack's burgeoning relationship with Kelly! How do you feel about the recast?
Max Ehrich (Fenmore, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is joining the cast of UNDER THE DOME, which returns for its second season on Monday, June 30, at 10 p.m. on CBS. He'll play Hunter, who will first appear "digitally" in the third episode says executive producer Neal Bauer.
What does the new gig mean for Fen's future in Genoa City? Since Ehrich is not on contract with Y&R, the moonlighting shouldn't affect his position with the soap. Baer tells Soaps In Depth that Ehrich is set to appear in about six DOME episodes.
Stitch's ex-wife, Jenna, is on her way to Genoa City! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has revealed exclusively to Soaps In Depth that actress Stephanie Lemelin has been cast in the role and begins taping on the set tomorrow to make her first appearance in the episode airing Friday, June 13!
Lemelin has done a lot of voicework and several primetime dramas, but Y&R will be her first daytime gig. You can follower her on Twitter at her handle, @StephyLems. How do you think Jenna's arrival will impact Stitch's burgeoning relationship with Victoria?
How did THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Daytime Emmy nominees find out that they'd made the final cut? What episodes did they submit? Read on to find out!
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R): "I had a 7:30 call so I woke up at 6:15 to several missed calls and texts. When I saw 11 missed phone calls, I thought then, 'I guess maybe... I don't think they would have called me to tell me, Sorry, you didn't get nominated!' It's always so thrilling this exciting, pleasant, flattering thing. It never gets old. I feel really grateful.
"I submitted an episode when the whole Dylan/Chelsea/Adam baby bombshell was coming out. The episode was with me and Steve Burton (Dylan), when everything was coming to a head. It's actually my favorite reel I've ever submitted for any Emmys, because it's such an arc. It starts out with where he's starting to question Connor's sight, and I say that Adam had the same condition. Dylan says, 'What are the odds that our son and your ex-husband had the same condition...' It arcs to Chelsea telling Dylan that Connor isn't his son, he's Adam's son, and everything explodes. I felt it was a rollercoaster, where it's tick, tick, tick, tick, up and then down and up and down... it was really a no-brainer for me."
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Daytime vet Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) confirms to Soaps In Depth that he'll be appearing on at least one upcoming episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL (like, maybe today)! He's keeping mum on exactly who he'll be playing and what he'll be doing in Port Charles, but the actor/musician (Moss is a member of the band Player) will be airing during the Nurses Ball so there's speculation that he'll be not just acting on the show, but singing, too!
How'd it all come about? "[GH's headwriter] Ron Carlivati came up with the concept," Moss reveals to In Depth. "He ran it by Frank [Valentini, executive producer]. Everybody loved it!"
The former CBS Daytime star admits that an offer from a rival network surprised him, but adds, "It shows me how savvy the guys are who are running [GH]. I think it's going to be a good payoff for them."
Moss and his new pals at ABC agreed to keep the casting coup under wraps for as long as possible. "We all chose collectively to keep it a secret," he says. "That was kind of the point of it."
It's a bit serendipitous that Moss has landed back at ABC. The actor started out his acting career there in a talent development program prior to landing on B&B. "It was myself, Robin Wright (Kelly, SANTA BARBARA), Arsenio Hall, Emmanuel Lewis (WEBSTER), Emma Samms (ex-Holly, GH), and Gordon Thomson (Mason, SB). We all started out together and then went our separate ways."
Moss didn't feel like a stranger in Port Charles. While he says Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH; ex-Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) hadn't started there yet when he shot his scenes, he did see on set many of his former B&B co-stars. "I saw Ian Buchanan (Duke; ex-James, B&B), William deVry (Julian; ex-Storm, B&B), Rick Hearst (Ric; ex-Whip, B&B) and other people I've known for years like Anthony Geary (Luke) and Finola Hughes (Anna)."
Although GH is only a brief appearance, Moss wants his fans to know that he loves being a part of the soap opera world and has no ill will towards the genre. "To blatantly say 'I would never go back to daytime' would be a slap," he declares. "I never said that. But people will read into things what they want to."
Neil's life has been a little complicated of late on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and it may become even more complicated! Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Moses, the son he shares with Sofia, is about to re-enter his life in a big way!
A rep for the soap has confirmed that four-year-old Randall L. Smith has been cast as Moses, and he first reports to work this Friday, May 9. The tyke has done some commercials in the past, but this is his first big job. Look for him to first air on Thursday, June 12.
How do you think Moses might impact Neil's relationship with Hilary?
Congratulations are in order for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! Not only are they expecting a baby girl in June, but the couple recently became engaged!
"We were such slackers about it," Godfrey admits. "We actually got engaged on New Year's Eve. We told our family and friends, but we didn't make a huge formal announcement about it. We weren't sure we were going to make one and then we decided against it and just started calling each other 'fiancée.' We want the baby to get here and be a little bigger and then do all the official stuff!"
Best wishes to the happy couple!
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) earned her second nomination, and her first in the Lead Actress category. Of course, she's up against her co-star, Heather Tom (Katie)!
For the full list of the major nominations, read on! Who do you think will take home the trophies on Sunday, June 22?
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Helen Slater debuts as Dr. Chiverton, Victoria's OB/GYN, on the Friday, May 2 episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. "I've been interested in doing daytime for a while," the actress tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a medium I haven't done before, and this just seemed like a perfect way to enter it."
The actress who made her 1984 film debut as the title character in Supergirl believes that the stigmas of film thespians doing daytime aren't as severe as they once might have been. "There will always be some people who draw more strict lines in the sand, but this has been such a fun, interesting journey," she says of her Y&R experience.
How is Slater, who has a theater and improv background, finding the pace of daytime? "I could not believe it," she says of how quickly scenes are taped. "My mouth dropped open! They were very sweet from the control booth [when I had to do a second take]. I think this is my first doctor role. I have an examination room and clipboard and I'm saying things like 'fetal cell analysis.' It's like learning a new language!"
When Slater's not busy acting, she's staying creative in other ways. She wrote the music for a CD she produced titled Myths Of Ancient Greece Songs And Stories For Kids Of All Ages! "I've been a huge lover of Greek mythology ever since I read The Odyssey," Slater adds. "I feel like giving back, because some of these myths may get lost and I feel that they are important!"
To hear some snippets and to learn more about Slater's music check out her website.
TV icon and game show legend Bob Barker will appear on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, as part of several documentary-style episodes tackling the issue of animal welfare.
Though it's not his first cameo on B&B he briefly appeared on the show for a fashion storyline back in 2002 Barker says he's thrilled to return this time to espouse a cause so close to his heart. "I do an interview [with Liam, for Spencer Publications] about the problem of overpopulation of animals," he says. "That interview is completely ad-libbed."
The former emcee says he's thrilled that his message about the importance of spaying and neutering pets will reach B&B's immense global audience. "This is going to be helpful to countless animals," he says. "We've got to get the word out, and then it'll change."
Barker's message of adopting pets from shelters (rather than acquiring them from breeders) struck such a chord on set that three B&B employees including Scott Clifton (Liam) and the show's supervising producer, Ed Scott adopted pets from the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter where the show filmed part of this storyline. That, says Barker, was the real icing on the cake. "Oh I was so pleased about that."
Would the nonagenarian be willing to come back for another appearance on the soap? Without a doubt. "I'll come back anytime they want," he says. "If all I have to do as an actor is talk about spaying and neutering, I'm their man!"
Watch a behind the scenes video teaser of the episodes below!
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, June 22, at the Beverly Hilton. However, a broadcast deal has yet to be struck, so while the ceremony has aired on HLN for the last two years, there's no word on which network might air this ceremony yet. Still, the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences are confident a deal will be reached.
The Creative Arts portion of the Daytime Emmys are scheduled to be handed out on Friday, June 20, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.
Final nominees in all categories are set to be announced on Thursday, May 1. Based off the pre-nominations that have been revealed, who are you hoping gets a nod?
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has a new doctor in the house! According to TV Guide, Helen Slater has been tapped to play OB/GYN Dr. Chiverton for at least five episodes, starting Friday, May 2. Which lovely lady in Genoa City will seek out the baby doctor's services? It may not just be Lauren!
Slater rose to fame thirty years ago when she played the title roles in the cult-hit films Supergirl and The Legend Of Billie Jean. More recently, she was a cast member of the ABC Family drama THE LYING GAME for its two-season run, playing Sutton and Laurel's mother, and starred in last year's Lifetime movie The Good Mother as a woman who was poisoning her own child.
From the "Just when I thought I'd heard everything" files has come STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE, a provocative new Web series from the We Make Movies filmmakers collective in Los Angeles. In each episode, famous scenes from The Bard's works are set in a scintillating new context, replete with professional pole dancers and burlesque performers. Who knew Shakespeare could be so sexy? Daytime TV veteran Brian Gaskill (Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ozzie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Bobby, ALL MY CHIlDREN; Rafe, PORT CHARLES), who is a member of the collective, appears in the episode airing this Sunday, April 13.
"My friend, Nicol Razon, produced it," Gaskill shares. "The series is about her taking her love of Shakespeare and putting it into a format that is maybe gonna raise some eyebrows, but it's also gonna promote conversation and get people to pay attention to what the filmmaker is doing to be creative."
This Sunday's episode is based on The Taming Of The Shrew with Gaskill reciting the lines of Petruchio opposite Razon as Kate. But don't look for the traditional, 16th century costuming and staging. Rather, it plays out in a much more imaginative way. "It's more like artistic music videos of Shakespeare," offers Gaskill, who first began performing the great poet's work back in high school. To experience it for yourself, visit Strippingshakespeare.com or the We Make Movies YouTube channel here.
Two hunks from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL one past, one future have joined the cast of the Emmy-nominated Web soap THE BAY! Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) is set to play John Blackwell, the former district attorney of Bay City, while Sean Kanan (who returns to B&B as Deacon in June), has joined the Internet serial as press secretary Kenneth Allen. That role previously played by Brody Hutzler (ex-Patrick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Cody, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS).
Why the change with Kanan taking over for Hutzler? "Brody is a good friend of mine and a wonderful talent," Gregori Martin, THE BAY's executive producer/creator, tells Soaps In Depth. "He's busy with some other great projects at the moment, and this gave us an opportunity to go in another direction with the character. Sean and Nicolas [Coster, Jack] have a great dynamic. Sean is bringing a lot of humor to the role."
Moss and Kanan aren't the only newcomers sailing into THE BAY this season! Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) will play Katherine, John's wife, and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS) has been cast as Mickey, who runs Patrick's Roadhouse.
Watch for an exclusive preview of THE BAY featuring interviews with Martin, Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS) and Terri Ivens (Orchid; Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) in the next two issues of In Depth, on sale Monday, April 21, and Monday, April 28. Chapter 12 of THE BAY streams via the Blip and Roku networks and services beginning Thursday, May 1. For more information, visit www.thebaytheseries.com.
Congratulations are in order for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Lauralee Bell (Christine) her web series, MI PROMISE, has been named a Webby Award Honoree for Online Film and Video: Drama Individual Short or Episode! The Webby Awards is an international award organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising and on-line film and video.
"I am so proud that MI PROMISE has impressed the selection committee for the Webby Awards," says Bell, who produced and starred in the six-episode series, which details the tragic aftermath of a teen who was texting and driving. "That's icing on the cake for our MI PROMISE team.
"Our entire goal was to reach teens, pre-teens and adults about what can happen when you text and drive at the same time," the actress adds. "If we've helped to make people consider the consequences by providing a dramatic example, then we accomplished what we set out to do!"
Check out MI PROMISE by going to www.mipromise.com.
Corday Productions -- the team behind NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- is teaming up with digital media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas, a project aimed at creating and distributing original "interactive" soap operas on-line, but with a twist: Fans, actors and advertisers will all be able to participate in the development of the shows.
Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch in the last quarter of 2014 through its own Web sites and distribution partners. While Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American audiences, Net Novelas will provide in-language programming for Latin America and Brazil. Web soap pioneer and daytime veteran Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTUIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has joined the venture to produce, direct and mentor new talent.
For the full story, visit Variety.com here.