Errol Lewis, Editor in Chief
As previously reported, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" will honor the life of Katherine Chancellor on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4, when the soap opera pays tribute to the character and her portrayer, Jeanne Cooper, in a two-part memorial service. Per a website dedicated to the character, Katherine died on Thursday, August 1 after a short illness. Cooper died on Wednesday, May 8, also from a brief illness. Fan favorites Lauralee Bell (Christine), Tricia Cast (Nina Webster), Beau Kazer (Brock Reynolds), Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore), Patty Weaver (Gina Roma) and Michael Damian (Danny Romalotti) will return for the service along with Cooper's real-life son, Corbin Bernsen, who will reprise his role as Father Todd who presides over Katherine's service. Damian will perform “That's When I'll Stop Loving You,” the song that aired in the tribute episode dedicated to Cooper in May.
Just as the fall season gets ready to kick into high gear next month comes word that "The Young and the Restless" may have lost its head writer as a result of creative differences with the shows executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps. Josh Griffith, who took the reigns from Maria Arena Bell one year ago, has reportedly given notice to Sony Pictures Television and Bell Dramatic Television of his decision to leave.
Beginning with today's episode of CBS' "The Young and the Restless," the citizens of Genoa City will honor the life of Katherine Chancellor, whose portrayer, Jeanne Cooper, passed earlier this year after a short illness. According to the network, loved ones of Katherine's will begin receiving postcards asking them to gather at the Chancellor Estate, where they'll learn that Katherine died while exploring the world with her husband, Murphy (Michael Fairman).
After portraying Phyllis Summers on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for fifteen years, soap fans around the world thought they were saying goodbye to Michelle Stafford on the Friday, August 2 episode, when she vacated the role. Thankfully, that isn't the case. As stated in an interview with both Soap Opera Digest and TV Guide Magazine, Stafford left the number one rated daytime drama series for several reasons, some of which she'll never reveal, but one of which was to launch her new web series, "The Stafford Project."
She's back! Actress Devin Mills returns with a second season of "Dating in the Middle Ages," a series that follows a woman named Samantha (Mills) who is searching for her modern day Cary Grant. In the new season, which debuted on Tuesday, July 30, the online series brings "Days of our Lives" stars Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) and Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack Deveraux) on a ride for the "Ages."
He's certainly been making a name for himself on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" now that it's been revealed that his character, Wyatt Fuller, is the secret son of Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and the half brother of rival Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), but in the online series "Bloomers," which tells the story of seven 20-something friends growing up in the city of Los Angeles who aren't ready to bloom into their 30s, Darin Brooks finds himself dealing with a different kind of family drama.
In what many fans have called the most confusing schedule in the history of daytime soap opera programming, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has adjusted the scheduling of "new to OWN" episodes of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Things are getting even uglier in the dispute between CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable (TWC), which has resulted in 13 CBS Owned & Operated TV stations in the eight markets covered by TWC, cable networks Showtime, The Movie Channel (TMC), Flix and Smithsonian, which are wholly or partly owned by CBS, to go dark. A CBS spokesperson has confirmed reports that CBS has blocked TWC subscribers from viewing CBS.com, which would enable those affected by the dispute with a different avenue to view their favorite CBS programs.
As Soap Opera Network first reported in mid-June, CNN's Jake Tapper ("The Lead with Jake Tapper") will be appearing on The OnLine Network's "All My Children," portraying the role of TV investigative reporter Spencer Phillips. Tapper was originally scheduled to appear on the Monday, August 19 episode (prior to the announcement that each weeks episodes would be released on Mondays), but TOLN announced today that his appearance has been moved up. He will now appear on one of the episodes scheduled for release on Monday, August 12 via Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and iTunes Canada.