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As previously reported, Billy Miller is departing CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and the role of Billy Abbott, which garnered him two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. After the actor and Sony Pictures Television failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, the studio and CBS opted to replace Miller with David Tom, who actually originated the role of an adult Billy Abbott in 1999.
Hot on the heels of "All My Children" being given its second cancellation notice in as many years, Debbi Morgan (ex-Angela Hubbard) has quickly found herself back on her feet. The actress has signed on to star in the new Starz drama, "Power," which is being co-executive produced by rapper 50 Cent. Tweeted Morgan, "Happy 2 announce I'll B joining the cast of the new series "Power" 4 the Starz network in the recurring role of 'Estelle.'" Morgan's character is the mother of Naturi Naughto's Tasha St. Patrick.
In celebration of its "Home for the Holidays" campaign, ABC announced today plans to incorporate United States Veterans in upcoming episodes of its daytime and primetime programming, including "Modern Family," "Last Man Standing" and "General Hospital." Comedy "The Neighbors" will offer a veteran the opportunity to shadow one of their directors as they put an episode together. Meanwhile, "The View" and "The Chew" will support the vets with various themed episodes throughout the holiday season.
With word that Tristan Rogers would be departing ABC's "General Hospital" and returning to CBS' "The Young and the Restless," it was only a matter of time before fans heard from the actor himself on the abrupt change in status from one soap to the next. Said Rogers on Twitter of his "GH" experience, "I’d like to thank Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and Ron [Carlivati, head writer] for great storyline that kept Scorpio true to himself." On his "Y&R" return Rogers said, "I’m stoked on Colin’s return to #YR in 2014 and delighted to once again be a part of the CBS Daytime family."
Friday, November 15 was a busy day for CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and its cast members. On that day it was announced that Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) had signed a new deal with the daytime drama series and Sean Carrigan (Stitch Rayburn) had been upped to contract status. The news wasn't so great for fans of Billy Miller (Billy Abbott), who is currently in a stalemate with producers of the soap opera. Miller, whose contract is set to expire next month, has yet to sign a new deal and it's being reported that recent casting calls for caucasian males are smoke screens for the show to instead cast a replacement for the actor.
With sudden word that Tristan Rogers would soon be departing ABC's "General Hospital," one could only imagine what may have been the catalyst behind the actor's decision. Looks like a move [back] to "The Young and the Restless" may have persuaded the actor to say goodbye once more to Port Charles' Robert Scorpio and hello again to Genoa City's Colin Atkinson, Cane Ashby's (Daniel Goddard) father. A spokesperson for the CBS drama series confirms to Soap Opera Network that the actor is returning to the soap in early 2014.
The return of Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) to "General Hospital" is short lived, it seems. According to head writer Ron Carlivati, the actor will be leaving the canvas in February. "I had no idea @tristanrogers was leaving. I found out last night. I now have 1 day to write him out of a big Feb Sweeps storyline," Carlivati tweeted earlier today. He added, "Meanwhile, you will see a lot of Robert between now and February! And please respect @tristanrogers and his decision. Thanks."
On Tuesday, November 12, "The Young and the Restless'" Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) answered fan questions via CBS Connect, the premiere online social connection platform amongst the broadcast networks, which includes live chats with CBS stars via Twitter. Using the hashtag #AskYR, the chat with fans lasted roughly 35 minutes, which included questions varying from discussion on the Veterans day episodes, whether or not the ladies were able to come up with plots or storylines for their characters, which is particularly reserved for the writers of the show, as well as what their very first acting jobs were, just to name a few of the questions.
On Friday, November 15, "The Young and the Restless'" Marco Dapper (ex-Carmine Basco) will be taking part in "The Space Gallery ART ATTACK," which is being presented by The Kollaborative. Dapper will present six pieces of his own artwork alongside artists Chase, Sebastien Walker, MDMN, Ostrich, Paul Allison III, Masonfish, Justin Lemus and John Bryars.
On Wednesday, November 27, don't forget to tune into CBS' "The Young and the Restless" as Eileen Davidson returns to Genoa City when her character Ashley Abbott surprises her family for Thanksgiving.
With word that Prospect Park may or may not be in the process of formally announcing plans to not continue with production on "All My Children," in addition to the previously reported production hiatus for "One Life to Live" and how such a decision may affect the fans who fought so long and hard to get them both back, "OLTL" actress Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) tweeted in defense of the company without knowing what the ultimate decision may end up being (historically the actors know less information than the soap press when it comes to the company and its planning).
The ABC Television Network and Gray Television, Inc. announced today that they have reached a new affiliation agreement that allows Gray Television to broadcast ABC's full programming schedule in Laredo, Texas beginning in February 2014 using KGNS digital channel 8.2. Programming includes ABC's primetime lineup, "Good Morning America," "World News," "Jimmy Kimmel" and ABC's Daytime programming including "General Hospital."
On Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" will observe Veterans Day with episodes dedicated to U.S. Veterans. According to the network, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) will host a fundraiser to honors veterans, while also looking to get closer to her long-lost son, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), who recently completed a tour in Afghanistan. Nikki's husband, Victor (Eric Braeden), announces a plan to have his company, Newman-Chancellor Enterprises, provide jobs for qualified U.S. veterans, letting people know that he values veterans as driven, goal-oriented employees and advising other employers to seek out these proven leaders.
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