“The Young and the Restless’” Melody Thomas Scott just celebrated her 35th anniversary playing Nikki Newman, and what better way to kick off her 36th year than with a stellar guest-gig playing a character who has a boozy past that dang near rivals her Genoa City alter ego’s? As we previously reported, the actress is doing just that: She’s headed to CBS’s sitcom “The Crazy Ones” later this month, and guess what? Soap Opera Network is bringing you the first look at Scott in her exciting primetime role!
Melody Thomas Scott’s name has been making the rounds for a variety of things lately, but there’s one story in particular that the portrayer of the “The Young and the Restless’” Nikki Newman wants to set straight: The April 7 edition Globe article that claims she called Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, “All My Children”) to trash talk the sudser’s executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps!
Rumors have been circling that Phelps has been trying to woo Lucci (who currently stars on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”) to Genoa City, and somehow, Scott got dragged into the gossip. Consequently, the actress posted a message on her Facebook page, taking the tabloid to task for what she claims are outright lies. “Is it possible for the Globe to print an entire article with not ONE shred of truth to it? Well, they’ve done it,” she wrote. “In their April 7th edition, there is an entire page devoted to absolute lies. It refers to a phone call that I had with Susan Lucci, whom I don’t even know. Sure, over the years we have run into each other at events, ‘Hello, how are you,’ and that’s it. She does not have my phone number, nor I hers. Hey, Globe… There was no phone call!
There must be something in the water, because former soap stars just can’t seem to stay out of trouble these days! First there was word that Crystal Hunt (ex-Stacy Morasco, “One Life to Live;” ex-Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”) was charged with felony assault for allegedly smashing a glass in a woman’s face, then came news that Aiden Turner (ex-Aidan Devane, “All My Children”) was charged with domestic violence after allegedly throwing a remote control at his girlfriend, and now comes word that Colin Egglesfield (ex-Joshua Madden, “AMC”) has been arrested for disorderly conduct!
Hot on the heels of the news that Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman, “The Young and the Restless”) will be appearing on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” on Tuesday, April 1 comes news that two additional soap stars will be dropping by the talk show this week: “Days of our Lives’” Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) and “All My Children’s” J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot Monroe)!
If you’re one of the fans impatiently waiting for Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Cooney, “All My Children”) to make her debut as “The Young and the Restless’” Kelly Andrews on Wednesday, April 16, then you’ll be happy to know that the actress has shared some fun behind-the-scenes info on her new gig!
The California native took to her popular blog last week and opened up on a variety of details from her very first day in Genoa City, including: reuniting with Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, “Y&R;” ex-Cliff Warner, “AMC”) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman, “Y&R;” ex-Mia Saunders, “AMC”), getting spoiled by the wardrobe department, first-take surprises and more!
“All My Children’s” Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni Stafford) was just 15 years old when she joined the soap world as “As the World Turns’” Lucinda Montgomery, and the actress has definitely done a lot of growing up since leaving daytime and making it big in Hollywood! The “Mean Girls,” “Les Miserables” and “Lovelace” star is featured in the April 2014 edition of W magazine, where she makes it very clear that she’s not a little girl anymore!
Anyone who’s been watching “The Young and the Restless” as of late knows that Nicholas Newman’s life is about to be blown to smithereens. Not only has his father been tricking the love of his life into thinking she’s been seeing and speaking with her dead daughter, he’s on the verge of finding out that the very same woman he loves has been lying to him about the true paternity of his daughter! The drama is all pretty typical for Nick’s portrayer, Joshua Morrow — who’s been dealing with twisted Genoa City plots for nearly 20 years — but the drama he faces in his latest stint in the political drama thriller ‘Tentacle 8?’ Not so typical for him! Soap Opera Network spoke with the actor about momentarily stepping away from his “Y&R” craziness to film the exciting project, which is available on DVD in select stores and on Amazon today. And we also got him to spill on all of the Victor (Eric Braeden), Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam (formerly Michael Muhney) drama, too!
Fans of CBS’ number one soap have seen Morrow as the hot-blooded and impetuous character of Nicholas for nearly two decades. And though the Alaskan-born actor loves to play his ongoing alter ego, he admits that it was rather refreshing to take a bite out of a new character — especially within a project as clever and nail biting as “Tentacle 8,” which follows an NSA analyst entangled in a top secret investigation after a malicious computer virus crashes U.S. Intelligence Community networks. “I really, really enjoy being able to play somebody other than Nick; it’s fun to go shoot something else for a little bit,” he says. “And this is a very clever story written by director, John Chi, who’s whip smart.”
Morrow plays Brian Mosley, a character he says is a complete 180 from Nicholas. “Nick Newman quite often doesn’t think situations through clearly, and he acts impulsively,” he explains. “He has a huge heart, and his family matters to him very much, but he’s got kind of a quick trigger and doesn’t really assess all of the information before he acts — whereas Brian Moseley is pretty much the polar opposite. His job is to figure out the truth in situations and kind of do some dirty work for some important people. But sometimes, in his journey for the truth, he realizes that maybe he’s not being told the truth from his superior officers, maybe the problems are much deeper, so he has to kind of wade through a bunch of truths and lies to get to the ultimate truth.
“Brian is much more of a cerebral person than Nick,” Morrow continues. “He doesn’t think with his heart near as much; he’s all about his brain. He’s got to solve the riddle, because he’s not being given all the answers, and that’s kind of the best way to describe it without giving away too much of the story! But I will say it’s a thin line between good and evil in this movie. You don’t really know who the bad guys are at all times.”
In addition to Morrow, “Tentacle 8″ features several other daytime stars, including John Callahan (ex-Edmund Grey, “All My Children;” ex-Dr. Baker, “Days of our Lives”), Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Brian Bodine, “AMC;” ex-Anthony Marino, “DAYS”), Bruce Gray (ex-Mark Wilcox, “Y&R”) and Teri Reeves (ex-Megan McKenna, “General Hospital”). “It was such a great cast and crew,” Morrow enthuses. “It was just an awesome group all around. And when I agreed to do the project, I remember telling my wife, [Tobe Keeney], ‘It’s not a big role, but I really love this character, and I sure do want to do it. They’re shooting it in LA, and I think this will be perfect for me.’ And I did end up loving it. I loved working with the director — I’d work with him again anytime he wanted. He was very smart. And I’m honored to have been a part of the project.”
As for “Y&R,” the actor knows that life for Nicholas is about to get flipped completely upside down — and he’s welcoming the drastic storyline twists that will soon be ahead. “What’s coming up is pretty crazy,” he teases with a sly smile of the Sharon paternity story and the Victor/Sharon/Cassie (Camryn Grimes) story. “Soap writers do what they do: they build up stories and then they blow them up, and I have complete trust in them to [destroy Nick’s life] in a great and creative fashion.”
But what specific twists and turns do the writers have in mind for poor Nicholas? How will he fit into the major search for Adam? What does Morrow think about the recent departures of some of “Y&R’s” most popular actors/characters, including Muhney, Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott), Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Abbott)? You’ll have to wait for Part 2 of SON’s Joshua Morrow Center Stage interview to find out! In the meantime, enjoy this teaser trailer for ‘Tentacle 8,’ which is now available on DVD in select stores and on Amazon, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more from “Y&R’s” Morrow!
As we reported yesterday, Prospect Park Networks — the company behind the online re-launch of soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And as news of the latest PPN vs. ABC twist spread, further details were revealed: The production company reportedly owes ABC $1.7 million, and it also owes some big name actors large sums of money, as well!
Cancel your evening plans and grab some popcorn, because ‘Soap Life,’ a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera, was released today!
Available on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation and Vudu, the film explores the histories of soaps like “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Guiding Light,” attempting to find out why — despite millions of fans and loyal viewers — so many iconic shows have disappeared from the American television landscape.
Former “All My Children” star Josh Duhamel (Leo DuPres) is making a triumphant return to television as a lead in CBS’ new drama series, “Battle Creek!”
According to Deadline Hollywood, the soap alum has landed the role of FBI agent Milton Chamberlain in the series, which centers on the clean-cut, humble and sincere Chamberlain, who teams up with Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, MI.
The highly-anticipated series was created by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and will be written and executive produced by Gilligan and “House” creator David Shore.
Following “All My Children,” Duhamel starred in a variety of feature films, including “Transformers” and “The Romantics,” as well as the primetime TV series “Crossing Jordan” and “Las Vegas.”
Look for “Battle Creek” to debut on CBS this fall.