According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has cast actor Blake Hood in the contract role of Kyle Jenkins Abbott, the son of Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Diane Jenkins (last played by Maura West). The character left the canvas shortly after the murder of his mother last year in the soaps yearly whodunit storyline.
In its reporting, The Hollywood Reporter stated “Kyle was originally believed to be the child of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), but once the truth came out that he was Jack’s son, a custody battle ensued. After the death of his mother, Kyle struggled with anger toward his father and eventually departed for boarding school. It’s unclear which family he’ll return home to when he arrives in Genoa City.” In actuality Kyle and his father left on good terms, but it is likely that the show has changed the storyline around in order to accomodate the SORASing of the character (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome to soap fans wondering) who is now inline with the age of Abby Newman (Marcy Rylan).
Hood, best known for his portrayal of Mark Driscoll during the second season of the CW’s “90210,” recently appeared in an episode of CBS’ “2 Broke Girls.” The actor has also appeared in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” FOX’s “‘Til Death,” and NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” In 2010, he appeared as Kennedy Peters-Booth in the box-office hit “Easy A” starring Emma Stone.
Hood is scheduled to mark his “Y&R” debut on Friday, April 27.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Thursday, September 29, word around the web had “Days of our Lives” star James Scott (EJ DiMera) out, only to later be clarified by Scott himself that he in fact was still meeting with show producers over a new contract. Now comes word from Soap Opera Digest that Scott has signed a new one-year deal with “DAYS” to continue in the role of EJ DiMera, for which he originated in 2006. Per Digest‘s report, Scott’s new deal will keep him in Salem through April 2013.
After seeing the Digest story, sources have since told Soap Opera Network that fans can expect to see Scott “for a long time to come,” but did not clarify whether that meant beyond 2013 or just confirming what had already been reported. These same sources have also told Soap Opera Network that due to the way in which “Days of our Lives” films and writes episodes, discussion of Scott’s contract was necessary at this time as outlines for episodes airing in the early part of 2012 have already been written and in order for writers to move forward the soap needed to secure Scott or face writing out one of their most popular characters.