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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” officially turns 41 years old today, Wednesday, March 26, and the sudser is celebrating its birthday in style!

Yesterday, the cast and crew gathered for lunch, photos and a cake cutting ceremony to honor the show’s history and celebrate its recent three-year renewal, and today, the on-air show featured a crossover storyline involving “The Price Is Right” and its host, Drew Carey!

What did you think of today’s crossover episode? And what would you like to see happen in the year ahead, as “Y&R” moves toward its 42nd birthday? Leave your comments below and be sure to check back soon, as Soap Opera Network attended yesterday’s on-set anniversary celebration, and we’ll be posting some special “Y&R” features in the weeks ahead!



Gilles Toucas

Gilles Toucas

The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will soon be presenting its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Lee Phillip Bell — co-creator of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” and wife of the late William J. Bell — is one of this year’s honorees!

The fashion show, which takes place on Friday, April 11 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and will be helping to fund the BBBSLA, will feature designs from Kyle by Alene Too and will honor Bell, Sandra Stern (COO of Lionsgate Television) and Brindell Roberts Gottlieb (a community arts activist and humanitarian). Emmy winning actress Heather Tom (Katie Logan, “B&B”) will emcee the event, and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “Y&R”) and John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”) will be presenting Lee with this year’s Innovative Award, which she is receiving due to her efforts in bringing important social plights to the forefront of her television programming over the years.

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Francois Durand/Getty Images Europe

Yesterday, Soap Opera Network featured a Center Stage interview with “The Young and the Restless’” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) detailing his new film, “Tentacle 8,” which is out on DVD in select stores and on Amazon now. But as promised, we also got the star to open up about all of his “Y&R” drama, too! Read on to get the actor’s take on Sharon’s (Sharon Case) paternity lies, Victor’s (Eric Braeden) machinations, the search for Adam and the recent departure of some of the sudser’s most popular stars!

It’s no secret that Nick is fiercely protective of Sharon, but what is a secret is that Victor has been making Sharon believe she’s crazy by hiring a Cassie look-alike (Camryn Grimes) to speak with her mom from “beyond the grave.” It’s only a matter of time before Nick finds out what his father has done, and Morrow says you can bet his alter ego’s reaction won’t be a good one! “Nick has taken an interesting stance with his father now, where it’s like, he is who he is, so let’s just be father and son and that’s pretty much it; he stays away from him,” the actor says. “Like, be my dad when you need me and I’ll be your son when you need me, and that’s it, because he’s fed up with all of his ridiculous maneuvering to try and control the family and Newman Enterprises and all of that stuff. So if I had to bet, Nick will be having an unbelievably strong reaction to finding out that Victor has been jacking with Sharon in this fashion. It’s pretty much one of the more evil things [Victor has done], so it can’t be a good thing if Nick ever finds out about this, and you can bet… it won’t be a real positive, fuzzy moment for the Newman family.”

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.

All entrants that submitted this year were judged by their peers via an online ballot. Eligible judges viewed clips containing work of each performer and were required to select their top 10 performer choices. In the case of the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, there were ties this year that resulted in more than 10 pre-nominees.

The candidates below will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which will determine both nominees and recipients. The final nominations will be announced May 1.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Another day, another drama. At least, that seems to be the case for “The Young and the Restless’” Paul Williams (Doug Davidson), who is juggling so many Genoa City cases as Chief of Police, it’s tough to keep all of the details straight! His onscreen wife, Christine (Lauralee Bell), isn’t exactly thrilled that her new hubby is so busy, especially because he took the time to help Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) track down the truth about her son, Dylan (Steve Burton). And unfortunately for her, it looks like Paul’s busy schedule won’t be letting up any time soon! We spoke with the character’s portrayer, Davidson, to get the scoop on whether or not Paul’s work will destroy his relationship and where Nikki might fit into the puzzle. Read on to find out!

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CBS

CBS

Next week marks the final week fans of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will get to see Billy Miller and Michael Muhney as Billy Abbott and Adam Newman, respectively, and this will definitely be the week to watch!

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Bjoern Kommerell Photography

Bjoern Kommerell Photography

In an exclusive interview with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, “The Young and the Restless’” David Tom reveals that he had to audition for the role of Billy Abbott when the series was looking to recast the character when contract talks between current portrayer Billy Miller and Sony Pictures Television proved to be unsuccessful. This was despite the fact that Tom garnered two Daytime Emmy Award nominations in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2000 and 2001 (he won in 2000) for his portrayal of the character.

While Tom doesn’t air until Monday, February 3, the actor also talked with the publication about Billy finally learning Adam (Michael Muhney) was behind the wheel of the car that killed Billy’s daughter Delia and what it means for the future of the character now that he’s back in the role. In addition, Tom discusses whether viewers should give Billy a free pass after he had grief sex with Kelly (Cynthia Watros) and where things are headed between Billy and Victoria (Amelia Heinle).

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soapstarchristmas_bbyr640x400 ‘Twas the week of Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except for all us! Soap Opera Network contacted soap actors with care, in hopes that responses soon would be there. Whether traveling, visiting family or just snuggling in bed, these “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” actors’ plans will dance in your head!

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Greg Edwards/Vimeo

Greg Edwards/Vimeo

With “The Young and the Restless” losing its leading men in a one-two punch, as both Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) and Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) filmed their last scenes on Thursday, December 19, cast and crew of daytime’s most watched drama series have put together video tributes to honor the departing stars.

First shown during the “Y&R” goodbye party for Miller the same day he filmed his final scenes, Greg Edwards, a production staffer, opted to publish an 11 1/2 minute video dedication on Vimeo “For everyone that either couldn’t make it to the goodbye party last night or that couldn’t hear it on those small speakers we had.” In his message, Edwards added, “Goodbye Billy, you will be missed.” The video includes several cast and crew members initially pretending to not know who Miller was, even as a life sized cut out poster of the actor holding one of his Emmy Awards roamed the halls and stages of the soap behind them. Later, co-stars Greg Rikaart (Keven Fisher), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Christel Khalil (Lily Winters Ashby), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Abbott), and Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), along with many others, shared their most heartfelt thoughts and memories of the actor as he moves toward his next journey in life. One of the most hilarious scenes in the video was by Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), who jokingly said, “Think about all your options. ‘General Hospital’ would love to have you. Any soap would kill to have you! There’s internet, there’s all these cable shows – Nickelodeon – think about it, you’d be huge like a ‘Different Strokes’ remake!” while the cut out  of Miller attempted to commit suicide (it fell off the roof of the CBS building after hearing the things people were saying before the kind words poured in).

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios; Cliff Lipson/CBS (insert)

The cast and crew of “The Young and the Restless” have a major milestone to smile about: The CBS sudser has officially marked its 25 year anniversary of being the number one rated soap opera on national television! In honor of the very special occasion, Soap Opera Network spoke with longtime castmember Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), who’s been with the show since 1978, to discuss the elements that have gone into keeping “Y&R” in the coveted top-notch position for so long.

Lasting a quarter of a century as the number one show in its genre is quite a feat, and it’s one that Davidson and the rest of the “Y&R” cast and crew credits to creator William J. Bell, who poured his heart and soul into putting together a believable product with a rich cast of characters. “It’s an amazing streak of time [being in the number one spot],” Davidson begins. “It’s been absolutely fabulous and a testament to Bill and what he started 40 years ago. I know that when I was working closely with him, [writing the show was] pretty much all he did. I had visions of him Christmas morning, when his kids were opening packages, taking notes on wrapping paper about what he wanted his characters to do. And I know to some degree, it was very true. I mean, he just wouldn’t stop thinking about it.”

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