In an age of multi-tasking, it’s always nice to be able to do two great things in the time it takes to do one. And guess what? “The Young and the Restless’” Greg Rikaart is offering fans the chance to do just that!
The actor has teamed up with Charitybuzz to auction off the chance to see the set of “Y&R,” with him acting as your personal tour guide! The proceeds from the auction will benefit the True Colors Fund, which works to inspire and engage people to become active participants in the advancement of equality for all as well as to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
So what are you waiting for? Now through Thursday, June 27, you can help the True Colors Fund as well as possibly win a visit to Genoa City. Visit charitybuzz.com for more details, and good luck!
For five days only, fans of Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher, “The Young and the Restless”) can see the actor take part in “Snapshots,” a theatrical benefit that looks to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event. Rikaart will be starring in a one-act at benefit, which is scheduled to run from Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14 at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood, CA.
In addition to Rikaart, additional one-acts are written and/or performed by a number of other talented artists including: Robert Sudduth, Marc Cherry, Tim Bagley, Peri Gilpin, Sally Pressman, Erin Cahill, India de Beaufort, Tommy Dewey, Todd Grinnell, Jolie Jenkins, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Yaani King, Lindsey Kraft, Jay Lacopo, Andrew Leeds, Joanna Leeds, Drew Powell, David Scales, Rhea Seehorn Marc Valera, Sara Israel, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Lindsey Kraft, and Kelly Younger.
The summer is looking good for “The Young and the Restless,” especially with this latest news: Fan favorite Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti) is returning to the sudser for four episodes!
During all the commotion surrounding the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, came word from “All My Children” actress Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery; ex-Heather Stevens, “The Young and the Restless”) that she is again with child!
In addition to the previously noted on air promo touting the launch of “The Young and the Restless’” same day airings on TVGN beginning Monday, July 1 at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the network has also announced special programming that will surely help provide ample tune in.
On Monday, June 17 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) will host a one-hour special entitled “The Young and the Restless On-Set: inFANity,” which will provide viewers with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Genoa City. The special will also include interviews with cast members Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman). In addition to hosting duties, TVGN indicates that St. John will also be part of the featured interviews.
The peer votes have been cast, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards! Five categories have been announced, including Lead Actress and Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Younger Actress and Younger Actor. Without further adieu, here are the pre-nominees:
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
On Wednesday, August 15, Crystal Chappell (Danielle, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) published a new blog post on the “Venice: The Series” website. Her post was in regards to a tweet by former “Days of our Lives” co-star Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) that caused controversy within the daytime community.
“Chick-fil-a today!!!! Loved every bite of it;)!! Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?” said Reeves in her tweet to her followers on Tuesday, August 1.
In response to Reeves, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, “General Hospital”) said on Twitter, “I’m all for 1st Am rights, but when you buy Chick Fil A, your $$ are going to fund hate groups that are actively attacking gay rights.”
Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher, “The Young and the Restless”) got personal via a posting on the Huffington Post. “I posted a tweet airing my disappointment in Melissa Reeves (another member of the daytime community) for aligning herself with this company [Chic-fil-A] that financially supports the furthering of hatred and bigotry. I did so because I have aligned myself with organizations like GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) and the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and I have read too many stories of alienated LGBT kids taking their lives after relentless persecution,” Rikaart said. “Whether grown up bullies like Dan Cathy and Melissa Reeves realize it or not, they are directly or indirectly telling these vulnerable kids that there is something wrong with them, or they are somehow less than. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m certain of it,” he continued.
Since the controversy began, Reeves has not publicly spoken on the issue. According to Chappell, however, the actress has told mutual fiends that the implication of her tweet was “not what she intended.” Chappell added, “She said she saw half a tweet about Cluck Filet and thought she was supporting Free Speech. Nothing more. I thought…OK. Um….twitter fuck up? I’ve stepped into twitter convoys without really knowing what was being talked about and made a mess for myself unintentionally. Realizing after I stepped into it that I don’t at all support the person’s words I stood up for. OK….it happens. And then I asked our gay and married friends…well, why not just say that to the folks in twitter land? Was someone telling her not to? Is it work related? Ostrich in the sand syndrome? If I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist kind of thing? Blonde moment? The more time went by the more frustrated I and my friends became. It started to hurt. We all know Missy has very strong religious beliefs but the person we know and love….is NOT a bigot.”
Chappell stated that she has personally reached out to Reeves regarding the issue, and that Reeves has “decided to not speak out and hope that the people who know her will trust that she didn’t intend to support an anti-gay corporation.” The creator of “Venice” and new series “The Grove: The Series” also says, “I firmly believe she should speak…not only for the fans but for her friends.”
Responding to Rikaart’s Huffington Post article, Chappell says, “I thought it was eloquent and spot on…with the exception of calling Melissa Reeves a bully.”
To read Chappell’s full blog post on the matter, click here.
Normally when a hot button topic hits the social networks most soap stars don’t reveal their personal beliefs or feelings unless they are Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, “General Hospital”), who generally voices her opinion on anything from politics (real and behind the scenes) to television programs. On Tuesday, August 1, when “Days of our Lives” star Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) tweeted “Chick-fil-a today!!!! Loved every bite of it;)!! Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?” to her more than 31,000 followers, she didn’t just stir up outrage amongst her fans and fans of the NBC drama series, she also sparked the attention of some of her daytime brethren.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Chloe was overcome with joy when Kevin told her that he was a match as Delia’s bone marrow donor. Kevin failed to get Chloe to remain mum about his being a match, when she shared the news with Victoria. He approached her, asking her to keep quiet, giving the excuse that he was afraid Nick would make it big news in Restless Style. While Victoria didn’t understand why Kevin would want to keep it quiet, she understood. He was on the verge of telling her the truth but Esther’s arrival prevented him. She learned of what he did and couldn’t stop thanking him.
Cane and Jill met one another at Gloworm. She was still upset about Colin leaving with Genevieve. Cane offered his sympathy for her sadness. While they were together, Cane noticed the bottle of wine Jill was drinking. It was from the Atkinson family wine cellar. Katherine’s arrival dampened things when she accused Jill of getting closer to Cane because she didn’t have Billy there. She told Cane he was no better than his father. Tired of Katherine’s meddling, as well as cruel words, Jill blasted her as being a woman that was unable to have a relationship with her own son, rather settling in on a twisted relationship with her instead.
Victor continued to keep a watchful eye of Billy, determined to make sure he stick to the deal they made. Growing frustrated, Billy snapped at him. Billy was stunned to learn that Michael, who showed up, was a participant in Victor’s little scheme. Michael admitted to arranging everything, even making sure to have hired Dr. Renner to perform the transplant. A disgusted Billy was more than ready to hightail it out of the trailer and to the hospital to expose Victor. Victor threatened to expose Billy’s secret. He went on to tell him that Chloe would keep him from Delia if she learned the truth. Billy believed that even if Victoria learned the truth, she would forgive him. When Victor left, Billy opened up his laptop, he stared at images of Victoria. He soon started to daydream of Victoria coming to the trailer. In his daydream, she told him how much she needed and missed him. He tried telling her what he did, but she didn’t let him. She begged for him to never leave. Snapping out of he daydream, a sad Billy realized that he wouldn’t be a hero.
Still trapped in the wine cellar, Colin bemoaned that Genevieve made sure to keep him fed. Gloria, in the meantime, babbled on about herself and her fabulous sons, as well as how a bookie business was being done at Gloworm. Colin chose to ignore her when she requested he share his past with her. He stumbled on to a safe during his search. Before Gloria could see it, he covered it up. After drinking more wine, Gloria passed out, leaving Colin making his way back to the safe. In the meantime, Cane showed up at the Atkinson house and headed downstairs to the wine cellar. Gloria, nor Colin heard his knock on the door.
At Tucker’s apartment, a contrite Abby told Ashley it wasn’t her intention to get her into trouble. She, however, didn’t hold back in her belief that Tucker was a murderer. A furious Ashley told Abby that when she tries her best to hurt Tucker, she is also hurting her. Tucker, meanwhile, was telling Devon to be on his guard when it comes to Katherine. She was only using him to get back at Tucker. Devon, however, didn’t take his words too seriously. Tucker left and headed back to the apartment, where he overheard Ashley and Abby’s conversation. He interrupted their conversation and blasted Abby for what she did to her own mother. He told her if she didn’t like the two of them together it was too bad. Ashley soon hopped on the bandwagon and Abby that either she accept their relationship or stay out of her life. Abby chose to walk out of the apartment. Alone together, Tucker questioned Ashley’s interrogation with Ronan, but she shared about how she was in the park the night of Diane’s murder. They each promised one another that no matter what, they wouldn’t keep things from one another.
At the hospital, Kevin learned that Michael was the one that helped Victor set up the faux donor. He told him he wanted it to be him because he knew that his heart truly belonged to Delia. Jill and Cane soon arrived, learning of Kevin being a match. Chloe wanted to celebrate her daughter having a donor. When she spotted Victoria outside Delia’s hospital room, she realized she was still trying to get in contact with Billy. She told Victoria that she had to give up on believing that Billy would do the right thing, because it only led to disappointment. She told Victoria that Billy would never be allowed back into Delia’s life. Once Chloe left, Victoria sent off the email to Billy. Back at the trailer, Billy got the email and was tempted to write back. He again had another daydream, but this time, Victoria wasn’t at all pleased to see him, telling him that he shouldn’t have returned.
At Gloworm, Abby vented to Devon about how Ashley once again chose Tucker over her. She said that as far as she was concerned she didn’t want to see her mother or be in her life. Devon lectured her, telling her that she needed Ashley in her life. He told her it was time to stop hurting her mother and take the high road.
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