“The Young and the Restless” brought the soap opera community to tears this past May with an emotional and very well planned memorial for the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), who passed away due to an illness that same month. And now the sudser is pulling out all of the stops yet again to honor the character Cooper played for 40 years. The emotional storyline has already begun to play out with several of Genoa City’s residents receiving letters from the grand dame, and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) says this is just the start of a powerful story arc that will change the small Wisconsin town in more ways than one.
As previously reported, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will honor the life of Katherine Chancellor on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4, when the soap opera pays tribute to the character and her portrayer, Jeanne Cooper, in a two-part memorial service.
Per a website dedicated to the character, Katherine died on Thursday, August 1 after a short illness. Cooper died on Wednesday, May 8, also from a brief illness. Fan favorites Lauralee Bell (Christine), Tricia Cast (Nina Webster), Beau Kazer (Brock Reynolds), Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore), Patty Weaver (Gina Roma) and Michael Damian (Danny Romalotti) will return for the service along with Cooper’s real-life son, Corbin Bernsen, who will reprise his role as Father Todd. The character will preside over Katherine’s service. Damian will perform “That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You,” the song that aired in the tribute episode dedicated to Cooper in May.
As previously reported, cast members from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” appeared on yesterday’s edition of “Marie.” In honor of the soaps 40th anniversary, the Marie Osmond hosted talker paid tribute to the memory of “Y&R” co-creator and head writer, William J. Bell, and highlighted the longest-running feud in daytime soap history – Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton).
On the Monday, April 1 edition of daytime talker “Marie,” Marie Osmond is joined by the cast of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of their show.
“Marie” airs Weekdays at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT on Hallmark Channel.
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On this special episode, Marie celebrates 40 years of the Daytime Emmy® Award winning soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Marie is first joined by one of the most tumultuous couples on the show, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, who play Nikki Newman and Jack Abbott. Melody talks about her journey working on the set for 34 years and her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis while Peter discusses his path to joining “The Young and the Restless.” Next, the soap opera’s “golden couple,” Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow, who play Phyllis and Nick Newman, take the stage with Marie. Michelle and Joshua talk about their start on the show twenty years ago and how their personal lives have changed dramatically since then. Then, Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson, who play the show’s sweethearts Christine Blair and Paul Williams, sit down and chat with Marie. Lauralee dishes about her return to the show and what it was like being the creators’ daughter while Doug reveals what it was like romancing the bosses’ daughter on screen. Finally, Jeanne Cooper who plays Katherine Chancellor and Jess Walton, whose character is Jill Foster Abbott, are the last of the cast to join Marie. The two discuss their characters rivalry and their favorite on-screen battles. Plus, the cast answers their fans most pressing questions about what goes on in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Marie closes the episode with a tribute to William J. Bell, the co-creator and head writer of “The Young and the Restless.”
On Friday, April 5, “The Young and the Restless” stars Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman) are scheduled to appear on Hallmark Movie Channel’s new series “Planet 360″ in celebration of “Y&R’s” 40th anniversary, which will air on Tuesday, March 26 on CBS.
Maria Arena Bell, who was let go as Executive Producer and Head Writer of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” earlier this year, was honored on Wednesday, December 12 with a Humanitarian Award for her dedication to arts advocacy during the 14th Annual Women’s Image Network (WIN) Awards, which recognizes and honors exemplary men and women in the entertainment industry including those from the television, film and advertising worlds.