How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

 
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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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Tentacle 8/John Chi

Tentacle 8/John Chi

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!

Tentacle 8/John Chi

Tentacle 8/John Chi

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.”

Tentacle 8/John Chi

Tentacle 8/John Chi

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!



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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

In response to rampant rumors that she will soon be joining the cast of “General Hospital” in the role of Nina, the comatose wife of Michael Easton‘s Silas Clay, Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless”) has taken to social media to dispel said rumors. The actress tweeted last night, “I want u all to remember as u drift off to sleep…people who start rumors have super little pee pees…,” before wishing her fans and followers a good night’s sleep. Previously, a rep for the ABC Daytime drama series issued a “no comment” to Soap Opera Network when contacted.

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MichellStafford.com

MichellStafford.com

Former “The Young and the Restless” star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) repeatedly told reporters that she was walking away from her popular daytime role to pursue other projects, and rumors are swirling that her next gig might be over at “General Hospital!”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Cynthia Watros whirled in as “The Young and the Restless’” Kelly two months ago, and she may be dropping out of Genoa City just as quickly!

As we previously reported, the former “Lost” and “Guiding Light” actress had taken part in an MTV pilot called “Finding Carter” around the time she began the soap gig, and now that the coming-of-age drama has been picked up by the music network, rumors are flying that Watros will be exiting “Y&R” to focus on her new gig full time.

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DYZ, Inc/New Slant Productions

DYZ, Inc/New Slant Productions

Ever wonder what it all took to make “The Stafford Project” come together? In a new behind the scenes video, creator Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless”) informs fans of the hit web series that it all came about from a script in her head, how co-creators Paige Dorian and Paige Long helped evolve the idea from her head to the screen, and much more. Plus, if you haven’t been exposed to the series until now, we’ve got every episode from season one available for your viewing pleasure!

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Best known for his portrayal as Philip Banks (aka: Uncle Phil) in NBC’s widely popular sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” actor James Avery has died. According to his manager and publicist, Avery died on Tuesday, December 31 as a result of complications from open heart surgery. The actor appeared in October 2012 episodes of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Judge Daley, who ultimately dismissed a case against Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford). 

Alfonoso Ribeiro, who portrayed Avery’s TV son Carlton Banks on “Fresh Prince,” was one of the first to announce the actor’s passing. He said on Twitter, “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”

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Francis Specker/CBS

Francis Specker/CBS

When thinking of daytime dramas like “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” extreme drama, intrigue, love and romance probably come to mind. But how about comedy? Is laughter an important component within daytime dramas?

Francis Specker/CBS

Francis Specker/CBS

“Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna certainly thinks so. “When I was doing mostly theater, I watched a lot of daytime, because theater actors are like athletes: They sleep late, because they work nights, so they watch daytime television. And actually, I used to find a lot of humor in them,” he tells Soap Opera Network. “I like… when soap operas have characters who bring a lot of comedy to the show. Some of them are very, very good.”

But do the stars of CBS’ sudsers agree? We asked several if comedic scenes have a place within their intense dramas, and if so, how important is it to infuse comedy into the emotional roller coasters. Funny enough (no pun intended), they were all too happy to share that when it comes to comedy, there is no joking around!

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

If you couldn’t get enough of Cynthia Watros as “Guiding Light’s” crazy Annie Dutton Banks or as “Lost’s” sympathetic psychologist, Libby Smith, you’re in luck: She’ll be tackling an equally intense role during her upcoming stint on “The Young and the Restless.”

When thinking of who to cast as Kelly, a grieving mother who lost her son and connects with Billy (Billy Miller) over the recent death of his and Chloe’s (Elizabeth Hendrickson) daughter, Delia, “Y&R’s” executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, knew Watros would shine, leading her to contact the actress’ agent. And as soon as the Michigan native heard the details of what Phelps had in mind for Kelly, she was sold. “I really wanted to work with Jill again… and daytime has always been very special to me, because that was my first job, on ‘Guiding Light.’ So I feel very happy to return,” the actress says. “The characters [on “Y&R”] are rich in depth, and it’s just a really well-constructed soap. So I was excited to be part of [it].”

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MichellStafford.com

MichellStafford.com

After portraying Phyllis Summers on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” for fifteen years, soap fans around the world thought they were saying goodbye to Michelle Stafford on the Friday, August 2 episode, when she vacated the role. Thankfully, that isn’t the case. As stated in an interview with both Soap Opera Digest and TV Guide Magazine, Stafford left the number one rated daytime drama series for several reasons, some of which she’ll never reveal, but one of which was to launch her new web series, “The Stafford Project.”

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