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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.”

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Monday, August 5, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
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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Friday, July 26, 2013 9:54 PM EDT
In an interview published in the newest issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, "The Young and the Restless'" Michelle Stafford reveals the real reason behind her decision to exit the top rated daytime drama series after 15 years portraying the role of Phyllis Summers, whether the powers that be (TPTB) ever tried to change her mind and her thoughts on the soap possibly recasting the character.

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Monday, July 1, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
The newest issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, citing multiple sources, is reporting that there may be truth to reported rumors that Michelle Stafford is leaving Phyllis Summers and "The Young and the Restless" to head to ABC's "General Hospital." According to one of the mags sources, "It would be a big coup to get Michelle, and 'GH' knows it." This is of course in response to "Y&R" and "GH" swapping cast members. In January, Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan, "GH") joined "Y&R" as Dylan McAvoy, and in April, Emme Rylan (ex-Abbie Newman) joined "GH" as Lulu Spencer.
As previously reported, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" is moving to TVGN (née TV Guide Network) beginning Monday, July 1, after spending just over 7 years on SOAPnet. The soap will continue airing same-day episodes Monday through Friday at 7:00 PM ET/PT. In the just released new promo, "Y&R" fans will see Kristoff St. John's Neil Winters and Angell Conwell's Leslie Michaelson having a heated convo that turns to passion. In addition to the promo, TVGN has also released the full episode of "The Young and the Restless On Set: InFanity," the special hosted by St. John that provided viewers with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Genoa City, on YouTube.
It’s been 31 years since “The Young and the Restless’” Kate Linder first donned a black and white outfit and debuted as Esther, the maid of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper). And even though the character has had a number of her own storylines, she will forever and always be tied to the great dame who first brought her to the screen. Soap Opera Network recently spoke with Linder to discuss Esther’s future sans Katherine and sans Cooper.
The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be a star-studded night with appearances from some of televisions brightest stars — some of which will also be presenting awards on stage during the big night. But just who are the lucky personalities who will be handing the Outstanding Lead Actor winner and the Outstanding Lead Actress winner their coveted awards? Read on to find out!
“The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) hasn’t even left Genoa City yet, but there are already fans crossing their fingers in anticipation of a future return. But is it possible? Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, thinks so! “She is an icon,” the exec tells Soap Opera Network of Stafford, who began playing George and Lydia Summers’ daughter back in 1994. “She’s an amazingly talented woman... and she brings so much as Phyllis to the show. But we have to respect her decision, and [leaving] was her choice.”

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 4:01 PM EDT
Allison Janney has acted in a slew of projects since leaving the role of “Guiding Light’s” Ginger in 1995, including “The West Wing,” “Mr. Sunshine,” and “American Beauty,” and she just filmed a new spot as a guest on “Bitter Party of 5,” which “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) wants you to see!
On Friday, May 21, 1999, Susan Lucci won her first Daytime Emmy Award in any category after portraying the iconic Erica Kane for (at the time) nearly 30 years on ABC's "All My Children." On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 14 years after winning in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, fans are still pondering whether the actress will reprise her role on the soap opera now that it's back in production via Prospect Park's The OnLine Network. In the meantime, tell us where you were on that special night when one of daytime television's biggest stars won the coveted award.