Just days after announcing that she had signed a new two-year contract with CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) finds herself in an unusual position for the first time in over 25 years.
Lang, like co-stars Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester) and Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester), has been on the daytime drama series since its debut in 1987. With word that both Moss and Flannery have opted to leave the series, Lang finds herself as part of what’s left of the “core four,” along with John McCook (Eric Forrester), whose fate on the series has yet to be determined.
A rep for “B&B” has not responded to a request for comment on Flannery’s reported exit to Soap Opera Network.
According to TMZ, comedian Phyllis Diller, who appeared frequently on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” has passed.
Diller, who portrayed Glady’s the hairdresser on “B&B” over the course of 18 years, died while surrounded by family in her Los Angeles home. The actress was 95 years old.
Earlier this year, to help celebrate “B&B’s” silver anniversary, Diller returned to officiate the wedding of Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) and Eric Forrester (John McCook).
Soaps In Depth is reporting that CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” is about to lose another “core four” member as Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester) has informed producers and the shows writing team that she plans to leave the series at the end of her newly signed short-term contract. Flannery, like the departing Ronn Moss (soon-to-be ex-Ridge Forrester), has been with the show since it debuted on March 23, 1987 – more than 25 years ago!
With Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester) renewing her contract late last week, that leaves John McCook (Eric Forrester) as the only core member whose status with the show remains a mystery.
According to In Depth, Flannery opted to sign a new short-term deal in order for the shows writers to adequately write her character out of the series. Unlike Moss, however, viewers shouldn’t expect the show to recast Stephanie Forrester as head writer Bradley Bell indicated they would do with the character of Ridge Forrester sometime down the road.
A representative for the soap did not immediately respond to a request for comment at press time to Soap Opera Network.
On Saturday, August 18, Flannery joined Moss and “The Young and the Restless” stars Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore) for “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell” book signing. Co-authors Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney were also in attendance.
If you’re a current owner of the Roku set-top box that enables you to stream video content from numerous providers such as Hulu, Netflix, HBOGO, Showtime, and others, you probably already noticed that CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” has been providing its content in three distinct collections (“Most Shocking Moments,” “Catfights and Brawls,” and “Ridge & Brooke & Taylor”). For the rest of us without Roku, this might be the incenstive we needed to make our very first purchase.
The free “B&B” application, developed by adRise, enables users to watch 75 episodes of the drama series by simply installing it on their Roku set-top box.
“Viewers have responded enthusiastically, saying they hope to see more,” said Thomas Ahn Hicks, the adRise Executive in charge of Business Development, in a statement. “Our initial data indicates there is a passionate viewing audience for ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’ Viewers typically watch all of the episodes once they have viewed a few of them.”
While currently only available on Roku devices, adRise plans to launch their suite of apps, which includes apps for Starz and Warner Bros. Flixster, on other platforms such as gaming consoles, iPads and Android devices sometime later this year.
To purchase your Roku set-top box, click here.
For a look at the “B&B” app in action, see the video clip below.
While “The Bold and the Beautiful” canceled its casting call last week following news of Ronn Moss‘ (soon-to-be ex-Ridge Forrester) departure, sister soap “The Young and the Restless” has announced its plans to cast the contract role of an African American male.
According to Soap Opera Digest, “Y&R” is seeking to cast the face of Tyler Douglas, who is currently in his late 20s or early 30s, and was orphaned at age 16. Douglas got himself through college and now holds an MBA. The character is “driven to succeed. Smart, energetic. Well-read. Smoothly sexy and confident, with a witty, sometimes cynical sense of humor.”
This marks the first role being cast under new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith. No word on when the show expects to cast the role nor when viewers can expect to see him on screen.
Back in March of 2011, Carlos Pelz, a former hairstylist of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” filed a lawsuit against CBS Television, Bell-Phillip Television Productions and “B&B” senior supervisors Ron Weaver and Jody Lawrence-Miller, claiming defamation after learning of a March 2010 internal memo that cited him as “lazy, ambivalent, produced poor-quality work, was incompetent and was unfit to continue as ‘key’ hairstylist for the show,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Last week, Pelz lost his case after the overseeing judge dismissed his claims on summary judgment.
Pelz, who won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series in 2009 and 2010 for his work on the show, claimed “libel, emotional distress, anxiety, embarrassment, shame and humiliation” as grounds for the lawsuit. He added that his consecutive Emmy wins proved he produced quality work. Unfortunately, the judge did not agree and sided with CBS, which stated in its defense that the internal memo was privileged communication under a portion of California Civil Code (§47 c).
“Although Plaintiff presents evidence that multiple other employees thought highly of Plaintiff, this evidence does not undercut the testimony showing that Lawrence-Weaver was reasonable in relying on other sources of evidence showing that Plaintiff’s job performance was subpar,” the judge said in his ruling.
“This is a victory for California employers, who should not be deterred by the threat of defamation lawsuits from criticizing employees’ performance if they have a reasonable basis for doing so,” said Jeremiah Reynolds, one of the lawyers representing the defendants, in a statement.
Pelz worked at “The Bold and the Beautiful” for 22-years as a hairstylist (1988-2010), according to his IMDb page.
Earlier this year, CBS won another case brought against “The Bold and the Beautiful” when New York’s infamous “The Naked Cowboy” claimed the show infringed on his trademarked brand after featuring the character Oliver Jones (Zack Conroy) in a pair of briefs and a cowboy hat, while playing the guitar, in scenes that aired in 2010.
Where have we been? In June, Texas Battle (Marcus Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) released his 2013 Calendar, which features numerous sexy poses by the actor that will never be seen on the CBS Daytime soap, unfortunately. Fortunately, you can snag your copy today by either purchasing the standard edition for $14.99 (includes calendar and a poster) or the special edition for $19.99 (includes an autographed version of the calendar, poster, special behind the scenes footage, a Q&A, and a “B&B” screen test scene) at TexasBattle.com.
Soap Opera Network has learned that Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) has been added to the “Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell” book signing being held today from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Barnes & Noble located at 4820 Telephone Road Ventura, CA 93003.
As previously reported, Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “The Young and the Restless”) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore, “The Young and the Restless”) will join co-authors Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney at the wristband required event (see full details below).
Per a representative for the book store:
Questions or Concerns? Call (805) 339-0990 to speak to a customer service representative.
A week after word leaked that Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester) opted not to renew his contract, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” now in its 26th season, has worked overtime to not lose another member of its “core four” (the soaps four original cast members).
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester), who revealed on her Twitter page that she was crying when she found out Moss would be leaving the soap, has released a statement (posted by Soap Opera Digest) that she has signed a new two year contract with the daytime drama series.
“I’m very happy to tell you that I have re-signed my contract with ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ for two more years,” said Lang. “Brad [Bell, Executive Producer/Head Writer] has come up with an exciting new storyline for Brooke that I think the fans are going to love.”
Lang, along with Moss, Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester) and John McCook (Eric Forrester) are the only four remaining original cast members of “B&B.” They’ve appeared on the soap ever since its launch on March 23, 1987.
With Moss departing, the “core four” now becomes the “core three.” The actors last airdate is scheduled for Friday, September 14.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of August 6-10, 2012
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
NOTE: DAYS did not air due to the Olympics
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+122,000/-273,000)
2. B&B 3,168,000 (+78,000/+222,000)
3. GH 2,316,000 (+52,000/-257,000)
1. Y&R 3.2/9 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/7 (+.1/+.2)
3. GH 1.7/5 (same/-.2)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 799,000 (+1,000/-76,000)
2. B&B 618,000 (-7,000/+60,000)
3. GH 599,000 (+46,000/-154,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.2/8 (same/-.1) <—– ties low (2nd straight week)
2. B&B 1.0/6 (same/+.2)
3. GH 0.9/5 (same/-.2)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. GH 0.6 (+.1/-.1)
2. Y&R 0.5 (-.1/-.1) <—– ties low
3. B&B 0.4 (same/same)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 911,000 (+56,000/-86,000)
2. B&B 695,000 (+77,000/+102,000)
3. GH 436,000 (-24,000/-9,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through August 12, 2012
1. Y&R 3.5
2. B&B 2.4
3. DAYS 2.0
4. GH 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5
2. B&B 1.1
2. GH 1.1
4. DAYS 1.0