Playboy may have found popularity by publishing risqué photos of women, but as the old excuse goes, some people actually read it “for the articles.” And those who picked up the March 2014 issue of the popular mag for reading purposes only were in for a lovely daytime related surprise: The publication stripped down popular primetime series made predominately for a male audience and declares they’re exactly like “The Bold and the Beautiful,” The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” and “Days of our Lives” — with a manly twist.
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!”
Long gone but never forgotten characters are popping up left and right on ABC’s “General Hospital,” leaving many fans wondering which fan favorite could be next. The recent reveal that Julian’s (William DeVry) henchmen, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), is from Puerto Rico had many under the impression that he was related to Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) late wife, Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), which then lead fans to wonder if Melgar could be headed back to Port Charles!
Alas, the actress has gone on record saying the show has not contacted her to reprise the role — at least, not yet! But she’s very open to the possibility. “Never say never!” she tells Soap Opera Network with a sly smile about whether or not it would be feasible for Lily to have survived the infamous fiery car explosion of 1996.
Melody Thomas Scott may be celebrating her 35th anniversary as “The Young and the Restless’” Nikki Newman, but that doesn’t mean her Genoa City alter ego is the only acting challenge on her plate: She’s booked a guest starring role on CBS’s “The Crazy Ones!” And guess what? The Los Angeles native will be playing a boozy librarian — which won’t be a far stretch, considering Nikki is a recovering alcoholic!
Ever since we reported that a pilot starring Cynthia Watros (Kelly Andrews, “The Young and the Restless”) was picked up by MTV, speculation began that Watros would be leaving “Y&R” to participate in the new MTV series.
Earlier tonight, Watros confirmed our suspicions by tweeting to her fans that she will indeed be leaving the CBS soap. But CBS wasted no time in recasting the role – an hour later Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel announced that former “All My Children” veteran Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Martin) will be replacing her!
Ratings Report for the Week of February 10-14, 2014
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 5,289,000 (-193,000/+689,000)
2. B&B 3,829,000 (-310,000/+309,000)
3. GH 3,012,000 (+45,000/+370,000)
4. DAYS 2,881,000 (-6,000/+435,000)
1. Y&R 3.8/11 (-.1/+.4)
2. B&B 2.7/8 (-.2/+.1)
3. GH 2.2/7 (-.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (same/+.2)
On Thursday, March 13, Michael Robinson, fullback of the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, will make his acting debut on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” the network announced today.
In a recent interview with “NFL Total Access,” Robinson revealed that his guilty pleasure is “watching the stories,” particularly “Y&R.” After learning of his interest in soaps, producers at the show invited the athlete to make an appearance. Robinson jumped at the chance to visit the soap and was thrilled when he found out that he had been written into an upcoming episode working with Daytime Emmy winner Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Newman.
A rep for the show tells Soap Opera Network that Robinson will portray a man named Michael Robinson, who is the VP Northwest regional Marketing in Seattle and stops by to see Victor.
With “The Young and the Restless” gearing up for the unveiling of Chelsea’s (Melissa Claire Egan) new fashion line, Chelsea Lawson for Jabot, and the subsequent battleground between the fashionista and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), as well as Lily (Christel Khalil) and Hilary (Mishael Morgan), it would only make sense for the series to use the storyline as a crossover opportunity with sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
“The Young and the Restless’” Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy; ex-Jason Morgan, “General Hospital”) shared some great news with fans yesterday: He and his wife, Sheree, are expecting another daughter!
The actor announced the exciting news via a “baby girl on board” photo posted to his Twitter feed.
The new baby will be joining siblings Makena, 10, and Jack, 7.
Congratulations, Burton family!
With soap operas having been on the air since “Guiding Light’s” television debut in 1952, one would think the world would know by now that soap operas aren’t the cheesy programs they’re often made out to be. But for some reason, the four remaining soaps on air — “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives,” and “General Hospital” — continue to be stereotyped, as do the slew of former soaps that used to exist and the actors who have or currently are appearing on them.
Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and in addition to discussing daytime’s recent resurgence (read that SON article here), experts like Robert Ulrich (casting director of “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “The Mentalist” and more) and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”) discussed why soap operas have such strong associations with cheesiness and how these stereotypes affect the actors. Read on to see what they had to say!