Yesterday’s “General Hospital” episode sparked some fan excitement regarding Steve Burton, who used to play Jason Morgan on the sudser but now portrays Dylan McAvoy on “The Young and the Restless.” After the infamous Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) teased that Jason is very much alive and well (if only in a cryogenic state) and then showed a picture of Burton onscreen, viewers began wondering if the actor is leaving his Genoa City home and returning to Port Charles! But is it true?
Now that Billy Miller has played out his final scenes as “The Young and the Restless’” Billy Abbott (in a gripping finale in which both he and Michael Muhney’s Adam Newman careened off an icy road after a dramatic showdown regarding the hit and run death of Delia), former portrayer David Tom has stepped back into the role of Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) hubby. Meanwhile, viewers were shocked to see Marco Dapper return as the very-much-alive Carmine Basco on Friday, January 31! So how did the returns of both actors rate?
This week on “The Young and the Restless” marks the first full week following the dramatic exits of popular actors Billy Miller and Michael Muhney as their characters, Billy Abbott and Adam Newman, respectively, seemingly perished after the vehicle they were in flipped over and exploded. This immediately followed Billy’s battle to get Adam to reveal the truth of his supposed involvement in the tragic death of Billy’s daughter, Delia. While Adam appears to have disappeared following the accident, Billy eventually survives and is now being portrayed once again by David Tom beginning with today’s episode. Also, on Wednesday, February 5, Tristan Rogers returns as he brings his character Colin Atkinson back into the orbit of Jill Fenmore Abbott (Jess Walton).
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) held its “66th Annual Writers Guild Awards” in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York tonight, which honors Outstanding Achievement in Film, Television, New Media, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation during the 2013 season. In the category of Daytime Drama, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” beat out ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” “The Bold and the Beautiful” opted to not submit itself for a nomination this year.
Honored tonight was the “DAYS” writing team consisting of Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, and Christopher J. Whitesell.
Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
On Monday, February 3, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” welcomes actor David Tom back into the role of Billy Abbott. The actor, who last appeared on the soap as teenaged version of the character in August 2002, replaces Billy Miller, who opted to depart the series in order to pursue other projects.
In a newly released video by CBS, “Y&R” actors Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin) and Melody Thomas Scott commiserate outside the CBS Television City Studio recalling Tom’s last go around on the show, while Tom’s real-life sister Heather (Katie Logan, “The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Victoria Newman, “Y&R”) shares in her excitement of her brother’s return and promises to advise him after he completes his scenes.
Ratings Report for the Week of January 20-24, 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 5,376,000 (+393,000/+803,000)
2. B&B 3,936,000 (+248,000/+444,000)
3. GH 3,077,000 (+141,000/+169,000)
4. DAYS 2,859,000 (+220,000/+126,000)
1. Y&R 3.8/11 (+.2/+.4)
2. B&B 2.8/8 (+.2/+.2)
3. GH 2.3/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (+.1/same)
Holy smokes, Batman! Supporters of axed “The Young and the Restless” actor Michael Muhney (ex-Adam Newman) have gone and done it again — they banded together and raised $2,000 to charter a second plane to fly over CBS Studios today in order to air their feelings over the popular actor getting let go from the soap.
“#TeamMuhney Walks with Michael” was the message spread across the sky today, which marked Muhney’s last airdate as Victor’s (Eric Braeden) tortured son. The first banner was sent out by fans on Thursday, January 9.
Daytime soaps have seen a resurgence of sorts in the past few months, but some worried it would be short lived when last week’s ratings slightly fell. But fear not, soap fans, as both “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” ratings have gone up yet again!
According to Nielsen “live plus same day” ratings for the week of January 20 through January 24, “B&B” went from 3.69 million viewers to 3.94 million viewers. Meanwhile, “Y&R” increased from 4.98 million viewers to 5.38 million viewers (making it once again daytime’s number one program in women 25-54 and women 18-49).
Congratulations, CBS sudsers!
It’s been 23 years since Kristoff St. John stepped into the role of “The Young and the Restless’” Neil Winters, and since that time, the New York native has given countless interviews giving fans a detailed glimpse into the man he is when the cameras aren’t rolling. But despite all of the revealing material, there’s still a large part of St. John’s life that hasn’t been publicly unearthed — until now! The actor has just finished completion of a horrifying documentary film detailing his family’s unsuccessful 1980s quest to find God in India, and Soap Opera Network spoke with him about the groundbreaking film and how the childhood experience shaped him as a human being. Read on to get the scoop as well as a few teases regarding Neil’s life, too!