The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will soon be presenting its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Lee Phillip Bell — co-creator of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” and wife of the late William J. Bell — is one of this year’s honorees!
The fashion show, which takes place on Friday, April 11 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and will be helping to fund the BBBSLA, will feature designs from Kyle by Alene Too and will honor Bell, Sandra Stern (COO of Lionsgate Television) and Brindell Roberts Gottlieb (a community arts activist and humanitarian). Emmy winning actress Heather Tom (Katie Logan, “B&B”) will emcee the event, and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “Y&R”) and John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”) will be presenting Lee with this year’s Innovative Award, which she is receiving due to her efforts in bringing important social plights to the forefront of her television programming over the years.
Today marks the 27th anniversary of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which was created by the late William J. Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell as a sister soap to the widely popular and successful, “The Young and the Restless.” “B&B” now joins an exclusive club of scripted broadcast dramas, which includes “Y&R,” “General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” “One Life to Live,” “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” into the top ten list of the longest running scripted dramas broadcast on network television.
Debuting on Monday, March 23, 1987 as one of the last half hour daily serials created for American audiences, “B&B” was the recipient of its eighth Golden Nymph Award during the 2013 International TV Audience Awards in the Telenovela/Soap Opera category, during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, which honors the most viewed programs through out the world. The awards are determined by the sum of ratings across five continents and 65 countries as measured by Médiamétrie and Eurodata TV Worldwide.
Cast, crew, executives, and reporters gathered on the set of “The Young and the Restless” last week to celebrate Melody Thomas Scott’s 35th anniversary playing the legendary Nikki Reed. Her closest co-stars gave heartfelt words of congratulations to the actress, followed by an incredibly emotional speech from Scott herself. But don’t fret about not being able to take part in the special event: Soap Opera Network was there to capture every moment!
The cast and crew of “The Young and the Restless” have a major milestone to smile about: The CBS sudser has officially marked its 25 year anniversary of being the number one rated soap opera on national television! In honor of the very special occasion, Soap Opera Network spoke with longtime castmember Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), who’s been with the show since 1978, to discuss the elements that have gone into keeping “Y&R” in the coveted top-notch position for so long.
Lasting a quarter of a century as the number one show in its genre is quite a feat, and it’s one that Davidson and the rest of the “Y&R” cast and crew credits to creator William J. Bell, who poured his heart and soul into putting together a believable product with a rich cast of characters. “It’s an amazing streak of time [being in the number one spot],” Davidson begins. “It’s been absolutely fabulous and a testament to Bill and what he started 40 years ago. I know that when I was working closely with him, [writing the show was] pretty much all he did. I had visions of him Christmas morning, when his kids were opening packages, taking notes on wrapping paper about what he wanted his characters to do. And I know to some degree, it was very true. I mean, he just wouldn’t stop thinking about it.”
TVGN is proving why it’s now the “the new way to watch soaps.” With the network already picking up encore airing rights to “The Young and the Restless” this past summer, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more “soap” for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, “Who Shot the Daytime Soap?” Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.
“The past five years have seen a collapse of epic proportion within the soap opera industry. What was once a formidable lineup of no less than 14 network soap operas in the 1980′s has collapsed to just four – ‘General Hospital’ on ABC, ‘Days of our Lives’ on NBC and ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ on CBS and now TVGN,” is the opening statement from the documentary that features interviews with several daytime legends, veteran stars, and a host of talents from behind the scenes that have helped make the soap opera genre the longest running form of television entertainment.
In honor of the combined Emmy wins for “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” the e-book version of the popular biography “Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful” is on sale!
Longtime actress Maxine Stuart (Mary Anderson, “The Young and the Restless,” Grace O’Keefe, “Edge of Night,” Mrs. Dawson, “General Hospital”) died of natural causes in her Beverly Hills home on Thursday, June 6, reports her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell.
The New Jersey native, who began her career on the stage in New York before becoming successful in the TV arena, is also known for her roles on “The Twilight Zone,” “Perry Mason,” “Room For One More,” “The Eleventh Hour,” “Peyton Place,” “The Partridge Family,” “Executive Suite” “The Rousters,” “Hearts Afire,” “Chicago Hope,” and many more.
You’ve no doubt devoured the hard cover version of The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell, the biography detailing the late daytime legend, former talk show host and “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” creator, and now there’s a lighter version you can easily carry to the beach this summer!
In a statement released after word spread on the passing of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless,”), Bradley P. Bell (executive producer, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), the son of the late William J. Bell, who co-created both “Y&R” and “B&B”) with wife Lee Phillip Bell, said, “Jeanne Cooper - A genuine person, gifted performer, good friend to all. Never before and never again. A true artist and legend. She will be missed. My thoughts and my love are with her family.”
If you think you know everything there is to know about “The Young and the Restless’” sexy star, Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), you’d better think again! Soap Opera Network caught up with the actor during the sudser’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, and he let us in on a few secrets — including the fact that he’s a sucker for all things wedding!
While many guys would much prefer guns, bombs and business to the generally more feminine love, romance and courtship, Goddard isn’t one of them. “I’ve had a lot of action sequences; I was on a show before that was an action-based show [“Beast Master”], and for me now, it’s all about just connecting with the audience and with what I think the audience is responding to,” he says. “This is daytime, and it’s about love and romance.”