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Is John Driscoll on his way out at Y&R?

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On-Air On-Soaps can concur with today’s TV Guide Canada’s, Soapgeist column, that we also heard rumblings and speculation,  and over Daytime Emmy weekend, that John Driscoll (Chance) might be on his way out, or dropped to recurring,  as Phillip “Chance” Chancellor IV, and that this may happen before the start of fall.  Given recent developments of rumors that Phillip Chancellor III, Thom Bierdz, may be heading back to Genoa City for a bit, and that Jeff Branson is playing a different breed of detective as Ronan Malloy, by deducing the info , could this be indeed true?  So where does that leave Chloe and Heather in all this?  Hmmm.

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AMANDA

I hope John Driscoll’s departure is just a rumor. I loved him on Guiding Light and starting watching Young and Restless, when he joined the show.

I really do understand why nice characters on soaps are considered boring. I think it is good to have decent people with good character on soaps.

I love the Chance character portrayed so well by John Driscoll. His character is a kind, loyal gentleman. I find nothing boring about that. I also love the Chance and Chloe love story.

I suppose Jeff Branson (Ronan) will replace him as the city’s detective. Another evil character, which this show does not need in my opinion.

Angela

John Driscoll is a fabulous actor and by what I’ve read thus far, noone understands why???? If they do bring Chance back and it’s not played by John Driscoll the story isn’t going to be the same…The Y&R writers/executive, etc. need to re-thing their decision. If in fact that it was a contract negot. they should of agreed to his terms…I’ve really lost interest in watching it now and only get bits & pieces…

AMANDA

Angela, I read your reply to my prior post and agree with you 100%. I am also very dissapointed about John’s departure from Y&R.

I do not believe that he will be back. A very good friend of his posted this comment on line on September 27th. She said “John was terminated from Y&R in July. Chance might return but John will not be returning. He is onto other things”.

I know for a fact that this person is a very good friend of John’s. I have seen them together at soap opera events. She will never post anything about John that is not 100% accurate.

I do not think John wanted to leave Y&R for any reason. He relocated from New York to LA just to be on this show. He was so excited when he was hired for the role. He expressed how happy he was working with Elizabeth (Chloe) and loved working on Y&R. He shared this information with his fans at a soap opera event that I also attended in May of this year.

I really do not understand why the producers felt it necessary to let him go. Maria Bell, executive producer, said in an interview on line, “I love John and thought he played the Chance character so well. We will really miss him”.

I have also lost interest in the show since John (Chance’s ) departure. I loved the character and the most handsome, John.

They keep weirdo Danielle (always looks so dirty and weird) and goofy, little Greg (Kevin who looks and acts like he is 13 years old) and terminates John (Chance) who is tall, very handsome and charming.

With all of this being said, I hope John will be hired on another soap who will appreciate his good looks and talent.

AMANDA

Angela, I agree with you 100% and read your reply to my prior post. Unfortunately, more information was discovered since that time.

A very good friend of John’s posted this comment on line on September 22nd. She said, “Chance may return to Y&R, but John will not return. He was told of his termination in July. He is now onto other things”.

I know for a fact that this person is a good friend of John’s. I have seen them together at soap opera events. She would never post anything that was not 100% accurate.

Personally, I do not think he wanted to leave but was terminated. I think it is a real shame that the producers made this decision. He was a real asset to Y&R. He portrayed the character so well and is so handsome.

Off the air, he is such a kind, personable, friendly person with his fans,etc. Even Maria Bell, executive producer, said in soap opera digest “I love John and loved the way he portrayed Chance. We will truly miss him”.

Perhaps, he was termianted because of budget cuts. If that is the case, I could think of other characters that should have been let go: Heather, Daniel, Sofia and Maulcom should have been first on that list in my opinion.

I have also lost interest in the show since John (Chance)’s departure.

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Reports surfaced on Friday that legendary soap opera executive producer, John Conboy had passed away.

Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) posted the news of Conboy’s death on her facebook page along with these sentiments: “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,, “BIG” JOHN CONBOY, the ORIGINAL Producer on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, left us today The Big Guy, with the BIG LAUGH, Man about Town, and One HELLUVA PRODUCER… Whether you loved him, or not ..YOU have to agree He was ONE OF A KIND! God Bless you, John. Give Jeanne a Hug from all of us.”

CBS Daytime also tweeted: “We join Judith and the CBS Daytime community in mourning the loss of John Conboy. John was a longtime Executive Producer on #YR, created Capitol and later was EP of Guiding Light. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Conboy was the original executive producer of The Young and the Restless and remained with the show from its inception in 1973 through to 1982.  Prior to that, he served as the EP on CBS’ Love is a Many Splendored Thing from 1970-1973.  After Y&R, John next launched CBS’ new soap Capitol and stayed as the EP up through its cancellation in 1987.

John made a comeback in 1991 with the one and only Santa Barbara, where he served as the top executive of the series for a time, with the last soap he helmed being Guiding Light from 2002-2004.

Throughout his daytime career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys – three for the soaps, and one for an afternoon special. (more…)

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Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills, Antonio Sabato Jr & Michael Swan Star In New Faith-Based Soap Opera, HILTON HEAD ISLAND!

Some longtime soap opera notables are featured in a new 22 episode faith-based soap entitle, Hilton Head Island.

The series debuts this Friday, November 10th with the first eight installments, and is from the Christian entertainment company, PureFlix.com.

The soap opera is available by subscription, but the service offers a one-month free trial.  In story, Hilton Head Island, revolves around the lives of the fictional Trisk family, who own the a television network.

Hilton Head Island features: Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital), Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Michael Swan (ex-Duncan, As the World Turns), and Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie, GL). PureFlix.com specializes in “family-oriented” content and shows. The plan is for Hilton Head Island to be rolled out in two subsequent seven-episode blocks in the coming weeks.

Watch the first official trailer for the soap after the jump.  Then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! (more…)

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OLTL Alum Tuc Watkins Joins GL Alum Matt Bomer And An All-Star Cast In Broadway Revival Of Boys In The Band!

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking play, Boys in the Band, a limited engagement of the theatrical production is scheduled next year from April 30–August 12, 2018 a the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

The cast will feature none other than former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David) and former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) along with Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more.  The play will be directed this time out by two-time Tony winner, Joe Mantello.

The Boys in the Band centers around a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. (more…)

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