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Anthony Morina OUT as Co-Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless

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The end of the year always brings with it layoffs and changes at many companies, and 2022 has been no different and in many respects, worse.

Now comes word that Anthony Morina is out as co-executive producer of The Young and the Restless.

According to Daytime Confidential, multiple sources informed the online outlet that Morina was let go.

Later, Morina confirmed his exit to Soap Hub sharing: “After 16 years, it’s time to move on to other things. I’m most proud of keeping the show going over the last two and a half years through COVID once we returned after the initial production shutdown.”

Morina has had a long history with the top-rated soap including as its former supervising producer. Then, in 2018, Tony was promoted to Co-EP at this same time of year replacing former Y&R showrunner and head writer, Mal Young.

Throughout his daytime career, Tony spent time as a director on All My Children, General Hospital, Port CharlesSunset Beach and Generations.  Tony is married to Sally Sussman, the former head writer of Y&R, and creator of Generations.

Although unconfirmed at this time, with the departure of Morina, look for Josh Griffith to be Y&R’s sole showrunner as well as its head writer.

Michael Fairman TV will keep you apprised of further behind the scenes changes in Genoa City.

What do you think of Anthony Morina’s departure as Co-EP of The Young and the Restless? Comment below.

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JJ
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JJ

Y and R has really rebounded in the last little while! Let’s trim some budget fat and get it back on track!!

Damien
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Damien

Bye and pls take Josh Griffith with you!
About time finally!
Worst showrunner writer combo in y n r history!
The boring and the bland!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

If Griffin becomes the sole runner for both positions, we’re screwed.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Definitely!

Matthew
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Matthew

Such exciting storylines – for two episodes Tess lost her voice and became a model, she and Mariah want to adopt, they move to the unseen Neuman stable house, they have no gay friends, just hang out with Sharon. Noah opens the worst looking bar set in daytime television, enabling the show to rest the lobby set now that Phyllis sold her businesses the Chancelor Enterprises, which sells exactly what?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Matthew, I agree on every point. Gay friends? Many characters (Victoria, Ashley, Billy, Lily) don’t seem to have ANY real friends. Poor Noah.. such a beautiful man trapped in a club that makes the Nostromo ship from ALIEN look like Disneyland. I don’t know what these power upsets really do, but something needs to change, especially the hysterical obsession with Diane. Such a dull character sure causes a lot of consternation for everyone, including me.

Ozzie Lee
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Ozzie Lee

I agree with another poster…”take Josh Griffith with you.” It’s as if they are / were allergic to drama. It’s only been recently they’ve somewhat amped up the soapy-drama…

Michael
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Michael

Now if CBS/Sony will just get rid of Josh Griffith…..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

This may show who really had their foot on the brake pedal when it came to how stories played out. Time will tell but, it’s literally the only U.S. Soap I watch now. It can be meandering but still interesting. Especially that verbal shouting match between Jack and Phyllis recently. I rewound and watched it again. That’s good soap. Thought provoking conversations are good but not for 90% of a show. DRAMA. I NEED DRAMA AND DANGER! End of.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Never follow who is in and out. Just follow the program out of habit before sleeping. If something or someone starts to upset, I just remind myself it is a SOAP which I like. This is the only one I watch. It is not only the story lines, but the fashion (even the fabrics which bought silk to an annoying forefront for a bit, the hairstyles, set design, furniture coverings — I don’t know a lot much better to pull one away from the real world. I find new Noah and Chance very appealing and would like them to stick… Read more »

Linda Roady
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Linda Roady

Y&R needs some new storyline. I’m tired of the Diane storyline. I’m also not liking Jack and the way he treats everyone. Almost wanted to stop watching the show.

Kathy
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Kathy

I agree the story lines are terrible. Diane Diane and Jack they need to go away far far away

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Kathy, my holiday wish is that Jack spend Christmas at the cabin with Diane… and they NEVER return. Jack is an insufferable, betraying dupe and that woman is as dull as dishwater. A match made in soap heaven.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound,
I haven’t seen Jack act so clueless in a long time and uses Kyle as an excuse always with how much he needs and wants to be with his Mommy. I think he wants to be with Diane too but knows it’s wrong and stupid to admit it. He better keep his eyes on the real prize, which is Jabot and not duplicitous Diane!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kathy, and others,
I agree with so many of you and you can call me old fashioned but those two pigs in plain English, is too much. I’m speaking of Audra and Tucker. He’s getting all shook up over Ashley and blatantly calls Audra for a booty call. I know it’s part of her job but to see this young woman run to do his bidding makes me sick.

Lisa Raines
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Lisa Raines

This show is the worst. I only watch it for the Women’s fashion. If I had a dollar for every time they say “Diane” or “COO” “CEO” I would be wealthy

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I wish we’d get more action here on Y&R. A lot of us enjoy this show and there is hardly any news about it, Danny and Michael coming to town, whoopee! Old Jack making a fool of himself and being just plain stupid, Billy doing just about the same thing,Nick too, OMG, what’s wrong with these men?

Tracy
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Tracy

The show has become horrible. Bold n beautiful is much better. Young n restless the story’s are boring the music is horrible. The show never has been good since bill bell unfortunately passed on. You need to bring back the music you used back in thev90s the show has lost many peoples inteest.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Getting real sick of the Diane show also someone posted the other day about what happened to love in the afternoon, well I’ve seen enough to last me awhile between Tucker and his literal call girl and Devon and Abby, plus the Fifty/Sixty something group, Jack and Diane, Ashley and Tucker, Chance and Sharon, etc, etc,Oy Vey!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

No place else to post this as they seem to exclude Y&R SLs unless it’s about Diane.
I almost didn’t recognize poor Noah today, poor guy,they turned him into a DORK for lack of a better word. Talk about a hatchet job, how could he allow them or want to look like that?

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

Courtesy/Studio City

In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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