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

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!

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

Definitely!

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?

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.

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…

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

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.

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 around. Of course, Victor is forever a part of Y&R, but he is aging as a Mafia guy trudging around in a black coat.

There is no one I despise. The storylines are so scattered. I watch the acting skills which go up and down according to the script as has been pointed out to me. Diane is one of the most skilled seen in a long time. Adam stands out as, at times so does Abbey. Victoria slips easily into her father’s shoes.

Thanks for many comforting and amusing reprieves.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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?

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.

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!

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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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Tanner Novlan on Sheila’s Death: “Normally, Finn Would Be Right There with Steffy and Helping Her Through It, But Someone Needs to Help Finn Through This.”

This past week, viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful watched in shock as Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) was stabbed and eventually died, when Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in self-defense plunged a knife into the supervillain.

According to all accounts, for now, Kimberlin Brown has exited the series, leaving fans in disbelief. Many believe it’s a set-up against Steffy, and Sheila has not really met her maker. At the epicenter of the story is also Tanner Novlan (Finn). In key moments, it appears that Finn blames his wife for his biological mother’s death, which sends him reeling and not comforting his wife.

Instead, he runs out of the cliff house and goes to Deacon’s (Sean Kanan) where he sits in devastation, only at the end of Friday’s episode to be comforted by none other than Hope (Annika Noelle). All leading to speculation that Finn and Hope are about to hook up. Tanner appeared on the newest episode of Bold Live after the week’s episodes where he fielded questions from callers on what inquiring B&B fans want to know.

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During the call-in show, Novlan addressed if he thinks or knows if Sheila is actually alive. He responded, “Who knows? It is the soap world, but we definitely had to say goodbye to Kimberlin at work and that was really tough and really sad.”

While fans love their ‘Sinn’, Tanner agreed that they are seemingly an enduring couple, but the death of Finn’s mom will challenge them in a whole new way as his core values are tested. “I don’t think anyone wants to see ‘Sinn’ go away. They have one of the best relationships in soaps. It’s really interesting to see all of these different elements thrown at them and the them survive and how they battle through it,” he explained. “With this recent reaction it was different than the other ones, and the challenges they faced. I think it’s a moment where Finn is really rocked, and you’re right, his values, we know them. That is what is so great in playing him, in that, he has such great, true honest values.”

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When getting the scripts in which Finn points the finger at Steffy for his mother’s death and does not comfort her, Novlan shared his reaction, “In this moment he (Finn) is having a really hard time, mentally, which I think as an actor when I read that I was like, ‘Why isn’t he standing by his wife? What’s going on? This is not like him.’ This is something deep in him that has been triggered and he’s going to have to figure that out.” Tanner added, “Normally, Finn would be right there with Steffy and helping her through it, but someone needs to help Finn through this.”

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All leading to what fans saw on Friday’s episode. Hope comforted Finn in his grief. While Novlan is not giving anything away, he told a caller, about a potential Finn/Hope pairing that, “Finn would have to battle Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), and that might be a mountain to climb. I think Finn just needs someone to talk to. That relationship feels platonic to me.”

Watch the entire episode of BOLD Live featuring Novlan below.

Now let us know, do you think Hope and Finn will hit the sheets? Will Steffy and Finn ultimately divorce only to reunite down the line? Will Sheila come back alive and well, once Steffy is locked up behind bars for her “murder”? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Haley Pullos Attempts to Strike Deal with Prosecutors and Change Plea to “Guilty” for Lower Sentence in DUI Crash Case

At a hearing this week, the attorney’s for General Hospital actress Haley Pullos (ex-Molly) and the LA District attorney met with a judge in Pasadena, California who was informed the parties were working out a “potential settlement.” Pullos did not attend the hearing.

Haley is allegedly attempting to negotiate a deal with prosecutors, that if she changes her plea to “guilty,” that she would receive a lesser sentence which could result in limited or no jail time. Another part of the negotiation could potentially give Pullos a suspended sentence or house arrest.

Currently, Pullos is facing up to three years in prison after she pleaded ‘not guilty’ to a DUI and a second charge for a hit-and-run. Pullos was in a near-fatal car crash back in June of 2023, when she drove the wrong way on a Pasadena freeway while she was under the influence. and crashed into a another car.

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The other driver, Courtney Wilder, was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital to undergo emergency surgery, and is now suing the GH actress in civil court, plus seeking damages for negligence. Last month, Wilder allegedly added Pasadena’s No Comment Lounge to his lawsuit, where reportedly Pullos was working as a hostess the night of the accident. Wilder is accusing the nightspot of plying Pullos with liquor, and then allowing her to drive home in her car, which later caused his injuries.

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After the Wednesday February 28th hearing, the judge has now scheduled yet another hearing on April 8 which he said ‘should be the final’ one.

According to the Daily Mail, “Deputy District Attorney Melany Avanessians told Judge Smerling that if no plea agreement is in place by April 8, ‘we will send her to a preliminary hearing’ meaning Pullos would be on her way to a full trial.”

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Since Pullos’ legal troubles, GH has recast her role of Molly Lansing-Davis three different times. First with Holiday Mia Kriegel, and she was followed by Brooke Anne Smith. The latest Molly, Kristen Vaganos, seems to be a keeper at the moment during the Molly, TJ (Tajh Bell0w) and Kristina (Kate Mansi) surrogacy storyline.

Pullos joined GH as Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Ric Lansing’s (Rick Hearst) daughter back in 2009 and was with the show till the  summer of 2023 prior to the car collision.

What are your thoughts on Haley trying to change her plea to ‘guilty’ to receive a lesser sentence? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley’s New Series ‘Tracker’ Amasses Nearly 13 Million Viewers in Second Week, Following Premiere After Super Bowl Watched by 30 Million

CBS is reporting continued off-the-charts numbers for its freshman drama, Tracker starring Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman, The Young and the Restless, ex-Kevin Pearson, This Is Us).

In its second original episode airing on February 18th, the episode brought in nearly 13 million viewers across broadcast and streaming. The premiere episode, which launched on Super Bowl Sunday, has now been watched by 30 million multi-platform viewers.

Tracker is now currently ranked as  the #1 most watched entertainment series of the season, according to Nielsen’s Most Current data.

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Hartley stars in Tracker in the central role of Colter Shaw who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

Coming up its its fourth episode entitled Mt. Shasta airing this Sunday at 9pm ET/PT and streaming on Paramount+.  As previously announced, look for Justin’s real-life wife, Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa, Y&R) to appear in the season’s sixth episode.

Of note: The Tracker 30 million viewer number for the premiere episode is based on Nielsen Live+7 2/11/24 and 2/15/24 encore airing; Streaming from Internal Data premiere through 2/27/24; Co-Viewing is included for all CTV streaming.

What do you think of the performance of Tracker thus far, where Hartley is not only the star, but one of its executive producers? Comment below.

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