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Award-Winning Playwright and Y&R Alum, Terrence McNally Dies Due To Complications From Coronavirus

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Very sad news to report this afternoon, as the Coronavirus has claimed another victim.  This time, it was the amazingly talented playwright, Terrence McNally who passed away at the age of 81.  McNally was also a lung cancer survivor who suffered from chronic COPD.  Terrence died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida on Tuesday.

Some of his best-known plays included: Master Class, Ragtime, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and And Things That Go Bump in the Nigh, Anastasia and Mothers and Sons.  In addition to his contributions to the long-running PBS series, American Playhouse. 

McNally received numerous awards including: Tony Awards, plus a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, The Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.  A documentary about the playwright, Every Act of Life, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (and subsequently aired on PBS’ American Masters).

In addition, the playwrights first acting gig was that of a year-long role on The Young and the Restless that of the abusive dentist husband of April Stevens, Dr. Robert Lynch.  McNally played the role from 1993-1994.   Throughout his career, Terrence also took on roles on TV series including: The Greatest American HeroCHiPs, and The Rousters

Terrence’s longtime partner was Tom Kirdahy, a Broadway producer and a former civil rights attorney for not-for-profit AIDS organizations. The couple had a civil union ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003, and later married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010. They renewed their vows on June 26, 2015 in New York after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

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I so sorry to hear this sad news. May he rest in peace.

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more tragic news-he does look familiar-sad…i feel bad for all especially that family with 7 stricken and four of them have died..the elderly matriarch, her two sons and daughter…and those foolish young on the beach in Florida acting like they are immune..now a 25 year old in serious condition, and many young in New York the majority having the virus…who would want to risk getting that ill and possibly spreading it to their family…and that stupid actress Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical…talking like a drug addict and acting like ‘who cares’…i have nothing to do with her and will… Read more »

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Terrence McNally will be missed! I do not care what Roseanne Barr thinks or has to say on any subject. I do not consider any of her opinions to be of any importance.

Celia
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That was not the point Jimh was making.
The point is that Vanessa made this deadly disease a triviality, while insignificant words or situations are blown out of proportion where one would lose his/her job—-huge difference. One’s hate or sarcasm should not be displayed as some insufferable and insensitive comments are made by the oh-so-radical-ignoranrt media and “elites”, who use a tragedy as a platform for their selfish agenda.
May Terrence find solace in heaven!!
Be safe, everyone. God bless!!

Jimh
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Well said…

Celia
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I’m with you, Jimmy—-you’re a good guy—-
Stay well and safe, with your family. We will beat this together.❤️

Jimh
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Same to you and your family…i have some medical problems(pain/discomfort) and was scheduled for an ultra sound but due to pandemic i have to cancel as our hospital doesnt want to be overwhelmed which is understandable…me and my oldest sister are at high risk…meanwhile i regret getting angry at those kids who TP’d my home one Halloween several years ago…i dont mind if they return…any brand is fine-lol

Celia
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I know, Jimmy—-the medically challenged are at risk—-young or old. It’s tough—I thank the Lord all four of my grandparents only have minor aging issues—nothing compromising.
We also worry about anyone in the medical field who risks his/her life to administer care to the afflicted. It’s my biggest fear.
Again, stay well and safe.❤️

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Pluto TV Launches Soap Channel with B&B and Y&R Dedicated Episodes

Great news soap fans, you have another place to catch your favorite CBS daytime dramas. On Tuesday, ViacomCBS’ free streaming television service, Pluto TV, launched its soap channel with past episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

Pluto TV’s soap channel launched with the log line: “Soap operas aren’t just for daytime. They’re for anytime. Get your fix of melodrama 24/7 on Pluto TV Soaps.”

In terms of what years and episodes are available, viewers can now enjoy from the CBS sister soaps, season 47 and 48 of Y&R,  which is partially from when Mal Young was EP and head writer, and then into the current regime of Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith.   For The Bold and the Beautiful, the episodes start back from September of 2018.

To watch Live or OnDemand, go to the Pluto TV Soaps channel website, or download the Pluto TV app via the App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store or Roku etc. You can also click here for your preferred device.

Newer episodes from B&B and Y&R will be available on Pluto TVs OnDemand service and can be viewed from Smart Televisions, Apple TV, Playstation, Tivo Roku, Xfinity, and Chromecast. You can also watch via the company’s website without registering.

So, do you hope Pluto TV’s soap channel, builds itself out and includes more soaps from the past, and those that ran on CBS? What season of Y&R and B&B would you like to see added to the service? Share your thoughts below.

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TODAY: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan Guest on ‘The Talk’

Sheryl Underwood should have some fun today on an all-new, October 19th episode of The Talk, when two of daytime’s baddest of the bad, visit the CBS afternoon series.

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) and Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe) to chat it up with Sheryl and the rest of The Talk hosts on returning to their signature soap roles.

As B&B fans know, Sheila and Deacon are now set to team up to bring down the Forresters and pave the way for them to be closer to their children.  For Sheila, that’s having a relationship with her son, Finn (Tanner Novlan) and her grandson, Hayes.  And for Deacon, that’s his daughter, Hope (Annika Noelle).  What revenge plot will they conjure up to get what they want?

In its new season and configuration, The Talk, is hosted by Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Natalie Morales.

Look for Kimberlin and Sean on The Talk today at 2 p.m, EST on CBS.

So, will you be checking out Kimberlin and Sean on today’s episode of The Talk? Are you enjoying their scenes together thus far on The Bold and the Beautiful? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Corbin Bernsen to Reprise His Role of Arnie Becker in ‘LA Law’ Revival Pilot

Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd, The Young and the Restless) and the son of Y&R’s late great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) has signed on to reprise his signature primetime television role of womanizing lawyer Arnie Becker in the upcoming LA Law revival pilot.

This makes Corbin the co-lead of the series alongside Blair Underwood (Ex-OLTL) who previously signed on to the pilot to reprise his role of Jonathan Rollins.  ABC has greenlit the pilot.

According to Deadline, it is believed that Bernsen and Underwood will be the only original members of the mid 80’s-90’s legal drama on NBC in the pilot, but more may guest-star if the show gets picked up for a full-season order.

In the premise of the reboot, the law firm of McKenzie Brackman, now named Becker Rollins, reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high profile, boundary pushing and incendiary cases.  The show will feature familiar characters working alongside new ones on the most hot button issues of the day.  As for Bernsen’s Becker, now in his 60’s, look for him to struggle with a rapidly shifting sexual and political landscape.

The original LA Law ran for eight seasons from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994 on NBC.

So, what do you think of Corbin taking on the role of Arnie Becket in a revival of LA Law? Would you be intrigued to check out the show if it makes it to series? Comment below.

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