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B&B's Brad Bell & Kristolyn Lloyd speak on the homeless story!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell and his newest addition to the cast in a contract role, Kristolyn Lloyd, (Dayzee) spoke with Nelson Branco in his new Soapgeist column out today from TV Guide Canada. If you missed last week’s episodes of B&B, featuring Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) visiting the homeless, and prior episodes in which Stephanie comes to terms with fighting for her life after having an eye-opening experiencing witnessing those on the streets  in L.A…  Bell and Lloyd both spoke on what it meant to them and the CBS sudser.   Here are some excerpts:

Bell on that his intentions with the homeless story has more legs than than just about having a contender of episodes for this year’s Daytime Emmys: “Every day I drive into work, and I see all these homeless people who may have mental health issues like ADHD, etc. We’re going to tackle that on B&B in 2011. Just because they may not be living the healthy mental norm doesn’t mean they should be living out on the streets. You always want to do the best you can with the ingredients you have, but you never know when one is missing or why there isn’t a proper balance. You can go months trying to figure out why, but right now everything has fallen into place. It feels like the show is where I want it to be. We’re bringing in a lot of reality to the show along with romance and some fantasy. And we haven’t seen the last of these homeless people on our show. Many are coming in for our Christmas shows. They’ve now become our friends. We’re going to have a feast — and shoot a great show.”

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Lloyd on what it felt like to be part of such a huge socially relevant story on the soaps: “Brad is so hands-on with this storyline. During my audition, I didn’t even know Brad was the executive producer because they rarely show up at auditions but that’s how involved he is. Another reason why this is great is because after I did missionary work in Indonesia last year, it led me to doing some work on Skid Row every Saturday. When I came in to audition for this part, it was a very different character, but after I told Brad Bell about my missionary work, they [re-imagined] Dayzee. Dayzee was very hard and hopeless originally — she was even about to turn a trick before Stephanie first met her. Also, at that time, they were considering filming on Skid Row so after our talk Pandora’s Box opened and all this great stuff came up for the character. It’s sort of based on me. All those people at Gladys Park are my friends. We’re mixing those two worlds together. I offered my insight more than research. For example, I made sure that Stephanie followed through on her commitment to helping these people because the homeless [don’t need any more hollow promises].”

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Ivonnah
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Ivonnah

I love this storyline! Dayzee is such an amazing character! I’m glad they infused Kristolyn’s real life into the Dayzee, it gives her much more depth than what she sounds like she was originally. Great job B&B!! Looking forward to seeing much more of Miss Lloyd!

Qiana
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Qiana

Kristolyn Lloyd … You are AWSOMAZING! I am so proud of what GOD is doing inside of you and through you!Thank you for being one of a handful in Hollywood to give a true image and God’s eye view into the hearts of people that happen to live in homeless conditions verses just naming them “The Homeless” .
I KNOW God will continue to bless YOU my friend, I pray that others will be blessed because of it!

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mmc

It’s about time they had a really good storyline Our country has so many homeless and so many people stressed out because of falling on hard times.So many people are not happy because they can’t think of anything else but trying to make it through each day.so i commend them for this storyline! After a while i do get sick of Brooke and Ridge and Taylor and Taylor really wanting Ridge and Brooke holding onto Ridge and Ridge loving Brooke but giving Taylor a mixed message. (who is suppossed to love Whip but will always have the hots for Ridge)… Read more »

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First of all, I love the character Dayzee. The actress who plays her is so real, and refreshing. She holds her own with Susan Flannery. As an African American, I am overjoyed to see a character like Dayzee. To be honest, I quit watching “The Young And The Restless”, and “The Bold And The Beautiful” several months ago because I got tired of not seeing African American characters constantly overlooked with lack of story. I concluded that clearly the African American characters were not a priority as other characters, and it infuriated me to no end! However, Mr. Brad Bell… Read more »

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I forgot to mention…Christmas Eve’s B&B episode was my favorite of all times because finally I saw a real representation of L.A. meaning L.A. is such a melting pot, and that is what I saw on the tv screen. Again, keep up the great work Mr. Brad Bell.

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ROSCOE LAVENDER JR.

IT IS VERY GOOD TO SEE MISS DAYZEE SHE IS A VERY GOOD ACTRESS SHE PLAYS HER ROLL VERY WELL AND IT WILL VERY INTERESTING TO SEE WHO SHE ENDS UP WITH MARCUS OR THOMAS . I HAVE BEEN WITH B&B SINCE THE BEGINNING AND IT ONLY GETS BETTER THE SKID ROW REAL LIFE WAS VERY DEEP , THNX FOR BEING REAL .

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CBS Cancels ‘All Rise’ Featuring Soap Alums Wilson Bethel and Marg Helgenberger

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The series aired for two seasons and featured in its ensemble cast, former The Young and the Restless star, Wilson Bethel (Ex-Ryder) and former Ryan’s Hope favorite, Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siobhan).

The final episode will air on Monday, May 24th.

 

All Rise has also seen plenty of drama behind the scenes this year when the All Rise creator and showrunner, Greg Spottiswood was ousted amid allegations of unprofessional conduct in the series’ writers room where he offered up offensive and racially insensitive language.

Since his departure, Dee Harris-Lawrence had served as the one and only showrunner for the series.

So, did you enjoy All Rise? Where do you hope Wilson and Marg turn up next? Comment below.

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Add to that, the fact that the show will wrap with an 18-episode order.  The execs shared to TV reporters and outlets including Deadline: “We know that saying goodbye to the Pearsons is going to be hard enough. So what we wanted to do is honor the fans and get them as close to an uninterrupted run as we could, which is only possible in midseason,” said Berwick.

Susan Rovner expressed: That by starting the story midseason, it will help make the send-off “a great event for the fans to enjoy.” She went on to say, “I think in Dan’s (Fogelman) hands, it’s going to be fantastic.”

For the past five season the cast has featured: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown,Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan, and there are still two more episodes of the current season, until the season finale on May 25th in a special time 10 p.m. ET/PT.

So, are you ready to say goodbye to the story of Randall, Kevin, and Kate and the rest of the family? Comment below.

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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