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B&B's Brad Bell On His Plans For The Characters of Rick, Ridge, and Karen & Dani!

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With so much reshuffling having to go down in a such a short time for The Bold and the Beautiful’s  executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, he has come up with some plans to move the show forward post-Ronn Moss’s (Ridge) sudden departure, and previews what is to come for fall in a new piece with TV Guide! 

In the article, TVG reports that Bell will indeed recast the role of Ridge, but first the character will be sent off the canvas on his honeymoon with Brooke.   Below are some highlights of what Bell stated is to come for some of his  characters!

Bell says he is moving Rick Forrester played by Jacob Young into full Ridge Mode: “Rick is a young man sick of sitting on the sidelines and will finally come into his own.  He’ll become a passionate, sexy, driving force of the show, making a strategic play for Caroline and going after Ridge’s position as head of Forrester Creations.  This was always my plan for Rick. It just works so much better now, what with Ridge going off on an extended honeymoon doing God knows what. It gives Rick a legitimate reason to take control.”

Bell also discusses what is going to happen with his first same-sex storyline that was to feature Joanna Johnson and Crystal Chappell as Karen and Dani, which had to be dropped for the time being while Johnson went off to do her primetime project, Emily Owens M.D, in which she is the producer:  “Joanna will definitely be back, if only for a day or two here and there,” says Bell.  And once her schedule backs off a bit I want her back for something meaty. We may not see Karen for the time being but we’ll play her as if she’s still around and that she and Dani are still a happy couple. (Laughs) I’m not going to have Dani go off and seduce one of our guys.”

Bell also reports there is a big storyline for the fall for Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom that will test her! “Her character, Katie, will discover how evil her hubby Bill (Don Diamont) truly is just as she’s about to give birth to his son. ”

So what do you think of Bell’s plans for the series and dealing with the changes that happened behind-the-scenes?  Let us know!

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I think it’ll be a mistake to recast Ridge!

Agreed. Bad, bad move. Write a show without him. It’s not like they’re using much of anyone besides Brooke, Hope, Steffy and Liam anyway.

Mr. BELL needs to stop giving CC fans false hope. I’ll believe we’ll get more Dani when she’s actually on my TV. Mr. BELL been claiming he has plans for CC, but when your only on screen 2 times in last 2 months and she hasn’t been in the studio to shoot more episodes then I don’t buy his BS. I’m done watching The Lame & the Beautiful.

How will be there room for these new plot developments with every day so full of Liam, Hope and Steffy?

The new storyline or should I say the old storyline with Liam, Steffy, and Hope is old. I think that the character Brooke needs to be held accountable for her actions, and that Eric should stay in the role of grandfather to Ridge’s children ( Steffy, and Thomas, after all emotions for people do need change like they change bed partners for brooke. I like the diversity that the show is now trying to embrace, but it will never be as good as the days when Stephanie Forrester was around…..

I hope the recast of Ridge doesn’t happen too quickly. I need some Ridge free time on my screen. The character is completely annoying as hell.

As for Rick, I’m happy he’s being featured more. He and Caroline are my favourite pairing, plus I love Jacob and Linsey! Two of the best finds the show has gotten in the past year!!

I need more Dani/Karen, I loved their connection and felt like it was something B&B has been missing for years!

Recast Ridge… Vincent Irizzary (sp) Izzywuzzy…whatever his name is… would work.
Just wait for a few months and let someone besides him and the kids have some airtime.

That is potentially, in my honest opinion, the worst recast idea possibly ever.

At least he can act.. I don’t see your suggestion at all. So maybe not the worst after all. I least it’s’ an opinion. Or are you someone who thinks Ron Moss can actually act?

No.

Vincent is just wrong as Ridge Forrester. And I didn’t give my own suggestion because I personally don’t want anyone recasted into the role. The character is a hypocrtical nympho. And Ronn can act in his own, he acts well as Ridge.

LOVE B&B TIRED OF LIAM HOPE & STEFFY SAME OH THING. RENAME THE SHOW. BROOK LOAGN & OFF SPRING.

Thorne should be taking the reins of Forrester he is the true male heir. I am so glad I quit watching this show I kept hoping Winsor Harmon would get to show his stuff, I can not tolerate the actor who plays Rick. Brad Bell is a jerk he could have given Ronn Moss his raise instead of all those locations shoots for the teenyboppers. My sister still watches and I keep asking her can I start watching again and she tells me nothing has changed.

I also might add Ronn Moss was in a horrible car accident and almost got killed my husband was in a bad accident 5 years ago and by the grace of god he was not killed it does however make you rethink things about your life he could not give him some time off and let him get things together the man has been on the show for 25 years I think that should count for something!

doesnot thorne have a legitamate reason to go after fc hes first born to eric and hes stephanies son, stepahnie the true owner of fc, jj being gone doesnot mean we cant see daniel, who really cares about katie and her baby ready, bill tried to kill amber and her unborn child nothing bill does or did after that should shock katie- fans want to see the real steffy the one was conned bill the steffy before bell decided to use her to prop hope/liam , cast a man for steffy, as for rm ‘s leaving i could care less since ridge reunited with brooke after taylors return hes become a joke all he does is kiss brookes rare, up to me i would kill him off, cast a man for steffy, fans want to see thorne/taylor kissing rare at fc, brad bell is a hack and theres a special place in soap opera hell for him

I have stop watching the show becauBrandondon Bell can’t write to save his life. If he think Rick can take Ridge’s place as leading man, I feel sorry for him.

I WOULD NOT RECAST RIDGE AT ALL. I WOULD MAKE BROOKE GO INTO ANOTHER DIRECTIONS WITH SOMEONE NEW. CANT SEE THE FANS ACCEPTING ANOTHER RIDGE FORRESTER.

i like it but they need to have Danielle on more even if its her talking on the phone to Karen and to show Danielle and Caroline hangout or just having coffee together.Love the Danielle and Karen also Caroline.

I’m excited at the possibility of a nuRidge. It would bring a new dynamic to the show and to Brooke and Taylor. But Ridge needs to be rested for a while and than reappear at the right moment with the right actor.

About time he’ll do something with Rick. Tired of Steffy/Liam/Hope everyday!!!! And then when they’re not on-screen, the other characters are talking about them. Give Taylor a REAL story!

If they replace Ridge with someone like Robert Kelker-Kelly, I’d be happy with that.

I’m VERY SURPRISED that Ronn Moss has left! I can’t imagine any other actor portraying Ridge. How/when will Brooke return? How will they explain Brooke without Ridge? What will happen to her character? I think enough already with LiamHope/Steffy. Liam & Hope belong together. Katie should really let Bill have it BIG TIME for all his manipulating & interferring. Liam & Hope have a right to know the truth. Steffy should mind her own business & Liam & Hope should know all of her part in Bill’s mess. JUST LEAVE LIAM & HOPE ALONE!

Ridge was a pain in the butt anyway! Rick is repulsive, I tape the show & fast-forward past any scenes with him in it, same with Jacob & Linsey (BORING!) Taylor’s story line is just stupid now, & her face is so deformed from plastic surgery I can’t take her seriously anymore anyway! She was always my favourite but because of what she’s done to her face, & not appreciated the natural beauty she was blessed to have in the first place, I like Brook better now, at least she is aging ‘reasonably’ gracefully! Brook should replace Stephanie but in a ‘nicer’ version. Please do something with Donna’s hair!!! It looks so limp & greasy, looks like you could fry chips on it! yuk! Shame Stephanie is leaving. Eric is a tosser & should be the one dying. Please stop with the Liam, Hope, Stephie see-saw, put Liam & Hope back together & disfigure Stephie in some unfortunate accident hehe. Hope Katie sorts Bill out & he actually becomes a better person, & they stay together! Just one couple to actually stay together on this show would be nice!!!

I wish Hope would get a new boyfriend, I’m getting tired of the 3 ring circus, you need to move her on to a new boyfriend and she fall in love with him.
I’m also getting sick of Taylor and her kids blaming the Logan’s for everything that happens in their lives. Taylor thinks she is so much better than everyone else, she did drive drunk and kill Thorn’s wife.
I hope you don’t have Brooke getting into a relationship with Bill Spencer.
I would like to see Nick come back and Brooke get with him, and have Brooke, Hope, and Rick go into business with them and outdo Taylor, Thomas, and Steffy, and Eric.

I like Cindy’s idea. I always liked Nick.
I think Taylor is so self centered.
The show just isn’t the same without Ronn Moss.

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B&B and Y&R Stars Join Heather Tom In the Celebration of Life for Her Late Mother, Marie Tom

Back on February 4th, Six-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful) shared on Instagram that her beloved mother, Marie Tom had passed away.

At that time, Heather expressed: “At 12:20 am Sunday morning, my brother, David, my sister, Nicholle, and her all but adopted son, Michael, held my beautiful mother’s hand, kissed her face and whispered I love you as she passed from this world to the next. She was my biggest champion and my most important influence.”

Over this past weekend, many of Heather B&B and former Y&R castmates, attended a celebration in honor of the life of Marie Tom, and to support Heather during this difficult time. They included: Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B), Jennifer Gareis (Donna, B&B), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) and Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R).

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Jones shared on the touching day, “We love you, Heather Tom, We’ve known you for 25 years (or more)! It was an honor to gather together and celebrate your mom with you, David and Nicholle. 🤍🕊️ Marie Tom certainly knew how to LIVE! And I love the word you left with us… tenacity. Her memory will live on and on…❤️🙌🏼❤️”

Katherine Kelly Lang added, “It was a perfect day for Marie.”  Jones’ post contained other images from the celebration for Marie Tom.

Marie was very proud of her talented children and their accomplishment and was often by their side while they were growing up. Heather Tom first appeared on daytime as Victoria Newman, a part she played on The Young and the Restless from 1990-2003, after a three year stint on One Life to Live as Kelly Cramer, she headed to The Bold and the Beautiful in 2007 to take on the role as Katie Logan, a part she is currently playing.

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David Tom, appeared on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott from 1999-2004.  That role won David a Daytime Emmy. He later joined One Life to Live in the part of Paul Cramer from 2004-2005. Nicholle Tom continues to appear in numerous television series and film.

Share your continued well-wisues condolences to Heather, David and Nicholle on the passing of their mother, Marie Tom via the comment section below.

 

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GH Alum Tonja Walker Shares Note to B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, “It Must Be ‘Kill the Best Villains’ Week”

The past ten days brought with it the apparent end of the lines for two of soap opera’s all-time greatest bad girls. First, back on the February 16th episode of General Hospital, viewers learned that Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) had died in an apparent brutal attack while imprisoned in Pentonville  …. mind you, we never saw Olivia die on-screen.

Then, came the Monday, February 26th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.  In a shocker, the series went full “horror movie” when in the dark, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) stabs a cloaked Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) to her apparent death.  The series has gone as far as to have Kimberlin Brown give quotes to the press on her reaction to finding out that Sheila was gone and she was killed-off the show. However, many viewers aren’t buying it, and feel there is swerve to the story to come.

Walker took to X and shared with Michael Fairman TV that she wrote to Kimberlin Brown immediately after Sheila was ‘killed-off” The Bold and the Beautiful on-screen.

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Tonja exprssed: “I just wrote to her. It must be kill the villains week. Well I said “kill the best #villains” week in talking about her. She’s done a great job. She’ll be missed, but it’s February, she could pull through by May sweeps! #Olivia was said by Anna to be executed. But that’s not a (coffin image).”

Previously, Brown told TV Insider on the Sheila takedown: “I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  She added that the show “is my happy place where I have been so blessed to be for over 35 years. But I’ve had a good run at it, so I’m one of the lucky ones.”

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Walker was last seen on General Hospital as Olivia Jerome back in 2017, while Brown started the role of Sheila Carter on The Young and the Restless back in 1990 and crossed-over the character to The Bold and the Beautiful where Sheila continued to have more than nine lives.

So, what’s your bet? Are both Olivia and Sheila alive and well? What did you think of the sentiments shared by Tonja to Kimberlin? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.

 

In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.

 

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