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B&B's Brad Bell reveals his stunning Oct 28th & 29th Skid Row Homeless story!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Brad Bell has been on fire for the last three soap seasons, winning two Daytime Emmy consecutively for Outstanding Drama Series, and in episodes that aired last week, and now two more being heavily promoted as must-see B&B and daytime TV, Bell looks to be headed for another banner Emmy year.  As Susan Flannery’s, Stephanie Forrester battles with stage four cancer escalates, so does the show’s focus on the homeless of Los Angeles and the real life struggles of this part of society left behind and sometimes frowned upon.

Brad Bell hopes with these upcoming very personal episodes from Skid Row and the Union Rescue Mission on October 28th and 29th starring Flannery and the homeless, that people will get a real sense of this slice of life.   Here are a few excepts from his new interview out today with TV Guide!

Bell on Susan Flannery going basically unscripted into these poignant episodes: “Susan said, “I don’t have much of a script here.” And I said, “That’s because there isn’t much of a script. You and I are going to take a skeleton crew and go downtown — I’ll be right there with you — and we’re going to ask questions and put the camera on the homeless to find out who they are. We are going to give them a voice.” And Susan was a natural. She was Oprah in a minute! And that turned out to be the day the temperature in downtown L.A. hit 113 degrees! These episodes are half B&B, half reality. For the October 28 show, we went to Gladys Park, in the heart of Skid Row, and talked with many of the people there. Most of them have been in prison, addicted to drugs, but are on the road to recovery — at least we hope. Then on October 29 we go inside the Union Rescue Mission and meet some of the homeless families. The mission has taken them in, feeding them, giving them a room. This is unlike anything we’ve ever seen on our show and that’s hard to do after 23 years on the air.”

Bell on what is the true prognosis of Stephanie Forrester’s battle with cancer: “She’s going to be in a precarious spot for quite some time. At least until we renegotiate Susan’s contract. Stephanie’s attitude is, if she dies, she dies. But while she’s living she’s going to try to make the world a better place. She does not want those sad looks, she does not want to hear that tone in people’s voices, she doesn’t want people reaching out and helping her — she doesn’t want any of that. Because, even with cancer, she’ll flatten anyone who tries! There will also be some interesting stuff with Taylor [Hunter Tylo]. Stephanie has now bonded with Brooke [Katherine Kelly Lang], having shared something so intimate and incredible with this journey of the cancer, and Stephanie has said that she loves Brooke. Taylor has always perceived herself as Stephanie’s best friend. Will that last? Could Taylor be left behind as Brooke becomes even closer to Stephanie? There are some interesting possibilities there. But some things will never change, like that recent scene where Brooke said, “I love you, Stephanie.” And Stephanie said, “You’re still a slut from the Valley.” What a supercouple I have with those two”

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Denise Boutte Temporarily Fills-In For Leigh-Ann Rose as Y&R’s Imani

Coming up on The Young and the Restless, the role of Imani Benedict will have a new look temporarily, when actress Denise Boutte steps-in for Leigh-Ann Rode beginning on the Tuesday, September 6th episode of the CBS daytime drama.

Rose had a scheduling conflicts with Y&R’s tape dates for her appearances and thus the series brought in Boutte.

If Denise looks familiar she can currently be seen on BET’s The Family Business and in Terror Lake Drive.

The actress co-stars in the upcoming series, Kombucha Cure on Amazon Prime, and lends her voice to the animated series, Young Justice.

So, looking forward to seeing Imani on the Genoa City canvas with Denise Boutte taking charge of the role for the moment? Comment below.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson On Gaining Custody of Douglas: “Thomas Just Wants to Take His Rightful Place”

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) wants to be more of an active father to his son, Douglas (Django Ferri), who has been living with Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton).

When confronted with this news, Hope is not too happy, because she could lose being mother to the little boy, who she has come to love as her own.

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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), Atkinson shared on the story: “Thomas just wants to take his rightful place. He’s not saying they are no longer a family. It’s just the opposite.  He’s not prying Douglas away from Hope.  He knows Douglas has bonded with Hope, Liam and Beth, and he believes they can all make it work.”

The question is, will Thomas resort to extreme measures as he has in the past to get what he wants, or will he work this out with Hope and Liam?

Check out the latest promo for this week’s action on B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Thomas to have more of a relationship with his son, Douglas? Should the boy live between all three ‘parents’? Should Douglas fight for solo custody? Comment below.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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