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B&B’s Don Diamont Returns To Y&R

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He played Brad Carlton on The Young and the Restless from 1985-2009 before being written-off the show and eventually wound up on another Bell family series, The Bold and the Beautiful, as Dollar Bill Spencer.

Now, as part of the Summer Newman (Hunter King) and Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) feud that is going on from Genoa City to Los Angeles – in a crossover storyline on the CBS sister soaps – Diamont is headed back to his old stomping ground for a visit.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Diamont on Y&R the week of February 8th,

Diamont told SOD on his Y&R return, “I had not ever considered that I would be part of a crossover, just because my character was so well-defined at Y&R.”

So have you been enjoying the B&B and Y&R crossover storyline thus far? Do  you think it will be fun to see Don mix it up with some old pals on-screen from Y&R? Comment below.  But first, check out this video released by CBS Daytime of some other crossovers moments over the year between Y&R and B&B.  

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This is insulting to me. While I may not watch CBS soaps at the moment, due to the huge mishandling by executive producers and head writers, I cannot help but feel insulted by this decision. Wish I could have more excitement over this, however, am not feeling it in 2021. I need to see some real changes behind-the-scenes before I can be excited about crossovers like this.

Don Diamont’s words, to me, read as his way of saying he is still surprised over the decision to kill-off Brad Carlton, and does not want to insult the audience’s intelligence by his making an appearance.

The decision as rumor goes who knows that it was a decision between him or the character of Paul! Paul who is now gone Brad Carlton was a great character but writers after Bill Bell quit writing ruined the character as they have done with almost everyone on the canvas no I read about it once in a while to see if they have come around but no they have not ! I disagree with him I have never cared for the character of Bill Spencer and he has not had a decent story over at B&B how either soap is still on the air tells me they don’t have anything to replace them with or they would be gone ! You have Nick acting like he is still in his twenties and Eric Braeden still has the same storyline over and over is Jack even doing anything! Sad!

Had it been my choice, I would’ve chosen to kill-off Paul Williams immediately.

I am so grateful for a viewer like yourself, Scott—-we have been of a mind so many times before and this time is no exception—I admire and respect your opinion. So, AGREED!! Besides, I am not a fan of Diamont, and most definitely was nover a fan of Brad Carlton—-something about both actor and character turned me off. ( I don’t watch B&B because he’s on it)—LOL–What can I say? We all have our little idiosyncrasies.
Aside—is Camryn Grimes pregnant? Why else go through this drama of “conception” on the show? And why “Mariah” when there are blood-relatives in GC? It’s a thought–

We do have our idiosyncrasies. Trust me, I was not a Brad Carlton fan during his stints, however, in watching over the summer with the classic episodes, I kind of saw potential for the character, and how much he could be benefitted from in 2021.

As for Mariah being the surrogate, it probably has to do with the fact Mariah might *not* have the emotional attachment others may have to carrying a child to-term for Abby and Chance.

Don Diamont is the ONLY reason I watch Bold and the Beautiful.

Aren’t individual likes and dislikes great?? How monotonously droll life would be if we all thought the same thoughts? —albeit, we are slowly getting there.
Be safe!!

Big deal. There’s no story to this crossover. Nothing can ever compare to the Lauren/Sheila saga.

I’m still waiting for Lauren to find out Sheila’s alive and for her to give Eric a smack for not calling and telling her Sheila was back in L.A.

Kimberlin Brown/Sheila is a Republican and in this country now everything is about your politics your race your religion very sad so no Brad won’t be bringing her back it was a joke when he did years ago I as a viewer can’t watch a show enjoy anything without somebody telling me how to think feel etc so yes I decided screw it just stop and yes it’s sad but not the end of the world ! Yes KB could express more with raising her eyebrow and giving you that look then any dialogue

Absolutely, Joel—-no other parody can ever match the dramatic/satirical writing of the demented, passionate, at times morbidly humorous scenes of “the Lauren/Sheila saga.

Please let him cross paths with Tracy

90% of the viewers don’t even know who Brad was, a worthless cross over much like Eric’s visit to Niki and Victor’s wedding.

Hahahahaha, you sure about that? Educate yourself on the history, Matthew, because I would wager you are, in fact, wrong.

I’m in my early thirties, matthew, and I know who Brad is!! —–been watching since I was in diapers.

I can’t wait!

The current Y&R/B&B crossover lacks sparks. There has not been enough slow burn and rationale for a Summer/Sally feud> I think we needed more reason for this to mushroom as it has. I never liked that Y&R so misguidedly killed off Brad and Colleen. Anyway… I lime Don Diamont and his B&B Bill Spencer character. There should be so much more done with Bill but B&B is written so LCD. The show could have such fire with him and Katie, yet they write him to moon over Brooke or Steffy. Sigh.

Please have Bill bump into Tracy.

Why? Bill is not going to magically turn into Brad Carlton whoever he was.

Days Of Our Lives

Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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General Hospital

Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.


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