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B&B’s EP and Head Writer, Brad Bell, On Bringing Back Sheila Carter

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Whenever Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) is on The Bold and the Beautiful it certainly makes for intense drama and soapy antics and fun.  The recent return of Ms. Carter has already caused a major rift in newlyweds: Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and John “Finn” Finnegan’s (Tanner Novlan) marriage.

As viewers have witnessed, Sheila was revealed to be Finn’s biological mother as she stepped out of the shadows to meet her son for the first time (following his nuptials to Steffy!) since she gave him up for ‘adoption’ years ago.  But as we have further learned, Jack (Ted King) is also Finn’s biological father, not his adoptive dad, and that secret is still looming giving Sheila blackmail leverage against him to help her get closer to her grandson, Hayes, and to Finn.

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However, Steffy is not having any of it, and has already slapped Sheila on two occasions and put her foot down, bringing up all the horrors Sheila perpetrated on her family including shooting her mother, Taylor and her grandmother, Stephanie.

Now, The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, opened up on his decision to resurrect the feud of Sheila vs the Forresters, but namely this time with Stephanie’s namesake, Steffy, in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now.

Bell shared: “Yes, history has a way of repeating itself. Having Sheila be Finn’s biological mother brings her back to the show in a very central and core position, as for Steffy, who everything was going so beautifully for with her and Dr. Finn, when it seems to be too good to be true in soap operas, generally, it is.”

Brad also added his delight in having Kimberlin Brown vs Jacqueline MacInnes Wood battling it out in key scenes:  “It’s good to have Kimberlin back. She always brings a little punch and pizzazz, and to pit her against Jacqui in this whole new way is going to bring some great story in their direction.”

So, are you glad Brad brought back Sheila to the canvas of B&B? Share your thoughts in the comment section.  But first check out this week’s promo for the show below.

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It’s not the ‘bringing on Kimberlin Brown’ that worries me. Of course she’s a fantastic actress. It’s how they plan to write her out and the destruction she’ll leave in her wake that bothers me.

Take Shelia Off we don’t want to go back in the past move on with the times Brad Bell people are trying to better there lives why aren’t you drama know one want that covid19 is enough stress,

So TRUE anytime SHEILA CHARACTER is back is the same OLD storyline,I’m tired with it. Kill her on BOTH Y&R and on B&B.

Not Going To Happen Sheila Never Dies

Come on! Sheila is bringing new life to the show that’s been a bit boring. Now we need Taylor to join in protecting HER grandson

The years when Sheila was on the show were always the most entertaining. I only wish she could be redeemed so that we can enjoy her for years to come.

Joel,
There is no redemption for Sheila. First of all no one would believe it, and we would always be waiting for the other shoe to drop and whom would she be dropping it on? Do you think those two slaps Steffy gave her will be forgotten or forgiven? I’d love a story line where another villainous as evil went after her, giving her a taste of her own venum.

We suppose to look forward and not looking back in the pass. We all have our opinions, but come on , bringing Sheila back just kills the show.

They’ve run out of ideas

Bill Bell has no idea how to write story. He is fixated on incestuous triangles and non-sensual plotting.

I am so glad Sheila is back. I was tired of the lovey dove scenes.

I like a little drama. It keeps me on the edge of my seat.

As a mother, it is hard for me to deny Sheila the right to see her grandson.

There were two men in the room. What could she had done to baby Hayes?

Can’t wait to see the next story line.

That is ridiculous. Sheila shot 3 people!

Hare Sheila. Try not to watch while she is on.

I don’t like Sheila. She needs to go.

Yes I’m glad kimberlin is back. The show was getting to o repetitive and too mushy and whinny. Kimberlin is a very talented actress gotta love even if it’s wrong in what she might be doing. This could also play into mental health issues, remission and letting that bad side surface. There is obviously a mix of MH issues with her character and appears genuine in trying to over come her wrongs and too many slaps could set her back again. Can’t help but feel sorry for her. We also have to find out how her and Jack met. If she was in prison was it then? So many ways to play this story line out.

Brad Bell doesn’t know what he’s doing, he isn’t anything like his mom and dad and I don’t know why it understand they keep rehashing old characters and storylines and the same ole, same ole crap but The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless have really scraped the bottom of the barrel the last several months bringing Sally onto The Young and the Restless where she’s causing more chaos a d grief than she ever did on The Bold and the Beautiful and bringing Ashland and Tara on The Young and the Restless and causing chaos and drama with Kyle and Summer was uncalled for and Victoria and Ashland are a joke but hrs just like her dad so I hope that she gets more than she bargained for I wish Billy and Lilly would stay together move on but Billy needs to put Victoria behind him anyway, Victor isn’t going to allow or stand for her reconciling with Billy and besides it won’t work out and they won’t stay together and enough is enough with these couples getting back together and breaking up then getting back together and I don’t see how they can keep going if they don’t come up with some better characters and storylines and bring some new couples on and make the soaps more interesting and try to be better with the characters and storylines!

Sheila’s one driving obsession was that she lost a child and fixated on Scott because she could not have children!!

So, when did she have these FIVE children when she was rarely off screen!???

She supposedly had some Mary with James Warwick, Daisy and Ryder with Terrible Tom, she supposedly had a child with 80 year old Massimo Marone, and now has this kid!!!

5 kids for a woman who is always fixated on Scott who is not even her kid!

And can we get the story on Y and R on what happened to Sheila??

I love Sheila Steffy’s definitely met her match!

I am estactic that Sheila is back! She is the BEST villain!

So happy to

Anytime this show does anything that is not HOPE/LIAM driven, I am watching. Every time you turn around, its Hope this, Liam that ad nauseum. I welcome any change of story, even though it’s short lived. By Christmas, we will be back to Hope this….Liam that. Bill Bell is distracting us right now with Sheila.

Classic soap opera storyline. Thanks Brad for bringing Sheila back! Agree that her scenes are electric because you never know her next move! B&B should gain in ratings!

I stopped watching, as did a lot of my friends. Stir Wyatt’s life up, somebody else Get Donna back with Eric. I know he thinks from the conversation he heard. Seriously it’s Quinn. Get her off the show!PLEASE SHE IS JUST EVIL. LET STEFFY BE HAPPY AFTER THE HOPE/LIAM/STEFFY TRIANGLE. THERE IS ZENDE, PARIS (SHE ALWAYS WANTS WHAT SHE CAN’T HAVE. SHE’S DOING STEFFY WRONG. IF FINN PICKS SHEILA, I THINK YOU’LL BE SURPRISED HOW MANY FANS YOU HAVE THAT WILL STOP WATCHING.

Brad, it’s great you brought Kimberlin Brown back as Sheila Carter. It makes things more complicated and very interesting. And it keeps the ratings going higher and it makes the show more and more inviting for people to watch. She is a fan favorite ❤ Shaun from California

I am Happy Kimberlin Brown is Back as Sheila Carter She Make the More Interesting Every Soap needs Villains.

Sheila is such an old story. Sorry she is back; would rather see ‘new’ plots.

wheres mary warwick? will we ever see her again? and I wish yall would give an explanation about how sheila is still alive after being shot by lauren on Y&R

I am not happy that Shelia Carter is back on the scene. When she is on there someone always getting hurt, or kicked off the show. This thing with Quinn and Eric, it’s the craziest thing I ever heard of. Who gives their spouse permission to sleep with someone else. Please get it together! These soaps are about to be boring. If you miss one day you don’t have to worry because you having missed a thing.

Get rid of her or make her nice, she’s a good actress but if she is going to be the same old wicked witch you’ve lost a veiwer. Bring Donna and Eric back together too

B&B needs to let BRAD BELL go. His scripts suck. The show is running on a prayer. Needs a new and better writer to bring the show to life again. Show has been soooo boring same people same scripts day after day! Give us a break for Pete’s sake.

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John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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One Life to Live Alum Jonathan Groff Wins First Tony Award For ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

Finally, in his third Tony Award nomination, the multi-talented Jonathan Groff, was named the Tony winner in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the 77th annual Tony Awards broadcast on CBS.

In one of the hotly contested categories of the night, Groff bested Brody Grant for The Outsiders, Dorian Harewood for The Notebook, Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses, and Oscar and Olivier Award winner Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.

Many thought Groff should have won a Tony back in 2007 for his performance in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, but ‘Merrily’ was the ticket to victory.

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One Life to Live fans may remember Groff played the teenager Henry Mackler back in 2007, in what was to be a long arc of a storyline involving a school shooting, but his role as cut short after 11 episodes, due to the real-life Virginia Tech school shooting in April of 2007.

Delivering the most emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech Tony night, Jonathan began. “I grew up in a house surrounded by cornfields in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was raised by my parents, Jim and Julie Groff, and my brother David, and the three of them were sitting right there. Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three. Thank you for letting me act out scenes from I Love Lucy on my 10th birthday. Thank you for always allowing my freak flag to fly without ever making me feel weird about it.”

He added, “Even if they didn’t always understand me “my family knew the lifesaving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment. I walked through life with an open heart because you let me know that I could. Thank you to all of my teachers back in Pennsylvania, especially Sue Fisher, who told me I could do this for a living.”

Speaking to how Broadway has impacted his life, Groff further teared-up and expressed, “I moved to New York exactly 20 years ago this year and I got a job waiting tables and became a volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. All I wanted was to be a part of this community. A thank you to everyone involved in Spring Awakening who not only made that dream come true, but also inspired me to come out of the closet when I was 23. I’m now 39 and musical theater is still saving my soul.”

“Maria Friedman, thank you for letting me be your Franklin Shepherd in this production of Merrily and allowing me the chance to accept respect and express both the lightest and darkest parts of myself,” Groff continued. “Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, you are more than old friends, you are soul mates, and I’m looking forward to watching each other change for the rest of our lives. Thank you to every member of the extraordinary cast for lifting this Merrily into the spiritual stratosphere.”

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Groff concluded with, “And finally, I just want to say that when I was a kid in Pennsylvania, I used to record the Tony Awards on a VHS tape and watch the performances over and over again. And to actually be able to be a part of making theater in this city and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible, incredible community, has been the greatest gift and pleasure of my life. I thank you and thank you so much for this honor.”

So were you happy to see Jonathan Groff win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical? What did you think of his acceptance speech?  Watch it below, then Let us know in the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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