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Bonnie Franklin set for guest stint on The Young and the Restless!

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So in the, “here we go again folks” column, The Young and the Restless announced via EW.com that former 70s sitcom star Bonnie Franklin (One Day At A Time) has been cast in a role as nun!  That’s right,  Franklin will play Sister Celeste a streetwise nun who “lends Victor (Eric Braeden) a helping hand.”

Franklin is set to start production on the CBS number one soap this week and will air in episodes in Mid-August.  The actress most recently appeared on the TV Land comedy, Hot in Cleveland.

So what gives Y&R?  What are all these retro-stars that keep popping up doing for the show?  Is it just just about getting some mainstream publicity?   What is still a sad trend is that the actual stars of the top rated soaps don’t even get mainstream press when they have things to say, controversial, or going-on, or when a soap has a hot storyline.

Now we can say that Eileen Davidson’s shift from Y&R to DAYS did garner mainstream press when it was announced in the Hollywood Reporter, but that is not the norm.  Weigh-in soapers!   What do you think of Bonnie as nun on Y&R?

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Brinard
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Brinard

It must me MAB’s friends she bumps into at parties and what not and asks them “Hey you should come on the show”

Silly, silly, silly.

Christine
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Christine

Since your comments were the first to post, I might as well reply to you.

I think you have it there! It is sad, isn’t it?

Current actors like Michael Muhney were STARVING for screen time back in June. I would much rather see our Y&R actors don fancy get-ups (like vaudeville or something) and play these characters instead of hiring these day player HAS BEENS. Bret Butler, in my opinion, added absolutely nothing to episode she was in. They could have gotten anyone off the street to play that part.

Bart
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Bart

Maria Arena Bell needs to go ASAP!!! All these needless and silly ‘cameos’ – Brett Butler, Ellen Greene (as ‘Primrose DeVille’ – another wasted opportunity by our 3 co-hacks/head writers!), Ken Howard (all he did was lie in bed – added nothing to the Phyllis back-story – even worse, we’re stuck with Avery!), Catherine Bach (another MAB/HS/SH character that needs to go or at least played by a woman who DOESN’T look like Family Guy’s Glenn Quagmire!) – the list can go on! Perhaps this right-wing socialite/show killer should try actually WRITE A PROPER STORY for once I/O having the… Read more »

Sara
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Sara

I think shes a good choice! She can act which is something I cannot say about resent casting choices for Y&R. I wish her the best of luck in the role.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Why do they continue “stunt casting” these D-list has-beens? Don’t the producers get that there are numerous, unemployed soap stars we’d rather see in these cameo or short-term roles? Hello! Faves from GL, ATWT, Passions, AMC & OLTL would draw in the fans.

Bonnie Franklin? Really? I NEVER liked her or her (over) “acting”.

Mandy
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Mandy

Whose next? Bonnie’s pal Schneider making a 2-day cameo appearance as Victor’s long-lost fraternal twin brother who also happens to be Sheila’s father????

Honestly, it really is time for CBS to cancel Y&R. The veteran actors and the fans deserve to be put out of their misery.

SZima
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SZima

We’re supposed to be supporting the soaps, not calling for their cancellation!

Cancelling the shows would not only be bad for the loyal viewers, but bad for the hundreds of people that work on these shows. It’s not just the actors you know. It would be sad for all of the crew to lose their livelihoods.

Christine
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Christine

“Honestly, it really is time for CBS to cancel Y&R. The veteran actors and the fans deserve to be put out of their misery.” Whoa, hold the phone! I agree with the first part, but there are still several things about Y&R that ARE working. No, not every storyline is great nor is every coupling, but they do manage to throw in some good ones in here and there. I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the return of Jess Walton and Tristan Rogers this fall. Besides, I just LOVE having this one hour to myself after my kids go to… Read more »

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kay/kay

Christine it is rumored that Jess Walton may not come back she seems to be happy living in Oregon spending time with the grandchild, I hope this is very wrong. But when this first came out about her taking six months off I got very worried. I hope this is a complete falsehood. Like I said on a previous post Doug Davidson has been doing great work and he has been with the show since 1978 if they would use these people we care about they could bring this show back around. If she does come back get her back… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

I have heard the rumor too, kay/kay, and I sure hope it proves false, though I know what joy children are (now that I am a mother of two myself) so I certainly would not begrudge Jess Walton anything should she choose not to return. Oh and I agree about Doug Davidson. He is killing it in his scenes regarding Ricky especially. He must be physically drained when he goes home. I know that they have so much positive to work with, if they would just use what they have and trim the fat where they do not need it.… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

I guess I don’t mind the occasional “guest appearance,” but I do agree that there are way too many of them on this show. And yes, it would be more fun if it were former soap actors that came on to do them.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Does it really matter? The best thing about this show as of late is putting Doug Davidson on again. If you take a drink every time Phyllis is on you will get drunk by the end of the hour.

Ann
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Ann

If she was being brought on to bring Victor to heaven and get him permanently out of GC, then I’d be all for it. But I can not suffer through another “Victor-is-in-crisis-and-goes-far-away-to-find-himself” story. That has been done so many times for that jerk, it really has become unwatchable. So I guess my opinion regarding the original question is Bonnie Franklin is fine, it’s the storyline that is the problem.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree with the above posters that Doug Davidson has been knocking it out of the park lately. See how great it can be when you give a seasoned pro a great storyline? I also miss Jess Walton and hope she returns.

I think Erika Slezak as a “street-wise nun” would have been a better pick thank Bonnie Franklin.

Chaz
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Chaz

Oh, oh……maybe the street-wise nun will choke Victor to death with her rosary beads! This character has been run its course. Victor is just a bellowing, “my way or the highway” pain in the ass.

brian
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brian

I like Bonnie Franklin and faithfully watched One Day At A Time…don’t watch Y&R, but may catch the shows she in.

susan M.
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susan M.

Not much..

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GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Addresses Why She Was Not a Part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ 25th Anniversary Episode

For the past several weeks, savvy General Hospital fans were wondering why on earth was Alexis’ best friend, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy), was not a part of Nancy Lee Grahn’s (Alexis) 25th anniversary episode of the ABC daytime drama series, which centered around Alexis saying goodbye to those near and dear before she goes to Pentonville to serve a prison sentence.

After all, Diane and Alexis have been through so much together, that it seemed like a glaring omission. Was Hennesy not asked back for the episode?  The answer came in the form of Hennesy herself via in a response to a fan’s tweet on her being MIA from the episode.

As it turns out, the ever-busy Hennesy was shooting a film in Atlanta and was not available at the time of the tape date of Grahn’s special episode.

 

Carolyn tweeted: “Not their fault, my dear. I was off filming on Atlanta!!! Cuz you know Diane wouldn’t have missed it!”  That came in response to this: “Watched the big @NancyLeeGrahn ep of #GH and I’m perplexed that there was no Diane! @carolynhennesy One of the most fun TV female friendships and she wasn’t there to send her off? Come on you guys @GeneralHospital”

Mystery solved! Carolyn would have gladly been at the GH set that day in a heartbeat, if she could have.

So, happy to know that GH did not forget about Diane for the Alexis-Centric episode, but had to work around it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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REPORT: Days of our Lives Renewal Update: Sony and NBC In Talks, Insiders Optimistic While Show Pauses Production

Every year around this time, Days of our Lives renewal has been its own cliffhanger.  With the show taping episodes so far in advance and wrapping their current season, the series paused production and went dark on April 16th, according to TV Line.

Now comes the waiting game and according to a report from Deadline on Wednesday, NBC and Sony are continuing to be in talks to bring the series back for its 57th season. While no one from any camp is officially commenting on the negotiations, their sources are reporting that things do look optimistic, as of now.

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The report indicates that in anticipation of a renewal, the producers have been making if-come deals with key cast members in the past few weeks and the writing team is said to be hard at work on potential scripts for the new season.

In the past, DAYS’ renewal had taken several months to pan out, because of how the show’s distributor Sony Pictures Television has to adjust its business model to continue the show without going in the red.

Even though over the years DAYS had declined in the linear ratings, there appears to be a commitment by the studio and NBC to find ways to keep it on the air.

So, are you hopeful that DAYS will survive yet another negotiation for renewal? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kiara Barnes Lands Role On ‘Fantasy Island’ Reboot and Will Exit The Bold and the Beautiful

In casting news today, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kiara Barnes will be leaving the CBS soap opera for her series regular role in the upcoming reboot of Fantasy Island that will debut this summer on Fox.

According to Deadline, Barnes has landed the role of Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul. She arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, but Roarke and the island give her a new lease on life.

The Fantasy Island reimagining from the original ABC series, delves into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

According to a show spokesperson as to Barnes’ exit on B&B, she will continue as Zoe in her current story arc until the first week of July.

In a statement, B&B’s executive producer and head writer shared: “It’s been a pleasure having Kiara in the role of Zoe Buckingham on The Bold and the Beautiful. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Kiara debuted as Zoe Buckingham back in 2018.  No word yet if the character will be recast, or somehow exit the canvas.

The actress tweeted on the news: ” Soooo…the cat is officially out of the bag! I’m so excited to be joining the cast for FANTASY ISLAND on FOX!!! I’m so grateful for everyone who made this possible. Dreams really do come true. Continue to believe, and you will receive.  Cheers to a new adventure!”

So, what do you think of Kiara’s new role on the Fantasy Island reboot? Comment below.

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