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BREAKING NEWS: Darnell Williams joins the cast of The Young and the Restless!

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Got to hand it to Y&R for knowing how to obtain some of the biggest names in daytime.  And now, you can add Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams (Ex- Jesse, AMC) to the list.

Word out this afternoon from Soap Opera Digest is that Williams had been hired on the number one CBS soap opera and will join longtime on-screen acting partner, Debbie Morgan (Harmony, Y&R).  We hope with the addition of Williams that it might spark a better story for the uber-talented Morgan as well!

This will be the fourth time that this popular duo will be appearing on the same soap together, counting:  Loving, The City, All My Children and now Y&R. We will keep you informed of more details as they become available as to what character Darnell will play in Genoa City and his on-screen debut. 

So are you happy to see Darnell again? Or, are you concerned at how Y&R might utilize his talents based on the other key talent acquisitions that have been part of the canvas in the past several months? Let us know!

 

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barbara t
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barbara t

OH NO,every one is leaving my soaps ,one buy one .I am happy for him.I love jessie and angie ,how I miss all my children,I want it back ,If there is a miracle and the soaps are saved by pp, everyone will be gone ,it will never be the same.you cant go back to pine valley and landview ,and be on the other side of the tracks with all new names ,It wont work.

Heather
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Heather

All My Children is over. It is not coming back.

I would love to see Williams and Morgan reunited on Y&R. If Maria Arena Bell has a one quarter brain left, she should dump that stupid Harmony character and bring Angie and Jessie to Genoa City. They could say that “Harmony” had amnesia, got her memory back and found out that she is actually Angie Baxter. But it probably wouldn’t be possible because ABC probably own the rights to the Angie and Jessie characters.

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1loveabcsoaps

Join us in sending soap bar’s to ABC studio’s in NYC to show our disappointment and disgust. PASS THIS ON.
Post it on the abc.com blog, and on FACEBOOK. We are Bombarding the ABC studio with bar’s of soap.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

A winner, for once they got it right.

lisa
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lisa

Darnell and Debbie are such a magical pairing – they would work well together in anything…..I do hope they will work together on Y&R.

Tom
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Tom

I hope and pray Y&R treats Williams and Morgan better than they treated Maura West, Tristan Rogers, Eden Riegel, etc, etc. Otherwise, fans won’t bother.

BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

I am happy for him because he is a great actor, but Young and Restless don’t even know what to do with the cast they already have.

aria
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aria

i never saw what the big deal was about darnell williams, he really didn’t impress me as jessi on amc, his character always seemed bother by everyone else problem yet the character was always doing the wrong thing too, an darnell always overacted, yet everyone acted like he was one of the great talents of daytime, sorry but not for me, as for him joining the y&R hope he gets a better storyline then Genie Francis or Debi Morgan are, because all i hear is them being stunt casting whose talent is being wasted.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Could he be a recast for the character of Malcolm?

Justin
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Justin

My first thought was exactly that. Would be much better than that guy from Family Matters.

Lynda
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Lynda

Would be great if he is recast as Malcolm Winters. The writers at the Y & R need to utilize the cast they have. They seem to get really good talent ie: Tristan Rogers, Maura West, Jeff Branson & then just throw them out in the wind. The established talent they have now ie: Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott, Michael Muhney, Greg Rikkart, Michelle Stafford, etc. have been reduced to reciting recycled storylines and have been unrecognizable as the fabulous characters they portray. I hope that the writers are not trying to commit daytime suicide and write the best daytime… Read more »

lew
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lew

I think Darnell Williams is a great actor, but Y and R is no longer a great soap. MAB has totally ruined it! He deserves better, along with Genie Francis, Debbi Morgan, Jeff Branson, Jess Walton, Judith Chapman, Eileen Davidson, Christian LeBlanc and Tristan Rogers. Ignoring the fans and outrageous storylines are killing our shows. Writers: OPEN YOUR EARS!!!!!!

Devoted Fan
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Devoted Fan

Harmony’s dealer or perhaps Anna’s dad? Coming to GC to cash in on Devon’s family fortune? I wish TPTB would focus on the core characters instead of all of this stunt casting. Are the AMC actors more important than the Y&R actors? It does not seem to me that they want to make the show better for the Y&R fans.

Susan
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Susan

As much as I hate to say it, Y&R writers won’t know what to do with him. They have misused and discarded great talented actors this year, not to mention treated a few of their own very popular cast members like dirt…. They don’t need new cast members, they need new writers!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Your post to God’s ears!

Gloria
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Gloria

Agree 100%. They need some fresh ideas at Y & R. Same old, same old.

Matt
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Matt

Don’t have a great feeling about this. Y&R has a horrible track record of getting great talent and not knowing what to do with them. Recreating the magic of Jesse and Angie won’t work. It never does, from Alice and Steve on ‘Another World’ becoming Pat and Tony on ‘One Life to Live,’ to the mess of Genevieve and Colin on Y&R. Great acting needs great writing and Y&R is sorely lacking in that department.

Jenna
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Jenna

I am thrilled! I started watching Y&R when Genie Francis came onboard, was delighted when Debbie joined and now Darnell? Couldn’t be happier.

David
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David

Totally! But do you remember when Darnell was on GL? He was uber evil.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Amen to everything from the previous posts. And Darnell is to old for a recast. Here is a list of the characters that were previously on AMC and now on Y&R. Billy,Victoria,Chloe,Heather,Ronan,Chance,Harmony,Chelsea,(Jack and Genieve) though Genie Francis and Peter Bergman were long ago. Darnell Williams is 56 and Kristoff St.John is 45 so I was way off on thinking he was a Malcom recast. Bottom line MAB is ruining this show.

David
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David

Chance was from GL.

Jenna
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Jenna

Amelia Heinle has been with Y&R for at least 10 years. You can HARDLY indicate that she is new to Y&R by saying she was previously on AMC. And Billy Miller has been on for a few years now before the demise of AMC.

Devoted Fan
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Devoted Fan

I guess he’s the rapper they were talking about today…

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for both Darnell & Debbi on Y&R! 😀

Writing Connoiseur
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Writing Connoiseur

I think Darnell is a very talented actor but Y&R needs a major change in the direction of their storylines. The show is unwatchable to me and I’m putting it mildly. I recently heard someone say that they thought the Y&R was great and the writing was great– clearly this person never watched the show when it was truly good. I wish Y&R would have the courage to release MAB from her duties and trust the creative work to someone who is truly passionate about writing good thorough, heartfelt storylines and fully formed multidimensional characters, instead of cardboard cut outs.… Read more »

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Join us in sending soap bar’s to ABC studio’s in NYC. PASS THIS ON to abc.com blog/comments. Also post on Facebook. Help to pass this on to this site and other’s, so ABC can be BOMBARED with soap at their prized studio for their other shows.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Thanks David I realized that after I posted but we will trade him for the character of David Chow. Thanks!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

The rumour is he is coming in as a rapper so he will be sterotyped as Debbi Morgan with her characters ain’t usage all the time. This woman MAB is a racist for years she had Esther wearing a maids uniform like old planatation days. I guess she forgot a little thing called Civil War being fought & Civil Rights. Ever since she came on she has been portraying African Americans as 2nd class citizens. So think the Lord she has left a gay storyline alone. Anyone who comes on this show as a new character needs to know it… Read more »

JT
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JT

Im not happy at all about this casting. Harmony is already in many story lines. Stunt casting for her is the dismissal of those already in her story and frankly I resent it.

If Darnell takes the place of characters on board and those intricately related to core families I have had it. Harmony is in between two existing families. I have no use for this abuse of AMC casting with a AMC casting director now in charge belittling those who were not on AMC

NO APPLAUSE

Sal
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Sal

I hope everything works out for Darnelll at Y&R…before
He was annouced I was hoping for Debbie be paired with
Stephen Nicholas…..I think Tristan Rogers was giood.with
Jess Walton..Y&R dropped the ball with them..

They need to ask the sexy and talented IR to come
To.Y&,R and cast him as a wealthy businessman…
I think TR was good on Y&R…
I would love to see IR on Y&R

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Eric Kim Named Exec VP of Current Programs CBS Entertainment & CBS Studios; Will Oversee Daytime Programming

As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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