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DEVELOPING STORY: Is Maura West out at Y&R?

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Say it isn’t so! CBS Soaps In Depth is reporting this evening that the fantastic two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress Maura West has been let-go at The Young and the Restless.

According to SID, “Insiders whisper that Maura West has been let go as Diane. Although West won multiple Emmys for her turn on As the World Turns as Carly, the talented actress just couldn’t get the same lightening to strike twice with her Y&R role, as viewers and industry insiders alike found the fan favorite miscast in the role of Victor’s ex (and current!) wife. There’s no word yet on how West — or Diane — will exit the canvas. Y&R had no comment.”

Do you soapers really think West was miscast?  She seemed to be doing a great job with the material given to her!  Stay tuned for more on this developing story!

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Scott
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Scott

BIG mistake Y&R!!! Maura is excellent and you wasted her talent with a horrid storyline. What happened to the original story she was coming back with? V

Karen
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Karen

TPTB think she was miscasted as Diane, but not Eden Reigel as Heather?? o.O Man soaps really are going downhill. MW was great on Y&R and will be missed.

mike
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mike

One step forward, the hiring of Genie Francis. Two steps backward, the firing of Maura West.

Peter
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Peter

I couldn’t have said it better. Maura West is the best TV actress – daytime or primetime.

Lois
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Lois

Being a fan of Maura’s, I am in shock that Y & R has let her go. She is such a talented actress and a great addition to the show…I only hope that she will show up on another soap real soon..

kim
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kim

I Like Maura, but yes she was miscast. There was no chemistry between any of the men they paired her with. I think once they got their hands on Genie Francis (whom I love) that was the end of Maura West.

LScott
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LScott

She had chemistry with Christian Le Blanc’s Michael but since Maria Arena Bell won’t write Michael a story and only wants top use him a Victor’s gopher once the Newman boys used her up, MAB has no use for Diane or Maura. Too bad, Maura may have been miscast as Diane she is a fine actress.

Annie
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Annie

They let MW go but keep ER as Heather? That makes zero sense, I just don’t get it.

Samalcis
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Samalcis

I totally agree…..

Also, Whats with Shriner as new Jeff?
** Too many recasts- worst thing a show can do…just write in new character-
No Recasts!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I think Y&R powers-that-be need to be more thoughtful in the recent rush of big-name casting and in their bible for Genoa Citizens. I love Maura West (Oh, what she and alter ego Carly could have kept doing in Oakdale!) and accepted her immediately and wholeheartedly as Diane but that storyline West was given? Not so compelling. Where in the plot was the spark and fire one could expect from a former model and master schemer as Diane? The character, who should be wise to the legacy characters around her, seemed written into a corner from the start and… how… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

What a waste, one of the most talented actresses on television, period.

Yet we suffer through Eden Riegel, Krystal Khalil and that God forsaken Daisy they keep resurrecting!!!

There is so much potential for this character, I am thoroughly enjoying the “friendship” developing between Diane and Adam and not to mention the chemistry Diane has with Nick.

She deserves better!

Samalcis
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Samalcis

Completely agree….
Although I was recently surprised at Krystal’s shocking display of real raw emotion last week during breakdown w/Caine…why she doesnt show that more often is beyond me. I find she and Caine to be a bore fest…Yet they keep them active and alive…zzzzzzzzzzz

Yeah fire West…?! she is just starting to gel too! WTF?? They should give an actress time to settle…Especially when they relocate from East to West…

Whole show suxxxx since briefly better in 09’…all downhill…see why they are all being cancelled…sad.

Diane Musilli
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Diane Musilli

Maura West is a first rate soap actress. You can’t take your eyes off her. It was a great coup to get her and now this? And yes, I’m among those yof you whoe are SO tired of that cloying Lily and feckless Cane . . . putting me to slee . . . .p . . . SNORE . . . as well. AND GIVE DOUG D. ANOTHER STRONG STORY LINE. He’s terrific and has EARNED IT!

jaslyn k.
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jaslyn k.

lol nick and diane have zero chemistry. I dont care for her character at all.

Peter
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Peter

That’s because the character of Nick is a zero.

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

Sorry for Maura, but I just didn’t buy her as Diane. The few scenes she had with Michelle Stafford (who is Diane’s MORTAL enemy) just fell completely flat. Oh, how I miss Susan Walters in that role. They brought back Kevin Schmidt as Noah, now maybe Susan’s schedule will permit her to step back in the role she made so popular. PLEASE!! I always loved the chemistry she had with Michelle!!

Lew
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Lew

I hope it is just a rumor. She is a talented actress., but Y&R did not utilize her correctly. They made the character into a bed-hopping bimbo. The writing with Y&R is so erratic these days.

BenjamanT
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BenjamanT

Big mistake! Poor Maura was handed awful material to work with and never given the chance to develop the character beyond all those sideways glances she was constantly doing. Maybe Maria Bell is just trying to pay the salary of Genie Francis? Wonder if the same thing will happen with Genie? Boo hiss Y&R!

Tom
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Tom

Love her and loved her on the show but I had a problem with her being cast as Diane. Given Diane and Jack were together in the early ’80s when Maura would have to been about 8. She also would have been a child bride the first time she married the mustache. Also, her son was originally born about the same time as Abby and I don’t see her being old enough to be Abby’s mother. I think she should have been brought on the show as a different character.

Jared
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Jared

I do like Maura West, but she was miscast as Diane Jenkins. First of all, West is too young for this role. Maura West was born in 1972. Alex Donelley, the original and one and only Diane, in my opinion, was born in 1959. I think West would have been a better recast for Victoria.

Dawne Wood
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Dawne Wood

If this happens I will be so upset. I don’t think Maura was mis-cast – I think she’s awesome and I think she tackeled “Diane” and gave her depth that we’ve never seen before. I actually loved her with “Nick” and I think she and “Adam” could be very interesting – both characters have an inside tenderness and just want to be loved – they can understand one another, even though I think it should take time for them to actually be a “couple”. They could really make things fun on “Y&R”. PLEASE don’t lt Maura be a thing of… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

I hate to see her go,bring on Bryan Dattilo as another lose son of Victors LOL

DaisyADay
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DaisyADay

I think Maura West is fantastic. Eden Riegel is a miscast – I would love to see her return to AMC as Bianca. Genie Francis’ time at DOOL was a disaster – I hope this role is better suited for her (a Laura-like character).

EmilyVP
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EmilyVP

I can’t believe they would let her go…they should have hooked her up with Nicholas..they looked real together. Plus when Heather Tom left as Victoria…the only person that I thought who was good enough to take her place was Maura West. She is fantastic and if they let her go…I may stop watching. Who decided to bring her in as Diane? What were they thinking, she is way to young for old Victor. Also it’s time Tucker took over everything. He has star quality and they can’t Victor keep him forever. If they let her go and Billy Miller that… Read more »

EmilyVP
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EmilyVP

Further I don’t like Chloe with Kevin. Kevin belonged w/12 short of a dozen that you just let go. Michaels and Lauren are the only normal people in that family. Chloe is too normal to fit in. Gloria and 12 short of a dozen were a good duo in the family.
Another thing I really hated…Eden Riegel as Heather. The first Heather was so much better…also you blew it with the original Adam. However this new Adam has made it his role, so please don’t screw that up too. And keep Maura West and Billy Miller. (whatever it takes)

Mia
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Mia

I think Maura West is a super talented actress, one of the few on daytime today. She is not only wonderful, professional, and beautiful but she’s loved by all her fellow actors she works with. I agree with others, she was put in a role, Y&R has had trouble keeping any actress in for years now. Bell should think, before hurting an actress’s career. Just because you have a hard role to fill, don’t take an actress who just received The Best Daytime Actress Emmy and hire her to fill a trouble spot for the show. Bell needs a research… Read more »

j hartway
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j hartway

i think maura west is doing a great job

Maryann vonDwingelo
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Maryann vonDwingelo

Maura West is wonderful — much too good to let go !!!!!!

bertha blanchard
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bertha blanchard

the most recent scene with nick newman, on the plane and then in the bed should allow maria bell to take another look at this. do not cancel. this is only other woman for nick now. good chemistry now. please change your minds

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Maura West is such a great actress!! Y&R needs to get her character away from Victor and put her with Nick. Then they would see her in her element!! While I think Eric Braden(Victor) has improved with age, he is still a much older man and doesn’t hold a candle to Nicholas!! When Diane was paired with Victor, that’s when the storyline went South!! Just let Nikki and Victor get together again and be done with it!! Those two had their time in the sun and now it’s time for the next generation of characters to take over! Who wants… Read more »

Ronald Smith
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Ronald Smith

I am suprised most of the cast stays on the Y&R program. The writters story lines are really stupid and must be embarrissing for the actors playing such roles. But I guess a paycheck is a paycheck. The story lines have gotten so way out, the Y&R soap is now like a sitcom comedy, but less laughable, than most of them.

Diane Musilli
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Diane Musilli

Okay. Regarding the men: Tucker — with his Pin Head and big fake hair — is just silly. And Victor? Stop putting him with young, vital women. Even I say YUCK, and I’m a Baby Boomer. And Kevin? I SO miss Emily O’Brien, who was WONDERFUL with Kevin. They botched that with that screwy story line.

heidi
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heidi

I am surprised… she is so talented! Someone else… pick her up!

NoCBSWelfare4Writers
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NoCBSWelfare4Writers

HUGE talent but MAB made bloody sure Maura was not a good fit for Y&R because she did not replace Michelle Stafford. Although different characters these two ladies virtually shared the same men (except Diane had the Grim Reaper). I knew MAB was not interested in Maura the actress but only her FanBase when she hit the ground whoring around with Tucker the first week she was hired with only a handshake. MW Fans must have figured that out the first day because they did not follow. And now with the arrival of Genie Francis, what mature actress will leave… Read more »

NoCBSWelfare4Writers
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NoCBSWelfare4Writers

Further, I think CBS/Sony should not only put a freeze on new hires for Y&R but get rid of everyone MAB has hired since she took over in February 2008 with the exception of Billy Miller (sorry Michael Muhney but MAB has totally RUINED the Adam character). The ONLY hiring CBS/Sony should authorize are a New HeadWriter and Co-HeadWriters!

Lisamaria
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Lisamaria

I was never familar with her work, but I am sorry. I just could not take to her at all. I hated thew way she delivered her lines. I know the character of Diane (long time viewer), and MW was awful. I am thrilled that this charactyer will be gone for good (hopefully). I also agree that ER should go with her. One of the worst recasts EVER!

mmc
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mmc

I feel sorry for Maura.She picked up her whole family and moved to LA for this job.maybe she was miscast…i don’t know.She’s such a good actress.could it be that her character of Carly on ATWT was so strongly associated with her that people could not see her as anyone elseWhen your character is so strong, , I think fans can’t separate the character from the actor.while soaps can be good to you and for you….i think in some cases you will remain forever your character.i think you have to distance yourself from soaps and try out different projects….stage, prime time,… Read more »

Tania
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Tania

I love Maura West. Great actress. I am upset she is leaving Y&R and I also get it. Yes, the writing for her character was poor. The thing is, it is equally true that even with good writing, she was miscast. She’s too young for the role and it threw off the character’s history. And Diane has always been such a 1 – at best, 2 – dimensional character that her history was all she had. If tptb thought it was too risky to give Ms. West a new character – which I do understand; the show was going through… Read more »

Moviegal
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Moviegal

I think this is a huge mistake. Maura West is doing a bang up job as Diane. Most don’t remember that when the character was first introduced onto the show she was much, much younger than the rich and powerful men with which she was involved – she was a contemporary of Nick’s. As a matter of fact, she left for awhile with his best friend, who’s name I don’t remember, but was played by Steve Ford. They’ve done the same thing with MW that OLTL has done w/the fabulous Ted King. They’re in under a dozen episodes – and… Read more »

rl
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rl

Maura West is a great actress and I was so happy she came to Y & R, but they did a horrible job at writing story lines for her. A lot of people think she was miscast in the role of Diane, but what about Eden Reigel as Heather. That was the worst recast ever on the show and yet she is still around! She totally ruined the Heather character for me!

Irene
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Irene

I think Maura West is an excellent actress. I really liked her paired with Josh Morrow. Y & R is making a big mistake. I can’t believe they are keeping other ‘recasts’ that do not bring anything to the show (e.g. Malcolm, Heather).

kay killgore
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kay killgore

When you cast an actress who is at least 15 yrs too young what do you expect? She would have had to be 10 when she was a super model. Maria Bell rewrites history at the drop of a pen.

NC Fan
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NC Fan

I really loved hating West as Diane! I thought she portrayed the trollop in a way very befitting the money grubbing man jumping bed hopper she was cast to be. If they get rid of her, I will be sorry to see her leave. She was so good at being bad!

Leeanne
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Leeanne

I think Y & R needs new writers. I cannot believe how many babies are born to certain parentage just to be lost at birth and raised for 6 months by someone else. Also, I am sick to death of the same story lines circulating throughout the scripts. For example, Sophie is pregnant with Neil’s baby? Malcolm is actually Lily’s father and not Neil. Sound familiar, hmmm? Wow, it’s like I never left. I can see all of the old storylines from the late 80s to early 90s. Good grief, I stopped watching Y&R at that time and when ATWT… Read more »

Robin
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Robin

I wished so much more for Maura than this. 🙁 I wondered about casting her in the role of an existing character, even if the character had been off screen for years. An actress with so much talent and obvious loyalty to the soap opera genre should have been treated better.

I hope Maura and Scott find even better things in life than what they would be there for them in California!

Jolene Beth Morgan
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Jolene Beth Morgan

Maura West is such a star in her own right, and I feel that a whole new character should have been created just for her. Diane Jenkins was not classy enough to be portrayed by exquisite Maura. She should have been a beautiful new woman in town,she would have made that character her very own, as she did with Carlie on A.T W.T.,Maura West is such a talented actress, and beautiful beyond words, how can Y.&R. let such a gift of an actress go. I hope that somehow the powers that be at Y&R will change there minds…..please.

Melissa
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Melissa

I thinks she is currently the best actress in Y&R she plays the part to perfection and with Adam they make a great partnership! If they need to let somebody go it should be that guy that play s Sam Booooring scenes and Sharon is a good actress but no chemistry.

mommi6
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mommi6

Sometimes it takes time to develop a character. Maura was hot and given time and better writing would have stolen the show. Y&R seems to be desperately jumping from scene to scene and character to character. The writing since Bill Bell has been horrible, hiring, firing and replacing of characters have been ridiculous. If you don’t know what you are doing, please, allow someone else bell family. Just because you are related does not mean you have the skill for the family business. Don’t RIP Bill, please come back to us.

John M
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John M

Is it really too late?

Maura West can be brought back as the twin sister of Diane Jenkins. She could have been in Diane’s will as the person to raise her son should Diane meet a premature death. Not only will this allow the writers to create an entire new character, but Maura will be able to use her excellent acting skills.

Please give Maura a chance. She is such an incredible actress.

John

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Maura West would have worked out as a new character she was too young for the role of Dianne Jenkins and Maria Bell knew it I blame her for this mess! And I agree the recast of Heather is horrible and they are too dam proud to admit they goofed up twice. Eden Riegel has absolutely no chemistry with anyone on that show, Maura West had chemistry she just should have been playing someone else. Case closed.

Rosalie Betzler
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Rosalie Betzler

I am sickened by Maura West being fired by The Young and the Restless…….The writers should all be fired……….I have watch her acting since the start of her playing Carly on As The World Turns and was amazed by her talent…….Y and R should be ashamed of them self………..The only way they can redeem their self is to hire her as Diane’s twin sister and let her get a writer that knows how to write a good/great story line for her……..You are loosing out on the BEST of the BEST…………..Think it over…………When you hire her back it will be the… Read more »

Doe
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Doe

Maura West was not too young to play Diane Jenkins. Playing that role as well as she did should be admired. I do think she is a wonderful actress and I’m sure she will show up many times and I would like to see her on a nighttime series. She is a star in her own right. I do think her character telling the murder story and how and who is very clever. I don’t believe she will be back. The question now is who killed her? I don’t think it is any of the main characters. Could Skye still… Read more »

Sharon Gallagher
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Sharon Gallagher

I love Maura West, I think she was great on ATWT. Definitely miscast as Diane Jenkins. BIG MISTAKE, HUGE. I agree w/another writer there has been trouble w/that role from the get. So please dump it, so as not to set anyone else up to fail. Your writers did not do her justice and placed her with all the wrong guys. Except for maybe Nick. I mean Tucker right out of the gate, UGH !!! Then Victor !!! Really, Victor ??? That was wrong on so many levels. It was painful to watch. You people really blew it, and you… Read more »

Brenda
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Brenda

I think this is terrible.They have horrible actresses on this soap that can not act and yet they fire in my opinion the best soap actress ever!I wish her the best and hopefully she can get into film.She is that good!CBS did not give her a good story line at all.

Cleo
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Cleo

Getting rid of Maura West was a huge mistake. Way to go Y&R. I think I need to move on and watch something else.

Carol
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Carol

I was shocked to hear that Maura West was killed off. What a waste of a talented actress. They should have brought her back as her twin. Young and Restless should think twice before getting rid of certain characters or they will be the next soap opera to fade away. Don’t get rid of the character, Billy or we will start looking at rerun movies!!!

kathy
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kathy

I hated to see Maura leave the show,to me she brought class back in,all the while a few others on there suck.For example Victoria looks like she never brushes her hair,Phillis is just down right gross to look at period,and Danial is nasty as well, he never shaves.Maura West will come out on top regardless of her being let go.Wait and see.I’ll remain a devoted fan forever.

Rosemary Miller
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Rosemary Miller

Maura West is a fantastic actress and should have been kept on the Young and the Restless. They were lucky to have her.

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2023 CRITICS CHOICE TV NOMINATIONS: Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Murray Bartlett, Amanda Seyfried, Renée Elise Goldsberry Score Nods

TV nominees for the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards were announced on Tuesday, which featured nominations for This Is Us favorites in their final season, Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore, plus soap opera alums, Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, GL). Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni, AMC ex-Lucy, ATWT) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline, OLTL).

ABC’s Abbott Elementary led all the nominations with six, followed by AMC’s Better Call Saul with five nods.  The Talk Show category featured nominations for daytime favorite, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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The awards will be handed out in ceremony that will air live on Sunday, January 15th at 7pm ET/6 pm CT on The CW.  The second part of the nominations for the Critics Choice in films will be revealed on December 14th.

Check out the just announced TV categories featuring the aforementioned nominees below:

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Diego Luna, Andor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Antony Starr, The Boys

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
Laura Linney, Ozark
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone
Zendaya, Euphoria

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Girls5eva
Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs
Jean Smart, Hacks

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BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Amber Midthunder, Prey
Julia Roberts, Gaslit
Michelle Pfeiffer, The First Lady
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Murray Bartlett, Welcome to Chippendales
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Matthew Goode, The Offer
Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Ray Liotta, Black Bird
Shea Whigham, Gaslit

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BEST TALK SHOW
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The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

Check out the full TV nominations here

What do you think about the TV nominations for the 2023 Critics Choice Awards? Happy to see some of your favorites from This Is Us, and those who started in daytime and went on to success in primetime received recognition? Comment below.

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Hollywood Reacts to the Death of Former ‘Cheers’ Star Kirstie Alley

Over the last 24 hours, friends, colleagues and former co-star have paid tribute to Kirstie Alley, the former Cheers and Veronica Closet star, who passed away at age 71.

On Tuesday, a rep for Kirstie Alley confirmed to PEOPLE.com that the actress died from complications from Colon Cancer.

Alley rose to fame in 1987 as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers. For that tole she earned a Golden Globe for Best Actress and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series in1991. In 1994, she received her second Emmy win for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David’s Mother.

Some of her other roles included: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

Alley also starred on in other TV sitcoms such as: Veronica’s ClosetFat ActressKirstie and Scream Queens.  She later appeared on two reality series: A&E’s Kirstie Alley’s Big Life and was a celebrity competitor on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.

Alley’s children, True and Lillie broke the news of their mother’s death via an Instagram post: “To all our friends, far and wide around the world. We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

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Kirstie’s controversial relationship with Scientology had been much talked about in the press and through her years in Hollywood.  The late actress shared in the past that through Scientology, it gave her the strength to climb out of her drug addiction and depression. In her 2012 memoir, The Art of Men, she noted that she stumbled upon Scientology at a very dark period in her life; that for 26 days, she drove from Kansas to Newport Beach, California, to visit a Scientology center, stopping periodically along the way to buy drugs.  After, she said Scientology helped her kicked her addition, Kirstie then became a devotee and spent decades publicly defending the church and building friendships within it, but later in life, she found some of those relationships fracture such as with Leah Ramini.

Below are some remembrances from stars from daytime, primetime, and motion pictures that offered up their sentiments on Alley’s sudden passing:

Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS): “I am beyond thankful to have had the pleasure to embrace your love, laughter & kindness!!! All my love & prayers”

Finola Hughes (Anna, GH): “#rip #kirstialley one of a kind”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy (DWTS) “My dearest Kirstie, We haven’t spoken lately and I’ll tell you everything when I finally see you, but for now I want to say that I love you very much and I wish you the most peaceful rest. You were one of the most unique people I have ever met and easily one of the brightest moments of my personal and professional life.  Some of our relationship is heavily documented. Most of it is known to select few. All of it was like a wild rollercoaster. From Maude to DJ Lil Buttercup you were always all in for life. As I’m typing this, memories of our time together rush to my head, I remember how absolutely wild you were and I start to tear up. Something you’d absolutely hate. And now I can’t help but smile because I remembered exactly what you wanted me to say at your funeral. Don’t think I can do it here… I thought you’d be around forever.  I wish we spoke often. Thank you for everything. I love you Kirstie Alley”

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Ted Danson (ex-Cheers, ex-Mr. Mayor, ex-AW):  “I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. “I watched an old episode of Cheers.  It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny,  She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Kelsey Grammar (ex-Cheers): “I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”

Rhea Perlman (ex-Cheers): “Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created.  She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”

John Travolta: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.  I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Jamie Lee Curtis: “I’ve just heard the sad news that Kirstie Alley has died. She was a great comic foil in Scream Queens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”

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Harrison Wagner, Son of GH’s Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner, Cause of Death Determined

General Hospital’s Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and former GH and B&B star Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, ex-Nick) have been mourning the loss of their beloved son, Harrison Wagner, since he passed away this past June at the age of 27.

Harrison was found in a parking lot and his cause of death was initially deferred.  Now, according to a report from PEOPLE.com, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner officials have updated Harrison’s death as an “accident,” with Fentanyl and Alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax) as the official cause.

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Following his passing, Kristina and Jack created the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund to assist other young men who battle addiction to be able to afford getting into a recovery community.

Just a few days ago on December 1st, Kristina remembered her son on what would have been his 28th birthday with a touching Instagram post. It included a video clip of Harrison dancing along with the words: “Sometimes I feel like a pinned butterfly. There’s no second chance. There’s no see-him-again. There’s no nothing. He’s not coming back. It’s final. But life goes on. How do I spend the rest of my own without Harrison in it? What does it mean to be ‘all right’ after the death of your child, your blood? The pain will never go away. Today is Harrison’s birthdate. I had the privilege to know him for 27 incredible years. Harrison was larger than life, but beneath his commanding presence was vulnerability and compassion. He understood his own defects and worked hard to turn them around, to strengthen his positive attributes. He was a good listener and stood up for others when they couldn’t speak for themselves. He is missed. Happy Birthday, Harrison. To all bereaved parents: May you find peace. Let’s stick around and see what’s in store for our extraordinary lives.”

Photo: KWagnerIG

Jack and Kristina have two sons together, the late Harrison, and their eldest son, Peter (age 31).  The actors were previously married from 1993 to 2006.

We continue to offer our condolences to Jack, Kristina, and Peter through this difficult time, and hope that from Harrison’s passing, that the scholarship fund in his name, will help others.

Share your thoughts on the closing of the case on Harrison Wagner’s death, and send your continued condolences to Jack and Kristina via the comment section below.

The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund notes that if you have a loved one that is in need of help with their substance abuse, please give them call at 888-977-4549 to learn more about the recovery options available.

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