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Brytni Sarpy Lands Contract Role On The Young and the Restless

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Congratulations are in order to Brytni Sarpy, who has played Valerie Spencer on General Hospital.  In casting news today, Sarpy is moving over to Genoa City from Port Charles, and joining the cast of The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Sarpy has been cast in the new contract role of Elena Dawson.  She will begin her run next week on the CBS Daytime drama when she begins taping episodes.

As to what will happen to the recurring character of Valerie on GH, well that remains to be seen.  Brytni debuted in the role in 2015.

No word yet on Sarpy’s first Y&R airdate.

So, just how will Y&R’s Elena come on to the canvas?  Who will be her love interest?  What will be her story?  Weigh-in on your thoughts for the new character and Sarpy in the comment section below

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Satan
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Satan

Yet another Spencer disappears from Port Charles. I’m sure they will take the convenient option and make her Ryan’s next target.

Don’t blame Brytni for taking a contract at all, but it sucks what GH has done to the Spencers under the post Feb 2012 regime.

Liza
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Liza

New loveR for Devon

Bren
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Bren

No please not that little tyrant. GH make her a offer she cant refuse I love her as Valerie.

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh please, dont let Devon ruin another character!

SZima
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SZima

Spare me!
Devon is SO boring, but I suppose now, as the only adult Black character on contract (I think), they will try to keep him relevant. Problem is, he’s NOT. Never has been.

Carrie
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Carrie

Congrats. I’m happy for her.

su000
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su000

She was brought in for the sad-sack Devon.
being she is not Newman or Abbott she will quickly fad to eventually let go..
It’s rare a newbie lasts they are tools for 6 months then gone..
(count them all)

but, she wasted on GH so good for her to get out.
perhaps she will also be tied in with Neils exit, to be written.

still, she’s for Devon.

Patrick
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Patrick

@ Y&R : FOR THE LOVE OF GOD : NOT w/ DEVON. PLEASE altho that’s hard not to.. shoot @General Hospital WASTED her HER the last time I just hollered laughed out loud.. as she’s @Charlies w/Kristina and Kristina is telling her she’s looking good Valerie: “in this old thing” LOL Valerie was NEVER given full out the gate… yeah she moved with Dante… OH YEAH hard knock she was about ready to move Kristina… Valerie should have been featured with her aunts Bobbi AND Laura… to no avail @Frank Valentini YOU LOST ANOTHER TALENT… your continued drivel stink on… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Yes, Duh Yawn will ingest her with one gaping yawn! Pair her up with Jason’s Billy Abbott. I don’t want him back with Phyllis or Victoria. He needs a new love.

Bren
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Bren

YESSSSS. I like that idea

Chadam
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Chadam

The only question is what will happen to Valerie on General Hospital? My guess is that they will either write Valerie out or recast the role with a different actress.

G C
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G C

Your guess? Those are LITERALLY the only options. Either the character disappears from the show or somebody else plays her!

Timmm
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Timmm

Recast the role? Who the hell in Hollywood would give up their job in a restaurant for appearing on GH 3 times a year!

Tim
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Tim

Or she could end up being one of Ryan’s victims.

Harry
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Harry

Can Ryan make a guest appearance on Y&R so he can kill Mia, Duh-Yawn, Summer, Nate and maybe Cane?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Harry…I LOVE that idea…YEAH!!!!! Then maybe he can, uh, inject Nikki with a much-needed and long-overdue sense of humor…lol. Hey…just an idea…

Later.

SZima
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SZima

They need to just write the character off. The only storyline Valerie had ruined her character.
They blew up one of the popular couples (Dante/Lulu) on the show for her Big Storyline, and that ruined her for me.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Colour me shocked about this. Admittedly, when Ms. Sarpy first debuted as Valerie Spencer, I hated her and the character. However, since her teased pairing with Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth), I’ve warned to the character and actress some. I’m happy for Ms. Sarpy, though, considering it seems like TPTB at General Hospital seem disinterested in utilizing her and the potential of a quality pairing that audiences seem to truly want. Am hoping that TPTB at The Young and the Restless can put good use to Ms. Sarpy’s talents as an actress.

Damien
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Damien

I guess that means we re going to have to wait longer for the return of Mishael Morgan. Which everyone is really hoping for. In meantime would ve prefered Leslie and her brother Tyler to return which i think Josh created the last time

Drake
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Drake

So happy for Brytni! I love GH but African-American characters tend to languish there. I don’t get it! Brytni has the chops and I know she’ll do an amazing job @ YR.

Harlee
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Harlee

This would be great for her new character be the daughter of Malcolm. I’m sure SM is coming back for appearance for KSJ Neil’s death. It would be great for SM to help set up the story and give Lily someone to play off of on canvas.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

May the switch from GH to Y&R be as good for Brytni as it was for Jason Thompson, who went from the typical GH sporadic appearances and meandering story lines to consistent, center-stage appearances driving story. GH is actually being hindered by its bloated cast, resulting in uneven, drawn out or simply inexplicably dropped stories. A soap magazine recently published a feature on the complete casts of each soap. While the other soaps characters / actors comprised 2 pages each, GH required 4 pages! In any case, while I’m disappointed that the barely there but potentially great story of Valerie’s… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

I’d like to see her with Devon. It’s time for him to begin getting past his loss and he will be losing Neil in the spring. It would be nice if he could find someone sans baggage but that’s probably totally unrealistic on ma part!

Steve
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Steve

Kudos to Sarpi, as she was grossly underused at GH. She’s a fine actress who will do well at Y&R.

As she landed a contract role, GH would not have a chance to write an exit story. Until Dante is recast, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Valerie recast as the PCPD needs another body

Susan
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Susan

She could be the new Lilly

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Did not care for her on GH,so hope she has a better role oh Y&R, probably as someone for Devon, which gives me hope that M.M will not be back as Hilary. One go around with her was quite enough, for me. She had so many fans, but I found her very self obsorbed, conceited, etc.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

GH just didn’t utilize her enough. I hope she gets put to good use on Y&R. She is fun to watch.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Can’t figure GH out. They wasted this gorgeous, talented model/actress; never really gave her a story and we STILL don’t know who “Valerie’s” father was!!!! You would think since she was a Spencer that we’d at least find THAT out! They paired her with Dante, Dillon, Curtis, teased us with the possibility of her and Kristina… but just dropped her from each possibility of a relationship and story. She never got more than a nod from “Bobby.” Just, as said, a wasted. Not sure why they brought her on as a Spencer… …just as they have done to Matt Cohen… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great points, Rebecca! Your first statement sums it all up: “Can’t figure GH out.” That has been my mantra for quite a long time… From your reporting, it seems as though the writers/producers are constantly changing course. Why else would they proclaim Valerie a Spencer and Matt a son of Duke? What seems like a great idea one day morphs into a “meh” moment later on, so they wash their hands of it, change direction, rewrite history, and hope the viewer doesn’t notice or perhaps even care. Continuity, which is commensurate with soaps, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. So… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Valerie never felt like a Spenser to me…i blame the writers…thought the new guy playing Marcus would turn out to be her father

Jimh
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Jimh

I thought Marcus was going to turn out to be her father…also thought Jordan’s husband Curtis would turn out to be Marcus’s son and then they learn they are half siblings and having to deal with their past but brief relationship!!!!

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, I love it when we are on the same page–it happens so seldom. I do agree with you on the points you assert here. Yes, Valerie was always playing second best to Dante’s Lulu, Curtis’s Jordan and Victoria Gotti’s (Kristina) Parker. Valerie outshines all of of the aforementioned and ought to be wearing a t-shirt which reads,”I Am NOT your Chopped Liver!” I also agree that Griffin should have been given more opportunity–he should have been Anna’s son which would have given her unmitigated joy instead of foisting Faison’s spawn on her. I don’t know about you, but I… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey, Harr…long time! Sooooooooooooo, we’re going to disagree again. I LOVE Peter! Adored him from the beginning. His looks, his smooth voice, his easygoing manner. And, he and Maxi have had more dialogue and shared moments than they ever gave Maxi and Nathan. While Ryan Paevy is striking, Peter is a smooth, mellow but delicious wine in comparison. But I digress… 😉 Ya. They completely wasted Matt Cohen. I love Ava. (hated Kiki ALMOST as much as I hate Carly…and that’s saying a lot.) But Griffin and Ava didn’t click and it’s not about age, they’re not even a decade… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

It’s Y&R so she’ll walk around looking for a story for 6 months to a year and then be written off…

Timmm
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Timmm

Good for her, GH is a tease for actors and fans! I hope she goes to Y&R and hits a home run! She has the ability to do so. She just cannot be written into the Winters clan! They suck the life out of you! I hope she is connected to Adam, J.T. or just some bartender that gets hired at Abby’s new restaurant who catches Billy’s eye?

Celia
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Celia

Good for Brytni—-the character of Valerie was not given any justice. She was not really accepted by the audience, nor the locals. Poor Valerie was an outsider looking in …..never truly fit into the familial embrace…. and to add insult to injury, she became PC’s little hussy, when she took up with Dante. Satan has a point….the best way to be rid of Valerie is to make her Ryan’s next victim……which will serve two purposes: get rid of her, and exculpate Franco, at the same time, as he would be in jail when the murder goes down. Just proposing a… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

The last thing Y&R needs right now is a new character. The Rosales family has barely integrated itself into the show without their constant presence still feeling jarring, and vets like Paul, Michael, Lauren & Jill are barely seen anymore. Y&R needs to refocus on its core characters and stop adding newbies. As for the actress, I wasn’t a fan of hers on GH, but the writing for her character was also terrible. Valerie is a classic example of the show bringing in a new character for a specific storyline and not knowing what to do with them afterwards. Hopefully… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Y&R…whatever you do…DO NOT pair that new character (Elena Dawson) with that GOD-AWFUL AND BLAND Ken Doll wanna-be Nate…BEYOND BLECH!!!!!!!!!!

Hey…just saying…

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Perry Botkin Jr., Composer of The Young and the Restless’ ‘Nadia’s Theme’, Has Died At 87

When you think of the all-time best theme songs for your favorite television shows and one that stands the test of time, to many, there is none greater than “Nadia’s Theme” which became the theme song for The Young and the Restless.

The beautiful arrangement has become signature to the world of daytime drama and the opening credits of the CBS Daytime drama from its beginning in 1973.

On Saturday, news spread that “Nadia’s Theme” composer, Perry Botkin Jr, had passed away.  Botkin’s friend, TV writer John Scheinfeld, announced his death on Facebook, noting that Botkin died this past Monday at the age of 87,

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Scheinfeld shared: “Perry was a magnificently talented composer, arranger, producer and story-teller, perhaps best known for composing the Grammy-winning Nadia’s Theme for the CBS soap The Young and the Restless.”

Perry was Oscar nominated and a Grammy-winner in his lifetime.  Among the most notable titles featuring Botkin’s work include: Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, Adam’s Rib and The Smothers Brothers Show. However, Botkin is most known for Nadia’s Theme which he composed along with Barry De Vorzon.

After the theme became the beloved opening of Y&R, it gained more fame when it was used in a montage for Romanian gymnast Nadia Comāneci’s routines in the 1976 Olympic games on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  Decades later, Mary J. Blige used the sample of the song and made it relevant again for her hit, “No More Drama”

Another song by Botkin Jr. and DeVorzon, “Bless the Beasts & Children” was Oscar nominated, sung by The Carpenters, and also sung at various times on Y&R.

To honor Perry Botkin Jr., check out this compilation of the opening title sequence from Y&R over the years featuring “Nadia’s Theme” below

Share your thoughts on the passing of Perry Botkin Jr., in the comment section, and if you think Y&R has the greatest soap theme song of all-time, or do you think that honor goes to another theme? 

 

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Soap Alums Tom Pelphrey, Justin Hartley & William Fichtner Receive 26th Annual Critics Choice Award TV Nominations

Nominations were unveiled on Monday for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards in the field of Television.

Netflix Ozark and The Crown scored the most nominations with six each.   The award winners will be revealed along with the film categories (those nominations will be released on February 7th) on March 7th in a ceremony on the CW and will be hosted by Taye Diggs.

Some very familiar faces to daytime fans are in the running in some major categories.   First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, GL, Mick, ATWT) who gave one of the most talked about performances of 2020 in Ozark was nominated along with Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R, Ex-Passions, Ex-Revenge)  for his star-turn in This Is Us, for Best Supporting Actor in a a Drama Series.

Meanwhile on the comedy side, former As the World Turns actor, William Fichtner (Ex-Josh) scored for his work in the CBS’ Mom, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series category.

This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown also received a nomination in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall Pearson, and the series is also in the running for Best Drama Series.

Below are the full nominations in the running with Pelphrey, Hartley and Fichtner.  You can check out the complete nominations in all categories here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
John Lithgow – Perry Mason (HBO)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark (Netflix)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

William Fichtner – Mom (CBS)
Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Alex Newell – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Andrew Rannells – Black Monday (Showtime) 

So will you be rooting for Tom or Justin to take hone the Critics Choice Award in the Supporting Actor Drama category? Let us know via the comment section below.

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This is Us and former Y&R star, Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson) is making some big next career moves.

Justin, along with This is Us director/executive producer Ken Olin, are teaming up on a new TV project.

The duo have optioned the rights to Jeffrey Deaver’s 2019 thriller novel, The Never Game and are turning into a TV series

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