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Colleen Zenk Joins the Cast of The Young and the Restless

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The much talked about Aunt Jordan on The Young and the Restless is actually someone known and loved to soap opera fans.

On the Friday, November 17th episode of the CBS daytime drama series, it was revealed that Aunt Jordan is being played by Colleen Zenk.

Daytime fans know Zenk best from her role as Barbara Ryan on As the World Turns. Colleen portrayed the once heroine-turned-bad-girl from 1978-2010.

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On ATWT, Barbara and her ex-husband, the evil James Stenbeck (the late Anthony Herrera), provided plenty of drama in Oakdale and beyond. In addition, one major story had Barbara left scarred and disfigured from an explosion, and as ATWT came to a close, she found love again with Henry Coleman played by Trent Dawson.

During her ATWT run, Zenk was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series three times: 2001, 2002 and in 2011.

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Now that Colleen has made her Y&R debut, it’s clear that Aunt Jordan has an axe to grind with Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), and has Claire (Hayley Erin) wrapped up in her plot  Just how vengeful and vicious will Jordan and Claire get? It’s pretty horrific what comes next.

Zenk spoke to PEOPLE about her plum new soap role and working with the cast at Y&R.  Colleen shared, “I just can’t get over how loving everyone has been to me. In fact, I kept crying the first couple of days. It was just so overwhelming. I really didn’t expect it. I’m a New York actor coming into their show. It’s not my show, it’s their show and I just didn’t know how they would respond.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Colleen Zenk as Y&R’s Aunt Jordan? What do you think the back-story is with Aunt Jordan and Nikki? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out the moment from Friday’s Y&R marking Zenk’s debut.

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Rare these days for soaps to keep a move like this under wraps, but I sure as hell was surprised and delighted to see CZP on screen. This plot line had no buildup and feels wildly out of left field, but looking forward to seeing CZP and MTS play off one another!

I agree It is nice to see one of my faves from ATWT back in her element. I am looking forward to seeing how this plot is going to turn out

Wonderful news

This is a wonderful surprise and might be the jolt to get Y and R off of life support!!!
Colleen is fantabulous!!!

Now I will start watching Y&R, she is one of daytimes best


Oh, I’m thrilled more than I can say to see Colleen Zenk again, after all the wonderful years she gave us on ATWT. I just wish she wasn’t going to be playing an evil part, but it is something she does so well. I’m not even going to guess what she’s up to, just know we won’t be disappointed.
Coincidentally, on today’s GH it looks like her son Paul, Roger Howarth might have been killed off. They played a formidable mother and son duo on ATWT.

When I saw Colleen come out of where she came out of, my jaw hit the flow AND then I jumped up from my chair with glee! I’m so thrilled to see her back on screen. Welcome back to daytime Colleen! Definitely looking forward to what Jordan is up to!

Me too, Michael! Talk about an early holiday gift… Barbara, Lucinda, and Carly were my faves on ATWT. Can’t wait to see how Nikki will blame her abduction on Adam, with Victoria and Nick singing along in their demented, redundant chorus.

I could hear the music from As The World Turns as she walked in. Colleen Zenk will always be a daytime legend in my book. Hope she gets good material on Y&R. Welcome back! Just need to see Kim Zimmer of GL and Susan Lucci of AMC come back and the soap world would be an even better place.

I loved her as Barbara Ryan on ATWT.and her son, Paul and her sister, Frannie; not so much her ex James Steinbeck !

Can’t forget the zaney Henry Coleman whom she married in the end.

It’s about time for Y&R, my fave soap to keep the viewer in suspense. Is this the nurse who took care of baby Eve?

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Josh Duhamel to Star in Netflix Romance Drama ‘Ransom Canyon’

Former All My Children star and Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo duPres) will star in a new romantic series for Netflix. The streamer is expanding its romance brand with the upcoming drama, Ransom Canyon.

In story, Ransom Canyon “charts the intersecting lives of three ranching families, all set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country.” It is said to be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western rolled intoone.

Duhamel will take on the role of Staten Kirkland, said to be,”The owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch.” Staten is, “steadfast and stoic, and leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves.”

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Minka Kelly stars opposite Duhamel in the role of Quinn. According to the loglines, the character, “has often found herself in the shadow of others, but after a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she has returned to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself.”

The series has received a 1o-episode order. Ransom Canyon follows the success in this genre of show for Netflix s such as Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias. The show is created by executive producer April Blair, whoseTV credits include: Jane by Design; All AmericanHart of Dixie and the Gossip Girl reboot.

As for Josh, he has recently appeared in motion pictures in the Transformers franchise, as well as features such as Shotgun Wedding. and on TV, he appeared in the NBC miniseries, The Thing About Pam with Renee Zelleweger. Minka is best-known for her roles in Friday Night Lights and Euphoria.

So, intrigued by this new romance western drama starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly? Comment below.

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Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes Plan to “Spill the Tea” on Launch of Their Podcast ‘Amy & T.J.’

December 5th will be, and was, a memorable date in the careers of the controversial pairing of former ABC news anchors and GMA3 co-hosts, Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes.

The duo will officially launch their iHeartPodcast Amy and T.J tomorrow on Tuesday. The series is hosted and executive produced by the couple, who last night stepped out for the first time together at the iHeart 2023 Jingle Ball.

Their outing was quite the strategic one, right before the premiere of their new show where in the teaser released by iHeartPodcasts, they play up the scandal of it all.

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Making the drop date of Amy and T.J. all the more salacious is that one-year ago on December 5th, 2022 Robach and Holmes were removed from their hosting duties on GMA3: What You Need to Know.

Promoting their new podcast, the couple shared in a promotional photo: “Why yes, we be serving tea… One week from today, ‘Amy & T. J.'”

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According to the press release on their new audio venture, Amy and T.J. will use their decades of experience delivering headline news and captivating viewers nationwide as they get behind the microphone to explore meaningful conversations about current events, pop culture, and everything in between where “nothing is off limits.”

The two anchors intimate relationship first became public knowledge when photos of the two together holding hands surfaced back in November of 2022. Both were presumably married to their spouses at the time. Holmes to Marilee Fiebeg, and Robach to former Melrose Place star, Andrew Shue.

Take a listen below to the intro teaser for Amy and T.J.  Then let us know, what do you think about how they are working the scandal that got them ousted from ABC? Intrigued to hear if they reveal anything about their relationship and what really went down behind the scenes in the season premiere of their new podcast? Let us know via the comment section.

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Judith Light to Star Alongside Billy Crystal in Apple TV+ Limited Series ‘Before’

Whenever we get to see more Judith Light on our screens is always a good day. Almost every project she touches, or appears in, sees her delivering yet another magnificent performance on her already more than impressive acting resume.

Now comes word that the former two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star from One Life to Live (Ex-Karen Wolek) and two-time Tony Award winner will star along with Billy Crystal in Apple TV+’s upcoming limited series, Before.

According to the loglines on the series, Before is a 10-episode atmospheric, character-driven psychological thriller about Eli (Crystal), a child psychiatrist who, after recently losing his wife, Lynn (Light), encounters a troubled young boy who seems to have a haunting connection to Eli’s past.

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Seductively enigmatic, Lynn (Light) is the love of Eli’s life, but her recent death may not be quite what it seems. As Eli digs deeper into the hidden life of the wife he thought he knew, he soon finds Lynn haunting him from beyond the grave.

According to Deadline, Adam Bernstein is set to direct the pilot. He previously directed the pilot episodes for  Fargo, 30 Rock, and Scrubs. His most recent directing credit include Apple TV+’s Silo and Showtime’s Billions.

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As for Judith, she had continued to work project after project. She also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You can see Light in Max’s Julia and Starz’s Shining Vale as well as Peacock’s Poker Face.

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