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Comic Genius, B&B Guest Star & Daytime Emmy Winner, Fred Willard Dead At 86

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Sad news to report this Saturday.  Fred Willard, the comedic actor who was so adept at improv and playing clueless characters has died at the age of 86.

Willard passed away Friday night of natural causes, according to his agent.  The comic’s daughter, Hope said of his passing, that Willard died, “Very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

From his work on Fernwood 2 Night, (the Normal Lear talk-show spin-off of the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) Everybody Loves Raymond. Modern Family, and as a member of the acting ensemble in all the great Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including “Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Spinal Tap”, Willard left behind a huge body of work.

Having appeared in numerous TV series and film’s over his colorful career, he also landed a recurring guest-star role on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful as John McCook’s (Eric Forrester) on-screen brother, John Forrester.

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Willard first appeared in 2014 and last appeared on the series at the end of June 2015, and we learned that John was the father of Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer). John took a liking to Pam (Alley Mills) and set up a dog show for her to pick a new dog, but Pam couldn’t choose one, in a nod to “Best in Show”.

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In 2015, Willard won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series having tied with GH’s Donna Mills (Ex-Madeline) and Y&R’s Ray Wise (Ex-Ian).

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In a tweet on the news of Willard’s passing, John McCook shared: “Fred Willard was a brother to Eric Forrester on B&B.. I should have been so blessed. RIP.”

Share your remembrances and thoughts on the passing of Fred Willard via the comment section; but first watch our interview with Fred, immediately after he won his Daytime Emmy below.

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I still watch Raymond…now all three sets of in-laws on that show are deceased…just lost Jerry Stiller who played the in-law on Raymond spinoff King Of Queens…also seen Fred on Mary Hartman and many other shows…

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I thought he was especially funny on the old Rosanne show. Also too many others to count. A very special man. R.I.P

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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Former Y&R Star, Emily O’Brien Set to Debut On Days of our Lives

You loved her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless, and now daytime soap fans will get to see actress Emily O’Brien again, when she premieres in her new role as Gwen on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

In the current issue of SOD on newsstands now, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati had previewed that Gwen is introduced as Jake’s (Brandon Barash) ex-girlfriend.

So, excited to see Emily on DAYS? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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