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Daytime Emmy winner and ATWT Fave, Jennifer Landon is the new Heather Stevens on Y&R!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Big news out of Genoa City this morning!  Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen, As the World Turns) has been cast as the new version of Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless!

Landon, the daughter of television legend, Michael Landon, replaces Eden Riegel in the role.  And according to TV Guide, Heather will return on air in June 7th and Landon will begin filming her scenes at CBS tomorrow!  Of course, Landon marks the third actress to play the daughter of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson). The first gal in the role was Vail Bloom.

Heather was last seen fleeing from Genoa City after her reputation and career were left in ruin, after her brother, Ricky took some very damaging photos of her with Adam Newman!

So soapers, what do you think of the casting of Landon in the role of Heather Stevens? Let us know!

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Derrick
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Derrick

Don’t know what to think of this until I see her in action!

Jackie Grimes
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Jackie Grimes

I think it’s great. She is a very talented actress & I loved her as Gwen on As The World Turns.

David Larsson
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David Larsson

I’ve watched Landon back when she was on As the World Turns so I know she is capable actress. But in all honesty, I wish they would have Vail Bloom return to the role. Vail was the perfect blend of fire and ice. I understand they fired her to take the character in a different direction (and so they could hire yet another high-profile daytime actor. But ever since Vail has left, the writing for Heather has been horrendous. She went from being such a strong woman to basically becoming another Sharon Newman. It’s pathetic. I’m willing to give Jennifer… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I pray Jennifer Landon’s talents are used to their fullest, in a better way than her costar Maura West and character predcessor Eden Riegel were. It is a joy to have Landon return to the daytime arena. I loved her as Gwen on AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Rob
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Rob

Why do we even need the charaqcter back? Hather has been a waste from day one. We dont get enough of the characters we want. Get rid or Ricky and Daisy and Phyllis annoying sister and dont recast a character that never really caught on!

Mo
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Mo

Hope she’s better than Eden.

Christine
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Christine

I wish they could/would just get Vail Bloom back. As David Larsson said, “perfect blend of fire and ice.” I liked Eden Riegel … on AMC, but hated her as Heather. I have heard of Jennifer Landon and just MAYBE I saw a little of her on a preview for ATWT or something, but never saw her when I actually watched ATWT. Therefore I cannot say until I see her work. However, I just have a nagging feeling this recast will not work either. I guess I agree that Heather is not really needed. There are enough characters. Paul doesn’t… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

Oh forgot to mention. His scenes with his sister Patty are always amazing!

Barbara
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Barbara

Landon is a fine actress. However, I would be FAR happier if Vail Bloom was returning to the part.

gloria
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gloria

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jennifer Landon! I think she’ll be a great Heather & she looks more the part than Vail or especially Eden did. I just hope they give her something really good to play. She was super on ATWT.

ricardo
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ricardo

wow jennifer landon as heather what a surprise. i loved jennifer as gwen on as the world turns. she is a great actress. i hope the writers give her a good storyline. welcome back to daytime jennifer landon.

Jeff Moree
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Jeff Moree

She was good on ATWT I guess we’ll see how versatile she is as an actor.

Jules
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Jules

Jennifer Landon impressed me so much on ATWT. She isn’t your typical soap actress, but she has enough talent to fill two actresses. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will be such a great role for her; the structure of the character IMO just isn’t one that can be successful over an extensive period of time. Who knows, maybe she’ll give Heather the legs to give her longevity but I really think this was a miss in the casting department. Jennifer Landon, yes. But as Heather? No.

Jared
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Jared

What was wrong with Vail Bloom?

Mo
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Mo

She left because she had other job offers so I don’t think she’s interested in returning.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

If the writing sucks, why would it matter?

toscanti
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toscanti

Loved her on ATWT but with the mess of a writing staff currently at Y&R I can only imagine what they will write for her. I wish her luck and look forward to seeing her back on daytime. Maura West is an amazing talent but this team does not know what to do with talented actors other than throw them away. SAD but TRUE!!!!!

Mo
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Mo

Amen! They totally messed up with the nuKyle. He is way too old. If they’re going to age Kyle, make him a teenager and then you have teenage angst coupled with hate for Nikki and dealing with his father’s mistakes (Gen, Patty) and his paralysis and I think you have more story than where they are now. Granted minor Kyle couldn’t live with Victor, but he could still look to Victor as a mentor, which would cause more agro to Jack. Just a few of my thoughts on one of the million Y&R storylines. Frankly, I think Y&R needs to… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

Oh, I agree, Mo! Only my point of contention with the new Kyle is that Blake Hood looks too much like Michael Muhney (Adam). From the hair style to the facial expressions, right down to the military style shirt he had on the other day. It is all too much. He is really doing a great job, but it is confusing. It is almost like he is the new Adam, not Kyle. I agree, they aged him TOO much. The young actor that played Kyle could have played some more angst and it would have been just fine. They are… Read more »

Deborah
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Deborah

I think they should leave the character OUT and take her brother Ricky AND the new Kyle!!! What a JOKE!! They could have at least made him a believable teenager!! He looks 30 something!!! IT SUCKS!!!

Christine
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Christine

I wonder if bringing Heather back means she will go into business with Michael now that Victor has tossed him to the curb and it looks like Avery is taking the job (as of Tuesday).

kay killgore
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kay killgore

So she won three emmys why I don’t know and therefore let’s bring her on as Heather when was the last time Paul was on. Please just because you won an emmy does not make you work in another role. Debi Morgan, Genie Francis are proof of that NO chemistry with anyone! That creepy Ricky, Kyle grew in three months MAB is CERTIFIABLE!!! The Bell’s arrogance is off the charts fire the woman if you don’t have the guts I will fly out there and do it!

Cheryl Troutman
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Cheryl Troutman

Jennifer Landon is a great choice!

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Irene Cara, Best-Known For Smash Hits ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’, Dead at 63

Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Damian Drops New Single ‘Must Be Christmas’

Michael Damian, who is reprising his role as Danny Romalotti on upcoming episodes of The Young and the Restless, has also been very busy producing films including Netflix’s new holiday hit, Falling For Christmas.

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, and was directed by Michael’s wife, Janeen Damian.  In the film, Lohan plays a newly engaged and spoiled heiress who finds herself living away from the luxury she’s used to after an accident at a destination proposal gone wrong leaves her suffering from amnesia.

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On Black Friday, Damian revealed that his new single from the soundtrack of the film is out and dropped on Spotify and all music streaming platforms.

The track is titled, Must Be Christmas, and for all of Michael’s fans from his singing days as rock star, Danny Romalotti, you will enjoy getting to hear him sing all these years later.

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So, will you be adding Michael’s ‘Must Be Christmas’ to your holiday playlist? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Stars in Netflix Holiday Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ That Drops Thanksgiving Day

Look for former Y&R and This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, ex-Kevin) in a holiday film bowing tomorrow, November 24th on Thanksgiving Day.

In Netflix’s The Noel Diary, Hartley takes on the role of Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a shocking phone call from his estranged mother’s lawyer. He informs Jacob that his mother has died.

Now, returning home to settle his mother’s estate, ‘Jake’ meets a young woman named Rachel (Station 19’s, Barrett Doss).  We find out she is searching for information on her birth mother, who she believes worked as the Turner family’s nanny many years ago.  As Jake and Rachel set out together to confront their pasts, an old diary may hold the key to unlocking their connection, while opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.

The Noel Diary also stars: Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams.

Hartley posted some pics from the film on his Instagram adding, “Sending out a few images from my upcoming film, #TheNoelDiary! Coming to @Netflix on November 24th.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Then let us know if ‘The Noel Diary’ may be on your watch list for Turkey Day via the comment section.

 

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