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Ed Scott on B&B's Christmas as Stephanie gives Dayzee a cafe!

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Make sure to tune in to tomorrow’s , December 22nd episode of The Bold and the Beautiful! That is when you will see Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) purchase the show’s hipster hangout Insomnia Café and then, on Christmas Day, she’ll hand the keys over to Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd)!

According to this interview from TV Guide, “The place will be renamed Dayzee’s. What’s more, two real-life residents of L.A.’s Union Rescue Mission shelter, Anthony Ortega and Leilani Zachary, have joined the B&B cast and will be seen in recurring roles as employees at the restaurant. An additional 18 people from the shelter — including seven children — were hired to play homeless guests for Dayzee’s Christmas dinner. The kid “actors” all opened presents on-camera.”

B&B Producer, Ed Scott spoke with TVG and offered up his thoughts on the CBS soap continuing to tell the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles, and what it has meant to the show.   Here are some excerpts below!

Ed Scott on having the homeless to the CBS set for the Christmas taping: “It was so much fun inviting them into our world and they had a ball. [Laughs] One child opened the wrong gift and started crying, so it was just like a real Christmas. The kids loved their presents and they were so quiet playing with them — they were perfect on camera! I have to say that [B&B executive producer-head writer] Brad Bell is just a chip off the old block. [Brad’s father, the late Bill Bell, and his mother, Lee Phillip Bell, created both B&B and The Young and the Restless.] I think his dad would be very proud. I know his mother is. Lee came down to Skid Row with us on one of the days we shot there — the day the temperature in L.A. hit an all-time high of 113 degrees. I told Lee, “I always said I’d willingly follow your son into hell. Well, I just did.” But I didn’t care. Nobody did. We were so f–king happy to be there telling this story that we didn’t know the thermometer broke.”

Ed Scott on B&B’s commitment to continue telling the homeless story: “Dayzee’s restaurant will be dedicated to helping homeless people earn a living and get their lives back on track. We’ll be hiring more homeless as the show moves along. Everyone at B&B is looking at life through a new pair of glasses these days. Before we shot those episodes with Susan Flannery talking with the people at the Union Rescue Mission, we all went down to that Skid Row area and immersed ourselves. We met some really wonderful people, many of them homeless, while others are living and working down there to help the homeless. We met families just like yours and mine. They are people who want to climb out of a bad situation, get their education and put in the work to make their lives better. There’s a perception that they are hopeless. Nope, just homeless. When you walk around Skid Row, you see faces that remind you of some of those famous photographs taken during the Great Depression by Dorothea Lange. I saw one woman sitting there looking pretty down and out but she was wearing a T-shirt that said “Tough Times Don’t Last But Tough People Do.” It changes your life.”

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I’m grateful that B&B is finally showing the not-so-lush, not-so-plush, & not-so-rich side of life in Los Angeles! 🙂

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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‘Dr. Oz Show’ Taken Off the Air in NY and PA Due to Senate Run; Daphne Oz ‘The Good Dish’ to Fill Time Slot

In light of his announcement that he will be running as a republican senate candidate in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr Oz’s daytime talk and medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, is being taken off the air in key markets in New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Fox Station Group.

According to Deadline’s sources, Fox TV Stations proceeded with pulling the Sony Pictures TV-distributed syndicated series because of the prospect of being forced to give other political candidates running in Pennsylvania equal time, expressing that it “would be a nightmare for us, there was no way we were going to be able to do that.”

In its place, look for Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, to be the fill-in with her show.

Starting on January 18th, Daphne’s The Good Dish, will take over the time slot during the duration of her father’s political campaign.  This potentially could go all the way through November of 2022, if Oz remains in the race through election day.

Last fall, Fox TV Stations renewed The Dr. Oz Show for two more years which gave it life through 2023.

So, do you think more stations will go bye-bye and have The Dr. Oz show pulled? What do you think of daughter Daphne’s series as the fill-in? Comment below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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