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Elizabeth Leiner Joins the Cast of Y&R as Tara Locke

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Now that Theo (Tyler Johnson)brought to Genoa City some key intel he shared with Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) to payback Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor), The Young and the Restless is adding another character to the mix.

Enter Elizabeth Leiner in the role of Tara Locke, who over the last several episodes has been much talked about.

Look for Tara to arrive on the canvas on the March 1st episode of the CBS Daytime drama series, as she shares a colorful past with Kyle including that they presumably share a child together … a son named Harrison.

Apparently, the two had an affair when Tara was married to ruthless businessman, Ashland Locke.

The role is said to be recurring as of now.

Leiner has appeared in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, also Suburban Swingers Club and Nanny Killer among other credits.

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Su000
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Su000

OOHH here we go again-
Kyle is going to be lovey for his old love
and there will be baby drama..
Summer will be put aside, again.
And Phyllis will be mama-bear.
Same soap plot just different players.
It will be interesting, hopefully,
and we just might stay awake through an episode LOL
I’m not a Kyle and Summer fan, so let it roll.
oohh what is the age difference between Kyle and Tara?
((real-life and soap-life?))

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Su000, why, why, WHY? Another blah character in the endless past of Kyle Abbott. They finally have a really good actor in the role and then sink him with Summer and a seemingly endless libido. Is this the ONLY plot they could regurgitate? And so many other characters remain unused. For shame!

Harry
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Harry

When this new actor first arrived on the canvas as the new Kyle, I thought he was exciting, different, kind of a throwback to the old classic movies. When he was paired with Lola, he was on fire. They should have taken their time with their courtship. I loved Lola and her food truck! Kyle was funny and cute as the entitled rich boy trying to order a Cuban sandwich from the beautiful, street-wise, chef. It was their contrasts and differences which made them so interesting. Now that he’s with the forever petulant and sulky-Summer, he’s dull and bland.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You’re so right, Harry. I don’t know if it’s Summer dragging these guys down (look how great Matthew Atkinson is on B&B vs. how dull Summer’s Austin was) or the writers. But either way, they’re crippling some very promising young actors. Kyle and Lola were a real team.

Annette Allison
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Annette Allison

I’m glad that I stopped watching this crap. 2020 made me realize that I have wasted too much time of my life on this lousy soap .

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I’m upset, too, Annette. WHAT are they thinking? This past year has been one of the worst ever, and I started watching in 1973! I may soon take a page from your book.

B. Stringer
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B. Stringer

Me also. They need to fire all the writers And hire some that know the past and can write for now. You just don’t realize how many fans you have lost!

Lew S
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Lew S

Y&R needs to get it together! Too many new characters no one cares about and many existing characters left to drift at sea. I liked Sally Spectra on B&B, but not her Phyllis Summers 2.0! Adam.needs to be sent out of town permanently. He can’t be redeemed and is nothing but a big baby! Sharon needs to go back to therapy, because that chick is warped! And Theo, need i say more?? A future Adam,blaming everyone for his problems.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Another tired, auxiliary story about the dull duo of Kyle and Summer. Meanwhile, no Kevin, no Chloe, no Jill, Paul, Lauren, Michael, Nina, Traci, Ashley….why? Seems like they’re trying to clone B&B with all these under 40s’ stories. I’m not happy.

Jean
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Jean

Courtney Hope is such a beautiful woman, but the hair and makeup people at Y&R take away that beauty daily with ridiculous hairdos and makeup and unflattering clothes and colors. Let Sally shine!!!

Linda Dill
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Linda Dill

The think Tara is a little too old for Kyle. She’s a beautiful woman but Kyle looks like a baby in comparison

Cece
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Cece

I felt like I must have missed 3 weeks or so, as rapidly as Kyle fell out of love with Lola. That was “knee jerk” fast. Also has anyone noticed how much Kyle looks like Robbie Rotten from Lazytown?? Check it out!
Why did they put Tara Locke in that unflattering white jumpsuit for 3 days straight? And WHAT was up with Abby’s fingernail polish?….very tacky!

Jennifer Lecuyer
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Jennifer Lecuyer

She is a terrible actress!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Have not seen much of her… but, I do disagree, and would like to see you try and do better.

Susan
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Susan

I agree…she’s awful.

Jeanna Erickson
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Jeanna Erickson

Thank you thank you thank you thank you! Finally, somebody said what I was thinking. She is so blah and boring and monotone. The clothes they put on her are like clothes they would put on a 90-year-old woman they’re horrible!!

Stef
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Stef

K anyone else think Elizabeth Leiner is so AWKWARD and uncomfortable to watch? I fast forward through it. Really wish they would’ve cast a more talented actress for this part. She’s hard to watch.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I do, Stef. She’s an okay actress but she doesn’t seem like a rich gal. Her clothes look like they’re wearing her (does she own anything but shapeless sheer fabric tops?) She and Sally conspiring would be a real low point for me, even though Kyle and Summer bore me when together. I can only get through their scenes by thinking about how gorgeous he is and his great hair. This story feels like a dead end to me.

Victoria
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Victoria

Yes. Can’t stand to watch her. Terrible actress & to old for Kyle.
I also was happy Summer & Kyle were finally getting it right even though I can’t stand the actor playing Kyle.

Loretta
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Loretta

Totally agree!! What a horrible new character. They could have finally finished the Kyle and summer saga but no find another poor actress to throw in there.

Martha
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Martha

She’s looks even older than she is and she’s gonna scare off beautiful talented Summer get real. This story line stinks. They gave Sally way to much advantage but this sucks.

Wendy
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Wendy

I don’t like her character

margaret
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margaret

I cannot fathom why the writers of Y and R are still on the job. Take the children in the series, Lilly’s 2 kids are all grown up and graduated, Faith is now a teenager, and Victoria and Billy’s 2 children haven’t aged a day. Synchronize guys, this is beyond juvenile to think that viewers would not notice this aspect about the children

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Christian LeBlanc Marks 30 Years as Y&R’s Michael Baldwin; Soap Plans Special Episode to Air in January

Three-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Christian LeBlanc, is celebrating today his 30th anniversary in the role of Michael Baldwin.

He began his portrayal of the legal eagle troubled bad boy back on November 26th, 1991. Since that time the character of Michael has evolved into one of the fan favorites in Genoa City.

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The Young and the Restless has revealed that coming in early January 2022, Christian and “Michael Baldwin” will have a special episode dedicated to them to honor the milestone.

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LeBlanc has won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2007, and 2009 for his riveting performances.

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To make the occasion on Friday, Christian and Y&R celebrated his 30 years with a special look-back video of some of his most memorable moments where LeBlanc provided commentary.  You can check it out below.

Share your congrats to Christian for 30 years on a job well-done on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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TONIGHT: ‘The Magic’ Holiday Movie Featuring Kristos Andrews, Katherine Kelly Lang, Charles Shaughnessy, and More

You can catch some of your favorite soap stars and notables from The Bay in the holiday motion picture drama,The Magic, premiering Thanksgiving night on Popstar!TV at 8pm EST/PST.

The Magic stars Kristos Andrews (Pete/Adam, The Bay) along with, Charles Shaughnessy (Victor, GH), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Brandon B. Brown, along with Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland and Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (Ex-Vance, Y&R).

The Bay’s Gregori J. Martin also directed, wrote, and produced this holiday film.

In story, hotshot attorney David Kane (Andrews) has lost the Christmas spirit and closed his heart to love following a tragic loss fifteen years earlier. Now, with the help of his guardian angels, twin sisters Mary Lou and Misty (The Bay’s Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio), David soon finds himself falling for paralegal Carolina Castillo (Alejandra Espinoza) and learns to believe in the magic of Christmas all over again.”

If you don’t catch it tonight, The Magic will also be available on digital and on demand starting December 10th on Popstar!TV and other streaming platforms to follow.

You can check out the trailer for the film below.

So, will you be checking out The Magic? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

THE MAGIC – Official Trailer (HD) from LANY Entertainment on Vimeo.

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