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Eric Braeden on His Future with Y&R as He Turns 80: “I Intend to Stay as Long as I Can”

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First of all, it’s hard to believe that The Young and the Restless’ icon, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), is about to celebrate his 80th birthday in about a weeks time.  He is one of the fittest people we know! Braeden’s actual birthday is Sunday, April 3rd.

Eric spoke with PEOPLE.com in a new feature on his legacy with the CBS Daytime drama and more, as Y&R turns 48-years-young today having premiered back on March 26, 1973.  Braeden debuted as Victor in 1980.

The Daytime Emmy-winning star addressed any rumors that he might be retiring from acting or the soap by expressing:  “I love my colleagues. I love my family and friends. So do I see myself retiring anytime soon? Hell no! My life has been enriched by having been introduced to so many things.”

 

Braeden added: “I feel very loyal to The Young and the Restless, very beholden to Victor and very beholden to the audience who has supported us for all those years. I intend to stay as long as I can.”

As for his enduring on-screen partner, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Eric shared: “I adore her, love her. She has put up with me and I sometimes am not the easiest guy to get along with, sometimes.”

So, glad to hear that Eric does not intend on stepping away from Y&R? Comment below.

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

Daytime dramas thrive on their legacies and love them or not, Newmans are indelible. I love seeing a solid Victor/Nikki relationship, and I hope they never split again. I am hopeful we can move on some from the Adam drama with a resolution that may last for a while. I would like to see Dylan return to complete Nikki’s family.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Though I love many of the Y&R actors, the show, especially now, is not as much fun without Victor. Maddening? Sure he is. But there’s a core of decency that Eric Braeden imbues into the character that keeps me interested. I’m glad he’s not retiring. The show wouldn’t be the same for me.

Boop
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Boop

I agree with you; at the present , Victor is the Young and the Restless!

Kay
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Kay

Wish they would write him a good storyline instead of the musical chairs they give him with which kid he loves the most . I will always respect him for his standing up vocally and saying what a travesty it is on how they treated Doug Davidson/Paul . He is in good shape for 80 no need to retire if you are doing something you love.

Boop
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Boop

I agree with you , Kay.

Rebecca Bielser
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Rebecca Bielser

I agree. Y & R wouldn’t be the same if Victor was to leave. And upset about Doug Davidson’s not being used as he should. Paul should be working on this poisoning plot not the sickly Ray. I have watched since the beginning I was a kid watching with my older sister.

Michelle
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Michelle

I love Victor and Doug Davidson. I wish they would quit bringing in the new people and use the talented actors they have.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You’re so right, Rebecca. And in what universe would Rey be serving a search warrant on Adam’s pad when Rey was himself the victim? This would have been an easy way to incorporate Paul into the story. Instead, they get Michael to agree to a warrant with ZERO EVIDENCE, just a hunch. Really? I’ve also watched since 1973; my high school had split scheduling, so I watched in the morning then went to first period. Ah, memories…

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

Love Eric as Victor Newman, he looks terrific for his age. One hot daddy.

Margherita
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Margherita

Hoping that the introduction of Ashland Locke will bring opportunities for both Victor/Erik as well as Jack/Peter. Jack needs a strong, intelligent, and possibly mysterious woman to enter into his orbit. Victor can continue to play musical chairs with his children as long as he stays with Nikki. And speaking of Nikki, I wish that Dylan would return, regardless of it being Steve Burton or a newly recast actor. We need some intrigue and mystery since covid is preventing the romance. Today’s episode sucked. Chelsea admitted that she poisoned Rey and Jordan texted any intrigue with regards to Faith. There… Read more »

Elsie St.Onge
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Elsie St.Onge

absolutely love Victor.

Boop
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Boop

Happy Birthday to Mr. Braeden. For me , at this point , he is the Young and the Restless. I miss his appearance on the show ; keeps me interested in watching the show . When he’s not on , the show lacks excitement . Adam and Victor together (to me ) make the show more watchable. I hope that Braeden never leaves unless it ‘s from God.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes Boop! The real actor chemistry right now is Adam and Victor. These two play off one another beautifully. Whenever they share a scene, I can’t help grinning. As opposed to “groaning” when Sally Slimeball is on. Still want more Kevin, Chloe, Traci, Ashley, Jill, Paul, etc. They ALL play well with Eric Braeden also. I’ve always treasured Traci’s visits to Victor to ‘visit Colleen’s heart.’ Very touching.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Happy Birthday to Y&R and Eric. That handsome old devil has been the backbone of the show for many years and would not seem the same without him. We have loved and hated him at times, mostly doing things to his kids, that he always claimed was in the name of love. Long may he reign!

Chelsea
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Chelsea

The young & restless won’t be the same without victor Newman

Marion Baptiste
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Marion Baptiste

I was hoping he was retiring!

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Sorry but i think he should retire. He is the greatest male lead with one of the most iconic roles in soap /television history. He has nothing else to prove. The current writers arent going to be more creative or do justice to his character or his talents. Go out while on top.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You may be right, other Lis, but I selfishly want Mr. Braeden to stay as long as he can. He’ll ALWAYS be on top to me, since no other male character has his charisma or iconic status.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins Disney+ Marvel Series, ‘She-Hulk’

Former One Life to Live star and Tony Award-winner, Renée Elise Goldsberry is in yet another top-tier project!

The popular actress who got her soap start on the ABC daytime drama series as Evangeline Williamson, and later took home the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Hamilton, has joined the cast of the Disney + and Marvel series, She-Hulk.

In She-Hulk, Goldsberry will co-star opposite Tatiana Maslany.

 

According to Deadline, She-Hulk is a legal comedy that centers on the eponymous heroine (Maslany), aka Jennifer Walters, an attorney who has similar powers to her cousin, Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Goldsberry will play a character referred to as Amelia.  Avengers star and Emmy winner, Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Hulk and Tim Roth is also reprising his Hulk character, The Abomination, on the She-Hulk series.

In addition, Renée can also be seen as one of the leads in the new NBCU Peacock series, Girls5eva from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Meredith Scardino debuting on May 6th.  Check out the trailer below.

So, what do you think about the latest projects that will feature the multi-talented Goldsberry? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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