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Ex-American Idol Runner- Up Diana DeGarmo lands contract role on Y&R!



Here’s some inspired casting! Former American Idol runner-up and Broadway star, Diana DeGarmo has landed a contract role on the number one soap opera, The Young and the Restless!

According to TV Guide, “DeGarmo will be playing Angelina, the Jersey-girl daughter of mob boss Angelo (Mike Starr). The actress-singer starts shooting the CBS soap the week of September 22 and is expected to hit the air late October.”  Those will recall that Diana DeGarmo placed second to Fantasia in Season 3 of  American Idol in 2004. The talented singer/actress has since been busy  appearing in the Broadway productions of Hairspray and Hair, as well as the off-Broadway hit The Toxic Avenger.

So what will this mafia princess be doing in Genoa City? Who will she be after, linked with and why?

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Umm-okay… good for her I guess but what is MAB thinking. We’ve got too many newbies on there already that are taking up airtime. They hardly have enough ideas to do anything with Eden, that chick Noah hangs out with, Heather, Sophia, and we hardly ever see Roxanne. We already have to contend with our canvas filled with newbie characters: Colin, Genevieve, Ronan, that girl Noah hangs with, Sam, and even Avery who I’m actually enjoying but seriously? Now we have to deal with Angelo having a bigger role. I mean wasn’t he connected to Jeffrey who we hardly see anymore & he and Gloria were entertaining. I mean I’m a fan of Debbi Morgan but soon she’ll be another newbie in Genoa City too along with Ricky, Paul’s son who has been MIA since he was a baby. This is getting ridiculous… Y&R fans want MTS back and we want to see the focus back on our core characters who have a rich history to build from and off of with real story telling and character driven storylines, characters we actually know and care about. This is getting ridiculous!!!

Probably has something to do with Devon’s music, and i wonder if the MOB connection could lead to storyline regarding Kevin/Gloria and-or Diane’s death?

like the ideas of having new faces on the soaps and gives to new twists…

I like Diana. I’ve seen her on Broadway, playing Sheila in “Hair.” She’s a very engaging actress and I hope that translates to the small screen.

ummmmmmm here we go another newbie…………………..smh

Y&R fans, as an avid DAYS watcher who saw the show slip nito “unwatchable” with new people and old characters shoved to the back burner or turned unrecognizable, I feel your pain. I watch Y&R off and on and it is way off track. Victor Newman holding his son-in-law in a cell? That seems a bit silly to me.

I think MAB has gone absolutely mad!!!! Everytime Eden Riegel is on I cringed as with all the other newbies who gives a flying whoop about Angelo’s daughter I mean I did not even remember him.

Did Y&R hire Ellen Wheeler of Chris Goutman, cause this show is tanking!!!

Wasn’t every character you now love once a newbie? I’m disgruntled with the overall direction of the show but I won’t assume anything negative about Diana or her character. She might be one of the new people who stick. *shrug*

I’d rather the show not bother with creating Angelo’s daughter but I’m looking forward to seeing Diana anyway. She was my favorite years ago on idol and she’s fantastic on Broadway. I’m kind of excited to see her broaden her horizons and give soaps a try. I think she might be pretty good.

MAB – PLEASE review the old Y&R tapes of your father-in-law. I like change and new chararacters are good, but this is just TOO much!!! Are all of the daytime execs trying to kill their soaps?!

Why does this show have no direction? A mob princess now. Come on. What can the mob do that other newbies haven’t been able to do.

Will she somehow, SOMEHOW take out Adam? Doubt it.

what a cheap casting, i mean, y&r fires all these talented vets and on the heals of doing that hire degarmo, lol, this is bad, whose next kim kardashian.

My mom watches Y and R, and I try to get into it, but I really like Lily and Cane only much, but anyways, I love Diana DeGarmo!! She is my fave person from Idol as well!! I wish she should have won! Anyways, maybe I can watch more now. I like Abby too.

Perhaps she and Abby can collaborate on a new reality show–Lake Geneva Shore.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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REPORT: CBS to Exercise Option to Renew The Bold and the Beautiful Through 2024-2025 Season

Hot on the heels of today’s announcement of The Young and the Restless being picked-up for four more season, many have wondered what this means for its sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful.

According to a report by TV Line, during B&B’s last renewal pick-up for two years, CBS included an option for an additional year. So, when B&B’s current renewal expires this May, (just like Y&R’s was set to do) it included an additional option year.

A CBS source told the outlet, that the option will be exercised, extending B&B through the 2024-25 TV season. There most likely would be no official announcement for B&B continuing on for another year, since its not part of a newly-negotiated extension.

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The Bold and the Beautiful was co-created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell and premiered on CBS back on March 23, 1987. The series will be celebrating its 37th anniversary next month.

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Currently, viewers were in for a shock when this week, it appears that the powers-that-be ended the reign of terror of supervillain Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) or did they?

With Y&R renewed for four years, B&B expected for another under its current contract with CBS, Days of our Lives renewed through its 60th season and General Hospital continuing on, it looks like there is no need to worry at present time that the four remaining soap operas are going anywhere.

So, glad to know B&B will have CBS pick-up their option for at least another year? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless Renewed for Four More Years at CBS

Congratulations are in order to the cast, crew, creatives and fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. On Wednesday, the top-rated daytime drama was renewed by the network for four more years.

The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continuef to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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According to CBS, Y&R is averaging 3.50 million viewers this season. The series is also the #1 daytime program among African American viewers. Full episodes of the series are streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE.  The soap opera airs weekdays at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-12:30 p..m. PT.

Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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Other notable cast anniversaries in 2024 include: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) at 35 years and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) all at 30 years.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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