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Gina Tognoni Lands The Role Of Phyllis On The Young and the Restless!

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Big breaking news this morning!  The Young and the Restless had named Michelle Stafford’s successor in the role of Phyllis!  And the key part goes to … none other than former Guiding Light (Ex-Dinah) and One Life to Live (Ex-Kelly) star, and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni!

TV Guide which broke the story goes on to say that the Y&R brass thought that Tognoni’s audition and her take on the character was “flawless!”  You can look for Gina to show up as Phyllis and awaken from her coma late summer on the CBS soap!

As viewer know, Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford, who had made such an impact in the role, departed the series in 2013 and signed on to play Nina Clay on General Hospital where she will begin airing in all new episodes in June!

So, what do you think about Gina Tognoni landing the role of Phyllis in one of the most hotly coveted parts in all of daytime?  Do you think she will rock the part? Let us know what you think of Y&R’s casting choice!

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Max
Max

This was my choice!!! So happy to have you big on TV Gina.. Missed you!

k
k

To bad she isn’t playing Nina on GH, much better then what we got

Michael
Michael

What’s with all the trash talk?

andrew hass
andrew hass

I do think Gina Tognoni could have made a good Nina on GH but i think they always wanted Michelle Stafford in the role.Plus no matter who we want playing a character at the end of the day the decision is not ours to make.

Carole
Carole

Somebody obviously doesn’t watch Y n R so stop he trash talk.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

OH PLEASE LEAVE PHYLLIS IN A COMA> ENOUGH

MAXINE
MAXINE

First time on. have been watching Y&Rsince it first day.What is Phy;;is doing now,will she be back? She is one of best, Also Will the original Adam be returning ? He is the the Match for Victor, whom I love>

David
David

Gina! Why not? She was a great spitfire of a character as Kelly Cramer. Can’t wait to see her interact with Josh Morrow, Sharon Case,Cay McClain and Peter Bergman!

Moviegal
Moviegal

She won an Emmy for her portrayal of Dinah Marler on GL, and the (2) characters are very similar in nature. I think she’ll be great – although she has VERY big shoes to fill.

From what I’ve read here, Michelle Stafford is already riveting in her role of Nina on GH (as I knew that she would be). Hats off to both of these exquisite actresses – and a big congrats to both on their new roles!

Ella Brown
Ella Brown

No I don’t want Phyllis back!!!

Patrick
Patrick

very NICE read!

it’s always hurry up and wait

for the gala (LOVE) affair with soaps to present themselves…. to our liking…. or much to our chagrin….

be that as it may… once you’re hooked… its always on

brian
brian

I would have rather had Gina play the role of Nina on General Hospital !

Joel
Joel

I was thinking the same thing! She seems more suited to Sam & Silas.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Me too…

k
k

Oh yes……….

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I never watched OLTL. Did she ever play opposite Michael Easton on that soap?

Moviegal
Moviegal

Yes – and they were very hot.

brian
brian

Sort of… she play Kelly Kramer, Dorian’s niece. Started dating Joey Buchanan…and had non romantic involvements with John McBain, aka Michael Easton.

Monica
Monica

Excellent choice! Can’t wait to see her take on Phyllis.

Mika
Mika

She is way too young. Peter Bergman is going to be 61. She’d be better cast as his daughter.

Harry
Harry

Ah, but he barely looks fifty. Most of these soap actors, be they male or female, seem kind of ageless.

Debster
Debster

I know. She is too young. Cassie DePavia would have been ideal but she is miscast on Days as Eve Donavon..I wish Days and Y&R could trade actresses. Gina could play Eve.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m happy that Gina Tognoni has been cast as Phyllis and i’m also sure she will do a great job.Plus i’m glad that Y&R hired a veteran actress and a past Emmy winner in the role.Plus since Phyllis has been in a coma for a year or so that could be a good way to explain any behavior changes in the character.

jsnkth
jsnkth

A great choice. Hopefully, the writing team will rise to the occasion…

Susan
Susan

That would be nice, but I don’t see it happening with the current writers.

MJ
MJ

@Susan I totally agree with you. The stories and pace are not very good right now. I have 10 episodes waiting for me on my TiVo but I really have to desire to watch them. That hasn’t happened to me in a very long time.

k/kay
k/kay

Always liked her as an actress this tells me their probably is not going to be a mention of her being a grandma! Lol I also do not think you will see a visit from Daniel and we will probably have a NIck, Sharon & Phyllis triangle again I do not see her with PB. This show is struggling so bad I do not think bringing this character back is going to help wish her good luck however.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

If you look at my screen name, I obviously know Gina Tognoni and think she is an excellent actress. I definitely wish her good luck with the part. I do have to agree with you. Y&R is struggling to put it mildly.

Harry
Harry

She is a terrific choice–she is a little spit fire. I suspect I will like her interpretation of Phyllis better than Stafford’s. I do wish the writing team would pick it up.
Watching Y&R is like watching my Chia Pet head grow these days.

k/kay
k/kay

Oh trust me I loved her as Kelly Cramer and she was a good Dinah on GL I just have a problem with the age but will see. I just remember MAB when she cast Maura West as Dianne total disaster. JFP has a problem with women over 40 and that offends me.

k/kay
k/kay

My sister seems to think with this casting that they are going to take her out of Jack’s orbit and maybe even put her in a triangle with Avery & Dylan. Any thoughts??

k
k

Maybe Steve will come back to play Jason… Y&R sux.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The only reason Burton went to Y&R is because he’s a friend of JFP. Since she gives him everything he wants, he’ll probably be there as long as she is, or at least as long as he has that preferred 3-day filming schedule.

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

She is almost a decade behind Phyllis lol! I don’t see her with Jack either, GT could pass for his daughter, if ppl thought Neil and Hilary was bad. I also see her in a triangle with Shick or even with Davery lawd knows they need something! Can’t wait to see what she does with the role.

louisa
louisa

I love her! Y&R made a smart choice. I just wish she was coming to GH instead of Michelle Stafford.

Cathy
Cathy

GT is a great choice and can act. Prefer her over MS and wish MS wasn’t on GH. Don’t buy into the MS hype at all.

Harry
Harry

Cathy–me either! The Empress has no clothes in my opinion.

Debster
Debster

DITTO. Never got the “love” for MS.

NATHALIE
NATHALIE

surprised but happy. thought they would of taken a blonde instead but perfect choice. shes good !

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Why? Phyllis wasn’t a natural blonde. Plus, she was a brunette when Michelle Stafford was last in the role.

Harry
Harry

I thought Phyllis was always a red head which is why Jack always called her “Red”?

Dinah
Dinah

Great love Gina, hell of actress

B.J.
B.J.

I couldn’t agree more, Dinah. May tune back in to see her arrival. 🙂

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

While I would’ve preferred for Sarah Joy Brown to be cast as nuPhyllis, I am of fan of Gina’s body of work in daytime, and I do believe that she will excel greatly in the role. Plus, I feel like she’ll open new opportunities for Phyllis’ connections with several players on the Genoa City canvas! I cannot wait for her debut. I hope people give her a chance before being their usual judgmental selves.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I also hope people give Gina Tognoni a chance before judging her and try not to compare her to Michelle Stafford because they are 2 different kind of actresses.

Reagan
Reagan

So agree with you on Sarah Brown. Also think Gina will do fine. Just really had my hopes up for Sarah. Wonder if she even submitted for role.

Harry
Harry

I hope the same thing, Andrew. I bet she can win them over as Phyllis just as Kassie (Blair from OLTL) will win over the Days fans as Eva.

Susan
Susan

I would have liked to see Sarah Brown or Jamie Lunar. However, I have never seen Gina’s acting so am interested to see what she does with the character. I loved Michelle Stafford in the part, but that’s what it is, a part. Gina will probably be just fine. I think the one they are really going to have trouble with is the recast of Adam Newman.

Debster
Debster

Sarah Brown, Jamie Luner, Kimberlin Brown, ex-Skye (AMS/GH); Susan Haskell ex-Marty Saybrooke OLTL – all the right age to play Phyllis. However, my favourite would have been Cassie DePavia (ex- Blair OLTL) who is very ill cast as Evan Donnavon on Days.

Michael
Michael

Yes Yes ex miss dinah Marler Guiding Light is the new Phyllis, great choice, she is a terrific actress. My prediction was right, I said in recent posts Gina should make an excellent Phyllis, abd I was right. Congrats Gina I will be watching you on the young and the restless.

Michael
Michael

I meant, and I was right Lol.

elyse dumas
elyse dumas

what a great choice! she will do very well! love her work on other soaps! can play good girl or bad girl!

Jan S
Jan S

Great choice! Loved her in Guiding Light! Can ‘t wait! Hey Michele chose to leave. Gina, you go girl!

Roxy
Roxy

Can’t wait love Phyllis and Gina should rock it!

dmr
dmr

Way to go, Gina! I remember Gina just starting out on OLTL as rebellious Kelly Cramer. I think the character started with green or purple hair? Hearing this makes me miss GL, back in the day, from the 90’s-when I used to watch it in high school.

Carole
Carole

Awesome! My first pick! Love Gina! Now if only they would they would pick Trevor St. John for Adam!

Jimmy
Jimmy

She wasn’t my first but she was definitely up there, she has the acting chops for the role and she looks more like Avery’s sister than Michelle did.

And I 100% agree about TSJ as Adam! He’s definitely my first pick for that role

Carole
Carole

Avery is boring me, and by the way, Kelly Sullivan was younger than both Maurice and Lisa but they made it work! And Peter looks damn good for his age (which is a year behind mine)!

Mo
Mo

Good for her. Liked her on OLTL. Will she dye her hair or will the nickname Red be retired?

Jimmy
Jimmy

Michelle Stafford has brown hair the last time we saw her yet Jack still called Phyllis ‘Red.’ And personally, I can’t see her as a love interest for Jack anymore, Michelle Stafford and Peter Bergman were so amazing together, I can’t imagine the same chemistry will be recaptured with PB and GT. Just like how David Tom and Amelia Henile don’t have nearly the same chemistry she had with Billy Miller, and because of that their relationship is falling apart. I think the same will happen with Jack and ‘Red,’ also because of his current relationship with Kelly. BTW Cady McClain is doing VERY well in the role!

Harry
Harry

Yes she is, Jimmy. Cady is working the hell out of this part and Peter Bergman seems to be just glowing again. No matter who is playing Phyllis, I don’t want Jack reunited with her. I always felt that Jack was Phyllis’s second choice. It’s nice to see Jack with a woman who appreciates him for who he is.

Patrick
Patrick

@Harry

well said… on Phyllis treating jack like second fare

his character didn’t deserve that!

I thought their on-screen chemistry, TOGETHER, sizzled

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well Jack did tell Kelly his nickname for Phyllis wasn’t really about her hair color but for her fiery temperament- being passionate and a spit fire— so the nick name still applies–

Mo
Mo

Now, what about Adam??!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

My thoughts exactly! It was pretty clear they were going to recast him when MM was fired, so have they found anyone yet? Hopefully it will be Trevor St. John or another actor of that caliber because Adam is a central character who drives stories, so the actor portraying him has to be up to that standard, as well as the standard that Michael Muhney has set for the character.

andrew hass
andrew hass

It wouldn’t surprise me if the next major casting news we hear from Y&R is that they have hired a new actor to play Adam.However they may wait a few weeks before announcing it because they may not want it to overshadow this news.

Derrick
Derrick

Wasn’t too sure but I think she will make a great Phyllis!

Mark
Mark

She and Avery will finally look like sisters at least.

Rob
Rob

Love her, but isnt she too young?

Definitely could be worse and she definitely has the chops for it.

Robert
Robert

I have to say I agree the first thought that came to mind about Gina that, she is two young to play the role of Phyllis. I love Gina’s work as Kelly Cramer and I know she has the abilities to bring a character to life, so I am hoping to buy her as Phyllis when she makes her debut.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Im PICKLED TINK for my birthday twin! She will be great, & not for nothing, she looks more like Avery’s sister now!

Joan
Joan

I am glad they are finally bringing back Phyllis. She is an important part of the show. Gina is as good a choice as any. I can’t wait for her to tell what really happened with Sharon. I vaguely Gina her from OLTL which I stopped watching years ago.

su0000
su0000

Since they are replacing Phyllis then Gina Tognoni is a good choice, but still…??

kalamaty
kalamaty

Not enthused. No one will be Phyllis in my book but the tough broad who created her, Michelle Stafford. They should just write her out of town, IMO.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Great news, I predicted Gina would be the new phyllis Summers Abbott. Great casting she has won 2 daytime emmys, Gina is 40 years old, and she is a wonderful actress.

su0000
su0000

Michelle Stafford is Phyllis..

Gina Tognoni will never be Phyllis – fail ..
Michelle Stafford made Phyllis her own / not replaceable

Michael M made Adam his own , not replaceable..
Billy Miller made Billy Abbott his own, new Billy is a fail..

Y&R recasting 3 powerful stars who made their characters their own, is a bad move, all 3 replacements will fail ..

(New Kelly is a fail-blahh)
also- I did not like Gina Tognoni as Kelly on OlTL.. lol ..

Soon, there will be no saving Y&R 🙁

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Almost no one is irreplaceable in daytime. And it’s ironic that the two actors you mention (Muhney and Miller) were recasts who were given a chance by the fans and showed what they could do with their roles. Let’s hope Y&R viewers keep open minds and see what Gina Tognoni brings to the table. She certainly has shown her acting chops on other soaps with memorable roles. Judging her before she even airs is just counterproductive.

Omar
Omar

I agree with your post the best sonniorsolita..All this negative people making predictions without knowing a peep about anything, lol.

Everywhere Ms Gina goes, she has given riveting performances, hence her 2 daytime emmy wins..Love her..I was thinking they will replace Phyllis with a fairly unknow actress, but glad they got her.

PatF
PatF

YR has had to replace irreplaceable talent for years. It’s the nature of the business.

Since Stafford can’t come back, it was time to recast this important role.

Soooooooo glad it wasn’t any of those old GH names being tossed about. Whew!

Gina was good as Dinah on Guiding Light, so I’m sure she’s THRILLED to be back on the #1 soap on the #1 Daytime network.

Can’t wait to see her in the role.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Now Y&R is replacing fans!

Monica
Monica

Oh please, give her a chance. YOU sound so negative, gina is one hell of an actress. The lady can act, she will be a terrific Phyllis.

PatF
PatF

Su0000 is not a YR fan, but posts just to bash.

Some sort of jealousy issue with their ratings dominance…

Harry
Harry

Monica, chuckling at your post. But yes, this is FABULOUS choice. She might even be better than Michelle Stafford. As you said, let’s give her a chance.

su0000
su0000

I am a Y&R fan..
I bashed nobody..
I said all 3 recasts will fail..

New Kelly and Billy prove my point 🙂

Being a good actress has nothing to with it.. It has to do with being Phyllis..
Gina Tognoni will never be Phyllis – MS is phyllis and GT will not be the same Phillis..

(comprehension is key 🙂

su0000
su0000

Monica-
I never said anything about Gina’s acting, never mentioned it…
I said- in essence she will not and can not be Phillis she will be ‘a’ Phillis but not thee Phyllis..
I was big Phyllis fan.. there is no replacing her in my world..
My Philis is gone Gina will be a different Phyllis ..
But what can ya do lol ..

MJ
MJ

That’s right, Monica! Seems to be a Negative Nancy in the house. Remember, Michelle Stafford was replaced once before by actress Sandra Nelson. She was a pretty good recast but when Michelle wanted to return they gave the part back.

andrew hass
andrew hass

When Michelle Stafford returned to Y&R in 2000 her replacement Sandra Nelson had been off the show for a bit.So it wasn’t like Michelle immediately came back and took back the character of Phyllis from her.

boes
boes

You don’t watch Y&R – you’ve said so in several GH threads. So since it doesn’t matter to you what do you care?

Harry
Harry

SuOO, the reason I was chuckling is because when anyone deigns to be critical of GH, you call that person, negative, mean, bitter, with nothing better to do with their time. In fact, you have even question our sanity. You have a history of it. I have been on the other end of your name calling and it’s rather maddening.
Having said, that, you are fully entitled to express your negative view points about Y&R without being called names. But please remember what is good for the gander is good for the goose. In other words, learn something from this.

Johnny
Johnny

Well said ! I agree.

natw
natw

I have to disagree with you on the Kelly recast….Cady has made that role so much better…and Gina will also be a successful recast of Phyllis.

jennifer
jennifer

Gina was beloved on Guiding Light as Dinah, but is way to young as Phyllis. Michelle Stafford is 48 years old, Gina is 40, They should have cast Jamie Luner or Robin Christopher. But i will watch and give Gina a chance. Gina is a great actress. I did like her on Guiding Light.

Mary SF
Mary SF

People need to remember the actor’s age has nothing to do with the character’s age. According to the history of the show, the character Phyllis came to GC in 1994 and was twenty years old at the time, which means Phyllis is supposed to be 40.

For me the real problem is they SORASed both of the character’s children that there is no way a forty year old Phyllis, would have a child in his thirties. Daniel should only be twenty and Summer should only be eight. So what is silly is they SORASed the kids but the parents don’t age with them– and that is why any actress who is the same age Phyllis should be would look too young.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with you Mary…most do forget the age think…i remember on Days when 30something Susan Seaforth was playing Julie and they SORASed her son David who return to Salem played by 20something Richard Gutherie and l always thought Julie looked way too young to have a son that age…she did look slighly older when she shorten her hair but in the end it really didnt bother me like it has some others…Susan and Richard had great chemistry together as mother and son which helped make it work…back in the 60s the actress who played Ellen on ATWTs was only 5 years older than the actor who played her son Dan and audiences accepted it…im certain Gina will do great in the part…i watched her for years when she was Kelly on OLTL!!!

Harry
Harry

Mary, you are quite right. Erica Kane taught us that age is irrelevant in soap land. We never heard Erica’s grandchildren call her grandma and we got to see her daughters age into their 30’s which Erica remained forever twenty-nine.
I miss Erica.

Liz Arnold
Liz Arnold

Although I don’t watch Y&R I am very happy for Gina and wish he much success in the recast role. Cheers!

Danielle
Danielle

I don’t think Gina looks old enough to play Phyllis a mother with a daughter in her late teen early twenty!

davlestev1
davlestev1

That age difference is really pushing it. If this goes and she’s successful by the time Michelle Stafford decides to return to Y&R (and she will) it will be a bit jarring. She’s going to come on looking Chelsea’s age. Not quite sure why they couldn’t do a proper talent search instead of a search your mind and choose an actress from all the shows we’ve helmed. Kelly Menighan-Hensley ex-Emily ATWT is the spot on age for this character and they could have at least given her a go at it. I’m flummoxed as to what is going on over there at Y&R.

Debster
Debster

the age difference bothers me when there are so many other talented actresses who are the right age to play Phyllis.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Never saw her previous work which might actually help me see her as nuPhyllis rather than any other character she used to play. However before deciding if this is good or bad casting I will have to see her in the role, see her connection to the other characters on screen and see how the writers write for her. I am hoping they made the right choice, because Y&R has lost a lot of talent this year, it would be a refreshing change to see them get some new talent.

niki
niki

I think Gina will do great.
Michelle who?

Debster
Debster

Michelle who….AMEN!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

LOL!! I googled 2014 images for Kelly-Menighan Hensley and there’s a photo of Gina Tognoni right smack next to Kelly’s. Kelly looks fantastic and she should have been chosen.

Chaz
Chaz

I like Gina Tognoni and the roles she played on GL & OLTL but, cannot see her playing a grandmother. Also, surprised because I know she lives in Hoboken, NJ and had started a shoe company. Plus, thought her husband had business(s) based in NYC. So, her willingness to relocate to LA is surprising…unless she got a Steve Burton deal where she only has to be in LA a few days a month.

Gino
Gino

Gina Gina welcome back to daytime, you will rock as Phyllis. In the 1990s. Abby Dalton played phyllis mom. Please recast with Marj Dusay ex Alex GL or Elizabeth Hubbard ex Lucinda AS THe world turns. Both of them are excellent actresses. Phyllis needs her mother in Genoa City.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Am salivating for Marj or Elizabeth to be back on screen.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I’d vote:

Donna Mills as Lydia Summers, the mother of Phyllis and Avery.

Elizabeth Hubbard as Dina Abbott Mergeron, the mother of Jack, Ashley and Tracy

Andrea
Andrea

Both soaps got great actresses. Congrats to the actresses

carinamia
carinamia

Nice! Hoping she’s as good as I’ve been hearing and can pull off phyllis… Rooting for an italian/american actress regardless! Forza Gina!

Spectrum
Spectrum

I was hesitant to think Phyllis could be recast due to Michelle building such a great character. I think Gina will be a good choice. My God bring back Billy Miller!!!!! MM was so great as Adam. Too bad differences could not be worked out. It seems as though Phelps is killing Y&R and it is like watching a slow painful train wreck. I wish someone would oust her and the show could actually be good again. All the characters that were great were either fired or left. Hmmmmm. Now the show is filled with BORING characters like Lily and Devon. Boring cast, boring stories, snoozefest! Now Chloe is going? My God. She was the firey one along with Phyllis that made stories fun. It takes me about 6 min. to watch the show on FFW. Been watching 23 years and have never seen it suck this bad ever!!!!!!!!

Debster
Debster

Oh leave Devon and Lily alone. Abby, Kevin, Dylan are boring, so why pick on just those 2?

Johnny
Johnny

Well…she is a little young for this role. That said…I love her and I am sure they have ways of making her look older. It will be nice for her to have a role on a show in no danger of being cancelled as the last 2 shows she was on were. Way to go GiTo!!

Danjella
Danjella

Love OLTL’s Cramer Women! Gina Tognoni and Kassie DePaiva are both great actresses. However, I am starting to think that GT should have been cast as Eve on DAYS and KP as Phyllis on YR.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

funny…. read “JustSaying” idea…

as a DAYS fan… I am so looking forward to how much heat, interest, intrigue, pull, ratings, fan laud, that Kassie DePaiva will generate for DAYS

I never watched OLTL… watched her some on nuOLTL and GH… and was smitten…

I hope she’s on DAYS for the long haul… and for as long as she wants

Debster
Debster

Ditto Danjella. Great minds think alike. I have posted this on several other sites on here about Cassie being Phyllis and Gina, Eve.

mm
mm

MS left the show because she wanted to try a new soap or IDK if I know it, before the role of Phyllis was recasted, I knew KD will be the perfect Phyllis and GT will be the perfect Eve on DOOL.

Reasons why I thought they will switch roles
Their ages, KD is 53, I thought they will SORASed Phyllis for four years and making the character a southern belle. GT is 40, I knew GT is eight years younger than MS to play Phyllis

Jimmy
Jimmy

Love it! She’s a great actress and she and Avery will look much more like sisters now. Yes, she is 8 years younger than Michelle Stafford, but I still think she’ll do a great job. Age on soaps has never seemed to matter before. My only gripe is that she is better suited for the role of Nina on GH instead of MS – it’d be nice is she was returning to Y&R as Phyllis as she is the original. But, I am looking forward to GT, I just hope the writers know what they’re doing with the role and it doesn’t become a train-wreck like Maura West as Diane did back a few years ago.

This casting has also given me hope that maybe Y&R’s casting department isn’t completely incompetent, and will find a suitable actor to play Adam, like they found Gina for Phyllis. nuBilly is not cutting it, and many people agree, even though he’s the original adult portrayer. However, GT as Phyllis is a good idea, so hopefully they will find a great actor to play Adam.

PatF
PatF

Age has nothing to do with it folks.

She’s playing a character, not herself.

And so that means she could play older or younger.

Not an issue.

Cady M is 44 and they have her paired with PB.

AH was OLDER than Billy Miller.

Etc. etc.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

It’s not looking good. The ship’s taking in too much water!

davlestev1
davlestev1

@4everDAYS..LOL..Amen..even the orchestra is abandoning ship!!

Debster
Debster

Pat, Gina looks too young to be a grandma and love interest for Jack and looks like Avery’s younger sister than older. Michelle looks like a 50+

Dale
Dale

She’s going to n AWESOME!!! THEY PICKED THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO PLAY NEW PHYLLIS!!!

Adam
Adam

Great choice this is who I wanted I am thrilled, okay so MS left to GH good ridden’s, yes she was great, but she left her loss.

I like that Gina got this and she will make it worth watching!

Awesome!

jo
jo

I am so excited! She was fabulous as Dinah on GL, which we miss every day!
Somebody was listening to the viewers! long overdue .
It’s the quality of the performance that counts. The other things I agree are not an issue. Love Gina!
Congrats to her!

JustSaying
JustSaying

God what is with Y&R? I cannot believe how much they miscast people.

Gina would have been a better replacement for Cynthia Watros (Kelly) and Cady would have been a better replacement for Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).

How did they get this backwards??????

George
George

I want wendy moniz !

toscanti
toscanti

AMAZING NEWS!!!!! She is so talented and was my first choice for the replacement of MS. IMO she is the one actress that will hit “Phyllis” spot on. She came on to GL as “Dinah” replacing Wendy Monitz and was Fantastic. Congrats and Good Luck Gina. Now if we can undo the firing of MM and BM. FIRE JFP!!!!

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

I LOVE Gina, met her at several events in NYC. I think she can do a great job…hope Y&R fans give her a while to put her face on the role. As far as being partnered with Jack…only 4 years younger than Cady. GO GINA!

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Four generations of women are thrown together by circumstance to live under one roof and survive in Los Angeles in the new comedy series Mood Swings set to kick-off on October 24th on streaming service Pure Flix (www.PureFlix.com). New episodes will be released every Thursday for eight weeks.

Some very notable soap opera faces are featured in the cast.  Chief among them is former OLTL and GL star, Crystal Hunt, who also serves as the creator and executive producer of the comedy.

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In addition to Hunt, none other than Knots Landing and General Hospital favorite, Donna Mills is along for the comedy ride as Hunt’s mother.. Hunt and Mills first worked together on the defunct reality series, Queens of Drama.

Joining Hunt and Mills and rounding out the cast are: Robin Riker (Ex-B&B and GH), Sophia Gasca (Ballers), Christina DeRosa (Bad Moms), Scott Bailey (Ex -GL and currently, The Bay,) and Jason Earles (Hannah Montana).  Plus, Dyan Cannon plays Hunt’s aunt in Mood Swings.

According to the loglines for the series: “Newly divorced from her mega-successful, controlling and philandering husband Jonathan (Bailey), Farrah (Hunt) is awarded the couple’s Malibu mansion along with an enormous mortgage and minimal financial support to take care of herself and 8-year-old son Ryder. Recognizing she needs an income, yet having no work experience whatsoever, Farah decides to rent out rooms in her house in order to pay the bills. After placing an ad on Craigslist for female roommates, enter Coco (Riker), a disgruntled working woman; Dani (DeRosa), a fiery Canadian-Italian culinary wizard and hopeful Hollywood actress; and Emilia (Gasca), an enigmatic Dominican entrepreneur trying to get U.S. citizenship.  Farrah’s live-in not-so-handy handyman Angel (Earles) adds even more comedic moments to the show as he both struggles and enjoys being the only adult male in the household. While all the women come from different backgrounds and generations, they are brought together by unforeseen circumstances and what ensues is a wild and hysterical ride full of laughs.”

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In a statement on the launch of the streaming series, Hunt expressed: “We felt there was a need for a great female ensemble comedy.  Right now, you can only watch reruns of shows like ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Designing Women’ to enjoy a female-driven show. Our thinking was to embrace the legacy of these programs while adding a modern twist.”

Look for new episodes of Mood Swings to be released every Thursday for eight weeks starting with the October 24th debut. And, check out the trailer for the series below.

PureFlix.com is a destination for the faith, family-friendly and wholesome entertainment that’s now available on any device anytime, anywhere throughout the United States and Canada.

So what do you think of the premise of Mood Swings? Will you be checking out some of these soapy notables in their new comedy roles? Comment below.

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‘Beacon Hill’ Prepping Its Long-Awaited Season Two Featuring Soap Notables

A few years back, Beacon Hill was one of the most talked about web series for its soapy cast and bringing same-sex romance, political scandal and familial drama to the table.  And now, it appears after a four year wait\ the creators and the cast are ready to go back into production for its second season.

In order to do that, the producers are driving a crowdfunding campaign via IndieGoGo to raise funds to make their planned production a reality.

Guiding Light and Venice favorite, Crystal Chappell is once again returning in role of “Claire”, along with these daytime fan favorites: Alicia Minshew, Melissa Archer, Ron Raines, John-Paul Lavoisier, Ricky Paull Goldin, Scott Bryce, Tina Sloan, Louise Sorel and the new additions to the cast: Nadia Bjorlin, Jacob Young, Hillary B. Smith, and Marem Hassler who takes over the key role of “Katherine” from Sarah Brown.

The series promises longer episodes than season one, and it will finally deliver to fans the reveal of that cliffhanger: “Who is at the damn door?”

As of Sunday night, there are 43 days left to donate to the fund to help make Beacon Hill second two come to life so they can shoot the series in New England.

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Check out this video below from Chappell and company that was released over the weekend.

So, would you like to see season 2 of Beacon Hill? Comment below.

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Guiding Light & ATWT Alum, Tom Pelphrey Is New Series Regular In Upcoming Season of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Well, soap fans knew when they saw the character of Jonathan Randall debut in Springfield on Guiding Light that the young man who portrayed him was going to go far in his career, and that has been what’s been happening since he left daytime for Tom Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role on GL and later did a run as Mick on As the World Turns, has gone on to star as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, appeared on Cinemax’s Banshee and more recently did a guest spot on NBC;’s drama Blindspot to name just a few of his projects.

Now comes word via Deadline that Pelphrey is joining the third season of Netflix’s drama Ozark as a series regular.  The series stars Laura Linney and Jason Bateman and details the life of a family as the navigate within a dangerous drug cartel.

Pelphrey has been cast Linney’s younger brother named Ben Davis, and in story, he arrives for an unannounced and inopportune visit. He quickly reminds Wendy (Linney) who she used to be and who she is running from.

Upon the announcement of his casting, Tom took to his Twitter account and said, “Dream job!”

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So, will you be checking out Ozark to see Tom in his new role?  Did you love him as Jonathan (Reva’s son) on Guiding Light? Comment below.  But first watch Tom’s winning moments and acceptance speeches at the 2006 and 2008 Daytime  Emmys.

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