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Ignacio Serricchio Casts On The Young and the Restless As New Undercover Cop!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Add this to the list of more changes at The Young and the Restless – casting side!  TV Guide is reporting today that Ignachio Serricchio, best known for his role as the text-message killer, Diego Alcazar on General Hospital, and more recently for his portrayal of Manny Ramos on  the hit web series, The Bay, has been cast in a new role on the number one soap!

Serricchio is now set to play a new character named Alex, a streetwise undercover officer who comes to Genoa City from the Big Apple with a big secret.  A representative for Y&R informs TVG that the actor is expected to begin work in late October and will hit the air in December.

The casting of Serricchio looks to be a part of a previously announced initiative from new Y&R executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps and head writer, Josh Griffith, of bringing a prominent Latino contingent to the top-rated soap!

What do you think of the casting of Ignachio?  Let us know your thoughts!

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love it. the soap needs diversity

Love all the hot young people coming in! I hope they are not all immiature and disrespectful like Abby,Summer,Fen ,and Kyle. We need young people who act right not throw tantrums.

Noah also needs a spouse so he stops disrespecting Sharon. She is his mother and far from wrong. He should be mature enough to know the town has treated Sharon bad and wrong!….

I just love the new writers for putting Sharon and Adam back in love. I love all the new hot young meat men 🙂

Always liked Ignacio.

Well, I guess the budget is no longer an issue.

They needed to get rid of all the older people they hired to make room for the Young and the Restless and hot! The show was becoming the Old and decrepit with Victor Nikki and Tucker yuck

I guess that’s one way of looking at it. HA!!!

The Old and the Decrepit? That is an awful thing to say.

It is true Genoa city was in desperate need of ethnic diversity. And they were running out of eligable men to pair with existing female characters. So as long as they write a good story for these new characters and don’t put all the core players on the back burner I will be willing to give this new character and others a chance

Well, with all the firing/hiring going on, the ratio is way off balance.
There will be 13 women vs. 20 men.
How do you figure they are running out of men?

I was thinking of eligable men, characters who are not married or seriously involved with anyone at the moment and I could only think of Jack, Tucker and Neil. I wasn’t counting the boys, like Noah, Kyle or Fen. I didn’t count the cast members literally, because I was thinking of male characters available to have a romance with available female characters– characters that they haven’t all ready been paired together before, in my mind the potential for a new romance between exitsting characters seem slim and new male leads would widen that relationship pool a bit. Does that explain my reasoning better?

Here’s a quote from the interview head writer Josh Griffith gave to TV Guide about recent firings: “We looked at the characters that didn’t have long-reaching history and connection to the heart of the show and made the tough call to cut them loose so we can focus on the core.” Sooo…I’m asuming these three new guys are recasts of old favorites? JT with a sunburn? David Kimball found a better plastic surgeon? It seems pretty obvious that these are new characters with no “long-running history” with the show. We also heard about Y&R having too many characters. So the new regime fired three actors…and hired three actors. I think the new gang has the right to do whatever they feel will improve the show. But when you call it a return to old favorites or a leaner cast to give each character more time and then hire three newcomers… And, yes, bringing on a Latino presence is a great idea. But if the goal of this is “diversity”, why remove two of six contract roles for African-Americans at the same time? The audience is smart enough to understand how a budget works. We know they needed to fire expensive actors and hire cheaper ones – period. No other “theme” to this restructuring seems to hold up to scrutiny in light of these recent hires. It wasn’t a return to old favorites or an increase in airtime per player. And, while it may be technically more diverse since there is almost no Latino presence on the show currently, the ratio of white to non-white characters is about the same. When the new writer and producer say it’s this and this and this and budget – and then make changes which seem only to fix the budget, which problem do we think they were really fixing?

Does this mean we solve a case and we get rid of the dirt bag Ronan? Then heck yes I am all in.

I know for a hot shot FBI agent this guy has a hard time putting 2 and 2 together. And why is the Micheal the DA doing the job of the police? Didn’t these folks ever see Law & Order, first the police gathers the evidence, then you arrest the suspect, then you go to court. In Genoa City they arrest you then they try to find the evidence sometimes as the trail is progress. It is so sad, poor Genoa City PD was never the same after Carl Williams left.

First we need a DA’s office and Michael would never be the DA he is a convicted felon only by the grace of Christine did he get his law license back you know the one where we do corporate law, custody law, murder. Only on a soap.

Another unnecessary cast addition. Does not make sense.

I’d rather have Ignacio than two unknown “models.”

Why not bring him on as a recast Raul? That character already has an established connection to core characters

I Think that he will turn out to be the real Ricky Williams that was switched at birth.

Why do we need a cop? I was hoping the cop stories would fizzle out. I just don’t understand what’s going on at Y&R.

True…if they wanted to beef up the Latino population they already have Raul. Oh, wait…Raul would be Latino AND gay….one too many minorities for Y&R.

For a minute there, I thought you were talking about Raul from back in the day – Raul, Mac, JT…et al…

i’m happy he’s there — i actually had the privilege of meeting him at my workplace yesterday. he couldn’t have been sweeter [or cuter]! he’s a doll and i hope he stays on the show a long time!

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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General Hospital Daytime Emmy-Winning Directing Team Remembers Johnny Wactor: “He Came to Set Every Day with a Smile of Gratitude and a Love-Filled Hug for Everybody”

It has been a rough year and a half for the General Hospital family losing so many beloved cast members and producer, Nneka Garland.  Now, the Daytime Emmy-winning directing team has spoken out about the emotional toll it has taken on everyone associated with the show, and most recently, with the heartbreaking murder of Johnny Wactor (Ex-Brando Corbin).

The actor was shot back in the wee hours of the morning on May 25th by a masked gunman who was part of three car thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s vehicle. Johnny came upon the scene after he finished his bartending shift in downtown Los Angeles and was walking a co-worker to their cars.

Last Friday at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, GH was named Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series. Following their on-stage victory, the group stopped by to chat with Michael Fairman TV on the Winners Walk.

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Directors Robert Markham, Tina Keller, Allison Reames and the rest of the award-wining directing team, shared in the joy of their victory, but it was not lost on them the seriousness of the moment as well.

Tina Keller expressed, “It’s been a rough year, and it’s been really rough for General Hospital recently with Johnny.” Keller, along with Robert Markham recalled what it was like working with Wactor.

“He came to set every day with a smile of gratitude and a love-filled hug for everybody,” shared Keller. “I’ve never worked with anyone who was so much light-filled and happy to be where he was. Just so much gratitude and joy and it’s a tremendous loss for his friends, his family, and anyone who loved him.” An emotional Robert Markham confirmed what Keller shared,  “Yeah, absolutely. He was a gentleman. He really was, and we’re going to miss him.”

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GH paid tribute to Wactor in the final moments of the Tuesday, June 11th episode with a title card in remembrance of the slain actor. A march in Los Angeles is scheduled for this morning, Wednesday, June 12th, to City Hall for a call for change to clean up the streets of LA from crime, to help find Wactor’s killer.

The directing team took home the gold in the Directing for a Daytime Drama Series category, in part, due to the episode they submitted surrounding the memorial of Epiphany Johnson played by the late Sonya Eddy, who passed away back in December of 2022. The second episode they submitted was when Anna’s (Finola Hughes) house was set on fire.

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Keller spoke to directing the memorial episode that was so heartfelt and raw as performed by the cast that knew and loved Sonya Eddy. “You know, it was a beautiful day to be able to pay tribute to Sonya and it was a rollercoaster all day,” shared Tina.

“We had our cast giving tributes to her and they all did such a beautiful job. It was well-written and a rough day emotionally, but it was an honor to be able to play a tribute to somebody who’s been such an important role in General Hospital throughout the history of the show,” Keller concluded.

You can check out the entire conversation with the Daytime Emmy-winning Directing team from General Hospital below. Make sure to visit the Michael Fairman Channel for full coverage of the red carpet and Winners Walk with interviews from daytime’s biggest night.

Now, let us know, what you thought of the winning GH Emmy episode submissions and the heartfelt words from the directors on the death of Johnny Wactor and the loss of Sonya Eddy via the comment section.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Johnny Wactor is urged to contact LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to lacrimestoppers.org.

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