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Is John Driscoll on his way out at Y&R?

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps can concur with today’s TV Guide Canada’s, Soapgeist column, that we also heard rumblings and speculation,  and over Daytime Emmy weekend, that John Driscoll (Chance) might be on his way out, or dropped to recurring,  as Phillip “Chance” Chancellor IV, and that this may happen before the start of fall.  Given recent developments of rumors that Phillip Chancellor III, Thom Bierdz, may be heading back to Genoa City for a bit, and that Jeff Branson is playing a different breed of detective as Ronan Malloy, by deducing the info , could this be indeed true?  So where does that leave Chloe and Heather in all this?  Hmmm.

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AMANDA
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AMANDA

I hope John Driscoll’s departure is just a rumor. I loved him on Guiding Light and starting watching Young and Restless, when he joined the show. I really do understand why nice characters on soaps are considered boring. I think it is good to have decent people with good character on soaps. I love the Chance character portrayed so well by John Driscoll. His character is a kind, loyal gentleman. I find nothing boring about that. I also love the Chance and Chloe love story. I suppose Jeff Branson (Ronan) will replace him as the city’s detective. Another evil character,… Read more »

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John Driscoll is a fabulous actor and by what I’ve read thus far, noone understands why???? If they do bring Chance back and it’s not played by John Driscoll the story isn’t going to be the same…The Y&R writers/executive, etc. need to re-thing their decision. If in fact that it was a contract negot. they should of agreed to his terms…I’ve really lost interest in watching it now and only get bits & pieces…

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Angela, I read your reply to my prior post and agree with you 100%. I am also very dissapointed about John’s departure from Y&R. I do not believe that he will be back. A very good friend of his posted this comment on line on September 27th. She said “John was terminated from Y&R in July. Chance might return but John will not be returning. He is onto other things”. I know for a fact that this person is a very good friend of John’s. I have seen them together at soap opera events. She will never post anything about… Read more »

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Angela, I agree with you 100% and read your reply to my prior post. Unfortunately, more information was discovered since that time. A very good friend of John’s posted this comment on line on September 22nd. She said, “Chance may return to Y&R, but John will not return. He was told of his termination in July. He is now onto other things”. I know for a fact that this person is a good friend of John’s. I have seen them together at soap opera events. She would never post anything that was not 100% accurate. Personally, I do not think… Read more »

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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Role In ABC Hit Drama, ‘Big Sky’

David E, Kelley’s new drama, Big Sky has been a captivating hit series for ABC in its freshmen offering.  Former One Life to Live star, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas), who was one of the leads of the series, was seemingly killed-off early on and the show has had more shocking twists and turns in the crime thriller.

For those who don’t know, Big Sky, follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. After a winter break, Big Sky returned with new episodes this week.

Now, another soap alum has been added to the cast in the back-half of the first season.  Enter Michelle Forbes (Ex-Sonia/Solita, Guiding Light).  Michelle will take on the role of a mother named Margaret.

According to Deadline on Forbes’ Margaret: “She seems to be the picture-perfect ranch wife who knows her place, likes to bake and loves all of her children equally, but scratch the surface and there’s real steel beneath.”

So excited to see Michelle on Big Sky? Did you love her as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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This Week Mark Guiding Light’s 84th Anniversary with Grant Aleksander & Beth Chamberlin in Virtual Chat

On Monday, Guiding Light turned 84!  The historic soap opera started on radio before moving to broadcast television which count for the astounding total.

Guiding Light began its journey back on January 25, 1937 on NBC Radio, then moved to CBS Radio, and then eventually to CBS Television on June 30, 1952 (although it also continued on radio for a few years also till 1956).

So many fans mourned the cancellation of the series, and had to say goodbye to their beloved characters of Springfield when it went off the air on September 18th, 2009.

To mark this week’s 84th anniversary of the soap opera, The Locher Room is set to welcome two fan favorite stars, Grant Aleksander (Phillip  Spaulding) and Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), as they share their memories of working together and portraying one of Springfield’s favorite couples with former GL show publicist and now host, Alan Locher.

Circle this Thursday, January 28th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST to watch the livestream of the chat with Grant and Beth.

So, do you have a favorite Phillip and Beth moment?  Are you missing Sprinfield on GL’s anniversary week? Let us know via the comment section below.

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