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Jess Walton inks new contract with The Young and the Restless!

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Great news for daytime fans and in particular those of  CBS’s top sudser, The Young and the Restless!  Daytime Emmy winner, Jess Walton (Jill) whose contract had been up with the series, has decided to stay put!

A major factor in Jess’s decision to stay was the shows’ willingness to work with the actress during her move from California to Oregon, but according to her Facebook page, all has been worked out!

Walton stated, “The show has been very accommodating to me during this move to Oregon and I love them for it!”

We can’t imagine Y&R without Walton’s Jill, and glad we will see more of this amazing talent in the future!

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toscanti
toscanti

AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!!

Christine (formerly known as Jenna)
Christine (formerly known as Jenna)

Yes, yes, yes!

Now get “Jill” a man. Y&R screwed up royally by letting Tristan Rogers go. Colin and Jill were so good!

gloria
gloria

Agree! I loved Tristan Rogers in that part & had high hopes for him & Jill. They were great.

lew
lew

Great, now write good story for her.

Heather
Heather

“We can’t imagine Y&R without Walton’s Jill, and glad we will see more of this amazing talent in the future!”

I like Jess Walton. But Brenda Dickson was good and , to some extent, even better than Walton. But I wouldn’t imagine Dickson on Y&R today. The most recent picture I’ve seen from her made her look like a transsexual.

Barbara
Barbara

That is a bad picture of Walton

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Big Congrats To Jess–Yay! 😀

Iakovos
Iakovos

Yes, please give Jill a story that has her front and center and VITAL. Walton imbues Jill with more depth than writers give her or character credit for!

Ted
Ted

WONDERFUL news indeed. Y&R wouldn’t be the same without Jess!
I’ve always admired her work! LOL…I even remember her on CAPITAL !….before Y&R !

Jared
Jared

Congratulations. I love me some JILL and Jess Walton, who happens to be one of the greatest soap recasts of all time. Note to MAB: Utilize your core cast. Debbie Morgan, Darnell Williams, Genie Francis et al are all great actors, but Y&R is historically (before you) a classic slow-moving melodrama, and it takes years and even decades to build strong characters with strong ties to the show. Stop the stunt casting, and stop forcing plot-driven dribble down our throats. Focus on the lives and antics of Victor, Nikki, Jill and all their children, etc, and the ratings will follow.

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Who Makes Their Cast Look Best? The Young and the Restless Wins MUAH Award For Hair and Make-Up

On Saturday night, The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards (MUAH) were doled out in ceremonies held in Los Angeles recognizing the work of series and features in television and movies.  The award is given out in 23 categories.

In the categories of Hair and Make-Up in Daytime Television, the winners were The Young and the Restless.  The winning team for Y&R make-up was: Patricia Denney, Marlene Mason, Kathy Jones, and for Hair: Regina Rodriguez, Adriana Lucio, Vanessa Bragdon.

Y&R won on a night that saw such standout shows as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jesus Christ Superstar, and films: A Star is Born, Vice, and Mary Queen of Scots taking home the prize in major categories.   See complete winners list here.

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The MUAHS were presented just out one day after the Academy Awards reversed its decision to hand out the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling during commercial breaks.

They had previously announced that it would present the categories of: cinematography, film editing, live action short, and make-up and hair during commercials and then later playback the acceptance speeches later in the broadcast.  However, due to the uproar of that decision, it was quickly reversed and now all categories, per usual, will be presented on-air.

So, what do you think of Y&R wins last night in the Daytime category?  Do the characters of Genoa City look the best in daytime? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Chicago Police Believe That Jussie Smollett May Have Been “Active Participant” In His Own Attack

Saturday has brought with it some major twists and developments into the alleged assault on Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) through multiple reports.  Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the on-going investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him.

The men in question, who are brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were originally arrested on Wednesday, but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited: “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”  Reports also say that the two men are fully cooperating with law enforcement.

Of note is: that the brothers are of Nigerian descent and teach online body building classes. The Chicago Tribune reports that Smollett follows the brothers’ workout page on Instagram.   One brother reportedly appeared in an episode of Empire, but was not credited it for it.

Smollett’s attack happened in the early hours of January 29th on the streets of Chicago, when Smollett told authorities that two men were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.”  He also noted that one of the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr. Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the situation told Deadline.

In a statement from Chicago PD late Saturday: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

So, what do you believe at this juncture?  Do you think Smollett would stage a hate crime on himself? Could the police just not have found the true culprits? Share your theories on this developing story.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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