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Joshua Morrow and Hunter King Welcome Gina Tognoni To Y&R – Watch The Video!

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Monday, August 11th is a big day for fans of The Young and the Restless when two-time Daytime Emmy winner Gina Tognoni makes her debut as Phyllis Summers.

When the story starts, Phyllis will still be in her coma.  Question is: with Victor’s help …  will Phyllis spring to life sooner than later?  The Young and the Restless brought out the cast welcome wagon for Gina in this new video from CBS.com, where Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Hunter King (Summer) chitchat with Gina!

During the clip, Gina gives Joshua a hard time for learning that Nick is now back with Sharon! Gina also says that Phyllis’ first concern when she wakes up will be the well-being and what is happening with her daughter Summer.

Watch this video ditty after the jump! Then share your thoughts below on the return of Phyllis below!

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  1. Timmm

    August 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Considering that the actors who play Stitch and Billy are horrendous, I’ll give Gina a chance because I know she can act but there is no one as good as Michelle!

    • su0000

      August 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      So true.
      .”the actors who play Stitch and Billy are horrendous”

      Phyllis/Red, was a very distinct unique character ..So not holding my breath..
      Y&R has been gutted of all its’ great talent core characters 🙁

      • Patrick

        August 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        Stitch… and Y&R desperately needs it now…. alot

        think, no, Billy or Adam

        Stitch reels avante -garde soiree

        tantalizations

    • Carol

      August 9, 2014 at 5:58 am

      I think she’ll be a great addition,can’t wait until Aug.11th. Hope her and Nick get back together.

    • CeeCee

      August 10, 2014 at 6:54 am

      You said it!!!! Yeah!!!!

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 7:09 am

        Michelle is incomparable . She had Phyllis in her head, and made the character her own…..her speech, her moves, her emotions, her moods…all the qualities attributed to the Phyllis with which we were familiar. I hope Ms Tognoni can walk in those shoes. I know her work and I am sure she’ll bring her unique idiosyncrasies to the show…she’ll be great.
        The nuBilly…? He is so bland…I am really trying to give him the chance he deserves, but I can’t . I know it makes me sound harsh because this poor guy (actor) was probably working so hard to get a part….but, golly gee…lol…he is faceless. Nothing about him stands out or makes a lasting impression, except that he has zero charisma and can’t act.
        Stitch? He’s ok. I know this makes me sound superficial….but he’s hot…..bad acting or not.

  2. Jimmy

    August 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Gina and Hunter look a lot alike! I think that’s what they were going for when they recast Phyllis, seeing as HK will be one of GT’s main scene partners.

  3. MBmomof3

    August 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Fans (cough) sometimes complain about Josh Morrow’s acting skills. I find him thoroughly enjoyable as Nick, and he seems like such a fun, down-to-earth dude when he’s in these promos or during interviews. Must be fun working with him.

    I can’t stand Summer, but really WANT to like her. I hope GT’s Phyllis can bring something to the story that makes me root for Summer. The only one I’m currently rooting for in this storyline is Sharon. Please don’t throw tomatoes or creamy-nude lipstick at me. I love Sharon and won’t apologize for it. I can still love Phyllis and Nick too. (Avery’s grown on me, reluctantly)

    • Susan

      August 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Agree with everything you said.

    • Patrick

      August 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Josh Morrow : off the playing field… on his own… sparks… gives life to this genre

      Y&R has to thank their lucky stars he reals for.

      Do I think he’s captivating… as NIck…after all this time… thereafter… where to place him and what to do? It’s certainly not with Victor… as it’s father/son plateau’ed out..
      his loving commitment to mother Nikki… faltered so long ago…

      it’s with Victoria.. he should have more scenes with… to bring her… and him along

      Sharon is so rung out… Avery languished … MS’ Phyllis is gone… his interview.. clearly emulsified … combustion

      so… it’s stagnant for :

      he’s a delight projecting… his diligence . “Thank You, Josh Morrow”

      I will never be able to get past Summer… behind the scenes question. Her emmy win does nothing to curtail… Y&R wins another gold… SO WHAT

      “…I love Sharon and won’t apologize for it”

      Sharon Case is the bubble within a bubble… a leg in… a foothold… she will always remain with an audience core… a celebrate

      Avery: hummm? she needs to go back to the glasses and court person’a’. she had that steely tough exterior… and they let that go.

      I plan to watch and only record fridays ep’s

      • MBmomof3

        August 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

        Patrick, I agree with you about Avery. Her association with Dullen hasn’t helped. Like her better as the tough attorney.

        I’ve thought about only doing Friday ep’s too. It might save the FF button on my remote.

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

        Patrick…always prosaic and in a run-about way getting to the point…I love your style. Both you and MBmom and I are totally in agreement. Avery was never someone I was crazy about to begin with, now that she is with the old Jason? What’s his name? Oh, yeah, Dillon? Dylan? Even worse.
        But, Nick? Oh yes, he’s always welcome on my screen.

  4. Mary SF

    August 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Well fingers crossed that this recast works out better than others of late. Don’t think this show can take too many more casting blunders. It is hard to tell by this clip but she looks more like Hunter King than MS, so the mother daughter aspect looks believable. But it will all depend on her chemistry with other major players– whether she can make Phyllis her own and make fans forget MS in the role.

  5. dawnhaze

    August 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Why is Victor involved?

    • Susan

      August 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      I would like to know who the family member was that signed for Phyllis treatment. It had to be Danny or Summer. Victor is in everyone’s business. Can’t stand his character.

    • wolfsmistress

      August 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Victor is convinced Sharon is hiding a secret that only Phyllis can finally tell him about … one that will hurt Nick badly (it’s the paternity switch Sharon did when she was off her medications showing that Nick was not Summer’s biological dad; Phyllis knows Sharon did it after overhearing Sharon tell her secret to Cassie’s grave; when Phyllis and Sharon confronted each other in the stairwell at the party, Sharon caused Phyllis to fall, striking her head and going into the coma in the first place, so Victor wants the info that Phyllis may have for him all about this…IF she remembers it when she awakes).

      That’s why Victor’s involved in this at all, other than his trying to drive Sharon crazy by having the ghost of her dead daughter haunt her by using Mariah, Cassie’s doppelganger, to do the dirty work for him.

      But to hear Victor tell it, he does this stuff to “protect” his family…
      wolfy

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 7:22 am

        Yeah, wolfsmistress, you said it. Victor, the eternal superhero, superdad, super husband ….so altruistic is he. Always for the love of family. I never liked him and I never will. Can’t wait for this character to be put to rest…I do not mean that literally…figure of speech, people. Victor will always be in everyone’s face…that is his main function on this soap, albeit he should expose Sharon….for once, I agree with what he is doing. It’s just that I dislike his character so much, everything he does irritates me…along with Nikki .
        This post will probably not appear since every time I write ANYTHING negative about Victor, said post vanishes from the screen. Not fair. Sigh

    • Mary SF

      August 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Victor wants to know Sharon’s secret — he knows Phyllis knows the secret– sees her as his best chance to bring down Sharon, hence his involvement to awaken Phyllis.

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

        Absolutely, Mary. And, thank you for not putting a comma after the word hence. Most people would have…you know your grammar.
        Victor’s hatred, when he feels he has been wronged by someone, goes beyond the extreme. He has the memory of an elephant….never forgets. But, if he does someone wrong, well then, that’s allowed because he is Victor Almighty. And, he always uses his family as an excuse/shield to convince himself and others that he was compelled to slay the dragon(s).

    • MBmomof3

      August 9, 2014 at 3:45 am

      It says a lot about what a creep Victor is that HE wants to wake a woman from her coma just so HE can find out some secret. Can’t stand Victor. Wouldn’t want to be his grown child with his manipulations. UGH!

      • k/kay

        August 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        The truth of the situation concerning Summer’s paternity falls clearly on good old spoiled frat boy Nick. His excuse he didn’t want to lose another daughter. When Sharon overheard his confession at Cassie’s grave she should have confronted him on the spot. Instead we make her b/s crazy and plot to get him back. And Jack ever the brain thrust does not bother to have his own test run. I also love how anyone can run into a lab and bring up tests and change them. Only in a soap opera! Hey Joan Wilder from the movie Romancing the Stone write us out of this one.

      • jaybird369

        August 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

        MBmomof3…WELL SAID!!!!! Thank you. Victor is just being Victor. Blech. Honey…I would not want to be related to Victor…PERIOD!!!!!

        Shudder.

  6. harry

    August 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think Gina is an excellent choice–can’t wait to see her in action. Her old castmate and pal Kassie is burning up the screen on Days. I suspect Gina will do the same for Y&R.

  7. CLAUDIO

    August 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Gina Tognoni welcome back to daytime, You will be great as the new Phyllis Summers. Gina I love your new haircut, you look sexy. I loved Gina as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light, Gina has won 2 daytime Emmys for her work as Dinah.

  8. brian

    August 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Still wish that Gina was Nina on GH… but all the best to her and her new role.

    • CeeCee

      August 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Or Ms Archer, the actress who played John McBain’s wife on OLTL, the now Silas, on GH. That would have been quite a coincidental treat, no?

      • brian

        August 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        no… was thinking more along the lines of Michelle Stafford going back as Phylis on Y&R and Gina Tognoni being Nina on GH.

        Not fond of recasts… and have always been a fan of Gina’s since her first time on OLTL… just think she would have been a better cast as Nina.

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        Yeah, I get that, Brian (that’s my husband’s name, btw) I was just thinking what a coincidence it would have been if Natalie (Ms Archer) played Nina. Natalie Buchanan and John McBain were married on OLTL…they would have been reunited..lol
        Regardless, I wish they would move things along…such as, revealing Kiki’s true parentage. I really think Nina is her mother.

  9. Nicole

    August 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    People were so concerned about GT’s age. She actually looks like she could be Summers mom and doesn’t look too young.

    I knew she would be okay. 🙂

    • k/kay

      August 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      And I was one of them I was wrong and when I am wrong I admit it! Wish her the best of luck.

    • CeeCee

      August 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

      No, Nicole. You are forgetting that Phyllis has an older son, Daniel…..that scenario is already iffy as it is. Considering that in real life MS is only 14 years older than MG in real life, it is even weirder that Gina is only 6 years older than Michael. Seriously, are we stupid? …I think not. Granted, this is only a soap, but there is no attempt at keeping it as real as possible. The writers cannot push back time and make Daniel just about the same age as his sister? Maybe they could. I understand that when the younger Mike Horton returned to Days, he was about 20 years younger…so, anything could happen and probably will.
      Gina could very well be Summer’s mother, but not Daniel’s……more like husband and wife.

      • k/kay

        August 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        Daniel will never be seen on screen again so it is a mute point.

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        I don’t know about that, k/Kay. Daniel may return, and the point will be moot only, as I stated earlier, if he returns 15 years younger.
        I was also wondering if the writers plan to have Phyllis and Jack reunite . If so, he is old enough to be her father. Yuck.

      • k/kay

        August 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

        @Cee Cee you are probably right he could appear again but they have the ages over there so screwed up I was thinking they might avoid another train wreck. This nu-Billy just has the look of an old man and the fun spirit and humor is gone. I would have liked Robin Christopher to have played Phyllis more with the age of the character. Also if you are a long time viewer of Y&R you probably know the Jack you are seeing the man who falls in love at the drop of a hat was not the Jack/Terry Lester that Bill Bell created. Jack was a scoundrel and could have cared less about being faithful to anyone. MAB started this by ageing the character of Summer and then Phelps bringing Cassie/Mariah into it . Cassie should have stayed a ghost. Where is Noah in all of this would he not be concerned with a woman who looks just like his dead sister. Lily & Kevin seemed to be the only ones in town who were actually creeped out by this. This is why it is FF material for me if at all.

      • CeeCee

        August 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        Yeah, k/Kay, I know exactly what you’re saying about the ages.
        I know of Terry Lester, unfortunately I never saw his work. I wasn’t even born when he introduced the Jack Abbot role.
        There are a million and one holes in most storylines. I’m still taken aback how the kids age, they become adults in the span of a few months, but the parents do not.

      • k/kay

        August 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        @CeeCee Sometime when you have time check you tube on Terry Lester he was a great actor. MM at times made me think of him with his style. Little disappointed that GT did not do those scenes without makeup it would have been much more effective. Our family can’t get the nursing home to change our father-in-laws diaper and feed him much less put on lipstick and false eyelashes. lol

  10. Llanviewer717

    August 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Gina was super as Kelly Cramer on OLTL. I wish her much success at Y&R.

    • Lew S.

      August 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      She was also great at Dinah Market on Guiding Light. She will be fine.

      • Lew S.

        August 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        I meant to write she was also great as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light. I hate spell check on cell phones!!!

  11. PaulaKate Meserole

    August 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    It’s gonna be great.
    I can’t wait….
    I can’t wait….
    I CAN’T WAIT!

  12. fginaspy

    August 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    GT was a recast on GL as Dinah and won 2 Emmys. I am a fan from OLTL. I think she is talented enough to replace MS and make the character of Phyllis her own.

  13. jimh(leave it to beaver)

    August 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Gina isnt the only OLTL at Y&R…Mitch Lawerence…also known as Ian Ward is there with Natalie Buchanan also known as Mariah and soon you’ll see Roxie as Maureen who will be more down to earth than her OLTL counterpart…now Mitch and Ian both had cult followers and Natalie and Mariah both were troublemakers when arriving in town…like Vicki on OLTL who learn she had faternal twins Natalie and Jessica, Sharon will learn she had identical twins Mariah and Cassie…Mariah believed Maureen was her mother just like Natalie once believed Roxi was her mother…of course there are differences to hide the copycat storyline…Maureen was married to Ian but because of his obsession with Niki, Niki, Niki, Maureen has turned to alchol and possible drugs…she hates Niki because of Ians obsession with her but the two have never met…yet! Maureen and Niki meet at a bar and when Maureen learns who Niki is she befriends her as she secretly plots to destroy her because she blames Niki for destroying her marriage to Ian…Maureen turns out to be Katherines long lost estranged sister, and unaware that Niki was her late sister’s best friend…sorry, not going to happen…Maureen is more than likely Stitch’s and Kelly’s mumma!!!…lol

    • MBmomof3

      August 9, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Very clever. Lol.

      • CeeCee

        August 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Of course it’s clever. It’s jimh talking….his writing is always clever.

  14. Lynda Westlake

    August 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Welcome Gina! Looking forward very much to your portrayal of feisty Phyllis Newman. Hope that you don’t hold it against Victor for “waking” you up, in fact you should ask him why it took him so long. Anticipating some fireworks when you finally meet up with Sharon & I hope you warm to Summer’s husband. I hope that you also drop Jack like a hot potato & put Kelly in her place. Oooh it has been much too long without Phyllis on the canvas. I can’t wait.

  15. mary carson

    August 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    gina will love watching you on tv again after all this time love ya your fan mary

  16. Gwendolyn

    August 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I couldn’t stand phyllis she wasn’t a good actor this new lady I have to see how she act I just hope when she do come out her coma she not acting stupid that she don’t remember nothing I hope she expose Sharon and give jack hell I am so glad he will be hurt to find out summer is not his daughter I hope Devon and Hillary get together so sad Neil will be hurt..

    • Patrick

      August 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      it’s disheartening… for any “actor” to act… stifled… stuck… lacking mobility

      Joan Crawford did it…. with Bette Davis

      not being melodramatic… but in the best of circumstances… Michelle Stafford is not doing it… on GH … like i’ve said from the start… she needs to relapse… and for GH production… to go in an entirely another direction… she needs out of that chair… she’s too much of a powerhouse..to rest so long… stagnant… and power her act.

      I hope the same for GT…. but… as MarySF stated… if the chemistry is not their… for Victor, Jack, and Michael…

      she needs to wake up… get out of that bed… and approach Genoa City with two feet and written full steam ahead

      • k/kay

        August 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        You know what tickles me about everyone’s anger at Sharon about the paternity. Phyllis did the same thing concerning Daniel, Chelsea lied over Connor and Victoria blackmailed her with the knowledge Adam was the father. The list goes on and on over paternity Ashley concerning Abby, Dru concerning Lilly. Sorry just can’t get worked up over Sharon’s involvement with Summer. No one seemed to have a problem with Nick lying about not knowing for sure if she was his daughter. I know I forgot he is a Newman and they are entitled to everything.

  17. Gwendolyn

    August 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Cannot stand Kelly she is to cheeky miss Adam such a wonderful actor I wish he would return whatever happen to drucilla one time I thought the show was going to bring her back she is such a beautiful intelligent actor I am not interest in seeing malcolm why bring him back I don’t like him can’t stand lily although she is a good actor Cain also cannot wait to get home to see the young and restless I record everyday it’s very obvious Lauren and Mickel put on never show them kissing just lil smacks on the lips never in bed together like the other actors they never really express there love wondering if he gay in real life they always say they love each other but never a love seen..very noticeable

  18. Carolyn Good

    August 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I didn’t like the new Billy but he has grown on me. Still miss the old Billy’s smile though.
    I have followed Victor since his teenage years on the old Combat and The Rat Patrol days.
    No matter what Victor does I like him. Also love Austin, he is cute and has a nice smile and he really cares for Summer.

  19. Patrick

    August 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    “Oh, Lordy”

    there’s nothing feminine sexy, daring, or out their… about her looks (get that hair shoulder length, just saying) think, B&B Quinn… (Rena Sofer) what a bombshell dynamite all that … when she was on GH lose the short hair… go big

    hey, it’s not going to work with even, dull, over, look over your shoulder, Victor and Jack

    just saying

    Phyllis commando’ed ALL

    I can’t even go their… even when ED starts up… and she will…

    back to MS’ : “Phyllis”

    height sexual is all their… with MS phyllis…. I like that she said on GH… as Nina… “I cant wait to get in to my 4 inch heels”

    LOL

    the prowess obvious has to be their to turn her

    I don’t know

    I already have misgivings… seeing the “premiere”

    I loved her on GL

    she’s going to need Daniel to have that connection… to feed off of if it’s not a hit with Victor and /or Jack

    will she hit it off with Michael… her best friend

    it’s too bad… cause… Victor and Jack … who are needed desperately to even keel Genoa City…. don’t have it either

    it’s not her fault… GT

  20. BJG

    August 9, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Watch out Gina! She had Michael Muhney fired!!

  21. Rachel B

    August 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I am thrilled Phyllis will come out of her coma. I hope her memory is intact. She needs to put Sharon in her place. When everyone knows the truth about Nick/Jack the show will explode!

  22. Don

    August 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I will wait and see what she’s got but I have a feeling that she might pull it off as phyllis better than the last recent recast talking about billy recast.

    • CeeCee

      August 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Maybe Phyllis will bide her time once she awakens. How thrilling would it be if she pretends to have memory lapses just to keep Sharon on her toes and twisting the knife in? Sharon will remember all the misdeeds she has done against Phyllis, Nick , Jack and Summer simultaneous to Phyllis coming out of her coma. Ironically, she will act and go through the same motions as Nina on GH.

  23. TnT 2.0 Forever

    August 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Love Gina and Hunter! Joshua is cool too. I wish Gina all the best in her debut.

  24. Mike S.

    August 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

    You guys at Y & R lost it when you dropped BILLY MILLER as BILLY. Yes, the original Billy was too young… I agree with that, but this new Billy is totally BLAND and represents “warmed up spit” in my opinion. Does nothing for the Billy role. He needs some salt on his tail. No matter what you have to do, (contract wise or otherwise), you’ve got to bring Billy Miller back. He will re-invigorate your ratings… He really made Y & R worth watching. His looks, attitude, smile, devil may care presence, all of that made the difference and he was perfect for Victoria. Also, you need to include JILL in more scenes. As for VICTOR, I don’t agree with the nay sayers… Victor Newman is the heart of the soap and I absolutely love his character… He keeps me watching (since 1973) btw. As for LILLY, you can throw her back into the fish pond. Give NOAH more lines too. As for NICK, bravo !!! He is excellent in his character. And with regard to the new PHYLLIS, I’m willing to give her a chance, but rest assured, they’ll never be another MICHELLE STAFFORD as PHYLLIS. She absolutely owned that role and exemplified that character’s truest personality.
    Kelly is weak and not really good for JACK… Stitch is excellent in his role and Dylan… I can take him or leave him. Also, would be nice to see more of TRACY, and bring Ashley back periodically if she can take time off from her “Days” character. Continue giving PAUL more scenes and Christine (Cricket) too. Would also be nice to see PHILLIP and NINA come back occasionally.
    Well that’s my two cents worth. There you have it. Anyone agree with me ??? Let me know, thanks.

  25. Corina

    October 3, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Michelle is unique and IRREPLACEBLE….. In my opinion. Gina seems a lot older than Josh… I hate it that Michelle left the show!!! No one can play her character the way she did… But it was her choice to leave and I respect that. Anyway, good luck…

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The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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