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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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Timmm
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Timmm

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
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su0000

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
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Patrick

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

think, no, Billy or Adam

Stitch reels avante -garde soiree

tantalizations

Carol
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Carol

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

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

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.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

Agree with everything you said.

Patrick
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Patrick

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… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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
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CeeCee

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.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.

dawnhaze
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dawnhaze

Why is Victor involved?

Susan
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Susan

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
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wolfsmistress

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… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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
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CeeCee

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
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MBmomof3

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
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k/kay

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… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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

Shudder.

harry
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harry

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.

CLAUDIO
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CLAUDIO

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.

brian
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brian

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

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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
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brian

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
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CeeCee

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.

Nicole
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Nicole

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
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k/kay

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

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

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

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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
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k/kay

@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… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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
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k/kay

@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

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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

Lew S.
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Lew S.

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

Lew S.
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Lew S.

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

PaulaKate Meserole
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PaulaKate Meserole

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

fginaspy
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fginaspy

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.

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

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… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Very clever. Lol.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

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

Lynda Westlake
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Lynda Westlake

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.

mary carson
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mary carson

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

Gwendolyn
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Gwendolyn

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
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Patrick

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… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

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.

Gwendolyn
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Gwendolyn

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… Read more »

Carolyn Good
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Carolyn Good

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

“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…… Read more »

BJG
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BJG

Watch out Gina! She had Michael Muhney fired!!

Rachel B
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Rachel B

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!

Don
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Don

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
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CeeCee

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.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

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

Mike S.
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Mike S.

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… Read more »

Corina
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Corina

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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In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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