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Justin Gaston Fills In As Y&R’s Chance After Donny Boaz Tests Positive for COVID-19

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The Young and the Restless made a very safe casting move, following Donny Boaz (Chance) testing positive for the coronavirus.

Boaz revealed the news via his Instagram stating: “I have a little news to share.  A few weeks ago, I tested positive for COVID 19. Thankfully, I did not have any symptoms. In following guidelines, I quarantined at home so you may not see me on Y&R for a bit. I’m happy to say I’ve returned to work and will be back on the air very soon. Thank you for your continued support.”

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Enter Justin Gaston! The actor is married to Y&R actress, Melissa Ordway (Abby) who is involved in a romantic storyline with Boaz’s Chance.

Gaston, who previously appeared on Days of our Lives as the original Ben Weston stepped in for Boaz while he was self-quarantining and will be seen on the top-rated CBS daytime drama.  Look for Justin be on-screen as Chance beginning next week on the November 23rd episode.

So, what are your thoughts on the temporary casting move ? Comment below.

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Richard Danner
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Richard Danner

So I am sure that the new Chance and Abby will be having love scenes since they are married in real life, only to have to go back to social distancing once the original returns. Why can’t they just have frequent testing so they can shoot love scenes and be more intimate?

F
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F

Yes Richard, why can’t the state of California use more tests that are in short supply on tv stars so you can watch them make out?

Harry.
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Harry.

Ha ha ha!! That made me laugh aloud. Thank you, F. I needed that.

MJ100
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MJ100

You’re kidding, right?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Not going to lie, this is VERY exciting to me. I like Donny Boaz’s work as Chance Chancellor, however, I have always liked Justin Gaston’s acting, as well. Though, would have loved to have seen Mark Lawson (Dustin, General Hospital) cast in the role, as well, especially if Emme Rylan’s exit from GH turns out to be true.

SZima
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SZima

Meh. Emme may be leaving GH, but I highly doubt Y&R wants her back. I think they’re very happy with Melissa’s portrayal of Abby. I certainly like Melissa much better than Emme!
I’ve never likes Emme as Lulu either. No one can beat JMB as Lulu!!
Not sure what the rumor is about Emme leaving GH, but I’d be surprised if that happens.

Tamara HodgeWashington
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Tamara HodgeWashington

Me too

Su000
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Su000

0ooohhh Justin Gaston is hot-
I would take him home with me.
Lookers like him shouldn’t be married
they should spread joy among women 🙂

Y&R peoples are 6 feet apart- looks weird.
Not so with GH .. it’s way more real.

Damien
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Damien

No offense to the current Chance, but I would take Justin on a perm basis
The current Chance plays more like a cowboy then a Chancellor
And maybe having Melissa Ordways real life husband would ignite more spark and the show could actually film love scenes like Devon and Elena( together also in real life)
Justin seems more suited for the role in anycase seeing his previous work
Also Melissa finally shone in her scenes in the hospital room ,Its taken her forever but shes finally showing chops.

Momo
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Momo

I didn’t like Justin on Days. I’m hoping I’ll like him better on Y&R. So is Justin going to film the wedding scenes?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Momo
Justin is absolutely adorable, look at that hair and eyebrows, etc.but I don’t much remember him as Ben Weston. Was he playing the part when he used to come into Sonny’s coffee house and the new bar later?

stevie g
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stevie g

Um…can he stay? Danny Boaz always looked way too different from the original Chance for my liking.

Carol
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Carol

Must say he’s easy on the eyes… but I like the Origional Chance !
Hope he’s feeling better soon ! Stay Safe everyone !

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Sporadic longtime viewer. Was just beginning to settle in with Boaz to be confused when turning on my recording this evening. Not to be condescending to any other actors, but he stood out from the usual. I also found a certain chemistry between that Chance and Abby. Apologies to her “real husband.” Haven’t watched the program yet, but was so surprised had to see what happened. Should have guessed. Hope all stay or get well.

PS: Agree, Abby has been “Knocking it out of the ballfield.”

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

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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Eric Kim Named Exec VP of Current Programs CBS Entertainment & CBS Studios; Will Oversee Daytime Programming

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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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

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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