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Justin Hartley Named "Biggest Acting Revelation In A Drama Series" For THIS IS US!

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Daytime fans know the power of the acting chops of Justin Hartley, most noticeably up through the beginning of fall on CBS’ The Young and the Restless where he played Adam Newman.

Whether the actor submits himself for contention in the Lead Actor category for the upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards we are waiting to find out.  But, Hartley definitely should.  He delivered some of the best work of the past TV season on daytime and primetime.

When Hartley departed Y&R for his primo role on NBC’s new highly-touted nighttime series, This Is Us, he received even far greater and more far-reaching recognition in a role that is a perfect fit for his talents as actor Kevin Pearson.

Now comes word as the end of the year “Best and Worst in TV” lists role out from various media outlets, that Hartley was named by TV Line as the “Biggest Acting Revelation In a Drama Series” for his performance on This Is Us.  Hartley took to Twitter to offer his thanks and acknowledgement for the nod.

So, have you enjoyed Justin’s performance on This Is Us so far? Do you hope he throws his name into the ring for the Daytime Emmy Lead Actor field?  Comment below!

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I knew he was going on to bigger things. and this is just the beginning of his rising star.

Barb
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Barb

Totally agree!

Beverly Shichtman
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Beverly Shichtman

Mr. Hartley has really brought his “A” game to @ThisIsUs. However, there isn’t a bad actor in the cast. I like SAG awards because Casts get accolades for all their work and they all deserve the awards. He should go for the Emmy in whatever category he feels is right for him. He’ll get it because he’s so good.

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree… SAG award : actors rewarding actors

NBC is so behind @This is US….. this show… has propelled the network back in the limelight… award central.

consequentially… there really is a lot of good shows to back…. just so glad and happy that @This is US… is in the pack.

Addison
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Addison

This might sound ridiculous considering I never even met the man, but I am proud of Justin.
He really deserves this because he is able to incorporate a natural flair for comedy into his dramatic performance. Despite his good looks and overall beef cake appearance, an innate sense of sweetness and vulnerability comes through with his portrayal of Kevin.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Justin came a long way from his ‘infancy’ acting on PASSIONS.
I am proud of him, too.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Despite his good looks and overall beef cake ” right, Addie OK hummm? I couldn’t agree more… he’s got the whole enchilada… he meets all the requirements, attributes, nothing comes between him and the camera. I forget.. he’s that good looking yet: I must ADD that Justin Hartley and Michael Muhney share a lot of the same screen magnetisms yet: I can’t overlook Michael Muhney screen presence… as that just adds that much more tantalize and imagination combust.. Michael Muhney resonates VA VA VOOMS in and around ALL it’s staggering to see a “recast” take gawd… the Newmans will never… Read more »

Mindy
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Mindy

I agree! I personally find YR much better with Adam and Muhney and Hartley we were so similar in their portrayal. Let’s hope they have the good sense to bring Muhney back

Patrick
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Patrick

Addison

it’s s wonderful post…. beyond husband material. yet.. with Justin Hartley, one can think… almost

with Michael Muhney … one dreams.. and TUNES in

get it Young and Sussman.

Addison
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Addison

You crack me up, Patrick.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

He does have an innate sweetness that just emerges seemingly without intent. It often would slip out on Young and the Restless with his eyes and body movements, in particular his hands. What used to hold me back from saying he was great was his cadence which would often go into overdrive; haven’t noticed it on the new program.

it took be a bit to catch on to the new show, however, the entire cast stands out.

What a lovely success story for this time of year.

Best to all of you!

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

Loved him on Y&R. Followed him to ‘This is Us’ and so happy I did because its a fantastic show. Hartley’s a great actor!

mark
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mark

He is so gorgeous

Barb
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Barb

Justin is awesome, loved him on Y&R and he’s amazing in This Is Us. Big things ahead for him!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Congratulations to Justin on this well deserved praise. This Is Us is an excellent program and I love his performance. The entire cast is outstanding.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I have to say I wasn’t hooked in the show for the first two episodes… Don’t know why. But I stuck with it and U adore everything about it! I loved Justin on “Revenge”, caught a not in Y&R and love him on ” This Us Us

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ugh…

On the show…not in

I ADORE…NOT U

Caught a bit on Y&R

“This Is Us”

But I don’ t think he stands out…I think he stands “with” because they’re all excellent!

Helen
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Helen

I agree! This Is Us has a stellar ensemble cast!

toscanti
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toscanti

Well Deserved!

GraciesBFF
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GraciesBFF

Well deserved !!!!!
An incredible talent to say the very least.
This is Us is the best show on TV.
Now let’s just hope that the Y&R powers that be will leave Adam dead out of respect to Mr. Hartley’s supreme acting.

JMER
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JMER

I’m not a Y&R viewer, but I absolutely love his work on This Is Us. I like the entire cast of characters on that show so much but now that I’m thinking about it, Justin’s character is probably one of my faves along with Toby, William and Randall.

su0000
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su0000

Justin and This Is Us is a great match.
One of my favorite shows and Justin moving out of Y&R and into This Is Us, which will be airing for a very long time will be among the #1 TV shows…

ppage
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ppage

Yes, he’s terrific in This Is Us. He’s a stand-out amidst a a great cast.

Betty
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Betty

He was so smart to bail on Y&R, which continues to flounder under the new production and writing team. THIS IS US is a terrific show. Good luck to him. Don’t look back Justin, keep on going forward.

Annette
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Annette

Justin Hartley was great on Smallville, so I was really happy to see him on This is Us! The whole cast is fantastic, really enjoyable show. This role is definitely a perfect fit for Justin. Hope it lasts for a long time!

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

Well deserved accolades. I hope he wins both an Emmy and a SAG award.
I still miss him as Adam Newman. As much as I learned to love the character Adam Newman, I hope they don’t recast. Bringing back the previous actor would be an insult to women.

Nora
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Nora

JH was the only reason I use to watch Y&R. He was excellent in the role of Adam Newman. I normally don’t watch a lot of series, but absolutely love This Is Us. This is one of the best series and JH is wonderful as Kevin. I love the whole cast. it’s a series with heart and leaves me crying like a baby.

Lynn
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Lynn

Hartley is something!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, I do hope he submits his name for Y&R. He has more range than many who end up in this category. Plus, I’d love for Michael Muhney to return. Keeping Adam in our memories may help in that, though I suspect it’s a lost cause.

Janelle
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Janelle

I loved Justin as Adam on Y & R he took over a very big part and did a great job. But his role on This is Us I love even more and I hope the show lasts for a long time.

Mo
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Mo

It’s not a revelation to those of us who watched him on Y&R. But I am glad he is getting noticed and getting credit. He deserves it.

Nikki
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Nikki

This is great news but not a big surprise to me. I knew he was going places all he needed was exposure. Although I like Y & R I don’t think too many directors watch it, but getting into P.M. it won’t be long before he’s in with the big wigs. When Justin started on Y & R I felt sorry for him. There was so much controversy from the fans of Michael Muhney I thought he’d never make it but he didn’t only make it, he owned it and made it his own. God help the next Adam Newman… Read more »

Darlene Owens
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Darlene Owens

Hated to see him leave Y & R as Adam Newman. When Michael Muhney was replaced by Justin Hartley, I thought there isn’t anyone that’ll make Adam Newman like Michael Muhney. I was sooooo wrong! Justin Hartley won me over like he did many, many others! He was GREAT! Because of Justin Hartley, I started watching, “This is Us!” I’m HOOKED! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the series! He’s an AMAZING actor!

Ruby
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Ruby

I’m sorry, I did not like the way Justin Hartley played Adam Newman. He was not tough. He did not have the coldness the roughness. He was weak. This is because the writer made him this way. She did him no justice. He’s very good on his new show.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay

This morning on the highly-promoted sit-down interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, former ‘Bachelor’ lead Colton Underwood, revealed that he was gay and that he has finally come to terms with it.

The ex-football star shared: “Obviously this year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives. For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

Underwood expressed he went through a very dark time to be able to reveal his truth: “I got into a place in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would rather have died than say ‘I’m gay,’ and I think that was sort of my wake up call. There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did. And I think for me that was my wake up call, that, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that is… even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, like, ‘Oh, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.”’

As to the questions or anger that ‘Bachelor Nation’ are going to have that Underwood misled the female contestants on his season, or he duped the audience, Colton said: “I thought a lot about this…Do I regret being ‘The Bachelor?’ And handling it the way that I did?’  I do think I could have handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that, but also at the same time I can say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘thank you,’ because without them and without the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, I don’t know if this would have ever come out.”

Colton was highly-promoted during his season as the “Virgin Bachelor”.  He acknowledged he was indeed a virgin at that time, but it was because he was gay, but just “didn’t know how to handle it”.   Underwood also shared he was thankful to God that he was cast on the reality-competition as one of its season’s leads because he thought that would make him straight.  He told Roberts in his talk with God, ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, and then I’m going to have the kids, then I’m going to have the house, and then I’m going to have all this.’

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As to his contentious break-up with ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Cassie Randolph, where she had at one time had a restraining order put on Underwood and later revoked it, he admitted: “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up, I made a lot of bad choices.”  But told Robin Roberts, he indeed loved Cassie, sharing, “That only made it harder and more confusing for me. if I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her. And it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were, and going through that relationship with her was, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”

Underwood shared that his upbringing in the Catholic church and being in the world of high school, college, and pro sports contributed to why he never came out previously, citing,: ” learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career, and when you make mistakes, ‘that play was gay’ or that was a bad… gay was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”

So, were you surprised that Colton revealed he was gay? How do you feel about the journey he expressed in his interview on GMA to speak his truth? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Former Y&R Star Jason Canela Lands Recurring Role on ‘The Rookie’

Jason Canela (Ex-Arturo Rosales) will now join another soap alum, Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey, One Life to Live) on the ABC cop drama, The Rookie.

Casting news today out of Deadline has that Canela will play the recurring role of Cesar Madrigal, the son of criminal royalty who is impetuous, entitled and in line to take over his father’s empire.

Look for Jason to first appear in the upcoming episode entitled “Brave Heart.”

 

In addition to Y&R, Jason has appeared on The Glades, Camino, Pitch, MissingSingle in South Beach, Make Love Great Again and Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe.

So looking forward to seeing Jason on The Rookie? Comment below.

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