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Lauralee Bell Brought To Tears In Moving Bill Bell Tribute On Y&R 40 Special Episode of MARIE!

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On Monday’s episode o Marie, host Marie Osmond celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Young and the Restless with very special hour devoted to the iconic number one soap opera!

In various segments, Marie welcomed Peter Bergman and Melody Thomas Scott, who spoke of Jack and Nikki’s relationship.  That was followed by a playful segment featuring Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow, the couple many have come to love as “Phick”.   Will they ever reunite?  Next came, Doug Davidson and Lauralee Bell, as Paul and Christine where Doug was cracking jokes and telling Y&R stories.  And that was followed by the true supercouple of Y&R, Jess Walton and Jeanne Cooper as they relive and discuss the enduring relationship of Jill and Katherine!

At the end of the episode, Marie had the entire cast back on stage and launched into a heart-tugging tribute to the late Bill Bell, the creator of The Young and the Restless.   Osmond began by reading a quote from Bill Bell on storytelling:  “You have to have interesting stories with a heartbeat to them. Stories viewers can relate to, escape with, and learn from in terms of social issues. I’m a strong believer that we are here to do more than entertain. That we are here to impact on the lives of our audiences.”

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What followed was an archived video segment of  Bill Bell talking about how much he loved and how he is proud of his  daughter Lauralee.  And on that note, it brought tears not only to Lauralee, but to Marie and the cast on stage.  In addition, Jeanne Cooper also retold the story of how Bill Bell saved her life in her battle with alcohol addiction which was also another tear-filled moment.

Watch the Bill Bell Tribute after the jump from Marie, or you can watch the entire episode. Then, let us know what you thought about the special moment between father and daughter, and Marie’s one hour special devoted to The Young and the Restless!

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Matt
Matt

Loved it. Saw it. Wish Bill Bell was still around. He was amazing. He would put Sharon and Adam back together. They are the shows super power couple of the future success of the show. Drucilla would of been back by now and these horrific characters like Chelsea,Chloe leslie and boring Avery would be gone!

Vicsze
Vicsze

Sounds like Marie Osmond’s did the show right. A whole hour dedicated to our favourite Soap. I wish I could have watched it in Australia.

10261991des
10261991des

This is just Wonderful!!!

jimh
jimh

William Bell was the top in his field writing for soaps followed by Irna Philips, Agness Nixon, Harding Lemay, Douglas Marland Claire Labine with Paul A. Mayer and Pat Falken Smith. There is a few others as well but these are my top seven favorites.

heidi
heidi

The tribute was very touching and the show was a lot of fun!

BellFan
BellFan

William J.Bell was a true legend! He created some of the greatest characters of television history like Kay,Jack,Ashley, Nikki, Lauren, Drucilla,Phyllis, Eric, Brooke, SALLY, Sheila, played by such wonderful actors. But two of his creations became the greatest of all time: Victor Newman and Stephanie Forrester!! The B&B was so classy and elegant show until Bell’s son took the show and slowly it became unrecognizable. Y&R has had its up and downs since Bell stepped down but thanks to the extremely talented cast and beloved characters the show is still adorable 🙂

Michael
Michael

Watching what Bill Bell Sr. had to say about Lauralee was probably the most touching aspect of the show. You really could tell that Lauralee still misses her father very much and for Marie to dig this interview up just for Lauralee shows that Marie really respects the medium so much. Thanks Marie for that special video interview with Bill Bell.

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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Mark Derwin, Melissa Hayden and More to Reunite for Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Reunion

Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

So, what were some of your favorite memories from GL featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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