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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.”

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
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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
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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
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10261991des

This is just Wonderful!!!

jimh
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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
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heidi

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

BellFan
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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
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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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ATWT Alum Jen Landon to Recur on ‘FBI: Most Wanted’

Three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and former As the World Turns star Jen (Jennifer( Landon (Ex-Gwen) has landed a recurring role on the  second season of the CBS crime drama, FBI: Most Wanted.

In it, Landon will play Sarah Allen, Tali’s (Yaya Gosselin) riding instructor.

Jen joins another daytime soap alum, Julian McMahon (Ex-Another World), in the cast.

Most recently, Landon appeared in both Yellowstone and Animal Kingdom, and is the daughter of the late Bonanza star, Michael Landon.

During her time in Oakdale and ATWT, Jen took home the Daytime Emmy in the Younger Actress category three years in a row.

So, looking forward to seeing Jen on FBI: Most Wanted? Comment below.

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B&B’s Don Diamont Returns To Y&R

He played Brad Carlton on The Young and the Restless from 1985-2009 before being written-off the show and eventually wound up on another Bell family series, The Bold and the Beautiful, as Dollar Bill Spencer.

Now, as part of the Summer Newman (Hunter King) and Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) feud that is going on from Genoa City to Los Angeles – in a crossover storyline on the CBS sister soaps – Diamont is headed back to his old stomping ground for a visit.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Diamont on Y&R the week of February 8th,

Diamont told SOD on his Y&R return, “I had not ever considered that I would be part of a crossover, just because my character was so well-defined at Y&R.”

So have you been enjoying the B&B and Y&R crossover storyline thus far? Do  you think it will be fun to see Don mix it up with some old pals on-screen from Y&R? Comment below.  But first, check out this video released by CBS Daytime of some other crossovers moments over the year between Y&R and B&B.  

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Vinessa Antoine’s ‘Diggstown’ Acquired by Fox in the U.S.

Great news for fans of former GH star Vinessa Antoine (Ex-Jordan).  The Canadian legal drama, Diggstown, in which she stars has found an American broadcasting home via news today that Fox has acquired the series.

Fox has picked up twelve episodes for seasons one and two of the drama.

In Diggstown, Antoine stars as Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities and moves to work in a legal-aid office after her beloved aunt takes her own life following the pressures of a malicious prosecution.

 

The series explores issues of social injustice among other topical matters and universal themes. The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics, and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice. They work directly in the community to find justice for their varied clients. Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.

Deadline broke the news of the acquisition, which will help the network during the Covid-19 pandemic and production shutdowns, to have programming ready to go while other shows continue to get up and running.

No word yet on when Fox might air Diggstown in its primetime line-up.

So, excited to see Vinessa in the legal drama when the show airs on Fox? Comment below.

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