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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

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As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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Alan
Alan

My favorite Cricket storylines were when she fell for Phillip and then took the rap for him when he got in a drunk driving accident and when the real Phyllis hit her and Paul with a car.

Timmm
Timmm

Lauralee Bell couldnt have said it any better, “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

I wish she would stay for longer periods of time, have interactions with other characters and quit being such a bitch towards Paul! I know, Paul who?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I happen to like Christine and Lauralee Bell’s portrayal of the character. My wish is that TPTB could cook up a storyline for her that doesn’t include her being in the courtroom. Maybe a bump in the road for Christine and Paul’s marriage? Another chance at a baby that she wants but, maybe, he doesn’t? That would be fun!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I want more Christine and Paul on the show. We need a solid stable couple (and that does not mean they have to be boring!). A strong daytime drama needs the stable characters, even they be pouring the coffee for periods of time) to establish and maintain that sense of place, that continuity of history. I had hopes during the white slavery story line the two would be forefront for a time. But that plot never gelled as I thought it should.

Char-Char
Char-Char

Congrats on 35 yrs of Y&R Lauralee Bell, you truly are an uptown girl. ❤

Celia
Celia

Char-Char? Are you a Utuber ASMR? If so, love your presentations!!

k/kay
k/kay

She is too nice of a person but deep down she has to be sad at the current state of y&r. I would like too see her smile more also but the show has suffered since 2006 not the same.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I know I’m gonna catch it for this, as I am not nor have ever been a Christine fan. I find her unbearable, but that may be in part due to the writing. But I do applaud Ms. Bell for contributing to her family legacy instead of just cashing in on it. Imagine the memories these veterans must have after decades on a classic, iconic show! Maybe they should give her a story where she’s more sympathetic, like the baby loss of a few years back. I do like her contempt for Miss Nikki as well. Hey, maybe I like Christine more than I thought.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Congrats to Ms.Bell, on hanging in there so long. My favorite SL has got to be many years ago, as teens, Cricket and Nina got involved with Rose DeVille, played by the wonderful Darlene Connely (spelling wrong?), when the evil Rose stole Nina’s baby, at birth,and was never recovered, until Nina wrote the book, that brought Ronan to GC as her long, lost son.
Second favorite SL was when Chris and Paul were on their 1st honeymoon, and Phyllis followed them, sabatataging them throughout.

TomJ
TomJ

She should be head writer of Y&R.

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Former DAYS and GH Star Tyler Christopher Arrested

In news no wants who loves his work in daytime wants to hear, Daytime Emmy winner, and one of the best actors we know, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Stefan, DAYS and Ex-Nikolas, GH) has been arrested and ended up in jail on his birthday on November 11th.

According to a report via TMZ,Tyler ‘was arrested in Martinsville, Indiana Monday night — on his 47th birthday — and booked for public intoxication.’  Christopher and his family have been living in Indiana.

The report also says that Christopher is still in jail at the moment, while the outlet posted his mug shot.

Most recently, Tyler played Stefan DiMera on DAYS before being replaced by Brandon Barash. Previously, he played Nikolas Cassadine for 20 years up until 2016.

We will keep you posted on this developing story.

Share your thoughts on Tyler via the comment section below.

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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