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Linden Ashby on His Y&R Return as Cameron Kirsten: “Let’s Write Him Bad. I’m Not Looking For a Redemptive Story Here”

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Cameron Kirsten is back in Genoa City marking the return of Linden Ashby to the CBS daytime drama series.  In story, Kirsten who terrorized Sharon (Sharon Case) decades ago now has a room at the GCAC. So, just how will he turn Sharon’s world upside down this time, and those that she loves?

Speaking on the latest episode of the Soap Opera Digest podcast on his Y&R come back, Ashby related how he had been asked back to the show previously, but had to turn it down.

Y&R executive producer and head writer, Josh Griffith Jr. called and asked Linden, “Hey, can you do it now?” (referring to having Ashby reprise his role of one of the series most notorious bad guys).

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When discussing his imminent return as Cameron, the actor told the Y&R showrunner, “I’m like, ‘Hey man, let’s write him bad. I’m not looking for a redemptive story here. I’m not looking to turn over a new leaf. I’m getting out of prison. It’s been 20 years. I’m coming back and I’ve got a few scores to settle .. and business to take care of.”

As to what viewers will see once Kirsten is back in action, Linden expressed, “It is pretty much go, go, go, go …  hit the ground running.”

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The actor, who is married in real-life to Y&R’s Susan Walters (Diane), shared on Cameron’s current mindset, “He’s burning the town down. He feels justified and motivated for what he is doing and not about to back down for one second.”

So, are you looking forward to seeing just what Cameron Kirsten has in store for Sharon? Will this story bring Chance  and Sharon closer together … or will Nick ultimately be the one to save the day? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, but first watch the final moments from Friday’s Y&R.

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I was watching Y&R back then, but for some reason, I don’t remember this storyline/character!

At any rate, I’m glad Sharon has her own story. She needs to be doing something other than serving friggin’ coffee!!

Hopefully they won’t drag this on for so long we totally lose interest in it!

If this story can get Sharon and Nick acting together again I’m all in! He should always be her man always was always will be they just have to look at each other and it tells the story these two have been working together since 1994! Give me Shick

Yes to Nick and Sharon
But I still want a Chance / Sharon situation before until Nick gives Sally the boot

They have a lot of the old clips on line and yikes I had even forgotten the violence wow! Seemed my girl got her house set back this show could be so good I hope LA sticks to his guns and does not let them soften his character this is a short term arc let’s let it roll . It gives JM some story he can sink his teeth into I personally am tired of him acting like a school boy man up protect the only woman you have truly loved

This Sally / Nick never worked from the beginning, writers couldn’t decide what do with the tri-group-Nick-Sally-Adam amid rumors of pregnancy, chaos… seemed like writers were confused about what to do??? Sally character is /has too much baggage from B& B to overcome… she comes off confused… while she is a great actor, the character is ????Writers should have left Nick alone , tormented Adam too, has more than enough drama, looking for answers as a character… this Victoria -Adam CEO is old and with Victor trying to control his adult children and run his empire is old news…. Again the writers have struck out… they need something new…..I could go on and own dissecting almost everyone on the show under the Newman umbrella…somebody needs to fix this once lauded show….Asap….., kudos to Trevor St.John, he is the spark that is worth watching along with Eileen Davidson….nobody can hold a candle to them on screen.

This is what viewers are begging for give us our old soap opera back to care about a couple you have to show us the love and Shick had it in spades

I will have to find this old storyline and rewatch. I missed it those years. I am looking forward to this story.

I love that Sharon is getting a decent story.I remember the story of Cameron, he is bad news.Maybe this is what it will take to get Nick back with Sharon where he belongs

Totally seriously, why do so many good looking men give in to peer pressure and end up looking sloppy and unbathed? Greg Vaughn is another one: one of the best looking men on the planet who thinks uncombed hair and a beard makes him look…what exactly?

Thanks for helping me say what I was going to say. What gets me is how can they look in the mirror and think they look good, sexy or whatever?

The only time Sharon was an exciting character was when she was a raging bipolar character–Now she is beyond saveable–she is a want-to-be coffee-pouring Psychiatrist that has the need to analyze everybody that comes within 5 feet of her, pitiful. beyond boring..

Oh Violet, you know I’ve been on this soapbox also for a long time. Particularly about beautiful men like Chase on GH. How do you think it happens? Maybe someone (like a junior producer) muses one day, “Hmmm, there’s a really gorgeous face. Let’s hide it under a bunch of scraggle. Just like Grizzly Adams!” Can you imagine Paul Newman or Robert Redford or even John Wayne hiding their faces unless the role required it? It’s SHOW business and I want to see great faces. I’ll settle for a short, well-trimmed beard if I must but those don’t seem to be the standard.

You hit the bullseye again! I can’t even add to your comment.

This Nick and Sharon storyline is so old. I do not want to see them together at all. Sharon and Adam has heated chemistry and they should be together. I would really like to see Nick with Lilly. Years ago Lilly asked Nick to go to bed with her and he never did. They should have a heated storyline for those two. As for Sally, she should go back to The Bold and The Beautiful and get back with Wyatt those two had chemistry.

Been watching Y&R for years and years. They always drag story lines on for waaaay to long. Fortunately we now have “fast forward”. That helps in many ways. Case in point Mariah and Tessa. Who can not make them interesting. No one cares FF quickly.

This comment for Beeg, my keyboard will not let me use g for the proper name Beeg in salutation, can you believe it? Anyway, just wanted to say I agree, and as a couple, boring, but if they were given a life singularly, it might fly. The baby didn’t help them, so what is the point of these two, just to have a gay couple?

I watched today I know this is going to be a short arc/but just seeing Sharon and Nick the looks today I’m sorry the love between these two has never died so they may not end up together but man they work so well together to me they will always be the end game. I get weepy just watching them.

Although a long-time viewer there were many years the job kept me away. Have little knowledge regarding what Diane did to all, nor do I know historically who Tucker is. He is intriguing.

The writers have made Jack such a weak character these past seasons, and I hope he can recapture a bit of his integrity. The program is seeming to “hold” me more than before, although who is related to whom still confuses. The young kids around the table that day were over my head. A bit silly but reading that Sally and Adam were an “item” in real life kind of throws me off. Tend to agree regarding the scuffy hair on some of the men. However all together it is a very handsome cast (whatever prefix).

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Matt Bomer Reveals After Exiting ‘Guiding Light’ He Lost the Role of ‘Superman’ Due to His Sexuality

During the June 10th edition of the Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Podcast, former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) revealed the role that got away, and how his exit from the CBS soap opera was precipitated to accommodate his burgeoning movie career, only to have his sexuality wind up costing him the part.

Bomer was seemingly set to play the Man of Steel, Superman, in a motion picture version in the early 2000’s, and as he tells it to Scott Feinberg during the podcast, things went awry.

“I went in on a cattle call for Superman, and then it turned into a month-long audition experience where I was auditioning again and again and again, and flying out to New York and doing chemistry reads, an flying out to LA doing chemistry reads, flying back to New York, flying back to LA to do a screen-test,” recalled Bomer. “And it looked like I was the director’s choice for the role. This is a very early iteration of Superman, written by JJ Abrams called Superman Flyby and it never came to light.”

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While Matt was going through the Superman audition process he was still under contract at Guiding Light. Bomer described how he was let go from the soap: “Concurrently on Guiding Light, there was a killer in town, and so I think they needed somebody to pin it all on someone. So, I think the executive producer very kindly wanted to free me up just in case this job came through and said, ‘Hey, you’re gonna be the killer. We’re writing you off the show. Go with my blessing.’ I guess, I basically got fired, but in a generous way.”

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Bomer had good reason to believe he was on his way, and the role of Superman was his after he had signed a three picture deal with Warner Brothers. As to why the part of Superman never came to pass, Bomer believes it was due to his sexuality (Later, Matt would come out publicly in 2012).

During the podcast, Matt explained, “Yeah, that’s my understanding That was a time in the industry when something like that could still really be weaponized against you. How and why and who I don’t know. But yeah, that’s my understanding.”

While Matt has not yet played Superman, he has done stellar work in major projects including: Fellow Travelers, Magic Mike, White CollarIn Time, The Normal Heart to name but a few.

What do you think of Guiding Light making Ben that killer in order to free up Bomer to leave the CBS soap to go and become a star in Hollywood and potentially play Superman, only for his sexuality to take the role away from him by the powers-that-be? Comment below.

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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