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Matthew Atkinson Previews His New Role Of Austin On The Young and the Restless!

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Recently, daytime soap fans learned the news that Matthew Atkinson had been cast in the recurring role of Austin on the number one soap, The Young and the Restless!  The handsome young actor who has appeared in everything from One Tree Hill to Drop Dead Diva, to Jane by Design and more, is gearing up for what appears to be a role that is clearly more than meets the eye!  Look for Matthew’s Genoa City debut next Thursday on the April 17th episode!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Matthew during the recent Y&R 41st anniversary on set celebration to get a preview of just what his character could be all about, because there must be a reason that Austin will be the cameraman for Avery’s cooking show, right? And, who might this guy be romantically linked with?

And as previewed in the latest issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on newsstands now, a comment pops up online about Avery’s cooking show video which expresses excitement from someone wanting to see more of her as a celebrity chef.  Is this a true superfan? Or, someone she knows …  possibly the evil Ian Ward (Dylan’s bio dad)) who want to cause trouble for the duo?

But now with that being said, how does Austin figure into all of this?  Hmmm.  Here now is our “quickie” chat with Matthew, where he gives us a little tease of what to be on the lookout for upon his debut! 

So you are Austin the cameraman for Avery’s new cooking show, but there has GOT to be more to it!  What can you tell?

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MATT:  I am the cameraman for Avery’s cooking show, and that is kind of how it starts.  I just kind of show up!  (Laughs) I think there are reasons that I end up on that specific set that maybe I control a little bit.  So for now, I am just the cameraman that just shows up at the right place at the right time.  I kind of have a tortured past and some major history, and I kind of bond with Avery’s niece, Summer played by Hunter King!

So, there could be romance here in the future for Austin and Summer? 

MATT:  Well, we will see if that happens!  Not 100% sure on everything, but I remember meeting with everyone at Y&R about the character and I am really intrigued to play him.  He has a rough history.  I think when everyone finds out what happened to him in the past; it’s going to make him a much more interesting character.

You are very familiar to fans of ABC Family, and other primetime shows you have been on.  Do you see the role of Austin being a departure for you  based on your other roles?

MATT:  I did a series for one season on ABC Family, Jane by Design, which was a lot of fun.  Then, I got to really switch it up this last year and play a different character when I was on NBC’s Parenthood playing a rocker … a drummer in a rock band   Now this guy Austin who is the cameraman, he is much more of a tortured guy.   So, I have been very fortunate to have these very different kinds of roles.

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How has it been to work with Jessica Collins (Avery) and Steve Burton (Dylan)?

MATT:  I remember the first day I was here at Y&R.  I was watching the TV monitor in the dressing room of the taping.  Steve Burton did a ten minute scene that was phenomenal!  I feel like I have a lot to live up too!  There are a lot of great actors on this show, and Jessica is amazing.

You seem to have gotten a lot of new Twitter followers since it was announced you were joining Y&R!  How has it been communicating with the passionate fans of the daytime soaps?

MATT:  There has been such an outpouring of support and love since I got cast on Y&R.  It’s been overwhelming.

Had you known Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, previously? 

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MATT:  Jill and I have known each other in passing for over a year now.  And finally, we were able to make this kind of happen and get me on Y&R.  She is so sweet, and such a kind person with a big heart.  Actually, every experience I have had with her or anyone on the set has been very positive.

OK Y&R fans, What do you think could be the tortured past that Matthew is alluding to about Austin? Could Austin be on the set to sabotage Avery’s cooking show?  Will he fall for Summer?  Or, could he be working for Ian? Or, is something else going on?  And, are you excited to see Matthew on the show?  Share your comments below!

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  1. Johnny

    April 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Why would they not bring him on as someone normal????????????? Avery’s cooking show lackey???????? REALLY?????? Avery baking muffins is NOT young and the Restless!!!!!!!!! Neither is her flunky cameraman. Dig into the history of the show, find a character for this person to play, and get some writers who can write. After bitching for two hours about GH, I am just at my wits end. LOL. Wow…hire me!!!!!

  2. jimh(leave it to beaver)

    April 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Id rather see him as the new Chad Dimera on Days…as for Y&R-a plot to sabotage a cooking show? Sounds as exciting as…the painful kidney stone that kept me in the hospital last summer for several days…No, the kidney stone was more fun!!!

    • Elite Advisors

      April 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      It also reminds me of that ridiculous storyline with AJ on the Chew..the beginning of the end for him…

      I agree with a recast of Chad…I really did like the last actor…wonder whatever happened to him?

      Have had 5 kidney stones and 2 surgeries for it… those stints are killers huh?

      • jimh(leave it to beaver)

        April 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm

        Both were painful…the storyline and the stone!!!

  3. randy

    April 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    people still watch this show,,,,

    • su0000

      April 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I believe a great many tune in to see if something has changed, but nothing much has changed in the past year, same stories going on..
      yet they are counted for their click in..
      Many, as myself, watch from habit and FF through most of it..
      It takes me about 10 minutes to watch an episode ..

      I don’t think the writers have had a sex life in many years.. the sex scenes of Nick and Sharon are way too lame..
      Embarrassing for the actors, no doubt, to have to act out those terrible awkward not sexy, just over played trying to look hot scenes .. I laugh at them LOL ..

      They are like —- ”Plan 9 From Outer Space” .. a funny fail ..

  4. su0000

    April 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This is gonna be good..
    Eric Braeden/Victor was already upset because of too many young people being brought in to his Y&R..
    considering he is not overly happy with the way things are going with his Victor at Y&R this just might be what sends Eric Braeden to the exit sign …… dunno ..

    • chloe

      April 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      we can only hope 😉

      • Fran

        April 11, 2014 at 6:30 am

        Oh yes from your mouth to (in this case) the writers ears.

      • Maria leone

        April 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        Are you really calling yourself a fan , why would you not like Eric Braden’s role ! I love it , I’m sorry , there’s a few others I would get rid of ,way before Eric , I am really sickened by the amount of stars leaving y and r , ever since Catherine ( Jeannie) passed , they have been dropping left and right , us this a coincidence , if they rid another star they might as well change the name of the show !

    • Fran

      April 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Wouldn’t that be wonderful! He can take Summer with him

      • Sharon Conrad

        May 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        He and summer look just alike aside from the hair;)

  5. mary jonas

    April 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    he’s cute. SUmmer needs a love interest so i like

    • Fran

      April 11, 2014 at 6:30 am

      He better be careful, she may have him fired!

      • Ashleigh

        April 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

        Ahahahaahahahaha good one!!

      • carinamia

        April 27, 2014 at 11:05 am


  6. Nk3play2

    April 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    So let me get this straight….. Fenmore is NO MORE, and Summer is moving on?! Yeah…. I’m not happy about this at all.

    • Donna

      April 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Is Fenmore leaving the show?

      • Nk3play2

        April 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Not that I know of, BUT he still isn’t on contract. Maybe that’s the actor’s choice, IDK. But if that is the case, why not recast the role with an actor willing to sign a contract. Instead, they’re bringing in a new guy, and though I am a fan of Atkinson, he could’ve easily been a Fenmore recast. I was looking forward to a Fenmore/Summer romance just based on WHO THEY ARE, and WHO THEIR PARENTS ARE!!!

  7. Alan

    April 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Austin will turn out to an obsessed cooking show fan (could there be any other kind in Genoa City?) who will kidnap Avery so that Blue Steel can save her and remind us what a super awesome hero he is.

    And if you think that sounds stupid, remember this is the same show that just had marriage-phobic Leslie date a man (off-camera) and then marry him (off-camera) in the space of two weeks (which was probably about 3 or 4 days in soap time).

    • Mary SF

      April 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

      I was thinking the same thing– an obsessed fan – stalker who will end up tormenting Avery.

      As for Leslie I think that character is being written out. I know nothing official been said, but Michael commented needing a new law partner and Avery needs help too, so I’m thinking Leslie has outlived her usefulness and that is why they has this off camera romance as sn means to explain her character’s exit from GC. Avery will then join Michael in his law practice. Just a theory right now, but that is only thing that makes sense to explain this Leslie marriage, happening so fast.

      • Schmooperz

        April 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        I read on the #YR twitter feed that there is a casting call out for Leslie’s husband, a black doctor. Read this several days ago. Not confirmed.

    • Harlee

      April 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Great point Alan about Leslie but something has to be up for this to happen or again we are talking about the “Plot Queen of Soaps” in JFP.

      I had the sick feeling myself that maybe the is writing Leslie out, gosh I hope I’m soooo wrong because I like AC.

  8. Sue

    April 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Nothing against Matt, but a cooking show! I am surprised SB doesn’t walk! He doesn’t need the money.I just can’t believe he would put up with the writing on Y&R. I just have no words how bad some of the story lines are..Guess this is Sony/CBS’s way to cancel Y&R..

  9. Jonathan

    April 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    CBS needs some gay characters/ storylines he would do:)

    • Johnny

      April 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Why do they “need” them?

      • Nate

        April 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        Why not? I’m embarrassed for Y&R that they have yet to portray a same sex relationship/coming out story, or even have a gay character period. The work they did with Rafe–so awful. DAYS has the Supercouple in Sonny and Will. And here’s a shocker–there are gay people in the world. Y&R is dead last when it comes to portraying this important part of everyday life.

    • Ashleigh

      April 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I disagree. I don’t watch my soap and keep track of how many minorities they’re pleasing or pissing off. (Victoria Rowell) I watch it for entertainment, not to fulfill someone’s political agenda.

      • Matthew Place

        April 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Y&R needs a whole lot of something!!! BTW I wish VR would make nice with Y&R co-stars and JFP so she could come back and shake up the show a bit. The Winters family needs direction — but so does the whole show! I read somewhere that Y&R was building to something better. Hmmm. Still waiting.

        BTW as long as they’re focusing on the same ole characters, I doubt it’ll get any better any time soon.

  10. Sue

    April 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    The photo of JFP and JC tell it all, JFP loves Avery (JC) and Chelsea (MCE) both of whom I can’t stand!!

  11. Barbara from Atlanta

    April 11, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I don’t know anything about this actor. Based on the photo alone, I actually could have seen this guy being the new Kyle Abbott.

    • Johnny

      April 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

      But Barbara…that would mean utiliIizing the show’s rich history, giving story to veterans, and writing for characters we know and love. Why would a show want to ever do those things??

      • Barbara from Atlanta

        April 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        Good point. You could have asked the same exact question about ATWT in its last decade. Do you think it is a fluke that Jean Passanante was the head writer for ATWT during that time and is now the co head writer for Y&R? I don’t.

        Why do new producers and writers feel that they have to introduce lots of new characters to an established show and focus on them and give inferior treatment to the veteran characters that have been the reason the show has stayed on the air? These new employees do this frequently and it never works.

        Why would they think a fan of the show would want to see the majority of the show devoted to folks like Avery (on the show for 2 years), Dylan (1 year), and Kelly (6 months) when an original character like Jill is absent for months at a time????

      • Harlee

        April 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

        Boy, Johnny I SOOO feel the same way about our beloved vets. We are going to have 3 thus far being announced new “recurring” characters”. If “Austin” has a connection to this gawd awful cooking show (once again around food service!) and possible new love interest for Summer, he will be upped to contract status I’m afraid. When all these newbie contractors and recurring characters are on TV, it takes time from the vets…OH YRCBS can use these actors at bargain basement prices…cheaper than paying the larger amounts to our vets.

        Oh, the glowing love being spewed about JFP possibly the actors do like her but the viewers are the ones that count and they don’t like JFP for YR. In all honesty the viewers are the ones that keep YR on the air not the actors….just saying.

      • Harlee

        April 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

        Boy, Johnny I SOOO feel the same way about our beloved vets. We are going to have 3 thus far being announced new “recurring” characters”. If “Austin” has a connection to this gawd awful cooking show (once again around food service!) and possible new love interest for Summer, he will be upped to contract status I’m afraid. When all these newbie contractors and recurring characters are on TV, it takes time from the vets…OH YRCBS can use these actors at bargain basement prices…cheaper than paying the larger amounts to our vets.

    • Donna

      April 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      He should have been hired to play Kyle. But that would have made sense. And so little of the Y&R makes good sense anymore.

    • Sue

      April 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

      New Kyle would have been better! Get away from silly cooking show!

  12. Fran

    April 11, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Avery and her cooking is so boring. The only part of this show that is any good anymore is Chelsea believing Adam is alive. I think he’s going to come back looking like someone else (no doubt) under another name so the police will think he died & leave him alone but how will Chelsea act? Will she know the new Adam after his surgery? Did Victor know he was alive all along? Victor checked Adam’s bank accounts & told Chelsea there was no movement where did Adam get the money he paid someone to falsify the teeth? Who’s body did they really find? How about letting Sharon & Nick find out the truth about Cassie? When will you bring back Lauren’s first son ? Now that would all be interesting while Avery bakes her whatever!

    • Donna

      April 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      The only thing that makes Avery even more boring, is Avery when she’s cooking. Or talking about cooking. Mind you, I figure that little saucy video of her made by Dylan is going to pop up and embarrass her or something. But I still don’t understand JFP’s obsession with Avery cooking or baking. I don’t watch cooking shows very often, and really don’t want to see it on my soaps.

  13. Harlee

    April 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    OK, counting 3 coming on as recurring being reported. Stop the insanity CBSSony! Another effing career in GC involving around food. Where are the young professionals or strong, independent woman…I will tell none exists. WTF GC will be the obesity capital of all soap operas…UGH!

  14. FAS

    April 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I have never liked Avery, the character….I agree with Fran…BORING!!!! I am so tired of these storylines…the worst? Carmine and Lauren. By the by, is she really pregnant.? I missed so many episodes…Oral exams!!!
    Many women test positive but are actually on the onset of menopause. Lauren is beyond that. This is another ridiculous storyline.
    I hope that when I reach that pinnacle of happiness with my future husband, we, as a couple, do not become as pathetically droll as Lily and Caine.

    Also, how dare Chelsea compare the loss of a child to that of a husband. I have neither as yet (still in school), but my sister has lost a child…The lights went out in her beautiful eyes ….they have lost their luminosity. So, whatever Chloe feels and says? It is her God-given right. But, of course, Chelsea would never know that since she did give one child away…just sayin’.

    I think that Adam will be back with a different identity, after undergoing plastic surgery. This, with the help of a Victor.

  15. wolfsmistress

    April 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    We already know that someone has been texting Avery that they are looking forward to seeing more of her (we saw the text on her phone while she was making out with Dullard on the couch). So of course it’s probably someone who has seen the makeout session of Dullard and Avery that Dullard sent to his espresso machine repairman by mistake (really?). It’s quite likely that guy sent the video out to everyone he knows and it’s gone viral from there, which is why Avery’s recipe is the number one favorite in such a short time on the cooking video web site.

    If not for that viral sex tape video Dullard sent out (by mistake?), Avery’s key lime pie wouldn’t have won a top prize and she wouldn’t be getting a cameraman who’s going to end up being a stalker/rapist or whatever it is he’s going to turn out to be that Dullard will have to save her from…again.

    As for being from Ian, I doubt it highly. I think the show is really wasting Ray Wise. Such an amazing actor, and an interesting storyline that could come out of this, yet they have him sitting in a prison cell and languishing instead of creating havoc in Genoa City for Nikki, Paul, Victor and more.

    Bring back Ray Wise!! Get rid of so many FOJ newbies!!

    • FAS

      April 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I Could not have expressed it better myself, wolfsmistress. You took the word dullard right out of my mouth. I did not like him on GH either. These two make me gag.

      By the by, thank you for spelling espresso correctly…not expresso. As the granddaughter of Italian immigrants and a stickler for good grammar, regardless of what language, I appreciate it……. Especially since there is no X in the Italian alphabet.

      • Carinamia

        April 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        Lmao @ “expresso”. I’m italian and can’t stand the bad pronounciation or spelling of it.. ESpresso-not hard. And kudos to ray wise! If I can get creeped out through the tv then he’s doing his job right.

      • FAS

        April 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        Hi, yes I know. Italian gets butchered severely….one should always make sure the term is used correctly and spelled correctly. What to do, but I admit, I really get stressed out. I figured you were Italian carina mia. I actually commented on your “nomigliolo” on the Y&R site. Mr. Fairman decided not to post it…he does that a lot with me. I can’t understand it…especially when I am not too “enthusiastic” about Victor. Mr. Fairman, be fair…lol.
        You are correct , Carinamia, there is a good amount of creepiness going on with GH…but I love it. Hopefully this show airs in Italy and Switzerland…not that I will have time to watch…but maybe I won’t be too homesick. Ciao, e tante belle cose.

      • carinamia

        April 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

        Aw Grazie! I’m a 3rd generation italian in my home, so I understand the language better then I speak especiallly since my family comes from different regions which results in a fusion dialect once I undersstand it lol.. But Anyways back to y&r* – I started watching young and the restless because my nonna, mom and zia were all fans back in the day, like when Lauren was a “Disgraziata” when it came to paul lol. Oh, I’m sure. They have ynr in europe, I watched an episode on youtube in italian and it was a riot lmao.. What can I say, I agree about victor. Lui fanno una brutta figura di Sharon! Che peccato e vergonia… Povera signora Nikki e tutte Newman famiglia, managia.. Lol. #FORZAy&r

    • Donna

      April 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      I agree Wolfsmistress! They are really wasting the talent of Ray Wise! He’s a brilliant actor and Y&R is wasting his talents. Not surprising though. Y&R has a habit of doing that.

    • jaybird369

      April 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      You are so RIGHT ON about the amazing Ray Wise…his talent and all as an actor is being wasted at Y&R. To me, Ray Wise is TRULY AND WONDERFULLY KICK-ASS as an actor…HOLLA!!!!!

      Take care. Peace.

      • Sue

        April 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

        AGREE,Ray Wise is great, the writers don’t know how to write for talent…they will miss a good story here!!

      • Schmooperz

        April 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        You guys need to remember to look at actor’s IMDB profiles. Ray Wise is super busy with SEVERAL projects, mostly movies. Not chump change soap operas.

  16. JesTheJester

    April 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Why does every interview have to mention JFP? It’s like all the actors are programmed to sing her praises. I guess if you want a job on #YR that’s what you gotta do.

    • Ashleigh

      April 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Well said!!!! It’s like everyone id fearing for their lives!!

  17. Betty

    April 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    All I know is that MP, Griffith, MM, BM and now EH are all out under JFP for one reason or another. Something definitely stinks here.

    • ray hoffman

      May 26, 2014 at 8:53 am

      The actors have spoken, if you really like them and respect them as people and actors you will accept the reasons they left. They all had nothing but nice things to say for Jill Phelps. Many of these post on here don’t seem to be from real fans of Y&R, sounds like fans of GH that are still Jealous that Y and R remains at the TOP in not just daytime, but night time on TV GUIDE Net too.

  18. Sue

    April 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Just look at photo of JFP and Jessica Collins, you can tell JFP loves her!

    • ray hoffman

      May 26, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Some people on herfe need to grow up. Jill Phelps did not Hire Jessica Collins, she was brought to Y and R by ex producer Maria Bell. As for Jill Phelps job, she is doing a wonderful job as producer and for CBS!

  19. jaybird369

    April 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    The VERY UNNECESSARY addition of newbie character Austin…another reason that Y&R is sinking faster and faster. Total SNOOZE-VILLE all the way……….

    • leone

      May 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Austin is Avery’s son….or ian wards son…which would make Austin and summer cousins …..creepy…

      • Shannon

        May 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

        eh not really because summer isn’t related to Ian Ward.

      • jaybird369

        May 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Huh??? If this is true…creepy is an UNDERSTATEMENT here!!!!! Yikes.

        Leone…thanks for the soap info. Peace.

  20. Sue

    April 14, 2014 at 5:13 am

    I really wish Y&R would re-cast Summer (HHK) I just don’t like to watch her any more.. I know they won’t because she is a friend of JFP.. maybe HHK will leave on her on…
    I sure hope so…..

    • Selena.C.

      April 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      I know, right?! Not to hate on this girl but HHK lacks something.. Summer if anything seems like a spoiled brat who tries to play the “good girl” meanwhile in real life who knows how this 20 year old girl is. Real teens are rebellious and edgy these days and whenever she tries to apply that in acting everything just comes off as unnatural. Soo not like phyllis..

      • ray hoffman

        May 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

        Hunter King is a very Sweet person in real life, very kind to the fans, I met her. She is good as Summer. Michael Muhney was let go on Veronica Mars series, now Y and R, don’t blame HK for the wrong he did, he is Lucky he didn’t get more than being Canned

  21. Carinamia

    April 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh god.. Who’s this dude now??? Still getting over the meaning behind hilary, kelly, stitch and now this guy? Averys love life has been uneventful except for dylan. They belong together because of the miscarriage/post war so finally, why add to the equation??

    • ray hoffman

      May 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Great actor, and will be very interesting character to unfold. Welcome to y and r Matthew Atkinson

  22. Selena.C.

    April 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Nooo! Plz not another usless character… Just bring back milley & muhney 🙁 :@

    • Selena.C.

      April 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Oops *Miller. Billy Miller lol.

      • Fran

        April 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        I agree now that was when the show was interesting. Im sick of Lily & her attitude, Jill & that dam music box, If we can’t get Billy Miller back then I would rather have Victoria with Ben and M.M. was a real lose to the show. Now the cooking and Avery how boring can we get. I have to admit I am happy to see Cassie back but I doubt she’ll save the show. I think Billy Miller, Phyllis ,and Adam held the fan’s interest.There’s really very little there now.

    • ray hoffman

      May 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Thank God MM was Canned!!!! Grow up Miller wanted out! as for saving Y and R, it isn’t in Danger! Y and R is #1 in daytime, also #1 on the night time lineup on TVG Net as well. I have watched this show from day one, March 26 1973 and it is , was and Always will be the Best Soap on american tv. Some fans need to just Grow up! as for MM, he got what he deserved, sounds like he could have gotten far worse!

  23. wendy

    April 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    bring back billy , the real one and phyliss better wake up soon, or jack is on his way to an affair with the crazy one.

    lilly needs to liten up and not be such a bitch, and the show still holds my interest after all these years… some of the characters like lauren and michael need to take a back seat, how many times can lauren be tormented and terrorized by some mad man or women,

    eneough of that, let the younger crowd take over now, summer, faith, noah and abby. the interesting olders should still have a role in this, but i am truly sick of the new billy and his wining voice… he looks like a kid and the old real billy of todays world , was a man , sexy , smart and so cute…
    bring him back women, or your really stupid…

  24. wendy

    April 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    i also will always see steve burton as Jason, as he does not fit the role of the good guy, lover and softy, with a problem with pts syndeom, Jason would not ever blink an eye or hurt a baby or anyone unless they were a threat to sonny and his life style… I hear billy , my love , born on my same Birthday, is a possible candidate for a Jason replacement. If he is a good actor perhaps he can pull it off, but its hard for fans to not always remember a certain character , as the original one.

    except for the now billy, and once old one, he just is horrible as an actor.

    sorry , but true,

    hey producer, grow up , learn to like men, and re hire the good actors.

    • ray hoffman

      May 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Heather Tom bro David Tom was and is the Real Billy, as for acting, he is Awesome. He Won Emmy for character long before Billy Miller was ever heard of! Steve Burton chose to leave GH, he wasn’t going to be on any Soap, moved to Nashville. Jill Phelps and CBS made him a deal he couldn’t resist; thus he lives in Nashville, and is very Happy to be Dylan on Y and R. ; so much so, he recently resigned to stay with Y and R. Actors like Steve get tired of doing one character over and over for years, he wanted something different that Jason, GH wouldn’t provide him that so he ditched them. Y and R gave him what he wanted. Most Fans love their Favorites, accept them for their decisions they make, those that don’t accept have a problem. I wish Steve much success at Y and R, that’s where he wants to be, I loved him on GH, but he is even better on Y and R, Back to Billy Miller, he wanted out so he could do other projects, a network or producer can not Force anyone to re sign, he saw a chance to be Free to do, maybe night time series of his Own, thats Great, I wish him well. He was Good as Billy, but David will always be Our real Billy Abbott. Unlike some fans on here, I am Happy for SteveBurton, David Tom and Billy Miller. Fans have No right to demand an actor remain as one character forever. Get over it. As for Matthew Atkinson, we love you Matthew, and Austin is gonna be interesting to watch. Thanks Jill Phelps! Keep up the Great work!

  25. Izabel

    May 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    LOL, Is this foreal??? Give these newbies the boot and bring the fans what they want… The original acttors back!!!

    • ray hoffman

      May 26, 2014 at 8:11 am

      As a Fan from day one back on March 26 1973, this is just what the show needs, Glad to have you Matthew, new characters, young actors, thats what keeps Y and R Young, Restless and Fresh. Bill Bell would be Pleased.

  26. Shannon

    May 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Think he could end up being Sheila’s son?? Why not huh? He said today he lost his mom a few years back…..

  27. ray hoffman

    May 26, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Matthew Atkinson is Both Talented and Sexy. Yes, I am very pleased Jill Phelps signed him on Y and R. Austin seems to be an interesting person and character with a Past. He has me wondering whom his Mom might be? Could he somehow have connections to Original characters from Y and R early days? Whom ever he may be, Welcome Matthew to the show, hope he stays around for a Long time! Great Actor.

  28. Dawn

    May 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I think Austin is Sheila Carter’s son from the past. I don’t thnk it could be Sheila’s niece, because didnt’ she come back to be with Daniel?

    • Dawn

      May 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Just reading through comments and WOW! forgot about wacky Izabel (Isabel). Could be her and Paul’s son, just as Christine and Paul are trying for a baby.

  29. Dana

    June 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Matthew Atkinson is one hot looking guy. It looks like he is going to be a bad guy but I wish he wouldn’t because he was really believable when it looked compassionate with Summer. I know that he just wanted to get her out of his apartment so that he could post the message to Avery but I saw that he was conflicted about using her. He is too, too hot for him not to stay around, a breath of fresh air.

  30. Gloria Stone

    June 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Just watched “The Y & R” then “Days of Our Lives”. I noticed the new people on each soap. Matthew Atkinson playing Austin on Y&R and True O’Brien plays Paige on Days. They look so much alike, I was wondering if they were related?

  31. donna lewis

    July 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    He is so handsome and such a good actor! Hope he stays on Y&R for a long, long time! Love him with Summer.

  32. Byron Morris

    July 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    It is a continual pleasure watching Y&R. Thanks so much the quality of various story lines that keep so many of us glued to the television set . It dazzles my everlasting total joy watching. Thanks also for refreshing talents such as Hunter, Matthew & Dylan. They are great additions to a terrific cast. Continued success for jobs well done. Thank You!!!

  33. Don

    August 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Have watched YnR for a very long time, it is puzzling to me also how difficult it is to watch certain segments of the Soap,. Terrible story lines, with absolutely nothing for a fan to get involved. Why can’t they give the Winter family a purpose? Ray Hoffman (above) seems to know what he is talking about. Interesting to read his comments.

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Who Will Be B&B’s New Love Interest For Steffy Forrester?

The Bold and the Beautiful is back in production, the first soap to do so amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and there has been much speculation and talk for awhile now as to just what the future holds in story for one of its leading stars, Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester).

It appears that instead of re-treading a romance for Steffy with Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) or his son, Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), the series is about to bring in some new suitors into Steffy’s romantic life!

According to B&B’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, he has big plans for Jacqui in the months ahead, as he related to TV Insider.

When Bell was asked about the new love interest coming in to the show for Steffy,  he revealed: “We have a great story coming up for Jacqui. Steffy has been committed to her work, her daughter Kelly…but people have been wondering when a new man will enter her life. He’s coming. She’ll have a period of time where, in fact, quite a few men will be after her – as they should be. She’s spectacular and unique. I’m thrilled to say that this next chapter will be very much about Steffy. I always feel comfortable putting drama in the hands of Jacqui Wood.”

In addition, recently on  The Michael Fairman Channel’s recent Daytime-Emmy virtual chat with Wood, Scott Clifton and Heather Tom, the actress also alluded to a potential new love interest for Steffy, too.   You can watch that below.

So, who would you suggest to play opposite Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as her new love interest?  Share your casting thoughts via the comment section.

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.


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So, what do you think about Kristian Alfonso’s exit from Days of our Lives?  Are you heartbroken to see her go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.


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Dante Dante Dante. #anactortrains #trainasif #healthycompetition #goodguydustin #dustinislosingit

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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