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Melody Thomas Scott on Y&R Time Capsule Event as Show Nears 50th Anniversary: “It is Earth-Shatteringly Amazing and Exciting”

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This week, The Young and the Restless‘ Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) presided over the unearthing of the Y&R time capsule that was buried some 25 years ago at CBS Television City for the soap opera’s silver anniversary.

Now, as Y&R is fast approaching its golden anniversary and celebrating this month 50 years on the air, it was time to bring to the surface the memories put into the box from former and present cast members, the memorabilia, scripts and more that are such precious memories and encapsulated a very special time for the iconic show.

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Back in 1998, we were present for the originally burying of the time capsule, in addition to hosting and producing a very special live streaming (well, streaming for those days) event brought to you by Soap City direct from the soundstages of Y&R.  More on that in the days ahead.

In the present, Melody spoke to those invited press, guests and colleagues with her opening remarks, which included: “I was here for  … I guess I have to say, ‘burial ceremony’ 25 years ago, on March 26, 1998. I’m very excited to open it to see what’s inside.”

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With the help of Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and Sean Dominic (Nate), the contents of the time capsule were revealed including a note from the beloved late great Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine Chancellor).  Melody read it aloud: “To Whom it May Concern. It is my sincerest wish that this planet has improved the condition of all its inhabitants and their habitats. That’s my wish when this capsule surfaces.” Thomas Scott countered somberly, “I wish she were right.”

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Also on hand were cast members: Melissa Ordway (Abby), Lauralee Bell (Christine), Michael Damian (Danny), Kate Linder (Esther), Jason Thompson (Billy), Conner Floyd (Chance), Sharon Case (Sharon), Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Bryton James (Devon), as well as Y&R executive producer and head writer, Josh Griffith and Sony executive, Steve Kent.

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In one of the more touching moments, Melody read a letter from the time capsule from Y&R’s co-creator and original head writer, Bill Bell.

Following the ceremony, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Melody Thomas Scott.

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When asked what more she recalled about the the original time capsule event 25 years ago, Melody shared: “I remember it very well. It was a big deal. We were excited about it, but I don’t think any of us envisioned us still being here. Hello?” She added, “Sadly, a lot of people we love are not here to see this and that is bittersweet, but I am thrilled to be here.”

Speaking on being part of the legacy of the show as it turns 50, and how it has changed her life personally and professionally (Melody married then Y&R producer, Ed Scott – now with B&B- and the two have been married for nearly 40 years), Thomas Scott expressed:  “It is earth-shatteringly amazing and exciting.  I have a little bit of a different association with this legacy, and it is personal to me. I am sincerely grateful forever and we can only hope, and I am not going to say another 25 years, because I don’t want them wheeling us out, but that we have many more fruitful years and I look forward to enjoying them.”

So, what do you think about The Young and the Restless jump-starting their golden anniversary milestone with the unearthing of their silver anniversary time capsule? Comment below.

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If only this soap could be “earth-shatteringly amazing and exciting”, then it would be an anniversary worth celebrating. It just is not.

I have to agree, Scott. In fact, they should change the name to “DIANE AND HER VICTIMS.” Everyone’s stories seem to involve this dreadful woman: Phyllis, Nikki, Ashley, Tucker, Michael, Summer. And those “love scenes” with Jack? I’m running out of air-sickness bags!

Unfortunately you’re not wrong. As a fan, I was hoping in the year leading up to the 50th there was a big umbrella story that would culminate in an ending fit for the tradition of this soap. (During the 25th anniversary, the buildup was to the story of Jill and Katherine fighting for the Chancellor mansion.) The show is sadly a shell of its former self, which can be said for all the remaining daytime shows. But Y&R got to and has remained at the top for a reason, so it’s a harder pill to swallow. Still holding out hope for a new direction!

I have only watched this show for 11 years but I love it. Looking forward to the Fan Event in August where I will proudly wear my 50 year Y&R T-Shirt.
Congratulations on your anniversary.

I agree, Scott—but since this is the soap I’ve been watching the longest and with which I’ve grown up ( I was four—circa 1990), I am willing to give it some time to divest itself of its absurd storylines…..Mostly, all of the male characters fall prey to stupidity—-especially when it comes to the wiles of women.
Case(s) in point: Jack, who’s been around the block a few times, is on the throes of “virginal” love. Been there fine that and never learns, even for an old man.more power to him???? Nah…
Nick is happy with his brother’s leftovers, baby ‘n all. His mother called him noble. Hmmm—-more like senseless and moronic.
Then there’s Adam—-a beggar—Walk on, I say—co-parent, yes—-Sally? Not worth it.
Both brothers should hold on to whatever dignity they have left.
Clean up on stage Y&R.

Celia…I like Sally, except maybe her taste in some men in her past. And now a choice between Nick and Adam. Either of which offers her the love she longs for. I know she’s not perfect, but she is creative, driven, independent, and has found a way to survive even after Diamond Bill. And without the backing and money Victoria, Abby and Summer grew up with. So the drama continues! :)))

How cute and Hip does Melody look in her Chic jacket and Jeans? What Why can’t she dress like that sometimes on the show instead of those old Socialite clothes they put her in.

I have been watching hing this opera since day one in 1973 I’ve enjoyed it all these years and hope to continue enjoying it but, and I say but very strongly get some new writers because the story lines has gotten very boring. Please I wish to continue watching THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. A devoted fan.

As Pee Wee says Everybody always has a ” but”

Violet…I don’t like much of the “fashion” some of the female characters wear…Phyllis off one shoulder or too low cut for me…Victoria, Nate’s girlfriend (can’t remember her name) & Mariah’s outfits are frumpy…Sharon in her cafe never gets dressed up…Sally & Diane wear the same sheath dress a lot.

I have watched this show since its beginning and have loved it, but lately Y&R and B&B are becoming boring. The Diane bit is sickening at this point and what the heck is wrong with the Abbott men? Cant either of them do anything right and find a good woman? Then there’s Nick….that guy is a good man but yet he doesnt have a good woman yet. Typical soap opera. Most of the first cast members are gone. Im still angry about what happened with Paul. The last straw for me is if the writers bring Sheila back! Im done with the show if that happens. Writers do better! This show has been awesome. Would love to see it there again!

If only thijust is not.

I have to agree, Scott. In fact, they should change the name to “DIANE AND HER VICTIMS.” Everyone’s stories seem to involve this dreadful woman: Phyllis, Nikki, Ashley, Tucker, Michael, Summer. And those “love scenes” with Jack? I’m running out of air-sickness bags!

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General Hospital’s Michael Easton Pens Touching Farewell to Gregory Harrison

Following the on-screen death of his on-screen father, Gregory Chase played by Gregory Harrison, longtime soap vet, Michael Easton (Finn, GH) shared his feelings on a touching Instagram post.

Easton summed up getting to know Gregory Harrison, and to play emotional scenes with him for the last three years. In story, Gregory succumbed to ALS, a disease in which there is no cure.

Sharing several photos of himself with Harrison. Easton expressed, “Gregory Harrison. One of the finest actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with and an even better human being. I learned so much from you, my friend, and it was an absolute honor to get to share a stage with you these past three years. Your talent, grace and powerful presence will be greatly missed around the studio. @gnhsurf @generalhospitalabc #gh #fathersandsons”

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In addition, Josh Swickard (Chase), Harrison’s other on-screen son told Soap Opera Digest on Gregory’s exit, “Sometimes when you’re working on a show like this and someone plays your dad, it spills over. He really felt like a father figure to me in so many ways. Still does. He’s such a good human being. He’s been around the block in life, in Hollywood, and then some, and he’s just a wealth of knowledge. And he’s a humble human being.”

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Fans of GH caught on the Monday, May 20th episode some very heart-tugging scenes between Gregory and Finn, where they each tell the other how proud they are to have been each others father and son.

Watch below the heartbreaking moment and the touching portrayal by Michael Easton when Finn finds his father has passed away.

So, what do you think about the words written by Michael Easton and he says farewell to the exited Gregory Harrison? What did you think of his performance on today’s GH? Comment below.

 

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Lane Davies on Possibility of Extending His General Hospital Run: “I Would Be Totally Open”

This week, viewers are catching the re-teaming of Lane Davies and Nancy Lee Grahn for the second time on General Hospital and the third time in their careers given their storied history as Santa Barbara’s Mason Capwell and Julia Wainright.

Previously, Nancy and Lane played opposite each other and shares scenes as Dr. Cameron Lewis and Alexis Davis back in 2002 on the ABC daytime drama series. Now in 2024, Davies takes on the role of Fergus Byrne, the brother of the late Neil Byrne, as Alexis tries to get her law license reinstated.

Speaking with TV Insider on his recent return to GH, Davies shared, “I know Nancy was wanting to work with me again. I ran into (former GH head writer) Patrick Mulcahey at (Santa Barbara co-creator) Bridget Dobson’s funeral and we had a lovely lunch together and a lovely visit and I think it was just the synergy of all those things coming together that did it. Patrick saw me and realized that I hadn’t completely deteriorated over the years and thought, ‘Well, this would be fun.”’

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Lane also shared he isn’t closing the door for more episodes of General Hospital down the line were the powers-that-be to keep Fergus on the canvas.

The popular actor expressed,,”I would be totally open, but that’s all up to the writers and fans and producers and network people and I’m kind of out of that loop. But if it happens, grand.”

So, would you like to see Lane stick around Port Charles? Comment below.
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Gregory Harrison Wraps His Run on General Hospital

Gregory Harrison, who has played Gregory Chase on General Hospital, has left the series.  As viewers saw, on the May 20th episode Gregory remembers his life, then seemingly went to asleep.

However, on today’s May 21st episode, is it revealed Gregory, who suffered from ALS, passed away in his sleep. Harrison brought with him extensive television and movie credits from Trapper John M.D., Falcon Crest and more before coming to GH.

Harrison joined the ABC daytime drama series in a recurring capacity back in November 2020 and signed a contract back in June of 2022.  A rep for the show confirmed to Soap Opera Digest that Gregory’s exit was storyline-dictated.

 

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In story, Gregory Chase was the estranged father to Finn (Michael Easton), as they had a complicated past. He also had a younger  son Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard). Gregory was also the grandfather to Violet (Jophielle Love). One of his last wishes was to see Chase and Brook Lynn (Amanda Set tie the knot.

Over the past few months before the character’s demise, he became close with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Tracy (Jane Elliot).

The death of Gregory Chase will certainly rock Finn and Chase’s world.

So, sad to know Gregory Harrison has departed General Hospital? Comment below.

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