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Melody Thomas Scott previews the very special Y&R Christmas Episode – Watch the Video!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Soap fans do not miss the Friday, December 23rd episode of The Young and the Restless. Following in the tradition of holiday specials featuring one of the core actors and characters of the show, Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Billy Miller (Billy), and Eric Braeden (Victor), being the first three, Y&R has given Melody Thomas Scott and her out of control boozing Nikki a very special set-up for their Christmas Episode!

Watch the video after the jump, where Melody gives us a preview of what to expect, plus a chance to see some signature clips and scenes throughout the last several decades!

Nikki’s journey in this episode is sure to bring some holiday tears and maybe some cheer?  Well, we will have to stay tuned for that.  But we can’t wait for Melody Thomas Scott to have her very special episode in which to shine!

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Jules
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Jules

You forgot Christian LeBlanc who had the first character centered episode (the best one of all 3 IMO). He won the Emmy for the episode.

Mo
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Mo

Yeah, I think Michael’s ep was first, then Billy, who also won an Emmy, and Victor was last year. I look forward to Friday’s ep. I think it’ll be great. Why hasn’t Melody won an Emmy???

Blake
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Blake

Looks good. Good that they gave this one to her after what they did to her this year. I don’t watch the show but i’ll have to watch this one.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

I am OVERJOYED that my fave, MTS, is FINALLY GETTING HER DUE!! What a thrilling week for her and her fans…. today’s wonderful appearance on “The Talk”, leading up to her big, one-woman show on Friday’s Y&R! It’s a dream come true. Surely, the Emmy’s this year will belong to Melody Thomas Scott; I can’t think of a more deserving performer this year. She is back in a VERY BIG WAY! Congratulations to her – and Y&R for pulling their head out!

Doe
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Doe

looking forward to see how Melody handles this episode. I hope she does a great job.She has had some bad episodes where I didn’t like her acting.

ethel
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ethel

i guess tiic & tptb gave her this for the awful way they treated her………..smh

Derrick
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Derrick

Beautiful……………..There better be an emmy nomination and win for her next year!!!!! This woman is WAY LONG overdue!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Looking forward to this Christmas present from Genoa City. I hope it is a real bridge to character change and plot development for Nikki and others and not a quick stunt from which lessons learned and promises made are so easily forgotten. Regardless, how wonderful to have an hour focussed on Melody Thomas Scott. Amen!

Jonnie
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Jonnie

I loved the Christmas episode with Nikki’s guardian angel coming to see her…I am only hoping they will allow her to be sober for awhile before something else sets her back…..she is so good at what she does….

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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