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Melody Thomas Scott signs new contract with Y&R!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Well here is a bit of good news!  With all the house cleaning speculation this week over at Y&R, now comes the news via TV Guide, that one of the shows most valuable assets and fan favorites, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) has finally signed a new contract with the number one sudser, and will be back on-air in November starting around the Thanksgiving holiday!

As many know, Melody was last seen on the set of Y&R back in April and all of a sudden stopped getting scripts leading her and many to believe, perhaps we had seen the last of Nikki, especially since on-air she was sent off to rehab for her battle with booze!

In her feature with TVG, Melody clears the air a bit and teases what is to come when Nikki hits Genoa City again.    Here are a few excerpts!

Melody on why she suddenly vanished from the soap and if it was all about financial restraints and budgetary problems at the soap: Yes, I do but it was not handled very well. I’ve been in this business since I was three and I know how this works. If a show is having problems with money or budget they call the actor very respectfully and say, “We have a little financial crunch here. Let’s try to work something out, okay?” That’s what should have happened. The problem was that such a phone call was never made to me and I was left in the lurch. Had they picked up the phone back in March or April and just said two or three sentences to me, none of this would have happened. But nobody said anything, and that started to get a little odd after a couple of weeks of not working. I would call in for my shooting schedule as I usually do and be told, “You have another week off.” And this kept happening week after week after week. Then the fans started paying attention to all this and were asking me, “Are you leaving the show?” I had no idea what to say or why I wasn’t working. Then all hell seemed to break lose. People were saying I had asked for a leave of absence. False. They were saying, “Oh, Melody, wants to spend time with her new grandbaby twins.” False. [Laughs] Well, of course I do want to spend time with them but I would never quit my job over it!”

Melody on what brings Nikki back to the canvas! “Well, apparently Nikki has been missing for a while. The rehab thing only lasted so long and now she’s disappeared and has been doing other things, which is what I can’t tell you about at this point. But when she finally comes home there are some very big issues going on with a lot of people and it will create big problems.”

So are you thrilled that Melody will be back on-air where she belongs on Y&R? Let us know!

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Tom
Tom

Praise God. Put this woman on the front burner for about a year so fans can actually see her again-and without Meggie or Deacon, please.

Michael
Michael

Michael,

Melody last worked at Y&R in April and made her last on-air appearance on June 3. Just want that clarified!

Scott.
Scott.

FINALLY!!!

Y&R finally made a good casting call. Hopefully Nikki comes back and is the one who murdered Diane. I love MTS!! Finally Nikki can come home!!

Y&R fan
Y&R fan

great news!!! Eventhough i m not the biggest fan of her, I admit that she is a key player for the show!

ethel
ethel

melody is a very valuable asset to y&r and i knew she would eventually be back!!
i can’t wait to see what niki has been up to!

Torrey
Torrey

Finally!!! Now, I can go back to watching Y&R again….

kay killgore
kay killgore

Yeah!!! This is the same silliness they pulled on Eric Braeden, totally disrespectful!! You know Sony MAB all these actors want is a little respect they deserved to know what is going on! Glad you are back Melody!!

nhuixnhuix
nhuixnhuix

Yes. I am not entirely happy with how she has handled all this (not that the show’s decision making and handling of this is any better) and I find that “They have come around and suddenly appreciate me again” quote to be particular graceless but Nikki and MLS belong on the canvas and I am thrilled she will be back.
The news from Y&R from the past couple of days have been pretty good. Seems they realized the show was a mess right now.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Thank God! Now plaease Powers That Be… treat Miss Scott and Nikki right!

kalamaty
kalamaty

I knew that MTS would be back, and that it was just a matter of time. As MAB put it once, “Melody is one of the hearts and souls of Young and the Restless.” That is very true, and I don’t care what happened, as long as she comes back…. with a vengeance! 🙂 Can’t wait!

kay killgore
kay killgore

I think you will realize actors are always a little full of themselves and you just have to ignore it. And to me it does not make sense to write how many new characters in that no one cares about and ignore the veterans. Doug Davidson deserves a meaty storyline he has been on for 33 years. Christian LeBlanc does nothing more then carry a briefcase around. And I am sorry but they could get rid of Tucker and no one would care. They are going to have to get back to the basics or this show will be canceled.

lisa
lisa

Thank Heaven’s Melody will be back…..but can we please NOT have her paired with Victor again….it’s old and tired !!

lisamaria
lisamaria

It can ‘t come soon enough!!!! I have missed MTS and Nikki so much. She is SUCH AN AMAZING actress and such a HUGE staple on Y&R! We need her back ASAP!!!

Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason

I am very happy to hear that Nikki will be back soon. She is a very important character on the show and has been truly missed!

Dolores Bulles
Dolores Bulles

So very pleased–my prayers have been answered. Nikki is my favorite character on the Y & R – and I have been watching the show since its first air date. Cannot imagine the show without her–and frankly the show has really been lacking in believability since she left. Nikki, Victor, Kay, Jill, Jack are my favorite characters. Would also love to see more of ESTHER. Melody Scott Thomas is wonderful–hope she remains on the show forever! LOVE HER!

Mrs. B
Mrs. B

Glad Nikki’s back. Now we need Dru back to make Sofia step!

Roxanne Kuser
Roxanne Kuser

I have been watching y&r since the late 70s im use to seeing nicki on the show with victor miss alot of other people that use to be on to

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Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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And of course, Colton, who is the self-professed virgin, is now seen making out with several of the ladies.

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Do not miss Tuesday’s November 20th episode of Days of our Lives, as it marks the final appearance of Christopher Sean in the role of Paul Narita.  How does Paul leave the canvas, exactly? Grab your hankies for an emotional goodbye.

When Sean was brought on to DAYS, not only did he get involved in what would end up being a love triangle with several iterations. but so much more than that, especially since DAYS tackled a pro athlete coming out, and a Japanese American at that, who feared he would not be accepted by his family if they knew the truth about him.  Christopher won the hearts of so many viewers and cast members at DAYS including: his longtime scene partners: Chandler Massey (Will), Freddie Smith (Sonny), and Paul’s on-screen father, Drake Hogestyn (John Black).

Christopher took to Instagram to share his parting thoughts as he exits the show on today’s episode of DAYS: “It’s been an amazing 4 years with @nbcdays 🙂 I am so honored to have the opportunity to bring Paul Narita to life, a Japanese American Gay Professional Baseball Player. An ally to LGBTQ and Just as important an ambassador for Diversity. Representation is so important because we all have an equal place and we all are an important resource to America’s history, not one more important than the other. Change comes when we understand that. Thank you @nbc for taking a chance with me. Thank you Bruce Evans and Ken Corday and Marnie Saitta, Albert Alarr and Janet Rider, Jennifer Sinclair… the list goes on and on. To all the cast and crew on Days, my extended family, thank you! I’ve grown so much with you and created such wonderful memories. To the fans, none of this would be possible without you. All my love and thanks.  My final farewell on Days… whoa. I will miss you all, my home, my beginning. Until Next Time.‬”

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Now that Christopher has shared his parting thoughts to DAYS fans, please share your thoughts for him in the comment section below.  Send him your well-wishes and let us know if you will miss Paul … and what was your favorite moment on-screen during the actors run on the soap.

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