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Melody Thomas Scott’s 40th Anniversary With The Young and the Restless Celebration (Photos)

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This has been an event-filled and exciting week for The Young and the Restless Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman).  On Wednesday February 20th, the day of her 40th anniversary with the series, Y&R hosted a very special gathering in her honor at Y&R’s soundstage 41 at CBS Television City.

As far as milestone events go, this one was one of the most highly-attended and high-profile one in recent memory.  Not only were many of Melody’s castmates present, but also many former ones, dear friends,  family (even some of her adorable young grandchildren), executives, press. and other actresses from the genre, who all came to honor Melody on this remarkable accomplishment – playing a lead character for 40 years on a daytime drama series.

The celebration was filled with emotional and humorous stories and moments from the speakers: Eric Braeden (Victor), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Joshua Morrow (Nick), who read a poem he wrote instead of a rap he might have done – all representing the Newman clan. Another speaker was Peter Bergman (Jack), representing the Abbott clan, and one of Melody’s enduring scene-partners and co-stars.  Christian LeBlanc (Michael) introduced the speakers and the clip package honoring the iconic Y&R star.

Sony executive, Steve Kent, CBS Daytime executive, Angelica McDaniel, and Brad Bell, head writer and EP of The Bold and the Beautiful, who spoke on behalf of the Bell family, also saluted Melody.  In addition, Melody’s longtime husband, producer Ed Scott, surprised Melody by speaking and introducing one of their dear friends to those in attendance who spoke to the realness of Melody.

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When she finally addressed those in attendances after their kudos, Melody gave many special shout-outs and was quite emotional when speaking of her early childhood and how Y&R has become a family to her and a place where she belonged.

Later, photos were taken with the exquisite cake which was in the form of crossword puzzle, Melody’s idea, and executed by the talented folks at the Hansen’s Bakery.

Michael Fairman TV was present at the proceedings and will have a follow-up feature with thoughts from many of the casts on Melody’s accomplishment in the days to come.  For now, take a look at some of the images from the event with our captions in the photo gallery below.

What was your favorite image from Melody’s big day? Comment below.

 

Everyone was thrilled to see Melody's longtime castmate, Doug Davidson back on set and joined by another longtime scene partner,  Lauralee Bell.
B&B's head honcho,, Brad Bell spoke on behalf of the Bell family and honors Melody.
Catherine Hickland drove all the way from Vegas to be part of her dear friend, Melody's big 4-0 with Y&R.
Melody don't cut that amazing cake! We just want to stare at it! Thanks Hansen's Bakery.
Ah, Jack and Nikki, the duo of Peter Bergman and Melody Thomas Scott.
Looks like leopard print was the order of the day, right, Tracey E. Bregman, Melody and Christian LeBlanc?
Joshua Morrow delivered a poem, while Eric Braeden delivered some beautiful words on their co-star Melody.  Nothing like those Newman  men, right? Right!
Melody is featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of CBS Watch! And looking amazing on that cover!
Y&R cast in attendance surrounding Melody with love and admiration.
Melody designed this cake herself using this crosswords theme! Special shout-out to Hansen's bakery for making it come to life.
Melody addresses the crowd with a round of applause from her 'keynote' cast speakers.
Amelia Heinle tells those attendance all about Mel!
Let's go to the videotape! Melody looks on as guests are about to see the 40th anniversary promo look-back as Nikki,
There is no soap couple like Victor and Nikki! Longtime scene partners: Melody and Eric Braeden.
Even Melody's husband, Ed Scott had a few words for his wife on her big day.
Sony executive, Steve Kent recalled a time when he first met Melody,
And Bobbie from GH showed up too! Jackie Zeman shares this milestone with her friend, Melody.
Everyone was thrilled to see Melody's longtime castmate, Doug Davidson back on set and joined by another longtime scene partner, Lauralee Bell.

Photo Credits: HutchinsPhoto.com and JPI Studios

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Lovely pictures. Mel looks beautiful. The cake was amazing. Congratulations and thanks for entertaining us!!!

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Congratulations to Melody Thomas Scott on her 40th anniversary with the Young and the Restless. I still enjoy watching her now as I have for many years. She remains as beautiful as ever which is an inspiration for me.

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Soap Stars Attend 2019 TV Academy Daytime Programming Peer Group Reception (Photos)

Last week, stars of The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and General Hospital and more were in attendance for the Television Academy’s yearly countdown to the Primetime Emmys with peer group receptions for its various members in different areas of the TV industry.

This time it was the Daytime Programming Peer Group who threw a get-together celebrating the creative achievements for the day-part led by Governors: Eva Basler (who spoke at the reception), and Sony executive Steve Kent.

Taking part in the cocktail reception were: B&B’s Annika Noelle, Matthew Atkinson, Vincent Irizarry and Courtney Hope. From GH; Chad Duell and former star, Teresa Castillo (Ex-Sabrina).  From Y&R: Peter Bergman, Michael Mealor, Sasha Calle, Cait Fairbanks, Tyler Johnson, Jordi Vilasuso. Kate Linder, and Jason Thompson attended from Genoa City among others.

DAYS was well represented with: Matthew Ashford, Linsey Godfrey, Paul Telfer, Eric Martsolf, Stacy Haiduk, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Victoria Konefal, Olivia Rose Keegan and Rob Scott Wilson.

In addition, daytime favorites, A Martinez and Judith McConnell (Santa Barbara), as well as Andrea Evans (One Life to Live) all took to the red carpet chatting it up about their work on The Bay and more.

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Check out just a few of the images from the night below in our photo gallery.  Then let us know, who you loved seeing the most via the comment section below.

Photos: HutchinsPhoto and JPI

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ABC TCA Summer Press Tour All-Star Party (Photos)

Monday night, many of the stars of ABC’s primetime line-up shared some food and drink, and chatted with members of the press, at the annual ABC TCA Summer Press Tour All-Star Party. This year the event was held at West Hollywood’s, Soho House. The party followed a day of panels ushering in several of the new shows the alphabet network is offering up this fall; including the new daytime talker from Tamron Hall.

However, at the All-Star Party cast members from: American Housewife, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, black-ish, Bless This Mess, The Conners, Emergence, Fresh Off This Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Grand Hotel, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Holey Moley,  mixed-ish, Stumptown and more were on hand.

Notables from the soaps included: Grand Hotel’s Bryan Craig, Lincoln Younes, and Denyse Tontz, and HTGWM’s, Rome Flynn, in addition to The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown and ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke.

Check out our gallery below of some of the stars who showed up in support of their series.   Then, let us know, which show you are most excited to see continue, or are looking forward to its debut this fall on ABC via the comment section below.

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GH Fan Club Weekend 2019 (Photo Gallery)

The whirlwind of events at the 2019 edition of the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend has come and gone, but with lasting memories for fans who traveled across the country and more to see their favorites from Port Charles up close and personal, through the main cast event, autograph signings, and more intimate events with popular cast members and duos.

Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, California, and put together by fan club president, Debbie Morris and her team, as well as events surrounding the weekend from: Claire Mullan, Jim Warren, Debby O’Connor, and more, fans were kept busy bouncing from gathering to gathering.

Things got started last Thursday with the GH kick-off event attended by the likes of John J. York and Jon Lindstrom, as well as an event with Kin Shriner. That was followed by Friday with Mimosa’s with Lisa LoCicero, and a special event that reunited former on-screen loves, Tony Jones and Bobbie Spencer, played by Brad Maule and Jackie Zeman. The evening featured annual events from: Donnell Turner, Nancy Lee Grahn, and a Karoke event which featured some of the younger set in Port Charles.

When Saturday came, many of the stars came out in support of the fan club including: Rebecca Herbst, who made a very special appearance.  That was in addition to notables: Roger Howarth. Michael Easton, Josh Swickard, Maurice Benard, Max Gail, Bradford Anderson, Steve Burton, Carolyn Hennesy, William Lipton, Tristan Rogers, Kristina Wagner,Lisa LoCicero, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, William deVry, Tamara Braun, and others.  Prior to the autographs, Steve Burton hosted some short panels with groups from the cast chatting it up in front of the audience.  After a group photo, each actor took off to their respective autograph tables to meet the fans and sign their “John Hancock” and pose for some photos.

Following the main event, Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson held a special show which featured a version of their comedy show, ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal”. Needless to say any fan of GH, would appreciate the humor and stories within their show.  If that wasn’t enough, another great time was had by all at the annual event with best buds, Michael Easton and Roger Howarth.  After fielding questions from the audience and signing autographs, they were joined by a surprise special guest, Rebecca Budig!

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Sunday started with a morning with Mutter, as Kathleen Gati hosted her event.  Then, real-life lovebirds Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey held a morning champagne get-together and talked about their roles on GH, their life together and more.  Maurice Benard also held his own event; which was loved by all who attended.  Later, Emme Rylan and Kirsten Storms held an intimate gathering in a hotel suite for their fans.

Later in the day, Tamara Braun dished about the latest on Dr. Kim Nero and fielded questions from those in attendance at her event.  And Sunday concluded with Wally Kurth hosting Bingo night with the Quartermaines with very special guests: Adrianne Leon and Lesli Kay, plus Leslie Charleson!   The five-day event-o-rama ended this Monday with a Brucas (Parry Shen and Ryan Carnes)’ get-together, and then the final even which featured Marc Anthony Samuel.

Check out some of the images with the cast from our GHFCW 2019 gallery below. and then let us know, who you were glad to see was there, and what was your favorite part of the weekend (if you were in Los Angeles for the fan gathering) via the comment section.

Photos: JPI and Steven Bergman Photography

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