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Michael Damian Returns to the Young and the Restless

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Celebrating their 50th anniversary season, The Young and the Restless has promised the return of some fan favorites, and now comes word that the Michael Damian is headed back to Y&R as Danny Romalotti for multiple episodes beginning December 22.

Soap Opera Digest broke the news. Damian originated the role of Danny in 1981 and stayed on the soap till 1988. Following that, he made guest appearances and was last seen on-air when Danny returned to Genoa City for Katherine’s funeral (the late Jeanne Cooper).

With the upcoming return of Michael Graziadei as his on-screen son, Daniel, it looks like the complicated family dynamic will be back when they share scenes with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).

Since leaving the soaps while continuing to work on his music, Michael has become quite the successful director, writer, producer. His latwst movie Falling for Christmas is due out on Netflix on November 10th, in addition, he wrapped another project for Netflix, called Irish Wish. Both movies star Lindsay Lohan. 

On Twitter, Damian shared his enthusiasm at being back taping episodes of the CBS daytime soap opera expressing: “Incredibly excited to be returning to Genoa City working with all my amazing Y&R friends and family!”

So, looking forward to seeing Michael Damian again on Y&R? Who do you hope he shares scene with? Traci (Beth Maitland), Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman), Christine (Lauralee Bell) and more? Comment below.

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Yay. Pair Michael with Tracy.

I’m not a big fan of Danny but if it means more Traci and Lauren (and some much-needed nostalgia), I’m happy.

And Cricket too!
Also Phyllis in the mid of the Diane return has been unbearable….I d love to see a Phyllis/ Danny/ Cricket moment just to switch gears

Damien
Can’t stand Phyllis and she’s unbearable whatever she’s in the midst of.Can you imagine if Cricket were to dare get anywhere near Danny?
I’d like to see Gina too, she was lovely.

Yes, Damien—Phyllis and Danny!! M Stanford and M West( GH) are my faves of all time.
I was too young to really understand the relationship between Phyllis and Danny, albeit I’m aware it was very “soapy”, but I’d love to see them together. I’d like to see Cricket as well.

Please don’t have him sing.

Yes no singing PLEASE,!!! But I betcha he will.

love Michael Damian as danny, pair him with his ex wife Tracy Abbott again.

Johnny
Sure, anyone but Phyllis who will most certainly be in hog heaven with both him and Daniel there.

Good to see him and nice to hear of his success after Y&R. Him coming back is to continue celebrating the 50th year of the soap. He wont get too deep into anything, story wise. So, lets not rush to put Danny into any pairing with any of the gorgeous ladies of Genoa City.

I think you’re right, T—not only to support the 50th celebration, but perhaps, to promote his album? Either way, it’s good to see him.

looking forward to seeing Michael Damian again on Y&R? YES!! Thank you
Who do you hope he shares scene with? Traci (Beth Maitland)
It is great seeing Traci back on the show. Would love to see her in a romantic roll with someone new. Her character speaks to many people. Her character should finally meet the love of her life and live happily ever after. The Abbott home is large enough for all the Abbotts to live there.

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GH’s Adam J. Harrington on Being a Recast John “Jagger” Cates: “There is No Way I Can Even Touch What Antonio Sabato Jr. Did With the Role in the Past … If They Are Going My Way They Were Going to Take This in a Different Direction”

General Hospital fans were recently in for a shock when a new man arrived in Port Charles who went by the name of John Cates. As it turns out John Cates used to go by the nickname of “Jagger” and had lived in the town many years ago.

That’s because actor Adam Harrington was recast in the role of FBI Cates. The part was originally made soap-famous in the 90’s by Antonio Sabato Jr. “Jagger” appeared on the ABC daytime drama series from 1992-1994 and then in its spinoff GH: Night Shift in 2008 before the character left Port Charles with his young autistic son. “Jagger” was also the older brother to the late Stone Cates (Michael Sutton).

Now in 2024, GH has brought the character back and Adam J. Harrington is on contract with the series. The actor spoke to Soap Opera Digest about the obvious difference in look and take on the role than “Jagger’s” original portrayer, Antonio Sabato Jr.

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Adam expressed: “My take on it was that it’s been 30 years; they obviously wanted to take this in a new direction and see what they could do with this storyline. And I also thought, ‘There is no way I can even touch what Antonio Sabato, Jr. did with the role in the past.’ Although I know it would be jarring for fans, in some ways, I was very happy that I didn’t look like I was going to try to mimic or echo at all what they had done with that storyline.”

Chiming in on replacing an actor in a role made soap-famous by someone else, Harrington added, “Obviously, if they’re going my way, they were going to take this in a different direction with so much time having passed. TV is immortal and still very much fresh in people’s minds, but like I said, I took the recasting and looking so obviously different as them saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take this in a different direction and we are not trying to replace or touch what was originally a beautiful story.”’

Previously, Sabato Jr. had a few things to say about not being asked back to reprise his signature role for more than 30 years by the ABC soap opera.

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As to just who this new version of John Cates will be romantically linked with, fans are seeing a spark between he and Jordan (Tanisha Harper), or could he wind up with Anna (Finola Hughes), or another lady on the canvas? “I think there is an element here of him coming to town, throwing a new guy into the mix,” Harrington shares.”We’ll see who he quote-unquote bonds with and who he doesn’t.”

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So what do you think of the recast John “Jagger” Cates? Do you like where the show is taking the character? Do you appreciate Adam’s candor on acknowledging what Antonio Sabato Jr. did with this role in the past? Comment below.

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Y&R Reveals Cast In ‘Nikki Newman Through The Years’ T-Shirts in Honor of Melody Thomas Scott’s 45th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 20th marks the 45th anniversary of Melody Thomas Scott’s debut as Nikki Newman on CBS daytime’s The Young and the Restless.

In honor of the occasion, the official Y&R social media handle on Instagram released a video of many of Melody’s castmates wearing custom-made Nikki Newman t-shirts. The celebratory shirts had images of Nikki Newman through the years and her various looks.

Participating in the video were Melody’s castmates, Hayley Erin (Claire), Mark Grossman (Adam), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Melissa Ordway (Abby) and Eric Braeden (Victor). Melody’s TV son, Joshua Morrow kicked things off acknowledging her milestone.

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Morrow expressed: “To my mama, Melody Thomas Scott, celebrating a huge, huge, huge anniversary, an absolute icon on this show. What better way to celebrate you than with these incredible T-shirts, looking at all your best looks. We love you, the whole world loves you, and you deserve everything. Love you, Mama.”

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Thomas Scott spoke with Soaps.com on her anniversary, sharing, “I’m so fortunate to have a job where I get to do what I love to do and need to do every day and be paid for it.” She added, “My life is heavenly. I’d like to think that I’m a better performer these days than my talent test (in 1979).”

Check out the cast celebrating Melody Thomas Scott’s Y&R 45th anniversary while donning some their ‘Nikki t-shirts’ below.

Now, share your congrats to Melody on 45 years and still going strong on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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Steve Burton’s Ex-Wife Sheree Gustin Gives Birth to Her Fifth Child, Weeks After Their Divorce Was Finalized

Sheree Gustin, the ex-wife of General Hospital star, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) welcomed her newborn daughter into the world on February 16th. The little one who’s name is Addy Jay weighed in at 5 lbs., 5 oz at the time of her birth. This is Gustin’s fifth child.

Gustin’s partner, who was in an Instagram story with her and their baby, remains unidentified. This is the second child of Gustin’s within a year or so of each other, that is not the biological child of Burton’s. She previously had daughter Isabella back in February of 2023.

The news of the arrival of Addy Jay comes on the heels of Burton finalizing his divorce from his former wife of 23 years back in December of 2023.  In the divorce settlement, Steve and Sheree have joint legal and physical custody of their minor children. Brooklyn, 8, and Jack, 17. The two also share a daughter McKenna who is 20.

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Burton originally filed for divorce in July 0f 2022. In court documents, the two separated in March of that year as Burton cited “irreconcilable differences.” When Sheree announced the impending birth of her fourth child, Burton took to his Instagram and clarified, “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.”

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Gustin, who is a fitness guru, now goes by Sherrie Lynn on her official Instagram account. Since her divorce from Burton, and the births of her most recent children, Sherrie has not addressed the situation publicly.

Meanwhile, General Hospital fans are anxiously awaiting Burton’s return as Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera with his first episode back slated for March 4th. Just how Jason will be revealed to be alive after a cave collapsed on him, and he was believed to have died, is one of great mystery for soap fans.

So, share your thoughts on the news of the birth of Sheree’s fifth child Addy Jay via the comment section below.

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