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Michael Graziadei On His Y&R Return: "It Felt Like Coming Home!"

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On Thursday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, fan favorite Michael Graziadei begins his guest appearance when he returns as Daniel Romalotti.  That will put Graz back in the orbit of his on-screen mother Phyllis, played by Gina Tognoni, and his half-sister Summer, played by Hunter King.

Daniel’s return to Genoa City is timed just as Summer is soon to be married to Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva), and viewers will have to tune-in to see just what Daniel thinks of the not-to-be-trusted Luca, and just how he figures into the drama that is about to go down.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up recently with Graziadei when he spoke of returning to the set of the CBS Daytime drama series and how the return came about. Michael recalled: “I got a call from Y&R asking me to come back.  It worked perfectly with my schedule as I have been shooting a show in L.A,  Good Girls Revolt for Amazon Prime, and I told them as long as you guys can work out the dates, I said, ‘Why not?’  They asked me to come back for story surrounding the 11,000 episode celebration.”

This is the first time fans will see Michael in scenes on-screen with Gina Tognoni as Phyllis. The role was previously played by GH’s Michelle Stafford.  Michael said of working with the two-time Daytime Emmy winning dynamo: “Gina is wonderful!  I knew her before for years, but never had the opportunity to work with her.  I got to work with her, and it was great.”

When he returned to Y&R to tape the episodes that viewers will see beginning today it was very special to Graz:  “It was like coming home.  You see all the faces of the people you loved and cared about all these years. “

Of course, Y&R fans remember Michael paired with Camryn Grimes before Cassie Newman died.  When Michael returned to Y&R for this visit he saw Grimes in her newest incarnation as Mariah!  He commented: “Wow!  They have her playing a whole different character now!

Several years ago, Graziadei make the decision to exit Y&R, and here he tell us why:  “It was super tough decision, and as I said being back here felt like I was coming home.  This was my family. But at the time I was trying to do guest spots on primetime and movies and what not, knowing that at some point, whether you are fired, or you decide to leave on your own there is a whole other reality out there that you have to face.  I tried to prepare myself for it as best as I could.  I just felt like I just had really done so much here that I didn’t know what else I could possibly accomplish, that I wasn’t already doing.  And I wanted to take that leap of faith and challenge myself, and see if I could have a career in this industry outside of The Young and the Restless.  It has worked out really well, and I am living the dream!”

So, are you looking forward to seeing Michael today on Y&R?  Will Daniel protect Summer for marrying Luca at any cost? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Celia
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Celia

I have never been happier than to see Michael’s beautiful, familiar face ( sans facial hair, LOL) on Y&R.
Love him to pieces. He is truly exhibiting his Italian roots by his polished, Milanese fashion sense.
Why is he back? Why now? To support his sister? Help his mother and everyone else ‘unmask’ the villainous Luca?
Regardless….I hope he stays a while.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Eager to have Daniel back on the canvas. I think Genoa City and do well with some fresh (although familiar) air to liven up proceedings.

su0000
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su0000

Unanswered questions..
Enquiring minds want to know;
How long will Michael Graziadei be with Y&R..

( a guest appearance, how long?
A full return?

What’s up ??

davlestev1
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davlestev1

he’s working on a series he’s not staying

su0000
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su0000

Thanks, davlestev1..
awwww I don’t like that! I want him to stay 🙁

Nikki
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Nikki

It was so nice to see Daniel back. Waiting patiently for him to meet up with Cassie look-a-like Mariah! O.M.G. Would it ever be something to see Daniel get involved with Mariah, not just because of the reaction Kevin would have ( since Kevin was his best friend) but what would it do to Sharon? What GREAT writing /acting lately. I cried over Adam getting 10 yrs. Chelsea acted her heart out with these scenes and Adam was nothing less than fantastic as usual. The only part of the show that was a bummer was too much Summer. Sooooooo great… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

LOVE the guy. He smiles with his eyes.

GramS
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GramS

The day ahead show in Canada today is not to be missed. The interaction between Mariah and Daniel was short with a promise of the excitement ahead. So great to have him back for a visit.

k/kay
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k/kay

Hopefully he is back for four episodes to take Summer to never never land!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

If he takes Summer and Luca to never never land let him take Stitch with him.

Harry
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Harry

…..to the island of Forgotten Toys

Michael A Finney
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Michael A Finney

I love the fact that Michael Graz is back, just wish he’d get rid of that Cheech and Chong facial hair but I’m guessing he has to have it for the role he’s playing on another series with Amazon Prime. Still, it does not look good on him. Other than that, I love having him back even if it is only for a short stint.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

He doesn’t stay permanently in character the facial hair is MOST likely something Michael Graziadei likes for hisself

Timmm
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Timmm

FINALLY a good episode of Y&R! Maybe the best so far, this year? Adam going away to prison and him looking back at Victor, Nikki, Chelsea, Conner and Nick as he walked away in shackles was great acting! [No words necessary] Adam being abducted by Victor, a twist! Dylan taking a swipe at Victor when Victor called him “Boy!” Glummer and Puka were tolerable. But the best part was Daniel. Never a big fan BUT he lit up and fit in the room quite nicely. I looked at him and wondered what he was up to with that facial hair?… Read more »

Charlotte Wideman
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Charlotte Wideman

I wish he would rejoin the cast again and not be just a guest appearance he could bring so much to the show again. Have missed him so much he is a good actor and I am glad he has a life after Young and the Restless but really wish he would come back at least for awhile and stir things up.

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins Disney+ Marvel Series, ‘She-Hulk’

Former One Life to Live star and Tony Award-winner, Renée Elise Goldsberry is in yet another top-tier project!

The popular actress who got her soap start on the ABC daytime drama series as Evangeline Williamson, and later took home the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Hamilton, has joined the cast of the Disney + and Marvel series, She-Hulk.

In She-Hulk, Goldsberry will co-star opposite Tatiana Maslany.

 

According to Deadline, She-Hulk is a legal comedy that centers on the eponymous heroine (Maslany), aka Jennifer Walters, an attorney who has similar powers to her cousin, Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Goldsberry will play a character referred to as Amelia.  Avengers star and Emmy winner, Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Hulk and Tim Roth is also reprising his Hulk character, The Abomination, on the She-Hulk series.

In addition, Renée can also be seen as one of the leads in the new NBCU Peacock series, Girls5eva from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Meredith Scardino debuting on May 6th.  Check out the trailer below.

So, what do you think about the latest projects that will feature the multi-talented Goldsberry? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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As The World Turns

‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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