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Michael Graziadei Set For Limited-Run Return To The Young and the Restless!



The Graz is coming home! The Young and the Restless is bringing back to the fold the talented and popular Michael Graziadei to reprise his role as Daniel Romalotti Jr.

According to who broke the news, Graziadei will be back for a limited run with the series that will coincide with the CBS Daytime drama series, 11,000th episode on September 1st.

Mum’s the word, apparently from the Y&R brass as to just what brings Daniel back to Genoa City, but could he be returning due to troubles with his mom, Phyllis (Gina Tognoni)? Michael’s return begins on August 25th.

Since departing daytime, Michael has been landing several roles on primetime series including Lifetime’s The Lottery, and his recurring role on Kingdom.  He is also currently appearing on the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt.

So, excited to know Michael Graziadei is coming home to Genoa City for awhile?  What will bring Danny back into the  story? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I hope that new EP Mal Young will convince Graz to stay indefinitely. he is a great actor, much better than some of the newer hires ( with the exception of Michael Roark’s Travis who is exudes chemistry with Amelia Heinlie’s Victoria) .The show also needs to bring back Michael and Lauren’s son Fen back so we can have a relevant younger actor scene in Genoa City. Other suggestions: Get rid of Stitch, Luca and Hillary, release Victor from jail, and bring back Christine’s best friend Nina along with her sons Chance and Ronan( and Jaime who is supposedly residing with him in D.C.). Can Billy Miller return as Billy Abbott. I liked JT on General Hospital, but he is miscast in this role.

I agree with you Blaine. I never cared for Stitch from day one. After his mother and sister’s departure, they Should have sent him packing as well. I think they should bring back a pregnant Cloe into the mix. That would really drive Phyllis and Victoria, not to mention Kevin in a tailspin. As I said in a May post Jess Walton really needs to come back. Although her stay was much to brief, it was a much needed one. The wonderfully talented Jess Walton gave her all to that performance. I think if she comes back with her husband in tow, it could shed a whole new light on things. They could focus Lily and Cane on things other then Hillary. Jill and Cane could focus their energies on Chancellor for a while. And if they bring Cloe back, baby in tow, it could make for some terrific cat fights with Cloe and Jill. But they seriously need to “clean house” so to speak. Like I said I agree with you. Changes definitely need to be made.

It may not be possible for Graz to stay indefinitely. He has other commitments.

To Blaine,

Yes it would be nice if Graz were to stay longer but I don’t think he will. Graz only agreed to a limited run which suggests he has signed on for other projects not yet announced. I more than disagree doubt Michael Roark’s Travis. In my opinion, get rid of him asap. Victor is exactly where he needs to be in prison. That man had Jack Kidnapped. Victor then had Jack replaced with a double to do his will. If there is any justice Victor will be completely destroyed. I think Billy Miller has just signed a new contract with GH so he won’t be returning to Young and Restless.

Blaine, I cannot stand Travis. I disagree with you on him but everything else is fine by me!

Blaine, with the exception of Chance, I echo everything you’ve stated. Can’t wait for Graz to return and have been asking for Fen and Nina to return for ages. Stitch, Max, Hilary, Luca….flush ’em.

Oh, my gosh, Blaine!!!!! Yes….Chance and Ronan. That would be unreal….I am panting already.
I think that Michelle Stafford and Jeff Branson had such chemistry; such unbridled passion and sexual desire, I have not seen or felt such sparks between soap couples in a very long time. Those two exuded lust from every pore.
What do we see now? Wrinkly, Old men on Viagra to get it going, so in keeping up with women half their age; and, 40-year old men acting like teens on the threshold of first love, salivating and foaming at the mouth.

Right, all we are saying is give Chance a chance

Yes!!!! Awaiting with bated breath.
I just have one little, minuscule question? How is the mother and don thing going to work? Gina T is only 6 years older than Michael. Ah, well. Whatever!!

Here’s some trivia for you guys: ‘Graziadei’ is an Italian surname which literally translates to : ‘ thank the gods’ or….’by the grace of the gods’.

Michael’s return begins on August 25th and only for a limited time/short stay 🙁
but– he is a busy guy with other project to move him up..


I am excited to see Michael, again !!

YAY!! It will be good to see him on Y&R again, if only for a little while.

Daniel is coming home to give Billy a serious ass-kicking for messing around with his mom especially while she’s married to Jack.

I hope so, James R. Billy has turned into a whiny, little eight-year-old girl.

Celia, as teenage girls are apt to say, I know, right?
I always liked Jason Patrick but his portrayal of Billy is utterly joyless.
How can this character indulge in such a sinful, tawdry affair with is sister-in-law without exhibiting at least a tiny bit of joy, lustfulness and happiness?
He acts like he has a hot date with a guillotine or something.

Great news! It will be fun to see him again!

Hopefully he is returning for Phyllis’s funeral!


You know darling, we dont like Gina’s portrayal of Red or Jason Thompson’s Billy.


Love Gina! But right now, I hate Phyllis and Billy. They’re both rather despicable. But Gina is really pulling it in as an actress.
I always thought that the actor who plays Danial would have made a great Lucky Spencer recast.

Belongs with; not to.

Well, now! The above correction makes no sense without the my comment. Do not know what happened to it.

HAHAHA doesn’t that just get under your skin too funny bean there grind that lol

Too bad there’s no postings for Big Brother on CBS talk about a hot mess of a soap opera. .weird and can’t look away wonderful lol


The actress who plays his mother is only 5 years older than him. Its going to be jarring to watch them in scenes together.

They did it for years with Ronn Moss and John MCook I truly hoe it works for them but I still only see Stafford in that role

Yeah…..Gina looks even younger than her age.
Same as Kelly Monaco and William deVry……except that ‘Sam’ looks closer to fifty.

Sorry Cee, I was comparing Gina and Michael. Gina looks great BUT looks a little older than her age says and Michael looks younger than his age. Thats why its okay that they are mother and son [We dont have a choice!] But Cee, we agree again, Gina should have NEVER been hire to play Phyllis!

Not so much. She looks older than her age and he looks younger than his.

Who looks older than her age, Timmmy? Gina or Kelly? Kelly Monaco is not aging gracefully….and ‘giving’ her William as a father ( who looks like he could be her brother) was a gross mis-step. IMO.
I think Gina looks wonderful. Not one wrinkle or flaw on her face. I always said Peter looks old enough to be her father. Why? Because age-wise he can.
Michael G may look somewhat younger than 36, but not so much that he could pass for Gina’s son….more like a boyfriend.
Gina should have never been hired for the Phyllis role…..she is simply too young. Phyllis has a lot of history; most of which does not match up to her ‘new’ age.
And, neither does a 50-or-so-year-old body match up to Gina’s perfect physique.
Don’t you think so, my Timmmy?

Not really. Gina Tognoni will pull it off and since original Phyllis(Michelle Stafford ) isn’t much older. .only by 10 years. .she would have had him at 10 years old lol… gotta love that soras/de-soras

Lol, dave….10 years is a LOT of years for a woman!!!!!!!
As I said to Timmmy, it isn’t just the face….it’s everything else that goes with it…LOL.
Of course, Gina will pull it off. No question about it. Nothing to do with the acting. But, the visuals can’t be denied. Well, unless she wears a salt ‘n pepper-colored wig and granny boots. Kidding!! HaHa.

LOL CELIA…but we ALL know in HOLLYWOOD 10 years is a drop in the bucket added to countless facial tweakings small medium and large

Yes, you said it, dave. Hollywood women all start to look the same after a while. Wide-eyed and unsmiling, otherwise their faces will crack.
Lol…I really shouldn’t talk, though. Who knows what I will do in 20 years. So, I’ll stop calling the kettle black.

I felt the same way when Lisa Rinna (Billie) stood next to her mommy, Kate. Each recast of Kate shaved years off. The two actresses are maybe five years apart in age. Whoops.

I love love love Gina T (forever Dinah Marler). But Phyllis got younger in the recast. Oops

Y’all need to stop dwelling on age. The age of soap actors is irrelevant as far as the characters they play is concerned. Keep in mind Gina replaced Michelle–no one ever questioned the fact that Phyllis seemed too young to play Danial’s mother when Michelle was playing her. Michelle looks young for her age (about 52) and Gina simple looks her age (about 43).
To me, both actresses look to be about the same age.
If you dwell on the actors’ age and the plausibility of whether they could be someone’s parent or child you will drive yourself crazy. Trust me, I know from whence I speak.

Age doesn’t drive me crazy but I would appreciate a little more realism. MS was about 12 years older than the actor playing her son. Lauren Koslow is 10 years older than Lisa Rinna. Although not technically realistic, I can buy a decade because it is close to reality but 5-6 years is a stretch. Especially when both actors look relatively close to their age like GT and MD. They look like they should be dating instead of mother and son. Frankly, the recast was the problem. GT is too young to play Phyllis.


Given the horrible shape Y & R is currently in, I won’t expect much in terms of storyline for him since Chuck Pratt has brought this show to its creative knees!

I’ve always liked the actor and the character Daniel. Glad to see him return even if it is brief.

Billy boy better watch it.Summer called Danny and told him whats been going on with their mother and the Newmans.Billy should watch his back cause Danny boy is coming

Good point–wish he was staying. Would he not be a great love interest for Mariah?

Blaine Stephens
Billy Miller left because of negotations contract could not be met.
So he is not coming back plus he is doing a dam good job of playing Jason Morgan it will take time to fine tune but he is doing good if you ask me.Billy has a very short fuse so it woint take long.

I really don’t know how I feel about this. Generally, I don’t like short term runs. If the story is good, okay. I just hope he doesn’t bring Heather with him.

for the anniversary episode it would also be incredible to see faves like nina, danny sr, olivia, malcolm, ghost of john abbott,tracey

He will act rings around them he and Lily were gold

Yeah, kay. I miss those days so much. I was so young….I loved watching young love in bloom.

YUMMMMMM!!! Michael Graziadei is so HOT! And, on top of all that gorgeousness, he’s a superb actor!

I always wished he and Tom Pelphrey would’ve been cast on the same soap because they were two of the best in the business. Who knows? Maybe that can still happen!

Happy about his return! Yay!

He is a very talented actor. Hooray for Daniel’s return.

Michelle Stafford looks great! She looked like his older sister, than his mom.

The good thing is when characters return for short stints, it often leads to them returning for longer at a later date. The other good thing is that the same actor is returning, as there have been far too many recasts on Y&R in recent years.

he makes me miss Michelle Stafford

this is being done to prop nuPhyllis

over JACK

“writers” seriously overlook Jack talent

I have nothing to judge nuBilly on

I love post

I get that they have to feature … Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson

as I’ve already said

they just ruined so much of Y&R salvageable

it’ll be good to see this actor… he’s good

it was the complete of Phyllis outside of her men

Well personally I am thrilled they are at least acknowledging Phyllis has a son called Daniel and perhaps he will bring his daughter Lucy with him.

SORSAing has thrown the whole time line out of wrack so I’m not too concern about the fact that the actor and actress playing mother and son are close to the same age in real life. It is called acting for a reason, and as long as the two of them do their job I will not be focusing on the age difference, or lack of one, in this case, I will be focusing on the interaction between the characters

Days Of Our Lives

Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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Matthew Atkinson Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful and Previews a Major Change in Thomas’ Life that “Shocks” Everyone

This Friday, June 21st, marks the first on-screen appearance of Matthew Atkinson (Thomas Forrester) on The Bold and the Beautiful since March of this year. In story, Thomas packed up and headed to Paris with his son, Douglas in tow, after Hope (Annika Noelle) turned down his marriage proposal for the second time.

Viewers have waited anxiously for his come back pondering, that when Thomas returns, would he go right back to pursuing Hope? What would be his demeanor after timeParis? Well, we are about to find out.

However, Hope now seems to be somewhat becoming obsessed with Finn (Tanner Novlan), Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) husband, and has developed feelings for him. Might Thomas’ return to Los Angeles have him finding Hope and Finn in a comprising situation?

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Speaking with Soap Opera Digest on his imminent return, Atkinson shared on the Finn/Hope potential pairing, “From Thomas’ point of view, he knows nothing about it, and so maybe that helps my point of view.”

Teasing what to look for when Thomas returns to the canvas, Atkinson dropped, “Thomas has had one particular very large change in his life since he left town. And when he comes back, it is something that shocks everyone.” What would “shock” the family and everyone who knows him? Could it be that Thomas got engaged or married to another women, while he was in Europe?

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Atkinson weighed-in on the fan response and support for those viewers missing him on-screen during his time away from the show, expressing, “I just never expected the response that I’ve gotten and we’ve gotten from the fans, especially (with) Thomas leaving. I can’t speak for all the fans, but there’s a wealth of people that are either really, really upset that Thomas is gone for a period or really sad. (They) reach out and they’re like, ‘Hey, when are you back? When are you back? When are you back?’ That just speaks to their care for this character.'”

So, what do you think will be the shocking change in Thomas’ life that is revealed when he returns to Los Angeles? Comment below.

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DAYS Dan Feuerriegel on EJ Keeping Eric From His Child, “He’s in the Deep End … There’s No Coming Back for Him Now”

On Days of our Lives, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) has been reunited with her biological son, baby Jude. Her husband, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), is now keeping a major secret, and in order to keep it from coming out he had to get Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) out of Salem, and keep both Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart) quiet and at bay.

However, as in any good soap opera, time is running out for EJ. What will happen when Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan) find out that EJ is not the little one’s biological father, but Eric is? And, what will happen when they realize EJ knew the truth and hid it from them?

This is just one item in a laundry list of skullduggery committed by EJ since he has been in Salem. With Arianne Zucker set to exit on-screen on July 29th, it looks like we are heading into the home stretch of the baby switch storyline.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Dan Feuerriegel to get his take on the situation and what it has been like working with Greg and Ari in the story.

Dan shared on EJ’s despicable decision to pretend he is Jude’s bio-dad, “I know I’m a terrible human being, but I love playing a terrible human being.” Feurriegel added, “Oh, he’s in the deep end. Like, there is no coming back for him now.”

The DAYS star also noted if EJ had done anything more nefarious to Sloan, his character might not ever be able to come back from that. “There’s only so much hatred EJ can get from the viewers that it probably would’ve been a bridge too far for me to just make her (Sloan) disappear,” clarified Dan.

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As to his time working with Arianne Zucker as his on-screen wife, Dan had noting but praise for her. Feuerriegel expressed, “I loved working with her. She’s so good. She’s an amazing actress. She’s fantastic. Every scene that I did with her, I didn’t have to do anything because I just rode on the coattails of what she did. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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Dan also had high marks for his on-screen nemesis, Greg Vaughan, “Greg is fantastic, like everybody in the storyline was amazing. Greg’s amazing … Ari’s amazing … Jessica was fantastic and that’s what made it work. I’m very grateful to have worked with every single one of them.”

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On soap operas and especially on Days of our Lives, when someone exits, or ‘dies’ on-screen that doesn’t mean goodbye forever, and Dan knows this too. In regards to anyone who leaves Salem, the actor joked, “I’m not going to say the doors closed, because you never say never, especially in Hollywood or on a soap. I mean, I’ve come back and I was like two inches shorter and (with) a completely different face.”

So, how do you think Eric will find out that Jude is really his son, and that EJ has been lying to keep Nicole? Let us know in the comment section, but first Check out our conversation with Dan from the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards below.

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