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‘Neighbours’ Canceled; 37-Year Soap Opera Cannot Find New Home

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Sad news to report, but we saw this coming.  After attempting to find a new home on TV or digital platforms, the show’s producer, Freemantle, has announced that Australia’s long-running soap opera, Neighbours will come to an end.

According to Deadline, the producers attempted to find funding for the show, when it fell through with its UK broadcasting partner, Channel 5 back in August of 2021.  Despite a sole investment from Australia’s 10 Peach, it’s just not enough to save it.  Neighbours has seen a ratings decline in the last several years.

In a statement from a Freemantle spokesperson it said: “Despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show,” said a statement this morning.  To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”

Currently in Australia, Neighbours airs at lunchtime and is repeated in the early teatime slot along with another Aussie longstanding favorite,  Home and Away. 

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Some of the biggest celebrities started their careers at Neighbours’ Ramsay Street including: Russell Crowe, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minoque, Murray Bartlett, Natalie Imbruglia, and more.

No word yet on when the final episode of Neighbours will air.

In a tweet on the show’s official Twitter account it shared: “We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in the summer.”

So, what do you think of the news of the cancellation of Neighbours? Comment below.

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Sad for neighbours fans!
Scary a longstanding serial in a primetime spot could be cancelled…
Neighbors used to air in Canada on regular tv awhile back then went to cable!

Unfortunately the way y n r has been treated by cbs the past several decades since Kay Alden and John Smith were let go ( minus maria arena bell at times) I feel this will be the shows fate aswell. Everyone who doesnt watch y n r faithfully will be suprised as it is a cbs daytime landmark. But those regular viewers will atest its being purposely sabotaged for cancellation because of ‘ratings decline’ ( aka,lack of network support)

I’m very sorry to hear this news. I don’t live in Australia but I can definitely related to the tremendous loss fans of this show will feel. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss our beloved One Life to Live. This is another blow to the daytime serial genre. I guess the suits just don’t think there is money in it anymore.

Congratulations to the entire Neighbours cast and crew, past and present, on 37 years on the air.

Well it’s no surprise. Their largest audience was in the U.K. at over 1 million, along the lines of Days viewers here, and just under that. Whereas in it’s origin country Australia, daily viewership was only one hundred thousand plus. The U.K. saved the show from prior cancellation but could no longer withstand the growing budget. Of course more additions to the large outdoor purpose built set didn’t help, nor the increase in on location shooting. Even the 50,000 person signed petition was no help. Watch or lose it is TV’s mantra worldwide.

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Trevor St. John Announces His Departure from The Young and the Restless

In a shocker, Trevor St. John revealed on Tuesday that he is leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless and his role as Tucker McCall.

The popular actor took to his account on X and in a series of posts said his “thank you’s” and bid farewell to the top-rated soap opera.

St. John shared, “As you well know, Tuckers come and Tuckers go, and so the cycle continues… this Tucker is in his go phase… I thank each and every member of the wonderful cast, the crew, the directors, the producers and production staff, and CBS/Sony for the great experience from day one to the last. I feel so fortunate to have played such a terrific role.”

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Trevor continued: “Most importantly, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to you the (Y&R) fans. THANK YOU!” Tucker might be gone for the time being, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got projects in the works, and if you haven’t seen my film, A Good Enough Day, it’s now available to stream for free on Tubi!”

The news of his exit comes just two years shy of his time on The Young and the Restless.  St. John made his Genoa City debut in September of 2022 as the new Tucker, last played by Days of our Lives, Stephen Nichols (Steve). The role was first played by actor William Russ.

No word from St. John or Y&R as to when his last episode will air on the top-rated soap opera.  In story, Tucker is losing his company to a takeover by Audra and Victor, while Ashley is finally getting help she needs after her personality split.

So, what do you think about Trevor’s departure from Y&R? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Casts Joshua Morrow’s Son, Crew, as the New Will Spencer

In casting news, Crew Morrow, the son of  Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman, The Young and the Restless) and his wife, Tobe, is joining The Bold and the Beautiful as a a recast in the contract role of Will Spencer.

That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom), who formerly played Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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In addition, more casting was revealed. Jamison Belushi, the daughter of comedian and actor, Jim Belushi, is making a one-day guest appearance in the role of April, a lab technician on today’s Monday, June 17th episode. The outlet also mentioned that Li (Naomi Matsuda) and Finn (Tanner Novlan), with whom April works for, are about to embark on a summer mystery story that kicks off on July 1.

So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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