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NEW DEETS: On Melody Thomas Scott's new Y&R contract … it's for three years!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

More good news for Nikki Newman and long suffering Y&R fans who are clamoring for their favorite flawed heroine to get back on to the Genoa City canvas … pronto!  In an interview with EW.com, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) revealed that her new deal with the series is actually for three years, giving hope to her and the show in general!

Melody revealed, “I was thrilled to hear it was three years. That means they are thinking very positively about the state of everything. That’s great they are.”

The talented actress and long time Y&R staple also said via her Twitter account that she owes a lot of her ending back on the soap with a new contract to her legions of fans! Melody stated, ”If fans had not stepped up, I would not have a job today. I’m so grateful.”

And as far as if we will see our favorite boozy socialite still battling the bottle upon her return to GC in late November?  All Melody could say was something we all love to hear! I love Nikki drinking!” Scott said. “I like it as an actor. It’s much more fun, and everybody seems to prefer a drunk Nikki.”   So stay tuned!

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nhuixnhuix
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nhuixnhuix

Not to be a pest but doesn’t that prove that she lied when she earlier started to complain on Twitter about her lack of screentime but said it had nothing to do with difficult contract negotiations and the production company was just being rude to her? Hmmmm

lisamaria
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lisamaria

Hurry back!! We miss you…can’t wait till Nikki returns. She is SO important to the show!! Yay!!!

Jared
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Jared

AWESOME news! Y&R is MTS’s soap. I have become so concerned by the current Y&R regime’s patterns of stunt casting, rewriting history and ignoring the show’s prior excellence in delivering beautiful character-driven drama. Note to Y&R producers/writers: stop bringing on big-name actors and shoving characters in our faces that we don’t care about, and stop, and I mean stop now, with all this plot-driven story that insults our intelligence. Note to Sony: do start respecting the people who work at Y&R and those who have given this show their lives for decades. Dear Sony, these people make the money for… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

I am thrilled to bits Melody will be back on the show soon.
But Judas Priest – Don’t put her back with Victor….it’s sooo done and doner.
I’d like her to come back and take the “mustache” to task for continually interfering in Victoria’s life.
And find her a new love interest.

Lew
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Lew

I don’t want to see a drunk Nikki – Enuf already!!! I want to see her with a backbone and starting a life for herself and not focusing on the lives of her GROWN children. Y&R has not been the same without her and Victor maybe her soul-mate, but in the end he always disappoints her. The character deserves better.

Amal
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Amal

Doesn’t matter to me if Nikki is drunk or sober, just thrilled Melody is back! Can’t wait for November…the day she returns is the day I start watching again! 😀

kalamaty
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kalamaty

HOORAY!!! Fantastic news! Congratulations to Melody and to Sony for coming to their senses. I can rest easy knowing my favorite desperate housewife is settling in for another three wonderful years!

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Good for Melody & Y&R–Yay! 🙂

Jolene Beth Morgan
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Jolene Beth Morgan

I like Melody Thomas Scott very much, and while I think that she is a talented actress, I truly cannot believe or understand why she should be making double the amount of money on Y&R that Eric Braeden makes. Melody is a good actress, and is a true beauty,and she is an important element to the success of the show, however Mr. Eric Braeden is an absolutely gifted, great actor, he stands alone as one of the best actors ever. How is it that an actor of his stature would be making less money? Without Eric Breaden Y&R would not… Read more »

Mae
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Mae

I absolutely agree Victor, Kay C. & Nikki makes this show!!

Mrs. B
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Mrs. B

Glad that Nikki”s back.
Some glamour and style. All we need now is Dru back and that will complete Y&R

Jen
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Jen

I remember when they hired that actress whose character rescued Nick after the plane crash. Her contract was for three years too. She didn’t last one year.

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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