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Plans For Y&R and B&B Revealed: Memorable Theme Weeks Will Air With Bonus Commentary

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On Monday, CBS announced their plans for the signature soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful at this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this point in time, the soaps will have run out of original episodes to air as of This Thursday April 23rd.  So in their place for the time being will be more classic episode and theme weeks that new and longtime fans will enjoy.Y&R and B&B are currently in a halt in production as are GH and DAYS due to the coronavirus crisis.

The plan is for the theme weeks to kick-off next Monday April 27th.   The Young and the Restless will start with the grand dame of Genoa City, with episodes surrounding Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper).  In a week called “Katherine the Great”, look for episodes started as far back to 1980.  Longtime cast members will be featured in these classic moments including: Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) and the late Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters).

Ahead of Monday’s them week, this Friday,April 24th,  Y&R will rebroadcast a show from 1996 involving Paul and Christine’s honeymoon, which became quite complicated when Phyllis also arrived on the scene.

B&B will start their theme week with “Escape to Monte Carlo” and look back at all the episodes filmed on location in the Mediterranean paradise.  Cast include: Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer), Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), Don Diamont (Bill Spencer), Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), John McCook (Eric Forrester), Rena Sofer (Quinn Fuller) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester).

In addition, two documentary-style “making of” episodes filmed on location in Monaco will air Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28. These two “Becoming Bold and Beautiful” episodes have never been seen before on CBS, and feature rare, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew (including executive producer Bradley Bell) as they shot throughout the enchanting mountainside country. Also, as an early kickoff to the theme week, on Friday, April 24, B&B will air the Monte Carlo-themed episode in which Forrester Creations and Spectra Fashions face off for a fashion showdown benefiting charity.

“It’s incredibly fun to offer fans an opportunity to look back at such memorable moments from Y&R and B&B,” said Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ EVP of Current Programs said in a statement. “Both of these shows have extraordinary legacies, and these specially curated episodes are only a small portion of what we hope to be able to present in the coming weeks.”

The stars of Y&R and B&B will provide bonus content with fresh commentary at the beginning and end of many episodes. Additional “theme weeks” of both series will be announced in the near future.

So, what do you think about the concept of theme weeks to enjoy; until Y&R and B&B can get back in production? Comment below.

 

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Paul H
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Paul H

The Bold and the Beautiful doesn’t sound that interesting. I’ll be watching Classic Concentration on BUZZR.

Please show old episodes with Thorne, Macy, and (the real) Sally Spectra.

Paul H
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Paul H

I forgot Darla and Saul. I’d like to see all the Darla episodes. Early Brooke and Stephanie would be nice too.

Jimh
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Jimh

I watch Classic Concentration on Buzzer-clean classic fun for the whole family!!!

Mark gross
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Mark gross

B&B would not be in this position to have no more episodes left if the show did not give the stars all this time off. They spend more time off the set then on the set. The month of July, 3 weeks at. Christmas, 1 week off every month, 3 weeks spring break. Days of our lives has enough episodes until September.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Days of our Lives has all new episodes through late October.

Toscanti
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Toscanti

It’s a great idea, I can’t wait.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

CBS PLEASE broadcast Y&R episodes from the 70’s with Jaime Lyn Bauer and John McCook and John/Lance’s wicked mother Vanessa Prentiss where Vanessa framed Lori/Laurie by yelling STOP it Lori, STOP, etc and jumps off the balcony making it look/sound like Lori pushed Vanessa off the balcony…And the the party at the Colonnade Room with Lori being introduce along with other’s, CLASSIC Y&R…Regarding B&B, PLEASE show shows from the beginning…

Joel
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Joel

B&B needs to dig deep for their theme weeks. We don’t want to see stuff from the past seven years, we want stuff that’s twenty years old and earlier! Thorne, Macy, Sally, Sheila/Maggie/James, Maggie, Jessica, Ronn Moss…the vintage stuff!

Linda
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Linda

Would love to see Catherine with Phillip Chancellor before they divorced! Her character as Marge was very entertaining! Her son, Brock, and all of her husbands beginning with Phillip. Catherine’s friendship with Jill’s mom! Looking forward to the years going way back. Ive been watching Y&R since the beginning!
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Linda
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Linda

Looking forward to Catherine’s classic episodes!

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I’ve been wondering for years why Y&R didn’t employ something like this to draw on its history and, at the same time, keep the costs down of new episodes. You could fill multiple weeks with stuff like this: A week of episodes showing us the background and conflict between Lauren and Sheila (having the two actresses make comments); “favorite” episodes — Melody Thomas Scott picks five of her favorite Nikki episodes and films an intro explaining why she selected it; Tracy Bregman; Doug Davidson (maybe not Eric Braeden since we just had his 40th anniversary show). A week of episodes… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Y&R and B&B fans should fear the possibility of those soaps never returning with new episodes if enough fans watch the repeats. In the meantime, Days of our Lives has all new episodes for many months to come. If more viewers watch DAYS, it sends a message that soaps (with new episodes) are wanted and needed. Let’s keep the sands going for all the soaps!

mark gross
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mark gross

B&B needs to stop giving their stars so much time off the B&B stars spend more tine off the set then they do on the set. Days of our lives has plenty of episodes until the fall. B&B could loose some viewers to Days of our lives and they will have no one to blame but themselves for giving the stars so much time of. If B&B was 6 months in advance like they should then they would have to keep showing months of repeat episodes. Repeat episodes might be ok for a week or two but after a while… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

Too bad we can’t get some old episodes of defunct soaps like Guiding Light, As The World Turns and One Life To Live, etc.

Momo
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Momo

I wish B&B would air older shows.

Julie
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Julie

I hated all the travel episodes the first time around, not looking forward to their reruns!

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Old B&B shows with the current cast? Yawn. I want to see Stephanie going up against Brooke and Sally (Darlene Conley). That was fun stuff. I’m watching Another World on You Tube. Rachel and Janice just fell into the pool with a knife in St. Croix!

TVJeff
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TVJeff

While there’d be a big “*” next to it, I wonder if this will cause Y&R to lose its run as the #1 soap…

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Krista Allen is The Bold and the Beautiful’s New Taylor Hayes

In a shocking casting move, former Days of our Lives star, Krista Allen (Ex-Billie Reed from 1996-1999) has replaced long time B&B favorite, Hunter Tylo in the role of Dr. Taylor Hayes.

According to EW.com, Allen will take over the role of beginning on December 10th. Tylo, had previously played the role of Taylor for over three decades on the CBS daytime drama series.

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The report also notes that The Bold and the Beautiful did reach out to Hunter about reprising her signature role but was unsuccessful.

For fans of the show, Taylor has been absent for many key story points since 2019 including: her son Thomas’ brain surgery and the recent marriage of her daughter, Steffy’s marriage to Finn, plus the birth of her grandson and more.

In a tweet following the casting news being announced, Allen shared on her Twitter account: “This is gonna be a fun one! Very excited to step into this iconic role and be back on Daytime after 25 years! … Omg T-W-E-N-T-Y F-I-V-E years?”

Krista will start taping at B&B’s CBS Television City soundstage this Thursday, October 28th, and will share her first scenes with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Will there be trouble ahead in his marriage of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge with NuTaylor back in the picture?

Allen was recently seen on the TV series 9-1-1, and numerous primetime and film appearances.

So, what do you think of Krista Allen becoming the recast Dr. Taylor Hayes? Comment below.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Natalie Morales Set to Join ‘The Talk’ After Exiting NBC News

Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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