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Pluto TV Launches Soap Channel with B&B and Y&R Dedicated Episodes

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Great news soap fans, you have another place to catch your favorite CBS daytime dramas. On Tuesday, ViacomCBS’ free streaming television service, Pluto TV, launched its soap channel with past episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

Pluto TV’s soap channel launched with the log line: “Soap operas aren’t just for daytime. They’re for anytime. Get your fix of melodrama 24/7 on Pluto TV Soaps.”

In terms of what years and episodes are available, viewers can now enjoy from the CBS sister soaps, season 47 and 48 of Y&R,  which is partially from when Mal Young was EP and head writer, and then into the current regime of Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith.   For The Bold and the Beautiful, the episodes start back from September of 2018.

To watch Live or OnDemand, go to the Pluto TV Soaps channel website, or download the Pluto TV app via the App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store or Roku etc. You can also click here for your preferred device.

Newer episodes from B&B and Y&R will be available on Pluto TVs OnDemand service and can be viewed from Smart Televisions, Apple TV, Playstation, Tivo Roku, Xfinity, and Chromecast. You can also watch via the company’s website without registering.

So, do you hope Pluto TV’s soap channel, builds itself out and includes more soaps from the past, and those that ran on CBS? What season of Y&R and B&B would you like to see added to the service? Share your thoughts below.

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Linda
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Linda

I will definitely sign up if they add more soaps. Start at ABC with their off the air soaps. I’d also love to see ATWT and AW.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

It’s free. And it’s owned by Viacom who owns CBS. I doubt you’ll see ABC soaps…

Satan
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Satan

The CBS soaps have never aired in Hell, but I think this is a great idea! And I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Days of Our Lives in a similar streaming setup, as NBC has the Peacock streaming service available for online distribution.

It’s the General Hospital fans who are going to lose out here. Because even if they streamed older episodes of GH (or the other long gone ABC soaps, for that matter, it would either be on the pay only Hulu, or the “completely useless if you don’t have an overpriced cable tv subscription” ABC.com

Su000
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Su000

I checked it out– not for me.
It’s a commercial mill–
20mins per episois of comerchials-
But– that’s why it’s free..
Current episodes are a week behind.
So- for me that makes it runs.
To others that may enjoy it, have fun.

Satan
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Satan

20 minutes of commercials is LESS than what you get if you watch the soaps on Live TV now. It’s an “hour” long show, with 36 minutes of actual content.

Thankfully less than that, if you watch Days on Peacock. Slightly less for GH on Hulu, though abc.com is still horrible with their LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG ad breaks. Don’t have Paramount Plus here in Hell yet, so not sure how many ads they put into the CBS soaps on their streams, but I’m guessing it’s comparable.

Su000
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Su000

I use a VPN and watch Y&R from Canada–
Try a VPN and Canada–
The soaps have an overkill of commercials.
There should be a law limiting commercials..
A 60-minute program with 20 minutes of commercials is criminal LOL !
That’s commercials every 7 minutes-
How can one even follow a train of thought interpreted every 7 minutes-
that totally kills the excitement/mood.

Delonjo
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Delonjo

They’re gonna start rerunning the much-derided (tho Emmy winning…:-/) Mal Young years on Y&R? That’s like beginning Star Wars movies with The Phantom Menace! Or let’s reboot Guiding Light with the Ellen Wheeler years in 2007 when everything was dying. This is terrible.

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davlestev1

First of all…NO. If you’re gonna launch a soap channel it needs to be retro…end of. And to Delonjo, the Wheeler years were some of the best. She had the right idea but the wrong network bigwigs to make it successful. All that annoying background music shouldn’t have stayed. The realistic Springfield was intriguing but CBS wouldn’t let that soap expand into territory that would’ve changed daytime drama for the better. And that’s end of.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And it was a cheaper but more visual production model re: Guiding Light.

Soap Fan
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Soap Fan

Thanks for the new Soap channel! I would love to see episodes of both of these soaps from when they first aired years ago.

Mark
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Mark

Pluto is free but I would pay for any service that ran soap episodes from the 80s, particularly Santa Barbara & Days of our Lives. But even CBS shows, which I didn’t really get into, I would PAY to support any streamer that actually brought back the golden era (1981 thru 1986), for those execs who have no clue. SoapNet really dropped the ball here. Let’s hope streamers like Pluto will pick it up and run with it!!

Phil
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Phil

Guiding Light please AND some original material would be great!

electra1
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electra1

YES! Definitely add more soaps from the past! OLTL, AMC, GL, and The Edge of Night would all be great!

Satan
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Satan

Guiding Light aired on CBS, but I’m not sure who owns the rights to the show. The others you mentioned were all ABC shows, so there’s zero chance that Pluto would stream them. Though as I said previously, they could easily end up on ABC.com or Hulu. Maybe ABC.com would even stream those for free without a subscription to an overpriced cable tv package required, since they are not current programs.

EricBuchanan
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EricBuchanan

I believe Proctor & Gamble still holds the rights to GL (as well as ATWT, AW….and I believe Edge of Night as well. I don’t know why they refuse to sell the rights. Soon all the people who would pay to watch them will be dead.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

I read somewhere that streamimng or broadcasting those classic P&G episodes is problematic because no one anticipated the streaming/ multiple platform revolution and there are no agreements as to soap residual’s in place. Most likely Pluto is adding some of the forgotten nighttime soaps like Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road, Executive Street.

Lounetta Pyke
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Lounetta Pyke

Darn it!!!!! I was jumping for joy until the article mentioned season s 47 & 48. Now I’m sad again. I was hoping to stream all the 1990’s episodes

Damien
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Damien

I think the ptb wont show any golden era 80s, 90s years because it will remind viewers what utter trash y n r has turned into! No imagination, no oppurtunity for new characters to enrich the canvas without whiny viewers bitching because they prefer to see stale Jack being sappy or Pyhliss screaching her lines. In the 80s outside the Abbotts and Newmans we got a break from the incest with the Williams and the Winters and later even the Baldwins and for a brief time the Dennisons. On that note Mal Young had the balls to bring in the… Read more »

Holly rrlyea
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Holly rrlyea

I think they should include one life to live and all my childrrn

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Christian LeBlanc Marks 30 Years as Y&R’s Michael Baldwin; Soap Plans Special Episode to Air in January

Three-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Christian LeBlanc, is celebrating today his 30th anniversary in the role of Michael Baldwin.

He began his portrayal of the legal eagle troubled bad boy back on November 26th, 1991. Since that time the character of Michael has evolved into one of the fan favorites in Genoa City.

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The Young and the Restless has revealed that coming in early January 2022, Christian and “Michael Baldwin” will have a special episode dedicated to them to honor the milestone.

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LeBlanc has won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2007, and 2009 for his riveting performances.

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To make the occasion on Friday, Christian and Y&R celebrated his 30 years with a special look-back video of some of his most memorable moments where LeBlanc provided commentary.  You can check it out below.

Share your congrats to Christian for 30 years on a job well-done on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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TONIGHT: ‘The Magic’ Holiday Movie Featuring Kristos Andrews, Katherine Kelly Lang, Charles Shaughnessy, and More

You can catch some of your favorite soap stars and notables from The Bay in the holiday motion picture drama,The Magic, premiering Thanksgiving night on Popstar!TV at 8pm EST/PST.

The Magic stars Kristos Andrews (Pete/Adam, The Bay) along with, Charles Shaughnessy (Victor, GH), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Brandon B. Brown, along with Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland and Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (Ex-Vance, Y&R).

The Bay’s Gregori J. Martin also directed, wrote, and produced this holiday film.

In story, hotshot attorney David Kane (Andrews) has lost the Christmas spirit and closed his heart to love following a tragic loss fifteen years earlier. Now, with the help of his guardian angels, twin sisters Mary Lou and Misty (The Bay’s Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio), David soon finds himself falling for paralegal Carolina Castillo (Alejandra Espinoza) and learns to believe in the magic of Christmas all over again.”

If you don’t catch it tonight, The Magic will also be available on digital and on demand starting December 10th on Popstar!TV and other streaming platforms to follow.

You can check out the trailer for the film below.

So, will you be checking out The Magic? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

THE MAGIC – Official Trailer (HD) from LANY Entertainment on Vimeo.

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