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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

All My Children

Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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John Cena Sets World Record After Granting 650th Wish for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

There is nobody more requested at the Make-A-Wish Foundation than John Cena. The 16-time WWE wrestling champ-turned-actor for years has granted the wishes of children with critical illnesses for the non-profit foundation.

Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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