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Robert Newman’s First Airdate as Y&R’s Ashland Locke Revealed

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Get ready to welcome back one of soap opera’s all-time favorites, when Guiding Light alum, Robert Newman (Ex-Joshua Lewis) joins the cast of The Young and the Restless on-air on the upcoming Wednesday, February 9th episode of the top-rated daytime drama.

Newman will take over the role of business tycoon Ashland Locke previously played by Richard Burgi, 

CBS has released this first look photo of Robert in a scene with Ashland’s on-screen lady love, Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Locke).

Robert spend 28 years on Guiding Light and throughout his career has appeared in motion pictures, television and on the stage in various roles including:  House of Cards, Chicago Fire, Homeland, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Law and Order: SVU, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dracano, and the short film Deadline.

The actor’s Off-Broadway Credits include: Perfect Crime, She’s of a Certain Age, Sessions: the Musical, and Quiet on the Set.

So will you be tuning-in next week to see Robert back on CBS daytime and as the new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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Good news. Josh Griffith’s writing has me taking a mini break from actual viewing (I keep up via soap blogs.) But, Robert Newman joining the cast has piqued my interest.

Not watching until JG is gone ! Show sucks !

Maybe the change in actor will signal the change starting to emerge in Locke. Well, not a change but a less-hidden dark side will emerge. Hopefully that will make the megalomaniac Victoria realize her real enemy is not Adam and her relentless, sadistic treatment of her brother is appalling. I’ve really grown to despise her.

Soaphound…I always sensed Ashland had a hidden agenda, and has been playing everyone in the name of alpha, dominance. And so has Victor been suspicious of him.. Takes one to know one. This is when I like him meddling. But not how he treats is kids in his business gamesmanship. All in the name of protecting his family. And Victoria is behaving like a b**ch.

sadly, the show is not watchable, boring characters no storyline of interest

Sorry but cannot see him as Ashland as much as I like the actor.

I feel exactly the same way, hope we’re wrong. Wouldnt it be hilarious if on Newman’s first day someone remarks that his treatment must be really working, as he looks like a new man!

Thanks! My laugh of the day. It could work if done subtly.

Did Robert bring some writers with him?

Yes, I will watch. From the beginning it was clear Ashland could go either direction, but for one receiving cancer treatment and pronounced as dying, there were few scenes with indications of his disease or treatment residuals. Yes, Victoria is becoming her father. It may be awfully unpleasant, but “she” the actress is giving us a wonderful performance!

It has been rather dull recently, but I enjoy that some couples actually seem happy.
However, something is missing in the scripts. Some of the new players are rather pleasing: Noah, Chance, Faith and her friend. Yet some of the regulars appear to be just hanging around and aging with nowhere to go.

Was thinking of taking a break from watching but looks like Ashland is coming under scrutiny — yes, I will watch.

Hi, Tani—-it’s been a while….hope all is well.
Yes, I agree. I have said from the onset that there is something very shady about Ashland—I never believed he was sick, and I said so.
I think his failing health was a complete set-up to arrive at exactly where he is—Infiltrating both the Newman family and its business holdings and then some. He manipulated Victoria—but not Victor.
What is very abhorrant to me is the fact that Victor, as suspicious as he was of Ashland, went as far as seeing his own daughter capitulate and fall into the devil’s fiery trap. Allowing Victoria to marry this guy is reprehensible—unless Victoria is in on it!! If that’s the case, that’s even more crudely disgusting and without integrity. She sold her body for power and finalcial gain. Isn’t there a word for that? LOL.
To add insult to injury, Burgi was replaced by a hefty, robust hulk. It sort of defeats the purpose of the intended scope. This nu-Ashland is far from looking like the cancer patient having gone through the ordeal of chemotherapy etc.

I loved Robt. Newman’s first day, especially how he put Adam in his place. I also think that being very good looking, he’s formidable as well. I hope he doesn’t become a Shmuk, so I am keeping all good thoughts.

Violet Lemm
Iam still liking our new Ashland but I really don’t want to lose him if and when Victor finds out that he’s a fraud. Why would he take this role if he and Y&R both knew it was just the beginning of the end for this character?


B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang Weighs-In On Hope’s New Attitude: “Brooke is Starting to be Like, ‘Uh-oh! She’s Taking After Me!’ ”

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) has been not pleased with her daughter Hope’s (Annika Noelle) choice in bedfellows! After all, Brooke and Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) have a long history of disdain for each other (although there was that time they took psychedelic berries together and pranced around with not much clothes on).

Hope had divorced Liam (Scott Clifton) and has been getting much closer to Thomas, feeling he is the only man who ‘gets her’ and ‘sees her’ for who she really is.  On recent episodes of B&B, Hope has no problem giving into her desires for Thomas, now that she is no longer Hope Spencer.

Soap Opera Digest spoke with series iconic star, Katherine Kelly Lang to get her take on what she thinks of Hope’s attitude adjustment and recent behavior.

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Lang expressed: “She seems to have changed a bit. She’s not the sweet little Hope that she once was and Brooke is starting to be like, ‘Uh-oh! She’s taking after me!’’

Brooke is not happy that Thomas has apparently won over Hope, when she is wary of the guy. Katherine added, “Thomas was stalking her (Hope) and he did all that crazy stuff with the baby. He just hasn’t been good for her, you know, especially when he was totally obsessed with her. So, Brooke doesn’t believe that that’s completely gone, that there’s still got to be some of that in Thomas somewhere and she’s worried about her daughter. So, of course, she would kind of say, ‘This is not good. This is just not a good situation. With all the men in the sea, why, why do you (pick Thomas)?”

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However, many might see that as the pot calling the kettle black given how Brooke has often given into her desires with the men in her life and made some pretty bad choices herself!

So, is Hope turning into a ‘mini-Brooke’? Should Brooke continue to warn Hope of Thomas’ past, or should she just mind her own business at this point? Share your comments via the comment section.

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‘The Price is Right’ Decks the Halls with Five Holiday-Themed Primetime Episodes & Pet Rescue & Adoption Week on Daytime

Talk about getting into the holiday spirit! The Price is Right is set to air five brand new holiday-themed episodes airing in December on primetime, plus the daytime version will also have a special week. Host Drew Carey will preside over the game show proceedings!

Daytime’s The Price is Right holiday week (Dec 18-Dec 22) will feature animal trainer, author and host of CBS’ Lucky Dog Reunions, Brandon McMillan, and Robert Valandra, nephew of legendary host Bob Barker, who both bring along some furry friends up for adoption. The week concludes with ‘Price is Right’ model Amber Lancaster, an advocate of animal adoption, and some adorable dogs who need a home for the holidays.

The Price is Right continues to network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT).

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On Primetime, here is the holiday lineup of shows (the week of Dec 4-8):

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY (Monday, December 4, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings coworkers and colleagues together to cheer each other on as they play for prizes that can be shared and enjoyed by all of their office mates.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: BLIND HOLIDATE (Thursday, December 7, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings in a matchmaker to pair up an audience full of single, eligible adults, and lucky contestants will meet for the first time when they are called to “Come on down!” and compete together as a team. They play for fabulous cash and prizes, pairs of cars, and maybe they’ll even win a love match!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: COLLEGE STUDENTS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT) welcomes college students home adorned in their best school spirit gear, teamed up with their parents to play for exotic trips, amazing prizes, and cash for college!

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAYS WITH THE FAMILY (Monday, December 18, 8:00 PM, ET/PT). Parents and their young children compete for some of the most desired gifts Santa has in his sleigh. Decorated in their holiday best, families work as a team to win prizes to make their holidays oh so bright!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAY HEROES (Tuesday, December 19, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) salutes the military to thank America’s brave heroes for keeping us safe all year round. Active-duty military members in uniform compete for luxury items, including trips to remarkable destinations, $50,000 in cash, and cars!

Of note: Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

Lots of The Price is Right holiday cheer and pet adoptions coming your way. Will you be watching? Comment below. But first, check out a clip from one of the primetime episodes.

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96th Annual Academy Awards to Start an Hour Earlier, While Jimmy Kimmel Shares, “I Always Dreamed of Hosting the Oscars Exactly Four Times”

In a move to keep viewers not up past their bedtimes, the 2024 Oscars telecast will now begin one hour earlier than usual.  According to news from the Academy on Thursday, the ceremonies will begin at 7 pm ET/4PM PT on March 1o, 2024.

That is an hour shift when the broadcast usually begins at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.  The official pre-show will also begin earlier, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The 96th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with nominations being announced on January 23rd.

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A few weeks ago on November 15th, Jimmy Kimmel was officially named the host of the Oscars for the fourth time. The hosting gig marks the second year in a row for Kimmel. The comedian also hosted in 2017 and 2018.

Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney will also one again, co-write and executive produce, the telecast.  In a statement on presiding over movies biggest night of the year, Kimmel joked, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.”

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ABC also plans on airing a special episode of their hit comedy Abbott Elementary, immediately following what should be a three-and-a-half hour telecast of the Oscars.

So, what do you think about the time shift with the Oscars starting an hour earlier? Happy about it? Won’t be settled in at that early time slot to sit and watch the show? Comment below.

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