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Seattle Seahawks Star Fullback Michael Robinson Talks His Y&R Dream Guest Spot!

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Tomorrow on the Thursday, March 13th episode of The Young and the Restless, Super Bowl fullback Michael Robinson of the Seattle Seahawks shows up in Genoa City and has scenes with none other than Victor Newman (Eric Braeden)!  How does this work in the storyline? You will have to as they say, tune-in tomorrow to find out!

However, On-Air On-Soaps spoke with Robinson as part of a press conference and found out that being on the number one soap is a dream come true for this star athlete!  In fact, how it came to pass that he got a guest spot on the daytime drama was also interesting!  H e let it be known on one of his appearances on the NFL Network and the events unfolded from there!  This is not the first time we have heard about male athletes that watch the soaps.  In fact, from Major League Baseball. to Professional Wrestling to the NFL, guys often have some time in the afternoon between games or practices, or when on the road,  and get caught up in the continuing drama and become soap fans like all of us!  Thus illustrating once again, that a diverse group of men are also tuning-in to the genre!

Here’s what Michael Robinson had to say on his whole Y&R experience and how it came about, being a man in sports  who likes soap operas, what he thinks of college football player Michael Sam coming out publicly before entering the NFL draft, and more!

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Michael on what happened with his teammates heard the news that he loves Y&R:  That’s the thing!  This was the first time they heard about it.  As soon as I mentioned that I love Y&R on the NFL Network, I got a bunch of calls!  I got comments like, “Young and the Restless, dude?  You’re a big bruiser.  I didn’t think you were a fan of daytime drama!”  When I was at football practice, the guys thought it was funny that a big guy was checking up on his soaps at night.  But for me watching the stories from my hectic football days has more of a calming effect.  My wife and I, we watch it, and try to predict the storylines.  I think we always have to be high wired and high strung and aggressive and all of those things on the football field. So, it’s always nice to kind of come home, relax, and kind of ease your mind and watch the drama on the TV.

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Michael on how he got into Y&R in the first place:  My mom and my father were divorced when I was very young, maybe five or six years old, and in one of my earliest memories, I remember my mom dropping me off at the babysitter’s house, and I was watching Divorce Court and it was on before Y&R.  I was watching Divorce Court thinking that I was going to get my mom and my dad on there!  But from that point, I started watching Y&R on my own and it went on from there.

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Michael on learning lines and going toe-to-toe with Victor Newman:  You don’t understand … this is one of my dreams coming true.  I was going to sleep memorizing those lines.  I was practicing them with my wife at home.  I was saying them to anybody who would listen to me! Nobody knew what I was talking about, but I think it came out well. Eric Braeden does a lot of improvising, and I was just trying to stay with him, and I thought I did well.

Michael on what Y&R characters would he invite to a Seattle Seahawks game and put them in the best seats in the house, a box seat section : Victor, Nikki, Nick, and one of my favorite characters that no longer with us, Katherine Chancellor.  I loved her character.  I got a chance to talk to some of the producers while I was on the set.  They really expressed to me how much Jeanne meant to Y&R and how good of a person she was.  She brought so much to the show from what I’ve heard.  She was so professional, and was definitely one of the greats in soap opera television.

Michael on if he thinks his Seahawks teammates will watch him on Y&R:  I think they’re going to watch it because I’m on it.  It’d be great if they all also got hooked on the show.  Just for my friends to say, “Yeah, I didn’t know Y&R could be that interesting,” that would be great!  One thing about Y&R is they’ve never been afraid to be edgy.  They’ve never been afraid to put a young athlete on.  They gave me lines. At first, I thought I’d just be standing there, but they gave me lines!  I think that’s kind of what separates Y&R from some of the other daytime soaps!

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Michael on racial diversity on the soaps:  I think that’s what caught me as a young kid and why I even watched.  It was the storylines and different people, seeing black people, black guys, and young black women on TV.  And coming from where I am from in Virginia, we definitely didn’t see that much of that.  So it was definitely gratifying to know that one day I could be there like Shemar Moore (Ex-Malcolm). Y&R does a great job integrating all races.

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Michael on college football star, Michael Sam coming out publicly, and how he thinks he will do in the culture of the NFL:  I think Michael Sam is definitely a rebel.  I have a lot of respect for him to come forward like that, especially before going for a job in the NFL and performing in the combine and entering in the NFL draft.  He has an uphill battle, he really does.  I do not know how ready the NFL locker room is for a gay athlete. But I think if there is an environment that can handle it, with a locker room that has great leaders … that will be important.  It also depends on how Michael Sam can handle and make light of any jokes thrown his way. At the end of the day, it’s about how well he performs on the field, and it will make all the difference in the world.  I just think he has an uphill battle, but I think with what is going on with the world today and The National Football league … that is what needed to happen.

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Michael on if he would he want his Y&R character to ultimately be a  good guy or bad buy, if this turns out to be a recurring gig for him:  I think I would want my character to be a good guy. (Laughs) But I play football, I’m big, so he’d probably be a bad guy.  But it wouldn’t matter.  I’d just want to be a part of the team.  It was like being part of the family being at Y&R.  And definitely, I would love to be a part of something like that ongoing.  I would hope that the Super Bowl win and this Y&R opportunity will be able to open doors for me in acting; because that’s something I would love to continue to do.

So, what do you think about Michael Robinson getting his opportunity to be on his favorite soap opera?  Are you glad athletes come forward and admit they watch soaps?

What do you think of Michael Robinson’s comments about Michael Sam entering the NFL draft as an openly gay athlete? Did you like Michael Robinson’s picks for characters he would invite to a Seahawks game?  Weigh-in below!

 

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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I am loving everything about this right now!

Tim
Tim

You wouldnt see Victor going out for a pass in a game for the Seahawks would you? No! So why would the number one soap on TV bring in a jock to take up air time? STUPID!

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Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

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RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

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But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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