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Stacy Haiduk on What Went Wrong at Y&R That Keeps Patty and Emily Off the Canvas!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

There is no doubt that Stacy Haiduk can be handed material so crazy, so absurd, and yet make it so tangible, compelling, dramatic and incredibly powerful and sad.  And yet through all the convoluted storylines and plot twists, and the multiple times The Young and the Restless have written her dual role of Stacy and Emily into a corner,  Stace and Em seem to keep popping back in to Genoa City, only to once again be thrown to the wolves.   So what gives?  In the new issue of Nelson Branco’s Soap Opera Uncensored he talks to the talented Haiduk to get the lowdown on what went wrong at Y&R.  Here are a few interesting excerpts!

Haiduk on her last big reveal where Patty shot Jack at his and Genevieve’s wedding, in which in turn that cliffhanger caused a ratings spike:  “Yes they did!  And then, goodbye Stacy! It’s hard as an actor to deal with going back and forth to a show, especially when you really like the people you work with. You start putting up these guards up or shields because you don’t want to get hurt. It’s hard… the first time I was let go, it was devastating Out of the blue Y&R changed my storyline dramatically and drastically.  They didn’t go down this path with Emily, who was supposed to become dark. Remember Emily was becoming anxiety-ridden when she thought someone was following her? Well, that story ended rather abruptly. There was a bigger arc to it…”

Haiduk on what her status with Y&R is at this point:  “My contract was for six months. To be very blunt and honest, I was scheduled until March to fulfil my six month contract but they didn’t do anything past January. I basically worked for three months. I haven’t been asked back since my contract ran out. They never called to say, ‘Thanks very much, but that’s it.’ Shocking, right? But it’s funny because a lot of fans have been asking me what is up because they didn’t really write me out of the show.   I would like to see Patty like she was when she was Mary Jane. “I’d like to see her more romantic. I’d like to see her fall in love with someone — someone who isn’t Jack! There is so much to the character because Patty is not a bad person.  She’s very smart.  If Adam and Victor Newman could be redeemed, so can Patty.

So what do you think of Haiduk being ushered off the canvas? Would you like to see Emily or Patty return to GC?  Let us know your thoughts!  In the meantime, Haiduk is working again and has landed a role  a new series for A&E called Longmire! She begins shooting next week in Santa Fe, New Mexico!



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It is a mess over there and my understanding is they write for two weeks and then wing it and trust me it shows. This show redeemed Kevin, Michael & now Adam all men . Let’s see Maura West they treated like crap and EIleen Davidson twice. Stacy get a nightime gig and move away from this mess.

I do think they did rectify Patty as Mary Jane until she went psycho again. I do think she can be redeemed so I hope they do give her the respect she deserves.

Stacy Haiduk would be a welcome return as Mary Jane, Patty, or Emily. She is so talented.

And poor Paul really needs at least ONE of his family members to get straightened out.

Maybe after someone fires Maria Arena Bell and gets this show back to what it once was, its a TOTAL mess.

She probably wont be re-hired because MAB prob has Tom Wopat and John Schneider waiting to reunite with Daisy Duke.

“She probably wont be re-hired because MAB prob has Tom Wopat and John Schneider waiting to reunite with Daisy Duke.”

Ha! Ha! Let’s hope not.

As much as I adore and admire the actress, the characters and shenangians were so way over the top, I could not take any more. Such larger-than-life characters and plots are fun for awhile but then they really strain credulity — particularly when not carefully thought through or considered for the future — and it all finally becomes annoying and tiresome. (I cite as current example Sheila and her descendants and their unhealthy fixation on Genoa City. Enough!)

I would have loved to see Emily remain on the GC canvas as that rare someone with no past connections by blood or dubious parentage, and work things out with Jack. The two actors had genuine chemistry. But Patty is too far gone for me to embrace or welcome back. Maybe you can bring her home to make amends or perform a selfless act to redeem herself before dying. This would allow some closure to the Williams family and maybe — how’s this?!? — give Y&R an opportuntiy to propel some of its legacy characters into a meaningful (that is, lasting longer than one special episode) social story about the realities of mental illness instead of the cliches employed on Patty.

Good post…I agree.

I love Stacy and would like her back as Emily, but Patty was just too crazy at the end. Stacy should just count herself lucky to be off this mess of a show and persue some primetime gigs.

i agree with rob. young and the restless is a big big mess. i have wrote several times about maria arena bell. please someone fire her. maria arena bell has ruined our soap. please firing eileen davidson. what were you thinking stupid maria arena bell. get fired now or quit. mark my words they will probably recast ashley sooner than later. i hope eileen davidson comes back to days of our lives. at least she will be apprreciated at days of our lives. hiring brett butler for 2 days on young and the restless. so lame and pathetic maria arena bell.

They have too many storylines. I actually liked Patty and wondered what happened to her. The show is a mess and I don’t know why they allow it to continue. I guess because it’s still number 1. I think people watch out of habit rather than it’s must-see.

It makes me sad that we didn’t see much of her in her six month contract; Stacy Haiduk is such a rare and talented actress; not to mention jaw-droppingly beautiful. I always looked forward to her scenes and the way she so deftly went from completely off the rails, to tender and compassionate and back again. PLEASE bring Stacy back to Y&R….. PLEASE!!!! 🙂

I am loving Y&R right now, though, and the upcoming story surrounding Phyllis’s past deeds coming to light has got me on the edge of my seat. Bringing back Emily would just make it that much better!

You know the show is run by idiots when they get a powerhouse of talent like Stacy Haiduk and put her in the most horrendous storylines. The only thing that made any of those storylines tolerable was Stacy herself. Watching her perform was mesmerizing. But other than that. . . it was all horrible. Stacy Haiduk deserves better. And so does the show.

Please Bill Bell, Jr., for the sake of the show and your father’s legacy, FIRE your wife. No matter how much it hurts, it has to be done.

It sucks that the show doesn’t know how to write for her characters (nor any of the other characters!). She is so interesting, such a great actress, such a beauty (look at those eyes!) that they are fools not to write for her.

I think the only thing that will save Y&R is to get rid of MAB. She gets all these talented actors to come on the show then doesn’t know how to write for them. How on earth did she ever get this job? Oh yeah…she married a Bell.

Nepotism much?

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Previews “Amazing, Juicy, Fun” Summer Storyline

The Young and the Restless, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy seven-times throughout her career for her work on both All My Children and the CBS soap opera. Now viewers are wondering what’s next for the talented Egan in story?

Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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