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Stars Of Y&R Past and Present Honor The Late Bill Bell On What Would Have Been His 90th Birthday

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The stars of The Young and the Restless, past and present took to social media on Monday to honor the late, great Bill Bell, the iconic creator of the CBS top-rated daytime drama series.

Bell, would have turned 90-years old-today on March 6th, but passed away back in 2005.  Heartfelt posts from the actors circulated with the common throughline of thanking this extraordinary talented man for the roles in which they play, and for many giving them their careers, and for his pure genius.

Included in the tribute were: Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell (Bill’s daughter), Doug Davidson, Joshua Morrow, Michelle Stafford (now on GH), Greg Rikaart, Christian LeBlanc, Kate Linder, Sharon Case, and many others.

Below is a sample of the sentiments and remembrances shared today.

Eric Braeden: Today would have been BILL BELL’S 90th birthday! We owe him everything! God bless your soul, Bill! We think of you a lot!!

Lauralee Bell: HB Dad! We feel your love around us always! My dad loved being a storyteller so TY for keeping the shows thriving! @YandR_CBS @BandB_CBS

Joshua Morrow:  We throw words around like legend or Icon or genius….this man was truly all of those and more. An amazing man who we miss every day. #MrB

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Doug Davidson: Happy Birthday  William J. Bell would have been 90 today. We send our love. God’s peace. We miss you! #goat #youngandrestless #Emmy

Greg Rikaart: HB #BillBell. It’s hard to imagine my life w/o your impact on it. Countless ppl can say the same. Hope you& Jeanne r cutting a rug up

Kate Linder:  There wouldn’t be #EstherValentine w/o #BillBell I will always be grtful #hb @YRInsider @YandR_CBS @YandR_CBS @CBSDaytime #yrthere.

Michelle Stafford: It would have been #BillBell ‘s 90th birthday. He was 1 of a kind. I’m sure where ever he is he is still creating magic! I owe him so much.

Christian LeBlanc: I owe this legendary artist a most amazing, unexpected life…merci pour tout. #YR HAPPY 90TH #WilliamJBell …see ya in the big office.

Sharon Case: Happy Birthday to this great man, Bill Bell !! All my love and gratitude, forever. Sharon.…

So, what did you think of the tweets, and posts from the cast of Y&R honoring Bill Bell?  Do you miss Bill Bell’s brand of storytelling on the soaps? Share your thoughts below!

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Bill Bell was a genius when it came to soap writing…i watched Days when under his pen,,,,he had character driven stories about relationships and family that were well written and he didnt have to depend on the done to death(pun) bring them back from the dead to move a story…or far out plots like weather machines or devil possession to attract an audienc

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

audience…at Y&R when the show needed revamping due to loss of so many actors who played the Brooks family he had the gift of bringing in two new families like the Abbot and Newmans who were just as interesting and maybe even better…good thing that show had its original creator and writer at the helm who knew what he was doing.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

My father and a great aunt who passed away a week apart a few weeks ago both would had turned 90 this year too…

randy
randy

lets see brenda dicksons and victoria rowells sentiments too,,

Kevin C
Kevin C

WONDERFUL with what the cast and crew are saying about Bill and how I MISS Bill Bell, he and Douglas Marland will always be my favorite head writers…Bill, THANK YOU so much along with your beautiful wife Lee Phillip for creating a show that had so much impact on my life for Y&R was like a part of my family with all the wonderful stories and actors/actresses that grace the screen on Y&R…it brought so much entertainment and conversation…Bill, you will NEVER be forgotten.

Timmm
Timmm

The Bells are daytime’s answer to the nighttime Spellings only with class!

Connie
Connie

Mr. Bell was a wonderful man, I always used to call him “Mr. Bell” and he would say “Call me Bill.” How much we miss a genius of daytime.

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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Mark Derwin, Melissa Hayden and More to Reunite for Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Reunion

Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

So, what were some of your favorite memories from GL featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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