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Suds Report – Engen update, Kanan to "Y&R" and more!

engan_sweater.jpgThis week’s Suds Report has an update on the Chris Engen travesty that occured a few days ago. Nelson Branco reports:

“Meanwhile, the Y&R cast is understandably upset with Engen who is walking out in the middle of a front-burner storyline during its climax. One of Engen’s co-stars tells The Suds Report that various cast members tried to convince him not to leave this meaty role. “Forget the gay thing for a moment,” says one leading man. “He’ll never work in Hollywood again because he walked out in the middle of a contract. You don’t do that.”

Another co-star claims Engen has been reportedly battling personal demons/issues for a while now. “He’s been ‘off;’ we’re not sure what’s happening with him. I think Chris is dealing with more than having to play out this [untraditional] gay storyline. He’s Catholic, but I think it’s more than that. As far as most of us know, Adam is straight, not gay — he [just has an affair] with Rafe to keep him quiet about Adam’s [plot to haunt Ashley].”

Insiders report the stressed-out actor had been relaying his concerns over his “dark and disturbing” storyline with producers and writers, expressing his fear that his character was becoming too evil and irredeemable. “Chris hates everything about his storyline,” says another co-star. “No one gets it — it’s a soap opera. We all wish we had his storyline.”

In more news, Nelson is confirming DC’s already mentioned return of Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe) not to his former soap “B&B”, but  to “Y&R”.  Is Deacon behind the artwork storyline that has our Daniel tie up in knots? Or is painter and shocking “Y&R” returnee Thom Bierdz somehow involved?

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Scores Biggest Audience in Over Two Years

Hats off to CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful! The daytime drama series delivered its largest viewing audience in over two years.

The last time B&B had these numbers it was back for the week ending April 24th, 2020.  Coincidentally, that was the last week of first-run episodes before all of the Covid-19 production shutdowns.

While CBS tweeted the news of B&B’s rating success, it should also be noted that this is the third time in six weeks that the soap has hit a season high.

For the week of May 9-13, in story, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) remembered that it was Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) who shot her husband, Finn ( … and her!

According to Soap Opera Network, B&B was up over +515,000 total viewers for the ratings week and came in with a total viewer tally of 3.320 million. In addition the CBS daytime drama has been up +212,000 viewers week to week.

Share your congrats to The Bold and the Beautiful below and let us know if you were riveted to Steffy finally remembered what Sheila had done the night she was shot. 

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Fox Announces Primetime Soap ‘Monarch’ On Fall Schedule

You remember the tawk of the multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music that was supposed to air in January?  Well, eventually due to Covid-19, the plans for its debut got scrapped from a two-night premiere set for Sunday, January 30 as a midseason replacement and kicked back to the fall.

Now, Fox has confirmed that Monarch is indeed on their fall schedule during its annual Upfront presentation on Monday.

The soapy series stars Oscar winner, Susan Sarandon as the Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrall Roman, and her husband Albie Roman played by country singer, Trace Adkins.

In story, Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicky Roman played by Anna Friel, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.

No word yet from Fox on what night of the week Monarch will land on the full fall schedule.  Stay tuned.

So, glad that Monarch will finally makes it debut? Does it interest you … or sound like another Nashville mixed with Dallas retread? Comment below.

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