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The Brad Bell & Katherine Kelly Lang – The Bold and the Beautiful – Emmy Victory Interviews

bradbellemmy.jpgA BOLD WIN!

After Sunday night’s exciting Daytime Emmy victory for The Bold and the Beautiful (with its first time win as Outstanding Daytime Drama Series), the CBS soap invited me to attend their special cake cutting ceremonies on Tuesday morning. The staff, cast and crew celebrated the shows first win in 22 years as the top drama in all of soapdom.

I caught up with “B&B’s” executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, to ask him his feelings on the win, and the now infamous moment when the Emmys went off the air. Yes, in case you missed it, the credits rolled before Brad was able to have his on-stage moment in the sun. I also spoke with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) on how special the victory was, and Heather Tom (Katie) whose storyline gave the show the basis for the material it submitted to walk away with the gold. Many also know Katherine delivered the performance of her career in the Emmy-winning episodes, and we touched on that. I also met Katherine’s delightful Fan Club President, Amy, who was also at the celebration and she added her excitement to the mix.

To start the festivities, here’s my chat with Emmy winner, Brad Bell!

MICHAEL:

I saw how they cut you off before you got to say your long- awaited acceptance speech. The CW had a hard out at 10PM, thus the apparent reason for the short-change. You must have been upset!

BRAD:

It was upsetting, but that is show biz. It just landed on my lap this time. It was great to share this with the cast and crew up on the stage. I wanted to acknowledge my father which was the most important thing to me, but I did in my own way, so it’s cool.

MICHAEL:

But you don’t like giving speeches, right?

BRAD:

They are not my favorite thing to do. I don’t have much practice doing them. Maybe I will grow into it.

castcake1.jpgMICHAEL:

Where is the Emmy going to reside?

BRAD:

Today the Emmy stays on-stage. I don’t know yet. Right now it’s been in the middle of the office and will stay there for a couple days.

MICHAEL:

What was the most touching moment of the victory dance?

BRAD:

I think it was having my mother there, and the moment with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) with the two of us kissing. In the Variety Magazine shot that was taken, it looked like we had been kissing for a couple of hours, but that was very special.

MICHAEL:

Katherine’s performance in the Storm suicide/Katie heart transplant story was exceptional. So much so, that many thought she should have been nominated and won this year for that.

BRAD:

She has been a stalwart for us and she aced these shows. Had she not acted her heart out and given us the performance of her lifetime, which she did, we would not be here. It is such collaboration, but she came through for us like never before. Everyone was stellar, the writing was stellar, but Katherine shined like the sun. Having that moment with her was so terrific. We are always working so hard. She works on the first floor here and I work on the third, and we don’t have many moments together, and that one was just very special to share with her.

MICHAEL:

I know Susan Flannery (Stephanie) said something to you in the press room, and she was so happy for you as well.

BBcake1.jpgBRAD:

She was beaming with pride, and we all knew it is an award for all of our accomplishments. We share this with those who are not here…Darlene Conley, Michael Fox. Darlene lives on, and Will deVry (Storm) was wonderful and had a hand at making this award happen.

MICHAEL:

You have one of the best production crews in daytime. Did you hand pick the team and assemble them?

BRAD:

I did, but they found me by proving that they loved the show. Producer, Casey Kasprzyk worked in the office for a year and half and I did not even know his name. (He laughs) I thought, “Who is this tall guy?” Then he started doing things and impressing me, and now he is one of the producers, and one of the youngest producers we have had. He is just amazing. I can go to him. When I needed footage to recreate the Logan girls youth with Storm, he said, “I will do it.” He allows me to think things and helps me figure out how to do it. Every member of the team firing on all cylinders is important to make this show happen.

MICHAEL:
Now that you have won an Emmy, are you gearing up to try to pick up another one next year?

BRAD:

I don’t know. The stars were aligned on this one. “Y&R” is a force. “GH” is a force. None of them were nominated for Best Show this year, and it was just we had the best shows and the stars were aligned. I hope it happens again.

heathertom.jpgHEATHER TOM

MICHAEL:

Heather you were instrumental to the storyline as Katie that brought home the Emmy, even though you were being operated on for most of the episode! What was your initial thought when it came to the announcement of Drama Series?

HEATHER:

I was so nervous, because I really felt it was our year. I felt like, in my opinion, on the shows that they submitted, that they were some of the best shows that I have seen on daytime. I would have been really disappointed if we did not win. I am really glad that it worked out in our favor.

KATHERINE KELLY LANG

MICHAEL:

Katherine, Brad said he enjoyed sharing his victory the most with you!

KATHERINE:

It means so much to me that he would say that, you make me want to cry.

MICHAEL:

He just beamed over the long time collaboration of working with you!

lang.jpgKATHERINE:

I feel the same way with him. I feel blessed to be a part of the show with him. The way he interacts with us, and he treats us with respect and kudos… he has no ego. Brad is a great guy. He collaborates with us and I love him death.

MICHAEL:

What happened when you were in the audience and you heard “B&B” called as Drama Series winner?

KATHERINE:

I could not believe it! I could not get up! (She laughs) I just sat there for a moment and looked at Lesli Kay (Felicia) and went, “Huh?” She kept saying, “We are going to win.” I kept saying, “Don’t say that,” because you never know. Yes, the reel was great, but you just never know. So when our name was called I just did not expect to hear it. It was great to go on stage and give Brad a kiss.

MICHAEL:

Who called you first and congratulated you, and the show, on its win?

KATHERINE:

I was texting my husband Alex, because he manages Jacob Young of All My Children, too. Jacob had lost in the Supporting Category earlier and he wanted to know the outcome. My husband calls me “James Bond Girl” and wished me good luck, and texted me that, which is cute. Then, I texted him later. I told him we won. He said, “Yay! You won because you are the best!” It was cute and fun!

MICHAEL:

I see you have a guest here today!

KATHERINE:

Amy Farina runs my fan club. I have known her for 22 years. She also texted me after the show.

MICHAEL:

So what did you do when “B&B” won?

AMY:

katherinewemmy.jpgI jumped up and down and fell off the couch. I think in the scenes that they submitted, basically Katherine stole the show. I told her to submit those scenes for her Emmy reel.

KATHERINE:

I know, I know, my Emmy reel, we won’t go there. Best show is good enough.

AMY:

There is always next year. She is my best friend and best person to have in your life. I can blubber on and on and on.

MICHAEL:

How do we join the fan club?

AMY:

Go to Aimstar@aol.com and you can join on either mine or Katherine’s Facebook page.

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Graziadei Talks Daniel’s Past and Present, Reuniting with His Co-Stars, and Life as Dad to Twins

Longtime viewers of CBS’ The Young and the Restless are excited that Michael Graziadei has returned to the top-rated daytime drama during its 50th anniversary season as Daniel Romalotti.

Graziadei made his on-screen re-emergence right around Thanksgiving, as in story, Daniel came home to surprise his mother, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), but also for a business idea he wanted to present to good friend, Devon (Bryton James) and Daniel’s former girlfriend, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil).  Seems Daniel has a mega-universe gaming platform he’s created that he wants Chancellor-Winters to potentially be a part of.  But there must be more to the story than meets the eye, right? Will Daniel find himself drawn back to Lily, especially since her relationship with Billy (Jason Thompson) has hit a major rough spot/road block named Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan)?

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In a new virtual interview exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Graziadei sits-down to talk about coming home to Genoa City with a look at Daniel’s past, present and future.  Michael first appeared as Y&R’s Daniel from 2004-2013, made a guest stop back to the show in 2016, and now at the end of 2022, he is back full-time with the soap opera.

During the conversation, Graziadei shares what it’s been like working with beloved cast mates including: Michelle Stafford, Christel Khalil, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and more.

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Michael also shared his enthusiasm at getting a chance to reconnect not only with Michelle Stafford, but Daniel’s adoptive father, Michael Damian (Danny) as well, when they all appear in scenes together for the upcoming holiday episodes.

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Just what have been Michael’s favorite Daniel storylines of all-time? Was it Daniel’s part in Cassie’s death (Camryn Grimes) and its aftermath? When they gave Daniel a porn addiction storyline? Graziadei weighs-in.

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In addition, Michael reveals the wonders of being a new dad to twins boys in real-life, Oliver Bear and Arlo.  He opens up about how he and his lady love, Lauren found out they were having twins, the naming process they went through, and what life is like now at-home.

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During Graziadei’s time away from Y&R, he appeared in numerous TV and film projects.  Most recently, Michael was seen in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, where he shares what it was like to take on a legal role for the first time in his career, plus what it was like to act and kiss Oscar-winner, Jessica Lange in American Horror Story (a role he played while still at Y&R during his first go-round).

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You can watch the full interview with Graziadei below.

For more celebrity interviews and features make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now let us know, are you glad Daniel is back in GC? Do you hope Lily and Daniel get back together all of these years later? What has been your favorite Daniel storyline of all time … and your favorite part of our conversation with him?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Camryn Grimes and Fiancé Brock Powell Talk On Their Roles as Mrs. Claus and Santa in ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Camryn Grimes (Mariah, The Young and the Restless) has been involved in a very special passion project in more ways than one!  Now, everyone will be able can see it, and hear it, when Grimes voices the role of Mrs. Claus opposite her real-life fiancé and voiceover star, Brock Powell as Santa in Mickey Saves Christmas.

The new stop-motion holiday special premieres Sunday, November 27th (7:00-7:30 p.m. EST) on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and Monday, November 28 on Disney+ and Hulu.  It features Disney icons: Mickey, Minnie and the gang, who are sent to the North Pole on a quest to save Christmas and find the true meaning of the holiday.

Camryn and Brock Powell became engaged earlier this year on January 7th, which also happened to be Camryn’s 32nd birthday. How the two met all comes back to the world of voiceover and Disney, as you will learn.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with the real-life lovebirds to preview Mickey Saves Christmas, how they wound up voicing the important voices of Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and just what Brock thinks of Camryn’s Genoa City alter-ego Mariah being married to Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), and more.  Is Brock #TeamTeriah? Check out what they shared with us below.

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The two of you were actually introduced by Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy! How did that happen?

BROCK:  So, Bill Farmer is my mentor, and through him, that was the first time I actually met Camryn.

CAMRYN: I knew Bill growing up, and in 2020 when I wanted to get into voiceovers, I reached out to him and that’s how this all started and I guess, the rest is history.

Now you are voicing Santa and Mrs. Claus in Mickey Save Christmas. How did it come about that you both landed parts on the project?

BROCK: I got to play the role of Santa in Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, which was the first time I got to voice Santa for Disney, and now I’m returning to the role this time. Camryn received the audition randomly for Ms. Claus on the day we were getting engaged, and it was perfect timing because I had to get her out of the house so I could set up the proposal here.  So, it really was a Christmas miracle because I was sweating!

CAMRYN:  We were cast separately. The production team had no idea that Brock and I were a couple. When I went in to record, they were like, “Here’s the voice of Santa for you to record to, and I was like, “Yeah, I know… that’s my fiancé!”  They were like, “What??” (Laughs)

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Did the engagement go off without a hitch?

BROCK:  Yes, so after the audition process, Camryn returned home. I proposed, and there was a whole Disney/Pixar theme going on in the backyard. It was a really special day. To have her say, “Yes”, and also to have this crazy opportunity for her to audition for the role of Mrs. Claus happening at the same time … and then weeks later finding out she booked the role, it was all amazing.  We were now going to be working on this Christmas special together.  I think anytime you get to voice an iconic character, it’s special.  However, if you’d told me that I would get to return to the role I love, with the person I love playing opposite me … I think I’m done.  I just don’t know how you can ever top it!

Camryn, what did it mean to you to be in this film as Mrs. Claus, because fans saw this post of yours with a photo of you outside the Anaheim Convention Center where Disney’s D23 convention was happening.  It made everyone speculate  just what you were working on, which you shared was a lifelong dream.

CAMRYN:  Yes!  Y&R and CBS is my home, but I’ve always wanted to do something with Disney.  My family raised me on all things Disney and all things Christmas.  They were huge into the holiday, and so this kind of just checks every box.  It’s not only Disney, it’s Christmas, it’s stop-motion animation, and it’s Mrs. Claus.  I think my family was more excited for me to book this then anything I’ve ever done. I think there were tears! So sentimentally, this project really meant a lot to me.

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Camryn, did Brock coach you on doing voiceover work, or give you any tips?

CAMRYN:  I mean, I live with my voiceover coach. (Laughs) It’s amazing!

BROCK:  You know, I do coach for voiceovers and Camryn is my star pupil now.  She’s a talented actress, obviously. The biggest misconception is that, while it starts with the voice, Camryn, as well as most of the amazing voice actors I know, they have access to this childhood imagination which I think makes their performances possible. So, while you’re watching Mickey Saves Christmas, even though we recorded everything separately, what you’re looking for is that energy and every character connecting. You’re inventing the circumstances, you’re inventing your scene partner, where we have to close our eyes and embody a character we may, or may not, have a reference for. I think watching Camryn and hearing Camryn’s work on this, and a couple of other projects she’s worked on, I’m just so impressed at how coming from daytime television where there is a very stringent set routine and at the level that she excels at there, to then come into my world and then just kill it behind the microphone. She was able to let all of that go and have the bravery to try something new. I think a lot of people are going to love what Camryn has done here.  I’m most proud of her to be willing to look silly which is what is required in voiceover.

CAMRYN:  That’s true, and that’s probably the most fun thing about it.

Now, what can you tease us that happens in the story of Mickey Saves Christmas?

CAMRYN: It’s kind of built into the title a little bit, but I think what you’re going to get out of this is a deep sense of community and coming together to fix a problem and being able to lend a helping hand.  I feel, it’s just a really lovely film about chosen family.

BROCK:  It’s about family, it’s about friends, it’s about putting a lot of pressure on the holidays be perfect.  I think everyone involved in this special from the animators to the music team, everything in it helped make this a love letter to the holidays. The film really just talks about that Christmas is who you spend it with, and not necessarily how it turns out. I think it’s a really positive reminder that the most important part about Christmas is being with the ones we love. These are characters that Camryn and I love, not just the ones we voiced. To be with these actors, to be with these characters. it is just is going to be so special with everyone watching on November 27. It’s going to be the first tine for all us watching it together,

Photo: CBS

Now Brock, do you watch Camryn on The Young and the Restless?

BROCK: Yes, and I will say sometimes when Camryn is at work, our puppy does sit and watch mommy on TV, too!

Is Brock, #TeamTeriah on Y&R, as well?

CAMRYN: Yes, Brock is all about #TeamTeriah. It was actually really beautiful kind of getting engaged around the same time, Mariah and Tessa did on the show.

In another post of yours on social media, I saw that you had picked a spot for your wedding to Brock.   

CAMRYN: Yes. We don’t actually have a set date (we have three options), but we did pick a location.  So, we will be figuring that all out very soon.

Check out a clip from ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’ featuring Camryn as Mrs. Clause and Brock as Santa below.  Then let us know, will you be watching the special? What did you think of Camryn getting to work on this project and opposite the love-of-her-life, Brock Powell? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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