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The Melody Thomas Scott Interview – The Young and the Restless

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If you have been witness to the recent episodes of The Young and the Restless you are seeing one of daytime’s treasures, Melody Thomas Scott, (Nikki) showing her acting chops in the most compelling storyline currently on the number one soap.  Finally after a long drought, fans are getting to see Nikki Newman fall off the wagon…big time!  And who doesn’t love this socialite housewife hitting the bottle?  We all love Nikki when she is seemingly falling apart at the seams. But why? Answer: because no one does that better and with more gusto on daytime then Melody.

This week, Victor helped get Nikki to rehab after finding her drunk as a skunk and in bed with dastardly Deacon Sharpe… a fait accompli created by gold digger Meggie, and her willing accomplice, Mr. Sharpe.  Now, as Nikki begins to finally conquer her demons, who should show up and admit himself into the clinic of the rich and famous? Deacon! So it looks like Victor Newman may have a battle ahead of him, not just with his fiancée’s bottle of booze, but for her affections as well.

And, the players in this storyline are a treat, too. From Sean Young’s (Meggie) crafty villainess without a conscience, to Sean Kanan’s (Deacon) delectable bad boy, to Thomas Scott’s tour de force, they have put the fun back in daytime with drama to boot! On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Melody for a short “quickie” interview this week during her hectic taping schedule to quickly get her thoughts on boozing Nikki, her new co-stars, and her upcoming real-life memoir. Here’s Mel!

MICHAEL:

Fans are thrilled to see a boozin’ Nikki again, as you play it to perfection.   We almost got to see her go off the wagon almost a year and half ago or so during her break-up with Victor when she went searching for him on the beaches of Mexico!   But that did not pan out.   How did you feel about the false start, and now getting the opportunity towards the end of 2010 to sink your teeth into a real battle of the booze for her?

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MELODY:

I was thrilled to see this story reappear.  It has been written so beautifully, touching on so many honest moments.  It has been a joy to play.

MICHAEL:

Back in 1991, Nikki checked into a rehab facility to help her with her demons, and now in 2010 she is going back to rehab this week.  How would you compare the two?

MELODY:

Actually, we never saw her in rehab the first time.  She simply woke up one morning sober, with no mention of rehab, AA, counseling, nothing.  That’s why I am so happy to deal with her alcoholism in a more realistic fashion this time.  Better late than never!

MICHAEL:

Your two Sean’s have given Nikki a lift and a new lease on a soap life that fans are loving!    How is working with Sean Young?   The two of you are dynamite in scenes together.   Then, there is this magnetic chemistry that has developed with you and Sean Kanan.   How is Sean K to work with?

MELODY:

Ah, my two Seans!  I am so happy to have both of them to work off of.  Every now and then, the casting, actors and writers happen to click beautifully.  This is one of those times.  I adore both of them!  This story would not be the success that it is without them.

MICHAEL:

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In your heart of hearts as an actress, would you like to explore a real on-screen relationship with the character of Deacon Sharpe? Or, do you think it would be more interesting to play out the next part of the Victor/Nikki romance?  Or, do you feel it’s, “been there, done that”?

MELODY:

Why can’t she do it all!?  Let’s face facts:  Victor and Nikki will always be a huge dynamic, they’ve been in a circular cycle for over 30 years!  Finding a new leading man that you have chemistry with is like finding gold.  My pockets are hanging pretty heavy with gold right now!

MICHAEL:

What do you think Nikki would do once she finds out of Deacon’s duplicity and conspiring with Meggie?

MELODY:

Who says she’ll find out? Or when?  Or: Deacon truly starts to genuinely like her and sincerely falls in love?  There are so many possible outcomes!  We are all wondering what will happen on the set, too!  You are not alone…

MICHAEL:

How come of all the soap actresses on daytime, viewers always think you play a lush better than anyone?  What do you think makes it so raw and real?

MELODY:

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That is so funny, Michael!  You’re not the first to tell me that!  Everyone seems to love a drunk Nikki, me included!  It gives Nikki a chance to not be so uptight and snooty.  It definitely brings her down a dozen notches, and I think the viewers love to see something like that.  She has flaws, she’s human, seemingly has everything anyone could want…but she’s falling.  Hard.

MICHAEL:

You and your husband Ed Scott, producer B&B, just celebrated your 25th wedding anniversary.  How have the two of you maintained a successful relationship?  What tip would you give to other couples who have stayed together a long time?  Many marriages in Hollywood fall apart when both spouses are in show business.  But the two of you have made it work.

MELODY:

Sense of humor, commitment, sense of humor, love, sense of humor, surprising each other, sense of humor.

MICHAEL:

Your new book that you are writing, is it more of a memoir?  We have read that it will include the issue surrounding your abuse as a child actress.  How is that coming along?  I am writing a book with someone and I know it is hard to go through and put down someone else’ startling or difficult personal accounts.

MELODY:

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I think of it as an autobiography.  It is about my life.  All of it.  Some parts of it flow very easily, some become so emotionally difficult, I have to hold off for a while.  I am very grateful to have my shrink for emotional support while writing this.  She is one of the few people on the planet that knows everything about my life, my past.  But it feels good to finally get it on paper. It truly is cathartic.

MICHAEL:

If you were to name the top three storyline of Nikki’s, would this new battle with the bottle be included? What to you are personally the high points?

MELODY:

Yes, this would definitely be one of them.  Although I can’t say I enjoyed it, the stripping storyline was significant, and the start of what turned out to be a major love story that continues to this day.  I also, going way back now, enjoyed the Crazy Edward story, where Nikki had a stalker who loved/hated her.

MICHAEL:

All of us in the soap industry know that if there is one actress out there deserving of a Daytime Emmy, it is you.  Will you toss your hat into the competition this year for these great performances?  Or, are you over Emmy?

MELODY:

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Well, thank you, Michael.  We’ll see.  It’s so political, and that ain’t me.  We’ll see…

MICHAEL:

In closing, what would you preview for fans to watch out for in the coming weeks for Nikki? More booze? Ending up on a celebrity rehab show for the rich and famous?  Falling in between the sheets with Deacon over and over?  A real wedding to Victor?

MELODY:

Seeing as I have nothing to offer, all of the above sound good to me!  Only the great Maria Bell knows for sure!

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semaj
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semaj

niktor 4ever no matter what they find there way back together niktor endgame

MEK
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MEK

I hope the end game is not for Nikki and Victor to reunite. He is an emotionally vile abuser who is incapable of making Nikki or anyone happy. I hope they find a new relationship for Nikki. While Nikki and Deacon have tons of chemistry I don’t want to see her in a relationship with a man who spiked her drinks and contributed to her relapse. That makes him a slime ball and even falling in love with Nikki for real won’t change that.

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Yes Nikki & Victor are the “Endgame” and I hope it stays that way,yes Victor is abusive/controlling ,but what men/women character isn’t on the show,they just do it in a different way then Victor,but Victor Love’s Nikki deep down,I just hope the Y&R writers writer a story about Nikki & Victor working out their past/present problems and I mean the Verbal Abuse part and other things!

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victor is a abuser and has always abused nikki and hurt her. the couple of victor and nikki is just sick and digusting abuse does not equal love.plus most of the fans told care about nikki and victor being is couple any more. nikki and deacon has tons of chemistry something that nikki and victor are missing. i think nikki and deacon should be given a shot. the writers already stated the redeeming deacon.

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Doe

Well, I really don’t like this Nikki story, because I find it upsetting to be so cruel to someone for the sake of money and with Meggie, wanting Victor. I really don’t know why the writers’ brought her back for this story. Personally, I don’t think Sean Young is that good an actress. She seems to be sleepwalking half the time. Sean Kanan is okay for that part. I really thought in the beginning of this story that he was going to help Nikki. That would have been a better twist, I think. Victor is Victor with an ego to… Read more »

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Michael I wished you would have asked Ms. Scott why she wasn’t on the show for so long and only made a few appearances before this storyline began. The only person who tried to get some sort of answer out of Ms. Scott is Michael Logan. Next time can you ask her why she was not shown for months or if you interview Maria Bell again?

SADIE
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SADIE

Try Nikki with Eric Roberts. That would score on so many points. He has not been with anyone else and therefore uncomplicate the moral issue that is so prevalent in the Nikki/Deacon hookup. And Vicotr already hates him.

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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,

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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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