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The Thorsten Kaye and Heather Tom Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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A red hot new duo is emerging as one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent years on The Bold and the Beautiful!  Played by Heather Tom and Thorsten Kaye, the fictional Katie and Ridge have recently admitted they have feelings for each other, and now are coming to the realization that they indeed … love each other!

But oh, the complications!  Katie’s sister, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) has been the woman of Ridge’s affections for decades!  But after returning to Los Angeles and learning of Brooke’s tryst with Bill (Bill Spencer) and how it hurt Katie, something changed for Ridge; no matter how much he tried in his heart and mind to make it work with Brooke.  They even headed to the altar!  Cue the fainting spell/faux heart attack of Katie’s that stopped the nuptials!

Now, with their feelings for each other undeniable, can Katie and Ridge be together against all odds?  Will their past flames tear them apart?  What will happen now that  Brooke has learned how sis Katie feels about Ridge … and how Ridge feels about Katie? On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Thorsten Kaye and Heather Tom to get their thoughts on working with each other, where they hope their on-screen romance will go, how they set out to make their scenes work “Bold and Beautiful” style, and just how is Thorsten adjusting to life as the new Ridge after the role was played for 25 years by Ronn Moss.  Here’s what the oh-so-sexy, beguiling, and ever so cute duo shared during our conversation!

MICHAEL:

Heather, when you found out Thorsten Kaye was cast as the new Ridge Forrester, what was your initial reaction?  Did you know of Thorsten’s work?

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HEATHER:

I thought, “Oh, that guy!” (Laughs)  I knew of Thorsten, of course!  I was very excited for him to come to the show.  I thought it would be a very interesting casting choice.   I thought we needed to go the complete opposite of Ronn Moss (Ex-Ridge) and I think we have accomplished that, and I think that it has been fun.

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, now your leading lady is a five-time Daytime Emmy winner!  How is it working opposite Heather?

THORSTEN:

I just call her “Five”.  What do you mean the complete opposite of Ronn?

HEATHER:

I mean, he wears a scarf and you don’t!  (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

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Heather and I have been on the same show before, but not at the same time.  So, I have been chasing her for awhile.  It’s fun to work with someone who puts the script first.  I think there is a reason she has five Daytime Emmys … and I have none! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Congrats on your 2014 Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination, Heather!  What scenes did you submit for the first round of competition for the Outstanding Lead Actress category?

HEATHER:

I submitted the episode where Katie finds out about Brooke and Bill at the birthday party from hell!

MICHAEL:

How do you feel now Thorsten about stepping into the role of Ridge, since you first got here a few months ago?  Are you more comfortable?

THORSTEN:

I am not going to lie to you.  It’s always uncomfortable when you go to someone else’s house and try to fit in.  It’s not that I need to make the part my own, but I have to do something, and I couldn’t do what has been done before.  It’s been good.  The toughest part is getting to L.A and the travel.  I live in Connecticut, and so during the winter months it’s a bit more difficult due to the weather conditions, like the planes are late, but there are always delays, which can be frustrating.

HEATHER:

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He has a hell of a commute.

MICHAEL:

So in story, originally Katie told Ridge they cannot be together, or act on their feelings, and urged him to go back to Brooke.  Ridge then went back to Brooke, and even got to the altar before that disintegratedSo if he now has feelings for Katie, does Brooke still have a place in his heart?

THORSTEN:

I think if you love someone, you try to forgive them.  We have all been there.  You try to remember all the good parts of it, and looking back on relationships from twenty years ago, I tend to remember all of the good parts.  And then you get back to reality and go, “Oh, that’s right.  She does that thing with her tooth … or, whatever drives you nuts! (Laughs)  You remember the good things and not the bad things, and you can’t get around it.  I feel that is kind of what happened with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Bill (Don Diamont).  So you go, “Alright, it was mistake,” but then you have this little doubt in your head.  Then, you see someone else who seems to be not of that persuasion, and you think perhaps that makes more sense to you.

MICHAEL:

Heather, do you like the story that once again pits the two sisters against each other?

HEATHER:

I do like the story.  I like where they are going with it.   I think it’s nice to establish the two camps, and I do like working with Katherine Kelly Lang in this regard.  I think as sisters it is complex and has history … and if we can play the history, then it becomes so much fun to play.

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MICHAEL:

Heather, when you saw the script that said, “Katie faints at the wedding”, were you shocked?  Were you like, “Not another heart attack, please!” (Laughs)

HEATHER:

At first, I was like, “Please God! Tell me I am not having another heart attack!”  Then, I called Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B). I said, “I just read the script….”  And he goes, “Don’t worry!  You’re not really having a heart attack.  You’re faking it!”  I went “Thank God!”  He knows that I don’t want to constantly have heart attacks!  (Laughs)  No one has more heart attacks than Katie! (Laughs)  But, I did like the aspect that she was faking it.  I thought that was great, because for once she is being assertive and making a choice and really going after what she wants.  So she makes this sort of conscious decision of, “OK, I am stopping this.”  I liked that, and I thought it was interesting.

MICHAEL:

Do you feel it makes her a villain in any way?

HEATHER:

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I think it’s against her nature, and so it’s new to her.  I don’t think it makes her a villain.  I think it makes her a human being who does things impulsively, and for the first time ever is going after what she wants and saying, “Brooke, well, you have been telling me to follow my heart all of my life, and so I guess I am going to follow my heart and see where it leads me.”

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, you have worked with so many incredible leading ladies in your career! What is different in working with Heather?

THORSTEN:

She’s got five Daytime Emmys! (Laughs)  Therefore, she is always right, and so the pressure is off of me.  I think we are having fun, and we are trying to make the scenes as organic as possible.

HEATHER:

I think you can see when people are having fun working together, even if it’s a scene where you are bawling.  If you are having a good time with that person, it comes across on-screen.  I think that the material we have been doing is working.  I think that’s because we are approaching it from a place of play and a “let’s see what we can squeeze out of it” philosophy.

MICHAEL:

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Thorsten, you are heading this month to the United Arab Emirates for a location shoot that will air in April on B&B.  In story, it has been revealed that Ridge follows Brooke and Bill there, and acts in some way as Brooke’s protector!  And where’s Katie in all of this?  Thoughts?

HEATHER:

I am sure they have a remote planned for me in the back alley at CBS! (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

It’s always nice to travel somewhere, and in regards to the story, if you spend a lot of time with someone you do feel a sense of wanting them to be alright.  Again, I have no idea what the scripts are for the shoot in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but I would think Ridge finds out something that could affect Brooke badly, and he would feel it’s his job to tell her that.

MICHAEL:

Is Ridge going to be “Torn Between Two Logans?” (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

I think the choices have been made for now.  Things move pretty quickly at The Bold and the Beautiful so no one is torn, certainly not Ridge and Katie at this point.

MICHAEL:

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What is Katie’s relationship with Bill at this point?  Has she truly moved on from him, once and for all?

HEATHER:

Bill is the father of Katie’s child, and Katie and Bill have a relationship where there is always going to be a connection there.  I think at this point she has moved on.  But it’s daytime, and the wind can blow and I never close a door.  No offense, Thorsten (Laughs)!  You’ve got to keep your options open! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What did you think of the mini-story beat when Bill showed Brooke what was supposed to be damning photo evidence that Ridge was away in Europe having an affair with a younger man?  All of a sudden that story point was dropped!

THORSTEN:

I thought the same thing.  I was surprised, because it just didn’t go anywhere.

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HEATHER:

It was a quick moment!

THORSTEN:

It always is with me, (laughs) but there are a lot of bubbles in the show and that doesn’t necessarily go with anything, but they are always very interesting.  I personally felt we could have kept going with that longer.  Why else would you go there?

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, what do you see as the main difference in the way B&B works, and their overall story development compared to other soaps?

THORSTEN:

I think at B&B, there is a difference from other soaps where the overall story arc is quicker.  However, at the end of the day, you try to tell good story, and if it’s a little faster and tells good story … then it’s a little faster.

MICHAEL:

Where do you both want the love story to go between Ridge and Katie?

HEATHER:

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I would like to see them drag this out as long as they can! (Laughs)  I think there is a lot of story to tell, and a lot of history with the four characters.  It would be a shame if they didn’t play upon that.  I think the whole insta-wedding was a little silly.  But, I think it is daytime.

THORSTEN:

Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, not all daytime is the same.  But, if on this canvas you are marrying someone, somewhere your character has to make a choice, a real choice that makes sense to them.

HEATHER:

But you have to understand, when you make that choice, this is one thing I don’t like and I always try to play it …  and that is: When you make a choice it does not slam the door on something else.  In the audience, there are a whole group of people that want to root for Katie and Ridge.  There are a whole group of people that want to root for the other couple.  Right now, I think we are in the lead, but I think you have to keep that alive, and then down the road, hopefully not two weeks down the road, but down the road, you explore how that comes back around.  That is just the nature of what we do in daytime soaps.

THORSTEN:

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But as a five-time Daytime Emmy winner (Laughs) … the commitment has to be a real commitment to what you are playing now, and the door is behind you, and you don’t necessarily know you are doing that.

HEATHER:

Yes, but the moments that you play are the unexpected moments in the scene, where all of a sudden you are done with this person, but you have a moment of, “Oh, that’s the person I fell in love with all these years ago.”   And then, you can still be in love with the person you are with right now.

THORSTEN:

And that’s why she has won Emmys and I haven’t!  Now we know! (Laughs)  Yes, I agree with you, but if that happens let’s say in three days, it doesn’t make a huge amount of sense.  If it happens in three weeks, or months, it’s a little easier.  See, for me, I did not get the set-up at first of Ridge with Brooke and then Katie, because one came after the other.  But now I understand it.

MICHAEL:

Glad we got that settled! (Laughs) Thorsten, I have always loved your work.  Do you feel a sense of confidence now in the role of Ridge?  It is very difficult to come in and takeover a role that is so identifiable with another beloved actor for 25 years and to make it your own.  However, from all accounts, you are putting your own stamp on it.

THORSTEN:

Movie actors get hired because of what they bring to the script.  Daytime actors get hired because of what they have brought to the script before, whatever that may be.   I don’t need to be confident.  I am here.  I got the job.  I just have to be good with the person I am working with, and fly home.  It’s the best having a job like this, but having two kids and being away from them, makes it challenging at times, and changes your life as an actor.

HEATHER:

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Yes, the decisions that you make, they have so much more meaning.  There are sometimes risks that you have to take in this business, because that is just the nature of this business.  Sometimes, you just say it would be safe if I just stay over here.  So having a child does make you need to weigh those choices.

MICHAEL:

You both have children in real life.  What is like playing having a child as your soap characters?  Do your real life experiences help with that?

HEATHER:

Well, my child is my on-screen child!

THORSTEN:

Well, that’s just weird right there! (Laughs)

HEATHER:

Some of my characters on the other soaps I have been on have lost a child, or their baby died. I look back on those storylines now, being a mom in real life and say, “I really underplayed that.”  Someone brought up to me the Delia storyline on Y&R, where the little girl gets killed in a hit and run.  That is so unfathomable to think of that.  I don’t know how I would play that.  Having a child changed everything.

THORSTEN:

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One of the cool things about being an actor is the more you do it, the better you get.  And as an actor, the experiences you bring with you over the years … that is what makes you better.

MICHAEL:

OK, moment of truth.  Time to see what you truly think of your co-star!  Heather, give me three words that best describe working with Thorsten?

HEATHER:

I am trying to think of a good word! (Laughs)  I would say adventurous, exciting, and motivating.

MICHAEL:

Thorsten, your turn!  Three words about working with Heather…

THORSTEN:

I would say, prepared, intelligent, and open.  It’s a good combination between Heather and myself in the scenes we have.  I think they have come out pretty well.

MICHAEL:

Finally, if you were to preview what’s to come for Katie and Ridge, what would you say?

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HEATHER:

Ridge and Katie will be hot and heavy, and my husband James is on the show at the end of the month.  Thorsten was like, “Do I have to kiss you in front of your husband?”  And I say, “Don’t worry. We do that every Saturday night.” (Laughs)

THORSTEN:

I would say as my preview, always listen to Heather!  She has been right “five” times!

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Laurie Payne
Laurie Payne

I love the chemistry between the both of you! I haven’t been this anxious to see what’s going to happen next for a very long time! Brad Bell made a great choice when selecting Thorsten to play a Ridge. Maybe This role will earn Thorsten a much deserved Emmy!!

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

Totally agree with Laurie! It’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to watching such a dynamic couple and I hope it lasts for a long time! Thorsten is a sexy, manly, man’s man breath of fresh air to this character, something Ronn Moss never had!

Gwendolyn /stivall
Gwendolyn /stivall

Just lost a Bold and Beautiful fan. Story line sucks!!

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

Bye, bye!! Can’t say we’ll miss you!

Michael
Michael

Agreed!

BridgeFan forver
BridgeFan forver

don’t like that story line either

jeffery
jeffery

Totally contrived romance. They should rename the show AS THE WIND BLOWS.

Sue
Sue

AGREE!!

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

What’s wrong with you people?? Just stop watching!

Laura
Laura

Yep. It’s just not believable and lame to do another incest story. I’m sick of it.

Margaret Harris
Margaret Harris

I think this storyline is awful. This new Ridge is terrible and ridge and Katie are both hypocrites. Sorry but I have better things to do with my time now and I have watched from the beginning.

ljcmoore
ljcmoore

To each his own…just stop watching and do those better things with your time!!!

Sue
Sue

ljcmoore, take it easy, we are here because we want to..if you don’t like what we post maybe you should just leave, let it go , let it go!!!!!

Fran
Fran

Then Margaret why post? Just go do those important things you do.

Laura
Laura

I agree. I would rather that they both have romances with others. I mean they said that Decon is coming back. He and Katie could’ve been interesting. This is just so predictable.

mary papcun
mary papcun

I love the interview they are both great, I hope they stay together because they have great chemistry for sure.

Ann
Ann

I am familiar with Thorsten as Zach on AMC… which I continue to miss… I’m one of those weirdos who pause during the day and wonder what they are doing in Pine Valley… so I was surprised to see him show up as Ridge however I think he is making his own way in this role and pretty much revamping this character. Altho I see Thorston as a Captain Ahab type with hair blowing while being splashed in the face with sea water I also love him in this role and look forward to him, as Ridge having a long and happy life with Katie fighting the drama Brook and Bill are sure to bring into their lives

Shirley Strickler
Shirley Strickler

Great article, love Ridge and Katie❤

J Payton
J Payton

I love the storyline too, I am so sick of brooke being able to get any man she wants and they all just pine over her and drop like lap dogs at her feet like once they see her they are all mesmerized and can never look at another woman PUHLEEEZE! I love Heather Tom and she is fabulous. and I love Thorsten Kaye I just wish he would comb his hair every once in a while! That said what I love and hate about the storyline is the the hypocrisy of it BUT I get it! I am hoping that BOTH sisters can eventually look at it in another view and understand it from both points of view. Brooke just doesn’t seem to get that she is NOT the be all and end all in every mans life. I think it is awesome that Ridge ( and by the way I could not STAND Ron Moss) is able to finally maybe possibly realize there is another woman out there he could love except Brooke and Taylor ( cant wait till Taylor gets wind of this boy what fun that will be huh?) anyway I am loving the storyline and really want Ridge to get some cojones and tell Brooke to stop with the mind games and ploys she will use to get him back and just retreat nicely and say “okay, I have lost you I am done for now” that might say volumes in ways all her antics never could

Fran
Fran

That would be the end of the soap, and they all go their seperate ways and live happily ever after! Not gonna happen.

Tracey
Tracey

I hate these two together. They have no chemistry at all. All of their scenes seem forced. The way they had them fall in love in two weeks time is stupid. They have completely changed NuRidge from old Ridge. I understand a new actor takes over a role but to completely change them all at once is not a smart move. HT likes her and TK being together because that means she gets to be the go to girl. As much as I love HT and all the characters she has played, ( all the way back to when she was on Who’s The Boss), she will never take KKL’s place, never.

jeffery
jeffery

Can you imagine Ron’s Ridge with Katie? Never. And I agree about the two week romance. So contrived. There was no inciting incident to make this happen. And for it to happen so quickly after the botched wedding seems preposterous. Plus, I don’t think Thorsten’s Ridge has any chemistry with Katie at all. They’re too alike to go together.

J Payton
J Payton

No and I love Thorsten Kaye with Heather Tom I think they are great together!

BridgeFan forver
BridgeFan forver

Just totally agree with you! Brooke and Ridge will end up anyway at some point, they always have and always will

Donna
Donna

You mean by sleeping through the whole Forester family & then some?? I don’t want Katie to be like KKL EVER!!! Why would anyone want to play the role of a slut for 25 yrs is beyond my comprehension!!!

Fran
Fran

Its a story. In real life KKL is a true blue person who gives a lot to charitys.

Donna
Donna

When I wrote my comment I meant to say Brooke the character & not KKL…I stand by what I said about Brooke & 25 yrs playing a SFTV…Thank you for informing me on her character in real life..

ridge and katie
ridge and katie

Love Ridge and Katie together and so doesn’t millions of people.
Brooke will get hers now!
Hope and Wyatt sickening like Brooke.
Keep ridge and katie together, chemistry is great, and it is real love,
not like brooke running into bed.
Bill and Brooke deserve each other, there both sickening
Thanks for listening!!!!!!!!

nancy
nancy

love ridge and katie together

jillian
jillian

Love all the views of Heather’ n Thorsten!!!! Think he is making the part of Ridge his own’ n its Good” n Heather is Great” Soon You will think Thorsten was there with Heather Always” He Is A Great Actor!!!! Did love Ronn Moss” still do’ But Had View Thorsten Before’ On All My Children When Made time for it’ or set up DVR’ I’ Write For Celebreties n Update for Soaps as well’- Besides a Fan” Enjoyed n Will share with New Jersey/New York Fans’ Later’ Jillian

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

Kridge sucks. Funny Heather thinks the inst- Bridge wedding was Silly. But her character Katie falling for Ridge after one day in the Park wasn’t silly? Kridge won’t last since they had nothing in common but fake poetry. They both turning to each other because BROOKE Hurt them Period. Once Katie tries to change Ridge he leave her too. Or he get fed up with her Poor Me Whining crap.

mary papcun
mary papcun

I love kridge it’s the best. All that you said is wrong .

mary papcun
mary papcun

That’s not nice to say, Katie and ridge have great chemistry.

Trish
Trish

I really, really love Katie and Ridge together! I hope they (writers, producers or whoever makes the choice) keep them together? Oh and by the way, I think Thorston Kaye is AWESOME he is a much better actor and much much much better looking than Ron Moss in my opinion!

Peggie
Peggie

Have loved Thorston Kaye from the beginning. Ron Moss was just so boring. Glad they brought on a new Ridge, because I could never picture Heather Tom with Ron Moss!!!! Let’s hope the powers that be keep them together. Love that Brooke is geting what she deserves.

bevvy
bevvy

love thorsten kaye and ht together, he is so much more handsome and talented than ronn, plus the brooke ridge storyline is so old and done, please dont go there again, i wanna keep ht and tk together

trudy
trudy

Love this storyline TK has always been my favorite on AMC , now with Heather they have so much natural chemistry you can almost see the steam, TK and Brooke is not a good fit, absolutely no chemistry. Let’s hope Bell keep you guys as the new power couple.

mary papcun
mary papcun

people that talk bad of heather and Thorsten are jealous. its not nice to call anybody names even if you don’t like them. the people that do it must have a bad life. I love Katie and ride they have the best chemistry. so stop it already be nice

BJ
BJ

Kringe blows. Lost a fan of B&B since day 1.

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

I totally Disagree with this statement.
” A red hot new duo is emerging as one of the most popular on-screen couples in recent years on The Bold and the Beautiful!”

Red hot my A–. LOL! The most popular couple will always be Bridge. Kridge can’t even hold a candle to Bridge.
Also Steffy & Liam were better so is Hope & Wyatt. Kridge will never be on the same playing field. Kridge was too rush & came together because of their hurt egos. Because Brooke hurt them both too.

Kristi
Kristi

Thorsten and Heather seem like they have a nice, professional relationship, but I don’t see an overabundance of chemistry, and the couple is boring, not to mention contrived. They fell in love over a couple of weeks of whining about their exes? Not exactly the stuff great romances are built on. Sorry, but there’s nothing “red hot” about them, and if the writers want me to believe there is, they’re going to have to do a lot more than a poem or two and a walk in the park. Not buying it.

Tammy
Tammy

Thank you that is what im saying and thinking,just to crazy everything is all over the place.

mary papcun
mary papcun

The best chemistry , Its not only hot its beautiful

Patty
Patty

If Bell thinks that we are going to continue watching if Ridge marries Brooke in the Mid-East, he is in for a rude awakening ! The whole story line of Ridge being worried about Bill becoming RJ’s stepdad is beyond ridiculous !!!! RJ spends most of his life in a boarding school. If Ridge would sue for custody, I am sure that he would win. The ratings are soaring because of Katie and Ridge’s love story and less Brooke and Bill. Now, if we could just send Aly and Liam to Paris !!!

Cyberologist
Cyberologist

Don’t ship couples I give less than a rat’ tutu about these silly squish names. I watch soaps for the acting and stories

I like Heather and Thorsten’ acting off each other and think they have mad chemistry…soaps aren’t a Harlequin romance so it is what it is…and BB is known for their musical chair pairings that are almost incestuous for lack of a better word.

I came back in the show to watch this story because of these two actors and I find that their story interest me.

Tricia
Tricia

Well said! I agree with your opinion. Great acting, great chemistry – keeps us wanting more!

Gina
Gina

I love Katie and Ridge together. Amazing couple with chemistry off the charts! They brought a new excitment to BB.

Margriet
Margriet

I love these two together finaly some good acting and great romance they are hot together and have such chemistry. This show is an fire right now with better storylines.

sporrester
sporrester

bring on TRidge vs. Kridge after Bridge is done for good. and please let brooke be alone without a man. Quinn and Bill should become a couple.

chuck
chuck

Great idea for Bill the Satyr to go after Quinn; maybe he’ll fill her up

Glinda
Glinda

bill and quinn are ‘hawt’ .. they bring a dimension to each other nobody else can bring out .. they understand and know each other .. quinn is really bill’s ideal .. she does love him plus he is her baby daddy .. she has that something with bill that brooke simply does not have ..
no disrespect to thorsten kaye .. people fail to see they have shaved off almost 15 years off ridge’s character .. this would make him more age appropriate for katie .. ridge and katie just make me sick .. what brooke needs to do is to give bill all the paperwork back and bitchslap katie to show her just because i am your oldest sister, there are things you can’t excuse yourself from .. katie slept and got pregnant with bridgette’s husband but that alright .. she’s the baby sister so that makes it just fine .. what baby wants, baby gets .. katie has no remorse in her body .. she’s enjoying this .. she enjoyed hurting bridgette and she’s enjoying this with brooke .. as far as ridge being upset bill will be rj’s stepdad (excuse me), did the thought bill might be upset ridge will be will’s stepdad? .. s.t.u.p.i.d. .. katie treats all of her men like a science project .. when she sees she can’t find a test tube big enough for ridge, maybe she’ll get out of the lab ..
it is time for hope and wyatt to end .. wyatt needs to face his music and get his comeuppance .. he’s never gotten hope the honest way .. at least liam is doing this .. at least liam is being pure and finally going about this in the right direction .. it isn’t in wyatt’s fiber or being .. wyatt really needs to pay for his arrogance and not thinking of consequences .. aly needs to tell eric so eric can send both quinn and wyatt out of forrester .. hope is not a forrester .. aly is .. don’t kill off aly .. we wanted her on the show for so long .. it won’t be fair for thorne to lose his only child to a bobble headed dim wit taylor ..

Angela
Angela

Hee I love the comments from the bitter Bill/Brooke fans lol

How are they hypocrites? Both were single when they got together, and were upfront, and unlike Brill they didn’t blame everyone else under the sun for being together

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

Katie is still married to Bill and Ridge is still engaged to Brooke so Kridge are hypocrites. Ridge told Katie he loves her while STILL engaged to Brooke. Katie telling another man she loves him even though her divorce not final yet. But they get free passes.

sporrester
sporrester

go and watch the show before you post: the Kill marriage is over and bridge aren´t together since ridge left her on the honeymoon because she still was liying like always instead of telling ridge about deacons text messages! and the fact, they never made the marriage official on the court, they were as NO married couple on honeymoon. so ridge is free and SINGLE and katie is free and SINGLE!

Fran
Fran

Angela Do your homework!!!

Finn
Finn

HT and TK are absolutely marvelous together! A fresh, new breath of air for BB.

Tracy
Tracy

GREAT INTERVIEW. I Absolutely love Thorsten and Heather. Great pairing. I haven’t been this excited about BOLD for a long time. Bring on the drama.

Michelle
Michelle

The acting of HT and TK together is superb. Love this storyline and love Kridge. Think they are the next super couple and hope Brad bell will keep this going for a long time. Not every couple has to have an affair or get divorced. There are so many things that they could explore as a couple together that would bring tension and rifts to pull them apart and bring them back together again to make them stronger. This show needs a steadfast couple – think Kridge is it.

Maria
Maria

I love Katie and Ridge together, I hope they keep this story line going, finally something solid for once!

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

I’m a big fan of TK, and I wish he’d been cast as a different character. I noticed that TK did not say one complimentary thing about the writing, and he hasn’t done so in any interview I’ve read. He may be having fun, he may enjoy working with HT, and I’m guessing his paycheck doesn’t bounce, but I haven’t heard him praise Brad Bell as a writer or the scripts in general. That’s where I’m at, too. This couple happened too quickly and not organically. Right now Ridge is standing around as two women deal with their issues going back to Katie’s childhood. I would like to see TK used better, and IMO this pairing isn’t doing him any favors. JMO.

mk
mk

I totally agree with you. That’s what I took from the interview as well. Hopefully, TK will have another job offer (preferably closer to home and his family) and get himself away from this mess of a soap.

james jones
james jones

i love these 2 together , they make the brooke and hope show watchable, kkl glory days are behind her its bad enough brooke ruined bill and his fan dropped, its time to back burn brooke , dont get me statred on hope who killed the ratings 18 34 women

Jaska
Jaska

Ridge and Katie together is a stroke of brilliance! The audience has grown weary of the revolving door of Ridge/Brooke…so I hope that, beyond caring for one another as co-parents, the “Bridge” has finally been burned. I love the respect that TK and HT obviously have for one another, and that they both said they’re having fun working together and want it to last.

Deborah Chavis
Deborah Chavis

Love the new Ridge!!! The old Ridge thought he was everything! Love new Ridge and Katie together! They will do great things together. They deserve to be with someone they can trust. I’m excited about their future! Brooke has been around with all the men. She will run back to Bill, they deserve each other.

Glinda
Glinda

keep bill with quinn .. they’re the new ‘hawt’ .. let brooke be alone for now ..

Fran
Fran

I love the new Ridge always thought there was something strange about Ron Moss. He was always in a scarf or a little hat/tam. He was just to female for Ridge. This one has it down pack.

mary papcun
mary papcun

They are a hot couple the that is saying it because they are. Jealous. The only thing l agree is Brooke and the real ridge were a hot couple it’s over when he left .I love Heather Tom and and the new ridge even if I didn’t like a actor I wouldn’t talk bad the one talking bad is the one that is mad at the world and is unhappy and has to pick on them you should look in the mirror to see the real you not a good person

Robin
Robin

Opinions on “Kridge” (lol) certainly heated. Gr8 article Michael!

Thought casting of Thorsten Kaye so interesting. Was curious as clearly nuRidge & Brooke didn’t have immediate chemistry. Yes, this new couple would never have worked with Ron Moss playing the part (remember Bridget & Ridge–ew), but with Thorsten taking over role I’m buying it. Can’t say I see super or hot chemistry with he and Heather Tom, but am interested and open to pairing. Only possible cuz of drastic casting change.

I love Brooke. Loved her with old Ridge and Nic/ (still wish they’d bring old Nick back w/ Bridget!). 🙂

Pav
Pav

Out of 40 replies, 26 are pro TK and HT. 12 are anti, and the rest are more or less neutral. Works for me. And the people who say they will stop or have stopped watching are most probably fibbing. Why take the time to read an interview, and post about it if the show isn’t your cuppa anymore?

shirleyb
shirleyb

what did the other two people say?

Reya ( Robin ) Thomley
Reya ( Robin ) Thomley

Well I am Getting use to the ideal of Ridge and Katie, Just hope they make it, show that the sanctity of a marriage is not to be taken lightly: let them be that couple. that is how I see Katie and I feel that is what Ridge has been looking for all these years and he has now found it.. and I pray they do not bring Taylor back, cant stand her..

Patricia lynn Mitchell
Patricia lynn Mitchell

I agree 100% I believe this is exactly what Katie and Ridge both need at this time in their life!!

Fran
Fran

Taylor comes back in April or May!

Donica
Donica

As a new fan loving loving Katie and Ridge. i never got into Bold and Beautiful always preferred Young and Restless but boy Adding TK as a mature Ridge and giving Katie a back bone has won me and a bunch of fans over. I watch daily for them. I adore TK as Ridge. I always felt Ridge was a wuss and what real man would be with Brooke. TK has embodied what Ridge should have been all along. No disrespect to RM but never got that Ridge. So please BELL do right by them. They already have a huge following all you have to do is keep making them the super couple I know they can be.

BoomBaby
BoomBaby

I am LOVING this pairing, and B&B is on fire because of it! Rock on with your bad selves, Ridge and Katie…forget about Brooke and her poor wittle hurt feelings, and just go be happy! Great interview, Michael!!

Danielle
Danielle

The couple I’m following are the two shows I’d rather watch over The Bold and the Beautiful. I’m not a Brill fan and I’m certainly not a Kridge fan. To love Kridge is to embrace hypocrisy which is what these two are all about. It’s way too much. Both consider themselves more important than anyone else. And I thought Bill was bad in that department.

Glinda
Glinda

same here .. never like ‘brill’ and certainly can’t stand ‘kridge’ .. they shaved off many years to make ridge age appropriate because somehow a 60 year old ridge would not work as well as a 48 year old apparently does .. this is age reversal .. they send kids to switzerland and the kids come back full grown, not the adults .. i think everyone caters to katie far too much and karma justice is brooke giving bill all the paperwork back, bitchslapping katie and building her own life without ridge or bill .. bill needs to stay with quinn .. she’s his ideal .. at this point, i’m sorry, katie is deserving what she is getting and when she loses it all because ridge will always go back to brooke, let her hypocricy warm the cockles of storm’s heart she now has .. everything just happened way too fast to even be believable ..

Fran
Fran

I agree completely!! Donna & Brook have been babying Katie her whole life. Time for her to get a rude awaking when Ridge go back to Brook!

Meself
Meself

Brooke has been babying Katie her whole life coz she’s the baby, but only between numerous affairs and having babies with anyone but her present husband. They are not hypocrites because both were single when they got together and why has Brooke still got the paperwork anyway? She is the one who needs the slap. So much for trying to make up for her terrible mistake. I love the new Ridge, much better actor and more real, no offence to Ronn but I always found him a bit ‘wooden’.

Patricia lynn Mitchell
Patricia lynn Mitchell

I am Loving this!! I for sure feel the chemistry between the two and it comes from a deep respect for each other but at the same time its very passionate!! Love the scenes where Katie and Brooke go at it…….I believe Brooke has meet her match!! I can see why Heather has won so many acting awards!! Brooke is a awesome actress too!!

Janice
Janice

These two together are brilliant together on and off the set. I haven’t had a favorite couple in a long time but Ridge and Katie are it now. Fantastic chemistry and great new storyline for them. After so many years of failed marriages, affairs and betrayals it is about time that the toxic couple Bridge ended for good. Here is to many more months, hopefully years of Kridge.

Fran
Fran

But who’s to say its over for good with Ridge & Brook? A happy couple in a soap can’t last too long or people get bored with them. I like Katie but her constant whining about how she always sat in the window looking out at Brook & Donna. All her sickness or fake crap at the wedding gets boring. Sick or not sick she did push Brook & Bill together, then decided she wanted him back then tried to change him with his drinking. Rick is right, Ridge wants perfection & would go back to Brook just to find a flaw & dump her. I want to see him dump Katie (at some point), chase Brook & have Brook tell him she’s over him. By the way I love the new Ridge.

Jenny K.
Jenny K.

So people that don’t care for Ridge and Katie are jealous haters and liars, but those that love them are “right”? Can’t someone have a negative opinion of the couple (NOT of the actors, since no one has bashed either of them) without being jealous or a liar? Is it perhaps possible to like TK and/or HT and just not think they have any particularly special chemistry, or like them but not the story that brought their characters together? How about we just enjoy them (or not) while we have the chance and not take it so personally and nitpick at what others think?

dan Demianiw
dan Demianiw

writer,
Aly needs Medical help. This because of Taylor who killed her mother with
a car wild she was drink!!! You writers should have left TAYLOR DEAD.

Glinda
Glinda

i agree with that one .. aly also needs to inform eric what happened .. after all, it is his company .. hope is not a forrester and has no reason to keep this secret .. rick and pam need to let this out as well as true family members .. pro team aly .. she’s a lovely young lady who does need help .. we wanted her on the show for so long .. i think thorne has suffered enough .. let’s keep it going with aly ..

Donna-Lee
Donna-Lee

I love Ridge and Katie, they are a breath of fresh air in a decaying soap. This soap is used to prop up Brooke and Hope and Rick. Story lines have become so substandard. The writers treat their audience as dumb and do not respect us for watching for 25 years. This soap has not made sense for a long while, so Stephanie left, Ridge got sacked and very few of the actors get any airtime. It’s the Hope and Brooke show, and everyone else is used to try to make them look good. But something happen, great actresses who play Katie and Steffy, did such good work that, they outshine Brooke and Hope. I think it’s telling when an actress is off canvas and is still featured so heavily in the story line.
When there is a meeting at FC, no one from FC has any great ideas or any long term plans for the company, it’s how ever Hope or Rick or Brooke is sleeping with at the time and Eric is not even a man he has become a piece of man. He has no back bone and he make such bad decisions habitually. The kids are running things it’s all HFTF, hence when the dust settles and Wyatt jewelry heist goes public, all that press and interest will be for not. These writers have to go back in the archives and learn how to write a soap, because baring Katie and Ridge story line, the rest is just too substandard. We all deserve better.

Tammy
Tammy

The story line to me is about every one sleeping with each other husband,stealing and craziness.Katie should not have fallen for ridge it was to fast plus he slept with her sister so she have no respect for herself either.Maybe they could have brought someone else in or let her be single for a while.Just as quick as they so called fell in love they can fall out.i think she is wrong.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

DAYS has more style and substance!!!

tracy
tracy

I agree Days is good and so is GH. GH is number 2 in 18 to 49 demographics with days number 3. B&B is dead last.

Dmitri
Dmitri

DAYS is good now but for me, B&B is more exciting. Between HOTT and KRIDGE, it’s must see TV. EJabby on Days was good too but it ended to prop EJami again. Who wants to see a forced couple based on rape and violence, or the boring Dannifer, when the writers at B&B are FINALLY getting it right? There are only 2 rootable couples on DOOL: WilSon and Magic (who are barely on anymore). I’m not a huge fan of Brill, but maybe that will change now that Katie won Ridge from Brooke.

Laurie
Laurie

To those fans who don’t like it, stop watching. I’m sure there are more AMC viewers watching that will replace them. If everything is so horrible and sucks, then why did BB have the best ratings since 2007?? You can’t replace an actor with someone just like them, it doesn’t happen. When Jacob Young came back to play Rick, I hated it….Could you imagine Rick having an affair with Steffy if Jacob was the actor? I don’t think so…

Nauntieann
Nauntieann

I can’t wait to see Bill get his Company back.I hate Kridge. I would like to see Brill again. But Kridge makes me sick.

lizzy
lizzy

Didn’t we just find out that the ratings were great for Feb.? Why do you think that is? T K & H T !!!! Ridge and Brook would have just been the same ole same ole. I love Ridge and Katie together. I want to keep them together for as long as possible. AS FOR THE LEGAL PAPERS. . . Ridge would go back with Brooke to keep her from taking everything away from Katie or maybe he could just get the papers that Katie signed away from Brooke. Someone has to because we know Brooke will use them.

Debbie
Debbie

Brooke is just the low-life to do it too! She should have burned those papers.

mary papcun
mary papcun

The ratings are great with Katie and ridge, people like to put them down because they are jealous everyone on the show are doing a great job

Pam Wood
Pam Wood

I absolutely love Ridge and Katie together. Thorsten is so sexy and I do agree that Ronn Moss and Katie would have not gone together. Like Katie said he wears a scarf and Thorsten is just so manly. I work and DVR the show every day and now can’t wait to get home to watch it!! Keep up the good work!!

Sharon
Sharon

I luv the new Ridge and the story line is great with Katie…..
move on from the story line with Aly – please enough – B & B must be desperate for this storyline. I flip the channel when Aly story line comes on. Luv Ridge though.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree-I find Aly to be a whiny little brat! The actress is great but I hate the character.

Interviews

Melody Thomas Scott Chats On 40 Years As The Young and the Restless’ Incomparable Nikki: The Men, The Booze, The Drama

Today marks Y&R icon Melody Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the top-rated daytime drama series.  While CBS plans to air a special standalone episode (Nikki is in the slammer for confessing to J.T.’s murder, and she will reflect on her life in an emotional look-back), Michael Fairman sat down with the popular and beloved star for a deep dive into four decades in the life of stripper-turned-socialite, Nikki Newman for The Michael Fairman Channel.

During the interview, Melody first addresses her sadness at the loss of her longtime friend and co-star Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters): “I adored him.  I love him to bits.  I loved working with him; such a wonderful actor.  I don’t even know if he knew how good he was.”

When discussing Nikki’s colorful past, and when Y&R planned to have Nikki strip again decades later, Melody revealed she did refuse to play it: “That’s right, and I very rarely put the kibosh on anything on this show,  I was 48-years-old.  The head writer called me and I was up in hair and make-up.  They heard me say, ‘I’m 48-years-old .. that’s just not happening.”‘

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Over the years, Nikki has faced many battles, perils ,and demons including her addiction to alcohol which has provided many a juicy story for Thomas Scott.  As to the fans always loving to see a ‘boozy’ Nikki, Melody remarked;  “Yes!  They love it!  I have great fun with it and I think it’s wonderful.”

During a segment of the conversation, Michael shows Melody some photos of Nikki’s past loves, and gets her thoughts on why Nikki fell for those men, and what it was like working with her co-stars through the years: John Enos (Bobby), Doug Davidson (Paul), Heath Kizzier (Joshua), Wings Hauser (Greg), Don Diamont (Brad), Vincent Irizarry (David), Peter Bergman (Jack), Sean Kanan (Deacon, and of course, her longtime on-screen partner Eric Braeden (Victor).

Later, Melody reminisces about her time working with the late great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) and when asked by Fairman what she thinks Jeanne would say about her 40th anniversary milestone, Melody replied: “She would say, ‘I’m (bleeping) proud of you Mel!”‘

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Check out the entire interview with Melody below (make sure to also subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube for more feature interviews), and following that the special CBS promo honoring Melody’s 40th anniversary with Y&R.  Then let us know, what has been your favorite Nikki Newman moment over the last 40 years? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

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Executive Producer Michael Levitt Previews The Adorable 2019 ‘American Rescue Dog Show’

Dog lovers everywhere get ready! Coming your way on Sunday, February 17th and Monday, February 18th, the good folks at the Hallmark Channel will air a two-night special event (8pmET/7pmCT) that puts a spin on the traditional competitive elite dog shows, while at the same time championing an important cause for man’s best friend.

The 2019 American Rescue Dog Show honors some of the cutest rescue dogs from around the country going paw-to-paw in categories that will tickle-your-funny-bone, bring a smile to your face, or, potentially shed a tear.  This marks the second year for this oh-so-heartwarming show, where in its first year, it beat the Westminster Dog Show in the ratings; much to the delight of rescue dogs and their families, who take these wonderful animals into their homes.

The brainchild behind the concept is the executive producer of the event. Michael Levitt (Skin Wars, Daytime Emmys, TV Land Awards), who spoke with Michael Fairman TV to give us all the inside dish and insight into why this dog show is so personally important to him, and how its goal is to create awareness about the plight of millions of abandoned dogs in shelters each year, and to inspire viewers to think about rescuing one of these loveable pups.

Levitt has a collection of notable hosts and judges along for the ride who bring this one-of-a-kind doggy competition to life from the world of TV, film, and animal advocacy.  So, for the lowdown on the competition and more, here’s what Michael shared.

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For those who want to check out the two-night event, is the American Rescue Dog Show in the same vein as the Westminster Dog Show, where the dogs are competing? 

MICHAEL: The format of the show is similar to a fancy dog show, such as Westminster, however, on the American Rescue Dog Show, we aren’t “judging” the dog.  In our show, they all have to be rescue dogs that are spayed or neutered in order to compete, and we are not judging them based on their bloodlines, we are celebrating their cuteness in such categories as, “Best in Wiggle Butt,” “Best in Couch Potato,” “Best in Snoring,” “Best in Special Needs,” and  “Best in Senior Dog” – those are obviously some of the most important.   We have the fancy arena floor with the judges and the tuxedos.  We filmed it at the Pomona Fairplex, which is the same place that they film the Beverly Hills Dog Show.

And you have a bevy of dog-loving celebrity judges along for the ride, too!

MICHAEL: Yes, and this year we are lucky to have the support of celebrity animal advocates that include: Lisa Vanderpump, Debbie Gibson, Brandon McMillan, host of CBS’s Lucky Dog, Bill Berloni, who is the dog trainer to a lot of the dogs on Broadway, and Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe.  Our prerequisites for them to be a judge were: they all needed to be rescue-friendly.  So, they either needed to have a rescue dog of their own or support rescue in some way.  Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell are the hosts this year, along with Ross Matthews and Home & Family’s Larissa Wall, who served as co-hosts and cover all of the action ringside.

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So, did the judges get along?  Did they differ on their top picks?

MICHAEL: The judges absolutely got along famously, but as a producer of the show, I was a fly on the wall listening to them when they were deliberating as they were picking a winner.  That was quite entertaining, because each of them had a strong point of view on the dog, or dogs that they thought should win the competition. We found ourselves throughout the filming just turning to each other and saying, “I don’t know how the judges are going to pick just one, because they are all just so incredibly special.”

How was Lisa Vanderpump? 

MICHAEL:  Lisa was wonderful!  When she was being interviewed by Rebecca and Jerry O’Connell, they asked her what she would say to a potential family that is about to buy a dog from a breeder, and it was such a profound moment, because as someone who comes from her socioeconomic level, from her privilege, to see that she has embraced rescue might be incredibly meaningful to someone who might think that rescue dogs are second-hand animals.  Lisa Vanderpump disproves that just by being there, and being a part of it.

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How did you decide on Rebecca and Jerry as your hosts with the most?

MICHAE:  I have a long history with Rebecca from producing my show, Skin Wars, which she hosts.  I knew that she and Jerry had four rescue dogs of their own, and that she is incredibly passionate about rescue and shedding light and creating awareness about the plight of animals that are sheltered.  They were not only organic and authentic to the cause, but they were a lot of fun and clearly had a lot of natural chemistry.  They also brought their own rescue dogs to the show, as did Lisa Vanderpump.  So that was fun.

You have two wonderful dogs of your own.  So, this is your passion project!

MICHAEL: This is a true labor of love for me, because in 2011 when my sister, Jennifer was dying of cancer, my partner and I decided to rescue a dog, and we rescued a pit bull named Trooper, and Trooper rocked our world.  My sister met him four days before she died, and it’s that old adage of “Who rescued who.”  Trooper really was there for me during a really difficult time of my life. I learned first-hand how special not only rescue dogs are, but pit bulls, and that really was the beginning of my animal advocacy.  I ended up taking a year off from producing just to rescue dogs.  I realized at the end of that year, that as a rescuer, I am saving one dog at a time, but as a producer, I could do so much more to bring awareness to the plight of animals in our shelters by creating rescue-themed programming.

Pit bulls seem to always get a bad rap.  Do you feel that way?

MICHAEL:  They absolutely get a bad rap, and after we rescued Trooper, we rescued another pit bull named Nelson, and it was really the two of them who inspired me to get heavily involved in rescue and to be an advocate for pit bulls.  With pit bulls it is such a unique human-animal bond that you don’t find with any other breed.  All they really want to do is please their humans, and it is absolutely true that when you hear these horrific stories about pit bulls on the news, these are rare incidents of pit bulls who have fallen into the hands of bad people who have treated them badly.  It’s really unfair to profile and entire breed of dog, because all dog breeds have some dogs that have behavioral problems.  I have come in contact with thousands of pit bulls, and I have only met one that was human-aggressive, and that dog was severely, severely abused.  Every other pit bull I have come in contact with has been nothing but incredibly sweet.

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So, last year’s American Rescue Dog Show is currently in the running to earn a Daytime Emmy nomination in the ‘Special Class Special’ programming category!

MICHAEL:  Yes, “Special Class Special”. (Laughs)

You obviously know who wins this weekend’s American Rescue Dog Show competition.  Were you happy with the winner? 

MICHAEL:  Yes, but you can imagine how difficult it is for the judges to pick a winner because every single dog in the competition is beyond adorable. It is really the dogs who deliver on the show, and that’s what makes the show so heartwarming.  The real purpose of the show is to inspire the viewers to rescue their next dog from their local shelter, or rescue organization, so that people who are watching turn to the person they are with and say, “Honey, I didn’t know you could get a pure-bred dog at a shelter!  Let’s rescue our next dog!”  We have really powerful segments in the show about the joy of adopting a senior dog, or a special-needs dog.  We do a segment on debunking the myths about pit bulls, and we have messaging on why it is important to spay and neuter your dog.  So, through this wonderfully entertaining program, we are also educating people and hopefully touching their heart and their soul and inspiring them to be a part of the solution by rescuing their next dog; instead of being a part of the problem by purchasing a dog from a pet store or breeder.

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When you look at what you have to take on as a producer when you do this type of show; as opposed to any other type of production you have helmed, what are the major differences?

MICHAEL: The biggest distinction is that on this show we are dealing with living animals, so I take that responsibility very seriously.  First and foremost: is the safety and well-being of the dogs that are participating on the show.  We have to consider everything from making sure that the animals are up-to-date with their vaccinations to having veterinarians on hand, having production personal on-hand standing by with treats and pooper-scoopers. This also means that the dogs are being treated like VIPs.  So, we have a VIP room, but that stands for “Very Important Pooch”, and all of the dogs that are participating have their own dressing rooms with a star on it and their name.  There were over 130 dogs that actually participated from all over the country.  In addition, we had a gifting suite like they do on the Oscars and Golden Globes, but on this show, they didn’t get swag bags, they got “Wag Bags”.

Knowing you as I do, it seems a lot this creative from the categories in the competition, to the backstage VIP room, are very YOU!

MICHAEL:  I have an incredible team of producers who I collaborate with.  None of this would be possible without the good people at Hallmark being such incredible animal advocates.  Specifically, Bill Abbott, who is one of the few network executives in the industry who is really walking the walk and doing so much to be supportive of dogs and cats who need homes.  So, this is right up my alley, because creatively I am so passionate about it that it is so easy to come up with fun ideas that hopefully resonate with the viewers.

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Are there any other fun moments that you can tease?

MICHAEL:  We are celebrating the perfectly imperfect.  So, we love when a dog decides to roll on his back in the middle of the arena and decide he wants to get a belly rub in the middle of the competition.  We had a dog decide that he had to go potty on the middle of a flower arrangement on the arena floor.  Those are the moments that give the show its heart and feel-good sensibility.  We had a couple of dogs in the “Best Wiggle Butt” category where one of their forever parent brings them out initially, and their other forever parent was on the other side of the area, and we removed their leash so that they can run from one parent to the other so that we can really see their butts moving, but … we had a few dogs get so excited that they ran right out of the arena! (Laughs)  They ran right through the tunnel off stage and come running back in, and the whole audience erupted into laughter.  It’s just magical.

How did you find these dogs to compete? 

MICHAEL:  We put out a call-to-action on social media, and we got thousands of responses. People submitted their rescue dogs in as many categories as they qualified for, and they submitted photos and videos. Then, we have a team of producers and rescue experts who go through all of the submissions, ultimately picking the top semi-finalists in each category who come to Los Angeles to compete.  We had a wonderful partnership with Pedigree Foundation in which they provided $100,000 in grant money for the dogs that win for the rescue that saved him or her.  So, in the ten semi-final categories, each winning dog received a $5,000 grant for the rescue that saved him or her, and then the ultimate winner of the competition, which is crowned the title, “Best in Rescue,” received an additional $30,000 for the rescue that saved him or her, again, courtesy of Pedigree Foundation.  We also had a partnership with adoptapet.com, which is the largest online resource for people to find rescue dogs in their own communities. Throughout the show, we have a call-to-action for people to go to hallmark.com/bestinrescue and look for the adopt a pet icon … they click it… then enter their zip code … and they are instantly linked to thousands of available dogs in their own community who are patiently waiting for a loving home.

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The dog handlers are the owners of these pets?

MICHAEL:  Yes.  We call it a member of their “forever family”.  Several of the dogs on the show are service dogs now, or companion animals, working in senior homes or working with military service people suffering from PTSD.  We celebrate each and every one of them.

Is your hope to do a third annual show, and keep the dog rescue competition going?

MICHAEL:  Yes!  My hope is that this show continues to be on for many years to come and be a platform for the 8 million animals that enter our shelters each year and are patiently waiting for their forever home, and that we can continue to be a voice for these dogs that don’t have voices of their own.  Of all of the shows that I have produced over the years, this one is going to be the most meaningful to me, and is going to be my legacy, because it is such a beautiful thing that I can bring my work and my passion together to hopefully make a difference in the lives of all of these animals.  As a result of this show, we heard from numerous shelters across the country that there was a definite uptick in adoptions.  That warms my heart beyond compare.

In closing, you know what they say:  it’s easier to work with animals than humans! Thoughts? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Every show has its challenges, but I would much rather deal with a diva Chihuahua than a diva celebrity.  So, on that level, this show is pure joy to make.

So, will you be watching this heartwarming, creative two-night rescue dog event?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below, but first, check out this behind-the-scenes video of how the American Rescue Dog Show is put together with co-host, Ross Matthews.

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Y&R’s Jason Thompson Talks On: The Self-Destructive Billy Abbott, Victoria, Phyllis, And Katie’s Disappearance

As February sweeps kicks in to high gear on The Young and the Restless, Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) and his ex-wife, Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) are once again in each other’s orbit.  First, Billy was not too happy to learn that his nemesis, Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard) shared some passionate kisses with her.  In fact, he went running to Cane’s imprisoned wife. Lily (Christel Khalil), to give her the lowdown.  Next, their child, Katie has gone MIA, but as viewers saw on Friday’s cliffhanger she is somehow heard singing through the walls at the Newman Ranch. Previously, Katie said she was playing with an imaginary friend, but someone is lurking around and watching the Newmans every move!

And let’s not forget, Summer (Hunter King) is back in Genoa City!  The last time she hit town she all but destroyed Billy – his gambling addiction returned, she tried to seduce him, and he slept with her as revenge against Phyllis for her having sex with Nick (Joshua Morrow), and we could go on!  After all the hurt, and the dissolution of their relationship, Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) and Billy are not seeing eye to eye on much, but saying they will try to work together.  Can they?

To fill us in on all the drama, Jason Thompson chatted with Michael Fairman TV and weighed-in on: the future for Villy, Philly, what he has learned from working on two major soaps; General Hospital, where he played the popular Dr. Patrick Drake, and Y&R, his thoughts on his recent Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination in the Lead Actor category in what was a banner year of storyline for him in 2018, and much more.

Insightful, driven, and talented, Jason is one of the standouts in our genre.  Check out what he had to share below.

What did you think about the plot point that had Billy going to visit Lily in prison, and once there, he informs her that her husband, Cane has been kissing on Victoria!?

JASON:  What I think about it is somewhat irrelevant.  It wasn’t hard for me to rationalize it.  In the moment, Billy was hurt and pissed off.  He is irrational sometimes.  Once he got to the prison, I think he second-guessed himself.  Lily did a pretty good job of convincing him that she needs to know what is going on in order to just live in a certain amount of truth in this situation.  Billy felt that it would be worse for her wondering what was going on on the outside without knowing the truth.  I think that in that moment, he was convinced that telling her the truth was the right thing.  There was a part of him that wanted to get back at Cane, and when Billy gets hurt, he seems to lash out a bit and then sometimes he kind of recoils.  Could he have let it go?  Probably.  I think it’s an interesting thing for Lily and Billy’s relationship; to be honest.  Billy has always respected Lily.  I think that he’s always looked at Lily as someone who does the right thing, and was a good wife, and a good mother, and all of those things.  He thinks that she is in a rough place and wanted to offer her a little bit of support, and that’s the way that he did it.

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Where do you think the show can go now with his relationship with Cane?  They have been contentious all this time, anyway, and now this has happened.   How do you think this will resolve, or would it ever resolve?

JASON:  I think it’s one of the most interesting relationships Billy hasI don’t know that it will ever resolve.  I don’t know that Billy thinks too much about Cane either way, but in saying that,  there is still no one that can get under his skin and quickly!  In an instant, Cane can be Billy’s enemy and I think that’s great.  I always think there is story for Billy and Cane.  In our working relationship as well, I think we both get a different energy out of each other that inevitably ends up in the characters.  That’s always fun.

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How does Billy feel about Victoria now?  She’s been struggling since her relationship with J.T., making out with Cane, etc. 

JASON:  Billy does have feelings for VictoriaI think it’s a number of things that contributes to this.  I think it’s where he finds himself in his life.  He has been kind of hurt by the woman he loved (Phyllis).  He had everything for a moment that he wanted … he had the job, he had the girl, and if he had just done the right thing and had a little bit more self-control, he probably would have been in the best place of his life.  So, when all of those things get pulled away, the one constant is just when he goes to see his kids and they smile, and they don’t know what’s going on in the outside world.  I think the only people who don’t judge him are probably the kids.  There’s something really comfortable about that situation.  No matter what happens, there’s always going to be a little something with Victoria.  She’s always very supportive (not that she hasn’t been very, very upset with him, at times), but there is always something about their relationship that will keep him wondering if they should be together.  I think it will probably be like that for the rest of their lives.

Billy is still unaware that Victoria, Nikki, Phyllis and Sharon are all part of a cover-up in J.T.’s murder.  How aware is Billy in the depths of the abuse Victoria suffered at the hands of J.T.?

JASON:  There was never really a big realization about how dramatic, hurtful, and volatile the whole situation was.  It was a shock to hear all of that obviously, but he has no idea about the depths of it all.

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If he found out, how do you think he would react knowing what Victoria had gone through?

JASON:  I think he would probably want to kick him again and then re-bury him. Billy has got a lot of flaws, but there is one thing that he will do, and that is always stand up for his family, and that includes Victoria.

Currently, it is just devastating for Billy when Katie goes missing.   He’s like, “I can’t go through this again after what happened with Delia,” and I know you didn’t play the Delia material, because you weren’t on the show at that time.  However, this does give you the opportunity to tap into all of that.

JASON:  Yes!  I mean, that is his biggest fear … going through all of that again.  I think that he would rather not be on the planet than go through all of that again.  What happened to Delia is never going to ever leave him.  I can’t imagine that something like that ever really does.  You just deal with it on a daily basis probably, and things come up, and you feel it all over again, and this is one of those moments.

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I think that you being a father of two children now in your own life; really gives you a perspective when you play these things types of emotions and scenes out.

JASON:  Definitely.  Peter Bergman (Jack) and I were having a conversation about how much life and living, and trying to live a full life, really helps you with your acting.  I work really hard on my craft, but the most important thing that I can do for my work and my career is live a full life.  With the kids and everything else in my personal life, that to me is something that I can always draw upon.  It’s hard to even let myself go there sometimes, because of how scary it would be.  But yeah, I think Billy is not far off from that.  That character has a lot of life and is tied to this volcano and it’s just waiting to erupt, and that eruption is good and full of liveliness fear, and anger.  Some of that comes from hurt, and some of that comes from pain, and some of that comes from a good time, and some of that comes from addiction, and it makes it fun for me because there’s always something to play.  When I talk about what I think of a particular story line, I don’t think of it as, “Oh, I would never do this,” or “I would never do that.  That doesn’t make any sense.”  I try and make sense of everything.  That’s my job.  I just try to find a reason why Billy would be in that situation; instead of trying to find a reason why he wouldn’t be.

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Would you say that the situation with Katie will draw Victoria and Billy closer together?  At the end of Friday’s episode, they hear Katie’s voice in the wall, so they know she is alive.

JASON:  I think so.  One step up is often two steps back with them, but they are always connected in that way.  The kids do that, and what they’ve been through in the past, and like you said, I wasn’t necessarily there for a lot of that, but it’s in this character.  I would never say never with Victoria.

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So, where is Billy at with Phyllis?  You and Gina Tognoni played that coupling to the hilt and the show separated them.  Major romances are never really ‘done, done’ on soaps.

JASON:  I mean, it only gets worse with Phyllis.  I’ll say that.  They’re not in a good place.   We have gone through some changes behind the scenes.  So, I have no idea what is happening as far as storyline.  I think there is always going to be something unresolved with Phyllis, but that’s the good thing about this kind of stuff.  You can put these two people together when you have two actors who kind of embrace it, and work at it, and have a natural chemistry, which in turn helps the characters have chemistry.  When Gina and I talk about what we did and accomplished with our characters, to be honest, it’s a little bit of a bummer that they are kind of apart right now, because we had a lot of fun.  We really enjoyed working with each other.  We felt like there was a lot more there to continue to explore, but like you said, it’s never over.  As far as the way that he sees Phyllis … it’s interesting.  I think as an outsider, he kind of looks at her as a selfish person who is going to get and grab whatever she wants, but I feel like he does understand her differently than other people do.  I think he’s looking at Nick and Phyllis and shaking his head like, “You can’t be serious.” (Laughs)

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You have had quite a gold mine of leading ladies in your daytime career from: Kimberly McCullough (Robin) to Kelly Monaco (Sam) while you portrayed Dr, Patrick Drake on General Hospital, to Gina and Amelia at Y&R.  I have to say that of all of the leading men on daytime, I think you’ve had consistently some major romantic kickass scene partners.  What are your thoughts on that?

JASON:  Yeah, I have been very fortunate.  I can go back thirteen years now and talk about how much Kimberly helped me out in the beginning, and how patient, and impatient (laughs) she was in a lot of ways.  Kimberly taught me a lot about how the business is, and to hold onto your values, and that it is very important to collaborate with your directors, and your writers, and your producers, and with other people that you work with.  You then see new things.  I’m constantly seeing things in other characters where I’m like, “That would be really interesting to shine a light on.”   I think there’s something really interesting about Sharon (Sharon Case) and Billy.  I think Billy could bring something out in Sharon that somebody else can’t.  That’s what is exciting for me as an actor – trying to find something different and trying to bring life that is not necessarily there yet.  I have had a lot of trust from writers, from producers, and from networks.  I have been very fortunate in that way.

Hunter King has returned to Y&R as Summer.  She played havoc in Billy’s life her last go-round.  I know now she is currently after Kyle (Michael Mealor) and not after Billy, but does Billy blame her at all for his spiral back into his gambling addiction?

JASON:  Realistically, if  Billy were really being dead honest about it and trying to really work soberly in his life, he would say there’s nobody to blame but himself.  There’s definitely that conversation that could be had between them about the situation that they found themselves in.  They both hurt each other pretty badly, and the people surrounding them.  I think there is probably a little bit of blame that can go around on both of them, but I don’t think he really sits back and blames her for falling back into addiction.  She might have been one of the triggers, but I think that he was really responsible for that.

Congratulations on your Daytime Emmy Pre-Nom in the Lead Actor category!  It’s quite a talented group of ten actors that made it through to the final round of competition. You certainly had a stellar year of material!

JASON:  I had a ton of great storylines last year, and it just kind of kept going, and kept going One thing I will say that really helped me out is my relationship with Mal Young (Ex- EP and head writer, Y&R).  We got along really well.  He helped me out by letting me know six months ahead of time where we planned on going with the story.  So, I was able to understand and slowly build the depths of hurt, and the gambling, and how it got further along, and the lies.   I was able to understand where we were going and the plateau that we needed to get to, which was very helpful for me. I worked with amazing people constantly; every day was like something different.  The hard part in this next round of voting is trying to find something that represents the whole year.  When I look at that list of pre-nominees, I’m proud of the work that daytime actors do … everybody from a little bit of a younger guy like Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS) to icons like Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) , and Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH).  What Maurice brought to my life as an actor and still does has been wonderful, and on the other side of that you’ve got Peter Bergman, who is like a real brother to me now, and we’re really close.  It’s a nice comradery between everybody in the category.  It’s a great group of people to be included with, and aside from the competition part of it, that’s the really cool part.

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So, let’s talk about your on-screen, mom, Jess Walton (Jill).  I’ve heard you say publicly how much you really like working with her, and she with you.  What can you say about when you do get some scenes with Jess, and get to play that mother-son relationship?

JASON:  That’s another one that you can loop in with all of the other women I’ve worked with.  It’s a different kind of relationship, but talk about a soap icon! Jess Walton is right up there.  She’s a pro, and she’s got this little girl inside that is the sweetest thing alive, and her little giggle.  I can say that relationship is just there with her.  I would love for her to be there more.  If there’s one person that can tell Billy to just, you know what, she’s somebody that can give him a little whipping, and he’d be like, “Okay mom, you’re right.” (Laughs)

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Finally, you are on this juggernaut of a show that just celebrated yet another milestone, 30 years at #1.  You go from a historic show like GH, to another here at Y&R that keeps celebrating these milestones that nobody will ever overtake.  All of this has to be a ‘pinch yourself’ moment for you?

JASON:  Yeah, I definitely pinch myself.  I think at this moment, all four soaps that are left are having monumental anniversaries and celebrations, because the truth of it is, it’s really incredible what soaps have done in our history.  With playing Patrick on General Hospital, I still look back on that time and that character, and am just so grateful that I was able to bring him to life.  Every once and awhile I wonder what Patrick’s doing.  On the other end of that, to come over to Y&R with a show that is now 30 years at number #1, and the pride that they have, and the support that they have from the network, there’s a real kind of challenge that we have in order to keep that up.  It is not about the slogans, or the glitzy ad campaigns in the magazines that say, “Hey!  We are #1 for 30 years.”  While that’s very important, what’s more important are the people who have gotten us there for the last thirty years.  We have to show them respect by doing the best that we can and continue that. That’s what drives us. You can feel it in the building.  To take on a character like Billy, who has been a part of that for a very long time, there is a pressure that comes with that, but at the same time, there is an excitement of taking on this character and continuing to make him relevant, and a part of this great soap’s history.

So, do you want Billy to end up with Victoria, Phyllis, perhaps Sharon, or someone else? Who do you think has got Katie and is watching the Newmans?  Are you rooting for Jason to receive a Lead Actor nomination for his work on Y&R in 2018?  What do you think about the other sentiments shared by Jason in this interview, and what was your favorite part of our discussion? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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