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The Young and the Restless – 35th Anniversary Round-Up – Cast Members

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SHARON CASE:
Many years of unforgettable storylines!

TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
It’s a great testament to the show, cast, crew, staff and writers on its longevity

DON DIAMONT:
Setting the standard, and maintaining a long term level of excellence.

TV SOAP:
How long have you been on “Y&R”? Does it seem longer, as long, or shorter than that?

JOSHUA MORROW:
I have been on the show 14 years.  It was a dream come true for me as a job, and I am just happy to be a part of it.

JUDITH CHAPMAN:
I am going into my fourth year. Time has stood still in soapland.

BRYTON MCCLURE:
It’s my fourth year. It does feel like that long, especially when I look at back at all the stories I have had.

JERRY DOUGLASS:
When John died, I never really left because the ghost was on. The show wanted the moral authority even in a post- death fashion. I have been here consistently about 26 years,

DANIEL GODDARD:
I have been here about 15 months now. It has gone by very fast.

SHARON CASE:
I have been on “Y&R” for 14 years; and its feels like half that much.

TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
I have been on the show for 25 years. I can’t believe how long it has been and how fast it has flown by.

DON DIAMONT:
I have been on “Y&R” for 23 years, left for 2, and in many ways it has flown by in everything that has transpired through that time

TV SOAP:
Has there been a special bonding moment with a cast member, crew member or production staff that you can share with us?

JOSHUA MORROW:
Its not specific moments, it’s that I have two incredible mentors, Peter Bergman (Jack) and Eric Braeden (Victor).   I learned professionalism from Peter and watching how Eric handles every situation.  Two great people!

JUDITH CHAPMAN:
One of my favorite moments was my very first scene. There was a bit of tension on set and Eric Braeden was there with files in his face. I had not met him before and I just walked on the set. And I went, “Oh my heavens, my very first scenes on “Y&R” are with thee Eric Braeden. I need a drum roll please.”  The ice was broken, and I did our scene in three takes, and Eric shakes my hand and goes, “You are very good. Miss Chapman needs a drum roll please!” Everyone cracked up.  I think I had arrived.

BRYTON MCCLURE:
One of the strongest bonds was with Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla). When I first came on the show I was the foster child and it came from her true life story. To portray her story right in front of her, that is a very strong thing.
JERRY DOUGLASS:
When Beth Maitland (Ex- Tracy) and Eileen Davidson (Ex-Ashley) joined the show, Terry Lester (Ex-Jack) said to me, “Let’s keep ourselves close off the show because we are a fortunate to build a family like this on-screen. “  We became more than that.

DANIELGODDARD:
Everyday. Everyday you come to the set and you see everybody and it’s like family. The crew is so respectful of your storylines.

SHARON CASE:
Working with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) during the storyline when she and I were stuck in the sewer with rats.

TRACEY E. BREGMAN:
It has been great working with wonderful people from everyone at “Y&R” to the Baldwin/Fisher clan as well as Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).

DON DIAMONT:
I lost my father and brother during the same year since I have been on “Y&R”; as a whole, the show has always been very supportive and it meant a lot to me.

TV SOAP:
When you think of “Y&R 35” what does that mean to you?

JOSHUA MORROW:
It means success, shows don’t usually last this long.  We have been doing it for 35 years and kicking-ass for this long and its good.

JUDITH CHAPMAN:
Longevity. For me to be with the number one show in daytime, not only does it show “Y&R” has longevity but I do too! (She laughs)

BRYTON MCCLURE:
Legendary! It’s a legendary show.  It’s been the number one show consecutively in the US for 18 years.

DANIEL GODDARD:
Honored.  I am so honored to think that I could be part of it.  To Jerry, Jeanne, Jess, Peter, Eric, and Joshua: I hope that I can do for the show what they have done, and have “Y&R” run for another 35 years.

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Eileen Davidson & Vincent Van Patten Talk ‘7 Days to Vegas’, Their Relationship and Y&R, DAYS & RHOBH

Today’s the day for the highly-anticipated film, 7 Days to Vegas which bows in selected theaters. The motion picture which stars Vincent Van Patten and his real-life wife, two-time Daytime Emmy winning actress Eileen Davidson (Y&R’s Ashley and former Kristen/Susan Banks, Days) is a comedic gambling romp, centering around the character of Duke (Van Patten), an out-of-work actor turned poker player who makes a prop bet that he walk from the San Fernando Valley in California to Sin City, Las Vegas in 7 days.

There are some catches to this bet that make it even more challenging  … Duke has to wear a suit the entire time in scorching heat.  The events in the movie are loosely based on Van Patten’s Hollywood Poker game nights.  7 Days to Vegas features a fictional gang of betting entertainment industry bigwigs, who are hardcore gamblers and of course, jealousy strikes.  Davidson plays Duke’s wife, KC.

Michael Fairman sat down with Eileen and Vincent at their home, and at their famed poker table for the Michael Fairman Channel, to chat about the making of the movie, their relationship and some intriguing tidbits for fans of Eileen’s work on The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and her time on Bravo’s hit reality franchise, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

In 7 Days to Vegas, Eileen says that Vincent fashioned her role of KC after their real-life relationship adding, “They are in it together. This is a lifestyle that they both enjoy.  That is what somebody does when there is a home game; you call people up, and make sure who is going to be there.  Van Patten said, “There is a host of the game, and that is her role in the movie.”

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As to the scenes where Duke is walking to Vegas, Van Patten shared, “We shot the film in Santa Clarita, California in the hills and the mountains and all of that, and then we out five days after with a second unit shoot and shot with drones in the desert.  So, I must have walked 10 miles a day, shooting, sweating, but you don’t feel it, because when it’s your baby, it’s a labor of love.”

When asked if she would go back to daytime, Eileen shared she would be back for more Ashley on Y&R: “I am supposed to go back to Y&R in a couple of more weeks. So I am popping in and out at this point.”  Davidson also shared she wishes nothing but the best to Stacy Haiduk who inherited her roles on Days of our Lives as Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks. Eileen said she does not watch the episodes of the show anymore, because it makes her feel sad.  The roles of Kristen and Susan were so close to Davidson’s heart.

In speaking of her time on RHOBH, Van Patten shared, “I think she (Eileen) did a great job. It went by real quick. I think she did like three years on it.  I was in the background carrying her purse, going, ‘Yes, yes, here I come.”  (Laughs)  Davidson expressed: “Listen, reality TV … it’s a crazy, wild, Wild West.”  When Michael asked about the time a drink was thrown in her face, Eileen explained:  “I think Brandi (Granville) felt she needed to be relevant to be on the show, and her role was to be a troublemaker. I understand more of it now.  At the time, I was a deer in the headlights for the first couple of years.”  Vincent shared, “People always ask if this stuff is scripted, and it’s actually not, but you can spice it up”   As to if ‘Housewives’ makes up the drama, Davidson elaborated, “Before the season starts they will ask, ‘What is going on in your life?’, and maybe there is some of that behind-the-scenes stuff.  It didn’t happen with me.  I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it is a reality show, but it is also entertainment, and if all we did was sit around, how fun would that be?”

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Watch the full interview below with Eileen and Vincent and make sure to “subscribe” to The Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interview features.

Now let us know, will you be checking out 7 Days to Vegas, which will also be available on iTunes and VOD come September 24th? Do you hope there will be more Ashley on Y&R? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Sharon Case Celebrates 25 Years On The Young and the Restless; Shares With Fans: “Thanks For Going On The Ride With Me”

Over the weekend, The Young and the Restless Sharon Case reached her 25-year milestone in Genoa City! For Case, who was the third actress to take on the role of Sharon Collins, and once believed she would only last six months on the top-rated CBS Daytime drama, has become an integral part throughout the years to the drama and the romance that happens on the canvas on Y&R.

To mark the occasion, Case sat-down with Michael Fairman on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City where Y&R is taped; to take a stroll down memory lane, and to share her thoughts with her legions of fans on the life and times of Sharon Collins Newman.

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From her character’s wrong-side-of-the-tracks beginning, to meeting Nick Newman, to many of the memorable storylines and moments that were among her very favorites including: when Nikki, Phyllis, Sharon and Victoria buried J.T., and of course, to her leading men through the years, Sharon reveals some backstage and on-camera Intel.   As viewers know, Sharon Newman had also had her share of catfights through the years in longstanding conflicts with both Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and of course, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), and Sharon discusses those moments too.

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Sharon and Michael also relive when Cassie’s death, was first aired on the show, and the impact that story has had for decades on everyone who worked on and has watched Y&R over the years.  In addition, Sharon discusses how she felt the night she won the Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series back in 1999.

At the end of the interview Sharon relates this message to the fans of Y&R: “I have always felt like these 25 years wasn’t just working here and playing Sharon … or working here with all the wonderful people … it’s just as much about going through it with all of you, especially because of social media, but even when we didn’t have it, we always knew that you were there and we were partners with you … because it really is sort of a partnership.  I really have felt like we have been in this together the whole time.  We don’t have a studio audience, but we know you’re there, and we love hearing from you.  It really was just as much about you – this journey I have gone on, than it was anything else, so ‘thank you’ for being there and watching the show, and being faithful to the show, and thanks for going on the ride with me.”

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Now below, watch Sharon’s 25th anniversary from the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  For more feature interviews on the channel make sure to “subscribe”.

Then, let us know what has been your favorite storyline of Sharon’s through the years?  Comment below.

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Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson and Greg Rikaart Talk On The Return of Chloe and Kevin

Fans of The Young and the Restless were overjoyed to learn a few months ago that Kevin and Chloe played to perfection by Greg Rikaart and Elizabeth Hendrickson were headed back to the CBS Daytime drama following the regime change at the top.

Rikaart had previously with the series for 14 years before he was taken off-contract, and then journeyed to Days of our Lives to take on the role of Leo, while Hendrickson went to General Hospital to take on the role of Margaux Dawson, only to eventually head back to Genoa City.

Michael Fairman sat down with the popular on-screen duo recently on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City for a special conversation via The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

When discussing what happened behind the scenes that led them back to Genoa City, Liz expressed: “It was definitely a surprise to get the call. I wouldn’t say it came out of nowhere because I saw Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) was coming back and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) was coming back, and it looked like they were getting the gang back together.  I wasn’t sure if I was next on the list, but when I did get the call, I was really excited, and so I chimed in with my better half (Greg) and he was too, so then I was like, ‘Well, let’s do it.”  Greg related: “I had a conversation with Josh Griffith (head writer, Y&R) and expressed that it was nice being back in the building. and a little bit later, I got a phone call inviting me back.”

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If viewers have followed recent developments on Y&R, Chloe and Kevin kidnapped Billy for is own protection (Jason Thompson) to a cabin, after he tried to kill Adam.  In the ensuing scenes, Kevin injects Billy with a syringe filled with a drug to knock him out.  Rikaart shared, “Doesn’t it make sense, that if anyone had something on them to knock someone out it would be Kevin .. on the ready!?”

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Liz said of Billy’s deteriorating mental health state and working with Jason Thompson (and Billy’s revenge against Adam): “Chloe also knows that Delia would not want her father to take revenge.”  As far as working with Jason Thompson, Hendrickson shared: “Jason is really, really wonderful.  I have known him personally outside of the soap world from mutual friends.  And in getting to work with him, Jason is just great. He is a really solid guy, as well.

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Later, Liz and Greg weigh-in on their favorite all-time scene together.  Greg admitted, “The first one to come to mind is our New Year’s scene, because that is when we first got together. and the build-up to that was a really long time coming. I thought it was so beautifully played where Kevin had finally given up on the idea of them being together, and he is out with spray tan girl and it’s New Year’s Eve and all he is doing the entire time is complaining about Chloe. Meanwhile, Chloe is home in her pajamas eating ice cream with Esther – it was very much a throwback to a John Hughes 1980’s rom-com.”

On their return to Y&R, Greg concluded:  “I think the fans are excited that we are back, and I think that fuels my excitement too, because when I was gone I really missed this place and knowing people missed having me here, I realized I wasn’t crazy …. this was something special.”

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So are you happy to see Liz and Greg back on Y&R? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first check out their video interview!

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