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The Young and the Restless Draws Biggest Weekly Audience Since February!

Looks like as much as viewers protested how much they would tune-out the death of little Delia storyline via a hit and run, they actually tuned-in and in droves!  According to CBS, the top rated soap opera drew its largest audience for the week ending October 20th since earlier this year!

According to Nielsen, The Young and the Restless delivered its largest weekly audience since last February 10th with 4.76 million viewers.   In addition, Y&R was number one in women 25-54 and 18-49 key demos!

The rest of CBS’s daytime lineup also had very strong week-to-week growth including: The Bold and the Beautiful which  was up +8% in viewers (3.65m from 3.38m), +15% in women 25-54 (1.5/09 from 1.3/08), +38% in women 18-49 (1.1/07 from 0.8/06) and +40% in women 18-34 (0.7/04 from 0.5/03).  And the afternoon chat fest series, The Talk was up +3% in viewers (2.67m from 2.58m), +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/04 from 0.6/04) and +33% in women 18-34 (0.4/3 from 0.3/02) week-to-week.

So what do you think about Y&R’s rating increase during the controversial storyline?  Weigh-in!

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Derrick
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Derrick

Go Y&R………………..

George
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George

Won’t last this show is getting progressively worse!:). I’m not watching it again until this regime is gone!

Carol
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Carol

I think the acting has been superb.

su0000
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su0000

haaa
Y&Y brought in people who like to be depressed and sad..
Guess some people are masochist and like to feel the pain even if pain of others.
ohh well some people like psychological mental pain, self punishment..
I prefer to have my day happy and enjoy entertaining soaps as GH and not wallow in the pain of Y&R….

Marlene C.
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Marlene C.

I never stopped watching. The acting has been incredible, and more than makes up for a depressing, but true to life story line. I know the pain, but have always found opportunities to share it with others suffering in the same way, helps make it more bearable. I realize many watch soaps for a release from the pressures of everyday life, and to enjoy watcing a good romp in the hay, once in a while, but a story like this does have its merits and place, just as other pertinent issues do. For anyone who has “tuned out” I respect… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…know the pain, but have always found opportunities to share it with others suffering in the same way, helps make it more bearable.”

I hear that…. it’s fascinating to know how our minds work, trigger, relate…. and so on and so on.

If I had the time… I would squeeze in Y&R…. I do record fridays epi.

remember back in the day… when there were upwards of 10 – 12 soaps. each network had 3-4 shows each.. guesstimate

LOL… that’s ALL I watched…. I swear… I would record 5 soaps a day.

soaps abound – I love GH and DOOL

Derrick
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Derrick

Bingo! Tremendous and incredible acting. I just don’t understand the hate from others!

MEG
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MEG

WELL SAID.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Speaking of stellar performances— wait until you see Monday’s show (Friday’s show in Canada) and the scenes between Billy and Ashley-won’t give anything away, but if you are a fan of the Abbott family– there is a special treat coming on Monday— a door will be unlocked

Leah
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Leah

Rating for week ending 9/27 were 4.73M; so an increase of 20K – 30k over a loss of 228k last week? I guess its about rebounding off of bad press about last week.

Will get excited when #s stabilize and key demos show significant increases.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Write something that gets people talking and others tune in to see what the fuss is about…it sometimes dont work but other times it does and this is one of those times it worked, so those who hated the storyline of Dehlia’s death you actually helped increase the ratings by so much talk about it but will it last…if i like a soap or not…and if i watch or not…im just glad there is enough people out there to keep all 4 remaing soaps on the air!!!

Leah
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Leah

Oh, was referencing difference of 20k to 30k over Feb high. Sorry for confusion.

ps. at 2/3/12 (and prior week of 1/27/12) Y&R had 4.96M. 2112 highs have yet to be topped. Maybe by year’s end……

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Of course this got ratings that is why they wrote it. For every person who might have not watched, there were probably two or more that did just to see what all the fuss was about. And to be honest and as much as I hate to say it– it was the most exciting thing to have happened on the show for a while. It was depressing, but it was never boring, which is more than I can say for some other stories on the show right now. So it was a calculated risk on their part– short term gain,… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

Y&R will always be my first soap love. I haven’t enjoyed it much since the Alden/Smith era; and I do hope that the decision makers will make the needed corrections with its show runner and creative staff before the ratings start to become affected. When you compare Y&R’s numbers to other shows on daytime, it is quite the numbers juggernaut, whether it’s good or not, which many of us will say it is not. I would like to see the show returned to its former glory that matches its numbers.

Lynda Westlake
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Lynda Westlake

Bravo to the actors in this horrible storyline. However today was the first day in over a week that I didn’t need tissues.

Tootsie
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Tootsie

I gave up on Y&R a few months ago. The stories were too depressing and boring. IF ratings are up, I have no doubts they’ll be in the gutters again soon. Fans may only be briefly tuning back in, simply out of curiosity’s sake. Not sure how it happened, but my TV ended up on CBS this past week, as Y&R came on. I saw the story about Deliah and quickly tuned out. I just turned off my TV, completely. IF the DVR was still going, who knows? If that goes towards ratings… it’s a mystery to me. I don’t… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

I love Y&R and will not stop watching because I don’t agree with the writers and story lines. I have to say that his story line has by far the BEST episodes I have ever seen in daytime Soaps. If you turned it off you missed amazing acting.. It is sad that people can’t deal with real life situations. Yes people die, children die. It is a part of life. Some people don’t know about death of a loved one and when that time comes and it will to all of us, they don’t know how to handle it. Kudos… Read more »

George
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George

I tuned out cause the show is boring, I say all more if its entertaining but the show has lost it! Music sucks
New actors suck
No good villain suck
People who are hung up on the Delia thing are pathetic she’s only been on the show a handful of times.

Mike
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Mike

The internet soap opera community who whine and complain about Y&R, JFF, and especially this death of Delia storyline are nothing but a fraction of the 4 million+ people who watch this show daily. Yes the story is dark and depressing but the performance of the actors has been Emmy worthy and the fact that it’s drawing a record number of viewers means the show’s writers and producers must be doing something right.

Alan
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Alan

This show’s been number one for years so I wouldn’t say it’s because the current team is doing outstanding work; I think people just watch out of habit and with so few soap options to change over, they stay on hoping things will improve.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Wait a minute–it doesn’t say anything about records; it says the show had its best ratings since February. That’s an accomplishment and something the show can be proud of, but it’s more like regaining lost ground than anything else–and the key question is, is this part of an upward cycle, or did the controversial storyline goose the ratings temporarily and do longer-term damage?

MEG
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MEG

THE ACTORS HAVE BEEN AMAZING IN THIS S/L .ESPECIALLY MICHAEL MUHNEY ,BTW I ‘M SICK OF THE MOB S/L.ON GH.

MEG
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MEG

I JUST DON’T FEEL ANYTHING FOR THE MOB AND ROBINS RETURN JUST DIDN’T TOUCH MY HEART WHILE Y& R S/L WITH ALL THE CHARACTORS HAVE,

ethel
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ethel

that’s why i don’t pay any attention when i see a mass postings all over the internet from fans saying they are going to stop watching any soap because of a particular s/l….i watch all 4 soaps on the air & get very upset at times when they have horrible story lines but i don’t stop watching……………
with an increase of viewers such as this people were watching and it wasn’t all new viewers either!

Joshua
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Joshua

How is that even possible?!?!

Every “Young and the Restless” message board over the past two weeks has been filled with angry women screaming killing Delia was the worst thing to happen to this show … well since Steve Burton came aboard with Jill Farren Phelps.

Could it be the Nielsen households get off on kids dying on soaps? Weird and not in step with the majority of viewers.

dg
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dg

I dont think anyone gets off on seeing a kid die even in fiction. It’s about the story becoming shocking and interesting. This story puts Adam in a new light and it makes us wonder just how he’s going to get out of this if he is the culprit. And I like watching tragic stories because it’s a catharsis. It gives you a chance to experience the emotion of the characters in a safe setting because its all fiction. And some of the best acting I have ever seen on soaps has come from tragic stories. And I think viewers… Read more »

mike
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mike

I have not watched since they killed Delia.

George
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George

Get a grip

dg
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dg

All of these people are complaining like she was a major character. She was a child that we barely saw, lol. Its ridiculous! And I doubt that any of these people could name the actress who played Delia ( without Googling), lol.
It’s a story people and soaps have featured tragedies since the beginning…miscarriages, stillbirths, kidnappings, horrible accidents. They are a stape of the serial genre. If you cant handle stories like that you shouldnt be watching serials.
Go watch children’s TV or cartoons. Everything is tame there.

blake
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blake

Mike is just stating his opinion, God forbid.

k/kay
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k/kay

Actually she has been discussed more since they killed her off from reading the blogs I guess she played with Faith. Since when did that happen? Esther spent more time with her then anybody and she is locked in her room.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Eat that haters! Y&R is the best it has been in YEARS. And it’s only going to get better; ratings are proving that right now!!!!! Loving everything I am seeing on the show right now. It’s fire, and so entertaining. I haven’t been this intrigued in years.

George
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George

Small minds easily entertained!

Joshua
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Joshua

OMG@Scott … “best it has been in YEARS”???

Are you absolutely insane or in denial??? Did you ever see an episode from 1988? Or even 1998?

THAT is when this show was in the “best” phase.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Okay. Both of you “insulting” me because I happen to be enjoying something is sad. You both must have little to no time on your hands. Please go entertain yourself elsewhere.

dg
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dg

I cant wait to post this on the GH facebook group pages, lol.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Wow. That must be the most exciting thing to happen in your life.

PatF
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PatF

I don’t like that YR got such big ratings off of this story. We know that there are other equally compelling tales that could be told and acted like crazy by their talented cast. But ALL the shows now write for the ratings, including GH, which I just can’t watch, and DAYS. They have had ridiculous stories going. I tuned into GH on Wed, and there were at least three separate characters who had or were pointing guns. Really? And a priest was raped on Days not too long ago? Violence and aggression on these shows seem to be a… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well said. Unfortunately stunt writing is here to stay because—– Ratings are never about how good a show is, it is about how many eyeballs the program can bring in to watch the commercials. That is what they are writing for. I read somewhere if you have the ratings black box in your house and you channel surf during the ads, your box isn’t counted. And if you have the box and you DVR it and fast forward through the ads, your box is not counted. So ratings have nothing to do with the show–but the ads and as long… Read more »

Kim H
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Kim H

Well I for one am not being a hypocrite.I have not watched since Oct.11 when Billy was going down memory lane with the future that Delia might have.I thought this direction was horrid and totally uncalled for.It isn’t what I want in a soap.One I’ve watched since Nikki was in her 20’s.I like drama but hate what JFP has done.I have heard many times that she is good at ruining a soap and now understand what people meant.I know I’m missing some good performances but that isn’t swaying me from boycotting.

robert
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robert

Y&R was really good last week.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Yeah, right, as in…N-O-T!!!!! As a longtime soap opera viewer, I am N-O-T fooled here for a second!!!!! To me, soap ratings DON’T MEAN S-Q-U-A-T!!!!! Y&R (and ESPECIALLY Y-O-U, Jill Farren Phelps)…you are fooling NO ONE!!!!!!!

Joy Margetts
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Joy Margetts

The reason Y & R is alive and well is because the actors who have been playing their characters for years are the cream of the crop. They overcome bad s/l’s and keep us watching.

su0000
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su0000

No way..
whomever plays Lauren is god awful actress..

So is the woman who plays Niels girlfriend, she is terrible..

And Nikki has been better, last 2 years she has become whispering slow..

Kate
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Kate

I have really enjoyed Y&R. I am an AMC refugee. It is the only soap that I can watch right now. I will take a look at B&B when Thorston Kaye starts on it. I do not like GH or DOOL.

su0000
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su0000

lol
Y&R is like a car accident, all slow down, stretch their necks to see if there are bodies..
All tragedies get the curious on-lookers to see the bodies and the filling of ambulances..
People do that, gawk / wanna see the victims of the car accident..

dg
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dg

Despite all the whining and belly aching by viewers story like this always spike ratings usually due to the shock value. The bottom line of YR’s success is that despite the decline in over all soap viewership YR loss less of its core audience over the last decade. And the audience that is left continues to stick with it through thick and thin. YR is nowhere near the quality it experienced under the masterful hand of Bill Bell that is true. And both Maria Bell and JFP have made missteps and bad decisions. But the viewers seem to cling to… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

quote; ”Despite all the whining and belly aching by viewers story like this always spike ratings usually due to the shock value.”/// ”shock value” and a depressing sad story of a child’s death that is going to go on and on and on and on and on to the point of becoming way overkill of a tragic story line .. ”shock” and smi-living the torment of child’s death are 2 different thing I love ”shock” and surprises but I do not like sadness and depression in my daytime tv, it lingers.. I enjoy entertainment not a tragic child’s death story..… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

SIDEBAR: STAT

all points bulletin.

for those who love powerful women portraying intelligence, restraint, power, quipping understanding, knowing full well, they ARE and the male anatomy is just that… no thought process to mix

it’s staggering… to know

Jessica Lange
Angela Bassett
Kathy Bates
Gaboury Sidibe

and by no means left unattended “The Cast”

American Horror Story: FX: it’s the headliner of the fall season

witches coven celebrate

“please catch up”

on par to rule the emmys next year

Debbi
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Debbi

Still think the killing Delia storyline was a cheap shot. Not the same as killing Cassie which brought home drunk driving as an issue. This was senseless, and just done for sensationalism or because the writers simply cant come up with anything original. They are also holding Micheal Muhney’s acting range potential back by constantly having him as this one dimensional monster. Same with Eric Braden. Yes people are tuning in, because even if they disagree with some oof the storylines, they keep on hoping for something new and different and becuase all the characters have become so familiat to… Read more »

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

Photo: JPI

In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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