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The Young and the Restless: Jill To Katherine: "I Hope Whatever Journey You're On Right Now … You Are Having The Time Of Your Life!"

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On yesterday’s special episode of The Young and the Restless, the loved ones of Katherine Chancellor gathered together to remember their dear friend and the grand dame of Genoa City at Chancellor Park.  The episode was also to honor the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) who passed away last year.

For the one-year remembrance episode, the writers of the series chose to have the characters of Genoa City each write a personal letter, or note, to Katherine about their inner most thoughts, struggles and current state of their lives. The letters were then put together and set a fire up to the heavens for Katherine to receive them.

Actor Michael Fairman (Murphy) made a return and began the ceremony by reading the instructions for the day from Katherine, and as he tried to read it, he was over come by grief, and handed the letter to Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc) who read the rest of Mrs C.’s request out loud to the attendees.

Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) was now drunk, Neil (Kristoff St. John) was now blind, Kevin (Greg Rikaart) was Chloe-less, Paul (Doug Davidson) and Christine (Lauralee Bell) are at odds … and we could go on.  Things have certainly changed since a year ago!  But Jill (Jess Walton) is now with Colin (Tristan Rogers), who in his letter to Katherine revealed he would do anything to protect Jill and his own family.

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At the end of the episode, it was Jess Walton’s (Jill)always exquisite performance who had the final words, as it should be, with Katherine in a private moment.  After trying to figure out what the “Music Box Mystery” that Katherine sent her on a year ago truly meant, she thinks after a conversation with Colin that it was Katherine’s way of having Jill not end up from where she always started (which was basically alone and miserable), but she ended up finding love with Colin.

Jill tells Katherine “Thank you” for the gift she gave her, and teaching her that its about the journey, and helping her find love.  She then says she won’t be needing the “music box”, and leaves it behind and says her final goodbye, for now, to her long time friend and often time nemesis, and exits the park.

As she leaves, someone swipes the music box! So it looks like, as Jess previewed in her interview with On-Air On-Soaps this week, that part of the story is far from over!  So, what did you think of yesterday’s episode honoring Katherine Chancellor and Jeanne Cooper? Jill’s final emotional line of the episode to Katherine was: “I hope whatever journey you’re on right now … you are having the time of your life.”  A beautiful sentiment for Jeanne Cooper, indeed.

Watch the final moments of the episode below … and then share your thoughts on yesterday’s airshow!

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

It was a good episode…and of all actors not on the show, its Jeanne Cooper i miss the most…i dont often watch but when i do i still can tell the show hasnt been the same without Jeanne/Katherine!!!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I agree, Katherine was THE staple of Y&R, I’ve missed her presence so much. And Jeanne Cooper was amazing, my grandmother watched from the beginning and loved her all the way through. She was truly a gifted actress. And her chemistry with Jess Walton was unbelievable. Katherine and Jill were my favourite pair on this show!

Derrick
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Derrick

I thought it was a beautiful episode!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Me too. Very moving.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I felt nothing, considering the fact that I cry over everything and anything…I get very weepy when moved, but not this time. “Hillufer ” was so out of place; I mean, she knew Katherine for what? A minute?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Was there a wedding in this episode?

Mark
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Mark

I loved seeing nina who they need to bring back permanently

Deb
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Deb

It was really lovely. The snippets of the letters were amazing. The writers should be very proud.

Liza
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Liza

I thought it was nice, a huge improvement over Katherine’s memorial last year. Jess Walton was perfection ( of course), and Tristan Rogers was excellent as support. It was nice to see Nina again, I wish she could stay. I missed Brock. I wish he could have returned to say a few words. Just the sight of him tears at my heartstrings. He embodies the love and the goodness in Katherine like no other character can. A few flashbacks would have been nice. Not of the Grand Dame version Kay. She was kinda boring. I LOVED Katherine in her prime.… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

It was an episode saluting the actress JC not the character of Katherine. Very sad that they did not do justice to the character with long time story.

Alan
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Alan

Better than last year’s episodes but really that didn’t take much (but I kept wondering where Brock and Phillip were at). I thought the writing of the letters was pretty pointless if at least one didn’t wind up in the wrong hands to reveal a secret.

I can’t believe they’re STILL trying to make that music box storyline a thing — it’s time to face facts, Y&R…no one cares.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You said it!

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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