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(UPDATED)The Young and the Restless Tribute Episode To Jeanne Cooper Airs Today! Watch it And Then Share Your Thoughts!

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Today’s episode of CBS’s The Young and the Restless (12:30PM-1:30EST, 11:00am-12:00PMPST)  pays tribute to legendary Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) in a special episode where series stars and Jeanne’s family member share their remanbrances of Cooper who passed away on May 8th

Cast members and friends of the beloved actress, including Melody Thomas Scott, Christian Le Blanc, Tracey Bregman, Eric Braeden and B&B’s John McCook, as well as family members such as her son, Corbin Bernsen, recently gathered on set to shoot a celebration of the life of their late friend.

As part of the tribute episode, the cast of Y&R will share their favorite memories of working with Cooper, along with personal recollections of their friendships with her. Additionally, interviews with Cooper from the show’s recent 40th anniversary and classic clips of her years on the daytime drama will be included.

UPDATE: To watch the full episode via CBS.com it is now posted there!  Share with us the moments in the episode that touched you the most after you have had the chance to catch this very special moment in soap opera history! Below is an excerpt from the preview clip to promote A Tribute to Jeanne Cooper.

 

 

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Norma Warner
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Norma Warner

I will miss seeing her on the show it’s really sad what has happen and my thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Y&R staff. I have been blessed to have started my own photo album of the Y&R that I have had since I was a teen. It won’t be the same with out her on the show. Much love from Brighton Tennessee

Derrick
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Derrick

Watching it now and all I can say is ‘BEAUTIFUL’…………….

diane
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diane

It was beautifull!! I was worried about how it would be done, but they did a great job. I feel like i know who she was, alot like Mrs. C. They will both be miss.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

It was beautifully simple and wonderfully touching. Kudos to whomever found vintage footage of Jeanne with newly the arrived Victor Newman and her first encounter with Lauren Fenmore! (My only complaint is John McCook inferring he was already in place when Jeanne arrived; he actually joined the show 3+ years after Jeanne.) Great job!

paula golightly
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paula golightly

loved her so much and this show have been watching for years miss you love you RIP

ethel
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ethel

it was very well put together!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

My only disappointment was that is was not longer- there were obviously some stories being told about her that were cut off that I would have love to heard the whole thing. It would be great if they compile a DVD on all the stories shot that day in their entirety; didn’t mind the edited version, just wanted more. Love the early shots of her, she was gorgeous in her youth, stunning in womanhood, and simply beautiful in her golden years. Rest in peace — we will missed your presence, but your spirit will always be with us.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Wonderfully said!!

heidi
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heidi

So well done… a beautiful tribute to such a special lady!!! I loved and wished it could have been 2 hours!!! How fabulous to see her castmasts all thinking they had their own unique and special relationship with Jeanne!!! I wish I had been lucky enough to meet her. She sounds like she really loved and appreciated her fans and that is so lovely. They really had a great mix of her speaking, clips, cast members speaking and finally her kids… very touching and truly a celebration and a tribute to the star of Y&R!!! Jeanne you will be missed…… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

What a wonderful tribute to a great lady. Thank you to CBS for taking the time to acknowledge her contribution to the entertainment world.

lisa
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lisa

What an incredible tribute !!
I watched from Canada on time shift 3x….and cried throughout every time.
It was wonderful to see Jeanne Cooper in flashback scenes.
I started watching Y&R in summer of 1976 as a 13 year old.
I always thought Jeanne Cooper epitomized absolute class and grit.
Katherine Chancellor’s relationship with Jill Abbott was ‘the relationship’.
A real Super Couple.
It was so fitting that her last scenes were with Jill – and the last scene in the tribute was given to Jess Walton.
I hope Katherine Chancellor’s presence will be felt in storyline for years to come.
Rest in peace Jeanne Cooper….well done,well done !!

kathy schonscheck
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kathy schonscheck

i cried! it was very touching!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

CBS…Thank you so much for this “AWESOME” tribute to Ms. Jeanne Cooper. Have watched the show for many years, like so many others. Icon she was. Others have said it so well. Not much more to say….Ms. Cooper may you now rest. Job well done!!You have left behind so much to so many. Thank you from all of us!! XO

gloria
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gloria

Heart-warming/Heart-breaking. Was not ready to lose this wonderful woman who has been in my life since I was 14 years old. This old world is changing & I am not sure how much I like it.

gloria
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gloria

Need to clarify, 13 years old-1973 Y&R debuted & I was 13 so she was a part of my life since then. FORTY YEARS!

Joel
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Joel

We were honored to have our song chosen for the photo montage –
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thats-when-ill-stop-loving/id655130908
Joel & Byron

Harlee
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Harlee

Was this not just a beautiful day for this magnificent woman…I’ve watched 3 times now, enjoying all the tweets coming into CBS, it was nothing like daytime has ever seen past or future, a true legend of daytime genre….Great day for daytime!

Lucy
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Lucy

With all that was said about Stephen Nichols head being cropped from the cast photo, it was very nice to see him included in the tribute. I was also glad to see Tricia Cast included, considering she lives out of state. She was probably in town for the funeral and stayed with Lauralee Bell, but the fact that she was there was really nice.

It seems to me that they really thought about who shared scenes with Jeanne. I thought it was a very lovely tribute to an amazing woman.

LCEE
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LCEE

Absolutely wonderful. Something I’ll watch more than once. It was indeed a great day for daytime.

mo
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mo

Saw some of it and it was heartbreaking to see Jess at the end. I’m going to put it on DVD so I have a copy of it.

Sally Rider
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Sally Rider

Wonderful show, just curious what name did Jeanne call Christian LeBlanc?

Domino
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Domino

It went so fast, but I thought he tried to say “little sh–.”

Iakovos
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Iakovos

So very well done. I was surprised at the quality and emotion. Balanced program and such a gift to us as fans. Well done, CBS! This was a real treat for us.

Alan
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Alan

Well done tribute to Jeanne Cooper and her role in making the show what it is!

Rodd
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Rodd

I think it was touching and beautiful, classy and full of warmth just like her. I have to congratulate TPTB at Y&R, Sony and CBS for getting it and doing it right. Jeanne Cooper deserved this tribute. So often the stars of daytime who pass away get little more than a nod. Taking an entire show and allowing family and cast members to break that fourth wall and share was outstanding! Thank you to all who participated. Those of us on this side of the camera share in your loss.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

What can a person say about Jeanne Cooper and the loss of her to this show? It’s hard to sum up in words what it will mean. Here is a woman whom I’ve spent every day of my adult life with: crying, laughing, celebrating…… day in, and day out. I’m 42 and will forever miss seeing that brilliant woman light up my screen…. giving everything she had. God Bless you, Jeanne…… and thank you. Thank you for a a moving tribute, Y&R; especially at the end, with her omni-present tea cup and jewels; perfection…. just like Jeanne.

Days Of Our Lives

TONIGHT: Daytime Cares: A Live Event For The Restaurant Community Streams with Soap Stars, Musical Artists & More

Tune-in alert! Saturday night, December 5th, the daytime community once again leads the way with a special livestream presentation to help those affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic.  This time, the event will shed light on the restaurant community, who have been hit hard during these trying times.

The real-life duo of Aianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel DAYS)) are set to host Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community.   

The event will be streamed on The Locher Room  YouTube channel and Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 PST.  The Locher Room’s Alan Locher, will also join them as a co-host.

 

Throughout the night, Daytime Cares will be showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID19 closures.  Viewers can also make a donation now or throughout the evening via the livestream link.

Many of your favorite daytime soaps stars are in the line-up and are scheduled to appear including:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS)
Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH)
Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS)
Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH)
Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R)
Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS)
Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH)
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B)
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT)
Crishell Stause (Selling Sunset, ex-Jordan DAYS, ex-Amanda, AMC)
Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS)
Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R)
Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Other talent participating in the event are: Grammy Award-winning artists Gloria Gaynor and Lisa Loeb, the leading ladies of  Broadway’s Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, plus celebrity chef Katie Chin.

Founded by media executive Bob Wall, TV director Sonia Blangiardo and actress Arianne Zucker, Daytime Cares is a collective of Daytime TV talent who drive awareness and donations to non-profits, celebrate and highlight the heroes of the COVID 19 pandemic, encourage volunteerism and assist in very tangible ways for those who are most in nee

So, will you be checking out Daytime Cares tonight? Comment below.

 

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‘As The Curtain Rises’ – Broadway’s Podcast Soap Opera Featuring Michael Urie

Leave it to the stars of the Great White Way to come up with a clever digital podcast during these trying times we all face amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Enter Broadway’s podcast soap,  As the Curtain Rises, which premiered on October 22nd and is posting new episodes.

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On December 3rd, the latest installment dropped featuring former Ugly Betty star Michael Urie who is featured in the cast in the role of Bobby.

 

Here is the premise of the show: After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?

As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor’s Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).

Check out previous episodes of the podcast here.

You can watch Urie do his thing in the role of Bobby in this teaser released on social media below.

Then let us know, what do you think of the concept of the Broadway spoof on soaps? Comment below.

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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