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THIS WEEK: Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland’s Y&R 40th Anniversary Episode To Air

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It’s time to celebrate the life and times of Genoa City sisters, Ashley and Traci Abbott, when this week on the Thursday, June 16th episode of The Young and the Restless, the top-rated daytime drama delivers a standalone episode in their honor.

That means, that Ashley and Traci’s longtime portrayers, Emmy winners, Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Beth Maitland (Traci), also celebrate on-air their 40th anniversary with the iconic soap.

Davidson premiered as Ashley back on June 11, 1982, while Maitland debuted a few days later on June 17, 1982.

Back in May of 2022, the actresses were saluted by the cast and crew in a special on set private celebration for this amazing milestone.

Coming up this week, Traci and Ashley will share Abbott memories with Jack’s (Peter Bergman) granddaughter Ally (Kelsey Wang), the newest member of the extended Abbott clan, in the special anniversary episode.

From the looks of the promo for it below, there will be clips a-plenty as Ashley and Traci stroll down memory lane.

So, what has been your favorite storyline and moment of Ashley and Traci’s through the years? And … share your congrats to Eileen and Beth on a job well-done for 40 years in Genoa City via the comment section.

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Soaphound
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An anniversary tribute to the ladies is great; I look forward to it. But a regular, steady story (other than token appearances to prop up Jack’s increasingly ludicrous love life) would be even better. To accommodate this, take away Diane and/or Ashland Locke’s screen time. Please!

Violet Lemm
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Soaphound
I hate saying this but I can see old Jack falling for Diane’s crap all over again. Some people never learn and I can also see Diane eventually finding a place for herself in Kyle and Summers new company. She’s as Wylie as Gloria,but is a little more subtle at getting what she wants, although I don’t see her putting too much over on Summer.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet, don’t worry about saying it…It’s already happening! Kyle is long gone into Diane-Land and Jack is right on his tail. Breaking up with Phyllis is all the proof we need. Plus that cutesy luncheon! Yes it ended badly but the damage was done. Jack has always been gullible but this is becoming unforgivable. My dream scene: Phyllis swallowing her pride and approaching Victor to ally against that grinning witch Diane. There’s an unholy alliance I can get behind!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I agree and Victor would be fine but he’s got to leave that snooty Nicki home, she makes even Diane look good!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I totally agree – I am so tired of smug Diane and the ever so phony, Ashland! Congrats to both ladies!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Lew, am I wrong or do I DISTINCTLY remember Ashland signing a contract on Adam’s tablet when he accepted the $500 million? He agreed to an annulment, resigned fully from Newman Enterprises, and had to leave Genoa City. Why couldn’t they enforce it before Victoria got suckered back in? Or did she? I’m still not certain.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I know you asked Lew but I’m butting in because I’ve been wondering the same thing. What good was that agreement if they can’t enforce it. Also, I can’t believe that at any moment Vicki wont say to Ashland “gotcha” she is too smart to be going along with all this. I want to believe she’s dumping him but in her own way and time.

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hollyoaksboi

I think Diane and Ashland are the most interesting characters on the show. Love the characters of Traci and Ashley too, but have always understood that their portrayers aren’t interested in working full-time.

rose
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rose

Out of all of the soap girls I would like to have a cup of tea with Traci/ Beth Maitland rates my # one. Especially compared to other loud mouth, entitled, divas from other soaps I won’t list. And of all the new actors coming on board lately I really like Ally/Kelsey. By the way actor or actress?

Damien
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Damien

Another exciting milestone anniversary and another coffee shop chat/ society dinner! Can Josh not come up with an actual story to commerate an actor/ characters big event.?! Michael, Esther and now Ash and Tracey just hanging out with little to no reason to chat about their historys. Yes I love and appreciate the flashbacks but all Josh knows is scripting hanging around and chatting. Maybe Ash could ve showed Ally the old chem lab which used to be her stomping ground since Ally wants to be a chemist. Or Traci could visit Colleens grave and take Ally to learn about… Read more »

Sunni
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Sunni

Supposedly, Ashley had spent over an hour at the lab, although true, that they didn’t show it onscreen .

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

I was a preteen and remember when both first came on. Terry Lester was Jack too.

Kay
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Kay

Well I will try the second time! Lester started 1980
Then they built a family around him because the character was so popular! Somehow this blog has become so woke you can’t say anything because it might offend somebody

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kay
I loved both Jacks but I must say that Terry Lester’s time on ATWT as Royce Keller and Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara was the best of him, to me anyway.

Kay
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Kay

Violet he was wonderful as Royce unfortunately the death of the head writer ended that story line. Great actor TL his life ended too soon. I watched the show today I so enjoyed flashbacks and really realized how that show has been destroyed by so many awful head writers the first screw up was killing off John Abbott anyway have my memories won’t ever be a regular viewer again . Take care Violet

Damien
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Damien

Add the death of Brad Carlton and Colleen second and third to John Abbott. Totally pointless and plot driven. Rob killed off all of Traci’s supporting family. To this day there hasn’t been a worthy third gen Abbott female like Colleen. Lyndsay and Adrianne were so beautiful and talented. Abby has been such a disappointment . Also to this day there hasn’t been a real worthy third adversary to Jack and Victor like Brad. Billy and Adam s adversary is so contrived.

Anne
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Anne

Love you ladies, congratulations!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Did anyone get this show, I didn’t. I tried Utube which was showing something altogether different for June 16, stuff continued from yesterday plus a little of Victoria and Ashland in N.Y. I also got no other Soaps today, W.T.H?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Finally saw the show today and it was pretty good, didn’t realize how much I’d forgotten, especially Brad Carlelton and Danny Romelotti, what handsome young men they were and the women’s changing hairstyles,etc,etc. Really enjoyed reminiscing.

Jackie
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Jackie

Seeing some of the flashback scenes got me to thinking. I don’t know what his schedule is and even if maybe he would agree to do recurring. But how about bringing back Michael Damian for Tracy and a romantic storyline. It would be nice to see this. Or even better bring Don Diamont back and let him do double time at B and B and Y and R. I sure don’t see Bill Spencer much on the B&B so why not bring him over to Y and R.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Chapter Two Trailer Unveiled

On Tuesday, Peacock has released the first look trailer for the highly-anticipated, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two streaming series that will drop on July 11th.

In the upcoming five episode event through July 15th, look for the returns of fan favorites: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Christopher Sean (Paul) plus Steve Burton making a DAYS return in his first-ever soap role as Harris Michaels.

In story, an action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go “Beyond Salem!” as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime! Supercouple Steve and Kayla make a surprise visit to their children in Seattle, while private eye John Black travels to San Francisco to see his son, Paul. Meanwhile, new parents Ben and Ciara drop anchor in Montreal – where they are greeted by a much-missed Hope! Over the course of five thrilling episodes, heartwarming family reunions take a dangerous turn as a mysterious adversary wreaks havoc on their lives.

The next chapter of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is story full of larger-than-life romance, jaw-dropping twists, and high-stakes drama – and it all connects back to a plot that long-time fans of Days of our Lives will surely remember.

The cast also includes: Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena EvansDrake Hogestyn as John Black, Stephen Nichols as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady Johnson, Lucas Adams as Tripp Johnson, Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady,Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Loretta Devine as Angela, Vince Van Patten as Phil Hellworth, Tanner Stine as Joey Johnson, Abigail Klein as Stephanie Johnson, Colton Little as Andrew Donovan, Victoria Grace as Wendy Shin, and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin.

Watch the trailer below, then let us know if you are exciting to see the upcoming streaming series via the comment section.

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TONIGHT: ‘This Is Us’ Series Finale: Are You Ready to Say Goodbye?

In its sixth and final season, This Is Us delivered unforgettable episodes and performances that will remain with us for some time to come.  From the intrinsic writing, tying stories together from the past, present and future, and the remarkable standout of the season, Mandy Moore (Rebecca), the NBC drama series airs one last time for its series finale tonight at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT.

While we have been prepped to have the tissues ready, the cast and creatives have previewed that the finale will also feel like a big warm hug to longtime viewers who have watched the Pearson family every step of the way from the very beginning.

Last week’s penultimate episode, “The Train”, saw Rebecca’s life come to an end after her battle with Alzheimer’s.  Now in the finale, the funeral is front and center stage and a part of the story that is previewed as much more than that.

The series finale is simply titled “Us” and many of the scenes were actually shot four years ago.  Mandy Moore told Deadline at the This Is Us finale party, “To be honest, a lot of what is in the finale for Milo (Ventimiglia) and I was filmed years ago.  I don’t even remember what it was. We had a couple of things we shot for this that I’m excited to see. But I read the script and I’m excited to see everyone else’s work. I think it’s really beautiful. In my own selfish way—maybe because my character passed on in the last episode—I felt like last week was the finale and this one feels more like an epilogue in a way. I think it’s a really beautiful way to tie things all together and tie them up in a very satisfactory fashion.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Justin Hartley (Kevin) just simply said the finale comes “full circle.”

The NBC official This Is Us twitter account, came up with the most clever way to promote and remember their beloved series, with a doctors note from OBGYN Dr. Katowski (played by Gerald McRaney) to get the day off work or school to recover from the emotions you will experience during the airing of the show’s conclusion.  (See it below).

So, are you ready to say goodbye to This is Us? Any predictions on the finale?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES PREVIEW: Peter Reckell Returns as Bo Helps Ciara and Steve in Their Time of Need

In a surprise promo for next week’s action on NBC’s Days of our Lives, none other than Peter Reckell makes a previously unannounced return to the mothership series as the iconic Bo Brady.

Reckell, who had been tapped to reprise his soap-famous role for the upcoming summer limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem (Chapter Two), on Peacock, and taped his scenes a few weeks ago, must have gotten a little extra from the writers, to get to return to the network series in which he was one of the mainstays for over four decades.

As viewers know, Bo died several years ago, and now in 2022, it looks like Bo is making a heavenly visit to his daughter Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and her husband Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) in their time of need with their newborn baby, as well as best friend, Steve (Stephen Nichols), who needs a miracle to help save his son, Tripp (Lucas Adams) … all part of the AllDevil’s (Lindsay Arnold) heinous plots that has several major moments play out the week of May 16th.  This is May Sweeps after all!

Watch the promo below, featuring the return of Peter Reckell.

Now. let us know, are you excited to watch how Bo’s ‘visit’ plays out? Let us know via the comment section below.

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