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Vail Bloom Returns to Y&R as Heather Stevens; Lily Brooks O’Briant Cast as Lucy Romalotti

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More returns and casting news out of The Young and the Restless as the show continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary season.

Look for Vail Bloom to reprise her role as Heather Stevens.  The actress was last seen in the role back in 2010.

In addition to Heather making a visit to Genoa City, she will bring with her daughter with Daniel (Michael Graziadei), Lucy Romalotti.

Lucy will be played by young actress Lily Brooks O’Briant.   

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Lily’s previous credits include: as a series regular in the Netflix comedy series, The Big Show Show (2020), starring opposite WWE heavyweight fighter Paul Wight, The Tick, an Amazon Prime Original series, and the TV film Crash & Burn.

Heather and Lucy will return to Genoa City next month in February.

What do you think of Vail Bloom reprising her role as Heather Stevens? Are Heather and Lucy coming to tell Daniel they are leaving him forever? Stay tuned and share your thoughts in the comment section, and in case you missed it, check out our recent interview with Michael Grazaidei below where he touches on Daniel’s current state of his relationship with Heather and Lucy.

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I, for one, am shocked that Vail Bloom is returning as Heather Stevens. Admittedly, I never thought she or Michael Graziadei had any budding chemistry, but maybe time has changed for the both of them. Admittedly, I loved Graziadei’s chemistry with Jennifer Landon, and thought their time together was too short.

I know Bloom has struggled in the past, but can see she’s turned her life around and, am welcoming this return, despite not being a shred of hope for Josh Griffith as sole executive producer & head writer. I am not familiar with Lily Brooks O’Briant, however, am wishing her luck on tackling daytime!

Love Vail Bloom! The best and only real Heather. Her character is not limited to Daniel as she originally was a love interest with Adam. Plenty more story possibilities! I can even picture her with Chance! The next Paul and Christine!…here’s hoping she sticks around. Jennifer Landon and Eden Riegel were horribly miscast

I agree, Damien. And Jen Landon is doing great work on YELLOWSTONE now, so all is well.

VB was long gone before they threw Heather & Daniel together! Most of her story involved her with Adam . I swear who is running this show. Answer : Complete morons! As for DD/Paul he has enough respect for himself and the show and the character he played not to join the circus it has become!! Whatever happened with Doug it was very hurtful and after forty plus years I do not blame him he had numerous great storylines kinda sad

Agree I love vail bloom and sad she left the first time. Glad she’s coming back! Can’t wait!

Yesterday’s episode has to be one of the worst ever – this entire Dianne storyline is so bad. Jack breaks into an unseen home of Nicki and Victor to set up a man for a crime he didn’t commit – You have four fifty plus year old women acting like stereotype teens..I am hoping they find a way to just get rid of this entire story line fast! The merger storyline is just as bad -no one even knows what Chancellor sells or produces, Hamilton Winters something with music? And speaking of music – the “lost voice” of Tess seems to be lost! And finally Daniel – giving up his wife and kid to start a gaming company! Wow.
Happy anniversary Y and R….

You’re right, Matt. The show is a mess right now and I trace most of it back to the reappearance of Diane the Downer. She’s ruining everything and Jack and Kyle’s behavior is abhorrent. I say throw them all in jail!

I agree with Matt. This has been a very bad week.Dianne is a nice actress but let’s move on to something better.Even if her and Jack planned the foolish breakin it is still a robery. Chase has to be a pretty bad cop if he can’t figure it out Of course it’s not up him.So will someone else say something to the writer’s before ratings start dropping. Thanks everyone.

I’m guessing this is a temporary thing—probably to have Daniel & Heather agree to a divorce and she and Lucy will go away again…
Leaving the door open for a Daniel & Lily redux?

Will we finally see Doug Davidson, aka Paul Williams again???

I think he will be killed off, via rumors.

so glad michael is back val returning could care less i feel they had no chemistry at all and btw was so excited for mm to return as kyle but the character is written as a buffoon really do not compare our mothers summer! please kyle your mother is certifiable susan walters is doing a good job but the writing is horrible. stealing nikkis necklace jack becoming the dimmest bulb in town jeremy as ashlund part 3 make it stop oh and devon and abby are an absolute no mariah and her girl are a bore the plus side nick sally adam sharon phyliss beth maitland and eillen davidson 5 full time and 2 recurring do not make a show

I agree that the Jack & Diane is sickening and Jack must be having mental problems!! I agree also that Abby and Devon is crazy!! Devon has cheated on that couch so much I’m surprised one of his gf would have thrown it out, and what a whiner!! He and Billy are too whiney. Poor little rich boys. Really Billy sitting outside Chelsea’s door like an abandoned dog? Yikes.
I’m bored!! And please do Nick and Adam always have to pass all their women back and forth???

Fans deserve so much better than one or two episodes of Danny, Fen… Why celebrate Lauren’s 40th birthday around a single episode? Why not create a storyline for Tracey Bregman? I’m sick of Diane, Jack, Devon, Lilly & Billy. This 50th anniversary promises to be a real mess! Thanks to the writers. The character of James Hyde recurring is seen more than some main characters. Make us dream with the return of Sally & Adam together, … Fan for decades, I no longer recognize the soap! Devon is a boring character to die for!

David,

Agree with a lot you said.Yes, to a story for Lauren, it’s been too long and she can play mean only second to Sheila Carter. I think there will be more to Jeremy/James Hyde than we’ve seen, it was over too quick and easy for Diane and Jack to be basking in their laurels. Nicki will get Jack, friend or no friend. Yes, aren’t Abby and Devon the worst? Devon always railing on Nate for being disloyal to his family. At least he IS family, Devon not related to anyone, he being adopted as a troubled and homeless teen by the Winters family.Right now, I’m not liking Sally with Adam or Nick and can’t imagine her fate right now with Victor after her and possibly Jill.

First of all … The girl to be Lucy looks a lot like Michael Graziadei! Similar twinkle in their eyes. This appears to be great casting!

I loved Vail Bloom as Heather. She had a very natural, genuine quality. I also liked Jennifer Landon in the role. Eden Riegel, however, was woefully miscast. It was not her acting. She was just not right for the part. To her credit, that was an era of the show where they were just willy-nilly hiring actors who were popular on other shows. Several A-List soapers were brought in including Maura West, Genie Francis, Paul Leyden and many others who did not quite fit either.

With all that said … Bringing Heather and Lucy back opens up ALL kinds of story possibilities rooted in history!

Heather was involved with Adam before he turned into a sociopath. Could there be a little something something rekindled there? She is also Paul’s daughter! Can we please get Doug Davidson back??

Also, the character of Lucy is ripe with possibilities. Her mother is a psycho who is related to two other psychos … Sarah and Sheila! While supposedly Sheila died in the Y & R vernacular, she is as bad as ever in the B & B universe! This has to be addressed at some point.

She might get a little clingy with her great niece Lucy … perhaps sparking another epic crossover between the two shows.

Also, Victoria and Billy may have some leftover parental feelings for Lucy as they did adopt her, albeit illegally.

Y & R is better than it has been in ages! Returns like these, leading up to the 50th Anniversary are most encouraging and most welcome!!

I hope that on or around the actual 50th, there is a lavish onscreen party where no expense is spared. I recently watched some of the Masquerade Ball from 1991, and I am amazed at how production values on soaps used to be! They were grandiose!

I realize that soap viewership is way down from then, and budgets are very tight! But surely for the milestone of 50 years, CBS and Sony can dig a little deeper into their pockets and give us some of the sumptuous visuals of yesteryear. It would be nice if they did some on location shooting … maybe a real park in Los Angeles to appear as Chancellor Park.

Just my thoughts. I would love yours!

JJ
Wish I could offer more to your ideas and observations but this whole Daniel story bores me, knowing the outcome will probably be ,he and Lily reuniting, leaving Daisy, taking off again, doing what with the poor, innocent Lucy to stay with Daniel or what? I don’t like the idea of her nutty Grandmother Shelia Carter and the other nut-job Phylliss possibly coming after this poor girl,trying to insinuate themselves into her life or the very real possibility of Shelia trying to kidnap Lucy after her life in L.A fails.

Sheila Carter’s granddaughter!!!

Grand niece actually. But that doesnt matter to Sheila. She was no relation to Scotty and she fixated on him for years!!

JJ
Daisy is Shelia Carter’s daughter, her father was bad Tom, Kevin Fisher’s father. Their daughter is Lucy who unfortunately makes Sheila her grandmother.

Thank god, Val is great! She will tame Lilly and try and keep her paws off of Daniel!

OOOOOhh, this is gonna be good. 🙂

I was so hoping for an “adult” Lily-Daniel love story—-but, with Heather returning, it may not happen. I guess it depends on how eroded their marriage is?

It was nice seeing Heather’s return to G.C and she even mentioned seeing her dad and Christine, so guess Paul is still presumed alive. Lucy looks like 16 to me, not 13 and Daniel doesn’t seem to fit with either of them.

All My Children

Mark Consuelos Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Co-Host of ‘Live’ Alongside Kelly Ripa

Today, April 17th marks a full-year since Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, All My Children) took over the co-hosting duties of ‘Live” alongside his wife, and longtime co-host, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, All My Children).

Consuelos replaced Ryan Seacrest who are six seasons decided to be back on the west coast full-time. For Consuelos, now having the opportunity to work off of Ripa as co-hosts has been something of adjustment for him, but viewers have been eating it up.

Live with Kelly and Mark has remained the No. 1 entertainment talk show on television over the past year, growing 3% in average total viewers to 2.23M per episode.  It is also the most-watched daytime talk show in the last year in key demos of women 18-49 and women 25-54. All of this, since the real-life marrieds teamed-up.

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Speaking with Deadline, Kelly Ripa shared why the two are gelling on-screen, “I do think that there is something very possibly relatable about our relationship. We have disagreements like a normal couple, and we’re not afraid to let them unfold on the air and in front of America, and I think people find a lot of themselves in that.”

Mark weighed in how he has progressed as a host, and what he could improve at, sharing, “I’d like to get better at my interviewing skills. I’d like to get better at reading a teleprompter…I think I’m getting better at throwing to commercial. The other day in the middle of the show as we go to commercial, my sign off was ‘See you guys around.’ I mean, the show wasn’t over. The most obvious thing to say would be, ‘We’ll be back right after this.’ But I just said, ‘See you around.’ So we went to commercial and one of the producers (goes) ‘What was that?’ I don’t know… So for the next few sign offs, as a joke, I’d say ‘See you around.’ We got a kick out of it.”

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Meanwhile, Kelly has given huge props to Mark, “I find Mark utterly compelling, really interesting, super funny, and he’s bold in a way like nobody else. He says what’s on his mind. If he’s thinking it, he says it.  I’ve done this a long time and oftentimes people will adjust their natural personalities to pander to what they think the audience wants to hear, and Mark will tell people what he thinks, and he doesn’t care if it’s not a popular opinion. It gives him an edginess that I think is really missing in the landscape today. Everybody’s so afraid to say anything, and Mark is unafraid to say exactly what he’s thinking.”

In a statement, Debra O’Connell, President News Group and Networks, Disney Entertainment shared, We could not be more thrilled with how Mark has seamlessly joined the show family as permanent co-host. His undeniable charisma and his and Kelly’s natural chemistry are evident as they deliver the laughs and smiles to our viewers each morning. We are incredibly proud of how Live has continued to evolve and that the audience is responding so enthusiastically.”

So, do you think Mark Consuelos is the best co-host his wife Kelly Ripa has ever had on ‘Live’? How would you say he is doing as co-host after one full year on the job? Comment below.

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DAYS Alum Tanner Stine to Appear in ‘Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story’ Starring Nicholas Chavez

Another face familiar to daytime fans has already boarded Ryan Murphy’s limited series, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story which stars General Hospital favorite, Nicholas Chavez (Spencer Cassadine) in the role of Lyle.

Tanner Stine who played Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) son, Joey Johnson on Days of our Lives will also appear in the series.

In ‘Monsters’, look for Stine to portray the role of Perry Berman, who was Lyle and Erik’s friend and former tennis coach. In the story, Perry found himself at the epicenter of the murder mystery when he had accepted a phone call from Lyle shortly before the brutal murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez.

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Other previously announced castings included: Cooper Koch (who plays Erik), Javier Bardem and Chloë Sevigny as parents Jose and Kitty Menendez, Nathan Lane as Dominick Dunne, Ari Graynor as Leslie Abramson, and Leslie Grossman as Judalon Smyth.

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In the series, the two wealthy brothers stand trial for shooting their parents in Beverly Hills, amid claims of self-defense after years of abuse, while prosecutors alleged that greed was the motives for the killing. Lyle and Erik Menendez have been behind bars in California for more than three decades for the 1989 killing of their parents.

Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story will debut later in 2024 on Netflix.

What do you think about Tanner Stine being part of the all-star cast for ‘Monsters’? Miss Joey on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Soap Vet Christopher Cousins to The Young and the Restless

Looks like Ashley (Eileen Davidson) may get some much needed help, or assistance in shedding light on what caused her to have a massive personality split as her DID condition continues to spiral.

Casting news from The Young and the Restless has veteran actor, Christopher Cousins set to make his debut in the role of Alan Laurent, a psychiatrist and friend of Ashley’s from her time in Paris.

Look for Cousins to appear over multiple episodes beginning with the Tuesday, April 30th episode of the top-rated daytime drama series.

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Christopher should look very familiar to soap fans having appeared on Another World, As the World Turns, One Life to Live in his most memorable role as Cain Rogan from 1991-2008, and most recently back in 2020 as Dr. Warren Kirk on General Hospital.

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The actor has a long and extensive list of TV and motion pictures outside of the soaps as well, including: The Resident, UnREAL, Bosch, Vampire Diaries, to name but a few.

What do think about the casting of Christopher Cousins to be a part of Ashley’s DID storyline? Comment below.

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