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Victoria Rowell's new video for "Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva"!

Victoria Rowell (Ex- Drucilla, The Young and the Restless) has just released another video as Calysta Jeffries, her alter-ego, in her upcoming book release, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. Check out all the innuendos that any fan of Y&R will appreciate.  You can pre-order Victoria’s book now.  It’s set for release on May 4th.  Watch the video below!

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“What’s the line again?” LOL! She is an excellent comedienne and a fierce (yes it’s cliched in the lgbtq community, and I rarely use it bec it can be annoying when gay guys and Tyra Banks use it, but there’s no apt word) dramatic actress. The sad part is that her acting in this clip is better than all of the crap that Frantz, Rikaart, O’Brien, Leblanc, Muhney, the Beastmaster, the guy that portrays Chance, Khalil, Hendrickson and Ford act out on Y&R. She also looks gorgeous and frozen in time in a natural way. LOL! If Y&R can’t even prenom Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden, there’s no way they’d rehire Rowell, unless there are major changes among TPTB on Y&R. Rowell’s best bet is to join B&B as Drucilla. Reveal that Justin Barber secretly rescued a comatose Dru and is keeping her in his house in LA, w/c has never been aired on B&B, so all the more would that be logical to the arc. Then have Dru wake up, return to Y&R to wrap things up there for a week, and bring Dru to Jackie M as the head of their cosmetics line. Let Dru get involved w/ Thorne and a recasted Rick. However, I read that Sony was very upset w/ B&B when they cast Eileen Davidson to keep her in the Bell soaps, w/c is why Sony ordered Dru and Nick be “killed off” when Rowell left since she was against LML and when Morrow was in negotiations, so they couldn’t jump over to B&B. I found that reporting to be odd since B&B and Y&R have let their actors be on both shows either long term or short term. Sheila, Lauren, Brad, Eric, Brooke, Victor, Ashley, Amber, Felicia, Cricket, etc have all appeared on both shows, so what’s the big deal if Nick or Dru jump to B&B? But if that is true of Sony, then all B&B needs to do is create a new role for Rowell. Brad mentioned in an interview here on Michael fairman that he likes to incorporate the actual personalities or background of his actors into the parts, so Rowell would be freaking perfect on B&B. Bell should create a black diva character who is a fashion maven/author who is returning from a global book tour abt fashion. Heck he can even name her Calysta to promote Rowell’s book, and it’s a cool soap name anyways. Have her become Eye on Fashion’s newest Editrix since Spencer Publications is in full swing. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Katie/Victoria, Bill/Brad and Dru/Calysta would all be in 1 scene, winking at the audience and referencing their Genoa City past? They shouldn’t make her Daytime’s Wilhelmina Slater since that would be too obviously a knockoff and Vanessa Williams is an overwhelming act to follow. So B&B should go a diff route. B&B has never had an ice cold, bitchy fashionista, so have Calysta not be in your face, but more like a Devil… Read more »

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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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