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VIDEO: Melody Thomas Scott Interview – Y&R star addresses status with number one soap!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with The Young and the Restless Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) backstage in the press area at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards last week.  During the conversation, Melody reiterated to fans her comments on twitter, which stem from the fact that the talented soap icon had not received any scripts for months after her last tape day which was April 28th.

Thomas Scott also commented that no one from the series had reached out to her to let her know what was going on with her future with the number one soap. This all came on the heels of a front-burner story which had a boozin’ Nikki finally sent back to rehab!

Meanwhile at the Emmys, Y&R’s  executive producer and head writer, Maria Arena Bell told members of the press regarding Melody’s status with the show, “Melody is phenomenal. Of course she will be with the show again.  She’s in a storyline where she left town but she will be back.  We love Melody.  She’s one of the hearts and souls of Young and the Restless.  Don’t be worried.  She will be back.” However at the time of this interview, Melody still had not gotten any official confirmation that she would be returning and no one had told anything to her, personally.

Watch the interview with Melody after the jump!

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Doe
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Doe

Michael, what a treat to see and hear Melody and how upset she is over the stall in her story, Nobody has even contacted her. That is outrageous. We are all waiting for her return and to see her and Victor reunited, if that is what is supposed to happen. She looks great, though and you were so compassionate to her, Nice job and what a coup.

Ellen
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Ellen

From what I can gather, it sounds like MTS is no longer on contract at Y&R. If this is true, she’s in the same position as Tracey Bregmann. Y&R will contact her when they need her. That said. Welcome to 21st Century Corporate America. People are disposable. We’re just cogs in the machine. Respect for the individual means very little. Time and time again, we’ve seen TV executives lie to cast, crew and audience members. Sadly, in this age, people have to get it in through their heads that there is no such thing as company loyalty. It doesn’t matter… Read more »

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kay killgore

Michael, thanks for the interview everyone knows I think she should have gotten a nomination and the emmy this year for LEAD ACTRESS 32 years! Some people go to work and do their job and they don’t lobby she is one of them. My next question is how awkward when her husband is working for B&B. How weird! Bring her back as much as I loved Genie Francis on GH I just am not getting her on this show, so bring back Melody!!!

Barb
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Barb

I completely agree, bring back Melody. Genie Francis in this role on Y&R just does not interest me either. Also, we are so tired of Cloe, she should be let go, no interest in her whatsoever, I fast forward when she and Abby come on.

Jeff Moree
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Jeff Moree

Her story was getting so good with the alcoholism and things… Just think of all the good story that could have been had between Nicki and Diane. I think the cane storyline is unbelievble and not that interesting…

Justin
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Justin

I understand that she is the highest paid actress on the show. Of course, in this day and age, they are going to use her as little as possible. I don’t buy her story entirely. Too many people are unemployed and budget cuts are being made. I like her, I think she’s Great…but I don’t think the show will die without her. Too many stories with too many other working people who make less. I would be fine if Victor joined her…Life Goes On!

Jolene Beth Morgan
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Jolene Beth Morgan

I have always loved Melody Thomas Scott, she is a great actress and a true beauty. She and Eric Braeden are pure magic together in front of the camera, in my opinion they have made the show what it has become, they are both amazing stars. I do not understand why the powers that be at Y&R are treating Melody in this disrespectful manor. I did hear however that she has asked for more money per show, don’t know if that is true or not. The wonderful scene that she did at the A. A.meeting on Y&R was first rate… Read more »

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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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