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Y&R Alum Matthew Atkinson is B&B’s New Thomas Forrester

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A familiar face to the CBS Daytime family has been cast as the new Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.  The on-screen son of Ridge and Taylor last played by Pierson Fodé, will make his way back to the screen in the form of Matthew Atkinson (Ex-Austin, The Young and the Restless).

According to Soap Opera Digest, Atkinson will make his debut on BOLD on the March 14th episode.

What viewers last knew of Thomas was that he was living in New York with Caroline and their son.

On Y&R, Atkinson played the role of Austin Travers a cameraman and photographer who kidnapped Avery, shot Paul Williams and was romantically involved with Summer Newman.

So, what do you think of Matthew as the new Thomas Forrester? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Damien
Damien

Was hoping josh would find a way to bring him back from the dead on y n r!
Oh well. Y n r s loss is b n bs gain.
Cant wait to watch him

Bart
Bart

The character has been LONG GONE from “Y & R” – it was an ill-conceived character at best…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

They do manage to keep the same look of the character whenever they recast him.

Toscanti
Toscanti

He’s a good actor, I’m not sold on his taking over the role of Thomas Forrester. Pierson Fodé will be a tough act to follow. I’ll keep an open mind.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Yes, will be a tough act to follow for Pierson was my favorite Thomas…

Emily
Emily

Awesome. I loved Pierson so much and was worried I would be disappointed on the newbie. I’m very excited. Loved Matthew on YR. Congrats to him! Can’t wait to see him and the next Thomas storyline. Bored with the whole stolen baby one lol 🙂

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Bad choice. Bad, bad choice. I was not sold on him as Austin, and I doubt I’ll be sold on him as Thomas. Am hoping TPTB push Brad Bell out of his positions, and get someone in there who can properly work a 30-minute soap opera. Hollyoaks is the prime example of how to properly run a 30-minute soap opera without running into a continuous spin of love triangles, etc.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Well this was a surprise! But a very welcomed one. Matthew was great on Y&R, even if his character wasn’t. He certainly has the look to play Thomas, and the acting chops. I just hope they have an actual story planned for Thomas, and don’t do what they did to Ingo Rademacher. B&B needs to refocus on it’s core characters and trim the fat of ones like Reese, Florence and Zoe. Rick & Thorne should both be in front-and-center story instead of recurring status, and they should bring back Felicia and Bridget.

Michael Teale
Michael Teale

Interesting selection to say the least.

Mark Y
Mark Y

He’s got the right look. Just hope they give him a real story to play.

Momo
Momo

Yes, and not join Thorne in the basement.

Momo
Momo

I liked him on Y&R. I wonder what Thomas will be up to now.

stevie g
stevie g

My favorite Thomas was Drew Tyler Bell. I wish they would bring him back. Although I approve of this new choice of actor, hopefully B&B will give Matthew a better role than Y&R did. It’s just amazing that he is now the fourth actor to play an adult Thomas. I think the only other B&B character to have four portrayers is Thorne, but that was over a much longer period of time.

paul_mcpane
paul_mcpane

I was hoping for new blood not a new relative. I want a man for Steffy and not so many babie s. They need not looking young m en, someone else besides boring Liam and Wyatt.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

For any veteran ATWT viewers………..

I’ve always thought Atkinson bears a strong resemblance to Ed Fry, the actor who played ATWT’s Larry McDermont (one of Susan Stewart’s ex-husbands and the father of Allison Stewart). Fry easily could play this guy’s dad.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Lieu Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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