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Y&R Alumni Return for 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The Young and the Restless is gearing up for its golden anniversary next month with an announcement today of a handful of returns just in time for the big 5-0 milestone.

Coming home to Genoa City beginning on-air in mid-March are: Daytime Emmy winner, Tricia Cast (Nina Webster) who played the part beginning in 1986 and was last seen on air in 2021.

In addition, Barbara Crampton will reprise her role of Leanna Love. She last appeared on the CBS daytime drama series in 2007.

Michael Damian is also back as Danny Romalotti.  Damian recently returned for the holidays in December of 2022. And, what’s better than two Romalotti siblings? In addition to Damian, Patty Weaver, last seen on Y&R in 2013, will reappear as Danny’s sister, Gina.

Rounding out the returns is none other than Veronica Redd as Mamie Johnson. Veronica played the role from 1990 to 1995 and again from 1999 to 2004.

Y&R officially turns 50 on March 26th, 2023.

So, excited to see this ‘fab five’ mix it up on Y&R again? Comment below!

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Yay. Bring Victoria Rowell back. She’s done other CBS shows recently so she is good with CBS apparently.

Yes– as a fan from the beginning, it is always nice to see former cast members return even though storylines for them seem frivolous and almost pointless. Like other fans, I’d like to see the original cast of characters: Brookes sisters, Prentiss brothers, The Fosters. Then there’s the 80s group that included so many wonderful supporting characters like Amy and Lynn and Andy Richards, and on and on. Would love to see some of the characters that had great plots like JoAnn, the overweight woman who thinned down. Ah, the list of great plots from back then were gripping and actually intense! Miss the romance and heartbreak plots. Everything today seems to be about job-jumping and picking up take-out food. And I look forward to rerunning scenes from yesteryear, looking at those wonderful sets and listening to its iconic background music that set the mood for each scene. HAPPY 50!

You go, Ron! Perfectly said.

Liked yor comments. Am racking my brain over this woman JoAnn you refer to. I know Tracy lost a lot of weight, other than her I haven’t a clue.

Violet– sorry for the delayed response (I was out out town.) Joann was the wife of a college professor. He conveniently removed his wedding ring while teaching and began a “rendezvous” with the youngest Brookes sister, Peggy. And, yes, the writers revisited the weight storyline with Traci, and that was equally good. Both actresses did “weight control” programs for the show.

Better late than never, right? Thanks for the response, but am still racking ! I loved little Peggy and all her antics, the worst being stuck in that cult, being held captive with all the rats, yikes! Thanks to Paul who rescued her and all the times they had, good and bad and now they are treating him like, you know what! Maybe some day I’ll remember the overweight woman you spoke of. Hope you enjoy the Anniversary celebration.

I started watching Y&R the first year it was on. Sally and Pierre, the Brooks and Foster families. It would absolutely thrill me if they got Brenda Dickson back to play Jill, even for one episode.
Didn’t Joann work for Mrs Chancellor?
I totally gave up on the show when Jeanne Cooper passed away. They really screwed up by the way they ignore Doug Davidson and his character.

And before you all get your panties in a wad, don’t expect #YR to invite Doug Davidson back as Paul. Doug hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the brass at Sony or CBS. Plus, he’s a MAGAat. I was following him on Twitter when I found that out and promptly unfollowed and blocked him. I don’t need those who drink Trump’s kool-aid in my life (yes, I said that)!

Bravo, Michael!

Well Said Michael.
This should be a cast celebration not a place to air grievances. Seems like Doug has been quite public about his disdain for CBS and Sony.

Good for you! Maybe America could be great again if he’d just crawl in a hole somewhere, golf course maybe and leave us alone.

Show should focus on the character of Jill using flashbacks with all actresses who played the role as Jill remembers all in her life the last 50 years. Bring back one of the Snappers, her brothers, make it a week long special – she interacted with everyone, so it would work. I know it’s too late. The best anniversary gift would be new writers, Thanks only to a fast forward on my dvr is Y and R watchable.

This reminds me of when Genoa City really bustled. There was a broader community of characters and oh, some wonderful stories and highest of high production values, including music and an occasional song! Genoa City was an aspirational place, Seemed special.

No Paul no watching. What a terrible way for a show to treat someone who gave 40 years of their life to this show

I have LONG awaited Aunt Mamie’s return to the show. I wish they’d bring her character back full time. The Winterses need a strong head of the family.

I agree.these three are getting tiresome to say the least. I think Nathan had ONE good idea though, for his mom, Olivia to come and counsel all three of them, maybe her love and guidance could help straighten them out.

They need to change the opening graphics immediately. It looks like this current, tired opening is also celebrating its 50th anniversary!

So agree!!!

I absolutely love the Young and the restless I’ve been with it since day one just like I have the bold and the beautiful. When I do miss is as the world turns and guiding light those were the shows that I absolutely loved and I’m so upset that they took them off the air years ago. All these talk shows is ridiculous I really rather go back to them myself I’m 60 and I watched him with my mom and I was a kid. So I watched every one of them from day one. But it is what it is welcome to the 21st century and it’s just something that you have to put up with with changing times

The other character I wish they would bring back would be Dru. But since Christian is gone I guess there’s no sense in it. The love couple are both deemed to be deceased one is for real and one is according to the soap.

Can I politely ask for another Traci and Danny scene without Lauren interrupting it?
Traci could use some loving. It doesn’t have to be all about Christine.
As far as Doug Davidson goes. It sounds like the animosity goes both ways. No need to cast a pall over the festivities.

Wow! thought I was old, but how old are all of you? Watched for many years, but never followed closely. Even now I don’t know all of the real names versus stage names. However, I can recall some of the sets. Thank goodness for the Abbott (I don’t know how they spell their names either) family living room. Victor’s living room looks cheap; perhaps appropriately so. I do recall a lovely old living room that burned down or something. Wish I could recall who the couple was — perhaps one was Brad that went to Bold and the Beautiful which I have never watched.

When in college one summer I was asked to babysit (kids were 10 to 16). The sixteen-year-old daughter watched the Young and the Restless. There was a long break when going back to school and other things, but years later I turned on the television one afternoon while cleaning the living room; The Young and the Restless was showing. It wasn’t until things could be recorded that I began to follow more regularly. I do enjoy your comments.

Most evenings, before retiring, I often turn on the recording which takes my mind off any worries of the day. Thank You!

Tani Sterling,
Honey, your memory serves you well, for not being a regular viewer. You do remember the decor pretty accurately. The fire you are speaking of was the original Newman Ranch that Sharon set fire to during a manic episode. They rebuilt it, but it’s never been the same, and you are right again, not nearly as attractive. Yes, Brad Carleton drowned and moved to Bold and Beautiful as another character. The Abbott home hasn’t changed their decor since 2007 when Jack married Sharon Newman and she re-did the whole house. It reminds me of a combination Antique store and museum.
It’s been fun remembering all this with you and by the way, I’m 90yrs.old and still enjoy this show , GH and B&B.

It has a wonderful history but once the Bells had no part in it anymore it went downhill I have not taped or watched it for years. . Everyone is talking about Doug he had some great storylines he fought his battle on Twitter you never do that it’s a losing battle keep it private !

What was a mystery is nobody other then Eric braeden spoke up for him! Bottom line their our little stupid childish games they play grow up all of you if you really had to face the issues most working Americans had to you would fail

You are right. As far as Doug goes, I’ve loved the actor for years. He’s not a personal friend, so do not care what he thinks or how he runs his private life. Someone mentioned his being affiliated with Trump, etc. If that were the case I wouldn’t be associated with a lot of my family members or acquaintances.

What about Drecella and Malcolm? Would love to see them return


REPORT: Matthew Atkinson Back to The Bold and the Beautiful

When we last saw The Bold and the Beautiful’s Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson), he headed out of Los Angeles with his son, Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) and headed to Paris. The decision to leave was prompted by Hope (Annika Noelle) turning down his marriage proposal once again, and by prodding from his sister, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

Many Thope fans have wanted to see Hope and Thomas reunite and figure out where to take their relationship next, but he has been nowhere insight, and so has his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson.

However, in a new report from Soap Hub, their sources indicate that Atkinson will be back on screen next month by mid-June. In a tease, Atkinson posted a photo on his Instagram story (which has since disappeared, since IG story posts only stay up for 24 hours), where he was pointing at a TV screen behind him that showed Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) and Eric (John McCook) in a scene. No telling the true meaning of that snap, but it could be he is back at the show.

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As Hope and Finn (Tanner Novlan) are getting closer, the timing could just work out in the most dramatic way if Thomas were to return. Since Hope and Finn are bonding over their parents, Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) and Deacon’s (Sean Kanan), upcoming nuptials, will the doctor and the designer hit the sheets and Thomas walks in on it?

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Now let us know, when Thomas returns do you want to see him reconcile things with Hope, or do you want him back to the obsessed Thomas of the past who hatched plots to get what he wanted? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.


The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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