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Y&R and GH Alum, William Wintersole Dies At 88

For more than 20 years on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, actor William Wintersole played the role of Katherine Chancellor’s (the late Jeanne Cooper) faithful attorney and confidant, Mitchell Sherman.  But tonight, soap fans are learning of Wintersole’s passing on Tuesday the age of 88 due to complications from cancer.

William’s daughter revealed to Deadline that he died at his home in Los Angeles.  Y&R was not the only network soap Wintersole appeared.

General Hospital fans may remember him as WSB Chief Ted Ballantine from 1980-1986 in the heyday of the ABC daytime drama series. Ballantine was the boss of Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) at one time.

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Throughout his career, Wintersole also appeared on primetime series such as:  I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy, Bonanza, Star Trek and The Fugitive to name just a few.

Wintersole is survived by his life partner, Marlene Silverstein, and daughters Tiffany Harmon and Katherine Ramsey and three granddaughters.

Share your thoughts on the passing of William Wintersole and your remembrances of his performances as Y&R’s Mitchell, or GH’s Ted, via the comment section below.

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I grew up watching Mitchell Sherman take care of Katherine Chancellor’s legal problems on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. God Bless you, Mr. Wintersole and thank you for your wonderful performances through the years. Rest in eternal peace and the loving arms of our Saviour. X

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Sorry to hear of his passing. I fondly remember him from Y&R. Mitchell Sherman was never a central character. However, he was one of many supporting characters who “fleshed out” the plots of the show, often playing a sounding board for a main character and a vehicle for the viewer to know what the main character was thinking. Characters like Mitchell, Miguel (the Newman butler), Doris Collins (Sharon’s mother), Flo Webster (Nina’s mother), Lynn (Paul’s devoted secretary), Mary Williams (Paul’s mother), and Carol (the Abbott secretary) were the first “victims” of production budgets. The show lost some of its greatness… Read more »

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Barbara from Atlanta…my sentiments exactly on everything you said about Y&R, Wintersole and many of the supporting characters for Y&R..it’s extremely sad we will never see those days again…it’s like the passing of a love one…

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I haven’t found much worthy of a reply until I read about this Y/R loss. He was a wonderful, believable character brought to life so realistically by this actor.

And, Barb– you address many other wonderful characters who truly enriched the lives of the main characters. At present, the most exciting minor characters are the dialogue-muted waiters and waitresses at Society and Crimson Lights.

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To Mitchell Shermans family I am so sorry for your loss. May God give him peace

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Sorry for the families loss. I always loved his voice.

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Perry Botkin Jr., Composer of The Young and the Restless’ ‘Nadia’s Theme’, Has Died At 87

When you think of the all-time best theme songs for your favorite television shows and one that stands the test of time, to many, there is none greater than “Nadia’s Theme” which became the theme song for The Young and the Restless.

The beautiful arrangement has become signature to the world of daytime drama and the opening credits of the CBS Daytime drama from its beginning in 1973.

On Saturday, news spread that “Nadia’s Theme” composer, Perry Botkin Jr, had passed away.  Botkin’s friend, TV writer John Scheinfeld, announced his death on Facebook, noting that Botkin died this past Monday at the age of 87,

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Scheinfeld shared: “Perry was a magnificently talented composer, arranger, producer and story-teller, perhaps best known for composing the Grammy-winning Nadia’s Theme for the CBS soap The Young and the Restless.”

Perry was Oscar nominated and a Grammy-winner in his lifetime.  Among the most notable titles featuring Botkin’s work include: Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, Adam’s Rib and The Smothers Brothers Show. However, Botkin is most known for Nadia’s Theme which he composed along with Barry De Vorzon.

After the theme became the beloved opening of Y&R, it gained more fame when it was used in a montage for Romanian gymnast Nadia Comāneci’s routines in the 1976 Olympic games on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.  Decades later, Mary J. Blige used the sample of the song and made it relevant again for her hit, “No More Drama”

Another song by Botkin Jr. and DeVorzon, “Bless the Beasts & Children” was Oscar nominated, sung by The Carpenters, and also sung at various times on Y&R.

To honor Perry Botkin Jr., check out this compilation of the opening title sequence from Y&R over the years featuring “Nadia’s Theme” below

Share your thoughts on the passing of Perry Botkin Jr., in the comment section, and if you think Y&R has the greatest soap theme song of all-time, or do you think that honor goes to another theme? 

 

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Soap Alums Tom Pelphrey, Justin Hartley & William Fichtner Receive 26th Annual Critics Choice Award TV Nominations

Nominations were unveiled on Monday for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards in the field of Television.

Netflix Ozark and The Crown scored the most nominations with six each.   The award winners will be revealed along with the film categories (those nominations will be released on February 7th) on March 7th in a ceremony on the CW and will be hosted by Taye Diggs.

Some very familiar faces to daytime fans are in the running in some major categories.   First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, GL, Mick, ATWT) who gave one of the most talked about performances of 2020 in Ozark was nominated along with Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R, Ex-Passions, Ex-Revenge)  for his star-turn in This Is Us, for Best Supporting Actor in a a Drama Series.

Meanwhile on the comedy side, former As the World Turns actor, William Fichtner (Ex-Josh) scored for his work in the CBS’ Mom, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series category.

This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown also received a nomination in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall Pearson, and the series is also in the running for Best Drama Series.

Below are the full nominations in the running with Pelphrey, Hartley and Fichtner.  You can check out the complete nominations in all categories here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
John Lithgow – Perry Mason (HBO)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark (Netflix)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

William Fichtner – Mom (CBS)
Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Alex Newell – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Andrew Rannells – Black Monday (Showtime) 

So will you be rooting for Tom or Justin to take hone the Critics Choice Award in the Supporting Actor Drama category? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley To Star in New Series In The Works; TV Adaptation of ‘The Never Game’

This is Us and former Y&R star, Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson) is making some big next career moves.

Justin, along with This is Us director/executive producer Ken Olin, are teaming up on a new TV project.

The duo have optioned the rights to Jeffrey Deaver’s 2019 thriller novel, The Never Game and are turning into a TV series

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