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Y&R Puts Out Casting Call For Two African-American Characters: Who Would You Suggest For The Roles?

CBS’ The Young and the Restless is casting two new roles and this time the top- rated daytime drama is looking to fill the roles of Lucinda and Ellis. The soap is looking for African-American actors for the parts.

According to Soap Opera Digest, the series is casting the role of Lucinda, said to be in her late 60s/early 70s who is looking to make peace with her past.

As for the role of Ellis, he is said to be a man in his late 60s/early 70s who has drifted away from his family and is hoping to right the wrongs of the past.  Both roles begin shooting in July.

So this casting notice begs the questions, just what story, and just who could Ellis and Lucinda be connected to in Genoa City?

Put on your casting director hats and let us know what performers familiar to daytime, primetime or film audiences, do you think should be considered for the roles?  Comment below!

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davlestev1
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davlestev1

Hillarys parents or Neil’s

Celia
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Celia

Wasn’t Hilary’s mother white?.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Yes the actress was Leslie Stevens

Harry
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Harry

Probably Hillary’s even though her mother allegedly died of a drug overdose/
If so, sigh…..this means Hillary is most likely not going to be killed off in a who dunnit story line?

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Right and what’s the mystery.. We know second parents and Lily’s so by process of elimination it’s one of the ONLY two African American characters left lol

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Devons not second

Celia
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Celia

Hilary’s mother was white, Harry. Davlestev confirmed it. So, Lucinda cannot be her mother.
Maybe her grandmother on her father’s side?
Ellis could definitely be her father, though.

Celia
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Celia

Lucinda could be Neil’s mother who had left her family when he was a child? She is coming to make amends?
Ellis could be her long lost husband and also, Neil’s father. That would be some twist.
Their age sort of puts a wrench in my theory, though. How old is Neil supposed to be?
Or….Ellis could be Hilary’s father. The age would make more sense.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

James Reynolds (Days Abe-who is doin nuttin there) and Judy Pace(ex PeytonPlace) are my choices…you might not know her but she was a favorite of mine -she is 75 but looks younger!…

Celia
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Celia

Hmmm. Judy Pace? No, I am not familiar with her. Yeah, Abe could work. He looks the same to me. This guy never ages, Jimmy. LOL.

hayley cropper
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hayley cropper

Loved Peyton Place and the actress! Wish the entire PP series…along with the wonderful daytime version, Return To Peyton Place…would be released on dvd! I know that the daytime version is said to be wiped, but surely some one out there must have copies some where! My copies of the original series are not the best, but at least I have them and have seen it all! X

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Haley Cropper hee hee how’s Fizz..The original was aired on tbsp earl years back from the beginning ..on more than one occasion..YouTube did have episodes and still may also check Dailymotion

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jim…I remember Judy Pace. To me, she still looks FABULOUS for her age!!!!! Oh…and remember…her daughter Julia Pace Mitchell used to play Sofia on Y&R. Y-e-p.

Take care, Jim.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh, Jimmy. You’re so right. Judy Pace was so beautiful…..looked at recent pictures, as well, ….still is beautiful.
I also saw a young Ryan O’Neal. Whoa! It’s so amazing to watch these older soaps……funny to see “IN COLOR”, in big block letters. I guess shows in color, at the time, were rare?
I am going to watch these episodes, time permitting…..late at night. Thanks.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Ok I meant to say aired early episodes on tv not tbsp earl

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Go on youtube…Peyton Place episode 494 and you can see the beautiful Judy Pace.

damien
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damien

i understand these are roles in the senior age group….
but what about past african american favorites?
where s olivia been?…. neil could use an old friend
tyler… lily s old flame?.. who i prefer her with than that dud cane
leslie? genoa s other attorney and old flame of neils?, and leslies doc husband?… i could see a triangle with liv/neil/ leslie/ her husband
y n r has a rich past of african american characters…. i miss them and would love them to pop up at least

JustSaying
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JustSaying

What’s with the name Lucinda? As if Luca isn’t enough. This is what I have a problem with lately. Their creativity in naming a new character is considerably lacking. It’s like Mariah and Marissa. Those two names have too much of a resemblance.

And why new characters. We had Marissa come and go. Then Luca and Natalie. Now Bethany and Dr. Gates with more to follow. Really, I’m not getting the big deal out of this. And I’m still ticked off about letting go Sage.

Sprite
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Sprite

Jonelle Allen would be perfect, as would Leslie Uggams. For the male part, I suggest George Standord Brown, Richard Roundtree, or Clarence Williams III.

Irene
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Irene

The best are on B & B.

Timmm
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Timmm

If its Neil’s parents, cool, I like him and it should be good drama. Hopefully Mal will fix other problems and rebuild the Chancelor and Williams families!

Nikki
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Nikki

What does it matter. They wont keep them if we like them anyways. We lost too many actors that the fans grew fond of (Sage, Mark Harding, Gwen, and now Dr. Neville etc.)

Celia
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Celia

And, Cady M. as Kelly, Nikki. We can’t forget her. I wish Cady would have stayed long enough to interact with Michael K ( Neville); and, possibly start a romance.Thad and Dixie together again!!!! I would have lived that!

Celia
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Celia

Tad; loved….not lived.

Nikki
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Nikki

OMG Now I’m daydreaming. If only with all their craziness they brought her back claiming she never died and as you said had a romance going with Dr. Neville, that would have ben something everyone would have tuned in to watch but honestly CeeCee they never listen to the fans. They just write the stuff and ask what we think but never bother changing it. Example look how long it took for Sony & television to get rid of the producer(can’t think of her name). I wrote to them about H.K. getting all the front burner stories. They we’re suppose… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Nikki.
Oh, you bet, Nikki. I will be looking for you. You are one of my faves, …truly. So nice and always sweet to me.
I still watch Y&R and will continue to do so…..it would be weird, as the show is part of my daily routine….I always manage to fit it in.
I would feel disloyal if I didn’t…albeit, I am so done with Phyllis. How does she tell Jack she loves him with a straight face? Goes from one brother to the other. Must be a gift….takes talent, Lol.

Bart
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Bart

Who the heck was growing fond of Sage?? Or of Detective Harding???

Celia
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Celia

Lol, Bart. Sage grew on me, albeit her storyline was senseless….leaving an inconsolable Nick behind? Yeah, right. I actually enjoyed seeing her, regardless.
Harding? He had a huge following, if I remember correctly. I as not one of those fans. I think his story could have been developed had ‘they’ not turned him into a crooked cop overnight. But, he was neither here nor there for me.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

For the life of me I can’t recall anything about Neil’s family other than Malcolm was his half brother. Did they ever mentioned his mother or father ever? One would think all these years Neil’s been a character, with the birth of his children, a grandparent would have shown up at some point. So if these characters are Neil’s parents it about frigging time Y&R–

Judy
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Judy

I have to think this is Neil’s parents and that makes me happy. Isn’t Neil’s middle name Ellis? I think the Winters desperately need a new direction and purpose in story. This could be good. I’m not sure who to suggest in the roles but hope they can strike gold like B&B did!

Celia
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Celia

That was also my first thought, Judy.
I would suggest Denise Nicholas. She is beautiful inside and out; not to mention a great actress and activist.
If it is to be Hilary’s Dad, then I suggest Blair Underwood…..so hot, ….still !! Not in his 60’s, though.

Aside….and not pertaining to this…
Does anyone else wonder if Travis is behind the oil spills? Is he trying to sabotage Newman Enterprises?

JK
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JK

THATS JUST WHAT THIS SHOW DOES NOT NEED…MORE NEWCOMERS…USE THE GIFTED ACTORS YOU HAVE AND IMPROVE THE STORY LINES. AND …KEEP THE GOOD ONES YOU LET GO…

Ron
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Ron

If it’s for dramatic roles, Cicely Tyson or Debbi Morgan, and Laurence Fishbourne.

Comedic roles– Eddie Murphy and WHoopie Goldberg.

Is Danny Glover doing anything these days? Or Alfre Woodard?

Celia
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Celia

I love Cicely Tyson, Ron. Isn’t she in her 90’s, though?
Debbi Morgan? Now you’re talkin’!

Ron
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Ron

Probably. I’d choose Morgan ASAP before Rowell even has a chance to get her foot back on the sets of Y and R.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Ron…dude…E-X-A-C-T-L-Y!!!!! I (myself) would DEFINITELY choose Debbi Morgan over that ego-inflated Victoria Rowell A-N-Y D-A-Y!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, Debbi is a W-A-Y BETTER actress than Victoria!!!!! A-n-d…Debbi is M-O-R-E of a team player (or whatever)…which is more than I can say for Victoria!!!!! Oh…and BTW, I think that (hypothetically speaking) Debbi would like to come back to Y&R…now that that manipulative witch JFP is no longer there. Y-E-P!!!!!!!!!!

Take care, Ron.

Ron
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Ron

Right with you on all you wrote! I keep hoping the “cleaning out” process continues with THE NEXT IN LINE, Pratt: he brought a mess of storylines direct from Irwin Allen.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

As a longtime fan of the show, I don’t recall anything about Neil’s family other than Malcom. I think I remember him saying once to Lily in conversation, that he had a strained relationship with his parents, so maybe they are going to bring on Neil’s parents. I had forgotten what happened to Hilary’s father but if I recall correctly, Neil had met Hilary’s mother in a bar during one of his many falls off the wagon. They proceeded to get drunk at a bar together, continued their little party in a cheap motel, Neil went out to get reinforcements,… Read more »

TearyTam
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TearyTam

Neil’s parents????

Danny Glover, John Amos, Roger Mosely

Amelia Marshall, JaNet Dubois, Daphne Reid, and Beverly Johnson!

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

QUESTION: WHEN DOES THE NEW WRITING APPEAR FOR VIEWERS? Regarding the question at hand: it appears the storyline has already been written. Two senior African-Americans trying to come to peace with their past. This sounds like a pass through story. Too many too fast. If money were no object, what about a new African-American couple buying a house down the street from Jack’s. Retired, wealthy, into giving to help others who fought their way up the staircase regardless of background. Put them on top as a new solid family in Genoa City. Draft from there. What has been done to… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

What about Pam Grier as Lucinda??

Celia
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Celia

Good one, Barbara..

Enrique
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Enrique

The first two hirings of the Mal Young era, at least he is bringing on some diversity. I do also think they are probably Neil’s parents.

Celia
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Celia

I don’t know, Enrique. I don’t see too much diversity. How many times has Victor been in jail? It is a continuation of Victor’s life following him to his grave. He is still given the roles of a young man. The physical fighting, the lovemaking….so not real. Unless TPTB are sending the message that the only women this washed-up cock can get are those with insecurity issues. A doctor, no less. Does she have a brain? And, what happened to Ian’s “bodyguards” in jail? Why would the prison guards leave Victor and Ian alone in the cafeteria, considering the macho… Read more »

Enrique
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Enrique

Well Celia, all that’s currently on-screen is still Jill and Chuck’s stories. We haven’t seen what Mal can do. Only those who’ve seen his work on Holby City and EastEnders know what we might be in for

Celia
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Celia

@Enrique.
I admire your positivity, Enrique. I really like that. But, as you can see Victor is still front and center with the same old same old caca.
Another mystery woman ( a redhead!!!! Is Michelle Stafford back? Lol.) is doing his dirty work. Kelly in disguise?
I see no originality….only Victor crowned snd ditting on his throne.
I like verbally ‘sparring’ with you. You challenge me!! A good thing. LOL.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

What about Lynne Moody or Lynn Whitfield?

judy
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judy

If page baby was slley then who was the baby that died there was two babys who was christan folks

Emerson
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Emerson

ME! Cast for Ellis.

judy
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judy

I ment Sages baby who was christens

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Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

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Now comes the news from the Guinness Book of World Records that Cena has broken the record for granting 650 wishes to children who have put him as the person they want to meet the most.

 

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To put this into context, no other celebrity has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

According to a press release, Cena started granting wishes back in 2002 and completed his 100th in 2012, now he is at 650.

Recently this past June, John visited Misha, a teenager with down-syndrome who fled Ukraine after his home was destroyed. In order to keep Misha’s spirits up, his mother told him they were on their way to find John Cena. You can watch their story below, followed by a video package honoring Cena’s 500th milestone with the organization.

On a personal note: as someone who at one time worked as the Director of Communications for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation at a locale chapter in the U.S, I know the smiles and the impact a visit from a child’s personal idol can make to help lift their spirits when trying to cope with critical health issues.

Congratulations John!

What do you think about John Cena granting 650 wishes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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