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Y&R Recasts the Role of Summer Newman with Allison Lanier

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The Young and the Restless is set to bring back Summer Newman to the canvas, but with a new actress.

In casting news, the top-rated soap has recast the role of Summer, last played by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Hunter King, with actress Allison Lanier.

King departed the show in the summer of 2021, when reportedly she and her co-star Michael Mealor (Kyle) departed over contract talks.  The two returned for a guest appearance in August of 2021, when Summer  and Kyle attended Victoria and Ashland’s wedding in Italy.

Now with Mealor back at Y&R and set for a major storyline (now that Kyle’s mom, Diane, is back-from-the-dead), the show is also bringing back the love of his life.

Look for Lanier to make her Y&R debut later in May, while Mealor will return on-air next week on the CBS daytime drama series.

Allison’s other credits include: a recurring role as as Annabelle on the Amazon series, Red Oaks, the indie films Mia and Fish Bones, and she was featured in the role of Megan in Michelle Morgan’s (Amanda, Y&R) film, It Happened in L.A, that was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

So, what do you think of the casting news of a new Summer coming to Genoa City? Comment below.

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Maybe now I’ll like ‘Summer’. Didn’t like Hunter in the role.

SHIMA
Ditto!

Ditto

Violet– I’m not up to the actor’s cast’s actual ages but——
The ‘new’ Summer looks 16 years old..
Look at here= a child..
((way I see her))

Maybe Summer should change her name to Lolita. She looks about 12 to me.

Jill
I agree but I bet the photo isn’t recent. A lot of the photos look nothing like the actors do now.

SuOOO
Hi how are you these days? She probably was 16 in the photo. I just said to Jill that it most likely was a photo taken when she was a lot younger. I was not a big Hunter King fan, so Iam hoping this gal works out, especially now I hear Phyllis is leaving.

i disagree hunter was great in the role good luck to new summer won’t be as easy as everyone thinks

Summer should ve stayed in Italy and Lola should get been the one to return with a recast since Sasha’s unavailable. Summer could get returned later after Kyle and Lola reunited . But ofcourse the show would also need a new HW to actually pen a triangle. Now that Rey’s leaving the show desperately needs diversity. As a white viewer I enjoy different faces and cultural viewpoints. Let’s face it. Lily, Devon, Nate and Elena are a snooze. The only exciting characters in that group Amanda and Imani got benched. The Rosales should have presence.

HunterKing should have been kept in the role! There was chemistry between her and Mealor.

She looks more like Phyliss’s daughter now.

I Agree!

Yes– My thought too!

Thank God ! Bring on some new characters maybe a new family that could rival the Newmans and Abbotts . Please bring back Judith Chapman . I watched todays episode and it was pretty good , Sharon Case and Joshua Morrow had a great scene . Just bring back the old school music and the show will be right on.

Everytime they bring on a new family, Eric Bradean has a fit. See the Rosales. We have the remaining Winters, boring and all

Y&R should have kept Hunter King. She won 2 Daytime Emmys. This recast will not work, mark my words. Hunter King will be back before we know it. Good luck to the new actress.

I just hope Kyle and Summer can stay strong. Don’t want either wandering. They just married, took in a child. We shall see about the recast. Will take some getting used to. Miss King really owned the role. But recasts are part of daytime drama life.

We need to have an open mind and give her a fair chance to prove her acting. I’m sure it’s hard to adjust to a new role. Some people liked Hunter and some did not. It’s just a matter of opinion.

I agree, Bella. I’ve eaten A LOT of humble pie when it comes to pre-judging recasts. I’ve been happy with several in the past few years, like Michael Mealor’s Kyle, Nicholas Chavez & Marcus Coloma on GH, and Matthew Atkinson on BB. So, I’ll reserve my feelings for now.

Nope she won’t do I like the old summer Newman. Hunter king was summer Newman

That’s what I love about people like you. So judgmental, and haven’t even seen what the girl can do with the part given to her. I think she will do fine, maybe even better than Hunter. So I will save what to say till I see her act.

Maryann
If you like her so much you could at least give her the courtesy of capitalizing her name. It’s Summer Newman and Hunter King.

Boring. Hunter king was a much better actress. There’s no chemistry with Kyle. Such a shame.

Charlotte
I tend to agree with you. I was not a Hunter King fan either. It’s like they are playing house. Also, if my mother acted like Phyllis , I’d disown her!

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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The Young and the Restless Renewed for Four More Years at CBS

Congratulations are in order to the cast, crew, creatives and fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. On Wednesday, the top-rated daytime drama was renewed by the network for four more years.

The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continued to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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According to CBS, Y&R is averaging 3.50 million viewers this season. The series is also the #1 daytime program among African American viewers. Full episodes of the series are streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE.  The soap opera airs weekdays at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-12:30 p..m. PT.

Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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Other notable cast anniversaries in 2024 include: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) at 35 years and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) all at 30 years.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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Kimberlin Brown ‘Killed-Off’ as Sheila Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful in Shocking Twist

The Monday, February 26th episode of CBS daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the apparent end to one of the all-time villains of soap opera.

In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”

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However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”

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If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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This is leading many to believe this move will bring Steffy back together with Liam (Scott Clifton) while Finn and Hope (Annika Noelle) draw closer. Is that part of the reason for Sheila’s death? Stay tuned.

What do you think about The Bold and the Beautiful killing-off Sheila Carter and Steffy to be the one who put an end to her life? Comment below.

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