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Y&R To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary of Eric Braeden With Three Special Episodes

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There will be quite the celebration in store for fans of The Young and the Restless, and its iconic star, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).

Braeden, has reached the 40 year milestone with the top-rated CBS daytime drama.  To honor Eric and his Genoa City alter-ego, Victor Newman, the show will air three consecutive days of special episodes beginning on Tuesday February 18th through Thursday February 20th.

Victor first appeared on the Y&R canvas back on February 8th, 1980.  During the three days of special episodes, viewers will be treated to retro clips from memorable episodes during Braeden’s impressive 40-year run.

The festivities kick-off on the Feb 18th installment, when Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) hosts a glamorous gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Victor’s company, Newman Enterprises. In addition to the Newman family, the gala will be attended by familiar faces from Victor’s past and present! Returning for the celebration are Victor’s grandson, Noah Newman (Robert Adamson), his first wife, Julia (Meg Bennett), and Victor’s brother, Matt Miller, played by Robert Parucha, who originated the role in 1985.

In a statement on his 40th anniversary with Y&R,  Eric offered up: “I am enormously grateful to the writers and my fellow actors, and most importantly to Bill Bell.”

Looking forward to the episodes in honor of Eric Braeden’s 40th anniversary as Victor? Comment below.  But first check out some clips from the upcoming episodes!

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I am looking forward to this, especially the return of Robert Adamson as Noah. I think it shameful that a character in a core family like Newman can’t be given airtime or a story! They need to bring Adamson back and dump Theo, nuChance, Tessa and her scruffy Himbo, and EVERYONE related to Amanda’s previous life. Congrats and thanks to Eric Braeden for many thrilling and professional years..and a terrific autobiography.

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Momo

And I think pairing up Theo and Lola is a huge mistake. They really don’t have ties to anyone else on the show. So Theo is related to the Abbots, but just recently. Lola’s brother Ray is on the show, but he’s expendable. When Lola was married to Kyle, she had an anchor. Now she doesn’t. I wish Theo would leave altogether. Not totally loving nuChance. Don’t like Tanner. What is the point of him? I get to take Tessa on tour, but the scenes in the airplane are ridiculous. And if he takes her on tour, why do we… Read more »

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Soaphound

I’m in agreement, Momo. I’ve nothing against new characters. But this recent spate just don’t click for me. Tanner, Tessa, nuChance, Amanda and her ex, and especially Theo just don’t have it. Meanwhile, we have a terrific recast Adam with too much airtime and the returns of Traci, Kevin, Chloe… and they get dribbles. The balance is off.

Momo
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Momo

Yes, give Kevin and Chloe more story!

SZima
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SZima

Just one episode would be MORE than enough! Why the heck do we need three???

There have been other actors on their soaps for 40+ years, and they didn’t get that kind of celebration!
It’s really kind of nauseating!

I can take only so much of the sanctimonious Mustache!!!

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soapqueenforever

I agree. Enough with the dedication shows already. They need to clean up the mess they have now and get on with. As a long time fan of Sharon Case, I am interested in seeing how this story will play out. But a three show dedication to Victor Newman who spends his time doing whatever the hell wants and getting away with it, enough is enough. Getting back to Sharon Case, I am not being morbid or anything like that, I am just saying that she is a terrific actress and she can handle anything that comes her way. Like… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

It’s almost funny, isn’t it? If the Baldwins, Fishers, or Williams families actually GOT a story, they’d be newbies to many viewers. Not sure whether to laugh or cry!

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only person who feels this way. So many people are quick to point out how wrong it is to glorify GH’s Sonny, who is a mobster, but Victor gets a pass for all he does. Victor’s destructive behavior is not the same as killing people in the mob but the emotional violence he inflicts is just as devastating. Congrats to Mr. Braeden, but celebrating this toxic character over three episodes is more than I will be able to take. Glad to have been warned!

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Sonniorsolita and others,
I so agree and thank God for not having had a father like Papa Newman who loves saying that his family comes first. Again, the other day lying to Victoria about Billy and Samantha. If you ask me he loves himself more than anyone else. Being the great V.N, he can beat the drum and blow his own horn at the same time, as this is really what he does best. After 40 years experience, he’s a one man band!

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

I totally agree, especially after reading his horrible tweets about our US President.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Nice. However, it leads me to wonder what did Doug Davidson get on his 40th anniversary playing Paul Williams? Not much is my guess.

Kay
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Kay

Doug was treated pretty badly awful actually he was hurt and unfortunately he took to Twitter and I guess powers that be did not like that ! EB is the only character on Y&R who can be nasty on twitter lol ! Noah should have come back for the story concerning his mother so maybe he is finally one would hope .

Kat
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Kat

Eric deserves a whole year of episodes!

Momo
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Momo

Wow! Should be fun.

So did Victor start Newman Enterprises before Eric started on Y&R?

Kay
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Kay

No he was brought to town by Katherine to run Chancellor industries he was a total jealous bad guy then he treated first wife Julia horrible I was very young but remember that

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You know, Kay, I’ve heard Eric Braeden himself say that he considers Victor basically a villain. It’s surprising how many are still surprised when he misbehaves.

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

No, I’m dreading three days dedicated to this.

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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