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Y&R Previews Katherine Chancellor's Memorial Service: "One Of Her Wishes Is About To Come True!"

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We hope you will have your hankies ready as we, and the citizens of Genoa City, say goodbye to one of the most beloved and treasured characters in soap opera history, Katherine Chancellor played by the late Jeanne Cooper.

To honor Katherine, The Young and the Restless will be airing a two-part memorial episode beginning right after Labor Day on Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th.

In this newly released CBS Daytime promo for the two-day event, you see Corbin Bernsen as Father Todd (Jeanne Cooper’s real life son) presiding over the ceremony stating, “It’s time to celebrate all that we loved about the great Katherine Chancellor.”

But then comes the cliffhanger of an ending to the promo with a reaction shot of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Jess Walton (Jill) as the voice over announce states, “And … one of her wishes is about to come true!”  What could that wish of Katherine’s be?

Watch the preview below, and let us know what you think could be the “wish come true”? And, if you are going to armed and ready with the hankies to say goodbye to the one and only Mrs. C?  Plus, make sure to check out our new interview with Melody Thomas Scott as she previews the upcoming memorial episodes and more!

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they r dragging this out and Y&R are trying to make a good thing out of this fine woman’s death. What a tragedy.

Agreed Sal, this is a disgrace to her memory

How is it a disgrace?

Sal, go somewhere else with ur CRAP! The show and the actors ARE trying to honor her. You sre the only boob who cant see that. Just go away!

I have been watching since June 1973 won’t go anywhere……..just made a comment. So sorry I won’t do it again…..:>)

Watch today’s episode – Nikki’s scenes. You may feel differently.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion Sal— it is just a shame when others disagree with said opinion they get personal and attack the person instead of giving sound arguments to dispute the opinion they disagree with. So don’t stop posting just be prepared to get some flack when you say something the majority of fans would disagree with.
Personally I don’t feel the show is trying to take advantage of Jeanne’s death— the fans would be in an uproar if they didn’t do something to honor the legacy of both the character and the actress who played her for 40 years. Daytime, especially this show is a slow moving vehicle and it just seems to be dragging on and on but in reality on the show Katherine just died, even though Jeanne passed away months ago.
And having that memorial show in May, just for Jeanne was a rare tribute that doesn’t get done for everyone– Jeanne was highly respected, not a saint, but the show had to first grieve their friend and co-worker, and now it is time to say goodbye to the character.
If there were trying to cash in on this, they would have the memorial in November sweeps, but they aren’t doing it. Actually it will air after a holiday weekend, not exactly prime soap watching time— but you care enough about Jeanne that you do not want to see her or death being used to someone else’s agenda– so I respect you for that, but I honestly don’t think in this case they are doing that.

You said it best. Did not feel this way until it was explained sorry I’m old and needed a brick thrown at me. The advertising of it and what seemed like a while made me feel uneasy but you made me see the light point taken and understood…………thanks so much Mary:>)

Actually, in an interview that I saw with Jill Farren Phelps, they are honoring Jeanne’s last wishes. It was also said that Jeanne would be upset with the writers if they didn’t make a storyline surrounding her death. They are doing this to keep her legacy alive so although not present she will be apart of all story lines. It[‘s different when planning a funeral for one who has really died then someone who has been killed off. It needs to be done with dignity and respect for the woman who played on that show for 40 years. The Young and Restless was Katherine’s life outside of her real home life. The cast were her second family If this is your mother would you want the thing to just be over with. Well think of us fans who are saddened by the loss of Jeanne. I think the writers did a wonderful job so far.

I think it’s lovely that they’re writing it in to give everyone some closure for the character. She was such an integral part of the show, she deserves nothing less.

And if the family wasn’t on board with this, Corbin Bernsen wouldn’t have been there.

I think;
Katherine knew who Nikki’s son is,
and he is in Port Charles, and known to all as…??

Most likely very special person to Katherine …

Please God in Heaven, don’t let it be DULLAN!!!!!

That’s the rumor — I think if they do reveal it is Dylan— that loud noise you will be hearing will be thousands of Y&R fans screaming NOOOOOOOO

LOL.

irregardless….. I love when Fans real.

i have to say… Dylan – still.

takes some getting used to…. who would have thought he could “talk” so much?

and have to be “openly” loving romantic father…. and married.

it’s a little off putting some times… do I still think he belongs on GH w/Sam and daniel edward?

yes… and if SB should choose to revive his career and GH wants him back?

wow… talk about cementing his belonging in genoa city of he’s Nikki’s son.

another male for Nikki to kowtow to…. oohhh! it pains me…

I’ll love that day when she can give Victor a taste of his own medicine.

New viewer here. Only five or is years. Can someone share the billet points of Nikki’s mysterious long lost son please?

Actually I am a long time viewer and I would love the answer to that one myself. As far as I know this long lost son is a new invention– not something that was a part of her history before now. Rumor has it, Dylan will be the baby she gave away, but when and who is the bio-daddy is yet to be reveal. I was hoping since Paul was her first love that maybe it was his, but since she went to him for help- in tracking the son down that would be doubtful.

Mark it is being made up like a lot of soaps do the long lost child you never heard about. Plus in this case JFP needs to cement bringing SB over and making him the star I am and still annoyed but I just do not watch his scenes the FF button works fine.

So then where is this news/rumor coming from? Using a soap’s history well is certainly welcome but I hope it isn’t forced. On ATWT, Lisa had a grown son come to Oakdale and he was conceived while the character of Lisa was off the show if I remember correctly. Was Nikki written out for any length of time long, long ago?

i wont be watching…

Can’t wait. This is going to be a very good episode!

That JFP gets replaced…lol

From your mouth to God’s ears!!!

It’s going to be a long time before anyone truly gets used to Jeanne/Katherine being gone.
It’s strange to see scenes in the Chancellor mansion without her (although there have been many over the years without Katherine in them).
It’s just different. 🙁

Miss her,miss her,miss her…..

thank for let me know, I will try to tape that 2 part storylines of great Jeanne Cooper and his real life son,Corbin.. (We all love you,Jeanne). God Bless You!!!

I bet one of her last wishes will be a plaque or statue of her so that any Genoa City resident can always visit and talk to her.

I saw the preview of the next weeks show, and when it showed Katherine’s last wish it only showed the faces of Jill and Nikki’s and the shocking look on their faces it looks like maybe someone showed up. Jill especially it was the same look she had when Phillip Chancellor III showed up. I could be wrong, but judging by Jill’s face maybe Phillip Chancellor the 2nd is alive. All these years Katherine has wished for Phillip to not be dead right. Don’t start a rumor that it is him because I am only quessing by the look on Jill’s face. It doesn’t look like a face of seeing a statue. Hey, for a soap opera it’s not odd for a soap character to come back from the dead. LOL

I have just seen part two of this show– and you are right it is not a statue- and if it looks they just seen a ghost– well there is a reason for that.

The powers that be already let it slip there is going to be a park set that will be in honor of Katherine– so obviously Jill and Nikki are reacting to some kind of statue or plaque with Katherine’s image on it being unveiled, to be a monument in said park.

I think it looks great!!! I will be watching! I am glad they are doing so much and if some secrets come out of it the better… Jeanne would have loved it!!! Corbin would not be doing this if he didn’t think it was being done well!!!

The passing of Jeanne Copper is a major turning point in THE Y&R, hence it should be ntoed grandly as befitting the character. And, of course, the passing of Katherine Chancellor should be a source of plot upsets, twists, turns, and geneses. I hope Katherine (and Miss Cooper) are remembered and referenced for a long time to come… but not compromised!

The wish that is about to come true is probably Chancellor Park.

Please let these two days be about nothing but the death of Katherine Chancellor give the fans that much.

It will be! I am from Canada and we get it a day ahead, so saw it today. I won’t spoil it, but I will say this much have your kleenex ready. The Young and Restless writers did a fabulous job

Just seen now that you are from Canada too, so you know who they saw—so disregard my reply to you in another post.

CARMAN

Saw the first episode today here in Parry Sound, ON, Canada and there is something covered on the wall behind the podium so I do believe that it will be a plaque honoring Katherine. Cried so much. Beautifully done and can not wait to see the second part.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

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Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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