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"Y&R's" Cast Town Hall meeting!

melodyThomasScott.jpgFancast’s Sara A. Bibel reported on a town hall meeting On-Air On-Soaps had heard rumblings of from various sources the day before.   Bibel went on to say in her latest blog and post the following info and perspective:

“Last Friday Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko visited the “Y&R”studio for a Town Meeting with the show’s cast, crew, and production office staff.  Mosko runs Sony’s entire television division including primetime, cable and syndication.  Sources say he wanted to speak frankly with employees about the show’s recent two year renewal by CBS.  The new contract cuts the license fee, which means even more budget cuts.  Some production office staff and crew have already had their salaries slashed.  Mosko discussed the current state of the show and  praised the leadership of Maria and Billy Bell before opening up the floor to questions.   The meeting was described by an attendee as a pep talk to let the staff know that their hard work was appreciated.  Of course,  Mosko may hope that future contract negotiations will go more smoothly than Melody Thomas Scott’s now that the cast knows that the show has no money to spare.  CBS daytime president Barbara Bloom did not attend the meeting.  Nor did Eric Braeden, even though he was reportedly on set Friday.

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It is, in my opinion, impressive that Mosko met with the staff.  This is a terrible time for the entire entertainment industry.  The prevailing attitude is that anyone with a job should be grateful.  Talking with rank and file employees is unusually respectful behavior for a studio head. Few executives at Mosko’s level take an interest in daytime.  It certainly does not seem like any senior ABC/Disney executives are taking paying any attention to the soap operas that their company produces.”

To read more of Sara’s post entitled “Power Plays” click here!

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DYNASTY’s Brianna Brown Is A New Mom!

It’s a boy for Brianna Brown and her husband Richie Keen!

The CW’s Dynasty star, were she plays Claudia Blaisdel, gave birth to her son Charlie Zane on July 18th in Los Angeles.

The new little bundle of joy weighed in 7 lbs., 11 oz.

In a statement to PEOPLE the proud new parents expressed: “We are overjoyed to welcome Charlie into our family and are grateful to everyone who helped guide us through our birth experience. We are looking forward to all the adventures we will have in the next chapter of our lives.”

General Hospital fans remember Brianna for her portrayal of Dr. Lisa Niles who had an obsession with Dr. Patrick Drake (played by now Y&R’s Jason Thompson).

Share your congratulations for the happy couple and baby Charlie via the comment section below!

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Jordi Vilasuso Joins The Cast Of The Young and the Restless

Soap vet, Jordi Vilasuso is heading to Genoa City!

Casting news out of Soap Opera Digest is that the Daytime Emmy-winning actor, will play the role of Ray who is said to be a mysterious stranger who finds himself immersed in the drama in town.

Look for Jordi to make his Y&R debut on the Friday, August 17th episode.

Daytime fans last saw Jordi as Dario on Days of our Lives.  He exited when the character was written-off and into the Witness Protection Program.

Jordi won is Daytime Emmy for his role as Tony Santos on Guiding Light.

So, do you think Jordi will play a good guy, or a bad guy this time out on Y&R? Comment below.

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