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Y&R's Christian LeBlanc Video Interview: The Fisher/Baldwin Clan & Kudos For Justin Hartley, and Greg Rikaart!

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He’s a three-time Daytime Emmy winner and one of the enduring cast members of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. During his run, he has given viewers complex dramatic performance after performance as Michael Baldwin, and he his beloved by the fan base of the top-rated show.  Of course, we are talking about Christian LeBlanc.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman chatted with Christian at the recent Y&R 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, where we asked him about his favorite moments over the years as Mr. Baldwin, working in story with the exited Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam Newman, now Kevin, This Is Us) and his thoughts on his former co-stars success, and more.

When talking about his favorite moments during his time at Y&R, Christian pointed to his scenes with his on-screen brother Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) that have been pivotal for him: “I loved Greg watching into Michael’s office, and what a gift.  They don’t have to bring in super-talented people to be your family, and I have super-talented people in my on-screen family.  As they layered each one on, it became better, and better, and better.  But I will say, Greg through that whole storyline about prison and the hospital  …  and we both won Emmys that year for the work, and I can tell you, I am very proud of that.  I learned through that experience that I could do things, that I did not know I could do before.  I was asked to do a lot of stuff, and it was some heavy lifting, and it made me very nervous.  Having Greg on the other side of it helped immensely.  He made those scenes.  But any job that can challenge you in a good way is great, and they did the same thing for me with Michael’s prostate cancer storyline – and with the breakup between Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) and Michael.  That was stuff I had never done, either.  In my whole career, I have never been the cuckolded husband.  But again, I have Tracey and Judith Chapman (Gloria), and Jess Walton (Jill), and Max Ehrich (Fen), too.  They have given me amazing people to work with, much less this cast!”

Viewers recently saw Michael and Adam in key scenes when he was representing him in his trial, thus giving two soap giants such as LeBlanc and Hartley screen time together.  Christian says it was all that and more and gave major kudos to Hartley:  “We got a lot of positive feedback from our scenes! I was suprised how well we worked together right-away.   Justin was so generous, and there was no ego about him.   And to be someone who has done so much, and is as experienced as he is – to have come from where he did, he had every right to expect a lot of things.  But Justin was so humble, and so great as a person to be in a scene with, because he was a worker.   He wanted it great and he was passionate about all those things, and you don’t see that when Justin walks in the door, because that is not the first card he plays.  He’s not like me!  He’s not vomiting all the information on people like I do! (Laughs)  Justin actually thinks before he speaks! (Laughs)   I will tell you that Justin has a permanent fan in me.   I really, really enjoyed our scenes and I will miss Justin.  His new show This Is Us looks amazing!”

Watch Christian’s interview below! Then let us know what you thought of his scenes with Greg Rikaart and Justin Hartley? What storyline do you hope the new Y&R writing team has in store for this talented actor? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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Timmm
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Timmm

Christian is another actor from Y&R that is just first class! I wish he would regain his character’s edge and be more adventurous! Hopefully the new writers will give Michael a juicy story.

jeanette spencer
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jeanette spencer

I loved Christian & Justin’s scenes , they were great together. Christian should get more story lines with (Greg & Tracey) also I wish we could get Justin back (probably not possible) but I can wish can’t I. He is a very talented guy love him.

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soapqueenforever

I have always loved Michael and Lauren. I was hoping with Jill back, we would be seeing more of Lauren. Maybe Brash and Sassy could have some kind of tie in with Fenmores. I would like to see Lauren be more than just a sounding board for Michael as he discusses his cases. And maybe we ccould have mama Gloria come back for a little excitement as well. Gloria is another one of my much loved, and terribly missed favorites. On a side note, I loved Justin Hartley on This Is Us. The whole show was terrific. Looking forward to… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

What was the twist at the end of “This is Us?”

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Timmmy, I really tried watching THIS IS US, For as long as I could. For the life of me, I could not get into it. Justin’s acting/talent shone right through, as I thought it would….but, I was bored to tears. This does not mean anything, of course….just my opinion. He truly left a void behind at Y&R….miss him so much. Justin MADE Chelsea….as the character is right now? She is not ‘giving’ it. Another dumb situation? Can she not see through Chloe? I do agree that Justin and Michael were some pair……they did work well togethr. But, Michael has… Read more »

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Soaphound

Timmm…hope this isn’t a late spoiler for anyone but at the end, we saw that the young couple having triplets are the parents of Justin’s character, his twin sister, and the adoptive parents of the successful family man who found his bio dad. The couple (Mandy Moore & Milo Ventimiglia) only had 2 babies survive childbirth and when they see the baby alone in the nursery that a fireman brought in, they decide to keep him also. How they adopted him so easily wasn’t addressed yet. Nor was the fact that most of the extras were dressed in 60s fringe… Read more »

Celia
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@Soaphound.
Hi, Soaphound,
I wish I had found the strength, gumption and interest you did. I will try watching the next episode.
I cannot put my finger on it, but the show missing something. Victor Newman?
I should have stuck it out just so I could answer Timmmy’s question. LOL.

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soapqueenforever

All right Timmm, please bear with me. The twist ending was that the African American character, the Justin Hartley character and the sister of the Justin Hartley character are siblings. The birth was kind of a flashback. They were originally pregnant with triplets, but only two survived. The African American baby was bought into the hospital the same day and was adopted by the couple. That is why they all have the same birthday, and if you noticed in the bedroom of the daughter of the African American character, she has a poster in her room from the Justin Hartley… Read more »

Nellie
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Nellie

Christian is an excellent actor and deserves a good story line.

Dee
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Dee

I have been a Christian LeBlanc Fan since he first came on YR and bad boy or not I loved My Michael and as he evolved and became connected to Lauren(Tracey Bregman) it became a couple that i still adore and love.. Christian has been with Many actors and actresses and has chemistry with each and every one of them. With Victor(Eric) they were amazing over the years Kevin (Greg) as his brother perfect match and wow with Tracey (Lauren) never has a couple been so perfect together and Gloria(Judith) they had a dynamite family going on and then came… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

I would love to see a story that shows the strength of Lauren/Michael when Laurens son Scott comes home with the same disease his father had that killed him how dramatic would it be give it a try writers or even have Fen come home from college with a woman of the world that Michael and Lauren detest hey its worth a try these brilliant actors will bring it to the top with their abilities

Bunting
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Bunting

Christian works well with everyone but he should be more than a talk to for other characters. I miss Michael interacting with his family. Gloria and Fen have disappeared and Lauren has been off screen for two months. That needs to change. The Baldwins deserve to have their own stories also.

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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

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Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

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Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) along with many of her former co-stars, and actors from All My Children and General Hospital, will be taking part in tonight’s ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway livestream benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which begins at 8 pm EST.  You can watch it here.

Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

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In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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