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Y&R's Daniel Goddard Video Interview: The Life & Times Of Cane Ashby!

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Daniel Goddard has had such an interesting run as Cane Ashby on The Young and the Restless.  It’s had its moments behind the scenes, and quite the complex character history in front of the screen!  Throughout it all, one thing can be said, Goddard remains a steadfast fan favorite with the top-rated soap.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman caught up with Daniel during Y&R’s 11,000th episode on set celebration at CBS Television City, where they bantered about the twists and turns of Cane, and the reigniting of the Billy and Cane feud now that Jason Thompson (Billy) has taken over the role.

When discussing the history of Cane (remember when he came to town believed-to-be Phillip Chancellor III?), Daniel expressed: “People ask me, ‘Tell me about your character?’  How do I tell them about this character?  It’s not like Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow): ‘I’m rich, Victor’s my dad, and I’m with chicks.” (Laughs)  You know what I mean?  How do you explain Cane?   It sounds like a soap opera!  And people would say to me, ‘I bet one day you are going to get an evil twin!’ And I say, ‘Funny, you should say that!”‘

And let’s not forget that historic fan protest over Daniel originally being let-go from the show … when an airplane flew over CBS!  Goddard recalls, “That was insane, but that was the fans!  That was a huge moment, and it made me realize every day we do this job, we don’t realize the impact we have with the viewers at home.  Then you see something like that (the plane), and you realize that all this work that we do, and everything we do, means so much to people. So, when the viewers did that … it was so amazing.”

Now in story, Cane and Billy are once again rivals, but made to work together by Jill!   Goddard shared his thoughts on working with Jason Thompson:  “Jason’s great.  I was really excited to hear that they were going to do the Cane and Billy thing again.  It had been six years, and it was one of those moments (and I hadn’t worked with Jason yet, but I had seen his work on GH), when I realized that he has a really different take on Billy.  And his take on Billy is not the goofy guy who keeps messing up.  He’s the guy that looks like he actually enjoys messing up, and if people don’t like it, it’s their problem.  In other words, “This is me, and if you don’t like it, that’s your problem.”  Jason’s owned the role.  So, to have Cane and Billy back in the same storyline is great.  Jason and I have a real good work flow when we do scenes together, and Jess Walton is in the storyline, and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) is in the storyline.  The cute thing with the quadrangle is  … Jess is really now Cane’s stepmom, because she is married to Cane’s dad, Colin (Tristan Rogers)  Then Colin is really Billy’s stepdad, so Billy is now Cane’s step-brother!  It’s great.  We never really had that going on before.”

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Watch Daniel’s interview below! Then let us know, what has been your favorite character moment in Cane’s character history? What do you hope goes down between Billy and Cane?  Do you want them to be adversaries or work for the common good? Comment below!

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Michael
Michael

Thank you for the interview! Daniel is the Best!

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

I agree, thank you, Michael – awesome interview.

SZima
SZima

I want to like this guy, but he’s just not working for me. I think Cane and Lilly are two of the most boring characters…together…on daytime. DG is much better when he’s not paired with Christel Khalil.
He must think so too? I don’t think he mentioned her once in this article.

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

They aren’t boring to me. I wish they could be on more, and given an actual storyline to give their loyal fans something to watch on Y&R. Personally, I don’t watch unless they are on, and even then my patience is tested because they are always propping the succubus that Devon married.

Cane and Lily deserve the airtime of the rest of the cast – I resent the way they are treated.

Travis Thomas
Travis Thomas

This character needs to be retired. I’m mean after the Phillip reveal he’s never been able to carry a SL. He seems like a really nice guy, but even in his own SL he was upstaged by his on screen parents. I ffwd all Lily/Cane scenes because they are so gooey sweet & not in a good way. Other than telling lies, he’s never done anything canvas worthy. And I truly do believe every regime has tried to find a place for this character. And still wondering what qualifies him for all these corporate jobs they keep giving him. Also, without Jill propping him up this character would be even more useless. But I’m truly so happy that Jill has finally been given screen time with her REAL son vs the con man. Those scenes with Jill/Billy were layered with so much history, and both actors were incredible.

Has ANY Cane scene ever truly emotionally resonated with you guys? Just wondering, cause he does have a fan base.

Michael
Michael

I strongly disagree with you. No regime since MAB wanted to write for Cane, he’s an amazing actor who got backboned for almost a decade and never gets a chance to show his acting abilities. He got by far the worst ‘stories’ with Cane’s lying, keeping secrets (with very little screen time) but he’s still one of the most popular characters on the show besides that all they ever write is his wife cheating on him. Cane’s writing was good when he started on the show.
You might like the Jill and Billy scenes but what I do know is that most of the viewers are fed up with the the way she acts and already want her gone

Michael
Michael

+backburned (autocorrect)

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

The character of Cane certainly resonates with me. Other than his fabulous chemistry with Lily, Cane and Jill’s chemistry has always been better than Jill and Billy’s. Cane appreciates Jill and accepts her for who she is. Billy is simply a big entitled angry baby that will not accept the fact that Jill made mistakes but she loves him regardless of his faults – it’s called growing up. I am so glad that Cane is given the opportunity to have a s/l that doesn’t involve propping Devon and that vicious manipulator he married. Now if only Lily could step out of their shadow as well. I would love to see Mr. and Mrs. Ashby have separate but equal storylines that will allow them to have individual lives but strengthen their relationship. I love them and want them to be front and center for once.

Did that answer your question?

Travis Thomas
Travis Thomas

@Michael. You bring up a great point about no one writing for him. Thats why I was saying that after the Phillip reveal the character has been useless, not the actor. But part of the problem is that outside of Lily the character has never been fleshed out or had a life outside of Lily. Im not a fan of them together personally, but thats just me also preferring LIly #2 over CK. But hey everyone has a fan base.

But I will say the one time I actually started to get into Cane was during the period that GF was playing his mom, because there was such a wealth of SL potential, but then GF left the moment JFP came onboard because of their toxic history. He finally was getting some material because all of her sneakiness, and then it was all dropped.

Also because of the wonderful relationship Billy/Jill had from his teen years, it was always frustrating that they only wrote them together as if Billy didnt exist. I guess at the end of the day this show just hasnt had any true balance and familiar ties. And maybe thats why the character has never resonated with me, because he’s never been given anything to resonate about.

@Cindy I know we disagree about CK, but maybe she’s my problem with the Lily/Cane pairing because I personally find them dull. So hopefully now that Sally is coming aboard they will get some attention to right some wrongs.

Michael A Finney
Michael A Finney

I really honestly wish that TPTB at #YR back when he was initially fired and let go had stuck to their guns. I d think that Cane is boring as hell! Cane can fall off of a cliff and never come back aka Drucilla for all I care.

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

Fortunately, not everyone share your opinion. I love the character. He is honorable, loyal, protective. The mistakes he made were for the right reasons, they were never self serving or for nefarious purposes.

He and Lily are my favorite characters on the show, and I wish Daniel and Christel will finally get the opportunity to spread their wings on this show for once. I hate that he has to compete for a position that Billy and Victoria had to be begged to accept.

I think Cane and Lily are much better than the disparate treatment the receive. Their organic chemistry is off the charts, and their huge fan base are often disgusted about the fact that they are unfairly slighted so often.

Cindy (@cindy_cameron)
Cindy (@cindy_cameron)

Oops, posted the rough draft, below is the edited version:

Fortunately, not everyone shares your opinion. I love the character. He is honorable, loyal, and protective. The mistakes he made were for the right reasons, they were never self-serving or for nefarious reasons.

He and Lily are my favorite characters on the show, and I hope Daniel and Christel will finally get the opportunity to spread their wings for once. I hate that he has to compete for a position that Billy and Victoria had to be begged to accept, and I hope he pulls the rug from under all of them professionally, not sneaky and smarmy. Or better yet, start a company to compete with Brash & Sassy.

I think Cane and Lily deserve much better than the disparate treatment they receive. Their organic chemistry is off the charts, and their huge fan base is often disgusted about the fact that they are unfairly slighted so often.

Eva
Eva

People still mad bout Cane ressurrection ??? LMAO !! please get a life…. I love DG as Cane. He needs a good storyline. He did a great job on the ghost/twintig storyline…and with CK he got the best of them all…. I’m happy to see writers care enough about the fans to keep this couple together….they have a HUGE fanbase..

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Eileen Davidson & Vincent Van Patten Talk ‘7 Days to Vegas’, Their Relationship and Y&R, DAYS & RHOBH

Today’s the day for the highly-anticipated film, 7 Days to Vegas which bows in selected theaters. The motion picture which stars Vincent Van Patten and his real-life wife, two-time Daytime Emmy winning actress Eileen Davidson (Y&R’s Ashley and former Kristen/Susan Banks, Days) is a comedic gambling romp, centering around the character of Duke (Van Patten), an out-of-work actor turned poker player who makes a prop bet that he walk from the San Fernando Valley in California to Sin City, Las Vegas in 7 days.

There are some catches to this bet that make it even more challenging  … Duke has to wear a suit the entire time in scorching heat.  The events in the movie are loosely based on Van Patten’s Hollywood Poker game nights.  7 Days to Vegas features a fictional gang of betting entertainment industry bigwigs, who are hardcore gamblers and of course, jealousy strikes.  Davidson plays Duke’s wife, KC.

Michael Fairman sat down with Eileen and Vincent at their home, and at their famed poker table for the Michael Fairman Channel, to chat about the making of the movie, their relationship and some intriguing tidbits for fans of Eileen’s work on The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and her time on Bravo’s hit reality franchise, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

In 7 Days to Vegas, Eileen says that Vincent fashioned her role of KC after their real-life relationship adding, “They are in it together. This is a lifestyle that they both enjoy.  That is what somebody does when there is a home game; you call people up, and make sure who is going to be there.  Van Patten said, “There is a host of the game, and that is her role in the movie.”

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As to the scenes where Duke is walking to Vegas, Van Patten shared, “We shot the film in Santa Clarita, California in the hills and the mountains and all of that, and then we out five days after with a second unit shoot and shot with drones in the desert.  So, I must have walked 10 miles a day, shooting, sweating, but you don’t feel it, because when it’s your baby, it’s a labor of love.”

When asked if she would go back to daytime, Eileen shared she would be back for more Ashley on Y&R: “I am supposed to go back to Y&R in a couple of more weeks. So I am popping in and out at this point.”  Davidson also shared she wishes nothing but the best to Stacy Haiduk who inherited her roles on Days of our Lives as Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks. Eileen said she does not watch the episodes of the show anymore, because it makes her feel sad.  The roles of Kristen and Susan were so close to Davidson’s heart.

In speaking of her time on RHOBH, Van Patten shared, “I think she (Eileen) did a great job. It went by real quick. I think she did like three years on it.  I was in the background carrying her purse, going, ‘Yes, yes, here I come.”  (Laughs)  Davidson expressed: “Listen, reality TV … it’s a crazy, wild, Wild West.”  When Michael asked about the time a drink was thrown in her face, Eileen explained:  “I think Brandi (Granville) felt she needed to be relevant to be on the show, and her role was to be a troublemaker. I understand more of it now.  At the time, I was a deer in the headlights for the first couple of years.”  Vincent shared, “People always ask if this stuff is scripted, and it’s actually not, but you can spice it up”   As to if ‘Housewives’ makes up the drama, Davidson elaborated, “Before the season starts they will ask, ‘What is going on in your life?’, and maybe there is some of that behind-the-scenes stuff.  It didn’t happen with me.  I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it is a reality show, but it is also entertainment, and if all we did was sit around, how fun would that be?”

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Watch the full interview below with Eileen and Vincent and make sure to “subscribe” to The Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interview features.

Now let us know, will you be checking out 7 Days to Vegas, which will also be available on iTunes and VOD come September 24th? Do you hope there will be more Ashley on Y&R? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Sharon Case Celebrates 25 Years On The Young and the Restless; Shares With Fans: “Thanks For Going On The Ride With Me”

Over the weekend, The Young and the Restless Sharon Case reached her 25-year milestone in Genoa City! For Case, who was the third actress to take on the role of Sharon Collins, and once believed she would only last six months on the top-rated CBS Daytime drama, has become an integral part throughout the years to the drama and the romance that happens on the canvas on Y&R.

To mark the occasion, Case sat-down with Michael Fairman on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City where Y&R is taped; to take a stroll down memory lane, and to share her thoughts with her legions of fans on the life and times of Sharon Collins Newman.

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From her character’s wrong-side-of-the-tracks beginning, to meeting Nick Newman, to many of the memorable storylines and moments that were among her very favorites including: when Nikki, Phyllis, Sharon and Victoria buried J.T., and of course, to her leading men through the years, Sharon reveals some backstage and on-camera Intel.   As viewers know, Sharon Newman had also had her share of catfights through the years in longstanding conflicts with both Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and of course, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), and Sharon discusses those moments too.

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Sharon and Michael also relive when Cassie’s death, was first aired on the show, and the impact that story has had for decades on everyone who worked on and has watched Y&R over the years.  In addition, Sharon discusses how she felt the night she won the Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series back in 1999.

At the end of the interview Sharon relates this message to the fans of Y&R: “I have always felt like these 25 years wasn’t just working here and playing Sharon … or working here with all the wonderful people … it’s just as much about going through it with all of you, especially because of social media, but even when we didn’t have it, we always knew that you were there and we were partners with you … because it really is sort of a partnership.  I really have felt like we have been in this together the whole time.  We don’t have a studio audience, but we know you’re there, and we love hearing from you.  It really was just as much about you – this journey I have gone on, than it was anything else, so ‘thank you’ for being there and watching the show, and being faithful to the show, and thanks for going on the ride with me.”

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Then, let us know what has been your favorite storyline of Sharon’s through the years?  Comment below.

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Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson and Greg Rikaart Talk On The Return of Chloe and Kevin

Fans of The Young and the Restless were overjoyed to learn a few months ago that Kevin and Chloe played to perfection by Greg Rikaart and Elizabeth Hendrickson were headed back to the CBS Daytime drama following the regime change at the top.

Rikaart had previously with the series for 14 years before he was taken off-contract, and then journeyed to Days of our Lives to take on the role of Leo, while Hendrickson went to General Hospital to take on the role of Margaux Dawson, only to eventually head back to Genoa City.

Michael Fairman sat down with the popular on-screen duo recently on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City for a special conversation via The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

When discussing what happened behind the scenes that led them back to Genoa City, Liz expressed: “It was definitely a surprise to get the call. I wouldn’t say it came out of nowhere because I saw Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) was coming back and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) was coming back, and it looked like they were getting the gang back together.  I wasn’t sure if I was next on the list, but when I did get the call, I was really excited, and so I chimed in with my better half (Greg) and he was too, so then I was like, ‘Well, let’s do it.”  Greg related: “I had a conversation with Josh Griffith (head writer, Y&R) and expressed that it was nice being back in the building. and a little bit later, I got a phone call inviting me back.”

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If viewers have followed recent developments on Y&R, Chloe and Kevin kidnapped Billy for is own protection (Jason Thompson) to a cabin, after he tried to kill Adam.  In the ensuing scenes, Kevin injects Billy with a syringe filled with a drug to knock him out.  Rikaart shared, “Doesn’t it make sense, that if anyone had something on them to knock someone out it would be Kevin .. on the ready!?”

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Liz said of Billy’s deteriorating mental health state and working with Jason Thompson (and Billy’s revenge against Adam): “Chloe also knows that Delia would not want her father to take revenge.”  As far as working with Jason Thompson, Hendrickson shared: “Jason is really, really wonderful.  I have known him personally outside of the soap world from mutual friends.  And in getting to work with him, Jason is just great. He is a really solid guy, as well.

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Later, Liz and Greg weigh-in on their favorite all-time scene together.  Greg admitted, “The first one to come to mind is our New Year’s scene, because that is when we first got together. and the build-up to that was a really long time coming. I thought it was so beautifully played where Kevin had finally given up on the idea of them being together, and he is out with spray tan girl and it’s New Year’s Eve and all he is doing the entire time is complaining about Chloe. Meanwhile, Chloe is home in her pajamas eating ice cream with Esther – it was very much a throwback to a John Hughes 1980’s rom-com.”

On their return to Y&R, Greg concluded:  “I think the fans are excited that we are back, and I think that fuels my excitement too, because when I was gone I really missed this place and knowing people missed having me here, I realized I wasn’t crazy …. this was something special.”

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