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Y&R’s Donny Boaz to Justin Gaston: “Thank You for Stepping in to Chance Chancellor’s Shoes at the Last Minute and for Being a Badass!”

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As Y&R viewers know and have witnessed, there was a new face for the character of Chance Chancellor during his wedding to Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway). As previously reported, Donny Boaz (Chance) has contracted Covid-19 and had to quarantine at home when the filming dates for his on-screen alter-ego’s wedding came about.

Enter the real-life husband of Melissa Ordway’s and a former soap star himself, Justin Gaston (Ex-Ben, DAYS), to take over the role during the pivotal moment for the Genoa City lovebirds.

The nuptials were actually made all the more sweeter as detailed in Michael Fairman’s latest interview for the Michael Fairman Channel with Jess Walton (Jill) and Tricia Cast (Nina) who spoke of being present at the wedding and the spark between the duo. (Watch below).


Now, Boaz is back at Y&R taping new episodes, and he took to his Instagram this week to bestow some thanks and praise to both Melissa and Justin during his absence.

Donny expressed: “I want to send out a special thank you to these two #lovebirds @mel_ordway You’re Amazing, Everyday. It’s my absolute pleasure to work with you. She called me almost everyday while I was out to check on me and I want her to know that meant a lot. @jmichaelgaston I want to thank you for stepping in to Chance Chancellors shoes at the last minute and for being a badass! The fans have no idea that you had a 3-4 day heads up and had to crank out 110+ pages a week to catch up for the time I was out. Sad I couldn’t be there for such a momentous occasion for Chance and Abby’s wedding, but simultaneously in awe of what an amazing and unique experience it was to get to marry your own spouse on daytime TV. That’s pretty cool. I’m thankful for your two. #respect #thankful #hotcouple

The actor also revealed he will be back on-screen on Friday’s December 18th episode of The Young and the Restless, sharing in a new post on IG  “Just a little screen shot from #yr This is how happy I feel to be back at work. For all of the fans, I will be back in Chance Chancellors shoes and on your tv on 12/18/2020. Spoiler Alert: I think Melissa Ordway and I had one of the best, most magical scenes we’ve ever shot today. She is sooo good and sooo talented. I feel lucky to get front row seats to watch her work.”

So, what did you think of Justin as Chance?  Are you glad Donny is back?  Let us know via the comment section.  


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I liked the replacement for the wedding. But as the story moved on, there is a quality that Donny Boaz brings to Chance that Justin Gaston simply cannot replicate. Gaston’s version was softer and even kinder. Boaz has a strength and virility that resonates well with his gentle side, something that is lacking in Gaston’s interpretation. But as a stand in, especially the wedding scenes, Gaston was outstanding. He helped move the story along perfectly, bringing emotional depth that was unforgettable. Great job!


I liked both Justin and Donny..
It was fun watching the real/actual husband & wife
especially the wedding– great for them having a second wedding ..
It will be good to have Donny back, he belongs with Abby on the soap.


Shemar Moore Makes a Return to The Young and the Restless

In a big return as part of Y&R’s golden anniversary celebration, look for Shemar Moore (Malcom Winters) to reprise his Daytime Emmy-winning role.

According to Deadline, the current star of CBS’ S.W.A.T. will be seen in the upcoming May 8th episode of the CBS daytime drama series.

In story, Malcolm returns to Genoa City to connect with his daughter Lily (Christel Khalil) and nephews: Devon (Bryton James) and Nate(Sean Dominic).

Viewers last saw Moore in to his old stomping grounds, when he appeared back in 2019 during Y&R’s tribute episodes to the late Kristoff St. John, who played Moore’s onscreen big brother, Neil Winters.

Since leaving Y&R, Shemar has starred on Criminal Minds, the aforementioned S.W.A.T. as well as numerous primetime and movie roles.

One thing that can be said about Moore – he always returned and remembered his daytime roots and start at Y&R.

So, excited to see Shemar back as Malcolm if even for a special guest appearance? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Gets Emotional During Surprise Family Reunion

Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) was a guest today on the ABC syndicated-talker, Tamron Hall.  The three-time Daytime Emmy-winning star was on the show to promote GH’s 60th anniversary, which is on April 1st, while the series celebrates next week with the return of the Nurses’ Ball.

During his segment, Tamron surprised Maurice with an emotional reunion with his daughter Heather who has been in the U.S. Air Force on the east coast.  Benard had not seen her since October of last year.

Tamron’s set-up of the Benard surprise happened when she discussed his family and in particular, his daughter, Heather Andresen, who is his wife Paula Benard’s half-sister.  Hall said when her picture came on the screen, “This is her. You haven’t seen her in awhile.” But, Benard cut her off knowing exactly what was coming next and said, “Oh, don’t do that.”

Maurice legally adopted Heather when she was 15. So when Hall said, “You’re not the only one who made a special trip today. She wanted to be here … because I know it was rough getting on that plane and coming here,” Maurice was struggling to hold it together.

Tamron was referencing Maurice’s fear of flying, and in particular flying solo, which is what he had to do for this publicity tour in New York.  Next, Tamron brought out, “Airman First Class Heather Andresen.”

Benard and Heather embraced, as Maurice continued to get emotional and told Heather how proud of her he was.

You can watch the very touching moment below.

Then let us know, what did you think of Tamron’s surprise for Maurice? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Nneka Garland, General Hospital’s Beloved Producer, Passes Away at 49

As everyone in the General Hospital family, and those in the daytime community learned of and mourned the sudden loss of producer, Nneka Garland yesterday, more information has come to light on the cause of death.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the beloved Garland died from a heart attack at her home in Sherman Oaks, California on Monday and passed away at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

In a message to his cast and crew on Tuesday, GH executive producer, Frank Valentini shared: “It is with a sadness (and utter disbelief) that I must share the passing of our beloved producer, Nneka Garland. Universally adored by everyone at GH, Nneka brought out the best in all of us. Her endless patience and incredible empathy made her the person we went to for advice, a hug or just to see her beautiful reassuring smile. In big and small ways, her kindness touched and enriched each of us. Nneka’s tireless efforts during Emmy season, the pandemic’s pressures and the day-to-day challenges of our shooting schedule never rattled or upset her.  She’d just shrug and say, ‘We’ll make it work, babe.’ And she did, always. Her absence will leave a hole in our lives — one that can only be filled by reflecting on all the wonderful memories that we’ve shared with her.”

Garland’s road to becoming a producer on GH began some 22 years ago, when she started on the ABC soap opera back in 2001 as an executive assistant after she followed then OLTL EP and former GH EP, Jill Farren Phelps to GH.  Eventually, she was named as coordinating producer in 2018, and finally as a producer in 2021.  Also that year. Nneka won a Daytime Emmy along with the rest of the producing team when GH won the award for the Outstanding Drama Series.  In fact, that year also saw the GH head writers naming a character, a bartender at the Savoy, after Nneka and it was played by Arlondriah Lenyéa.

Interestingly, Nneka’s half-brother was the late rap artist, Tupac Shakur.

Nneka is survived by her father, William; her brothers Landon and Malik; and her sisters Tekerra and Leslie.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Nneka Garland in the comment section below, but first check out our latest interview with GH’s Josh Swickard (Chase) and Laura Wright (Carly), where we discuss GH’s 60th anniversary shows, plus their reactions to Nneka’s sudden passing.

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