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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland Honored with 40-Year Milestone Celebration (PHOTOS)

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This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated the milestone of two of their all-time favorite performers; Daytime Emmy winners Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Beth Maitland (Traci). The two actresses were honored for their 40th anniversary with the CBS daytime drama series.

Many of the cast, crew and creatives took a time out from production to pay tribute to their castmates and their contributions to the show, and their numerous dramatic and romantic storylines over the years.

 

Speaking at the event were Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) the on-screen brothers to both actresses, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) who had an on-screen romantic relationship with Ashley through the years, and Y&R’s executive producer, Tony Morina, among others.

 

Check out our photo gallery of some of the moments captured and share your congratulations to Eileen and Beth for a job well-don in the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Ashley or Traci moment over the years!

Peter Bergman salutes his on-screen sisters, Eileen and Beth.
B&B and Ex-Y&R star. Don Diamont, of course, was part of the festivities given his on-screen history as GC's Brad.
Eric Braeden shares some stories on working with Eileen and Beth.
Remember when Ashley and Victor were a romantic duo?
Cupcakes were the order of the day!
Y&R's Jason Thompson, Lauralee Bell and Christian LeBlanc were on-hand to celebrate Eileen and Beth's milestone.
Enemies on-screen, good friends in real-life ... Beth Maitland with Tracey E. Bregman.
Eileen Davidson strikes a pose with hubby, Vincent Van Patten.
Girls celebrating Beth! Kate Linder, Tracy E. Bregman, Camryn Grimes and Mishael Morgan.
It was a fun-filled and touching day for Eileen and Beth flanked by those who attended.
Peter Bergman salutes his on-screen sisters, Eileen and Beth.

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Yes, this is a lovely and deserved tribute. But you know what would be even better? Having these two beloved, richly historical characters have a story that isn’t about Jack’s past or unwieldy love life. Or maybe more than one or two episodes per month! Here’s some ideas: ditch the pointless Diane story (is it just me or why the HELL didn’t Phyllis physically drag her out of the reception or at least find a security guard?!), run Ashland Locke out of town, and put Tessa and Mariah on the back burner. That wedding lasted longer than most marriages and got more buildup than Charles and Diana’s nuptials! Noah and Jack’s granddaughter are cute, unless Crystal becomes a problem. It was so nice seeing Kevin, Chloe, Esther, and Lauren recently…keep that going!

Soaphound,
Maybe we are just jaded after so many years, you think? I am already tired and disgusted with Diane and we still haven’t gotten to a face off with Nicki, which we know is coming. I really am not keen on seeing Phyllis and ole’ blue eyes getting it on nor was I seeing the endless wedding. Maybe they are planning something for Esther and that’s what all the reminiscing was with she and Chloe. Is Michael too friendly with Diane or working for Victor to get rid of her as he intends to do with Ashland. I see another whodunit in the near future. Maybe that will be interesting.

My problem, Violet, is that all these stories take too long to play out. Even the interesting ones, like J. T.’s “murder”, take months to unpack. Do most of us still have THAT much patience? When Diane crashed the reception, that was it for me. She’d just seen Kyle minutes before at the mansion…how much does she want? And yes, Jack and Kyle are going to be dimwits and take her side. And that bedroom scene with Jack & Phyllis made me physically ill. WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION!

Soaphound
Everything you say is right. First of all, Iam still deciding if I like nuSummer. She’s not a wimp,that’s for sure. Can I just say Diane is just one big pain in the butt. Now she will be in cahoots with Ashland. Maybe Victor can get two birds with one stone, but nothing is that easy. As far as Phyllis and Jack, I knew it was coming so I F.F that scene, afraid it’d burn what little eyesight I have left, yuk!

Does anyone know what Doug Davidson did to get on the bad side of this show ? Curious as to why they quit using him altogether no celebration party ever for his tenure I guess once the Bella were completely out things changed just very weird!

Bell’s oops

It seems most of the budget goes to Eric Braeden, MTS and Peter Bergman. Also looks like alot of cuts were made set wise and supporting character wise when brass lured back Michelle Stafford and Mishael Morgan. There’s literally 4 rotating sets at any given time.
The shows main actors command alot of budget $ and it seems Doug Davidson didn’t fit in equation.
I think the show would work more realistically if Eric, Melody and Peter went recurring like Tracey Bergman and Eileen Davidson. Less $ spent on the same tired stories with these specific three characters instead they can be supporting the stories not driving them. I d much rather that $ go to new sets, more visits by characters we miss like Paul, Nina, Christine etc. They can prop up fresher stories with newer younger characters. Like I’m sorry but I’m really not interested in Jack finding love at 70 sorry. It’s been 5 years of him moaning….. I’m not interested in Victor using his children against each other for the 20th time…etc..

The article points to vets Beth Maitland and Eileen Davidson who to me have always been near the heart of the show. I always viewed Traci as the one person in the Abbott family that most people liked….characters had problems with Jack and Ashley and Billy, but Traci reminds me more of Maureen Bauer from Guiding Light. People were drawn to her, could talk to her, confide in her…maybe with the exception of Lauren Fenmore in years gone by. Traci is the glue that holds the Genoa City together. She’s had her tragedies and heart aches, but everyone gets along with her. I always look forward to her on screen visits.

Eileen Davidson’s Ashley had much more story, more deeply involved with other characters in GC. She is still the beauty when she’s in town. She’s smart, gutsy and amazing! The Abbott family is still core to the show, and even though I would love to see both actresses on more, I’ll take what I can get.

Don’t know what happened to the Esther story a couple days ago but I love this actor she met online. Over the years he’s been on a few comedy shows I’ve watched, Friends, etc. His name is Sam McMurray and had a famous step-mother, actress Leslie Woods.

Did anyone else notice that the cupcakes they made feature a photo of Brenda Epperson as Ashley Abbott and not Eileen Davidson! How funny!

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CBS Orders Michele Van Jean Soap Opera ‘The Gates’ to Series; Set to Debut January 2025

Great news! Soap fans are getting the first new daytime drama in 25 years with the news today that CBS has moved Michele Van Jean’s The Gates to a series order.

In addition, the show is set to bow in January 0f 2025, which means that it appears that the new soap will replace The Talk, which was just canceled and will end after its upcoming 15th season in December of 2024.  No specific time period, or exact premiere date has been set as of yet.

In the premise of the The Gates it follows lives of a wealthy Black family who live in a luxurious gated community.

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The Gates has Val Jean as its writer, showrunner and one of its executive producers. Soap fans know Val Jean’s work best for her work on the writing teams of General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Taking to X, Michele shared: “It’s go time” citing the news on the show coming to CBS in 2025 via Deadline.

Sheila Ducksworth, Leon Russell, Derrick Johnson and Kimberly Doebereiner will serve as executive producers on The Gates production team. The soap has been in development through a the joint venture between CBS Studios and the NAACP, which was established to help elevate a diverse range of voices and increase the visibility of Black artists.

The series will be produced by the CBS Studios/NAACP venture in partnership with P&G Studios, which is a division of Procter & Gamble, who used to be very big in the soap opera game.

Are you excited to know that we are truly getting the first new soap opera in over two and a half decades added to a network TV line-up? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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‘Tamron Hall’ Renewed for its Sixth Season

While news last week of CBS daytime’s The Talk being canceled after its upcoming shortened 15th season, another talk show is continuing to live another day.

Now comes word that Tamron Hall has been picked up for its sixth season. The talk show currently ranks third out of nine other one-hour syndicated talk shows.  It has now become the second-longest running talk show produced by Disney. The renewal comes from ABC Owned Television Stations and leading broadcast groups including Hearst, Scripps, Nexstar, Tegna, Gray and AMG.

In addition, the show has showed a significant growth in its digital presence and audience engagement, with a 25% increase in followers season over season and a 148% increase in content engagement.

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In a statement, host Tamron Hall shared, “From the start, I saw the show as a chance to build a community. Now, here we are, preparing for Season 6. Wow!”

“Thank you to my team and my beloved Tam Fam,” Hall added, “for nurturing my dream and growing this community. We are a daily destination to talk, laugh, learn and be inspired together. From the biggest celebrities in the world to the most incredible people in their own neighborhood, they all come here to talk, and I am grateful.”

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ABC News President Kim Godwin expressed on the pick-up “Tamron and team are a singular force in daytime because the show gets to the core of humanity through meaningful connection and thoughtful conversations whether covering the most-talked-about issues of the day or interviewing the newsmakers shaping our world. We and the Tam Fam can rejoice because Tamron Hall is back for another must-watch season of fun and fearlessness.”

Tamron Hall has also won two Daytime Emmys during its run thus far.

So, glad to see ‘Tamron Hall’ will have its sixth season? Comment below.

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