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Y&R's Eileen Davidson dishes on Ashley's plight, her new book & a former co-star!

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The Young and the Restless, Eileen Davidson (Ashley) chatted with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco about her latest novel, the third in a series featuring Eileen’s fictional heroine, Alexis Peterson.  This time the book, Diva Las Vegas, kicks off when Alexis shows up at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween Party and murderous mayhem ensures, and while Davidson reveals more about her book,  she also discusses: Ashley’s burgeoning romance with Tucker, the fizzled romance with Neil, the Ashley/Adam bizarro relationship and gaslighting, and her thoughts on Victoria Rowell’s recent tweets.   Here are a few excerpts of this compelling interview!

Davidson on Rowell backstage claims: “As for all her [grievances against Y&R] on Twitter, I heard that [Rowell claimed that] our [former] hairdresser, Nancy Morrison, never did anyone except the black actresses on our show — Nancy did my hair! She was terrific and I loved her. Nancy was extremely talented. Clothes being passed down? That happens to all of us because the wardrobe people go out to buy clothes for a specific actor — they’d buy for Melody [Thomas Scott], Vicki — but if the clothes didn’t fit, they’d bring it to the next actress to see if it might look good on them. Many times Mel’s clothes have ended up on Michelle Stafford or me. That’s just part of the drill. Some of these things I’ve heard aren’t exactly true. We all got hand-me-downs. And Nancy just didn’t do African-American hair. And this is from my perspective and my experience. Even though she has some valid points, I think it’s all gotten lost [in translation].”

Davidson on being gaslight by Adam in last summer’s shocking storyline: “Can I tell you what I think about that? I think the character really suffered after she stole Victor’s sperm from Diane. Well, she really just took it, she didn’t really steal it, but that was always lost in translation. After that, the viewers lost a lot of respect for Ashley. People wanted Ashley to pay for it. My opinion? Although last summer’s gaslighting storyline was used to propel a lot of other stories, it was also about making Ashley pay. Now we can close that entire chapter because Ashley paid. It was Ashley’s redemption.”

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I can only comment on what MF on air on soaps excerpted since I refuse to read the interview in its entirety. It’s interesting to get Davidson’s differing perspective on the Rowell situation. However, Davidson only elaborated on the aspects that she disagrees w/ Rowell abt. Davidson says that Rowell has “valid points” but she doesn’t enumerate what these valid points are exactly? So Davidson appears very one sided. And she can’t say she’s not elaborating on the pts she agrees w/ bec she’s employed at Y&R. How many times have Strasser, Zimmer, Moss, Braeden, Slezak, etc complained abt their soaps while still being on them?

Davidson’s wardrobe comment is illogical. If wardrobe does not fit MTS, then how could it be passed down to Davidson or Stafford? They don’t seem to have the same proportions at all. If wardrobe was too loose on MTS, then all the more would it be very loose fitting on Davidson and Stafford. More importantly, if actors really are getting hand me downs, then that is a very inefficient manner of running the wardrobe dept. Most of the Y&R actors have been there long enough for the wardrobe dept to know their measurements. It shouldn’t be difficult. Also, what’s the basis of choosing w/c actors they specifically shop for clothes? Nevertheless, this seems like a very unsophisticated way of running Y&R’s wardrobe dept. There has to be a more efficient manner for them to dress their actors. It’s interesting though how Braeden, KSJ and I think Morrow have talked abt Rowell in a flattering light, while Khalil, Davidson and most especially Bergman have not. Soapnet interviewed Y&R’s cast years ago, including Bergman, Davidson, Chapman, Diamont, Rowell and I think Douglas. Cast members were being called on stage 1 by 1. When Rowell joined them, you could tell there was tension. When Rowell began talking abt the portrayals of black characters on Y&R and the audience of Y&R, some of the cast members present were not comfortable w/ what she was saying based on their body language.

It is true that characters get hand me downs sometimes.Van
Hansis of ATWT was talking about when one of the cast members left he inherited his wardrobe..Just letting you know it happens!

Hansis and Rowell can’t really be compared. She’s a soap vet that’s been in Daytime since the 80s and has kept returning to Y&R. He was on ATWT for a few years. Her contributions outweight his.

Really? Dont you think you are reading just a little too much into this?
The interview is not about Victoria Rowell, Its about Eileen Davidson.

Wardrobe pieces are passed around and reused constantly on soaps. There are usually tailors to alter the appearance and fit so it’s not so obvious.
BTW- VR had an amazing wardrobe, the best I’ve ever seen on Y&R. Where did those items go?

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B&B and Y&R Stars Join Heather Tom In the Celebration of Life for Her Late Mother, Marie Tom

Back on February 4th, Six-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful) shared on Instagram that her beloved mother, Marie Tom had passed away.

At that time, Heather expressed: “At 12:20 am Sunday morning, my brother, David, my sister, Nicholle, and her all but adopted son, Michael, held my beautiful mother’s hand, kissed her face and whispered I love you as she passed from this world to the next. She was my biggest champion and my most important influence.”

Over this past weekend, many of Heather B&B and former Y&R castmates, attended a celebration in honor of the life of Marie Tom, and to support Heather during this difficult time. They included: Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B), Jennifer Gareis (Donna, B&B), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) and Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R).

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Jones shared on the touching day, “We love you, Heather Tom, We’ve known you for 25 years (or more)! It was an honor to gather together and celebrate your mom with you, David and Nicholle. 🤍🕊️ Marie Tom certainly knew how to LIVE! And I love the word you left with us… tenacity. Her memory will live on and on…❤️🙌🏼❤️”

Katherine Kelly Lang added, “It was a perfect day for Marie.”  Jones’ post contained other images from the celebration for Marie Tom.

Marie was very proud of her talented children and their accomplishment and was often by their side while they were growing up. Heather Tom first appeared on daytime as Victoria Newman, a part she played on The Young and the Restless from 1990-2003, after a three year stint on One Life to Live as Kelly Cramer, she headed to The Bold and the Beautiful in 2007 to take on the role as Katie Logan, a part she is currently playing.

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David Tom, appeared on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott from 1999-2004.  That role won David a Daytime Emmy. He later joined One Life to Live in the part of Paul Cramer from 2004-2005. Nicholle Tom continues to appear in numerous television series and film.

Share your continued well-wisues condolences to Heather, David and Nicholle on the passing of their mother, Marie Tom via the comment section below.

 

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GH Alum Tonja Walker Shares Note to B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, “It Must Be ‘Kill the Best Villains’ Week”

The past ten days brought with it the apparent end of the lines for two of soap opera’s all-time greatest bad girls. First, back on the February 16th episode of General Hospital, viewers learned that Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) had died in an apparent brutal attack while imprisoned in Pentonville  …. mind you, we never saw Olivia die on-screen.

Then, came the Monday, February 26th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.  In a shocker, the series went full “horror movie” when in the dark, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) stabs a cloaked Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) to her apparent death.  The series has gone as far as to have Kimberlin Brown give quotes to the press on her reaction to finding out that Sheila was gone and she was killed-off the show. However, many viewers aren’t buying it, and feel there is swerve to the story to come.

Walker took to X and shared with Michael Fairman TV that she wrote to Kimberlin Brown immediately after Sheila was ‘killed-off” The Bold and the Beautiful on-screen.

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Tonja exprssed: “I just wrote to her. It must be kill the villains week. Well I said “kill the best #villains” week in talking about her. She’s done a great job. She’ll be missed, but it’s February, she could pull through by May sweeps! #Olivia was said by Anna to be executed. But that’s not a (coffin image).”

Previously, Brown told TV Insider on the Sheila takedown: “I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  She added that the show “is my happy place where I have been so blessed to be for over 35 years. But I’ve had a good run at it, so I’m one of the lucky ones.”

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Walker was last seen on General Hospital as Olivia Jerome back in 2017, while Brown started the role of Sheila Carter on The Young and the Restless back in 1990 and crossed-over the character to The Bold and the Beautiful where Sheila continued to have more than nine lives.

So, what’s your bet? Are both Olivia and Sheila alive and well? What did you think of the sentiments shared by Tonja to Kimberlin? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.

 

In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.

 

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