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"Y&R's" Eric Braeden on: breakdown of contract negotiations and status with the soap!

BradenMain1.jpgEric Braeden speaks! In a new interview out today with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, the very outspoken, forthright soap icon lays it on the line and tells it like it is in regards to his current contract situation with “Y&R” which has sent the character of Victor Newman packing to Europe with former wife, Nikki.  Braeden expresses his frustration over the situation with Sony and the lack of respect he feels he is getting.  Here are some excerpts below:

Word is, the pay cut they want you to take is huge.
It’s like being hit with a sledgehammer. What is sad is that they are playing with—and easily disregarding—the contributions made by a lot of the actors who have been on the show for a very long time, and it seemingly makes no difference to them. As a result, there is an enormous feeling of emotional upheaval on the set. And that was the intention, of course. It’s all about intimidation. It’s all about leaking things to the internet before I even knew I was going to [be asked to] renegotiate. I had no idea! There are obviously leaks coming from the inside, all there to bludgeon you, to intimidate you.

You’ve stayed true to Y&R since the day you arrived. Unlike many other actors in daytime, you never quit to go pursue other roles.
I’ve never left and I’ve been on the show for nearly 30 years now. What the soap medium has given me is a chance to play a huge scale of emotions that one rarely has a chance to play in primetime or film, and I have appreciated that enormously. But, as it turns out, the contracts you sign are not worth the paper they’re written on thanks to this ridiculous clause where they have a right to change anything or let you go every 26 weeks. It’s a joke. Our union ought to be ashamed of itself for having [allowed] this. And for the show to actually invoke that clause after one has served loyally and lovingly for 30 years is unconscionably ungracious.

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‘Empire’ Actress Amanda Detmer Arrested For DUI And Fleeing The Scene

The woman who is causing all sorts of trouble on Fox’s sudsy final season of Empire in the role of Tracy, seemed to cause a whole bunch of trouble for herself in real life over this past weekend.

Reports have surfaced via TMZ, that actress Amanda Detmer was arrested on Sunday night for a DUI while in Chico, California. This was allegedly after smashing her vehicle into a utility pole and then leaving the scene.

Apparently, law enforcement was notified about the damaged pole and did a thorough search of the area, where it located a vehicle with with major front-end damage.

Cops said that Detmer was the driver of the vehicle and confirmed she was indeed responsible for the collision.  Upon investigation they found Amanda has been drinking and driving.

The Empire star was arrested and will now be faced with DUI charges plus fleeing the scene.

Detmer is also recognized for her numerous film role including: Final Destination, and You. Me and Dupree.

So, what are your thoughts on Detmer’s DUI woes? Have you been enjoying her performance on this season’s Empire? Comment below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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So, what have you thought of Stephen as Stefano thus far?  What do you think of the plot twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Scores Supporting Actor In a Drama Series Nod As 25th Annual Critics Choice Nominations Unveiled

And the nominees are … so say the film and TV critics … in the just announced 25th Annual Critics Choice Awards.  The winners will be announced during a live ceremony airing Sunday, January 12 on The CW beginning at 7PMEST/6PMCST.

In the television categories, This Is Us came up with several key nominations including: being in the running for Best Drama Series, and in addition, Justin Hartley (Ex-Y&R, Revenge, Passions) nabbed a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination for his performance as Kevin Pearson in the NBC drama series,

Hartley’s on-screen brother, Sterling K, Brown received recognition in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall.  In addition, Susan Kelechi Watson scored a nomination for her work as Randall’s wife, Beth in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

In an interesting first, The Kelly Clarkson Show received a nomination in the Best Talk Show category and is the only one in the running from daytime, all the rest in the pack are from primetime or late night.

Downton Abbey: The Movie scored in the film categories in Best Production and Costume Design.

Click here for the official list of all the nominations in the film and TV categories competing for the Critics Choice Awards 2020.

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Now below, let us know what you think of Justin’s nomination as well as his cast mates from This Is Us in the comment section.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stacy Haiduk chat with Michael Fairman at Day of Days 2019; during their conversation the on-screen dup talk about the latest developments of Brady and Kristen within the series time-jump and more. Leave A Comment

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