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Y&R's head honcho, Paul Rauch on 50 years in the biz!

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Y&R’s co-executive producer, Paul Rauch talks about his career and his 5oth year in the business with MSN.com’s, Deanna Barnert, and a bit about this week’s Masquerade Ball, and the firings that rocked the soap world back in the 70’s firing, George Reinholdt and Jacqueline Courtney (Steve and Alice) from Another World.  Here are a few excerpts!

Rauch on the secret to pulling off a big production event in these times difficult financial times for the soaps, i.e. the masquerade ball:  “In this case, we see an explosion at the end of the show and then the people trapped or buried in the debris. We see the aftermath. We don’t see people flying through space, which isn’t a practical thing to do and wouldn’t accomplish or mean anything, anyway. It’s still difficult to shoot. We had a couple extra cameras to do it, but the most important thing is that we do it efficiently and not take all day and night doing it. Time is money.  It also depends on whether you have problem personalities, but this is probably the most professional group I’ve ever worked with. When we cast, we cast people who are actors. In the ’90s, all the shows were suddenly eager to load their casts up with young, beautiful people, irrespective of whether they had chops or not. So you had a floor filled with beautiful people who couldn’t carry off performances well. That was a challenge. How do you give a note to an actor who doesn’t understand what the note is? Here, I can work in shorthand. The actors know what to do, understand what the note is and make adjustments. I just saw the sweetened version and it’s pretty impressive. The ball is exciting. I think the audience is going to enjoy it and its part of the denouement of the Adam story.

Rauch on firing Reinholdt and Courtney during his tenure at AW:  “That was an unusual situation. This guy had been a problem for a very long time and, on the fateful day, he threw an iron folding chair at a director and hit him in the head. So I fired him on the spot. You always have difficult people. Things get insane. The challenge is to make it work for everybody, not to fire somebody. It’s not to exercise power or control: It’s to get the thing done and do it well.”

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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The New Men of B&B Revealed

The Bold and the Beautiful has been the first soap back in production since COVID-19, and now comes exciting casting news that will surely bring some new energy and drama to the CBS Daytime drama series.

First, the series has decided to recast the role of Zende Forrester Dominquez last played by Daytime Emmy-winner Rome Flynn (2015-2017).   Now Delon de Metz will be taking on the role of adopted son of Kristen Forrester and Tony Dominguez.

And in addition, potentially part of the mystery we alluded to earlier in the week as to just who may be the new man in Steffy Forrester’s  (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) life, may have been answered with the casting of Tanner Novlan in the role of Dr. John ‘Finn’ Finnegan.

Novlan is married to former ‘Bold and Beautiful’ star Kayla Ewell (Ex-Caitlin Ramirez) and has been recently seen in the Liberty Mutual commercials where he plays an actor trying to say the lines of dialog required of him but keeps messing it up.   He was also recently seen in 2019 on the CW’s Roswell, New Mexico series.

TV Line broke the casting news.

So, what are your thoughts of a new Zende and a new doctor coming to The Bold and the Beautiful? Comment below.

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TODAY: OLTL Buchanan Kids Reunion with Melissa Archer, Kirk Geiger, Erin Torpey and Chris McKenna

One Life to Live fans will not want to miss today’s scheduled reunion chat with four actors who played the Buchanan children during the run of the iconic ABC soap opera.

In a virtual conversation today with Alan Locher on his Locher Room You Tube Channel, look for: Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie), Kirk Geiger (Ex-Kevin), Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica) and Chris McKenna (Ex-Joey) to share remembrances and stories of their time in Llanview.

It all starts at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST today on Thursday July 9th.  You can watch it here.

So, what moment from the Buchanan kids storylines would you like to ask, Melissa, Kirk, Erin and Chris about?  What was your favorite moment of the kids during the run of One Life?  Comment below.

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