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Y&R's Judith Chapman on Gloria's lack of airtime & her new stage play!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

The Young and the Restless, Judith Chapman, who chews the scenery as Gloria Fisher Bardwell make the most of everything she is given to perform on the set of the number one CBS sudser.   However, over the last year after being front and center for years prior, many have seen her character languish on the backburner.  But for Chapman, she says things are on the upswing in a new interview out in Nelson Branco’s Soapgeist column on TV Guide Canada’s website.  The actress also reveals she is also working on a new stage play all about the famed Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh, you know the one from Gone with the Wind!    Here are a few excerpts!

Chapman on Gloria’s lack of airtime: “For a while, I was carrying the show, but you know the cycle of soap opera. It’s like a roller-coaster — sometimes you’re up, and then you go down and someone else’s roller-coaster peaks. With GloWorm, I think it’s time to see more of her because it harkens back to Gloria’s main motivation, which is to show all the higher-ups in this town that she really is something. I love that everyone is coming to her club; and thank you Maria for showing that gorgeous set all the time. I think Gloria wants even more respect because she still considers herself a part of the Abbott clan, even though they bash her. I hope she’s on the upswing. One of Gloria’s goals is to be on the cover of Restless Style with her sons. Everyone would hate that; especially Jill — and everyone else who hates Gloria!”

Chapman on her upcoming new one w0man show on Vivien Leigh:  “I was looking for another project to do with Christian LeBlanc and Michelle Stafford but it was hard to get everyone coordinated so I said, “Darn it; I’m doing another one-woman show.” And this thing, Vivien, written by Rick Foster, absolutely presented itself. When I read it, I just got the shivers and said, “this one is mine.” It’s the same way I felt when I auditioned for Gloria. It was intended to be just two fundraising performances for my theatre company Rogue Machine Theatre here in L.A. — which is considered to be one of the Top 10 L.A. theatres and we’re only in Season 4 — but now they’ve offered me a limited run for six performances in May. It a bare stage with Vivien coming on and going through her triumphs and madness. It’s only one act, an hour and 20 minutes. I don’t mean to sound arrogant but I think I’m going to be quite brilliant in it.”

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Love Judith Chapman! Love her character Gloria on Y&R. Great Actress and Beautiful Woman with a great beaming Soul that touches everyone. Also, thank you for sharing this fine photo of her from John Paschal (JPI Studios) one of my fav. photog’s as well. Best, Ken Rambo –

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Judith Chapman is a very diverse and talented actress. I have followed her in daytime for many years and have watched her in a lot of primetime episodic work. I hope Gloria returns to the front burner soon on Y & R.

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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‘Dr. Oz Show’ Taken Off the Air in NY and PA Due to Senate Run; Daphne Oz ‘The Good Dish’ to Fill Time Slot

In light of his announcement that he will be running as a republican senate candidate in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr Oz’s daytime talk and medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, is being taken off the air in key markets in New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Fox Station Group.

According to Deadline’s sources, Fox TV Stations proceeded with pulling the Sony Pictures TV-distributed syndicated series because of the prospect of being forced to give other political candidates running in Pennsylvania equal time, expressing that it “would be a nightmare for us, there was no way we were going to be able to do that.”

In its place, look for Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, to be the fill-in with her show.

Starting on January 18th, Daphne’s The Good Dish, will take over the time slot during the duration of her father’s political campaign.  This potentially could go all the way through November of 2022, if Oz remains in the race through election day.

Last fall, Fox TV Stations renewed The Dr. Oz Show for two more years which gave it life through 2023.

So, do you think more stations will go bye-bye and have The Dr. Oz show pulled? What do you think of daughter Daphne’s series as the fill-in? Comment below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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