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Y&R’s Kate Linder Honored for 40 Years as Esther By the Hollywood Museum (PHOTOS)

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Thursday night, Kate Linder received very special honors from the Hollywood Museum to celebrate her 40th anniversary as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless. 

Who knew that after Kate said the lines, “Dinner is Served” in what was to be a one-line one-day appearance on the CBS daytime soap opera, thst she would end up remaining on the show for four decades!

As fans of the iconic soap opera know, Linder’s Esther was the dutiful and trusting maid to the Duchess of Genoa City, Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper).  The two shared many memorable scenes and with Jess Walton (Jill) too.  In addition, Esther’s familial ties grew wider when her grown-up daughter, “Kate” now known as Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), came back to Genoa City several years ago.

At the Hollywood Museum event in Linder’s honor, Esther’s costumes were now part of a new exhibit: from her her maid’s uniform and cap, and the same feather duster her character has used on the soap opera for decades.  The exhibit also features Kate’s first-ever script from the show and art taken of her in Esther’s maid uniform throughout the years.

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Those speaking at the event included: longtime Y&R castmate, Sharon Case (Sharon) and former castmate, currently appearing on B&B, Sean Kanan (Deacon).

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Other Y&R stars in attendance included: Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair), and Robert Newman (Ashland Locke) and Michael Learned (Ex-The Waltons, who also played Katherine Chancellor and filled in for Jeanne Cooper on Y&R). In addition, GH favorite Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) was part of the event, and many others.

Take a look at some of the moments from Kate’s big night in Hollywood from the red carpet to the speeches in the photo gallery below.

Now, share your congrats to Kate  for 40 years as Y&R’s Esther Valentine in the comment section.

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Kay
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Kay

Is she still even with the show? Confused haven’t seen or heard about her in forever?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Y&R should smartly use its beloved vets with regularity. There may be no front burner storylines but daily life and bridge scenes are part of soap life. Thanks to corporate cheapskates and Covid, we do not enjoy several days of story at large group events. People are referred to and not engaging. Have Esther frequent Crimson Lights. Join Chloe for lunch. Be on a society committee with Nikki or Tracie. Snippets of life. They matter. And Miss Kinder and others are vital to that and deserve some focus.

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Kay is quite right, of course. Esther is one of a sad list of good characters and great performers who have been swept aside in service of stupid plots like the return of Diane Jenkins (did ANYONE miss her?) and the stale tale of Baby Dom and his ENDLESS assortment of names and parents. Kevin, Michael, Lauren, Traci, Ashley, Paul, Christine, Jill, Esther, have only been given token appearances in the past few months so we can have more and more of Devon, Abby, and now Jack and his new granddaughter. They bring on a talented and sexy nuNoah and… Read more »

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We hardly see her anymore, now that she’s a grandma to Chloe’s kids. She was an important part of Mrs. C’s life as maid,friend, confidante, partner in crime, whatever Catherine needed her to be and especially as a buffer between Catherine and Jill, who was hell on wheels back then. I think they should use her more, but they seem to have set her aside as they have Paul and others.

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I always wondered how she has maintained a contract actor status for all these years. Why do I have a gut feeling that Jeanne Cooper had something to do with that. Because to become a contract actor is hard enough, but to maintain it when you are never on camera is even harder to imagine. Love the actress, wish she was on more often.

Ron
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Wish Y and R would give Esther a clever storyline, perhaps something or someone from Kay Chancellor’s past– like a “purported” long-lost sister (or half-sister) played by Erika Slezak. Could bring new life into the Dina Mergeron/Stuart Brookes/Philip Chancellor past… even Joanna Manning. Like so many other viewers have said: give Lauren and Michael, Kevin and Chloe and Gloria, front-burner stories. Same with Esther.

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Fox Announces Primetime Soap ‘Monarch’ On Fall Schedule

You remember the tawk of the multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music that was supposed to air in January?  Well, eventually due to Covid-19, the plans for its debut got scrapped from a two-night premiere set for Sunday, January 30 as a midseason replacement and kicked back to the fall.

Now, Fox has confirmed that Monarch is indeed on their fall schedule during its annual Upfront presentation on Monday.

The soapy series stars Oscar winner, Susan Sarandon as the Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrall Roman, and her husband Albie Roman played by country singer, Trace Adkins.

In story, Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicky Roman played by Anna Friel, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.

No word yet from Fox on what night of the week Monarch will land on the full fall schedule.  Stay tuned.

So, glad that Monarch will finally makes it debut? Does it interest you … or sound like another Nashville mixed with Dallas retread? Comment below.

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Jensen Ackles Becomes Series Regular on ABC’s ‘Big Sky’

Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles, has signed a reportedly one-year deal to join the cast of ABC’s drama, Big Sky.

Ackles who will guest-star in the season two finale on May 19th has also signed on to continue his role of Beau Arlen, the confident and charming good ol’ boy from Texas who steps in as temporary Sheriff in the murderous town, for the show’s upcoming third season.

The David E. Kelly series stars Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick.  Deadline broke the casting news of Ackles.

As for Ackles, DAYS fan remember him as Eric Brady (1997-2000), and Supernatural fans loved him as Dean Winchester (2005-2020).  The actor/producer has been one busy man with his show the The Winchesters set for series at the CW and another one in development a DC project with Greg Berlanti.

You can check out the promo below for next week’s exciting conclusion to season two of Big Sky featuring the debut of Ackles.

Now, let us know, will you be checking out Jensen on Big Sky for its upcoming third season? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Y&R Alum Michael Graziadei Featured in Netflix’s New Series ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’

One of the most highly-anticipated drama series coming to Netflix drops today on Friday, May 13th, and it features a former cast member of The Young and the Restless. 

Michael Graziadei (Ex-Daniel) is part of the ensemble cast in this show based off the 2011 film starring Matthew McConaughey.

In The Lincoln Lawyer, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo takes on the leading role of defense attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his SUV.

In story, Mickey has been out of practicing law for over a year after a near-fatal surfing accident that left him with an opioid addiction and he has been forced back into practice for a murder trial.  Enter his opposition in the court room is the form of the prosecutor in the case, Jeff Golantz, played by Graziadei,  Neve Campbell, Becki Newton and Christopher Gorham also star.

The stars of the show, including Graziadei, stepped out for the red carpet premiere where Michael shared some pics on his Instagram expressing: “Well this was a fun night…. Incredible time with the talented cast and crew that helped to bring this show to life. The pilot looks amazing and I can’t wait to binge the rest of the season… coming in hot… Friday May 13th”

You can watch the promo for the series below.

Now, let us know, if you will be checking out The Lincoln Lawyer with Michael Graziadei via the comment section and if you miss him on The Young and the Restless.

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