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Y&R's Lauralee Bell comments on past tabloid backlash of being boss's daughter!

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The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) who has been the impetus for the Chance/Ronan story that this week has major repercussions for the Chancellor clan, caught up with TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco, for a look at her recent visit to the number one soap.  Plus, she takes a trip down memory lane, with regards to being the daughter of legendary Bill Bell, the creator of Y&R, and the negative press she received because of it, in the early days of her soap career.

Lauralee commented: “ It was a little hurtful, however, I totally got it. On the flip side, if my father was a lawyer and I announced I was following in his footsteps, that would be cheered on — so why is this so different and hated upon? My mom taught me when I was really young that when you turn the page, you’ll forget what you just read and move on to the next story. And that advice has really helped me throughout my whole life. Recently, I shared this lesson with my daughter. From my own experience, I remember when I was 17 and reading Star magazine and becoming so emotional about some major Hollywood couple breaking up. And my mother was right — the next moment, I had forgotten all about it all. Let’s face it — people have a lot of stuff going on in their lives. They’re not going to sit at home and dwell about it after two minutes. But when the Terry Lester [public attacks] happened, I became pretty emotional about it, but my mom helped me get through it. So my goal was to improve as best as I could and prove that I belonged on Y&R. Eventually, several years later, Terry approached me and said, “Hey, I really want to say I’m sorry.” I responded, “No worries — I totally understood. But that’s very kind of you to apologize.” The irony is from the very beginning when I joined the show I tried to prevent that nepotism thing to rear its head to the point where I wouldn’t introduce myself as Lauralee Bell, which was terrible because I was so proud of my father and my family. Can you imagine being scared to say your name? Now I can say who I am with confidence and pride, but back then I tried to disappear into the background so people could get to know me first before making a judgment or decide not to like me because of my last name. I just wanted to have a fair shot. Like, when the Daytime Emmy pre-noms came out, I knew I didn’t stand a shot of making it on the ballot. I wish I could say I didn’t care about what people think of me, but I do, because I like having friends and I like living in a happy environment.”

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Lauralee Bell seems to forget that when she began her role as Cricket back in the days, she was given front burning storylines always. If that’s not nepotism, I don’t know what is. I remembered thinking,”Why is she getting all the plumb storylines?”, then the penny dropped.

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Jeffrey Moree

Laura Lee has proven herself as an actress! Those scenes where Nina shut the door in her face you could see the pain in her eyes! Well done Laura Lee

Darleen Davidson
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Darleen Davidson

Laura lee has really proven herself as an amazing actress! You could totally see the anquish on her face when Nina slammed the door on her face! It is painful to watch the two best friends be torn apart.

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‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ Remake Lands at TBS

Another soap opera gets a reboot, and as we previously reported this one is starring former Schitt’s Creek star, Emily Hampshire.

The remake is of the satirical, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ,that developed quite the cult-following back in the 70’s and was a look into American media and consumer culture which starred Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman. In the original, Mary was a small-town Ohio housewife who reacted to the bizarre goings on all around her. The cast also included Greg Mullavey, Dody Goodman, Norman Alden and Mary Kay Place.

In the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the loglines reveal it’s: “about a small-town woman who feels like a nobody in every aspect of her life until she suddenly becomes a ‘verified[ social media somebody after her nervous breakdown goes viral.”

According to Variety, “After being shopped by Sony Pictures TV to buyers this spring, the project has landed at TBS.”  That means that it will be in development for the cable outlet.

In addition, it was a welcome birthday present for its creator, the iconic Norman Lear who is celebrating his 99th birthday.

Hampshire not only will star as “Mary” but she will also serve as an executive producer and will co-write the script with Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny).

So, do you like the concept of the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? Did you watch the original version? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Florenica Lozano Joins Netflix Series, ‘Breathe’

We all loved her as spitfire legal eagle, Téa Delgado on One Life to Live, and now comes casting news that has actress/writer Florencia Lozano appearing in a recurring role in Netflix survival drama, Breathe.

The one-hour drama series is from Blindspot creator Martin Gero and writer-executive producer Brendan Gall.

According to Deadline, in story: When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone woman named Liv (played by Melissa Barrera) must battle the elements and odds to survive.  Liv is a razor-sharp Manhattan attorney who finds herself profoundly out of her comfort zone when her plane crashes and she must battle for survival.

Lozano will play Liv’s mother on the series.

Since leaving One Life to Live and appearing in the theatre, film and television, Florencia has appeared on Narcos, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, to name but a few.

So excited to see Florencia soon on her new series?  Do you recall some of her great performances while in Llanview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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