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Y&R's Lauralee Bell on Nina/Chris, Chance's "death" & if she would make a permanent return!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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On-Air On-Soaps caught up with The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) this week to discuss Chance’s “death”, Tricia Cast’s (Nina) and Lauralee’s heartbreaking performances surrounding the key story point, and to find out if she would now consider a permanent return to the soap.  Lauralee was on hand at the set of  B&B for the celebration honoring her mom, Lee Phillip Bell, who received a Lifetime Membership to IATSE Local 33 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) for her contribution to the the Guild for the past 37 years.   Below are some excepts from our conversation with Lauralee!

Lauralee on if she knew of the story twist that Chance was going to end up alive when she signed on to come back for her visit  to Y&R this time: “I did not know Chance was going to be alive, either.  And once I did find out, I had to call up to the office and ask, “Did Christine know all along?” But I did kind of figure this out for myself.  Even the day we were taping the scene where I am yelling at Ronan about how did it go down this way, I had to call the booth the day before to get clarification. As an actor, I think it was the best way to do this.  I was never ahead of myself.  Even at the funeral, all of the Abbott’s did not know what the hell was going on which was great, and that is rare for soaps these days, because everyone usually knows.  So it kind of kept it exciting.”

Lauralee on her thoughts of those final scenes where Chance meets up with his mom, Nina, and father, Phillip, after they believe he had “died”, and where Christine was so heartbroken over watching Nina’s emotional turmoil: “It was amazing and great.  It is a whole different mentality because we would never have to do something like that before.  Now that I have a son in real life, when the line is spoken between Chance and Nina, “Let’s make a promise to look at the moon” it is really powerful.  As my character, Christine, I was thinking this is so amazing, and so sad at the same time, that this is what they are going to have to go through.  And, I can relate it back to my own son. We are all older, and so it gives it a whole different feel to everything we played.”

Lauralee on how the relationship between Chris and Nina will wrap-up before she exits: “The way it wraps up is kind of sweet.  There are a couple of final scenes with Tricia (Nina) before I go.  You will see.  There is also a little scene with Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), but very little.  Chris is not going to leave before she can do her best to get everything as well situated for Nina’s life as she can.  But this time when I say goodbye, I really do leave! (Laughs)  I have an exit where you know I am leaving.”

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Lauralee on how she felt about her return to Y&R this time: “I purposely waited a long time to come back to the show, but it made sense and I feel like “mission accomplished”.  I know it may sound silly to say that, but it was the proper amount of time, and what I wanted to do for now.  It gave the audience a taste of what it would be like to have Christine around, so we shall see.  Maria Bell, (Y&R  head writer and EP) has been asking me to do more, but I am still airing, so it hasn’t been that long. I told her we would talk again in a couple of months.”

Lauralee on her real-life relationship with Tricia Cast: “We are very, very close friends, and we are very different as people, but we are so tight as friends.  We have grown to respect and count on each other, and love each, and that makes this all the more fun.”

Lauralee on her mother, Lee’s honor by IATSE:  “My mom for years would be so graciously received by IATSE.  It’s nice to be respected by the crew and everyone behind the scenes. I am super proud of my mother and every award is due to her, and I truly believe it.  She is amazing woman.”

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THis is a really nice article, Michael. We really don’t hear too much from Lauralee. But her role in these episodes have been very good and it gave her a really good story to come back for. I hope they will bring her back again and maybe be with Paul as she was in the past. Especially, since Nina broke up with him. Thanks, Michael….

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This was a great article. I really hope Lauralee returns. Have loved her as Cricket forever.

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Lauralee is a beautiful person who portrays Cricket so well. She is an asset to Y&R. Her fans will always welcome her back.

Best wishes Lauralee. Please come back soon!

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Chris and Nick LOL, that would have both Sharon and Phyliss shitting their pants

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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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