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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan On Chelsea’s Battle with Depression: “This Storyline Has Been, and Continues to Be, One of the Most Humbling and Important Experiences of My Life”

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The Young and the Restless began to reveal last week just how deep a depression, the character of Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), finds herself in.  On last Friday’s episode, Chelsea is seen considering ending her life by jumping off a building.

As Michael Fairman TV previously posted, we named Melissa Claire Egan’s work, The Power Performance of the Week, and today on the CBS daytime drama, emotional distress continues for Chelsea.

On Monday, Egan took to her Instagram to share her thoughts on being the vessel to tell this all-important storyline of our time; which addresses mental health and those suffering in silence.

Melissa expressed: “This storyline has been, and continues to be, one of the most humbling and important experiences of my life. I’m grateful and honored to be able to tell this story, hopefully in a respectful and responsible way. Mental health is so important and depression is something that affects so many, and does not discriminate. Please know you are loved and not alone. If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress or experiencing any thoughts of suicide please call 988 or text SAVE to 741741 to talk to a counselor for free. Or visit save.org. ❤️”

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Melissa’s, and Chelsea’s current storyline on Y&R? Comment below. But first, check out this message from Melissa and co-star Jason Thompson posted ahead of Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless.

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I applaud daytime For its work in illuminating important issues. I hope mental health is seen as an ongoing concern here and not an easy way to explain away bad behavior of characters or mistakes made by writers/producers. That’s been done before with mental health, brain injury and tumors, and other illnesses.

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I was so impressed with Melissa’s performance, not realizing there was a agonizing story behind her actions. I feel like a heel—-thinking the writers were trying to educe pity with a serious human malady by using the viewer as a weapon to “like” Chelsea. She has been in the back seat for a while. The same goes for Jason—well done!! For the first time I see Billy as a hero—-someone who truly cares about human life—-The pain of losing a child changes one’s perspective in life and accelerated true sorrow for someone else’s pain. The writers have displayed this natural,… Read more »

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Well written. My take was from a different and less poignant angle. Thank you all who have felt the import of the message.

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Hi, Tani–it’s been a while…Hope all is well.
I didn’t get Chelsea’s mental strain, at first, either. This is a very sensitive, real-life issue which has increased since the Covid “lock-up”—Many of the afflicted are kids —they felt imprisoned, where going to school on a daily basis, gave them purpose. These are the kids who need order and a routine in their lives.
Aside—We are presently #40 in the world, as far as Academia is concerned. Many did not get the guidance, the emotional balance and their mental hunger fed as they would have in a classroom setting.
Tomorrow is a new day….❤️

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You know, Celia…back in 1986, “Guiding Light” had a story where Reva Shayne attempted suicide by going into a freezing river. She ultimately fought back before it was too late but not before I’d also had a profound experience. I’d had a badly broken (shredded, really) heart shortly before and am no longer ashamed to admit that I was in the same place as Reva. Somehow seeing an ordinary person with no history of suicidal feelings hit that hard by life deeply touched and strengthened me. After a few months (and a lot of Joni Mitchell records), I knew I… Read more »

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I understan, my friend—very much so. I never contemplated suicide, but after my baby died, I went into a deep depression—I barely ate—spent most of my days and nights in bed, wanting to see or speak to anyone—if anyone saved me, it was my husband— I had my eldest little boy to think about—That thought ( my Nico himself ) and my husband sprung me out of my “how-do-I-go-on” miserable world. It has been ten years—I survived, but the sorrow is always under the surface. ..he’s there–in my heart–I am very happy—albeit my tears flow easily as i write this.… Read more »

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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