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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.

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, human emotion magnificently.

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

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….❤️

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 was permanently past the heartbreak and knew I was strong enough to deal with anything. I’m happy to say that I still am. But the power of that story was the catalyst to my healing and so I applaud this Chelsea story. If even one person responds to it, it is worth it.

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.
Kindred spirits!!❤️Stay well.

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REPORT: Matthew Atkinson Back to The Bold and the Beautiful

When we last saw The Bold and the Beautiful’s Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson), he headed out of Los Angeles with his son, Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) and headed to Paris. The decision to leave was prompted by Hope (Annika Noelle) turning down his marriage proposal once again, and by prodding from his sister, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

Many Thope fans have wanted to see Hope and Thomas reunite and figure out where to take their relationship next, but he has been nowhere insight, and so has his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson.

However, in a new report from Soap Hub, their sources indicate that Atkinson will be back on screen next month by mid-June. In a tease, Atkinson posted a photo on his Instagram story (which has since disappeared, since IG story posts only stay up for 24 hours), where he was pointing at a TV screen behind him that showed Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) and Eric (John McCook) in a scene. No telling the true meaning of that snap, but it could be he is back at the show.

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As Hope and Finn (Tanner Novlan) are getting closer, the timing could just work out in the most dramatic way if Thomas were to return. Since Hope and Finn are bonding over their parents, Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) and Deacon’s (Sean Kanan), upcoming nuptials, will the doctor and the designer hit the sheets and Thomas walks in on it?

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Now let us know, when Thomas returns do you want to see him reconcile things with Hope, or do you want him back to the obsessed Thomas of the past who hatched plots to get what he wanted? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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