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Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott Reveals First Airdate Of Sally Sussman Morina and Kay Alden's Scripts!

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The Young and the Restless fans, who have been wondering just when will the new scripts generated by new head writer, Sally Sussman Morina, along with new story consulant, Kay Alden (although both of them have written for the CBS daytime drama series during previous regimes), have had their questioned answer by none other than legacy series star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman).

In a tweet on Thursday, Melody posted a photo of the front page of the script teasing: “In lieu of our popular Polaroids,I must share R 1st script w/new/old writers! Can’t wait to return 2 classic YR 2day!”

The photo reveals that today -Thursday, October 20th – is in fact the first tape day of the new material led by Sussman and the writing team.

The episode will air on Wednesday, December 7th!

Sally Sussman is also noted on the script as the co-executive producer of the series.

So, are you excited to know that the return to classic Y&R is upon us? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

Holy

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

Darn Phone!!! I meant to say holy cow!! How did CBS pull off the transition between writing teams so fast?

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh, Lou. You always manage to make me laugh. I did wonder about ‘Holy’. LOL. As JK proposes, I hope it is better than the fare we are getting. I am so sick of this stupid Hilary-TV thing…trash show, not trash show. No one is interested. And, the Newman-Abbott company espionage that has been going on for decades? Really? I must say, though…..the inference by Jack to taking a hammer to the flash-drive was rich!!!!! Sooo very clever. I enjoyed that thoroughly….not to mention the ‘leaked’ Newman emails Hilary found on her desk?!?! What a gift!! Ironic that… Read more »

JK
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JK

lets hope it is an improvement over what we are seeing now…..

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Whew! I can’t wait till Dec 7th! Hoping it’ll be the start of a new creative resurgence for Y&R. I’ll be watching. Love MTS’s reference to “classic” Y&R!

Tucker
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Tucker

HOORAY!! Can’t wait!!

damien
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damien

xmas comes early! thank the heavens… y n r has been embaressing the past couple of weeks… the upper cbs brass must ve decided to scrap pratt and the crap that s been airing and pulled a 911 writer shake up after whats been airing recently! Sharons turned into a cartoon, nick a dud and mariah a accomplice which makes no sense. the lights out episode where sharon screamed at every noise, nick sat in agony after kevin clocked him and paul and pattys doc studied a painting was unwatchable and probably the worst episode i ve ever seen given… Read more »

JK
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JK

I COULDNT AGREE MORE….

Patrick
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Patrick

Laughing out loud

#2 may take two regime changes

LOL… her pursed lips .. need a rest…

Cathy
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Cathy

I agree.

Mo
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Mo

I hope it’s as good as everyone says it will be.

Mo
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Mo

Pearl Harbor Day

Timmm
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Timmm

Let the writers write and Mal, PLEASE dismiss Summer, Billy, Stitch, Travis, Devon and Fake Fillis!

k/kay
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k/kay

We strongly need a handsome man for Ashley she is too vibrant to be meddling in Billy and Jacks love life they are big boys and Jill needs something to do if JW is going to stay besides meddling in Billy’s life. So much work to be done but they are up for the challenge and the cast who have been there a long time know that!

Kathy
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Kathy

They need Dr. Neville back for Ashley!!!

Cloris
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Cloris

Yes, give Ashley an intelligent hunk her own age. Watching her with old gay Tad from AMC was gross.

Timmm
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Timmm

They need to cast Robert Newman or Ted King as a corporate raider that catches Ashley’s eye.

Mo
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Mo

Agree that Ashley needs a story of her own.

Wish Colin was back. He and Jill are good together and gives her more to do.

Celia
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Celia

Right, Kay. I think we all feel the same way. Don’t TPTB know what to do with Ashley? She has been reduced to , more or less, a medler, an office-gofer, and a filler of empty spots….taking turns between Billy, Jack and Phyllis. It’s EILEEN DAVIDSON we’re talking about, here, you guys!!!!!! Give her something challenging to do other than clean up or worry about her little, man-child brother who is still as recalcitrant and immature as ever. I really don’t get it? What was that scene in Phyllis’ closet-office ( which is so stupid in itself) with taking the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

BTW, Kay…..now thst Abby’s marriage msy be on the rocks, do you think Sitch will turn to Asheley? Will their ‘distraction’ rekindle?

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Kay. I must agree. Stitch is not suited to anyone. He still garbles when he speaks and he truly needs to shave. There is nothing interesting about this guy.
But, Ashley was into him at one point. Then, he married her daughter. Ewwww.
I just wonder if TPTB would go there again.

Patrick
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Patrick

WOW … hold the presses… answer

They need to cast Robert Newman or Ted King as a corporate raider that catches Ashley’s eye.

this is what sexual energies taste

come on now… including Ms. effervescent Eileen Davidson

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Good to know. I googled all over the place and couldn’t get the answer. So whew!

Marlene
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Marlene

Tim, disagree all those you want gone still is e unanswered story lines which is classic y&r.
Speaking of. Where is Sharon’s mother? She missed Sharon being in Fairview forever, wedding, birth of Sully (aka Christian) and all the drama surrounding Sharon. Is Reed ever coming to via it his mother again? Will Kenu ever visit Jack. Lauren talks about her eldest son every once in a while, why can’t he come back? IJS

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Get rid of Hillary

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Rebecca, Hillary is instrumental to Devon-Neil, and to a certain degree the Newman imbroglio that’s unfolding. Plus, she is a foil, at this stage. There’s no one else like her….if we discount Chloe; she’s in a league if her own. Then, of course, Natalie is back???? Hmmmm. I don’t know what to make of that, or her. I don’t think the PTB have figured out if Hilary good or ‘evil’…..’they’ keep undulating and vacillating back and forth. Hilary is ‘kinda’ growing on me. It’s Devon that is being represented as a stooge. As I have always said, I hope… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Michael Logan asked her that in a interview this week the character needs her father to show up and resolve her Daddy issues I hate that Pratt is still writing the Sully reveal

Celia
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Celia

Excellent points, Marlene. Keemo must be around 50 now. Right? Was he not a product of the Vietnam war? I’m not sure.
I loved Sharon’s mother, myself….all the characters you mention should make appearances….at least, during the holidays.

k/kay
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k/kay

Celia the character of Keemo will never be back PB hated the storyline the character of Kyle needs to come back with Kyle Lowder in the role pair him up with Mariah and no to Stitch and Ashley . I expect slow changes and characters that are not working to be written out.

lila
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lila

I’m excited. Can hardly wait.

Barbara
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Barbara

I sorry but I do not watch young and restless anymore I don’t like Victor. He is always run everything. He never said I am

kevin
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kevin

ECSTATIC and AMEN…I trust Sally and Kay to return this show back to the Classic Y&R with it’s Classic Background Music, sorry I had to say it. I want the feel and sound of the show to return and I know that Sally and Kay know what to do to make this happen. I haven’t been this excited in years. I also would love to see Jaime Lyn Bauer back for she will always be the one and only Lauralee (Lorie) Brooks.

damien
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damien

the new music is so bad when they use it which is sparse…. when scenes begin and end without classic y n r background music you can sense somethings missing… now that jfp and pratt are yesterdays news the real headwriters can hopefully get the old musical team back

kevin
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kevin

I so agree Damien…THANKS for the comment and your support

k/kay
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k/kay

A glass of champagne that day has my name on it!

Kathy
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Kathy

Cheers!!!

Mary
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Mary

PLEASE! I can’t take anymore of the Winters family! Neil’s either drunk or preaching, Lilly and Cane are either making love in his office or in a room at the GCAC or where ever they can cause that’s all they do and there is no story there. And please, Devon and Hillary need something better then to GC buzz… BORING!!

Alan
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Alan

Only one thing can make the Winters family interesting again: the return of Drucilla!

Celia
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Celia

Yeeesss, Alan! I miss Dru. The stage lit up when she entered. She had that magnetic, magical thing going on.

Mo
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Mo

The GC Buzz storyline is so boring. I don’t care. I’m hoping the new writers drop it quick.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Much like that silly baking show for heather or whoever it was…I fell asleep through the show so much I didn’t wake back up till PHYLLIS DID… now I’ve been stranded on a snowy mountain because my private plane crashed…HOORAY..I’M RESCUED..oh they radioed down to me stay safe keep warm… they’ll rescue me on December 7th when the storm has blown over WHEW!!!

kevin
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kevin

Oh yes, I so totally agree

robert
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robert

Devon and Hilary deserve better than this GC Buzz nonsense. it’s so boring

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen Mary!

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Mary. How true.
Something’s brewing again, though. All these late nights ….Cane working …..well, I feel that it’s the beginning of another affair. Lily’s or Cane. She is in the habit of ‘finding’ love elsewhere when little, ole Lilly feels lonely and ignored.
I think Devon is the most boring and lifeless character on Y&R. I think it’s the fact that I cannot take him seriously. He looks 12 to me. I cannot see him as an adult businessman with billions.

Mo
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Mo

And he seems to have no involvement whatsoever with Chancellor. I get he may not be qualified to run it, but maybe meet with someone to make sure your billions are safe. I guess Jill is running it, but she is now involved with BS (Brash and Sassy is such a stupid name. Loved when Ian made a quip about it being so 80s. He was so right.) Devon just seems to follow around after Hilary and cleaning up messes, trying to get her to be a good girl. I don’t think Lily will stray again.

Karen
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Karen

I hope the new writers bring back Adam.

Mary
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Mary

Which “Adam” are you hoping will come back?

Cathy
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Cathy

Bring back Michael Muhney !!!!

Alan
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Alan

You know they will…but not until Nick and Chelsea become a couple and get hitched because that will give Adam’s return the maximum impact. Chelsea will be torn between two brothers, Adam will feel betrayed by both of them, and then Nick will crushed by the reveal that Christian isn’t his son and Chelsea knew all along.

Celia
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Celia

I must hand it to you, Alan. That is the perfect soapy scenario.

Jerzygirl0409
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Jerzygirl0409

I just have one major question. How many times in about 3 years, can they have Sharon lie again about a paternity test?!?! Seriously! I love Y & R and have been watching it since I was a child, in the early 80’s (w my gma). Over the course of a few years, its been absolutely painful. But it’s like train wreck that I can’t stop watching Why can’t they bring back the old school people, like one of Victoria Newmans many exes like Ryan, or Neil’s ex wife Drew (her body was never found, someone else mentioned Nina…i think… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Good post Jerzy. They need to make the Chancelor name relevant again. Bring back Daniel and Heather. Nina and Phillip. Write stories about the Baldwins. Victor has an office from 1992. I guess Jack and Ashley share one. That Jabot lab is cheap and annoying! They need to redesign their sets, go back to their old music and like you mentioned and I added some names, bring back characters we love!

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely, Timmmy. Great post
I would love to see Chance back….the true heir to the Chancellor name and fortune.
I wouldn’t mind Jeff Branson thrown in there, either.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Maybe Chance is Bella’s father. If that is the case, than Nina and Phillip can come back for a bit and bond with their grandchild while living in the Chancellor mansion. It would be interesting to see Nina, Jill and Esther all interacting as grandmothers together. And Billy can bond with nephew Chance. I would love to see more of Michael and Lauren as well. Always loved the chemistry between the two of them. I also wouldn’t mind some Gloria sightings as well. I loved when she was running Gloworm. Now that Abby and Stitch are finally calling it quits,… Read more »

Sylvia
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Sylvia

This show is on life support. Pratt & Phelps ran it into a ditch. There needs to be a purge of at least 10 characters or more. Steve Burton is a good start, but there’s additional departures needed. Good luck to the new production & writing team. You need it!

Timmm
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Timmm

Steve Burton is a big star and no one seems upset he is leaving. Thats wild!

robert
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robert

that’s because his character was terrible

Elisa Kious
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Elisa Kious

I would like to see happy stuff, how in the hell can one town have so much drams, make so true story lines ,where people really work for a living, and not always at that club doing nothing, that’s not real life! Let a marriage be a good one, let Victor be a god man, not evil all the time, you can almost write the stories ourselves, I can pretty much tell you what’s going to happen, who goes to prison and has visitors every five minutes, and the prisoners get to roam around, that’s not real life, and the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Great post, Elisa.

robert
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robert

great post. the writing has been very sloppy. the way this show treats mental illness is terrible. Sharon’s bipolar has turned into a plotpoint

Mary
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Mary

This cannot happen soon enough!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Speaking of new stories for Ashley, did anyone pick up on the sparks between her and Travis? Since he might have a penchant for “older than himself” women (I presume his former boss was older than himself hence possibly his wife was also, and please don’t tell me he’s older than Victoria), why not Ashley? If not him then at least let the guy be worthy of her, like the Vanessa/Matt romance on GUIDING LIGHT in the 90s. Not some lifeless oaf like Stitch, more like Robert Scott Wilson, recently free from DAYS …that would breathe some fresh, um, air… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Soaphound. But, I thought it was all in my head. However, I did mention, if you had happened to read my post, wondered and asked about the elevator scene between Ashley and Travis. What was that all about? Fanning the flames? Amelia ( Victoria) is about 10 years older than Michael (Travis)…. she looks it close up. Eileen is about 25 years older than he. Will TPTB go there?? But, as I always say, it’s a soap….they are licensed to take liberties?? That’s ok….I guess. What bothers me the most is when TPTB take said liberties with the R… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Amelia ( Victoria) is about 10 years older than Michael (Travis)…. she looks it close up. ”

OH , of course;

she treats her screen well

Nicholas
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Nicholas

maria arena bell brought a diversity of stories to the show that made it exciting and entertaining to watch . i couldn’t miss an episode . i hope that these writers while sticking true to the original formula can bring this typr of excitement and entertainment . the soap was exciting to watch from 1973 to 1993 and it afterwards turned into a boring soap . the veronica landers story woke the soap up but once she was gone it got boring again . when maria bell came along it was great : loved skye and the volcano , ricky… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Reading this thread and watching yesterday’s ep. Did Victor really tell Jack he should own up and act like a man? Kettle! Victor gets caught every time – just never pays for it.

robert
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robert

yeah. that was terrible

robert
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robert

December 7th can’t come soon enough. Chuck Pratt has sucked the life out of the show. it’s just been terrible. this GC buzz stuff and Sharon’s storyline is just bad. that episode when the lights went out was one of the worse episodes i have ever seen.

kevin
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kevin

I totally agree with you Robert…I know I said this before, if anyone can turn this soap around and get it back to it’s classic roots is Sally and Kay…I really believe with all my heart we will see the Classic Y&R return.

Cathy
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Cathy

I heard Stich got his walking papers as well. Fired or recurring status ? Who is this Hank character they are casting ? Who was the guy Sharon was involved with when she ran away to avoid going to jail. He was a country guy and lived on a farm. Just wondering who they will put with Sharon.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Marking December 7 on my calendar. . . . I sure hope they stick with this configuration of the writing team. In addition to choices that were simply bad from the get-go (cough, cough, Chuck, cough, cough, Pratt, cough, cough), I think the revolving door of head writers and writing regimes since Mr. Bell passed away has really hurt the show; it has ceased to be Y&R (which always had a very distinct “feel” and playing style–one that I’ll admit wasn’t always to my taste, but it was consistent, and you could count on it) and become Generic Soap (which… Read more »

robert
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robert

all of the regime changes over the past decade has hurt the show. this show has had four different head writers over the last five years

de_lion99
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de_lion99

I agree with “michael (not fairman)”. It’s a long shot but I hope the new writing team can turn Y&R around. It’s not easy seeing a show you’ve watched for decades (along with the rest of daytime) just decline so rapidly. What the new writers need to do is take a few lessons from the Bell era and bring back the music, lighting, and camera angles that made the show dark, shadowy, classy and unique. 2016 may be a far cry from the days of Neil, Drucilla, Sheila vs. Lauren, John, Kay vs. Jill and older Victor/Nikki but the writers… Read more »

Marina
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Marina

Hello! New to this forum. I am a lifelong Y and R Fan and am so pleased about the return of Sally Sussman! Loving the character of Curtis Fielding. That voice! Find him a love interest. He needs to stay!

stevie g
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stevie g

Keep Stitch in it. The show has lost/losing two other strong males in Adam and Dylan, so we still need Stitch. I would like to see something happen bewtween him and Ashley, they were hot together.

barbara allen
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barbara allen

Bring back Michael Muhney as Adam………Justin is a TV series success so he won’t be back anytime soon and we really miss the character of Adam. MM and Justin were the best.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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