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Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott Video Interview: Nikki Being Victor's Co-Conspirator, Justin Hartley's Exit & Thoughts On EP Mal Young!

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The Young and the Restless Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) just was in major cahoots with her husband, the mighty Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) on recent episodes of the CBS daytime drama series.

In fact, Nikki helped reunite Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) with the on-the-run husband Adam (formerly, Justin Hartley) shortly before his “death”, and assisted Victor in his attempt to send his son, wife, and his grandson away to start a new life somewhere else.

Now, Nikki’s son, Dylan (Steve Burton) is on the case to implicate Victor in Adam’s “death” and getaway.  But Nikki visited her son and informed him that if he tries to put Victor behind bars, then he will have to put his mother behind bars, too.  Which are you going to chose to do?  On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, at last week’s Y&R 11,o0oth episode on set celebration at CBS Television City.  During our chat, Melody expressed her enthuiasm of this new “covert” Nikki helping the man she loves!

Melody related on Nikki helping Chelsea reunite with Adam: “Wasn’t it great when you found out Nikki was in on it?”  She went on to say, “That’s new for her (Nikki) … she’s usually naked, or she’s drunk, or she’s cult member, but she’s not really covert.  I do like her like this, and I hope there is more to come.”  Speaking of the end of the line for Adam as played by the exited Justin Hartley, Thomas Scott shared: “I love and adore Justin Hartley … and, if I were younger (laughs) …. no, he just got engaged! (Laughs).  But I do love him, and he is so funny.  Justin is such a wonderful actor.”

As to what the future drama will come the way of Nikki Newman, Melody related:  “I had a very good chance with Mal Young, our new EP who I adore.  He has been here like ten minutes it seems, but he already understands this show very well.  He’s been watching it for years In England, and he knows what this show is suppose to be about. Mal is starting to make changes to correct some things that have gone on over the years.  I am just putting my trust in Mal.  I am not one to tell the writers what to do, and never have been. I hope Nikki does become involved, in perhaps, more of Victor’s shennigans.  I think that would be fun … being partners in crime with him.”

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For Y&R’s 11K celebration, Melody acknowledged that none of this would even be possible without the fans of the enduring series: “Without their support, we would not be celebrating another milestone of this incredible show.  Thank you, Bill and Lee Bell (Co-Creators, Y&R)!  But it’s the continued support of the fans that keep us here, and we so appreciate it, and we are very blessed.”

Watch Melody’s interview below.  Then let us know if you would like to see Nikki continue to be covert with Victor and assist him in his efforts to protect his family and his business interests?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Melody on Justin Hartley, Mal Young and you, the fans of the series? Comment below!

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jaybird369
jaybird369

Oh, for God’s sake…WE GET IT!!!!!!!!!! Victor and Nikki are, like, back together for, like, the ZILLIONTH TIME…Adam is “dead” (for now)…Dylan The Bland will (once again) charge in on his ‘Macho Horse’ to (G-A-G!!!!!!!!!!) “save the day”…ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!! Again…we get it. Y&R…just move on already……….

Timmm
Timmm

Well Jay, Victor needs a punching bag. Billy is not Billy and Adam is gone so I huess he will take swings at Dylan now! PS: Travis is way to weak to go up against the Black Knight!

Timmm
Timmm

guess

Trapper
Trapper

I have always loved Nikki and Victor together. They’re a force to be reckoned with. I look forward to watching them finally achieve the potential that no one else has really pursued.

su0000
su0000

I noticed;
I do NOT FF Y&R
I DO FF 50-70% of GH

I can not tolerate the loooooong say nothing conversations in GH ..
They talk too much saying nothing.

Y&R has sharp controlled conversations that connect deep to the story.

Melody and Eric are gold, a true Super Couple !
Y&R rocks !!

((its a shame– what has been done to GH is a crime/murder and a sin))

Katherine R
Katherine R

I FF’d thru most of GH too.. Especially ANYTHING to do with Sonny’s daughter’s… and Alexis … yawn…

beacon
beacon

He’s been watching it for years In England, and he knows what this show is suppose to be about.” – Y&R has never aired in England, though….

Wendy
Wendy

I just checked historically the airing of YR in Europe with Wikipedia and it has aired in the UK in 1992 with earlier episodes from 1987, several different channels aired it until 1993 and then it was put into a Primetime slot until 1995 when it was then aired with the shows 4 years behind current shows in the US. It was finally delegated midnight time slot until 2010. Since then it’s not been shown. Hope this helps. Do check the Wikipedia information as it’s expansive.

Wendy
Wendy

No more Nikki the drunk victimized wife; hopefully she will become the strong woman she’s always had the potential to become as the character. Too many years watching Nikki struggle out of the depths of emotional abuse in her multiple marriages to Victor and the abyss of alcoholism. Now let’s see her even begin her own company or a home based business of some kind. After all, there are enough dollars to fund any venture she’d want to create. Let’s see the balance change where Victor is riddled with his own guilt for past deeds and decreased confidence with a stronger wife. Have hoped for this shift for years. Anyone else agree?

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

LOVE Nikki Always have. And I completely love she was riding shotgun this time around with Victor. What a nice change. I thought it was going to be another merry go round of fighting over secrets and lies, and Nikki winding up somewhere fighting over whether or not to down drink. Loved seeing this side of Nikki and I hope there’s more to come. I hope she is right about the writers changing and fixing past mistakes. Looking forward to seeing what’s next. Let’s just hope that when and if there are changes they are for better and not worse. And on a side note I am hoping they are working on a Sully reveal. How much longer can Sharon and Mariah keep lying before one or both of them crack

Katherine R
Katherine R

Nikki needs to be more fun.. like when she and Sharon used to be in cahoots.. this show needs a little comic relief… I like that she and Victor are on the same page.. 😀

Lulu
Lulu

I love the Victor and Nikki partnership. It should have been done years ago. I don’t like Sonny and Carly ; however, she’s always with him no matter what, because she knows who and what he is.

Scoma60
Scoma60

Sigh….I’ve just given up on Nikki. She’s in a toxic and emotionally abusive marriage to a sociopath. She’s thrown away every ounce of integrity to whitewash every heinous act Victor’s done. Nikki & her kids are just awful.
How am I supposed to root for a woman who continues to debase herself? If I was writing YR I’d have Nikki grow a brain and enter therapy to find out why she keeps rolling over for an egomaniac prick like Victor. Divorce him and find your strength.
It’s 2016 and weak pathetic women (and adult kids) are just not root-worthy anymore.
Killing off Victor would definitely be a step in the right direction.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Scoma60…VERY, VERY WELL SAID!!!!! I TOTALLY SALUTE YOU!!!!! Also, Victoria is nothing but whiny, self-absorbed and EVEN MORE ANNOYING…Nick is nothing but a moronic and dim-witted JACKASS…Dylan is such AN EMBARRASSMENT as a so-called cop. To me, Nikki’s kids are AWFUL PERIOD!!!!! A-n-d…as a mother, Nikki is NONE TOO SWIFT herself!!!!! Oh…and most of all, I ESPECIALLY AGREE WITH the last sentence in your post!!!!! Victor’s, uh, ‘time’ in Genoa City should have ended a long time ago!!!!!!

Take care.

Harry
Harry

I wonder if back in the day of answering machines if Nikki got cut off with a beep because of her tendency to whisper her speech?
“Hello, Victoria? This is (sigh, whipser) Mom. How’s college? You like your dorm mates? I sent you a care package and whisper…whisper…..whisper and I wanted to tell you that your father….whisper, whisper. then BEEP!”
I wonder if any comedian ended up wearing a pirate shirt on some late night talk show because he did not understand that Nikki was asking him to wear her pirate shirt on the show so he just nodded yes.

(If you are not a Seinfeld fan, you will not understand the pirate shirt reference).

Judy
Judy

I love Nikki and MTS and I love her with Victor. As EB said on Twitter regarding their reunion, don’t you think it is about time? They have had some awful writing and hopefully that will change. I love Nikki as Victor’s co-conspirator and would love to see more. It makes more sense to me than her getting angry, leaving him, only to go back to him. But for it to work Victor needs his heart back and the types of things he does need to change. I can’t imagine her helping him go after Jack.

Katherine R
Katherine R

Y&R needs a little comedy… like between Katherine and Esther… of course that can never be duplicated… but we need a few laughs Y&R !!!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Let’s really return to the roots and make grandma Nikki climb the pole one more time.

I love Miss Nikki. Not respectable Nikki. Maybe she could open a ‘gentlemen’s’ club at Newnan Towers! LOL.

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Knots Landing’s Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee & Donna Mills Share Backstage Memories, Watch Back Classic Scenes & Remember the Cul-De-Sac On Its 40th Anniversary

The primetime soap that lasted longer than them all was not Dallas, Dynasty or Falcon Crest, but Knots Landing! The series about the lives of the people of the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle in Southern California ran on CBS from December 27th, 1979 till May 13, 1993.

Throughout Knots’ run, the show centered on the lives of female characters; most notably Joan Van Ark as Valene Ewing, Michele Lee as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie and Donna Mills as Abby Cunningham Ewing (yes, there were several other married names too!).

What made Knots Landing so special was its more ‘grounded in reality’ storylines (than over-the-top on the other primetime soaps), while also delivering the soapy goodness and those riveting cliffhangers and those gut-wrenching performances that had millions of fans tuning in every week on Thursday nights.

Who can ever forger the 3-year story arc of Val having her twins taken from her at birth, or Sid’s death that left Karen a grieving widow, or the moment we saw Abby’s other side as mother lioness with her children, trying to deal with her daughter Olivia’s drug problem.  These were only some of the unforgettable moments and portrayals by these three women.

To commemorate Knots Landing’s 40th anniversary. Michael Fairman sat down with Joan, Michele and Donna at Donna Mills’ home for this very special deep-dive conversation for his You Tube channel, The Michael Fairman Channel. 

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During their conversation the ladies share: what they thought of it each other the first time they met … if there was any competition between them, their thoughts on the leading men on the show that included: Ted Shackelford, Don Murray, Kevin Dobson, William Devane and more.   In addition, they dish on the wealth of talent that came through the show including: Alec Baldwin, Julie Harris, Howard Duff, Halle Berry and so many more.  Plus, if there were a reboot of Knots’ just where would Val, Karen and Abby be now!

In some of the most heartfelt and touching moments contained within the interview. Michael had chosen several clips from ‘Knots’ to play back to the women to get their reactions and thoughts to those fan favorite moments.   A must-see for all die-hard and longtime  “Knots” fans.

We won’t spoil anymore, but suffice to say, we hope you check out the full interview below featuring Joan, Michele, and Donna.

Then, let us know what were your favorite moments contained within the interview … and share your favorite ‘Knots’ memories during its run via the comment section.

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Sean Kanan, Tristan Rogers & Timothy Woodward Jr. Talk On The Making Of New Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ & Respect For Soaps

Just as we closed out 2019, the world of digital dramas saw the debut of a riveting new show, Studio City.  The series initial season can be binged watched in its entirety on Amazon Prime, which follows the life of Hollywood actor Sam Stevens and the cast of “Hearts on Fire“, America’s number two daytime drama, as they navigate the chaotic world of soap operas and their own messy personal lives.

Studio City was co-created, executive produced, and stars longtime daytime favorite, Sean Kanan (Ex-AJ, General Hospital, Ex-Deacon, B&B).  In it, Kanan plays Sam, who plays a doctor on the soap-within-the show, and whose life off the set provides the back-drop for much of the drama and heart and soul of the series.

Kanan has surrounded himself with quite the acting company which includes: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH, Julia, ATWT, Madison, DAYS and Agnes, B&B), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, DAYS and Ex-Shirley, B&B), Scott Turner Schofield (Ex-Nick, B&B) and the one and only, Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH, Colin, Y&R).   In addition, feature film director, Timothy Woodward Jr. (who turns out to be a soap fan and appreciates the genre), is the man behind the camera directing the story and the cast through the ups, downs, laughs and tears of the story in Studio City,

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kanan, Tristan Rogers, and Woodward to find out: how Studio City all came together, what their hopes are for it in the future, and about the tears (those who have watched the series have shed in episode 6) and pivotal moments portrayed by Sean, Tristan, and Patrika Darbo that have helped create a buzz for the show.  Check out what these gents had to share below.

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Sean, in the stellar cast are many daytime notables including: Carolyn Hennesy, Sarah Brown, Patrika Darbo and Tristan. Did you reach out to them individually… and tell them what you had cooking with Studio City?

SEAN:  (Laughs) Did I reach out to them?  I had to beg them.  When you do a project like this, nobody is getting rich yet.  This really was a favor and a labor of love.  Patrika and I have really worked on more projects together than I can count.  Carolyn was on my radio show.  There was nobody else I wanted for their parts then Carolyn, Patrika, and Sarah. The idea of Tristan came a little bit later because I had written the character, but the character was actually very different.  He was actually a homeless guy.  He was a guy who had been a doctor and had been strung out on Vicodin, and had had a mishap in the operating room, and lost his license and then became homeless, but he was sort of this homeless sage poet who was giving Sam these bits of wisdom.  Ultimately, through meetings and compromises, it evolved into what it is now, and then, once that happened, I was like, “There’s no reason Tristan can’t play that,” and everyone signed on after a lot of coaxing, but they all did it for me.  I’m so grateful for that because it wouldn’t be what it is without those wonderful people in the series.

TRISTAN:  What happened was he said, “Will you do this part?”  I said, “Yeah.”  Sight unseen.  I figured Sean is an actor with relatively good taste (laughs) so he’s not going to give me a piece of s**t to do.  (Laughs)   Then, he sends me over some copy, and the copy is really good.   So, we set the week up, and that week turned out to be three weeks from hell for me because of my schedule!  I was doing General Hospital.  Then, I had Young and the Restless come in on top of that.  Then, I was doing The Bay, and somewhere in all of this I was doing Studio City.  So, I’m trying to figure out how I am going to do all of this.  In the meantime, Studio City said, “No, we’ve got to do it at a particular time because of the location.  We can’t get it at any other time, but these times…”  I said, “Okay,” and I’m thinking to myself, “God, how the hell am I going to make this work,” because I wanted to do everything, and I didn’t want to have to cancel anything.  I wanted to do it all because all of the projects were so good.  The Young and the Restless project was just an absolute joy to do working with Jess Walton (Jill).  We got Y&R all done in one day   So, I liked that.  After I finished that, was the day I started Studio City, and we were shooting  in a high rise where Sean and his wife Michele were living at the time.  They shot in a vacant apartment next door.  Right away, I was totally impressed with what was going on.  The level of production was really high.  I got the dialogue as I walked on set, and I had to sit down quietly because it was about a page and a half monologue, and I had to think, “Okay, what am I going to do with this guy?  How am I going to play him?”  Timothy Woodward is just fantastic.  He came along, we had a chat together, and he sort of said, “What are you going to do?” and I told him how I was going to play it, and he said, “Okay, go.”  We got it all in one take.  Bang.  I love that.

Photo: Studio City

SEAN:  There was a lot to do obviously, but we shot Studio City over five days.  We literally shot this at almost a soap opera pace.   I don’t think too many other actors; except for daytime actors could have pulled this off.  So, we were really blessed to have a bunch of pros.

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TIMOTHY: Every one of them were extremely talented in their roles.  Patrika blew my socks off.  Tristan did what he did, I mean, he’s amazing.  Sarah was great.  Carolyn Hennesy was great   I do a lot of feature stuff, and you know, we are shooting only 4 or 5 pages a day.  Sometimes 6.  So, it’s not often that I am handing someone a 7-page scene and saying, “Hey, go,” especially the day before, and they’re nailing it every single time and being able to deliver every single time, and hitting their marks, which makes the editing process so good.  They’re able to do it, especially when you keep the writing grounded on the side of it that’s about behind the show, but it still has dramatic moments.  You’re giving the actors a lot to chew on, but they all performed the material so well.

Tristan, in story, you play Sean and Sarah Brown’s step-father. There is a major scene in episode 6 between Patrika and Sean where Sam learns about his biological father, and then there is a scene with you and Sean in the aftermath of that.

TRISTAN:  Yes, they are my adopted kids.   Sam is going through a low part in his life, and my character has to kind of sit him down and go, “Listen, kid.  You’re a good guy.  Don’t ever be told that you’re not a good guy.  You’re my son, and I love you, and there’s not a day that goes past that I don’t love you.”  When you’re on the set at the time, it was an extremely emotional scene.  Very, very emotional, and the fact that we got it right the first time, made the intensity better.  If I had had to go back and do that again, it would have been slightly different. That’s the way I work.”

Photo: Studio City

Had you worked with Sarah Brown before; given you both have worked on General Hospital in your careers?

TRISTAN:  Never.  That was a great thing.  I had two scenes with her, and I loved them both, and I thought she was terrific,  What Sean and Timothy have done is  put together a really interesting bunch of people to totally dig and are part of the daytime scene, who are totally familiar with it, and know what it is all about, and make it different.  The only other show I can compare this to is GH: Night Shift.   We were never allowed to develop it, but that was where we were at.  I think we are making the same kind of broad steps here that we were doing back then.  Hopefully, we are given more of a chance to develop the concept of it. 

What can you say about working with Timothy? He obviously loves the soaps too!

TRISTAN:  He’s a good guy.  I mean, they couldn’t have gotten a better person to do the directing and put that side of it together.  He was the perfect choice: having an understanding of the background of daytime and basically liking it for what it is.  He was ideal!

Photo: Studio City

Timothy, you were a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, correct? How did you come into Sean’s orbit?

TIMOTHY:  Yes … when Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) was with dad, Eric (John McCook), or something right before that. (Laughs)  That’s how long ago that was.  I started telling Sean all that stuff, and he sent this cookbook to my mom, and then, he called me.  We stayed in contact and started talking about a few things, and then he contacted me about being in the book he was doing, Success Factor X, and he wanted me to be in the book, so I said okay.  So, we just stayed in contact, and then, I called him about another project. Later, Sean said he had an idea for a show and he’s been working on it for a while, and said, “Here’s the idea.  What do you think?”  I said, “I think it’s something that I could be interested in,” (because I’d always watched soaps back in the day, and it’s something that my mom is a huge fan of) and you know, I could get down with doing it.”  So, we kind of met, shook hands, and said, “Let’s make it happen.”

Did you tell your mom you were working with Sean Kanan?

TIMOTHY:  I did!  She loved it.  Sean actually sent her a video to her phone wishing her a merry Christmas last year.

SEAN:  This guy is a feature-film director. Tim was like, “I think that would be a really interesting challenge.  I’d like to do a digital series,” and then it comes to pass that this sort of tough-guy film director from North Carolina, is a total closet soap freak! (Laughs)

Photo: Studio City

Timothy, in Studio City, when Patrika Darbo has this very emotional monologue about what happened to her and about Sam’s father.  Sean also delivered a powerful performance in the scenes, just through his reactions to her heartbreaking story. I just thought the way he played it was so moving.  You obviously did a great job directing that scene.

TIMOTHY: I said, “Sean, I’m seeing behind the camera.  I’m telling you man, you’re telling so much with your eyes.  You don’t have to say anything.  Don’t tell her it’s okay during the scene,” because his initial reaction was, “It’s my mom.  I want to tell her it’s alright.”  I was like, “No.  Don’t.  I don’t want you to do anything.  You need to absorb this; you need to be in that moment of where you just don’t even know what to say.   You feel for her, but you also have this self-inflicted pain yourself, and you just need to listen.  Just listen to her.  Zone out of everything else and listen to her.”  That’s what he did, and he did it really well.

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SEAN:  I remember that Patrika was incredibly generous because once we got her take; she was willing to go through all of that pain again so that my reactions would be as informed as it was.  Honestly I would like to tell you that it was me reaching into my big bag of actor tricks, but all I had to do was shut up and listen.  How can you not be moved by hearing that?  So, I just sort of shut up, didn’t have to hit my mark because I was sitting, and listened, and she did all of the driving on that, and she was just terrific and Timothy captured it beautifully.

Sean, when you envisioned the part of Sam for yourself; were you pleased about how it came across on screen?

SEAN:  Listen, the character is very close to who I am.  This guy is sort of a heightened version of me, but I am very much playing myself in this.  I’m playing myself in some situations that I have never had to deal with.  I was like, “If this is going to succeed or fail, it’s going to happen with me being my most authentic self, and it’s not someone else’s idea of who I am.  I’m going to show you who I am in this.”

Photo: Studio City

Trans actor, Scott Turner Schofield also appears in Studio City.  In part of his story, you are tackling a timely social issue of the plight of African-American trans individuals who are being murdered.  How did you come to the decision to include this arc in the series?

SEAN:  I felt it was important that we told a story that was LGBTQ and trans-centric.  I wanted Scott to be a character on the show that everybody knew was trans.  I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but maybe the character Scott plays is going to have a conflict with production and say, “Listen, I’ve got to be a trans character on the show because I need to sort of be a beacon to all of those people out there.  I’m living that life off-camera. ”  When you see him in his group and everything, and I think he is going to kind of stand up for himself, and that’s going to probably alter his story.  I thought it was important to be like, “My character knows he’s trans.  He’s my buddy who happens to be trans,” you know what I mean…. rather than it being this huge big thing.”

Was the goal to get Studio City released right at the end of 2019 to quality for Daytime Emmy consideration in the Digital Drama categories? 

TIMOTHY:  It was definitely something we think could get more eyeballs on the show, more attention to it if you will, in order to get it to the next level.  So, I think that’s important. Do this and get it even bigger … make more episodes and make them longer.  Sean keeps saying this series, is a love letter to soaps, and that’s what he told me he wanted to do.  You know what Sean is talking about.  There is somewhat of a disrespect level in our industry of, “Well, he’s on a soap,” and these people are so talented.  I mean, some of these daytime soaps have better ratings than a lot of the primetime shows.  You just read mainstream media or something about soaps, and you may think, “What?  There’s nobody watching it,” and then, you start looking at ratings and two and a half million viewers during an episode?  This is every day.  That’s a fan base.  There are dedicated people watching it.

SEAN:  It always bothers me when I see that; treating soaps like that because we work really hard, and there’s a lot of talented people involved with it.  It doesn’t always need to always be that whenever you see soap operas represented in “main series” projects, that they’re kind of the butt of a joke.  I was like, “That’s not going to happen because that’s not what they’re about.”

Photo: Studio City

Sean, you make things happen for yourself doing various projects whether it be: stand-up comedy, acting, books, etc and are one of the hardest working guys I know. Why do you think you have continually come back around, and in front of the daytime soap community all of these years?

SEAN:  I envy guys who have been on daytime consistently for 10, 15, 20 years, and there are times that I wish I were there and doing that, but I don’t necessarily know that if I were that guy that I would have had the wherewithal to write the books I have written.  I think I may have gotten comfortable, and you know, God bless.  I am in no way disparaging that because there is a lot to be said for that longevity on a series. I feel like on daytime I have always been kind of a hired guy.  I get brought in, I get let go, I get brought in, I get let go.  I never sort of maintained a sense of terra firma.  I always felt that it was probably going to be temporary, and I’d better figure out what else I’m going to do, which has given me opportunities that I have created to do projects that I am really passionate about like this one.

For more on Studio City, visit their website here.

Have you checked out Studio City on Amazon Prime yet?  If so, what do you think of it and the performances? Excited to see Sean and Tristan in different roles? Comment below.

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‘The Bachelor’ Peter Weber Opens Up About Hannah Brown, Hannah Ann & Being Emotional In Front Of The Camera

While viewers watched how the emotional conversation that they “had to have” came to its conclusion (or did it, even?) on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor between Peter Weber and the women he fell for in her season of The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown, several other new “storylines”kicked off” such as”champagne-gate” between contestants Kelsey and Hannah Ann, and then the social media ‘Bachelor Natio’n frenzy over a shot included in the episode featuring a bottle of maple syrup popping up out of nowhere (later explained to be a supply that contestant Mykenna was going to use when having some alone time with Peter, presumably).

But while it looks for now that Peter is going to try to move past his lingering feelings for Hannah B. and be all-in to find love with one of the women in the running on his season of “The Bachelor”, Michael Fairman TV along with several members of the media spoke with Weber at the ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on some subjects we wall wanted to know his answers to.  Check them out below.

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When asked if he watched back the premiere episode and what went down with his chat with Hannah Brown, Peter told us: “The Hannah stuff wasn’t easy for me to watch.  It wasn’t easy as a viewer.  You go on hiatus, like a lull, and then you relive it as it airs back.  So, that wasn’t easy, but you’ll see what that all means. I think you kind of see that there were true, genuine feelings that were still there in that episode, and it left me really confused.”

As to if he was prepared to be seen as so open and vulnerable in the process of finding love while having cameras on him all the time, Weber expressed: Yeah, that was one thing I took from Hannah.  I remember the beginning of her season, that first night, that first speech, it was all about being vulnerable, raw, and open with us, and I made that a big theme of mine, and I wanted to set that theme early on with the women.  You’re going to see me be that the entire time.”

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Knowing the intensity and spotlight it puts on him, Weber says he was all-in for being The Bachelor this season: “I was so excited.  What an amazing opportunity, and I knew it worked.  So, why would I say no.”

There is obviously a major stunning moment that the series is pushing that happens in the finale that appears to potentially change the course of Peter’s quest for love, or confuses it. Weber would only tease that:  “I tell everyone that is was the most beautiful experience (being on  “The Bachelor”) but the hardest of my entire life.  That last week, was the hardest week of my entire life.  It literally doesn’t stop until the last second … just a lot of unexpected stuff that I couldn’t predict, but I took it, and I feel like I’m stronger coming out at the end, but it was hard.  If I told you, then I’d give it away! I didn’t expect what happened to happen.”

Weber also weighed-in on if he feels his love life coming out of the series is set, sharing: “You guys will definitely enjoy this journey and feel it.  I can’t comment on that right now.”

Pilot Peter revealed that he has also apparently gone back to work at Delta: “I went back to work like a week after I finished filming (The Bachelor). I never actually took a leave.  It’s really nice being a pilot because the schedule is really flexible.  So, I just ended up dropping my trips and having friends pick up trips.  So, I’m really lucky that it all worked out.”

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Over the course of filming, Peter was involved in a freak accident that will be shown that leaves him with a scar on his forehead: “I think it’s badass.  (Laughs) Listen, it was a freak accident, and it is what it is.  I wasn’t going to let it keep me down or bum me out too much.  I was in the middle of this whole journey, and you know, it’ll fade.  I didn’t lose my eye, so that’s like the biggest thing.”

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Many are comparing Peter’s like of two women named Hannah! Both from the south and both had competed in beauty pageants, Hannah Brown and this season’s Hannah Ann, to which Weber played up the irony: ” I know!  Lots of Hannahs!   A lot of girls from Alabama.  That was a big theme, too.  I feel like I don’t have type now, but maybe I do.”

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So, what did you think of the conclusion of the chat between Hannah Brown and Peter on last night’s episode of The Bachelor? Do you think Hannah Ann is a frontrunner for that final rose of Peter’s “champagne-gate” and all?  What do you think will happen come the ending of the season as teased by Weber and what you have seen thus far in the first couple of episodes of the new season of the reality-competition series? Comment below.

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