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Y&R’s Susan Walters and Michael Mealor Talk On: Diane and Kyle’s Mother/Son Reunion, Working Together, and Returning to Genoa City

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At the end of Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Diane Jenkins and Kyle Abbott come face-to-face as the highly-anticipated mother and son reunion is about to take place.  As in any juicy cliffhanger on the soaps, viewers will have to wait till Monday to see how it all plays.

In the meantime, their portrayers, Susan Walters (Diane) and Michael Mealor (Kyle), chatted with Michael Fairman for an exclusive conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel discuss the enormity of the big scenes, working together for the first time, and both returning to the number-one rated soap after time away from it.

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Walters, who recently returned to the role of the ‘back-from-the-dead’ Diane after two decades away, details how the noted bad girl just might try to win back the son she abandoned for all of these years, and just what is Diane’s present state of mind.  Will she go back to her deceitful and manipulative ways to have her son and now her grandson, Harrison, in her life? Is she sincere? What’s up her sleeve?

Michael Mealor talks fondly of working again with his on-screen father, Peter Bergman (Jack) and how he will also be integral to the storyline, plus how nervous he was his first day back to the set and the weight of the scenes involving both Bergman, who reveals to Kyle that his mother is alive and wants to see him, to his confrontation with Diane.

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During the interview, Walters and Mealor also share their thoughts on the fan reactions to their returns.  For Mealor, many viewers were devastated in the summer of 2021, when Kyle was written off the show and Michael went off-contract.  But now in 2022, Kyle is set to be front and center, along with the upcoming return of his on-screen wife, Summer (who will now be played by Allison Lanier).

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In addition, Susan’s chats on her soap beginnings when she played Lorna Forbes on ABC’s Loving, how her husband Linden Ashby (Ex-Cameron, Y&R) runs lines with her and does a terrific Victor Newman impression, and more.

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Watch the full interview with Susan and Michael below, followed by the final moments of Friday’s Y&R cliffhanger, and the latest promo for the CBS daytime drama series.

Then let us know, do you think Diane will find away into Kyle’s heart? What do you happens for Diane and Kyle in story?  Let us know in the comment section.

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I just can’t get to the “why” of this decision to resurrect Diane or the purpose of her possibly reconciling with Kyle. I doubt they’re going to be playing happy families so it must be that the evil Diane is still afoot. Do we really need that? We’ve had perfectly good vixens in the past (like Hilary) that they’ve dispatched so why this boring, colorless character? Someone explain it to me like I’m five. That said, I’m thrilled to see gorgeous and talented Mr. Mealor back in town. I’m hoping for a possible friendship with Noah…he needs a buddy. Or… Read more »

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I’m so glad to have Diane back on the show , she shouldn’t have been killed off. And also very happy to have Michael Mealor in the show. I hope the show continues to focus on the Newmans and Abbotts . If we could have one more bad girl on the show that would be great . I vote for Tara or Gloria . (Make Gloria a villain not comedy

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I never liked Diane Jenkins when she was the bad girl. I don’t disbelieve nor do I care if she’s changed. For the most part I find Kyle boring, so maybe his mother and new Summer will give him some substance. First thing I’d do if I was him is get that poor little boy’s hair cut, reminds me of Chance. You can’t even see his cute little face. Yes, I know the curly blond hair is beautiful, but I just don’t like it on a boy his age.

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Soaphound

Oh Violet, that poor little boy…are they making him a junior Fabio? What’s going on with that hair..a toddler version of the Biblical Samson? I do like Kyle without Summer; they’re one of those couples that just don’t generate sparks anymore. I’m hoping we’ll see more of Kyle in the boardroom, not the bedroom.

Violet Lemm
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Soaphound
As I said in another post, Kyle kind of bores me. Don’t know exactly what it is. Maybe I expect him to start singing at any moment, he really reminds me of Buble`. I betcha he’ll give his mother a chance. I hope her change is real and not a con. I do not see Summer going along with this at all, especially with Phyllis bad mouthing Diane all the time. I know in the soap world this happens all the time but in reality I’ve never seen a person change completely.

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Violet…I wasn’t watching Y&R when Diane was the “bad girl.” What did she do that was so bad? Yes, let the little boy have at least a summer haircut.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose
It would take too much space here. If you can try and GOOGLE Diane Jenkins and settle in for a good read. She’s done everything imaginable to so many citizens of G.C, Jack, Victor with whom she married, stole his sperm where it got switched when she and Nicki were fighting over it and she wound up getting Jack’s little swimmers, aka,Kyle.As I said, so much to learn about this gal.

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Iakovos

I always liked Susan Walters. Loved her as Lorna in Loving. Hope she is treated well this turn in Genoa City. I am no fan of implausible resurrections despite their acceptance as a daytime storytelling device. I try to regard this all as another well-meaning attempt to right the wrongs of Bill Bell’s daughter-in-law. It’s tough to build a strong Abbott family when so many… Colleen, Delia, Keemo… are killed or written out. Not to mention husbands (Brad), wives, in-laws, and extended family (Theo). It’s important to keep Kyle strong for the future. Not sure I like him bring a… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Well, things are moving right along with this most recent reunion, come back to life with Diane and all her haters including Phyllis who saw her and Michael together today. This woman reminds me of a feral cat, ready to attack at any moment. I thought I read somewhere that she was leaving Y&R. Even if she does, Iam sure she’ll leave lots of destruction in her wake. I have not decided if I believe Diane’s story yet. Sounds too good to be true, just like Santa Claus.

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The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy Nominees Talk Reactions, Reels, and Their Co-Stars

All of the nominated performers from the cast of The Young and the Restless, who just recently received Daytime Emmy nominations for the upcoming 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, chatted with Michael Fairman collectively in an exclusive on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel. 

Y&R received the most nominations of any daytime program in this year’s race leading the pack with 18.

Sharing their reactions to being Emmy-nominated, plus what scenes they submitted on their reels; that landed them in the position to be going for gold were: Outstanding Lead Actor nominees, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) and Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair), Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominees, Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) and Jordi Vilasuso (Ex-Rey Rosales), Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee, Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman), Outstanding Younger Performer nominee, Alyvia Alyn Lind (Ex-Faith Newman) and Outstanding Guest Performer Nominee, Ptosha Storey (Naya Benedict).

Throughout the virtual roundtable interview, several of the actors who have won previously including: three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bergman and two-time winner, Bryon James as well as past winners, Jason Thompson and Jordi Vilasuso gave words to the wise if they should win a gold statuette. In addition, the Y&R Emmy nominee ensemble shared the secret to their collaborative process when working with one another in the fast pace of daytime dramas, and much more.

You can catch the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 24th on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ to see if these Y&R nominees names will be called when the envelopes are opened.  In the meantime, you can watch our candid, informative, and heartfelt conversation below.

Now let us know, what did you think of the scenes the Y&R Emmy-nominated performers shared that they submitted? Happy to see them in the race this year? What was your favorite moment from the virtual roundtable? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Daytime Emmy Nominees: Arianne Zucker, James Reynolds, Stacy Haiduk & Lindsay Arnold Chat On Their Reels, Reactions, and Co-Stars

Days of our Lives nominated performers, Arianne Zucker (Nicole), James Reynolds (Abe), Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Lindsay Arnold (Allie) chatted with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel’s continuing coverage of the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Each actor revealed which scenes they submitted that put them into position to potentially win the gold statuette when the Daytime Emmys are announced during ceremonies on June 24th on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Arianne Zucker, shared that her scenes contained moments between Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan), while Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, James Reynolds (Abe), went with Abe being shot and the standalone episode which followed in honor of Reynolds 40th anniversary with the show. Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) went full Kristen (with no Susan Banks), in key scenes opposite Eric Martsolf (Brady) where Kristen and Brady have an emotional break-up, while Outstanding Younger Performer nominee, Lindsay Arnold (Allie), mentioned scenes where Allie recalls and deals with being the victim of sexual assault, and more.

In addition to their reels, the actors share their reaction to learning they were in the running for an Emmy, plus working with many of their co-stars at DAYS ,and the collaboration it takes to often get the performances viewers see on-air.

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Later, as DAYS heats up during May Sweeps, the actors preview their current storyline and characters’s state of mind.  Lindsay teases what could be next for the possessed AllDevil in Salem who looks to become more unhinged.  James weighs-in on Abe’s plight after being clubbed over the head by TR,  Arianne gives us a glimpse of what could be on the horizon for Nicole, and Stacy tells us what she thinks Kristen is up to, and how Susan Banks, is always on point when the devil is in Salem perpetrating dirty deeds unsuspecting Salemites.

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You can watch the full conversation below.

Keep checking back to The Michael Fairman Channel for more interviews and conversations with this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees, and make sure to ‘subscribe’.

Let us know in the comment section if you are happy to see Arianne, James, Stacy and Lindsay going for gold and being recognized by their peers.  

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