Tricia Cast, Michael Fairman

Hard to believe but it's been nearly a year since The Young and the Restless said goodbye to Katherine Chancellor, the divinely salty doyenne played by the late Jeanne Cooper. On Aug. 26-27, the CBS soap will mark the one-year anniversary of Katherine's death with a remembrance ceremony in Chancellor Park that brings back actors Tricia Cast (Nina) and Michael Fairman (Murphy).

According to a Y&R rep, the gathering is Katherine's idea, adamantly requested in a letter to Jill (Jess Walton) that mysteriously arrives on Aug. 13, and it will result — finally! — in some resolution to the soap's maddening music box mystery. Katherine's widower, Murphy, who has been living in a Lake Michigan cabin she bequeathed to him, also receives a letter from his late wife, prompting him to return to Genoa City for the memorial. Meanwhile, Katherine's dear friend Nina flies in from Los Angeles, where she's now a successful author.

What's Nina going to think when she finds out Cricket (Lauralee Bell) is already having trouble in her marriage to Paul (Doug Davidson)? Can she resist the opportunity to gloat? And here's the kind of bad news Y&R fans will love: The homage to Katherine is going to coincide with yet another tragic setback for Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Our girl falls off the wagon — again! More scoop soon.

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