Amelia Heinle, Marcy Rylan and Melody Thomas Scott
Get an up-close look at Genoa City in TVGN's new special The Young and the Restless: On-Set: inFANity. The one-hour special will air Monday, June 17 at 9/8c in anticipation of same-day episodes of The Young and the Restless airing on TVGN starting July 1 at 7/6c.
Christel Khalil and Daniel Goddard
TVGN will begin airing same-day episodes of The Young and the Restless on weekdays beginning in July, the network announced Monday.
Starting Monday, July 1, fans can catch reruns of episodes every weeknight at 7 p.m. ET/PT, as well as encore airings the following morning at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
The CBS-Sony soap The Young and the Restless owed Josh Griffith a huge debt of gratitude when he did double duty as exec producer and head writer during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike. Not only did the three-time Emmy winning Griffith keep Y&R afloat during that treacherous time, he improved the show drastically. But no good deed goes unpunished in Soapland! When the strike was over, Griffith was pushed out. Now he's back as head writer, working with new exec producer Jill Farren Phelps to get this once-mighty serial back in shape after the devastating reign of Maria Bell.
Jill Farren Phelps
In a long overdue shakeup at daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless, Maria Bell is out as executive producer-head writer and former General Hospital chief Jill Farren Phelps is in the house! Phelps takes the EP gig while Josh Griffith, who stepped in and kept Y&R afloat during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike, is back as head writer. Their first official episode will air Oct. 12. No exec on the suds scene is more credentialed and trophied than Phelps, a seven-time Emmy winner who has helmed a record six daytime dramas. And no one is more polarizing. TV Guide Magazine had an exclusive chat with the controversial lady, who addressed the firestorm of rumors and reports currently circulating on the Web.
Is Shemar Moore (Malcolm) returning to his Young and Restless roots or isn't he? Click here to read the latest word from his soap sibling, Kristoff St. John (Neil)!
Don't forget that Wheel of Fortune's Soap Stars Week begins Feb. 27. Your daytime faves drop in on Pat Sajak and Vanna White to play for their favorite charities. The all-star contestant roster includes B&B's Susan Flannery, Lorenzo Lamas and Jack Wagner; Days-fan faves Matthew Ashford, Deidre Hall and Alison Sweeney; GH's Corbin Bernsen; GL's Ricky Paull Goldin; OLTL's Kamar de los Reyes; Passions hunk Galen Gering; Y&R's Peter Bergman, Kristoff St. John and Michelle Stafford; and Dancing with the Stars vixen Lisa Rinna with her Soap Talk cohost Ty Treadway. Just for fun, here's a photo I took wit
Trevor St. John, One Life to Live and Kristoff St. John, The Young and the Restless
Scoop! Although Kristoff St. John's contract negotiations got unusually close to the wire, the Young and the Restless star — who has played Neil Winters since 1991 — tells TVGuide.com he is now "committed to three more years in Genoa City."
As viewers saw last week, Yolanda (Chene Lawson) abruptly skipped town after Neil rebuffed her seduction attempt. (Basically, the recovering crackhead dropped her towel, and the very married Mr. Winters insisted she put it back on and check herself!) For his part, St. John feels relieved that Y&R's writers changed their minds about playing out an infidelity scenario. "It would have been very disrespectful for Neil to step out on Dru with their foster son's mother," he says. "Neil has too much dignity and integrity for that."
Here's the bad news: As his contract negotiations drag on, Kristoff St. John's status at The Young and the Restless remains in question. That's just wrong. Daytime's answer to Denzel has starred on the CBS sudser since 1991 and he needs to stay, OK? The better news: St. John has been nominated for yet another NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, alongside Y&R's Bryton McClure (Devon) and Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm); All My Children's Michael B. Jordan (Reggie); and The Bold and the Beautiful's Antonio Sabato Jr. (Dante). The nominees for Outstanding Actress are Passions' Marla Gibbs (Aunt Irma) and Tracey Ross (Eve) as well as Y&R's Christel Khalil (ex-Lily), Victoria Rowell (Drucilla) and Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia). The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards air March 3 on Fox.