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Battle of the Blondes on The Young and the Restless

Lauralee Bell, Doug Davidson and Melody Thomas Scott

Honeymoon for three? On CBS's The Young and the Restless, hotshot attorney Christine (Lauralee Bell) has been in a tizzy since learning that her hubby Paul (Doug Davidson) and his pal Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) created a child decades ago when they were members of a hippie love cult. This bizarre development — news to everyone in Genoa City, including the parents — has really bonded Paul and Nikki, to the point where he now seems hesitant to go through with plans to have a baby with Christine. What's worse, that damn drama queen Nikki won't go away! On Aug. 8, she's so emotionally distraught she intrudes on Christine and Paul's long-delayed honeymoon. TV Guide Magazine went to lunch with the three stars to find out where this divine mess is headed.

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Exclusive: Tricia Cast and Michael Fairman Return to The Young and the Restless

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).

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The Tuesday Playlist: Luther's Back, Along With Jon Stewart and Brian Williams

Idris Elba

Some like it rough — and TV doesn't get much rougher or darker than BBC America's brutally compelling crime drama Luther, mining new depths of depravity and tragedy in its third cycle (airing as a four-night miniseries this Tuesday through Friday at 10/9c, except Wednesday, when it airs an hour earlier as the lead-in to the even more shattering Broadchurch). Once again, Luther's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning star Idris Elba attacks his signature role of the tormented, damaged London detective John Luther with raw magnetism. He has a way of absorbing others' pain and isn't afraid to inflict some of his own, but Luther's history of explosively reckless behavior has made him the target of a relentless Internal Affairs cop (the excellent David O'Hara), who tries to turn Luther's loyal partner Ripley (Warren Brown) against him.

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Exclusive: Fan Faves Return to The Young and the Restless for Kay's Memorial

Jeanne Cooper

We knew this day would come. Last May, the soap community mourned the death of 84-year-old Jeanne Cooper, the great Emmy-winning star of The Young and the Restless. Now it's time to say goodbye to her character, Katherine Chancellor. In episodes airing Sept. 3 and 4, the citizens of Genoa City — past and present — will gather at Chancellor Park, a sprawling new set for the CBS soap, where they will pay their final respects to "the Duchess."

Among the stars returning for the flashback-packed ...
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Exclusive Young and the Restless Scoop From Lauralee Bell: Will Paul and Christine Reunite?

Lauralee Bell

Longtime fans of CBS' The Young and the Restless remember when Lauralee Bell's character Christine Blair — aka Cricket — was the abstinence-promoting saint of Genoa City. But since she left home to become a hotshot Beltway lawyer, Cricket has been scandalously nutty in her occasional returns to town, drunkenly making out with Nick (Joshua Morrow) and hitting the sack with her ex-husband Danny (Michael Damian). Now this! On Nov. 16, Cricket shares a kiss with her other ex-hubby Paul (Doug Davidson), who is currently in love with her best friend Nina (Tricia Cast). What the hell is our girl thinking? TV Guide Magazine spoke with Bell about this jaw-dropper development and what it's like to remain at Y&R after her sister-in-law, Maria Bell, was ousted as exec producer.

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Exclusive: Lauralee Bell and Michael Damian Reunite on The Young and the Restless

Lauralee Bell and Michael Damian

Cricket and Danny were one of the great suds supercouples of the '80s and '90s and both have been back to The Young and the Restless on separate occasions, but they haven't been together in Genoa City for nearly... read more

Exclusive: Soap Queen Lauralee Bell Spoofs Paula Abdul on Castle

Lauralee Bell

Paula Abdul may no longer have the X factor, but she's still good for a few laughs on Castle!   Suds fave Lauralee Bell — aka Christine on The Young and the Restless — will guest star on the ABC mystery series March 19 as the Abdul-esque judge of a hit TV competition show called A Night of Dance. The episode ...
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Lauralee Bell Has Eva Longoria Flashbacks on The Young and the Restless

Lauralee Bell

That much-missed fan fave Lauralee Bell returns to The Young and the Restless November 9 but it's no happy occasion. read more

Exclusive: Lauralee Bell Returns to The Young and the Restless

Lauralee Bell

Get ready to relive a nightmare! Longtime fan fave Lauralee Bell is heading back to CBS's The Young and the Restless for a series of episodes starting November 9 that'll be packed with juicy flashbacks — circa 2001-03 — featuring Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

Just before Longoria hit Wisteria Lane, she played Genoa City nutjob Isabella Braña, a former prostie who clashed with Bell's character, Christine, and made her life a living hell. Isabella not only got pregnant by Christine's husband, Paul Williams (Doug Davidson), but later faked... read more

Lauralee Bell Invites Shirley Jones over for Family Dinner

Family Dinner

You can't stop the Bells! Actress-writer-director Lauralee Bell — aka Cricket on The Young and the Restless — launches the fifth installment of her wackadoo web series Family Dinner November 15 (funnyordie.com and familydinneronline.com). Previous episodes wowed us with guest stints by Phyllis Diller and Cloris Leachman. This time, Bell goes nuts with a massive cast including American Idol champ Jordin Sparks, suds-rock icon Rick Springfield, drummer Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oscar winner Shirley Jones. The last will play a musical therapist named Dr. Jones who comes to dinner intent on healing the screwed-up O'Connell clan, led by Bell's Oprah-obsessed matriarch.

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