William J. Bell



Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott on Nikki's Drinking, Working with Sean Young and Writing Her Memoir

The Young and the Restless

The most desperate housewife in soaps — The Young and the Restless' Nikki Newman — has secretly gone off the wagon after years of sobriety. But on October 21 she'll get busted! This vodka-sluggin' mama, played by the blazingly brilliant Melody Thomas Scott, didn't mean to relapse. Blame it on her nogoodnik secretary Meggie (Sean Young) who got Nikki hooked again by quietly spiking her fruit smoothies. Now Meggie, who wants to get her mitts on Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and his moolah, has joined forces with town pariah Deacon (Sean Kanan) to ruin the upcoming Nikki-Victor nuptials. Will they succeed? Will Nikki end up in Deacon's bed? TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from Thomas Scott.  

TV Guide Magazine: Best. Storyline. Ever. There's nothing like our Nikki back on the sauce! It's been too long!
Thomas Scott: I was never happy with the way her initial addiction to drinking and pills ended so unrealistically years ago. She just woke up one morning and was fine. I mentioned that to [current Y&R head writer] Maria Bell at lunch ...
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It's often said that Lifetime...

Lauralee Bell and Shemar Moore, Young and the Restless 

It's often said that Lifetime is television for women and gay men. Since gay men also love soaps, I must say it's a fabulous move to cast Young and the Restless star Lauralee Bell in Past Sins, a Lifetime movie scheduled to air June 5. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Bell plays Donna Erickson, a press-hungry lawyer defending a murder suspect who may've been framed.

This role should be a cakewalk for the actress, who has done lotsa legal drama as attorney Christine "Cricket" Blair on Y&R. By the way, although Christine has been back-burnered in Genoa City lately, she remains on recurring status with the CBS sudser, which was created in 1973 by her esteemed parents, Lee Phillip Bell and the late William J. Bell. read more

Daytime TV Says Goodbye to Guru

The world of daytime drama has lost its lion king. William J. Bell, the groundbreaking, taboo-busting mastermind behind CBS' The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, died April 29 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 78. Bell cocreated both shows with his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, and is credited with writing and producing some 15,000 soap episodes in a four-decade career. His slow, hypnotic storytelling style was rooted in romance and family, but Bell also embraced controversy with landmark plots about crack babies, AIDS, incest, date rape, euthanasia and homelessness. Bell was just as audacious off camera: He was a tough and supremely confident showman who paid no mind to focus-group research and tolerated no interference from the CBS "suits." In exchange for that autonomy, he gave the network two wildly popular cash cows: Y&R, now in its 32nd year, has been the No. 1 soap since 1988. The 18 read more

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