Jerry Douglas and Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless
In today's episode of The Young and the Restless, John Abbott gets a seven-year prison sentence for shooting the vile Tom Fisher (Roscoe Born). Daytime vet Jerry Douglas last airs on March 1, when the Abbott patriarch heads off to the slammer. Is this the bitter end for John? Not necessarily. Here, TVGuide.com gets the soap dish from the man himself.
TVGuide.com: You've had more airtime in this tale than you've had in years! I prefer to watch a pro like you over the teen rookies any day.
Jerry Douglas: Thank you. Even if I die tomorrow, I have had one of the greatest story lines an actor can ask for. I don't need more. If there's more coming, that's great. I think the work we've done will make them write more for John Abbott. I really want you to watch what happens in the da
Renee Elise Goldsberry, One Life to Live and Tracey E. Bregman, Young and the Restless
All of soapdom was buzzing on Wednesday when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced. Here's how your sudsy faves reacted to all the big news....
First-time nominee Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline) had a mixed reaction to being One Life to Live's lone acting anointee. "It's bittersweet because I saw some great work on my show last year," the supporting-actress contender told TVGuide.com. "I don't want to single anybody out, but I can't help it: Bree [Williamson, Jess/Tess], I thought was absolutely wonderful, [as were] John-Paul [Lavoisier, Rex], Robin Strasser (Dorian)... I also thought that Tari [Signor, Margaret], who was [pre]nominated in [my] category, was really, really great. Michael Easton (John) should get a little shout-out as well, because you're only as good as your partner."
"It was shocking that I was even nominated," said
A cryptic casting call recently went out for a television show about soap grads hoping to return to daytime. "At this time, we can't really divulge much about the project," the industry notice said. "We are just looking for those who had contract roles on soaps and might be interested in returning to one. [Candidates must be] recognizable as former soap stars, not day players."
Hmm... Sounds like it should be called I Wanna Be a Soap Star... Again
. My short list of personal picks for ex-daytimers who oughta get back in the suds: Actor-turned-artist Thom Bierdz
(ex-Phillip Chancellor III, Young and the Restless
correspondent Michael Corbett
(ex-David Kimball, Y&R
), the feisty Roberta Weiss
(Flame, Santa Barbara
) and the fabulous Victoria Wyndham
(Rachel/Justine, Another World
The Young and the Restless has cast Dorian Harewood (Roots: The Next Generations, The Jesse Owens Story) as Judge Wentworth Borden, who will preside over John Abbott's manslaughter case. His episode airs on Feb. 24. For TVGuide.com's exclusive scoop on the Abbott patriarch's future, click here — unless you prefer not to read any juicy spoilage!
When Daytime Emmy nominations were announced Wednesday on The View, the CBS sudsers led the pack with 29 nominations to ABC's 12 in the major soap-opera categories. After an annus horribilis of budget slashing and cast cuts, there was finally good news for Guiding Light: TV's longest-running serial — which just turned 69 — will vie for best soap honors with As the World Turns, General Hospital and Young and the Restless. GL also scored the most acting nods, with a total of nine!
Speaking of suds thesps, many of the usual suspects were nominated, including Bold and Beautiful matriarch Susan Flannery, GH tough guys Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary, and GL diva Kim Zimmer. But Emmy also honored some newbies, such as One Life to Live's Renee Goldsberry, whose recognition was long overdue.
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Scoop! The Young and the Restless cast and crew gathered on the set this week to share a farewell cake for soap vet Jerry Douglas. TVGuide.com has learned that Douglas, 73 — who has played Jabot Cosmetics tycoon John Abbott since 1982 — was let go due to a story-line-dictated twist.
As viewers know, John shot the vile Tom Fisher (Roscoe Born
) and refuses to allow his daughter Ashley (Eileen Davidson
) to cover for him by taking the murder rap. What will be the Abbott patriarch's reward for ridding Genoa City of human scum? A seven-year prison sentence. Although it's sad to see this beloved pro go, Douglas has been woefully underused for years. At least Y&R
is sending him and his classy character out with a bang!
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."
Those who read Eric Braeden's candid interview on Friday know how passionate he is about his role as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. As hinted last week, the soap vet also aims to get back on the big screen. "I am planning to make a revenge picture," Braeden reveals exclusively to TVGuide.com. "I will produce and act in it as well. When that becomes a reality, meaning when the money is there to bankroll it, I will gladly talk to you again." And I'll be glad to pass on the dish to our loyal readers!
Another World alum Stephen Schnetzer (Cass Winthrop) returns to As the World Turns this Thursday, Feb. 2. He'll give Jennifer bad news about her not-so-dead brother, Paul.... Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott) comes back to The Young and the Restless on March 1. Traci will be in Genoa City to support her troubled papa, John, and share scenes with the new actress playing her daughter, Colleen.... Susan Lucci and many other suds stars from All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live will perform on stage in ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Feb. 6 in New York City. Plenty of tickets are still available at broadwaycares.org for this worthy event.
Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless
Outspoken Young and the Restless superstar Eric Braeden made no secret of his displeasure with Victor Newman's story line — or lack thereof — during the past year. But it's 2006, and the Daytime Emmy winner is tentatively optimistic that his sidelined character could become a titan with teeth once again. In this exclusive interview with TVGuide.com, Braeden frankly shares his current feelings about the role he's played for 25 years. But read carefully, suds fans: It's what this gentleman says between the lines that's most telling!
TVGuide.com: Last year, you expressed unhappiness with your Y&R role in the soap press. Have the show's producers talked with you about this?
Eric Braeden: Not really. They're working on things, as far as I know. What can I tell you? I'm sure it will right itself again.
TVGuide.com: From what I know of upcoming plotlines, Victor's story prospects are looking up.
Braeden: Yes. It's high t