Don't assume that Daytime Emmy on your mantle means job security! Drew Tyler Bell won the Outstanding Younger Actor trophy just this past June for his role as Thomas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautifulbut he's now been replaced on the CBS soap by former 90210star Adam Gregory. Bell, who joined B&B in 2004, will last be seen August 27. Gregory starts shooting within the next few days and will hit the air September 22. B&B exec producer Brad Bell (no relation to Drew) chose not to comment on the switch.
Gregory, who played cool, cocky,rich kid Ty Collins on 90210, will arrive on B&B at a highly dramatic time for the character. Thomas is furious with his folks — but particularly his mother, Taylor — for giving his sister, Steffy, all those shares of Forrester Creations and not giving him anything. This will cause the young man to become quite a force of his own and we'll see Thomas take sides with Brooke Logan in the ongoing battle between the Logans and Forresters. Also, look for Thomas to take an interest in Brooke's daughter, Hope.
And there's more huge B&B news. The soap has hired highly regarded show runner Ed Scott, formerly of The Young and the Restlessand Days of Our Lives, to serve as producer. No firings were required here, though. Scott will replace supervising producer Rhonda Friedman who, after 11 years in the B&B production booth, will be working more closely with Brad Bell in a managerial position. The much-missed Scott learned his stuff at the foot of the master, Y&R's late and legendary creator Bill Bell, and went on to do wonders at Days. Smooth move B&B!