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June soap casting buzz: Who's coming and going?

The latest on Michelle Stafford, Tyler Christopher, Chandler Massey and more

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Jun 20, 2013 2:46PM

It's hard to keep up with all the casting updates for "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of Our Lives" and "General Hospital." Here's a roundup of who's coming and going on each of the big four soap operas.


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Get the story on Michelle Stafford's last day and soap-hopping rumors, Tyler Christopher and Bradford Anderson's contract news, Drake Hogestyn's exit, Chandler Massey's long term plan, Casey Deidrick's exit and more.


"The Young and the Restless"
Daytime Emmy favorite Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) wrapped her run in Genoa City on June 19 with the promise that Phyllis will go out with big story this summer.


"Today I finish my 15 year gig at my job … Wow!" Stafford posted on Facebook. "I'm excited and sad. I so LOVE the people I work with! I suppose if I was a person who didn't believe in future I would think that this was it for me…but I don't feel that way.  There is SOOOO much out there. I am very excited to live a new life. I am so grateful that these guys employed me for so many years. Honored and humbled that Bill Bell hand picked me to play this crazy, funny, damaged woman by saying in the meeting 'I want the one in the red dress.' I suppose I should thank Calvin Klein as well…It's been a wild ride that has finally come to a stop. I feel nothing but love man. Nothing but love."


"I will air on the show through July into the beginning of Aug!" she tweeted. "There is much more to see!! VERY fun story with many twists!! Trust me!"


With rumors already swirling about Stafford joining "General Hospital," word was that she partied with ABC instead of CBS after the Daytime Emmys. Stafford shot down gossip, in general, on June 18, without getting specific; while a CBS rep insists she was indeed at the CBS party for awhile. Needless to say, the powerhouse's co-stars are hoping the rumblings aren't true.


"She needs to explore other things," Peter Bergman (Jack) said when MSN TV caught up with him recently. "We're just hoping it's not another soap, because we'd be disappointed." 


Before Phyllis heads out of town, her son Daniel will show up for a visit. He exited the canvas back in January, after portrayer Michael Graziadei decided to end his eight and a half year run on "The Young and the Restless." Daniel will be in Genoa City for four episodes, starting Tuesday, July 30.


Camryn Grimes (ex-Cassie) will be also back in Genoa City for more than one episode, starting Monday, July 8. Nick and Sharon's daughter Cassie passed back in 2005, but has come back to visit her father a few times. In the face of Summer's paternity reveal, Nick could use a visit. 

Leslie Stevens (ex-Justine, "Search For Tomorrow") has been tapped to play Rose. The mysterious new character may have some information regarding Neil's blogger drama. She first appears on Thursday, July 25.

Dylan's old war buddies Stich is coming to town Friday, June 28. Stand up comedian and action stud Sean Carrigan ("The Flip Side," "The Event") has landed the recurring gig. 


Jacqueline Mazarella appears as Eleanor and Tiffany Baldwin appears as Marti on Monday, July 1.

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"The Bold and the Beautiful"

Darin Brooks' new character Wyatt Fuller is about to shake things up on the "The Bold and the Beautiful." The new addition shows up Friday, June 21, with daytime vet Rena Sofer arriving Friday, July 12 as his mother, Quinn, a jewelry designer who has been keeping a dark secret for some time. 


"It's been great," Brooks raved of his new gig. "They threw me in and I've already shot like 20 episodes. My first episode, I'm naked. Wyatt's going to have some fun. He's going to start stirring things up for Liam, we hope."


With Jacqueline MacInnes Wood's (Steffy) taking a break from the show, Liam's already had his world stirred up, quite a bit. Since learning she can't get pregnant again, Steffy's been pushing Liam back toward Hope, who is welcoming him back with open arms. Scott Clifton, who just won a Daytime Emmy for playing Liam, made a point of noting that his co-star's break is not the end of the road for her character or the Steffy/Liam/Hope love triangle.


"Let me be clear: She's not gone," Clifton said of Wood. "She'll be around. She has no intention of never showing up again. She's going to be coming back, but in terms of what we're shooting now, the dynamic has begun to change in a really cool way that I'm excited for you guys to see."


As for Wyatt's mysterious mom, MSN TV is smelling a paternity reveal, but we'll have to wait and see what her secret is. Whatever showrunner Brad Bell has in store for Daytime Emmy-winner Sofer, it sounds like it's going to be big. 


“Rena's powerful screen presence and vast range as an actress is what intrigued me most," said Bell. "I look forward to challenging Rena with this role."


"Survivor" alum Malcolm Freberg (Forrester employee Malcolm) returns June 24. Heather Tom's real life son Zane Achor (Baby Will) returns June 25. Eric Scott Cooper appears as Gustav on June 26. Jacqueline Hahn (Dr. Caspary) returns June 27.

Fourth of July brings Zack Conroy (Oliver), "Big Brother" alum Rachel Reilly (Rachel) and Sandra Vergara (Teresa) back to canvas July 4 and 5, along with newcomer Joseph Francis (Donovan).


"Days of Our Lives"

Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Chandler Massey (Will) revealed he does not plan to re-sign his contract come December.


"It's been such a pleasure and privilege working on 'Days' - It's changed my life for the better,'' Massey said after winning his second Daytime Emmy award June 14. "I came out to Los Angeles and enrolled in UCLA. After this is up, I want to go back to school. Before [I do] anything else, I want to get a degree. My intended major is Mandarin Chinese, but I might want to double with International Business. I had to put it on hold for 'Days' and have been going to Extension and maintaining a class a quarter. Now, I'll get to jump into it."


Casey Deidrick (Chad), who was spotted on "Glee" and "Revolution" in April, has wrapped his run in Salem. Based on a pic he tweeted of his final script, he will exit the canvas sometime around Halloween. 

"Taped my final episode today on#DOOL," Deidrick posted June 20. "One more day of filming tomorrow. What an amazing experience, thank you all!"

This news comes on the heels of a "Days of Our Lives" casting call for "Derek," a 20-something hunk that sounds a lot like Chad. That means the show could be recasting the role. 

Drake Hogestyn (John) hasn't been clocking in at "Days of Our Lives." According to a recent tweet from the actor, his last day was March 18, which means John should exit the canvas this fall. There there was buzz that he'd returned to set since his post, but his daughter Alex was quick to tweet that was incorrect.


Rumor has it Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) has been dropped back to recurring status.


Joshua Benard, the eight-year-old son of "General Hospital" heartthrob Maurice Benard, is getting his paperwork together for an upcoming stint on "Days of Our Lives," according to a tweet from his mom.


As previously reported, Chrishell Stause's (ex-Amanda, "All My Chidlren") mysterious snew character is set to appear sometime in early August. The role is still hush hush, but her twitter feed reveals she's been working with Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole).


Joe Mascolo's Stefano exited canvas June 14 and it's not clear when he'll return.

Salem veteran Patsy Pease (ex-Kimberly) told Facebook fans she's been approached about reprising her role for scenes taping in mid-July and airing some time in November.

"General Hospital"

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), who made a surprise return to "General Hospital" just in time for the big 50th anniversary back in April, has officially signed a contract to be a series regular, again. 


"It took us a few months to work out the details, but I signed last week," he told Soap Opera Digest in mid-June. "I'm really happy about it. I love the show and I'm having a great time."


Co-star Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) has made the opposite move. Back in May, he opted not to sign a new contract with the soap and dropped to recurring status, but that doesn't mean Spinelli is leaving Port Charles. 


"Hey friends, I am still at GH and will continue to be," Anderson tweeted. "Recurring isn't a bad word:) keep watching, great stuff is coming!"


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Jun 21, 2013 2:30PM

Love B&B and Y&R, also miss Guiding Light!

Bill Spencer and Brooke have so much chemistry, love them together!

Bill lives in a mansion but the interior of the house looks so cheaply done?

He also wears the same blue striped shirt constantly, a businessman of his caliber would sometimes be in a suit and would never have time on his hands to play games with Maya!

Jackie and Deacon were a great storyline, excellent chemistry!

Beecroft was not manly enough for her.

Hope is adorable, why is she dressed in green always?

B&B wastes too much time showing B Roll, it's only a 30 min. show to begin with!


Love Adam and Chelsea together.

Billy and Victoria

Victor and Nikki

Lauren and Michael

Not feeling Avery with Nick at all.

Mason needs more airtime for sure!!


Jun 21, 2013 2:20PM

I love Bold and Beautiful, miss Steffi but do understand that she wants

to try some other options. Maybe the new guy will make Hope see what she

put Steffi thru for so long. I am so glad that Liam didn't jump right back with

her and her stupid mom  I am also so glad Eric didn't jump in with Brooke. I am

a bit confused that Steffi didn't tell her Mom she was going to Paris 

Jun 21, 2013 1:54PM
Geez why don't they get rid of Kristen.  I am sick of her.
Jun 21, 2013 1:42PM

"I've got a great idea, let's reuse actors in totally different roles and forget they were just on the soap weeks ago in a different role--General Hospital, seriously!!!!! "


Seriously?  People come back from the dead, have plastic surgery that completely alters not only their looks but their  body type, disappear and have no means to contact their loved ones, much less the authorities, speed through medschool and skip their residency to become a world-class  neur-cardi-ur-ologist podiatrist psychologist, using a condom is a guaranteed way TO get pregnant,  and children go to kindergarten one day and graduate from high school ina matter of weeks. And re-casting three actors in other roles is what you can't get around? Sorry, but that's  funny as hell... 

Jun 21, 2013 1:12PM

Great GH news. I love Tyler Christopher (and wonder what the heck Eve Longoria was thinking when dumped him) and I was concerned about Anderson's future on the show bc so much of his story line was involved with the mob, which they've toned down considerably. This way he still maintanins a presence, but he is able to pursire other things (like music - shout out to Port Chuck!).


I also think Michelle Stafford would be an AMAZING addition to GH, but in what capacity? We already have more 40+ women on the show than probably any other soap. A good problem to have, but there aren't enough guys to go around, lol!  

Jun 21, 2013 12:51PM

Umm...What about AMC and OLTL?  Are you ignoring that they are back in a big way?  Or are you stumping fo rthe networks that killed them off before? 

Jun 21, 2013 12:14PM
I'm so shocked that Phyllis is leaving wow. She is a character for sure so maybe Nick secret with Summer will be safe after all. I'm just surprised. I been watching this show for over 30 years. 
Jun 21, 2013 11:38AM
I hope Chandler decides to stay and the show could work out a schedule for him so that he could go to college full-time and still work on the show (maybe film all his scenes one day a week and he could have the rest of the week for classes). I hate to see him leave the show altogether. He and Freddie Smith are such a great team and work so well together. Of course, his contract is not up until December so we will see Chandler as Will through April 2014 so it is not like he is leaving today like Casey is. I love the Will and Sonny storyline and hate to see it end. Hopefully, if he absolutely will not come back to the show, they will re-cast the role of Will.
Jun 21, 2013 10:38AM
I've got a great idea, let's reuse actors in totally different roles and forget they were just on the soap weeks ago in a different role--General Hospital, seriously!!!!!
Jun 21, 2013 10:09AM

Could have done without Tyler Christopher - - definitely didn't miss the Nikolas character.   It will be interesting to see how the storyline for Will on Days and Phyllis R&R plays out.


Definitely will not miss Hogestyn (John)  character - - it is just weird.


Joe Mascolo's Stefano gone hooray!!! Won't miss the Lucas character either


Jun 21, 2013 9:22AM
Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) is my favorite character to watch. She's such a talented actress and the show definitely needs more like her. Some of the "newbies" have proven to be pretty disappointing. Phyllis will certainly be missed!
Jun 21, 2013 9:10AM
I am so glad Steffy is gone. I hope she don't ever come back and the new guy gives Liam a run for his money with Hope.
Jun 21, 2013 7:00AM

I was disappointed with the storyline they gave Drake on Days. The producer brought back several of the great stars and then proceeded to kill them off (Matthew Ashford's Jack), give them a terrible storyline (Drake's John) or have them just fade out.(Bo).


They don't have one strong patriarchal Brady and the only Horton is Jennifer and I can't stand the Daniel hookup. It's been very disappointing.

Jun 21, 2013 6:27AM

I'm just wondering why some actors and the part they play so well, you love them and you dislike  them, but you certainly don't want them to leave the show. I am hoping I will  see Michele Stafford on another show like a Law and Order or CSI Miami type. She is very talented and could handle any recurring role on night time TV as the star.  They mentioned Katherine Chancellor yesterday. Wonder if they are going to place another actress in that role? As long as it isn't the actress who played John Boy's Mother when Ms. Cooper was feeling ill.. She was really cold and uncaring in the part of Mrs. Chancellor.

Jun 21, 2013 5:49AM

Y&R will seem weird to watch without Phyllis. The show is already not the same without the First Lady and Queen of Daytime,Jeanne Cooper.  Neither one of their shoes can be filled.

Rest in Peace Jeanne Cooper and Best of Wishes to Michele Stafford with her future endeavors.


B&B: Triangles is all this show knows. The show is predictable and repetative. Two new character's and there will be a paternity issue. Let me guess, "Dollar Bill" will have yet another son and let the rivalry begin. Not a rocket scientist to figure that out.

Will not miss Steffy at all; bon voyage, arriverdercci, ciao, and c ya. 


GH: I am so glad that Tyler Christopher signed a contract; I missed Nicholas.   There is only one, only ONE, Damian Spinelli. I will be sad that Bradford Anderson will be recurring, cause the guy cracks me up, but, at least he is remaining with GH.



Jun 21, 2013 4:56AM
The Y&R star, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman)  loss will certainly be huge...and is so disappointing.  Who could ever fill her shoes?
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