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The new regime means plenty of comings and goings for Genoa City

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Sep 17, 2012 11:56AM

"The Young and the Restless" saw a significant power shift at the end of August, with Jill Farren Phelps taking the reins as Executive Producer and Josh Griffith back in the fold as head writer. Now the casting shake-ups that always follow big changes at the top have started. Some are calling it a bloodbath, but there is also plenty of new blood coming in the form of homecomings, recasting and new roles.

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When MSN TV talked to Genoa City veteran Peter Bergman (Jack) in early August, the actors weren't nervous about the cuts ... yet. 


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"The tension goes much higher than [the actors]. What writers, what producers will stay?" he said. "It doesn't affect the actors quite as quickly. We have some people walking around looking a little dazed, but it's an exciting time on the show."


It seems the waiting game has come to an end for the actors. Here's a look at the first wave of big comings and goings to hit "The Young and the Restless."



Genie Francis is wrapping up her run as Genevieve, according to CBS Soaps in Depth, which could be good news for "General Hospital" fans. Executive producer Frank Valentini told MSN TV he'd "absolutely" try to snap up the Port Charles veteran and bring Laura Spencer back to town if "The Young and the Restless" gave her up. Now's his chance! 


"All My Children" alum Debbi Morgan (Harmony) announced her exit, via Twitter. "To all my twitter fans wanted to B the first to tell you the new regime has let me go from Y&R. Will tape my last show Oct. 5th & I move on!" she tweeted Sept. 13. 


Marcy Rylan (Abby) also took to Twitter after Soap Opera Digest reported her exit due to budget cuts. "I had a blast at Y&R and I'm taking all those awesome memories with me! I am so excited to see what will come next! Love you all! XOXOXO" she tweeted Sept. 13.

Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia) has been dropped to recurring status, according to CBS Soaps In Depth, which means she may stick around, but won't be part of the frontburner action. 

Coming to Genoa City


Old school "The Young and the Restless" super couple Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair) and Michael Damian (Danny) will be back in the mix just in time for the show's big 10,000th episode on Sept. 27, along with Beth Maitland (Traci) and Tricia Cast (Nina). 

Look for Danny to confront Phyllis when the recently reunited couple returns Sept. 26. They'll then stick around for a few weeks, if not more.


New executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps also recently revealed she has her eye on bringing Jess Walton back as Jill, most likely on a recurring basis. "She says she'll return if the right story is there, and we want to make that happen," Phelps said in a dishy TV Guide interview.


"As the World Turns" alum Cooper Harris (ex-Lila) has landed a role on "The Young and the Restless." 

"Back to la w good news!! #theyoung&therestless,"Harris tweeted. While chatter has the beauty working with Daniel Goddard (Cane) and Christel Khalil (Lily), according to Daytime Confidential, Harris is staying mum about her scene mates, tweeting, "I think it'll have to remain a Mystery for now :)"

If indeed this new character is going to come between Lily and Cane, Harris may get to continue playing with Khalil. After Khalil spoke with MSN TV about her impending exit, Phelps revealed contract negotiations have resumed, so stay tuned on that one. The show may just keep the fan fave around. 

The show is also looking for a new African American hunk who may or may not go by the name Tyler Douglas. Rumor is he'll be Sarge's nephew, which would indicate Morgan's former "AMC" leading man Darnell Williams may have reason to stick around, even though his character Sarge hasn't seen a ton of action in Genoa City yet. The connection to Sarge is purely speculation, however. 

With all this action among the African American castmembers, it bares mention that Phelps told TV Guide that leading man Kristoff St. John (Neil) "would do well in a really hot love story." It doesn't sound like Phelps will bring back diva Drucilla (Victoria Rowell), but fans will never give up hope on Dru. 


James Avery (“The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air") will show up in Genoa City as Judge Roy Daley on Thursday, Oct. 11.


Abbott patriarch Jerry Douglas (John) will return from the dead again, shooting scenes on Sept. 20 to air in late October.


Newman Recast

Nick and Sharon's son Noah Newman has been recast, yet again. Robert Adamson, who worked with the new regime at "Hollywood Heights," has taken on the role formerly held by Kevin Schmidt. As fans know, this isn't the first time Schmidt has been let go or replaced.


"Hey @Official_YandR! How many times you gonna try and bring in a 'New Noah?" Schmidt tweeted when he was let go back in August. "There's only one! Sorry to those who watch for me. #Peace @CBS"


Adamson, who first shows up on canvas Monday, Oct. 1, says he's not going to try to fill Schmidt's shoes. "I have to be true to myself and what I bring to it, and hopefully people respond to it."

"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.


Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Fri 10:51 AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

Watch it first on MSN TV:

This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

Watch the video:

Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.


She still lives with her parents!

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM
Later this month, "Extra" host Maria Menounos will premiere her new reality show. "Chasing Maria Menounos" will give fans a peek into her life, including living with her longtime boyfriend and her immigrant parents.

In this interview with Oxygen's On-Air Personality Susie Castillo, Menounos reveals more about her upbringing and what to expect on her new series. Watch this first on MSN TV:

"Chasing Maria Menounos" premieres March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Princess Aslaug brings surprise and intrigue to this scripted drama

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:17AM
Season 2 of History's "Vikings" is underway. Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) revealed she was carrying Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) child, sending rippling effects into his kingdom. In this video extra, Sutherland talks more about her character and how filming went the second time around.

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

"It's not a good day, Mad Max"

By MSN TV Partner Mar 12, 2014 9:56AM

In this "Parenthood" clip, Max (Max Burkholder) wrecks havoc for Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Hank (Ray Romano) when he barges into the studio, interrupting their workflow.

Watch this clip, first on MSN TV:

Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The classic game show has been upgraded with newer technology

By MSN TV Partner Mar 3, 2014 11:36AM

Who remembers the celebrity game show, "Win, Lose or Draw"? Disney Channel has recreated a kids version of it, premiering Monday, March 3. (The show will air Mondays through Thursdays).


On "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete and win prizes in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits. Justin Willman hosts the contemporary version of the popular game show, which also features new technology such as motion-control illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays and other fun challenges.


Watch a clip:

 "Disney’' Win, Lose or Draw" premieres Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.