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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.


Wait, Donald's a nervous sailor? But that outfit...

By MSN TV Partner Aug 7, 2014 4:44PM
In homage to the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Disney Channel has been showing "Mickey Mouse" shorts, featuring Mickey and his BFFs, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Hilarious situations that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

In this new short premiering tomorrow, Donald reveals he doesn’t know how to sail - his outfit is purely due to the fact that Daisy loves a, um, man in uniform.

MSN TV has this exclusive image from the short. You can also view a clip here:

The Mickey Mouse short "Donald the Sailor" airs at 8:55 p.m. ET/PT on Friday August 8 on Disney Channel.

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner Jul 24, 2014 2:24PM
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

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Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

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Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

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Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at


No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").

The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"

By MSN TV Jun 10, 2014 9:24AM
Just in time for the 5th season premiere, MSN TV is giving away the Season 4 DVD of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles". At the end of Season 4, the popular series left us wondering last season if Jane (Angie Harmon) might be pregnant.

Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.

Watch our exclusive DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide" where you get more insight behind the Paddy Doyle storylines. Then enter our giveaway:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

3. Email with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 16, 2014 and we'll select two winners at random by 12 p.m. PT June 17, 2014.

Other details:
Open to U.S. residents only but no P.O. Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT  on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.


Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 11:17AM
This week is Socially Awesome Week on "The Price Is Right", where followers have been and will be participating via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:

In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Photo Credit: CBSGetting ready for the cameras:
lPhoto credit: CBSSpinning the wheel:
Photo credit: CBSCool prizes:
Photo credit: CBSTuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.

Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well. 

Watch a preview here:
For all of the shows social handles,

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.

Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 9:06AM
This summer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings their best-selling vampire horror novels to the small screen. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro star as members of a special CDC team sent in to investigate unexplainable viral outbreaks.

Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:

The Season Pass for The Strain is now available on Xbox Video.

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"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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