Michael Roark Leaving 'The Young and the Restless'

Michael Roark
Michael Roark has already taped his last scenes on The Young and the Restless, which puts the departure of Travis, his on-screen alter-ego, from Genoa City in the next few weeks, reported Facebook group Soap Fans United (SFU) this week. While neither the network nor Roark have confirmed his exit, reliable sources at SFU tell us he's not long for the fictional soap opera town.

When Travis Crawford returned to Genoa City this summer, it looked like he was around to stay. Victoria had a tough time convincing him to come back, but when she did, he quickly became her beau once again. Soon after, Victor lured him into working for Newman Enterprises. All of this spelled to many viewers that Roark was on contract status.

Whether Roark was or wasn’t to become a regular fixture on Y&R, the head writer shake-ups behind the scenes may have played a part in his sudden departure. Charles Pratt, Jr. recently left Y&R to write for the Fox primetime series Star. Showrunners brought on soap-writing veteran Sally Sussman to replace Pratt. Sussman has said she has a decidedly different vision for the folks who call Genoa City home.

The end of Travis’ days in the thick of Newman Enterprises/Jabot corporate espionage, not to mention as Victoria’s number one paramour, could affect many Genoa City residents and storylines. Jill’s dreams could come true if a heartbroken Victoria turns to Billy for solace. These two might rekindle their supercouple romance as a result.

Phyllis, despite her attempts to repair her damaged relationship with Jack, has, since she began her affair with Billy, shown herself not above jealousy when Billy takes up with another woman. When it’s the woman who is arguably the love of his life, she may be fully consumed by that jealousy!

The handsome and talented Michael Roark is sure to land another gig in the very near future. We wish him well in all his future endeavors.

Alice Drummond Dead at 88

Alice Drummond
Actress Alice Drummond died on Wednesday at her home in the Bronx due to complications following a fall that she survived two months ago, according to the New York Times. She was 88.

A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond graduated from Pembroke College in 1950, which has since merged with Brown University.

Her first break into television came in 1967 when she landed the role of Nurse Jackson on the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows. Drummond later appeared on other soaps including CBS' As the World Turns and Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Her only starring daytime role came on CBS sudser Where the Heart Is. She played Loretta Jardin, Peter's aunt, who was a high school teacher and recovering alcoholic. The series was canceled in 1973 to make room for The Young and the Restless in the network's lineup.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 4)

1950: The First Hundred Years premiered. 1981: Falcon Crest
premiered.  2000: Port Charles kicked off "Fate."
2009: Venice premiered.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1933: After its August 14 debut on local station WLW in Cincinnati, radio soap opera Ma Perkins graduated to the NBC Red network in the 3 p.m. ET timeslot. The show was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, the prolific team responsible for numerous radio dramas including Just Plain Bill, Backstage Wife and Young Widder Brown.

'General Hospital' Star Maurice Benard Included in "Deconstructing Stigma" Exhibit at Logan Airport

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A photograph of General Hospital Emmy winning actor Maurice Benard is one of 34 pictures lining the 235-foot-long hallway between Terminals B and C at Logan Airport in Boston, part of an exhibit that debuted last week called "Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life." Superimposed on each photograph is text describing the person’s struggle with mental illness.

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 22, Benard (Sonny Corinthos on GH) remembers being hospitalized —at times being so manic, he suffered from psychosis. Like many people, Maurice has to take medication daily to remain healthy.

"I have been on medication for the last 30 years, and I learned a long time ago that those medications are what help me stay balanced. Otherwise, bipolar takes hold and I become someone I don’t want to be. When I take my medication, everything is great. When I don’t, it’s a problem."

Andrew Sachs Dead at 86

Andrew Sachs
British actor Andrew Sachs died on November 23 at the age of 86, the UK's Press Association reported.

Sachs was reported to have suffered from vascular dementia for four years before his death. He was buried on Thursday, December 1.

"It wasn't very pleasant," his wife Melody told the Daily Mail. "It didn't get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it."

Born in Germany, Sachs' parents fled Nazi persecution of the Jews by moving to the United Kingdom, where their son eventually became a well-known actor and comedian.

Apart from his iconic role as bumbling waiter Manuel on Fawlty Towers, Sachs appeared in numerous radio adaptations and children's television series, as well as narrating audio books, including C.S. Lewis' "Narnia" series.

British soap fans will also remember the late actor for his memorable stints in both Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Back in 2008, Sachs played Ramsay Leonard Clegg, the half brother of Corrie stalwart Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), a run which lasted 27 episodes.

In 2015, he appeared in EastEnders as Cyril, a patient on the same ward as Stan Carter (Timothy West).

Lamon Archey Joining 'Days of our Lives'

Lamon Archey
Former The Young and the Restless actor Lamon Archey will be joining the cast of Days of our Lives in early 2017, according to superfan site Jason47.com.

Archey has appeared in some Under 5 roles on Days in the past and also played Mason Wilder on Y&R from 2012-2014. His new Days role is unknown at this time.

Since leaving Y&R, Archey has appeared in multiple primetime series including 2 Broke Girls, Roadies and Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life.