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William Fichtner
As the World Turns alum William Fichtner signs on for multi-episode arc on Mom
"There’s a really wonderful romantic storyline coming up that we’re going to get started on with a wonderful actor named William Fichtner (who played Josh Snyder/Rod Landry on ATWT); he gets involved with Allison’s character, Bonnie," Mom executive producer Chuck Lorre says. "It begins as a wrong phone number, and it evolves into a really wonderful relationship. He’s a great actor, so we’re lucky to get him."

On the CBS comedy, Fichtner will appear in a multi-episode arc as new love interest, Adam.

Actor Eric Braeden doesn't think allowing Marco to have sex with Phyllis on The Young and the Restless should be considered rape
"Victor doesn’t see it that way. His response would probably be, 'Hell, no, she enjoyed it!' But, yes, it was a horrible thing to do, and this will test Victor as never before."

Kin Shriner, Stephen Nichols, A Martinez, Doug
Davidson, Don Diamont and Michael. E. Knight.
Photo Credit: Ramona Rosales
Six Iconic Soap Stars Look Back at the Wild ’80s and Reveal Their Secrets to Survival
Six of the hottest, hunkiest daytime stars of the Reagan era were brought together for TV Guide Magazine’s ’80s issue. Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin, General Hospital), Stephen Nichols (“Patch” Johnson, Days of our Lives), A Martinez (Cruz Castillo, Santa Barbara), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, The Young and the Restless), Don Diamont (Brad Carlton, Y&R) and Michael E. Knight (Tad “the Cad” Martin, All My Children) sat down for a straight-shooting talk about stardom and survival.

"It was the Wild West," Shriner explained. "We were all young and loving it. And the girls were nonstop! They’d shove me and Tony Geary out onstage for a fan event where 10,000 women were screaming our names, but we had no act. When the screaming died down, we were stuck out there going, 'Uh, now what?'"

The Young and the Restless alum Thad Luckinbill books series regular role in ABC’s untitled Meaghan Oppenheimer drama pilot, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon
Written by Oppenheimer, the project follows the personal and professional life of Gemma, a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. Charity Wakefield will play Jules, Gemma’s younger sister. Described as manic, emotionally unstable, and lacking any trace of a filter, Jules is the epitome of loneliness gone wrong. Whereas her older sister Gemma has built up walls of icy protection around her, Jules is desperate for any bit of love she can get. Luckinbill (who formerly played J.T. Hellstrom on Y&R) is Oliver, Gemma’s trophy fiance, the preppy trust fund kid with classic good looks. He would be detestable if he weren’t such a nice guy.

One Life to Live alum Blair Underwood will play a law professor in the pilot.

Hit the Floor star McKinley Freeman appreciates his time working on daytime soap opera
Freeman played small roles on All My Children, Days of our Lives and General Hospital before landing his breakthrough role on the VH1 drama.

"Working on soaps was amazing for me," Freeman, who plays Derek Roman on Hit the Floor, told The Huffington Post. "It was an opportunity to work and learn as I went. Since I was headed towards the business route (BS, Finance/MBA, Marketing - MIS), the last time I was in an acting class, it was my school's fourth grade production of the Wizard Oz (I was the Scarecrow). Working on the soaps was great for me, and I still have good friends doing amazing work on soaps like B.J Miller, Molly Burnett and Sal Stowers."

Why All My Children alum Cornelius Smith Jr. almost broke down at his first Scandal table read
"I’ll never forget my very first table read: Shonda introduces me and says, 'Welcome Cornelius Smith Jr. to Scandal, everyone,' and the applause—it was a mini standing ovation," Smith Jr., who plays Marcus Walker, explained to Gotham Magazine. "They clapped for me and it was such an amazing feeling. I felt so much love, I was so grateful. And if they would’ve kept clapping for like ten more seconds, I probably would’ve broke down right there."

Amazon’s The Interestings continues to shape its cast
Sasha Frolova has joined the cast as a series regular, Variety is reporting. Frolova joins the large ensemble that includes David Krumholtz, Lauren Ambrose, Jessica Pare and Jessica Collins (ex-Avery Bailey Clark, The Young and the Restless).

Adrienne Frantz is selling her home for $3.28 million.
Daytime alum Adrienne Frantz is selling her Studio City home for $3.28 million
Frantz‘s four-bedroom 5,150-square-foot Spanish-style home is listed for $3.28 million and stuffed with goodies. Built in 1925, the home offers some vintage details such as the sliding cabinets that reveal secret passageways. Frantz is best known for her portrayal of Amber Moore on both The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. The new mom is married to The Bay star Scott Bailey, who previously starred as Sandy Foster on Guiding Light.

Obba Babantudé defends his The Bold and the Beautiful character's actions
“Julius [Avant] represents much of what we’re seeing going on in the world today, the people who say, ‘Hey, we’re not accepting that,’” says the actor of his alter ego’s reluctance to embrace Maya’s transformation to a transgender woman. “It would be easy enough to make him a jerk, but he’s actually an articulate, intelligent man, who happens to love his children. That’s what makes him so interesting. He feels the way he feels with a sense of righteous indignation.”

Trai Byers slams report he wants out of Empire
Byers took to Instagram to rebut this week’s Page Six story, writing: “I don’t normally spend my time dispelling rumors, but there is something I’d like to address. I have nothing but love and respect for Empire and all who are involved on the show. I have a fabulous relationship with FOX, and hold myself to the highest standards professionally.”

Byers plays Andre Lyon on the hit primetime soap. He previously played Mookie on All My Children.

Former The Young and the Restless actress Kelli Goss has landed a role in the new CBS comedy pilot Furst Born
Deadline is reporting that Goss (who played ss on Y&R) will be starring opposite Katey Sagal and John Carroll Lynch in the pilot about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and her birth parents are a flamboyant family of drag-racers. Goss will be playing Brianna, who can add sparkle to any event simply by showing up.

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