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News for the week of 03-Mar-2014
by Carol Banks Weber
For Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), 35 years (February 27) on Y&R has been a blast. She’s played almost every story imaginable. And yet, there are a couple more she’d love to tackle, like having Nikki go stark-raving mad and possibly go Real Housewives of Genoa City on her loved ones. Scott said Nikki’s already half there. “Nikki is so into the vanity thing. Me, I don't give a s--t. I went on The Talk when the theme of the day was no makeup. But Nikki would freak at the very idea! As the years have passed, she has become an aging vixen — two words that don't even belong in the same sentence — so I'd love to do a story where she starts to get very concerned about her looks, where she's checking herself out in the mirror and really hates what she sees. Maybe she has plastic surgery? That would be so her.” What’s also so Nikki: she’s an emotional mess. Scott attested to this when she scoffed at previous writers trying to straighten the diva out by making her a senator. The fans would rather keep Nikki a) right by Victor’s side, and b) drunk and disorderly. “The viewers don’t want to see Nikki be a feminist or take a job. They want to see her stay home and have personal problems and suffer like crazy. [Laughs] And they looove to see her drunk!”
–TV Guide, Michael Logan interview, February 27, 2014
Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) liked that the people on CBS’s new comedy, The Crazy Ones, turned her down for a role, because she was too young. But they found a guest spot for her anyway, playing a drunken librarian, to air around the middle of April. They dug Scott’s chemistry with the star, Robin Williams, too young be damned! “But they thought Robin and I would play off each other well, so they created a role for me in a different episode. It's a great character and not at all glamorous like Nikki. This poor girl is really trying to be sexy but she's just not cutting it — and she has no qualms about pulling out her flask during library hours.” What clinched the deal? Her appearance on My Name Is Earl playing a drunken character.
TV Guide columnist Michael Logan was the first to tweet last week of Cynthia Watros’ (Kelly) imminent exit, due to her MTV pilot Finding Carter getting picked up as a regular series. Logan also out-scooped other media outlets with the reveal of Watros’ replacement, AMC’s Cady McClain (ex-Dixie). Watros leaves March 14 and McClain arrives March 26 for an April 24th airdate. Watros, who also worked on GL, joined Y&R not so long ago without a contract, knowing she might have to leave again for that pilot.
Cady McClain (ex-Dixie, AMC; ex-Rosanna, ATWT) gets to jump headlong into another soapy character, left by Cynthia Watros (Kelly). McClain can’t wait; this is right up her alley. She’s already trying to fill in the backstory of the complex character. So far, based on what she told On Air, On Soaps’ Michael Fairman February 28, sounds like she’s got a good handle on Kelly. “I have this feeling Kelly has this edge to her, but it’s not an edge like a bitch. It’s kind of like raw ambition. I think she is a complex character. Ultimately, I think she has a lot of self hate. Something has to have happened to her. I think right now she seems out of control, and maybe she will try to get her life back in order, and maybe Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) can help her do that? I am just trying to put the pieces together for myself right now.” Before coming on, McClain took some time to admire what Watros will leave behind, a role already very much a legacy. McClain said she can appreciate the effort Watros put into the role. “We are two different actresses who are going to have two different takes on the character, and if they picked me at Y&R, they must have thought I could bring something to the character that hopefully the fans will enjoy, and have fun with,” McClain mused. “I can imagine it might be hard for Cynthia to let go of the character, because I am sure she had put a lot into it and the work. I know it’s tough when you have worked hard on a character and to let it go. I have so much compassion for that.”
When David Tom (Billy) learned he would soon return to re-play the role he started out in, he worried about the transition. It turned out, the transition was fine. He felt the same chemistry with Peter Bergman (Jack) and Jess Walton (Jill), quickly found his own chemistry with love interest Amelia Heinle (Victoria), and hit the ground running right in the middle of an ongoing battle between Billy and Adam off a cliff. It was when he filmed his first car accident scenes that Tom got blindsided by a real-life, on-set injury, slipping on the fake snow floor, grabbing for a fake tree that didn’t hold, and hitting his head on a plaster rock. By the time he got to the real-life hospital, the staff freaked out because he still had on his actor’s make-up—all that blood on his head from the fictional car crash. Surreal: “…the nurse was like, ‘Oh my God, get him in, get him in! Let’s go, be quick! Hurry it up, go, go, stat!’ And I was like, ‘No, it’s fake blood. It’s fake!’ I wasn’t bleeding at all. I hit it on a fake rock, one of those plaster rocks.” –Soap Opera Network interview by Kambra Clifford, February 28, 2014
It was inevitable from the start. When these two goofball soul mates of comedy got together, Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Steve Burton (Dylan) had to team up for their fans. They’re going on a mini-tour together, April 12, Dayton, OH’s Wiley’s Comedy Niteclub, and April 13, Louisville, KY’s Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan.
Gossip for the week of 03-Mar-2014
by Carol Banks Weber
Catch the family resemblance? Could Ian Ward’s big secret be that Dylan is the bastard son of Nikki and Paul? This could be the new villain’s saving grace, the turnaround TV Guide’s Michael Logan was hinting about on Twitter February 21: “Sometimes bad news is GOOD news. My spies tell me #YR has found an ingenious way 2 keep Ian Ward in GC. YES! @CBSDaytime @therealraywise.”
Look for nuKelly (Cady McClain/ex-Dixie, AMC) to hook up with Jack next. Peter Bergman once played Cliff Warner on AMC.
Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis) went to Twitter February 27 to sort of deny the latest about her resurfacing on GH as Silas’ comatose wife Nina. She didn’t exactly name names, but her fans got the gist from: “I want u all to remember as u drift off to sleep…people who start rumors have super little pee pees…,” maybe referring to the February 20th Celebrity Dirty Laundry rumor.
Radar Online staff reported last week that casting’s already in progress for a new Adam to replace Michael Muhney.
If Michael Muhney (ex-Adam) and Billy Miller (ex-Billy) don’t receive Daytime Emmy pre-noms Monday, there is no justice in this world. TV Guide’s Michael Logan did warn fans that there’d be big omissions. Hope he’s not referring to them.
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