— After weeks teasing with glances and hair touches, The Young and the Restless finally went there with Mariah (Camryn Grimes) and Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) as Mariah kissed Tessa in San Francisco this past week. If you missed it, check out the clip below.
While the soap’s social media accounts continue to tease the storyline, don’t expect any of the cast members to speak out about it. TV Guide magazine’s Michael Logan reports that execs at CBS has put a gag order, banning both Grimes and Fairbanks to talking about the lip lock.
As expected, conservative Y&R fans are clutching their pearls, as a kiss between two women is far more offensive than Victor hiring Jack’s doppelgänger to rape Phyllis or pretty much having every other Genoa City resident commit adultery.
— Daytime Confidential reported last Monday (Aug. 31) that The Young and the Restless head writer Sally Sussman is set to retire, as will story consultant Kay Alden. Sussman and Alden returned to the Y&R creative team in September 2016. Mal Young will pull double duty as the show’s executive producer and head writer — his first material will hit screens this October.
— While we move on to a new head writing regime, let’s hope that Mal Young will ensure that the characters stay true to form. In our exclusive interview with Christel Khalil last week, the actress spoke about how Lily was written stronger than before. “She was a victim back then! I didn’t speak to the writers about anything, Sally just wrote it — and it’s so nice because as an actor, you have to play what’s given o you and you just try your best with the cards that you’re dealt. Then, the fans get mad at you because they’re like ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe that Lily acts like such a victim!’ And I wanted to be like, ‘I know guys — I get it!’ It’s nice to have someone [write Lily like this].” Click here to read the full interview.
— Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) August 3, 2017
— Looks like Greg Rikaart, who exited Y&R last month is already on his way back as Kevin Fisher. The Young and the Restless’ official Twitter account posted a photo of Rikaart and Christian LeBlanc (Michael) with the caption, “Reunited and it feels so good.”
— As mentioned last week, Graham Taylor, Jonathan Stoddard and Cathy Marks will play younger versions of Jack, John and Dina Abbott in August. McKayla Dunne has now been cast as a young Ashley and will air on Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 23.
— This week on The Young and the Restless (Global/CBS): Mariah (Camryn Grimes) is torn between Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) and Devon (Bryton James) on Monday (August 7; Canadian air dates listed throughout). Billy (Jason Thompson) is wary of Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) judgement. Ashley (Eileen Davidson) asks Neil (Kristoff St. John) for help. Cane (Daniel Goddard) makes a sacrifice for his family on Tuesday (August 8). Sharon (Sharon Case) finds herself in danger. Graham (Max Shippee) keeps something from Dina (Marla Adams).
— Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) August 4, 2017
Jack (Peter Bergman) enlists a new partner in crime on Wednesday (August 9). Nick (Joshua Morrow) becomes more independent. Victoria asks Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) for advice. On Thursday (August 10), Victor (Eric Braeden) makes big changes at the Newman Ranch. Tessa relies on Zach (Ryan Ashton) for help. Dina and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) clash over Jack.
— This week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Brady (Eric Martsolf) interrogates Victor (John Aniston) on Monday (August 7), who finally comes clean. Anjelica (Morgan Fairchild) lures Adrienne (Judi Evans) into a trap on Tuesday (August 8). Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) clash over the situation with Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Joey (James Lastovic).
On Thursday (August 10), Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail’s (Marci Miller) reunion takes a surprising turn. Bonnie (also Judi Evans) breaks Lucas’ (Bryan Dattilo) heart on Friday (August 11). Brady breaks into Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) room and makes a shocking discovery. Coming up: Marlena (Deidre Hall) pleads for help.
— Look for Steve Burton’s return to take hold of pretty much all of General Hospital. In a new interview with TV Line during the TCAs over the weekend, executive producer Frank Valentini said that “Jason’s life affects, like, 30 people on the show. There is almost nobody who won’t be affected by his return. That whole paradigm — who’s the real Jason (Burton or Billy Miller)? How will people react to him? — I find to be very interesting, and it will be fun for the audience.” As for how long GH will be Burton obsessed, Valentini says that the effects of the return will be felt “for probably about nine months.”
— After months of speculation, William deVry is out at GH. The actor confirmed at this weekend’s General Hospital Fan Club Weekend that he wrapped filming on June 30.
— This week on General Hospital (ABC/City): On Monday (August 7), Jason (Billy Miller) questions Griffin (Matt Cohen). Carly (Laura Wright) asks Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) for help. Kiki (Hayley Erin) steps-up. Ava (Maura West) reluctantly begins therapy. Hayden (Rebecca Budig) looks to a kindred-spirit for advice. On Tuesday (August 8), Monica (Leslie Charleson) gives Finn (Michael Easton) her blessing. Jason tries to intervene. Carly swallows her pride. Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) runs afoul. Hayden looks for a way out.
Nathan (Ryan Peavey) receives a welcome surprise on Wednesday (August 9). Curtis (Donnell Turner) offers his congratulations. Kiki makes an impression. Felicia (Kristina Wagner) feels like a teenager again. Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) is happy for Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins). Finn feels deceived on Thursday (August 10). Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Hayden bond. Scott (Kin Shriner) has his doubts. Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) gets advice from her daughters. Ava is a mess.
On Friday (August 11), Finn suspects he isn’t getting the whole story. Scott pushes his luck. Alexis shares her thoughts. Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) looks for a resolution. Carly is left to wonder. Coming up: Griffin surprises Ava.
— This week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): On Monday (August 7), Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Katie (Heather Tom) reign the pros and cons of having a romantic relationship. Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) vows to become the next Forrester matriarch. On Tuesday (August 8), Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) reveals Eric’s (John McCook) secret about Quinn (Rena Sofer). Liam (Scott Clifton) finds out interesting information about his family from Sally (Courtney Hope). Justin (Aaron D. Spears) thinks Bill’s (Don Diamont) latest scheme has gone too far on Wednesday (August 9). Wyatt and Katie make an agreement about their relationship.
Bill threatens Liam if he sabotages the reunion of Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) and Thomas (Pierson Fodé). Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) gloats about Spectra Fashions’ predicament on Thursday (August 10). Steffy and Liam disagree on how Bill’s lie should be handled on Friday (August 11). Eric advises Sheila on her plans to live in Los Angeles.