General Hospital might be sidelining the mob, but The Young and the Restless hunk Daniel Goddard (Cane) is hoping Genoa City will soon be cementing the Atkinsons (featuring two GH alums) as a bona fide crime dynasty, complete with TV pop Tristan Rogers (Colin) going head to head with Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and/or Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman). Goddard in this week's CBS Soaps In Depth:
Genoa City really does't have a crime family," points out Goddard. "You've got Victor and Jack going at each other, but Colin is really a take-no-prisoners kind of guy. He knows what he wants and goes after it." READ MORE
TV Guide Magazine: What are your thoughts on ABC dropping All My Children and One Life to Live? Do you fear the same thing might happen someday at CBS?
Braeden: I guess as long as Y&R remains at the top of the ratings we'll be all right, but one never knows. For many years now I have watched the depersonalization of the people who run this business. It has become more and more corporate and that does not bode well. I long for those days when Bill Bell Sr. ran our show and decided everything. Everything. He had a strong point of view and did not tolerate any kind of interference from anyone and it paid off in a major way. Bill Bell didn't give a damn about anyone else's opinion and nobody tried to f--k with that. Now we have too many cooks in the kitchen and that's become a huge problem. These corporate types had better be very careful because they are destroying something millions of people still want. The audience still loves the idea of novelized stories and watching their characters evolve over the years and the decades. It's a tremendously enjoyable experience for the audience that cannot be replaced by reality TV. In what other medium can you see the trials and tribulations of a Victor Newman or a Nikki Newman or a Katherine Chancellor play out over 30 or 40 years? There is a rhythm of life to a soap opera — a rhythm that makes Y&R very real to people.
One of the most influential authors of all time wanted one of the most outspoken soap stars of all time for a then-fantasy adaptation of her iconic book. According to The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, the late Ayn Rand used to do Wishful Castings for a movie version of her epic tome Atlas Shrugged, and wanted none other than The Young and the Restless superstar Eric Braeden for a signature role!
She wanted Raquel Welch, or Faye Dunaway, or Farrah Fawcett-Majors for Dagny Taggart, the intrepid railroad heiress who is the novel’s heroine. She favored Clint Eastwood as Hank Reardon, the indomitable steel magnate who, with Dagny, defies the “looters and moochers” of a welfare state on steroids and its industry lackeys. She considered Eric Braeden, nee Hans Jörg Gudegast, of “The Rat Patrol” and “The Young and the Restless,” to play copper baron Francisco d’Anconia, and wanted to squeeze in Muhammad Ali somehow. It was her favorite pastime. READ MORE
Does the girl from the Bayou club really want Mr. Mumbles back? TV Guide's Michael Logan gets the 411 from The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) who reveals if her alter ego still wants a crack at Victor (Eric Braeden).
TV Guide Magazine: The outta-nowhere marriage of Victor [Eric Braeden] and Diane [Maura West] is also driving Nikki booze-batty. Did she really think she still had a chance with The Mustache?
Thomas Scott: Oh, yes, I think maybe she did. Don't forget she and Victor had that recent roll in the hay — literally! — on Victor's birthday. Plus Nikki has always hated Diane and because Maura is so good in the role, Nikki hates her even more now! It's so great to have Maura in the cast. So, yeah, Nikki is trying to escape Deacon and Victor, making alcohol even more important to her than ever. She's lost her morals. There's a disturbing episode coming up where the enormity of it really struck me. Let's face it, Nikki's now having a secret life. She's a hider, and hiding means lies. In this episode I'm referring to, Nikki's kids Victoria [Amelia Heinle] and Nicholas [Joshua Morrow] come to Nikki's hotel room because they're worried she's drinking again and Nikki lies — Oscar worthy lies! —right to their faces. When the whole thing was over, I felt horrible! It was like a punch in my stomach. I realized this was a line Nikki has never crossed. She has never deceived her children. She has never sunk to that level. It was a hugely impactful moment for me. And then her best friend, Kay [Jeanne Cooper], is also sniffing around thinking Nikki is drinking, and Nikki is lying to her, too. So it's all really horrible and really dicey. It's not looking good for Nikki at all. [Laughs] But for me it's great! It's so much fun to play! READ MORE