It's old home summer on The Young and the Restless, thanks the renewal of the classic Kay (Jeanne Cooper) vs. Jill (then the cheesetastic Brenda Dickson, now mercifully Jess Walton) feud, the returns of Nina (Tricia Cast) and Phillip (Thom Bierdz) to the canvas and the possibility of Cricket Blair (Lauralee Bell) making an appearance at some point. In honor of the occasion I decided to dig up this old school clip from the beginning stages of the Nina/Phillip/Cricket triangle. Nina and Cricket were the ultimate frenemies—the beautiful Jabot teen model who had the local rock star Danny Romalotti (Michael Damien) and the Chancellor heir fighting for her hand versus the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Nina and Cricket's junior rivalry never quite reached the peaks of campy histrionics that Kay vs Jill did, but it was still good soap. I can't wait to see how Kay, Jill, Nina and Cricket react to the fact that Phillip didn't die all those years ago! Mvid courtesy of ItsMandyKimper. READ MORE
TVGuide Magazine has the exclusive news. As The World Turns has cast General Hospital, Port Charles and DAYS alum Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy Coe, GH/PC; ex-Lizanne, DAYS) as Audrey "the gold-digging mother of cut-up Henry Coleman (Trent Dawson). She hits the air July 24."
Do you have any idea how badly people have wanted you back on the soap scene? It’s been too long.
I have missed it so much, but GH has never called. Eventually I figured, “Well, OK, I guess I’m outta that role.” That’s why it was such a compliment to get the phone call from [ATWT exec producer] Chris Goutman. I guess I really needed to get back to work. I’d find myself creating soap-opera scenarios in my mind while I was out on the hill feeding the cows. “Hmm…that flirty red one sure looks like she likes the bull today…” When you start doing that you know it’s time to start acting again.
TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco has a revealing interview with the amazing Jess Walton about her two-plus decades as the fiesty manicurist-turned-mogul Jill Foster Abbott on The Young and the Restless. My favorite part was Walton admitting that she found Brenda Dickson's portrayal of Jill just as much of a caricature as I did.
TVG: Had you seen Brenda’s work as Jill?
JW: Yes, I did. Michael Corbett [ex-David], who was playing her secretary at the time, invited me to his house to watch his video library of her work. I took the essence of Jill, but deepened the role because I felt the part was a little bit of a caricature. Having said that, I will admit that it took me a year to fully capture Jill. I remember Terry Lester [ex-Jack] told me the secret to playing Jill is to have fun with her. And boy, did I really work hard at trying having fun with her. Luckily, it finally clicked, but it wasn’t easy. See, I never saw the humour in Jill during my first year on the show. Once I did, I became Jill."