Is Thom Bierdz’s Phillip Chancellor III be returning to Genoa City in July? According to Greg in Hollywood, that’s what The Young and the Restless' show runner Paul Rauch told him at the Daytime Emmys.
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Daniel Cosgrove joins As the World Turns. What impact might his character have on Luke and Noah’s story? Tom Pelphrey arrived in Oakdale promising youth to those that would listen. Where is this story headed and should ATWT stop while they are ahead? Katie continues to mourn Brad as Jack goes on a quest for redemption.
Steffy kisses Bill on The Bold and The Beautiful before he marries Katie. Bill and Katie’s wedding was a simple affair, but did it mean the brides maids needed to look so bad? Luke thinks Bill looked like Burt Reynolds’ Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard movie. Jamey thinks he looked like a pimp. What is Sandy’s deal and what could she be hiding?
Crystall Chappell has “Chappelled” Taylor Spreitler in their scenes together, but before there was a "Chappell” there was a "Sorel.” Is Mia Carly’s daughter? Louise Sorel is back as Vivian and since this the first CBS/Days podcast Jamey’s been back on since her return he shares his reaction to her comeback. Nicole’s house of cards is crumbling around her as Sami confronts her.
Thom Bierdz speaks out about his departure from The Young and the Restless. Deacon and Phyllis have smokin’ hot chemistry, should Y&R pursue it or will they just stick to their playbook? Daniel and Amber get married. Mac decides to carry Cane and Lily’s baby. Does this mean it will be that much easier to fast forward the show?
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Here is the thing; I know I am on in eight episodes in November and then the truth is, I sort of disappear. My six-month contract is up. And I really want to support the gay community, and I want the gay community to support me. I would like the gay community to write to CBS and say, ‘We want a gay character on the air,’ and I want to be that.
Thom Bierdz visited with Our Prattvillle's Melissa Parker about his book Forgiving Troy, his work as an artist, his return to The Young and the Restless and the Chris Engen controversy.
Melissa Parker (Our Prattville): An actor on The Young and the Restless left because he didn’t like his negative storyline plus he was about to have an onscreen same-sex kiss. As an actor, is there something that you would not do in a role?
Thom Bierdz: Because acting is not my only income (I also paint), I wouldn’t take a role if it offended me. But, I would never quit if I were asked to “kiss a girl.” I find it shocking when “straight” people are offended at homosexual roles.
In a feature at Out.com Thom Bierdz talks with Nelson Branco about letting his subconscious inspire his painting, how he never thought being an out star portraying a gay character would be possible and why it was a no-brainer to return.
So when Y&R head writer and executive producer Maria Arena Bell called Bierdz for a lunch date in February, the timing seemed perfect for a comeback. By the time the check came he had rejoined the cast. “It was a no-brainer,” Bierdz says, adding that he recognizes the debt he owes to those who paved the way for his return. “I never thought being an out star playing a gay role would be possible,” he admits. “I doubt I’d be back on Y&R without the insane success of Nuke. All it takes is for one soap to prove it can be done and then the rest follow.”