— Exiting The Young and the Restless star Michael Muhney (Adam) set the record straight about his firing with Huffington Post Canada. The actor doesn’t lay blame to executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, like many fans and critics initially assumed, instead the outspoken actor places the blame solely on himself:
“We had a private talk in her [Phelps] office. She’s always been very kind to me. We have a good rapport. It was intimate…the way it was handled. Part of me feels like this is because I’ve always been outspoken, and sometimes I’ve been too outspoken. Sometimes I’ve walked around with a big backpack full of hubris. That is entirely on me. CBS, Sony, and Jill Phelps are not to blame for that. If I’m going to claim to be a grown man, I have to own that. But it could be financial or story. It was explained to me that CBS and Sony want to give Adam a break for 3-6 months and then they’ll bring him back with a different actor. Maybe he needs a break.”
— Billy Miller (soon-to-be-ex-Billy, Y&R) and Michael Muhney both received tribute videos…check out Miller’s from the Y&R cast below, while Sharon Case (Sharon) put together her own for her former on-screen love interest.
— Also leaving Y&R is Hartley Sawyer, who will last air as Kyle on January 24 (in Canada; Jan. 27 in the U.S.)
— Daniel Cosgrove, who has appeared on pretty much every single cancelled soap as well as Beverly Hills, 90210 is coming to Days of our Lives. The actor who reported to set back in September first airs in late January.
— Be sure to check out my interview with Another World’s Stephen Schnetzer here. We discuss why the soap still resonates with viewers (especially here in Canada) almost fifteen years since its cancellation as well as the popularity of Cass’ friendship with Felicia and his romance with Frankie. Here’s an excerpt where Schnetzer explains that the cancellation of Another World was a power-play decision by NBC:
“NBC was tired of being associated with P&G. They constantly fought about storylines…what was too much and what was not enough. So they didn’t want to be in bed with anybody anymore. NBC wanted to produce their own show.”
— Ryan Peavey joins the cast of General Hospital on Monday, January 30, as Detective Nathan West, who will factor into Silas’ (Michael Easton) past.
What’s coming up:
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS/CTV Two): Ridge struggles with the truth about Brooke and Bill
Ridge struggles to process Brooke’s news about her affair with Bill. Hope decides to stay with Wyatt in Hawaii. Bill is still determined to pursue Brooke. Katie and Ridge find a glimmer of hope on New Year’s Eve. Quinn issues Donna a warning about not meddling in her life. Wyatt and Hope bond in Hawaii. Wyatt shares a revealing ancient Hawaiian legend with Hope. Bill continues his attempt to win back Brooke. Note: B&B airs a repeat on New Year’s Day.
Coronation Street (CBC): A drunken Kylie causes a scene.
Gail is tortured by her decision. Leanne tells Nick that David leaving won’t bring his health back. Julie struggles to understand Brian’s lies. Dev is ready for his first personal fitness session with Kal. Kal also agrees to help Nick with his rehabilitation. An angry Marcus confronts Todd. Peter and Carla return from their honeymoon. Eileen’s stunned to find a heartbroken Julie. Tina is caught off guard when Carla answers the door. Gail gathers the family to see if David should be allowed to see Max and Lily. Gloria flirts with Dennis. Brian makes a decision about leaving. Carla persuades Tina to attend Simon’s nativity in her place. A drunken Kylie causes a scene. Tina kisses Rob to make Peter jealous. Steve slips out to meet Andrea. Roy is concerned when Hayley tells the nurse she’s been in a lot of pain and has had to up her dose of medication. A hung-over Kylie sets her sights on Kal. Note: There will be no airing on Tuesday (December, 31), however there will be one-hour episodes on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Days of our Lives (NBC/Global): Is Nick still alive?
Eric and Nicole are shocked when Daniel accuses Brady of using drugs. JJ plots to ruin Jennifer’s date with Liam. Gabi, Kate, Sami, EJ and Sonny panic when it appears that Will won’t keep the secret about Nick. Sami and EJ try to help Sonny on New Year’s Eve. Nicole tries to ignore her attraction to Eric. EJ offers Sami an ultimatum for their future. Will is shaken when he goes to the river and encounters someone unexpected. Eric struggles with his growing feelings for Nicole. Gabi asks for EJ’s help when it appears that Abigail will uncover the truth about Nick. Note: DAYS will not air on Wednesday, January 1.
General Hospital (ABC/City): Is Sabrina pregnant?
Port Charles prepares for the New Year. Sabrina reacts to Felix’s hypothesis that she’s pregnant. Maxie tells Lulu that she’s leaving. Monica confronts another doctor. Before leaving PC, Maxie runs into Detective Nathan West. Robin, Patrick, Sam and Silas ring in the New Year. Britt makes a revelation. Sabrina makes a vow. Lulu makes a bold move at midnight. Sonny confronts Morgan. Julia questions TJ and Morgan’s threat. Rafe pines for Molly’s affection. Shawn tries to convince TJ not to go to the police. Duke pressures Anna for information. Rafe seeks revenge. Will Elizabeth keep Sabrina’s secret? Note: GH will not a repeat on Tuesday (December 31) while there will be no show on Wednesday (January 1).
The Young and the Restless (CBS/Global): Ashley and Traci return to support Jack
Billy and Kelly’s mutual grief turns into something disgusting/more…but is Kelly responsible for Delia’s hit and run? Genoa City celebrates the New Year (which will hopefully be less depressing) as Ashley and Traci return to support Jack. Meanwhile, things heat up between Nick and Sharon. Michael and Lauren receive a mysterious gift, while Kevin questions Chloe’s connection to Connor. Ashley questions Tyler’s intentions with Abby, while Avery encourages Adam to consider his future with Chelsea. Note: A New Year’s episode from 1998 will air on Tuesday (December 31) in Canada and the following day in the U.S. The episode sees Victor and Nikki gather with friends at the Colonnade Room!