— The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives are trimming their casts. It was first reported by Deadline that Y&R beauty Sofia Pernas (Marisa) had been let go by the CBS soap due to budgetary reasons and had quickly booked a role on CW pilot Transylvania. A spokesperson for the show later announced that Pernas would remain on recurring basis with the show. Meanwhile, Daytime Confidential broke that both Pernas and her on-screen love interest Robert Adamson (Noah) were bumped down to recurring due to lack of story — which is surprising as both young performers had recently excelled on the frontrunner.
Last Monday (March 21), it was announced by DC that NBC’s Days of our Lives was cutting Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Martha Madison (Belle), Sal Stowers (Lani) and Marie Wilson (Summer).
It’s troubling that the Sony soaps have cut young actors, three of whom are “legacy characters” (ie. the children of supercouples). Is it that hard out there for soap writers to come up with stories for characters in their 20s and 30s? In order for the last remaining soaps to survive, the younger characters need as much story as the older generation. Following Madison’s exit as Belle this year, Deidre Hall’s Marlena Evans will no longer have any children in Salem. Why is it that no writing regime at the Y&R has been able to come up with solid story for Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) grandson?
This was a genre that used to thrive on multi-generational storylines. It’s what hooked generations. You don’t need two or three generations at a time rooting for Victor and Nikki to reunite each sweeps! Let’s build some younger favourites.
— Jaime Lyn Bauer will reprise the role of Laura Horton on Days of our Lives this September.
— Sean Blakemore will return to General Hospital as Shawn for one episode next week.
— Fans aren’t the only ones rolling their eyes at the redecorated Chancellor mansion on The Young and the Restless! Check out what Judith Chapman (ex-Gloria) had to say here.
— Next week on General Hospital (City/ABC): Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Billy Miller) pursue a new theory on Monday (April 4) while Hayden (Rebecca Budig) informs Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) that she knows what he did. Curtis (Donnell Turner) later makes Hayden an interesting offer. Nathan (Ryan Paevey) makes a partial confession to Maxie (Kirsten Storms). Julian (William deVry) cuts a deal with Nina (Michelle Stafford) that she can’t refuse while Tracy (Jane Elliot) takes a turn for the worse.
On Tuesday (April 5), Jason and Sam come to a conclusion about Hayden and Nikolas. Anna (Finola Hughes) pulls a fast one on Paul (Richard Burgi). Tracy needs to have surgery.
Carly (Laura Wright) reminds Sonny (Maurice Benard) of the consequences of going after Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) on Wednesday (April 6). Ava (Maura West) returns home to find something terrifying. Carly asks for Jason’s help on Thursday (April 7), while Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) surprises Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth).
Sam and Carly butt heads over Jason on Friday (April 8). There’s a noticeable change in Tracy.
— Next week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) gazes at a photo of a woman from his past, who just happens to look like Nicole (Arianne Zucker) on Monday (April 4). Ciara (Vivian Jovani) confronts Chase (Jonathon McClendon) before he’s taken away on Tuesday (April 5).
Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) shares an emotional moment with Summer (Marie Wilson) before her surgery on Wednesday (April 6). Abigail (Kate Mansi) finally comes face to face with Ben (Robert Scott Wilson) on Thursday (April 7). Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) takes care of a drugged-up Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) when he stumbles upon her being out of sorts on Friday (April 8) while Abigail prepares for her revenge on Ben.
— Next week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): Liam (Scott Clifton) demands answers from Quinn on Monday (April 4), while Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) celebrate their new life as newlyweds. Katie (Heather Tom) plays on Brooke’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) guilt when she is caught in the act.
Bill (Don Diamont) reaches out to Justin (Aaron D. Spears) to help find Liam on Wednesday (April 6). Liam is accidentally reunited with a loved on. Bill later brings Steffy on board regarding Liam’s disappearance on Thursday (April 7).
On Friday (April 8), Wyatt and Liam manage to turn the tables on Quinn.