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'Young and the Restless': See Victor Newman's new penthouse -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

First, a show of hands: Who won’t miss the way-too-compact Newman ranch?

We certainly won’t, which is why Victor Newman’s new penthouse is a welcome step in the right direction for Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps, as she continues to put her stamp on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. EW obtained this exclusive sneak peek of Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and Melody Thomas Scott (the beloved Nikki, who continues to suffer from selective amnesia when it comes to the father of her children) as they first set eyes on their cosmopolitan new “home.”

Fans will see the set for the first time this Wednesday. If only Miguel was there to give them a tour. READ FULL STORY

'Bold and the Beautiful': Goodbye, Susan Flannery! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The long goodbye to Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful will finally occur on Nov. 26, when Susan Flannery performs her last scene as the drama’s beloved matriarch. As fans know, Stephanie’s fate was sealed when she learned her lung cancer returned. Her sendoff — which is the result of Flannery’s decision to retire — is a tribute as much to the actress as it is “the entire soap-opera community,” says Bradley Bell, the drama’s executive producer/head writer, to TV Guide Magazine.

“We all know each other and we deeply respect the great actors who play our matriarchs and patriarchs — the ones who made this business — and it’s been sad to see so many of them drop away without getting a proper homage.”

Here’s a sneak peek of her final moments. READ FULL STORY

'General Hospital' scoop: Welcome back, Robert Scorpio!


To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, General Hospital is bringing back an old favorite for November — Robert Scorpio!

Tristan Rogers will reprise his role next month as a former WSB agent. His return is the result of a promise by Executive Producer Frank Valentini to bring back old characters for the show’s special milestone.

Rogers did rejoin the soap oh-so-briefly in February but his stint was short. He will be back on Nov. 15. According to the ABC issue of Soaps in Depth, Robert was last seen pursing his son, Ethan, at the behest of Luke — who wanted to give “his pal a reason to live in the wake of daughter Robin’s death.” So how will he return this time around?

Rogers first created his role for GH in 1981. In 2010, he jumped ship for The Young and the Restless, where he played Colin Atkinson.

'Young and the Restless' scoop: Check out the new Genoa City hunks! -- EXCLUSIVE


The Young and the Restless may have found two newcomers who may (finally) help fans forget that Shemar Moore, aka Malcom Winters, ever lived and breathed in Genoa City.

Newcomer Redaric Williams (pictured, right), an international model who recently became the face of Carling Black Label in South Africa, will play the new role of Tyler Douglas. Lamon Archey (pictured left), another model making the transition to the small screen, will play a new dude named Mason. Unfortunately, that’s all the information that Y&R is releasing on these hunks for now — but we did learn that they’ll start showing up around the athletic club and the coffee house in November.

Jill Farren Phelps has been promising lots of changes on Y&R since taking over as executive producer in the wake of Maria Arena Bell’s exit. (The new head writer is Josh Griffith). Last month, she made the decision to drop Genie Francis, who has played Genevieve Atkinson, since May 2011. Marcy Rylan, aka Abby Newman, was also shown the door.

For more:

Genie Francis out of ‘Y&R’
Eric Braeden signs new contract on ‘Y&R’

Olympic track star to appear on 'The Young & the Restless' -- EXCLUSIVE

Why should the female gymnasts and Ryan Lochte book all the gigs?

U.S. Olympic track & field star Kerron Clement will make an appearance in the Oct. 12 episode of The Young and the Restless, EW has learned. Clement — who ran in the 400M hurdle finales in London — will play an extra in the Coffeehouse.

It turns out the Trinidad-born athlete — who holds the indoor world record in the 400-meter sprint — has been a fan of the CBS sudser since the 90s. “I always thought that it would have been fun to be apart of such an incredible cast,” he said in a statement. “I’m very thankful to be a part of the show now. Acting is certainly a passion of mine, and I will definitely continue to study and get better. And, I hope they consider me for another role again.”

Several U.S. athletes have booked TV gigs since the games concluded. Lochte will appear on 30 Rock and 90210, while the female gymnasts stopped by to chat with Danielle and Shane on Big Brother. Gabby Douglas will also appear on The Vampire Diaries.

'Young and the Restless' scoop: Eric Braeden signs new deal -- EXCLUSIVE

Eric-BraedenImage Credit: Robert Voets/CBSGenoa City may be losing some attractive denizens (Goodbye Genie Francis! Farewell, Marcy Rylan!) but at least one longtime resident will continue holding court at the Athletic Club. Eric Braeden — aka Victor Newman to his fans, and The Mustache to his enemies — has signed a new deal with Y&R’s production company Sony TV that will keep him on the sudser for years to come.

“Very glad we got the negotiations successfully behind us,” Braeden said in a statement (which could certainly double as a terse little tweet). Terms of his multi-year deal were not released.

Braeden’s new contract should come as good news to fans who may be worried about new Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps and how many roles she will cut to save the soap some cash. Earlier this month, she made the decision to bid farewell to Francis, who has played Genevieve Atkinson since May 2011. Rylan, aka Abby Newman, is also out the door.

More changes could be on the horizon.

“I’m going into Y&R not with a hatchet but with a scalpel in order to make it function as a more economical show,” Phelps told TV Guide earlier this month. “We have a cast of really wonderful actors but, at the end of the day, we need to look at the entire canvas and decide who is catching fire with the audience. And where can we create fire where there isn’t any?”

This appeared to be a rather uneventful renegotiation between Sony and Braeden, who has been on the show since 1980. In September of 2010, Braeden walked off the set of the soap after contract talks blew up with Sony. The production company wanted the actor to take a pay cut but he opted to leave, instead. Both parties made nice a month later.

Genie Francis out of 'Young and the Restless'

General Hospital, check your budget: There may be a native of Port Charles who is ready to come back!

Genie Francis is leaving The Young and the Restless. The actress who played Laura Spencer on GH joined the CBS sudser in May 2011. The news of her ouster was first reported by CBS Soaps In depth, which says that budgetary concerns prompted the decision.

Surprise? Not really. Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps told TV Guide that some changes might be made to save cash. “I’m going into Y&R not with a hatchet but with a scalpel in order to make it function as a more economical show,” she said. “We have a cast of really wonderful actors but, at the end of the day, we need to look at the entire canvas and decide who is catching fire with the audience. And where can we create fire where there isn’t any?”

At least Y&R’s timing is excellent. GH will celebrate its 50th anniversary this seaason, and Executive Producer Frank Valentini told reporters this summer that he’d like to invite back several legacy players to celebrate the milestone. At the time, he said that Francis, who starred on GH from 1977 to 2008, was not an option because of her contract on the CBS show. “There is a rich history of amazing wonderful characters on the show right now in addition to us wanting to bring back players,”  Valentini teased, adding, “we are a big fan of Genie.”

'Young and the Restless' casts 'Fresh Prince' star -- EXCLUSIVE

A well-known veteran of the NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will make a stop in Genoa City to oversee a very important trial.

EW has learned that James Avery — who actually played a successful judge on the long-running comedy that starred Will Smith — will guest star on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. He’ll begin work this Friday on his episodes that will start airing on Oct. 12.

Mum’s the word on his story arc, but rabid fans might be able to guess who’s going to have to face the man in the robe!

Avery’s most recent credits include roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Harry’s Law. He also had a recurring role on The Closer.

'General Hospital' switches timeslot today; Maurice Benard ready for more


On Monday Sept. 10, ABC’s General Hospital will move up an hour to the 2 p.m. timeslot — to accommodate the new Katie Couric show, Katie — and longtime star Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) couldn’t be more excited for the future. “Ron [Carlivati, head writer] and Frank [Valentini, executive producer] just keep everything interesting. The way these guys know how to keep stories going from one to the next to the next is unreal,” says Benard, who’s about to celebrate 20 years on the show and whose mob boss has often dominated story lines. “And they’ve been able to make this show into an ensemble. Which it’s never been. If I had the old ego, I might be upset. But I love it. It just adds spice to life. To me, if the show’s better, that’s what matters.” READ FULL STORY

Steve Burton to leave 'General Hospital'

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After playing little-rich-boy-turned-hitman-with-a-heart-of-gold Jason Morgan on General Hospital for 21 years, Steve Burton is calling it quits. He told that “it’s been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family. I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all. But it’s time to go.” He says his last tape date is Sept. 25, after which he’ll head to his new spread in Tennessee with his wife and two kids.

Reps for GH have declined to comment, but sources close to the show say that Burton’s words stand on their own, that it was well-known that he was thinking about leaving for some time now, and the details of his exit, including any possibility of recasting, are still being worked out. Jason is a hub character who affects many other story lines.

Burton tweeted to his fans Tuesday morning: “Morning. Just wanted to thank all of you for your support over the years. You are amazing. It’s been an incredible 21 yrs of my life.THANK YOU” READ FULL STORY

'The Bold and the Beautiful' star Ronn Moss speaks out on departure -- EXCLUSIVE

Nearly two weeks ago, Ronn Moss shocked the soap world when EW exclusively reported that the star would leave The Bold and the Beautiful in September. There were rumblings of salary issues, but since the news broke, Moss has kept quiet about exactly why he’s leaving the show he’s called home since its inception, for the past 25 years.

But now EW has yet another exclusive, as Moss sat down with us to chat about exactly his reasoning behind leaving the drama. Was it money? Partially. New opportunities? That factored in, too. Truly, there are many reasons, many of which Moss went into during our interview with him below.

Throughout this transition, however, Moss has been mostly concerned with his fans — those dedicated, rabid soap fans out there — and how they’re reacting to the news, which is why he wanted to talk exclusively to EW, to explain to viewers why he made this choice and what his future will hold. “I just want all of these people — and it sounds altruistic and whatever, but I really, strongly feel it — to be okay with this,” Moss told EW as he sat down for an hour-long chat at the Los Angeles Four Seasons on Aug. 21. “It’s a massive transition for them. They consider me family, and I feel an obligation to be a part of their family.”

Warning: Moss is a talker, so the interview is long, but here’s the (mostly) uncensored version of what he had to say about why he left — and what’s next:


'The Bold and the Beautiful': Original cast member Ronn Moss exiting after 25 years -- EXCLUSIVE

After more than two decades on The Bold and the Beautiful, Ronn Moss is leaving the CBS soap where he’s played fashion magnate Ridge Forrester since the show’s 1987 inception, EW has learned exclusively.

The exact details are unclear, but an insider tells EW that Moss elected not to renew his contract over salary issues. Moss could not be reached for comment.

Production company Bell Phillip Television confirmed the exit. “Ronn has spent an amazing 25 years with B&B,” a rep for Bell Phillip said in a statement. “We will always consider him family, and we wish him only the best in all of his future endeavors.”

Moss was one of the so-called “core four” on Bold, referring to the foursome of original actors still on the show, including Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester, John McCook as Eric Forrester, and Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan.

Moss will shoot his final scenes for The Bold and the Beautiful this Tuesday, Aug. 14, and his last episode will air on a yet-to-be-determined date in September. (As a bit of hope for you fans out there: Big soap stars can — and sometimes do — return after leaving.)

It’s no secret that times have been tough for the genre lately, as just four daytime soaps — Bold, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital — remain on network television. Moss’ pay issue undoubtedly goes back to the stark reality that, as daytime viewers continue to choose alternatives like cable programming and talk shows, soap operas don’t attract the same kind of audience they once did. For the week ending Aug. 3, Bold drew 3.1 million viewers, putting it in second place behind genre leader The Young and the Restless. Still, Bold is considered to be the most profitable sudser in daytime because of its success internationally, with 26.2 million worldwide viewers.

That huge international audience has made Moss a star around the world, exemplified by his second-place finish on Italy’s version of Dancing with the Stars in 2010 and an orange juice television advertisement in Australia, where he is particularly popular.

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Susan Lucci gives cheeky cheating advice to promote new series 'Deadly Affairs' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Who better to host a new series titled Deadly Affairs than the queen of daytime Susan Lucci? No one, honestly. Come September, the former All My Children legend will lead the aptly-named new Investigation Discovery show that takes an inside look at dalliances gone wrong, everything from “love triangles that implode to office romances exposed,” says the network’s official description for the series. “They happen in real life and, sometimes, are stranger than fiction.” Lucci’s Erica Kane might take issue with that.

To give you a taste of what’s to come on the show, Investigation Discovery has produced a series of web shorts that will premiere this weekend on the network’s website and feature Lucci doling out cheeky advice about how to spot an affair. EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the first one, which focuses on grooming. “In marriage, there are always distractions,” Lucci says. “I know it’s shocking, but one in five spouses will cheat. Could you be headed toward a deadly affair?” Then comes the advice about how to spot an affair by renewed interest in grooming.

Catch Lucci in the series when it premieres Sept. 8 at 10 p.m., but for know watch a glimpse of her cheeky fun here:



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