Young & the Restless


Write Y&R! Write the Soap magazines! Let them know you want Eden to remain on The Young and the Restless!!

On Tuesday, September 13th, TPTB at Bell Productions’ The Young and the Restless displayed a shocking lack of class and basic common courtesy when Emmy-winner Eden Riegel learned she had been let go from the show via Twitter. Rumors had swirled for over 24 hours that she, Tristan Rogers, Darius McCrary and Sean Patrick Flannery had been fired (Tristan had confirmed his exit via his Twitter account) and Eden quickly responded that as far as she knew, this was news to her.

edenriegel Eden Riegel

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. I hope. #spumors

She went on to say that, although she wasn’t saying the mags were wrong, she had not been informed of any such decision.

edenriegel Eden Riegel

It’s not for me to say they’re wrong but I have not been told of my departure. Boy would that be embarrassing!

Imagine the shock when less than an hour later she took to Twitter again to announce that she had, in fact, been let go from the show.

edenriegel Eden Riegel

Oops. I take it back. Apparently my run on Y&R is soon coming to an end. It was a fun ride!

It’s utterly reprehensible to treat an Emmy-award winner in this manner.

Eden won’t say it, she’s dealt with this entire fiasco with grace and dignity, but I will. What Y&R and the idiots in charge did in handling this situation is an embarrassment. To themselves and to Eden Riegel. To not contact her and explain the situation shows a frightening lack of integrity and respect. I think it shows a startling lack of ethics and common decency for Y&R to not have jumped on the phone right away to Eden and given her some information, whether it was to deny the rumors or confirm them, instead of letting her twist in the wind and respond to her fans on Twitter herself. But I think we’ve seen recently with Brian Frons with All MY Children and One Life to Live at ABC and Ken Corday with Days of Our Lives that basic common courtesy means nothing to those in a position of power in Daytime television.

I, for one, really enjoyed Eden’s Heather Stevens on Y&R. After a pretty bumpy start, the character was finally starting to settle in. The relationships with Chloe (hateful), Ronan (playful) and Paul (gentle) were finally starting to gel. The relationship between Heather and Ronan (HeRo) had started to really grow and develop before Jeff Branson departed. The hate/hate between Heather and Chloe had some wonderful snarky moments, even though Heather came to Chloe’s aid when Delia’s custody became an issue (Eden’s maternity leave coincided with this arc, thereby not allowing the relationship to play out, which I think could have led to a frenemies dynamic that could have been a lot of fun for both to play). To say the writing for the actress and character was a let-down is an understatement. We know that Eden is a wonderful actress and given the time and better writing, she could have made Heather Stevens a vital and viable part of the Genoa City landscape.

I’m disappointed and angry that Eden was let go from Y&R. First disappointed that she was released at all and second, incredibly angry that she learned of her fate in such a ridiculously crappy manner.

I plan on writing The Young and the Restless and the soap mags and expressing my displeasure of both.  I urge you to do the same.

Let TPTB at Y&R and the soap magazines that you want Eden to remain on the show!

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On May 21st of 2011, let it be known that the much-revered son of The Young and the Restless‘ Eden Riegel and Secret Circle‘s Andrew Miller finally made his debut, a true star-turn if ever there was one. Only a few days late (16, to be exact), large (8lbs 14oz., 22 inches in length) and in charge, Jack chose the predicted day of the Rapture to make his first appearance.

The happy new ‘rents made an official statement to Daytime Confidential:

“Please believe when we say that his birth has nothing whatsoever to do with the Rapture today. I swear. Our son is not the Messiah. Seriously. He’s just an average kid. Well, maybe not ‘average’ but…”

However, is it a coincidence that the Rapture didn’t take place as predicted? I think not.

 

The very first podcast of Absolute Eden, the official fan club of Eden Riegel, Emmy-award winning actress as Bianca Montgomery on All My Children and currently Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless, is up and ready for your listening pleasure!

Check it out here: http://abpod.libsyn.com/episode-1-part-1

And check back in a couple of days when part 2, yes, you read that right, PART 2! will be posted.

As reported by Ms. Riegel herself on Twitter, the Emmy-award winning actress now appearing on The Young and the Restless (Acting DA Heather Stevens), is with child. According to the tweets, she’s approximately 3 months along and enjoying all the perks of pregnancy, including crashing fatigue and projectile vomiting. (to be fair, I’m not sure about the projectile part, but she did share with us she has been “barfing” a lot)

Eden Riegel
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Wanted to share the great news: I’m pregnant!!! Baby Miller’s due in early May. No word on what he/she’s got going on down south just yet! 21 hours ago

Eden Riegel
edenriegel Eden Riegel
I’m feeling great, just getting my energy back. But if you were wondering where I’ve been, chances are I was probably napping or barfing! 21 hours ago

Looking back now, a few Y&R viewers have noted that Eden appeared to be glowing in many of her scenes recently. I don’t think it was from the lighting, either.

And I think we all can agree that Eden will, in all likelihood, be a wonderful, nurturing mother (as anyone who has met Eden’s mother can attest, she was raised right and will impart the wisdom of her mother to her child).

Having met Andrew’s parents… well, I wonder how he turned out as he did. I’m guessing he either fell on his head repeatedly, ate an entire bottle of orange-flavored children’s aspirin as a tot or spiked an incredibly high fever that no one noticed during a developmental phase. Eden has her hands full with that one…

In all seriousness, we here at Lather, Rinse, Repeat (meaning me, since I’m the only one here) want to congratulate Eden and Andrew and know that their child will enjoy a life of love and laughter and that he or she will never know a lack of talent or imagination.

Just in case you’ve been off the planet recently, the big news is that Eden Riegel, Heather Stevens of The Young and the Restless, has snagged a night time gig as a guest star on fellow ABC soap alumnus Nathan Fillion’s hit crime dramedy Castle. She’ll play Rachel Goldstein, a young woman distraught over the death of her brother, killed by an antique pistol.

Rumor has it this will be the fourth episode of the season, which begins airing new episodes on September 20th. So, by my calculations, Eden’s episode should air on October 4th.

I’m very excited to see Eden on this show as Castle is one of my favorite prime time shows. It’s witty, well-acted and features the most charismatic lead on television today in Nathan Fillion. The ensemble cast plays well together and it’s really just a fun hour of television. Plus, it isn’t a reality show featuring any number of people who think they’re celebrities but surely aren’t.

It’s also great to see Eden getting guest starring roles in Prime Time, a place she surely deserves to be.

Castle, Monday nights on ABC, 10 pm, 9 Central

Update: Eden’s episode of Castle will reportedly air on October 11th

The nominees for the Daytime Emmy’s were announced on May 14th and true soap fans must be shaking their heads in wonder. Or are speechless… Or dumbfounded… Or all of the above…

Somehow, beyond all the laws of nature, All My Children leads the way with 19 nominations. Let me repeat, ALL MY CHILDREN GOT 19 NOMINATIONS!!!! One year removed from one (one, singular, individual, solitary, ONE) nomination (David Canary as Adam Chandler – currently being forced out by TIIC), they managed to rake in 19 nominations!!!

WTF?!?! NINETEEN NOMINATIONS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Are you serious?!?! You cannot be serious!! That’s… that’s mind-boggling!! The show that was made fun of, turned into a punch-line, became an utter laughingstock to a huge cross-section of viewers, got 19 nominations?!?!? I’d like to know what compromising photos Charles Pratt has of the judging committee to sway the vote like this.

Now, granted there were acting noms that were much deserved. Thorsten Kaye (again), Debbie Morgan (YAY!), Melissa Claire Egan (first time), Alicia Minshew (finally!) all transcended the material they were given to earn their nominations. Angie’s return and her discovering Jesse alive after 20 years was fantastic work. And Alicia, finally recognized after many deserving years, snagged her first ever nomination. Melissa Egan’s CrazyAnnie was worth the price of admission (except, of course, the day she leapt off Ryan’s penthouse balcony and landed without a scratch several floors below, but… that was the writing, not the acting).

However, I seriously take exception to All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful receiving nominations as Best Daytime Drama. AMC, if nothing else, deserves an award for Best Example of How to Destroy a Once Incredibly Popular Soap with Nothing More Than Amazingly Bad Writing. (I bet that wouldn’t fit on the trophy, but, you never know, it has a pretty big base). The Bold and the Beautiful is good soap, but no where near on par with The Young and the Restless or even One Life to Live’s level this year.

All My Children, once one of the strongest shows on daytime, has been reduced to mindless hackery. Charles Pratt has taken the show to the very depths of ghoulishness with his unbelievably high body count in a relatively short time-span:  Zach shooting Josh in the head in order to harvest his heart, Annie clubbing brother Richie like a baby seal to save her marriage (oops), Babe getting impaled during a tornado, Greenlee flying off a cliff on a motorcycle, Di Henry being shot and killed by CrazyAnnie during her plot to save her marriage (again, oops). (have I missed anyone? They came fast and furious at one point)  There was the waste of veteran/returning characters (and big names with big-time talent) to pimp new characters that utterly failed (*coughRebecca-Jesse’s-long-lost-wife-when-everyone-thought-he-was-dead-and-her-daughter-and-the-one-hooker-we-couldn’t-care-less-about-Randicough*), the force-feeding of the re-pairing of Ryan and Greenlee, which effectively ended Rebecca Budig’s return, which, oh, yeah, was botched by ABC/AMC. Toss in some cool effects, some plots with holes the size of the one in the ozone layer, plot-driven, soulless storytelling, and that was All My Children in 2008.

And yet, somehow, THEY GOT A WRITING NOMINATION!!!!!!! Charles Pratt got an Emmy nomination for the ridiculously HORRIBLE writing he cranked out in 2008. REALLY? REALLY?!?!?!

The man who actually blamed an Emmy Award winning actress for HIS inadequacies was nominated for Best Writing. This is the man who so completely decimated what should have been the most intriguing storyline on television, daytime or nighttime, was nominated for a writing award… Again, was it the headshot to Josh? Annie’s leap of faith and tire-ironing? Ryan and Greenlee rutting like pigs at every turn? I am utterly mystified how this drivel is worthy even of consideration, let alone an actual nomination.

If anything, Esensten and Brown deserve the nomination without Pratt’s name being tacked on to cheapen it. They did the work that resonated last year with Angie and Jesse’s return, among other things. They had started turning the show around when Brian Frons inexplicably fired them and brought on his buddy, Charles Pratt. And the impact was felt immediately in declining quality. Attaching Pratt’s name to this makes the category irrelevant and a farce.

Like toddlers with no sense of actual value, it’s obvious the judges are swayed by a shiny trinket from a gumball machine. The fancy effects of CGI outweigh the quality of the writing, pacing and continuity.

And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE Alicia Minshew, and she is incredibly deserving of her nomination, but there was an indescribably better heart transplant story on daytime last year, involving Crystal Chappell’s fantastic Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light. Like Minshew’s Kendall, Olivia also received the heart of a loved one. Yet Olivia’s story ripped out viewers hearts with her despondency upon learning of Gus Aitoro’s death and the fact that his heart beat now in her chest. How she woke asking for Gus, how Reva broke the news of his death and the gift of his heart from his widow Natalia Rivera. How she gave up her will to live, crying out that she didn’t want to live if Gus was dead. On a daily basis, you watched Crystal Chappell with a lump in your throat, unable to swallow it down with every scene that played out. In this instance, Guiding Light outshone AMC and Crystal Chappell again acted circles around the best daytime has to offer.

(Let me add that I seriously doubt Alicia Minshew’s Emmy submission material was the heart transplant storyline, since she was lying in a bed during that time, pretending to be in a coma. She was, however, an incredibly realistic coma patient)

There is one, possibly two, names on the list for Best Supporting Actress that should have been switched out with Crystal’s. She is undoubtedly one of the best actresses working in daytime television and her name absent from this list is really a travesty. She’ll get hers in 2009 for the work she’s done in recent months. If not, then there’s something seriously rotten in Denmark.

I’ll give AMC the technical award nominations, though. Well deserved, I’m sure.

Here’s hoping OLTL sweeps every category they’re nominated in with AMC…

Deserving Nominees include Susan Haskell, who transcended the repugnant rape-mance storyline on OLTL. She always does top-notch work. Daniel C0sgrove, as GL’s Bill Lewis, also delivers quality work on a daily basis and Jeanne Cooper, the Grande Dame of Daytime, still impresses and had a fantastically  meaty storyline last year.

I would replace Anthony Geary with Darnell Williams. Darnell’s turn as newly-back-from-the-dead Jesse Hubbard was tortured as he still fought to keep his family safe. Plus the respect to the history of the character by the writers made his portrayal even better.

Gina Tognoni, Kim Zimmer, Crystall Chappell, all names that could, and probably should, be on this list. I like Bree Williamson, I just don’t think her turn as crazy Tessica is Emmy-worthy, even with the work she did during Nash’s death.

I think Tamara Braun’s Ava from DOOL was a loony-tune… which means of the 5 nominees in the Best Supporting Actress Category, 3 characters were mentally unbalanced last year… Lack of originality much, Academy voters?

Congratulations, however, are in order for the brilliant minds behind Imaginary Bitches, which snagged a nomination in the New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment category opposite fellow You Tube series I Met The Walrus. TAC. TV, The New York Times Magazine Screen Tests and All My Children are also nominated. (Um, AMC? WTF?!?!) Of course, if they walk off with the trophy, it will be all Eden Riegel’s fault. (And watching Eden win an Emmy over AMC would be sweet vindication)

The Daytime Emmy’s will air on August 30, 2009 on the CW.

Best of luck to the many deserving nominees… Charles Pratt, on the other hand, can suck it.

As reported by Soaps in Depth Magazine, TPTB at The Young and the Restless have realized a good thing when they have one and signed Elizabeth Hendrickson (Fashionista Chloe Mitchell with a decidedly blunt and prickly personality ) to a one-year contract, bumping her up from recurring status. Chloe, as you may recall, showed up on the scene at Jabot after Lily won the Fresh Faces of Jabot contest, hired by Jill Abbot to turn the neophyte into a full-fledged model. And possibly to come between the teenager and Cane. I don’t think the former ever came to pass, but look out big time for the latter!

With Liz now on contract status, here’s hoping the writers give Chloe a great backstory and let her loose on the good people of Genoa City. Especially now that Y&R has hired a new headwriter and he has a pretty clean slate in Chloe to work with. Watching Liz sink her teeth into this intricate and interesting character has been great fun. I, for one, am looking forward to watching Chloe grow.

Big time congrats to Liz on this great news!

Liz Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell