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In just a few days, a new year will be­gin, and with it, a host of new dra­mas, both on screen and off, for THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES. So be­fore the cy­cle be­gins anew, let’s look back once more at the shock­ing plot points, sur­pris­ing re­casts and stun­ning scan­dals that made 2018 so mem­o­rable.

10.For the first time in years, not one of the soaps went through a big regime change back­stage. Al­though for­mer ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and head­writer Josh Grif­fith did re­turn to Y&R (five years af­ter ex­it­ing due to “cre­ative dif­fer­ences”), it was as a mem­ber of the pro­duc­ing team, leav­ing British im­port Mal Young firmly rooted in his spot as the soap’s top exec and top scribe.

9.You coulda knocked us over with a feather when B&B re­vealed the iden­tity of Bill’s shooter: Hunter Tylo’s sud­denly-un­hinged Tay­lor! What con­vinced the ac­tress to re­turn? The story “just sounded fun,” she said. “I had to make Tay­lor a dif­fer­ent per­son tem­po­rar­ily, some­one who had ob­vi­ously had a melt­down be­hind the scenes.”

8.“To­day the role of soand- so will be played by… ” be­came al­most an ev­ery­day an­nounce­ment on DAYS, what with Stacy Haiduk (exPatty/emily, Y&R) re­plac­ing Eileen David­son (ex-ash­ley, Y&R) as vixen Kris­ten and kooky looka­like Su­san; Kate Mansi re­plac­ing her own re­cast, Marci Miller, as Abi­gail; and Bran­don Barash (ex-johnny, GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL) step­ping in for Tyler Christo­pher as Ste­fan.

7.It seemed like El­iz­a­beth Hen­drick­son and Greg Rikaart had no sooner left Y& R as Chloe and Kevin than they’d been picked up by other soaps. Now, she’s front and cen­ter on GH as D.A. Mar­gaux, and he’s schem­ing up a storm as DAYS’ Leo — with, as an added bonus, Y&R mom Ju­dith Chap­man (Glo­ria) ex­pected to soon come on board as his new char­ac­ter’s mom!

6.Break­ing up is hard to do… for fans, any­way. But both B& B and DAYS man­aged to sep­a­rate pop­u­lar cou­ples by keep­ing on con­tract one half — Karla Mosley’s Maya on B&B, Mary Beth Evans’ Kayla on DAYS — and drop­ping the other — Ja­cob Young, now re­cur­ring as B&B’S Rick (though he hasn’t been on air since late May), and Stephen Ni­chols, who’s off DAYS al­to­gether as Steve.

5.“Easy come, easy go!” al­most be­came the motto of the Day­time Em­mys. Af­ter Pa­trika Darbo (Shirley, B&B) had the award that she won for her guest work on THE BAY taken back due to a cat­e­gory vi­o­la­tion, run­ner-up Jen­nifer Bassey (Mar­ian, ALL MY CHIL­DREN) was also deemed in­el­i­gi­ble be­cause of a dif­fer­ent cat­e­gory vi­o­la­tion. Fi­nally, the net­work soaps threat­ened to boy­cott, and the Na­tional Academy Of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sciences over­hauled its rules.

4.Much like when Y&R’S Brooks clan was ush­ered out of the spot­light and re­placed by the Ab­botts back in the day, Ar­turo paved the way for the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ros­ales fam­ily. “I have been on the other side on other shows,” says Emmy win­ner Jordi Vi­la­suso, who plays big brother Rey, “and this is so much bet­ter! [As Dario on DAYS], they wrote me as a petty thief [where] I was ser­vic­ing other sto­ry­lines. With this one, they are push­ing the Ros­ales fam­ily as a sto­ry­line, which is such a gift!”

3.Y&R cel­e­brated its 45th an­niver­sary by bring­ing back to the can­vas — at least briefly — such pop­u­lar past cast mem­bers as Jan­ice Lynde (Les­lie), Jaime Lyn Bauer (Lorie), Meg Ben­nett (Ju­lia), David Scott Lago (Raul), Lau­ren Wood­land (Brit­tany) and Kelly Kruger (Macken­zie).

2.Y&R’S line-up of lead­ing ladies got a whole lot smaller over the past 12 months. Not only did Chris­tel Khalil (Lily) elect to go off con­tract, but front­burner main­stays Mishael Mor­gan (ex-hi­lary) and Melissa Claire Egan (ex-chelsea) ex­ited stage left, only to be fol­lowed out the door by Emmy win­ner Eileen David­son (ex-ash­ley).

1.Af­ter four decades in Genoa City, Doug David­son (Paul) was taken off con­tract, and has not been seen since Septem­ber. (Al­though Paul is, ap­par­ently, still the chief of po­lice.) In an an­nounce­ment that stunned and sad­dened his loyal fans, David­son shared in a se­ries of tweets that the soap was “go­ing in an­other di­rec­tion,” one in which he was “not in­cluded.” None­the­less, he called his 40-year stint “a great run.”

B&B’S Tay­lor was lit­er­ally gun­ning for Bill.

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