THE 10 BIGGEST STORIES OF 2018!
THE 10 BIGGEST STORIES OF 2018!
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.