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ChuckPratt.jpg Given the fact that Y&R is the No. 1 soap in daytime — and has been in that spot for decades — it's not surprising that the decision to hire Charles Pratt Jr. six months ago as Y&R's executive producer/headwriter came with a lot of scrutiny. And some negativity.

"Right away when I came in, I got the usual hate stuff," admits the scribe. "For a second, it kind of affects you! People don't realize it, but they're attacking my confidence. And if I start doubting myself on day four, we're in real trouble! The viewers that have watched Y&R every day for years are entitled to a strong opinion, but I don't like the personal stuff about other shows. Quite frankly it [ticks] me off. This shouldn't be about other shows, it's about this show. And if I do a good job, and please [the fans], ratings will go up. If I don't do a good job, I won't be doing the job long."

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CBS Files Motion To Dismiss Victoria Rowell's Lawsuit

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The real-life drama between former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) and CBS/Sony Pictures Television took a new twist this week! CBS and Sony have filed a motion to dismiss Rowell's lawsuit, in which she claims that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her public complains about the lack of diversity at the soap, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in legal papers filed earlier this week, the defendants asked the court to dismiss the case, citing their initial contention that casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment -- and that Rowell never actually applied for or auditioned for a Y&R role after exiting the show in 2007. Instead, "she asked Defendants on several occasions if they would create a new position that she played, Drucilla Winters, back into the Y&R story line. Specifically, Plaintiff wanted Defendants to create a story line for Drucilla Winters, and to cast Plaintiff in the role. Defendants never agreed to do so." CBS and Sony also point out that there's no requirement under the Fair Employment and Housing Act that employers should create new positions when asked.

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Y&R's Rikaart Marries!

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Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Greg Rikaart (Kevin), who married his partner, television writer Robert Sudduth! The actor announced the nuptials by posting a photo of the breathtaking beachside ceremony on Twitter and saying "Holy matrimony." You can see the photo for yourself by clicking here, and join us in wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness!

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ATWT's Beck Is On THE BLACKLIST!

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Look for AS THE WORLD TURNS' Noelle Beck (Lily) guest starring in tonight's episode of THE BLACKLIST. In the episode titled "Karakurt," the FBI track a dangerous Russian assassin named Karakurt. It airs at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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GL Star Visits GC!

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As previously reported, Lindsey McKeon (Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) will appear on THE YOUNG & THE RETLESS for two episodes starting Thursday, May 7, as Felicity.

"She's confident, definitely a strong female character who is supportive in an odd way," McKeon cryptically previews of her Y&R role. "It's been fun for me to come back to daytime to play this character."

McKeon had blonde hair when she played Marah, but these days she's sporting a darker mane. "It was fun being blonde when I was young but then there were roles I'd audition for that didn't feel like me because they'd lean more towards being ditzy," she candidly shares. "I definitely prefer more serious, dark [parts]. There's a lightness and naiveté towards blondes. This [darker hair] feels more like me. It's wonderful."

Though the pace of shooting soaps has quickened since her days in Springfield, the Emmy-nominated actress says that her time on GL was invaluable when it came to doing this latest role. "I think because I'd been on [GL] I was able to get back into the flow," she says. "Daytime is its own machine and, thankfully, I can fit into it."

McKeon admits she's open for reprising Felicity, but, currently, the actress is waiting to hear if the primetime pilot CODE BLACK, in which she has a role will be picked up for series by CBS. "It's set in an LA County hospital.," she says of the drama which stars Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden. "There was a documentary done on this and now there's a [scripted series] based on the documentary."

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Meet Maya's Pal, Nick!

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Scott Turner Schofield debuts on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Friday, May 8, as Maya's transgender friend, Nick, and he'll continue to recur on the show in the weeks to come.

An activist, playwright and public speaker who has toured the country sharing his own story as a transgender individual, Schofield says the soap role answered a request he'd recently made of the universe. "I knew I wanted to make a career change [and focus on acting], so I asked for abundance," he explains. "I said, 'Let this change be big. I want to be an artist, but I want so many more people to be affected by that.' And, um, I got it! I got one of the biggest audiences on earth!"

Though Schofield has performed to crowds of more than 1,200 people - and reached many more viewers online as a prestigious TED speaker - the actor tells Soaps In Depth he was shaking like a leaf during his B&B audition. "I had the jitters, to say the least," he says. "I left the meeting and thought, 'I blew that, man.' When they later called to offer me the role, my legs lost all functionality. I literally fell to my knees!"

Fortunately, Schofield says his nerves were instantly allayed on his first day of taping when he met Karla Mosley (Maya). "It turns out, we have a very close friend in common, and that put me right at ease," he says. "I knew we were going to be friends from that moment. Right before our first take, I took her hand and said, 'You're participating in my dream coming true.'"

While transgender characters are becoming more prevalent in the entertainment industry, they've predominantly been portrayed by cisgender (that is, not transgender) actors. "It's been one of the transgender community's biggest beefs," says Schofield, noting examples like Jared Leto's character in Dallas Buyer's Club and Felicity Huffman's portrayal in Transamerica. "While I will say those actors have done an astounding job, it's also like, 'Why can't we get a job?'" It's one of the reasons the actor can't say enough about B&B's decision to give him this opportunity. "It's a step forward, one I hope all production companies will take," he says. "There are a lot of us out here that can do great things and are available!"

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Watch The Emmys On-line!

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Did you miss watching the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards when they aired live on Pop because your cable carrier doesn't offer the channel? Then this is good news for you! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has uploaded the telecast to the Official Emmy YouTube channel! You can view it at your leisure here. (And if you did get to watch the ceremony on April 26, and just want to see it again, your secret is safe with us!)

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Soap Vet Is Y&R's Angel

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Daytime vet Frank Runyeon is returning to soaps! TV Insider is reporting that the actor will be appearing as Angel (who is also a literal angel!) on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

Runyeon hit it big in the 80s as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Steve, who alongside Meg Ryan's Betsy, was half of one of the soap's biggest supercouples at the time. He also played Michael on SANTA BARBARA, and even had small roles on GENERAL HOSPITAL, ANOTHER WORLD and ALL MY CHILDREN.

Y&R is remaining mum as to exactly why an angel will be visiting Genoa City, but you can expect to see Runyeon's Angel make his debut on Thursday, May 28, with another appearance on Tuesday, June 2. Who do you think will be visited by an angel? Sound off in the comments!

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Jack Wagner Visits HOME & FAMILY

Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) appeared on the Hallmark talk show HOME & FAMILY on Friday, May 1, to talk about his primetime series WHEN CALLS THE HEART which just premiered its second season last weekend. You can catch WHEN CALLS THE HEART Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, and you can watch HOME & FAMILY weekdays at 10:00 a.m. ET on the same network!

And if you missed Wagner's appearance, you can watch his segment above!

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Spice Girl

MishaelMorgan.jpg Y&R's Mishael Morgan says that her alter ego, Hilary, has always led a dual life, so to speak (presenting a public face that was different than her personal side.) However, it was a lot more confusing to her to play the vixen when she first came on, because Y&R refused to tell her anything about her character's background!

"I was completely blind!" laughs the actress. "I tried to get some stuff out of them, but they never told me anything. But my mother and sisters watched Y&R diligently, and they were like, 'I think you're Rose's daughter!' I jumped into the deep-end of that storyline, and made a choice that I was probably Rose's daughter and I was probably in town for revenge!"

Soaps In Depth caught up with the beauty to talk about the highs and lows of portraying such a complex character. Pick up the magazine for the interview!

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