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The Young and the Restless-related news from 2008

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Tammin Sursok
January 2008
Y&R star shows off unnamed boyfriend
The Young and the Restless star Tammin Sursok is ending a two-week vacation in Australia, a break that allowed her to introduce her family and friends to the new man in her life. Sursok, who joined Y&R as Colleen in July 2007, is also actively working in feature films.
Heather Tom
January 2008
Heather Tom inks new B&B deal
Heather Tom has inked a deal that will significantly extend her stay on The Bold and the Beautiful. The actress joined the show last year in a role that was supposed to come to an end after six months. Now, the former One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless star and the show have come to terms on a new multi-year contract.
January 2008
Y&R's youngest striking writer stands strong
The Young and the Restless is again the focus of the current Writer's Guild of America strike. The show's youngest writer is talking publicly about the challenges being faced by writers during the strike. The WGA strike recently entered its third month.
Chris Engen
January 2008
A much older Victor Jr. returns to Genoa City
An "aged" Victor Newman, Jr., will be returning home to Genoa City next month. Now in his 20s, Victor Jr. was only a toddler when last seen on-screen. Newcomer Chris Engen has landed the contract role.
Pat Benatar
January 2008
Pat Benatar gives Y&R her "Best Shot"
Rocker Pat Benatar is headed to Genoa City to perform at Indigo. While she is in town, Benatar will also try to help one of the townspeople overcome her stagefright. The episodes will air in time for Valentine's Day.
Lynn Marie Latham
February 2008
Latham ousted amid Y&R writing team shake up
Though CBS has yet to comment, Soap Central has learned that Lynn Marie Latham has been stripped of her executive producer and head writer roles at The Young and the Restless. The ouster has been rumored for several weeks.
February 2008
Emmy pre-screening nominations announced
The pre-nominations for this year's Daytime Emmys have now been announced. From this list will come this year's winners. In a rule change, shows may now have up to three nominees in any given category.
Michael Damian
March 2008
Y&R planning comebacks and crossovers
In an effort to appease fans turned off by recent lackluster storylines, The Young and the Restless is set to revisit some its past and reintroduce some familiar faces. The show is planning to bring back at least three former stars and continue its crossovers with sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful.
Victoria Rowell
March 2008
Victoria Rowell "open" to Y&R return
Outspoken actress Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) may be headed back to The Young and the Restless alter this year. The CBS soap has reached out to the actress to see if she's interested in a possible return -- but a rival soap is also reported to be interested in signing Rowell. Rowell appeared on Y&R for 17 years.
March 2008
Y&R tallies 1,000 weeks as #1 soap
The Young and the Restless will move into its 35th year later this month with an impressive accomplishment: nearly 20 years atop the Nielsen ratings. The show plans to celebrate its milestones on-screen.
Lauralee Bell
March 2008
Bell issues mother of all Y&R refusals
Plans to have Christine Williams return to Genoa City have been scrapped. Actress Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams) turned down requests to return to the show on a short-term basis. Nixing the return meant saying no to her mom and sister-in-law. Bell hasn't appeared on Y&R in nearly two years.
Eric Braeden
March 2008
Braeden says he nearly left Y&R during Latham's reign
Fans who were unhappy with Y&R's direction in 2007 are not alone. Emmy winner Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) admits to nearly walking away from the show. The actor says he was unhappy with what was done to his character and other veteran performers.
April 2008
Y&R's conservation efforts win award
The number one soap for over 1,000 consecutive weeks, The Young and the Restless is used to winning awards and breaking records. This year, however, the CBS soap receives an honor for something very different -- promoting conservation of historic buildings.
Julie Pinson
April 2008
Julie Pinson heads East to ATWT
Julie Pinson, a veteran of West Coast soaps Port Charles, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless, is headed to New York. The actress has landed a recurring role on As the World Turns. Pinson will be reunited with two co-stars, one of whom she will share a romantic past. Pinson debuts in May.
Joshua Morrow
April 2008
Morrow, wife welcome third child
Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) and his wife, Tobe, are in for a few more years of restless nights. The couple welcomed their third child earlier this week. Like his two siblings before him, the latest Morrow will also have "CJ" as a possible nickname.
Tammin Sursok
May 2008
Sursok out as Leon return rumors surface
Tammin Sursok (Colleen Carlton) has exited The Young and the Restless. Her exit from the show is prompting some to speculate that the role of Colleen will be recast -- or "un-recast." Others are whispering that the actress' exit may bring about the exit of another newcomer.
Finola Hughes
June 2008
Hughes ditches Y&R for "big" storyline on GH
Finola Hughes is joining the cast of The Young and the Res--- oh, no she isn't. After having agreed to appear in a four-episode story arc on CBS's The Young and the Restless, Hughes has graciously bowed out at the request of ABC executives. Y&R is reportedly fuming, though there is no word of any legal action by the show.
Elizabeth Hendrickson
June 2008
Soap stars join together in new online series
Emmy winner Eden Riegel has teamed up with her husband ande friends, which include two Y&R stars, to put together a new online web series. The series, called Imaginary Bitches, takes a look at those inner voices that are inside every one of us telling us things that we may or may not want to hear. More than a million people have already tuned in to see Riegel's new project.
Little Richard
June 2008
Little Richard set to marry Y&R's Gloria and Jeffrey
A whop bop-a-loo bop a whop bam boo! Little Richard is set to make a special guest appearance on The Young and the Restless later this month. In scenes that will take a slightly comedic twist, the rock-n-roll singer presides over the nuptials of two Genoa City residents.
Vincent Irizarry
June 2008
Irizarry ends 18-month "short term" Y&R gig
A year-and-half into his "short-term" role on The Young and the Restless, Vincent Irizarry (David Chow) is exiting the top-rated CBS soap. Irizarry has appeared on Guiding Light and All My Children prior to his Y&R stint. A final airdate has not yet been announced.
Eva Marcille
June 2008
Eva the Diva joins Y&R, but is she a homewrecker?
Former Top Model winner Eva Pigford has changed her name and moved from reality television drama to dramatic daytime television. Now known as Eva Marcille, the actress talked to soapcentral.com at this year's Daytime Emmys and shed a little light on the differences between being a top model and a ... homewrecker?
Kay Alden
July 2008
Kay Alden promoted to co-head writer at B&B
Veteran soap opera writer Kay Alden has been promoted to the position of co-head writer with The Bold and the Beautiful. Alden has been part of the B&B writing team since 2007. Prior to that she spent more than three decades as a member of the writing team of The Young and the Restless.
Vincent Irizarry
August 2008
David Hayward will once again be making Pine Valley house calls
Be careful around the punch bowl, All My Children fans. An All My Children spokesperson has confirmed that Emmy-nominated soap vet Vincent Irizarry will reprise the role of David Hayward later this year. The news comes only a short time after Irizarry was let go by The Young and the Restless. Prior to his eight-year run on AMC, Irizarry appeared as twins on Guiding Light.
August 2008
Y&R EP Griffith has not been fired -- or has he?
While investigations continue at Days of our Lives into whether or not various scripts were rewritten by someone other than the show's head writer, The Young and the Restless appears to have dodged a similar fate. Executive producer Josh Griffith has been accused of overstepping his authority. Griffith reportedly immediately stopped the questionable actions. His future at Y&R is in question.
Eva Marcille
August 2008
Eva Marcille to exit The Young and the Restless
Former Top Model winner Eva Marcille will exit Genoa City this week. The model-turned-actress told soapcentral.com earlier this year about her plans for her Y&R role, but many never materialized. Fear not, though, Marcille will be back on Y&R in the near future.
Eileen Davidson
August 2008
Eileen Davidson returns full-time to The Young and the Restless
Ashley Abbott is coming home to Genoa City -- and it's not just for the holidays.Emmy-nominated Eileen Davidson returns to Y&R on a full-time basis at the end of September. Davidson originated the role of Ashley in 1982. For the past year-and-a-half she has appeared on the Y&R spinoff, The Bold and the Beautiful.
Eyal Podell
September 2008
Eyal Podell dropped to recurring status
The Young and the Restless has trimmed Eyal Podell from its cast. The actor, who took on the role of Adrian two years ago, has seen his airtime dwindle in recent weeks. It's unclear if fans will ever see him again.
Rick Hearst
September 2008
Rick Hearst signs a new GH contract
For the past three months, Emmy winner Rick Hearst's (ex-Matt Clark, Y&R) status with General Hospital has been very much in doubt. In fact, the actor himself questioned whether or not he had a future with the show. As the end of Hearst's contract grew nearer, some wondered if he might reprise one of his old soap roles.
Jeanne Cooper
October 2008
Checking in with Y&R Emmy winner Jeanne Cooper
What does a nearly 80-year-old actress do after winning both a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy? Pornography, of course. The Young and the Restless' Jeanne Cooper tackles the role of a former porn star in a motion picture comedy written by her son, Corbin Bernsen. There are also big plans for her on Y&R, as well.
Tonya Lee Williams
October 2008
Tonya Lee Williams set for Y&R return
Image Award-winning actress Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia Winters) returns to The Young and the Restless this month. The actress and show execs were able to reach a deal that will allow Williams to appear on the CBS soap without a contract. It's been three years since Williams exited the show.
David Lago
November 2008
Report: David Lago edges out other actors for role of GH's Dante
Emmy winner David Lago is reportedly joining the cast of General Hospital in the weeks ahead. The former star of The Young and the Restless is said to have landed the role of Dante, Sonny's son with Olivia. Former Guiding Light star Tom Pelphrey was also rumored to have been a candidate for the part. A GH spokesperson had no comment.
Erin Sanders
November 2008
Sanders ousted as Y&R recasts Eden
It's the end of the line for newcomer Erin Sanders (Eden Baldwin). The actress, who has been the subject of several recent high-profile interviews, has been let go by The Young and the Restless. The top-rated CBS soap has already announced the name of another young actress who will take over the role.
Don Diamont
December 2008
Don Diamont ousted after more than 20 years with Y&
Long-time Y&R vet, Don Diamont, has been let go. The decision to axe the 20-plus-year veteran was said to be motivated by the show's bottom line. Like many soaps, The Young and the Restless is having to make cuts to stay afloat in these difficult economic times. A show spokesperson would not confirm when fans will last see the actor.

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