"The Bold and the Beautiful" had an "art imitates life" moment this week. Bill, the character portrayed by Don Diamont, lays into an intern who brought him a sandwich that was covered in mayonnaise, which he hates. It gave me deja vu. Diamont, who is now a very good guy, had some not-so-good moments when he was a young actor. We were doing a soap show in Los Angeles. It was 110 degrees in the shade. There was a trailer filled with any type of food anyone could want.
But not Diamont. He wanted a hamburger. A public-relations assistant was sent to get one. Not only was it hot; the hamburger stand was way at the other end of Universal Studios, where the event was held. It took the guy 45 minutes to bring the burger. It looked as if he sweated off 10 pounds during the assignment. Diamont unwrapped the burger. It did not have a desired condiment on it. The actor was so unhappy with the burger that he threw it in the trash. That is so Bill Spencer. And so not Don Diamont these days.
"General Hospital" star Bryan Craig (Morgan) took to social media to tell his fans that he asked the show to let him out of his contract, which was slated to end next year.
"It's been an amazing journey, but I feel like the time is right for me to say goodbye to General Hospital and Morgan Corinthos. This was not an easy decision and I am extremely grateful to ABC, (executive producer) Frank Valentini and the entire GH cast and crew for the opportunity and their unyielding support. To the wonderful fans who have embraced and loved Morgan as one of their own, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
The folks at "GH" said they were not going to recast. A casting call went out for a character that sounds a lot like Morgan: "20 to 25 years old, Caucasian male. He is brooding and intense. He is complicated and troubled. Underneath his edge he is a soulful young man trying to figure things out."
Sad news for "The Young and the Restless" fans. Great news for Justin Hartley (ex-Adam) His NBC prime-time TV show, "This Is Us," is the best show of the season; it has "long run" written all over it. The show is so good I will not give anything away if you have not watched. If you have, keep it to yourself. The cast was sworn to secrecy. Mandy Moore told the folks at the "Today" show the whole cast bonded over the secret.
Over at "The Young and the Restless" it appears everything old is new again. Kay Alden, who started as a scriptwriter in 1973 and assumed the position of head writer in 1998 when co-creator William J. Bell retired, has returned.
"Welcoming Kay back to The Young and the Restless, joining Sally Sussman and Mal Young, continues our commitment to telling the most powerful stories while honoring the legacy of daytime's number one drama," says CBS Daytime Executive Vice President Angelica McDaniel.
Rumor has it that some actors on the set are nervous, The show has a new executive producer in Mal Young and Sally Sussman as its new head writer. If you have a favorite "Y&R" actor or character, let the show know via social media. They do pay attention. Hopefully, Michael E. Knight will return as Simon. Busybody Ashley needs a boyfriend and "Y&R" needs a quirky character played by a great actor. Knight and Neville fill the bill.
To find out more about Lynda Hirsch and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.