DC INTERVIEW: Young and Restless Grad Lauralee Bell Chats Up Return of Her Funny Web Series Just Off Rodeo


The Young and The Restless alum Lauralee Bell (Christine "Cricket" Blair) has transitioned from her days portraying one of soap opera's most angsty characters, to building her own webisodic TV empire with husband Scott Martin. With comedies Family Dinner and Just Off Rodeo—the latter of which just returned with a hilarious, smart, sassy third installment—Bell is doing her family name proud.

I recently caught up with the former soap starlet to dish the actress making the move to writing, directing and producing her own content. Does she hope to one day see Just Off Rodeo on TV, or does she prefer the web model? I also found out what the beautiful and talented Hollywood royal thinks her father, the late William Bell (creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful with her mother Lee Phillip Bell), would have to say about the current state of the daytime soap opera and TV on the World Wide Web.

Daytime Confidential: Just Off Rodeo is back with its third episode. Will the series be airing more new installments in the future?

Lauralee Bell: It's certainly our intention to air more episodes of Just Off Rodeo. We are already discussing bringing on another character that was in my initial concept 10 plus years ago and of course, continue with the surprises of what will be our next few chosen items for purchase.

DC: The show is really funny, hip and well shot. It looks like a primetime series. How did you circumvent the sound and camera issues that tend to plague so many web series?

LB: Scott and I have a great crew around us who are always on top of the new technology. David Gil brought to our attention these fabulous cameras that are the size of a camera you'd use at your child's graduation. It's amazing to me, after the years on Y&R with our massive ones. The clarity is remarkable and I can't get over, with each episode, how clear and primetime TV these [webisodes] look. Having our episode filled with the color of Cat's wig and our merchandise really made this episode pop.

Rick Springfield, Jordin Sparks, Shirley Jones and More in Lauralee Bell’s Quirky, Funny Family Dinner

Okay, full disclosure. I didn't like the first episode of Lauralee Bell's webcom Family Dinner when it premiered, so I didn't keep watching. Looks like that was a big mistake on my part, because the Funny or Die series has gotten a lot funnier! In the latest installment, Shirley Jones guests as a "musical therapist" resulting in the whacked out family members having some goofy-yet-humorous fantasies featuring their fave singers. Who knew Cricket Blair could be funny?