It's no secret Cady McClain (ex-Dixie) was a staunch supporter of Prospect Park's efforts to bring back All My Children and sister show One Life to Live. In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan, The Young and the Restless transplant recalls the experience of enduring AMC's second cancellation. Here's an excerpt:
TV Guide Magazine: Are you still stinging from the failure of Prospect Park's reboot of AMC?
McClain: When you watch a beloved show come to an end and see the toll it takes on everyone with the production and the fans who have loved and supported it, it's like the death of an entire family. The experience with Prospect Park was nightmarish and heartbreaking. I was a big supporter of the show and what they tried to do with it online, but the powers that be who held the purse strings did not have their plan in place. It was all rather sad. [Laughs] Now there is nothing to bitch about! I'm, like, "You people at Y&R don't even know how bad it can get!" Every time I drive on the lot at CBS, I say a big prayer of thanks and gratitude. I hate to say it — and I would never wish those soaps to have been cancelled ever — but the gift of that loss is that it put a hot fire under everybody's ass. The surviving shows got their s--t together and everybody — actors, writers, producers — stopped taking their jobs for granted and worked a lot harder to make the most of the opportunity. It also made the networks realize how much these shows mean to the public.
All My Children superstar Cady McClain first airs as Kelly on The Young and the Restless this week. Meanwhile, The Bold and the Beautiful's Rick (Jacob Young) and Caroline (Linsey Godfrey) arrive in Genoa City for the fashion show. Watch this week's Y&R promo after the jump!
About a year and a half ago, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton) came to Genoa City to reunite with his former love, Avery (Jessica Collins) on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless. Little did he know, he would also meet his biological mother and a psycho father!
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, has been Dylan's war buddy Ben "Stitch" Rayburn (Sean Carrigan) evolving from a sounding board to a leading man in his own right. At the show’s 41st anniversary celebration, Burton and Carrigan revealed the secret to their onscreen chemistry, why Dylan and Avery’s happiness will be shortlived and what's up with Stitch and Dylan's new sis Victoria (Amelia Heinle).
“My first day on set he [Burton] came to me and was like, ‘Hey man. You’re playing Stitch, We’re war buddies. Let’s get to know each other.’ And the rest is history," said Carrigan of how he and the soap superstar first bonded. "He’s been amazing from the first day I started, and that’s why I’m still here on the show.” READ MORE
For 25 of The Young and the Restless' 41 years, Peter Bergman has played the irrepressible Jack Abbott. Over the years, Jack has romanced dozens of women, repeatedly fought to preserve his family’s company and has been the yin to ruthless corporate raider Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) yang.
At the recent celebration for the soap's anniversary, Bergman revealed which woman he thinks could help Jack move on from Phyllis, why he hopes Jack doesn’t learn Summer isn't his child and his hopes for Jack and Victor’s rivalry.
Daytime Confidential: Forty-one is not normally a big anniversary year, but this was a big year at Y&R.
Peter Bergman: I’ve had a lot of cake in this building. We like to celebrate. I love fresh starts and we just had a fresh one. READ MORE
Former All My Children icon Cady McClain had her first day at The Young and the Restless. In a blog post on her site CadyMcClain.com shares how she was welcomed by her new co-stars, including AMC alum and long-time Y&R star Peter Bergman.
Suddenly, Peter Bergman flew into the dressing room and said, “Cady McClain!” swooping in to give me two big smooches! (Friendly ones, of course!) It was SO nice to see him after all these years… I think the last time was in 2004, when I was in Los Angeles for something-or-other. I reminded him what he said to me then.
“Cady McClain! You always land on your feet!”
I just loved that. Never forgot it.
Read McClain's entire recount of her first day at The Young and the Restless at CadyMcClain.com.