Pair of TV icons to appear on Y&R

Two upcoming guest appearances on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS may have you doing a double take. Actresses Susan Olsen and Elinor Donahue will make cameos on the #1 daytime drama.

Olsen, best known for her role as Cindy Brady on ABC’s The Brady Bunch, will be playing Liza Morton, the owner of the preschool that several Genoa City residents’ children will be attending. Olson’s appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1st.

Donahue, best known for her role as Betty ‘Princess’ Anderson on the classic CBS comedy FATHER KNOWS BEST and a brief role as Ellie Walker on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, will play Judge Anderson, who presides over the wedding of Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman on Wednesday, September 8th.

The characters of Billy and Victoria recently purchased a house they fell in love with because it appeared to be an exact replica of the Anderson home from the series.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 21 years. The show is broadcast weekdays 12:30-1:30pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Michael J. Fox to guest star on The Good Wife

Five-time Emmy Award winner Michael J. Fox faces off against current Emmy Award nominee Julianna Margulies in an upcoming episode of the new season of THE GOOD WIFE.

Fox will appear as Simon Canning, a shrewd and cynical litigator whom Alicia (Margulies) faces in a massive class action.  Canning is willing to use anything in court, including symptoms of his neurological condition, to create sympathy for his otherwise unsympathetic client: a giant pharmaceutical company.

It’ll be a rare television appearance for the star since announcing his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

The second season of THE GOOD WIFE premieres Tuesday, September 28th at 10:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Soap Handling Two Goodbyes, Not One

When AS THE WORLD TURNS broadcasts its final episode on September 17th, it will be the second big goodbye for the show in just a few weeks’ time.

The first comes on August 31st, according to reports, when it pays tribute to its matriarch, Nancy Hughes.  Helen Wagner, the actress who played the role since the first episode, passed away back in May.  Her last appearance on the show came about a month after her death, since the show is taped in advance.

Wagner spoke the first words, “Good morning, dear,” on April 2, 1956.  And a scene with Wagner was interrupted by a voiceover bulletin from Walter Cronkite on November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was shot in Dallas.  Wagner’s Nancy has been the mother-figure to a wide canvas of characters over the decades the show has been on the air.

The show’s executive producer, Christopher Goutman, told TV Guide recently that he had intended for Wagner to close out the series with the same line she launched it with.  Knowing of her failing health, he says he contemplated shooting the scene in advance, just to be safe, but then reconsidered, fearing “bad karma.”

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