One of the last things my family did prior the being forced to shelter in place was to go to the local library. We consider the library our second home and go there several times a week, at least we did. I can’t count the number of times I caught myself almost going to the library before I remembered I could not because of the pandemic. My three grandchildren were already being home schooled so we could go most anytime we chose. At the library they found books to read, played video games and used the computer. On Tuesdays there were special programs for the younger children, like puppet shows, crafts, and other special events.
The COVID-19 Pandemic is continuing to take a toll on daytime television, but one veteran actor is willing to move forward without delay. The Young and the Restless stopped taping new episodes in March and are now showing older classic programs. It's rumored that the CBS daytime drama might start up production again in June, which indicates that viewers would see fresh programming in August. According to Soap Dirt there are more changes coming that both the cast as well as the fans might need to brace themselves for. Eric Braeden who portrays Victor Newman has announced that he is ready, willing, and able, to go back to work, but the choice may not be his to make.
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Soap Dirt recently announced that actors over age 65 possibly would not be taping scenes right away for The Young and the Restless when the show returns from hiatus. It’s possible the same thing could happen with the other three daytime drama programs. Taping of new episodes is alleged to start up in June. Add to this the 6 weeks it takes for a program to be on the air once it's been filmed and it might be August or September before soap fans will see original action and drama. Add an additional delay for older cast members and some of these characters might not be on screen the rest of this year. If this is what will be mandated to keep older cast members safe during the pandemic, then fans will be missing quite a bit of talent. The majority of those over age 65 happen to be men who have graced the screen for as long as 50 years. Let’s take a look at eight of them.
Tracey E Bregman portrays the beautiful and classy Lauren Fenmore Baldwin on The Young and the Restless. The actress celebrated her 57th birthday on May 29, but looks half her age. Her first soap role was as Donna Temple Craig on Days of Our Lives, on NBC. She was the daughter of Don Craig and Marlena Evans’s was her stepmom. She later was in the movies The Concrete Jungle, and Happy Birthday to Me. Tracey joined the cast of Y&R in 1983 and in 1985 won an award for Outstanding Ingenue. She remained with the show until 1995 at which time her character crossed over to CBS sister soap The Bold and the Beautiful. Bregman remained on B&B until 1999 and in 2001 returned to The Young and the Restless and continues to be a favorite of the viewers.