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Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

By Malcolm Venable

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2018.

Season 3 of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Magazine cover shot of Cedric the Entertainer in a sequined sports jacket

Blazer, shirt, and pants by INC International Concepts. Hat by Bailey Hats. Earrings and watch, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

Except for the smoke-colored Maserati he eases into his parking space, Cedric the Entertainer arrives for his interview on the CBS lot in uncharacteristically low-key fashion, dressed in an NFL T-shirt, athletic shorts, and a baseball cap pulled low over his tired eyes. He deserves some slack for not appearing in one of the suave ensembles and sharp fedoras he's become known for: He's just landed in L.A. after an overnight gig in Las Vegas and came straight to the set of The Neighborhood, the family sitcom costarring Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, and Tichina Arnold.

As both an executive producer and a Midwesterner with an unrelenting work ethic, Cedric is not a man who lets either wardrobe or a lack of sleep get in the way of the work, and you'll never hear him complain. "I love this job," he says. "I'd rather stay busy than sit still."

Clearly. Born Cedric Antonio Kyles in Jefferson City, Missouri, Cedric the Entertainer may be best known as one of the Original Kings of Comedy, the group whose 2000 concert film made him (along with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac) a household name, but he's also king of the Hollywood hustle. From playing cantankerous coot Eddie in the Barbershop franchise to hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to doing stand-up in clubs, performing voice work for animated hits (Ice Age, Madagascar), and even popping up on rap albums (Jay-Z, Nelly), Cedric the Entertainer has the most apt moniker in the business. He's been entertaining across every conceivable platform—more than 30 shows and 20 movies under his belt—for more than three decades.

But it's his latest turn, as Calvin Butler in The Neighborhood, that marks a new milestone for him: playing the lead on a network comedy in front of his widest audience yet.

It's a role that hits home for Cedric, who is a strong believer in the importance of community—his philanthropy includes raising funds for a wing of St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis named after his mom. And though he's never been one for partisan fights (he headlined the White House Correspondents' Dinner for George W. Bush in 2005), he feels that America's new, divided climate makes it vital to bring people together, make them laugh, and reconcile tough issues. It's a tall order, but for a man who makes high-stakes multitasking look as smooth as, well, pulling up in a Maserati, getting it done is just another day at work. Watch spent some time with Cedric [for our September-October 2018 issue] as he prepared to invite America into his Neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer standing on a chair arms outstretched, hat in the air

Coat and sweatshirt by Vince. Pants by INC International Concepts. Shoes by Gucci. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

What attracted you to this project?

The context. The original story was about a white family moving to a black neighborhood. That was something I started to see when I came to L.A. in the early '90s. My kids' godparents lived in Ladera Heights [a neighborhood home to affluent African-Americans since the 1960s], and you would see white guys jogging with headphones on. We recognized that property values were starting to go up and people were beginning to be displaced—the texture changed in neighborhoods they grew up in. This was the idea I wanted to express, to show that [African-Americans] had great cultural neighborhoods, yet when you see the money coming in, it's going to change. I felt it was a great thing to explore through comedy.

Tell me about your character, Calvin Butler. How'd you approach playing him?

Cal Butler is a guy I knew: the patriarch of the neighborhood. There were guys who would be the fathers of the whole neighborhood. If you went by Mr. Chapman's house, you better turn your music down and don't go on the grass. You'd better say hello. That was the idea I was trying to capture: He cares about the neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer in a suit drinking a slurpee on an elliptical machine

Suit and shirt by INC International Concepts. Shoes by Mezlan. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You've been on so many scripted shows, but none with as much reach as The Neighborhood. Do you feel like mainstream audiences know you, or will this be an introduction?

I've been around a long time, and people know who I am. I am surprised when people know some movies and programs. Kings of Comedy was one. It was such a big phenomenon as a concert and concept that when it broke out as the No. 1 movie, there were some white people who were like, "Who are these guys?" Even as popular as I am, there's still a large group of people who don't know who I am. I had to take that and be motivated by it in a positive way and not think that I'm at a plateau where I can't afford to grow and hustle. That's what I look forward to in trying to make sure this show is dope. Even if you think you know me, you've never seen [me] like [this]. There are things you have to take on for growth.

Do you feel pressure to make The Neighborhood successful?

To be on a major network, yeah, I feel that pressure. When the opportunity came for me to play on the biggest platform, which CBS is, as an African-American lead, you see you have the opportunity to tell our culture, and our storytelling. If you hit it out of the box, there's an opportunity to have a long run. I desire that, but I don't put it at the forefront; I'm focused on being funny and having a great show.

My run on Broadway [a revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo in 2008] was a master class in becoming a great actor. I always say each week that we are literally doing a live play in front of you guys. You are going to ride the story for 30 minutes. We're going to take you and drop you off somewhere where you should laugh, feel something, have opinions. I want all these things to happen with The Neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer in a denim shit and bowtie

Shirt by Rag & Bone. Bow tie by Kenneth Cole. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You work a lot. Where'd that work ethic come from?

I think it's Midwestern. I think that's the way I approached my career early on; you had to prove a lot because you weren't on either coast. The idea that you've got to hustle is where that ethic came from.

What was your neighborhood like growing up? Was your situation at all like the story in The Neighborhood?

I lived most of my life in a small town called Caruthersville, located between Memphis and St. Louis. There was a lot of family around. We lived with my grandmother for a minute; my mom went to college and came back to teach. We lived close to uncles and cousins; I could walk over to another aunt's house. It was a very Norman Rockwell version of what America was supposed to feel like—catching lightning bugs, june bugs, real country stuff.

Then we moved to St. Louis, which was inner city. My mom got her master's degree; we stayed with my mom's sister who had 11 kids. We got thrown into another lifestyle: throwing rocks at people's windows and stealing bikes. Especially without a paternal figure, other kids teach you that. In the early '80s, at an early age, I saw this was where life was going. Mom moved again, to an African-American suburb, with maybe one or two white folk.

Cedric the Entertainer in the backseat of a Rolls Royce wearing a designer robe

Robe by Versace. Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo. Hat, watch, and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You're known for always looking dapper, with the fedoras and smooth outfits. What did clothes mean to you growing up?

Thinking back in Caruthersville, clothing was a big thing. My mom was a young mother. She was ahead of the game. She went to college, she ordered things from catalogs. As kids we would always be fly to the point where people thought we were rich.

What's your hometown like now, and why's it been important for you to do the philanthropic work you do there?

The town is still separated by race to this day. The thing I like to do is taking people outside their environment—trips for kids so they can visualize beyond their few blocks. In older times, the area was dope. We had pride and self-identity. We knew each other. It was great to have our own restaurants. Now you're not hot if you are not at Starbucks. So that kind of thing I think is important as a celebrity, as a brand, to be able to show our culture is real. That's what I want to do with this show.

Cedric the Entertainer in a suit posing silly on an elliptical machine

Suit and shirt by INC International Concepts. Shoes by Mezlan. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

You have a reputation for being super nice, which is rare in Hollywood. Why?

It's important to lead with the attitude you want to receive. I try to operate from that space, where everything is calm, everybody has a good time. The thing about being nice is, it leads to an efficient job. It won't feel like a hard job as opposed to when you go in and people are mean and ornery. If you are going to spend time doing anything, you might as well take a positive route. I try to lead. If somebody is gonna be ugly around me, I shut it down.

You and your wife, Lorna Wells, have two children, Croix, 20, and Lucky Rose, 17. Does your family have a spiritual practice?

My wife and I pray together. Not every night, but that's our thing. When I came here, I visited a couple churches, but it didn't feel right—it was very Hollywood, with VIP parking. You realize as a celebrity you've got to have those things, but it doesn't feel like church, it feels like a club. I went to one and they made people get up so we could sit down. People clapping for you. At another, as soon as the service was over, nine people were up in the front with their phones, ready to take a picture. I don't think they closed their eyes during the prayer.

What kind of dad and husband are you?

I'm engaged. I spend a lot of time with my son. He's on a gap year in kung fu camp in China, living in a monastery. He's never had that kind of regimen. I told him, "For you to go forward in life, it's very important for you to have that kind of structure." Next he'll go to France to cook—he already speaks French. My daughter has a dance class, and I learned [a routine] with her. It's fun to have a good time with them. My wife and I laugh a lot—we've got a great relationship. She's such a dynamic individual and one of my greatest protectors.

Cedric the Entertainer in a denim shit and bowtie

Shirt by Rag & Bone. Bow tie by Kenneth Cole. Hat by Hollywood Hatters. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

What makes you angry?

Rudeness. Bullying. People who misuse power. If somebody is a jerk to somebody else, that ticks me off.

Will we ever see another Kings of Comedy?

I would love to do another Kings of Comedy. But how do you do it without Bernie Mac? I don't know. It's always been our dilemma. Bernie Mac was such a unique and strong figure. Do we try to replace that? Do we go out with just the three of us? It never felt quite right.

For me, being in the Kings of Comedy, it's like the Rolling Stones going on tour. Like, how old are these guys? But people are going to come up to you and say, "I know all your music. You are a part of my life." That's what The Original Kings of Comedy is like. Of course I would love to do it.

Is performing where you're most happy?

Yeah, doing comedy, acting. I love the opportunity to perform for people, living in the moment of discovery where you connect with people. I still remember in the beginning, when I was working a corporate job [at an insurance company]; I wrote a joke and told my mom I wanted to be a comedian. She laughed so hard [at the joke], she went to the ground.

Cedric the Entertainer pretending to blown away by a wind machine

Suit, shirt, and shoes by Stacy Adams. Socks by The Tie Bar. Tie by Ted Baker. Hat by Bailey Hats. Watch and earrings, Cedric's own.

Photography by Peggy Sirota. Styled by Jordan Grossman.

Flash forward years from now. What would you like to be doing?

I see myself directing TV shows, finding young talent. I would love that as a choice to have for later as opposed to looking for roles. I've lived that life.

And you're getting recognized for doing it well—not only with your own television show, but with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! How does that feel?

That's exciting. When you start your career, you have no idea where it's going. When I first moved [to L.A.], I lived one block from Hollywood Boulevard, so we would go and see stars. Then you start seeing the ceremonies, watching people get recognized for what they do. I'm just thankful to be even wanted!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2018.

Season 3 of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

How much do we love Lucy? So much that she gets her own day! In honor of the beloved sitcom premiering on this date in 1951, Oct. 15 is National I Love Lucy Day.

Starring the inimitable Lucille Ball and real-life husband Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, the Emmy-winning hit also featured William Frawley and Vivian Vance as neighbors and best friends Fred and Ethel Mertz. For six slapstick-filled seasons, TV's famous redhead gifted us with 180 episodes of sidesplitting hijinks.

Fall in love with Lucy again by streaming these eight fan favorites of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Does A TV Commercial"

Lucy shoots a TV commercial

Lucille Ball as Lucy in the classic Vitameatavegamin episode.

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Lucy begs her husband to let her star in a sponsor's commercial on a show he's hosting, but Ricky refuses. Undeterred, she goes to the set anyway and ends up hawking the fictional Vitameatavegamin health tonic. Her speech becomes more and more comically slurred with each take—because the tonic is 23% alcohol!

Watch the "Lucy Does A TV Commercial" episode on CBS All Access.

"Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald"

Lucy holds a contraption over Rickys hair

Lucy (Lucille Ball) uses an electric scalp massage contraption on Ricky (Desi Arnaz).

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When Ricky obsesses about his potentially receding hairline, Lucy goes to great lengths to mitigate his mane fears. First she invites a bunch of bald-headed men to the apartment—"I want this place looking like a sea of honeydew melons!"—to show Ricky how better off, follicly, he actually is. But that plot falls flat when Ricky phones from work and says he won't be home for hours. So Lucy resorts to some hair-raising measures involving torturous techniques to get to the root of Ricky's problem.

Watch the "Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald" episode on CBS All Access.

"Job Switching"

Ethel and Lucy stuff chocolates into their mouths

Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Lucy (Lucille Ball) hard at work at the chocolate factory.

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It's the infamous chocolate episode! The couples switch roles: Lucy and Ethel take on factory jobs, while Ricky and Fred attempt to keep house. All hell breaks loose when the conveyor belt speeds up, forcing the overwhelmed besties to stuff candy in their blouses and mouths. (BTW: The men don't fare much better with the household chores.)

Watch the "Job Switching" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Goes To The Hospital"

Lucy sits on a couch while Ricky holds her hand

A very nervous Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and a comparatively calm Lucy (Lucille Ball).

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Art imitated life when Lucille Ball's real-life pregnancy was written into the show. Ricky, Fred, and Ethel hilariously rehearse for Lucy's big day, and the run-throughs go off without a hitch. That is, until Lucy emerges from the bedroom to say "it's time"—which sets off a chaotic sequence of events for the frenzied father-to-be. Fun facts: A whopping 72% of all households with a TV tuned in to I Love Lucy to see Little Ricky's birth; the episode aired 12 hours after Ball's baby, Desi Jr., was delivered via C-section; and newborn Desi Jr. was featured on the inaugural issue (April 3, 1953) of TV Guide.

Watch the "Lucy Goes to the Hospital" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Wants New Furniture"

Ricky hops on a desk angry at Lucy

Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and Lucy (Lucille Ball) fight over furniture.

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Lucy desperately wants to get rid of her "ratty old couch" and "nasty-looking coffee table." But when she splurges on pricey replacements without discussing it first with Ricky, she's forced to pay for her impulse buys out of her own allowance. Her penny-pinching solutions include making her own clothes and perming her own hair.

Watch the "Lucy Wants New Furniture" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Tells The Truth"

Lucy is surrounded by knives

Showbiz-crazed Lucy (Lucille Ball) winds up working with an Italian knife-thrower.

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Ricky wagers $100 that Lucy can't go an entire day without lying. She finds telling the truth a little too freeing, however, as she ends up insulting friends with her brutal honesty. Later in the ep, Ricky invites her to audition for a role on his show—knowing his inexperienced wife will have to fib to snag the part. Lucy lies about speaking Italian and finds herself in a precarious situation involving knives!

Watch the "Lucy Tells the Truth" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy's Italian Movie"

Lucy stomping grapes in a vat

Lucy (Lucille Ball) has grape expectations for her Italian film career.

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When in Rome, Lucy stumbles upon yet another star-making opportunity. She jumps at the chance for a role in a movie called Bitter Grapes. Literal-minded Lucy figures she should soak up some local color for research. She takes a job at a vineyard stomping grapes and gets into a full-on fight in the vat. Lucy soaks up some color, all right—a head-to-toe grape color, which ultimately costs her the film role.

Watch the "Lucy's Italian Movie" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy And Superman"

Lucy dressed like Superman stands on a ledge

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super—scratch that, it's Lucy (Lucille Ball).

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TV's Superman (George Reeves) happens to be in town for meet-and-greets at Macy's. Since Little Ricky is such a big fan, Lucy asks her husband if he can get Reeves to make a cameo at their son's birthday party since Ricky met him once in Hollywood. But after Ricky breaks the news that the Man of Steel is MIA, Lucy hatches a plan to dress up as the superhero herself to fool the kids. In the end, Superman shows up after all—and Lucy somehow ends up on a ledge!

Watch the "Lucy And Superman" episode on CBS All Access.

Stream full episodes of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

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"A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons," says The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. A look back at some of the best—and brilliantly titled—challenges that tripped up teams over 31 seasons.

Watch all-new episodes of The Amazing Race on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

A contestant on The Amazing Race traverses a zipline high above the city of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Christie competes in "The Zips or Chips" challenge for The Amazing Race.

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ZIPS OR CHIPS

From a penthouse of the Conrad Hotel, traverse a zip line hand over hand 210 feet above the ground, then take a second zip line 18 stories down to the hotel pool to receive the next clue. Or play roulette in the hotel casino with 20 chips and receive your clue if you win a game.

DOG POWER OR HORSEPOWER

Ride a dog sled 11 miles or snowmobile 30 miles to your next clue.

Contestants don traditional military uniforms and learn a traditional Russian military march.

The Amazing Race contestants Ken and Tina don traditional military uniforms and learn a traditional Russian military march.

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BOOTS OR BORSCHT

Dress in a Russian military uniform and learn a Russian parade march, then fall in line and perform a full lap with a drill team. Or put on a chef's hat and apron before serving each of the 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht.

COUNT THE MONEY OR RUN THE NUMBERS

Count an insane amount of Swiss currency inside of a jar right next to the safe. Or search the streets of Zürich to find the combination to the safe that contained the next clue.

The Amazing Race teams drinking a shot of vodka from a glass balanced on a ceremonial sabre

The Amazing Race teams participate in a traditional Cossack ritual, drinking a shot of vodka from a glass balanced on a ceremonial sabre at the Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Photo Credit: Tony Esparza/CBS.

BLOCK 5 SHOTS OR DRINK 1 SHOT

Dress up in goalie gear and block five slap shots by pro hockey players. Or balance a shot glass of vodka on the blade of a saber and tilt the sword to your mouth to drink the vodka without dropping the glass.

SUDS OR DUDS

Hand-wash a bunch of laundry to reveal the next clue printed on a piece of clothing, or search through hundreds of saris to find one with the clue printed on it.

Contestants struggle with a plow and Carabao in a deeply muddy field while farmers look on in the Philippines.

Teams must lead the Carabao through a muddy field in Victoria, Philippines, to find their next clue in The Amazing Race.

Photo Credit: Travis Pierson/CBS.

PLOW OR FOWL

Use an ox-drawn plow to till the soil until your plow gets caught on a buried rope attached to a hidden clue. Or herd 1,000 ducks from one pen to another 50 yards away.

BEER OR BRATS

Search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing your team's name and picture, then exchange two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Or use a hand-operated sausage-maker to create one rope of five 7-inch bratwursts.

Contestants on The Amazing Race attempt to perform a native dance on stilts.

Nate and Jen must impress the local judges in Burkina Faso with their dance moves.

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SHAKE YOUR PAN OR SHAKE YOUR BOOTY

Use traditional methods to pan for one ounce of gold. Or learn a traditional local dance, and perform it with Winiama masked dancers for a crowd. If three local celebrity judges deem your dance to lack creativity—or just plain suck—you would incur a 10-minute penalty.

TEACH IT OR LEARN IT

Teach schoolchildren who did not speak English to memorize 10 words of English. Or learn from locals 10 words in the Mossi language.

A contestant on The Amazing race pours 7 cocktails of different colors into 7 different cocktail glasses stacked into a pyramid.

In the "Smarter, Not Harder" challenge, father/son team Connor (left) and David (right) must mix seven cocktails and pour them simultaneously into a pyramid of glasses.

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MIX MASTER OR MASTER MIX

Learn to scratch on a DJ table and then perform in front of a DJ and crowd. Or stack seven cocktail glasses into a two-tier pyramid and pour different colored cocktails into each glass simultaneously so none of them mixed.

CATAPULT CRASH OR CANNONBALL RUN

Use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet onto a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. Or push a cannon uphill to the castle courtyard, then carry 55 4-pound cannonballs and stack them into a pyramid next to the cannon.

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The Amazing Race contestants Rachel and Brendon must decorate an elephant for a local festival then clean up after her in order to receive the next clue.

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PACHYDERM OR PACK A BOX

Decorate an Asian elephant with ornate accoutrements, then transport 15 wheelbarrow loads of elephant manure to a nearby truck. Or collect 10 empty boxes, fill them with sifted ginger, stencil a label on each box, and deliver the boxes to a shipping depot to receive your next clue from the manager.

MAIDEN OR MESSENGER

Transport a young Japanese woman, via traditional Japanese palanquin, to a tea ceremony pavilion. Or assemble bikes and ride them through the streets of Tokyo to deliver packages.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Watch all-new episodes of The Amazing Race on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Photography by Cliff Lipson/CBS.


CBS' popular Daytime series is forever young. Here, cast members past and present share with Watch some of Genoa City's sexiest, shocking, and most memorable moments.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2018.

Watch The Young and the Restless Weekdays on CBS and CBS All Access.

Sweet revenge

Jess Walton and Jeanna Cooper having a cake fight on set

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

"There was this huge, three-tiered wedding cake and when we went at it, we got frosting all over the floor. I was slipping and sliding everywhere. In the middle of it all, Melody [Thomas Scott] asked if she could shove a handful of cake in my face. It was hilarious." — Jess Walton on the well-known Katherine-Jill cake fight scene

Hot mess

Sharon Case dumping a bottle of water over Melody Thomas Scott on set

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I have had some great fight scenes with Melody. We had one where we were in a barn rolling around, struggling with each other in hay barrels. She poured water over my head, and I dunked her head into a bucket of horse water." — Sharon Case on her fight scenes with Melody Thomas Scott

A fighting chance

Jess Walton and Jeanna Cooper having a fight with two backyard hoses on set

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

"Ashley Abbott is a little more civilized, she's not really the hair-pulling type. The best fights in the history of the show, I think, were with Jill and Katherine." — Eileen Davidson on Daytime drama

Making an entrance

Mishael Morgan in a pink dress

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"I've kissed Peter [Bergman]. I've kissed Darnell Kirkwood. I've kissed Bryton James. I've kissed Kristoff St. John. Hilary came on the show and just started kissing everyone."— Mishael Morgan on her character Hilary Curtis

Storylines with a twist

Camryn Grimes and Cait Fairbanks kissing on set

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"The most envelope-pushing thing right now is the lesbian storyline. I personally love that boundaries are being knocked down on our show." — Jess Walton on the show's storyline with Mariah and Tessa

Heartbreaker

Jason Thompson dancing and dipping a woman in red

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"He lives on the edge and is reckless at times with his heart, but I don't think he wants to be a bad guy."— Jason Thompson on his "bad boy" character, Billy Abbott

A star is born

Shemar Moore standing with his hand on the shoulder of another man

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

"There's a different kind of fame when it comes to soaps. I would walk into a gas station or airport when I was on The Young and the Restless, and people wouldn't know my real name... I came out of nowhere thanks to this show. To this day, I still meet people who think of me as Drucilla's baby daddy and the guy who slept with his brother's wife." — Y&R alum Shemar Moore on playing Malcolm Winters

Legendary lovers

Melody Thomas Scott standing behind Eric Braeden with her hands on his shoulders

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"We still don't know why we have chemistry, but we get really into it, especially when we're battling. I have slapped him without him realizing it was coming."— Melody Thomas Scott on her on-screen relationship with Eric Braeden

Major impact

The scene of The Young and The Restless where Cassie Newman is in the hospital before she dies

Photo Credit: Brian Lowe/JPI Studios.

"The storyline that changed our show more than any other had to be when Cassie Newman died. That affected so many characters and sent the show into completely different directions. It shook the foundation." — Peter Bergman on one of the memorable Y&R moments ever

New chapter

Camryn Grimes sitting on the couch with a glass of wine having a conversation

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"I knew they wanted to bring me back someday but didn't know in what capacity. And when I did get to return as Mariah, I wasn't sure people would accept me as anyone but Cassie. I couldn't wrap my head around the idea of people not liking me if I was someone mean." — Camryn Grimes on returning to the show

Ladies man

Joshua Morrow kissing in a bathtub on set

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I've made my way through several characters as well. Nick has always had a real eye for the ladies and a real lack of judgment. I always like to have some Scope just to make sure I'm good to go."— Joshua Morrow on playing Nick Newman

Getting hot in here

Lauralee Belle being kissed on the head in bed on set

Photo Credit: Sean Smith/JPI Studios.

"With The Young and the Restless, you rarely see a sex scene. So when you do, it's like, 'Wow!'" — Lauralee Bell on the show's steamy scenes

Something to talk about

Shemar Moore in a grey shirt staring off

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

"My godfather was gay and died of AIDS when I was 17. That was my first encounter with the disease. Fast-forward to us doing a storyline on the show where my girlfriend dies of AIDS. It was very powerful and hit close to home for me, especially because I was just starting to get it together as an actor. It was a huge moment for me to realize I was part of something that mattered, that had such relevance." — Shemar Moore on discovering the power of television

More than just a soap opera

A man and a woman in evening wear

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"While we do lighter storylines, The Young and the Restless can be informative and helpful and open up the way people think about things like AIDS, abortion, cancer, or whatever. In that sense, we're just continuing the idea that Bill Bell started 45 years ago."— Eileen Davidson, on the Daytime delivering more than just drama

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2018.

Watch The Young and the Restless Weekdays on CBS and CBS All Access.

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