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By Deanna Barnert

When Sally Spectra showed up on The Bold and the Beautiful a few years back, she was determined to put Spectra Fashions back on the map. Unfortunately, she got sidetracked by love triangles and machinations. Like the iconic great aunt she was named for, Sally has proven to quite the schemer. She even went so far as to fake a deadly illness to get back her man!

After that fiasco, Sally's ready for a fresh start—and that's why Courtney Hope is bringing her to The Young and the Restless, Tuesday, November 3! The question is: Is Genoa City ready for her?

Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra wearing animal print coat

Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra, circa January 2017.

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In addition to her Daytime work, Courtney Hope boasts primetime stints on shows like Transparent, Bones, NCIS and Criminal Minds; has found action and thrills in Indie films like Displacement; and saves the day in video games like Control.

Watch spoke with Courtney Hope about making the jump to Y&R, her designer character and what it's like to be back at work after sheltering at home during the coronavirus.

The Young and the Restless airs Weekdays on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Courtney Hope on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful

Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra and Patrika Darbo as Shirley Spectra on The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Watch is all about televisions hottest shows. Tell us about Sally Spectra, the character you're bringing from B&B to Y&R.

Sally is very feisty, very determined and very artistic. But given her last name, people have a tendency to not expect a lot from her. She and her family have quite a patchy reputation of being tricksters and causing a little bit of… what's the word? Nonsense! So people don't totally take Sally seriously, which makes for fun, but also makes her want to try harder to prove herself and get people to like her.

Courtney Hope poses for a portrait

Fashion designer Sally Spectra is known for her bold personality and style.

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When she first came on the canvas in Los Angeles, Sally was very determined to make a name for herself as a designer and then the relationships got in the way. And that's what I love about coming to Y&R. She's in a fresh new place, with fresh new people, getting back to that need to make a name for herself…in hopes that history does not repeat itself!

Darin Brooks and Courtney Hope about to kiss on soap opera

Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra and Darin Brooks as Wyatt Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Has she learned any lessons after her last scheme backfired on her?

Yes, she's definitely learned lessons… but there's a lot of things that are ingrained in who she is and who her family is. The thing I love about Sally is she has such a big heart. She's not just causing havoc to cause havoc. It wasn't, "I'm going to pretend I'm dying to maliciously win back this guy." It was, "I poured my heart and soul into loving this person, and I'm going to do what I can… even if it means sacrificing myself."

Courtney Hope guest models on The Price Is Right.

Courtney Hope guest models on The Price Is Right.

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After being on B&B, what was it like to start working at Y&R—which shoots right across the hall at CBS Television City?

It's so cool. I'm walking in the hallway and someone calls my name and now, I don't know where it's coming from! Because I was also on The Price Is Right, for a spell. Coming to Y&R was definitely a mix of emotions. I felt new, because it was a new show, new people, new dynamic. But then I also felt like I knew it all. I knew the studio, some castmates and, obviously, I know Sally! There was a lot going on, and I was so excited.

I first worked with Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore Baldwin), which was great. She's wonderful. A beautiful person inside and out. Also, I was immediately like, "Okay, tell me stories about Darlene Conley [who played the first, iconic Sally Spectra on B&B]. Tell me everything you know!"

Courtney Hope and her longtime boyfriend Chad Duell.

Courtney Hope and her longtime boyfriend Chad Duell.

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After spending much of summer in COVID lockdown with longtime boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos, General Hospital), you both got to go back to work at around the same time. What was like?

We were the first ones back over at B&B, so I went back in June. I was there for two weeks, and then that was the end of my run there. It was very different, and even going back now versus then is different. It was trial and error in the beginning—seeing what worked, what didn't. Even though it's weird wearing your mask all the time, it feels more natural now. You do your scene without it; then you put it immediately back.

Our life is very, very different too. Chad's working, as well. That's been nice with our three dogs, because they got used to us being home all the time! They're like, "Um, what?" But our schedules have actually been very complimentary, so we haven't had to take them to daycare yet. That's been really nice.

Courtney Hope does yoga

Courtney Hope finds her zen on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

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When not filming Y&R or social-distancing/staying home as we all are now, what do you like to do?

I love creating things. I love to paint and design. I spray paint and regular paint on clothing and on canvas. I have a lot of jackets that I wear that I studded or painted on. I'd say probably 50% of the clothing I wear I've altered in some way. Ever since I was a kid, I've always designed my own stuff.

And fitness is everything to me. I started dancing when I was three and I taught fitness forever. I've realized it's so good for not only my physical health, but my emotional wellness, as well. It's a way for me to express myself and I feel strong. When we're not in a pandemic, I love to go to different classes and be active with other people. That's something I really miss.

Courtney Hope on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful wearing animal print

Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra in one of her signature animal print looks.

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As someone who designs your own looks, what's your take on Sally's wild style?

She's vibrant and out there, wears a lot of animal print and has a bit of an edge, and it parallels with her personality of being very primal. She feels something: She says it. She wants something: She goes to get it. The edginess is something we have in common, but it's always fun to put on her outfits and then be able to move as her. Sally's very showmanistic.

What TV shows are you currently binge watching or catching up on?

Chad and I just started Schitt's Creek. We watch a lot of documentaries, so we were binge-watching The First 48, a crime docu-series. We binged The Office—literally twice in a row! And we binged Friends. We love binging comedies. We also just finished The Boys, which I love. I want to be a superhero!

Angsty Courtney Hope leaning against a door frame

Courtney Hope channels intense emotions for a scene on The Beautiful and the Beautiful.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

It's what I've always wanted to do, ever since I was young. But it wasn't that I wanted to be front and center. I'm interested in humanity, the human mind and human emotions and I love storytelling. I want to use myself as a vessel to be able to help people heal or help make people feel less alone. Because that was something I was really affected by as a kid. Even watching Barney, I would learn a lesson and I felt understood. I always wanted to be that person on the screen that does that for other people.

Courtney Hope and her longtime boyfriend Chad Duell eating ice cream

Courtney Hope and her longtime boyfriend Chad Duell on location with B&B in 2017.

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Any last thought for fans during this very strange time we're in?

Just keep going, keep learning and growing as best you can. I know it's really difficult to feel isolated, anxious and stressed, and that's okay, right now. But I'm always remembering that whatever you feed your mind with is what transpires in your life. What you focus on grows, so just keep feeding yourself positivity, good content and loving relationships. I think that's important, right now.

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By Deanna Barnert

Melody Thomas Scott is nothing like her The Young and the Restless character Nikki Reed Newman … but that doesn't mean the Daytime diva hasn't seen her share of drama! In her new memoir, Always Young and Restless: My Life On And Off America's #1 Daytime Drama (Diversion Books), Scott opens up for the first time about the cruelty inflicted upon her by her own grandmother, the abuse she experienced as a child coming up in Hollywood, and how she ultimately took control of her life and career.

Melody Thomas Scott pictured on her memoir  Always Young and Restless My Life On And Off Americas No 1 Daytime Drama

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Known for playing stripper turned well-heeled heroine Nikki for 41 years and counting, Scott started preparing for her 60-year career when she was only three-years-old. After her big screen debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie at only eight, the powerhouse worked with the likes of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Brian De Palma.

Melody Thomas Scott in a white dress

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While Scott doesn't hold back in sharing the personal and professional challenges she's faced along the way, she also celebrates her successes. Her story is one of finding her own path to healing, love and family—and how Y&R has fit into that journey! Not only will fans read about how Melody Thomas Scott found her husband and built a family on the Y&R stages, but there are plenty of juicy tidbits about life in Genoa City and what it's been like to team up with co-star Eric Braeden (Victor) to sustain "Niktor"—one of television's most iconic super couples–for decades.

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Y&R stars Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden, circa 1984.

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Watch spoke to Melody Thomas Scott about her character Nikki and the release of her memoir Always Young and Restless: My Life On And Off America's #1 Daytime Drama, which hits the market on August 18.

Catch all-new episodes of The Young and the Restless Weekdays on CBS and CBS All Access.

Watch is all about television's hottest shows. How do you feel about your 41-year (and counting!) run as Nicole "Nikki" Reed Foster Bancroft DiSalvo Newman Abbott Landers Newman Newman Chow Sharpe Abbott Newman on The Young and the Restless?

Being a part of Y&R for all these years is truly a blessing.

Tell us about your iconic character. Why do you think she's continued to resonate with fans? And did we get that list of last names right?!?

The fans have always wanted to guide Nikki back onto the right path when Nikki takes the wrong road. They never get mad at her; they instead feel protective of her. And regarding all of Nikki's husbands, you are correct with 12!

Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless

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What was the first day on the Y&R set like?

It was a joyous day, working with so many talented people and immediately liking so many of them. Many would become lifelong friends.

Tell us about your TV family and co-stars like Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow, and Amelia Heinle.

Adore.

Amelia Heinle, Eric Braeden and Joshua Morrow at a 40th anniversary celebration for Melody Thomas Scott.

Amelia Heinle, Eric Braeden, and Joshua Morrow at a 40th anniversary celebration for Melody Thomas Scott.

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Tell us about the creative/writing process for penning your memoir. How did it all come about?

My family and friends had always told me I have to write a book. So I thought about it for a long time before putting it on paper. It was a 10-year effort, with a few false starts, due to not being emotionally ready.

Watch usually asks how people decided to become an actor, but you were 3 when you got your start. How did that come about, and was there a point when you realized you were in fact doing what you wanted to do?

I guess those wondering about this complicated question will have to read the book!

Melody Thomas Scott in a silver gown

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Who's your biggest inspiration?

The late Lee Phillip Bell (co-creator of Y&R and The Bold and The Beautiful was someone I always looked up to and learned so much from. Music has always been my greatest inspiration.


This may not be fair… but who are you most thrilled to have worked with beside outside of Y&R and why?

Robin Williams [in an episode of The Crazy Ones]. Because he's, well… Robin Williams! Also Geraldine Page. She was such a gifted actress. I loved watching and learning from her [on The Beguiled set].

Black and white portrait of Melody Thomas Scott by a piano

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What TV shows are you currently binge-watching or catching up on right now?

Finally got around to The Kominsky Method. Am enjoying it so much. Also, still love Everybody Loves Raymond. Of course, I Love Lucy is still the mold from which all comedies should emulate!

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By Nate Millado

We know you've been restless to return to Genoa City, but good news, The Young and the Restless fans—the wait is over. Daytime's No. 1 drama is back on CBS with all-new episodes, starting Monday, Aug. 10! After the coronavirus pandemic halted production, Y&R started airing vintage episodes—most recently an entire week of OMG moments.

But here's what to expect when the beloved sudser returns. Victor and Nikki's family is threatened by a secret. Billy and Lily navigate their new partnership with a shocking scandal brewing. Phyllis and Abby's rivalry heats up. And Sharon's family rallies around her during her brave battle with cancer. Here's a day-by-day sneak peek at the new installments.

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Monday, Aug. 10

Jason Thompson as Billy and Christel Khalil as Lily sit down for a serious conversation

Billy (Jason Thompson) and Lily (Christel Khalil) in The Young and the Restless..

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Lily (Christel Khalil) and Billy (Jason Thompson) interview Genoa City residents as they celebrate the anniversary of Katherine's dedication at Chancellor Park, sparking guests' memories of the recent past.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Alyvia Alyn Lind as Faith wraps comforting arm around Sharon Case as Sharon

Sharon (Sharon Case) and her daughter (Alyvia Alyn Lind) in The Young and the Restless.

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Sharon (Sharon Case) struggles with her new normal following her surgery, Billy (Jason Thompson) and Lily (Christel Khalil) disagree on a potential hire for Chancellor Communications, and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) has a bone to pick with Abby (Melissa Ordway). This episode was filmed before the pandemic shut down production.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Michelle Stafford as Phyllis embraces Joshua Morrow as Nick

Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) in The Young and the Restless.

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Victor (Eric Braedon) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) put their differences aside to help Adam (Mark Grossman), Summer (Hunter King) reveals her true feelings about the Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) reunion, and Amanda (Mishael Morgan) puts the brakes on her budding romance with Nate (Sean Dominic).

Thursday, Aug. 13

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Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott in The Young and the Restless.

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Jack's (Peter Bergman) parenting advice strikes a nerve with Victor (Eric Braedon), Adam (Mark Grossman) searches for clues to prove he didn't commit a decades-old crime, and Esther (Kate Linder) helps Kevin (Greg Rikaart) prepare for fatherhood.

Friday, Aug. 14

Bryton James and Brtytni  Sarpy on The Young and the Restless

Bryton James stars as Devon Hamilton and Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson in The Young and the Restless.

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Devon (Bryton James) bonds with Amanda (Mishael Morgan), Nikki's (Melody Thomas Scott) attempt to keep the peace in the Newman family backfires, and Jack (Peter Bergman) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) are reminded of their family's checkered past.

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By Nate Millado

Get ready for a Bold return! The Bold and the Beautiful is back with brand new episodes, kicking off Monday, July 20. The world's most-watched Daytime drama was also the first scripted series to resume production on U.S. soil following a months-long shutdown due to COVID-19. Two of the episodes (airing Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22) were actually shot prior to the pandemic.

While it's been fun reliving some of the soap's most memorable moments during the hiatus, we're excited for B&B to heat things up again this summer. Read on to find out what to expect from the first five installments!

The Bold and the Beautiful airs Weekdays at 1:30-2:00 p.m. ET/12:30-1:00 p.m. PT on the CBS and CBS All Access.

Monday, July 20

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Scott Clifton, Annika Noelle, and Matthew Atkinson against a backdrop of palms and an arched doorway

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Scott Clifton, Annika Noelle, and Matthew Atkinson of CBS' Daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Catch up on the latest drama surrounding the Forrester family!

Katie (Heather Tom) fills in Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) on how Quinn (Rena Sofer) sabotaged Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge's (Thorsten Kaye) reunion party. Then, Zoe (Kiara Barnes) and Carter discuss her whirlwind romance with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), how he was exposed for his manipulations and lies at their wedding, and how Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton) were able to overcome everything and reunite. Finally, Zoe and Carter learn about Sally's (Courtney Hope) illness and what Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Flo (Katrina Bowden) did when they found out.

Tuesday, July 21

Katrina Bowden as Flo lies on her back on the living room floor, while Courtney Hope as Sally and Monica Ruiz as Dr. Escobar grasp her arms as they drag her toward the fireplace.

Sally (Courtney Hope) and Dr. Escobar (Monica Ruiz) haul the unconscious Flo (Katrina Bowden) to Sally's apartment.

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Wyatt walks into the beach house and is dismayed by what he sees. Meanwhile, Bill (Don Diamont) tells Katie he will accept any consequence from his actions, except losing Katie and their family. Also, Sally and Dr. Escobar (Monica Ruiz) haul the unconscious Flo to Sally's apartment, where they tie her to the radiator. When Flo realizes she has been kidnapped, she is appalled by Sally's actions.

Wednesday, July 22

\u200bJacqueline MacInnes Wood as Steffy adjusts her black motorcycle helmet

Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) dons her helmet and gloves for a motorcycle ride.

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Dr. Escobar and Flo are shocked by Sally's pregnancy plan and plead with her not to proceed. Also, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) heads out on her motorcycle for some quality "me" time and is involved in an accident. This episode was filmed before the pandemic shut down production.

Thursday, July 23

Close up of actor Tanner Novlan

Tanner Novlan as Dr. John "Finn" Finnegan.

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Bill is shocked when he realizes he hit Steffy with his car while she was out riding her motorcycle. He frantically calls 9-1-1, and Steffy is rushed to the ER. Also, Flo prays her secret message will get through to Wyatt, and as Sally starts seducing Wyatt, he finally sees the message from Flo. Also, Tanner Novlan joins the cast as Steffy's doctor, John "Finn" Finnegan.

Friday, July 24

\u200bCourtney Hope in a clingy silver-metallic T-shirt-style dress gives the camera a sultry look

Courtney Hope as Sally on The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Wyatt demands Sally tell him where Flo is and begins to search for her. Meanwhile, Bill is with Steffy in her hospital room, guilt-ridden and apologetic. He calls Ridge to let him know Steffy was in an accident. Brooke and Ridge rush to the hospital, fighting back emotions when they see her.

Sneak Peek: All-New B&B Next Week

The Bold and the Beautiful airs Weekdays at 1:30-2:00 p.m. ET/12:30-1:00 p.m. PT on the CBS and CBS All Access. Tune-in for all-new episodes starting Monday, July 20!

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