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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.

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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.

Black and white photo of Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden of The Young and the Restless

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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For thirty-five years, the dashing Don Diamont has been a familiar face on CBS Daytime Television. As the head of the Spencer Media Empire on The Bold and The Beautiful, actor Don Diamont plays the ruthless Bill "Dollar Bill" Spencer, Jr. Before his 11-year run on B&B, Diamont spent twenty-four years on The Young and the Restless as Brad Carlton.

Along with his powerhouse roles, the actor is also known for his rugged good looks, a trait that made him the first Daytime star to be named in both People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" and "Sexiest Man Alive" issues. He's also been on the big screen in the films Anger Management and Marco Polo. A native New Yorker, today Diamont lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children. Don is the father to seven sons (yes, seven!), and he's written about it in his memoir My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other.

Watch spoke with Don Diamont about his long career on CBS, his co-stars, his hobbies, and what it's been like for him to be sheltering at home during the coronavirus.

The Bold and The Beautiful airs Weekdays at 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Don Diamont on soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

Don Diamont as Bill "Dollar Bill" Spencer, Jr. on The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character Bill Spencer, Jr. on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Bill is a media titan, and he was introduced to the show as the ultimate billionaire playboy womanizer. Through his involvement with Katie Logan, we found out that he did have some heart after all, but over the years he continues to battle with his win-at-all-costs, take no prisoners nature—which often creates conflict with his family.

He's a charming, swashbuckling pirate with a gift for really being able to compartmentalize his life. He has sort of a mafioso sensibility about his family. Loyalty is paramount! He's the kind of guy that can punch his own kid in the face if he feels betrayed, but God forbid anybody else lay a hand on his son. As of late, he's seen the error of his ways, but ... time will tell.

Don Diamont sitting at his office desk on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Bill Spencer, Jr. (played by Don Diamont) in his office at Spencer Media Empire.

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How does it feel to be celebrating 35 years on CBS Daytime television? (11 years on The Bold and the Beautiful and 24 years on The Young and the Restless)?

35 years is mind blowing! On the one hand that screen test for Y&R in 1985 feels like yesterday. But, when I really think about all that has transpired in my life since then, I really have a sense of time. I'm eternally grateful to the late Bill Bell for casting me as Brad Carlton. Same goes for Brad Bell trusting me with the character Bill Spencer, Jr. It's the role of a lifetime.

What was the first day on the B&B set like? First scene you filmed? Any memories or fun stories?

On my first day at B&B I had scenes with powerhouse Susan Flannery. It was brilliant on Brad Bell's part, because it really established right off the bat that Bill was a force to be reckoned with. As an actor I enjoyed going toe to toe with Susan, and Bill enjoyed going toe to toe with her character, Stephanie Forrester. I have a lot of respect for Susan. She was absolutely wonderful.

Susan Flannery and Don Diamont on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Don Diamont in one of his first scenes as Bill Spencer, Jr. on B&B and Daytime legend Susan Flannery (Stephanie Douglas Forrester).

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Tell us about your TV family and co-stars Darin Brooks, Scott Clifton, and Heather Tom?

Bill's sons, Liam and Wyatt, came into his life as adults and are from two different baby mamas! Bill would take a bullet for either one of them, but also give them a spanking when they need it. Not to mention a punch in the face. Hey, Liam deserved it! The characters are played by Scott Clifton and Darin Brooks, respectively, and they are wonderful actors, and just as wonderful people. We laugh a lot during rehearsal.

Darin Brooks, Don Diamont, and Scott Clifton of soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

The Bold and the Beautiful stars Darin Brooks as Wyatt Spencer, Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr., and Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer.

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Bill's youngest son Will is from Katie. Presently he is the apple of his father's eye. He's played by Finnegan George, who does an outstanding job.

Katie Logan, twice divorced from Bill, is played by the one and only Heather Tom. Heather and I go back to our days on Y&R. We've worked together, and have been friends, for the better part of my 35 years on CBS. There's not enough I can say about Heather as an actress and a person. I am blessed to work opposite her.

Heather Tom and Don Diamont in TV wedding for a soap opera.

Heather Tom as Katie Logan and Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr. on their TV wedding day.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

Because I couldn't sing or dance. Yes, a really old joke, but I like it a lot! It's also true. I really kind of just fell into acting, and low and behold, found that I had an affinity for it. I'm really blessed and appreciative.

You have seven sons in real life, and have even written a memoir about being a father to many children: My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other. What's the best part about having a big family?

Big family, big love! We have a blast hanging out together! When we travel, especially now that some of them have long-term girlfriends, it's like moving an army platoon!

Darin Brooks, Scott Clifton, Heather Tom and Don Diamont on the set of soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

Darin Brooks, Scott Clifton, Heather Tom and Don Diamont on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

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When not filming B&Bor when being coronavirus quarantined as we all are now—what do you like to do? (Do you have a hidden talent or passion project that your fans may not know about you?)

Well, I don't know that I would call it a talent, or something I'm necessarily passionate about, but I do enjoy cooking and I'd gotten away from it in recent years. The stay-at-home orders got me back into it.

Working out is something I love to do, and that has of course continued. Our three youngest boys, Luca, 19 (a freshman quarterback at Duke University), and twins Anton (a high school football player) and Davis (a high school basketball player) are home with us. It's been fun for all of us to work out together.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: How Don Diamont Keeps Busy—And Fit—At Home

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Don Diamont and his wife Cindy Ambuehl.

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

Ozark!

What's on your music playlist right now?

Various 70s music! It's pretty funny, because my sons used to give me shit about it, but now there's tons of 70s on their playlists!

Who's your biggest inspiration?

That's easy. My wife and my children are definitely my biggest inspiration.

Don Diamont and Denise Richards on soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

The Bold and the Beautiful stars Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr. and Denise Richards as Shauna Fulton.

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A former model and known for your abs of steel, you made history by being the first actor from a Daytime drama series to be named in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" issue. What are go-to ab/core exercises? Any at-home fitness tips for fans?

My at home fitness tip would simply be to keep moving. For people who like to train, they have it figured out. For people who don't, I like to say that doing a little of something is better than doing a lot of nothing. With the oppressive nature of the coronavirus hanging over all of us, that's never been more true.

The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of physical activity are well-documented. Working out is a stress and anxiety reliever. There are all kinds of beginner 20 minute workouts online that you can do in your own home, with no equipment whatsoever. Get moving people! You'll be glad you did!

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