“We will deal with the death of Kay Chancellor” following the previously announced May 28 tribute to Cooper, Phelps shares with TV Guide Magazine. “We’ve already written the show into July, so it will take some time before we can address her departure on air. In the meantime, there will be references in the script that Katherine and her husband Murphy are off somewhere on a trip.”
The exec producer adds that Y&R‘s Powers That Be have “not yet decided how Kay’s life will actually end, but we are talking a bit already about what she will leave in her wake. It will be something that will leave the memory of Kay Chancellor deeply imbedded in everyone in Genoa City.”
Cooper, who starred on the CBS soap for nearly 40 years, passed away on May 8 after a battle with an undisclosed illness.
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• NBC’s three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music will air Thursday, Dec. 5. From Smash/Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the production stars Idol champ-turned-country-music star Carrie Underwood as leading lady Maria von Trapp.
• Dimitri Marick is returning to Pine Valley. Michael Nader announced Monday that he’ll reprise his fan-fave role on the now-online soap All My Children beginning June 3. Dimitri is reportedly lured back to town to head a new division of Chandler Enterprises.
• Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman) has landed a recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of Covert Affairs, which launches July 16. Per TVGuide.com, the actress joins as a new agent with a dark past.
• CBS announced Monday that the 56th annual Grammys are slated to air Jan. 26, 2014, with the 57th honors bowing Feb. 8, 2015.
• Oxygen has given the green light to Pastors Of L.A., a docu-series centering on six pastors in Southern California.
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