Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Soap Stuff: Robert Newman, Veteran Star of “Guiding Light,” Joining “The Young and the Restless”


CBS is ponying up for an Emmy nominated actor for “The Young and the Restless.”

Robert Newman, who played Josh Lewis on CBS’s “Guiding Light” for about 30 years, is joining “Y&R” soon. He’ll take over the character named Ashland Locke (yes, in soaps, a person could be named Ashland), a business rival for the indefatigable Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).

Newman was nominated for a Daytime Emmy twice on “Guiding Light.” He won Best Short Film Actor in 2014 from the LA Indie Film Fest in a movie called “Deadline,” although I don’t think he’s short. It was the film.

“The Young and the Restless” has been in a kind of torpor lately. Maybe Newman will give them a shot in the arm.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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