Longtime "General Hospital" fans of Steve Burton were dismayed when it was announced the actor and his character, Jason Morgan, would be departing the show last September. Burton had decided to leave the show after two decades. Burton's explanation for his exit was that he wanted to relax and spend time with his family, which relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville.
Roughly five months after this announcement, CBS declared that Burton would be joining "The Young and the Restless" in the contract role of Dylan McAvoy. Dylan is a war veteran who served two tours in the Middle East. He took over the family construction business when his father was injured. He ends up in Port Charles in search of his ex, Avery (played by Jessica Collins). Dylan is slated to make his first onscreen appearance Jan. 29. Burton will be commuting from Nashville to Los Angeles, where "The Young and the Restless" is taped. Burton's new daytime role also reunites him with Jill Farren Phelps, former executive producer of "GH" and current executive producer of "Y&R."
Burton is also working with Phelps and James Franco (ex-Franco, "General Hospital") on a telenovela project.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" was recently nominated for best daily drama by the GLAAD Media Awards for the storyline "Karen Spencer Comes Out/Caroline's Two Moms."
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards celebrate powerful pop-culture depictions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters and the issues they face. This marks the first such nomination for "B&B," which is featuring the first gay characters in the show's 26-year history.
In the narrative, Karen Spencer (played by original cast member Joanna Johnson), is the only female heir to the Spencer Communications conglomerate. She had been keeping her homosexuality secret from her family, and specifically her brother, Bill (Don Diamont), for years. Karen's life partner, Danielle (Crystal Chappell), and the couple's daughter, Caroline (Linsey Godfrey), stand by her side when she decides to come clean and come out to Bill.
Expecting the worst, Karen introduces Danielle to Bill at the same time that she reveals her sexual orientation. Bill's reaction isn't quite what she was expecting. He lovingly accepts his sister and welcomes Danielle into the family.
In real life, Johnson took the opportunity presented to her by the show to publicly announce that she, as well as her character, is a lesbian.
The GLAAD Media Awards also fund the organization's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality. The awards will take place on April 20 in Los Angeles. For more information about the GLAAD Media Awards, go to www.glaad.org.