CBS Daytime To Honor Jeanne Cooper
Updated August 20:
CBS has launched a dedicated website to honor Katherine Chancellor as part of their upcoming memorial tribute to the character on September 3 and 4.
Updated August 19:
According to TV Guide, Michael Damien (Danny), Lauralee Bell (Christine), Tricia Cast (Nina), Patty Weaver (Gina), Adrienne Frantz (Amber) and Beau Kazer (Brock) will all return to "Y&R" for the tribute to Katherine Chancellor set to air on September 3 and 4. Damien will perform a song entitled, "That's When I'll Stop Loving You," and Jeanne Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen, will appear as Father Todd Williams to officiate the memorial ceremony.
Updated on August 9:
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that scenes to honor the late Jeanne Cooper will begin airing on Friday August 16 as family and friends gather at the Chancellor mansion. Though they believe to be there to welcome Katherine back from her vacation, they will receive the devastating news of her death and begin fighting for her fortune.
Updated July 15:
As noted below, following Jeanne Cooper's passing, the death of her character, Katherine Chancellor has been written into scripts. "Y&R" episodes involving a memorial for Katherine will begin taping Tuesday July 16 and are expected to air in early September, according to Highlight Hollywood.
Updated May 13:
According to TV Guide, actors taking part in the tribute to Jeanne Cooper are Jess Walton (Jill), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Eric Braeden (Victor), Peter Bergman (Jack), Doug Davidson (Paul), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Kristoff St. John (Neil), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Billy Miller (Billy), Daniel Goddard (Cane), Kate Linder (Esther), Bryton James (Devon), Tricia Cast (Nina), Lauralee Bell (Cricket), Beth Maitland (Traci), Michael Fairman (Murphy) and Jerry Douglas (John), plus "The Bold and the Beautiful's" John McCook (Eric) and Heather Tom (Katie). Eileen Davidson (ex-Ashley, Kristen, "Days of our Lives") and Michael Damian (Danny) were invited to participate but scheduling conflicts prevented them from taking part. Stephen Nichols (Tucker) and Beau Kazer (Brock) were invited to participate, but have not yet confirmed. Cooper's son, Corbin Bersen (Father Todd) will also be involved, and is expected to return in-character sometime down the road when there is a memorial for Cooper's character, Katherine Chancellor. The role of Katherine will not be recast, and the character will be referenced as being on holiday with her husband, Murphy, until such time as her death is written into the scripts. Expect Katherine's death to have a huge impact on the citizens of Genoa City.
Original article May 10:
Sadness has filled the Daytime world since Jeanne Cooper passed away on May 8. We will never forget her or her iconic role as Katherine Chancellor, and CBS plans to air a special tribute episode on Tuesday May 28 at 12:30 PM to honor Cooper.
Viewers will be able to watch as cast members, friends and family of the beloved actress gather on set to celebrate the life of the woman who has brought so many throughout the years. Cooper was the show's longest running cast member, serving 39 years, and fans will get to hear some of her family and friends' favorite memories, personal recollections, classic clips, and past interviews with the late actress from the show's recent 40th anniversary.
"Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves," said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime CBS. "The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did."
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Updated August 27:
CBS released a sneak peek at Katherine’s memorial service. Check out the clip below.