HOLLYWOOD—This week’s Leading Men Gold Standard goes to three talented actors who showed viewers of television that they are in charge of their destinies. The best performances include Patrick Duffy, who portrays Stephen Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful”; Adam Gregory, who portrays Thomas Forrester on “B&B”; and Stephen Nichols, who portrays billionaire Tucker McCall on “The Young and the Restless.” All actors made excellent choices and decisions when performing on their shows this week. Patrick Duffy and Stephen Nichols are seasoned actors, who always deliver the goods, while Adam Gregory is paying his dues and becoming one of daytime’s hottest and most talented leading men.

Patrick Duffy returned to “B&B” this week and we knew it was going to be fireworks. For an actor who is calm in his demeanor, his character is always stirring up trouble. Stephen and Pam decided to take their relationship to the next level and to make it public to their families. The Logans were solidly uncertain about the relationship. Stephen’s daughter Donna is against it the most. Stephen, however, stood his ground with his daughters Donna, Katie and Brooke, then went head-to-head and stood up to Pam’s sister Stephanie. Duffy’s solid and personable performance was even better this week.

Adam Gregory is becoming one of my favorite young performers. This week his work stood out because he portrayed a man who is falling in love with his father’s wife, but trying to keep his feelings contained. Thomas’s hormones are raging whenever he’s around Brooke, but he’s so far done the right thing and not taken the relationship to the next level. Gregory’s scenes with Susan Flannery this week, as Thomas and Stephanie discussed Brooke’s change over the past few years, was very heartfelt and fascinating to watch.

Stephen Nichols as Tucker was all over the place this week. Initially Tucker decided to back the recording label of Devon Winters and Noah Newman. Nichols played a man who wanted to help two young men break into the music industry. However, the shocking news that Cane and Sofia have been lying to Tucker and allowing a conman to swindle Tucker’s company was destined to be revealed. Although the climax came at the end of the week, the intensity in which Stephen Nichols played the revelation was exciting to say the least. Fans know that next week Tucker McCall’s going to cause heads to roll.

“Y&R” and “B&B” both air weekdays on CBS.

Kyle Lowder, who has played Rick Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful” for several years, was released from his contract this week. The handsome star who shot to fame on the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” as Brady will remain on the show as Rick Forrester on “B&B.” The talented actor has been featured in our Gold Standard many times. The show’s Emmy winning executive producer and head writer called Kyle and gave him the news personally. Bell also spoke with Canyon News. “Kyle Lowder’s four-year run as Rick Forrester on ”˜The Bold and The Beautiful’ has been a tremendous success. Kyle is a superb actor and a fine gentleman. Kyle will continue on with the show on a recurring basis,” said  Bradley P. Bell
Photographs are Courtesy: Patrick Duffy and Adam Gregory by Gilles Toucas and Stephen Nichols by JPI Studios©