​Meredith Baxter Joins CBS Soap As Boozy Maureen

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August 5, 2021

Meredith Baxter joins daytime’s No. 1 soap, the Young and the Restless.

According to TheWrap, Meredith Baxter will take on the character Maureen in the soap. The actress will be kicking back a few cocktails, make that lots of cocktails, with trouble socialite Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). According to the report, the “Family Ties” alum has already signed on on for the CBS soap opera. This information comes from an individual with knowledge of the casting.

Maureen is a “charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she’s had. She appears kind and sympathetic, but can be quite manipulative. She is skilled at getting people to do the things she wants them to do by making them think it’s their idea,” according to CBS. A rep for the network adds “When not hitting the sauce with her new drinking-buddy, Nikki, Maureen will be crossing with several key players on the Y&R canvas.”

As Meredith Baxter joins CBS, we can’t help but remember her as mom Elyse Keaton on Family Ties. She starred on the sitcom from 1982 to 1989. The actress earned two Emmy nods in the landmark ’70s series Family, and a third for the 1992 movie A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story.

It sounds like Maureen will be quite the trouble maker, and The Young and the Restless is desperately in need of some fresh new characters to spice up their dull daytime drama. Perhaps Maureen will be just what the doctor ordered!

The 67-year-old took home a Daytime Emmy for the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Other Mothers. Baxter’s most recent TV appearances include Family Guy, Switched at Birth, The Neighbors, Glee and Finding Carter. Oh, and if you haven’t read her terrific 2011 memoir Untied, do.

This won’t be the first time that Baxter has experienced a fictional drunkie on set: As famous “Family Ties” TV mom Elyse Keaton, she dealt with an alcoholic brother, played by Tom Hanks.

Meredith Baxter joins Y&R on Monday, Sept. 8 and will be prominent throughout the fall because, word is, boozy Maureen has connections in town! This ought to be interesting, to say the least. Meredith just doesn’t fit the character based on her previous work, but she will be entertaining.