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August 17, 2007
'Dr.' Grundy

Sacramento Bee/Michael Allen Jones

My 21Q colleague, Bee theater critic Marcus Crowder, dropped a postcard on my desk the other day from a reader named Katrina Williams. Katrina's note said, "Watch for Rueben Grundy as Dr. Peter Ryan on 'The Young & the Restless' Aug. 17," which is today.

Well, Marcus apparently didn't have time to catch the CBS soap, but I sure did. Not only do I know Rueben (pictured above in 2003), but I've worked with this talented, handsome young man on several photo shoots for special fashion sections of The Bee.

Anyway, Rueben, who has modeled for the Sacramento agency Cast Images, caught the acting bug years ago. I'm happy to say that I was one of the first to spot him as a fashion reporter on another CBS daytime drama, "The Bold & the Beautiful."

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't spend all day watching soaps, but "B&B" happens to focus on my job, i.e. covering fashion. So I almost fell out of my chair when I saw Rueben playing the role of snarky journalist.

Anyway, I found myself glued to the tube at 11 this morning to see if, indeed, Katrina was right about Rueben. I figured the storyline had to be tied to a character named Kevin wanting to help his former psycho girlfriend named Jana obtain surgery for a brain tumor. (She has no health insurance.) Got that?

Well, the hour dragged on with numerous other plots. I was about to give up on seeing Rueben, when there he was - in the final few minutes - dressed in doctor garb and giving Kevin and Jana some not-so-good news:

"Surgery is very risky," he says. Followed by this from Kevin: "Why don't doctors say what they mean?"

Now, I'm hoping to speak with Rueben directly from L.A. soon about his new role. In the meantime, Katrina's postcard says he's scheduled to appear Aug. 27-29 and again Sept. 6.

Set your TiVos.

"Y&R" has always been one of the top-rated shows. (It tied for best drama back in June at the Daytime Emmy Awards.)

Way to go, Rueben! You look good with a stethoscope.

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