Saturday, November 27, 2021

Y&R Report (November 27, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

There's not quite as much to write about because we've had a short week on The Young and the Restless.  Due to American Thanksgiving, the show was not seen on Thursday, November 25, 2021 or Friday, November 26, 2021 on CBS.  On November 25th, there was an encore presentation of Victoria and Ashland's wedding.  Y&R was  preempted on November 24th and November 25th on Global TV

Well, Victoria and Ashland definitely want to become the newest power couple in Genoa City.  They are acting like a younger version of Victor and Nikki Newman.  It seems that Victoria is calling the shouts and leading the way.  That's not a surprise because of all Victor's children, her behaviour most resembles her father's.  She is a cutthroat businesswoman.  She and Ashland just waltzed into Billy and Lily's office and offered to buy their company.  Princess Victoria takes great delight in the prospect of acquiring ChancCom.  

Victoria and Ashland praised Lily and were highly critical of Billy.  They want Lily to run ChancCom on her own, without Billy. They dangled the prospect of career success and being CEO of her own company to Lily.  Lily, however, is dubious about accepting their offer.  She doesn't want to fall into a trap. or make a huge mistake.  She knows it's Jill's call anyway.  That's why she phoned Jill to discuss the situation.

Poor Billy Boy Abbott!  He can't help himself.  He is his own worst enemy.  Even when he tries to do something noble, such as resign from ChancCom and let Lily take over, he can't win.  He didn't consult with Lily before making such a momentous decision.  Lily berated him for that.  Billy just doesn't have good judgement.  However, according to an online spoiler and previews, Billy's mother, Jill, will be arriving in town soon and she will take command of the situation.

Faith is back in the swing of things - finally!  It was good to see her have a heart-to-heart conversation with her brother, Noah.  It was about time that Noah really opened up to someone.  He's really been a drag sitting around at home.  Speaking of Noah Newman, I wouldn't be surprised if he and Tessa become romantically involved?  Why?  First, they seem to have a lot in common.  They both like music and art.  Secondly, if those two hooked up, it would create a conflict between Mariah and Noah.  Remember that they are half siblings.  Their mother is Sharon.  

The Thanksgiving episode featuring Phyllis and Gloria was hilarious.  It was some much-needed comic relief after all the drama surrounding Chance's disappearance and baby Dominic.  I really enjoyed it.  It showed some real insight into the mind of Phyllis.  Gloria was funny as "Golden Glo."  

I'm very pleased to be seeing more of Eileen Davidson lately as Ashley Abbott.  She one of the show's anchors and her presence is very welcome as far as her fans are concerned.

Those of us who watch Y&R on Global TV saw the first scene with the new Chance, played by Conner Floyd.  I will reserve judgement on Conner until I've seen more of him.  His style seems different from the other actors who have played Chance.  He seems less military the others and more bohemian, with longish curly hair.  

Much to Abby's disappointment, Chance seems adamant that he won't come home until he brings down the bad guys who killed his colleagues.  Here's what I think may happen.  Abby will go home alone and pretend that has accepted that Chance is dead.  Once he brings down the bad the guys, he will return to Genoa City, but will remain in hiding in order to protect himself and Abby and Dominic.  Devon and Mariah and the others with continue to believe that Chance is gone.  This will cause plenty of conflict, especially where Mariah is concerned.  Chance will eventually return home.  The powers that be at Y&R did not select a new Chance so that he remain in Spain.

Y&R seems to be taking its time to pay tribute to Jerry Douglas, who portrayed John Abbott, the patriarch of the Abbott family, for many years.  They have shown a photo of him with his birth and death dates at the end of an episode.


CAST NEWS

Steve Burton (ex-Dylan on Y&R) fired from General Hospital


Genersal Hospital has fired former Y&R star. Steve Burton, for failing to comply with on-set COVID-19 protocol (GH has a vaccine mandate, while the other major soaps, including Y&R, rely on testing, social distancing and other on-set protocols).  The actor, who portrayed Dylan McAvoy on Y&R from 2013 to 2017 was let go from his GH role as Jason Morgan because of his refusal to get vaccinated.  Burton says he applied for medical and religious exemptions and he argues that it is a matter of personal freedom.  


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott)

Victoria and Ashland have offered to buy ChancCom.  They want Billy to resign.  They will put Lily in charge and she will become CEO.  Fans, what do you think of the deal?  Is it fair?  Should Billy resign and allow Lilly to run the show?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.<

Should Billy resign from ChancCom and sell the company to Ashland and Victoria?
 
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NOTE TO READERS

I need your feedback.  If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name.  I really need your input.  I really need to hear your opinion.  I want to know if you agree or disagree with me. 

My email address:  jmadden16@yahoo.ca

That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, December 11, 2021.  

Take care,

Joanne

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Y&R Report (November 13, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

Have you noticed that Faith Newman (Reylynn Carter) and Moses Winters (Jacob Aaron Gaines) haven't had much screen time lately?  I know that the focus has been on Victoria and Ashland's wedding and on the Abby-Chance storyline.  Still, those two young lovebirds have really been in the background.  With Noah back in town, you'd think that Faith would be in scenes with the brother she hasn't seen for a long time.

Speaking of Noah, I can't quite figure what direction the writers are taking him.  All we know is that someone in London broke his heart.  He seems to be hanging out a lot with Tessa and Mariah.  I thought he might get romantically involved with Tessa.  However, it appears that the writers seemed to have backed away from that, at least for the time being.  It might still happen if Tessa loses patience with Mariah's obsession with baby Dominic.  Tessa is not on the same page with her on that.  

Mariah is way out  of line where Dominic is concerned.  As much as she feels a connection to the child, she has to face the reality that Abby is his mother.  She is doing herself no favours by hovering over him.  If Chance is declared dead, I wouldn't be surprised if she takes legal action to gain custody of her "Bowie."  Tess will not be on board with that.

There weren't any Halloween parties or costumes on Y&R again this year.  I was disappointed about that, but there must be a reason.  It might have something to do with COVID.

I quite enjoyed watching that heart-to heart talk that Nick had with Victoria.  They really opened up to each other as siblings.  It was rather touching.

If you're not convinced that Chance is really dead, you are definitely on the right track,  Chance is returning to Genoa City, but he wont be played by Donny Boaz (In the CAST NEWS section of this Y&R Report, you will find a brief biography of the new Chance.  That's right.  There will finally be a new Chance and it's about time).

What will Chance's return mean for the storyline?  What will await him when he finally comes home?  Will Abby give up all hope of seeing him alive again?  Maybe a body will be wrongly identified as Chance's, so she will go on with her life, only to discover that her husband is still alive.. There is going to be quite a showdown, legally and emotionally, over custody of that poor baby Dominic.  Both Devon and Mariah could eventually seek custody of him since they  are booth extremely attached to the child.  

Abby doesn't seem to be able to cope with looking after Dominic and dealing with her grief over Chance.  She ended up at Devon's doorstep asking for help.  Now Devon is looking after the baby and Abby has taken off somewhere.  My guess is that she's headed tp Spain to look for Chance.  She still has hope that he's still alive.  She's right, too, but this is a soap opera.  The question is this: If Abby does go to Spain, will she find him or will he return later? 

So far. Amanda seems very supportive of Devon's connection to Dominic and Abby.  I still have a problem with Devon and Amanda.  Wouldn't it feel weird having a relationship with someone who looks exactly like your dead spouse.  Amanda may be a dead ringer for her identical twin but her personality is quite different from Hillary's.  I think the bond between Devon and Hilary was much stronger.

Is it finally over between Phyllis and Nick?  I hope so.  Those two are not in sync.  Their relationship has run its course.  Phyllis will never accept Nick's ties to his family and Nick will always be a Newman.  That will never change.  Nick needs someone who has more in common with him and accepts his family situation.  I think he is best suited to Sharon.  Notice how often he has been confiding in her lately.  Their son, Noah, even commented that he didn't think Nick had ever really gotten over Sharon.  Having said that, I don't think the time is right for a Nick and Sharon reunion yet.  There are too many complications, such as Sharon's marriage to Rey and her fixation on Adam.  It may happen someday, when she inevitably breaks up with Rey.

Here's another thing I've thought about.  Sally Spectra might go after Nick, just for revenge against Phyllis and to make his brother Adam jealous.  I wouldn't put it past Sally.  I just don't know if Nick would be interested in hooking up with her.  However, Nicholas usually shows poor judgement where women are concerned.   

Sally should take Jack's sage advice.  He told her to o stop complaining and to stop acting as if everyone were against her.  He was spot-on with those words of wisdom.   She's got to put an end to her "Poor Sally" attitude.

Some Y&R fans felt that Ashland Locke was faking his death.  I think we can put that theory to rest.  The media mogul has clearly experienced pain with no one else was around.  Why would he pretend to be dying in that situation?

Once again, Victor Newman has won.  As he would  say, he has crushed Billy Boy.  He and Adam are threatening to bring down Chancellor Communications.  They were able to get Jesse Gaines on their side and they completely fooled Billy Abbott.  I've got to believe that Victoria and Ashland are in on Victor and Adam's scheme too.  Victor wouldn't do anything to hurt his princess.  

Billy will be facing a lot of music.  Lily has just about had enough of his shenanigans.  Not only that, but Billy's mother, Jill (Jess Walton), will be coming home for a visit.  According to an online spoiler, "she will make some stunning business decisions."  Jill's  decisions will probably involve ChancComm and I doubt Billy will be pleased.


VIEWER FORUM

If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name. 
My email address:  jmadden16@yahoo.ca

Here is an email I received from Y&R fan CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Hi Joanne

My comment for this week is related to how poorly baby Dominic is portrayed.  Wrapped in the same blue-striped swaddling blanket day after day, this cannot be the long-awaited, much-adored son and grandson of multi-millionaire parents and grandparents.

They should consider the impact of this sad visual on the amount of empathy the audience can muster up for Abby.

There must be a life-like baby doll hidden somewhere in the prop room that could be used!

Major gaffe by the powers that be!

- CC from Etobicoke

You are absolutely right, CC.  Surely Y&R can do better than that.  It's what you'd expect from an amateur production.  Do they think that viewers haven't noticed that Dominic is just a fake blanket baby?  What a joke!  The baby's crying is so phony too.  How shoddy!  The only valid excuse for not using a real baby is COVID regulations.  If, that's the case, they could use a life-like doll, as you suggest.  At the very least, they could change poor Dominic's blanket.  Sooner of later, they are going to have to get rid of that blue-striped one.  This certainly is a major gaffe by the powers that be.  I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of a scene, the actors laugh and toss around that ridiculous blanket baby.


CAST NEWS

Jerry Douglas (John Abbott) dies at 88



Jerry Douglas, who portrayed patriarch John Abbott on The Young and the Restless, passed away on November 9th after a brief illness.  He was 88 years old.  Jerry joined the cast of Y&R in 1982.  The actor played the wealthy founder of Jabot Cosmetics until his character was killed off in 2006.  He remained with the show about a decade longer, appearing from time to time as the ghost of John Abbott until 2016.  As a ghost, he guided his son Jack, offering Jack much advice.

In addition to his John Abbott role, the veteran actor appeared in films such as JFK and Mommie Dearest.  He also had television guest roles on Melrose Place and Arrested Development.  Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kym, sons Jod and Hunter, and daughter Avra.  He also leaves two grandchildren.


A new actor will be playing Chance

 

Conner Floyd

Y&R has confirmed that Conner Floyd will be taking over the role of Philip Chancellor 1V, better known as Chance).  Conner is a newcomer to soaps, but his television credits include made[-for-TV movies Malicious Motives and A Kiss on Candy Lane.  He will also be appearing in the film Help Wanted.

Conner, 29, is from Texas, but now lives in Los Angeles.  


Cast Notes

As i mentioned, Jill (Jess Walton) will return for an extended stay in Genoa City.  Jess has not been seen on screen for a while due to her husband's illness and death.

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) will return from maternity leave in December.  I can't wait to see how she reacts to Sally's pursuit of Adam.

Roxanne Hart, known for her role as Nurse Camille Shutt on the medical drama Chicago Hope, will appear in several episodes as Kim Dunaway.  Her first appearance will be on November 18th on CBS and November 17th on Global TV.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman)

It seems as if Nick and Phyllis are done. at least for now.  Who should be Nick's next love interest? Should he reunite with Sharon or Chelsea?  Should he find someone new?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.</

Now that Nick and Phyllis are on rocky ground, what should he do?
 
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That's all for now.  A Happy Thanksgiving (November 25th) to readers in the United States.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, November 27, 2021.  


Take care,  

Joanne

Monday, November 1, 2021

Whatever happened to Mike Lookinland of The Brady Bunch?

The problem for me was, I lived my childhood in my 20s.  You should really live your childhood when you're a child, because if you do it when you're 26, it can be dangerous.

- Mike Lookinland, video clip from "Oprah Where are they now?"

Mike Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady, the youngest Brady son on The Brady Bunch, has kept a lower profile than the actors who portrayed the other Brady children.  He fled the Hollywood scene and eventually became a successful businessman.

Michael Paul Lookinland was born to a Mormon family in Mount Pleasant, Utah on December 19, 1960.  Mike was the second of the three children of  Paul Lookinland and his wife, Karen.  Mike had two siblings, an older sister named Theresa and a younger brother, Todd.  His father, Paul, was a junior high school principal in Carson, California.

By the age of seven, Mike was acting n television commercials for products such as Cheerios cereal, toys and Band-Aid bandages.  He was actually offered two sitcom roles - Eddie Corbitt on The Courtship of Eddie's Father and Bobby Brady on The Brady Bunch.  His parents chose the The Brady Bunch, and the part of Eddie was given to Brandon Cruz.  Mike's parents believed that it was better for their son to be around children his own age than to be the only child in an adult cast.

Mike was 9 years old when he was cast as Robert "Bobby" Brady.  The Brady Bunch was created by Sherwood Schwartz, who also created Gilligan's Island.  The series aired for five seasons, from 1969 until 1974 on the ABC network but did not attain great popularity until it went into syndication.

Mike Lookinland appeared in all 117 episodes of The Brady Bunch.  When he was cast as Bobby, Mike was told that he would have to dye his hair.  Mike's hair was naturally sandy and wavy.  HIs strawberry blond locks were darkened and straightened in order to match the hair of his TV brothers, Barry Williams, (Greg Brady) and Christopher Knight (Peter Brady}.  During the final two seasons of The Brady Bunch, however, Mike's natural hair colour was allowed to be shown. 

In a 2019 interview with the New York Post, Mike stated the following: :"It was very strange for a nine-year old boy to go to school one morning with red hair then show up on Monday with jet-black hair."  Although the series was about a blended family consisting of a blond mother with three blond daughter and a dark-haired dad with three dark-haired sons, Mike claims it was never presented to him that way.  As a child, he disliked dying his hair and found it weird.

In the 1970s, Mike Lookinland attended Chadwick School, an independent school on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, California.  He graduated from Chadwick in 1978.  During his time on The Brady Bunch, Mike studied at Hollywood Professional School along with his Brady Bunch  siblings Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady), Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady).

Below is the cast of The Brady Bunch as featured in the shows opening theme.  Top to Bottom, from left to right: Maureen McCormick, Florence Hendrson (Carol Brady), Barry Williams, Eve Plumb (Jan Brady), Ann B. Davis (Alice), Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen, Robert Reed and Mike Lookinland.




Mike remained with The Brady Bunch until the series ended in 1974.  Soon after its cancellation, he appeared as Phillip Albright in the 1974 disaster film The Towering InfernoThe Towering Inferno was a blockbuster hit with a stellar ensemble cast including, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Jennifer Jones, Fred Astaore. Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Richard Chamberlain, Susan Blakely and yes, O.J. Simpson.

After The Tower Inferno, 20th Century Fox wanted to cast Mike Lookinland in a new TV series called Swiss Family Robinson. Mike turned down the offer because he and his schoolmates had planned to go on a ski trip.  He told the producer that he hadn't had a vacation in six years and that he didn't want to do the show.  He soon learned that you "don't turn down work in Hollywood if you want to get work in Hollywood."  According to Mike, nobody called him again after that.

Mike appeared in a 1975 episode of the The Secret of Isis, a fantasy superhero series.  He portrayed Tom Anderson in an episode of the show entitled "How to Find a Friend" (Season 1, Episode 8, Air Date: October 25, 1975).  Mike also guest-starred in a 1977 episode of the family drama Little House on the Prairie.  He played Patrick, a boy on a train, in an episode entitled "Times of Change" (Season 4, Episode 2, Air Date: September 19, 1977).  

Mike on Little House on the Prairie

After graduating from high school, 17-year-old Mike decided to leave Hollywood and move to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah.  He met his future wife while they were both attending the university and he put down roots in Utah.  He dropped out of college in order to pursue a career as a production assistant and camera operator.

In a 2019 interview with Desert News, Mike said, "I wanted to get out of L.A., get away from agents and managers.  And just to be a kid in the mountains."  It was an attempt on Mike's part to live his life outside of the public eye.

Despite Mike's escape from Hollywood, everything did not go smoothly for him,  Like many a child star, he had a difficult struggle with alcoholism.  After The Brady Bunch ended, he began drinking and became addicted.  "I loved alcohol," he said in a video clip from "Oprah Where are they now?'"  "First time I had a drink, oh boy, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world."  Everything came to a head on the evening of November 9, 1997.  Mike was leaving the set of Promised Land in St. George, Utah, where he was employed as an assistant cameraman.  As he drove along Utah State Route 18, he approached a curve and drifted onto the left shoulder.. While attempting to steer back onto the pavement, he rolled off the right side of the road.  

Mike sustained cuts and bruises as a result of the accident.  It turned out that his blood alcohol content was over three times Utah's legal limit.  He was treated in hospital and then booked into Washington County Jail, but was released on bail.  In December pf 1997, Mike completed a court-ordered rehabilitation program.  On May 27, 1998, he was sentenced to 24 hours of community service and fined $1,500.  The drunk driving incident was a wake up call for Mike and he sobered up.  "When it became clear that the choice was between living or dying, then it became a simple choice for me," he stated in the Oprah video.

Mike is a "Deadhead," a huge fan of the band the Grateful Dead.  He says his interest in the group began the day before New Year's in 1978.  Since that time, he has attended over 100 Grateful Dead concerts and shows.

Another band, Wonderful Broken Thing, titled their 1989 album Looking For Mike Lookinland.


On May 1, 1987 (some sources say May 11), Mike married his college sweetheart, Kelly Wemuth (born 1962), a sometime actor..  The couple have two sons, Scott Michael  Lookinland (born July 6, 1990) and Joseph Kelly "Joe" Lookinland (born August 6, 1993.  Both sons were born in Utah.

Mike eventually left the entertainment business behind.  After working in film production  for 20 years, he decided to change course.  One day, his wife, Kelly, brought home a library book that caught his attention.  The book's title was How to Make Concrete Countertops.  Mike made up his mind to do just that.  He told his wife that he intended to quit his job and make concrete countertops for a living. 

Mike Lookinland now operates a business in Salt Lake City that produces decorative concrete  He is satisfied with the artistic and creative aspect of  designing concrete countertops.  The former child star enjoys living in Utah and says he hasn't even thought about gong anywhere else.  He is impressed by the quality of life in the state.  

Mike Lockinland

END NOTES

* Through the years, Mike Lookinland has participated in a number of Brady Bunch reunion shows and interviews.  He appeared on the The Brady Bunch Meets ABC Saturday Superstars (1972 TV movie), Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-770, The Brady Girls Get Married (1981 TV movie), A Very Brady Christmas (1988 TV movie) and The Bradys (1990 TV series).  Most recently, he took part in the 2019 HGTV television series A Very Brady Renovation.  

In A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys, Mike's character, Bobby Brady, was seen in a wheelchair, the result of an auto racing accident.

MHe also provided the voice for Bobby Brady in the animated series The Brady Kids (1972-73) in which the Brady children form a pop group.

* Mike reprised his role as Bobby Brady for a 1989 episode of the television series Day by Day, a comedy about a married couple who give up their professional career in order to run a day care centre at home.  The episode was called "A Very Brady Episode" (Season 2, Episode 11, Air Date: February 5, 1989).

* Mike's younger brother, Todd Lookinland, appeared in a 1974 episode of The Brady Bunch which served as a pilot for a new spin-off series called Kelly's Kids.  The series, about a couple with three sons, one black, one white and one Asian, was never bought.  he Brady Bunch episode was also entitled "Kelly's Kids," (Season 5, Episode 14, Air Date: January 4, 1974).  

* Mike's son, Joe Lookinland, is known for his role in the 2002 film Everwood.  Joe also appeared in the 2006 film Unaccompanied Minors. Mike's other son, Scott Lookinland, reprised his father's role as Bobby Brady in the 2000 TV movie Growing Up Brady.

SOURCESOutsier.com, "'The Brady Bunch': Why Mike Lookinland Said His Move to Utah at Age 17 Was to 'Run Away'," by Keeli Parkey, July 12, 2021; Outsier.com, "Why Bobby Actor Mike Lookinland Said ' You Don't Turn Down Work in Hollywood'," by Joe Rutland, June 22, 2021; Amomama.com, "'The Brady Bunch Mike Lookinland Struggled with Addiction after the Show but now happily married with 2 Kids," by Olyin Balogun, September 5, 2021; WickipediaInternet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Y&R Report (October 30, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

 Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

Here are some final thoughts about the wedding in Tuscany.  Did the writers think we wouldn't notice that almost no one went to the reception?  They didn't even bother to show the event.  We didn't see Victoria and Ashland cut the cake, nor did we see the bride throw the bouquet.  It was mentioned later that concert pianist Leslie Brooks caught the flowers.  No wonder!  By my count, she was the only single woman there.  In fact, other than Victor and Nikki, she was the only person there.  The others all decided to skip the reception, including Sally Spectra, who was busy making a play for Adam.  I don't think anyone would have beaten Sally to the bouquet if she had been there.

Adam managed to resist Sally's advances, probably because his heart is still with Sharon.  We all know that Sally is one very determined woman and that she doesn't give up easily.  However, it will be a huge challenge to pry Adam away from Sharon,  Sharon, will do everything in her power to prevent Sally and Adam from hooking up.  

When Billy was asking Rey's assistance in finding out what happened to the missing Jesse Gaines, Asland's arch-enemy, Sharon just had to find out what was going on.  It didn't take her long to confront Billy and come to Adam's defence.  It's so obvious where Sharon's heart and her loyalties lie.  They are 100 per cent with Adam.  Of course, that incident led to yet another argument between Sharon and Rey over Sharon's interest in Adam.

So, Sally has made quite a few enemies in Genoa City - Phyllis, Nick, Nikki . . .The latest person she has alienated is Lauren Fenmore.  Lauren is understandably livid that Sally prevented Victoria from wearing the weeing dress that she designed.  Next on the list will be Chelsea.  She won't want Sally and Adam together.

Sally just can't help herself and she hasn't done herself any favours by taking a photo of Jack and Phyllis looking cozy together.  Nick and Phyllis are on the verge of breaking up.  They're just not on the same page.  Sally's photo will deliver the finishing blow.  It's just a matter of time and Phyllis will be with Jack again.  As for Nick, he might try another go-round with Chelsea.  I would suggest a reunion with Sharon, but she's too busy with Adam and Rey.

Although Phyllis and Nick have tried to talk over their issues, they are just going around in circles.  Phyllis thinks Nick is too wrapped up in his family's problems.  Nick can't stop getting involved with the Newman dramas, especially the latest one concerning the unfortunate Jesse Gaines.  What in tarnation has Victor Newman done with Gaines?  Whatever it is, it isn't pretty, although Nikki doesn't seem to be overly concerned about it.  Adam, who professes to be a changed man, has gone along with Victor's dictates. 

What is going on with Chance?.  Is he really dead?  Somehow, I don't think so, although it certainly seems that way.  I realize that Abby identified Chance's watch and his wedding ring.  However, his body has not been found.  Perhaps it will never be found or maybe a body will be wrongly identified as Chance's and he will show up later.  Will Abby start an new life without her husband, only to discover that he is still alive?


VIEWER FORUM

If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name. 
My email address:  jmadden16@yahoo.ca

I received some comments from longtime Y&R viewer, CC in Etobicoke.  CC wrote the following:

It looks to me like Victoria and Ashland are playing each other.  They are keeping up the sham of love until one triumphs over the other by getting all of the new company.  From the get-go, Victoria said if she won the bid for Ashland's company she was going to let Billy run it.  That was going to be her key to get him away from Lily since nothing else was working.

I still do not believe that Ashland has cancer.  

We' will see what happens.

Could Ashland and Victoria both really be that phony?  I doubt it, but if you are right, CC, I will give you a lot of credit for calling it.  I do agree that Billy and Victoria still have feelings for each other.  Also, if Ashland doesn't have terminal cancer, he won't have to die and leave the show.  His death would really disappoint many fans.


CAST NEWS

Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) weds in Malibu


On Saturday, October 23, 2021, Courtney Hope, who portrays the fiery Sally Spectra on The Young and the Restless, married fellow soap star Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos, General Hospital) in Malibu California.  The ceremony was not exactly traditional.  In fact, it was a gothic-themed wedding with the slogan "'Til Death."  The bride wore a red Victorian dress, while the groom wore a matchinred tuxedo,  The guests wore all-black outfits.  ."  Y&R's Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore) and Hunter King (ex-Summer Newman) were among those in attendance, who dined on a Texas barbeque - chicken and beef and brussels sprouts.

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) says she'll be back on screen soon

Chelsea fans will be pleased to know that she will be back on their screens soon.  She took to Instagram to say that she'll soon return to Genoa City.  She teased Y&R viewers with a message that "Chelsea misses you all."

Melissa has been on maternity leave since mid-August, Later that month, she gave birth to her first child, a son named Caden Robert Katrosar.  Since then, her character, Chelsea Lawson, has only been seen in video chats.  After spending time in a psychiatric hospital, Chelsea went to Minnesota to help her ailing mother, Anita, recover from a hip injury.


Michael Damian's mother passes away

Michael Damian

Condolences to former Y&R rocker Michael Damian, who portrayed Danny Romalotti on Y&R for many years.  Michael's mother, Maria Angelia passed away after some recent health issues.


CAST NOTE

According to an online preview, Jess Walton (Jill) will return to Genoa City for an extended stay.  Jill will make some "stunning business decisions."


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Richard Burgi 

Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi) received some bad news about his condition.  The treatment for his cancer is not working.  He and Princess Victoria are looking at alternatives but the odds are not in Ashland's favour.  Fans, do you think Ashland is going to survive much longer?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Will Ashland Locke die?
 
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That's all for now.  I'm looking forward to Halloween on the show.  They ignored it last year, probably because of COVID.  I hope we'll see the costumes and the parties this year.  The November sweeps are just around the corner, so there should be plenty of excitement and action.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, November 13, 2021.  

Take care,

Joanne

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Keeping up with Brandon Cruz: From child star to punk rocker

"Brandon Cruz is not a fan of Hollywood, and it's not because after spending three years costarring on The Courtship of Eddie's Father he felt abandoned by the system, tossed aside and lost himself in drugs and alcohol."

- Ed Gross, Closer Weekly, 2019

Brandon Cruz is a former child star who has managed to survive life as an adult.  Despite his 25-year struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, he has succeeded in beating the odds.  He hasn't suffered a  hellish descent into a life of crime and suicide attempts.  At one time, he was active with the group A Minor Consideration, an organization started by Paul Petersen of The Donna Reed Show in order to help child actors maintain their careers.  In 2011, Brandon told American Profile magazine that surfing and punk rock "probably saved my life." 

The child actor was just five years of age when he originally auditioned for the role of Eddie Corbitt on the TV series The Courtship of Eddie's Father.  He was seven years old when the show debuted in September of 1969.  The sitcom ran on the ABC network for three seasons, until its final episode on March 1 1972.  It was based on the 1963 romantic comedy starring Glenn Ford as Tom Corbitt, a widowed father, and Ron Howard (then billed as "Ronny Howard) as his son.  Both the film and the television show were based on a 1961 novel of the same name by Mark Toby.

Brandon Edwin Cruz was born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California.  When Brandon was two months old, his family moved to Ventura County, California.  The Courtship of Eddie's Father was Brandon's breakthrough role.  As the mischievous Eddie Corbitt, he was always scheming to find the right match for his widowed father..  Bill Bixby, who had starred in My Favorite Martian, played the role of Brandon's TV dad, Tom Corbitt..  The Corbitt housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston, was portrayed by Miyoshi Umeki, a Japanese-American singer and actress

Brandon had great respect for Bill Bixby, who died in 1993.  In his 2011 interview with American Profile, he stated that "Bill Bixby was like my second father."  In a 2019 interview with Closer Weekly, he said that Bixby deserved more recognition in Hollywood."  He revealed that he was attempting to raise funds to get the actor a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.  He's still at it.  On May 21, 2021, Brandon wrote the following update on the website he organized to raise funds for Bixby's star: "Five years and barely halfway there.  I'll never stop, ever.  Bill was a patient man, and so am I . . . "

Below is a 1969 publicity photo for The Courtship of Eddie's Father.  From left, Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz and Miyoshi Umeki.


Brandon Cruz continued to act for several years after The Courtship of Eddie's Father.  He portrayed Joey Turner in the 1976 film The Bad News Bears and Sherman in the 1978 film The One and Only, starring Henry Winkler.  He also made a number of guest appearances in episodes of such television series as Gunsmoke (1972), Kung Fu (1972), Medical Center (1973), Love American Style (1973), Police Story (1974), Doc Elliot (1974) and The Oregon Trail (1978).  

Brandon starred as David Lev, a ten-year-old Israeli boy in the 1973 TV movie The Going Up of David Lev.  He also played the role of Clay Rankin in the 1976 television movie Jeremiah of Jacob's Neck.  In 1978, Brandon was reunited with his Courtship of Eddie's Father co-star Bill Bixby in an episode of Bixby's new series, The Incredible Hulk.  In the episode, entitled "747" (Season 1, Episode 7, Air Date: April 7, 1978), Brandon's character, Kevin, assists Hulk in rescuing a pilotless 747 jetliner.

In the late 1970s, Brandon began to focus on punk rock music.  By the early 1980s, he had given up acting,  He wore a blue mohawk haircut and had become the lead singer for the punk rock band Dr. Know.  The band was part of the early hardcore punk movement called "Nardcor" in Ventura County.  The movement began at Silver Strand Beach, also known as Hollywood by the Sea.  

Brandon Cruz performed with the group Flipper in 1995.  In 2001, Brandon became lead singer for the Dead Kennedys.  After disagreements and friction, he was replaced in the band by Jeff Penalty in 2003.

Brandon singing

In an interview with Ginger Coyote for Pink Globe (circa 2008), Brandon stated"  "I had been in a band before Dr. Know with a bunch of older surfers. but we did a lot of cover songs . . . I hadn't acted since Bad News Bears in '75.  I was too busy surfing and skating, and seeing bands play."  When asked if Hollywood or the Industry criticized him for being in a band, he replied, "No one knew I was in a band for a while.  I was trying to stay away from being Eddie.  I still had an agent and I got a few interviews, but I would show up high on coke and wearing a leather jacket with blue hair, so word got around that I was pretty much over it."

Brandon married Elizabeth "Liz" Finkelstein, a nurse, on June 26,, 1994.  They have two children, a son named Lincoln Bixby Cruz (born 1995 and named after Bill Bixby) and a daughter named Ruby Jean Cruz (born April, 2000).

Brandon and Liz

END NOTES

* In 1997, Brandon Cruz released a solo CD called Eddie is a Punk.  The album includes a punk version of "Best Friend," the theme song for The Courtship of Eddie's Father, with Harry Nilsson, who composed the song, playing piano.  In the introduction to The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Brandon and Bill are seen frolicking on the beach to strains of "Best Friend."

* Brandon has worked on the sound board as an assistant editor on the animated TV series South Park.  He has also worked behind the scenes and intermittently on various productions such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's straight-to-video movies and the boxing reality show The Ultimate Fighter.

* Bill Bixby passed away on November 21, 1993.  He died in Los Angeles of complications from prostate cancer.  He was 59 years old at the time of his passing.  

* Miyoshi Umeki died of cancer on August 28, 2007.  She was 78 years old at the time of her passing.  During her career, Umbeki was nominated for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe.  In 1958, she became the first Asian woman to win an Academy Award for acting.  She received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Sayonara.

* In 1991, Brandon Cruz received the Child Star Life Time Achievement" Award from by the Young Artist Foundation for his role on The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

* According to Your News Cafe, Brandon has become a rehab specialist.  After conquering his own demons, he has helped others stay clean and sober.  His clientele is confidential and includes celebrities.

Brandon Cruz

SOURCES: Closer Weekly, "'Courtship of Eddie's Father' Star Branden Cruz Fights to Keep Bill Bixby's Memory Alive," by Ed Gross, June 26, 2019; NNDB profile of Brandon Cruz;  Punk Globe website interview, by Ginger Coyote, circa 2008; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)


- Joanne

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Y&R Report (October 16, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

I hope that you've enjoyed watching the wedding in Tuscany.  I've certainly had fun watching it..  Although here were some disruptions and tense moments, Billy Boy and Jesse Gaines failed to stop the ceremony.  Ashland and Victoria are legally married, whether Billy Abbott likes it or not, and he doesn't like it.  Lily noticed the painful look on Billy's face while his former wife and Locke recited their vows.  Billy is still pining away for Victoria, no matter how much he denies it.  Jealousy and his lingering feelings for Victoria were his real motivations for trying to stop the wedding.  His argument that he had to protect Victoria and the children from Ashland was just an excuse.  Meanwhile, Jesse's motives were much different than Billy's.  Once he received money, Jesse's only concern was getting revenge on Ashland.  His fondest desire was to humiliate Ashland for any real or perceived wrongs against him.

It was certainly a treat for longtime viewers of the show to see concert pianist Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) at the nuptials.  I also have to say that the wedding dress that Sally Spectra designed was stunning.  Sally's methods are very dubious, but she certainly deserves an "A" for effort. and an "A" for determination.  Unfortunately, she also deserves an "F" for conduct.  Lauren Fenmore has every right to be furious with her former employee.  Sally' is certainly going to have so do some explaining when when she gets home to Genoa City.

Sally many also find herself dealing with romantic complications.  She has set her sights on Adam Newman.  At the moment, Adam seems rather receptive to her.  In the previews, they shared a kiss.  Remember, though, that the two are in Italy, far away from the two other women in Adam's life.  Sharon and Chelsea are still very much in the picture.  Adam's connection to them is still very powerful.  Sally is one determined lady.  She doesn't give up easily and she will continue in her pursuit of Victor Newman's younger son.  Nevertheless, there may be another romantic entanglement for the fiery redhead in the form of Noah Newman.

Rory Gibson, has taken over the role of Noah from Robert Adamson.  By the way, did you notice that there was no announcement saying, "The role of Noah Newman is now being played by . . . Rory Gibson?"  

It's not in the least surprising that Noah has been talking about returning to Genoa City.  Y&R didn't cast someone to play Noah for a couple of episodes at his Aunt Victoria's wedding.  Not only is Noah going to come home to GC, but he'll likely join Newman Media.  That means that he'll be working side by side with Sally Spectra.  There may be a  romance is the offing for those two, even though Noah has only heard people bad-mouth Sally.  The Newmans and Sharon strongly dislike Sally, so a coupling between Noah and Sally would create a great deal of friction and a lot of conflict.  

Another possibility is that Tessa will turn to Noah if her relationship with Mariah goes on the rocks.  They were in a lot of scenes together and Tessa has been confiding in him.

It also appears that Nick and Phyllis's relationship is on the rocks.  There's a lot of tension between them and they don't seem happy at all.  Nick is hard-headed and Phyllis is bold and sassy.  They are not on the same page right now.  Phyllis is far more comfortable with Jack.  She can confide in him in a way that she can't with Nick.

Nick has always had poor judgement when it comes to relationships.  He should have shown up at the ceremony with Phyllis on his arm.  As for Phyllis, she didn't do herself any favours by denigrating Nick's family.  Nick often criticizes his father and Adam, but he doesn't like to hear such criticism about them from Phyllis.

Phyllis did get Nick to admit that he had to let Victoria lead her own life.  To his credit he admitted that he was wrong about that.  Still, I wonder if deep down, Nick really wants to be the white knight to rescue his sister.  At least he showed some disciple by listening to Adam and not trying to stop the wedding.

Lily and Billy were faced with a moral dilemma.  Jesse sent Billy a video with all the evidence he needs to nail Ashland Locke.  He and Lilly could  published the information and made a big splash before someone else got hold of it.  Instead, Billy took the high road and apparently deleted it   But did he really delete it?  Could he not retrieve the video if decides to do so?  Could he not have made another copy in case he changes his mind?  If that's the case, then Ashland's not out of the woods yet.

According to online spoilers, Abby is about to receive some devastating news from Christine "The Cricketmeister" Williams.  It's obviously news about Chance.  He's either missing in action, his mission has been extended or he has been injured or killed.  Take your pick, but please give us some definite information about Chance.  Is he ever coming back?  

Here are some final comments on the soap wedding of the year.  I wonder where Victoria and Ashland go from here.  Is he going to die and leave Victoria a widow?  Richard Burgi, who plays Ashland, is very popular.  Many fans will be disappointed if they kill him off.  Since we're talking about a soap here, the newlyweds are bound to face adversity because there has to be conflict.


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I received some comments from viewers who wondered what had happened to Johnny and Katie.  They were supposed to have come to Tuscany with Lily.  Well, on Friday's show on Global, it was mentioned that the children were there and that they were playing with Harrison.  Harrison was part of the ceremony as the ring bearer.  However, Johnny and Katie did not witness their mother's wedding.  Your guess is as good as mine as to the reason for this.  Maybe they can't have too many children on the set because of COVID regulations.  

Here are some other email comments I received about the wedding.

From Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:

Weighing in on the big wedding episode:  I loved Nikki's elegance.  She looked beautiful.  Phyllis looked dishevelled.  I did not care for her dress, nor did I like her hairdo.  Sally and Summer looked nice.  I did not like Elena's dress.  In fact, I hate the way she dresses and cannot stand her hairstyle.  

I sure hope that Phyllis and Jack don't get together again and I don't like the way they have made Jack's character so pathetic.  I do hope Sally and Adam hook up.  And I love my Victor too.

Well Carly I have to agree with you about the dresses and hairstyle.  However, I have to disagree with you about Jack and Phyllis.  I think they are more suited to each other than Phyllis and Nick.  


From Fifi in Collingwood, Ontario

I have been loving all the Y&R fashions in the past while.  Everyone had a beautiful outfit and I particularly liked Phyllis's, Sally's and Summer's.  In my opinion, Melody Thomas Scott always steals the show with her grace and elegance.  Billy looked like the maitre d' at the palazzo with his tuxedo, but Ashland's grey look matched his hair and he looked great.  Eric Braeden seems to be in fine form again at 80.  For a while, he was sitting down in a lot of scenes but seemed pretty spry in his scenes at the wedding.  He was very Victor when he walked in on Adam and Nick with Ashland's enemy, Jesse.  It looks like Sally and Adam are hooking up, which will cause great distress for Sharon.  Noah and Tessa are going to get together as well as Phyllis and Jack.  Since we all seem to like Ashhand, I hope he stays on the show.

I also think Melody Thomas Scott looked elegant.  I didn't like Billy's tuxedo either.  With that red trim, he certainly did look like a maitre d'.  I would like to see Ashland (Richard Burgi) remain on the show, but he's going to need a miracle cure (which should be no problem on a soap).  Yes, Eric Braeden did look stronger and healthier.  His speech at the wedding was really good.


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Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra)

Mark Grossman (Adam Newman)

Sally Spectra is in pursuit of Adam Newman and she is making no bones about it.  As Y&R viewers know, Sally is impulsive and she always seems to get herself in trouble.  She is definitely not the most ethical person,  Adam, on the other hand, is trying to become a new man.  He is making an effort to repair his relationship with his family.  Fans, do you thing a relationship with Sally turn him back into the old Adam or will they find happiness together?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Do you think Adam and Sally would make a good couple?
 
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That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, October 30, 2021.  


Take care,

Joanne

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Y&R Report (October 2, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

 Hi fans,

It promises to be an exciting autumn in Genoa City.  I can't wait to watch the two weddings in Italy - Kyle and Summer's in Milan and Victoria and Ashland's in Tuscany.  It should be so much fun.

So, Ashland Locke still hasn't come clean.  He has only divulged some of the story.  He has revealed that his real name is Bobby DeFranco.and that he has assumed the identity of  his friend, Ashland Locke.  The original Ashland Locke died in a car crash 40 years ago.  After hearing that part of the story, Victoria felt sympathetic toward Ashland because he had tried to escape from the clutches of an abusive father.  The Princess became angry with her brother Nick for forcing Ashton to recall painful memories from his past.

By his own admission, Ashland Locke has not revealed everything yet.  When  Victoria complained that he was behaving like Billy and lying to her, he finally confessed that he hadn't told her the entire story.  She agreed to leave early for Italy with him and he promised to tell her more.  What Ashland has already revealed to Victoria and Nick puts him in a favourable, but somewhat opportunistic, light.  It does not paint him as a hardened criminal or an evil man.  In fact, he comes across as someone who suffered greatly and was a victim of circumstances.  If that's the case, though, why was Ashland willing to pay three million dollars to cover up his past?  Why was he so hesitant about telling the whole truth?  Why didn't he at least tell Victoria sooner?  Why did he wait until he was boxed into a corner?

There are even more questions.  How did Ashland obtain the money to purchase the television stations that launched his business career?  What happened to Camilla Rhodes, the older woman who was his mentor?  Did Ashland have something to do with her death.  Billy Abbott is already trying to find information about Camilla's will.  He would love to pin a murder on Ashland. Locke.  It's doubtful, however, that Ashland will turn out to be a murderer.  Richard Burgi, who plays Ashland, is very popular among female viewers.  So, I don't think the writers want him to be a real villain.  It's possible that before Burgi turned out to be a fan favourite, they planned to make Ashland the Locke-ness Monster.  Now he's a puppy dog.  He doesn't seem very scary.  

Fashion your seatbelts as the Ashland Locke saga unravels this fall.  There's much more to come.  We haven't heard the whole story yet - not by any means.  In the previews for this coming week, Victoria is shown questioning Ashland about "criminal activities."  Perhaps Bobby/Ashland's abusive father was involved in criminal activities.  

Despite all the drama surrounding Ashland's past, it looks as if the nuptials in Tuscany will go ahead as planned.  Who knows, though, if Victoria and Ashland will actually complete their vows.  Since this is a soap, expect some disruptions.  No matter what happens, that wedding is going to be a fascinating event.  

Janice Lynde, who portrayed concert pianist Leslie Brooks on Y&R back in the 1970s, is scheduled to make some appearances on the show.  Nikki mentioned that Leslie will play the piano at Victoria's wedding.  By the way, I think that the bride will end up wearing the dress that Sally Spectra designed.  I have no idea how Sally will manage to pull that off, but she'll find a way.  Somehow Victoria will wear an exquisite dress that viewers haven't seen yet.

Speaking of Victoria, how do you like that portrait of her in her office?  I think it's really beautiful.  I never thought that Victor's portrait would ever be removed.  It's supposedly hanging in the boardroom of Newman Enterprises.  Of course, daddy Victor has outdone himself again by gifting his princess with the Newman villa in Tuscany.  

Y&R has done an exceptionally poor job in portraying baby Dominic.  I realize that they probably couldn't show a real baby due to COVID regulations.  Still, why can't they fill out that blanket some more.  It really looks fake, as if there's almost nothing inside, never mind an infant.


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\I have received an email from longtime Y&R fan, CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.  Here are CC's comments:

Good to read your thoughts today, Joanne.  As far as I am concerned, the whole Chance thing is a joke.  Do producers and writers think fans are that gullible?  The MIA topic is being portrayed insensitively, not to mention the creation of a child being handled in such a cavalier manner.  Did anyone involved give this any deep thought?

I think the person blackmailing Ashland could be his brother.

Victoria has her own agenda for being involved with Ashland.  It is as sinister as Ashland's for being involved with her . . . she thinks she will scoop the company from him, make Billy jealous, and open the door for her and Billy to be media tycoons together, even taking Chancecom away from Lily.

With Summer gone, Nick and Phyllis have lost their main glue.  Phyllis and Jack will sizzle together.

Sharon and Adam are two of a kind.

Connor can already make his father, mother and grandmother squirm.

Enjoy these beautiful autumn days.

CC

Thanks for your comments, CC.  I don't like the Chance storyline either.  They didn't expect to fire Donny Boaz, the actor who played Chance so suddenly, right in the middle of a major storyline in which he was about to marry Abby.  We'll probably never know what really happened, but the powers that be must have been really upset with Donny to let him go at such a crucial time.  Yes, they were left in a bind, but the storyline could have been handled much better.  I really hope they reveal Chance's fate soon.  He's been gone far too long.

I question Victoria and Ashland' motives, but I'm not quite as cynical about the pair as you are.  

I also think that Phyllis and Jack "will sizzle together" again.  Although Jack doesn't want to interfere with Phyllis and Nick's relationship, that doesn't me he won't step in if their relationship falls apart on its own.  It seems to me that Jack and Phyllis are more compatible than Nick and Phyllis.  Nick and Phyllis are obviously physically attracted to each other, but the two don't have much in common outside of that.  

Yes, Sharon and Adam are indeed two of a kind.  Sharon just light up when Adam enters the room.  That's probably because Mark Gross, who plays Adam, is her real life boyfriend.  It also works for the storyline.  Poor Rey!  Sharon will never look at him that way.  Adam and Sharon will never stay away from each other.

Young Connor is no fool.  He can see right through the adults in his life.  He knows there's something between his father and Sharon.  He knows Sharon is the real reason Adam and his mother, Chelsea, broke up.

Rey and Nick are losers are losers at love.  That's probably the reason why they get along so well, even though Nick is the ex-husband of Rey's wife.


I also received an email from Fifi in Collingwood, Ontario, another longtime Y&R viewer.  Fifi wrote the following:

I must say that I could also see Ashland Locke with Phyllis.  They would make a good match.  Tired of seeing that ridiculous mini baby of Abby's who's suffocating with a blanket over its head.  They could do way better than that.  

I've never thought about Phyllis with Ashland.  Now that you mention it, I can picture them together.  They might make a good match.  

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Fifi, about the phony blanket baby.


Here are some comments from Y&R fan, Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:

As for Ashland and Phyllis, they would make a great match.  Hopefully she does not go back to Jack.  His storyline is pathetic and the Abby/Devon/Mariah storyline is so boring that I am fast forwarding a lot.  I'm wondering if Abby and Devon will hook up.

Well Carly, I think this "poor Jack" storyline has gone on far too long.  Jack should not have to be pitied.  I'd like to see him with Phyllis again.  

There are signs that Mariah and Devon may hook up.  If Chance dies or is declared missing, 


I spoke to longtime Y&R viewer, Hellen in Scarborough.  Helen wants to know how Stitch forced Mariah into that room.  Did he hit her over the head and knock her out?  She never complained of a head sore.  So, how did he get her there.  I guess we're not supposed to ask.

That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y$R Report will appear in this space on October 16, 2021.  October 11th is Thanksgiving Day in Canada,  I would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers.



Take care,

Joanne