Saturday, December 3, 2022

Whatever happened to Thomas Gibson?



Thomas Gibson has starred in three popular television series: Chicago Hope, Dharma & Greg and Criminal Minds.  His life and his career, however, have been plagued with struggles and controversy.  He has constantly defended himself from criticism and has steadfastly attempted to justify his actions.

Thomas Ellis Gibson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on July 3, 1962, the youngest of four children.  His father, Charles MacDonald. "Mac" Gibson was a progressive lawyer and a politician who served as a Democratic state legislator. Tom's mother, Beth Gibson, was a social worker. 

Tom developed an interest in acting at an early age.  When he was ten years old, he took part in children's theatre, performing and studying with the Footlight Players at Dock Street Theatre in Charleston.

Tom was raised a Catholic and he attended Bishop England High School in his hometown.  He later attended the College of Charleston and interned at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  After 18 months at the college, he won a scholarship to the prestigious drama division of Juilliard School.  In 1985, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts.

In 1987, Tom had a guest role as Robbie Richardson n an episode of the short-lived legal drama Leg Work .  The episode is entitled "All This and a Gold Card Too" (Season 1, Episode 5, Air Date: October 31, 1987).  

Tom appeared as William Sprague in the 1988 TV miniseries Lincoln.  The cast included Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston and Richard Mulligan.  In 1990, he played Peter Fitzwilliam in another historical miniseries, The Kennedys of Massachusetts,.  An epic drama that ran for three nights, The Kennedys of Massachusetts chronicled 55 years in the lives of the fabled family.

From 1994 to 1997, Tom portrayed Dr. Daniel Nyland on the medical drama Chicago Hope.  In 1998, he appeared in the NBC miniseries A Will of Their Own, a two-part epic about women's lives in the 20th Century.

Thomas Gibson on Chicago Hope

From 1997 to 2002, Tom played conservative lawyer Greg Montgomery on the sitcom Dharma &Greg.  The comedy focused on a seemingly mismatched married couple.  After one date, straight-laced Greg and free-spirited Dharma Finkelstein fell in love.  Greg was the privileged offspring of wealthy parents,  After graduating from both Harvard University and Stanford University, he became a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco., Meanwhile, Dharma, portrayed by Jenna Elfman, was a yoga instructor who was raised by hippie parents.  After a whirlwind romance, these two polar opposites decided to elope, much to the consternation of their families..  

Dharma & Greg garnered eight Golden Globe nominations and six Emmy Award nominations.  Jenna Elfman won a Golden Globe in 1999 for Best Actress-Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

After Dharma & Greg, Gibson appeared in various TV movies such as Brush with Fate (2003), Evil Never Dies (2003), Category 6. Day of Destruction (2004) and In from the Night (2006).

From 2005 until 2016, Tom portrayed Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner on Criminal Minds.  Supervisory  Special Agent Hotchner was the unit chief of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.  

After 12 seasons on Criminal Minds, Tom was fired and his character was written out of the series.  His dismissal was the result of an altercation with writer-producer Virgil Williams.  After an initial two week suspension, Tom was discharged from the show.  In a joint statement, ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, co-producers of the series, announced his firing.  To explain Tom's absence, it was eventually revealed that his character, Hotch, had entered a witness protection program after noticing a serial killer stalking his son.

In a 2016 interview with People magazine, Tom told his side of the story about his firing.  "I feel like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it," he lamented.  According to Tom, during the filming of  the second episode of the12th season of Criminal Minds, he and Williams had a disagreement over a line in the script.  He claimed that Williams came into the room and started coming towards him.  "If I hadn't moved, he would have run into me," Tom stated.  "We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next  day, and that was it.  It was over.  We shot the scene, I went home - and I never got to go back."

Soon after his dismissal from Criminal Minds, Tom remarked, "It seems like they're trying to erase me from the show.  That hurts.  But I'm using this time to be with my kids, and I look forward to what's next.  Maybe I'll do a comedy, or a play, or direct, or produce.  My pride and reputation are hurt, but in the end I know the good work is what people will remember.  I just need more opportunities to do good work and be a good guy."

Below is a photo of Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hatcher on Criminal Minds.

Tom also told his side of the story to People concerning his arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles on January 6, 2013.  He strongly denied having a substance abuse problem despite the DUI arrest.  He said that on the evening of his arrest, a night marathon was going on downtown and a police officer prevented him from entering his parking garage.  He drove around and another officer allowed him to enter.  "When I got to my garage gate," Gibson claimed, "the first cop told me to get out and put my hands on the car."  

According to Tom, "five bike cops were running at me" and one of them said he smelled alcohol.  "I'd had one drink with a friend, but that was it."  Tom said he passed their field sobriety test, but refused to blow into a Breathalyzer and was arrested.  His lawyer advised him that he could probably win if he fought the charge, but he declined because "I didn't want to put my kids through a trial."

Unfortunately for Tom, the police didn't see it that way.  According to officer Cleon Joseph, the actor drove through a barricade that was designed to keep cars off the course during the nighttime half marathon near the downtown area.

Since his dismissal from Criminal Mind, Tom has maintained a low profile.  He has not had any TV acting roles, most likely due to his highly publicized altercation with Virgil Williams.  However, the actor has done some work on feature films instead.  He provided the voice for a character named Joseph in the 2017 film Axis, a thriller drama.  In 2019, he played the role of Colonel Branson in the the action film Shadow Wolves.  


On April 3, 1993, Thomas Gibson married actress Cristina Parker (also known as Christine Gibson).    Most recently, she has been referred to as Cristina Siri Chandra Kaur,  According to the website Promipool, the couple met in Pari in the early 1990s.  Tom had just finished a film in Ireland and he was travelling around.  In 1991, he was in Paris and a friend introduced him to Christine, a graduate student.  The couple had three children, - two sons, James Parker Gibson (born June 23, 1999) and Travis Carter Gibson (born July 1, 2002), and a daughter, Agatha Marie Gibson (born April 28, 2004).  

The marriage, however, did not last.  Tom and Christine quietly separated and Tom filed for divorce in 2014, citing irreconcilable differences "due to discord or conflict of personalities . . ."   According to documents obtained by TMZ, the divorce was not finalized by a judge until February of 2018.  

In 2013, there were allegations that Tom had cheated on his wife.  It was later determined that he had apparently been a victim of "catfishing." Someone had started a Twitter account and contacted him, posing as a porn star and posting raunchy photos.  The incident made news all over the internet.

"I'm the child of divorce," Tom told People," and when Christine and I married, it was important to me that I never undermine the marriage."  He said that he and his wife kept their breakup private because "divorce is hard enough on kids without having to deal with it publicly."

Tom and Christin in happier days

END NOTES

* Thomas Gibson's father, Mac, died on October 13, 2005 at the age of 73.

* Early in his career, Tom had roles in daytime soap operas.  In 1987, he portrayed Peter Latham on Guiding Light.  In 1989, he played Derek Mason on As the World Turns.  In 1990, he appeared as Sam Fowler in Another World.

* Tom has directed two episodes of Dharma and Greg in 2001 and six episodes of Criminal Minds from 2013 to 2016.

* In his 2016 interview with People, Tom addressed rumours that he was on bad terms with his former Criminal Minds co-star Shemar Moore.  "Shemar and i did have disagreements early on," he admitted.  "People work differently and have different priorities, but we are like brother and worked through it.   I was so happy to direct the three-episode arc that was written to send him off, with hugs and kisses."

* Tom's son, Travis Gibson, appeared in a 2014 Halloween episode of Criminal Minds called "Boxed In." (Season 10, Episode 5, Air Date: October 29, 2014).  Travis played Jake Macauley, a friend of a kidnapped boy. Tom directed the episode and his daughter, Agatha, also appeared as a trick-or-treater.

* Tom is an avid golfer and has played regularly at golfing events such as the A&T Pebble Beaach Pro-Am.

* Tom still resides in San Antonio, Texas, the hometown of his ex-wife, Christine. 

* Christine played the role of a gymnast in in the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy.  She is a KRI certified yoga teacher and she studies the healing tradition s of Sat Nam Rasayan, which includes Zero Balancing, and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy.


SOURCES: People magazine, "Thomas Gibson's Side of the Story on the Kick That Got Him Fired from 'Criminal Minds' - and What's Next," by Patrick Gomez, September 22, 2016;  People magazine, "Thomas Gibson 'Might' Have Done Things Differently but Denies Fault for 'Criminal Minds' Set Drama and DUI,"  by Patrick Gomez, September 23, 2016; AmoMama (amomama.com), "Despite Divorce after 25-year Relationship, Thomas Gibson Said He Never Undermined His Marriage." by Busayo Ogunjimi, December 1, 2021; Promipool (promiiool.com),"How did Thomas Gibson Meet His Ex-Wife Chritine Gibson?" by Promipool Staff;  Popculture.com; "Thomas Gibson's Divorce Finally Final," by Allison Schonter, February 14, 2008; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com)


- Joanne

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Hands off our CBC, Pierre Pollievre!

Pierre Pollievre and the Conservative Party of Canada, have asked supporters to help defund the CBC.  In a fundraising email to Conservative backers, they described the CBC as the "billion-dollar propaganda arm of the Trudeau Liberals"  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I have watched the CBC for years, and it bends over backwards to be fair and neutral. It is not overtly liberal like MSNBC in the United States.  Nor is it overtly conservative like Fox News, although conservatives such as Kevin O'Leary, Don Cherry and Rex Murphy have been given prominent roles on the CBC.

I often watch At Issue, the CBC's political discussion show, and it presents different points of view.  It is not a mouthpiece for the Trudeau Liberals.  Yes, the CBC endeavours to be politically correct, but that is not the same as openly supporting one political party, or one ideology, to the exclusion or dismissal of other points of view.  Remember that it was Sportsnet, not the CBC, that fired Don Cherry, when he went too far.

The CBC has produced such fine shows as Kim's Convenience, Little House on the Prairie, and the award-winning Schitt's Creek.  It is also home to such venerable dramas as The Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an "E" and Heartland.  Just imagine the fine programming that the CBC could produce if it had more funding.

Right-wing conservatives are hostile toward the CBC simply because they are hostile to anything funded by the government.  Yet conservative politicians make their living in the private sector.  I don't see any of them returning some of their government pensions, though.  

I support the CBC because it is the network that best reflects Canada.  It is ours and we should protect it.  I also enjoy the commercial free online programming on CBC Gem for a reasonable price.  


- Joanne

Y&R Report (November 19, 2022): 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,

Well, the high drama over Chelsea's suicide attempt has subsided.  She has received psychiatric treatment and her condition is steadily improving.  She is ready to start a new life in the apartment about Sharon's coffee house.  Chelsea's on the road to recovery, which means she'll eventually be ready to have a man in her life again.  Whom will it be?  Billy Boy Abbott seems the mostly likely candidate.  His relationship with Lily seems to be faltering.  Since relationships don't last long on a soap, they are due to move on.

Billy seems more concerned about Chelsea than his relationship with Lily.  When Chelsea texted him, he appeared more eager to meet with her at Crimson Lights than to spend time with Lily.  That message has not escaped Lily and she is very unhappy.  After Billy left, a blast from Lily's past showed up - Daniel Romalotti.  She and Daniel ran away together many years ago and they had a teenage marriage.  Now that Lily feels neglected by Billy, will she rekindle a romance with Daniel?  I doubt it because he has only returned for Christmas.

I don't trust Audra at all.  She is a barracuda and she is out to destroy Noah and Allie's relationship.  I wouldn't be so fast in believing her story about having a miscarriage.  She probably lied to win Noah's sympathy.  Noah and Allie didn't even question the veracity of Audra's story.  Are they that naive?  Noah might buy it, but Allie sharper than that.  That's why I think that if Audra is lying, Allie will figure it out.  Even if Audra is telling the truth about the miscarriage, she's using it to manipulate Noah.

Nicholas Newman and Sally Spectra don't have much chemistry.  Their coupling seems so contrived.  It appears that they have been thrown together to spark a sibling rivalry between Nick and his brother, Adam.  Sally and Adam seem far more suited to each other.  Trust me, SNICK will never be a super couple.  They are no Bo and Hope.  I've read many online comments and fans have not shown a positive reaction to Nick and Sally.  

According to an online spoiler, Victor will probe into Sally's past.  That means he wants to keep either Nick or Adam away from her.  Actually he wants to keep both sons away from the redhead.

Adam has decided to put his cards on the table.  He has proposed to Sally.  Will she accept?  If so, Nick will be left out in the cold again.  He really should go back to Sharon, but will she want him back?

Not that I am a fan of Diane Jenkins, but she did come up with a good name for her trio of adversaries - Phyllis, Nikki and Ashley.  She called them the "Evil Trifecta."  They are certainly no angels, but Diane certainly knows how to play the victim.  She acts as if she has no ulterior motives and that she has behaved perfectly since her return to Genoa City.  She can sure manipulate Jack and Kyle.

Don't expect Diane to be driven out of town anytime soon.  She will stay as long as Jack and Kyle stand by her.  She also has an ace-in-the-hole - Harrison.  The child has become very attached to his "Di Di" and Diane has played the role of the caring grandma to the hilt.  If she leaves town, Harrison will be extremely upset.  Also, if Diane departs, the actress who portrays her, Susan Walters, will no longer be on the show.  The character of Diane is central to the storylines of many other characters such as Ashley, Phyllis, Nikki, Tucker, Jack, Kyle, Summer and Harrison.  

Have you noticed that Devon has been telling a half-truth?  He has only told friends and family, including Elena, that Amanda has gone to Virginia to be with her family.  He has not informed them that he and Amanda have broken up.  I can understand that Devon doesn't want to advertise what happened with Abby, but he should at least reveal that he has break-up with Amanda.  How long can he keep it a secret?  He is being disingenuous.

Tucker McCall is a greedy snake-in-the-grass.  His end game is to have as much money and power as possible.  As for his professed love of Ashley, I think it's more of an obsession with the Abbott fortune than with Ashley herself.  He would love to marry her again so that he can share in the Abbott wealth and prestige.  His other goal, of course, is to gain control of Chancellor-Winters.

It looks as if a romance between Princess Victoria and Nate may be in the works.  Nate seems rather smitten by the Newman heiress.  In fact, he preferred to stay late at the office and chat with Victoria than to meet his newly returned girlfriend, Elena, at Society.  When Victoria reminded him of his date with Elena, he didn't appear to be concerned, and Victoria was flattered by Nate's attention.  Meanwhile, Elena left the restaurant, unable to wait any longer.  Nate stood her up in favour of the powerful Newman CEO.  Some boyfriend!  It seems that Elena was right.  Nate has changed, and not for the better.  He's not the same Nate he was when he worked as a doctor.

Y&R has been very serious and sombre lately, what with Chelsea's storyline and the Abby storyline.  With the Christmas season fast approaching, I hope things lighten up.  I'm sure they will, with the 50th anniversary celebrations and the return of Michael Damian as Danny Romalotti.

VIEWER FORUM

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Here are some comments I received in an email from longtime Y&R viewer, CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Not a fan of the direction that the Devon and Abby storyline just took.  Also, the true Jill has returned for a visit, hopefully a short one.  Billy will never get over his demons while he has to contend with mother Jill's control.  Right now, for him, all roads are heading back to Chelsea.

Society restaurant and the coffee house could both use decor makeovers.

Thanks for your comments, CC.  I'm also not a fan of the direction that the Devon and Abby story has    taken recently.  Why did the writers decide to break up Abby and Chance so soon?   They could have kept them together longer.  Also, I don't think Abby would have cheated on Chance so easily and brazenly.  By the way, I'm sick and tired of Devon's excuse that "it just happened" between him and Abby.  The truth is they wanted it to happen and they let it happen.

I can see that you aren't very fond of Jill.  She isn't my favourite character either, but I don't despise her as much as you do.  Although Jill hasn't been a great mother, I don't think she is completely responsible for all of Billy's mistakes and mishaps.  He has made some poor decisions on his own.

Yes, Society restaurant and the Crimson Lights coffee house could both use some makeovers.  However, I don't think that there is any urgency.  Y&R will probably take its time because new sets cost a great deal of money.


I received a call from Y&R fan Helen in Scarborough, Ontario.  Helen has come up with a very interesting theory, and it seems somewhat plausible.  Here's the theory: Audra lied about having a miscarriage.  She actually gave birth and put the baby up for adoption.  It's the baby that Mariah and Tessa are trying to adopt.  They would become parents to Noah's child and Sharon and Nick's grandchild.  Is that what the writers have been cooking up?  We'll find out sooner or later.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

Michael Damian is set to reprise his role as Danny Romalotti.  The former teen rock star of Genoa City is now 60 years old, and he has aged well  I  am pleased that he is returning, at least for a while.  What do you think, fans?  Are you pleased about his return?  Reply to the poll below and let me know.

Are you pleased that Michael Damian (Danny Romalotti) has returned to the Y&R for a while?
 
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That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

I would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers.

- Joanne

Monday, November 14, 2022

What to do about aggravating TV commercials

"Since the beginning of this 21st century, advertising has gotten way out of hand and desperately needs to be regulated.  I swear some of these commercial breaks have annoyingly dragged on for five minutes or longer.  Probably, like many others, I get disgusted and change to another program."

- Kevin Dwyer, from a July 2021 letter to the Buffalo News

There was a time when you could enjoy good television shows with few commercial breaks -maybe at the beginning and end of your show, and once in the middle.  Those days are long gone.  Advertising has deprived us of much of the fun and entertainment value of watching television.  It is becoming more and more difficult to watch live network programing on television.  It's bad enough that our shows are interrupted by commercials so frequently, but now we have to endure ads at the side and bottom of our screens while watching our programs.  Even if  we PVR our favourite shows, we can't fast forward past those annoying ads at the side and bottom of the screen during programming.  Not only that , but live sports events and political events are meant to watched live.  Sure, one can PVR them, but it doesn't have the same impact.

I realize that the networks and cable stations need to pay for programming.  However, they are killing the golden goose.  They are causing more and more people to turn away.  There are far too many commercial interruptions and disruptions, and it's only getting worse.  So, what's a TV viewer to do?  What is the alternative?

One can change the channel during commercial breaks, but that interrupts the flow of the program you are watching.  These days, if you change the channel, you are likely to find another commercial about a medical treatment that lists possible side effects that seem worse than the original affliction.

If you are a film fan, Turner Classis Movies (TCM) is wonderful.  It's a blessing.  It shows movies uncut and without commercials.  There are no interruptions from people asking for donations or your financial support.

It's gone out of fashion, but I still watch my ad free DVDs  I have amassed a collection of them and I'm not going to discard them just because streaming has taken over.  So, my DVD player stays!  I have movies, TV shows and documentaries that can't be found on YouTube or any streaming service.

Speaking of streaming services, they are becoming more and more expensive, especially if you want your programming to be ad free.  If you live in Canada, as I do, I recommend that you subscribe to CBC Gem.  It's not expensive and you can watch CBC programs and documentaries commercial free.

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of ad pollution.  I'm sick and tired of watching the same mindless commercials ad nauseum.  There is certainly a lot of greed involved.  We are already paying a great deal for cable TV.  Why should we be forced to sit through endless commercials?


- Joanne

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Y&R Report (November 5, 2022): 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,
The Young and Restless bravely tackled a very sensitive issue - suicidal tendencies related to distress and mental illness.  It is a very disturbing subject, but I think that Y&R handled Chelsea's trauma with grace and dignity.  I was pleased that Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) and Sharon Case appeared at the end of the episode to promote the suicide distress helpline.  The show provided a very important public service. 
It hasn't taken long for Abby and Chance's marriage to turn sour.  They're just not on the same page anymore, which is not surprising.  As you know, very few couples remain happy on a soap because there has to be conflict.  On Friday's show (on Global), Abby was seen kissing Devon. CBS viewers saw it in the previews.  It's been coming for a while.  Remember that Mishael Morgan, who plays Devon's girlfriend, Amanda Sinclair, is no longer on contract.  She will only make occasional appearances.  Amanda has been spending time with her ailing mother.  There have already been hints to the effect that she and Devon have hit a rocky patch in their relationship.  In the last scene (on Global), we see Amanda returning home with a smile on her face.  The smile won't last long because she will find Abby and Devon together.
Billy and Lily are another couple in trouble  They don't seem to be on the same page either.  Billy really helped Chelsea in her hour of need.  He saved her life.  Now he is determined to keep his promise to stay with her every step of the way.  Lily feel bad about Chelsea, but she is certainly not happy about how devoted Billy is to the distressed woman.  Lily feels that Chelsea is safe now and that she is undergoing treatment.  She doesn't understand why Billy can't leave her side.  This is driving a wedge between them.  It may even bring Billy and Chelsea together as a couple.
I thought that Connor had a great Halloween costume.  Kudos to his costume designer.
I am pleased that Eileen Davidson has been making more frequent appearances on Y&R.  I am enjoying the cat and mouse game she is  playing with Tucker McCall.  Their banter is light and fun.
I can't stand when Harrison calls Diane "DiDi," (By the way, will somebody trim that poor kid's hair.  It's all over his eyes).  Diane is not some sweet grandmother.  She is using an innocent child to achieve her own ambitions.  Her main purpose in Genoa City is to win the heart of Jack Abbott.  Her goal is to marry Jack and get her hands on the Abbot fortune.  She wants to become the "Lady of the Abbot Manor" the way Nikki is the "Lady of the Neman Manor."  Jack can't see it, or he doesn't want to see it.   He's so gullible.
Lauren was right.  Phyllis had got to let go.  She's got to put an end to her crusade to drive Diane out of town.  It's consuming her and it's creating problems for Kyle and Summer.  It's not necessary either, because Diane is going to do the job herself.  However, Phyllis being Phyllis, won't be able to stop.  She can't control herself.  

VIEWER FORUM

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My email address:  jmadden16@yahoo.ca
Here are some comments I received in an email from longtime Y&R fan, Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.

As for Y&R, I am finding the Chelsea mental illness storyline very depressing.  I watch this soap opera to be entertained, not depressed.  There is enough sadness in the world without adding to it in a soap opera.

I hope Sally ends up with Nick, not liking Adam’s character as much.
I’m not fussy about the actor playing Tucker.  I keep thinking he will grow on me but to date, he has not.  

Victoria is such a witch.  I want her to fall flat on her face.  She plays the role well.
Nate has turned out to be a real jerk.  Hope he gets his too.  I don’t think that Elena will stay with him even though she didn’t accept the other job.


Well, Carly, I have to agree that Chelsea's mental illness is not the most lighthearted.  However, it's a story that needs to be told.  Her battle to recover will be uplifting and inspiring.  Having said that, I think that Y&R could do with a little more humour.  

I have to disagree with you about Sally.  I think she is better suited to Adam.  As for Tucker, his character is not exactly likeable.  Still, I think he's a good actor.  As for Victoria, I've written that she's becoming more like Daddy Victor every day. All she needs is a moustache.  Oh, and she should take up the game of chess.

Nate has been acting like a jerk, but Devon is no angel either.  He assaulted Nate and he is currently cheating on Amanda with the very married Abby.

What is going on with Brytni Sarpy, who plays Elena Dawson?  When Elena broke up with Nate and decided to take a job in Baltimore, it seemed that she had left the show.  However, she returned to Genoa City and told Nate that she had decided against taking the position in Baltimore.  She appeared ready to reconcile with Nate, until he informed her that he was the new CEO of Newman Media.  Elena was definitely not pleased with that news.  So, maybe she will remain in Genona City, but she won't go back to Nate.  On the other hand, that may have been one of her last scenes on the show.  Her disappointment with Nate may cause her town after all.

CAST NEWS
BREAKING NEWS: Michael Damian is set to return to Y&R as Danny Romalotti

Michael Damian

If you are a longtime viewer of The Young and the Restless, then you will remember Michael Damian in his role as Genoa City's rock and roll heartthrob Danny Romalotti.  Well, I am pleased to report that Michael will be making another appearance to the show.  Michael originated the role of Danny Romalotti back in 1981 and he left the show in 1998.  Since then, he's made some brief appearances, but has not been seen onscreen on Y&R since September of 2013, when Danny attended Katherine Chancellor's memorial service.  This seems like an opportune time to bring him back, since the show is about to celebrate its 50th year   Also, Danny's son, Daniel Romalotti, played by Michael Graziadei, is also returning to the show.  Since Daniel's mother is Phyllis, things should really be interesting.

What's going on with Reylynn Caster (Faith Newman)?

You've probably noticed that Faith Newman (Reylynn Caster) has not appeared on screen much lately, even in scenes with other Newman family members.   Her onscreen boyfriend, Moses Winters (Jacob Aaron Gaines), has been seen even less. Yes, Faith has gone off to college, but does that mean she's no longer involved in the storyline?  Fans wondered if she was on contract with the show any longer.
Last year was an eventful year for Faith.  She was bullied.  She was involved in underage drinking. and an alcohol-related car accident.  After some time in rehab, she underwent a kidney transplant.  After recovering and pulling herself together, she embarked on a sweet teenage romance with Moses.  Since then, her storyline has ground to a halt.
One fan was curious to know what was going on, so he tweeted Reylynn, hoping for an answer,  He asked if she were still on contract.  Reylynn saw the tweet and responded.  She didn't explain her absence on screen by she did post a smiley face emoji with the message that she's "still here!"  
Reylynn revealed that she participated in a Y&R wardrobe fitting in late October.  So, something is definitely on the horizon.  We should be seeing Faith and Moses again soon.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea)

What do you think of the Chelsea storyline, fans?  Is it too depressing for you, or do you think it's a story that needs to be told on a soap?  Was it handled sensitively?   Reply to the poll below and let me know.

What do you think of Chelsea's mental breakdown storyline?
 
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That's all for now.  Don't forget that the nest edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, November 19, 2022.  

Take care,

Joanne   

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Y&R Report (October 22, 2022): 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,
Will Sally continues to reject Adam's attempts at a reconciliation now that Nicholas Newman has stepped back?  Nick realizes that Sally still has unresolved feelings for Adam and he doesn't want to make life more difficult for her.  Meanwhile, Sally says that she needs time to decide what she really wants.  Does that mean she will go back to Adam?  Maybe - but not necessarily.  Adam is intent on helping a troubled Chelsea.  His relationship with her could get in the way of a reconciliation with Sally.
Sally will also face a career-related problem.  Victoria wants to replace Sally with Nate as CEO of Newman Media.  In the previews, we saw Nick inform Sally that Newman Enterprises intends to remove her and Chloe from their positions.
It is obvious Sally has much better chemistry with Adam than with Nick.  They are much more at ease with each other.  That's why Sally just can't get over Adam, no matter how much Chloe trashes him.  As for Nick, he is much more comfortable with Sharon.  However, there has to be conflict and a storyline.  The combination of Nick and Sally upsets a lot of people, including Summer, who has never liked Sally and doesn't want her involved with her father.  Victor, Victoria and Nikki are also disdainful of Sally.
What in the world is going on with Dr. Elena Dawson (Brytni Sarpy)?  As viewers know, Elena has left Nate because she doesn't approve of how the business world has changed him.  She is about to accept a job in Baltimore.  Does that mean that she's leaving Y&R?  Maybe not, but the clues certainly point in that direction.  

Brytni Sarpy

About a moth ago. Brytni posted a photo of herself on social media appearing thoughtful and calm. However, she seems to have suffered some kind of disappointment because she wrote, "I'm not the victim.  I'm the hero who narrowly escaped a life lesser than what she deserved."  What did those cryptic remarks mean?
Nothing is official, but there is online speculation that Brytni and her boyfriend, Byrton James, who plays Devon Hamilton, have split.  Both have removed their shared photos from their shared timeline.
That's not a good sign that the couple are together anymore.

Poor Allie.  She has such a formidable opponent in Audra Charles.  Audra is relentless and she won't stay away from Noah.  Yes, Allie is tougher than she seems and she won't let Noah's former girlfriend walk all over her.  However, Audra is extremely cunning and devious.  She may drive Allie to the breaking point.  As for Noah, he just can't be firm enough with Audra.  He's no match for her.  She'll continue to manipulate him and wear him down. When he lets down his guard for one moment, she'll pounce.  She's a real barracuda and she makes Phyllis and Diane seem like angels.

My oh my, but that Tucker McCall is such a smoothie!  Nothing seems to faze him. Ashley is going to have a tough time dealing with him.  Tucker is very clever and she's going to have a difficult time convincing him that she's falling for him again.

A desperate Diane told Jack her version of what happened to her in Los Angeles, and it was quite  a sob story.  I doubt she told him everything, though.  I'm sure she conveniently left out some important details.  Tucker probably knows the whole story, all the information that Diane doesn't want Jack or Kyle to know.  That's why Diane is so threatened by him.

CAST NEWS
James Hyde joins Y&R as new character


James Hyde, who starred in Passions, has a recurring role on The Young and the Restless.  He plays Jeremy Stark, a man who had connections with Diane Jenkins in Los Angeles.  For a woman who is supported to have changed, Diane is certainly hiding a lot.  She definitely didn't live a quiet and uneventful life in L.A.

Rory Gibson (Noah Newman is engaged


Congratulation to Rory Gibson and his fiancee.  The actor, who portrays Noah Newman on Y&R, has announced his engagement to Alicia Ruelas, his girlfriend of over ten years.  The proposal took place on a beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui.  Rory shared photos on Instagram, along with three emojis - a red heart, fire, and a diamond.

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Bryton James (Devon)

Sean Dominic (Nate Hastings)
The feud between Nate Hastings (Sean Dominic) and Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) continues. I can't excuse Nate for betraying his family, but I don't think Devon's behaviour has been any better.  He set the whole feud in motion by punching Nate and inuring his hand.  When Nate couldn't perform surgery any longer, he was lost.  He was much happier and better suited to being a surgeon than a businessman.  Devon took that away from him.  Yes, I know Elena cheated on Devon with Nate.  I can understand why Devon was angry.  However, that did not give him the right to assault his cousin.  As they say, it takes two to tango and Elena was just as responsible.

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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, November 5, 2022.


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Joanne

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Whatever happened to Burt Ward (Robin on Batman)?

          

Holy Time Sure Does Fly, Batman!  Don't look now, but the actor who played TV's Robin, the Boy Wonder is 77 years old.  Burt Ward was born Bert John Gervis, Jr. on July 6, 1945 in Los Angeles, California.  His father, Bert Sr., was a prominent Beverley Hills real estate agent.  His mother, Marjorie (née Ward), was a homemaker.. 

Bert Sr. owned a travelling ice show called "Rhapsody on Ice."  As a two-year-old, Bert Jr, was classified as a professional ice skater in the magazine Strange as it Seems, based on a popular comic strip.  As a teenager, Burt was an accomplished athlete, skilled in martial arts, wrestling, track, tennis and golf.


Burt also displayed a sharp intellect.  He was a member of his Beverly Hills High School chess club.  and was a noted speed reader.  In a 2017 phone interview with the digital broadcast television network Heroes & Icons, Burt discussed his speedreading ability.  "I was considered the fastest reader in the world," he said.  "The average reader reads 240 words a minute with 40% comprehension.  "I had one of the most prominent speed reading teachers in the country.  He had me test in front of the American Medical Society in Beverly Hills, and I was tested at 30,000 words a minute with 90% comprehension."

Burt was 19 years old when he auditioned for the part of Robin, the Boy Wonder/Dick Grayson, the "youthful ward" of wealthy philanthropist Bruce Wayne/Batman, played by Adam West.  Bruce and Dick lived in "stately" Wayne Manor," along with Dick's Aunt Harriet, and Bruce's loyal English butler, Alfred.  At the time of his audition for the role of Robin, Burt was studying acting at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he achieved the top 3% in math and science tests.  He was also selling real estate for his father's company on weekends.

Batman aired on the ABC network for three seasons, from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968, twice weekly during the first two seasons, and weekly for the third.  120 episodes of the series were produced.  Batman is known for its campy style, its upbeat music and vivid colours.  As the show's executive producer William Dozier put, it. Batman was the only situation comedy on TV without a laugh track.

For the role of Robin, Burt had to compete against more than a thousand other hopefuls.  He and Brooklyn-born actor Peter Deyell were the finalists, and Ward credits his high energy level with winning him the role. "That was 100% me in the character - pounding my fist in my hand and leaping over the door in and out of the Batmobile," he said in a 2016 interview for the Spectrum.  

 After being chosen to play Robin, Bert Gervis, Jr. changed his name to Burt Ward, taking on his mother's maiden name, which he considered easier to pronounce than Gervais,  He also altered the spelling of his first name from "Bert" to "Burt" "to add punch."  

Adam West and Lyle Wagonner were the finalists for the role of Batman, with Adam winning the role.  Lyle went on to star on The Carol Burnett Show.  West and Ward became TV's Dynamic Duo on a very popular series.  Although Adam usually used a stunt double when filming action scenes, Burt performed his personal stunts most of the time.  During the first six days of filming, he was in and out of emergency hospitals with broken bones and burns.




Burt and Adam West

When Batman went off the air in 1968, Burt and Adam West found it difficult to find other acting jobs.  The two were unable to avoid being typecast.  However, Burt did appear in several made-for-TV movies.  After Batman, he and Adam made numerous personal appearances at giant comics conventions.

In 1977, Burt provided the voice of Dick Grayson/Robin in The New Adventures of Batman, a 30 minute animated television series.

Burt also appeared as Dick Grayson in a 2019 episode of Supergirl entitled "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One" (Season 5, Episode 9, Air Date: December 8, 2019).

Burt has been married four times.  His first wife was Bonney Lindsey, daughter of the late Mort Lindsey, a renowned American conductor and composer.  Burt and Bonney wed in July 19, 1965.  They had a daughter, Lisa Ann Ward (born August 4, 1966), and they divorced in 1967.  

From 1967 to 1969, Burt was married to actress Kathy Kersh, who appeared aa a villain on the Batman television series.  His third wife was model Mariana Torchia from 1985 to 1989,  

Since July 15,1990, Burt has been married to actress, animal activist and businesswoman Tracy Posner, whom he met in 1989.  Tracy is the daughter of the late billionaire financier Victor Posner, who passed away in 2002.  According to Burt in his Heroes and Icons interview, Tracy's father did not want his daughter to get married.  "He called me up and offered me $10 million to send his daughter back.  I said, 'Sir, it's a very kind offer, but I live your daughter and I'd rather have your daughter than the money."

Burt and Tracy have their own daughter, Melody Lane Ward, who was born on February 16, 1991.

More recent photo of Burt Ward

In his interview with Heroes & Icons, Burt was asked to pick one favorite "Holy" exclamation.  He replied, "You mean like . . . 'Holy strawberries, Batman, are we in a jam?'   You can use that one,  That's a pretty good one!  I had 387 or 370 holies or something like that."  


END NOTES      

* Burt says, "I was the Caped Crusader, now I'm the Canine Crusader"  In 1994, he and his  wife, Tracy, opened a non-profit foundation to save dogs in Noroco, California, the community where they live.  The foundation is called Gentle Gants Rescue.  Through the years, Burt and Tracy have saved the lives of several thousand dogs.  Their foundation provides for the food, shelter and medical needs of the animals.  A program has also been developed, which has succeeded in extending their lifespan.

Burt and Tracy have also helped to create a top of the line dog food that is affordable and healthy.  They launched a company, Gentle Giants dog food, to produce it.  There is also a Gentle Giants cat food.  Both are available online and in stores such as Target and Walmart.

* Adam West died of leukemia on June 9, 2017.  He was 88 years old at the time of his passing.  Upon Adam's death, Burt made the following statement to People magazine: "Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years.  We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together, our families have deep love and respect for each other.  This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend.  I will forever miss him."

* Prior to her marriage to Burt (1967 to 1969), Kathy Kersh was married briefly to Vince Edwards of Ben Casey fame.  Kathy and Vince divorced in 1965.    

* In 1995, Burt published an autobiography, Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, about his time portraying Robin.  

* Burt has a black belt in karate and he was a friend and neighbour of the famed martial arts film star Bruce Lee.


SOURCES: Heroes and Icons, "18 Things You Didn't Know About Burt Ward, As Told By Burt Ward Himself," by Heroes and Incons Staff, July 7, 2017; The Spectrum, "Burt Ward's life with dogs," by Nick Thomas, September 1, 2016; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)


- Joanne