Wednesday, January 8, 2020

You wanted to know . . . about Mayf Nutter (Bobby Bigelow) and Doney Oatman (Betsy Morgan) and their "Waltons" episodes

A reader wanted to know about two actprs who played secondary characters on The Waltons - Mayf Nutter (Bobby Bigelow) and Doney Oatman (Betsy Morgan).

MAYF NUTTER 


Mayf Nutter was born Mayfred Nutter (Adamson) on October 19, 1941 in Jane Lew, West Virginia.  According to IMDb.com, his name was shortened to "Mayf" in 1957, when he was playing on the All-star Babe Ruth baseball team.  A sportswriter, who had difficulty spelling his name correctly, wrote "MAYF" and the name stuck.  In most sources, "Adamson" is shown to be Mayf's original surname and Nutter" his middle name.  However, according to his biography on  IMDb, the name "Adamson" was suggested by singer Pat Boone because"Mayf Nutter" sounded like a "comedic singer."

Mayf comes from a musical family. He was first heard on radio at the age of 12 and later hosted his own music show on a local television station.  Mayf cut his debut recordings in Atlanta, Georgia and then moved to California in the late 1960s.  In September of 1967, he joined The New Christy Minstrels.,an American ensemble folk group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961.  He also had a stint as lead guitarist for Del Shannon.  After leaving The New Christy Minstrals, Mayf  had his first solo hit in 1970 with a tribute to Johnny Cash entitled "Hey, There, Johnny." 

Mayf Nutter began his television career with appearances on episodes of a string of Westerns such as Gunsmoke (1967), Bonanza (1970) and The High Chaparral (1970).  From 1974 to 1975, Mayf portrayed  Bobby Bigelow in three episodes of The Waltons - "The Book" (Season 3, Episode 10, Air Date: November 14, 1974), "The Song" (Season 3, Episode 22, Air Date: February 20, 1975 and "The Breakdown" (Season 4, Episode 6, Air Date: October 16, 1975).  In 1976, he provided the voice of a jukebox vocalist in an episode of the series entitled "The Fledgling" (Season 4, Episode 23, Air Date: February 26, 1976).

Maif's character. Bobby Bigelow, was lead singer and founder of a band called Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang.  The band played the Jefferson County, Virginia area, the fictional mountain-area community which provided the setting for The Waltons.  Bigelow hired Jason Walton for the salary of $3.50 a night to play guitar and sing in his band.


Mayf as Bobby Bigelow on The Waltpms


Mayf as Bpbbu Bigelow with Jon Walmsley as Joason Walton

In 1976, Mayf  appeared in an episode of yet another Western, How the West Was Won.  In the 1970s, he also had guest roles on Charlie's Angels (1976) and the Dukes of Hazzard (1979). In the 1980s, Mayf made appearances on such such series as The Fall Guy (1982), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Airwolf (1985) and Houston Knights (1987)/  From 1984 to 1985, Mayf had a recurring role on the prime time soap Knot's Landing.  He portrayed Parker Winslow, Valene Ewing's boyfriend.

* Mayf has been married to Omaha, Nebraska native Lindsay Bloom since 1980.  Lindsay (born August 28, 1950) is an actress and former beauty pageant contestant (Miss Arizona, Miss USA 1972). In the 1970s, she appeared in episodes of such television series as Barnaby Jones (1973), Emergency (1974), Wonder Woman (1976),  Rhoda (1976),  Police Story (1977) and Starsky and Hutch (1976, 1978).  From 1979 to 1981 she played Myrtle and Mabel Tillingham on The Dukes of Hazzard.  In 1982, she had a recurring role as Bonnie Robertson on Dallas.  She also portrayed loyal secretary Velda on The New Mike Hammer from 1984 to 1987.

Lindsay Bloom
Mayf and Lindsay have three children - daughters Sage and Haylee, and son, Chase.  Below is a 2005 photo that shows Mayf with "son, Jerry."  I haven't been able to determine if Jerry is Mayf's son from a previous marriage or relationship or if the photo caption is incorrect.


Lindsay with daughter, Sage

END NOTES

* Back in 1970, Mayf Nutter recorded an anti-pollution number called "Simpson Creek (Won't Ever Run Clear Again)"


* During the early 1970s, Mayf guested on Buck Owens' Ranch Show; a weekly country TV series, over 50 times.

* On September 29, 2012 Mayf Nutter and Lindsay Bloom  attended The Waltons 40th anniversary reunion at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  Mayf also attended the October 19, 2018 Bobby Bigelow and the Haystack Gang Walton's reunion. at the Nelson County High School in Lovingston, Virginia.



* Mayf and Lindsay both appeared in Lone Star Bar & Grill, a 1983 television series - the first Showtime produced series. Based on a true story, it was about a group of housewives prostituting themselves out of a bar in Dallas, Texas.  However, due to a management changed at Showtime, the R-rated show was not picked up, despite high ratings.

* In 1982. Mayf became the first American country performer to appear on Chinese television.

* Mayf is a 2020 inductee of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame  He is also a member of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame's Walkway of Stars..  He has returned to West Virginia regularly for the Wheeling Jamboree's "Jamboree in the Hills."




* Mayf and Lindsay currently reside in Southern California.



DONEY OATMAN 


Doney Oatman (born 1958) made her name as a child actor in the 1970s.  She played Felix Unger's (Tony Randall) daughter, Edna, in three episodes of The Odd Couple, from 1972 to 1975.  Doney was the second actor to play the role of Edna,  The first Edna was Pamelyn Ferdin,

In a 1974 episode of The Odd Couple, Doney, as Edna Unger, runs away because her father keeps her from attending a Paul Williams concert.  The episode is entitled "The Paul Williams Story" (Season 5, Episode 9, Air Date: November 7, 1974).

Below is a photo of Doney with Paul Williams in the Odd Couple episode.



Doney appeared as Betsy Morgan in two 1975 episodes of The Waltons - "The Song" (Season 3, Episode 22, Air Date: February 20, 1975 and "The Breakdown" (Season 4, Episode 6, Air Date: October 16, 1975).  Mayf Nutter played Bobby Bigelow in both of those episodes.

Doney Oatman as Edna Unger on The Odd Couple

Betsy Morgan, Doney Oatman's character was a schoolgirl who ran errands Bobby Bigelow and his band.  Below is a photo of Doney as Betsy Morgan and Jon Walmsley as Jason Walton in an episode entitled "The Breakdown."  In the episode, Jason spends too much time playing with his band.  As a result his school work, music lessons, and health begin to suffer.  At a barn dance, Betsy Morgan's date, Ralph, becomes rowdy and jealous after drinking too much.  Jason protects her by taking her home and insists that she sleep on the porch.


Daney Oatman with Jon Walmsley in Waltons episode

After The Waltons, Doney appeared as Jackie in a 1977 TV movie entitled The Spell, a horror/drama film starring Lee Grant and Helen Hunt.  That same year, she portrayed McCain in another television movie, Delta County, U.S.A,, about life in a small community in the American South.  She also had a role in a television mini-series called Little Vic. about the life of Gillie Walker, a 14-year-old orphan from Harlem who becomes a jockey.  Doney played Julie Sayer in the February 23, 1977 episode of the 6-part series.

In 1977, Doney Oatman had guest roles in episodes of Eight is Enough, Charlie's Angels and James at 16.  In 1978, she appeared in episodes of Maude and The Rockford Files.  Her appearance on The Rockford Files is her last television acting credit, after which she walked away from the limelight.  Her exit seems sudden and abrupt.

Doney acting career was short-lived and there is very little information on her online. That leads me to believe that she wishes to lead a private life.  A blogger posted this photo and identified the woman in it as Doney Oatman.  I cannot verify that this is indeed Doney.



END NOTE

* From 1974 to 1977, Doney Oatman appeared in three ABC Afterschool Specials.


SOURCESAll Music website (www.allmusic.com), biography of Mayf Nutter by Sandra Brennan; West Virginia Music Hall of Fame website (www,wvmusichalloffame.com); The Parkersburg News and Sentinal, West Virginaia's Music Hall of Fame announces inductees, March 31, 2019; Wikipedia, Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb.com)

- Joanne

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Y&R Report (January 4, 2020): 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. 

As the New Year begins in Genoa City, many characters face 2020 with uncertainty and trepidation.  Many storylines are hanging in limbo and should be resolved as soon as possible, especially the one about Mrs. Chancellor's will. That has been dragging along much too slowly and it has been poorly written.  Since Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) is leaving the show, the writers should wrap up his storyline.  It's also about time we learned what happened in Las Vegas with Chance and Adam.  The mystery surrounding Amanda has gone on far too long as well.   Is there an explanation as to why she looks the spitting image of Hilary?   Come on writers, tie up all the loose ends.

Nick and Chelsea called it quits on New Year's Eve..  That's not surprising.  Their breakup had been coming for a long time.  Chelsea is trying to resist Adam, but they will soon be back together.  As for Nick, he's a free agent again.  Will he turn to Phyllis again or his other ex, Sharon.  It won't be Sharon if Nikki has any say in the matter.  She told her son in no uncertain terms that she hope he doesn't go back to Sharon.  Some things never change.  Nikki has never liked Sharon.  She has never thought she was good enough for Nick.  Nikki has alwayz considered Sharon a gold digger, even though she was a gold digger herself when she first married Victor.  She went from a stripper to a lady of the manor.

Speaking of Sharon, I hope we don't have to endure a long drawn out storyline about her battle with breast cancer.  I don't think most viewers want that.  It's too depressing, unless there's another angle to it.

We've learned more about Tessa Porter's past.  It turns out that she has an ex-husband, a musician named Tanner Watts.  She's never even discussed  her brief marriage with Mariah or anyone else in Genoa.City.  How many more secrets does Tessa have and now many more excuses will she come up with for hiding her past?  I know endured some hard times, but she's a difficult person to trust.

Jack and Victor were quite friendly with each other on New Year's Eve.  Have they really buried the hatchet or is this just a truce?


HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 ON Y&R: A look at some of the highs and lows of the show this past year.

WORST STORYLINE:  The storyline about Mrs. Chancellor's will.was not credible.  If its purpose was to bring back Philip Chancellor IV (Chance), the writers could have just had him return to town.

Viewers could also have done without Billy once again being haunted by Delia's death.  We went through that already.

MOST INTRIGUING STORYLINE:  Victor Newman's faked death attracted a lot of viewers and received high ratings.  Most people new that Victor was not actually dead, but some were fooled.  For those of us who knew Y&R wouldn't kill off Victor, the storyline was still intriguing.  It's unfortunate that the writers were unclear about who was in on the ruse to expose Adam.

UNEXPECTED RETURN: Mishael Morgan's return as lawyer Amanda Sinclair. Hilary's look-alike was completely unexpected.  Why didn't the writers leave their options open with Mishael by having Hilary leave town for a while (or some other explanation for her absence).

UNEXPECTED DEATH:  The passing of Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991.  Kristoff was found dead at the age of 52 on February 3, 2019.  He had never gotten over the suicide of his son.

UNEXPECTED  FIRING:  Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) was fired after 13 years on the show.

BIGGEST LOSER IN GENOA CITY: Nicholas Newman..  Nick can't seem to get his personal life or his career on track.  He started his own company, Dark House, and lost it due to Adam's trickery.  He then tried to run for city council and his political career was over before it started due to Chelsea.  He ended the year by breaking up with Chelsea on New Year's Eve.

ABORTED ROMANCE:  The "romance" between Traci Abbott and Cane just didn't get off the ground.  It was awkward and I don't think it was very popular among viewers.  Traci was crazy about Can, yet she told him she just wanted to be friends.  There was no explanation as to why she changed her mind.  I still think it's time for both Traci Abbott and her brother Jack to have some romance in their lives.

JERK OF THE YEAR: Billy Boy Abbott gets the nod.  I don't usually have much sympathy for Princess Victory Newman.  However, this time I think Billy is really being deceitful and unfair to her.  I know Victoria is a workaholic and she immerses herself in the business world.  However, I think she has tried to understand him.  He just won't open up to her.  He won't give her a chance.  Instead, he's more comfortable confiding in Amanda, a virtual stranger who hasn't shown she's trustworthy.  He snuck off on New Year's Eve to see the mysterious lawyer, leaving Victoria alone and worried at Abby's New Year's Party.  He showed up just before midnight.

Billy Abbott really doesn't know what he wants anyway.  He's not working for Jabot anymore.  He was given the time and space to figure out what he wants.  Actually. It seems as if he just wants to do what he wants, when he wants.  He doesn't want responsibilities, yet he also doesn't want to give up his family life and his children.  Billy doesn't realize he can't have it both ways.  That's why when he inevitably breaks Victoria's heart, he will face the wrath of Victor.


CAST NEWS

Christel Khalil (Lily) will return to Y&R for a brief stint this month


Fans of Chritel Khalil (Lily Winters) will be pleased to know that Lily will be back in Geona City the week of January 6th.  The exact nature of her return has not been revealed but it presumably has to do with the Devon/Eleana/Amanda storyline and could possibly involve Cane's (Daniel Godard} exit from the show.

Christel's last appearance was in tribute episodes to honour Kristoff St.John, her TV father, after his death.  She also played a character in the novel Traci Abbott (Beth Maitland) wrote.  The actress chose to drop down to recurring status in 2018.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL




Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) hasn't changed.  He's the jerk he's always been.  In a soap, there has to be conflict, so that's why he's misbehaving again.  He can't have a happy family life with Victoria.  So, fans, what do you think about the storyline of his secret relationship with Amanda?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.


Are you enjoying the stoyline about Billy's secret relationship with Amanda?

Yes, it's a good storyline. It's interesting to me.
No, I have no interest in it. It's starting to drag.
I don't know, I have to see where it leads.
Other
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Readers, I would appreciate your feedback.  Please let me know what you think about the show.

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

That's all for now,  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  


- Joanne

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Why was "Anne with an E" cancelled?


"Let's face it.  as Canadians we consume an awful lot of American TV shows, but that doesn't mean our own stories shouldn't get told.

In "Anne With an E," Emmy-winning Canadian showrunner Moira Walley Beckett breathed new life into the classic," Anne of Green Gables."  The show is wonderfully acted, beautifully shot and touches on issues deeply relatable issues despite its late-1800s setting.

But none of that saved it from cancellation by CBC and Netflix after just three seasons.  The official story is that the decision was mutual, although Netsflix reportedly paid most of the bills."

- Debra Yeo
Toronto Star, December 26, 2019


"Anne with an E's dynamic characters, impactful writing. and universal themes draw viewers in..  The series's success challenges assumptions about what young adults seek in entertainment, it's made waves without flashy clothing, a hip-hop sound track or fancy stylized editing.

Bolstered by the heart-wrenching honesty Amybeth McNulty gives to her portrayal of Anne, the show's writers arent afraid to tackle big issues.  Brilliantly woven into Anne with an E are themes of identity, antisemitism, bullying, gender bias, and empowerment.  The young characters also navigate the repercussions of societal taboos and the importance of acceptance."

Film Daily


On Monday, November 25, 2019, came the surprising news that the CBC/Netflix series, Anne with an E had been cancelled.  The show's creator, Moira Walley-Beckett, announced on Instagram that "they've reached the end of the Green Gables road.  In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Walley-Beckett, said that the "fan support and love for Anne with an E is overwhelming, heartening and wonderful - how I love those Kindred Spirits."  She said it proves to her "how much this show has connected with a diverse audience around the world and how meaningful it is to everyone."  Why then was it axed?

Anne with an E has received fulsome praise from reviewers.  Not only has it been given rave reviews, but it garnered seven Canadian Screen Awards last April, including best drama series and a best actress award for its star, Amybeth McNulty.  The series is hugely popular, even beloved among many viewers.  That's why so many people are upset by its cancellation after just three seasons. It doesn't make sense that a highly rated show that is "wonderfully acted" and 'beautifully shot" was ended so abruptly (The third season hasn't even been seen on Netflix yet).  When I heard the news, I was both disappointed and perplexed.

On Sunday evenings, along with many other Canadians, I looked forward to watching Heartland, followed by Anne with an E on CBC.  Amybeth McNulty is delightful in the title role of Anne, while  celebrated Canadian actor R.H. Thomson portrays Matthew Cuthbert superbly.  They and the other cast members are a joy to watch.  That's why I scratch my head and wonder why a show with so much gong for it was cancelled prematurely.

Fans were eagerly anticipating the fourth season of Anne with an E.  It's as if something has been cruelly yanked away from them because  there is so much story left to be told.  Yes, if we really want to know what happened to Anne and Gilbert and the others, we can always read L.M. Montgomery's books.  It's not the same, though.  Anne with an E is Anne of Green Gables with an edge.  It is much grittier, beginning with the beautiful artwork of it opening credits.

The opening titles were designed by Creative Director Alan Woods of Imaginary Forces, along with artist Brad Kunkle.  They are a stunning ode to the wonder of nature and to its changing seasons.  They feature animals native to Prince Edward Island, including an owl, a hummingbird, and a red fox which mirrors the colour of Anne's hair.

When this magnificent sequence was completed, the producers sought to accompany it with an appropriate musical soundtrack.  For the show's theme song, they chose The Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a Century" in which Gord Downie, the band's frontman, sings  of "casting a golden light." while viewers gaze at a dreamy woodland.  The sequence concludes with "Anne with E" carved into a tree.

 As Moira Wally Beckett put it, "Since the Tragically Hip is a revered and iconic Canadian group we thought who better to provide the theme song for Canada's most beloved and iconic heroine, Anne with an E."  She said "'Ahead by a Century ' was a perfect fit for our vision of the show and we feel amazed and blessed every day that we were able to use it."

Anne with an E was enjoyed and relished by many.  That's why its fans were quick to express their frustration and dismay when series was cancelled.  The hashtag #RenewAnneWithAnE began trending on Twitter.  Within 24 hours, a petition imploring Netflix to renew the show for a fourth season collected 20,000 signatures from around the world.  That number grew to 60,000 in days.  Despite the petition, executive producer Miranda de Pencier made it clear on Instagram that "there is no way to revive Anne with an E anywhere."

In her statement to Entertainment Weekly, Moira Walley Becket expressed a desire to tie up all of the loose ends left by the show's abrupt cancellation.  She said, "I will miss this show forever and a day.  That being said,  I'd love to write an AWAE finale feature film."  Walley-Beckett later declared that she was "moved to tears" by the response of the fans and their efforts to save the show.  She said that the show's staff attempted to find a new home or create a finale movie for the show, but were unsuccessful in spite of their best efforts.

Sadly, it really looks like the end of the Green Gables road for the Anne with an E.  I agree with Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star.  I strongly suspect that Netflix, for whatever reason, does not want to pour anymore money into the series.  Since Netflix pays the piper, it calls the tune.  The CBC probably does not have much choice but to go along with the giant streaming service's  decision to cancel the show.  If that's indeed the case, then Netflix is ignoring the voices of a large number of fans.  Farewell Anne with an E.  You are gone but not forgotten by all your Kindred Spirits.

SOURCES: The Canadian Press," 'Anne with an E cancelled after three seasons on CBC/Netflix,'"   by Victoria Ahearn, November 25, 2019;  The Canadian Press, December 7, 2019; "Anne with an E creator says the show won't be revived despite fan petition," by ,  Indie Wire.com, "Stranger Things to Anne With an E; The Secret Weapon Behind Netflix's Latest Stunning Opening Sequence," by Hanah Nguyen, May 26, 2017; Film Daily .com, "'Anne with an E' fans come together to save their show"; Toronto Star, "2019 on the Screen," by Deborah Yeo, December 26, 2019.


- Joanne

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Y&R Report (December 21, 2019): 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. 

Well, it's the festive season in Genoa City and everyone is celebrating. It's Kyle and Lola's first Christmas together.  They put up their tree and decorated it with a lot of sentimental ornaments.  They act like a happy couple, but there are dark storm clouds on the horizon for those two.  As viewers know, Theo is really sweet on Lola.  I'm not sure if he's fallen hard for her, or whether he just enjoys the challenge of winning over Kyle's wife.  It's probably a combination of both.  Theo's competitive and vengeful toward Kyle.  He also enjoys attention from the lovely Lola.

Unfortunately for Theo, he's given himself away.  Summer knows he's after Lola.  She figured out the reason he dumped her was because of the super chef.  Theo should be concerned that Snowflake knows what's going on.  She knows his game now and she may try to put a stop to it.  However, since Summer is smitten with Kyle herself, I doubt she'll pass up an opportunity to get him back if Theo succeeds in coming between him and Lola.

What is going on with Billy Boy Abbott?  He's really a mess.  He's drifting along and he doesn't really know what he wants.  He has found a kindred spirit in Amanda Sinclair, since she doesn't seem to know what she wants either.  That's why they've bonded.  It's inevitable that he's going to hurt Victoria.  She thinks she's "living the dream" right now, but she's in for a real shock.  I expect that Daddy Victor will investigate Billy Boy.  He's already curious about Billy's phantom new job.  He tried to grill him about it.  So, it won't take 'The Moustache long to find out that Billy's been lying about having being employed.

Victor is also going to obtain photos of Bill with Amanda and Billy playing poker.  He has already had a complete background check done on the mysterious Amanda and presented the dossier to Devon.  Mr. Moneybags will be quite upset that his daughter's partner has been associating with her.  Amanda is clearly running away from something or someone.  That's why she has deleted online information about herself.  She has no digital footprint.

That's why Devon is right to have questions about her.  I don't blame him for being spooked by her resemblance to Hilary.  Amanda's definitely hiding something big and she's been contacting an unknown person.  Dr. Nate is clearly naive about her.  I just hope Amanda doesn't turn out to be Hilary's long lost twin sister.  We've already gone down that road before with Cassie and Mariah.

When Victor eventually learns that Billy Abbott has broken Princess Victoria's heart, he will be livid. The wrath of Victor Newman will descend upon Billy Boy.  I would not want to be in Billy's shoes then. There's no one he is more protective of  his princess than Victor Newman.

It was good to see Faith (Alyvia Alyn Lind) back in Genoa City. She's certainly looking grown up and she's interested in boys now.  I wonder if she'll have better luck in that department than her parents, Sharon and Nick and her sister, Summer, who is eager to provide her with advice on dealing with boys.  At least Faith's  had the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and she may go down a different path.

I was also glad to see the foursome of Michael, Lauren, Paul and Christine (aka The Cricketmeisster) after a long absence.  Fen is also going to show up  The scene with the quartet in the restaurant was funny and lighthearted.  However, they should have toned down Paul and Michael's arguing.  They never would have been so loud.


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. 
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I spoke to longtime Y&R viewer, Fifi from Collingwood, Ontario.  Fifi had some comments about Chance and Phyllis  Fi thinks that Chance and Phyllis have chemistry and that they will get together.  She thinks they have more chemistry than Chance and Abby.  I've thought about her comments and I've come to the conclusion that Fifi may be right about Chance and Phyllis hooking up.  Right now, Phyllis appears to want Nick back and Chance seems to be starting a romance with Abby.  That could be all a mirage to keep viewers from figuring out what will really happen.  In one of the online spoilers, I read that Phyllis is going to take advantage of an opportunity to flirt with Chance.  I know.  Phyllis flirts with lots of men.  However, when it comes to predicting what will happen on a soap, you have to ask yourself what will create the most conflict.  Phyllis and Abby dislike each other intensely.  So, Abby would not be very pleased about Phyllis going after Chance.

One thing about Phyllis is that she seems to be everyone and interfering with everyone.  The redhead is omnipresent and ubiquitous.  She'll go anywhere unannounced and listen into any conversation.


CAST NEWS

New character on Y&R




According to Soap Opera Digest,  new character is headed to Genoa City.  His name is Tanner Watts and he will be played by former One Life to Live star Chase Coleman (born March 20, 1985 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama).  Coleman's other credits include The Originals, Vampire Diaries, Boardwalk Empire, In Between Men and Aquarius.

Tanner is a recording artist who has a past connection with someone in GC.  The role is said to be short term, but if viewer reaction to the character is positive, he could be kept on.  Coleman's first appearance is set for Friday, January 3, 2020 on CBS (Thursday, January 2nd on Global TV in Canada).



Y&R Tea in Toronto

On Sunday, December 8, 2019, I attended the Y&R OpportuniTea in support of Maarch of Dimes Canada.  There were 5 Y&R actors in attendance: Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Christel Khalil, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman).  I spoke briefly with some of the actors during the autograph session and they were all very gracious.  I asked Mark Grossman about what happened in Vegas.between Chance and Adam.  He told me that they were still working on it and he didn't know yet.  However, the secret is starting to come out.  We know that Adam helped Chance get out of a jam.  That's all we know so far.

Here are some photos taken during the autograph session:


Mark Grossman



Sharon Case




Sharon Case and Yours Truly


 
Christian LeBlanc and yours truly


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

Danny Boaz
As Y&R fans know, there is no love lost between Phyllis and Abby.  Abby will not be too thrilled if Phyllis sets her sights on Chance (Danny Boaz).  Fans, do you think Phyllis and Chance should be a couple or is he better off with Abby.  Click on the poll below and let me know


Is Phyllis a good match for Chance?

Yes, they have good chemistry.
No, Phylllis will only bring him a lot of trouble. He's better off with Abby.
Chance should stay away from both both Phyllis and Abby.
I don't know.
Other
Please Specify:


That's all for now.  Merry Christmas to all who celebrate  and a Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish readers.  The next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, January 4, 2020.  Happy New Year and I hope 2020 brings you much happiness.




- Joanne

Friday, December 20, 2019

Whatever happened to Susan Dey?


Susan Hallock Dey was born on December 10, 1952 in Pekin, Illinois.  Her father, Robert "Bob" Smith Day, was a newspaper man.  Her mother, Ruth Pyle (née Doremus) Dey, was a nurse,  Susan and her family moved from Illinois to New York state in order to further her father's career in the newspaper business.  (He eventually became editor of the Standard-Star in New Rochelle, New York).  In 1961, when Susan was 8, her mother died of complications from pneumonia, leaving Bob to raise four children.  He eventually married a woman named Gail Shellenberger, who became Susan's stepmother.  Below are photos of Bob, Gail and the family and Susan with her sister Leslie.



Susan Dey attended Columbus Elementary School in Thornwood, New York.  She then graduated from Lane High School in Bedford, New York, where she was a drama club member.  Susan was a teen model before becoming an actor.  Her older sister, Leslie, was also a model and they worked tor the same agency.  It was their stepmother, Gail, who had sparked their interested in fashion modelling.  After seeing an ad for models in Seventeen Magazine, Gail submitted their photos to a prominent New York modelling agency and the sisters were hired by the agency in 1968.

At the age of 17, Susan was cast as Laurie Partridge in a new ABC series called The Partridge Family.  Although she had little acting experience, she found herself starring in a hit TV show about a family band.that travelled to performances in a remodelled psychedelic school bus.

The sitcom featured Shirley Jones, whose real life stepson, David Cassidy, became one of the most popular teen heartthrobs of the 1970s.  David played Keith Partridge the eldest son of the family and Susan was not immune to his charms.  She had strong feeling for him, but David not reciprocate those feelings.  It was a painful case of unrequited love because he viewed her as a sister.

In his 1994 memoir, C'Mon Get Happy - Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus, Cassidy wrote that "Susan lacked the slutty aspect of a female that I always found so attractive."  He stated that she was "sweetness and innocence, a good girl, and I couldn't think of her as anyone but my sister,"  In his autobiography, he revealed personal details of his relationship with her, after which Susan cut off contact with him.  The last time they appeared in public together was in 1990 at the MTV Video Awards.  They presented the Viewers' Choice Award and exchanged some playful banter.


Publicity photo for The Partridge Family 1970


 Partridge Family publicity photo circa 1970


Susan with David Casssidy

After four seasons, The Partridge Family was cancelled in 1974.  When the show ended Susan had to had to avoid typecasting, but she was able to find acting roles.  During the mid-1970s, she made guest appearances on such TV series as The Rookies (1975), S.W.A.T. (1975), Hawaii Five-O (1975), Petrocelli (1976) and The Streets of San Francisco (1976).

By 1977, Susan was the co-star of a television series called Love Me, Love me Not.  It was her first weekly TV series since The Partridge Family.  The short-lived sitcom centred around a young couple who have just started dating and are unsure about their relationship.  Kenneth Gilman portrayed Dick Phillips,a newspaper reporter, who falls for Jane Benson, a California school teacher, played by Susan.  Only six episodes of the show were produced and CBS cancelled the series after the last one was broadcast.

Susan and Kenneth Gilman

Susan also starred in a 1977 made-for-television movie called Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night.  She portrayed Rowena Harper, a troubled young mother with psychological problems due to an unhappy childhood.  Rowena becomes abusive toward her 3-year-old daughter, Mary Jane.

From 1983 to 1984, Susan Dey had a role in the soapy prime time naval drama, Emerald Point, N.A,S. The short-lived series starred Dennis Weaver as Rear Admiral Thomas Mallory and an ensemble cast, including Richard Dean Anderson, Jill St. John, Maud Adams and Patrick O"Neal who was replaced by Robert Vaughn. Susan played Mallory's oldest daughter, Celia Warren. The show lasted only one season and Dey appeared in all 22 episodes.


Susan Dey in a scene from Emerald Point, N.A.S.

From 1986 to to 1992, Susan Dey portrayed Grace Van Owen, a California district attorney and later judge on the TV drama series L.A. Law.. In 1988, Susan won a Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her L.A. Law role. She also received three Emmy nominations during the show's lengthy run. However, she became increasingly disenchanted with her role. A major cause of her dissatisfation was her onscreen romance with the character Michael Kuzak, played by Harry Hamlin. She threatened to leave if the writers did not end their on-again, off-again relationship.

Harry Hamlin left L.A. Law in 1991.  Susan.left in 1992, after the finale of the show's sixth season, an episode entitled "Say Goodnight Gracie," The series remained on the air until 1994 and Dey and Hamilin reprised their roles as Grace and Michael in a 2002 television movie entitled L.A. Law: The Movie,

Susan in her L.A. Law days
Susan and Harry Hamlin

During the 1990s, Susan appeared in a number of television movies, such as Whose Child is This?: The War for Baby Jessica (1993), Sad Inheritance (1993), Beyond Betrayal (1994), Deadly Love (1995), Blue River (1995), Bridge of Time (1997). From 1992 to 1993, Susan had a recurring role as Wallis "Wally" Porter in the TV comedy Love & War, about a woman who runs a New York bar restaurant. Susan appeared in 23 episodes of the series. In 1999, she guess-starred as Karen Hershey in an episode of the drama series "Family Law," about an upscale law firm, specializing in family law. The episode is entitled "Holt vs. Holt." (Season 1, Episode 9, Air Date: November 22, 1999.

Susan has not appeared in any television acting roles since she played Dr. Breene in a two-part 2004 episode of the crime drama Third Watch.  The episode is entitled "Family Ties " (Part 1 - Season 5, Episode 16, Air Date: February 27, 2004) and Part 2 - Season 5, Episode 17, Air Date: March 5, 2004).

Susan on Third Watch

Susan Dey has been married twice. She wed Hollywood agent Leonard "Lenny" Hirshan in 1976. Hirshan worked as Susan's agent and was 25 years her senior. The couple had a daughter, Sarah Dey-Hirshan, (born November 1978), but they divorced in 1981. Hirshan (born December 27, 1927) died in 2014 at the age of 86,  The longtime William Morris agent represented Clint Eastwood for over 50 years.  He also represented such luminaries as Elvis Presley (with Colonol Tom Parker), Walter Matthau, Sophia Loren, Eva Saint Marie, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Edward G. Robinson.

Susan and Lenny Hirshan

On February 20, 1988, Susan wed her second husband, television producer Bernard Sofronski. Their marriage ceremony was a private affair, with only their closest friends and family in attendance.

Susan and Bernard

END NOTES

* While on The Partridge Family, Susan developed her acting skills and her musical skills, including piano and harmonizing.

* Susan Dey's first feature film role was in the 1972 airline hijack movie, Skyjacked, starring Charlton Heston. She played a passenger.

* On the advice of her agent, Susan turned down the role of Sandy in the 1978 film Grease. The role, of course, went to Olivia Newton-John. It turn out to be a huge hit for Olivia and co-star John Travolta.

* Susan has been very candid about her teenage bout with anorexia and bulimia. In the 1970s, there was little awareness of anorexia. However, Partridge Family cast members noticed that Susan wasn't eating. When Danny Bonaduce, who played her younger brother, Danny Partridge, saw her in a bikini, he grimaced and told her she looked disgusting. It was then that she realized she had a serious problem. At the height of her illness, she weighed about 90 pounds (40.8 kilograms). She had stopped having menstrual periods and her fingers turned noticeably orange from eating almost nothing but carrots.

In 1989, Susan told the The Washington Post that her eating disorder developed from being a very public teenager in an era when there was an increased focus on independent women and pencil-thin models like Twiggy were in the spotlight. "At that age, "said Susan, you feel like an adult but you are not an adult and society does not treat you as an adult . . . One of the choices you do have is what you eat and what you don't eat . . . Also the sexual revolution started at that time and when you're anorexic you've got the body of a man so you don't have a lot to deal with."

* In 1992, Susan appeared as host on an episode of Saturday Night Live which included a skit about The Partridge Family versus The Brady Bunch.

* Susan's stepmother, Gail Shellenberger Dey, passed away on August 16, 2008 at the age of 88. Her father, Bob, retired to Maine and died there on February 21, 2016.  He was 90 years old at the time of his passing.

* Susan has been a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center. She also co-narrated a documentary on campus rape with her former L.A. Law co-star Corbin Bensen.

* Susan resides in upstate New York (as of 2014).


SOURCES: The Washington Post, "Susan Dey, Light-Years From The Child Star," by Jay Matthews, October 5, 1989; TV Over Mind (tvovermind.com), :Whatever Happened to the "Partridge Family Star Susan Dey, by Nat Berman, 2 years ago; Wikipedia Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb

- Joanne

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Price of Pop Culture 2020: The cost of streaming (focus on the UK)

Here is a infographic on the price of pop culture streaming in 2020.  It was designed by Ocean Finance, a British company, so all statistics are related to the United Kingdom and all costs are in British pounds.  I hope you find it informative and useful

- Joanne

Ocean Finance delved into what we’re all spending on streaming, how to get the most for your money and which genres to look out for in 2020.













Around 50% of the UK are subscribed to a streaming service like Netflix and Amazon.Prime Video, according to Ofcom.  With new platforms like BritBox arriving, more and more of us are subscribing to watch TV's biggest hits like Game of Thrones and Strangeer Things.and there's even more to come in 2020.


Cost Breakdown

To calculate the cost of watching the most anticipated shoes in 2020 the methodology for this was to analyse the 38 most anticipated shows of 2020 and calculate the cost of the streaming subscriptions for the services supplying them. At the time of the data collation none of the top 38 shows were to be shown on BritBox. (This remains unchanged)
  • £62.93 (NOW TV)
  • £41.94 (Disney+)
  • £154.50 (iPlayer)
  • £79.00 (Amazon Prime)
  • £9.98 (Apple TV+)
  • £107.88 (Netflix)
Total = £456.23
  

Amazon Prime TV is four times better value than Netflix

Ocean Finance calculated how many hours of content, plus how many individual movies and TV shows are delivered by each streaming service, then calculated how much you’d get for a £1 based on their annual prices. Amazon Prime TV gives you the most content for your cash. In fact, you can see a huge 211 movies or TV shows for just £1 with an annual subscription – that equals to 16,669 programmes a year. To compare, if you spent £1 watching one show on Netflix, Amazon would give you four for the same price.


If you're a film lover, Amazon offers five times more movies for £1 than Netflix.  Disney+ falls behind further, giving you just nine films per £1.  Britboxx will give you even less, offering you only one move for £1,


Binge-Watch 17 TV series for £1 with Netflix

For those only interested in binge-watching TV shows, you'll get your money's worth with Netflix (17 shows per £1), NOW TV (16 shows per £1) and BBC iPlayer (11 shows per £1).

Though you'll get almost double the content with Amazon who takes the top spot again, offering 30 TV programmes for only £1.


The UK spends £1 billion more on BBC iPlayer than Netflix

The UK spends £1 billion more on BBC iPlayer than Netflix

With 13.4 million subscribers, the UK spends the most on BBC iPlayer at a massive £2 billion per year. It might be free to use but you’ll need to pay £154.50 for a mandatory TV licence, no matter what you want to watch. We’re spending half this amount on Netflix at £1 billion per year and even less on Amazon, which costs the UK £600 million annually.


Apple TV+ and the anticipated Disney+ will set us back further.  These newer streaming services are expected to have at least two million UK subscribers in the next few years, costing the nation £120 million for Apple TV+ and £140 million for Disney+.

Britbox is also expected to have 1.7 million British subscribers in 2020, meaning the UK will spend around £122 million on the service.


Amazon Prime TV is four times better value than Netflix

Amazon Prime TV offers 1,446 hours of content for £1

Amazon Prime TV is better for bingeing because of its colossal amount of content. You can watch 1,446 hours of TV or movies for £1 with Amazon, which is double Netflix’s offering of 702 hours. NOW TV is only slightly behind, delivering 608 hours per £1


Netflix puts £6.6 billion more into original content than BBC

It is estimated that Netflix spends an enormous £9.3 billion on creating original content., compared to £2.7 billion 
spent by the BBC.

Amazon and Apple are devoting the same amount into original content.  Both media giants are predicted to spend £4.7 billion on original titles, suggesting Apple is trying hard to break into the world of streaming subscriptions by matching its competitor.
 

What about BritBox?

Newly launched BritBox will add an extra £71.88 to your annual bill, but much of the platforms original content is still in production.  

Not a lot has been revealed  about BritBox's unique contributions.  While there might be plenty in the pipeline, established favourites like Killing Eve won't be available due to existing contracts with other streaming platforms in place.  If you want to watch the biggest releases, IPlayer might be the better option.


Disney spends the most on original content at £18.6 billion

The biggest spender is Disney, who's putting an eye-watering £18.6 billion into original films and TV shows.  Now that Disney owns Marvel, Fox, Pixar, Lucasfilm Ltd. and plenty more, it's not surprising that the mass media conglomerate is putting so much extra into unique entertainment.

Streaming costs have doubled in a decade

With 40% admitting they don't think they'll watch traditional broadcasts in just five years, streaming services are taking over.  Out data shows the amount of TV and film streaming services has tripled since 2006.  As additional shows become available, we're spending more to see them.  10 years ago, the main streaming services cost £262 annually, which has now more than doubled to £651.

Comedy is set to be the biggest genre of 2020

Our research also uncovered comedy (18%) as the most popular genre of 2020, based on the most anticipated releases.  It's predicted that you'll be laughing at the likes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Barry.

Closely following comedy, expect to watch period programmes (13%) such as The Crown and Outlander and drama shows (11%) including The Undoing and Salisbury.

How much did 2019’s biggest TV moments cost?

Binge-worthy moments

Here’s how much it cost to binge-watch the top shows of 2019 in under a month.
Stranger Things - £8.99 (Netflix)
  • Black Mirror - £8.99 (Netflix)
  • Orange is the New Black - £8.99 (Netflix)
  • The Boys - £7.99 (Amazon Prime)
  • Good Omens - £7.99 (Amazon Prime)
Ocean Finance Quote
Commenting on the findings Anastasia Letsos at Ocean Finance said “It’s tempting to sign up to the top streaming services when they offer such great content. However, our research shows that a subscription to the top 7 streaming services would set you back £650 so you may want to plan which shows to budget for.
Letsos continued: We analysed the 38 most-anticipated shows of 2020 and calculated the true cost of popular culture as £456. Our findings show that the most cost-effective service is Amazon Prime TV which offers 211 shows, or 1,446 hours of content per £1 spent. However, Netflix has the most-anticipated shows of 2020 (29%) vs Amazon who boast 21% of the must-see shows of 2020. If it’s original content you’re looking for then head to Disney who spend £18.6 billion on their new releases.”


Standout Findings
Other standout findings from Ocean Finance’s findings include:
  • A subscription to the top 7 streaming services would cost £650
  • Film fanatics will get 181 movies per £1 with Amazon Prime TV
  • Comedy is set to be the biggest genre of 2020