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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Y&R Report (July 23, 2016): 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.

It appears that Mal Young, the new Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless has already made some changes.  Travis Crawford (Michael Roark) has bid adieu to Victoria and sailed off into the sunset. Although Travis invited Victoria to accompany him on his boat, along with her children, she refused his offer because she did not want to keep the kids away from Billy.  

It seems to me that the decision to end the Travis-Victoria storyline was made quite abruptly.  It was decided that the character of Travis no longer fit into plans for the show; thus his sudden departure. Now that the blond bartender is no longer in the picture, what does that mean for Victoria?  Will she try to reconcile with Billy and reunite their family?  Will she compete with Phyllis for Billy's love?  How will she react when she discovers finds out about Billy Boy and his sister-in-law?  

There's a lot of turmoil ahead for Billy.  He is going to have to face the wrath of Jack when the truth comes out about his secret romance with Phyllis.  Understandably, Jack is not going to take a betrayal from his own brother well.  Then there's his mother, Jill.  Not only has she made sure the horrid paint colour is being removed from the Chancellor mansion, but she has taken control of Brass & Sassy. Billy is also going to have to face mad Chole again.  As viewers know, the disturbed woman has returned to Genoa City where she will wreak havoc upon its citizens.  Adam is her prime target. However, Billy will be thrown for a loop if he turns out to be the father of Chloe's daughter, Bella.

It's hard to imagine Snowflake at the helm of a multinational corporation like Newman Enterprises. I realize it was just a ruse to entrap Luca Santori.  Still, Summer is sorely lacking the experience and the expertise for such a demanding position.  Why would the slippery Spaniard believe that she would even be considered for the position of CEO unless there was some kind of setup?  How many 21-year-olds run major corporations?  But wait!  It seems that Luca isn't so slippery anymore.  He's suddenly discovered that he has feelings for Summer.  He is willing to give up everything for her sake and wants nothing in return but her love.  Fans, are we to believe that Luca is so in love with Snowflake that he has sacrificed his lofty ambitions?  Has the leopard really changed its spots?  Have the writers decided to soften Santori's character and make him more likeable?

Luca Santori's ambitions don't really matter now that Victor Newman has won his appeal.  "The Moustache" will soon return to his desk at Newman.  Could there have been any other outcome?  Did you really expect Victor to spend a decade in prison?  He'll be in complete control again, as usual, and he won't be too happy about seeing his granddaughter and Santori together.  

Not surprisingly, Victor has won yet again.  Is he remorseful  Is he a chastened man?  Did he take to heart the reprimand he received from the judge?  Well, I don`t think he`ll do anything as bad as the Marco Annicelli fiasco again.  I also think that Mal Young wants to redeem Victor`s character somewhat.  He will probably return to way he was before he became really evil.  That means he will remain controlling and powerful.  

Victor's biggest problem right now is dealing with Chloe.  She has really gone rogue.  She's a loose cannon.  Internet spoilers say that she will conceal her wicked intentions.  According to the spoilers, Kevin will fall for Chloe again, much to the chagrin of Natalie.  Chelsea will even be fooled and renew her friendship with the woman who wants to utterly destroy her husband Adam, 

Now that Victor is no long in prison and he has reunited with Nikki, the character of Dr. Meredith Gates is not really required any longer.  Alicia Coppola, who portrays Dr. Gates, has finished her run. I'm glad because her "romantic" scenes with Victor left a decidedly sour taste in my mouth.

Isn't it about time for Jack Abbott to discover the truth about Phyllis and Billy?  Those two are really playing him for a fool.  Jack even asked Billy for advice when Phyllis left him and moved into a suite at the athletic club.  Billy, of course, advised his brother to give the redhead some space and stay away from her.  Meanwhile, Ashley wondered why Jack would take relationship advice from his wayward brother.

Jill is back on the scene again.   From the previews, it appears that she will be the one to discover Billy and Phyllis together.  Will she tell anyone else or will she keep the secret in order to protect Billy?  Maybe she'll use her discovery as a means of getting her son to do her bidding.  Will she force him to return to Victoria?  

Cane Ashby seems quite arrogant and full of himself these, especially now that Jill has made him co-CEO of Brass & Sassy, along with Billy.  I guess you could say the name of the company is a perfect description of his character of late.  He`s much more aggressive.   He didn`t hesitate to punch out Billy Abbott.  What's gotten into Sugar Cane, fans?  I think his new attitude is bound to get him in trouble.

I hope Mal Young is going back to the show`s roots again.  I think that`s why he`s brought back Jill and Colin.  That`s why the damage Billy to the Chancellor mansion is being undone.  The estate is returning to the way Katherine Chancellor would have wanted it.


It's official, fans.  Michael E. Knight (Dr. Neville) is leaving

I was disappointed when I read that Michael E. Knight (Dr. Simon Neville) was reportedly checking out of The Young and Restless. However, I held out hope that the unfortunate decision to let him go would be reversed.  After all, the decision was made before the firing of Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. It was reasonable to believe that new Executive Producer, Mal Young, would find a way to keep the talented actor.  Alas, it was not to be.  Michael's last appearance on Y&R will be Wednesday, July 27, 2016 on CBS (Tuseday, July 26 on Global TV in Canada). He was originally supposed to be on the show for only eight episodes, but still . . .

Michael Knight's departure indicates that the whole storyline about Neville's miracle drug will be dropped and forgotten.  Hilary will recover and Ashley will be back at Jabot.

Tristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson) will be back in August

Jill's bad boy hubby, Colin Atkinson will be returning to Genoa City.  Tristan Rogers, the Australian actor who plays Colin, wrote on Twitter that "Colin is back to being Colin."  He said he has "some interesting scenes" coming up with Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) and Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby).  Tristan will return to the screen on August 24 (CBS) and August 23 (Global).


Amelia Heinle  Photo Attribution: Mingle MediaTV

Well fans, do you think Victoria (Amelia Heinle) should go back to Billy Abbott?  Should she forgive him yet again?  Let your opinion be know by participating in the poll below.

Now that Travis is out of the picture, should Victoria (Amelia Heinle) reunite with Billy?

Yes, they have a history together and they have children.
Maybe, if Billy smartens up.
No, Billy is a jerk. Victoria should find someone else.
No, Amelia Heinle had better chemistry with the previous Billy, Billy Martin. She doesn't have good chemistry with the curent Billy (Jason Thompson).
Billy should stay with Phyllis.
I don't care.
I don't know. I havven't made up my mind yet.
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That's all for now.  The next edition of Y&R Report will appear in the space on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  Meanwhile, keep your eye on Chloe.  She's the character to watch.  She's really going to stir things up.  


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Y&R Report (July 9, 2016): 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.

Y&R was really exciting with Nikki and Phyllis having been taken hostage by the diabolical Ian Ward, What a tour de force by actor Ray Wise, who portrays Ian so brilliantly.  His character is quite a piece of work.  His smiles and his mannerisms are really quite amusing.  He really deserves a Daytime Emmy for his performance in the role.

We witnessed an epic Victor Newman/Ian Ward confrontation.  However, it was a clash of two villains. There was no good guy. There was no knight in shining armour, although Victor tried to play the hero.  As usual, he came out on top.  He won.  He saved Nikki and Phyllis. You can be sure, however, that he has a plan.  As Adam pointed out, Victor always has a plan.  He'll never stop manipulating and controlling everyone.  He's recovering from a gunshot wound, but that hasn't stopped him from tying to force Adam to do his bidding.  No matter where he is, whether it's a prison cell or a hospital bed, Victor has everyone under his thumb.

I couldn't help but wonder why Ian Ward chose to go the Abbott.cabin?  How did he even know of its existence or where it was located?  As for superhuman Victor Newman, the man is absolutely amazing.  He was wounded by a bullet and still managed to escape from the hospital, albeit with the help of Dr. Gates.   Remember, fans, that Victor once received a heart it transplant.  When Traci's daughter, Colleen, died, Victor was given her heart to save his live.  I tell you, folks, ol' Vic has a lot of strength and energy.  I know he is in good shape for a septuagenarian, but really, how does he do it?  I guess we're not supposed ask those questions, but I like to ask them anyway.

As I've mentioned before, the Genoa City police, led by Clueless Paul Williams and his equally clueless son, Dylan, are quite inept.  Everyone else is one step ahead of them.  I have to admit, though, that Paul was wise to advise Nikki not to trust "The Moustache." Although, where Clueless is concerned, there may be a bit of jealousy involved.  He has always had a thing for Nikki and can't stand the fact that he has always come in second to Victor where she is concerned.  Ian Ward also has a thing for the lovely Nicole.  

As for the lovely, Nicole, she'll never leave Victor.  I din't think she'd really divorce him again.  Did you, fans?

Someone is bound to find out soon that the mysterious woman helping Victor is Chole.  In fact, Adam and Chelsea should have figured it out by now.  Chole used the name "Dorothy Gale" when she signed in to visit Victor.  That's the name of the character from The Wizard of Oz, which happens to be the play Delia appeared in before she met her tragic death.


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Here are some comments about the state of the show from regular contributor CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.  

Right now I am just hoping all these loose ends get tied up soon.  It has been very difficult to follow some storylines at times as they seesaw back and forth between possible culprits.  It is also discouraging for viewers as characters cannot be trusted as they take on different personas. For example, Victor has been in a cruel, evil state for far too long.  It will take a long time and many noble deeds for him to redeem himself with the fans.

I feel the same way as you do, CC.  Y&R needs some stability and consistency.  It is my hope that things will settle down now that Jill Farren Phelps is no longer the executive producer.  This is a transition period and there are changes in the wind.  I think that two things would be extremely welcome by viewers. If possible, Justin Hartley should be persuaded to stay, despite his new role
 on a prime time show.  He is such a good actor and Y&R can ill afford to lose another fan favourite.  Secondly, the show should reverse any decision to write out Dr. Neville (Michael E. Knight).  He is a delightful character and viewers have been waiting for a romance between him and Ashley Abbott.

Yes, it seems as if the writers are trying to redeem Victor's character, at least somewhat.  He's certainly redeemed himself in Nikki's eyes.  As you have pointed out, it will be a long time (if ever) before he redeems himself with viewers.  Hey, maybe doctors will discover he has a brain tumour too, like Ashley and Max.  That would explain his behaviour.  No need to worry, though, Dr. Neville to the rescue! (Just kidding).


Neil Winters' parents likely to appear on Y&R

Kristoff St. John

Y&R viewers may soon get a look at the parents of Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John).  A casting call has apparently gone out for someone to play the role of Lucinda, an African-American woman in her late sixties or early seventies.  Lucinda is try to put her past behind her and move forward with her life.

Another casting call has gone out for an actor to play the part of Ellis, an African-American man of the same age bracket.  He will be trying to make up for mistakes that he has made in the past. Soap Opera Digest reports that both roles will start taping later this month.  The description of the characters certainly fits Neil's mother and father.  Their appearance will certainly provide us with a better understanding of Neil's background and that of his brother, Malcolm.  I remember that Malcolm was once referred to as Neil's "half-brother," so the parents may be divorced or they may have had previous marriages.

The arrival of Lily's grandparents will certainly have an impact on her too.  Have they even met her? Why doesn't Neil ever mention his parents.  It sounds as if their relationship is strained.

Bethany will be back in August

Bad girl Bethany Bryant, played by Chrishell Stause, will be back on screen next month. Stause, the real-life girlfriend of Justin Hartley (Adam Newman) wrote on Twitter that she is "filming some great Y&R stuff soon so look for her( Bethany) back in August." 

Well fans, what do you think about the imminent return of Bethany?  Are you pleased that she'll be returning.  Let me know by responding to the poll at the end of this posting.

BREAKING NEWS . . . Michael Graziadei returning as Daniel Romalotti

Entertainment Weekly reports that Michael Graziadei is reprising his role as Daniel Romalotti on The Young and the Restless but only on a limited basis.  His first screen appearance will occur on August 25, 2016 on CBS and August 24, 2016 on Global TV in Canada.  His return coincides with Y&R's 11,000 episode on September 1, 2016 (August 31st on Global).  There is little doubt that the show has something special planned to mark the occasion.  Don't be surprised if some other Y&R performers from the past show up.  

Even though Michael's return is just temporary, his fans will be pleased to see him in Genoa City again.  He left Y&R in 2013 and has since been busy with other acting roles.  He starred as Kyle Walker in the Lifetime drama series The Lottery and currently has a recurring role on the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt.

Daniel Romalotti's return to Genoa City should send some sparks flying.  He's been living in Georgia for a while and has no idea about what's been going on in the life of his mother, Phyllis, (Gina Tognoni).  How will he react when he finds out about her relationship with her brother-in-law, Billy Abbot and her betrayal of her husband Jack?  Will he be upset about his sister Summer's smarmy boyfriend, Luca?  What about Daniel's own life?  Is he still with Heather, the lawyer daughter of Paul Williams, or have they broken up?  Remember too that he was once married to Lily Winters Ashby.  

Daniel is also going to come face to face with Mariah, who looks exactly like her twin sister, Cassie. Romalotti played a role in young Cassie's death.  Seeing Mariah is bound to upset him. How will he interact with her?  His scenes with Mariah will certainly be emotional for him and unsettling for Mariah.

Are the writers bringing back Daniel for a a specific nnurpose?  If so, there should be a great deal of intrigue.  I'm looking forward to it


Nick Newman giving advice and encouragement to his daughter Summer:

NICK:  Take care of yourself.  Trust your instincts.  And never ever forget you're not a snowflake.  You're Supergirl.


Are you pleased that Bethany (Chrishell Stause) is returning in August?

Yes. She's a troublemaker and it's fun the way she stirs thing up.
Yes. She's a good actress.
No. She's not a good actress and her character is just a bimbo.
No. She hasn't made much of an impression on me and the show can easily do without her.
I don't care much one way or the other.
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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, July 23, 2016.

- Joanne

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dr, Kildare Quiz

Vincent Massey (left) and Richard Chamberlain


Forget Dr Dereck Shepherd (Patrick Depsey) also known as "McDreamy" on Grey's Anatomy.  Back in the 1960s, Richard Chamberlain, star of Dr. Kildare, was the original Dr. McDreamy.  Teenage girls swooned over him.

Dr. Kildare was a medical drama that aired on NBC from 1961 until 1966.  It ran for five seasons and  a total of 190 episodes were produced (132 one-hour episodes and 58 half-hour episodes).  The series was based on a fictional character, Dr. James "Jim" Kildare, created by American author Frederick Schiller Faust, who used the pen name Max Brand.  

Dr. Kildare Quiz

1.  What was the name of the large metropolitan hospital where Dr. Kildare took place?

A.  Memorial Hospital

B.  Central Medical Center

C.  Lakeview General Hospital

D.  Blair General Hospital

E.  Eastmount General Hospital

2.  What was the name of the senior doctor played by Raymond Massey in the series?

A.  Dr. Leonard Gillespie

B.  Dr. David Zorba

C.  Dr. Joseph Gannon

D.  Dr. Stephen Marcus

E.  Dr. Richard Kiley

3.  Who played Dr. Gillespie in the Dr. Kildare films?  (This is your bonus question  Give yourself an extra point if you answer it correctly).

A.  Robert Young

B.  Henry Fonda

C.  Lionel Barrymore

D.  Don Ameche

E.  Glenn Ford

4.  How did Dr. Gillespie's portrayal different in the Dr. Kildare TV series than in the films?

A.  Dr. Gillespie had a German accent in the films, not on he television show.

B.  Dr. Gillespie was a bachelor in the films.  He was a widower on the television show.

C.  Dr. Gillespie was blind in the films, not on the television series.

D.  Dr. Gillespie was a recovered alcoholic on the television series, not in the films.

E.  Dr. Gillespie was in a wheelchair in the films, not on the TV show.

5.  What is significant about an episode of Dr. Kildare entitled "Behold the Great Man"?

A.  It was filmed in New York City.

B.  It was the first episode of Dr. Kildare to be broadcast in colour.

C,  It is the only episode in which a patient of Dr. Kildare dies.

D,  It is the only episode in which Raymond Massey does not appear.

E.  Dr, Kildare marries a nurse, but she is killed in a car accident.

6.  Which of the following actors turned down the role of Dr. Kildare on the television series?

A.  Adam West

B.  Ryan O'Neal

C.  William Shatner

D.  Robert Redford

E.  Robert Vaughn

7.  What happened to Dr. Kildare by the third season of the show.

A.  He went on a vacation to Europe.

B.  He fell in love with a nurse.

C.  He discovered that he was adopted.

D.  He was promoted to the position of Chief Resident by his mentor and Chief of Staff, Dr. Gillespie.

E.  He is wrongly accused of medical misconduct and loses his medical licence.

8.  What is the name of the theme song from Dr. Kildare?

A.  Three Stars Will Shine Tonight

B.  The Light of Hope

C.  Bright Moon

D.  Special People

E.  For You

9.  Who sang the theme song from Dr. Kildare?

A.  Bobby Darin

B.  Matt Monro

C.  Bobby Rydell

D.  Andy Williams

E.  Richard Chamberlain

10.  In 1964, Gillespie and Kildare go to Rome, ostensibly for medical reasons.  Of course, it was really to create a setting for romantic sparks to fly.  In the three-part saga, Kildare falls for an Italian noblewoman, played by Daniela Bianchi.  Meanwhile, Gillespie rekindles an old wartime romance   What was the name of the song Richard Chamberlain sang a song during the episode?

A. Eternal City

B.  Arrivaderci Roma

C.  Rome Will Never Leave You

D.  Bella Roma

E.  Rome is for Romance

L to R: Chamberlain, Daniela Bianchi and Massey


1.  D

The setting for Dr. Kildare was a large fictional metropolitan hospital called Blair General Hospital. The large white building shown at the beginning of each episode to represent the hospital was really the Irving Thalberg Building on the MGM Pictures set.

2.  A

Raymond Massey played the role of the curmudgeonly Dr. Leonard Gillespie, Kildare's mentor. Here's some trivia of particular interest to Canadian readers, Massey was born in Toronto, Ontario,  In 1952, his older brother, Vincent Massey, became the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.  Vincent Massey died in 1967 at the age of 80.  Raymond Massey passed away in 1983 at the age of 86,

3.  C

Lionel Barrymore played Dr. Gillespie and Lew Ayres played Dr. James Kildare in a series of MGM films beginning with 1938's Young Dr. Kildare.  Below is a photo of Barrymore (left) and Ayres in the movie Young Dr. Kildare.

4.  E

Raymond Massey (left) as Gillespie without wheelchair

In the Dr. Kildare movie series, Lionel Barrymore portrayed Dr. Gillespie in a wheelchair.  In the television series, Raymond Massey's Dr. Kildare did not have a wheelchair.

5. B,

"Behold the Great Man" (Season 5, Episode 1, Air Date: September 13, 1965) was the first episode of Dr. Kildare to be broadcast in colour.  In addition to being broadcast in colour, the series underwent a change in format in its fifth and final season.  It began airing twice a week as a half-hour program instead of once a week for a an hour.

6.  C

According to his autobiography (Up Till Now: The Autobiography), William Shatner, who later shot to fame as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, was originally offered the role of Dr. Kildare.  Shatner turned it down.  James Franciscus, who also turned the role before it was offered to the largely unknown Richard Chamberlain.  Franciscus starred in NBC's Mr. Novak from 1963 to 1965.

Despite turning down the lead role, William Shatner appeared in six episodes of Dr. Kildare.  He portrayed Dr. Toby Cunningham in a 1961 episode entitled "Admitting Service" (Season 1, Episode 6, Air Date: November 2, 1961).  In 1966, during Season 5 of the series, he played the role of Dr.Carl Noyes in five episodes.

William Shatner on Dr. Kildare in 1966

7,  D

By the third season, Dr. Kildare was promoted from intern to resident by Dr. Gillespie.  In the first season, Kildare, had two intern colleages, Drs. Agurski (Eddie Ryder) and Gerson (Jud Taylor). However, they were written out after the first season as the focus of the show shifted to the patients.

8,  A

The theme song for Dr. Kildare was "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight," music by Jerry Goldsmith and lyrics by Hal Winn.

9.  E

Richard Chamberalain sang "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight,"  It was released as a single in 1962 and became a hit, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

10.  C

The song "Rome Will Never Leave You" was commissioned specifically for the episode in Rome.  It was composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.


Here is the cast of Dr. Kildare

Richard Chamberlain as Dr. James Kildare
Raymond Massey as Dr. Leonard Gillespie (1961-1966)
Eddie Ryder as Dr. Simon Agurski (1961-1962)
Jud Taylor as Dr. Thomas Gerson (1961-1962)
Joan Patrick as Receptionist Susan Deigh (1961-1962)
Steve Bell as Dr. Quint Lowry (1965-1966)
Ken Berry as Dr. Kapish
Jo Helton as Nurse Conant
Jean Inness as Nurse Fain (1965-1966)
Lee Kurty as Nurse Zoe Lawton (1965-1966)
John Napier as Ken Cleveland (1966-1967)
Robert Paget as Dr. John Ross
Cynthia Stone as Mrs. Salt

* Richard Chamberlain was born on March 31, 1934.  He is now 82 years old.  Chamberlain also starred with Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown in the 1983 blockbuster mini-series The Thorn Birds.

* Eddie Ryder, who portrayed Dr. Simon Agurski during the first season of Dr. Kildare, died on March 29, 1997 at the age of 74.  He appeared on television until the 1980s in such shows as The Dukes of Hazard, Hill Street Blues and General Hospital.  Ryder also played the role of Jerry Page in the 1986 television movie A Masterpiece of Murder.

Eddie Ryder

* Jean Inness, who played Nurse Beatrice Fain, died of cancer on December 27, 1978 at the age of 78.

Jean Inness

- Joanne

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Y&R Report (June 25, 2016): 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.

Victor Newman has become so utterly ruthless and evil that he appears psychotic.  He's better suited to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane than a prison.  It was his son Adam who summed up Victor's sickly state of mind most accurately. When the elder Newman declared, with a straight face, that his conscience was clear, Adam retorted, "That's because you don't have one." Even Ian Ward seems more sane than the "The Moustache."

My point, fans, is that Victor's current behaviour is completely abnormal.  He's far worse than both Ian Ward and Patty Williams, and far more dangerous.  Now he's joined forces with yet another psychotic - namely Chloe Mitchell.  Since Elizabeth Hendrickson, who portrays Chloe, has returned to the show, it is obvious that she is the mysterious woman who is helping Victor Newman frame Adam for the murder of Costance Bingham.  The unbalanced Chloe absolutely hates Adam and she would gladly assist Victor in destroying Adam's life.

Victor certainly attracts a lot of visitors to his prison cell and he manages to intimidate them all.  He goes right on the offensive and forces his family and "friends" to go on the defensive.  There's one person, however, who handles Victor very effectively.  He stands up to old Vic and doesn't take any guff from him.  That's the prison warden himself, Mitch Pulman.  I enjoy the way Warden Pulman lays down the law with "Moneybags."  He doesn't allow Victor to manipulate him.  He's also very firm with the very foolish Dr. Meredith Gates.

Sharon is off her medication.  She threw her meds into a garbage bin, but didn't seem concerned that Dylan might discover them there.  Now she's being haunted by visions of Sage.  Kelly Sullivan, who plays Sage, appears to be having a great old time playing an apparition.  She seems tor relish giving Sharon the death stare and scaring her out of her wits.

Should Summer and her Aunt Victoria trust the men in their lives?  Snowflake seems so happy with Luca, frolicking around the swimming pool.  Victoria just loves to dance with Travis at his dingy bar. Are they both in for major disappointments.  Were either of those men them behind the disastrous Newman oil spills?

Luca may have feeling for Summer, but will he put her ahead of his overriding ambitions?
I don't think so.  He doesn't want to hurt Snowflake but he is determined to gain control of Newman Enterprises.  That is his priority.  Summer's heart is going to be broken.

I wonder about Travis.  Lately, he seems too good to be true.  Is he really as ethical about business as he claims to be?  Did he really leave Wall Street because he wanted to change his life?  Victoria is reluctant to trust him, having been lied to so often.  At the moment,she seems to be buying in to Travis' explanations for his actions, though. Admittedly, Travis' explanations sound more plausible than Luca's, but is he just a very good talker?   Are aunt and niece both destined to suffer a broken heart or is Travis the real deal?  Could either (or both)  Luca and Travis be working for Victor?  If Victor is behind the oil spills, along with his other schemes, he sure is a busy man behind those prison walls.  He's orchestrating more evil deeds than when he was free.

Why is Billy Abbott so jealous of Travis if he is so enamoured of Phyllis?  Why is he so hostile toward Victoria's "new man?"  Perhaps it's the storyline, but I find Billy, as portrayed by Jason Thompson, to be quite unlikable.  His character has become dark and vengeful, as reflected by the terrible decor at his new home, the former Chancellor mansion.  He's also seems to have lost the boyish sense of humour he had when Billy Miller played the role.

Y&R should lighten up a bit.  It's too tense.  So many of the residents of Genoa City are nervous and stressed.  Why not have a few more funny scenes or a summer barbecue party in Chancellor Park?


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Here is a comment from regular contributor, CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.  CC writes about the online theory that Bethany, played by Chrishell Stause (the real life girlfriend of Justin Hartley, who plays Adam Newman), was cast on the show to appease the demands of her boyfriend.

I agree with this theory. Both the actress and the character are lame.

I tend to agree with you, CC.  I think thee's some nepotism involved.  Justin is a very good actor and The Young and the Restless certainly does not want to lose him.  The producers know that he will soon be starring on a prime time series called This is Us and they don't want him to leave Y&R because he doesn't want to do both shows.  Justin Hartley keeps the ratings up and he has a large fan following.  The last thing the producers need is a serious fan backlash.  There is little doubt that they want to keep him happy. There is also little doubt that they want to go through the arduous process of casting a new Adam Newman.  The character of Adam is central to the storyline.  He and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) are a very popular couple, They have chemistry. Speaking of Melissa, she is a good friend of Chrishell and she was quite pleased to have her on the show.  I'm sure the producers want to keep her satisfied too.

Having said all that, I must remind you that, according to Internet reports,  Chrishell's "arc as Bethany" spans 12 episodes.  It doesn't appear that she is a permanent cast member. Since you are obviously not impressed by her acting ability, you will be pleased to know that she probably won't be on Y&R much longer.  Her character was needed to be a decoy to prevent Jack from discovering the truth about Phyllis and Billy.  We all know that Billphyll  (Phyllbill?)  won't be able to keep their dirty little secret hidden much longer.


Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) is a new father

Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) is a new father.  His wife, Paloma, gave birth to a baby boy recently. The child's name is Bowie.  Hmmm . . . Maybe he and Paloma were fans of the deceased singer David Bowie and they decided to pay tribute to him by naming their child after him.

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith Newman) to star in another Dolly Parton TV movie

Aly Lind with Dolly Parton

Talented child star Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray a young Dolly Parton again in the sequel to last year's television TV movie Coat of Many Colors.  The sequel is a special for the holiday season and is titled Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.  The cast of the original film will be featured in the new one as the story of the Parton family of rural Tennessee unfolds.


In the last edition of Y&R Report, I mentioned that Michael E. Knight (Dr. Simon Neville) may be exiting The Young and the Restless.  A report claims that he will be leaving the show soon. According to TVInsider writer Michael Logan, the decision to let him go was made under former Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelp.

Michael was never on contract, but he was involved in a huge storyline.  In my opinion, it's a huge mistake to let him leave.  He hasn't even had his much-anticipated epic romance with Ashley Abbott yet.  Fans really want to see that happen.  How can it be left unfinished?  What will happen to the drug trial storyline involving several major characters, with Hilary and Ashley front and centre.  Now that Jill Farren Phelps has departed, why can't the decision regarding Michael E. Knight be reversed? I and many other fans will be disappointed and unsatisfied if Neville leaves Genoa City.  The storyline can't be the same without him.

Do you agree with me about Michael E. Knight or do you have a different opinion?

Are you disappointed that Michael E. Knight (Dr. Neville) may be leaving Y&R?

Yes, he's a good actor and I would like to see a romance between Dr. Neville and Ashley Abbott
No, I don't really like his character. I can do without him on the show.
It really doesn't matter very much to me.
Please Specify:
Survey Maker

That's all for now.  The next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday July 9, 2016.  

- Joanne

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Some notes for fans of The Carol Burnett Show

On Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at 4 p.m., Christopher Korman, son of comedian Harvey Korman, and Wesley Hyatt, author of The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time, will be doing a meet and greet at Book Soup in West Hollywood, California.  The Carol Burnett Show Companion is the ultimate book about The Carol Burnett Show.  

For more detailed information about the event, click on the link below.

CHRISTOPHER PETER KORMAN (currently an executive at Hunt Talent Managent)

Chris is the son of beloved comedian Harvey Korman.  He is an actor, radio talent and TV historian and star of the Disney Video, Through the Mind's Eye, He attended Lesley College in Cambridge MA. and studied theatre history.  He worked as co-host/board member for the non-profit Marianne Frostig Golf Tournament from 1971-1986 and as a spokesperson for the charity organization  Keshet of Chicago.  He later became an assistant to George DiCenzo acting workshops in New York and Pennsylvania and trained in stage-managing at Colorado Mountain College under Thomas Chochran.  He has worked behind the scenes in networking on behalf of performers for 15 years.


Westley Hyatt is a writer and television historian.  He is the author of several non--fiction books such as Television's Top 100: The Most-Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, A Critical History of Television;s The Red Skelton Show, 1951-1971, Kicking Off the Week: A History of Monday Night Football on ABC Television, Emmy Award Winning Nighttime Television Shows, 1948-2004, Short-Lived Television Series, 1948-1978: Thirty Years of More Than 1,000 Flops, The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daytime TV but Didn't Know Where to Look!, The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits

Christopher Korman has advised me that his second segment of his tribute to the Burnett show will be airing from June 29th to July 4th on TV Confidential, Ed Robertson's radio talk show about television.  The first segment can be listened to in the archive section of TV Confidential's website. Here is the link:

- Joanne

Monday, June 13, 2016

Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte: The Interracial Touch

Times sure have changed, and in some ways for the better.  Back in 1968 (48 years ago), Petuala Clark and Harry Belafonte created quite a stir while performing a song together on a prerecorded television special.  It wasn't planned.  It came about quite innocently and spontaneously.

British pop singer Petuala Clark enjoyed a string recording successes in the 1960s, including a massive hit with "Downtown." Early in 1968, NBC invited Petula to host her own American TV special. Jamaican-American singer and musician, Harry Belafonte, was also invited to perform on the show and sing a couple of songs with Petula.  Harry, an ardent supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, had popularized Calypso and Caribbean music during the 1950s.

In March of 1968, an incident occurred during the taping of Petula's NBC special.  It happened when Clark and Belafonte sang a duet called "On the Path of Glory" an ant-war song that Clark had composed.  Near the end of the song, Petula instinctively touched Harry's arm.  So what?  Why was there such a big deal over that?  Well, it happened that an executive at the Chrysler Corporation, the show's sponsor, was in attendance at the taping.  The executive, a man named Doyle Lott, objected to the "interracial touching" and was concerned that it would offend the sensibilities of viewers in the South.  He wanted to substitute a different take, with Clark and Belafonte standing apart from each other.

Steve Binder, the producer/director of the  special, discussed the incident in an interview for the Archive of American Television.  Here is how he described it:

Now we did the show and we got to this "Paths of Glory" song.  And originally I had staged it where it was after Harry had done his solo act.  And then Petula enters and she moves downstage and stops. And she's over his shoulder.  And something wasn't working.  We did, like, three takes like that .  And I finally said, "Stop!"  I went down and I told Petula, "Next time you come out, go all the way up to Harry and stand along side of him."  Which she did.  And she immediately . . . emotionally, I cold tell the two of them were really getting into the lyrics and what the song was saying.  And she reached out and touched Harry's forearm 

According to Steve Binder.  "Doyle Lott had gone bananas . . . bonkers and he wanted this edited out immediately," Binder told the Archive of American Television, "You'd thought they'd fornicated on the air."

However, with the backing of NBC, the original takes were erased. and only the "touching" take remained.  Petula Clark, who owned the special, was clearly opposed to Lott's interference.  She and her husband, Claude Wolff, the show's executive producer, acquiesce to his demand.  They insisted that the special be shown intact or it would not be broadcast at all.

An Associated Press story (March 7, 1968) quoted Doyle Lott as saying, "I was tired.  I over-reacted to the staging, not to any feeling of discrimination."  AP also reported that Belafonte had received an apologetic phone call from Lott.  When Lott implied that it was someone else who had complained about the incident, Harry then responded, "It was you who did it.  Your apology comes 100 years too late."

The apology was also too late to save Doyle Lott's job.  He was relieved of his position as advertising manager of Chrysler's Plymouth division.  Still, the incident made international headlines. Newspaper stories and magazine articles sparked public interest in the NBC special, entitled Petuala,

Petula was broadcast on April 2, 1968, just two days before the assassination of Martin Luther King, with the controversial take intact.  It received positive reviews and high ratings.

To the mind of a 21st century millennial, all that fuss over the Clark-Belafonte incident may seem ridiculous.  However, it is important to put the incident in context with the times. There was a great deal of racial tension in the United States in 1968 and physical touching between blacks and whites was not seen on televisions screens then.  Still, Variety concluded its review of "Petula" with the reflection that "the touching   which caused such a stir . . . could only disturb the spiritually sick."

It may seem hard to believe now, but when Petula Clark inadvertently touched Harry Belafonte's arm, her gesture made television history.  It is regarded as the first instance on American prime time television of physical touching between a black man and a white woman.  The previous year, new ground was broken when African-American actor Sidney Poitier played a doctor who was engaged to a white woman in the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (In 1967, interracial marriage was still illegal in 17 U.S. states, mostly Southern). Television had some catching up to do.

Here is a YouTube video of Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte singing "On the Path of Glory."  Take a look.


On September 22, 2008, Petula Clark and Claude Wolff marked the 40th anniversary of the original airing of Petula by appearing at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. They participated in a discussion about the broadcast and its significance.

- Joanne