Saturday, March 18, 2017

Y&R Report (March 18, 2017): 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 fans, Scott Grainger is safe and sound, thanks to The Great Victor Newman, who paid a $10 million ransom.  I find Scott's character interesting because he is a journalist and is somewhat mysterious.  Now that he is beginning to settle down in Genoa City, what comes next for him in terms of career and romance?  

First. let's discuss Scott's career prospects.  At the moment. there are two possibilities.  Phyllis is helping him set up a blog so that he can write about his experience in the Middle East.  The second possibility has been brought to my attention by a regular viewer, Fifi from Collingwood.  Fifi thinks that Victor Newman is going to enlist Scott to help him write his autobiography.  Given that whenever Victor does someone a huge favour, he always asks for something in return, that is quite likely to happen and Scott won't have much choice in the matter.  How can he turn Victor down after "The Moustach"e saved his life?

Now, let's discuss Scott's romantic possibilities. I originally thought that he might be paired with Mariah.  It still may happen. After all, Scott hasn't even been introduced to her yet. However, it seems as if Mariah and Devon are going to make sweet music together.  Hmmm . . . where does that leave Hilary?  She did flirt with Jordan but he is obviously more interested in her sister-in-law, Lily.  I think a desperate Hilary is going to trap Devon into staying with her and that she will soon announce that there's a baby on the way.  

As for Scott, he hasn't met all the available females in Genoa City yet.  There's still Abby and Summer.  Speaking of Summer, she hasn't made an appearance in a long time.  Right now, Scott and Phyllis seem to be hitting it off, despite their age difference.  There could be friction between mother and daughter if Summer likes him too.

Ashley Abbott also seems to be warming up to the idea of starting a romance with the much-younger Ravi.  At the opera, she stood up to Nikki when Nikki made a snide remark about the age difference between Ashley and Ravi.  It appears that Ashley is beginning to fall for Ravi.  She certainly enjoys his company and is considering whether to start a relationship with him.  She has reservations due to their age difference and the fact that she is his boss.


VIEWER FORUM


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

Here are some comments from Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:

I  cannot believe the storyline of Jack and Gloria.  So stupid.  

Billy and Victoria are driving me to drink alcohol, what with his sucking up to her and her acting like she is Ms. Perfect in all aspects of her life.  Ughhh!!

I hope you are wrong about Nick and Sharon getting back together but, yes, it looks like it is heading in that direction.

I find the Ravi and Ashley storyline a bit ridiculous.

The Jill storyline:  As I have said before, I watch a soap to be entertained, not to become depressed.  I know there was a point in Jill having a heart attack since heart disease is the #1 killer of women. However, I already know that.  I don't need to be reminded and I don't need it to be included in one of my forms of entertainment.  Cancer storylines are another case in point.


Yes Carly, Jack and Gloria are a ridiculous couple and they are definitely not popular.  So far, every single person who responded to my readers' poll has described the their relationship as "disgusting."

Storylines about heart attacks and cancer can be downers,  It depends on how they're presented or whether you believe that TV programs should be socially responsible.  I can certainly understand how someone who has a family member with cancer would not want to view a storyline about the disease.  I also agree that people who watch soaps want to be entertained, not depressed. That's why the Michael Baldwins's prostate cancer storyline was so unpopular that it was dropped.  It was written in a very negative manner.

However, I do believe the Jill storyline was much less dark and depressing. It also presented information about heart disease among women that not everyone knows.  Some people are not well read or are just not aware of the facts.  Y&R may have saved some lives the Jill storyline.

I rather enjoy watching the interplay between Billy and Victoria.  Billy's has lightened up and he's more likeable.  Victoria is overwhelmed right now between balancing her business career and her three children, especially her teenage son, Reed.  She doesn't have a great track record with men. Her last relationship, with Travis, ended disastrously.  No wonder she's being extremely cautious about getting involved with Billy Boy again.

Fans are divided about a reunion between Nick and Sharon.  As  I've stated before, I can see it coming.  It's doubtful that Nick and Chelsea's romance can survive the revelation that Adam is really Christian's father.  Since head writer Sally Sussman is dedicated to the history of the show, she'd be inclined to reunite Nick and Sharon.

I don't find the Ashley and Ravi storyline ridiculous.  I just wish it would move a bit faster.
There are bound to be more complications and we still don't know much about Ravi.

CAST NEWS

Reports says that Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) is set to leave Y&R


There has been speculation that Elizabeth Hendrickson has been taken off contract.  Now she is reportedly set to exit Y&R later this year.  According to Daytime Confidential, many sources have confirmed that Hendrickson is on her way out.  Her, character, Chloe, returned to Genoa City in 2016 seeking revenge on Adam Newman (Justin Hartley), whom she blamed for the accident that killed her daughter, Delia.  Adam eventually died in a cabin explosion caused by Chloe.  At present, only Victor Newman suspects her of this foul deed.  

Since Sally Sussman became head writer, Hendrickson's screen time has lessened considerably and her storyline has dwindled.  It appears that her character does not figure prominently in Sussman's plans for the show.

So, how would Chloe's exit affect Y&R's plotline?  Presumably she wold face criminal charges.  She would then be sent to prison.or to a hospital for the mentally ill.  Her daughter Bella would need to stay with a relative or guardian.  I really can't envision her grandmother, Esther, taking care of her at the Chancellor estate.  Kevin certainly will be eager to look after Bella and he will probably try to get custody of the child.  However, don't forget that Bella's biological father is most likely Billy.  Will he want to raise the child?  How will that affect his relationship with Princess Victoria Newman since the two seem to be headed toward a reunion.  With two young children and a teenager, how would she feel about adding Bella to the family?

Kevin will be devastated when he learns the truth about Chloe.  Will he then try to seek out Mariah for comfort and a romantic relationship?   



ERIC BRAEDEN'S BOOK SIGNING IN TORONTO

On Friday, March 10, I attended Eric Braeden's book signing at the Indigo bookstore at Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke (in Toronto's westend).  He was promoting his new autobiography I'll Be Damned.  I, of course, purchased a copy of the book and lined up to meet Eric and get it autographed. The bookstore was crowed with throngs of Y&R fans.

Eric was wearing his black leather jacket.  Like Johnny Cash, he is a man in black.  Have you noticed that he never wears bright colours?  His ties are the only exception.  He does wear red and blue and purple ties.

I found Eric to be very personable.  The man has a real presence and he took time to chat briefly with everyone on an individual basis.  That's why the book signing took so long (over two hours). At the beginning of the event, Eric spoke only for a short time.  He said he was still restless, but not so young anymore and he turned political when he cautioned Canadians not to be as gun crazy as Americans. I can tell you that he is definitely not pleased with the current President of the United States.

When it was my turn to meet Eric, I asked him how many languages he spoke.  He told me he is proficient in German, English and Spanish.  He also speaks some French.

Here are some photos of Eric Braeden at the book signing event:















Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL


Tristan Lake Leabu (Reed Hellstrom)

Victoria is having a difficult time dealing with her teenage son, Reed.  She's been extremely strict with him, although  Billy has urged her to loosen the reins.  He has lied to her and used her credit card without her knowledge, but does he deserve her strict punishments?  What do you think? Respond to the poll below.


Do you think Victoria is too strict with her son, Reed?

Yes. She is far too strict. She doesn't give him room to breathe.
She should loosen up a bit, but he does need some boundaries and discipline.
No, he constantly disobeys her and should be disciplined.
I'm not sure.
Other
Please Specify:
Poll Maker



That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, April 1, 2017.


- Joanne

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

You Wanted to Know . . . Do child actors get "royalties?"


A reader asked me if child actors, such as Erin Murphy (Tabitha on Bewitched) receive "royalties." for their work on TV shows. That's a good question and the answer is: Not exactly.  Actors in the United States, as members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), generally receive  "residuals," not  "royalties."

Royalties can be defined as a percentage of the revenues earned on copyrighted works of art. Authors, of course, receive royalties for their books and songwriters earn royalties for their music and lyrics.  Actors, on the other hand, don't normally get paid royalties for television shows they've performed on.   After the original release of a television program or movie, and once the actor has received his or her payment, the actor will continue to be paid in what are called "residuals," provided the product is still generating income. Actors (or their estate) are entitled to a portion of the licencing fee that broadcasters pay each time a program or movie is shown on television.  In others words, the more a series appears in reruns, the more an actor will earn in residuals.

In California, New York, Louisiana and New Mexico, it is mandatory for parents to set up a trust fund for children in the entertainment business.  By law, 15 per cent of child's gross wages must be withheld by the minor's employer and deposited in a trust fund.within 15 days of employment.  This blocked trust account is known as a "Coogan Account."  It is named after a Jackie Coogan, a child actor who rose to fame as Charlie Chaplin's sidekick in The Kid (1921).  He also starred in Oliver Twist (1922) alongside Lou Chaney who played Fagin.  At the height of his popularity, Coogan was the highest paid child star of his era.

Jackie Coogan in The Kid


When he reached adulthood, Jackie experienced a downturn in his career.  It was then that he made a startling discovery. Much to his chagrin, he learned hat his mother and stepfather had spent the money that he had worked for as a child.  He hadn't realized that under California law back then, his earnings belonged to his parents.

Jackie sued his mother and a former manager for his earnings.  As a result, the Coogan Law was enacted in 1939 to provide protection for young actors from being deprived of their income.  The original Coogan Law contained flaws and loopholes.  However, improvements have since been made and loopholes have been closed, thanks to the advocacy of the SAG-AFTRA the Young Performers Committee, the National Policy and Planning Department and other groups in the entertainment industry.  For example, on January 1, 2000, changes in California Law maintained that earnings by children in the entertainment industry are the possession of the child, not the parents. The concept of mandatory trust funds or "Coogan Accounts" was established at that time.  It is now compulsory for the parents of young entertainers to supply a "Coogan Account" number to their child's employer.

Unfortunately,  however, the system doesn't always work for child actors, as with David Faustino who starred as Bud Bundy in Married With . . . Children.  "Children was on for 11 years,"  Faustino told Access Hollywood (www.accesshollywood.com), and we all made really good money while we were doing it.  We made great weekly pay cheques, but residuals - we all got screwed over because Fox at te time was not  a network, it was a cable network, and so it was under cable contract.  So the show Married With . . . Children has made over a billion dollars, and we didn't really get a piece of that."


END NOTES

* British and Australian/New Zealand unions do not pay residuals.

* Jackie Coogan became well known for his portrayal of Uncle Fester on the 1960s television series The Addams Family.  He died on March 1, 1984 at the age of 69.


- Joanne

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Y&R Report (March 4, 2017): 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.

Jack and Gloria?  It's hard to believe, isn't it?  They've got something going on, but it's difficult to describe.  There's not any real love or affection or even friendship between them, that's for sure. Whatever it is, their relationship is rather yucky. Actually, I find it nauseating. Gloria, of course, is just using Jack for her own purposes.  Her motives are purely selfish.  She wants an executive suite at Jabot.  For her, Jack is merely a means of getting the status and the money she craves.  As for Jackie Boy, I've never seen him sink so low as to become involved with Gloria.  She is just BAD NEWS and Jack's involvement with her is toxic.  Not only that, but she is his former stepmother (She was married to John Abbott). Ugh!  Has Jack lost his mind?  He's certainly hit the bottom of the barrel.  

It won't be long before Jack and Gloria's relationship (if you can call it that) will be public knowledge in Geona City.  Nikki has already seen them together at the GC Athletic Club.  Phyllis also suspects something is going on between them.  Soon Ashley will learn about it and she will not be pleased, to say the very least.

Thanks to head writer Sally Sussman's devotion to the history of Y&R, we have been enjoying some great old flashbacks of Mrs. Chancellor and Jill.  Then there's that huge portrait of Mrs. Chancellor. It looks so real, it's almost eerie.  One almost expects the Grand Old Dame of Genoa City to speak or step out of the photo.  No wonder Jill was spooked when she received a letter in Mrs. C.'s handwriting.

When Katherine confessed in the letter that Philip had truly loved Jill, it brought closure to that seemingly endless feud between Katherine and Jill.  Jill finally found some peace of mind after reading Mrs. C.'s letter.  However, her anger returned when she learned that for years Katherine had denied her the special ring Philip had wanted her to have.

Aside from her heart condition, Jill has to deal with her scoundrel of a husband, also known as "The Blunder from Down Under."  Colin is the male version of Gloria.  He just goes from scam to scam, the latest being the music box scam.  Colin loves Jill, but he loves money more.  He just can't help himself.  He's an incorrigible cad.  As for Jill, she just can't wash the no-good Aussie out of her hair.  

Sally Sussman is certainly trying to reconstruct the glory days of the show, when Katherine Chancellor reigned supreme in Genoa City.  Sussman and her writing crew have thought of everything to link the present with the past.  Murphy was even brought back for a visit.

Victor Newman is definitely up to something.  Longtime viewers will remember Leanna Love, the gossipy reporter who wrote a scandalous expose of Victor.  Leanna's book was titled Ruthless: The Victor Newman Story.  Moneybags Newman has been rereading Ruthless and says he plans to write his autobiography to set the record straight.  The Black Knight never does anything without a motive. What kind of plan is he concocting in his devious mind this time?  Even Nikki has trouble believing her scheming husband only wants to provide a legacy for his children and grandchildren.

Nick and Chelsea are having their moment in the sun right now.  However, it certainly won't last. Why not?  Well, there are too many things against it.  The biggest obstacle, of course, is the huge secret Chelsea is keeping from Nick, that Adam is actually Christian's father.  When Nick finds out, as he inevitably will, he will be furious with Chelea.  He's been through enough secrets and lies with Sharon.  It also doesn't help Chelsea's case that Faith wants her parents to reunite.  Now that Sharon has lost Dylan, Faith won't stop hoping that she will get together with Nick again.  At the moment, Sharon isn't keeping any secrets from Nick.  That gives her the inside track.  That is why I expect Nick and Sharon to eventually reunite, especially with Sally Sussman as the head writer.

Many years ago, Nick proposed to Sharon at Crimson Lights, the Genoa City coffee house.  They later purchased the place and ran it together.  Now that Sharon is running Crimson Lights again, it wouldn't surprise me if she rekindles a romance with Nick there. It would be just like Sally Sussman to make that happen.


CAST NEWS

Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) and Thad Luckinbill break up just before tenth anniversary


Amelia and Thad in happier days

On March 1, 2017, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T. Hellstrom on Y&R) filed for divorce from Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences."  The couple wed on March 3, 2007 and are the parents of two children, Thaddeus Rowe, 9, and Georgia, 7. Luckinbill portrayed J.T. from 1999 until 2010, eventually marrying and divorcing his wife's soap character, Victoria.

Since leaving The Young and the Restless, Thad, 41, has produced successful films (including the Oscar-winning La La Land) along with his identical twin brother, Trent.


Singer comes to Genoa City

Tessa Fairbanks

A new character will be introduced on The Young and the Restless.  According to Soap Opera Digest, Cait Fairbanks has been cast as a young singer named Tessa Porter. Tessa is described as an "upbeat, free-spirited singer with a strong intuition about people."  Fairbanks is a newcomer to soaps,but has made appearances on TV shows such as Two and a Half Men and KC and the Underground.  She will make her Y&R screen debut on Friday, March 24, 2017 on CBS (Monday, March 27 on Global TV in Canada).

There is speculation that Tessa will interact with Reed Hellstrom (Tristan Lake Leabu),
Victoria's teenage son.  They will probably meet at The Underground where Reed sings and plays the guitar.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL


Jack Abbott has been involved with many women over the years, including his ex-stepmother, Jill. Now he's dallying with Gloria, another former stepmother.  What do you think of Jack and Gloria's relationship.  Take the poll below.

How would you describe Jack's relationship with Gloria?

Amusing
Exciting
Yucky
Disgusting
I don't know.
Other
Please Specify:
make a poll


NOTE TO READERS:

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.  The next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on March 18, 2017.  In the meantime, enjoy the show.



- Joanne

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

David Cassidy - Troubled Times and Tragedy


David Cassidy was one of the foremost teen idols of the 1970s.  As Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, he was a heartthrob to young girls of that generation.  From 1970 to 1973, he starred alongside his real life stepmother, Shirley Jones, in the popular musical sitcom about a family band headed by a widowed mother (Jones).  David and the Partridge Family had a huge hit in 1970 with the song "I Think I Love You," featuring Cassidy on lead vocals and Shirley Jones on background vocals.  David's face and his long, flowing hair graced the covers of countless teen magazines. According to IMDb, at the peak of his popularity, he was the world's highest paid live entertainer and he had the largest official fan club in pop history, larger than those of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

After The Partridge Family went off the air, David continued successfully with his music and acting career. For example, he guest-starred in a 1978 episode of Police Story, "A Chance to Live" (Season 5 Episode 7, Air Date: May 28, 1978), for which he earned an Emmy nomination.  In the episode, he played Officer Dan Shay who operated undercover for the narcotics unit at a high school.  Cassidy's most recent television role was in a 2013 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "Last Woman Standing" (Season 13, Episode 16, Air Date: February 27, 2013). He also portrayed a former teen heartthrob named David Gallagher in the short-lived 2009 comedy Ruby & the Rockits.

In recent years, however, David's personal life has been plagued with problems and instability.  He has had to challenge a number of demons and it hasn't been easy.

David Bruce Cassidy was, born in New York City on April 12, 1950.  He is the son of two actors - Jack Cassidy and his first wife, Evelyn Ward.  David's parents divorced in 1956 and his father subsequently married singer/actress Shirley Jones.  In 1969, at the age of 18,  David moved east to New York City and performed in a Broadway production of The Fig Leaves are Falling.  Prior to his Partridge Family fame, he made some appearances on episodes of television shows such as The Survivors (1969), Ironside (1969), The F.B.I. (1970), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1970), Adam-12 (1970), Bonanza (1970), Medical Center (1970) and Mod Squad (1970).

David has been married and divorced three times.  He wed his first wife, actress Kay Lenz on April 3, 1977.  The marriage lasted until 1982 or 1983,   Cassidy married his second wife, horse breeder Meryl Tanz, in 1984.  The marriage ended in 1985 or 1986. His third marriage, to Sue Shifrin, took place on March 30, 1991.  They had a son, Beau that same year.  In February of 2014, Shifrin filed for divorce.

David also has a daughter, Katherine Evelyn Anita "Katie" Cassidy (born November 25, 1986) from his relationship with Sherry Williams Benedon.  Katie, an actress, had a big breakthrough in 2012 when she landed the role of Laurel Lance/Black Canary, one of the main characters on the TV series Arrow.


Katie Cassidy
          PHOTO ATTRIBUTION: https://www.flickr.com/photos/heroesfanfest/28750113454/


In 2008, David admitted publicly that he had a problem with alcohol.  In 2010, the singer was charged with driving under the influence.  In August 2013 and January 2014, he was again charged with impaired driving.  A month after his third DUI charge, Sue Shifrin, his third wife, filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage and 28 years together.  In a February 12, 2015 article in the Los Angeles Times, Sue is quoted as saying that the breakup had been brewing for a time and that she was "truly heartbroken" about it..

In 2014, David spoke openly to talk show host Piers Morgan about his alcoholism.  He said, "If I take another drink, I'm going to die, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I'm dead.  You know, they say it's a slippery slope... It's not a slippery slope. It's from 12:00 to 6:00 on the clock and the whole face is ice.  One sip, one drink, because there is no such a thing, not to an alcoholic.  You have one and you're - you're done. I'd be done.”

Cassidy entered a no-contest plea to his January, 2014 arrest on suspicion of DUI near the Los Angeles International Airport.  He was sentenced to 90 days live-in rehab and a 60 mouth probation.  He received treatment at a Florida rehabilitation facility,

In February of 2015, following his divorce and his stint in rehab, David Cassidy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida.   Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicated he had assets and debt of up to $10  million and, according to TMZ, he owed $39,102 in credit card debt as well as a $292,598 mortgage against his house and a long list of attorney fees.  The documents also showed that David had homes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and in Saratoga Springs, New York and that he was involved in a legal dispute over thoroughbred horses he co-owned.

In an email statement from his publicist, Cassidy stated: "I am gong through bankruptcy proceedings at the moment.  This is necessary for practical reasons to reorganize my life as I go through divorce and to restructure my finances."


The following appears on David's official website.  It is dated February 7, 2017.

After reading the messages sent to him over the last few days, David sends this message to his fans:

I will always be eternally grateful for the love and support you’ve shown me. I still love very much to play and perform live. But it’s much more difficult for me now.
 I’m not going to vanish or disappear forever. I’ll be able to communicate much more through my website and my Facebook page. As you can imagine this has been truthfully THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
 I’m eternally grateful to each and every single one of you.
 I’m going to play live, everywhere around North America, through 2017. I hope you will find a way to come and be part of my celebration!
XO DC


Sadly, David's problems continue to mount.  At a February 18 show in Agoura Hills, California, he struggled to remember the lyrics to songs he has sung for years.  His fans became worried when he slurred his words and told rambling stories during the performance.  He even tumbled as he was playing an instrumental break and staggered off the edge of the stage.  There was speculation that he was drunk.

On Monday, February 20, David revealed the heartbreaking news to People magazine that he is fighting dementia.  He said he feared he would end up this way because of his family history.  His grandfather battled the affliction and his mother, Evelyn Ward, died of Alzheimer's in 2013 at the age of 89,  In 2011, while Ward was suffering from the disease, Cassidy recorded a public service announcement in which he advocated for Alzheimer's research and prevention.

Due to his condition, David has decided to stop touring as a musician.  "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions," he told People.  "I want to love.  I want to enjoy life,"



END NOTES

* David Cassidy has three half-brothers, Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, the sons of Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy.

* David's father, Jack Cassidy, and Shirley Jones divorced in 1974.  On December 12, 1976, Jack Cassidy died in a fire at his West Hollywood Penthouse.  He was 49 years old.

* According to David's IMDb biography, he did not know until he was cast as Keith Partridge that his real life stepmother was set to play his TV mother, Shirley Partridge.


- Joanne

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Y&R Report (February 18, 2017): 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 fans, I hope you had a better Valentine Day than the residents of Genoa City.   Lily and Cane argued while celebrating their anniversary and she asked him to leave the restaurant.  Billy accused Victoria of behavinglike her father, Victor, and of being a cold person.  Ashley and Jack Abbott did not have Valentine dates. Phyllis is searching for a new man 

Sugar Cane Ashby has been behaving rather childishly.  If anyone is entitled to Brash & Sassy, it's Victoria.  She built that company from the ground up.  As she is fond of saying, it's her baby, her pride and joy.  It's not as if she's decided to kick Cane out of the company.  He's has quite a good executive position. Why can't he be satisfied with his job and with Lily and his family.  Most people would consider him extremely fortunate.  As for Lily, isn't she acting rather too chummy with that photographer, Jordan.  I don't blame Cane for not being too happy about that, especially given her history with Joe Clark.

Jill's Valentine's Day was an absolute disaster.  She is now facing the worst crisis of her life.  Her scoundrel of a husband, Colin, completely drained her back accounts.  He squandered all her money on bad investments and gambling.  A fiasco ensued when Jill discovered his betrayal.  The sly Aussie was shut out in the cold.  That wasn't all, though.  Jill ended up having a heart attack.

I have to commend Y&R for drawing attention to woman's heart disease during the month of February, which is "heart month."  It was a very responsible thing to do and a great public service. It may even save lives.

I truly enjoyed Ashley's reminiscences about her late father, John Abbott.  Her memories about her John were very touching and those flashback scenes were a treat.  It's all part of head writer Sally's Sussman's determination to connect the show to its past and to honour it history.

Ravi is a difficult character to figure out.  He seems sincere and he appears to really care about Ashley.  They have developed a connection and their conversations can be quite meaningful. However, Ravi seems so nervous and awkward.  We know little about his background..  Ashley is always the one who provides him with information about herself.  Ravi, on the other hand, doesn't reveal much.  What's going on in his life other than his job at Jabot?  Doesn't he have any family and friends?  He seems to be more comfortable in the company of older women such as Ashley and Phyllis than woman closer to his own age.  When he was introduced to Mariah, he couldn't relate to her at all.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect there is more to Ravi than meets the eye.  There's may be something we viewers don't know about.  That's why I don't know what to think about him and I don't completely trust him.

Y&R has new cast photos in its opening credits.  They replace black and white photos and are much brighter and upbeat.  They give the show a fresh look.

Now that Lauren's son, Scott, is coming to town.  As a journalist who has been in war zones, he could be a fascinating chraracter.  I wounder which of Genoa City's eligible women he's going to romance. Abby and Mariah are the first to come to mind - especially Mariah.  I would really like her to find someone other than Kevin.  He doesn't appreciate her enough.

Get ready for a big love triangle involving Nick, Chelsea and Sharon.  This time, Sharon might win Nick back.  She has a few advantages over Chelsea.  She has more of a history with Nick.  Faith wants her parents to reunite.  Chelsea is keeping a huge secret from Nick.  She and Victor both know that Adam is really Christian's biological father.  Nick will eventually discover the truth and he will be extremely angry with Chelsea for hiding it from him.  Believe it or not, Sharon is not keeping any secrets from Nick right now.


CAST NEWS


Sofia Pernas

I've been wondering about Sofia Pernas, who plays Marisa Sierrass.  She has not appeared on Y&R for quite a while.  However, her on-screen love interest, Noah Newam (Robert Adamson), has had a great deal of air time lately.  He's been mostly seen helping his father, Nick, with his restaurant, The Underground.  We know that Noah and Marisa are still together because Noah was asked about her and explained that she couldn't make an appearance.

I have been trying to find out if Sofia Pernas is still with The Young and The Restless.  So far, I have been unable to find an answer.  She is making appearances on prime time shows.  For example, she plays Jane's cousin, Catalina, on Jane the Virgin.  

Last March, Sofia was cast in a starring role on CW's pilot, Transylvania.  At that time, she told Soaps.com that she would be staying on Y&R in a recurring capacity unless her pilot is picked up as a series.   In May, CW announced that it had passed over Transylvania.  

All of this leaves me wondering if Sofia is still with Y&R, at least in a recurring role.  I don't think she quite fits into the current storylines.  If she isn't coming back, however, why didn't Noah say that he had broken up with her.  As soon as I find out some information on Sofia, I will keep you posted.



Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL




The Great Victor Newman has been making a lot of rumblings lately about retiring.  Does he really mean it or is he just blowing smoke?  After all, he's not one to give up power easily.  So, is he playing games to test his children?  Does he have something up his sleeve or is he really ready to step down as head honcho?  What do you think?




Do you think Victor is really ready to retire or is he up to his old tricks?

Yes, I think Victor has really mellowed and he's ready to hand over the reins of power.
No way. Are you kidding? Victor will never retire. He likes to be in control.
No. I don't think he's ready to retire yet, but he's definitely up to something.
I don't know.
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That's all for now.  The next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, February 18, 2017.


- Joanne

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Remembering comedian Harvey Korman on the 90th anniversary of his birth


The late Harvey Korman was born on February 15, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, 90 years ago yesterday. The talented comedian, best known for his performances on The Carol Burnett Show and in Mel Brooks films, died on May 29, 2008 at the age of 81.

Yesterday I received an email from Harvey's son, Christopher Korman, who provided some noteworthy information about his father on the 90th anniversary of his birth.  I would like to share the email with readers and fans as a tribute to an outstanding entertainer who brought joy and laughter to so many people.

- Joanne


Since this would have been my dad's 90th birthday, here are some interesting things related to him:

* Although Mama's Family, was set in Raytown Kansas, the house was actually located in a suburb of Paadena, California.  However, the one shown in the Eunice Special was shot in Kansas.  The voice of Carl was supplied by Dick Clair who co-wrote Mama's Family with Jenna McMahon.  IMDd attributes Carl's voice to Ken Berry, which isn't true.

* My dad claimed that if it weren't for Anne Bancroft seeing him on The Carol Burnett Show, he wouldn't have landed the iconic role of Hedley Lamaar in Blazing Saddles.

* Arte Johnson and my dad both won Emmy Awards in 1968, which has a bit of irony to it in that Arte is a very distant relative on my dad's side.

*  My dad told me he once dated briefly the first Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless - Brenda Dickson.

* My dad never considered himself in the class of voice over talents on The Simpsons, but he did at least five voices in the spoof on James Bond in the 1966 animated movie A Man Called Flintstone.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Television advertising: Has it become unbearable?



I call it Commercial Creep, the relentless, intrusive proliferation of commercials into every media second of our multi-media lives.  My tolerance is long gone.  The issue now is controlling my intolerance which is bordering on complete irrationality.

- Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D,
"Commercial Creep" - I Hate Commercials and You Should Too: It's beginning to feel like "We interrupt this commercial to bring you the show."
The Media Zone, Psychology Today, February 21, 2013


I heartily concur with the late Dr. Stuart Fischoff, the American media psychologist who passed away on November 21, 2014. As much as a enjoy watching television, I am becoming increasingly agitated by the large number of TV commercials and promotions.  I know!  I know!  Something has to pay for the shows we watch and, yes, some ads are entertaining (until you've seen them hundreds of times).

For a while now, the trend has been toward shorter and more frequent commercials. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of commercials, disturbs the flow of our favourite shows and it clogs the viewer's mind.  I can barely view live television anymore.  There are just too many interruptions. I don't expect free TV, but there has to be a limit!  It feels as if the commercials are being interrupted to bring us the programming.  It's insidious.  By the way, whatever happened to fun theme songs and creative introductions to TV shows?  Sadly, intros have become shorter and shorter to make room for more ads.

When you watch DVDs, you really get a sense of how dramatically the number of ads has increased. A one-hour show now contains about 15 minutes of commercials.  I checked a DVD of the The Mod Squad from 1969.  Four one-hour episodes contained 3 hours and 27 minutes of programming and 33 minutes of commercials back then.  Today four "one-hour" episodes contain about 3 hours of programming and one hour of commercials. CBS should change the name of their long-running news magazine show from 60 Minutes to 45 Minutes or maybe before long to 40 Minutes.




Why is this happening?  It's a case of pure greed, my friends.  As Dr. Fischoff, points in his 2013 article: "Networks and their local affiliates are huge profit machines. Huge. Since profit is revenue minus cost, obviously fewer commercials are both possible and affordable. The trouble is, of course, that greed is an appetite never sated. Programmers will insert as many commercials as the traffic will bear. Most of us dutifully, quietly bear it."


- Joanne