Saturday, March 17, 2018

Y&R Report (March 17, 2018): 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.

Have you noticed that head writer Mal Young  has made some Y&R characters behave in ways they have not have behaved in the past?  Take Paul Williams for example.  Clueless Paul may be a bumbling police chief.  However, he is a thoroughly good guy.  Suddenly, he has an edge to him.  He seems to be seeking revenge on Victor rather than ensuring that justice is done.  Paul and Christine (Also known as The Cricketmeister) have assigned J.T.  Hellstrom to the task of getting he goods on Victor.  They really want to bring "The Big Man" down and they have commissioned J.T. to do the dirty work.

Victor deserves to be taken down few notches, but it is not the job of the Chief of Police and his wife, the District Attorney to engage someone like J.T. to spy on citizens.  J.T. is neither a police detective nor a private eye.  Also,  a police chief like Paul married to a District Attorney is clearly a conflict of interest.

Another character whom he writers have changed is Nikki.  Nikki has her faults, but she wouldn't indulge in a two-bit affair with someone she hardly knows, like Arturo.  It's salacious and will undoubtedly provoke Victor, but I can't buy that Nikki would behave in such a manner  Also, Nikki knows Victor all too well.  She would not be so cavalier about their relationship. Victor is very possessive and he will not sit back and allow Nikki to carry on with Arturo.  Arturo obviously doesn't know Victor.  Otherwise, he would have thought twice before having an affair with Nikki.  He should be worried . . . . very worried.

Victoria Newman has had to swallow humble pie.  She did not enjoy having to apologize to Ashley Abbott, only to have have Ashley reject it.  The worst thing for Princess Victoria is that she has displeased daddy Victor,  Victoria has had a rough time of it lately.  She has made her self some enemies, such as Lily Winters Ashby.  She could have avoided a confrontation with Lily if she had treated her better.  The Princess has only herself to blame for alienating Lily.  She could have used a lot more tact and sensitivity in dealing with Lily.

Having said that, Victor was the cause of his daughter's problems in the first place when he hired Ashley.  He knew that Ashley is ambitious and proud.  He knew that she wants to do things her way.  He also knew that would bring her into direct confrontation with Ashley.  Both of them want to be heir to the Newman dynasty and that's a recipe for disaster.  Victor, however, had some misguided belief that the competition between the two women would be healthy and would benefit the company.  He was wrong and now his daughter is paying the price.  Victoria was given a choice between demotion or leaving Newman Enterprises.  She chose demotion because she believes she can get back in Victor's good graces.

Unfortunately for Victoria, J.T. is playing a dangerous game by spying on Victor and trying to help Paul and Cricket bring The Big Man down.  It won't work because as Y&R fans know, Victor never loses.  J.T. is playing with fire and he is going to get burned.  He's also acting very hypocritical.  He has been criticizing Victoria for hiding things from him and not trusting him.  Yet, she has no idea that he is trying to bring her father down.  When she finds out, she will be hurt and heartbroken.  She will also question J.T.'s motives.  Is he using her just to get revenge on Victor?  Who could blame her for thinking that J.T.'s feelings for her aren't genuine and that he has been playing her for a fool.  If it comes down to a choice between J.T. and daddy in this situation, Victoria will choose daddy.

Why are Lily and Cane always so worried about their finances?  After being insulted by Princess Victoria, Lily quit her job at Brass & Sassy.  Later, Lilly expressed concern about her family surviving on Cane's income alone.  When will the writers realize that viewers just don't see Lily and Cane as struggling financially  Cane is CEO of Chancellor Industries, for heaven's sake.  They live a very upscale lifestyle and Lily's brother, Devon, is a billionaire.  As if they need to be concerned about money!


This is a reminder that the official list of nominees for Daytime Emmys will be announced live on The Talk on CBS on Wednesday. March 21, 2018.  As in recent years, there will be no live broadcast of the ceremonies on April 29, 2018.  Instead, the Daytime Emmys will be available for streaming online.  This year, the husband and wife duo of Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie on Days of our Lives) will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Regular Y&R viewer, Helen from Scarborough, Ontario, commented on Sharon's full house.  Now that Nick has moved into Sharon's cottage, Helen wonders how the place can accommodate so many people.  After all, Mariah and Faith live there too.  The house isn't exactly the Taj Mahal.

I think Helen has a point.  I have always liked Sharon's place, but how many bedrooms does it have?  It's a charming cottage, but it is not especially spacious.  The kitchen is small.


Kristoff St. John (Neil) is set to return to Y&R

Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) is set to return to The Young and the Restless.  Due to personal matters, Kristoff has been on  a  leave of absence for almost four months.  According to Entertainment Weekly, he left in October "to undergo psychiatric treatment.after a reported scare regarding his mental health,"   He has been battling depression following the death of his son, which was ruled a suicide.  However, the Emmy-winning actor has announced his imminent "comeback" on Instagram and has received numerous messages of support from fans.

Neil will return to Genoa City sometime in April.  He has been visiting his ex, Sophia, and their son, Moses.  When he returns, he will find some changes awaiting him.  He will be pleased that Lily and Cane have reconciled and that they are raising baby Sam.  However, I wonder what he will think about Hilary and Devon's decision to become parents.


Sharon Case as Sharon Newman

Well fans, Nick and Sharon are becoming cozy again.  It seems only a matter of time before they reunite, - unless Phyllis and Nikki team up in order prevent them from getting together again.  Although Nikki doesn't like Phyllis much, she  wouldn't hesitate to scheme up with her son's other ex if it would stop Nick and Sharon from hooking up again.  What do you think about a Nick and Sharon reunion, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Do you like the idea of Nick and Sharon reuniting?

Yes, I like them together. They were a supercouple at one time and they have great chemistry.
Yes, Sharon has made positve improvements to her life and it would be good for Faith.
No, it's a recipe for disaster. That ship has sailed. Nick should find somebody new.
Maybe. It depends on the storyline and if Sharon has really changed for the better.
I don't really care.
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That's all for now  I can't wait to all the the Y&R stars from the past as the show celebrates its 45th anniversary.  Please remember that the next issue of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, March 31, 2018.   

- Joanne

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bobby Buntrock After Hazel: His High School Days

On February 17, 2015, I posted an article about the tragic death of child star Bobby Buntrock.  Bobby played Harold Baxter on the popular 1960s sitcom Hazel, starring Shirley Booth.  On April 7, 1974, Bobby died tragically at the age of 21.  He was killed in an automobile accident on a bridge in Keystone, South Dakota.  After reading my piece, many people left comments about Bobby and the Hazel series.  If you would like to read my 2015 article, click on the link below.

This week I received an email from a lovely woman who went to school with Bobby in 1968.  Her name is Beverly Smith and she lives in Santa Maria, California.  I phoned Beverly today and she reminisced about Bobby.  The two attended Eagle Rock High School in Eagle Rock, California (Los Angeles County) when they were in their mid-teens.  Bobby's Hazel days were behind him by then (the series ended in 1966).

Beverly told me that Bobby did not seem different from the other students at the school. To her, he was "just like everyone else."  She said he was on the track team and that he did not complete the school year at Eagle Rock High.  She also remembers Bobby's younger sister, Stella.

Below is a 1968 school year book photo of Bobby (centre) with the track team.  He was 16 years old when the photo was taken.  You can see the "ER" on the tracksuits for Eagle Rock.

- Joanne

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Y&R Report (March 3, 2018): 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, well, well!  The Great Victor Newman wants control of his two young grandsons, Connor and Christian.  His ultimate goal is to have the two boys living at the ranch with him and Nikki.  It isn't enough for Victor to control the lives of his children and his older grandson, Noah.  Now he wants to call the shots where his youngest grandchildren are concerned.  This time, my sympathy is with Nick.  He, at least, has tried to stand up to Victor and he sincerely wants to raise Christian, even though Christian is not his biological son.

Nick also seems much more restrained than I thought he would be after learning of Chelsea's deception and Christians's paternity.  I must say, I thought he would be a great deal more angry.  However, he may really explode when he finds out that Victor knew that Adam was Christian's father.  He's also going to be extremely upset and distraught if Victor gets custody of Connor and Christian.

What's going on with Phyllis?  Why was the former redhead so intent on preventing Nicholas from learning about Christian's paternity?  Sharon was absolutely right to tell him the truth. He deserved to know.  Hasn't Phyllis had enough of secrets and lies?  It seems to me that she wants to prevent Nick and Sharon from reuniting.  What's it to her?  She has her Billy Boy all to herself now, since Princess Victoria has gone back to J.T.  Is she bored because she already has Billy and she misses the thrill of the chase?  Is there trouble in paradise for Billy and Phyllis?

Where Sharon and Nick are concerned, do I detect some jealousy on Phyllis' part?  Does she still have feelings for Nick?  I think she has some nerve trying to manipulate Sharon!  After all, she played an integral part in the break-up of Nick and Sharon's marriage.  

Chelsea's mother, Anita Lawson (Catherine Bach) is a piece of work, isn't she?  After Chelsea  Connor, she showed up at Nick's door, desperate for money. She claimed that she was unable to pay her rent without the financial support of her daughter.  When Nick refused to give her money, she dangled a video file from Chelsea to Christian.  In the end, Nick gave her Chelsea's engagement ring in exchange for the video.  The always practical Anita did not hesitate to take what she could get, remarking that "Some money is better than no money."

Catherine Bach

Chelsea phoned somebody who is helping her.  Was it Jordan?  He has a history of being her partner in crime.  At any rate, she won't be on the lam much longer. I think that "Victor's people" will find her before the Genoa City police.

Victoria was stunned when J.T. became brutally honest with her.  He told her that she is paranoid and insecure.  That may be true, to a certain extent.  There is no doubt that Ashley is a threat to Victoria's interests.  Ashley has made it clear that she wants to be Victor's successor as CEO of Jabot, but does Victoria really have to stoop to underhanded schemes to remove Ashley as a threat.  As Lily pointed out, the Princess was a better boss when Brass & Sassy was not a subsidiary of Newman Enterprises.  As J.T. poclaimed, Victor and Ashley bring out the worst in Victoria.


Jack Abbott to Ashley as she was leaving for work at Newman Enterprises.: 

"Have fun in Moustacheville!"


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Regular Y&R viewer, Fifi from Collingwood, is very impressed by Christian Newman.  Fifi thinks he's a good actor for his age and expresses himself wonerfully.  Well, Christian is actually being portrayed by twins Alister and Tobias McAllister.  I agree that the twins are fantastic little actors.

Another regular viewer, Helen from Scarborough, is very unhappy with the Chelsea storyline.  Helen says that it appears to have been put together hastily in order to accommodate Melissa Claire Egan's departure from the show. I tend to agree.  I still can't buy the premise that Chelsea would suddenly revert to her old ways and become a con artist again.  As for her claim that she needed the money to secure Connor and Christian's' future, are they not the grandsons of billionaire Victor Newman?


Y&R to celebrate 45th anniversary with appearances from past characters

Great news for Y&R fans!  The show will be celebrating its 45th anniversary and several characters from the past are scheduled to make an appearance.  

The Young and the Restless was created by William and Lee Phillip Bell and it premiered on CBS on March 26, 1973.  Therefore, the anniversary tribute is scheduled to begin airing on Monday, March 26 of this year. (Friday, March 23 on Global-TV in Canada.  Here is a list of the characters who will be appearing during the 45th anniversary tribute.     

Janice Lynde (Leslie Brooks) - Leslie was a shy, insecure concert pianist who had a mental breakdown.  Janice originated the role of Leslie back in 1973 and played the part until 1977.

Jaime Lyn Bauer (Lorie Brooks) - Lorie was Leslie's sister.  She was a novelist and was very jealous of Leslie's success as a pianist.  

Meg Bennett (Julia Newman) - Julia was the first wife of the much-married Victor Newman.  The character debuted in 1980 and Meg played the part on-and-off for six years.  In 2002, she briefly reprised her role when Julia returned to Genoa City seeking help from Victor to prevent a hostile takeover of her company.

Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie Browning) - Mackenzie was part of a group of teenage friends that included Billy Abbott and J.T. Hellstrom.  She is the daughter of Brock Reynolds and the granddaughter of Katherine Chancellor.  (As the granddaughter of Katherine Chancellor, wouldn't she have inherited a fortune from Mrs. C?  Her grandson, Devon, did).

Mackenzie had a romance with Billy Abbott and eventually married J.T. Hellsom.  She and J.T. moved to Washington, D.C. and had two children.  Now that Mackenzie and J.T. are getting a divorce, her return to Genoa City is very timely.  She will undoubtedly lock horns with Victoria.

Kelly Kruger is one of four actresses who have played the role of Mackenzie Browning  She portrayed Mackenzie from 2002 to 2003. Mackenzie was last played by Clementine Ford, from April 1, 2009 to November 5, 2010.

David Lago (Raul Guittierez) - Raul, a Cuban-American, was one of J.T. and Billy's circle of friends.  Now that J.T. is back in town, it will be fun to see him reunited with his old buddies.

Lauren Woodland (Brittany Hodges) - Brittany was also one of J.T. and Billy's friends.  Brittany began working as a stripper and then as a singer at a club owned by Bobby Marsino.  She eventually married Marsino (John Enos) and they had a son named Joshua.  However, Bobby died in an accident in 2005 and Brittany left town with their child and moved to New York.

Lexie Stevenson (Mattie Ashby) hospitalized

19-year-old Lexie Stevenson, who plays Mattie Ashby, is having a difficult time.  She has been hospitalized due to complications from endometriosis, a disease which manifests itself in inflammation and abnormal growth of the uterus. Endometriosis is extremely painful and it is chronic.  Unfortunately, Lexie was in so much pain that she was given morphine through an IV.

Michael Mealor to play the role of Kyle Abbott but will fans warm up to his character?

Michael Mealor

Kyle Abbott, the son of Jack Abbott and Diane Jenkins,  is returning to Genoa City.  Michael Mealor, a daytime newcomer, will play the role this time.  Kyle's return will undoubtedly cause some turmoil for the Abbott family, especially since he didn't support Jack's bid to remain CEO of Jabot.  It is obvious that he has some issues with his father.  The real question, however, is whether Y&R fans will ever warm up to Kyle.

Since 2010, four actors have portrayed Kyle, but none was able to connect with viewers.  The most recent being Australian Lachlan Buchanan, Lachlan played the character for a little more than a year.  Kyle was then written out of the show.  After breaking up with Summer, he went to work in New York.

It will be interesting to see if Michael Mealor is able to click with audiences.  If he doesn't click this time, then the Kyle character should be scrapped because he's just not likeable.  After all, every actor who plays Kyle can't be bad.


Are you pleased that Kyle is coming back?

Only if I like Michael Mealor, the new actor who is going to portray him. I think Michael should be given a chance.
Only if Kyle fits into the storyline well.
No, the show doesn't need to bring back that character again. He never catches on with fans.
I don't know.
Please Specify:
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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, March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day).  I'm really looking forward to the month of March on Y&R, especially because of the 45th anniversary celebrations.  I can't wait to see the blasts-from-the past.

- Joanne

Monday, February 26, 2018

Internet TV Digest #6

This is the sixth of an occasional feature on TV Banter called Internet TV Digest.. Internet TV Digest contains recent news, information and discussion about online television.


New on Netflix this March


If you enjoyed former U.S. President Barack Obama's appearance on the original Netflix series My Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, then you will probably want to catch Letterman's next guest.  It's Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education. and human rights.  In 2012, Malala was struck by a bullet and injured by a Taliban gunman because of her activism.  She survived and became the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.  At the age of 17, she was the youngest-ever Nobel laureate. (You can watch her interview with Letterman on March 19th).

{Note to David Letterman: I suggest that you get rid of that long, scraggly beard.  Ugh!  It doesn't do anything for you.)

Netflix will also present some original documentaries that deal with issues relevant to Americans and others, such as public health and drug addiction.  Flint Town, which premieres on March 2nd.  It chronicles events in Flint, Michigan as officers deal with poverty and the absence of vital resources.  Take your Pills which premiers on March 16, focuses on the increase in prescription drug use in the United States.

In a lighter vein, the fifth season of Voltron, The Legendary Defender, an animated web television series, will be available for streaming on March 2nd.  Netflix's new baking show, Nailed It, will also be available on March 2nd.  It is hosted by comedian and director Nicole Byer and chocolatier Jacques Torres.  If you enjoy watching botched attempts at designing pastries, cakes and other culinary delights, this show is for you.

Amazon Prime makes deal with CBS for "The Good Fight"

Amazon Prime Video has made an international, multi-season deal with CBS Studios International for The Goodfight, a spin-off of the long-running CBS  hit series The Good Wife.
The Good Fight premiered on February 19, 2017 and stars Christine Baranski in her Emmy-winning role as Diane Lockhart from The Good Wife.  The first season contained ten episodes, the first of which aired on CBS, while the latter nine aired on CBS All Access, CBS' streaming service.  The show has the distinction of being All Access' first original scripted series.  The second season of The Good Fight debuts in the United States. on CBS All Access on March 4.

According to Variety, Amazon's agreement with CBS gives Amazon exclusive first-window licencing rights across Latin America and major European and Asian markets.  The Good Fight will also debut, via Amazon, in Belgium, Portugal, Turkey and New Zealand.

Amazon's deal with CBS also includes streaming rights to seasons of other hit CBS series such as The Good WifeBlue BloodsHawaii Five-0 and NCIS. for selected territories beyond the United States

N.Y. Times article says Hulu trying hard to compete against Netflix, Amazon and Apple, but future is clouded

Hulu is fighting hard to compete against streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon and Apple.  Netflix has a global audience of 100 million worldwide and 52.8 million subscribers in the United States.  In contrast, Hulu is only available in the U.S, and has 17 million subscribers.

Originally, Hulu was known as a means of streaming episodes of network television show.  In 2015, however, the screen adaption of The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Al Qaeda and 9/11, ended up on Hulu.  Then, in 2017, Hulu won eight Emmy Awards for its production of The Handmaid's Tale, based on the dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

Nevertheless, in a February 25, 2018 article in The New York Times, John Koblin contends that the company's future is uncertain, due to a complex corporate structure and the merger mania that has taken hold in the entertainment industry.  Hulu has four owners: The Walt Disney Company (30 per cent), 21st Century Fox (30 per cent), Concast (30 per cent) and Time Warner (10 per cent).  Disney's $52.4 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox is currently awaiting government approval.  The deal is expected to be approved and would give Disney control of 60 per cent of Hulu.  As Koblin points out, Disney is already developing two streaming services.  Also, Disney owns ABC and Concast owns NBC Universal.  According to Koblin, a media analyst at BTIG, a global financial services firm, stated, "The question is which way it goes: Does Concast buy out Disney? Or does Disney buy out Concast?"

All of this means that Hulu may be caught in the corporate crossfire, at a time when it is particularly vulnerable.  BTIG reported that the company lost $920 million in 2017.  Yet, according to Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox, Hulu had more subscriber growth domestically than Netflix.  It still faces intense competition from rival streaming services.

- Joanne

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Y&R Report (February 17, 2018}: 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.

Most soap actors don't have a great deal of job security, especially with head writers like Y&R's Mal Young.  When Mal decides to write a character out, it happens very suddenly and abruptly.  Juliet, Graham, Scott . . . . POOF . . . Gone.  The latest is Noah.  After consulting with Grandpa Victor, he's decided to work for Newman Enterprises in India.  That came as a bit of a surprise to me because I thought Noah had been getting more of a storyline lately.  I expected him to be the manager of The Top of the Tower restaurant for a while.  After all, he just started the job.

Victor thinks a lot more of daughter Victoria than son Nick.  He advised grandson Noah to be more like his Aunt Victoria than his father, Nick.  He called Nick "weak."  Speaking of Nick Newman, when he discovers the secret Chelsea is hiding about Christian's paternity, he will blow a gasket.  When he learns that Victor is involved in the deception, he is going to become even more upset.  Nick has a problem with controlling his anger and he really needs to undergo anger management therapy. 

Since Melissa Claire Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson, is leaving Y&R, the secret will soon be revealed to Nick and it is obvious that they are finished as a couple.  Nick will reunite with Sharon.  It's inevitable, although it may take a while for Nick to get over his anger and his bitter breakup with Chelsea.  Also, after being two-timed by Scott, Sharon doesn't want to rush into another relationship.  Still, Nick and Sharon are getting along much better these days and I can see them running the coffee shop together, as they did years ago.

As for Chelsea, I don't like the way she has been turned her into a con woman again.  I realize that Melissa Claire Egan is exiting the show, but the writers have provided no explanation for Chelsea's sudden reversion to her old ways.  Why would she change so abruptly without a plausible reason.  It's not logical.  Was the storyline just thrown together as a way for Melissa to leave the show?

Phyllis would make a top-notch detective.  The way she figured out Chelsea's fraudulent behaviour was quite impressive.  She was relentless in finding out the truth.  She's a much better detective that Clueless Paul Williams.  Although almost anyone is a better detective than Clueless, Phyllis was absolutely relentless in getting the goods on Chelsea.

The rivalry between two formidable businesswomen,Victoria Newman and Ashley Abbott, continues.  It now appears, however that Victoria has found a powerful ally in Jack Abbott, of all people.  She and Jack both want to achieve the same goal.  Victoria wants Ashley out of her hair at Newman Enterprises and Jack wants his sister back at Jabot.  Even though Jack is her father's arch-enemy and their two families are constantly feuding, Victoria and Jack have united for a common cause.

I don't expect Victoria and Ashley to ever work together because there would be no conflict.  I think Ashley will eventually return to Jabot.  By the way, in the last edition of Y&R Report, the readers' poll asked whether you thought Ashley or Victoria would win their power struggle.  So far, almost all of the respondents have chosen Victoria.

When I see Amelia Henle (Victoria) and Thad Luckinbill (J.T.) in their scenes together, I wonder how they could be divorced (or in the process of getting a divorce?) in real life.  Amelia seems to have a sparkle in her eye.  Either they are very good actors or they are rekindling their romance.  I also wonder how long Thad is going to stay with Y&R, because he nay want to concentrate on producing films again.  That could be why J.T. has a heart condition.  Maybe he will die tragically.  There has to be a reason why they have written his heart condition into the stroyline.  I doubt they would have just thrown that in for nothing.


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Here are some comments from Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:

I was completely turned off with Nikki and Arturo heading up to a room at the Genoa City Athletic Club (GCAC).  As if that would really happen!  I did find the Alzheimer storyline depressing.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed Marla Adam's acting. I loved her and hopefully she will be back soon.  

I don't like what they are doing with Chelsea, but I know she is leaving.

I do not like Tony hooking up with Ashley.  Surely they can find someone more appropriate for her.  He is too rough around the edges, in my opinion.

Well, Carly, I have to agree with you about Nikki.  She would never be that cheap.  Now would she have ever told Ashley that she was perfectly welcome to Victor.  Perhaps Nikki is finally finished with Victor romantically (I have my doubts).  Even if that were the case, I don't think she would invite other woman to pursue him, especially Ashley.  Remember, that Victor's affair with Ashley broke up their marriage .  Remember too that she used to tell Victoria that Ashley was the "wicked witch."  Nikki and Ashley may not be at each other's throats right now, but Nikki is no fan of hers.  They will never be best buddies.

Yes, Carly, Marla Adams has played the part of Dina magnificently.  I really hope she wins a Daytime Emmy for her role.

I don't like what the writes are doing with Chelsea either.  There was not enough foreshadowing.  It came on too quickly for my liking.  It seems contrived, as if it were written to allow her to make a quick exist from Y&R.

Tony Kingman does appear to be an opportunist and he's definitely not in Michael Baldwin's good books.  However, we need to see more of him before we pass a harsh judgement on him.  We have seen his seedy side but interesting characters are never one-dimensional.  may be more complicated and he may have different sides to him.  If the writers want him to win favour with viewers, they had better have him display some redeeming qualities.  Otherwise, viewers will never connect with him and his character will not be on the show for long,.  As for Ashley, she may fall for him.  After all, he's a handsome lawyer with a lot of social status.  That impresses her.  


Robert Adamson (Noah) is leaving Genoa City

Robert Adamson, who has played the role of Noah Newman for five years, is leaving Y&R.  According to Soap Central, Adamson did not choose to leave the show.  It seems that the show has decided to dispose of his character.  So, they have sent Noah off to work for Newman Enterprises in Mumbai, India.


Greg Rikaart will return as Kevin Fisher on Tuesday, February 20th on CBS (Monday, February 19th on Global TV in Canada.  It is unlikely that Greg's return will be permanent since he has signed to appear on Days of our Lives.  However, he could continue to make occasional appearances on the show.

Melissa Ordway's (Abby Newman) maternity leave has come to an end and she will be back in Genoa City soon.  In December, Melissa and husband Justin Gaston (ex-Ben Weston on Days of our Lives) welcomed a baby daughter named Sophia.  As Y&R fans know, Abby has been working for Newman Enterprises n Paris.  She is getting over a disastrous relationship with Scott Grainger.  I wonder who she'll become romantically involved with next?  At the moment, there doesn't seem to be any prominent Genoa City residents to match up with Abby.

Although nothing has been confirmed, Soap Central says it has learned that Y&R is considering recasting the role of Kyle Abbott.  Three actors have played the part of Kyle since 2010 but none has really caught on with fans.  Perhaps a new Kyle would be more popular.  Fans will remember that Kyle broke up with Summer and moved to New York.  When the board of directors met o decide whether Jack Abbott should remain CEO of Jabot, Kyle sent in a vote against his father.


Many Y&R fans want Adam to return, although it seems unlikely right now.  Apparently, head writer Mal Young is not planning to bring back the character from the dead.  Furthermore, if Adam were to return, there's almost no chance that Michael Muhney or Justin Hartley would play the role.  That means that a new actor would have to portray Adam.  How do you feel about that, fans?  Would you still want Adam come back if an new actor took over the part.

Would you like Adam to return, with a new actor playing the role?

Yes, he's a great character and it would be fun to see a new actor in the role.
I would like to see Adam return, but not unless Michael Muhney or Justin Hartley play him.
No. There's no need to bring Adam back. The character has run his course. He's dead. Let him stay that way. We don'tt need another character to come back from the grave.
I don't know.
Please Specify:
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That's all for now.  The next issue of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

- Joanne

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Y&R Report (February 3, 2018): 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, we have a power struggle between two strong and determined business women - Ashley Abbott and Victoria Newman.  Both are undeniably daddy's girls.  Victoria is Victor's princess, the heir apparent to Newman Enterprises.  Her goal is to please her father and win his approval, although he continually interferes in her life and has ruined almost all her relationships with men.  As for Ashley, the late John Abbot favoured her and called her "my beauty."  When Ashley learned that John was not her biological father, she was absolutely devastated.  She had a breakdown and suffered from amnesia.  So, her paternity is an extremely sensitive matter to her.  She is hurt that she felt forced to leave Jabot, the company her father founded.  She is determined to make her mark and her ultimate goal is to succeed ex-husband Victor Newman as CEO of Newman Enterprises.  This puts her in a direct collision course with Victoria, believes she is entitled to the crown because she has Newman blood.

Victoria and Ashley both have something to prove and neither wants to play second fiddle.  They both want control and they both want to do things their own way.  That's why it's doubtful that these two strong-willed women can co-exist at Newman Enterprises.  They will continually clash.  Something has got to give.  One of them will eventually have to leave. 

Soap opera storylines often move at a snail's pace.  So, it's appreciated that head writer Mal Young has picked up the pace of Y&R,  Unfortunately, however, he's moving too fast now. Whoa, Mal, slow down a bit!  Here are some examples to underline my point:

J.T. Hellstrom has been popping pills. (I thought he was addicted)  He was eventually shown visiting a doctor and later told Victoria that he had visited a taking medication due to a heart condition caused by electrocution.  It seems that about seven or eight years ago, a powerful storm/tornado hit Genoa City.  J.T. Hellstrom was involved in an accident when his car hit a tree when he tried to get to Lily and Cane at the lake retreat.  After regaining consciousness, J.T. tried to move on, but he was electrocuted when a power pole hit his car.  Lily and Cane found him on the side of the road and Cane performed CPR on him.  He was then hospitalized for electrocution (I had to look that up online.  Even though I am a longtime Y&R viewer, I had forgotten the incident).  It's true that the  electrocution was shown briefly during the flashbacks at the beginning of the show.  However, some people skip over the opening sequences.  The electrocution should have been mentioned during the episode and a flashback shown then, especially to make it clear to viewers who had forgotten it and for those who did not watch Y&R that far back.  That's just another reason why I prefer the previews at the end of the show, rather than an array of flashbacks at the beginning.

Out of the blue, handyman Nick found $250,000 hidden away in a bathroom wall duct. It was assumed Adam left the money there.  Chelsea suddenly started behaving mysteriously and lying.  Until then, there had been no sign that she was hiding anything.  It all happened out of the blue. We know her behaviour is somehow connected to Adam because she stashed the cash in Adam's vault at the Newman family crypt.  Chelsea also perpetrated a fraud against her own fashion line by creating a fake website identical to her own.  It seems to me that this is all related to the recent announcement that Melissa Claire Egan, who plays Chelsea, is leaving the show (See "Cast News" below for details).  Have the writers just concocted a quick storyline as a way to cause Chelsea to depart from Genoa City?  Is Adam alive and will she be reunited with him?  If so, why hasn't Chelsea shown any indication before that Adam is not dead.  (By the way, Mal Young apparently does not want Adam to come back).

In a recent episode, Victoria referred to Ashley as a "wicked witch" and claimed it was an inside joke.  She gave no further explanation.  However, only longtime viewers would remember that Nikki told Victoria that Ashley was a "wicked witch" back when Ashley was married to Victor and had become Victoria's stepmother.

Here are some more questions:

Question #1. Why did Noah suddenly decide to go to a movie with his sister, Mariah, especially after having an argument with her over Tessa?  Was it because Cane and Lily were shown at the movie theatre earlier and the producers thought it would be great to shoot another scene in that setting?  Who knows?

Question #2  Why has Tessa been sleeping in the Hamilton-Winters office?  She's not unemployed. She has a job working for Devon  She's not destitute and she doesn't need to be homeless.  Why hasn't she at least rented a room to live in?  Doesn't Devon pay her?  I think the writers wanted to devise a storyline in which Mariah would discover Tessa's homelessness and help her find low income accommodation.


Daniel Hall (Scott) written out of Y&R

The news is disappointing for fans of Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger).  Hall has been written out of the Young and the Restless indefinitely.  It appears that his storyline has reached an impasse.  Sharon is finished with him and Abby is in Paris while Melissa Ordway, the actress who portrays her, is on maternity leave.  Scott has returned London where he will remain for the time being.  The good news for fans is that he can always return to Genoa City.

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) is set to leave Y&R

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) has confirmed that she will be leaving The Young and the Restless to pursue a career outside of daytime.  On her media sites, Melissa Claire wrote the following:

"After much thought and six wonderful years, I have decided to leave The Young & the Restless I love this show (and this genre) so very much, and I am so grateful to this amazing crew and cast, especially my beyond wonderful Joshua Morrow.  This cast, crew and everyone behind the scenes at Sony and CBS are truly the best at what they do and are my family.  To you incredible fans, thank you for EVERYTHING.  
This isn't goodbye.  Truly.  Just Goodbye for now.
All my love,

It's sad to see Melissa leave Y&R,  However, I'm sure we'll see her soon on prime time television.or in film roles. There is speculation that he is trying to replicate the success her former castmate, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman), has achieved on This is Us.  According to Daytime Confidential, an insider said that "Missy sees how much success Justin is having with This is Us, and she wants to get out there and see what can happen for her."

Melissa joined the cast of Y&R in 2011.  Her final airdate has not been announced yet and the show apparently has no plans to recast her character.  That means there will be an opening for the Chelsea character to return at some time in the future.


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Who will win the power struggle between Ashley and Victoria?

My money's on Ashley. She's more wily than Victoria and extremely power hungry.
I think Victoria will win in the end. She can be as ruthless as her father. She has Newman blood and Victor will always support her when push comes to shove.
I think Ashley and Victora will eventually learn to work together
I don't know.
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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, February 17, 2018.  The February sweeps have started, Valentine's Day is coming up and there promises to be plenty of excitement in Genoa City.

- Joanne