Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Dub Taylor: The Great Unknown Character Actor

"Acting is the most embarrassing business in the world.  You never know when you're going to eat."

- Dub Taylor, as quoted in his Los Angeles Times obituary, October 5, 1994

"I don't care about winning an Oscar.  I'm just an actor who can play parts and make people believe them."

- Dub Taylor, as quoted in Augusta.com

As filmmaker Mark Ezra Stokes said of Dub Taylor, "He pops up in everything."  Most people have seen Dub Taylor's face in movies and on television, but they don't remember his name.  Dub was never a handsome leading man, but he was a legendary character actor who made his mark on the American entertainment scene.  He often played grizzled sidekicks in Westerns,.  His career spanned decades in motion pictures and on television.  Walter Clarence Taylor, Jr., known professionally as "Dub," was born in Richmond, Virginia on February 26, 1907, the third of the five children of Walter and Minnie Taylor.  The U.S. census of 1920 recorded that Walter Jr. had two older sisters, Minnie Margaret and Maude, a younger brother, George, and a little sister named Edna.  

When Dub was five years old, his family moved to Augusta, Georgia where his father, Walter Sr., worked as a cotton broker.  One of Dub's best friends In Augusta was Ty Cobb Jr. and he would sleep over at the Cobb home. Dub also spent some of his early years in Oklahoma and in South Carolina, where he attended military school in Greenville.

Dub began his show business career in vaudeville, playing the harmonica and the xylophone in New York City.  During his nearly six decades as an actor, he appeared in about 150 motions pictures, bit he never played a leading role in any major film.  His first film appearance was in the 1938 Frank Capra classic You Can't Take It With You in which he played the part of ex-football captain Ed Carmichael.  He won the role because of his ability to pay the xylophone.  In another Capra classic, 1939's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, Dub portrayed a reporter.

Dub also originated the role of Cannonball in The Taming of the West (1939), a role he continued to playin many films.  "Cannonball" was the comic sidekick to "Wild Bill" Saunders, played by Bill Elliott.  Although Dub Taylor frequently portrayed heavyset cowboys and hillbillies, his roles were many and varied.  He was certainly a prolific TV actor.  

Through the years, Dub Taylor made numerous guest appearances on television.  Some of these include the Death Valley Days (nine episodes from 1954 to 1967); I Love Lucy ("Lucy Goes to the Rodeo, Season 5, Episode 8, Air Date: November 28, 1955); four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (one episode in 1960, twio in 1963 and one in 1968); Dennis the Menace (three 1960 episodes in which he portrayed Opie Swanson); Perry Mason (1961); The Twilight Zone (1962); Hazel (three episodes from 1962 to 1963 in which he portrayed Mitch Brady); 77 Sunset Strip (1963); My Three Sons (1963), Dr. Kildare (1963); My Favorite Martion (1964); The Wild Wild West (1965, 1967); The Monkees (1967); That Girl (1967); Gunsmoke (seven episodes from 1966 to 1970); The Odd Couple (1971); Hawaii Five-O  (1971); The Mod Squad (1968, 1971); The Partridge Family (1971); Alias Smith and Jones (1971); Bonanza (six episodes from 1967 to 1971); Love American Style (three episodes from 1970 to 1973); Emergency! (1973, 1974); McMillan and Wife (1977); Little House on the Prairie (four episodes from 1980 to 1981 in which he played Houston Lamb); The Cosby Show (1988); Designing Women (two episodes, the first in 1989, the second in 1990, in which he played Daddy Jones); Law and Order ("Scoundrels,' Season 5, Episode 9, Air Date: November 30, 1994).

Dub Taylor in scenes from 1955 I Love Lucy episode

The 1994 Law and Order episode, in which he portrayed Arthur Kopinsky was Dub Taylor's last television acting appearance.  His final film appearance was a cameo role as a hotel clerk in the film 1994 film Maverick, starring Mel Gibson, James Garner and Jodie Foster.

According to the IMDb and Family Search websites, Dub wed Florence Gertrude Heffernan wed on April 21, 1931.  They remained married until Florence's death in on October 10, 1987 at the age of 81.  The couple had two children, including a daughter, Faydean Taylor Tharp and a son, Walter Clarence Taylor III, known as "Buck.".  Buck appeared with Dub in Conagher, a 1991 Turner Network television film, a Western, starring Sam Elliott, a friend of Buck's, and Elliott's wife, Katharine Ross.  

Dub Taylor died of congestive heart failure in West Lake Village, California on October 3, 1994.  He was 87 years old at the time of his passing.           

END NOTES

* Here's how Dub Taylor explained why he is called "Dub."  As a boy, he was nicknamed "W" for Walter.  The "W" was eventually shortened to just "Dub."

* Dub portrayed Ivan Moss, the father of a gang member, in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (Ivan was the one who told the police where to find Bonnie and Clyde).  In Back to the Future III (1990), Dub played Levi, an old fellow in the Palace Saloon.

Dub in Bonnie and Clyde

* Dub was an avid hunter and he often visited Mexico

* Dub was known for his trademark bowler hat.

* For six seasons (1985-1991), Dub made weekly appearances on the long-running TV country-music show, Hee Haw.  He was mostly seen in the Lulu's Truck Stop skit.

* Dub was the gravelly-voiced man in the Hubba Bubba bubblegum commercials in the early 1980s.  Dub also appeared in a 1994  "Dip Off" commercial for Pace Foods in which he and two other contestants use Pace Picante Sauce in their dips, while another competitor used a "Mexican sauce" as a secret ingredient.  Dub's character declared that the sauce was actually made in New York City.

* A feature length documentary about the life of Dub Taylor, That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor, had its  premiere on April 14, 2007 at Morris Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia..  The documentary was directed by Mark Ezra Stokes.  According to a press release for the film, "Taylor's recurrence in popular films, without gaining notoriety among the average American moviegoer," is what fascinated Stokes about Dub.  Dub's son, Buck, and his grandchildren, Matt and Cooper, were interviewed for the film."

* Buck Taylor, born May 13, 1938 in Hollywood, California, is a veteran actor and an artist.  He is a graduate of North Hollywood High School, where he was a skilled gymnast, although he failed to qualify for the 1960 Olympics.  Buck served in the United States Navy for two years.  He creates water colour and acrylic paintings of cowboys, horses and native Americans.

From 1967 to 1975, Buck portrayed deputy Newly O'Brien on the long-running CBS series Gunsmoke.  Newly O'Brien arrived in Dodge City as a gunsmith, but later became a deputy marshal.  From 2018 to 2020, Buck has played Emmett Walsh in four episodes of the Amazon Prime series Yellowstone. The series stars Kevin Costner and it chronicles the fortunes of a ranching family in Montana.

Buck Taylor

SOURCES: Los Angeles Times obituary, "Dub Taylor, Character Actor," by Myrna Oliver; October 5, 1984; Futurepedia (backtothefutur.fandom.com/wiki), "Dub Taylor; Augusta.com; James Works Entertainment Press Release, "World Premiere of That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor, April 14, 2007 at Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia;" Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)


- Joanne

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Y&R Report (June 5, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

Tara Locke is nicely ensconced in the Abbott mansion, isn't she?  She really enjoys living there and she is certainly in no hurry to move anywhere else.  Her husband, Ashland, is ruthless and controlling, but methinks Little Miss Tara has an agenda of her own.  It seems as if she's still sweet on Kyle Abbott, despite her expressions of regret about how her actions are causing so much grief for Summer.  However, I think Tara may wind up in a marriage of convenience with Jack.  Here's why: Now that Ashland knows about Harrison's true paternity, he's angry and vindictive.  Despite his ruthless business reputation, Locke truly loves Harrison.  He will do everything in his power to win custody of the little boy from Tara.  He's already changed the grounds of the divorce suit to adultery.  The custody battle is going to be bitter and nasty, especially since Ashland feels so betrayed.

Tara seems to like older, wealthy men, and Jack Abbott certainly fits the bill.  As for Jack, he would certainly marry Tara in order to protect Harrison and Tara from Ashland.  He would love to have his sweet little grandson around him all the time?  They could be one happy family and Tara could be the Lady of the Abbott Manor.  Kyle would certainly approve that setup.  It would get him off the hook with Tara and he would be free to marry Snowflake, who feels left out.  Not only that, but his biological son would be living in the the Abbott home and Kyle would be able to see him as often as he wanted.  Everyone would be happy, except Ashland; but what about the welfare of an innocent three-year-old?

Unfortunately, the biggest loser in this divorce and child custody battle will be Harrison.  The adults profess to love the child and they want to protect him.  Instead, they are confusing poor Harrison by putting him in the middle of their tug-of-war.  He's far too young to understand what's happening.  Now, he's been told he has a father and a daddy.  It's all too much for the child.  The adults in Harrison's life could write a manual on how to mess up a little kid.

Meanwhile, Princess Victoria Newman also has her own agenda.  Much to her mother Nikki's disapproval, she's decided to cozy up to Ashland Locke.  It's not that Victoria has any romantic feelings for powerful media mogul.  She is still hooked on Billy Boy Abbott.  Victoria hasn't fooled anybody by bringing a plant to Billy and Lily and wishing them well.  Yet she sees some personal and business advantage in being on friendly terms with Ashland.  To put it bluntly, she intends to use Locke.  Loke is not stupid and he will know that Victoria is just using him.  However, he will probably use her for his ow purposes too.  Maybe it won't matter to him.  He will just enjoy the attention of a woman who just happens to be Victor Newman's daughter and the CEO of Newamn Enterprises.

According to an online spoiler, Elena is going to have some competition in her quest to win Dr. Nate's heart - when she's not daydreaming about Devon.  At first, I thought the good doctor was bonding with Lola, but it doesn't seem that way now, especially since Genoa City's favourite chef is in Miami for the time being.  Now I think Nate's new love interest will be Amanda's half-sister, Imani Benedict.(Leigh-Ann Rose).  There seemed to be a spark when Imani was introduced to Nate recently.

Kudos to Y&R for its wonderful tribute to Kristoff St. John and his character, Neil Winters.  The episode was very tastefully done and it captured the very essence of Neil, his love for jazz music, his habits and his hangouts.


CAST NEWS

Y&R's Daytime Emmy Nominations

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmys will soon be upon us.  They air on Friday, June 25 on CBS.  Don't forget to mark that date on your calendars.

Here is a list of Daytime Emmy nominations for Y&R.

Mellissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series.


Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron) and Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) have both been nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.



Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.


Alyvia Alyn Lind (ex-Faith Newman) has been nominated for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series.


Y&R has been nominated for Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series and Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program.


The little boy who plays Harrison Locke on Y&R



Kellen Enriquez, the blond, curly-haired tyke who plays 3-year-old Harrison Locke on Y&R, is already making his mark.  Kellen is a newcomer to soaps and not much information is available about him at this time.  He is believed to be about four years old.  It is thought that he was born in 2017.  All I know that anyone could overdose on his cuteness.


Jess Walton (Jill) announces some terrible news


Jess Walton, who plays Jill on the Y&R, recently revealed some devastating news on social media.  Her husband John's cancer has returned.  John James and Jess married in 1980 and have two children together.  John is an author and an expert  in grief conselling.  He founded the Grief Recovery Institute, which provides training for grief specialists worldwide.

John had successful surgery for a malignant tumour on his neck and he was deemed cancer-free..  Unfortunately, his situation has changed and Jess has asked for the thoughts and prayers of her fans.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

I have listed Y&R's nominees for a Daytime Emmy.  Now I want to know what you think, fans.  Who deserves the Emmy most?  Respond to the poll below and let me know. 

Which of the following Y&R Daytime Emmy nominees best deserves to win?
Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron)
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson)
Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra)
Bryson James (Devon Hamilton)
Alyvia Alyn Lind (ex-Faith Newman)
I don't know.
Other
Please Specify:
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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.  I really need your input.  I really need to hear your opinion.  I want to know if you agree or disagree with me. 

My email address:  jmadden16@yahoo.ca

That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Take care,

Joanne

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Happy Days: How and why Chuck Cunningham vanished

1974 Happy Days cast photo of the Cunningham family - Back: Left to Right - Gavan Herlihy (Chuck), Tom Bosley (Howard), Front: Ron Howard (Richie), Marion Ross (Marion) and Erin Moran (Joanie)

Happy Days fans will remember that that there was a third Cunningham sibling named Chuck.  Chuck was the older brother of Richie (Ron Howard) and Joanie (Erin Moran).  He can be described as a basketball-dribbling, sandwich-eating jock.  Chuck" didn't have many speaking parts.  By the middle of the first season, he was written out of the script and sent off to college, never returning to the screen again. 

GAVAN O'HERLIHY

Two actors played Chuck Cunningham during the course of the show. The original Chuck was Gavan O'Herlihy.  According IMDb, Gavan played Chuck in seven episodes, from January to March, 19, 1974.

Gavan was born on April 29, 1954, in Dublin Ireland,.  He is the son of Irish actor Dan O'Herlihy and his wife Elsa Bennett, a native of Sandymount, Ireland.  Gavan split his childhood between Dublin and Los Angeles.  He was a skilled tennis player in his youth and became the Irish National Tennis Champion.  While attending Trinity College in Dublin. Gavin took up acting and relocated to Los Angles when he was cast as Chuck in 1973.

Gavan O'Herlihy in 1974.

It seems that Gavan O'Herlihy was not very happy on Happy Days and he asked to leave the show.  Here's how he explained his departure in an email interview with OnMilwaukee:  "I hung around for a half season, then asked out of the contract.  It wasn't my cup of tea.  It raised some eyebrows, but I'm glad I did."  Gavan has explained that Happy Days gave him his big break in acting, but his charater, Chuck, had a limited role, dropping in from college from time to time.  This did not satisfy him and he wanted to go on to other work.

After Happy Days, Gavan O'Herlihy played the role of Phil McGee in the acclaimed 1976 American miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte and Susan Blakely.  In the 1970s, he appeared in episodes of a number of American television series such as Lucas Tanner, (1975), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1975), The Six Million Dollar ManPolice Woman (1975), The Bionic Woman (1978).  

Gavan also portrayed a brutal killer named Dan Suggs in the 1989 TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, but he did not want to be stuck in television roles.  He preferred motion pictures.  He played the role of Airk Thaughbae, a warrior, in the 1988 George Lucas-produced film Willows.  Willows, a dark fantasy, was directed by Gavan's Happy Days kid brother, Ron Howard.       

In 1980, Gavan moved to England and was cast in the series We'll Meet Again.  It was a hit and Gavan bought a houseboat and lived along the Thames River.  In the 1990s, Gavan permanently relocated to the UK, where he worked in theatre and on television and for a time, he moved into a lighthouse in Wales.

Gava O'Herlihy eventually settled on a farm in the Cotswolds, a range of rolling hills in the English countryside, where he has resided for over 30 years.  He has two children, a daughter, Misty and a son, Rogan.  Gavan has had roles in British television series such as Sharpe (1993), Jonathan Creek (1998) and Midsomer Murders (2009).  He is known to British audience as the dashing Captain Leroy, the heroic British officer in Sharpe, a departure from his villainous or hostile screen roles in such films as Never Say Never Again (1983), a spy movie starring Sean Connery, Superman III (1983), in which he played Clark Kent's rival, and The Last Outlaw, a 1993 Western..

* In 2009, Gavan returned to motion pictures as Sheriff Vaines in Descent 2, the sequel to Neil Marshall cult horror film.  He plays the leading role of writer John Anderson in Queen of the Redwood Mountains, a Nic Saunders film set to be released this year.

RANDOLPH ROBERTS

After the exit of Gavan O'Herlihy, Randolph Roberts became the second actor to portray Chuck Cunningham.  He was brought in briefly until the producers decided to abandon the character, reportedly because he was never a major character and they noticed that Fonzie (Henry Winkler) had become a big brother to Richie.  

Randolph was born on October 5, 1947 in Fresno, California as William Randolph Roberts.  He only appeared as the eldest Cunningham sibling in two 1974 episodes - "Richie Moves Out" (Season 2, Episode 1, Air Date: September 10, 1974) and "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" (Season 2, Episode 11, Air Date: December 17, 1974 ).  

In the episode "Richie Moves Out," Richie goes to live at Chuck's apartment, but the arrangement doesn't work out very well.  In the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas," the Cunninghams are all prepared for Christmas, until Richie learns that Fonzie will be spending the holiday alone.  Randolph Roberts played Chuck in that episode.  However, the character never appeared again, although he was mentioned in a few other episodes, the last one being "Fish and the Fins." (Season 2, Episode 20, Air Date: March 11, 1975).  After that, Chuck was written entirely off the show, as if he never existed.  In later episodes, the Cunningham family was depicted aa having two siblings, with Richie being the eldest.  No explanation was given for Chuck's absence.  This led to the term "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome,"   

According to several websites, Happy Days creator, Gary Marshall, joked that Chuck won a basketball scholarship to Outer Mongolia.  On the website ShowBiz CheatSheet, Marshall is quoted as saying, "You gotta pay attention to what's happening.  It soon became obvious that Fonzie was the older brother and that was the relationship that was working."  Marshall's plan to get rid of Chuck was apparently to do nothing.  "So, I just said let's just have Chuck disappear and let's see how much mail we get.  We didn't get much."

Randolph Roberts


Below is a 1974 Happy Days publicity photo with Randolph Roberts (standing with Marion Ross) as Chuck Cunningham.from the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas."


Prior to Happy Days, Randolph Roberts starred as Jason Grant in the 1973 horror thriller Wicked, Wicked, which is described on IMDb as a "tougue-in-cheek" psycho drrama."  He also appeared in two episodes of Gunsmoke - "The Widowmaker" (1973) and "The Colonel" (1974).  After his departure from Happy Days, he guest-starred on episodes of City of Angels (1976), Barnaby Jones (1978), Police Woman (1978), The A-Team (1984).  He also had roles in such TV movies as Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975), The Return of Captain Nemo (1978), Samurai (1979) and Police Woman: Confessions of a Lady Cop (1980).  

Randolph played the 2nd Sanctuary Man in the 1976 full length film Logan's Run.  His last acting role on screen was minor role in Say Yes, a 1986 film comedy in which he portrayed a soldier on a bus.  Randolph Roberts retired from his acting career about 1986 and served as an education supervisor for ITT Technical Institute in San Diego, California.

An intriguing question is whether whether Happy Days would have gotten rid of the Chuck Cunningham character so hastily if Gavan O'Herlihy had remained in the role?  We'll never know the answer to that question for sure.  However, if Gavan had remained on Happy Days for the duration of the show, he wouldn't have had the stellar career that he's had.  Happy Days ran until 1984.


END NOTES

* There was actually a third Chuck Cunningham.  played by Ric Carrott.  Carrrott originated the role of Chuck in the pilot for Happy Days, which aired as a segment of Love American Style entitled "Love and the Happy Days" (Season 3, Episode 22, Air Date: February 25, 1972).  The segment was about a 1950s family that gets its first television.  Son Richie (Ron Howard) and his friend Potsie (Anson Williams) assume that the TV can be used to attract girls.  Marion Ross also appeared in the episode as Marion Cunningham.  

Ric Carrott auditioned for the part of Chuck Cunningham in the series, but it was given to Gavan O'Herlihy.

Ric Carrott

*  Gavan O'Herlihy appeared as Maje Jabin in "Caretaker," the 1995 pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager

* Gavan's father, actor Dan O'Herlihy, passed away in California on February 17, 2005.


SOURCES:  OnMilwaukee, "What happened to Richie's brother" Chuck" from 'Happy Days?,'" by Molly Snyder, December 10, 2017 (article originally ran in 2013;  chimes freedom website (www.chimesfreedom.com), "The Long Lost Chuck Cunningham," January 11, 2014; ShowBiz CheatSheat, "'Happy Days': Why Chuck was Written Out of the Show Completely, by Nicole Weaver, January 6, 2021; Wikipedia; IMDb (Internet Movie Database)


- Joanne

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Y&R Report (May 22, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

Sharon and Rey have reconciled, at least for now.  I can't see it lasting, though.  Adam is still very much in the picture and he continues to be a threat to their marriage.  It's just a matter of time before Sharon goes running to Adam again.  The two will never be able to break their connection, especially now that Adam has become a hero to Sharon by saving her daughter Faith's life twice, first by rescuing her from a car crash and second by donating his kidney to her.

Summer and Kyle's engagement party was a real fiasco.  A desperate Tara and her little son, Harrison, showed up just in time to put a damper on the whole affair.  If that's a harbinger of things to come for Summer and Kyle, they may never make it to the altar.  Kyle is getting pulled further and further into Tara and Harrison's orbit.  He plans to claim paternity of his son.

Now that Tara ad Harrison are living in the Abbott home, Kyle will never be able to tear himself away from the boy.  How can he resist the sweet, innocent curly-haired tyke who just happens to be his biological son?  Will there be room for Summer in all of this, or will Summer lose patience?  What's a Snowflake to do?  

It won't take Ashland long to locate Tara and Harrison in the Abbott estate.  He will also soon discover that Kyle is actually Harrison's biological daddy.  Then he will really blow a gasket and try to destroy the Abbott empire.

Isn't Ashland nasty?  Richard Locke plays the villain so well.  He's a fine actor and adds so much to the show.  That's why I am pleased that his character didn't die from his heart attack.  Ashland is a terrible bully and everyone seems so afraid of him, but not Victor, Victoria or Phyllis.  Kyle is deluding himself that he can handle a ruthless titan like Ashland.  Kyle and Billy are just not in the same league as Victor and Ashland.  They're also not in the same league as Phyllis.  

Why is Victoria being so friendly to Asland?  Well, I don't think it's because she has any romantic interest in him.  According to online spoilers, they share some common ground.  That can only mean they have a common enemy, a common personal interest or a common business interest.  Remember that Victoria does not want Victor and Adam to destroy Billy Boy Abbott's company.  That is a priority for the Newman Princess.


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 is an email that I received from longtime Y&R viewer Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.

As for Y&R, still loving "The Moustache.  Love his winks and his comments.  I am finding the Adam-Chelsea-Rey-Victor storyline the best.

I think the new Faith (Reylynn Caster) is good but so was the other actress (Alyvia Alyn Lind).  As for the Kyle-Summer wedding, I can t stand those  two, so I don t care what happens.  Yes, Sally Spectra is quite the interesting character.  I did notice that they are no longer social distancing so they must get tested daily and also probably received both doses of the vaccine.

Yes, Carly, I also love Eric Braeden s performance as Victor Newman.  He is remarkable.  I enjoy his winks and his comments too.  Whenever he want to dismiss someone, he tells them abruptly to "have a nice day."  As Mark Grossman (Adam) once described him, he is 'The Man."  The expressions on his face are priceless. 

I am not fond of Summer and Kyle in the sense that they are both spoiled and have a sense of entitlement.  However, I really like their current storyline with Tara and Ashland.  The chickens are coming home to roost for the hotshot co-CEO of Jabot.  He has Ashland coming after him.  Nick and  Victor will blame him for breaking Summer's heart.  Summer says she intends to stand by her man, but I think his connection with Tara and Harrison will eventually be too much for her to tolerate.

Sally Spectra certainly is quite the interesting character.  She is spunky and she's a troublemaker.  She's also a great rival for Summer.  I noticed in the previews and spoilers that Sally will also form an alliance with media mogul Ashton Locke.  It doesn't take a genius to figure out that she will use the alliance to damage Kyle and Summer's relationship.

Why can't Dr. Nate and Dr. Elena make a clean break with each other.  She's so wishy-washy.  Nate should move on with someone new.  He was getting chummy with Lola Rosales.  However, Lola has gone to Miami for a while.  She will be back and we will see what happens then.


CAST NEWS

Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman) has married Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa Sierras)

Justin Hartley


Sofia Pernas

Justin Hartley, ex-Adam Newman on Y&R, and one of the stars of This is Us, has wed for the third time.  According to People magazine and US Weekly, Justin, married his former Y&R castmate Sofia Pernas, who played Marisa Sierras, the ex-girlfriend of a drug lord, on the show.  Sofia's character eventually became involved with Noah Newman, although the relationship did not last.

US reported that Justin and Sofia's ceremony was "super intimate" and took place "very, very recently"  Justin's teenage daughter, Isabella, from his first marriage, was there to witness the matrimonial proceedings.  

Justin, 44, was previously married to Passions co-star Lindsay Korman.  Their daughter, Isabella, was born in July, 2004.  They divorced in 2012 after eight years of marriage.  Justin went on to marry his Y&R castmate Chrishelle Stause in October 2017.  He filed for divorce in 2019 and his breakup with Chrishelle was not exactly amicable.  Chrishelle went on to star in the Netflix reality show Selling Sunset.

Justin Hartley is currently filming a movie.  The film is in production in Los Angeles.  It is a "dark comedy- thriller called A Lot of Nothing.  Justin portrays a morally compromised police officer.

After her stint on Y&R, Stause went on to star in the Netflix reality series Selling Sunset.

Sofia Pernas, 31, is a Los Angeles-based actress of Moroccan-Spanish descent.  She was born in Fes, Morocco in 1989, but moved to California when she was five years old.  Sofia speaks four languages - English, Spanish, German and Arabic.  She starred in the NBC series The Brave and currently portrays Lexi Vazini in the CBS series Blood & Treasure.  


Y&R will pay tribute to the late Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters)


Kristoff St. John

Two years after his sudden death, Kristoff St. John will be remembered in a poignant tribute episode on Y&R.  The episode will feature all the actors who played Neil's children - Lily (Christel Khalil), Devon (Bryton James) and Moses (Jacob Aaron Gaines) with their reminiscences of Kristoff and his character, Neil Winters. Of course, the episode will include flashbacks of the defining moments in Neil's life.

Also participating in this tribute episode will be actors who portrayed other members of Neil's family, as well his friends and associates, including Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow), Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) and Sean Dominic (Dr. Nathan Hastings).

The Kristoff St. John tribute episode will be broadcast on CBS on Monday, May 31st on CBS and Friday, May 28 on Global TV.  I'm not going to miss it.


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

Joshua Morrow

Fans, we all know that Nick Newman would go to almost any lengths to protect his daughters, Summer and Faith.  Do you think he's too controlling and overprotective?  Reply to the poll below and let me know.

Is Nick Newman too overprotective of his daughters, Summer and Faith?
Yes, he does go overboard. He interferes too much and he is too controlling.
No, he's just protecting his daughters, as any good father would.
At times, he is, but his protectiveness is sometimes necessary.
I don't know.
Other
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, June 5, 2021.  

Take care,

Joanne

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Y&R Report (May 8, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

Faith Newman is experiencing another medical crisis. Doctors discovered that she needed a kidney  transplant.  Unfortunately, they also found that she has a rare blood type.  Surprise! Surprise! Her Uncle Adam, the black sheep of the family, turned out to be the only relative whose blood type matched hers.  Now she is about to have surgery.  She spoke to Adam beforehand and she seemed to reconcile with him,  He assured her that he regretted any pain he had caused her.  Yet, I can't help but wonder what Faith's reaction will be when Sharon and Adam hook up, as I am almost certain they will. 

So, Nikki and Sharon are getting along much better now.  We now know that Nikki prefers Sharon to Phyllis.  She told Sharon that she would much rather have her son Nick with Sharon than that wild and crazy hotel owner.  That says a lot about how much Nikki despises Phyllis.  Nikki was strongly opposed her son's marriage to Sharon, whom she considered to be a gold digger.  It's hard to forget the sour expression on her face at their wedding.  I guess she doesn't think anyone is good enough for her darling Nicholas.

Nikki and Sharon's, friendliness might not last because according to an online spoiler, Nikki will catch Sharon off guard.  The probably means that Sharon will accidently reveal her true feelings about Adam to her former mother-in-law.  It is so obvious that she would rather be with Adam and that she can't stay away from him.  The expression on her face when Adam said he would be leaving town once Faith's surgery said it all.  She looked very disappointed.  However, I don't expect that Adam will be going anywhere.  Victor has issued an ultimatum to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and she is scared out of her wits that he will take her son Connor away from her.  She appears ready to confess, but will she?  Is the jig up for the con woman?  Well, Melissa Claire Egan is having a baby in August and  she will be going on maternity leave soon.  That means that Chelsea will either be heading to prison or she will somehow escape and become a fugitive for a while.

It's ridiculous that Rey is investigating an attempted murder on himself.  It would never be allowed.  He is far too emotionally involved.  He is so biased against Adam that he can hardly wait to put the handcuffs on his adversary.  I know it's a soap, but don't insult our intelligence.  Furthermore, is Rey the only detective in the Genoa City Police Department?  How did he get assigned to the case, and where is Paul Williams (Doug Davidson)?  Why couldn't the writers give Paul a role in this storyline?  By the way, Doug has a real advocate in Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).  Eric has joined the legions of fans demanding that his fellow Emmy-winner be returned to centre stage.  Yesterday, Braeden tweeted, "I've been in Dougie Davidson's corner for years."  He added, "I think it is utterly wrong that he hasn't been involved in storylines.  He is one of the all-time favorites on our soap and should bloody well be an important part of it."  Davidson then replied, "Thank you, my friend.  You are so incredibly kind."

We know that Victor almost always gets his way.  He has been giving his total support for Adam.  So, I expect better days ahead the black sheep.

As for Nick Newman, he was involved in the best scene he's had for a long time when he had to persuade Adam to give himself up in order to donate a kidney to Faith.  It was fascinating to see Nick in a situation where he was forced to work together with his despised brother for the common cause of saving Faith's life.  Those scenes with Nick and Adam in Kansas were quite poignant as they faced a tornado and a collapsing roof together.  Kudos to Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Mark Grossman (Adam) for their performance in those scenes.

Could there be a romance in the offing between Dr. Nate and Lola?  The doc and the chef have been pretty chummy lately.  Lols tried to play matchmaker and smooth things over between Nate and Elena, but it didn't work.  Nate seems to be finished with Elena.  Elena can't stop dreaming of Devon, so I don't blame Nate for not wanting to be second choice.  However, if Lola and Nate become a couple, there will be complications since Elena is Lola's roommate.  Elena may feel that Lola is disloyal as  a friend, that she has betrayed her.

Well fans, there doesn't seem to be much COVID social distancing for couples on Y&R anymore.  Until now, only the real-life couples like Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) and Brytny Sarpy (Elena Dawson) and Sharon Case (Sharon Rosales) and Mark Grossman (Adam Newman).were seen kissing and hugging

A QUESTION WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO ASK, BUT I'LL ASK IT ANYWAY

How could Kyle not have known until recently that Tara had had a baby?  He couldn't have been that much out of the loop.  At the very least, Theo, as an internet influencer, would have found out three years ago, when Harrison was born.  Wouldn't Theo have mentioned it to Kyle then?  


Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL

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Summer Newman, also know as "Snowflake" and heartbreaker Kyle Abbott, are planning a wedding.  They have survived Kyle's past philandering with Tara Locke, but can they survive the fact that he and Tara share a son?  Will they make it to the altar this time?  Fans, do you want them to stay together.  Respond to the poll below and let me know how you feel about "Skyle."

Do you think Kyle and Summer should stay together?
Yes, they were made for each other. They are both spoiled brats.
Yes, they have great chemistry and they are very romantic.
No, they aren't strong enough to last. Kyle's son with Tara will eventually break them up.
No, I don't like them together.
Other
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That's all for now.  Please remember that the nest edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, May 22, 2021.  Enjoy the May sweeps.  I'm looking forward to watching Kyle and Summer's engagement party.

Take care.

Joanne

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Look Back at The Jetsons: How accurate was its vision of the future?

"It’s easy for some people to dismiss “The Jetsons” as just a TV show, and a lowly cartoon at that. But this little show—for better and for worse—has had a profound impact on the way that Americans think and talk about the future."

- Matt Novk

Smithsonian.com, September 19, 2012


Those old Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1960s are quite enjoyable, even in today's world of computer-generated animation.  A case in point is The Jetsons, about a futuristic space age family.  The Jetsons was the flip side of The Flinstones, another Hanna-Barbera-produced animated series that took place in the "modern stone age."  Who can forget the catchy ditty that was The Jetsons' opening theme?  Remember . . .

"Meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy,, daughter Judy, Jane his wife . . ."

The Jetsons originally ran in prime time for just one season on ABC, from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963.  It lasted 24 episodes before it was cancelled.  After cancellation, its syndicated reruns were shown as part of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup.  The show gained a whole new audience on Saturday mornings and proved to be quite popular.  Fresh episodes were produced in 1985 and 1987, increasing the number of episodes to 75.

The Jetsons is set in an ultramodern world circa 2062 (one hundred years from its original broadcast date of 1962).  The Jetsons resided in the Skypad Apartments in Orbit city.  The family consisted of George Jetson, his wife, Jane, and their two children, Judy and Elroy.  They had a robot maid named Rosey, who handled menial household chores.  They also had a dog named Astro, who was George Jetson's beloved pet and Elroy's loyal companion.  Astro even had a catchphrase.  It was "Ruh-Roh, Reorge!" (Translation: "Uh-Oh, George!). 

Astro

George Jetson, originally voiced by actor George O'Hanlon, (1912-1989), was employed by Spacely's Sprokets Inc., owned by Cosmos Spacely (voiced by Mel Blanc in the TV series).  George commuted to work in an atomic-powered bubble.  His job title was "digital index operator."  He only worked about three hours a day for three days a week.  He literally pushed buttons on and off. Yet, in a 1980s episode, George complains about his heavy work load.

George Jetson


Cosmos G. Spacely, originally voiced by Mel Blanc (1908-1989), who provided the voice of Bugs Bunny.  Mr. Spacely was a stereotypically harsh boss, always screaming at George at the top of his lungs, complaining about George's work performance.  He often fired George in a fit of wrath, but always hired him back.  Spacely was a short, quick-tempered man with thinning hair and a toothbrush moustache.

Mr. Spacely

Jane Jetson, voiced by actress Penny Singleton (1908-2003) in the TV series, was George's wife.  Jane was a homemaker.  She shopped at Mooning Dales and she was interested in fashion and new gadgetry.  Jane was a member of the Galaxy Women Historical Society and was a fan of Leonardo de Venus and Picasso Pia.  Although she had a robot maid and automated apartment appliances, she sometimes tired from pushing buttons and needed to take a vacation.  Jane was not afraid to stand up to George's boss, Mr. Spacely, when he irritated George.

Jane Jetson

Judy Jetsonvoiced by Janet Waldo (1920-2016), in the TV series, was a typical futuristic teenage girl with futuristic tastes in clothes.  She enjoyed chatting on the phone and shopping.  She had a digital diary named Didi, which can be loosely compared to Facebook, although it was a private diary..  Judy attended Orbit High School.  She had platinum blonde hair, which she wore in a ponytail on top of her head. 

Judy Jetson

Elroy Jetson, voiced by Daws Butler (1916-1988) in the TV series, was an intelligent boy, very skilled 
in space sciences.  The youngest of the Jetsons, Elroy was a student at Little Dipper School.

Elroy Jetson

What is so intriguing about The Jetsons, especially the original 24 episodes,  is that the show provides a view of the latter half of the 21st century from an early 1960s perspective.  It is worth taking a look at the  gadgets and technology that The Jetsons envisioned for the future.  Much of it has actually come to pass.  In fact, The Jetsons was amazingly accurate in its predictions.  For example, George's work computer was called RUDI (Referential Universal Digital Indexer) in the 1980s episodes.  We now have Yahoo and Google.  We also have Siri and Alexa to answer our questions immediately.  

George was able to see and speak with his boss, Mr. Spacely, and his family from his computer screen.  In 2021, less than 60 years since The Jetsons premiered, we commonly view others and chat with them via Skype and Zoom video calls.  In his home, George kept up with the news on his computer screen, an unfamiliar concept in the 1960s.

Jane and Elroy having a video call with George

The Jetsons also envisioned Smart Watches or Iwatches.


In just over 40 years, we will reach 2062, the futuristic year of The Jetsons.  Our current world is not as space-oriented as the world of The Jetsons.  We do not wear space suits or travel in flying cars and spaceships every day.  We do not commonly fly around with jet packs.  The Jetsons featured moving walkways, which are common in today's airports, but not as widespread as in the world of  The Jetsons.  Our households do not commonly have domestic robot maids such as Rosey.  However, they certainly exist and may become more popular, especially in Japan.   By 2062, they may actually be commonplace.

Rosey, the robot maid, was voiced by Jean Vander Pyl (1919-1999), who also provided the voice of Wilma Flintstone.  The Jetsons' housekeeper wore a frilly apron and she often used a separate vacuum cleaner.  

Rosey, the robot maid

The Jetsons featured drones and holographs.  In the classic introduction to the show, the Jetson children are dropped off at school via flying pods.  Although we don't yet see drones delivering people to preferred locations, they are being used increasingly for transporting packages and taking aerial photographs.  The Jetson family also had a holographic Christmas tree to ring in the festive season, although not exactly the hologram versions of entertainers seen at the Billboard Music Awards.

To me, the 24 original 1962-63 episodes are far more significant than any Jestsons shows made in the 1980s or later.  The Jetsons certainly reflects more of an early 1960s social view than a 21st century one.  Jane Jetson did not work outside the home and there were no Blacks or Asians on the original series.  However, where technology is concerned, the series was very prescient.  Its view of the feature was quite remarkable from the vantage point of the early 1960s

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* The Jetsons was the first show broadcast in colour by the ABC network.  However, the original ABC show was cancelled because of the "lack of colour."  In 1962 fewer than 3 per cent of American homes had colour televion.  Since they viewed The Jetsons in black and white, they missed out on the vibrant colours of the show.  

* The Jetsons has a Canadian connection.  George Jetson's boss, Mr. Spacely, founded Spacely Sprockets in Newfoundland in 1937 "where it prospered until massive surface pollution necessitated a move to elevated platforms in space."  Spacely Sprokets Inc.was relocated to Orbit City and Cogwell Cogs became its main business rival.  

* The catchy theme song from The Jetsons was written by American composer Hoyt Curtin (1922-2000).  Curtin composed TV commercials in the 1950s and he first met William Hanna and Joseph Barbera when he worked on a beer commercial they were producing for MGM.  Curtin became the primary musical director for the animation studio.  Over the years, he wrote the music to the most well known Hanna-Barbera series including Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound, Quick-Draw McGraw, Top Cat , Scooby Doo and The Smurfs.  An August 28, 1986 story in the Los Angeles Times states: "The quirky, jazzy "Jetsons" theme has suddenly emerged as a pop hit . . . On a given day, the 1962 tune might play between Twisted Sister and Genesis on any one of several rock 'm' roll radio stations in Los Angeles.  George and the family have an animated video on MTV.  And "The Jetsons" theme, re-recorded in stereo, recently reached No. 9 on Billboard magazines retail sales charts."

Hoyt Curtin

* Morey Amsterdam and Pat Carroll both filed $12,000 lawsuits against Hanna-Barbera in 1963 for breach of contract.  They contended that they had signed for the roles of George and Jane Jetson respectively.  

* The original 24 1960s episodes of The Jetsons contained a laugh track, which was common practice at the time (The Flintstones also had a laugh track).  The 1980s version of The Jetsons did not have one.

* Hanna-Barbera produced a full length film based on the animated TV show.  It was called Jetsons: The Movie and was released in 1990.  Both George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc died in 1989, during production of the film.  Jetsons: The Movie was distributed by Universal Pictures and did not receive positive reviews for its animation or its story.  It was the last official Jetsons production until 2017's The Jetsons & WWE: Robo Wrestlemania, a colaberation between Warner Brothers and WWE Studios.  This direct-to-video animated film had none of the original voice cast, as they had all passed away.

SOURCES: Smithsonian Magazine, "50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters," by Matt Novak, September 19, 2012; TechCrunch (techcrunch.com), "It's 2012 Already: So Where Are All The Jetsons Flying Cars," by John Orlin, January 1, 2012; Entrepreneur, "8 Far-Out 'Jetsons' Contraptions That Actually Exist Today," by Nina Zipkin; April 17, 2015; Los Angeles Times "'Jetsons' Revival Brings Limelight to Composer," by David Wharton; August 28, 1986; Wikipedia


- Joanne