Saturday, February 24, 2024

Y&R Report (February 24, 2024): 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, 
What possessed the writers of Y&R to come up with the idea of Ashley Abbott having a breakdown?  Isn't it enough that Nikki is battling alcoholism and that she is being terrorized by Jordan?  People watch soaps for a bit of escapism.  By the way, how convenient that wicked Jordan, wearing glasses and a wig, should meet up with Nikki's former AA sponsor, Seth, in the same seedy bar where Nikki went in disguise.
Many of the storylines on the show are becoming tiresome and repetitious, especially the Ashley, Tucker, Audra storyline.  It seems to be going in all directions.  It's very murky, especially where Ashley is concerned.  She is behaving very strangely and it really makes no sense.
As for Tucker, he just sits around drinking all day.  He talks a lot, but he never really does anything. Yet, now he has Ashley and Audra fighting over him.  What they see in him, I will never understand.  However, head writer Josh Griffith really likes romantic triangles.  We already have Phyllis, Danny and Cricket, plus Lily, Daniel and Heather,  Notice how it's two females competing for the affection of one male.  The only exception is the Adam. Sally and Nick triangle.  That seems to be over, though.  Nick has conceded that she prefers Adam.  Yet Sally's business partner, Chloe, continues to despise Adam.  She is going to create problems in the plan to put their interior design company under the Newman umbrella.
Claire seems to be on the road to recovery.  She'll eventually be incorporated into a storyline without Jordan.  Maybe she'll be the third person in a triangle with Summer and Chance.  Things are going too well for those two.  There's bound to be complications.  Kyle doesn't have a love interest at the moment.  Maybe Claire will become involved with him.  Of course, he would most likely break her heart, just like he broke the heart of Summer and Lola.
I hope Connor Newman (Judah Mackey) shows up soon.  There's all this talk and concern about him between Chelsea, Adam and Billy.  When is he going to appear onscreen again?
It was good to see the return of Mishael Morgan as Amanda Sinclair, at least for a visit.  I've missed her.  Welcome back Mishael!
I was disappointed that Y&R completely ignored Valentine's Day,  When is the show going to feature some lighter moments?  Does everything have to be so tense most of the time?  

Melody Thomas Scott celebrates 45 years in the role of Nikki

On February 20, 2024, Melody Thomas Scott celebrated 45 years in the role of Nikki Reid Newman.  Her Newman castmates made a video to mark the occasion.  They wore black T-shirts featuring their matriarch with all her hairstyles through the years.  Joshua Morrow, who has portrayed her son Nick since 1994, began the video with a tribute to his television mother.  He said, "To my mama, Melody Thomas Scott, celebrating a huge, huge, huge anniversary, an absolute icon the show." 
All the Newmans model the T-shirt in the video, including Amelia Heine (Victoria), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Haley Erin (Claire), and Mark Grossman (Adam).  Eric Braeden, who portrays Nikki's onscreen husband, The Great Victor Newman, just smiles slyly and holds the T-shirt.
The Nikki character debuted on the Y&R in 1978.  She was first played Erica Hope, but the character didn't really take off until Melody assumed the role in 1979.  All these years later, Nikki is involved in a major storyline involving her alcoholism and her battle with her archenemy, crazy Jordan.   


When it comes to storylines, tastes differ.  So, Y&R fans, the question I would like to ask you to consider to be the worst storyline on the show.  I don't like what the writers have done to Ashley.  I don't mind Phyllis and Cricket both chasing Danny.  It's amusing at times.  I just wish that those two supposedly mature women wouldn't behave so much like teenagers.  As for Danny Romanlotti, I wish he wouldn't act so wimpy.  What do you think?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

What do you think is the worst storyline on Y&R? free polls


I really need your feedback.  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. 

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That all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday March 9, 2024.  

Take care, 

- Joanne

Monday, February 12, 2024

Jeopardy! News

Emma Stone dreams of appearing on Jeopardy!

Emma Stone

Oscar winner Emma Stone is a huge fan of Jeopardy!  In a recent interview with Variety's "Awards Circuit" podcast, Emma expressed her desire to become a contestant on the long-running quiz show.  In fact, she applies every year.  If you think she means Celebrity Jeopardy!, you are wrong.  Her goal is to compete in the regular, syndicated show, with non-famous trivia buffs.  "I apply every June," Emma stated in the podcast.  "I don't want to go on Celebrity Jeopardy!  I want to earn my stripes."

Aspiring Jeopardy! contestants must first take an online test. They are only permitted to apply once a year with their email address.  According the show's website, a random group of applicants who pass the test may then be invited to audition.  Those who do well in their audition will then enter the contestant pool.  Emma has yet to be chosen to compete.  She will, however, be competing for an Academy Award this year on Sunday, March 10th.  She has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Poor Things.  She already has one Oscar under her belt for La La Land.  

Another Canadian shines on Jeopardy!

Juveria Zaheer

Juveria Zaheer, a psychiatrist from Whitby, Ontario, has earned a spot on Jeopardy!'s Tournament of Champions, beginning on February 23rd.  Juveria triumphed in the Champions Wildcard Season 39 competition.  She won the $100,000 grand prize with a two-day final score of $20,000.  Ken Jennings gently teased her because she missed a question on Canadian-born Lorne Greene, but she emerged the winner with an impressive performance.

Dr. Zaheer s a psychiatrist and researcher for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The mother of also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  In addition, she is recognized in Canada as an expert in suicide risk assessment and prevention.  Her credentials are impressive and I will be cheering her on in the Tournament of Champions.

- Joanne

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Y&R Report (February 10, 2024): 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,
So Tucker McCall and Audra Charles are conniving again.  Those two are cut from the same cloth.  No wonder they don't trust each other, although that doesn't seem to bother Tucker.  He thinks it makes the relationship more exciting.  According to Audra, Tucker was the one who taught her not to trust anybody.
Tucker may have some competition from Nate over Audra.  It seems to me that Nate is very attracted to Audra, although he won't admit it.  That's why he couldn't keep his eyes off her when she was cozying up to Tucker.  It was just about business and family.  I detected some jealousy on the part of both Nate and Tucker.
For a guy who really hasn't made any concrete moves on Jabot.  Tucker just sits around drinking all day, but he sure stirs up a heap of trouble.  He upsets a lot of people in Genoa City.  He's actually more unpopular than Phyllis and Adam.  He even has Ashley Abbott obsessing over him.  Speaking of Ashley, what's going on with her?  Is she losing her mind?  I can't understand where this "gaslighting" storyline is going.  It's very muddled.  The writing is not very clear.  Viewers don't know what to believe.
Tucker, however, can't seem to shake his obsession with Ashley, which upsets Audrey greatly.  He even keeps track of Ashley's comings and goings.  Someone phoned him to inform him that Ashley had returned from Paris.  This leads me to believe that Tucker's obsession with Ashley is not romantic.  He seems to be stalking Ashley, which does not bode well for her.
Speaking of  romance, I haven't noticed any romantic sparks between Victoria Newman and Cole Howard.  They seem comfortable with each other. They share a deep concern about the welfare of their daughter, Claire, but that's all there is so far.  After what happened with Billy and Ashland and Nate, Victoria will likely take her time before rekindling a relationship with her  old flame and ex-husband.  I don't see much chemistry there, but maybe sparks will fly eventually.  Keep in mind that when Cole and Victoria were married, Heather Tom played the role of Victoria.  
Claire seems to be improving.  I thought that she would freak out when she was informed about the fire at the prison where Jordan was being held.  Instead, she was very calm about it.  She even came up with a very helpful suggestion.  I wouldn't be surprised if Claire's notion that her Aunt Jordan started the fire turns out to be correct.  
Unlike Claire, Nikki seems to be on a downward spiral and Jack Abbott didn't help by agreeing to keep her secret about him being her sponsor.  He finally showed some spine and told Victor the truth.  Nikki wasn't happy about that, but it's for the best.  Victor would have found out anyway.
By the way, that was quite a scene with Nikki wearing sunglasses in that seedy bar. 
Another Y&R character is becoming involved in the corporate world.  Abby doesn't find the restaurant business challenging anymore.  So, she's decided to join the board of Chancellor-Winters.  She's also offered the job of managing Society to Tessa Porter.  I guess the writers have decided to give Tessa more to do.  However, I fail to understand why she hasn't been hired to sing at Society.  I really thought Abby was going to ask her to perform there.  That would have been so much better.   Actually, she could do both.  She could manage the place and sing there.  

Mishael Morgan expected to return as Amanda in time for February sweeps

In the last edition of Y&R Report, I mentioned that Mishael Morgan, who plays attorney Amanda Sinclair, will be returning to The Young and the Restless.  I'm not sure for how long or how many episodes.  I do know that based on the dates of social media posts, Amanda will likely appear in Genoa City during the last week in February or the first week in March, just in time for the February sweeps.
Amanda won't be too happy to see Abby when she visits Chancellor-Winters.  Now that Abby has joined the board of the company, she'll be around there a lot. It will be awkward.
 Amanda will also catch up with her friend, Phyllis.  Phyllis, of course, will fill Amanda's head with her problems with Cricket.  I assume she'll advise Phyllis to leave Danny alone.  Phyllis, naturally, will ignore her friend's advice.  

Eileen Davidson (Ashley)

Trevor St. John (Tucker)

Why is Ashley so obsessed with Tucker McCall?  All she can think about is proving that he gaslighted her.  Why should it matter so much.  This behaviour doesn't seem normal.  The writers have given us no insight as to why Ashley is acting this way.  She is usually pretty level-heaved.  She wouldn't tolerate someone like that dastardly Tucker.  Why can't she just move on?  
So, what do you think, fans?  Is Ashley really being gaslighted by Tucker, or has her mind become muddled?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Is Tucker McCall really gaslighting Ashley? free polls


I really need your feedback.  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. 

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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 24, 2024.  

Take care,


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Netflix has reported a substantial increase in profits. Can we expect lower subscription prices?

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Netflix has won the ‘streaming wars,"
- Bank of America media analyst Jessica Reif Ehrlich, as quoted in a January 2024 Reuters story 

In recent years, the dominance of Netflix has been challenged by several other streaming companies such as Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney+.  Not too long ago, the world's largest streamer was concerned about losing subscribers.  In 2019, Forbes even published an article entitled "All The Reasons Why Netflix Is Doomed."  The article described Netflix as being in the "Danger Zone".. 

My, how things have changed!  Netflix seems to be regaining popularity.  As of the fourth quarter of 2023, the giant streaming service had about 260 million subscribers worldwide.  This was an increase of more than 13 million subscribers as compared to the previous quarter.  Furthermore, in the fourth quarter of 2023, the company reported a net income of $937.8 million or $2.11 per share, a significant increase from the $55.3 million or 12 cents per share posted for the same period in 2022.  Netflix's revenue for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $8.83 billion, up from $7.85 billion in the fourth quarter a year previously.

Netflix's strong showing was fueled by a strong slate of shows, including the final season of the royal drama The Crown, as well as David Fincher's original film, The Killer.  Since Netflix is obviously doing well financially, will subscribers benefit from the company's increased revenue?  Will subscription costs decrease?  All I can say is don't expect lower subscription prices any time soon.

Netflix is planning to eliminate its Basic zero-ad plan, the company's cheapest ad-free plan.  The Basic plan, which is priced at $9.99 per month, is already being phased out.  New subscribers, as well as existing subscribers, have not been allowed to choose the Basic plan since 2023.  The Basic plan will be "retired" in  Canada and the United Kingdom beginning in April of 2024. 

Back in June of 2023, when Netflix announced that it was cutting off its lowest priced ad-free plan to new clients, the company informed The Canadian Press that those customers would have a choice between a cheaper $5.99 per month plan that includes advertisements, or one of its advertisement-free plans, which start at $16.49 per month.  I

n a letter to shareholders in its 2023 fourth quarter report, Netflix justified the changes in its plans.

"We seek to provide a range of prices and plans to meet a wide range of needs, including competitive starting prices," the letter reads.  "As we invest in and and improve Netflix, we'll occasionally ask our members to pay a little extra to reflect these improvements, which in turn helps drive the positive flywheel of additional investment to further improve and grow our service."

Unfortunately, streaming services are becoming more expensive.  Those higher prices seem here to stay. Will customers continue to stick with Netflix, or will they be able to find less expensive alternatives?

- Joanne

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Y&R Report (January 27, 2024): 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, 
The old saying that when the cat's away, the mice will play certainly applies to Daniel Romalotti.  With Lilly out of town, it didn't take much time for Daniel to start playing around with Heather.  He easily gave in to temptation. At first, Daniel planned to tell Lily himself about  Heather.  However, he decided against it because he felt that the timing isn't right.  He'd have to go to California and upset her while she's supporting her daughter through a difficult time.
You can be sure, however that Lily will find out that her boyfriend cheated on her as soon as she returns.  You can also bet that she'll find out before Daniel tell her himself.  I guess Daniel is a chip off the block.  He has no backbone.  He is much like his dad, the rock star.  
Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) may be a rock star, but the writers have made his very wimpy and weak in his personal life.  He told Cricket that she is the one he wants to be with, yet he doesn't have the strength to resist Phyllis.  She senses his hesitation and his weakness, and she plays him perfectly.  Instead of asking her to leave, he sat and listened to her.  He failed to make it clear to the fiery redhead that the wanted no part of a romance with her.  That was exactly the opening Phyllis needed to work on him.  The truth is that Phyllis is not really in love with Danny.  She's in love with the idea of, as she put it, "bugging the Bug."  Danny is the best means for her to exact her revenge on Cricket.  Cricket's mistake was to flaunt how well things were going between her and Danny.  She never should have taunted Phyllis.  That is a recipe for trouble, and Phyllis is the ultimate troublemaker.
If there is one character on Y&R who baffles me, it's Tucker McCall.  He sits around drinking all day and discussing schemes to bring the Abbotts down, usually with Audra or Phyllis.  Yet, it is difficult to gauge his true fillings.  It's hard to tell if he ever means what he says, or if he's just playing games.  Someone like Ashley Abbott would never put up with it.  Why is she so obsessed with a man who has treated her terribly?  Now she's obsessed about whether he gaslighted her in Paris.
Unlike Asley, I thought Audra had distanced herself from Tucker, but now I'm not so sure, especially since Nikki fired her.  This may cause her to team up with Tucker again in a scheme to take over Jabot.  It seems that she's finished with Kyle,, so who else does she have to turn to?  As for Kyle, why did he suddenly get the idea that his mother, Diane, was the best candidate to be co-CEO of Jabot>  Diane doesn't have enough experience.  Also, I expected Kyle to be at least a little bit jealous when he found out about Summer and Chance.  He was rather nonchalant about it.


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

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I received an email from longtime Y&R viewer Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.  Here are Carly's comments.

Y&R is up & down.  There are times I enjoy it & other times I don't.  I fast forward a lot.  No I couldn't be bothered watching the special Sharon episode.  Yes there are lots of love triangles.  I don't like that they have brought back  Nikki's alcohol addiction.  I want to enjoy the soap not be depressed. There is enough sadness in the world.

Yes, Y&R can be up and down.  I wish some of the storylines would move faster.  Some of them drag on far too long.  There should be more happenings and less discussion in restaurants and coffee houses.  There is far too much repetition.  More comic relief and some lighter moments are needed.

I enjoyed the special Sharon episode.  Although the writers have dealt with Nikki's alcoholism before, this time there is a different angle to it.  Neil and Mrs. Chancellor aren't around and Nikki relapsed because the alcohol was forced on her by the wicked Jordan.  

I agree that the show could use some lighter moments.  There isn't enough fun.  There isn't enough singing.  Why doesn't Tessa have a singing engagement at a restaurant or club?  Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) hasn't been singing very much.  Fans would love to hear Danny and Lauren and Traci sing a song together.

Mishael Morgan Returning for a Visit

Daytime Emmy winner Mishael Morgan is returning to her role as lawyer Amanda Sinclair on Y&R.  Mishael revealed the news to fans in an Instagram post.  There is no information yet as to when she'll be returning, or for how long.  My guess is she'll be involved in the storm that is sure to arrive when Lily returns from California and learns about Daniel and Heather.  Remember that Heather, who is also a lawyer, has been hired by Chancellor-Winters.  Will Lily and Devon still want her around their company?


Nikki is battling alcoholism again, but not Jack is stepping in to help her.  This will not sit well with their respective spouses, Victor and Diane.  Is Nikki tired of Victor's controlling ways and will she turn to Jack for solace?  Is that where this is headed?  What do you think, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Do you think Jack and Nikki begin a romance? free polls

That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, February 10, 2024.  Enjoy the February sweeps.

Take care,


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Whatever happened to Gary Frank (Willie on Family)?

Do you remember Gary Frank, the actor who played Kristy McNichol's big brother on Family, the one with the curly blond hair?  Despite numerous guest appearances and TV movies since Family, Gary seems to have faded into obscurity.  Now 74 years old, he has been out of the spotlight and under the radar for years.

Gary Bruce Frank was born on October 9, 1950 in Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.  HIs father was in real estate and the family moved quite often, relocating from Washington to Oregon to California.  Gary studied drama at high school and college.  In 1969, he continued his studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, becoming a member of the famed Actor's Studio.

In 1973, Gary Frank landed the role of Mark Simpson, a bedridden patient, on the daytime drama General Hospital.  Gary was to be paid $300 dollars a show for eight or nine shows.  He began work on a Monday and wasn't scheduled to work again until the following Monday.  To celebrate, he went for a drive along Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.  Unfortunately, his car sit a soft shoulder and plunged down a cliff..  Gary fractured a bone in his lower back and also broke his nose.  He spent a week in the hospital, but his injuries did not prevent him from showing up for work the next Monday, albeit wearing a brace.

Gary's career on film was launched in 1974, when director Richard Donner cast in the television movie Senior Year.  Senior Year later became the CBS TV drama series Sons and Daughters, co-starring with Glynnis O'Connor The two played high school sweethearts in the California in the mid-1950s.  Gary portrayed Jeff Reid and Glynnis played Anita Cramer.  CBS aired just nine episodes of the series, which never caught on with viewers.  It didn't help that Sons and Daughters shared the same Wednesday night time slot as NBC's popular Little House on the Prairie.

Glynnis O'Connor and Gary Frank

Gary was a contract player with Universal Studios until the cancellation of Sons and Daughters.  However, two days later, he was cast by director Mark Rydell and producer Mike Nichols to play Willie Lawrence on the critically acclaimed drama Family.  Family aired on the ABC network from 1976 until 1980.  The series chronicled the ups and downs of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.  
In 1977, Gary won an Emmy Award for  Best Supporting Actor for his role as Willie, the only son in the Lawrence household.  Kristy McNichol also won an Emmy that year for her portrayal of Willie's sister, Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence.

Gary and Kristy with Emmys in 1977

Of his time on Family, Gary told TV Guide, "The first full season was wonderful.  My enthusiasm never faltered.  The second season was interesting because I had a lot to do.  The next year I did less and my interest waned."  For Family's fifth and final season, ABC chose to make it the fall guy for Monday Night Football, rather than finding a a new time slot for the still-popular show.  It was not seen on the air until Monday Night Football had finished..

Below is a photo of Gary as Willie Lawrence in a scene from Family with his TV parents, James Broderick and Sada Thompson (Doug and Kate Lawrence).  As you can see, Willie enjoyed munching on apples.

Prior to his role on Family, Gary guest-starred on Ironside (1975), Medical Center (1975) and The Streets of San Francisco (1976).  He later co-starred with Glenn Ford and Julie Harris in the 1979 TV Christmas movie The Gift.

After Family ended its successful five-year run, Gary made guest appearances on many major TV series in the 1980 and 1990s. He appeared in episodes of  Charlie's Angels (1980), T.J. Hooker (1982), Matt Houston (1982), Fantasy Island (1982), Hart to Hart (1983), Trapper John, M.D. (1983),  Hill Street Blues (1983), Hotel (1984), Murder, She Wrote (1986), Remington Steele (3 episodes, 1983, 1985 1986), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1986), Hunter (two-part 1988 episode), and Matlock (2 episodes, 1986, 1989).

In the 1990s, Gary appeared in episodes of Dragnet (1991), Picket Fences (1993), L.A. Law (1994), Under Suspicion (1995) Pacific Blue (1997), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997).

Gary played portrayed Major Thomas Ferebee in the 1980 made-for television movie Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb.  Ferebee was the bombardier aboard the B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Gary's other made-for-TV movie credits include Getting Up and Going Home (1992), Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992), Nurses on the Line The Crash of Flight 7 (1993), Untamed Love (1994), Death in Small Doses (1995), and most recently Like Father, Like Santa (1998).

Gary quit acting in the late 1990s.  There doesn't seem to be any online information about his recent activities.  

On August 21, 1976. Gary married producer Caroll Newman.  Caroll is the daughter of Academy Award winner Lionel Newman (1916-1989), a prominent composer, pianist and conductor.  Lionel retired as senior vice president of the music department at 20th Century Fox studios, where he had worked for 45 years.    

Caroll Newman
Lionel Newman

Caroll was the associate producer of 45 episodes of Family, from 1976 to 1979.  Caroll and Gary have a daughter, Jessica Newman Frank.  Jessica, an actress, writer and producer, was born in Los Angeles, California on August 2,1985.  In  May of 2007, she graduated from  the University of Southern California (UCLA). with a Bachelor of Arts in Production in the School of Cinematic Arts.  In 2008, she became Executive Director, Digital Marketing at Lions Gate Films.


Ethnically, Gary Frank is he son of a German Jewish father and an Irish Mormon mother.

* Gary portrayed  Lieutenant Dalton in the 1989 sci-fi action action flick Deadly Weapon, starring Rodney Eastman.

* Gary is the uncle by marriage of film and TV composer Joey Newman.  Joey is the grandson of Lionel Newman.

* Gary was the host of champion figure skater Dorothy Hamill TV special, entitled Dorothy Hamill's Corner of the Sky.  In the one-hour special, which aired in 1979, Dorothy returns to Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where she trained for the Olympics.

NOTE TO GARY FRANK:  I completely understand if you wish to remain private.  However, I would be delighted if you would email me a brief update on your life and recent activities for your fans.  It would be very much appreciated.

SOURCES:  TV Guide, "I hardly ever hit anyone anymore: Family' s Gary Frank now saves his best shots for his acting," by Arnold Hano, March 15, 1980; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (

- Joanne

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Y&R Report (January 13, 2024): 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, 
I'm back after a brief Christmas and New Year's break.  I hope that you and your families enjoyed the holidays.  All the best in 2024.   I also hope that Y&R has some good things in store for us this year.
What is going on with Tucker McCall?  I really can't understand that man.  His character has not been drawn out very well by the writers.  Sometimes he seems sincere in his feelings, but then he always has an angle.  Ashley is spending too much time trying to figure him out.  Why doesn't she cut her losses and move on?  It's interesting that Cole, her old flame. is back in town.  Will there be a love triangle with her and Cole and Victoria.
Sharon is really quite a woman.  She runs a coffee shop and doles out advice.  Many a Genoa City resident stops in at Crimson Lights to speak to her.  She is considered a professional therapist, although she only has a degree in psychology.  In addition, she is taking over the company of Cameron Kirsten, a psychotic criminal who tried to kill her and her daughter, Faith.
The writers really slipped up about Sharon's past during a recent scene.  When Nick informed Sharon about how Victoria's child, Eve, was stolen from her and brainwashed by her aunt, Sharon replied that she couldn't imagine what Victoria is going through.  Do the writers think that we viewers have forgotten that Sharon also has a daughter, Mariah, who was taken from her and brainwashed by cult leader Ian Ward.
To their credit, however, the writers did a good job on that special standalone episode about Sharon's life and experiences.  In the episode, Sharon has a long dream which helps her make a decision about her future.  For me, the episode was enjoyable and fun.  
After the dream, Sharon decided to break up with Chance.  She told him that she wasn't ready for a serious relationship and that she didn't want to hold him back.  She said her life was full for the time being.
As for Chance, he has resigned as Genoa City Police Chief and is headed for the corporate world at Chancellor-Winters.  I can understand why Dr. Nate Hastings wanted to become a businessman when he could no longer perform surgery.   It doesn't really make sense for Chance to leave his law enforcement career, although I could never understand why the writers made him become police chief.  I  know Paul Williams retired, but why was he replaced by Chance.  Chance has zero business experience and is reluctant to allow Billy to be his mentor.
The door is wide open now for Chance to hook up with Summer.  It won't be that simple, though.  There will have to be complications.  Maybe Kyle will try to win Summer back, but it won't be an easy task.  Anyway, I think Kyle has broken too many hearts and he is about to get a taste of his own medicine.
Everything is going smoothly for Adam right now.  Victoria has taken a leave of absence from Newman Enterprises in order to deal with Claire.  Victor has promoted Nick and Adam as co-CEOs and he has urged them repeatedly to work together.  His romance with Sally is back on track again.  So, what could go wrong?  For one thing, what will happen to Adam when Victoria returns from her leave of absence?
Why does Cricket keep goading Phyllis?  Why does she keep  rubbing it in about Danny?  It seems to me that the Cricketmeister is getting too sassy and overconfident.  Her attitude is not helping the situation.  Phyllis is trying to behave, but Cricket's taunts are too much for her.  I must say, Cricket's superior attitude is causing me to have a bit of sympathy for Phyllis - but just a bit.
Soap vet Brian Gaskill joins Y&R cast as Nikki's AA sponsor   

Nikki Newman has fallen off the wagon again.  Mrs. Chancellor and Neil Winters are no longer around to help her with her struggle with the bottle.  However, soap veteran Brian Gaskill has joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Seth, Nikki's Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor.  Not surprisingly, Victor does not trust Seth.  He is very protective of Nikki, whom he refers to as "my baby."  Nevertheless, Victor's suspicions may indicate that there is more than meets the eye where Seth is concerned.  We do not know Seth's last name yet and it's uncertain where this storyline is going.  Perhaps they are waiting for fan reaction to the new character, before deciding whether to give him a larger role.  The February ratings sweeps are approaching. so we'll see what happens.
Y&R is Brian Gaskill' is sixth appearance on a daytime drama.  His first soap role was as Bobby Warner on All My Children in 1995.  From 2001 to 2003, he appeared as Rafe Kovich on Port Charles, a General Hospital spinoff.
He then played Oscar Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2003 to 2004.  For a short time in 2005, he played a villain named B.J. Green on As the World Turns.  His last appearance on a soap was as Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light from 2007 to 2008.
Brian was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 22, 1970.  He was raised in Neptune, Township, New Jersey.  He and his wife, Tonya Watts, welcomed their first child, Alabama Zoe, on September 26, 2005.

Soap Legend Bill Hayes dead at 98
Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes

Bill Hayes and his wife, Susan Seaforth Hayes, delighted fans of Days of Our Lives for decades as Doug and Julie Williams.  Susan and Bill married in real life in 1974 and then on screen in 1976.  Sadly, Bill died yesterday at the age of 98.  It's interesting to note that William J. Bell, the co-creator of The Young and the Restless played an instrumental role in Bill's career and in his private life.  Back in 1970, Bell was the head writer of Days of Our Lives, When Bill was cast as Doug Williams, Bell noticed the chemistry between him and Susan Seaforth, who played Julie Olson, and he decided to pair the two.  When Days was expanded to an hour, the show took advantage of Hayes' singing talent.  His character opened a nightclub called Doug's Place
It's also interesting to note that between her stints on Days, Susan Seaforth Hayes played Joanna Manning, mother of Lauren Fenmore, on Y&R from 1984 to 1989.  Bill Hayes received two Daytime Emmy nominations for his role on Days of Our Lives.  In 2018, he and Susan earned lifetime achievement awards from the Daytime Emmys.

Michael Damian (Danny)
Singing star Danny Romalotti, played by Michael Damian, is in a quandary.  He's caught between two feuding women, Phyllis and Cricket.  He prefers Cricket, but he doesn't have enough gumption to tell Phyllis firmly enough that nothing can happen between them.  Meanwhile, Cricket, has been flaunting any success with Danny in Phyllis' face.  What do you think, fans?   Should Click and be together?  Click on the poll below and let me know.

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 January 27, 2024.

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