Saturday, January 2, 2016

Y&R Report (January 2, 2016): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

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

The residents of Genoa City have rung in a New Year and here are my hopes and suggestions for Y&R in 2016.

*  The Young and the Restless could use a character who sings.  The show needs someone like Gina or Danny Romalotti or Brock to perform at the Genoa City Athletic Club or the Top of the Tower.

*  Please!  Please!  No more storylines about look-alikes or long-lost twins or switching babies!  Are you listening Charles Pratt and company?  I know that's a tall order, but surely you can come up with some fresh ideas

*  For once, just once, have Victor Newman take responsibility for his actions and own up to his misdeeds.  Why do the writers think he has to come out on top every single time?

*  Kyle and Summer should break up.  They have no chemistry.  Not one of the actors who have portrayed Kyle has been popular with viewers..  Lachlan Buchanan, the current Kyle has been downgraded to recurring status.  Let's face it.  The character is a bust. Why not have Jack send Kyle back to New York for a long term business project.  Then Summer can get involved in a new storyline and find another boyfriend.

*  It's about time the writers created a good storyline for Jill.

*  Bring back Ian Ward from time to time.  Ray Wise, the actor who portrays Ward does a tremendous job in the role.

Victor Newman dished out some advice about marriage at Stitch and Abby's wedding. He's the father of the bride, but isn't it just a little bit twisted that a man who has been married about ten times should be giving advice on the subject of matrimony?  Then again, he's more than qualified to speak about what can go wrong in a marriage.


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Regular contributor, Fifi from Collingwood, Ontario predicts that some harm will come to Noah Newman.  Noah's controlling grandfather, Victor, stated that nothing bad will happen to Noah.  Fifi thinks that ol' Moneybags will be devastated when he is unable to protect his grandson from the Santori clan.  He always claims that his number one priority is to protect his family.  Ironically, he does just the opposite by exposing them to dangerous situations.

CC from Etobicoke, Ontario has sent me some New Year's food for thought and has raised some interesting questions.

Y & R: Lots of food for thought in 2016
The wedding was tastefully done, but I did not care much for Abby's dress.
Ben seems to be trying hard to convince himself that he loves Abby enough to have married her.  Will the whole stepchild thing become a major storyline in the future?
Nikki did not look her best.
Are one shouldered and off the shoulder dresses the new rage?
Summer really doesn't fit in with the other glamorous Newman's and Abbot's. They need to recast this role if/or before they give her another major storyline.
Has anyone warmed up to the strange Dr. Neville?
Is it my imagination or is Sharon's face verging on too puffy with botox or some other de-wrinkling substance.
Who will live in the tack house next now that Nick has moved into the condo with Sage?
Or will Nick be going back there sooner than we think?
If Sharon isn't stable enough to have full custody of Faith how can she be trusted with a newborn?
In the real world that would likely be under supervision of children's services.
Did I miss something or what happened to the Judge/Victor/etc. storyline? I guess it died with Adam being released.
When Billy wakes up after being assaulted he will have a new face, either with injuries as the cause, or not.
Again Adam appears to be playing both sides of the coin.
I'm not sure yet if it is part of Victor's big plot to take down the Santori's or if he is using that to once again go after his father.
One thing that will likely happen from it all is that Noah will get caught in the crossfire of it all.
So many loose-ended, poorly written story lines.  Producers and writers seem to be taking the viewers for simpletons.
This needs to change if the show is to survive 

Wow!  You have certainly given me some food for thought, CC.  I must say, it's quite delicious.  So, let's start with the appetizer.  Yes, the wedding of Dr. Stitch and Abby was tastefully done.  It was a refreshing change from so many quickie, spur of the moment weddings on the show.  Stitch does seem like a bit of a reluctant groom.  He obviously still has a thing for Ashley.  As for Stitch's son, Max, I think he may appear at some point in order to cause problems for Dr. Stitch.

You ask if anyone has warmed up to Dr. Simon Neville.  Well, the doc is certainly quite eccentric and not immediately likable.  Notice that he is generally referred to as "Neville" or "Dr. Neville." The only one I have heard using his first name, "Simon," is Ashley. However, I think that there is more than meets the eye with this character and I find him intriguing.  I realize his methods are highly unorthodox and that he hasn't exactly been a paragon of virtue.  Still, my guess is that he will turn out to be much more than just an oddball scientist.  I wouldn't be surprised if he shows himself to be a decent guy and saves Ashley's life.  I also predict that she will eventually fall in love with him.  By the way, there was a glimpse of his lighter side when he disguised himself as a florist in order to read Hilary's charts at the hospital.`

Simon Neville is out of control and needs to be reigned in.  At the same time, he seems to have a brilliant mind and could be of great service in his field of medicine.  His problem is that he uses the ends to justify the means.  Ashley could be just the person to help him modify his excesses.  They have the potential to be a great couple.  Since Stitch has feelings for Ashley, that could pit him against Nevville in a doctor versus doctor scenario.

It is not your imagination that Sharon's face is puffy with botox or some other substance. It's so unfortunate that she's done that to herself.

You wonder who will move into the tack house now that Nick is living in the condo with Sage. Hmmm . . . .Perhaps Dr. Sandy Anderson is looking for a new place to live so that she can keep an eye on the Newman family.  She certainly doesn't want Nick and Sage together, does she?  Well, she won't have to worry about that too much longer.  I don't think Nick will stay in that penthouse condo with Sage once Sully is identified as Christian and he learns that Adam is Christian's father.  I think Nick will return to the tack house sooner than we think, unless he and Sharon get back together again. If that happens (and I think it will eventually), Nick will move into the house on the ranch that he shared with Sharon in happier days.

No, you didn't miss anything regarding the Victor and judge storyline.  It sort of petered out when Adam did not receive a prison sentence.  It seems they didn't have anywhere to go with it.

As for Billy or any other character getting a new face through cosmetic surgery, I hope there will be no more of that for a long, long time.  When a new actor takes over the role of a character, it shouldn't mean the character has to undergo plastic surgery.  Viewers understand that another actor has taken over the role.

I'm not sure whether Adam's playing both sides of the coin.  He may just be pretending to be in league with Luca Santori.  Either way, he's playing with fire and he's going to get burned.  As 2016 begins, the immediate future does not bode well for him.  He's going to face retribution from either Victor or the Santori family.  His recklessness and deceit are probably going to cost him his marriage to Chesea.  He just can't come clean with her.  When she discovers that Sully is really Christian and that Adam, not Nick, is Christian's father, she will be through with him for keeping another secret from her.

Yes, I agree that Noah will get caught in the crossfire in Victor's war against the Santori family. That should cause Victor Newman to regret his actions.  After all, he continually claims that everything he does is to protest his family.  I don't expect Victor to own up, though.  As usual, the writers will have him blame someone else if harm should come to his grandson.

Yes, CC, there are too many loose ends and poorly written storylines.  Sometimes the writers just take too long to tie up a plotline.  By the time they get around to it the viewers don't care anymore. They've already lost interest.  Here are a some cases in point.  The writers made a very smart move when they had Esther leave her job at the Chancellor mansion.  She found employment at Dylan's coffeehouse, but hasn't been seen in weeks.  Why hasn't Dylan mentioned her?  Why haven't the writer's developed a storyline for her involving her new job.  Then there were the cabin murders of Austin and Courtney.  The writers built up a lot of suspense and viewer interest.  Yet when Detective Mark Harding and Marco were revealed as the guilty parties, it was a letdown.  There was no surprising twist or shock.  What about Michael's cancer?  I really didn't like that storyline, but why can't they just mention that the cancer's in remission and he's feeling much better.  Also, what happened to Patty Williams?  They are taking far too long to reveal the whereabouts of Patty Cakes and her kitty cat.

Helen from Scarborough, Ontario would like to try some of that green concoction that
Ashley and Dr. Neville were drinking.


Scott Elrod (ex-Joe Clark) is engaged

Scott and Vanessa - Christmas engagement

It was a very Merry Christmas for Scott Elrod, who recently left his role as wicked Joe Clark on The Young and the Restless.  The actor announced his engagement to girlfriend Vanessa Vazart.  The couple is also expecting a child. Scott's wicked Y&R character was recently hauled off to jail.  Soap Opera Digest confirmed that the actor won't be returning to the show.  Don't worry about Scott, though.  He has joined the cast of ABC's Grey's Anatomy for Season 12 and will play an army doctor when the show returns with new episodes on February 11th.

Michelle Stafford in new film

Michelle Stafford in scene from Durant's Never Closes

Michelle Stafford (Ex-Phyllis Summers Newman) appears in a new film called Durant's Never Closes. She plays the love interest of restaurateur Jack Durant (Tom Sizemore). The film will premiere at the Renaissance Phoenix Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona on January 21, 2016.  It's theatrical realease will be on January 22nd.  It's about a classic Phoenix steakhouse and was shot entirely in Arizona.


What would you like to happen on Y&R in 2016?

I would like a humbled Victor to admit his mistakes. It's about time someone brought him down.
I hope Sharon and Nick get back together. They make a great couple.
The show needs some big changes and better storylines.
It would be great if the next Billy (Jason Thompson) does a fantastic job in the role. No one can replace Billy Miller, but he's not coming back - at least right now.
I don't know.
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That's all for now.  The next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, January 16, 2016,

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