Saturday, April 30, 2016

Y&R Report (April 30, 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.

There's been a lot happening on the Y&R as we head into the May sweeps.  Abby has fallen down the stairs and lost her baby, thanks to her psychotic eight-year-old stepson. Young Max is quite a piece of work, isn't he?  He certainly has most people fooled, including daddy Stitch'em Up. and step-grandmother Ashley Abbott.  He has the sweetest angelic face when it suits his purposes.  That's why Dr. Stitch, Ashley and others have no idea of the wicked thoughts going on in his mind.  However, the kid hasn't fooled Abby. She knows the truth,  She knows that he caused her to fall.

We have also witnessed the sudden and shocking death of Sage.  CC in Etobicoke, a regular reader of Y&R Report, alerted me to some Internet speculation about Sage's demise.  CC had been hoping that it was a false rumour and that it wouldn't happen.  She wrote: "Sure hope this isn't how things go because it is just too much of an emotional storyline for me that has nothing to do with liking the character of Sage or the actress playing her.  It borders on being a sick torture tactic that the writers and powers that be will use on the fans.  Since they I'll do anything to get publicity, I hope that is what this is . . . a publicity ploy to get everyone buzzing and watching, but nothing will come of it."

Well, it did happen and it wasn't just a publicity ploy.  I'm sure that Sage died for storyline purposes or for budget cuts.  They won't have to pay a salary anymore to Kelly Sullivan, the actress who portrays Sage.  It's all about storylines and saving money.

Newman and Ward!  Ward and Newman!  What a dynamic duo, folks!  Did you think it would ever happen?  Did you think that "The Moustache" and the dastardly Ian Ward would ever team up? Well, it's happened, but for reasons of mutual self-interest.  The two jailbirds both want to break away from prison.  They share a common cause and they plan to use the prison doctor as the key to their escape.

As the slippery cult leader put it, Dr. Meredith Gates' father, who just happens to be the head of the prison review board, is her Achilles heel.  The good doctor has already given Victor far too much information about her personal life.  She's putty in his hands.  He really knows how to push the right buttons.  

Lachlan Buchanan made his final appearance as Kyle Abbott.  He tied up some loose ends with Supergirl Summer, mercifully putting an end to that third-rate romance.  Now that Kyle has returned to New York, Summer can concentrate her energies on el seƱor Luca Santori (Miles Gaston Villanueva).  In fact, she was not exactly thrilled to see Kyle leave and she was rather relieved to be able to end her relationship with him. She seemed almost anxious to be rid of him.  She was far from heartbroken when he walked out the door.  

It appears that our little Snowflake is quite smitten with her suave Spanish suitor.  The question is whether Santori is really sincere about his feelings for her.  Is he using her for his own advantage?  Is he trying to worm his way into the Newman hierarchy?  Summer's daddy, Nick, and her Aunt Victoria, both cautioned him to stay away from her and they sternly warned him not to hurt her. Santori claims that he really cares for Summer.  Is he trustworthy?  Can he be believed?  He does seem very ambitious and egotistical.  Could it be that the writers themselves haven't decided yet which direction to take the character?


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Here are some remarks from CC in Etobicoke, Ontario on the death of Sage.

I am quite dissatisfied with the direction this storyline has taken although the actress likely asked to be released as it looks like her career is going in other directions.
I believe her last call was to Adam to tell him that their son was alive.

Sharon is not just a mother trying to hold on to her child . . . she lies whenever it suits her and can be malicious.  The joke might be on her if she thinks this is another way to build more ties to Nick. Imagine the turmoil when it comes out that Christian is really Adam's child?  As Victor's namesake, and now favoured son Adam's child, little Christian has quite a future ahead of him.

Sages's death opens up many new storyline possibilities.  Even though Sage did not get a change to tell Adam that Christian is still alive,  he will find out at some point.  Yes, CC, Sharon is full of secrets and lies.  However, I don't think she is as malicious as you describe her.  The writers have changed her character over the years for storyline purposes.  As for baby Christian/Sully, there certainly will be turmoil when the truth comes out that Adam is his father - and we all know the secret will be revealed.  Nick and Sharon and Adam will all try to get custody of the royal baby. After all, the child is superhuman and tough because he has Newman blood and he will be considered the heir to the Newman dynasty.

Here are some comments from Filomena in Woodbridge, Ontario.

Although I like Sage, I think killing her off would be brilliant.  It would disrupt many marriages.  I also don't like Sharon at all.  She is as conniving as Victor.  

I agree with Phyllis.  Phyllis is fiercely loyal to her family and friends.  She doesn't let anyone push her around.  She is not afraid to speak her mind, even if she doesn't have the most popular opinion.  She has your back when needed.  She can be funny, passionate and loving at the same time.

I hope Chelsea gives Dylan his own baby one day.  I really liked them together.  

I love Kevin with the new girl (Natalie).  I don't like Mariah with him.

I think that creepy kid (Max) will continue to do more harm before his is revealed. The marriage between Stitch and Abby will be over soon enough.

I like Ashley with the research guy (Dr. Simon Neville) . . . NOT STITCH . . . but I think that the troubles with Max will lead to Ashley and Stitch  getting together. That will cause problems between Ashley and Abby.  

One last thing.  Put Adam in Victor's chair already.  He deserves it, not self-righteous Victoria.  I don't want her with Billy.  Put Billy and Phyllis together for a while.  Jack and Phyllis just argue all the time.  Billy and Phyllis make a hot, interesting storyline.  I loved that they went on a motorcycle together.  

Yes, Filomena, the death of Sage is going to provide many great storyline opportunities.

I like Kevin and Natalie together too.  Kevin is very comfortable with Mariah, but there is no spark. They seem like really good friends and nothing more.  As for Mariah, she always seems to get the short end of the stick.  I hope she meets someone who will treat her well.

You may get your wish as far as Chelsea and Dylan are concerned.  Once Dylan finds out that he is not Sully/Christian's biological father, he'll be devastated.  He'll also be angry with Sharon for covering up her miscarriage.  I don't think their marriage will survive the upheaval.  Sharon, of course, will try to conceal the truth from Dylan and Nick, but they will eventually discover what she has done.  Her lies will catch up with her.  Sharon is no angel, but she isn't entirely to blame either. She was a victim of the evil Dr. Anderson and she has bipolar disorder.

Phyllis is admirable in some ways.  She is certainly feisty and she definitely speaks her mind.  She doesn't pretend to be something she's not and she stands up for herself.  It's also true that she isn't self-righteous.  However, she doesn't have much to be self-righteous about.  She can be as conniving and manipulative as Victor and Sharon.  Don't forget that she played a significant role in breaking up the marriage of Danny Romalotti and Christine (the one and only Cricket).  She was also instrumental in breaking up the marriage of Nick and Sharon.  She also tried to run over Christine and Paul.  Oh yes, due to Phyllis' interference, Michael Baldwin was disbarred.

Yes, I agree that Ashley and Dr. Neville should be together.  It probably won't happen for a while, though.  I think that Stitch will believe that his sweet little son is innocent.  This will cause a rift between the almost newlyweds and they will separate.  Ashley will end up with Stitch, at least temporarily, before she finally has a romance with Neville.  As for Max, he will get caught eventually.  Perhaps Dylan or Lily will put the pieces together,  Until then, Abby had better watch out.  Who knows what harm that sinister child could do to her.

Actually, Filomena, I'm pleased that Victoria is in the chair and that she is running the company. Many Genoa City residents, including her own father, Victor, don;t think she's capable.  Why?  She has much business experience and she knows Newman Enterprises inside out.  Is it because she's a woman that many don't think she can handle the job?  I think she should remain behind the desk.  I just have one objection.  Could she not get rid of that infernal portrait of Victor. The man is controlling enough.  He even continues his dirty work from behind bars.  He got revenge on his own daughter by causing her to lose Brass and Sassy.

Victoria has made plenty of mistakes, but I have more sympathy for her than for Billy and Phyllis.  All those two can think about is revenge. They deserve each other and will probably be together, at least for a while.  It won;t last, though.  The writers have made Billy's character too similar to Phyllis'. Billy was really cruel to Victoria when he scooped up Brass and Sassy, the company she worked so hard to develop. He rubbed it in her face too.

It appears that Victoria is going to get involved with Travis, the blond guy at the bar  He's a mysterious new character played by Michael Roark.

Here are some remarks from another Y&R viewer, Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.

I don't know what to say about Y&R.  I heard that Sage will die, which is ridiculous.  Yesterday's episode showed her involved in a car accident so who knows & of course Sharon is on site.  

Funny to see Victor hooking up with Ian Ward.  Will they escape together??

I do not like the actor playing Billy at all.  I don't like him with Phyllis but who knows where that is going.  Another actor I am not fond of is Amelia Heinle as Victoria. 

Ben sure has an evil son.  The young man plays his role so well.  Poor Abby.

I am ticked off about the Daytime Emmys.  I don't understand why they can't get sponsors like they did before.  It should be a good show especially hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Yes, Carly, Ian and Victor are an unlikely pair.  It's fun to see them join forces.  I also enjoy their banter.

As for Billy, after watching Jason Thompson in the role for a while, I'm not too thrilled with him either.  Maybe it's what the writers have done to his character.  Billy just seems cold-hearted and vengeful these days.  I really miss Billy Miller.  His Billy was mischievous, but much warmer.  He was playful and had a twinkle in his eye.  I think he had much better chemistry with Ameilia Heinle than Jason Thompson.

I am also disappointed that the Daytime Emmys will not be  Apparently ratings for awards shows have gone down.  There are just to many of them.


Chrishell Stause has new role on Y&R

Chrishell Stause is coming to Genoa City and her character is expected to really stir things up. Srause, who portrayed Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives and  Amanda Dillon on All My Children, has taken on the recurring role of Bethany Bryant this time around.  According to TV Line, Bethany is "a young woman who relishes the chance to push things to the limit and live dangerously as long as she's not the one who gets burned."

Chrishell, 34, is a native of Kentucky and attended Murray State University.  In addition to her work on daytime soaps, the actress has appeared on shows like Mistresses and Body and Proof.

Chrishell's boyfriend is very familiar to Y&R fans.  He's Justin Hartley, who portrays Adam Newman on the show.  On Chrishell's casting, Hartley wrote on Twitter: "This is great news!  Proud of this lady and proud of the show for this fine hire."  Chishell herself tweeted: "WOW... do you guys know how to make a girl feel special!!  I grew up watching Y&R [with] my mom & I can't tell you what this warm welcome means."

Chrishell and boyfriend Justin Hartley

Chrishell will make her first appearance on The Young and the Restless on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (CBS) and Tuesday, May 24th on Global TV in Canada.  She should add some spice to the May sweeps.

Marisa (Sofia Pernas) returns

Marisa Sierras.(Sofia Pernas) will return to Genoa City on Thursday, May 5th (CBS) and Wednesday, May 4th (Global TV, Canada).  Sofia was taken off contract by The Young and the Restless back in March and her role was cut back to recurring status.  She won a leading role in a pilot for The CW Network Network called Transylvania, but there has been no decision yet about whether the show will be picked up.


Miles Gaston Villanueva (Luca Santori

Okay fans, what is your advice to Summer?  Should she trust Luca or will he hoodwink her and break her achy breaky heart?

Do you think Luca Santori is sincere about Summer?

Yes, I think he really cares for her.
No. Are you kidding? He's a phony. He's just using her for his advantage.
Maybe. Time will tell.
I don't know
Please Specify:

That's all for now.  Don't forget that the May sweeps are coming up.  That should be fun. Remember too that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

- Joanne

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