Saturday, August 20, 2016

Y&R Report (August 20, 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.

Y&R has begun promoting its 11,000th episode with flashbacks.  I enjoyed watching those scenes of Victor and Nikki's wedding and of Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor.  The actual 11,000th episode will air on Thursday, September 1, 2016. on CBS and on Wednesday, August 31 on Global TV.  It will be fun to see Michael Graziadei return as Daniel Romalotti.  Daniel will return to surprise his sister, Summer, at her engagement party.

Travis Crawford (Michael Roark) has returned - but is he back for good or just for a few episodes? We'll soon find out.  I have to say, I liked the hat Victoria (Amelia Heinle) was wearing when she visited him on his boat in Mexico.  I couldn't help thinking how interesting it would be if Billy Miller were still playing the role of Billy Abbott.  Billly Miller had much better chemistry with Heinle than Jason Thompson, the current Billy Boy and he was much more likable in the role.  Imagine Victoria torn between Billy (as played by Miller) and Travis.  Wouldn't that be an intriguing scenario!  Unfortunately, it's not going to happen.

Billy can't have it both ways.  He wants Phyllis and yet he always seems to be upset about Victoria and Travis. Which way you goin' Billy?  Make up your mind.

Have we seen the last of Natalie Soderberg (Mara McCaffray)the Swiss computer hacker? Kevin dumped her because of his desire to reunite with Chloe.  Natalie didn't take it too well and walked off in a huff.  Will she be back?  I am not a fan of the character, so I wouldn't miss her at all.  I don't think she's caught on with Y&R fans at all.  At the moment, Natalie doesn't fit into the storyline, especially since she's broken up with Kevin.  Yet, who knows what the writers have in store for us.

Talk about delusions of grandeur!  Luca Santori (Miles Gaston Villanueva) envisions he and Summer as Genoa's City's next power couple.  Move over Victor and Nikki!  Make room for Snowflake and the Spaniard.  Speaking of the Great Santori, I was curious about Villanueva's ethnic background since he doesn't speak with a Spanish accent..  It turns out he was born in California to a Mexican father, hence the name "Villanueva."  His mother is European with French, German and Jewish heritage.

It was a nice touch having the Abbott clan remember the anniversary of patriarch John Abbott's death.  It's always good for a soap to go back to its roots.  It's too bad, Jerry Douglas, who played John, did not make an appearance in the form of his ghost or in flashbacks.  I would have liked to have seen a flashback of one of those famous Abbott family breakfasts with John and Mamie.

Adam (Justin Hartley) sure had a meltdown in prison, hallucinating that Victor was taunting him, and beating a prison guard. Wow!  "The Big Man" doesn't even have to be present to cause his son to go off the deep end.  Now Adam's been charged with assault and the prison guard is in a coma. If he dies, Adam could be charged with murder.  Yet how long can the writers keep him in prison?  He can't be locked up for years.  Oh yes, and Victor had some nerve when he tried to dismiss Michael Baldwin as Adam's lawyer and replace him with Leslie Michaelson.  What right does he have to interfere with Adam's choice as lawyer?  Of course, when has that ever stopped Victor Newman from trying to control everything?  

Justin Hartley's upcoming new prime time show, This is Us, is expected to be a huge success.  Hartley reported on Twitter that after a recent screening of the NBC show, there was not a dry eye in the theatre.  However, what does this mean for Justin's status on Y&R? Quite honestly, I think he'll be leaving.  It's a matter of time.


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Here are some comments from Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:

I am not thrilled with Chloe being back and think the whole storyline with pages from the journal is ridiculous.  Oh well!!!

I'm not a big fan of Chloe either, Carly.  However, I understand why they brought her back.  She's needed for storyline purposes.  She stirs things up and causes trouble.  She also complicates matters for Kevin and Mariah.  Most fans, I think, would like those two to get together.  I must say, their "friendship" or "romance" or whatever you want to call it, has been a rather awkward one. It's time for Mariah to have a little luck at love.  I have to admit I started cheering for her when she came up with the nickname "Snowflake" for Summer.

As for the storyline about Sage's journal pages and the framing of Adam for Contance's murder, I don't mind it.  It's convoluted but I'll take it any day over some ludicrous Marco Annicelli storyline.


David Faustino to make guest appearance on Y&R

David Fausine   Photo Attribution: Gage Skidmore 

Married . . .with Children star David Faustino will appear in Genoa City.  Faustino, who played Bud Bundi on the sitcom, will turn up on the Y&R on Tuesday, September 27th on CBS (September 26 on Global TV in Canada).  He will portray a character named Howard Green, the TV producer behind the gossipy tabloid GC. Buzz.  According to Soap Opera Digest, Faustino's character will taunt and tease a powerful Genoa City resident.  Could it be Victor Newman by any chance?  

Y&R is casting a new character

According to Soap in Depth, The Young and the Restless has sent out a casting call for a new character called "Dean"  "Dean" has been described as 30-something, attractive and honest.  It's a contract role that is expected to begin taping at the end of August and will likely be broadcast in the fall.


Do you remember the scene in which Summer spoke to her darling grandpa Victor about her decision to marry Luca Santoria?  Victor went on about how he feels that nobody is good enough for his children and grandchildren (That's for sure!).  Summer then responded with a question for Victor.  "What if I met someone exactly like you?" she queried.  "Run!" her grandfather responded.


Despite the best efforts of Victor, Phyllis and Nick to prevent Summer from marrying Luca Santori, the wedding is still on.  Snowflake is just captivated by Santori and she just melts when she's around him.


Will Summer and Luca's wedding really happen?

Yes, not even Phyllis, Victor and Nick can stop it. Summer has her made up.her mind.
No. Are you kidding? There's no way it's going to happen. There are too many things working against it.
No. Something or someone will disrupt the ceremony.
Maybe, but the odds are against it.
I don't know.
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That's all for now. I'm  looking forward to Y&R's 11,000th episode and the buildup to the celebration. Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, September 3rd.

- Joanne

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