Saturday, September 3, 2016

Y&R Report (September 3, 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.


Justin Hartley has left Y&R 

There is sad news today for Young and Restless fans.  Justin Hartley, the third actor to play the role of Adam Newman, has announced on Facebook that he has left Y&R to concentrate on his new NBC primetime show This is Us, which is premiering on September 20th.  Justin thanked Y&R fans profusely.  He said he didn't wan't to make his announcement earlier because he didn't want to spoil the storylines.

Hartley's departure was not unexpected, given his new NBC show, which is expected to be a big hit.  Yes, we can still watch him on This is Us.  However, for Y&R fans, it won't be the same as seeing him portray Adam Newman.  He will be greatly missed, but Y&R must go on without him. Remember also that his leaving does not necessarily mean that the character of Adam is dead.  The residents of Genoa City believe that Adam has perished in that cabin explosion, but this is a soap folks. so he could easily turn up alive again with a new actor in the role.  Perhaps Michael Muhney (the second Adam Newman) will return.

It seems as if Chelsea will eventually become involved with Nick.  They seem to have brought those two together since Nick promised Adam he would be a father figure to young Connor.  Don't forget, though, that Nick will have other complications in his life when he discovers that Sully is really Christian and that Adam is Christian's father.  I can't see Sharon and Dylan lasting as a couple when Dylan finds out the truth.  If Dylan leaves Sharon, you can be sure that she will turn to Nick again.

Did you enjoy the celebration of Y&R's 11.000th episode?  I certainly did.  It was great seeing all those flashbacks and listening to the actors reminisce about their favourite moments on the show.  I'm also glad that Daniel Romalotti returned to Genoa City for a visit . . . but that moustache!  He looked like General George Custer,  Maybe he's playing the role of Custer in a movie.

Daniel's reaction to Mariah was interesting, although I expected a much stronger and more emotional response.  Cassie's death was very traumatic for him and I thought he'd really be upset when he saw her identical twin.  He was a little bit stunned, but he took it in stride.

Chloe sure has a lot of people fooled, including best friend Chelsea and her ex-husband Kevin. They both think they know her so well and they sincerely believe she has stopped trying to seek revenge on Adam.  However, when the clueless Genoa City police finally discover that she caused the explosion at the cabin, she will sent be returned to a mental health facility.  Who will take of little Bella then?  The child will most likely be delivered into the hands of her grandmother, Esther, or Kevin will take responsibility for her.  What about Billy?  Will he want Bella when he learns that he is her father?

Luca Santori showed his true colours and broke Snowflake's itsy bitsy little heart.  He may stick around for a while longer, but Miles Gaston Villenueva, the actor who portrays him, has tweeted that he is leaving Y&R.  According to Internet spoilers, Summer will visit Luca in prison.  Oh well, I wonder if she will have better luck with her next love interest.  That Supergirl certainly knows how to pick them.  First Austin, then Kyle and now Luca.  Kyle was never my favourite character, but at least he wasn't a criminal. Still, I hope she never goes back to him.  The writers should abandon any thought they may have of bringing him back to Genoa City.  He should remain in New York.

To be fair to the The Snowflake, she hasn't had much of an example from her mother, Phyllis.  Just look at Phyllis' disastrous track record with men.  She finally married a guy who treats her really well - Jack Abbott - and she is cheating on him with his own brother, Billy.  Summer, on the other hand, is so much more naive than Phyllis, and she hasn't inherited her mother's devious nature.

Kudos to Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) for some good acting in his recent storyline with his long-lost mother.  The look on his face when when she informed him that she was a reformed alcoholic was really believable.  When he told her that he was also an alcoholic, the moment was poignant and bittersweet.


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Here are some comments from regular contributor CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.  CC expresses her opinion about Miles Gaston Villenueva's (Luca Santori) departure from the show.

I hope this means we will see less and hear little from Summer!  I hope her new show is a great success so that she is replaced at Y&R.  In the meantime, maybe she will end up in Fairview with a breakdown caused by being conned by Luca or even go off to to stay with Daniel when he leaves to get away from it all.  She is really too whiney and needy!

I have to say, CC, that Hunter King (Summer) doesn't bother me as much as she bothers you.  I agree that she's whiney and needy.  I also think that she is unbelievably naive where her dear Grandpa Victor is concerned.  However, I think she makes a great foil for Mariah.  It's always great fun to see them in scenes together.

You may get your wish, though.  In June, Hunter was promoted to a regular role for the second season of the CBS primetime comedy series Life in Pieces.  She plays a character called Clementine on that show.. Due to her promotion on Life in Pieces, her role on The Young and Restless has been scaled back to recurring status. We will see less of her in the coming months. She may eventually leave Y&R if her workload is too heavy.  On the other hand, primetime shows come and go.  As you know, if the ratings go down, Life in Pieces will be cancelled without hesitation.  Therefore, Hunter may hold on to her Y&R role as insurance.  If she leaves the role of Summer, I think she will be replaced with another actress.  I don't think that Y&R will completely do away with the role of Summer.

Here is some reaction to the departure of Justin Hartley from Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.

I just read in Facebook that Justin Hartley has left Y&R.  So sorry to see him go.  I was hoping that Adam was in fact on that plane.  Guess we will now see Nick and Chelsea together.  Boy, I will miss him!


The Ghost of John Abbott (Jerry Douglas) returning 

John Abbott died in 2006, but his his ghost still appears on The Young and the Restless. In times of trouble, the Abbott children seek his wise guidance and steady hand.  Jerry Douglas, who played John Abbott, returns from time to time as John's spirit, offering sage paternal advice to his offspring, especially Jack.  The apparition serves as Jack's conscience, a sounding board for him to wrestle with his emotions and work out his problems.  Jerry will return again on September 26, 2016 on CBS (September 23 on Global TV in Canada).


Mariah had a great line at Summer and Luca's engagement party.  When she didn't see the couple at the event, she asked, "Where are Snowflake and soon-to-be Mr. Snowflake?"


Adam has certainly cheated death before.  He once took a bullet in order to protect Victor. He has survived a car explosion by undergoing cosmetic surgery.  Not too long ago, Chloe tried to run him over as he was leaving a courthouse.  This guy is the ultimate soap survivor, but has he finally run out of lives?  Is he really dead this time?  What do you think, fans?  Will a new actor play the role of Adam Newman?

Do you think Adam died in the cabin explosion?

Yes. Justin Hartley has left Y&R because of his new primetime show, "This is Us."
No, Adam is too important a character to kill off. Besides, he has more lives than a cat.  Justin Hartley will be replaced with a new Adam.
No, everybody will think he's dead, but he'll be alive somewhere.
It doesn't matter to me.
I don't know
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That's all for now.  Remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

- Joanne

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