Saturday, January 21, 2017

Y&R Report (January 21, 2017): 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 holiday season is over and Genoa City is getting back to normal, if you can call it "normal," especially with Gloria around.  It's a wonder she hasn't uncovered Chloe's dirty little secret about Adam yet.  Give her time, though.

Here's one thing I'll say for Mishael Morgan, the actress who portrays Hilary.  She isn't afraid to be seen onscreen with no make-up and messy hair.  As for Hilary's hubby, Devon, he certainly seems as if he's finished with her this time, although his capacity to forgive her seems boundless. Hilary's really desperate, so I wonder what she'll do to hold on to her marriage - or will she turn to Jack instead?

Steve Burton, the actor who portrays Dylan McAvoy, is leaving the show, so Dylan is not likely to survive his undercover assignment.  If he does survive, he will undoubtedly leave town.  It seems only a matter of time before Dylan's cover is blown and he is killed by the bad guys. If he dies, his death will send out shockwaves around Genoa City.  Many people in GC will grieve for him. Sharon, Nikki and Paul will be absolutely devastated.  Paul may even resign as police chief.  

Do you like Victoria as the mother of a teenage son?   I'm not sure I do.  It's going to take some time for me to adjust to it.  I'm going to reserve judgement until I see where the storyline is going. One thing for sure, young Reed is headed for TROUBLE.  By the way, I thought Billy gave Reed some headphones so that Victoria would not have to hear his guitar.  Yet the guitar-playing has been bothering  her again.

Gloria is so unwanted.  Michael and Lauren can't tolerate her living with them and Kevin doesn't want her either.  If her scheme to get an executive position at Fenmore's falls through, she may try other tactics.  Now that Jeffrey's out of the picture, she may attempt to latch on to a new man, especially a wealthy older man.  John Abbott's gone to the great beyond.  However, Gloria could go after Jill's con man husband, Colin. Colin is scheduled to make another appearance in Genoa City soon and the fact that the sly Aussie is married to Jill won't stop Gloria from flirting with him. Colin has a lot in common with Gloria.  They are a couple of gold diggers, but they may be too much alike. Eric Forrester (John McCook), the wealthy fashion mogul from The Bold and the Beautiful is about to pay a visit to Genoa City.  Gloria may also flirt with him.

Maybe I'm missing something, but has Noah broken up with Marisa.  He doesn't mention her and seems to be single.

The next big event in Genoa City will be Valentine's Day.  It will be fun to see how Genoa City romances play out on that day.


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Here are some comments from Y&R watcher, Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:

I don't think I will miss Dylan.  There are a couple of other actors that I wouldn't miss either.  As for Gloria, her character is just too far-fetched.  Judith Chapman plays the role well.  Victoria is getting on my nerves, but that's not new. If Sharon and Nick end up back together, I stop watching the show.

I will miss Dylan, Carly, but not a great deal.  I don't think they have much of a storyline left for him.  He just can't live happily ever after with Sharon, not on a soap.

Gloria is a very polarizing character.  Those who like her, really like her.  They think she's fun and feisty and that she spices up the show.  You fall into the second category, Carly.  You think she's too far-fetched, too "off the wall." (Her sauna scene was something else).  Most fans, however, do agree that Judith Chapman plays the role well.

You say that Victoria is getting on your nerves and that that's nothing new.  You don't explain why, though.  I assume you don't like the character or the actress who plays her - Amelia Heinle - or both.

You definitely don't want Sharon and Nick back together.  You are quite adamant about that. However, I really think that Sharon with try to connect with Nick after Dylan's death.  The writers appear to be setting up a triangle between Nick and Sharon and Chelsea.  Nick and Sharon may get back together again for a time, but don't expect it to last.

Here are some predictions from Fifi in Collingwood, Ontario.

I predict that the new nanny that Nick hired to take care of Christian will do things that will concern Faith.  Faith will keep a close eye on her.  Nick and Chelsea will become a couple until Nick finds out that Chelsea knows Adam is the father of Christian.  There is still a future for Sharon and Nick.

Well, Fifi, I have to admit that I haven't given the new nanny, Monica, much thought.  However, now that you mention her, we'll have to see if she's just a temporary character or if she plays any king of a significant role in the storyline.  We'll see if your prediction about her comes true.

I think you are right on the money about the Nick, Chelsea and Sharon triangle.  Carly in Barrhaven is not going to be pleased about a Nick and Sharon reunion, but it could be in the cards.

Here are some comments from CC in Etobicoke, Ontario:

The Devon/Hilary storyline is a real drag, as is the Sharon/Dylan thing.  I am okay with Dylan leaving town and the show.  I wonder if they will kill him off or just make him disappear while they decide if they want to replace him with another actor.  The Nick/ Chelsea relationship is falling flat. for me too.  They should bring Adam back, even if they have to recast.

I haven't heard about any plans to cast a new actor to replace Steve Burton as Dylan.  I could happen somewhere down the line.

I'm not too big on Nick and Chelsea either.  Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see that great a connection between them,  It could be that viewers would just rather see Chelsea with Adam.  Nick and Chelea's relationship seems so contrived, as if they were just thrown together.

Many Y&R fans miss Adam, but head writer Sally Sussman has said that there are no plans to bring the character back any time soon.  If Adam ever returns, don't expect him to be played by Justin Hartley. Hartley is a big prime time star on This Is Us.  He is unlikely to return to daytime. There is nothing Y&R can do about that.  By the way, This Is Us is such a smash hit that NBC has already renewed it for another two seasons.

Maria in Manhattan has weighed in with some remarks about the show.

I'm sorry that Steve Burton (Dylan is leaving.  I'll miss him.  The kids are the stars of the show.  I'm glad Gloria is back.  She adds class to the show.

Yes, many are disappointed that Steve Burton is exiting. The child actors on Y&R are certainly stealing the spotlight right now.  Most of the time, they are more sensible than the adults.  As for Gloria, I'm glad she's back too.  However, Maria, I wouldn't describe her as "classy."  She's a lot of things, but classy isn't one of them.  She's a shameless fortune hunter in search of a rich husband. The woman has admitted that she can't wait to put a big rock on her ring finger.  She's also selfish and deceitful.  As I've said before, the show needs characters like her to cause trouble and create conflict.


New photographer character on Y&R

Darnell Kirkwood
A new character is coming to Genoa City.  According to Soap Opera Digest, The Young and the Restless has cast Darnell Kirkwood in the role of Brass & Sassy photographer Jordan Wilde.  Kirkland will make his first appearance on Y&R on Friday, February 10, 2017 on CBS (Thursday, February 9 on Global TV in Canada).  Kirkwood has appeared in episodes of Scorpion, Magic City, Bosch and Burn Notice.  This will be his first stint on daytime television.

The arrival of Jordan could spell trouble for Cane and Lily.  Lily did some modelling recently at Brass & Sassy and Cane didn't seem too pleased about it.  She's bound to interact with Jordan if she continues modelling and he's a shutterbug at Brass & Sassy.  The casting call for the character called for "a sexy African American in his early 30s who's not only a gifted photographer but has serious swagger."

Sean Carrigan (Dr. Stitch) has been cast in Netflix series

Sean Carrigan will be starring in a new Netflix comedy.  Details are not available yet.  However, the should be a comfortable fit for Carrigan because he likes to employ his comedic skills.  I've met him twice (at the Y&R charity tea in Toronto) and I can attest that he continually cracks jokes  In fact, he is a stand-up comedian.  It's something he doesn't get a chance to do much in his role as Dr. Ben "Stitch" Rayburn..

This dioesn't mean that fans will see the last of Dr. Stith'em up.  It doesn't appear that Carrigan will be leaving his Y&R role  He tweeted: "Can't release any details yet, but in addition to playing a doctor in Genoa City, I'll be starring in a new Netflix Comedy Series!"


Victor Newman has been talking about taking on a lighter work load and spending more time with his family.  He's also considering who should be his successor and has expressed disappointment  that his children have not shown any great enthusiasm about following in his footsteps, especially Nicholas.

Victor may have had humble beginnings, growing up in an orphanage, but he and Nikki are quite snobbish. He looks down on Nick as the owner of a bar.  He encouraged Noah to run Newman's Top of the Tower, rather than assist his father at The Underground.  Snobby Nikki has always looked down on Sharon for being from the wrong side of the tracks.  Yet Nikki herself came from the wrong side of the tracks herself and she was a stripper.

Neither Nick, nor Noah, want anything to do with Newman Enterprises.  Victoria is a competent enough businesswoman.  The writers were a bit sexist to have her neglect her job because of Travis.  If she were a man, they never would have done that.  Abby has matured since her "Naked Heiress"days, but she still needs more seasoning and experience. Summer also needs more experience.  Faith and Connor and Christian (aka Sully) will be the future.  I can picture Faith in business when she gets old enough.  Just look at the way she's mastering chess.  She's a chip off Victor's block.

So, fans, what do you think?  Who should take over the helm of Newman Enterprises when Victor retires?

Who should succeed Victor Newman as the next CEO of Newman Enterprises?

Nicholas Newman
Victoria Newman
Abby Newman
Noah Newman
Summer Newman
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, February 4, 2017.  

- Joanne

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