Saturday, November 25, 2017

Y&R Report (November 25, 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.

Well folks, new head writer Mal Young is rapidly cleaning house,  He is wrapping up storylines quickly and getting rid of characters who don't fit in with the direction he's taking The Young and the Restless. Juliet is gone.  Graham is gone.  Zack is gone. Nikki and Jack seem to have ended their relationship . . .

It's obvious that Ashley Abbott certainly doesn't feel the same way about Ravi as he feels about her.  She didn't event have enough regard for him to include him in her family Thanksgiving gathering.  He mistakenly thought he was invited. When he showed up at the Abbott home, he was devastated to find our that he hadn't actually been invited.  However, Ashley could have asked the poor guy in anyway.  She made him feel humiliated.  I realize she has been occupied with Dina's illness, Abby's disappearance and business matters.  However that's no excuse to treat Ravi that way.

Ravi should mend his broken heart and move on.  Snobby Ashley Abbott doesn't appreciate him.  He should find someone who feels the same way about him.  Unfortunately, he's a victim of unrequited love. He had hoped to get serious about his feelings for Ashley but she just treated him like any ordinary Jabot employee.  She could have at least spoken to him privately outside the door and explained the situation with Dina to him.

Maybe Mal Young wants to pair Ravi with someone else.  Ravi deserves better and viewers have not seen much of his life outside the office.  Actually, he should even consider resigning from his job at Jabot.  With his technological skills, he could get a good job anywhere.  The truth is that Jabot needs Ravi more than Ravi need Jabot.  He's not appreciated enough, especially by A.A.  At the very least, she owes him an apology.

What's with Nikki Newman?  Why couldn't she see that Dina is ill and that she was not behaving normally when she stabbed her?  Nikki was so busy complaining about Dina that she didn't allow Jack to tell her that his mother was suffering from Alzheimer's.  He became so frustrated by her behaviour that he "disinvited" her for Thanksgiving and then dumped her.

Jack later apologized to Nikki and told her the truth about Dina.  He also informed her that he had decided to take a leave of absence from Jabot in order to spend time with his ailing mother.  Although Nikki was sympathetic, Jack said he did not want to continue his relationship with her.

It's about time Summer was mentioned on Y&R.  Phyllis phoned her on Thanksgiving and viewers learned that she is in Belize at the moment.  I wonder if Snowflake will ever return to Genoa City.  If there's no storyline for her, she may move away permanently.

On Thanksgiving, Nick reconciled with Chelsea and Billy with Phyllis. The two couples then went off to spend the holiday in New Orleans.  I'm not so sure that their reconciliations will last for long, especially in the case of Chelsea and Nick.  Once Nick learns that Chelsea has hidden the fact that he is not Christian's biological father, I don't see how that relationship can last.  As I've said before, it's only a matter of time before he reunites with Sharon, especially since Sharon will eventually find out about Scott and Abby.

As for Phyllis and Billy, they will have to face more problems and conflicts.  That/s how soaps work.  It will be interesting to see if Princess Victoria Newman will continue to pursue Billy Boy now that she has fired him from Brass & Sassy.  Will she be content to just let Phyllis be with him.  Her ex, J.T. Hellstrom, is returning soon.  I wouldn't be surprised if he has broken up with Mackenzie and is a free agent.  Will he get together with the Princess again?

As for the Princess, she is becoming more and more like Daddy Newman every day.  She's on a real power play.  She's already fired Billy and demoted Lily, Abby and Jordan.  You'd think she was the host of The Apprentice.  As Victor would say, "It's nothing personal.  It's just business."

I'm always glad to see Traci (Beth Maitland) in town.  She is such a refreshing change from all the selfish, vindictive people in town.  I wish she'd appear more often.

One more thing:  Fans, how do you like Gina Tognoni's (Phyllis) new hairstyle?  My own hairstylist thinks Phyllis' new hairdo is "okay."  She rates it a seven out of ten.


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Here are some comments from regular contributor CC in Etobicoke, Ontario:

Dina has certainly added something to the Y&R.  Stabbing Nikki and acting justified during it is really out there.  The fact that she has the goods on Zack and knows full well where Scott and Abby are but plays dumb about it all can go in many different directions.  Maybe she is out of it because of her dementia.  Maybe she knows exactly what she is doing and is using it as part of her scheme.  Who knows how far reaching her scheme will go.  I don't think we can trust anything she says or does when she is sickeningly sweet.  But the elderly often speak their true minds when they are telling it like it is.  In a couple of instances she even surprised herself and had to cover for it.  

It is starting to look like Ashely and Jack should move over to This is Us!  Having been motherless during their childhood days has them addle-brained in middle age.

Yes, CC, I really agree with you.  Dina (Marla Adams) has added something special to the Y&R.  Her performance has been excellent and I think she deserves a Daytime Emmy nomination.  However,
it must be difficult for people who have family members with Alzheimer's to watch this storyline.  It's a depressing subject and it makes some people uncomfortable.  Yet, it's an issue that can't be ignored and Y&R has chosen to deal with it head on.

For two successful business people, Ashley and Jack have certainly messed up their personal lives. (Ashley was even given an award for "innovator of the year)."  Still, neither of the siblings has been able to maintain a stable relationship and both have been divorced multiple times.  Perhaps it's the result of being abandoned by their mother.  Whatever the reason, CC, the two of them are in need of psychiatric treatment. They aren't doing very well in the romance department either.  Jack's relationship with Nikki seems to have ended.  I expect her to return to Victor as usual.  As for Ashley, I don't see her relationship with Ravi going anywhere either.

I spoke to Helen in Scarborough, Ontario.  Helen wants to know how Crystal was aware that Scott and Abby and Zack were at the warehouse. She suddenly appeared out of nowhere with a gun.  Then she shot Zack and fled.

Helen is also very disturbed by Dina's Alzheimer storyline.  It bothers her so much that she may stop watching the show.  I can understand her sentiments.  Many people watch soaps for a bit of escapism and Alzheimer's is much too real and scary for them.  I don't know where the writers can take this storyline, given Dina's diagnosis.  She will eventually have to be placed in a nursing home.  Some viewers, such as Helen, don't want to be subjected to her inevitable deterioration..

I also spoke to Fifi in Collingwood, Ontario.  Fifi concurred with me that Ashley treated Ravi abominably.  She said Ashley's considers Rafi out of her league and that she felt sorry for him.  Fifi also felt sorry for poor Faith at the Newman Thanksgiving Dinner.  The youngster had to listen to all that bickering between Victoria and Abby.

Fifi pointed out some things about the two couples who were headed to New Orleans.  Phyllis is Nick's ex-wife and Chelsea and Billy have a child together - Johnny.  So why did this unlikely quartet travel to the Big Easy together?  I discovered that there has been some online speculation as to the reason - it was thought that Adam might show up  there.  After all, it did seem rather strange that Billy would suddenly suggest going to New Orleans, and at Thanksgiving too.  Maybe at Mardi Gras . . . Also, why would Billy and Phyllis invite Nick and Chelsea to accompany them unless Chelsea was meant to catch a glimpse of her presumably dead husband or his look-alike.  However the foursome returned to Genoa City without any indication of an Adam sighting.

Oh yes, Fifi had one more comment.  She says "thumbs up" on Phyllis' new hairstyle.


Update on Kristoff St. John (Neil)

In the October 28, 2017 edition of Y&R Report, I mentioned how Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) has been having a difficult time dealing with the suicide of his son Julian in November of 2014.  There had been reports that Kristoff had allegedly tried to kill himself with a gun and that he was in hospital, under psychiatric care.  Kristoff's ex-wife, Julian's mother, tried to set the record straight.  She described the reports as "inaccurate" and "fabricated."  She said an incident had occurred that had pushed Kristoff to the brink, but that it had not been reported accurately.  She did acknowledge that he was heartbroken and distraught over his son's death.

Kristoff recently addressed his problems publicly.  The Emmy-winning actor updated fans on his condition in a Facebook post.  He wrote the following:

 Thank you to all my friends on FB, social media and beyond. I’m in awe of the outpouring of love. I have read your amazing comments and have seen wonderful pictures and inspirational quotes and words that you have given me. You have helped me more than you will ever know. I have made great strides in the last 3 weeks. I am healthy and thriving. I have reclaimed my strength. I am moving forward. I have no other choice. Following God’s plan. This was some serious family love that you showed me. I will never, ever go back in time to repeat such dark behavior. I love my family and friends way too much. Thank you always for supporting me and standing by the St. John family. ‘Fall seven times, rise eight. Life begins now!’ Love, peace and light. Kristoff”


Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger)

Are you a fan of Abby and Scott or Sharon and Scott?  There have been sparks between Abby and Scott for a long time.  It was inevitable that something wold happen between them.  However, I'm not very pleased about the way it happened.  First of all, with their lives in grave danger in the warehouse, how could they even think of anything "romantic.'  It wasn't very romantic anyway.  Secondly, Scott acted very dishonourably and he was disloyal to Sharon.

Here's what Melissa Ordway had to say about it in an interview with Soap Central:

"People say that when you hate someone so much, there must be some sort of love there, and I think that's true [for Abby and Scott]. I think there has been a lot of sexual tension between the two of them; they get on each other's nerves, they're the complete opposite, they can't stand each other, but they're always attracted to each other at the same time. So I think the sexual tension has always been there, but [they finally act on it] because they're both scared in the moment because of the Zack situation, and they don't even think about the consequences or what they're doing. They're vulnerable, and they just go for it."

What do you think, fans?   Reply to the poll below.

Do you like Abby and Scott together or do you prefer him with Sharon?

I definitely prefer him with Sharon. Although there's an age difference, they have good chemistry.and they get along well.
Abby and Scott are great together. Sharon can go back to Nick.
Scott doesn't deserve either of them.
I really don't care.
I'm not sure.
Please Specify:
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The sixth annual Y&R OpportuniTea with Kate Linder (high tea in support of the March of Dimes) will be held at the Royal York Hotel on December 3, 2017.  Kate (Esther Valentine) will be joined by Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Abhi Sinha (Ravi Shapour) and Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger).  I will be attending this event and I am looking forward to it.  For more details, click on the link below.

That's all for now.  Don't miss the next edition of Y&R Report in this space on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  I am planning to have photos and a report on the Y&R OpporunitiesTea for you.

- Joanne

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Y&R Report (November 11, 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.

Well fans, another restaurant has been torched on Y&R.  The show certainly has a history of burning down eateries and nightclubs.  I have compiled a list of them.

* Gina's restaurant was set on fire by Kevin Fisher in 2003.  Kevin locked Colleen Carlton inside, but J.T. Hellstrom rescued her.

* In 2012, Gloria's popular Genoa City nightclub, Gloworm, burned to the ground.

* In 2015, there was an inferno at the Top of the Tower Halloween gala.  In 2017, just two years later, another restaurant went up in flames, also on Halloween.

I realize that Y&R is a soap and it can't be completely realistic, but the The Underground fire story had more holes in its plot than a piece of Swiss cheese.  First of all, why did Dina wander into Nick's restaurant?.  Why would she choose to go there?  I realize she has some form of dementia, but why couldn't the writers have come up with another arsonist or another reason for the fire.

I understand why Billy was chosen to be the hero, the one who rescued the teen brigade from the inferno.  He's been such a jerk and so reckless that the writers probably wanted to redeem him in some way.  They wanted to demonstrate that he does have some good qualities.

Although Billy managed to save the kids, he got left behind as The Underground collapsed.  His situation became dire and he firefighters declared that he was in danger of losing his leg.  Then, Jack insisted on going in to help his wayward brother.  There is no way, absolutely no way, the responders would have allowed Jack to enter such a dangerous place.  Then, miracle of miracle, Jack walked out with Billy and neither was seriously injured.  In fact, Billy was not even rushed to the hospital (Can you still hear that Hallelujah Chorus?).  Much to Princess Victoria Newman's  disappointment, the unlikely hero was sturdy enough to embrace Phyllis.   However, he was was later seen with crutches.

Of all Victor's children, Victoria is the most like her father.  When Billy hugged Phyllis after surviving his ordeal, the Princess was not a happy camper.  She coolly thanked him for rescuing her son, Reed.  Then, without skipping a beat, she fired him as her right-hand man at Brass & Sassy.  I don't think Billy would have wanted to work at Newman anyway, given how he feels about his former father-in-law and Victor wouldn't have wanted him there either.  Yet, Billy wasn't even given a choice.  One of the reason's Victoria threw him under the bus was to please Daddy.  Another reason, of course, was that he chose Phyllis over her.

Victoria made a huge power play by putting Brass & Sassy under the wing of  Newman Enterprises again.  It was the only way she could save her precious company.  She has really aligned herself with Daddy this time, hasn't she?  However, she was tough, with Victor.and made several demands on him before she would return to Newman Enterprises.  She is now Chief Operating Officer. of Newman, although you can be sure that "The Moustache" will always have the final say.  The announcement of Victoria's appointment as C.O.O. was an absolute fiasco as Newman Enterprises' ties to the sex trafficking ring were revealed.  It was a public relations disaster for the Princess.

I had to laugh when Abby bragged to Scott that she was a good judge of character.  Really, Abby?  Is that why your boyfriend was involved in a sex trafficking ring and you didn't have a clue?  You and Paul Williams should star in a new show called The Young and the Clueless.

I'm not really surprised that Juliet died in childbirth.  New head writer Mal Young obviously wanted to remove her from the storyline.  That was the quickest and easiest way to do it.  However,Juiet did give birth to a son, who may or may not be Cane's biological child.  Now that she's dead, we may find out some secrets that Juliet left behind.  At the moment, it seems as if Cane and Lily will reconcile and raise the baby, whom Lily named "Sam" after Cane's late twin sister, Samantha.

It also seems that Mal Young is purging Y&R of characters he think fit into his storylines or the direction he's taking the show.  The departure of Laur Allen (Juliet Helton) was really abrupt.  I think most viewers, including myself, thought Juliet would stay around a while and continue to complicate the lives of Cane and Lily.  She would probably still be a member of the cast if Sally Sussman were still the head writer.

It looks as if Zack is on his way out too.  He sure surrendered Abby to Scott without much of fight, didn't he.  Was that a way to quickly get rid of him too?  It also seems as if Graham didn't fit into Mal's plans either.  He may be back, though.  Who knows?

So, Noah has agreed to be manager of Top of the Tower.  Victor offered him the job. but Aunt Victoria talked him into it.  It may not be a corporate position but once again, he's allowing himself to be sucked into the orbit of Grandpa Victor.  No good can come of that for Noah because he's going to be under Victor's control.  Poor Noah!  He just can't do anything right and his luck is as bad as his judgement.  Just think of his last three girlfriends: Courtney, an undercover cop, was murdered before their wedding ceremony, Marisa, the former girlfriend of a drug lord, chose to live in Spain with her daughter and his current girlfriend, Tessa, is more attracted to his sister, Mariah than to him.  Yikes!  Noah's record in the romance department has been egregious and he's going to have his heart broken again when he finds out about Tessa and Mariah.

It seems as if the whole Newman family, except for Nick, is under Victor's thumb again., I expect Nikki to return to him eventuallyn too.  She always does, even though she tries valiantly to resist.  As for Nick, it will be fascinating to see how he'll occupy himself now that he doesn't have The Underground anymore.


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I received some comments from Helen in Scarborough.  Here is what Helen had to say:

Message to Mal Young:  You suck!

Zack's final confrontation scene with Scott featured Scott as Batman, Dina as Batgirl (hiding in the car) and Zack as The Joker.  All we needed was Robin, the Boy Wonder.  How about Noah for the part?

Helen also thinks that Juliet's father may turn up to cause problems for Lily and Cane. After all. Cane phoned him twice and there may be a reason for that.  Even though he didn't express any interest in Juliet or his grandchild, that could change.  Perhaps he'll try to get custody of the child, especially if Mr. Sato, not Cane, turns out to be the father.


J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill) is returning to Genoa City

Thad Luckinbill

Blockbuster news for fans!  Thad Luckinbill is reprising his role as J.T. Hellstrom on The Young and the Restless after an absence of seven years.  Luckinbill portrayed J.T. from 1999 until 2010. 

In March of 2007, Thad married his Y&R castmate, Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman).
They have two children together, a son and a daughter.  However, Thad filed for divorce on March 1, 2017, citing irreconcilable differences.  Their Y&R characters, Victoria and J.T., also wed.  They had a son named Reed, but the marriage didn't work out.  J.T. then married Mackenzie and the couple made a fresh start in Washington, D.C.  Meanwhile, Victoria tied the knot with Billy Abbott three times (their first marriage in Jamaica wasn't legal).

The last we heard, J.T. and Mackenzie were expecting a new baby and had moved to Poland.  An unhappy Reed ran off to live with his mother in Genoa City. When J.T. returns, it will be interesting to see how her interacts with his ex-wife, Victoria, and their teenage son, Reed.

Thad Luckinbill will return to Y&R just in time Geona City's Christmas and New Year's festivities. His first appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 (CBS) and Monday, December 11 (Global-TV).


* Jill (Jess Walton) will return to Genoa City in December.

* Justin Hartley ex-Adam Newman and star of This is Us, wed his long-time girlfriend Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017.  The ceremony took place in Malibu, California.


Mal Young

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Y&R's head writer, was asked about his vision for the show.  Here's how he replied:

My overall vision is to keep it fresh, never rest on our laurels. My mantra is, “What is good is today’s show,” and the minute the viewers watch that, it goes into the history archives and they’re saying, “But what next? And what’s next?” And that’s our job, to keep the viewers guessing and enthralled and entertained and surprised. Not just to do what everyone thinks a soap should do, and fall into the same old tropes. I think our job is to constantly question where we’re going with the show and keep it feeling contemporary and exciting and entertaining. 

How do you like the job Mal has done so far?  Do you think he's taking the show in the right direction?  Respond to the poll below and let me know what you think.

Are you pleased with the work of Y&R's new head writer, Mal Young?

Yes, I think his writing has been crisp and fast-paced.
No, the writing has been a disaster since he replaced Sally Sussman.
It's too early to judge. I want to give him more time.
I don't know.
Please Specify:
make a quiz


The sixth annual Y&R OpportuniTea with Kate Linder (high tea in support of the March of Dimes) will be held at the Royal York Hotel on December 3, 2017.  Kate (Esther Valentine) will be joined by Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Abhi Sinha (Ravi Shapour) and Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger).  For more details, click on the link below.

That's all for now. Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, November 25, 2017.  The November Sweeps are underway.  I am looking forward to the return of J.T. and Christmas and New Year's in Genoa City.

- Joanne

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Growing Pains Quiz


Growing Pains, an American situation comedy, ran from 1985 to 1992 on the ABC network.  The show centred on the affluent Seaver family.  The series featured Alan Thicke as Dr. Jason Seaver.  Seaver, a psychiatrist, who moved his office into the family home after his wife, Maggie, returned to work.  Joanna Kearns played Maggie, a newspaper journalist who later became a television reporter.  Their children were Mike (Kirk Cameron), Carol (Tracey Gold) and Ben (Jeremy Miller).  A fourth child, Chrissy, was born in 1988.  From 1988 until 1990, Chrissy was played by Kristen and Kelsey Dohring.  Ashley Johnson took over the role in 1990.  

Why not test your knowledge of Growing Pains by answering the quiz below.  Good luck!

Growing Pains Quiz

1.  Where did the Seaver family live?

A..  Boston, Massachusetts

B.  San Francisco, California

C.  Long Island, New York

D.  Hartford, Connecticut

E.  Seattle, Washington

2.  What was the name of the theme song from Growing Pains?

A.  "We Are Family"

B.  "Together"

C.  "All of Us"

D,  "As Long as We've Got Each Other"

E.  "Our Time"

3.  What was Maggie Seaver's maiden name?

Maggie Seaver (Joanna Kearns)
A.  Mahoney

B.  Malone

C.  Ryan

D.  Roland

E.  Findlay

4.  What was Mike Seaver's middle name?

Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver)
 A.  Thomas

B.  Douglas

C.  Stephen

D.  Adam

E.  Aaron

5.  What was the nickname of Mike Seaver's best friend?

A.  Boner

B.  Skip

C.  Ace

D.  Sparky

E.  Spanky

6.  Tracey Gold (Carol Seaver) suffered from which affliction?

A.  cancer

B.  bipolar disorder

C.  drug addiction

D.  anorexia

E.  dyslexia

7.  Which of the following actors did not appear on Growing Pains?

A.  Brad Pitt

B.  George Clooney

C.  Leonardo DiCaprio

D.  Matthew Perry

E.  Dick Van Patten

8.  In season 4, Carol's boyfriend, Sandy, lost his life.  How?

A.  drug overdose

B.  lost control of his motorcycle

C.  died in an airplane crash

D.  epileptic seizure

E.  was killed in a drunk driving accident

9.  Who was Annie?

A.  a cousin  of the Seavers

B.  a cheerleader who liked Mike

C.  Maggie's boss at the television station

D.  an old friend of Maggie's

E.  Jason's sister

10.  In Season 7, why did Carol want to come home from college so often?

A.  She was homesick.

B.  The dorm was noisy and she couldn't concentrate on her studies.

C.  Her roommate's behaviour was causing difficulties for her.

D.  The students in her dorm were snobby.

E.  She didn't like the food in the cafeteria.  She felt ill after eating there.

11.  Who played PTA President Mrs. Hinkley in an episode of Growing Pains entitled "The Seavers vs. The Cleavers" (Season 1, Episode 16, Air Date: January 28, 1986)?

A.  Annette Funicello

B.  Barbara Billingsley

C.  Patty Duke

D.  Doris Day

E.  Donna Reed

12.  In an episode entitled "Jealousy" (Season 1, Episode 3, Air Date: October 8, 1985), Jason was jealous of Fred Mathis, played by Tom O'Rourke.  Who was Fred?

Alan Thicke (Jason)

A.  Maggie's old boyfriend

B.  Maggie's boss

C.  Maggie's co-worker

D.  the Seaver family's next-door-neighbour

E.  Ben's teacher

13.  In a 1985 episode of Growing Pains, Jason embarrassed Mike at a concert.  Who was performing the concert?

A.  Elton John

B.  Billy Joel

C.  Tom Petty

D.  Bruce Springsteen

E.  U-2

14.  In the episode "Charity Begins at Home"  (Season 1, Episode 17, Air Date: February 18, 1986), Ben gave Jason a very expensive birthday present, causing speculation as to how he could have afforded it.  What was the gift?

Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver)

A.  season's tickets for the New York Yankees

B.  a painting

C.  a set of golf clubs

D. a gold watch

E. a fancy camera

15. The late Dana Plato of Diff'rent Strokes fame, appeared in a 1985 episode of Growing Pains.  What part did she play?

A.  a Madonna look-alike

B.  a shoplifter

C.  a friend of Carol's

D. a wealthy classmate of Mike's

E. Maggie's niece

16.  In the final season of the series, when Tracey gold suffered from anorexia and had to take a leave of absence, how was her character, Carol written out of the show?

A.  Carol was taking a break from her studies to travel around the world.

B.  Carol and a friend were working in California for six months.

C.  Carol was in Africa, doing humanitarian work.

D.  Carol was in London, England, pursuing her college studies abroad.

E.   Carol was teaching English in Hong Kong for six months.


1.  C

The Seaver family lived at 15 Robin Hood Lane in Huntington, Long Island, New York.

2.  D

The theme song from Growing Pains was "As Long as We've Got Each Other."  It was written and composed by John Bettis (lyrics) and Steve Dorff (music).

3.  B

Maggie's maiden name was Malone.  Her full name was Margaret Katherine Malone Seaver.

4.  E.

Mike Seaver's full name was Michael Aaron Seaver.

5.  A

Andrew Koenig  (Boner)

Mike's best friend was Richard Milhous "Boner" Stabone.  Andrew Koenig played the role of Boner for four seasons, from 1985 until 1989.  In a February 1, 1989 episode entitled "Semper Fidelis," Boner decided to drop out of college to join the Marines.

Andrew Koenig, the son of Walter Walter Koenig (Chekov on Star Trek), took his own life in February of 2010.  He was 41 years old and his body was found in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

6.  D

Tracey Gold suffered from anorexia. Her illness forced producers to write her out of a large amount of the show's final season.  Tracey told the Los Angeles Times that the last season was like a blur to her and that she can't even recall the episodes.  "They said, 'We've been canceled.  You can come back for the last episode,' but I was still very, very sick and an insurance risk."

7.  B

George Clooney never appeared on Growing Pains.

Brad Pitt appeared in two separate episodes of Growing Pains, the first time in a 1987 episode, "Who's Zoomin' Who" (Season 3, Episode 9, Air Date November 10, 1987), in which Carol had a crush on him.  He appeared on the show for a second time in 1989 episode entitled "Feet of Clay" (Season 4, Episode 14, Air Date. February 8, 1989) when he portrayed musician Jonathan Keith, Ben's favourite rock star.  Maggie arranged a meeting between the true, but Keith turned out to be a disappointment.

Brad Pitt (right) with Jeremy Miller (Ben) in 1989 episode

Dick Van Patten of Eight is Enough fame, appeared in an episode entitled "Fortunate Son" (Season 4, Episode 16, Air Date: February 22, 1989).  Dick played Nick Simpson, Mike's bigoted boss, who openly displayed a preference for white employees.

Kirk Cameron with Dick Patten

In the show's fourth season in 1989, Matthew Perry, of Friends fame, played Sandy.  Sandy was a personable college student with whom Carol was smitten.

Matthew Perry as Sandy

In the seventh and final season of the show., Leonardo DiCaprio joined the cast as a homeless teen named Luke Brower.  Luke was taken into the Seaver home.

Leonardo DiCaprio on Growing Pains

8.  E

Sandy died after being injured in a car accident while driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was taken to hospital and was apparently on the road to recovery.  However, two scenes later,, the Seavers learned that he had passed away due to internal injuries.

9.  B

In the episode entitled "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (Season 2, Episode 3, Air Date: October 28, 1986), Annie,(Kate Boyer,) was a cheerleader who befriended Carol in order to get to know Mike better.

10.  C

Carol wanted to come home from college so often because of the behaviour of her roommate, Brianne.  Brianne was always bringing boys into the room, who left it untidy.  She also allowed them to sleep in Carol's bed, leaving Carol with no place to sleep.

11.  A.

Annette Funicello, star of the original Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and several "Beach Party" movies of the 1960s, played the role of PTA President Mrs. Hinkley in the 1986 episode.

12.  C

Fred was Maggie's co-worker with home she was working late at the office.

13.  D.

Jason embarrassed Mike at a Bruce Springsteen concert. in an episode entitled "Springsteen"  (Season 1, Episode 2, Air Date (October 1, 1985).

14.  E.

Ben gifted Jason with a fancy camera.  He obtained the money by asking the neighbours for money for the needy.

15.  A

Dana Plato as Madonna look-alike

In an episode entitled "Mike's Madonna Story" (Season 1, Episode 6, Air Date: November 5, 1985), Dana Plato portrayed Lisa, a Madonna look-alike whom Mike fell for.

16.  D

Carol was in London, England, pursuing her college education abroad.


* Canadian-born Alan Thicke died on December 13, 2016. of aortic dissection (a serious condition in which the large blood vessel branching off the heart rips apart) while playing hockey with his son Carter.  He was 69 years old at the time of his passing.

* Kirk Cameron (born October 12, 1970) married actress Chelsea Noble on July 21, 1991.  They have six children and Kirk is active as an Evangelical Christian.

* Jeremy Miller (born October 21, 1976) is married to Joanie Miller and has three stepsons.

*  Joanna Kerns (born February 12, 1953) has been married twice.  She was married to Richard Kerns from 1976 to 1985.  They have a daughter, actress Ashley Cooper Kerns.  Joanna wed her second husband, Marc Appleton in 1994.

*  Tracey Gold (born May 16, 1969) married Roby Marshall in 1994.  They have four sons: Sage Gold (b. February 16, 1997), Bailey Vincent (b. March 4, 1999), Aiden Michael (b. May 9, 2004), and Dylan Christopher (b. April 1, 2008).

* 166 episodes of Growing Pains were produced.

*  There have been two Growing Pains TV movies: The Growing Pains Movie (1970) and Growing Pains: Return of The Seavers (2004).

- Joanne

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Internet TV Digest #5

This is the fifth of an occasional feature on TV Banter called Internet TV Digest.  Internet TV Digest contains recent news, information and discussion about online television.


Netflix cancels production of House of Cards

Kevin Spacey

Fans of House of Cards may not be able to watch any new episodes of the show.  On October 31, 2017, Netflix suspended production of the sixth season of the series.  The cancellation comes amid revelations of sexual harassment allegations involving the shows's star, Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

Netflix and Media Rights Capital issued a statement that production was being suspended "to give time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."  Production of the sixth season had recently gotten underway in Baltimore.

Barbra Streisand brings concert special to Netflix

Barbra Streisand

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand brings her Barbra: The Music . . . The Mem'ries . . . tour to Netflix in a concert special that was filmed last year in Miami, Florida.  The Streisand special begins streaming on November 22, 2017.

Amazon's numbers show substantial growth

Amazon Prime reported that its membership increased a whopping 59 per cent in the third quarter of 2017.  According to a November 2nd article by Casey Coombs of the Puget Sound Business Journal, Amazon only began reporting its subscription fees in it 2016 report under pressure for openness from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company still declines to disclose how many members it has.

Amazon ascribed its strong third-quater profit partly to Prime Day, the 30-hour July sale for Amazon Prime members.  It showed a 60 per cent increase over last year.

What's new on Netflix in November?

Alias Grace (available November 3rd)

Alias Grace is a six-part television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name.  If you have enjoyed Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, you will enjoy this.  I  have already watched it here in Canada on CBC-TV.  It is gripping entertainment.  Written and produced by Sarah Polly, Alias Grace is a psychological dramatization of a 19th-century murder mystery involving an Irish immigrant maid.  Sarah Gadon simply shines in the lead role of Grace Marks.

Mudbound (available November 17) 

Mudbound, an adaptation of a Hilary Jordan's novel, explores the relationship between white landowners and black sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta following World War II.  The film received rave reviews at the Sundance film festival, especially for its stars, Cary Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Mary J. Blige.  Director Dee Rees is being touted for an Oscar nomination.

Godless (available November 22)   

Godless is an seven-part Western series from co-creator and executive producer Steven Soderbergh.  It takes place in a frontier town where all the men have perished in a mining accident.  The women are left to fend for themselves and they must uphold law and order.  It stars Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery in a completely different role.

Links to Internet streaming articles and information
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