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.
Mia Rosales is certainly a piece of work, isn't she? What a vamp! She's really over the top, somewhat cartoonish, especially with her smiles and smirks. She always shows up when Rey is talking to Sharon, as if she has a sixth sense.
Tessa is also a piece of work. I've never trusted her and she has been unmasked as a con woman and a liar. She no longer has Mariah fooled, but Mariah doesn't know about the hidden money in the teddy bear yet. However, Victoria Newman certainly knows about it. She confronted Tessa and retrieved the money. Princess Victoria even threatened to make Tessa a suspect in the murder of J.T., invoking the usual Newman snobbery about her family's social standing in Genoa City. The word of a poor person such as Tessa, Victoria said, would not carry as much weight as that of the great and glorious Newman family.
Nikki and Victor want to be Genoa City's power couple, as do Nick (who is becoming more like dear old dad everyday) and Phyllis. It seems that Nick reconnected with Phyllis for two reasons: sex and power. Sharon is the true love of Nick's life and Phyllis will always play second fiddle. That was clearly evident in the scene where Nick looked at the photo of him and Phyllis dancing at the Jabot gala. He imagined Sharon's face in the photo. He lost her due to his own arrogance, but he's still pining over her.
Poor Faith. She's growing up fast, but becoming hardened and cynical. Nothing her parents do surprises her anymore. It's a circus. After witnessing Nick and Sharon's wedding fiasco, she was informed that her dad's ex, Phyllis, has moved in with him. What a merry-go-round! It's a wonder Faith is sane. I hope she doesn't turn out to be a Snowflake like Summer. I hope she decides not to make the same mistakes her parents have made.
Y&R may be into power couples, but the show lacks a real super couple. Abby and Arturo? Arturo is a sleazeball and Abby has the worst judgement in men.
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Here are some comments from regular contributor CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.
I have to say that I am not impressed with the casting choices of Lola and Mia. Is it budget restraints? I get the point but the roles are heavily Latin American stereotypical and smack of racism. Lola's idea is to busy the words out. Mia has great smirks and sneers. She is coming across as very tough. Can't imagine what Rey and Arturo saw in her. If she is kept around, I wonder who her next victim will be? Then again, if she winds up dead, there will be more than enough suspects . . . Rey, Abby, Arturo, Sharon . . .
Not looking forward to Reed's return. I see nothing special in the model type who plays Kerry Johnson, the new chemist. It appears that Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) is taking an extended honeymoon. It will not surprise me if his role goes the same way as Doug Davidson's.
I love the daily cliffhanger style but there are many roles and storylines where the producers and writers have dropped the ball . . Nate, Shauna (thank goodness) , Devon . . . Just my musings.
Well CC, I'm not sure that the Latino characters are portrayed in a particularly racist or stereotypical manner. Yes, Mia is wild and crazy and loose. However, so are Phyllis and Sharon and they are not Hispanic. Rae is a detective, Lola makes Cuban food and Arturo is a building contractor. What's wrong with that? Jack, Victor, Nick and Billy have had exploits just as bad as Arturo's.
I agree with you that Sasha Calle, who plays Lola, Rosales, and Noemi Gozalez, who plays Mia Rosales, are not great actors. However, I think Lola is likeable and Mia is needed to cause trouble and stir things up. I also can't understand what Arturo and Mia saw in Mia, but she may have a better side to her. I agree that there would be a lot of suspects if she were to be murdered. That may eventually happen, but right now the focus is on the J.T. murder mystery.
Reed doesn't bother me. He's obviously coming back for the J.T. storyline. It makes sense. The new chemist, Kerry Johnson (Alice Hunter), is obviously a mode type and she hasn't impressed me much either. However, I am willing to give her more time. So, I will reserve judgement and give her a chance to grow on me. Viewers don't know very much about her yet. So far, though, I don't see much chemistry between her and Jack Abbott.
Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) hasn't been on screen for a while. Neil has moved closer to the location his daughter Lily's prison. In real life, Kristoff St. John recently announced his engagement to a Russian model. According to Wikipedia, the wedding is scheduled to take place in the fall of 2019. So, Kristoff is not on his honeymoon yet - unless Wikipedia is wrong or the couple's plans have quickly changed.
I hope Devon gets a storyline soon. Its not too enjoyable watching him grieve over Hilary for so long. It may be natural to grieve a loss in real life, but its not entertaining on a TV show. It's depressing. By the way, Devon's sister, Ana Hamilton, is returning to Genoa City and she may become involved with Dr. Nate. Perhaps there will be a love triangle consisting of Nate, Victoria Newman and Ana. As for Shauna, she doesn't impress me, but I can live with her on the show. Besides, she has a fairly small part.
I don't think Kristoff's will end up like Doug Davidson, at least for the immediate future. For one thing, he's younger. Also, it's possible his character may become involved with Kerry Johnson. Then he would have Jack for a rival.
California wildfire destroys the home of Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore)
Tracey E. Bregman's home went down in flames. The actress, who plays Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless, lost her house to one of the blazing California wildfires that have been burning through the most populous American state. Thankfully, Tracey and her family and pets were not harmed since everyone was evacuated from the Malibu home.
Tracey shared her feelings on Twitter. She said she was numb from the horrendous experience, but thanked God that everyone was safe. Fans sent messages of support to her.
American Idol alumnus Loren Lott has joined the cast of Y&R
California native Loren Lott is coming to Genoa City. She will portray Devon Hamilton's sister, Ana Hamilton. Ana will try to shake Devon out of his depression, but will she find romance with Dr. Nate along the way?
Lorna, a singer who has appeared on American Idol, will make her Y&R debut on Wednesday, November 28th (CBS) and Tuesday, November 27 on Global TV in Canada.
Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL
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ATTENTION TORONTO AREA Y&R FANS
The annual Y&R tea in support of the March of Dimes will take place at the Royal York Hotel on Sunday, December 2nd. Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott) and Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) will be there as well as Kate Linder (Esther ) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael). If you are interested in attending this event, 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, December 8, 2018. The November sweeps are drawing to a close. Maybe we'll finally find the answer to the J.T. mystery before the end of the year. I'm not holding my breath, though.
Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. They should be fun.