Saturday, June 6, 2020

Y&R Report (June 6, 2020): 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. 

Hi fans,

We continue to watch throwback episodes in the wake of this COVID-19 pandemic  There is still no word yet as to when Y&R production will resume and when new episodes will be aired.  This past week we viewed epic Abbott family episodes.  I really enjoyed the wedding of Brad and Traci.  I had forgotten that it was actually a remarriage, that they had been married once before.  It was great fun watching Dina and Jill compete for the attention of John Abbott at the wedding.  Victor Newman was the best man and he had a smirk on his face during the entire ceremony.  I don't know why.

Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) was certainly the Casnova of Genoa City.  He was involved with almost every woman in town at one time or another, including Ashley, Traci, Sharon, Nikki and Cassandra.  Am I missing anyone?  Oh yes, he had a crazed ex-wife named Lisa Mansfield.  During his second marriage to Traci, Lisa held him captive and locked him in a cage.

This week is "Romance Week" on Y&R.  I've already seen the first episode on Global TV..  Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) provides the introduction.  The first episode, from 1986, features Victor Newman romancing  Ashley Abbott with expensive jewellery and a yacht.  As usual with Victor, it's always the promise of a fantasy life.  Meanwhile, his then-estranged wife Nikki is being romanced at the upscale Colonnade Room. by his brother Matt, Nikki's brother-in-law, which seems rather icky to me.  We also view scenes of a young Lauren and Paul, when they were together, along with Steven Ford, former U.S, president Gerald Ford's son, who played Paul's friend and detective partner Andy Richards.  Steven was a regular member of the Y&R cast in the 1980s and returned briefly from 2002 to 2003).  Susan Seaforth Hayes, known for her role as Julie Williams on Days of our Lives, also appears in this episode as Joanna Manning, Lauren's mother.  Joanna encourages John Abbott to get plastic surgery so that he will discover the fountain of youth.

Steven Ford as Andy Richards

As "Romance Week' continues, we will see Nick take Sharon on a romantic getaway to a faraway land (2001), Michael Baldwin propose to Lauren (2005), Chloe express her love for Kevin (2010) and Lily and Cane's wedding in Provence, France. (2012).


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This week I spoke to longtime Y&R viewer, Helen in Scarborough, Ontario, who thinks the writing and the pacing of the show were better in the past.  As an example of poor writing, Helen cites the numerous times Billy and Amanda met in bars and restaurants and repeated the same conversation over and over about Billy being misunderstood and judged by everyone but Amanda.

I tend to agree with Helen.  I have to admit that I've been enjoying the older throwback episodes rather than the more recent ones.  It may be because I remember too much of the recent ones and they are too clear in my mind.  I also realize that I'm a longtime viewer and others may not be interested in seeing characters that they don't recognize and who are no longer on the show.  I have certainly forgotten some of the characters from the past and some of the old storylines.  Still, it's fun to see some of the old characters again and to view some of the current ones in their younger days.  The old episodes can also provide fans who haven't been watching the show for long time with a sense of Y&R's history and the history of its characters.


Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman)is dating Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa Sierras)

Sofia Pernas

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause in happier days

It's a triangle worthy of a soap opera storyline, but it's happening in real life.  This is Us star Justin Hartley, ex-Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless, is reportedly dating Spanish-Moroccan-American actress Sofia Pernas, who portrayed Marisa Sierras on Y&R.  Sofia, 30, was born in Morocco.  When she was five years old, her family immigrated to the United States and settled in California.

Sofia now plays Lexi Vaziri on the CBS action series Blood & Treasure.  On Y&R, Sofia'a character, Marisa, was the ex-girlfriend of drug lord Marco Annicelli.  She was also the estranged wife of Luca Santori (Miles Gaston Villanueva), a wealthy Spaniard with whom she had a daughter.  She eventually became involved with Noah Newman.  Marisa and Noah fled the country when Noah accidentally backed over Billy Abbott in a parking garage.  When they returned, Noah went on trial and was given probation.  He proposed to Marisa and they planned to marry as soon as she divorced Luca.  However, it never worked out between them.

Justin Hartley portrayed Adam Newman form 2014 to 2016, leaving the show for prime time stardom in the hit show This is Us.  Justin met Sofia in 2014 when she joined Y&R's cast, but her character's involvement in his storyline was minimal (Marisa had misgivings when Luca joined forces with Adam to bring down their powerful fathers).

Last November, Justin, 43, filed for divorce from his wife Chrishell Stause, 38, citing irreconcilable differences.  The two were married in October 2017, after about four years together.  Chishell is now the host of Selling Sunset, a Netflix reality show..  From May to August of 2016, Chrishell portrayed  Bethany Bryant on Y&R.  

Chrishell told Entertainment Tonight that she loves Justin.  "Hopefully, we can get to a place where, one day, we will look back at this and laugh.  I don't know, hopefully.  It's very unfortunate and relationships are hard," she said.

Justin recently injured himself and underwent arm surgery on May 28.  Sofia dropped him off at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, where he had his surgery, and picked him several hours later.  He was later spotted wearing an arm cast.

Loren Lott (ex-Ana Hamilton) runs from police gunfire during George Floyd protest

Loren Lott, who played Devon's sister, Ana Hamilton, from 2018-2019 on The Young and the Restless, ran from police gunfire in the midst of a peaceful George Floyd protest in Los Angeles.  Lorna is shown in videos holding a sign and encouraging fellow protesters.  She is later seen running from what appear to be rubber bullets (rubber or rubber-coated projectiles which are used to control riots or disperse protesters).  The actress can be heard screaming and shouting, "They're shooting at us."  Fortunately, Lorna was not harmed and has chronicled her experiences on Instagram.

Loren also a attended a protest with her former Y&R castmates Bryton James (Devon) and Brytni Sarpy (Elena Dawson).  Brytni plays Devon's girlfriend on the show and Bryton is dating her in real life.

Loren Lott currently plays the role of Rika on OWN's (Oprah Winfrey Network) Cherish the Day.


We've been watching old episodes for a while now, during this pandemic.  Do you think the writing and pacing were better in the older episode, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Do you think the writing and pacing of Y&R were better in the past.

Yes, definitely. There's no comparison. The writing and pacing have gone downhill.
Yes, but only a bit.
No, not at all. I prefer the more recent episodes.
I don't know.
Please Specify:
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That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition off Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, June 20, 2020Also, don't forget that the Daytime Emmys will air on CBS on Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m.  Take care and stay well everybody.

- Joanne

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