Saturday, July 4, 2020

Y&R Report (July 4, 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,

There will be new episodes of The Young and the Restless.  We just don't know exactly when.  I'm sorry to report that there's a bump on the road to the show's return to production.  Until now, Y&R had been targeting a July 6th return.  That tentative start date has been pushed back to July 13th due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in California.  There has been increasing concern about the number of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden State and Y&R has been forced to push back the date that it had hoped to resume production for at least a week, until July 13th.  However, if the situation doesn't improve, the start date could be pushed back even further.

According to Soap Central, Y&R executives reportedly sent out a letter to the soap's cast and crew, informing them of their plan to return to production.  It was stressed that the original July 6th date was only a goal.  It was not written in stone.  However, Y&R's sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful has returned to production, after a brief delay for testing, and is not expected to change it's production schedule.

Well, we've just been treated to five bygone episodes of the romance between Paul Williams and Christine "Cricket" Blair.  We've watched "The Bug and Clueless Week" (It must have really bothered Cricket when Phyllis nicknamed her "The Bug," because she soon began calling herself "Christine").  My favourite episode of the week was the 1994 episode in which Mary Williams made a surprise appearance at Cricket's lingerie bridal shower.  Poor Mary had no idea it was a lingerie shower and her gift to her future daughter-in-law was a toaster.

Coming up is a week of "summer fun" episodes:

I've already seen the first one on Global TV.  It's a July 1999 episode in which Victor and Nikki host a party at the Newman ranch to celebrate the adoption of Cassie by Nick and Sharon.

This will be followed by a July 2005 episode in which Gloria hosts an Abbott family barbecue for family and friends.

Next will be an August 2000 episode featuring two couplw, Michael (Christian LeBlanc and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Brittany (Lauren Woodland) and Billy (played by David Tom), who cause a splash.

Then there will be an episode that was originally scheduled for June, 9, 2020 on CBS.  It was cancelled due to a news event.  It's a 2001 episode in which Nick surprises Sharon with a romantic overture.

The final summer episode will involve romance and intrigue surrounding a carnival in Genoa City.  It was originally shown on July 2019.

What changes are in store for Y&R fans when news episodes are finally shown?  The writers have had plenty of time to prepare future storylines and scripts, so they have probably created some twists and turns in order to improve ratings.  According to some spoilers from Soap Dirt, viewers can expect some huge couple shakeups.  If the predictions are right (they were leaked from a CBS source), then only Victor and Nikki will remain solid.  That's really not surprising, since there is no need to break them up.  The Soap Dirt spoilers also predict that Phyllis and Nick may be the first couple to call it quits and that the reason for their split  may very well  involve Chelsea.  Chelsea and Adam are not expected to last.  It's a safe bet that Adam will find out about Sharon's cancer and go running to her.  He's got to find our eventually and there's a reason why he still doesn't know.  Chelsea will not be too pleased about Adam's close ties with Sharon, so she may turn to Nick once again. 

If Sharon and Adam get together, where does that leave Rey Rosales (Jordi Vilasuso)?   He'll be left out in the cold.  There are rumours that he may even leave the show.  As for Phyllis, if she loses Nick, she may eventually reunite with Jack Abbott.  There will also likely be a new love interest for Victoria Newman, who is unattached at this time.

DID YOU KNOW that the story about Neil and Drucilla adopting foster child Devon was an idea that came from Victoria Rowell, who played Drucilla?  Victoria herself grew up in foster care.


This year, due to the pandemic, we watched the Daytime Emmys@home.  I missed seeing a live show and it would have been great to see the red carpet interviews, but it was just not feasible this year.  Nevertheless, I thought the show was well done and I enjoyed it immensely.  I was also pleased that awards returned to network TV.  Thank you, CBS.  I hope that next year, there will be a live broadcast again.

Here are the Y&R Daytime Emmy winners:

Jason Thompson won for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Billy Abbott.

Byrton James (Devon Hamilton) received an Emmy in the category of Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Eva LaRue won for Guest Performance in a Drama Series.  She played Celeste Rosales, mother of Lola, Arturo and Rey.

The Young and the Restless took home the Daytime Emmy award for best Drama Series.

That was a pretty good Daytime Emmy showing for Y&R.


There will be some changes once Y&R returns with new episodes.  Expect some couples to break up.  Which of these couples do you most hope won't stay together?  Fans, respond to the poll below and let me know.

When Y&R returns, what couple would you most want to see break up?

Adam and Chelsea
Nick and Phyllis
Sharon and Rey
Victor and Nikki
Abby and Chance
Please Specify:
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That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, July 18, 2020.  Take care and stay safe.  Happy 4th of July to my readers in the United States.

- Joanne

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