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.
It's 2023 and I am back after a Christmas and New Year break. I hope your holidays were better than than those of some of the citizens of Genoa City. For many in GC, Christmas and New Year's were not very joyous this year. To be honest, I was disappointed in holiday episodes. I missed the usual Abbott and Newman family celebrations.
New Year's was not much better. Billy and Lily were miserable. Sally felt ill and Nick ended up spending New Year's Eve at the coffee shop. There just didn't seem to be a festive atmosphere.
I did enjoy seeing Michael Damian as Danny Romalotti again. I also enjoyed his rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" along with Traci, Lauren and Michael Baldwin. Unfortunately, there is not much more that I have liked about the show recently. Maybe it's the couples that they are bringing together. I just can't get excited about Sally and Nick or Jack and Diane or Sharon and Chance or Abby and Devon.
It seems to me that Y&R needs a shake-up. It needs a new set of writers and some fresh storylines. For example, it's ridiculous to have Jack Abbott assisting Diane in a crime. He approved of her plan to rob Nikki's jewels so that she can convince Jeremy Stark that she is on his side. Why would Jack be so spineless as to commit a crime for Diane's sake, especially given her dubious past? Is he so smitten with her that he is blind to her duplicity? Doesn't he realize that Diane is just going to spiral from one crisis to another? He's intelligent enough to know that Jeremy Stark can't be trusted. Maybe nothing will satisfy the criminal. After the theft, he will demand more and more from Diane to prove her loyalty. Don't expect him to leave town any time some.
I'm having second thoughts about the Diane storyline. When Diane returned to Genoa City, I thought it was a good idea. It really added spark to Jack's storyline. Unfortunately, the writers have gone off on a tangent, especially with Stark, portrayed by James Hyde. He seems to be playing games with Diane. Hyde is a good actor, but it just seems as if he's been thrown into the storyline. In fact, it's unclear what Jeremy really wants, He's rejected a great deal of money. Why wouldn't he have just taken the money and run. Is it Diane herself that he wants? In a preview, Stark was shown making a play for Diane.
Sally Spectra is not exactly thrilled about her impending motherhood. She doesn't really want to deal with it. However, as Chloe pointed out, Sally will have to face the situation. She can't keep it on the backburner indefinitely. So, what will she do? Maybe she'll go away and have the baby secretly without telling Adam or Nick about it. Then, she may let Tessa and Mariah adopt the baby. The truth will come out eventually, especially since Sally will be giving birth to a Newman child. It will be interesting to see how Victor Newman reacts when he finds out. Victor doesn't like Sally, and he won't be very pleased when he learns that she has given birth to a Newman baby. He thinks Newman' babieso are born with royal jelly. They are tougher than other babies.
It's about time Abby vacated the Chancellor mansion. She is an Abbott and a Newman, not a Chancellor. By rights, Philip Chancellor 1V, also known as Chance, should be living there. Speaking of Chance, it is obvious that he is becoming involved with Sharon. Abby wasn't too please when she noticed how friendly her estranged husband is becoming with Sharon. As I've mentioned before, I am not enthusiastic about the prospect of a Sharon-Chance coupling.
Given Audra Charles' track record, I have to question Nate's judgement in hiring her to assist him at Newman Media. What was he thinking? According to an online spoiler, Nate's girlfriend, Elena, will be distrustful of Audra'a intentions. and who can blame her? However, the real person Elena should be concerned about may be Victoria Newman.
Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott) is engaged
Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott is engaged. The Y&R actor's fiancée, Sasha, shared the good news on Instagram, along with photos and comments. Congratulations to the happy couple.
Eric Braeden has knee-replacement surgery
Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) is recovering from knee surgery. On December 15th, Eric revealed on Twitter that he had undergone a medical procedure to replace his knee. He said he was on the mend. Eric, who is a former soccer pro, said that three holes were found in his knee.
Y&R shuts down production every year at the end of December for a 2 1/2 week holiday break, so Eric didn't have to be concerned how his physiotherapy would affect his Y&R schedule. He hopes to be ready to return by then. Knowing Eric, I'm sure he will be ready. According to a report in Soaps in Depth, a follower advised Eric to keep moving. Eric replied, "I never stop moving!" Doesn't he sound just like his Victor Newman character?
Special Episode Honouring Tracey Bregman (Lauren)
On Wednesday, January 25 (CBS), and Tuesday January 24th (Global TV), Y&R will air a special stand-alone episode marking Tracey Bregman's 40 years of playing Lauren Fenmore. Bregman fans won't want to mis that! Congratulations, Tracey!
Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL
Sharon, as we know, listens in to most of the conversations at her coffeehouse, Crimson Lights. I think that's why she enjoys running the place so much. Lately, she has become close with Chance (Conner Floyd), who seems to be spending a great deal of time in her establishment. It looks as if she is going to become involved with him. What do you think of that, fans? What do you think of them as a couple. Respond to the poll below and let me know.
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That's all for now. Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, January 28, 2023.
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