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.
Saturday, April 8, 2023
Y&R Report (April 8, 2023): The Latest on The Young and The Restless
Well, the Genoa City bicentennial masquerade ball has certainly been eventful and exciting. I enjoyed seeing some of the former stars of the show. However, some characters were notably absent. Where were Kevin and Gloria, for example? Why didn't Mariah and Tessa make an appearance? They are supposedly in Portland. Noah and Allie weren't there either, but their absence was finally explained. They are on a trip.
I enjoyed watching Leanna Love and her antics. She brought humour and fun to the proceedings, some welcome comic relief after all the Phyllis and Diane tension, Jeremy Stark lurking around and Phyllis's dramatic collapse. I don't know why everyone gave Stark so much attention and tolerated him for so long. He was not invited and he should have been escorted out by security.
Of course, Phyllis is not dead. That's really no surprise.. Of course, Diane is going to be charged with the murder of Phyllis. Phyllis can only play dead for so long, though. Sooner or later, she will have to reveal that she is alive. She doesn't seem very eager to leave Geona City. In the previews, we have seen that Phyllis will get away from the clutches of Jeremy Stark. I think the fiery redhead will probably watch her own funeral from a hiding place or in disguise. (Note: After I wrote this, I saw a picture of Phyllis in a dark-haired wig and glasses on Soap Central. Therefore, I am almost certain that she will wear a disguise to her own funeral. Maybe, like Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life, she'll realize how much she means to so many people, in spite of her recklessness. However, her friends and family may not be too pleased with her when the learn she faked her own death).
Is Thad Luckinbill about to make another appearance as J.T. Hellstrom on Y&R? It certainly seems that way, although there hasn't been any official announcement yet. It is the 50th anniversary of the show, so it wouldn't be surprising if he showed up. There has to be a reason why the conniving Audra Charles keeps mentioning him to Dr. Elena Dawson (Britni Sarpy). Audra has been trying to persuade Elena that J.T. would make a great case study for her podcast. Knowing Audra, she has an ulterior motive. Luring J.T. back to town would distract Victoria away from Nate.
If you remember, J.T. turned bad and attacked Victoria. We learned that a brain tumour was the cause of his change in personality. So, he had medical treatment and has also served some prison time for what he did to Victoria. J.T. was once the love of Victoria's life. They married and have a son together named Reed Hellstrom, but Reed hasn't been mentioned on the show for a long time. Although Victoria is well aware that he suffered from a brain tumour, she won't easily forget how J.T. abused her.
If Thad Luckinbill does return, it would probably be for a limited time. However, his presence would serve a purpose. J,T.'s return would disturb Victoria greatly. Nate, of course, would try to protect her, drawing them closer and causing Audra's plan to backfire.Thad Luckinbill married castemate Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) in 2007. They had two children, a son named Thaddeus Rowe (born 2007) and a daughter, Georgia March (born 2009). On March 1, 2017, Thad filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. However, as of 2019 (according to Wikipedia), he and Amelia were not officially divorced. According to a trndstreet.com. article by Robertson Andrew (August 5, 2022), "the divorce has not be reported as final." Amelia went on Instagram to wish Thad a happy birthday, calling him a " really wonderful man.." "As of 2022," however,. "Thad and Amelia have not gotten back together." Fans, you can be sure that I will continue to update you.
Just an observation . . . Have you noticed how much Tucker McCall (Trevor St. John) drinks? He's rarely seen without an alcoholic beverage in his hand. He immediately pours a drink for Ashley and Audra when he sees them.
It has been obvious that the writers have been trying to set up Sharon and Chance as couple. That's why it was no surprise when Chance asked her out to dinner. Those two as a couple don't excite me at all. I guess it's just that I am not a fan of Chance. Half the time I have to strain to understand what he's saying because he mumbles. As an actor, he should have clearer speech and diction. As for Sharon, I have always preferred her with Nick. By the way, what has happened to Sharon's home on the Newman ranch? I really miss seeing. That place has so much history on the show. Why don't we see it anymore? It's as if Sharon lives at the coffee house. She's always there.
Shemar Moore to Return as Malcolm in May for Y&R's 50th Anniversary
Shemar Moore portrayed Malcolm Winters on Y&R from 1994 to 2005. Since then, the actor has enjoyed a highly successful career on CBS primetime television. From 2005 to 2016, he played Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds, and since 2017, he has had the lead role on S.W.A.T. as Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson. However, Shemar has never forgotten his roots as Malcolm Winters on the Young and the Restless. The fan favourite will visit Genoa City on Monday, May 8 (CBS) and Friday, May 5 (Global). He will return to town to touch base with his biological daughter, Lily (Christel Khalil) and his nephews, Devon (Bryton James) and Nate (Sean Dominic).
This isn't the first time that Shemar has made and appearance in an episode of Y&R since leaving the show. In 2019, he returned for special tribute episodes after the death of his Y&R castmate, Kristoff St John, who played his brother, Neil Winters.
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