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, June 17, 2023
Y&R Report (June 17th, 2023): The Latest on The Young and the Restless
What a week on the Y&R! Bad guy Cameron continued to torment Sharon, Faith and Nick. When he tried to make Nick choose between letting Faith or Sharon die, Sharon took matters into her own hands and stabbed him with a knife that she had hidden on her. Faith had a belt of explosives around her waist. There were some tense moments, but Chance, with his military training was able to prevent an explosion.
Now that Cameron is gone, Linden Ashby, the actor who played him, has finished his time on the show. I must say, he played a psycho very well.
In addition to Cameron terrifying Sharon and her family, Adam was given an agonizing choice by Dr. Elena. He was told that an unconscious Sally would probably not survive unless she had a C-Section. Sally survived. but the premature baby was lost. Actually, I didn't think the child would be born because Sally's storyline would be more restricted if she had a child. I didn't think motherhood was in the cards for her. Many questions remain, though; Will Sally blame Nick for not being there in her hour of need? Will she determine that Nick will always put Sharon and Faith before her? Will this eventually draw her closer to Adam as they both mourn the loss of their child? Right now she is blaming him for allowing the child to be put at risk.
Is there a more foolish character on Y&R than Summer? Is there a more selfish character than Phyllis? I really don't think Summer would be so stupid as to run away and hide with her mother. It's being done for storyline purposes.
Now it seems that Audra Charles is trying to get her hooks into Kyle Abbott now that Kyle is disillusioned with Summer. Audra is like a vulture. When sees and opportunity, when a man is vulnerable, she starts making moves.
It appears that Chance is the only cop in Genoa City. Have you noticed that he doesn't even have a backup in dangerous situations? That would never happen in the real world. Also, we never see the GC police station anymore and we don't know who has replaced Paul Williams now that he has retired as chief of police.
What happened to J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill)? It appeared that he was going to return to Genoa City for a while as part of Audra's scheme to up Victoria. He even showed up in a video chat. Yet he hasn't been mentioned since. What's going on? Do the writers think that viewers have forgotten? Maybe he's still going to show up, but it seems unlikely now.
There will be a special tribute episode to the late Jerry Douglas, who portrayed John Abbott, the patriarch of the Abbott family for more than 25 years. Given that Jerry died on November 9, 2021 (at the age of 88), the tribute is long overdo - but better late than never. Perhaps Y&R was waiting for the 50th anniversary of the show to honour the veteran actor. Maybe a number of fans complained that the show had neglected to honour him. Kate Linder (Esther) has said many times to send your complaints or suggestions to CBS. There is a place on the CBS website for fans to express themselves.
The tribute to Jerry Douglas will be shown on Thursday, June 22 on CBS and Wednesday, June 21 on Global TV. I will definitely be watching.
The Hollywood writers strike may eventually shut down Y&R and the other soaps. I spoke to Cait Fairbanks (Tessa Porter) at the Y&R March of Dimes Tea in Toronto. She said the show will go on as long as the members of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) don't go on strike in solidarity with the writers.
Kate Linder (Esther), Bryton James (Devon), Brytni Sarrpy (Elena) and Cait Fairbanks attended the tea. Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and Camryn Grimes (Mariah) were supposed to be there, but were unable to attend. It was an enjoyable afternoon, However, it was the last such event in support of March of Dimes. We were told that there will be a new charity, but we will have to wait for more information about a future Y&R tea.
Brett Hadley (Carl Williams) dies at 92
Longtime Y&R viewers will remember Brett Hadley, who played Genoa City police detective Carl Williams, the father of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson). The actor died of sepsis on June 14, 2023. He was 92 years old. Brett first joined Y&R as Carl Williams back in 1980 and stayed with the show until 1991, when his character mysteriously disappeared. Brett returned to Y&R in 1998, and it was revealed that Carl had been beaten up and suffered from amnesia. Bred Hadley left Y&R again in 1999.
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