Saturday, September 23, 2023

Y&R Report (September 23, 2023): 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,  
I am back and raring to go with my comments and information on The Young and the Restless.  I hope you have had a great summer.  There is a lot to talk about.  So, let's begin by discussing the recent happenings on Y&R.  
Tucker McCall is a snake-in-the-grass.  I didn't expect that his ill-fated marriage to Ashely Abbott would last long, but they didn't even make it past their honeymoon.  What a disaster!  Tucker is such a scoundrel.  Soap marriages don't last long, but that might be a record.  I think the writers took liberties with Ashley's character for the sake of a storyline.  Ashley is too smart  and savvy to have been deceived by Tucker again.  She never would have married him.  Actually, I think Tucker and Audra make a good pair.  They are both devious and overly ambitious.  They are both cut from the same cloth.  They have a history of being partners in crime.
Speaking of Audra, she really took Kyle for a ride.  The Heartbreak Kid is getting a taste of his own medicine.  You will recall that he dumped Summer for Lola and then he turned around and dumped Lola for Summer.  Kyle has a  terrible record with women.  However, I doubt Summer would do much better with Chance.  He doesn't have a great track record with women either.  
This time the shoe will be on the other foot for Kyle Abbott.  He'll probably try to reunite with Summer, but she'll tell him it's too late, baby, I've moved on.  Hasta la vista!
Neither Diane nor Phyllis are angels.  They just can't stop meddling.  Yet whenever they come across each other, Diane provokes Phyllis.  It isn't necessary because Diane has everything she wants now.  She is married to Jack and she is the Lady of the Abbott Manor.  In their last encounter, Diane tried to persuade Phyllis to help get Kyle and Summer together again.  


THUMS DOWN: Y&R used to have summer barbecues and swimming parties, hosted by the Newmans and the Abbotts.  There did not appear to be any summer fun this year.  I also remember when Y&R had summer teen storylines.  The show can't seem to come up with any youth-oriented storylines to attract younger viewers.  Daniel's daughter, Lucy, has made appeared on and off, but she hasn't had a storyline.  There doesn't seem to be any character her age to interact with.  That leaves her with just trying to reunite her parents, Daniel and Heather.

THUMBS UP:  I love the way Eric Braeden is in the spotlight right now as he takes control of Newman Enterprises again.  I never thought I'd see that infernal picture of him in the office again.  It was quite a moment when Victoria's portrait was taken down and replaced by Victor's.  Victor is in his element and Eric Braeden seems to be really enjoying himself.  Melody Thomas Scott is also centre stage in her tole as Nikki.

THUMBS DOWN:  I enjoy corporate intrigue, but Y&R has become too much of it lately.  All the companies, who's in charge of what, and the name changes have been a bit difficult to keep track of.  Some comic relief is needed.

Billy Miller dead at 43

Some sad news indeed.  As most of you know, Billy Miller, ex-Billy Abbott on Y&R, died in Austin, Texas on September 15t, 2023, just two days before his 44th birthday.  His mother, Patricia Miller sent the following statement to Soap Opera Digest.

I would like to share the following thoughts. I want to personally thank the many fans and personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers, and condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son, BJ ­ Billy Miller. He fought a long, hard valiant battle with bipolar depression. For years, he did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends, and his fans, but in the end, the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told or not true. I wish they were, but they just aren't we all loved him so much. And are trying desperately to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say thanks for the love and support - --Patricia Miller.

Billy Miller was raised in Grand Prairie, Texas,  He got his start in 2007 on All My Children.  From 2008 to 2014, he portrayed Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless.  His portrayal of the spoiled rich boy was immensely popular with fans because he was impishly charming.  Billy received two Daytime Emmy Awards for his Y&R role, two for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series.  Billy became a member of the cast of General Hospital,  He portrayed Jason Morgan from 2016 to 2017, as well as Morgan's twin, Drew Cain, until his departure from General Hospital in 2019.

On the Thursday, September 21st episode of Y&R, CBS aired a touching tribute to Billy.  In a segment at the end of the episode  There was a montage which began with a title card that read "In Loving Memory"  It featured scenes from Billy's time on the show

Michael Damien returning as Danny Romalotti for extended storyline

Michael Damien is retuning again.  The singer/actor is getting ready for yet another stint on Y&R this fall.  Michael originally joined the cast of Y&R in 1981.  His most recent appearance occurred just a few months ago when Dany appeared at a memorial service for Phyllis, who was very much alive.  Danny still seems to carry a torch for Christie the Cricketmeister.  Now that she has broken up with Paul, will she reunite with the rock star.  (I don't expect Doug Davidson to ever return as Paul Williams.  I don't think fans would like someone else in the role.  So it seems as though Chance is the new Genoa City Chief of Police.  Chance is no Paul Williams.  That's for sure).

Irish Wish, Michael Damien's second film with Lindsay Lohan premieres on Netflix in early 2024.  Michael has also produced and directed the upcoming film Paris Christmas Waltz, which recently finished production in Paris.

Veronica Redd to reprise her role as Mamie Johnson for multiple episodes
Veronica Redd will reprise her role as Mamie Johnson later this month.  Mamie is the former Abbott housekeeper, and great aunt to Lily, Devon and Nate.  Apparently she has some unfinished business in Genoa City.  She had an ongoing feud with Jill.  I wonder how she'll get along with Diane.
Veronica played the role of Mamie Johnson from 1919 to 1995 and from 1990 to 2004.  She reappeared briefly as Mamie during Genoa City's bicentennial celebration.

Haley Erin cast in new Y&R role

From 2008 to 2010, Hayley Erin played a young Abby Newman.  She will be returning to the show, but never fear Melissa Ordway fans, she will not be playing Abby this time.  Erin's new character, Claire Grace will be involved in the action at Newman Media.

Allison Lanier

Conner Floyd

Sharon Case

It seems as if we have a triangle with Sharon (Sharon Case), Chance (Conner Floyd) and Summer (Allison Lanier). What do you think, fans?  Should Summer have a romance with Chance or get back together with Kyle?  Do you prefer Chance with Sharon or would you prefer that she reunites with Nick Newman?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Do you like Sharon and Chance together?


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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, October 7, 2023.

Take care,


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