Saturday, November 4, 2023

Y&R Report (November 4, 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,  
Cricket . . .er Christine. . .poured her heart out to Danny Romalotti about the collapse of her marriage to Paul Williams.  Here's what bothered me.  Cricket claimed that she and Paul had differences of opinions and issues.  Yet, she never spelled those issues out.  She never told Danny what was the cause of the tension between her and Paul.
Speaking of the Cricketmeister, I must say I enjoyed the special episode that paid tribute to Lauralee Bell's 40 years on the show.  I enjoyed the flashbacks, especially the ones with Paul (Doug Davidson).  I really miss Doug on the show.
Cricket is still feuding with Phyllis after all these years.  Although Phyllis claims that she wants to make peace with Christine, she'll be up to her old tricks to prevent Cricket and Danny from getting together.  That's bound to happen because it seems as if she has her heart set on a romance with Danny.  She invited him to have dinner with him, but he hemmed and hawed when Cricket entered the room.  
Kyle Abbott has to be the biggest fool in Genoa City.  He is a spoiled rich kid.  What makes him think he is more entitled to the Jabot CEO job than Billy.  Billy is the son of John Abbott, the founder of Jabot, not someone outside of the family.  Jabot is just as much Billy's birthright as Kyles's.  Why should he be pushed out of the company for Kyle's sake?  Kyle is simply arrogant.  Where would he be if his last name wasn't Abbott?  His unholy alliance with Audra and Tucker is doomed to failure and he is headed for a big fall.  It might be the best thing for him.  He is certainly in need of some humility.
Good for Mamie for standing up to that snake-in-the-grass, Tucker McCall.  She told him exactly what she thinks of his behaviour.  I'm glad she put him in his place.  Devon also called him out after catching him in one of his many lies.  
It's hard to believe that someone like Ashley would still have feelings for Tucker McCall after all he's done to her and her family.  Tucker may shed a tear over Ashley, but he never stops all his lying and scheming and cheating.  

Christian LeBlanc battles cancer
Christian LeBlanc has not appeared in his onscreen role as Michael Baldwin for months.  The 65-year-old actor has been battling a blood cancer called multiple myeloma.  Christian first portrayed lawyer Michael Baldwin on The Young and the Restless from 1991 to 1993.  He returned to the role in 1997 and has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award eight times and won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Christian revealed to New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV that Y&R viewers alerted him to a sign of the disease after noticing a change in one of his eyes,  If it hadn't been for the fans, he wouldn't have caught it as soon.  He explained that the cancer may have progressed further if he had not had an eye exam. "It's a very fast cancer, and that is the danger of it, but it's also because the speed of which a cell reproduces is a signifier of cancer," he told the TV affiliate.  
Eventually, Christian was informed that there was a tumour in his sinus cavity.  He said he was diagnosed in June.  "I'd never spent a day in the hospital in my 65 years, until this year,' he stated.  Christian lost a great deal of weight and he experienced symptoms of the disease on the set such as nose bleeds. He underwent surgery and immunotherapy treatment in hospital.  The cancer is now in remission and Christian will return to the show on the Thanksgiving episode, which will air on November 23rd on CBS and November 22nd on Global TV.
On a personal note, I have met Christian a few times at Y&R teas for the March of Dimes charity,  He is very friendly and has a good sense of humour.  He is one of my favourite actors on Y&R and I wish him well.  

Baldwin/Fisher family Thanksgiving

Greg Rikkart (Kevin)
The Baldwin/Fisher family will be reunited for Thanksgiving.  Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin will appear with Greg Rikkart (Kevin Fisher). Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Judith Chapman (Gloria Fisher) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell).  
Greg Rikkart hasn't appeared as Kevin since January for the special episode marking Tracey Bregman's 40 years on Y&R.  He's been busy playing Leo Stark on Days of our Lives.  He has a major role in a storyline and there is no indication that he will be leaving Days anytime soon.
As for Judith Chapman, she too hasn't been seen in her role as Gloria since Tracey Bregman's anniversary episode.  Back in July, it was revealed that Gloria was in Singamore and that Michael was going to help her out of some legal mess.
Eizabeth Hendrickson has made some appearances as Chloe, but she hasn't had much to do except warn Sally Spectra, her friend and business partner, against the evils of hooking up with Adam Newman again.  Chloe also serves as Nick Newman's cheerleader, constantly telling Sally what a great guy he is.


Trevor St; Joh (Tucker McCall)

Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott)

Who is the most unlikeable male character currently on The Young and The Restless?  Is it terrible Tucker McCall or spoiled Kyle Abbott? They are both scoundrels.   Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Who is the most unlikeable male character on Y&R right now, Tucker McCall or Kyle Abbott? free polls

I really need your feedback.  If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name.  I really need your input.  I really need to hear your opinion.  I want to know if you agree or disagree with me. 

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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, November 18, 2023.  Keep in mind that's it's the November sweeps.  

Tale care.


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