Saturday, January 13, 2024

Y&R Report (January 13, 2024): 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'm back after a brief Christmas and New Year's break.  I hope that you and your families enjoyed the holidays.  All the best in 2024.   I also hope that Y&R has some good things in store for us this year.
What is going on with Tucker McCall?  I really can't understand that man.  His character has not been drawn out very well by the writers.  Sometimes he seems sincere in his feelings, but then he always has an angle.  Ashley is spending too much time trying to figure him out.  Why doesn't she cut her losses and move on?  It's interesting that Cole, her old flame. is back in town.  Will there be a love triangle with her and Cole and Victoria.
Sharon is really quite a woman.  She runs a coffee shop and doles out advice.  Many a Genoa City resident stops in at Crimson Lights to speak to her.  She is considered a professional therapist, although she only has a degree in psychology.  In addition, she is taking over the company of Cameron Kirsten, a psychotic criminal who tried to kill her and her daughter, Faith.
The writers really slipped up about Sharon's past during a recent scene.  When Nick informed Sharon about how Victoria's child, Eve, was stolen from her and brainwashed by her aunt, Sharon replied that she couldn't imagine what Victoria is going through.  Do the writers think that we viewers have forgotten that Sharon also has a daughter, Mariah, who was taken from her and brainwashed by cult leader Ian Ward.
To their credit, however, the writers did a good job on that special standalone episode about Sharon's life and experiences.  In the episode, Sharon has a long dream which helps her make a decision about her future.  For me, the episode was enjoyable and fun.  
After the dream, Sharon decided to break up with Chance.  She told him that she wasn't ready for a serious relationship and that she didn't want to hold him back.  She said her life was full for the time being.
As for Chance, he has resigned as Genoa City Police Chief and is headed for the corporate world at Chancellor-Winters.  I can understand why Dr. Nate Hastings wanted to become a businessman when he could no longer perform surgery.   It doesn't really make sense for Chance to leave his law enforcement career, although I could never understand why the writers made him become police chief.  I  know Paul Williams retired, but why was he replaced by Chance.  Chance has zero business experience and is reluctant to allow Billy to be his mentor.
The door is wide open now for Chance to hook up with Summer.  It won't be that simple, though.  There will have to be complications.  Maybe Kyle will try to win Summer back, but it won't be an easy task.  Anyway, I think Kyle has broken too many hearts and he is about to get a taste of his own medicine.
Everything is going smoothly for Adam right now.  Victoria has taken a leave of absence from Newman Enterprises in order to deal with Claire.  Victor has promoted Nick and Adam as co-CEOs and he has urged them repeatedly to work together.  His romance with Sally is back on track again.  So, what could go wrong?  For one thing, what will happen to Adam when Victoria returns from her leave of absence?
Why does Cricket keep goading Phyllis?  Why does she keep  rubbing it in about Danny?  It seems to me that the Cricketmeister is getting too sassy and overconfident.  Her attitude is not helping the situation.  Phyllis is trying to behave, but Cricket's taunts are too much for her.  I must say, Cricket's superior attitude is causing me to have a bit of sympathy for Phyllis - but just a bit.
Soap vet Brian Gaskill joins Y&R cast as Nikki's AA sponsor   

Nikki Newman has fallen off the wagon again.  Mrs. Chancellor and Neil Winters are no longer around to help her with her struggle with the bottle.  However, soap veteran Brian Gaskill has joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Seth, Nikki's Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor.  Not surprisingly, Victor does not trust Seth.  He is very protective of Nikki, whom he refers to as "my baby."  Nevertheless, Victor's suspicions may indicate that there is more than meets the eye where Seth is concerned.  We do not know Seth's last name yet and it's uncertain where this storyline is going.  Perhaps they are waiting for fan reaction to the new character, before deciding whether to give him a larger role.  The February ratings sweeps are approaching. so we'll see what happens.
Y&R is Brian Gaskill' is sixth appearance on a daytime drama.  His first soap role was as Bobby Warner on All My Children in 1995.  From 2001 to 2003, he appeared as Rafe Kovich on Port Charles, a General Hospital spinoff.
He then played Oscar Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2003 to 2004.  For a short time in 2005, he played a villain named B.J. Green on As the World Turns.  His last appearance on a soap was as Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light from 2007 to 2008.
Brian was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 22, 1970.  He was raised in Neptune, Township, New Jersey.  He and his wife, Tonya Watts, welcomed their first child, Alabama Zoe, on September 26, 2005.

Soap Legend Bill Hayes dead at 98
Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes

Bill Hayes and his wife, Susan Seaforth Hayes, delighted fans of Days of Our Lives for decades as Doug and Julie Williams.  Susan and Bill married in real life in 1974 and then on screen in 1976.  Sadly, Bill died yesterday at the age of 98.  It's interesting to note that William J. Bell, the co-creator of The Young and the Restless played an instrumental role in Bill's career and in his private life.  Back in 1970, Bell was the head writer of Days of Our Lives, When Bill was cast as Doug Williams, Bell noticed the chemistry between him and Susan Seaforth, who played Julie Olson, and he decided to pair the two.  When Days was expanded to an hour, the show took advantage of Hayes' singing talent.  His character opened a nightclub called Doug's Place
It's also interesting to note that between her stints on Days, Susan Seaforth Hayes played Joanna Manning, mother of Lauren Fenmore, on Y&R from 1984 to 1989.  Bill Hayes received two Daytime Emmy nominations for his role on Days of Our Lives.  In 2018, he and Susan earned lifetime achievement awards from the Daytime Emmys.

Michael Damian (Danny)
Singing star Danny Romalotti, played by Michael Damian, is in a quandary.  He's caught between two feuding women, Phyllis and Cricket.  He prefers Cricket, but he doesn't have enough gumption to tell Phyllis firmly enough that nothing can happen between them.  Meanwhile, Cricket, has been flaunting any success with Danny in Phyllis' face.  What do you think, fans?   Should Click and be together?  Click on the poll below and let me know.

Do you hope that Cricket and Danny get together or should Phyllis ruin it for them? free polls


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That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next issue of Y&R will appear in this space on Saturday,
 January 27, 2024.

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