Saturday, February 24, 2024

Y&R Report (February 24, 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, 
What possessed the writers of Y&R to come up with the idea of Ashley Abbott having a breakdown?  Isn't it enough that Nikki is battling alcoholism and that she is being terrorized by Jordan?  People watch soaps for a bit of escapism.  By the way, how convenient that wicked Jordan, wearing glasses and a wig, should meet up with Nikki's former AA sponsor, Seth, in the same seedy bar where Nikki went in disguise.
Many of the storylines on the show are becoming tiresome and repetitious, especially the Ashley, Tucker, Audra storyline.  It seems to be going in all directions.  It's very murky, especially where Ashley is concerned.  She is behaving very strangely and it really makes no sense.
As for Tucker, he just sits around drinking all day.  He talks a lot, but he never really does anything. Yet, now he has Ashley and Audra fighting over him.  What they see in him, I will never understand.  However, head writer Josh Griffith really likes romantic triangles.  We already have Phyllis, Danny and Cricket, plus Lily, Daniel and Heather,  Notice how it's two females competing for the affection of one male.  The only exception is the Adam. Sally and Nick triangle.  That seems to be over, though.  Nick has conceded that she prefers Adam.  Yet Sally's business partner, Chloe, continues to despise Adam.  She is going to create problems in the plan to put their interior design company under the Newman umbrella.
Claire seems to be on the road to recovery.  She'll eventually be incorporated into a storyline without Jordan.  Maybe she'll be the third person in a triangle with Summer and Chance.  Things are going too well for those two.  There's bound to be complications.  Kyle doesn't have a love interest at the moment.  Maybe Claire will become involved with him.  Of course, he would most likely break her heart, just like he broke the heart of Summer and Lola.
I hope Connor Newman (Judah Mackey) shows up soon.  There's all this talk and concern about him between Chelsea, Adam and Billy.  When is he going to appear onscreen again?
It was good to see the return of Mishael Morgan as Amanda Sinclair, at least for a visit.  I've missed her.  Welcome back Mishael!
I was disappointed that Y&R completely ignored Valentine's Day,  When is the show going to feature some lighter moments?  Does everything have to be so tense most of the time?  

Melody Thomas Scott celebrates 45 years in the role of Nikki

On February 20, 2024, Melody Thomas Scott celebrated 45 years in the role of Nikki Reid Newman.  Her Newman castmates made a video to mark the occasion.  They wore black T-shirts featuring their matriarch with all her hairstyles through the years.  Joshua Morrow, who has portrayed her son Nick since 1994, began the video with a tribute to his television mother.  He said, "To my mama, Melody Thomas Scott, celebrating a huge, huge, huge anniversary, an absolute icon the show." 
All the Newmans model the T-shirt in the video, including Amelia Heine (Victoria), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Haley Erin (Claire), and Mark Grossman (Adam).  Eric Braeden, who portrays Nikki's onscreen husband, The Great Victor Newman, just smiles slyly and holds the T-shirt.
The Nikki character debuted on the Y&R in 1978.  She was first played Erica Hope, but the character didn't really take off until Melody assumed the role in 1979.  All these years later, Nikki is involved in a major storyline involving her alcoholism and her battle with her archenemy, crazy Jordan.   


When it comes to storylines, tastes differ.  So, Y&R fans, the question I would like to ask you to consider to be the worst storyline on the show.  I don't like what the writers have done to Ashley.  I don't mind Phyllis and Cricket both chasing Danny.  It's amusing at times.  I just wish that those two supposedly mature women wouldn't behave so much like teenagers.  As for Danny Romanlotti, I wish he wouldn't act so wimpy.  What do you think?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

What do you think is the worst storyline on Y&R? 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 all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday March 9, 2024.  

Take care, 

- Joanne

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