Saturday, June 15, 2024

Y&R Report (June 15, 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, 

This is my last post before I take a summer break.  So, I will leave you with some thoughts until I return in September.

Victor Newman is behaving like a tyrant.  He's never been so ruthless in a long time.  Why are Michael Baldwin and Cole Howard so eager to please him.  These two accomplished men practically grovel at The Big Man's feet.  Whenever he summons them, they rush to the Newman ranch to await their orders from The Boss.  It's disgusting, especially on the part of Michael.  He doesn't need to work for Victor.  He could have many clients if he so desired.   

Victor Newman is on a rampage.  He has always been vindictive, but I have never seen him so thirsty for vengeance.  Jack Abbott is his target and he is determined to destroy Jabot.  Victor has his grimy hands everywhere. 

I was not surprised when it was revealed that Victor is the secret investor in Glissade, the company that Audra is trying to wrestle away from Tucker.  Tucker is certainly no angel, but I do have a twinge of sympathy for him right now, just a twinge.  He sincerely tried to help Ashley in Paris.  Yes, Audra has issues with him.  I can understand that she feels he never made her a priority when it mattered.  Nevertheless, I think Audra is being far too vindictive and selfish.  She's been rubbing salt in his wounds.

Audra made a deal with the devil when she allowed Victor to invest in Glissade.  She'll regret that deal.  However, everything is on hold because Tucker has apparently had some kind of medical emergency in Paris.  He claims that he is having trouble breathing.  Audra doesn't believe him.  She thinks he's faking it.  

Now that Faith's coming back (I hope for the summer), Y&R may lighten up a bit.  How about some barbeques and swimming parties!  How about some 4th of July celebrations!  Johnny Abbott is looking more grown up.  Maybe there will be a romance between him and Daniel and Heather's daughter, Lucy.


Special episode to pay tribute to Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman)

Josh Morrow made his first appearance as Nicholas Newman on June 21, 1994, as the son of Nikki and Victor Newman.  Nick returned to Genoa City from boarding school and he had experienced Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome.  With Josh in the role, Nick was no longer a child.  He was suddenly a teenager of high school age.  

Almost 30 years have passed and Joshua Morrow is still portraying Nick Newman on The Young and the Restless.   He is quite aware of his good fortune.  "If you would have told me that when I was a sophomore in high school in Oklahoma jus playing football, 'You will have had a 30-year career on a television show,' I would have thought you were joking," Josh told Soaps in Depth.  "This is an incredible accomplishment and one I never take for granted."

On June 21st (June 20th on Global TV in Canada), Y&R will pay tribute to Josh's 30 years on the show with a special stand-alone episode.  The episode will feature flashbacks and special moments from Nick's complex life.  Soon after Josh joined the cast, his character became romantically involved with classmate Sharon Collins (Sharon Case).  

Nikki was unhappy about her son's involvement with Sharon, whom she considered a gold digger from the wrong side of the tracks.  However, Nick and Sharon married at a young age.  Their marriage lasted about ten years, which is a very long time for a soap couple.  They had their ups and downs, but remained together until their 14-year-old daughter Cassie died in a tragic accident, and Nick turned to Phyllis.  Since then, Nick has been unlucky in love.  None of his relationships has lasted.  Many fans, including myself, would like to see him reunite with Sharon.  It may happen someday, but the problem is that there is a lack of storyline for a happy couple on a daytime drama.

I hope that Ashley's psychologist friend, Dr. Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins), becomes a regular cast member.  By the way, do you sense some romantic feelings developing between Alan and Traci?  They seem quite comfortable with each other, and Alan asked her out to dinner.


Trebor St. John as Tucker McCall

So, Tucker McCall seems to have had a medical emergency.  Is he faking it, as Audra claims, or is he really ill?  The timing of Tucker's collapse is very suspicious.  He is desperate, and he can be a scoundrel.  I wouldn't put it past him to pretend he's sick. Even though a doctor is checking him over, I can't entirely trust Tucker.  Maybe he's paid someone to pose as a doctor who will declare him to have some kind of illness or maybe even a minor heart attack.  On the other hand, Tucker has been upset and stressed.  If  he really is sick, Audra will have egg on her face.  What do you think, fans?  Is Tucker faking a heart attack in order to stop Audra?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

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I enjoyed the Daytime Emmys very much.  General Hospital led the pack with four awards, including Best Daytime Drama Series.  Y&R won two major awards.  Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) received the Emmy for Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress.  
Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) won for Best Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama: Actress.  Her castmate Allison Lanier (Summer Newman) was nominated in the same category.  Two Y&R men, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and Bryton James (Devon Winters), did not win in their categories.  

98-year-old Dick Van Dyke became the oldest-ever winner of a Daytime Emmy for his guest performance on Days of Our Lives.  Dick quipped that if he had known that he was going to live so long, he would have taken better care of himself.  

The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) looked radiant as she and her husband Edward Stott (supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful) received a lifetime achievement award.  Their daughters were in attendance.

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That's all for now.  Have a great summer.  I will be back on Saturday, September 21, 2024 with a brand new post.  See in you in September with more Y&R news and comments.  Stay updated with breaking celebrity news, old and current television shows or old television shows news by reading my TV Banter blog.

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