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CHRISTMAS DAY: Y&R Serves Up Special Holiday Episode!

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After you have opened all your Christmas presents, make sure to turn on the TV and get a gift from the number one soap, The Young and the Restless.

Airing on December 25th, Y&R has a very special holiday episode on tap.  In this standalone installment featuring many of your favorites from Genoa City. the show is divided into four vignettes each themed after a classic Christmas song. Featured in the four stories are: Sharon (Sharon Case) and Mariah (Camyrn Grimes), Hilary (Mishael Morgan), Billy (Jason Thompson) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni), and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott).

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From encounters from Christmas past and being reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, get ready for love, drama, and some emotional heart.

So, will you be checking out the episode on Xmas day from executive producer, Mal Young as a gift to the fans? Comment below!

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tony
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tony

The show is awful right now. Mal’s changes have not improved on the drab Sally year. 12/22 episode was embarrassingly juvenile from Bill’s undies to the Ashly/Jack feud and slap.

tony
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tony

So, no! I won’t be tuning in. I watched since Mal’s writing started and it gets worse by the day. Sad!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I watched and this week is the last for Y&R for me and just like Tony said, it’s geting worse by the day since Mal took over head writing duties…

Jimh
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Jimh

Probably will watch…no Christmas for us that day due to family illness so i will have plenty of time to watch tv!!!

dante williams
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dante williams

I look forward to the episode, all except one stinky snag, ‘Philly,’ yuck. Does anyone get a complete wave of nausea like I do the way they try to sell this couple as legitimate and likable considering the origins of their union? So many people had to be hurt deeply to get this couple together, and it did the characters themselves no favors. As much as I adore Jason Thompson, this current Billy has gone from reckless self sabotaging person who has a heart to a heartless, selfish bastard who would sell out his own mother (or even his sibling’s… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

((((Applauding wildly))) Dante, thank you, thank you, and thank you for this post. You said it much better than I could have because I tend to get carried away with my opinion and fail to validate with factual evidence to back up said opinion. I also tend to always be in a hurry when I post in here. Needless to say, I couldn’t agree with you more. Yes, Sharon deserves so much better. When slimy Scott slithered up to her in her coffee house, Sharon was working on obtaining her college degree and volunteering with a battered women’s hotline. She… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

PS. Dante, in addition to Abby sleeping with her young niece’s husband, she also slept with Victoria’s fiance and live in boyfriend, Stitch.
Abby is morally challenged but presented as if she were some kind of heroine.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Dante and Harry…AMEN to what you’re both saying!!!!! To me, that Scott dude is nothing but an ANNOYING JERK!!!!! And HELL TO THE YEAH Sharon deserves WAY BETTER!!!!! As for that AIRHEAD Abby, she is such an EMBARRASSMENT and a total DUM DUM as a businesswoman!!!!!

Later.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, dante….I guess you have not read any of my comments lamenting about Billy and Phyllis since day one!!!!!! …..so glad to see my thoughts soooo vividly in print—-thank you. This couple is a turn-off!! …keep comparing the two to original Phyllis and Ronan. WOW…their sexuality and sensuality left me breathless!! I was never a fan of Jack….still turns me off. He is not a nice guy….never was. As far as insensitivity, you are right, of course….but, according to my grandmother, Jack is the worst of the worse when it comes to propriety. He slept with Jill while she was… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Oh, Celia…about that Ravi dude, girl…you are SO RIGHT ON AS USUAL!!!!! To me, that Ravi dude is WAY TOO DORKY to be soap stud material…LOL!!!!! Furthermore, I think that Ravi is JUST AS ANNOYING as that ICKY CLOWN Scott!!!!! BEYOND BLECH!!!!!

Celia…you and your family have a WONDERFUL 2018!!!!!

Peace.

su0000
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su0000

I noticed’
Christmas eve/day stuff is either , mourning, fighting , or overkill of sappy..
Watching them eat is no hoo hoo thrill or is the sniveling crying (enter Sam) ..

Some good old fashioned joyful cheer would be nice for a change, simply having fun together.
Crazy gifts, Dancing, Singing, Laughter, Happiness and a Prayer..

// soap christmases are a real downer.s …

— MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL LOVE AND PIECE —

0ohh I hope Santa will bring you all you wished for 🙂

PS.
I’m a Krampus fan !!
((went to the Krampus parade and party, great fun !!

dante williams
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dante williams

What I was attempting to say but digressed away is that I have no problem with a regime change, especially when that change was someone who already has experience writing and usually does it well and supports character driven stories. History is key though, and a few characters deserve the rich writing from their full history, and not cheap sensational changes in their personality for no apparent reason immediately after a writer change and musical chairs with couples who have no business being together. Why not finally scratch that itch and put Hillary and Jack together? This immediately puts Hillary… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Dante, another great post. I just wish they could give Jack a love interest who doesn’t treat him like chop live favoring either Victor or his brother Billy over him. Or another bat shit crazy woman who is obsessed with him like Patty Cakes or that character Cady McClain played. I don’t see him with Hillary, she’s just too young, even younger than Phyllis and invariably she will run back to Devon. Why not find some lost niece of Mamie’s who specializes in at home nursing care to take care of Dena? Then Jack and this woman could develop a… Read more »

Pjc722
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Pjc722

Doubt i will watch. While these standalone stories are sweet and usually change a character’s direction slughtly, the characters being shown arent the ones i want ro see. Billy once again with Phyllis? What is their drama and please stop showing us they love one another! We get it everyday! And its a cross between sweet and a cavity! Nikki? Really, is she going to whisper her lines to the Katherine plaque? Whats her outcome unless she leaves Victor and goes to see Paul to work with him?!! Nikki to me is a waste of time right now. Sharon n… Read more »

Paul Hibbs
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Paul Hibbs

Hi there I watch the Y&r ever day I wouldn’t miss it for the world me and my mom I would love to see Billy and Victoria get back together again that would be nice they belong togeter I would like to see Victor and Neckey get back together again b

Nancy Dloughy
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Nancy Dloughy

You’re darn right I’ll be watching. Thank you, Mal, for giving the fans a new Christmas episode instead of running a repeat of former Christmas’s. Can’t wait. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to another year of Y&R. Make it good, Mal!

knitter1
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knitter1

Yes, I will! Thank you Mal, actors and crew 🙂 Merry Christmas!

Ron
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Ron

Looking forward to the episode. I am not a Scrooge; however, last Friday’s original Christmas episode was the worst ever in the history of Y and R Christmas shows. Aside from Charlie giving his dad that first place cross country medal, the show truly lacked warmth and heart– the staples of Bill Bell’s annual gifts to us. I hope the writers start thinking next September or earlier about redeeming themselves from what we experienced. To all the post’ers for Y and R: Merry Christmas!

Ron
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Ron

Have to say we finally watched Dec 25 episode this afternoon (Tues) and enjoyed a much more welcoming, spirited, Christmas show! A little pretentious but so much better than Friday’s scream fest at the Abbotts.

Helen
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Helen

Happy Holidays ~~ from Bend Oregon!

Fanny
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Fanny

ABSOLUTELY….. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE ‼️

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I recorded it on my DVR early Christmas Morning…and I watched it late last night. Pretty powerful episode. I especially liked the scenes featuring Sharon and Mariah…and Sharon and Mariah talking about Cassie.

Later.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I loved the episode as well. I got a little misty when Sharon gave Mariah the snow globe. And I also felt sorry for Hilary. Maybe finding that letter will actually turn her into a human being again. All in all I think it was a touching episode.

Celia
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Celia

You and I are pretty much in sync, Jay. I guess TPTB try something outrageous just to see where it goes….Ashley and Ravi, a prime example.
I’m glad they realized it was not an inspiring match ….carried nothing on its coattails….boring, boring, and more boring.
How many times have they done this? Coupling much, much older men with younger women? Never works.
Victor and Sharon, Jack and Phyllis, John Abbott and Jill etc.
…we’ll bear it, though, right, Jay?…..better this than no soaps, at all. Happy New Year.

Karen R
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Karen R

I watched it last night and I really enjoyed it, it had meaning and wasn’t just some hokey Christmas show. Also it had most of my favorites, however I did miss the Abbotts.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, I enjoyed the attempt to humanize Hilary (again) but I have to say that a lot of it felt like filler to me. Billy and Phyllis don’t represent any warm, fuzzy holiday feelings I recognize. It made me appreciate some of the older specials when one character gets a showcase for a chance to turn their lives around. I still remember the 2009 episode when Billy got a chance to start redeeming his life. In the hands of wonderful Billy Miller it was very memorable for me. Others were strong also, like Michael’s and Victor’s. To each his own.… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

I think it wasn’t intended to be anything other than fill – small stand alone stories with great Christmas spirit. I really enjoyed it and if I hadn’t watched it, I wouldn’t have felt like I missed something. I agree with you – I’m glad we had a Christmas episode! Happy New Year to you, Soaphound!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, man, Soaphound…..love the way you have delineated Phyllis and Billy….”….don’t represent any warm, fuzzy holiday feeling”…..
Gee, their sexual, immature antics ( thanks to dis-associated writing) does not elicit thoughts of a cozy ambiance…..a couple, snuggling under a blanket, while enjoying the warmth radiating from the crackling, dancing flames of a fireplace……the beating “hearth” of the home…..LOL.
Happy New Year, y’all !!

Alan
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Alan

When you have a talented cast and rich history like Y&R does, I don’t understand the need to try to hard with “special” episodes like this.

Damien
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Damien

I completely agree
Somethngs not clicking with the show…Victor has become an outright villian. He no longer has any redeeming qualities. How come he hasnt checked in with Ashley about Dinah or her paternity. The two used to atleast care for eachother. The J.T / Abbey confrontation was embarresing. Christine, Paul, Lauren and Michael desrve more than to be just dummies for the Newmans and Abbots. The music and scene changes are awkward and cheap sounding. Theres no villian or suspense. Nick and Chelsea are gross and Scott cant hold a leading man role in a triangle.

Mo
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Mo

I didn’t enjoy the episode.

Jules
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Jules

What a BORING episode. I appreciate Mal wanting to do something different, something special. A “Christmas-y” Christmas episode. But man was that episode reeking of sweet, saccharine holiday cliches. All of it. Every part of it.

K/kay
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K/kay

Christmas list Shick back never should they have broke them up SC &JM pure gold!!!!

Pjc722
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Pjc722

Y&R is about to do a PSA on underage drinking involving Reed and sadly im not looming forward to it. Reed is the whiniest WEAKEST and DULLEST “cool kid” ever to comenonto the scbe in GC… that is even with comparing him with teenBILLY who was sooo nice it was sore to watch. If Y&R wanted to do a good PSA Then have Christine throw the book at him due to backlash from the public thst shes doing the rich a favor while other young poorer kids get worse. Have it matter. Also, involve his former aunt Sharon and uncle… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I don’t need PSAs on the soaps. Every now and then is okay, but not all the time. We’ve had the heart attack, which I thought was good, but they dropped the ball by sending Jill away. You don’t go on a cruise after a heart attack. Now we have Alzheimer’s, which is at least entertaining with Dina’s quips. I think maybe Reed getting arrested was to give JT an excuse to stay, rather than leave. Maybe he’ll move in with Victoria (platonic) and they can double down on the parenting. And yes, JT does need to stand up to… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

Quick thoughts.. Sharon & Mariah story was cute. Finally some real parent/child interaction between them. The Hillary arc was just blech. You know she won’t become an open hearted person in the end. Which is fine because the show needs a villainess. So, I wasn’t buying her turn to goodness. Though I am not a fan of Jason Thompson’s Bllly and not really invested in the Billy/Phyliss romance I also thought that arc at least had some humor and heart to it. Ahhh, Nikki…. first I need to say that as in past episodes Genoa City has the best dressed… Read more »

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Enjoyed the reviews. The depth of my thoughts, after watching the program, can’t begin to move into what was just quite quickly read. However, as a long-time viewer, one who has never bothered to see who was writing until the roof collapsed on the Underground, it never occurred to me to look at the important stuff like who was writing, producing, etc. When Sally (knowing this only from you all) took over after the roof fell down on the Underground, the show felt into transition. What I noticed more than anything was the improvement in sets which moved more into… Read more »

Sunnydaze
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Sunnydaze

Not sure if this was mentioned in a previous post. Why would the writers have Nikki leave a diamond necklace “hanging” in a public park to honor Katharine? A Christmas gift for a thief? smh.

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While Y&R has been renewed thus far through the 2024 TV season, it would seem this move to ensure Bergman is sticking around as the show moves past its 50th year on the air, is a vote of confidence by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that the top-rated daytime drama will live on.

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Thompson, a previous Emmy-winner, who is up in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, shared the news via an Instagram video and also expressing in his post: “After 2.5 years of dodging Covid…I finally tested positive! I’m very sorry to say I won’t be attending the @daytimeemmys tomorrow night and that’s a bummer!! To all my fellow nominees and friends, I wish you all the best, have a fantastic night celebrating what we do. To the best fans in the world, like most of you I will be watching from home cheering on our favorites on @cbstv!! Thank you for an amazing year @youngandrestlesscbs and @sonypictures. I’ll be back to work in a week or so to try and earn another invite to the big night!!! Lots is love! ♥️”

Meanwhile, Melissa Ordway then shared she also tested positive for Covid. Ordway is a first-time nominee in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.  In a heartfelt message, Melissa stated: It has always been a dream of mine to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and to bring my parents to the show. It was about to come true, until I tested positive for Covid yesterday afternoon. I’m so disappointed that I won’t be able to celebrate with everyone on Friday. I’ve cried lots of tears.  Thankfully, I’m asymptomatic. I’m super grateful no one in our home is sick. What a blessing.  To my Daytime community, have the best time. Wish I could be there but I’ll be watching from home and cheering on all of the nominees! Y&R bring home the gold! Love you all! And to everyone at CBS and Sony thank you for everything. So grateful to play Abby. @youngandrestlesscbs.  To my amazing parents, I’m so sorry that this weekend has fallen apart. I was so excited to attend the awards with you. This nomination was because you always believed in me. I love you. To everyone who’s cheered me on, sent me well wishes and love and support, it means more to me than you’ll ever know. I love Daytime and I’m honored to be a part of this talented group! Cheering from my couch! Xoxoxo Melissa”

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