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New Y&R Head Writer Sally Sussman Reveals Plans For The Characters Of Genoa City!

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Every Y&R fan we have talked to, communicated with, or have read postings about, is over the moon that Sally Sussman is back on The Young and the Restless as the series head writer, and now co-executive producer.   Sussman has previously been with the show under the legendary creator of Y&R, Bill Bell from 1984-1989, and made a brief return under then head writer Lynn Latham.

Now she is ready to fix the problems plaquing the storylines and long-running characters of Genoa City and restore Y&R to the classic soap fans had come to love while featuring those characters who for years have also been thrown to the wayside, or saddled with bad story or romances. In a enlightening and fantastic interview with TV Insider’s Michael Logan, Sussman revealed some of her plans and thought process of what’s to come when her scripts first begin to air on December 7th.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Sussman on who is key to her on the canvas of Y&R: “I see eight stalwarts. They are the indispensables. In no particular order: Nikki, Victor, Jack, Ashley, Nick, Sharon, Billy and Victoria.”

Sussman on the decision to make Jill (Jess Walton) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) sisters, and if she would change it:  “That’s also something I’m choosing to ignore and will probably negate at some point. It makes no sense. It was completely physically impossible! I wrote for the show back when Jim Storm was playing Lauren’s father—I named him after my friend, Neil—and the character was the same age as Jill so how could he possibly be her father? I just don’t know how they spun that.  I do believe it was a mistake to make Devon Katherine’s grandson and leave him with $2 billion. It has left him without drive, without a goal. What does he want? What does he strive for? I don’t think those questions were ever asked, so we need to fix that.”

Susmsan on what she will to do to Lauren:  “She will return to the feisty and clever Lauren we knew.”

Sussman on how she will utilize Jilll: “She’s going to experience a serious personal crisis that will cause her to reevaluate her entire life.”

Sussman on what she will do in story for Ashley (Eileen Davidson): “What I’m creating for her is an unexpected soulmate story—a story with someone who is not going to be the love of her life, but that someone is going to leave her open to one day having the love of her life. Eileen is too important to the show. Too vital. I am determined to make this work.”

Sussman on Sharon (Sharon Case) and the show’s couplings:  “I have big plans for her and Nick. And Sharon is going to embark on a new goal that surprises everyone in Genoa City—one that brings a new person into her life. That’s another problem. We really need to build some longterm romantic couples. You have Nick and Sharon and Billy and Victoria, but neither couple is currently together. Where is the couple that is actually together that we want to root for? That couple doesn’t exist. We have to create some. We may need some people from the outside because the cast is so unbalanced right now.  There are so many single women and I don’t know who to pair them with because there are very few men—Billy, Nick—who aren’t attached.”

Sussman on if she would recast the role of Adam vacated by Justin Hartley, and take baby Christian from Nick (Joshua Morrow):  “I don’t see that we need it. Nick believes this baby is his and for all intents and purposes, it is. When and if an Adam comes up, then we’ll deal with it. I’m not looking to bring that character back nor do I want to do a paternity reveal involving a character who is off-camera.”

So, what do you think about Sally’s plans for Jill, Sharon, Nick, Ashley, and Lauren?  Do you have high hopes on what will happen to your favorite characters when Sally’s stories begin to reveal themselves next month? Comment below!

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Drew
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Drew

She BETTER be nothing short of a miracle worker, because this show is a brutal mess ! #HonestlyUnwatchable

JK
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JK

BOY…YOU SAID IT!!!!!!! HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW FROM THE BEGINNING AND I NOW FIND IT HARD TO WATCH….RECORD IT , FAST FORWARDING MOST OF THE SHOW!

Ruby
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Ruby

I would luv to c sharon n Nick together. Adam returns and takes his son Christian. Bit Adam needs to return.

Debbie
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Debbie

I have stopped watching since Adam is not in the show. His character is the kind you hate because he’s bad but at the same time route for him to be the good guy he really is. Bring Michael Muhney back. He was the best Adam. The show has gotten very boring!

Lia
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Lia

What do I think? I think the only logical thing she stated is that she’ll do something about Jill being Lauren’s sister, the rest is utter crap. Sully is not Nick’s biological child, so if it’s fine for him to have the child, why not the couple who’s been raising him? Using the fact that both bio parents are off camera as a reason for Nick to have him is bs. Dylan loves that boy, and believed he was his son too. He was loved and perfectly fine with he and Sharon, so there was no reason to interrupt that… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

No because Devon and K barely knew each other and he’s not capable to handle such a vast fortune. I was not believable that K left it to him in the first place?

Lia
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Lia

Well you’re wrong because Kay and Devon had a warm and loving relationship before she died. They didn’t have many years together, but the time they did have was quality time. He doesn’t make the big deals like Jack and Victor, but if his grandmother felt he deserved the money, then he should have it. Neil is a good businessman, and I’m sure he’s been advising, or has at least introduced him to a financial team who is helping him manage the money. There’s also his father Tucker who could be advising him off-camera. I didn’t read any anything negative… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Lia,
I honestly think Nick is Christian’s bio dad. I have tis feeling that Victor had a hand in switching vials to punish his dons for sending him to jail.
However, even if that were not so, the only people that who know are Chelsea and Victor.
As I have said, legally, Nick is the father. His name is on the birth certificate and he and Sage were married.
Even if Adam were to come back, he would have to fight it in court with a DNA test.

Lia
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Lia

No. Nick has had no significant place in Christians life, and that is the factor a judge would look for when determining guardianship, should Sharon and Dylan take this to court. Christian was kidnapped before Sage and Nick could bond with him, so in the eyes of the court he isn’t the more important figure in that boy’s life. Also, with both biological parents being dead, there is no custody to be determined. Dylan and Sharon need to work this out, and go get their baby. I hope she doesn’t go back to the mental facility, because that would only… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Lia, we could argue this until the cows come home. This is a soap and any legal action will be written by writers for fake judges.
I am talking about real life here. Legally, Nick is the father…..compounded with the fact that Sharon could be charged with kidnapping. Also, she is mentally unstable.
It makes no difference who has had the baby until now. Besides, I feel it in my bones that Christian is Nick’s.
Another thing: Victor would never allow Sharon and Dylan to have this baby. I mean, he controls everything, LOL.
Dylan is leaving, which leaves Sharon with no support.

Celia
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Celia

You do not have a clue, Lia……regarding both Devon and Christian’s custody. WOW!!!!! My parents are both attorneys; thus, I take what they say more realistically than your word….because you say do? We discuss and propose here.
Also, this is a very friendly site, Lia.
How can you tell someone he/she is wrong? This is a soap. We all have opinions,. In the end, we may all be wrong when TPTB pull a fast one. Your temerity and audacity boggles the mind.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…YES, YES AND MORE YES…Mackenzie needs to come back to Y&R…and ASAP!!!!! Then, from there, Mac needs to go to court (or whatever) and see to it that the $$$ (or what’s left of it) is taken away from that IRRESPONSIBLE DUM DUM Devon and returned to her…VERY, VERY QUICKLY!!!!! DEFINITELY!!!!!!

Later, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

@Jaybird.
Hi, jay,
I certainly love your enthusiasm, my friend… I feel the same way. Other than Timmm, no one even mentions Mac any longer….well, now you.LOL.
Later, jay.

Addison
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Addison

Whoa there, friend, slow down! I am the first to call out racism when I see it but Sussman did not indicate that Devon should not have inherited all that money because he is black. What she said was that inheriting all that money took away his drive, his initiative and did more harm than good. Remember when Devon wanted a career in the music business? He used to have personal goals but since inheriting all that money his only goal seems to be keeping Hillary somewhat restrained. Now remember, as Michael Fairman says, these are only excerpts form the… Read more »

Lia
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Lia

I didn’t say she directly stated he should not have the money because he’s black. I asked why does she not want him to be Kay’s grandchild, and questioned him receiving the bulk of her estate. Those comments from her are stated above. Does she question why white characters are wealthy? No. She questions why a black character was given wealth, and made the biological grandson of the most popular character on the show. Is that because he’s black? Because if he were white, I doubt she would have made that statement. Also, Devon was boring when he was pursuing… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

A VERY intelligent and fair replay.

Addison
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Addison

Lia, opinions about a soap are just that–opinions. Therefore, you stating someone is wrong because they don’t see things your way is just, well, wrong.
You thought Devon was dull when he was recording music but I did not. That just means we have a different opinion.
Okay? Have a great day and drive carefully.

Alan
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Alan

Why isn’t it fine for Sharon and Dylan to have Christian? Um, maybe because the child was Sage’s and she was married to Nick and his name is on the birth certificate so legally he is the father. And based on Sharon’s history (mental illness; arson; paternity switches; helping people take tumbles down staircases; allowing her children to believe she was dead for months after escaping jail for being convicted of pushing a woman into a live volcano) she shouldn’t even be raising Faith let alone a baby.

Lia
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Lia

Well legally speaking you’re wrong, because upon Sage and Adam’s deaths , nor Chelsea have a claim to Christian. There is no custody up for grab only a guardianship, and the court will give that to the people Christian has established a relationship with. Those people are Sharon and Dylan. Christian does not know Nick, Victor nor Chelsea, so a marriage that is over due to death won’t carry any weight in court. Sharon does have mental issues, but she’s on medication. Her daughter lives with her more than with Nick, and she’s fine. What you’re referring to is a… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I have been saying this, Alan, ad nauseam. Nick is the legal father. Anything or anyone opposing that FACT will have to box it out in court.
No worries: there are people who make up their own laws. Lia should write for GH. LOL.

Lucia
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Lucia

Let’s add to all that the fact that Adam wanted Nick to raise his son. Adam knew that he was Christian’s father and was willing to step back and have Nick believe the child was his. And then out of the blue he has that heartfelt “brother” scene with Nick in prison where he asked him to watch out for Connor. It’s clear that Adam respected Nick as a father and if he were alive, he would probably stay silent and let Nick raise him. Sage, the child’s mother, also wanted Nick to raise her child. I really hope they… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Alan…A-M-E-N!!!!! A-n-d…all of this is FURTHER PROOF that Sharon is nothing but a TOTALLY UNFIT mother!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

Have a good one, Alan.

Timmm
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Timmm

This isnt a HATE site! Take your race cards and go! Devon sucks! I dont care WHAT color he is, Tucker, Phllip or Mac deserved the money before Devon!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Sir, my Timmmy. The day Mac comes back will set everything right for me. Love her to pieces…but, the original, Ashely B. She belongs !!!!!
Tucker and Philip follow closely behind.

Addison
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Addison

Bah ha ha ha ha! Timm, thank you. I needed a good laugh.
You are right, er, I mean, insightful.
I just do not want to see another comment which starts out with,”You are wrong….”

Patrick
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Patrick

Devon sucks ; part 2

he’s so boring… lilly is just as dull.

Poor Neil… the Winters clan… sans Drucilla Dynasty… is missed

Lulu
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Lulu

I agree with you about Jill , Lauren, the baby and Devon! If the baby ‘s paternity won’t be known , why not allow him to remain with Sharon and Dylan ? Why not leave Devon the money? I hate to think that it’s racial!

Lia
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Lia

Exactly. What did Dylan do to deserve this pain? Nothing. He didn’t know anymore about what Sharon did than Nick. Cristian isn’t Nick’s child either, so why does the writer think he deserves to be the dad more than the man who was raising him? Her reasoning behind that decision is plain crap. Devon is Kay’s grandchild just like Mac. It doesn’t matter how long she knew him, she loved him, and he loves her. She knew what she was doing when she left that money to him, and that’s why Brock and Mac didn’t contest her will. For the… Read more »

Carolyn Thomas
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Carolyn Thomas

That’s what I think,too because he is black.

Carolyn Thomas
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Carolyn Thomas

Why not Devon, leave him be.

Lia
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Lia

Yes, and that’s why she said she doesn’t think he should be Kay’s grandson. A black man being on the same level as her white son and granddaughter? Unthinkable to a racist.

k/kay
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k/kay

The woman is not racist my gosh do any of you know the history of the characters! The character Katherine was not warm and fuzzy she did adore Brock and it was a great storyline when she met her grand daughter Mac. The character of Tucker was never needed and stupid plot after stupid plot. She was simply saying Devon needed a purpose hopefully he will eventually get a decent story she is not the one who for ten years have written off the wall stories please give her a chance it took ten years to get to this point… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s great that Y&R is addressing the lack of screen time and value of Eileen Davidson is at last being addressed. she’s the real gold

WAS this thread really brought in… to address yes or no… on Michael Muhney ?

Sally Sussman : I’m not looking to bring that character back nor do I want to

bullshit… with this statement alone.. you’ve lessened any impact you have

Patrick
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Patrick

really? the only thing you offer… other than

Devon is worth 2 billion dollars… let’s delve in to that

let’s see what Lauren has left to twirl

I completely, agree: ( because the same thing is going on @GH )

“… There are so many single women and I don’t know who to pair them with because there are very few men ”

why would GH fire and let go… Morgan, Joe, Nicholas… 3 magnetic male stimulus

Addison
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Addison

Patrick, I hear ya, Brother but you need to seek out the entire interview. I think you will appreciate it. The interview is a lot longer and more detailed.
These are just excerpts. Sussman is going to bring Y&R back to its former glory.

Patrick
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Patrick

fact: she grandstands… their are not enough, MEN

Michael Muhney… As the World Turns… embodies sexual appetite for all

Patrick
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Patrick

Read the “whole” article: 1. “…The very first scene of my first episode starts with an Abbott family breakfast. ” I have missed this… uniquely the Abbott… THIS is going to be great, hopefully Billy will be able to be present. This is going to be a reign of Abbotts sharing and meeting eye to eye. 2. “…Melody is money in the bank. This is a woman who can deliver. ” Absolutely… SS and KA… please for the love of God and celebration of Womanhood ! can we steer Nikki – with – some thing / any thing ? she… Read more »

Lulu
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Lulu

I agree about Adam.

Meg Reddekopp
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Meg Reddekopp

WELL ,I DO WANT ADAM BACK ,BUT ONLY PLAYED BY MICHAEL MUHNEY ,I SI’D LIKE MARIAEE JH AS KEVIN ,I COULD NEVER SEE HIM AS ADAM AGAIN , MM IS THE ONLY ADAM , IF SS DOESN’T WANT TO BRING BACK ADAM .THAN BRING ON MM AS A NEW CHARCTOR.HOWEVER I DO LOVE THAT SHE WANTS BETTER FOR SHARON ,SHARONS HAD HORRIBLE S/LS SENCE SALLY LEFT.LOVE SHARON /SHARON AND .MARIAH ,I’D LIKE MARIAH N HILARY WORK TOGETHER WITHOUT BEING A EVIL TABLOID ,AND FINALLY PUT VICTOR IN HIS PLACE. GET HIS CUMUPPENCE,WHICH I WANT FOR CHLOE TOO,GOOD LUCKY SALLY N… Read more »

Meg Reddekopp
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Meg Reddekopp

AFTER SEEING JH AS KEVIN I CAN SEE THAT HE WAS NEVER ADAM ,MM COULD HAVE PLAYED THE KINDER VERSION OF ADAM ,AND STILL BE ADAM.

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Michael Muhney is over, period.

Karen
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Karen

Amen

su0000
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su0000

awww geezus! not Sharon and Nick, again.. they are ridiculously the most recycled couple in soap history.. When will a soap writer go in a different direction that is not backwards. where and when will there be brand new exciting stuff.. recycling same old from the 80-90-200 is not good. I want NEW !! give me something unexpected and make me curious in a never played story, please.. Soaps need need YOUNG writers with 21st century media ideas.. Soaps need a good shot of b12 not Geritol .. Anyways– I am liking Y&R as is now… but will see what… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Sally Sussman Morina is an American soap opera writer and producer.
Born: September 2, 1956 (age 60), Toronto, Canada
Spouse: Anthony Morina
Education: University of Southern California
Movies: Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey.
Children: Adam Morina
TV shows: Generations

The Young and the Restless
Associate Head Writer: June 10, 2005 – November 2006
Breakdown Writer: June 10, 2005 – November 2006
Writer: 1984 – 1988
Storyline Consultant: 1983-1987 (hired by William J. Bell), May 17, 2005 – May 12, 2006 (hired by John F. Smith)

((1983-1987 .. that goes way back.. 33yrs back..

She has quite a resume.. that is good. Looking forward to her stories..

ELLEN EDWARDS
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ELLEN EDWARDS

I don’t want nick and Sharon together…I always fast forward during them..be realistic..in real life they’d move on..except for the kids…Adam was my favorite,so to leave him out..and it’s going backwards..I’m almost uninteresTed in watching…js

Addison
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Addison

I do not believe she is putting Sharon and Nick back together. What she said is they will be a stepping stone for Sharon meeting someone new, someone who will change her life.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Suzie Q….Nick is merely following in his father’s footsteps, that’s all. Marry the same woman, over and over again.

Timmm
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Timmm

su0000, if you read the whole interview Sally discussed the epic challenge of being a soap writer. She said Mr. Bell basically said you have to be born to do it so just saying you want a young writer doesnt mean that someone could actually do it. Sally should find an understudy and groom him or her.

Donna
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Donna

I’m looking forward to this! This is a very good sign of good stories ahead! Finally! Yaaaay!

curacaoman
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curacaoman

Finally someone who gets it. Can we find someone similar for GH?

Darlene
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Darlene

I totally disagree with Sally Sussman’s plan to NOT bring back Adam back, and especially NOT bringing back Michael Muhney. Adam is central to the show and was made one of the most important characters. Fans love Adam’s relationship with Chelsea and feel that they are the key romantic long term couple. Until Adam’s supposed death, their commitment to each other was amazing. Other couples do not share the feeling of a strong romantic loving relationship. They have too much conflict and don’t love each other willing to give their life for the other. I’ve been reading how fans feel… Read more »

NLGibert
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NLGibert

I agree with you 100% concerning Adam. I did accept JH as the new Adam, but my opinion is that Michael Muhney will only ever be the true Adam. He developed that character into one of the most interesting and complex characters on Y & R. Sally Sussman is making HUGE mistake sweeping Adam and his storylines under the table.

Sandy
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Sandy

I agree too.

JK
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JK

AGREE 100%…….DO THE WRITERS EVER LISTEN TO VIEWERS???THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD….

Helen
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Helen

Add me to the list of viewers who agree with you!!

Melvina Jones
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Melvina Jones

Yes i agree Adam and Chelse are the Best Romantic couple. Get Rid of Hillary and Devons relationship and mess!! Sharon and Nick do not need to be together. Paternity test needs to prove that Nick is the father of Christin.

me
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me

IF Muhney acted inappropriately, he should never be brought back, period. It’s too bad if you can’t get over it but a person is supposed to have MORALS. So what if he molested young women; he was great in the role! This is just plain sad, and the same sort of warped logic that elected the new President.

Addison
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Addison

I don’t know what Michael Muhney did or did not do off the set. However, I know a lot of the actors on Y&R do not care to work with him again (this is why Victoria Rowell cannot come back). As talented as he is, I think Michael may be difficult to work with as he also allegedly had issues on the set of Veronica Mars.
It’s just not realistic to think they can just bring back Michael Muhney back. It’s not Sussman’s call.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

AMEN!

Karen
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Karen

Exactly

Lulu
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Lulu

It was never proven that he committed a crime . Plus, I believe that it was a way of getting rid of Muhney because of his relationship with Eric.

Alan
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Alan

Everyone needs to stop over-reacting about her comment about not bringing Adam back.

Obviously the character will be back at some point but only when it creates to greatest dramatic impact for the story. Right now she has more pressing problems in trying to create compelling stories for the characters already on the canvas.

Timmm
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Timmm

Thank you Alan! She is not going to say he will be back. She wants to surprise the viewers. Justin is gone. Michael is iffy. It may take a year to find THE right person BUT he will be a Victor Jr. type so when Eric is gone the show will have a powerhouse representing the Newman name!

Tee
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Tee

Everyone deserves a second chance. None of us are perfect and we sure don’t live in glass houses. Let the past sat in the past. Moving forward on a stronger foundation. This is my mission statement.

Debbie
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Debbie

Please get rid of that GC Buzz and that temper tantrum Hillary. Devon is a great character and needs to move on. It is very childish and the GC buzz is just not believable/

ELLEN EDWARDS
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ELLEN EDWARDS

Yea that’s BORING

JK
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JK

HORRIBLE STORY….SO BORING

Addison
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Addison

Really? I can only handle Hillary as a diva-like bitch. When she tries to act all sappy and sweet, I cannot take her. She plays an excellent bitch and I find her to be very entertaining.

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely, Addison?, albeit my fingers itch to do something to her beautiful face. The fact that Hillary can draw such antipathy from me only proves that the actress is doing exactly what she is supposed to do. That is; incite anger and annoyance.

Lulu
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Lulu

I agree!

Donna
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Donna

I agree Debbie. GC Buzz has to go. I can barely watch that nonsense (in fact I usually fast forward it). And they’ve totally messed up Hillary’s character, and I’m not sure if it can be repaired again. Hillary’s constant nasty attitude is so predictable, annoying and it’s getting very old.

Timmm
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Timmm

The BUZZ is a migraine!

Addison
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Addison

Yep, Hillary is the girl we love to hate and th Devil Wears Prada!
Love her, hope they don’t try and switch her back to acting like Pollyanna.
I do love her scenes with Mariah.

me
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me

I WANT the show to get better, but I’m remaining realistic. Nothing she says here is optimistic to me. Sounds like she just wants to return the show to the way it was 20 years ago. How does that solve anything? Times have changed; it’s time to move on.

You can’t go home again. Even the great Gloria Monty failed – miserably and notoriously – when she returned to GH.

randy
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randy

she contradicts herself says there are too lil men and then says why bring back adam,,is she another one who doesnt listen to the fans,,,its simple u want ratings to rise bring back micheal muhney,,,,sharon needs a new man muhney and case were magic,,,as for jill take it back to jill being catherines daughter ,,makes jill the matriarch of the show and settles the storyline of devon and his wasted billions,, so devon loses everything leaving him with a very hungry wife,,,hillary as a poor mans wife,,lol theres a comedic touch to that,,,always thought a jill and neil couple would… Read more »

Rottenhousemate
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Rottenhousemate

Randy your a funny guy. The Jess Walton storyline that you’re talking about could never come to fruition. Even if a storyline was to come out like that and Devon was to lose all his billions. His daddy is Tucker McCall Katherine’s biological illegitimate son. If that storyline was to come out theoretically and logically Tucker McCall could squash Jill into Oblivion. Tucker McCall is a billionaire within his own right he would go after Chancellor he would go after all the money he would go after the estate. Jill’s character would not want that because she would lose a… Read more »

elm1951
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elm1951

all i can say is “bring it on”!!!

Tee
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Tee

I have been ready 5 yrs ago.

mmc
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mmc

She seems to really have a plan…i hope she elevates this show from it’s dark & depressing status to one with real family units & long time happy couples….I just know I don’t want Victoria & Billy together again….i say that because i like what being with Travis had done for Victoria…it made her character more human, more fun, more enjoyable to watch…before she was too robotic…..I also hope she lets Nick be Christians father for real….. As far as Adam, if JH or MM can’t be Adam, then let him stay dead. & hopefully under her watch, Chloe will… Read more »

Rottenhousemate
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Rottenhousemate

MMC I agree with the dark and depressing storylines of The Young and the Restless. But there’s Nothin that they can really do to make Sharon’s character flourish anymore. that opportunity for flourish left about 15 years ago. Sharon’s character is Nikki Newman in the modern era. When Don diamont was the actor playing Brad Carlton. Sharon was the face of jabot or Newman for modeling I can’t remember which one. That was when it was probably Sharon’s time to flourish and have minimum Allegiant with Newman. Their story line together was actually pretty good. Brad Carlton storyline was phenomenal.… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

I agree with MMC about Chloe getting what’s coming to her. She is a mess. And I also agree with wanting to see Sharon flourish and grow. Sounds like we might have the right writer to accomplish this. Looking forward to seeing Sharon get back on her feet and grow stronger again.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Sharon has been through enough. Many do not want Nick with Sharon, I do.
Chelsea, the interloper, will present to be THE problem. She is insinuating her insipid, useless life into Nick’s because she wants Christian. She is delusional, as the baby is Nick’s, not Adam’s.
I hope Sharon will come through this with flying colors. Healed, and ready to face life head-on.
The fact that she is not hiding; hibernating, is a step in the right direction.

Kalle
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Kalle

I liked the interview with Sally Sussman. She seems very knowledgeable, knows which characters are the strong ones, the pillars of the show. I am very curious, who will be the male actors coming to the show.

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Michael, I am excited for Sally’s changes but I’m hoping that she has plans for Elizabeth Hendrickson’s character,Chloe. If Sally prefers to keep Adam off canvas for the meantime then Chloe needs to really pay for her duplicity and Chelsea and Conner deserve justice just as much as Delia did.

The character of Adam became endeared to plenty of fans because he was a man continuously trying to redeem himself to his family and society. Chloe needs prison time and being a grieving mother will not work in this instant.

Rottenhousemate
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Rottenhousemate

What about Billy doesn’t he deserve to know he’s got another kid. For Chloe she was a scandalous skank when she first got on the show she’s been that way throughout her time on the show she deserves to be where Patty Williams is.

Nicholas
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Nicholas

I was extremely surprised at the inability of charles pratt and jill phelps to put together this soap with good storytelling . i was a santa barbara viewer back in the day and remember how good santa barbara was during their time . the reality now is that so many great wriiters or soap creators have passed or have retired . if we put aside maria arena bell whom i still think did a great job with young and restless it does leave us with just Sally and Kay . Sally reads the comments apparently so i will just say… Read more »

Sandy
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Sandy

Chelsea must be included as one of the elite 8. Fantastic actress. It would be a mistake not to bring back Adam for her. Would love to see Michael Muhney back. Chelsea and Adam make a super couple.

Timmm
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Timmm

Chelsea is in the 8. The BOTTOM 8!

Celia
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Celia

In my two cents-worth opinion, Chelsea is a floater, without substance. Rags to riches overnight. She was recompensed for her crimes by ‘promoting’ her from the lowest of the bourgeoisie/ plebeian life into the world of the elite. She did so my selling her wares.
Sorry, Melissa…you know I love you!!!!! Just the character.

sylvia
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sylvia

Finally!!!! And Thank You!! That is all…she gets it!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It’s a good but troubling article all at once

Betty
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Betty

Sadly, all of my hopes for Y&R to turn around have now been dashed. Adam Newman has become a force on the show in her absence and to ignore this is a huge mistake. Bill Bell created the character of Adam Newman for a reason. You’d think Ms. Sussman would respect his vision. Sounds like Chelsea may be on her way out of town with Connor to grow up off-camera like his cousin Reed.

Brandon
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Brandon

So excited for her episodes to start. She really gets what this show needs to be. I hope everyone gives her a chance because she’s got a decade of damage to undo with this show!

kevin
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kevin

Brandon, very well said…Everyone, PLEASE give Sally and Kay a chance. I really believe with all my heart that Sally and Kay will get this show back to where it needs to be. Just like Brandon said, Sally and Kay have a decade of damage to undo… You know, some say we want something new, bringing Y&R back to it’s glory days with exceptional character and story telling is what it’s all about. I agree with everything that Sally said and I am so looking forward to Sally’s and Kay’ penning this once classic daytime drama….The one’s that are so… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

I agree Brandon. She’s got a lot of damage to undo, but I think she’s up for the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what she will do.

Karen
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Karen

Thank you Sally, Love it all, especially fixing the Jill & lauren sister thing, that was never right. Well maybe not everything, I NEVER want to see Sharon & Nick together again !! What I am seeing with the slow build of Chelsea & Nick , I am loving. I will not miss the Adam character, as a viewer since 73, he was a recent addition, and I never got over the duplicit acts of his. I did warm up to him, as played by JH. I really hope another DNA shows the baby is Nick’s. I also hope that… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

Michael Knight and Ricky Paul Goldin have been on Y&R. RPG had a role on Y&R prior to joining Guiding Light. They are both Fantastic actors.

Karen
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Karen

Yes, I know, and should be brought back. Michael as Dr. neville, and by now they could bring Ricky back as any character, he has been gone long enough that it is possible. He would be great with Ashley or Victoria ! He and Michael have a way of injecting comedy in their way of acting, which is something that is sorely lacking on Y&R.

NLGibert
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NLGibert

Very disappointed that she’s not going to work on having Adam come back, nor on his redemption at being the scapegoat accused of hitting Deliah. Adam has a HUGE fan base and I don’t understand why this new writer can’t see that.

Sheila
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Sheila

Far too many fans will be disappointed if Adam Newman does not return.

toscanti
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toscanti

I believe she has every intent on bringing Adam back, she just wants to maintain the element of surprise. JMHO

Fanny
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Fanny

Very impressed W/ Sally’s interview, honest and open how refreshing!!!!
Can’t wait for December 7th.

Tee
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Tee

Let’s get back to the basic and foundation of the show’s entrance in 1973.

damien
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damien

sally , thank you for coming back to genoa city even after idiot past headwriters completly dismantled the show in their selfish attepts to put their ‘stamps ‘ on the show: i.e. LML kiling off the great John Abbott for a shortsighted Gloria story or the headscratching completely empty story deaths of Brad and Colleen Carlton, legacy characters 1. bring back Brad if he ever leaves b n b for Ashley 2. bring back Collen and J.T , THE LAST SUCCESSFUL YOUNG SUPERCOUPLE imo 3. bring back sexy Carmine for Lauren since michaels become a dirty lawyer working for victor… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Most people you want back are dead! BUT, I agree with who you want to dump!

damien
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damien

thats the point i was trying to make… the deaths of those major characters were pointless and short sighted and used only for a temporary ratings bump. sally stated in her interview she wanted to undo or ignore bad writing from the bad head writers of past. find a way to bring back the carltons and john abbott

Timmm
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Timmm

Gotcha. I dont think Don Diamont is ever leaving B&B. John Abbott could be brought back IF they wanted to write a crazy twist. Maybe the Prattster has one more insane idea that COULD benefit the show! The John who died was Marco’s dad!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey Tim…’The John who died was Marco’s dad’…LOVE IT!!!!! Dude…EXCELLENT STORYLINE IDEA!!!!! Tim…you should write for Y&R. Just saying……….

Later, dude.

Edie
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Edie

I’m hoping you will not touch Victor I love the actor please keep him strong thank you

Brandon
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Brandon

She’s going to bring him back to what Victor should be. Tough, but also human. He’s become too villainous over the last few years.

Edie
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Edie

Thank you

JMER
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JMER

I am not a Y&R viewer but as a GH viewer, if I could have even half that honesty, straightforwardness about what/who we’ll be seeing on our screens, I’d be happy whether I liked it or not. I’d def know whether I was interested enough to tune in instead of being sent false lures that turn into nothing. And at least they are invested in the Classic vets on the show. Wow, I’m impressed. And Days seems to get it too and they didn’t even need a viewer poll. I can’t switch soaps, there’s something about GH at its core… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

I love Y&R and have been a fan for over 30 years, I’m so looking forward to the new writers taking the reigns. I have tried to get into GH and enjoyed it prior to the current writer’s visions. I typically FF through the entire hour in about 5 min. It’s very sad because there is a huge amount of wasted talent on GH currently.

JMER
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JMER

Cheers to you and the bright future of Y&R! I actually think Jelly are doing better than RC and Guza, however, are so busy trying to fix the damage of RC and Guza’s regimes that they can’t really dig in and do their thing. The show is still being run heavily by exec committee. But Sussman says she’ll change things on day 1, will outright ignore many things done previously, and will aim to please by covering all the classic DT basics like balance, character writing, longer scenes, etc. Obviously she has watched all 4 shows, read the boards, prob… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

I would like Adam to return. He is Chelsea’s soulmate and he needs to put Miss Cloe behind bars now for her part in separating him from his famoly. Let Nick find out he’s not the baby’s father. He doesn’t need to be so cocky. He held Sage up on a pesital and she wasn’t loyal to him. This needs to be addressed. Let Jack forgive and reunite with his Red…Phyllis. Don’t kill off Dylan. Recast if necessary. This is Paul’s only grown and alive son that is GOOD and on the show. It reminds me of when Chief Williams… Read more »

Sheila
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Sheila

Maggie – you wrote a great article and I agree with all of your suggestions. ADAM has to come back.

k/kay
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k/kay

Please go read the entire interview you will better understand what she is saying . JH’s show is a success he can’t come back and we dont need another recast. I wish she could restore the iPhone led Newman ranch set so may regimes that have brought this show to its knees I pray and hope she turns it around.

k/kay
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k/kay

The old Newman ranch set I apologize this I pad literally jumps old over the place best of luck to her and Kay older viewers are going to be happy I hope!!!

Addison
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Addison

Yes, it is imperative that folks read the entire interview. It’s very good and she speaks of what a travesty it was to kill off John Abbott.

kevin
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kevin

Yes, BEST interview I have seen in years and the most excited that I have been in a decade about Y&R…

Addison
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Addison

Right, Kevin. Sally Sussman also speaks of how the past writers did not pay fidelity to the past. They didn’t even bother researching their characters’ histories. She is going to write character driven stories which pay fidelity to the past. But before someone starts shrilling,”Oh that sounds so old fashioned!,” they also need to know she spoke of the business of Genoa City needing to represent businesses of the new millennium. This is why Ashely’s makeup app for Jabot Cosmetics is totally relevant and why The GC Buzz is as well. With the new EP at the helm, Y&R has… Read more »

Alice
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Alice

I thought she was hired to make the show better, not worse….she just totally blew up this show by eliminating Adan Newman…this is a horrible, horrible decision…and keeping Jill….my gosh, time for therapy….listen to the fans!!!

Brandon
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Brandon

Jill is the only original character from the beginning that is left. She is essential to Y&R. Any real fan could see that.

Carolyn Frazier
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Carolyn Frazier

Jill is not the only original character. There are a lot of them that are originals.

Brandon
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Brandon

She’s the only character who was there from day one in 1973. The next one would be Paul who came in 78.

Addison
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Addison

Hang on–Adam will come back but it’s going to be awhile.
I am not sure who will play him but mark my words, he will come back on time to see Christian graduate from Harvard.

JK
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JK

BRING BACK ADAM!!!!! DONT LOSE EVEN MORE VIEWERS!!

Elizabeth Corbett
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Elizabeth Corbett

Killing off Adam was a great loss to the show. His and Chelsea’s marriage was the best stable love on the show. Sharon and Dylan need to work thru this problem they could adopt. Dylan was adopted and he is a of e excellent character. Nick should enjoy his son but let Dylan have some time with him. Do not put Nick with Sharon or Chelsea give him a break. Enough with Jack and Phyllis and Billy and Victoria. Clear up old story lines and start new ones with some sense to them.

Suds
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Suds

Agree!

toscanti
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toscanti

RUDE!!!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Dude seriously you need to chill and just watch. .some of what you said is a bit unnecessary

Carolyn Frazier
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Carolyn Frazier

I hope you never put Sharon with Nick again. I want Jack and Phyllis to stay together. Nick should be able to keep Christian after losing Sage. Travis looks great for Abby and Victoria and Billy. I am looking forward to a feisty Lauren again.

Edward
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Edward

I would like to see Nick and Sharon reconcile, and represent the stable couple and family that we root for. I don’t see any mention about plans for Neil. Drucilla has to return, with Victoria Rowell. That is the only way that the Winters family makes any sense.

Billie Broils
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Billie Broils

yes bring Drew back

Suds
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Suds

So tired of recycled storylines on this show! How I miss Guiding Light and As the World Turns from the 80s! Nick and Sharon, old news, let it go! Billy and Vik, old news let it go! While I would love to see some long lasting couples to root for, the couples on this show are and have been too unhealthy. Victor and Nikki are terribly unhealthy! How I’d love to see her leave him and become an independent happy woman who put on some jeans once in awhile and did more than go to committee meetings, and Victor is… Read more »

Michele
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Michele

Hoping the best for Y&R and wholeheartedly believe the best must include the character of Adam Newman MASTERFULLY portrayed by Michael Muhney. He’s complex, multidimensional, riveting, and memorable.

Donna
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Donna

What about Phyllis she a main character . Why always Shannon

Donna
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Donna

Other Donna, you must mean Sharon? (Because there is no Shannon on the show). Sharon is an important character with significant connections. She and Nick will always have a strong bond. Plus she will always get under Victor and Nikki’s skin, and that will always keep things interesting. That being said, I agree that Phyllis is an important character as well. I would really like to see Phyllis and Billy have another rendezvous, as their chemistry was off the charts.

Addison
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Addison

Have you noticed since Stafford vacated that Phyllis is no longer feuding with Sharon?
Phyllis was always Sharon’s worst enemy but now Sharon is her own worst enemy

Linda
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Linda

I have watched since the very beginning, the story lines are so boring now and makes no sense to me, what is showing now I seldom watch or fall asleep while it is on. What she is planning so far sounds good to me, we will wait & see……

Linda
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Linda

By the way try to bring back the character Adam he is sorely missed and the actor Michael who played him…..pleaseeeeee!

Char
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Char

What about Micheal? What happened to his cancer?

Mo
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Mo

It apparently went the same place as his divorce to Lauren.

Mo
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Mo

Sounds good. I do agree that Devon needs something. He’s just basically running around after his wife cleaning up her messes. The GC Buzz story is so inane and boring. I want it to go. I don’t want to watch a show where people are watching a show. Devon has left Jill with running Chancellor. He shows really no interest in it. Noah also needs something. Seeing him working as a bartender is so ridiculous. I just can’t believe that his parents would think that’s okay. Maybe he has a trust fund to look forward to or something, but it… Read more »

Sissy
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Sissy

Please bring back the character of ADAM ASAP!!!! I’m fine if we can fix it so that Christian is Nick’s…..but Genoa City needs Adam Newman. He is favorite character, by far.

Tee
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Tee

Take out the last 4 to 5 years. I have been watching from 1993 and am at the point now that I go on and do my errands and read the recaps. Bring back Adam. He sure kept me watching. When he was bad he was good. MM took that character and he became Adam. Not all actors can do that. BM is another great actor and when he left and MM left I went into withdrawl. In fact I stop even looking and reading the recaps and posting. So I am open to see what you will bring to… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

Looking forward to December 7th and the clean-up that lies ahead – The Phelps/ Pratt regime has left this show in a horrible mess! To sum it up, it was nothing but plot-driven gimmicks (a plane crash, the Jack doppelganger, fire at Newman), weak stunt castings, 2 Billy Abbotts that both suck, a kick-ass Adam Newman recast (Justin Hartley) that ended up leaving, new and uninteresting characters (Marisa, Luca/Puka, Natalie), bad character pairings (Chlesea/Billy, Stitch/Abby, Luca/Summer, Sharon/Dylan) – I can go on but won’t I’m sure many of you feel my pain. Let’s give Sally and the new regime time… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

I applaud the direction the returning writers’ crew will take. Having been nurtured by Bill Bell himself, they will take the program to its former glory and stylish storytelling. They also have chosen their first battles carefully; after all, they cannot possibly fix the entire mess in one fell swoop. Both Sussman and Alden were with Bill Bell when he recreated the original cast and thirty minute program (Brookes family, Foster family, Chancellor) to the sixty minute show that eased out the Brookes and Foster stories and developed Abbotts, Williams and Newmans. That took time and so will this. Now,… Read more »

kevin
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kevin

Ron, so well said…THANK YOU so much for your wonderful input which I agree with you 100% on everything you said and the character’s you have mentioned. How Bill Bell did this show was wonderful and the character’s that he created and how he transitioned the show from the 70’s to the 80’s to the 90s and the early 2000’s. I so agree on Lorie Brooks and Leslie Brooks. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for Jaime Lyn Bauer and Janice Lynde return. It’ so sad that Victoria Mallory has passed. I also agree with Gina’s…so missed that era. Ron, I love… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I find myself thinking along the same lines as Miss Sussman. So eager to see where this legacy program goes under her tenure. She is a smart and savvy storyteller who has the gift of having worked with Bill Bell. More power to you, Miss Sussman! you have a supporter in me! I never liked the Jill-Lauren sisters story development. And hooray for a Jill-centric story. I may be in the minority, but I can do without Adam for a while. Let us have time for all his crazy misdeeds and stories to rest. The idea of a distant black… Read more »

kevin
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kevin

Thanks so much Iakovos and very well said and I also agree with you.

Billie Broils
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Billie Broils

I disagree on the Adam story lines, they were not necessary and need to be cleaned up, Adam needs to be cleared of the Deliah hit an run storyline, they made him a villian, should have made him a smart business man like Victor, he and chelsea make a good couple, bring him back please and give him a good clean storyline, not a villian.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sally, thank you. I appreciate your candid comments. I hate the whole Chancelor-Jill-Tucker-Devon-Lauren bull crap! Jeanne died but the name should not have. I would love to see William Russ return and take over Chancelor industries. He was great. Rebuild that house! I love how she flat lined Justin from the show and paid him a big compliment. He is gone and so is the character for now. In a year from now she will surprise us with MM or probably more realistically, a major name as an Adam recast. He has to be charming AND be a devil to!… Read more »

Billie Broils
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Billie Broils

P,lease bring Adam back, he was the only character that made the show interesting, and do something with chloie. that was really stupid and they need to stop talking about Billy and chloies daughter, are they going to figure out Billy is the father to the other girl, this show needs to be more realistic, you cant walk into a hospital and steal sperm samples, stupid, stupid stupid, I am ready to just watch GH, it is realistic.

Edward
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Edward

Please recast the actress playing Lily. CK cannot act, and is not believable as a mature, caring wife and mother.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Edward…DEFINITELY!!!!! I (myself) always preferred Lily #2 (who was played by Davetta Sherwood). To me, Davetta was WAY MORE BELIEVABLE in the role of Lily…UNLIKE the current actress portraying Lily (BEYOND BLECH!!!!!!!!!!)!!!!!

Just saying………..

General Hospital

ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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GL & ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey On His Role in ‘Mank’: “I Got To Say Rosebud On-Screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher Film. Pretty Cool.”

What we all knew first, everyone in Hollywood and all of America is becoming to realize;  that Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light, Mick, As the World Turns) is just a naturally-gifted actor able to tap into such deep emotional depths in every part he plays that make him a stand-out in every project he is in.

Now, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is coming off a critically-acclaimed run in season 3 of Nerflix’s Ozark, can be seen in one of the talked about potential Oscar contenders, the film, Mank.

In the David Fincher film, Pelphrey plays Joseph Mankiewicz the brother to Gary Oldman’s Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, and in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom realizes the enormity of one of the key and most famous words in cinema history that he gets to say during Joseph’s reaction to Mank’s script for Citizen Kane … “rosebud”.

Pelphrey shared on the revelation that his line in the film is part of a huge historic fabric of cinema history: ““Oh my god. I didn’t even think about that. Wow. When you work on something like this, you really try to do your job to the best of your ability, and you really just focus on the task at hand.”

He added, Y”ou don’t really stop and consider the whole big thing- at least I didn’t. But you don’t want to get too swept up in that or get intimidated. You want to just come in, focus on your work and put your head down. And yeah, now is the time to sit back and say, ‘I got to say Rosebud on-screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher film.’ Pretty cool.

Mank, is now available in select theatres and streams beginning on December 4th on Netflic.

So, excited to see Tom in Mank? Comment below.  But first, check out this trailer from the film,

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Dancing with the Stars

Soap Vet and ‘Selling Sunset’ Star, Chrishell Stause Dating DWTS Pro Keo Motsepe

On Wednesday, former All My Children, Days of our Lives, Y&R, and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause had some intriguing personal news revealed.  She is now dating Dancing with the Stars pro, Keo Motsepe.

Stause, who also competed on this season’s ABC ballroom dance floor competition, was rumored to have been dating her actual pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, when Gleb’s marriage to his wife dissolved.  Chrishell shut down the rumor mill on social media and let it be known that she and Savchenko were nothing more than good friends.

But instead, it appears Chrishell is linked to another dancer from the show … enter Keo.   As DWTS viewers know, Motsepe was the pro partner of another former soap star, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marly, Another World) during the just completed season of the show,.

The couple made their relationship official on Instagram with Motsepe, posting a pic on his account of him giving Chrishell a kiss on the cheek. and another subsequent post on his Instagram story..  Meanwhile, Stause shared a workout of the two masked-up.

Stause was previously married to former soap star and current member of the cast of This Is Us, Justin Hartley.  The couple divorced in 2019.

So, what do you think about the news of Chrishell and Keo as a couple? Comment below.,

 

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