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Take The CBS Soap Opera Quiz: Which Far-Fetched Storylines Actually Happened On Y&R and B&B?

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Some soap opera storylines are so far-fetched that on paper they sound like they will never work when the actors take them on and play the characters you love to love, or love to hate!

Now CBS.com has created a little ditty quiz for fans of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful where you answer true or false if these plot points occurred such as:  While at a fancy restaurant, someone threatens to sue the chef for serving him cold soup.   A woman engages in witchcraft to win over a potential love interest.  One character douses another in honey in the hopes she’ll be eaten by a bear.  A man wakes up to find a dead prostitute on the floor.  A character’s deceased lover is reincarnated as a puppy. One man has another man thrown out of a helicopter over the Persian Gulf.  Those are just a sampling in this fun quiz.

Now let us know what is the most far-fetched story point in your opinion that ever took place on your favorite soap? Comment below!

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There are so many far-fetched storylines in every soap that, I am sure, are worth mentioning…if I could only think of them all!!!!…..perhaps later….
The doppelgängers always take precedence for me. The most memorable for me would be Sheila Carter having had plastic surgery to look like Phyllis and Sarah Smythe to look like Lauren.
Sarah held, Phyllis and Lauren prisoner for an interminable amount of time.
But, what is most imbecilic to me is the fact that friends and family did not have the smarts, the intuitiveness, the wherewithal to know the difference….that is far-fetched in itself.

Sarah held Lauren and JANA prisoner not Phyllis

You are absolutely right, Chris. My bad. It was Jana, Kevin’s wife. I always get the names mixed-up…such as calling Marco, Bruno. However, Sheila did ‘steal’ Phyllis ‘s face, that was my point. Thanks.

“Eterna” anyone?

Casey the alien (on GH) anyone?

Freeze the world (on GH, by Mikos Cassidine) anyone?

What about DOOL reproducing THE EXORCIST, as Marlena is possessed by the devil?….then morphs into a black panther? I was just a little girl, but I remember that!!!!!

That was some scary stuff, CeeCee. And yet they found a way to redeem Marlena! For the DOOL big 50th anniversary, they should make reference of that storyline — somehow.

I guess because I was only 9, I think, Marlena, with those eyes, really made a lasting, scary impression on me. I will never forget it. In retrospect, my grandmother didn’t even cover my eyes. She usually did…LOL.

Doll coming to life anyone?

Thanks, Ghlover! I forgot about that one!

I do remember some of the above happening, oddly enough. Right now, I think they are ALL too far fetched to be real. What has happened to our soaps??? There is onr Bell writing and he’s doing a lousy job tit. I’d love to say more, but like I said, there are too many bad ones just to pick one. I will add one thing. Pratt has written all our women characters as either whiney, needy, crazy or mean. NOT the good kind of Phyllis mean either. He is killing our characters. It all started with JHP and her hiring and firing, or shal I say lack of firing skills that has added to it. The woman is a looser and so is Pratt. Sony should know better than to think the fans are idiots. We aren’t and we are finding holes in storylines that are major. And I mean MAJOR parts of the show/charcter. Pratt has already said that women make him uncomfortable. It still shouldn’t keep him from writing fictional characters to be strong women. SONY, GET A GRIP AND LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIENCE. WHILE YOU STILL HAVE ONE TO LISTEN.

Someone being replaced with a double.

when they get everything perfect the face the voice and how they know everything that the missing person knows like marco and jack Shelia and Phyllis.

The doppelgangers!

I don’t mind way out there stories as long as they written well and told in a creative way. For example, when Vivian buried Carly alive in the coffin– most likely that would never happen in real life, so it was far fetched, but it was interesting story, told well, so I was entertained. But something like that Lumia story on Another World that was just awful.
But what really burns my cheese more that way out there stories are the unrealistic real stories they tell. Like Maxi on GH getting pregnant on the same night she miscarried– how can that be possible, she was a surrogate, so she must have been given drugs to suppress her cycle, to avoid her getting pregnant with her own child while carrying someone else’s. So even if she miscarried Lulu’s baby, her ovaries aren’t going to pop out an egg to be fertilized just like that. It is things like that that I find unbelievable. Also people who are gravely ill who suddenly get better, people who are paralyzed who learn to walk again in a couple of weeks. People who die and come back to life, over and over– to me these are more far-fetched than say body doubles.

But the biggest far-fetched thing soaps do is when children age ten years overnight– SORASing is the worse things soaps do. It ruins the time line, so actors who are playing parents are almost the same age as their children. The latest one being Rocco and Danny on GH– have you seen how quickly they went from babies to toddlers. One episode Maxi and Lulu put Rocco and Georgie on a mat to play together and they were both babies. The few episodes later Lulu is lugging around a two year old as Rocco, and on an episode this week mentioned to Dillon that Rocco was in preschool–at this rate by next summer he will be shaving– now that is far fetched.

Lumina was not all that bad! God how i miss Bay city, Amanda Cory, Lila, Cass, Vicky and Jake, rachel, Lorna….ahhh , thank you for mentioning the Lumina storyline, it brought back so many memories

Actually next week June 25th, will mark the 16th anniversary of AW’s last episode. I still remember it, and come to think of it, every one singing to the gorilla to get her to release Cass was pretty far fetched– LOL.

Yep– I too still miss that show, Linda Dano said at the Daytime Emmy Awards that year, if they can cancel AW they can cancel anything– and she was right, soon after we lost Guiding Light, then As the World Turns, All My Children, One Life to Live.

But the saddest thing was Another World was cancelled to make room for Passions which was supposed to the big hope to saving soaps by bringing in new young viewers– but it didn’t happen.

And now networks are doing the same thing, they keep trying to reinvent the wheel to bring the young ones in– which usually only works short term. But I am certain of this, if any of the last four soaps gets cancel, the rest will follow in no time flat. It is just a matter of which network wants to take responsibility for killing the daytime drama genre on network television.

Good thing you brought PASSIONS up, Mary. That soap, in itself, was completely the most far fetched everything, never mind storylines. Every scene was a convoluted, out-of-this-world, disaster….what lunacy!!!!!

I think one of the craziest stories was Brad Bell having to come up with a way that Taylor Forrester could be alive after we saw her die in Ridge’s arms in the hospital and saw her body in an open casket at the funeral. Supposedly she just slipped into a coma and no one in the hospital noticed she was still alive. Prince Omar sent his men to smuggle her out of the hospital and back to Morocco where he found doctors who could repair Taylor’s heart. The body in the casket was a wax replica of Taylor that Ridge dug up almost two and a half years later to prove that his beloved wife hadn’t died after all. A true jump the shark moment.

Also Taylor and Nick using IVF for her to give him a child. Instead the hospital screwed up and fertilized Brooke’s egg and put it in Taylor. So Taylor gave birth to her enemy’s baby with Nick who had been married to Brooke before he married Taylor. Talk about far fetched.

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Tom Arnold to Guest Star on The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful is adding a new pilot to its cast of characters to fly the Forresters overseas this summer to Monte Carlo, and it’s none other than Tom Arnold.

According to US Weekly, Arnold will appear in two upcoming episodes of the CBS soap opera airing at the end of July.  In story, Arnold will play the Forrester’s new pilot named Captain Deuce Stevens.

Arnold said of working with the B&B actors and crew, “It was great fun. People love The Bold and the Beautiful. The loyalty, the fans, the opinions … I started going online and listening to fans argue about certain things. It’s like sports.”

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In the scenes, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) head back overseas to relaunch the iconic, Brooke’s Bedroom fashion line for Forrester Creations.

One of the more hilarious behind the scenes moment Arnold shared, was with now two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Thorsten Kaye: “I was in makeup and this guy comes in and goes, ‘Hey, can I get you anything?’ I go, ‘I don’t know, do you have Sugar Free Red Bull?’ This guy who I thought was the crew — he had a very hard handshake — was Thorsten. The rich, wealthy father.”

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As a preview of one of his scenes, Steffy will be running late to the flight and cannot locate her passport. Tom shared, “One thing that is true is you have a window to land at the airport. And if you mess around and you’re late, you will miss that (window). I like when there’s some reality to this stuff. It heightened the scene because Steffy forgot her passport.” Look for MacInnes Wood to pull off some “I Love Lucy-esque” moments.

Arnold added, “You expect (the drama) for a character, but it opens the doors for some hilarious stuff. It’s very funny because things are so dramatic that it lends itself to comedy.”

B&B is not Tom’s first foray into soaps, having previously appeared on General Hospital in the 90’s. He spoke on how he and ex-wife Roseanne Barr (who also appeared on GH as Jennifer Smith), were into daytime dramas, “Roseanne and I loved soap operas. (After I was on General Hospital), we ended up having all these folks on (Roseanne]) from the show, because soap operas are very good actors. They don’t mess around.”

Look for Arnold’s episodes to air on B&B on Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday, July 31st.

So, what are your thoughts on Tom Arnold coming to B&B? What do you think of his respect for soap opera actors? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless’ Michael Mealor Says of Summer/Kyle/Claire Storyline, “It’s Going to Get Nasty”

On CBS Daytime’s The Young and the Restless, Kyle (Michael Mealor) seems to be spending more time with Claire (Hayley Erin) much to the chagrin of Summer (Allison Lanier). All this has gone down since little Harrison was held captive along with Claire by Jordan (Colleen Zenk) and rhe

While Summer has told her concerns over and over to Kyle, that she doesn’t like Claire getting so close to the little boy, Kyle seems to be somewhat smitten with Claire, or is he?

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Michael Mealor on the red carpet at last week’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards to get his thoughts on this possible love triangle, or as the popular Aretha Franklin tune says, “Who’s Zoomin Who?” Can anyone be trusted?

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Mealor revealed that coming up on Y&R between Summer, Claire and Kyle that, “It’s going to get nasty. I gotta say that. No one trusts anyone, which makes good TV.”

To that end, it looks like no one in the Abbott family trusts Kyle either, to which Mealor replied, “Jack (Peter Bergman) doesn’t trust Kyle. Summer doesn’t trust Kyle. Diane (Susan Walters) doesn’t trust Kyle. Claire may be the only one, and I (may) have her fooled.”

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Fans have been speculating that Claire isn’t the now “good’ girl she seems to be and that her psychotic tendencies may take over. Mealor says, “That’s a testament to Hayley (Erin) and how amazing she is because she plays this lovable character, but you just kind of go, something may be off here.”

Recently, Y&R aired the two-person episode featuring Kyle’s on-screen dad, Peter Bergman and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) where Jack tries to get Nikki to stop her bender and sober up, but ultimately loses his own sobriety and almost loses his life. Mealor shared he saw the unbelievable performances when it was being filmed.

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Michael expressed, “God, that’s such a fantastic episode. They showed up for that and they filmed that over two days –  split the episode in half. I was there on set shooting other scenes, but just watching them pour it out on the monitor. It was incredible.”

Watch our red carpet conversation with Michael Mealor below.

Now weigh-in; Do you think Claire will ultimately take to underhanded tactics to get Kyle and Harrison in her clutches and away from Summer? Let us know your theories via the comment section.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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