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The Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith Interview – The Young and the Restless

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As The Young and the Restless is about to hit its 40th anniversary milestone on March 26th, there is plenty in store for the citizens of Genoa City and their enduring fans who have watched the number one show for decades.  Crafting the stories, the production, and mapping out the series creative future is now in the more than capable of hands of executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, and head writer Josh Griffith.  Jill and Josh landed at Y&R, after completing Sony’s Nick at Nite telenovela, Hollywood Heights.  Josh had been here before as writer and EP, and as everyone knows, Jill’s prior daytime home was for years at General Hospital.

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Jill and Josh for this very special interview which offered plenty of insight into many of the questions on viewer’s minds.  We take a look at what’s ahead in the 40th anniversary episodes, how Jill and Josh feel the show is now doing creatively, plus the challenges they have faced and the changes they have implemented.  We also address a myriad of casting decisions from the hiring of the new Abby Newman, and bringing long time ABC favorite, Steve Burton on to the CBS soap as Dylan McAvoy.  In addition, the status of many of your favorite characters on the canvas are bantered about including: Sharon, Adam, Nikki, Cane and Lily, Michael and Lauren, Phyllis, Avery, and more.

Now let’s face facts: no one in soaps is more decorated as an executive producer than Jill Farren Phelps, having won seven Daytime Emmys.  No EP faces the firestorm more than Phelps has over her career.  That is most certainly true now … from Jill’s cast cuts when she got to Genoa City, to her recent hires and the term that will seemingly always follow her no matter who she has cast … the “FOJs” (Friends of Jill).  As far as Griffith, he has had the task of having to unravel the mess that he inherited upon his return to the show, where many beloved characters were unrecognizable, which in turn caused lackluster story and not-so-happy viewers.  Here now are Jill and Josh on setting Y&R on the right path, as we celebrate the series legendary success!

MICHAEL:

Now that the two of you have been here at Y&R for awhile, what do you think of the air shows?  Are the episodes meeting your expectations?

JILL:

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I think you are going to find that we are always going to want it to be better.  I do like very much what I see on the air.  But that doesn’t mean we are in the place where we are not going to aspire to do better on every level.

JOSH:

I agree.  I think we are in a very good place.  We are through the transition.  We are really starting to hit our stride with the stories we want to tell and the way we want to tell them. But there is always going to be looking at the monitor going, “Ooh, I should have done it this way” and “Ooh, I missed that beat,” or “Ooh, that is not quite there.”

JILL:

It takes a lot more than six months to turn a show completely around.

MICHAEL:

I can tell you Y&R does feel like it’s hitting its stride now.  I feel the difference in the pacing in the scenes.  I hear the use of  music beds for characters and couples which are a staple of Jill’s work, which you now see at the end of love scenes, etc.  In terms of the writing, it is offering up some surprises, where at times you don’t know exactly where the situation or the characters are going to go.  It feels different from the prior regime, where it was often times difficult to get through an episode.

JILL:

My experience has been, and this is what I tell myself when I get discouraged at the beginning, “Oh right.  It takes a year.”  It’s not that I think that on the course of being on this journey that we have not gone a long distance, but you can’t come in and completely explode a show.  You have to gently and carefully take it from where it was, into a new place while honoring the old and bringing in the new.  I think we are in that place.  We are in the beginning of starting to see that change.

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MICHAEL:

For you Josh, coming in as head writer again, what were the challenges you had with some of the characters?  For instance, I thought it was great that you gave Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) bipolar disorder, because it was very difficult to understand where the previous writers were taking Sharon, as she had become so completely scattered and unrecognizable.

JOSH:

Looking at where they were overall, for me it was about bringing them back to their core and who they are, what they want, and who they interact with.  That was the biggest challenge.  When I came in and looked at it, I felt in my opinion, and from my vision of the show, that they veered away from who I knew them to be.  So the biggest challenge was bringing them back to what I felt was their emotional core. 

MICHAEL:

Are there a couple of examples of a few characters that you are bringing back to their core?

JOSH:

I would say definitely Sharon, and Adam (Michael Muhney).  Adam had lost a lot of his edge.  He is the next Victor Newman in my mind.  So, I wanted to get back to his complex and conflicted relationships with his father and with the Newman family, and being the outsider trying to get inside.

MICHAEL:

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Jill, did you have any specific mandates for Josh such as, “I need this to happen …?” For example, the Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil) pairing had become boring to watch for some people, so you asked Josh to look for ways to mix it up?

JILL:

I think we certainly had a mandate, which was to bring the show into today and along with that is:  the look, the feel, the sound, the rhythm, and the stories.  I think we have had to address all of it.  This is a very iconic show.  So when you start to tinker with something like this, you have to be very careful that you are doing what you have been hired to do, and at the same time not disregard the legacy of this show.

JOSH:

And at the same time, you want to shake things up and create conflict within characters and couples that are gliding along.  They seem like their lives are fine, but that is not really exciting to watch!

MICHAEL:

I have loved what you’ve done with the characters of Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman).  Back in the day with other regimes, I was informed that people did not want to see Michael and Lauren unhappy, and have a problem between them.  It was the one couple they did not want to break up.  And even when I spoke with Christian and Tracey, (in previous interviews before this year) they would also inform me that the writers would never have one of them cheat on the other.  Now, Lauren has cheated on Michael with Carmine (Marco Dapper).  It sets up a great fall-out story for Christian to play with Lauren being the one who cheated on Michael.  Wouldn’t you agree?

JILL:

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Someone once said to me, “The audience thinks they know what they need.”  And our job is to show them things they didn’t even know that they needed.  To keep everything status quo on any show is not going to build your audience.  If we are going to be around for another 40 years, we need to build the audience, and we have been doing that.

JOSH:

The feeling was, if we approach that conflict with Michael and Lauren, and the conflict didn’t come out of the cheating, but the cheating was an outgrowth of a familial problem, it would make sense.  So if the conflict was rooted, such as in the bullying storyline with Fen (Max Ehrich), and you have Michael righteously on one side of it, and Lauren more emotional on the other side, then there was a very honest and believable way to put these two at odds, which would then lead to all kinds of problems.

MICHAEL:

So you would say, we should look forward to more beats in this story?  I am very concerned for Michael!

JILL:

Oh yes, and you should be concerned at this point.

JOSH:

All three in that family have quite a journey ahead.

MICHAEL:

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Jill, you must pinch yourself that you have been the executive producer at General Hospital, which is about to celebrates its 50th anniversary, and where you won multiple Daytime Emmys.  Plus, now you are at the number one soap, The Young and the Restless for their 40th.  Who else can say that?  That’s pretty amazing!

JILL:

I think I have been very fortunate.  Someone just told me this morning that I was at GH for the 40th and I am now at Y&R for the 40th, as GH is celebrating its 50th.  I have been a very lucky lady.  I have been able to be around for those anniversaries for these shows that people love.

MICHAEL:

Let’s talk about Steve Burton coming to The Young and the Restless as Dylan.  I’m loving him thus far on the show.  His character comes across very endearing on-camera.

JILL:

Were you surprised?

MICHAEL:

Yes, I am pleasantly surprised.   I feel it’s working.  I think he is adorable on the show where fans go, “Awww.”  But of course, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop! (Laughs)  Since Dylan just slept with Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), are you trying to figure out who is going to end up with whom?  Or, is Dylan’s end game truly Avery (Jessica Collins)?

JOSH:

We would never say what the end game was!

JILL:

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We know what the end game is.

JOSH:

We know what the end game is unless something stuns us!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Obviously, you both watch the air shows and check out the on-screen chemistry between actors and their characters.  So if you see something, perhaps it might switch it up in your heads and spark something about which way to take a character and who to pair them with?

JOSH:

Oh, always!  To me, storytelling is incredibly organic. You can have an idea of where you want to go and where you are going, but I am always continually surprised by things along the way, and the journey dictates where you end up.  But, you never end up anywhere, and that is one of the greatest things about soap opera.  The story never ends.

MICHAEL:

I want to hit with both of you some of the “hot topic” buttons, starting with Steve Burton.  Fans felt that Jill took him from General Hospital and it was all part of a master plan.  I recently interviewed Steve.  He was very candid.  I think we set it as straight as we were going to with his fans.  Steve got a lot of negative pushback for his decision to come here.   From what I understand though, there were always plans for the character of Dylan McAvoy to be on the Genoa City canvas.

JILL:

There was a character coming on to the show named “Dylan McAvoy.”  He would have been here whether Steve Burton decided to play him, or not.  I had nothing to do with Steve leaving General Hospital.   We did not abduct him from there to come here. Steve left as he had been saying for a long time that he wanted to do, even while I was there. We happened to have this phenomenal part.  Josh and I had talked about it for quite awhile saying, “Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if Steve would do it ….”  But we were casting it.  Steve and I had enough of a relationship and we were talking.  I said to him, “Well what if …”   And whatever he did at home with his family, and whatever we were able to do to accommodate his wish to be able to spend time there, made this really wonderful thing happen.

MICHAEL:

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Steve got quite the welcome on CBS’ The Talk!  I watched the episode back and at one point, you can see Steve fighting back the tears and completely overwhelmed by this show of support.

JILL:

That was amazing.  CBS did a lovely thing in the way that they welcomed him.

MICHAEL:

Now, let’s talk about the new Abby Newman, Melissa Ordway.  You are now getting pushback from the fans for now casting three Hollywood Heights actors on The Young and the Restless …  the first two being Robert Adamson (Noah) and Hunter King (Summer).  But I am assuming in your estimation, these three are very fine actors who got the parts.

JILL:

Look, at this stage of the game, I am never going to be able escape this perception that these are “friends of mine” as opposed to talented people with whom I have crossed paths over the course of the last 28 years.  I have done six shows.  I have done two other shows besides the soaps – Hollywood Heights being one of them.  You meet wonderfully talented young people, or not so young, and it is natural and everybody does it in every field.

JOSH:

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Why would you not want to work with people that you worked with before who understand your way of working and whose talent you admire?  It’s why Martin Scorsese uses Leonardo DiCaprio over and over again.  Why would you not hire people you are comfortable with, and who you know are going to deliver?

JILL:

We are basically giving the audience a gift of people we know who can actually do it. And, it would be nice if they could get over the sense that it was some sort of personal vendetta.

MICHAEL:

It is true that that you have taken this kind of flack for years over your casting decisions! This has been called, as you know, the “FOJs”!

JILL:

Let me just say, if GH hadn’t gotten Roger Howarth (Todd), it is all together possible we would have looked to see if he could have been on this show!  Then I would have gotten in trouble for bringing Roger Howarth, who was an “FOJ” from One Life to Live to The Young and the Restless.

MICHAEL:

I guess here at Y&R everyone is an “FOJ”; either a friend of Josh’s, or a friend of Jill’s! (Laughs)

JILL:

It’s all “FOJ” here! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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Let’s talk about the decision to give Nikki Newman, Multiple Sclerosis.  I read that Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) was sitting right here in you office when you told her the upcoming story.  I understand your intent is to show how the disease affects a person’s life.

JOSH:

We were looking for something that would be topical, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a death sentence.  It seemed like an emotionally rich journey to take Nikki and Victor on. It’s also very topical.  We are able to inform the audience who may not know about this. For the ones in the audience that are dealing with this in their own lives, they can relate to it.

JILL:

We have gotten a lot of response from people who are suffering from MS, and who are so grateful to have another venue to have light shined on this disease.

MICHAEL:

When you told Melody, what was her reaction to the news?

JILL:

She was wonderful and professional.

JOSH:

She said she looked forward to playing it.

JILL:

Melody is a lovely actress who has an opportunity to play something.  This is going to give her that opportunity, and at the same time, we also hope that it will inform.  It also becomes a more dramatic way for Nikki to live her life with Victor, facing the challenges that having the disease requires.

MICHAEL:

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The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood was on Y&R last week.  You also have Y&R long-time favorites Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Beth Maitland (Traci), who are going to be back, plus B&B’s John McCook (Eric) is crossing over to Y&R!  Who else is returning for the 40th anniversary?

JILL:

That was pretty good!  There are four people right there.

JOSH:

I would love, as we are moving into Jabot starting this fashion division of the cosmetic company, to find ways to do more crossovers with The Bold and the Beautiful.

MICHAEL:

Speaking of crossovers … General Hospitals Maurice Benard has told me, (and I believe his followers on Twitter at one point) that he would love Sonny Corinthos to come to Genoa City for a visit to take on the great Victor Newman (Eric Braeden)!

JILL:

Oh, I did not know that! (Laughs)  Well, I think he would have to ask ABC about that.  I am not sure ABC would want to share Maurice with us, but I love Maurice.  It would be a hell of a story!

MICHAEL:

Eileen Davidson went over to Days of our Lives to reprise her role as Kristen Blake DiMera before you both were in place at Y&R.  Would you love to have her back, or return for more episodes?

JOSH:

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Absolutely!  She was an integral part of the canvas and cast. Jack (Peter Bergman) misses having Ashley around.

MICHAEL:

It seems that when the two of you came in, you decided to make Jessica Collins character of Avery more of a central heroine and central figure to the show.  What factored into that decision?

JILL:

I think Josh and I both liked the actress very much when we were just watching the show before we ever got here.  The reality is; whether we made that decision or not to make her a central figure, the actress and the character grew with the story.  As she grew and was so wonderful, that begets more and more.  There was chemistry with Joshua Morrow (Nick), and there is now chemistry with Steve Burton.  She has done such a wonderful job.

JOSH:

She has done such a wonderful job with the character and where Avery was, and then we could play where Nick was, and where Phyllis was.  We saw the possibilities for a dynamic there that could be interesting.   So we looked into Avery’s back-story.  She had been divorced and she doesn’t like to talk about it.  Then we thought about her ex-lover!  So it grew into this whole storyline that Jessica’s just delivered in a fantastic way.  Joshua has hit it out of the park, and the triangle between Nick/Avery/Dylan is gold!

MICHAEL:

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Let’s get to Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).  Are we going to be seeing more of her driving her own story?  In other words, do you have a big story for Phyllis?  Some viewers feel since the two of you have been at Y&R, she has not been front and center.

JILL:

Michelle is a superb actress and she wants to act.  She is going to have a really fabulous big story.

JOSH:

Well, we feel she is having a big story with what she has been doing, which is being the savior of Jack.

JILL:

The very nature of what we do is that we have an ensemble cast that for over 40 years – people are in the foreground, and then they recede a little bit, only to come back and be in the foreground again.  Michelle has never been “back-burnered” in our opinion, but our story now is more evenly divided.  We value Michelle as an actress tremendously, and that character is intricately woven in to the fabric of Y&R.   The audience is very able to say and to articulate now what it is they see, and what they don’t like, and they weren’t able to do that before as much prior to social media.  It’s natural that characters are in the foreground and then they would support, and then they would come forward and then they would support.  So this whole notion of this current storyline for Michelle between Phyllis and Jack, we think she has her own storyline.

JOSH:

Phyllis is the hero for Jack and the hero is the center of the story.  To me, that made it her story as she did the heroics.  Michelle has another fantastic story coming.

MICHAEL:

When the 40th Anniversary episode airs on March 26th, what can viewers expect? Or, are we celebrating Y&R throughout the month of March as a whole?

JILL:

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The whole month of March is our celebration, because how really can you sum it up without somehow disappointing someone with, “This is the day that 40 years ago we did …”   So we thought for the 40th anniversary, we would use it as the 40th anniversary month as opposed to a specific date.

MICHAEL:

Do Victor and Nikki truly get married?

JOSH:

Absolutely! Probably! Could be? (Laughs)  They get married, but I will say a lot happens at the wedding.

MICHAEL:

Well, I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Y&R wedding! (Laughs)  What has this collaboration been like for both of you, in terms of working with each other?  Josh understands the characters of the show.  Jill you have a unique producing perspective with all of the soaps you have steered.   I know the two of you have crossed paths on projects a few times in your careers.

JOSH:

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My first job was on Santa Barbara where Jill was the executive producer.  Then we would see each other over the years at events and award shows, and what not.  We came back together thanks to Sony and Steve Kent on Hollywood Heights.   It was like 28 years later.

JILL:

It’s a really good collaboration.  We have a lot of respect for one another and a lot of affection for one another.  We work well together.

MICHAEL:

So what happens when you disagree with each other?  Will someone say to the other, “Hey, this is not going to work?”

JILL:

Oh yes!  But nobody sits on there hands and goes, “Well, I really didn’t like that.  I wish we wouldn’t have done that.”  We talk all the time!

MICHAEL:

Is it odd for you Josh, that you were once the executive producer here, and now that is Jill’s job?

JILL:

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Is it, Josh?

JOSH:

No, not at all. 

MICHAEL:

Is it easier doing both jobs as executive producer and head writer of a soap, because then it would seem to be your own singular vision, as opposed to doing just one?  The demands of both jobs are so huge.  I would think you could focus on your job more handling just one!

JOSH:

It’s impossible to do both, in my opinion.  You cannot be the EP and head writer of a five day a week show.

JILL:

I agree. There is absolutely a reason why these jobs have remained separate as opposed to all of the other shows on primetime, where the writer is called the producer.  They are doing an hour a week over eleven days, and we do an hour a day.  Being a head writer of a serialized drama like this is, without question, the hardest job in the business, if not the world.

JOSH:

I think Obama’s job is the hardest! (Laughs)

JILL:

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Well yes, (laughs) but I know this from having to run writing teams during two strikes.  So my appreciation of what a head writer does has grown exponentially over the years.  It’s really important to know how absolutely difficult and all consuming it is to deliver this. Certainly, that is why I love Josh, because he does it so brilliantly.

JOSH:

The truth is, you can’t do this job if you don’t have an incredible executive producer, which you have right here in Jill.  If you are not in synch with your executive producer, and you don’t trust your executive producer, and they don’t trust you as a head writer, then you spend more time battling to get to the goal.

MICHAEL:

Jill, one of your staples is these big dramatic events encompassing the entire cast.  On General Hospital, I remember you did that amazing carnival sequence.  Are we going to see something like that in Genoa City?  Or, is it now a budgetary issue that this sort of shoot can’t occur, due to the current economic climate in daytime?

JILL:

It’s a different world now, but we will be doing that in our own way, for sure.  With each show that I have done it’s been a different kind of event.  On Guiding Light, it was a blackout.  We blew up things on General Hospital, because it’s a different kind of a show.  If we could afford a carnival, would we do one?  Absolutely!  The way we move things around in order to do anything these days is a miracle, but we aspire to the same goal –  to dazzle our audience in one way, or the other.

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JOSH:

I have worked on a lot of shows and Y&R has this image of being huge because it’s, “The Young and the Restless!”  But the truth is, it’s a very intimate show.

JILL:

Y&R is an emotionally driven and character driven show.  And it’s the twists and turns of the characters, that give the show its luster.  On GH and many shows, it might have to do with more of the events.  But the reality is; all daytime or any good show is about good storytelling, how ever you dress it up!

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Phyllis fan

So Phyllis’ current story is to babysit Jack? Or and let me guess, Phyllis next big story is to sit around and play wifey to Jack?

Jill and Josh, Phyllis is more than a Jack prop.

RUBY C.
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RUBY C.

I pray we get back Drucilla and have Sharon and Adam make lpve and get married and have a son. Forget Chelsea!

guest
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guest

Chelsea and Adam are belong together, Sharon don’t need other baby, she getting older…. And Yes Bring Back DRU!

Christine
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Christine

As long as Victoria Rowell keeps bashing Y&R with her tweets and now sequel to her book, you will never see her back as Drucilla Winters.

I’m sorry to say to you, but that ship has sailed.

Matt
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Matt

I agree I will not be happy if Sharon does not end up with Adam. They are the shows Romeo and Juliet . Shadam has the gift to be long term till the show ends. They need a bay and a huge blow out fairytale wedding.Dylan would make a fantastic long lost brother to Sharon.

Dee
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Dee

Sharon is the best actress right now, Emmy worthy this past year. Sharon should be with a man who is not a Newman. Random jokes fly about Dylan and Sharon being brother and sister!
Sharon’s had enough kids & she’d finally coming into her own & not depending on a Newman to rescue her. Sharon & Dylan will be together!
Chelsea and Adam are having a baby, they will get back together.

Brad
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Brad

Sharon and Adam are the power couple. Dylan will be a good brother to Sharon! Sharon is Adams only true love! They are the next new Nikki and Victor! 🙂

Christine
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Christine

Don’t like Chelsea. Never have. Nick also can do what he wants cheats with Grace, Phyllis and Avery. Time for Sharon to be happy with Ada, Nick is a bully. Time for Nick to be alone without a women and watch Sharon be happy with Adam! Dylan will make a great brother. I will never like it if Chelsea sticks around and Dylan needs Avery.

Jason
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Jason

I hate the character of Chelsea. never liked her from the start! The last few days of Adam in the hospital shows how much what a deed powerful connection love Sharon and Adam will always have. They need to carry on Adams name with a son! NOT this Chelsea. What a sad thing to have this con character carry the Newman name. She has no chemistry with the Adam character and does not understand Adams need to belong to the Newmans. Sharon gets Adam. They are the new Nikki and new Victor of the future. Shadam 🙂

Matt
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Matt

Sharon is the best actress on the show she needs Dylan as her brother and Adam as her husband 🙂

Keisha
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Keisha

I don’t think it happen, becuase it confirm that Dylan will be Sharon’s love interest… and there is alot of Shylan fans out there.

PATT
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PATT

I agree! Team SHADAM! Love Sharon Case… Her and Michael Muhney are the SUPER COUPLE!

Kay Kay
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Kay Kay

Sharon and Adam make the best hot couple! Have Chelsea go missing like Daisy after the baby is born so Shadam can raise the baby together and that would be a story

cathy
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cathy

I love Adam & Chelsea,they make a hot couple 2 me.

Betty Sue
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Betty Sue

I love Sharon with Adam . She was the person always for Adam . She needs to have a baby and no Sharon is not to old at all. Chelsea I never liked and wish this character went away when she threw away her baby without a care in the world except where her next meal ticket con was .

Brad
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Brad

Sharon and Adam need to get that baby from the un fit mother Chelsea. No one will ever respect her.Chelsea is over . Come on writers why would Chelse a have another baby. It was ridiculous the first time even more crazy the second time and out of this world nuts this third time. Adam will never forget about Sharon! Sharon gets with any man Adam will freak like Victor did when Nikki found a new man! 🙂

Wendy
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Wendy

Loving Phyllis with Jack, Sharon with Adam, Avery with Nick and Dylan and Neil needs Drucilla! P.S also have Chloe and Chelsea leave town they are the most boring people! 🙂 🙂 :0

Willy
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Willy

It is genius that Dylan and Sharon will be siblings. Once I saw the St. Christophers medal Dylan’s dad had then Sharon is also wearing it around her neck also. I said there you go. the Bill Bell way of great writing. Now sharon and Adam need to get back to the love they tried to start before Victor and Sky and Nick interfered. Chelsea needs to give up another one of her kids she did it before and let sharon and Adam raise it.

cathy
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cathy

No way. Sharon have her own baby.

KAY
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KAY

I am loving Sharon and Adam back together but hope they move them faster back as a couple. We love the chemistry they have. I hope the rumor is true about Sharon and Dylan have the same father. That would be wonderful. Sharon needs family. She really can use family on her side. Phyllis and Jack need to find out Summer is really Jacks and Nick lied. Also Leslie is not working out! We all want Victoria Rowell to return as Drucilla for so many reasons. Im a fan of this show for 32 years 🙂

Mathew
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Mathew

LOVE SHARON AND ADAM! Please have them have a baby! Love Phyllis and Jack and want Summer to be Jacks. Can not get into Leslie for Neil. Please bring back Drucilla! Victoria Rowell is a icon and loved! Not right to make the fans have to beg soooo long for her return! Sharon needs to be married to her love Adam and her brother is Dylan I will love that. Please no more Victor and Nikki. ZZZZZZZZZZZ Last Chelsea and Chloe never was a fan of these characters from there start. Please give us a Jana again for Kevin.

David
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David

I am soooo happy josh and Jill are giving us back Sharon and Adam! They were so in love . It was NEVER believable that he would ever stay with Chelsea. The big mistake though was making this Chelsea character again pregnant! Do something please make her give the baby to Sharon nad Adam!

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olivia

Me thinks she could have an affair with Kyle, Jack’s own son..and her own daughter Summer could be pretty jealous..maybe it will not happen (i am not in the ‘know’ behind the scenes of course) but it would not surprised me..Phyllis being Jack’s ‘savior’ can’t be a storyline forever..

Jason
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Jason

Well, I love the shake up with Lauren and Michael. I am very disappointed though they have anyone with Chelsea. I truly thought she would be gone now. As the next Victor Newman we know how important Adams first child is and Sharon is his Nikki. Sharon needs to have his son not Chelsea. She is not important to the center family of this show period but Michael bravo on a excellent interview! Now can we have Summer come out to be Jacks? Nick did get in the plane crash and must have no memory he was the only one… Read more »

Gillian
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Gillian

Phyllis has been replaced by Avery IMO. Michelle Stafford is the reason I began watching and I miss her. She is in the background, regardless of what J&J try to say and it is a shame. Couldn’t Lauren have cheated with someone other than Carmine? I just don’t get the attraction. Still love Chelsea. Have a feeling she & Dylan aren’t endgame though. It seems to be the Avery show now.

Lisa
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Lisa

I think the show has no use for a character like Chelsea unless they make her a villianess like Shelia! No one can replace the best icon villain of daytime history but to see Chelsea really loose her mind would be about the only interesting thing about her or believable.

Gerry
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Gerry

I do not like Chelsea. I ff through her. Shamful to have her have Adams son when Sharon is Adams true love and his Nikki! Sharon and Adam are meant to be. Give them a fairytale wedding and have Dru her bff surprise us for a Shadam wedding and then a Shadam baby!

Betty Sue
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Betty Sue

Love the real romance of Sharon and Adam > never believed for a second he would ever not be so in love for Sharon. I still think about New Orleans and if Victor did not mess up Sharon and Adam about that Sky buisness and sending poor Sharon to Jail and Nick wasn’t such a hypocrite because he wants to control Sharon then we would still of had Sharon and Adam. Full circle would be if Sharon had Adams baby and heir. Hope Chelsea is not really pregnant she NEVER went to a Doctor

SHADAM FAN
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SHADAM FAN

Need I say more the Emmy winner Sharon Case is my favorite. Adam and Sharon #DREAM WEDDING

Saundra
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Saundra

ITA! Why should a Phyllis have to be Jacks hero? This is all about JG wanting the Phack together. There wasnt anyone for Jack. Genie Francis went back to GH (no question for this fan why) and Niki was back with Victor. JG has always liked this couple and this worked for him. – Not the majority of fans who want them just to be friends. But hey it made it easier to give Navery a love story- which after 6 months still doesn’t resonate with the majority of fans. So what’s next for Michelle. Who knows. Somehow I think… Read more »

Chalen
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Chalen

I would love to see Adam and Sharon finally be a couple and have a baby. Have been awaiting my Shadam for a long time, would luv some Shadam finally!!!!!

Debbie
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Debbie

I want Sharon and Adam to have a wedding bigger than anyone had even thought hey once had a beautiful winter wedding. TEAM SHADAM! A SHADAM BABY and Dylan as Sharons Brother YAAAAY

Matt
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Matt

No the ship has not sailed for Victoria Rowell! Dru is the only one for Neil i have my FF button ready every day. Now give us Dru and Neil and Sharon and Adam

Cindy
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Cindy

Nikki and Victor are abusive to Sharon .Will they ever be happy for Sharon and Adam? Why such hate????? Chelsea needs to not have Adams baby. WRITERS you made a really big mistake! Sharon and Adam are the true Romeo and Juliet and she needs to make Adam the happiest man and give a baby to Sharon and Adam! 🙂 Oh PLEASE can Dru come back . i think Leslie is boring and Avery boring and really don’t like Chelsea or Chloe at all BOOOOOOOO

WW
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WW

GET READY SHARON AND ADAM YOU TWO ARE THE SHOWS NEXT KING AND QUEEN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SHOWS HISTORY! WAY TO GO SHARON AND MICHAEL. GREAT ACTORS AND EVEN GREATER CHEMISTRY! 🙂

Carlyle
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Carlyle

IT MAKES ME SICK WHAT THE WRITERS DID WITH NIKKI AND VICTOR ABUSIVENESS TO SHARON! THIS MUST END THIS ABUSE. CHELSEA IS DISGUSTING AND DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE ADAMS BABY!!!I MISS THE OLD BILL BELL WRITING. SO SAD THE ABUSE SHARON GOES THROUGH . I AM SO DONE WITH THIS SHOW. I WANT SHARON BACK WITH ADAM AND HAPPY . VICTOR AND NIKKI MUST STOP THIS GROSS ABUSE TO SHARON. SHARON IS THE MOST KIND LOVING CHARACTER ON THE SHOW AND THIS TOWN ACTS LIKE SHE IS THE TOWN SHIELA CARTER. BRING BACK SHARON BEST FRIEND DRUCILLA AND MAKE… Read more »

tasneem
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tasneem

I wish Daniel Goddard aka Cane and Christel Kahlil aka Lilly had more of a storyline with their kids please Josh and Jill make it happen. Oh it wouldve been great to have Roger Howarth on y&r he is a very godd method actor and it would be wonderful 2 see in the dynamics of y&r Thanks for the interview Michael and can you plz tell me will Roger be coming back 2 GH and if u can please interview him sometime

olivia
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olivia

He is on GH right now and pretty popular..even the web version of OLTL want him..these two soap already battle (it is almost a soap triangle isn’t it ? lol) for him, let’s not add Y&R for now..lol Although it seems Roger doesn’t need to worry about unemployment in any ways..lol

k/kay
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k/kay

I was under the impression that CK did not want that much storyline so she could do other projests. Or was I misinformed? The Cane character has had so many rewrites it has been confusing for me but I do not dislike them.

Betty Sue
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Betty Sue

They need Drucilla back . Victoria Rowell would put the ratings in a all time record for her return

randy
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randy

I had stopped watching young and restless as soon as genie francis was let go,,but last week being on holidays i decided to pvr the show again,,,sorry to say i fast forward 90 percent of the shows,,,,over kill with the rediculous weddings of nikki and victor… Adam has totally lost his edge,,,sharon moves in with adam and then tells adam she cant be there with him or at newman…someone up her meds,,,and as far as the winter family dramatics,,,i say dont bother ,,the only interesting actress to bring any interest to any storyline with them was victoria rowell…..so untill she… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

They need to have Adam and Sharon be the next Nikki and Victor super couple that will always return to each other. Adam needs a heir with Sharon. What are they doing with this Chelsea character. Way to much time is on a character like Chelsea that is not part of any family in GC! Dylan will hopefully be Sharons brother or he to will not be a strong character with any ties to GC.

Betty Sue
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Betty Sue

I am in love with the idea Dylan and Sharon turn out to have the same dad. Doris must of had an affair a long time ago. The medal of St. Christopher matches the necklace Sharon has been wearing. i would love a big fairy tail Shadam wedding and Sharon have twin sons for Adam. he loves his Sharon so XOXO….They are the next super couple like Nikki and Victor only much much better and less toxic then Nikki and Victor are still… Love Shadam XOXOXO

annyhall
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annyhall

Interesting Interview. I do have one problem with your question and answers. You made the statement that Cane and Lily have become boring. That statement was made as if they have had good, coherent in depth writing with plenty of airtime to tell the story. How can a couple be boring when they are barely ever seen with very little written for them. I find it funny that the lack of care for these character is never mentioned but boring is the buzz line….instead of pointing out that these characters have been horribly neglected for over four years. They have… Read more »

Ruby
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Ruby

Chelsea and Chloe have ruined this show! They must GO! These two characters do not belong on Y&R and please bring back Victoria Rowell as Drucilla winters. Now that Sharon will have Dylan as a brother she needs her BFF Dru back as well for Neil and Lily! thanks 🙂

olivia
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olivia

Oh please..right now Tyler sniffing around her is her story, it is her chance for a story !
And if you don’t want any conflict between Cane and Lily there is NO story for them, it is that simple.
As for boring, it is a matter of opinion i always found them boring, don’t get why there are still together..and to see them always in ‘happily ever after’ make them even MORE boring. Lily..well she is definitely not the spitfire, interesting and fun character that her tv mother Drucilla was..to say the least, she can’t drove stories, it is clear.

David
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David

Drucilla needs to come back to really make this a Winters family! It would give lily a lot more substance.

APurvis
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APurvis

Not sure what show you are watching this was not Lily or Cane’s story it was Tyler and Chels story. Lane was written OOC and dumbed down to make this sl about them. How do you know Lily can not driver a story when she has not been given one. She is on screen for 2.53 mintues a week if that not much time to drive a story.

annyhall
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annyhall

Where in my statement did I say I didnt want conflict? Maybe you should read what a person has written before commenting on it. Tyler is one person, Lily literally doesnt talk to anyone but him outside of her family. It is your opinion that they are boring. What I consider boring is when you have good dialogue, good s/l and airtime and there is no interest in the s/l (i.e. Villy Kidnapping) You cannot truthfully judge whether a character is boring without a good s/l and airtime. I’d say you have no idea if she can drive story or… Read more »

annyhall
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annyhall

btw Olivia anyone can drive s/l if the writers will write the proper vehicle to move the s/l. Chelsae is driving s/l because she is literally thrust down our throats whether we like it or not. She is given the opportunity and I want to know why her and not Lily. The writers decide who will drive and who will sit in the passengers seat or go along for the ride in the trunk. I want them to give all the characters an opportunity to drive and not alienate some because tptb has their favorites. They need to balance this… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

Outsiders are not the core of the show so people need to have at least one sibling or been on for years to hold water with fans now. Fans are way to smart and they know what they want. Leslie, Tyler ,Chelsea,Chloe are all boring. Leslie and Tyler may be siblings but no other ties to a core character. Dylan will be okay if he is Sharons brother that Doris had an affair with Dylans father now boom he is a uncle and a brother.Avery was saved because she has Phyllis as a sister so there is some tie to… Read more »

Deb (MSS)
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Deb (MSS)

Clamoring for Dru to return to Y&R in the form of Victoria Rowell is not going to do much for the Winters family. If writers are not writing for Lily, Neil, Devon, Tyler, Leslie, Mason, or any other AA characters now, why should having Dru on the show be any different? One of the reasons why she left was b/c they would not allow her to write, so she is just a performer (an actress) in the cast just like the rest of the Winters family. Dru cannot do any more than the writers & EP allow her to do… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

Oh give me a break. Maybe if you were not so blinded by by your obvious bias you would see the truth for what it is. And btw what is going on is not a Lily or Lane story its yet another bunch of mangled plot-points to destroy Lily and Lane by muzzling her and writing her OOC to promote another JFP newbie. Another FYI for you CK and her alter ego can hold her own thank you very much. She has never had to ride anyone coattails unlike other tptb pets who do nothing but suck her blood to… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

I don’t hate them ! lol I just find them without interest, ‘hate’ come on a strong word..i am not so much a ‘hater’ of fictional characters well there is maybe some few exceptions..and still..hate is a really strong emotion for something you watch on a tv screen no ?! Anyway guys not big deal..enjoy your couple no problem. Everything is fine, i will not upset you for a tv show, enjoy Cane and Lily.

Enuf!TwitTwatWriters
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Enuf!TwitTwatWriters

“Lily is not the spitfire Dru was”. Do you have any idea of how racist that sounds Olivia? Basically what you are saying is if she is not practically an illiterate, head and eye rolling black woman, she is boring! If you expect this from Lily, can I assume you want to move Sharon to a trailer park along with Chelsea and Avery and have Chloe cleaning piss off the floor at the Chancellor Mansion with her maid mama whilst her gay husband is trolling GC for a hookup at night?

olivia
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olivia

Seriously Enuf! ?! Ok i get you defend your favorite fictional soap character and couple but don’t go too far..I loved Drucilla not because she was ‘ghetto’ like you said but because she was spunky, smart, passionate, strong, sometimes pretty independant, snarky, sometimes (when writing was good) witty, sexy, stubborn, fun to watch ect..and yep i said ‘spitfire’ like i would said ‘spitfire’ for gals like Phyllis, Brooke Logan, Sami Brady, Carly Spencers, Blair Cramer, Erica and Kendall Cane, Vicky Hudson, Lucy Coe, Carly Tenney you know WHITE gals who are also some little strong, grey scheming female soap characters.… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

And by the way i quite enjoy Leslie (she is FAR FAR better than Lily for sure in my book, so much more interesting and sexy) and Leslie and Tyler siblings dynamic, they are great addition to this soap imo. I even find Tyler too good for Lily, he needs an interesting and sexy love-interest, maybe with the futur Abby we will see, i am curious about it.

annyhall
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annyhall

Olivia now I figured it out, you are a Victoria disciple. This is the same line I always hear from her followers. She hated CK so they hate CK. Thanks for the enlightenment!

Betty Sue
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Betty Sue

Victoria Rowell DRUCILLA is my favorite actress and so is Sharon Case. Those are and were my reasons to still watch the show

Laney
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Laney

That is not true! Christel is not only talented she is gorgeous and sexy and that sensuality is exuded into her alter ego Lily Ashby. She doesn’t even have to try unlike other chicks on the show who have to force sensuality. GMAB Oh wow, all the labels and the lies they would throw at this young woman! Thank you anny’ you are definitely right about this person being a VR disciple. But I do agree on one thing, that Lily should not be accosted by that obscene disgusting insulting to all women character thank you. Its laughable that any… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

A VR disciple ? Really guys ?! lmaooooo ok if you want guys, if that make you feel better. For the record i never said VR was a ‘goddess’ or whatever actually she is kind of wacky, it is well known (sometimes in a good way sometimes in a bad way ! lol) but she is/was such a damn actress and played Drucilla as a real soap jewel in my opinion, unique character. As for Christel Khalil really VR doesn’t like her ? Why ? I did not know..i don’t follow actors gossip very often..interesting..lol

Matt
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Matt

OMG get over it! Listen Victoria Rowell is a ICON! You can NOT compare this Lily character to a icon strong character like Drucilla. She was on fire and if the producers are smart they will sure lock in another 40 years if they hire Dru aka Victoria Rowell back already! Leslie is a snooze with Neil. Give her cane to shake things up! 🙂

Matt
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Matt

Michelle Stafford Phyllis spit in Victoria Rowells face and was forced to say she was sorry!

Saundra
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Saundra

I really don’t know what to make of their responses. They are close teammates that’s obvious. & yes why I understand working w people who you can work with is important- all of these newbies who are fans of Jill & Josh is over the top. But in my opinion they don’t value the fans. At least not all fans. They have their own agenda. Fans aren’t stupid. We know our show. We also aren’t hell bent on staying in the past. But some of the things they have done (ie. Bullying s/l w no interaction between all of the… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

ITA one thing that Bell Sr. understood is the symbiotic re/ship between him and the audience. He did not dismiss our concerns and it paid off big time. That is why YR has enjoyed that spot at the top for many years. Because of the trust that Bell Sr created between him and the audience. Sadly, to say that trust has been eroded and continues to be thanx to MAB and JFP and JG! And what a shame it is. You can not force the audience to like what the people running the show like. We are not stupid we… Read more »

bad interviewer
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bad interviewer

ITA with you and all your comments Laney! You take the words right out of my mouth! We should start a Lane campaign!

Laney
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Laney

Hi there dolly. Thank you. Most of the audience feel the same way. JG and JFP may cater to the player haters but that has never been a plus for the show, they should ask Mab and Co how that worked out for the show. As long as they continue to hold back lane CK and DG this show will continue on a downward spiral because no matter how many people of “colour” they fill the show with, their racism against Lane and CK mar their intentions. As well it should. Who the hell cares about new people if they… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

Oh I forgot to add bad interviewer about that campaign you can check us on twitter and mbs. I don’t know if you are in any of social media but its not difficult to find us of like mindedness.
Good Sunday evening.

Ashley
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Ashley

Its very interesting to get their take on the show. I like what they have done with Michael, Lauren, Sharon and Adam. Michael & Lauren needed some drama. Sharon & Adam are finding their way back to each other. JFP does have a point, given all years in this industry its inevitable that she will make many friends along the way.

olivia
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olivia

So if Adam is the fair ‘heir’ apparent, successor of the ‘great’ Victor Newman..who is his Nicky ?! Sharon ? Chelsea ? Who is his Ashley ? Chelsea ? Sharon ?!

John
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John

Sharon is by far Adams Nikki. Chelsea is a total con we can never take seriously or respect. Now please give Sharon a heir from Adam!

CC
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CC

Sharon is Adam’s Nikki and Adam’s Ashley is Newman. Chelsea is not worth mentioning

LynandZoe
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LynandZoe

Thanks Michael. Nothing earthshattering said by JFP or JG. Y&R has always had complex characters/storylines; under this regime, its bordering on reality tv stunts. Its reaching into the “soapy plotlines” bag of tricks with very little foundation. I know it takes time to weave newbies in and make their connections relevant, so we’ll see if they can bring stories that keep characters and Y&R’s history intact. Right now, WTD, marriages scarificed for newbie propping, loss count of Nictor weddings, and the list goes on and on. So far, not impressive.

APurvis
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APurvis

DG/CK Cane and Lily are not boring. They have been given poor writing but they have turned that into gold. They have not been promoted, nor given airtime or a well written sl. The so called Lane sl was not about them all the power in the sl was given to the other players in the sl this also happen to them in 2008 same sl different players. The only time they are brought to the front burner is for destruction and the breaking up of their marriage for the purpose of promoting newbies and handing what they have built… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

ok…poor poor Cane and Lily..i almost cry..whatever..eyeroll..

Deb (MSS)
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Deb (MSS)

Poor baby! Why waste your tie crying or eyerolling? Boring is subjective. Boring is a matter of one’s personal tastes & opinions. I don’t cry for Lily & Cane at all. I absolutely adore them. There are quite a few boring couples w/ little or no romantic chemistry on Y&R but I won’t & don’t waste my time attacking them or crying for them. They have too much screen time already. I FF’d or don’t tune in. Besides JFP & JG have already stated that the viewers do not know what they want until they tell them or show them… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

ITA APurvis….. but I hope JFP and JG remember that what goes around comes around. Their bias towards Lane DG and CK will come back to bite them. God don’s like ugly not even in a soap.

Laney
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Laney

I meant to say God don’t like ugly. You reap what you sow JG & JFP. ANd don’t worry you surely will. In spades.

Debbie
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Debbie

Lily is boring without Drucilla. This Avery is nothing interesting. Chelsea is the WORST boring person character on the show!!!WHAT HAPPNED TO THE REAL CAT FIGHTS THEY HAD YEARS AGO AND HOT SEXY IN REAL BEDS AND MYSTERY KILLINGS??? IT is a soap oprea! WE need more twisted drama!!!

Jules
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Jules

Every executive EVER during a switchover says they want the show to be more “current”, “contemporary” and “fresh”. Seriously, read any interview with any of them and those are the buzzwords. While I see differences in the show, especially with the kinds of stories MAB would tell, I definitely do not feel it to be any different. Jill seems to be very defensive in this interview. I guess she knows what her reputation is. But I’ll give her credit where credit is due, she seems like a tough cookie, a strong woman with read cajones…..for better or for worse. On… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

Jill destroyed GH and if you give her enough time she will ruin Y&R as well. Don’t believe anything she says!

Laney
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Laney

ITA!

Betty
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Betty

ITA….and how much you wanna bet that 2 day a week tape deal Burton has with JFP ain’t gonna work. There is no way she is gonna let Burton just do two days a week and then go home to his family for five like he claims.

jp
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jp

Agreed! She destroyed Another World which led to their cancellation eventually and ruined OLTL for a time.

I never watched Y&R and with her at the helm I wont watch for sure.

linda
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linda

Y&R has been such Bull Sh*t and from what I have seen of the show Lately It still is Bull Sh*t IF they can not do any better then this then that is very sad indeed . JG and JFP need to pack it up and go Before they Kill the Show with their malpractice

skip jones
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skip jones

thtat was great Michael. If you think back to the previous regimes interviews, they always thought they were SOO epic and amazing and completely out of touch. Jill and Josh were humble here and still strive for excellence and seem to not only like what they’re doing but truly care about the show. I pray gone are the days where show killers take over my shows! The past few weeks Y&R has really sung. Still not perfect and i’m hating kevin and chloes story but as a whole its very very good and so friggin much better than it was… Read more »

SnatchingTasha
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SnatchingTasha

Where does one start when they laughed so hard through this entire article. I mean I don’t see anything that says the show has turned around. But I guess when you are looking at the increase in the ratings in 18-34 demos anything is possible. I what to just point out how full of hot air both Jill and Josh truly are. I have not once heard a casting call put out for Summer,Noah, and now Abby all we have seen is Hollywood Heights actors taking over and Hollywood Heights sets being used. And I just now realized where I… Read more »

CC
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CC

Why so much on Michelle. Sharon is the star of the show not Michelle.

SnatchingTasha
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SnatchingTasha

Really, Sharon is the star of the show??? When was that and where was I… I don’t think Michelle is the star of the show, I think all the vets have made the show not just one character. Sharon Case can not hold a scene when she has a story line, she turns into a prop and the character of Sharon is and always will be someone’s victim. And as it stands right now from reading Jill and Josh talk out of their asses Jessica Collins is the star. Did you not read that fact no where in there did… Read more »

AVERY SUCKS
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AVERY SUCKS

Sharon is not now nor has she ever been a lead character nor is Sharon Case a lead actress I don’t see why she got a pre-nom! What has been so great ?

Lisa
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Lisa

Sharon was the star of this show the first time Sharon Case took over the role as Sharon Newman. I wait for her to come on every day . When she is not on and with my other favorite Drucilla still not back yet I fast forward through the rest of the cast at times . Lately with Victor and Nikki wedding for the millionth time and Chelsea AGAIN and Leslie and the congress man I am soooo bored! Sharon is my favorite and loving everything Abbott! Go team Jack and Phyllis. Now is Summer Jacks??? I hope so. 🙂

Gerry
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Gerry

Sharon and Drucilla both my favorites and loved Shelia as the bad girl. Now I love Shadam. Nick lost me a long time ago. Chelsea all wrong for the show so is Chloe and Leslie in my opinion. I love Ashley and Jack miss John Abbott. Not into Victor any more or Nikki.

Debbie
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Debbie

Time for Sharon and Adam to make love and have a baby of there own !

Matt
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Matt

YES Sharon Case IS the star of the show!!! Do you have any idea how much media and chats are surrounded by her fans and fans who love to be jealous of her. She is the most talked about character in Y&R history other than Victor Newman! She IS the Barbie sweetheart of the show!

David
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David

Thankyou for giving us back Sharon with Adam the way it should be. Chelsea is not a long term core character so she needs to give the child to Adam to raise with Sharon.

Susanne
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Susanne

Too bad Ms. Phelps wasn’t concerned about GH’s legacy! lol…. and SOOOOOO glad she let Genie Francis go from YnR, and got the borg off of GH. That swap has been the best thing that has happened to GH in a long time….. well besides the change in Executive producer, and head writer!!

I Know Bull
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I Know Bull

Now I consider myself reasonable intelligent and I can smell bull. That horrible triangle is just that a big fat mess. Any character can have chemistry but you need it with this three. It is built on quicksand. A newbie as lead. As for. Michelle. Driving story. I don’t believe them, they could not even get their lies straight.

Sharon. Has not changed shehas switched Newman. Lane are still boring. They have chemistry outside of their pairing.

Lisa
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Lisa

Sharon is the most nicest person on the show and no one is more kind and loving of a character. Sharon and Sharon +Real love and go’s deep with Romance like Nikki and Victor. Adam will ALWAYS run to Sharon in the end like Victor does to Nikki. That is what came out of Shadam XOXOXO

Lisa
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Lisa

Sharon and Adam XOXOXO

Paula
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Paula

I am one long-time fan of the show that has never enjoyed the pairing of Sharon and Adam. Adam is an evil psychopath who kidnapped Sharon and Nick’s baby, burned a fetus, played mind games with Ashley, used Rafe, etc., etc., etc. IMO Sharon, who was once my all time fave, has been completely ruined by pairing her with psycho Adam and makes her look like a complete idiot. She’s put Adam before her child. It’s so sad for me. Nick and Sharon were the love story of this show…they should still be. I FF through anything Adam and I… Read more »

SHADAM FAN
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SHADAM FAN

Paul but Nick will never be the next Newman and Nick can’t keep his pants on. He jumps from one to the other. Adam however will always come back to Sharon.he would loose everything for her and her alone. He is the next Victor Newman. WHY WOULD THE WRITERS GIVE CHELSEA ANOTHER BABY!!! SHE GAVE AWAY HER OTHER CHILD AND NEVER FOUGHT FOR SHARED CUSTODY. THAT IS NOT A MOTHER. LIVING UP IN HER MANSION UP THE STREET.Victor has been so toxic to Nikki he drove her to drink so why would Adam be different and besides Adam did this… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

FYI: Sharon Case is also an emmy winner for best supporting actress Michelle Stafford who I like also is not the only one who has an emmy on this show Jess Walton has two Jeanne Cooper one Beth Maitland Tracey Bergman why do we always mention Stafford I like her but they have a wealth of good actresses on this show. And sorry JFP you are and have always been full of it.

CC
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CC

Sharon Case better win best actress this coming year. it will be a total dis like poor Ben Affleck with Argo if Ms. Case does not win. For the first time in years I am going to sit at the edge of my seat at the Daytime Emmy’s

olivia
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olivia

Hey Ben got the oscar for best picture..not bad !
There is still hope for Sharon case, don’t be pessimistic..lol..anyway these Daytime Emmys are a real joke and that since years, maybe decades.

k/kay
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k/kay

She deserves the win for putting up with making her bed two men who were 20 to 30 yrs. older just so they could feel good about themselves.

SHADAM FAN
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SHADAM FAN

Sharon Case WILL win for best actress this year! She is so diverse and did so many personalities. She is a real actress. Love her!

tasneem
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tasneem

Thanks again Michael for the explination. I don’t know wat is it about Roger Howarth that makes me crazy with he’s acting either its he’s adlibs he adds or the chemistry he shares with the people he’s in a scene with. I really hope he comes back to General Hospital I like this dynamic he shares with Laura Wright and I want. To see where it leads he challenges her and that’s great I hope u interview him someday and soon I hope

olivia
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olivia

I like Roger with Laura Wright but the dynamic of their characters right now is too much a rehash of Todd and Blair (or Tea..take your picks..) GH should write them more profound with new flavors in order to make the relationship unique imho otherwise they will soon become a cheaper version of Todd and his ex-lovers dynamic imho.

brandy
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brandy

I hope they are going with Sharon and Dylan as siblings and Sharon and Adam back together. I have not read all the interview, because I stopped watching the show when chels got pregSharonant and it should have been sharon and adam.Thanks.

CC
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CC

Agreed. We as a audience do sometimes know what we do want. Watching it for 29 years and Sharon and Adam are the next super couple of this show. Move over Nikki and Victor Shadam is in the house!

olivia
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olivia

MM as Adam is really great, even more when they write good material for him and Sharon is more interesting (despite the all over the place writing for her these last years) than she has been for a long time..before i found her so boring for years with her ‘good girl’ routine. Her dynamic with Adam while being sometimes pretty twisted gave her a spark she did not have before.

k/kay
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k/kay

Michael Muhney & Sharon Case are the future of this show their chemistry is over the top, Sorry JFP golden boy is still sitiff as a board and I happen to like SB he just needs a drama coach my sister is a great one call her.

Deb (MSS)
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Deb (MSS)

I love Lily and Cane; and I don’t find them boring at all. How can they be boring when they are on screen so little and have no storylines? Something else is at work here & it is not the couple. Even w/ the little screen time they have been given over 5 years and the most destructive storylines of any couple, they have kept a HUGE loyal following or fanbase as you call it. It is refrehsing and totally different to see a young couple who love each other, loyal & devoted to each other & their family. I… Read more »

CC
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CC

Two Chipmunks Hahahaha I LOVE it. Chelsea and Chloe. I think they are more like the two acorns . Watch out for the Chipmunk when your a acorn Hahaha

olivia
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olivia

Me ! I am bored by Lily and Cane. Hey it is a matter of opinion and taste maybe..they just bore me and that since the beginning. On the other hand i freaking floved Diva Drucilla, too bad her daughter is the anti-Drucilla..are we not sure she is Olivia’s daughter ?! (yep i know it is also my name but i did not chose..lol).

Enuf!TwitTwatWriters
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Enuf!TwitTwatWriters

Who do you like? Do you have a Fav pairing on Y&R? SHadam? Shick? Phack? Villy? Bet I find them boring but if the show is BALANCED, most viewers will find a reason to watch. Personally I consider Lily being educated, well spoken, loving and lovely and not ghetto like Dru was written waaaaaay back in the day to be a very good thing because I am not into stereotypes. That sickens me which is why I was appalled and completely turned off when Tyler opened his mouth for the first time! Notice TPTB did not insult Angelica McDaniel by… Read more »

SnatchingTasha
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SnatchingTasha

I have to agree with you they seem to think they are spinning gold on the horse shyt that came out of their mouths in this interview. I may not be a Lane fan but I have to agree with you on the basis that when a couple doesn’t get the air time needed to tell a story, then them being boring has more to do with the lack of creativity and writing skills, and direction of the show based on the writers like Josh Griffith and the EP Jill Phelps. Both seem to think we the viewer don’t see… Read more »

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Thank you, Tasha, for speaking the truth!

Laney
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Laney

Yes this! its as ridiculous as its offensive. I guess we can translate that its because its Cane and Lily who are in love and have mad chemistry. I find that when its the “approved” couples by JG and JFP they are not “boring” then. Only Lane right? the same couple that has been sidelined 5 years and counting the same couple that still hold the fascination of most of the audience that Lane right? LMAO their bigotry is so transparent they think they are covering it up behind words like “boring” as if that will justify their cruel injustice… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

‘racism’ ?! Come on i loved loved loved Vicky Rowell as Drucilla (one of my all time favorite character on this soap) i just find Miss Khalill as Lily a bore, she can be blue, green, pink, black, yellow, white, grey still boring and kind of corny to me…anyway i will stop i made my point and Cane and Lily fans are pretty sensitive in the love of their favorite daytime tv couple, and i get it guys by the way, i did it, i could also be passionate with other tv pairings so i will stop teasing you guys.… Read more »

Shadam Fan
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Shadam Fan

I agree Michael gave a wonderful interview and asked great questions. He never said Lane was boring. I do in fact think they can and have been boring. I have been begging for Victoria Rowell to return as Drucilla for YEARS and think it would give Lane more substance. As it would if what i am hoping and hearing Sharon turns out to have Dylan as a long lost brother. i love family on this show. That is why they Abbotts are near and dear to my heart. i wish Tracy would return for good and not once in awhile.What… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

ITA Enuf!TwitTwatWriters you said it!

The truth will always be the truth regardless of how any player haters go around saying its not.

bad interviewer
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bad interviewer

ITA with everything you said ! I think it’s very unprofessional (to say at least) from an interviewer to tell the Executive producer that a couple is boring when he knows that they never got a real storyline the last few years. They never get more than 10 min screentime a month the writers never give them a chance to shine! Lily and Cane are a couple of which Y&R could be so proud of! If they would give them only a storyline so that they would finally be able to show their amazing acting talents. Daniel Goddard is a… Read more »

Jenn
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Jenn

How come nobody ever asks JFP about being let go from GH? I would love to hear her thoughts on GH’s sagging ratings during the end of her tenure and what was going on with ABCD. Was it the writer, Frons, or her that caused GH to turn into a mess?

Brandi
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Brandi

I love Josh & Jills Jessica Collins love! She’s a star and Avery is a breath of fresh air. I also loved of Josh acknowledged Sharon was away from the core of who she is. MAB had her unrecognizable! I’m glad they are trying to bring her back. I see the Sharon I know and love coming back slowly but surely.

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

JFP appears to be a more nuanced version of MAB. ALL of the characters are boring to someone. The point is to write to what fans respond, too. Tyler is a sterotypical, package holding thug. I can NOT believe he was brought on, at all, much less placed as an interloper for Cane and Lily. Chelsea and Chloe are sexual offenders, and to see Chelsea put in the spotlight is an insult to the female characters fans actually love and want to see. The only drama, this team seems to be able to write is ring around the bed, and… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Sharon and Adam . Team Shadam . Move them along please they need to be back in each others hot steamy life. Sell that old haunted house Adam bought with Chelsea. Two mistakes.Why is Chelsea still on this show? Just wondering?

olivia
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olivia

I loved Colin, Robert Scorpio was great as Colin, he had an edge. Hope he will come back one day, his romance with Jill was not too bad also. Lily is just boring imo. I love Lauren and Michael’s story, it was time this show shake up this couple..for years they had no story and it is totally in character for Lauren..if you know the Lauren character, the only problem is there was not fallout for the Bullying story..totally anti-climatic but i love Lauren cheating story..let”s hope this time there is a real fallout and Michael get some of his… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

Gr8 post Laurel Twist! ITA This regime might as well change their name back to Mab and Co. Because nothing has changed for the better. Same ol’ same ol’. I can not believe that JG would think this crap on YR right now is great stuff. I can not believe how wrong I was about him!
JFP already showed me her true colours so Im not surprised by her at all.

Teri
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Teri

What a wonderful and refreshing interview and I never got the hatred for this woman. They make a great point when stating why wouldn’t you bring over actors who can deliver? Every single one of their casting decisions has been bang on for me. I’m still on the fence regarding the actress who plays Adriana, but honestly the stolen money story was not anything impressive, sorry to say. All that aside everything else seems to be popping on all cylinders. The lighting is fabulous, the music evokes more emotion and the costumes hair and makeup have even been kicked up… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

I am so happy these are intellegant comments and not those who for some insane reason on the other sites support a person like Chelsea who infact was a hired pro by Victor who gave away her child just to go live in a mansion up the road just to try to have another child but lost that child only to be so upset but then to find out she once again is again pregnant but now again does not want this child, OK WHO IS BIPOLAR NOW!!! …. LOL

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree Lisa- Chelsea should have been a short term bit player, how she ended up on front burner status is beyond me. She would have been far more interesting if they kept her as a con artist; if her romance with Adam had been a con to get all his money that would have made sense. If she had fleece him out of his money, left town and had Adam all disillusioned about love and life, after trying to be more Hope than Victor- the character would have served a purpose. Right now I don’t think the writers have… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

Great post (although i don’t mind MCE as Chelsea and Cane and Lily are still boring to me..lol). As for the hatred toward JFP..well she did lot of damage to some other soaps (but she is not Dena Highley thank god..lol) but let’s see what she can do with this one before making very hard judgment..we will see.

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.

WW
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WW

NOW IF ONLY JOSH AND JILL READ HOW YES SOME OF DO KNOW WE DON’T LIKE SOME CHARACTERS LIKE CHELSEA. THAT WAS A MAB MISTAKE BECAUSE ADAM WOULD NEVER EVER EVER EVER LOVE ANOTHER BESIDES SHARON. THEY BETTER HAVE A ESCAPE PLAN NOW THEY GOT THIS SEX OFFENDER CHELSEA PREGNANT AGAIN. GEEEEEZ

amber
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amber

Keep Phyllis in the background for as long as possible. They made too much of her in the past and all she delivered was crap and misery to most in GC.
Thank you for bringing Michael back in line, for saving Sharon from some horrible writing, and for bringing such great characters as Dylan and Avery.
No if you could only bring back Tucker being played by the same actor and give us more Jill too. Thanks for respecting long time viewers who knew these characters so well and felt them getting lost.

Kat
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Kat

I agree with bringing back Stephen Nichols as Tucker McCall. He is desperately needed in Katherine’s storyline as well as those with Devon, Jill and the businesses of GC. I would like to see JFP bring back this non JFP actor. It would pleasantly surprise me if she did!

I think she also needs to slow down on the hiring of all the new actors. She should at least remember that new characters need to be SLOWLY integrated into the storylines and not shoved down our throats!

KMB
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KMB

AMEN. I miss Stephen!

jim
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jim

Do you really want Jill to bring back Dru to Y&R? If you watched GH when Jill brought back Brenda and ruined that character by over exposure and a dumb plotline that was so boring you didnt care that she left, how could you risk that happening to Dru on Y&R? Dru deserves better than that and somehow i dont feel this team can do the job!!! They only done very little so far to improve the show in my opinion. I dont even watch as much as i used to. And there was better ways to add conflict to… Read more »

jim
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jim

p.s. Im not totally against Jill as i may sound because many producers and writers do have their ups and downs plus she has won emmys for her past work in daytime which proves she has done some things right. She may not of done a well job at GH but that doesnt mean she could never go back and not let be as bad as it got b4 and shes got plenty of time to make y&r better. There is some good moments i still tune in for. Besides look at movie producers of the big screen. Sometimes they… Read more »

annyhall
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annyhall

OMG I forgot that JFP brought back Brenda and she was on everyday. Even her fans wanted her gone. She is doing the same damn thing with Chelsea to the point I almost want to stop watching. Now if she is doing the exact same thing with Chelsae as she did with Brenda…who is to say she will do any different with Y&R as she did with GH? GH was on life support by the time she left.

Jules
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Jules

I have been saying it since last year, Adam doesnt fit with Chelsea. Adam is a dynamic character that shouldnt have been thrown into business with Kevin and Chloe. His crowd is Sharon, Victor, Jack, Nick and Phyllis. They should reunite him with Sharon. It sucks that the new writers made Chelsea pregnant with his child. He shouldnt have any ties to her. Sharon having Adam’s baby would have been a better story. I dont enjoy Phyllis with Jack. They are good acting partners but they dont have any sexual chemistry. Why didnt they keep Ronan for Phyllis? No offense… Read more »

WW
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WW

I AM VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE COMMENT ON HERE ARE FAR MORE LOGICAL AND INTELLIGENT THAN THOSE ON THE COMMENT BOARDS LEFT ON THE Y&R SITE. CHELSEA WAS NEVER A KEY PLAYER AND WHY WAS SHE ON THE TALK TODAY WITH ADAM WAS INSANE. THE ACTRESS WAS ON THIS SHOW ALL OF 5 MINUTES AND IT IS A INSULT TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE REALLY CELEBRATING 40YRS. SHE HAS NOTING TO CELEBRATE. BACK TO PINE VALLEY SHE GOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WW
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WW

PHYLLIS AND JACK ARE GREAT TOGETHER AND SHARON WITH ADAM (THAT’S THE NEW NIKKI AND VICTOR) THEY NEED A DRUCILLA RETURN. PAUL AND CRICKET NEED TO GET MARRIED AND DO THE IN VITRO NOT BILLY AND VICTORIA . WE HAVE SEEN THEM HAVE KIDS, SOMEONE ELSES KIDS. ENOUGH OF BILLY AND VICTORIA. AS FOR CANE AND LILY. OH SOOOO BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laney
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Laney

Another insulting interview IMHO I do not know how this regime headed by JFP and JG and Co can continue with the racism dare I say and the bigotry against CK and Lane (& DG by association of course) and then have the nerve to mention them as if either the actors or the couple / characters Lane / Lily & Cane got a fair shake on YR. Its truly sickening to me to see someone as talented as Christel be constantly sidelined by others who come to the show as new actresses while she continues to be ignored. I… Read more »

Enuf!TwitTwatWriters
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Enuf!TwitTwatWriters

FACT: Other shows in prime and now B&B realize the very thing about Lily and Cane JG and JFP hate is what viewers embrace and expect THIS century from programmes. FACT: Failure to be INCLUSIVE whilst claiming to endorse CBS’ and Sony’s diversity programmes does not bode well with viewers, especially when a regime intentionallly hires and introduces a stereotypical black man (Tyler) who offends minority women, nee ALL women, with his ghetto jive speak because an aged writer thinks that is what we want due to the fact said writer(s) want Cane with a white, which Story they think… Read more »

Laney
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Laney

^^^ ITA Indeed! ANd notice how its only Lily who they think should be treated like crap. I notice all their so called “proper” “leading” ladies are treated like they are special but not Lily. They would remove Lily from the one “man” as in cane who ever loved her beyond anything. He treats her like the queen she is but no, JFP and JG would take that from her so one of their manless chicks can have a man. Yes this show is offensive and nothing more. ANd surely, JFP and JG would not know good storytelling if it… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

Having watched Y&R for over 20 years and knowing JFP from GH, I can say I promise I can hardly watch Y&R anymore and stopped recording it. Now thanks to Frank Valentini, General Hospital rocks big time. Sorry but Y&R is completely boring just like General Hospital was when she was at the helm (JFP).

Betty
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Betty

I don’t care for rubber masks, hallucinations, vampires and people eating paper. This show has now become a “freak show” with a bunch of vets thrown in for instant ratings and most will be gone after the 50th anniversary is over. Then what are they going to think of next?

ashlee
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ashlee

Betty! I too worry about what will become of GH after the anniversary hoopla. If they dont keep some of the vets around, we are going to be left with a very bleak, boring, and empty canvas! Right now, embarrassment of riches is an understatement. As it stands, when Sonny comes on the screen, he just seems like an out of place after-thought…much to my delight!! I have been clamoring for the show to get rid of that character for 15 years! Now it is at the point where he could leave and not be missed at all!! FINALLY! I… Read more »

Jo Anne
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Jo Anne

Interesting interview but I do not want to see Phylis and Jack back together there has to be something else. I really do not like the character of Nick right now and I am not by my self so we shall see what happens.

Not an FOJ
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Not an FOJ

Wow could Jill and Josh spin anymore BS? I am so glad I cut this show months ago.

Paul
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Paul

Seriously? “We are basically giving the audience a gift of people we know who can actually do it. And, it would be nice if they could get over the sense that it was some sort of personal vendetta.” WOW! What a stuck up attitude for somoen who JUST joined the Y&R Family. The fans have watched for 40 years .. We DO know these characters and adore them, and hiring all your friends from your failed Hollywood Heights does not work for US…Perhaps Jill needs to “get over herself” and realize when you alleiante your fans, your shows get cancelled.… Read more »

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Well said!

Omeo
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Omeo

Oh wow I love the way you said that … It is exactly what I have been thinking in the past years. They dont realize that the people who watch and quit watching day after day are the real long-time fans !!!!!! there are no new ones, esp not the younger generation ….. Cant they just watch some episodes of the 80s / 90s to realize how good Y&R was !!!

Dee McBridge
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Dee McBridge

All I know is they are dragging out this story with Lauren and Michael way to long..so we know she cheated time to let Michael find out and start the re romancing of Likey Likey fans will not tolerate Lauren with Carmine for long before we switch it off and move on.l If the end game is Lauren and Michael having a wedding renewal of their vows and real romance,..it might be worth it. I had high hopes for two great actors Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman..but you are dragging it out way to long..Time to bring he beautiful love… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I absolutely DO NOT GET the bad feelings on this site for Chelsea! I just don’t. I also wish people would get over wanting Drucilla back. I mean, seriously? Not gonna happen.

olivia
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olivia

Well we still can speak about Drucilla come on. She was one of the most dynamic character this soap ever had, and when you compare to someone like Lily you can’t help but speak about how awesome she was..lol.

Laney
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Laney

Someone like Lily is it? Your true colours continue to shine as dull as that chick tptb are “propping” and “promoting”

You are right about one thing. “Someone” like Lily is a million times better than some rapist molester character who is only around because JFP and JG favour her and nothing more.

So yay for “someone” like Lily. I will take her any day. She shines brighter than the sun despite obvious disadvantages and she will always shine.

Teri
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Teri

Chelsea was brought on as a con artist. Her character came in and accused a man of raping her. It wasn’t true. Billy did no such thing. Because of her alliance with Victor, Billy was kept from his daughter Delia who lay dying in a hospital. Chelsea has skated on this because it’s too easy to blame Victor but all he did was find her and pay her. The simple answer for any woman with scruples and integrity was to say no but Chelsea didn’t and then she came to GC and tormented Villy and was so horrible to Victoria… Read more »

jesthejester
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jesthejester

I couldn’t have said it better myself- bravo.

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Again, excellent post. Clearly articulated, & all true. Chelsea is a pariah, & will NEVER be liked or accepted, by majority, of fans!

gloria
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gloria

WOW, tell us how you really feel! Ha. I understand & remember & agree with you Teri but just about every character on every show has done awful, terrible things. I guess I just don’t think Chelsea is any worse than the rest of them. Awful characters either grow up, “change,” (Michael) whatever & then eventually become likeable, even lovable. Or they keep doing awful things & getting away with it (Victor). The entire Patti mess was started by Victor! Look at the fall out from that. Did he ever pay? He actually has Traci’s daughter’s heart (can’t rem. her… Read more »

CARL
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CARL

NO CHELSEA IS BAD. VERY BAD. THIS WOMEN WILL NEVER BE LIKED. NOT WITH ADAM NOT WITH DYLAN. THEY REALLY MAKE ME MISS SHEILA. KIM BROWN AS THE REAL SHELIA WOULD KNOW HOW TO HANDLE A CHARACTER LIKE CRAZY CHELSEA AND CHLOE. YOU CAN’T LIKE A WOMEN LIKE THEM. A MAN HOWEVER IS SUPPOSED TO BE DARK AT TIMES. GO TO THE MATTRESSES .

Liza
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Liza

Why doesn’t any interviewer ask about Jill Foster Abbott? It was announced months ago that Jess Walton was returning….could someone please find out for what? Is Y&R done telling her story? Is she going to return like Tracy or John to say a few lines of dialog and disappear for months again ( like under MAB). Tracy and John had exit stories but Jill is still living and residing in Genoa City so visits don’t make sense. Y&R had strung viewers along for almost 4 decades with Jill’s story, if this regime doesn’t want to continue it then write her… Read more »

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

YES!

Omeo
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Omeo

Jill’s chartacter was completely destroyed and negledted over the years. I remember when she had good writing and great storylines …

Nancylee
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Nancylee

I can’t watie for the best Actress on TV to get more longer story to do and marry the best Actor on TV Michelle Staffors and Peter Bergman.I love Michelle she is #1 for even Dru will never be back to Y&R go look at her Tweet page your no why.Dru hate Y&R.go look for your self I cant wait to see More of Michelle on TV.

olivia
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olivia

Well for sure it is not tomorrow that Vicky Rowell will come back on Y&R, that’s for damn sure !! lol but still doesn’t change the fact she was awesome as Drucilla on Y&R.

AVERY SUCKS
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AVERY SUCKS

LOL, VR is not only not coming back, but is not even the best supporting supporting supporting actress on TV! Hell she can not even get a jot her reputation is so bad!

MS is golden with whoever she is paired with! Hell she even made crappy Joshus Morrow “act” better!

AVERY SUCKS
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AVERY SUCKS

Do these two so called writer not know the history of the show? Phyllis IS an only child!

Sorry Jessica Collins sucks maggots when it comes to acting and sucks the life out of the show, how can this newbie be a lead ? Miss Easy Bake Oven needs the off Neanderthal Nivk and get sent up the river!

Phyllis and Michelle Stafford deserves better then this crap from these two!

olivia
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olivia

To me Jessica Collins is a good actress, the problem: her character is boring. IMO the actress could generate sparks and charisma if the writing was not so one-note and cheesy, goodie two shoes propping. Here the acting (and/or actress) is not the problem it is her character’s characterisation and her love-interests doesn’t help.. JM is fun off-screen but Nick is so not interesting, it hurts..a block of wood to me borderline caveman, controlling most of the time..how exiting..and such a shame but it has always been like that with the Nick character whereas Joshua Morrow is so fun as… Read more »

Saundra
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Saundra

ITA- both are great actors. But i totally dislike the Avery character & the pairing with a nick. She comes across is a hypocritical, self righteous & too good to be human. She will be right regardless of who she hurts. Remember Daisy? And as Olivia says she is so boring. Almost like watching paint dry.

Dawn
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Dawn

I am not interested in anything these they have to say unless they come forward and give the real reason for Stephen Nichols being fired.

Chris
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Chris

All I can say about the interview is BS. I am wondering why you didn’t ask Jill why she canned the byllying sl and didn’t at least let Jeff stay to do it up right.Also want to know if they ever intend on bringing back Tricia Cast and Jeff Branson to do that sl? There could have been so much sl with these two. I can see who they are favouring ,all the newbies they brought on. What is wrong with doing more with the vets also ? Doesn’t seem like you asked too many questions abotu old unfinished sls.… Read more »

Robin
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Robin

Please no more Shadam. They have not worked for the past 4 years and they ain’t working now. As for Chadam, you had a goldmine with them until you decided to break them up.(MCE is why I started watching this show again.) Loved her as Annie on AMC. Chadam are way more popular than Shadam on every poll I have seen. You need to fix it.

olivia
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olivia

I don’t have a real ‘shot’ in this battle but me thinks Shadam while being polarizing (‘remember what he did ? He is a baby stealer, he burn a foetus, what he did to Ashley, Sharon..how she can chose him over her child ?! oh ohhohh..” ‘Sharon is destroyed’ bla bla bla..which makes me laugh actually when Victor is the main STAR on this show and the guy almost started on this show by making his wife’s lover prisoner and giving rats to eat..yikes and all the things he did all over the years..oh guys the list is too long… Read more »

ET325
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ET325

Chadam was and still is a gold mine! They need to reverse their destruction ASAP. I do not want to see Adam saddled with that snoozefest Sharon Newman who’s only purpose is to seduce other women’s men. No thanks. Chadam is magical and they have what it takes to drive storylines now and in the future.

CARL
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CARL

NO WAY!!!! CHADAM IS ONE HOT MESS OF WRITING CREATED BY MAB. THAT WEDDING WAS LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY AND CHEWING GLASS. ADAM WOULD NEVER MARRY THIS CHELSEA GARBAGE. THE MAN WENT TO HARVARD. CHELSEA IS SELFISH. ADAM IS A BUISNESS MAN AND VICTOR NEWMAN JR. CHELSEA WILL NEVER GET ADAM LIKE SHARON DOES . SHARON IS THE NEW NIKKI FOR ADAM IS THE NEW VICTOR . PERIOD!

CARL
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CARL

ALSO ADAM WAS SHARON MAN FIRST NOT CHELSEA. IF VICTOR DID NOT FRAME SHARON FOR SKYES MURDER AND NICK THEN WOULD NOT OF MADE SHARON CHOOSE BETWEEN HER KIDS AND ADAM THEN THEY WOULD OF BEEN BACK TOGHETHER BEFORE CHELSEA CAN GET HER GOLD DIGGING CLAWS IN ADAM WHEN HE WAS SAD AND DOWN! ALSO WHY CAN NICK SLEEP WITH TWO SISTERS BUT SHARON CAN’T WITH TWO BROTHERS???????????????ANSWER THAT EINSTEIN !

MPMAJOR
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MPMAJOR

After reading thru all the comments, I just had to say my piece. I think the new regime or executive producer and head writer are doing a wonderful job so far. Thanks for bringing in the actor, Steve Barton, as the new character, Dylan. Since I only watch one soap (Y&R) daily for at least 27 years, I can only say that these two, E.P. & H.W. are life savers for my soap opera, Y&R. It was like I came out of a nightmare after I watched 4 years of Maria A. Bell & Co.’s supposely Y&R. They did a… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Great interview Michael!!! Both of them really seem to care about the show,

Beacon
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Beacon

They need to bring back Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) and the Barber sisters (Victoria Rowell and Tonya). These are characters viewers have emotional investment in, Bill Bell put a lot of creative vision into their storylines and they have all had a provocative impact on the canvas.

Omeo
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Omeo

Totally agree , they need to bring back old characters for the longtime viewers because they are not gaining new ones ….

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Great interview! I love that JG & JFP have given the show balance again and have moved some of the vets that have been in the past for years to the front like Michael, Lauren, and Neil. I’m happy to see the characters like Avery & Leslie being given real storylines. Jessica Collins has been amazing to me and certainly taken me a ride with her acting. I smiled watching Avery and Nick finally give in to each other and become a couple and I cried when Dylan came back after she thought he was dead and she told him… Read more »

Piscesgirl
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Piscesgirl

As a Lane fan, I’m going to give JG and JFP credit for what I see them getting right 1 Giving Lane good romantic scenes on a regular basis. This is something that was sorely lacking with the last regime 2 dressing them in fanstastic clothing and 3 Aging the twins and picking what seems, 2 wonderful child actors, that seem to fit Cane and Lily like the other beloved Charlie and Mattie :smile I will also give them credit for showing how much these two love each other. What I want for them, which has been stated before is… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

While I find the character of Sharon tedious on her own and most definitely with Nick, she has great chemistry with Adam. Yes, he did horrible things( to her and to Ashley) but so have Michael, Victor, Kevin, to name a few. Somehow, those characters were turned around – in great part due to the skill of the actors. Well, not so much Victor. I still think he needs a grand comeuppance. And, Sharon is no angel, either. How many men has she been with over the course of the show? Admittedly, I kind of enjoyed the Adam/Chelsea pairing in… Read more »

Deb (MSS)
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Deb (MSS)

Good gracious! You missed a lot of Lily’s life if you must to go back to Kevin giving her chlamydia when she was a teen. Since then Lily was attacked by someone hired by Kevin & Daniel. Lily dated Daniel, ran away w/ Daniel, was shippped to boarding school, graduated HS & attended GCU for at least 3yrs, married Daniel, divorced Daniel. I had almost forgotten that Lily was entangled w/ that arsonist-pedophile, Fischman. Lily has been the fresh face of Jabot, had a romance w/ Cane, and a romance w/ Billy. She married Cane twice and has a set… Read more »

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Michael, I would be interesting in knowing what parts of the interview you think have been lost in the responses & expressions of comments. Thank you!

leep_up
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leep_up

News flash, JFP/JG, you aren’t as impressive as you think you are! Believe it or not, I don’t need to be taught how to watch this show. Not only do I know what I want, I know what I don’t want and unlike a trained monkey, I know what I’m not going to waste my time watching if it doesn’t appeal to me. If I recall correctly, MAB said something similar in her version of a white-wash interview. The arrogance is absolutely astonishing. JFP likes what she sees on screen, but I don’t. Case and point, the all time classic… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

Not big deal you know they can give Tyler another love-interest (i vote Abby if the chemistry between the actors are here) and this new love will be involved in the umbrella story Tyler is part of and bue bye Lily ! Problem solved !! ha.

Laney
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Laney

thank you keep-up! Great post and great insight. Every word of it is true. Keep telling the truth. Tell it like it is.

Laney
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Laney

Correcting……Leep-Up! Thank you for that post. Great post and great insight. Every word of it is true. Keep telling the truth. Tell it like it is.

SnatchingTasha
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SnatchingTasha

I agree with you, I have a problem with writers that feel like they are meeting the ethnic quota by stereotyping the characters to fit some stereotypical judgement based on the likes and dislikes of people.

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interviewer

ITA with you!

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Leep-up, this is a magnificent post. I truly hope Michael passes this on to JFP/JG. This is an EXCELLENT post. I agree, with you, 1000%.

Enuf!TwitTwatWriters
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Enuf!TwitTwatWriters

BRILLIANT POST LEEP!!

Mary Tantalo
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Mary Tantalo

Adam and Chelsea should be the next Victor and Nikki. There are tremendous similarities in these characters to warrant this. I personally love CHADAM and am to this day convinced they are the love story on Y&R today, future and should be further developed as such. It is 2013 and you know what they say it is extremely difficult to go back to someone you had a relationship 5 years ago. Some things just aren’t fixable. That is my belief about SHADAM. Even if TPTB do it I will not see it because it just won’t be believable. Besides they… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

Audience also support (maybe more imho) Adam and Sharon therefore you have a popular triangle for years to come and if Adam is Victor successor you will have a sort of Nikki/Victor/Ashley triangle new generation with Sharon/Adam/Chelsea..instead of the Sharon/Nick/Phyllis uber popular triangle with a Victor’s son we had these last years you will have another Victor’s son : Adam at the center with Sharon and Chelsea..almost mark my words..

ET325
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ET325

MM and MCE have done their best work on the show together with the range of emotions they showed. They truly bring out the best in each other. Much like MTS and EB’s one-two punch. If they think Adam is the new Victor then I want Chelsea as his Nikki!

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Jason

NOOOOOOOOOOOO Chelsea is a big fat JOKE! She is soo annoying! Id take the Chipmunk role instead of this women. Chelsea and Chloe make me use the fast forward button like a maniac. Chelsea has nothing at all on the love romance lust love and understanding Sharon and Adam have together. Sharon fell in love with Adam way after he did the faith issue to Sharon way before he fell in love with her. On GH Luke and Laura turned out to be the #1 couple in daytime. Give Shadam a blow out fantasy wedding and a son together and… Read more »

jim
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jim

Why does so many people always trash the newbies. Its the newbies who help refreshen these shows and the vets storylines or they would all stagnant. you got to keep the storylines moving. Not every newbie we will all like and i do feel some do get too much airtime but most of these vets arent originals and also started as newbies! B4 the Abbotts, the Williams and the Newmans this show was about the Brookes and Foster families. Bill Bell had to replace the original two families by the 1980s because he felt prominent performers who left the show… Read more »

Liza
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Liza

But most of the original characters/family’s were on less than six years when that change happened. There is a very long list of characters that have been on Y&R six years or less. It’s not like today where many viewers have been following a select few for 25 to 40 years. Newbies are great when they advance the story and are interwoven into the lives of those we have been following, but not so nice when they take their place. If they aren’t going to write for our long-time vets they should give them an good end story. Any character… Read more »

jim
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jim

But even with the originals were only there six years it still looked like a whole knew show to those who watched them when all their replacements came in. But luckily the Newmans, Williams ect. were equally enjoyable to watch and were easy to welcome. But i do also agree with you on a lot you said. Thanks 4 the reply.

olivia
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olivia

I kind of agree with you although core families who proved to be ultra popular for decades (Newman, Abbott, Winters, Chancellor ect..) have to stay in one way or another but you don’t know if there was no complain before (and i am pretty sure there was but they could not share like now..) there was no internet at this time ! Today everybody can voice his opinion with just a tweet, a mail, a comment on a message board, on soap site like here ect..

jim
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jim

Before the internet we had several soap magazines to voice our opinions on what we liked or disliked about our shows but they werent reliable because not all letters got published. So glad we got the internet because it allows all of us to connect with each other and voice our opinions and much quicker too. p.s. i do agree with you about the core families. Without these favorites we loose interest and this is another reason we loose these shows. If done right newbies that are gradually brought in and are interesting well written characters somehow connected to the… Read more »

Mary Tantalo
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Mary Tantalo

Fans are not sick of MCE there are thousands and hundreds of thousand fans out there that simply adore this mutitalented, super talented actress. I want to see more of her on screen, much more than she is getting right now.

CHADAM forever. She is the next Nikki……….

Interviews

Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Kim Waltrip Talk Plans & Launch Campaign To Make ‘Dial Emme For Murder’ into a Series

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and soap opera favorite Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R and Ex-Kristen/Susan, Days) is bringing one of her soap opera mystery novels to life with a proposed six-part series for the soapy and hilarious mystery, Dial Emme For Murder.

Joining Eileen in the cast will be none other than Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) , Knots Landing favorite, Donna Mills (Ex-Abby), and primetime TV and film actress, Nancy Valen.  More cast members will be announced in the future.

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In Dial Emme for Murder, Davidson plays actress Emmanuelle “Emme” Peterson, a successful soap star who finds herself smack dab in the middle of a  whodunit.

Now, in conjunction with the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT), and its president and director/producer, Kim Waltrip, Davidson is launching a fundraising campaign to get the series made.

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In an exclusive interview on the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen, Judith and Kim exclusive reveal key Intel on the project, campaign and working together.  The proposed series has also launched its official website here.

About PSWIFT:  PSWIFT (Palm Springs Women in Film & Television) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001 dedicated to promoting our members, both men and women in the Entertainment, New Media Creative arts community. In 2020 Palm Springs Women in Film & Television created and launched a Filmmakers’ Lab to teach members how to make a film, by making a film, hands-on.

PSWIFT is currently seeking donations through their non-profit – which are 100% tax-deductible – to fund the Filmmakers’ Lab’s next venture Dial Emme for Murder.  You can find out more on the different perks and packages if you donate to the project here.

Watch the interview with Michael, Eileen, Judith, and Kim below.

Then let us know, if you think Dial Emme for Murder featuring powerhouse actress, Eileen Davidson, Judith Chapman and Donna Mills, will be a must-see for you via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Chats On Mia St. John’s Powerful Interview on ‘State of Mind’, Winning the Daytime Emmy & Sonny’s Future If Carly & Jason Get Hitched

Since the launch of Maurice Benard’s You Tube series, State of Mind, he has welcomed numerous guests who have opened up and shared their struggles with different aspects of mental health.  But this Sunday, July 11th, Maurice will share for the first time his powerful and emotional sit-down interview with Mia St. John; one that he reveals was one of the most moving of his series thus far.

With Maurice being a huge boxing enthusiast throughout his life, having St. John, who is a boxer, herself, on as a guest was, of course, special. However, as soap fans know, Mia is also the former wife of the late Kristoff St. John (Ex-Neil Winters, Y&R) and they shared a son, Julian.  Both men died, tragically. Julian, suffered from a long-history of mental illness, and his death was ruled a suicide, and Kristoff was consumed with grief following his son’s death which ultimately set him on a downward spiral.  Kristoff’s death was ruled accidental caused by hypertrophic heart disease; which was exacerbated by alcohol use.  In the conversation with Benard, Mia opens about her own personal struggle with addiction and how she coped with these two devastating losses. (See an exclusive preview clip below within this interview)

It’s also been a whirlwind year for Maurice. He just took home his third Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series during the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards for his moving portrayal as GH’s Sonny Corinthos, as he goes through all the stages of a child watching his father, Mike Corbin (played by Emmy-winner Max Gail) slip away due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Since the Emmy broadcast was pre-taped due to Covid restrictions, except for revealing who the winners actually were, Benard shares what went down when his name was called watching the show from home with his family.

 

And … things are heating up on General Hospital!  For months, Benard has been playing an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” who has become taken with deceitful Nina (Cynthia Watros), who knows he is alive and well and living in Nixon Falls, but fails to tell her nemesis Carly (Laura Wright), or anyone else in Port Charles.  With everyone believing Sonny is dead after his showdown with Julian Jerome, Carly and Jason (Steve Burton) find themselves having to save Sonny’s territory and go up against the five families.  So, what are the besties deciding to do? Get married! And as viewers saw, Carly recently removed her wedding rings to Sonny.  So, now the question on GH fans inquiry minds is; will Sonny get his memory back in time, and stop Jason and Carly from tying the knot?

Benard weighs-in on what the future may hold for Sonny, the difficulties he faced during the Covid-19 lockdown with his mental health, his conversation with Mia, and much more.  Here’s what Maurice shared.

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Having Mia St. John on as your guest on the upcoming episode of State of Mind was quite emotional for you. What can you preview? 

MAURICE:  I can say that during last ten minutes, there’s a lot of spiritual stuff going on.  I felt it.  She’s very tough.  You can tell that she doesn’t want to hurt anymore, and with me, I don’t know for sure, but I think she felt safe and protected.  We got into Julian and Kristoff and what happened.  I’m pretty sure I asked her and said, “I’d like to get into something.  You could say ‘no’ to me.  It’s fine,” and she told me the whole story.  Michael, I know you were friends with Kristoff, you’re going to really be moved because I was extremely moved.  It really, really hit me hard, because of what I’ve just been through during the pandemic. I just felt the need to be there for her.  I mean, I have that in me anyway, but with her, I did because it seemed like a lot for someone to go through.  I didn’t know Kristoff.  I met him once, and we talked for a bit.  He seemed like a great guy.  I knew he was a great actor because I watched his work.  I do know that everybody seemed to love him, but through State of Mind, it seemed like I got to know him a little better through Mia.  I was looking in her eyes, and taking it all in, and she was telling me everything.

Throughout your series, you seemed to have become more comfortable in the role of the interviewer.  It’s quite the switch isn’t it from always being on the other end as the interviewee.

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve gotten better.  You know what it is with me, and somebody said it, I’ve got a curiosity that I love to hear people’s stories, and I have a way to make people comfortable.

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Does it help you in listening to what other people have gone through in dealing with your own struggles with mental illness?

MAURICE:  Yeah, I’ve said it before.  It’s like therapy for me.  After Mia, I was drained, but in a good way.  In the beginning of doing “State of Mind’, I was just learning.  I wish I was more well-rounded in my intelligence.  I barely graduated out of high school, but as far as what it is with me, if I know something like acting or mental health, I really completely know it.  I’m into it.

How did the interview with Mia come about?  Did you ask her to come on State of Mind?

MAURICE:  I know who is involved with mental health.  I know who would be interesting to interview, and then I reach out, and I have people coming who are not in the soap world.  I have a WWE person; I have a TV critic, etc.  So, I asked her, and Mia said ‘yes’, and then we did the interview.  I’m a huge boxing fan.  So, to be able to talk to her about boxing and things that happened to her right before her fights, I was just really fascinated.

That is right in your wheelhouse!

MAURICE:  Way up my alley!  If I could have more boxers on, I would love that.  I love sports, but boxing is my one sport, so I was like a kid in a candy store talking to Mia.

How do you feel Mia is doing as she has been very open about her battle with alcoholism?

MAURICE: Any time you’ve been through that much, I think it’s a daily struggle for anyone. In addition, there is a really great organization she works with that I hope people will check out as she is trying to help others.

In terms of all of your State of Mind’s, did this one impact you in a different way?

MAURICE:  The good thing for me about State of Mind is that I learn from each person about things that I didn’t know.  For instance, coming up I have: Linsey Godfrey (Ex-Sarah, DAYS) who got hit by a car.  I mean, you could read about it, but when you’re talking to someone, things come out.  That’s what I love about doing this show.  Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R) didn’t know anything about mental illness, personally, but he talked about mental illness more than anyone!  I said to him on the episode, “For somebody who doesn’t know anything about mental illness or didn’t have someone with it, you talk more about it,” because he had a curiosity on the subject.  Mia’s was a little more because of the boxing and how deep we went with her talking about death.  In an upcoming episode with Ken Shriner (Scott, GH), he teaches me a lot about death.  When your parents die at 16, I don’t know how you could keep going.  He taught me how.  It was beautiful.

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Let’s go back to a few weeks ago on June 25th and you win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.  How did you find out you took home the gold?

MAURICE:  I was at my place in LA with my son, Joshua and my wife, Paula and we were watching the show.  When they called my name, I was very moved to watch my wife and my son get so excited, it really was sweet.  I liked my speech even though people had a problem with it, which is fine.  It’s always great if Max Gail wins or I get a win, because it’s the Alzheimer’s storyline that gets the attention.  And as I told you already, my dad has Alzheimer’s so it makes it even more personal.

And as you know, my mom had Alzheimer’s and died.  That’s why what you and Max did together on-screen together felt so real and raw and touched so many people – especially those who have a loved one going through this now, or that has passed.

MAURICE:  Yeah, it’s tough. I truly believe with this Emmy win, that it is the Alzheimer’s that really pushed it over the edge because it was a real story, greatly written, everybody deals with it, including you, including me, and you just can’t help but have a feeling about it.  You know, if I have a reel that shows me as Sonny yelling at people, beating people up, it’s not going to give you the impact.

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Was it weird coming to the stage and doing a pre-taped Emmy acceptance speech knowing that everybody else that was nominated had to do one too?

MAURICE:  Well, thank, God I didn’t have to do it in front of actors; I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it.  It’s weird, right?  I knew I had to adjust.  When I’ve won before, it’s in front of a lot of people, or semi-in front in a lot of people.  So, with this year, your energy is different.  So, you can’t act in a speech like that, because then it would seem kind of over the top, maybe.  So, I just made a speech that I thought would work for what I was doing; which is kind of acting because I didn’t want to come out and say, “Oh, my God!  I can’t believe it!”  So, I said, “Okay, I’ll thank the actors, I’ll thank Frank, and I’ll make it about Alzheimer’s.”

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I know some fans on social media jumped on the comment you made within the speech about ‘being the star of the show’ and you did tweet out that you went to Genie Francis (Laura, GH) to make sure there were no ruffled feathers there.

MAURICE:  I went to Genie because I thought, I don’t want her to take what I said personally, and she’s like, “What are you talking about?”  Sometimes I respond to a negative comment on Twitter with an emoji which can incite people.  So, I decided, “I’m not going to do that anymore. No more responding.”  Like I always say, you want to be loved and you want to be hated.  You just want to be loved a little more. So, I stopped with the child’s play.  I’m cool with it.

It seemed that things got twisted up, because you had related in the speech, that Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came over to you and said you have to do the storyline, because you are the star of the show, when you were overcome in the screen-test with Max Gail. 

MAURICE:  Sometimes people love to change the narrative.  If you watch everything … they say what I said, but they don’t say that I also said ‘Alzheimer’s’ was the star, but I’ll take the hit.

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I recently posted a clip of my interview with Cynthia Watros from the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys saying how she is so thrilled and honored to work with you.  How is it working with Cynthia?

MAURICE:  Let me tell you about Cynthia, and this is just my experience because I don’t know her that well.  We hadn’t worked together before. First of all, we tend to overlook, because of her character and the story, or whatnot, is that she is a real actress.  Let’s not forget that, I know she did Lost, and I didn’t watch her on another soap.  I know from working with her.  She can act She makes adjustments, and she listens, and I’m really happy to be working with her.  She is just stuck in a circumstance that is not her fault, but you know what, like I said today I think on Twitter to somebody, ‘but wait’.  I’ve been working this last month doing some scenes with her, and when you see that, there’s a little bit of magic in there!  I’m not saying it’s the greatest thing in the world, I’m just saying there’s a little magic!

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Have you liked being “Mike “and not having Sonny’s memory because it opened up the story?

MAURICE:  I know people think this story is my idea, like I needed a break or something.  It has nothing to do with me needing a break.  They came to me and said they were going to do this story.  I said, “Let’s do this!”  I’ve been enjoying this.  It’s a different energy.  The energy that Sonny has is dark.  It’s like in third gear.  Mike is like in first gear, calm, relaxed, happy.

You’re just realizing that now?

MAURICE:  (Laughs) Well, I guess until you’ve gone somewhere else you really don’t know.  Often times, when I do movies and other projects, it’s often the same kind of energy that Sonny has. I’ve never played a character like “Mike” where it’s a whole other feeling!

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Is it more challenging to play a character like Mike?

MAURICE:  No, easier!  Sonny can be difficult to play.  But guess what?  The audience – at least my fans – they don’t care how happy I am or whatever, they are screaming “Go back to fricken Sonny!”  I like that in a way, but I didn’t know that it was going to be this vocal from people.  It’s not that they hate Mike, they just want Sonny, and Cynthia is put in a tough situation because of her history in that character.

So, now everyone saw last week that Jason and Carly have decided they have to get married for the sake of the business with Sonny believed-to-be-dead.  What did you think when you heard that they were going in that direction with the story?

MAURICE:  Well, I was the last one to know.  I didn’t know they were going to get married until I heard about it in the makeup room.  I think the first thing I thought of was … we are all going to be having some great scenes coming up, like, “Alright.  Let’s rock and roll!  Let’s do it!  I’ll get into this character of Sonny when called upon.”  It might be and dark and the whole thing, but once I’m in there, I’m fine.

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It would seem if Carly and Jason do actually get married, it’s not going to be an easy road to reconciliation for Carly and Sonny down the line.

MAURICE:  No.  I would say not.  The thing about Sonny is that it’s what Sonny does best, or what I do playing him best, is betrayal.  So, for him, this is not a good thing.  I would assume he’s just going to go, “What the…” and all hell is going to break loose.

Sonny’s body washed ashore and he was very much alive, while the search and rescue mission quickly became a recovery.  Once again, law enforcement in Port Charles isn’t very good! (Laughs)

MAURICE:  So, there you go.  It’s going to be a bigger fight.  It’s going to be a great fight when Sonny does return.

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Fans are predicting that Jason and Carly are going to be at the altar, and Sonny is going to walk in alive and well with his memory back to the nuptials!

MAURICE:  Well, however it goes, I would say, just let them just watch the fireworks as they unfold.

But you’re enjoying this story?

MAURICE:  I’m cool, man.  I will say this, I’m glad that I have been given this last month playing Mike, and the Nixon Falls story.   I don’t know how much more we have ahead.  I just know that what we’ve taped has been really cool, and I’m glad that they gave me that.

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I know that the coronavirus pandemic and its isolation was rough for you.  What can you share, and how did you find your way out of a downward spiral?

MAURICE:  Yeah, Covid was just one of those things where I was hit with a lot of different things all at once, which was …  GH shutting down production, my book tour not being in New York (although the book ended up probably doing better because of the pandemic, which was interesting) … my mom and dad moved out …  and I thought it was the end of the world.  We all did at some point, and it all hit me with a rush of anxiety that I had never felt before in my entire life, and it was four months of terror … way too long. I was shaking like a leaf, not sleeping, it was tough.  What I tell people is that when you go through these things, it will pass.  I know, for me, four months was too long, but it did pass.  You’re better because of it.  You can take one of either two roads.  You can get worse, and you can say, “I’m a victim, I’m a victim,” or you can take the other road and say, “I’m stronger now.  Look at what I’ve been through,” and then, look at what happens … a year and a half later, look at what my life is.  I have a pond here at home, and I used to run around this pond crying my eyes out, every morning crying, like I couldn’t do it anymore, and a year later, I walk around the pond like it’s the greatest thing in the world, but that’s what this is, this mental health.  You can think you can’t go on, but then it rewards you with a better life.

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I was going to say, that’s pretty profound.  When you were going through the four months, did you think you were going to come out of it okay?

MAURICE:  No,   I’m going to be honest.  I finally got on Lexapro after three months.  If Lexapro didn’t work, I can’t say positively what would have happened.  It gradually made me feel better.  Like I have said, if GH had called me a month before, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the storyline.  It would have been the end.  I wouldn’t have been able to go back to work, because I was in that state of mind.  So, they called at the right time.  I went back to work and I was on Lexapro.  The thing about Lexapro is – and we always tell people to get professional help. There are a lot of people like me, and I’ve got to say, first you get professional help because you’re on the brink of whatever.  So the first five days of taking Lexapro, you feel worse than you did just before you started taking it, and that is scary because you’re like, “I can’t take this.  This is horrible,” and then I stayed on it.  It got gradually better, and just a month and a half ago or so, I weaned myself off.

How are you feeling now?

MAURICE:  Oh, let me tell you, the day that I weaned off, was a Thursday, and I wasn’t going to take it, and I was on my bed, and I felt the greatest I felt maybe, ever.  Now, I’m not saying people should go off it, whatever, because I was on it for like 8 months or something, but it saved my life like lithium for my bipolar disorder, and that’s an amazing thing that these pills could do.  What happened with me with the pandemic is that I had never really taken anything for anxiety.  I had only taken lithium, and I’d been on lithium for 30 years, but for anxiety, I never wanted to take anything, but if you’re bad, if you’re like (you know those gears I’ve been talking about) in 4th and I was like in 5th gear, you’d better get some help, man, because you can’t get off it on your own.

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I want to conclude checking in on your dad, Humberto.  When did you learn he had Alzheimer’s, and how is he doing now?  

MAURICE: It’s been a while since I found out.  I didn’t really want to talk about it, and then I did something in People magazine with the book, and I asked him if I could talk about it, and he said “yeah”.  So, it gave me the green light, and that was maybe 10 months ago.  He’s actually doing good.  It’s slowly kind of happening but that is how the disease works.  This has been a really great conversation, man!

So, what do you think will happen with Sonny aka “Mike”? Will he return to Port Charles before Carly and Jason tie the knot?  Have you been watching Maurice’s State of Mind series, and has it helped you with any of your mental health issues or concerns? Were you happy that Maurice took home the gold this year for his portrayal in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Shares Her Emotions & Reactions On Her Second Daytime Emmy Win for Lead Actress

Last Friday night on CBS broadcast of the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) took home the gold in the hotly contested Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  This marks Jacqui’s second win.

MacInnes Wood’s performance in Steffy’s opioid addiction storyline, that aired in 2020, was the ticket to victory for the talented young actress and new mom to her second son, Lenix.

As viewers saw, the Emmy telecast was pre-recorded including all the nominees taping acceptances speeches ahead of air; with the winner being revealed for the very first time on the broadcast.

 

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Jacqui post-Emmys, to find out how she felt about her speech, her emotions at having her name called for the second time in her career, and how she felt Steffy’s addiction storyline resonated with so many people at home, and obviously, the Emmy voters.  Here’s what she had to say …

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What was it like for you to do have to pre-tape your acceptance speech?  Yours, actually came off very in-the-moment, because you kind of stumbled over a word, but it seemed like you were very excited.

JACQUELINE:  Yeah!  I was very excited.  Of course, it is strange to do it that way.  I am very grateful that I was up to my nose in The Bold and the Beautiful scenes and dialogues in the week and the days before, that whole week.  I wasn’t sitting around going, “I’m going to rehearse this in the mirror.”  I just wanted it to be very heartfelt and real.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t like last time – I truly was not expecting it the first time I won.  I think that this time I wanted to be mindful of who to thank and talk about the story, which was so important to bring up opioid addiction, and I really wanted to thank Brad Bell (executive producer and executive producer, B&B) for giving me this story, and allowing me to tell it, because it was such an important message to tell.  Even though this year’s Daytime Emmys were shot differently, I was still nervous. I was so excited to get on a stage. Last year, we were on a Zoom, so it was nice to be able to do this on a stage again.

So where were you on Emmy night?  Were you watching the broadcast at home?  

JACQUELINE:  I was at home, and I was with my friends and my family.  To be honest, it was such a fun way to do it.  Even though it was so wild the way that we shot it – they do this on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Sometimes they’ll do it live, but everyone has their acceptance speech.  I was just happy during the Emmy taping day to be dressed up, wearing high heels, and to be with my cast, Then, I got to celebrate watching it with my friends and family.  It was so cool to find out in that moment, then afterwards we ended up going out.  We went to Ronn Moss’ (Ex-Ridge, B&B) house for a party, where Ronn was performing, and it was great to be with some of the cast and have everybody together.  So, we danced the night away, and it was so much fun.  I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Of course, if we had been able to be at the Daytime Emmys that way would have been great, but it was nice to be able to go, “Okay, I can celebrate in my casual clothes, and dance, and not be uncomfortable.”

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Were your children, Rise and newborn Lenix, with you watching when their mom won her second Daytime Emmy?

JACQUELINE:  My children were with me, and we celebrated together, and of course they don’t really understand what is going on, but they just saw all of us jumping around.  I probably scared my 4-month-old.  My mom ended up watching them.  Then, we all went out.  So, it was a good night.

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Did you have an inkling that you were a frontrunner to take home the gold as Lead Actress for your work in Steffy’s opioid addiction storyline?

JACQUELINE:  Were there times when I thought I could win?  I wasn’t sure, but I knew what we did was very special.  The first time I won, I was very proud of myself knowing I had to do all of these long scenes, but I was not expecting to win.  This time, I thought there was a possibility, and I wouldn’t say that it’s all because of me.  I know it’s cliché, but honestly those days when we were filming, you could just feel the energy.  Everyone brought it.  We do film so quickly, and some performances are great, and some of them aren’t, whether it’s because you don’t sleep that night, you don’t know your dialogue that well, you don’t understand why your character is doing a certain thing, but you’re trying to figure it out.  When we were filming these scenes, I thought it was just such an important story to tell, and I felt like everyone gave it 110%.  I looked at everyone, and I knew we were all connected, and even though it was such a heavy storyline, there was something so magical those days and those weeks of filming.  I was so proud of everyone, and it wasn’t something that was like, “Here I am forcing myself to cry,” I was like, “I am just going to be in this scene and really tell this story that millions of people have gone through.” When I watched back those scenes after they initially aired, it was not only about the cast, but it was just how the audio had been added, how the directing was done (since we had to be six feet away from each other because of Covid-19 protocols) which made it all come to life.

Did you think when you came into this medium that you wind up being a two-time Daytime Emmy-winner?  Was it something that you aspired to have?

JACQUELINE:  I think yes and no.  I can’t sit there and say, “No, I didn’t.”  I have goals for myself, and you want to manifest some things, so I wanted to visualize that one day.  I’m in this industry, and I want to do the work, and I eventually wanted to have the Emmy one day, absolutely.  I’d be lying if I said, “I just want to go with the flow, and if I get an award, great.”  No.  I definitely thought about it and said, “Okay, this is something that I do want one day. I didn’t think I’d have two!  I just wanted an award, one day.  So, I think that’s amazing in itself, but I am very honored.

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So, during the Lead Actress nominee package during the Daytime Emmy broadcast, they showed the gut-wrenching clips of yours, where Steffy admits in front of Ridge, Liam and Finn, “I’m addicted.  I’m addicted.  I have a problem.”  Do you remember performing those scenes?

JACQUELINE:  You know, you remember it sometimes as if you’re out of your body. In that moment, I remember being so in my body, but in a good way.  To say those words, to finally realize how heavy – even in talking to you right now – my body feels heavy.  I felt the weight of what Steffy was finally admitting. It broke Steffy, and it broke me.  I’ve never been in that position, but I did my research, and I looked up people who have suffered from addiction and the families, and to look over at Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and see the heartbreak in his eyes, in Ridge’s eyes, to see what Steffy was doing to other people – she realizes in that moment, “Oh, my God. I am addicted.”  Looking back at those scenes, there is just so much truth in them, and for so many people who have been there.  It just breaks my heart that people have to go through this every day.  People sent me messages from all over the place, it was amazing.  I couldn’t believe the number of direct messages they sent me on my Instagram.  It was pretty incredible.

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Your performance just felt so raw and real, which is why I think it registered with people who have been in that situation, and for the peer vote for the Emmy.  Whenever I talk to other actors about what they look for in judging other performers work, they always say they look for the truth. They don’t want to see a false note delivered in a performance.

JACQUELINE:  Absolutely.  For sure.  That’s why I’m so proud of everyone in the scenes because they all gave that.  It wasn’t like you look over at a cast member and went, “Oh, what’s my line?”  We were there.  It just gave me goosebumps.  It isn’t just my award.  It was everybody’s award.  When you get to really feel like you’re really alive in these scenes, living in those scenes, it’s such an incredible feeling. After this win, I am just riding the wave right now and really just enjoying it.

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Well, I’ll finish on this last question: How do you rate our Emmy photo together this year? (Laughs) We have well-documented our issues taking a decent photo together; usually because we break up laughing trying to take one.

JACQUELINE: (Laughs) I mean, okay … I am happy that we had those LED bars of light.  We have to have LED lighting around us 24/7.  So, I’ll give it a 9.5 rating   Moving forward, we need indoor, 3-4 LED lights, and we’ll be good.  Now that I have two Emmys, I’m going to be asking for that lighting moving forward … now that I’ve turned into a diva. (Laughs)

Share your congratulations to Jacqui via the comment section below … and let us know your thoughts on her winning her second Daytime Emmy – this time for Steffy’s powerful opioid addiction storyline.  But first, check out our red carpet interview with more with the eventual Lead Actress Emmy winner.

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