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The Sharon Case Interview – The Young and the Restless

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Oh, what a tangled web we weave Sharon Newman, and look where it has gotten you this week on The Young and the Restless … in jail!  Fans of the number-one soap have witnessed a change in the character of the beloved heroine, Sharon Newman, over recent months!  She has turned into an over-the-top vengeful woman tired of being kicked around by the Newman clan.  So what’s a gal to do?  Well, she decided to fight back and try to claim the family biz!  Only Sharon doesn’t execute that too well, and it seems like all of her plans go up in smoke!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) to get her take on the direction the last Y&R writing regime took her character, and where the new regime plans to take her.  Plus, are Nick and Sharon still the end game?  Will Shick fans be jumping over the moon soon?  Or, is another man going to enter or re-enter Sharon’s orbit?   Having just been a key component to Y&R’s 10,000th episode milestone, Case looks at the storyline, and all of Sharon’s machinations in it, where once again, everyone believed Victor Newman was “dead” … but in true Y&R fashion, he was indeed alive!  And speaking of Ole Vic, Sharon Case expresses her thoughts on the attempt at the Shicktor pairing that clearly went south in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere … and that is putting it mildly.

And while much can be said, and all ready has, about the recent Twitter controversy involving Case and her co-star, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Sharon points out the good side of the social media platform that enables her to reach out and talk to fans worldwide, and more importantly, to get to know them.  And, with so many changes now behind-the-scenes of Y&R, including the casting of her on-screen son with yet another actor, and the show getting a huge push from the network and Sony, Sharon reveals that she believes the future is brighter, now more than ever, for the residents of Genoa City.

MICHAEL:

What do you think about where they have taken your character of Sharon?  She is so off the rails and at times such a bitch.  I call this whole thing the “Sharon debacle!” (Laughs) Or better put, perhaps a character assassinationBut in a way, you could justify her recent behavior and say Sharon deserves to try to get payback from the Newmans for how they have all mistreated her over the years!

SHARON:

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

I just laughed, and I love it!  There were a couple of scenes I shot with Joshua Morrow (Nick) that were in the boardroom.  He said, “Sharon, when I read these scenes, I know you, and I know your sense of comedy.  I couldn’t wait to watch you do these scenes, because I know you are going to be so funny.”  And then when we were shooting the recent funeral, Joshua said, “Oh, my Gosh!  This is going to be one of the best and funniest scenes ever shot in the history of The Young and the Restless.”   So I said to Joshua, “You know how we always joke that we would like to do the fun, different, or comedic version of The Young and the Restless?  Well, this is it!  This is the dialog that we have always wished our characters could say, or thought would be funny if our characters would get to say.  Now I am actually getting to do that, because this is the direction they have taken my character.”   Joshua then goes, “I know!”  We think it’s fun and different.  I like playing Sharon that way.  The writers that we have right now have a storyline coming up that they are going to explain Sharon’s behavior, so all will work out fine.  They have a good plan.  But for years, I have wanted to play this version of Sharon, and even more so, and more than that! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

It seems like the culmination of all the crap the Newmans have put her through, but Sharon is clearly so out of control!

SHARON:

She is out of control! Yes, you could explain that as her motives, that the Newman’s have done a lot of bad things to her, and she is getting them back.  And she is looking, in whatever way, to get her power back, and she has it justified in her mind.  The result is the dialog is fun, and the things she is doing are fun and out of the box, and I really like it.

MICHAEL:

What did you think when they had written, Sharon “cremates” Victor’s body?

SHARON:

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(Laughs) When she realized the body in the morgue was not Victor’s she says to herself out loud, “Oh well!  Victor must have planned this and faked his own death. And for some reason he wants people to think he is dead!”  So she goes along with it and thinks, “Well, I better cremate this body so nobody finds out that is not Victor.”  So she thinks this is Victor’s plan!  She initially thought when she was going to the morgue that Victor was dead.  Then, when she looked at the body and realized Victor wasn’t dead, she said to herself, “Oh, my gosh. You faked your own death! Why do you want people to think you’re dead?  I don’t know why you do, but whatever reason I will go along with it.”  And then she goes down the aisle to get married to Tucker, but for her, she is playing that Victor is dead and going along with his story.  She can’t tell Tucker the truth.  So when he says, “Marry me,” Sharon first thinks she can’t do that.  But then she rethinks it, and comes up with: if Tucker’s name is connected to hers they could really do well by the stock price and stabilize Newman, because when the word gets out that Victor is dead, it’s going to destabilize Newman even more.  So she thinks if she marries Tucker that can fix things until it all unravels.  Sharon did not know how it was all going to unravel, because she did not know what Victor’s ultimate plan was.

MICHAEL:

New Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith, in a recent interview with TV Guide, previewed that they have a plan to take Sharon Newman all the way down to a complete nervous breakdown … but that it will also reset the character, and perhaps, have her come back from the brink.

SHARON:

Yeah!  She has had breakdowns many times, but there is more coming.  Hopefully this will reset her, but we shall see! (Laughs)  I have not read it all yet in the scripts.

MICHAEL:

Courtesy/CBS

You and Joshua Morrow are now playing a different beat of your long-suffering star-crossed lover’s story!  Sharon and Nick are currently hating each other on the show!

SHARON:

Yeah, right now they are hating each other, but when they hate each other, it’s really out of love, because I think they love each other.

MICHAEL:

Do you think there is a possibility that Shick will get back together in the end!

SHARON:

Oh, absolutely!  They are a super couple! Of course, they will end up together in the end!

MICHAEL:

But there is a tease out there that there could be a man, or a brand new man, that will help Sharon out of this dark hole she has dug herself into.

SHARON:

You think there is a brand new man?

MICHAEL:

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Well, how is she going to get healed?  It always seems some “Knight in Shining Armor” rescues the beautiful damsel in distress, for a period of time, and then that goes belly up!  (Laughs)

SHARON:

Well, we shall see.  You know the writers have told me that we are not playing the storyline that men help Sharon, or that Sharon needs men.  I am glad.  I did not like that.   I thought it was stupid, and the audience never liked it.  I don’t know why every writing regime that has come along felt the need to play that Sharon needs to be weak and she needed to depend on a man, because that never went over well with the audience!  So why do we keep writing that?  It was ridiculous!  I was constantly playing against it and crossing out lines here and there in the script to take that element out of it.  It’s not entertaining to watch someone like that, and the writers now have told me we are getting away from that.

MICHAEL:

What are your thoughts on the regime change over at Y&R?  Having former GH Emmy-winning EP, Jill Farren Phelps at the helm, and Josh Griffith coming back in as head scribe?

SHARON:

I think that we have a really good formula going on right now with the plans that Sony and CBS have, along with our new team.  They have a formula and a plan in place to make The Young and the Restless successful in its ratings, and to continue to make it have a very long run for at least the next ten years, or God knows, maybe more.  That is what I am really excited about … that everyone is in the same boat and on the team with one vision and one plan to take the show in the direction it needs to for its own survival and longevity.  That’s what I think the entire cast is now excited about.  We are living in a world right now where long running shows are going off the air.  We have had this threat over our heads of  “What if we are next?”   So instead of having to live like that, now we have a team of executives from both studios who are 100% behind the show. Instead of there being a looming threat, now there is a promise and a plan that they have in mind to work with the writers to take this show to where it needs to go.  I think that is good news.

MICHAEL:

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Y&R just celebrated its 10,000th episode.   You have appeared in how many of those, do you think?  Did you ever think you would be on a soap for this long?

SHARON:

I have been on Y&R for 18 ½ years, so probably under half of those episodes I have appeared on.  In the early days and years I thought about, “What if I am playing this role forever?  How do I continue to make the role interesting for that many years?”  And then I realized, that the way you do it is that the writers write so many different things for your character.  When you’ve gone through all these different types of storylines it is almost like playing different kinds of characters, because you go through different jags and romances during that character’s life and point of view.  On a soap opera you get to really try everything as an actor, such as: mental breakdowns, marriage and divorces, and kleptomania.  You have really played almost every single thing there is to play, from the highest drama of losing a child, and becoming a mother.  I have gone through every single story that could ever be told for an actor.  I think I have played them all now.  I never thought I would get to do that!  And, when I was growing up and I decided to be an actress, I certainly did not think I would end up getting to play all this.

MICHAEL:

Sharon and Victor are finally, for all intent and purposes, done as a couple in any way, shape, or form.  Right?

SHARON:

Oh, yes!  That did not go over well.  I had a feeling it wasn’t going to, because when we did that storyline the year before with the prison wedding, it didn’t go over well then.  So when it came back up, I was saying, “Hey. I don’t think this is going to be a good idea,” simply because the fans didn’t like it, and the fans need to be behind what we do.  We are a fan-driven medium.

MICHAEL:

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Fans were clearly not happy or amused with this coupling.  And, I believe that is what you were saying when you were trying to explain in the retweet you sent out on Twitter regarding the negative fan response to the Shicktor pairing.   Is that true?

SHARON:

I was retweeting what the fans were saying, that is what retweet is for.  To give someone else’s voice … a louder voice.  People will ask you to retweet their favorite charity or their birthday, something, and you are trying to put their voice into a louder speaker.  So that is important to listen to what the fans say.  I have always come from that point of view, but there have been other people who I have worked with that don’t have that point of view.  And that is, what the fans want to see is not as important as what they want.  In this medium, the fans should and do have a say.  I knew when we were doing this storyline that it was not going to go over, because we had done it a year before with the prison wedding.  And even that, I was not sure was going to go over, and it didn’t.  And so this second go round, I was shocked that it came around again, and that we were going to attempt it again, because the fans blew up my Twitter page.  They let me know that they did not like it.

MICHAEL:

You have a new Noah, once again!  Your new on-screen son is being played by Robert Adamson, formerly of Hollywood Heights!  How is working with Robert? And do you see the SORASing of Noah and Summer a way to add a new wrinkle to the on-going Sharon/Nick/Phyllis triangle?

SHARON:

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

I have always liked the Sharon/Nick/Phyllis triangle, and I like the Nick/Sharon/Adam triangle, too.  They are all good things and we should play all of them, as they all provide really good dynamics.  As far as Robert, he is a good kid.  So we will see what the audience thinks, and how they like him.  Then, we have a new Summer too, and again we will see how the audience likes that and how they have aged the characters.  So I think we have to see how that works.  They are both terrific actors.  It’s just when you age a character, it’s kind of tricky to see how that will work within the context of the other characters, and the storylines of the show.   I have met and worked with Robert a few times, but I have not worked with Hunter Haley King yet, who is playing Summer.

MICHAEL:

There have been some heavy-duty cast cuts on Y&R recently that sent a lot of big name soap actresses packing their bags.  You, however, look to be sticking around for some time to come.  What has it been like for you, with the fans of the show, who have stuck by your portrayal of Sharon no matter what situation she inevitably finds herself in?

SHARON:

When I was on The Talk to promote the 10,000th episode, I wanted to give a shout out to my Twitter peeps, because everything went so fast up there on the panel discussion with the hosts.  I wanted to give a shout out to:  Kathy@makeupdetective, @SharonCaseFan, and then there is Nicole.  We just talk, and I love them.  They are so great.  They talk about the storyline a lot, and whatever comes up in the news.  We talk about my boyfriend and their husbands. We talk about my Pomp jewelry line, and when I have new stuff that comes out.  They are just so cute.  Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R) was the one who first got me involved on Twitter.  I was so afraid to get involved at the beginning. But then, I ended up meeting all these really nice people.  They are smart and funny, and I laugh out loud a lot sitting at my desk chatting with them.  They call you out on your stuff too, because they get to know you after a while, and it is fun.  Recently, I was walking down the street and a girl came up to me and said, “Sharon, I follow you on Twitter.”  And I asked her name, and she said, “Morgan,” and I said, “Oh my God, Morgan!  I recognize your face now!”  So yeah, I wanted to give a shout out to all my favorite gals, and Frank too!

MICHAEL:

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

So, what did you think of the content of Y&R’s 10,000th episode?   Many fans have been underwhelmed by it, but they also know there is big, big stuff ahead for Sharon!

SHARON:

I thought the 9999th and 10,000th were both great, and one is the set up to the other.  But I think the 9999th episode was the more fun one with lots of activity.  The 10,000th episode was more classic Y&R, and a wrap-up of what these 10,000 episodes have meant.  It was sort of about Nikki and Victor, and their classic relationship.  We tried to get a way from the camp in the big 10,000th episode.  But what I can say is, the next few weeks of air shows are going to be a very exciting time to tune-in!

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randy
randy

terriffic interview micheal.
loved it and love sharon case.
i really hope josh goes with the sharon and adam pairing,there was so much unfinished bussiness there,,
if the writers are going into sharons phyc,
then a good part of the unraveling would be her love for the man that stole her child….it could also ignite the nick sharon adam triangle again..

Chrissy
Chrissy

I LOVE SHARON!!!! I love her with Nick best BUT LOVE Adam wanting her! I DON”T like the fake no chemistry at all Chelsea! It is boring !!!!!! I have watched for 30 years and I am personaliy sick of Victor and Nikki! Period! Thanks Michael!

Carol
Carol

Actually, I can’t stand Sharon!!! I wish that she would stop putting herself in “Slutt” situation’s! She’s a little too old for the whole thing!

bill
bill

I agree! I love Sharon! She is my favorite character on the show! I can’t believe how anyone could ever talk bad about this wonderful actress and character ever!

charles
charles

Sharon has chemistry with everyone. She is a fantastic actress! She has this fantastic energy thanks for the interview Michael! Sharon Case has done the best job this year with her outstanding acting! Way to go!!!!!!! I hope she gets the recognition and an award she deserves.

charles
charles

I love Sharon! PLEASE Michael don’t let people call Sharon names like this Carol person did! It is disgusting and it is gross to see nuts do this to such a wonderful actress. Thanks I loved the interview

MORGAN FARANTINO-CLARK.
MORGAN FARANTINO-CLARK.

i llove sharon cates,and sharon NEWMAN too…

great interview again by MICHAEL FAIRMAN,always have the best IMO media interviews.

great blog.and i adore her with nick newman,BEST and i think what is force is the phyllis nick stuff BORING. and repetitive,too contrive,and i think adam and sharon yes have a lot of chemistry,and i think Nick and her have overall
the BEST DAYTIME chemistry,in history with a few others not too many in the younger age bracket meaning who were born prior to early 70s. they are so beautiful together,and real intense chem,her and nick,so i want a reunion
but not yet.

I agree, chelsea and adam seem as nick and phyllis force but i m liking her being married to adam,so far anyhow lol

from morgan farantino-clark

bill
bill

Sharon besides from the Drucilla Winters day’s has had people interested in Young and The Restless no mater what they say! As for Shelia Carter WOW and OH MY GOD! Can there get any better than the true KIm Brown as Shelia! Those were the day’s my friends! Sharon needs to be back in a hot steamy romance! When I saw Victor and Nikki kiss the other day I had my lunch in my throught! We get it! We do not NEED to see our grandparents kiss !

charles
charles

I agree! Besides from Sharon Drucilla is totally off the hook fantastic! Ashley is a great actress also! Those are the three tops in Y&R . The old days were Jill and Kay.

charles
charles

Sorry YES I forgot Shelia was awesome also big time

kay/kay
kay/kay

I do not think Sharon Case had dam thing to do with the destruction of the character Carol and it will take a miracle to bring it back this character is all over the map brain tumor, mental breakdown, duel personality how do we get out of this dilema if you want to fire an actress MAB do it do not destroy her to us viewers so that we are in pain to watch. as my sister would say she deserves an emmy for having to do love scenes with EB & SN one 30 yrs older the other 20 plus and fans or not fans calling her the mattress. Please!

RUBY C.
RUBY C.

sharon case ever leaves i will leave and never watch this show again!!!!!!!!!!!11

Derrick
Derrick

Great interview!

charles
charles

I agree Kay/Kay Sharon had everything to do with telling them it would NEVER work with fans in the start with her with Victor but MAB and Brandeon aka Victor did it any way and Sharon did such a great job. She is a true team player

peaches
peaches

I hope they do something with Sharon’s voice. It appears to be dull and boring; she talks monotone. Not an interesting sound pitch like Phyllis, Nikki, Chanceller and Avery. The rest of the women voices are pleasant, and they don’t sound flat like Sharon’s voice.

Please give Eden a more interesting role. She is just there and get her memory by for goodness sakes!!!

Please end this Paul episode it has been drawn out too long that it has become a boring segment.

bill
bill

Sharon has a wonderful voice! Nikki is like a baby voice and Chelsea squeeks like a mouse it hurts my ears and Omg Kyle! Can we talk???? Did anyone ever see the episode of Bobby Brady changes from The Brady Bunch LOL LOL LOL

charles
charles

Peaches , Sharon Case has a beautiful voice! Chelsea and Kyle have strange voices not Sharon

shoozeyque
shoozeyque

Of course, sharon’s voice doesn’t sound like Phyllis’ voice. Phyllis screams bloody murder at everybody all the time, flinging her arms up and down and backwards. she is a mad woman.

Doe
Doe

Hey,Michael.I’m so glad you have this great interview with Sharon. She definitely is not anything like her role as Sharon Newman. I never liked the Victor-Sharon storyIine . It was distasteful to me in so many ways. Age difference for one, and having Sharon a Newman every ten minutes. So, I assume from your interview that she is probably going to some kind of rehab, again. After all, she stole items from Lauren’s shop, etc. But, I auppose this will all lead to a story that she had no control over all the crazy things she has done. I’m really not liking Nick and Sharon getting back together in the future either. I do think the writers have exhausted alot of the same stories, though. I’m still a long time fan though, no matter what!….

Chrissy
Chrissy

Sharon Case is a awesome person in real life so far out of all of them only Christian LB can come pair to how loving and pure she is

bill
bill

Sharon Case didn’t want the Victor pairing BUT Maria Bell and Eric who play’s Victor did! So unfair to Sharon BUT Emmy #2 is in her future she made it work! You go girl! 🙂

Cindy
Cindy

Love this quote from Sharon: “They (Shick) are a super couple! Of course, they will end up together in the end!” I want Sharon and Nick back together ASAP. Wonderful interview 😀

Kevin
Kevin

Me 2!! SHICK to the end!!

Gosh! I am truly one of those fans, who “has stuck by the character, regardless of storyline”. I love the Sharon character, and Sharon Case as an actress.

Look, I was the first to go crazy this past July, when Maria Bell was fired, but truthfully, I await with such eager anticipation for the episodes that begin next Friday, October 12. I can’t wait to go on this journey of transformation of the Sharon character, and to experience the healing.

charles
charles

I agree Sharon and Nick are perfect as a hot couple! Phyllis NEVER worked with Nick and Adam and Chelsea are just aweful and have no spark at all!

ethel
ethel

michael as usual great interview!! ♥

Michael
Michael

This was a great interview Michael. Sharon Case has really taken the shizz that former head writer Maria Bell gave her and turned it into gold. I know Sharon really hated the storyline that Maria gave her and that apparently Sharon and Maria did not get along at all and one point, Maria threatened to fire Sharon and replace her with an actress who’ll act out the lines that she writes for the role of Sharon Collins Newman Abbott Newman Newman (I’m sure there’s another marriage in there somewhere).

But kudos on the great interview.

Barb
Barb

I hope they put Nick & Sharon back together. They are like Nikki & Victor, they belong together. Sharon & Nick have always been my favourite couple. Hope they don’t put her back with Adam. Adam is great wth Chelsie (sp?). Can’t imagine any women going back to a man who stole her baby.

Kevin
Kevin

Agree! “Shick” seems so much at ease, not forced, fits like ring on finger, vs. forced, lust-filled, and desperate like “Phick”. JMO!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Sharon went back to Adam not once but twice after knowing he had taken her baby. Then she dumped him when she found out he helped Patty to escape from Fairview. What???? So I agree it makes no sense in the real world but this is soap land where obviously characters just don’t make decisions based on what normal folks would do. I’m still waiting for a Nikki Adam pairing, it would make as much sense as the Sharon Victor pairing.

Deborah FL
Deborah FL

Why, is Adam hanging around with Sharon again?. That guy is mysterious.He is not surporting Chelsie at all.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Good classy interview, classy questions you are the best Michael!

Mary SF
Mary SF

The interview sounded a bit contrived to me, with Ms Case saying pretty much what Sony would want her to say, and not what she really felt. I think she knows where her bread is buttered. As for the character Sharon, the only thing I hope is they come to an understanding who Sharon is and what makes her tick and write storylines for her that make sense to who the character is and her history.

Matt
Matt

great interview

Akim
Akim

I really hope Sharon & Adam get back together and are endgame! They are golden together. Nick belongs with Phyllis.

Wanda
Wanda

Can’t stand Nick and Sharon!!!!! Please go in a different direction. Also, take Phyllis back to the strong person that she was. She had grown…told it like it was and is Let her redeem herself!!

cr
cr

I agree with wanda with it comes to phyllis character.

Stella
Stella

all this SHICK shit ruined Phyllis! put SHICK back together so I can FF them and save my soap time for the real stars of the show!

Saundra
Saundra

I am so in agreement with you.

Barb
Barb

Hope they get Sharon & Nick back together. I think they belong together like Nikki & Victor. Hard to believe her going back to Adam. Not many women would go back to the person who stole their baby. Great interview.

Another Barb
Another Barb

Another Barb agrees

sweetzles
sweetzles

Still hoping for a Shadam reunion. I truly believe that they belong together.

Pam
Pam

Thank you Michael for this great interview! I loved what she said about Sharon and Nick! I really hope they’re going back together, they were the only reason why I was watching Young and the restless. I haven’t watched the show ever since Sharon went to NOLA and started making out w/ Adam.

Kevin
Kevin

Agree, Pam!

Althea
Althea

Was once a fan of Shick but prefer Sharon with Adam. IMO the fit plus the chemistry is there. I am very happy no more Sharon and Victor. They need to share less screen time forever.

Stella
Stella

Sharon Case is as delusional as her character! there is no “in the end” or endgame on soaps, there is CANCELLED!

Sharon and Nick are as toxic as Three Mile Island and have been from the get go!

When does Sharon (the character) start taking care of herself? when does she pull up her big girl panties and take ownership of her asinine life! What a waste of woman!

Sarah
Sarah

Great interview! Loved reading SC’s thoughts. Shick do belong together and I hope they are reunited one day.

Laurie
Laurie

Shick do belong together.

Brittany
Brittany

Shick are awesome together! It’s time to reunite them and let Sharon finally heal.

Saundra
Saundra

Obviously there are SHIC fans on this blog. I respect your choice but disagree totally. For Sharon to declare that Shick will end up together in the end – I am hoping it will NOT be in my lifetime. They are soooo yesterday news. to a lot of us. She has also insulted other male characters she has partnered with especiallly Adam.

carl
carl

No Sharon NEVER insulted anyone! You need your facts! The entire tweet thing was not her saying anything negative but it WAS certain cast members commenting and other friends and fans telling Case she was great and put up with A lot! She re tweeted the nice compliments she recieved that’s ALL she did! It was relayed back to EB in the wrong way and he acted like a child calling Sharon names and another person a Bastard! EB also needed his facts before he judged Case and got his facts straight!

Kasey
Kasey

Just love, love, love Sharon Case! She is the reason I’ve watched this show for the past 18 years and the show just would not be the same without her character “Sharon”. I agree with what Josh Morrow has said publicly more than once now: Nick and Sharon belong together. Period. They are the next super couple to reunite, a la Victor and Nikki, as they truly deserve to be happy together again. Phick only ruined Nick and they remain the most forced and mismatched pair in Y&R history, IMO. Shadam? Please. The destruction of the real Sharon Collins Newman began when they tried to force feed us that Sharon would EVER choose her baby’s kidnapper over the best interests of said baby. Not a chance. Shadam was as sick as Shictor! Clearly MAB tried to deliberately destroy “Sharon”, but I’m so thrilled that Ms. Case’s fans won out and it was MAB who got fired instead. Lol! MAB didn’t know how much the Sharon character – the one Bill Bell Sr. created – is beloved. Even Sony and CBS could see MAB was ruining the show, not just Sharon. Long live Sharon and Nick – the real end game couple.

Great, great interview Michael, as always. 🙂

Beam
Beam

I agree Nick and Sharon will and should be end game, Joshua and Sharon both have said that Nick and Sharon belong together and I agree Nick and Sharon are a younger versus of Victor and Nikki

Wanda
Wanda

Nick and Sharon are so boring! I can’t stand the everyone loving and up-holding the Shareho!! I would LOVE to see Nick grow up!!! When you really truly love someone, you may not like what they have done but you stick by them and defend them to the end. Phyllis’ sister and husband did not! However, Ronan did. He put all he had on the line for her. Now, that is love, I would love for Nick to have the tables turned on Nick and have him treated the way he treats the women in his life. Let him get a good dose of “its all about me”.

bill
bill

SHARON better be back on top in love with Nick or Adam! I am so tired of them making a fool of my favorite actress on daytime TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jared
Jared

What an articulate, classy, beautiful actress! Well done.

Chaz
Chaz

After years of watching the character of Sharon mope and droop like a wet rag I was actually enjoying Sharon “the bitch”. The sarcastic delivery of her lines was a hoot. For the first time the character had backbone and a tough crap attitude. Hopefully, Sharon will not be “rescued” by a man, not Nick nor Adam nor a new one. The character needs to retain some of the ballsy attitude and build a life for herself outside the Newman orbit, both personally & professionally.

CT
CT

Ms Case fails to ever mention Stephen Nichols.
She is not bowling me over by pandering to the same old same old group of twittering egos.

manD
manD

what do you mean by “She is not bowling me over by pandering to the same old same old group of twittering egos.” ?

CT
CT

Frankly, the Newman men and Sharon are eternal re runs rather than moving on nor growth.

Shick for me is not an end game unless you mean end this program already and cancel!!!!

Nick is a judgmental creep. He feels a sense of entitlement to all and superiority. In reality, he takes as much as anyone, feigns morality as he cheats more than most, exchanges wives on a dime, and expects everything to be his.
He is the worst because he is quick to judge and never accept how bad a human being he himself is or how much of a ego maniac. Guess it runs in the Newman clan but its boring and a bad re run.

Mr Nichols added something fresh and a venue toward walking from the Newman’s finally and establishing something different. Sticking with the same old makes this character less vital and more well, tedious.

KB
KB

I so agree with you CT about Stephen Nichols. What a fantastic actor. I really enjoy his work. He proves it playing Tucker who is a total complicated man, Tucker is not mr. goody two shoes, nor is he totally evil. I don’t know if this is true, but rumor has it that Adam will turn bad again and end up going back to Sharon. Hopefully Tucker will go on into a new good storyline and a new romance soon.

olivia
olivia

jealous, much ? lol

SugarDumpling
SugarDumpling

Nice interview. Yes, some of the responses were very tactful but does anyone really expect her to risk saying something that could be misinterpreted by fans?? I think it’s called having class! In any case (no pun intended), it’s a new regime so why not just turn the page and start out fresh sans negativity?
I hope the writers put Sharon with NO ONE for awhile and let the character find her way back to stability, repair her relationship with her KIDS and her Mother Doris.
People can argue all day long about who they want Sharon to be with but it is up to the writers to tell the story and hopefully it will be a good one.
Just don’t set women back 50 years by reuniting her with the psycho who stole Faith from her arms. This is not the 80s where such things can be overlooked, it’s 2012 and that would be ridiculous to anyone with a sense of humanity. Please just no Adam.

carl
carl

Well Erick B had no problem calling Sharon names and another friend of mine a bastard ! I think Case is 100% classy all the way all the time1 I can NOT say the same for EB aka Victor !

olivia
olivia

oh please, it is a soap where characters always do bad things to each other then another storyline and new writers come and all is forgotten, nothing new..if the characters have chemistry, at least we can enjoy them on-screen, the storylines will always be quite..how to say..over the top ! Blame the writers, they are the one who chose to write the horrible things done by the characters after all.

charles
charles

I agree Phyllis and Nick do not belong together at all

i like phyllis and ronan hot couple
i like phyllis and ronan hot couple

love phyllis and ronan together they make a hot couple. hope they are together for a while. hope to see victor well back on his feet fighting jack to get his company back.

Deborah FL
Deborah FL

Agree with Ronan and Phyllis.

olivia
olivia

Cute interview, i hope she is right and the Sharon character doesn’t need some rescue..and by the way she is totally right about the ‘damsel in distress’ being over done and outdated, for us young women it is offensive actually, far worse than the ‘evil’ soap guys who do ‘bad things’. Strong women who can give as much as they get is the way to make us watch no matter if the love interest is a ‘bad boy’ or a ‘good guy’ by the way we want grey, flawed, more real characters, male or female..the ‘hero’ ‘villain’ or damsel, vixen/bitch is for Disney or at least another era..the manicheen storytelling is OVER and ridiculous for the demos target, get it daytime soaps ?!!

Deborah FL
Deborah FL

I love the scene with Nick and Avery,They are really hot.!

Starr
Starr

I’ve been watching Y&R since the Brooks were the main family in Genoa City.

When it comes to couples:
I prefer Nick with Phyllis or Nick with Avery. I prefer Adam with Chelsea. I prefer Phyllis with Nick or with Ronan, although she was good with Jack while it lasted… however I am really not interested in seeing Phyllis & Jack back together.

Just as I’m not interested in seeing Nick & Sharon back together again… Or even seeing Sharon & Jack back together.

Getting people back together is too overdone. Nicki & Victor need to make this reunion last forever this time.. breaking them up and getting them back together has grown tiresome.

Nick & Sharon together are boring. Adam and Sharon are boring. Sharon needs to move on in her life with someone new & permanently or needs to learn how to make it on her own like Mary Tyler Moore in her show did. Or pair Sharon up with someone totally different personality wise from the Newman men or from Tucker.

I’d like to see Kevin, Eden, Chloe, Abby, Carmine, Summer, Fen, Kyle & Noah with more interesting story lines, as this is after all, called The Young and the Restless.

If it’s true that you are going to listen to the fans then you really need to listen to all of the fans and not just a handful. It’s too bad you let Debbi Morgan/Harmony go cause I loved her on All my Children and on Charmed.

Katherine
Katherine

I would Love to see Adam and Sharon get back together, I think they could still make it interesting if they were together, As far as Chelsea and Adam, I hate it, Sorry but Adam and Sharon belong together..It’s stupid every time they start to get back together the writers make it to where they don’t, It really makes me not like to watch the show and making Sharon always having problems gets a little old, I’m sorry I love the show but, They need to make it more interesting for the viewers..I watch it hoping that Adam and Sharon get back together that is my main reason for watching…They are the best part of the show to my Opinion . I’m sure you get the picture…lol

Angel
Angel

I wish so called fans would lay off Sharon Case, the person and concentrate on the character she plays, Sharon Collins/ Newman..I love Sharon Case, she’s my favorite actress. I think the writer will once again write another triangle, Sharon, Nick and the new man that will rescue Sharon Newman once again, isn’t that why we watch this awful never ending predictable story lines…Let Victor’s character retires somewhere, tired of seeing his old mean self.

Days Of Our Lives

NATAS President, Adam Sharp Talks On Daytime Emmy Review Findings & Plans For Change To Competition Process

In the aftermath of the letter that was sent to NATAS from daytime drama executives and producers demanding immediate change to the Daytime Emmys contest procedures, guidelines, or they would boycott participating in the upcoming 46th Annual competition, earlier today NATAS and its new president, Adam Sharp, released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations levied against the academy and its annual competition.

After the full findings came to light , seemed to address most of the concerns raised by the four network soaps, Michael Fairman TV spoke with Adam Sharp to dive into what the reports means for change and evolution of the Daytime Emmys, and if it can resolve the issues so that General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of our Lives will come to the table and participate in the only kudofest honoring excellence in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes for daytime programming,

Here’s what Adam had to say about the key points addressed in our conversation below.

Transparency was a key issue noted by the soap producers in their concerns levied against NATAS.   One of the points centered around if NATAS had prior knowledge of the winners before the opening of the envelopes at the ceremony and the integrity of the contest.  What can you detail what the investigation found?

ADAM:  On the matter of whether anyone had prior knowledge to the winners, the reports clearly state that there is no evidence to support that. To the concern raised on the arm’s length distance necessary between us and the accountants we use to tally the votes, again there is no evidence to suggest that there was anything short of what you would expect of the standards of the competition. What it did find was that there were processes that either by virtue of generosity and us trying to be helpful when they asked, or by a lack of documentation to make people aware of policies and procedures, that created the appearance of unfairness, or unbalance in the process that may have been completely unintentional.  For example, the report noted that we did not have a published procedure for appealing decisions or filing any concerns or complains.  Some of this started because of one entrant in a digital category that raised concerns, and it was certainly elevated when the four soaps sent their letter, but without a published procedure, you’re really putting the onus on the entrants to know who to call and how to bring their concern.  So, that creates a system where there’s an imbalance because someone who doesn’t know who to call, doesn’t get the same hearing.  Likewise, if someone has made a mistake or technical error in their entry, and they happen to have entered the process early, and we catch it, we, in the past, have gone back to people and said, “Hey, I don’t think you intended to do this.  Would you like to resubmit?”  But if someone is entering at 11:59:59 on deadline night, they won’t necessarily have that.  Again, completely unintentional, but it could be argued that it created an imbalance or bias in the process, and the report made that clear.  For those types of things, we are going to crack down and be more consistent about our policies.  I told Brent and David that it’s going to mean saying no a lot more often in terms of giving waivers and extensions, and the types of things that we have done in the past to help people along. It is going to mean being more transparent and public about what our policies and procedures are so that every entrant has the equal set of knowledge to work from.

Courtesy/NATAS

Does this mean a demotion for David Michaels, Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards?

ADAM:  Absolutely not.  That’s something that I want to put a very strong pin in right here.  David led the 2018 Daytime Emmys to record participation and a growing audience.  This new resourcing of the team allows him to be more singularly focused on doubling down on that success for 2019.  The Daytime Emmys are the only entertainment award show to have posted year-over-year audience growth from 2017 to 2018, and more than 30% increase in the number of entries.  The report rightly noticed that we did not do enough administratively to scale to that growth and to bring the resources to manage that added audience, and that added interest from competitors.  So, now we are going to make sure that David and Brent Stanton (Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards) each have the support and focus they need to be successful.

When the letter from various soap producers pointed out a “conflict of interest” for having the executive producer of the Daytime Emmys ceremony also be the awards administrator, many were wondering how that would shake out, or how NATAS planned to deal with this complaint.

ADAM:  Obviously, “conflict of interest” is a legal term of course, but I think that what the reports found was that it was not a conflict of interest.  It was a conflict of time, and many of the more specific errors that were raised in the report, as I said to David, occurred in the 25th hour of the day.  So, that is where it was really a resourcing problem, and a lack of procedure and policy problem.  The lack of resourcing created the environment for something to go wrong, and the lack of policy and procedure created an ad hoc nature for how we address those problems and made that ad hoc response open to questions because there was no prior documentation that this was how these things should be handled.  So, hopefully we have addressed each of these areas going into 2019, and that gives us a chance at a fresh start with the community.

 

Courtesy/NATAS

In response to the internal investigation findings, you mentioned you would bring additional resources to the Daytime Emmys, additional help in the operations, and you would add a “second pair of eyes”.  Would you potentially let people know who is in those positions that would be working with David Michaels and Brent Stanton?

ADAM:  Yes, so we are absolutely at a minimum committed to adding one full time position, and a handful of part time positions for that initial vetting process of the competition; that review of entries to make sure they meet the technical requirements, rules, and guidelines of their categories.  Now, in the past, there would be one individual, one set of eyes conducting that review, but now, we are modifying our policies such that before any adverse decision is made, such as disqualifying an entry, a second pair of eyes review it and give their independent assessment of the technical criteria and qualifications of the entry, so that there can be more confidence that multiple perspectives were employed before making any decision that could have an adverse effect on an entry.

Could a daytime drama actor participate and submit their work on n their own without the show being a part of it, if let’s say, the soaps won’t participate as a whole? And on that note, what would be the plans moving forward for the Daytime Emmys if the soaps decide not to participate in the competition?

ADAM:  If an actor or actress wishes to enter on their own with their soap still not participating: our rules permit anyone to enter independent of their program.  So, there is not a requirement that a show participate for an individual performer on that show to participate.  That said, they need to have the actual material to submit, and certainly a performer on that show is not necessarily the owner of that show and the owner of that content.  So, the question of whether they would have the necessary access to and rights to the video material to submit, that would be a question to the show producers as to what they would allow of that. In terms of the Daytime Emmy ceremonies moving forward without the soaps, the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and hopefully, it won’t come to that.  We have had constructive conversations with each of the broadcast soaps and believe our response and support goes a long way to addressing their concerns.  So, we are looking forward to having them.  Of course, they have a number of colleagues in digital drama, children’s programming, gameshows, and the rest of daytime television that we still expect to have a robust program at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys in May of 2019.

You had mentioned that when you saw the results of the report that you felt it was very thorough, and you felt it pointed out things that needed to be fixed.

ADAM:  Yes, the report was exceedingly thorough and fair.  It delivered criticism where criticism was due, and there were a number of areas where we should have and must do better in the management of the Daytime Emmys and our other awards competitions.  I think the report certainly examined every issue that had been raised by members of the Daytime community and then some.  It allowed us to think about what actions we can take as a team to address each of those points.  I don’t think any awards show in our space has ever undertaken such an in-depth introspection of their procedures, yet alone made it public.  So, hopefully we are a trend-setter here.

The report indicates that NATAS will work more closely with the Television Academy (ATAS).  That seems to always be a point of contention.  How do you see yourself improving participation with them to engage that academy in more of the process?

ADAM:  So, the relationship between the two academies has strengthened incredibly in the past year, largely through the leadership of our respective chairman, Terry O’Reilly, the chairman of NATAS, who was elected earlier this summer and Hayma Washington at the Television Academy.  Obviously, they are going to have a new election soon as Hayma is retiring from the role.  So, we can continue that momentum into 2019.  What we note in our response to the report, was that one element of concern raised in the letter from the four soap producers was the mix of Television Academy members on our judging panels, and we want to be responsive to that.  We are prepared to make Television Academy membership a much higher priority in our consideration of judges for these panels, but obviously accessing that membership and engaging that membership requires a deeper partnership with the Television Academy, and we will see to that.

You are starting the call for entries on Monday, November 12th.  If the daytime dramas don’t participate within the timeframe you’ve given, do you see yourself adjusting the timeframe for the soaps if they were to say, “We want to work somethings out before we commit,” or are you just going to move forward if they are not participating in the deadlines you’ve set?

ADAM:  Our deadlines are going to be rather firm for all entrants.  We have a show date set for May and a process that moves backward from there in terms of the time that is needed.  Certainly, the fact that we have added additional review steps and procedures makes that timeline even more critical.  So, we are not going to be in a position to be extending extensions really to anyone.  In fact, the report specifically discourages granting extensions to anyone because that could create the appearance of unfairness that some types of entries get more time than other types of entries.  We welcome everyone, and if by the entry deadline there are particular genres, programs, or individuals that choose not to participate, we will miss them, hope they attend the show in May, and hope we can reengage them for 2020.

If the soaps did not participate in the 46th annual Daytime Emmys, but decided to come back later, it is my understanding that there would just be one drama category whereby web series and daytime soaps would be competing together in that.  Is that potentially what could happen?

ADAM:  I don’t want to go too many branches down off a tree of ‘what if’s,’ but our policies and guidelines do allow that if a category does not have a sufficient number of participants to be competitive, then that category can be eliminated or merged with another category or have its entries moved into another category for the competition.  So, we will look at all of the categories once we have the entries to see which ones remain viable and which ones do not.  Certainly, the fact that we do have digital drama categories gives us a place to contribute to have a drama competition regardless of what mix of entries we have.  I suspect that once you combine those, it becomes very difficult to uncombine them in the future, but obviously the call to entries is revisited every year, so, I can’t think of any long-term prognostications beyond 2019.

Since you are relatively new to your position with NATAS, you probably weren’t expecting that the producers that signed the letter demanding that change and issues be addressed in regard to the Daytime Emmys or they would boycott, would be something you would be dealing with off the bat.  How did you feel about it?

ADAM:  Well, I’m obviously rather new to the role.  My first day as interim president was the day after the Daytime Emmy show this year.  I was only named the permanent president last week.  It was certainly a trial by fire.  I would not say that I had enough history with the daytime drama community to have any expectation one way or another, and I think that is also true of our chairman, Terry O’Reilly, who came into office on July 1st.  That said, in a world of looking for silver linings, I think it gave us an opportunity for a blank slate and a fresh start.  By the community raising these concerns to our attention, and allowing us to conduct this deep review and make it public and be responsive to the issues they raised, it gives us a lot more opportunity to strengthen that relationship in 2019 than if a lot of these concerns had just continued to deteriorate and be whispered about at various cocktail parties, but never really spoken up and therefore, never really addressed.  So, while it was a painful process and there were parts of this report that were difficult to read, I think it gave us the opportunity to start from scratch and to put some of that history behind us.

So, do you think NATAS has addressed the concerns of the daytime dramas? What did you think of the points raised by Adam Sharp in this interview? Do you hope the Emmys will continue as usual with all four network soaps participating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Eileen Davidson Farewell Y&R Interview: From Her Exit Storyline, To Her Co-Stars, And Her Decision To Leave

In a candid and heartfelt conversation, The Young and the Restless exiting Daytime Emmy-winning star, Eileen Davidson sat down with Michael Fairman to discuss her decision to exit the series after playing Ashley Abbott on and off since 1982.

Eileen’s final episodes are now airing on the CBS daytime drama series.  Just how will it end for Ashley?  How will she leave the canvas?  How sad will be her goodbyes?  Y&R fans are counting down now to just a few more airshows that feature Eileen.

During this interview for the Michael Fairman Channel, Eileen clarified many points that the audience has wanted to know about or come to understand, in particular, what led to her making the decision to call it quits, and would she ever return and how would she feel if the series recast her role.

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In regard to what went into her decision to depart Genoa City, Eileen expressed: “It’s something I gave a lot of thought to.  Not something you can just go, ‘Gee, this week I want to leave!’  I was really thinking about it for over a year ago.  I talked it over with my husband and he was very supported of me.  My son is in high school and my stepson had left the nest and it had gone by so quickly.  I was like, ‘Wait! What happened?’  I was spending a lot of time in my car commuting; like two hours a day, and a lot of time in my dressing room, because our days are longer here than they used to be, and a myriad of reasons went into it.  It was not just one simple thing.  It was actually a whole bunch of reasons.  Even though I won the Emmy (Eileen won Lead Actress back in April of this year) I had pretty much decided long before then.  (Winning the Emmy) That was like “Oh, my God!”  That actually made me feel my timing was really right … I get this incredible nod right before I’m leaving.”

The emotional part of leaving the place she has called her home away from home for Davidson is saying goodbye to her beloved co-stars including; her on-screen big brother, Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott).  As Y&R viewers know, over the years Jack and Ashley’s relationship, and Bergman and Davidson, have shared plenty of screen-time together.  Eileen also gives a very special thanks to the fans who have supported her through the years and who have followed Ashley’s journey.

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Davidson expressed on her final storyline revolving the “Blood Abbott” clause and how it all ties up, “It’s such a great way to go.  It’s so awesome how this whole thing comes up, and you realize how being an Abbott has affected her to her core.”

Now below watch Eileen’s farewell interview filled with clips from her performances and time on Y&R, and more heartfelt topics of conversation.

Then in the comment section below; tell us what you have thought of Ashley’s exit storyline?  What do you hope happens for Ashley? What was your favorite part of this interview and the sentiments shared by Eileen?  

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General Hospital

Genie Francis Talks On Her Return To GH, Fans Outcry Of Support & Her All-Time Favorite Storylines

On Tuesday, Genie Francis participated in a Satellite Media Tour with television stations and press outlets around the U.S. chatting it up on her return to her iconic role of Laura on ABC’s General Hospital.

Francis, who quickly wrapped-up her run after she was taken off-contract with the show back in January of this year, saw her and Laura exit Port Charles swiftly in a story-move that felt stilted to the audience.

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After a huge outpouring of support on social media, GH fans cried foul on the play and wanted one of the series mainstays of all-time back where she belonged.

Francis elaborate it on that in our interview on seeing the show of support: “I couldn’t believe how long it went on and how big it was.  I think part of that was it looked like they were finally giving me a story with the major storyline, and then they yanked it so quickly, and I think people felt cheated.”

GH listened and brought Genie back to the canvas with a new storyline that puts her front and center on the series, as Laura is unaware that her husband Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is locked up in Ferncliff, while his evil twin Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has taken his place. Now Laura is reeling from the strange behaviors being exhibited by her “husband”. Will she figure it out in time? Will she run for mayor again?

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During her conversation with Michael Fairman TV and the Michael Fairman Channel, Genie touched on what she knew was going to be happening for Laura when she came to the show: “I knew we were going to start with the Ryan beat, which I thought was great. Everyone loves a good sociopath (laughs) and Jon (Lindstrom) is a wonderful actor.  It makes for an exciting story!”

Genie goes on to say that she is: “Just happy to have story, because it’s awfully boring to just be hanging around. I don’t want to be window-dressing. If it came to that, I think I might just leave.”

As to if Laura has a vendetta against Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) who for all intent and purposes murdered her son, Nikolas, Genie weighed-in: “She absolutely has a vendetta. I think right now, Laura who has the biggest heart and is kind of like the heroine of the show in many ways –  but this is the one person on the planet who she truly hates, and it would be interesting if she had to go through the exercise of forgiving him, but I also like that there is that one place where we can see all of that negativity and evil come out. I like that Laura has a dark side.  I really like that.”

Courtesy/ABC

To find out some of Genie’s all-time favorite storylines and least favorite storylines and more on her return watch the video below and make sure to subscribe to The Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming interviews.

What do you think about Genie’s return to GH thus far and the sentiments shared in this interview? Comment below.

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