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THIS WEEK On Y&R: Skeletons Will Be Dug Up! Can Phyllis Escape The Wrath of Ricky?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The clock is ticking for Phyllis Summers Newman (Michelle Stafford) on this week’s The Young and the Restless as the most explosive secret from her past is about to be revealed thanks to a skeleton seeking Ricky Williams (Peter Porte)!

The man who is out for revenge on Phyllis has already found Dr. Tim Reid and it goes further from there, as he learns that Phyllis ran down Cricket years ago in a case that has never been solved!

Watch this week’s CBS promo for Y&R after the jump as Phyllis is clearly in danger from Ricky and her past!  And then let us know, are you enjoying the story?  Are you into Peter Porte as Ricky? And, do you hope Phyllis pays for her crime?

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Yes, i’m loving the show at the moment. Ricky is a great villain. There is so much suspense what I haven’t really seen since the days of Kimberly Brown…the forever lasting war between Victor and Jack is always entertaining thanks to the amazing actors EB & PB. But still on piece is missing…Victoria Rowell and I’m really sad to see Eileen go away 🙁

Phillis deserves what ever bad happens to her it’s a long time comming.

Looks like she’s gonna lose the baby. Now, I am wondering – even though we know Daisy will be leaving – could it be that Daisy kills Ricky and Phyllis gets convicted. Then, the truth comes out and Daisy gets carted off.

I don’t think she could be tried for the hit & run….statute of limitations. But, the story coming out would make for a mess in her life.

I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS STORYLINE! THE SUSPENSE IS ABSOLUTELY THRILLING TO WATCH! I can’t wait for today’s show!! I loved Phyllis’ bat-shit crazy ways from way back in the day and am LOVING the flashbacks and seeing her in all of her conniving, plotting, beautifully dangerous, manipulating glory! The spooky look she gave Avery at the end of Friday’s show had me at the edge of my seat!! Whatever happens to Phyllis, you can be sure that Michelle Stafford is going to be at the top of her game and BRINGING IT!! She is my favorite on the show and the writers are giving them all some very juicy material! Kudos to everyone involved and THANK YOU for reminding everyone why Young and the Restless is the NUMBER ONE show in daytime!!!

I hope she pays for everything.

I love phyllis first of all and on I hope she does not pay for her crime it been a long time and she is not the same person she was back then and you can not see who the person that was driving the car a no i hate part of this storyline because she can not portect from ricky or daisy. I wish he went after other people beside phyllis and can not wait to see what paul is going to do with his son same go with his sister.

sorry but phyllis is the same conniving witch she has always been – i hope she pays dearly……………

If they wanted to bring up something from her past, I’m surprised they haven’t brought up the fact that she killed Sasha.

I’d probably be interested in this storyline if I actually thought that Phyllis was going to suffer some long-term repercussions of some sort.

But Phyllis (like Victor) is the type of character who can do whatever she wants and get away it and is forgiven in a eerily short of amount of time for whatever she did.

I guarantee that by the time Christmas comes around, Phyllis will be sitting in front of the Christmas tree, smiling, with Nick and Summer by her side. And this storyline will be a distant memory.

Hey David why should anything be different Kevin tried to fry Collen and nothing happened she even became friends with him!!! And who killed Hightower wasn’t it Adam. Nikki is running around town after she killed Dianne, but yet Sharon sleeping with Billy is BAD CHARACTER! Stupid!!!

I have to say I have never REALLY liked Phyllis, I mean there were moments I did not hate her (she was cute at her first wedding to Nick), but now that she is being bullied by Ricky, I DO like her. I hate bullying and that is endearing the character to me. I loved the flashbacks. I love anything retro and that was a very nice treat.

Peter Porte is doing such a good job as Ricky. He is so creepy it is good. I hope they play this well and do not kill him off. Hopefully he will just run his course and join his equally crazy mama in the mental facility and then come back some day.

I would not say that Y&R is firing on ALL cylinders right now, but it has a few going and this is one storyline that is firing.

First of all the tick tock/w Victor has nothing to do with this. Second she is probably going to lose the baby & she will be the victim. Third the best part is creepy Ricky & what a find he is just like his Crazy Mom who was great . Fourth probably Daisy is going to be toast and Ricky will set Phyllis up. Please keep Ricky around a while he is the only new & exciting thing about this show the only reason I even watch it anymore. It will boil down to Michael having to prosecute and little Sis defending her that is where I think they are going.

OMG – it’s one story, people – the show in a whole is STILL a mess – a plot-driven overstuffed mess!

No doubt MAB and her writing hacks will drop the ball on this one, like they have on every story since their reign of terror started years ago – sorry, I’m not excited….

With all due respect; why are you watching it, then? Do yourself a favor and quit putting yourself through the “terror”. Sheesh!

Hard to give up a habit you’ve had since the summer of 1981…

As a loyal viewer for that many years, I feel I can speak out when something is wrong and this show has been in crisis mode for quite awhile. One highly anticipated storyline cannot detract from the offal being shoveled at us on a daily basis: Unnecessary SORAS’ing of characters that don’t need to be SORAS’ed; messing with timelines in a most hideous way (still don’t buy the “Daisy & Ryder are Kevin’s siblings” BS; terrible new characters; stunt casting; etc., etc.

I could go on but the ratings speak for themselves – nearly 1 million viewers have tuned out since Nikki’s special Christmas episode. Nobody’s stopping you from getting excited, so get excited.

Us loyal and faithful viewers know damn well that this slurry being smeared by Maria Arena Bell and her co-hacks is NOT the “Y & R” I know it can and should be – perhaps with some real writers who can develop character-driven stories I/O connect-the-dot plot-driven tales nobody is interested in – again, check the ratings.

Bart, I agree with you. The show is still unwatcable and in need of direction. I haven’t watched Y&R in two months and I love the show. But it is too much!

I love it too, and when I see what a mess it is, I feel the need to speak out – too many characters, no interesting stories, characters being aged for no reason other than to move Maria Arena Bell’s plot-driven heavy-handed and uninteresting tales.

It’s awful and it’s gonna get worse – I can sit here and tell you exactly what will happen: Another bad “whodunnit” with a jillion red herrings and no payoff for either the viewers or the ratings!!

Hey one story does not a soap make MAB has been like a wrecking ball and I will tell you all the actors phone it in, sorry my sister does high school plays better then most of this acting I called her after last weeks episodes and we laughed how stupid the plots etc are and the acting. I would start putting in resumes if they can find a job and Eileen Davidson be happy this nightmare is over.

Way to dig on our favorite actors, kay! Sorry, but I’m not going to put my faith in a high school actress when it comes to judging professional actors. No offense to her, but let’s be real, shall we? Your comment was not only uninformed, but it was insulting to those actors who give their best for the sake of us, each day. Shame on you! You know nothing about what these talented individuals (behind and in front of the camera) do each day. Take your negativity and shove it!

I love Phyllis – Michelle Stafford ROCKS IT !!
As for Ricky ..he`s dastardly – bad as his mama….
It`s inevitable that Phyllis` crimes would come home to roost,But I`ll feel really bad if she loses her baby.

I do not want her to lose the baby. I want her and Nick to be happy. I also think that Daisy will be “killed” cause crazy never dies. And that Ricky will use that tape he made today to frame Phyllis. But what I really can not wait for is the flashbacks. You know there coming and I for one can not wait. My other prediction is….Christine will get pregnant by Danny and then we could have a baby switch. Unlike GH where that SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED….this one could be good

Loving Y&R!!!!!

I have only watched Y&R for a few years , but I’m familiar with some of the past stories. Some of the fans really dislike Phyllis and want her to pay for her misdeeds. My take on this is that Michele Stafford is such a phenomenal actress, she makes me feel sympathy for Phyllis no matter what she’s done! That is a rare talent. Peter Porte is also doing a fabulous job as creepy Ricky!

What’s this? Positivity? Gratitude? Weird! Loved your comments…. too bad we don’t see more posts like this.

Hi Kalamaty,

I think there is negativity, because I am sure a lot of us have watched this show for decades and know how great it was and can be. Some of the choices lately have been a bit wild. Maybe MAB feels this willl attract more viewers. But, based on the current ratings, it is not. They are losing the viewers they’ve had for years. This is generally a friendly site, we just don’t want to see Y&R follow the trail of GL, ATWT, AMC & OLTL. It can happen.

Phyllis has been though enough. Love her and Nick. Everyone is too quick to criticize her. That is water under the bridge. She has matured. Would like to see Ricky and Daisy pay. Get rid of both. Sainted Sharon makes me sick – strutting around like she belonged at the wedding. Hope the writer’s have the guts to keep Phyllis and Nick together and show their strength and maturity as Mrs. C put it in the marriage ceremony.


Y&R’s Colleen Zenk on the Flipside of Aunt Jordan Tormenting Nikki: “My Relationship with Melody Thomas Scott Has Just been Incredible Since I Got Here”

Viewers of The Young and the Restless were left in disbelief with the arrival of Aunt Jordan, who schemed to have recovering alcoholic, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) kidnapped with an IV drip of booze flowing through her veins (and that’s just for starters).

When As the World Turns favorite Colleen Zenk was cast on Y&R, to portray the revenge-filled Aunt Jordan, the top-rated soap got a bit of a spring back into its step.  Zenk spoke this week with CBS San Francisco affiliate KPIX on her return to daytime and how she is getting along with the cast and crew at the CBS daytime drama.

In speaking with KPIX anchor, Gianna Franco, Colleen expressed: “Tthe fact that they welcomed me with such open arms and love, it really freed me up, because of how they received me and made me feel incredibly welcome, and not just the cast. I mean, the entire production, the crew, the staff, the directors, the writers … everybody from the top down.”

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Hard to believe, but as Colleen shared, throughout her years in daytime she had never spoken with Y&R’s iconic star, Melody Thomas Scott, who she now has a budding on-screen rivalry with. Things have certainly changed.

Colleen added, “My relationship with Melody Thomas Scott has just been incredible since I got here.  She and I had never had a conversation before until the day I walked on the set. It’s just been fabulous. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying that.”

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And walk in she did! Zenk shared that her casting had been kept top-secret at the show. No one really knew she was on the call sheet or the cast list at the time. To keep it mum, Colleen revealed, “My name was not anywhere. They did not have “Colleen Zenk” in print. So, when I finally did show up on November 17th (on-air) it was shock.”

Check out the segment where Colleen speaks on her Y&R adventure thus far below.

Are you looking forward to seeing … Nikki get her revenge on Aunt Jordan for all she put her through? More scenes between Colleen and Melody?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Matt Bomer Reveals More On Why He Turned Down ‘Barbie’ Role as a Ken

Guiding Light alum Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade) is currently receiving rave reviews for his performance in Showtime’s Fellow Travelers and the motion picture Maestro.

However, on the December 6th episode of The Tonight Show, Bomer revealed more intel on why he decided to pass on an opportunity to appear in the summer blockbuster Barbie. Matt was in heavy consideration to play a Ken in Greta Gerwig’s smash hit starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie.

The in-demand star told Jimmy Fallon,”I had some projects in development, and I wasn’t sure if they were gonna happen or when they were gonna happen. So, I auditioned. I mean, I dressed up like Malibu Ken. I dressed up like Business Suit Ken. I had like four different looks going on. I have pictures of this.” Bomer shared that, “he really got into it.”

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In the end, the timing just wasn’t right for Bomer who shares three sons with his husband, Simon Halls.  Matt expressed, “I was talking with Greta, I was looking forward to doing it and then the things in development came to fruition, and I would have been away from my family for a year, which was just too much time away.”

As for how the cast shook out for Barbie, Bomer gave a thumbs up, “I think they made a perfect movie, and it was cast perfectly.”

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Bomer does not regret his decision because in the end he “got to do Fellow Travelers and Maestro and spend time with my family.” In Fellow Travelers, Matt stars in what he deemed on The Tonight Show as ‘the gay The Way We Were.”  Bomer plays opposite Jonathan Bailey in the series.  In Maestro, Bomer plays clarinettist David Oppenheim, who was one of Leonard Bernstein’s lovers.

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On Guiding Light, daytime soap fans remember that Bomer played Ben Reade for two years from 2001-2003. The character was revealed to be a male prostitute and a serial killer before his death. Matt had told the producers before he exited, “Just throw the kitchen sink at me, and they did.”

Watch Matt’s segment on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below.  Now let us know, do you wish he would have played a Ken in the Barbie movie? Have you caught his performances in ‘Fellow Travelers’ and soon Maestro?  What do you recall about his work as GL’s troubled Ben Reade? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Ellen Holly, Groundbreaking Actress of ‘One Life to Live’, Passes Away at 92

Ellen Holly, who portrayed Carla Gray on ABC’s One Life to Live, had died at the age of 92.  Her death was confirmed by her cousin Grant Shipp via his Facebook page. The groundbreaking actress passed away on December 5th.

Holly appeared on One Life from October 1968 through December 1980, and from May 1983 through December 1985.  In his post, Shipp related of Holly, “She was a pioneer in daytime television. Starring on One Life to live for 20 years. Playing Lawrence Fishburns mother on the show. She appeared in several movies, and performed on stage with the greatest black actors of her generation. Sidney Poitier, Harry Beafonte, Cicely Tyson, Robert Hooks, James Earl Jones to name a few. You had One Life to Live and it was amazing Life. You were simply one of the best. Now you know the secret. God rest your soul.”

Following several theatre roles, Holly came to One Life to Live and took on the role of Carla Benari. Secretly, she was born Clara Gray, and eventually went by the name of Carla Gray. Agnes Nixon, iconic creator of the soap opera, wanted to tell an important social issue of the times, when in story, Carla was passing herself as white, in order to get a job. This was also an issue Holly faced in real-life and shared publicly in an essay she wrote for the New York Times, “How Black Do You Have To Be?”

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In story for the first five months, the audience thought Carla was white. However, in a landmark moment, Carla came face-to-face with her mother, Sadie (Lillian Hayman) who was a housekeeper. Her mother felt she betrayed her race. Carla was embroiled in an interracial relationship with a white doctor, Jim Craig (Nat Polen), who was her boss at the hospital. Caral also was involved with another resident Prince who was Black. After breaking it off with Jim, Carla came clean about her race.

Eventually, Holly would star opposite Daytime Emmy-winner, Al Freeman Jr., and the love story of Carla and Ed Hall, became a fan favorite in the soaps earlier years.  The couple adopted a teenaged son, Joshua played by now motion picture star, Laurence Fishburne. When Ed and Carla’s relationship fell apart, she eventually remarried Dr. Jack Scott played by Arthur Burghardt.

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Holly said in a 1979 interview with Ebony magazine, “There are enormous stretches in this country where they don’t know anything about Black people…Our viewers tend to regard us as neighbors. People at the supermarket, total strangers, will throw their arms around you and treat you as a neighbor…My mother on the show has been a domestic and is now head of the housekeeping staff at the hospital; my ex-husband on the show is a policeman, and Arthur [Burghardt] plays a brilliant heart surgeon…I think we’ve opened up our viewers’ heads a little bit more to the variety that exists in the Black race. And the more that happens, the slower somebody will be — when they’re confronted with any given Black person — to jump to conclusions about who and what that person is.”

After Holly departed the show in 1980, she later returned to Llanview in 1983, at that time, Carla was now an assistant district attorney. She also was reunited with Ed Hall. Ellen last played the role in 1985.

Share your remembrances for One Life to Live’s Ellen Holly via the comment section and make sure to check out Holly speaking on the importance of her early storyline with the Television Academy below.


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