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Y&R's Chuck Pratt Jr. Interview: Head Scribe On His Plots From Doppelganger Jack, Sharon & The Cabin Murders, Flirt With Disaster and More!

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Since winter time, fans of The Young and the Restless have seen a definitive change on air with storylines created by the series latest head writer and executive producer, Chuck Pratt Jr.

The head scribe is certainly known for his own style of writing daytime and primetime television continuing dramas that either you are a fan of, or you may be not, but one thing is for sure, Pratt’s writing sure gets people talking.  Since taking the reins in Genoa City, Chuck’s stories have had viewers witnessing … a plane crash, and several other cataclysmic disasters where characters have had to fight for survival and relationships were changed, a doppelganger plot focusing on three-time Daytime Emmy winner Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), a murder storyline involving the younger generation of the town, and the long running soap is on the verge of making some apparently new couplings to shake up the canvas, and more.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Chuck Pratt Jr. to get his insights on a myriad of his story points and decisions for the beloved characters of Genoa City.  While there are always good stories and bad stories that are served up to the fans of daytime drama, it is the job of the head writers and their writing teams that seem to be the most daunting in daytime … serving up 250 or so scripts a year and trying to interweave the characters and stay true to the history of the show, while also injecting new energy and life into it.

Here’s what Pratt Jr. had to say about where he is headed with his storylines involving Victor (Eric Braeden), Jack, Sharon (Sharon Case), Kelly (Cady McClain), Michael (Christian LeBlanc), Dylan (Steve Burton), and Adam (Justin Hartley), and what he hopes to ultimately bring to the brand that is Y&R.

Since you came to Y&R and your scripts have started airing you can see your stamp on this show.  The pace has picked up, and there is more of a sense of shock and awe to the show.  This is clearly different from what people may have been expecting, or those perhaps wanting to see a return to their old classic Y&R.

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CHUCK:  From my perspective, I can’t sit and try to please a network, a studio, and nine writers that have been here for decades, and try to please all these other people.  You have to come in to a show and look at all the characters and the actors, and go, “I am here for one reason, and one reason only … to service the audience.”   I want them to like it, and I want to like it.  I can’t write it if I don’t enjoy it.  There might be some discrepancies I might come up with, and a story that people don’t want to play in reference to the actors.  And to the audience, “I am doing this for you and if you don’t like something, I’m sorry, but this guy in the audience did like it.” You just don’t know.  That’s about numbers and ratings, and that is what I look for just to get the undercurrent … then I look at the monitor to see if I like it.  When I first got to Y&R people were drinking coffee and having conversations, and sometimes very interesting conversations.   Now they come in and they’re red-faced and their blood pressure is up.  It’s life and death stakes, whether it be this show, All My Children, or General Hospital it’s like what I do.  I am not mob like Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and I would argue about that while I was writing at GH.  The first thing that they said to me at Y&R was “no guns,” and “don’t kill anybody!”  I said, “OK, no guns is fine.”  But, I think I had Steve Burton (Dylan) holding a gun within two weeks, and I said, “He’s just not a coffee shop kind of a guy.  He needs to hold a gun!” (Laughs)  Then he has a gun, and I said, “Now, is he going to kill Joe (Scott Elrod)?”  Because now the story interests me!

Is there a concern when you come into a show like this and inherit the legacy and the characters, and knowing it has had several different writing regimes over the last several year of, “Can I make this work?”

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CHUCK:  There is that moment where you go …’This is an awesome responsibility, and this is a huge responsibility, and this is a good responsibility, and it’s really up to me where I go from there.’  The skills they teach at West Point are what I believe are keys, which are: leadership and belief in your decisions, and believe in what you are doing, and the ability to back it up and defend it.  When someone comes at you and goes, “I don’t like that,” I go, “What don’t you like about it … and what would you rather see?”  What I try to do is to avoid that, and hope that cast members are reading the scripts and going “This is great.  I would watch this show.”  You also hope that the actors can’t wait for the next script.  So those are indicators to me that I am moving in the right direction.  I also know at some points I will be moving in the wrong direction.

You decided to give Peter Bergman (Jack) a dual role.  Something you have been known to do on your past soaps.

CHUCK:  Peter is doing an amazing job, because he is doing it subtly and he is resisting the obvious things, and he is working with me on this.  I have done a lot of “Dopplechuck” and a lot of these types of stories where there are things you can fall into.  When the two come together, which ultimately in these stories you put that off as long as you can, then we get to see in this case, Peter Bergman play against himself in scenes, which will be fun to watch.

What was your inspiration to decide to do ‘Fake Jack’ and have Victor (Eric Braeden) behind it and driving this outrageous plot against his arch-nemesis?

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CHUCK:  I brought it in when I started here.  When I was watching the show all I said was, “You know what?  Eric Braeden (Victor) and Peter Bergman are this show!”  They were important in the show that I was watching, but they are the show!”  They are not the tent poles, they are not controlling it, and I thought Peter Bergman is such a great actor, and the Victor/Jack relationship is such a great rivalry.   How do I mix that all together and give Victor what he wants?  In my mind, Victor wants everything that Jack has all the time, even if he never says it.   Eric and Peter are so good in completely different ways.  So, I thought I have to create the dark side of Jack, and so this character becomes Victor’s best friend.  There is tons of melodrama and story around it, and lots of back-story.  Who is this guy … and where is he from?  People have to find out, or not find out, and this story will go for a good period of time.

Now we know Kelly did not commit suicide, but is on the doppelganger plot with Victor.  Did you make the decision to make Cady McClain’s character of Kelly a wackadoodle?

CHUCK:   No. They were just starting that when I got here.  I said, “Keep doing that!” (Laughs)  I saw Kelly in bed with Jack before Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) came back, and I thought, “I don’t really want to watch this!”  I know Cady is such a great actress, and she always is such a myth to me in this kind of secondary role, because Phyllis was coming back.  The writers started calling me, going, “We have this crazy idea about which women is crazier!”  I said, “I love that story.  But don’t show your hand of who is crazier.”

What did you think about how your “Flirt with Disaster” storylines played out during February Sweeps?  So much disaster in one week, but not causalities!

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CHUCK:  I was happy because of the energy it created for all of us.  This is an assembly line kind of job, and when suddenly the assembly is building Porsches instead of Volkswagens everybody gets excited from it.  The production design people who are on tight budgets were allowed to go crazy and nuts.  The stories sort of rejuvenated everybody here, plus I wanted to rearrange a few pieces on the chess table.  It all started when plotting when Neil (Kristoff St. John) would get his eyesight back.  I thought it has got to be big.  We could have done six months of him pretending he could see.  By the way, that story between Devon (Bryton James) Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Neil is not going away.  It didn’t end there.  Neil can go off on this direction and that direction.  Neil can drink, not cut his hair, and a lot of stuff, but that desire for revenge is not going to go away.

All of a sudden, viewers were thrust into and witnessed the Austin (Matthew Atkinson) murder storyline, and a reveal of his back-story that never existed before, and these Scooby-Doo gang-esque cabin murders.  What was the impetus to create this? 

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CHUCK:  That was a writer looking at the character of Austin, who is this good-looking guy who is married to Summer (Hunter King), and who was told of some of the wacky good stuff about his back-story.  So, I thought that was over-the-top, and then the writers ended that, and now Austin and Summer were in this boring marriage and it’s a story about money, and he is a documentary filmmaker, and he is on once a week.  Hunter is amazing, and she is on one and a half times a week, as well as Melissa Ordway (Abby). There is personality on this show with these kids, and I thought they weren’t being used.  That’s what happens on the soaps, especially when you have a dynamic upper tier veteran cast and a big middle tier like with Justin Hartley (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).  So it was about taking these kids and giving them their own story, and killing somebody.  I then go, “OK. Which one do I sacrifice?” And that is a very difficult decision to make, because these actors are all people and human beings with jobs.  So, when I started going over the story I thought Austin was perfect for this, because I will give him the back-story I would have been telling before I got here.  I would have been telling the story of Austin having an affair with Abby.  Then have Fen (Max Ehrich) being a part of it and finding out, and then we will bring in Lachlan Buchanan as Kyle, this really good looking young guy who has this thing for Summer.  Then it’s about who killed Austin?  We have gotten to play pretty much all the cool stuff you get to see in a murder storyline. We are going to have a big shock when we reveal who the murderer is.

The big question that every recent Y&R head writer has faced; what are your plans for the long-suffering Sharon (Sharon Case), whose character has often been ruined by plots from other regimes?

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CHUCK:  When you read Sharon’s story it’s like The Perils of Pauline!  She is a beaten, doormat on this show.  Now I came into the show when Sharon’s wedding to Nick went up in shambles.  So I got a lot of the Mariah (Camryn Grimes) stuff and the changing of the DNA records, and whose kid is whose kid.  I go, “Well, Sharon is much more interesting when she is crazy!”  So we have to make her crazy, but not too crazy, where the audience thinks we are reinventing her, and the audience then doesn’t buy it.  What I sensed from the audience is that they love her with Nick (Joshua Morrow), and they like her.  But then I had this idea with Dylan (Steve Burton), which we are starting to play now.  I looked at Steve Burton and I thought his character is not underused; it’s just not being used properly.  I knew him as Jason Morgan on General Hospital, and I don’t want him to be Jason again.  However, Steve Burton plays Steve Burton, and what that is about is he brings sincerity, honesty, and he fights for the underdog.  And so I thought, “If ever there was an underdog … it’s Sharon!”  We have one of the most beloved characters on the show, and the other characters treat her like dirt!  I thought we have got to give Sharon a chance to get resurrected, and then make a lot of mistakes, because she can be very interesting when she has a bipolar episode.  I have said she is one of those characters who plants the landmine, and then forgets where she put the map, and then steps on it.  

You inherited the prostate cancer storyline of Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc). Are you going to continue to go down this story path?

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CHUCK:  Honestly, it would not have been a story I would have told.  However, I inherited it, and I think Christian LeBlanc is an amazing actor.  He is another actor with so much ability to make any writer happy.  But this story is very isolating to the people involved, and it’s quite frankly about a man’s private parts, and I am thinking I am uncomfortable hearing about this.  I mean, a prostate cancer storyline is so curable, and an ED story has been told over and over again.  I am kind of moving it in that direction and challenging Christian, and in the middle of it all giving him a really melodramatic story, which I won’t go into, because it’s just been starting.  Christian is wonderful, and everybody is great on the show.  It’s like a deck of 52 valuable cards where everybody is king on this show.

What are your thoughts on Justin Hartley in the role of Adam Newman?  How much longer will the audience have to wait before more people than Jack find out he is really Adam back-from-the-dead, and not Gabriel Bingham?

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CHUCK:  Justin … he is the future.  He is great!  I was just watching him in scenes with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and Burgess Jenkins (Billy), and he was a minor part of the scene, but he just blew me away.  Justin made it work just with a look.  I am going to continue the true identity of Gabriel as long as I can.  It takes a lot of twists and turns, you will see.  It kind of gets all mixed up together with the two Jacks.  I like mixing Adam up with Victor, as much as with the women. There is a lot to come!

So, what do you think of Chuck Pratt Jr’s storylines thus far on The Young and the Restless?  Are you intrigued by the two Jacks story and how it will play out? What do you hope happens with Sharon? Who do you think murdered Austin and Courtney (Kelli Goss). Do you hope everyone finds out that Gabriel is Adam soon?  What do you hope happens with Michael’s cancer storyline? Share your thoughts below!

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Myssy
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Myssy

Nice to know his insights but could we’d gotten something on Colin and Jill?

Beacon
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Beacon

Colin and Jill are not important to this show anymore. Why would he write for them?

Harry
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Harry

They could have been something–they could have been contenders instead of what they are. Bums.
Wait, where have I heard that before? On the Waterfront?

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

By the way! We all know Sharon did not and I repeat did not change any DNA test. Everyone knows Sharon only dreamed she did. Jacks daughter is Summer and she slept with now her brother Kyle!

paulette
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paulette

Why on earth would Cane quit Chancellor?He wouldn’t!The writer was looking for a hot guy to team up with Lauren!So dumb!

Timmm
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Timmm

Those two characters are dead. Jill is nothing without Kathrine and Colin needs to head back to Port Charles!

Myssy
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Myssy

I would love for Colin to head to GH but he can’t because he’s contract tied to a show that keep him on the back burner.

Leo
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Leo

Peter Bergman has been horrible, though. He should have his three Emmy awards revoked.

Candice
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Candice

Worst writing ever. Im so pissed how this writer is trying to destroy Sharon! PLEASE for the love of God PLEASE put Sharon and Adam back! SHADAM was amazing 🙂

Carrie Jay
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Carrie Jay

I LOVE SHARON I LOVE SHARON with MM who played Adam and would LOVE Sharon to be written like history was and Adam loved Sharon so so so much . Why is Sharon ALWAYS being used as the doormate ! So angry at theis Chuck Pratt. Please someone give him the history of Sharons love true loves THANK YOU

The Substitute
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The Substitute

The late Terry Lester will always OWN Jack Abbott he would have walked off of the set before he would play this silly crap

Evelyn Hodges
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Evelyn Hodges

No kim sommer is nick but kyle no it when he went away some how he found out that’s why he came back to get sommer from austin

Teddy
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Teddy

OH NO WAY! Chuck Pratt better stop this horrible Chelsea and Adam garbage and please stop stopppppppp the Jack crap. Let it be known we hate to see Sharon unhappy all the time. Give Sharon back love and happiness. Nick is the DOG and Adam loves his Sharon. Not sure what show Pratt was watching but it wasn’t Young and the Restless. Sharon and Nick Sharon and Adam are the best hottest couple the show ever had. I can’t deal with Victor in every story. I wish he left the show. Sorry that is how I feel 🙁 VERY DISSAPOINTED

Evelyn Hodges
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Evelyn Hodges

People please why he stared this jack thing victor is not victor the hole storyline is change victor would not ever let stitch or been whatever his name is sleep with abbie nor he let him treat victoria like that. Shoran is getting what she deserve. Her sickness didn’t make her do all that.nicks no angle ether and what is avery this she’s doing.he same thing she did to nick with dylan she going to go to joe sharon knows about jumping from one brother toanother don’t these poepls now how to meet people on.the outside the famliy rim adam… Read more »

Louisa Moore
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Louisa Moore

I don’t like the over the top stories. A plane crash, a murder, and a fire all on Valentine’s Day? If he didn’t want to write for soaps, then Pratt should write something else. He’s ruining Y&R and it’s getting more unwatchable daily. Sharon’s crazy, Kelly’s crazy, Phyllis was crazy, there’s no one to root for. What about young love for the summer? What about who’s the Daddy? I suppose Summer could play that this summer. Are we really supposed to believe that Victor helped Kelly kidnap Jack and that he’ll put them up on some island indefinitely?? I’m done.

CC
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CC

I want my favorite character Sharon happy in love and she deserves an Emmy . 🙂

Barbara
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Barbara

Please put her back with Nick, & stop him from being such a jerk! She is also my favourite character, CC.

Trish
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Trish

I agree…Sharon does deserve an Emmy…I wish the writer’s would let her be happy like she use to be with Nick….please listen writer’s!!

paulette
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paulette

No the character Sharon goes off her meds all the time on purpose,no one is twisting her arm.She cares not what it does to her kids,and only cares about hopping in bed with a hottie,She the actual actor deserves an emmy,but the character deserves to lose her kids!They come home to a new guy in bed with her again!

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

SHARON and Adam were one of the best couples that had the audience falling in love with love. They really need to bring SHADAM together again and revist all the Sharon and Adam love they had for each other 🙂

Blythe
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Blythe

The show is losing it’s heart….By that I mean a core of truly good, decent characters. Sharon was always the good and loving soul and it is depressing that she is now just being made to look “batty.” If there are no really positive strpmg characters to root for the fans are just watching a bunch of shallow and miserable personalities in forced situations. Even the most admirable characters such as Paul, Christine and Neil are acting out of character and not their true selves as we’ve come to know them though their history. And real love stories take time… Read more »

josie
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josie

Well, “causalities” is not a word….and could this fellow have said “amazing” more often (and less accurately) than he did? Twit. I hope Hartley goes back to “Mistresses.” Writers have no imagination if alll they can do is dual personalities, lookalikes, unplanned pregnancies, infidelity, and business deals. These characters never mow a lawn, wipe down a kitchen counter, go barefoot or in sneaks, wear sweatpants, or take off their brassieres. The best love scenes are the languid, erotic, SLOW ones, not the frantic same-old tear shirt off ones…..

su0000
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su0000

ohh geez..
Pratt about the 2 Jacks story–
” this story will go for a good period of time.”

Pratt about Gabe/Adam story–
” I am going to continue the true identity of Gabriel as long as I can.”

OK-
I’m not at all happy with LONG overkill stories- I will lose interest..

Pratt about Sharon–
“If ever there was an underdog … it’s Sharon!”
(just kill her off and put her out of her misery and mine)

I like Pratt.. but!!
He needs to speed up theses stories..
he is going to drag them out as long as possible/his words so to say..

Harry
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Harry

Wait, the Fluke debacle lasted close to two years and you called it riveting.
The Jack double story has just begun and you’re already complaining that it’s dragging?
Sue, you have a double standard when it comes to Y&R vs GH.
These stories are not dragging by soap standards at all.
And guess what? Everyone loves Sharon. She isn’t going anywhere. My only bone of contention with the interview posted is Pratt wants to keep her a little bit batty. I do think Sharon and Dylan would make a great couple.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree with you Harry. You have to give each show their fair share. GH and Fluke I never got tired of. [Tony Geary factor] Mr. Pratt is not dragging anything out yet. He simply admitted to riding something that is good for as long as he can. Its like skiing down a slope that is just incredible and you never want to reach the bottom! I like Sue BUT anytime she mentions killing off a legacy character I have to question her loyalty to the show. You NEVER kill off a legacy character.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Pratt wants to keep her a little bit batty ” I do NOT want this at all for Sharon…. with all due respect to person(s) w/BP Pratt states: “…she can be very interesting when she has a bipolar episode. ” I guess this is supposed to be better than all the rest of Genoa City treating her like a doormat I hope Sharon and Dylan have a nice run…. it’s certainly better than being with NIck Sharon Case deserves so much better it’s demeaning to the audience to see Sharon “dependent” … if she’s not with Nick ? what ?… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Harry.. I didnt say it was dragging Pratt said it would.. I do like that.. Jack and Luke/Fluke are different levels.. And- aha not 2 years,, Tony had back surgery in Oct returned in June.. 6-7 months gone It was not 2 Lukes for quite awhile- It was seen as a Cassadine plot, or- high-tech mask, then Fluke was Bill Eckert, but! the reason for the story’s extended duration was due to the months Geary was off 6 months while he recuperated from back surgery. When he returned, there was a new plan in place. And, oh boy, was it… Read more »

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Harry and everyone

I’d like to add that Sharon needs someone in her life to justify and believe in her and by adding Dylan to the mix either platonically or romantically actually does the trick. I hope Mr. Pratt decides to take Sharon’s bipolar disorder,research it some more and tell her story responsibly to give hope to those who suffer from it. Sharon needs to regain respect from her inlaws and those around her.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Harry…my hunch is that Dylan and Sharon will end up together. It’s inevitable.
In the fifteen years that I have been ,diligently, watching Y&R, I have had misgivings about Sharon, I will admit that. But, I’ve never not liked her. Now, enough is enough. Give this character a break,
Yet, I suppose she needs the drama buzz forever surrounding her, in order to keep our interest alive.
There is definitely a story to be had/told concerning Sharon, Dylan, Avery and Joe in the forefront, once this murder mystery with all its trimmings, is sewn up.

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

I HATE THIS JACK STORY! I HATE CHELSEA IS SO STUPID SHE SLEEPS WITH HER HUSBAND AND STILL HAS NO CLUE! OMGGG Please no chemistry. Plus what is going on with everything is always about Victor! I can’t stand this character is always obsessed with hating poor Sharon! ENOUGH!

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

He sounds very egocentric in his interview. I don’t think he really wants what the audience wants. He wants what HE wants. Of course there is going to be SOMEONE in the audience that likes something he does while the rest hate it. That’s life. There is always ying and yang. Just look at Rotten Tomatoes at the really bad movies. For the majority that hated it, there are those that loved it. So is this saying he is with the minority instead of the majority? I guess so. 🙁 Saying he is going to continue these storylines as long… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Timm, you’re always the voice of reason served up with humor and optimism. Thank you for putting up with me when I act in direct opposition to your aforementioned good traits.
Chrystie, I hear ya.
I just want to try and be cautiously optimistic.

Leo
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Leo

I read a print interview he had done about two months ago and he sounded very depressed. He said that he tried to make it as a screen writer for motion pictures and he bombed.

So he had to come back to soaps. I think he is punishing us and in the process ruining the few soaps we have left.

Harry
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Harry

Suoo, that is the longest post you’ve ever written. Who would have thunk it? I am your muse! In any case, your Sharon-hatred kind of amuses me and I am sure you have a big ole mischievous grin on your face when you type,”Kill Sharon!” But it does perplex me—why Sharon and not Summer? Or Lily? Or even Victoria? I like Sharon and she has been treated like crappolla by the Newmans since Nick first introduced her to the family. Honestly, to me, she is the female AJ Quartermaine.

Harry
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Harry

Cee Cee and Site. Like you two, I really think Dylan and Sharon could work.
I also agree that if you’re going to tackle bipolar disease, you have to do it right. Thus far, it has not been handled realistically at all.
I would like Sharon to take her lithium and get control of her life. While I like Dylan with Sharon, I really do not want him to be her rescuer.
I would like Sharon to be her own rescuer!

CC
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CC

Chuck Pratt sounds as if he could care less that the audience loves Sharon and wants her happy. I love Shick and Shadam and dont like that they are making Sharon always lose out . Very disappointed in this writer.

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

I HATE Sharon with Dylan. Yuck! I think Sharon belongs with Adam. What ever happened to 6 yrs of all that love Adam and Sharon had? He only married Chelsea out of hate and to get back at Sharon for leaving when Victor framed her for Skyes murder to protect Adam. Nick threatened Sharon to leave Adam or again Faith once again ZZZZZZ gets taken away from Sharon. Someone stop Pratt before he kills this show off!!!!

Faye
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Faye

I hated Sharon with Adam. I thought it ridiculous that she’d defile herself by being wth the man who kidnapped her baby, and led her to believe she was dead, giving her away like she was an orphan. Too evil and cruel for words. Sharon lost her soul when she got involved with the vileness that was and will always be Shadam. Wasn’t happy with the thought of Sharon being with another of Nick’s brothers, but I’ve enjoyed their slow build to coupledom, I’m looking forward to Sharon and Dylan as a couple.

gorka
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gorka

No imagination, how many times is newman going to hire a double for his perfidious plots.Lousy writer. Dumb plots. Be interesting to see story lines implode together with ratings

paulette
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paulette

Absolutely true!Three lookalikes at once.Adam-Gabe,Mariah-Cassie,Yack-Jack

robert
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robert

Great interview. I would love Adam to be the person to expose fake Jack and Victor. Am also loving Dylan and Sharon.

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Yes,Robert, I am hoping the same thing.

DawnL
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DawnL

I’m actually enjoying a lot of Y&R these days. I particularly love the burgeoning relationship between Sharon and Dylan. To me, this relationship is so exciting and a pure joy to watch. The wonderful Steve Burton and Sharon Case have such tremendous chemistry with each other. I thank Chuck Pratt for recognizing it and I hope he goes all out with them.

All in all I’m excited to see where Mr. Pratt goes with all the stories. I can certainly say I’m intrigued.

Angela
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Angela

Interesting what he says about Sharon given how he has pretty much everyone verbally abusing her and having her own son turn on her now

Robert
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Robert

I was thinking the same thing! Enough is enough! by now Sharon, should be a woman of strength and intellect when dealing with adversity, especially when it feels like Victor is behind the set-up. Sharon has her own financial resources where she should be able to hire the best investigators to look into proof of her being made to look guilty. I am also wondering where is Mariah? If anyone who can understand what it’s like to fight for survival, it’s Mariah. I am still very suspicious of Austin not being dead and I would not be surprise that Noah$s… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I do agree, Robert. I do take issue with Mr Pratt saying that Sharon is only interesting when acting crazy. First, their approach to mental illness is not at all realistic and does a great disservice to those suffering from depression and bi polar disease. Second, we’d really like to see Sharon hitch herself up with her boot straps and become self evolved. Maybe she could re enter college or start up her own business. Watching Sharon engage in a journey of self-reflection, and self-knowledge while attaining confidence WOULD be indeed interesting. This character deserves this and the actress certainly… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Id like to see a storyline where this woman arrives at the Newmans claiming to be the real Nikki and played by Erica Hope…is she for real or did Jack hire her to get back at Victor…then a dieing Dina Abbot(now Judith McConnel) arrives in Genoa City and confesses to Jack that he was adopted and his real birth mother also gave up another son a few years early and he now calls himself Victor Newman! Jack and Victor are brothers!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Erica Hope was the original Nikki in the late 1970s…lol

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Ah, Judith McConnel. Just saw an old clip from SANTA BARBARA. Boy how I miss that show. 🙁

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I miss that show too…

Patrick
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Patrick

Judith McConnell and Jed Allan… Nicholas Coster and Louise Sorel the Lockridge and Capwell arch-nemesis supreme CAST Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera, first broadcast in the United States on NBC on July 30, 1984, and last aired on January 15, 1993 i’m sure most of you recall… how… most networks…. “taped” (shudder) over most all the daytime shows.. hence no record of Santa Barbara should be still on tape… i’d pay monies for this serial… course I say the same thing about “cbs” Knots Landing…. ?? i’ll never understand this… only the first 2 seasons are available… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Sorry, Jimh. I think your story idea sounds AWFUL. I shuddered as I read it. Y&R made this type of mistake when it concocted the idea that mortal enemies/decade-long rivals Jill and Kay were related. Even though that relationship turned out to be a “red herring,” those characters NEVER recovered. The rivalry between Jill vs. Kay and Jack vs. Victor were great sources of plots for decades and served as a huge tent pole for the entire show. Y&R gutted one-half of that resource with the Jill/Kay trainwreck. It would be foolish to repeat that same mistake with Jack &… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Why be sorry…it was meant to sound awful…it was a joke for Y&R fans who dont like the current double Jack storyline!!! But i guess no one figured it was a joke!!!…lol

Harry
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Harry

Ha! I never take you seriously, Jim.
I mean that in a good way.

Laurie A McRae
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Laurie A McRae

What I have always liked most about The Young and the Restless, vs. other Daytime Dramas is that the storylines were, until recently, based in “reality” & were centered around the conflict between the two main families, the Newman’s & the Abbott’s. The Young and the Restless has (arguably) the best cast & strongest actors/actresses in Daytime Television! Actors who don’t need all of these disasters, doppelgangers, cartoon-ish murder mysteries & over the top crazies to showcase their talent. Chuck Pratt’s over the top writing style doesn’t fit in Genoa City. The one s/l I am liking is Dylan playing… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

In terms of the cast, GH is definitely on par with Y&R, they have some amazing actors and actresses too.

Patrick
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Patrick

i’d sincerely include DAYS with… on par

with GH and Y&R

B&B fans will take note

casts are bringing their A game….

writing team ? we’re ready able willing and DO tune IN

WITH cashola despite our age limitations ??? LOL

Harry
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Harry

I like Burton trying to help out the underdog (Sharon) too, Laurie. He’s been so somnolent with Betty Crocker, attorney at law. But with Sharon, Steve Burton just comes to life. Dylan has needed a purpose and Sharon is it. Betty Crocker will have to ask Mo-Joe Rising to frost her cupcakes from now on. While I could do with out the Jack double, the writing has been good because it pays fidelity to the past. John Abbott’s ghost came out and gave his boy a pep talk (I NEVER want John to go away! Haunt me, JOHN!) and today… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

They should have NEVER killed off John Abbott!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Outstanding commentary, Harry……as impressive as always !!!!

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Right on point Laurie. I agree with your Pratt criticism. One of my favorite stories right now is with Gabriel/Adam along with Chelsea. It’s one of the only ones that hasn’t been sucked into the horrible killer on the loose crime story. I look forward to the Gabe/Adam s/l to come where he finally goes after Victor.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Sage is unbalanced and the real killer on the loose and Gabe/Adam tries to protector…its a soap so there is still time to tie them in…lol

Dinah
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Dinah

Great interview Michael

Beacon
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Beacon

I wish you’d ask him if he’d bring back Sheila. I loved that iconic character. Kimberlin Brown is so missed on my soap screen.

Nikki
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Nikki

Sheils is dead Thank God. Nobody could live through what she lived through.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Unless– Lauren killed the real Phyllis during that confrontation years ago, and it has been Sheila posing as Phyllis all this time, which means, it could have been Phyllis who did all those things to Kelly after all — with soaps you never can say never– LOL

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Sheila is alive. It was her friend/double called Sugar who had her face changed to look like Phyliss.

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

I think Mr. Pratt likes to pat himself on the back. Problem is he didn’t come into just the last few years of what has transpired on the show, he inherited 42 years of history. Bill Bell’s show had an elegance about it. It wasn’t about shock an awe but rather about families, business, the glitz and glam our, romance (not everyone bed hopping), social issues, and in a way the have and have not’s. We saw the likes of Brad the pool boy work his way up to a top executive, Nikki go from a dancer/stripper to Mrs. Victor… Read more »

Lucia
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Lucia

You are absolutely right, seattlegirl. I think what his answers to some of these questions illustrates is a basic inability to write stories that are creative and human. Instead, what I’m seeing these days are over-the-top narratives that make a mockery of the talents of the actors. Everyone likes to see Sharon crazy? Really? And what he has done to Kelly is disgusting! You can’t just walk in after they crafted this love story between her and Jack full of Vivaldi and – gasp – normalcy, to suddenly turn her into a blonde version of Kathy Bates’s character in Misery.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You spoke my mind, Lucia. Great post.

Lew S
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Lew S

Thank you!

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I’m with you seattlegirl but as long as the Y&R ratings stay near where they are now, Mr. Pratt isn’t going anywhere.

Karlie
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Karlie

I don’t think the ratings will stay where they are. They will inevitably fall because Pratt’s writing style does not fit with this show and the reason fans have made it #1.

mzbeautlee
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mzbeautlee

Ive been a consistent fan of Y&R for decades and Im leaning towards cancelling the dvr recording every day. The writing has gotten outrageous…its almost as if Pratt is making things up as he goes along without considering the story lines from the previous decades. How many times can we do this switcharoo routine of someone impersonating someone else!? And of all the outrageous things Victor has done, this seems to be a little over the top. Victors going to trust the suddenly psychotic Kelly to keep his arch nemesis Jack under lock and key so he can take over… Read more »

april
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april

always been number 1 so why did they have to change ?

Ron
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Ron

My sentiments exactly! There was certainly a lot of “I” talk in that interview, and that is never a good sign. There were honest moments as well, so I would like to give the new head writer a little rope to play with. But you are 100% correct about the origins of Y and R. Bill Bell never did things for the mere shock value: a viewer since I was a kid, a viewer who met and learned the writing process from Bill himself, it was always to inform and entertain. Never forget how he handled Jeanne Cooper’s real-life facelift… Read more »

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

You are very fortunate to have been able to learn the process from Mr. Bell. What an amazing opportunity. Currently I’d love to learn Julian Fellowes or Brad Bell’s writing process. Their style of work is reminiscent of Mr. Bell’s . I love writers who can really develop their characters, especially when they write them in the grey area. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us. I wasn’t watching YR back when Bill wrote Jeanne’s facelift into the show. I do know about it and have seen it in the flashback moments. He was a visionary who… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

I don’t get it Bill Bell and classy HUH!! Catherine C. was a drunk, Jill slept with everyone she could get, The 3 Brook girls we’re so horrible to one another. One wrote a book about the other and all hell broke loose. Mr. Brook couldn’t keep his pants on, his housekeeper who Jill thought was her mother had a crush on him. Victor was going to strip joints where he met Nikki, He locked his first wife in the basement Paul was a bed hopper everything he could get from Lauren to Nikki and got a girl pregnant then… Read more »

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

Bill started those characters there and with time was able to show character growth. I don’t think that can be said today, if anything more characters have regressed rather than progressed. That is where things differ. So yes, I would say he wrote stories in a classier way and told them with respect, most specifically his social story lines. Bill was character driven writer instead of plot driven. 5 disasters in a matter of days is a bit much, no. Nick Newman’s bartender died. We are to believe Nick who is richer than rich didn’t hear from any of the… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

Seattlegirl’ We’ll have to agree to disagree on those comments. I think when someone is dead we as human’s always put them on a pedestal. If we could look back into the past I think he would have had just as many complaints as C.Pratt only for different story lines. I remember my Mom watching As the world turns and getting so upset with the character Lisa Hughes after it was over she would talk about how she was going to write a letter to the show. Having sex on a floor is not classy I agree so it was… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I think you are rewriting history a bit there– Paul was never a bed hopper. He was young and he got a STD from Nikki, which was and still is a realistic story to tell involving young sexually active people. Then he met April, she became pregnant, and Paul being from a religious family did the honorable thing and married her. They tried to raise Heather together, but April became unhappy, and wanted more from life. She wanted to move to the big city and she wanted to raise Heather alone, when she fell in love with a new guy,… Read more »

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Excellent post, seattlegirl!

So he doesn’t want to tell Michael’s story? Too bad. It was started, so finish it. This would be a TREMENDOUS opportunity for ALL the Baldwins to gather around Michael instead of focus on his erectile dysfunction. Where is Gloria? Kevin should be with his brother instead of thrown in with the Scooby Doo Gang. Heck, even Jeffrey could have scenes with his wife, Gloria, and have some character development in a positive way.

I guess Pratt thinks us older viewers are old farts and unhip and does not care what we think.

Harry
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Harry

Why was Victoria acting like a total smug bitch today? I know, I know, when doesn’t she?
But Victoria, as played by Amelia, has always had a sensitive side. Today, when she took Ashley’s place and waved her off as her employee she was acting like Heather Tom’s Victoria.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I must say, that I am impressed with everyone on this site. All your posts are amazing. All of you make so much sense, put everything in perspective so eloquently, that I get goose bumps. You guys are great writers.

Timmm
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Timmm

BUT, he said and it is true, prostrate cancer is very curable and they are not killing Michael off so whats the point? Also, ED stories, come on. Its treatable and no good wife would walk away or cheat on their husband just because of that if she really loved him. Shallow!

Harry
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Harry

They better not have Lauren cheat on Michael once again, Timm! She has been spending a lot of time with Cane lately. While I love the idea of Cane cheating on Lily thereby giving that whiny cry baby something valid to cry about, I would rather he not cheat with ole Lusty Lauren.

seattlegirl
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seattlegirl

Pratt saying it in an interview and showing it on the screen are two different things. It would be like Brad Bell not showing the beats to Maya’s transgender story and just ignoring the fact that it was ever brought up. I understand Pratt didn’t start Michael’s cancer story line but play the rest of the beats and finish it not isolate the character and act like it never happened or sweep it under the rug as quickly and quietly as possible. It would be the same as reading a book, getting 2/3rd of the way through only to find… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh Harry, Lusty Lauren, you made my day!

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Lauren was always the naughty bad girl so was Jill Foster the writing teams have declawed them and Michael Baldwin was something else in the day. They all three have become boring! Sharon Case has taken a total 180 on her character but she looks to be having a blast and what a wardrobe she gets to wear.

Linda Torrence
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Linda Torrence

I so agree. My brother just diagnosed with prostate cancer and I have to say, Christians’s storyline has been very helpful for us. It is like getting a glimpse in to what it will be like towards the end of his hormone and radiation treatments. So until Y&R showing this, we would have been in the dark. These kind of real life issues actually help people a great deal. I was disappointed with the article and the new writer’s zeal for EXTRA unrealistic drama. I love the show for the development of mostly real situations albeit exaggerated. I also don’t… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Seattlegirl, thank you for your intelligent remarks!! When I met my 90 year old mom for dinner the other night, and asked what’s been happening on Y&R (her favorite daytime show since around 1980) she said she doesn’t watch much anymore, because something changed, and the characters are acting funny. She said Victor is acting too self-righteous, and she doesn’t understand how all the younger actors are now all of a sudden friends, because they never were before. She picked up on the writing changes, and she got turned off. And this from a woman who would never miss an… Read more »

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I have been a fan since the beginning. Even thru some stupid storylines, I continued to watch. Still a loyal fan even when the rtings were going down. But now, I have no qualms about fast fordwarding thru these farout story llines. Please, there are some vet. soap watchers out there and having to watch such far out story lines is totally unkind to us that have supported the show thru thick and thin. I find it totally hard to believe that the ratings have gone up. Give us loyal fans a break and not treat us like we are… Read more »

Julie Haze
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Julie Haze

Pratt is delusional if the thinks the audience likes his trash writing. It appears he writes for himself alone. The storylines have become laughable and over the top campy. Y&R doesn’t even look like Y&R anymore. It’s a cartoon show now: silly and for really dumb people. I guess CBS and Sony have found their perfect demographic.

Nancy Law
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Nancy Law

I agree with you 100%. I just finished watching Canada’s Tuesday show and omg it was so ridiculous, so over the top, so far fetched … just plain stupid and not the Y&R anymore. I hate what he’s done with this show and I don’t believe for 1 second that he gives a crap about the viewers!

Lew S
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Lew S

Nancy, You are so right. He doesn’t care and so cocky! Is he really proud of “THE EVENT OF THE DAY” stories that’s airing now? CBS wise up!!

Nikki
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Nikki

But lady’s as long as the ratings are going up five million and counting he will continue because the ratings are the tell tale.

Timmm
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Timmm

Julie, comparing Y&R and its history, yes it has change BUT so have the viewers and their habits. ALL these soaps have to be over the top and catch peoples eyes every week or people will check out and find a zillion other shows to watch! I will admit though I dont want any writer from any show to mess with history.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Totally agree. The soaps should be written for the fans to keep them watching not the other way around. You may be happy but, THE FANS ARE NOT !!!!

Christine
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Christine

I think Chuck Pratt Jr should be fired as the head writer of Y&R for his (Stuck On Stupid) writing. The Jack/Victor story line is silly. How many times has Phyllis and Jack had sex? Phyllis cannot tell the difference between the fake Jack and the real one, really!!!! Please end this story as well as, the Austin murder story.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is what it is. I do agree that head writers should stick to their guns and tell the story they want to tell, because when soaps get written by committee is usually becomes worse not better. Whether or not the majority of viewers will be as happy with his stories as he seems to be time will tell. As I said before I am not loving it, but I ain’t hating it either. As for the questions I am not intrigue by two Jacks yet, perhaps there is twist along the way that will make this soap staple different… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Jeepers I can’t keep all my fake’s straight– that should read Fake Jack, not Fake Jake who killed Austin and Courtney– LOL

Harry
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Harry

Mary, somehow I read it as you writing Fake Jack anyway so your point came through loud and clear.
And it’s an excellent point.
I also agree that Adam needs to zero in on the Newman and Jabot businesses the way a white shark would zero in on a seal.

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right Mary, Fake Jack killed those kids and they will switch Jacks and the real one will be put away and of course the fake one will slip up down the line and take Jack’s place in jail. It could be a good story to tell if written well.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t know that sounds a little too much like when Patty forced Emily the shrink to take her place in the mental institution. But it might be the way they go, it seems like a reasonable way to extend the double story– to give it an added twist. I guess we will have to wait and see

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Lot of rumors from bloggers that say Austin is not dead that he is who Courtney saw on the computer and so he killed her. Supposedly Dylan is going to be made the hero and find out he is alive and farming Sharon. To me that would make perfect sense I mean he did try to kill Avery and then almost killed Paul but yet he was let go. Avery the cup cake Queen thought that was ok but Sharon deserved to lose her child over changing paternity tests which heck Nick the wonder boy kept a secret for 18… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Framing!

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Showed! I am so sorry for the typos not my day for posting

jane
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jane

Thank you Mary for trying to calm me down. I really appreciate that. I am just very passionate when it comes to Matthew Atkinson ( Austin ). It is just that I really want to see him back in the opening credits again. I miss him a lot.

Timmm
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Timmm

He is handsome. He reminds me of a young Kyle MacLachlan from “Twin Peaks.”

LindaTNo1
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LindaTNo1

To the ruining of All My Children and almost The beloved Hubbard’s, Jesse.

jeremy
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jeremy

He literally Destroyed All My Children!!!!!

Eliza
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Eliza

So no questions about Jill? She is the only original character remaining on Y&R from the debut in 1973. Why are older male writers, AND the older males in the soap press , so interested in the older male soap characters but have no interest in the older females? Aren’t most of the viewers females over 40? Shouldn’t the soap press be asking, and the Y&R scribes be writing, a few things for the majority of the viewers, not just what personally interests them? There are are plenty of shows on prime time, and cable networks, that include older women… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Jack and Jill will go up a hill to fetch a pail of water, but Jack is really the doppelganger who will throw Jill into the well and Jill’s doppelganger will take over her non existent life!

Ron
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Ron

I am right there with you on this one, too! I have seen the show from the beginning… how can they simply put Jill to pasture? She should be holed up in the Chancellor mansion and become what she always despised: Katherine Chancellor! WRITERS: how can you overlook this incredible link to the past?

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes, I thought she would take Kathrine’s place at the mansion but Kathrine had class and the respect of others. I cannot say the same thing about the character of Jill.

Timmm
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Timmm

Nikki had a big story with Ian Ward. You have to understand that Jill is just not interesting since Katherine has been gone. Lauren will have a big story soon. Kelly is a little older and has a front burner story.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

The ONLY reason that original character Jill is not interesting since Kay died is that there has been NO writing playing to that character’s strengths. Jill is the only character tied to the very beginning of the show. She is the reason that the Abbotts were brought onto the show — She married John. Her son, Billy, is a prominent character on the show. How often do we EVER see Jill in any scene of significance with the Abbotts or Billy? The writers inanely have bogged Jill down with the trials and issues of Cane and his family. Jill so… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree about Lauren. However, I don’t know if I will like the storyline reserved for her.
I just get this feeling that Caine and Lauren will indulge, and savor the forbidden fruit from the proverbial apple tree.

Ron
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Ron

Timmm Katherine had a world of class, but those first few years of the show, she was diabolical– a raging alcoholic who killed her husband, took everything Phillip gave to Jill and child from Jill, then fought Jill for another man (Derek Thurston.) It took us to the hourlong expansion of the 80s to find a redemptive Katherine, the one we love, admire and miss. Because history repeats itself, it would have been great to see Jill wear Katherine’s shoes in a lonely mansion, take on a “paid companion” and fight each other for the love of a man (or… Read more »

Derrick
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Derrick

By reading his responses, I’m not sure if I’m going to like Pratt’s work! He’s fine for right now but it’s worrying me!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You have nothing to worry about. Chuck Pratt is a huge fan of General Hospital.

Derrick
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Derrick

And that’s suppose to make me happy?????

Laurie
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Laurie

Honestly Y&R fans needn’t be bashing General Hospital right now. I mean, REALLY?! The biggest sh*t years ever for GH was in the early to mid 2000’s with the Nik doppelganger crap (sound familiar?) and the psycho murder rampage of the once meek Mary Bishop (sound familiar?) and super-smart, no nonsense lawyer,Alexis, slinging Alcazar over a balcony (sound familiar?) then her losing her child to The Q’s & having her disguising herself as a man & getting hired as a butler named Dobson & getting hired by The Q’s to steal time w/her child (wonder who will get to cross-dress… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Well at least he did not say like the last three HW’s we are going to make Sharon stronger. Damsel in Distress about sums it up and yes I like her with Dylan . The last four soaps are just trying to stay on the air.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

It’s truly sad what the writers have done to Sharon, dating back to the MAB days. I don’t understand how one of the shows core characters, who’s been here so long, is the whole town’s whipping girl and doormat. This whole thing with Sharon being set up as the murderer only serves to push her and Dylan closer together, which I’m not upset about, because he and Avery are as dull as dirt.

teamCillin
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teamCillin

It would of been nice if Jill and Colin were mentioned. So far not impressed with Chucky.

Myssy
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Myssy

Neither am I. Seriously Jill Foster Atkinson should have some story. This is ridiculous.

Nikki
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Nikki

I’m sorry to disagree Myssy but Jill Foster Abbott Fenmore Atkinson is a bore. I do think there was a time with Katherine that the character of Jill was great but although a lot of people keep on harping back to the good old days with the Bell family at the head, I think the stories back then we’re great for that time period. The Brook family/Newman’s & the Abbott’s but I think for 2015 the writing is great. I can’t see the fan’s getting excited over Jill’s mother having a crush on Mr. Brook’s or the three sisters having… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Ehhh…..I hate to agree Nikki, but I think you’re right about Jill.
I do think they’re wasting Triston Rogers on her.
I wish he had been paired up with Ashley and the two of them would go toe to toe with the mustache.
Once again, Tristan Rogers is being wasted.

Timmm
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Timmm

Seriously. those two characters are washed up! Mr. Pratt talked in detail about a whole bunch of other relevant characters.

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Mr. Pratt is batting about .500 on his writing with this longtime Y&R viewer. I can tolerate the doppleganger story because it’s with the great Peter Bergman. I just wish he would stay away from the Scooby Doo mystery and crime stories.

Lucy
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Lucy

So his favorite story lines are dopplegangers, “wackadoodle” “crazy” women, guys with guns, murder. Not surprising seeing how this is what is playing out. He admits he’s done doppleganger stories previously, why not do something new, different? Why is Adam Newman so dumb now? Where is the character driven dialogue and story? The drama? The only thing shocking and awe inducing is how bad Y&R is these days.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, Lucy, I agree. Where is Adam’s steam? His incentive? All he was striving for was to get Chelsea in bed? Why isn’t he fighting as Adam Newman would? Have his sails lost their wind? It seems that this story has reached a standstill. For how long will this limbo state continue? Gabe/Adam should be given, at least, a small clue that he did not run over Delia. He should have some kind of epiphany…. Delve into the recesses of his memory which will magically spur him into action. By so doing, Billy will finally go back to Victoria ….she… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I have a lot of problems with his justification for goofy and bizarre stories. I see him as a man writing for a show that is primarily watched by women, who like romance, adventure, strong women, not dopplegangers and wackos. Steve Burton has been pretty much boring on Y & R. What made him great on GH was his strong silent passionate self; the mobster part made him intense and unattainable but it was not about the violence or the mob.

Liz Garcia
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Liz Garcia

I stopped watching this soap for many months when I had been an avid fan since it started in 1973, because the stories and the new characters were driving me nuts. I started watching again in December because I just can’t give up my Y&R totally. I like where some of the stories are going with this new “guy on the block” (at least new at Y&R). Thank goodness we see more of Jack and Victor. Also Nicki and Sharon. Can we get John back? I really miss him..It’s a soap, they can find him alive somewhere.. Kelly going wacko… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Well written. You mentioned Summer. She either yells or whines at anyone who is within an earshot of her! Mr. Pratt likes the actress and most of us do not. That was the only negative vibe I got from the interview. We are stuck with Hunter King!

Harry
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Harry

I am so tired of Summer screeching at everyone. Can they please turn her into Buddhist monk who has taken a vow of silence as well as a vow of silence?
This girl is the double H–she’s hysterical and horny.
I think we ought to change her name to Bummer.

Harry
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Harry

I meant to write ‘chastity’ as the second vow. I guess writing silence twice was me projecting my great wish that Bummer shuts the hell up.

Nikki
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Nikki

Oh I could not agree more. I can’t stand her. I think she was hired by that woman nobody likes but not C.Pratt. I don’t like her acting, her high pitched voice and I don’t think she suits the role. If it wasn’t for the age I think Emma Becher would have been a great Summer. This one is so big and bulky (arms,face etc.) she just doesn’t fit.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You are absolutely right, Harry. Sharon deserves a challenge, if only to prove herself worthy of any obstacle or of any ONE….especially members of the Newman family. Perhaps the trial will give her the incentive she needs. She has been used and abused by this self-appointed emperor of GC that is Victor and his holier-than-thou children. Look at Victoria’s look of self-satisfaction the other day; like the cat that ate the canary…..her fixed stare of defiance boring into Sharon, as if stating….” Here I am….I dare you!!! What are you going to do about it??!!” …..too bad, I really like… Read more »

Joyce McCullough
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Joyce McCullough

i don’t like this storyline about Austin mystery, it’s taking to long and also Adam identity its to much going on at one time. And Jack and Victor no way., that will drag out too.

Lori
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Lori

I believe after 40 plus years of watching this show that they have finally hired the writer that will crush Y&R. They only person crazier than what HE plans to do with Sharon’s character is the writer himself. I am beyond the demo numbers so for me I am just a fly buzzing in his ear. I am crushed with the stories playing out now. I want the Newmans back to being Newmans and the Abbotts back to being Abbotts and for GOD sake put Katherine’s family back together and give us her house back. Save the kids storylines for… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Re: Katherine’s family: THANK YOU! I’ve said the same thing! Jill needs to be on WAY more than she is now, same with Colin. And even though Beau Kazer sadly passed away, recast Brock and bring him back to town. And while they’re at it, bring back his daughter Mac too!

Ron
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Ron

Bravo! That’s the way it always was: kid stories were for the summer time slots only. Think back on how Nina, Cricket, Danny,lLauren: all started with summer storylines only… then Dru… Bill Bell knew his audiences!

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes Lori you mentioned the three core families and I agree with you they should be front and center. The problem is Kathrine is gone and Jill is nothing without Katherine. I think we all got caught up with the passing of Jeanne Cooper. The role should have been recasted. No one could do a better job than Jeanne but its a huge hole in the show and thats why the Chancellors and Jill are dead. I said after Katherine died Tucker [William Russ] should have laid claim to the Chancellor estate. If you kill off Kathrine, this is your… Read more »

bunting
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bunting

Ironic. Chuck Pratt won’t write for the cancer story because ED has been played over and over again but has no problem doing yet another doppelganger story or so many cheating stories it boggles the mind. Does he even realize how many doppelganger stories have been played on Y&R in recent years? I don’t remember any other prostate cancer storIes. Not many ED stories either. And I guess he doesn’t care about the message being sent to those actually battling this cancer because he personally is uncomfortable with the topic. I think that was the point. To take this topic… Read more »

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

I wholeheartedly agree!

I know I go on and on about missing Gloria, but the fact is, Judith Chapman has more talent in her pinky than Hunter King and her Summer character it is beyond sickening that she is not on our screens. Gloria may be self-centered, but she loves her family. She would be there if it were not for this horrible writing.

Timmm
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Timmm

Cancer stories tend to be sad. If they are not going to kill off Michael, whats the point? Twins plays a lot better with so many angles available. Yes it has been done a lot but if it is written well it could be fun. Plus your dealing with its two number one stars in this story. Almost a cant miss.

bunting
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bunting

Who cares if the story is sad, at times. That’s a human emotion. It’s something we can relate to. It’s the journey that matters and Pratt is not allowing the Baldwins to go on that emotional journey because apparently it makes him uncomfortable. What world is he living in? Do commercials for viagra or people dealing with cancer make him uncomfortable to? No, he’d rather blow up a family that write an emotional story about how a couple deals with prostate cancer in a grown up way.

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

So what is so wrong about being sad? The reason most of us watch soaps in the first place is for an escape from our own lives, but we still want our stories rooted in reality. Some of us like a good cry now and then. Life is not all sunshine and roses and soaps used to reflect real life. Now they think shock and awe is where it is at, but it is most definitely not.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

So, he isn’t really concerned what the audience likes, eh? That is so obvious. It matters to him that he likes what’s on the screen – obvious again! This is the same attitude he had when writing for AMC and he pissed off the fans and the stars of the show and was eventually canned and the show cancelled soon after. If what he mentioned is the new direction for Y&R, then I am sorry to say I am done. I love the show, but it is becoming unrecognizable and not an enjoyable hour – for me. Why did they… Read more »

jeremy
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jeremy

And Chucky, is the one that Killed off Stuart!!! So watch out Y&R fans. This guy is a no good HEad Writer!! He made All My Children look like a cartoon!!!

Harry
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Harry

Jeremy! Chuck Pratt was responsible for the death of Stuart Chandler? Well, that is unforgivable. Stuart was one of the best soap characters in soap history.
And talk about an actor playing two different roles. David Canary was a genius at it. Michael Knight (Tadd martin) once said to really understand Canary’s brilliance one should watch Canary playing Adam playing Stuart. It’s really really subtle but the viewer can catch that that is really the dastardly Adam impersonating his sweet brother Stuart.

Timmm
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Timmm

Just my opinion but Charles Pratt is more of a scapegoat for AMC demise. ABC wanted out of the soap business. OLTL was the other soap that wasnt on ABC’s list of wants. Remarkably GH lasted and is thriving. Frank Valenti saved that show. If it wasnt making money we would be watching another crusty old judge or another cooking show learning how to make a roast interesting for the millionth time! So you can point fingers at Mr. Pratt but if he fails at Y&R they wont close up shop, they will bring on someone new. AMC and OLTL… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I think “scapegoat” is the wrong word. “Collaborator,” maybe, even if unwittingly? A scapegoat gets the blame for something for which he is blameless. That doesn’t describe Pratt’s part in the debacle accurately. ABC may have wanted out, but had Pratt raised the ratings instead of tanking them, or even if he’d left the show in a state that could be repaired instead of destroying the fabric of it, so that somebody else could fix it, ABC wouldn’t have had the justification to cancel it. His part in damaging the show stands, even if ABC was looking for a reason… Read more »

jane
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jane

Hey Timmm, no I am not Matthew Atkinson’s mother. I am just a person who really likes him a lot. I have a BIG CRUSH on him. It is BAD!!! To me he is just Absolutely Positively Adorably Handsome, to me the best looking Guy on #YR @YANDR_CBS. I just miss him very much, so much that my Heart aches and my chest feels like there is this huge stone sitting on it. I will just feel better when he shows up on screen again and hopefully on a regular basis.

Kristin
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Kristin

Whether ABC wanted out of the soap business or Pratt is a scapegoat is irrelevant. During his year or so at AMC, he still rewrote history, wrote outrageous stories that basically ignored who the characters ever were, gleefully (yes, gleefully) killed off legendary characters, wrote ridiculous doppelganger stories, and broke promise after promise to the point where even the actors couldn’t stand him. After reading this interview, it’s clear that he hasn’t changed a bit and is as arrogant and self-serving as ever. It’s true that Y&R may not close up shop on his watch, but it doesn’t mean he’s… Read more »

fanmale
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fanmale

Oh, how I hate what Chuck Pratt has done to Y&R! In almost every way, he’s reduced the show to plot-driven drivel. IMO, plot-driven stories are written by people who are too lazy to find out who the characters really are. There’s no way that judgmental, holier-than-thou Abby would’ve had an affair with a married man, let alone a guy like Austin who had recently pulled a gun on Avery and held her hostage. Since Austin was already a poorly-conceived minor character anyway, why should anyone give a damn who killed him? The Jack doppelganger story is beneath the talents… Read more »

jane
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jane

To: Fanmale, I care about Austin. He has turned out to be my Favorite Fella on #YR. I love watching Matthew Atkinson and have been upset ever since Mr. Chuck Pratt, Jr. did this to Matthew Atkinson ( Austin). Matthew just earned a contract about 5 to 6 months before that because he worked hard for it, then when MR. PRATT COMES in he writes a story that takes it away. To me when someone goes from recurring status to contract status you don’t mess with that. You work with it. You just don’t go killing off their character unless… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Calm down, Jane.
I have heard rumors that Austin is not really dead.

Chris
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Chris

The ineptitude of these kinds of writers baffles me. Maria Bell was the same way. They see their work as something so profound while the audience is mostly vomiting at their material. They lack introspection as artists. Here is what I got out of it. 1)Dylan was boring but more interesting once he had a gun in his hand even though he’s not trying to create Jason 2.0. Sure. Whatever. 2)Social issues stories make him uncomfortable. 3)The Scooby Doo story setup is the back story he would have told had he been the HW last year. So instead of actually… Read more »

Aden
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Aden

Lol. I like your post Chris!!

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Excellent post, Chris!

I especially agree with #6. The reason people watch actors is because they can play different characters. I LOVE it when I watch an actor and they make me forget who I am watching. These are few and far between. Sadly, Dylan is just Jason minus the black t-shirt and Sonny.

Timmm
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Timmm

At least as Jason he played that robomob character well. Turns out, sadly, it is not a stretch!

Nikki
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Nikki

I have said in the past and will always say he is a genius and he saved Y & R . Before he came on as writer I would watch a quarter of the show and change over to “The Social “. Since he came on board I can’t miss a show. Of course there are stories we love, as well as stories we hate. I love the two Jack’s story and Cady McClain should win an award for her act as crazy lady.What can I say about Gina Tognoni and Peter B. they play off each other so well… Read more »

jeremy
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jeremy

You must be on some kind of Substance!!!

Nikki
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Nikki

Hi Jeremy No I’m not on anything but taking into consideration over five million people and climbing seem to like it are you sure your not the one on something? You must like it or 1st. You wouldn’t watch it and 2nd. You wouldn’t waste your precious time reading/commenting on it. JMO

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Wow things must of have been pretty bad for you to want to watch The Social– LOL– for Americas, The Social is Canada’s version of the Talk.

Nikki
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Nikki

Your right Mary. The Social was about as interesting as watching the grass grow but at that time so was Y & R. I love The Talk. My favorite id Sharon Osborn but it’s not on our T.V. until 5 P.M. where as Y & R is on at 2 in the afternoon and so is the Social on another channel.

Timmm
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Timmm

Courtney was cute but her problem is she had no real connection on the show. You saw how they scrambled to connect Dylan to a major family.

Nikki
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Nikki

You’r right Timmm she was really cute and had they left her on she could have had a better script. Married to Noah while Mark Harding had a crush on her. He could have had her working overtime to keep her away from Noah. She may have been shot at by a criminal making Noah angry enough to want her to quit her job, while Harding is trying to keep her at work for himself hoping to break them up. The stories we’re endless. Killing Austin was terrible. He could have gone for Mariah causing problems with Kevin & Mariah.… Read more »

randy
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randy

oh wow..watched todays episode where victor and victoria have there 1rst day at jabot,,so rediculous with fake jack and his bright tie,,please get this over with allready,,poor peter bergman…so sharon is more interesting in a bi polar eppy,,maybe the 1rst time,,not the 2nd,,,please allready get this over with,,,who cares who killed auston,,,because nobody cared about auston to begin with,,,,also the performances from most of the younger set have ben horrible,,what happened to the love connetion of mariah and kevin…i tuned out when genie francis was fired ,i tuned in when this chuck up writer took over to see what disasters… Read more »

jane
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jane

To: Randy, you are wrong, there are a lot that care about Austin. You need to look on twitter. @JMattAtkinson. He has a lot of followers and we all want him back, especially me. We all miss Matthew Atkinson (Austin).

Nikki
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Nikki

I love Austin and he is a wonderful actor. I was so upset when they killed him and Courtney off. Why the hell didn’t they kill that Summer off she’s a bad fit and few people would have cared with the exception of her family and close friends.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Take heart jane– his name is still listed in the credits under the section for those who are under contract. If he was just being called in now and then to play a ghost or to see him in flashbacks, he would have been bumped to recurring and his name would be listed at the end of the credits with the other recurring players who only get listed on the week they are in a scene. This hasn’t happened which leads me to believe they are not done with Austin yet. So until you see his name off the credit… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Is this Matthew’s mother?

Harry
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Harry

Yes, Austin has a huge fan base. The fans are larely comprised of disgruntled and disillusioned Justin Bieber fans.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

“I tuned in when this chuck up writer took over to see what disasters he would create,,,never imagined he would kill a whole soap…” Ha! I love this line. That’s exactly what I feel is going in both at Y&R and GH. The writers make everyone crazy, or having double personalities, or somehow ridiculous; they start out stupid stories and ramble on as making it up day by day, changing when they get bored or just wake up one day with a better idea. Soaps should be about good stories, interesting characters, plot lines that support the character development and… Read more »

marianprelosky
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marianprelosky

Pratt has totally destroyed this show. If I had any doubts that CBS/Sony was trying to kill Y&R they’re gone.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

He’s saved the show; Maria Arena is one the who attempted to ruin the show.

marianprelosky
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marianprelosky

He didn’t save the show watch how bad the ratings will be with upcoming ratings..viewers are already leaving

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Y&R hasn’t been this amazing in years. You must be watching a different show Marian.

Timmm
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Timmm

Use your head and excuse your emotions, why would CBS kill a soap that has been #1 26 years and makes them money?

marianprelosky
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marianprelosky

Why???? Because it would save CBS/Sony a ton of money to produce a game/talk show than a soap. GL and ATWT are prime examples..and YRs ratings will be just as bad. The show sucks and has only gotten worse and the ratings by the end of summer will underscore that. Use YOUR head…it’s all about the money

Carol
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Carol

Oh, Michael.. I’m exhausted after reading this. Where to start. The first thing that came to mind was a friend of ours who thinks he has the BEST taste in music, and cannot understand why EVERYBODY doesn’t have the same taste he does. I’m going to comment on your last question first. LeBlanc has played the cancer storyline beautifully.. have also enjoyed Rikaart’s Kevin being so supportive, loving, & the voice of reason. Bregman has been perfect too. It looks to me like Michael is now trying to find a new love for Lauren after he dies from cancer, like… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

You bring up a good point about Adam. He should want revenge against Victor. He is in the best position to do so with his new look. Why not expand his story to just more them being obsess with Chelsea.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I have been tuning in occasionally since the plane crash and have been very impressed. Everyone isn’t just sitting around, drinking coffee and talking about their problems. I was impressed with the sets for the plane crash and the building collapse. They actually spent some money. The show has a much faster pace. My only complaint about the plane crash is that whining bitch Lily didn’t die. And when she threw her husband out of the house, why he didn’t break into a happy dance I will never know. Seriously, Cady McClain, Gina Tognoni and Peter Bergman are knocking it… Read more »

Aden
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Aden

I may be in the minority here but I actually don’t hate Pratt’s work so far. There are things I don’t like of course. I don’t get Abby and Stitch at all…especially since he very recently slept with both her sister and mother. Gross. And doppelganger stories have completely worn out their welcome not only on this show…but in the entire soap genre. They glorify cruelty and rape both physical and mental. Hearing FlapJack brag about sex with Phyllis was misogynistic and disgusting. The murder mystery seemed inserted and forced….which was as much as admitted to by Pratt. But at… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Yes, you made some valid points, but during Bell’s reign, there was a balance between plot driven stories and character driven stories. One group of characters might be in an out of the world kind of story, but then another group would have a normal story. Also, motivation for wacky behavior was thought out, no one just acted out impulse. Even when Victor held his wife Julia’s friend Micheal in the basement, it was out of jealousy, he was trying to hang onto his wife, because of his past– there was a back story that made his choices interesting. But… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Finally someone with an open mind! If I had three Y&R wishes it would be that Summer, Stitch and Lilly would run off together and join Ian Ward’s cult, never to be seen again!

Aden
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Aden

I want to coin a name for phony Jack. FlapJack was first to my head…but I like HiJack….because this imposter hijacked his life. Thoughts?

Harry
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Harry

Hi Jack is hilariously perfect!

Aden
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Aden

Thanks Harry I thought so myself!! HiJack it is!!

Aden
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Aden

You heard it here first. HiJack.

Aden
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Aden

Thanks Harry my friend!!!!!!!!!

Nikki
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Nikki

I like hijacked the best although that hit to the side of the head with the baseball bat called love by Kelly has a ring to it. lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I LOVE HiJack, lets go with that one.

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

I like FlapJack. It reminds me of the movie, GROUNDHOG DAY.

“Too early for flapjacks?”

me
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me

So I read a story about Y&R and its new head writer, who is a known hack, and I go “why would anyone hire this guy again”. And then I go “why do they keep recycling the same writers who write the same plots from the 70s over and over again?”. When I realize there is no good reason I go “this is what happens when you hire a known hack”. Then I remember that a so-called professional writer who says “I go…” a million times is really not a professional at all.

Vicky Parr
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Vicky Parr

I just wished these storylines wouldnt be dragged out so long. Also not fussy on the 2 Jacks. To me that storyline is very stupid and probably will get dragged out too. Sorry but that is my opinion. But I love Justin Hartley and he is definely the best you got after MM

Joan Jipson Burgess
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Joan Jipson Burgess

I really Live for the day of Chelsea and Adam’s reunion. we already waited more then a year to recast Adam, and now its been 6months and still no closer to Adam confiding in Chelsea. The longer he waits, the more she will be upset.Fans are not going to like that. we want Chelsea and Adam as the next powerful Newman couple, And he can’t even reveal himself Til Chuck reveals that someone else, hopefully Kelly drove up and hit Delia after Adam left. Please make this happen SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GW
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GW

I totally agree. I love Chelsea (MCE) and Adam (JH) together. After waiting for so long for Chadam to be reunited I thought for sure the first thing that would happen was that that the real killer of Delia would be found out. I never believed Adam was responsible for Delia’s death. When they hired JH I was very familiar with his work and knew he would be able to play Adam and do the character justice. I say this as a huge MM fan who was sad that he was let go. Unfortunately I think we will be waiting… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Yes I too find this change of direction about Sage confusing. I realized this is partly due to the change in writers, but as a new writer comes in they should try to find a seamless ways to change direction instead of dropping stuff altogether. It was Sage who went through all this effort to keep Gabe alive in order to get the money, then she just changes her mind and makes it seem Adam is the bad guy– wth??? Nick must be awfully good in the sack to get a schemer like Sage to suddenly reform. It would have… Read more »

JUDY
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JUDY

IS THIS SHOW REALLY THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS???? TIME TO TURN OFF THE RECORDER AND NOT WASTE TIME ON THIS MESS!!!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Chuck Pratt…are you serious?!?!? Well, now…let me see… 1. Chuck calls Hunter King ‘amazing’. Oh, really?!?!? ON WHAT PLANET?!?!? Not buying that AT ALL!!!!! Nope. 2. NuKyle (annoying played by that Lachlan Buchanan kid) STILL AIN’T cutting it for me. PAGING Blake Hood a la THE R-E-A-L KYLE…DEFIANT L-O-L!!!!! 3. To me, Victoria is nothing but AN OLDER VERSION of THAT STUPID AND SNIVELING Summer…gimme a break already!!!!! 4. I wish that Y&R would reveal Austin and Courtney’s killer already!!!!! Enough is enough. 5. And, finally…DON’T EVEN REMOTELY get me re-started (or whatever) on the other following characters: Ashley, Avery,… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

Jaybird369 NOOOOOOOOOO I was depending on you. I agree with some of what you said but not all.I was disappointed when they killed off Austin & Courtney ( if their really dead) I loved Courtney & Noah & I think that Mark Harding (the cop) would have been chasing her & stirring up trouble for her & Noah. Victoria the spoiled little daddy’s girl has turned into a female Victor. I thought Austin would have gone after Mariah which would have been a triangle with Kevin who would have won her heart until Chloe came back to town with Billy’s… Read more »

GW
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GW

jaybird369 I totally agree – well said.

Harry
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Harry

I do not understand why the writers and producers think Hunter King is all that.
I have yet to hear one fan express anything remotely positive about her,
Summer is a Bummer.

Faye
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Faye

Nor do I. Id much rather have Camryn Grimes (Mariah) get more screentime. I guess CG’s Mariah is not one of Prarr’s faves.

Timmm
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Timmm

Blake Hood, yes! It wasnt broke, why the hell did they try and fix it?

Teresa
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Teresa

Please do not drag the Jack storyline on for long!! Really don’t like that one at all and will be glad when it is over. I mean two Jack’s? Really?? Let’s soon find out who killed Delia because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Adam and I would like to soon have his true identity revealed. I hope Michael survives his cancer. Get rid of Kelly. Put Billy and Victoria back together. And let’s soon find out what happened to Austin and who killed Courtney. Oh yeah…. and please please let someone get the best of Victor for once!! I hope… Read more »

GW
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GW

Teresa I agree. Why does it always have to be the Abbott family who suffers? It’s time for Victor to finally get his. I am so tired of him and his “I did it for my family” quote. He is alive because he has Coleen’s heart – an Abbot heart. I of course agree about Adam and want to find out who really killed Delia. Why drop a great s/l like that? Unfortunately according to spoilers we are going to get something totally unexpected with Adam and as a Chadam fan I hate it. If this Jack storyline goes on… Read more »

Steven
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Steven

Good luck Y&R fans, you’re going to need it, because Chuck Pratt, Jr. is a plot-driven writer/producer! – You may think it’s bad now, but haven’t seen nothing yet?!

Lew S
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Lew S

YEAH!!!!!!

Darlene
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Darlene

Terrible writing and story lines. Making Sharon crazy? It sure is NOT bipolar disorder. Mr. Pratt has not done his homework and there is nothing realistic about how Sharon is acting if she id supposed to have bipolar disorder. Chuck Pratt has ruined Sharon’s character. Pratt has reduced Nick Newman to a bed hopping idiot, actually most of the characters have become bed hoppers, no morals, no character, no glamour. Just acting like animals in heat. The Adam/Chelsea story line is ruined. Gabriel/Adam acts like an idiot. Bad pairing of Chelsea and Billy. NuBilly is dull, boring and looks as… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

NuBilly reminds me of John Denver!

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Rocky Mountain high Colorado!

su0000
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su0000

LOL
All you bitch whine and moaners..
Not one of you will stop watching, you will watch everyday without fail..
And then you will go to boards and write 30 paragraphs why you don’t like it..
The numbers will stay up because you keep watching therefore all will be well for Pratt because the numbers remain good/high..
You all are helping Pratt stand tall..

I like Y&R, I deplore Sharon..
Sharon is not Y&R, she is simply an irritation that is much like a bad ass rash one can’t get of rid of..
Nonetheless, I like Pratt and Y&R is doing much better..

davlestev1
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davlestev1

You like stirring the cowpie pot..I will make my comments on this article below su0000..because..I KNOW YOU KNOW…if you TRULY read his remarks.

Nikki
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Nikki

OUCH!!!!I love Sharon but I would like to see her working and having her girlfriend Chelsea by her side, I want to see her with Dylan and getting over that damn Nick. She is such a great actress but she’s being used as a punching bag for Genoa City which is mean. I also think they do a great injustice with her illness. Many people I know have some disorder and they have job’s and family’s and are just fine. Look at Maurice Bernard( Sonny Corintos) of General Hospital. In real life he has Bi-polar and he works, has a… Read more »

Karlie
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Karlie

One doesn’t need to “watch” to express an opinion on how bad the show has become under “Prattastrophe” (perfect monikier for that egomaniac). The numbers will tell the tale all in due time…they always do. Just ask Latham, Bell and Griffin. Many love Sharon and it’s why there is so much talk online to stop using her character as a doormat. If enough people didn’t care about the character – which even Prattastrophe acknowledges – she wouldn’t be a blip on anyone’s radar. But she is and her fans will and should continue to express their outrage at how she… Read more »

Lew S
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Lew S

Tell ’em Karlie!

The Substitute
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The Substitute

@su they do have Doctors for your problem with the character of Sharon it is now become childish and over the top! Are you by chance working for EB/Victor?

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Except for the majority of us, we are not Nielsen families, so our viewership does not matter unless you are counting DVR.

Ratings are not going up because Pratt and Phelps are putting some dazzling content on our screens. It is because people are curious. When the novelty of it wears off, the ratings will go down again. Mark my words.

ELILZABETH
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ELILZABETH

Not really a Pratt fan. I believe his type of storytelling, non stop fantastic plots can’t relate to a 2015 audience long term. I miss the quiet moments, the simple friendships and conversations that make soaps such a great medium. I wish Y&R had given some of their younger scribes a chance instead of investing yet again in a guy whose been around since the stone age. Why is it so hard for networks to realize that viewing habits change. We all like to stroll down memory lane but time changes people and silly 80’s back from the dead and… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

I don’t even have to post cause you guys say it all! Good post.

Stone Age
doppelgangers
1980’s

Amen

Carol
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Carol

Also…… continued from earlier…. I hate the sudden murder mystery. Hate it, and don’t care. Hate the out-of-character behavior of Abby having an affair with Austin.. what the hell? Her niece’s husband, for crying out loud! Austin was a good guy who was great with Mariah as she was trying to integrate into life in Genoa City.. he was gentle with her, and stood up for her when necessary, so I also hate the sudden 360 of him turning into a mean, nasty, ungrateful a$$hole by doing his tell-all videos.. can’t stand it when for no apparent reason, something is… Read more »

jane
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jane

I agree with you Carol, even though bad boys in a way are HOT, I still prefer the softer sweet caring side of Austin. The one who stood up for some one when their being kicked around verbally by someone else. Summer and Mariah seem to do that very well with each other, kick each other when they are down. At the same time, Matthew Atkinson likes to play the opposite of who he is in real life sometimes because for him it is fun. He wants people to react to what he is doing on screen, for him if… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Jane, I said this about Courtney and I will say this about Austin, I liked them both but neither of them were connected to Genoa City. They flirted with Courtney coming from a well to do family but decided not to pursue that. Austin had no family and thats always a sign if your an actor not to get too comfortable. They needed victims and these two, sadly were disposable characters in the writers eyes. Think about it, the killings have stopped, have they trimmed enough fat? I thought Joe was next but they seem to be pairing up him… Read more »

Eleanor
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Eleanor

I don’t like the dopplebanger s/l at all. I love PB he is a great actor but this is just too way out there. I am also very tired of Jack losing and Victor winning all the time. I would love to see Victor pay big time for everything he has done and Jack win for once. As for the Scooby doo s/l I am so tired of seeing Summer and her purse holder Kyle on my screen it just isn’t funny. We don’t see enough of Mariah and Kevin and way too much of Summer and Kyle. They are… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

I agree Sharon and Dylan should be together. Sharon need to get her own place off that Newman property and get over Nick the p—k once & for all. Let us see Mariah and Kevin more often and a lot less air time with Summer who does not even suit the role.

GW
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GW

Eleanor – Summer and her purse holder Kyle – perfect description and thanks for the laugh. I also agree about Mariah and Kevin and they haven’t been on for a long time. I enjoy Mariah and her comebacks to Summer. Summer totally deserves them. I said the same thing about wanting to see Victor pay instead of winning all the time. Now that would be different. I also agree about boring Nick and especially Sage. To me she was not needed on this soap but I understand she isn’t going anyplace and they are pulling out all the stops to… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Victor is life. Some guys never lose. Look at Donald Trump. Like him or not, he is always at the top of his game, winning!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Id like for Chuck to put Ben back in the hospital with all his dr. Priviledges and out of that lab at Jabot. Settle him with one woman, and unmask Gabriel.

Timmm
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Timmm

I hate Stitch and hope that he is next on the list to be killed!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

U have ur opinion, Im just glad ur in the minority. Stitch is a very popular character!

Meg
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Meg

I love Sharon Newman ,she’s who kept me watching after MM left ,she deserves a better s/l than shes had for years ,I use to love her with NICK ,AND ADAM .MM’S ADAM , I NOW JUST WANT HER TO BE FRIENDS WITH JH ‘S ADAM,I REALLY LIKE HER WITH DYLAN,, ..I NEVER LIKED JASON ,DIDN’T LIKE DYLAN WITH CHELSEA.SHE BELONGS WITH ADAM HATE HER WITH BILLY .ANY OF THE BILLY’S,,AVERY BELONGS WITH JOE ,I FINALLY LIKE DYLAN ,B/C I LOVE HIM WITH SHARON.WE NEED TO KNOW WHO REALLY HIT DEE REVEALED .AND VICTOR TO FINALLY GET HIS COMUPPENCE.THAT WOULD… Read more »

Meg
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Meg

EVEN THOUGH PETER IS GREAT IN THIS S/L .THAT SHOULD HAVE RAD,

Patty
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Patty

I been watching the young and restless for 30+years, just wondering are you going to do away with Victor Newman role, I hope not.

MEG
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MEG

JUST WANT VICTOR TO SUFFER FOR ONCE ,

GW
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GW

Meg if they would finally let Victor get his and they would keep this s/l short and sweet I agree. Totally agree the real person who hit Delia needs to be revealed because I don’t believe it was Adam for one minute. I like Dylan with Sharon as well. I want Chadam and Villy back. I don’t like what they have done with Victoria the last few episodes. She is too much like her dear old Dad and I don’t care for that.

Sally
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Sally

Silly dopplegangers, people with new faces, a murder mystery that is beyond dumb: Wow, Pratt should be so proud….NOT. This show is awful. BTW, why the hell is Adam Newman a moron now? When Michael Muhney played the role, he was a multi-dimensional character with great inner conflict and was smart as hell. Now that stud muffin Justin Hartley is in the role, he’s become a pecker head pining away over a woman who dropped him like a hot potato and is marrying the guy who left him for dead. His decision making is ridiculous, but now that he’s running… Read more »

ELILZABETH
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ELILZABETH

I always thought that the relationship between Adam and Victor was far more interesting than Adam and Chelsea. When ultimately Genoa City learn Adam Newman is alive what will he do? All of the complexity, the shades of gray, the smarts have been written out of him. I guess he will be a male nurse., fireman whatever!!! The old Adam would never be far from Newman Enterprises. He lived and breathed it. He considered it his birthright. Even when he was happy with Chelsea he always wanted to be a part of Newman. Nu Adam doesn’t even believe Newman doesn’t… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Sally, Can’t type your post is so funny. I don’t know if you intended that. But it’s so spot-on. I can’t stop crying. WHAT ARE THESE CRAZY DECISION MAKING SKILLS? Nothing “Gabe” does makes sense!! He’s ass-backwards! I guess brain cells not required for recast. Ok, it’s Pratt’s writing, not Justin Hartley!! Clearly, “plan” for Mr. Pratt means something different to him than to you and I, the fans. He doesn’t mind whipping up an insta-wedding in the park with 1 day notice. He’s done it twice in the last few wks. And, oh, the men decided when, what ,… Read more »

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Eileen Davidson, Vince Van Patten & Caitlyn Jenner In Cast Of New Sitcom ‘Duke of the Valley’

A fictional apartment building featuring a set of very eccentric tenants in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California is the backdrop for a new indie comedy sitcom based on the memoirs of the late Dick Van Patten, best known for his role on the ABC series, Eight is Enough.

The show entitled, Duke of the Valley is co-created by Dick’s son, Vince Van Patten and his grandson, Duke Van Patten, who also wrote the series together. In addition, Vince is also directing and one of the producers of the series.

According to The Wrap, Caitlyn Jenner will star as Heather a transgender “white trash” woman who sells perfume at the counter of Macy’s.  Others in the cast include: Vince Van Patten’s wife and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R and Ex- DAYS and RHOBH), who plays Brenda, a washed-up actress who can’t accept that her career in showbiz is over.

Vince Van Patten takes on the role of a homeless killer named Skipy, who demands to camp outside the apartment building.  Meanwhile, Duke Van Patten plays himself as an actor in Hollywood living in a dingy apartment building in the San Fernando Valley that happens to be owned by his ‘crazy uncle Jimmy”, played by none other than James Van Patten.

Duke of the Valley is currently in production, but without a network or streaming service attached to it yet.  Thus, no release date has been set as this time either.

So, what do you think of the premise of Duke of the Valley featuring Caitlyn, Eileen and Vincent? Comment below!

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Tom Pelphrey Set As Series Regular For Amazon’s Mystery Drama ‘Outer Range’

Another great feather in the cap for one of the finest actors we know, former Guiding Light and As the World Turns alum, and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tom Pelphrey.

Fresh of his star-turn in Netflix;s Ozark as Laura Linney’s on-screen brother Ben, Pelphrey has nabbed a key role in the upcoming Amazon series, Outer Range.

The show also stars Lilli Taylor and Tamara Podemski and Josh Brolin.  Outer Range is from playwright Brian Watkins, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios.

According to Deadline: The story centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness.  Taylor will portray Cecilia Abbott, the matriarch of the Abbott family. Cecilia is a woman of deep faith, which she finds tested as never before. Podemski will play Deputy Sheriff Joy. A life-long cop, Joy is running for county sheriff, and is the first gay Native American to ever do so in Wyoming. Pelphrey is Perry Abbott, the dutiful, eldest Abbott son, who is torn up inside by the lingering mystery of his missing wife.”

Coming up this Oscar season look for Tom in David Fincher’s Mank, where he plays Joseph Mankiewicz .

So will you be checking out Tom in Outer Range? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Celebrates Taping 100 Episodes Since Returning to Production Amidst COVID-19

This week on Wednesday, The Bold and the Beautiful reached another milestone in their over 33-years on the air, but this one nobody could have prepared for or predicted earlier this year.

The CBS daytime drama celebrated their 100th episode back in production after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production months ago.  B&B was the first soap and television show back in production in the U.S. in June and since that time has kept the show moving forward offering its fans plenty of drama.

For the milestone, the cast and crew were given new masks to wear, which showed The Bold and the Beautiful logo and the 100 numerical number.

Taking to their Instagram account over the last few days, showing off their masks, and marking the occasion have been cast members including: Lawrence-Saint Victor, Thorsten Kaye, Denise Richard, Matthew Atkinson, Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Scott Clifton, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and more.

Thosten Kaye gave a special message and shout out to fans of the series sharing: ” We couldn’t have done it without you, our fans. Thank you.”

Lawrence Saint-Victor shared: “We’ve shot 100 episodes since we’ve been back in production!!  Our incredible team who brought us back and brought us back safely.   We weathered this crazy time.”

Check out Jacqui and Scott celebration pic below, then share your congrats to B&B for providing entertainment and drama during these tough times when it cannot be easy to film via the comment section below.

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