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Y&R's Eric Braeden on Victor throwing Diane out an ambulance, Emmys & Villainy!

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The Young and the Restless’, mustache, Victor Newman is at it again, getting payback and stirring up problems for most of Genoa City! First after Diane tried to destroy her hubby he discarded the gal by throwing her out of an ambulance where she landed bruised and battered on the street! Now comes word he is about to set up his nemesis Billy Abbott, who Victor clearly loathes, by getting a Genoa City Hooker involved in his plot!

But it is the man behind Victor Newman, who makes him one of soaps’ all-time most memorable and legendary characters, and we are speaking of Eric Braeden.  The daytime veteran spoke with TV Guide to address ambulance throwing, his thoughts on the recent Daytime Emmy and its voting system, and playing the bad guy!  Here are a few excerpts!

Braeden on fan pushback after his alter-ego threw Diane out of an ambulance: “I completely understand how viewers would be upset by [the ambulance scene] and under no circumstances would I personally condone any kind of physical violence against women. My, God, no! I would never allow that. But Victor just doesn’t give a s–t. And he doesn’t take any s–t. That is the whole point of the character. He’s the villain! He’s defensive and always self-protective. He’s not here to win a popularity contest.”

Braeden on why he was not at the Daytime Emmys last month in Las Vegas: “Under no circumstances would I have been there. I think it’s a joke. It’s a farce. And it has been that way for a lot of years. They make it more ridiculous every year. I don’t watch it because they [pre-]nominate from within each show now — some genius came up with that nonsense a few years ago — and it has turned the system into a popularity contest. I’m very glad Heather Tom won. And Bradley Bell. They are decent people in this business. And, of course, Maria Bell, who has done a very good job. But I don’t think about the Emmys. You are the one who brought it up. I just ignore it and so do two or three other people at Y&R.”

Braeden on how certain men are portrayed on television as a whole: “I am appalled at the image of so many of the men in daytime and prime time — from dramas and sitcoms to commercials — who are asked to play the schmuck. How many times do we see the father berated and made fun of by the wife, the mother-in-law, the children? It is obnoxious! We are witnessing the veritable de-balling of the American male on television. Men are becoming benign idiots and that is a trend I have always bucked with Victor. And I always will.”

So soapers, do you think Victor Newman has gone to far? Or, are you enjoying his machinations and payback to those who he does not like, or have wronged him in Genoa City? Let us know!

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YRviewer
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YRviewer

Gone too far — waiting and hoping Adam swings right back at him.

Vikki Stahl
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Vikki Stahl

I am actually rooting for Victor, I think Adam went way to far since he has been here. Who in there right mind would have feelings for someone who made them believe their baby is dead. I dont agree with all Victor does but I do think it is justified

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Well at times he does go to far. His comments about the Emmys were right on he is absolutely right!! I still think it would be a kick if Sam was Adams fraternal twin stolen at birth how would he deal with an honorable guy someone who is truly his beloved Hope’s son. Are you listening MAB?

Evelyn
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Evelyn

For goodness sake. Bring Victor down a peg or two. Let someone else win. He is now messing in the lives of Victoria an Billie. How many marriages will Victoria need. Get away from daddy girl in a hurry.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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REPORT: Clayton Echard Cast as the Next ‘Bachelor’ for its Upcoming 26th Season

After all the turmoil of the previous ‘Bachelor’ seasons, it looks like the ABC reality-dating competition may have found their man.

Multiple sources are reporting that Clayton Echard, who no one has seen yet, and who appears as a suitor in Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette, has actually been given the nod to be the lead in the new upcoming 26th season of the series.

On Wednesday, leaked photos appeared online of Echard with a camera crew by E! News  questioning if he would be the new “Bachelor.”

Variety is saying that their sources are saying Echard is ABC’s choice for the lead, but that no official announcement will be forthcoming especially since Young’s season of The Bachelorette which bows October 19th had not even begun.

What we can glean on Echard from his Instagram page is that he is 28-years-old and from Missouri and played college football at U of Missouri and was signed as pro to play with tight end with the Seattle Seahawks, but he is now an orthopaedic saleman.

So, will you be watching the new season of The Bachelor when it comes around most likely in January 2022? Comment below.

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