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Y&R’s Mark Grossman and Linden Ashby Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

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Two men delivered two very different types of performances, and both on The Young and the Restless, and their work stood out to us among the rest as the Power Performances of the Week.

First, there was the heart-tugging work of Mark Grossman, as Adam Newman is faced with an impossible situation when Sally’s (Courtney Hope) pregnancy goes terribly south. Suffering from preeclampsia, Adam tried to keep Sally calm while Nick (Joshua Morrow) was away trying to save Sharon (Sharon Case) and Faith (Reylynn Caster) from the clutches of the vengeful and delusional, Cameron Kirsten (Linden Ashby).

Adam was armed with the fact that things were very dangerous on Nick’s end, and that his brother asked him to please not tell Sally anything about it, or her blood pressure might sky rocket.  Honoring his brother’s wishes, Adam did not divulge just how bad things were for Nick and company.  Things took a terrible turn when in pain, Sally had to be taken to the hospital.  Once there, Sally became unconscious and Adam learned from Elena (Brytni Sapry), that they had to rush Sally into surgery.  And there was more ….  they had to deliver the baby stat, and there is a good chance either the baby or Sally might not survive. When posed the question of who’s life should they try to save first, Adam chose Sally in a heartbreaking move.  As Sally wakes up after her surgery, she asks about her baby, and Adam prepares himself to tell her the worst news a mother would want to hear.

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Throughout the scenes, Mark Grossman made us feel Adam’s hurt, his inner conflict, his desperation (especially calling Nick and Victor), made all the more heartbreaking by him wanting to name the baby after his mother, Hope.  Sometimes in soaps, it’s the subtle performances that are the best kind, and the kind that make us reach for the hankies. The part of Adam is so complex, but in these scenes we were reminded why Mark Grossman can play all the intricacies of the character and still make the audience deeply care for the guy.

As for Michael Fairman TV’s other choice for Power Performance of the Week, you got to give it up for the bad guy! Linden Ashby took our accolades in the sheer volume and enormity of Friday’s episode of Y&R, where with a ton of dialog, Ashby took us inside the mind of the deeply-troubled ex-con.

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Cameron’s diatribe while holding Faith hostage (under a tunnel and in the Genoa City sewage system) was quite brilliant, as he goes from saying why he is the only man for Sharon, to how her life is reduced to serving coffee to a bunch of losers, and how he could make her so much happier.  However, he flips, and also calls Sharon a ‘bitch’ and pretty much is scaring a tied-up Faith to death. The guy goes full ‘creepsville’ when he takes out a piece of a garment of Sharon’s and sniffs it, claiming that, “God help him, he still loves her.”

Later, he even admits to Faith that he is sorry he killed her cat and that she has an SOB for a father in Nick.  When Cameron aims to let Faith have a sip of water, she spits it in his face, and he threatens her with, “You should not have done that!” When Nick and Sharon arrive on the scene, Cameron holds Sharon at knife point, only to be stabbed by Sharon instead with a bomb about to go off strapped to Faith.

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Sometimes, out and out playing the villain can bring you accolades, and it’s been twenty years since Linden Ashby has embodied the role of the abusive Cameron, and his return is as if he didn’t miss a beat. Great delivery of some juicy lines, while playing the rejection of a man so in love with a woman he literally can’t tell right from wrong, and that’s an understatement, showcased the actor.

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Both men’s acting partners, Courtney Hope with Mark Grossman, and Sharon Case with Linden Ashby, also delivered stellar work that only elevated the two actors scenes.

So, what do you think of our picks for Power Performances of the Week? Do you agree with our kudos for Mark and Linden? Comment below. But first ICYMI check out our livestream conversation with Sharon Case and Linden Ashby.

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Sorry, I was unable to appreciate the acting abilities of Linden Ashby due to the Psycotic and violent nature of this deranged animal. I guess that what made his acting good, huh?

As far as Mark Grossman, he delivered his usual top-notch performance. I’m not really one of his fans, as Adam goes I’ve only cared for M.M the one they railroaded off of Y&Y, never to be heard or seen from again, very sad and unfair. What is the saying about the accusers being worse than the accused?

Mm will always be my favorite. Grossman gets another new leading lady I guess he will be carrying on with her off screen I hear he has broke up with CH first Case then Hope . Hilarious

Well, considering his age and Case’s—- of course they have broken up. —not because people’s relationships with such great age difference could not last, but most men would like children. Sharon is past her childbearing years.—there’s that!!

Would that be something if faith was really Cameron’s. And wouldn’t it be something it come to pass that Sally’s baby did not die. That maybe Victor or somebody had something to do with it to take the baby because he does not like Sally and did not want all of that interference. I just don’t understand why they would write in that Sally is pregnant and then take the baby away something’s up with this I feel the baby is alive and Elena is or is not in on it Elena may have a dark side but I feel Victor maybe has something to do with it. When Adam called Victor he had not asked about where Nick was yet but Victor asked him was something wrong with Sally and the baby how did he know this already did anyone catch this? I feel down the road that it will come out that faith is Cameron’s. Chance will probably get with Summer. Diane and Tucker are in it together to take over zabot. They are using the abbots. What does everybody else think?

Wow..i love your possible outcomes
May i add that character Sharon, actress i real life. should take acting classes.
That said. So should Peter Beraman
Biting your lip and playing with your fingers are just AWFULLY HORRIBLE ACTING
The test of the cast are Great
Top of the list. ADAM.

How long have you been watching Y&R?? Sharon Case and Peter Bergman are GREAT Acters/actress, (IMO).

I feel Adam did great acting the best on the situation with Sally about the baby and this baby may not be died.Victor came to her and asked her for this baby offered her money she refused.Curious of how this works out.

Kelli,
I totally agree with your outcome of y&r . That would be really really good. You should be on the writer team.

I think you should quit your day job and consider screen writing! Excellent ideas to shake up the show that to me is in a little slump.

So tired of the Diane and Philis and Jack story

SO AM I!!

Very possible, Kelli. It’s a soap where these scenarios have been unfolding since the beginning of “soaptime”.

Yes I agree I love Adam he is my favorite and Mark did a great job

Great acting on both these men Performance.Y and R

I agree Adam was awesome.a Adam fan

Yes he did!! Mark is one of my FAVORITES on Y&R.

Absolutely great performances from both especially from Mark. So heart breaking events. Brought tears for me.

I know you have to keep our attention in some way but as usual the police in general is horrible. This never would have gotten this far if only they listen.
As for Sally losing the baby, why was that taken away from Adam. For you all to write Sally will get mad at Adam and blaming him is wrong. I would had love to have seen Adam Bond with a girl and for Connor to have learn to be a big brother. So once again (Connor) he has to deal with messed up grown up stuff.
The Phyllis, Summer, and Kyle situation needs to end but not with Kyle under the sheets with Audra. When are these shows going to ever stop resolving and creating relationship problems with sex. That’s how Summer got here; then years later the children has to adapt to the choices of their parents.

I TOTALLY AGREE!!

Both actors gave heartfelt performances. “Cameron”. was definitely the consummate psychopath. “Adam” is REALLY trying hard to be the good guy. His LOVE for Sally is so genuine!

Yes I agree! Greating acting by both! I love Adam and hope he & Sally will end up together. Nick can go back to Sharon and his family. Chance might be a good fit for Summer. What about Kyle? NOT AUDRA!

I share your thoughts 100%. I wanted Sally and Adam to be together. Nick and Sharon I have wanted them together for years.

I Believe Nick will be a good fit with Alana

Yes put nick with Audra but let nick be the guy that makes Audra want to be a good person

I just love the way Mark plays Adam, he came in and never missed a beat. Great job keep it up and you are nice on the eyes also

Adam and Cameron did a great job with their scenes as did Sharon and Sally and Nick and Faith!! But I understand the show wanting to bring preeclampsia to light but “darn” !! Wish Sally could have had her baby!!!!

I think Sally’s performance when she found out about her daughter was SPOT ON!! She made me FEEL her heartache. We’ll done!! Deserves an Emmy for that performance!!

Loved Mark Grossman performance, he made me cry when I saw his expression making a decision of life & death. Great performance

Sally starting eating a lot–Adam is comforting her–after about 20 pounds, tasteless remarks start coming—Then a visit to the doctor reveals: she and Adam are expecting twins!

Would not work…not fair to ask the lady so dedicated to staying trim to add 20 pounds–might take 30 to make it believable–she never did look very pregnant with her recent baby.

Great performances by everyone.

Mark Grossman (Adam) has made Adam his own. Very good actor.

I am still reeling at the lightning pace at which the Cameron “story” bulldozed along. What was the hurry? All the story beats…skipped. No Mariah / Tessa & newly adopted baby-in-danger. No substantive Nicki / Victor scenes.
I love that Sharon (and Nick) were front-burner…for a couple of weeks but, wow.

So glad Cameron is gone, again ! And hopefully for good this time ! There really was no need for him to return for his short lived come back !! He was really gross and creepy !! Buh bye !!

Really? I’d think Courtney Hope deserves those accolades, no? I wonder if this was her good-bye performance?

Ok LA had a limited time to do this story has said that millions of times . Was it rushed yes but his performance was great finally we had a villian . I’m sad that JG won’t write for a young group but so it goes so Faith exits today. I’m probably going to pass on the show now

I definitely agree with your assessment of Mark Grossman’s performance! He always delivers stellar performances, but never gets accolades or acknowledgment for it, so thank you!

I agree with you one BILLION percent!!

Looking forward to Victoria gets her Karma!!!

Mark Grossman is fabulous ! He is the best Adam ever !! Hate that Victor ALWAYS favors Victoria and Nicholas over Adam !!! After Victoria almost destroyed Newman, Victor still allows her to be in charge. The storyline is absolutely beyond stupidity!!It makes Victor look like Victoria’s lapdog !!

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WWE Clash at the Castle: CM Punk Costs Drew McIntryre Title Victory in His Home Country

On Saturday, the WWE visited Glasgow, Scotland for the first time in company history for the PLE on Peacock, Clash at the Castle. Five matches took place inside OVO Hydro Arena, and each one had a title on the line.

There were four wrestlers on the card from Scotland, making this even more dramatic, and the crowd in attendance was electric throughout singing, chanting, booing and cheering for their favorites.

DREW MCINTRYE VS. DAMIAN PRIEST for the WWE Championship

The man of the hour in Glasgow was supposed to be Drew McIntyre. This was to be the Scottish warrior’s opportunity to win the WWE Championship belt from Damian Priest. Things looked like a McIntrye win was on the way, but when the referee accidentally got knocked out and Drew hit a Claymore on Priest, he clearly won the match with over a three-count, only with no referee there, it could not be made official.

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All of a sudden a ref was seen running to ringside and when he slid in the ring to do the official count, he stopped at two! Drew looked up and the camera revealed it was McIntyre’s arch enemy, CM Punk. Next, Drew started to attack Punk, but the “Voice of the Voiceless” gave him a low blow, costing him the match as Priest went on the offense while the original knocked out referee got back the ring just in time for Priest to pin McIntyre with a three-count.

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It should be noted there was a major botched move and scary moment within the match.  riest tried to jump off the ring but he got his foot caught in the ropes and could not easily be extricated. After minutes, McIntyre was able to flip him up and over to get him out of the ropes. It was clear throughout the match that Priest was injured as he hobbled around for most of it.

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CODY RHODES VS. AJ STYLES “I Quit” match for the Universal WWE Heavyweight Championship

Has there ever been a babyface as over as Cody Rhodes? We don’t think so. His popularity continues to soar and on this night in Glascow, Scotland, there was nothing but chants of “Cody! Cody Rhodes!”

In the rematch between Cody Rhodes and AJ Styles for the Universal title, it was an “I quit” match, where the only way you can lose is by saying the word “I quit!” when the referee puts a mic in front of your face, so everyone can hear the words.  That means, it would be an often brutal match.

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One of the key moments occurred when Mamma Rhodes slapped AJ at ringside, which allowed Cody to recover and throw a chair at Styles who then went backward over the top rope and landed on a table and crashed through it (it was the table strategically placed there earlier in the night that most forgot about during the match).

At that point, Rhodes landed three Cross Rhodes and handcuffed Styles to the ropes as he relentlessly hit him with the chair. Styles didn’t quit yet but when Rhodes brought the steel steps into the ring, Styles all of a sudden uttered, “I Quit.” Cody retains the title. For good measure, and to show he can be a badass too, we guess. Rhodes threw the steps at Style for a punctuation point ending their feud for now.

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As Rhodes walked back from the ring, he was accosted by the Bloodline – Solo Sikoa, Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga. However, Kevin Owens and Randy Orton came to “The American Nightmare’s” defense. It was not lost on the WWE Universe, that “The Viper” looked like he may take aim at Cody’s title with some serious looks captured on social media. Could SummerSlam in August feature Randy vs Cody for the title? Stay tuned.

Bianca Belair and Jade Cargill vs. Zoey Stark and Shayna Baszler vs. Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn for the Women’s Tag Team titles.

The champs, Belair and Cargill have looked unstoppable and unbeatable with their sheer strength and ability to overpower their opponents. However, on this night, the crowd was firmly behind Scotland’s Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn. In a three-way for the title, the belts can change hands even if the current champions are not involved in the pin. That was the case here. In a shocker, as Belair and Cargill looked like they were about to win after their power combo on Shayna Baszler, it was Isla Dawn who snuck in and got the pin.

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Cargill and Belair are stunned outside the ring, and Alba and Isla celebrated their massive victory in their home country in front of their families who give them bouquets of flowers at ringside. It should be noted, that Alba Frye tragically lost her mother, less than a month ago when she was hit by a driver in Florida. During the post-show press conference, Triple H said Alba and Isla winning the titles had nothing to do with the loss of Frye’s mother; in terms of the timing of the decision to have the duo win the belts. Now, could this be the end for Jade and Bianca? Will Jade turn heel on Bianca?

OTHER MATCH-UPS

Sami Zayn defeated Chad Gable to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship – the main takeaway coming out of the match is the continued disfunction in the Alpha Academy and Otis walking away with an ‘injured’ Maxine, and not helping Gable out when he needed it to win the match. Will Otis now officially turn on Gable?

Bayley defeated Scotland’s Piper Niven to retain the WWE Women’s Championship – Niven gave it her all for the hometown crowed, but Bayley’s in-ring savvy and finisher were too much for her.

What did you think of WWE Clash at the Castle? Let us know in the comment section. 

Make sure to catch the Michael Fairman Channel’s latest episode of ‘What’s Up? Wrestling’ with our ‘Clash at the Castle’ post-show streamed immediately following the PLE below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Elizabeth and Jason Have a Heart-to-Heart; Is a Liason Reunion Possible?

Have Finn (Michael Easton) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) 2.0 finally gone kaput? It would seem so. On Monday’s June 10th episode of General Hospital, it looks like the two now have what could be an insurmountable rift. Finn is drinking and can’t stop. Liz finds him with another woman drunk in his apartment, and can’t put herself in another relationship with someone who has an addiction (Remember, Lucky?).

Who should save Liz from an uncomfortable situation with Finn, but none other than Jason (Steve Burton). He comes upon on the scene where Finn is grabbing Liz’s hand to not leave him, but she insists it’s over between them.

Finn has hit his lowest point.  He has continued to spiral downward since the death of his father, Gregory.  Jason brings Liz to the Metro Court pool, which is closed at this time.

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She admits to Jason, she wasn’t ready to go home and answer questions from her kids. A somber Jason says that she deserves better than what Finn is giving to her right now, and Liz feels so do her kids. They dip their feet in the pool. Liz jokes she can’t believe she got thee Jason Morgan to take off his shoes. He coyly asks her not to tell anyone.

Liz says she wants to support Finn through his grief, but Jason says Finn is pushing her away. She asks Jason how he knew to find her at Finn’s. That’s when he reveals, their son, Jake was worried about her, so it was Jake who reached out to him.

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Next, Liz thanks Jason for being here for him, listening to her and extolling some advice.  Jason says he knows he is no place to be giving advice because he left her and Sam to raise his sons all on their own.

However, Liz points out it’s not because he didn’t want to be there. On that note, she’s pretty sure he wasn’t on vacation all the years he was away from his children. Jason says he’s here now and he will do whatever he can to make things up to Jake. Liz says just showing up to help her will go a long way with Jake, as it also goes along way with her.

You can watch the heartfelt scenes between Rebecca Herbst and Steve Burton below. Liason has been trending this evening on X.  Should GH consider putting Elizabeth and Jason back together? Weigh-in via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Gregory’s Loved Ones Gather to Say Goodbye

On the Wednesday, June 7th episode of General Hospital, it was time for Gregory Chase’s (Gregory Harrison) memorial, which as Gregory wanted would be having his ashes spread with his loved ones in attendance.

The memorial service was held at the park bench in which he used to sit and read to Violet (Jophielle Love), which now has a plaque with his name imprinted on it.

Chase (Josh Swickard) was put in charge of the gathering, by his late father. In very well-written scenes, each of the man’s loved ones and friends extolled words of wisdom they learned from him that will forever remain with them and in their hearts.

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Finn (Michael Easton) shares how much his dad, who was suffering from ALS, loved this spot and that when the climb up the hill became too much, he insisted he could make it on his own. Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) speaks to what a good man that Gregory was. Violet reads a poem.

Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) opens up about how ALS is a devastating disease that takes resolve to handle, and Gregory had a lot of resolve. He made her aware of the limitations she put on her own life. She admits Gregory got her to jump out of a plane with him and that the two passionately kissed, which surprised everyone in attendance.

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Tracy (Jane Elliot) talks with sadness about Gregory being a missed opportunity, and if she had known him sooner, longer and better, who knows what might have been. In the moral to her time with Gregory, Tracy expressed, “If an opportunity doesn’t present itself, make one. Contrary to conventional wisdom, you can miss what you didn’t have.”

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Chase spoke last and says his dad taught him to find something remarkable in every person you meet. Next, Chase begins to scatter Gregory’s ashes around the tree, and then hands the container to Finn, so he can spread the last part of the ashes.

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Afterwards, Tracy hosts a reception at the Metro Court. She and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) share a shot for Gregory. Alexis tells Finn, she is heading to an AA meeting, but first they discuss the kiss with his dad. Elizabeth and her boys make their exit, and then Chase goes looking for Finn and finds him at the bar. What he sees upsets him, as Finn is knocking back shots one after the other.

What did you think about Gregory’s memorial service? Did you reach for the hankies? What do you think will happen next to Finn now that he is continuing to drink? Comment below.

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