Y&R's Katherine Chancellor. A larger than life character and actress, and Grande Dame of Genoa City. I enjoyed the actor's getting to reminisce about Jeanne Cooper, but I felt her send off disappointing. The subsequent story was lazy, and it didn't connect the cast of old and new in ways that I thought it would.
Y&R's Diane Jenkins. Casting the IT actress Maura West with a bad writing team was a match made in hell. West is a good actress, but she was never Diane. It was basically Carly came to Genoa City, and it was awful. Save a few scenes here and there.
A lot of Y&R day players like Mary, Gina, Anita (man I loved Mitzi and wish they kept her), Mamie, never got proper send-offs.
I can't put my finger on it, but last week was totally KA's style. I'll give you a few examples:
- Lily writing down 'Three bottles??" to Cane during the 'trial' was a nice touch that I would have never expected from the regime's first few months with SSM at the helm.
- Stories seem to have a direction (that was not the case in the first half of the year).
- Look how they have touched on small story beats almost obsessively: we've spent one week talking about Dina not wanting to move into the Abbott house; characters have stated repeatedly how Scott pretended to have driven all the way to the Newman ranch to see Victor, while he was actually at Sharon's. That type of almost obsessive focus on a story beat was classic Y&R. Even Victor forcing Nikki into a concert is classic Y&R, or at least the way it's being plotted is classic.
I'll let you know if more examples come to mind.