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  1. I really enjoyed Friday's episode. Phyllis barging into the Abbott mansion berating the Abbotts for what she sees as their hypocrisy was classic soap! I'm also liking the possibility of a Jack and Lauren romance. JG is using TEB more than the last three regimes have. I really could buy Lauren in the lady of the manor role within the Abbott family. Adam and Phyllis teaming up as the town pariahs makes sense. I like the idea of them working together as allies, not as a romantic pairing, though. It's interesting how Adam and Sharon are being written as having unresolved feelings, especially since Sharon and Rey are supposed to be "the next big thing." I think most people agree, SC and JV have no chemistry. Sharon and Rey are a dud. Then there is Nick. I'm not sure what they are doing with him. He seems to have abandoned his hopes of getting back together with Sharon and is solely focused on going to was with Adam. Blah! I might be in the minority, but I like Nick and JM. Nevertheless, I agree with many other posters that JM does best playing the laid back, soccer dad role. He and SC have great chemistry and, I think, are a couple to root for. It would be nice to see one of the Newman kids to be grounded. Victoria is just a disaster. The characters talk about her as being this strong, independent, woman who is a force to be reckoned with, but all we see is a simpering, whiny, indecisive character. Pairing her will Billy just creates material to be fast-forwarded through. Kyle and Lola and Mariah and Tessa continue to be boring couples that in no way engender fans to be cheering them on. I could care less about a tacky apartment's accent wall color or a failed musican's wardrobe concerns.
  2. AMC: Why did Eric Kane betray Erica and sell his Enchantment stock to Natalie? Erica was so devoted to him that it would have made much more sense to stick around and to slowly siphon money from her and to rake in dividends from his Enchantment stock. When did Langley pass away? After Phoebe died, Brooke said that Phoebe's last words were that she and Langley would be together again. What happened to the Wallingford Estate, Linden house, McKay's, the Pine Valley Country Club, the Pine Valley Inn, the Boutique, Mrtytle's boarding house, Tad's mansion, and the Martin home? What ever happened to Myra and Slone? Both vanished in early 1992. What about Phoebe's trusted maid, Sarah Valentine? What became of Julie and Ross Chandler? Both left town in 1989 and were never heard from or mentioned again (well, Adam mentioned Ross in a throw away line when Palmer died). What happened to Enchantment? Erica Kane had been a successful model and was a renowned business woman who had owned a hugely popular cosmetics company. She had wealth, power, and fame; yet, she still yearned to be a Hollywood star at the close of the series. Why? What happened to Natalie's fortune after she died? Trevor and the kids certainly weren't living a life of luxury. What caused Janet to snap and kill the love of her life, Trevor? Where did Mary Smythe go? What happened to Tom and Livia? Why did Mimi abandon Derek and Danielle? What happened to Bitsy Davidson and Enid Nelson? What happened to Angie's mom, Pat? She never mentioned her when she returned to PV.
  3. Male viewer here... Like most, I started watching when I was a child with my mom and grandparents. OLTL was my favorite in the 80s with outlandish stories like Viki going to Heaven (which was a huge space ship!), Clint traveling back in time to Buchanan City, and Victor Lord's secret, underground city, Eterna. I loved anything and everything involving the larger than life Buchanans. Viki the great heroine, Clint the cowboy, Tina the schemer, Asa the bombastic patriarch, Bo the moral compass of the family, Cord and Megan the hitherto unknown adult children of Clint and Viki, etc. It was always an adventure with that family. The only times I abandoned OLTL was when JFP was EP (there are no words to describe that woman) and when Dena Higley was head-writer in the mid-2000s. My second favorite was All My Children. While OLTL was outlandish, AMC was more subtle and nuanced. Erica, Adam, Brooke, Palmer, Daisy, Opal, Phoebe, Langley, Dixie, Tad, Ruth, Joe, Mona, Travis, Jack, Tom, Hayley, Trevor, Natalie (who I was so in love with!), etc. were such multi-layered characters. Pine Valley was the perfect sleepy, upscale suburb. So many of the characters resembled members of my own family and people in my suburban hometown. Unlike OLTL which retained much of its talent and key characters up until its final days, AMC was gutted by the mid-2000s. Its final months on the air with Lorraine Broderick as head-writer were a blessing. I watched GL during the mid-to-late 1990s. I enjoyed the Spaulding and Lewis families and their stories. However, I lost interest once it became the "Reva" show. That certainly isn't an indictment of Kim Zimmer, or the character of Reva, the show was just so unbalanced and lopsided. And, then there was the San Cristobal drama that ensued. Blah! I have watched many episodes on YT focusing on Beverlee McKinsey's Alexandra. WOW! Just WOW! I enjoyed Marj Dusay, and she was the only Alexandra I knew when I watched GL in the 90s, but BM truly was a gem. One of the best actors to ever grace daytime television. Today, I watch Y&R. After the Prospect Park relaunches of AMC and OLTL failed, I missed having a daily dose of drama. I went with Y&R because it reminded me of AMC in many ways. Victor Newman and Adam Chandler, both men from humble beginnings who have created massive empires, and while both value family above all else, they are constantly undercutting their children and spouses. Katherine Chancellor and Phoebe Wallingford, two wealthy, respected women who rule over their respective towns, but neither can handle their alcohol very well. Plus, Y&R still had so many legacy characters with rich histories front and center: Jack, Nikki, Ashley (until recently), Phyllis, Victor, Sharon, Nick, Lauren, etc. Watching vintage Y&R clips on YT really makes me appreciate it even more -- and also saddens me that it doesn't look as good as it did in the 90s and early 2000s and that the stories aren't nearly as compelling. However, I do think Josh Griffith and Tony Morina are trying to make a better Y&R. Anything is better than having Mal Young!
  4. I have to say the show is so much better now that MY is gone and his stories have been wrapped up. JG's writing is uneven as some episodes are boring and others are very engaging, but overall I feel that he understands the characters and is writing character-based stories as opposed to plot-driven stories. I think he just needs a co-head writer. I wonder how Lorraine Broderick would do on Y&R? The sets look better and the lighting has been adjusted. Everything looks richer in texture and less washed out. I mean Sharon Case has been looking even more gorgeous lately! It's great having Victor's office back, and the redecorated Tack house looks amazing. That set had been gone for at least a year and half, maybe even two years. I figured it had been struck down. I wonder if the Chancellor Estate is safely locked away in storage. I'd love to see it brought back out and redecorated by Tony Morina. Oh, and the music... Those classic cues continue to dd depyh to the stories. It really takes well-written stories, credible actors, realistic sets, good costumes and lighting, and meaningful music combined all together to have a classy soap. For the first time in ages, I feel that we are getting closer to a Y&R that somewhat resembles the Bell days.
  5. Wow! That's awesome. CR did appear in some westerns prior to joining OLTL, if I'm remembering correctly. He was such an unsung hero of OLTL's success in the 80's and 90's. He and Erika Slezak were great together as the "Lady and her Cowboy." Like other soap greats, Phil Carey and Bev McKinsey, to just name a couple, CR was never nominated for an Emmy. His scenes with ES at the snow resort in Vermont in February 1993 when he found Viki with Sloan were so raw and real. We literally saw Clint break into pieces losing Viki.
  6. AMC's Langley Wallingford certainly fits the bill. After Louis Edmonds was taken off contract in early 1992, he only appeared a few times: Dimitri and Natalie's failed engagement party at Wildwind, Mona's funeral, and the show's 25th anniversary week-long celebration. He was conspicuously absent during the Willow Lake storyline in 1993, which was really the last story to heavily feature Ruth Warrick's Phoebe. After his appearances in January 1995, the character just vanished. Phoebe, who rarely appeared at this point herself, would mention from time to time that Langley was out of town on an archeological dig. On a related note, it still blows my mind how Ruth Warrick was so marginalized after 1993. The Wallingford Estate set was struck down, Langley vanished, Chuck and Charlie left town, Linc stopped making holiday visits, and Phoebe was little more than a glorified extra at major Pine Valley events.
  7. I have to say that while I'm not blown away by JG's writing so far, the dialogue seems better -- and the increased use of BM's Traci is a true delight. I also think TM has made the show look better as the new executive producer. The lighting seems less bright and fake, more organic. Plus, having Victor's office set back on screen is everything. Here's hoping the Chancellor Estate is next.
  8. The more I reflect on the Rosales family, the more I think of how they seem to parallel the Rappaports from OLTL in the late 1990's. A terribly out-of-touch megalomaniac (then JFP; now MY) took a recurring character (then Sam; now Arturo) and built an overzealous, self-righteous, hypocritical family around said character. During both family's reign of terror, veteran actors were dumped (then Laura Koffman, Robert Krimmer, etc.; now Doug Davidson) or pushed out (then Clint Ritchie; now Eileen Davidson and Mishael Morgan). Oddly enough, the only Rappaport that was dynamic enough to drive story across the canvas was Lindsay, played by Catherine Hickland. Personally, I feel that Noemi Gonzalez's Mia could have had the same fortune. I would much rather see the characters of Rey or Lola be leaving Genoa City instead...
  9. Absolutely fantastic work!!! And I agree, Y&R's classic music cues are some of the best throughout daytime history. The only other soap that had such dramatic, moving music cues, in my opinion, was OLTL during Linda Gottlieb's reign in the 90's.
  10. The loss of some of the iconic sets (the Chancellor Estate and Victor's office) is truly a travesty. While I really like the new Newman Ranch sitting room, it is too small a set -- especially for the mighty Newman family. Like other sets (Victoria's house, the GCAC, and Nick's home) it has no entrance or foyer. From a production standpoint, Mal Young was a complete failure! Shrunken sets, classic and spacious sets struck down, bright, bright, and more bright lights that make everything look washed out and cheap. I was watching some of the classic episodes posted in the Old Y&R Articles thread and was taken aback by how lush and classy the show was pre-JFP and MY. The old courtroom set and the GCAC suites were just grand and elegantly Gothic. The Newman Enterprise Boardroom was so big and quite the dynamic set. Still, nothing beats the old-school Chancellor Estate... The cream colored living room, that French toile mural in the foyer, and the mint green dining room. Jill Foster Abbott should be living it up as the lady of the manor. I'm just grateful that MY didn't strike down or shrink the Abbott mansion. I hope the new regime reconstructs some of the older sets and adjusts the brassy lighting. Just as the classic music cues add substance to the scenes, the sets are almost as important as the characters.
  11. Agreed! The classic music scores are currently everything good about the show. The MTS episode was by far the best yet. We've even heard "Victor's" theme again. I hope they bring back the "Abbott" family theme.
  12. Did anyone else notice that all major recurring characters, like Jill, Traci, Lauren, Christine, and even Noah, were choices on multiple questions, but Paul was completely absent? Even Neil who has been off screen for months was a choice. Doug Davidson really made somebody mad at either Sony or CBS to be so callously cut out of the show.
  13. It was so nice to have the full set of Victoria's house back again. It was so cramped and poorly staged with the staircase and front door missing. And, good job to Mal for the new sitting room set at the Newman Ranch. I have found his production values to be very unimpressive, but this new set is gorgeous and looks much more befitting of the home of Victor and Nikki Newman.
  14. Agreed! TLW should be back on Y&R (even if on a recurring basis). Great story idea, too.
  15. So did I. Add that set to the list -- though, it was pretty hideous and did not serve it's purpose well. Even more remarkable now that I think of it, we have Mariah, the host of this very successful nationally-syndicated gossip/news show living in a one room apartment with her girlfriend. I guess we are supposed to suspend belief and assume she brings home less money than a substitute teacher working in an inner city.
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