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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Agreed! TLW should be back on Y&R (even if on a recurring basis). Great story idea, too.
  10. 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. 😒
  11. While Mal's writing has been hit or miss during his tenure (75% a miss due to poor pacing and gaping plot holes!), nothing comes close to the abysmal production values he's subjected us to. The shrunken sets for the GCAC, Victoria's house, the Ashby home, the police station, and Top of the Tower are ridiculous. Making matters even worse: the poor staging. Yesterday's episode with Maddie entering the Ashby kitchen was appalling. She just appeared like an apparition. The new sets (i.e., Nick's house and the Dark Horse office space) are more spacious, but the sets themselves are not aesthetically pleasing. Overall, the lighting is so bright -- making everything look cheap and washed out. The only set that has any depth and character is the Abbott mansion, which luckily Mal didn't strike down. From my count, under Mal's tenure, the following sets have been struck down: The Newman Ranch The Newman Tack House The Underground Newman Enterprises' Executive Reception Area Victor Newman's Office The Chancellor Estate The Chelsea 2.0 Office Space Summer Newman's Apartment Paul Williams' Office The Baldwin Penthouse Michael Baldwin's Office The Jabot Conference Room Did I miss any...? Obliviously, some are not necessarily needed any longer (like Chelsea's office space and Summer's apartment), but the Newman Ranch, Victor's office, and the Chancellor Estate are staples of the show. While the modernized Newman Ranch lacked the warmth of the original set and the new Chancellor Estate set was far less opulent and lush than the house Katherine Chancellor ruled Genoa City from for decades, both still helped make the fictional town of Genoa City appear to be larger and more intricate. Now everything feels so cramped and the characters look as if they are suffocating since virtually all happenings transpire at the diminished GCAC.
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