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12 hours ago, ranger1rg said:


You contradict yourself. Here you blame MIshael for what we see, and a couple posts later you say the writers want her to play backup to Billy. So which is it?

 

I don’t know how in the hell she could infuse more life into this character AS WRITTEN. She’d come across as a lunatic.

 

MIshael Morgan has yet to have one exciting storyline since her return. Not one. And no, this offscreen hunt for her ancestors is not exciting.

 

I see the character as a bit dry and that's an acting choice. However, Mishael isn't in charge of her story, airtime, nor who she interacts with. That's not a contradiction. 

 

I did enjoy her part in her story with her stalker ex for the most part.  What i didn't like about it was it centering Billy and Vikki. There were so many other choices for writers other than another Newman in peril. 

 

Agree on this off screen origin story. 

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10 hours ago, Fevuh said:

Watching a lot of the show today because I saw what re-run it was.  Man Y&R was good then.  The Ball, the Costumes, the writing, and everyone seemed they had something to do.  For the last 2 years or so when I pretty much quit - no show has extras, the sets are empty, nothing looks like this.  I know it's happened to every show but man this episode proved it.  There was so much interaction between so many characters and the production was so good.  I had forgotten.  I don't understand why you can't get some people off the street even today and pay them $50 to be an extra at the coffee shop.  I'm sure there's a reason.  


The reason is because union contracts exist. You can’t pay people like paupers because you want extras on a set.

 

Yes, the production in 1991 was incredible. It was also about 30 years ago, and the world of television is much different today. In ‘91, daytime profits bankrolled prime time, but that’s no longer true.

 

I do miss the elegance and sheer size of the sets, which have been diminished to the point of absurdity. If GH can afford larger sets, so can Y&R.

 

My problem with this choice of classic episode? They just ran it a few months ago. Why not run the follow-up episode instead of repeating the same one again? That made no sense to me.

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13 hours ago, ranger1rg said:


The reason is because union contracts exist. You can’t pay people like paupers because you want extras on a set.

 

Yes, the production in 1991 was incredible. It was also about 30 years ago, and the world of television is much different today. In ‘91, daytime profits bankrolled prime time, but that’s no longer true.

 

I do miss the elegance and sheer size of the sets, which have been diminished to the point of absurdity. If GH can afford larger sets, so can Y&R.

 

I think they should look into a new studio. Likely they could find something cheaper that is also bigger. I know when AMC moved to CA, it looked really nice because you could tell they had more space. Similarly GH is watchable even when it’s bad because the sheer number of sets allows them to tell more stories and use characters in a way that isn’t boring because they all have homes and various public places to meet. 

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The sets have obviously been shrunk (Chancellor house, Abbott house losing the dining room) deleted (too many to name)and created (Society/Grand Pheonix/Newman'room')to fit as many standing sets into the studio as possible.

 

The lack of extras in those oft use gathering spaces , even pre COVID was noticeable.

 

I don't understand how the budget works, but surely a few thousand a week could be found to have some customers/clients in these places.

 

How much did Mal spend on the Dark Horse set that was barely used?

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I think they picked the Masquerade Ball to rerun again because a lot of the characters at the ball are airing the week of Nov 30, 2020 (either physically present or in flashbacks).

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