In the six decades (I round up) since I last wrote about The Young and the Restless*, the show's new-fangled experiment with goodness has continued, making for some actual entertainment. Legitimate entertainment, I mean, not the kind of entertainment where you only have fun if you play a drinking game.
*Before I continue, I do apologize for the Y&R hiatus. Part of it is that I have been enjoying it so much that it's hard to write about, especially since first and foremost on my mind is "Why can't I be as good as these writers?!?!?!" I have the same problem writing about The Office. But also, sometimes real life gets in the way and it's hard to juggle my schedule of school and soaps and James Franco-stalking. I am way busy! And while I appreciate that a bunch of you emailed me about Y&R, the fastest way to get me to not do something is to be obnoxious about it and tell me that there is something wrong with me for not blogging about it or that I am lazy. You know that saying about flies, honey and vinegar? Yeah, that. ANYWAY, all I ask is for for a little patience with me. Patience or pictures of Peter Bergman. Whichever.
The big story of late has been Brad's death. Who knew, a couple of years ago, that Brad would ease up on his chokehold of Y&R airtime and die, and that I'd be sad about it? I never thought I'd become fond of him, but in the past couple of months, I've developed a soft spot for that arrogant, secretly Jewish jerk with the freakishly immobile face.
Eric Braeden gave a very interesting interview and had this to say about Don Diamont's fate:
I was very sad about that, to be quite frank with you. He did some of his best work in the last months, where he played the ‘shifty’ guy and the bad guy and you don’t know quite what he is up to. I think he played that extremely well. I always think that’s a mistake to let people go that have been part of the fabric as long as he has been. Furthermore, he was related to people on the show, and personally, I think those things are a mistake. If you want to want to save money, then cut down on hiring new actors.
Word up, Eric Braeden.
Aside from the fact that it sucks on principle that Brad got fired and so many lesser characters roam Genoa City, I feel like killing Brad off is a huge mistake. Why can't people just leave town?
Also, he wound up frozen.
Traci: Besides, you got your payback-- all those names you used to call him?
Jack: The hedge clipper. Junior. Golden boy. Bradski.
Traci: You were incorrigible.
Jack: And now I got a new one-- the Bradcicle.
Ouch. And also, hee.
Well, at least he died a hero, saving Noah. A frozen hero, but a hero nonetheless.
Let's take a moment and reflect on the genius that was Brad's 80s self:
RIP Brad Carlton. RIP.