Dramarama On and Offscreen
I have not written about The Young and the Restless in eons, despite the fact that I watch it, and look forward to watching it, every day. I think it is because I love it, plainly and truly. I think I'd actually put it in the esteemed category of my top five favorite current shows (alongside How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock and Law & Order, the original; a completely lackluster season has bumped Gossip Girl from the upper echelons of my very exclusive list). I usually consider my soaps to be separate entities from the other shows I watch, but Y&R is so good that it totally crossed over.
Anyway, I am having a hard time describing my love for this show. Like, I take notes when I watch soaps because I want to remember what to mention here and also because I am a nerd, and by the end of an episode of, say, All My Children, my notes are completely illegible with anger, but my notes for Y&R yesterday consist of the following:
- So pretty
For the past few weeks, my notes are all similar, with excitement and compliments that I did not put in any context, so I reread them all, "Who is pretty? What are the three exclamation points for?", and the occasional befuddlement, usually pertaining to Mackenzie or chipmunks.
My brief list of complaints I have about Y&R consist mostly of those two things and, of course, my all consuming hatred of Victor Newman, but I hardly need to remind you all of that. We're all intelligent, rational people, so of course we hate him...
For some reason, I cannot accept Clementine Ford as Mac. She reads too...not old, exactly, because she isn't old and she doesn't seem old, but there is something about her that doesn't work alongside the characters in her age range. And she just doesn't seem like Mac to me. I admit that I may not be the best judge of this, because I've only liked Ashley Bashioum as Mac and because I find Cybill Shepherd to be crazy, awful and crazy awful, so I may be transferring my feelings onto her daughter.
The entire Kevin Goes Nuts dragged on too long. It's like every so often the powers-that-be remember that Greg Rikaart is good at playing crazy and are like, "Let's do that again for a while!"
I pretty much love the rest of the show without reservation. Thom Bierdz returning? Yes! Kay and Murphy? Yes! Chloe being adorable? Yes! Sharon's Who's The Daddy story? Cliched as hell, but yes! I will be posting more in detail about these things, but my feelings can be summed up thusly:
The really interesting thing is how much drama is going on behind the scenes that, thankfully, never manages to impact what we see onscreen.
There was the contract negotiation drama with Jess Walton, who was nearly recast. I'm not going to lie, as disappointed as I'd be to have anybody but her playing Jill, I did wonder if I should take the opportunity to write the pilot episode of my Jess Walton vehicle, The Shouter and figure out how to pitch it to the networks. Luckily, it did not come to that. Nelson Branco has a great interview with Ms. Walton here. Love her!
Then my beloved Melody Thomas Scott (there is no way to write a sentence like that and not seem totally creepy, is there?) was asked by the powers-that-be at The Young and the Restless to go recurring,which is oh so very wrong. I know that times are tough and that soaps are struggling, and I am sure that MTS makes a pretty penny, but it's freaking Nikki Newman! I can think of a dozen characters off of the top of my head who could be cut loose to save money. Although, granted, I'd be happy with five hours a week of MTS, Peter Bergman, Jess Walton and Jeanne Cooper just talking about their days, so maybe I am too biased to be reasonable about this...
And NOW comes Chris Engen suddenly walking out because of displeasure with Adam's character arc and possibly because of a kiss with Rafe; this even made it onto Perez Hilton (which I refuse to link to on principle because Perez Hilton is terrible), which is...weird. And then Adam was recast with Sheriff Don Mothereffing Lamb. As a Veronica Marsfangirl, this news makes me absolutely giddy, because I loved Michael Muhney on that show and can't wait to see what he does here, opposite Eileen Davidson and Eric Braeden. And he seems pretty giddy about it, too:
"My first day on the set was crazy and fun and quite a wild ride. I had to hit the ground running at full speed. I think I need a new pair of shoes, but in these economic times I'll just have my shoes resoled ;-)
I'm honored to be a part of such an iconic piece of work and I can't wait to sink my teeth into this thing."