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170 November 12th, 2016 New Y&R Head Writer Sally Sussman Reveals Plans For The Characters Of Genoa City!

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Every Y&R fan we have talked to, communicated with, or have read postings about, is over the moon that Sally Sussman is back on The Young and the Restless as the series head writer, and now co-executive producer.   Sussman has previously been with the show under the legendary creator of Y&R, Bill Bell from 1984-1989, and made a brief return under then head writer Lynn Latham.

Now she is ready to fix the problems plaquing the storylines and long-running characters of Genoa City and restore Y&R to the classic soap fans had come to love while featuring those characters who for years have also been thrown to the wayside, or saddled with bad story or romances. In a enlightening and fantastic interview with TV Insider’s Michael Logan, Sussman revealed some of her plans and thought process of what’s to come when her scripts first begin to air on December 7th.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Sussman on who is key to her on the canvas of Y&R: “I see eight stalwarts. They are the indispensables. In no particular order: Nikki, Victor, Jack, Ashley, Nick, Sharon, Billy and Victoria.”

Sussman on the decision to make Jill (Jess Walton) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) sisters, and if she would change it:  “That’s also something I’m choosing to ignore and will probably negate at some point. It makes no sense. It was completely physically impossible! I wrote for the show back when Jim Storm was playing Lauren’s father—I named him after my friend, Neil—and the character was the same age as Jill so how could he possibly be her father? I just don’t know how they spun that.  I do believe it was a mistake to make Devon Katherine’s grandson and leave him with $2 billion. It has left him without drive, without a goal. What does he want? What does he strive for? I don’t think those questions were ever asked, so we need to fix that.”

Susmsan on what she will to do to Lauren:  “She will return to the feisty and clever Lauren we knew.”

Sussman on how she will utilize Jilll: “She’s going to experience a serious personal crisis that will cause her to reevaluate her entire life.”

Sussman on what she will do in story for Ashley (Eileen Davidson): “What I’m creating for her is an unexpected soulmate story—a story with someone who is not going to be the love of her life, but that someone is going to leave her open to one day having the love of her life. Eileen is too important to the show. Too vital. I am determined to make this work.”

Sussman on Sharon (Sharon Case) and the show’s couplings:  “I have big plans for her and Nick. And Sharon is going to embark on a new goal that surprises everyone in Genoa City—one that brings a new person into her life. That’s another problem. We really need to build some longterm romantic couples. You have Nick and Sharon and Billy and Victoria, but neither couple is currently together. Where is the couple that is actually together that we want to root for? That couple doesn’t exist. We have to create some. We may need some people from the outside because the cast is so unbalanced right now.  There are so many single women and I don’t know who to pair them with because there are very few men—Billy, Nick—who aren’t attached.”

Sussman on if she would recast the role of Adam vacated by Justin Hartley, and take baby Christian from Nick (Joshua Morrow):  “I don’t see that we need it. Nick believes this baby is his and for all intents and purposes, it is. When and if an Adam comes up, then we’ll deal with it. I’m not looking to bring that character back nor do I want to do a paternity reveal involving a character who is off-camera.”

So, what do you think about Sally’s plans for Jill, Sharon, Nick, Ashley, and Lauren?  Do you have high hopes on what will happen to your favorite characters when Sally’s stories begin to reveal themselves next month? Comment below!

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  1. Drew says:

    She BETTER be nothing short of a miracle worker, because this show is a brutal mess ! #HonestlyUnwatchable

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    JK replied

    BOY…YOU SAID IT!!!!!!! HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW FROM THE BEGINNING AND I NOW FIND IT HARD TO WATCH….RECORD IT , FAST FORWARDING MOST OF THE SHOW!

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    Ruby replied

    I would luv to c sharon n Nick together. Adam returns and takes his son Christian. Bit Adam needs to return.

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    Debbie replied

    I have stopped watching since Adam is not in the show. His character is the kind you hate because he’s bad but at the same time route for him to be the good guy he really is. Bring Michael Muhney back. He was the best Adam. The show has gotten very boring!

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  2. Lia says:

    What do I think? I think the only logical thing she stated is that she’ll do something about Jill being Lauren’s sister, the rest is utter crap. Sully is not Nick’s biological child, so if it’s fine for him to have the child, why not the couple who’s been raising him? Using the fact that both bio parents are off camera as a reason for Nick to have him is bs. Dylan loves that boy, and believed he was his son too. He was loved and perfectly fine with he and Sharon, so there was no reason to interrupt that at all. Calling certain characters indispensable is offensive on both levels of the other characters and their performers. And the worse comment she made…She doesn’t think Devon should have been made Katherine’s grandson, nor left the bulk of her wealth. Why because he’s black?

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    Mark Y replied

    No because Devon and K barely knew each other and he’s not capable to handle such a vast fortune. I was not believable that K left it to him in the first place?

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    Lia replied

    Well you’re wrong because Kay and Devon had a warm and loving relationship before she died. They didn’t have many years together, but the time they did have was quality time. He doesn’t make the big deals like Jack and Victor, but if his grandmother felt he deserved the money, then he should have it. Neil is a good businessman, and I’m sure he’s been advising, or has at least introduced him to a financial team who is helping him manage the money. There’s also his father Tucker who could be advising him off-camera. I didn’t read any anything negative when the Newman kids each obtained a third of Victor’s wealth, so why question Devon’s inheritance? At least he didn’t sue his grandmother for it they the Newman kids sued Victor. And all of those ridiculous plots where Colin blackmailed Devon… Yeah, I know what that was all about.

    Celia replied

    Hi, Lia,
    I honestly think Nick is Christian’s bio dad. I have tis feeling that Victor had a hand in switching vials to punish his dons for sending him to jail.
    However, even if that were not so, the only people that who know are Chelsea and Victor.
    As I have said, legally, Nick is the father. His name is on the birth certificate and he and Sage were married.
    Even if Adam were to come back, he would have to fight it in court with a DNA test.

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    Lia replied

    No. Nick has had no significant place in Christians life, and that is the factor a judge would look for when determining guardianship, should Sharon and Dylan take this to court. Christian was kidnapped before Sage and Nick could bond with him, so in the eyes of the court he isn’t the more important figure in that boy’s life. Also, with both biological parents being dead, there is no custody to be determined. Dylan and Sharon need to work this out, and go get their baby. I hope she doesn’t go back to the mental facility, because that would only work against her. Nick cannot prove he is Christian’s father, so he has no rights to that child at all, and for the writer to overlook the importance of Sharon and Dylan in his life is ridiculous. Sage left Sharon’s that night calling Adam, not him, so that tells us she didn’t think Nick should be involved.

    Celia replied

    Lia, we could argue this until the cows come home. This is a soap and any legal action will be written by writers for fake judges.
    I am talking about real life here. Legally, Nick is the father…..compounded with the fact that Sharon could be charged with kidnapping. Also, she is mentally unstable.
    It makes no difference who has had the baby until now. Besides, I feel it in my bones that Christian is Nick’s.
    Another thing: Victor would never allow Sharon and Dylan to have this baby. I mean, he controls everything, LOL.
    Dylan is leaving, which leaves Sharon with no support.

    Celia replied

    You do not have a clue, Lia……regarding both Devon and Christian’s custody. WOW!!!!! My parents are both attorneys; thus, I take what they say more realistically than your word….because you say do? We discuss and propose here.
    Also, this is a very friendly site, Lia.
    How can you tell someone he/she is wrong? This is a soap. We all have opinions,. In the end, we may all be wrong when TPTB pull a fast one. Your temerity and audacity boggles the mind.

    jaybird369 replied

    Celia…YES, YES AND MORE YES…Mackenzie needs to come back to Y&R…and ASAP!!!!! Then, from there, Mac needs to go to court (or whatever) and see to it that the $$$ (or what’s left of it) is taken away from that IRRESPONSIBLE DUM DUM Devon and returned to her…VERY, VERY QUICKLY!!!!! DEFINITELY!!!!!!

    Later, my friend.

    Celia replied

    @Jaybird.
    Hi, jay,
    I certainly love your enthusiasm, my friend… I feel the same way. Other than Timmm, no one even mentions Mac any longer….well, now you.LOL.
    Later, jay.

    Addison replied

    Whoa there, friend, slow down! I am the first to call out racism when I see it but Sussman did not indicate that Devon should not have inherited all that money because he is black. What she said was that inheriting all that money took away his drive, his initiative and did more harm than good. Remember when Devon wanted a career in the music business? He used to have personal goals but since inheriting all that money his only goal seems to be keeping Hillary somewhat restrained. Now remember, as Michael Fairman says, these are only excerpts form the interview. You can find the entire interview on Michael Logan’s Twitter page or on The TV Insider’s page. I think you will find the interview to be really interesting and candid. For instance, Sussman does not hold back with her criticism of Lynne Latham and the damage she caused to Y&R most notably with the killing of John Abbott. Really, please read the entire interview, It might make you feel a whole lot better.

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    Lia replied

    I didn’t say she directly stated he should not have the money because he’s black. I asked why does she not want him to be Kay’s grandchild, and questioned him receiving the bulk of her estate. Those comments from her are stated above. Does she question why white characters are wealthy? No. She questions why a black character was given wealth, and made the biological grandson of the most popular character on the show. Is that because he’s black? Because if he were white, I doubt she would have made that statement. Also, Devon was boring when he was pursuing music. It was then that he had no purpose, so you have that wrong. Giving him money gave him power. Giving him Hilary as a spouse has also faired him well because she anchors him in scenes. Who she needs to work on is Abby, because she is slowly becoming useless.

    Timmm replied

    A VERY intelligent and fair replay.

    Addison replied

    Lia, opinions about a soap are just that–opinions. Therefore, you stating someone is wrong because they don’t see things your way is just, well, wrong.
    You thought Devon was dull when he was recording music but I did not. That just means we have a different opinion.
    Okay? Have a great day and drive carefully.

    Alan replied

    Why isn’t it fine for Sharon and Dylan to have Christian? Um, maybe because the child was Sage’s and she was married to Nick and his name is on the birth certificate so legally he is the father. And based on Sharon’s history (mental illness; arson; paternity switches; helping people take tumbles down staircases; allowing her children to believe she was dead for months after escaping jail for being convicted of pushing a woman into a live volcano) she shouldn’t even be raising Faith let alone a baby.

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    Lia replied

    Well legally speaking you’re wrong, because upon Sage and Adam’s deaths , nor Chelsea have a claim to Christian. There is no custody up for grab only a guardianship, and the court will give that to the people Christian has established a relationship with. Those people are Sharon and Dylan. Christian does not know Nick, Victor nor Chelsea, so a marriage that is over due to death won’t carry any weight in court. Sharon does have mental issues, but she’s on medication. Her daughter lives with her more than with Nick, and she’s fine. What you’re referring to is a moral issue, not a mental one, and no one on that show can question her morals without looking stupid because they have very little themselves. When Sage left Sharon’s house the night she died, I didn’t hear her calling Nick for help. She was calling Adam, so Nick can have a seat. That boy belongs with the people who have made a bond with him. Dylan was in the dark about this too. Why should he be deprived of his son when he’s the man Christian knows as dad?

    Celia replied

    I have been saying this, Alan, ad nauseam. Nick is the legal father. Anything or anyone opposing that FACT will have to box it out in court.
    No worries: there are people who make up their own laws. Lia should write for GH. LOL.

    Lucia replied

    Let’s add to all that the fact that Adam wanted Nick to raise his son. Adam knew that he was Christian’s father and was willing to step back and have Nick believe the child was his. And then out of the blue he has that heartfelt “brother” scene with Nick in prison where he asked him to watch out for Connor. It’s clear that Adam respected Nick as a father and if he were alive, he would probably stay silent and let Nick raise him. Sage, the child’s mother, also wanted Nick to raise her child. I really hope they give these paternity storylines a rest now – we’ve had too many in the span of a year.

    jaybird369 replied

    Alan…A-M-E-N!!!!! A-n-d…all of this is FURTHER PROOF that Sharon is nothing but a TOTALLY UNFIT mother!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

    Have a good one, Alan.

    Timmm replied

    This isnt a HATE site! Take your race cards and go! Devon sucks! I dont care WHAT color he is, Tucker, Phllip or Mac deserved the money before Devon!

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    Celia replied

    Yes, Sir, my Timmmy. The day Mac comes back will set everything right for me. Love her to pieces…but, the original, Ashely B. She belongs !!!!!
    Tucker and Philip follow closely behind.

    Addison replied

    Bah ha ha ha ha! Timm, thank you. I needed a good laugh.
    You are right, er, I mean, insightful.
    I just do not want to see another comment which starts out with,”You are wrong….”

    Patrick replied

    Devon sucks ; part 2

    he’s so boring… lilly is just as dull.

    Poor Neil… the Winters clan… sans Drucilla Dynasty… is missed

    Lulu replied

    I agree with you about Jill , Lauren, the baby and Devon! If the baby ‘s paternity won’t be known , why not allow him to remain with Sharon and Dylan ? Why not leave Devon the money? I hate to think that it’s racial!

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    Lia replied

    Exactly. What did Dylan do to deserve this pain? Nothing. He didn’t know anymore about what Sharon did than Nick. Cristian isn’t Nick’s child either, so why does the writer think he deserves to be the dad more than the man who was raising him? Her reasoning behind that decision is plain crap.
    Devon is Kay’s grandchild just like Mac. It doesn’t matter how long she knew him, she loved him, and he loves her. She knew what she was doing when she left that money to him, and that’s why Brock and Mac didn’t contest her will. For the writer to say he shouldn’t even be her grandson in addition to wondering why he has her money, says one thing…she’s prejudice. If not, then question why Jill is rich. Why did she got the mansion? Why is Dylan Nikki and Paul’s kid? Will there be questions should Nikki die, and leave him the bulk of her estate since Nick and Victoria are already wealthy? No. Why? Because Dylan’s not black. This writer’s comments only serve in making me wonder if Victoria Rowell was indeed right about the racism on this show.

    Carolyn Thomas replied

    That’s what I think,too because he is black.

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    Carolyn Thomas replied

    Why not Devon, leave him be.

    Lia replied

    Yes, and that’s why she said she doesn’t think he should be Kay’s grandson. A black man being on the same level as her white son and granddaughter? Unthinkable to a racist.

    k/kay replied

    The woman is not racist my gosh do any of you know the history of the characters! The character Katherine was not warm and fuzzy she did adore Brock and it was a great storyline when she met her grand daughter Mac. The character of Tucker was never needed and stupid plot after stupid plot. She was simply saying Devon needed a purpose hopefully he will eventually get a decent story she is not the one who for ten years have written off the wall stories please give her a chance it took ten years to get to this point going to take a while.

  3. Patrick says:

    it’s great that Y&R is addressing the lack of screen time and value of Eileen Davidson is at last being addressed. she’s the real gold

    WAS this thread really brought in… to address yes or no… on Michael Muhney ?

    Sally Sussman : I’m not looking to bring that character back nor do I want to

    bullshit… with this statement alone.. you’ve lessened any impact you have

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    Patrick replied

    really? the only thing you offer… other than

    Devon is worth 2 billion dollars… let’s delve in to that

    let’s see what Lauren has left to twirl

    I completely, agree: ( because the same thing is going on @GH )

    “… There are so many single women and I don’t know who to pair them with because there are very few men ”

    why would GH fire and let go… Morgan, Joe, Nicholas… 3 magnetic male stimulus

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    Addison replied

    Patrick, I hear ya, Brother but you need to seek out the entire interview. I think you will appreciate it. The interview is a lot longer and more detailed.
    These are just excerpts. Sussman is going to bring Y&R back to its former glory.

    Patrick replied

    fact: she grandstands… their are not enough, MEN

    Michael Muhney… As the World Turns… embodies sexual appetite for all

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    Patrick replied

    Read the “whole” article:

    1. “…The very first scene of my first episode starts with an Abbott family breakfast. ”

    I have missed this… uniquely the Abbott… THIS is going to be great, hopefully Billy will be able to be present. This is going to be a reign of Abbotts sharing and meeting eye to eye.

    2. “…Melody is money in the bank. This is a woman who can deliver. ”

    Absolutely… SS and KA… please for the love of God and celebration of Womanhood ! can we steer Nikki – with – some thing / any thing ? she has her own mind… so warped; used up ; barren ; however you play it… give her a life outside of Victor

    3. “…The show has been hamstrung by that. ”

    forever and a day… how many fans truly want Victor to always win. this explains why these sham writers disintegrated Jack. he’s hallowed out… I certainly don’t want a war of corporate power any more either… but that doesn’t mean Jack had to fail or scapegoated for every thing else. This is going to be a reign of Abbotts sharing and meeting eye to eye.

    4. “…Exactly. He’d be the first to say, “This s–t isn’t working.” And then he’d end it and move on. Now nobody admits anything. ”

    Now nobody admits any thing.

    that’s a lot of meaning… one of the things that comes up a lot in this article… she has an open mind when it comes to what fans like.. and do not.

    this really hits me… because of DAYS of OUR Lives shooting 4-6 months ahead.

    5. “…This show must become binge-worthy. ”

    Michael Muhney is binge-worthy… Michael Muhney has complexities that need REEL after REAL…. he makes everyone around him present and with something

    I just want that the ship has not sailed… and that from this thread… clearly a huge number of fans want Michael Muhney as Adam

    ps: I have not watched enough to form an opinion… the the crap writing aired out… and December 7, 2016 looming

    I like, from what little I saw… Mishael Morgan… as Hillary , WITH NEAL .
    I like.. Abby , played by Melissa Ordway… she’s got a lot of act in her.

    knowing the Gloria and Tracy are home… WORKS
    this is an opportune time for CBS to bring your best… why should it not include Michael Muhney. LET”S ALL MOVE

    Lulu replied

    I agree about Adam.

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  4. Meg Reddekopp says:

    WELL ,I DO WANT ADAM BACK ,BUT ONLY PLAYED BY MICHAEL MUHNEY ,I SI’D LIKE MARIAEE JH AS KEVIN ,I COULD NEVER SEE HIM AS ADAM AGAIN , MM IS THE ONLY ADAM , IF SS DOESN’T WANT TO BRING BACK ADAM .THAN BRING ON MM AS A NEW CHARCTOR.HOWEVER I DO LOVE THAT SHE WANTS BETTER FOR SHARON ,SHARONS HAD HORRIBLE S/LS SENCE SALLY LEFT.LOVE SHARON /SHARON AND .MARIAH ,I’D LIKE MARIAH N HILARY WORK TOGETHER WITHOUT BEING A EVIL TABLOID ,AND FINALLY PUT VICTOR IN HIS PLACE. GET HIS CUMUPPENCE,WHICH I WANT FOR CHLOE TOO,GOOD LUCKY SALLY N KAY,

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    Meg Reddekopp replied

    AFTER SEEING JH AS KEVIN I CAN SEE THAT HE WAS NEVER ADAM ,MM COULD HAVE PLAYED THE KINDER VERSION OF ADAM ,AND STILL BE ADAM.

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    Soapluv2010 replied

    Michael Muhney is over, period.

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    Karen replied

    Amen

  5. su0000 says:

    awww geezus! not Sharon and Nick, again..
    they are ridiculously the most recycled couple in soap history..

    When will a soap writer go in a different direction that is not backwards.
    where and when will there be brand new exciting stuff..

    recycling same old from the 80-90-200 is not good.

    I want NEW !! give me something unexpected and make me curious in a never played story, please..

    Soaps need need YOUNG writers with 21st century media ideas..
    Soaps need a good shot of b12 not Geritol ..

    Anyways– I am liking Y&R as is now… but will see what she has to offer to pique my interest and make go WOW! wasn’t that something huh !.:)

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    su0000 replied

    Sally Sussman Morina is an American soap opera writer and producer.
    Born: September 2, 1956 (age 60), Toronto, Canada
    Spouse: Anthony Morina
    Education: University of Southern California
    Movies: Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey.
    Children: Adam Morina
    TV shows: Generations

    The Young and the Restless
    Associate Head Writer: June 10, 2005 – November 2006
    Breakdown Writer: June 10, 2005 – November 2006
    Writer: 1984 – 1988
    Storyline Consultant: 1983-1987 (hired by William J. Bell), May 17, 2005 – May 12, 2006 (hired by John F. Smith)

    ((1983-1987 .. that goes way back.. 33yrs back..

    She has quite a resume.. that is good. Looking forward to her stories..

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    ELLEN EDWARDS replied

    I don’t want nick and Sharon together…I always fast forward during them..be realistic..in real life they’d move on..except for the kids…Adam was my favorite,so to leave him out..and it’s going backwards..I’m almost uninteresTed in watching…js

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    Addison replied

    I do not believe she is putting Sharon and Nick back together. What she said is they will be a stepping stone for Sharon meeting someone new, someone who will change her life.

    Celia replied

    Oh, Suzie Q….Nick is merely following in his father’s footsteps, that’s all. Marry the same woman, over and over again.

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    Timmm replied

    su0000, if you read the whole interview Sally discussed the epic challenge of being a soap writer. She said Mr. Bell basically said you have to be born to do it so just saying you want a young writer doesnt mean that someone could actually do it. Sally should find an understudy and groom him or her.

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  6. Donna says:

    I’m looking forward to this! This is a very good sign of good stories ahead! Finally! Yaaaay!

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  7. curacaoman says:

    Finally someone who gets it. Can we find someone similar for GH?

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  8. Darlene says:

    I totally disagree with Sally Sussman’s plan to NOT bring back Adam back, and especially NOT bringing back Michael Muhney. Adam is central to the show and was made one of the most important characters. Fans love Adam’s relationship with Chelsea and feel that they are the key romantic long term couple. Until Adam’s supposed death, their commitment to each other was amazing. Other couples do not share the feeling of a strong romantic loving relationship. They have too much conflict and don’t love each other willing to give their life for the other. I’ve been reading how fans feel about Chelsea and Adam and read that fans love being a part of their relationship and look forward to seeing them everyday. Few actors/roles have that draw.

    I know when I was watching until Adam (Michael Muhney) was killed, I was watching to see Adam every day. His unique relationships with other characters drew me in, for example, Adam’s relationships wirh his father Victor, with Jack who treated Adam better than his father, with Sharon when they were dating and married, and then Adam’s relationship with Chelsea. Each relationship was complex. Adam and Sharon’s chemistry was off the charts. One of my favorite storylines was when Adam followed Sharon to New Orleans. Over the top! I liked Adam with Chelsea, but his relationship with Sharon was red hot and Adam’s loyalty to Sharon caused problems for Adam’s and Chelsea’s first marriage. Chelsea was enraged when she found out that Adam saved Sharon when she set fire to the Newman ranch house and then hid Sharon in their guest house. Adam understood Sharon’s mental health and they were really star crossed lovers and caused problems with Adam’s father and brother. I would not be against reuniting Adam with Sharon. It could work with the Christian storyline but it feels more natural to put Adam and Chelsea back together because Adam’s love for Chelsea brought him back from near death following the car accident with Billy. Plus Adam and Chelsea have a son, Connor. Honestly, I hated then”Delia Fies” storyline and want it resolved that Adam did NOT hit Delia. I thought that storyline was horrid and unnecessary but I understand why Jill Farren Phelps wrote it, but it was bad to kill a child.

    Fans like to watch the relationship between father and son and hope for a day when Victor stops treating Adam as a black sheep and always trying to entrap Adam and and make his life miserable. There is too much undone here to not bring Adam back. It feels unfinished. Also you need Adam and Chelsea to carry on the Newman name as there will be a time that Adam should succeed his father and they be the major couple. Eric Braeden and Melody Scott Thomas are old and should naturally be taking a lesser role or retiring. Adam and Chelsea are the future for the Newman family and company. Nick doesn’t have the drive or personality to lead Newman Enterprises and Victoria’s hand at leading the company was less than successful. I’m aware that some people liked Justin Hartley in the role of Adam but I feel that Michael Muhney’s Adam was much more captivating and Michael’s acting is better. I know some may disagree but this is the way I feel. Justin and Melissa had good chemistry but I always felt that their kissing scenes were very awkward, like he was going to break her neck or back. Michael was also tall but he knew how to make their height difference less awkward and more normal. Michael Muhney is a fantastic actor and takes his acting seriously. It never seemed like Justin Hartley was there for the long haul. It was a way to make money temporarily and it was obvious he was interested in returning to prime time and be more famous. And he has his dream “This is Us” and I never felt he related to Adam. His Adam was weak, less intelligent, indecisive, and couldn’t really go toe to toe with Victor. Michael Muhney created Adam even though he was not the first person to play Adam. Michael created Adam’s complexity, business acumen and he made the role his own. It will be a huge mistake to not bring Adam back as Adam is the show’s future.

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    NLGibert replied

    I agree with you 100% concerning Adam. I did accept JH as the new Adam, but my opinion is that Michael Muhney will only ever be the true Adam. He developed that character into one of the most interesting and complex characters on Y & R. Sally Sussman is making HUGE mistake sweeping Adam and his storylines under the table.

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    Sandy replied

    I agree too.

    JK replied

    AGREE 100%…….DO THE WRITERS EVER LISTEN TO VIEWERS???THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD….

    Helen replied

    Add me to the list of viewers who agree with you!!

    Melvina Jones replied

    Yes i agree Adam and Chelse are the Best Romantic couple. Get Rid of Hillary and Devons relationship and mess!! Sharon and Nick do not need to be together. Paternity test needs to prove that Nick is the father of Christin.

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    me replied

    IF Muhney acted inappropriately, he should never be brought back, period. It’s too bad if you can’t get over it but a person is supposed to have MORALS. So what if he molested young women; he was great in the role! This is just plain sad, and the same sort of warped logic that elected the new President.

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    Addison replied

    I don’t know what Michael Muhney did or did not do off the set. However, I know a lot of the actors on Y&R do not care to work with him again (this is why Victoria Rowell cannot come back). As talented as he is, I think Michael may be difficult to work with as he also allegedly had issues on the set of Veronica Mars.
    It’s just not realistic to think they can just bring back Michael Muhney back. It’s not Sussman’s call.

    Lew S. replied

    AMEN!

    Karen replied

    Exactly

    Lulu replied

    It was never proven that he committed a crime . Plus, I believe that it was a way of getting rid of Muhney because of his relationship with Eric.

    Alan replied

    Everyone needs to stop over-reacting about her comment about not bringing Adam back.

    Obviously the character will be back at some point but only when it creates to greatest dramatic impact for the story. Right now she has more pressing problems in trying to create compelling stories for the characters already on the canvas.

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    Timmm replied

    Thank you Alan! She is not going to say he will be back. She wants to surprise the viewers. Justin is gone. Michael is iffy. It may take a year to find THE right person BUT he will be a Victor Jr. type so when Eric is gone the show will have a powerhouse representing the Newman name!

    Tee replied

    Everyone deserves a second chance. None of us are perfect and we sure don’t live in glass houses. Let the past sat in the past. Moving forward on a stronger foundation. This is my mission statement.

  9. Debbie says:

    Please get rid of that GC Buzz and that temper tantrum Hillary. Devon is a great character and needs to move on. It is very childish and the GC buzz is just not believable/

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    ELLEN EDWARDS replied

    Yea that’s BORING

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    JK replied

    HORRIBLE STORY….SO BORING

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    Addison replied

    Really? I can only handle Hillary as a diva-like bitch. When she tries to act all sappy and sweet, I cannot take her. She plays an excellent bitch and I find her to be very entertaining.

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    Celia replied

    Absolutely, Addison?, albeit my fingers itch to do something to her beautiful face. The fact that Hillary can draw such antipathy from me only proves that the actress is doing exactly what she is supposed to do. That is; incite anger and annoyance.

    Lulu replied

    I agree!

    Donna replied

    I agree Debbie. GC Buzz has to go. I can barely watch that nonsense (in fact I usually fast forward it). And they’ve totally messed up Hillary’s character, and I’m not sure if it can be repaired again. Hillary’s constant nasty attitude is so predictable, annoying and it’s getting very old.

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    Timmm replied

    The BUZZ is a migraine!

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    Addison replied

    Yep, Hillary is the girl we love to hate and th Devil Wears Prada!
    Love her, hope they don’t try and switch her back to acting like Pollyanna.
    I do love her scenes with Mariah.

  10. me says:

    I WANT the show to get better, but I’m remaining realistic. Nothing she says here is optimistic to me. Sounds like she just wants to return the show to the way it was 20 years ago. How does that solve anything? Times have changed; it’s time to move on.

    You can’t go home again. Even the great Gloria Monty failed – miserably and notoriously – when she returned to GH.

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  11. randy says:

    she contradicts herself says there are too lil men and then says why bring back adam,,is she another one who doesnt listen to the fans,,,its simple u want ratings to rise bring back micheal muhney,,,,sharon needs a new man muhney and case were magic,,,as for jill take it back to jill being catherines daughter ,,makes jill the matriarch of the show and settles the storyline of devon and his wasted billions,, so devon loses everything leaving him with a very hungry wife,,,hillary as a poor mans wife,,lol theres a comedic touch to that,,,always thought a jill and neil couple would be hawt hawt hawt,,as for lauren start up a storyline for herand beth maitland,,any more ideas u need give me a hollar sally…

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    Rottenhousemate replied

    Randy your a funny guy. The Jess Walton storyline that you’re talking about could never come to fruition. Even if a storyline was to come out like that and Devon was to lose all his billions. His daddy is Tucker McCall Katherine’s biological illegitimate son. If that storyline was to come out theoretically and logically Tucker McCall could squash Jill into Oblivion. Tucker McCall is a billionaire within his own right he would go after Chancellor he would go after all the money he would go after the estate. Jill’s character would not want that because she would lose a lot then just her portion of Katherines estate. She would lose Chancellor the thing she loves the most. Devon should take Chancellor away from her anyway since it’s his money that got her the ability to buy it from Victor blackmail or not from Colin. Otherwise cane Ashby is right in line to scoop Chancellor and anything else he can grab right out from underneath her. Besides I would love to see that gaudy diamond necklace that her and Colin found and and then lied to the fucking insurance company for the money to. It would be great for a storyline of Collins to fuck up really bad that involves Jill that diamond the insurance company her going to jail basically begging Devon to help her get out of the jam because that’s probably what would happen. I don’t think Billy or Kane would really come to her rescue on that one. Go back and read what Sussman sad about Dill’s character something serious is going to happen for her too think about the things in her life for her really to put things in priority or in perspective. I really think Justin wants to write out Collins character a devastating story line would put things in perspective for Jill especially if she lost everything because of him. I would like to see Devon just viciously take what is his instead of being such a good guy and build Chancellor into a Powerhouse that Rivals Newman and go toe-to-toe with Newman go toe-to-toe with Victor personally. If anybody threatened anybody it’s Victor who threatened him. That’s how pussy pettiness Victor really is. I would also like to see more vicious crimes happen. Delia’s death was a perfect example of that. life is not all peaches and cream even in the fictitious city of Genoa City. What I’d like to see is for Young and the Restless to do something that is bold and unheard-of in soap opera TV. I would like to see them expand their character list and add about a half hour of TV time that would be great double the characters a half hour more of the show would be beautiful I think everybody would love an hour and a half and Young and the Restless. What the fuck does Young and the Restless got to lose or daytime drama anyway there’s only Young and the Restless Bold and the Beautiful General Hospital and Days of our fucking lives.
    Randy I like your post and I just I had it in me to reply.

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  12. elm1951 says:

    all i can say is “bring it on”!!!

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    Tee replied

    I have been ready 5 yrs ago.

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  13. mmc says:

    She seems to really have a plan…i hope she elevates this show from it’s dark & depressing status to one with real family units & long time happy couples….I just know I don’t want Victoria & Billy together again….i say that because i like what being with Travis had done for Victoria…it made her character more human, more fun, more enjoyable to watch…before she was too robotic…..I also hope she lets Nick be Christians father for real….. As far as Adam, if JH or MM can’t be Adam, then let him stay dead. & hopefully under her watch, Chloe will finally get whats coming to her…..& i want to see Sharon flourish & grow…now I have hope….

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    Rottenhousemate replied

    MMC I agree with the dark and depressing storylines of The Young and the Restless. But there’s Nothin that they can really do to make Sharon’s character flourish anymore. that opportunity for flourish left about 15 years ago. Sharon’s character is Nikki Newman in the modern era. When Don diamont was the actor playing Brad Carlton. Sharon was the face of jabot or Newman for modeling I can’t remember which one. That was when it was probably Sharon’s time to flourish and have minimum Allegiant with Newman. Their story line together was actually pretty good. Brad Carlton storyline was phenomenal. Go back how many years what’s it been five years now since he’s been gone off the show. Young and the Restless hasn’t been the same since. now he was a worthy adversary for Victor just like Jack. Now he’s got a bitchin ass roll on Bold and the Beautiful as dollar bill Spencer. How many daytime Emmys have they won since he’s been on the show. I believe they won best daytime drama three years in a row since he’s been there.

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    Donna replied

    I agree with MMC about Chloe getting what’s coming to her. She is a mess. And I also agree with wanting to see Sharon flourish and grow. Sounds like we might have the right writer to accomplish this. Looking forward to seeing Sharon get back on her feet and grow stronger again.

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    Celia replied

    Yes, Sharon has been through enough. Many do not want Nick with Sharon, I do.
    Chelsea, the interloper, will present to be THE problem. She is insinuating her insipid, useless life into Nick’s because she wants Christian. She is delusional, as the baby is Nick’s, not Adam’s.
    I hope Sharon will come through this with flying colors. Healed, and ready to face life head-on.
    The fact that she is not hiding; hibernating, is a step in the right direction.

  14. Kalle says:

    I liked the interview with Sally Sussman. She seems very knowledgeable, knows which characters are the strong ones, the pillars of the show. I am very curious, who will be the male actors coming to the show.

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  15. SiteAdvocate61 says:

    Michael, I am excited for Sally’s changes but I’m hoping that she has plans for Elizabeth Hendrickson’s character,Chloe. If Sally prefers to keep Adam off canvas for the meantime then Chloe needs to really pay for her duplicity and Chelsea and Conner deserve justice just as much as Delia did.

    The character of Adam became endeared to plenty of fans because he was a man continuously trying to redeem himself to his family and society. Chloe needs prison time and being a grieving mother will not work in this instant.

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    Rottenhousemate replied

    What about Billy doesn’t he deserve to know he’s got another kid. For Chloe she was a scandalous skank when she first got on the show she’s been that way throughout her time on the show she deserves to be where Patty Williams is.

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  16. Nicholas says:

    I was extremely surprised at the inability of charles pratt and jill phelps to put together this soap with good storytelling . i was a santa barbara viewer back in the day and remember how good santa barbara was during their time . the reality now is that so many great wriiters or soap creators have passed or have retired . if we put aside maria arena bell whom i still think did a great job with young and restless it does leave us with just Sally and Kay . Sally reads the comments apparently so i will just say a few things : bring back the romance and along with it the glamorous romantic fantasy , read the words of wisdom from the great douglas marland , give back to this soap its midwestern / wisconsin feel , make sure that the stories are exciting , make sure that it is fairly past paced so we don’t get bored . Give us a soap that is claire labine’s version of General hospital , give it a Guiding light feel and storytelling with a zest of an All my children touch and i think you will do fine along with Kay Alden . Best of luck and fingers crossed ratings wise .

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  17. Sandy says:

    Chelsea must be included as one of the elite 8. Fantastic actress. It would be a mistake not to bring back Adam for her. Would love to see Michael Muhney back. Chelsea and Adam make a super couple.

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    Timmm replied

    Chelsea is in the 8. The BOTTOM 8!

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    Celia replied

    In my two cents-worth opinion, Chelsea is a floater, without substance. Rags to riches overnight. She was recompensed for her crimes by ‘promoting’ her from the lowest of the bourgeoisie/ plebeian life into the world of the elite. She did so my selling her wares.
    Sorry, Melissa…you know I love you!!!!! Just the character.

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  18. sylvia says:

    Finally!!!! And Thank You!! That is all…she gets it!

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  19. davlestev1 says:

    It’s a good but troubling article all at once

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  20. Betty says:

    Sadly, all of my hopes for Y&R to turn around have now been dashed. Adam Newman has become a force on the show in her absence and to ignore this is a huge mistake. Bill Bell created the character of Adam Newman for a reason. You’d think Ms. Sussman would respect his vision. Sounds like Chelsea may be on her way out of town with Connor to grow up off-camera like his cousin Reed.

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  21. Brandon says:

    So excited for her episodes to start. She really gets what this show needs to be. I hope everyone gives her a chance because she’s got a decade of damage to undo with this show!

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    kevin replied

    Brandon, very well said…Everyone, PLEASE give Sally and Kay a chance. I really believe with all my heart that Sally and Kay will get this show back to where it needs to be. Just like Brandon said, Sally and Kay have a decade of damage to undo… You know, some say we want something new, bringing Y&R back to it’s glory days with exceptional character and story telling is what it’s all about. I agree with everything that Sally said and I am so looking forward to Sally’s and Kay’ penning this once classic daytime drama….The one’s that are so upset about Adam, with what Sally said, again, Sally and Kay have a lot to do to get this show back to where it needs to be and Sally could change her mind to bring Adam back as the story evolves… SALLY and Kay, I am extremely happy to have you both back.

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    Donna replied

    I agree Brandon. She’s got a lot of damage to undo, but I think she’s up for the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what she will do.

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  22. Karen says:

    Thank you Sally, Love it all, especially fixing the Jill & lauren sister thing, that was never right. Well maybe not everything, I NEVER want to see Sharon & Nick together again !! What I am seeing with the slow build of Chelsea & Nick , I am loving. I will not miss the Adam character, as a viewer since 73, he was a recent addition, and I never got over the duplicit acts of his. I did warm up to him, as played by JH. I really hope another DNA shows the baby is Nick’s. I also hope that Devon being Kathryn’s grandson, is somehow shown with her instinct for business, rather than just letting his wife run everything, talk about hen pecked ! I would love to see Michael Knight & Ricky Paul Goldin join the cast. Great actors and much needed in the right age catagories.

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    toscanti replied

    Michael Knight and Ricky Paul Goldin have been on Y&R. RPG had a role on Y&R prior to joining Guiding Light. They are both Fantastic actors.

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    Karen replied

    Yes, I know, and should be brought back. Michael as Dr. neville, and by now they could bring Ricky back as any character, he has been gone long enough that it is possible. He would be great with Ashley or Victoria ! He and Michael have a way of injecting comedy in their way of acting, which is something that is sorely lacking on Y&R.

  23. NLGibert says:

    Very disappointed that she’s not going to work on having Adam come back, nor on his redemption at being the scapegoat accused of hitting Deliah. Adam has a HUGE fan base and I don’t understand why this new writer can’t see that.

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    Sheila replied

    Far too many fans will be disappointed if Adam Newman does not return.

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    toscanti replied

    I believe she has every intent on bringing Adam back, she just wants to maintain the element of surprise. JMHO

  24. Fanny says:

    Very impressed W/ Sally’s interview, honest and open how refreshing!!!!
    Can’t wait for December 7th.

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    Tee replied

    Let’s get back to the basic and foundation of the show’s entrance in 1973.

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  25. damien says:

    sally , thank you for coming back to genoa city even after idiot past headwriters completly dismantled the show in their selfish attepts to put their ‘stamps ‘ on the show: i.e. LML kiling off the great John Abbott for a shortsighted Gloria story or the headscratching completely empty story deaths of Brad and Colleen Carlton, legacy characters
    1. bring back Brad if he ever leaves b n b for Ashley
    2. bring back Collen and J.T , THE LAST SUCCESSFUL YOUNG SUPERCOUPLE imo
    3. bring back sexy Carmine for Lauren since michaels become a dirty lawyer working for victor again
    4. bring back tyler and leslie for neil and mariah
    5.dead weight can go: kevin and chloe are so unbelievable and lame, abby and stitch too, chelsea uneeded

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    Timmm replied

    Most people you want back are dead! BUT, I agree with who you want to dump!

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    damien replied

    thats the point i was trying to make… the deaths of those major characters were pointless and short sighted and used only for a temporary ratings bump. sally stated in her interview she wanted to undo or ignore bad writing from the bad head writers of past. find a way to bring back the carltons and john abbott

    Timmm replied

    Gotcha. I dont think Don Diamont is ever leaving B&B. John Abbott could be brought back IF they wanted to write a crazy twist. Maybe the Prattster has one more insane idea that COULD benefit the show! The John who died was Marco’s dad!

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    jaybird369 replied

    Hey Tim…’The John who died was Marco’s dad’…LOVE IT!!!!! Dude…EXCELLENT STORYLINE IDEA!!!!! Tim…you should write for Y&R. Just saying……….

    Later, dude.

  26. Edie says:

    I’m hoping you will not touch Victor I love the actor please keep him strong thank you

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    Brandon replied

    She’s going to bring him back to what Victor should be. Tough, but also human. He’s become too villainous over the last few years.

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    Edie replied

    Thank you

  27. JMER says:

    I am not a Y&R viewer but as a GH viewer, if I could have even half that honesty, straightforwardness about what/who we’ll be seeing on our screens, I’d be happy whether I liked it or not. I’d def know whether I was interested enough to tune in instead of being sent false lures that turn into nothing. And at least they are invested in the Classic vets on the show. Wow, I’m impressed. And Days seems to get it too and they didn’t even need a viewer poll. I can’t switch soaps, there’s something about GH at its core that attracts me that the othes don’t have, however, I like what these other soaps are doing a lot–raising the bar hopefully.

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    toscanti replied

    I love Y&R and have been a fan for over 30 years, I’m so looking forward to the new writers taking the reigns. I have tried to get into GH and enjoyed it prior to the current writer’s visions. I typically FF through the entire hour in about 5 min. It’s very sad because there is a huge amount of wasted talent on GH currently.

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    JMER replied

    Cheers to you and the bright future of Y&R! I actually think Jelly are doing better than RC and Guza, however, are so busy trying to fix the damage of RC and Guza’s regimes that they can’t really dig in and do their thing. The show is still being run heavily by exec committee. But Sussman says she’ll change things on day 1, will outright ignore many things done previously, and will aim to please by covering all the classic DT basics like balance, character writing, longer scenes, etc. Obviously she has watched all 4 shows, read the boards, prob read the viewer poll and is familiar with the downfall of DT serials. Granted GH is way more gutted and destroyed than Y&R. I can’t believe that GH has been going through this for decades and still there’s no relief yet and Y&R/Days are leading the charge. No matter, as long as GH gets there eventually, I will wait for it. Even B&B is better off than poor GH.

  28. Maggie says:

    I would like Adam to return. He is Chelsea’s soulmate and he needs to put Miss Cloe behind bars now for her part in separating him from his famoly. Let Nick find out he’s not the baby’s father. He doesn’t need to be so cocky. He held Sage up on a pesital and she wasn’t loyal to him. This needs to be addressed. Let Jack forgive and reunite with his Red…Phyllis. Don’t kill off Dylan. Recast if necessary. This is Paul’s only grown and alive son that is GOOD and on the show. It reminds me of when Chief Williams Paul’s dad and he worked together. Create a more family unity on the show.
    I don’t like Devon having Katherine’s riches. It should have been divided amongst Brockton and Devon’s dad and to Cane and Jill.
    Jill needs to ditch Collin. I actually enjoyed when Cane’s mother was on ty he show. Bring back Phyllis’s son Daniel and let him hook up with Mariah since Kevin is too ignorantly blind where Chloe is concerned and loosing Mariah. Heal Patty and let her have a decent life and become someone and have lots of kitties to love. Bring back Avery for Stitch or Dylan. Give us a little excitement like a Mystery or two. We haven’t had one since Jack’s double and the bad cop started killing people. Make Y & R exciting again. Unite couples we love. Make it family, intriguing and exciting again. Make Victor b e less an ass and more a father with a multimillion dollar business….not the other way around.

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    Sheila replied

    Maggie – you wrote a great article and I agree with all of your suggestions. ADAM has to come back.

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  29. k/kay says:

    Please go read the entire interview you will better understand what she is saying . JH’s show is a success he can’t come back and we dont need another recast. I wish she could restore the iPhone led Newman ranch set so may regimes that have brought this show to its knees I pray and hope she turns it around.

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    k/kay replied

    The old Newman ranch set I apologize this I pad literally jumps old over the place best of luck to her and Kay older viewers are going to be happy I hope!!!

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    Addison replied

    Yes, it is imperative that folks read the entire interview. It’s very good and she speaks of what a travesty it was to kill off John Abbott.

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    kevin replied

    Yes, BEST interview I have seen in years and the most excited that I have been in a decade about Y&R…

    Addison replied

    Right, Kevin. Sally Sussman also speaks of how the past writers did not pay fidelity to the past. They didn’t even bother researching their characters’ histories.
    She is going to write character driven stories which pay fidelity to the past.
    But before someone starts shrilling,”Oh that sounds so old fashioned!,” they also need to know she spoke of the business of Genoa City needing to represent businesses of the new millennium. This is why Ashely’s makeup app for Jabot Cosmetics is totally relevant and why The GC Buzz is as well.
    With the new EP at the helm, Y&R has already gotten better.
    With the new writing regime it’s really going to sing. It’s Back to the Future with Y%R!

  30. Alice says:

    I thought she was hired to make the show better, not worse….she just totally blew up this show by eliminating Adan Newman…this is a horrible, horrible decision…and keeping Jill….my gosh, time for therapy….listen to the fans!!!

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    Brandon replied

    Jill is the only original character from the beginning that is left. She is essential to Y&R. Any real fan could see that.

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    Carolyn Frazier replied

    Jill is not the only original character. There are a lot of them that are originals.

    Brandon replied

    She’s the only character who was there from day one in 1973. The next one would be Paul who came in 78.

    Addison replied

    Hang on–Adam will come back but it’s going to be awhile.
    I am not sure who will play him but mark my words, he will come back on time to see Christian graduate from Harvard.

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  31. JK says:

    BRING BACK ADAM!!!!! DONT LOSE EVEN MORE VIEWERS!!

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  32. Elizabeth Corbett says:

    Killing off Adam was a great loss to the show. His and Chelsea’s marriage was the best stable love on the show. Sharon and Dylan need to work thru this problem they could adopt. Dylan was adopted and he is a of e excellent character. Nick should enjoy his son but let Dylan have some time with him. Do not put Nick with Sharon or Chelsea give him a break. Enough with Jack and Phyllis and Billy and Victoria. Clear up old story lines and start new ones with some sense to them.

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    Suds replied

    Agree!

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  33. toscanti says:

    RUDE!!!!!

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  34. davlestev1 says:

    Dude seriously you need to chill and just watch. .some of what you said is a bit unnecessary

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  35. Carolyn Frazier says:

    I hope you never put Sharon with Nick again. I want Jack and Phyllis to stay together. Nick should be able to keep Christian after losing Sage. Travis looks great for Abby and Victoria and Billy. I am looking forward to a feisty Lauren again.

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  36. Edward says:

    I would like to see Nick and Sharon reconcile, and represent the stable couple and family that we root for. I don’t see any mention about plans for Neil. Drucilla has to return, with Victoria Rowell. That is the only way that the Winters family makes any sense.

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    Billie Broils replied

    yes bring Drew back

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  37. Suds says:

    So tired of recycled storylines on this show! How I miss Guiding Light and As the World Turns from the 80s! Nick and Sharon, old news, let it go! Billy and Vik, old news let it go! While I would love to see some long lasting couples to root for, the couples on this show are and have been too unhealthy. Victor and Nikki are terribly unhealthy! How I’d love to see her leave him and become an independent happy woman who put on some jeans once in awhile and did more than go to committee meetings, and Victor is just a selfish bully. Michael and Lauren are probably the best couple on the show, and Ashley and Neville might have been another if given the chance! Sage and Nick could have been great long term as well. Bring back Adam even if it means recasting, and even if he lets Nick keep Christian…but clear him of hitting Delia, and make Chloe deal with that reality. I say have Constance be the driver who hit Delia, hence her back injury which put her in a wheel chair…maybe Nick finds another of sages lost journals and this is how they learn Constance hit Delia, because sage helped her cover it up. Devo needs to keep his money, do something good with it, and dump Hilary and get with Mariah. And finally, stop with all the borderline incestuous relationships! Bring on some new people and quit keeping the love so in the family!

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  38. Michele says:

    Hoping the best for Y&R and wholeheartedly believe the best must include the character of Adam Newman MASTERFULLY portrayed by Michael Muhney. He’s complex, multidimensional, riveting, and memorable.

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  39. Donna says:

    What about Phyllis she a main character . Why always Shannon

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    Donna replied

    Other Donna, you must mean Sharon? (Because there is no Shannon on the show). Sharon is an important character with significant connections. She and Nick will always have a strong bond. Plus she will always get under Victor and Nikki’s skin, and that will always keep things interesting. That being said, I agree that Phyllis is an important character as well. I would really like to see Phyllis and Billy have another rendezvous, as their chemistry was off the charts.

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    Addison replied

    Have you noticed since Stafford vacated that Phyllis is no longer feuding with Sharon?
    Phyllis was always Sharon’s worst enemy but now Sharon is her own worst enemy

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  40. Linda says:

    I have watched since the very beginning, the story lines are so boring now and makes no sense to me, what is showing now I seldom watch or fall asleep while it is on. What she is planning so far sounds good to me, we will wait & see……

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  41. Linda says:

    By the way try to bring back the character Adam he is sorely missed and the actor Michael who played him…..pleaseeeeee!

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  42. Char says:

    What about Micheal? What happened to his cancer?

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    Mo replied

    It apparently went the same place as his divorce to Lauren.

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  43. Mo says:

    Sounds good.

    I do agree that Devon needs something. He’s just basically running around after his wife cleaning up her messes. The GC Buzz story is so inane and boring. I want it to go. I don’t want to watch a show where people are watching a show. Devon has left Jill with running Chancellor. He shows really no interest in it.

    Noah also needs something. Seeing him working as a bartender is so ridiculous. I just can’t believe that his parents would think that’s okay. Maybe he has a trust fund to look forward to or something, but it really makes no sense, unless he’s planning on becoming manager. Even then, he just seems to be floating through life. At least Summer is going to college.

    I look forward to seeing improved stories.

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  44. Sissy says:

    Please bring back the character of ADAM ASAP!!!! I’m fine if we can fix it so that Christian is Nick’s…..but Genoa City needs Adam Newman. He is favorite character, by far.

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    Tee replied

    Take out the last 4 to 5 years. I have been watching from 1993 and am at the point now that I go on and do my errands and read the recaps. Bring back Adam. He sure kept me watching. When he was bad he was good. MM took that character and he became Adam. Not all actors can do that. BM is another great actor and when he left and MM left I went into withdrawl. In fact I stop even looking and reading the recaps and posting. So I am open to see what you will bring to get me back as a regular viewer and poster.

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  45. Bart says:

    Looking forward to December 7th and the clean-up that lies ahead – The Phelps/ Pratt regime has left this show in a horrible mess! To sum it up, it was nothing but plot-driven gimmicks (a plane crash, the Jack doppelganger, fire at Newman), weak stunt castings, 2 Billy Abbotts that both suck, a kick-ass Adam Newman recast (Justin Hartley) that ended up leaving, new and uninteresting characters (Marisa, Luca/Puka, Natalie), bad character pairings (Chlesea/Billy, Stitch/Abby, Luca/Summer, Sharon/Dylan) – I can go on but won’t I’m sure many of you feel my pain.

    Let’s give Sally and the new regime time to find their footing, do the necessary damage control, and bring this show back (or at least close to back) to the show it can be!
    I’d like to forget the last 8-10 years of “Y & R”, especially the last two

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  46. Ron says:

    I applaud the direction the returning writers’ crew will take. Having been nurtured by Bill Bell himself, they will take the program to its former glory and stylish storytelling. They also have chosen their first battles carefully; after all, they cannot possibly fix the entire mess in one fell swoop. Both Sussman and Alden were with Bill Bell when he recreated the original cast and thirty minute program (Brookes family, Foster family, Chancellor) to the sixty minute show that eased out the Brookes and Foster stories and developed Abbotts, Williams and Newmans. That took time and so will this.

    Now, what would I like to see?
    Jill Abbott following the character development of Kay Chancellor! That would bring Y and R full circle, what Jill envied and loathed she herself falls victim to and becomes. That will call for another middle class storyline– one Y and R sorely needs. Nothing worse than a program of millionaires. Bill Bell knew his audience. This is southern Wisconsin! The midwest has enjoyed a calm fall so far, but all those outdoor sunny scenes in the park are ridiculous! Who of the current writing staff was raised and bred in the midwest?

    I would like to see the annual summer storyline that kept the YOUNG in Young and Restless. For good or bad, it gave us Cricket and Lauren and Danny… and Phyllis eventually. They tackled social stories for teens and young men and women. This is another theme I’d like to see resurrected. Real kids, real problems, real solutions.

    Gina Romalotti… first it was Pierre in the 70s, then Gina… then NO ONE. Where is the music? It will give us some heightened romance. And the Colonnade? Miss the place.

    Bill Bell had a talent for separting storylines. These days everyone is in everyone’s business. No wonder we don’t root for anyone anymore. Alliances and relationships are worse than the revolving doors to the athletic club.

    I really only fume about one thing with the current show and that is how SO MUCH story takes place off screen and the viewers are told of events that we never see. It is just plain poorly executed storytelling: television is first and foremost a VISUAL experience.

    Sorry to pontificate here but I sorely miss characters of the original cast and would love to see the return of some of them (bring back concert pianist Leslie Brookes, scheming writer Lorie Brookes, recast Kay Chancellor’s son, Brock) and damn it, tell some great stories that were groundbreaking: Jennifer Brookes’ breast surgery, Traci Abbott’s dieting, on and on they go with patience (and yes, sometimes very slowly but giving us every reason to tune in to the final end of the story) and the heart-wrenching, tear-out-your-heart background music that manipulated your completely: it’s called pathos.

    Ah, my nickel’s worth.

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    kevin replied

    Ron, so well said…THANK YOU so much for your wonderful input which I agree with you 100% on everything you said and the character’s you have mentioned. How Bill Bell did this show was wonderful and the character’s that he created and how he transitioned the show from the 70′s to the 80′s to the 90s and the early 2000′s.
    I so agree on Lorie Brooks and Leslie Brooks. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for Jaime Lyn Bauer and Janice Lynde return. It’ so sad that Victoria Mallory has passed. I also agree with Gina’s…so missed that era. Ron, I love how you describe the background music, which I have been asking for for many years. I know that Sally and Kay will turn this show around to have us fans want to watch it everyday. To Ron and all the other readers…HAPPY HOLIDAYS and ALL good health and happiness.

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  47. Iakovos says:

    I find myself thinking along the same lines as Miss Sussman. So eager to see where this legacy program goes under her tenure. She is a smart and savvy storyteller who has the gift of having worked with Bill Bell. More power to you, Miss Sussman! you have a supporter in me!

    I never liked the Jill-Lauren sisters story development. And hooray for a Jill-centric story. I may be in the minority, but I can do without Adam for a while. Let us have time for all his crazy misdeeds and stories to rest. The idea of a distant black sheep son is a good one but what all went down from the Ashley-Sharon baby switching game through the highly implausible plastic surgery return of Adam (though well played by Justin Hartley) made it unpleasant for me. And hooray for the hint of a Sharon fix and a special story for Miss Davidson as Ashley.

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    kevin replied

    Thanks so much Iakovos and very well said and I also agree with you.

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    Billie Broils replied

    I disagree on the Adam story lines, they were not necessary and need to be cleaned up, Adam needs to be cleared of the Deliah hit an run storyline, they made him a villian, should have made him a smart business man like Victor, he and chelsea make a good couple, bring him back please and give him a good clean storyline, not a villian.

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  48. Timmm says:

    Sally, thank you. I appreciate your candid comments. I hate the whole Chancelor-Jill-Tucker-Devon-Lauren bull crap! Jeanne died but the name should not have. I would love to see William Russ return and take over Chancelor industries. He was great. Rebuild that house!

    I love how she flat lined Justin from the show and paid him a big compliment. He is gone and so is the character for now. In a year from now she will surprise us with MM or probably more realistically, a major name as an Adam recast. He has to be charming AND be a devil to! Send Chelsea and Connor away. Not needed.

    Sharon and Nick will be together some day but they both need new partners for now.

    And finally Sally my biggest and greatest idea, this Phyllis on the show, she is NOT Phyllis. She is a double that has been working with Marco. The real Phyllis will return as Michelle Stafford and her and Jack will live happily ever after! Get Michelle the hell out of Port Charles!

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  49. Billie Broils says:

    P,lease bring Adam back, he was the only character that made the show interesting, and do something with chloie. that was really stupid and they need to stop talking about Billy and chloies daughter, are they going to figure out Billy is the father to the other girl, this show needs to be more realistic, you cant walk into a hospital and steal sperm samples, stupid, stupid stupid, I am ready to just watch GH, it is realistic.

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  50. Edward says:

    Please recast the actress playing Lily. CK cannot act, and is not believable as a mature, caring wife and mother.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Edward…DEFINITELY!!!!! I (myself) always preferred Lily #2 (who was played by Davetta Sherwood). To me, Davetta was WAY MORE BELIEVABLE in the role of Lily…UNLIKE the current actress portraying Lily (BEYOND BLECH!!!!!!!!!!)!!!!!

    Just saying………..

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  51. Lew S. says:

    I rejoiced with many at the news of Pratt leaving Y&R and the return of Sally Sussman and Kay Alden. I am in favor of focusing on core characters and undoing the damage that has been done over the years to Sharon, Nikki and Neil, but there have been characters that have been introduced that I hope they don’t overlook. Phyllis, in my opinion is a major core character, who deserves to be front and center, along with Michael, Kevin, Chelsea, Paul & Christine. There are stories that require a resolve. We know damn well, Adam did not perish in that fire and Victor has him hidden in Paris! But, maybe Sally will address this in a few years. Hey, they great soap writers knew how to make us wait for the big reveal! I also believe for a show to continue, there has to be a concentration on the next generation. Who are the heirs to Newman Enterprises and Jabot? Who are the next Victor Newman, Jack Abbott and Jill Atkinson? I am looking forward to December 7th!!

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  52. Mo says:

    I’m disappointed that she wants to keep GC Buzz. I find that storyline to be very boring. The scenes with Hilary talking to the camera are boring and do not push story forward. Also, not enjoying the GC Buzz office scenes. I found it to be so implausible that Hilary was bemoaning Mariah quitting when Mariah had only worked there for a couple days. I don’t even know why Mariah wants to work there in the first place. It was just a way for Hilary to get access to the baby switch secret.

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  53. Bill says:

    LOVE Tristan Rogers, but I agree with the posters that say kill off Colin if you won’t use him. When he first came onto the canvas, I hoped in vain that the writers would find some way to get him to lock horns with Victor, but they’ve pretty much emasculated the character. He’s almost as neglected as Gloria. Release Tristan and let him focus on GH and “The Bay.”

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  54. George says:

    Please just bring the old background music!! It will make Young and the Restless great again!!!

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  55. George says:

    Also get rid of Abby, Summer, Devon, Phyliss , Billy

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  56. Susan says:

    I am so thoroughly disgusted with Y&R that I doubt there is anything Sally Sussman can do to change my mind. I threw in the towel on this show when Victor hired Marco to take Jack’s place in Genoa City. And then Victor had the real Jack hidden away. And what I’ve heard of this story line concerning the baby has made me glad I’m not watching.

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  57. Joan says:

    I really hope she spruce Y&R and return it to its days of glory. As a long-time viewer, I was thinking of just letting the Y&R go. It had become so boring with long, dragged out stories. What really bothered me was that the main characters’ personalities were changed drastically and all couple were broken up. I look forward to seeing stories of someone who really knows the characters.

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  58. Geena says:

    What I can say is that I hope to see characters that have real purpose again! Most of the people on the show are aimless not to mention grating on my nerves.

    What I am disappointed about is the fact that Sally will drop some of these big stories without any satisfactory conclusions. Sharon does not pay, Chloe does not pay, Victor does not pay, Jack made no one pay, Nick does not find out his wife was a fraud!

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  59. MrsMonte says:

    I’m sorry, but I WAS excited for #sallysussman but after hearing her interviews, I’m disappointed! First of all NO NEED for Adam???!!!! Have you lost your mind?? The greatest thing #yr ever did was bring back Adam! We ABSOLUTELY NEED ADAM. Then there’s Vickie… I LOVE her and Travis. Since #billymiller left, he is the PERFECT match for Vickie. That’s not to say I don’t love #jasonthompson BUT I don’t love him with Vickie. Michael Roark has a similar “swag” that Miller had and they couldn’t have found a more perfect match… Let Travis & Vickie be THE happy couple (oh right, screwing them ip already… well fix it)!! Put Billy & Phyliss together, they have chemistry and are really funny or find him someone new. And I’m soooooooooo over Nick/Sharon. Let Chelsea have Nick and bring Adam back to Sharon, how could anyone forget or TRY to make us forget this epic love story, these 2 were and are SOULMATES!! They failed to play that with #justinhartley which pissed me off so #bringbackmichaelmuhney and put him back with the REAL love of his life, Sharon.. they lit up the screen like no other in decades… HUGE mistake not using them, HUGE

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  60. penny says:

    Well if those people are her main focus I want nothing to do with it. I watch for Neil, Lily Cain, Hilary and Devon, they don’t have much of a story line as is, so if her plans are to alienate them even more, there’s no reason for me to watch.

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  61. Tani Sterling says:

    I wanted to responded to this. So, I wrote, leaned over, hit some key and lost my writing.

    If I could redo in a very few words:

    Victor and Nikki are older: redo Victor, make Nikki smarter

    Have a stable couple or person to center the program

    Be careful with Kevin and Mariah. Let the relationship grow

    Paul is an integral person. We love hm. His brother is a priest. He doesn’t have to arrest only his friends. Good heavens, find a story. There are so many stories just hanging out there. Long term planning would allow that. Watch BLUE BLOODS.

    lastly, there were many unkind comments regarding who is Sully’s or Christian’s father. Who knows. A huge hole was left. Victor was the person who first came forth to all of us, the audience, proclaiming Adam was the father. Adam did not deny,

    Here, the Birth Certificate would be the starting point, and probably the baby would be in the hands of Social Services. All would be in court. I don’t think the kidnapping charges hold weight considering what Sharon was subjected to. A lot of victims here. The perpetrator was killed.

    This show has lost its class and fun. The sets, the hair styles, the music.

    I doesn’t just need explosive happenings and a lot of young and handsome persons to up the ratings. It needs both and things somewhat believable; and the over 20 crowd!

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  62. Caroline says:

    Bring Michael Muhney back! On another forum, everyone is hoping for that.

    Let Victor be a law-abiding, smart businessman again.

    Restore Sharon’s sanity.

    Nix Victoria-Travis relationship. That needs to be OVER.

    Let’s have some good, make-sense, interesting story lines. PLEASE!

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  63. lecia says:

    The problem with hiring the writers from a shows Golden age is that they always try to recreate the era that existed when they were head writers and it doesn’t work. I hate to tell her but since she left there has been so much drama going on with Sharon including her marrying Victor that the great love affair between her and Nick is lost. The actors who play Nick and Sharon are professionals but they seem totally bored when around each other now. Trying to recreate the old magic isn’t going to happen. Pretending Devon isn’t the grandson of Katherine Chancellor!!! Tell that to Y & R’s huge African American audience. Neither is bringing back long ago cast members who no longer have a role on the show. I love Tracy but Colleen is dead what are you going to do with Tracy’s character other than to babysit her Medicare eligible siblings.

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    Tucker replied

    You must be the rain we ordered to go with our parade…..

    What, no old ladies around to push or dogs to kick??

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