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News for the week of 03-Sep-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Hello SoapZone visitors, I apologize for the miscommunication regarding how long Carol would be on vacation. Lack of scoops and news last week was entirely my (Jeff's) fault, not Carol's. Please don't blame her for not providing you with free scoops and news last week, blame me! — Jeff Jungblut, Publisher, SoapZone.com

Newly appointed executive producer Jill Farren Phelps tried to make her entry less wound, more welcome in a (damage control/rumor dispelling) interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan August 27th. She swore she wasn’t there to dismantle the show or its cast members, despite budgetary restraints. She loves Genie Francis (Genevieve; ex-Laura, GH), what feud? The vibe seems to be, from the top down, Y&R isn’t going anywhere. She’s a huge fan of all good actors, regardless of age, and wants Jess Walton (Jill) back on asap. She didn’t pressure TPTB to hire her as EP, they made the offer. Sorting through the sweet talk, what JFP did say she’ll do is try to update the feel of Y&R without getting drastic and scaring viewers (more “alluring and compelling”). She also isn’t ruling out cost-cutting measures entirely down the line, per se. “I'm not going to say there won't be one, but that doesn't mean there will be. I will only say right now that there will indeed be changes. We have a cast of really wonderful actors but, at the end of the day, we need to look at the entire canvas and decide who is catching fire with the audience. And where can we create fire where there isn't any?”

Jess Walton (Jill) agreed to return, provided the story is up her alley and it’s part-time, according to new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps’ understanding. Phelps already spoke with the actress about a return, trying to dispel the rumors of any sort of ageism affecting this Y&R vet.

Eric Braeden (Victor) revels in the success and longevity of Y&R as it filmed its 10,000th episode recently. He believed Y&R is the lynchpin for what should be in daytime, as it caters to multi-generations, not just young and pretty youth demos. “The attempt to ‘juvenile’ the shows is misfiring left and right. What they don’t realize is that there are three generations of viewers who have gotten used to certain people, from eight to 80. It is no different. It is not contingent on how old they are, they understand. And of course, they want to see the veterans.” –Michael Fairman, August 29, 2012 interview

Sharon Case (Sharon) admitted to the challenge of trying to make her stories work, especially going from Adam to Victor just like that (using power and greed helps soften the transition). But she made it clear that she never insulted Victor’s portrayer Eric Braeden on Twitter by tweeting that she found the Shictor pairing gross. Braeden told Michael Fairman in a recent interview that he found a certain tweet by a colleague disrespectful and derailing of the pairing that he’d been on board with, without naming names. Case subsequently tried to clear the air when speaking with Soap Opera Uncensored’s Nelson Branco (reposted via Michael Fairman, August 31, 2012). She swore that it was all a misunderstanding, that she only RT’d fans’ consensus on stories like she always does. What I tend to do is re-tweet one or two opinions about anything from a storyline, current events, or politics which everyone agrees on massively — whether they are negative or positive. That doesn’t mean I agree with them. I like hearing the discourse between the fans. That’s why I like Twitter. So I can’t imagine what tweet he’s referring to,” she explained. “You know, it’s so easy to misinterpret people’s tweets when you can only use 140 characters. Look at Michael Muhney [Adam] — people are always misunderstanding his tweets! Even just last night that happened and he had to clarify his tweets. Things can be easily taken out of context, especially when you’re not reading someone’s entire timeline, etc. Twitter needs to be a bit more positive but I’m fine with people airing out their feelings. Listen, what are you going to do? It’s Twitter. It’s all just sound bytes in the end.” On a more storyline-related note, Case hoped in the turnaround that her character wins too, by showing she is a good CEO after all and is not trashed when Victor returns. She also would rather not have Sharon going around from man to man like she’s been.

Gossip for the week of 03-Sep-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Eric Braeden (Victor) caused a firestorm with his short but terse remark about the Shictor (Sharon & Victor) pairing in his August 29th interview with Michael Fairman. When asked about the pairing, Braeden said this: “It didn’t work out the way it should’ve worked out. But it’s one of those things. You saw the b**s that went down on Twitter. It was unforgivable. Enough said. You don’t do that to fellow colleagues.” His ominous, cryptic remark left many guessing as to who and what he was referring. Upon closer inspection – Daytime Confidential’s comments section and Sharon Case’s Twitter – the BS that went down appeared to be this: Case may have tweeted her immediate displeasure with the pairing as soon as it became apparent on the show, Braeden may have interpreted this as an unsupportive move that ruined the pairing’s chances of success and took umbrage, and of course Michael Muhney (Adam) got involved by supporting his co-star Case. She tweeted Muhney this response, in the heat of the controversy, “@michaelmuhney I can think of a long list of things one shouldn’t do to colleagues. Thanks Mikey.” Then in subsequent tweets begged everyone not to make a big deal about this, “@dcconfidential noooooo!!!! enuf. please do not blow this out of proportion. lets be happy & kind to each other. thats the way to be!” Case is known for retweeting her fans’ opinions in the interests of discourse, so this may have been what Braeden was getting angry about. He should direct his ire toward the fans, not his co-star, who said she did not ever tweet anything negative about him and wouldn’t.

Christel Khalil (Lily) met with some obstacles during her contract negotiations, resulting in a rumor last week that she would leave the show. Now, it seems negotiations have resumed – per executive producer Jill Farren Phelps’ knowledge via the recent TV Guide interview with Michael Logan – despite TPTB having already called for a recast. So who knows.

Besides the Lily recast, there was one for a new guy—most likely a stud muffin for Lily—Tyler Douglas, Sarge’s nephew and Neil’s new Jabot recruit.

New head writer Josh Griffith doesn’t plan to revise any of recently ousted EP/HW MAB’s remaining stories. Word is, he intends only to start fresh, with his own stories, ‘cause MAB’s stories can’t be improved upon. Daytime Confidential, August 24, 2012

When Y&R airs its 10,000th episode September 27, expect it to be all about Victor. Sharon and Tucker will try to get married in a hurry as the Newmans prepare for Victor’s memorial service. Just then, Victor surfaces dramatically, very much alive, as everyone but Sharon and Tucker, goes to kiss the Dark Knight’s rear-end. Victor and Nikki will kiss and make up with their happily ever after as everyone stares daggers at Sharon. It’ll be Victor versus Sharon—until circumstances reveal reasons for her acting uncharacteristically like a Real Housewife of Genoa City (mourning Cassie and perhaps a brain tumor).

Despite rumors that Eric Braeden (Victor) is leaving the show, he is only taking a summer vacation this month, along with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki).

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