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News for the week of 22-Oct-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Two male models join the soap under the new regime of executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith. They are: Redaric Williams (Carling Black Label, South Africa) as Tyler Douglas, and Lamon Archey as Mason. Look for them to visit the usual haunts in November.

Beating the drum for sensible daytime programming, reasonable storytelling, and a return to “a more mature voice” in the Y&R characters, Michael Muhney (Adam) also managed to plug his own misbegotten, mostly backburnered character. Muhney rightly believed—mirroring fans and critics—that Y&R for far too long was not the sum of its parts and had not lived up to most of its original, glorious legacy. “It saddens me that when you summarize the storyline, the show and some of its recent past sounds like cartoonish passions. I don't think half of those stories needed to happen. I wouldn't have gone that far in the writing with the baby issue. The Victor and Sharon marriage was almost like an inside joke.” Muhney believes the new regime will right all that, but has its work cut out. “A lot of the characters on the show are going to have to get a get-out-of-jail-free card, in terms of what happened in the last few years. For these characters to have long-term strength and respectability, the audience is going to have to look at them like 85 percent of what happened in the last few years was a bad dream.” But let’s get to the heart of this issue, Muhney and his misunderstood character, a man who isn’t all bad or all good, but somewhere in the middle. “He tends to be a little closed off, but then again, if I were treated the way he was treated by an entire town, I might just close myself off too and not be Mr. Sociable… Adam is not the bad guy. Adam is far too complex and far too grey to be defined. Sometimes Adam is the antagonist, sometimes he's a misunderstood protagonist. There are too many grey areas to put him in a box.” –The Province interview and article by Glen Schaefer, October 16, 2012

Michael Muhney (Adam) hosts the 15th annual L.A. Cancer Challenge at the Veteran's Administration Grounds on 11310 Wilshire Blvd. in L.A., October 28. The L.A. Cancer Challenge features an Expo, Kids Can Cure Zone, 10K and 5K, fun run, children’s Halloween costume parade, an adult costume contest, and more—all for a good cause. For more info or to register, call (310) 473-5121. Late registration continues on till October 24, midnight. It’s $20 for children two-13 and $40 for adults.

Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego, GH; The Bay) moves over to Y&R as Alex, an undercover cop harboring a mystery. He comes to the set later this month for a December showing.

Michael Damian’s (Danny) Hallmark Channel movie, A Princess For Christmas, has been made into a DVD for purchase from retailers online, like Walmart and Barnes & Noble—just in time for Christmas gifts. The DVD was released October 16.

Gossip for the week of 22-Oct-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

I’m sure recently-ousted executive producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell would rather TPTB not keep her name up there in the credits since she recently posted (on her Facebook) that the stories running now aren’t her doing: “To any Y and R viewers who read my Facebook page... I had NOTHING to do with the way they are resolving these stories. Despite my name still being on the show— which it should not be — I did not intend to have Phyllis trial end with charges being dropped or any of these other story lines now playing. I am no longer a part of this show in ANY way, folks. It's all the new guys.”

The rumor of Sharon suffering from a brain tumor appears to be a legitimate spoiler to play out in the next two weeks.

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