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  • gatorman
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    I thought you had to be 21 to get into Underground? I guess I was wrong, since Reed was able to go in and sing/play guitar.

    I’m excited to see where Jill’s story goes. I’m glad Jess is getting a story and hoping she’ll generate more screen time. I’m also excited for the Lauren/Michael/Scott storyline. First, Lauren gets a business story and now she’s getting a story involving her son, Scott. I hope they give Mariah screen time. The flashbacks of Cassie/Nick/Sharon at the coffee house we’re great.

    What’s the deal with Ravy? Are they really going to do an Ashley/Phyllis/Ravy triangle? I can’t image either women really being romanticly involved with him. Jill needs to divorce Colin three years ago (or whenever they got married). They seem like a big mismatch to me.

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    EmmyLoser
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    I’ve been stockpiling episodes of Y&R on my DVR for a while now with the intention of checking at least some of them. Last night I watched through the episode where Lauren got Eric to come to Genoa City to help her in the deal with Jack and then the following episode, and I found both really enjoyable. I skipped most of the scenes with Dylan, Sharon, Paul, Nikki and Victor, more for time than because there was anything wrong with them, but everything with Lauren, Jack, Ashley, Eric, Gloria and Ravi was a lot of fun. It was great seeing Lauren outmaneuver Jack, and I felt like I got the gist of everything without a lot of heavy exposition. Jack and Gloria boozing it up was a hoot. And between all the talk about apps and the EDM music, the show felt current, which is good. I’m looking forward to catching up more.

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    robbalto
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    I’ve been enjoying Y&R more and more lately. The writers have made a focused effort to add two components to the show. First, they often include scenes that advance character relationships, but not plot. I really enjoy scenes like that. The other factor is that they are carefully mining the show’s history and working it into both dialogue and long-term storytelling in a manner that truly respects the history of the show.

    One part of the show that I have especially enjoyed is Jill receiving the letter from Katherine. As a long-time viewer, I find this story especially gratifying. And I love the frequent use of flashbacks. I remember the episode where Katherine caused the car accident that killed Phillip; I was only 11 at the time and totally shocked by it. I miss Katherine so much, and I love that they are still working her into the story.

    Of course, I love Mariah and hope that she will become a more central character. I like Ravi too, and I actually think he and Mariah would be good together, even though their initial meeting was so awkward.

    In other notes, I am enjoying the growing relationship between Nick and Chelsea. And I love pretty much any scene with Nikki; she has shared good scenes with numerous characters over the last few weeks.

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    Y&R has been my favorite of the four shows for a few months now, since the new writers work has kicked in. In addition to what robbalto has written, all of which I agree with, I also want to single out Tracy Bregman’s work lately, which has been especially strong. i also love Sharon – her story has pretty much ended for now, it seems, yet kudos to Sharon Case. I am also enjoying the return of Gloria (I adore Judith Chapman, who will always be Charlotte Greer for me!)

    The show is much tighter and better integrated. I can watch complete episodes without the level of boredom I was experiencing. Minor things, like my total dislike of Gina Tongoni’s take on Phyllis, but overall the show has improved immensely!

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    robbalto
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    Overall, I am still enjoying Y&R. The show feels much more grounded and character-driven with the current writers.

    The overall ratings are stable, but Y&R has been tanking in the W18-49 demo. I think this is because the show is lacking that “must-see” quality. I enjoy it when I watch, but it’s no big deal to miss an episode or two.

    There are certain characters I find somewhat boring: Jack, Scott, Victoria, Abby, Phyllis.

    I’m glad that they are wrapping up Chloe’s story. That hanging thread was problematic for me.

    I enjoy watching Mariah and Hilary the most.

    Nick and Chelsea work for me as a couple. I think they should backburner the truth about the baby’s father being Adam. There is no real impact to that story right now.

    They need to develop the next generation of characters. Bringing on Reed is a start. They could also bring on Snapper and Greg’s children to re-establish the Fosters and give Jill more to do (when Jess Walton is available). Noah could get a story, or they could bring back Kyle Abbott or Chance Chancellor.

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    I’m hoping the Chloe reveal is going to be great, because this murder reveal hasn’t been that great yet.

    I’m glad Sharon is taking classes. Hopefully it’ll lead to something big for her. Sharon Case is an amazing actress. It’s to bad she’s had poor writing for her.

    I’ve been finding Scott, Victoria, Cane, Lily and Jack kind of boring. I like Ravi, but please NO Ravi with Ashley or Phyllis.

    I’m enjoying Devon and Mariah. I just hope they take things slow. I’m loving the Mariah and Hillary scenes. Devon and Neil teaming up to form a company could be interesting.

    I miss Paul. Where is he? Doug Davidson is the longest running actor on the show and we never see him. He needs a story…Soon!

    I’m loving Jill, but never cared for Colin. I was enjoying her heart story line, but they just kind of dropped it and I haven’t seen her in awhile.

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    I loved today’s eppy of Y&R. It was well paced. I loved that Paul and Father Todd got to share a scene together. Even though it was quick, it was nice to see the brothers interact. I thought Gloria added some humor. The Chelsea/Chloe scenes were fantastic. Both actresses did an amazing job. I liked the Nick/Sharon scenes as well.

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    robbalto
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    Y&R was really good last week. The culmination of the Chloe/Chelsea story was quite entertaining. It felt like the old Y&R. It was enjoyable to see the various supporting characters at the wedding, such as Gloria and Mariah.

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    ^I agree. Y&R has been very good lately. I esp. liked Greg Rikart’s (Kevin) work last week. Very well written and directed scenes, with a terrific group of actors/actresses. I am enjoying Y&R the most of the four shows right now (:

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    I’ve been reading the spoilers for Y&R and they haven’t really been that interesting to me. I saw today’s show and it was kind of boring. The biggest problem for me are the couples. The couples I like the most (Lauren and Michael; Paul and Christine) are almost never on. We never get to see them on date night and there’s no romance. In the mean time, I’m not into Billy/Victoria/Phyllis or Lily/Cane. Mariah and Devon do have potential. Hopefully Y&R will invest in the couples and add more romance to the show.

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    gatorman
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    I want to congratulate Doug Davidson on playing Paul Williams for 39 years! That’s quite an accomplishment. He celebrates 39 years this month.

    I just wish Y&R would use him more. I’d love to see him in a front burning storyline.

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    yesterday’s episode of Y&R was superb! (: I loved every moment of it (: Great performances, particularly Eileen Davidson, Marla Adams, Melody Thomas Scott, and Joshua Morrow (: and what a cliffhnanger! Is Chloe dead? Is she the character who would be kicking off a murder mystery?

    The writing, direction, acting and production were all superb (:

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    I agree that yesterday’s episode was good. The scenes with Dina were interesting, and I loved the scenes with Victor and Nikki. However, I still feel a lack of investment. I don’t really care about the Chloe story. And I fear that this story is leading to the return of Adam, which I would find very boring.

    On the up side, I love Lexie Stevenson as Mattie Ashby. She is a find! It was a great idea to age the Ashby kids.

    Y&R’s storytelling is grounded and respectful of history, which I appreciate.

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    I enjoyed the Abbott family dinner yesterday; but it bothers me that Traci Abbott is only a guest and not a regular cast member.

    It depends on who they would cast in the role of Adam; I do see him as a necessary character.

    I wonder how they will write out Kevin? I am surprised that he is leaving the show.

    Y&R is my #1 soap at the moment. If I don’t feel as invested it’s just that I have had deeper longer relationships with GH and Days (not so much with B&B). I was always an east coast soap lover, back when there were east coast soaps to love.

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    I have been really enjoying the show lately. I esp. want to praise Marla Adams, her work as Dina has been really strong. Who would have ever thought I would enjoy Daniel Goddard’s work as an actor in the role of Cane Ashby, but his work in this storyline is stellar. In fact, I am really enjoying the sexual harassment story – well-acted, well-written and interesting twists and turns to it. I have been finding the show to be really watchable.

    I was disappointed that Chloe is alive. I really don’t have any idea where they are going with the story esp. since GR is leaving the show.

    I do find it strange that Sharon is already in a relationship with Scott yet I am enjoying it anyway. Soap time and real time are not the same thing, to put it mildly!

    Eileen Davidson has been impressing me immensely as Ashley lately. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ashley but the writing – and the acting – have really been there for her lately.

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