Daytime Confidential's Male Entertainers of 2008
No. 5: Christian LeBlanc - The Young and the Restless
Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin) is easily one of the best actors in daytime. Which is why his occasional decension into scenery chewing can be so frustrating. For the better part of 2008, however, Le Blanc left the scenery to others and instead devoured the meaty material he was given, i.e. discovering his hippie/con artist father Lowell "River" Baldwin (Michael Gross), and a little sister he never knew he had (and one we wish would go far, far away). Michael's childlike desire to know his father and thus figure out what made him tick as a person was a story anyone could identify with. Are we doomed to follow in the footsteps of our parents, or do we possess the ability to overcome nature by embracing nurture?
Le Blanc skillfully took us on Michael's journey as one of Y&R's best villains-turned-antiheroes struggled to figure out if he would ever surmount the curse of being the child of a pair of shameless, amoral grifters. In a textbook example of saving his best for the last, just as the year was coming to an end, Le Blanc's performance as a modern day Jimmy Stewart on Y&R's Christmas episode made what could have been a cliched It's A Wonderful Life rip off, one of the best episodes in soaps this season. Welcome back Mr. Le Blanc the thespian, we missed you.