Diane (Maura West) does a tuck n' roll, Daisy (Yvonne Zima) goes to war with the Abbotts (Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle) and Cane (Daniel Goddard) gets got! Watch the promo after the jump!
AlistairCrane - I wouldn't believe it if it just came from Nelson Branco, but Jamey confirmed on Twitter that his sources told him the exact same thing.
I've found that the best way to stomach Yvonne Zima's non-acting scenes is to regard them as comedy...very, very unfunny comedy.
@emblazoned, while my sources did say Melody doesn't want to take the paycut, I support her decision. If I could go back in time, I would also support Eric Braeden's. When Sony said they had to cut the budget, we lost Don Diamont, then Jess Walton, Eric Braeden and MTS all were almost lost to budget cuts. I bought the logic they needed to "take one for the team", that is until my sources revealed Maria Arena Bell came down to the wire of her own contract not wanting to take the paycut. I am sorry, but if a Bell wife, who is getting two checks (one as E.P and one as head writer) didn't want to take a pay cut, why should the veteran actors? Also, if it was truly about budgetary concerns, why is Sony salivating to Deadline.com about wanting to absorb actors from AMC and OLTL? This is the same mistake all soaps make.
ATWT lost Martha Byrne over pay cuts, then hired basically every actor who ever starred on Port Charles or General Hospital. This "grass is greener" mentality is killing soaps. Fans of Y&R want to see Nikki Newman more than they do out of work actors from other soaps. Fire five people and pay MTS what she wants. That's my stance.
Victor’s the new Ike, who refuses to go Half on a Baby, so he throws mama from the ambulance…
I hope this is a fantasy--which is bad enough--but if not... MAB's has truly lost her ever loving shyte.
The one thing I liked about the promo was Neil clocking Cane.
Jamey - I agree with you in that Y&R's bloated cast is it's biggest problem. They do need to fire five-ten people so they can afford to have their vets (aka the people the fans want to see) on a regular basis.
I'm not going to pretend that I understand how it works in contract negotiations and salaries, but if what Nelson said is true about MTS making $10,000 per episode, she will have to take some sort of cut if she wants to be on Y&R more than once every two weeks.
That being said, MAB needs to follow suit and take a cut. And for starters, take her EP title away, hire Frank Valentini, and also set some cash aside for an on-set mediator to deal with the daily feuds.
What I would like more than anything, would be to not see what I consider spoilers written here in these columns, but since I know that will never be, then I just need to quit reading these posts. I don't watch previews and have no idea when any of this Diane out of ambulance is to happen, but it sure makes me unhappy to have the coming show spoiled and so, no more reading of this column for me.
Have you girls noticed how long Julia Pace-Mitchell has let her hair grow lately?
It's no wonder Sofia was selected by CBS Soaps in Depth as The Most Beautiful Woman on Daytime TV.
FINALLY WE AGREE ON THIS PAY CUT ISSUE!!!
I don't like Julie Pace Mitchelle's hair at all. It looks stringy. It looked better before, however, I find her acting to be more distracting than her hair.
I think JPM can be pretty and I don't have a problem with her weight. I just have a problem with her stiff acting. Tricia Cast is a plus size actress, and I love her and her character. She's pretty when she curls her hair.
I think Julia Pace Mitchell is absolutely beautiful and it's actually refreshing to see someone on screen who isn't a size zero. She's definitely not Emmy-worthy, but she is not unattractive in the least.
I don't care how evil or bad Diane is. The woman is pregnant and Victor throws her out of an ambulance. But then what do I expect. Victor has subjected Nikki to emotional abuse for years.
jphelps, let's not rush to judgment. First of all, do not believe Diane is pregnant unless you see her pee into the EPT and you see it turn the right color. Then, if the skank really is preggers -- next question is who's the daddy? Miss Thang has triple-dipped of late, with Victor, Jack and Nick.
I suspect it will turn out to be a fantasy scene. Victor is much more into psychological abuse than physical abuse.
I think the whole MTS debate can be summed up as this: Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
If she's doing less episodes (especially if it's a 50% cut from ~100 to ~50) at the same pay rate v/s the same number of episodes at a discounted rate, aren't both essentially pay cuts if you look at it annually? Maybe I'm not understanding the details of soap contracts, but it seems to me she's getting less pay in either case v/s her pre-2009 contract salary. I think some are getting too hung up on the fact her pay rate wasn't cut. Big fucking deal (Nelson friggin Branco!). They cut her episodes, which still means she's taking home less pay v/s the previous year. A cut is a damn cut, regardless if it's based on episodes or episodic pay rate. Her pocketbook is still lighter. It's no different than if a factory cuts the hours of a shift v/s cutting hourly pay rates due to less demand for widgets, at the end of the day - it's less take-home pay in both scenarios (just ask people who have experienced either scenario in the past 5 years). Eric Braeden's rate was decreased, so he's also had a pay cut from the previous year. They both experienced a reduction in salary. And for what? To do more snatch and grabs (shoutout to DC, I think Jillian coined this phrase?) from other soaps regardless of how unnecessary? These damns soaps are going to self destruct with this foolishness. While I can understand not giving people pay raises, to keep cutting these vets' salaries (by rate or #of episodes) to hire more and more casualties from cancelled soaps is just asinine to me.
About the preview, I hope that is a dream sequence. It's one thing for Victor to consider pushing Diane out of moving vehicle (because we've all thought about something like that - lol), it's another for him to actually do it. Victor is a lot of things, but I can never recall him being physically abusive towards women. And he's not even what I would consider a hothead with other men - he doesn't always resort to physical violence against men (he'd rather outsmart someone). MAB&Co need to really stop it with the character assassination in the name of plot point.
The Victor/Diane "dream sequence"? What if it isn't? Maybe that's what she concocted with Adam to "murder" Victor figuratively.
I understand why Cane would want to somehow keep Lily and the twins safe from Colin. But I've tried and tried but I just can't get my head around his whole entire method. Lily was right ... he did have that third choice available to him. At the same time, I'm dreading the three stooges (Neil, Malcolm and Devon) trying to protect the suddenly (but probably temporarily) rational daughter sister. I'm also sort of beginning to wonder if they're setting up Cane to finally actually meet his maker; with all the usual suspects in tow.
Phyllis and her irrational quest to gain control of Lucy ... she's just like a demented Lucy Ricardo up to hijinks. The whole thing just drives me crazy. Maybe MS should take the same route that MTS is currently taking; then we won't have to see her possessed face any longer.
Speaking of MTS, if she holds out and they don't give in; at least we won't be seeing that abusive merry-go-round continue on forever.
The other irrational character is that demented, interfering, power hungry, shrieking old prune Katherine. I've said it before but I just don't get her loyalty and friendship with Victor for all obvious reasons. Maybe John Abbott will scare her into an institution or morgue before the Tuckster wakes up and has to do something himself.
(One thing I do like right now though is Daniel's hair.)
Oh and ... GO CANUCKS GO!
Am I the only one that thinks the "Diane" in the top pick looks like a stunt double?
I have always loved Nikki and Melody Thomas Scott but if its true that she still wants 10k an episode that takes alot of nerve. For some people a few episodes is what THEY MAKE IN A YEAR. She needs to come back down to earth. I hope I am wrong.
Y&R would be wise in that case if it is true to kill off Nikki. That would provide good drama for Victor, Katherine, and the rest.
Victor throws Diane out of the ambulance, yes, but it's not moving (in case anyone was wondering).
I cannot believe Y&R aired that without any PSA against violence. That was horrible, IMO. The Diane character had a scratch on her face! So I guess Victor throwing a woman from a parked vehicle, resulting in a faceplant is A-OK? The F? I don't think it was funny or something to be taken lightly. Y&R is becoming more and more anti-woman. Maybe a bullet of love is coming next, since Y&R seems to love former GH actors so much lately. TPTB clearly don't give a shit about appealing to the key demos. I'm a 34 year old woman; I don't want to see women physically threatened or verbally abused, or wished for dead on my soaps. Where is the love, the romance? I get that soaps aren't intended to be the moral code, and the characters aren't meant to be role models, but damn! That was extreme, even for Victor. A little disassociation from the actions of TGVN would have gone a long way.
Way to honor Bill Bell's legacy *smdh*
^^ ITA! And I can't believe some people thought this was a fantasy. I guess it was supposed to be "campy" and "classic soap", but it just stuck me as misogynist.