The Young and the Restless Continues Its Shameless Parade of Old Sitcom Stars
Who needs Nick-at-Nite or TV Land, when you can catch all your old sitcom favorites on the soap opera formerly known as Bill Bell's The Young and the Restless? In addition to Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach), Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) and Grace Kelly (Brett Butler), Genoa City will now welcome beloved, 70's single mom, Ann Ramano from One Day at a Tme aka Bonnie Franklin. Sigh.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Franklin has landed the role of a streetsmart nun, who will interact with Victor (Eric Braeden). It sure would be nice if TPTB at Y&R could somehow manage to figure out how to balance their budget well enough for beloved contract players like Don Diamont and Eileen Davidson not to be shown the door, and for the likes of Jess Walton, Melody Thomas Scott and others not to have endure demeaning, strong arm tactics every time their contracts come up for renegotiation.
Sure, these former sitcom stars probably work for cheap, and likely don't come at the expense of veteran performers, but when a soap is making headline after headline for not being able to reach agreements to keep the stars fans really want to see, it makes this endless parade of old school sitcom stars all the more ridiculous.