YR - What would you do to fix it?
Y&R is my favorite soap. Everyone and their mothers know this by now. I grew up on Y&R and have been watching for over 20 years. I haven't seen Y&R in this bad of a shape since the LML days. During much of her tenure I was left scratching my head wondering where did the soap I grew up loving go to. Characters were unrecognizable and the storylines were a mess. I've now gotten to that point with Y&R again. I am looking at these storylines and I don't like the state of Y&R. Something needs to be done to fix this show. Here's what I would do.
-Get rid of Patty and Dr. Emily...I love Stacy Hadiuk as an actress but the characters need to go. Patty has become a joke and Dr. Emily is a someone that I don't care about.
-Get rid of Sarah aka Mama Bear, Daisy, and Ryder...I don't like any of these characters. Enough with the Shiela nonsense. One of my major problems with the whole Shiela stuff is Y&R has forgot that Lauren wasn't scared of Shiela. Lauren coexisted with Shiela in LA for years. Let's let Shiela and her family rest in peace and get Lauren and Michael involved in something else.
-Recast important core characters...Mackenzie and Victoria are two to start with. These characters need to be played by better actresses. I can't say it enough. Ashley Bashioum and Heather Tom where pheneominal in these roles and to see these roles now just makes me shake my head any day they are on screen.
-Diversity. Y&R was known for having a diverse canvas. Neil needs a story that doesn't involve him catering to Lily. He needs his on love story or he needs to be put in a powerful position like Jack or Victor heading his own company. Use Olivia more. You have her so use her and that goes for Devon. Find a direction for this character. Mix him up with the other young adults. He doesn't need to be just with the "black" characters.
-Nikki/Victor are Y&R's money couple. I would put them in a triangle with Jack again. Have Jack and Victor fighting for the love of Nikki. Jack/Nikki/Victor was a BIG triangle...well quad because Ashley was in the mix for Y&R. I would replace the Ashley companent with Phyllis. Mix in Phyllis with this. She could try and get Jack back after her divorce from Nick. A Phyllis/Jack/Nikki/Victor quad could be epic! I would put SHICK back together where they need to be.
-Finally I would get back to the board room. Newman vs Jabot. Get these folks back to work!
What are your ideas for fixing Y&R?