Melody Thomas Scott
The Young and the Restless opened with a clip of Peter Bergman telling fans how much he appreciated them welcoming him into their homes. The montage featured classic flashbacks of Jack, his family, friends and of course Victor (Eric Braeden).
Victor and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) pledged their love to one another in her hospital room to the hum of “Amazing Grace”. Victor swayed around with his eyes closed to the tune, as Justice of the Peace Clarice Collins (Sheryl Underwood) blessed their relationship.
Then, my jaw literally dropped when a nurse pulled out a tambourine and burst into a rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In.” I have watched a lot of eye raising things on The Young and the Restless over the years, hello Kevin (Greg Rikaart) in a chipmunk costume, but this was just surreal. In the words of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper), “Dear God in heaven!” READ MORE
Fans worrying Nikki Newman's (Melody Thomas Scott) multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis on The Young and the Restless might prove to be a death sentence for the Genoa City diva have missed the boat. According to insiders, CBS Daytime and the brass at Y&R were inspired to tell a courageous, powerful tale about a woman's battle against the disease, after seeing The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne dealing with her son Jack's MS diagnosis. READ MORE
What is going on with Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) these days? The Young and the Restless viewers got a bit of a shock when they saw the socialite’s hands shake after she tickled the ivories in her new deluxe apartment in the sky. Is this a sign of Nikki biting it? TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan got the real deal and more from Mrs. Thomas Scott herself. READ MORE
Jack (Peter Bergman) told Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Adam (Michael Muhney) he planned to call Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and confess for the hooker’s death. Adam and Phyllis tried to convince Jack that Victor (Eric Braeden) didn’t know the truth. Jack said Victor wouldn’t have to tell the police; he’d just have to spread rumors. Jack was done with the lies, and there would be no more cover up. READ MORE
No. 10: Erika Slezak, One Life to Live
She only had a few precious weeks to entertain us in 2012, as One Life to Live ended its network television run early last January. Erika Slezak definitely made the most of her time. As Viki Lord dealt with the return of one of her deadliest foes, Alison Perkins (Barbara Garrick), and admitted that she still loved ex-husband Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn), Slezak displayed the same above reproach acting chops that made her a Daytime Emmy darling.
The woman who gave us Niki Smith also proved she could still be quite hilarious, portraying a highly-reactionary foreign maid during the Fraternity Row soap-within-a-soap arc. With OLTL possibly returning, we just might be putting Slezak on our "Best" lists for years to come.
No. 10: Molly and TJ, General Hospital
General Hospital has been giving us cute teen couples since Laura (Genie Francis) and Scotty (Kin Shriner). In 2012, the tradition continued when precocious Molly Lansing Davis (Haley Pullos) fell hard for TJ (Tequan Richmond), the wayward charge of Shawn (Sean Blakemore). Molly and TJ have survived parental interference, hormones and toxic water, but can the YA lovebirds contend with Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) and Connie Falconeri (Kelly Sullivan), now that they're interning at Manning Enterprises?