Easily ranking with the most subjective questions that could be asked about The Young and the Restless. It’s done so, with the Daytime Emmy Awards have happened and an appreciation of all talent within the cast.
Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) was a brilliant actor and a caring person. He recently honored by current and former cast members. His unexpected passing caused Y&R to craft a storyline about Neil’s sudden death. And with that came a bounty of knockout performances.
Christel Khalil (Lily Ashby), Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), Shemar Moore (who reprised Malcolm Winters as a tribute to his friend and mentor), were truly terrific. Each actor tapped into a real-life experience as their characters commented on how Neil and Kristoff impacted their lives. Those special episodes will always rank with the best work of their Y&R years.
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Is there anyone whose efforts have moved the audience more than the incredible Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron)? She turns 81-years-young in August and has, quite simply, stolen every scene she’s been in. Infinite kudos!
Gina Tognoni (Phyllis Summers) has recorded her last scenes on Y&R. This actor’s run followed the career-making efforts of the great Michelle Stafford, who is returning as Phyllis.
Tognoni’s Phyllis was written and delivered as an alternative to who Stafford’s Phyllis was and likely will again become. Deep credit to Tognoni for consistently providing viewers with a nuanced edition of a known character. She made Phyllis her own.
Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott) is the latest actor to portray the older version of this character. While all of the other performers were solid, Mealor is arguably the best. He combines Jack Abbott-like (Peter Bergman) bravado and vulnerability with flair. Mealor’s chemistry with Hunter King (Summer Newman) and Sasha Calle (Lola Rosales), who has quickly endeared herself to viewers through terrific work, drives the triangle.
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Speaking of King, her return last year sparked the strongest Summer moments that have been seen since the actor debuted on Y&R in 2012. With King’s past Emmy-winning efforts in the mid-part of this decade considered, she’s taken provided scripts and is producing the best daytime work of her career.
Y&R Cast Always Dials In The Drama
Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) and Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) saw their characters impulse kiss on a handful of occasions. They are linked in this paragraph as well because of what their alter egos endured in recent history.
Vicki struggled through the J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill, who did a great job in his character’s revival) debacle, while Cane wasn’t handling Lily’s prison sentence well. Heinle and Goddard spent scant time on screen together in recent months, but the intersection of their sound work can’t be denied.
Of course, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Bergman, the joyously returned Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott), Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott Atkinson), Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore-Baldwin), Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair Williams), Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Camryn Grimes (Mariah Copeland), Cait Fairbanks (Tessa Porter), Loren Lott (Ana Hamilton), Jordi Vilasuso (Rey Rosales), the departing Noemi Gonzalez (Mia Rosales) and Jason Canela (Arturo Rosales), Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman), Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), and others also aren’t forgotten. Their superb efforts are fully valued by devoted fans of daytime.
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