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'The Young and the Restless': Daytime drama attracts dramatic fan personalities

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CBS has an iconic soap opera on its schedule. It's called 'The Young and the Restless'. However, that fictional world has been rejected by a certain segment of individuals who were, or who claimed to be, fans. Do the individual responses of those people, or of so-called fan groups, reflect more on their own souls than that of the circumstances surrounding this particular show? Possibly, it's a mix of both worlds.

Daytime drama attracts dramatic personalities, both on the stage and behind the scenes of each entertainment property. And, make no mistake, soap operas are big business. Profiting from the stage is the main objective.

It's impossible to truthfully deny that this genre has always drawn passionate viewers to the screen. And, passionate is surely a mildly applied moniker to those who feel devoted to their star, stars, show or shows.

Similar to the sale of mass-produced nicotine, network television executives know that they intentionally offer an additive entertainment substance to the public at-large. Clearly the intent is to hook a certain type of viewer to a visual serial for life, or at least for extended periods of time.

Some people who choose to become addicted appear to sink too far into whatever fictional world they frequent. Actors are human beings who make on-screen mistakes. They also don't act perfectly inside their own lives. The same is true for directors, executive producers and the like. Reasonable fans understand that the preceding description fit their own lives as well.

Choosing to literally worship (or attack) an actor, no matter how talented (or perceived as talentless) isn't truly reflective of that employee. Instead, that emotion reflects something that's unsettled with the life of the applauder, or detractor, as the case may be.

Eric Braeden, or Michael Muhney? That choice can be generational and highly controversial, which is true for most leading men.

Kristoff St. John has been great since the start. Sure, his current story arc with Mishael Morgan can't compare to those great 'Dru' days. That's because there can only be one exceptional Victoria Rowell.

Steve Burton was indelible on 'General Hospital' for over two decades. Now, he's not on YR? That doesn't make sense. Everyone, including the actor himself, is developing who 'Dylan' is, or can be.

Melody Thomas Scott has long been a sharp soap diva. Sharon Case also holds her own within any scene she fills. But, both actors have their detractors.

Yes, three 'Billy Abbott's' confused the story. But, Amelia Heinle's interactions with them each reminded reasonable viewers of her acting range.

The author of this digital page has long enjoyed series TV, be it daytime, or nighttime fare. Following a character's development is appealing on many levels, but it's never more than appreciated entertainment. Not matter what, he wishes everyone involved well in their careers and more importantly, in their real lives.

There is a way to appreciate all great drama that is displayed, while also being a positive part of the action. Support the genre as a whole.

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