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'The Young and the Restless': Entertainment snobs look down from above

Entertainment snobs believe that their opinion is better than the rest.
Entertainment snobs believe that their opinion is better than the rest.
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There are some people who firmly believe that the decision-makers, staff or actors at 'The Young and the Restless' were referenced in the headline of this story. Others are firmly convinced that the fans were the target of a perceived attack. The first scene has been read by all who were willing, so why would some personality types within that group already be certain about the entire story?

Entertainment snobs believe that their opinion is better than the rest. However, life is always subjective, as are the developments that have been seen inside one well-known fictional world.

Jill Farren Phelps, raised an Emmy at the start of this week. YR's executive producer fronted an ensemble that was honored as daytime's best dramatic show. That was hardly the first time she stood on a winning soap opera side. But, fierce detractors previously decided that, regardless of the result, the industry veteran was unworthy to share in whatever accolades might be awarded.

Simply starting the second paragraph of this page with the name Phelps might have caused some to fly into an extended rage and immediately smash the digital page on their treasured device. That reaction could be classified as classic over-acting, but 'Ben Rayburn' (Sean Carrigan), or 'Barton Shelby' (Terrell Tilford) would surely require a more thorough examination at Genoa City Memorial Hospital before a diagnosis could be made. All apologies are offered to the offended for placing two characters into the middle of a super-serious discussion as well.

Obviously, the fans deserve to be respected. Their loyalty translates into ratings through various media platforms, which conditions advertising rates and fuels the show. When an audience believes fairness isn't in order, alternative forms of entertainment will understandably and rightly be pursued.

Hardcore devotees and newer viewers instinctively know that Jeanne Cooper was a marvelous actor, or that Michael Muhney was clearly the most dynamic force to appear on-screen in many years. Collective fan analysis, which is different than intense, repetitive rants, often hits the mark. And, one doesn't need to be employed in the industry to truly know any show.

It might be easy for those who head a business to discount, or dismiss, the relevance of their customer base. CBS and Sony divas and divos take note: Playing toward a younger, more 'hip', audience isn't likely to reverse soap opera ratings' trend lines because that demographic generally doesn't invest in daily daytime television shows.

Certain personality types perceive everything in their lives through a restricted lens. Accepting a leading behind-the-scenes role on an iconic show, or expressing a longtime devotion to that same steamer as a fan wouldn't change who someone is inside. When the screen goes dark each day, is it right to wonder who the highbrow really is, or if more than one is connected to this enduring show?

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