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'The Young and the Restless': Hardcore soap fans appreciate summer sizzle

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Summer beach books often offer harmless escape. So too do soap storylines when the sun is hot overhead. Hardcore fans of CBS' top-rated daytime show 'The Young and the Restless' are currently enjoying a solid seasonal mix.

'Paul's' (Doug Davidson) story, where 'Dylan' (Steve Burton) saved his life and became his son, was well-crafted. This wasn't predictable due a major 'Ian' (Ray Wise) distraction.

The reunion of 'Nick' and 'Sharon', combined with the return of Camryn Grimes ('Mariah'), offers old-school fans a chance to relive the glory days. Loyalists also want the 'Cassie' doppelganger to be biologically connected as well.

'Vicky' (Amelia Heinle) and 'Stitch' (Sean Carrigan) make an intriguing pair, while all fans wonder what the good doctor actually did. Then, there's the third face of 'Billy' (Burgess Jenkins) and the fine face of 'Chelsea' (Melissa Claire Egan), who might be moving toward power-couple status in their own way.

The 'Adam' arc does keep command attention, mostly because many are wondering (and hoping) if a certain someone (Michael Muhney) might somehow return to Genoa City after all. Of course, his temporary impostor's hands also represent classic shticky tongue-in-cheek soap humor whenever they are shown.

Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott, Kristoff St. John, Lauralee Bell, Jess Walton, Peter Bergman, Tracey Bregman, Kate Linder and some other veteran actors rank in an accomplished class of their own. Yes, there are certain people who don't value every name that was referenced. What generally underlies those feelings is a misplaced envy for their success.

Solid actors, like: Christian Le Blanc, Greg Rikaart, Daniel Goddard, Christel Khalil, Bryton James, Judith Chapman and others have all taken part in countless well played scenes. Each person shares credit in helping to make YR daytime's reigning drama for many years.

The author of this digital page appreciates every entertainer's talent and the perseverance needed to sustain an enduring career. He also respects what all YR employees offer to this iconic show, be it in the summer, or during any season of the year.

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