Old school thunder clouds have been seen over Genoa City for quite awhile. Yes, 'The Young and the Restless' has been under attack from its own fan base due to a variety of decisions that are hard, if not impossible, to defend. But, how would the audience respond if beloved stars from different eras, like Kimberlin Brown and Michael Muhney, both found work in Genoa City again?
Many of this author's soap features have involved serious show issues, or storyline steamers. This time around, let's lighten the load until the final two scenes (paragraphs). Plus, doing so might offer some creative solutions in case any of the powers-to-be are interested in harnessing available and still-lucrative fan power.
Surprising changes have been seen in Hollywood land before. So, all is never lost until the cancellation bell is rung on any show. And that leads one to wonder what dramatic adjustments could extend YR's life for an indefinite number of episodes?
Imagine if Brown were cast in a new role, as it seems nearly impossible to plausibly resurrect the fantastic 'Sheila Carter' once more. Fans would naturally erupt if Muhney accompanied her into the same stunning scene. But, let's return to rugged reality below.
YR is facing major structural problems with a diminishing fan base, some of whom understandable feel disrespected. No business should ever find itself with a sizable and growing number of alienated customers. Many former devotees will instantly, or eventually, switch to other shows, or simply tune out forever. Why force them away?
With whatever miscalculations were made, it's imperative that management restores order right now. YR's ever-under fire executive producer needs to change course. She won awards on other shows and has the chops to do so again. The real questions are: Will Jill Farren Phelps deliver and why have things been allowed to transpire as they have thus far?