It’s Official: I like Tammin as Y&R’s Colleen!




I don’t know when it happened, but it has. I completely, totally accept and even like Tammin Sursok in the role of Abbott heiress Colleen Carlton on The Young and the Restless. As much as I am thrilled to see one of the best couples on daytime, Daniel and Amber (Adrienne Frantz and Michael Graziadei), reunite, I found myself empathizing with Colleen. Who wants to find out that someone’s just not that into you on the radio? Well, I guess it beats Facebook.

Maybe it’s the good writing of late, or the fact that it also took me a long time to warm up to Adrianne Leon‘s version—her Colleen was too "Bwookie" from General Hospital early on—or maybe it’s simply that Sursok resembles a young Lisa Hartman-Black who I loved as Ciji/Cathy on Knots Landing. Whatever the reason, Sursok is officially "my" Colleen. There, I said it. Talk, er, type amongst yourselves!

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    Jorpa

    I have never liked the character of Colleen. Didn’t matter who played her, but Adrienne was much better than Tammin.

    Brad never should have been allowed to breed. I never wanted Tracy to have his baby. I hope, hope, HOPE that Daniel takes her with him when he leaves.

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    ssjohn

    YAY Commenting is working ;)

    Anyways I only saw Tammin playing Colleen, I never exactly hated her but I never really liked her, I have enjoyed Colleen lately and i do believe the writing has improved for her.

    I think the way Tammin came in was crappy for both actresses and I think because of that we had a hard time accepting her.

    I just wonder will she stay when/if Daniel leaves next march?

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    season1217

    What is it w/ you and sweaty balls, Luke? Good grief!:D

    I’ve never cared about the character of Colleen so who ever plays her makes no difference to me. A thought just popped in my head, where’s Charity Rahmer?!

    And see I feel that Victoria’s baby should be Brad’s. That would have had Victor in more of the grieving process than the death of his MonaVie… excuse me, mon âmi.

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    Jamey Giddens

    What is it w/ you and sweaty balls, Luke? Good grief!Laughing out loud
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    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK ROTFLMAO Season that’s what Kim Zimmer said about working in Jersey, she was sweating her balls off! LMAO

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    MarkBowers

    Jamey, Jamey, Jamey…what on earth were you smoking???

    Boy you’re normally so spot on!

    Next thing you know you’ll be singing the praises of Erin Sanders and talking about Emmy’s in her future…

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    Jamey Giddens

    That would have had Victor in more of the grieving process than the death of his MonaVie
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    Now you stop that Season, you stop that right now! If MonaVie dies, how are the cast of America’s favorite soap opera going to prepare for retirement?

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    Heidi

    Yikes, Jamey!!! I read your comments and damn near fainted!!! I usually agree with most of your comments but wow we are worlds apart on this one!!!

    I do NOT like Tammin Sursok in the role of Colleen; she is woefully miscast. IMO, she does not fit the part at all and I can still hear traces of her Aussie accent to this very day. I still can’t get used to seeing her on my TV screen; it’s jolting to me. And I’m not alone from what I’m reading on the message boards.

    I feel that the writing for Colleen is atrocious. Colleen used to be written as an intelligent young woman, pursing her college studies. Now, Colleen is a superficial, ridiculous, frivolous girl who stoops to getting revenge against a girl who slept with Colleen’s ex-boyfriend!!! This is stupid stuff and I don’t want to see this from Colleen.

    I miss Adrianne Leon as Colleen. She was superb in the role, IMO. I still miss her, a full year and a half later, and I really wish that somehow she could return to the role.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Ciji: "SO NOW I COOOOME TO YOOOOOU, WITH OOOOPEN ARMS! NOTHING TO HIDE BELIIIIIEVE WHAT I SAAAAAAAAAAY!"

    Remember when Ciji sang that on Knots Landing? Oh it was so beautiful. I didn’t know for a full half a decade later that Lisa Hartman didn’t sing that first. Made me a Journey fan for life. See what soaps can do? Did I tell you my uncle named his pitbull Marlena during the Devil Possession story? See, Jackie Zeman is right, soaps can bring families together…and teach you to fall for sociopaths and that you can start a cosmetics firm in your toilet!

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    timepass

    OMG Jamey, I don’t think I will ever see you the same way! I am in shock!

    I still hate her and thing she is the worst Collen ever! to each their own!
    and what about listening to Jana, Daniel, Kevin, Lily and everyone around her telling her he was NOT over amber!

    I love the fact that it erase the smirk out of her lips, but it was nothing to write home about as performance goes, passing a fart may be if I had to guess without sound!

    No compassion for clueless!

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    dellygrim

    I am glad to hear that someone is enjoying Colleen. I do think the writing has been better recently and it’s given Tammin a good chance to do a better job. But I’d still rather she be recast or written out.

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    THEBEST

    She’s okay. I just don’t like the character of Colleen anymore. I wish she would go take a dip with Walter Palin.

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    AniMate

    I enjoy when she and Lily have scenes together. When they’re on I know I don’t have to pay attention since I won’t be missing any good or even interesting performances.

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    siomonstuart2003

    Jamey. are u serious? I don’t like the actress, no offense, but she is not Colleen Carleton. But, I we are stuck with her, I feel, I hope, she will get better. But the writing for her and the female characters on this show needs to get there spine back and stop wallowing over these losers of the guys on this show.

    siomonstuart2003

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    Jenny

    I feel ya, Jamey. I never hated TS as Colleen, I just felt that the writing for her wasn’t very good. I actually like TS as an actress. IMO, she should be playing more of a bad girl. So, bring on Brad 2.0. LOL!!!

    Now if we could just do something about CK. Ugh!!!

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    Tara

    So since you think Tammin Sursok has “pretty lips” and “looks like a young Lisa Hartman, after well over a year, you “totally accept and even like” Tammin Sursok in the role of Colleen Carlton? This is what changed your opinion?????? What???? You’ve got to be kidding!!!!

    The viewers are interested in Tammin’s acting capability as Colleen and her having chemistry with the rest of the cast, both of which are completely lacking and basically non-existent. You like how Colleen has now become very Australian? You like how Tammin has the same smirk for every scene– I’d even go so far as to call it a smiling during sad scenes, and is constantly looking everywhere around the room, instead of her co-star in the eye? So it took you nearly a year and 1/2 to “totally accept and even like” TS, hey why not give her another year to get into character and win the viewers over? Sorry ain’t gonna happen!!

    And you think the writing for Colleen has improved? The character has done a complete 180, and IMO it is simply to fit TS and her limited capabilities. We went from the intelligent art history major now to the girl that can only talk about “shawping” when going to NYC? Also, Colleen used to have a heart–now she’s nothing but a snotty, bratty, vindictive self-righteous B. Colleen, once my fav character, is completely unrecognizable anymore.

    I will never accept Tammin Sursok as Colleen — TIIC, for no justifiable reason whatsoever, ripped a beautiful and totally capable and competent actress, Adrianne Leon (who is and will always be Colleen Carlton to me and many, many others) from their viewers and this is what they stuck us with? Tammin Sursok as Colleen to me is simply an imposter, who IMO is the worst recast in television history.

    I usually love reading your columns but you totally dropped the ball on this one and let us down!!

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    season1217

    What the heck is so hot about the character of Colleen that even matters who plays her?! Kate Winslet could play her and I’d probably still be bored.

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    Tara

    ^^^^^^
    2 reasons: We, as viewers to this show, deserve an actress, that can actually act. In addition, Colleen is the up and coming generation of the Abbotts!

    Tammin Sursok, mixed in with the otherwise stellar performers in this cast, sticks out like a sore thumb. Let’s make the comparison between TS and Billy Miller, she gets over a year to get herself into character and still hasn’t, yet Billy Miller (an absolute talent! who is one of the reasons I am still enjoying this show–I absolutely love him as Billy) was able to confidently step into this role, and from day one was accepted and made the role his own.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Tara, I respect your opinion, but I do not now, nor have I ever expressed an opinion in hopes of keeping from "letting someone down" my opinions are my own, they can shift, change, ebb and flow.
     
    This has all reminded me that it has always taken me time to except a recast. I hated both Jensen Buchanan and Robin Christopher when they took over the roles of Vicky and Lorna respectively on Another World, but over time, they not only grew on me, but actually became two of my favorites. My changing my opinion about Tammin in the role of Colleen is in no way, shape or form a reason for you or anyone else to change their opinions. That’s the beauty about opinions, we all have them.
     
    And while the remarks about her pretty lips and resemblance to Lisa Hartman were posted in jest, I would assume anyone who followed the context of the comments would gather that, I am not going to sit here and deny the fact that aesthetics play a major part in being successful in this medium. Many a daytime star has built a phenomenal career on looks, doe eyes and charisma, if not so much acting ability. I didn’t say I think she deserved an Emmy, LOL, or even the nomination she got last year, which she didn’t. What I said is that I now like her in the role.

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    terrifictam

    I’m with Timepass. shock.
    I don’t like her but I’m happy for you Jay! Less reason to fastforward now. I on the other hand still can’t stand her ESPECIALLY when she’s in scenes with Lily.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Terrifictam,
    I doubt I will ever be able to accept Christel as Lily after Davetta, not that Davetta was some stellar actress, actually I think Christel is a better actress, but Davetta was more Dru-esque and it was nice for at least one soap to portray its black characters with some spunk.  But seriousy, I am seeing growth in Tammin as far as the role goes. Bily Miller is amazing, but he also benefits from the role of Billy being off the canvas for a long time. It’s always easier to make a recast work when it isn’t overnight. I’m sure if he took over for David Tom, he would have had his critics as well, however he has not only benefitted from time, but two dud recasts in between David and himself. Plus Billy Miller is one of the few naturals who "gets it" fairly quickly. My accepting Tammin also has to do with the storylines on the show being much more balanced. Lynn played her much too much for a recast. Hell, I’m even liking Gloria more now that Hogan, Maria and Paul have evened the show out a bit.

    J

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    ktuc

    Jamey… while I respect your opinion and certainly am not trying to change it, but I’m still not accepting Tammin as Colleen and I just don’t understand her appeal to her now 5 fans. After 15 months in the role, she still has her Aussie accent and does not show any sign of EVEN trying to get rid of it, she can’t look at her costars in the eyes for more than 3 or 4 seconds as she continously looks away. She has chemistry with absolutely no one in the cast. She just doesn’t ‘fit’ as an Abbott as evidenced by her scenes with Billy Miller and of course, the rest of the Abbott’s. I’m also not liking the writing for Colleen and long for her to find some of her ‘smarts’ that Adrianne’s Colleen had.

    In comparison, Vail Bloom was, IMO, as bad as Tammin but at least I have seen some improvements in Vail. She and CE (Adam) have good chemistry together even though the character of Heather is quite boring as an ADA.

    I do however agree with you on the aesthetics of this genre. IMO though, I’d take Adrianne Leon and even Lyndsy Fonseca to this gal. She is no more attractive than either of these two young ladies and hey, those two can act without any quirks.

    Couldn’t you have found some better pictures to compare? Tammin looks better as a blonde and get the damn girl some bangs for that HUGE forehead that goes on forever!

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    Jamey Giddens

    I just don’t understand her appeal to her now 5 fans
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    LMAO that was funny, I have to admit.

    After 15 months in the role, she still has her Aussie accent and does not show any sign of EVEN trying to get rid of it,
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    Okay,  let’s be fair here. Eileen Fulton has been playing Midwest-born Lisa Hughes since the 50’s and she never lost her North Carolina accent! LOL Same for Josh Taylor, for ten years he played Chris Kositchek on Days with a Southern accent and he’s been back for over another ten years as Irish-Catholic, Midwestern cop Roman Brady.

    In comparison, Vail Bloom was, IMO, as bad as Tammin but at least I have seen some improvements in Vail. She and CE (Adam) have good chemistry together even though the character of Heather is quite boring as an ADA.
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    I admit Heather and Adam have chemistry, but I think that’s jut natural. For me, it hasn’t been about Vail improving. She is still Cricket 2.0 playing dress up as a lawyer and delivering her lines in a monotone style like she’s reciting her Easter Speech. LOL

    Tammin is growing on me and if they brought on an appropriate leading man, maybe Chad Brannon (ex-Zander, GH) as Lauren’s son Scotty, I think she would do well.

     

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    Jamey Giddens

    I think that man who plays Adam is like Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons. He just doesn’t get excited over anything. I bet when Heather is about to climax and yelling a very monotine, "Oh.Yeah.Oh.Yeah.Oh.Yeah.Yeah" he just sits there sighing and thinking of mucking the stalls out somewhere in Kansas.

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    Agim87

    I think we need to get over Adrianne Leon, Y&R fired her because she was too fat which is ridiculous. I dont think she would even want to come back, i know i wouldnt. They obviously are keeping Tammin if she has been on the show almost 2 years, hey it could be worst, like that nu Colby, that girl needs acting lessons, did anyone see her acting drunk on amc, it was painful. I loved Ambyr’s Colby and want her back now, i dont want this lifeless Colby with Petey, who is making the show for me. Nelson or anyone, why did they fire Ambyr after we all accepted her and replace her with a vapid actress with curls who looks a lot younger if they wanted to age the character.

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    Jamey Giddens

    That Petey creation is a HOT MESS. The actor is okay, but I am so tired of these Revenge of the Nerd rip offs I don’t know what to do! There is no way Petey would look and act like he does with a billionaire for a father. They should have made Petey like that nasty Chuck from Gossip Girl, not a less-interesting version of Spinelli from GH. I am also starting to accept Nu-Colby (ducks) That other one is the perfect example of what I am talking about here. Most people couldn’t stand Ambyr at first, but in time came to like her. My thing is, when it isn’t a front burner character, I have pretty much come to accept that recasts are the nature of this business. After watching four Ashley Abbotts, four Mindy Lewises, three Belle Blacks, three Romans, sometimes on at the same time, three Billie Reeds and 187,625 Kevin Buchanans, I can’t let myself stay mad for ever when they replace an Adrianne Leon. If Lyndsay Fonseca wanted back in, I’d lead the charge, complete with pitchforks, to Genoa City, but that ain’t gonna happen.

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    season1217

    This is the thing. In the first episode of Gossip Girl Chuck was an attempted rapist and now he’s everyone’s favorite bad boy.

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    Agim87

    i understand jamie, but u had to love when he meowed by pretending to be the cat. I think he is a great find, if u ever have listened to the Pine Valley Podcast which is hilarious, we call her Brianne Mongrief or Coldby, they also give lots of shoutouts to daytime Confidential and love ur podcast. They even have a soapcyclopedia like you Jamie, Jordan Hudson, who could give u a run for your money, lol. This Colby needs acting lessons, they regressed Colby to when Ambyr first started, who was annoying as hell, i roll my eyes at her scenes with David Canary, this is not Liza’s daughter. Shes one of the only recasts ive got a problem with right now.

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    ktuc

    Eileen Fulton has been playing Midwest-born Lisa Hughes since the 50’s and she never lost her North Carolina accent! LOL Same for Josh Taylor, for ten years he played Chris Kositchek on Days with a Southern accent and he’s been back for over another ten years as Irish-Catholic, Midwestern cop Roman Brady.
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    But, I don’t watch those shows and Colleen Carlton has never been Australian, not to my knowledge anyway!

    For me, it hasn’t been about Vail improving. She is still Cricket 2.0 playing dress up as a lawyer and delivering her lines in a monotone style like she’s reciting her Easter Speech.
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    I said she was improving not the best actress on the soap. Yes, she is still kinda stiff but Tammin, to me, is very stiff and doesn’t emote very well. Adrianne Leon could express so much with just her eyes. Tammin either has the same expression on her face hence the stupid ‘joker’ grin or just expressionless.

    Tammin is growing on me and if they brought on an appropriate leading man, maybe Chad Brannon (ex-Zander, GH) as Lauren’s son Scotty, I think she would do well.
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    Are you kidding me here? Bring on yet another character (actor) just for her to sink her teeth into and ruin? Eyal Podell, Greg Rikkart, Thad Luckinbill nor the Graz couldn’t do it what makes you think she could hang in there with someone new? While I’d love to see Chad Brannon back on daytime and of course, Lauren’s son Scotty, I hope they don’t bring on someone new just for her.

    It does appear that we are *stuck* with this inept actress although I’m always gonna want Adrianne Leon back. Thank God for my DVR and FF button!!

    As far as recasts go… I was furious when GH let the former Maxie go (now I can’t even remember her name) but Kirsten Storms is stellar in the role and she owned the role from day one. She has the charisma that the former actress just did not have. That is one recast that I understand. Adrianne to Tammin as Colleen Carlton, I will never understand!

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    Agim87

    Oh that Charity Rahmer as Belle was the worst recast of all time for me, her inappropiate chemistry with John Black, she even got fired the day she aired.

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    Agim87

    Jamie or anyone please tell me ur watching Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo, i love it especially that white girl that said she shoulda been black, shes even got a sugar daddy! lol.

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    Jamey Giddens

     

    Oh that Charity Rahmer as Belle was the worst recast of all time for me, her inappropiate chemistry with John Black, she even got fired the day she aired.
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    Bless that little girl’s heart, I don’t even blame her, I blame the casting people at Days. They knew darn well that child couldn’t act. I mean, okay, these are the people who cast Krista Allen, but still! They need to be whipped around the playground with a FLY SWAT!

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    tamxxx

    I Love TS as colleen she is beautiful and talented actress the writing sucks at the moment and they are trying to make her look like a bad girl. But when she is kind and nice she can be adorable I love her hair full lips and she does have a great body. For some reason she reminds me of Rachel Bilson a bit more then the lady you said i dont know that girl though! Im excited at last to see what will happen to Colleen’s character so happy that Amber and Daniel reunited because that means Colleen can find some one new and be a good girl again.

    TS, and LF are the best Colleen to me!

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    ktuc

    My thing is, when it isn’t a front burner character, I have pretty much come to accept that recasts are the nature of this business. After watching four Ashley Abbotts, and 187,625 Kevin Buchanans, I can’t let myself stay mad for ever when they replace an Adrianne Leon. If Lyndsay Fonseca wanted back in, I’d lead the charge, complete with pitchforks, to Genoa City, but that ain’t gonna happen.
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    I too, understand that recasts are just the nature of the biz especially this genre however, this is one recast that shouldn’t have happened! If LF or AL wanted back in, I’d be right behind you! With that said, you are right, it’s not gonna happen but I will never like Tammin.

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    mangus

    I like Tammin Sursok as Colleen. Adrianne Leon was BAD, I could not hear her with all the mumble jumble (whispers) that came out of her mouth!!! Could not stand her version of Colleen. Tammin has done a great job from the beginning. Just a reminder AL was not accepted by all viewers from the onset. AL had an advantage as LF’s Colleen was off the canvas for some time. TS came in after a week, AL was fired. Hopefully, this talented actress gets better writing and a better storyline. TAMMIN SURSOK THE BEST RECAST EVER!!!!!!

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    tkar

    I came onto this site so I could see what Adrianne has been up to and this is what I saw when I clicked on her name: a horrendous picture of the new Colleen.

    I signed up just so I could comment on this posting that I saw under Adrianne’s name. How can anyone possibly think that TS is as good or better than Adrianne Leon? I loathe what this new girl has done to our Colleen. Adrianne Leon was the best out of all three actresses, in my opinion. TS has done nothing for the character except make her into a tramp, yes I know writing helped her along with that but she just doesn’t seem able to convince me in this role. It seems there are very few across the web that like this new Aussie girl in this role.

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    Jillian Bowe

    Everyone keeps telling me I need to watch the Housewives. I will have to DVR them! LOL If for nothing else, it will give me something else to talk about!

    Now big mama had to jump in the frey… You don’t watch The Real Housewives of the ATL!? Jamey that is BLASPHEMY to the extreme chile you being a GA Peach now!

    I think that man who plays Adam is like Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons. He just doesn’t get excited over anything. I bet when Heather is about to climax and yelling a very monotine, "Oh.Yeah.Oh.Yeah.Oh.Yeah.Yeah" he just sits there sighing and thinking of mucking the stalls out somewhere in Kansas.

    This comment right here’s the only reason why a chick hasn’t pulled her hair back in a bun and broke out a switch on you for the ATL comment. *LOL* That is funny. I wonder what my pick for Adam Chad Brannon or Forbes March would’ve been like up against Billy…..

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    Jamey Giddens

    See Jon, that’s why I decided to do this post, for posters like you who might be afraid to go against the grain and cyber yell out to roof tops that you like your Tammin! LOL Don’t listen to the Message Board Mafia! Vote OBAMA, I mean, Tammin, yeah, Tammin! Doesn’t she just look so much like Lisa Hartman?

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    mz2005

    Jamey, I love you for posting this! I adore Tammin’s Colleen and I was a fan of Tammin long before she joined Y&R. I remember when she played Dani Sutherland on ‘Home and Away’ and she was stellar on that show.

    And ITA with Mangus about AL’s mumbling! It was very, VERY annoying.

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