HomeTagsComings & GoingsDukes of Hazzard Star Catherine Bach is Y&R’s Latest Stunt Casting Victim Jamey Giddens January 6, 2012 63 Comments It looks like Maria Arena Bell had a big ol' time, sitting around in her designer jammies, leafing through art catalogs, while watching re-runs of 80's TV over the holidays. Soap Opera Digest is reporting The Young and the Restless has cast yet another classic boob tube star to appear on the once stellar sudser. Catherine Bach, best known as Daisy, the blue jean cut-off sporting cousin of Bo and Luke Duke on Dukes of Hazzard, has been cast as the mother of Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). Will no one stop MAB from making Y&R the biggest joke in soaps? Photo by PR Photos 63 Responses alstonboy4315 January 6, 2012 Couldn’t she have found a D-lister who was a little bit less……um, D-list? I don’t mean to be rude, but nobody really remembers who this woman is!!! And those who do probably don’t give a damn anyway!!! Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie January 6, 2012 I would hardly call Bach a “victim.” She now has a JOB. The only victims in this nonstop parade of “casting coups” are the VETS (ie. Jess Walton, who has been missing for WEEKS)…. Log in to Reply SwanQueen59 January 6, 2012 Jeepers! Who’s next? Is MAB going to book Ringo Starr next to accompany her at the music end? I think I will go and gnash my teeth… 0:) Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie January 6, 2012 Oh, and those tits have got to go. I’m embarrassed for her. (Bach–not Walton, LOL!) Log in to Reply Bourgeois Nerd January 6, 2012 Dear GOD in Heaven! Log in to Reply Scout January 6, 2012 If no one remembers Catherine Bach, then how can it be stunt casting? Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie January 6, 2012 [quote=Scout]If no one remembers Catherine Bach, then how can it be stunt casting?[/quote] It IS stunt casting if just one person remembers her. Most viewers of Y&R are going to know who she is when they see her. Who wouldn’t remember this woman unless they are under 20, or lived in a cave while growing up? Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon January 6, 2012 Maybe if I started thinking of Y&R as a parody rather than an actual soap opera I could go back to watching it. James Franco might be open to playing Katherine’s boytoy. Log in to Reply Bartman202 January 6, 2012 It just keeps getting worse and worse… My 84 yr old mother can’t believe the sad shape “Y & R” is in these days and she has watched since the beginning!! Now filling the canvas with EVEN MORE one-note cardboard characters is driving her away – hopefully, even more viewers will follow should this horror continue to my beloved serial! Casting soap opera cast-offs & former working actors is NOT WORKING, Maria Arena Bell!! YOU NEED TO GO – PLEASE WAKE UP CBS/SONY AND STOP THIS EVISCERATION OF MY SHOW!!! Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie January 6, 2012 [quote=SoapArmageddon] James Franco might be open to playing Katherine’s boytoy.[/quote] That would actually be awesome. She and Jill could fight over him, LOL! Log in to Reply Coffee_Junkie January 6, 2012 [quote=Coffee_Junkie][quote=SoapArmageddon]James Franco might be open to playing Katherine’s boytoy.[/quote] That would actually be awesome. She and Jill could fight over him, LOL![/quote] Log in to Reply Angie Lucy January 6, 2012 Daisy Duke? WTH? Log in to Reply Duchess January 6, 2012 There goes my hope that Chelsea would be out the door soon. She’s such an unnecessary addition and now we’ve got her mother too. Although I did love “Daisy Duke” growing up so I’d much rather keep the mother over her bitchy but not in a good way smirking daughter. Most of all though I’d like to see Jill, Paul, Lauren etc. more than a few times a month. Log in to Reply ER Writer January 6, 2012 I haven’t been watching, and will continue not to. But I hope goodness willing, someone, Any Bell, straight jackets Maria and saves their brand. Log in to Reply giogio January 7, 2012 SWANQUEEN – that was reallllly funny. Enjoyed that in the midst of the other chaos. Log in to Reply jthawk January 7, 2012 Here’s my thing. If the character is needed for a short time why does MAB keep casting 80s stars. AMC, GL, ATWT, PC, Passions, Another World, OLTL all these soaps are gone…offer the job to one of the women from there. Beth Chamberlin Colleen Zenk Are just two names that come to mind when I think of who could have played this role. Log in to Reply david46208 January 7, 2012 Y&R is officially become Passions of the Sunset Beach! Log in to Reply marknsprmo January 7, 2012 Hopefully Catherine will not be wearing Daisy Dukes!!!! Log in to Reply wintourfrost January 7, 2012 I wish MAB would stop watching TVLand, flipping through art catalogs, & walking the red carpets of charity events and just do her DAMN job. Log in to Reply eruell January 7, 2012 I wish they would finish some storylines before adding new people and dragging it on some more. When will Sony put their foot down and boot MAB. Brad should even have brains enough to see she is ruining his parents show. Log in to Reply SwanQueen59 January 7, 2012 giogio-Chaos doesn’t begin to describe what’s happening to Y&R. If I don’t laugh about this I’m just going to fall forward onto my new keyboard and cry. (And I really don’t want to do that since it’s only a couple of months old!) Hugs to you darlin’!… 0:) Log in to Reply 23skidoo January 7, 2012 [quote=wintourfrost]I wish MAB would stop watching TVLand, flipping through art catalogs, & walking the red carpets of charity events and just do her DAMN job.[/quote] Call me old-fashioned, but unless something has changed in how soap operas are made in 2012, it’s pretty much common practice to hire actors in order to tell the stories. (I don’t know – maybe the shows are all made in CG now and I missed the memo.) Casting someone to appear in a role is doing her DAMN job. And I’m not sure if I’m seeing ageism or elitism at work here, but I don’t see why Catherine Bach should be disqualified from appearing in a soap opera 30 years after starring in some dumb TV show. If that’s the case, what the hell is Eric “Mr. Rat Patrol” Braeden and Stacey “Ms SeaQuest DSV” – or better still “Ms Adventures of Superboy” – Haiduk doing in the soaps? Now if the scripts suck, then that’s a different matter and it wouldn’t matter if they cast Brad Pitt and go after MAB et al to your heart’s content. Aim the criticism where it’s warranted – if the stories are bad and the scripts are bad, then that’s the problem. Once people start going ballistic over meaningless things like casting Catherine Bach in a guest role then it’s time to shut down the soaps. I mean, frankly, nothing is going to save them at this point anyway, IMO, and the network probably expects the core audience of Y&R to be of the old-fart age bracket (like me) who not only remembers Catherine Bach in Dukes of Hazzard, but remembers watching the very first episode back in 1978. Log in to Reply tedew January 7, 2012 Well now that seemingly unnecessary Chelsea has a seemingly unnecessary Mother it is becoming painfully obvious that someone has a vendetta against one of the mighty Genoa City Dynasties … Log in to Reply visitor101 January 7, 2012 Y&R isn’t anymore. Crappy sets suck too. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 January 7, 2012 Isn’t the cast overfilled already??? Why bring in another player, when those who are on a contract aren’t even used in a proper way? Jess Walton must be crying herself to sleep, while Tracy Bregman asks Christan LeBlanc if they don’t want to create their own soap opera, called “Likey”. It’s ridiculous. I mean I don’t even know this woman and I don’t want to judge, but with Williams and now Bach coming on … it’s an even bigger casting mess. You don’t see some people for weeks and MAB is having another 80s stunt casting. What a big creepy joke this soap has become… Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott January 7, 2012 If she is coming in for a few days or a few weeks I don’t have a problem with that. If she is becoming a contract player then I do have a problem because this cast is about as bloated as I was after Thanksgiving dinner. Log in to Reply Chrystie-Delancey January 7, 2012 What I would like to know is there ever anything the majority of you actually like about The Young & The Restless? All I hear is complaining. I bet even if you got your wish of having Maria Arena Bell fired, you would still find something to complain about. What ever happened to DAYTIME CONFIDENTIAL? I used to frequent this site a lot back in 2009, but then it became nothing more than an explative-laden diatribe about Y&R and how the majority of you think it sucks. Every other word is Sony, Sony, Sony. You act like you know what goes on there. It’s a business. I worked for them back when I frequented this site, but quit when my first child was born so I could stay home with him. They are a great company to work for and the people are great, but again, it’s a business. They have to make cuts and layoff people if they expect to keep on going just like any other company. The news about Catherine Bach being cast is old news on many other sites. She Knows Soaps has more information than you do. It’s sad because I actually liked this site, but reading the post from Scooter really hit home. Anytime someone says something that you don’t agree with, you attack that person. Then I read someone actually thought that Debbie Morgan’s hair was “disgusting.” Very sad. Log in to Reply harlee490 January 7, 2012 @Chrystie-Delancey …first you act like “She Knows” had this info for weeks and that is not correct I read when broke on EW a just a couple of days ago. Second, posts I have read on DC isn’t bashing Sony as company but we are trying to understand WHY Sony isn’t stepping in to clean up the muck MAB & cronies SLAUGHTERING this show to shreds. Sony is a business we get that, so big deal you worked for Sony, what does that have to do with Y&R? Nothing, guess you have need to pat yourself on shoulder. I’m happy Sony is good employer as they should be, a multi-billion dollar company I would expect no less. Sony is in business, WHAT DOES THAT HAVE ANYTHING TO WITH ANYTHING AGAIN…you want just sing there praises then go to their website and sing on girl!! I like many Sony projects but not in the handling of Y&R. MAB during her tenure has wrote minorities in typical white fashion…hell I’m white and seen it very clear on my TV. Maybe she has not done it purposely but being lily white CA girl and perception of what minorities are “suppose” to be is evident. It needs corrected. I will have agree sometimes things can get petty, I don’t always agree this is still USA it’s allowed but we are trying to save this genre and I have watched Y&R since day ONE (until 10 months ago) and the proof is in the ratings. The ratings was tremendous the week of Christmas because of MTS, like myself long time viewers returned to watch a beloved character. Adding all these new actors and letting many vets languish with no story is what is driving long time viewers like myself away. What is sad is this historic Bill Bell show is in the crapper and CBS just needs to cancel it and put it to rest. Their is no respect nor have there ever was in this industry for story telling genre. No, networks want to tell everyone how live, eat, exercise, how to have better sex, how to bath, how to do laundry, how to shop, how to spend money, what’s entertainment, what to watch on TV, what standards are acceptable, who we can marry, we the people in this great USA is moral bashed to live their way or it’s unacceptable. This site is the Chris Matthew’s “Hardball” where She Knows is Fox & Friends, as my grandma would say “can’t take the heat get the hell out of kitchen because I’m busy” Log in to Reply Carol2 January 7, 2012 [quote=23skidoo]Call me old-fashioned, but unless something has changed in how soap operas are made in 2012, it’s pretty much common practice to hire actors in order to tell the stories. (I don’t know – maybe the shows are all made in CG now and I missed the memo.) Casting someone to appear in a role is doing her DAMN job. And I’m not sure if I’m seeing ageism or elitism at work here, but I don’t see why Catherine Bach should be disqualified from appearing in a soap opera 30 years after starring in some dumb TV show. If that’s the case, what the hell is Eric “Mr. Rat Patrol” Braeden and Stacey “Ms SeaQuest DSV” – or better still “Ms Adventures of Superboy” – Haiduk doing in the soaps?[/quote] Is she casting an actress based on what the actress will bring to the role? That’s the question. How many of these stunt castings have actually led to a good story or a good scene? I remember how excited we were supposed to be over Eric Roberts being cast, and he mostly just sat around badly reading cue cards. Log in to Reply stoney07 January 7, 2012 I said it once and I’ll say it again. I don’t see how this is stunt casting. Mostly everyone on Y&R has done something prior to soaps…does that mean that they were stunt casts as well? I mean, most people didn’t know who the hell Catherine Bach was until it was said in the article. Not even the picture brought it back to my family’s memory..so…IDK. This Y&R stuff gives me a migraine because on one hand it is a bad show right now…but on the other hand, I’m so tired of reading negativity and bashing. It’s not going to help the show get better…that’s been apparent for the past three years…so ugh. The only thing this is going to do is get the show cancelled. I Doubt another headwriter and EP will be brought in. The show will just disappear Log in to Reply harlee490 January 7, 2012 @stoney07 OK, maybe “stunt casting” might not be the best term and you are exactly right others have came on aboard from various avenues, as you stated: “most people didn’t know who the hell Catherine Bach was until it was said in the article. Not even the picture brought it back to my family’s memory” Exactly, this is the point people are trying to convey!! |( There are so many top notch actors available needing employment even for short term gig but no they cast a D cup actress…sweet JESUS give me strength. You would think CBS would at least cast some short term roles to their own soaps actors who was loyal to CBS for DECADES from their defunct soaps to show some loyalty and CBS viewers would be in hog heaven. Eileen F, Colleen Z, Kathryn H, Kelli H, Liz K, Maureen G, Marie M, Kim Z, Crystal C, Beth C. Marj D, you bet I would be watching to see my divas mixing in up with Y&R’s stellar cast! S) :love: Then leaving the other half of Y&R vets slumming on sideline, it is disgraceful and disrespectful to those vets! |( Catherine Bach hasn’t been around for 30 years and no guest appearances, no movies except the reunion show I know for Dukes of Hazzard. I will admit I’m have much negativity and I have most certainly been bashing Y&R for months…it’s simply because I love my CBS soaps. We have lost two and it has had a small impact on viewership of the remaining soaps of CBS. I like many others remember Y&R from 30 yrs. ago, hell I was 12 yrs. old when Y&R debuted and watched faithfully until a few months ago…it be a year in April since I tuned in to view, one exception for MTS’s episode. The recently ratings out was for that week and that episode is proof, no need to add or create characters when you have long time viewers returning coming to see who but “Nikki” as true vet of the show. I’m not sure how long you have been viewer but many long time viewers are being sacrificed with this relentless parade of additions of other soap stars and many are top notch actors. MAB thinking it will pull viewers and it has done the opposite while a handful of Y&R veterans had stories but have destroyed these characters that Bill Bell created with such depth, by changing history, personalities making them “who WTF” attitude is this character now? Under MAB, even when PR was co-EP it wasn’t that drastic kind of change. If change doesn’t come and starting to believe it won’t because she is a Bell, I could care less if Y&R gets cancelled because many like myself isn’t watching Y&R we know and love. A cheap version wrapped in a shell hearing the death rattle. I mean no disrespect by no means because I whole heartily understand you passion because I too was once a LOYAL CBSer and that was the only network I would tune into to watch my beloved soaps. CBS was the gold standard of soap opera genre in its heyday and for decades ABC & NBC was always trying to catch up. CBS never had as many soaps cancelled over the last 60 yrs., compared to the other networks because it was always relatively stable lineup due to its strength in quality and longevity of their soaps until recently. ABC was always most consistent and poor NBC never really gave their soaps a chance and axed away causing it’s own problems….CBS viewers always knew their soaps were there to tune in to watch our stories Monday through Friday four and half hours of outstanding daytime television. :(( Log in to Reply tedew January 7, 2012 Basically … we don’t own this show or have a say. If a character is needed then someone has to be hired to do it and it doesn’t matter who it is as long as it makes sense. Most of you seem to be very concerned about this purported “stunt casting” but I have seen very little to no comments or theories about these two new female characters and what they are really going to be up to. Log in to Reply Carol2 January 7, 2012 [quote=stoney07]I said it once and I’ll say it again. I don’t see how this is stunt casting. Mostly everyone on Y&R has done something prior to soaps…does that mean that they were stunt casts as well? [/quote] How many roles has Catherine Bach been famous for? Were there ever any roles where she awed people with her talent (beyond how she looked in jean shorts)? If not, then I don’t think it’s the same as saying everyone on Y&R has done something else. This is similar to when they cast Susan Olsen, who is only remembered by someone if they watch those Brady Bunch reunion specials, or when they cast one of the daughters from Father Knows Best. They want a headline in various entertainment sites, and this is the type of thing which will get it. Log in to Reply Carol2 January 7, 2012 [quote=tedew]Most of you seem to be very concerned about this purported “stunt casting” but I have seen very little to no comments or theories about these two new female characters and what they are really going to be up to.[/quote] I’m not sure if anyone cares. This is the fifteenth story Billy and Victoria have had in the last few years which revolves around a baby. Chelsea is a dime a dozen loudmouth/psycho, an older version of Daisy. If the show cared about the story then I think they would have cast a good actress to play Chelsea’s mother. Apparently they don’t care. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon January 7, 2012 What I don’t get is people complaining about the negativity on this and other sites. If you’re referring to the bloggers’ reporting and opinions, there is always the option of not visiting the site. If you’re referring to your fellow posters’ opinions, there is always the option of not reading the comments. Where’s the hardship in that? Log in to Reply pennywise555 January 7, 2012 [quote=tedew]Basically … we don’t own this show or have a say. If a character is needed then someone has to be hired to do it and it doesn’t matter who it is as long as it makes sense.Most of you seem to be very concerned about this purported “stunt casting” but I have seen very little to no comments or theories about these two new female characters and what they are really going to be up to.[/quote] I don’t care! Chelsea’s mom can do a strip tease, commit murder have sex with every one in town, or throw herself off the top of a building, so can Chelsea. They don’t matter. I do care about seeing how JILL, BILLY ABBOTT’s MOTHER, and who would be the new babies GRANDMOTHER feels about all this. She’s a Y&R character I’ve followed for almost 4 decades. I watch this soap to follow those I know because it’s a soap. I don’t tune in to see performances by actors in scenes or short stories. Y&R deserves every word of negative criticism it’s getting. I’ve watched since day one and the last two years have been beyond HORRIBLE! Viewers should stop complaining just so they don’t come off as negative? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Viewers may not have the power but they every right to complain about a show they have invested years in watching. We have made CBS, Sony, and the Bells lots of money for decades. MAB doesn’t have to continue the Y&R story for it’s audience but IMO she has a moral obligation to. We should be angry, they are writing and hiring to please only themselves. Log in to Reply tedew January 8, 2012 pennywise555 … your post above is very much on target. We have got to be given the opportunity to actually care about the characters (whether we like them or not) and the stories they are involved in. It’s high time we were given something other than what they seem to pick out of the bingo drum over and all over again! Log in to Reply isiola January 8, 2012 This storyline is ridiculous…not even worth a comment..BUT..Sharon is a different matter..I really believe she is the Reva of Genoa City…and that just like Reva did she will eventually find her way back to her true love ..Nick..they are a smoldering couple..with Phylis it is just sex..with Adam it is torturing madness even she doesn’t know why she cares for him…but Shick really have it all…just like Josh & Revs!! Log in to Reply For Whom the Bells Toll January 8, 2012 Why do you presume Catherine Bach is being cast as some sort of stunt?There is no evidence.She’s probably been cast as she bears a resemblance to Chelsea. Now for the YR hate & negativity – I Am SICK OF IT!! The people who comment on the show who do not even watch it – why comment? I can understand if you don’t like the show anymore, but why continue to bag it when you’re no longer a current viewer!! This will be probably the last time I comment on here,as the site is so anti-YR and MAB.I’m actually enjoying YR and loving Melody as Nikki,Michael M as Adam,Amelia as Victoria and Billy as Billy.The plots have got me mad,sad,looking puzzled and involved,as I don’t know what is going to happen next. There are some characters I would love to “ship off” (Angelo,Angelina,Ricky & Eden) and others who need a story(Jill), but overall I can sense better things are on the horizon.Maybe it’s the positiveness in me! Also, I have watched the show from the beginning with my Mum. Log in to Reply Soap_Stud January 8, 2012 Soap Operas have ALWAYS featured actors/actresses from primetime in small or short term roles. Snoop Dog rapped on OLTL, LeAnn Rimes was on DOOL and Michael Learned just finished stints on GH and Y&R. I do not see what the big deal is and I think we should actually see Catherine’s work on Y&R before we start talking so negatively about her. I have not been a longtime fan of Y&R. I have been a casual viewer, but when Debbi Morgan joined, I started watching more and more. I don’t hate the show like many of you do. There is much of it that I enjoy. I can understand being upset over veteran characters being placed on the backburner or disagreeing with a character’s motives, etc. but, man, Y&R cannot get a break these days. Log in to Reply marknsprmo January 8, 2012 Stunt casting doesn’t really bother me. It gets Y&R or GH or Days in the papers and it is like free advertisement. If there is gonna be a short term character anyway why not put someone with a name on it? Better than some “actor” fresh from Kansas who is making all the rounds to become a star….. I think some people just like to have something to growl about. Yes Jill is not being played and a whole litany of other actors that have been on Y&R for decades. If they were being played, I would probably watch. (well I really hate the way the stories are being told so maybe not too). Catherine is probably just looking for or trying to push some reality series and getting her name out there. I don’t see this as the crime of the century. As far as hiring soap vets, don’t you think there are enough vets from other shows on Y&R? Almost every person on Y&R was a significant role on another soap. Let Catherine get her reality series about girls wearing Daisy Dukes and riding in red souped up cars, forget she is who she is and watch her scenes as if she is just someone else. Besides it HAS to be better than Ruta Lee and her lost pussy cat on Days last week. I hope that she turns out to be some crazy psycho rich woman that wants Carrie to handle a big fortune for her. That atleast would be a pay off for that rediculous story! Log in to Reply harlee490 January 8, 2012 @SoapStud…I am one that most certainly been bashing Y&R this last year and it’s because I love Y&R. The most vehemently outspoken posters on Y&R are mostly the long=time viewers that know this isn’t the Y&R of Bill Bell. Here are some short clips from ’89 and ’92 when Bill, Kay, and his writers along with Ed Scott as EP…please look at the difference in quality of stories. MAB destroyed probably the best villain very created in “Sheila” with the double doppelganger story of “Sheila”. Two clips are at the climax of the “Lauren & Sheila” story including other stories of the same period how he integrated his A-A characters on canvas with rich stories including Neil, Dru, Liv & Nathan. The next clip is simply classic Bill & Kay from ’89 writing for characters that had been on canvas since ’73…Jill & Katherine when they were there characters we knew and the long feud still going strong. Not having these characters out of context like they are today, but Jill hasn’t had a meaty story in 4 years, all MAB has done has made Jill side character. Enjoy and wanted to share. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZJ1lnEAx0g&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Sheila, Lauren, Dru, Neil, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef97re-15Rc&feature=autoplay&list=UL5ZJ1lnEAx0g&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=1 Sheila, Lauren, Dru, Neil, Olivia, Nathan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_VSeTBiA5k Nikki & Diane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHI_DEQtKcw Katherine & Jill, Nina & Phillip’s wedding ’89 I was going to post this 2 hours ago but got caught up watching this whole story! S) Log in to Reply The_Moustache January 8, 2012 i wonder if she’ll last longer than the woman who played Sabrina’s mother, Zara. Log in to Reply Soap_Stud January 8, 2012 I do my fair share of.complaining about the soaps, but I also try very hard to.find the.good as well. In a time when soaps are struggling to stay alive, soap fans should also be voicing what is good about a soap. If u honestly cannot find anything good, I question why u watch. Log in to Reply Soap_Stud January 8, 2012 I will check those clips out. I do understand your frustration. I have been a soap fan for decades and I hate that the majority of the producers/writers who love the genre AND know how to keep the show growing creatively are long gone. With that said, there things going on in GC right now that are buzzworthy. All I know is that I bitched and moaned about the state of GL and now I wish I had kept my mouth shut. For every shaky camera scene, there was a fantastic performance from Crystal Chappell or Tina Sloan. Should we expect the bet from our soaps? Absolutely. Log in to Reply harlee490 January 8, 2012 OH soapstud a “Lighter” like myself, my heart still breaks, so nice to see another “Lighter” as I call us, we got dvds coming and online episodes next year. I know, I left GL & ATWT ONE time, GL during the time traveling painting bs, Paul R. tried to make GL in OLTL of the ’80s and didn’t work with GL fans hated it, but it was just a short period (6 months). Even with those damn shaky cameras some stories were good others sucked so uneven time in story quality. Toward the end when Jill Lorie Hurst returned to HW and Phillip returned the stories truly was good the last months of GL. I felt more like GL after she came back DK was demoted to co-HW. I do feel the camera experiment they were using did get much better because they actually learned what was working and what wasn’t working or maybe I just got use to the new cameras…who knows…LOL! I have wonderful interview I found with Pam Long and talks heavily about GL, which is a golden period for GL if you would like to listen to, AWESOME Log in to Reply craigcp January 8, 2012 Love Catherine, she was first TV crush, Daisy Duke in them cut off jeans, and Linda Carter started noticing girls. Log in to Reply Carol2 January 8, 2012 [quote=marknsprmo]tting her name out there. I don’t see this as the crime of the century. As far as hiring soap vets, don’t you think there are enough vets from other shows on Y&R? Almost every person on Y&R was a significant role on another soap.[/quote] I think there’s a big difference between casting a soap vet in a limited role where you know what you are doing with the character, and throwing roles at soap actors solely because they used to be on another soap, and clearly having shit all idea what to do with them (Maura West, Genie Francis, Debbi Morgan, et al). I don’t see what Catherine Bach will do to enhance the story, so it just feels like a weak attempt to get a few headlines from EW.com or elsewhere. Log in to Reply For Whom the Bells Toll January 9, 2012 Like your opinions HARLEE490 as I too love the old YR stories,etc. However, we are in a different era and the writers are doing their best most of the time.Surely you did not like every story from the 70s,80s and 90s? I do think the cast is too big and that the writers could be more productive with less characters and plots to write. What do you think? Log in to Reply harlee490 January 9, 2012 @For Whom the Be…OH no you exactly right, even all the great writers Agnes Nixon, Doug Marland, Bill Bell, Pam Long, hell even Irna Phillips had their stinkers. Heck that’s hard to do ONE HUNDRED PERCENT s\l after s\l year end & year out but they were so consistent year in, year out on quality. They knew their characters and what they would do in story and didn’t take their characters…well out of character what made fans get addicted to the show. Soaps are addictive….maybe we should start SA for Soap Anonymous for all the junkies like us when soaps are not around….Hmmm. But that’s why they are making dvds now I guess. Log in to Reply The_Moustache January 9, 2012 this is hardly a stunt casting/huge get for the show. she’s a D-list, possibly lower, celeb. Catherine will show up to your house and open your mail if you ask her to. Log in to Reply yojoromo4469 January 9, 2012 [quote=The_Moustache]this is hardly a stunt casting/huge get for the show. she’s a D-list, possibly lower, celeb. Catherine will show up to your house and open your mail if you ask her to.[/quote] Hey MOUSTACHE, U got to love that one. Log in to Reply tedew January 9, 2012 Some of you just can’t understand why some of us purportedly hate Y&R and everything in and around it. Well … we really don’t hate it at all and are just trying out some tough love to get everything back on track. All of the problems have been very well documented here and it is true … we are being force fed much garbage and reheated leftovers and we are rather fed up with it. Ridiculous and repeated stories. Repeated and numerous doppelgangers (some with physically impossible body changes). Stories that never end and stories that are never explained or rectified. Committed crimes both tiny and great that are never punished. It goes on and on … … but we still do watch with anticipation of better things to come! Log in to Reply marknsprmo January 9, 2012 Perhaps Catherine needed to go back to work because her husband killed himself in April. http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/05/exclusive-911-call-reveals-catherine-bach-thought-someone-shot-her-husband Maybe we should welcome her to the show and let her show us if she can do the job. Log in to Reply harlee490 January 9, 2012 @Tedew…well said sir exactly we care and have hope but sometimes for me I’m speaking about it is like just cancel it already from such bad writing. CBS already cancelled my other 2 soaps. I know soaps are dying but I’m not spending my time on something that I personally don’t find entertaining…but hope still lies eternal in my heart that it will change and I can come home. The soap I’ve been watching faithfully right now is DOOL and DOOL rebound quite nicely in the new ratings posted and regardless of minor flaws which can be easily corrected, Days is by far a better soap then Y&R right now. Log in to Reply Soap_Stud January 9, 2012 Harlee… I am loving DOOL. I have watched it the longest. Sad to hear about Bach’s husband. Log in to Reply stoney07 January 9, 2012 I still don’t understand…but I won’t be disrespectful. There’s a difference between voicing disapproval of a show and just flat out BASHING which is what has slowly started to happen. I honestly don’t visit the site to read opinions…I visit for casting news, etc…(much like what THIS post was supposed to be) but everything now is clouded about how AWFUL Y&R is. I get it…the show SUCKS to some people…but how is that HELPING Y&R? WE’VE (yes WE) have been complaining for 3 years now, since before Adam cleaned up Ashley’s bloody miscarriage and thew it in the fire…but has that changed anything? I think there’s a better way to get TPTB’s attention other than bashing the show. BEcause all its doing is forcing TPTB to take more drastic extremes, while simultaenously turning away people who may possibly want to switch to Y&R. I don’t know how many times I’ve read on sites in threads like this where people say “I was going to tune in, but now I think I’ll just read a book”…how is that helping Y&R and the genre? ANd how is commenting on a soap you no longer watch doing ANYTHING other than just jumping on a bandwagon? I’m not trying to be rude and i hope no one takes this the wrong way, but much like “some” were telling me to not read the bashing, I’d say just don’t watch the show, and stop bashing something that you haven’t seen. I don’t get it….Can someone explain please? Log in to Reply For Whom the Bells Toll January 9, 2012 HARLEE490, I know what you mean about the characters changing, with Sharon being the one they’ve really taken to. Her behaviour change has never been really addressed and there was so much potential for her when she was at Newman.I personally liked her with Brad and I still miss his character from the show. Please watch the show though as MTS is fab at the moment and Michael Muhney is also playing it so well. Give it a go and if you are on Twitter let me know. Now stoney07, I hate bashing too and our soaps need all the support they can get.Good on you for voicing your opinion and happy YR viewing. PS Back “in the day” Another World was my fav soap. Log in to Reply Carol2 January 9, 2012 Going by IMDB, Bach had acting credits during her marriage. I don’t think his tragic suicide, almost a year ago, caused Y&R to hire her. Log in to Reply Carol2 January 9, 2012 [quote=stoney07]There’s a difference between voicing disapproval of a show and just flat out BASHING which is what has slowly started to happen. I honestly don’t visit the site to read opinions…I visit for casting news, etc…(much like what THIS post was supposed to be) but everything now is clouded about how AWFUL Y&R is. I get it…the show SUCKS to some people…but how is that HELPING Y&R? WE’VE (yes WE) have been complaining for 3 years now, since before Adam cleaned up Ashley’s bloody miscarriage and thew it in the fire…but has that changed anything? I think there’s a better way to get TPTB’s attention other than bashing the show. BEcause all its doing is forcing TPTB to take more drastic extremes, while simultaenously turning away people who may possibly want to switch to Y&R. I don’t know how many times I’ve read on sites in threads like this where people say “I was going to tune in, but now I think I’ll just read a book”…how is that helping Y&R and the genre?[/quote] Y&R brought this all on itself. For many years, Y&R was not a show about fan demands. Y&R was not a couples show. Y&R was able to have a variety of relationships like Victor/Nikki, Victor/Ashley, Nikki/Jack, Victor/Hope, with fans not obsessing over sides. Y&R was able to write out popular characters if necessary. 4-5 years ago, or longer, Y&R began to become a couples show – with attempts to pit fan bases against each other, to make characters become defined by relationships, not by personalities. We now have “Lane,” “Shick,” “Phick,” “Shadam”, “Villy”. And for what? What have any of these stories done for the characters involved, or for the show? You have a bunch of paper thin twits who think with their crotches (or their uteruses)? You get people who threaten to tune out or who do tune out if Cane goes, if Adam isn’t unbuckling his belt buckle, if Nick’s hardon doesn’t wander in the right direction. These viewers no longer have any reason to be loyal to Y&R itself, because Y&R itself is nothing. Log in to Reply harlee490 January 9, 2012 [quote=stoney07]how is commenting on a soap you no longer watch doing ANYTHING other than just jumping on a bandwagon? I’m not trying to be rude and i hope no one takes this the wrong way, but much like “some” were telling me to not read the bashing, I’d say just don’t watch the show, and stop bashing something that you haven’t seen. I don’t get it….Can someone explain please?[/quote] Oh so we are just suppose to fall in line because we disagree because I don’t watch so I shouldn’t comment about a show I have watched for 38 years? Sorry, not happening. You have admittedly stated one of biggest WTF moment that was the start of disgust about the show and about ADAM and the bloody miscarriage!!! Talk about gross and being disrespectfully toward viewers and the character of Ashley & forever changed ADAM to unforgiving bastard!! Makes no difference but I will not SHUT UP and if Y&R is cancelled so be it. What have you done to help change these gawd awful stories and right a sinking ship with all the destruction happening on Y&R? Trust the ratings are reflecting this and CBS will cancel when renewal time approaches. So everyone is to be quiet and supportive and watch because being afraid of cancellation? I do LOVE Y&R, as I loved all my CBS shows. Three times a week I call and leave Sony, CBS a message to fire MAB, HS, SH, I at least send out three times a week a post card to fire MAB. I have periodically sent a letter and have friends that is doing the same thing. I found out all they do is delete emails and never read. They probably know my hand writing by now because I have been do this since summer. I always do before work like this morning, its before (6AM now)drop it in the mail. I am trying to save Y&R because the state right now it won’t be renewed. MAB has made the ratings fall massively they might have a bump every once in awhile but as a whole she had fans leaving by thousands. I will continue… Log in to Reply Blue Skies and Palomino Ponies January 9, 2012 I wish we could have cast a stunt writer so that we would not have had to consider what it means to think with our uteri. Log in to Reply Dyllan January 9, 2012 The reason people bitch about stunt casting because it is a cheap and (not very efficient way) to boost ratings. The problem is the writing and instead of focusing on that, the writers are in la la land hoping that people like MCE will bring in viewers. IMO, the whole Chelsea thing is stupid and adding more characters won’t help. Y&R’s audience is really old and conservative, so I imagine in MAB’s head this is a bone to those viewers with this casting decision. Plus, these unnecessary characters have no dept or bring any entertainment value to the show and just take airtime away from already established characters. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.