By Joshua

The Young and the Restless is always putting great stories in effect, but this Masquerade Ball might be the highlight of the year.

The thing I like most is how it pulls together many stories with many crazy people.

First we have Adam Wilson (Michael Muhney), who concocted the Big Baby Switch of ’09, married the woman who’s child he stole, tried to make the other mother crazy and ruined the lives of his family and wife.

He was kidnapped by a bunch of people (Jack, Victor, Billy, Victoria, Ashley, Nick, Phyllis, Sharon and a few others) and was forced to confess his crazy plot.

Then, he was arrested and sent to the hospital for an evaluation of his mental state.

Which brings us to story number two.

Crazy Patty (Stacy Haiduk) was infatuated with Jack, but she was committed to a hospital before she could marry the man of her dreams.

So who marries him instead? Her psychologist (who has the same face thanks to plastic surgery).

Crazy Patty was able to knock out Dr. Emily Peterson (also played by Haiduk), bleach her hair and dye her own (the hair color was the only difference), and switch places in time for the Valentine’s Day wedding.

Jack (Peter Bergman) doesn’t have a clue (that’s what happens when you marry someone you’ve known for a month).

Adam got wise to Patty and blackmailed her to help him escape during the ball. Meanwhile, the people who kidnapped him and forced him to confessed were told that they were under investigation for the kidnapping.

And everyone’s at the ball.

The third story that converges?

Well, anyone who watches Y&R knows about Daisy (Yvonne Zima) and Ryder (Wilson Bethel), who have been trying to hurt Lauren (Tracey Bregman) for their mother. Lauren JUST got wise as the gruesome twosome were arrested.

But Mama Bear bailed them out (who Mama Bear is is still a mystery), and they donned masks for the Ball.

As last Friday’s cliffhanger culminated, Adam was holding baby Faith as Sharon walked in, and a masked Mama Bear was standing right behind Lauren in her private room.

And after a day of not much on the Lauren or Patty front, and everyone looking for Adam in the Genoa City Athletic Club, the whole place exploded, and a burnt body was found.

Chance (John Driscoll) has said that the burnt remains are Adam’s, but is it true? Is Adam really dead?

I’m no psychic, but this fallout on The Young and the Restless is sure to be great!

My cousin Karen, my aunt Nancy and I all were hooked on Young & the Restless the first couple of years of it’s existence in the early 1970’s.
That’s when Jill Abbott was played by Brenda Dickson, who originated the role, and Katherine Chancellor was – and still is – amazingly portrayed by Jeanne Cooper.
We would all watch it together – mostly in the summers since Karen and I were in school and there wasn’t TIVO back then!
I remember the three of us also being hooked on the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man,” which was one of the first nighttime soap operas.
My grandmother was a faithful follower of “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light.”
As you can see, we are a family of soap watchers.
About 17 years ago, Karen began watching “As The World Turns” and has been watching it ever since.
Karen has graciously provided us with her thoughts on –
The latest developments on ATWT
By Karen Bonanno
Meg, Paul, and Eliza –
Once again Paul goes off the deep end, kidnaps his daughter, and has everyone that he knows wanting to kill him. Then, as always Paul comes around and shows a very sensitive side with his touching display of remorse and compassion when he returns Eliza to Meg. Just when you think you can’t hate this character any more, he delivers his soft side.
Katie, Brad, Vienna, Henry –
Now that Katie is confined to bed rest for her pregnancy with the doctor’s orders to avoid all stress, the storyline seems predictable that Brad and Vienna’s TV partnership will drive another wedge into the friendship and send Katie into one of her emotional tantrums.
Dusty, Bonnie –
Who will start the new romance first – Dusty & Bonnie or Meg & Damian?
Chances are that it won’t be Dusty and Bonnie since Dusty seems attracted only to the women who are in crisis. Bonnie is a successful and independent woman who – I hope – has no interest in the angry, confrontational Dusty. What happened to Derek?
Carly,Parker –
This is a very realistic and relevant issue (Carly’s drinking problem) that ATWT is portraying with this family. The struggles between mother and son are intense and poignant. It’s interesting how Craig is the one trying to keep everything together.
And what are your thoughts about the latest developments on ATWT?

The Daytime Emmy Prenomination list has been announced for the upcoming 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.
Check out the list below and see what you think.
But remember – it’s Pre-Nom, which they will whittle down to the final list.
As far as I’m concerned Bree Williamson (Jessica/OLTL) should be a shoo-in for Outstanding Supporting Actress because of her powerful scenes re: Nash’s death and also for her incredible portrayals of her multiple personalities Jess/Tess/Bess.
But the Supporting Actress Category is very strong this year.
Others deserving of recognition in the Supporting Category: Melissa Clair Egan (Annie/AMC), Alicia Minshew (Kendall/AMC) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane/GH).
In the Lead Actress Category, my pick would be either Laura Wright as Carly on GH or Debbi Morgan as Angie on AMC.
But there is at least one glaring omission in that category – Erika Slezak (Viki/OLTL) and I’m sure there are others that I can’t think of off the top of my head.
I also think that Kristin Alderson (Starr/OLTL) is a strong contender in the Younger Actress category for the pregnancy storyline and also for the way she showed a gamut of emotions toward Todd’s transgressions.
Kirsten Storms (Maxi/GH) also deserves a shot at this because of her consistently good portrayal and the way she masterfully takes us on a ride through Maxi’s character growth. Her scenes with Bradford Anderson (Spinelli/GH) have been a joy to watch and Anderson should also be a contender in the Supporting Actor category.
Also a favorite of mine in the Supporting Actor category: Vincent Irizarry for his portrayal of Dr. David Hayward on AMC, the doctor who is not exactly “the good Dr.”
For Outstanding Lead Actor, I have to go with two of my very favorites: Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan on OLTL and Michael Easton as John McBain on OLTL.
Both of them command my undivided attention when they are onscreen and they have been consistently good in endearing their characters to me.
Woods had some great scenes upon learning of the death of Bo’s father, Asa.
Also in the Outstanding Lead Actor category, I have to give kudos to Darnell Williams (Jesse/AMC) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach/AMC). I so enjoy watching them both and they have had some really good emotional scenes this past year that merit them being in the hunt.
A clear omission for Lead Actor is Trevor St. John (Todd/OLTL). He has had some superb scenes this past year and a huge front-burner storyline.
In the Outstanding Younger Actor category, I’d pick either Brandon Buddy (Cole/OLTL) or Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie, AMC).
Which of your favorites are listed and which of your favorites are missing?
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC) – ABC
Bobbie Eakes (Kystle, AMC) – ABC
Maura West (Carly, ATWT) – CBS
Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda, ATWT) – CBS
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B) – CBS
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) – CBS
Renee Jones (Lexie, DOOL) – NBC
Lauren Koslow (Kate, DOOL) – NBC
Laura Wright (Carly, GH) – ABC
Sarah Brown (Claudia, GH) – ABC
Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL) – CBS
Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GL) – CBS
Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL) – ABC
Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL) – ABC
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R) – CBS
Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R) – CBS>br>
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC) – ABC
Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC) – ABC
Michael Park (Jack, ATWT) – CBS
Grayson McCouch (Dusty, ATWT) – CBS
John McCook (Eric, B&B) – CBS
Ronn Moss (Ridge, B&B) – CBS
Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL) – NBC
Thaao Penghlis (Tony, DOOL) – NBC
Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) – ABC
Anthony Geary (Luke, GH) – ABC
Robert Newman (Josh, GL) – CBS
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, GL) – CBS
Michael Easton (John, OLTL) – ABC
Robert Woods (Bo, OLTL) – ABC
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) – CBS
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) – CBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC) – ABC
Alicia Minshew (Kendall, AMC) – ABC
Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily, ATWT) – CBS
Julie Pinson (Janet, ATWT) – CBS
Alley Mills (Pam, B&B) – CBS
Heather Tom (Katie, B&B) – CBS
Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DOOL) – NBC
Tamara Braun (Ava, DOOL) – NBC
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth, GH) – ABC
Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) – ABC
Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL) – CBS
Marcy Rylan (Lizzie, GL) – CBS
Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL) – ABC
Kathy Brier (Marcie, OLTL) – ABC
Adrienne Frantz (Amber, Y&R) – CBS
Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R) – CBS
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Vincent Irrizary (David, AMC) – ABC
Jacob Young (JR, AMC)- ABC
Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT) – CBS
Trent Dawson (Henry, ATWT) – CBS
Kyle Lowder (Rick, B&B) – CBS
William DeVry (Storm, B&B) – CBS
Jay Johnson (Philip, DOOL) – NBC
Stephen Nichols (Steve, DOOL) – NBC
Bruce Weitz (Anthony, GH) – ABC
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH) – ABC
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy, GL) – CBS
Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL) – CBS
John-Paul Laviosier (Rex, OLTL) – ABC
Tuc Watkins (David, OLTL) – ABC
Michael Graziadei (Daniel, Y&R) – CBS
Ted Shackelford (Jeff, Y&R) – CBS
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
Brianne Moncrief (Colby, AMC) – ABC
Shannon Kane (Natalia, AMC) – ABC
Marnie Schulenburg (Alison, ATWT) – CBS
Meredith Hagner (Liberty, ATWT) – CBS
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) – CBS
Molly Burnett (Melanie, DOOL) – NBC
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea, DOOL) – NBC
Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH) – ABC
Julie Berman (Lulu, GH) – ABC
Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee, GL) – CBS
Bonnie Dennison (Daisy, GL) – CBS
Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL) – ABC
Farah Fath (Gigi, OLTL) – ABC
Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) – CBS
Emily O’Brien (Jana, Y&R) – CBS
OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
Daniel Kennedy (Pete, AMC) – ABC
Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie, AMC) – ABC
Billy Magnussen (Casey, ATWT) – CBS
Mick Hazen (Parker,ATWT) – CBS
Blake Berris (Nick, DAYS) – NBC
Darin Brooks (Max, DAYS) – NBC
EJ Bonilla (Rafe, GL) – CBS
Brandon Buddy (Cole, OLTL) – ABC
Edward Alderson (Matthew, OLTL) – ABC
Bryton McClure (Devon, Y&R) – CBS
Kevin Schmidt (Noah, Y&R) – CBS