Friday, June 19, 2009
One of the perks of working at SOAPnet is that when I do things like decide to post about oh, say, The Young and the Restless on my blog, I can say my interest in it is purely FOR WORK. But just between you and me, I don't know how I've gone for so long without Jill Foster Abbott in my life. It really is true that I only started watching Y&R for work purposes, but already there's so much to love: Victor Newman's bizarre teutonic Kathleen Turner voice; Katherine Chancellor acting with her nails (tm Jesse); Mary Jane and the dead stuffed cat that she talks to; Cane and Billy Abbott's sweaty games of basketball. Not to mention the fact that, as Jeff (who I managed to rope into doing recaps, yay!) and I discussed earlier today, the whole show is centered around, like, four women all of whom are 50+ years of age. (Plus the peerless Michelle Stafford at age 43.) It's brilliant.
But far and away, my favorite part is Jess Walton's whiskey-voiced power bitch, Jill Foster Abbott. She's phenomenal. Of course, I'm still struggling to piece together the story -- and more importantly the history -- of it all. This week, this awesome lady Nina is back and town, and she's spent the whole week in Katherine's drawing room, and she and Katherine and Jill have argued nonstop about exhuming corpses, babies separated at birth, and way too many people named Phillip.
Which made it all the more amazing when I stumbled upon this clip from YouTube that originally aired twenty years ago, of the same characters in pretty much the same room, arguing about all those same Phillips. Give or take Kay's totally '80s hair and Jill's fierce funereal red, it was the exact same scene.
Oh, and P.S. as for this post's title, you may or may not know (I didn't) that Y&R is set in the fictional town of Genoa City, Wisconsin. Wisconsin! No wonder there are so many ... billion dollar cosmetic corporations? Okay. I always love when the soap towns are given geographic context. Pine Valley and Llanview are in Pennsylvania. Another World's Bay City was in Illinois. General Hospital's Port Charles is not to far from Buffalo, which always made me laugh when the characters would run off and escape to...Rochester. Or, like, Elmira.