Nikki and Victor Newman. Inset: Y&R superfan Marie Dutter.

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By Marie Tierney Dutter

How long I have loved soaps? Well, I will be 90 next year and will continue to follow The Young and the Restless as long as it (and I) continue. A little background: My Austrian-immigrant mom—while raising three children and running a candy store in Brooklyn with my father—was devoted to the radio soaps of the 1930s and '40s. I grew up listening to them with her. By 1962, I was a stay-at-home wife and mother. I often joked that soap operas kept me sane during long afternoons of washing and folding cloth diapers while my son napped. I love this daily interlude with the people in Genoa City.

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How has the way you watch Y&R changed?

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Jeanne Cooper in the dual role as Marge the waitress and Katherine.

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In 1977, I got a part-time job, so watching soaps became spotty. Fortunately the video cassette recorder came along. I remember buying our first one for my husband at Christmas for $800! He was a rabid movie fan and the thought that he could collect films was an irresistible lure.

"Thank God for VCRs"

Shemar Moore as Malcolm Winters touches a photo of Neil during the funeral

Malcolm Winters (Shemar Moore) retuns home to attend Neil's funeral.

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I can honestly say I don't recall ever missing an important event in order to watch Y&R. Thank God for VCRs, CD cassettes, DVRs, and now, streaming and my iPad and iPhone.

Most Deserving of a 2021 Daytime Emmy

Marla Adams [nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama]. Bringing back John Abbott's ex-wife, a now successful global businesswoman, was a good move because new fans missed the backstory of the Abbotts. As Dina tried to reach out to her adult children, there were many roadblocks. The discovery that their mother was slipping away due to Alzheimer's and the subsequent storyline was beautifully handled and educational for families in similar circumstances.

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Favorite Wedding

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Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott as Victor and Nikki Newman

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My goodness, there have been so many. Genoa City residents get married multiple times. I remember one wedding that ended with Katherine and Jill (Jess Walton) throwing wedding cake at each other! I always enjoy seeing the wedding gowns and home decorations and the fashions as they've changed and evolved over the years. Perhaps the most beautiful bride was Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) when she wed Victor (Eric Braeden) for the first time. That wedding dress—opulent says it all!

Most Heartbreaking Death

The death of Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes) was a classic soap tearjerker. I raised four children in the '70s and '80s and understand the difficulties parents face trying to keep their children safe. Most soap fans, IRL, understand parents' fears about trying to keep their teenagers out of harm's way. When drugs, alcohol, or cars are involved, bad things happen—too frequently. So, perhaps Cassie's death serves as a catharsis for soap fans who have lost, or fear losing, children or grandchildren to violence. Cassie grew up on our television screens—we "knew" her and loved her.

Favorite Hero

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Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott

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Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) gets my vote! If Tara proves to be a nice person—and not a schemer—Jack could take up with the mother of his own grandson! He's not immune from marrying badly and often, but Smiling Jack is always a gentleman!

Most Vile Villain

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Kimberlin Brown as Sheila Carter

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Y&R has a penchant for complex villains, so maybe Sheila Carter or Adam Newman. As a fan, I also love to hate Victor. But Victor does it all for his family! While his wife knows him to take illegal and deadly actions, she loves him anyway. His kids all have daddy issues, but always go home to the ranch.

Team Newman or Team Abbott?

The Abbott siblings

Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), and Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott).

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Team Abbott! I am a very conventional old lady who cheers for the good guys, so I am an Abbott fan. Of course, even they have trouble avoiding questionable actions on occasion.

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Bryton James, Courtney Hope, and Thorsten Kaye are among this year's Daytime Emmy nominees.

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By Nate Millado

Like a long-lost lover risen from the dead, the Daytime Emmys were back on CBS! Which soap won the coveted winged trophy for Best Drama? Spoiler alert: Most nominated General Hospital (21) topped long-running Days of Our Lives, highest-rated The Young and the Restless, and the world's most watched The Bold and the Beautiful. Watch rounds up some of this year's deserving nominees, including perennial favorites like Bryton James and first-timers like Courtney Hope!

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Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Lead Actress)

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood won her second Emmy at the the 48th Annual Daytime Emmys! How did B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood tackle Steffy's powerful Emmy-nominated addiction storyline—while being pregnant in real life? "It's amazing what women can do with our bodies," she told Hallmark in an interview. "I was very present ... but I was very protective and mindful of [my pregnancy]." While Wood acknowledges it was "very intense," she realizes it's "important to tell" and is constantly flooded with messages from families dealing with addiction and recovery. "It still gets me emotional."

Thorsten Kaye (Lead Actor)

Daytime vet Thorsten Kaye scored yet another nomination playing Ridge on The Bold and the Beautiful, but has yet to take home the hardware. "It's great," Kaye tells Soap Hub. "It's [your fellow actors] watching and thinking you should be in the top five. It's a good place to be." Ever the gent, Kaye is thrilled for his co-stars, too. "Jacqui [MacInnes Wood, Lead Actress] should be nominated every year; she's just an amazing human being," he says. "People forget how funny, witty, and smart Darin [Brooks, Supporting Actor nominee] is. He definitely deserves it. He shows up, is prepared, and comes up with something that maybe you didn't expect."

Marla Adams (Supporting Actress)

"Dina [Mergeron] was such a bitch, but she had a heart of gold." — Emmy winner Marla Adams on her Y&R alter ego, a role she's played since 1983

"It has been a privilege," Adams told Soap Opera Digest. "I've been on Broadway, in movies, and major television shows, but nothing has been more humbling for me than this Alzheimer's story. I don't know how to say thank you enough about all the graciousness that I've been awarded and afforded by everyone at Y&R and the fans."

Melissa Claire Egan (Lead Actress)

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Melissa Claire Egan of the CBS series The Young and the Restless

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"Honored to be on this list. I love my job, this show, this cast, this crew. Very grateful!" — Melissa Claire Egan, post on social media

Chelsea went on quite a rollercoaster on The Young and the Restless—and her reel reflects that. Egan revealed that she submitted the following scenes: When Nick broke up with Chelsea, when she overheard Adam confess that he was still in love with Sharon, when she was drugged, kidnapped, and locked in a room, and a moving monologue about the sounds of a happy household.

Bryton James (Supporting Actor)

Y&R's Bryton James, who plays Devon, has racked up a whopping nine Emmy nominations—his most recent win was just last year—but he acknowledges to Soap Opera Central that "it gets better and better, each one. The more that they're adding up, it's kind of unbelievable, to be honest—as is the fact that I've been able to be a part of a show that is this great for this long. But to be recognized by my peers and by the people that I admire and respect so much, it never gets old. It's an honor every time." Watch his Emmy-nominated scene here!

Darin Brooks (Supporting Actor)

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Darin Brooks of The Bold and the Beautiful

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"I'm over the moon. I've been on [The Bold and the Beautiful] for over eight years. I wanted to check this box for myself, for Brad [Bell, BB's executive producer/head writer]. I wanted to be in this category at least once during my time on BB. I'm so happy, so proud." —Darin Brooks, B&B's Wyatt, who previously won an Outstanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmy for Days of Our Lives.

Courtney Hope (Supporting Actress)

"SO EXCITED and HONORED to be on this list with these amazing women! Thanks @daytimeemmys for the love! 🥰🥂🍾! Congrats to all the other nominees and my @youngandrestlesscbs and @boldandbeautifulcbs families!! 🥰🥰❤️🙏🏼" —Courtney Hope, posted on Instagram

While Sally Spectra has since traded Los Angeles for Genoa City, Hope scored her very first Daytime Emmy nom for her work on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Younger Performer)

"It's icing on a really delicious chocolate cake!" —Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played Faith on Y&R for nearly a decade!

For her Emmy reel, Lind picked scenes that depicted the issues Faith had to overcome: bullying, underage drinking and driving, and her mom fighting cancer. "All of her struggles are so true to life, and I feel fortunate to be able to portray a teenager who is put in a position to have to battle her own demons," she told Soap Central.

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Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) comfort their daughter, Cassie (Camryn Grimes).

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By Nate Millado

Daytime's #1 drama is about to hit an impressive milestone: The Young and the Restless' 12,000th episode. To put things into perspective, that's about 48 years' worth of twists, turns, marriages, babies, funerals, supercouples, supervillains, and more!

Expect a lot of surprises and exciting returns (like Daytime Emmy–winning Tricia Cast as Nina Webster) when Y&R celebrates, the week of Nov. 30. In honor of 12,000 episodes, we're rounding up 12 shocking storylines in Genoa City.

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Victor Newman reunites with his estranged father (2003)

Wealth means nothing without family, and no one knows this better than self-made man Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). At a Toronto hospice, Victor confronts dying dad Albert Miller, whose abandonment of his family left his wife no choice but to leave their son at an orphanage. Multi-millionaire Albert asks his long-lost son to "name a price" so he can offer him a check to go away. But Victor shuts him down with the ultimate mic drop: "I'm no longer Christian Miller. I'm Victor Newman ... the Victor Newman."

Devon is trapped with a lion (2005)

The Winters rescue Devon at the zoo

Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Victoria Rowell, Kristoff St. John, and Shemar Moore on The Young and the Restless.

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After everyone forgets poor Devon's (Bryton James) birthday, he wanders to the zoo—and into a lion's den. Paralyzed with fear, Devon is rescued by Malcolm (Shemar Moore) and Neil (Kristoff St. John). Aww, the Winters do care!

David Kimble meets his maker (1991)

Michale Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless

Michael Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless.

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Nina's (Tricia Cast) no-good ex was garbage, so there's poetic justice to David's (Michael Corbett) demise. After a thwarted murder spree at the masquerade ball, David flees the scene with the cops hot on his trail. He hides in a trash compactor but accidentally activates it and gets crushed to death in front of Danny and Cricket!

Sharon and Nick's daughter dies (2005)

Cassie drives her intoxicated crush, Daniel, home from a party, but crashes the car and suffers injuries from the accident. She flatlines with her grief-stricken parents by her side. Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) are gutted—as are Y&R fans who undoubtedly went through an entire box (or two) of Kleenex. Cassie's death had long-lasting repercussions, including Nick's affair with Phyllis.

Ashley Abbott learns the truth (1983)

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Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), Dina Abbott (Marla Adams), and Eric Garrison (Brian Matthews).

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John Abbott ... you are not the father! Eileen Davidson herself calls the big reveal—that Ashley was the result of Dina's (Marla Adams) affair with former golf pro Brent Davis—a "game-changer." Ashley went missing shortly after, with no memory of her life, due to the shock. John would go to his grave never knowing the truth.

Lauren is kidnapped on her honeymoon (2005)

Lauren and Michael at their wedding

Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc) celebrate their wedding on The Young and the Restless.

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Supervillain Sheila Carter has unleashed a whole lot of crazy over the decades—and not just on the citizens of Genoa City, but also on the Forresters over at The Bold and the Beautiful. But the object of her obsession has always been Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman). It's hard to decide which of Sheila's dastardly plots were the most shocking, but we'll go with that time she kidnapped her arch-nemesis during Lauren's honeymoon to Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc)!

Lily Winters discovers the identity of her biological father (2005)

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Malcolm is revealed to be Lily's biological father.

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For years, Lily (Christel Khalil) thought Neil Winters was her daddy, until she overheard Phyllis spill the beans that it was actually her Uncle Malcolm! (Remember Dru's cold-meds-induced one-night stand?) She confronts Drucilla about the baby daddy drama, further straining their already complicated relationship.

Phyllis is behind Paul and Cricket's hit-and-run (1994)

Michelle Stafford as Phyllis on The Young and the Restless

Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless.

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When an oncoming car barrels toward Christine (Lauralee Bell), Paul (Doug Davidson) pushes her out of the way—and is left impotent! It turns out Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) was behind the wheel (enraged after seeing Cricket and Danny's liplock), but nearly 20 years pass before Christine connects the dots.

Nikki marries Victor on her "deathbed" (1998)

Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Reed Newman in a red dress

Melody Thomas Scott stars as Nikki Reed Newman.

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Y&R's resident super-couple have wed four times—but the second time was a doozy! Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) is shot by Veronica Landers, and the prognosis isn't good. Even though he has just gotten hitched to Diane, Victor grants Nikki's dying wish: to remarry in front of friends and family in her hospital room. After they exchange vows, she slips back into unconsciousness. But Victor must have given her something to live for because Nikki eventually pulls through!

Kevin Fisher is Michael's estranged brother (2003)

Michael and his half-brother, Kevin

Viewers learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher is Michael Baldwin's estranged brother.

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Looks like trouble runs in the family. We all know of Michael's dubious past, but viewers were still shocked to learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart)—yes, internet predator and Gina's arsonist Kevin Fisher—is Michael's half-bro!

Traci is shocked by the return of her estranged mother (1983)

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Dina Abbott (Marla Adams) returns to the family she abandoned.

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Dina Abbott was never quite Mother of the Year—she abandoned her husband, John, and their three kids when Traci (Beth Maitland) was a child. So imagine everyone's surprise when Dina resurfaced 12 years later! Sadly, the Abbotts (and Y&R fans) recently had to say goodbye to the Abbott matriarch, but boy, did "Madame Mergeron" know how to make an entrance back in 1983!

Victor returns from the dead (1993)

A surprised Jack Abbott

Jack (Peter Bergman) can't believe his eyes.


Victor has "died" many times, but this reunion between rivals was one juicy resurrection. A very much alive Victor swivels in his chair and reveals himself to his nemesis, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), who drops his glass in disbelief. "Dear God in heaven," Jack finally mutters. "Who are you?" Victor taunts him: "I'm your worst nightmare." We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!

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