The Young and the Restless spoilers show that Y&R showrunner Mal Young continues to wreck the beloved CBS soap. Ratings are down, fans are upset, and this latest plot with Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) and Summer Newman (Hunter King) is copied directly from the movie “Cruel Intentions.” Will this stolen storyline continue to plummet ratings? Check out the reveal of this 100% copied plot, the ratings dive, and the trouble Y&R is in if Mal Young continues this way. Check out the video below for a shot-for-shot reveal of the plot Y&R writers lifted.
Summer and Kyle’s Bet – Y&R Stole from Movie
In Cruel Intentions, the bet is exactly the same – only the genders are reversed. In the movie, it’s the guy chasing down an innocent. On Y&R, it’s Summer trying to bed her mom’s boyfriend. Also, Summer and Kyle are former step-siblings and in the movie, it’s current step-siblings. The girl in the movie (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Summer both win the same prize if they take the wager.
They get the little English sports car now owned by the guy. If the movie guy (Ryan Phillippe) beds the innocent girl (Reese Witherspoon) and wins the bet, he gets to bed his step-sister. If Kyle wins this bet, he gets to bed Summer, his ex-step-sister. The plot is literally the same. Mal Young just copied it straight from the movie Cruel Intentions. There’s nothing original happening in the writing room at Y&R.
— Young and Restless (@YandR_CBS) August 14, 2018
Young and the Restless Ratings Fail
In the most recent rating report from Soap Opera Network, Y&R hit an all-time low in the 18-34 demographic. They’re also declining on most weeks overall, in the 18-49 demographic, and the 25-54. The most recent report has them down more than 101,000 in viewers and the report for the week before that has them down more than 300,000!
When Jill Farren Phelps was lambasted by The Hollywood Reporter back in 2014 for the Young and the Restless ratings drop, they complained that she had dropped the show to a 1.4 in the key 25-54 demographic. Fast forward to now, and Mal Young, the guy that replaced her is scoring around 1.09 in the same demo – a freefall drop that should be embarrassing to the network.
Summer: “I bet that I can get Billy into bed by the end of the month.”
Kyle: “You’re on.”
Summer: “All right, what do I get when I win, besides Billy?”
Kyle bets his sports car and Summer says: “You get me.”
— Kim Huck (@acejordan23) August 10, 2018
What Will Happen to Y&R?
Young and the Restless has a legion of hard-core, longtime fans. These are the people Mal Young disappoints every day with these sloppy plots and unoriginal stories. He brought back JT Hellstrom only to make him a wife beater then kill him. Mal also brought back Mariah’s adopted mom just to make her a sex trafficker. He doesn’t seem to respect Y&R history, characters, or the fans.
It almost seems like the long-running soap is intentionally being dragged down. Is CBS trying to tank ratings and replace it with a cheaper talk show or game show? If the network is looking to replace the soap, wouldn’t it be better to honor it and send it out on a high note rather than dragging it into the muck? If that’s not their plan, shouldn’t CBS stop Mal Young’s destructive streak before it’s too late?
Many Y&R fans should remember that very specific plot from the movie Cruel Intentions. Did you recognize the stolen plot when you watched the wager scene with Summer and Kyle? Do you think Mal Young is doing a disservice to the show or are you happy with his plots? Check back with Soap Dirt often for the latest Young and the Restless spoilers.
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