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Y&R: TV Guide Interview with Melody Thomas Scott; About Sean Young, Her Contract Tiff & Spoilers abt her Drinking Storyline
Topic Started: Oct 12 2010, 01:34 PM (1,244 Views)
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The most desperate housewife in soaps The Young and the Restless' Nikki Newman has secretly gone off the wagon after years of sobriety. But on October 21 she'll get busted! This vodka-sluggin' mama, played by the blazingly brilliant Melody Thomas Scott, didn't mean to relapse. Blame it on her nogoodnik secretary Meggie (Sean Young) who got Nikki hooked again by quietly spiking her fruit smoothies. Now Meggie, who wants to get her mitts on Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and his moolah, has joined forces with town pariah Deacon (Sean Kanan) to ruin the upcoming Nikki-Victor nuptials. Will they succeed? Will Nikki end up in Deacon's bed? TV Guide Magazine got the scoop from Thomas Scott.

TV Guide Magazine: Best. Storyline. Ever. There's nothing like our Nikki back on the sauce! It's been too long!
Thomas Scott
: I was never happy with the way her initial addiction to drinking and pills ended so unrealistically years ago. She just woke up one morning and was fine. I mentioned that to [current Y&R head writer] Maria Bell at lunch one day. The next thing I knew, Nikki was drunk again! And I love, love, love it! I want this story to go on for a year.

TV Guide Magazine: You sure make a mean cocktail. When Nikki first started sneak-drinking, she didn't ease into it with a few sips. She was pouring herself half a tumbler of vodka at a time enough to put a Clydesdale into a coma. They must throw some damn fine parties over at Mel Scott's house!
Thomas Scott:
[Laughs] That wasn't me! I swear! It was in the script that Nikki pours herself that much booze and I questioned that. Actually, the script indicated that she pours herself a full glass, but I cut it back to half. It's really water, of course, but I'm not a water drinker so it was hard for me. I'm gagging it down in those scenes!

TV Guide Magazine: You can't tell. In fact, the way you play Nikki's reaction to that first gulp of vodka of the day is almost orgasmic.
Thomas Scott:
Well, thank you. And it all started with those damn smoothies. [Laughs] They were so tasty!

TV Guide Magazine: But how realistic is that trick? Can you really get a recovering alcoholic to go back to drinking that way?
Thomas Scott:
It's a soap, baby! Nikki truly doesn't know why she has fallen off the wagon, but I think people can get past it.

TV Guide Magazine: This story reminds me of the way Bill Bell used to write Nikki as a pampered trophy wife who just sat home all day with her manservant Miguel having terrible problems. Then Bill's successors decided it was anti-feminist and un-PC to have Nikki be a hausfrau so she had to get out of the house and become a CEO. Huge mistake.
Thomas Scott:
I hated it when Nikki had to have a job. It's so not her. She's always more interesting when she's frustrated and has no life. Apparently she spends all her time these days working with various charity boards we just don't ever see it because it would be borrr-ing! and I have a feeling most of the people she's around are old-biddy women. That's why having Nikki suddenly involved with Deacon who's in a whole new age group is so great. There's been a lot of animosity with him because of his history with Victoria, so this is really an unlikely alliance. But Nikki is looking for someone who understands her drinking, even if it's the guy who ruined her daughter's life.

TV Guide Magazine: How does Nikki get busted?
Thomas Scott:
She and Meggie trot off to Fenmore's to buy a wedding dress for the elopement. Of course, Jill [Jess Walton] is there skulking. Meggie's up to her tricks and slips some vodka into Nikki's tea. After they leave, Jill smells the vodka in Nikki's cup and goes straight to Victor and tells him.

TV Guide Magazine: Nikki's reaction of utter snootiness and horror when Meggie showed up in Genoa City and moved into the Newman ranch was priceless. But some fans tried to read more into it, thinking you were reacting to Sean Young and her odd though highly intriguing acting style. Any truth to that?
Thomas Scott:
Not at all! I am loving Sean Young. And I am loving Sean Kanan. I've got my two Seans! Sean Young and I love working together so much that we want to become the next Thelma and Louise. I even e-mailed that idea to Maria Bell. [Laughs] But I don't think it's going to happen.

TV Guide Magazine: Just don't take it to its conclusion with a drive off a cliff.
Thomas Scott:
Oh, if we did, we would live. [Laughs] Well, I would live!

TV Guide Magazine: So you're OK with all these "name" actors coming to Y&R?
Thomas Scott:
Of course. It's the state of the business. You wouldn't have seen this 10 years ago. It's a cold world out there for actors right now, so they're happy for a job.

TV Guide Magazine: Let's get back to the Mustache. When he finds out Nikki's drinking again does get pissed and cancel the wedding?
Thomas Scott:
I can't reveal it, but let's just say it's not a good thing. [Laughs] But it's so good. Wait till you see what happens! Nikki keeps thinking that if she can just get to the wedding that it'll solve her drinking problem. But it's magical thinking, of course. She always thinks that the answer to her problems is to marry Victor.

TV Guide Magazine: Word is, Nikki's drinking drives her into the arms of Deacon.
Thomas Scott:
[Slyly] Um...I think there's a great possibility of that. [Kanan] and I have tremendous chemistry that illusive, weird thing nobody can ever quite figure out. Whatever it is, we've got it!

TV Guide Magazine: Will there eventually be a real romance there the mutual kind?
Thomas Scott:
Ohhhh, I hope so! It would be great if it started out a scam but then Deacon finds that he kinda likes her. Nikki keeps showing up at his seedy motel room and at first she's shocked. "You live here?" she says. I don't think Nikki realizes there are a lot of people living like that on the other side of the tracks. [Laughs] Which is where Nikki comes from! She thinks she has a drinking buddy in Deacon, and that he's getting just as drunk as she is. But he's really drinking water, not gin.

TV Guide Magazine: And, of course, this won't end well. Why do we love to see Nikki suffer?
Thomas Scott:
That's her forte! That's when she shines. I don't think the viewers want to see her happy. What character who is happy is interesting? Whenever Nikki, who seemingly has everything anybody could want, is falling, they love it. When you're doing well, people want to tear you down, and that goes for real life, too. I guess that's human instinct. People root for you until you get to the top and then they want to see you crash.

TV Guide Magazine: You were briefly written off Y&R after a contract tiff last year and when you returned you had no storyline for months. Were you being punished?
Thomas Scott:
I didn't really look at it that way.

TV Guide Magazine: Well, maybe you didn't look at it that way, but was that what was really going on?
Thomas Scott:
I don't know. I have no idea.

TV Guide Magazine: How could you not think something was up? You were treated like an extra.
Thomas Scott:
People think I'm obsessed with myself but I'm not. I don't sit and concentrate and focus on my status on the show. I'm a fatalist. I accept what happens with no questions asked.

TV Guide Magazine: You've been working on your memoirs. How's that going?
Thomas Scott:
Slow, because I've been working almost every day on Y&R lately. But it's very cathartic. I'll be writing and then I'll get to a certain part of my life and I start to have an anxiety attack, so then I'll jump ahead to another chapter. I can't say that's slowing me down, but it's turning out to be my process.

TV Guide Magazine: On the Lifetime Intimate Portrait that was done on you a few years back, you admitted you were the victim of abuse during your years as a child actress.
Thomas Scott:
That's just the tip of the iceberg. I am working on this book with my shrink. She knows my whole story. I've needed support to write this and when you read it you will understand why.

TV Guide Magazine: At least you're more successful at marriage than Nikki is! You and Ed Scott [producer of The Bold and the Beautiful] are celebrating your 25th anniversary. Jeez, that's almost a Hollywood record!
Thomas Scott:
I know! October 12 is the date. Of course, I never see the poor guy. We've both been working such crazy hours that we're like ships passing in the night. But how about that? A quarter of a century living with each other. [Laughs] And we're still alive!

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Melody-Thomas-Scott-1024246.aspx
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Love MTS :wub: and love Nikki and deacon they are gold.
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I don't believe for a minute that she didn't believe she was being "punished" for the contract tiff, but what else could she say?
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Of course she was punished :shame: but unlike EB she doesn't run to every reporter out there yapping like a spoiled baby.

I really am really happy that she is now out of the dog house and will now to able to actually play nikki as a character instead of a prop to the one note EB :puke:

Nikki without victor is a much more interesting character :) he just sucks the life out of everyone in his orbit.


Nikki and deacon could be awesome :wub: and plus MTS wants it to.

Guess the spoiler about nikki amd deacon banging is true :cheer: and that Meggie will takes pictures of them in the act.


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Unlike her co-star Braeden who bitches to the press 24/7 Melody Thomas Scott is a classy professional who does not throw hissy fits in the media.

I agree with MTS that she and SK have chemistry. Too bad they have turned him into a slime ball. But even so if getting it on with Deacon gets Nikki away from the old geezer bring it on. Nikki deserves to have sex with someone who does not need Viagra LOL! and can give a hot passionate time.

How dumb is Victor? It is so obvious that Nikki is drinking yet just as happened with Ashley he can't see what is going on right in his own home and he needs Jill to tell him that Nikki is drinking again?

Thanks for posting the interview.
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***I am so glad MTS/Nikki is on and have a story,I hope there is more to come!!
As for Nikki and Deacon I want them to be friends,maybe they don't have sex,but it may look that way when the picture is taken!!!
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You're welcomed MEK :smile:

For MTS fans.....click below for her interview with SID

http://cbs.soapsindepth.com/2010/10/daytime-power-couple-celebrate.html#more
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What a delightful interview. MTS always comes off as such a classy gracious lady in her interviews with a great sense of humor. Funny how she said her husband is like Victor "but only the good parts." I did not know Victor had any good parts. LOL! In this day and age for a couple to be married 25 years it quite an accomplishment. For it to happen in show business is almost a miracle.
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VetsRock
Oct 12 2010, 04:17 PM
***I am so glad MTS/Nikki is on and have a story,I hope there is more to come!!
As for Nikki and Deacon I want them to be friends,maybe they don't have sex,but it may look that way when the picture is taken!!!
U KNOW IT VR, Dang on Ma'Bell won't do martial Bliss coupling..No Sir'Ree but it sure is nice not having Nikki running down the Beach hollering Victahhhhhhhhh :shame: that scene still makes me squint my eyes. Niktor is much-much older now they should be Chillin not Cheatin.
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Happy to be seeing more of Melody of late. I could watch her, Tricia Cast and Beth Maitland all day.
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What shocks me more than anyhting is that she doens't drink or apprently, like water? Who doens't drink water?
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Not a fan of water, unless I'm doing outdoor work or hard manual labor.
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alphanguy
Oct 14 2010, 11:30 PM
What shocks me more than anyhting is that she doens't drink or apprently, like water? Who doens't drink water?
Hell, it's all Kristian Alfonso apparently serves at Thanksgiving! :D
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