Highlight Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Gold Standard Goes To Melody Thomas Scott, Jennifer Gareis And Sharon Case, Women Over The Edge But Totally Under Control

Last week “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” exploded on the screen with high-drama.  This week’s Leading Ladies Gold Standard goes to three gorgeous blonde beauties, who capitalized on the writing on their shows, and they made the most out of every scene they were in. Perhaps the characters don’t always do what we want them to do, but, these three dynamic forces of nature always stun us with their talent, as well as their apparent beauty. Melody Thomas Scott, who portrays Nikki Newman on CBS’s number-one-daytime drama “Y&R”, Jennifer Gareis, who portrays Donna Logan on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Sharon Case, who portrays Sharon Newman on “Y&R” all are impeccable actresses, and this week, they shined brightly.

Melody is perhaps the most solid actress in television. Give her a storyline and she runs with it, in a direction that leads her to perfection. She’s so natural in her acting style, never over-the-top, even if Nikki is, Melody’s in complete control of all her assets, of which she is bountiful and blessed. So are viewers, who got to see a grieving and distraught Nikki this week, as she learned the love of her life had perished in an explosion thousands of miles from home.  But that all changed, when Victor showed up at the gravesite, when Nikki looked up and saw him; we were witness to the diva’s incredible emotional range. The grief went to shock, then to glee. And ultimately as she pranced in the chapel with her man, Victor Newman, to stop the wedding of Tucker and Sharon’s, we saw not only Nikki’s devotion, but Melody’s style and grace, which is so incredible, she just has it in spades, and it all comes so naturally to her.

Then Brad Bell did it again! He scared the heck out of viewers, when Katie went into a coma soon after giving birth to a beautiful baby, Spencer.  Heather Tom was sensational, but against that backdrop, we saw Donna, the older sister, in shock and grief-stricken that her sister’s heart, which was previously given to her by brother Storm was probably at its end.  But Jennifer was masterful in getting each scene to play out with aplomb. She was always on cue, and her emotional range was far-reaching, just like the wonderful storyline Bradley came up with.  We ultimately had warmth come over the Logan/Spencer clan, as Katie awakened from her coma, a stronger and new woman, while Donna embraced her sister being with her a little longer.  Jennifer Gareis is one of “B&B’s” bright lights, and we hope to see more of her in the future.

And then there was one. One incredible beauty, who dazzled viewers, angered some, but ultimately entertained us all. Sharon is a brilliant woman in her own right, but as an actress, she has become unparalleled in her ability to make the scenes play out with surprise. When someone is as beautiful as Case obviously is, many times they get lazy in their work. But never that for Sharon Case. She had the most magnificently written scenes this week, from grieving widow, to angry widow, on to new bride to the latest man in her long-list of conquests.  But through it all, the anger, the resentment, and ultimately the fear, Sharon Case showcased it with superb abilities. This lady has “IT,” and no one can take it away from her.

“The Young and the Restless” celebrated its’ 10,000th episode in high drama on Thursday. The ratings were through the roof, but so were the writing and acting on the show.  And “B&B” under Bradley P. Bell is nonstop entertainment, and drama just follows suit. Both shows air weekdays on CBS.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Melody Thomas Scott by CBS, Sharon Case by CBS and Jennifer Gareis by Gilles Toucas/Bell Phillip TV Productions

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