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Details on ‘Y&R’s’ Major Casting Shakeup!


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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

With many casting changes in place and new faces set to arrive in Genoa City, the next few weeks on “The Young and the Restless” may be a bit of a flurry. But no worries, because Soap Opera Network has got all the upcoming casting deets right here in one handy-dandy reference place!

Actor Ray Wise will debut on Thursday, January 23 as Ian Ward, a former cult leader Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) knew from her time at the New World Commune back in the 80s — and he also happens to be the father of her newfound son, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton).

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Thursday, January 30 marks the final airdate for Billy Miller (Billy Abbott), who decided to walk away from the sudser after five years in order to pursue new projects. Former portrayer David Tom, who played the role of from 1999-2002, will step back into the role beginning Monday, February 3.

Thursday, January 30 also marks the final airdate for ousted star Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), whose storyline coincides with Miller’s in a dramatic conclusion to the Delia hit-and-run story.

Robert Craighead appears as Judge Wayne on Monday, February 3 in scenes with Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair) and Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin).

Meanwhile, Tristan Rogers — who soon departs his role as “General Hospital’s” Robert Scorpio — will be returning as Colin Atkinson on Wednesday, February 5, and celebrity wedding planner David Tutera will be returning for his second appearance as himself alongside newly engaged Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell) and Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) on Thursday, February 6.

Chris L. McKenna (ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) joins the cast in the recurring role of Mark Harding. “He’ll appear during an exciting event that will bring several Genoa City residents together,” a rep for the soap recently told Soap Opera Network of McKenna’s Monday, February 17 debut.

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  • Bexx

    You also forgot that January 30th marks the last day that we will hear from the loony Muhney fans.

    • Pattie Estep

      This looney is already gone!

      • True die hard Y&R fan

        Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

        • sweetpotatoe

          Oh don’t worry the door has already hit us in the face, that’s why there are so many MM fans boycotting the show. Hope u enjoy all the boring and stupid story lines the JFP is writing. The ratings are up write now, but will fall after the 30th of Jan. Can you say Karmicscales…………..

          • Guest

            its only a soap people get on with your life oh wait maybe you don’t have a life

      • Bexx

        Doesn’t seem like it.

    • betty stanley

      Jan. 30th the Muhney fans will Walk with Muhney. When thousands stop watching Y&R and thousands no longer watch CBS Sony, and thousands no longer purchase the products the sponsors pay to advertise;, I think the Muhney fans will be heard loud and clear. Without fans a show cannot survive. Without talent like Billy Miller and Michael Muhney, a show cannot survive. The cast that snubbed their noses at the very fans that made them #1 made a very sad mistake. The show is so bad now no one I know is watching it. Only when Billy and Adam are on is watchable. The writing is terrible. The treatment of the cast is horrible. Why anyone would want to go to work there is beyond me. We will watch Billy and MIchaels final scene on January 30th, but January 31st we change the channel for good. They can bring in all the new people they wish, the fans have had enough. We will no longer be watching. .Never underestimate the power of the fans. The show belongs to them. Bexx, the fans are not loony. We are just angry and upset. The loonies are the ones who made the decision to let Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller and Michael Muhney get away. The loonies are the ones who hired Jill Farren Phelps to be writer and EP. The fans know how we feel and the loonies do not care about the fans.

      • Bexx

        The show belongs to people other than Muhney fans. Not everyone watches Y&R for the Muhney. You guys can’t even generate 10k petition signatures, but I’m to believe you’ll take all 5 million Y&R viewers with you come January 30th? Time to pop that little bubble you’re clearly trapped inside of.

        • betty stanley

          No Bexx
          We may not take 5 million but there will be enough to leave where Y&R will never be #1 again. General Hospital will be Number one for quite some time again. ..

          • Bexx

            So you think giving the competition a boost will force CBS to roll over? Sorry, but your voices aren’t loud enough. CBS would rather kill Y&R than give in to crazy fans. Then what will you all complain about?

          • Shelley

            Well Bix you hit the nail on the head with ‘CBS would rather kill Y&R’ than give into crazy fans!! Thats exactly what we’re counting on..Killing Y&R!!! #TeamMuhney

          • Bexx

            Killing Y&R won’t get Muhney back on TV. I’m guessing all his psychotic fans, and the extensive baggage he brings will be the reason another soap doesn’t hire him.

          • Shelley

            Oh did you hear Y&R ratings are down!!!!

    • lucy

      Oh you will never hear the last of us! Were going to make sure our voices are heard! We just gonna get louder sucker!

      • Bexx

        Spoken like a true loon. NO one is listening…

        • Fred

          Bexx, stop bullying the commenters. They have a right to voice their opinion.

          • Bexx

            Fred, I am not bullying anyone. LOL

    • billie acrie

      We will just let all you Ian Ward Cult members continue to watch the bullcrap. I and other fans will be ”MICHAEL’S LOONY MUHNEYS” for life! Go ahead Cult members…Keep drinking the kool-aid !

      • Bexx

        Cult members? Stop acting like a deranged person. And I didn’t know I needed your permission to watch Y&R, but thank you. 1 week left, then you have no reason to be here.

  • Pattie Estep

    We Muhney fans wil be moving on to better things with MM.Theres nothing left on Y&R.

    • Bexx

      Only the sound of muffled voices outside the door.

  • Lori Conner

    Been done watching and liking since the day CBS Y&R Fired Michael Muhney..Had been a very avid fan since the onset back in 1973…No more …Not without Michael Muhney …To me there is no Y&R…

  • regina popstein

    I cant believe they let Michael Muhney go, he was the show, I only pray the show gets cancelled now. Without Billy and especially Adam the y and r show is over. The last few days made us see how bad this show will be with them gone. All Victor does is blackmail people with his nasty looks, his dumb wife Nicky, fenimore l, I use to like Michael not anymore, and Lauren who has more than out played there roles. In real life how could Michael forgive her, my god…… Even Jack with out Adam, forget it. Gail Popstein

    • True die hard Y&R fan

      Y&R was here way before he was and it will be here looong after.

    • jazlow

      You’re praying for all of those people to lose their jobs? Wow. Religion truly is evil.

      • lucy

        Ha ha maybe if they wern’t worshiping Eric Braeden and following his word they would still have there jobs! Religion truly is evil when you worship false Gods!

        • Jan

          Bingo! You got it right Lucy. Besides their jobs are not one bit secure with JFP at the helm anyway. If she needs to get rid of you to give one of her talentless friends some work, you will be out the door faster than a cheetah can run!

      • Bexx

        Amen!

      • Jan

        There is no job security in Hollywood. You can be written out of a show in no time at all and with little or no notice. Just ask Peter Bergman, Anna Lee, Hartley Sawyer. Marcy Rylan, Eileen Davidson, Stephen Nichols and the countless others who have showed up for work one day thinking they had a steady job and then got fired on the spot.

  • regina popstein

    without Michael Muhney the show is over, I wont be watching anymore, whether you think so or not the fans do make the show, because a show without a fan base has nothing!!!!time to call it a day

    • Gloria Lillibridge

      I’m a fan and I’m staying. There are plenty of other actors on the show to enjoy and I’m not boycotting anything.

      • Jan

        There WERE several other actors on the show to enjoy, but most of them are gone or soon will be gone. And the story lines keep getting worse. I’m not boycotting, just not watching anymore because I do not find it to be enjoyable anymore. If enough of us turn it off the ratings will fall and then maybe they will listen to us and replace JFP with someone who hire actors other than their own talentless friends and write better stories. If not she will keep destroying the show.

  • Jan Harmony

    TIC / TOC…TIC / TOC getting ready for the boycott Enough Said..Y&R writing team that includes Phelps and the rest / CBS / SONY ..thanks for dragging the perfect soap opera into the gutter. At least General Hospital knows how to treat their fans….OH that’s right Marcy is over there..Maybe Ms Stafford will join too..NO Billy Miller–No Michael Muhney NO Y&R ……TIC/TOC…..TIC/TOC

    • Bexx

      If you believe ABC/GH treats it fans any better you’re in for a rude awakening.

      • Jan

        Bexx, Well, after JFP killed it they could have just cancelled it like the other shows she killed. But in respect to the fans they brought in someone who worked hard to change it back into a good show again. We will see if Y&R does the same after JFP kills it, or if they will just cancel it. It is so much cheaper & more profitable for them replace the soaps with talk shows & other programming that I think all of them will be gone sooner rather than later anyway.

  • ogman

    I’m done with this show. Just done.

    • Bexx

      Yet here you are concerning yourself with a show you’re done with.

      • Anne Alvarez

        The count down is on…I’m a 27 year veteran. And after January 30th I’m done!

  • Karen

    Can’t wait, I for one will really miss Billy Miller! MM not so much. Looking forward to the next years of Y&R!!!

    • Bexx

      I too will miss Billy, but I’m quite excited about the Ian/Nikki story.

  • PatF

    I’ll miss both Miller and MM, but thankfully we’ve got the original Billy back. The Adam character needs a break anyway, so I’m okay with it.
    The Ian Ward story can be very successful IF it revolves around Nikki. I remember watching the cult story when I was like 14 or so, so I hope it’s done right.

    • Jan

      I predict it will revolve around JFP’s good buddy, Steve Burton.

  • livewire

    After 30+ years of watching I am done with this show. It has turned awful. The great actors (Stafford, Miller, Muhney) are gone. Sickening that JFP is killing another soap. Thousands of fans will no longer be watching after 1/30/14. I will be one of those thousands leaving.

  • SoapFan

    It’s January 31 for the US airing on a cliffhanger Friday. Not January 30th (Thursday) unless you are in Canada.

  • basket weaver

    Thanks for sharing your story but I for one don’t care who or what comes on as I’ll fortunately be long gone before I see it. Y&R is done as far as I’m concerned & has been for quite some time. Actually since JFP hiring & the terrible storylines, etc. The music used to be very good but she fired them too. I only watched #yr because of Michael Muhney! Btw, I’m a 40 year veteran. Used to come home from school to watch #yr during lunch or just miss school every now and then just to see it. My 87 yr old mom watched it and I loved watching it with her, obviously she was in her 40s then. I’d always do my homework ahead of schedule so could do both. I’m a hard core fan. Anyway with a terrible storyline going on since JFP took over, Michael Muhney was good enough to pull it off! Any storline he was in he owned it, even with crap writing. Brilliant actor, heck he could make the phone book sound & look good. How on earth does one, no make that 3 (the 3 blind mice) JFP, STEVE KENT SONY & CBS LET SUCH A BRILLIANT ACTOR GO, WITH UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS! If there were a sexual harassment on set 6 months ago, why was he still allowed on set, when MM himself almost walked away a year ago? Mm wanted to pursue other avting gigs, but was begged to stay with a bigger salary, not to mention he loved Adam’s character as much as we the fans! He chose to stay thank God! Where’s the proof & police report? Michael Muhney is a man and a good one at that, who was smeared, slandered & fired for nothing other than partially Eric Breaden’s ego, amongst others now that we’ve seen their true colors on twitter. EB said as much to Radar online. Victor aka Eric needs to retire to the ranch with his dog and wife Nikki. Making cameos at the most as they’re useless and ancient and their stories are stupid and have been seen a thousand times before. Shame such a wonderful actor/human being had to be mistreated and dragged through the gutter, just to try and make the fans dislike him. Looks like that backfired and as a result every true fan are boycotting after his final scene. Take note sponsors and any1 with a dvr whos joining the thousands, possibly millions in boycotting, remember to set your dvrs to stop recording or the sponsors will think that there are viewers when in fact, there won’t be. Michael Muhney aka Victor Newman, Jr, was and always will be the true and only Adam Newman! #savemuhney reputation now! Forget Michael Muhney going back to such a jealous and hostile workplace and going back to such hate and disgustingly jealous cast members! Too busy to proof so forgive typos. Hasta la vista#YR on 1/30. I’m pretty darn sure that this soap will be canceled as it should be! Mostly because of the firing of the best daytime actor ever, but since JFP was hired I was yawning and fast forwarding to Michael Muhney and Billy Miller’s scenes. Deuces #yr, 40 years wasted. We love you always Michael Muhney! You’re the best! – ♥♥♥♥

  • melissa

    Who cares? Not me….Y&R is so boring, I left watching after 40 years….another one bites the dust

    • Bexx

      Not caring would be ignoring all things Y&R.

  • Carlos

    My wife and I watch Y&R everyday in Trinidad, We have heard all the fans Complain about MAB. CBS heard the fans and fired MAB then hired JFP. MAB was a really good executive producer she kept the history of the show that JFP threw out. MAB wasn’t that great in writing but atleast the viewers were more exited to see the stories than these new writers. Even though JFP is doing all of this to the show. We will continue to watch because she won’t last there forever.