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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!

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Twitter/CBS

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is gearing up for an actor switch in the coming weeks for the character of Billy Abbott, currently played by Billy Miller.

In a newly released behind the scenes image, the series has given fans their first glimpse of David Tom back in the role right alongside his character’s onscreen wife, Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman). This marks the fist time that the two actors have been seen together on set as Tom left the soap in 2002 and Heinle joined the series in 2005. In a bit of irony, while their characters are married on the show, the role of Victoria was originally played by Tom’s real-life sister, Heather (currently playing Katie Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful”), back in the day.

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CBS

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is already bringing it, if ratings are anything to go by, but next week the soap will be kicking things into high gear with Summer’s (Hunter King) desire to be perfect turning into a deadly situation and Billy (Billy Miller) getting ever closer to learning the truth about Adam’s (Michael Muhney) possible role in the death of his daughter.

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CBS

In a promo that puts emphasis on the word “new,” CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is promising viewers a new year filled with new drama, infidelity, secrets, and reunions. In the case of infidelity, Billy (Billy Miller) won’t let the search for his daughter’s killer stop him from bumping uglies with Kelly (Cynthia Watros), while Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) share a reunion of sorts, and Dylan (Steve Burton) wants more information from momma Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) on her secret past. Also look for Victor (Eric Braeden) and Jack (Peter Bergman) as they toast to an exciting  new year!

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Greg Edwards/Vimeo

Wanna see something guaranteed to make you giggle? Then you won’t want to miss the “The Young and the Restless’” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) in his new gig as a talk show host! The actor has teamed up with “Y&R” production staffer Greg Edwards to create a humorous show titled “Soaps and Other Stuff,” which features “Y&R” stars answering ridiculous questions, playing silly games and being subjected to a multitude of other antics all dreamed up and acted out by Morrow himself as “host.”

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Greg Edwards/Vimeo

Greg Edwards/Vimeo

With “The Young and the Restless” losing its leading men in a one-two punch, as both Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) and Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) filmed their last scenes on Thursday, December 19, cast and crew of daytime’s most watched drama series have put together video tributes to honor the departing stars.

First shown during the “Y&R” goodbye party for Miller the same day he filmed his final scenes, Greg Edwards, a production staffer, opted to publish an 11 1/2 minute video dedication on Vimeo “For everyone that either couldn’t make it to the goodbye party last night or that couldn’t hear it on those small speakers we had.” In his message, Edwards added, “Goodbye Billy, you will be missed.” The video includes several cast and crew members initially pretending to not know who Miller was, even as a life sized cut out poster of the actor holding one of his Emmy Awards roamed the halls and stages of the soap behind them. Later, co-stars Greg Rikaart (Keven Fisher), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Christel Khalil (Lily Winters Ashby), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Abbott), and Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), along with many others, shared their most heartfelt thoughts and memories of the actor as he moves toward his next journey in life. One of the most hilarious scenes in the video was by Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), who jokingly said, “Think about all your options. ‘General Hospital’ would love to have you. Any soap would kill to have you! There’s internet, there’s all these cable shows – Nickelodeon – think about it, you’d be huge like a ‘Different Strokes’ remake!” while the cut out  of Miller attempted to commit suicide (it fell off the roof of the CBS building after hearing the things people were saying before the kind words poured in).

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Francis Specker/CBS

On Thursday, December 19, “The Young and the Restless’” Billy Miller said goodbye to his character Billy Abbott for the last time as the actor filmed his final scenes on the daytime drama series, which is set to air on Thursday, January 30, 2014 – the first day of the all important February sweeps ratings period. In a newly released interview with Soap Opera Digest, Miller reveals why he left the daytime soap and the role that won him not one, but two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

When asked why he opted to leave, Miller says, “I was made a generous offer to stay on ‘Y&R.’ It was definitely a chance to gain veteran actor status. To pass was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was caught between a rock and a hard place. This is a great role to play; it afforded me a unique lifestyle. However, I realized if I took that contract, I would never know what else is out there. In the past, we were able to venture out of the ‘Y&R’ world; now it seems there is no longer that flexibility for me.”

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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

Despite signing a new four-year contract with CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” back in April of this year, Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) has been let go from the daytime soap he’s called home since 2009. The actor tweeted yesterday, “I’m so sorry. It breaks my heart to say this, but I was just let go from Y&R. My last day on set is this Thursday. My last air date will be Jan 30th. I’m going to take some private time with my wife & kids, as I am most concerned for their well-being. I have 3 final episodes to film, and because they are my last, I will be giving it everything I have. More details will follow… #xoxoxo.” Prior to the actor’s tweet, he hadn’t commented on the popular social network site since November 5. In a posting earlier today, he noted that his daughter, Ella, is celebrating her 6th birthday today.

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CBS

As previously reported, Billy Miller is departing CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and the role of Billy Abbott, which garnered him two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. After the actor and Sony Pictures Television failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, the studio and CBS opted to replace Miller with David Tom, who actually originated the role of an adult Billy Abbott in 1999.

According to TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan, Miller will complete filming at the CBS Television Center Studio on Thursday, December 19, just before the Christmas break. Miller’s last airdate is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, the first day of February Sweeps. Meanwhile, a rep for the show tells Soap Opera Network that Tom will begin filming on Tuesday, January 7 with a first airdate scheduled for Monday, February 3.

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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

With Billy Miller unable to reach a new deal with Sony Pictures Television, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will soon say goodbye to the actor and hello again to David Tom, who originated the role of an adult Billy Abbott in 1999. News of Miller’s exit and Tom’s return was first reported by Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine on Twitter, but has since been confirmed by Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, also on Twitter.

Earlier tonight McDaniel tweeted, “Please join me in welcoming Daytime Emmy winner David Tom back to #YR and @CBSDaytime as Billy Abbott’s exciting storyline continues.” In response to Miller’s decision to leave she said, “I respect Billy Miller’s decision to move on and wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

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