“The Young and the Restless” viewers were hit with a one-two punch regarding the role of Kelly Andrews: Former portrayer Cynthia Watros was officially announced as stepping out of the role in order to take part in MTV’s new series “Finding Carter,” while Emmy winner Cady McClain (Dixie, “All My Children;” Roseanna, “As the World Turns”) was announced to be stepping into the role of the grieving mother. But how did the exciting swap come about? Read on to find out from the actress, who makes her Genoa City debut this Wednesday, April 16!
Held Monday, November 18 at the Beverly Hilton in LA and at the XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in NYC, “The Casting Society of America’s 29th Annual Artios Awards” honored the best of the best in casting and “The Young and the Restless’” Judy Blye Wilson (pictured right with Greg Salmon, Associate Casting Director of “Y&R”) took home her twelfth Artios Award in the process.
In the category of Casting for a Daytime Drama Series, Wilson took home her second Artios for “Y&R.” She beat out “Days of Our Lives’” Marnie Saitta and “General Hospital’s” Mark Teschner.
Prior to taking over the casting reigns of “Y&R” in 2011, Wilson helped cast for “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “Ryan’s Hope.” Wilson won 10 of her 12 Artios Awards for her work on “AMC.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It was recently announced that Darnell Williams would be joining the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in 2012. The two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner becomes the forth “All My Children” actor to land on the high rated CBS daytime dramas since the 41-year old ABC soap went off the air in September 2011. He joins Jacob Young who returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful” last September, and past and future co-stars Debbi Morgan and Melissa Claire Egan.
Williams long-time co-star, Morgan, currently plays Harmony on “Y&R,” the long-time absent mother of Devon (Bryton McClure) on the CBS soap. Paired with Morgan, Williams contributed to forming daytime’s first super couple of color on “AMC.” Jesse and Angie Hubbard remain, arguably, the most enduring and famous couple of color created on daytime television. This marks the forth soap that Williams and Morgan have appeared on together, ultimately paired with each other each time. Along with the aforementioned soaps, the actors have appeared on “Loving” and ‘The City” at the same time. Williams started his daytime career on “AMC” in 1981.
In recent years the number one soap in the nation has taken to hiring – and then in several cases firing – former “AMC” actors at a very high rate. Since 2005, “Y&R” has hired Amelia Heinle (Victoria; ex-Mia, “AMC”), Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, “AMC” and “Y&R”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe; ex-Maggie, “AMC”), Stacy Haiduk (Patty; ex-Hannah, “AMC”), Eden Riegel (ex-Heather, “Y&R”; ex-Bianca, “AMC”), Billy Miller (Billy; ex-Richie, “AMC”), Jeff Branson (Ronan; ex-Jonathan, “AMC”), Egan (Chelsea ;ex-Annie, “AMC”), Morgan and Williams fresh off their Pine Valley runs. Fittingly, “Y&R” jumped at the chance to hire “AMC’s” long-time casting director, Judy Blye Wilson, this past fall.
There are currently no details available on whom Williams will be playing on “Y&R” or when he will debut in his new role. Stay tuned.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Early this afternoon, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that daytime’s number one drama, “The Young and the Restless,” has put another former “All My Children” star on contract to join Genoa City’s ranks. This happens just several weeks after wooing the ABC Daytime drama’s acclaimed and long-time casting director, Judy Blye Wilson. The CBS drama and Wilson have snatched up one of Wilson’s most popular Pine Valley finds, Melissa Claire Egan. Beginning on November 11, Egan will debut in the contract role of mystery woman Chelsea.
Egan debuted in the role of Annie McDermott on “AMC” in July 2006. This 30-year old actress would earn a Daytime Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in 2009 as Annie turned from an all around good girl to Pine Valley’s most psychotic femme fatale. The character was responsible for killing her brother, Richie (Billy Miller), her future lover’s aunt, Di Henry (initially played by Kelly Giddish), and the attempted murders of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Greenlee Smyth (Rebecca Budig). At the end of her initial four-year contract in 2010, the actress agreed to a 6-month extension at “AMC’s” request and stopped airing regularly on the soap by February 2011. Egan returned for a short stint during the summer to help say goodbye to the network run of the soap that gave her her big break.
Before hiring Wilson and Egan, “Y&R” had already built up a long history of picking up former “AMC” actors fresh off their Pine Valley stints including Peter Bergman (Jack), Stacy Haiduk (ex-Patty), Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Debbi Morgan who debuted as Devon’s (Bryton McClure) biological mother, Harmony, earlier today. The cast currently boasts three Blye finds including Miller (Billy), Jeff Branson (Ronan) and the recently fired Eden Riegel (Heather).
Look for Chelsea to play into Billy’s storyline reuniting former co-stars and good pals Egan and Miller.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime Confidential reports that long-time “All My Children” casting director Judy Blye Wilson has decided to move on to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” The report indicates that Wilson had hoped to remain on the soap she has spent twenty years casting but the production company that licensed “AMC,” Prospect Park, failed to reach out to her.
Since 1991, Wilson has acted as the casting director for “AMC.” Along with other high-level executives at the soap, that means she has had an influential hand in the hiring of cast members ranging from current A-listers Sarah Michelle Gellar and Josh Duhamel to rising prime-time television and movie stars Micheal B. Jordan, Eva la Rue, Shannon Kane, Kelli Giddish and Leven Rambin. She also played a hand in discovering most of “Y&R’s” current cast – including Billy Miller, Jeff Branson and Eden Riegel (“Y&R” also recently acquired Debbi Morgan who is not a Wilson find) – and that may be part of the reason the number one soap in the U.S.A. extended the award-winning casting director an offer.
Before joining “AMC,” Wilson acted as the casting director of “Ryan’s Hope” from 1981 to 1987 and held the same position at “One Life to Live” from 1988 to 1991. She won three consecutive Daytime Emmy’s for her casting on “AMC” extending from 2001 thru 2004. She has been awarded ten Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America for her casting work on “AMC” (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). She may add another Artios Award to her shelf this November.