(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) — 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.