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Burgess Jenkins IN As New Billy Abbott On Y&R! David Tom OUT!



In more casting news from The Young and the Restless prior to the long Memorial Day weekend, according to a report this morning from Daytime Confidential, the powers-that-be have made a casting switch and have decided to replace David Tom in the role of Billy Abbott with actor, Burgess Jenkins!

The role of Billy has been critical to the show, and after the departure of fan favorite, Billy Miller, Tom returned to the role he originated, but seemingly could not catch-on with the viewers this time around.

The series has replaced him with Burgess Jenkins, who is known for his roles on Army Wives, Nashville and One Tree HillJenkins also appeared in the films, Remember the Titans and Hero.

Thus far this morning there has been no official word from Y&R on the casting change, but we will keep you posted as developments warrants.

So, what do you think of Burgess Jenkins replacing David Tom as Billy Abbott?  Let us know!

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Well, it shows that Y&R is listening to its fans whether its because of all the talk or the loss of ratings. Either way, never heard of this guy but willing to see if he can fill Mr. Miller’s huge shoes.

I much rather Chelsea’s character be replaced. Chelsea has no chemistry with anyone certainly not with Adam

Have to disagree with that statement. Chelsea is one of my favorite characters.

I thought her and David Thom were ok? Better than Thom with Victoria! Either way, I’m with you, Chelsea sucks!

I agree can’t stand Chelsea

No chemistry with Adam? I liked Adam/Chelsea!

I like Chelsea and thought she had great chemistry with MM’s Adam and BM’s Billy.

I’m glad they’re replacing DT. He just doesn’t fit as the adult Billy. I’ve seen Burgess on Army Wives and liked him there. Hope he does well! And for cripes sake, DO NOT put him with AH’s Victoria. Now THAT’S a character that should be re-cast IMHO!

I disagree also, chelsie is great on the soap. They need to get Billy Miller and Michael Muhney back

I agree. Funny thing though, the one person she clicked with on the show was David Thom!

Not true. MCE is one heck of an actress and she and Muhney had devastating chemistry together. No one could handle Adam but Chelsea. She can do wonders if t he writing is on target. She is a great actress.

Really! Can’t wait to see what they are nominated for next year. This show is tanking fast! Im done!

I disagree as well. Chelsea is one of my favorites now.

This show is a mess because of one person: Jill Farren Phelps. She’s done exactly the same thing to Y&R that she’s done everywhere she’s been before. She threw out the top actors on the show and brought in her friends, who have no talent except kissing her backside. Billy Miller and Michael Muhney were tossed out on the same day, while Michelle Stafford knew she couldn’t stay under this regime, so she left. Phelps brought in Steve Burton, who is her stud muffin, and now he’s the focus of the show. It’s awful. Ratings and demos are declining. This is the “Phelps Effect”. Hope CBS figures it out before it’s too late. Sony is to blame for unleashing this witch on Y&R.

Chelsea is my favorite on the show.

I love Chelsea on the show. Shes a natural, I disagree with this statement. Shes wonderful!!

Guess David Tom couldn’t shake that monkey off his back?

Maybe I have terrible taste, but I always like Chelsea, and loved her with Adam.

I agree with you Mark 100%


Anything is better than David Tom. He did get dropped in a no win situation, following the best thing to hit daytime in years Billy Miller. But a robot would have been better than DT. I would seriously reconcider his chosen career. But really excited about a possible Kelly/Jack/Billy/ and Gina Tognoni as Phyllis quadrangle. Gina is going to chew the scenery and Cady is going to make her eat it. I smell a cat fight in a pond coming…. Finallly a reason to want to watch the trainwreck of Jill Phelps once again!

I could not agree more with you Mark

Agreed! Currently the new billy, Burgess really doesnt suit this role! BRING BACK BILLY MILLER! LUV AND MISS U or please recast…this is so painful. Y&R writers make us fall in love with this guy great actor but not this role. HELP!!!!!

I think this is going to be a good choice to replace the current Billy, while I was a fan of Billy Miller and I realize that David Tom was the original Billy he did not have the chemistry with anyone on the show, he seemed more like a whinny teenager and to be honest the character had changed. As for Chelsea I love her, can’t wait to see who they have replaced the Adam Newnan on the show even though I think that role will be hard to replace too.

YES! Exactly Joanna!

I don’t know why they didn’t get Billy Miller back. He is so good in the role. Also, Chelsea is one of my favorites on the show especially with Michael Muhuney. Try to get Billy Miller back just think he’s perfect for the role.

BIlly Miller wanted to be able to do the show and other projects at the same time. They weren’t ok with that, so he chose the other projects… sad as I am that he left (even my husband noted Miller is better than Thom)…..he wanted to pursue other interests and “chose his path” 🙂

I agree, Billy Abbott is not Billy Abbott without Billy Miller~ they should of let him stay and take on other jobs as well. This new guy- oh No! – horrible. He wasn’t even dressed the way any Billy would be dressed~ very poor job portrayng a character with the background of BA. I hate to be negative, but I would say the writers need to go back to the drawing board on this one

David Tom had big shoes to fill, but I can’t say that I ever found him to be a good actor.

Glad to see David Tom is out. He was never a good fit.

I am glad to see DT is out too! Billy Miller is the only one who can pull off the role flawlessly.
David Burgess is totally wrong for the part and his look just doesn’t fit the part, he is good in different roles and evening drama not daytime soaps .
Rethink again Billy Abbott’s part again please !!

I always loved and forever love to see Billy Miller as Billy Abbott and then when David Tom came back to be the replacement it was A.O.K with me! It didn’t seem to b too much of a change, now, there is this Jenkins
character. Uhhh…he seems too old to play the part and doesn’t appear to be a prefer fit from a visual standpoint! I want another Billy! Jenkins is not appealing to the part, might b capable but not interesting!

I totally agree with everything you said! Exactly my thoughts on the whole Billy character changes!

I absolutely agree. That’s exactly what I was thinking about the whole Billy character.

Bring back billy miller he is the best

Agree. More importantly they have no chemistry with Victoria.
She and BM had crazy chemistry. Now can’t wait for them to get a

I was just getting used to David Tom, .. yes he was a bit younger but still much much better than the older guy I am seeing today. He isnt going to work out. There will be no chemistry there with Victoria. Good grief. They are recasting so many actors we will no longer recognize the show. Sad!

Burgess Jenkins looks older than jack. It reminds me when they brung that old man in to play tucker he was way to old

Sorry but this is crap…not “catching on”. He originated the part! Billy Miller was great, but nice to see the original back. He does look younger, baby face, but he knows the character. Just had my first look at the new guy, nice, but not the character. Getting tired of these quick character changes, at least we still have Paul and Christine, two of my favorites from way back, unless they plan to kill him off with the new story line. some of us old fans like to see our old friends still on the scene.

WTH is going on Y&R! This new guy resembles Stitch, in my opinion. He doesn’t seem like a strong enough actor for this story line. David Tom talked with one eye closed, glad to see he’s gone! Do us all a favor and bring back the old Billy!


Once again that Phelps continues to destroy the Y&R. Since that lady has been at the helm the show has done nothing but sink deeper and deeper into the abbess .
Time for this fan to follow the abbess.
Goodbye Y&R. Perhaps if the powers to be come back to their senses and remove MS Phelps this viewer will return.

I was just getting used to David Tom. Nobody can replace Billy Miller and this new guy is terrible. Chelsea is great! Lily should be replaced but it never seems to happen. The new Kelly is much better. I think it’s time for Drucilla to come back!

Billy Miller needs to return as does Michael Muhlney (Adam Newman). Lilly and the whole Winters family are a snooze fest; their storylines are boring as most of the storylines have become of late.Y &R needs serious help!!!!

Dear Y&R,

I am not happy with the new Billy. Doesn’t fit the role as developed/Should have kept one of the former. He does not seem comfortable with Victoria nor she with him. But I love her. Please stop firing and replacing people. Phylis, Adam, Billy, Chloe – When will it end. It makes the familiar strange and new.

It has become too too painful to even watch YandR these days. The storylines are so insignificant and boring! I wish they would bring Adam back and not recast him. I wish they would bring Billy Miller back b/c I wasn’t a fan of David Tom and he looked too young for Victoria.

I want the original billy Abbott back this new guy just doesn’t have the young and the restless charisma I have been watching this soap opera since it started this new billy sucks.I wouldn’t kiss him he looks like a convict…

I loved Billy Miller and agree that they should have found a way to keep him. That being said I thought David and Billy looked quite similar and I easily accepted David Tom in the role. I absolutely hate the new guy. No chemistry and no charm. Please switch back! Get rid of the whole Kelly character as soon as possible if Cady McClain’s age was the issue. She adds nothing and I don’t miss her predecessor either! I dread seeing New Phyllis as no one can fill Michelle Stafford.s

I agree totally. Kelly serves no purpose. I personally think they went from bad to worse with both of the characters playing Kelly. the only thing worse of course was the Billy replacement.I’m just so glad someone else saw what I saw. It never worked! Now we have billy number 3, let’s keep our fingers crossed. I’m not all looking forward to the new phyllis either

Didn’t like Tom years ago, don’t connect with Jenkins. They should grovel and bring Billy Miller back. Talk about chemistry…he had it with his fellow actors and the viewers. Eventually Y&R has to bring back an Adam and/or Phyliss OR NOT.
This has been dragging way too long. But 33 of Y&R..obv. I’m hooked no matter what.

Bring back Billy Miller……PLEASE! I have been watching this show for 30 years (since i was a small child and my mom was watching it) I hate it when we switch, but usually after a while i can get used to it. so far none of the changes of Billy Abbot’s character feel remotely natural.

OMG! This guy isn’t good looking (he doesn’t even have a top lip!) nor does he have the swag that Billy Abbot is suppose to have. For the love of Pete, there has got to be someone that can do a halfway decent job!

Burgess is awesome! He will be great for Daytime TV

I loved Billy Miller. I didn’t like David Tom and I can’t STAND Burgess Jenkins. He looks at the side monitor too much because he doesn’t know his lines. I know he’s knew but he has no chemistry with anyone. I didn’t really like the last Kelly but she’s better than the new one. I don’t think she can act either. I like Chelsea and I think they should keep her. Too much change for me though.

He sucks

I agree I do not like the new billy he is way to old for one thing and
has no charisma at all.

I am ready for Billy Miller to come back. Burgess Jenkins is whiny and no charisma. Boring! I need to stop watching this soap. It is systematically being destroyed. Pretty soon they are going to hit the wayside like the other soaps. I don’t even want to record episodes like I use to!

Billy Miller nailed it.The handsome looks, manerisms.Miss him the role he seemed to be perfect for . outstanding in his portrayal of grief stricken father.Loveable, in spite of his flaws.Nobody can be missed more on this show! I started watching this show since I was 21.I’m in my 60’s.

The new billy look old enough to be victory’s father

This new Billy is way too old for this character. He is supposed to be Jack Abbott’s baby brother and looks older than Jack. He has no chemistry with Victoria or Chelsea. He is awful. David Tom was a way more realistic character for this role and he was the original Billy. I don’t understand why he would be replaced with Burgess. For all the people complaining about Chelsea, I will stop watching if you replace her character. She is awesome. I have been watching y&r for 26 yrs and have seen a lot of characters come and go. Chelsea is vital to the show and is an amazing actress. Bring Billy Miller back!! Pay him more if he wants it. He can’t be replaced obviously.

Besides all the recasting lately is anyone else confused with the dialogue between Paul and Nikki ! They were in the cult “30 years ago” before she met Victor? Ok how old are Victoria and Nicholas? Suppose to be? If Dylan is Nikki’s oldest child, please explain how Nicks son ( Nikki’s grandson) Noah is over 21 ? So Dylan is 30? Victoria is 28? Nick 27? And nicks son 21? Seriously??????

This post is hilarious. My wife turned me on to Y&R 20+ years ago. I really enjoy the show, but this post almost made me pee my pants! Awesome! These ages and timeframes are ridiculous!!! Great post Rick!

This Billy looks so much older. And does all the characters have to sleep together. Seems to me it’s all about sex.

The new billy is horrible. No chemistry with the other actors. Dresses sloppy and cant really act in soaps. Billy Miller is the only one who can carry this roll. I have been watching Y & R for over 15 years. Cant the producers and writers please, please bring him back. It really affects the show and whether I will watch it anymore.

I agree! We miss Billy Miller!! Bring him back

The new Billy looks too old. replacing the old Billy is hard to do , but i think they missed the mark.

Bring Billy Miller back!! The old Billy is the best one! Also bring Adam, Micheal M. Back!

I do not like the new Billy. He looks way too old. What are the producers thinking about? Miller was the best, but I was adjusting to Thom again. After all he originated the character. Not a good thing to have to keep recasting a role. It makes the whole show seem less and less believable,

This Billy is horrible! He is not even remotely handsome, speaks like a robot, and has zero chemistry with Victoria or Chelsea! Love Billy Miller! No one can replace him!

Never a good sign when you have to recast a recast. Didn’t love DT, but didn’t hate him as much as other people did, I thought he was doing a decent job. The only thing missing was he lacked the charm and humor BM infused into the character. Hopefully this new guy can capture those qualities, but in the end I think many fans will never accept anyone except BM in the role.

He was not recast , he was first actor to played the role not billy miller, ryan brown and neither Scott Seymour.

I know who David Tom is — but any actor who replaces another in a role is a recast- even if they played the role before. But if you want to nick pick on who played Billy first then technically it was Katrin and Margert Ingimasdottir who portrayed him as a baby– and then were a two or three child actors before him the last one being Scotty Leavenworth who played him for two years before Tom arrived– so if anything David Tom replaced poor little Scotty when the show SORAS the character.

I not going to argue with you about this , I got better stuff to do. You do not babies or child actors as originals potrayers of the characters, unless they the character from a child to a adult. If we counted babies their be no original portrayers. So do not get attitude with me.

You’re the one you giving me attitude– and still are, so please if you do not wish to engage in honest discussion please do not reply to any of my posts. thank you.

I did not have attitude until you sent your comment about me being nick picky. I was simply stated a fact on the billy situation. I like your comment , but I do not like when somebody assumes what I trying to point out.

I apologize we must have gotten our wires crossed. It felt to me you were being picky when you felt the need to say that DT was not a recast. My point was when there are constant cast changes on set that doesn’t bode well for any television show, so who cares what term I used. To me that was being picky.

So I responded by taking being picky to the extremes– in attempt to be funny, but perhaps it came across as too sarcastic because I do realize babies are not the original actors that would be silly, which was my point to be as silly as I thought you were being with me by taking issue with the word recast.
But you’re right I did not know why you said what you did, if I misjudged your intention I am sorry, but when I read it came across as a petty thing to do, but now I see you were just stating what you see was a fact, so again I apologize for making a bigger deal out of it than it had to be, not my finest hour on this site. Sincerely sorry for the misunderstanding.

I totally agree with you.

Completely and utterly shocked at this decision. I feel like David Tom was not given the chances he should’ve been given in the role. He came in during the heat of a storyline, and he blew it out of the water with flying colours, and made the role his once again. It was the annoyance of whiners and complainers who ruined it. There was so much more they could’ve done with the character of Billy Abbott with David in the role, and they aren’t giving it the chance.

While I am a fan of Burgess Jenkins, he looks too old for the role, despite being 4-5 years older than David Tom. He looks more like someone who could play Jess Walton’s husband or boy toy. But I will reserve my own feelings when he debuts in the role.

Wish David the best in whatever it is that he does, because he is a great and talented actor. And he did not deserve this to happen to him at all. And I wish Y&R “fans” (not really fans cause all they do is bitch and moan) lay off. They need lives.

Scott, I agree with your every word. I felt David Tom was working his butt off reclaiming the role he originated. Maybe if the writers and some of his co stars worked half as hard as he did, this would have worked. No one has that natural bubbly effervescence that Billy Miller has. The last four years, Billy Miller has been phoning it in lately but no one seemed to notice. I think Amelia is just an okay, borderline somnolent actress and she needs an over-the-top extrovert to distract from her shortcomings. If they had just given Tom the time to make this role his own again and to allow the memory of Miller’s persona to fade away this would have worked.

David Tom was coming around I think! To bad they fired him, I think people would have come around! But yes!!!! Billy Miller!!!!!!

I remember when David Tom originated the role of the adult Billy and he was wonderful, as he still is. And I agree that BM had just been phoning it in, I’m glad somebody else could discern that as well. I’m disappointed that they didn’t give him the time to really see what he could make of the role. Given the story lines and dialog he had to work with, I’m not so sure he could have done better. I’m thinking this new guy isn’t going to win over anyone that DT couldn’t. Too bad people are so impatient. I think they’ve made a huge mistake doing this recast at a time when so many other recasts are on the horizon and beloved characters are leaving.

I agree, David should have been given more time. I think in time he would have nailed the role and made it his own.

I agree… I am so tired of the constant recasting of characters….Billy Miller was an incredible actor …. But they should have given David more time… It’s hard to follow in someone else’s shoes… Especially when that character was loved by many…

Scott it also does not help when you have co-workers undermining you at every turn because they can not accept the fact BM left. Cardboard cut outs in dressing rooms and pictures of BM on their twitter. I wonder how that made Mr. Tom feel? Over time he probably could have made it his own again I mean he did win an emmy for the part. The rumors had been circulating for a couple of weeks it had also been suggested they approached Miller to come back. Actors are there to do their job not dictate who they are going to work with.

Kay, did not know that about cardboard cut outs. How mean and also pointless. Billy Miller left on his own accord. I agree that he could have made this role his own had he been given both time and support. It also makes me sad that Jeanne Cooper is no longer with us. Not only would she have given him the support he deserved, Billy and Mrs. C would have had had some really terrific character driven scenes based on their history. Also, am I the only one suffering from figurative whiplash upon hearing that not only has David Tom been fired, they have recast the role? This strongly suggests that this has been a plan in motion for quite some time while also demonstrating that they were never giving David Tom a chance.

I agree that David wasn’t given a chance. His sister wasn’t that great of an actress until she moved to B n B. I think David was doing a fine job, and some fans need to get over it. But I agree with someone else who said JFP should be fired. In Survivor speak, the head of the snake, and all that.

See, iIthought one of Thom’s problems was he looked too young.

But think about the history of the show. Billy was younger than Victoria. He was still in Walnut Grove academy having teen angst with MacKenzie while Victoria was working Ne and involved with Ryan.

I agree. It takes time for an actor (even one who was in the role before) to find their feet & make the role their own, plus the audience needs time to let go of the image of how the previous actor played the role & let the new one in. DT just wasn’t given enough time. I wish him well.
JFP should swallow her pride & beg MM to return as Adam, it is about the only way that she will be able to save the sinking ship that is Y&R.

David is kind of a stiff. Plus the new guy is much hotter.

I thought Michael Muhney said his been fired had nothing to do with JFP.So maybe JFP wanted him to stay but she got overruled by her bosses at the network and Sony.Plus it was reported that it was CBS and Sony that wanted to rest the character of Adam for 4-6 months and then recast him.

Carole I am going to disagree with you about HT she was a great Victoria she had spunk and fire I believe she has two emmys from playing Victoria Newman. Also when HT was playing Victoria she actually got to slap her father EB which I might add I loved but EB sure did not. lol

It wasn’t JFP’s decision to let Muhney go. Ugh! These out of touch comments are part of the problem.

I thought I was the only one who felt David wasn’t given a chance. He is not Billy Miller, he is David Tom and I for one enjoyed him in the role. It was like having the old Billy back again. He was fired just when some fans were getting used to him being there. This new guy is too old for this role. Billy is supposed to be younger than Victoria. This guy definitely looks older. There are too many casting changes and new faces. There is no interesting story being driven right now. Everything is the same every day. They need new writers.

I saw David Tom leaving coming because people liked Billy Miller in the role and i think David Tom had an uphill battle from the start in winning the fans over.I wish David Tom all the best in whatever he does.As for Burgess Jenkins i’ll give him a chance as Billy.

The only person who should be fired is JFP! That is just sick to fire David Tom, may not be the best Billy but they knew that when they hired him.. Just wait when she recast Adam, twitter will blow up.. Sony/CBS just doesn’t care… daytime is the only thing making money for Sony as of why I ask do they try to hurt Y&R???

Fire MCE Chelsea she is so boring

Fire Jill Farren Phelps and rehire Billy Miller. She has nearly recast the entire show. This new actor may be good but he is not Billy Miller. I used to watch and now FF through most scenes. She has hacked this show beyond repair and if CBS and Sony do nothing to Stop her, then they deserve the show to fail. Steve Kent is an idiot and Les Moonves should be more connected realizing what is happening over at Y&R. When a EP such as JFP has had so many soaps flop under her dictatorship and continues to work it certainly makes one wonder who she is connected too and How?

Keep Les Moonves out of it or we may get Julie Chen as the next Kelly.

Thank you so much for the injection of humor & insight. Ain’t it the truth.

HAHHHAHA!!!! I can totally picture that!!! :S

They’re sabotaging Y&R for a “The Talk” spinoff!

Let’s trade…. YR can have FV as its EP and RC as HW. And we will take JFP back at GH. It’s a two for one.

Oh hell no , we don’t want jfp because then Steve burton would want 2 come back too n then Mae up some big lie bout wanting to return ” home”. So no way Jose !

No! Y&R can keep JFP! GH is better off without her!

Let’s not. GH is far from perfect under FV, but I have no desire whatsoever to go back to the dark, depressing days of JFP and “General Mobsters.” No thank you. You want to talk about a new EP and headwriter, fine; not JFP, however. (If we’re going back to a past EP for GH, how about Wendy Riche?)

OMG- agree 100%. Fire the boss asap!
Too much upheavel.
Billy Miller & Michael Muhney need to be re hired.
Fire Summer & Noah, whatever their real names are, do not like either.
Gina T is dynamite! I wanted her as Victoria over anybody else, for years.
Gina will be a beautiful fit as Phyllis.
Better offer the boys, BM & MM a nice pkg to lure them back! That’s right.

JFP tried to get MS back but she signed with GH. JFP tried to get BM back but he turned her down flat. She has made her own bed & now must lie in it.

Well now we know…she tried to get both back and they told her no after they way they treated them…..not knowing their worth in the grand scheme of things. So she lets them walk and Michael Muhney to the competition. Smooth move JFP. That should cost her her job to let award winners go to the other soaps. What do you think makes your show an award winner but your cast of winners? Enjoy this win because I think it will be a long time before Y&R gets another with the turnover of actors and the storylines.

If they fire JFP, I hope she does not get hired at DAYS!!!

David Tom would make a good Dillion at GH if they decide to bring the character back…imo.

I agree. I wish they would bring back Dillon. I need my Q’s!

I agree–great idea, Jim

I agree MBmomof3..I thought the new regime was on that path but clearly I was wrong..We need the legacy of the Q’s to continue..I also agree that David Tom will make a good Dillon Q…Its shame the way he was dismissed by Y&R without at least given him a chance..He did originated the role and was very good until he left the first time around..But its the nature of the business and good luck to the new recast.

This! Omg.

Good call. He is a good actor. To big of shoes to fill in Billy Miller. Thom’s problem with Dylan Q is like Billy, he is too young to head up a business. He looks like he would manage a Banana Republic!

I think DT as Dillion Q would be more believable running ELQ than Micheal Corinthos who…to me…looks more like he’d be one of the bag boys at the local supermarket…lol


that made me bust out laughing

CD’ Michael as a bag boy

I’d still suspect he’s ruining my groceries

I hate this, David was doing a great job

I agree Dinah, David did a wonderful job.

I’ll give the guy a chance. DT just didn’t have the physical strength in scenes standing next to guys like Stitch, Victor, etc.

There are so many out of work soap actors that fans miss that part of me really wishes they had hired someone with a soap background. I’m still pretty shocked Brandon Barrash (ex Johnny, GH) wasn’t picked up for this role.

Brandon may be the next Adam?

I wish that Brandon would be cast as Adam. I would rather MM but the girl that needs to live in a bubble not the real world (Summer) took care of the best Adam. I agree DT didn’t come across as someone to be feared or one sweep someone off their feet. He was too nice and didn’t look sneaky. I love and miss BM but man he is one believable smiling snake!! LOL!!


Noone can replace Billy Miller, David Tom is as serviceable an actor as anyone else and he was just getting his footing in the role.

This woman has made this show unrecognizeable with its bloated cast and focus on terrible actors/characters.

Im down to an episode a week and reading recaps, soon enough Ill be DVR-ing Days of Our Lives instead.

When The Bold and the Beautiful starts looking like Shakespeare in comparison theres definitely something wrong here.

I agree with you. What is she doing to this soap? I know some blame the writers but she’s in charge and it’s up to her to fix things. And she did start her tenure by replacing many of our favorites with her insipid Hollywood Heights actors. That was just the first of many bad decisions. She needs to hurry the story lines along, make them more plausible, scrap the Nikki/Kris/Paul jealousy crap, dump the whole Hillary story and get rid of the character. Recast Abby, give Cane a real story, and use Ian less. Or at least let him get caught in his lies more often.

The feather in h er cap was signing Steve Burton. Thats It! AND she cannot even write a decent story for him!

I agree Timmm. The Dylan character is about as boring as they get. And pairing him with the equally dull cupcake baking Avery isn’t helping. Even though I like Steve Burton, this character is going nowhere. There is no real substance to him at all.


I agree it’s just not the same without Billy M. CBS needs to get out their check books and revive this soap or we’ll be watching it on line or not at all.

Billy Miller has a look of a teenager and all those facial expressions were horrible. Glad he is gone as for Miachel Muhney he owns the part of Adam. How can you replace the unreplaceable. I don’t even like the new Kelly with Jack she just doesn’t have the look.

Billt miller was awesome he was a recast

I agree!!! Bring back Billy Miller, Michael Muhney and Michelle Stafford!!!! Y&R IS JUST NOT THE SAME WITHOUT THEM! I have been watching Y&R for 30+ years now and I have never been disappointed in the show until now. So sad!

Another thing. This new kid doesnt look husband material for Vicky. he looks too young !

Oddly, he looks like a cross between BM & DT.

I thought David Tom was doing just fine given the fact that he was dropped right in the middle of a big storyline. I think he was just starting to click. I wish him the best.

Never heard of this newnuBilly but will keep an open mind.

My mother and I are rejoicing. David Tom was unbearable to watch. Yes, it would be great to bring back Billy Miller but I’ve seen Burgess Jenkins and am excited to see what he can do with he role. Thanks Y&R for listening to your viewers!

I find it hard to rejoice when anyone is out of a job (unless it’s JFP) but that’s just me.

Well I for one do not rejoice in someone losing their job he was so thrilled about being back and constantly singing Y&R praises! The bottom line is this show is in trouble because of the writing etc. do not blame the problem on the actors. DT’s major problem for me was he needed a voice coach to tone down the shrill in his voice much like Kristina Wagner/Felicia on GH.

Exactly, Kay–he was over the moon about this job. I kind of feel like he was used–as if TPTB knew he was a transitional actor.

One more reason I can now quit watching Y&R. Loss of too many talented actors, new ones being recast with recasts. This show is nothing like the Y&R I have been watching for 20 something years. Storylines are confusing. Is what his name still in the attic while Jill tries to figure out the mystery of the Music Box. I swear that music box should be a contract player. This soap is ridiculous. No Chloe, no Kyle, new and new again Billy, new Phyllis, no Adam. People have to ask themselves why so many talented people are jumping ship. Oh yeah, JFP.

When you jump, jump out as far as you can and swim as far away as possible so the ship does not drag you down as it sinks.

The Music Box story line is one of the worst ever! They need Jeanne’s son to come on the show and take over the mansion and boot Jill and Colin out! Terrible. Secondly, they had a good actor who played Kyle. He was the guy who kind of had a Michael J. Fox look and was believable as Jack’s son.

David Tom was doing an amazing job as Billy Abbott. I cannot help but think this is because he appeared to be much younger than Victoria and that they didn’t ignite much chemistry. Perhaps they ought to have given up the idea of Billy and Victoria because David Tom does enjoy chemistry with other female characters on the series. I also really felt he was Jack’s brother and enjoyed their heart to hearts. He was really growing into this role, enjoyed the way he took Victor and Stitch on in the gym the other day. They ought to have given him a chance. I feel bad for him and wonder what is going on behind the scenes of Y&R .

I think you are probably right they decided they needed a hunkier Billy for triangles I do think that is why they moved him away from the Kelly character. Speaking of which I am just not feeling CM’s version the character seems to have lost her edge. Bottom line I would like to start enjoying the show again 98% of it is pretty dull.

There are so many factors at play here. Billy Miller was outrageously popular in the role because of his own charm and talent but also the character was written well. He was given good lines to say…the humour and the snark were written for him. But after the story of Delia’s death…the character, by necessity, changed. Even Miller was not light or charming after Delia’s death. He was sad, angry, and miserable. He had to be. David Tom came back to a completely changed Billy. For those of us who remember David was praised critically and by fans during his initial run and he won an Emmy. His Billy was extremely popular then. Maybe if he had been given a chance to play SOME light hearted and charming moments fans would have seen a different side of him. For whatever reason Tom didn’t really click in the role this time around. Writing is always a big part of that though. It is very hard for even the best actors to rise above badly written material. Looking at this new guy’s pictures…it seems a little jarring. I don’t know how they go from baby faces Miller and Tom to rugged looking Marlboro Man type. I sincerely hope he was not just signed for prime time credentials. I hope they actually auditioned him with the people he will be in story with…and the chemistry was just that good. That would include Amelia Heinle, Jess Walton, Peter Bergman, etc. I was a fan of Miller and Tom. I even thought Ryan Brown from way back did a serviceable job in the role. But that was when Billy was just a nice kid. It was not much of a challenge for any blonde kid to step into the role. Now the character is a man, he has demons and is complex. He has gambling issues, alcohol issues, fidelity issues, and he has lost a child….but he also has to retain that little boy lost quality that women love to mother and take care of. Its a challenge. Let’s see what this new actor can do first before annihilating the message boards with hate.

Johnny–bravo on this post. It is insightful, thoughtful and well written.

Yeah, but if this guy can act I see him being more believable in being Jack’s brother and running a corporation AND going up against the “Mustache”. David Thom’s scenes with Eric Braeden were very awkward because of the huge age difference.

“…Writing is always a big part of that though. It is very hard for even the best actors to rise above badly written material”

this IS it in a nutshell….. POOR behind the scenes wrangling.

by the way : really nice write up on what Billy’ Character is all about

I would like to say thank you to Harry and Patrick for saying my post was well written. I do post on here a lot and though many of my posts are harsh critiques of GH and Ron’s writing, I am trying to sound less angry. LOL. Because at the end of the day I do realize that these are just entertainment diversions. But the show is in a tough Billy situation. When an actor as talented as Miller…fans can NOT expect him to stick around in the soap genre forever. We were lucky to have witnessed his talent during his amazing 5 year Emmy winning run. The show reached back to the past and got a very popular actor, Tom, who was the original Billy. Fans unable to let go of Miller and flooded complaints about Tom are likely responsible for his dismissal, but its done. Hopefully new Billy will click and the show can get on with Billy’s story. Personally I think if Victoria would have found out she was pregnant without the stereotypical who’s the daddy nonsense it would have been better. It would have given Billy and Victoria some true joy to play. That might have turned the tide but instead the writers chose the all misery all the time route. I love seeing happy couples and don’t find them boring at all.

Johnny, you always add a lot of insight and poignancy to our perspective. More importantly, you (and others) prove that soap fans are not a bunch of insane dumb dumbs wearing Nurse’s Ball T sweat shirts–not that there is anything wrong with that.

“…Because at the end of the day I do realize that these are just entertainment diversions”

I will step up to the plate and emphatically state…. VOTE.

only then does one have an equal measure with

I love this platform…. can’t thank MF enough… for those of US who chose this medium: daytime Serial… I salute and LOVE with

I’ll never truly denigrate a point of view… because… LOL… serial is a 365 day a year involve

I enjoy this

With all due respect to Mr Tom, he is definitely not the actor Mr Miller is as far as this character is concerned. I agree with commenter toscanti in that I fast forward thru most of the scenes he’s in..he is almost unbearable to watch.

Totally shocked and disappointed. Far too many recasts for this viewer to remain interested much longer.

well, there are some very exciting replacements moments to come..
Soon as the new Adam appears, batten down the hatches!

think Billy is hard to replace, just wait ….

David was growing on me.

Hope this new guy is good. It’s hard to replace Billy Miller because he was THAT good.

Tom just seemed always angry and I think someone said it above no Charm. Y&R is practically unwatchable right now.

He was too whiny! BM had charm and a sense of humor. David reminded me of my sister!

Well, gee, I’d just gotten used to David Tom. Here we go again, adjusting to a new actor. David Tom was never going to be as exciting as Billy Miller but that’s not his fault and Billy wants to do prime time so isn’t coming back no matter how much the fans scream for him. MM isn’t coming back either as he got into too much trouble behind the scenes.( I know, allegedly) Still, I’m going to have an open mind with this new guy and he certainly is attractive, always a perk! Off topic, please, please, just scrap the Hillary/Neil etc story!

Send the WHOLE Winters family to the volcano and introduce them to Skye!

Timmm…YES!!!!! I totally agree with you. Lily WORKS MY NERVES the most!!!!! And, by the way, your entire comment made my day…LOL!!!!! Thanks.

I know Roz with all this show’s low points at the moment that Neil Hilary pairing has to be the lowest of the low. Watching the two characters profess their love to each other recently made me want to gag. Neil used to be a smart, mature man, but they turned him into a fool by this hook up with this baby. This pairing isn’t as creepy or sick as the Victor Sharon pairing a couple of years ago, but it is a close second.

Roz, the only thing I like about the Hilary and Neil storyline is it is making Lily look like a petulant monster throwing a tantrum.
On a completely different note–my absolute favorite storyline is Colin and Jill. They’re funny, romantic and sexy. I love the idea that the sexist couple in daytime are over the age of fifty.

I agree Harry! I love Colin and Jill! They’re so much fun to watch! Great chemistry as well!

Harry…you make a very valid point about Colin and Jill. More and more, Colin and Jill totally crack me up…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Next,on The Young and the Recast….Erika Slezak is the back from the dead Mrs. C, Michael Knight replaces Peter Bergman and Debbi Morgan ow up a Nu-Dru.

I’m glad that they realized rather quickly that David Tom wasn’t working out. He might have been great as teenaged Billy Abbott, but didn’t seem to have what it takes anymore.
I really wish they would have never let Billy Miller slip through their fingers. They should have allowed him to do outside projects the way they obviously allow others to do them.
As far as Burgess Jenkins goes, I have never heard of him before. I sure hope he brings on the Abbott charm, because that is one of the areas where David Tom was severely lacking. Most of us grew quickly tired of DT’s Billy being such a whiner and so unlikeable. But I guess only time will tell whether Burgess Jenkins will work out and please the fans.
Lastly, there are way too many changes on this show. Too many new faces. Y&R needs to try harder to keep the faces we’ve become familiar with. Y&R, are you listening?

I hope u are right I really do for this new guy sake i hope u are right.

Y&R has become the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” of soaps! WHO’S NEXT!!! They should not fall asleep with the rest of us!!!!!

I like david tom but the backstage drama at Y&R is better than what’s onscreen!

I am thinking EJ from DOOL is heading to Y&R. I think he might be the new Adam. I don’t know this but he left DOOL for some reason. I hope he is the new Adam. I am hoping the new Billy is good, I just can’t get use to David Tom. Y&R is the only soap that I watch so keep the great actors coming !

Wouldn’t he be great as Adam? He is so great but I will miss him on days !

Clearly JFP is the one who needs to go! Since she’s taken the job it has been a never ending revolving door. Who’s the next to recast? Victor? Nikki? The show is a mess BTS and in front!

Not that I was a huge fan of David’s portrayal but if they fired him because of BM backlash, what makes them think BJ will be received any different? He’s not BM either!

Not good news, another major casting change! Tom was great with the Abbotts, whom he worked with before, but had NO chemistry with Amelia Heinle.

Absolutely no chemistry with Amelia Heinlee but the writer could have just changed the storyline instead of firing him. I mean, a better storyline would be for him to fall in love with Chelsea and when Adam returns he finds the man that held him at gunpoint and tried to kill him is sleeping with his wife. David Tom has a boyish look and should have never been hired to play the part of Billy in the first place as Billy Miller was classy , handsome and mature looking. David Tom is a good actor but not in the role as Billy Abbott. Wish him continued success in any future roles he is hired for.

No way! You can keep JFP at the Y&R, GH is on fire and doesn’t need her back to destroy it all again.

I am very sad to hear that DT has been replaced. No he wasn’t a good fit but on my honest opinion the fans never gave him a chance. No he wasn’t BM but he was giving it all he could. Once fans get use to a great actor/actress they want to keep the same pattern going if by chance they are let go or leave on their own recognizance. Don’t get me wrong I feel the same way however I do realize that you can never make everyone happy so I like to give fair chances. I really do wish DT well in what his next journey is.


With all the firings,recasts,departures and behind the scenes drama,the show has turned into a real life soap opera.

Not surprised. I just couldn’t connect with David Tom. Ratings have fallen. It was a big mistake to not keep Billy Miller. Nu Billy looks old. I think Jill Farren Phelps needs to be fired.

This is a huge mistake firing David Tom, what a joke Jill phelps needs to be fired right now. She is ruining the soap, she is a has been.

David Tom was the original billy, then they let him go. Michelle Stafford was smart to leave, the young and the restless. Whats next fire Cady Mcclain and Melody Thomas, they better not do that, or I will be pissed off. LOL. David did a good job as Billy. Now we will have another Billy, this is ridicoulos. Fans did to get over yet, Billy Miller will never come back as Billy boy Abbott. Rumor is Billy Miller will be the new Jason Quartermaine on General Hospital.

One more reason why Phelps needs to go.

One more reason for fans to go.

It must be heartbreaking to go back to your original role an not “click,” but things evolve on a soap in general, I remember years ago when Karen Lynn Gorney came back as Tara on All My Children, she seemed so harsh, Nancy Frangione (sp?) came in as a revelation. I wish Mr. Tom more roles, the message is “you can’t go home again.” To those like a Robin Stasser (Dorian, One Life) who were always able to, kudos, but there is something “better fit” now for Mr. Tom and hopefully with the new recast at Y&R, for its viewers.

I agree.I think one of the problems is that too much time had passed since David played Billy and the character has changed over the years too.Plus maybe the show should put some time between Billy Miller’s appearance on the show and David Tom’s first episode.They could have dragged Billy’s disappearance after the crash a bit longer and not have him return home right away.As for David Tom i think he did the best he could under the circumstances but he might see him leaving as a good thing too.Plus he may have learned a valuable lesson about trying to replace a popular actor in a role.

Andrew, you make a good point. I also agree they should not have had Tom step into the role right while Billy was in a crisis. I think this latest recast might work and it does, we can thank David Tom. He was the transition between Miller and this new actor and gave fans a chance to adjust to someone other than Miller playing Billy. Moreover, many Miller fans are going to irrationally resent Miller’s replacement blaming him for the departure of their beloved Miller. This latest recast is the third wife, so to speak. The new actor will be able to twist the lid off the jar because David Tom loosened it for him.

I also think the fans might give Burgess Jenkins more of a chance because he’s not directly replacing Billy Miller unlike David Tom.As for David Tom i think he may have gotten a raw deal because the show may have thrown him to the wolves right from the start.

Andrew, that is what I was trying to say, and I guess I failed in my efforts to do so. Tom did the dirty work. The first wife resents the hell out of the second wife but doesn’t pay attention to the third wife. David Tom is that second wife to many Miller fans. I know it’s not rational but that is how some rabid soap fans work.
Here’s an example: GH’s Tamara Braun as the second Carly triggered an incredibly rabid fan base ( I never quite got why). Then Carly has a breakdown and TB exits–enter an actress named Jenifer (her last name escapes me). She was at an incredible disadvantage for many reasons and the fan outcry was deafening. However, the actress did an amazing job. Despite this she was fired promptly Enter Laura Wright as Carly, and she was accepted by a majority of fans including Tamara’s fans. Had Jennifer not been the transitional actress between TB and LW, I don’t think the latter’s entrance would have been so readily accepted I think the aforementioned situation is applicable to the Billy Abbbtt recasts.

wow! and so continues y n r’s descant into a has been soap instead of the classy soapy show it once was. bill bell s show was steady and well known for having the most consistent cast of amazing actors! u now tune into a show where you don’t recognize any of the actors, you need a cheat sheet to keep up with the cast changes! every other scene takes place in the GCAC!.
On top of the musical chairs of actors, theres no balance of ‘ young ‘ characters to make this show truly ‘young and restless’ , bell use to balance between the young set and older veterans, now we get summer once a week, a highschooler turned cop, and fen once a month if we’re lucky!
the flat scenes are even more one note when accompanied by no background music, and if there is music it sounds like some crap from a made for tv movie! y n r once had riveting, complimentary and a heightened musical score that added to the scenes!! but no, now we get new, funky muzac!
Since billys not working out send him, Victoria , nukelly, kevin and phylis to return another day!
lets write for Michael, lauren, paul , nina, Christine, jill, the winters with Olivia , characters who we know with the actors we care about!

Hello pwtb? What on earth his going on over at yr? I was getting used to David Tom again. Now this dude? So obviously JFP went to bum to rehire him and gave a crap offer? Seriously this lady is tanking the show. Ridiculous! Bring back mm we don’t need to see 4 more recast this year because that’s how many there will have been. Phyllis , Billy (twice!!) , Kelly , and next Adam possibly unless JFP gets her head screwed back on straight or fire her. I’d go for the latter. She is tanking YR . Will miss David Tom . He deserved better than that from the show.

*BM joy bum :/ lol oops

I am happy!
David Tom was a horrible Billy..

Some characters are not replaceable!
Billy Miller made Billy Abbott his own, when that happens replacing usually does not work well..
wow! wait until they give us a new Adam!!! windows will rattle!

The problem with David Tom’s recast back in January was not that he is a bad actor, because IMO he isn’t, it’s because fans (like myself) had grown to love Billy Miller in the role. I’m sure if Y&R brought DT back as Billy in 2008, when they hired BM, he would still be on today and fans would love him.

This is ALL JFP’s doing. She didn’t allow Billy Miller the “outs” he wanted to do other projects, and brought back David Tom, assuming fans would immediately love him again. But it was 10 years since he was on the show, and Billy has changed a lot since then. DT just wasn’t doing it for me and for many fans.

I agree that he wasn’t given the chances he deserved to make the role his again because fans were still livid about BM leaving. The role was recast so soon, it didn’t give fans time to heal because the role of Billy is so important and integral. However, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. I figured that Y&R would eventually fired DT because he wasn’t catching on the way they had hoped.

But who the hell is this new guy?! The only actor Y&R fans want playing Billy is Billy Miller, not Burgess Jenkins or anyone else. I will give him a chance, and hopefully he proves capable and suitable to replace Billy Miller, the way DT just wasn’t able to. I hate to say it but I’m not holding my breath.

It was not ALL JFP’s doing, as you wrote in your post.
The soap had worked with BM for years allowing him
time off for other projects. And BM worked with them, too,
renewing his contract for years, when he was feeling the
urge to quit completely for new things. But the most recent
renewal didnt happen because this time BM wanted just
more time off than the soap could handle writing for. After
all, how many “business trips” or whatever could Billy take
without fans saying Huh? Where is Billy going now? Not
to mention his absences affecting the character of Victoria,
etc. So the soap and BM had to just ultimately part ways.
I wish the best for DT in future roles, and hope the new actor
does well!

Plus maybe the show wanted Billy Miller to sign a mulit-year deal because they were tired of him possibly leaving each year and negotiating with him after each year.So in return for giving him outs to do other stuff they wanted something from him in return.

As for that Burgess Jenkins fella…I (also) am N-O-T holding my breath!!!!! No. Bottom Line Here: This has nothing but TOTAL DISASTER written all over it!!!!! TEAM BILLY MILLER FOREVER!!!!!

Take care, Jimmy. Peace.

BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!!! David Tom was absolutely TERRIBLE as Billy Abbott. I give the producers credit for realizing early on that this was not working out. He had absolutely no charisma, no presence, no chemistry with co-stars. Watching him “fight for Viggy” made me cringe. I applaud the move!

I love how everybody says they will give him a chance like everybody plus co-workers did David Tom what was that 60days?

Wishing David Thom well in his future endeavours. He had big shoes to fill and I was actually starting to adjust to him in the role. Maybe, no I should say actually, the person to be replaced should be JFP because her decisions are costing a lot of viewers to leave. Also welcome to Burgess Jenkins….I will give you a chance, but still think that Billy Miller “owned” the part and that only he will be accepted by the fans.

Replacing JFP would be harder than replacing Adam..
If JFP were gone who would take her place, or even want to take her place, that has the know-how of decades of soaps behind them..
Soap opera writers and EP etc, are hard to come by theses days..
No writers seem to want have the burden of the daily script writing, 30 characters to write for , and even the backlash from fans ..
JFP is going nowhere ..

You’ve diagnosed the problem correctly but not the cause. I’m not as sure that this is the case with the pool of executive producers, but I know that the talented writers with success in the soap field generally won’t work in it anymore because of the work environment created by TPTB (and several have said exactly that, on record)–they can’t write anything decent or interesting without TPTB wrecking it with their bad ideas. That’s how you end up with a Jean Passanante being hired over and over.

However, that’s not, I suspect, why JFP keeps her job. She and Steve Kent at Sony go way back, at least as far as her days at Santa Barbara; I had forgotten why his name was familiar, until I was looking at an old Santa Barbara clip on YouTube and saw his name in the credits. My bet is that she’s not going anywhere unless and until the ratings get so bad that they have no choice but to replace her. And she’s only been through one writing regime change so far; usually her ability to blame it all on the writers has kept her employed through at least three or four changes in the writing team, before the people above her stop buying that excuse.

Billy Miller was big shoes to fill. David Tom did not stand a chance from day one. He just didn’t fit in the part unfortunately for him. Also his acting skills were not up to the standards of the part he was to play, Don’t know he new person hired but I wish him well. Time will tell if the viewers accept him.

Wish they had cast Josh Kelly in the role, but still glad David Tom is gone he was not right for grown up Billy.

The perfect person to replace Billy Miller would have been Billy Magnuson, Casey from ATWT. His acting is very similar and also he resembles Billy Miller.

Wishing DT the best; but I just felt a real disconnect with his take on Billy. I’m glad to see someone else come in, but they better be darn good to keep up with the rest of the cast!

Hate to see. David Tom go, him and Victoria always had such great cemistry.

David tom is my favorite billy and I missed, I wiill give this new guy a chance

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Previews “Amazing, Juicy, Fun” Summer Storyline

The Young and the Restless, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy seven-times throughout her career for her work on both All My Children and the CBS soap opera. Now viewers are wondering what’s next for the talented Egan in story?

Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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