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Y&R Cast Two Models Turned Actors In New Roles To Beef Up Hunk Quotient!

Changes afoot in Genoa City!  The number one soap has added two new young actors for upcoming roles, and both have previously scored some high fashion and model work prior to coming to The Young and the Restless!

According to EW.com today, “Newcomer Redaric Williams (pictured right), an international model who recently became the face of Carling Black Label in South Africa, will play the new role of Tyler Douglas.  Lamon Archey (pictured left), another model making the transition to the small screen, will play a new dude named Mason. Unfortunately, that’s all the information that Y&R is releasing on these hunks for now — but we did learn that they’ll start showing up around the athletic club and the coffee house in November.”

So who will Tyler and Mason be involved with from the residents of Genoa City?  Let us know your thoughts!

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David Larsson
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David Larsson

Are these roles really necessary?

christine
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christine

OMG HOT! I pray Drucilla is coming back asap!!!!!!! <3 <3<3

Theresa
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Theresa

I think this is so great fresh meat. These guys combined if Drucilla comes back for Neil is so great! Sharon back with Nick and or Adam is what I need this show to do. Victor and Nikki are so yesterday and would be great to have them to go to for advice although they are so evil still. They have not matured like Mrs. C yet.

carly
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carly

Much better something to look at great for a change because if I look at sleezy Victor and slimy Tucker I’ll die! <3

SZima
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SZima

These guys are NOT necessary. What can they possibly bring to the table that those talented but fired women didn’t bring?
And look at the cast list now…the men far out number the women. So unless these guys are gay, who are they going to be paired with? ‘Cause we all know everyone has to be “paired” with someone.

MIndy
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MIndy

These guys are very needed! I wish we could have some young same sex couples to modern up the show and heat. LOVE all the new changes. I pray Drucilla is coming back. No one for Neil is ever going to fit. lily needs her mom and I would love to see her with her grandchildren. Like Jill! Nikki with her grand kids and kids is cold. I am not a Nikki fan nor Victor I hope Chelsea leaves she just does not fit on Y&R she gave away her baby living a few miles up the road and can’t… Read more »

BTripp
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BTripp

Double yum!

So_Superflous
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So_Superflous

O.M.G SEXY

Christopher
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Christopher

I would love to see Drucilla come back now more than ever!

Donna
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Donna

I just don’t get it, they fire talented actors and actresses for eye candy, I don’t care about looking at some body in the gym I want to see someone who can run a scene like Michael & Melissa did today..That is why we tune in to Y&R

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Well, here is proof positive that TPTB feed the fans a bunch of bullcrap all the time. Supposedly there isbig budget cut so they fire, Genie, Marcy, Jennifer, etc and then oh wait, hire two new actors, sure thats the way to cut money. They fire who they dont.like and hire who they do! We arent stupid!

Rodd
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Rodd

You’ve got that right. It’s ridiculous!

carly
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carly

They fired the bad actors who were a waist of time. Drucilla needs to come back. Lily should be with one of these men because she and cane are so boring to bad they are to young these hot men would look so great with Sharon she is the hottest women on the show

Winona
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Winona

I have to disagree with you about Drucilla and Sharon Case. Sadly Sharon Case is going the way Cameron Diaz is and not aging well. Sure she has a great body still, but her face, while beautiful, is aging fast. Melody Thomas Scott, on the other hand, looks AMAZING for her 55 years and Amelia Heinle keeps looking better and better. Marcy Rylan is gorgeous as is Jennifer Landon (especially in this week’s episodes with the new hair color). Elizabeth Hendrickson is very beautiful too. I think Sharon being the hottest is only because she dresses that way or because… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I need to see them in the roles, and find out who they will be connected to before passing judgement. I too, think it is a bit fishy they fired amazing actresses for budget reasons then hired two hunks. Real soap fans watch for the stories not for the bodies. But you cannot judge a book by its cover so hopefully these guys can act as well as look pretty for the camera.

Blake
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Blake

Budget reasons, firing vets and replacing them with cheap hair models. It’s been done on the cancelled soaps, remember Guiding Light putting actors that played Blake, Ross, Beth, and Alexandra on recurring and bringing on cheaper actors that played Daisy, Ava, Cyrus, Remy, Remy’s gf, Ashley, etc.

It’s bad when the #1 soap has to do this also. MAB must have really used so much of the budget, especially with her Nick at Night celebrity guests on the show constantly.

Michael
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Michael

Um Blake, MAB did have an overbloated budget, which is true. Secondly, which is NOT true, she did not bring two actors over from Nick at Night’s ‘Hollywood Heights’ (Robert Adamson playing Noah and Hunter King playing Summer). That was all Jill Farren Phelps. I will say this though, both Robert and based on the one episode that I saw Hunter in (which was yesterday), they are a huge improvement over Kevin G. Schmidt (ex-Noah) and Lindsay Bushman (ex-Summer). As for Redaric Williams (Trey Douglas), his character is expected to have a familial tie to Genoa City (Sarge, played by… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

wow – 2 more men of color ! – will we see them more than twice a month??

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

They fired “bad actors”? Genie Francis, 1/2 of the most popular couple ever on a soap? And bring back Drucilla, only a very small portion of fans think that! Victoria R. Couldnt get along with any of the cast! And Lily and Cane are boring? Yeah, thats why they are the number one favorite coyple in Soap Opera Digest week after week! Have an opinion, but at least have some facts behind it to back it up! And Sharon has a long, long way to go before she is worth anything to any man!

kay/kay
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kay/kay

I have been hearing this story about VR for years who is in charge here actors who do not want to work with someone. Boo Hoo! I have a business and if my employees and that is what actors are employees can not do their job and get along then they know where the exit door is. I am just sick of hearing this go to work do your job and keep personal feelings out of it. So if JG feels she would be good for story and if you do not like it leave.

Winona
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Winona

Me too, kay/kay. I actually saw VR in Culver City, CA at a train store once. She didn’t want anyone to notice her, but I did. I didn’t approach her, but just casually glanced at her, but heaven forbid I do that. I can only imagine how she is to work with, if the stories are true.

If she comes back, I hope she will get along with everyone. Otherwise, she can keep her diva personality to herself. She seems to have enough going on outside of Y&R anyway.

toscanti
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toscanti

Wow! Why not give Josh Griffith a chance to write some quality story. We have all begged for MAB to be fired and now she is, why not give this writer a chance to fix things. All of the actresses let go were good at acting but they didn’t grab on at Y&R with the exception of Abby. I’m not going to miss Genevieve, Harmony, Heather or any of the others for that matter. I look forward to some quality story and some new blood. I support the new regime at this time.

Rona
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Rona

I totally agree with you toscanti. We got what we wanted. Now, let’s sit back and enjoy the new ride!

mo
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mo

I never understand why they fire people and then hire others. Why not just use the actors you already have?

Michael
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Michael

Mo, the reason why Genie and Debbi were let go was because they were eating up a huge chunk of the casting budget (from what I heard, Genie was taking up nearly 1/4 of the casting budget…………..she don’t come cheap). Why they let Marcy go is beyond me. That was a huge mistake IMO. Letting Jennifer Landon go as Heather would easily have her exit the show with Michael Graz, who is leaving on his own terms (Daniel) and baby Lucy.

Michael
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Michael

Though I would agree that Genie Francis did not come cheap, it would surprise me greatly if she was taking up anything like 1/4 of the casting budget. Think about the math on that. No matter how much she was making, I’d lay money she was NOT making more than Eric Braeden or Jeanne Cooper. So then you had three people taking up 3/4-plus of the budget, and everybody else dividing the quarter that was left over? It just seems very unlikely to me. Plus there are others in the cast who would not have come cheap either: Stephen Nichols,… Read more »

mo
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mo

Daniel is leaving?!

Are they going to do anything with the Daisy story or just leave it hanging? No way she would just leave Daniel and Lucy.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I applaud the move to diversity but I hope JFP and Josh are referencing Bill Bell’s bible and mission for Y&R (something his daughter-in-law seemed to ignore) and focusing on strong storytelling done well. I like eye candy, too, but I want good acting and a serious approach to the daily chapters. Jeanne Cooper in her recent book included some wonderful words about how to make a soap opera strong, as well as Bill Bell’s take on the genre (and he was a master). Meanwhile, good luck, men. I’ll be watching to see how you fit into Genoa City. Best… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

Well here we go again. Step one in place to destroy a soap: fire seasoned actors from established soap families and replace them with eye candy. Diversity is important; so why did they get rid of Malcolm and reduce Sophia to a sounding board for another confusing character, Tucker (I just don’t get him). Neil is barely seen.

I will continue to keep an open mind, but just so the PTB understand, I’ve switched the channel to DAYS almost every day (that I haven’t worked) for the past several months.

Winona
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Winona

So many people complained about Darius McCrary as Malcolm. No, he definitely was no Shemar Moore in the looks department, but I thought his acting was good enough. Sophia, on the other hand, I wish they would replace with another actress. I admit I liked her in the beginning, but now I do not care for her and, if they replaced her, they could give her something else to do. I’m not meaning to start trouble with Ms. Mitchell’s weight, but I just can’t see how two men would fight over her. Not to mention that I get so distracted… Read more »

mo
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mo

I don’t think Darius gelled on the show. He was not the right fit.

Sophia was interesting when she was telling Harmony off, but other than that, she has no story. She’s superfluous.

Black women are in short supply in GC so I can understand her being popular. 😉 But give her something to do other than being Tucker’s gopher or write her off the show completely.

Shelly
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Shelly

I agree with you on several points. There are several model-worthy, gorgeous African American actors who lost their jobs on cancelled soaps. I just wonder if these newbies have the acting chops to carry mediocre stories?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Both of them are not good looking. I’m preparing for a snore fest.

Christine
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Christine

Now now. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Unless you saw their portfolio, I don’t know how one can judge looks based on one photograph. 🙂

In any event, hopefully they will add something and not be a snooze fest.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Doesn’t matter Christine, I do not find them attractive at all.

Drake
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Drake

Wow Scott, if these two aren’t good looking, who the hell is? Lol!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

A lot of people. I don’t find them attractive. They do nothing for me.

kiele
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kiele

They do something for me and I’m sure millions of other people out there with a pulse. Lovely indeed.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Let’s get back on track before we start hiring people. Not the least bit impressed with Nu/Noah or Nu/Summer really tired of kids upset with their parents boarding school would have worked for me until we get this show back on track.And really bored with the character of Nick he really does need some anger management classes.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

O good I thought I was the only one who wasn’t impressed with the Nu/Noah. And when I saw Nick speaking to Summer at the coffeehouse the other day she looked so much like a young Sharon I thought for a moment they had SORAS’ed Faith. Just kidding but the actress looks more like Sharon than Phyllis. But I will try not to get too picky yet and give them time to get their new direction going. However on today’s show when Eden has dreams with clues that might show where Ricky hit the video of his murdering his girlfriend… Read more »

mo
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mo

I did not like nuNoah either. So tired of bratty kids.

Robert
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Robert

Love it.

kiele
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kiele

Good job Y&R, hopefully they won’t be just props and actually have a story to tell. As for the actresses and actors who were let go, hopefully they will find work elsewhere, some were useless, some couldn’t act and one in particular was given a silly storyline that just didn’t jive.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Yes, as an employee you should try and get along with others. But when most of who you work with, have a problem, you have to look at the person causing all this reaction. With Neil already involved with another, she isnt needed s/l wise.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Neil has not had a storyline in years and no they are not going to bring VR back she burned her bridges but I am worn out with tales of her antics . When we know Eric Braeden and Michelle Stafford play the same stupid games.Just do your job please and their our tons of actors who do not get along off set but make it work once the cameras roll.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Do they really need VR in order to bring back the character Dru? I think this is one of those cases when Dru has been off the canvas long enough that a re cast would make sense. They are many amazing Africian American actresses who could do justice to this role. I know that might not sit well with loyal fans of VR, but I would be open to a recast.

Christine
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Christine

I think this is great because they will hopefully bring in African Americans to watch not to mention younger viewers. I am thinking they are probably into the music scene with Devon and Noah.

I maintain that as long as the new team is faithful to the vets and can prop them with some new characters that will help the ratings, then it is a good thing. I am still really ticked off at the firing of Marcy Rylan, though.

Jared
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Jared

This is unnecessary, period.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I agree wirh u, too bad VR didnt before they canned her. Most keep their personal feelings out of it, we all work with some stupid folks that we have to endure if we want to stay employed!

angela
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angela

They spice up y&r! They are very sexy and breath taking!!

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