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Y&R Casting Younger Leading Role of Ally! What Are Your Casting Suggestions?

News today out of Soap Opera Digest has The Young and the Restless casting another character! And this time, it is for a young woman in her early to mid 20’s!

According to SOD, “Y&R is looking for a “strong”, preferably brunette actress to play Ally, in what will be a lead role. The character is 20-24 years old and described as “sweet, lovely, and eager to begin her path.” The role begins shooting immediately.”

So based on the casting breakdown: what actresses who has appeared on soaps before, or who you have seen on primetime television, do you think might be a good fit for Ally? 

Who do you think Ally is, and related to on the Genoa City canvas, if anyone?  Are you among the fans that feel that Y&R has to many characters on the canvas that are newbies or veterans, who already under-utilized or non-existent in current storylines? Comment below!

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Teevee Wizard
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Teevee Wizard

I’m hoping she might be a recast. And yes, I’m one of those fans who thinks there are way too many newbies who have way too much airtime.

su0000
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su0000

Time moves on..
Out with ”some” of the old in with the new..

It gives new stories and keeps thing fresh..

Tom
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Tom

Phelps and Griffith have gotten rid of at least one-third of the show’s cast since their arrival, and at first I could buy that it was under the guise of getting back to core family stories. But then they dragged in a whole host of new faces. Aside from Hunter King as Summer, not a one of them has taken off. Okay, Chavez is decent but the actor remains on recurring. Michael and Lauren were finally given a storyline, but at what cost? The show is simply painful to watch, with storylines that are dull, uninteresting, or simply far-fetched. And… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I fully agree with everything you said. I thought that Phelps and Griffith would jolt Y&R with the spark it needed, but so far, the new regime has disappointed me. Kyle was completely miscast with Hartley Sawyer. Melissa Ordway is an okay actress, but Marcy Rylan was MUCH better as Abby. Carmine is creepy and Marco Dapper is an awful actor, as is Mishael Morgan (Hillary). In fact, the whole Rose storyline is ridiculous, and the only way I feel it can be saved is if Hilary turns out to be Drucilla’s long-lost daughter and Dru is brought back (I… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I too was hopefully last year when the new team took over– and I think the day to day dialogue is better than before. And I don’t mind the new faces– because the truth is even if the vets were on screen without a decent story line it would be just as bad. I use to love Vicky and Billy, but now both of them are a shadow of what they were because the story there were given is just blah. Same with Nick– all gooey eyes over Avery. And Avery and Dylan wouldn’t be so bad if they were… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I am assuming this character is meant to be a love interest for Noah– but why the name Ally? It sounds too much like Abby– and the girl who left Arianna—I mean can’t the writers go past the A’s in the Baby Naming Book in order to come up with a new character name? This show is having trouble at the moment writing for the characters they do have, adding a new one isn’t going to help that. But I will give her a shot– all characters started off as the new kid on the block at one time– but… Read more »

Lew S
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Lew S

STOP with the new characters!!!!!!!! Not a lick of ’em add up to a Phyllis, Katherine, Tucker, Ronan, Nina or the existing characters who are being terribly wasted: Victor, Nikki, Kevin, Jill or Paul. Youth doesn’t equal interesting!

Vikki
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Vikki

I have to agree,without Phyllis the Y &R will not be the same.

JEM
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JEM

Whoever Ally may be, I hope she is a love interest for Noah. And on the topic of newbies, Steve Burton as Dylan is an epic fail. The second I heard he was being cast as Avery‘s ex, I knew the role was doomed. It doesn‘t matter that he is an Emmy award winning and popular actor. When you bring someone like that on, you have to give them a character, a story, and tie them to established characters. As it stands, Dylan is nothing but a dim witted dupe for Chelsea. The sho no doubt jumped through hoops to… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

I have to agree Jem.
Steve Burton is a huge talent – what a waste !!
TPTB crapped out this character and for me his screen time is like watching paint dry.
Don’t even get me started on the whole Rose storyline.
All I can say is they better do Katherine Chancellor’s death justice.They blow that story and I think I’ll be done with Y&R.

heidi
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heidi

I am sure Jill will cast Brittney Underwood.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Oh, please, tell me this is a recast for Abby!!!!!!

Lew S
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Lew S

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

Jim
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Jim

the only reason I wouldn’t want it to be a recast Abby is because there are too many recasts already, I think they should let Melissa Ordway keep the role and see if she shines in it, at least for a little while longer. Don’t get me wrong, Marcy Rylan was 1000 times better, but I couldn’t handle another recast.

su0000
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I’d like to see someone new, not a recycled soap actress, but a new never seen before actress as the Ally character..

Starting to get bored with soaps recycling actors from one soap to another, time for someone new!!!

Karen
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Karen

I would love to see a recast for Phyllis, she is a much needed character, it may be hard to replace the actor. Rebecca Buddig would be my choice for the new character Ally…..

Michael
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Michael

Rebecca Buddig is too old for the role. She’s in her early to mid 30’s by now. For those that are fed up with all of the newbies and the direction of the show, I have just the thing to help what ails you! A friend of mine from San Diego and I have started up a campaign to rid the show of Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith! Our Facebook page is called, “Save YoungRestless” and our twitter account is, @saveyrtoday. If you have both FB and twitter, please join us. Let’s get this campaign underway and let Angelica… Read more »

Vikki
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Vikki

I don’t want Phyllis recast when the original one was perfect. Get her back.

Ashley
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Ashley

Julie Marie Berman should get the role. Come on, she’s a 3 time Emmy winner!!!!

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

How about Brittany UNderwood from OLTL and Hollywood Heights.

randy
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randy

ive recently tuned in to y and r again just to see the catherine chancellor ending,,i stopped when genie francis was let go,,omg…i cant sit through this crap,,,and i do mean crap,,if this show isnt cancelled in the next 2 years ill be shocked,,-it is just terrible,,,stories about new characters that no one gives a dam about,,,all the pros back burnered to a mere few lines,,so disrespectfull to the actors that have put in there hearts and souls to this industry..jill pharon phelps ,,you should hang your head in shame….you destroyed this once pulsating daytime drama,,,thank god for pvrs,,,sorry but… Read more »

richard
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richard

First, Avery, Dylan, and Stitch……..then Hillary, Melanie and now Ally???? Enough with the newbies!!!! JFP kills every show she’s involved with!!!! Why don’t they bring back Ed Scott and Kay Alden??? Those were the glory days!!!! Bill Bell must be so sad!!!!!!! Sharon is pitiful and Michelle Stafford jumped ship!!! She’s knows YEAR is sinking!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael
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Michael

Ed Scott and Kay Alden are my first choices to take over and right this ship! I was willing to give Jill Farren Phelps the benefit of the doubt, but no more! I’ve had it up to here with the crap she’s doling out and Josh Griffith has to take some of the blame here too. But yes, too many newbies and too many actors taking over roles that they never should have been hired for. Robert Adamson (Noah) has been completely wasted. Redaric Williams (Tyler) is a complete jerk (I’ve witnessed it first hand on twitter, trust me). I… Read more »

lance
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lance

Sounds like more backstage drama at Y&R with Josh & Jill a must read article

Wendy
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Wendy

I so agree with everyone’s comments that are critical of the show lately with new story lines, new younger actors, some who struggle even ‘saying’ their lines. Short dialogue for the veterans, no depth to interactions.

Question: What would it take to get Phelps out and a executive producer who can FIX the mess she’s crated. Someone tell me, please?

Jim
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Jim

Maybe Frank Valentini can take a break from GH and come to Y&R to clean stuff up the way he did over there? That’s probably wishful thinking and it would never happen, but Frank and Ron Carlivati are THE dream team. The way they shaped up GH after (coincidentally) Jill Farren Phelps was ousted (I wonder why…) is all shades of brilliant.

Vicsze
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Vicsze

I hope that she is a new girlfriend for Noah.

Michael
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Michael

Please suggest HEIDI MUELLER (Ex-Kay Passions) for this role, I think it would be a good choice

Jim
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Jim

Another newbie… what is JFP doing to this show? Honestly, it was good for a little while after she and Josh Griffith took over (Jack’s pill abuse & rehab story were supreme), but now, I can barely stand to watch the show. I hope this character is a new love interest for Noah, because Robert Adamson’s talents are being wasted right now. Brittany Underwood comes to mind as a possibility. But honestly, enough with the newbies! Get rid of Redaric Williams (Tyler), Lamon Archey (Mason), Angell Conwell (Leslie), Erin Chambers (Melanie), Mishael Morgan (Hillary), Hartley Sawyer (Kyle) and Marco Dapper… Read more »

boes
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boes

In two words….who cares? JFP and her team of untrained writing monkeys are killing Y&R deader than a doornail.

Instead of yet another newbie, how about using some of the talent already on screen?

Nah, that wouldn’t alienate enough viewers…….JFP, Soap Killer Extrodinaire!

Harlee
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Harlee

Another newbie, no surprise and last thing YR needs right now…UGH! Not interested in another new face eating up more air time from the real stars of YR! It’s for Noah of course…..YR is a big mess of manure right now…..sigh

PatF
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PatF

The show does not need any more new blood UNLESS it is a new EP.

Jim
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Jim

You summed up exactly what I was thinking in that sentence, I tip my hat off to you. JFP is ruining the Y&R that I used to enjoy. Sure, Maria Arena Bell was nowhere near perfect (some may say she was worse) but at least Jess Walton was on-contract, and veteran actors like Genie Francis, Tristan Rogers and Stephen Nichols were brought on, who can actually act! Now we have talentless “actors” in the forms of Redaric Williams, Lamon Archey, Mishael Morgan, Marco Dapper and Hartley Sawyer

Benita
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Benita

It is unacceptable that a posting such as this have misspellings …….the show has “to” many new characters…….really?! TOO

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Let me guess… Ally is a recast for MacKenzie (sp?). Who do they want to play Katherine’s granddaughter?

No, not Mac? Ok fine, sure…

Besides, whoever the new character is, it’s not going to be a Black, Hispanic or Asian. So it will be another character that will blend into the background.

Y&R – surprise me. Cast someone that’s Indian in a leading role. I mean it. Cast a person of Indian origin. At least try.

Ella Brown
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Ella Brown

Sounds great….how about the Beautiful Indian girl that Played in Martin Lawrences…Like Father like son….She was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Steve
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Steve

Well, for one thing with characters getting older and some moving on, some new people have to be introduced to the show. The new Abby (not as good as the old one), but is doing much better at the part. Both Avery and Dylan are a decent characters. Summer is a good character. Should have kept Phyllis, Daniel, Tucker, and a couple of the other older characters. The previous actor that played Kyle was MUCH BETTER than the new one. Fenmore – WORST on the show!!! Better story lines would definitely help the show.

ciera
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ciera

I do not think that you guys should add anyone else to the equation right now they have alot going on with adam and chelsea im very upset that it hasnt come out yet

Ella Brown
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Ella Brown

So we are getting a new 24 year old to play Ally…hmmm Im not sure who she could be….Maybe someone to stir up trouble With Summer and Kyle….Or Tyler and Abby….or a love interest for Mason would be nice….even tho i think Lily and Mason would work because i love Tyler and Abby…the idea of a Mixed Newman in the future is great….I have a very good suggestion….she isnt a brunette….but she could be willing to due Her hair…how about the old Phoebe from the Bold and the Beautiful….she was Georgeous!!!Those long Beautiful curls…angelic smile…thats if this role is long… Read more »

Ella Brown
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Ella Brown

Her name is Mackenzie Mauzy….or bring Jacqueline MacInnes Wood!!…Wood love to see her With Tyler or Mason…bring both ladies!!!

Kim Rowles
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Kim Rowles

The story lines are getting pretty dull for me. Right now the best and the worse one is Katherine’s good bye..
The one that I am getting really tired of is Sharon..and having her dead daughter back to make her go after Nick..I am so tired of Sharon..for the love of all soaps Paul run the prints on that stupid lipstick case and find out she did it and actually make her pay for something she has done…

Molly
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Molly

I Think Ally will be Nikki’s daughter given up during her stripping days.

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The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

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Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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