Y&R Shocker: Adam recast! Plus Soap News, Spoilers and Daytime Emmy Noms

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TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco reported exclusively yesterday that The Young and the Restless star Chris Engen (Adam) walked out on set on Tuesday after the script called for a gay kiss between Engen’s character Adam and Rafe (played by Yani Gellman).

Branco reported that the actor had been unhappy with the direction of Adam’s storyline for quite some time. Adam’s recent storyline includes faking his blindness to get out of jail and gaslighting a pregnant Ashley into thinking she’s gone insane. It is reported that Engen had several meetings with producers and would also call in sick. Walking out on the role could land the actor in legal trouble, as he was in the middle of a four year contract with the soap. Engen first joined the series in February 2008

Adam (aka Victor Newman Jr) has been a straight character since Wilson debuted the character in February 2008 and has been paired with Heather (Vail Bloom). Adam’s sudden change in orientation could do with his scheme to get out of house arrest and manipulate the feelings of his lawyer, Rafe. Adam also framed Rafe’s aunt Estella who works for the Newmans by making it look like she was responsible for Ashley’s troubles.

The soap quickly recast the role yesterday with Veronica Mars star Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb) who has expressed great enthusiasm for the role on twitter. He began taping yesterday and will first air on Wednesday, June 24th in Canada (and on the 25th in the States).

Updated News (May 25th):

Stephanie Gatschet (ex-Tammy, GL) is joining All My Children in the recurring role of Madison North, the D.A.’s wife. She first airs on Friday, June 19th.

Catherine Hickland will be returning to One Life To Live this summer as Lindsay.

Guiding Light has announced the first airdates for its returning stars. Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle) and Krista Tesreau (Mindy) will all return on July 2nd.

Anthony Herrera will return to As The World Turns this summer as super-villain turned cartoon James Stenbeck.

Nick Stabile (ex-Mark, Sunset Beach; ex-Temp Fox, Passions) is joining Days Of Our Lives. Not sure of the role yet. Also joining DAYS are Mark Hapka who will play Nathan Jannings, Pete and Melissa’s son who will be (another) love interest for Melanie and Casey Deidrick will play Mia’s baby daddy, Chad.

— Expect David Lago (Raul) to stick around The Young and the Restless longer than planned. How are you guys enjoying Lago’s return so far? Two episodes in and he’s already proposed to Mac. The Chloe/Billy/Mac/Raul quad seems interesting. The Glow by Jabot kids are definitely “back” but how come neither Billy or Mac (and now Raul) have yet to cross paths with J.T.?

— Several sources are confirming that Thom Bierdz is definitely back as Phillip Chancellor III and not another character. When Bierdz appeared the other week as Cane’s “uncle” Langley, there was still some speculation on who the actor would play…some had even guessed a twin. Looks like now we’ll have to tune in to see how/why Phillip III faked his death all the way back in 1989 and just how it will affect his ex-wife (or isn’t she still legally his wife) Nina, Phillip IV, Christine, Kay, Jill and all. If you are not familiar with the character, check out this page for a refresher…after all, it has been 20 years since the character last appeared. 

Raya Meddine returns as Sabrina next week when Ashley starts having visions of Victor’s dead ex. Corbin Bernsen also returns next week as Father Todd Williams, Paul’s brother. Could it have anything to do with Paul’s quest to find out who Mary Jane Benson is? My bet is that she’s really Paul’s sister Patty Williams, who just happens to be one of Jack’s ex-wives. Bernsen is also the son of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine)

— No, B&B isn’t airing repeats…Nick and Bridget ARE back together. Wait, isn’t he STILL married to Katie? Oh some things never change…especially on that show.

Spoilers for the week of May 25th, 2009:

All My Children: Encore episode airs on U.S. Memorial Day Monday. Jesse is at crossroads. Liza’s secret is about to be exposed. Amanda is warned. Krystal reaches her breaking point. An arrest is made.

As The World Turns: Lisa spies on Barbara. Someone finds out about Meg and Damian’s plan. Alison is shocked to see her father. Rosanna issues Paul a warning. Craig turns to Jack for help. Carly continues to drink.

The Bold and the Beautiful: Nick makes Owen an offer. Donna stands up to Stephanie while Steph tries to get Ridge on her and Bill’s side. Brooke starts a video blog to get back at Stephanie which causes trouble between Rick and Thomas.

Days Of Our Lives: Owen refuses to hand Stephanie over to E.J. Bo offers E.J. a deal. Will and Mia go out on a date. Caroline and Arianna think that it’s a bad idea for Rafe to adopt Grace.

General Hospital: Encore episode airs on U.S. Memorial Day Monday. Robin returns home and reunites with Patrick. Johnny and Olivia continue their affair while Sonny warns Johnny to stay away from Olivia. Ric makes Claudia an offer. Robin offers Ethan advice regarding Holly. Jason promises Michael he’ll get to the bottom of who shot him. Carly is upset when she see Michael with Sonny and Claudia.

Guiding Light: Remy makes a discussion. Marina and Mallet get news about Henry’s transfusion. Bill is questioned by the police. Olivia and Natalia make a decision. Phillip offers to take the blame from James.

One Life To Live: Encore episode airs on U.S. Memorial Day Monday. Marty and John kiss. Tess vs. Bess continues. Gigi wants to destroy Stacy. Blair and Tea agree to keep each other’s secret. Cole and Starr find out that their baby is alive.

The Young and the Restless: Chloe moves out. Adam continues to spy on Victor and Ashley. Jack confronts Billy about his affair with Sharon. Ashley is in trouble. Phyllis turns to Jack. Nick kisses Sharon.


Daytime Emmy Nominations

I was away last week, so I couldn’t post the big Emmy nods until now. The ceremony will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, August 31st on The CW (no Canadian broadcaster has been announced yet). The ceremony will be hosted by Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams. Here are the major soap categories. For a full list, click here.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

·         Debbi Morgan as Angie Hubbard on All My Children (ABC)
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      Maura West as Carly Tenney on As The World Turns (CBS)
·         Susan Haskell as Marty Saybrooke on One Life To Live (ABC)
·         Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
·         Thosten Kaye as Zach Slater on All My Children (ABC)
·         Peter Reckell as Bo Brady on Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer on General Hospital (ABC)
·         Daniel Cosgrove as Bill Lewis on Guiding Light (CBS)
·         Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin on The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
·         Melissa Claire Egan as Annie Lavery on All My Children (ABC)
·         Alicia Minshew as Kendall Hart Slater on All My Children (ABC)
·         Julie Pinson as Janet Ciccone Snyder on As The World Turns (CBS)
·         Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali on Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         Bree Williamson as Jessica Buchanan Brennan on One Life To Live (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
·         Vincent Irizarry as David Hayward on All My Children (ABC)
·         Jacob Young as JR Chandler on All My Children (ABC)
·         Van Hansis as Luke Snyder on As The World Turns (CBS)
·         Bradford Anderson as Damien Spinelli on General Hospital (ABC)
·         Jeff Branson as Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light (CBS)

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
·         Meredith Hagner as Liberty Ciccone on As The World Turns (CBS)
·         Rachel Melvin as Chelsea Brady on Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones on General Hospital (ABC)
·         Julie Marie Berman as Lulu Spencer on General Hospital (ABC)
·         Emily O’Brien as Jana Fisher on The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
·         Cornelius Smith Jr. as Frankie Hubbard on All My Children (ABC)
·         Darin Brooks as Max Brady on Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         Blake Berris as Nick Fallon on Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         EJ Bonilla as Rafe Rivera on Guiding Light (CBS)
·         Bryton McClure as Devon Hamilton on The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Drama Series
·         All My Children (ABC)
·         Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
·         All My Children (ABC)
·         Days Of Our Lives (NBC)
·         One Life To Live (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
·         All My Children (ABC)
·         General Hospital (ABC)
·         One Life To Live (ABC)
·         The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)



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  1. I’ve been watching Y & R for 20+ years now and i am very disappointed that they would have actors pretending to be gay people.That is not what this show is about. I give 100%support to Adam for walking away from scene and also i think you will loose lots of fans if you continue with this non sense gay show. P.S Old Adam is awsome(Chris Engen)

  2. i.m going to miss the old Adam. He was great he reminded me of tom cruse. i dont blame him for quitting / i dont really like the story line for him. he seems more of a good guy than a creep

  3. I really dislike the new Adam. He gives me the creeps. Can’t say I blame the old Adam for quitting, the storyline is now boring and unbelievable. In fact the whole series seems like the writers cannot make up their minds about anything. It breaks the continuity of all the stories.

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