Gina Tognoni’s first day a Phyllis Newman on “The Young and the Restless” showed the character still in a coma. Fiancé Jack Abbott arrived to tell her that he has fallen in love with Kelly Andrews and is ready to move on with his life.
Life has moved on as Phyllis has been in a coma for a year, but now that “The Young and the Restless" has recast the role of Phyllis Newman with Gina Tognoni, the fiery redhead made her first appearance on Monday, August 11. Phyllis is still in a coma, hooked up to machines, but she will not be for longer. Victor Newman is scheming to get his former daughter-in-law start-of-the-art, cutting edge treatment to bring her out of her coma.
Ironically, Michelle Stafford, ex-Phyllis Newman, has joined the cast of “General Hospital” as Nina Clay, who was in a coma for 20 years. Nina reappeared in Port Charles in July and has caused nothing but trouble since her return.
It remains to be seen if fans will accept Gina Tognoni as Phyllis Newman. After Michelle Stafford vacated the role in July 2013 there was quite a bit of backlash. Not long after fan favorites Billy Miller, ex-Billy Abbott, and Michael Muhney, ex-Adam Newman, departed “The Young and the Restless.” This also sparked a backlash, mainly over the way Michael Muhney was dismissed from the show.
But “Young and the Restless” fans may get to see Miller and Muhney on a soap opera again. Casting rumors coming out about “General Hospital” include Billy Miller on board as Jason Morgan. There have also been whispers that executives at “General Hospital” have been in talks with Michael Muhney. Speculation has been that Muhney will take over the role of A.J. Quartermaine. Though both characters are believed dead, no one is ever quite dead on a soap opera. Bring popular characters back from the dead has been a popular storyline for soap opera writers for decades.