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Michael Muhney performs in disguise on 'The Young and the Restless'?

Muhney played Adam Newman through four strong years on YR.
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People can choose to believe whatever they want to. But, the actor who appeared on this week's episode of 'The Young and the Restless' as 'Adam Newman' seemed to reveal a familiar face underneath his clown makeup, though that hope appears to remain fleeting. But, it's possible that Michael Muhney was clowning around at 'Connor Newman's' first birthday party.

Daytime fans surely know by now that a certain segment of the soap opera population is very expressive about this particular subject. The public and most, if not all members of the media don't actually know how this ongoing storyline arc will play out. But, it's not possible to make that case to those individuals who have exclusively employed emotional logic since Muhney was let go from his job by YR's executive producer Jill Farren Phelps last December.

Removing a deeply popular character (and actor) from daytime's number 1 drama was very unusual. However, the lack of any reasonable explanation about that choice, and totally unconfirmed conjecture from countless social media acolytes served since that time, combined to form a highly-charged storm that begins to subside when the 'Adam' character isn't seen on screen.

The idea that Muhney can't possibly return to his former role isn't rational. Anyone can return to any role in Hollywoodland. Whether Muhney will actually do so isn't public knowledge. And, that includes any information that's available within any digital space.

It may have already been decided that another actor will fill the role that Muhney made his own during the course of four (2009-2013) strong years. In that case, all who are connected to YR (and whoever the new 'Adam' will be) are preparing for a mountain of over-the-top reactions that will loudly proclaim the end of the world, or at least the fictional world seen inside Genoa City.

The author of this digital space has followed the soap opera scene for many decades. His opinion isn't worth more (or less) than that of any other daytime devotee. YR, like the beloved 'Guiding Light' before it, is something that he enjoys as escapist fare. This genre remains unique because of engaging cliffhanger questions like: When will 'Adam' decide to return to town and show his real face and who will play that character when that episode is run?

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