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'The Young and the Restless': Billy Miller checks into the Hospital

Speculation about Miller's new role remains.
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Lost among the furor surrounding Michael Muhney's erasure from 'The Young and the Restless' was Billy Miller's future plans. Now, more than four months since 'Billy Abbott' fired his last shot at 'Adam Newman', it appears as though Miller will soon be seen on 'General Hospital' in an as yet undefined role.

Miller won acclaim in 2010 and 2013 as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his turns as the ever-embattled 'Abbott' star child. Initially conceived through manipulative liberties that 'Jill Abbott' took with her then-husband 'John Abbott, Sr.', the 'Billy' character quickly grew into a troubled young man through use of standard soap time travel techniques.

Reports that Miller wanted continued leeway to leverage his daytime job into ongoing outside acting projects apparently played into executive producer Jill Farren Phelp's decision to cut ties with the fan-favorite last December. Considering all that has transpired since YR hired its top behind-the-scenes boss in 2012, it's hard to know if that cover story tells the whole tale.

David Tom, who played 'Billy' when he was a young adult, initially was tapped to return to the role. However, after a brief run, Tom has since been ousted in favor of Burgess Jenkins. No wonder 'Vickie' (Amelia Heinle) turned to 'Stitch'. Sean Carrigan's face is the most familiar to be found, besides that of her ex-husband 'J.T.' (Thad Luckinbill), who is also her off-screen husband in real life.

Miller's apparent choice (as reported by TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan through his social media account) to check into television's most famous hospital was preceded by Michelle Stafford's decision to sail to Port Charles. Whether YR's other ousted man, Muhney, will follow suit remains a topic of considered speculation. There's no telling what Nielsen's ratings system might reveal if an earthquake of that magnitude ever shook the world.

Longtime soap opera fans recall GH's glory days when 'Luke and Laura Spencer' ruled a majority of soap opera's screens. But, my how those old daytime days have changed, as anyone who saw Genie Francis appear as 'Genevieve Atkinson' on YR in 2011 and 2012 would attest.

Considering the short list (four) of broadcast network steamers that still exist, is it impossible to believe that Anthony Geary might eventually accept an offer to work inside Genoa City? Anyone who unequivocally shouts no must surely be more certain of their own opinion than they are of the future of this televised genre. However, fan passion still projects enough power to likely extend everyone's favorite episodes for quite awhile.