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'The Young and the Restless': Cassie phantasm casts 'Dark Shadows'

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NBC's soap opera 'Passions' explored paranormal themes during it's day in the sun from 1999 through 2007. (That daytime drama also received a brief extension on DirecTV through 2008.) So, is it possible that the writing staff at CBS' 'The Young and the Restless' was told to shift their 'Cassie Newman' scripts in a similar supernatural fashion?

'Sharon Newman' (Sharon Case) originally began seeing regular visions of her late daughter due to a lack of prescribed medicine. While sightings of 'Cassie' had been explored before, those images weren't portrayed as apparitions. Instead, they represented fond memories of a lost loved one.

When it was revealed last year that Camryn Grimes would be returning to the set for an extended stay, otherworldly events were anticipated. But, this modern incarnation of 'Sharon's' first child subsequently began acting in unusual directions.

At times, this apparent figment of her mother's imagination would encourage deceptive behavior. With all due consideration regarding Grimes' original final story line (circa 2005), viewers knew that 'Cassie' would never encourage 'Sharon' to act dishonestly.

Recently, in addition to two-way conversations with this phantom having ceased, 'Sharon' believed that she physically touched her beloved deceased.

One of the clues that could confirm an otherworldly plot direction would be if other characters spot whoever Grimes is portraying. Now that doppelganger (a twin sister, or look-a-like cousin) odds might be decreasing, viewers must be wondering if 'YR' is actually plotting an old-school ABC 'Dark Shadows' change in 'Cassie's' direction?

Too bad Michael Muhney isn't still around. 'Cassie's' uncle, 'Adam Newman', could have easily been transformed into a twenty-first century version of Jonathan Frid's 'Barnabas Collins'. But, the past is gone and ghost games now play on.

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