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'The Young and the Restless': Michael Muhney countdown cliffhanger unfolds

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Some big-screen Hollywood murder mysteries reveal the “whodunit?” at the start of the flick. Yes, everyone knows that Michael Muhney's last appearance as 'Adam Newman' is set to be seen on the small screen as of January 30, 2014. The only question is: How will one of daytime's most compelling characters be written out of 'The Young and the Restless'?

A variety of speculative reports about Muhney's termination details still fill the internet dimension, while legions of fans continue to scream for his retention. So, it seems like executive producer Jill Farren Phelps won't be able to balance the karmic scales to anyone's complete satisfaction. (That lifted quote had to be inserted somewhere within this piece.)

Currently, this CBS' steamer has arrived a the plot point where 'Billy Abbot', played by the also soon-to-be departing Billy Miller (who easily deserves an Emmy nomination), is about to confront 'Adam'. With vengeance for 'Delia' devouring the remains of his broken heart and a peacemaker in his healthy hand, Miller will attempt to make a citizens arrest early next week.

Clearly, something will give as the final scenes of Muhney's current dramatic turn are shown. But, what open-ended story will actually be told?

After his sudden termination in December, Muhney revealed that Phelps plans to give the 'Adam' character a rest for awhile and then recast the role. However, second-hand information mixed into the soap world is about as reliable as 'Victor Newman' not interfering in everyone's lives.

While the public isn't likely to fully learn why Muhney was unexpectedly erased, it will be offered some story line explanation about 'Adam's' immediate future. Then, this show will attempt to shift viewer focus to different parts of Genoa City.

Fictional characters are born, live and often die (or, at least go away for awhile) through skillful keyboard strokes. But, most real life fans can't be made to swallow a bitter change in plot direction.

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