Since Gina Tognoni won the recast role of 'Phyllis Summers', will an 'Adam Newman' revival be far behind? Clearly the terrific actors whose talents made those characters shine helped to build ratings on CBS' iconic daytime steamer. So, will hardcore fans accept new faces fronting those fictional souls?
Michelle Stafford chose to leave 'The Young and the Restless' because she felt that 'Phyllis' was played out. Recently, she joined 'General Hospital'. Devotees of the veteran's talent know that she'll give her soul to the role of 'Nina Clay' and that GH will be better for it.
Tagnoni is a sharp actor in her own right who played 'Kelly Kramer' on 'One Life to Live' and 'Dinah Marler' on 'Guiding Light'. It's never easy for someone to assume a well-known role. But, she has the chops to succeed over time.
Michael Muhney's exit from his employer wasn't a choice. His forced departure, which still remains unexplained, lit the flame on significant fan protests.
YR's writers have skillfully created non-facial scenes whenever 'Adam' has been seen since Muhney's late-January fiery departure was scripted. Now that Stafford's replacement has been found, Muhney' slot might soon be filled as well.
Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps was vilified for her handling of other soap operas' reigns and has been under fire for choices that she's made (or had to make) on YR. However, she inherited ratings in the 4.5 million viewer-per-day range as of October 2012.
A variety of storylines and Muhney's situation created a Nielsen roller coaster ride. But, as of late-spring 2014, YR had returned to the familiar 4.5 million fan line. It's challenging to know if Tognoni's pending on-screen appearance, or an 'Adam' recast, will change that number in any significant way. But, with whatever criticisms have been made, this CBS' classic continues to remain daytime's top-rated show.