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'The Young and the Restless': Some fans irked by Justin Hartley casting

Hartley has the acting chops to make Adam his own.
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Michael Muhney's recent direct address to his Twitter followers let the world know that he wouldn't be returning to his famous role as 'Adam Newman' on 'The Young and the Restless'. Now, after it was announced that Justin Hartley has been officially hired to fill Muhney's old role, expected overreactions have taken place. But, that quirky story will quickly pass.

There's no real debate, among seasoned soap opera fans, about Muhney's efforts on YR. His four years of fame won't soon be forgotten. And, who knows, in Hollywoodland, he could always return to Genoa City again someday. Maybe as 'Adam's' more evil twin brother? If anyone could pull off that improbable storyline, that terrific actor surely could.

Acknowledging someone's talent is one thing. But, jumping emotionally overboard is far more than that, which takes us to the unusual cult (not to be confused with 'Ian Ward's (Ray Wise) New World Commune) that formed around Muhney after his still-unexplained departure.

The poor souls who pledged their love and lives to a human being who played a part on a daytime television show seemingly unknowingly revealed missing elements within their own lives. Further evidence of that point would involve bashing the assessment of such behavior, or claiming that those actions weren't exactly as described.

It's okay to become emotionally involved in any soap, as long as people remember that it's just a story. It's also natural to offer compassion to someone who lost his job, especially when a strong on-screen connection was formed. But, to literally worship a person one doesn't even know, for simply expressing an individual acting talent, reminds the public that obsession reflects the inner mind.

Lost in translation and intentionally buried at the bottom of this digital page is the name Justin Hartley. That TV drama veteran was the preferred choice of executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President Angela McDaniel. It's not surprising that their selection has irked some Muhney devotees. However, life continues to flow for the rest of the world.

Reasonable fans of YR will give Hartley a chance to make his mark. That group also didn't stop watching this show because one person they liked was fired, for whatever reason.

Here's hoping that Muhney experiences ongoing, renewed success. Best wishes are offered to Hartley as well, who has the acting chops to engage a loyal and reasonable audience.

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