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‘Y&R’ spoilers: Justin Hartley wasn’t first choice for Adam Newman role

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 22: Actor Justin Hartley attends The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 22: Actor Justin Hartley attends The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Fans of “The Young and the Restless” are ecstatic that actor Justin Hartley (“Passions,” “Revenge,” “Mistresses”) is returning to daytime television to take on the role of presumed dead bad boy Adam Newman. But while the former soap star’s casting seems spot on, Hartley wasn’t the only contender for the role.

On Friday, Soap Opera Network revealed that several famous faces were in the running for the buzzy role of the Genoa City troublemaker. According to talent manager Michael Bruno, “Sex and the City” star Jason Lewis, “Queer as Folk’s” Gale Harold, “Orphan Black” star Dylan Bruce, and even Hartley’s former “Smallville” co-star Tom Welling were all on the short list for the part.

Of the familiar lineup of TV hunks, Bruno explained, “They are obsessed, not just that show, with primetime fallen names.”

While Hartley also has an impressive resume of primetime work under his belt (he was Green Arrow on “Smallville,” and he’s also appeared on “Revenge” and Mistresses”), he told TV Guide he looks forward to getting back to daytime TV.

"I have great respect for daytime drama,” the actor said. “I love the branding. I love the style. What can I say? I love good soap! It's all about story and character with me and I don't care if the job is on daytime or primetime or the web.”

Hartley replaces Michael Muhney, who was fired from the soap last year. The resurrected Adam Newman character is scheduled to hit the streets of Genoa City during November sweeps.

As for the other famous face returning to “Y&R” this year, show alum Shemar Moore has already filmed his scenes for his upcoming two-episode return to the soap.

The actor, who left “The Young and the Restless” a decade ago to join the cast of “Criminal Minds,” told People, "There is not a 20-year career without Malcolm Winters. This is my second family. I don't take any of it for granted. I've been wanting to do this since I left."

Moore’s character returns to the show on Sept. 10 and 11.