Oh boy, Jill Farren Phelps is really asking for it, isn’t she? It hasn’t even been a few months since Michael Muhney‘s departure from the Young and the Restless, but the network and producers are already moving forward with recasting Adam Newman.
Realizing that fans are out for blood, the producers decided to hide the casting notice as opposed to making it public. Although the casting notice is for a character named ‘Aaron Newton’, it’s pretty obvious that it’s for Adam Newman. We already know that Adam’s accident and ensuing plastic surgery means that the show already has a built-in excuse for giving us a different actor. Instead of facing the consequences of Michael Muhney’s firing, the network has already gone full steam ahead with the re-casting process, and sources tell us that they’re pretty close to finding a replacement.
The description in the casting notice for ‘Aaron Newton’ reads, “Caucasian Male. MID 30s to LATE 30s. A very handsome, very SEXY, very appealing, very charming LEADING MAN. Aaron is a smart businessman, loves women, and can out maneuver even the shrewdest. NOTE: Actor must be AT LEAST 5’10 and have NO ACCENT PLEASE. This actor will carry major storylines. ONLY actors with strong acting experience will be considered.”
Aaron Newton = Adam Newman. They’re not even trying to hide this from us, and their attempt to keep the casting process private is clearly not working. Jill realizes that fans will openly riot if they start re-casting Michael’s role so publicly, so they’re trying to do it behind everyone’s backs instead. Obviously, it’s tough to conduct such a high-profile casting search faced with such scrutiny, but hey, they’re the ones who fired Michael and they’re the ones who are so determined to bring Adam Newman back so quickly. They’ll just have to face the consequences, especially as many fans have already decided that they’re going to boycott the show whenever the new Adam Newman makes an appearance.
Update – comments from our Soap Opera Spy Facebook page on the current casting call:
JFP should be fired. I don’t particularly want to see a recast but I get that the character is pretty important to the show. I just really, really hope it’s not Trevor St John.
Y&R casting calls always use fake character names. The Aaron Newton casting call is almost word for word the casting call for Josh Williams which was circulated last November: mid to late 30s, handsome, successful and very sexy. Josh will be a smart businessman who can out-manuever even the shrewdest.
Even though David Tom (Billy) was told he was cast for the Josh role I think he was really cast for the cousin Andrew Abbott role (which was circulated around the same time), it would not surprise me if producers were already looking for a new Adam back in November. Hopefully they do a better job casting Adam than they did for Billy.
Well one thing we know for sure – when Adam Newman finally reappears on Y&R we can expect plenty of drama – on and off screen!