The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that incoming head writer Sally Sussman will be changing Y&R’s course when her first episode appears on December 7. She hasn’t been tasked to follow in Chuck Pratt, Junior’s footsteps, but to hit on the essence of what Y&R once was and can become again. So expect legacy characters to be written back to their historical precedents and extended scenes to be shown that allow viewers to engage with this classic soap opera.
Victor (Eric Braeden) did dabble in bad behavior in days gone by. But making him a one-dimensional villain was a reckless decision. He remains the lead male character on this show. Business-driven drama must also allow time for believable family interactions. In other words, doppelgangers will be off his wet work list. No more Marco!
Sharon Case (Sharon) is easily the number 2 ranked female cast member after Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki). Fans know that Sharon’s messy history won’t simply disappear from her character’s back story when December arrives. But growth must be shown. Watch as this compelling, resilient soul rebuilds her life in Genoa City.
The Abbott family has partaken in sibling rivalry through the years. However, this clan operates best when its focused on beating Newman Enterprises and is involved in productive personal storylines. Jack (Peter Bergman) must fight for what’s right wherever he goes. Ashley (Eileen Davidson) should play first, not second fiddle.
Billy (Jason Thompson) must move back to more likable territory and eventually, remarry Victoria (Amelia Heinle). Abby (Melissa Ordway) should veer toward her wild side after wearing matronly dresses for too long. Traci (Beth Maitland) should drop in frequently because her pleasant disposition helps promote tranquility. And John (Jerry Douglas) should descend more often because his wisdom works when it’s employed.
No two actors can replicate what Victoria Rowell (Drucilla) and Kristoff St. John (Neil) did once upon a time. But Mishael Morgan (Hilary) possesses her own ‘it factor’. Bryton James (Devon) has performed well with everyone through the years. His character is a good guy whose life has broadened because of his wife’s eccentricities. Together this young twenty-first century super couple will work in arcs that are buzzworthy (wink).
Sussman has advised that the Adam Newman (formerly played by Justin Hartley) character won’t be returning anytime soon. So that means ‘Chick’ is more likely to happen. Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) can become a duo, while also allowing Sharon to remain connected to her ex-husband through their children. Of course a return to ‘Shick’, along with various other retrofits for characters not referenced in this piece would fit tradition as well. But time will tell on all predictions by mid- to late-2017.
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