The Young and the Restless (Y&R) spoilers tease that a fourth adult actor could be hired to become Adam Newman. While not often referenced, Chris Engen (2008-2009) played the first version of this character. Michael Muhney (2009-2014) and Justin Hartley (2014-2016) followed. Sure to enrage fanatical factions who support the two most recent Adam’s, Y&R’s decision will nevertheless enable the Christian (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen) paternity secret to be revealed.
No face-change explanation for Adam Newman will be needed this time. Just as when Michael Muhney assumed the role in 2009, a simple voice over announcement of the new actor’s name will be heard as his first scene starts. Let the ranting and raving commence, during and after the following logical explanation of this circumstance.
Working backwards, Justin Hartley has become a prime time star. While he does have a number of months off work from the NBC Show This Is Us, the prospect of returning to Y&R during vacation wouldn’t seem overly appealing and may not be permitted by his NBC contract. And so The Young and the Restless spoilers tell us that Hartley won’t likely be back on any Y&R new episodes.
From all that’s known, Hartley kept his soap opera employer fully apprised of his dealings leading up to being hired to work on NBC’s drama. He also gave advance notice of his departure, which then allowed Y&R’s writing staff to create a dramatic exit scenario last September (2016).
Muhney was easily the most talked about daytime actor in recent years and his frenetic performances remain indelible. But, as the actor later acknowledged, the passion connected to his efforts created a burnout factor. His involuntary exit was widely panned in the online press, yet hasn’t been disputed by Muhney himself.
That fact (not opinion) has never been accepted by a fringe segment of society, which has served to make the possibility of Muhney’s rehire more unlikely. A point that certain types of protesters often fail to recognize is that the manner and methods any group uses can actually backfire against whatever real, or supposed cause is being promoted.
The reason for Engen’s departure was somewhat obscured at the time. Issues surrounding the actor’s disappointment with his overall acting performance, to charged speculation about him not wanting to take the character in an unwanted direction existed. Interestingly, Engen has only had two minor roles (both in 2012) since leaving the show.
So, Hartley basically isn’t available. Muhney and Engen are available to return, with Muhney publicly having stated that he’s been in contact with the show about wanting to reprise his role. While Muhney’s rehire would instantly trend and remain a red hot topic indefinitely, Y&R surely has considered the personality types that would again attack in varying directions if his version of Adam was ever seen again.
That leaves an as yet unknown name to fill the role of Adam Newman, after which he can reveal to Genoa City that Christian is his child. Nick (Joshua Morrow) will be devastated by Christian’s paternity reveal. As to how his girlfriend (Chelsea, Melissa Claire Egan) and Adam’s legal wife reacts is also yet to be determined.
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