The Young and the Restless spoilers document all things Genoa City, including those characters who aren’t seen as often as their fans would like. It’s understood that some actors have regular contracts, while others are recurring, meaning their characters aren’t seen on a regular basis. But if fans of the to-be-referenced characters had their way some underused Y&R personalities would be seen far more often.
Judith Chapman (Gloria) is a great actor! This scribe offers open admiration for this tenured cast member.
Initially introduced to help expand Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Kevin’s (Greg Rikaart) back stories, Gloria quickly became her own force of nature. Good scripts and an actor’s deep talent are often responsible whenever any side character develops into a regular daytime player.
Gloria loved and lost John Abbott (Jerry Douglas) before later marrying that cad, Jeffrey, who is played to perfection by Ted Shackelford. Within the last year-plus, she became Jack’s (Peter Bergman) very unexpected insignificant other. While recently seen on a handful of occasions in her administrative assistant spot, GC devotees would benefit by watching Chapman’s character on a far more regular basis.
Tracey Bregman (Lauren) has been part of Y&R’s cast for decades. But the owner of Fenmore’s only recently reappeared after not having been part of any storyline for many, many months.
Michael and Lauren have a deep relationship history. That could be used as a springboard to explore new areas of Lauren’s life during the remainder of 2018. It would be cool to see Likey’s son Fen (Max Ehrich) return to spark a Baldwin family arc. If that solid actor is unavailable, then a recast would enable new Lauren-based stories.
Whether she opts to remain connected to Jabot, or to go, here’s hoping that Bregman’s legacy character reclaims her prominence in GC. More Lauren is surely needed.
Esther (Kate Linder) and Jill (Jess Walton) date back to Y&R’s early days. Linder has the longest possible run on the show, having been part of the cast since 1973, when Y&R debuted. The Jill character was also first seen in 1973, though Walton didn’t assume this role until 1987.
Both characters are forever linked to Y&R’s greatest character, Katherine Chancellor, who was played by its greatest actor, the late Jeanne Cooper. While Esther and Jill have remained part of the show, each personality is only seen sporadically. Let’s change that, as both fine actors quite simply represent super soap.
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