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The Young and the Restless-related news from 2012
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Darnell Williams
January 2012
The Young and the Restless has signed another former All My Children star. Darnell Williams, who played Jesse Hubbard on the ABC soap, will be reunited on Y&R with his long-time on-screen partner, Debbi Morgan.
Catherine Bach
January 2012
Catherine Bach, the actress best-known for her work as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, will join the cast of The Young and the Restless this month. The actress will play Chelsea's mother.
Jess Walton
February 2012
The last time Jess Walton's contract with The Young and the Restless came up for renewal, the actress walked away from the show and Y&R threatened to recast Jill. Now, as Walton's contract again came up for renewal, some fans feared that the actress' decision to move away from Los Angeles might mean she was headed out of Genoa City.
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March 2012
A recent casting call released by The Young and the Restless has fans buzzing. The role being cast is currently going by the name 'Max,' but it's the description of the character and the notation that the character is returning to Genoa City that has some viewers questioning if Max isn't the young man's real name.
Blake Hood
March 2012
Daytime newcomer Blake Hood has landed the role of Kyle Jenkins Abbott. The actor, who has appeared on the primetime soap 90210, will begin airing in late April.
Lauralee Bell
March 2012
One of The Young and the Restless' biggest supercouples of all time will be reunited on-screen this spring. A show spokesperson has confirmed that Lauralee Bell and Michael Damian will reprise their roles as Cricket and Danny.
Eva Longoria
March 2012
Eva Longoria may be best-known to audiences as Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives, but the actress got her start in daytime. The former Y&R star is set to work on two series after Desperate Housewives ends its eight-year run later this spring.
Tristan Rogers
March 2012
Tristan Rogers's Colin Atkinson will return to Genoa City in the weeks ahead, but it won't be a lengthy stay. The actor has stated that his brief return sets the stage for a longer return at a later date. Rogers joined Y&R in December 2010.
Jess Walton
April 2012
After spending the last 25 years in Genoa City, actress Jess Walton has decided to take a break. This month, the Emmy winner will tape what will end up being her last scenes for a while. Walton assures fans, however, that she will return to The Young and the Restless.
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April 2012
'Aging' young characters is nothing new in daytime. Two Y&R characters, however, will jump from pre-tweens to teens this summer as the show recasts the role of Summer Newman and Fen Baldwin.
Sean Kanan
April 2012
Deacon Sharpe has been missing in action on The Bold and the Beautiful for quite some time; he's been shaking things up in The Young and the Restless' Genoa City. By May, however, actor Sean Kanan will move Deacon back to B&B.
Aaron Lustig
April 2012
Another familiar face from Y&R's past will be popping up in May. Aaron Lustig will reprise the role of Dr. Tim Reid. It's been 15 years since the actor last appeared on The Young and the Restless.
Jennifer Landon
May 2012
Heather Stevens will be back in the mix on The Young and the Restless this spring, but don't expect to see Vail Bloom or Eden Riegel playing the part. The CBS soap has hired former As the World Turns Jennifer Landon to take over the role.
Brett Butler
May 2012
Brett Butler, who turned a successful standup comedy routine into an equally successful 1990s sitcom, will appear on The Young and the Restless next month. Butler will make her Y&R debut in June.
Eileen Davidson
May 2012
Emmy nominated-actress Eileen Davidson has been cut from The Young and the Restless cast. Davidson, who debuted as Ashley in 1982, confirmed the news on Twitter. There is already talk that another show might be interested in the actress.
Yvonne Zima
May 2012
One of The Young and the Restless' most disliked characters will soon be exiting the canvas. Yvonne Zima has been let go as Daisy. Zima joined Y&R in 2009.
Jeff Branson
May 2012
Jeff Branson will reprise the role of Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless next month. The Emmy winner previously appeared on All My Children and Guiding Light, the latter earning him a Daytime Emmy win. Branson first appeared on Y&R in 2010.
Heather Tom
May 2012
Emmy winner Heather Tom will welcome her first child later this year. Tom and husband James Anchor married last year. Tom has also appeared on The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live.
Michael Muhney
May 2012
Y&R's Michael Muhney and his wife will welcome third third child later this year. Muhney assumed the role of Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless in 2009.
Tricia Cast
May 2012
Tricia Cast will return to The Young and the Restless later this month. The actress, who originated the role of Nina in 1986, won an Emmy for her work in 1992.
Sean Kanan
June 2012
Deacon Sharpe made a long-awaited return to The Bold and the Beautiful last month, but fans shouldn't get too used to seeing the character on-screen. Sean Kanan has revealed that his time as the fictional character has already come to an end.
Peter Porte
June 2012
The Young and the Restless has cut newcomer Peter Porte from its roster. The actor, who began playing Ricky Williams last year, is slated to exit Y&R this summer.
Max Page
June 2012
Max Page, who plays The Young and the Restless' Reed Hellstrom, is recuperating at home following heart surgery. The seven-year-old actor was born with a congenital condition that required the surgery. Page rose to international fame in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial.
Eric Braeden
June 2012
Forget about the Dark Knight -- there's plenty of chatter about Genoa City's Black Knight. According to a published report, Eric Braeden could be out as Y&R's Victor Newman. Another report, however, says that it's not yet time for fans to worry. Braeden joined The Young and the Restless in 1980.
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July 2012
Published reports hint that The Young and the Restless may be the latest soap to get some sort of behind-the-scenes reboot. One of the show's head writers has announced plans to step down for an unspecified period of time. Meanwhile, there is also talk that a new executive producer may be brought in.
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July 2012
Major changes have been made behind-the-scenes at The Young and the Restless. The show has named a new executive producer and head writer. Jill Farren Phelps will take over as executive producer, and Josh Griffith is the new head writer. The changes mean that Maria Arena Bell, who has been serving as head writer and EP, will no longer be part or Y&R.
Maria Arena Bell
July 2012
Maria Arena Bell is speaking out about her dismissal from The Young and the Restless. Bell, who was relieved of her duties as executive producer and head writer, indicated that she has no idea why she was let go, and accused her bosses of not telling her directly that she'd been fired.
Greg Vaughan
August 2012
Eric Brady is headed back to Salem. The character, who hasn't been seen on-screen in more than a decade, will be back this fall with a new actor playing the part. General Hospital and The Young and the Restless vet Greg Vaughan has been tapped for the role.
Kevin G. Schmidt
August 2012
The first of a rumored many casting changes under The Young and the Restless' new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps appears to be underway. Kevin Schmidt, who has played Noah Noah off-and-on since 2008, revealed on Twitter that the CBS soap is recasting the role.
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August 2012
The Young and the Restless is looking to add a 30something character to its canvas. The African-American character is currently being called Tyler Douglas. But who is he?
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August 2012
The Young and the Restless has issued another casting call. This time the show is seeking a 20something African-American actress for the contract role of "Sally."
Michael Damian
August 2012
Michael Damian will reprise the role of Danny Romalotti next month. Damian, who just wrapped up a guest stint on the show in June, first appeared on Y&R in 1980.
Robert Adamson
August 2012
The Young and the Restless has recast its first role under the show's new head writer and executive producer. As previously reported, Kevin Schmidt is out as Noah Newman. Robert Adamson, a newcome to daytime, will take over the role this fall.
Christel Khalil
August 2012
A popular, award-winning actress may be on her way out at The Young and the Restless. According to a posting on her official web site, contract talks between Christel Khalil and Y&R have broken down, and the CBS soap is preparing to recast the role of Lily Winters. Khalil first appeared on Y&R in 2002.
Christel Khalil
August 2012
Though the actress' web site revealed she was 'indeed leaving,' there is still hope that Christel Khalil will be remaining with The Young and the Restless. Contract talks, which had been at a standstill, are reportedly back on
Genie Francis
September 2012
After a little more than a year in Genoa City, Genie Francis will exit The Young and the Restless in the weeks ahead. The Emmy-winning former General Hospital has been let go. Now fans are wondering what might be next.
Marcy Rylan
September 2012
In its latest casting move, The Young and the Restless has fired Marcy Rylan. Rylan joined Y&R as Abby in 2010, after a three-year run on CBS's Guiding Light.
Sean Kanan
September 2012
Newlywed Sean Kanan and his wife, Michele, are expecting their first child together this spring. The pair was married earlier this summer. Kanan has appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Sunset Beach, and The Young and the Restless.
Julia Pace Mitchell
September 2012
Cast trimming continues behind the scenes on The Young and the Restless. Julia Pace Mitchell confirms that she's been dropped to recurring status. She joined the show in 2010.
Debbi Morgan
September 2012
A third leading lady has been cut from The Young and the Restless this week. Emmy winner Debbi Morgan has announced that she will tape her final Y&R scenes next month. Morgan joined the show in 2011 after the conclusion of All My Children.
Sean Kanan
September 2012
A familiar face is returning to General Hospital in October. Sean Kanan, who appeared on GH in the 1990s as A.J. Quartermaine, is rejoining the show -- but who will he play? Kanan has also appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful, Sunset Beach, and The Young and the Restless.
Lindsay Bushman
September 2012
A Y&R newcomer lent her star power to a good cause. Lindsay Bushman attended this year's Orphaned Starfish Foundation event to benefit orphanages abroad.
Jennifer Landon
September 2012
Heather Stevens will once again be headed out of Genoa City. Jennifer Landon, the third actress to tackle the role, has been let go. Landon joined The Young and the Restless this spring. Landon previously appeared on As the World Turns.
Lindsay Bushman
September 2012
Another Y&R newcomer has been let go. Lindsay Bushman is out as Summer. The young actress joined the show in June 2012.
Eric Braeden
September 2012
Viewers may have experienced a "new" Victor Newman on-screen in recent weeks, but the actor who has brought Victor to life for more than 32 years isn't going anywhere. Emmy winner Eric Braeden has signed a new contract with The Young and the Restless.
Christel Khalil
September 2012
Christel Khalil will not be leaving The Young and the Restless after all. Contract talks, which had been at a standstill, have now reached a resolution that will keep Khalil on board as Lily. Khalil joined the show in August 2002.
John Driscoll
September 2012
The Young and the Restless alum John Driscoll is taking soap fiction and turning it into real-life reality. The actor has enlisted in the Armed Forces. In addition to playing Chance on Y&R, Driscoll also appeared as Coop Bradshaw on Guiding Light.
Lamon Archey
October 2012
The Young and the Restless is upping the hunk quotient with two new hires. Redaric Williams and Lamon Archey, both male models with backgrounds in sports, will play new characters beginning next month.
Ignacio Serricchio
October 2012
A former General Hospital bad boy is getting a chance to turn over a new leaf as a police officer on The Young and the Restless. Ignacio Serricchio played GH's Diego for four years, and he has also appeared in the web soap The Bay. Serricchio is expected to first air in December.
Tristan Rogers
October 2012
Another General Hospital fave is headed back to Port Charles. Tristan Rogers will reprise the role of Robert Scorpio beginning in mid-November. Rogers first appeared on GH in 1980. Rogers has also appeared on The Young and the Restless.
Heather Tom
October 2012
Emmy winner Heather Tom and husband James have added a "plus one" to their family. The couple welcomed their first child, Zane Alexander, on October 28. Tom has appeared on One Life to Live, All My Children, and The Young and the Restless, in addition to The Bold and the Beautiful.
Michael Graziadei
November 2012
Is or or isn't he? It's time for another round of questions about Michael Graziadei's future with The Young and the Restless -- and a source says the actor has reached a decision. Graziadei joined Y&R in 2004.
Redaric Williams
December 2012
There are new details on one of The Young and the Restless' new characters, Tyler. The character is related to a character already on-screen. Meanwhile, a first airdate has been announced for actor Redaric Williams.
Carolyn Conwell
December 2012
Long-time fan favorite Carolyn Conwell has died. The actress passed away last month at the age of 82. Conwell played The Young and the Restless' Mary Williams for more than two decades.
Mark Pinter
December 2012
Mark Pinter will join the cast of The Young and the Restless in January as a politician involved with two of Y&R's best-known characters. Pinter has had roles on five other soaps, including his breakout role as Grant on Another World.
Marcy Rylan
December 2012
Perhaps realizing the error of a decision made earlier this fall, The Young and the Restless has reconsidered writing Abby Newman off the canvas. A newly published report reveals that Marcy Rylan is headed back to the CBS soap in January.
Scott Reeves
December 2012
Scott Reeves will exit General Hospital in February, according to a social media post made by the actor. Reeves has played Steven Webber since 2009. Before joining GH, Reeves appeared on The Young and the Restless from 1991 to 2001.
Stephen Nichols
December 2012
Stephen Nichols has wrapped a three-year run on The Young and the Restless. The actor, who has played Tucker since 2010, has already taped his final scenes. Fans are now wondering if the actor will return to former roles on Days of our Lives or General Hospital.
Steve Burton
December 2012
General Hospital star Steve Burton is joining the cast of The Young and the Restless. The move is not entirely unexpected, but it may still leave some GH fans smarting. Burton appeared on GH for more than two decades.
Vincent Irizarry
December 2012
Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry reports that he's signed on to appear in Prospect Park's planned Internet relaunch of All My Children. The actor notes that the reboot isn't yet a done deal, but urged fans to continue their support of the show.
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December 2012
Another year has come and gone, so it's time to reflect on the best of the past twelve months. In a special edition of Soap Central Live, we look back at the top moments, stories, and more of Y&R in 2012.
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December 2012
As we get ready to flip the calendar to a near year, it's time to take one last look back at the things we'd like to forget about the past year. It's a look at the worst storylines, characters, and more of 2012.
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