‘The Young And The Restless’ News: Adam Newman Written Out With Second Explosive Storyline, Justin Hartley’s Future Still Unclear?

'The Young And The Restless' News: Adam Newman Written Out With Second Explosive Storyline, Justin Hartley's Future Still Unclear‘The Young and the Restless’ appears to have written out the Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) character with another explosion. Loyal viewers of CBS’ iconic steamer already lived through Michael Muhney’s departure, via an exploding SUV. Now, under far different circumstances, Y&R created a storyline that seems to have removed Adam from Genoa City. Of course these matters are reversible, as all soap fans know.

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Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), who was a key player during Muhney’s tenure, was nicely reinserted into the current Adam arc. At its climax, she located the escaped convict and attempted to kill him using a dart gun. However, viewers were left to wonder what transpired, as the cabin where Chloe plugged Adam exploded just as Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) was approaching.

The need to write Adam out of the script was an employer’s choice in 2014. Jill Farren Phelps, who was executive producer of ‘The Young and the Restless’ at the time, opted to non-renew Muhney’s contract. A soapy social media storm, the likes of which hadn’t been seen before, then ensued. Crossing out all pure opinions about why that unexpected event happened, viewers were left with the statements of Phelps and Muhney as main sources.

The need to recast that pivotal role was apparent. Phelps and her team eventually decided upon Hartley. Interestingly, Muhney himself later noted that he was being considered as well. That point was never refuted by Y&R, which further undercut rampant speculation about why he had actually been let go. Muhney also offered Hartley his best wishes, which was smart on many levels.

Balanced fans weren’t looking for Muhney 2.0. Hartley’s selection, subsequent performance and audience acceptance all proved to be home runs. His success as Adam isn’t reasonably disputed, which made the hysterical vitriol aimed at Phelps look even more wrong in retrospect.

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It’s believed that Hartley informed his employer, ‘The Young and the Restless‘, that he’d accepted a role on another broadcast network’s new prime time show earlier this year. So, Y&R had another decision to make regarding the Adam character in 2016. Current executive producer Mal Young and his team must have been familiar with baseball’s legendary Yogi Berra. The Hall of Fame baseball player, manager and coach offered many endearing quotes during his great life including, “It’s deja all over again.” And so the ever-embattled Adam Newman was involved in another explosion and now faces an unknown future (and new face?) again.

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11 Comments

  1. Janet Roberts says

    If there’s going it be a new Adam they need to bring back Michael Muhney there’s no chance another actor will be able to fill the role.

  2. SpeakMyMind2011 says

    I hope they either convince Justin Hartley to stay or kill Adam off completely. Michael Muhney couldn’t hold a candle to Justin Hartley, and quite frankly, I don’t want to see anyone else as Adam.

    1. MaximumUniverse says

      LOL. Michael Muhney made the character of Adam Newman into a force of nature. Justin Hartley took his clothes off. I know why you’d like to hold a candle. LOL. Shallow much?

      1. SpeakMyMind2011 says

        Well…yeah. The fact that he is gorgeous is just icing on the cake, but I like him as an actor a lot better than Muhney. There was a darkness about Muhney, while Hartley was light and fun and airy and FINE.

  3. CD Private says

    I had thought they were working with Hartley. After all not first time he was on two shows he still appears from time to time on Mistresses
    I hope they work it out.

    1. HOLLY says

      Yeah, I wish Justin could Recur on #YR so he could come back from time to time!

  4. alicehrivera says

    I liked them both. No need to talk against Michael Muhney, he did a terrific job, and lost his job for nothing. It took me awhile to get used to Justin Hartley, but I did, and he did a great with this riole.. Sorry to see him go, but he is moving up to better things. Good luck to him. God Bless him in his new role.

  5. Rosemarie Smith says

    If they bring In a new Adam why not bring back the actor who played adam before Michael Murray!

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