After hoping and praying, The Young and the Restless viewers got their Christmas wish three weeks early—-Charles Pratt’s storylines will end on December 6. The talented head writer, Sally Sussman vows to restore the CBS soap opera to something the creator, William Bell would be proud of.
Sally dished a few juicy tidbits about the Young and the Restless storylines ahead. She revealed that her storylines would begin to air on December 7. Sussman told TV Insider that you would see the difference in the writing immediately. She tried to pay tribute to Bell’s style of writing and storytelling and thinks the viewers will pick up on it right away.
The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that Sally sees eight core characters that she hopes to utilize in a more efficient way moving forward. The indispensables on her list were Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), Victor (Eric Braeden), Jack (Peter Bergman), Ashley (Eileen Davidson), Nick (Joshua Morrow), Sharon (Sharon Case), Billy (Jason Thompson) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle).
Sussman teases that the Young and the Restless viewers will notice that Victor will appear much softer after December 7.
“Because I have not watched Y&R, I can let my mind go back to the way some of these landmark characters were 10 or more years ago, and write them with that in mind.,” Sally explains.
“Victor Newman will be the Victor I remember. There will be none of that Stefano DiMera mustache-twirling villain stuff.”
Sally added that she wants to get away from the Jack versus Victor rivalry because no matter how unfair it is, Victor seems to hand on his feet, and Jack loses everything. But, she noted that their animosity will always be there, just won’t be a “driving force.”
“I love Mishael Morgan, and I love that character. And, I think that GC Buzz is an excellent contemporary arena. I want to continue to work with that,” Sally explained.
“I still love Jonelle Allen! My fantasy is to bring her onto the Young and the Restless as Hilary’s social-climbing aunt. We need catalysts like that on the show, which is why we’ve brought back Judith Chapman as Gloria to be involved in a story with Michael and Lauren.”
Sussman voiced her frustration with how the Young and the Restless previous writers had written Sharon as a crazy and unhinged woman. She wants to change that and try to repair Sharon’s reputation over the next few months.
As for Adam, Sally explains that the fans might be upset, but Justin Hartley will not return to the show, despite Celeb Dirty Laundry implying it could happen in the next few weeks. She also cleared up how they will handle Christian’s paternity bombshell.
“Adam is off the show. And Justin Hartley will never be back. He’s too successful now. He’s gone,” Sussan explained.
“Nick believes this baby is his and for all intents and purposes, it is. When and if an Adam comes up, then we’ll deal with it. I’m not looking to bring that character back nor do I want to do a paternity reveal involving a character who is off-camera.”
As for Billy and Phyllis fans, Sussman dished that they will no longer be together. As hot as they were together, she was not happy with the direction of the storyline, especially how it destroyed the Abbott family.
“That story was done at the expense of both characters. They will not be together anymore. That ship has sailed,” Sally stated.
“It’s one thing that they were drawn to each other. Phyllis certainly had a motive for making emotional decisions. What Victor did to her was absolutely disgusting. But it was wrong to have them be in love.”
There you have it, the Young and the Restless fans. Adam will not be returning anytime soon. Christian will stay Nick’s son. And, Justin Hartley will not come back to the soap opera—he’s moved on to bigger opportunities. As much as we wanted to see Justin Hartley again on the Young and the Restless, we can’t help but feel excited about what’s ahead for the CBS daytime drama under Sally Sussman and Mal Young’s regime.
One of the things we can’t help but notice is she didn’t mention Dylan’s future in any of her answers in this exclusive interview with TV Insider. Does that mean we could see a Dylan recast? What will happen between Victoria and Travis? Will Sharon and Nick get back together? What scoop are you most excited about seeing in the weeks ahead?
The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS daytime.
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