Buzz indicates that The Young and the Restless is moving ahead with plans to write Adam Newman (played as an adult by Justin Hartley, Michael Muhney, and Chris Engen) back into the show. But what will this electric character’s comeback story be?
Two major issues exist in the minds of hardcore Y&R fans. First, will one of the former actors who once filled this role return, despite conjecture to the contrary? And, with whoever is hired to play the modern version of Adam, what will his comeback story be?
It Will Be A New Actor
Hartley is part of the hit ‘This Is Us’ cast. This strong actor pulled off the seemingly impossible by replacing Michael Muhney in 2014 and delivering a superb rendition of Adam through 2016. Smart casting must be credited. The likelihood of Hartley returning now seems slim.
Muhney’s admission that his on-set demeanor was too rough was a humble admission and a smart move, as he chooses to take the high road and not burn bridges. Y&R did the same by not condemning the actor who’d been let go in December 2013 and agreed to interview him for rehire.
Engen performed well during his short stint as Adam in 2008 and 2009. It’s unknown if Y&R, or the actor are interested in a reunion. If not and neither of the other actors are returning, then whatever new actor fills this slot will have a deeply discerning audience to satisfy as the newest Adam Newman.
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What’s Adam’s Returning Storyline?
As for Adam’s comeback story, well, that’s tricky, to say the least. The man was apparently blown to smithereens in September 2016. So, the writing staff will have to explain another miraculous survival, as it did when Hartley assumed the role five calendar years ago.
After Adam’s next cat’s life is revealed viewers will want to know where he’s been and if Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Connor (Gunner and Ryder Gadbois) have been with him.
Might Adam be the current Newman tormentor, for some unknown reason? Did he lose his memory, which would explain why he’s been away from Genoa City for all this time? These and other storyline questions will be answered when, as rumored, one of the show’s all-time great characters comes back.
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