The Young and the Restless (Y&R) spoilers tease that Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) will, in all likelihood, be remaining with the cast of Y&R. She’s not known to be contemplating retirement, or even a reduction in contract status. With that in mind, tenured soap stars are asked for input by TPTB regarding directions their continuing characters can take. So, what is next for Nikki Newman?
Nikki Back Into The Spotlight
The departure of former executive producer and head writer Mal Young meant that two current Y&R behind-the-scenes players, Tony Morina and Josh Griffith, agreed to professional elevations. Morina recently began serving as the EP and Griffith now heads the writing team, though the last of Young’s scripts are still playing out, as can be seen by fans in the opening credits.
As of the moment, Nikki remains central to the ten-plus month arc involving J.T.’s (Thad Luckinbill) apparent death, along with the emergence of a mystery Newman family and coverup crew tormentor. She, Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Sharon (Sharon Case) are in the Genoa City jail. Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) just turned on the trio, along with Mariah (Camryn Grimes), received immunity, dished all that happened, and walked away free.
— Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) February 20, 2019
Melody Celebrates 40 Years As Nikki Newman
Thomas Scott’s voluminous efforts on Y&R since debuting in 1979 are monumental, even topping her on-screen husband’s, Victor’s, as Eric Braeden debuted in 1980. While Nikki has spent time behind bars in the past, she could always explore different variations of the incarcerated life moving forward.
Nikki’s eventual release isn’t actually in doubt, as it wouldn’t make sense for one of the show’s lead characters to remain in a correctional facility for an indefinite period of time. But considering what Christine (Lauralee Bell) now knows and Paul’s (Doug Davidson) coming return, GC’s leading law couple can’t possibly let Nikki off without consequences. Though that assumes Pristine will be able to prosecute her successfully.
We’ve loved her from day one, followed her thru love and loss and hope and heartbreak and triumph! And 40 years later, we’re always always rooting for Nikki Newman! Congratulations @MelodyThomasSco! Thanks for the wonderful memories! Cheers to 40! 🥂🥂🥰🥰 #YR pic.twitter.com/EnR8TZsi0X
— CBS Daytime (@CBSDaytime) February 20, 2019
JT Coverup Wrap Proves To Be A Fresh Start
It would be believable and fitting to have the looming wrap of the J.T. storyline also serve as a new start for Nikki. Be it some transformative social work, as required by the court, or a stunning clear through Luckinbill’s character never having died, meaning that no deep crimes were committed. Separately, Nikki and Victor should continue to pursue mutual adventures, as both actors have often noted that they like when Niktor is on good terms and works together.
Y&R’s fans know talent when they see it. Those who’ve stuck with the soap since Nikki was first seen, or have been committed viewers for whatever amount of time, are appreciative of Thomas Scott and her colleagues.
— Young and Restless (@YandR_CBS) February 20, 2019
The individual and collaborative efforts she’s made, through 2,300-plus episodes, which puts her in the top 10 of all actors in Y&R’s history, are laudable and fully appreciated. Here’s wishing Thomas Scott and all who are (or will be) connected to Y&R many more great years.
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