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Last week, Er, a few weeks ago, I did a look at some of the best recasts in Y & R History. This week, let’s explore some of the worst. I know some will disagree with me and that I’ll forget some worthy candidates…let me hear it!
in no particular order….
Ryan Brown as Billy Abbott-Yeah, this is the second teen/adult Billy Abbott. After David Tom left (fun creepy fact…if the original Billy Abbott and the original Victoria Newman were still playing their respective roles, the actors portraying them would have been brother and sister!), Ryan Brown jumped in and actually married Mac, who he thought was his cousin immediately after the wedding. Ryan Brown wasn’t bad, but he just didn’t have the same edge that David Tom had. In his defense, he didn’t have much to work with…he was only on for a couple of months and at that point the Billy character wasn’t as dynamic as he was under David Tom, who had a bit of a transformation from brat (under the influence of the then-evil frat boy JT Hellstrom) to good guy due to his romance with Mac. His chemistry with everyone was slightly off and while the recast wasn’t horrible, it was put to a merciful death by sending Billy off to find himself after finding out the love of his life was his cousin
Scott Seymour as Billy Abbott-Maybe one of the worst recasts in history, Scott Seymour’s Billy Abbott came back to Genoa City for his father’s funeral in 2006. What happened next was a slightly creepy non-Abbott looking character who had none of the swag of David Tom, and none of the redeeming qualities of Ryan Brown. Perhaps most damning was that there was virtually no mention of Mac or Billy’s past, which was more the fault of the writers than the actor, but hey. He didn’t seem like someone who had been gone for 3 years after finding out that the love of his life was his cousin and then globe-trotted as a do-gooder with said cousin’s father. He didn’t seem like someone who just lost his father. He was just…there. Billy Miller’s portrayal of Billy Abbott has been buoyed by better writing (making Billy turn into a man-whore after the traumatic end of his first love was completetly plausible), but there’s also Miller’s plain old charisma. Scott Seymour didn’t have that and lasted about 3 months in the role before being ushered to Hong Kong with a gambling problem and before being essentially ret-conned.
Christel Khalil as Lily Winters: This is an EXTREME rarity…usually, when the original actress returns to a role, it’s celebrated. But when Christel Khalil left Y & R in 2005 and was replaced by Davetta Sherwood, one of the best recasts in Y & R history, (click here) it was like a breath of fresh air. I won’t reiterate the reasons why Davetta Sherwood rocked (aside from finally providing some eyecandy for a Black man!), but when she was let go after 7 months and Khalil returned, it was like the wind was sucked out of my sails. Khalil just doesn’t do it for me…she doesn’t come off as sympathetic, she comes off as whiny…she doesn’t come off as assertive, she comes off as bratty. And they freaking brought her back….
Sandra Nelson as Phyllis Romalotti-What happens when you take one of the more popular actresses on the show and replace her…an inevitable backlash. Sandra Nelson’s turn as Phyllis wasn’t so much bad as it was simply not as good as Michelle Stafford’s campy, sassy, evil portrayal. She’s one of those recasts that may have been fine if you didn’t have something to compare it to, but replacing Michelle Stafford just wasn’t what was hot in the streets.
This is a minor one because the jury’s still out, but…
Darius McCrary as Malcolm Winters-I just want to know why Eddie Winslow portrays Malcolm Winters as talking like a runaway slave who attended the Ving Rhames school of diction. Aside from that, I just have a hard time thinking that this version of Malcolm could have pulled Drucilla Winters and fathered Lily. On top of that, I’m not buying him as Neil’s brother…even with them beefing, there’s not a believable emotion/tension between them. That said, the last episode that prominantly featured the Winters clan was EXCELLENT and even McCrary’s performance was exceptional. My hope is that they accelerate this storyline with Malcolm’s secret reason for coming back and that McCrary makes the role his own.
Not that I watch that kind of thing….