Young and Restless Supercouple Case and Morrow React to Diamont’s Exit




Looks like Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Sharon Case (Sharon) are as sad to see veteran actor Don Diamont (Brad) exit The Young and the Restless as we are. The ageless supercouple recently talked with Michael Fairman for an interview with TV SOAP Australia and the subject of Diamont’s departure came up. Here’s what Morrow had to say:

I think it’s a big loss, Don is part of the old guard. He is like a piller there. What ever translates on the screen as his character, in real life, he is one of the most giving, considerate people on the planet. It’s tough. He has a big family. Story-wise in daytime the landscape is changing, and every show is going to make difficult decisions, and it will make people upset and sad, and they could lose their jobs. It is so unfortunate that it happened to Don. He is a guy that I respect and I am saddended by this."

Case added this about losing her onetime leading man:

I have worked with him as my direct co-star and to see him go, I was so surprised too. I did not see it coming. Don has been on the show for 20 years, and has a 20 year fan following behind him. It made it more of a shock. I don’t understand why daytime is not a flourishing commodity. I look at other television products in daytime and primetime, and daytime dramas are as good as most of the products out there!"

Like Case and Morrow we hate to see Diamont go, however we realize comings and goings have always been a necessary part of the daytime landscape, whether they be story-dictated or motivated by budget. This is especially  true in the current industry climate.

Unlike the casting massacres taking place at other soaps, though it is more than apparent that Maria Arena Bell and Co. are in it to win it in terms of recapturing the former glory of daytime soap operas. Bell, Paul Rauch, Hogan Sheffer, Scott Hamner and the post-LML revitalized cast of The Young and the Restless are making their show more visually and artistically stimulating with each passing day, which makes even hard casting decisions like firing Diamont and Chris Engen a lot easier to swallow.  Plus with Diamont’s Jewish-don’t-crack good looks he will definitely land on his feet sooner rather than later.

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23 Responses

  1. Avatar of Scout
    Scout

    Sharon is absolutely on the money with this statement: “I don’t understand why daytime is not a flourishing commodity. I look at other television products in daytime and primetime, and daytime dramas are as good as most of the products out there!”

    There is so little primetime TV that I watch anymore. First of all, who wants to get all invested in a show that might not even be there in 13 weeks or less? The last primetime show is truly loved was “Arrested Development,” which really, at its core, was a comic soap opera. I’m not big on police procedurals or anything with “CSI” or “Law & Order” in its title.

    We all know that those in daytime work their asses off to bring us, for better or worse, to bring us the most hours of original dramatic entertainment than any show in primetime. OLTL and Y&R are the brightest hopes at present that this genre can last — and its good to finally see GL showing some signs of life.

    Despite its train wreck status, I think AMC is trying new things right now that might work: Binks, Reese and Zach is an interesting triangle; and the stunt casting of JR Martinez, I think, has been a good thing. For whatever reason, I find him and his character interesting if not downright compelling — despite being hopelessly mismatched with Beth Ehlers.

    I don’t think the paring-down of soaps is a particularly bad thing right now, especially if it means the genre that survive. Tightening up everything — cast members, writing staff, story — isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the key is that these network execs and EPs make the right decisions, which, of course, is a dicey proposition at best.

    Despite the ratings and the general lack of respect for the genre itself — which, let’s face it, is often times deserved — I will stick with the soaps and hope they survive.

    As a viewer, I’m more than willing to do my part.

  2. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    NIck and Sharon a supercouple?? you lost your mind!!! They are as exciting as watching paint dry!!! The true supercouple is Nick and Phylis.
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    Phyllis and Nick had a hot affair, but the moment they tried to make them a destiny couple they lost me. I loved Phyllis and Jack and Nick and Sharon have been to hell and back. IMO they are the endgame.

  3. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    CHURCH JAMEY! Phyllis and Nick imo had a May-Dec romance that’s gone on long enough. Jack will always be the man for Phyllis and Nick’s the only one for Sharon and vice versa.

    In regards to the quotes Sharon Case made, I’m so damn glad someone’s trying to fight for their industry to return to the good ole’ days. We need more people like Case to speak up.

  4. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    Phyllis and Nick had a hot affair, but the moment they tried to make them a destiny couple they lost me. I loved Phyllis and Jack and Nick and Sharon have been to hell and back. IMO they are the endgame.

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    That’s right. Since Phyllis and Nick are a real couple, they are just boring. And I agree, Jack and Phyllis and Nick and Sharon – that is the right combination and that’s the way it should be.

  5. Avatar of Soapsteve
    Soapsteve

    Sharon and Nick put me to sleep!! I dont even think its Josh’s fault i think Sharon is just so dull and boring which makes the character of Sharon even more boring. The high note on their acting was Cassie’s death which they did not even get rewarded for.

  6. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    I think it would be so romantic for Nick and Sharon to find their way back to one another, meanwhile we would get unstable Phyllis back to come between them for years, with Jack’s help.

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    shackfan

    I agree . I think is nick exicting when he is with phyillis and Sharon is interesting when she is with Jack. I’m going to hate that these two are going to get back together. Two good actors , but I like Nick with Phyillis and Sharon with Jack

  8. Avatar of Soapsteve
    Soapsteve

    Phyllis makes Nick come alive. When he was with Sharon it was kinda boring watching him. Josh and Michelle light up the screen. I became a HUGE fan of Josh when Nick and Phyllis started hitting the sheets. Who really wants to see the good girl and the good guy together? its does not make good soap. If this were real life then yeah Sharon and Nick are fine but this is Genoa City and i want DRAMA! and Sharon and Nick dont give you that

  9. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    LOL oh Jamey what have you done!? Bringing the Phick/Shick war right on. LOL ;)

    In the end we all knew what is going to happen. Like it or not, Nick and Sharon are the supercouple Y&R has, besides Victor and Nikki. And these couples are never done – and ever far from over.

    I personally think that Nick and Sharon always had a great chemistry. And they showed over their ten years of marriage that there are a lot stories you can tell. Not to mention that Nick isn’t really a good guy or is he? LOL

  10. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    I became a HUGE fan of Josh when Nick and Phyllis started hitting the sheets
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    So did I, but here lately the magic has been lost. I cannot believe I am rooting for Nick and Sharon to be honest. LOL I was a huge Nick and Phyllis fan, but Paris has me rethinking my stance.

  11. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    If Y&R does it right like they have been now, Nick and Sharon getting back together can be pay dirt. If done organically from the ground up again they can bring back the romance and lets not even forget the hot makeup sex…. Sharon’s a lil’ freak a leak! *LOL*

  12. Avatar of timepass
    timepass

    I agree Jamey, Sharon and Nick are a supercouple and Y&R have their replacement to Nikki and victor when time comes.

    What they are going through now, is but a blimp in their love and their life, just like Nikki and Victor marriages were.

    How many young soap characters have 11 years of marriage together as a couple? They are unique and if Y&R writers have any brains at all they know it and will capitalize on it! Otherwise, they are plain stupid.

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    AlistairCrane

    I hope Don turns up on a soap (or primetime!) sooner rather than later. I actually think Brad would’ve been a good fit on B&B–he has that B&B good-looking leading man thing down pat!

    And instead of Brad’s current fate, I’d prefer that he and Traci ran off together—I always loved them as a couple.

  14. Avatar of Scott Novick
    Scott Novick

    The other thing that, at least to me, always heralded some form of Nick/Sharon reunion was the way they remained in each other’s orbit, even once he was married to Phyllis and she was married to Jack. Of course there would always be some connection between them through Noah, but it always seemed more than that. All through the marriage to Phyllis, and especially of late, Nick’s never acted like a man in love with his wife only, and Sharon’s desperately trying to contact Nick after finding out about Jack’s “sex addiction” speaks volumes.

  15. Avatar of Scott Novick
    Scott Novick

    And instead of Brad’s current fate, I’d prefer that he and Traci ran off together—I always loved them as a couple.

    I always had a hard time accepting Brad and Traci as a couple, especially after he cheated on her with Lauren during both their marriages. They’d always be connected by Colleen and there was always some fondness between them because of what they once shared, but I think the ship sailed as far as a romantic connection between them goes.

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