Wishful Casting: What if Vivica A. Fox Returns to Y&R as Stephanie?
While discussing Bryton McClure being bumped to recurring on Y&R, a bit of inspiration hit me. Why doesn't the CBS sudser simply bring back Vivica A. Fox as Stephanie Simmons? Back in the mid-90's, the late Dru (Victoria Rowell) convinced her sister Liv (Tonya Lee Williams) to hook Malcolm up with Stephanie in order to keep Malcolm away from her and Lily. The relationship soured because Stephanie was too focused on her medical career, but in real life, Fox landed a role in Independence Day, and the rest as they say is history. Or is it?
Fox has since revealed to both TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco and later to Daytime Confidential that she would be open to returning to the soap opera landscape. What if Stephanie left town pregnant with Malcolm's child? She could bring the kid with her back to Genoa City, where she strikes up a bond with Malcolm's brother Neil. Fox and Kristoff St. John sizzled opposite one another on the short-lived, groundbreaking NBC cult soap Generations. The star of film (Soul Food), television (Curb Your Enthusiam) and Direct-to-DVD (Motives) hits could garner the sudser much-needed mainstream buzz.
Urban audiences would line up to see a diva smackdown between America's Top Model Eva Marcille and Fox, not to mention Larry David fans who have enjoyed Fox's hilarious turn on Curb. Imagine if Y&R could also lure Shemar Moore back for a six week stint, ala Tuc Watkins on OLTL, to learn that another one of his baby mamas was getting coozy with his big bro! A high-voltage chocolate diva like Fox would be just the jolt of energy Y&R's black storyline needs. Just a thought...