Wishful Casting Y&R's Adam Newman: Brian Presley or Jon Prescott





No need to let one actor's reported homophobia on the set of The Young and the Restless stop the show. Since TPTB are said to be planning to recast the role of Adam Newman after Chris Engen allegedly bolted rather than kiss Yani Gellman (Rafe), I figured I would attempt to help the busy execs out.
 
I would love to see Port Charles alum Brian Presley (ex-Jack) make a return to daytime— especially if he brought his wife Erin Hershey Presley (ex-Alison, PC) with him—Presley possesses that perfect mixture of marvel and menace that would serve him well as a character like Adam. Meanwhile, Hershey Presley could step into the strappy sandals of Walnut Grove Academy's ultimate mean girl Brittany Hodges!

Another option would be Jon Prescott as Adam. Prescott did an impressive turn as Mike Kasnoff  recently on As The World Turns—which of course meant that show got rid of him—with his fresh-off-the-Snyder-farm good looks and steady acting chops, it would make Adam's villainy all the more surprising and therefore intriguing. This storyline is too liquid hot to be derailed by one actor's alleged shortsidedness. Adam could be the best soap villain since Roger Thorpe (the late Michael Zaslow). I am sure actors will be lining up outside Bell studios for the chance to play this part, even it it means having to play tongue hockey with another dude!

Related: Did Y&R's Chris Engen QUIT Over Gay Kiss? | Wishful Casting Y&R's Adam Newman: Brian Presley or Jon Prescott | New Adam Cast on Young and Restless! | Michael Muhney Refresher: Veronica Mars' Sheriff Lamb 


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Jack should have some 20 year son out there.
Would love for the replacement lover be part of the abbot family.

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I like both of these choices. If I think of any more, I put some up. Wait one just came tome. How about Christian Campbell who played Bobby Warner on AMC in 2004. He even played gay a few times in trick and NBC's Book Of Daniel where his character had a love scene with none other than John Driscoll who is soon to debut as Phillip the 4th.

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what a stupid thing to write...that it is homophobia

how do you know how he feels about gay people

just because one man doesn't want to kiss another

its that kind of silly comment that does the world a disservice by casting anyone who is uncomfortable with intimate contact (even if it is acting) with a person of the same sex, as a homophobe

maybe he doesn't want to be type cast as a gay character(that does happen)

maybe kissing other guys gives him the willies

i've heard of straight actors not wanted to kiss other actors of the opposite sex

bottom line you don't know...the story just broke...and Nelson could be wrong

but saying he is homophobic is a serious comment

i've had enough with this site

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It says Reported Homophobia. No one who runs this site would ever blantly call him out like that.Heres the facts, The actor walked off. Maybe it was a culmanation of a lot of things but heres the one thing I know. Your an actor. Your sign a binding contract. You work. You dont get huffy and storm off regardless of what the story is. If you dont like the story or show quit when your contracts up. Now no one can force him back to work but he will face the consequences. some may think its just a soap but if and when this gets out, the actor may be deemed hard to work with and then have trouble finding work for a while.

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i've had enough with this site

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modee you are entitled to your opinion but DC is a great site. I am tired of people trying to come down on the DC crew. They are reporting a story. This is a SOAP OPERA NEWS SITE! THE BEST I CAN SAY TO YOU IS don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you! go to another site and wait they will be reporting the same thing.

You people are going to quit coming down on the DC crew for doing their job. You can live in delusion about why he walked off the set but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it's a duck. Nelson and DC have proven credible when reporting on daytime news.

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why is it homophobic to not want to kiss someone of the same sex?

I have a gay cousin and I don't treat him any differently

But you couldn't pay me to kiss any of his gay friends

maybe he is a bad actor to be unwilling to stretch that far...but doesn't make him homophobic

and the report didn't say anything about being homophobic...so it is DC who first brought that word into play

it reported that he walked off because he didn't want to kiss another male character AND didn't like the direction of the character

how can you equate that with being homophobic

and i'm not naive for writing this, i know exactly what i'm writing...and I know some will suggest that i am

but, bottom line is, you should not suggest something as serious as him being homophobic based on one report

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"You people are going to quit coming down on the DC crew for doing their job. You can live in delusion about why he walked off the set but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it's a duck"

that is a flat out dumb comment on so many levels that I don't won't to waste my time dissecting everything wrong with it

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"and the report didn't say anything about being homophobic...so it is DC who first brought that word into play"

okay actually it did bad me

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Hopefully we can all get back to what this post was about suggesting actors to take on Adam if CE doesnt return. They made need our help. They are in a crunch and I dont need to see that former Jeremy Horton on Days up in here. Anybody got any more suggestions?

What about GL's Scott Bailey
OLTL's Don Jeffcoat He was Joey after Nathan Fillon
AMC's Sam Page he was Kendall's brother Trey
GH's Shaun Benson who was Steven Webber
Jonathan Chase who was on the final season of One On One and was Jarid in the original Another Gay Movie

Those are just a few more trying to keep ages relativley close

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Regardless of whatever CE's issues are or were you dont walk off a set mid-contract like that. Thats the bigger problem here. Your right we werent there we dont know but a reliable source has reported so we are allowed to respond.

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Screw CE! Give his contract to Melody Thomas Scott! LMAO!!!

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that is a flat out dumb comment on so many levels that I don't won't to waste my time dissecting everything wrong with it

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But you couldn't pay me to kiss any of his gay friends
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You aren't being paid, but Chris Engen is. He signed a contract. If he walked because he didn't want to kiss a man, not only is he in breach of that contract..

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Luke ur too funny I seriously doubt that will solve the issue. Hey lookin forward the CBS podcast man and great work with the site

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Word Luke, word

Seriously I think Brian Presley could be good but I'm secretly hoping they recast with Chad Brannon. I would love for him to get this role and give Bob Guza the two fingered salute by being on a show that is actually good.

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Mrs. Adam Carrington I BOW to the Mistress! Chad would be BRILLIANT!!!!!

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Chad Brannon excellent choice all of them are good
Do we think YR will go withnsomeone with soap roots or will they go with someone new.

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i like the pressleys and would be delighted to have them back on my screen.

as for the other stuff, having the opportunity to act and do what you love should not be taken lightly or abused. i'm with appleridge, whatever the cause you don't just walk off the job. but i wasn't there and he wouldn't be the first or last person to do it.

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You don't walk off the set of the the number one soap, which you've singed a contract for in this economy. It's going to be hard for him to find a new job my gut tells me that he'll come crawling back after he's settled down but if he doesn't give his contract to Melody Thomas Scott! Whats up with people quitting and storming off the set lately?

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Jamey I'm still bitter,

I always hated Zander but I hate more the character assasination Bob Guza perpetrated in order to prop up Numb. However, I saw from day one the Chad Brannon was a fierce actor and this could be the role that could make Chad the solid leading man that he I know he can be plus if he can give Adam the layers Michael Zazlow gave Roger Thorpe I will follow him anywhere because I'm loyal like that, hell I still keep track of the three actors that played AJ Quartermaine because they were each good in their own ways.

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what a stupid thing to write...that it is homophobia

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Homophobia is definied as fear of homosexuals. Yeah, it's so stupid for me to say he's homophobic. It would be about as stupid to look outside and see rain and say I bet it's wet.

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A few suggestions for a recast of Victor "Adam Wilson" Newman, Jr...

Dylan Bruce - I suggested this actor before for this role if Chris Engen ever left - how prescient

Scott Bailey - formerly Sandy on Guiding Light

Jacob Young - he really needs to join a show that will utilize his talents and not provide him with cartoonish writing

Or, a talented newcomer who can ACT could do this pivotal role justice.

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SoapSnob, Scott Bailey was one of my runners ups. Dylan Bruce is SUCH a ham. Sad Luke suggested Forbes March or Josh Duhon. Josh I could see, Forbes might be a bit much, in that he can ham it up too at times.

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Scott Bailey is a cutie...but unless he's had TREMENDOUS growth via intensive acting lessons since leaving GL, let's not put him in the mix

I like Brian Presley, and I think Chad Brennan would also be really good

Of course...if it's really wishful casting...how about Tyler Christopher (circa 2002, when he was a little leaner and less muscle-boy). Not only is he BEAUTIFUL...but nobody plays brooding, intense, and entitled like he does.....

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Hold on. Not only does Daytime Confidential write "reported homophobia" but also "shortsightedness." It's pretty clear that D.C. is running with the angle that Engen is anti-gay.

Daytime Confidential:
Stop and think about things before slapping Engen with the label of being homophobic! I really am appalled that you would say this without knowing the facts. Did you bother to confirm Engen's reasons for leaving? Why are you eager to ruin this guy's career? I'm embarrassed for you. Did you phone Engen, his agent, or the Y&R reps? Did you send emails?

Seriously, just because a source says Engen quit because of the kiss doesn't make it fact. Right?

Let's review things:

First, we don't know the real details behind his quitting. We only have a hearsay report from Nelson Branco, who did not speak to the actor or the show.

Second, Adam has always been portrayed as being heterosexual. If we suddenly learn that Adam is bisexual, doesn't that feed into the stereotype of bisexuals as being creepy and evil? For a long time, bisexual characters have been portrayed as villains and psychopaths. Wouldn't a suddenly bisexual Adam play into this stereotype? If, as Branco reports, Engen was upset about Adam's increasingly dark acts, do you think Engen might have made an ethical decision not to portray a stereotype? (You would know if you had bothered to contact Engen.)

Third, look at what Passions did to long time heterosexual character Chad when he suddenly had a gay love affair. It was totally out of character and made him into a disrespected creep. Chad had always been a hero on the show. Suddenly, people lost respect for him because he was an adulterer who could not control himself. His being bi was not a good thing. It added nothing to character to explain previous actions, his suddenly expanded sexuality was grafted on. There was no self-discovery. No one accepted him. Hell, Chad ended up dead. BTW, did you notice that none of the gay bloggers ever celebrated him and his lover? (But why would Chad's lover Vincent be celebrated when he turned out to be an intersexed/hermaphordite murderous psycho who later slept with and became pregnant by his own father!!)

I'm just disappointed in this site: The knee jerk reaction to condemn Engen is wrong. The facts are not all there.

How would the audience view Adam's sudden revelation of his liking guys in light of his cruelty to Ashley and his history of other dastardly deeds? Other characters on the show refer to his creepy vibe. Wouldn't his being bisexual just be perceived as another bad attribute? Didn't One Life to Live feature a storyline about Nora Gannon's husband being a closeted gay man who killed to keep his secrets?

I'm more than happy to see a gay villain but are gay/bi people that desperate that they want someone who is as twisted as Adam as a representative on the number one soap?

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I wanted to include Josh Duhon, but I also wanted to keep the list concise to three. And Dylan Bruce is ALWAYS my go-to recast for a young leading man on a daytime drama. Smile

As a long shot, Scott Porter from Friday Night Lights would be very good. He has that innocent look that is serving the character well in the role right now, but could also bring the sly, cunning menace when the truth explodes.

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josstheguy, in case you missed the words "reported" and "alleged" they are sprinkled through the post. I didn't get my two journalism degrees out a Sears and Roebuck catalogue. THis isn't DC's report, it's TV Guide Canada's, and we linked it as such.

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I think Jacob Young could be good. I only know him from his work on B&B. I could see him as Adam.

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I think Tom Pelphrey would have mad a great Adam Vjr.

However, I do think it unfair to label Chris Egan a homophobe for not liking the turn in his story and character.

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To clarify my comments on Chad. The character of Chad Harris on Passions had always been portrayed as heterosexual, who was desperately in love with the female Whitney for almost a decade. During that time, Chad and Whitney faced horrific battles to be together.

Just as they had found happiness, it was revealed that Chad was on the "down low," having a torrid affair with another man. Thud. It made no sense. Chad's bisexuality explained nothing about the character's previous actions. (The whole thing was part of rampaging pop culture phenomena of down low life, where men cheat on their wives with other men.)

Instead, the show portrayed Chad as no longer a heroic figure but as a sexual addict who betrayed Whitney. It was awful. Moreover, this was also a major disappointment for African-American fans because one of the few long term black couples in the history of soap operas was ruined. Fans who tuned in for years to see some kind of happy ending for Chad and Whitney never got it.

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