Wishful Casting: Knots Landing Alum Lisa Hartman Black as Y&R’s Nikki Newman




Okay, it pangs me to have to do this, but the soap must go on! If The Young and the Restless can’t come to some sort of meeting with the minds and/or checkbooks with Melody Thomas Scott, I think I have the perfect person to play Nikki Newman (No, I’m not talking about Deidre Hall)—Knots Landing grad-turned-country music royalty Lisa Hartman Black!

Long before she married Nashville God Clint Black, the former Lisa Hartman shot onto the pop culture landscape as tragic songbird Ciji on CBS’s long-running primetime hit Knots Landing. Ciji’s romance with Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford) for a time even had fans of the mega popular Gary and Val pairing asking "Joan Van Ark who?". The character proved such a hit with viewers after the Knots brass killed Ciji off, they were forced to bring Hartman-Black back as Ciji’s lookalike Cathy to appease disgruntled Sea View Circlers!

Like many of you, ousted DAYS leading lady Deidre Hall was the first person who came to mind to replace Scott as Nikki, however it appears Auntie Ri Ri likes to look outside of daytime when recasting signature roles (Clementine Ford, Michael Muhney), so what’s the point of wasting a Wishful Casting on Hall as Nikki, when I know Drake Hogestyn would stand about an equal chance of replacing Eric Braeden as The Mustache?

Like Scott, Hartman Black is an alum of the decadent, 80’s era of sunkissed blonde bombshells who have held up well. She’s also a proven actress, not just in Knots, but in 376,822—count ‘em— Lifetime TV movies, and would bring in those diehard fans with her. If you think soap fans are scary, try changing the channel when one of your relatives is watching a Lifetime movie marathon! 

I think if Y&R decides to eventually recast , Hartman Black would be a sure bet. Think of it this way, we’d have someone else to sing at weddings and funerals besides little Ana—bless her heart.

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    siomonstuart2003

    She would make a great Nikki, but will she sign on is the question? I hope that this is a short vacation and MTS is coming back, but I be happy with this casting choice for Nikki Reed Newman.

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    daisyclover1938

    Ciji’s romance with Gary Ewing (Ted Shackelford) for a time even had fans of the mega popular Gary and Val pairing asking “Joan Van Ark who?”.

    Not *this* Gary/Val fan! LOL! But LH was really good (I liked Ciji and Cathy). Anyone else remember Cathy’s wedding to Joshua – and that wedding dress?? Man, I loved Knots!!

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    Jamey Giddens

    Not *this* Gary/Val fan! LOL! But LH was really good (I liked Ciji and Cathy). Anyone else remember Cathy’s wedding to Joshua – and that wedding dress?? Man, I loved Knots!!
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    You were diehard in your Gary/Val love huh Daisy? LOL I loved them too, but Val could be such a loser at times! You can guess who my fave was—ABBY FAIRGATE!

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    daisyclover1938

    You were diehard in your Gary/Val love huh Daisy? LOL I loved them too, but Val could be such a loser at times! You can guess who my fave was—ABBY FAIRGATE!

    Oh that’s true! And Gary could be a loser too!! He was the weakest Ewing boy you know, lol! IMO, the only other woman that was ever allowed to go near Gary was Abby :)

    I think there was a story where Gary had to fake his own death, and we saw Val and Abby grieving at the funeral. Cathy was the only one allowed to know he was still alive. I was so pissed!! I was like “Gary is Val and Abby’s!! Cathy needs to get her own man!” LOL

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    Jamey Giddens

    Oh that’s true! And Gary could be a loser too!! He was the weakest Ewing boy you know, lol! IMO, the only other woman that was ever allowed to go near Gary was Abby Smile

    I think there was a story where Gary had to fake his own death, and we saw Val and Abby grieving at the funeral. Cathy was the only one allowed to know he was still alive. I was so pissed!! I was like "Gary is Val and Abby’s!! Cathy needs to get her own man!" LOL
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    LMAO I know, right? Gary was a PUNK! I loved when JR used to say so on Dallas. "My good for nothin’ brother. Mama made him soft!"

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    Smitty

    Jamey is just tap-dancing on my poor heart with this!

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    MINE TOO!!!

    I never thought I would see a wishful casting for my Nikki Newman….I am now going to the bar…

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    MarkH

    This is just wrong wrong wrong. MTS should be playing Nikki until either she or Y&R expire.

    I don’t care who plays Nikki. I don’t want Nikki played by anyone else.

    But I have the perfect role for Melody. Beth Logan on Y&R. She’d be mother to Heather Tom again (Katie) and to former rival Jennier Gareis. She’d surely clash with the evil Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) who is trying to corrupt her daughters.

    Just to see her in scenes with KKL, and fighting against Susan Flannery. Perfection. That is my wishful casting for MTS. Do the Bells still like her? Could Bradley make a place for her?

    It is totally wrong that we even have to have this thread…

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    siomonstuart2003

    MTS, Please, we begging you, take the pay cut. We want you as Nikki Newman and we can’t see anyone in the role. I hope that everything is settle and that they can come to an agreement because it would be devastating to not see MTS as Nikki Newman on Y&R.

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    gush900

    Jamey there’s some roles taht our untouchable and nikki newman is on of them.I can’t see another actress in scene’s with katherine or victor no way i wont accept it if they recast my mel thomas scott

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    eightiesaddict

    I love Lisa Hartman, and was a major KNOTS fan. No other primetime soap was able to capture our attention for so long. To think DH is only in Season 6, and I am so bored. KL was just getting good in Season 6, and had much more story to tell throughout the next 7 seasons. Those were the days!

    MLS needs to stay on Y&R, I know we are in a recession but they need to do whatever to keep her on board. Her and Eric, along with Jeanne are Y&R.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Gush, I believe any role can be recast, if done properly. What if Shakespeare had gotten stuck on the first dude to dress up as Juliet? Melody isn’t even the original Nikki Reed. In my opinion she could be recast. I’d recast Lucci if she left on her own accord. Paging Mary Crosby or Jacklyn Smith.

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    eightiesaddict

    Jamey,

    If we have to go there, I would love to see Dee Hall, Genie Francis, or Donna Mills.

    Some recasts do work: Carly GH, Duke GH, Bo DAYS, and Todd OLTL.

    Some suck: Melissa DAYS, Ashley Y&R, and Dorian OLTL.

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    Soap_Stud

    Lisa Hartman would be a good choice. I would also have LeAnn Hunley (ex-Anna, DOOL), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL), and Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL) test for the role.

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    glowery

    Recasting Nikki? hmmmm…. That would be a hard job to do after MTS has played the part for so many years, but if she is not willing to do her part in helping her own show stay on the air, then they have to do what they have to do.

    I love Lisa Hartman Black and would love to have her on the show on a regular basis. I can just imagine how electric scenes between her and Paul would be. They have kind of let Nikki get old and frumpy and Ms. Black is so vivacious and gorgeous how could that be explained. Maybe Nikki goes off to visit a spa before her wedding to Paul and she comes back as this vision of beauty?

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    appleridge

    Jamey
    I totally forgot about Nikki number one, Erica Hope. I think she stopped acting in the 1980’s
    Did you ever see her on screen? I didnt. The only other Nikki I saw is when she was temp recast in the 80’s I believe.

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