Stephen Nichols IN, William Russ OUT as Y&R's Tucker McCall



Casting carousel at The Young and the Restless. TV Guide Magazine is reporting that Y&R has recast the role of Tucker McCall, currently portrayed by William Russ, with daytime favorite Stephen Nichols. Nichols will first appear on Jan 27.

The Y&R execs have kept their statements brief. Co-exec producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell says: “William Russ is a talented actor and we enjoyed working with him. However, we decided to take the character in another direction.” Adds co-exec producer Paul Rauch: “[Russ] did a wonderful job while he was here.”


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WHAT!! WHAT!! WHAT!!! wow that didn't take long...I thought he was doing a good job. Maybe Maria listened to all the complaints about hiring non-soap actors and went with Nichols

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THANK YOU JESUS!!!

Maybe Maria and Co. are taking notice....maybe Eddie Winslow is next...please

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 wow! hmm I think there may be hope for Malcolm then!! 

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This is depressing simply because it rules out a Patch return anytime soon. Sad

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I have always liked William Russ, and I don't see a problem bringing in a talented actor to fill a new role.

I don't think anyone had a problem with James Franco on GH. He's not a "soap" actor.

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THANK YOU, Maria and Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AlistairCrane, didn't you see what Ken Corday said about Patch and co in the mags? He ain't coming back even if he didn't land this gig!

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Shocking.. I like Russ as Tucker far more than automatic-check-box as Mac .. I mean I like 'Boy Meets World' daddy as a wannabe sex-symbol  and casting decision compared to duds like Cybil Shepherds offspring.

Anyone know how long term this role is intended? What if Days or GH try to get Nichols back (if he came back to GH I'd watch again - I gave up GH last December)...

 

Sorry Eddie Winslow, you may not be here yet but you needs to go : )

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oh damn this is awesome. i'm just happy to see steven nichols since i know days isn't gonna take him back anytime soon. this is gonna be hot!

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Dangit, I don't want to watch Y&R again! Plus, there goes my hopes of getting him back on GH as Stefan.

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"The role of Y&R's Casting Director is now being played by... Someone Who is NOT Camille St. Cyr." :-) Well, one can hope.

I think that William Russ is fine in the role. However, since, per Maria Arena Bell, Y&R is taking the character in "another direction", Stephen Nichols is an excellent choice. Now, that Y&R has upped the ante and hired a "true" daytime actor/superstar, I am looking forward to what they have planned for Tucker McCall. 

Let's keep our fingers crossed for recasts of VICTORIA, MAC, MALCOLM, Eden, Daisy and, sorry, Chance.   

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*LMAO!* SoapSnob!

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What wonderful news as I get to see Stephen on a soap again. So glad to have him on board. Thank you for this great information. Now there are some other cast members that TPTB need to ferret out too.

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So glad to hear Stephen Nichols will be on Y&R.  This also tells me that there is a lot more to Tucker than meets the eye, and MAB & Co. are taking the character "in another direction" so hopefully that means that Y&R is going back to the business rivalries of the past.  It might also offer much welcomed relief to the Victor/Jack, Victor/Nicky, Victor/ Victoria&Nick merrygoround that's gone on forever.

Now if they will recast Victoria (when is AH going on maternity leave?) and rethink the Malcom recast.  We could stand to lose Clem too.

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I just wanted to mention that William Russ has acted on daytime before, although it's been over 30 years since he appeared on a soap. Mr. Russ played Burt McGowan (son of Detective Gil McGowan) on NBC's Another World for about 2 years.

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Makes sense.  Nichols is not only the same age but he's also sexier and can play threatening.  If the goal is for Tucker to be a threat against Kay, Victor, and Jack, we know from Nichols' work on GH  that he can play a sophisticated, ruthless anti-hero/villain and display great emotional depth.  Nichols has the ability to be a new Eric Braeden.

Nichols also can not only play opposite against Jess Walton but could play against younger actresses like Michelle Stafford or Amelia Heinle more easily than Russ.  This makes Tucker a sexual competitor in Genoa City in a way that William Russ couldn't. 

Moreover, it doesn't hurt that Nichols has a dedicated fans who might follow him to Y&R. 

That said, I  did like Russ.  He was just starting.  I wonder what pushed Y&R over the edge?  If Nichols is to start filming on the 17 December, does anyone wonder if ATWT's cancellation became a motivator to try to strengthen Y&R's viability?   

I'd be interested to see if Y&R will do the same with other actors.  Y&R has stuck by the unpopular Clementine Ford.

SoapSnob,

I'm more patient with John Driscoll.  Y&R hasn't done a good job of writing for the character.  The writing for him has been haphazard and not focused on delivering a compelling story. 

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 I would've liked Ben Masters (ex-Julian, Passions).

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I like Ben Masters but I think Nichols has a larger fan base, which probably was part of the decision to hire him.

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And again, I  do feel bad for Mr. Russ.  He's a great actor and I wish that things had gone differently for him. 

My image of William Russ is from his days on Wise Guy when he had reddish blonde hair.  He was a leaner and had an edge.  I wonder if Y&R  had thought about dying his hair blond to sexy him up a bit?  Y&R gave Clementine ford hair extensions shortly after she arrived to make her look younger...

Spilt milk....

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Now this is exciting!  I've always liked Patch, I mean Stephan, I mean Stephen Nichols....He's sexy, sophisticated, and an extremely compelling actor to watch...

I like Russ, and would have like to see more of his portrayal, but I think Nichols will make a great addition to Genoa City...Please just don't have Gloria pawing all over him...also, I agree with Josstheguy, Nichols is definitely a way to sex up GC on multiple levels

To those who are bashing Clementine...AGREED!!!!  Mac is such an amazing character, and this girl is simply not doing ANYTHING with her.....

To those who are also sending "Eddie Winslow" packing...can we at least give him a chance to air first?  Lest we forget, plenty of people have been re-cast with actors who look nothing like them and (while not all) some have been successful....I immediately think of Kassie De Paiva who played completely against type by stepping into the role of Blaire Cramer, formerly played by an Asian woman.  Everyone's bashing McCrary because he's no Shemar Moore....let's face it, NOBODY is Shemar Moore, but I want the character of Malcolm back enough to at least say he's worth giving a chance....

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Can someone recast Y&R's writing team now too please, you know, to write actual good stories to go along with good actors?

Y&R has been horrible creatively for months now, not just boring, but totally unrecognizable. This show needs some kind of shake up behind the scenes. Hogan Shefffer, Scott Hamner, and Paul Rauch have gotta go!

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Plzzzzz  let see how he acts first before making  judgement .All this negative comments is about his looks ok. I agree he does not  match up to shemar looks  but  look at Earnest Borgnine  he win Academy for Marty a classic movie and he was not  a good looking  man

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Actually, I  like Clementine Ford as Mac.  Mac has always been a mello child.  Go back and watch clips of the original Mac on YouTube.  Mac was always very relaxed. 

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Hmmm? I liked Tucker 1.0? But I guess in Daytime, you want that DRAW from fans of other shows, and Stephen Nichols certainly has that.......yet I'm not one of his big fans (Back in the day I used to watch DOOL & GH when he was on both)

But my question is.......and again, Tucker 1.0 doesnt suck as an actor and they were verrrrry quick with the trigger here. How are Clemintine Ford 'n Amelia Heinlie still around?? How?? (Especially C. Ford).....how?!

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Huh. So I posted my comment and went back and read the others. Three comments:

1) Does ANYONE like Mac?

2) I'm going to give Eddie Winslow that chance. However, the writing/casting team are crazy. He and "Lily" are about.....10-12 years apart in (real) age. And I KNOW we are supposed to forget all that, but I bet my Christmas Bonus they'll look more like siblings on air. And I also bet that'll be in my head every time I watch them on screen.

3) Had they not recasted with  Tucker with "Patch", here's my pick: John Reilly (GH/Passions)!! As a kid, one of my FAAAAAAVORITE Daytime Scene's EVER was Sean & Tiffany's wedding. Elsie Mae Krumpholtz......when Sean EVER heard Tiff's real name during the vows - just hysterical!!! God, I miss those fun days of GH....

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josstheguy

Mac has been a very drip of a character but the original "Mac" had something else with her.  She was a good actress and could pull that off and she didn't always have the same facial expression.  I think one of the best memories I have of Ashley Bashioum's Mac is when they did the intervention for Katherine.  That moment when she had to face Katherine and tell her she was going to let go was powerful!  When I get home today I will post the clip but that's how you play the character of Mac. 

I was on the fence with Clementine for a long time, but it's been too long for me to defend her any longer.  She is horrible in the role and a recast is needed yesterday!

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Wow that was quick. Its also nice that William Russ decided to give CBS the handle to relay the story to fans. I guess the Bill's other project seems a lot more exciting. Kudos to him in his newest adventure.

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I so wanted Stefan to come back to GH but since he is on Y&R I think I will put that sucky show back on my DVR.

I will watch that man in anything.

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 Oh :/ I kind of wanted him to come back to GH.

And poor Mr. Matthews.

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JaSamLover,

Yeah, I would have liked Stefan Cassadine back also.  Frankly, I was hoping that GH would have snapped up Eric Braeden as Mikos Cassadine!  That would have been most excellent.  Think of the havoc he and Helena could cause!  Alex and her daughters would get to meet their pop/grandfather.  Nicholas would have been interesting as he struggled with his grandfather. 

Helena is a good character but she's become so extreme over the years.  A returned Mikos would have just turned things around.  A cold war between them would have been awesome.  Threats and lots of sexual tension.

And, GH, HELLO!, you could have gotten a lot of Y&R  viewers to tune in to see Braeden.  CBS has no competitive show at the same time.

Michael Nader might be a little young for Mikos but he had a huge fan base at AMC.  If GH wanted to have some fun and move ever so gently away from the Sonny and Jason Lovefest, the show should find away to reinvigorate the Cassadines as a real Big Bad.