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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They FINALLY give Jess Walton/Jill a suitable leading man, and DUMP the actor within a month. Why am I not surprised??  They seem to have NO interest whatsoever in writing for her.

So they want to take the character in a "different direction" huh? Probably into ASHLEY'S bed, would be my guess. Either that or Phyllis.

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I, like others are bummed that this means Nichols isn't headed back to GH soon. With everything happening to Nikolas right now, that would have been sooo good. I just hope he has more chemestry with Jess Walton, cause I'm not buying this 'heat' that she has with Tucker now.

Can we just recast Victoria now, please?!! Mac is a lost cause for me. She and Lily can both just fall in a hole somewhere.

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Didn't have anything against William Russ as Tucker just yet other than I didn't understand why with all the gifted soap actors out of work Y&R seemed to be going out of its way to cast prime time actors from now go by the wayside tv shows.

However,I'm thrilled to hear about Stephen Nichols....nobody does charming with twist of shady better. Plus I think he will have major sizzle with Jess Walton.

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Basically off subject, but I still say Mandy Bruno would be perfect as Mac. D'Andre Whitfield as Malcolm.

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Still off subject, but I don't understand why everyone keeps talking about Eddie Winslow being so much younger than Shemar.....there's only a six year age difference.  Perhaps we've forgotten that Darius has, indeed, aged since Family Matters went off the air....

He is young to play Christel Khalil's father, since she's only 11 years younger than him....but she's only 17 years younger than Shemar Moore....

Not to mention, the age difference between Soap Opera parents and children has ALWAYS been unrealistic....

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I agree, Freerhythm.  I don't have a problem with Darius being only a bit older, but he doesn't look anything like Shemar Moore.  I just don't buy it.  Why they recast Malcolm with him is beyond me. 
With the age thing, there are plenty of actors/actresses with very little age difference.  Two of the Billies on Days of OUr Lives have only been like 10 to 15 years younger than Kate.  Not to mention Tonya Boyd being only eight years older than Renee Jones. So I definitely agree.

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This is great news!

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The whole issue with Darius McCrary being cast as Malcom is th at he looks nothing like his previous portrayer. I think he is going to stick out like a sore thumb. If you take most people who know the character of Malcom and the actor Shemar Moore and you showed them a picture of his replacement they would probably think it was a joke.

The age thing isn't as big of a deal because daytime does that all the time. I still think DM should have been cast as a recast version of Lil Nate, but whatever its all said and done with now. I'm interested to see his interpretation of Malcom, but I can tell you now...if I was a betting man I would say he will be gone in six months! It is what it is.

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I am about a month behind on the DVR, but I did skip some weeks ahead to see this Tucker McCall.  William Russ was not as disappointing in this role as some others previously mentioned have been in theirs, but I am ecstatic about Stephen "Patch" Nichols.  Nichols is an old-school actor--the kind of actor who emotes rather than play-acts or recites script.  I root for Nichols in every role he has played (hence my screen name).  I hope Tucker McCall takes Victor DOWN!  This is the kind of shake-up this boring ass show needs.

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*putting watch Y&R on list of New Year's Resolutions*

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I agree! I'm sure Darius McCrary is a great guy, but I just can't get on board with this recast! It's such a STUPID move.  They couldn't find someone else? What about someone else who has actually acted in the soap world already? 

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Off subject again, but: Oh dear. Sheila's coming back.  This should be interesting.   It's the old tried and true Young and the Restless tactic, but God I love a good psycho character on soaps! :) 

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I love Stephen Nichols and remember when Patch first appeared on DAYS.
They did nothing with him this time around (surprise!)
Liked him as Stefan but he was not so well written then either.
I actually like William Russ and his chemistry with Jess Walton, so it's surprsing that they're letting him go.
I am wondering if it's possible that Katherine had a son instead of a daughter? Don't know enough of the back story to see if that's a "fact" that could be changed.

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My big problem with Russ wasn't with his acting. LIke others have said, Boy Meets World wasn't his only role. it was just his longest running one, and he could have played this character based on his other work (like Wiseguy). But the image they cast for the guy - sneakers and rumpled clothes - was a bad move, since it gave us (as Jamey put it) Lt. Columbo when they needed Bill Gates. I could see Russ' Tucker with Jill, but I could feel the laughter coming when I thought of him playing against Victor when the Black Knight returns.

Since Y&R tapes about 5-6 weeks ahead of air date, I wonder if TPTB saw something i scenes between Braeden and Russ that made them realize they needed someone stronger to play against The Mustache?

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Wow I really  liked and was looking forward to Russ's  Tucker McCall... I like both actor's work so?

You think it was a bad move ??  I liked how laid back Tucker is it drew me in to his character..I liked the sneakers and all that and type of chemistry he has with Katherine/Jill was amazing for me.....

There are powerhouses blllionnaires with this kind of persona  eg Steve Forbes type,  I hate when they do these things when I get use to a character one way and then I have to readjust...

I don't think I want Nichols to return as Stefan from the dead x2
they wrote him horridly when he came back to GH only to Ko him....don't know if its true  but I've read how he feels about Guza so  and I don't trust them to write him well ... I'm glad he's moved on...

Loved Russ in Wiseguys!!!  General Mobspittal needs to watch some of those  eppys.. This is really a disappointment...he even looked like a Tucker McCall...

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Scott Novick,

Bill Gates is an ubernerd.  He may be a ruthless jerk but he's never been suave or a natty dresser.

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YR is so bad these days not even SN will motivate me to tune back in.

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I really like William Russ in this role, so I'm disappointed. Clearly Tucker will no longer be a love interest for Jill.

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I just don't think this is gonna work, whoever it is.

Number one, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Tucker brought on to fill the hole left by Victor?  And now Victor's back.  This show is not gonna have enough room to support three aging power players like Victor, Jack AND  Tucker.  So what if he is Kay's kid, as everyone suspects?  That story is lame already.  You know what will happen from that reveal?  NOTHING.  He will probably have some backburner romance with Jill while Kay shakes her claw at 'em and  then poof, gone.  I think it's waste of time for poor Steve Nichols and for Y&R.

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JossTheGuy:

Yes, Gates is still nerdy, even with his Microsoft billions, but that wasn't the vibe I got from Tucker's image. To me, it seemed just off somehow, less nerdy and more slobby. Also, the way Tucker charmed his way into bed with Jill so easily seemed to clash with his look. It's like Y&R didn't know what they wanted Tucker to be other than a powerful billionaire whose name is on everyone's lips, and they mixed and matched to try and get an answer.

I really wanted to give Russ a shot, especially since I loved him on Wiseguy. Obviously, Stephen Cannell did, tto, since he brought Russ back to pinch hit when series star Ken Wahl was sidelined for a while. But what I was getting from what we've seen so far of Tucker is a good actor being plopped into a role that TPTB hadn't thought all the way through. Maybe the fact that Tucker was pitched along with Eric Braeden's contract woes was part of it, but I was expecting someone who, even if Braeden stayed, could go toe to toe with Victor, and I saw something else coming.

Had TPTB not replaced Russ, I would have given him a chance to see if things turned around, especially once Victor returned. But given what I've seen, I wasn't seeing a Clash of the Titans when Tucker and Victor inevitably got into each others orbits. Maybe Nichols can give us that.

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I liked William Russ. They should have cast him as someone related to Murphy. A working class man role would have better suit him.

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I love Stephen Nichols but I like William Russ as Tucker.  There was a connection with him & Jill.  I hope they keep Stephen around even if Eric is coming back....

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Can't wait!!! I love Stephen and if he's not going back to GH or DAYS then Y&R it is Smile I would love him playing off Michelle S or Eileen D. He is so amazingly talented!!! Good choice.

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Maybe Mary Beth Evans is next...

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From what I'm reading on other soap websites, I'm guessing that this could be someone related To Victor. They keep saying he's coming back with a vengeance, and McCall has something to do with it.
I also hope they replace Mac with Mandy. And I know Beth Ehlers doesn't want to move West, But she would be GREAT as Kathryns daughter! 
 

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I think he could be Victor's brother.