Michael Badalucco on Y&R: “How Could I Say No”?

TV Guide’s Michael Logan talked with Michael Badalucco regarding his role on The Young and the Restless. The Practice star shed some light as to how he landed a role in daytime.
TV Guide Magazine: How’d a guy like you wind up in Genoa City?

Badalucco: My agent called and said Y&R wanted to offer me a role that might last a little while. I used to watch it when I was back at New Paltz College in the ’70s, and the show’s still on and it’s No. 1! I’ve never worked in this genre and I kinda like the idea, as I get older, of reaching a whole new daytime demographic — the female kind. I got no problem with that! But the main reason I took it? My cousin, Rosemary, and my best friend, Ray, never miss the show. There’s no way I wasn’t gonna do this job! My wife, Brenda, is excited, too. How could I say no?

Badalucco also gave a little taste of what to expect with his character, Hogan.

TV Guide Magazine: Tell us about Hogan.

Badalucco: He’s a great character — the kind of guy who’ll cry at a wedding, but then the next day he might have to break the groom’s legs over an unpaid bet.

This is Genoa City and not Port Charles right? I kid……

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10 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Bob

    I am sure that I am in the minority here, but I really like this actor. I LOVED his character on The Practice. I think it will be nice to see him on Y&R.

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    that makes two of use in the minority. I was thinking that he could be a different presprective on a loan shark. He is a really good actor and feel he will fit right in with Gloria and Jeffery.. Can you think of the comic situations they all can do. The only thing I am worried about is that they are gonna go Campy with this story. I know soon we will be hearing from the folks who think this is a bad idea.

  3. Profile photo of pennywise555

    Why do people who cast soaps think that casting someone from prime time or movies is such a big deal to the viewers?

    It’s not. This “famous” actor casting is really for themslves not the viewers. I guess they feel working for primetime or movies is a step up for them, so getting and actor from this area is an accomplishment.

    Not for me because I can watch prime time and/or movies anytime I want. In soaps I would rather keep the cast members I’m familiar with than a bunch of names running through. Many times I don’t even know they are “famous” and when I do recognize them it’s distracting. I don’t think of a soap as a movie or show, but as a continuation of families I know living their lives.

    This is a waste of time and money. I would rather the writers concentrate on making the story interesting and using the veteran actors.

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    Badalucco ROCKS…..no doubt about it!! I’ve never heard any arguments to the contrary, in fact. Just hope he doesn’t have exceptionally high standards going into this. After all, Maria Bell is CERTAINLY no David E. Kelley!!!!!!!!

    Not even remotely close………..

    Tread lightly, sir…..and get ready to improvise!!!!!

    H) H)

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    Jamey Giddens

    I have loved many of  Y&R’s stunt casts…on the shows they belonged on. I don’t think people have a problem with the actors, but WHAT is the point? Maria writes like she is show runner for a crime procedural. Plot to plot to plot with special guest stars. It’s Law & Order: Genoa City and that is not what Y&R used to be about.

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    I liked him just fine on “The Practice” and he will be okay on Y and R, but we just have too many actors now that we rarely see and it doesn’t make a lot of sense to add new ones. He is a nice guy, but doubt he will bring any new audience with him and Y and R does need that.

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    I don’t care who plays a character, if I like the character and the actor fits the role. When Joan Collins played Alex on GL, she brought absolutely nothing to the role. On the other hand I loved Joan Van Ark when she was on Y&R. On daytime, I really believe a characters best chance is if the person playing him or her was NOT anyone special before they joined the show. Think of daytimes biggest stars and their characters. Very few of them were name recognizable when they joined their respective shows.
    Oh we knew Victor Newman from a small role in Planet of the Apes movies. But we didn’t know his name.
    Some people knew Kim Zimmer before GL from the Doctors but she was hardly a household name.
    But when we think of Rachel Cory or Nikki Newman or Erica Kane or Sammi Brady, these stars became stars BECAUSE of the role they played on just one show.

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    Next month Maria has Miss Piggy join the series when she is revealed to be the deceased Philips sister Porky Chancellor and wants control of the Chancellor empire.

    She enters and for the first few months is walking around her room at the Goeona City Athletic Club holding a picture of Kay, talking to herself, secretly eaves dropping on the dame, and sending her cryptic bacon.

    Kermit will play her lawyer sidekick who wonders why the already rich diva is interested in her brother’s company, warning her the pain it could cause.

    Then Porky Chancellor will enter diva style into a boardroom meeting laying claim to Chancellor Industries and throwing everyone out.

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