PRAISE SOAP JESUS: Billy “Killer” Miller Re-Ups at Young and Restless!





How's this for a perfect start to Daytime Emmy weekend? CBS Soaps in Depth tweeted in the wee hours of the morning that one of our fav-or-ite soapers—and one of the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor (he won in 2010)— Billy Miller has renewed his contract with The Young and the Restless!

According to SID, the dude Daytime Confidential's Jillian Bowe christened "Killer Miller" because of his penchant for MURDERING every scene (in an oh-so-good way), signed on for another year of bringing us the sexy, rowdy, passionate Billy Abbott. Man it feels good to write a positve post about Y&R!

Photo by PR Photos

74 Responses

  1. Profile photo of bishbay
    bishbay

    I think this is a good thing, on balance, though it probably means that the Walking Dead aka Amelia Heinle will be sticking around, which is bad news. On the bright side this hopefully means Miller will reengage with the material…he’s not been himself for a couple of months in my opinion. Just not fully there.

    In my dream world they’ll fire Heinle and recast her with Gina Tognoni, or failing that break up Billy and Victoria, backburner her, and chem test Billy with the two or three women on the show he hasn’t yet been paired with. Wasn’t Lily better with him? I think she was. What about Billy and Leslie?

  2. Profile photo of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    congrats to Y&R for knowing what they have and hanging on to it. The show could still get the weed eater out and mow down some of the cast. The cast is much better now ( really the best cast on daytime by a mile overall) than it was this time last year but it feels awfully bloated. There isn’t even enough time for fan favorites like Jill and Kay, Lauren, and especially Nina. We are too busy with the newby characters or characters we don’t even care about (Daisy). As good as Tristen Rogers is, and as famous as Genie Francis is and on another show these aquisitions might be a bumper. But this cast is already filled with great talent and famous actors, that we love and would tune in to see. Just point the cam to Tricia Cast, Billy Miller, Eric Braeden, Jess Walton, Sean Kanan, or any number of other actors on this show and watch them go…..

  3. Profile photo of
    AlistairCrane

    Not a fan. I liked Billy Miller in his first few months but the character never recovered from being reunited with Mac. Plus, Miller started hamming it up and only delivers campy performances now.

  4. Profile photo of BillyMillerFan
    BillyMillerFan

    Best news ever!!! Love him and love Villy! So glad my favorite actor is staying and can’t wait to see what’s in store for my favorite couple. This news made my day!

  5. Profile photo of RebeccaJ
    RebeccaJ

    I didn’t like Billy Miller when he first came on and was doing all that stupid grimacing in place of acting, but he seems to have matured nicely–except every once in a while, he flashes a grimace!–so I’m glad he’s staying.

  6. Profile photo of Duchess
    Duchess

    Praise soap Jesus indeed! I’m so freaking happy right now! I just adore Billy Miller, Billy Abbott, and Billy/Victoria. I’m so glad there will be at least another year of Killer Miller and Amelia Heinle magic!

  7. Profile photo of
    AlistairCrane

    The problem with Billy is that they really still haven’t been able to find a stable love interest for him with whom he has chemistry (Amelia Heinous doesn’t count—they have no chemistry and the pairing is forced and contrived). I liked his chemistry with Vail Bloom’s Heather—now THAT’S a couple I could’ve gotten behind!

  8. Profile photo of
    AlistairCrane

    ^^ Yes. He told people he was leaving. Obviously they paid up. Interesting that it’s only for a year. I expect him to bolt next summer.

    At least now the “Jacob Young as Billy” rumours should die. Hopefully HE will go back to B&B!

  9. Profile photo of richalan67
    richalan67

    This is good news. His chemistry with AH is amazing. I don’t find it forced or contrived at all. I am glad that this will keep on the screen in a front and center sl.

  10. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    Keeping fingers crossed that they end Villy. OMG, I’m tired of that boring couple. I don’t think I can handle another year of them. He had more chemistry with other women.

  11. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    I knew he wasn’t going anywhere. He knows that there aren’t that many stable jobs out there these days for actors, so he did the SMART thing and stayed put!!! Good for him!!

    Still waiting on that Victoria recast…………….

    Any day now…………………. (twiddles thumbs in anticipation!)

  12. Profile photo of
    matealestlmo

    Alston,

    I’m thrilled that he’s staying with Y&R as well. I too want the role of Victoria recast. Amelia was okay when she first came on but over the years, I’ve really wondered how on earth she actually became an actress in the first place!

    Jamey, thank you for making my weekend with the best news ever!

  13. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Matealestimo–

    I wish they would have SNATCHED up Tamara Braun as a Victoria recast before GH asked her back. She’ll now be returning to GH. They can still hire Gina Tognoni, Rebecca Budig or maybe find some way to snatch Sarah Brown from B&B!!! But we know they like to torture us with bad actors, so they won’t!!!!

  14. Profile photo of
    matealestlmo

    I honestly don’t know why B&B still has Sarah Brown on re-curring when she hasn’t done a show in months. They might as well just announce that she’s no longer with the show. Same thing with Lesli Kay (Felicia) and Ashley Jones (Bridget). We rarely see Mr. Beemer (Owen) anymore and as of either yesterday or today, Rick Hearst (Whip) goes on recurring as well. They could easily just let those 4 go all together, which will free up a lot of money and space on the B&B canvas.

  15. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    I’d rather have Rebecca Budig than Alicia Minshew. My first and favorite pick is Gina Tognoni. I don’t really care at this point, but anyone besides the current dry version.

  16. Profile photo of
    AlistairCrane

    Tamara Braun is apparently NOT returning to GH after all, so she could still be Victoria one day! That being said, this regime REFUSES to recast Vicki. They have had several opportunities in the past and did not have to renew her contract earlier this year. This show very rarely admits their casting mistakes. The fact that Eden Riegel is still on this show is mind-boggling. At least they admitted Maura West wasn’t a fit for Diane.

  17. Profile photo of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    Wasn’t it known that Gina Tognoni was offered the role of Victoria but turned it down to return to OLTL? I hope the offer still stands.

    As for Tamara Braun, I loved her version of Carly, didn’t watch AMC when she was on, thought she was good as Ava on Days (but in a ridiculous storyline), but as Taylor she is horrid. I know that she is completely wrong for the part, but her acting isn’t great either. She stutters every line and overacts every scene. Because of this, I’m hesitant to see her as Victoria.

  18. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    Whoops that was Sarah Aldrich. I don’t remember her Victoria.

    I didn’t care for Tamara Braun as Carly. She was my least favorite version of her. Sarah Brown was the best Carly, hands down.

  19. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Dyllan,

    No. The only actresses who have played Victoria in the past 15 plus years have been Heather Tom, Sarah Aldrich ( in 1997 when Heather left briefly!) and Amelia Heinous. Sarah Aldrich does look kinda like Sarah Brown, which is probably why you mistook them for each other.

  20. Profile photo of
    AlistairCrane

    I believe Gina Tognoni said she was offered a part on Y&R, but around this time Amelia Heinous became pregnant. So if that role were Victoria, it obviously fell through because they didn’t want to fire a pregnant woman. I think she’d be good in the part, but I don’t think I could get past seeing her as Kelly Cramer.

  21. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    I’ve been very vocal about my dislike for Victoria as played by Amelia H. and said that I wondered what Gina Tognoni would do with the part. However, Gina’s return as Kelly Cramer has really been lackluster for me.

    I just don’t know if Gina would really be that much of an improvement over Amelia.

  22. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    SoapArmageddon–

    I agree that Gina’s return on OLTL has been pretty forgettable, but I blame that on the writing, not Gina. When Gina is given great material to work with, she always delivers. She did so on Guiding Light, winning two Emmys in the process. I didn’t see her original stint on OLTL, so I can’t comment on that, but I love her to death and truly believe that she can sell ANYTHING.

    Gina is best when she’s dealing with intense emotional trauma, and everyday I see Amelia TRYING to convince me that Victoria is going through trauma over losing her child, I think about how MAGNIFICENT actors like Gina Tognoni, Sarah Brown or Heather Tom would be with the same material. They would be knocking it out of the BALLPARK. Victoria needs to be STRONG and FIERY, not a wimp, which is essentially how Amelia plays her, as a spineless jellyfish. She can’t play “bitch” well, “heroine” well or highly dramatic material.

  23. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    SoapArmageddon—

    Kassie DePaiva is WAYYY too old to be Victoria. She’s 50 years old. Victoria is supposed to be in her late 30s. Kassie could play Victor’s LOVE interest, but not his daughter.

  24. Profile photo of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    I love Kassie Depaiva, but she is too old to play Victoria. She’s 50 years old (although she doesn’t look like it in the least!). MTS is only 5 years older.

  25. Profile photo of emblazoned
    emblazoned

    Lol SoapArmageddon! You are right – Nick and Jackie on B&B are a perfect example. And come to think of it, Blair was Asian before Kassie Depaiva came along so anything is possible!

  26. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    You guys won’t let me have my fantasy…That’s all right. :)

    We all know that age has never really been a huge consideration in casting decisions for the soaps.

    (OMG, She’s FIFTY???????? Where does time go?)

  27. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    On a random note, my mom predicted Y&R will hire Farah Fath as Diane, LOL.

    Kassie is definitely too old. She’s close to the age of Phyllis

  28. Profile photo of miztee246
    miztee246

    Actually, I would like to see Sarah Brown as Victoria for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Sarah could hold her own against Michelle Stafford’s Phyllis. Sarah has played a kick-ass character twice that I know of — Carly and Claudia on GH.

    With Sarah Brown in the role, a reinvigorated Victoria could be written in a powerful way and thus, put Phyllis in her place. She is long overdue!

  29. Profile photo of akbad806
    akbad806

    Sarah Buxton is a bit long in the teeth for Victoria, but she would’ve been perfect for Diane. I loved me some Annie Douglas on “Sunset Beach”!
    Anyone remember how she was pretty much the saving grace for that show?

  30. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    She’s pushing 47 years old………..haven’t seen her in years. I wonder if she’s even acting anymore? It is interesting to point out that she tried out for the role of Carly on GH back in 2005, along with Jamie Luner, who plays Liza on AMC. Of course, Laura Wright got the part. I don’t remember much about Sunset Beach, other than that woman who impregnated Vanessa with the turkey baster and the Terror Island story that James Reilly wrote.

  31. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=alstonboy4315] Victoria needs to be STRONG and FIERY, not a wimp, which is essentially how Amelia plays her, as a spineless jellyfish. She can’t play “bitch” well, “heroine” well or highly dramatic material.[/quote]

    There are no heroines or bitches or fiery women on Y&R now.

    It is:

    ridiculously traumatized victim (Lily, Sharon)

    useless whiner (Chloe, Heather, Victoria)

    psycho shrew (Genevieve, Katherine, Phyllis)

    punching bag (Nikki, Jill, Diane)

    As long as Y&R continues to hate and marginalize women it doesn’t matter who they cast in any role. I’ve seen Maura West turn crap into gold for 15 years and what does Y&R give her? Being tossed out of an ambulance.

  32. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    ^You can use those same labels 20 years ago. I still believe some viewers are stuck in the past and overly glamorize it and forget about its faults. BTW, are you into nihilism?

    I love how this thread is mostly about who should be recasted as Victoria, lol.

    Sarah Buxton? interesting.

  33. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Dyllan,

    You KNOW nobody that visits this website knows how to stay on topic, especially not me. And ask me if I care?? LOL!! Wherever the conversation drifts is where it drifts.

  34. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Carol2–

    I disagree with your notion that “it doesn’t matter who is playing Victoria” because the character and the writers are so screwed up. It’s amazing what a casting change can do for a character, in terms of making him or her more likable. There have been MANY characters who I have despised until CAPABLE actors came in who had the power to transform crap into sugar. I do blame the writers for decimating many of Y&R’s characters, but the responsibility STILL rests with the actors to give 100 percent to try to sell whatever’s on the page, and Amelia doesn’t do that. Sorry, she just doesn’t. An actress like Gina Tognoni or Tamara Braun would certainly help me to empathize with and root for Victoria more. Just my opinion. I don’t expect others to share it, but it is what it is………..

    And Maura West was great on ATWT, but she simply didn’t gel on Y&R for a number of different reasons. And I personally think that the writing for the character of Diane was simply ONE reason why she didnt’ work on the show, but a lot had to do with her just not being right for the role. I still contend that perhaps a different actress like Colleen Zenk or Nancy Lee Grahn might have made the character more likable. Maura West is great, but she didn’t work any miracles with this part.

  35. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=alstonboy4315]I disagree with your notion that “it doesn’t matter who is playing Victoria” because the character and the writers are so screwed up. It’s amazing what a casting change can do for a character, in terms of making him or her more likable. There have been MANY characters who I have despised until CAPABLE actors came in who had the power to transform crap into sugar.[/quote]

    Is there anyone you’ve felt that way about who has been recast during the time of MAB/Sheffer?

    Even when the actors are well-received, like Billy Miller or Michael Muhney, it doesn’t seem to make a difference in how the characters work on the canvas. Instead it becomes about writing around what best suits the actor. You can’t do that with an actress on Y&R because the people who run Y&R now don’t care about writing for women.

    Every high-profile actress who has been put on Y&R over the last few years has faltered. When it happens again and again and again, to women who have very different styles and characters, then I end up blaming the show.

  36. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=Dyllan]^You can use those same labels 20 years ago.[/quote]

    I disagree. I don’t believe the show had a major heroine like Sharon, who used a constantly changing definition of mental illness to justify sleeping with random men and not knowing who fathered her child, who went on about how this child was going to be a miracle, and who then promptly forgot her child because she was more interested in a life with the man who told her her child had died with severe deformities. I also don’t remember a major heroine like Lily, who was gaslighted for months by the man who supposedly loves her, until she had to check herself into a mental institution. Women who behaved like Phyllis were usually written as being outsiders and not to be taken seriously (Leanna Love, for instance), whereas Phyllis monopolizes the center of the show and just seems to devour story and character, usually just to fill up time. I don’t believe Phyllis would destroy her entire life because she needs her granddaughter, and within six months, I think it will all be forgotten.

    What set Y&R apart was many of the female characters in Bill Bell’s era had a certain mystery, and those who didn’t were easy to care about, down to earth. Now the female characters are either toxic or they can barely walk without falling over.

  37. Profile photo of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Carol2–

    To answer your question, no it hasn’t happened on Y&R during the past three years, I must admit. In fact, I have ended up HATING many female characters that I used to love, such as Phyllis and Chloe. I also find myself disliking Katherine Chancellor more and more, which hurts my heart since she used to be my favorite Y&R character. In fact, there isn’t ONE female character on this show, other than the recurring characters like Olivia and Traci, that I can honestly say that I LIKE. So you definitely have a point there. As Alistair Crane said, the only female characters on this show that manage to remain SOMEWHAT unscathed by the writers’ pens are the recurring ones.

    This show needs new writers, period. I don’t think ANYONE would argue with that.

    My strong desire to see Victoria recast is merely because of MY well-documented dislike of Amelia Heinle, and her acting choices, are lack thereof, in the part of Victoria. I simply think she’s a crappy actress and I want her gone. Simple as that. But it’s a moot point, because we all know they aren’t getting rid of her.

  38. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=alstonboy4315]And Maura West was great on ATWT, but she simply didn’t gel on Y&R for a number of different reasons. And I personally think that the writing for the character of Diane was simply ONE reason why she didnt’ work on the show, but a lot had to do with her just not being right for the role. I still contend that perhaps a different actress like Colleen Zenk or Nancy Lee Grahn might have made the character more likable. Maura West is great, but she didn’t work any miracles with this part.[/quote]

    All Diane did her entire time back in town was prostitute herself. I don’t even think NLG would play that material.

    Maybe someone could have been better than Maura but I don’t think the talent would have mattered. Not only because they only wanted to write Diane as a whore, but also because of backstage interference (Josh Morrow working against a Nick/Diane pairing).

  39. Profile photo of
    An_Emmy_For_Julia_Pace_Mitchell

    JONATHAN JACKSON lets out a MILLION “REAL TEARS” LMAO aT THE REPUBLICAN BIGGOT JACKSON

  40. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=alstonboy4315]My strong desire to see Victoria recast is merely because of MY well-documented dislike of Amelia Heinle, and her acting choices, are lack thereof, in the part of Victoria. I simply think she’s a crappy actress and I want her gone. Simple as that. But it’s a moot point, because we all know they aren’t getting rid of her.[/quote]

    I definitely get that. I’ve always tried to see better in Heinle because I enjoyed her work on Loving, but I can understand why people would want her gone. I’d like to just see Victoria leave and not be recast. Everything about the character that I knew is dead. The scene where she bowed down so Victor could pat her head to forgive her was the scene where I said goodbye to Victoria once and for all.

  41. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    Who are these great heroines and vixens in the past? Maybe you could offer an example Carol2, then I could see your point.

    And let’s be real, “Vixen” is code word of a strong, modern, woman, who doesn’t take crap from anyone. I don’t want any vixen to be marginalized. I hated that Leanna Love was marginalized. That’s sending a message to women, that if your liberal, you don’t count.

    Second, what’s with the Jackson hate? I love him. How is he a racist?

  42. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=Dyllan]Who are these great heroines and vixens in the past? Maybe you could offer an example Carol2, then I could see your point. [/quote]

    Traci, Nina, Ashley, Lauren, Jill, Victoria, Nikki, Drucilla, Olivia. I wasn’t a fan of Christine but even she was more tolerable than the Lily/Sharon variety of heroine.

    “And let’s be real, “Vixen” is code word of a strong, modern, woman, who doesn’t take crap from anyone. I don’t want any vixen to be marginalized. I hated that Leanna Love was marginalized. That’s sending a message to women, that if your liberal, you don’t count.”

    None of what you mentioned exists on Y&R now, in my opinion. In the past on Y&R even many mainstream heroines were strong, modern, and self-reliant.

    I didn’t mind that Leanna was marginalized because this meant it was less about some big character study and more about how entertaining she was and how her mania affected other characters. Now you have someone like the recent incarnation of Phyllis, who runs over everyone, but is still presented as a heroine.

  43. Profile photo of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    ^Traci would be spineless victim like Sharon and Lily. She was being tortured and mocked by Lauren. Got Bulimia. Got cheated on.

    Nina…useless whiner. All she did was whine about her men and bitching with Jill. Why did she have Chance? What was the point? Remember the porn storyline?

    Jill…useless whiner. All she did (well since Jess Walton took over)was bitch and grip at people.

    Ashley always went crazy. Nikki has stayed pretty much in character. It was always the same except the storyline are just not executed properly or as creative.

  44. Profile photo of
    AlistairCrane

    Holy crap, I had no idea Sarah Buxton was so old! Last time I saw her on anything was Days in 2004 and she looked pretty good to me!

  45. Profile photo of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    I am all for recasting Victoria. I would however like to know the age that you would recast her for. She was actually born over a decade before Billy. She was soras’s to be an adult by the time Billy was born. Then Billy was soras’d and I think is younger than Victoria at this time but by how much I am not sure. AH is only about six years older than BM. I get confused and dazed by soras’d characters. This is one thing that makes me scratch my head about it. At one point, Victoria was old enough to be Billy’s mother. Now she is about the age of a big sister, which oddly enough Billy was once played by David Tom who is Heather Tom’s younger brother. If both characters were recast with earlier performers, we would have a brother and sister acting as husband and wife lol. Sarah Brown does fit a little bit. She is a couple of years younger than AH. I was thinking about Martha Byrne as well. She is about 3 years older than AH about 10 older than BM. And she can hold her own with strong women characters. She played up against the baddest bitch ever her mother on ATWT for decades. The age difference might be a little more noticable but both of them are great actors so I don’t see why it couldn’t happen (she is only 6 years older than Heather Tom).

  46. Profile photo of kerfuffles
    kerfuffles

    [quote=bishbay]I think this is a good thing, on balance, though it probably means that the Walking Dead aka Amelia Heinle will be sticking around, which is bad news. On the bright side this hopefully means Miller will reengage with the material…he’s not been himself for a couple of months in my opinion. Just not fully there.

    [/quote]

    Totally agree. Billy Miller’s talents as Billy Abbott have been completely squandered in this pairing with Victoria. AH’s Victoria sucks the life out of every man she’s paired with, and it’s a crying shame that she’s doing this now to Billy Miller’s Billy.

    They need to get him out of this pairing ASAP and get him into a storyline where Billy can shine again instead of playing Victoria purse holder, baby-buyer and crazy nanny-higher

  47. Profile photo of Carol2
    Carol2

    [quote=Dyllan]^Traci would be spineless victim like Sharon and Lily. She was being tortured and mocked by Lauren. Got Bulimia. Got cheated on.[/quote]

    She also found a career she loved, gained self-respect, and found happiness with a partner.

    No one on Y&R has that type of character growth now. Instead, as with Sharon, they just regress and regress.

  48. Profile photo of flyhigh5
    flyhigh5

    Sweet! I was hoping we’d get this news soon. Billy Abbott is one of my favorite characters and Billy M makes the role seem custom-made for him. I love the pairing of him of Victoria – and I’ve become a fan of Amelia as Victoria. Definitely the right move by Y&R to re-sign him.

  49. Profile photo of tedew
    tedew

    alstonboy … how could anyone not like Traci ever? She certainly does possess the most sense of any woman in Genoa City.

    Regarding Billy Miller …
    Now that he is not leaving it will be interesting to see where that character goes. I don’t mind him but the mugging does have to go and I’d rather not have to see his character nearly ruin himself again. He needs something different and more challenging to do for while.

  50. Profile photo of AHeart4Fiction
    AHeart4Fiction

    I’m glad Killer Miller decided to stay but I think a change of s/l would do the character of Billy some good. It isn’t like Billy to illegally buy babies, hold Victoria’s purse and lose his sense of humor.

Leave a Reply