Wishful Casting: All My Children and Hollywood Heights Star Shannon Kane as Y&R’s Lily!

Rumors are swirling all over the web that Christel Khalil is on her way out of Genoa City on The Young and the Restless. Like many of the soap's fans, I immediately started wondering who would be the perfect recast for the role of Lily Winters?

While I loved Davetta Sherwood—who took over the last time Khalil exited the series—in the role, I think Jill Farren Phelps can save time by calling up one of her Hollywood Heights stars, the sexy, stunning Shannon Kane!

The All My Children alum plays Traci, the long-suffering wife of a music industry power player, in the limited-run, Nick-at-Nite sudser. She also appeared in the urban box office hit Madea's Big Happy Family. I think Kane has the right amount of spunk, sultry grit and venom to embody the daughter of the "late", great Drucilla Winters (Victoria Rowell). What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments!

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29 Responses

  1. Profile photo of bishbay

    Jamey, serious question: Is the shiteous Hollywood Heights the only show you’ve got time to watch nowadays? How many Wishful Castings from there is this? Seems like the last three or four.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Jamey, serious question: Is the shiteous Hollywood Heights the only show you’ve got time to watch nowadays?
    Since you know daggone well I watch more shows than Hollywood Heights, ain’t nothing serious about that question.

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    Normally, I think your Wishful Casting decisions have been brilliant, Jamey and while I liked Shannon Kane on AMC, I think that…hey, if they’re going to cast ‘Lily’…they might as well take the effort to make sure the casting decision works. I still think TPTB should try to bring back Davetta Sherwood. And I’ll tell you why…

    Davetta Sherwood could play Dru’s daughter very convincingly, she can play Neil’s daughter convincingly. She could even play Malcolm’s daughter convincingly. And all combinations above.

    I’m getting a mental image of Kane and Kristoff St. John and it doesn’t entirely ring a father/daughter dynamic to me. Even though the Daniel Graziadei/Michelle Stafford is a bit of a stretch but somehow it works maybe because Graziadei still looks a bit boyish and Michelle is entirely convincing as an overwrought, overbearing mother. As stunning and grown up as Zoe Kravitz is, I still know that she is Lenny Kravitz’ daughter. But I’m having trouble seeing Shannon Kane as Kristoff’s Baby Girl.

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    [quote=J Bernard Jones]Shannon Kane = Never Going to Happen as Lily. She might want a Black boyfriend.[/quote]

    Well, NuLily dumps OLD Cane on day one. Problem solved. It won’t matter if she dumps Cane because the Lane fans will no longer be watching if Christel Khalil is not playing Lily. They won’t accept any other actress in the role and will be unwilling to watch a NuLily with Cane. They only watch Y&R for Cane/Lily anyway and not for any of the other characters or storylines. JFP probably knows this which is why she probably doesn’t give a rat’s ass about upsetting them. They watch Y&R for Cane and Lily and ff through the rest of the show.

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    @Coffee_Junkie: That means they like first grader tea-pot style acting.

    “I’m a little teapot, short and stout
    Here is my handle (one hand on hip), here is my spout (other arm out straight)
    When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
    Just tip me over and pour me out!
    (As song ends, lean over and tip arm out like a spout.)

    I’m a clever teapot, yes it’s true
    Here’s an example of what I can do
    I can change my handle to my spout (Switch arm positions and repeat tipping motion.)
    Just tip me over and pour me out.”

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    [quote=harlee490]I don’t care who is casted for NuLily, I’m just thankful…but Jamey the actress is hot, as long as she can act with the big boys.[/quote]

    She seems pretty good in that clip. I just don’t care for the photo. She looks too damned happy.

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    As someone pointed out, the casting call included the words “a delightful sense of humor”. I cannot recall Lily ever having anything close to a sense of humor. Much less, a delightful one.

    Her whole tenure on Y&R has consisted of being statutorily raped, catching an STD, being tossed by a porn-addicted husband, and getting mind-f**ed by the second husband, an Aussie con-man.

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    @everyone: Shannon Kane could go head to head with Michelle Stafford. And plus, she is 25. Right in the age they say JFP’s likes. And she knows how to bring that edge to a scene. Much like VR did on Y&R, a lot of the mannerisms and play on words was stuff SK added in, which made Natalia authentic. And I could see her being a lead of the Winter’s clan. Taking on the “big momma” role in the family.

    Because the Winter’s family is missing that strong female presence that not one African America family is without.

    Keeping it real, African American families (no matter what their social class level) are not like the Beavers. They are more like the Cosby’s! d

    Of course I don’t know of any American family today where their kids says

    “Gosh golly gee willikers, dad!”

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    While I think Valeeta did okay as Lily, her scenes with Daniel were awkward and she didn’t share the same chemistry as Christel. AND this is not gonna turn into Hollywood Heights folks…I’ll pass on JFP’s starlet.

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    THAT CAN’T BE POSSIBLE!!! Why would they recast Lily when the actress is tremendous and the only issues anyone might have with her is the pure fact that her character’s pairing with Cane has been an utter boring combo and Cane, as well as the actor, should never have been brought back to the story.

    I hope that the rumors going around are wrong and that the casting call is for a new actress and character.

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    I am not a fan of the AMC actress. I saw her on that show and she always came across as cold and over confident. Sure, it was possibly the way the role was written but I never once warmed up to her in the 2 or so years she was there.

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    I always commented that Shannon Kane had a lot of raw potential on AMC, but due to how horribly conceived and written her character was, she never really got her just desserts! But I do recall her saying in an interview a few years back that she really wanted to pursue a film career and that soaps were probably going to be a temporary job. I don’t see her joining another soap.

    Davetta Sherwood would be a FOOL to come back to this show after how they treated her, and to be truthfully honest, I was never a HUGE fan of Sherwood’s!

    How about Chrystee Pharris? She originally auditioned for the role of Lily, but for reasons that will NEVER make any sense to me, they didn’t pick her. She would have been MUCH better than Khalil and Sherwood. So that’s my wishful casting and I’m sticking to it: CHRYSTEE PHARRIS AS NULILY!!!

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    [quote=david46208]@Jamey Giddens: Yes Yes Yes. She has what it takes. Got the chops! The spunk. And I don’t want Sony to come to any deal with such an 1 note actress if you can call CK that. I’m keeping it real. So yeah Shannon Kane would be it! http://youtu.be/-p7y7UiHUng

    I think we just found out next Lily…that would be great casting. Looks like CK. But seems to be a far better actress. I saw decetn range in teh clip. She was sweet, then spunky, then sexy, then sweet again, then pissed. And not over the top. she could do it justice.

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