Lindsay Bushman Out as Young and Restless’ Summer Newman





Another blonde actress who plays a member of The Young and the Restless' fictional Newman clan has been let go. Relax, Melody Thomas Scott and Sharon Case fans!  Lindsay Bushman, who has been portraying Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis' (Michelle Stafford) annoying daughter Summer for a few months, has been let go, according to Soap Opera Uncensored. The role is set to be recast.

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  1. Avatar of Restless Fan
    Restless Fan

    Sweet Jesus, Thank God!!! I hope Fen and Kyle aren’t far behind! Keep those kids off the canvas for about 4-5 years and make us forget they existed. MAB aging all the younger set at once is another example of how she mismanaged the show. Talentless hag!!

  2. Avatar of ChristianDavis148
    ChristianDavis148

    Thank God indeed! Lindsay Bushman needed to go! I could not stand her! Even if the role is being recast, I certainly hope that JFP and the casting director hire a much better actress for the role and can play with the big wigs on the show!

  3. Avatar of ChristianDavis148
    ChristianDavis148

    [quote=glowery]Summer is just being recast, she is apparently still going to be around. I just hope the recast does not boost her into her 20′s. LOL[/quote]

    Glowery,

    I don’t think we have to worry about her being aged into her 20′s. I suspect that JFP knew that Summer was aged way too fast may end up making the character a bit younger than this current one that is being played Lindsay Bushman.

  4. Avatar of glowery
    glowery

    Why is Summer blonde? Does anyone not recognize highlighted hair when they see it. LOL Her hair color didn’t bother me near as much as her lack of acting skills.

    Now about possibly making Summer younger, that would be fine, but what to do with Kyle and Fen? Kyle was about 10 or 12 when Diane was murdered and now his is in his early 20′s? Fen and Summer should be close to the same age, so if they make her younger they need to recast Fen.

  5. Avatar of ChristianDavis148
    ChristianDavis148

    [quote=glowery]Now about possibly making Summer younger, that would be fine, but what to do with Kyle and Fen? Kyle was about 10 or 12 when Diane was murdered and now his is in his early 20′s? Fen and Summer should be close to the same age, so if they make her younger they need to recast Fen.[/quote]

    As I said in comment # 10, I think that’s what JFP will end up doing. Recasting Fen AND Kyle.

  6. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    While the actress wasn’t great, the SORASing of Summer was not that odd. Does anyone else remember a blonde, six-year-old Victoria going off to boarding school and returning a brunette, decade-older Heather Tom? Exact same thing happened with Nicholas.

  7. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    Good riddance!!!

    I’m sorry for the actress losing her job, but she’s young and has her whole life ahead of her. Summer ha been annoying and unnecessary character and only there to prop Phyllis. As far as I’m concerned, all characters around Phyllis can go. Including Summer.

    Why do they need to recast her??? Send Summer away to a boarding school/ university to get an education and learn something about life. Maybe she’ll come back matured. There is absolutely no need for Summer on the show. Bye!

  8. Avatar of ChristianDavis148
    ChristianDavis148

    [quote=Yoryla]Good riddance!!! I’m sorry for the actress losing her job, but she’s young and has her whole life ahead of her. Summer ha been annoying and unnecessary character and only there to prop Phyllis. As far as I’m concerned, all characters around Phyllis can go. Including Summer. Why do they need to recast her??? Send Summer away to a boarding school/ university to get an education and learn something about life. Maybe she’ll come back matured. There is absolutely no need for Summer on the show. Bye![/quote]

    I actually have to agree with Yoryla on this. She does need to go to boarding school and grow up a bit. I suspect after Phyllis’ trial that Nick will end up sending her to boarding school, but for how long, I have no idea.

  9. Avatar of ChristianDavis148
    ChristianDavis148

    [quote=aleana25]BRITTANY UNDERWOOD AS SUMMER OR KELLY MISSAL AS SUMMER[/quote]

    Are you freaking kidding me?! Brittany Underwood cannot act that well! Sorry, but I don’t want an actress who basically stole an Emmy from an actress who deserved it much more than she did!

  10. Avatar of holdingon
    holdingon

    She needs to go away for a while. This actress sucked, the worst young actress I’ve seen on a soap in awhile and that says alot considering those awful teens on OLTL in the past few years. She can return with a better unknown actress with a better attitude.

  11. Avatar of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    [quote=Jamey Giddens]While the actress wasn’t great, the SORASing of Summer was not that odd. Does anyone else remember a blonde, six-year-old Victoria going off to boarding school and returning a brunette, decade-older Heather Tom? Exact same thing happened with Nicholas.[/quote]
    However, I don’t believe Josh Morrow looks old enough to be this Summer’s father. EB appeared to be the right age when Heather Tom was cast.

  12. Avatar of Restless Vixen
    Restless Vixen

    Thank you Jamey! Came here to say the same thing. The kid versions of both Victoria and Nick were blonde before the SORASing gave us HT and JM.

    I wasn’t feeling Lindsay Bushman because her acting was not the best and she, in my opinion, looks a tad too old for a teen character. I know TV and film always casts actors about 2 years older (at least) than the actual character age for child/teen roles, but something about her seems 20 even if she isn’t. And wardrobe/hair (that frosted blonde especially) weren’t doing her any favors.

  13. Avatar of thebookerman
    thebookerman

    This is really disgusting by Jill Phelps. It’s not a matter of whether or not I disagree with the cuts she made (and I do for most of them) but how she is managing the show.

    Let’s look at this from the business perspective. I don’t have exact figures, but this is essentially what she’s doing:

    Actress A makes $1200 a week. Despite her history on the show, I can bring in a similar character played by Actress B for $1000 a week. Look at me Sony, see, I’m turning the budget around!!!! I just saved $200!

    Lindsay Bushman was young, I can’t imagine she was making that much money, but she wasn’t that bad. If you’re knocking 20% or so of the salary for the next child actress to play her do you think you’re going to get such a vast improvement that people will excuse YET ANOTHER recast? No.

    Something I have noticed with a couple of these cuts too, mainly Debbi Morgan and Marcy Rylan, is that it appears they’re removing some of the comedy elements of the show. Now, you can say what you want, and while some people may not like that in Y&R anyway, it is something that adds to the broadcast when you are not exactly at the climax, and the exciting parts of storylines. Without some light-hearted Neil and Harmony conversations and some Chloe and Abby catfights, those filler episodes are going to get even worse.

    One last thing about the way Phelps budgets the shows: She cut a bunch of actresses who were key parts of the show, to bring in actresses for slightly less money who have no legacy in Genoa City, yet she counteracts that by bringing in her handpicked headwriter Josh Griffith.

    So, not only is she not saving the show any money, but we lost some characters that had big fanbases. Makes no sense from a dollar perspective, and makes no sense from a storytelling perspective.

  14. Avatar of holdingon
    holdingon

    The first one fired was a male. The first casting decision was to recast Noah newman with Robert Adamson.

    Weren’t there various complaints about there being too many women on Y&R?

  15. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    Good!!!!

    She was bad. No doubt about it. But I also understand why. When you’ve been given a role that has no purpose other than to scream on her mother or have meaningless conversations, you don’t have any fun playing the part.

    The role of Summer is in need of a recast.

    I doubt that this has anything to do with the show’s budget. This version of Summer just wasn’t liked by many viewers. And yeah, she was miscast as Nick and Phyllis’ daughter. Y&R can do better.

    Don’t know why some get so worked up over this. We all knew this was coming. And now every decision is questionable because in the end of the day Y&R is also a business?

    I can’t say that I’m going to miss anyone of those people who were let go or fired. And as long as this is the case, I won’t say a word against the decisions CBS/Sony make together with JFP.

  16. Avatar of holdingon
    holdingon

    TheBookerman wtf are you talknig about? No one cut so far added anything to the show and she didn’t cut them to replace them with cheaper actors.

    GF took up a huge chunk of the casting budget because her big name alone.

  17. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    [quote=Katiebug9624]I’ll admit it is interesting that the firings (except for one) have been female.[/quote]

    It’s not so interesting when you look at the cast. Look at the females that were brought on without having a real character.
    Genevieve was a cartoon, before she became a bitch and then somewhat of a mean version of Laura Spencer.
    Harmony was miscast from the start, had problems finding herself in a story at all. Which seemed to shift every other Winters Wednesday she was on.
    Even Abby – once a smart ass – became the naked heiress and found no character development at all. She’s stuck there.
    Then you have Heather who has been recast over and over again. But in the end, MAB never knew what to really do with the role. What purpose has Heather now other then sleeping around with Daniel while keeping it a secret?

    All women MAB introduced have no real identity. I can separate the male characters of the show much better from each other than the females, who only are there for as the story fits. Look at Sharon and Phyllis who have been twisted around in her behavior so the writers can write them after plot only.

  18. Avatar of pumpkin
    pumpkin

    I have to be honest, I think they got carried away with the aging of Summer. Are Nick/Phillis to have been together that long? WEre they together? What about Sharon? If it is that long he is done with Sharon? If Summer is still young then Phyllis should still watch out for Sharon? Not enough thinking in the aging of this character.

    One more thing. I sometimes am hit and miss watcher because of life. I will admit that I saw Summer in scenes and at first I was trying to figure out who she was. I didn’t even realize she was the daughter. It took me awhile to catch onto that. Sometimes I miss headlines or spoilers so that one got by me.

  19. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    I’m okay with this one being recast. She hasn’t been on long enough for anyone to get used to her. But I’d like to see more of the younger characters eased into the story. Need to start defining the next generation. JFP does need to chill a bit now with the firings.

  20. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    Because Lindsay was supposed to resemble grandma NIKKI! As for LB is her resemblance to MTS…some will remember MTS when she first started on Y&R back in ’78 and LB does look like a very young MTS…I was fine with that look.

  21. Avatar of scrumptious
    scrumptious

    Lindsay Bushman would have made a better Abby. At least she was the right age – unlike Marcy Rylan who was clearly in her 30′s. Abby should be ~20.

    I have a feeling JFP will recast with a teenager for Summer. Perhaps a 15 or 16 year old?

    MAB went overboard with the SORAS-ing.

  22. Avatar of timepass
    timepass

    From what inread thislistof firing is from CBS/Sony, not JFP.

    They just regained the power over Y&R, they won’t give carte lanche to anybody.

    So far the only one I am sorry to see go is Heather and just because i loved that actress, surely not because of that poor writen story she is in.

  23. Avatar of timepass
    timepass

    From what inread thislistof firing is from CBS/Sony, not JFP.

    They just regained the power over Y&R, they won’t give carte lanche to anybody.

    So far the only one I am sorry to see go is Heather and just because i loved that actress, surely not because of that poor writen story she is in.

  24. Avatar of thebookerman
    thebookerman

    [quote=holdingon]TheBookerman wtf are you talknig about? No one cut so far added anything to the show and she didn’t cut them to replace them with cheaper actors. GF took up a huge chunk of the casting budget because her big name alone.[/quote]

    Not sure what you’re talking about. I agreed with the Genie Francis cut, but that was it.

    Regarding cutting actors, my point was that they’re firing all these people, the people who actually make the show, but aren’t making any crew changes. It’s much easier to get another job behind the scenes than it is in front of the camera these days, and Sony Studios already uses far too many people inflating the budget. Instead of cutting back those jobs, and finding a cheaper showrunner and headwriter, maybe people who actually have a clue and something fresh to bring the table, they bring in Phelps and Griffith.

    And my point was that the budget wasn’t trimmed at all.
    - (GF, DM, LB, JL and MR)
    + (Phelps, Griffith, new Summer, new Tyler character, new Cooper character, bringing back Danny)

    So, you don’t make any difference from a business standpoint, and from a viewership standpoint you risk losing people who watched because of certain characters. Excellent business sense, Jill!

  25. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    I watched a few clips on You Tube to see some of her performances to have a point of reference where her performance is concerned.

    I don’t think her Summer gelled with Nick at all and it seemed forced with Phyllis. That was just the sense I got of it.

    A good example of how an older character can play young very convincingly would be The Middle on ABC– the Sue Heck character is played by a 19/20 year old actress who plays 14 very convincingly! It can be done. This time around Summer was simply miscast. Summer’s age and hair color are beside the point, it is her performance that did not move me in the least.

  26. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    [quote=thebookerman]Regarding cutting actors, my point was that they’re firing all these people, the people who actually make the show, but aren’t making any crew changes. It’s much easier to get another job behind the scenes than it is in front of the camera these days, and Sony Studios already uses far too many people inflating the budget. Instead of cutting back those jobs, and finding a cheaper showrunner and headwriter, maybe people who actually have a clue and something fresh to bring the table, they bring in Phelps and Griffith.
    And my point was that the budget wasn’t trimmed at all.
    - (GF, DM, LB, JL and MR)
    + (Phelps, Griffith, new Summer, new Tyler character, new Cooper character, bringing back Danny)
    So, you don’t make any difference from a business standpoint, and from a viewership standpoint you risk losing people who watched because of certain characters. Excellent business sense, Jill![/quote]

    You come off very one minded. Genie Francis and Debbi Morgan made a lot of money. So letting them go of course was good for the show’s budget. These two women alone take the money of four new REAL newbies.

    Michael Damien is back in a recurring capacity. He doesn’t get a huge monthly pay check out of this.

    And about your point with JFP and JG being too expensive: Maria Arena Bell who was fired took home a paycheck as EP AND HW. And to that you can add her two co-hacks. So yeah … actually Y&R is saving money there too.

    BTW, the firings weren’t done by JFP only – they were mostly done by Sony.

  27. Avatar of thebookerman
    thebookerman

    [quote=soapjunkie88]And about your point with JFP and JG being too expensive: Maria Arena Bell who was fired took home a paycheck as EP AND HW. And to that you can add her two co-hacks. So yeah … actually Y&R is saving money there too.
    BTW, the firings weren’t done by JFP only – they were mostly done by Sony.[/quote]

    ? One person with two roles probably makes less than two people with the same amount of roles. I’m pretty sure the new regime has co-writers too.

    And technically every firing is done by Sony. Technically, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t Jill’s idea.

  28. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    The cuts Sony is making are the harsh ones…MR. ED. Some of the other stupid additions that fans hate I believe is where CBS is coming in and listening to fans and demanding some cuts on a cast that is useless and not a fan favorite. CBS is more loyal to fans then Sony because they still want the viewers. ;)

  29. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    [quote=thebookerman]? One person with two roles probably makes less than two people with the same amount of roles. I’m pretty sure the new regime has co-writers too.
    And technically every firing is done by Sony. Technically, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t Jill’s idea.[/quote]

    If you are doing two jobs – as EP and head writer – you’re getting a much bigger salary. Otherwise why would you bother of doing both!?

    That the new regime has co-heads is pure speculation on your part. I was talking facts. I could also speculate that JFP hires James Franco tomorrow and pays him a million per episode. Doesn’t make it true or relevant!

    And again, pure speculation that they were JFP’s idea. What we know – as it was reported from several soap bloggers now and also discussed here on DC – is that Sony had a list of people they wanted gone.
    I have no doubt that JFP was involved somehow but I doubt that she had to knock on Sony’s door to get rid of the people that were announced. A LOT of them were no brainers.

  30. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    [quote=thebookerman]One person with two roles probably makes less than two people with the same amount of roles.[/quote]

    Not if that one person is doing both jobs Badly, which was what MAB did for years. The old adage of “You get what you pay for”, seemed to fit in that case.

  31. Avatar of thebookerman
    thebookerman

    [quote=soapjunkie88]
    If you are doing two jobs – as EP and head writer – you’re getting a much bigger salary. Otherwise why would you bother of doing both!?
    That the new regime has co-heads is pure speculation on your part. I was talking facts. I could also speculate that JFP hires James Franco tomorrow and pays him a million per episode. Doesn’t make it true or relevant!
    And again, pure speculation that they were JFP’s idea. What we know – as it was reported from several soap bloggers now and also discussed here on DC – is that Sony had a list of people they wanted gone.
    I have no doubt that JFP was involved somehow but I doubt that she had to knock on Sony’s door to get rid of the people that were announced. A LOT of them were no brainers.[/quote]

    Obviously, she was getting more than just an EP salary, but I’m saying I don’t think it was EP + HW, which what payroll looks like right now. When companies cut people they divy up the tasks of that previous position. They may give raises if it’s done by a few people, and I’m sure MAB made a good salary, but I think the combined number of JFP and JG trumps it.

    Lol, yes, what I said was speculation, but to say that the inner workings of a major company like Sony is having news broken by “soap bloggers” and equating them as a New York Times-esque reliable source? Come on, soapjunkie, you’re better than that.

    Why would this all start now, weeks after the new regime as opposed under the old one? It would be better for morale if Sony said, “We’re making changes across the new board. Not just a new headwriter, but we’re making a few adjustments to the cast as well.”

    Honestly, this is just more and more attacking MAB by this site and refusing to admit any other writer/producer ever did anything wrong. I’m sure you weren’t blaming Sony when changes happened under her watch.

  32. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    [quote=thebookerman]Obviously, she was getting more than just an EP salary, but I’m saying I don’t think it was EP + HW, which what payroll looks like right now. When companies cut people they divy up the tasks of that previous position. They may give raises if it’s done by a few people, and I’m sure MAB made a good salary, but I think the combined number of JFP and JG trumps it.
    Lol, yes, what I said was speculation, but to say that the inner workings of a major company like Sony is having news broken by “soap bloggers” and equating them as a New York Times-esque reliable source? Come on, soapjunkie, you’re better than that.
    Why would this all start now, weeks after the new regime as opposed under the old one? It would be better for morale if Sony said, “We’re making changes across the new board. Not just a new headwriter, but we’re making a few adjustments to the cast as well.”
    Honestly, this is just more and more attacking MAB by this site and refusing to admit any other writer/producer ever did anything wrong. I’m sure you weren’t blaming Sony when changes happened under her watch.[/quote]

    Maria Arena Bell had TWO co-head writers. There were three people involved. Not long ago even four when Paul Rauch was still Co-EP. So you had four (!) heads of this show to pay. Now you have two! Do the math. ;)

    I’m not talking NY Times or anything. I’m talking about soaps and the people who have sources, who break news and have inside knowledge. If those people all hearing the same thing, you make up your mind. I don’t need conformation through NY Times.
    But I said soap bloggers … maybe that was the mistake. I should have said soap journalists.^^

    This happens weeks after because you have to take care of certain things. You need to talk to the people involved to make an exit happen with some of those people. They need to be written out. Of course Sony doesn’t go public first thing when they hire a new regime and fire a bunch of actors. They need to make up that mind in a team.
    And Sony is pretty much in control now. They are watching Y&R because it became a train wreck when they weren’t paying attention.

    Why do you insist that this site is attacking MAB? I don’t know where you getting this from. I see a lot of people criticizing her work. But I think rightfully so.
    MAB isn’t under attack by DC. She is under attack by the fans of Y&R. And this not only happens on that site. That happens on a daily basis on Twitter, on the message boards … practically everywhere.

    When it comes to MAB people shouldn’t forget that she was trusted. She is a member of the Bell family, which practically gave her free reign. Not to mention that MAB had more or less two good years on that show. Two years where critics celebrated her as the second coming.
    Sony was always used to trust the Bell family. They knew for the 30 years that Y&R was in good hands when Bill Bell was in control. And they thought the same with MAB. Until they woke up and faced that terrible nightmare.

  33. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=RealityCheck 33]I always thought Summer was blonde because Jack Abbott will be revealed as her biological father. Nick knew it year’s ago, but covered it up.[/quote]

    But Jack isn’t blonde either.

  34. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    In the minority here but I don’t think Ms. Bushman was really all that bad. She was most certainly not as histrionic as her mother (MS) even though she had good reason to be. I think most don’t like her because her arrival was just probably the most jarring of recasts in recent memory. I’m also in agreement with RealityCheck33′s assessment of the blonde hair (and Coffee_Junkie … blonde hair does run in the Abbott clan).

    What surprises me more with this is the large amount of comments for the recast of a pretty much non existent character.

  35. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    I just think it’s a bizarre recast because she wasn’t really even given a chance to show us what the character was all about. It just seemed like the new regime wanted to come in and recast with actors they’ve worked with in the past. That’s not a good reason in my book.

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