BREAKING NEWS: General Hospital's Steve Burton Heads to The Young and the Restless!



 




Who didn't see this coming? TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan is reporting former General Hospital star Steve Burton is returning to soaps, just not the one that made him a household name.

Burton is reuniting with his former GH boss Jill Farren Phelps on The Young and the Restless!  So much for Steve-O longing for the quiet life in good ol' Nashville...

Burton and Phelps are reportedly also working on a telenovela with James Franco. No word on what role Burton will play on Y&R. Our money is on Dylan, the mysterious ex Avery (Jessica Collins) keeps bringing up! Look for the actor to start taping soon.
 


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Y&R was looking for someone with zero emotional or dramatic range? Was Ben Stein not available?

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yay! now valentini can recast Jason with a clear conscience... my money is on JP Lavoisier

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best comment ever!

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I'm inclined to believe this is a good move for Steve. If he wants to remain in the 'acting game' he's got to show he's an actor capable of playing multiple chacters ... and you can't do that by playing the same role for 20+ years on GH. My only concern is that it's Y&R. Sad Y&R has a history of desimating the characters of the daytime legends they acquire (i.e. Debbie Morgan, Darnall, and Genie).

If Steve's goal in returning to a new soap in daytime was to stretch his acting chops (and rebranding himself as an actor); I think he would have better luck doing that on "Dancing With The Stars" instead of Young and the Restless.

Whatever the reason, good luck Steve. Wishing you much success in your new gig! Smile

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Let's do a pros and cons of this news:

Pros:

Cons:

--Jessica Collins with another wooden scene partner = more time wasted in every episode in which she/Steve Burton are featured

--Steve Burton's -roided out body

--Steve Burton's sun-damaged face

--Steve Burton's complete lack of talent

--The inevitable turbopairings of Steve Burton's new character with every other woman (once he and Avery fizzle after six weeks) on the show until it is cancelled or he/JFP are fired together

Summary: This is terrible, terrible news. Think I'm done with Y&R once he starts.

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It's fine if he wants more money.
It's fine if he decides to go to another show.
But it's lame to use his family's "happiness" as an excuse.
It's ALWAYS about the money.

ALWAYS.

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TV Gord wrote:
Y&R was looking for someone with zero emotional or dramatic range? Was Ben Stein not available?

OMG, CAN'T BREATHE, actually Ben Stein has more range than this dude. Smile

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It would not surprise me to know that he and Jill were already in talks months ago about a part on Y&R and that was why he left GH so abruptly.

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His character is going to somehow end up being related to Victor, LOL.

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anyone else think he will be Lauralee Brooks and Victor's long lost son lol

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He better not be a Billy recast!! I love Billy Miller and Burton is way too old. Billy is early 30s at the most and not early 40s.

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He better not be a Billy recast!! I love Billy Miller and Burton is way too old. Billy is early 30s at the most and not early 40s.

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nysam wrote:
He better not be a Billy recast!! I love Billy Miller and Burton is way too old. Billy is early 30s at the most and not early 40s.

Yes I was reading on several other sites and at first thought well maybe so but after thinking about he is to old for Billy...so probably not.

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Darlotto99 wrote:
anyone else think he will be Lauralee Brooks and Victor's long lost son lol

Me! *raises hand* LOL

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Wow....shocker, said no one ever....

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Read on twitter he will be connected to Carmine & the mob family he comes from.
Also read from SOD that Dylan will be architect for Newman ranch & is for Sharon. Has been cast by a name that was new to me.

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soapy opie wrote:
It's fine if he wants more money.
It's fine if he decides to go to another show.
But it's lame to use his family's "happiness" as an excuse.
It's ALWAYS about the money.

ALWAYS.

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This is just my opinion, but I disagree about the Money thing. I think SB was OK with his pay, but wanted to have the flexibility to commute from TN like Scott Reeves & have more time off--Sort of like the sweet deal Tony G has had for years. But RC/FV refused to work with him. I also think SB didn't care for the new regime. He also screwed the networks big plans for the Katic C premiere / New GH Time Change week back in Sept. So he played hardball by announcing he was leaving GH, causing RC to do quick rewrites & throwing off planned s/l's. I got whiplash from the 180 re-writes!

I have NO problem with SB's acting, because he was only doing what the Writer's wrote for him and his story line was pretty crappy for the last couple of years. Jason Morgan making puka shell necklasses.... oh puhleez!

As far as his future on Y&R, I will still be watching & wish SB all the best. I really hope he comes on as a new character!

GH can't continue with the Return from the Dead Vet stunt casting, the overly campiness (ie:dog visions etc.), poor or NO use of current characters/vet, while introducing newbies that no one cares about or is invested in. Yes, GH HAS been better ratings than years past, but I don't see how they can sustain that with the characters in the corner writing, with poor storytelling, rewriting of GH history to suit their s/l's, their personal pets, and mostly the lack of friendships, slow built up sexual tension of relationships & overall lack in the Romance Department. IMO the shiny & new is wearing thin now.

With the recent news of the PP/abcd possible revivals of AMC & OLTL and GH's fate, I could see more actors jumping ship or being shoved off **CoughSteveReevesCough** with this uncertain future.

Personally, I'd love it if they brought Rebecca Herbst on Y&R too, since GH has been so disrespectful to her, her character's lack of airtime/storyline and her fans. I just wish GH will do better by her in the future.

Like I said earlier this is all just my opinion, so please don't burn me at the stake!

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:-] Apologies to Mr. Stein. Wink

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I wasn't a Stone Cold fan, so I don't care that he seems to have lied about leaving just to go to another show. I wish that people who made negative comments about GH (which I love now that Valentini and Carlavati are in charge) would back up some of their claims with evidence or examples. Everyone does understand that Steve Burton quit and was not fired, right?

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Another thought to the GH-haters: everyone on every show was a "newbie that no one cares about" at one time or another. Characters and actors take time to grow. I think GH is doing a fine job using their cast.

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Recast for Billy? JT? Isn't Steve Burton more age appropriate for the father of those characters?

Perfectly believable that with the new CarTini regime at GH, the swinging of the ax on the budget and Valentini's history of not budging when it comes to cutting high profile actors' salaries (ie Robin Strasser) that Burton took the opportunity to "retire" while still maxing out his earning potential on Daytime.
The open ended nature of Jason's "death" was enough to allow for a return down the road should Burton be enticed to change his mind and return. Ongoing talks with him would given them hope enough to have hamstrung the character of Sam as in denial about Jason being dead. Otherwise, why take a high profile leading lady like Kelly Monaco out of romantic play? I'm calling 'holding pattern' on that one.
JFP and Y&R make him an offer he can't refuse, more in line with his perks at GH to which he has grown accustomed. And here we are.

I wonder if CarTini will take a page from the Evangeline (Renee Elise Goldsberry) playbook on OLTL and kill off Jason with some finality since a return could not be negotiated? That would be BOLD.

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harlee490 wrote:
nysam wrote:
He better not be a Billy recast!! I love Billy Miller and Burton is way too old. Billy is early 30s at the most and not early 40s.
Yes I was reading on several other sites and at first thought well maybe so but after thinking about he is to old for Billy...so probably not.

Don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Look how OLD Marcy Rylan (sp?) is. She's playing about 21 but WELL into her 30s. Too old to be playing Abby.

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Jill Farren-Phelps has the craziest eyes I have ever seen.

I could just see the scene right now Jill on the phone with Steve Burton back in July...

JFP: Come on Burton, they fired me and now you're only on 3 days a week! 3 days a week! You're a star Burton! The biggest star on daytime television. Quit them and come to me!

SB: I don't know....the fans really love Jason...

JFP: Screw the fans! I never listen to the fans, they'll get over it. I've got more money and more air time for you over here at Y&R...you know ya wanna...come on

SB: Well if it's more money, then alright. I'll pretend to make it a big deal and use my family as leverage and gain their sympathy and tip toe quietly over to Y&R studios...

JFP: (maniacally laughs and rubs hands together while giving the craziest eyes she can give)

Sorry Burton, not that I was your biggest fan or anything and honestly, could have cared if you left, but don't say you need to spend time with your family and then take the job with your old boss. It's just bullshit and we're calling you out.

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I dont like JFP at all. She does dumb stuff on soaps that she thinks is cute or hip or something and it just ends up being bad television. She dealt mortal blows to both Guiding Light and Another World, I know they are long gone and it doesnt matter what I think but just wait she will ruin Young and Restless and then get fired or decide to leave and someone else will be brought on to salvage the mess. Well, Y&R cant get any worse I suppose.

GH has improved 110% without her! I dont miss Jason either.

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SBU needs someone with energy to carry his scenes so the only person I see waking him up is Michelle Stafford. He would be boring with low energy actresses like SC or JC or AM. I hope JFP doesn't turn Y&R into the SBU hour.

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Guza is next and it'll be a family reunion over there.

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So that's what Ravenbeauty meant when she said (last year) that in order to see a fan fave who has left, all we would need to do is change the channel.

Wow, never thought it was Steve Burton! I wonder what they have in store for him? I wonder if he will even attempt to act like a different character this time? If it's the same stoic, constipated Jason Morgan character, I think I will pass!

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Glad to hear it. I have barely watched GH lately it is so incredibly boring and stupid. Missed seeing Jason on there but that is not why I have almost stopped watching - the wretched acting of some of those new people are unbearable so I end up fast forwarding through most of it. So good for Burton and for me since I find Y & R vastly more entertaining these days.

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I am not surprised, but I will reserve my opinion until he actually airs. I don't blame him for the airtime issue on GH. I blame JFP and Guza. When he appears on Y&R, it will be up to JFP and JG as to how much he airs. It's not up to the actor.

I am looking forward to seeing more emotions from him myself. I will also look forward to seeing how he is merged within Y&R and the other cast members.

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Well if you are a Y&R fan and have never watched GH.You have my sympathy.The guy cannot act.He has one expression glare. He has one tone dead,and the only time he has even looked for a minute like he was emoting. he was drawing his six guns and shooting people. he never missed and he never took a bullet Kill Farren Phelps was responsible for a lot of it.
Every time kill farren Phelps took over a show she brought her FoJ and they proceeded to dine on the show..She ruined every show of mine she ever came to. Kill farren Phelps says it all.
Myself I am thrilled by the news.It means he won't be coming back to GH and I can watch it every day .I don't even have to VCR it so I can ff it .;
hey,How about taking Sonny also.
You wouldn't believe the change for the good the end of the mob has gone for GH's ratings. Now Y&R has two characters that can both eat the show ands no matter what They are always right. Victor is one reason I can never watch Y&R for more than a day or two.