Joshua Morrow Looks Back as Y&R Turns 40


The Young and the RestlessJoshua Morrow (Nick) took a look back at his 20 years on the sudser with MSN entertaintment,as the number one sudser turns the big 4-0. The chat covered everything from his start on the soap in 1994, to the iconic storyline that killed off his on-screen daughter Cassie (Camryn Grimes) in 2005. Here's a snippet: 

Y&R’s got a new executive producer in charge.

I’m an athlete and I take sports very seriously. Jill [Farren Phelps] came in and gave us a very strong, commanding voice as a coach. Now, that style of leadership sometimes rubs people the wrong way. Sometimes people are kind of hanging on to the past but I think we really needed some serious leadership. Some kind of “Shut the eff up, get on your marks and let’s go!” She is no joke. I love her for it. I love [former executive producer and head writer] Maria [Arena Bell] too. I thought she was very nurturing. We got along very well. She did a great job. Even Jack Smith before that. They all really respected Nick and always kept me busy – there’s nothing else I could ask for. They all have different styles of leadership. I really like Jill and Josh Griffith has done a great job writing. I can give anybody the benefit of the doubt, but you come in here and do a good job. That’s all I ask for. I take my job very seriously. I want this show to continue and if it takes these two people to do it, then let’s go!

Jill’s brought some friends with her.

Yes, many.
 


 


Morrow also discussed Nick and Adam's (Michael Muhney) "brotherly" relationship, the online reboots of All My Children and One Life to Live, as well as the eternal question — Sharon (Sharon Case) or Phyllis (Michelle Stafford).
 

31 Responses

  1. Avatar of ChrisGa
    ChrisGa

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]I thought Josh Morrow was hot when he was younger, but the man gets even sexier as the years go by. :)[/quote]

    Yeah, age is definitely his friend. He’s more stunning now than he’s ever been in my book.

  2. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    Cassie dying was by far one of Y and R’s best moments.

    I loved Cassie, but in this case it was one of the best stories that drove story for years.

    Contrast that with Dru or John’s death. Those PREVENTED stories from being told.

  3. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    I will give it to Josh for being political in saying he liked Maria, which is probably the case because I don’t think she was a bad woman, I just thought she was the WRONG woman for the job she had for 5 years.

    That being said, I am hoping now that they have established Leslie as a leading lady who can love instead of the TOUGH as nails supporting player lawyer she was for so long that they develop Neil and her relationship more and then bring on Drucilla back from the dead! Would love for her to return and see Neil with Leslie… a woman 20 years younger than he is… and she jumps on the chance to have Tyler!!! MORE COUGARS in GC, please!!!

    For those of you who don’t realize that Neil is over 20 years older than Leslie and that Leslie is basically Lily’s age… and it has not been addressed… look at the facts. Leslie and Tyler’s mom was killed 12 years ago. Both were kids. Tyler was a very young boy but leslie was a young teenage girl, “a child” is what everyone has been saying. So she could not have been more than 16, but I am going with 14 to make her more realistic when saying “a child”. Add 12 to that number and she is only 26/28. Lily is basically 25 since the twins are 2 or 3.

    Neil came on the show almost as an executive trainee back in 1991. So he came on at around 24. He has been there 22 years. You all do the math.

    BRING DRU BACK! She ain’t going to let some young thing take her man, no matter where she’s been.

  4. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    [quote=pjc722]For those of you who don’t realize that Neil is over 20 years older than Leslie and that Leslie is basically Lily’s age… and it has not been addressed… look at the facts. Leslie and Tyler’s mom was killed 12 years ago. Both were kids. Tyler was a very young boy but leslie was a young teenage girl, “a child” is what everyone has been saying. So she could not have been more than 16, but I am going with 14 to make her more realistic when saying “a child”. Add 12 to that number and she is only 26/28. Lily is basically 25 since the twins are 2 or 3. Neil came on the show almost as an executive trainee back in 1991. So he came on at around 24. He has been there 22 years. You all do the math. BRING DRU BACK! She ain’t going to let some young thing take her man, no matter where she’s been.[/quote]

    Leslie can not be Lily’s age as she is a LAWYER with a few years behind her in the business! you do not graduate from Law School until you are at least 26-27, then you have to intern and pass the bar and build up your practice, so Leslie is probably in her mid to upper 30′s! the mention that her mother died 12 years ago just shows that one break down writer is an idiot!

    the only way Dru will be back is if a new actor takes over the role.

  5. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    [quote=harlee490]Cassie’s death is still driving story today and the pain of loss in a family. Joshua Morrow is the best and I do love his playboy Nick![/quote]

    Cassie is only brought up by Sharon as a precusor to sex with Nick, “oh look Nicholas a merry go round! let’s have sex!” or the asinine yearly rememberance of the idiot child that caused her own death or Sharon telling about ubber drugged up Cassie and her drugged induced “prophecy child” bull shit!

  6. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    Cassie drugged up? Sharon and Nick always having sex after talking about Cassie? I guess I’m missing all this even though I watch every episode.

    I don’t get your post cgoff or the point you are making.

    Are you saying you didn’t like Cassie, or the storyline that followed?

  7. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    [quote=pferrando]Cassie drugged up? Sharon and Nick always having sex after talking about Cassie? I guess I’m missing all this even though I watch every episode. I don’t get your post cgoff or the point you are making. Are you saying you didn’t like Cassie, or the storyline that followed?[/quote]

    Csssie drugged up – on her death bed in the hospital when she made her famous prophecy statement, she was DRUGGED UP

    since Cassie’s death, whenever SHICK are (committing adultery) about to have sex, it general comes after a mention of Cassie, in my OPINION, talking about Cassie is like foreplay for SHICK.

    never was a Cassie fan really, not a fan of kids on soaps, and I have watched soaps since the late 1950′s. I think JM did some of his best acting after Cassie died personally, most of it with Michelle Stafford! The scene at the funeral, the scenes during the hunt for Daniel across the country, the court scenes during Daniel’s trial, Phyllsi confronting Nick about hiding Cassie’s clothes and keeping them from the court and guilting him into turning them over which cleared Daniel of murder charges, and the scenes after of Nick being saved by Phyllis all prior to the PHICK affair.

  8. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    I always hated the fact that Cassie was killed off. It really doesn’t pay to be a young core-family female on Y&R. Cassie and Colleen both bit the ‘dust’, which is too bad. It’s almost as if once the girl hits a ‘certain age’, she must be killed off.

    I know that Cassie had to go to broaden Josh Morrow’s horizons for Nick Newman, but it’s a shame and unfair. MAB, you killed off Colleen just to make Abby a Newman, not a Carlton.

  9. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    sorry, CGOFF, they have mentioned LESLIE’s mom, Belinda, being killed 12 years ago SEVERAL times on the show and the character of Leslie, Wheeler, Avery, Tyler and even Gus mentioned that she was just a child and that was a lot for a child to take in so she may actually be wrong on Gus’ guilt.

    It’s not a breakdown writer who is the idiot, the HEAD WRITER wrote it that way and the other writers keep writing it. (And this is a soap… Lily hasn’t held a JOB ever and she is now an executive at Jabot. We’ve seen worse in young people moving on up the ladder on soaps so I can see leslie as a lawyer! Remember, Bridget was a full fledged doctor over on B&B within 2 years.)

    So Leslie, if the math is done is somewhere in her late 20s. I’m just pointing out the obvious from the writers.

    It’s not a big deal.

    And DRUCILLA will always be Victoria Rowell. She did comment back when Jill came on that CBS did not want her back and all that stuff. Then a few months ago she backtracked a bit on it and said she couldn’t say more. So it is a very good possiblity that we will be seeing our feisty Dru in Genoa City again… WHICH WILL BE FANTASTIC.

  10. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    CGOFF, I have to agree with HARLEE… Cassie, like John, have been am important part of the history of this show. Whenever John is needed he pops into Jack’s world, and sometimes Billy’s and Ashleys.

    As for Cassie, the last few times that Cassie has been mentioned it had nothing to do wth sex with Nick and Sharon. It has always been told beautifullly. On her last anniversary, Nick and Sharon spent it with Noah and Faith to celebrate Cassie’s life. Sharon is a big supporter of Avery with Nick. SO I think its safe to say that Cassie is not an afrodisiac for Sharon and Nick to hit the sack together.

  11. Avatar of cgoff
    cgoff

    [quote=pjc722]sorry, CGOFF, they have mentioned LESLIE’s mom, Belinda, being killed 12 years ago SEVERAL times on the show and the character of Leslie, Wheeler, Avery, Tyler and even Gus mentioned that she was just a child and that was a lot for a child to take in so she may actually be wrong on Gus’ guilt. It’s not a breakdown writer who is the idiot, the HEAD WRITER wrote it that way and the other writers keep writing it. (And this is a soap… Lily hasn’t held a JOB ever and she is now an executive at Jabot. We’ve seen worse in young people moving on up the ladder on soaps so I can see leslie as a lawyer! Remember, Bridget was a full fledged doctor over on B&B within 2 years.)So Leslie, if the math is done is somewhere in her late 20s. I’m just pointing out the obvious from the writers. It’s not a big deal. And DRUCILLA will always be Victoria Rowell. She did comment back when Jill came on that CBS did not want her back and all that stuff. Then a few months ago she backtracked a bit on it and said she couldn’t say more. So it is a very good possiblity that we will be seeing our feisty Dru in Genoa City again… WHICH WILL BE FANTASTIC.[/quote]

    sorry but you can not be a lawyer with a history in a prestigous law firm and be in you low 20′s, not even Christine was a lawyer in her low 20′s!

    Thank God VR is never coming back!

  12. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    Not sure how this became a debate of Neil and Leslie …

    (of course Angell Conwell is only 30 and not much older than Christel; but so what?)

  13. Avatar of yojoromo4469
    yojoromo4469

    It is just a soap opera people and they stretch this stuff all the time.
    The new “DALLAS” has Judith Light playing a mother to a guy that looked to be her father and if U went by age, she was 3 when he was born.

  14. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    Ok, I think I should have added an LOL into my initial post abt Leslie age and what I thought her age would now be based on the killed off screen story with other character I don’t know murder of her mom. Becuase it was meant more as a humorous take on the COUGARS both female and male on the show (what is an older man with a much younger woman besides LUCKY).

    I’ve always thought her older and in her 30s but when. Chatting with a friend abt the story it dawned on me that she could be much younger based on the timeline of the murder and the dialogue. I love that Lauren, a character pulling late 40s FANTASTICALLY AND BEAUTIFULLY getting the hunky hunk of carmine is fantastic. So I just found it funny that it wasn’t being mentioned on Leslie especially since Neil has lily who is abt the same age.

    It was ALL A HUMOUROUS observation that I assume without the inclusion of an LOL same might have taken as a negative.

    (Sorry to those who felt nicks story/blog was high jacked by Leslie’s age. There just ain’t enough posts on DC where one can get their Y&R thoughts out like PERKIE’s daily GH UPDATES)

    Hehehe … Love all u Y&R fans!!!

  15. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    Rock-hard, impressive, toned, and muscular body. If you have that, like Kristoff St John does, then you have the right to have a woman in her early 30s — cause you can keep up in bed. Plus, Neil is a successful executive at a multi-national corporation.

    2nd, back to Josh Morrow. I really like his shirt, and the way that it is see-through. Wonder what he’s doing at a Barnes and Noble book-store? And it is funny how much better Morrow looks than when he was in his 20s. That over-arching forehead is less pronounced now. I am hoping Nick can take a year or two on the dark-side, as JoshG writes that he starts to panic when he sees Summer and Kyle getting closer.

    cgoff – Why would you not want Drucilla back on The Show? The realistic gritty portrayal of a woman of color. Her struggles with LilliBelle (the most realistic years of a mother-daughter conflict ever), her reconciliation with Olivia. Her moments with Malcolm, her fights with Phyllis, and her guidance of Lily. That was all very good Drama. I hope she comes back next week.

  16. Avatar of tedew
    tedew

    hey mon … are you surprised that JM might actually be able to read? (Or is he the David McCallum character from OUTER LIMITS?)

    Right now (even though he has been aged to be too old for Summer), I’m not sure exactly what have Kyle has done to anyone for anyone to have bad feelings about him.

    pjc722 … I suppose I should have added the LOL as well!

  17. Avatar of ChrisGa
    ChrisGa

    [quote=hey mon]2nd, back to Josh Morrow. I really like his shirt, and the way that it is see-through.[/quote]

    Yeah, I agree. JM needs to wear see-through shirts more often(no shirts at all would also be good).

  18. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    I think that Kyle should be older than Summer. Even in the ‘real’ world, he’s 5 years older than her. Why make them the same age? Kyle is part of the Abby-Kyle age group, not part of the Summer-Fenmore age set.

    Semi-disappointed that Blake Hood has to go, the guy has really grown on me. The newbie looks more like Nick’s son, than Jack’s. Yes, tedew, I am talking about his fore-head ridge.

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