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Stephen Nichols Talks Y&R's "Character-Driven" Stories and His "Schizophrenic" Last Stint at DAYS

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In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, newly-snagged Young and Restless star Stephen Nichols  talks about how the role of mysterious billionaire Tucker McCall came to his attention.

So you’re just sitting around the house one day and all of a sudden the phone rings and your life changes?

That’s exactly what happened, and it’s happened to me a lot in my career. I tend to be a very lucky person. My wife reminds me of that all the time, and this is yet another stroke of good luck, especially because the call came from Y&R. Every actor who works on soaps flips channels in his dressing room and every time I landed on Y&R I’d find the acting to be fantastic. I wasn’t laughing at anything. Nothing seemed hokey and stupid. The production values were great. The writing was better than most. And now, on my first day here, I picked up my scripts and could not believe it. There wasn’t one sentence or phrase that was hinky, nothing I felt had to be fixed, and that’s really refreshing. There’s total organization at Y&R. The characters are solid, and the stories are character-driven from what I can tell. And all the actors are exemplary. There isn’t a weak link in the whole bunch and I’ve never done a show where that’s been the case.

Nichols also opens up on the chaos at Days of Our Lives, along with getting the axe with three of his co-stars.

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You and Mary Beth were dropped from Days at the end of last year, right along with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn. What really went on there, and how do you feel in retrospect?

It was unfortunate. But I have to say that from the moment I came back to that show I could see it was in disarray. It just seemed to be really schizophrenic. Nobody had a real vision or thru-line as to what was happening with the stories and the characters. The show was all over the place. So I knew from the get-go that we might not last. Mary Beth and I had a talk about that right at the beginning. We were like, “We better not get too comfortable here. This could end at any moment.” That’s how crazy things were. Plus, with the economy and the budget being cut, it didn’t look good. Ed Scott came into the picture [as executive producer] and morale went up and all the actors were happy, but then there was another [executive producer] change. It was all about politics and personalities and dollars and cents. They fired four expensive people and that’s the reality. I did not take it personally one bit.

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