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Y&R’s Josh Griffith: “We've Put Away the Ax For a While”


Worried that more The Young and the Restless stars will soon be cut from the canvas? Don't be. In the wake of the casting bloodbath that claimed Genie Francis (Genevieve), Debbi Morgan (Harmony), Marcy Rylan (Abby), Jennifer Landon (Heather), Kevin Schmidt (Noah) and Lindsay Bushman (Summer), Y&R head writer Josh Griffith tells TV Guide no one else is currently on the chopping block.

TV Guide Magazine: Julia Pace Mitchell [Sofia] has been taken off contract. You've also dropped Lindsay Bushman [Summer] and Kevin Schmidt [Noah] and replaced them with Hunter Haley King and Robert Adamson from Hollywood Heights, the show you and Jill teamed on just before coming to Y&R. Anyone else headed to the chopping block?

Griffith: I think that's it right now. We've put away the ax for a while.

When questioned by Michael Logan about the rehabilitation of Sharon Newman (Sharon Case), Griffith had this to say.

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TV Guide Magazine: Let's talk about specific story plans. There's been much concern about Sharon Case's character, Sharon, who suddenly turned from heroine to psycho slut-nut, that is when she's not channeling Joan Crawford in the Pepsi board room. How do you fix that?

Griffith: In order to rebuild the character of Sharon, we're going to take her to the edge and over it, to a point where she has a total mental breakdown. And then she's going to find salvation in a very surprising — yet inevitable — way. She will cause major damage to the Newman family, damage that's possibly irreparable, specifically to Victor [Eric Braeden], Nick [Joshua Morrow] and Victoria [Amelia Heinle]. And out of that absolute breakdown she's going to be rescued and nurtured back to mental health, so we come out on the other end of the story with a stronger, more together, more evolved Sharon, with a love story at the center of her recuperation. When I first saw what had been done to the character I went, "Whoa!" Then I embraced it and saw it as the opportunity for an even bigger story that will take three to four months — the fall and the resurrection of Sharon.