Excuse the pun, but it’s never "restless" in The Young and the Restless as storylines play out and casting shakeups continue to keep viewers intrigued with everything that happens in Genoa City.
After 50 years on the air, longtime viewers know the show has been a revolving door to some iconic, and in some cases explosive, characters that have shaped its legacy.
We can rattle the names of characters such as Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper), John Abbott (Jerry Douglass), Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) and Jill Abbott (Jess Walton), and The Young and the Restless audience should instantly be able to remember some great storylines in the soap’s history.
While fans continue to rely on the likes of Victor (Eric Braeden), Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Jack (Peter Bergman) to provide a sense of stability on the show, having been with the soap for decades, all of the major players do their part in propelling The Young and the Restless into the future. This is why it's always important to keep up with the comings and goings of cast members on the show.
Take a look at the list of Young and the Restless casting arrivals and exits.
Who's coming to The Young and the Restless?
Here’s who you can look forward to seeing in Genoa City.
J. Eddie Peck
J. Eddie Peck is reprising his role as Cole Howard. The character hasn't been seen on the soap since 1999 when he left Genoa City to pursue a career in academia at Oxford. His return to the soap may prove rather timely given the current storyline unfolding with Claire, Aunt Jordan and Nikki.
Cole is a character that has several ties to Genoa City. He was once married to Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and he twice married Victoria (then played by Heather Tom). Additionally, it's worth noting, that Victoria and Cole had a baby named Eve that died as an infant.
As of now, we just know that his return date is slated for late November.
Since Claire first arrived in Genoa City, she's been talking about her great-aunt. Then as her sinister plot for Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) started to unfold, it became clear that Claire was being motivated to target Mrs. Newman at the direction of her Aunt Jordan. Up until now, Aunt Jordan has only been talked about, but in the episode from November 17, Aunt Jordan is revealed to be As the World Turns veteran, Colleen Zenk.
There is still plenty of mystery as to her connection to Nikki and the Newmans, so fans will want to make sure they don't miss a moment of the soap.
Greg Rikaart is back as Michael Baldwin’s little brother Kevin. He’s been offscreen for a while, but Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) has mentioned him several times. For fans, seeing Rikaart return as Kevin is a great surprise as he has a long history in Genoa City.
Like Judith Chapman, Rikaart is expected to be seen on the soap sometime in November.
Judith Chapman is reprising her role as the loving, yet sometimes troublesome, matriarch of the Baldwin clan, Gloria. When The Young and the Restless fans last heard about Gloria, Heather (Vail Bloom) was relaying the message to Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) that Michael (Christian LeBlanc) had to cross international waters to bail his mother out of a legal situation she found herself in. Although there weren’t many details about what she allegedly did, perhaps her return means viewers get some insight into what happened.
At this time, we don’t know Chapman’s exact return date, but thanks to Instagram, it looks like viewers can expect to see Gloria sometime in November.
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Melissa Claire Egan
Melissa Claire Egan's Chelsea is headed back to Genoa City. Chelsea was last spotted on The Young and the Restless canvas on August 21, when she shared that she was going to leave to help her son Connor get settled in his new school by her mother's home. She's seemingly been at her mom's house all this time working remotely for Marchetti. In real life, the actress was on maternity leave as she welcomed her second son into the world.
Egan confirmed her return to the soap in the following tweet to fans. She returns as Chelsea on Wednesday, November 1.
In some good news for those longtime fans of the dynamic duo of Christine (Lauralee Bell) and Nina, Tricia Cast is returning to the role of Nina in the very near future. Bell was gracious enough to tease this momentous occasion via an Instagram post.
We also aren't sure what brings the Nina character back to Genoa City, but we suspect it has to do with Chance (Conner Floyd). Will the town's new chief of police face an emergency? If so, that certainly warrants a visit from his mother.
You can check out Bell's social media announcement below. Cast first appears on November 2.
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Hayley Erin is making a return to The Young and the Restless. Although longtime fans may have known her as Abby once upon a time, when Erin pops back up in Genoa City, she’ll be playing an all-new character. She’ll be portraying Claire Grace, and Claire has been teased as someone with ties to Newman Media. With all that’s going on at the company these days, will she add more chaos?
Look for Erin on your screens starting Monday, October 2.
Genoa City’s favorite popstar is heading back to town, and this time he’s staying for a while. We’re of course talking about Michael Damian’s Danny Romalotti. The character has a long history on the soap and still has a few connections on the current canvas of the show. First and foremost, his son Danny (Michael Graziadei) and his granddaughter Lucy (Lily Brooks O'Briant) are there, so he’s primed to spend some quality time with them.
Additionally, given the length of Danny’s stay in Genoa City, he more than likely will cross paths with Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Christine (Lauralee Bell). Who knows, maybe he’ll rekindle things with one of his former flames.
Michael Damian’s first episode back airs on Thursday, September 28.
Vernocia Redd returns to The Young and the Restless on Tuesday, September 26 to revive her beloved character Mamie Johnson. The actress briefly returned in March to help celebrate the show’s 50th Anniversary. While we don’t have many details on the length of Redd’s stay this fall, it will admittedly be nice to see the character of Mamie back on the soap’s canvas. Perhaps she’ll be the glue that reunites Nate (Sean Dominic) with the rest of the Winters clan.
Also, considering Victor (Eric Braeden) tells Lily (Christel Khalil) he sold his stake in Chancellor-Winters during the week of September 18, is it possible Mammie is the mystery buyer?
On July 14, Vail Bloom makes her triumphant return to Genoa City as Heather Stevens, the daughter of April Stevens and Paul Williams. She arrives just as Phyllis is in need of a new attorney to represent her in this legal mess surrounding the death of Jeremy Stark (James Hyde).
While the length of her stay in town is not known, we'll be paying close attention to see if she's just back to represent Phyllis or whether she plans to reunite with her ex-husband Daniel as well.
Who's leaving The Young and the Restless
It looks like Judah Mackey is heading off The Young and the Restless canvas for a bit. On the episode that aired on August 21, he seemingly convinced Adam (Mark Grossman) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) to let him go to a school specifically able to help with the needs of Mackey’s Connor Newman. Although in the episode the young boy’s parents just agreed to check out the school, that appears to have laid the groundwork for his exit from Genoa City.
On Thursday, June 22, Kym Douglas makes an appearance as Zelda. The character is Traci’s (Beth Maitland) agent and friend. Zelda will encourage the Abbott heir to heal the broken bonds in her family.
It’s interesting to note that Kym is the widow of the late actor Jerry Douglas, who played John Abbott on the soap for many years. With that said, expect to see heartwarming tributes to Jerry’s character during Kym’s brief stint on the show.
During the week of May 29, Reylynn Caster reprised her role as Faith Newman, the daughter of Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case). Viewers will recall that the Newman heiress was last seen on the show back in 2022 saying her goodbyes to her family as she headed off to college.
Nearly a month after her return, playing her part in the Cameron saga, Caster's Faith is once again leaving Genoa City. In an episode that aired on June 21, Faith announced she was returning to Michigan.
Viewers will have to stay tuned to see how long she'll stay away from home this time.
Linden Ashby reprised his role as Cameron Kirsten on May 26. Back in 2003, Cameron was introduced via a meeting with Sharon in Denver. Despite the two sharing an initial mutual attraction, Cameron grew to be obsessed with her and became a deadly nemesis to the former Mrs. Newman.
When she escaped his clutches in Denver, she returned to Genoa City only to have him follow her home and torment her. He eventually blackmailed her to meet him at a motel on New Year’s Eve, but she wound up knocking him unconscious with a champagne bottle; although, she thought she killed him at the time.
Once he awoke, he launched a plan to drive Sharon mad by pretending to be a ghost that was haunting her. Additionally, he framed her for the murder of Cassie and Mariah’s (Camryn Grimes) father.
After Cameron finally revealed to Sharon that he wasn’t dead and that he could help her avoid going to prison for homicide, she reluctantly boarded a plane to leave town with him. Thankfully for her, Nick was hiding on the plane and came to her rescue when Cameron again began to attack her. The villain's 2004 story arc ended when Cameron was hauled off to prison.
Fast forward to the present, and it looks like his brief return wrapped as of June 16, 2023. Ashby's Cameron met his fate after Sharon killed him with a knife to the chest. While that would seemingly mean the character will never again resurface, in the soap world, we can never really say never.
James Hyde’s Jeremy Stark arrived in Genoa City as a mischievous business associate of Diane back in the fall of 2022. He attempted to blackmail Diane, but thankfully for her, Jack and Kyle (Michael Mealor) foiled his plans, which coincidentally got him arrested.
Upon his release, Jeremy sought out revenge and worked with Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) to frame Diane for Phyllis’ “murder.” However, Jeremy quickly and violently turned on Phyllis, who wound up killing him in self-defense.
Fans said goodbye to Jeremey and Hyde on April 17.
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