If you missed Thursday’s gossip-filled, champagne clinking one-year anniversary broadcast of Soap Box with Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison with their panel of Michaels: talent manager Michael Bruno, and soap journalists Michael Maloney and On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman, Lilly and Martha threw at “The Michaels” some hot topics to weigh-in on!
Chief among them was their thoughts on Y&R casting Justin Hartley as the new Adam Newman, the most sought after role in the soaps. After discussing the choice and how several former primetime actors were in the running, Lilly and Martha wanted to know, what Justin appearing on Y&R means for his burgeoning primetime career? Michael Maloney stated: “I don’t know if they (Y&R) will allow him to have time off to reprise his role on Mistresses if that’s coming back this season, or Revenge, and that’s going to another network.”
Michael Bruno responded: “In regards to the outs for Revenge or Mistresses, they were coming down to the wire and if they really wanted this guy, they could say: ‘We need notice. Let’s try to work this out, and let’s try and do this.’” But then Martha Madison followed that up with, “Don’t you think it’s in the shows best interest to let their stars do other things? It’s free publicity, don’t you think? To which Bruno replied: “That’s how they lost Billy Miller (Ex-Billy, Y&R). Next question?”
Later in the show, Martha asked the panel in her “Would You Rather” segment, “Who would you rather see a return to daytime from …. Victoria Rowell or Michael Muhney?” Michael Bruno replied: “Y&R needs a shot in the arm. Victoria is a shot in the arm. If someone hates her, he’s not in the scene with her, that’s how you play it. There are very few people who you could bring back where they would get additional eyes and people would tune-in. She is somebody that could.”
The panel of Michaels were also asked: “Of the four (daytime) soaps, which would you want to be the last one standing? Some said General Hospital, and some (including Martha) said, The Young and the Restless! In addition, when asking the panel of Michaels if they watch all the soaps every day, Martha asks Michael Fairman which is the hardest soap right right now to get through? You can watch the broadcast below and hear his answers, and the storylines he says give him pause.
Now below, watch the Soap Box 1-Year Anniversary show. Then weigh-in: Which soap would you want to be the last one standing? Do you think Y&R will let Justin Hartley have any outs to do primetime roles? Do you think a return by Victoria Rowell would bring in more eyeballs and be a huge ratings boost to Y&R?