When we first read the head line via TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, we were so thrilled because back in the early days of The Young and the Restless one of the main heroes and heartthrobs of the show was Brad Eliot as played by Tom Hallick. And talk about your timing! Even as recent as last week, On-Air On-Soaps mentioned Hallick in our item on the sad passing of his former co-star Victoria Mallory (Ex-Leslie Brooks, Y&R). In fact, as we showed you Hallick and Mallory appeared in the first title card of Y&R together back in 1977.
Now today in the TVG item, while Hallick is not returning as Brad Eliot, which is a bit disappointing, he will be seen in a different role with a very familiar twist to longtime fans of the CBS soap opera! When Brad Eliot first emerged in Genoa City it was in the premiere episode of Y&R, where in the soap’s very first scene Brad gets a lift from a truck driver heading to GC! However now, Hallick will be seen in a different role as a kindly truck driver who helps an on-the-run Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) find her way back home! Look for the scene to air on the Friday, September 26th episode.
Hallick shared that he got to use Jeanne Cooper’s old dressing room for his short stint on Y&R, but barely recognized anyone at the show. He also shared that after he decided to leave Y&R in 1978, the success he had hoped for didn’t really come in primetime after a reshuffling of executives happened while in his development deal with NBC. He later ended up on DAYS as banker Maxwell Hathaway: “The experience was awful,” he says with a laugh. “I won’t even go into why. You had to be there.”
So, what do you think of Hallick’s twist on a twist on the very first scene from Y&R and his return for a key scene with Gina Tognoni? Share your thoughts below!