If you thought you have loved the performances of Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) as the black sheep of the Newman clan, just wait! You have only seen the tip of the iceberg! In the weeks to come, viewers will see the unraveling of a story of epic proportions that will put Adam front and center in some heart-stopping, heartbreaking, and controversial moments!
So let’s take a look at where we are at heading into Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless: Adam and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) found out their son Connor needs a corneal transplant to see, but in order for it to be a success they must find a donor soon and the clock is ticking! Little Delia (Sophie Pollono), the daughter of Billy (Billy Miller) and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) was struck by a car in a hit and run. She was taken by ambulance after a 911 call at the end of Friday’s episode with her father by her side. Meanwhile, savvy fans saw that in the preview for Monday’s episode, there is a dent and a piece missing from the front of Adam’s car! And over the last several days fans have been revved up and upset over what may be to come.
This past week, On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to catch up for few with the talented Mr. Muhney to get his own preview of what is to come for Adam in this heavily dramatic storyline! Here’s what he shared …
Months ago, we teased Adam’s very intense and huge storyline to come, and now it is upon us. As viewers saw last week on Y&R, Adam and Chelsea’s (Melissa Claire Egan) son, Connor needs an urgent corneal transplant in order for him to see, Billy (Billy Miller) and Chloe’s (Elizabeth Hendrickson) daughter, Delia (Sophie Pollono) was just run down in an apparent hit and run accident, and Adam looks like he may have been the culprit who ran the little girl down! Quite the set-up for an actor to sink his teeth into!
MICHAEL: I take it as a hell of honor to play such a big story like this and be so central to it all, and work with the folks I get to work with. I think this is an amazingly unorthodox way to show Adam’s humanity. So it’s not a stereo-typical: “Oh, this is how we get to know Adam and his feelings, and what makes him tick.” Instead you get to see him in duress caught between a rock and a hard place, and in the middle of a storm and a hurricane and that is when someone shows their real heart. I think that is where you are going to see Adam’s real humanity that perhaps you never saw before.
What are your thoughts on the writing of this tale which seems to be at its core, an unthinkable tragedy that no parent would ever want to face, and the ramifications that will come out of it for so many beloved characters?
MICHAEL: People might not know this, but this is Josh Griffith’s (Ex-head writer, Y&R) story. What is playing … this is what he was given a year to kind of get to this point with. And this was when Josh had knocked down all the things he wanted to knock down, and fixed what he wanted to fix, and build up what he wanted to build up, and then say, “Now I want to start telling some big stories.” And this is his real big story and it’s a coup de grace, but it’s a beautiful farewell for him. It’s a nice way for him to go out. He gets to hang his hat on what I think he told which is; a really controversial, interesting, character-driven story. Three months from now whatever is airing is no longer his. I will miss Josh. I am glad he got to tell this story and go out on a high note.
This story has already stirred controversy, and it hasn’t even fully played out on-air yet, because it seems that the character of Delia will be sacrificed in order for this much larger umbrella story to play, and in particular for Adam! What reaction do you hope this story will evoke from the audience?
MICHAEL: I am really excited about this, because, as I said, it’s a real character driven piece. As big as the plot is and the story is, it is very character-driven. Oh my God, I am so excited about the stuff that I shot six weeks ago in advance of what is airing. I can’t wait for people to see this. I am really enthusiastic about how I think they will respond, and what they will say, and will it evoke real feelings and emotions from people on both sides of the coin? It’s going to be an amazing discussion that will be out there that will go on for a long time, and I am honored to be a part of it.
When the whole baby Connor paternity reveal finally came to light to Adam, that he was indeed the biological father and Chelsea had lied to him, how do you think that played out … and how will Adam handle fatherhood moving forward? (The twosome came to an understanding to co-parent Connor, particularly in his time of need on last Thursday’s episode.)
MICHAEL: Adam made a tacit agreement a long time ago to Chelsea. That when she was pregnant, he would stay away from her and the baby, and just let them live their life. I think deep down, he always knew this was his baby, but he sort of turned off that switch. But when he finally knows about his son’s eye condition, he says to himself, “You were right all along. You always knew that somewhere he was yours along!” So in that moment it was, “I will never let go now He is my son there is no going back. I am going to be a kind of father I always dreamed of having. I never had a father. He just wasn’t there. Then instead, I never got a father growing up, I got an adversary. I got an enemy instead of a father.” So this is a chance for Adam to there from the beginning for his son and never leave his side, and do something so different, and show that Hope-side of his genetics.
So, are you looking forward to seeing Adam’s emotional storyline? What do you think will happen? Do you think Adam is the guilty party who ran down little Delia? What are your thoughts knowing this was the final story created by former Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith? Comment below!