Monday, September 8, 2014

Original Cast Member Tom Hallick Returning to 'The Young and the Restless'

Tom Hallick on The Young and the Restless in 1973 (left) and 2014 (with Gina Tognoni).
Tom Hallick, an original cast member of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, is returning to the show for a visit but not as Brad Eliot, the neurosurgeon turned news reporter he played from 1973 to 1978.

Warning: Spoilers ahead...

According to TV Guide Magazine, Hallick will be seen as a kindly truck driver who helps an on-the-lam Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) find her way back to Genoa City. The setup is an homage to the very first scene in premiere episode of Y&R in 1973, which had Brad getting a lift from a truck driver (Clint Young) heading to Genoa City. Brad was running away from his life after the son of his finacée, Barbara Anderson (Deidre Hall), died on the operating room table.

"They found the same kind of truck and dug out the old script — only now I have the truck driver's dialogue and Gina has mine," Hallick tells TV Guide Magazine. "It was weird recreating the scene that way, but really pretty wonderful."

Watch the original scene from 1973 below:

Hallick still regrets his decision to exit the soap. "I was winning 'best actor' awards from TV by Day and Daytime TV and it all went to my head," he says. "NBC kept coming to me with these offers to work for them for a lot more money and I was very brash and impatient so I left Y&R. In retrospect, it was a very bad idea." Hallick played played banker Maxwell Hathaway on NBC's Days of our Lives for 5 months in 1984 but it was not a positive situation. "The experience was awful," he told TVGM with a laugh. "I won't even go into why. You had to be there."

3 comments:

  1. While I'm glad that Phyllis is waking up, I have to do serious eye rolling at the storyline that's making her able, after a year in a coma, to wake up, and, I guess, escape? from the hospital and hitchhike back to Genoa City????? Uh, it will be interesting, I guess, to see the entire storyline unfold, like, why couldn't she have one of her family take her back? Or maybe Victor spirited her away someplace, and THAT's where she escapes from? LOL! Guess time will tell...soap time...

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