May 23, 2014 at 7:44 am #426832
The Young and the Restless is going in a different direction with the character of Billy Abbott. I’ve exclusively learned David Tom is being replaced in the role by Burgess Jenkins.
Tom, who played the role of Billy from 1999 to 2002, reprised the role to much fanfare in early 2014. He was seen as the perfect , following the exit of mega popular Billy Miller. Miller played Billy Abbott from 2008-2013.
Jenkins has numerous primetime recurring roles on his resume, including stints on Army Wives, Nashvilleand One Tree Hill. Look for him to debut in Genoa City in late June.May 23, 2014 at 8:07 am #426834
Yes, I just saw this this morning. Very interesting. Michael Logan tweeted something to the effect of that this was the right decision, even though it kind of sucks, because DT was coming across as a boy and not a man.May 23, 2014 at 8:22 am #426835
On one hand, I’ve always found David Tom pretty to look at, but on the other, I have been one of the more vocal when it comes to how his Billy Abbott has little chemistry with anyone other than Peter Bergman. Tom was never right for the adult version of Billy Abbott often playing Billy as whiny and hapless. Miller brought a sense of maturity (and masculinity) to the role that Tom never found.
However, I am SHOCKED that they would hire an actor older than the character!!!!! It will likely take me more time to get used to Mr. Jenkins in the role because he’s not Billy Miller, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. What concerns me are the constant cast changes to this show which has become unwatchable of late to many because of the incredibly lackluter pacing and material. When fans do turn back in, will they be confused.May 23, 2014 at 9:55 am #426836
I get that this is a business, but this is shitty especially the reasoning behind it.May 23, 2014 at 10:01 am #426837
I thought David Tom was just fine. What is it with this show and weird decisions? This new Billy may be wonderful, time will tell, but they haven’t given David Tom (an Emmy winner for this role) enough time…May 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm #426838
Very unhappy to hear this news. I love David Tom as Billy.May 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm #426839
I gotta agree with the Daytime Confidential crew. We needed Billy to “man-up” and David Tom couldn’t do that. Best of luck to him.June 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm #426840
I cannot! No disrespect to the actor, but this show sometimes lol. So they are really going to have Billy go from stud, to babyface, to pre-silver fox daddy in the span of months?June 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm #426841
It does feel like quite a shift, but I’d get on that.June 8, 2014 at 8:15 am #426842
I gotta agree with eastwest that Billy went from stud to baby to skinny aging guy in a matter of months. What’s wrong with this show’s casting department? They made a mistake with David Tom. It’s sad because David Tom is a great actor and he’s incredibly adoreable. But he never made a good adult Billy Abbott? How did they not see this in casting? Did they not test him with Amelia Heinle beforehand? If I was this unprepared and often wrong, I’d never be able to keep my job!
Not to mention this is the era of daytime television were casting is key and bringing on “name” actors is more than beneficial to most shows seeking to nab fans who follow those actors. Not that I have a nu-Billy recommendation beause, at this point, it would be unnecessary, but I do hope this one works.June 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm #426843
I think David Tom was fine as Billy. Saying that he is not mature enough does not make sense to me. Yes, he has a different vibe from Billy Miller, but the writers could have worked with that. To me the latest recast is only evidence of their lack of imagination. If I had a great actor like David Tom on my show, I would find a way to make it work.June 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm #426844
There are so many examples of talented actors being let go and recast for reasons that fans don’t understand, that I have become apathetic to it all.
June 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm #426845
These are all good points. I tend to agree with gdfl, I think, in that there is so much potentially that we don’t know that it’s hard to really second guess these decisions with any confidence. But this is part of why I said in the other thread that the writing at Y&R seems all over the place compared to the other three shows. It would seem like they’d have had to have a better idea what Tom would have been like on screen, and should have either been prepared to work with that or gone a different direction right away. The rumor about Tom not working with well with Cady McClain’s Kelly is a little crazy, because as Tom pointed out, he was cast before she was. But maybe they just weren’t getting what they needed and decided to go a different way. Not everything can show up in screen testing. Sometimes things just don’t work. I’ve certainly heard of crazier casting decisions. Remember Charity Rahmer, who played Belle for three weeks on DAYS between Kirsten Storms and Martha Madison? How they couldn’t see what a disaster Rahmer was from minute one is a mystery to me, especially when they had an actress like Madison waiting in the wings.