According to Michael Logan, Cynthia Watros is officially out at Y&R and Cady McClain is taking over as Kelly.
I’m thrilled about this! My interest in Dixie was sporadic, but I thought Cady McClain was one of the best things about the last 10 years of ATWT, and in the absence of Michelle Stafford and Eileen Davidson, I could easily see CMc being the new face of Y&R. Awesome news!
So Phyllis is going to stay drooling in Georgia then, lmao!
Was lowkey hoping that Kelly Sullivan would be nuKelly, but if Cady McClain serves first run Rosanna Cabot teas, than this will be hot.
Exactly what the Y&R set needs. Another diva.
I didn’t see Watros sticking around long term, even with the pilot news, but Cady McClain I could see setting down some roots there. If the Kelly character is someone who sticks around, I agree that she could become a really prominent presence at Y&R. Like a lot of people, I loved CMc’s Rosanna but was never that sold on Dixie, so this could be exciting.
Not a bad start at all. CMc has a great screen presence, and her chemistry with King, Tom, and Bergman was smooth. The only slightly jarring thing was that CMc’s line delivery is very regal (and always has been), compared to Watros who played Kelly as relatively trashy. Overall, a decent start, and given the right material, I think this could be good.
I do miss Cynthia Watros though, and seeing her on Y&R and how similar her style is to Michelle Stafford’s, I would not be against her coming back as a Phyllis recast. I think Michelle is so widely accepted as Daytime royalty that the role could be recast at this point and no one would ever forget her greatness.
Oh and I keep forgetting to say how impressed I am that the opening credits are being kept current. It was ridiculous how stale they were for a while.