Justin Hartley Is Y&R's New Adam

Justin Hartley Young Restless

Passions alum and onetime Green Arrow Justin Hartley is returning to daytime TV, as The Young and the Restless‘ new Adam Newman.

Hartley thus succeeds Michael Muhney, who was abruptly let go from the role last December.

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Assaying his return to soaps, Hartley told TV Guide Magazine (which broke the news of his casting), “I don’t care if the job is on daytime or primetime or the web. Hey, give me a good character and someone to listen and I’ll do my acting on a street corner.”

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In addition to his post-Passions run as Smallville‘s Oliver Queen, Hartley’s TV credits include episodes of Chuck and Castle, plus stints on Emily Owens M.D., Revenge and Mistresses.

He is expected to make his Y&R debut during November sweeps.

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  1. Tran says:

    Don’t know if Justin Hartley is a better Adam Newman than Michael Muhney. BTW, is he currently with girlfriend Chrishell Stause of Days of Our Lives?

  2. scout says:

    Great choice.

  3. TvPeong says:

    Is he leaving Mistresses? He is so good with Joss

  4. MattArmando says:

    Well said statement by Hartley.
    Great casting, too, Y&R.

  5. Wtactualf says:

    Love JH. He might be too good for a daytime soap though :/

  6. LaLa says:

    Wow, what? Wow. Did not see that coming. Great scoop, Y&R.

  7. DavidSask says:

    Justin is great actor almost too good now for this fading soap. I hope he can amp up the evil though he showed he can a bit in Revenge.

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  9. Beth says:

    What about Mistresses?? Wahh I loved him and Joss together.

  10. MadMax says:

    As long as he takes his shirt off, all is ok

  11. Beth says:

    Wait, wasn’t he doing a pilot with Anna Camp? Any word on that??

  12. Ashbash says:

    I am perfectly fine with this casting. Adam Newman is pretty much like his old passions character Fox so this was actually great casting.

  13. Mandie says:

    This casting news almost makes me want to watch the show again. Almost.

  14. sure says:

    I like..((:

  15. Josh says:

    Looks more like an Abbot than he does either Victor or Hope but that’s soaps for you… Otherwise, pretty decent “star power choice”…

    • Cara says:

      Seriously…..neither Nick or Victoria look like Victor or Nicki. This guy could pass as Hopes kid…..I’m just hoping he is a good fit, this newer Billy still doesn’t work and all you ever see is people threatening to quit watching over all of it….welcome Justin, good luck!

      • Linda says:

        That would be me, threatening to stop watching! I will watch a little while longer, but if they continue to take actors off just when you get used to them, then I will be done.

  16. KCC says:

    So many actors leave Daytime trying to make it in Primetime, it’s interesting to see an actor choose to go the other way. I wish him all the best, and he’ll make a great Adam!

  17. big cheddar says:

    Interesting. So I wonder if he’ll be on a recurring status, so he can still take primetime jobs. I think he would have made a better Kyle, but I’m sure he’ll be very good in this role. He’s definitely a better match in the Newman birth order than MM was. He has huge shoes to fill, but I can imagine this character would be a great challenge for an actor.

  18. Robert says:

    Wow! Have to say I am impressed with this casting choice, truly gold star. I am also impressed with Justin Hartley’s statement about he is basicly in this career for the love of it, no matter where it takes him and I think that has been lost in the field of dramatic arts for a long time.

  19. ChicagoDan says:

    After all the press he got for joining REV, I thought he was still a regular on there. Glad he landed another gig. He’ll do fine because he can act. Should’ve cast him as “Billy,” though.

  20. Matt says:

    Guess I’m going to have to start watch Y&R again I always thought he was hot

  21. frances funderburk says:

    omg…we have to wait till November for Adam to come back from the dead? lol

  22. frances funderburk says:

    Love Y&R but Adam returning from the dead in NOVEMBER? wow Let’s get moving here and please wake Phylis from this coma and get on with it. lol

  23. Linda says:

    I am so tired of Y&R replacing actors that I have lost interest in the show. I don’t care if I watch it or not, whereas I loved it last year!

  24. dc says:

    Oh great! Another “bomb!” How low can Y&R go.. The show is about as exciting as a root canal. You can only sleep with so many people/marry so many people and “return” so many times till it is absurd. BORING/BORING/

  25. Jfully says:

    Justin can do so much better than this and needs to fire his agent. Horrible career choice

  26. Carol Watson says:


  27. McK says:

    They should bring the real Adam back and fire the brain dead, trashy blond Abby. She is a joke as an actress.

  28. annie fair says:

    Michael is the best Adam!

    • joe says:

      What happens when he comes in=will they get him 4 murder n hit n run=or just screw every women thier with Sharon being first=than Cel=than Kelly next=u guys are hard up 4 people=Bring Ashley or Heather back =not that asshole Adams

  29. Excellent choice!

    He’s hotter than all heck AND he’s not a perv like you know who was.

  30. Zathe says:

    Congrads to him, If he had to return to soaps, then Y&R is like the best choice. Its the number one soap, does great ratings than any CW show or some cable shows. It will likely be a long running and regular job so thats good, many JH fans will be happy to see him regularly too in one spot, YAY. I know he will give it his all like he always does.

    Adam/Michael fans, I’m sorry for your loss but please give JH a chance. I promise you, there is a very good chance you will like this guy, if not in this role, its as the person he is. He is so funny, passionate, kind-hearted and humble….

  31. Zathe says:

    Congrads to him, Y&R is like the best soap series out there, it does great ratings than any CW show and some Cable shows, its very respectable even in its quality. And daytime is respectable in itself, acting is acting, there just need to be less stigma about daytime/soap. There is talent there in some of the acting, directors, writers etc..lots of passion and hard work too.

    The good thing about daytime is its mostly a long running and stable job, someone as passionate about his craft and a good actor like Justin shouldnt have to be jumping from one guest spot to another with no stable offers, like he was doing with prime time shows. He deserves regular and lead roles, daytime or primetim, and he has a family too. I haven’t watched YR in a long time (lack of time), might just check it out now. And I think many of his fans will be happy to see him regularly too.

    Adam fans, I’m sorry for your loss but please give JH a chance. I promise you, there is a very good chance you will like this guy, if not in this role its as the person he is. He is so funny, passionate, kind-hearted and humble….

  32. Truth says:

    Well, I am still disappointed that Michael M is not coming back, but hey, I’ll give this guy a chance. It would make sense that Adam would come back with a new face since he is a wanted man in GC!! Welcome aboard young man!!!

  33. Marilyn says:

    Make me sick that they fired Michael can’t watch the show anymore!

  34. ruthie says:

    Powers-that-be should NEVER have let Billy Miller go and now can’t find a decent replacement for him because there isn’t anyone else. Two actors now and both are awful. Should definitely have brought back Michael Muhney. Just because new actors are hired to take the place of Miller or Muhney doesn’t mean they can fill the shoes of the previous actors. They were the best! There are too many stupid and unresolved story lines in this soap. Repeat stories like Nikki’s drinking…..enough already! Should never have killed off Delia. None of the characters are happy on this show –even today Michael and Lauren had problems. The real world is bad enough…..how about some joy on this soap? Writers continue to disappoint and soap continues to go downhill. Stitch is great but dragging out that story line. Was holding out to see if Y&R execs would get smart and hire Miller and Muhney back. No Miller, No Muhney….no need to watch any longer.

  35. Sara says:

    I am not happy at all that Michael Muhney is being cast as Adam Newman. Bring back the first one. He did a wonderful job and added so much to the show. Come on now.

  36. Carole Hammond says:

    Don’t see Justin as a strong enough character to play the part of Adam like Michael Muhney could only play. We’ll see, everybody needs a chance in this life.

  37. Tonya says:

    Great choice Y&R!!!! I think he will be a great Adam. Can’t wait!!!

  38. debi dickson says:

    GOODBYE Y&R…no there’s only one Adam Newman and since you chose not to bring him back, I’M DONE!!! thanks for freeing up my day!!!!..

  39. not gonna buy this guy as ADAM NEWMAN…bring back Michael Muhney! NOW!!

  40. carol says:

    I am glad Adam is returning, but will be hard for any one to take his place, He was the good looking man that you loved one day and hated the next…..I wish the best to the new Adam but he will be a long time to replace…but time should take care of that….best wished to both men…..

  41. Oh no! Another bad recast! This Y&R writing team and casting personnel needs to be fired. The soap has lost viewership under the current leadership of the popular long running soap opera. The soap s going down the pooper.

  42. I have been watching since 1973. Good Bye The Young and the Restless….

  43. Sia Patel says:

    Eh, not too surprised by this news. He’s very pretty to look at…but I have never been particularly impressed by his acting chops, or lack thereof.

  44. Di says:

    Never heard of him or seen him before so will have to see what he is like.

  45. Pat Smith says:

    Don’t think this guy will do it, just like the new lady on GH she does not fit the spot. She IS Phylis

  46. Siteria says:

    I like him he was Ethan on Passions. I can see him as Adam Newman even though no one can take Michael Muhneys’ place. Justin was always nice to his character Theresa so now he has to put on the Adam Newman coat and step to the plate. Good choice and good luck to him.

  47. Ronald Brazell says:

    Bring back Michael Muhney

  48. Lana says:

    I can’t wait until November! Anyone can be replaced in soap operas. I look forward to the “new” Adam Newman.

  49. Timiarah Camburn says:

    I think this is a good choice. I’m anxious to actually see him on the show, however. I’m tired of looking at the Adam hand.

  50. Quinceta Ross says:

    Wonderful, fans would love to see Adam return and hopefully cause Billy to wake up and face his pride full actions and let it go and go home to his wife who really wants him and together they heal. It is time that fans get to see true love working through tough times and causes, but couples working to make it work and showing us what committment means and is.