David Tom is living proof you can in fact go home again. After a 12-year absence from The Young and the Restless, Tom is slipping back into the role of Billy Abbott come Feb. 3. Billy Miller departs on Jan. 30.
The actor is diving head first into the end of a huge storyline, with Billy having learned Adam (Michael Muhney) was the culprit behind his daughter's hit-and-run. TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with Tom on what's next for Billy.
TV Guide Magazine: How do things shift for Billy once he knows Adam killed Delia?
Tom: There's certainly no closure, but there's a change in the depth of his anger. Sooner or later, the healing process will have to begin. But, for now, he's furious that Adam did what he did and — even worse — kept it a secret. I can't even imagine what it would be like to deal with something like that yet, at the same time, I can relate. I'm an uncle now in my own life and if somebody did something to harm my little nephew, well...I would definitely want to make that person suffer as much as possible. READ MORE
Dylan's (Steve Burton) quest for a family reunion is about to produce results sooner than expected on The Young and the Restless. Socialite Nikki Newman's (Melody Thomas Scott) baby daddy/cult leader Ian Ward (Ray Wise) takes a trip to Genoa City to reunite with his former follower, just as their son heads to Idaho to learn more about his bio dad.
TV Guide Magazine: Yeah, right. Ian sexually abused Nikki back in the New World Commune days and impregnated her with Dylan. Why would she let him in the door, much less back in her life?
Wise: I can't reveal his big secret reason for coming to town — what he really wants — but he certainly hopes to reestablish a relationship with the beautiful Nikki. Once upon a time, she felt a little something for him. He thinks he can override her fears and get that back. He's a very confident fellow.
How will The Bold and the Beautiful's Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) react to everything that has transpired during his absence, namely former wife Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) having played hide-the-sword with Bill (Don Diamont)? Could Brooke's actions cause Ridge to look in her little sister Katie's (Heather Tom) direction?
TV Guide Magazine: Given your love for twisted romance, will you have Ridge fall Katie? It would drive Bill and Brooke crazy!
Bell: [Laughs] Well... maybe I will. Anything is possible! Thorsten makes a fantastic Ridge — very different from [predecessor] Ronn Moss. He'll really electrify the show. Bill has been cock-of-the-walk for way too long. He needs a little competition! And that's exactly what he's going to get! We're going to find out that Ridge has gone through something very significant during his time away — something that's really changed him. There's only one Ronn Moss and he was splendid, but now we have a new and very different Ridge and it's exciting to write for him.
General Hospital superstar Anthony Geary is blunt beyond words concerning which Port Charles lady his alter ego, Luke Spencer should spend his twilight years with. Here's a hint: It ain't the one he shared the cover of Newsweek with!
TV Guide Magazine: Assuming Luke survives, is his romance with Tracy [Jane Elliot] one for the ages?
Geary: Their relationship is gold and a joy to play. It's fraught with dysfunction and conflict but I think they really do love and respect each other. The good thing is they will never have children. She can be his support system and he can be hers, she can have her own storylines and he can have his, but they don't ever need to mesh into a hyphenation like Luke and Laura did. READ MORE
Mob heiress and art aficionado Ava Jerome (Maura West), has the denizens of Port Charles, New York wondering what her next move will be on General Hospital. West chewed the fat with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan and dished what viewers can expect from Ava.
TV Guide Magazine: As if going up against Sonny isn't foolhardy enough, Ava is in cahoots with her brother Julian (William deVry). That could prove really dangerous, right?
West: There's growing friction between Ava and Julian over who's in charge. Ava thinks they're equal and wants them to be co-bosses. But there was a GH storyline [in 1990] where Julian killed their sister, Olivia, because she wanted to be boss. He wasn't gonna let that happen. [Laughs] So, yeah, this is dangerous!