Adam was previously played by Michael Muhney before he was accused of groping co-star Hunter King earlier this year. While many fans hoped the original Newman would return, last week he confirmed doubts:
Just got an official call, although things got very close, I will not be returning to Y&R. That part of my life is over. Moving on...
— Muhney (@michaelmuhney) August 14, 2014
And he later said:
Filming will begin in September, and his first episode will air sometime in November. Justin is definitely excited about the new role, as he said on Twitter:
Can't begin to tell you how excited I am to be joining @YRInsider. Great show Great cast Great fans!!!! Thanks for all of your kind words.
— Justin Hartley (@Hartleyjustin) August 19, 2014
Some may think moving from primetime to daytime television may be a step back, but as he told TV Guide, "It's all about story and character with me and 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." He went on to say, "Y&R is the No. 1 show and the acting company is exceptional," Hartley says. "There's no period of adjustment with these people and that's daunting. I don't just have to be fantastic, I have to be fantastic right now!"