The Young and the Restless welcomes home several former residents for a reunion of sorts in Genoa City as former Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff reprises his role of Dr. William “Snapper” Foster after a 28 year absence. Along with Hasselhoff, two other blasts from the pasts are scheduled to return.
Hasselhoff, probably best known for his portrayal of Michael Knight on the long time running series, Knight Rider (1982-1986) and later, on the series BayWatch (1989-2001) as lifeguard, Mitch Buchannon. Other roles to Hasselhoff’s credit include, The Love Boat (1980-1981), BayWatch Nights (1995-1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun (1999), and Just Shoot Me (2002). He also made a return as Michael Knight in Knight Rider 2000 and again in most recent series of Knight Rider in 2008. He served as one of the judges on the popular NBC reality talent competition, America’s Got Talent from 2006-2009. The international superstar served as the guest host for the April 12 edition of World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship program, Monday Night RAW.
Hasselhoff joined the cast of Y&R in 1975 as Dr. William ‘Snapper’ Foster, Jr., the son of Liz Foster. Hasselhoff spoke to EW.com about his short return to Genoa City, “In 1976, Bill Bell, creator of America’s No. 1 soap opera, took a chance on a young and very green actor. Playing Snapper in 850 shows during the six years I appeared molded my craft, my attitude and my work ethic. Being asked to come back to appear in several episodes gives me a chance to say thanks, as I have an amazing amount of respect and heartfelt emotion for Bill, his family and my time on Young and the Restless. I just hope I can remember all those lines.”
Snapper’s return to Genoa City will be a short term, a handful of episodes more than likely. He reports to set in May and is scheduled to start airing in mid-June.
Other Fosters returning to Genoa City include Wings Hauser as Greg Foster, Snapper’s brother. Wings has had an accomplished career as an actor, director, and musician since appearing on the CBS soap. Hauser was uncredited writer and Associate Producer on the hit film, Uncommon Valor. Hauser also an accomplished actor appearing on such hit series as Magnum PI, The Fall Guy, Hunter, Murder, She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210 and most recently Saving Grace, The Mentalist, and Bones. Hauser also has an extensive film career to speak of, beginning with his first film called Regan in 1967.
Also returning is Julianna McCarthy, who will represe her role as Foster family matriarch Liz Foster, the mother of Jill Foster Abbott (played by Daytime Emmy winner Jess Walton). She first appeared as Liz Foster in 1973 and has returned to Genoa City several times, her last appearance was in 2008. McCarthy has appeared in such television series as L.A. Law, Cagney and Lacey, Jake and the Fatman, Mama’s Family, Working Girl, Melrose Place, Star Trek:Deep Space Nine, Touched by An Angel, The Unit, and ER.
Hauser and McCarthy’s airdates are not known at this time.
ADDITIONAL CASTING NEWS
Soap veteran Andrea Evans (ex-Tina, OLTL; ex-Rebecca, Passions) will reprise her role as Tawny Moore, mother of Amber Moore Romalatti for a one day appearance on May 12. Evans originated the role in 1999 on Y&R’s sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful. Evans also portrayed the role of Patty Williams from 1983-1984.