Who says you can never go home? Criminal Minds star and soap veteran Shemar Moore will return to The Young and the Restless this September for a special two-day guest appearance, announced CBS earlier today.
Moore, who appeared as a series regular for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), will reprise his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000. During his two-day return, Moore will reunite with longtime friend and co-star Kristoff St. John, who portrays his on-screen brother, Neil Winters. In the episodes, Malcolm returns to Genoa City after leaving town years before without a proper goodbye. Now, he’s back for an important visit with the Winters family to make amends and catch up on everything he’s missed.
“I am excited about returning to The Young and the Restless as a special guest,” said Moore. “This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family.”
The Young and the Restless has been the top rated daytime drama for 25 years. Last month, the show won its eighth Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
My Take: It’s always nice to see Shemar Moore back on the show, even if it’s brief. He’s always maintained an interest in doing guest appearances when his schedule allows for it so kudos to the show for hammering out a deal for a guest spot. Y&R made a serious misstep when they
tragically recast the role with Darius McCrary in 2009. The unpopular recast was saddled with an equally unpopular storyline, making for an unmitigated disaster. The character was written out in 2011 with little mention since.