Cady McClain Joins 'The Young and the Restless' Cast


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All My Children fans will see one of their favorites return to the soap world: Cady McClain has a new gig.

The soap star played Dixie Cooney-Martin on-and-off from 1988 until the show officially ended in 2013. She joins CBS’s The Young and the Restless to replace Cynthia Watros, who currently plays Kelly Andrews on the soap opera. Her final scenes will shoot March 14 and air April 16. McClain then shoots March 26, and makes her first appearance on April 24.

Young and the Restless’s Kelly will be recast, instead of dying, because the show plans to romantically pair her with Peter Berman’s character, Jack Abbott. Watros is leaving the daytime drama to star in a show called Find Carter, which has been picked up by MTV for a full 12 episodes.

According to TVLine, Finding Carter is about “a teenager named Carter (Skins‘ Kathryn Prescott) who seemingly has the perfect life with fun-loving single mom Lori (Law & Order‘s Milena Govich), until the police bust a high school party and she discovers Lori abducted her as a toddler. Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her. As she navigates brand new parents (Angel‘s Alexis Denisof and Lost‘s Watros), a twin sister (newcomer Anna Jacoby-Heron) high school and boys, she vows to find Lori before the only mom she’s ever known is gone forever.”

All My Children was canceled in 2011, but revised and brought to exclusive Hulu and iTunes platforms. Hulu and iTunes uploaded episodes from April-September 2013. In November, the show was officially canceled for good. Various former All My Children cast members have been finding work on other soap operas and primetime dramas. Since the soap opera’s cancellation, McClain has worked on a short film and penned a memoir. Besides All My Children, McClain appeared on As the World Turns as Rosanna, on-and-off, from 2002 until the show’s 2010 cancellation.

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