"The Young and the Restless" may not be all that young anymore, considering that it has logged some four decades on the afternoon television landscape, but it certainly seems intent on living up to the "restless" part of its billing, at least where casting is concerned. The year 2011 saw more big stars signing on to play for the top-rated soap opera than you might find in 10 years' worth of a New York Yankees free agent spending spree, but the venerable old show doesn't seem to be slowing down at all in 2012. As January drew to a close, news broke that the CBS stable had expanded its horizons to court a Southern belle for the next round of intrigue. To wit, " Dukes of Hazzard " star Catherine Bach is set to burst back on the national seen on February 7 as Chelsea Lawson's (Melissa Claire Egan) mother, Anita.
What will Bach be up to in and around Genoa City? It's hard to tell since Chelsea is such a new character herself, having been introduced last November as a "mystery woman" in Billy Abbott's (Billy Miller) unfolding legal troubles in Myanmar. Chelsea's past seems to be woven into the evolving plot lines, and Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) is involved, so you know that tons of fun and intrigue lie just beyond the bend. You can also bet that Anita will be involved in this twisted mess as the characters try to unravel the secrets of the past. Mothers do have a way of becoming entwined in their children's lives, after all, and maybe Bach will carry some juicy secrets to the set with her.
Bach, of course, rose to fame as Daisy Duke, the long-legged, doe-eyed cousin of Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) Duke trying to make their way the best way they knew how in Hazzard County during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She popularized short-short denim shorts and even gave them their nickname ("Daisy Dukes"). It's doubtful that Bach will have the same impact in 2012 as she did in, say 1982, given the transient nature of fame these days and the fact that she's not likely to make any more pinup posters. Still, it will be great to see an old favorite back in the saddle on a daily basis, for however long it lasts. Maybe Wopat and Schneider will join her on the scene as the inevitable treachery plays out. Heck, maybe they can even bring Cooter (Ben Jones) along for the ride.
A fan can dream, can't he?