It's been a year since former General Hospital star Steve Burton joined The Young and the Restless as Dylan McAvoy, a war veteran and Avery Bailey Clark's (Jessica Collins) lover whom she presumed dead. The character has been subject to largely mixed reviews this past year. It's no secret that Burton and executive producer Jill Farren Phelps are close friends. Phelps, who was General Hospital's executive producer for eleven years, allegedly even offered him a job when she joined Y&R. Despite Burton and Phelps firmly denying rumors and speculation, it's pretty obvious that this is a forced character. Even the most uneducated person can suspect there is something weird about Dylan.
For starters, Dylan came to town as apart of Avery's past, who was in the process of being expanded into a leading character. As said in one of my previous editorials, Avery isn't leading lady material. So perhaps that's where Dylan's creative problems began. But then there were prospects of Dylan being paired with Sharon (Sharon Case), but that was shot to hell for him to be paired with (and then conned) by Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan). Before we knew it, Dylan was getting a lot of screen time and minimal character development. Then we all groaned when it was announced he was getting a best friend, Stitch (Sean Carrigan), who would later turn out to be a helluva lot more interesting than Dylan.
Chelsea's baby daddy lie went on for endless months, to the point of them getting married. Chelsea and Dylan's romance (dubbed "Chylan") received mostly negative reviews. When the entire ruse was finally over with, some of us were hopeful Dylan would get a genuinely good storyline. Right? Well, wrong. Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) suddenly reveals she gave birth to a son years ago with a cult leader. Before we knew it, it was revealed Dylan is her long lost son. The storyline was horribly written and did NOT improve my opinion of Dylan. Now, Dylan, having reunited with Avery to form one of daytime's most boring couples, is facing his biological father, Ian Ward (Ray Wise).
All this to say, Dylan does not work on The Young and the Restless. It is so terribly obvious onscreen that he is just on this show for Phelps. First endless boring months of a terrible story, and now he's tied to a longtime Genoa City pillar which means he ain't going anywhere. What's next? He's revealed he's the ruler of the world? I wish Burton would've just stayed at General Hospital. His character is much more popular over there. And as I've said, Burton must've been really fed up with the action scenes he was getting at GH to settle for endless boring crap on Y&R. At this point, the only story I would want for Dylan is to be paired with Sharon. It's that too much to ask, writers? Watch The Young and the Restless weekdays on CBS.