Victor Newman – which soap opera fan has not heard of him? Since the 1980s, he has been the patriarch of the Newman family. He is basically the premiere character of one of CBS’ longest running daytime soap operas, “The Young and the Restless“.
Despite numerous changes in actors portraying different characters in the world of soap operas, Eric Braeden has been the only actor playing the part of Victor Newman since it’s creation 1980. For more than thirty years, Victor has gone through everything a soap opera character can encounter. He has gone through several wives, had countless romances, built a business empire, plotted and destroyed the competition, and of course, had amnesia.
With almost everything already thrown at Victor Newman over the past 32 years, would it be safe to say that the character is already tired? Should he already be retired in order to give other Y&R characters their time to shine?
As a fan of the show, here are reasons why I think Victor Newman should stay. Yes, I fully believe that he should still continue his amazingly evil ways on the show.
The Young and the Restless is still among the most popular daytime soap operas in the country. It cannot be denied that the program has kept up with the changes of the audience demographic. Since Victor Newman is still a vital part of the show, it means his character still works among the program’s audience. If it isn’t broke, why even try to fix it?
Victor Newman has continuously evolved with the show. Through marriages, business crashes and a million other plot twists, Victor has changed in so many ways. Audience reaction to him has gone through a lot during the years as well. From being in love with him at the very start of his ideal marriage with Julia – to despising him for his vasectomies. From abhorring him for leaving Walter to die – to pitying him for his latest twist as someone with amnesia. There just seems to be no end to the possibilities for Victor.
The show will still need a polarizing lead character, someone fans will either love or hate. Various male characters have appeared in Genoa City since 1973, when the show started. Somehow, no one has been successful in soliciting as much hatred and support as Victor. Of course, any soap opera benefits from having a polarizing character – it keeps interest in the show. The show will definitely plateau without such a divisive character as Victor.
So, love him or hate him, Victor is definitely here to stay. He is that important to the show. Whether he remains to be a leading protagonist, antagonist, hero, and anti-hero rolled into one will be everybody’s guess.