By James V. Ruocco
McKenna, who appeared in 36 episodes, was told by "Y&R" that his character was being "killed off" for story purposes. In a bizarre plot twist (but, not too bizarre for daytime soaps) Harding was revealed to be the murderer of Austin and Courtney, which, was odd, of course, considering the character's on-screen heroism and law-abiding work tactics for the police force in Genoa City.
Nonetheless, Harding was shot dead by Paul Williams, but fans refused to believe that they had seen the last of Harding. Speculation that Harding's death was faked, immediately surfaced. After all, this was daytime drama, so anything was possible including Harding's portrayer returning as his twin brother or an entirely new character. It's happened before on all the soaps, including "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives."
So, why not.
Sadly, rumors, were squelched once "Y&R" announced that Harding's story "had officially ended."
For McKenna, however, the journey back to CBS daytime, has just begun. This time, however, the actor is appearing on "The Bold and the Beautiful" in the newly created role of psychiatrist Dr. Hayden. When he reported to work back in January to film his "B&B" March 3rd debut, he tweeted "I could swear I've been here before" on Twitter.
Inside the studio, actors, writers and technicians from "The Young and the Restless" did a double take when they saw McKenna coming down the hall or outside his dressing room.
That's because both "The Bold & the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" are filmed on separate sound stages across the hall from one another at CBS Television Headquarters in Los Angeles.
So, yes, it was like "coming home" for McKenna.
In his debut episode, McKenna (wearing eyes glasses and dressed in casual "J Crew" attire) was revealed to be the doctor of Katie Logan Spencer, played by Heather Tom, whose character is suffering a mental breakdown on the soap. Previously, McKenna worked with the Emmy-winning actress back in 2011 on the primetime drama "Rizzoli & Ives." They played husband-and-wife.
Here, on "B&B," as in "The Young and the Restless," McKenna was the perfect fit. Confident, natural, charismatic and completely charming, he totally owned the part, making you eagerly await his next character move or interaction with the large ensemble cast.
So, who actually is Dr. Hayden and how does he fit into the framework of the continuing "B&B" drama? Will he have more "B&B" moments with the enigmatic Tom? Or is he a man of mystery beneath those Ivy League eyeglasses?
Unfortunately, for daytime fans, Dr. Hayden's upcoming storyline is under wraps for the time being, despite speculation that the handsome psychiatrist could end up as a possible "love interest" for his patient Katie Logan or her sister Brooke, portrayed by Katherine Kelly Lang.
But Katie and Brooke aren't the only female characters on "The Bold and the Beautiful" who could succumb to Dr. Hayden's charms. There are endless possibilities.
Think about it.
If I was writing "B&B," I'd pair Dr. Hayden with crazy and neurotic Quinn Fuller, played by Rena Sofer. Given Quinn's current storyline, it's only a matter of time before she ends up lying on the couch of Hayden's L.A. office. Or somewhere else, more intimate or cozy. McKenna and Sofer, would sizzle. And fans, would thoroughly enjoy this outrageous pairing. Think of the possibilities. Good Quinn. Bad Quinn. Evil Quinn. The list scene possibilities is endless.
What about Pam (Alley Mills)?
O.K., this is a long shot, but she could obviously obsess about the handsome doctor, ply him with lemon bars and maybe even, fantasize about removing his eyeglasses and button-down oxfords, in a few dream sequences, played strictly for comic effect.
Finally, there's Ivy Forrester (Aussie actress Ashleigh Brewer" of "Neighbours" fame). This popular character could not only use a shrink when she returns to L.A. from Australia, but a new romance is just what Ivy needs following her subsequent break with the Spencer brothers. When you think about it, someone "slightly order" might just be the romantic cure for Ivy to forget completely about Liam and Wyatt Spencer. And, who, better than Dr. Hayden to romance the deliciously wicked and loveable Ivy.
Maybe, I should start writing the script. Or give Bradley Bell a call.
For those CT daytime fans anxiously awaiting McKenna's next appearance on "The Bold and the Beautiful,"you can catch the actor on DVD as Nick Vera in NBC's edgy 13-part drama "State of Affairs," opposite Katherine Heigl." Or watch him portray Patrick Westhill in 7 episodes of "90210."
There's also the made-for-television" movie "Holiday Engagement" plus single episode "guest appearances" on "Castle," "NCIS: New Orleans," "Criminal Minds," "House," "Harry's Law" and " NCIS: Los Angeles."
(Jim Ruocco welcomes your comments. You can contact him at JimRuocco@aol.com)