I would start by giving good S/L to the core characters who made Y&R the best soap to begin with. Give good material to people like Peter Bergman and Doug Davidson (enough said with either of these two) Jess Walton, Melody Thomas-Scott, Eric Braeden, Lauralee Bell, etc. to work with - that's all that's needed for a strong starting point. Bring back Jack's family and Jabot and keep them in the story (Eileen Davidson if at all possible but a recast for Ashley if not. Same thing with Michelle Stafford if possible or recast a Phyllis look-a-like to continue the character. Bring back the old Adam to create havoc. Have Chelsea revert back to her nasty self as well and fight to get her baby back from Victoria and Billy as payback for Victoria's meddling. Having just lost the great Jeanne Cooper we need to keep as much of the core characters intact as possible to keep the show from becoming an ABC clone. That means putting the core characters back to the forefront of the story and seeing less of the newer characters currently dominating the show.