May 31, 2016 at 6:27 pm #1201842794
DC is at it again with their intriguing blind items. But this latest one is big. It indicates that “a veteran executive producer is on his or her way out.” The guesses in the comment section were primarily split between Frank and Jill. Some argued that it would not be Y&R if low ratings were an issue, but it actually has not been doing that well in the W18-49 demo. There were 750 comments on the post, and it just became too overwhelming to read them all. Anybody here want to weigh in? Check out the article at Daytime Confidential.May 31, 2016 at 8:24 pm #1201842827
I think the speculation between Jill and Frank is probably correct. My gut tells me it is probably Jill Farren Pehlps. I don’t think her vision for Y&R has worked so well with viewers or critics and i think CBS probably sees it is time for a change.
With that said, I’d LOVE for Frank Valentini to be replaced. His strength has always been on the business side and not on the creative side and GH is desperately in need of a creative vision. I would obviously LOVE if somehow Wendy Riche came back to GH, but that seems unlikely.June 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm #1201843177
When I saw the post, I got kind of stuck on the ratings woes and figured that would refer to GH or DAYS. Even though Ken Corday is EP at DAYS, he seems to have not much to do with the day-to-day running of the show, and also I’m not sure how fireable he is. Greg Meng or Albert Alaar could be the target, but it’s perfectly clear the show feels no need to “build a case” to oust anyone behind the scenes other than Corday. That made me think it’s probably Frank, but Jill is a believable option as well. Ratings would seem like a thin excuse for a show that’s still at the top of the (admittedly small) mountain. Meanwhile, Frank has had two of his most popular actors off-screen because of difficult contract negotiations, which makes me feel like whatever magic he’d been doing to afford all the megawatt talent GH has been attracting is doubly not working — money may be getting very, very tight and also the ratings aren’t doing well.
But then I read the thing about the writing regime having until the end of the year, and that sounded more to me like Jean and Shelly than anyone else. It’s easy to want to narrow these things down to GH/DAYS because they seem like relative disasters next to B&B/Y&R these days, and DAYS has a new co-HW whose material hasn’t aired yet, and another co-HW who’s not with the show now but was borrowed by the brass from another show and whose underwhelming material is airing now. Those just seem like very strange circumstances under which to issue such an ultimatum. But this could as easily be Chuck Pratt.
The end of the article somewhat implies that these are three different shows, which would point me back to Jill as the EP, Jean/Shelly as the writers until the end of the year, and maybe Dena Higley people are whispering about?June 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm #1201847632
EmmyLoser: “The end of the article somewhat implies that these are three different shows, which would point me back to Jill as the EP, Jean/Shelly as the writers until the end of the year, and maybe Dena Higley people are whispering about?”
I came to the same conclusion, EmmyLoser.June 8, 2016 at 8:15 am #1201848444
Not to celebrate someone getting fired, but virtual high-five, robbalto and Boidiva02, on us being right about this one: JFP is out at Y&R.
This also says that Chuck Pratt “has one foot on a banana peel and the other on a patch of black ice” (LOL at that phrasing), which makes me wonder just how many headwriters’ jobs are in jeopardy. (And also where do I sent my application?) Chuck could be one of the other two blind items, but maybe not. It’s kind of hard to believe that the writing team at either GH or DAYS is all that stable, whether they’re the blind items or not. Though GH seems to be more exciting lately and has made some strides in good directions, so maybe they’re fine after all. The DAYS writing team generally seems to be in a state of flux, and as soon as one HW’s material hits the air you almost expect it to be announced that someone is being replaced.