Here’s a really good interview by Michael Logan with incoming Y&R headwriter Sally Sussman.
I didn’t really watch Y&R during the glory days that these two mention specifically, but I did watch it during other eras I thought were great, and I feel like so much of what Sally Sussman says here is right on the money. I was having a similar conversation with my earlier to the one she’s having about rootable couples and supercouples. (Also, this may sound crazy, but I’m pretty on-board with the idea of a Nick/Hilary pairing. That could be dynamite.)
B&B is kind of its own special category, but I think if one of the other three shows could really get it together the way she’s talking about doing for Y&R, it would ultimately work wonders for all three of them.
She was very underrated at DOOL. She wrote the killing pool storyline, the “dead” baby in the bayou, the orient express, Sami’s execution. She had some really great stories during her run there. But what a head writer used to do really can’t be recaptured when then on DOOL a lot of the core characters and vets were still on the show for the most part. Y&R has a lot of dead weight(last time I looked it did).
I agree that her run on DAYS was great. She did a really good job of moving the show out of James E. Reilly’s over-the-top style (which I loved, but really only he could do successfully) and into things that were a little more grounded and had more heart.