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  • Boidiva02
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    http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2013/08/27/report-jean-passanante-and-shelly-altman-to-co-headwrite-the-young-and-the-restless

    Y&R has hired their new head writers, replacing Josh Griffths… Jean Passante and Shelly Altman take over duties.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    AKA The Young and The Restless continues to shoot itself in the foot. 

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    alokin
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    Well, I’m willing to give the new writers a chance to prove themselves first. As sad as I am to have to see head writer Josh Griffith go, perhaps overall, this may be seen as a step in the right direction that might allow Y&R to find a way to re-vamp itself.

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    Matt McClamrock
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    I am willing to give Jean and Shelley the benefit of the doubt.  Jean did a commendable job at ATWT after Hogan Sheffer left.  But as a longtime soap viewer, I can tell you that soap writers are usually not allowed to “revamp” a show.  I think most shows are the visions of the executive producer with input from the head writer.  JFP clearly had an agenda when she came in and was most likely under the directive of Sony to dwindle down the screentime given to veterans.  I’m certain that Jean and Shelley will be given the same orders.  I give Y&R a year before they slip to #2.  

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    adamunc
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    Whatever happened to Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest? After they left Guiding Light, they haven’t worked on any soaps that I know of. Did they retire or what? They wrote with such beautiful structure, I’ve long thought they could do well with the Genoa City canvas. And they worked with JFP at GL, successfully it seems.

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    eastwest
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    More of the same. I get it, but I don’t like it. It’s like the revolving door. This really reminds me of what I am learning in my Writing for TV class. In one of the texts, it mentions that a studio would rather have mediocrity from someone with experience than a newcomer with brilliant and fresh ideas, but has no clue how to run a show or writer’s room.

    I like what I seen here and there of “Jill Farren Phelps Presents: The Young and the Restless”, but it is not Bill Bell’s Y&R. It’s a new show and for the long time fans, I feel for them.

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    Boidiva02
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    Whatever happened to Pamela K. Long? She was a truly talented writer and I think she would be fantastic at Y&R.

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    alokin
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    Yes, great questions, Boidiva and adamunc! Pam Long would surely have made for an excellent choice, as would have Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest. All three head-writers worked wonders for GL in their respective years during the 80’s and early-to-mid 90’s, with husband-and-wife team Curlee and Demorest even rewarded in 1993 with that coveted Daytime Emmy in Writing, during what many consider to have been at the height of GL‘s golden era.  And we have Long to thank for creating such iconic roles as Reva Shayne, Alexandra Spaulding, and one of my all-time favorite soap characters, Harley Davidson Cooper (God, how I miss Beth Ehlers! She, too, needs to be back in daytime!). I’m not sure if Long has already retired; does anyone know? I believe Curlee definitely has, but don’t think Demorest has yet (his most recent stint was associate head-writer of AMC from mid-2005 to beginning 2008).
    I just came across a very interesting interview that Nancy Curlee gave in April 2009, a few months before GL‘s cancellation. A lot of you might’ve already seen it, but believe it or not, it was my first time reading it. Such a fascinating look into the life and mind of a truly gifted writer extremely dedicated to her craft, and the obstacles she and her husband faced while helming GL‘s writing team:

    http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2009/04/an-interview-with-nancy-curlee

    It’s a true loss to daytime, with talent of that caliber, that Curlee’s no longer writing for our soaps. I wish she’d come back out of retirement! Just imagine what she, together with Demorest and JFP as executive producer, could do w/the Y&R canvas, just as this “dream team” did with GL all those years ago.

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    So, anyone think new writers will help?

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    Matt McClamrock
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    The absence of Katherine Chancellor and Phyllis Newman is noticable.  As much as I love Michelle Stafford, this show has to recast Phyllis.  When Murphy announced Katherine’s death to her cherished loved ones Jeanne Cooper rolled over in her grave. I read her book and I am pretty sure that she would agree that the smurk on Murphy’s face was inappropriate.  He gleefully walked in and announced her death.  It just came off as awkward.  

    There are some elements of Y&R that are highly intriguing.  The Summer paternity storyline is interesting because Josh Griffith threw the wrench in the story by revealing that Sharon switched the test results.  Unfortunately, I believe all this is part of a Summer/Kyle love story that just seems forced.  I do miss Blake Hood so much because then I think I could root for Kyle and Summer, but this Breck Boy, cardboard hair model playing Kyle is horrible.  They should cut their losses and recast or bring back Blake Hood now.  But the overall storyline is pretty good and I can’t wait for Sharon’s antics to be revealed.  

    The Chelsea baby storyline is intresting in that I think Dylan already knows he’s not Conner’s father.  I think that he will reveal soon that he was adopted and that he doesn’t have a problem raising some other man’s child.  

    I am wondering how they will explain Dylan being Nikki’s long lost son without having to re-write history.  The only scenario that make sense would be if Nikki gave birth BEFORE she came to GC and gave the child up for adoption.  But in that case, it would make Dylan older than Victoria. 

    I do hate that they wasted the talented good looks of Marco Dapper by telling another cliched story of the third wheel going crazy when the original couple reunites.  It came off as cheesey as the Marcus Wheeler/Belinda Rogan mess with fiftysomething Michael beating young adonis Carmine to a pulp.  On a side note, did anyone else think the bruising and swelling was real on both men?  It looked real and this show isn’t known for their special make up effects (most people survive horrible car crashes with a minor bandage). 

    We fast forward through all of the Neil storyline.  It’s absurd.   

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