The last three creative regimes at CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless have the blood of core Abbott family members on their hands, all for little more than temporary ratings stunts. Lynn Marie Latham killed off family patriarch John Abbott (Jerry Douglas). Maria Arena Bell iced granddaughter Colleen Carlton (a pre-Pretty Little Liars Tammin Sursok), not to mention perennial Abbott-in-law Brad (Don Diamont).
Now, showrunner Jill Farren Phelps (who has executive produced one show after another where core families were gutted beyond repair or recognition) and former head writer Josh Griffith have slaughtered little Delia, not only an Abbott, but the granddaughter of original character, Jill Foster (Jess Walton). Did I mention Delia is also the child of Kate Valentine aka Chloe Mitchell (Elisabeth Hendrickson), herself the goddaughter of Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper), whose death the canvas is still reeling from?
Sony TV and CBS Daytime signed off on the death of a child from more than one core family on this soap, so soon after the demise of Kay. Additionally, beloved firecracker Phyllis Newman (Michelle Stafford) was recently sent off to Georgia with porridge drooling down her face.
JFP and Co. essentially were given the greenlight to crib from her near-identical oversight of Jake Spencer's death on General Hospital, complete with another ailing child in need of a transplant and an alcoholic step-grandparent driving on the same road the doomed child was on.
Hey, I said I was going to be positive about Y&R for a month, I didn't say I couldn't state the facts. Watch this week's Y&R teaser below.
Eric Braeden has never been shy about sharing his opinions. However, in an interview with TV Guide Magazine the popular The Young and the Restless star clarifies what he meant by his "I'm very pissed off!!!" tweet when responding to a fan regarding the show's head writer shake up.
TV Guide Magazine: Okay, spill it. Here's your chance to clarify why you're unhappy with a writer change that has a lot of Y&R fans pretty damn pleased.
Braeden: What I really wanted to say is that I don't like change. We had just gotten used to this new writing-producing regime at Y&R and suddenly there's another change, and I don't like it all! It's unsettling. So, yes, it pissed me off, though I was only responding to a fan. I had no idea my tweet would stir things up.
Braeden also reveals he can't complain about where Y&R is at at the moment.
TV Guide Magazine: Then, you're satisfied with the state of Y&R as is?
Braeden: Yes, certainly with what pertains to me. I speak for no one else in the cast but I, for one, can't complain. And Josh has written some very interesting stuff for me that's coming up. And, again, our numbers are up. Hello? I have no idea why this has happened. I am always concerned about the show. It's been a major part of my life, but there's a limit to what one should get involved in. In the end, I'm an actor. I'm paid for what I bring to the screen. READ MORE
Word broke earlier today, Griffith decided to leave the No. 1 daytime drama on his own accord, reportedly due to “creative differences” with executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. When asked by a fan on Twitter about his opinion surrounding the backstage controversy, Braden replied:
Will Sony promote from within the current The Young and the Restless writing staff, to replace allegedly exiting scribe Josh Griffith? According to CBS Soaps in Depth, current staffer Shelly Altman is set to be named head writer.
Have these people never heard the names Kay Alden and Sally Sussman Morina? They only happen to be the late Bill Bell's true heiresses apparent! READ MORE
Bell family friend, Tommy Lightfoot Garrett has had the internet buzzing with reports of alleged tension between head writer Josh Griffith and showrunner Jill Farren Phelps behind the scenes at CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless. The latest post on his website, Highlight Hollywood, alleges Griffith has already sent a goodbye email to members of his writing team. Truth or fiction? READ MORE
Why I Wish My Invitation to Jack Abbott's Birthday Party on The Young and the Restless Had Been Lost in The MailBy Jamey Giddens on July 02, 2013
I could use so many classic literary titles and/or phrases to begin this post about what went wrong Monday on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless, as opposed to everything sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, did right. It Was The Best of Soaps, It Was The Worst of Soaps — A Tale of Two Bell Sudsers. READ MORE