Ah nothing like the taste of old blood! General Hospital has added a new scribe to its stable of writers. Word is veteran producer/scribe Josh Griffith, who co-created the late Aaron Spelling's short-lived NBC guilty pleasure soap Sunset Beach with current GH head writer Bob Guza, has been offered a trial script writing deal with the ABC sudser. When we last heard from Griffith, who also wrote for One Life to Live, As The World Turns and my beloved Santa Barbara, he was being bounced from his executive producer gig at The Young and the Restless for allegedly tangling with Auntie Ri Ri (aka Maria Arena Bell). Josh is alright and all I guess, but when is someone gonna hire Sri Rao?
Dual roles is familiar territory for Y&R. Bell's predecessor, Lynn Marie Latham, wielded two hats while working on the sudsers before being given the axe. News of Bell's promotion comes on the heels of former Y&R Executive Producer Josh Griffith being replaced by consultant Paul Rauch.
Sarah Bibel is reporting on her Deep Soap blog that "Bell Jr. decided to put everyone out of their misery by letting Griffith go. He has been informed and is still on the job until his contract expires in early September."
While Soap Opera Digest Online is reporting that Josh Griffith wasn't fired from The Young and the Restless, inside sources are saying the executive is still indeed on his way out.
"Josh quit," says a source. "He decided not to renew his contract."
Griffith, who was allegedly re-writing Maria Arena Bell's scripts, reportedly stopped after being warned by the CBS sudser, however the damage to his working relationship with Bell was already done.
"It was too little, too late," says the source. Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential as the story evolves.
Sarah Bibel has written an excellent piece called Unhealthy Dialogue about the recent firings of Ed Scott and Josh Griffith and how it cut close to home for her since she worked for both Scott and Griffith in the past. She also points out how only in daytime writers are considered interchangeable and expendable. Here is an excerpt.
"It seems like the writers’ strike ushered in a new era of nastiness in daytime. While the rest of the entertainment industry shut down, daytime, as it has during every other strike, kept going...Daytime writers were the only writers forced to choose between their union and their job, the only ones with anything to gain by leaving the union. If a couple of primetime writers went financial core, NBC wouldn’t have handed them Heroes. It’s only in daytime that writers are considered to be interchangeable and expendable."
Read Unhealthy Dialogue.