Maria Arena Bell
Former The Young and the Restless head writer and executive producer Maria Arena Bell is once again speaking out on the controversy surrounding Michael Muhney's (ex-Adam) firing. Bell spoke to Tommy Garrett of Highlight Hollywood to clarify her comments in Soap Opera Digest about Muhney being let go and the claims TMZ has made. She stated:
Let me be clear. Tommy I am a fan of Michael Muhney the actor- not the person. Frankly he should have been let go months before because of his behind the scenes actions. It’s still a loss for the fans. Instead of acting quickly they tried to turn the fans against the character of Adam. Bad move. And they should not recast right away now. It’s too damaged.” Adding, “The only thing that matters in this story -now on TMZ is that a young girl is protected. She should have been all along. People should have been more decisive not less in this matter.
Oh, the shade of it all! Soap Opera Digest started the New Year off by getting a juicy quote from former The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell on the firing of Michael Muhney (ex-Adam). Said La Bell:
"Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman and his and Sharon's was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast." READ MORE
The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled a list of the industry's top art collectors and soap industry staples Bill and Maria Arena Bell made the cut. Here's what the magazine's website had to say about the ex-The Young and the Restless showrunner and the Bell Dramatic Serial Company president's pieces:
The Northwestern art history major got her start collecting modestly priced George Hurrell photos. These days, her husband, Bill, goes deep on icons -- Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons -- while she champions the idiosyncratic, from Francesco Vezzoli to Mark Ryden.
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.
She's b-a-a-a-c-k! Okay, don't panic. Maria Arena Bell hasn't returned to helm The Young and the Restless — though if it continues in the shape it's in for much longer, I might be inclined to think that wouldn't be such a terrible idea. She is mounting a comeback of sorts and managed to get ink in The New York Times on her efforts.
Apparently the Socialite Showrunner has been busy starting her own production company, writing screenplays and pitching OWN since CBS and Sony staged a coup worthy of a Shakespearian drama to oust her from daytime's No. 1 soap. Here's an excerpt:
“I’m out on the pitch brigade,” she said. “I truly feel that there has never been a better time for a creative person to dive in and try and figure out these new platforms. How do you make a great show that’s a great cable-online hybrid? How do you successfully make a serial for a mobile platform?” READ MORE
They say it's an honor simply to be nominated, but is that still the case when everybody who could receive a shout out did? All five soaps eligible for Outstanding Drama Series consideration received Daytime Emmy nominations today. READ MORE