Maria Arena Bell
Ousted The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell took to Facebook to share her thoughts on getting the boot. See statement below, as published online:
So it was announced today I am leaving Y and R... the show I have loved so much for so long. It is the legacy of my father in law... my mother in law... and all the Bells. The show has been my heart and soul. I loved working with the most talented writers in TV who were also the most wonderful human beings I know. They became a second family and my best friends. I loved the cast and crew. I am extremely sad to go because there are more stories I could have told. So much more I wanted to do. My ratings are strong... each week stronger than last year. The show is in a great place creatively. We are number one by the greatest margin in the show's history and have been consistently while I've been there. Under no one else's tenure as head writer exec producer have we won every demographic for so long. I am just shy of five years at the helm. It has been an amazing ride. So why am I leaving? I am mystified as are my cast and crew.
"There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days... by me and by my loyal staff and by our iconic actors," she continues. "I was not given a reason and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS. They sent me a message through my husband Bill who had the terrible job of conveying that they'd gone around him and were letting me go. I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track with the characters that matter to the audience. Maybe I fought too hard. But I am glad I did. I never compromised on what I believed in. I never dumbed down the storytelling. I walked in the door at Y and R in 1988... as a young writer getting her first job. Today I leave there knowing it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love you Y and R. Your story was my life story too. And to Victor... Nikki... Jack... and Kay... I will miss you."
RUMOR REPORT: Is Jill Farren Phelps About to be Named Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless?!By Jamey Giddens on July 25, 2012
I'm hearing Jill Farren Phelps is thisclose to being named the new executive producer of The Young and the Restless. The veteran daytime showrunner (Santa Barbara, One Life to Live, Another World, Guiding Light, General Hospital) is currently employed by Y&R's parent company Sony TV, helming their Nick-at-Nite telenovela Hollywood Heights. Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential as this story develops!
DC Interview: Bell Biographer Michael Maloney on Collaborating With Lee Phillip Bell, Family Legacy and What Made Bill Bell a StorytellerBy Jamey Giddens on July 24, 2012
There aren't many men who know what it's like to collaborate with Chicago-talk-queen-turned-soap-opera-legend Lee Phillip Bell. There was her late husband, the legendary William J. Bell, whom she co-created two of CBS Daytime's long-running hits, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, with. Now there's also veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, the man Phillip Bell chose to help tell her prolific husband's life story in The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. For his part, Maloney is quite aware of what auspicious company he's been keeping while working with Phillip Bell on the tome.
"Whenever I see my name in a press release, or on the cover of the book with Lee Phillip Bell, I think, 'The last time I might have seen something with her name on it, with someone else, was probably on the credits of Y&R and B&B.' You know, 'co-created by'. I'm thinking that's pretty damn good company to be in!"
You wouldn't find many soap fans, addicted to the countless hours of daytime television enjoyment the Bells have provided over the past several decades, who would disagree with Maloney's assertion. The author worked with Phillip Bell, as well as several of the late Bill Bell's friends, colleagues and children, for years in creating The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell. The biography spans Bell's entire lifes and tells the story of his great love for Lee, their children and the daytime dramas they created together. READ MORE
Roger Newcomb of We Love Soaps caught up with The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell at the recent Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards. Newcomb got Bell to weigh in on her thoughts on daytime soaps continuing their five-day-a-week, year-long schedule; what it's like to run a daily serial ("It's like being a kid in a candy store!"), Francophrenia and of course, we couldn't go a day without hearing about...Daisy (Yvonne Zima)! Watch the chat below.
How The Complete and Utter Destruction of Sharon Newman Parallels MAB's Dismantling of The Young and the RestlessBy Jillian Bowe on June 19, 2012
For a few months now, viewers of The Young and the Restless have been subjected to the once popular and beloved character of Sharon Collins Newman (Sharon Case) having decided to delve into an icky romance with her former father-in-law, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). Fans have been none too amused over Sharon making this skeevy choice — to plunge head first into a relationship with a man she once considered a father figure. The plot twist has been all the more maddening, following years of Sharon's character being utterly assassinated, via one ill-conceived storyline and/or romance after another. READ MORE
James Scott and Lauren Koslow celebrated with the Days of our Lives makeup team at the 39th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on June 17. DAYS took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series. See more photos from the Creative Arts Daytime Emmy ceremony after the jump!