Maria Arena Bell
Daytime Confidential readers have no doubt gotten whiplash from our shifting opinions on The Young and the Restless showrunner Maria Arena Bell. When she first took over the series we praised her for masterfully "fixing" the mistakes of past regimes. She brought the Abbotts back front and center, undid Kay and Jill's (Jeanne Cooper and Jess Walton) wonky, maternal connection, invited back beloved, old faves like Beth Maitland (Traci), Lauralee Bell (Cricket), Nina (Tricia Cast) and more. We were thrilled. READ MORE
Fresh off the heels of her Daytime Emmy win for Oustanding Writing for a Drama Series, The Young and the Restless head writer/showrunner Maria Arena Bell assured yours truly that leading lady Melody Thomas Scott will be back onscreen. According to Bell:
Melody is a phenomenal actress. Nikki is one of the great core characters of The Young and the Restless, so of course we'll see her again. She’s in a story line right now, we actually have her leaving town for rehab. She'll be back and we love Mel. She’s one of the hearts and souls of The Young and The Restless. So, don’t be worried, she will be back.
Michael Muhney–pictured with son Dylan and daughter Ella above–was among The Young and the Restless stars who turned out for the opening night gala of 16th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Show on April 13. Held at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger, the event brought Tristan Rogers, Kate Linder, Thom Bierdz, Sean Kanan, Maria Arena Bell and All My Children alum Eva La Rue. See more photos from the opening night after the jump! READ MORE
This week, fans of The Young and the Restless finally saw Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) taken down by the people he least expected — his children. Showrunner Maria Arena Bell tells Entertainment Weekly what to expect next from The Black Knight.
Are we going to see Victor get even angrier?
Well, I think it’s going to be very interesting, his reaction. It’s going to be a very complex human reaction, in that I think he is infuriated by the chain of events and I think he always felt throughout the entire lawsuit, he was right in everything he did. He felt it was groundless, these accusations, that he had mishandled their trust, because it’s a private company, he’s a mogul, he makes decisions, he moves money from here to there in order to acquire a company to make a business deal, and he never thought his own kids would question his decision-making. After all, it’s an empire he built himself. So he is pretty angry. The more emotional side of it is that he really, he does truly love his kids. It’s pretty heart-wrenching even though he shows it in different ways.
CBS Soaps In Depth is reporting The Young and the Restless' head writer/showrunner Maria Arena Bell has re-signed her contract with the soap. This news comes on the heels of Y&R getting a three-year renewal. According to the magazine, Bell made the announcement of her contract via Facebook stating:
This is the most awesome news!!!" "Huge vote of confidence for the show -- it's doing great! So there goes the "this business is dying" theory! Plus... I've got a new deal too!!!!!! So I'm staying with Y and R people!"
The Young and the Restless' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) is fired up and isn't holding anything back. In the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest, the actress talked candidly about her character's current state of docility. Said Cooper:
"I had a talk with Maria Arena Bell that this has to stop," huffs Cooper. "There's such a thing when characters move into a secondary position for a small time, but when they do open their mouths, it should mean something. Katherine has never been a floater with, 'Yes, dear,' or 'Oh, I understand.' She says, 'You did it and you deserve it!'
Cooper also voiced her gripes about her storyline with Stephen Nichols (Tucker) falling by the wayside.