Maria Arena Bell
Congratulations goes out to the writing crew of The Young and the Restless for winning the Writers Guild of America award for best daytime serial. According to Deadline.com, both the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) held their award ceremony simultaneously on their respective coasts, where Y&R's writing crew took home the gold. The following writers from the sudser scored a big win:
Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber, James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub, Teresa Zimmerman.
Lord in the morning.... On Air On Soaps' Michael Fairman interviewed The Young and the Restless executive producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell and co-show runner Paul Rauch where the duo opened up about when they feel they know an actor is the right fit for the part.
MICHAEL:When the two of you are in auditions together, do you know immediately when the right actor walks in for the part you are casting?
MARIA: We have been really in sync, such as the character of Daisy. When Yvonne Zima came in to read for that role, it was like, “Wow, did she pop!” She made us go, “Oh, my gosh. She is fantastic!” You just feel it…. that everything we have talked about in regards to that character, and then that person walks in, you know it. It was also true of Darius.
PAUL: The Darius McCray audition was one of the greatest the network had seen in 20 years. READ MORE
MARIA: The quality of the actors that were up for the role was extraordinarily high. Everyone who came in for the final audition, and there were four in the finals, they were all fantastic. They were all very different from one another, and in the end, it was about this kind of special quality that Darius had. We just felt that “Star Quality”.
When you were written off the show, Victor was unfairly blamed for almost every crime and calamity in Genoa City. Is he back with a hit list?
Oh, yes, and he’s salivating for revenge. Nothing explosive. He’s angry and bitter but he’s going to play it very cool, very Machiavellian. It all unfolds in a very delicious manner and I’m enjoying it enormously. [Laughs] I like to get even.
Braeden also enlightend readers as to who intervened during his contract dispute, and what showrunners Maria Arena Bell and Paul Rauch were doing while the highly-publicized drama played out. READ MORE
By now viewers of The Young and the Restless are well aware of the fact that grande dame Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) is fond of young Daniel Romalotti, Jr. (Michael Graziadei), due in part to his relationship with her good buddy Amber (Adrienne Frantz). Kay and Daniel have an even greater reason to be close. She was married to the ever-struggling artist’s late grandfather, Rex Sterling (Quinn Redeker), hell Kay even put the boy’s aunt and father in her will! READ MORE
The Young and the Restless stars Jeanne Cooper, Daniel Goddard, Eileen Davidson, Sean Kanan, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Billy Miller, Kate Linder, Kevin Schmidt, Clementine Ford and Lauralee Bell out, some with their families, for the P.S. Arts "Express Yourself" 2009 on Sunday November 15 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The event, presented by Maria and Bill Bell, helps support thousands of children experience art and encourage self-expression. See more photos after the jump. READ MORE