Maria Arena Bell
I know I've been hard on Christel Khalil (Lily, The Young and the Restless), but the actress really impressed me in her scenes where Lily blasted Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Billy (Billy Miller) about their dirty, little baby secret this past week. For the first time in awhile it felt like Khalil was holding her own and even showed that she has the potential to make the character every bit her late mother's daughter. Finally, I remembered why I enjoyed the character and actress so much during her initial teen storyline stint opposite Michael Graziadei. Khalil further impressed me in a recent interview with Michael Fairman, where she had high praise for new boss Maria Arena Bell, proving she didn't drink from the LML kool-aid and actually knows the difference between good writing and bad writing for her show.
Michael Fairman: Have you noticed a difference in the scripts under Maria Arena Bell and the new regime? READ MORE
Interesting things are happening with The Young and the Restless coming 2009.
Christine: The lawyer formerly known as Cricket (Lauralee Bell) will return to Genoa City.
Nuptuals: A extravagant wedding is going to be organized for two main characters in the Spring
Death: A central character will bite the bullet in a stunning way.
Rumor: Adam and Heather on the way out? That's the word from Soap Opera Weekly, once the duo get married. Keep in mind its a RUMOR and not fact.
Coming up: A wedding planner for Adam and Heather makes their way onscreen on Dec. 12.
Okay you knew it was coming. Now that the Idiots In Charge of The-Soap-Opera-Formerly-Known-as-Days-of-Our-Lives have let the phenomenal Blake Berris go, I decided to start out doing a Wishful Casting about where Berris should end up, but it turned into more of an analysis of which soaps are managing to set things up for their next generation the right way, and which ones are getting it wrong, dead wrong.
Much of the daytime industry is experiencing a serious drought in terms of talented, young stars who can actually, you know, act. Save for The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live and General Hospital, the under 30 set at most soaps is pretty much comprised of rejects from the Pamela Anderson School of Acting and Pantomime. I'll start with the soaps in most need of help and work my way up. READ MORE
That's the question TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco is asking in his latest feature article. Branco interviews some of daytime's biggest names, including Eden Riegel, who shot to fame as Erica's lesbian daughter Bianca on All My Children, brilliant actor/artist/writer Thom Bierdz who played Phillip III on The Young and the Restless and later came out as a homosexual man and openly gay General Hospital: Night Shift actor Chad Allen. Branco also speaks with such industry insiders as uber talent manager Michael Bruno, Emmy-winning soap scribe Tom Casiello, Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey and Y&R's top lady Maria Arena Bell, among many others, including the infamous Perez Hilton. Check out the must read article here.
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.