Just as the fall season gets ready to kick into high gear next month comes word that “The Young and the Restless” may have lost its head writer as a result of creative differences with the shows executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps. Josh Griffith, who took the reigns from Maria Arena Bell one year ago, has reportedly given notice to Sony Pictures Television and Bell Dramatic Television of his decision to leave.
Griffith’s possible exit couldn’t have come at a worse time for the soap as several of its stars recently told Soap Opera Network of their happiness with the material they’ve been given leading into the fall and that the storyline involving the death of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper), which begins airing today, lends itself to plenty of tales for “every.single.character” in the months to come.
Representatives for CBS and the show have not commented at press time on this developing story.
Beginning with today’s episode of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” the citizens of Genoa City will honor the life of Katherine Chancellor, whose portrayer, Jeanne Cooper, passed earlier this year after a short illness. According to the network, loved ones of Katherine’s will begin receiving postcards asking them to gather at the Chancellor Estate, where they’ll learn that Katherine died while exploring the world with her husband, Murphy (Michael Fairman).
Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “The Young and the Restless”) may have been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor twice before, but the veteran actor admits that the honor never, ever gets old. In fact, he says the onset of social media has actually made receiving the honor all the more spectacular! “The support we get from the fans is so immediate now, because of Facebook and Twitter and all of that, and it’s almost like they’re riding along with you. So it’s really exciting!” he says. “Everybody should have something like this in their job, where you step back and get recognized by your peers.”
“The CBS Daytime family mourns the loss of our matriarch and beloved Jeanne Cooper. Her legacy will live on in our hearts forever,” read CBS Daytime’s tweet after news of Cooper’s (Katherine Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless”) passing spread through social media.
Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, added, “Jeanne Cooper was a TV icon who touched millions and will live on in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
In a statement released to Soap Opera Network, Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer of “Y&R,” said, “It is with immeasurable sadness and our deepest condolences to her family, that ‘The Young and the Restless’ mourns the loss of our beloved Jeanne Cooper.”
As Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, Angelica McDaniel is ultimately responsible for the daily operation of television’s most popular daily lineup consisting of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right,” “The Talk” and “The Young and the Restless.” A few weeks ago, Soap Opera Network had the opportunity of speaking with McDaniel about her diverse lineup filled with soap operas, game shows and talk shows.
When “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” debut with brand new episodes on Monday, April 29 on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes, they will have the full support of CBS Daytime. Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, wishes Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, whose Prospect Park licensed the two soaps from ABC in 2011, nothing but the best.
“Congratulations and best of luck on the success. Your success is our success and vice versa. And it’s just a thrilling new experience and I look forward to seeing where the journey takes you,” she said in a message relayed via Soap Opera Network.
A CBS spokesperson has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that actress Jhoanna Flores has completed her run as Adriana Stone on ”The Young and the Restless” with her last airdate being Tuesday, April 9. The actress joined the series on January 4 as the onscreen sister of Ignacio Serricchio‘s Alejandro “Alex” Chavez. The news was first reported by Daytime Confidential.
Flores’ acting credits include stints on ABC Family’s “Greek,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and the 1990′s ABC sitcom “Two of a Kind.” Flores appeared in the 2007 film “Her Best Move” with Daytime Emmy Award winner Drew Tyler Bell (ex-Thomas Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful“).
Earlier today we posted our ratings report for the week of February 4-8, 2013 and it looks as though the debut of Steve Burton on “The Young and the Restless” and Jack Wagner‘s return to “General Hospital” have helped bring new (or returning) viewers back to daytime television.
On today’s edition of “The Talk,” former “General Hospital” star Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan) confirmed, what Soap Opera Network had been hearing for the past several months, that he is joining CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” The actor begins filming tomorrow, January 8. He first airs on Tuesday, January 29. He will portray the contract role of Dylan McAvoy, a rugged ex-soldier with a secret upon arriving in Genoa City.
While discussing his joining, Burton stated he decided to return to daytime television because of Jill Farren Phelps, who executive produced “GH” from 2000 through 2011. Phelps currently EP’s “Y&R.”
On Monday, January 7, former “General Hospital” star Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan) will appear on CBS’ “The Talk” with a huge announcement, according to a promo released Friday by the network. Does that mean he will announce his joining “The Young and the Restless?” It’s definitely a possibility!
It was back in August when Daytime Confidential first reported that Burton would likely be departing “GH” after opting not to renew his contract with the series. Shortly afterward, Soap Opera Network began hearing rumblings over at CBS that former “GH” executive producer and current EP at “The Young and the Restless,” Jill Farren Phelps, was hoping to snag the star over to daytime’s most watched soap. Of course, Burton himself played down those rumors in an exit interview with Michael Logan a few days later. “Jill is one of my dearest friends. [Laughs] I’m never going to say never because, as soon as I do, I’ll be popping up over there!” said Burton at the time. Late last month, Logan reported that he was now hearing Burton was joining “Y&R” in a major role.