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While "The Bold and the Beautiful" canceled its casting call last week following news of Ronn Moss' (soon-to-be ex-Ridge Forrester) departure, sister soap "The Young and the Restless" has announced its plans to cast the contract role of an African American male.

When Maria Arena Bell was fired as head writer and executive producer of "The Young and the Restless" on Thursday, July 26, just one day earlier Soap Opera Digest reported that Scott Hamner, one of the soaps co-head writers, would also be leaving at the end of his contract. "I had decided to let my contract expire but Maria[Arena Bell, executive producer/head writer] asked if we could call it a sabbatical instead," explained Hamner in a statement. "She really didn't want me to leave, so I agreed to take a few months off. She has been so gracious and generous about my need to take a break and I appreciate that." Meanwhile, with the appointment of Josh Griffith as Bell's replacement as head writer, many began to wonder whether Hogan Sheffer would remain as the other co-head writer of the soap.

On Thursday, July 26, Sony Pictures Television announced Josh Griffith as the new head writer of "The Young and the Restless." He replaced Maria Arena Bell, who also served as the soaps executive producer (she's been replaced by Jill Farren Phelps in that position). In the days following the announcement of his appointment at "Y&R," Griffith became a little more active on his Twitter account (@joshgriffith13).

"General Hospital" makes a few changes to the writing staff.

Eric Braeden is best known to daytime fans of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" as Victor Newman and in celebration of the shows upcoming 10,000th episode (tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 27), the actor appeared on today's edition of "The Talk," with guest co-host Shannen Doherty.

In a posting on her facebook page yesterday, following the announcement by Sony Pictures Television and CBS that Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith, Jr. would be stepping in to replace her, Maria Arena Bell stated that she was "mystified" as to why she was being let go as executive producer and head writer of "The Young and the Restless."

"The Young and The Restless" is making major changes at the top. Executive Producer/Head Writer Maria Arena Bell is leaving the show and is being replaced by Jill Farren Phelps, who will be the new Executive Producer, and Josh Griffith, who will be the new Head Writer.

Nickelodeon has tapped former "General Hospital" executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and former "One Life To Live" head writer Josh Griffith to adapt the popular Mexican telenovela "Alcanzar una Estrella" for Nick at Nite.

"The Young and the Restless" Swings the Axe!

EXCLUSIVE: Soap Opera Network has learned the names of soap opera writers who declared “Financial Core” status to keep on working during the strike. By going “Fi-Core,” these writers can never be members of the WGA again but they continue to pay reduced union dues and the Guild is obligated to continue providing services such health insurance, pension and residuals. Though they can still work on Guild projects, Guild members will not be keen to hire them.
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