“The Young and the Restless” welcomed back former CBS promotions director Susan Banks to the fold, only this time as a writer on the writing team. Her first script aired today, March 1.
“Writing for the show is a thrilling ride that challenges my creative juices every week,” said Banks in a statement. “Bill and Lee [Phillip] Bell are icons of the television industry whose love, mentorship and support I have always cherished. It is an honor to be a part of their soap family and the legacy that has continued for almost 48 years.”
In 1989, Banks received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Graphics & Main Title Design” for her work on “Y&R.” She was also the executive producer of “CBS Soap Break,” a half-hour series aired from 1995-1996 that brought viewers up close and behind the scenes with their favorite CBS soap stars. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing – Special Class in 1996 for her work. She oversaw production aspects of “The Daytime Emmy Awards” in 1993, 1998 and 2002, respectively.
“What a delight to return home to work with the amazing cast and characters of one of the greatest, never-ending stories ever told,” noted Banks of the soap’s legacy. “The drama, rich with passion, intrigue, mystery and romance has captivated the hearts of many through the years. I hope you, too, will share the magic and tune in to see my opening credit on my premiere episode. Who knows…you might even get hooked!”
Since leaving CBS in the early 2000s, Banks co-created, executive produced, wrote and was the executive in charge of production for a TV One anthology series (2014’s “Fright Night Files” and 2015’s “Fear Files”) and was the executive producer of “TV One on One” from 2004-2013. She also EP’d several TV One television movies, most recently “Coins for Love” starring Essence Atkins.