With his resume it's hard to imagine that he took a job as a staff producer with no promise of something bigger down the road. On the other hand, it's even harder to believe anyone overseeing soaps today is thinking even remotely outside the box. Maybe he is a "Consulting Producer" there to give his thoughts on story/character...in which case JFP will likely do as little with his input as she did with Harding Lemay's at AW and OLTL...
I'm actually kind of surprised Passanante agreed to this given how tight she and Ron are. Guess that friendship is over and Ron will never talk to her again.
As has been mentioned Altman was better during her brief solo period at Y&R before Passanante joined her. I am a bit curious what Altman's writing style is like away from JFP.
It was going to be Passanante or Tomlin because Valentini doesn't have many writer connections.
Anyways Altman & Passanante aren't going to make the necessary changes because 1) They are too tight with Ron and probably think what he has done is brilliant and 2) These two don't make big moves.
I think the change with these two will be akin to when Garin Wolf (later joined by Altman) replaced Bob Guza. eg. They will use Monica a tiny bit more at first and make a few other symbolic efforts around the edges but there won't be that much difference.
On AMC everyone called Juan Pablo...Juan Pablo. Then one day the "Juan" was suddenly dropped and everyone called him just "Pablo", as if everyone in Pine Valley had gotten a memo in their email about the change.
There must have been some legal issue with the name or focus groups has a major issue with it for some reason.