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  1. I just watched the April 25th episode, and to say it was tough is an understatement. The ‘performances’ were so real, no ‘acting’ was required and it will tear your heart out. I don’t usually get emotional watching soaps, but this one touched me in a way other such instances don’t. Without giving anything away, Shemar Moore delivered almost 7 minutes of raw heartbreak and adulation that I find hard to believe was scripted.
  2. I don’t know if it means anything but Daran Little wrote tonight’s episode of Eastenders (25/2/18) Given how far in advance soaps write their episodes, it might mean nothing. But let’s be honest 🤣 Daran Little was only there because of Mal Young.
  3. Just watched the episode. 40 years in one role is a great deal of dedication. (William Roache’s 58 years- and counting- as Ken Barlow in Coronation Street is astounding but that’s for another time). Production-wise, it was a very Mal Young/British choice to do a stand-alone/single handed episode. One very good thing to come from it was the almost wall-to-wall classical scores used that I felt added to the clips and overall episode.
  4. Correct. Just finished watching the episode (as sad as it is to watch for the known reason) and yes, Anthony Morina is the Executive Producer, Josh Griffith is the Co-EP and Mal Young still lists as Head Writer. I’m guessing this starts that transition period where they mold and change what Mal Young wrote and planned in anticipation of their stuff.
  5. Just saw tomorrow’s episode and it was a tough watch for obvious reasons, but Neil’s last words (and how heartbreaking is it to say that) were fitting not just for the character but for Kristoff St John. It counts as spoiler so I’ll put it no higher than that...
  6. To say this has changed the feeling of today is an understatement 😢
  7. Who were the new composers? This ☝🏿
  8. On the back of this, I went to watch (some of) the episode, directed by Noel Maxam which, alongside the (IMO) perpetually under-appreciated Sally McDonald, is in a different league to the other directors and what the norm was the last time I watched. And yes, there were at least 2 older scores I counted. One that was used twice in the episode (the second of which was to close the episode) and other also in the last scene.
  9. Using the Head Writer to spy on hubby at work... we know your game, Sally 🤣 I mean, what else could it be? 😜😉
  10. That roughly translates as ‘Welp, you’ll be seeing more of me going forward. Enjoy’ Though the total sidelining of Doug Davidson in his milestone 40th year as Paul was quite jarring.
  11. You’re not wrong. I don’t recall the poster but if I recall correctly, it’s in the Classic Y&R/Old Articles thread. If true (and no reason to think it is not, given they completely vanished by November/December 2012), then an absolutely bone-headed decision, either absent of consequential awareness or a deliberate and wicked attempt to get rid of the past for a few quid. Just 🤦🏿‍♂️
  12. I’ve said all I can and am willing to regarding Mal Young (both his history on British TV and on Y&R) so I won’t be going over it again- especially when others do it better. My views on Josh Griffith are also stated elsewhere on here. I’m one of the few people who quite likes his sensibilities, and one or two pretty serious and ultimately fatal missteps aside- Hope killing Stefano in cold blood and the rape of Ciara- I liked his darker take on Days Of Our Lives. But as the saying goes, ‘once bitten, twice shy’. The show has been systematically dismantled since 2006, and it’s almost at the point of no return, so I will not be returning to the show just yet...
  13. Daran Little is an accomplished and respected writer, Coronation Street historian (he was initially their archivist) and credible storyteller. 3 out the the 4 remaining ‘traditional’ British soaps over the last 15 years have employed him to write for them, such is his talent... Be that as it may, what does he know about The Young and the Restless to qualify him as a Story Consultant? Unless he’s there to consult on the existing stories (rather than the traditional function of the role which is to tie-in the past and advise on historical accuracies) which in itself puts into doubt the trust Mal Young has in Sara Bibel to interpret his story directions. Perhaps it’s no more than what the role of ‘Story Consultant’ or ‘Executive Consultant’ has been on Y&R since 2005 when Lyn Marie Latham was given the role after Bill Bell’s death- a placeholder position for him to get to grips with the show before being moved into the position Mal Young (or the higher ups) wants him to be. Whatever way it shakes out, unless he’s learned from a decade or so ago, his latest attempt at America might not end up much more fruitful than his All My Children stint did- much fanfare, little effect, no impact, back to the UK.
  14. Apologies for jumping on this but it encapsulates my recent experience trying to watch the show. It’s the least I’ve ever recognised the show in the nearly 30 years I’ve known of/watched the show.
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