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  1. LondonScribe

    2018: The Directors and Writers Thread

    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.
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    Y&R December 2018 Discussion Thread

    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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    2018: The Directors and Writers Thread

    I wrote a very short student film and am putting my name to the first of a potential web/TV series. Maybe there’s hope for me 😂... Of course I jest, but that’s definitely a double take occurrence.
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    Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    It’s been about a month or so since Iain McLeod exited stage left at Emmerdale (at least as far as what’s in screen is concern, loose-ends notwithstanding). Is the show any more watchable?
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    Y&R October 2018 Discussion Thread

    2005 called. It says it wants its scene back... but we can keep the storyline, set and music 🤣
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    2018: The Directors and Writers Thread

    Daran Little is a soap writer through and through and is pretty gifted. Especially on shows he has some to expert knowledge, he previously working on the Coronation Street archives, for example. He is a favourite of Bryan Kirkwood who first brought him to both Hollyoaks and Eastenders (when he was there). But the key is he has a working knowledge of all those shows. I'm wiling to bet he has little to none when it comes to The Young and the Restless (assuming that's the show he's going to), but I also suspect Mal Young (assuming he was indeed recommended by Young) doesn't require that of him. I presume it's his dialogue writing and ability to write within the parameters of a British/1 day-1 episode format and his past brief experience with All My Children that made him an attractive proposition. For me, the last 6-10 (?) weeks behind the scenes pretty much confirms that CBS/SONY are at completely different ends of the spectrum to Y&R viewers- especially long-term viewers and that Mal Young's power base appears to have increased significantly. Newman sets (both domestic and business) discarded, Dark Horse set, Abbott CEO set changed, other long term sets stopped being used, Crimson Lights made smaller, lighting, the Rosales family, treatment of Paul, Ashley, Hilary, the seeming side-lining of the Winters/Ashbys are all indicative of someone had been given the keys to a palace and had gone in with sledgehammers.
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    Y&R September 2018 Discussion Thread

    I see what you did there. Very good 👏🏿 Wit aside, it seems his hire is very much temporary and he’ll not have much of an impact in any event. Rather than being on borrowed time as initially thought, it appears (at least on the surface) that CBS/SONY are doubling down with the ‘Serial Shaking Scouser’ 🙈
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    2018: The Directors and Writers Thread

    Gosh, this reads like absolute carnage. And Mal Young seems to be at the centre of all of it. He seems to have been given the go-ahead to upset as much of the applecart as he wishes. At this stage I think he will be given as much leeway as Steve Kent et al can give him. This fits in with the idea I’ve seen floated around that CBS/SONY want a certain type of show and people like Jill Farren Phelps/Charles Pratt Jr/Mal Young are seen as proponents of that style, hence them being given more time as opposed to (more) traditional writers like Kay Alden (and Sally Sussman, faults and all) who were given 8 months and shown the door as soon as possible.
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    Emmerdale: Discussion Thread

    Iain Macleod’s name is gone from the credits? Well, I’ll let the anniversary week pass (likely when he planned some of his stories to conclude) and gauge the general consensus before deciding whether to get back in or not. His Emmerdale was not for me. I’m taking the Y&R approach (though I think that may turn into a more long term ‘holiday’ given the shiny new hatchet gifted to Mal Young).
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    Y&R: Josh Griffith is back (confirmed)...

    Tyler and Mason I think so. Leslie, I believe, was introduced under Maria Arena Bell. Arguably Josh Griffith’s biggest success, character wise, was Hilary.
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    Y&R: Josh Griffith is back (confirmed)...

    I fully accept that. My initial reaction was perhaps it was as it seemed (and I won’t edit it) but the more I read from those on here who know the U.S. business more than I and with more recent news/allegations the more it almost seems inevitable. Josh Griffith, though? Not because I think he’s horrible, as I’ve liked his stuff but it has shown at least twice now that he might not be the best fit for the show’s style or canvas.
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    Y&R: Josh Griffith is back (confirmed)...

    I note this article speaks ‘definitively’ about the fact that Mal Young is nearing exit at CBS Studios.
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    BTS harassment at Y&R

    The heightened vernacular aside, if even half of what is here is, it’s likely the most ‘junior’ of the named executives could realistically find himself out of his position sooner rather than later. Is the recent recent production rehiring more than a co-incidence?
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    Y&R: Josh Griffith is back (confirmed)...

    I agree with the above. And that is something some UK shows do well when they are ended. The Bill ended at the conclusion of a day’s work. You knew they were coming back to do it again the next day. No exits or deaths of main characters. Just did a single shot roam of characters going home, to the pub, or to wherever (and I think those on the night shift coming in). I remember complaints by some people that they didn’t bring any legendary characters back like Burnside, Bob Cryer, Jim Carver, June Ackland or Tony Stamp but it was realistic. Family Affairs ended with a stroke of midnight to see in a new year and even though long-suffering Eileen was revealed to have got a Happy ever after, and Yasmin finally got her man, it was not a case of wrapping everything up nicely for everyone. In fact Doug McKenzie left Cat in the street and we were left with a never-to-be-answered ‘what happened next?’ with Katie and murderous pub landlord, Rex. I certainly hope Y&R has more than a little while to go and that whatever step is taken (with or without Mal Young) can do more than halting the decline. That it actually raises quality... I know, right? A ‘dream’ scenario for those who want meritocracy implemented here is for (long time writers, hired by Bill Bell and Kay Alden and you would assume have an understanding of the show’s torn fabric) Natalie Minardi Slater and Janice Ferri Esser to steer the writer while Sally McDonald is finally rewarded for her hard work with an Executive Producer’s credit. But, Devil’s advocate, do they even want the jobs? Could they do the jobs? Or is Sally Sussman merely the exception to the rule that all writers schooled (or hired) by Bill Bell can effectively write the show, staying true to its roots? And even if they could write (and produce) the show, returning it to some kind of semblance of what was, would the ‘current target’ audience respond or reject it? Personally, I don’t think network executives are willing to take the risk and give writers and producers untested in showrunning opportunities to do so. Hence revolving door of the same people with their mistakes, missteps and failures for all to see, somehow hoping for a different result. This isn’t exclusive to the United States. It happens in the U.K and in Australia, Home Away went back to Louise Bowes last year as producer, even though she previously overran the show with the Braxtons/River Boys, crime and dodgy characters and seemingly migrated half of Mangrove River to Summer Bay in the process. It sometimes works but often does not. Anyway, there’s a saying born out of that kind of action...
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    Y&R: Josh Griffith is back (confirmed)...

    I’ll be careful to address this in two parts. The first one is on what Josh Griffith has done previously. His go at Head Writer (end on 2007-August 2008), in my opinion, wasn’t awful, if a little dry. He re-introduced Adam the first time around, and levelled things out after Lyn Marie Latham spun the show out of control before the writers strike. I also think he did an admirable job of finding a role to keep Jerry Douglas on screen, even if the premise was a little silly. But Jerry Douglas played the heck out of Alistair Wallingford. Sabrina was quite a departure for the show and for Victor but ultimately I’m not sure how much that worked and it was no surprise she was one of the first people Maria Arena Bell and Hogan Sheffer wrote out when they were given control. In the end it was a calmer but uneven tenure. His second go around, again, could be called uneven, with Jack’s addiction and trying to explain Sharon’s erratic behaviour by having her diagnosed with bi-polar disorder but seemingly not doing too much to curtail said actions. I believe Nikki was diagnosed with M.S under Griffith and he botched the Summer paternity story, but I will forever be grateful to him for introducing the character of Hilary Curtis and giving Mishael Morgan such a platform. And I think I’m in a minority of one when I say that I liked his dark, twisted take on Days of Our Lives. Certainly at the time. Hindsight hasn’t been kind to his overall impact as I certainly don’t agree with all of his steps but I liked the writing in general and think he took risks. Even if it was probably more obvious to those in the know that Joseph Mascolo was getting very ill, I’m not sure about having Stefano be murdered in cold blood by Hope of all people. The casting of the teens yielded mixed results and the fact that only one of the actors chosen at the time remains probably tells you how well that went. Though the Ciara rape story was a really bad decision. The second part of my response to this news relates to what he could be doing now. Given his patchy past and the repeated cutting off of his legs I wonder how wise it is to potentially turn to him if indeed the higher ups are looking to cash in their chips with Mal Young down the line. People would simply skip the grace period and start counting down to his inevitable ignominious exit from day one, so stability would not be achieved. That’s why, rather naively, I’m going to take this walking and quacking duck as the one it looks to be. Then again, if there is one thing you can trust the powers that be to do is make the wrong decision...