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  1. Y&R: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    Pretty much what has been said. I’m predicting Jack will ask Hilary not to broadcast what has been captured, she says ‘no, you said I could film everything, and it’s ratings gold’ and BAM! Nikki will be proved ‘right’ about Hilary again and Jack and Hilary’s friendship turns into a rivalry.
  2. Y&R: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    I don’t know what else to say that won’t sound like the other posts, other than it seems the movement on some of the stories would indicate that they are being shifted or tweaked in order to bring them to a close in time for October 25th (I think that’s the date I’ve seen banded about). I wouldn’t be surprised if the sex trafficking part of the Mariah/Tessa story is over and Zack is gone by the 24th. In fact I fully expect it. It may even be like the change that occurred almost overnight when Mervyn Watson took over Casualty in 2001 or when Daniel Bennett first took over as the scribe of Home and Away in 2005. In that the stories and tone bore very little resemblance to the previous episode. That would also imply that I don’t believe Sally Sussman was in the building when what we are seeing was filmed, but it’s based enough off her outlines that Mal Young doesn’t want his name to the episodes. And I’m not sure I can blame him.
  3. DAYS: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    When her name came off the credits, absolutely but a fair few of her stories (who killed Deimos, Anjelica, amongst others) were ongoing. I read an interview with Ron Carlivati where he said he had made tweaks to a couple of stories. But I believe this may be around the time all of Dena Higley's stories have concluded. And the stories will be completely Ron's vision.
  4. DAYS: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    Am I to assume that Ron Carlivati has finished writing/tweaking the rest of Dena Higley's material?
  5. Y&R: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    Gosh, I hope not. I don't want to become a 'one trick pony' poster ??
  6. Y&R: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    They may have thrown the baby out with the bath water but at least the rubber duck remains. Along with Minardi Slater and Ferri Esser, she's the last writer with any kind of link to the 'older' (short of saying 'classic') Y&R, with knowledge of the longer term characters and their motivations. So even if (as I expect) Mal Young has characters act differently, hopefully there is someone who tries to base it on a plausible character motivation. I've stated (to the death of forum space and reader interest) the pros and cons of Mal Young's writing over the years, so while I'll keep watching when Oct 25th arrives, I don't think there will be any attempts to 'look back' writing-wise or stylistically. Do I think we're in for a Latham-esq retooling of the show? Probably not but I won't be surprised if more British soap sensibilities hit the show, with more than a dash of sensationalism.
  7. Was most likely a funny co-incidence but no harm in checking. At this point, it's highly unlikely Allocco and Kurtz will be brought back. At a guess, I'm guessing those Phelps hired are cheaper? Pity because the music they created over the years became as integral a character as anyone speaking.
  8. I could be barking up the wrong tree and this may have been addressed before, but I've noticed over the past few weeks that Y&R are now crediting a Post Production Producer by the name of Jonathan Fishman. And for quite a number of years they have had a Supervising Producer by the name of John Fisher. Funny co-incidence or are they one and the same person?
  9. This closest (but not fully) represents my views on the matter so as to not to fall foul of repetition on those points. Certainly not the best news to wake up to in terms of Kay Alden. The last time Mal Young had this much direct control of both writing and production was when he left Brookside in 1997. Under is six-year tenure as Series Producer, the show did largely move away from its social commentary, (some have said) anti-Tory stance and into the more head-line grabbing stories such as the famous Trevor Jordace body buried in the patio storyline that lasted well over a year. I'm trying to remember the timeline but I believe the religious cult ending with the leader accidentally blowing himself up and a supposedly deadly virus sweeping through the close occurred under him as well as an incest storyline. There was also the story of Barry Grant pushing a woman and her months-old baby off Brookside Parade to their deaths, as well as a long decline into drug addiction for Jimmy Corkhill and (in a plot that may seem familiar to a current Y&R story) the first pre-watershed kiss between two female characters, Beth and Margaret. Though from what I remember, it seemed to more about the media headlines and ratings than telling a love story. Most Brookside episodes can be found you-know-where so if you want to see for yourself (About February or March 1991 is where Mal Young's name starts appearing as Series Producdr and it's later in the year when the tone really changes). Though not as directly hands-on with the BBC shows he oversaw, as Carl correctly said, Eastenders became more loud, pulpy and 'aware of the press'. It sometimes worked with the right producer (Matthew Robinson and John Yorke) but subsequent wrong appointments (Louise Berridge and the oppressive and ultimately fleeting Kathleen Hutchison, quickly brought in from Holby City) worked less and the media glare meant it was all very high profile. Of the other shows he oversaw, long-running hospital drama Casualty saw the other big shift into sensationalism, possibly taking its cue from ITV's police drama, The Bill, in becoming a full fledged Serial. The results were mixed at best. He certainly has/had sensibilities that more closely resemble a Charles Pratt Jr than the now-recently departed duo, so it'll be interesting (if not worrying) to see how the show looks come the autumn. That is, unless he has another writer lined-up to come in. Now, who do we know out of work at the moment?
  10. 24? Blimey! Good for him, I say.
  11. Some assistance required, please. The 7/21/17 (yes, I'm now used to the way the US does the dates) episode of the Young and the Restless was scripted by a fellow called Adam Samuel. Any information? Many Thanks
  12. EastEnders: Discussion Thread

    Ah brilliant, thanks for the clarification/correction. I hope those names were taken as no more than being thrown out there, rather than suggestions.
  13. EastEnders: Discussion Thread

    It was Kirkwood who introduced the 'David Essex-branch' of the Moon family and the Gold family. As well as the killing of Pat which people may never forgive him for (even if he did manage to get Nick Berry out of retirement for 30 seconds and Michael French to return). The good he did do, such as the year-long terror Dr Yusuf Khan (the brilliant Ace Bugatti) brought upon the Masood family will never be remembered to the above. Moving the E20 cast to the main show yielded mixed results. To be honest, I'm not sure how much he would want to return, given that fact he gets to call the shots at Hollyoaks and as I pointed out when he joined the first time, the BBC is a heck of a machine he has to work within, with more people to answer to, including Piers Wenger (formerly of Doctor Who) and Oliver Kent. The 4 people I would advocate (Myar-Craig Brown, Kathleen Beedles, Johnathan Young and Tim Key) sadly no longer work in soap/drama and the only other I would say is good at giving shows a shot in the arm (initially) is heading up Coronation Street. Paul Marquess? I'd say no. His last chance has probably come and gone with the chaos he wreaked on Hollyoaks (even if he created the Brendan Brady character that so many loved). After the damage he inflicted on both Brookside and The Bill. For some reason Alison Davis is always gone as soon as she arrives at Eastenders, even though she has shown over the years to be a good hand. Liza Mellody (who I didn't even know was back at the show) is a no-chance, no-brainer. She's too closely associated with Sean O'Connor, and as a tandem, they were canned from Hollyoaks about 13 (?) years ago. Even though I didn't mind the changes they brought to the show, I think something didn't click and they didn't last too long. Even if she was the perfect candidate, she is one of O'Connor's people and I don't see her staying. Simon Harper, current Executive Producer of Holby City, and soon Casualty. He's just got those gigs and it's his first executive job so it may be soon? Plus, he's seemingly in the mould of Oliver Kent, who I can't stress enough, I can't trust with a show like Eastenders after the mediocrity he inflicted on Casualty, both as Series Producer and latter as EP. Kent is still pretty young and obviously a schmoozer, hence his promotion within the BBC. I'm not saying they would or should, but apart from promoting from within the show (and I know how 'popular' Alexander Lamb is) there is the option of 'left of field/statement' appointments such as current writer/storyliner/editor(?) Jerome Buchan-Nelson (young, black, and yes that would be a 'thing') Or Vikki Tennant, who in about 10 years went from River City in Scotland to Hollyoaks as a writer, to Emmerdale as a storyliner/editor. I believe she is back at Hollyoaks as one of the Series Producers. Or maybe even former writer and consultant, Simon Ashdown? Dare I suggest that former acclaimed writers Tony Jordan and Sarah Phelps have outgrown the show? Whoever it ends up being, great care is to be taken.
  14. EastEnders: Discussion Thread

    http://www.digitalspy.com/soaps/eastenders/news/a831548/eastenders-confirms-producer-sean-oconnor-is-leaving/ Well, this is unexpected. The timing will make people believe that this came off the back of the Soap Awards and the general criticisms, but assuming it is as he has said, then the fact he is leaving on his own terms will probably annoy a lot of the DS rabble. You know a lot of (us) Brits love a sense of punishment or retribution. Of course, The Sun (who appear to have been the original breakers of the news item) are reporting he WAS effective told to go. We may never know exactly what the true reason is, but I know which version many people will 'prefer'. So John Yorke returns (again) as a temporary safe pair of hands presumably as a permanent replacement is sought. It would be 'something' if someone like Oliver Kent or even Bryan Kirkwood ended up back at the show, in the ultimate case of being careful what you wish for. Whoever it is, I don't think the Eastenders viewers will be happy.
  15. Y&R: June 2017 Discussion Thread

    I'll give in to uncharacteristic shallow indulgence, and say that Mishael Morgan and Angell Conwell in the same scene... that's me for the week :-)