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Totally unconfirmed at this point and I can't find the source of the speculation but the whispers are that Charles Pratt Jr may have also received his papers and that a new writing team may already be in place. Again, it's just a whisper of a whisper so I'm happy to delete this post if it's not appropriate at this point.

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Totally unconfirmed at this point and I can't find the source of the speculation but the whispers are that Charles Pratt Jr may have also received his papers and that a new writing team may already be in place. Again, it's just a whisper of a whisper so I'm happy to delete this post if it's not appropriate at this point.

I heard that too, I'm guessing they are waiting for confirmation as well. I know the JFP/Mal Young news was rumored weeks ago before it was confirmed

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It seems less like the destructive type of games that most of the people you mentioned have played. I imagine she's pretty easy to work with as otherwise she'd be long gone.

 

I guess so. I still don't want the character back. :P

 

With a certain character returning,Esther might have more reason to be seen.

 

Esther is not needed for Chloe, IMO. Chloe always gave me vibes that she could stand alone if need be. 

 

Honestly I'll take Esther over ten gaillion newbies any day. At least she's a vet. hell I'd rather see Esther than Boretoria or Victor

 

 

I just NEVER cared for Esther. I wouldn't mind losing Boretoria and Victor either. Hell, the whole Newman clan can go for all I care. I've been said Y&R needs to trim the cancerous figures out of two core families on this show. 

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Also remember, Bill Bell, had Victor trapped his wife's lover in the basement, Brad trap in a cage, and had a character killed by trash compacter.

Death by trash compactor? Ok, I'm not a Y&R viewer, but I would love to see that scene as it sounds hilarious. Is it somewhere on Youtube and, if so, can somebody provide a link?

 

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It seems less like the destructive type of games that most of the people you mentioned have played. I imagine she's pretty easy to work with as otherwise she'd be long gone.

 

 

I guess so. I still don't want the character back. :P

 

With a certain character returning,Esther might have more reason to be seen.

 

 

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Honestly I'll take Esther over ten gaillion newbies any day. At least she's a vet. hell I'd rather see Esther than Boretoria or Victor

 

 

I just NEVER cared for Esther. I wouldn't mind losing Boretoria and Victor either. Hell, the whole Newman clan can go for all I care. I've been said Y&R needs to trim the cancerous figures out of two core families on this show. 

Wonder what Young would do with Esther?

Aren't the UK soaps good at trimming down their families?

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To me, the executive producer isn't as important as who is writing the show. I won't be excited until I see what his vision is and that will include the type of writer he hires. Will he pick the same ole recycled writers? A Bell protege? Someone new and fresh? That will all help me determine how I feel about this. It's the great unknown considering how UK soaps work, but we will see. I'm happy JFP is gone, but not excited about this new hire until I get an interview out of it and a headwriter announcement.

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I'm not sorry to see JFP go - she did nothing to turn Y&R around and desecrating the Chancellor mansion set was a personally brutal thing to do. I would think the set can be repaired back to its former glory...but I also think Jill should just burn it to the ground.

 

Mal Young is untested in the US soap market and genre and it IS different than in the UK. What I can say, however, is this is a choice that no other show has had the guts to do. Mal is 'new' and fresh and bold. So we'll see.

 

The bigger issue is not having a Bell protege writing this damn show. Bill Bell was a genius and unfortunately his show was not easy to run after his retirement because it was so tone specific. There are enough of the old guard actors still there (and also available to bring back or bump up from recurring) that the landscape could look a lot more faithful to Bill Bell's vision. Lord knows I hope Steve Burton is given his walking papers. There are many JFP signature characters who need to get the axe. 

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Also remember, Bill Bell, had Victor trapped his wife's lover in the basement, Brad trap in a cage, and had a character killed by trash compacter.

 

Death by trash compactor? Ok, I'm not a Y&R viewer, but I would love to see that scene as it sounds hilarious. Is it somewhere on Youtube and, if so, can somebody provide a link?

 

 

And here's the full episode if you're interested:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1R-yVWJcCI

 

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To me, the executive producer isn't as important as who is writing the show. I won't be excited until I see what his vision is and that will include the type of writer he hires. Will he pick the same ole recycled writers? A Bell protege? Someone new and fresh? That will all help me determine how I feel about this. It's the great unknown considering how UK soaps work, but we will see. I'm happy JFP is gone, but not excited about this new hire until I get an interview out of it and a headwriter announcement.

I tend to wonder how much control he'll even have. We know JFP supposedly fought hard to get Pratt, but she had a lot more clout than I imagine he would.

 

I just wish they'd go for someone brand new. Kay Alden would be a good choice too but it seems unlikely at this point.

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Even before Pratt was hired people said Kay Alden was retired and a long shot, yet we later found out she submitted a story bible to return as Head Writer. Jill wanted Pratt and made it happen. I certainly can't see them hiring her because it's too logical, but it could happen if someone wanted it to. 

My biggest thing is The Bold and the Beautiful. Ten years ago that show was garbage, stale and in the toilet. Ratings were down as well. Brad Bell managed to revive that show completely and all he did was modernize the production and writing. The show is still B&B just modernized. It's on the same damn network. I can't understand how nobody can look at that show as the template to fix Y&R. They're the same type of show and have the same creator. For years they've been trying to turn it in an ABC soap which makes no sense and now a prime time romp ala Melrose Place. They need to look at what is already working for their audience on the same damn network. If Mel pulled that off he will be the new soap genius but I feel it'll be more of the same and whoever is picked will continue taking the show further and further away from what it should be. 

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