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Y&R: Fire Mal Young!!

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No one working in American television writes that way.  Not even for a sitcom.  I don't watch the UK soaps, so I don't know how they write over there, or how successful that formula is over there.  Here, though, the "one day per episode" format just seems so [!@#$%^&*] arbitrary.

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On 12/22/2017 at 10:18 AM, Aback said:

Mal has 'goner' written all over his tenure. That's why watching him getting so excited about the show was so cringe-worthy. As for CBS pulling the plug so early, that would be a first!

The fact that Mal's biggest contribution is to change the format that has been done on The City, on other soaps and never been successful, shows that he's bereft of creative ideas.  He should be thinking up compelling stories and write them in a way that plays all the beats that will compel viewers to watch.  He doesn't know how to do that.  Say what you will about Ron's stories on Days but he has been crafting the stories to play big emotional beats and days stretch on; but if you watch you are experiencing the build up, the small moments, the foreshadowing. Mal gives all that up to have each day change.  He's busy writing scenes of someone making coffee or setting the table.  Dear God: he's a mess.

 

Mal has also stopped engaging fans' questions on twitter and he's only promoted the song sung by Tessa in his twitter feed.  I think he's out or was told to stop engaging the fans, but that still doesn't explain why he has taken off his work titles from his bio on twitter.

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On 12/23/2017 at 1:53 PM, Khan said:

No one working in American television writes that way.  Not even for a sitcom.  I don't watch the UK soaps, so I don't know how they write over there, or how successful that formula is over there.  Here, though, the "one day per episode" format just seems so [!@#$%^&*] arbitrary.

 

UK episodes haven't done that in a long time, and it was never a set thing. It was more common, but not that much. And definitely not now - some recent Eastenders episodes have stayed on the same night for a week or two weeks.

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16 minutes ago, RavenWhitney said:

Dear God in Heaven, Phillip.  Mal just announced he's boarding a plane to head back to "Wisconsin."  He's still there!!  

 

lol Let him have fun till it lasts cause he's certainly not making it to 2019.

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Mal Young has never been one for quality stories.  His whole approach on the UK soaps should have told CBS that he wouldn't have been a good fit on Y and R.  His style would have fit better in bold and the beautiful.

 

He took over one soap.Brookside (a UK version of Knots Landing) that was known for issues and realism..went into over the topic rating grabbing tricks that did raise the ratings at first..but in the long run killed the soap.  It was cancelled within a decade after he altered that soaps formula.

 

The one day per episode could of have worked if the breakdown writers were able to pace the plots correctly so that they could hit the beats yet be faster.  But since networks don't offer writing/training courses anymore...a mute point.

 

Twin peaks did the one day per episode format...and it worked for the most part.  On occasion they would jump forward 3 days...or do two days in an episode...but for the most part...it was one day per episode.

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The concept of  a one day per episode formula works better if you have a total of 1-3 episodes per week.  More than that...why not fully utilize each episode to tell a thorough story, even if that means one day is spread over two to three days? 

IMO, the one episode per day format makes very little sense for a show that airs 5 days a week.  Meanwhile important details are getting lost and dropped left and right.

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On 12/15/2017 at 10:49 AM, cassadine1991 said:

Why am I not surprised that this thread appears. 

pardon me for being so surprised. 

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On 12/21/2017 at 5:12 PM, Soapsuds said:

Glad it was squashed. Lawd another doozy by Mal. He needs to go. The ratings have already slipped and GH is beating Y&R in the demos.

WHO do you want to come in and replace him and the upper staff? and please name some people for me. 

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