Maria Arena Bell on Y&R's "Fun, Clever, Interesting" End of the Doppelganger Story



In an interview with TV Guide Canada, The Young and the Restless' Maria Arena Bell responded to fan's discontent with the show's doppelganger storylines.

TVG: The Y&R fans who post online are extremely livid with the show. Would you like to address their discontent with your writing team, especially your controversial decision to include not one but two doppelganger storylines?

MAB: Let me tell you what’s funny about that. Someone in the soap press [Soap Opera Digest’s Carolyn Hinsey] recently wrote, “Did you guys realize that you have two doppelgangers airing at once?” Yeah, we did [laughs]! It was intentional. The two stories are intertwined. The Sarah and Patty storylines will be a rapid-fire denouement. It gave us an opportunity to tell a fun, clever and interesting culmination of Patty’s story and the pseudo reemergence of Sheila. It gave Tracey Bregman an opportunity to stretch herself as an actress and show a different side, a darker side, in this dual role. It’s a very short arc. But what it gives the audience is a tour-de-force performance from Tracey. You’ll see a very fun explosion this week. Tracey shouldn’t just win an Emmy Award for this portrayal, she should win an Oscar! You’ll see!

As for viewer dissatisfaction, I want to say I do visit the message boards. I do listen to our fans and critics. Sometimes when you’re watching a storyline unfold, you don’t know where it’s going and you get understandably frustrated. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It means people are watching and talking about our show. I’d be more concerned if fans weren’t talking about our show! A perfect example of that is the Adam Newman storyline. Everyone complained about Adam getting away with all his evildoings, yet [we surged almost 300,000 viewers in the ratings the week he was murdered — which proved at the end of the day that the audience really loved the story]. We always ensure there is a great payoff in all of our stories. Just trust us.

Read the entire interview at TV Guide Canada.


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Coffee_Junkie's picture
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What a delusional bitch. I will never understand why Jack Smith and Kay Alden were fired. They were the people who WORKED under Bill Bell, and the two people he hand-picked to replace him.

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I love Y&R and have watched for nearly 30 years. The show is #1 but of late the stories are a bit quack like.  I hope they can pull out of this slump and come up with new story ideas that will be more believable.

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Y&R was also "number 1" under LML and Kay Alden. That stance means nothing anymore. They only look at women 18-49. People can try to act like that doesn't matter all they want, but all Madison Avenue truly cares about is that demo, and Y&R is only two to three points above the other soaps among woman 18-49 any given week. All the soaps are in danger and don't have the luxury of patting themselves on the back for fuckery. CBS has three additional pilots in development for daytime, other than the ones already mentioned in the press.

As Peter Bergman said in an interview (and I am paraphrasing), Y&R being number one is like being on the top floor of a sinking ship. If Maria doesn't stop with the type of storytelling that has been proven, time and time again, to cripple soap opera beyond repair, this show will be cancelled in a few short years, like all the rest.
 

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Fun, clever and interesting??  I guess I must have been watching a different show!
I used my fast forward button more in the past few months than I have in years!
Bill Bell, please find a way to channel yourself through your daughter- in- law before she destroys your legacy!!

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Whenever As The World Turns has been crap the last few years (and many times it has), I just need to remember how bad it really was in 1996. Anyone who watches that show knows what I mean.

Like with Y&R which is challenged right now, if you think it's really bad I have 3 words for you: "Clear Springs" and "reliquary".

The show hasn't sunk to that level yet but it's on its way.
I hope Maria and Co. can pull it out before then.

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And yes, Coffee-Junkie I sooo agree.
Kay Alden joined the show in 1974 - one year into its run.

The fact Bloom gave LML the power to can her....just a whole bowl of wrong right there.
Just truly scandalous.

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I appreciate every single person who explained how us viewers have the right so speak our minds on the state of our favorite soap.  I have watched Y&R since 1983 and have been loyal to the show through multiple writing teams.  When Y&R has been a part of your life for as long as it's been a part of mine, then we'll talk.  But for now, I would thank you to refrain from telling me what I can and cannot say about the state of the show. 

I have watched soaps from other countries also.  But Y&R has been my favorite above them all - until now. 

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A "tour-de-force performance from Tracey"? Past the superficial, I saw very little difference between Tracey Bergman's two characters. On the other hand, Stacy Haiduk, in her Patty/Emily foray, nailed the crazy as well as the sane in riveting presentations.

Emmy should be knocking on Stacy's door!