What The Hell is Going on With The Young and the Restless?!

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The Young and the Restless' latest stunt cast victim, Genie Francis (Genevieve) is loving the soap's writing these days. At least someone is. The soap vet told CBS Soaps In Depth the current writing team at Y&R recalls that of All My Children during Francis' stint on that sudser as glam Ceara Hunter.

"I'd say [Y&R} is on par with the writing team that I experienced in my 20's at AMC. That was led by Agnes Nixon — a very strong writing team."


Take me to the water, so I can be baptized. Sorry, Genie. I was watching AMC back then and it is a shame before God, Agnes and the late Bill Bell to compare the tomfoolery and shenanigans on The Young and the Restless right now to Agnes Nixon's All My Children.

Is anyone on that show watching it, not to mention execs at CBS and Sony? This past week was absolutely atrocious. Who greenlit this implausible, plot driven drivel? Y&R broke every rule of character-driven storytelling last week, as Maria Arena Bell and her team bent half a dozen legacy character to fit yet another of her ridiculous murder mystery plots. 
 

Y&R hasn't even wrapped its last asinine murder caper—the one that has Sharon (Sharon Case) accused of pushing someone into the mouth of an active volcano—before launching into this "Who Killed Diane Jenkins?" mess. There is no way in hell any of these people, other than maybe Adam (Michael Muhney) or Ashley (Eileen Davidson), would truly have been furious enough with Diane (Maura West) to bash her skull in, choke her with a key and/or leave her lying in Murphy's (Michael Fairman) fish pond all night.

Diane has been pulling stunts and scandals for two decades on this show. Why on Earth would all of these people suddenly develop bloodlust because of a mass text message ripped from ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars?

Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow), the show's romantic hero—who we've been informed since his SORAS'ing has his mother's heart as opposed to his ruthless father's— threatening to kill a woman he recently made love with, all because she published a video of his parents having sex? I don't think so. Nick wasn't even this pissed when Adam made Sharon believe their child was dead!

Speaking of Nick and Vicky's (Amelia Heinle) mom. If Nikki's (the MIA Melody Thomas Scott) kids would kill someone who mistreated her, wouldn't Deacon (Sean Kanan) be fish food (Not to mention their father)? The very fact that the ever-observant bartender is still breathing proves Nick and Victoria's possible motives for murder are beyond ridonk.

Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) had a restraining order agains Diane. Why on Earth would she head to a pond to possibly kill her? Because Diane said a few snarky things to her earlier that day? Even if Phyllis did kill Diane, she wouldn't be sloppy enough to lead Ronan Malloy (a Turner Classic Movie name if ever there was one) right to her doorstep asking dumbass questions about Lee Press-On nails. This is a woman who has killed before. Phyllis isn't stupid, although the writers would have us believe she and her fans are, in order to give Jeff Branson another suspect for his dry erase board — that is in the front room of the doggone Genoa City police station!

Ashley (Eileen Davidson) has a slightly plausible motive in that she's a mother lioness trying to protect her cub, plus she has a history of mental instability. Abby (Marcy Rylan) however, just tried to confess to mowing Tucker (Stephen Nichols) down, so why would she kill to stop the news from getting out? The Naked Heiress (one of the few MAB concepts that actually works) would no doubt realize the gossip and infamy generated by almost killing her mom's fiance would only help her campaign to become famous for being famous. Besides, she isn't freaking tall enough to bash someone's skull in, even if she was drunk!

Victor (Eric Braeden) and Tucker are both billionaires They don't handle their enemies by busting them over the heads with rocks, they bankrupt them. As for Jack (Peter Bergman), sure he was pissed at Diane for hiding Kyle, but I'm sure he would call his attorney, Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) or hell even the Psychic Friends Network before resorting to murder.

As if this murder mystery wasn't bad enough, you have Victor trying to take Jack's son from him out of spite and Kay (Jeanne Cooper) becoming more and more abominable in her quest to control her 60-year-old, long-lost son's life. Does anyone on this "strong writing team" realize that Victor hates Jack simply because Jack had everything handed to him, while Victor had to work for everything he has? That's always been the throughline.

Victor has never thought Jack was a bad parent; hell Jack and Miguel the Manny raised Victor's kids! As for Kay, she was a dear, dear friend of Ashley's late father. Her vicious campaign against John's "Beauty" and Tucker is so out of character I barely recognize Kay, but then that's likely the point since Scott Hamner is obviously trying to turn her into Angela Channing from his father's nightime soap Falcon Crest.

I wouldn't expect a newcomer to the show like Francis to realize this, but Y&R has become a hot, steaming pile of poop — one that can't even afford to play it's leading lady, but somehow finds coins under the couch to hire 17 new actors a month. This show doesn't compare to Agnes Nixon's AMC or even an episode of Hanna-Barbera's Yogi The Bear right now and if Sony and CBS don't step in soon, we'll be wondering who will take Y&R to the web sooner rather than later.


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I barely recognize YR these days. All of my favorite characters are gone (Brad, Dru, Nikki), backburned, or totally unrecognizable. It's very sad...

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Great post, Jamey. Unfortunately, all the current issue with The Young & the Restless stem from the writers' room. It appears they come up with ideas - not stories; and not very good ideas - and then run with these ideas without having a clue as to what will happen next. Also, I do not think the writers know, or care, who their characters are. With 20+ years of history for the large majority of the characters on Y&R, the stories should be writing themselves.

I am not advocating for, nor wishing, unemployment on anyone, BUT Hogan Sheffer and Scott Hamner should be relieved of their Co-Headwriting duties and Maria Arena Bell should concentrate primarily on Executive Producing. Or public relations.

Kay Alden and/or John F. Smith should be heading that writers' room. With Natalie Minardi Slater and/or an Associate Headwriter from One Life to Live. Not Jean Passanante.

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I agree.
With all of it and it makes me sad.

The show needs a behind the scenes shake-up. Kay Alden! Jack Smith!

I also watched when Genie was playing Ceara Connor and I don't agree with that writing comparison either. Nope.

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Coins under the couch?

That's a hot one Jamey!

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Finally someone says what I an thinking. Jamey I could not agree more with your assessment! This show is becoming a joke.. There is no love or glamor, just a bunch of murder and mayhem and ripped off ideas! I swear to Gawd MAB is driving this show into the ground! I tune in out of loyalty but even that is getting harder. I am glad you are asking these questions now, instead of waiting until it gets canceled. And people wonder why fans are fanatic over couple ships... For most the part its lack of interesting stories!

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It is pretty bad right now. Does anyone at Sony or CBS care? As long as they stay number one overall does it matter to them that all of their stories suck and they have an inflated cast? I think MTS may have gotoff easy being off the show completely right now. She could be in Sharon Cases's situation sitting in story limbo for months first with a kid, a farmer, and a lamb and now with Sam and a deck of playing cards.

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it is giant hot mess is all i can say MAB is a hack.

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Maria Arena Bell is slowly bringing the show back to its former glory circa the William Bell early-1990's years. I have faith in her and her love of the genre and the craft of storytelling.

Dead weight, however: Michael Muhney and Michael Graziadei. Bad move: Making us think 38-year-old Maura West could play a character in her late 50's ... and then us seeing she COULD ... and then axing the actress and character and penning a storyline from the firing of said actress. THAT is not good storytelling nor is it organic.

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The show has been of fire. Last week was a "Can't wait until tomorrow" each and every day. You all must be watching a different show!

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Thanks Jamey for saying right now Y&R is a big pile of "POOP"! I turned it off completely last week because I can't stomach how MAB been destroying long standing characters, such Kay, Victor, Nick, Ashley, Jill, Phyllis, & Neil. Katherine being a busy body and destroying long friendships because she has agenda. Mrs. C's character isn't one that go after friends regardless. Katherine in the late '70s (even being drunk as stunk)when Brock and Jill was dating would constantly (of course) fill Brock's ear about Jill but she never tried to "rule" Brock's life as would said Angela Channing. Jill is not the character what Bill created and doesn't even resemble the character. Making Jill drooling over this no count man, making Jill weak and a loud mouth. Men would fall into Jill's web because she would have a scheme not the other way around. Poor Jess. Nick is Victor lite, which Nick was always more like Nikki because he never wanted to be like his father. Phyllis has gotten totally overused in every plot and sick & tired of her and the actress herself Michelle Stafford, I'm starting to hate this character. Victor has been written as an all out criminal now & never pays for his crimes. Ashley as mega business woman just doesn't ring true. Ashley tried to run Jabot many, many years ago but she didn't like just being CEO. Her heart as Bill wrote was a ultra-smart chemist and Ashley was Jabot's biggest asset for their products. Why not show that side of Ashley again with this recent launch why not show Ashley developing the new Jabot product? Neil hasn't had a juicy story since LML, (now that is sad) he's just supporting for Lily (can't stand that s/l) and being rehash of Malcolm & Sophia...aka Dru's pregnancy. He not had a strong love interest in years it's a shame.

Jamey, could you please make available the addresses of Sony, CBS, and Bell Dramatic Serials so at I can use "snail mail" and I want to complain. This is my only connection to CBS now and just tired of what LSD drug MAB is using but she is delusional if she thinks that is character driven stories..it's pure plot. I just hope Ken Corday truly does what he is speaking about on Days because I going to check in September.

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jamey you so right Y&R Better step up you know les dont like soaps

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I'm doing what Jillian Bowe would be doing right now... *shaking my tambourine*!!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't watched in three weeks and I hate to hear that it continues to get worse. It's such a shame that a show that used to set the standard is a big joke now. I have vowed to not watch again until MTS is back onscreen.

Oh and Jamey you forgot one other thing...where are the black folks? Malcom/Sofia/Neil are supposed to be in this big pregnancy mystery story but we never seen them but twice a month! HOT ASS MESS!!!

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Oh and let me add...Sharon is being tried in Genoa City, Wisconsin for a murder that happened in the state of Hawaii...HELLO!!!

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Y&R is not any worse than Bob Guza's GH which was praised here to kingdom come. The entire Liz/Jason story and turning Lucky into a 5 classed loser Sam the vengeful baby terrorizer was some of the ugliest plot driven crap around but because the pairing was loved here, and some early elements of this quad were soapy, every part of that nonsense of Liz always wanting Jason was embraced even though we long time viewers watched Lucky be the one who was Liz's soulmate for years. Of course thats all been fixed at the snap of a finger abother example of great writing. Off topic I know

Y&R is a mess no question. BUt Y&R too has been a plot driven mess for ages also. Need we forget killing off Brad, Colleen, and now Diane, 3 long standing characters for what exactly? It was more plot point writing. But then Villy is magical and Billy Miller is the greatest and MM is fantastic and Shadam are hot so none of it matters? Forget SHaron was turned into even a dumber ho for Adam but thats all forgotten because Sharon and Adam are hot. Talk about character destruction, Sharon Newman case number 1. I don't even mind the boring Sam because at least Sharon is showing some semblence of facing the reality of the fact her life is a mess mostly caused most recently by Adam.

I applaude Jamie for taking this show to task. Every bit outlined here was spot on. And I commend DC a lot even though it doesn't seem that way because while I don't agree with a lot of the love of certain things here, this site had the guts to call these shows on a lot of things. But I think we all know none of these show got to where they were overnight. ANd I do want to know where Sony is. All they seem to care about are landing name actors and not about the overall health of their soaps. Look how long they let Higley run amuk at Days.

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I think that the entire writing team of Y&R suffers from attention deficit disorder. They can not concentrate on a story and lead it into a conclusion that opens up another story etc. They come up with these stories play them out in a week and then go to something else. It is little wonder the characters suffer. The writers can't even decide what the stories will be. Sometimes they have to abbandon stories just to push through something else. Like the Nekkid Heiress was gonna be a spokesperson for Newman for several days. But then well that gets pushed aside because something better (better?) came along! Diane Jenkens murder!
You can not murder someone on a tv show that EVERYONE on the show hates, the audience hates and expect anyone to care that she is dead or who did it. It is rediculous that the only person who really cares that she is dead is the cop that is handling the crime. It also isn't making Ronan any points with the characters or with the audience. There has to be an element of someone caring in order to make this kind of story work. Had they brought her ex husband Andy back to find out who did it and he gets Paul to help him investigate. Then Andy meets Paul's girl, Nina and falls in love with her and after the case is solved, Andy sticks around and we have a triangle because Nina likes both Paul and Andy.
Now that is a way to write a story someone could care about.

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Not to mind read Genie Francis, but I think she's just happy to not play Laura. She's said before that she was most proud of her work as Ceara. I don't know how many other people felt the same way.

The Diane story is style over substance. We're not supposed to care about who killed her or why. We're supposed to gawk at her corpse and enjoy another round of snarking, sneering, pouting, and overheated one-liners.

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I've noticed that actors always say the writing is "great" when they had/have a big storyline coming up. Ask them six months from now when they've languished off screen and been reduced to a scene here or there.

I don't know how anyone else could think this writing is good. They've made the range of suspects so wide that NOBODY CARES whodunit. I just want it to be over. And what's with them stealing the Desperate Housewives voiceover all of a sudden?

BTW, Marknspmo, I agree 100%. Part of what is ruining this show is the fact that storylines are never completed OR they're completed months afterwards when again NOBODY CARES. I'm still waiting for someone to tell us how/when Nick got his memory back?!

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The voiceover is an old Hogan Sheffer gimmick. They did this with Rose on ATWT and Marge on Y&R. It's tired Emmy bait.

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@Mark I absolutely love reading your posts. My wishful thinking for s/l would be use the history but maybe bring on Chuck(ie) Foster and have him involved w/Nina, they are close in age and recharge the Jill/Nina rivalry being another family connection to Jill...Jill being Jill hated Phillip being involved w\Nina years ago. Katherine could be involved trying to keep peace and infuse Jill/Kay on opposite sides again. For Paul, I would love to see the heat again between Lauren/Paul/Michael. What if Scott ended up Paul's son. Paul/Lauren always at different times ended up in bed together and with Cricket nowhere around today. That would throw Lauren/Paul in each direction again and you have a true rooting triangle. Some for Michael/Lauren, some for Paul/Lauren...that's what a good WELL WRITTEN triangles do for fans. I like Andy's character (Andy\Farren, remember) but IMO there isn't no family connection besides Paul. Unless like you said have Andy come home to help Paul in the investigation and he gets involved with Gloria...she's a cougar. Wink Just IMHO.

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Thank you Jamey for echoing exactly how I feel about Y&R these days. MAB's Y&R bears no resemblance to the late Bill Bells. She/Sheffer/Hamner are being allowed by CBS and Sony to ruin this show. I don't think there will be any quick fix since the show killer herself is married to a Bell. What irritates me is where the hell is Lee Bell in all of this? Or Bill's Children? Do they remember nothing about Bill's basic principals for writing a soap? You would think with soaps on life support MAB would realize her show sucks and wish for it a better writer but I gather she is much too arrogant for that. This will play out like scenarios we've seen in the last few months. In a few years when the show is hitting the low 2's they will be talking of taking it back to it's glory years and bringing back vets they are ignoring (MTS anyone) just like Days is doing! Just like GH is doing! Just like AMC is doing! All a little too late for this dinner party...

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Y&R last week veered between unwatchable and boring me to tears. It was all plot, plot, plot with yet another stupid murder and most scenes taking place at the jail. The only thing that kept me interested were the bits about Billy and Victoria dealing with the aftermath of him leaving since they were real emotions and character driven. Right now I'm just waiting for some Villy when Billy returns and hopefully MTS's Nikki will not be far behind him!

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The problem with this newest murder mystery, is that Y&R, to me, does not pen mysteries very well at all.

I thought Carmen Mesta's murder and reveal were a total joke. Mr. Kim's murder was nonsense and I don't even remember who supposedly killed him. Jamey said something that had been bothering me about Diane's murder. This character has been around since the 80's, played by Alex Donnelly and Susan Walters. And while she had been causing trouble for years, I remember her friendship with a woman Paul loved named Cindy, who was murdered. Diane did love Andy at one point. And with Maura West's portrayal, one could see she was devoted to Kyle. I never actually saw her as a real villainess, unlike let's say that God awful Phyllis.

So Jamey's point about why someone would just be killing Diana NOW, is what gripes me about the whole thing. Worse yet, we know good and well the killer will be someone introduced into the story out of nowwhere, or a character that they can afford to lose. I STILL remember that strange murder mystery from the 80's that Paul Williams was involved in. The murderer was revealed to be some guy we'd never seen before, though the actor(I forget his name) went on to play Mallet on GL. I just don't see why it was necessary to kill this character off, when she could've been just as easily sent out of town--yet again.

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@Chocolate-Mama.. I STILL remember that strange murder mystery from the 80's that Paul Williams was involved in. The murderer was revealed to be some guy we'd never seen before, though the actor(I forget his name) went on to play Mallet on GL. I just don't see why it was necessary to kill this character off, when she could've been just as easily sent out of town--yet again

You're so right...the man (don't know his name) was involved w/Cassandra, which Paul was seeing at the time.

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marknsprmo-another thoughtful post(along with many others on this thread! Smile ) and with a nice triangle falling out of the current "mess". Another poster mentioned the still not solved mystery that is Skye's death-what about the Richard Hightower murder that was left with threads blowing in the breeze? But then again, I'm still waiting for Phyllis to get her comeuppance for mowing down Cricket and Paul way back when... Innocent

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Bring back MTS/Nikki

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I don't know how the writing goes into execution on Y&R, but I'm assuming that usually Maria gets the ideas and Hogan Sheffer makes them happen.

I do think Maria is trying new things to keep her show fresh. The problem is that what she thinks of as new and fresh sometimes comes off as disjointed and silly to viewers.

I don't believe Hogan Sheffer has done anything new or fresh since he had gastric bypass surgery.

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Jamey,

Once again, you have expressed my thoughts masterfully in a far more witty and entertaining fashion than I could ever muster up. I swear you are psychic!!

Lots of people like to place the blame with Hogan Sheffer and Scott Hamner, reminding us that Hogan did similar stories on ATWT. But that doesn't fly with me. Maria is the head BITCH in charge, so she has the power to veto their crappy story ideas and tell them to go back to the drawing board, doesn't she? But she doesn't. She merely co-signs with them and pushes them out the door, as if she's working on some assembly line and doesn't have time to quality control her stories or make sure that she pays proper attention to the history of these characters. And don't even get me started on the lack of continuity!!! We could be here ALL day! Sick

As I have said before, I will NEVER believe that Jack, Nick, Nikki, Abby, Ashley or even Phyllis would be capable of bludgeoning someone to death unless it's a matter of self-defense or their kids were being threatened. And even then, 10 times is a stretch. It's clear that none of the major characters killed Diane. I have known these people for decades. Maria Bell thinks she can "tell me" who they are? No, honey. You can't. Bill Bell Sr. already did that.

And next to Drucilla, Katherine Chancellor is my favorite Y&R character of all time, and seeing her get turned into a harpy, seemingly demented old shrew hurts my heart. I really wish Jeanne Cooper would step up and say something. Unlike Victoria Rowell, she might actually be able to get the bigwigs over there to make a positive change.

I am tired of Colin and Genevieve. I am enjoying Genie and Tristian's PERFORMANCES, but these characters irk me. And I REFUSE to accept them as the new "family" of Genoa City. Not interested. As I have said before, Cane is a pointless character who doesn't need a family. Kill him off AGAIN. This time, leave him dead. Ship Robert Scorpio and Laura Spencer back to GH. With the new regime at GH, they might actually get BETTER story than they are getting at Y&R.

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Oh lawd..... THANK YOU Jamey for saying exactly what needs to be said about Y&R. I can NOT deal with this show. It is a hot mess of schizophrenia. It's like one minute the stories are good & then the next it's gone to the crapper. I mean what the heck? A Diane murder mystery.... this is like umpteenth thousand murder on this show for the year, or past year. And like you said Sharon's "murder" story isn't even wrapped up yet. And that story KILLS me! Pushing a woman in a volcano & then going to hide out on Rebbeca Of Sonybrook's Farm is just.... STUPID! The writing is stupid & they miss important beats of the stories that should be played to give me an emotional connection. It drives me nuts, which is why I don't even bother FFing anymore. I just hit delete. Sad but true. This show to me has become like GH during Guza. There are so many similarities & nothing will change until something is done about MAB & the writing room. I'm seriously surprised that Y&R's ratings haven't been affected, but then it comes on during lunch. So, it's just convenient to watch it cause lord knows no one could possibly be watching for good soap & stories. If you want good soap watch OLTL! Anyways....

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An_Emmy_For_Julia_Pace_Mitchell wrote:
Maria Arena Bell is slowly bringing the show back to its former glory circa the William Bell early-1990's years. I have faith in her and her love of the genre and the craft of storytelling. Dead weight, however: Michael Muhney and Michael Graziadei. Bad move: Making us think 38-year-old Maura West could play a character in her late 50's ... and then us seeing she COULD ... and then axing the actress and character and penning a storyline from the firing of said actress. THAT is not good storytelling nor is it organic.

Oh good grief! An Emmy is back to haunt us all! Geez, I was hoping she fell by the wayside like a certain former DC poster did and decided it wasn't worth it to stick around here, especially when you're obviously not well liked by ANYONE who posts on these boards.

Having said that, Y&R is nowhere near it's glory years circa William Bell at all! As a matter of fact, it's starting to look like Guiding Light and As The World Turns just before those two shows got axed by Proctor & Gamble in 2009 and 2010. And they are heading down that drain faster than you can say Draino!

I will agree you on two things An Emmy, that one, Michael Graz is dead weight. He hasn't had much of a storyline since well, when Daisy raped him and got preggers with his daughter, whom he wants nothing to do with. AND I also agree that Y&R made the stupidest move making us thinking that an actress, the superbly sublime Maura West (who is younger than me BTW) could play an character who is in her late 50's, early 60's. REDONK!

As for Michael Muhney, that man is NOT dead weight at all. He's part of an integral core family on Y&R and he won't be going anywhere anytime soon (he just recently re-signed with the show).

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I love you for this article, Jamey! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one like "WTF?" as far as Y&R is concerned. This Diane murder mystery just has me dumbfounded. All these suspects (none of whom I believe will be the "killer" as they could always do some "fooled ya" mess with Diane not being dead but some homeless person or some other doppelganger being the victim and another homeless person being the killer) and all this red herring evidence is just become a huge cluster-F. I applaud the efforts of the entire cast for trying to make this mess pop, and the cinematography has been top notch, but I am really not getting where any of this is going and what is motivating any of these characters, many of whom I have known and loved since I was tween. These recent stories are just not going anywhere and I have grown super tired of people being framed, people being accused of murder and people being wrongfully convicted. Also sick of everyone being at odds, angry, or otherwise in turmoil What's the worse thing is that the shit is just boring. Aimless, pointless, rootless, hot mess!

This show needs a serious departure from CSI Genoa City and Law and Order: GCPD and needs to return to some sentimental, romantic, and/or good old fun storytelling. They can start off by giving Sharon free. That would make this Sharon fan super happy. Not the sole solution, but a good start.

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Maria Arena Bell is slowly bringing the show back to its former glory circa the William Bell early-1990's years. I have faith in her and her love of the genre and the craft of storytelling.

With all due respect An_Emmy_for JPM, MAB has had the helm of this show since early 2008 (not counting the fi-core writing before she officially took over from LML). How much time is she supposed to get because she has been "slowly" bringing the show back for a few years now to no avail. I've seen glaciers that move faster. She has had ample time, over 3 years, to return this show to its former glory, and she's making it just as plot driven, maybe even more than, LML. Almost every character on this show is hard to defend or support because so many of them do things now that don't compute just to fit some foolish plot point. *smdh*

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The Diane story is style over substance. We're not supposed to care about who killed her or why. We're supposed to gawk at her corpse and enjoy another round of snarking, sneering, pouting, and overheated one-liners.

Exactly carol2! Making everyday a Friday cliffhanger is to the detriment of good storytelling that has a beginning, middle, climax and conclusion. This regime focuses way too much on the climactic reveals with little to no development of the other necessary components.