More Shake-Ups at Young and Restless: Two Members of Writing Staff Out; More to Follow?

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Josh Griffith is apparently making a few changes to the writers' room at The Young and the Restless. According to setsiders, Sarah Smith and Marla Kanelos are no longer writing for the serial.

Smith, who is also credited on IMDB as Sarah K. Smith, began her Y&R tenure as writer's assistant to showrunner Maria Arena Bell. Since 2010, she has also written breakdowns for the sudser.

Smith recently made the leap to webisodic television, having served as a director on the web series Miss Behave and as editor of the Funny or Die short Trophy Husband, starring Y&R actor Jeff Branson.

Kanelos had served as an associate head (breakdown) writer for Y&R since 2008. Prior to her stint writing for the characters of the fictional Genoa City, Wisconsin, Kanelos wrote for Port Charles, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and All My Children.

As for current co-head writer Hogan Sheffer, his contract with Sony is set to expire in November.


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MsAgentProvocateur1's picture
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Please tell me if/when Hogan Sheffer gets the heave-ho.

As far as I'm concerned he's part of the reason why so many fans of ATWT and Y&R have had to endure the endless parade of Misogynistic nonsense that MAB (and Chris Goutman for ATWT) and co. have tried to pass off as drama for the past several years.

November, I await thee...

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Hogan is the one I want to see go! I hope he gets his pink slip soon.

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Hogan Sheffer has to go!!!!

I hope Josh Griffith brings Sally Sussman Morina back to the team.

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This is a shame. The day-to-day writers did a good job. Y&R's writing issue was with the head writers.

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every one of MAB's cronies needs to go asap!

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It makes sense that that new head writer wants to pick his own team and people he feels comfortable working with. The writing has been atrocious, adding some new (or old) blood is needed in addition to the new head writer.

If Hogan doesn't go all this change is for nothing. He's a big ball of ANGER & HATE and it gushes out of every story line. He should write entertainment for the male Taliban leadership they are on the same page. All powerful old men in complete control of the female sex and all children.

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I'm really getting confused. The first thing we heard when MAB got ousted would be that there would be "mass firings." So far we've only heard from the actor who plays NOAH, and we're hearing their HIRING a bunch of new cast members. This cast is already too huge. How are they going to have time for everyone??

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LOL I just noticed the picture of Eric Braeden above with a cartoonish woman character standing on Eric's left shoulder. LOL Good one Jamey!

But in all seriousness, Josh has the right to pick and choose his writing team and I do agree with pennywise that Hogan has got to go!

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Looks like one of MAB's proteges took it in the neck. JFP probably has someone she can bring in her place. Way of the world.

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Coffee_Junkie wrote:
I'm really getting confused. The first thing we heard when MAB got ousted would be that there would be "mass firings." So far we've only heard from the actor who plays NOAH, and we're hearing their HIRING a bunch of new cast members. This cast is already too huge. How are they going to have time for everyone??

Coffee,

Those two casting calls that went out are very likely (I'm about 95% sure) recasts of Devon and Lily. And for those that thought that it was Dr. Nate Hastings, it's not. Nate was not orphaned at 16, however, Devon was. So, that is 3 recasts so far. Noah, Devon and now Lily will be recast. And you can bet that there will be plenty of cast cuts coming. So, settle down! JFP and JG just got started and are really trying to get the lay of the land and really reassess where things stand on the show and who needs to go and who they plan on keeping. They're already in talks to bring Jess Walton (Jill) back to Genoa City this fall. So, that is a good sign.

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@soapjunkie88: I have been saying that all along. Bring her back to the fold. She also worked with JFP on Hollywood Heights. So she could be brought over to Sony again to work for Y&R.

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Anybody want to take bets on whether JFP tries to "suggest" Guza and/or Wolf for JG's writing crew? Puzzled Thinking out loud here... Innocent

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What has the mood on the set been?

I must imagine that JFP will have to do interviews when her work is about to hit the air and I really hope that someone has the stones to ask her about her tenure at GH.

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In my opinion, since it's Joshie's crew he has the right to create the team he wants.

What will be do with Hogan I wonder?

If he put Hogan as like a breakdown writer, I don't see the harm in that. Kind of like how Ron C. has Jean P. on his team.
As long as these people aren't the ones creating story.

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Guza or Mctavish SwanQueen!

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It's interesting to see all the positive comments on here about the cuts and possible recasts. Not all gonna be good ones, so get ready for a bumpy ride. The only one I want is to see Hogan gone. Never should have been on the show to begin with. I feel we'd have seen less stunt writing and more drama without his "pen".

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Ryan-Scott-Is this a choice of "Pick your poison"? Oookaay. Quite the selection. Wink Dear me, whoever shall we choose? For my taste, either is scarey. Is there a time limit? LOL!... Innocent

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yes SwanQueen..time is running out...

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For Y&R? Yes, absolutely. To say nothing of some of the cast. LOL! (Sorry, I know I shouldn't laugh when it involves peoples' employment.) Although they managed to buy a little breathing room by booting MAB... Innocent

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so where are the major cast shakeups? Let's get rid of some of this cast while you are at it!

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Smitty wrote:
so where are the major cast shakeups? Let's get rid of some of this cast while you are at it!

I seriously doubt there will too many gone before they actually start witht he new writers in the first couple of weeks of October. Knowing nothing about how any of it works, I may be completely wrong, but that makes sense to me.

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yojoromo4469 wrote:
Smitty wrote:
so where are the major cast shakeups? Let's get rid of some of this cast while you are at it!

I seriously doubt there will too many gone before they actually start witht he new writers in the first couple of weeks of October. Knowing nothing about how any of it works, I may be completely wrong, but that makes sense to me.

If they are at the point where they send casting calls out, they are at the point to make some huge decisions where the rest of the cast is concerned.

I guess we are going to hear some at the end of the week.

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Okay some of you all are grasping at straws. Jamey said that JFP will not have much reign like she did at GH. Sony will be monitoring what she makes, but we will see this cast get slim. Josh is coming back and im sure he's outlining his plans for the vets such as Kay, Jill, Victor, Nikki, Jack, Paul follow by other characters like Nick, Sharon, Phyllis, Michael, Lauren then followed by the young teens which IMO hopefully they do get rid of some of these young ones.. There too many of them and they're all over the map. Daniel, Chloe, Eden, Kevin, Noah, etc....

Jeannie Cooper told Soaps.com that the studio has been dark, because they're getting their footing with the new people in place. Another thing there were way too many writers on this show, so hopefully they can slim that down as well too. I do hope Sally Sussman Morina comes back to the fold, she a Bill Bell person who worked with Bill in the 80s.

Let all calm down; at least give this new crew a chance before we throw stones...Come on folks let try to be positive, that the last (4) shows are on.

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Christel Khalil and Daniel Goddard need to be the next ones to go!!!!! Talk about lame!!! Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Sorry, Lane fans, just my opinion (Carolyn Hinsey voice..........)

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The new writers on GH had to raise the IQs of just about every person on that show. They were all so dumbed down it was pathetic. Now all the characters sound more like they have brains. Just goes to show how important the writing is on these shows. Picking a good story which involves a certain amount of characters and then making logical connection with good dialog is what makes the best dramas. Getting all the elements in place by good writers and planners and then having good actors to complete process is needed for final product. If any part of the equation is missing, a show is doomed.

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alstonboy4315 wrote:
Christel Khalil and Daniel Goddard need to be the next ones to go!!!!! Talk about lame!!! Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Sorry, Lane fans, just my opinion (Carolyn Hinsey voice..........)

Like my man AlstonBoy, these two would be the absolute first two to leave the premises, if I were in charge.

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To quote the late Douglas Marland: "Good soap opera is good storytelling. It's very simple."

The sad part is that it's not always that simple with some of these people in charge.

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I can't wait for MID OCTOBER!!!! HURRY UP, CALENDAR!!! MAKE IT MID OCTOBER

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Let me ask you guys something. Who do you consider "good" writers? I mean if you had a choice of replacing Maria Bell, who would you replace her with? In soaps in general, who the "good" writers? Anybody from AMC,ATWT OR GL?

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Yojoromo4469--

I like you. So much that I am willing to overlook how much you have been dogging my girl lately...... Wink Wink