REPORT: Josh Griffith Isn’t Fixing Maria Arena Bell’s Final Young and Restless Scripts



Fans hoping The Young and the Restless' newly-appointed head writer Josh Griffith would be fixing some of Maria Area Bell's final scripts are gonna be out of luck! I'm hearing Griffith decided to leave MAB's last efforts to air as is, because it would take too much of a Herculean effort to fix them!

"Griffith has pretty much been writing the show by himself for the past few weeks, without help from anyone else on the writing team," says a source. "He's focusing on moving forward."

Apparently the once-and-current head writer wants to start fresh with new stories, as opposed to wasting too much time going in and trying to fix MAB's work.

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    ChristianDavis148

    Considering that he is writing the scripts for the show without any other help is understandable. I was hoping that he would rewrite some of MAB’s final scripts in a way to show her that her writing was horrendous and that her material does not belong on the air. I guess we’ll just have to bite the bullet until his scripts start airing.

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    soapjunkie88

    I can understand him! There isn’t anything to rewrite. He would need to trash all her scripts & completely start from the beginning. I guess there isn’t enough time to do that.

    But Nelson Branco reported that Y&R is going dark again next week. So something is going to happen with Maria Arena Bell’s last “work”.

    Anyway I’m just happy when we have her awful stuff behind us. Can’t wait for October 12. :)

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    david46208

    Look i’m just happy that he is going to start with something fresh and new. I really want to get back in to Y&R again. So when his stuff starts airing I am committed to giving it a shot.

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    booze26

    I really have no confidence whatsoever in Josh. Hearing that he writes all the storylines and the scripts himself sounds ridiculous. It isnt even possible I think. How can one writer pen a whole script for an entire show, for weeks, I dont buy it.

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    booze26

    I really have no confidence whatsoever in Josh. Hearing that he writes all the storylines and the scripts himself sounds ridiculous. It isnt even possible I think. How can one writer pen a whole script for an entire show, for weeks, I dont buy it.

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    SoapGod

    Well, considering the late Bill Bell was known for writing storylines AND scripts himself, especially the ones he believed were “important,” I’m all for Josh doing this at the beginning of his tenure. Of course, let’s pray he doesn’t burn out quickly either.

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    pferrando

    There really would be no reason for him to. He needs to pick it up and move forward. David, you have a lot of criticism on this site but it sounds like you aren’t really watching?

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    Toscanti

    Kudos to Josh for having the guts to step in and start fresh. This guy did amazing writing on Y&R until MAB tied his hands behind his back and he became so frustrated that he left the show. For all the negative Nellies out there, just wait and watch how good our show becomes if he is given the autonomy he deserves with the writing aspects of Y&R.

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    Bartman202

    With any luck, Josh will open up his first episode with somebody like Katherine or Nikki waking up from a long slumber and realizing that the past 5 years have been a nightmare – it has been for THIS viewer!!

    That would mean:

    De-SORAS’ed offspring – get rid of the 20-somethings that have been aged to the point of ridiculousness!!

    No more of the following horrid characters under the MAB regime:

    Tucker – Sofia – Genevieve – Yolanda/Harmony – Sarge – Chelsea – Anita – Carmine

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    It’s understandable to want to set the tone by writing the scripts without interference (ever heard of the ‘Too Many Cooks…’ maxim?), at least at first but eventually he may eventually need more writers to step in and sustain the pace.

    I wouldn’t bother either to try to repair MAB’s work, it’s irreparable. At the pace in which these scripts must be churned out, Griffiths would begin way behind the 8 ball (more than he is already is) if he were to go backwards to try to fix what really isn’t worth the time and effort. I wish him luck because he certainly has his work cut out for him.

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    pjc722

    My question is then WHEN will we see the conclusion to the likes of Paul being in prison/charged with his son’s death, Phyllis being charged with Paul’s attempted murder, Nick and Victoria now wanting to head up Newman (after taking Newman to the brink), Ronan’s relationship with Nina, Nina with Paul, Genevieve, Jack and Nikki, Victor on the run, etc. So many BAD stories on the show right now so when we will see the start?

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    bluejeanbaby3

    [quote=Eleanor Rigby]@bluejeanbaby: thx! ;) and I see the first airdates will be early October….surprised the scripts are written and taped so far in advance, but good to know.[/quote]

    You’re welcome.

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    pennywise555

    I hope Josh re-writes and reverses EVERYTHING MAB did to Jill and Sharon. Maria’s unexplained hate for these women shouldn’t be allowed to destroy a couple of popular, long running, female characters.

    Bill Bell developed Jill for over 3 decades and MAB destroyed her in less than 3 years- :(( How very very sad. :((

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    Bartman202

    [quote=pennywise555]I hope Josh re-writes and reverses EVERYTHING MAB did to Jill and Sharon…Bill Bell developed Jill for over 3 decades and MAB destroyed her in less than 3 years- :(( How very very sad. :(([/quote]

    I’ve never really been one to be a fan of the Sharon character, but what MAB has done to the once-great character of Jill Foster Abbott is unforgivable! I hope and pray that the character returns before the end of the year – I miss my Jess Walton and I hope she is having fun playing Grandma to her new grandchild, but she is sorely needed back and front-burner on “Y & R”.

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    Yoryla

    I agree that Josh shouldn’t re-do the scripts MAB made, but he has to finish them somehow. He can’t just leave storylines or characters up in the air and forget about them. He has to tie up the loose ends before sending the characters off. That is one very important part of good writing that they need to remember the past. No matter how horrible some storyline or actions have been, when it’s done, it’s done. There is no point in acting like it hasn’t happened when everyone knows it has.

    So that makes me a little worried that is Josh literally gonna start fresh and one day the characters will suddenly be in totally new orbits without explaining what happened to yesterday’s episode.

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    Jorpa

    I want the dream idea to erase everything back to before John Abbott died. I will forgive everything then. Or just bring John back from the dead. It’s a soap so it can be done.

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    tori87dec

    The Tucker/GenV characters have tons of fans,me being one of them. Stephen Nichols/Genie Francis are fantastic together and apart so don’t hold your breath that there leaving anytime soon.Hoping the new writers finally give them a real romance and they become a powerhouse team to reckon with. Loving their both in the mix of things center stage for once. Y&R are lucky to have such talented actors:)

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    drsky

    Well, although I am a fan of the show, I have stopped watching until mid October. (I think that is when the new stories begin.)This week, when I heard Sharon yell at the Newman Board, “Don’t MESS with me!” I realized how far off track this show has become. We should have fans chanting “Don’t MESS with us.” With the new writer, I hope he can save the character of Sharon. On another note, I also hope he can give Kevin a better storyline… How many times does Kevin need to be in a chipmunk suit, on the run with a mob princess, or ripping off “Weekend at Bernies”? Let this character grow up! And then of course, what about Nina working on her relationship with her long lost son? I thought that was going to be addressed. Ahh well, I’ll tune in on Oct 12 and see what’s new and different. Right now, this show just ain’t worth my time!

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    Savage10

    I wish that all the writing would be undone from John Abbot’s death forward. I hated that Maria Bell killed main characters like Hope, Brad, Liz Foster, Colleen, Ricky Williams, Diane Jenkins, Marge, Sheila. All she seemed to do is think to kill off characters that are connected. Why Maria, Please Josh just write the last 6 years never existed.

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    pumpkin

    I hope they don’t get rid of characters I like. I do like Gen and Tucker, together and not together.

    I like Ronan also. I love NuHeather. I do not want her thrown to Daniel. I like to see Jennifer Landon interact with many. She is versatile and to stick her with one guy so soon is crazy.

    The sorazing of Phyllis’s daughter is actually shocking. I wonder what will be done there.

    It will be interesting to see the changes. I still find that too much Kevin/Michael is boring for me. I want to keep the characters but not every day.

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    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=tori87dec]The Tucker/GenV characters have tons of fans,me being one of them. Stephen Nichols/Genie Francis are fantastic together and apart so don’t hold your breath that there leaving anytime soon.Hoping the new writers finally give them a real romance and they become a powerhouse team to reckon with. Loving their both in the mix of things center stage for once. Y&R are lucky to have such talented actors:)[/quote]

    Holy smokes, you’re even more delusional than I thought, LOL!

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    yojoromo4469

    [quote=Coffee_Junkie][quote=tori87dec]The Tucker/GenV characters have tons of fans,me being one of them. Stephen Nichols/Genie Francis are fantastic together and apart so don’t hold your breath that there leaving anytime soon.Hoping the new writers finally give them a real romance and they become a powerhouse team to reckon with. Loving their both in the mix of things center stage for once. Y&R are lucky to have such talented actors:)[/quote]

    Holy smokes, you’re even more delusional than I thought, LOL![/quote]

    Like U, Coffee Junkie, if they are fantastic, Tucker and Genevive, then I guess I am unaware of the definition of fantastic. I think they both stink as actors and wish to hell they would both go back to whereever they came from.

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