Will Shelly Altman Assume Head Writer Duties at The Young and the Restless?






Will Sony promote from within the current The Young and the Restless writing staff, to replace allegedly exiting scribe Josh Griffith? According to CBS Soaps in Depth, current staffer Shelly Altman is set to be named head writer.

Have these people never heard the names Kay Alden and Sally Sussman Morina? They only happen to be the late Bill Bell's true heiresses apparent!

Altman was associate head writer for Another World, during it's final four seasons on the air. She then went to One Life to Live for over a decade, before heading first to General Hospital and lastly Y&RSID is speculating Jean Passanante, currently at General Hospital, or Y&R's Tracy Thomson could be named Altman's co-head.


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That's what I was afraid of. Josh Griffith was only part of the problem this show has. Jill Farren Phelps showed the last 12 months that she has learned NOTHING from her previous mistakes.

Yeah, the stories Griffith told were lame or just stupid. But I also think it has a lot to do with what Phelps wants. Burton's Dylan doesn't have to be a favorite in the writer's room as I'm sure it's Phelps' doing to have him be such a central character on the show while the vets are taking a back sit.

If now Altman takes over, nothing is going to change. It only gets worse. She will write more after that what Phelps wants and that's normally not what the fans want.
Griffith leaving before he gets fired should send an alarm to CBS and Sony. It should show that this new regime DID NOT work. It should let them come together and make a decision good for the show. And that would getting in contact with people like Ed Scott, Kay Alden, Jack Smith and/or Sally Sussman Morina.

Y&R doesn't only have a head writer problem. It needs a new showrunner even more. And somewhere I hope that Angelica McDaniel turns out to be as smart as she appears and gets involved in this mess. You want this show to be a success? Then don't look at the ratings who are up because people wanted to see how Michelle Stafford leaves the show or what happens to Katherine, look at the overall quality!

Phelps has done such dirty work on GH for a decade. Kill off favorites and use their send off as a ratings booster. And then not much of GH was left.
SHE ALMOST GOT GH CANCELED! WAKE UP STEVE KENT! LISTEN ANGELICA MCDANIEL!

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As a GH viewer also, I know the disaster JFP can cause (though, I can't totally blame her, the writer Bob Guza was awful). But, older vets were pushed in the background or killed off in favorite of just a few major characters day in and day out. I am seeing the same pattern on Y &R. The show is Boring right now. Making Sharon obsessed with Nick yet AGAIN, please, who wants to see that? The teen set is dull, only bad boy Adam adds some excitement to the show right now. They pushed Victor, Nicki, Jill, the vets, in the background and who cares about any of those new characters? Steve Burton took over GH the last few years. I like him, but, this Mr.Perfect Dylan is nothing but a big BORE and again JFP is playing favorites. Y &R needs to get it's act together. Thank goodness their rating are good so they have the chance to make much needed improvements.

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This is the chick who was JFP's lackey over at ABC.

Get ready for The Dylan Show!

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I would like to see Kay Alden and Sally Susman be the new co-head writers of Y&R. I would also like to see Wendy Riche as the new executive producer of Y&R. That would be the best fit to get Y&R back on its feet again! IMO

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Angelica Mcdaniel is on twitter and is very active. Everyone needs to tweet her ASAP! Be respectful, but make your voices heard! That's the quickest way these days! I've already done it.

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OMG. Please NOT Jean Passanante!!!! She's the WORST writer in Daytime. She was the HW of As The World Turns and drove that once iconic soap INTO THE GROUND!!!! Remember those HORRIBLE twins Zack and Zoe? Enough said! This is a woman that comes up with STUPID ideas, throws them on the wall like spaghetti, and HOPES to God it sticks! IT NEVER DID ON ATWT. I shudder to think what Jean and JFP--the WORST EP in the history of soaps-- would do together on Y&R.

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More importantly than tweeting Angelica, Steve Kent is the guy who does the hiring. He brought Jill and Josh on. His twitter handle is @SteveKentSony Let him know we not only would like Jill gone but to see Alden, Morina, or Smith (or all three) reinstated. Time is of the essence as I'm sure they will be making a decision soon and I don't trust Kent to make the best one.

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Puke, gag...another GH HACK coming aboard! enough already!...this is so sad, just pathetically sad on so many levels...ugh! What is so scary?...about being Bill's proteges in charge again for the show? For the good of show and it's longevity...with writers & producing the show?. I don't understand why Sony & Ang-McD are so hell bent on this "change" for YR? I guess the 7 years of trying to "update" YR is successful...NOT...why tamper when they had winning formula?

The Bells mistake when they did have control those l-o-n-g 5 yrs going w\family...MAB & cronies. Bell's mistake was instead of rehiring back Kay, Jack, & Ed after LML but MAB was embarrassment to the family in the long run. We wouldn't be here fretting over this mess because YR would be just fine... Sad Angry

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Phelps and Latham are two of a kind in my book. With no one tied to the Bells or with any knowledge of the history of the show, soon the characters will be unrecognizable with this Altman chick and the Boyd meister from HH. Yuck. Not looking good.

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I am looking forward to Altman writing the future of Dylan Abbott, the son of Nikki and Jack.

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Laughing out loud

That is all!

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Hey mon is kidding...right?

Shock

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No, Im not kidding.

Dylan is here to stay, so why not make him a Reed and an Abbott, maybe even sister Casey can come back for a visit for Nikki. The whole last 3 decades have been a lie for Nikki and Victor -- yes, that is plausible, knowing Victor Newman. It is plausible that Victor would have switched babies at birth, and will finally put Victor and Nikki on the front burner, where they belong. And yes, if they have to ret-con Dylan into the mix to do it -- then so be it.

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hey mon wrote:
I am looking forward to Altman writing the future of Dylan Abbott, the son of Nikki and Jack.

hey mon, you really think this is good? Or was it one to many Vodka drinks talking? This is going to be deplorable Angry

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I think hey mon has gone so far into the horridness of this all, that he's come back up from the flipside. You know, like when a bad joke is *so* bad it's almost starting to become funny.

Yes, I just compared Y&R to a bad joke.

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I'm trying to understand hey mon's argument, but I don't. When a character is popular with a show's audience, it makes sense to anchor him/her by creating a link with a core family. That's not the case with Dylan, just as it is/was not the case with Days' Dr. Daniel Jonas.

Despite Days' top notch storytelling, their ratings aren't climbing and I attribute that to their continued focus on Daniel. So far Y&R's ratings have held up, despite being what many consider a shell of its former self. If they continue pushing the newbie agenda and go too far, that will probably change.

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SoapA...I agree.

Look at the Tyler character. He had soooo much potential, but was also kinda brought in with too much airtime, and then written to be kinda gross at first. They really backed off with his airtime, so he doesn't irritate me tooooo much.

Burton on the other hand...we've never had a let up on his screen time.

If the new writer is Altman, I have no confidence in what she'll do since she's been with the show less time than Phelps, and knows little about the history of the show from writing it.

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SoapA...I too so agreed...this is utterly asinine. Why Altman as HW b\c she will push Phelps agenda even more down the road? Tired

YR is smelling like old fashion outhouse...YR is stinking up the TV screen...I hope we don't have another screaming & hollering Victor about Summer & Billy...stifle it please! I don't want to see another round of Victor as MAB wrote him, the balance is right. Don't get me wrong I do want him to be TGVN when needed. The Jack\Victor feud is legendary with the right story...talk about all kinds of wrong in story...Josh mutilated this story, by far his worse. Summer should had been an Abbott, it had the making of all kinds of drama. If Jack wanted Nick to pay, and take him court for deception & fraud, that would had kicked both families rekindle the feud and created more drama in story. Summer being conflicted and pulled, Hunter King could had mountains of story to play. Why is everyone in Nick's orbit thinking it OK in what Nick did to the Abbott family? Took about a week. Because they understand?...OH PLEASE...Phyllis (recast please) needed to be the one in front of line to exact some revenge on Nick's ass. Sharon is gutted now in this story, (more ghosts than DS Shock ) and is hard to redeem the character after you had Sharon on the right track ...why not do a wicked triangle between Avery\Sharon\Nick...more plausible than what we are getting and let Faith the terror tot from hell...I like the character of Hillary now mixing up with Mason even better. Abby\Tyler gag, no Alex, Paul lives at the station with a Emmy winner languishing...FIRE PHELPS now Sony, please! Evil

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Harlee...

Glad you are back posting.

Cool

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tell it harlee!