REPORT: Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman to Co-Head Write The Young and the Restless



It appears Soaps In Depth's speculation that current General Hospital breakdown writer Jean Passanante will co-head write The Young and the Restless with Shelly Altman has proven true. Sources confirm to Daytime Confidential the pair has inked a deal to run the writers' room at daytime's No. 1 soap. As previously reported, Josh Griffith is leaving the serial.


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Unless those two women cut themselves off from the world, locking themselves in a room, and really study pre-LML Y&R episodes for a few weeks at least, this is NOT a good thing.

Passanante helped to bury ATWT by creating an Italian mob family with actors from other soaps and the other one is a JFP flunky. Sweet Jesus!

(I will admit to liking Passanante's OLTL much more than I did Ron Carlivati's, so there's some hope.)

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I am not familiar with Passanante but I remember Altman's name on many episodes I really liked at OLTL. Her and another director Mitchwell(sp) always stood out to me on some of my fave episodes at OLTL. Time will tell if this is a good move because YR just did this last year and constantly changing writers isnt good for a show's stability.

I am just going to keep my fingers crossed for my Sharon & Adam and hope for the best for YR

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I'm disgusted with both Steve Kent at Sony and Angelica McDaniel at CBS. Both lack real clue about what makes good soaps. They went straight to the bottom of the barrel for their inspiration.

I hate to say this but Y&R should have been canceled after Bill Bell died. Clearly idiots everywhere were waiting with their pants down to shit all over it...again and again and again. Dumb people!!

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^^This^^ ITA.

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Unless I am misremembering, but wasn't Jean Passanante sh*tty? This doesn't sound good.

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There is no way this is good news.

To get yet MORE former GH'ers on YR will not bode well for the show. I don't want any similarities brought to my show from either GH or OLTL.

You can't keep turning the show over to people who don't want to or care to honor it's history and signature style.

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Double post

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Well...there goes my hope that SBu and MCE will get the boot.

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I have never heard of these people. But I suspect they are being brought on to finish Y&R off once and for all. Sony thought Josh Griffith wasn't doing it fast enough.

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This is HORRIBLE NEWS. This woman ruined and buried As The World Turns. It became an unwatchable mess that never had any flow and was disjointed as hell to follow. As it got further and further away from its core families and into a mob-based storyline, it became "As The Mobsters Wipe Out Oakdale" It's viewership and ratings plummeted, which finally lead to its cancellation. They did a lot of stunt casting with actors from ABC soaps, like GH and OLTL. What are the idiots at Sony and CBS thinking? So long Y&R.

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RIP Y&R

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i think it's time to cancel Y&R.

it had a nice run but the show is not the quality it once was.

R.I.P.

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ok, burning questions!!

Things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Is the fact that Nikki may/may not have a secret son be the reason she had turned into a lush?

What IF the son is not dildo, but someone else we know?

It would be a shame to find out the Nick is NOT actually a Newman, but was switched at birth and Nikki was aware of it and knew who was behind it?

Perhaps Nikki's secret child is none other than co co crazee Sharon Collins?

I think Melanie may end up dead.

Any thoughts? We are about to find out the identity of this "child"....

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It has been one fight after another ever since LML took control of this show after Ed Scott left in 2007 and it looks like we just have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight to save this show's legacy.

How many more washed up losers can Sony find before they have to bring back the old regime...never forget it is always darkest before the dawn.

what do you think Kay? www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyjAvK1Owsk

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OMG! This is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! First, Sony and CBS hires the soap destroyer extraordinaire, Jill Farren Phelps, and NOW Jean Passanante!!!!!!!!!!! THE WORST writer in DAYTIME!!!!!!!! They must be on orders from Les Moonves to get Y&R cancelled as soon as possible to make more room for his wife's show--The Talk. Passanante--along with that idiot, no talent Chris Goutman--DESTROYED a once great soap in As The World Turns. Passanante's method of writing is throwing dumb ideas on a wall like spaghetti and hoping upon hope that it sticks but it NEVER does!!!! Want proof--besides the fact that ATWT is long cancelled--I'll give it to you in two words: Zac and Zoe. Enough said.

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LOL lightbringer...that clip is PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dear God in Heaven!! I remember that horrible Passanate destroying ATWT!!! This is awful, awful news!! RIP my beloved soap...

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I'm not familiar with either person because I didn't really etch ATwt or OLTL when they were there.

I'm holding out hope because I am wishing that the powers that be ... Sony and CBS and the bells... Look at what they have and the opportunity that could be squandered. There is a small hope that they have and that this will be a good pairing.

I had hope for josh but he was too safe with his writing and forgot that BUZZ for soaps are great climaxes to stories and not just good dialogue. Fingers crossed with this new pair.

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The thing is in my opinion Jean Passanante is a good breakdown writer. But as a head writer she just doesn't work. I'm sorry. I can only tell you to write her on Twitter, let her see what Y&R fans want. Maybe she'll listen. At the moment it seems to be the only chance fans get.

And as for Shelly Altman. I don't know. I thought she did a decent job at GH. But if it's enough to make Y&R watchable again with Phelps as the EP!? Doubtful.

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Jill's contract must be tighter than we think with Sony. I only come on to this blog and occasionally michael Freeman's site for soap chatter so I am not sure if we are the only ones who dislike the state of Y&R (overall of course because there are some good things) or if fans are everywhere are disgruntled.

Sony CBS and the Bells should be listening, no?

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deep sigh....LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT! The daytime community just doesn't learn....smdh

Kay Alden is no longer at Bold and Beautiful...she should have been asked FIRST!...MAKES NO SENSE.

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Smitty Kay Alden done at B&B?

Cancel Christmas it a wrap for Y&R...There are other writers at this show that could of been at the helm, but no and these two will continue to give us crap!

I think it a daytime writers dream to work on this show, but don't understand this shows history. So Jean/Shelly/Jill all together in one big passion pit of coonery & buffoonery -

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Jean Passanante?

Y&R is over.

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GH lovers? Mob stories? Hey, at least maybe they'll being back Tristan Rogers/Colin to Y&R. Sorry. But he was the one transplant from another soap that I LOVED.

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Coffee_Junkie, TR and his character was awesome, and his pairing with Jill was must-watch. That would be cool if he came back.

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I LOVE it TraceyAbbot101! It's very likely that Nick isn't Victor's at all! I hope he is Jacks son!
Wouldn't that just boil Nikki's britches if Sharabed was her daughter?
I can't wait to see it played out.
To those who are complaining about who's taking over writing....

Give it a chance!

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What the !@#$ Jean Passanante is a horrible writer, just beyond awful! She is another soap destroyer IMO. Y&R is officially TOAST!

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See, I told you that you would all be crying, "Maria, Maria, come back to us, Maria. We should have listened to Juan, come back to us Maria!"

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So Altman is already writing for YR. She was brought on by Phelps last year. This is a promotion for her to co with this other GH writer.

You can tell that Phelps is the type of control freak that needs to surround herself with people that do EXACTLY as she says. Josh, and this is my opinion, probably clashed with her all the time about stories that should be told with vet characters that I feel he understood, versus the direction she wanted to go.

Any GOOD leader knows you hire the people that are the best for the job...even those that might be able to do your job better. She's too threatened to do that. So she's actually very weak.

I didn't want her to replace MAB, and now this really shows that YR could be in serious trouble. TWO GH writers penning the show. I can't even begin to think what we might see.

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Sorry still don't want Maria back. She was worse smh...