Sony Confirms Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante as Head Writers of The Young and the Restless

It's official. Sony TV has confirmed Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante as head writers of The Young and the Restless. Veep Steve Kent made the announcement Thursday in a press release.

“Shelly has been an important part of the Y&R writing team since joining the show last year and Jean brings with her a wealth of daytime writing experience. We are excited to have these two talented daytime veterans leading our writing team at Y&R,” said Kent.  “We are also thrilled to have Tracey take on a new role and we look forward to her creative input to the show.”

In other news, former General Hospital and All My Children writer Tracey Thomson, who has been with Y&R since 2012, has been named co-head writer of daytime's top soap.


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  1. Profile photo of lightbringer

    Sony can really hold a grudge: three former ABC Soap writers with no long term experience with this show given the helm while Janice Ferri Esser who has been with the show off and on since 1989, was passed over.

    Sonny Corinthos has nothing on these cats…

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    Just sad.

    Tracey and Shelly have like a year with the show and don’t get me started on Jean and her writing gifts. I give you the slop that passed as story for the last few years ATWT was on as Exhibit A.

  3. Profile photo of kristinw

    Jean Passanante is not a new comer to soaps. She has been around a long time on many long gone soaps. That may not say a lot for her talents but no one can dispute her experience in this business.

  4. Profile photo of stoney07

    We keep hoping and praying for better…and I like I said with MAB, and JG…it’s only gonna get worse.

    IDK what has to happen before we realize that. Maybe we’ll get the point once we talk about how awful these new writers are, and we get Goutman and McTavish to finish off the show.


  5. Profile photo of Nk3play2

    I’m completely terrified of Shelly Altman because of her short stint on GH when she partnered with Garin Wolf.

    I haven’t heard anything great about Passanante either, so I’m equally terrified. SHIT, go find Cynthia Cidre and let her recommend someone. Hell, at this point, I’d take Tyler Perry because I don’t trust these bastards at CBS/Sony LoL I’m pretty sure he knows the history, because he grew up watching this show.

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    RealityCheck 33

    Passanante destroyed ATWT. The show went to shit and eventually was cancelled by CBS. Why would anyone put her in-charge? Sony has wrecked this show. It’s no longer Bill Bell’s Y&R. Way to go Sony & CBS!

    The show is evolving into ABC dreck.

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    I tuned into ATWT for the Luke storyline after Passions was canceled and stayed til the bitter Luke/Reid end. JP’s writing was some of the worst I’d ever seen in my 40 plus years as a soap fan. God help Y&R!

  8. Profile photo of Smitty

    deep sigh….lather, rinse, and repeat…..

    Hire the same hacks and expect different results….shame on daytime for continuing to bounce writers from show to show. It’s worked so well in the past.

  9. Profile photo of pferrando

    He’s gotta be on crack. Anyone with any knowledge of YR knows none of this makes sense.

    How can the writing just be handed over to these people?

    What’s really going on behind the scenes? Anyone know?

  10. Profile photo of bobbyew

    I don’t know about any of them. I’ll just have to give them a chance and see. They may screw it up or they may make it awesome. Time will tell. What company does the veep work for? If he works for CBS, where is Angelica in this how come she didn’t deliver the message?

  11. Profile photo of bobbyew

    Y&R was soooo good today!! Little Faith, Sharon playing cuckoo to a T, Dildo holding up the wedding. Nikki’s dress, Awesome! Adam and Chelsea at the GCAC, great performance. The set usage, the HOT male extra standing behind Nick in the park. The shots were great most of all the writing. If we are gonna have dildo shoved down our throats this is the way to do it. It was good. The young Newman’s being brother and sister at Sharon’s and finding the pills. LOL!

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    hey mon

    Seems very weird and disjointed. Seems strange that Dylan went to Avery. Not sure how he can leave town, he owns a coffee shop in GC.

    Hopefully, Summer and Noah wont start making out soon.

  13. Profile photo of Dyllan

    Jean will forever be known for sticking Barbara in a closet with a clown. It is almost equivalent to Kevin seeing chipmunks. It is a hard sell to say Jean didn’t ruin ATWT.

  14. Profile photo of harlee490

    You might think she did Dyllan but I don’t agree because I had enjoy many of stories on ATWT and that is SOOOO Chris Goutman’s work as the brain chip story of TP, so what do you do write what the EP wants or get fired, but I do agree being the equivalent to Kevin.

  15. Profile photo of harlee490

    It’s just mind boggling about these GH writers…seriously does any one of the writers think they could match Bill’s talent with HIS SHOW?

    To be blunt I have to disagree about Jean and destroying ATWT, her & Hogan from ’00 to ’05 I enjoyed tremendously in that period and I did enjoy some of her own after Hogan left, nobody will believe it but she did help ground ATWT but she also had Chris doing all this crazy stuff and telling to her to write…

    I trust Jean 10x more so than MAB, JG, or LML…but the hacks from GH needs to be fired like last October.

    ITA with Restless about Steve Kent as the new Frons…almost worse but not completely there as of now.

  16. Profile photo of pferrando

    My concern is how Kent is trying to sell these two current YR writers, who have yet to be on the show for a year as an “important part” of the past writing team, and he cites Jean’s previous writing experience as well.

    That’s it?

    What do they know about these characters? What do they know about Bell’s style and vision?

    I just saw Jean tweeted something about GH this past weekend. Shouldn’t she be focusing on her new CBS gig instead of what’s happening at her old show? That not very encouraging to me.

    #Nofaith Jean.

  17. Profile photo of harlee490

    Pferrando, I have more faith in Jean then Shelly simply because she worked years at CBS and at least knows CBS’s style of soaps…it’s a wait to see or I as others will turn it off for good.

  18. Profile photo of pferrando

    I probably won’t turn it off unless it’s cancelled, or gets inhabited by Tyler and a new crop of newbies.

    I did have to turn of GL once the hand held cameras were in place, and the makeup, wardrobe and hair looked self done on GL.

    But a habit is a habit.

    Thank God I don’t smoke.

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