Jill Farren Phelps

Young and Restless Showrunner Jill Farren Phelps: "I'm Not as Tough as People Think I Am"

The Young and the Restless showrunner Jill Farren Phelps is continuing her "I Come in Peace" press tour. Here's what the producer said in the Sept. 24 issue of Soap Opera Digest when asked about her reputation for being a taskmaster:

"I'm not as tough as people think I am. I'm just a hardworking woman who was extremely fortunate to have found this world of daytime fairly young in my life. I had many jobs in daytime before I ever executive-produced, and I have a real appreciation for the hard work everyone does to make a show like this. What we do is very difficult, so I think it's important to have a sense of humor. I think if you ask the people with whom I've worked, they'll tell you that I bring a sense of family to where I go."


BREAKING NEWS: Genie Francis AXED at The Young and The Restless!

The pink slips are a' coming over at The Young and The Restless. CBS Soaps In Depth is reporting Daytime Emmy winner Genie Francis has been given her walking papers. According to the magazine, Francis was let go for "budget reason", but I heard the daytime veteran's tenure on the show wasn't well-received by the brass at CBS and Sony.   READ MORE

Julia Pace Mitchell Bumped to Recurring at Young and Restless

Have Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith started to quietly clean house at The Young and the RestlessCBS Soaps In Depth is reporting Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia) has been placed on recurring. It seems as though Mitchell's change in status was first revealed during the sudser's credits. Mitchell confirmed the details to the magazine stating:

I'm so happy to be here. Every time I come to work, I'm excited to see Jeanne [Cooper, Katherine] and Stephen [Nichols, Tucker] work. This show has changed my whole life. It's really cool. These are some of the hardest working actors in show business. READ MORE

Jill Farren Phelps on Her and Josh Griffith's Young and Restless Goals: "We Have Fabulous Stories to Tell"

CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless is gearing up to debut new material produced by Jill Farren Phelps and written by Josh Griffith this October. While JFP and Griffith haven't given away many actual storyline details for daytime's top soap just yet, they have begun making the press rounds.

In the Sept. 10-24 issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, Phelps responded to questions about if she and Griffith plan to wrap up any of the previous regime's many dangling plot threads. Said Phelps:

"We're not going back at all. We don't want to jerk the audience out of a comfort zone that they have with their Y&R. That being said, we have fabulous stories to tell."

Jill Farren Phelps on New Gig: "We Just Want Y&R to Be More Alluring and Compelling"

You gotta hand it to TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan. When he goes there, he goes there! In her first interview since taking over The Young and the Restless from Maria Arena Bell, Jill Farren Phelps fields some of the toughest questions of her career from Logan. The pair talks FOJ's, JFP and Josh Griffith's plans for Genoa City and about who really killed my beloved Mary Frances Ordway Winthrop (aka Frankie Frame) from Another World! Keep reading for excerpts. READ MORE

RUMOR REPORT: Is Christel Khalil OUT at The Young and the Restless?

Those casting calls Soap Opera Digest first published detailing The Young and the Restless looking to fill two seemingly "new" African-American, 20-something roles caused quit the poop storm. Not only did fans and soap journos start to wonder if the calls were meant to replace actors currently on the Y&R canvas—namely Christel Khalil and Bryton James—but a casting associate from CBS was attached on a strongly-worded email sent to Daytime Confidential about posting the news!

Uh, hello. We LINKED the information — which was published by the leading print magazine covering daytime soaps! CBS minions, you might wanna do your homework before you start threatening one of the most popular and influential blogs covering this genre with frivolous lawsuits — especially for publishing CASTING CALLS clearly linked to another publication! What's next, you gonna sue Backstage? And here we've been being so positive about this new regime...

 Since when does CBS and/or their casting peeps get so ticked about routine casting calls? Maybe the calls really weren't so routine after all?