Josh Griffith

BREAKING NEWS: Former Y&R Exec Josh Griffith Lands Trial Writing Deal With General Hospital!

Ah nothing like the taste of old blood! General Hospital has added a new scribe to its stable of writers. Word is veteran producer/scribe Josh Griffith, who co-created the late Aaron Spelling's short-lived NBC guilty pleasure soap Sunset Beach with current GH head writer Bob Guza, has been offered a trial script writing deal with the ABC sudser. When we last heard from Griffith, who also wrote for One Life to Live, As The World Turns and my beloved Santa Barbara, he was being bounced from his executive producer gig at The Young and the Restless for allegedly tangling with Auntie Ri Ri (aka Maria Arena Bell). Josh is alright and all I guess, but when is someone gonna hire Sri Rao?

Y&R: Bell Back at the Helm

The Young and the Restless Head Writer Maria Arena Bell can add another title to her resume. The scribe has been promoted to the role of Co-Executive Producer at CBS's number one daytime drama. This means that a member of the Bell family is once again at the head of The Young and the Restless.

Dual roles is familiar territory for Y&R. Bell's predecessor, Lynn Marie Latham, wielded two hats while working on the sudsers before being given the axe. News of Bell's promotion comes on the heels of former Y&R Executive Producer Josh Griffith being replaced by consultant Paul Rauch.

Did Josh Griffith say to Y&R: "You Can't Fire Me I Quit"??

While Soap Opera Digest Online is reporting that Josh Griffith wasn't fired from The Young and the Restless, inside sources are saying the executive is still indeed on his way out.

"Josh quit," says a source. "He decided not to renew his contract."

Griffith, who was allegedly re-writing Maria Arena Bell's scripts, reportedly stopped after being warned by the CBS sudser, however the damage to his working relationship with Bell was already done.

"It was too little, too late," says the source.  Keep checking back to Daytime Confidential  as the story evolves.

Josh Griffith Still at "Y&R"

SoapOperaDigest is reporting that Josh Griffith is still at The Young and the Restless.

Griffith, who has been Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless since January, status at the No. 1 rated soap came into question over the weekend.

Thanks to Gush900 for the heads up!

Unhealthy Dialogue

Sarah Bibel has written an excellent piece called Unhealthy Dialogue about the recent firings of Ed Scott and Josh Griffith and how it cut close to home for her since she worked for both Scott and Griffith in the past. She also points out how only in daytime writers are considered interchangeable and expendable. Here is an excerpt.

"It seems like the writers’ strike ushered in a new era of nastiness in daytime. While the rest of the entertainment industry shut down, daytime, as it has during every other strike, kept going...Daytime writers were the only writers forced to choose between their union and their job, the only ones with anything to gain by leaving the union. If a couple of primetime writers went financial core, NBC wouldn’t have handed them Heroes. It’s only in daytime that writers are considered to be interchangeable and expendable."

Unhealthy Dialogue.