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Maria Arena Bell in The Return of The Socialite Showrunner

She's b-a-a-a-c-k! Okay, don't panic. Maria Arena Bell hasn't returned to helm The Young and the Restless — though if it continues in the shape it's in for much longer, I might be inclined to think that wouldn't be such a terrible idea. She is mounting a comeback of sorts and managed to get ink in The New York Times  on her efforts.


Apparently the Socialite Showrunner has been busy starting her own production company, writing screenplays and pitching OWN since CBS and Sony staged a coup worthy of a Shakespearian drama to oust her from daytime's No. 1 soap. Here's an excerpt:

“I’m out on the pitch brigade,” she said. “I truly feel that there has never been a better time for a creative person to dive in and try and figure out these new platforms. How do you make a great show that’s a great cable-online hybrid? How do you successfully make a serial for a mobile platform?” 

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Ya know what? Good for La Bell! I was only joking above about thinking she should ever return to Y&R—she shouldn't—but just because a person blows in one aspect of the entertainment business, doesn't mean they suck overall.

Look at Sofia Coppola. She was hideously-bad as an actress in The Godfather III, but turned out to be one of the most promising filmmakers of her generation. Would you watch MAB's next project, if it makes it to a TV, tablet or smartphone near you? Sound off in the comments!