Send in the clowns, people. Jean Passanante confirmed she has exited CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless, leaving the soap with one less person capable of defending it from Chuck Pratt's trademark brand of lunacy.
Passanante, who served as Y&R's co-head writer with Shelly Altman prior to Pratt being named co-executive producer and head writer, made her announcement on Twitter.
I admit I was bored by a lot of Passanante and Altman's material at Y&R and believed they needed a co-head with knowledge of the show's history i.e. Kay Alden or Sally Sussman Morina. However, if I had only known who they would replace these women with, I'd have kept my mouth shut.
The Young and the Restless is a creative disaster under Pratt. I deleted Tuesday's air show (something I never once did even under MAB) after less than 15 minutes of watching Phyllis (Gina Tognoni)—herself once the victim of a doppelganger—wonder why "Jack" (Peter Bergman) doesn't remember how bad it was to buried in rubble at Nick's (Joshua Morrow) dive bar.
Just when Fake Jack was about to give himself away, Victor (Eric Braeden) popped up from a puff of smoke to coach him over Red's head. Meanwhile, the real Jack was preparing to shank a soap opera icon, while tied to a bed. I bet Cady McClain wishes for the nuance and dignity of poisoned pancakes right about now.
I tried to simply "get on board" and laugh at Pratt's shenanigans, but we don't have time for that. I don't want Melody Thomas Scott to have to write about how he killed her soap in a memoir, the way Susan Lucci did in hers.
This man, this hack, needs to go. And if Jill Farren Phelps balks at that, well then dammit she needs to go too. These people are ridiculous.
Is this really the kind of writing this medium awards with an E.P. credit? We could have had Sally Sussman Morina, a Bill Bell protege, running that writing room, instead we get to watch Pratt turn Genoa City into Acme Acres.