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Former CBS Daytime On-Air Promo Director, Susan Banks, Joins the Writing Team of The Young and the Restless

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There is a new writer in Genoa City with word today from former Executive Producer & Executive in Charge of Production, CBS and former CBS Daytime On-Air Promo Director, Susan Banks.

Banks, who most recently was an executive producer at TV One, is now back with a show that she knows and loves, The Young and the Restless.

In a message via her social media, Susan shared her first script on the number one daytime drama airs tomorrow.

Susan expressed in her announcement:  “I am so excited to announce that my first script for The Young and the Restless airs on Monday, March 1, 2021.  Writing for the show is a thrilling ride that challenges my creative juices every week.   Bill and Lee Bell are icons of the television industry whose love, mentorship and support I have always cherished. It is an honor to be a part of their soap family and the legacy that has continued for almost 48 years. What a delight to return home to work with the amazing cast and characters of one of the greatest, never-ending stories ever told.  The drama, rich with passion, intrigue, mystery and romance has captivated the hearts of many through the years.  I hope you, too, will share the magic and tune in to see my opening credit on my premiere episode. Who knows…you might even get hooked!  Thanks for your loving support…”

The latest addition to the writing staff, Susan was previously at CBS from 1993 to 2003 before exiting for other TV opportunities including her time with TV One in the mid 2000’s.

So, intrigued to know Banks, who has knowledge of the history of Y&R, is on board the scribe team? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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lis
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lis

Congratulations and a long overdue addition to the writing team.

Momo
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Momo

Susan Banks? Isn’t she in prison in Salem having switched places with Kristen? And now she’s writing for Y&R! You go girl!

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

LOL

Alvin Gilchrist
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Alvin Gilchrist

I got a feeling Susan Banks has been hired to eventually replace Josh Griffith as the show’s head writer. I hope so.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Let’s hope so; it’ll be nice to have a FEMALE head writer at this soap again, especially one of colour.

Yvonne Leonard
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Yvonne Leonard

Great that someone will help revive the show. The writing and storytelling is horrible.

joe
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joe

ummm, her writing experience is minimal, at best. Coins for Love, Second Sight, Fear Files, the Flight Night Files? When did she work under Bill Bell? I dont see that on her resume. No joy over this one.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

Hmmm, this is interesting news. Normally I look at the credits at the beginning of the show but I didn’t see that on Monday. I guess time will tell how well she does.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I’m not sure if the response is “Great News!” or “Here we go again.” On the one hand, no one can dispute that Y&R is in lousy shape and desperately needs improved writing. Banks could be exactly what is needed. On the other hand, Y&R has been sub-par for 15 years. During that time, we’ve seen a parade of writers and executive producers, who when their employment was announced where trumpeted as being the saviors the show needed. Instead, the new additions often were worse than their predecessors — bringing poorly written and poorly cast new characters (Cane, Dylan, Lola,… Read more »

Daren Salter
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Daren Salter

I worked with Susan Banks when she was the head of on-air promotion at CBS Daytime. She’s a creative powerhouse with an innate understanding of storyline. As part of the ad agency team that supported CBS Daytime I saw first-hand how it all came together. Susan ran the show.

Jaye Little
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Jaye Little

Darren, you seem to hold Susan in high esteem & I want to be hopeful but it’s been almost a year now since her hiring and I literally see no change in the writing of Y&R. It’s still just a show full of fluff ‘filler’ conversations, little true drama, no suspense, no villains, no major traumatic events, no real life issues, little storyline development. Y&R is a shell of it’s former self. This show needs desperate help and fast!

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Fox Announces Primetime Soap ‘Monarch’ On Fall Schedule

You remember the tawk of the multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music that was supposed to air in January?  Well, eventually due to Covid-19, the plans for its debut got scrapped from a two-night premiere set for Sunday, January 30 as a midseason replacement and kicked back to the fall.

Now, Fox has confirmed that Monarch is indeed on their fall schedule during its annual Upfront presentation on Monday.

The soapy series stars Oscar winner, Susan Sarandon as the Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrall Roman, and her husband Albie Roman played by country singer, Trace Adkins.

In story, Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicky Roman played by Anna Friel, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.

No word yet from Fox on what night of the week Monarch will land on the full fall schedule.  Stay tuned.

So, glad that Monarch will finally makes it debut? Does it interest you … or sound like another Nashville mixed with Dallas retread? Comment below.

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Jensen Ackles Becomes Series Regular on ABC’s ‘Big Sky’

Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles, has signed a reportedly one-year deal to join the cast of ABC’s drama, Big Sky.

Ackles who will guest-star in the season two finale on May 19th has also signed on to continue his role of Beau Arlen, the confident and charming good ol’ boy from Texas who steps in as temporary Sheriff in the murderous town, for the show’s upcoming third season.

The David E. Kelly series stars Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick.  Deadline broke the casting news of Ackles.

As for Ackles, DAYS fan remember him as Eric Brady (1997-2000), and Supernatural fans loved him as Dean Winchester (2005-2020).  The actor/producer has been one busy man with his show the The Winchesters set for series at the CW and another one in development a DC project with Greg Berlanti.

You can check out the promo below for next week’s exciting conclusion to season two of Big Sky featuring the debut of Ackles.

Now, let us know, will you be checking out Jensen on Big Sky for its upcoming third season? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Y&R Alum Michael Graziadei Featured in Netflix’s New Series ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’

One of the most highly-anticipated drama series coming to Netflix drops today on Friday, May 13th, and it features a former cast member of The Young and the Restless. 

Michael Graziadei (Ex-Daniel) is part of the ensemble cast in this show based off the 2011 film starring Matthew McConaughey.

In The Lincoln Lawyer, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo takes on the leading role of defense attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his SUV.

In story, Mickey has been out of practicing law for over a year after a near-fatal surfing accident that left him with an opioid addiction and he has been forced back into practice for a murder trial.  Enter his opposition in the court room is the form of the prosecutor in the case, Jeff Golantz, played by Graziadei,  Neve Campbell, Becki Newton and Christopher Gorham also star.

The stars of the show, including Graziadei, stepped out for the red carpet premiere where Michael shared some pics on his Instagram expressing: “Well this was a fun night…. Incredible time with the talented cast and crew that helped to bring this show to life. The pilot looks amazing and I can’t wait to binge the rest of the season… coming in hot… Friday May 13th”

You can watch the promo for the series below.

Now, let us know, if you will be checking out The Lincoln Lawyer with Michael Graziadei via the comment section and if you miss him on The Young and the Restless.

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