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Former Y&R Showrunner Maria Arena Bell Staging A Comeback!

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While The Young and the Restless continues without Maria Arena Bell, who was let-go by the show in favor of Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith as the CBS soaps executive producer and head writer, she is staging somewhat of a comeback with a new production company and shopping some projects around to hopefully get off the ground in the very near future, according to a piece on Bell in the fashion and style section of the New York Times!

Here is an excerpt from the N.Y. Times piece on Bell, who has a screenplay she hopes to sell:  “She named her fledgling production company Vitameatavegamin, after the I Love Lucy health tonic. That screenplay, a time-travel comedy with a Disneyland element, has been written, and a marquee comedian is “circling” it, as they call tentative interest in Hollywood.  She is talking to the cable network OWN about a show. And Ms. Bell has all kinds of ideas about online and mobile programming, like a Web soap about a woman trying to keep an old-line soap afloat.”

Bell told the N.Y. Times: “I’m out on the pitch brigade. 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? As everyone knows — especially the viewers, who are moving on — network shows have become more cautious and watered down.  I miss the show (Y&R)  enormously, but almost a year after leaving I am really so incredibly happy.”

The N.Y. Times piece also related what Y&R mainstay Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) said about Maria’s departure from Y&R a year ago, “I was very sad to see her go. Maria understood what makes the show tick.”

So what do you think about Maria’s projects?  Especially, the one for the web about a woman trying to keep an old-line soap afloat? Intriguing?  Or, not interested?  Do you now miss Maria at the helm of Y&R, or prefer Josh and Jill’s Y&R?  Comment below!

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I am a strong believer in freedom of speech and creativity. Network TV is censored. However; Books, Music, Movies,Games, cable, internet programing etc are free from censoring. When writers have the freedom to express and create their visions then we get great media.. It is the baby boomers who mainly watch Network TV. Most younger, the now gen people, are use to upper cable, and internet programing of uncensored viewing. I see in the future network tv going pay/cable for their survival. The Boomers are the ones keeping network tv alive and grew up with their media being censored, but… Read more »

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I hope it goes well for her!!
She just wasn’t good with Y&R eventhough she kind of knows the history of it but her writing and showrunner sucks as HELL…………….

Carly
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Carly

I miss MAB’s writing and characters at Y&fR. Best of luck to her!

Joshua
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Joshua

Same here. Granted, she could be awful at times … she wasn’t 1/10 as horrific as the Jill Farren Phelps/Josh Griffin team. And it’s only going to get much worse in the next couple of years.

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Mary SF

I wasn’t a fan of her work on Y&R, but I wish her well in her new endeavors.

L Simmons
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L Simmons

It was time for Ms. Bell to go. She went. And now we are seeing brighter sets and more current type writing and often on the edge of our seats. My Grandma would not be happy but at 53, it was a great move.

SZima
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SZima

It may have been time for MAB to go, but what we have now is a well-documented show wrecker. JFP will have this show near cancellation before she’s kicked off.

kevin
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kevin

GET BACK TO Y&R NOW Before Jill Farren Phelps Puts It Into It’s Grave!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Season Four Premiere Date Announced

Finally, CW’s Dynasty will be back with its highly-anticipated fourth season as the drama of the Carringtons and company continues in this reboot of the original ABC version of the 80’s.

Announced today, Dynasty will return on Friday May 7th in the 9pm slot.  Its lead in will be Charmed.

You can check out the social media reveal of the premiere date for the new season with a little comment from series star, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon).

So, glad to know more Dynasty will be on the way? Comment below.

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Rome Flynn Joins Netflix Series ‘Dear White People’ for its Fourth and Final Season

Daytime Emmy-winner and former How to Get Away with Murder star, Rome Flynn, will be part of the fourth and final season of Netflix’s Dear White People.

Flynn who played Zende on The Bold and the Beautiful and Gabriel Maddox on HTGWM will now recur in the role of David, opposite Antoinette Robertson.

Dear White People is set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. The satirical series — which picks up where the 2014 Sundance hit left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age.

Rome joins a cast that includes: Marques Richardson, Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori and Ashley Blaine Featherson.

Deadline broke the casting news.   No word yet on a season premiere date.

Following the reveal of his new gig, Flynn tweeted: “Being apart of this final season of @DearWhitePeople is crazy. This is one of my favorite shows. again. I’m honored. @netflix #DWP”

So, will you be checking out Rome on Dear White People? Comment below.

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‘This Is Us’ Star Mandy Moore Welcomes Baby Boy

Actress and singer, Mandy Moore is a mom!  The This is Us star, where she plays Rebecca, welcomed her first child along with her husband Taylor Goldsmith.

On Tuesday, Moore took to her Instagram account to make the new bundle of joy announcement and that she had a boy named Gus.

Mandy expressed: “Gus is here. Our sweet boy, August Harrison Goldsmith. He was punctual and arrived right on his due date, much to the delight of his parents. We were prepared to fall in love in all sorts of brand new ways, but it goes beyond anything we could have ever imagined.  M + T”

Moore’s husband is the lead singer of the folk-rock band, Dawes.

Share your congrats and well-wishes to Mandy, Taylor and the newest addition to their family, Gus, via the comment section.

 

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