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

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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.”

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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 the younger grew up with cable, internet, video games, music all uncensored.
And censoring of daytime soaps is a killer for new viewers..
The soaps need new viewers and them being daytime and censored, they will never get new viewers, the younger viewers, the count of viewers usually stay in the same numbers, no surge of new viewers.
PP had the chance to actually save the soaps being uncensored on the internet to bring in new viewers and the Boomers complained over the change and killed it and kept the soaps 1980’s era . They will not flourish if they do not evolve.
I think Bell realizes that and I wish her the best!!

Derrick
Derrick

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
Carly

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

Joshua
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.

Mary SF
Mary SF

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

L Simmons
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
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
kevin

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

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The Kelly Clarkson Show Renewed For Second Season

NBCUniversal has decided to given an early season 2 renewal to The Kelly Clarkson Show, which has been providing strong numbers in syndication, according to Deadline on Monday.

Clarkson, a Grammy Award-Winner and coach on NBC’s singing competition The Voice has a talker that now will take it through the 2020-21 season.

Kelly’s afternoon show ranks as the No.1 new syndicated program.  It made its debut back in September and had the strongest start to any new first-run syndicated series in seven years with an average of 1.9 million viewers per episode.

In addition, The Kelly Clarkson Show is performing in the fourth position among all syndicated daytime talk shows, and the show’s social platforms have gained more than 1.5 million subscribers since September.

In a statement, Tracie Wilson, EVP, Creative Affairs, NBCUniversal Television Distribution said on the pick-up: “The Kelly Clarkson Show is connecting with viewers in a unique way and we are so happy to build on that momentum, bringing Kelly’s brand of humor, heart, and, of course, the incredible ‘Kellyoke,’ to stations for a second season.  It is a privilege to be in business with Kelly and our production team, led by Alex Duda, who have a clear creative vision and a talent for storytelling and creating quality entertainment that invites you in for a good time and leaves you feeling happy.”

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Tamara Braun Says Farewell To GH: “Thank You To All You Wonderful People for Your Love and Support”

Today marks the day for the final appearance of General Hospital’s Tamara Braun in the role of Dr. Kim Nero, according to a post on her Instagram account from the actress herself.

Braun posted: “Want to see Kim Nero one last time? Tune in today to say goodbye. Thank you to all you wonderful people for your love and support. #GH #goodbye #love #support #fans #gratitude #smile #bekind”

Tamara’s latest GH alter-ego (she had previously played Carly Corinthos) of Kim Nero, found herself pining after Franco (Roger Howarth) who now has her beloved Drew Cain’s memories transplanted into his brain, thanks to the horrifying procedure done by the late Shiloh and Dr. Cabot.  Kim has also been grieving for months the loss of her son, Oscar.

Watch to see how Kim exits Port Charles on the ABC daytime drama series.

Share your thoughts on Tamara leaving General Hospital via the comment section below.

 

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Former GH and DAYS Star Tyler Christopher Update: Judge Rejects Plea From Police To Put Actor In Treatment Program

Daytime Emmy winner, Tyler Christopher (ex-Stefan, DAYS; ex-Nikolas, GH), who was arrested back on November 11th for public intoxication, pled guilty to two counts of misdemeanor public intoxication, according to a report from TMZ.

The report also notes that the judge in the case rejected the plea of a police officer who begged the court to put Tyler into an alcoholism treatment program.

As previously reported, Tyler was booked on his birthday and was behind bars for two days until being released.  The incident happened in Indiana, where the actor has been residing with his family.

For the public intoxication incident, Christopher will need to pay a $440 fine.

In addition, police noted that they had received multiple calls about Tyler being intoxicated since September 14.

We hate reporting this difficult news.  All of is in the daytime community love Tyler and wish him well and want the best for him.  He is one of the finest actors ever in this genre.

Share your thoughts on the latest on Tyler Christopher via the comment section below.

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