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

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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.”

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 »

Derrick
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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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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche in “Extremely Critical Condition”; Still in Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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