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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 »

Derrick
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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
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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.

Mary SF
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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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Raven Bowens is the New Chanel on DAYS

There has been a casting switcheroo at Days of our Lives.   Precious Way is out in the role of Chanel Dupree and the part had been recast.

Way debuted on-screen back in March of 2021, but now comes word, first via Jason 47’s Facebook page, that Chanel will be played by actress Raven Bowens.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Bowens to first air on-screen on the July 6th episode.  Apparently, she has been taping at the DAYS set since April.

Raven has previously appeared on All Rise, Insecure, The New Edition Story and Future Man.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

So, what do you think of the Chantal switch? Comment below.

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‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia to Appear in Season 4 of ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

After speculation a few years back that at some point, Milo Ventimiglia would find his way onto the hit comedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, that would reunite him with his former Gilmore Girls boss, Amy Sherman-Palladino, now appears to be coming true!

News out of TV Line reports that Milo will guest star in season four of the series.  However, details of who he will play are being kept under wraps.

Ventimiglia will be the second cast member from This Is Us to appear on Maisel, following Sterling K. Brown who appeared in season 3.

The fourth season of the Amazon Prime series has been in production since January – after plenty of stops and starts due to Covid-19 and restrictions.

Gilmore Girl fans remember Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano, the troubled love interest of Rory Gilmore.

Ventimiglia will also wrap his time as Jack on This Is Us, when the show finishes its upcoming sixth and final season of the NBC drama.

So, what role do you think Milo might play on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Lil Jon, Lance Bass & Tituss Burgess Added To Celebrity Guest Hosts Replacing Chris Harrison on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Now that Chris Harrison is completely gone from the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, more names were added revealed today as guest hosts for the upcoming summer season of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise.

Previously, David Spade was named as one of the celebs who will make an appearance, now Variety is reporting that Lil Jon, Lance Bass and Tituss Burgess will all take a turn at hosting the series that is currently in production in Mexico,

As well, the report indicates that former ‘Bachelorette’ contestant Wells Adams and his fiancée Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland will also appear on the series this summer, but just how, and their roles in it, are undisclosed at this moment.

Harrison took to social media yesterday after his official exit from Bachelor Nation expressing: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise, and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”

So, what do you think of this slew of guest hosts replacing Chris Harrison on Bachelor in Paradise? Comment below.

 

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