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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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Y&R’s Thad Luckinbill To Produce ‘Postscript’ The Film Adaptation of Sequel To “P.S. I Love You”

We all know that Thad Luckinbill (Ex-J.T Hellstrom, The Young and the Restless) wears many hats in the entertainment industry.  He acts, he writes, he produces, he sings … is there anything that this talented guy doesn’t do?

Now comes word that Luckinbill’s production company (with his brother Trent and Molly Smith), Black Label Media, in conjunction with Alcon Entertainment, has secured the rights to the the novel Postscript and will turn it into a motion picture.

Postscript is the recently released sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 debut novel, P.S. I Love You.  The original movie starred two-time Oscar winner, Hilary Swank as Holly who loses her husband tragically when he dies from a brain tumor.  Then, a grieving Holly discovers that her husband has left behind 10 letters designed to help Holly overcome her sorrow and transition to a new life.

According to Deadline, who broke the news of this film deal: In, Postscript (which hit book stores this week in the U.S.) the story picks up Holly seven years after her husband’s death with Holly having peacefully moved on with her life.  However, when Holly’s sister asks her to tell the story of the “PS, I Love You” letters on her podcast — she does so reluctantly, not wanting to reopen old wounds. Soon after the episode airs, people start reaching out to Holly, and they all have one thing in common: they’re terminally ill and want to leave their own missives behind for loved ones.”

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According to a report here, Swank will reprise her role as Holly in the new movie.

Luckinbill’s Black Label Media recently produced the war movie, 12 Strong in which he co-stared, while he was also one of the producers on the hit movie, La La Land.

Intrigued to see how Postscript turns out? Wish Thad would return as. J. T to Y&R for a another stint? Comment below.

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OLTL Alums & ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Melissa and David Fumero Welcome Their Second Son

Llanview’s Carrr-lott-a should be happy about this, even if it’s ‘bitchy bangs’ who is the baby mama!

News over the weekend has former One Life to Live and star of NBC’s comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Melissa Fumero (Ex-Adriana) giving birth to her second child, and on Valentine’s Day, no less.

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Melissa and her husband, the former Cristian Vega of One Life to Live, (and more recent cast member of the drama Power), David Fumero, welcomed into the world their new son.

The beautiful couple named their newborn, Axel.  They already have a a 3-year-old son, named Enzo.

The proud parents each to to their Instagram accounts with a special photo and a message. Melissa shared  “Welcome to the world, Axel You have made Valentine’s Day my new favorite holiday! 💗❤️❤️💙💙,”

While David shared: “I got the best #valentines #day Present!! Mama is a master at baking these! I’m a lucky dude! Welcome to the world Axel! 2/14/20″

Congratulations to Melissa and David on the newest addition to the Fumero clan!

Share your well-wishes for Melissa, David and little Axel via the comment section below.

 

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Chandler Massey Talks More On The DAYS WilSon Departure On The Freddie & Alyssa Show

As promised by Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) earlier in the week, his on-screen co-star,  Chandler Massey (Will)  was the special guest on the Freddie & Alyssa Show.  The podcast spend most of the episode giving Chandler and Freddie’s perspective of what happened and how they found out how they were being written-off Days of our Lives as beloved couple, WilSon.

While Freddie and Chandler do not in any way reveal what happens in the final six episodes they taped, or what was contained in the scripts, Chandler expressed  that it wasn’t until they received the six and final script of their promised six episodes, when the show resumed production after its long hiatus, that they realized what was happening.

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During the podcast, both men talked about their disappointment of being written-off the show; saying that have always been good employees doing what the soap had been required and requested of them throughout their time on the NBC daytime drama series.

Check out more below on the podcast.

So, what do you think of the sentiments shared by Freddie and Chandler in this discussion on their departure from DAYS? Comment below.

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