Connect with us

News

56

REPORTS: Jean Passanante Leaving GH To Be Named New Co-Head Writer at Y&R!

Since the exit of Josh Griffith as the head writer of The Young and the Restless, there had been a report from CBS Soaps In Depth that Shelly Altman, who is currently on the Y&R writing team would be upped to co-head writer and that show was looking at Jean Passanante, (the former head writer of As the World Turns, who is currently a breakdown writer under Ron Carlivati’s team at General Hospital) to become the other co-head writer at the number one soap!

Tonight, noted soap journalist Carolyn Hinsey took to Twitter to announce that indeed Passanante, and Altman are IN as the new scribes of Genoa City.  In her tweet, Hinsey said “Congrats to my #OLTL pal Jean Passanante @PFossil & Shelly Altman on ur new head writing gigs at #YR. U have ur work cut out for u, ladies!”

Soap Opera Digest has also ran an item tonight saying that multiple sources have also told them that Passanante and Altman are on board at Y&R!

A spokesperson from Y&R related to On-Air On-Soaps there was no official from the show itself at this time confirming the reports of Passanante and Altman to the head writing position.   Besides ATWT and GH, Passanante has written for OLTL, AW and AMC.

So what do you think of Passanante coming over to Y&R?  Do you think her storytelling ability will fit well with the legacy of the CBS soap?  Weigh-in!

Leave a comment | 56 Comments
Advertisement

56

avatar
30 Comment threads
26 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
39 Comment authors
RLeternalAndrewdavleestevNikkiJimmy Recent comment authors
newest oldest
MEG
Guest
MEG

THIS IS GOOD 😉

RUBY Cr.
Guest
RUBY Cr.

I hope this will bring Drucilla home and Sharon back in love with Adam and they finally have a storybook romance they deserve. The old writers changed the love they had. I never like Chelsea and she was a hired hooker for Victor and bores me and why Avery is still on the show is also crazy. Lets hope better days ahead for the show I watched over 30 yrs 🙂

Andrew
Guest
Andrew

Im worried about the constant changing. Best headwriter(s)…Kay Alden and Bill Bell. No one has done it quite like them ever since. Lynn Marie Latham almost destroyed Y&R…and killed Drucilla! Maria Arena Bell almost rescued Y&R and was redeeming Sharon…and then boom. Josh Griffith decides to blow up Y&R with JP. Now that he’s gone, thank god, it’s time for Jill to go back to ABC and let someone worthy take the reins of Y&R.

Shell
Guest
Shell

Love love love Sharon! I loved ATWT Brad and Katie and I see Adam and Sharon like them . Please write Sharon and Adam back in love. I agree with the other comment to bring Drucilla back for Neil. Those were the days 🙂 i don’t like Chelsea and do not like Avery! Time for Sharon to be happy like we were promised!

su0000
Guest
su0000

ok!!
A GH writer at Y&R perhaps now I will stay awake while watching YR, which has been a snorer for the past year..
The Y&R stories, hopefully now will hold my attention for more than 5 minutes..

I am a fan of both Y&R and GH and the 2 soaps are as different as a party and a nap..

Mike
Guest
Mike

Like almost all Y&R fans, I would prefer head writers who were familiar with the characters and their history. That being said, the new co-head writers do have their work cut out for them as was mentioned above and a not always patient fan base. I wish them luck.

Jonathan
Guest
Jonathan

At this point, i really scare for Y&R’s future.

Derrick
Guest
Derrick

I gonna have to agree! This is a little worrying!

Barbara
Guest
Barbara

Do you think her storytelling ability will fit well with the legacy of the CBS soap? Easy answer. Based on what I saw through years of watching what Passanante did to poor ATWT, I quickly can say that she is ABSOLUTELY NOT the right choice for this job. Passanante’s writing for ATWT was horrible. This woman does not appear to have the insight or the writing ability for this type of work. Three of the past four soaps upon which she was writer (AW, ATWT, and OLTL), were cancelled while she was there or very shortly after she left. With… Read more »

CLH
Guest
CLH

They are not looking for a writer with storytelling ability. They just want the person to have the ability to say “yes” to whatever JP says.

Jimmy
Guest
Jimmy

Couldn’t have said it better myself. JFP is a tyrant, and Jean Passanante is her newest minion.

Michael (not Fairman)
Guest
Michael (not Fairman)

I agree. Did anybody involved in this decision WATCH the last two or three years of As the World Turns? It wasn’t just bad, it was painfully bad. I know there was all sorts of backstage turmoil and I’m sure that did not help–but that doesn’t change the overall poor quality of the writing.

(However, CLH may have a point: if all they want is someone to do exactly what JFP wants, then for all I know, Passanante may be perfect. The show will still be dreadful, however.)

Elizabeth
Guest
Elizabeth

Well….. maybe her departure from General Hospital is good news for us GH fans!

Jimmy
Guest
Jimmy

You are absolutely right. While I am generally willing to give people a chance (like I did with JFP when she took over EP duties at Y&R), I’ve heard enough about Jean Passanante to know she isn’t right for Y&R – or any soap for that matter. I didn’t watch ATWT but from what I hear from pretty much everyone is that she systematically destroyed that show the way JFP has been doing to Y&R since last year. I gave her a chance, and look where that got the show. I sincerely hope Jeannie P impresses (though I highly doubt… Read more »

Michael
Guest
Michael

This is the beginning of the end of Y&R. It’s time to boycott this show and in droves and show Angelica McDaniel and Steve Kent that we are none too happy with these recent additions to the show. This show will now become even more unwatchable than it is now. Mark my words!

Mo
Guest
Mo

Don’t know her, but they do have their work cut out for them. Even though soap is still number 1 (puzzles the mind how this is), there are lots of things wrong with it. At least they cut Melanie. She never caught on. Maybe with the Kay story, things will get better. And of course, they need to fix Sharon. It was a waste to bring Camryn back for this.

Derrick
Guest
Derrick

Don’t know whether this is good news or not!? All I can say is, the writing BETTER be good!

jon
Guest
jon

Another friend of Phelps from GH? Remember that, although they won best drama Emmy, this team also drove GH to near cancellation.

Michael (not Fairman)
Guest
Michael (not Fairman)

I don’t think Passanante was a writer for GH when JFP was there. I think she came over from OLTL when Valentini took over as EP. So although she has many strikes against her, that isn’t one of them.

Mary SF
Guest
Mary SF

Well I was having a good day until I read this news. Worst possible choice ever. How many soaps have died or suffered greatly under her reign as HW? Don’t understand how Sony and CBS can look at her track record and not understand experience doesn’t make you good. Right now I rather someone who never wrote a soap in their lives take over maybe then they will stop making the same mistakes over and over. if their goal is to destroy Y&R once and for all– then by all means JP and JFP are the duo do it. I… Read more »

PatF
Guest
PatF

This is horrible news. YR does NOT need anyone from GH…especially a writer trying to pen her way through GC.

I can’t stand that Phelps is trying to turn this great show into GH 2.0 with people who don’t know and don’t care to keep the tradition of the show going.

Derrick
Guest
Derrick

I really have to agree with you there because I’m now a bit concerned about this!
I maybe worried but I’m gonna see what’s in stores before I start judging!

PatF
Guest
PatF

It’s hard for me to hope for the best. Both Phelps and Jean’s reputation precede them, and everything I’ve read or heard has or is coming true. I think there is a small segment of people who are wanting the show to fail. What those folks fail to realize is that both Days and GH would be cancelled before YR. The ratings have a long way to fall before they reach those levels. I COULD see BB overtaking YR someday if these writers can’t write the show as it should be. People will be alienated. I don’t see that Josh… Read more »

Jimmy
Guest
Jimmy

I agree with you 1000% on both your comment and your reply to Derrick. Josh Griffith is not responsible for the decline in Y&R’s quality this past year, JFP is the one responsible for that. And now, she’s bringing in a puppet she can play with to continue her reign of terror. Jean Passanante will be nothing but Jill’s minion, carrying out her “creative” vision for the show. Jeannie P is the complete opposite of what the show needs right now. Y&R needs to bring back Kay Alden & Jack Smith as co-head writers, get rid of all the people… Read more »

PatF
Guest
PatF

Well said Jimmy!

Tom
Guest
Tom

God help us.

H Parson
Guest
H Parson

In my opinion, Y&R has DOOM written all over it now.

su0000
Guest
su0000

Y&R has to be rigged as far as ratings go..
It will never be canceled and no matter how terribly bad it is, and it and has been terribly bad, Y&R will always be #1, why? something wrong with that is all I know.
It has been #1 with double the viewers as all the other great soaps like GH, for decades without one fail.
So, no matter how awful a writer it will have there will belittle no effect on Y&R ratings..

PatF
Guest
PatF

yeah…rigged.

If you go back to the year that YR hit number one (beating that great soap GH) and then follow the ratings up through present, you’ll see that most of the shows lost about the same percentage of viewers over time.

So with your logic GH should already be cancelled and also has less viewers since “something is wrong”.

Libby
Guest
Libby

I felt much more comfortable with Jean Passanante remaining as a #GH first lieutenant to Ron Carlivati. Shelly Altman does not have the skill set to be a head writer. So, it is good to have a more seasoned writer with her. However, I dont believe the writing staff as it is being laid out will be able to write in the tradition of Bill Bell. Jill Farren Phelps is not the producer for a Bell serial. Sony & CBS had the opportunity to bring on trained, seasoned and mentored writers form B&B. And engaged Brad Bell with Ed Scott… Read more »

PatF
Guest
PatF

It all comes down to the bottom line.

They really don’t care what the fans or viewers say.

Angela
Guest
Angela

Phelps strikes again!!!! Pretty soon all you long time viewers won’t recognize your show at all. Its just sad….

Lawrence
Guest
Lawrence

Whos next bob guza to y and r? I see cancellation in the future

Lew S
Guest
Lew S

Oy!!!!!!!!!!!!,

Iakovos
Guest
Iakovos

The last decade has generated so much discussion about writers and producers on our daytime dramas, much of it bad. I wonder if there are men and women who are like Bill Bell, Douglas Marland, and Agnes Nixon anymore. These are the kind of writers who knew their characters and listories as though they were family, and had outlines of story to extend well into the future. Now it seems each new team shakes and stirs and we as fans are disappointed. I do not mind changes, Mr. Bell did a lot of that when his original actors and characters… Read more »

Derek
Guest
Derek

Agnes is the last of the legendary great writers. Thank goodness she is consulting on the AMC. The show definitely has her stamp on it. I feel bad for y&r, Jean P ruined Atwt..

Michael (not Fairman)
Guest
Michael (not Fairman)

I can’t fault the headwriters of the last 10-15 years for not having a long-term story vision; at some point, the model changed, and the shows stopped paying for long story, so the writers stopped coming up with it. I don’t think it’s just that the plots were weak during the last few years of ATWT (though they often were): the day-to-day execution was also really poor. It just wasn’t interesting or entertaining. Even characters I liked (and in some cases had known for years) could not hold my attention because the stories, the dialogue, the situations were all incredibly… Read more »

Jimmy
Guest
Jimmy

There are writers like them still out there somewhere, and some as close as across the street – where B&B is filmed. Kay Alden and Jack smith, as well as other veteran writers who know and care about Y&R’s history should be the ones getting hired! Not Jean Passanante who has a horrid track record of destroying shows she’s worked on. And as for Jill Farren Phelps, she does not and never will belong on Y&R. Ed Scott, David Shaughnessy, and others like them, who know how to execute the show appropriately, should be the ones in charge, not they… Read more »

brian
Guest
brian

Would rather see Jean writing for OLTL !

Nikki
Guest
Nikki

This makes me very nervous. I did not like Josh Griffith’s tenure, by any means, but being a As the World Turns fan I saw what JP did to my favorite characters on that show, especially in its last few years, and it was horrible. However, I am cautiously optimistic that perhaps her time at GH has improved upon her writing abilities and working with Ron Carlivati, maybe she picked up some ways of weaving characters together and creating intriguing, soapy storylines.

However, Y&R needs to address there biggest issue and that is Jill Farren Phelps being executive producer.

Jimmy
Guest
Jimmy

Your last statement about the biggest issue being JFP’s post as executive producer is 1000% spot on. If Jeannie P repeats what she did on ATWT at Y&R, the show will be gone in a few years, guaranteed. I’m all for hopeful optimism, but I can’t be much more optimistic after seeing what JFP’s done to Y&R in the past year. And now she’s bringing in a yes-woman to do what she wants done.

Nikki
Guest
Nikki

I completely agree, Jimmy. I almost wonder between JFP and now JP, if CBS WANTS to ruin Y&R. Its very sad and I don’t see this ending any way but badly. This past year has been the absolute worst I’ve ever seen of Y&R and adding someone who already ruined another soap? It’s a shame.

blake
Guest
blake

Lord, Bill Bell please do your magic up in heaven and get these soap hacks and soap killers away from your Y&R! It looks like Sony and CBS want to cancel their #1 daytime show!!!

mike
Guest
mike

Now nobody in charge at Y&R will be thinking of loyal longtime fans or of the shows rich history or veteran actors.

Ann
Guest
Ann

Well Jean, along with Goutman, destroyed ATWT so why not hire her? I’m glad I don’t watch Y&R because if I did I would start boycotting the show. I’ll never support Passanante or Goutman with anything they do. Y&R fans have my sympathies.

Barbara
Guest
Barbara

Alas, Ann, I watch Y&R and watched ATWT for years. I know exactly what you are saying. I will go to my grave thinking that Passanante and Goutman butchered ATWT in its final years. It still bothers me what they did to that show. As a Y&R viewer, I am bracing myself for what Passanante is going to unleash on this show. I really had hoped that I had suffered through all of her writing when she finally helped shove ATWT into its grave. I cannot believe that she is resurfacing with this show!!! Thankfully, she cannot bring her beloved… Read more »

Harlee
Guest
Harlee

For the life of me I don’t understand why these writers, especially Altman, go home to GH and leave YR to capable hands. Jean is only slightly better….this is mind numbing.

Bil
Guest
Bil

They should never have lost Kay Alden The transition from Bill Bell to Kay Alden may have been the most seamless in soap history.

lili
Guest
lili

i agree i want kay alden back too.i found many videos from 1999 to 2003 when she still was the head writer, dam you can feel the difference.

John
Guest
John

BIG mistake. JP’s writing ruined ATWT at the end. The show was barely recognizable at the end . If Sony is bringing her on kiss Y & R goodbye. Another daytime drama bites the dust.

Shannon Mears
Guest
Shannon Mears

I really hope that there will be another event like the one in November 2010 in Raleigh, NC. I had so much fun! Is there any chance of that happening?

Tony
Guest
Tony

Y & R is no where near as good as it used to be. I’ve watched it for a long time and it used to be the gold standard of daytime drama. But now, I just stopped watching because none of the storylines intrigue me. I can remember watching everyday to see Sheila Carter or David Kimble after Nina shot him. But the problems with Y & R are evident on all the soaps. I was a huge OLTL fan until it was cancelled. Then I started watching GH because Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton were there. I… Read more »

davleestev
Guest
davleestev

I had to weigh in on this..I have to admit i’m not looking forward to this either. I know Passanante’s record and it ain’t good. I suffered through some horrible times waiting for the day a replacement was announced for ATWT and OLTL. She’ll start off strong and slowly but surely go the way of that awful woman who wrote the Indiana Jones treasure saga with the Newmans. It’s going to be bad bad bad.

Jimmy
Guest
Jimmy

Seriously, how ridiculous was the plot?! If I remember correctly, it was centered around Brad’s past and true identity as George Kaplan, and then the introduction of Nazis came into the storyline, as they were responsible for Brad’s family being slaughtered, save his mother. Then, as if the story wasn’t ridiculous enough, the Nazis were after the Kaplan family reliquary, which was famous artwork I believe… It turned into a daytime Indiana Jones adventure, and it was completely plot-driven. Horrible. If Jeannie P does something this outlandish, Y&R is doomed.

davleestev
Guest
davleestev

@Jimmy why oh why did you have to dredge up every nuance of that mess? LMAO that story was so bad it can’t ever be forgotten. By the time they got to that underground cave or where ever it was i suddenly started thinking of ETERNA and just threw my hands up in frustration. I can guarantee that JFP is planning on patting herself on the back by completely tossing out Bill Bells tried and true formula for one she thinks works better. And just as sure as sh*t we’ll be looking at a whole new regime come this time… Read more »

RLeternal
Guest
RLeternal

JP, the evil, heartless monster who butchers every soap she is associated with, Will open a bottle of champagne when Y & R bites the dust.

Dynasty

‘That’s A Wrap’ For Dynasty’s Elizabeth Gillies & Adam Huber As They Share Farewells

The fifth and final season of CW’s Dynasty is currently playing out with the series finale to air in the early fall.

However, filming on the show wrapped this past week for series star Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) and her on-screen husband, Adam Huber (Liam).  Each of them took to their Instagrams to share heartfelt goodbyes and ‘thank you’s’ for the journey they traveled as part of the reboot of the classic ABC primetime soap opera with its own twist.

Photo: CW

Huber shared his thoughts, when he expressed: “That’s a wrap!! When I got the call in 2017 that I was going to be flying out to Atlanta to join the show DYNASTY for a few episodes I had no idea what it would turn into. 4 years of my life and 84 episodes later is what happened. I am beyond grateful for this show. This is the first time I’ve ever really been apart of something like this. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve cried a lot. And I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime.

A huge thank you to anyone and everyone who was with me on this journey. Thank you to my friends and family for your non stop love and support. My manager and agents who are absolute rockstars. The crew that wakes up day after day working lonnnng hours so we can have a finished product. The writers, directors and producers for making this show the success that it is. The casting director for saying “I think I found our Liam” The entire cast for being so welcoming from the first day I stepped foot on set. The day players, extras, stand ins, all of you!!

And gigantic thank you to all the fans!!! Thank you for staying with us the whole time during this wild ride. Without you watching and binging on whatever platform you watch the show on, we would have not been able to bring you 5 seasons and 108 episodes of DYNASTY craziness. Thank you so much. From the bottom of my heart. This has been an experience I will never forget! 🖤Ps…new episode tonight!! I hope you enjoy the rest of the season! It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Photo: LGilliesIG

Gillies, simply brought out her inner-Fallon with her Instagram post which said, “Every day, I take one man’s dirt and turn it into diamonds. And digging up insider info is even easier when they assume you work for the airline, instead of owning the plane. Bon Voyage, Fallon 🥂”

Elizabeth’s co-stars were quick to heap praise on the talented actress/singer/director (she directed the two most recent episodes of the series). Rafael de La Fuente who plays Sammy Jo, expressed: ‘What a gift for me to get to work with you for five years. Forever a fan, forever family.”

Pop superstar, Arianna Grande, a longtime friend, and Broadway co-star with Gillies in the musical 13, posted: “Oh my.congratulations, my Liz, on completing this massive and magnificent chapter with Fallon.  she is / you are utterly spectacular. !!!!!!!!! love youuu. sm.”

You can check out their farewell posts below.

So, sad to know that Liz and Adam have wrapped their run as the fifth and final season of Dynasty is coming to a close? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Adam Huber (@hubersworld)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Elizabeth Gillies (@lizgillz)

Continue Reading

Breaking News

Anne Heche in Critical Condition After Fiery Car Crash

UPDATED: TV and film star, and Another World alum, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley) is in critical condition following a harrowing and fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

“Anne is in the ICU, she’s lucky to be alive. She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash,” a source close to the actress revealed to CNN on Saturday morning.

According to reports and video obtained by TMZ, Heche was driving at lighting speed and crashed twice in a residential area of Mar Vista.  In the initial crash, Anne, who was driving a Mini Cooper slammed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents attempted to get Anne out of the vehicle but she put her car in reverse and then sped away.  Next, she crashed into a home, which ignited a fire, and the fire engulfed the entire home.  However, Anne was severely burned in the fire and taken out by ambulance in a stretcher.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt Erik Scott: “We had a significant traffic collision, we had entrapment of a woman inside that, we had car that erupted into fire, and then we had a home that had significant fire that is red tagged. It’s at this point destroyed.”

Heche is currently in a Los Angeles hospital, and had to be intubated following being severely burned.

Soaps fans know that Anne won a Daytime Emmy for her dual roles on Another World and played Vicky and Marley Hudson from 1987-2001.  She has also appeared in the films, Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag the Dog. and more.  On television, Heche has appeared in the last few years on: Dancing with the Stars, Quantico and Chicago P.D.

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

So, what do you think of the fiery crash involving Anne? Send your thoughts and prayers her way via the comment section below.  But first, watch this news report from KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles who were on the scene of the crash.

Continue Reading

News

Y&R’s Christian LeBlanc Shares Emotional and Heartfelt Message to Fans and Colleagues

Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless) had been in the Big Apple of late appearing in a new production of Tennessee William’s iconic play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 

In it, LeBlanc plays Big Daddy in the stage play that runs through August 14th.

Throughout his time in New York City, and while appearing in the role, many Y&R stars and colleagues, fans, and good friends have been in the audience to watch his performances and later stopped by to see Christian backstage following the show including: Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) and Alley Mills (Pam, B&B).

This week, LeBlanc shared a heartfelt video as the production is winding down on his Instagram account. 

During the video, LeBlanc gives fans a tour from the backstage of Off-Broadway’s Theatre at St Clement’s where Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is staged.

Christian expressed:  “I just want to thank the amazing amount of fans and supporters and viewers of The Young & Restless.  It just moves me so much … and I can’t talk too long because I’ll get emotional.”   You can watch the full video below.

For ticket and show information on how you can catch Christian in the Ruth Stage production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof click here.

Have you seen Christian as ‘Big Daddy’? If so, let us know via the comment section below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

GH’s Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) talks with Michael Fairman immediately following his Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Younger Performer in Drama Series. Leave A Comment
Advertisement

The Michael Channel

Advertisement

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Maura West as Ava

General Hospital

Airdate: 7-28/29-2022

Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular