Y&R Celebrates 44 Years on the Air & #SaveYR is a Resounding Success

Published March 23, 2017 by tdaddetta16

As Y&R prepares to celebrate 44 years on television; a monumental achievement for any show, and particularly for a soap.

Of course, none of this would be happening without the show’s co-creators, the late William J. Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell. Nor would it be happening without the hard work of the shows incredibly talented cast and crew.

The past decade, and past 3 years in particular were trying times, to say the least, with Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt, two of the worst, most notorious hacks in daytime, at the helm of daytime’s #1 soap. There was no shortage of obstacles and roadblocks thrown our way; no smooth ride to victory. But, loyal, determined and passionate viewers persevered against overwhelming odds and went on to save the show; forcing the removal of both Phelps and Pratt. 

This is a feat few have even attempted and even fewer have achieved. It took 11 years for General Hospital #GH viewers to oust Phelps alone.

This would not have been possible without the help from them, All My Children viewers, One Life To Live Viewers, and Guiding Light viewers as well as those who offered insight on the much beloved soap, Santa Barbara. All of these audiences, and their experiences with Phelps and Pratt, respectively, provided invaluable information and insight that made it possible for us to save this iconic soap that so many love. So, thank you, I only wish we had been able to save and stop the damage done to your soaps.


Mr. Bill Bell and Mrs. Lee Phillip Bell Co-Creators of Y&R


Special thanks goes out to Allicat028, Annie, FaithfulViewerofLane,  babblingboo, JemSilk, Margie P., and suzetrup.

This would never have  been possible without this group of ladies, who, in one way or another, are a big part of the reason I’m still sane. Well, sort of. 😉 And, who have taught me so much.  



*Daphne Yuhas






*Wendi B.

Last but certainly not least, we would not be here, celebrating this huge milestone without Tommy Lightfoot Garret and his team at Highlight Hollywood whose determination and tireless efforts were crucial to the #SaveYR campaign’s success. 

Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting the campaign and this amazing show for the last 44 years; and may there be many years to come!

Soaps’ Grim Reaper Impales Self on Own Scythe-Chuck Pratt OUT at Y&R

Published October 5, 2016 by tdaddetta16

I’m sorry I’ve been quiet, I just recently returned from vacation and have been battling jet lag and a head cold. But, this was the perfect welcome home!


Chuck Pratt, Y&R’s Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer #FireJFP #FirePratt #BringBackKayAlden #SaveYR

Y&R’ fans young and old are celebrating; and we have no shortage of reasons!

After three long years, according to Daytime Confidential, Sally Sussman (Morina) has been named Y&R’s head writer, replacing Chuck Pratt. You can read details here. Sussman worked under Y&R’s late co-creator, the late, great William J. Bell, for years and her return sparks much needed and long-awaited hope among fans that the beloved soap can be reset and brought back to what Bell and his team built it into.  Listen to Daytime Confidential’s podcast about it here. Together, Kay Alden and Sally Sussman (Morina) have a combined 36 years of experience at Y&R; the show has been on the air for 43 years and will soon celebrate its 44th anniversary on March 26th, 2017. 

As if that wasn’t incredible enough; former head writer and executive producer of Y&R, Kay Alden, who also worked under Bell for decades, is back as the show’s story consultant! You can read about that here .

Viewers aren’t the only ones rightfully excited and ecstatic over the news. There was no shortage of excitements from vets either; Doug DavidsonMelody Thomas Scott, and Eric Braeden, all  weighed in, as did fellow vets Tracey Bregman, Christian Leblanc, Kristoff St. John, and Jess Walton

It looked hopeless for the soap that Bill Bell and his wife, Mrs. Lee Phillip Bell co-created 43 years ago and which revolutionized the world of soaps; but Y&R’s loyal and tenacious viewers, after a long, hard-fought battle, got the best news we could have ever hoped for. 

There is approximately 4-5 weeks of material that still must air, but then we finally get to see what Y&R’s executive producer, Mal Young, its head writer, Sally Sussman (Morina), and its story consultant, Kay Alden have in store for viewers.

One thing is for sure; buckle up, folks, it’s bound to be a wild  and wonderful ride! So, stay tuned!


New writing Project-Now&Forever: Running from the Past

Published December 12, 2015 by tdaddetta16

Started a new writing project, an original piece I’ll be looking for readers to critique before sending it anywhere. It’s called Now&Forever: Running from the Past. It’s a multigenerational piece, which, I’m hoping will be the first in a series. It centres around 4 generations of a Hispanic family as they confront different obstacles and issues; societal, personal and interpersonal. If you’re interested in reading it once I’m further along, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Thank you in advance.

Note: Thiswriting project is totally unrelated to Y&R, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the show.

Drama&Romance Blogs&Books-Suggestions Please

Published July 28, 2016 by tdaddetta16

I’m looking for good romance and drama blogs to follow. These are the two genres I feel I do reasonably well and know something about.

As a newbie writer though, I’m looking for blogs which can help me improve as a writer; specifically those geared to these two genres.

I’m looking for books and authors to read in the same genres. I’m interested in reading both modern and classic authors of both genres. In fact, to get better, that’s what I think I NEED to do.

If there are any other genres, books or blogs in general that you feel would be helpful for me, please let me know.

Thank you very much in advance.

Soaps’ Black Widow Caught in Own Web: Jill Farren Phelps OUT at The Young and the Restless

Published June 9, 2016 by tdaddetta16
Jill Farren Phelps

Jill Farren Phelps, Y&R’s Former Co-Executive Producer 


Y&R fans are ecstatic after getting the news they’ve waited three long, hard years for; Jill Farren Phelps, has finally fired from daytime’s number one soap. It comes not a moment too soon as this is the woman with perhaps the most notorious reputation in daytime, who is responsible for the destruction and cancellation of many soaps including Guiding Light and, most recently, All my Children. General hospital viewers will also remember her as the woman who almost killed their beloved soap after One Life to live and All My Children was unceremoniously dead in 2011.

Highlight Hollywood broke the news late Tuesday night, June 7th 2016. You can read all the details here.

Note: Rumours are flying like the wind, though they are as yet ONLY RUMOURS; that Chuck Pratt, another of daytime’s most notorious soap killers is also out as the show’s head writer and co-executive producer, or well on his way. Stay tuned for more news as it develops.



Chuck Pratt, Y&R’s Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer #FireJFP #FirePratt #BringBackKayAlden #SaveYR

House of Bell: Happy Anniversary Melody Thomas Scott

Published February 27, 2016 by tdaddetta16



Ahh…the incomparable Nikki Reed Newman (Yeah, yeah, I know there are a few other names in there somewhere, but really, are they even important; does anyone really care at this point?) Melody Thomas Scott has seen and done it all as Genoa City’s beleaguered heroine, Nikki Newman. Watching her now, viewers would never guess that Melody took over the role from Erica Hope who’d been there only a year before the role was recast. Melody started on Y&R on February 27th, 1979. Originally from the wrong side of the tracks, she’s battled a father who tried to rape her (he met his demise when she hit him over the head in self-defence; hey, what else was she supposed to do), got duped into joining what she thought was a modelling agency but was in fact a front for prostitution run by Rose Deville (played by the late Darlene Conley). Just when she’d decided to turn her life around and had gone back to school, she was again shoved down by fate when her college English teacher, Mr. Willson, promised to give her a passing grade if she slept with him (she needed to pass his class to graduate). Predictably though, the slime-ball reneged, leaving Nikki heartbroken and, she felt, out of options. That all changed when Nikki met and fell in love with Victor Newman and the rest, as they say is history. To say Bill Bell and Lee Phillip Bell made the right decision when they cast Melody in the role, while true, doesn’t cut it. From battling booze, to battles in and out of the bedroom, ballroom dancing at the Colonnade Room (mostly with Victor ;)), and everything in between; Nikki’s done it all! Well…almost. Wonder if she has any boas left, baby Katherine may want them to play dress up with when she grows up. Thank you Melody.

House of Bell: Happy Anniversary Kristoff St. John

Published February 15, 2016 by tdaddetta16



Mr. Denzel of Daytime, Kristoff St. John, first aired as Neil Winters in 1991 and has been in the role ever since. Kristoff was no stranger to soaps, as Bill Bell hired him fresh off his time on the soap Generations.

Neil is no slouch in business and has the IQ to match. He graduated from Stanford University with an MBA. He’s held high profile positions at all of Genoa Cities top companies; Jabot Cosmetics, Newman Enterprises and Chancellor Industries.

He’s also owned his own business, a jazz club in town, which he later sold.

Always popular with the ladies, Neil’s love life has been…well, complicated, to say the least. He was romantically involved with both Both Barber sisters, Olivia and Drucilla, though he went on to marry Dru and they later had Lily.

Neil has a tumultuous yet loving relationship with his brother Malcolm, though the two rarely see each other.

Neil has been a father to Lily her whole life despite her biological father having turned out to be Malcolm (long story short; Dru took too much cold medicine one night and slept with Malcolm, thinking he was Neil.) and the best father adopted son Devon Hamilton Winters could have asked for. He adopted the young man in 2004/2005. And he’s been fiercely protective of Lily her whole life.

Neil has been unlucky in love; from his first divorce with his first wife Dru to his broken engagement with Victoria Newman and Dru’s death in 2007, which was a monumental blow to him, as many viewers believe she was his soul mate; and his disastrous marriage to Hillary. That’s why viewers hope we’ll see him return to the roles (no pun intended) we love him best in; consummate business man capable of running his own company (or helping his children start their own) and devoted father. And, for the love of soaps; can we please find this man a good woman already?!

Thank you, Kristoff.