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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.  

*Angela1983

*Brittney2448

*Daphne Yuhas

*erianna16

*katr03

*seattlegirl78

*TurboByrned

*WhodatHolly

*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!

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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!

 

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

Published June 9, 2016 by tdaddetta16
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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.

 

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

House of Bell-Happy Anniversary Eric Braeden

Published February 3, 2016 by tdaddetta16

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From baked rats in a dungeon to billionaire business mogul, Eric Braeden has played Victor Newman, the man we love, and love to hate since 1980, and is the only actor ever to fill the role. At first glance you’d never guess this strong, self-made billion air was once a scared, lonely little boy who grew up in an orphanage and then on the mean streets of Buffalo. Scraping by just to survive, he fought for everything he had, fought just to survive and vowed that, one day he’d have enough money and power that nobody would ever hurt him again, certainly not the way his mother had when, because she was destitute after his father abandoned them, she left him in that orphanage. And, he certainly succeeded, building one of the world’s largest most successful corporations in the world, Newman Enterprises. But, as much as business is a corner stone of this character, family has always been and still is, his heart and soul; the reason he does what he does (no matter how much we’d like to shake him for it). Thank you, Eric. And we’re glad Victor stumbled into Gina’s and the Colonnade Room. 😉

House of Bell-Happy Anniversary Tracey Bregman

Published January 29, 2016 by tdaddetta16

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Tracey Bregman, Y&R’s resident fiery redhead originated the role in 1983 and has played Lauren Fenmore off and on ever since. We’ve seen her go from a mean spiteful teenager harassing Traci in the fight for Danny Romalotti, to having an affair with Brad and giving him a heart attack, and starting a relationship with Paul. Predictably, Paul’s mother, Mary Williams was completely against it from the start; when has any woman ever been good enough for her baby boy, in Mary’s eyes? As Lauren grew up she took over her father’s chain of upscale department stores, Fenmore’s. After some time in L.A., Lauren returned home and soon found herself caught between Michael Baldwin and his unstable brother Kevin Fisher, both of whom were in love with her. Kevin was about to kill himself at one point, but Michael stopped him and eventually married Lauren and they had their own son, Fenmore. Lauren and Michael recently had to come to grips with Michael’s diagnosis of prostate cancer. They’re battling the disease together, as much as Michael and his mood-swings will allow. Here’s hoping we get to see much more of you and Christian as this important and timely story unfolds; thank you, Tracey.