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JM's Opinion
Lynn Marie Latham Ė Unimpressed Thus Far
June 2, 2006

Since the somewhat shocking switch of head writers at Y&R, the show has gone downhill in my opinion. Lynn Marie Latham, who previously wrote most notably for Port Charles and Knotís Landing, has taken away the once witty characters of Genoa City and turned them into a bunch of baked potatoes.

There is just too much drama going on right now, and itís from one dumb decision by a character after another. Take Lily for example, after years of buildup, Neil ends up finding out that he is not Lilyís father by an Ďaccidentalí email Lily sent. She just accidentally clicked on Neilís email address, didnít notice it and sent it away. Of all times to do this, it happened to be the time that she decided to type in such delicate information to Daniel? Give me a break.

How about Bradís recent storyline? He constantly tells Nicholas that he doesnít treat Sharon right, and that he should be honoring his wedding vows and on and on. Yet, from a pretty questionable coincidence on the writers part, (thick fog, Brad then gets shipped to the exact hotel Sharonís at and Sharon happens to see him walk by at the split second the waiter opens the door!) Brad ends up sleeping with Sharon in New York. What a hypocrite. Heís not even married two weeks and Latham already has him cheating on Victoria. Not to mention Victor is finally (or so we think for now at least) accepting Brad, making him a board member and this is how Brad repays them? Címon thatís a lame excuse by Latham and the writing team to create drama.

These are just two prime examples of many that show the poor quality of writing on Y&R lately. I realize that this is a soap opera and soaps need drama, but Y&R always stood out from the rest for its intelligently written drama. Drama that was character driven opposed to plot driven. Sure characters make mistakes, but not like they have lately. Most likely many others and I enjoyed watching because we felt like we could relate to these characters. The trials and tribulations that happened to them seemed to Ďjust happen,í whereas now it seems like every problem is too obviously just Ďmade to happení. Nobody is happy, everyone is in complete chaos, and itís just way too overdramatic.

To be fair, Latham has only been head writer for 3 months now, and a lot of her storylines have been wrap-ups from Jack Smith, but I have been unimpressed with her work so far.  She needs to tone down the drama and get back to the Y&R basics that made it the number 1 show in daytime. Instead of planning her storylines a year in advance, she should let the on screen chemistry dictate the direction. Y&R is not all about doom and gloom; itís about deep characters, strong family ties, smart business storylines and good mysteries.

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