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Changes Ė Too Much, Too Fast?
Do you find yourself
watching The Young and the Restless, not recognizing the show at
all? Watching the characters you thought you knew, continue to make
stupid decisions that they would never do before? If you feel this
way, youíre not alone; the show has been turned upside down with
recent firings, and the once cleverly written Y&R families have been
torn apart facing farfetched, never-ending problems.
Since Lynn Marie Latham has
joined the show as head writer, Y&R has been the only soap to gain
viewers from last year. In fact, so far in 2006, Y&R has gained over
700 000 more viewers from the previous year. This has impressed CBS,
and therefore they have given Latham pretty much all control over
the show. She currently is the showís head-writer and executive
producer. In her reign, Jerry Douglas has been let go; Jack Smith
was demoted and then fired; Co head-writer and writer of Y&R since
1974, Kay Alden was fired; and most recently Eileen Davidson who
portrays Ashley Abbott has been fired. For a show thatís up in the
ratings (the only soap opera that is), the recent firings really
cannot be excused as budget cuts.
Rather, I would say this is
Latham bringing in her own team of writers and cast to move the show
in an undisputed direction that she desires. Her own team of writers
includes her husband, and several former writers/actors on cancelled
soaps like Port Charles. Iím sorry but I am in an uproar with this.
The show seems almost foreign to me now.
All the characters are
plotting, cheating, lying and deceiving one another: Sounds like a
classic soap opera. The difference, and what I believe has kept Y&R
at number one for so long was not the classic soap opera title but
rather the close families and clever characters. These families were
interesting, and at the same time realistic and relatable.
Storylines seem to just flow together; they were character driven.
Now it seems that every character makes an out of character choice
to cause drama and therefore cause storyline. This is called plot
driven storylines. Itís where you really donít feel close to any
character anymore because they have almost lost their personality.
Their attitudes vary depending on where the writers want the
storyline to go. Basically it makes characters inconsistent
subsequently making them unrealistic and difficult to relate to.
As I said however, ratings
are up and have yet to show signs of slipping. It will be
interesting to watch though as Kay Aldenís writing leaves the
canvas, and Ashley Abbott skips Genoa City to how long these ratings
stay steady. The once stable writing team that maintained character
driven storylines is gone. Only time will tell how it affects the
Am I just a long-time,
stubborn viewer against change? Or is Lynn Marie Latham getting too
much control, too fast, at daytimeís number 1 drama?
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