Back­stage Shake-Up!

ABC Soaps In Depth - - News -

In a twist no one saw com­ing, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS lost not one but two writ­ers, and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mal Young has stepped into the head­writer po­si­tion!

The In Depth Story: Although ru­mors had been cir­cu­lat­ing that story con­sul­tant Kay Alden would be leav­ing the show, no­body ex­pected that both she and head­writer Sally Suss­man would wind up ex­it­ing, with both women re­port­edly opt­ing to re­tire. At the same time, CBS con­firmed that Young would — while re­tain­ing his EP po­si­tion — also take over head­writ­ing du­ties.

“He has made in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tions to the show since join­ing the team,” read a state­ment from the soap’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, Sony Pic­tures Tele­vi­sion.

Young orig­i­nally joined the show as a su­per­vis­ing pro­ducer in early 2016 be­fore slip­ping into the ex­ec­u­tive-pro­ducer slot a few months later.

Pro­tect­ing the sudser’s legacy is “a re­spon­si­bil­ity I take in­cred­i­bly se­ri­ously,” the exec told Soaps In Depth ear­lier this year. “I want to sur­prise and en­thrall the view­ers, and move them for­ward while at the same time mak­ing sure not to dis­re­spect the his­tory of what came be­fore.

“This show has put out over 11,000 episodes,” he con­tin­ued. “I want to re- spect that and stay true to the vi­sion of [cre­ator Wil­liam J. Bell].”

Asked at the time what he be­lieved view­ers want to see, Young’s an­swer might pro­vide a glimpse into Genoa City’s fu­ture. “They want to see the char­ac­ters they know and love go on amaz­ing jour­neys,” he sum­ma­rized. “We have to make sure that the au­di­ence is ex­cited about what’s around the next cor­ner!”

With Suss­man and Alden (right) out, Jor­dan and Lily’s jour­ney will now be in the hands of head­writer/ ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Young (above).

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