Top Ex­ec­u­tive Out!

OUT In a plot twist wor­thy of a soap opera, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer/head­writer Mal Young has left his posts at THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS!

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The In Depth Story: Con­firm­ing his exit to en­ter­tain­ment Web site Show­biz 411, Young said, “I felt like it was a good time to move on. Never a good idea to get too set­tled on a long-run­ning soap, and I achieved all that I and CBS set out to do: im­proved scripts and pro­duc­tion val­ues.

“I have a project of my own,” he added, “that I’ve been de­vel­op­ing and want to pur­sue that now. Plus, run­ning a show like this is all­con­sum­ing, and [I] want to get a bit of my life back — and see my fam­ily oc­ca­sion­ally!”

Young joined Y&R as a pro­ducer in early 2016, tak­ing over as EP when Jill Far­ren Phelps left. The fol­low­ing year, Young also took over as head­writer, re­plac­ing Sally Suss­man Mo­rina and Kay Alden. Dur­ing the Brit’s two-year stint, he has been cred­ited with hav­ing el­e­vated the show’s pro­duc­tion stan­dards. How­ever, he also faced crit­i­cism for set­ting in mo­tion too many plot-driven tales, in­tro­duc­ing too many new­bies and rewrit­ing his­tory.

Un­der Young’s ten­ure, the soap saw a slew of front­burner stars exit, among them Melissa Claire Egan (exChelsea), Eileen David­son (ex-ash­ley) and Mishael Mor­gan (ex-hi­lary). Emmy-win­ning 40-year vet­eran Doug David­son (Paul) was es­sen­tially writ­ten off the show. ( Not sur­pris­ingly, the news of Young’s de­par­ture has fans hop-

“I achieved all that I and CBS set out to do.”

ing that Genoa City will soon see its po­lice chief back at his desk.)

Ac­cord­ing to Day­time Confidential, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer/head­writer Josh Grif­fith, who re­turned to Y&R last Au­gust as a pro­ducer, will step in as head­writer, while long­time su­per­vis­ing pro­ducer An­thony Mo­rina (who is mar­ried to Suss­man Mo­rina) will be the new ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

Af­ter two years helm­ing Y&R, Young has moved on.

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