It looks like women run the world at “The Young and the Restless.” The #1 CBS daytime drama has officially named new head writers to the show. Current "Y and R" writer, Shelly Altman has been promoted to Head Writer and Jean Passanante has been named Head Writer for “The Young and the Restless. Also, current "Y and R" writer Tracey Thomson has been promoted to Co-Head Writer. The three join executive producer Jill Feren Phelps as the show’s creative team.
“Shelly has been an important part of the Y&R writing team since joining the show last year and Jean brings with her a wealth of daytime writing experience, and we are also thrilled to have Tracey take on a new role and we look forward to her creative input to the show,” said Sony Television VP Steve Kent in a statement.
All three women have a long history writing for daytime television and have developed a relationship with “The Young and the Restless.”
Thomson wrote for “General Hospital” from 2006 to 2008, for “All My Children” from 2008 to 2010 and she returned to “General Hospital” from 2010 to 2012. She joined the writing team at “Y and R” in 2012
Altman has been a writer for the show since 2012. Before joining the show, Altman was a writer and co-head writer on “Another World,” “One Life to Live,” most recently, “General Hospital.”
Passanante has also written for several daytime dramas, including “Another World,” “All My Children,’ “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”
"The Young and the Restless" has gone through a slew of creative changes in the past several years, including the real life death of long-time cast member Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine Chancellor on the show. The character’s death and how it affects the residents of Genoa City is currently airing on screen.
“The Young and the Restless,"which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, airs weekdays on CBS.
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