Sunday, April 21, 2024

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE CBS Soap “Young and the Restless” Exec Producer Mal Young Confirms Departure as Ratings Continue to Waffle


NOW: Mal Young confirms exit from “Y&R” : “Just arrived in London for the holidays. 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 that I’ve been developing and want to pursue that now. Plus running a show like this is all consuming and want to get a bit of my life back – and see my family occasionally!”

From me: Fans should not put all the blame for what’s happened at this show on Young. He had to report to people who dictated quite a bit to him. The real failure still lies with Head of Daytime Angelica McDaniel. to be continued…

EARLIER The end is near if not already passed for Mal Young.

The executive producer and head writer of “The Young and the Restless” seems to be out according to various sources.

My own efforts to reach Young have proved unsatisfactory, without a denial coming from the former producer of the hit show “Dr. Who.”

But Young’s tenure at “Y&R” went from being welcome to a nightmare in a short time. Many veteran actors from the show have left — either voluntarily or written out — causing a severe ratings drop.

Last year at this time, the 45 year old soap was up to 4.8 million viewers. Today it’s averaging 4.2 million with some days falling below the 4 million mark.

Doug Davidson, the show’s longest running actor, was dropped over the summer without even a goodbye. Eileen Davidson (no relation), the popular star of the show with a huge following and also more than 30 years of service, left, she said, of her own volition.

Young may have suffered from the same fate that has affected executive producers for decades: hubris. In an effort to brand the show his own, he alienated viewers by introducing new characters, dropping old ones, re-writing history. There are only four soaps left on the air. The ones that are gone did exactly that. and look where that got them.

With Young gone, viewers can expect to see their faves back before too long.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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