British producer Mal Young will no longer steer the ship at CBS’ The Young and the Restless as head writer/executive producer. He confirmed his exit to Showbiz411earlier today amid reports of his ouster.
CBS has tapped veteran names to replace Young, reports Daytime Confidential, with the network opting to go for split leadership once again. Emmy winner Josh Griffith will assume head writing duties, with supervising producer Anthony “Tony” Morina being promoted to executive producer. Griffith previously served as Y&R head writer (2007-2008; 2012-2013) and executive producer (2006-2008).
“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,” said Young. “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 1997-2004, Young served as the controller of continuing dramas for BBC, overseeing EastEnders, Doctor Who, Casualty, Doctors and HolbyCity; the latter two he developed and co-created. The British import joined The Young and the Restless at the endof 2015 as a consulting producer, assuming control as executive producer from Jill Farren Phelps in the summer of 2016. He took over duties as head writer from Sally Sussman Morina in the fall of 2017.
Speculation about Young’s future at the CBS soap began inover the summer when TV Source exclusively reported Emmy winner Josh Griffith, former head writer & executive producer for the series, was returning in a supervising producer capacity. The British imports’ changes to production, fast-paced writing style and loose grasp of history didn’t sit well with fans, and record low-ratings and high-profile cast exits didn’t work in his favor either.
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