The Young & The Restless Headwriter Quits
Josh Griffith, headwriter of “The Young and the Restless” has resigned from the job, according to multiple sources. Griffith allegedly emailed the rest of the show’s writing staff that he was departing the show due to what Soaps In Depth termed “irreconcilable differences” with executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. The duo previously worked together on the Nick at Nite telenovela “Hollywood Heights,” making their current creative differences somewhat surprising. Griffith has only held the job for a year, though he previously wrote for Y&R from 2006-2008.
Current Y&R writer Shelly Altman will reportedly move into the headwriter spot. Another Y&R writer Tracey Thomson and “General Hospital” writer Jean Passante are reportedly in the running to become associate headwriter. Altman and Thomson worked with Phelps when she was the executive producer of GH. Passante worked with her when she was executive producer of “Another World.” None wrote for Y&R prior to Phelps’ arrival on the show last year.
A Y&R spokesperson would not confirm or deny Griffith’s departure.
Kirsten Storms and Jason Thompson on Babies, Relationships and the Daytime Emmys
“General Hospital” is heading for some intense Baby Mama Drama. Maxie (Kirsten Storms) was supposed to be her best friend Lulu and Dante’s surrogate, but she is hiding the fact that she is actually pregnant with her own child. Meanwhile, Patrick (Jason Thompson) thinks Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) is pregnant with his child, but it seems she has actually inseminated herself with one of Lulu and Dante’s embryos. I recently chatted with Storms and Thompson about their characters’ impending parenthood, why Robin needs to come back to Port Charles, and whether Thompson should have won the Daytime Emmy.
It seems like Patrick and Maxie’s story kind of is headed for a collision course given that most viewers suspect Britt is carrying Dante and Lulu’s baby … so Dante and Lulu will get a baby, Patrick won’t have to have a baby with a woman he doesn’t love, and Maxie will get to keep her baby, in theory.
Storms: That seems like it would be a really nice plan but we all know it’s not going to work out that easily. I don’t know much of the Britt baby storyline, but I know it’s going to be a little more complicated for my character when things start to come out. People are going to be very upset with her and maybe not see things the way she had seen them for the last few months.
To the audience, Maxie is sort of a martyr for sacrificing her child to keep her promise to her friends, but to everyone in Port Charles she is lying and playing God.
Storms: She is lying.
Thompson: She’s straight up lying.
How much does Patrick want this baby? It’s hard to tell from what’s aired.
Thompson: I think he wants the baby, to be honest. I’m sure that once it happens, he’ll probably be a little bit relieved but we had a couple of scenes last week when he just kind of thought like, “I know how much I love my daughter. I know how special she is.” Jason wants it to be Patrick’s baby. I want it to be Patrick’s baby just because, are there any single dads that have two kids in the soap world? Probably not. I think we should do it and actually be a real good dad for a change. We’ll see what happens.
Britt sure doesn’t think it’s her baby.
Thompson: That’s what she said. That’s what I heard anyway. I honestly don’t know. We’re off for two weeks so I haven’t read my stuff yet.
Felix and Sabrina have been driving this storyline and investigating Britt, while Patrick has been more reactive. Is he going to become more proactive?
Thompson: I think he’s trying to respect Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and I think he comes from a place that he really cares about her and I think he feels that she does care about him and she’s trying to figure it out for him, but realistically, I think there’s a part of him that is like, “Calm down. Whatever happens, whether it’s true or not, let’s just make sure the baby’s born safely and we’ll find out after.” I know he’s said that a couple of times so there’s some frustration in him. It’s not necessarily played as much but inside he’s like, just back off a little bit. This is a situation that’s going to play out. I don’t want anybody stressing because of her health so I think that’s where he’s coming from, but with all due respect to all, I think he really believes that Sabrina’s doing it for the right reasons, that she really does love Patrick in that way, and she’s trying to do the right thing and doesn’t want to see him get hurt.
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Patrick had some really nice scenes with Sam about her concern for Danny. Did you know there’s an online fanbase for Patrick and Sam?
Thompson: It’s tough because, across the board, I could work with any woman we have on the show because I get along with them great and they’re wonderful actresses. I think Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Patrick have a lot of similarities right now and I love working with Kelly. Even when [executive producer] Jill [Farren Phelps] was there a couple years ago, there was some people that wanted them together.
Storms: I think he needs to get the situation with his wife figured out before he gets anymore girlfriends.
Both of your characters need Robin. Is there any chance Kimberly McCullough could come back for a week?
Storms: I think it’s possible that we could see her at some point.
I know she’s busy directing a movie now, but is there some chronology for her return?
What about Maxie and Spinelli? There’s a huge rooting interesting them.
Storms: That’s hard to say because Maxie really dug herself a deep hole with this situation, so I would imagine that Spinelli’s not going to be too happy that she didn’t tell him about this baby no matter what her reasons are for not telling him. I love working with Bradford [Anderson]. They’re one of the most unique soap pairings so I hope it works out for my character’s best interest, but I just cannot see that happening any time soon.
When is Maxie going to have the baby? By soap standards, she’s had a pretty long pregnancy.
Storms: For soap standards she has. [We’ve filmed] her giving birth already.
Are you happy to be rid of the pregnancy pad?
Storms: Yeah. That thing’s warm and just uncomfortable.
I think Jason was a little bit robbed at the Daytime Emmys. Would you like to give your acceptance speech now? Even one of your competitors thought you should win Outstanding Actor.
Thompson: Honestly, I had a great year and it was fun to put that cap on it. Doug [Davidson] has been doing this for a very, very long time. I was happy to see him win. Obviously. When you’re in that situation, you’d like to win, but I mean, it is what it is. Doug was a very, very sweet guy about it. We talked. And then Michael and Peter were all very, very good. That’s why it was fun. I had a good time doing it.
Storms: I think Jason’s work was Emmy worthy. So he can be modest and cool about the situation, but the Emmys are what they are though. So you can’t be too upset about a voting process and things like that. You get into it knowing that it might not be the most fair outcome. He deserved to go home with an award this year, but there’s always next year.