There has been a lot to celebrate for Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment Angelica McDaniel, who has done a tremendous job creating amazing synergy with the CBS Daytime line-up of shows which include: The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Talk, Let’s Make a Deal and The Price is Right! With Y&R turning 40 years young this past week, and ratings in key demos showing significant increases overall, McDaniel’s approach to being the network leader, behind the soaps and the day part, has shown a renewed vision which includes her know-how of social media and how to create awareness over many platforms in our day and age.
In a new in-depth interview in the latest edition of Soap Opera Uncensored, Nelson Branco chats with McDaniel about all things Y&R and B&B, the state of the daytime industry, and the changes she has made to infuse new life into the shows in which she manages. Here are a few interesting excerpts on what went down when Emme Rylan decided to leave her role as Abby Newman and head to GH to become the new Lulu, and how she and the Y&R creative team gave story to Marco Dapper’s Carmine, which helped continue the downfall of Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Lauren’s (Tracy E. Bregman) marriage.
McDaniel on how she found out Emme Rylan was leaving Y&R: “The one thing I will say about Emme that is upsetting is we basically found out the same way the fans found out. We got a phone informing us that her last tape date was in two days and that she was joining GH. I definitely would have loved to have received a phone call saying, “She has an offer, so pay or play.” Listen, these things happen. I get it. It’s business. We were sad to see her go. We were excited to see her return recently. I wish her the best of luck on GH. I’m happy I can still follow her tweets and see pictures of her having fun with her kids. I’m also excited to see what replacement Melissa Ordway will do with the role.”
McDaniel on how it was decided to use Marco Dapper’s Carmine as another breaking point in Lauren and Michael’s now troubled relationship: “Marco wasn’t being utilized so we challenged Josh to come up with something… we were definitely interested in some kind of affair. Out of that conversation, came two stories. You’re right… you can’t just write an affair storyline out of the blue. There has to be a reason. The bullying story was very timely and gripping… and that led to the deconstruction of Lauren and Michael’s marriage. Lauren needed an escape and what better escape than in the arms of Carmine? (Laughs) This could all happen in real life. It’s a great story, which we knew would be great right away. We knew it was something that had to play out. It couldn’t be a quick story that was tied up in a matter of weeks. With Josh and the outliners, I always say, “This show has been here for 40 years… and we aim for it to be here for another 40 years. What we do with the characters today, we have to think how is this going to affect them in 5 to 10 years.”
McDaniel if Lauren and Michael’s love story has legs to it: “With this Lauren and Michael storyline, there is a long-term journey. On this show, we’re creating a beautiful mosaic. That’s what Y&R is: tiny, shiny little pieces but together they are stunning. Over the 40 years and the 40 years to come, when you step back and look at Y&R, it’s a beautiful and stunning piece of art. What’s really powerful about this Lauren and Michael story – and you’re right, it is great – is that there is going to feel the impact and fallout for years to come much like Cassie’s shocking death; and what beautiful, heartbreaking moments came out of that with Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case. That story is still driving and influencing story and characters to this day.”
So soapers, what do you think of how CBS Daytime is doing since Angelica McDaniel took over as the boss? What do you feel about the Carmine/Lauren affair? Do you think it’s hot? Do you want Lauren and Michael back together STAT? Or, do you think it should be over? And, what do you think about Emme Rylan exiting her job at Y&R and heading to GH? Weigh-in!