Every Y&R fan we have talked to, communicated with, or have read postings about, is over the moon that Sally Sussman is back on The Young and the Restless as the series head writer, and now co-executive producer. Sussman has previously been with the show under the legendary creator of Y&R, Bill Bell from 1984-1989, and made a brief return under then head writer Lynn Latham.
Now she is ready to fix the problems plaquing the storylines and long-running characters of Genoa City and restore Y&R to the classic soap fans had come to love while featuring those characters who for years have also been thrown to the wayside, or saddled with bad story or romances. In a enlightening and fantastic interview with TV Insider’s Michael Logan, Sussman revealed some of her plans and thought process of what’s to come when her scripts first begin to air on December 7th. Here are a few interesting excerpts below!
Sussman on who is key to her on the canvas of Y&R: “I see eight stalwarts. They are the indispensables. In no particular order: Nikki, Victor, Jack, Ashley, Nick, Sharon, Billy and Victoria.”
Sussman on the decision to make Jill (Jess Walton) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) sisters, and if she would change it: “That’s also something I’m choosing to ignore and will probably negate at some point. It makes no sense. It was completely physically impossible! I wrote for the show back when Jim Storm was playing Lauren’s father—I named him after my friend, Neil—and the character was the same age as Jill so how could he possibly be her father? I just don’t know how they spun that. I do believe it was a mistake to make Devon Katherine’s grandson and leave him with $2 billion. It has left him without drive, without a goal. What does he want? What does he strive for? I don’t think those questions were ever asked, so we need to fix that.”
Susmsan on what she will to do to Lauren: “She will return to the feisty and clever Lauren we knew.”
Sussman on how she will utilize Jilll: “She’s going to experience a serious personal crisis that will cause her to reevaluate her entire life.”
Sussman on what she will do in story for Ashley (Eileen Davidson): “What I’m creating for her is an unexpected soulmate story—a story with someone who is not going to be the love of her life, but that someone is going to leave her open to one day having the love of her life. Eileen is too important to the show. Too vital. I am determined to make this work.”
Sussman on Sharon (Sharon Case) and the show’s couplings: “I have big plans for her and Nick. And Sharon is going to embark on a new goal that surprises everyone in Genoa City—one that brings a new person into her life. That’s another problem. We really need to build some longterm romantic couples. You have Nick and Sharon and Billy and Victoria, but neither couple is currently together. Where is the couple that is actually together that we want to root for? That couple doesn’t exist. We have to create some. We may need some people from the outside because the cast is so unbalanced right now. There are so many single women and I don’t know who to pair them with because there are very few men—Billy, Nick—who aren’t attached.”
Sussman on if she would recast the role of Adam vacated by Justin Hartley, and take baby Christian from Nick (Joshua Morrow): “I don’t see that we need it. Nick believes this baby is his and for all intents and purposes, it is. When and if an Adam comes up, then we’ll deal with it. I’m not looking to bring that character back nor do I want to do a paternity reveal involving a character who is off-camera.”
So, what do you think about Sally’s plans for Jill, Sharon, Nick, Ashley, and Lauren? Do you have high hopes on what will happen to your favorite characters when Sally’s stories begin to reveal themselves next month? Comment below!