Since the exit of Josh Griffith as the head writer of The Young and the Restless, there had been a report from CBS Soaps In Depth that Shelly Altman, who is currently on the Y&R writing team would be upped to co-head writer and that show was looking at Jean Passanante, (the former head writer of As the World Turns, who is currently a breakdown writer under Ron Carlivati’s team at General Hospital) to become the other co-head writer at the number one soap!
Tonight, noted soap journalist Carolyn Hinsey took to Twitter to announce that indeed Passanante, and Altman are IN as the new scribes of Genoa City. In her tweet, Hinsey said “Congrats to my
#OLTL pal Jean Passanante @PFossil & Shelly Altman on ur new head writing gigs at #YR. U have ur work cut out for u, ladies!”
Soap Opera Digest has also ran an item tonight saying that multiple sources have also told them that Passanante and Altman are on board at Y&R!
A spokesperson from Y&R related to On-Air On-Soaps there was no official from the show itself at this time confirming the reports of Passanante and Altman to the head writing position. Besides ATWT and GH, Passanante has written for OLTL, AW and AMC.
So what do you think of Passanante coming over to Y&R? Do you think her storytelling ability will fit well with the legacy of the CBS soap? Weigh-in!