December 24, 2008By Devin Owens Posted: Dec 24, 2008
For years, I felt that Y&R was doing itself a huge disservice by showing one of their classic episodes on Christmas day. Why? Because the audience would ultimately be treated to a show from the golden years when its co-creator, the late great William Bell served as head writer. I can clearly remember how Bill's distinct writing style would enthrall and engross me on a daily basis, wringing every dramatic drop out of a moment so that even a knock on the door was a cliffhanger. But when Bill retired in the late ’90s, the feel of the show changed to the point that the annual classic episode was a sore reminder of how great Y&R used to be. But I'm happy to share that this year is different now that Bill's daughter-in-law Maria Arena Bell is at the helm. I feel like I'm watching the Y&R of old but infused with a whole new exciting energy. As far as that classic episode, I say bring it on!