Monday, March 26, 2012

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Maria Bell: Our Audience Means A Lot To CBS

WE LOVE SOAPS TV recently caught up with Y&R exec producer/head writer Maria Arena Bell on the red carpet of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's 25th Anniversary party. She feels good about the future viability of both show.

"I think we are really encouraged," she told Damon L. Jacobs. "If anything, we're up in many ways, and many demographics over where we were a year ago."

Bell feels Y&R has been helped by the recent soap cancellations.

"We have picked up viewers from the shows that have left," she said. "I was pretty heartsick to see those shows (ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE) go off the air, and I don't want to see any less soaps. We have picked up some more viewers and there is that strength there. That's what's going to keep us on the air: people watching. We have a great audience. We have an important audience. Our audience really means a lot to CBS."

She thinks B&B is in good shape as well.

"I think we're really, really viable, both of these shows."

Watch the video below:

- WE LOVE SOAPS TV 3.32 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Turns 25: Brad Bell & Lee Phillip Bell Reflect
- WE LOVE SOAPS TV 3.33 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Turns 25: Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss & Hunter Tylo Reflect
- WE LOVE SOAPS TV 3.34 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Turns 25: Alley Mills & Colleen Bell Reflect
- WE LOVE SOAPS TV 3.35 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL 25th Anniversary Party: Hunter Tylo, Adrienne Frantz, Heather Tom, Jacob Young, Winsor Harmon, Hillary B. Smith, Maria Bell
- WE LOVE SOAPS TV 3.35 BOLD & BEAUTIFUL 25th Anniversary Party: Linsey Godfrey, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Texas Battle, John McCook, Kim Matula

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