Monday, August 27, 2012

Jill Farren Phelps Reveals Her Plans For The Young and the Restless; Plus, She Is Not Responsible For The Death Of Frankie Frame!

TV Guide Magazine has just published an informative and entertaining interview with new THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS executive producer Jill Farren Phelps about her plans for the show, its long-term prospects, the latest casting news and more, even addressing GUIDING LIGHT's Maureen Bauer and ANOTHER WORLD's Frankie Frame! Some of the tidbits revealed included the new African-American male character being cast is not a Devon recast; the casting call that looked an awful like like the character of Lily was Lily, but there's hope Christel Khalil will stay with the show; she's "really quite fond" of Genie Francis.

Here's an excerpt:

TV Guide Magazine: So, even though you must cut costs, there will be no huge cast purge?
Phelps: I'm not going to say there won't be one, but that doesn't mean there will be. I will only say right now that there will indeed be changes. We have a cast of really wonderful actors but, at the end of the day, we need to look at the entire canvas and decide who is catching fire with the audience. And where can we create fire where there isn't any?

TV Guide Magazine: You drive the fans crazy like nobody else in the soap world! No one's even a close second. Why? I personally think a good 75 percent of it is because you're a woman. A male producer would never cause so much...uh...
Phelps: Ire?

TV Guide Magazine: Exactly. But that's a subject for a whole other interview, if not a college thesis.
Phelps: Look, I'm sorry I killed Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light all those years ago, but I am not responsible for the death of Frankie Frame on Another World! That was not my doing and I am tired of taking the heat for having killed a character when I didn't! [Laughs] The other day we were in a network meeting talking about one of the Y&R actors who wanted out temporarily to go do something and I said, "Let her go do it!" And the network executive looked at me and said, "You're not nearly the monster I've been hearing about!"

TV Guide Magazine: Franco is what's known on the boards as an FOJ — Friend of Jill. What do you say to the rumor that Y&R will soon be overrun with FOJs?
Phelps: The rap I get for casting FOJs is legitimate. When you've done as many shows as I have and have been in the business this long, you accumulate some really wonderful actors as friends. Hiring people from my past shows is just a natural thing. They are fabulous actors and I know they can deliver. Nobody ever tells Steven Bochco or David Kelley they shouldn't keep hiring actors they believe in and bring them along from show to show. [Laughs] And let me be very clear that I am not comparing myself to Bochco and Kelly! My point is that you don't get that blowback in primetime like you do in daytime. That said, I have no current plans to bring on any FOJs. But if one of them is right for a role, I'm not going to ignore it just because the fans might be mad at me.

TV Guide Magazine: Which is exactly the kind of statement that makes the fans mad at you.
Phelps: I mean them no harm. In the course of my career I have made a very public mistake or four. Killing Maureen will go down as one of the biggest blunders in soap history and I agree! I have learned my lessons and, hopefully, I will never make those mistakes again. Many of the people who are mad have been mad for years and will probably stay that way. But I think I have also done some good stuff in this business. I want the fans of Y&R to know that I very much care what they think about the show, that I am here to honor its legacy and that I'm going to do my absolute best. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be here and know that I am very lucky. That is not lost on me.

October 12 will be the first day of the Jill Farren Phelps era. Will you be watching?


  1. I have mixed feelings about Jill - she also had some good accomplishments at GL, for example - but I respect her acknowledgement of the Maureen debacle.

  2. On GH it was Alan Q and forcing Audrey and Bobbie out.

  3. Frankie Frame was killed the last month JFP was EP. Is she saying that wasn't under her watch as EP or that someone else (like NBC) made her do it.

  4. zyxw: I was guessing the same thing - that the network wanted it or that someone at P&G did (Mary Alice Dwyer Dobbin was head of P&G production then).

  5. She "means them no harm", talking about the fans? Gee, seems like she should have higher care standards for the fans than that... just saying...

  6. She "means them no harm", talking about the fans? Gee, seems like she should have higher care standards for the fans than that... just saying...

  7. Jill Farren Phelps appointment as Executive Producer of Y&R is just another example of the horrendous decisions made concerning daytime soap operas that have plagued the genre: the recycling of the same people over and over! Why not inject soaps with new, fresh and innovative talent in these pivotal roles. It's no wonder soaps are dying because TPTB are not invested in turning out quality products. JFP is stale, as were Hogan Sheffer, Scott Hammer and the list goes on and on, with the repeated hiring of the likes of Donna Swajeksi, Dena Higley, Garin Wolfand to a lesser extent Ron Carvialti and Frank Valentini! A quick search on Wikipedia outlines the repeated use of the same old, tired creative teams behind soaps for decades!

  8. So if she's not responsible for the death of ANOTHER WORLD's Frankie are the fans wrong to assume that as the show's Executive Producer she could have prevented it??? Was Phelps responsible for the fact that once she became AW's EP Frankie & Cass(arguably one of the most popular couples on the soap) no longer had any significant storyline whatsoever, or was that someone else's fault as well? She can deny all she wants but the extent of the harm she did to ANOTHER WORLD did not begin and end with the death of Frankie Frame Winthrop(though that was by far the worst of it)----and there's no denying that!

  9. Keep and save Christel Khalil as Lily Ashby on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS … … … … … … … … … …

  10. Margaret DePriest killed off Frankie Frame, she originally wanted to kill off Donna Hudson