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Post-Mortem: The Highs and Lows of Mal Young’s Run On The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless, Mal YoungThe Young and the Restless, Mal Young

As previously reported, Mal Young has exited his roles as executive producer and head writer of The Young and the Restless. Here’s a look back at the highs and lows of his run.

The Highs
Despite industry-wide budget cuts, Young kept the look of the show impressive and stylish. He turned the rooftop at CBS Television City into a Los Angeles outdoor club when the story took characters to the West Coast.

Victor’s (Eric Braeden) tumble down the stairs during his fight with J.T. (Thad Luckinbill) was chilling; it really appeared as if the mustached mogul (and not a stuntman) was taking a fall.

Nick’s (Joshua Morrow) Dark Horse offices are impressive, a fitting location from where he can plan his next scheme.

Young addressed abusive relationships with the return of J.T. and his renewed dynamic with Victoria (Amelia Heinle). Vicky, like many in her position, made excuses for J.T.’s behavior.

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By the time she realized she’d made a mistake, Victoria was in too deep. The episode in which she finally confessed all to Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), Sharon (Sharon Case), and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) is Emmy-worthy.

The episodes involving the death of Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) being exposed as the one who orchestrated Jack’s (Peter Bergman) paternity puzzle, were extremely well-done, as well.

Y&R scored some nice casting coups under Young including Michael Mealor (Kyle), Sasha Calle (Lola), and Mia (Noemi Gonzalez) — and it’s always great to see soap hopper Jordi Vilasuso (Rey) back on TV.

The Lows
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