'The Young and the Restless' scoop: Head writer Maria Arena Bell named executive producer

Good news for fans of Maria Arena Bell’s style of storytelling for CBS’ The Young and the Restless: She’s been named executive producer on the daytime drama, EW has learned exclusively. Bell was named head writer of the sudser in March 2008 and named a co-exec producer in September 2008. She will remain the head writer as she takes on even more responsibility, which includes leading the writing team and overseeing all creative aspects of the show.

In its 37th season, The Young and the Restless has been the No. 1 rated daytime drama on TV for more than 22 years. Last week, the soap — which is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures TV  — finished in the top spot among adults 18-49. (The No. 2 show was Days of Our Lives, another sudser from Sony that airs on NBC).

Previously, Bell wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful.

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