Emmy winner Sally Sussman, who worked as story consultant and associate head writer on CBS’ long-running daytime drama The Young and the Restless, is returning to the show as head writer. Sussman succeeds Chuck Pratt, who was just tapped as new showrunner for Lee Daniels’ series Star on Fox.
“Sally was part of the team that first brought Y&R to its long-standing position as America’s No. 1 daytime drama and brings with her years of experience writing serialized storylines,” said Steve Kent, EVP Programming for Sony Pictures Television. “Her long-standing familiarity with the citizens of Genoa City and her great storytelling make her a perfect choice to take the reins at Y&R.”
After working for several years as a writer on various episodic television series, Sussman went to work with co-creator William J. Bell on The Young and the Restless. She was with the show for five years as its story consultant and associate head writer, receiving four Daytime Emmy noms and winning one. She went on to create daytime drama Generations for Brandon Tartikoff and NBC, also serving as head writer and executive producer on the series. Her other credits include head writer on Days Of Our Lives, which earned her a WGA Award and two Emmy noms, and executive producer and head writer of MTV’s Spyder Games, which earned her another Emmy nom. Most recently, Sussman completed her first documentary feature, Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey, which had its world premiere as part of Cannes Classics at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
“We are thrilled to have Sally return to The Young and The Restless, both as an award-winning writer and someone who is passionate about honoring the legacy of the series with character-driven story,” added Angelica McDaniel, EVP Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development at CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. “The powerhouse partnership of Sally and Mal Young, our talented new executive producer, sets an even brighter course for daytime’s No. 1 drama.”
The Young and The Restless is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.