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'Young and the Restless' hires new head writers

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CBS’ The Young and the Restless is making another Head Writer change.

Two women will now hold the top job: Shelly Altman, who was promoted, and Jean Passanante, who has written for several ABC daytime sudsers. Additionally, Tracey Thomson has been upped to Co-Head Writer.

The women replace Josh Griffith, who was named Head Writer in 2012. Griffith played a key role in addressing the death of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) on the sudser this summer.

“Shelly has been an important part of the Y&R writing team since joining the show last year and Jean brings with her a wealth of daytime writing experience. We are excited to have these two talented daytime veterans leading our writing team at ‘Y&R,” said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony TV, in a statement.  “We are also thrilled to have Tracey take on a new role and we look forward to her creative input to the show.”

Altman’s been at Y&R since 2012. Passanante has written for Another World, All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital. Thomson comes from General Hospital.