The Soap Bubble: Y&R Cast and Crew say Goodbye to a Daytime Legend Dec 14 2012, 01:45 PM by Aaron Hagey-MacKay In Soap News this week, a prolific daytime drama executive dies, the cast of Y&R say goodbye to yet another cast member, and a DAYS cast member stars in a cool Sci-Fi short. Y&R News Former Y&R executive producer Paul Rauch dies Getty Legendary soap opera executive producer, Paul Rauch, died this week at the age of 78 in New York, following an illness. He is survived by his wife Israela Margalit. Rauch really understood daytime drama, making his mark at the helm of One Life to Live, Santa Barbara, Another World, Guiding Light and Texas (as co-creator). The last show he ran was, of course, The Young and the Restless from 2008-2011. Maria Arena Bell, the recently ousted Y&R EP worked with Rauch on developing a show for NBC called Coming of Age, and later on Y&R. She tells Soap Opera Digest, “I considered Paul a great friend and he and Israela were at my wedding. Paul was from the old school of soaps and he really knew how to run a show and understood the value of the writer in the process. I loved working with him and I loved him dearly as a person and am heartsick to hear he has passed. I wish the best to Israela and their grown children and will really miss him." Crystal Chappell (former Carly Manning, DAYS) who worked with him on Guiding Light, tweeted, “Paul Rauch was a dear man to me...he will be missed. Love and prayers to his family.” Michael Muhney (Adam Newman, Y&R) Tweeted: RIP Paul Rauch. You were my boss, my collaborator, my fan, my advisor, and my friend. Current Y&R head writer Josh Griffith, writes on Facebook, "The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now." Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, Y&R), also on Facebook said, “Today we lost Paul Rauch... And the world is emptier for it. I will miss you my friend. Thank u for everything u did for me. The things that u taught me will stay with me for life. Rest in Peace.” Goodbye Michael Graziadei on Y&R Getty Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalatti, Y&R) will not return to Genoa City after 8 years on the show. The staff and cast held a goodbye party for the 33 year old actor. His tv mother, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, Y&R) tweeted out this goodbye on November 30th, the day of the party, ”Another scene with my Grazzzzz #reallycrying" . Days of our Lives News Blake Berris in Sci-Fi short Check out his Sci-Fi short film Blake Berris (Nick Fallon, DAYS) is in. He’s a robot! The short film is kind of reminiscent of Blade Runner, which makes me wish the film were called Blake Runner. Watch The Continuum: “Lisa”: Next Week on The Young and the Restless - Michael romances his wife on their anniversary. - Jill tries to convince Katherine to forgive Tucker. - Chelsea and Adam discuss their marriage. - Victor and Nikki decide on a wedding date. - Things heat up between Leslie and Neil. Next Week on Days of Our Lives - EJ arranges to donate the toys to charity, prompting both Sami and Rafe to see EJ's doing a good thing. - Sami eavesdrops on EJ and Kristen, and is about to hear something private. - Lucas interrupts a kiss. - Lucas takes Jenn to task for dating Daniel and disrespecting Jack's memory. - Kristen can't wait for her affair to come out. - Sonny claims he has figured out the secret involving Will, Nick, and Gabi. - Eric tells Nicole a harrowing story about his time in the Congo. By: Aaron Hagey-MacKay _______ Watch Young and the Restless weekdays at 4.30 et/ 4.00 pt. Watch Days of our Lives weekdays at 1.00 et/pt.