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Paul Rauch is an American television producer and writer.

Another World

Rauch is best known for his work on Another World, which he produced from 1972 to 1983. For much of that time, he worked in conjunction with Head Writer Harding Lemay, and the team garnered the show critical acclaim and strong ratings.

Rauch led the show to an expanded hour format in 1975, which was a success. However, a subsequent time expansion to 90 minutes in 1979 was less successful though the expanded show lasted for one and a half years.

While still producing Another World, he also helped create an AW spin-off, Texas, which transferred popular character Iris Carrington (played by Beverlee McKinsey) to the new show amid much fanfare. Never able to achieve much in the ratings, Texas aired from August 4, 1980 to Dec. 31, 1982. Rauch served as executive producer of Texas for about 8 months, while also overseeing Another World.

Other credits

Following his stint on Another World, he produced One Life to Live from 1984 to 1991, Santa Barbara from 1991 to 1993, Guiding Light from 1996 to 2002, and now The Young and the Restless since late 2008. Most recently, he was consulting producer to a period-drama aired on Russianmarker television, called Bednaya Nastya.


Rauch has become a controversial figure among some soap fans for what some describe as larger than life plots.
  • His production stints at One Life to Live and Guiding Light featured sci-fi plots such as cloning and time-travel.
  • He has also had some conflicts with several of the actors on the shows he has produced. Ellen Holly, who played Carla on One Life to Live for nearly two decades, wrote in her autobiography "One Life" about how Rauch told Lillian Hayman, who played Holly's on-screen mother, Sadie, as she was walking to her car after a day's taping that she was fired and that she had just taped her last episode.
  • Rauch fired three actors from Another World in 1975: Virginia Dwyer (Mary Matthews), George Reinholt (Steve Frame), and Jacqueline Courtney (Alice Matthews Frame). According to his memoirs, then-AW head writer Harding LeMay said that Dwyer was fired because she relied too heavily on cue cards and didn't bother memorizing lines, Courtney was fired because her acting was deemed too "soap operatic," and Reinholt was fired due to the fact that he had openly clashed with both Rauch and LeMay over the direction of the series and had become difficult do deal with.

Positions held

Another World

Guiding Light
  • Executive Producer (November 1996 - December 24, 2002)

One Life to Live
  • Executive Producer (June 1984 - January 1991)

Santa Barbara
  • Executive Producer (February 1992 - January 15th 1993)

  • Co-Creator
  • Executive Producer (1980-1981)

The Young and the Restless
  • Consultant (August 2008 - October 2, 2008)
  • Co-Executive Producer (October 3, 2008 - present)

Television history

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