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Happy 44th Anniversary To The Young and the Restless!

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On Sunday, CBS’s number-one rated daytime drama series turns 44-years-old.   The Young and the Restless created by the the late William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell premiered on the network back on March 26th, 1973.

Back in December of 2016, it marked the 28th consecutive years that the show has remained daytime’s #1 rated show, which is an outstanding accomplishment never before seen in the history of the genre.

The series currently under the creative regime of executive producer, Mal Young and head writer Sally Sussman, this past week took home the most Daytime Emmy nominations of any daytime program with 25 nods.

In a tweet from the Y&R Insider twitter account they acknowleged the shows anniversary expressing:  “Today is the 44th anniversary of #YR. Thanks to our viewers for your loyalty & to Mr. & Mrs. Bell for starting it all!”

Congratulations to the cast, crew, and behind the scenes personnel for another anniversary on the air, and for keeping Y&R the class act that is.

Post your anniversary messages and thoughts for Y&R if its your favorite show in the comment section below!

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I am back watching the Young and the Restless full time since Sally and Kay have returned. I am enjoying the story lines that Sally and Kay are providing and I am happy but still feel that the show is not 100% complete due to the background music…It would be so nice for Y&R to hire Jack Allocco and David Kurtz back to Y&R to bring back the beautiful background music the show use to have and was a part of the show…PLEASE MAL AND SALLY…make this happen…

I also see the much needed change in the difference between regimes. Sally and Kay are making their female leads more of a force on the show. I just don’t comprehend the low demographics because this is as close to Bill Bell as we’re going to get. I’m also enjoying the change in Nicholas with his brother Adam. I know CPJr started it and I’m glad that Sally and Kay are continuing it. I always thought Adam and Nick’s rivalry was juvenile at best and their renewed respect for each other would be great if Adam returned in one way shape or form.

I have watched Y&R through many regimes. I have watched the good and the bad but what always makes this show so superior is the cast. Each actor has so many strengths. I am enjoying the current writing regime. They are bringing back the realness of the characters. I know that the current writing team favors keeping certain couples together. I do appreciate that. My only request is that they make up their minds regarding Cane and Lily. I don’t really like this couple anyway but I am tired of the yo yo turns with them. First they screw at every turn and then for no reason they cheat. They always look so shocked and dismayed when it happens. But for goodness sake, that is all they do. They should have Master degrees in coital relations. If they are destined to be together then keep them together and stop bringing in other characters to mess them up. Cane is always lusting for someone and then acts so remorseful when he acts on it but he ALWAYS does it. Lily is the same way. How about they deal with their addictions to sex in general? I mean c’mon already and decide what you want. Everyone else is doing great. Give Mariah and Ashley some lovin’ they need it desperately. I love Gloria and I enjoy watching her work with the Abbott family in general. Victoria and Billy do belong together. I love Sharon being an independent woman. I enjoy Nick and Chelsea together BUT bring back Adam. (Michael Muhney please). There hasn’t been a love like Adam and Chelsea before. They were so heated together. I loved Justin Hartley’s take on Adam but Michael Muhney IS Adam Newman. I love this show. It’s always a great experience. Thank you to Mal Young and Sally Sussman for honoring the history and characters. Keep it up Y&R.

I so agree with you Mateo. The numbers would sky rocket if we could bring back Michael Muhney but I don’t think the heavy weights care about what the fans want. I think two of the vet. actor/actress don’t want him back and they carry the weight for the rest. Such a shame because this show was hot with Chadam/Shadam.

They say u should forgive people for their mistakes, are these two vets too big to do such a kind thing, the man upstairs forgives all of us.

Your right Donna but these two think they run the show. One who should be retired is afraid he’ll lose his position so he thinks holding M.M. back will make him # 1 and too bad about the fans. The other one again because of the length of time she’s been on thinks she has pull. I wish the two of them would retire or be on re-curing static. I believe their way too high on themselves because if a poll was taken with M,M, or– -? and another with M.M. or – -? I think M.M. would be voted back in.

I agree with much of your post, Mateo, but you confuse me when you say Cane is always lusting after another woman. He’s never cheated on Lilly while she has cheated on him twice, with his worst enemy, no less. The only woman we’ve see Cane lust after is his wife.
I think this latest woman planted the lingerie and earring to make Cane think he cheated on Lily so she can get a job out of him. He does seem to be a target for scheming women because as you recall, Hillary also staged a faux sexual tryst.
Loving Y&R right now. I really enjoyed the music scene with Reed, Nikki and his new music teacher today–more please.
I do not like Mariah with Devon, however. I think he’s way too boring, too bland for the likes of the interesting, cute and droll Mariah. I would rather see her paired up with Ravi–now they would make an interesting pair.
I loved the scene in which Scotty tutors Sharon on her college essay–that was a well written scene.

I like Mariah and Devon I dont like ravi at all

I don’t get not liking Ravi.

Congratulations. Been a viewer since 2008.

I’ve watched “Y & R” through the good and the bad after Bill Bell’s passing and right now, we are back to GOOD!! So nice to watch CHARACTER-DRIVEN drama once again on my show of 35+ years!! Sally Sussman & Kay Alden are doing their damndest to bring the show back to what makes it so great and Mal Young is doing a very respectable job in his EP job.

Keep it going, guys!!!

Bill bell had a underlying evil/ villaneous trait to his characters that were complex…drucilla, jack, victor , michael baldwin with their motives .they had secrets brewing with possibilities of being exposed in storylines that were on the verge of exploding. Or he created villians you rooted for like sheila carter or phyliss romalotti who terrorized the heroines like lauren or cricket. There was suspence and mystery. ..The current regime is lacking any clear villians and heroes with plots. No villians to hate or symphatize with. In otherwords…BORING.

Damien, I so totally understand what you are saying and agree with you except I don’t think Y&R is boring…I really believe that Sally will bring us suspense and mystery for I think her main focus at the time is getting the character’s back to where they need to be then add the suspense and mystery which I also love and hope they do…

44 is great!

45? Yes, get rid of Devon, Chelsea, Jordan, can and Colin.

Bring back the original Tucker for Jill.

Make Chancelor relevant again. Give Esther something to do.

Bring back that farmer Sam. Have him stalk Sharon. Scott to the rescue! But before Scott can subdue Sam, Sam hacks off Scott’s Yanni hair with sheep shears!

Mariah and Kevin find each other AGAIN!

Harding returns as Paul’s assistant Chief!

Lilly and Billy

Victoria and NOBODY! She is cold as ice!

Reed walks to Warsaw!

Deacon Sharpe returns!

Ashley boots the boy and falls for Sharon’s dad. [William DeVries PLEASE!]

Murphy and Esther take over Crimson.

Sharon works for Jabot.

Jaclk falls for Ashley’s real estate friend which is way too much for Jackie boy to handle!

End TMZ/GC BUZZ

Give Neil a story.

Victor brings back WHOMEVER HE WANTS!

Love your post, Timm and agree with every point except one. Get rid of Colin? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do, however, give Colin something to do which does not involve Jill and does not involve him stealing or pulling another con.
Tristan Rogers is a talented, charismatic, funny and handsome actor who just lights up the screen with his very presence.
Let him play with the big boys. I would like to see him involved with Newman or Jabot.

Thanks Rhonda. I love Tristan but would rather see him on GH. BUT, that show is so poorly written they might put him back on the street as a cadet instead of an agent! I like your idea, let him and Victor butt heads!

The actress who plays Victoria has zero chemistry with Billy, and I thought the same when the character was paired with Travis. Billy and Phyllis have loads of chemistry-with just one look. I just don’t understand the need to rehash the very boring tale of Victoria and Billy (or Victoria and anyone for that matter).

Victoria needs an older man and she is horrible with Reed! Do NOT like the new actress who plays Phyllis!

Been gone for a several weeks. Don’t feel any connection with new reporter on the scene. Wish I did! Wonder about Nikki and Paul not connecting more deeply regarding the loss of their child. Not a physical thing.

Jill seems to have played more deeply into her role. Do feel the unfortunate connection. Don’t lose her, please!

The program seems slower in an almost pleasant way. I see no chemistry between any players. Either build the new romance or find it!

Good point, Paul hasnt been seen much and Nikki is hugging all over Victor!

I am thrilled with the course Y&R is taking. There are so many parts of the rebooted (?) series that genuinely connect to what Mr. Bell created for us. I anticipate more subtle changes to come. It takes time and finesse to right a listing ship… and Y&R was listing. The writers and EP will restore luster to legacy characters, correct histories, and incorporate the past in to new plots surely protected in a show bible kept under lock and key in the offices. I believe in daytime drama. I believe in Y&R!

Congratulations to my favorite show! Y&R is a powerhouse with everyone else waaaayyy back in the rear view mirror!

Here’s a few notes for my Y&R wish/bucket list…

Please find a way to utilize some of the fantastic bg music from Jez Davidson.

The CD contains most of the iconic tracks from back in the day and they are every bit as tear-jerking as they were then!

Next, please PLEASE bring back the outside shots… I thought that was brilliant of them to start this last year, but I’ve noticed less and less of it lately. The characters seem so much more real in outdoor settings… the GC canvas appears larger as well this way.

Looking forward to another year of Y&R being on top!

Kalamaty…YES YES, Jez Davidson’s background music would be great but I would not think that they would go that far back…Jez Davidson, Jack Alloccoo and David Kurtz….hiring them back is also my wish/bucket list…

I was thinking Jez was before Jack and David and forgot that all 3 worked together…Ever since the show began until Jez,Jack and David left…Y&R was a league in it’s own with it’s background music.

Sad anniversary actually. The Young and the Restless have become the show unable to write for it’s longest running cast member. Paul, played by Doug Davidson has appeared in only 4 episodes since the end of January. Write for him, please writers, so I could enjoy again the show I used to love.

Been watching for over 40 yrs and I am loving most of the changes with the new old writers. Especially Sharon, Victor and Nikki. Love Nick and Chelsea ‘s characters just do not like them as a couple. Waiting g for a Nick and Sharon reunion. We need a new Adam, I never really liked Muhney’s Adam but loved Justin Hartley. The character needs to be recast tho. Congrats to Y&R and I look forward to many more years of great storytelling!

Days Of Our Lives

Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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General Hospital

George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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