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Happy 47th Anniversary to The Young and the Restless

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The number-one soap opera for more than three decades, The Young and the Restless turns 47-years-young today.  The now iconic CBS Daytime drama series debuted back on March 26th, 1973.

The series created by the late great Bill Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, originally was broadcast as half-hour episodes.  The show expanded to one-hour back in February of 1980.  In fact, the shows working title was “The Innocent Years” until it became the much sexier and grand, The Young and the Restless.

In the beginning, it was the drama between the Brooks and the Fosters that set the tone, but in the 80’s those families were eventually phased out in favor of the Newmans and the Abbotts, who remain the core and most popular clans in Genoa City.  The Chancellors remained throughout the decades in story capacity, as well.

On January 30, 2020, CBS announced it had renewed Y&R for an unprecedented four more years through 2023, which means it will definitely live to see its big 5-0!

In a statement on the renewal, CBS Entertainment president Kellty Kahl: “It’s a remarkable achievement and a testament to the extraordinary cast, gifted writers, talented producers and supremely passionate fans,”

Congrats to all the hard working men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes at Y&R. We all look forward to you returning to production as soon as its safe, as ee all must do what we can right now for each other during these trying times during the coronavirus pandemic.

Share your well-wishes and anniversary thoughts to Y&R via the comment section below.

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  1. Jimh

    March 26, 2020 at 10:07 am

    If and when these soaps return they might lose more viewers if this pandemic continues…OJ Simpson trials cost soap some viewership when some fans never returned…this might cause even more but hopefully im wrong!!!

    • Satan

      March 26, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Well, I’m sure the GH viewers on the West coast are getting tired of losing the last 15 minutes of the show every day this week because the Orange Imbecile wants to babble needlessly in front of the cameras, saying nothing at all of any value, regarding the pandemic.

      If such daily interruptions are needed at all, they could 1) wait another 15 minutes and 2) let the two doctors on his so-called “task force” do the talking, because at least they have a clue what they’re talking about.

      • anne

        March 27, 2020 at 7:07 pm

        ANY AND ALL INFORMATION on Covid 19 is and ALWAYS WILL BE MORE IMPORTANT than the last 15 of GH,DOOL, B&B and Y&R.

  2. Damien

    March 26, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    No better time to usher in the next year than for a new head writer team to be announced!!!
    Im sure occasional or old viewers tuning in cant believe how boring and amateur this soaps become! Unfortunate y n r wasnt great like it used to be to recapture old viewers or gain new ones.Since so many viewers are home and available to tune in. Nevermind what a nice distraction regular viewers could look forward too.
    Nice that the chancellor estates still present as its the only original family mansion since its inception! How amazing would it be for Chance to get a real story to bring back Nina now that Billy and Jill are working together! Unfortunate theres no working class family for regular viewers to connect with like the Fosters were. The Rosales were close but ignorant viewers didnt allow it. Nows the time for upper brass to get their heads outta there asses, sit down, try to make it through even a half hour and see what dedicated viewers have been suffering through. If the short sighted writers kill off Dinah it might the nail on the coffin for me too…#fireJoshGriffith

  3. Barbara from Atlanta

    March 26, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    I’m glad that it is still on the air. However, vast improvements (particularly with the writing and the tenure length of the writing team) are needed. For the past decade, the show has been a mere “shell” of what it used to be.

  4. Momo

    March 27, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Cheers! Happy anniversary.

  5. soapfan

    March 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    So much talent. I wish the show wasn’t so grating right now. It is truly unwatchable. In 40 years of watching soaps, I’ve never said that before. Hopefully the writers are using this time to get their shit together.

    • Gloria

      April 1, 2020 at 8:20 am

      I thought it was just me. I fast forward through most of this show lately. I cannot take another Adam trying to get even with Victor storyline. I cannot stand the Dina storyline. Phyllis gets on my nerves to the point where I can’t watch her. And Phyllis & Nick again? Ugh. And sickly Victoria slunking around. I don’t know how these actors can go in & repeat the same things over & over & over. If Nikki is not on I am not interested. This show needs serious help ASAP.

      • Lew S.

        April 3, 2020 at 2:17 am

        I agree about Nick and Phyllis -Why?????? Sex doesn’t make a relationship and that has been the basis of their relationship over the years. Why can’t Nick meet someone new? It’s usually a toss up between Sharon, Phyllis and Chelsea. When Adam does something to piss Chelsea off,will she run back to Nick? Probably. You gotta know Sharon and Rey aren’t long-term. If Sharon’s cancer gets worse, will Nick be her knight in shining armor? And of course, this will make Phyllis nuts and she will become the screaming banshee again! Congrats Y&R on the anniversary and wishing you many more! But, please don’t turn this show into the Bold & the Beautiful, where people don’t know when to move on!

        • jaybird369

          April 17, 2020 at 12:06 pm

          Lew…the people of B&B don’t know when to ‘move on’ because Executive Producer Brad Bell has made the show unwatchable!!!!! If it weren’t for the characters of Bill, Katie, Thomas and Quinn, I would have said SAYONARA to B&B a long time ago!!!!! Beyond sad.


          • Lew S.

            April 17, 2020 at 3:16 pm

            I hear ya!

      • jaybird369

        April 6, 2020 at 7:50 pm

        Gloria…I never liked the character of Dina…at all. I always found Dina to be uppity, stuck-up and EVEN MORE GOD-AWFUL!!!!! And I still do. As for Nick, he acts like a drooling, lovesick and moronic frat-boy…BEYOND YUCK!!!!!

        Take care.

  6. 4ever DAYS

    March 29, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Y&R is running out of new episodes and may never return to production, but they had a pretty good run.

  7. Kay

    March 31, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    If you call sex on a desk a storyline then you are indeed in trouble I will never come back to this show! Ugh

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OLTL Alum Renee Elise Goldsberry On Performing Her Showstopper “Satisfied” In ‘Hamilton’ Premiering On Disney+ Today

We loved her as Evangeline Williamson on One Life to Live, and the Broadway world loved her in her Tony Award-winning role as Angelica Schuyler in the musical Hamilton, which today bows on the filmed version on Disney+.  Of course, we are talking about the fabulous Renee Elise Goldsberry who has talent abounds.

In Hamilton, Goldsberry performs a showstopper “Satisfied” as Angelica makes the ultimate sacrifice giving up the man she loves Hamilton played by Lin-Manuel Miranda) to her sister for her sister, Eliza’s (Phillipa Soo) happiness.

Now taking the version of this memorable moment in the theatre and bringing it to life on film also makes for an exciting performance and piece of creative work.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times out today, Renee talks about executing this number in the show just right: “There are things that are technically challenging about that number: on top of the words, there’s the movement and the fact that we’re doing the previous number in reverse the whole time. It was a lot of things to juggle, but that was never hard, that was all intellectual. Even the rap was relatively easy. The most challenging part to sing is that final toast.This is an extremely well-written song. Every word is crafted to analytically take this woman on an emotional, life-altering decision for these three lives. That decision was such a monumentally painful and beautiful thing to do that by the time I’d get to that moment in which she makes that decision, I was so devastated that it was hard to sing that toast. She’s conflicted because, clearly, she wants to stay around this guy, she recognizes his brilliance, but she gets that Eliza is the one. So I imagine this woman having to give this toast to this community, in spite of the pain she felt.I was always worried that somehow or another, I wouldn’t be able to live up to the brilliance of the end of that song because emotionally, I was just trying to manage it. It took me maybe until Broadway to feel OK about it.”

When asked how she felt about seeing “Satisfied” in the movie version of Hamilton available everywhere Friday on Disney+, Goldsberry added: :Seeing it from the audience’s point of view for the first time, I realized there was a whole ‘nother level of storytelling that was going on, separate from me. I mean, Howell Binkley’s lighting design!  And Andy Blankenbuehler’s brilliant choreography, which I could always only see in my peripheral vision. It’s a huge number with the entire company onstage just killing it and basically turning back time with their bodies, and I’m standing in the middle, talking out like a deer in the headlights to the audience about a burst of things that I have to grapple with immediately. I’m very grateful that he made my job much easier.”

Watch a clip of Renee’s performance in the film version of Hamilton below.

Now, let us know if you are planning to watch the highly-anticipated Hamilton over the fourth of July weekend via the comment section and if you are excited to see Renee in her award-winning winning in it?

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B&B’s Supervising Producer, Casey Kasprzyk Shares: “Just Finished Viewing Our First Produced Episode Since Starting Production Back Up!”

In a tweet late on Thursday, the supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, Casey Kasprzyk, shared his enthusiasm at completing the first major hurdle for the soap going back into production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Showing a viewing copy on disc of the first new episode produced for B&B in months, Casey said: “Just finished viewing our first produced episode since starting production back up! So proud of Team Bold & Beautiful. Great shows airing soon”

The disc had airshow number #8321 on it, and a question mark as to when it will make it to air.

The fact that The Bold and the Beautiful is the first daytime drama to get one new episode completed is a step forward amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California.

Now soap fans will have to wait and see if General Hospital and The Young and the Restless begin their productions in the middle of July; as last projected by both series, or if there will be further delays due to the ongoing crisis for the safety of everyone involved at the shows.

So, excited to learn Casey’s news that there is a new episode of B&B on the horizon for viewers to see? Comment below.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

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The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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