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Plans For Y&R and B&B Revealed: Memorable Theme Weeks Will Air With Bonus Commentary

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On Monday, CBS announced their plans for the signature soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful at this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this point in time, the soaps will have run out of original episodes to air as of This Thursday April 23rd.  So in their place for the time being will be more classic episode and theme weeks that new and longtime fans will enjoy.Y&R and B&B are currently in a halt in production as are GH and DAYS due to the coronavirus crisis.

The plan is for the theme weeks to kick-off next Monday April 27th.   The Young and the Restless will start with the grand dame of Genoa City, with episodes surrounding Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper).  In a week called “Katherine the Great”, look for episodes started as far back to 1980.  Longtime cast members will be featured in these classic moments including: Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) and the late Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters).

Ahead of Monday’s them week, this Friday,April 24th,  Y&R will rebroadcast a show from 1996 involving Paul and Christine’s honeymoon, which became quite complicated when Phyllis also arrived on the scene.

B&B will start their theme week with “Escape to Monte Carlo” and look back at all the episodes filmed on location in the Mediterranean paradise.  Cast include: Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer), Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), Don Diamont (Bill Spencer), Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), John McCook (Eric Forrester), Rena Sofer (Quinn Fuller) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester).

In addition, two documentary-style “making of” episodes filmed on location in Monaco will air Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28. These two “Becoming Bold and Beautiful” episodes have never been seen before on CBS, and feature rare, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew (including executive producer Bradley Bell) as they shot throughout the enchanting mountainside country. Also, as an early kickoff to the theme week, on Friday, April 24, B&B will air the Monte Carlo-themed episode in which Forrester Creations and Spectra Fashions face off for a fashion showdown benefiting charity.

“It’s incredibly fun to offer fans an opportunity to look back at such memorable moments from Y&R and B&B,” said Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ EVP of Current Programs said in a statement. “Both of these shows have extraordinary legacies, and these specially curated episodes are only a small portion of what we hope to be able to present in the coming weeks.”

The stars of Y&R and B&B will provide bonus content with fresh commentary at the beginning and end of many episodes. Additional “theme weeks” of both series will be announced in the near future.

So, what do you think about the concept of theme weeks to enjoy; until Y&R and B&B can get back in production? Comment below.

 

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The Bold and the Beautiful doesn’t sound that interesting. I’ll be watching Classic Concentration on BUZZR.

Please show old episodes with Thorne, Macy, and (the real) Sally Spectra.

I forgot Darla and Saul. I’d like to see all the Darla episodes. Early Brooke and Stephanie would be nice too.

I watch Classic Concentration on Buzzer-clean classic fun for the whole family!!!

B&B would not be in this position to have no more episodes left if the show did not give the stars all this time off. They spend more time off the set then on the set. The month of July, 3 weeks at. Christmas, 1 week off every month, 3 weeks spring break. Days of our lives has enough episodes until September.

Days of our Lives has all new episodes through late October.

It’s a great idea, I can’t wait.

CBS PLEASE broadcast Y&R episodes from the 70’s with Jaime Lyn Bauer and John McCook and John/Lance’s wicked mother Vanessa Prentiss where Vanessa framed Lori/Laurie by yelling STOP it Lori, STOP, etc and jumps off the balcony making it look/sound like Lori pushed Vanessa off the balcony…And the the party at the Colonnade Room with Lori being introduce along with other’s, CLASSIC Y&R…Regarding B&B, PLEASE show shows from the beginning…

B&B needs to dig deep for their theme weeks. We don’t want to see stuff from the past seven years, we want stuff that’s twenty years old and earlier! Thorne, Macy, Sally, Sheila/Maggie/James, Maggie, Jessica, Ronn Moss…the vintage stuff!

Would love to see Catherine with Phillip Chancellor before they divorced! Her character as Marge was very entertaining! Her son, Brock, and all of her husbands beginning with Phillip. Catherine’s friendship with Jill’s mom! Looking forward to the years going way back. Ive been watching Y&R since the beginning!
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Looking forward to Catherine’s classic episodes!

I’ve been wondering for years why Y&R didn’t employ something like this to draw on its history and, at the same time, keep the costs down of new episodes.

You could fill multiple weeks with stuff like this: A week of episodes showing us the background and conflict between Lauren and Sheila (having the two actresses make comments); “favorite” episodes — Melody Thomas Scott picks five of her favorite Nikki episodes and films an intro explaining why she selected it; Tracy Bregman; Doug Davidson (maybe not Eric Braeden since we just had his 40th anniversary show). A week of episodes devoted to the Abbotts (showing not only John but Mamie).

Honestly, the “vintage” episodes we’ve been seeing this month have been great. Reminding me why I liked Y&R so much and vividly showing how far the show has declined in production values and writing over the past 20 years. I actually looking MORE forward to the upcoming “vintage” episode re: Paul/Cricket’s honeymoon and Phyllis (I bet anything it is the one where she put the octopus in their bed) than I am in watching the current show.

Y&R and B&B fans should fear the possibility of those soaps never returning with new episodes if enough fans watch the repeats. In the meantime, Days of our Lives has all new episodes for many months to come. If more viewers watch DAYS, it sends a message that soaps (with new episodes) are wanted and needed. Let’s keep the sands going for all the soaps!

B&B needs to stop giving their stars so much time off the B&B stars spend more tine off the set then they do on the set. Days of our lives has plenty of episodes until the fall. B&B could loose some viewers to Days of our lives and they will have no one to blame but themselves for giving the stars so much time of. If B&B was 6 months in advance like they should then they would have to keep showing months of repeat episodes. Repeat episodes might be ok for a week or two but after a while fans will tune out and watch the only remaining soap left airing new episodes days of our lives.

Too bad we can’t get some old episodes of defunct soaps like Guiding Light, As The World Turns and One Life To Live, etc.

I wish B&B would air older shows.

I hated all the travel episodes the first time around, not looking forward to their reruns!

Old B&B shows with the current cast? Yawn. I want to see Stephanie going up against Brooke and Sally (Darlene Conley). That was fun stuff. I’m watching Another World on You Tube. Rachel and Janice just fell into the pool with a knife in St. Croix!

While there’d be a big “*” next to it, I wonder if this will cause Y&R to lose its run as the #1 soap…

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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The Young and the Restless Renewed for Four More Years at CBS

Congratulations are in order to the cast, crew, creatives and fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. On Wednesday, the top-rated daytime drama was renewed by the network for four more years.

The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continued to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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According to CBS, Y&R is averaging 3.50 million viewers this season. The series is also the #1 daytime program among African American viewers. Full episodes of the series are streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE.  The soap opera airs weekdays at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-12:30 p..m. PT.

Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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Other notable cast anniversaries in 2024 include: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) at 35 years and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) all at 30 years.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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Kimberlin Brown ‘Killed-Off’ as Sheila Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful in Shocking Twist

The Monday, February 26th episode of CBS daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the apparent end to one of the all-time villains of soap opera.

In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”

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However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”

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If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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This is leading many to believe this move will bring Steffy back together with Liam (Scott Clifton) while Finn and Hope (Annika Noelle) draw closer. Is that part of the reason for Sheila’s death? Stay tuned.

What do you think about The Bold and the Beautiful killing-off Sheila Carter and Steffy to be the one who put an end to her life? Comment below.

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