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Y&R Unveils New Opening Credits – Watch Sequence One & Two!

So on yesterday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, the series aired it’s 10,000 episode.  After months and months of hearing about the updated opening credits that were in the works, the first sequence finally made it to air.  And since Canada is a day ahead of the U.S.,  so has the second sequence, each has different configurations of the cast presented in it.

While many soap opera opening credits go through a complete overhaul, Y&R chose to just update their contract players main images and scene images when their name and likeness appears on screen. The same, look,  feel, and graphics template and music, Nadia’s Theme, is still played throughout.  And at the end, we still get the woman walking across the screen in the dress, and as you will recall that was revealed at one time to be none other than Michelle Stafford (Phyllis)!

Now after the jump, take a look at the first two opening sequences and let us know your thoughts?  Would you have liked to have seen a brand new look and feel and new images of the cast?  Or, are you thumbs up for these versions, with at least the updated images?  Let us know!

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Matt
Matt

I wouldlike a brand new intro all together.

steve
steve

I HATED THE NEW OPENING! IT FELT OLD AND UN ATTRACTED TO ME. NOT SEXY AT ALL

Michael
Michael

I am beyond thrilled that they’ve updated it! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

Mandy
Mandy

I’m really disappointed. I was hoping for a totally new look altogether. If I was just watching casually, I wouldn’t even notice they had changed.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I never had a problem with the old opening except for the fact the photos were so out of date and some of the cast members that joined after those credits were made were not included like Billy Miller who plays Billy. Updating those photos were long overdue. And it wouldn’t be Y&R without Nadia’s Theme, so I’m glad the music is the same.

Jules
Jules

How…….different.
?
Waiting all these months (years…) for a new opening only for it to be exactly the same opening with different still of people.

Unimaginative, uninspired. Just like their 10,000th episode.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I know that episode was disappointing after all the hype. And as lame as this would have been I would have understood if they had used Victor’s memory loss and “funeral” as an excuse to run clips from past shows. At least that would make sense, marking the milestone while honoring history type of thing. Instead they used the show to wrap up a storyline that was months in the making and the worse part I didn’t get to see the part I was looking forward to seeing the most- the look on Victor’s face when he found out what Sharon had done. All this done off camera, as well as any goodbye scene between Victor and the nun, his dock co-workers he was tring to help– it was a real let down in so many ways. I truly hope the new team improves all this.

Jules
Jules

Agreed on all counts.

Moreover, that 10,000th episode…a milestone episode shouldn’t revolve around one character. It’s about the ensemble (those present, and those who’ve left the show) who have been the faces of the stories, and who are the reason we care about the show at all. Flashbacks would have been fitting, as would having guest stars (more than just Danny and Christine, who were window dressing in the episode and brought in for an entirely different purpose anyway), or merely mentioning characters/storylines would have been of some comfort and great source of reminiscence for the audience. I understand and respect Victor as a core and vastly important character. But marking the SHOW’S ten thousandth episode with an episode revolving around HIM in any capacity was a waste of a tribute that doesn’t come around very often.

It was probably the most pathetic and saddest excuse for a tribute episode I’d ever seen produced on any soap. Shame on MAB. She’s probably still basking in her own self-proclaimed brilliance somewhere.

Christine
Christine

We got Tracy back, but IF Victor really was dead (as the characters were lead to believe), where was Ashley or the mention of her? She had just as much history than most of them. I would think DAYS could have loaned her for one day. She would have been there to support her daughter.

I was disappointed too. I misread that there would be flashbacks and there were none. One great thing about Melody Thomas Scott’s standalone Christmas episode was all the flashbacks. That would have been so very appropriate in this case.

And I really didn’t care for Jack’s whining (no offense to the brilliant, Peter Bergman) about losing Beauty of Nature (so sick of hearing about that company!). Poor Tracy started talking about Colleen’s heart and how it was like losing her all over again and Jack swiftly started playing the world’s smallest violin for himself.

LJ
LJ

As long as they never shorten it or change the theme, it will be fine…

Matt
Matt

I had higher hopes for this. Looks like a junior designer put this together with little thought to quality.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Why black and white?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Classic look and appeal to keep with the original Y&R themes.

steve
steve

I HATED THE OPENING! IT WAS SUPPOSED TO ATTRACT YOUNGER PEOPLE IT IS SO OUTDATED LOOKING YUCK

Iakovos
Iakovos

YAAAAAAAWN!

Keep the theme but hey… can we do a little more creative work there in graphic design?

I love openings and themes but was hoping for more heat to go with the hype.

Mark Schreier
Mark Schreier

I like it, but where is Nicholas? I think there needs to be a third version to include Gloria, Neal, and a few others. But I LOVE the same motif – fits the song beautifully.

Christine
Christine

I agree. I hope Joshua Morrow gets his spot. His was one of the nicer ones in the last version too. He has a very young and sweet face.

Rodd
Rodd

I agree with you.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Nick Neil Cane Lilly are all contract. Gloria is just recurring we probably have 5 different sets that is how they did it last time we will see them.

Mary SF
Mary SF

There is a fourh version which I saw today and JM is in that one.

Christine
Christine

I’m probably in the minority, but I was fine with the old one, but I am glad they kept the black and white with red writing with, of course, Nadia’s Theme, playing throughout. It is a beautiful song and the opening is very simple yet classy.

I am confused, though. Daniel Goddard tweeted ions ago that he “filmed” his part in the opening, but it seems like they scratched these montages or something because Nikki’s is from episode 10,000 (just yesterday) when she is reunited with Victor at the ranch; Phyllis’ appears to be when she was at the basketball court with Ronan not too long ago; Victor’s looks like it may have been the Valentine episode with Nikki; Adam’s was from New Orleans, I think. Maybe it is the stills that were filmed.

If Billy Miller is truly leaving (as rumored) then that was a waste. But now Sharon no longer looks like she is trying to find her car in the parking lot, but now Paul kind of does. 🙂 I will miss Michael Graziadei with his short hair, running on the beach, and the way he rolls his eyes ever so slowly. Somehow the slow movements of the contract players was fitting with the pace of the music.

I don’t know, I like the sequence. Nadia’s Theme is able to evoke such emotion when I hear it and the images fit. For those of you complaining, why does it have to be new? Days of Our Lives has had that hourglass for many many years.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Sharon looking for her car too funny!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Hey Christine saw the fourth montage today in Canada and Michael Graziadei was in it. Unfortunately he is no longer running on the beach, but they used shots that have his hair back in a ponytail, so it still looks short.

Christine
Christine

Thanks, Mary SF. Well that’s something. I will miss his entire old montage. The beach scene was perfect, but not for how he is today.

toscanti
toscanti

Love it! Glad they have stayed true to the history of the opening of the show. Have watched for over 35 yrs and still looks authentic.

kay/kay
kay/kay

So I guess we get to see EB & MTS in every opening!

Mary SF
Mary SF

No, I saw the thrid montage today here in Canada- it was Jeanne Cooper, Stephen Nicholas, Byrton James, Christian LeBlanc, Greg Rikkaart and Elizabeth Hendrickson- those are the ones I remember, but definitely no EB or MTS.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Good I do not see the need for them in the intro every day!

Christine
Christine

Now that we are talking about actors repeating in intros, I am pretty sure they did the same thing with Michelle Stafford and a few others. Hers usually ran with Michael Graziadei, but sometimes his was not on, but just Peter Bergman with Michelle following or leading that one. And I almost think Melody Thomas Scott’s sometimes ran with Eric Braeden’s, and sometimes not. It is hard to remember. I would have to go through my deleted Tivo folder and check them.

janet
janet

love it! two thumbs way up!!!

JustSaying
JustSaying

Why is Doug Davidson there? When did he become a contract player?

Adding some color would have been nice. Oh well… only so much you can do on a budget.

Christine
Christine

I can’t speak of whether he is “on contract” or just recurring, but the man has been on there since May 1978. He deserves some recognition. He has been in the last opening too, but now he is not connected to Christine like the old opening depicted. 🙂

Mary SF
Mary SF

I believe in the closing credits ( which many stations don’t air anymore) actors who have contracts are listed first in alphabetical order then the recurring players are listed second. When the full credit list rolled this week Doug Davidson was on the main list not the recurring list, so I’m pretty sure he is a contract player still.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Doug Davidson is 2nd in seniority next to Jeanne Cooper dam right he belongs on there! He is the nicest guy on that show never complains never twitter’s or bitches I love and adore that man.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Doug Davidson has ALWAYS been on contract. He was never dropped to recurring.

Christine
Christine

Thanks for the clarification, Scott. It is hard to find information on him regarding contract.

mo
mo

Yesterday was the 10,000th ep? It was awful!

Openings are nice, but I think they should have gone for something new and different a la B&B.

jsb
jsb

BORING! They should have totally revamped it and they should have done a remix of the theme.

su0000
su0000

GH has very modern openings.; keeping up with the times…
Y&R is too old fashioned , stuck in the 70’s, for the new generations.

Christine
Christine

It’s a shame the new generation can not appreciate class and tradition.

Judith
Judith

I think that these photos are very appropriate to open the Show with. Everyone looks their best. I do, however, prefer Michelle Stafford with the red hair she always had, prior to becoming a brunette most recently. Does anybody know if this change was made at the request of Management, for health reasons or just by virtue of her desiring the change?

Christine
Christine

I remember her tweeting about it saying that it was her natural color and that it was staying that way for Michelle and “Phyllis.”

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Michelle Stafford said it was a mixture between her and the head of the departments, especially since it’s closer to her natural and Phyllis’ natural colour. She said she doesn’t think she’s going back to the blonde/red anytime soon.

lisa
lisa

I’m fine with it…as long as they leave in Nadia’s theme – it’s synonymous with Y&R.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I must say that that’s a beautiful shot of Amelia Heinle.

If the sequences are going to be so short, must Eric Braeden be in both of them?

Michael Muhney, but no Josh Morrow? No Christian multiple-Emmy-winner Leblanc? No Kristoff ditto-I-think St. John?

Presumably they will add Jess Walton whenever Jill comes back.

Or are there additional sequences that just haven’t been aired yet?

I’m with those who want to keep Nadia’s theme, by the way. It’s both classic and classy, not to mention HEAVILY identified with Y&R after so many years of using it. The show has gone through so much upheaval; at least the theme music can be one source of tradition and continuity.

mo
mo

Melanie is also in both.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m so stoked with these! While I did expect more, the finally updated credits is a nice nod to Y&R fans after making them wait years for them! And now, finally in HD, they’re more gorgeous than ever!!

Beacon
Beacon

I wish they would take a cue from the 80s opening and get an artist to do watercolors of the cast against a white background.

Scoobydum
Scoobydum

looks cheap and very 90’s. Not in the good way. Instead of being fresh and current, makes it look dated. Not a great decision in my book.

mo
mo

After seeing them in the show, I would never have known they were new if I hadn’t read it here. They look the same and aren’t that exciting. It is good to see Billy and Michael in the opening though.

Sherrie
Sherrie

I think the opening is just fine. Everyone has updated pictures. I just found out Daniel Romalotti had his hair cut. He needed it cut. Phyllis’s hair does look better red.

Wanda
Wanda

Very bland! Should at least be in color!

kay/kay
kay/kay

I have yet to see Kristoff St. John in a group is he beiing pulled off contract?

Gerardo Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez

I really like this-true to the great theme song and current shots of the stars.

Jared
Jared

The new opening credits are awesome, and I hope that the new creative leaders will keep them updated. The only picture I didn’t like was the picture of Eric Braeden. He always looks so mad and crotchety. That’s just my opinion, though. My favorite pictures are of Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle. He looks so deliciously mischievous, and Amelia is such a beauty. Great job, Y&R!

beverley j
beverley j

michelle stafford, best body on TV. please keep her on open credits. Thanks beverley J

Cyndi
Cyndi

Who is the lady in black walking towards the camera! I hear it’s Michelle Shafford! Please let me know! It’s still playing today! Anyone who knows, please let me know! Thanks! Y&R is the best but lately B&B has taken first place! And it’s sad they killed off Bo! And who would think that the nurse has Christian! Is she related to Save or what! Very confused!

Cyndi
Cyndi

I meant to say Sage on Y&R! LIKE I said, who is she related too? Sages family? Gabe’s family! The suspense is killing me! Don’t all soaps do that to you! And trying to explain the story lines is like speaking Chinese! LOL LOL But watching it, you totally understand it! Don’t understand that either! The mind is very complainant! I hope I spelled that right! Go soaps!!!!! You rock!!!

Cyndi
Cyndi

The baby is a he, not a she! Sorry about that!

Jomomba
Jomomba

I liked the older credits much better!
Why mess with a good thing. Its a little sexier than the new credits. They are dark and Moody looking. Its almost spring and it dose not reflect spring at all

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