Awesome news for soap fans, especially the ones who visit Genoa City daily! CBS and Sony Pictures have announced that they are renewing THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for four more years, keeping the long-running soap on the air through 2024! “We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Y&R at CBS as this renewal will take us to our 50th anniversary in 2023 and beyond,” declared Steve Kent, senior executive vice president, programming, Sony Pictures Television. “The iconic characters created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell 47 years ago continue to captivate audiences in the U.S. and across the globe, and we look forward to building on the dynamic storylines featuring these beloved characters.”
Y&R has been the most-watched and highest-rated daytime drama for the past 31-plus years, and has recently celebrated some major anniversaries. Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) celebrated 40 years on the soap, Peter Bergman (Jack) celebrated 30 years, Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Sharon Case (Sharon) both celebrated their 25th anniversary with Y&R, and Bryton James (Devon) marked 15 years. Next month, Eric Braeden (Victor) will celebrate his 40th year on the soap.
“Having the #1 show for any length of time in any daypart is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Kelly Kahl, president, CBS Entertainment. “But Y&R has been daytime’s top drama for over three decades. The last time any other show was on top, Ronald Reagan was president, and the Berlin Wall was still standing. It’s a remarkable achievement and a testament to the extraordinary cast, gifted writers, talented producers and supremely passionate fans, as well as our tremendous partnership with Sony Pictures Television.”
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Y&R, and we look forward to many more years of fantastic entertainment from them all. For more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.