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The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless is a 39 time Emmy Award winning American television soap opera, first broadcast on CBS on March 26 1973. Young and the Restless was created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, who set their show in a fictional version of Genoa City, Wisconsin, a town near their annual vacation home in Lake Geneva.

When it debuted, the show originally focused on the personal and professional lives of two core families in Genoa City: the wealthy Brookses and the poor Fosters. After a series of recasts and departures in the early 1980s, most of the original characters were written out and the show shifted to the Abbotts, the Newmans, and the Williamses. One basic plot that has run throughout almost all of the show's history is the rivalry between Jill Abbott and Katherine Chancellor.

The series was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, five times a week. It was expanded to one-hour episodes on February 4 1980. Young and the Restless is currently the highest-rated daytime drama on American television. As of 2008, it has appeared at the top of the weekly Nielsen Ratings in that category for more than 1000 weeks since 1988.

Young and the Restless has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series; only General Hospital has won more times (ten).

Production

The show's healthy ratings are often attributed in part to the tight-knit writing and production staff. The show was groundbreaking for daytime serials in its lush production values. When it premiered, in 1973 The Young and the Restless stood out from other soaps on the air for its visual darkness. Soap operas at the time tended to be comparatively brightly-lit in tone. The show lighted primarily the actors and not the background settings, so as to focus the attention of the viewer on the emotions of the actors. Also, its glamorous sets utilizing fresh cut flowers, and wardrobe and hairstyles were a huge contrast to existing soap operas, which often set the action in a simple living room or kitchen set, where characters would discuss their world over a cup of coffee. It should also be noted that The Young and the Restless is one of the only soaps that used an actual orchestra for the background music (its sister soap Days of our Lives also used, and pioneered the use of in American soap operas, an orchestra for background music), a lavish expense for a soap in the '70s.

When the show began as 30 minutes in 1973, it was shot in what is referred to as "Live To Tape", meaning it was basically like a stage play that was filmed, with actors freezing in place during the "Black Space" where commercials would later be inserted by the network and affiliates. Later, after the show went to 60 minutes in February of 1980, the taping style changed, and it was shot scene by scene, and edited, with which the format stands to this day.

In 2001, The Young and the Restless became the first - and, so far, only - daytime soap opera to be broadcast in high-definition.

The April 2 2008 episode of The Young and the Restless was the first and only episode aired in a film look.

The show's budget is $1.25 million (USD) per week.

Executive producing and head writing team

For the most part, the writers and producers of the show have stayed unchanged since the 1980s. Throughout most of the show's history since its inception, creator William J. Bell served as both the Executive Producer and head writer for the show. He also had a number of executive producers over the years including John Conboy, H. Wesley Kenney, Edward J. Scott, David Shaughnessy and John F. Smith. Starting in the mid-80s, Bell was credited as "Senior Executive Producer".

As the show continued to reach new, record heights in 1987, co-executive producer H. Wesley Kenney defected to network television's #1 mainstay in the soap ratings, General Hospital. This was rather ironic, since the following year it was Young and the Restless that surpassed the longtime champ for the Nielsen ratings top spot, with Kenney not being able to be a part of his former show's ultimate success. However, Kenney did keep GH near the top of the pack during his two-year tenure as executive producer there.

Kay Alden took over as head writer after Bell stepped down in 1998. After Bell died in April 2005, Smith served as the sole executive producer. In late February 2006, Lynn Marie Latham was promoted to head writer, while Alden and Smith served as co-head writers. In late August 2006, Latham was announced as the new executive producer (in addition to her writing role) by CBS Daytime Senior Vice President Barbara Bloom. More behind-the-scenes shakeups continued into September 2006 when Smith's contract as co-head writer wasn't renewed. Kathryn Foster, a long time producer and director since the 1980s, resigned in October 2006.

Alden quit the show in November 2006 and was hired by ABC Daytime in December 2006 to consult on All My Children and One Life to Live. After her consulting contract ended, Alden joined The Bold and the Beautiful as an Associate Head Writer. Lynn Marie Latham, the show's former Creative Consultant, was named its new executive producer shortly after the departure of Smith. In June 2007, former supervising producer Edward J. Scott was chosen by Sony Pictures Television to join Days of Our Lives. Anthony Morina, episode director and husband of former series writer/story consultant Sally Sussman Morina, was named as producer shortly after Scott's departure (and later promoted to Supervising Producer).

The show had been known in the industry for its close-knit team that rarely changed; however, with Latham's ascension, many crew members that had been with the show since the '80s were fired or quit: Joshua S. McCaffrey, Marnie Saitta, Trent Jones, Mike Denney, Janice Ferri Esser, Sally Sussman Morina, Jim Houghton, Marc Hertz, Sara A. Bibel. New crew members were hired: Neil Landau, Darin Goldberg, Brett Steanart, Valerie Ahern, Shelley Meals, Phideaux Xavier, Karen Rea, Cherie Bennett, Jeff Gottesfeld, Bernard Lechowick, Scott Hamner, Christian McLaughlin, Lynsey DuFour, Vincent Lechowick, James Stanley, Jenelle Lindsay, Tom Casiello, Paula Cwikly, Rick Draughon and Chris Abbott.

As of 2007, only four writers from the pre-Latham era: Sandra Weintraub, Eric Freiwald, Linda Schreiber and Natalie Minardi Slater, remain with the serial. Josh Griffith took over the executive producing duties after Latham was fired, but his tenure ended in September, when it was announced that Paul Rauch will took over the duty, with Maria Arena Bell taking over the Co-Executive Producer duties. His episodes began airing on October 3, 2008.

With Maria Arena Bell at the helm Y&R has seen the return of a few longtime writers and directors most notably Mike Denney who was part of the directing team for nearly 20 years before Lynn Marie Latham had him relieved, as well as writer Janice Ferri Esser who was also relieved of her duties by Lynn Marie Latham.

Current main crew

Head Writers Associate/Breakdown/Script Producers/Consultants Directors
Maria Arena Bell; Hogan Sheffer, Scott Hamner Sandra Weintraub, Linda Schreiber, Eric Freiwald, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, James Stanley, Jay Gibson, Lisa Seidman, Thom Racina, Amanda L. Beall, Janice Ferri Esser, Melissa Salmons Paul Rauch (EP), Maria Arena Bell (Co-EP), John Fisher, Anthony Morina, Josh O'Connell, Matthew J. Olson, Bill Bell Jr. Mike Denney, Sally McDonald, Dean LaMont, Susan Strickler, Andrew Lee, Jim Sayegh, Grant A. Johnson, Deveney Kelly, Camille St. Cyr (Casting Director)

Executive Producers

Head Writers

Cast

The original March 1973 cast consisted of a mixture of veterans and young, relative unknowns. The most notable cast member was Robert Colbert, star of the 1960s TV series The Time Tunnel, as Stuart Brooks. Dorothy Green, a frequent guest star in numerous 1950s-60s TV programs, was cast as Stuart's wife Jennifer, while veteran actress Julianna McCarthy played Liz Foster.

Among the current cast members, longtime veteran actress Jeanne Cooper, who plays Katherine Chancellor, has been on contract with Young and the Restless since Fall 1973. The other current senior cast members who joined the show in the 1970s are Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, 1978) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman, 1979). Eric Braeden joined Young and the Restless as Victor Newman in 1980 after becoming notable for his roles in The Rat Patrol and Colossus: The Forbin Project, as well as a variety of guest starring roles in numerous primetime TV shows during the 1970s.

The only original character remaining since the program's debut in 1973 is Jill Foster Abbott, who has been played by Jess Walton since 1987. Katherine Chancellor, played by Jeanne Cooper debuted on-screen in November 1973. Cooper is the show's longest-serving actor.

Current cast members

Actor Character Duration
Peter Bergman Jack Abbott (#2) 1989-
Vail Bloom Heather Stevens 2007-
Eric Braeden Victor Newman 1980-
Bryton Devon Hamilton 2004-
Sharon Case Sharon Abbott (#2) 1994-
Judith Chapman Gloria Bardwell (#2) 2005-
Jeanne Cooper Katherine Chancellor 1973-
Doug Davidson Paul Williams 1978-
Eileen Davidson Ashley Abbott (#1) 1982-1989, 1999-2007, 2008-
Don Diamont Brad Carlton 1985-1996, 1998-
Chris Engen Adam Newman 2008-
Adrienne Frantz Amber Moore 2006-
Daniel Goddard Cane Ashby 2007-
Michael Graziadei Daniel Romalotti 2004-
Michael Gross River Baldwin 2008-
Amelia Heinle Victoria Newman Hellstrom (#3) 2005-
Elizabeth Hendrickson Chloe Mitchell Ashby 2008-
Christel Khalil Lily Winters (#1) 2002-2005, 2006-
Christian LeBlanc Michael Baldwin 1991-1993, 1997-
Kate Linder Esther Valentine 1985-
Thad Luckinbill J.T. Hellstrom 1999-
Eva Marcille Tyra Hamilton 2008-
Billy Miller Billy Abbott (#4) 2008-
Joshua Morrow Nicholas Newman 1994-
Emily O'Brien Jana Hawkes Fisher 2006-2007, 2007-
Nia Peeples Karen Taylor 2007-2008, 2008-
Greg Rikaart Kevin Fisher 2003-
Melody Thomas Scott Nikki Newman (#2) 1979-
Kristoff St. John Neil Winters 1991-
Michelle Stafford Phyllis Summers Newman (#1) 1994-1997, 2000-
Tammin Sursok Colleen Carlton (#3) 2007-
Jess Walton Jill Foster Abbott (#4) 1987-

Recurring cast members

Actor Character
Tatyana Ali Roxanne
Tracey E. Bregman Lauren Fenmore Baldwin
Jerry Douglas John Abbott
Aidan and Andrew Gonzales Fenmore Baldwin
Jamia Simone Nash Ana Hamilton
Erin Sanders Eden Baldwin
Kevin Schmidt Noah Newman
Ted Shackelford Jeffrey Bardwell
Patty Weaver Gina Roma

Upcoming cast members

Actor Character Status
Jeanne Cooper Marge Cootridge Returns October 22 2008
Tonya Lee Williams Dr. Olivia Winters Returns October 2008
Michael Damian Danny Romalotti Temp. returns November 2008

Crossovers

There have been several crossovers between The Young And The Restless and its sister show, The Bold And The Beautiful, as well as with fellow CBS soap opera As the World Turns:

Awards

Over its run, Young and the Restless and its cast and crew have earned many awards. The following list summarizes awards won by Young and the Restless:

Daytime Emmy Awards

Show

  • 2007 "Outstanding Drama Series" tied with Guiding Light
  • 2006 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
  • 2004 "Outstanding Drama Series"
  • 2000 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
  • 1997 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team" tied with All My Children
  • 1993 "Outstanding Drama Series"
  • 1992 "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team"
  • 1986 "Outstanding Drama Series"
  • 1985 "Outstanding Drama Series"
  • 1983 "Outstanding Drama Series"
  • 1975 "Outstanding Drama Series"

Individuals

TV Soap Golden Boomerang Awards

Writers Guild of America Awards

  • 2003 "Best Daytime Serial" Written by Kay Alden, Trent Jones, John F. Smith, Jerry Birn, Jim Houghton, Natalie Minardi, Janice Ferri, Eric Freiwald, Joshua McCaffrey, Michael Minnis, Rex M. Best
  • 2006 "Best Daytime Serial" Written by Kay Alden, John F. Smith, Janice Ferri, Jim Houghton, Natalie Minardi Slater, Sally Sussman Morina, Sara Bibel, Eric Freiwald, Linda Schreiber, Joshua S. McCaffrey, Marc Hertz, Sandra Weintraub
  • 2008 "Best Daytime Serial" Written by Lynn Marie Latham, Scott Hamner, Bernard Lechowick, Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld, Jim Stanley, Natalie Minardi Slater, Lynsey Dufour, Marina Alburger, Sara Bibel, Sandra Weintraub

Storyline

When The Young and the Restless premiered in 1973, the show revolved around the dramas which befell two families: the wealthy Brooks and the poor Fosters. Patriarch Stuart Brooks was an upper class newspaper publisher while matriarch Liz Foster was a single parent struggling to pay the bills.

The rivalry between Liz's daughter Jill and socialite Katherine "Kay" Chancellor became one of the show's first and longest-lasting storylines. Kay was a boozy matron trapped in a loveless marriage to Phillip Chancellor II. After Jill went to work as Kay's paid companion, she and Phillip fell in love. After he returned from obtaining a divorce in the Dominican Republic, Kay picked him up at the airport, and in an attempt to kill both Phillip and herself, drove the car off a cliff. On his deathbed, Phillip married Jill and bequeathed her and their love child his fortune. Kay ended up getting a judge to declare that Jill and Phillip's marriage was illegal since Kay was drunk when signing her divorce papers. After the ruling, the rivalry between the two ladies spiraled out of control, each blaming the other for Phillip's death.

After a series of recasts and departures in the late 1970s-early 1980s, the Brookses and the Fosters were phased out, and two new core families were introduced: the Abbott and the Williams families, and later the Newmans. The Abbott–Newman family rivalry also extended to the corporate warfare between their respective companies, Jabot Cosmetics and Newman Enterprises. Core African American characters, the Barbers and the Winterses, were later introduced in the 1990s.

Show creator William J. Bell resigned as head writer in 1998, and since 2002, Young and the Restless has suffered audience erosion. Despite remaining the most watched daytime drama on American television since 1988, later head writers such as John F. Smith and Lynn Marie Latham began to rely on several highly publicized, retcon storylines to attract more viewers. Notable retcons introduced in the 2000s include revealing that Kay is Jill's actual birth mother, and Phillip II and Jill's baby was switched at birth. In 2007, the show began a new storyline with the Clear Springs explosion, promoted as "The Young and the Restless: Out of the Ashes". Several of Genoa City's most prominent residents were trapped under the collapse, though none were killed.

Broadcast history

Early Years, 1973-80

In spring 1973, CBS decided to discontinue production on two of its four in-house serials; one of these was the controversial Where the Heart Is, a show reminiscent of Peyton Place's sex-driven intrigue that focused on multiple-married characters and incestuous themes. In its place, the network sought a youth-oriented, Los Angeles-based (most soaps at the time still recorded in New York City), socially relevant show, and Screen Gems/Columbia, which had considerable success with NBC's Days of Our Lives, got the job as packager. CBS (successfully) insisted that the show be taped at CBS Television City and not at Columbia's Hollywood Studios (which Columbia was in the process of closing down at the time, after it bought majority control of Warner Brothers' Burbank studios). The Bell family wanted to tape Y&R at Warner Brothers/The Burbank Studios (which neighbors NBC Burbank, where Days was moved to after the closedown and sale of the Columbia Hollywood studios), but Screen Gems and CBS declined their request.

Young and the Restless began on March 26 at Noon Eastern Time/11 am Central with the handicap of inheriting the affiliate clearance problems attained by WtHI, especially in conservative small-to-medium-sized markets. It also faced a long-standing audience favorite, with which, ironically, it is now co-owned (via Sony): NBC's Jeopardy!, which had for years been daytime's number-two game.

Young and the Restless's ascent was slow, but got major boosts from missteps made by the rival networks. First, NBC sent Jeopardy! to a mid-morning slot in January 1974, with the briefly-popular Jackpot! taking its place, only to eventually lose much of the old audience. Next, Password on ABC made the bad decision to convert to an all-celebrity format in November of that year, a move that would lead to its cancellation the following June. Perhaps the luckiest occurrence to allow Young and the Restless to get a foothold, though, was NBC's decision to air a press conference by President Gerald Ford in January 1975 at the Noon hour, with ABC and CBS declining. This landed Young and the Restless some of Jackpot!'s annoyed fans, eventually paving the way for that program's relocation and eventual cancellation later in the year. More importantly, though, was the fact that Jackpot! had appealed strongly to a demographic of young housewives and mothers, a group whose shift in viewing allegiances would be crucial for Young and the Restless's continued audience growth.

By summer, ABC and NBC changed up their shows at Noon/11, offering two lightweight games that audiences shied away from, thereby enabling Young and the Restless to enter the Nielsen serial top three. For its part, NBC would enter into a string of low-rated disasters at that timeslot for the next several years (among them an attempt to revive Jeopardy! in 1978-79), while ABC similarly struggled until it moved The $20,000 Pyramid there in January 1978. However, Pyramid's time was running out, and the former hit game wrapped up six years on the network in June 1980. The only parts of the country where Young and the Restless experienced some trouble were those Eastern time zone markets where affiliates plugged the show into the network's half-hour access break at 1 p.m./Noon (in order to free the Noon hour for local newscasts); there, ABC's All My Children would somewhat hinder Young and the Restless's progress, especially when the former show expanded to an hour in April 1977.

Rise to the Top, 1980s

However, the show's progress in the ratings was steady, and when the long-running soap Love of Life was canceled on February 1, 1980, CBS rewarded Young and the Restless's performance with an expansion to a full hour the following Monday. In so doing, it opted to counter AMC and Young and the Restless's sister show Days of Our Lives (on NBC) head-to-head directly at the 1-2/Noon-1 time frame, marking the first time in nearly a quarter-century that the network placed a full-length show in the 1-1:30/Noon-12:30 slot. To those stations that carried the feed directly, namely the Eastern time zone affiliates again, it experienced at best mixed results, while Central time zone stations often tape-delayed the feed one day in order to keep the show in its original slot of 11 a.m., which meant that ABC's Family Feud, then daytime's highest-rated game, gave the soap considerable opposition.

With the less-than-impressive results, CBS reinstated the affiliate break to its traditional time network-wide and, taking into account the local stations' desire for scheduling flexibility, gave them the option of running Young and the Restless at either Noon/11 (the preference of most) or 12:30/11:30 (mostly in the Eastern time zone), on different feeds. Beginning on June 8, 1981, the arrangement proved highly popular with fans all over the U.S., and the show has stayed put ever since. The wisdom of CBS' decision was confirmed by the continued downfall of NBC's ratings at midday and the eroding popularity of Feud, which by this time aired also as a five-day-per-week syndicated strip on local stations in the early-evening Access slots, something which likely brought the Richard Dawson-hosted game overexposure and consequent audience backlash. Also, another family-and-youth-oriented serial, ABC's Ryan's Hope, had never performed to network expectations in its 12:30/11:30 slot and proved no threat to Young and the Restless at all.

Steady but Eroding, 1990s-present

All this propelled the soap to the top among CBS' serials, and, after General Hospital spent most of the 1980s on the top of the Nielsens, in 1988, after 15 years on the air, Young and the Restless knocked General Hospital off the throne to gain the crown; it has held it ever since. However, the triumph has been mitigated considerably by negative developments: Young and the Restless's ratings have declined steadily since that time. From 1988 to 2006, the show lost a significant share of its audience, from eight million viewers to about six million, despite only attracting nominal competition from the two other traditional networks. This has occurred because of the explosion of viewing alternatives available to cable television viewers, which increased choices dramatically. Further, the steady increase in percentage of women working outside the home has cut the show off from a large segment of its historic audience (and the formerly preferred demographic of advertisers such as food and household products). Young and the Restless has not been the sole victim of these trends, nor even the main one; all U.S. daytime network serials have witnessed similar declines in their ratings. The pace of the decline was sped up considerably by the events on and following the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, with all-news cable news networks swelling their audiences with around-the-clock coverage of the pursuit of Al-Qaeda and the Iraq War.

Alternate Timeslots, Multiple Rebroadcasts (TV/Online)

Probably in an effort to maximize audience potential (such as students and people home from early work shifts), a few CBS affiliates show Young and the Restless at 4 p.m. local time, finding it to be a viable lead-in to their 5 p.m. local newscasts. These include KMOV in St. Louis, WAFB in Baton Rouge, La., WLKY in Louisville, Ky,, and WRAL-TV in Raleigh/Durham, N.C. WKYT in Lexington, KY airs Y&R at 9:00 am on a one day delay due to airing a one hour noon newscast and Oprah at 4:00 pm.

Only six Central, Mountain and Pacific time zone stations presently air Young and the Restless on the 11:30 a.m. feed: KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, WBBM-TV in Chicago, KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth (all owned and operated by CBS), KOLR in Springfield, Mo.,WHBF in Quad Cities, IA/IL and WTVF in Nashville, Tenn.

In Honolulu, CBS affiliate KGMB airs Young and the Restless at 1 pm local time, rather than at 11:30 am.

In Colorado Springs, Co., CBS affiliate KKTV aires Young and the Restless at 2PM local time.

Those unable to view Young and the Restless on CBS Daytime may watch it instead on the all-soap cable channel SOAPnet, which airs that day's episode at 7 p.m. ET, repeating that airing at 6 a.m. ET and Midnight ET Also, a block of the entire previous week's episodes airs Saturday evenings between 7 p.m. and Midnight. The network picked up Young and the Restless in April 2006, its first CBS serial.

In late June, 2007, Young and the Restless became available for viewing full episode on CBS online Audience Network. Episodes are placed online the day of being broadcast usually between 5 and 6 p.m. EST and are removed after one week.

All of the above mentioned services, however, are only available within the United States.

Broadcasts outside the United States

  • In Australia, Young and the Restless airs on Foxtel's W. Channel at 12:00, and on the timeshift channel, W2, at 14:00. An omnibus edition airs at 12:00 on Saturdays. It previously aired on Channel 9 from April 1, 1974 to February 23, 2007, before joining the W. line-up on April 2, 2007. Episodes are 9-and-a-half months behind those airing in the US at present.
  • In Belgium, the show airs on RTBF-La Une as "Les Feux de l'amour" at 12:00 (dubbed in French).
  • In Belize, Channel 5 Great Belize Television airs it on schedule with the US at 1:00 pm Central Time. Rival Channel 7 Tropical Vision Limited airs on schedule as well at 2:00 pm, Central Time.
  • In Canada, Global TV airs new episodes a day ahead of CBS in the United States. Most Global stations use Young and the Restless as a late-afternoon lead-in for their local newscasts, but times vary by market. It also airs on NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador which is one day ahead and on E! (Canada) in Kelowna, British Columbia which is not one day ahead. The cable channel Showcase Diva now airs same day episodes from Global TV.
    • In the French-speaking province of Quebec, a dubbed version airs on TVA, with the title Les Feux de l'amour (Fires of Love), about eight years after initial airing.
  • In Finland the show aired on Finnish-language channel MTV3 under the title Tunteita ja tuoksuja ("Senses and scents").
  • In France, the show screens on TF1 as "Les Feux de l'amour" at 13:55 (dubbed in French).
  • In Germany, the show airs from 11:35am to 12:00pm weekdays on ZDF. The network will only show 25 minutes (parts one episode in two) the day in German synchronization. The Episodes are two years behind the US and the show is known as Schatten der Leidenschaft (Shadows Of The Passion).
  • In Greece, the show airs on ET1 (Public TV Channel) at 17:30. Episodes are five years behind the US. It's known as Ατίθασα νιάτα (literally Untameable Youth).
  • In India, the show began airing in February, 2007 on Zee Cafe at 20:00. The channel started with episodes from the 2004-2005 season.
  • In Italy, the show airs at 9:30 in the morning on Rete 4, using the Italian title Febbre d'amore (Love Fever). Episodes are two years and five months behind the US. Young and the Restless's first Italian broadcast was in 1983.
  • In the Republic of Macedonia, episodes from 1998 and 1999 were shown on Sitel TV a couple of years ago. Currently, reruns are shown.
  • In New Zealand, Young and the Restless airs on TV ONE. Episodes are four years behind the US.
  • In Norway, Young and the Restless aired on FEM (TV channel) from 2007-2008 .
  • In Poland, The Young and the Restlessaired in the mid-1990s on Polsat, with 780 episodes broadcast. On September 1, 2008 the network began airing the show again, starting from episode 7090 of March 2001. The Polish title is Żar młodości, which translates into Fervor of Youth.
  • In Romania, the show is aired on Pro TV at 16:00 as "Tânăr şi neliniştit" .The currently episode will be 3320, monday 15 september,2008
  • In Serbia, the show airs on B92-as "Mladi i nestašni" at 12:03, from 2007.
  • In Slovenia, the show airs on Kanal A as Mladi in nemirni. Episodes currently air from June 2005.
  • In South Africa, the show airs on e.tv at 17:30. The show was originally aired in South Africa in the early 1990s, dubbed into the Afrikaans language, and entitled 'Rustelose Jare' (Restless Years). The show returned to South African television screens in June, 2004, with no overhead foreign translations. Episodes are between 11 and 12 months behind the US.
  • In Sweden, the show aired on tv4 and tv3 from 2002-2005. The show was called Makt och begär, which means Power and desire.
  • In Switzerland, the show airs on TSR at 11:10 as "Les Feux de l'amour" and is 3 years behind the U.S.
  • In Turkey, the show airs on SHOWMAX It's called "Yalan Rüzgarı", which means "Wind of Lies". The name was derived from the initials Y&R.
  • In the United Kingdom, Young and the Restless airs on the digital channel Zone Romantica since September 3, 2007.

Theme song and other music

"Nadia's Theme" has been the theme song of The Young and the Restless since the show's debut in 1973. The melody, originally titled "Cotton's Dream", was written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. as incidental music for the 1971 theatrical film Bless the Beasts and Children. The melody was later renamed "Nadia's Theme" after the ABC television network lent the music for Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci's performance during the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Botkin wrote a rearranged version of the piece specifically for The Young and the Restless's debut, which has basically remained unchanged, save for a three-year stint in the early 2000s, when an alternate, more jazzy arrangement of that tune was used. The closing stinger of that arrangement has been used as a mid-show bumper since around 2004.

Much of the show's background music comes from Rescue Records artists, including Blaire Reinhard, Girl Next Door, Beth Thornley, and Tena Clark.

Title sequence

The opening title sequence has also become well-known. For many years since the show's debut, it showcased the characters, drawn by an artist, on a white background. For the first year, the character's portraits were seen behind the The Young and the Restless title. For the remaining years until 1984, the characters' headshots were seen to the right of the show's title.

Starting in 1984, the sequence both began and ended with an interlocking Y and R painted on the white canvas in a sweeping brush motion. The logo (and in the earlier years, the drawings) were done by artist Sandy Dvore. The drawings were now sketched with a lighter shade of gray than the previous sketches. The drawings were replaced with live-action shots of the characters in formal or semi-formal wear, still on a white background, in 1988.

Beginning on December 24, 1999, in an unprecedented move for a main title sequence of a daytime soap opera, the names of the principal cast members (for that day's particular episode) were mentioned (whereas previously the main title only showed the cast members' faces). The 1999 version also included live-action shots of the characters, but featured in front of a wind blowing satin red curtain as the background.

On March 31, 2003 the opening credits were given a complete makeover, now featuring black-and-white footage from the series with the actors' names in lower case in red at either the top or bottom of the screen (a possible throwback to the shows early years when the cast members sketches were also black and white). In 2004, Young and the Restless's sister show The Bold and the Beautiful began airing the performers' names on the opening credits, the only soap besides Young and the Restless to do so.

For over 25 years, the announcer for the show's opening and closing credits was Bern Bennett, who would tell viewers to "Join us again for The Young and the Restless." In 2003, Bennett retired and CBS hired former casting assistant Marnie Saitta for the job of announcer. In 2006 Marnie Saitta was replaced by cast members announcing for the show.

Ratings

As of 2008, Young and the Restless has managed 1000 consecutive weeks in the #1 spot and 20 consecutive years. Despite this, the show reached a record low of 4,380,000 viewers on Friday, June 13, 2008. The previous lows were 4,487,000 viewers on Friday, September 19, 2008, 4,491,000 viewers on Friday, May 9, 2008, and 4,805,000 viewers on Friday, August 31, 2007.

When introduced during the 1972–73 season, the show was at the bottom of the ratings, but rose rapidly: ninth by 1974–75 and third by 1975–76. It remained a strong and increasingly important part of CBS daytime's lineup and by 1988-1989 had dethroned long-time leader General Hospital as the top-rated soap, a position it has held ever since.

Daytime History: Highest Rated Week (November 16-20, 1981) (Nielsen Media Research)

Serial Household Rating (Time Slot) Network
General Hospital 16.0 (3-4pm) ABC
All My Children 10.2 (1-2pm) ABC
One Life to Live 10.2 (2-3pm) ABC
Guiding Light 7.9 (3-4pm) CBS
The Young and the Restless 7.3 (11:00-12:00pm) CBS

1995 Daytime Serial Ratings

Rank/Serial Avg. Millions Of Viewers (Per Episode)
The Young and the Restless 7.155
All My Children 5.891
General Hospital 5.343
The Bold and the Beautiful 5.247
One Life to Live 5.152

Latest Ratings

Week of September 15-19, 2008 (Compared To Last WK/Compared To Last YR) 1. Y&R 4,763,000 (-332,000/-776,000) 2. B&B 3,498,000 (-13,000/-191,000) 3. GH 2,932,000 (-5,000/-451,000) 4. ATWT 2,637,000 (+158,000/-360,000) 5. OLTL 2,560,000 (+5,000/-499,000) 6. AMC 2,530,000 (+65,000/-272,000) 7. DOOL 2,323,000 (-282,000/+11,000) 8. GL 2,030,000 (+6,000/-572,000)

Cultural references

The Young and the Restless has been referenced in several movies and TV shows. For example, many TV programs use a variation of the Young and the Restless name in some of their episode titles, including "The Jung and the Restless" from Charmed and "The Young & The Tactless" from Will & Grace. In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) kicks his TV while watching a scene from Young and the Restless between Jill Foster and Brock Reynolds.

In The Simpsons' episode "Pygmoelian", the opening sequence of the soap opera It Never Ends parodies that of Young and the Restless. The titles have also been parodied on the Australian sitcom Kath and Kim.

In Weird Al Yankovic's film UHF one of the shows on the U62 line-up is "The Young and the Dyslexic", an obvious parody of the Young and the Restless.

Young and the Restless is also parodied in the 1983 film Mr. Mom. After unemployed automotive engineer Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) becomes a regular viewer, watching actual footage featuring the characters of Victor Newman, Nikki Reed, Kevin Bancroft. Eventually he and his newfound friend Joan (Ann Jillian) engage in a spoof of soap operas in general with music from Young and the Restless playing in the background. The parody gradually includes Jack's wife Carolyn (Teri Garr), who shoots him, his former supervisor Jinx (Jeffrey Tambor), who was going to give him his old job back, and Carolyn's boss Ron (Martin Mull), who leaves with her.

The set of Young and the Restless and the show was used in Entourage for the character of Mrs. Ari to show her as a possible return to acting as she used to be a regular on the show in her early acting career.

On the game show The Price is Right, which airs before Young and the Restless, if a contestant spun the Showcase Showdown wheel hard enough to go around several times before stopping, host Bob Barker would quip that CBS would have to "cut into Young and Restless." The show itself was the theme of a 1992 Showcase to celebrate its 5,000th episode.

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