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‘Y&R’ Marks 27 Consecutive Years as Daytime’s #1 Drama

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 2:51 PM EDT
With a streak that began with the week of December 26, 1988, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" has now stood at the top of the Nielsen ratings among total viewers for 27 consecutive years, it was announced today by Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution.
With a new year on the horizon it's inevitable that you'll be seeing a multitude of best and worst lists covering every facet of the entertainment world, and soaps are no exception. In his Best and Worst of 2015 report, TV Guide's Michael Logan has named CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" daytime's best soap, praises "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" for having the best actors and actresses, and calls out some of daytime's current and former writers for insulting viewers with tawdry storylines lacking direction.
When news of Jason Thompson's decision to leave ABC's "General Hospital" after a decade first came to light, timed around the announcement of Burgess Jenkins being out as the third Billy Abbott in two years at CBS' "The Young and the Restless," rumors ran rampant that "GH's" loss would ultimately become "Y&R's" gain and that is now proven true. Thompson will officially join the "Y&R" cast on screen beginning in January 2016.

Gina Tognoni Flirts With Disaster on ‘Y&R’

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:10 PM EDT
“The Young and the Restless’” Gina Tognoni is having the time of her life. Just seven months after reporting to the CBS Television City studio, where the daytime drama series is filmed, Tognoni is grateful for the warm welcome she’s received from viewers and the daytime community as a whole. Fresh off a pre-nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, for her role as Phyllis Summers on “Y&R,” Tognoni shares with us what it’s like playing such an interesting and dynamic character, provides insight into the Phyllis, Jack (Peter Bergman) and Kelly (Cady McClain) triangle, and which actors and characters she'd love to share more screen time with.
While it had been widely reported to be the case, CBS finally confirmed on Monday, November 10, that Charles "Chuck" Pratt, Jr. has been hired on as the new head writer of "The Young and the Restless." The official word came from "Y&R's" Twitter page, which also noted that Pratt will receive a co-executive producer credit on the series. Pratt replaces Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, "Y&R's" current head writing team.

Michael Muhney on Groping Rumors: ‘I Didn’t Do It!’

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:37 PM EDT
In an exclusive interview with Australia's TV Week Soap Extra, "The Young and the Restless'" Michael Muhney (ex-Adam Newman) has point blank denied the allegations that he groped the breasts of one of his former co-stars, which was reportedly the reason show producers opted to drop him from his contract last December. "I didn't want to be desperately screaming: 'I didn't do it!’” Muhney told the publication in its newest issue as to why it took him so long to defend himself after staying silent for so long. “The rumour was untrue," he continued.
“The Young and the Restless” has cemented its spot as the number one daytime drama for the past 25 years with a record of outstanding decisions, and the sudser’s latest flawless move was the addition of Emmy-winning actress Gina Tognoni, who took over the role of Phyllis Summers (previously portrayed by Michelle Stafford, Nina Clay, “General Hospital”) this year. The Missouri native showed off her serious acting chops as “Guiding Light’s” Dinah Marler and “One Life to Live’s” Kelly Cramer, and now that Phyllis is finally out of her lengthy coma and headed back to Genoa City starting this week, Tognoni will be giving soap fans yet another dose of her powerhouse skills — but this time, as the feisty GC diva “Y&R” fans have loved since she hit the scene back in 1994!