The recent behind-the-scenes drama over at “The Young and the Restless” has created quite a storm, but a little bit of sunshine broke through the clouds today when CBS announced it has renewed the 40-year-old soap opera through 2017. Fans of the show have taken to Twitter to congratulate the cast and crew, and they’re not alone in the celebration: The actors are also thrilled that the sudser they call home received the official extension.
“This is amazing news!” Daniel Goddard (Cane) tweeted. “You, our amazing fans, will get to enjoy ‘Y&R’ for years to come!”
Added Joshua Morrow (Nicholas): “Huge thank you to all of our fans… U appreciate what we do… U stick with us through our ups and downs… our rich history lives on because of u!”
During the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour this morning, Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, announced the early renewals of the network’s full daytime lineup consisting of soap operas “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” game shows “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right,” and talk show “The Talk.” The renewal for next season (2014-2015) follows a season full of growth for the network in viewers and the all important key women sales demos for all of its daytime programs. “Y&R” was renewed through the 2016-2017 season, the network said.
“The return of all five of our CBS Daytime shows is a credit to the collaborative spirit of the casts, crews and staff who work tirelessly to make their creative vision come to life,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “A special thank you goes out to our loyal fans for watching and for making us #1 in daytime.”
The entertainment world has seen yet another sad loss: Actor Frank Marth (ex-Lt. Phil Parker, “The Young and the Restless”) died on Sunday, January 12 in Rancho Mirage, California, from heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease.
Though best known for his background roles on “The Honeymooners” opposite Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows and Art Carney, the 91-year-old appeared in a slew of television and films throughout his more than 50 years in show business. Some of them include “Barnaby Jones,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” his 1986 stint on “Y&R,” a detective in “Madame X” opposite Lana Turner and an Air Force man in the Gregory Peck film “Marooned.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the story, services for the beloved actor will be private.
While it seems that the entire world has been abuzz over the recent news that “The Young and the Restless’” Michael Muhney (ex-Adam Newman) was reportedly fired for sexual misconduct, there’s been one person who’s been unusually quiet as of late: Muhney himself. And now Radar Online is reporting that there’s a very specific reason why the once vocal star is keeping mum!
According to the publication, which also ran the controversial recent interview with Muhney’s former co-star, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), the Illinois native has been “muzzled” by CBS and Sony and is not allowed to talk about the sexual allegations launched against him nor Braeden’s interview. “Eric’s comments were off base and his version of the events is very different from Michael’s,” a source close to Muhney told Radar. “It’s very frustrating that Eric made these remarks, because Michael has been ordered by Sony and CBS to not discuss anything about the show or cast.
In a near 2,600 word posting on his Facebook page, “The Young and the Restless’” Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) further commented on the situation occurring behind the scenes at the daytime drama series following the breast groping scandal that has rocked the show and the industry.
A portion of his message states, “The implosion at Y and R, has caused fans to seek an even bigger explosion, one that is unwarranted, and without real merit, based on what little information has been given or leaked. Because of this soap opera behind the scenes hysteria, we are now ALL in a WAR ZONE. Read More >>
Soap Opera Network has learned that actor Robert Craighead is returning to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” next month as Judge Wayne in scenes with Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair) and Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin).
What decision will he ultimately end up making and on what? You’ll just have to tune into “Y&R” on Monday, February 3 to find out!
Craighead most recently appeared on the soap in an October 2013 episode.
Ratings Report for the Week of December 30, 2013 – January 3, 2014
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 5,313,000 (+473,000/+792,000) *
2. B&B 4,127,000 (+308,000/+699,000) **
3. GH 3,330,000 (+309,000/+570,000) ***
4. DAYS 3,021,000 (+273,000/+571,000) ****
* Highest since January 31 – February 4, 2011
* New high for Phelps/Altman/Passsanante regime
** Highest since February 25-29, 2008
*** New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime
**** Highest since January 31 – February 4, 2011
**** New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regime
1. Y&R 3.7/10 (+.3/+.3) *
2. B&B 2.8/7 (+.1/+.3) **
3. GH 2.4/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 2.2/6 (+.2/+.2) ***
* New high for Phelps/Altman/Passsanante regime
** Highest since/Last time at 2.8: January 26-30, 2009
*** New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regmine
*** Last time at 2.2: March 1-5, 2010
Ever wonder what it all took to make “The Stafford Project” come together? In a new behind the scenes video, creator Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless”) informs fans of the hit web series that it all came about from a script in her head, how co-creators Paige Dorian and Paige Long helped evolve the idea from her head to the screen, and much more. Plus, if you haven’t been exposed to the series until now, we’ve got every episode from season one available for your viewing pleasure!
CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is gearing up for an actor switch in the coming weeks for the character of Billy Abbott, currently played by Billy Miller.
In a newly released behind the scenes image, the series has given fans their first glimpse of David Tom back in the role right alongside his character’s onscreen wife, Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman). This marks the fist time that the two actors have been seen together on set as Tom left the soap in 2002 and Heinle joined the series in 2005. In a bit of irony, while their characters are married on the show, the role of Victoria was originally played by Tom’s real-life sister, Heather (currently playing Katie Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful”), back in the day.
CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is already bringing it, if ratings are anything to go by, but next week the soap will be kicking things into high gear with Summer’s (Hunter King) desire to be perfect turning into a deadly situation and Billy (Billy Miller) getting ever closer to learning the truth about Adam’s (Michael Muhney) possible role in the death of his daughter.