When thinking of daytime dramas like “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” extreme drama, intrigue, love and romance probably come to mind. But how about comedy? Is laughter an important component within daytime dramas?
“Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna certainly thinks so. “When I was doing mostly theater, I watched a lot of daytime, because theater actors are like athletes: They sleep late, because they work nights, so they watch daytime television. And actually, I used to find a lot of humor in them,” he tells Soap Opera Network. “I like… when soap operas have characters who bring a lot of comedy to the show. Some of them are very, very good.”
But do the stars of CBS’ sudsers agree? We asked several if comedic scenes have a place within their intense dramas, and if so, how important is it to infuse comedy into the emotional roller coasters. Funny enough (no pun intended), they were all too happy to share that when it comes to comedy, there is no joking around!
The numbers have been tallied, and “The Young and the Restless” has made the list of the top 10 most searched for TV programs of 2013!
According to a Yahoo! rating, the sudser (which is the only daytime program to make the list) comes in at number five on the list of most searched shows on the Internet. And it’s among some pretty spectacular shows! Also on the list: “American Idol,” (which took the top spot), “Dancing With the Stars,” “Duck Dynasty,” “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” “South Park,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “The Voice.”
It’s been quite some time since Soap Opera Network last brought its readers a weekly breakdown of what’s going to happen during the upcoming week of soaps. With our new sense of direction and focus as we get ready to enter a new year, and a new phase for the site, we thought it would be a great opportunity to get back into the previews game.
First things first, Soap Opera Network preview posts include the word “PreVUE” in their titles, which is our unique term for spoilers, previews, teasers, etc. This means that when you look for upcoming story for your favorite shows, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” and even some primetime shows, you should always expect the word “PreVUE” in the title. This helps clearly identity what the post is about and informs those not wishing to be spoiled to turn around and stop reading from that point forward. So, without further adieu, here’s a look at what’s going to happen this week (week of December 30, 2013 – January 2, 2014) in Los Angeles, Salem, Port Charles and Genoa City.
By now you’ve probably already been made aware of the fact that CBS Daytime’s “The Young and the Restless” has been the #1 rated daytime drama for a nearly unheard of 25 consecutive years! In a newly released promo, the network touts that fact on air where it notes that the show and its cast of characters have “been with you all of your life, laughing, loving, living and together you’ve made it the #1 daytime drama for 25 years. Here’s to many more.” The promo ends with the tag “It’s Your Life,” and a shot of Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) highlighting the show’s #1 status with his fingers.
On Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – New Year’s Day – CBS will air episode #6536 of “The Young and the Restless,” which originally aired on December 31, 1998. The episode found family and friends gather at the Colonnade Room for a New Year’s celebration, while Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) celebrated the new year with Cassie (Camryn Grimes).
In a promo that puts emphasis on the word “new,” CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is promising viewers a new year filled with new drama, infidelity, secrets, and reunions. In the case of infidelity, Billy (Billy Miller) won’t let the search for his daughter’s killer stop him from bumping uglies with Kelly (Cynthia Watros), while Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) share a reunion of sorts, and Dylan (Steve Burton) wants more information from momma Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) on her secret past. Also look for Victor (Eric Braeden) and Jack (Peter Bergman) as they toast to an exciting new year!
On today’s episode of “The Young and the Restless,” Courtney Sloan’s (Kelli Goss) previously unseen text buddy revealed himself for the first time in Genoa City, or did he?
Wanna see something guaranteed to make you giggle? Then you won’t want to miss the “The Young and the Restless’” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) in his new gig as a talk show host! The actor has teamed up with “Y&R” production staffer Greg Edwards to create a humorous show titled “Soaps and Other Stuff,” which features “Y&R” stars answering ridiculous questions, playing silly games and being subjected to a multitude of other antics all dreamed up and acted out by Morrow himself as “host.”
Earlier this year, Soap Opera Network covered the antics of the webseries, “Old Dogs & New Tricks.” In light of its recent release on DVD and streaming on Hulu, we thought you’d like to catch up with all the fun that features soap stars Thom Bierdz (ex-Phillip Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless”) and Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery, “General Hospital”).
For more information, visit olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com.
‘Twas the week of Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except for all us! Soap Opera Network contacted soap actors with care, in hopes that responses soon would be there. Whether traveling, visiting family or just snuggling in bed, these “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” actors’ plans will dance in your head!