Soapdom congratulates The Young and the Restless on reaching not one, but two major milestones.
First, this week Y&R celebrates a record 1,000 weeks as the highest rated daytime drama. The series, which first hit Number One more than 19 years ago in December 1988, was the highest rated daytime drama in households (4.2/18) for the 1,000th week in a row for the week of February 25-29, 2008. The program also ranks first in viewers (5.78m), W18-49 (2.0/13) and W25-54 (2.6/16) this season.
In addition, the show will celebrate 35 years on the air on March 26, 2008. The Young and the Restless' 35th anniversary storyline revolves around Restless Style Magazine, a print and web-based magazine run by Nick and Phyllis Newman (Joshua Morrow and Michelle Stafford) and Jack and Sharon Abbott (Peter Bergman and Sharon Case). In the March 26 episode, a launch party is thrown by the magazine during which surprises occur, former favorites return and old rivalries are renewed. Fan favorite Michael Damian, who played "Danny Romalotti" from 1981-1990, 1993-1998 and 2002-2004, returns for several episodes, and actors Eileen Davidson and Lesli Kay cross over from sister show "The Bold and the Beautiful" as their characters attend the Restless Style party.
"Reaching the milestones of 1,000 weeks at Number One and 35 years on the air simultaneously is unheard of in this industry, it is a testament to the work of an extraordinary team of storytellers both in front of and behind the cameras," said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS. "Our congratulations go out to the Bell Family, to Sony and to the entire cast and crew on these remarkable achievements."
"My goal is to continue the tradition started by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell 35 years ago of telling powerful, passionate and romantic stories," said Josh Griffith, Executive Producer and Head Writer of The Young and the Restless. "I am honored to be working with such an amazing cast and crew who, every day, bring Genoa City to life for the millions of viewers who have made The Young and the Restless the Number One daytime drama for the past 19 years."
"We have had the privilege of working with the most talented group of people, both on the show and at CBS, for the past 35 years. To see everyone at The Young and the Restless recognized for this incredible achievement of 1,000 weeks at number one is a testament to all of their hard work and to our fans' loyalty to this incredible show," said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television.
Set in the Midwestern town of Genoa City, Wis., The Young and the Restless originally premiered in 1973 as a half-hour drama, but was extended to an hour in 1980. The late William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell, co-created the series; he was head writer and senior executive producer. Beginning in June 2001, The Young and the Restless was the first (and only to date) daytime drama to be broadcast in high-definition.
The Young and the Restless is the only daytime drama to receive 100 Daytime Emmy Awards, and has received a total of 334 nominations. The show has been awarded the Emmy for "Outstanding Daytime Drama" seven times. The Young and the Restless remains topical and revolutionary, entertaining as well as educating its audience daily on a variety of topics, which have included alcoholism, smoking, breast cancer awareness, sexual harassment, date rape, illiteracy, HIV drug testing, domestic violence, drug addiction, Internet predators and foster care.
Oh and in case you forgot (wink wink, nudge nudge) -- The Young and the Restless is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
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