The massive, straight-forward renewal of The Young and the Restless, from Sony Pictures Television, stands in contrast with the dramatic, down-to-the-wire one-season renewal for the Sony TV-distributed daytime drama Days Of Our Lives at NBC which was finally completed and announced yesterday after months of negotiations.
With the renewal, The Young and the Restless joins its companion in the CBS daytime lineup, the CBS TV Studios-backed soap The Bold and the Beautiful, which is a year into a three-year pickup through 2022.
“Having the #1 show for any length of time in any daypart is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “But The Young and the Restless has been daytime’s top drama for over three decades. The last time any other show was on top, Ronald Reagan was president and the Berlin Wall was still standing. It’s a remarkable achievement and a testament to the extraordinary cast, gifted writers, talented producers, and supremely passionate fans, as well as our tremendous partnership with Sony Pictures Television.”
The Young and the Restless currently leads all other daytime dramas in viewers (4.11 million), women 25-54 (1.0) and women 18-49 (0.6).
“We are thrilled to continue the legacy of The Young and the Restless at CBS, as this renewal will take us to our 50th anniversary in 2023, and beyond,” added Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “The iconic characters created by William J. Bell and Lee Philip Bell 47 years ago continue to captivate audiences in the U.S. and across the globe, and we look forward to building on the dynamic storylines featuring these beloved characters.”
Despite challenging economics triggered by declining linear TV ratings in all day parts, all three broadcast daytime dramas are set to return next season. Sony TV co-produces Days Of Our Lives, renewed for a 56th season, with Corday Productions.
Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless revolves around the loves, enmities, hopes and fears of the residents of the fictional Midwestern town of Genoa City.
The series stars Marla Adams, Lauralee Bell, Peter Bergman, Donny Boaz, Eric Braeden, Tracey Bregman, Sasha Calle, Sharon Case, Doug Davidson, Sean Dominic, Melissa Claire Egan, Cait Fairbanks, Camryn Grimes, Mark Grossman, Amelia Heinle, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Bryton James, Tyler Johnson, Christel Khalil, Hunter King, Christian J. Le Blanc, Kate Linder, Beth Maitland, Michael Mealor, Mishael Morgan, Joshua Morrow, Melissa Ordway, Greg Rikaart, Brytni Sarpy, Melody Thomas Scott, Michelle Stafford, Jason Thompson, Jordi Vilasuso and Jess Walton.
The Young and the Restless is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Anthony Morina executive produces. Josh Griffith is co-executive producer and head writer. John Fisher and Lisa DeCazotte are supervising producers. Matthew J. Olsen and Jonathan Fishman are producers.
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