William J. Bell, along with Lee Phillip Bell, made the American TV show The Young and the Restless (sometimes referred to as Y&R). In an ingrained manner, the Show is based in Genoa City in Wisconsin. A 30-minute episode of The Young and the Restless first aired on March 26, in the year 1973.
February 4, 1980, saw the Show extend to an hour’s worth of scenes. The show started airing on soap net in 2006 and moved to TVGN (now Pop) in 2013. Pop started showing past episodes on weeknights as of July 1, 2013. The Show is also linked worldwide.
Plotline of the Show
In The Young and the Restless, our focus lies on the Brooks family, which is aristocratic, and the Foster family, which is middle-class. After a succession of recastings and removals of the cast at the beginning of the 1980s, all of the original characters were written already except for Jill Foster Abbott. It was the Abbotts and the Williamses, two new main families, which replaced the Bells.
Over time, additional families, namely the New men, the Barber/Winters, with the Baldwin-Fishers, were added. Despite much significant advancement, the intense hatred between Jill Abbott and Katherine Chancellor, the extensive conflict on any American daytime drama, remained one of the most enduring stories of the Show.
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series has been awarded to The Young and the Restless 11 times since its debut. In addition, as of now, At the end of its thirty-two season as of January 2019, “Daytime” ranked the highest among daytime dramas on American television.
Nielsen ratings rated The Young and the Restless the highest-rated daytime drama 25 years ago on December 12, 1983. If you count the season 2 premiere, Nielsen ratings placed it in the top spot 28 times over the past 18 years.
On December 31, 2018, Mal Young abdicated as one of the executive producers and head writer. He returned to the Show in 2018 as a supervising producer and was given his first credit again as a co-executive producer on February 6, 2019. Griffith was credited as co-head writer with Young starting on March 20, 2019, and reached sole authorship on April 2. A milestone episode of the serial under Griffith’s stewardship was aired on December 1, 2020.
The cast of the Show
It is estimated that around 540 actors were auditioned for the 13 main characters by Bell and executive producer John Conboy. In the 1990s, they cast the youngest cast of actors ever on an American soap opera by hiring mostly unknown actors considered to be “damsels in distress.”
As part of the casting process, actors’ chemistry was also considered. Youthful characters were the focus, with fantasy between Jill Foster and Phillip Chancellor II and the entanglement between Leslie Brooks, Brad Elliot, and Lorie Brooks.
This soap completed its 12,000th episode by December 1 last year. On August 19, 2021, it shocked everyone as CBS Studios, and Sony Pictures Television sued actress Briana Thomas over sexual harassment allegations.