Monday, April 15, 2024

Soap Up: CBS Renews The Young and the Restless for Four More Scandalous Seasons Through 2028


And the beat goes on.

CBS has renewed their number 1 soap, “The Young and the Restless,” for four more seasons.

The daytime drama is now guaranteed to go until August of 2028.

The soap has been on the air since 1973. A lot of the cast has been there for around 40 years. The nominal star, Eric Braeden, will be 87 when this contract expires!

Soaps seem to be back in vogue. Both “General Hospital” and “Days of our Lives” have received shouts of encouragement from their respective network execs. It’s likely that “The Bold and the Beautiful” will keep going, too.

The shows are relatively cheap to produce, and have loyal followings. What “Y&R” needs is a new writer, as the current one, Josh Griffiths, plods along like a snail. I turned it on today and seemed like no one had moved in 8 weeks!

Anyway, on with the show!

PS The way soaps are written, all the children currently on the show will be young parents in four years! They get a lot of vitamins!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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