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    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Happy 41st Anniversary To The Young And The Restless.

    Wednesday, March 26 2014


    Y&R cast 1973. (CBS)
    Moving forward.

    As "Y&R" celebrates 41 years on the air (the daytime drama debuted on March 26, 1973), Soaps.com looks back with some interesting trivia from the CBS soap.

    The beginning.
    Bill Bell was writing "Days Of Our Lives" when CBS lured him away to create his own soap opera for their network. Corday Productions, the production company behind "DOOL" actually filed a lawsuit to try and keep him. This resulted in Bell agreeing to stay on with "Days" for three more years while also working on "Y&R."

    Here we go.
    The opening scene of "Y&R" was Dr. Brad Eliot (played by Tom Hallick) coming into town in a truck after being mugged. An iconic line from the first episode was spoken by actress Lee Crawford, who played waitress Sally McGuire. She said, "Kind of a drag, isn't it? Stuck in a place like Genoa City. God, I feel so restless."

    The music.
    The longtime theme song for "Y&R," entitled Nadia's Theme, was from the 1971 movie, "Bless the Beasts and Children," in which the song's original title was Cotton's Dream. The song's writer renamed the tune Nadia's Theme after ABC used it as the background music in a montage about Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci.

    China girl.
    Katherine Chancellor's china was a Royal Albert pattern called 'Heirloom'.

    Daily updates.
    Soaps.com did their first recap of "Y&R" on Friday August 4, 2006. John Abbott was in jail, Gloria was pleased to have Jana in Kevin's life, Neil comforted Lily after she was drugged and attacked, Nick and Victoria were angry with Brad, and Victor had an epileptic seizure on Hope's kitchen floor. Check out the Y&R Recap: Time Is Running Out.

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    - Candace Young


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by harleygirl49 at Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:34 AM

    This was some of my favorite times on Y&R. I wish that many of these characters were still on.

    Posted by Paddy52 at Wednesday, March 26 2014 01:43 PM

    Look at this cast from 1973 12 people. The show was great back then. I started watching in the 70's. There was times I didn't get to watch, but I have always been fan and I'm trying to hang in there mostly just reading recaps and the post. Take a hint JFP and writers 12 main characters that's all ya need to have an entertaining show!

    Posted by bluediamondpa at Thursday, March 27 2014 08:46 AM

    It was a terrific show then and for most of the 41 years; then something terrible happened they began hiring hacks to write and produce the show. Viewer are disgusted with how this show is now being produced and written, gone are the days when storylines were new and unique and most of all interesting and kept viewers glued in and waiting for the next day's program. So sad, I really believe this show is on the way to cancellation like the other shows that JFP had a hand in. We the viewers will only be able to say, the executives brought the whole thing on themselves.

    Posted by Cherr at Thursday, March 27 2014 04:49 PM

    Bluediamondpa, I have watched Y&R since it started and yes they have hit some bumps in the road, but they have been the #1 show for 25 years, and just renewed for 3 more years. The only way they will be leaving is because of cost reasons. I watch the other top soaps and have always felt Y&R was the best. Just my opinion.

    Posted by YRloyal at Sunday, March 30 2014 08:26 AM

    Loved the old Y&R .. The drama the twists and turns left you guessing. Now it just isn't the same. They need HELP!!! New writers! please!

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