Downtime for some soaps.

Every year soap opera fans are forced to give up a few of their favorite shows in order to accommodated the Annual NCAA Basketball March Madness event on CBS. Therefore, has learned exclusively from our contacts at CBS that on Thursday March 16 and Friday March 17 “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” will not be seen. Both shows will return to regular programming with new episodes on Monday March 20, as will our in-depth daily soap opera recaps.

ABC’s “General Hospital” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” will air as normal and not be affected in any way by the sporting event. For those who watch or DVR any of the daytime talk shows, we have this week’s guest stars for Ellen, Dr. Phil, Harry, Live with Kelly and more, as well as a special appearance by “All My Children” alum Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).

The tournament, created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is known to many basketball fans as March Madness or the Big Dance. The single-elimination competition takes place every March to include numerous Division I Level National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams.

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– Amy Mistretta