cbs march madness pre-empts 2019
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Downtime for Bold and the Beautiful and Young and the Restless due to basketball.

With March comes an annual event that always pre-empts CBS daytime’s soap opera line-up. has learned that this year’s NCAA Basketball March Madness tournament will fall during the fourth week of the month. Picks for the event begin on Sunday March 3, in which the selection committee will announce all 68 tournament teams. All teams will take part in sixty-seven games over nineteen days and for that reason the event was given its nickname March Madness. For those soap opera fans who like basketball, the fun will kick off on Sunday March 17 with the Final Four battling it out for the championship game three weeks later.

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Please note the following pre-emption dates that will affect your daytime viewing… There will not be new episodes of Bold and the Beautiful and Young and the Restless on Thursday March 21 and Friday March 22. Those who watch NBC’s Days of our Lives will not be affected by the pre-emptions and will be able to view a new uninterrupted episode. The same goes for fans of ABC’s General Hospital, which will air as normal. CBS will resume its soaps with new episodes on Monday March 25.

In the meantime, visit’s Bold and the Beautiful spoilers, as well as our Young and the Restless spoilers, for a look at what’s to come for the Spencer, Logan and Forrester families in the fashion and business world of Los Angeles and the Newman, Abbott and Rosales clans of Genoa City. Feel free to join other fans to chat about current storylines in our soap opera message boards.