The Young and the Restless, frequently referred to as "Y&R," is an American soap opera that began airing on CBS as far way back as 1973 and continues to air to this day. While the show initially ran in 30 minute blocks Monday through Friday, Y&R expanded its storylines enough to require hour long blocks in 1980. While the show's initial focus was on a pair of families, the rich Brooks clan and the blue collar Foster clan, against the backdrop of the fictional Wisconsin locale of Genoa City. However, a variety of talent issues and departures pertaining to the transition from half an hour to a 60 minute format forced the show's storylines to re-center themselves on the affairs of the Abbott and Williams families, with only the character of Jill Foster Abbott remaining from the original format of the show. As the post-1980s iteration of Y&R continued, it slowly introduced other storied families of Genoa City, such as the Baldwin-Fishers, Newmans, and Winterses. While the drama has had several lengthy story arcs, the one constant throughout its entire run has been the feud between Katherine Chancellor and Jill Fenmore; a feud that exceeds that of any other American soap. Since Y&R's debut, the show and its talent have received over 100 various Daytime Emmy awards and more than three times that many nominations from categories that include: Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Younger Actress, Younger Actor, and even a trio of Lifetime Achievement Awards. The series has well over 10,000 episodes that have helped it to remain popular with Nielsen study audiences. Some other points of trivia about the show are that it was the first daytime soap opera to transition over to HD broadcast standards, as well as one of the first daytime soaps to ever directly incorporate sexuality into its storylines; intercourse, rape, infidelity, incest, and even homosexuality were, and are, all handled at one point or another over the show's lengthy run. The Young and the Restless also gained a respectable following among many African-American viewers after the addition of several prominent African-American characters, one of whom was the CEO of a major company, in 1990. The show has had eleven different executive producers and just as many teams of head writers, with series co-creator William J. Bell serving as both roles for more than two decades apiece.

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Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

DateFebruary 05, 2015

Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

Soap operas have often been the butt of the joke when it comes to daytime television, are often the only thing that is associated with it at all, and it’s been this way for years and years, since they made their debut. Whether people like to poke fun at them because of the over dramatic story lines or the sometimes painful to watch acting jobs that are performed on the shows – we still can’t seem to pull away from them, and continue to tune in every week just to see what happens next, and what fate is held for our favorite characters. After all, they’ve made it this far and have yet to be

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What Happens When the Soap World and the Metal World Collide?

DateJanuary 15, 2015

What Happens When the Soap World and the Metal World Collide?

Certain types of people like certain and specific things. Or at least it used to be that way. The imaginary lines that were drawn in the past concerning such things as music and soap operas have become blurred and overlapped.

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Soap operas back away from the edge, thriving again

DateJanuary 12, 2015

 Soap operas back away from the edge, thriving again

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In the Wake of ABC Soap Opera Cancellation, Is the Death of Soap

DateDecember 30, 2014

In the Wake of ABC Soap Opera Cancellation, Is the Death of Soap

ABC recently announced the cancellation of two of its most high profile soap operas. The American soap opera has long been a staple in early afternoon television. All of the major networks have broadcast these soap operas for several decades and some of the programs even started original as a radio broadcast, it just shows how long these have been going. However, the times have changed, so broadcast stations need to determine what works best not only for the general public, but also for the price as well.

There are a few different variables at play when it comes to the cancellation of the soap operas and, potentially, the death of the soa

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