Jill Farren Phelps, second from right, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless,” poses with, from left, the show’s head writer Josh Griffith and cast members Robert Adamson, Redaric Williams and Steve Burton at the Hot New Faces of “The Young and the Restless” press junket at CBS Television City on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. The CBS show, daytime’s top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Love, loss, breakups, makeups, murder, mayhem, backstabbing, social climbing. Forget about a lifetime, that’s just an afternoon on “The Young and the Restless.”
The CBS show, daytime’s top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday.
No one from its debut on March 26, 1973 — when it was just 30 minutes long — remains with the show, but Jeanne Cooper arrived six months later and is the longest-tenured cast member in her role as grand dame Katherine Chancellor.
“God knows it’s claimed a big part of my life,” the 84-year-old actress said, citing good writing and likable characters as reasons for the show’s continued success in an era of dwindling daytime audiences, network budget-cutting and the cancellation of other soaps.
“Its foundation was set so well and you had core characters that you could grow and become Login to read more