Faced with running out of original episodes of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful due to the COVID-19 epidemic on April 23, CBS has come up with a really cool contingency plan to entertain fans of the number one network. Starting Monday, April 27, the network will open up its historic archive to package special themed weeks featuring classic episodes.
“It’s incredibly fun to offer fans an opportunity to look back at such memorable moments from Y&R and B&B,” said Amy Reisenbach, Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS Entertainment. “Both of these shows have extraordinary legacies, and these specially curated episodes are only a small portion of what we hope to be able to present in the coming weeks.”
The stars of Y&R and B&B will provide bonus content with fresh commentary at the beginning and end of many episodes. Additional theme weeks of both series will be announced in the near future.
The Young and the Restless, now in its 47th season (and 31st straight as the most-watched daytime drama), will feature episodes focused on beloved and iconic Genoa City matriarch Katherine Chancellor (played memorably by the late Jeanne Cooper).
These “Katherine the Great” episodes—some dating back as far as 1990—will star Cooper and feature early performances from show legends Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) and the late Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), among others.
The Bold and the Beautiful, which recently celebrated 33 years on the Network, will amp up the fantasy with “Escape to Monte Carlo,” Monday-Friday at 1:30 ET/12:30 PM PT.
All the episodes were filmed on location in the Mediterranean paradise and star Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer), Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), Don Diamont (Bill Spencer), Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), John McCook (Eric Forrester), Rena Sofer (Quinn Fuller) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester).
As part of the themed week, two documentary-style, making of episodes filmed on location in Monaco will air Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28. These two “Becoming Bold and Beautiful” episodes have never been seen before on CBS, and feature rare, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew (including executive producer Bradley Bell) as they shot throughout the enchanting mountainside country.
Also, as an early kickoff to the theme week, on Friday, April 24, B&B will air the Monte Carlo-themed episode in which Forrester Creations and Spectra Fashions face off for a fashion showdown benefitting charity.