The Young and the Restless has some big plans for its 45th anniversary. The CBS soap is treating fans with three familiar faces as it pays tribute to 45 years on the air. Who is returning for the big hurrah this spring?
There are three fan favorites that will grace the small screens next month. Jaime Lyn Bauer and Janice Lynde are set to return as Lorie and Leslie Brooks while Meg Bennett will reprise her role as Julia Newman.
Bennett made her first appearance on The Young and the Restless way back in 1980, starring opposite Eric Braeden, who played her on-screen husband, Victor Newman.
Filming for the 45th anniversary special began this week in Los Angeles.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 21, 2018
All three of the guest stars have a long history with the series. Bauer starred on the soap from 1973 until 1982. She reprised her role in 1984 and 2002. Lynde, meanwhile, started playing Leslie in 1973 and had a brief cameo in 1984. She has not reprised her role since then. Bennett has returned on-and-off over the years with her last appearance being in 2002.
The fact that The Young and the Restless remains the most watched daytime show in modern television is a remarkable feat. Not only is the franchise sitting on top of the ratings charts for the United States, but it’s also popular around the world.
Exactly how long the Y&R remains on air, especially with today’s streaming culture, is hard to predict. But it is entirely possible that CBS shifts the Y&R and its spin-off, The Bold and the Beautiful, to a streaming service.
If that happens, then there’s a chance the franchise remains viable for the foreseeable future.
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Although the series is celebrating a huge milestone this year, Melissa Claire Egan recently confirmed that she will be leaving after six years on the show. The actress confirmed the sad news on Twitter last month.
“After much thought and six wonderful years, I have decided to leave The Young & the Restless,” Egan told fans.
Egan added that this is not a goodbye, hinting that she’s open to reprising her role as producers see fit. The actress first appeared on the daytime soap in 2011.
Her character, Chelsea Lawson, was introduced as a bad-girl who was carrying Billy’s kid, but she evolved into a much more likable individual. In fact, Egan was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2013 and 2014.
The Young and the Restless will celebrate its 45th Anniversary during the last week in March on CBS.