CBS renewed its top soap, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, for three more years, a move that will keep it on the air through the 2013-14 season.
The 38-year-old soap has been the number one daytime show for 22 years, so its renewal isn’t really a surprise, but a three year deal signed this early in the season should at least come as welcome relief for soap fans who’ve seen some mixed signals about the future of their favorite genre.
In 2009, CBS ended the longest-running program in broadcasting history, GUIDING LIGHT, which left the air after a combined 72 years on television and radio. Earlier this year, AS THE WORLD TURNS left the air after 54 years on CBS. But fans got a little relief after NBC decided to renew its 45-year-old Days of Our Lives. Of the current soaps still on the air, the youngest one, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, premiered back in 1987.
Variety reports that CBS is also close to signing a deal to renew B&B, Y&R’s sister soap.