The Young and the Restless is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Eric Braeden‘s tenure as Victor Newman. Three faces from Victor’s past are returning to honor him as Newman Enterprises turns 50!
Eric Braeden And His Big The Young and the Restless Day
CBS has released the news that Robert Adamson, Victor’s grandson, Noah; Meg Bennett, who is Victor’s former wife, Julia; and Robert Parucha, Victor’s brother, Matt Miller, are all returning to YR in honor of this milestone celebration. Braeden’s 40 years on YR will be celebrated on-screen with episodes airing Tuesday, February 18 through Thursday, February 20. Victor made his debut on February 8, 1980.
As YR has done in the past with other anniversary episodes honoring characters and actors, the show will include clips — some dating back to 1980 — featuring memorable moments from Braeden’s body of work as Victor.
“I am enormously grateful to the writers and my fellow actors, and most importantly to [late YR creator/head writer/senior executive producer] Bill Bell,” said Braeden.
Watch for the festivities to kick off on February 18 when Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) hosts a glamorous gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Victor’s company, Newman Enterprises. Count on Noah, Julia, and Matt to be on the guest list, along with current characters including Nick (Joshua Morrow), Victoria (Amelia Heinle), and Sharon (Sharon Case).
The Young and the Restless History
YR made its debut in 1973 and introduced more sexual undertones and younger characters to daytime soap operas. It has outlasted other soaps to become a mainstay for many households. Needless to say, four decades of storylines have kept viewers locked in and wanting more.
From Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) family machinations to Paul Williams’ (Doug Davidson) heroism to the adorable love story of Kyle (Michael Mealor) and Lola (Sasha Calle), YR knows how to entertain and keep fans coming back for more. Sadly, times are shifting and daytime soap operas are shrinking.
Bringing the Drama
It is one of only four remaining soap operas currently on the air. The other three daytime dramas include General Hospital (GH), Days of our Lives (DAYS), and The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). YR airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for air times.