New themed weeks take CBS soap viewers back in time with classic moments, cherished characters

Posted Monday, April 20, 2020 1:37:46 PM

The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless are launching "theme weeks" with the return of cherished characters like Y&R's Katherine Chancellor and epic adventures like B&B's "Escape to Monte Carlo."

The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful will air what is believed to be the last of their new, pre-COVID-19 filmed episodes this week. Beginning Monday, April 27, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless will be launching new "theme weeks" filled to the brim with long-lost cherished characters, epic adventures, classic moments, and more to help fill the gap until production of the two soaps can resume.

Y&R will begin with a "Katherine the Great" week featuring episodes focused on beloved and iconic Genoa City matriarch Katherine Chancellor (played by the late Jeanne Cooper). The 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 will begin its "theme week" extravaganza by amping up the fantasy in an "Escape to Monte Carlo" week. All of 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).

B&B's first "theme week" will include two documentary-style "making of" episodes filmed on location in Monaco that will air on 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.

Additionally, 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 benefiting charity.

"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.

As Soap Central previously reported, all four daytime dramas are currently on hiatus due to stay-at-home orders from the coronavirus outbreak. Y&R, B&B, and General Hospital have been airing throwback episodes to help extend the run of original episodes. However, with the pandemic not yet over and hours of programming to fill, the powers that be have had to get extra creative. Let us know what you think about the out-of-the-box idea in the Comments section below.

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