On Tuesday, the cast and crew of The Young and the Restless, executives from Sony and CBS, and invited press, gathered to honor the accomplishment of the number one soap, it’s 40th anniversary! With the stars in attendance, Sony Pictures Television President, Steve Mosko addressed the room, and related what an accomplishment 40 years truly is, how much the reinvigorated support of CBS Daytime had meant to the show, and how in a very dark climate just a few years ago, soaps are having a resurgence, while Mosko clearly pointed out what happened to another network that did not support their soaps.
Here now below is the main portion of Mosko’s speech, that we thought fans of Y&R, and fans of the genre in general, would appreciate!
Steve Mosko: “I want to say, this is the hardest working group here at Y&R. I always laugh in a good way, by the way, when I go and talk about network shows and go, “Oh by the way, we have 22 episodes of it.” But its unconscionable, how hard all of you work. Both the writing, the crew, and the cast … it’s absolutely amazing that you did it five days a week, 52 weeks a year, for 40 years. My hats off to you, because it’s astounding. I can’t thank you enough from all of us at Sony for all your hard work. Lee (Phillip Bell) who would have thought after 40 years, we all would be standing here talking about how great the show is, but it’s not just surviving, but thriving. This show is still kicking ass!
What gives me chills today, in a great way, is the fact that a couple of years ago, there were a lot of people in the industry who didn’t believe in this genre. I know all of you did, and I know for sure, we did. We have fought, and fought, and fought, which is why today is a great day for all of us, because you know what? We hung in there. We did great work and this genre is thriving. This show is doing fantastic. And, what I want to say is; I want to thank these two people over here, Nina Tassler, President CBS Entertainment and Angelica McDaniel, Sr. VP Daytime CBS Entertainment. Through Nina and Angelica, the support we get from CBS is amazing. I know there was a day, and a time, when I was involved with these shows, and it was like there was the “network” and it was sort of spoken under your breath. I will tell you that they are amazing partners and great supporters of the genre. Just look across the street at another network that didn’t support the genre, and look at what happened. CBS has passion about this and is supporting us, and again, if it wasn’t for you, we would not be here as well. It’s just great, because we know how we are being taken care of. Another 40? What do we think? (Laughs) Anyways, congratulations to everybody!”
So soap fans, what do you think about Mosko’s comments on how soaps are doing now? How Y&R is being supported by CBS? Do you feel a difference in the climate on how soaps are perceived, after fighting hard for its survival? Weigh-in!