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'The Young and the Restless': popular soap opera celebrates 41st anniversary

The Young and the Restless on CBS
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Daytime drama "The Young and the Restless reached an important milestone this week when the Emmy winning soap celebrated their 41st anniversary with an on set cake cutting for the cast and crew. A chocolate cake in the shape of the number 1 and covered in white icing with a red “YR” logo was cut on the set.

The show, which has been the number 1 daytime drama for the last 25 years, centers around the fictional and often tumultuous lives of Genoa City's families, The Newmans, The Abbotts, The Baldwins and The Winters. The show features long time cast members Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott, Kristoff St. John, Peter Bergman and Doug Davidson.

"There's a resurgence in daytime," actor Steve Burton, who plays Dylan, told CBS2 News at the event. "And the fact that it's been Number 1 for the last 25 years is mind-boggling."

As with all of daytime, the show has seen a great deal of changes, including the loss of actress and legend Jeanne Cooper last year, budget cuts and a shrinking daytime market as it is one of only four soaps that remains on air.

"When I started you could do three or four takes," recalled Tracey E. Bergman, who plays Lauren Fenmore Balwin on the popular CBS soap. "We got notes in between each one. And now, I mean...you have to be on your game. Now it's a true technique of knowing your stuff. Making your decisions, putting your thoughts in and then actually letting it go so you can be as spontaneous and as 100% ready as possible."

Catch "The Young and the Restless" weekdays on CBS.

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