The daytime soap opera is a dying breed. What once ruled the afternoon airwaves with an iron fist is now down to less than five daily shows left standing. The soap world took another big hit last month when actor Ronn Moss left The Bold and the Beautiful after starring for over two consecutive decades as fan-favorite character Ridge Forrester. Thankfully for fans of the sudsy serials, today brings some good news for once.
Eric Braeden is one of the last soap opera heavyweights left standing, having portrayed ruthless businessman Victor Newman on CBS' The Young And The Restless for the last thirty-two years. Y&R has consistently been the #1 rated daytime drama since 1988, and as lead actor, the 71-year-old Braeden definitely deserves some of the credit for that. Which brings me to the good news for fans, as Braeden has just signed a new deal with the show, one that will keep him ruling Genoa City with an iron fist for multiple years to come.
Long-time fans may actually be a bit surprised by this renewal, as Braeden had a very public contract dispute with producers back in late 2010. The situation got so bad that Braeden actually opted to end talks and leave the show at one point. Cooler heads prevailed though, and Braeden was back on set within mere months. Evidently the actor's current relationship with Y&R's brass is on much friendlier terms than it was two years ago.
It's actually not all good news for Y&R though, as the recent arrival of a new executive producer has seen heavy budget cuts, and the firing of at least two actors. Daytime vet Genie Francis (Genevieve Atkinson), and young actress Marcy Rylan (Abby Newman) have both been given their walking papers. Well, at least most fans can surely agree that those two losses are nothing compared to what losing Victor Newman would have done to the series.
Do you still watch daytime soap operas? Are you glad Eric Braeden is staying put?