The Young and the Restless has unveiled its new opening credits sequence. The opening was released on Facebook on Monday (Feb. 13) and will officially debut on the Feb. 14th episode of the long-running CBS soap. In Canada, the new opening also made its debut during the Global “day ahead” broadcast.
“We’re excited to debut this fresh update to the titles that honours our rich history on CBS Daytime and carries us into the future as we approach our 44th anniversary and continue celebrating 28 years as the number one daytime drama,” said excitative producer Mal Young on the Facebook post.
The new credit sequence replaces the look of the 2003 version, which was later upgraded to HD in the fall of 2013 with new cast shots. The music, “Nadia’s Theme,” remains the same with this revamp. The score was originally composed by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. in 1971, under the title “Cotton’s Dream,” for incident music for the ’71 film Bless the Beasts and Children. The composition was later rearranged for Y&R’s March 26, 1973 debut by Botkin Jr. The name “Nadia’s Them” was then attributed to the score when it became associated with Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci during a montage produced by Wide World of Sports.
The theme underwent a light remix in 1998 and then switched to a jazz arrangement from 1999 until 2003. In 2002, the 1988 version of the theme was reinstated and continues with this update.
In addition to some glamour effects, the 2017 version of the Y&R opening calls back to the black brush style from the original 1973 opening that was drawn by American graphic artist Sandy Dvore.
The first version of the 2017 opening featured cast members Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman), Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby), Mishael Morgan (Hilary Hamilton), Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott). The bumpers have remained the same while the closing credits were slightly updated to included the shimmering lens flares.
Updated on Feb. 20 to include GIFs from the opening versions that aired (in the U.S.) on Feb. 15, 16, 17 & 20 as well as the closing credits’ end title card (which was broadcast on Feb. 15). Updated once again on Feb. 22.