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Assignment 1An investigation of the Television Series The Young and The Restlessby Williams J Bell and Lee Phillip Bell and the institutional contextsthat impacted its productionBACKGROUND TO THE STUDY William J Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell created the Americantelevision soap opera The Young and The Restless abbreviates as YR The Innocent Years was the name given to this soap opera before isdebut however after reflecting on the moods of the youth in theseventies William J Bell who according IMDb died on April 29 2005 ofcomplications from Alzheimers disease in Los Angeles California USArenamed the Drama The Young and The Restless On March 26 1973 thetelevision series airedThe Young and the Restless premiered on March 26 1973 itrevolutionized the entire concept of the soap opera Historically theformat reflected its roots in radio and despite its jump to televisionwas still an aural medium with its primary emphasis on dialogue andstory content TheYoung and the Restless however placed a premium onshadowy sensuous lighting intriguing camera angles and productionvalues that provided a lavish romanticism that appealed to femaleviewers and by eroticizing the genre changed forever the way thatsoaps were photographed However the series did not rely on stylealone Building from the typical soap opera structure of twointertwining families - one rich The Brooks who owned the citynewspaper and one poor the Fosters - the show featured the inevitablestar-crossed romance The show ventured into new areas providing thefirst soap opera treatment of an extended rape sequence and theaftermath of a trial It also dealt with such issues as euthanasiadrugs obesity eating disorders mental illness and problems of thehandicappedIn the 1980s the show once again revolutionized the genre by shiftingits focus away from its original core families to an entirely new set ofyounger characters During the 1990s it continued to introducemysterious new characters while maintaining the consistency of itsvision and of its story lines a remarkable feat for the genre whichallowed it to keep pace with its
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