Today in Soap Opera History (November 21)

1980: Dallas' Sue Ellen remembered Kristin shot J.R.
1988: Santa Barbra's Julia stopped her wedding to "Mason".
1989: Another World's Sharlene and John married.
1995: One Life to Live's Todd was shot in Ireland.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1938: Radio soap opera Central City premiered on NBC Blue. The Blackett-Sample-Hummert serial told the story of a blue-collar manufacturing hub of 50,000 denizens. Elspeth Eric starred as Emily Olson with Van Heflin as Bob Shellenberger. Heflin was eventually replaced by Myron McCormick.

1957: On The Edge of Night, Billy Harper (Pud Flanagan) accidentally overheard Mary's (Anne Sargeant) confession that he was not Roger's son.

1977: On Guiding Light, unwilling to burden Ben McFarren (Stephen Yates) with her impending blindness, Eve Stapleton (Janet Grey) postponed their Thanksgiving wedding.

Pop TV Nielsen Ratings: 'Young and the Restless' Made Cable Top 150 Every Night Last Week


The Nielsen ratings are in for the week of November 13-17, 2017. Same-day repeats of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless made the cable Top 150 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

DateTotal ViewersAdults 18-49 RatingRank Among Cable Programs
Thursday, November 16531,0000.06135th
Tuesday, November 14512,0000.06141st
Wednesday, November 15527,0000.07140th
Thursday, November 16567,0000.05150th
Friday, November 17489,0000.05147th

The Bold and the Beautiful made the cable Top 150 on Monday and Tuesday.

DateTotal ViewersAdults 18-49 RatingRank Among Cable Programs
Thursday, November 16300,0000.05149th
Tuesday, November 14307,0000.05147th
Wednesday, November 15--Not in Top 150
Friday, November 17--Not in Top 150
Friday, November 17--Not in Top 150

'12 Days of Giving' Premieres December 3 on UP, Stars Ashley Jones & David Blue

Holiday movie 12 Days of Giving premieres Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET on UP.

In 12 Days of Giving, a man who wins a small fortune decides to share his winnings by acting as a Secret Santa to people in a
small town.

The film stars Ashley Jones (Parker, General Hospital; ex-Bridget, The Bold and the Beautiful), David Blue (ex-Ciff, Ugly Betty), Jax Connolly, Preston James Hillier and Melanie Recker.

Watch a sneak peek below.

Della Reese Dead at 86

Della Reese, the songstress who eventually launched a successful acting career in shows like Touched By an Angel, died Sunday night at her home in California. She was 86.

Reese was mourned in a touching tribute by her Touched By an Angel co-star Roma Downey, who said the star was "like a mother to me."

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on 'Touched By an Angel.' I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, sweet angel. We love you,” she said.

The star was born Delloreese Patricia Early in Detroit in 1931.

She began performing at her local church at just six years old, kicking off a love for gospel music that would eventually launch her career.

After a brief stint in a gospel group of her own, the Meditation Singers, she embraced a jazzier sound under the influence of artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

The shift in sound quickly rocketed Reese to fame on the back of hits like "Don't You Know," "And That Reminds Me" and "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," which were spread out over 16 studio albums throughout the '50s, '60s and early '70s.

The popular tunes scored the singer three Grammy nominations over the years, with the most recent nod coming in 1998 for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.

Reese wound down her musical career in the '70s, and solidified herself as a double threat with a successful transition into a Hollywood acting career.

She launched her own variety show, Della, in 1969, which ran for one season, and became the first black woman to co-host The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson a year later.

"I was tired of the road, and doing TV meant I could stay home," she told the New York Times in 1998. "It was very obvious to me I was the first black woman with her own show when one executive told me they had a hard time finding sponsors because my gums were blue."

Reese expanded her resume with roles on TV shows like Chico and the Man, Welcome Back, Kotter, It Takes Two and The A-Team.

But it wasn't until the 1994 CBS series Touched By an Angel that Reese scored her signature role. For 211 episodes of the popular religious fantasy series, Reese — who became an ordained minister in the '80s — starred as supervising angel Tess.

She scored two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for the divine role, which wrapped up in 2003.

"I've had so many different chapters in my career, so many different audiences, but it always comes back to me talking to God," she told the New York Times of the role in 1998. "My life doesn't seem remarkable to me. I assume once I have prayed, the answer is on its way."

Reese's health deteriorated in recent years following a 2002 diabetes diagnosis, and she retired from acting in 2014 after a final appearance on the Hallmark Channel series Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

In 2009, Reese made a two-day guest appearance on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Devon's Aunt Virginia. Check out a behind-the-scenes interview with Y&R's Kristoff St. John below.



Reese is survived by her husband of 34 years, Franklin Lett, and children Deloreese, James, Franklin and Dominique.

Rick Hearst to Guest Star on 'Dynasty'

Emmy winning actor Rick Hearst announced on social media that he would be guest starring on the 12th episode of The CW's Dynasty.

On Twitter, the actor used the hashtag #SenatorDaniels, giving a hint at his character, and later shared a photo of himself in costume from his dressing room. “My most challenging role yet,” he joked. “A conservative Republican.”

The 12th episode of Dynasty will air in the new year, but the exact date has not yet been determined.

Heart's daytime roles have included Ric Lansing on General Hospital and Alan-Michael Spaulding in Guiding Light.


'Another World' Star Rhonda Ross Presents Mom Diana Ross AMAs Lifetime Achievement Award

Music legend Diana Ross received the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night during the American Music Awards. Ms. Ross called her family on stage with her, including daughter, Rhonda, who played Toni Burrell on NBC soap opera Another World during it's last years on the air.

"With no apology, and in all of your power, with integrity, grace and generosity, you blazed a way, not just for us, your children, not just for women, not just for black folk, not just for singers and performers and entrepreneurs, but for all of us, we are so proud to present you with the American Music Award for lifetime achievement," Rhonda said.

After being presented with both the award and her iconic fanny pack, Diana teared up during her thanks.

“This is all about love. All about love. This says it all. This is my family. And I'm sending love out there to all of you, each and every one of you of our global family. And I really, really love being here, and I feel so humbled by this,” she said.

Watch below.