'The Young and the Restless' 11,000th Episode To Feature Lee Phillip Bell & Nichelle Nichols

Christian LeBlanc and Lee Phillip Bell
CBS is airing the 11,000th episode of The Young and the Restless on Thursday, September 1. In the special episode, fans will be treated to appearances by legendary Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell and Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols. For the residents of Genoa City, "the drama continues as relationships are tested, scores are settled, and lives are changed forever."

In the behind the scenes video below, Christian LeBlanc (Michael) chats with Ms. Bell and his fellow cast members about Y&R, with some wonderful classic clips sprinkled throughout.

'Guiding Light' Alum Jean Carol Joins 'Misguided' Web Series

Jean Carol
Online comedy series, Misguided, follows super soap opera fan, Paul, as he pursues his dream to be a leading man on daytime television. The first season features several notable daytime actresses, and the upcoming season has just added one more name to the roster. Jean Carol, best known to daytime audiences as Nadine Cooper on Guiding Light will be joining Paul for the second season. Jean played the role of Nadine from 1988 through 1995, and made brief appearances again in 2003 and 2006.

Misguided is fun and cleverly written,” says the actress. “It will be a treat to work on it.”

“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to add Jean Carol to my already amazing cast,” says Paul Gosselin, star and creator of Misguided. “My dream to be on Guiding Light might have ended when the series was cancelled, but I feel like I found this incredible loophole where I can still act alongside all my favorites from the defunct soap opera.”

Jean Carol joins former Guiding Light actress Stephanie Gatschet, who will be returning to the series as Paul’s best friend, Stephanie. Also returning from season one will be Ivet Corvea, as the casting director, Breeze.

A crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter runs from August 8 through September 22 and is currently over 40% funded. Information regarding the campaign and the series can be found here. Filming for the second season is set for the Fall of 2016 and the will be released on YouTube early 2017.

Cosmopaulitan Entertainment, the production company behind Misguided, seeks to create programming that inspire audiences to live authentic lives, passionately. The YouTube channel has had over 20K views from all across the globe. Its inaugural series, Misguided, earned an Indie Series Award nomination for actress Melissa Claire Egan.

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 23 Cast Includes Maureen McCormick, Jake T. Austin, Ryan Lochte, Rick Perry & Vanilla Ice

Maureen McCormick with Artem Chigvintsev
Photo Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin
The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars are slipping on their dancing shoes and getting ready for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the 23rd season kicks off on Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. This season’s lineup of celebrity dancers includes two
Gold medal-winning U.S. Olympians, a multi Grammy award-winning musician, a star of one of the most iconic television programs ever, one of the greatest
wide receivers of all time, and the former governor of Texas, to name just a few.

As announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in
alphabetical order) are:

* Amber Rose with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

* Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold

* Jake T. Austin with Jenna Johnson

* James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess

* Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko

Today in Soap Opera History (August 30)

1968: The Doctors' Mike returned home. 1991: Wayne Northrop
returned to Days of our Lives as Roman. 2004: General
Hospital debuted a new opening. 2010: As the World Turns'
Bob revealed Nancy Hughes had passed away.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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.

On this date in...

1968: On The Doctors, Mike Powers (Peter Burnell in his debut) returned home, much to the delight of his father, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett).

1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and Willie Loomis (John Karlen) went to the crypt where Tom Jennings (Donald Briscoe) kept his coffin, but when Barnabas opened the coffin, it was empty. Jennings arrived and tried to bite him.

Barry Jenner Dead at 75

Barry Jenner
Actor Barry Jenner died on August 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from acute myeloid leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his wife and actress Suzanne Hunt. He was 75.

Jenner was born January 14, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began acting during his college years at West Chester University, in Pennsylvania. After graduation, Jenner moved to New York City where he found roles in Club Champion’s "Widow," opposite Maureen Stapleton, and "Put Them All Together" with Mariette Hartley. Along with Olympia Dukakis, he was a founding member of the innovative Whole Theatre Company where they starred together in "Long Day’s Journey Into Night." Jenner also received wide acclaim as the self-destructive pitcher in Jonathan Reynolds' hit play, "Yanks 3, Detroit 0, Top of the Ninth," directed by Alan Arkin at New York City’s American Place Theatre.

His early television roles included two daytime soap operas. He played Tony Cooper on Somerset (1974–1976) and Evan Webster on Another World (1976–1978), where he was involved with Olive Gordon (Jennifer Leak) in an infamous storyline plot to kill long-time character John Randolph. Jenner married Another World co-star Susan Harney (Alice Matthews Frame) on May 23, 1980, but the couple later divorced. In 1985, Jenner played Matt MacKenzie on Days of our Lives.

In 1981, Jenner appeared in several episodes of Knots Landing as Jeff Cunningham, Abby's (Donna Mills) ex-husband. He later had a recurring role as Dr. Jerry Kenderson on Dallas (1984–1986).

Jenner portrayed Starfleet Admiral William Ross in 12 episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from 1997-99. He was also known for his role on the hit sitcom Family Matters, using comedic talents in the role of Lieutenant Murtaugh.

Jenner's other TV credits included Hart to Hart, Simon & Simon, St. Elsewhere, JAG, Super Password and $10,000 Pyramid.

In addition to his wife, Jenner is also survived by his stepsons, Ashley and Christian.

Pop TV 'The Young and the Restless' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Ratings (August 22-26, 2016)

The Nielsen ratings are in for Pop TV for the week of August 22-26, 2016. Same-day repeats of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless averaged 469,500 viewers (based on four days of data). Below is a day-by-day breakdown of Y&R ratings.

DateTotal ViewersAdults 18-49 RatingRank Among Cable Programs
Monday, August 22--Not in Top 150
Tuesday, August 23454,0000.09114th
Wednesday, August 24396,0000.05150th
Thursday, August 25510,0000.06130th
Friday, August 26518,0000.0894th

The Bold and the Beautiful made two appearances in the Top 150 during the week.

DateTotal ViewersAdults 18-49 RatingRank Among Cable Programs
Monday, August 22--Not in Top 150
Tuesday, August 23--Not in Top 150
Wednesday, August 24--Not in Top 150
Thursday, August 25269,0000.05141st
Friday, August 26289,0000.06115th