Today in Soap Opera History (October 13)

1965: Peyton Place's Connie learned of Allison's accident.
1986: Search or Tomorrow's Suzi crashed her car.
1986: Pat proposal was rejected on Ryan's Hope.
2005: Guiding Light's Olivia confessed to Bill.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"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...

1947: On radio soap opera Lora Lawton, Joe visited Lora (Jan Miner) at her London flat. She told him she was going to communicate with Peter through a series of pictures she drew for him.

1965: On Peyton Place, Dr. Michael Rossi (Ed Nelson) called Connie MacKenzie (Dorothy Malone) to tell her that her daughter, Allison, was injured in a hit-and-run accident.

"Oh my 'Lanta!" Watch 'Big Brother' Contestant Jason Roy Deliver Pizza on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

Big Brother's Jason Roy made a cameo on B&B as a pizza delivery boy.
On Monday's episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Wyatt (Darin Brooks) had Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) answer a knock at the door in lingerie from the Forrester Creations bedroom line, which she will be modeling soon based on her new assignment from President Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). Wyatt told her she had better get used to people seeing her like that so she opened the door to a very excited pizza boy, played by Big Brother 17 contestant Jason Roy.

"Oh my 'Lanta," the pizza guy said, who was so happy he didn't even care if she gave him a tip.

Watch Roy's appearance on B&B below:

'Life's a Drag' Pilot Premieres at Brooklyn Web Fest; Series Crowdfunding for Next Episode

The multi-talented Ian Verdun stars as Melvin Everman in Life's a Drag.
Life's a Drag premiered at Brooklyn Web Fest on Friday, October 9. Based on the positive reaction from a packed theater, creator and star Ian Verdun has a hit on his hands.

Life's a Drag is a story about self-discovery as straight(ish) down-on-his-luck actor, Melvin Everman (played by Verdun), in an act of desperation, "inexplicably embarks on a journey that will lead him to Drag superstardom. Along the he'll will meet a host of colorful characters, some new and some old as he struts his way to glory. But before the crown is won, he'll have to go toe to toe with more than a few shady queens, and be forced to come to terms with the most damaged parts of himself, forever altering the perception of his own identity, and testing the foundations of his relationships."

Chatting with members of the audience at Brooklyn Web Fest, it was obvious the pilot made an impact. Viewers instantly cared about Mel and his friends, rooted for him, and against the boss that fired him (played by series director Sebastian La Cause, Hustling). The superb pilot script was full of humor and heart, and sets up a potentially fascinating journey for Mel that seems new and fresh.

I asked Verdun what inspired him to create Life's a Drag.

"Honestly, I wrote the first episode in three days after experiencing my worst year in recent memory," Verdun explained. "It was the kind of year where life just takes a huge crap on rapid succession. Really, the only way I could retain any form of sanity was to write about. I think a lot of artists can relate to exercising their demons through their craft, I'm certainly no different."

Ian Verdun in Life's a Drag.
"I'm also a huge fan of RuPaul's Drag Race and I live in West Hollywood so drag almost seems like a constant element playing in the background of my life," he said. " I've always respected the craft of Drag Queens, not to mention the mystique involved in their profession. So Life's a Drag was born. It's a way for me as an artist to explore (and pay homage to) a group of artists who's world I find to be fascinating, and at the same time take an active part in making sure that quality LGBT stories, not to mention diverse stories have a place to be heard. I really love the idea of humanizing the world of drag; of getting to the moments out of the makeup and away from the spotlight, to tell the story of group of disparate people who are all drawn to this life, putting on perfect faces as they deal with all the very real drama present in their day to day lives. As an artist, I want the freedom to tell a story as truthfully as possible, and to shine a light on communities who's stories deserve to be told. And if that all sounds a bit too self-righteous, you could also say I just really wanted to see what I'd look like all dolled up. Suffice it to say, I wasn't disappointed."

The cast also includes Toofun West, Santana Dempsey, Amanda Hyde, Andy Gala and Stephen Guarino.

The Life's a Drag team is taking a slightly different approach to crowdfunding. The show is currently raising the money necessary to produce the second episode, and to get the word out, via an Indiegogo campaign.

The first part of the pilot is now available online. Check it out below:

Obba Babatundé and Anna Maria Horsford Returning to 'The Bold and the Beautiful' October 22

Obba Babatundé and Anna Maria Horsford
Obba Babatundé and Anna Maria Horsford are returning to The Bold and the Beautiful on October 22, when Julius and Vivienne Avant move to Los Angeles.

Julius is not a bum, or an idiot," Babatundé tells TV Insider. "This is an intelligent, articulate man."

Is Julius looking to get his hands on some of the Forrester fortune?

"I don’t see it that way," Babatundé explains. "I’m seeing the consistency of the man. He’s trying his best to not let his family be broken up. Where we’re going with this potential surrogacy story is powerful and exciting. It’s all up for grabs."

'Switched at Birth' Sneak Peek: Bay Bonds with Garrett

Is Bay ready to move on with Garrett (Nyle DiMarco)?
Bay and Daphne navigate their love lives on tonight's episode of Switched at Birth, airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family. Nyle DiMarco (America’s Next Top Model) guest stars as Garrett.

In "The Accommodations of Desire," Bay thinks she's ready for a new relationship with Garrett, but others are dubious of how quickly it is moving. Daphne's correspondence with Quinn starts to affect her relationship with Mingo. John and Kathryn begin researching new financial opportunities, and Toby and Lily prepare for parenthood.

Watch a sneak peek below:

'Jane the Virgin' Sneak Peek: Three Generations of Villanueva Women Bond

Jane (Gina Rodriguez), Alba (Ivonne Coll) and Xo (Andrea Navedo).
One of last season's best new shows, Jane the Virgin, kicks off its sophomore effort tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, following the premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. If you're looking for a serial that is well-written, superbly acted and is full of heart, I can't recommend Jane enough.

In "Chapter Twenty-Three," chaos ensues after Jane (Gina Rodriguez) discovers Mateo's abduction, especially when they all learn Sin Rostro is involved and demanding a ransom. Trying to help, Rogelio (Jaime Camil) tweets about Mateo's kidnapping making the Villanueva family targets of the paparazzi.

Despite everything that has happened, Jane must also focus on motherhood and turns to Xo (Andrea Navedo) and Alba (Ivonne Coll) for help, leaving Rafael (Justin Baldoni) feeling left out. Meanwhile, Petra (Yael Grobglas) is conflicted with what to do with Rafael's remaining sperm sample.

Check out a sneak peek from tonight's episode featuring three generations of Villanueva women below: