Today in Soap Opera History (July 24)

1986: As the World Turns featured the funeral of Chris Hughes.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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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1933: The Romance of Helen Trent premiered regionally in Chicago.  The show began airing on CBS Radio that October and remained on the air until June 24, 1960. During its 27-year run, three actresses played Helen--Virginia Clark and Betty Ruth Smith in Chicago, and later Julie Stevens in New York. The Romance of Helen Trent had a following so intense that at the height of its popularity the show received 1,000 letters a week offering advice on her many problems.

Soap of the Week Poll Results (July 14-18, 2014)

Days was voted favorite soap of the week.
The results are in from the We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" poll for July 14-18, 2014. NBC's Days of our Lives was voted favorite soap opera of our readers for the fourth week in a row.

CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful was second followed by ABC's General Hospital.

The Favorite Couple this week was The Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke & Bill. B&B's Don Diamont and Katherine Kelly Lang were voted Favorite Actor and Favorite Actress.

Check out the complete list of shows below as well as the favorite couples, actors and actresses.

RANKSHOWLAST WEEKTOP 3
1Days of our Lives (NBC)1225
2The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)262
3General Hospital (ABC)3146
4The Young and the Restless (CBS)499

Today in Soap Opera History (July 23)

Ted Corday
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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...

1966: Producer and director Ted Corday died at age 58. Corday moved from Broadway to radio dramas to television directing at The Guiding Light and As the World Turns. In 1965 NBC asked Corday to create three new daytime soap operas leading to the premieres of Days of our Lives, Paradise Bay and Morning Star. Days continues to this day while the other two shows were went off the air July 1, 1966, three weeks before Corday's death.

1968: On Another World, as he sat on the porch drinking lemonade with Jim and Mary, Steve (George Reinholt) remembered how he had run five lemonade stands when he was eight, then said he probably bought the Bay City Bengals to compensate for never having had time for games.

Shemar Moore Returning to 'The Young and the Restless' for Two Episodes in September

For the first time in nearly a decade, CBS Daytime veteran and Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore will return to The Young and the Restless for a special two-day guest appearance, Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11.

Moore, who appeared as a series regular for 11 years (1994–2002 and 2004–2005), will reprise his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000.

During his two-day return, Moore will reunite with longtime friend and co-star Kristoff St. John, who portrays his on-screen brother, Neil Winters.

In the episodes, Malcolm returns to Genoa City after leaving town years before without a proper goodbye. Now, he's back for an important visit with the Winters family to make amends and catch up on everything he’s missed.

"I am excited about returning to The Young and the Restless as a special guest," said Moore. "This is where I got my start and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family."

NEWS: 'Weight' Adds to All-Star-Lineup; 'Verbotene Liebe' Canceled; Washington Nationals All-Star Is Son of Two Former 'ATWT' Actors; 'Boardwalk Empire' Teaser

Upcoming web series 'Weight' adds Trent Dawson, Dee Freeman and more to the cast
Emmy and Indie Series Award-winning actress Martha Byrne stars in Weight. The cast will include Allison Smith, Peyton Ella, Trent Dawson, Dee Freeman, Maitely Weismann, Bradley White and Kate West (daughter of Maura West and Scott DeFreitas).

Washington Nationals All-Star pitcher Lucas Giolito is the son of two former 'As the World Turns' actors
His father, Rick Giolito, played Nick Costello in As The World Turns and produced classic video game Medal of Honor. His mother, Lindsay Frost, has appeared in television shows from Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law to Lost and Crossing Jordan. She also played Betsy on As The World Turns in the 1980s. His uncle, Mark Frost, co-created Twin Peaks.

Ratings: All Four Daytime Soap Operas Up in Women 18-49 Viewers

For the week of July 7-11, 2014, The Young and the Restless bounced back after hitting lows in the demos for two weeks in a row. Y&R was up on total viewers (+157K) and all the demos. Check out more details below and a breakdown of the ratings in the key demographics.

Total Viewers (versus previous week/versus same week last year)
1. The Young and the Restless 4,478,000 (+157,000/-176,000)
2. The Bold and the Beautiful 3,687,000 (+238,000/+178,000)
3. General Hospital 2,872,000 (+64,000/+423,000)
4. Days of our Lives 562,000 (+3,000/+14,000)

Today in Soap Opera History (July 22)

Nikki's "Who's the Daddy?" dilemma on The Young and the
Restless
more than tree decades ago was featured in the film
Mr. Mom.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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...

1946: On radio soap opera Rosemary, Rosemary and Brad's train arrived at Penn Station.

1965: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) remembered her days in Bedfordtown.

NEWS: 'Twin Peaks' Reunion; 'Days of our Lives' Actress Cast as Aaliyah; 'Passions' Stars Marry; TCA Awards Winners; Lack of CBS Diversity; 'Hollyoaks' UK's Most Violent Soap

'Twin Peaks' Cast Reunites in Los Angeles 23 Years After Series Run'
The stars of the cult hit but short-lived TV show got together at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles. The reunion was in celebration of the release of Twin Peaks - The Entire Mystery, a Blu-Ray/DVD collection containing all 30 episodes of the ABC show.

'Days of our Lives' actress Alexandra Shipp Set as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic
Wendy Williams has also boarded the TV movie that was previously set to star Zendaya Coleman.

'Hollyoaks' overtakes 'EastEnders' as UK's most violent soap
According to new research from Ofcom, Channel 4's teen drama had 11.5 violent scenes per hour in 2013, up from 2.1 in 2002. By contrast, violence in EastEnders has dropped, from 6.1 scenes per hour in 2002 to 2.1 per hour today.