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: '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 21)

"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...

1962: Actor Les Damon died at age 54. His soap roles included Ed Palmerlee in The Edge of Night, Jim Lowell in As the World Turns, and Bruce Banning on The Guiding Light.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Carolyn found out about Roger's accident but refused to believe Burke was involved.

1972: Victoria Wyndham made her first appearance as Rachel in Another World. She replaced Robin Strasser in the role (Margie Impert had replaced Strasser originally but didn't work out so Strasser returned for a few months.)  Strasser's Rachel was torn between Steve and Ted so she decided to take Jamie out of town for a week. In Wyndham's debut, Steve came to Washington to see Jamie. Rachel returned to Bay City a few days later. Wydham would play the role until NBC aired the final episode of the show on June 25, 1999.

Charles Durning debuted in the same episode as a recast Gil McGowan. He played the role four months before Dolph Sweet took over.

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.

TELENOVELA WATCH: Premieres - 'Mi Corazón Es Tuyo' Tonight, 'El Mariachi' Tuesday, Telemundo Doldrums, Favorites For The Week

Mi Corazón Es Tuyo premieres tonight on Univision.
Mi Corazón Es Tuyo premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Univision. A Mexican telenovela from Televisa, Mi Corazón Es Tuyo is an adaptation of a series from Spain called Ana y Los 7 that aired from 2002-2005.

The story is a kind of warped Sound of Music. From the press materials: “A mix-up at an employment agency lands Ana Guerrero at the home of Fernando Lascurain, a wealthy widower with seven uncontrollable children and a dire need of someone to look after them. Serious financial troubles have forced the goodhearted young woman to work as an exotic dancer at a nightclub, so she seizes this unforeseen opportunity to do something better and takes the job. With her cheerful disposition and will to succeed, Ana manages to pass every challenge posed by the Lascurain children, gradually winning their trust and affection. And as time goes by, Fernando begins to realize that for the first time since the death of his wife, his home is filled with love once again and that his heart belongs to Ana.”

'Masters of Sex' Preview: Kyrie Eleison

Photo Credit: Michael Desmond/Showtime
The sophomore season of Showtime's Masters of Sex continues on Sunday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. He is a brilliant scientist out of touch with his own feelings, and she is a single working mother ahead of her time. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and unlikely pop culture trajectory.

In this week's episode, "Kyrie Eleison," as Masters begins a new job, Virginia is torn between him and DePaul.

Watch a sneak peek video below:

'True Blood' Preview: Lost Cause

Photo Credit: HBO
The seventh and final season of HBO drama True Blood continues with a new episode ("Lost Cause") on Sunday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Exhausted from her recent travails, Sookie finds herself the unwilling host of a festive mainstreaming party in Bon Temps. In search of an elusive adversary, Eric and Pam head to Dallas and attend a gala fundraiser. Andy makes a life-changing decision; Jessica and James (Nathan Parsons, pictured) reach a crossroads; Bill loses himself in remembrance of human days.

Watch a sneak peek video below: