Look for Neil Winters' past on The Young and the Restless to get a lot clearer, because the character's mother, Lucinda, is headed to Genoa City.
Star Trek alum Nichelle Nichols (ex-Lt. Uhura) will step into the role of Neil's estranged mother for a two-day stint beginning on Thursday, September 1 -- the same day the soap opera celebrates its 11,000th episode. And according to Soap Opera Digest, Lucinda will come with an explanation as to why she's been absent from her son's life all these years.
"As a long time Star Trek fan, and growing up in Hollywood, my father was a friend of [the show's creator] Gene Roddenberry," Y&R executive producer/head writer shared with SOD. "I cannot even describe my utter joy and excitement to get the chance to write for and work with the talented Nichelle. She slipped into the role with sublime grace and ease, and just that brushstroke of elegance we needed. What fun, and what a thrill, for all of us at Y&R."