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Has Y&R Recast Drucilla?

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When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Neil discovers that his wife has been cheating on him, will his presumed-dead ex, Drucilla (previously played by Victoria Rowell), be the one to offer a shoulder to cry on? That is the latest rumor making the rounds, with speculation that Troy Beyer has been cast as Lily's mom.

As it turns out, an insider tells Soaps In Depth that there is no truth to the rumor that the former DYNASTY troublemaker will be taking over the role. Chalk this one up to another day, another rumor!

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Cast Your Vote #6

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Can Katie and Bill make it work this time around?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would you rather see Jack with Kelly or Phyllis?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 29. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Meet Y&R's New Kyle!

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Kyle Abbott hasn't been seen on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since he went to go work in New York last year. But the soap is bringing Jack's son back to Genoa City, now being played by Australian actor Lachlan Buchanan. "So excited to start my new adventure with the brilliant team at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS," he posted to Twitter.

The actor may be a newcomer to American soaps, but he's got plenty of sudsy experience, having appeared on Aussie soap HOME AND AWAY (like THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL newbie Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy)!). And since Kyle has been spending time in New York, not Down Under, Buchanan will be doing an American accent for the role!

Are you excited to see Kyle back in town? What would you like to see next for the character? Sound off in the comments!

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Blast Off!

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It's not often that you can see three of your favorite daytime stars in one film, so if you missed the theatrical release of 23 Blast last fall, now's your chance to make up for it! The inspirational picture, which stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) and features GUIDING LIGHT's Kim Zimmer (Reva) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie), will become available on DVD at Walmart beginning Tuesday, January 20.

"It's the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football player from Kentucky who was at the height of his game when he was struck by bacterial meningitis and lost his sight," Hapka offers of his starring role. "He had to readjust to life afterwards and went through a bout of depression, but eventually his coach convinced him to come back to the team."

Look for Hunt to play the cheerleader who breaks Travis' heart, and for Zimmer to bring the heat as his emotional mom in this film produced by former ONE LIFE TO LIVE director Gary Donatelli. For Hapka, who rose to the challenge of playing blind, the best part of the film was getting to do some of the football training he recalls from his own youth. "It was really nice to put the gear back on," he confirms, "and get back out there!"

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THE FOSTERS Returns!

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The critically-acclaimed series, THE FOSTERS, which stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (Keri, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Vanessa, SUNSET BEACH), returns tonight, Monday, January 19, on ABC Family at 8 p.m. ET with its winter premiere. The show is executive produced by Joanna Johnson (Karen; ex-Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who promises that the story points introduced in the premiere and in last December's Christmas special will continue to play out as the rest of the season unfolds.

"Callie's going to be spending a lot of time with her [birth father] Robert Quinn (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Kerr Smith, Ryder). She'll start to develop a relationship with him [which] could be confusing to her," Johnson says. "We're also going to [continue to] explore the friendship between Jude and Connor."

Later in the season, viewers will see guest stars including THE VIEW's Rosie O'Donnell (Naomi, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen, B&B; Bobby, DALLAS). "Last season, Girls United [which Rosie's character, Rita, ran] burned down so she's without a home to bring girls to," Johnson notes. "We love having Rosie on our show. She's such a dynamic, warm person. Patrick's going to be playing Robert's father. We've alluded to the dynamic [with] Robert's father having something to do with him leaving Callie's mother. Callie's going to meet her biological grandfather and it'll be interesting."

Johnson says she grew to admire Duffy's talent when he was doing a scene on B&B as Katie's dad. "I was mesmerized," the actress/producer recalls. "He just nailed it one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene!" It'll take a while for Duffy to pop up on the show, but Johnson is hoping he returns for future episodes. "We definitely want to bring him back!"

For more, don't miss Johnson's Keeping Track feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, January 26!

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B&B Celebrates A Milestone!

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This Friday, January 23, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will air its 7,000th episode, and it's going to be a very special one! Instead of a regular half-hour of drama, the milestone episode will feature a documentary that chronicles the soap's most memorable moments, the history of the show's creation, interviews with the cast, a fashion retrospective, guest stars, original screen test footage and more!

"THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL - 7,000 continuous episodes of television and going strong!" said Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell. "What a milestone. Much gratitude to our incredibly loyal fans around the world and to [senior vice president, daytime, CBS Entertainment] Angelica McDaniel and CBS for allowing us our freedom of expression for over 27 years,"

B&B will also mark the 7,000th episode with a live Twitter chat during the East Coast broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET. Cast members Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) (@KatherineKellyL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly) (@abpearce), Heather Tom (Katie) (@BBheathertom), Sean Kanan (Deacon) (@seankanan), Jacob Young (Rick) (@Jacob_W_Young), Karla Mosley (Maya) (@karlamosley), Rena Sofer (Quinn) (@RenaSofer), Darin Brooks (Wyatt) (THEEdarinbrooks), Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) (@AshleighBrewer1) and others will be tweeting live with the episode!

What have been your favorite moments of the past 7,000 episode of B&B? Share your memories in the comments! And enjoy this amazing time-lapse video of the crew erecting the sets for the very special episode!

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Is Heinle Out At Y&R?

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With new headwriter Charles Pratt, Jr penning the futures of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters, there have been rumors that a major character is on their way out of Genoa City. And while some fans worry that Michael's cancer could lead to a tragic exit for Christian Jules LeBlanc, the big rumor now is that Amelia Heinle's Victoria will not be returning after visiting her son, Reed!

News that the actress deleted her Twitter account added fuel to the fire, but an insider at Y&R tells Soaps In Depth that there are no truth to the rumors and that Heinle's deletion of her Twitter account has nothing to do with her status at the show.

There are definitely big doings coming up on Y&R (just wait for our February Sweeps issue on sale on 1/26 for more details!), so it's not impossible that one or more actors could be on their way out. And we'll do our best to keep on top of all the rumors and bring you the truth as we find it out!

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Is Kristen Alderson B&B's New Hope?

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After Kristen Alderson dropped the bomb that she was leaving the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kiki, rumors started flying fast and furious that the Emmy winner was headed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to assume the role of Hope, recently vacated by Kim Matula.

However, it turns out that was just wishful thinking on the part of fans, as a spokesperson for B&B confirms to Soaps In Depth that the rumor is untrue. "We are not recasting Hope," they report, "and we have not hired Kristen Alderson."

Do you think Alderson would have been a good fit for Hope? Sound off in the comments!

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A New Year's Baby!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Agim Kaba (Aaron) has a new reason to celebrate New Year's! The actor/artist and his wife, Jaclyn, welcomed their first child on January 1! "My beautiful boy was born on New Year's Day," the proud pop tweeted, with a follow-up a few days later that "Archer is healthy and beautiful!"

Congratulations to the new parents!

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Cast Your Vote #04

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Would you like to have Steffy back in LA permanently?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you like Ashley and Stitch together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 15. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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