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DAYS Star In Car Accident

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Freddie Smith (Sonny) was involved in a serious car accident in Kingsville Township, Ohio. He lost control of his car on Route 84, injuring both himself and his passenger, girlfriend Alyssa Tabit. Smith was reportedly taken to Conneaut Medical Center for treatment while Tabit was flown to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, and was in critical condition. Our hopes are for a speedy recovery for both.

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It's Tea Time Again!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) is preparing another one of her high teas, this one to be held in Toronto on Sunday, December 7. Benefiting March Of Dimes Canada, the Third Annual Opportuniteas For Independence High Tea will also feature her daytime co-stars Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Bryton James (Devon) and Mishael Morgan (Hilary) as well as Y&R hair and makeup experts Patti Denney and George Guzman.

The even will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday, December 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. There will be a Q&A session, a raffle, live auction and gift bags. For more information, to purchase tickets or to simply donate to the worthy cause, click here!

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John Wesley Shipp Previews THE FLASH

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Tonight is going to be déjà vu all over again for John Wesley Shipp (Kelly, GUIDING LIGHT; Douglas, AS THE WORLD TURNS) when THE FLASH debuts on The CW at 8:00 p.m. EST. The two-time Emmy winner, who played the title role in the primetime series about the DC Comics character that ran (get it? "ran?") from 1990-91 on CBS, is appearing in the new series, but in a slightly different role.

Are there many similarities between soap opera fans and devotees of the superhero world? "That's a very interesting question," Shipp tells Soaps In Depth. "It's one I haven't been asked before so bravo! They are similar and, at times, an overlapping audience."

Shipp says that the series title character (aka Barry Allen), played by Grant Gustin, is an actor to watch. "He can do comedy, play a genius when Barry is analyzing a crime scene and then turn around and break your heart. He's got it all."

In this version of THE FLASH, Shipp is playing Barry's dad, Henry, who's been wrongly incarcerated for killing his wife. Watch for Shipp to recur throughout the season as Barry fights to clear his dad's name. "I've had scenes with Jesse L. Martin (Det. Joe West) whose character has drilled into Henry's son's head that his father was a killer. What will he do when he finds out that he was wrong?"

THE FLASH airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW, and you can read more about Shipp in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, on newsstands now!

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Hobnob With The Stars!

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Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Lukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17

Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).

There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.

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Cast Your Vote #42

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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: Do you think Maya can steal Rick from Caroline?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Michael will cheat on Lauren?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, October 8. 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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Y&R Casts Oscar Nominee!

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This is some M*A*S*H-up! Television and film veteran Sally Kellerman -- aka Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan from the 1970 film -- has been tapped by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play the role of Constance Bingham, according to our friends at TV Line. According to the recent casting notice for the character, Constance is a sweet and old-fashioned grandmother, who is active and alert even though she is in a wheelchair. The call also said that the short-term guest role was for five episodes.

Kellerman nabbed Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Major Houlihan in the film adaptation of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. Who do you think Constance will cross paths with in Genoa City when she airs in November? Weigh in below!

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B&B Meets THE REAL HOUSEWIVES In Amsterdam!

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Bravo has yet to confirm that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eileen Davidson (Ashley; also Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES) will be joining Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS) as new cast members on the next season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS. But the Emmy winner just happened to be in Amsterdam earlier this week with Rinna and RHoBH star Lisa Vanderpump as the ladies took a cast vacation to the Netherlands' capital city. While there, they ran into THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell and star Heather Tom (Katie). Several B&B cast members are also there this week for a fan event and remote location shoot. Look for the scenes set in Amsterdam to air on B&B in early November.

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Luckinbill's Good Lie

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans who have missed seeing J.T. on their small screens can see his portrayer, Thad Luckinbill, on the big screen when The Good Lie hits movie theaters on Friday, October 3.

While the hunk has only a small part in the Reese Witherspoon movie, Luckinbill actually had a much larger role behind the scenes. He, along with his brother, Trent, and Molly Smith (executive producer of the Oscar-nominated The Blind Side), helped produce the film. "We started a company called Black Label Media (BLM) a little over two years ago, and this is our first project," says the actor/producer. "We're really happy with it, really proud. It's been very well received. When we had a premiere in Toronto, it got a standing ovation. It's really a special movie, and has an amazing message."

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Funnyman Surprises The Forresters!

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This week, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will finally be able to put a face to the name of Eric Forrester's occasionally-referenced, but never-before-seen brother, John, who also happens to be Ivy's pop. Comic actor Fred Willard drops by starting Thursday, October 2 for a three-episode arc that will conclude on Monday, October 6.

Though the actor is best known for his hilarious stints in films like Best In Show, Anchorman, and a recurring role on MODERN FAMILY, Willard says he's always been intrigued by the soap world, noting that he was once hooked on the seventies-era soap HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE. "That was a long time ago," he chuckles. "I started watching B&B when I found out I was going to be on, and I got very interested in the storyline."

Willard explains that John currently calls Australia home, but says his alter ego will find himself quite enamored with his brother's glamorous existence. "When he see where Eric works and the models he works with, I imagine he's quite envious," says Willard.

Look for John to also take a shine to Eric's in-law, Pam (which won't sit well with her current beau, Charlie!) "He can't help it," laughs Willard. "His wife's in Australia! But he's kind of a harmless guy."

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BIG BROTHER Housemates Move The Party To B&B!

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Less than 48 hours after the dramatic finale of BIG BROTHER 16, eight of the reality show's former houseguests reconvened on the set of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL last Friday — along with five other BIG BROTHER alums — to tape a Halloween-themed episode that will air on Friday, October 31.

Though there was plenty of drama and backstabbing inside the BIG BROTHER house this summer, the vibe at the B&B set was all about letting bygones be bygones when Soaps In Depth caught up with Donny, Amber, Cody, Zach, Hayden, Nicole, Caleb and Devin.

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