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Rowell's Lawsuit Is Dismissed -- For Now

RowellLawsuitPic.jpg A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) against CBS, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the soap's producers. Rowell claimed that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her public complaints about the lack of diversity at the soap both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. The defendants filed a motion back in May for the case to be dismissed based on their contention that casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment -- and that Rowell never actually applied for or auditioned for a Y&R role after exiting the show in 2007.

California District Judge John Kronstadt dismissed six causes of action against Sony, with leave to amend if Rowell can prove a more viable retaliation claim. For more on this story, see Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Marston Scheduled For Another Surgery Today


According to his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, Nathaniel Marston (Eddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Al/Michael, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is scheduled for another surgery later today, pending the results of a brain scan. There is a fluid build-up in his skull due to the brain shearing injury, and his doctors want to alleviate the pressure by drilling two small holes in his skull. Yet because Marston has been much more alert the past few days than he had been, "[the doctors] will perform a brain scan on Wednesday prior to surgery to see if the fluid has begun to dissipate on its own," wrote Jackson. "If, in fact, the fluid is dissipating on its own, surgery will be cancelled... So let's continue to pray that this surgery will not be necessary."

Jackson went on to detail several other "miracles" that the family has been given in the days since her son's accident, starting with how having been thrown from the cab of his pickup truck actually saved Marston's life. "Had he stayed inside, he would have been taken out in a million pieces," she explained. "The truck looks like it went through a crusher. This did not happen, and Nathaniel does not have a visible cut or bruise on his face, hands or feet. He has a few minor abrasions on his legs. How does this happen to a man who went through a windshield? God's will and love, that's how."

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Brandon Beemer Back To DAYS!


Jason Cook recently returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Shawn, but look for Brandon Beemer (ex-Owen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) to reclaim the part in early 2016! (Cook had revealed in a radio interview that he only signed on for about two months.) As for Beemer, he attended the DAYS 50th anniversary bash over the weekend, and was also photographed on the set during Monday's cake-cutting ceremony. "So happy to be back!" he shared on Twitter.

In other DAYS casting news, Real Andrews (Walker, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Taggert, GENERAL HOSPITAL) revealed on Instagram that he has been cast in a role on the NBC soap. "I am back," he captioned a photo that included the DAYS logo. "Thanks for all the support. Stay tuned for details."


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Marston's Mother Hoping For A Miracle


As Nathaniel Marston (Eddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Al/Michael, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) continues to fight for his life following the October 30 car accident near Reno, NV, that almost killed him, his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, continues to ask her son's family, friends and fans to keep sending their prayers, love and support.

In a Facebook update posted last Thursday, Jackson wrote that Marston's heart had stopped twice and that his doctors were planning to install a pacemaker "to help regulate his heartbeat so it is more consistent. For now, an external pacemaker has been placed on his chest, and it is helping."

Even more devastating, Jackson added that her son's doctor "shared with me that the most likely prognosis is that Nathaniel will live out his life as a quadriplegic."

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Gaskill Is CASTLE Bound!


For "Cool Boys," the Monday, November 9, episode of ABC's CASTLE, Brian Gaskill is playing a character more in line with AS THE WORLD TURNS' psycho B.J. as opposed to his roles as THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar or GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan. He's appearing as a dangerous man who heads up a heist crew. "He has a big scene with both Nathan Fillion [Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE] and Adam Baldwin [THE LAST SHIP], who is returning as Detective Ethan Slaughter [from season four], that you do not want to miss," previews showrunner Terence Paul Winter.

For Gaskill, reuniting with Fillion, whom he'd met while they were both soap stars, was an intriguing prospect. "I'd done stuff back with him in the 90s for ABC Daytime," Gaskill reveals. "He was Joey [on ONE LIFE TO LIVE] when I was Bobby [on ALL MY CHILDREN]."

However, Winter says their interaction on CASTLE might leave an even bigger impression. "I think it's something that people will be YouTubing and watching over and over and over again," he suggests. "I don't want to risk spoiling it by saying more, but it's wonderful!"

During the week leading up to shooting, Gaskill enjoyed spending time on set. "You know, when you're on the air eight seasons, you're not just successful, you're probably good people," he surmises of the CASTLE crew. "Not only were the costume people great, but also, they immediately sent me down to production where they were shooting and brought me to set to meet with the hair and makeup people. I don't think I've ever been on the primetime show where they took that kind of time with a guest star. It was great."

Tune in to catch him at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more about the episode, don't miss the CASTLE Primetime Preview feature in next week's ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.

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New Details About Marston's Accident


Details have now emerged about the car crash that critically injured Nathaniel Marston (Eddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Al/Michael, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) over the weekend. According to a press release issued via the actor's Web site, a preliminary investigation has led police to believe that a fatigued Marston fell asleep while driving. Authorities say that neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor. "The vehicle drifted into the opposite lane, and it is believed that when Marston awoke, he over-corrected, causing his pickup truck to flip over several times," reads the statement. Because Marston was not wearing a seatbelt, "he was ejected through the windshield and, upon landing, crushed several vertebrae in his neck and back. Remarkably, he suffered no head trauma."

Initially, doctors believed that if Marston survived, he would be paralyzed from the neck down and not be able to breathe on his own. But after a successful first surgery, his prognosis has "brightened considerably. Marston regained consciousness for a short while, understood the situation and was clear-headed enough to make medical decisions for himself. There will be more surgeries in the near future, but it is now believed that with significant physical therapy, the actor should be able to regain function of his upper body." However, it is too soon to tell if or when he will ever be able to walk again.

In her latest Facebook update, Marston's mother, Elizabeth Jackson, revealed that he was scheduled for another surgery this afternoon. "His last surgery, to alleviate pressure on the spine, went very well, and Nate is taking some breaths on his own," she wrote. "Today, doctors will do their best to repair breaks in his neck and stabilize his neck. Thank you again for your love, prayers and support. I will update everyone as soon as I have more news. Warm wishes from me, my family and Nathaniel."

If fans would like to send Marston cards and messages of support, they can do so at: Nathaniel Marston, c/o Elizabeth Jackson, PO Box 175, Gerlach, NV 89412.

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Marston Recovering From Surgery


UPDATE: Marston's mother recently posted another update on Facebook, writing: "Good news! Nathaniel opened his eyes and was responsive for the first time since yesterday's surgery. Your prayers, love and positive thoughts are working. God is good and he has a big mission for Nathaniel. He is scheduled for another surgery on Wednesday, November 4. Please continue to cover him with prayers, love and light. Thank you! Your love and support is much appreciated by me, our family and Nathaniel. Sending all of you love and light."

According to the latest Facebook update from his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, daytime grad Nathaniel Marston (Eddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Al/Michael, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) underwent a successful surgery yesterday afternoon and is recovering in a Reno, NV, hospital.

"Dear friends and family of Nathaniel Marston," she wrote. "My beloved son, Nathaniel, made it through today's surgery and his doctors are pleased with the result. He is still in critical condition but now we have hope. Please continue to keep Nathaniel in your thoughts and prayers, asking God for Nathaniel's complete and full recovery. I will continue to post as I have news. Thank you again for your positive thoughts and prayers which have, and are, making a difference. Sending peace, love and light out to all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

As previously reported, Marston was involved in a car accident on October 30 that left him in critical condition and on life support.

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Soap Alum Fights For His Life


UPDATE: In a post made earlier today, Jackson wrote that, "Nate was able to decide and express very clearly this morning that he is not going to give up without a fight. He is going into surgery at 3:00 this afternoon. The goal is to get him breathing on his own. The doctor said that there is a good chance that he will recover the use of upper body movement and a slim chance that he will walk again. Recovery will take 2 or more years, but where there is life there is hope. Nate has never walked away from a fight and he is determined to win this one. Please pray for Nate's full and complete recovery. Both Nate and I appreciate your love prayers and support."

On Friday, October 30, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Nathaniel Marston (Eddie; Al/Michael, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) was involved in a horrific car accident near Reno, NV, and the actor is now on life support in the intensive care unit. According to several Facebook posts made by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, over the weekend, Marston's neck and back were broken, as were all of his ribs and a shoulder. He suffered several internal injuries as well, including a collapsed lung. "In all likelihood, if he lives, he will be paralyzed from the neck down and will not breathe without a ventilator machine," she wrote. "Oh my God, please give me strength."

Although Marston has had problems with drugs in the past, Jackson noted that her son wasn't under the influence at the time of the accident. "In case the rumor mill gets going, Nate was sober, according to cops," she wrote.

Our thoughts are with Marston's family, and we hope the actor makes a full recovery.

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Billy Says Bye Bye To Y&R!


THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has confirmed that Burgess Jenkins is exiting as Billy. "It's been a terrific time," the actor said in a statement, "but after a lot of thought I have made the difficult decision to leave Y&R.

"Commuting back and forth from the East Coast where my home and family are based has been challenging," he added. "I've had a great ride in Genoa City and I will miss our talented cast and crew tremendously. I would like to thank all of the amazing fans for their support, [executive producer] Jill Farren Phelps and [headwriter] Chuck Pratt for their excellent leadership and everyone at Sony and CBS for this opportunity."

Rumors are currently swirling that Jason Thompson, who recently announced his plans to exit as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patrick, is being eyed as the new Billy Abbott, but at this time Y&R has not revealed whether or not they plan to recast the role. Stay tuned!

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Cast Your Vote #46


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: Should Ridge and Caroline tell Thomas he fathered her child?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Should Neil be punished for holding Hilary captive?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, November 5. 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!


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