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Collins' Last Day At Y&R

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Tuesday, June 16, was Jessica Collins' last day as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Avery, and during her going away party, she took to Twitter to express her appreciation to fans while co-stars shared their best wishes for her!

"One of the happiest times of my life playing this role," Collins wrote on-line in a heartfelt message to her fans. "Thank you all for your love and support." Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) posted: "Jessica Collins knocks it out of the park on her last Y&R day!" along with a photo of the cast and crew gathered on set. Click here to see it for yourself!

"We had an amazing ride and I am forever grateful for our time together," shared Steve Burton (Dylan) on Twitter. "You are one of the greatest. I will miss you." Joshua Morrow (Nick) also wrote about how much he will miss his castmate, adding, "Absolutely loved our story together. You're a class act and I hope to work with you again someday."

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The Hulk's Son Is Coming To Y&R!

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Lou Ferrigno Jr. — son of the Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno — teased a new acting gig with an Instagram photo of himself and his parking space at CBS Studio City for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. "Stoked to be on such a legendary program," he wrote.

He's appeared on primetime series such as THE MINDY PROJECT, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., but his role as a guard on Y&R isn't his first soap gig. In 2013 he appeared in a handful of DAYS OF OUR LIVES episodes as "Drunk Guy!"

Ferrigno Jr. is scheduled to appear on Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15.

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ATWT Star Passes

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John Colenback, who starred as Dr. Dan Stewart on AS THE WORLD TURNS from 1966-73 and 1976-79 has passed away at the age of 79 on Tuesday, May 12.On the soap, Dan was part of two of ATWT's most memorable early love quadrangles, and fathered two daughters, Betsy and Emily, before dying in 1979.Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

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AS BAWDY AS HE WANTS TO BE

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Wyatt may be a bit of a wild card, but he's nothing compared with Alex Moran, the other outlandish character Darin Brooks (Wyatt) is known for playing outside of daytime. In anticipation of the release of Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland, which was filmed late last year after being funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign, Brooks chatted with Soaps In Depth about the movie he predicts will leave his mother feeling a little squeamish.

"When she started watching the TV show, she said, 'Yeah, it's funny... um... but, don't you want to do something like a... a romantic comedy? Something nice?' I said, 'Mom, this is nice, this is funny. It's like Animal House.'"

Find out more about the puerile production of which Brooks couldn't be prouder by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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Cast Your Vote #26

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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: Who do you think should be running Forrester?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would you rather see Sharon with Dylan or back with Nick?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 18. 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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Exlcusive: Details On New SudsvilleTV Show!

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Two days after SudsvilleTV announced that Michael O'Leary (Rick, GUIDING LIGHT) would be hosting one of the game shows on the new Internet channel, Soaps In Depth has learned that the fan favorite is getting his name built in to the program, too!

SudsvilleTV creator Meg Kelly tells In Depth that O'Leary is so thrilled about the concept of the game show, that she and her partner, Joseph Craig, decided to add his name to the title and it will now be called MICHAEL'S AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE! "We couldn't be happier that Michael is part of the SudsvilleTV family," says Kelly.

O'Leary adds that the concept of the trivia show is "fresh and fun. Fans will love the fast pace, the surprises and the big cash prizes."

One of the Emmy nominee's favorite aspect to the program is how fans will be included. "I love that they not only get to nominate friends and family to be contestants, but that they get to review and vote on the selected submissions," he says. "Daytime fans are the best and I'm excited to be connecting with them again. They gave me a great job for years and a lot of joy. When I meet them, they often say, "Oh my God, you've been a part of my family.' I get it, because they've been a part of mine."

If you haven't already, head over to www.SudsvilleTV.com to sign up for alerts, sneak previews and the chance to enter some cool contests!

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Maya's Parents Are Coming!

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Maya's story is about to get even more dramatic now that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has cast the parents who rejected her. TV Insider broke the news that Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatundé will be playing Vivienne and Julius Avant.

Horsford is best known for her work on AMEN and THE SHIELD, and got her start with a role on GUIDING LIGHT as Clara in 1979. And you might recognize Babatundé from DAWSON'S CREEK or his voice from a number of animated series. He also had a stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Carter in 2007.

Horsford is scheduled to make her first appearance on Friday, July 3, followed by Babatundé on Thursday, July 9. How will Vivienne and Julius react when they meet Maya for the very first time and see what their son Myron has become?

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New On-Line Soap Network Coming Soon!

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Later this fall, there will be a new Web site completely dedicated to daytime fans! Veteran soap scribe Meg Kelly (who has written for AS THE WORLD TURNS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and entertainment marketing pro Joseph Craig have partnered with Conklin-Intracom to create SudsvilleTV.com.

Kelly tells Soaps In Depth that both she and Craig believe "that you can deliver a strong production for not a ton of money. If it's well-written, well-acted and smartly produced, you can deliver high-end entertainment."

To that end, SudsvilleTV plans to offer more than a dozen shows when the channel launches in late October. "I've created 16 shows for our new network, all 10 episodes each and a lot of fun," shares Craig, who has experience as both a movie and Broadway producer. "We have two game shows, a talk show called A.M. SUDSVILLE that will be three times a week, and then a mix of reality and improv shows. They are all themed around things that our soap audience really loves."

Craig adds that they are in the midst of casting all of the shows now, including a 40-episode series that Kelly is penning. Starting today, fans can sign up at www.sudsvilletv.com to get alerts about the upcoming programs -- including exclusive casting news and previews! "We're very excited about it," says Kelly, promising that there will be some familiar faces from the world of daytime attached to the SudsvilleTV shows, like GUIDING LIGHT fan favorite Michael O'Leary (Rick), who will be hosting THE AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE game show! "We want to take soap operas to the next place."

Once fans have signed up, they will get alerts to all new Sudsville developments, as they happen: casting, special previews, interviews from the sets, behind the scenes footage. And fans will also be able to enter contests to win great prizes! You can also follow SudsvilleTV on Facebook and Twitter.

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No Moss Under His Feet!

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If you've been missing seeing THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) on your screen, now's your chance to see him in person! The multi-talented performer is hitting the road this summer with his band, Player (best known for their 1977 hit, "Baby Come Back") as part of the Rock The Yacht 2015 tour.

"We've combined Player with Ambrosia, Little River Band, Robbie Dupree and Stephen Bishop," he reveals. "It's the kind of relaxing music you'd listen to if you were cruising." But don't expect the crowd for this bill of 70s artists to be full of baby boomers alone — Moss says it's more of a mixed bunch. "People bring their kids, and they love it too," he offers. "My daughter is 16, and she plays the old rock 'n roll stuff as much as anything."

Also this summer, Moss is headed first to Europe and then to US clubs where he'll be performing with two of his former Player band mates as the more melodic group, Ronn Moss And The Muscle. "What we're going for," he explains, "is a real musical, intimate, coffeehouse atmosphere." It's been nine years since Moss released his solo album, Uncovered. If you've forgotten how great he sounds, check out the music video below that he made for his Web drama, THE BAY using his song, "You're My Addiction." For more news about Moss, look for his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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Cast Your Vote #24

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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 Wyatt and Nicole should pursue a relationship?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Lauren and Michael's marriage be salvaged?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 4. 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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