Recently in January 2011

Olivia's Son Returns!

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Nate's back... and he's all grown up! Daytime newcomer Walter Fauntleroy has been tapped to play Olivia's son, who has been MIA from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since 2001 when Bryant Jones portrayed the character.

When Olivia returned to the canvas in 2008, she'd mentioned that her son was in medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Could it be that Nate indeed followed in his mother's professional footsteps, and is returning home to Genoa City to aid in Ronan's medical crisis?

Fauntleroy -- who has appeared on such primetime shows as NCIS: LOS ANGELES and INSPECTOR MOM and in the sci-fi thriller The Mist -- is scheduled to make his Y&R debut on Monday, February 7. Then, fresh from attending her cousin Justin's wedding in Los Angeles on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Olivia returns to Genoa City on Tuesday, February 15, when Tonya Lee Williams returns to Y&R.

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B&B's Lowder Not Out?

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Although published reports have Kyle Lowder exiting the role of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rick after a mutual decision with The Powers That Be, when we contacted the soap for confirmation, we were told something very different.

"Kyle Lowder's four year run as Rick Forrester on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has been a tremendous success," reports headwriter and executive producer Bradley Bell. "Kyle is a superb actor and a fine gentleman. Kyle will continue on with the show on a recurring basis."

Only time will tell whether we'll see Rick continuing to mix it up with the rest of the Forresters or if he gets shipped off to Forrester International. (There is an opening, since Steffy's on her way back!)

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Cast Your Vote #07

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It's time once again to express your opinions about your favorite CBS soaps! Since the official magazine polls still aren't quite ready yet, we once again ask you to cast your vote in the comments below to answer this issue's questions and name your favorite actor, actress and couple.

Also, if you'd like to expand upon your answers, feel free, but remember that any comments left here may be considered for publication in the magazine.

And PLEASE -- vote only ONCE. That's once per ISSUE, meaning one vote for this article's comments. Not once per day or once per week. Just ONCE.

MULTIPLE VOTES FROM THE SAME USER WILL BE DELETED AND NOT COUNTED, SO DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND OURS. THANK YOU.

Now, on to this issue's questions:

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Should Liam just give up on Hope?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Can Adam and Sharon really make a relationship work?

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Joosten Joins B&B Cancer Crusade

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She's won two Emmys and survived two bouts with lung cancer. Now, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Kathryn Joosten (Karen) will chat candidly with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Stephanie and Nick about her real-life battles with cancer on Monday, February 7 -- the day the soap airs its 6,000th episode.

"I'll tell you, the cancer community is so excited that B&B is tackling this topic," says Joosten, who's also played GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ida and the President's secretary on THE WEST WING. "Lung cancer kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer or colon cancer, but it also has the biggest stigma. It's not just smoking that causes lung cancer, but that's the way the world views it."

Joosten is a former nurse who came into acting later in her life, and while she's perfectly at ease playing a wide array of characters, she felt equally comfortable assuming her own identity for the show. "It was quite natural," she says. "I talked to Susan [Flannery, Stephanie] as though we were sitting in my own living room. I felt very at home on the set."

While Stephanie's prognosis remains to be seen, Joosten is happy to report that she's cancer-free. "I still stay on top of it and have exams every three months," she says, "but I'm fine. I'm in great shape."

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A New Man For Y&R's Olivia?

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Whether she wants to admit it or not, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS's Olivia is desperate for a new man, and her portrayer, Tonya Lee Williams, has one in mind! The actress will make an appearance on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Tuesday, February 1, and Wednesday, February 2, for the wedding of her cousin, Justin Barber. (Olivia's maiden name is Barber.) In the upcoming scenes, Williams notes that her character takes an immediate dislike to her cousin's best friend, Bill. "She's like, 'Who is this guy, and why is he so annoying?'" Williams explains. "You can tell Olivia does not approve of him."

That, by soap standards, is reason enough to believe the good doctor could develop a thing for the bearded businessman. "How great would it be if Bill, Olivia and Katie were in a love triangle?" the actress muses, adding that it would be an excuse to get a storyline with Don Diamont (Bill) and Heather Tom (Katie), both of whom were once her Y&R co-stars when they played Brad and Victoria, respectively. "We know each other so well that we would just be howling over a storyline like that," muses Williams. "That would be so much fun."

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Van Ark Gets PRETTY

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If you haven't yet caught PRETTY, the irreverent Web series about a family obsessed with their youngster's success in the pageant world, now's the time. Joan Van Ark (ex-Gloria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) makes a hilarious guest appearance on the season two finale, and it's something not to be missed!

As fans of the series know, the gag is that pageant queen Annette is actually portrayed by a grown woman, Stacy McQueen. "And I'm going to be playing Annette 60 or so years in the future, way down the line, projecting ahead into 2070 or something," Van Ark reveals. Forgoing her usual signature style, the brave actress decided to commit to the role -- and boy did she! "I let their hair and makeup do the whole nine yards... I think I looked like a man in drag," she laughs. Dressed in Annette's baton-twirling costume, Van Ark is certain to be a sight. "My new goal is goofy glamour," she explains, adding that she's a fan of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. "I would love to do comedy... this seemed harmless and a kind of great, fun character."

Catch the Webisode -- which also features GENERAL HOSPITAL's Denise Alexander (ex-Lesley) -- at www.prettytheseries.com beginning Monday, January 24.

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Soap Alums Share A Valentine

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Tune in to The Lost Valentine, a Hallmark Hall Of Fame presentation airing Sunday, January 30, on CBS, and you'll see several familiar faces! The movie stars Betty White (ex-Ann, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) as Caroline -- a World War II widow who has kept her love alive for her husband for 65 years, despite his being declared MIA during service -- and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Susan, a TV reporter whose own love life is impacted by her Valentine's Day assignment to do a human interest profile on Caroline.

Based on the novel by James Michael Pratt, the movie begins during WWII with a pregnant, young Caroline -- played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Meghann Fahy (ex-Hannah) -- saying goodbye to her Navy pilot husband Neil -- played by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Billy Magnussen (Casey). The date is February 14, and also their one-year anniversary. Even though Neil's plane went down in the Pacific before their son was born and he was never located, Caroline, who never remarried, has returned to the train station every Valentine's Day for over 60 years to salute the memory of her lost husband.

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The Lost Valentine airs at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 30, on CBS.

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Y&R's Phillip Is Back! Is There a "Chance" for Driscoll To Return, Too?

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Thom Bierdz -- last seen as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Phillip for Billy and Victoria's wedding -- reveals that he's coming back to the show for February sweeps! "Some good storylines reach a climax then," the actor teased this week in an email letter to fans.

Returning to Y&R isn't the only good news the actor has to share: his memoir, Forgiving Troy, was a recent Top 10 best seller in its category on Amazon.com, and "is in the hands of a major movie star considering producing a film on it," he says. "I am a very lucky man and thank you for all your love and support." (The tome is also available on the actor's website, www.thombierdz.com.)

There's buzz that Bierdz isn't the only Genoa City hunk to be making a return. John Driscoll may reprise his role as Chance to help his dying brother Ronan, who is in need of a life-saving liver transplant.

Look for Bierdz to air on Wednesday, February 9, and Friday, February 10. Regarding Driscoll's return, a rep for Y&R says that the show "does not comment on rumors, storylines or contracts."

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Soap Alums Playing Dad & Daughter!

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Daytime veterans Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Durant, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Rachel Miner (Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, playing father and daughter! In "Today I Do," the BAU is called to upstate New York to investigate mysterious disappearances; Miner appears as Molly, one of the missing, and Bernsen is her father, Jerry.

Tune in to the Wednesday, February 16, episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, airing at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

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Sabáto Expecting A Son!

Antonio.jpgAntonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL/NIGHT SHIFT) didn't find love on the Hawaiian set of his reality show, MY ANTONIO, in 2009, but he did later find a partner in island native Cheryl Moana Marie -- and now the actor and the singer are expecting their first child together! According to reports, the couple (who met in Los Angeles after he returned from Hawaii) will welcome a son this spring, who they plan to name Antonio Harvey Kamakanaalohamaikalani Sabáto III. (Let's hope that the little guy can pronounce that mouthful, which the couple says means "gift from the heavens" in traditional Hawaiian language.) The baby will be the third child for Sabáto, who has a son, Jack, 16, with actress Virginia Madsen, and a daughter, Mina, 7, with longtime girlfriend Kristin Rosetti.

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CBS Exec Exiting

Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime Programs, is leaving the network when her contract expires at the end of January. Long-running CBS sudsers GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS both went off the air during Bloom's tenure.

"With CBS daytime teed up for success and stability for many years ahead, the timing feels right for me to make a change now and seek something different," Bloom said in a statement. "The dramas have multi-year renewals, THE PRICE IS RIGHT has great momentum with Drew [Carey], LET'S MAKE A DEAL with Wayne Brady is firmly established and THE TALK is a growing franchise. I've been a writer, a producer and a programming executive, and now I'm excited to see what the next chapter has to offer."

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler adds that "Barbara artfully led CBS through several key transitions in her eight years here. She... guided delicate programming changes from two daytime dramas to successful game and talkshows."

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Y&R's Byrnes Stars In New Play

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She's not the tiny tot you remember from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but she's not quite grown either. Now a talented 'tween with an impressive resumé -- which includes her current role as Penny on ABC's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES -- Darcy Rose Byrnes (ex-Abby) is returning to the Los Angeles stage in a new production of Emily's Song. "I love having a live audience and the chance to revisit the character every night," Byrnes enthuses of the opportunity to do theater with this new musical.

The musical, which is written and directed by New York Times best selling author, Chet Holmes, stars Lindsey Haun (TRUE BLOOD's Hadley) in the title role as a former musical prodigy with a tragic past that colors her future; Byrnes plays Emily's younger self and Broadway vet Tom Schmid is her dad, Charlie. "The role appealed to me because I like the story, and I get a chance to sing and play piano," Byrnes reveals. "The challenge of playing a younger version of someone else is making sure we seem like the same person, but since my 'childhood' in the play was pretty perfect, and 'adult Emily's' was very challenging, it was almost easier for me."

The production runs Friday, January 21, through Sunday, February 27, at the Hudson Theatre. For tickets, call (323) 960-7788, or visit www.emilyssong.com.

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Mind Your Boyfriends!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's shameless sexpot, Steffy, will return to the canvas on Wednesday, February 16. For the past three months, Ridge and Taylor's daughter has been purportedly working overseas at Forrester International while her portrayer, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, was in Vancouver filming a role in the movie Final Destination 5. Wood is officially back at the set taping now, which can only mean one thing: Steffy's on the prowl! Says executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell, "She wastes no time getting into the mix of her family's business, her sibling's love lives and setting her sights on a man to call her own!"

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Two Soap Sweethearts Hit Primetime!

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CBS soap grads Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Brittany Snow (Susan, GUIDING LIGHT) each have a new primetime gig, appearing on respectively, the NBC Monday night dramas THE CAPE and HARRY'S LAW.

Ferrin plays Dana Faraday, the "widow" of Vince -- aka "The Cape" -- who has had to fake his death in order to keep his wife and son safe while he combats crime. "What's really awesome about Dana is that she doesn't exist in this crazy villain world," Ferrin tells Soaps In Depth. "She's dealing with extraordinary circumstances. [She's] surviving and raising her son alone. Nothing's going to stop her from trying to clear her husband's name."

On HARRY'S LAW, Snow plays Jenna Backstrom, a fun-loving, shoe-admiring young woman who serves as a contrast to grumpy Harriet Korn, played by series lead Kathy Bates of Misery fame. "My character and others bring a little bit of hope to Harry who seems to be grumpy and down on life," reveals Snow. "But she's actually teaching us in many ways and becoming our sense of hope."

THE CAPE airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST and HARRY'S LAW follows at 10 p.m. If you missed the premiere of HARRY'S LAW last night, you can still get in on the ground floor: Bravo will rebroadcast the first episode tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 19, at 8 a.m. EST.

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Exclusive: B&B Officially Renewed!

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Last month, buzz was circulating that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was close to finalizing a deal with CBS to keep the soap on the air for another two years. Now, Soaps In Depth can reveal that it is indeed a done deal! "Yes... we're good at two [years]," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told In Depth earlier today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

CBS' daytime lineup has gone through a series of shakeups over the last few years, with GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS being replaced with a revival of LET'S MAKE A DEAL (which has also been renewed for a year), and daily gabfest THE TALK. Now, in light of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' recent three-year renewal, it looks like the Eye Network's line-up will be more stable. "They're [all] doing well for us financially," Tassler says of CBS' daytime programs. "They're all profitable. THE TALK is profitable. Both DEAL and THE PRICE IS RIGHT do well for us, too."

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NAACP Names Image Award Nominees

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The NAACP has announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Image Awards, which will be presented on Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. EST on FOX. The Image Awards celebrate the achievements and performances of people of color in the arts. The nominees in the Daytime Drama Series categories are:

Outstanding Actor:
Aaron D. Spears (Justin, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)
Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie, ALL MY CHILDREN)
Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC)
Rodney Saulsberry (Anthony, B&B)

Outstanding Actress:
Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC)
Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)
Tatyana Ali (Roxanne, Y&R)
Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, Y&R)
Yvette Freeman (Dr. Lewis, B&B)

Congratulations!

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Cast Your Vote #05

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It's time once again to express your opinions about your favorite CBS soaps! Since the official magazine polls still aren't quite ready yet, we once again ask you to cast your vote in the comments below to answer this issue's questions and name your favorite actor, actress and couple.

Also, if you'd like to expand upon your answers, feel free, but remember that any comments left here may be considered for publication in the magazine.

And PLEASE -- vote only ONCE. That's once per ISSUE, meaning one vote for this article's comments. Not once per day or once per week. Just ONCE.

MULTIPLE VOTES FROM THE SAME USER WILL BE DELETED AND NOT COUNTED, SO DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND OURS. THANK YOU.

Now, on to this issue's questions:

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Would you rather see Donna reunite with Eric or Justin?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Do you think Colin's revelations will destroy Cane and Lily's marriage?

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DGA Nominees Announced!

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The Directors Guild Of America has announced the nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Television And Commercials for 2010. THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sally McDonald received a nod for December's stand-alone episode featuring Victor in his own version of A Christmas Carol, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Michael Stich was recognized for October's "A Reason To Live: Part 1," which followed Stephanie and Brooke visiting various locales in Los Angeles before ending up at Skid Row.

"We are all thrilled for Michael and his team," says B&B Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell. "This story is one of inspiration and hope. It was taped on the streets of Skid Row on the hottest day recorded in the history of the city. Even under these grueling conditions, Michael brought his best forward and the results have been magical."

Over at ABC, ONE LIFE TO LIVE picked up a pair of nominations for their "Starr X'd Lovers" episodes, and GENERAL HOSPITAL received one for their "Francofrenia" episode, taped on location at Los Angeles' Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The 63rd Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, January 29, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, CA.

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Ramirez Heads To Rome!

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Gladiators and sex and slaves, oh my! Yep, that's what THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Marisa Ramirez (ex-Carmen/Ines) has been thinking. If you tune into STARZ' SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA -- the prequel to the cable network's popular SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND series -- you'll find out why. "I play Melitta, Lucretia's [played by Lucy Lawless] personal servant," Ramirez says. "I was in New Zealand for three months shooting five of the six episodes."

While the series delves into the past to relate what happened prior to Spartacus' time, the racy nature of the first drama remains intact in this spin-off. "My costume is pretty much a curtain -- it's material draped around me that the wardrobe person just cut and cut and cut until there wasn't much left!" Ramirez grins.

In addition to having to change her accent -- "The Valley Girl/East L.A. one had to go away!" she laughs -- Ramirez also had to do something else for the first time: nudity! "My soul took a big hit," she confesses. "It's not really life-changing, but once you do it, it's something you can never take back." Fortunately, the scenes, which take place with her character's gladiator spouse, Oenomaus, weren't gratuitous. "It's art... I was pleased with it," she states.

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA premieres Friday, January 21, at 10 p.m. EST on STARZ. For more information, visit www.starz.com.

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Soap Vet Books BOLD Role!

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A. Martinez is adding another soap role to his resumé. The actor -- who won a Daytime Emmy during his tenure as SANTA BARBARA's Cruz and has since played GENERAL HOSPITAL's Roy and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ray -- is joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL next month! TV Guide broke the news that Martinez will appear in a four-episode guest stint starting Wednesday, February 9, as Dr. Ramon Montgomery, a close friend and personal physician to Bill. When hot-to-trot Amber claims that Liam is her babydaddy, Bill calls in a favor from his doctor pal to conduct a paternity test and find out if he is indeed about to become a grandfather... or if Amber is just after a piece of the Spencer family fortune.

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ATWT's Hagner Turns The LIGHTS OUT

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Meredith Hagner (Liberty) has a date with a former boxing champ tonight in the new FX drama LIGHTS OUT. Hagner plays Ava, the eldest daughter of aging heavyweight Patrick 'Lights' Leary, who is struggling to support his family after retiring and finds himself torn between returning to the ring or taking a brutal job as a debt collector.

LIGHTS OUT debuts tonight, Tuesday, January 11, at 10 p.m. EST.

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Soap Scribe Dansby Dishes On New Gig!

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Susan Dansby -- the four-time Daytime Emmy winner and Writers Guild Of America Award recipient who was responsible for penning the final two years of AS THE WORLD TURNS scripts -- has been snapped up by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. "I'm going to Y&R around February 6 to start writing," she tells Soaps In Depth of what will be a six-week trial. "I'm told Y&R has been doing this a lot lately. They put few writers under contract; [instead] they bring them in and see if they get a feel for it or not."

The opportunity to start putting words into the mouths of beloved Y&R characters like Victor and Nikki has Dansby "incredibly excited and incredibly nervous. History plays such a huge role in Y&R, so I really needed to learn that," she admits. Luckily, Dansby has someone on speed dial who can help! "My mom watched [the show], so she was my first phone call when I got this deal!" she says with a laugh. Although she says that she never requests specific writing assignments, Dansby -- a recent cancer survivor -- is intrigued by the possibility of creating dialogue for Lily that will reflect their shared experience.

Dansby certainly heads to her new job with a strong daytime background: In addition to writing for ATWT, she's also worked as a director on GUIDING LIGHT, GENERATIONS, GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES. However, the online buzz is that viewers are curious to see what unique things she'll bring to Y&R... and more specifically, the African-American characters on the show's canvas. "I think the conversation got started about the disparity between what's on the camera and who's working behind it," she explains. "I think there's a new sensitivity."

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Date Change For Lindstrom

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There has been a date change in the episode of BLUE BLOODS guest-starring AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Jon Lindstrom (Craig). Originally scheduled for tonight, January 7, 'Little Fish' will now air on a special night, Wednesday, January 19. "I play Judge Blake Fenton who mysteriously rules repeatedly against Erin [played by Bridget Moynahan]," Lindstrom tells Soaps In Depth. BLUE BLOODS airs Fridays at 10 p.m. EST.

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Soaps Plan Crossover!

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Tonya Lee Williams will be bringing her THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS character, Olivia, to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL next month, reports TV Guide! Sources tell Soaps In Depth that the actress taped her two-episode stint before the holidays; according to the show, Williams will air on Tuesday, February 1, and Wednesday, February 2. And you savvy viewers who have noted that Olivia's maiden name is the same surname as B&B's Justin Barber (played by Aaron D. Spears) can pat yourselves on the back, because the characters are indeed related! First cousins, to be exact!

Olivia arrives in Los Angeles for a big event in her cousin's life -- and according to TV Guide, Williams will also be returning to Y&R later this winter for approximately six months. (She was last seen in Genoa City in August.)

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Tragic Loss For B&B Star

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As Soaps In Depth reported earlier today, the new year has started off on a rather tragic note for the family of Daniel McVicar (ex-Clarke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL): The actor's son, Thomas Henry, known as Hank, has passed away. "We are deeply saddened to say that my son, Hank McVicar, died in an automobile accident in the early morning on January 3, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. He was alone in the vehicle, lost control in the rain, and struck a pole and a tree, and was pronounced dead on the scene," the actor says in a statement.

McVicar is currently working in Italy, but is returning to the States to grieve with his family. "The McVicar family is deeply touched by the sympathies received, and I am en route to Los Angeles to join his mother and his sister in their grief. I was blessed to have such a wonderful son. He grew up to be a terrific young man, and our hearts grieve."

Born February 14, 1988, Hank McVicar was just weeks shy of his 23rd birthday. The actor is also father to Margaret. Soaps In Depth sends our condolences to the entire family.

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