Recently in February 2011

Y&R's Kanan Does Improv!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Sean Kanan (Deacon) will try his hand at improv comedy this weekend -- and you can watch it happen live! Kanan will join DAYS OF OUR LIVES hunks Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Chandler Massey (Will) as the celebrity guest hosts of the ACME Comedy Theatre's Celebrity Improv Mashup show on Friday, March 4. The three soap stars will share the stage with ACME's own troupe of talented comedians in a hilarious show that mashes all of the drama of daytime with a Hollywood movie.

It all happens at 9 p.m. PST at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. To be part of the live studio audience, click here to buy tickets. If you don't live in the Los Angeles area, you can still see the show on a live stream at www.acmecomedy.com!

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GL Star Returns To Broadway!

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A GUIDING LIGHT fan favorite will be shining on the stages of Broadway this spring! Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) has joined the cast of the new musical The People In The Picture! Set in 1970s New York City, the play tells the story of Bubbie, now a grandmother, but once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland. Although granddaughter Jenny loves hearing her stories, Bubbie's daughter, Red, will do anything to avoid memories of her childhood in Warsaw.

Stewart has previously appeared on Broadway as Perchik in Fiddler On The Roof and as Christian in Cyrano: The Musical. The People In The Picture will make its world debut at Studio 54 in New York City. Previews begin Friday, April 1, and the show officially opens on April 28, with a limited run through June 19. For ticket information, click here.

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Daytime Emmy Pre-Nominees Announced!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the list of pre-nominees for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards! The final list of nominees will be revealed on May 11, and the winners will be named at the ceremony on June 19 in Las Vegas. Did your favorite actor make the cut?

Outstanding Lead Actor Pre-Nominees
ALL MY CHILDREN's Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake) and Michael E. Knight (Tad)
AS THE WORLD TURNS' Jon Lindstrom (Craig) and Michael Park (Jack)
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont (Bill) and Jack Wagner (Nick)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Peter Reckell (Bo) and James Scott (EJ)
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (Jason)
ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Jerry verDorn (Clint) and Robert S. Woods (Bo)
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Peter Bergman (Jack) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael)

Outstanding Lead Actress Pre-Nominees
AMC's Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Debbi Morgan (Angie)
ATWT's Maura West (Carly) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara)
B&B's Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke)
DAYS' Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Alison Sweeney (Sami)
GH's Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Laura Wright (Carly)
OLTL's Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly)
Y&R's Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis)

Outstanding Supporting Actor Pre-Nominees
AMC's Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Frankie) and Jacob Young (JR)
ATWT's Trent Dawson (Henry) and Eric Sheffer Stevens (Reid)
B&B's Patrick Duffy (Stephen) and Rick Hearst (Whip)
DAYS' Shawn Christian (Daniel) and Jay Johnson (Philip)
GH's Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) and Jason Thompson (Patrick)
OLTL's Brian Kerwin (Charlie) and Mark Lawson (Brody)
Y&R's Doug Davidson (Paul) and Billy Miller (Billy)

Outstanding Supporting Actress Pre-Nominees
AMC's Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) and Chrishell Stause (Amanda)
ATWT's Terri Conn (Katie), Lesli Kay (Molly) and Julie Pinson (Janet)
B&B's Adrienne Frantz (Amber) and Heather Tom (Katie)
DAYS' Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole)
GH's Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis)
OLTL's Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Bree Williamson (Jessica)
Y&R's Tricia Cast (Nina), Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe)

Outstanding Younger Actor Pre-Nominees
AMC's Finn Wittrock (Damon)
ATWT's Mick Hazen (Parker)
B&B's Scott Clifton (Liam) and Zack Conroy (Oliver)
DAYS' Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Chandler Massey (Will)
GH's Chad Duell (Michael) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan)
OLTL's Eddie Alderson (Matthew) and David Gregory (Ford)

Outstanding Younger Actress Pre-Nominees
AMC's Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa) and Natalie Hall (Colby)
B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Kim Matula (Hope)
DAYS' Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Shelly Hennig (Stephanie)
GH's Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina) and Haley Pullos (Molly)
OLTL's Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Brittany Underwood (Langston)
Y&R's Emily O'Brien (Jana)

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New Movie Hits Home For GL Star!

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GUIDING LIGHT's Tina Sloan (Lillian) has a bit part in the movie of the moment, the Oscar-nominated thriller Black Swan, as a wealthy ballet patroness. But the actress says that her new film, an independent drama titled Happy New Year, hits very close to home. In it, she's Grace, the mother of an injured Marine, Sgt. Cole Lewis (played by Michael Cuomo), who faces the physical and emotional scars left by his time in Iraq while connecting with others at a rundown veterans hospital. "My own son had been in Iraq, so all the fears I'd had for [him] I was able to use in this," Sloan confides. "I'd never done work like this in my life because Cole loses his leg, and he's probably going to lose the other leg..." Sloan is proud to have been a part of this picture and has genuinely high hopes for its success. "It's the kind of movie that could win everything if it gets the right marketing," she enthuses. "It's just brilliantly done."

Fellow GL alum David Wolos-Fonteno (Charles Grant) also stars as Gunny, another injured vet whom Cole befriends in the VA hospital. Happy New Year will make its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Conference & Festival in Austin, TX, running Friday, March 11, through Saturday, March 19. Another film making its world premiere at the festival is 96 Minutes, a drama about a terrifying carjacking starring Brittany Snow (Susan, GL). For schedules and screening times, visit www.sxsw.com. Check out the trailer for Happy New Year below.

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Cast Your Vote #11

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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. Any extra comments that have nothing to do with this week's poll questions should be directed to our Message Boards section!

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: Do you like Dayzee and Thomas together?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Can Jana break up Kevin and Chloe?

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THE BACHELOR Returns To B&B!

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Put your tray tables down and fasten your seatbelts, because THE BACHELOR's Jake Pavelka (of Season 14 fame) is returning to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Tuesday, March 1. Fittingly, the pilot/aspiring actor will once again be taking the helm of the Forrester's private jet in the upcoming episode. He was previously seen on the show in mid-January ferrying Brooke and Thomas back from their Parisian business trip.

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Let Stafford Make You Laugh!

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If you are in the Los Angeles area and looking for a good time this Saturday night, February 26, then head over to Hollywood's ACME Comedy Theater. THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) is hosting ACME Saturday Night, and it's bound to be a hoot! As the Celebrity Guest Host, Stafford will mix it up with the theater's own troupe of comedians in hilarious sketches. The soap star gave our pals over at Daytime Confidential a sneak peek of what she has planned, so check it out here.

Show time for ACME Saturday Night is 7 p.m. PST. For tickets and more information -- or to view a live stream of the show -- visit www.acmecomedy.com.

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Galeotti Is A Mom!

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And baby makes three! Congratulations to ONE TREE HILL star Bethany Joy Galeotti (Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT), who recently welcomed her first child with her husband, musician Michael Galeotti! "Michael and I are pleased to announce the arrival of our beautiful girl, Maria," the actress posted on her Web site's blog earlier today. "I'll probably be MIA from my blog for a few weeks as we adjust to life with our girl, but I'm hoping to bring in a few "guest editors"! Bless you guys and thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!"

The actress and her husband -- who is a member of the band Enation along with GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jonathan Jackson -- married in 2005. Congratulations to the happy family!

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Snow Falls For MAD LOVE!

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Former GUIDING LIGHT sweetheart Brittany Snow (Susan) is busy playing Kathy Bates' assistant, Jenna, in the new NBC legal drama HARRY'S LAW, airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. But on Monday, March 7, Snow will grace primetime television a second time, when she visits the new CBS comedy MAD LOVE!

In "Little Sister, Big City," Snow guest stars as Julia, sister to Kate, played by series star Sarah Chalke. When Julia makes her first visit to New York City, an overprotective Kate seems to forget that her youngest sister is no longer a little kid, and the rest of the gang gets caught up in an argument between the siblings. MAD LOVE -- which also stars Jason Biggs (Pete, AS THE WORLD TURNS) -- airs at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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ATWT's Fulton Casts Blame!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS fans will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the talents of one of the soaps' longest-running vets when Eileen Fulton (Lisa) performs at Bob Egan's New Hope Cabaret in New Hope, PA, on Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 PM.

The show, entitled "Blame It On My Youth," will see the talented performer putting her own spin on classics like "Fever," "Blue Moon," "Stormy Weather," and the jazz standard after which the show was named. She'll also share rip-roaring anecdotes about growing up as a preacher's daughter and becoming daytime's first vixen.

Held in The Ramada of New Hope, the show has a $25 music charge with a $15 food and drink minimum. For reservations or to purchase tickets, call (215) 862-5221 or visit www.BobEgansNewHope.com.

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Lowder Releases Debut CD!

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If you're missing Kyle Lowder's Rick on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL lately, here's another way to see him: The actor has released his self-titled debut album! Lowder's classical crossover songs are now available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon. For more information -- and to see a live performance video -- visit www.kylelowdermusic.com.

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Young Artist Nominees Announced!

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The Young Artist Foundation has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual Young Artist Awards, to be handed out on Sunday, March 13, in Los Angeles. In the Daytime TV Series categories, the nominees are:

Young Actress:
Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
Taylor Spreitler (ex-Mia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Gabriela Rodriguez (Gabi, DAYS)

Young Actress 12 & Under:
Haley Pullos (Molly, GH)
Mackenzie Aladjem (Miranda, ALL MY CHILDREN)
Danielle Parker (Emma, AMC)
Lauren Boles (Ciara, DAYS)

Young Actor:
Field Cate (Eric, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)
Mick Hazen (Parker, AS THE WORLD TURNS)
Dylan Patton (Will, DAYS)

Young Actor 12 & Under:
Tate Berney (AJ, AMC)
Jake Vaughn (Spike, AMC)
Aaron Sanders (Morgan, GH)

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Brown Is Bumped!

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When THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL unveiled its new opening credits to the press earlier this month, the image of Sarah Joy Brown (Aggie) was conspicuously missing from the shot that includes her on-screen "relatives" Zack Conroy (Oliver) and Rick Hearst (Whip). Soaps In Depth has now confirmed that the actress is no longer on contract with the show, having officially been moved to "recurring" status. The three-time Emmy winner joined the cast in the fall of 2009, but even the actress admitted last year to In Depth that she didn't feel as if she were being fully utilized. "I definitely feel like just a supporting player, and I'm not used to that," she said.

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Big Gay Italian Wedding Gets Soapy!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen (Roxie) has already been appearing in the Off-Broadway comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding in New York City, but now she's got some of her co-stars and other soap actors joining in on the fun! OLTL's Kristen Alderson (Starr) will be playing Maria and Brittany Underwood (Langston) will be playing Lucia, while AS THE WORLD TURNS' Ellen Dolan (Margo) and Marnie Schulenburg (Alison) will be essaying the role of Angela and Connie, respectively.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding's "Soap Week" will be from Thursday, March 17, through Saturday, March 19, only. Visit the show's official Web site for ticket information!

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Y&R's Kate Linder On Stage!

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Kate Linder (Esther, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is appearing on stage this weekend in a production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles.

Like other productions, this one stars three women: Linder, actress/author Alison Arngrim (LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE) and Diane Amos (aka "The Pine-Sol Lady.") However, unlike other productions, this one is not a stage reading where the women are seated. Linder and the other performers will be moving around in a fully staged production that includes additional cast members.

"I thought it was just a reading when I committed to it," Linder chuckles. "This is a totally different production. I've never seen anything like it."

Fortunately, the thespian is used to memorizing lines quickly thanks to her time in Genoa City. "This is going to make me a better actress. I try to push myself more and this will definitely do that!"

Show times are Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19 at 8 PM and Sunday, February 20 at 2 PM.

Proceeds benefit both a safe house for women in Haiti and local charity Peace Over Violence. For tickets, visit www.vdayla.org

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A BOLD-er and BEAUTIFUL-er Opening

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has unveiled a modern new look and theme song for its opening title sequence, using the very latest in cutting edge digital technology! Executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell introduced the completely revamped main titles earlier this month during a publicity event to celebrate the soap's airing of its 6,000th episode. The new credits will make their debut on-screen on Monday, February 21. For more on what to expect, make the jump!
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B&B Stars Get Ready To TALK

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The new CBS chat show, THE TALK, will be featuring the stars of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, the Emmy-winning sudser that recently celebrated the airing of its 6,000th episode. Never-before-seen footage from the set of B&B will be shown, featuring some surprise guests during these two special episodes.

On Thursday, February 17, the men of B&B will appear, including Ronn Moss (Ridge), Jack Wagner (Nick), Texas Battle (Marcus) and Zack Conroy (Oliver). Then, on Friday, February 18, the women — including Susan Flannery (Stephanie), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffie) — take their turn!

THE TALK airs daily on CBS at 2:00 ET and 1:00 PT.

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Meet The Soap Dishes Guys!

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Hey New Yorkers! Do you want to have an autographed copy of Soap Dishes: The Cookbook? This could be your chance! Authors and GENERAL HOSPITAL co-stars Steve Burton (Jason) and Derk Cheetwood (Max) will be at the Borders Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center for a book signing on Saturday, March 19! The two will be joined by contributers Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Steve, GH) and Rick Hearst (Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Ric, GH).

The book signing is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST. For more information, visit their Facebook page!

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CBS Being Sued Over B&B Scene!

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Did the sight of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Zack Conroy (Oliver) in his skivvies, wearing a cowboy hat and serenading Amber with his guitar last November send your heart racing? It certainly did for New York City's famous Naked Cowboy, but for a very different reason: He is suing CBS over the scenes! TMZ is reporting that the Naked Cowboy -- aka street performer Robert John Burck, who has been a fixture in Times Square for years -- is suing the network for trademark infringement, among other things, and asking for $1.5 million in damages. Burck is claiming that not only did the sexy soap scenes violate his trademark, but CBS promoted that clip on their website and YouTube with "Naked Cowboy" attached to it.

His target against CBS isn't the first time that Burck has filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement. In 2008, he reportedly settled a $4 million suit against the Mars candy company for an featuring a blue M&M dressed in "his" outfit on a big screen outside their M&M's World store in Times Square, and last year he filed a suit against his female counterpart, claiming that the "Naked Cowgirl" -- ex-stripper Sandy Kane -- was confusing tourists and devaluing his brand with her vulgar antics.

"We choose to respond with the bare minimum to the plaintiff's naked allegations," a CBS spokesperson told KABC-TV Los Angeles. What do you think, readers? Does this guy have a case, or is he just looking for a quick buck?

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Get Your Message Across!

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Soap fans are a notoriously opinionated lot, and we know you've got a lot to say about your favorite daytime dramas. So it is our pleasure to welcome you to our newly-opened Message Boards, where you can join in the dishy discussions! Just click here or on the tab above marked "Message Boards" — just remember to keep it clean!

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Beck Joins BLUE BLOODS!

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Noelle Beck (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) has landed a plum new role! The actress has joined the cast of the CBS police drama BLUE BLOODS in the recurring role of Sue Connors. "I play the mayor's new Deputy Press Secretary," Beck tells Soaps In Depth, adding that she primarily worked alongside the legendary Tom Selleck, who stars as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the drama series, which centers on a multi-generational family of Manhattan cops. "He is a perfect gentleman! He was very gracious, and lovely to work with. Funny thing -- I worked with Bridget Moynahan [Erin] too, and we both played Mrs. Big on SEX AND THE CITY! I had a blast, and they are having me back for the next episode!"

Beck will first appear in "Age Of Innocence," airing Friday, February 25, at 10 p.m. EST.

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Executive Out!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Co-Executive Producer Paul Rauch will be leaving his post with the show, effective April 1. "I have had great pleasure working with Y&R's magnificent cast and crew. I feel that I've accomplished everything that I set out to achieve, and it's now time for me to return to New York," says Rauch, who's been with the soap since September 2008, in a statement. Adds Executive Producer/Headwriter Maria Bell, "Y&R has benefitted tremendously from Paul's experience and knowledge. I've enjoyed our working relationship and wish him all the best."

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Cast Your Vote #09

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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: Do you think that Nick can beat his addiction?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Can Jack and Phyllis make it work this time?

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Is Ryder Returning?

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There's buzz that Wilson Bethel is bringing Ryder back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and that the actor will be a contract player with the soap. Ryder, as viewers know, is Daisy's brother and he was the "kinder" captor to Lauren and Jana last year. If he is returning to Genoa City, odds are that he'll be involved in the storyline with Daisy's baby. "We don't comment on contracts," says a show rep. But, if it is true, our advice to Jana is to stay away. Stay. Far. Away.

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Panettiere Plays Amanda Knox!

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GUIDING LIGHT's Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie) has landed a movie that has been ripped right from the headlines! Later this month, she'll be starring in the title role in the Lifetime TV original film Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, opposite Marcia Gay Harden as her mother, Edda. This thrilling biopic details the real-life story of the American student who was tried and convicted last year of the brutal stabbing of her British flatmate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy. "I just saw it for the first time -- I loved it! It's beautifully done," Panettiere reveals. "It definitely maintains the balance that I was hoping for of not really knowing whether she was innocent or guilty."

While Panettiere herself couldn't decide whether Knox had committed the crime, she was deeply affected by what the jury and the public did with the information. "[Amanda] was convicted of killing her roommate and sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison," the actress explains. "The media frenzy that circled this and what they turned this girl into was unbelievable. They took everything about her that was youthful, innocent, and pure and just used it against her."

For more on the film, which airs Monday, February 21, at 9 p.m. EST, check out our interview with Panettiere in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, February 14!

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Rylan Dishes On MY DAD Gig!

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On Thursday, February 10, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Marcy Rylan (Abby) swings by the CBS hitcom $#*! MY DAD SAYS, and the actress tells Soaps In Depth that her character, Rebecca, is nothing like her Genoa City alter ego. "She's no NAKED HEIRESS," laughs Rylan. "Rebecca is very chaste and very innocent." In the episode, "Lock And Load," Henry (played by series star Jonathan Sadowski) hopes to make a love connection when he runs into his old friend from summer camp, but Rebecca doesn't exactly jump at the offer. "Let's just say that she doesn't believe in sex before marriage."

This particular guest spot was a first for Rylan, and she hopes that it won't be her last! "I've done comedy on film, on stage, and I try to bring a little comedy to daytime whenever I can. But it was my first time ever doing a sitcom," she explains, adding that working on the show turned out to be a real eye-opening experience. "Soap actors have the ability to learn lines really fast. We get cuts and changes in the morning, and move at a crazy fast pace. But I have to say... I didn't realize how fast sitcom artists get their new lines and have to turn them around!" she marvels. "They film a scene, and then producers and writers walk up to the actors [right on set] and cut jokes and add new ones. Then the actors have about five seconds to digest the new lines that they've never heard before and they turn around and do the scene again in front of a live studio audience! It was an amazing learning experience."

Tune in to $#*! MY DAD SAYS on CBS tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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Wagner Visits CLEVELAND Tonight!

He's not a doctor, but he'll be playing one on TV! Jack Wagner (Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is making a guest appearance on TV LAND's hit comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND tonight, and Soaps In Depth has a sneak peek!

In the hilarious episode called "Sisterhood Of The Traveling SPANX®," a pair of the magical body shapers enter the ladies' lives, and leads them all on unexpected adventures. Wagner will play a hunky physician named Aaron, who catches the eye of series star Valerie Bertinelli's Melanie. "It's a cute show, and it's fun to do a sitcom," Wagner tells In Depth. "I had a long talk with Betty White (ex-Ann; CLEVELAND's Elka), so I got to reconnect with her. She's fantastic. It's a really great group over there, and it's fun to do a sitcom."

Head over to Daytime Confidential to check out their Q&A with Wagner about his guest spot!

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B&B Sweetheart Takes A Nasty Turn!

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She may play a naïve teenager on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but when Kim Matula (Hope) guest stars on THE DEFENDERS Friday night, viewers will see the young actress in a very different light! "I basically play a hooker!" Matula tells Soaps In Depth with a laugh. "It's the polar opposite of Hope! I play a character named Mia -- or Ashley, depending on how you want to look at it. She goes by a few names!"

In the episode titled "Nevada v. Doug The Mule," when a young college student is pulled over in a car carrying 30 bricks of cocaine, Nick (played by Jim Belushi) and Pete (Jerry O'Connell) try to prove that their client was set up by a girl he met on Spring Break. Enter Matula's character. "She works for a drug cartel in Baja, Mexico, and she gets innocent little boys on vacation to fall in love with her, then drive her car back to the States. But little do they know that the car is full of drugs," she explains. When Nick and Pete track down Mia in Mexico to get her to testify on behalf of their client, "Nick poses as a weakling guy that I'm supposed to seduce, so I got to actually make out with Jim Belushi!"

Taping the CBS drama nearly conflicted with her B&B schedule, but thanks to a little magic at the hands of the soap's executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell, Matula was able to make the primetime spot work. "Brad Bell and Jim Belushi are really good friends, so I think when Brad heard that I had the opportunity to do the show, he said, 'We'll write you out of the episode. Don't worry about it.' So it worked out really well!"

Matula's episode of THE DEFENDERS will air on Friday, February 11, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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Bell Launches New Web Series!

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Lauralee Bell (Christine) doesn't have a lot of time to relax these days. Not only has the actress been popping up more and more on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as her alter ego spearheads several investigations (including Genoa City cop corruption and Skye's "death"), but Bell continues to explore the Internet as a platform that melds entertainment and business. Her latest project is JUST OFF RODEO, a four-minute web comedy series, which allows viewers to actually purchase the fashions worn or products used by the characters.

"This is one of those [projects] that has been in my brain way too long!" she laughs, noting that when she finally launched it, she received an email from her brother, William J. Bell, president of Bell-Phillip Television, reminding her of that fact. "Bill said, 'I remember sitting on the couch with you 10 years ago, and you talking about this!'" she shares. "Back then, it was so far out of the norm, but now people are used to buying clothes on the Internet."

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Y&R's Cooper Chats With Oprah!

On Wednesday, February 9, Oprah Winfrey will be welcoming some of daytime's most beloved performers to share the stage during a chat on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW. Genoa City grande dame Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) will join the talk show queen for the episode, as well as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anthony Geary (Luke) and Genie Francis (ex-Laura), and ALL MY CHILDREN's Susan Lucci (Erica), Debbi Morgan (Angie), Darnell Williams (Jesse) and Michael E. Knight (Tad)... and more!

Who do you think should have been a part of Oprah's "Legendary Soap Star Spectacular"? Weigh in below!

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ATWT Wins Writing Award!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS may have gone to that great soap in the sky, but the beloved drama is still winning awards! The show's scribes took home the Writers Guild of America award for Daytime Drama at the WGA Awards on Saturday, February 5. Joint ceremonies were held in Hollywood and New York.

The soap sent in three scripts to the judges: two focused on Reid's death and Chris realizing he had the late doctor's heart; the finale was also submitted. "Jean Passanante, our headwriter, wrote the breakdown for the finale," says former ATWT writer David A. Levinson, who accepted the show's award in Hollywood. "It had an 'Our Town' feel to it. Once she knew that I was the one who'd be writing the script, we went to see a production of Our Town. We talked about the 'feel' of the play and how that could transcend into the script.

"We felt that Bob's retirement was the perfect way to go out," continues Levinson. And the soap's ending was a well-planned and thoughtfully-considered phrase, explains the scribe. "To have the last words on the show be him saying, 'Good night' [was] because [the late] Helen Wagner (Nancy) opened the show with 'Good morning.'"

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Y&R's Reed Is Superbowl Star!

He may not have been on the field playing in the Superbowl, but THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS tyke Max Page (Reed) was certainly one of the stars of the game, thanks to a Volkswagen commercial featuring the 6-year-old as a pint-sized Darth Vader using "The Force" to start his dad's car! Check out the commercial for the new 2012 Volkswagen Passat above, then click here to see an interview with Max and his mom, Jennifer, from this morning on THE TODAY SHOW!

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Rylan Has A Date With MY DAD!

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Marcy Rylan (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is crossing over to the CBS primetime comedy $#*! MY DAD SAYS, starring William Shatner, on Thursday, February 10. In the episode "Lock And Load," Rylan will appear as Rebecca, an old acquaintance of Henry's, played by series star Jonathan Sadowski. Tune in at 8:31 p.m. EST next week!

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Celebrate B&B's Milestone!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will be celebrating their 6,000th episode on Monday, February 7, and they want you to be a part of it!

The entire event will be streaming live at www.boldandbeautiful.com beginning at 9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST, with the festivities starting promptly at 10 a.m. PST. So be sure to log on -- you don't want miss your chance to be part of this incredible celebration!

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Miller Moves To Primetime!

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Billy Miller (Billy) is moonlighting on the Season 2 premiere of JUSTIFIED! In an episode titled "The Moonshine War," Miller plays a sexual predator -- a departure from his regular gig on Y&R, but a role that harkens back to his bad-boy days as Richie on ALL MY CHILDREN. Look for Miller's character to be pursued on-screen by U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens, played by series star Timothy Olyphant.

"Y&R was great about working with my schedule so I could do this," Miller tells Soaps In Depth, adding that he had concerns about his scene's subject matter when it came to one particular co-star. "I wanted to make sure the little girl I worked with felt comfortable [with the material], but she was great. A real pro."

The soap's executive producer and headwriter, Maria Arena Bell, says that coordinating schedules to allow Y&R's actors to do the occasional guest spot is a win-win for both sides. "We try to make it work," reports Bell. "We're much better off keeping our cast happy and allowing them to be able to take on projects that they really want to do and have them still remain with the show."

Miller's JUSTIFIED guest spot airs on Wednesday, February 16, at 10 p.m. EST on F/X.

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Y&R's Meggie Is Back!

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Our antenna went up when Deacon took a phone call from incarcerated Meggie on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS last week. Could Sean Young and her evil alter-ego be returning to Genoa City? Now, a rep for Y&R confirms what Soaps In Depth -- and viewers -- suspected: Young will reprise her role starting Wednesday, February 16.

"I thought [Sean] was fantastic from the first time she came on," says executive producer and headwriter Maria Arena Bell. "She has an incredible presence. I love her. She's an exceptional actress."

There's no word on how long Meggie, who appeared to be hastily written off the canvas last year, will be sticking around.

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