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Goddard's Not Going Anywhere!

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Ever since Cane was shot and killed on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, fans have been clamoring for his portrayer, Daniel Goddard, to return to the canvas for more than just ghostly appearances to his alter ego's widow, Lily. This may be the good news Y&R fans have been hoping for: Soaps In Depth hears that -- due in part to the fan support he's received since Cane was killed off -- Goddard is definitely not leaving the show, and will continue to appear beyond just figments of Lily's imagination! A spokesperson for Y&R states that Goddard remains a contract player on the show.

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Trio Of CBS Daytime Stars Hits Primetime Drama!

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Three of your favorite former soap stars are coming to the critically-acclaimed legal drama, THE GOOD WIFE! On Tuesday, April 5, Trent Dawson (Henry, AS THE WORLD TURNS) guest stars in "Wrongful Termination" as Edward Yellins, an employee of a beleaguered company who gets cross-examined by Michael J. Fox! Then, don't miss Jon Prescott (Mike) when he appears as the boyfriend of fellow guest star America Ferrera on Tuesday, April 12. GUIDING LIGHT's Paula Garces (Pilar) also appears in the episode, titled "Foreign Affairs." Finally, GL's Aubrey Dollar (Marina) checks in as a seemingly "interested" nurse who reaches out to bi-sexual detective Kalinda on Tuesday, May 3.

THE GOOD WIFE airs at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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GL Couple Ties The Knot!

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Before GUIDING LIGHT went off the air, Marina and Mallet had split up, but their portrayers will be partners for life: Rob Bogue and Mandy Bruno are now husband and wife! "We got married!!" an ecstatic Bogue tells Soaps In Depth of the March 26 nuptials. "On a beautiful beach in Playa del Carmen [Mexico], with lots of family and friends attending. The bride was stunning and the groom was blushing! And the weather was pristine."

This is the second marriage for Bogue, who has two children, Zeb and Zoe, with his ex-wife. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Y&R Star Supports DANCING Pal!

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Yep, that was Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) in the audience of ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS on Monday night. The Emmy winner and best friend Denice Duff (ex-Amanda) were there to cheer on their pal, Kirstie Alley (CHEERS; VERONICA'S CLOSET), who's earning rave reviews and high scores for her routines with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"She's amazing," Stafford raves to Soaps In Depth about her friend. "She looks like a beautiful, svelte, hot piece of ass."

Celebrity audience members have often turned out to be contestants on future seasons of DANCING, and there's even been a few ABC Daytime stars vying for the mirrorball trophy in the past. Would Stafford like to be considered for the top-rated dance competition series? "Of course!" she enthuses.

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Screen Idol-Turned-Soap Star Dies

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1950s movie legend Farley Granger died at his Manhattan home on March 27 at the age of 85 from natural causes. Movie buffs will forever remember Granger for his roles in several Alfred Hitchcock films, including 1948's Rope and 1951's Strangers On A Train, but after leaving Hollywood for New York City, the actor found a successful second career in the world of daytime dramas. He received a Daytime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Actor in 1977 for his role as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Dr. Will Vernon, and played Trent on THE EDGE OF NIGHT before settling in at AS THE WORLD TURNS in 1986 as Earl Mitchell, one of Lisa's numerous husbands.

ATWT grande dame Eileen Fulton (Lisa) tells Soaps In Depth that she was just beside herself when she learned that Granger would be playing her next Oakdale beau. "Such a handsome man. When I was in high school, his movie about the Hatfields and the McCoys came out," Fulton says of 1949's Rosanna McCoy, starring Granger and Joan Evans as young lovers caught between their feuding families. "We all had such a crush on Farley. When I heard that he was going to be my husband, I got all dressed up that morning to go to the studio. I wore black with pearls, I was really dolled up. I ran in, jumped on his lap and sang the little melody from the movie, and he said, 'Oh, I just hated that movie!'"

Granger had a special fondness for his leading lady, as well. "I'll never forget the night he took me home from a cast party. He said, 'Eileen, I love you. I really love you,'" Fulton recalls with a smile. "I remember looking down from being dazzled by his words... and saw his black sneakers sticking out from his tuxedo pants! He laughed and said, 'No one will notice my feet. But if they do, then I know I've lost my touch.' He never lost his looks or his charm. When I ran into him a year ago at a gathering, he was just as magnificent. I don't think he ever lost his touch."

Fulton adds that she has Granger to thank for her success as a cabaret singer. "He is the one who is responsible for getting me my voice teacher," she shares. "I'm singing all over the country now. I love that. And I loved working with him."

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More Stars Added To Charity Weekend Lineup!

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Marco Island, FL, is where any soap fan will want to be the weekend of May 14-15 -- it's the 13th Annual Soapfest Charity Weekend! For over a decade, daytime television's finest have headed to Southwest Florida to mix and mingle with guests and residents to raise money for local children's charities, including the Eden Florida Eimerman Center, an educational outreach service for autistic children. The weekend's festivities include the VIP "Night Of Stars" kickoff party, a celebrity bartending bash and the Cruisin' Boozin' and Schmoozin' sightseeing tour aboard the Marco Island Princess!

This year, celebrities scheduled to participate include:
John Driscoll (Chance, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Coop, GUIDING LIGHT)
Austin Peck (Rick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Brad, AS THE WORLD TURNS)
Terri Conn (Aubrey, OLTL; Katie, ATWT)
Tom Degnan (Joey, OLTL; Adam, ATWT)
Tom Pelphrey (Mick, ATWT; Jonathan, GL)
Jon Prescott (Mike, ATWT)
Billy Magnussen (Casey, ATWT)
Ellen Dolan (Margo, ATWT)
Stephanie Gatschet (Madison, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tammy, GL)
Walt Willey (Jackson, AMC)
J.R. Martinez (Brot, AMC)
Denise Vasi (Randi, AMC)
Thorsten Kaye (ex-Zach, AMC)
Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL)
Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL)
Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL)

For tickets, event schedules and more information, visit www.soapfest.com.

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THE BAY Heads To NYC!

FarFromTheBayOLeary.jpgThis summer, Web soap opera THE BAY continues to break new ground by taking their show on the road. "I like to describe it as THE BAY meets The Wizard of Oz," explains the series' creator/writer/director, Gregori J. Martin. "It's kind of a prequel to season two, which will begin in late September."

Titled FAR FROM THE BAY, the 8-episode prequel will debut in June and follows amnesiac Peter Garrett (played by Kristos Andrews) on his journey to The Big Apple to find Claire -- played by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Marie Wilson (Meg) -- the woman whom he mistakenly believes is his mother. "He runs into all these characters that help him get one step closer to finding her -- I cast a slew of veteran actors from daytime," Martin previews. "And then we did the first ever Web soap crossovers with EMPIRE and STEAMBOAT."

Look for familiar faces like ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen (Roxy) and Tonja Walker (Olivia), ANOTHER WORLD's Anna Holbrook (Sharlene), GUIDING LIGHT's Michael O'Leary (Rick) and Miriam Colon (Maria), and ATWT's Agim Kaba (Aaron) to appear. Find the show at www.thebaytheseries.com.

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Another Primetime Gig For Beck!

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Noelle Beck (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is on a roll! Not only will she be appearing on the May 4, episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU opposite John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), but the actress tells Soaps In Depth that she's just landed a gig in another series in the LAW & ORDER franchise! "Now I'm doing a LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT playing Jay Mohr's wife. Episodic life is treating me well!" she exclaims.

In addition to the LAW & ORDER spots, the actress had a pair of BLUE BLOOD appearances this winter as well. LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT begins its final season on Sunday, May 1, at 9 p.m. EST on the USA Network. Beck's episode does not yet have an air date.

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Exiting Actress Speaks Out!

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Next week, Emily O'Brien will tape her last episodes as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jana. "It's okay," the actress tells Soaps In Depth. "I had a really good run. Five years is good. I'm closing this chapter and going on to something else. I'm very optimistic."

While O'Brien is open to doing another soap opera, she's also looking forward to tackling new genres. "I want to try to do some film here [in Los Angeles], but New York is definitely on my mind. Broadway has always been a passion of mine."

When and how will Jana exit the canvas? A last air date is not currently available, but sources say that Jana's deep desire to re-win Kevin's heart may cause her to take drastic action. Stay tuned!

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Y&R Contract News!

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As first reported by Soaps In Depth, Amelia Heinle (Victoria) has inked a new contract with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! "I'm happy here," the actress says with a smile. "The people are good here. I can't believe I've been here for six years!"

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Cast Your Vote #15

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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!

Now, on to this issue's questions:

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Is Brooke and Ridge's marriage in trouble?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Would you like to see Nikki and Deacon work it out?

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.

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McVicar's A Survivor

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Almost three months after his son's tragic death, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL veteran Daniel McVicar (ex-Clarke) has found a somewhat surprising way to reconnect with him: appearing in Italy's L'ISOLA DEI FAMOSI -- a celebrity version of SURVIVOR. The B&B veteran had already been in talks to join the reality show's cast when he received the tragic news that his son, Hank, 22, had been killed in a car accident on January 3. After thoughtful consideration, McVicar, still in mourning, decided to go ahead and partake in the program. "This gives me, in a way, a chance to go camping [again] with my son," he tells Soaps In Depth. "Hank and I hiked [California's] Mount Whitney together and also went up Half Dome at Yosemite. The wilderness at Yosemite was a favorite place of mine to go with him. Hank was a fine camping companion and a guy who knew how to both hike and keep on hiking."

While the show airs in Italy, McVicar says that the program isn't actually set in the country. "We don't go to an Italian island," he clarifies. "[We're] doing it from Honduras. Unlike America's version of the show, we shoot in real time."

Is McVicar concerned that the cameras may be too intrusive as he continues the private mourning process? "I'm hoping to build a place of peace [where] the cameras will leave me alone," he says. "It's very strange that this show is in front of me. It was in my stream before [Hank's] accident and it's in my path after it. It's there for a reason and I'm going to find out what it is."

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Emmys To Air On CBS!

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The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 19, from the Las Vegas Hilton. The ceremony will air at 8 p.m. EST (with a tape delay on the West Coast). "All of us are excited to once again show America just how great and relevant daytime television is to all of us," says Darryl Cohen, Chairman, National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Adds Jack Sussman, CBS' Executive VP of Specials, Music and Live Events, "The best of daytime will be joined by the best of Las Vegas as some of the greatest entertainers in the world will join us for a celebration of all that is great about daytime television."

Details regarding ticket information will be announced at a later date. The nominations for the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be revealed on Wednesday, May 11.

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UPDATE: Y&R's Two Noahs Speak Out!

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Yesterday, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS announced that Kevin G. Schmidt would be returning to the role of Noah, replacing the actor who replaced him, Luke Kleintank. "Having a blast working with everyone again!" Schmidt tweeted after the news broke. "First episode April 14th!"

After news of his exit was announced, Kleintank -- whose Noah recently left for New York City to focus on his music career -- took to his Twitter page, posting that "I will not be returning to Young and The Restless as Noah... I had to leave because of other projects I'm working on and I couldn't commit. Kevin should do great."

But what was the reason for the switch? In addition to his Y&R gig, Kleintank has recurring roles on the primetime dramas GOSSIP GIRL and NO ORDINARY FAMILY. Insiders speculate that with the soap's plans to bring Eden Baldwin back to Genoa City -- a casting call was put out for the role last played by Vanessa Marano late last week -- there will be a focus on Genoa City's younger set in the coming months, posing scheduling conflicts for Kleintank.

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Another Y&R Casting Switch!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is confirming that Luke Kleintank is out as Noah... and his predecessor, Kevin G. Schmidt, will be returning to the role on April 14.

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Y&R's LeBlanc Shares All!

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Our pals over at Daytime Confidential have posted an awesome new podcast with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), in which the Emmy winner discusses everything from this year's pre-nominations to Michael's involvement in the Newman family feud to his own upcoming appearances in his hometown of New Orleans. Check it out here!

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ATWT's Hazen Wins Award!

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The 32nd Young Artist Awards were handed out last night in Studio City, CA, and AS THE WORLD TURNS went out with a bang! Mick Hazen (Parker) was named for Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series by a Young Actor, while ALL MY CHILDREN tyke Tate Berney won in the 12 And Under category. For the young ladies in soap operas, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina) was named for Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series by a Young Actress, while her on-screen sister, Haley Pullos (Molly) won as Young Actress 12 And Under category.

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Cast Your Vote #13

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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: Is Hope a better match with Liam or Oliver?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Should Nick allow Sharon visitation with Faith?

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A New Love For Sharon?

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has added yet another celebrity to its roster: According to TV Guide, the soap has cast Sean Patrick Flanery (THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, STEVEN KING'S DEAD ZONE and of, course, Powder) as a country veterinarian named Sam. Look for the handsome animal doc to be paired with a down-on-her-luck Sharon when Flanery makes his debut in mid-April!

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Shackelford Out! Shriner In!

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Multiple sources tell Soaps In Depth that there's a casting switch ahead on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Ted Shackelford will be briefly replaced by Kin Shriner (Harrison; Keith, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Scott, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the role of Jeff. Look for Shriner to appear in about three episodes.

UPDATE: Y&R has released a statement, saying "Kin Shriner is temporarily stepping in on Y&R as Jeff Bardwell because Ted Shackelford is not available. Kin's episodes will begin airing in late April."

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ATWT's Beck Has A Hot Date!

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When John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) guest stars on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT next month, another soap alum will be joining him! "Doing a spot this week on SVU with John Stamos!" an excited Noelle Beck (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) tells Soaps In Depth. "Should be a good one!"

In the episode titled "Bang," Stamos will play an adoption attorney with a secret passion, and Footloose star Lori Singer also appears, as a new mother struggling with her additional responsibilities. Fresh off her first guest appearance on CBS' BLUE BLOODS in late February -- her second episode is scheduled to air on Friday, March 11 -- Beck is thrilled about the primetime work. "Life after Lily!" she jokes. "I'm playing Dr. Audrey Shaw, a specialist in reproductive abusers. I'm brought in to assist Benson [played by Mariska Hargitay] and Stabler [Christopher Meloni] with the case.... but she has a dark past," Beck teases.

LAW & ORDER: SVU airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC. The episode with Stamos and Beck is scheduled to air on May 4.

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Will Pilot Role Force Bethel To Bail?

Wilson Bethel just returned to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Ryder a few weeks ago, but might a role in a television pilot for the CW lead the actor to check out of Genoa City once again? Bethel has been cast opposite THE O.C. sweetheart Rachel Bilson in the comedic drama HART OF DIXIE, which stars Bilson as Zoe, a young New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town populated by a rather eccentric lot of residents. "I play her bad-boy love interest," Bethel tells Soaps In Depth. "We're shooting in North Carolina." In fact, the actor will spend much of April on location for the pilot, but In Depth hears that Y&R will likely do some pre-taping so that Ryder won't be absent from the canvas during that time. But should the pilot go to series, whether or not he'll leave Y&R is a bridge Bethel will have to cross should the time come. "I'm not sure where it would shoot," he says.

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Zimmer & Newman Together Again!

As GUIDING LIGHT's Josh and Reva, portrayers Robert Newman and Kim Zimmer (now Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will forever have a place in soap history as one of daytime's supercouples. And this spring, the duo will reunite when they star in the musical murder mystery Curtains! The production of the Broadway hit is a joint venture between Houston's Theatre Under The Stars and The Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. The show will run in Texas at the Hobby Center For The Performing Arts from Tuesday, March 29, through Sunday, April 10, then head to New Jersey from Wednesday, April 27, through Sunday, May 22.

Curtains follows the unraveling of a theater company on opening night, shortly after the leading actress meets an untimely death. Newman stars in the production as Detective Frank Cioffi, a musical theater fan who takes on the case and finds himself dealing with egos and eccentricities, more dead bodies than he bargained for, and a budding love affair. Meanwhile, Zimmer stars as brassy Broadway producer Carmen Bernstein.

For tickets to see Curtains in Texas (starting at just $24), visit www.TUTS.com, or call (713) 558-TUTS. For the show's New Jersey performances, visit www.papermill.org, or call (973) 376-4343.

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Y&R Star Wins Image Award!

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Congratulations to Tatyana Ali (Roxanne, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Darnell Williams (Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN) for their wins at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards! The talented twosome were named Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor in the Daytime Drama Series categories at a ceremony held on March 4.

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Chapman Bumped From Contract!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Judith Chapman (Gloria) has switched to recurring status with the soap -- but the actress isn't going anywhere. Insiders are saying that the fan favorite will continue to appear on the show as story dictates.

Working in Genoa City (or, frankly, in any soap opera town) without a contract isn't unusual these days. Chapman's TV husband, Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey), and Gloworm bartender Sean Kanan (Deacon) also appear on Y&R on a recurring basis. Chapman joined the show in 2005, replacing Joan Van Ark in the role of Michael and Kevin's unpredictable and outrageous mom.

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Catch Branson In Primetime!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS hunk Jeff Branson (Ronan) will be doing a bit of moonlighting this weekend when he guest-stars on CSI: MIAMI this Sunday, March 6. In the episode titled "Blood Lust," the Daytime Emmy winner plays Dennis Baldwin, whose wife -- played by FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Alicia Witt -- has been kidnapped and tortured, narrowly escaping being killed at the hands of a serial killer.

CSI: MIAMI airs at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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