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Y&R Star Goes To The Prom

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Robbie Tucker -- who recurs as Michael and Lauren's son, Fenmore, on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS -- hasn't been seen in Genoa City since the holidays last December. But the young actor can be caught on the big screen starting today in Prom, a Disney feature film! "I play Charlie, the younger brother of Jesse (played by Thomas McDonell)," says Tucker. "Charlie's outgoing and fun and he really likes his brother. Charlie and his mom want Jesse to go to the prom with this girl. He doesn't really want to go so we try to help him."

Playing a younger brother on-screen isn't a stretch for Tucker, who reveals, "I have a brother and sister in real-life and I'm the youngest. And the best news is that Prom is a flick that the whole family -- including Tucker himself -- can check out. "Yeah, it's PG," he enthuses. "So I can see it!"

Tucker's also completed a role in Family Weekend, which is set for release in the summer of 2012. The young actor and his on-screen siblings force their parents, played by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine, into taking a look at the importance of family members spending time together. The movie also stars Shirley Jones (ex-Colleen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) as their grandmother. Tucker says he's a tad too young to remember Jones' run as matriarch Shirley Jones on the popular '70s family sitcom THE PATRIDGE FAMILY, but notes, "my mom told me all about it!"

Prom -- starring Aimee Teegarden (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) -- is now playing at a theater near you!

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Join The B&B Ladies For A Good Cause!

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Forget fancy hairdo's and polished manicures! The ladies of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL aren't afraid to get down and dirty! On Saturday, May 14, Adrienne Frantz (Amber), Jennifer Gareis (Donna), Ashley Jones (Bridget), Kim Matula (Hope), Heather Tom (Katie) and Hunter Tylo (Taylor) will be helping to build homes for hard-working families in the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys through Habitat For Humanity.

This Women's Empowerment Build will be the second time that a team from B&B has partnered with Habitat For Humanity, and the ladies are hoping to raise a goal of $2500 for the worthy cause. For more information about the WE Build event, or to donate to Team B&B, click here.

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You're Invited To Beth Chamberlin's Launch Party!

GUIDING LIGHT's Beth Chamberlin (Beth) has always been an advocate for fitness, even producing her own series of kettlebell workout videos. Well, now she's launching her brand new Web site, Beth Chamberlin Beauty, Health and Fitness!

The actress is also throwing a virtual launch party tonight, Thursday, April 28, from 7:00pm to 9:00 PM EDT. Just follow this link to attend, and if you'd also like to call in to take part in the chat, you can dial 646-200-0147 to talk to Chamberlin and her husband, Dr. Peter Roy, about their plans for the site.

To celebrate the launch, bcbhf.com will be releasing a free downloadable workout that Chamberlin created inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama. And it uses ordinary household objects to attain the same results as the kettlebells (adorable sleeping dog not included)! You can check out the introduction in the YouTube video above, then when the site launches, you can download the full video for yourself!

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Wilson Joins WORKSHOP!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS fans who miss Marie Wilson (Meg) will have to go no further than the computer upon which they are reading this to see her in action once more. On Tuesday, May 3, she will be appearing in an episode of the comedy Web series WORKSHOP!

"It was hilarious," Wilson says of her experience. "It's quite a funny Web series!"

But that's not all the actress has been up to recently; There's a whole lot more after the jump!

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Cast Your Vote #19

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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: Do you think Liam could ever truly love Amber?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Do you like Sofia better with Malcolm or Neil?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 28.

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.

***UPDATE: VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND***

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More Wedding Bells For Gregory!

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They say love is sweeter the second time around, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Adam Gregory (Thomas) is quite certain that adage applies to weddings, too. Though he and his missus, Sheridan Nicole, married civilly on February 26, 2010, they're going to have their union sealed in the Mormon temple on Saturday, May 14, to signify that their marriage is eternal. Why the yearlong wait for the religious service? "Her father actually got in a skiing accident and broke his neck, and he wouldn't have been able to make it [to L.A.] for the wedding [last year]," the actor explains. (Thankfully, Sheridan's father has since made a full recovery.)

Gregory says joining his being cast on B&B last year also factored into the delay, as did the logistics of planning a ceremony for so many out-of-town relatives to attend. "We wanted to give them plenty of time to make travel arrangements, and also, a lot of preparation has gone into this wedding." The nice thing about having already technically tied the knot, he adds, is that he can really enjoy the upcoming event. "Oh, it's going to be a lot of fun," says the actor. And, there's no reason for Gregory to ever forget this anniversary, since it has an added significance for the couple: "May 14th is actually the day we met!" he reveals.

Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Sursok Is Getting Hitched!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' poor Colleen might be dead and gone, but her final portrayer, Tammin Sursok, is definitely living happily ever after: She's engaged to her long-time boyfriend, director Sean McEwan! "We went to the Middle East with my parents and we spent Christmas getting baptized in the Sea of Gallilee, then we were on camels in the desert in Dubai," Sursok says of the life-changing trip during which her beau of four years popped the question. "We're planning everything soon. We're getting married in six months in Italy!"

While the actress is currently committed to her villainous role on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, she has ideas for where she and her soon-to-be husband might settle down. "My ultimate dream would be to have a place here [in Los Angeles], one in New York, and maybe a house in the south of Italy or something. That's kind of where my heart is," she confides. For more about Sursok's exciting year, look for her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Together Again!

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It's been nearly two years since GUIDING LIGHT stars Robert Newman and Kim Zimmer taped their final scenes as Josh and Reva, but the talented actors have been reunited on the stage in the murder-mystery musical Curtains! A co-production between Houston's Theatre Under The Stars and The Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey, the cast of Curtains wrapped up their Texas performances earlier this month and make their Garden State debut on Wednesday, April 27.

Soaps In Depth caught up with Zimmer and Newman as they rehearsed the musical-within-a-musical, which follows the unraveling of a Boston theater company on opening night after the leading lady is murdered. Newman stars as Det. Frank Cioffi, who is called in to solve the crime, and Zimmer (now ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Echo) is the show's brassy producer, Carmen. "It's got all that's involved backstage of putting on a Broadway show," shares Zimmer. "It's an awful show because the star is dreadful. She ends up being murdered, so the beautiful young ingénue has to step into the role, and she's brilliant. But murders keep happening. Robert plays the detective who comes in, who's also a frustrated actor who would love nothing more than to be a part of the Broadway show."

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Lamas To Be A Grandpa!

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A new little princess will soon join one of Hollywood's royal families! Shayne Lamas-Richie (who appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL in 2005 as teenage Carly) is expecting her first child with husband Nik Richie, founder of the gossip site TheDirty.com. "The Lamas-Richie family is happy, healthy and definitely pregnant," the former ABC bachelorette and LEAVE IT TO LAMAS star announced via Twitter on April 12. On her blog, www.LamasRichie.com, the actress/model posted a picture of herself in a bikini, showing off her baby bump, with the message, "Nik and I are so excited. Team Girl!!"

The daughter of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Lorenzo Lamas (ex-Hector), Lamas-Richie is also the sister of former AS THE WORLD TURNS hunk A.J. Lamas (Rafe). Her grandparents are the late Argentine actor Fernando Lamas and the sultry screen star Arlene Dahl. After winning Season 12 of THE BACHELOR, Lamas-Richie and Matt Grant were briefly engaged, but called things off in the summer of 2008, shortly after she was given the last rose. Last April, Lamas and Richie made headlines after eloping to The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas just hours after meeting for the first time. What a way to celebrate their first anniversary!

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Accident On The Set!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans will soon notice Billy sporting a cast on his hand. But this isn't a prop -- his portrayer, Billy Miller, actually broke his hand on set! "There was a big scene -- and I got really into it, and broke my hand," grins the actor. "It was a good scene. It wasn't smart, but for the [scene] it's as close to truth as you can possibly get, and I guess that's what you strive for. I wouldn't recommend it, though. I shattered my knuckle and broke my hand."

Miller proved to be a trooper, though, noting, "I finished out my day, shot another couple of hours, and then went to the hospital. I had it reset. Fun times!" Because the injury actually works for the storyline, Miller says that the writers promptly wrote it into the show.

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B&B Honored For Cancer Storyline

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Later this month, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will be receiving the first ever PRISM LUNGevity award for their storyline about Stephanie's lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. Each year, the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) presents the PRISM Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues, in film, television, interactive, comic book, music and DVD entertainment. Additionally, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN have all been nominated in the category of Daytime Drama Series Storyline.

The 15th Annual PRISM Awards will be held on Saturday, April 28, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Can Your Soaps Be Saved?

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In light of last week's shocking news that ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will be coming to an end in the coming months, there's one question on everyone's lips: Can these iconic shows be saved? Tonight, join Soaps In Depth executive editor Richard M. Simms as he takes an honest look at the future of these soaps in particular and the genre in general. What does the end of AMC and OLTL mean for ABC's lone remaining soap, GENERAL HOSPITAL? Do fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES need to be concerned? We'll be taking your calls and answering your questions starting at 7 p.m. ET tonight. So swing on over to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tuneintomorrow to listen, and join the conversation by calling (347) 989-0685 once the show gets under way!

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Chappell Named Ambassador!

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Crystal Chappell (Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Gina, VENICE; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) has been named the newest Ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), an organization which creates a safe and supportive environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth can reach their full potential. HMI offers these vulnerable teenagers and young adults aged 12-21 creative after-school programs, support services and referrals.

Chappell -- who played one half of GL's wildly popular same-sex supercouple Otalia during the end of the soap's run -- recently visited the HMI-run Harvey Milk High School in New York City. Through both her own efforts and those of her devoted fans, the institute has received hundreds of donations and in-kind gifts from individuals, and even Starbuck's coffee! The Emmy winner joins fellow Ambassadors including Tim Gunn, Heather Matarazzo, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Verdi and B.D. Wong in raising awareness about HMI and their goal that no young person feel ashamed of who they are, and that each one of them deserves a safe, supportive space to grow and thrive. For more information on the Hetrick-Martin Institute, visit www.hmi.org.

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Is Miller Really Leaving Y&R?

Earlier today, the soap world was buzzing with the sad news that popular THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Billy Miller would be exiting the show when his contract expires this summer. But all hope may not be lost for fans of Billy and Victoria, because Soaps In Depth has learned that Miller's exit isn't exactly a done deal. A setsider reports that the actor is still in contract talks with the soap and a deal could still be reached for Miller to remain on the canvas. With the soap working with their actors more than ever before to allow them to do outside projects -- like Miller's recent JUSTIFIED guest spot -- there's still hope that an amicable resolution can be reached for all parties. A spokesperson for Y&R had no comment.

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Reality Star Dishes On Soap Debut!

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Bravo TV personality Jenni Pulos -- a star of the cable network's docu-series FLIPPING OUT -- will make her daytime television debut on Thursday, May 12, when she plays Ashley and Tucker's wedding planner on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Soaps In Depth recently chatted with the lifelong soap opera fan, who was thrilled with the invitation to appear on daytime's top-rated drama. "I'm so fortunate," she says. "I've been on a comedy, an independent film and now a soap opera. They're all great learning and growing experiences."

There's one family member equally excited to see Pulos in action in Genoa City: her cousin, Michael. "He said to me, 'You have to get a photo of you taken in the Newman living room.' He wants to know what's going to happen, but I told him, 'You have to watch. It's juicy!'"

While early reports had Pulos appearing in Genoa City for a two-episode arc, the actress/voiceover artist/home decorator tells In Depth that she's only taped one show. "It was originally going to be two, but now I'm not sure exactly what's going on," she reveals. "Whether Jennifer is included in one show or more than one, I'm incredibly honored to be on the show and I want to thank everyone there. This has been a great experience. A lot of the people I watched as a kid are still here on the show -- and they're looking great!"

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Cast Your Vote #17

Michael_Muhney_Michelle.jpgIt'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: Do you think Steffy can steal Bill from Katie?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS:Would Adam and Phyllis make a good couple?

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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GL Alum Welcomes Baby Girl

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Congratulations to LAW & ORDER: SVU stars Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann (Michael, GUIDING LIGHT) on becoming parents once again! The couple -- who have a 4-year-old son, August -- have adopted a newborn girl they've named Amaya Josephine. For more on Hargitay and Hermann's newest arrival, visit People.com.

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Reality Star To Plan Tucker & Ashley's Wedding!

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According to our friends at TV Line, reality TV star Jenni Pulos will drop by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS during May Sweeps to play Ashley and Tucker's wedding planner! Pulos is a co-star of Bravo's FLIPPING OUT docu-series about a design team of house-flippers, but works as an actress, voice-over artist and a rapper as well! Although she has quite an extensive acting resumé, this will mark her soap opera debut. A spokesperson for Y&R confirms that Pulos will appear next month.

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Y&R's Cooper Visits Texas!

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Howdy! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS grande dame Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has a date with San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, April 30! The Emmy winner will be appearing at the Freeman Exposition Hall as part of the first annual Fashion & Passion Women's Weekend. Cooper will take to the stage at 1:15 to answer fan questions, then sign autographs until 3:30. Tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds are being donated to San Antonio's chapter of Dress For Success, a non-profit dedicated to providing disadvantaged women with professional attire and helping them find jobs.

For more information on the Weekend, or to purchase tickets, visit www.sawomeninc.com or call (210) 226-1177.

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Celebrate Justin & Adrienne's Wedding!

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As DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Justin and Adrienne, Wally Kurth (ex-Ned, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Sam, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Judi Evans (Maeve, ATWT; Beth, GUIDING LIGHT) recently walked down the aisle for the third time -- and now you're invited to their wedding reception!

Join Kurth and Evans on Friday, June 3, at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, CA, as they host a buffet dinner, photo opportunities, line dancing and special reception appearances from other DAYS favorites! The fun begins at 5 p.m. PST, and tickets are $60. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the actor's Kurth & Taylor Foundation, which raises funds for various childrens' charities.

For tickets, send a check or money order to The Kurth & Taylor Foundation, PO Box 195, Coal Valley, IL 61240. To order tickets with a credit card, call (309) 799-9515. The event is being held in conjunction with the annual DAYS Fan Weekend.

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Francis Heads To Genoa City!

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As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, daytime legend Genie Francis will be joining the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as a "series regular" in late May! The Emmy winner, who begins taping later this month, will be playing the mother of Daniel Goddard's Cane!

Francis is known to audiences even outside of the soap world as one half of GENERAL HOSPITAL's iconic supercouple Luke and Laura, but the actress has also had roles on ALL MY CHILDREN and LOVING as Ceara, and as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Diana. Her latest daytime gig will reunite Francis with former GH co-star Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert), who plays Cane's mobster father Colin. Other GH alums currently working in Genoa City with ties to Francis' Port Charles character are Stephen Nichols (Tucker) and Kin Shriner (Jeffrey) -- who played her lovers, Stefan and Scott, respectively -- and Judith Chapman (Gloria), whose Ginny married Laura's adoptive father, Rick.

A first air date or character name for Francis have yet to be announced.

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