Recently in December 2011

Cast Your Vote #3

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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 currently appearing on a show.

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: Could Rick and Amber make it work this time around?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Should Kevin and Chloe tie the knot?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 5.

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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Pelphrey Guest Stars On BLUE BLOODS!

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Heads up Tom Pelphrey fans! If you've been longing to see the actor who once broke your heart as GUIDING LIGHT's Jonathan and AS THE WORLD TURNS' Mick back in action, now's your chance. CBS' hit police drama BLUE BLOODS is about to get a whole lot soapier next month!

In an upcoming episode titled "The Uniform," Pelphrey guest stars as Mike, the nephew of a diner owner who is being suspected of a crime. While show reps wanted to keep the rest of the details under wraps, they do reveal that the episode is "centered around" Pelphrey's character. Also featured is ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Matt Walton (ex-Elijah), who plays the publicity manager for the mayor's electoral campaign and takes a meeting with the police commissioner, played by series star Tom Selleck.

Tune in to CBS on Friday, January 13, at 10 p.m. EST.

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Get Organized With GL's Klosky!

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If you missed GUIDING LIGHT alum Justin Klosky (Joey) in his recent guest appearance on ANDERSON -- Anderson Cooper's syndicated talk show -- you're in luck! The organizational expert and owner of The OCD Experience is bringing his enlightening tips and advice back for the Monday, January 2, episode. "It's all about New Year's Resolutions," Klosky hints. "It's been great, and hopefully they will continue to bring [me back]."

Might his newfound popularity result in a series of his own? "I wouldn't object to having a show, and it would definitely be a unique one because of the people that I know and the circles that I run in -- it could be interesting," he grins. "But listen, from your mouth to God's ears!"

For more on Klosky and The OCD Experience, visit www.ocdexperience.com. And be on the lookout for our Keeping Track interview with him in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth!

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Happy Birthday, Betty!

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Monday, January 16, will be a big night for Betty White (ex-Ann, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)! Starting at 8 p.m. ET, NBC will air the 90-minute special BETTY WHITE'S 90th BIRTHDAY: A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S GOLDEN GIRL, followed by a sneek preview of the star's hidden camera show BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS at 9:30 p.m. ET.

The star-studded birthday special was taped at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and features musical performances, surprise appearances and many of White's co-stars as the beloved showbiz veteran is honored for her six-decade career. Then, in OFF THEIR ROCKERS, White sends a fearless band of senior citizens out to the streets to pull pranks on the younger generation. White herself will be featured in sketches, and provide comical commentary between the pranks... and at 90 years old, she's executive producing the series! "People have been telling me I'm 'off my rockers' for years," says White. "Now I can prove it!"

Tune in to NBC on Monday, January 16, at 8 p.m. ET for all the fun!

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Martinez Returns To B&B!

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Look for Bill's doctor pal to make a return to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in the new year! A spokesperson for soap confirms that daytime veteran A Martinez (Cruz, SANTA BARBARA; Roy, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Ray, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be back as Dr. Ramon Montgomery for a handful of episodes beginning Friday, January 13.

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ATWT's Dan Frazer Has Died

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Veteran film and television actor Dan Frazer -- known to AS THE WORLD TURNS fans as Nancy's second husband Dan "Mac" McClosky -- died of cardiac arrest on December 16 at his Manhattan home. Frazer was 90.

Prior to being cast on ATWT as Oakdale's police chief, Frazer played another police officer, Captain Frank McNeil on the hit 1970s series KOJAK. He also appeared in the films Cleopatra Jones, Take The Money And Run, Gideon's Trumpet and Deconstructing Harry, as well as in numerous TV shows, including BARNEY MILLER, THE WALTONS, LAW & ORDER and THIRD WATCH. Frazer's most recent project was in the 2010 drama The Pack, featuring his ATWT co-star Scott Bryce (Craig).

Frazer joined the cast of ATWT in 1986 and played the beloved Mac for a decade until the character died from a heart attack in 1996, including a poignant storyline where he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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Soap Stars Lather Up For The Hollywood Christmas Parade!

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This weekend, the 80th Anniversary Hollywood Christmas Parade kicks the holiday season into high gear, and some of your favorite soap stars are along for the ride! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Goddard (Cane), Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) and Kate Linder (Esther) can be seen riding in cars along the parade route, while Heather Tom (Katie) and Jacob Young (Rick) will be representing THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. Marie Osmond -- who's set to make an appearance on B&B next year -- is this year's Grand Marshal.

"This is my very favorite event," Linder told Soaps In Depth just prior to the parade being taped in late November. "If this parade didn't exist, I would think that the holidays didn't exist! It begins the whole thing. Everyone is in a great mood. I've been in this parade when it's been raining, freezing and raining and freezing. This year is unseasonably warm, but it's always a wonderful event."

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Other celebrities appearing in the parade include former soap stars Vivica A. Fox (ex-Stephanie, Y&R), Joan Van Ark (ex-Gloria, Y&R), Erin Sanders (ex-Eden), Natalie Hall (Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL). And no parade would be complete without musical performances, including numbers from daytime fan favorites Jack Wagner (Nick, B&B), Diana DeGarmo (Angelina, Y&R), and the band Port Chuck, which features GH stars Scott Reeves (Steve; ex-Ryan, Y&R), Steve Burton (Jason), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Brandon Barash (Johnny).

The parade will be broadcast in Los Angeles on KTLA-TV from 6 to 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, December 18. Thereafter, it will air throughout the holiday season on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movie Channel and in syndication throughout the country. Check www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com for local listings.

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Branson Leaving Y&R!

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Genoa City's police department will soon be one detective short: Jeff Branson (Ronan) is once again exiting THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Last spring, Branson took a hiatus from the show in order to film a movie, returning to the screen over the summer. Word is that it is the Emmy winner's decision to leave the soap, but will he be gone for good?

Even though co-star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) confirmed the news of Branson's exit on her Twitter page, a spokesperson for Y&R says that they do not comment on rumors.

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Cast Your Vote #1

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND ***

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 currently appearing on a show.

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: Would you rather see Nick with Brooke, Bridget, Pam or Donna?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Daniel and Eden make a good couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, December 22.

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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Win A B&B Set Visit, Or Lunch With Y&R's Egan!

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Need a last-minute holiday gift for the soap fan in your life? Then check out these two experiences currently open for bidding through Charity Buzz, the leading charity auction site!

Fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL can visit the soap's Los Angeles set and take home a script autographed by the entire cast! This auction is open through Monday, December 19, and will benefit the ACLU of Southern California. The winning bidder and their guest will be treated to a one-hour B&B set visit, getting an up-close look at the daily production of an award-winning daytime drama, as well as a peek into the wardrobe and makeup departments! To place your bid, click here.

Soap fans can also bid on the chance to have lunch with Y&R newcomer Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea; Annie, ALL MY CHILDREN). Originally from Bedford, NY, the actress is giving back to her hometown by helping to raise funds for the Bedford Schools Association! To bid on a lunch date with Egan, click here. The auction is open through Monday, December 19.

Happy Bidding!

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UPDATE: Kanan Will Be Back!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Deacon has reached the end of his ride in Genoa City. His portrayer, Sean Kanan, announced on his Twitter page that he's been let go from the soap. "Well, it's just two weeks before Xmas and PTB have just let me know that I will be gone from GC in five more shows. Merry Xmas," he tweeted. "Thank you all for your kindness and support. Not sure what the future has in store for me but as long as I have [my fiancée] Michele and my family I'm ok."

UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, Kanan tweeted that Y&R headwriter/executive producer Maria Arena Bell informed him that "she plans on bringing Deacon back in the Spring. Thanks 2 all of your 4 everything."

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Chamberlin Previews Primetime Gig

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GUIDING LIGHT fans, don't forget to tune in to LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT tomorrow night to see guest star Beth Chamberlin (Beth)! The episode is titled "Spiraling Down," and she'll appear as Georgia Stanton, the wife of a former all-star quarterback -- played by Golden Globe nominee Treat Williams -- who gets caught up in a sting operation with an underage prostitute.

"Getting to work on SVU has been an incredible experience," Chamberlin tells Soaps In Depth. "I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful each and every person there has been to me. Mariska [Hargitay], Danny [Pino], Ice-T, Kelli [Giddish], Andre Braugher and Treat Williams, who plays my husband, went out of their way to make me feel welcome and comfortable. I could tell a story about every person and their acts of kindness."

Chamberlin adds that the episode's gridiron backdrop a real eye opener. "The subject matter was something I knew nothing about until my audition. As a parent of a boy who will probably play contact sports as he gets older, I feel fortunate that being a part of this educated me."

Tune in to SUV tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 7, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. But first, watch the preview clip below!

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B&B's Kristen Gets A New Gig!

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Tracy Melchior (ex-Kristen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is taking on a new role that's simply "ducky!" Following in the steps of soap stars who've turned to hosting like ALL MY CHILDREN's Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Alison Sweeney (Sami), Melchior is picking up a microphone and will be reporting in between periods during tonight's National Hockey League game between the Anaheim Ducks and the L.A. Kings. "It's a huge rivalry," Melchior explains of the two Los Angeles-area hockey teams. "They call it the 'Freeway Face-Off.'"

How did this all come about? "I was watching a hockey game and saw that the Kings had a female host, Heidi Androl," Melchior shares of the Fox Sports West reporter. "She brings such a neat quality to the broadcast, but then I realized the Anaheim Ducks didn't have a girl. So I approached them about it and Tom Feuer, the executive producer [of Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket], is giving me this shot tonight. I'm an unconventional hire and I'm thrilled!"

The Kings and Ducks face off tonight, live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. Check your local listings for the exact channel from your cable provider.

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Cast Your Vote #51

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*** VOTING ON THIS ROUND HAS CLOSED ***

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 currently appearing on a show.

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: Should Liam stay married to Steffy?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Neil and Sofia can make it work?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, December 8.

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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It's Our Annual Year In Review Extravaganza!

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As 2011 draws to a close, our editors have put together a special issue highlighting the best and worst of the year! Now on sale, the new CBS Soaps In Depth features our annual Year In Review recaps for THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as well as our Top 5 picks for each soap. Plus, when we asked the stars of CBS Daytime to reveal their favorite moments from 2011, we received so many answers that they wouldn't all fit in the magazine! Luckily for you, we're posting their responses right here!

Read more after the jump!

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