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Sabáto On WIFE SWAP

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Dante; ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and superstar pro wrestler Mick Foley will be featured on the season finale of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP, airing tomorrow, January 31.

Sabáto and his fiancee, Cheryl, are self-admitted clean freaks who keep a spotless home, and drive their daughter, Mina, in a pursuit of perfection with gymnastics classes and piano lessons, while also raising 3-month-old Antonio III. Foley and his wife, Colette, meanwhile, have a much more laissez-faire parenting style for their brood of 4. Tune in tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC!

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Tilford Likes The SINGLE LADIES!

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GUIDING LIGHT alum Terrell Tilford (David; Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will join ALL MY CHILDREN's Denise Vasi (Randi) for the second season of the VH1 hit comedy SINGLE LADIES!

Tilford announced the news on his Facebook fan page. "Single Ladies get ready ... Terrell Tilford joins the upcoming second season of VH1's "Single Ladies". Currently in production, season two will debut sometime in late May 2012."

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Conn Laughs It Up On 30 ROCK!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS viewers who recall Katie's wild adventures know that Terri Conn is very skilled at comedy, but now the rest of the world will find out the same when the actress guest-stars on tonight's episode of 30 ROCK on NBC airing at 9:00 PM EST!

"I'm really excited," she declares. "It's like, my favorite show. There's a lot of good shows [that shoot] in New York."

Which is why Conn has decided to maintain her home base on the East Coast instead of moving to Hollywood. "I'm sticking it out in New York," she says. "It's better to be in the room for auditions, but my agents are really fantastic, so I get to go on tape. And I'm available to fly out at a minute's notice. So I'll hopefully get the best of both worlds!"

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Cast Your Vote #07

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

Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Are Donna and Nick a good match?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Nick and Phyllis make it last this time?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 2. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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No New Contract For B&B's Down!

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Hot on the heels of last week's news that Brandon Beemer (Owen) and Zack Conroy (Oliver) have been bumped to recurring status at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL comes word that Lesley-Anne Down (Jackie) was not offered a new deal with the soap!

"[Executive producer and headwriter] Bradley Bell has decided not to renew Lesley-Anne Down's contract on B&B," says the announcement posted this morning on the star's official Web site. "Lesley-Anne wants all of you to know how special and important you all are to her. Your continued effort and support of Lesley-Anne is so appreciated by her. When one door closes another one opens. This thankfully has been the case in this instance. We will let you know what it is when the time is right."

A spokesperson for B&B tells Soaps In Depth that Down will continue to work on the soap on a recurring basis.

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Francis Is Visiting Canada!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Genie Francis (Genevieve) is hosting a fan event in Canada! The big day is Saturday, March 17, at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg. Tickets are $105 and includes admission, breakfast and an autograph. Photographs of Francis will be available for sale. Doors open at 11 a.m., and tickets can be purchased at www.geniefrancisassociation.webs.com, or by contacting Jessie at GenieFans@hotmail.ca.

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DIRTY SOAP Is Done!

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Sorry, soap fans, but there won't be a second season of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Brandon Beemer (Owen) battling Fary, the mother of his live-in girlfriend Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) on the E! reality show DIRTY SOAP. "So the word is that Dirty Soap is NOT being picked up for another season," tweeted castmate Jenna Gering, who is married to DAYS hunk Galen Gering (Rafe). "Thanks to all of u who watched. You all have been so supportive!!!"

The reality show -- produced by ALL MY CHILDREN vets Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo) -- followed the lives of Beemer and Bjorlin, the Gerings, ONE LIFE TO LIVE's John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi), and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie).

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Baby #2 On Board!

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Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Jennifer Gareis (Donna), who confirms to Soaps In Depth that she and husband Bobby Ghassemieh are expecting their second child at the end of June. "It's a girl," says the actress, who has a 20-month-old son, Gavin. "It's still surreal right now," she adds. "It hasn't sunken in."

As for how her boss, B&B executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell, will incorporate her pregnancy into the storyline, the actress says it's still up in the air. "He said he'll keep me informed," says the actress. "I told him, 'It's completely up to you -- but it will be difficult to hide [on-screen]. I am not a skinny pregnant girl!'"

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ATWT Star To Marry George Clooney!

AS THE WORLD TURNS' Colleen Zenk (Barbara) has joined the cast of Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis, a new Off-Broadway play adapted from the book of the same name by Amy Ferris.

"I am thrilled!" she declares. "For the next 12 weeks, I'm going to be fantasizing about 'Marrying George Clooney'... on stage, of course! Maybe he'll even show up!"

The production will run from Wednesday, February 29, through Saturday, March 24, at the CAP21 Theater in New York City. Tickets are only $18, and can be purchased by following this link over to the CAP21 Web site!

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PRACTICE Pays Off For Jones!

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On the heels of taping scenes for her two-episode return to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL later this month, Ashley Jones (Bridget) has landed a new primetime gig on ABC's PRIVATE PRACTICE! "I'm so excited! It's a guest arc that will start filming soon -- probably early next week," Jones tells Soaps In Depth, confessing that she accepted the role sight unseen! "They made an offer, but I don't know what the part is yet. I haven't even read the script!"

As for her recurring status at B&B, Jones says she'd love to see Bridget pop up on the show beyond her return on Tuesday, February 28, and Wednesday, February 29. "So far, we've always worked out the dates when [executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell] wants to bring in Bridget," she reveals. "If and when he's ready to write more for the character, I'll probably be here at B&B a little more. I love coming to work here."

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CBS Stars Rack Up NAACP Nominations!

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The NAACP announced the nominees today for the 43RD NAACP Image Awards, celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of film, television, music and literature and honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The nominees in the daytime categories are:

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears (Justin, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)
Bryton James (Devon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)
Emerson Brooks (Erica's captor, Ben on ALL MY CHILDREN)
James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) Texas Battle (Marcus, B&B)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R)
Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia, Y&R)
Tatyana Ali (Roxanne, Y&R)
Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, Y&R)
Yvette Freeman (Dr. Lewis, B&B)

Winners will be announced during a live telecast on NBC on Friday, February 17, at 8 p.m.

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GL's Bogue Speaks Out About New Addition!

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Congratulations are in order for former GUIDING LIGHT stars Rob Bogue (Mallet) and Mandy Bruno (Marina)! The real-life couple welcomed son Flynn into the world on January 13. The tyke is the first child for the couple, who married last March in Mexico. Bogue has a son, Zeb, and daughter, Zoey, from a previous marriage.

"We welcomed in awe the birth of Flynn Zachariah Bogue on Friday the 13th," the proud pop tells Soaps In Depth. "7 lbs., 8 oz. of healthy yumminess. Mandy was a warrior goddess, delivering him after 8 hours of labor, with only 20 minutes of pushing. He is a handsome little boy and is now home with his older siblings, Zeb and Zoe, who are both thrilled and enamored with the new arrival. Even our yappy tea cup Yorkie terrier is often caught tucking him in with a blanket, and protectively sleeps very close to him. Mandy is mending well. And we feel blessed with the magnificence of this new life."

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B&B's Rodriguez Signs ABC Talent Deal!

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It's an exciting week for THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Gina Rodriguez (Beverly)! The actress gaining buzz for her starring role in the highly-anticipated Filly Brown, which is set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the tale of a young hip-hop artist (played by Rodriguez, who is in nearly every scene!) whose budding career comes to a crossroads when a shady producer offers her a crack at stardom. Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos also star in the movie. And on top of that, Deadline reports that Rodriguez has signed a talent holding deal with ABC and ABC Studios to star in a pilot targeted for next season!

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Sneak Peek: Graziadei In THE SECRET CIRCLE!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS hunk Michael Graziadei (Daniel) guest stars as bad boy Callum in this week's episode of THE SECRET CIRCLE, and Soaps In Depth has a sneak peek!

In the episode titled "Witness," Jake returns to Chance Harbor to warn Cassie that unless they find out how her father was killed in the boat fire 16 years ago, she'll face the same death. He suggests an extremely dangerous method to finally uncover what happened on that fateful day, but Adam and Diana suspect that Jake has ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Faye gets trapped in a dangerous situation when Lee's friend Callum stops by the shop.

Tune in to THE SECRET CIRCLE tomorrow night, Thursday, January 19, at 9 p.m. ET on the CW!

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New Readers' Poll Rules

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We wanted to let you know of some big changes that we're going to be instituting regarding our Readers' Poll, effective with the very next round of voting!

The most important change is that we will now be only accepting votes on the questions (with your comments) on the Web site. To vote for your favorite actor, actress and couple, we ask that you now physically mail in your votes to:

Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

However, our policy on duplicate votes remains the same. Multiple votes from the same reader will be discarded and not counted, so please save yourself the effort and postage by only voting once during each two-week voting period.

In addition, while the CBS issues of Soaps In Depth will continue to give the results for THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, the ABC editions of our magazine will now also include favorites from the CBS soaps and NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the actors, actresses and couples. So please feel free to vote for your overall favorites and don't feel restricted by network anymore!

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Watch Out, Hope!

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Could THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Hope be getting yet another rival in the love department? The show has issued a casting notice for a 22-year-old leading young lady to play a refined, outspoken and spunky Ivy League graduate. The description also says that the character comes from money and was raised on the East Coast. Might this newcomer be related to a family already on the canvas?

The contract role is due to start taping in early February.

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A Family Reunion!

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Look for the sibling rivalry between THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Phyllis and Avery to soon crank up a notch, because their father is headed to Genoa City! TV Guide reports that film, stage and television vet Ken Howard has been cast as George, the sisters' long-estranged father.

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A Tony and Emmy Award winner, Howard starred in the hit '70s series THE WHITE SHADOW, played Thomas Jefferson in the film 1776, DYNASTY and THE COLBYS, the original MELROSE PLACE and, most recently, appeared in J. Edgar. But besides all that, Howard is also the president of the Screen Actors Guild!

As of now, Howard is set to appear in four episodes; he first tapes tomorrow, January 19, and will air on Thursday, February 23. The character of George was last seen in Genoa City back in the mid-'90s, when Duke Stroud (Vince McKinnon, ANOTHER WORLD) briefly played the part.

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Coleman Returns To Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Adam will be taking a stroll down memory lane during February Sweeps... which means that viewers will be treated to an appearance by Signy Coleman as the character's late mother, Hope! Look for Coleman to appear on Friday, February 17. Victor's ex-wife was last seen in December 2010 when Hope's spirit guided him through the soap's A Christmas Carol-themed episode.

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Two B&B Hunks Off Contract!

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Although Owen returns to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL this week to tell Jackie that he wants her back, Jowen fans shouldn't hold out hope for a happy reunion for the couple: Soaps In Depth has learned that the hunk's portrayer, Brandon Beemer, has been taken off contract. Nevertheless, Jackie, Owen and even his babymama, Bridget (played by Ashley Jones) will factor in to a February Sweeps storyline next month.

Beemer isn't the only B&B guy who will be seeing less screen time: Zack Conroy (Oliver) has been taken off contract as well. A rep for the soap says that while both actors have been dropped down to recurring status, they are still a part of the B&B family... which means that they will continue to drop by on-screen from time to time!

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Soap Vet Joins THE SECRET CIRCLE

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The hit CW occult drama THE SECRET CIRCLE has finally cast Cassie's mysterious father -- and he's a familiar face to soap viewers! TV Guide reports that Joe Lando (Macauley, GUIDING LIGHT; Jake, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has nabbed the coveted role of John Blackwell, a former member of the Circle who was killed by his own coven centuries ago after he began to dabble in dark magic. Look for the powerful witch to make his first appearance in Episode 15, titled "Return," scheduled to air in early February.

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Smith Lands At B&B!

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Hours after ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired its final episode, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL announced it had snatched up one of the defunct soap's veteran castmembers. Hillary B. Smith (Nora) has been hired to play a sex therapist by the name of Dr. Stacy (no word on which couple will need her counseling). "Hillary is a formidable actress with a powerful screen presence," said executive producer/headwriter Bradley Bell. "I look forward to collaborating on this new and dynamic character with her on B&B."

Smith starts taping in late January, which means she'll likely turn up on screen in early March. The actress called OLTL home for the past two decades, but CBS soaps fans will also remember her five-year stint as Margo Hughes on AS THE WORLD TURNS in the 1980s.

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Cast Your Vote #05

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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: Is Hope a better match with Liam or Thomas?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Will Chelsea come between Billy and Victoria?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 19.

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.

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

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Phyllis Diller Heads Back To B&B!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is gearing up for its 25th Anniversary in March, and they are pulling out the big guns! The legendary Phyllis Diller will make a return to the soap for a two-day appearance that month, once again playing Gladys Pope.

The 94-year-old comedienne made numerous visits to B&B between 1995 and 2004 as the nutty makeup artist best bud of Sally Spectra (played by the late, great Darlene Conley). This time around, Gladys has made a bit of a career change, and will play an important part in a very romantic event!

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Bernsen Returns To Y&R!

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Corbin Bernsen -- the real-life son of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) -- will be returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Father Todd once again! The actor announced on his Facebook page that he'll be reprising the role of Patty and Paul's reverend brother next month!

"Some have also asked if I'm going to be on Y&R again.... funny you should ask. I just shot three shows and I think they'll air the first week of February," he says. "Father Todd lives on!"

To read Bernsen's full statement -- including why he's "bitter" about the "sad" state of the soap world -- click here.

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Director's Guild Nominations Announced!

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The Director's Guild Of America has named seven nominees in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for the 2012 DGA Awards, to take place on Saturday, January 28.

Cynthia J. Popp from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has received her second DGA nod for the "boinkberries" episode featuring Brooke and Thomas stranded on a deserted island. THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS director Mike Denney has also been nominated, for a third time, for his work in the flashback episode in which Diane, from beyond the grave, shares her perspective on those suspected of her murder.

Rounding out the nominations in the Daytime Serial category are ALL MY CHILDREN's Casey Childs and Angela Tessinari, GENERAL HOSPITAL's William Ludell and Scott McKinsey and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Larry Carpenter.

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UPDATE: Morgan Confirms That Williams Is Joining Her At Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has cast another ALL MY CHILDREN fan favorite: Darnell Williams (Jesse) -- who played opposite Debbi Morgan (Harmony) as AMC's Angie on and off for over 20 years -- will soon be headed to Genoa City to join his longtime screen partner and good friend!

Y&R will mark the fourth soap opera on which the Daytime Emmy winners have been paired together. They first won fan raves as high school sweethearts Angie and Jesse on AMC, and after Jesse was presumed dead, Darnell followed Morgan and her alter ego to LOVING and its spin-off, THE CITY, where he played lookalike Jacob Foster. Angie and Jesse were finally reunited on AMC in 2008. Williams also played the villainous Griggs on GUIDING LIGHT in 2007.

UPDATE: While Y&R has yet to confirm Williams' casting, Morgan shared with fans on her Twitter page earlier today that the news is true, adding that "Darnell joining Y&R is the best news ever!"

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Y&R's Chelsea Gets a HAZZARD-ous Mom!

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Billy's babymama is getting a mother of her own on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and she's coming with a primetime pedigree! According to Entertainment Weekly, the soap has cast the original Daisy Duke, DUKES OF HAZZARD star Catherine Bach, as Anita, Chelsea's scheming mom.

Bach reports to the Y&R set on Monday, January 9, and will make her soap opera debut when she first airs on Tuesday, February 7.

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Rylan Back To Y&R!

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The start of the new year meant the end of maternity leave for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Marcy Rylan (Abby). The actress -- who gave birth to her second son, Levi, on November 3 -- reported back to the Y&R set this week, and a show spokesperson confirms that she'll be back on-screen on Monday, January 23, when Abby returns from a prolonged business trip.

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Soap Grads Welcome First Child

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Former soap stars Roselyn Sanchez (Pilar, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Eric Winter (ex-Rex, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) are first-time parents! Sanchez gave birth to a 6 lb., 14 oz., baby girl in Los Angeles yesterday, January 4. The couple, who have been married since 2008, named her Sebella Rose.

"Welcome to the world beautiful Sebella Rose Winter!" the actress posted on her Facebook page. "Mami and Daddy adore you! This joy is overwhelming. Thanks for all of the well wishes!"

Congratulations to the new family!

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B&B Alum Engaged!

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Television personality Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) rang in the new year by putting a ring on it! According to USmagazine.com, the EXTRA host popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, while vacationing in Mexico over the New Year's weekend. The couple, who have a 2-year-old daughter, Gia, plan to return to the country later this year to exchange vows.

Congratulations!

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Video: Y&R's LeBlanc Surprises THE TALK's Underwood!

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Sheryl Underwood, one of the co-hosts of CBS' THE TALK, got a special New Year's surprise on January 3, when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) appeared on the talk show to tell the longtime Y&R fan that she'll be guest starring on an upcoming episode! "You are going to have a part on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as a Justice of the Peace, and you'll be performing a wedding. A very important wedding on the show... and that's all we can tell you," LeBlanc told the excited comedienne.

Underwood will film her cameo appearance next week, and her episode will air on Friday, February 10. Watch the video below!

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B&B Makes A Crossover DEAL!

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We've seen THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Pam do a lot of whacky things, but this time, she's dragging Nick into her zany shenanigans: She convinces him to join her as a contestant on CBS' iconic game show, LET'S MAKE A DEAL! The pair, played by Jack Wagner and Alley Mills, don hilarious getups and join host Wayne Brady for a special B&B episode airing Wednesday, January 18. But wait: There's more! Tune in to DEAL on Friday, January 20 to catch Wagner appear as himself on the legendary game show! "It was a great gift for us," says Brady of having Wagner appear as part of a prize for that day's show. "And a nice thing for B&B as well, to have both shows do this type of crossover."

And as for Wagner's skills in front of a live audience? Brady says he's the best. "Jack was great," he enthuses. "The man is a stage vet, so there's never any worry about him. He went out and did it like a pro."

This wasn't Brady's first time at the soap opera rodeo: In addition to hosting the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards last June, Brady and his grandmother, Valerie (who raised him), appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in 2004 in a special Mother's Day episode. LET'S MAKE A DEAL model Tiffany Coyne and announcer Jonathan Magnum will also appear in the B&B episode. Check out the CBS issue of Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, January 16, for our behind-the-scenes coverage of the crossover!

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