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Damian Returns To The Director's Chair!

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Director Michael Damian (Danny, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and his producer wife, Janine Damian, have done it again! The latest release from their production company, Riviera Films, is Flicka: Country Pride, the third movie in the heartwarming series based on Mary O'Hara's classic novel, My Friend Flicka.

"It stars [country music sensation] Clint Black, his lovely wife, Lisa Hartman Black (KNOTS LANDING), and their [11-year-old] daughter, Lily Pearl Black -- we've got their whole family in the film!" enthuses Damian. The good news for fans of the franchise? The tale picks up where Flicka 2 (also directed by Damian) left off. "It follows Toby, the ranch hand in the last story, and this is the journey taking him and the horses, including Flicka, to another place for a few months while the ranch is being rebuilt after a fire," Damian explains.

Look for the cowboy to cross paths with the owner's daughter, an aspiring Equestrian rider with designs on breaking Flicka for an upcoming competition despite her mother's disapproval. However, things get dicey when a rival trainer attempts to steal business and it looks like the stable might have to be sold. Can Toby turn things around in time? Find out on Tuesday, May 1, when the movie releases on Blu-ray and DVD exclusively at Walmart, Walmart.com, and Sam's Club.

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Watch Out, Phyllis! Dr. Reid Is Back!

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We smell big trouble ahead for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Phyllis! TV Guide is reporting that Aaron Lustig is returning to the soap as Dr. Tim Reid, her marriage counsellor-turned-bed partner whom she blackmailed with a sex tape back in the '90s. Dr. Reid returns to the scene when the Genoa City P.D. reopens the cold case file from when Phyllis attempted to kill Christine in a hit-and-run. Ricky will reportedly track down the psychiatrist during his investigation of Phyllis' sordid past.

Lustig was last seen on Y&R in 1997, but played Dr. Reid on sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a stint in 2002. Since his soap days, the actor/director has been quite busy working in feature films like The Rum Diary, Due Date, and the new romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, as well as TV shows like BOSTON LEGAL, NCIS, CHUCK and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, where he had a multi-episode arc last year as Susan's transplant coordinator. According to TV Guide, Lustig reports to the Y&R studio this week for what is currently set as a six-episode run that will begin airing on Wednesday, May 30.

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Kyle's Back In The 'Hood!

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Starting this week, there's a new -- and older -- Kyle Jenkins Abbott on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Daytime newcomer Blake Hood debuts on Friday, April 27, as the son of Jack and the late Diane. Watch for Kyle to be less than pleased that his father is re-developing a relationship with his ex-wife Nikki, who killed his mother in self-defense.

"Peter's the best," Hood says of his TV dad, Peter Bergman (Jack). "He cares so much about being good - not just himself, but collectively. He's been here for 20 plus years, but he still comes in every day and asks, 'How can I make this the best it can be?'"

What's Kyle's agenda when he returns home? "He's come back to be close to his dad and move on with his life," Hood says. "He wants to live a happy full life and he just happens to have stepped into this situation where the woman who killed his mother is still here."

Hood's previous credits include a recurring role as Mark Driscoll on the 90210 reboot, Easy A, and a February appearance on the CBS sitcom 2 BROKE GIRLS. Unlike Kevin Schmidt (Noah), Hood says he won't be coming and going from the show in order to do other projects. "I'm here," he insists. "I've been here every day this week. I'm busy here. There's not much time for anything else."

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Raines Takes Follies To Los Angeles!

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Have you heard about a little production called Follies, which recently ended a smashing revival run on Broadway? The musical, which starred Ron Raines (Alan, GUIDING LIGHT), will be taking over the stage at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre from Saturday, May 3, through Saturday, June 9!

While Bernadette Peters will be replaced by Tony winner Victoria Clark for the production, Broadway stars Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein and Elaine Paige will all be joining Raines in reprising their roles. Follies tells the story of a group of actors who reunite at the crumbling theater they once called home before the building is demolished. As two couples remember their pasts and how choices made have contributed to the harsh reality of the present, shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they've danced, both on and off the stage, throughout their lives.

For tickets and more information, visit www.centertheatregroup.org.

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ATWT Alum Joins HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS

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AS THE WORLD TURNS fan favorite Grayson McCouch (Dusty) is the latest daytimer to join the cast of the upcoming Nickelodeon daily drama HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS! McCouch will play Dr. Don Masters in the teen-orientated series, which is being helmed by former GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Jill Farren Phelps and stars Brittany Underwood (Langston, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), James Franco (Franco, GH) and Cody Longo (ex-Nicholas, DAYS OF OUR LIVES). Filming is currently underway for the series, based on a Spanish telenovela, which is set to debut in June as part of the cable network's Nick At Nite block.

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Bid On A Y&R Set Visit With Scott!

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If going on a tour of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS set with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) as your personal guide has always been your dream, then this could be your chance to have it come true! Charity Buzz, the leading charity auction site, is offering a once-in-a-lifetime, behind-the-scenes look at how this top soap opera comes together every day. The winner and a guest will be treated to a two-hour tour of the Y&R set at the CBS Television Studio in Hollywood, watching the cast and crew tape an episode. Proceeds from this auction will benefit The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. For more details on the Y&R auction, or to make a bid, visit www.charitybuzz.com.

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Cast Your Vote #19

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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: Which underused character do you want to see more of?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would you rather see Nikki with Victor or Jack?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 26. 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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Mingle With THE BAY Cast!

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Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will host the evening, and perform his stand-up comedy routine. Other stars from THE BAY scheduled to appear are Sandra Dee Robinson (Amanda, ANOTHER WORLD), Nicolas Coster (Eduardo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Matthew Ashford (Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Tom, GH; Stephen Haver, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Jade Harlow (Jessica, PASSIONS), Taylor Stanley (Remy, AW), Mary Beth Evans (Katherine, GH; Sierra, ATWT; Kayla, DAYS), Michael Swan (Adam, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Duncan, ATWT) and Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH).

The night will also include a sneak peek of Chapter 8 of THE BAY, and exclusive items will be up for raffle and auction. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.thebaytheseries.com.

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ATWT's Park Guests On GOOD WIFE!

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Listen up, AS THE WORLD TURNS fans! If you miss seeing the charming Michael Park (Jack) light up your screen every weekday, then you won't want to miss THE GOOD WIFE on CBS this Sunday night! In "The Penalty Box," Alicia represents a judge who is in danger of being disbarred on misconduct charges stemming from his days as a prosecutor. Park guest stars as Lloyd, Judge Cuesta's former co-counsel on the case in question. Tune in to THE GOOD WIFE at 9 p.m. ET on CBS this Sunday, April 22!

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TV Personality Bruland Returns To B&B!

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Real-life television personality Ramona Bruland is returning to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for 10 episodes beginning Monday, April 23. Viewers will remember her as the on-air talent for Spencer's television media empire who helped Steffy manipulate her impromptu wedding to Liam last fall.

In real life, the Aspen-based Bruland freelances for a variety of TV outlets geared toward vacation and resort lifestyles. "I cover everything from food and wine to travel, adventure and fashion," says the Australian native, whose stint on B&B has been her first real turn at acting. "I'm normally very comfortable in front of the camera, but this is a different beast," she says. "In the beginning, I thought Hollywood soap people would be difficult, but everyone on this show is so genuinely nice and welcoming."

Bruland can also currently be seen on the Discovery Channel's BEST OF THE CARIBBEAN series, but she says it's her recent appearances on B&B that have caused a stir among friends in her native Australia. "I've had people I knew in high school that I haven't spoken to for ten years say, 'Oh my God! I saw you on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL!'" she laughs. "So that was a real rush."

Might we see more of Bruland in future episodes? She wouldn't be opposed to the idea. "I'd absolutely love to be able to do more with the show in the future," she says. "[B&B executive producer and headwriter] Brad Bell is good at leaving doors open. So you never quite know what could happen."

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Deacon Is Back... To B&B!

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Sean Kanan is bringing Deacon back to the soap world... but not to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, where he last appeared. Beginning Thursday, May 24, Kanan returns to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, where he played the smarmy guy from 2000-'05. While the soap hasn't confirmed how long Kanan will be in town, look for Deacon to work with Dollar Bill in trying to derail the romance of their kids, Hope and Liam.

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Tom Takes The Stage!

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Starting on Tuesday, April 24, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Heather Tom (Katie) will be doing double duty -- she'll be starring in Pasadena Playhouse's production of The Heiress, opposite BROTHERS & SISTERS' Richard Chamberlain and DESIGNING WOMEN's Julia Duffy! The drama will run through Saturday, May 20, with opening night set for Sunday, April 29.

The Heiress made its Broadway debut in 1947, and the 1995 revival won the Best Revival Tony Award. Tom will play spinster Catherine Sloper, who lives under the well-meaning, but cold-hearted, scrutiny of her physician father (Chamberlain). When a suitor proposes marriage to Catherine, Dr. Sloper is convinced that the penniless young man is only after Catherine's inheritance. When circumstances lead Catherine to misinterpret her beau's intentions, The Heiress reaches an unforgettable conclusion.

For more information on the Pasadena Playhouse's production of The Heiress, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!

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Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.

The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!

Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!

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Is Sheila Returning... To B&B?

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It's time for the rumor of the day! The latest buzz making the rounds on the Internet is that Kimberlin Brown will be bringing the character of Sheila back to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL later this month. (Yes, yes. We know that Sheila had reconstructive plastic surgery to look like THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Phyllis a few years back and was killed.) Wikipedia even has Brown's first air date listed as Friday, April 27! Alas, a spokesperson for B&B tells Soaps In Depth that Wikipedia is incorrect! But whether or not Sheila may rise from the dead at some point in the future... well, that is anyone's guess!

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The Bauers Are Soap Classics

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The Bauer Family was the heart of GUIDING LIGHT all the way from its days as a 15-minute radio soap in the late '40s and continued to be so right up until the final episode in 2009. And now Soap Classics is honoring Springfield's "First Family" with a special 2-disc DVD set that features episodes of GL from 1973 to 2009.

The first disc contains five episodes including Mike and Ed rescuing Holly in Santo Domingo, Bert and Josh dealing with dual tragedies and Danny and Michelle's wedding. There is also a special bonus episode from 1973 where Bert and Meta organize a memorial service for Papa Bauer.

Disc two is a celebration of the Bauer Barbecue, featuring five episodes of the annual family gathering, starting in 1987 where the show was also celebrating its 50th anniversary, and closing out with the final Bauer Barbecue in 2009.

GUIDING LIGHT: The Bauer Family Story is available at SoapClassics.com for $19.99, and while you're there ordering your set, be sure to check out the bonus streaming episode of Rick and Melanie's 1988 wedding!

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Noah's Back On Y&R

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While THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is SORAS-ing its kids into sexy teenagers, the soap has also beefed up its younger cast by bringing Noah Newman back to Genoa City! Kevin Schmidt just posted this photo taken at the Y&R set today on Twitter and posted: "Guess who's back, ba da ba, back again, ba da ba, "Noah's" back, ba da ba, retweet your friends!" As to what Noah might be getting up to once he returns from The Big Apple, you'll just have to tune in to find out!

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Y&R's Babes Are Growing Up!

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Kyle isn't the only Genoa City youngster who will be hit with a case of SORAS this summer: THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is aging the characters of Summer and Fen, as well, meaning that cuties Samantha Bailey and Robbie Tucker will be leaving the soap.

Y&R has issued casting calls for 18-year-old actors who can play 15 or 16, and will begin auditions for the recurring roles next week. Phyllis and Nick's daughter is being described as fiesty and fun budding beauty, who is a typical teenager, while Michael and Lauren's son is an all-American good kid who is returning from boarding school and having some issues adjusting to life back home.

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Phyllis' New Rival!

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Restless Style is going to have some competition when The Huffington Post's Karla Cavalli appears on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Bev, a tabloid reporter who locks horns with Phyllis. The actress and hostess will be in episodes on Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17. (And then we would assume that Phyllis makes mincemeat of her and sends her scrambling away with her tail between her legs!)

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B&B's Baldoni Goes Undercover

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Justin Baldoni, who played THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's sleazy shutterbug Graham, is portraying another suspicious person of questionable morals in the new Hallmark Channel original movie Undercover Bridesmaid. The film stars MELROSE PLACE's Brooke Burns as a bodyguard working undercover for a Texas businessman played by FALCON CREST's Gregory Harrison as a bodyguard for his daughter. While posing as one of the daughter's bridesmaids to keep an eye on her, Burns' character finds herself drawn to the groom's charming-yet-questionable best friend, played by Baldoni. When a shooting takes place, is Baldoni's groomsman a love interest or a suspect?

Undercover Bridesmaid premieres Sunday, April 15, on the Hallmark Channel at 8 pm EST. The TV movie also features Jay Kenneth Johnson (ex-Phillip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) as the groom!

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Magnussen Madness!

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If you've been waiting since the end of AS THE WORLD TURNS for another glimpse of Billy Magnussen (Casey), you're in luck! The actor has been working steadily! Now in theatrical release is Damsels In Distress, a comedy in which he plays a date with an unusual quirk. (His ATWT co-star Meredith Hagner [Liberty] also appears in the film.)

But the funny business is over when he guest stars in the Friday, May 4, episode of CBS' BLUE BLOODS titled "Collateral Damage." "I play a finance guy who got caught up in a fight club kind of thing," Magnussen reveals. In addition to keeping pace with series star Donnie Wahlberg, Magnussen had another challenge. "My character had alcohol and pill issues -- it was a stretch, you know?"

Then on Wednesday, May 9, tune in to CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION to catch the actor's debut as a scandalous cop. The episode, titled "Homecoming," is about the death of an off-road race truck driver who was killed by a bomb in mid-race. "I'm doing the finale, and then I'll be going into next [season] with a couple of episodes," Magnussen previews.

For more on what's ahead for the former soap star, including news about his music career, check out his Keeping Track interview in an upcoming issue of Soaps in Depth. For more on Damsels In Distress, visit http://www.sonyclassics.com/damselsindistress.

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Chappell Joins B&B!

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Soap veteran Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is adding another role to her resume -- and another gay character! EW.com broke the news that Chappell will be joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL cast as Danielle, the other mother of young Caroline Spencer (Linsey Godfrey), as the show launches its first-ever lesbian storyline. (Despite EW's opening line that B&B is bringing back a popular GL character, Chappell is not playing Olivia.) It's unclear at this point if Danielle and Joanna Johnson's Karen are still involved.

While Caroline knows that she has two mommies, the other folks in town aren't aware of her parentage. But the young lady will reveal the truth to her boyfriend Thomas and her Uncle Bill -- Karen's brother. Chappell's character will be introduced to the canvas in mid-May.

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Wilson To Guest On CRIMINAL MINDS

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Marie Wilson (Meg, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Karen, PORT CHARLES) is currently filming a guest appearance on the CBS procedural CRIMINAL MINDS! A spokesperson for the show tells Soaps In Depth that Wilson will appear in episode 23, which is the first installment in the two-part season finale. The actress will play Lynne Nolan, the manager of a bank that is being held up, who helps the hostages and tries to keep everyone calm -- and alive! -- during the crisis.

The two-hour episode will air on Wednesday, May 16.

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See Khalil In Primetime!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christel Khalil (Lily) will guest star on NCIS: LOS ANGELES tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 10! Khalil has a small role in the episode, which she was able to film on a day off from Y&R!

In "Patriot Acts," when a former Marine is suspected of creating a chemical bomb, the NCIS: LA team joins forces with the FBI's domestic terrorist task force. Khalil appears as a young woman who gets into a fender-bender. "I drove the car, [but] a stunt driver crashed it," she tell Soaps In Depth. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET on CBS!

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Gaskill Wants To Make You Laugh!

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Just how funny is Brian Gaskill (Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Oscar, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; BJ, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Bobby, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rafe, PORT CHARLES)? Find out on Saturday, April 14, when he joins the improvisers at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood as the special guest star for the "(Unscripted) Hollywood Dream Role" improv show!

In the weekly on-line TV show, celebrity guests and the troupe of comedians create an improvised movie on the stage, based on the guest star's choice of the role they'd most love to play. Except that there is no set, no script, and the actors have to make it up as they go along! Show time is 10 p.m. PT. Tickets to be in the studio audience at the ACME Comedy Theatre are available here. Or you can watch it all happen via a live video stream at www.acmecomedy.com!

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Cast Your Vote #17

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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: Is Caroline a better match with Rick or Thomas?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would you like Victor and Genevieve as a couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 12. 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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Wagner Takes His DANCING Bow

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After just three weeks of competition, Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and his pro partner, Anna Trebunskaya, were eliminated from DANCING WITH THE STARS last night. "It was a great ride... it is what it is. I'm going to miss Anna and strapping it on every day," Wagner said during a press Q&A backstage after the show, adding that he did not see his dismissal coming. "I surely would have liked to have gone on farther, but this is a competition. This is how it landed, and that's life."

Now that his schedule has freed up, could a return to his soap roots be in the cards, such as a return to playing GENERAL HOSPITAL's Frisco Jones? "Wow, Frisco Jones," Wagner mused when asked by Soaps In Depth. "I have no idea. I'm just going to try to shed these clothes tonight and find Jack again. You just start over again tomorrow."

Wagner does have a plan in mind for the future, however. "I think I'm going to create my own dance show," he quipped.

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Kanan Throws Down The Lyrics!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon) is finding out first hand what it means to have a woman who challenges you. His fiancée, producer Michele Vega, explains. "When I first met Sean, we were talking about his career and discussing what he'd not yet done. He laughed and said, 'Yeah, I've never done a rap video -- and I could never see myself doing one either,'" she recalls of the impetus for offering up her dare. "So we just jumped on it." After rounding up original music by JR Oliney and lyrics by Darrell Johnson, the joke was suddenly a reality!

Of course, everything feels less crazy when shared with friends, so Kanan enlisted a few of his favorites. Joining him on the hilarious music video, aptly titled "I'm A Soap Star," are THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ronn Moss (Ridge) and Kim Matula (Hope), DAYS OF FOUR LIVES' Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Y&R's Joshua Morrow (Nick), Scott L. Schwartz (who played Bruiser in Oceans Eleven and the sequels), Betsy Russell (from the series of Saw movies) and former pro skater Pancho Moler. "We are all in white track suits with big necklaces, then there's another shot where we are dressed like [Latin gangsters] cholos," Kanan grins. "Wait 'til you see Ronn Moss rapping in this. It's hysterical!"

Now in post-production, the video is set to hit YouTube soon (we'll keep you posted). However, Kanan was good enough to offer Soaps In Depth, and fans, this sneak peek! Check it out below!

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GL Vets Co-Star In New Film

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GUIDING LIGHT stars Kim Zimmer (Reva; Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie; Stacy, OLTL) are in Corbin, KY, this week filming the upcoming family movie 23 Blast. "Very excited! Great Cast! Great Role!!!" tweeted Zimmer, while Florida native Hunt posted that she "can't wait to be back in the south."

Based on the true story of Corbin teenager Travis Freeman, who, despite losing his eyesight at the age of 13 due to bacterial meningitis, refused to let his blindness hold him back and played the position of center for the Corbin High School Redhounds. For the purposes of the movie, Travis -- who will be played by fellow soap alum Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) -- goes blind as he's about to enter his senior year and must make a choice about returning to the field. OLTL director Gary Donatelli is one of the producers. Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 star Dylan Baker plays Travis' father, Larry, and is also directing the inspirational story, which takes its title from one of the plays called by the Redhounds' football coach. Zimmer will play as Travis' mom, Mary, but it's not yet known what Hunt's role is in the independent film.

You can follow the experiences of the cast and crew on the 23 Blast blog here.

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Walton's Taking A Break

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Rumors that Jess Walton (Jill) will be leaving THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS are technically true. But the whole truth according to a rep for the actress is that she will be taking a 6 month leave of absence because her son and his wife are having a baby. Walton will return to the soap when her "grandma-ternity leave" is up.

"I am very excited to have the time off, as I have been working on daytime TV for about 29 years straight!" the actress told her Facebook followers. "I wanted to be there for my son Cole and his lovely Ashley, for the birth of their son, and the precious time that follows. Also, my husband John and I want to put our new home in order for the country life we have planned up in Oregon. Maria Bell was very understanding of all this, and kindly gave me the time I need!"

Her final tape date is Tuesday, April 3, so look for Jill to exit the canvas temporarily in early May. And could her departure have something to do with the return of Tristan Rogers' Colin around the same time? It's a safe bet, but be sure to tune in to find out!

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Young Artist Awards Announced!

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The nominees for the 33rd annual Young Artist Awards have been announced, and are full of plenty of daytime talent!

Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series: Young Actor
Aramis Knight (Young Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
Garrett Ryan (ex-Kyle, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)
Aaron Sanders (ex-Morgan, GH)
Andrew Trischitta (Jack, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)
Austin Williams (Shane, OLTL)

Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series: Young Actor 12 and Under
Tate Berney (AJ, ALL MY CHILDREN)
Robbie Tucker (Fenmore, Y&R)
Jake Vaughn (Spike, AMC)

Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series: Young Actress
Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina, GH)
Haley Pullos (Molly, GH)
Ellery Sprayberry (ex-Piper, Y&R)

Best Performance In A Daytime Series: Young Actress 10 and Under
Mackenzie Aladjem (Miranda, AMC)
Laura Boles (Ciara, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Dannika Liddell (Kathy, AMC)
Danielle Parker (Emma, AMC)

Some of soaps' young actors are also in Best Performance In A TV Series categories for their guest-starring roles in primetime series. Williams is nominated for A GIFTED MAN, Pullos for HOUSE MD and Erin Sanders (ex-Eden, Y&R) and Parker for episodes of CSI: MIAMI. In recurring roles, Sanders is nominated for BIG TIME RUSH, Aladjem for NURSE JACKIE, and Emily Alyn Lind (Emma, AMC) for REVENGE.

The 33rd annual Young Artist Awards will be held on Sunday, May 6, and we'll report the winners as soon as they're announced!

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