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James Stenbeck Returns!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' most legendary villain had a nasty habit of not staying dead, and now it turns out that even the cancelation of the long-running soap can keep James Stenbeck down!

Soap Classics has just announced the release of their latest DVD collection, The James Stenbeck Story. The 10-episode set follows the character played by the late Anthony Herrera throughout the '80s as James rose to power and became the legendary villain viewers loved to hate.

Everything from James' arrival to jaunts to past lives and Spanish bullrings, his death and resurrection and more is included. Co-star Colleen Zenk (Barbara) was even involved in the production of this collection, posting on her Facebook page: "I was in the edit room for this... You will love it!"

Click this link to see exactly what's in each episode and to watch clips of them before ordering your own copy for $19.99. And don't forget to click here to watch a bonus streaming episode featuring James Stenbeck from November 6, 1987!

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Vote For Your Favorite Fan-Written Storyline!

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Recently on Tune In Tomorrow, a.k.a. the Soaps In Depth podcast hosted by executive editor Richard M. Simms, we asked viewers to call in with storyline suggestions that they wanted to see unfold on their favorite soaps. Now, you get to pick the winner. The prize at stake? The biggest of them all: bragging rights! To vote, simply leave a comment below with the name of the person whose storyline you'd most like to see!

Read the fan-written storylines after the jump!

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Cast Your Vote #25

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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: Will Liam and Hope make it down the aisle?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Could Sharon and Victor make a relationship work?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 24. 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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Sabáto Pulls A Heist!

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You've seen his killer smile, now find out what Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) can do with a weapon! This Friday, June 1, he'll star in Cinemax's scintillating late-night anthology series, FEMME FATALES. In the thrilling episode titled "Gun Twisted," he'll play Bart, an ex-con who learns that things aren't always what they seem after he pulls off a heist with a former bank teller. "I had a great time," the actor tells Soaps in Depth. "It's a fun, sexy show that everyone should see!"

For more information about FEMME FATALES, visit www.cinemax.com. Then tune in at 11:00 p.m. ET on Friday to see Sabáto in action! Can't wait until then? We've got a sneak peek for you below!

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Exclusive: Buchanan Confirms DAYS Exit

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Soap veteran Ian Buchanan (ex-James, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Duke, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Greg, ALL MY CHILDREN) will indeed be leaving his current post as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Ian this summer, the actor confirms to Soaps In Depth. "Yes, I am departing Salem but will air through the summer," he tells us exclusively. "I have enjoyed each and every moment of being there, so much so, I am going to keep the name Ian."

Buchanan joined the NBC sudser in February of this year as Madison's not-so-nice much older husband. Now that the Emmy winning actor is a free agent, might he return to B&B's Beverly Hills locale? James' good pal, Taylor, could certainly use a friend in town!

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Interview: Engaged... And Expecting!

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Not only is Jordi Vilasuso (Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) engaged to be married, but he and fiancée Kaitlin Riley are expecting a baby, to boot! "The cat was let out of the bag on national TV," the actor tells Soaps In Depth with a laugh. Last week, Riley's little sister, actress Bailee Madison, appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO to promote her new film, Cowgirls 'N Angels. When host Jay Leno asked how her family was, the 12-year-old excitedly shared that not only was her big sister engaged, but that she was pregnant! "We knew she was going to say we were engaged... we weren't sure she was going to say that that! The camera panned to us, and we were kind of caught off-guard. But it was very sweet."

Vilasuso says that learning on Easter morning that he was going to be a father sped up his plans to become a husband, as well. "We'd been talking about getting married for quite some time," he says. "We were already looking at places to have the wedding even before we were engaged. Katie would joke, 'I can't believe we're doing this. I don't even have a ring on my finger.' I'd been looking at rings, and had actually put a deposit down on a ring two months earlier. This kind of hurried the process along!"

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GL Star Graduates!

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Over 30 years ago, Grant Aleksander left college to pursue a career in show biz, landing roles on ALL MY CHILDREN (as Alec) and GUIDING LIGHT (as Phillip). And as reported by WDBJ7.com, the actor finally returned to Washington And Lee University in Virginia to finish up school and collect a diploma! "I always planned to get back and finish," Aleksander says. "I just didn't know it would take 30 years!" Congratulations to the graduate!

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The Emmys Get A TV Home!

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At last! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has worked out a deal with cable network HLN Television Network to carry the live broadcast of the Daytime Emmy Awards!

"NATAS is very excited to announce that the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on HLN on Saturday, June 23, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel," says NATAS chairman Malachy Wienges in a statement. "Working with the show's producer, Gabriel Gornell of LocoDistro, we are preparing a new, fresh, creative show that will honor all the genres that make daytime television a part of our daily lives."

Adds Scot Safron, executive vice president and general manager of HLN, "Every day, we focus on the news and information people talk about, and that has included extensive coverage of the Daytime Emmys in the past. This year, we're very excited to also be carrying the event itself."

This year's ceremony will feature celebratory tributes to ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and fan input will be worked into the show with featured segments on the air and on-line at HLNtv.com. The Daytime Emmy Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.

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Baby #3 On The Way For Muhney!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Michael Muhney (Adam) and his wife, Jaime, will be expanding their family this fall! The actor announced the news on his Twitter page (by posting an ultrasound picture!). "ITSaBOY!! - Hello world! I'm the newest Muhney. I get to meet my big bro(Dylan)& my big sis(Ella)on November 10th!" The actor then tweeted the follow-up, "Thank you to everyone for the "congrats"! 4 months down...5 to go!"

Congratulations!

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DeGarmo Gets A Ring On It!

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Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) got a special treat when she attended last night's AMERICAN IDOL finale with her real-life beau, Ace Young: a proposal! Before winner Phillip Phillips was named the winner of Season 14, host Ryan Seacrest called the two former IDOL contestants to the stage. As the lights were dimmed, Young got down on one knee and presented his love with a ring... which she accepted!

Season 3 runner-up DeGarmo and Season 5 contestant Young crossed paths in the 2010 Broadway production of Hair. Initially bonding over their shared IDOL experiences, the friendship blossomed into romance. Back in March, the couple debuted the country love song they wrote together, "The Good Goodbye," on Y&R just as DeGarmo's character exited the canvas.

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It's A Boy!

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Days after it was announced on her Official Facebook page that she was expecting her first child, Heather Tom (Katie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) has confirmed the news herself... and revealed that she's on Team Blue! "James and I are very excited," the Emmy winning actress says in a statement. "I'm due in October so there is a lot of planning going on right now. Also, we just found out that I'm having a boy!" Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

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NATAS Adds Younger Categories Back!

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Earlier today, Soaps In Depth reported that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences had decided to not present the awards for Outstanding Younger Actor and Actress at the Daytime Emmy Awards banquet on Saturday, June 23, and that they would instead be doled out at the Creative Arts ceremony on Sunday, June 17. The decision was universally panned, from producers to behind-the-scenes crew members and veteran daytime stars to the younger actors' own representatives left disappointed by the NATAS revelation. In Depth has learned that many actors (and not just from both the shunned Younger categories) threatened to boycott the Awards, and at least one very excited Younger nominee had already secured tickets to attend the ceremony with their family.

NATAS has yet to comment on either the initial decision to not include the Younger categories at the June 23 banquet, or the reversal. Since these young men and ladies deserve to have their shining moment just as much as those actors nominated in the Supporting and Lead, we are thrilled to learn that NATAS has changed their minds.

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Check Out ATWT's Bryggman On Broadway!

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He'll always be Dr. John Dixon to AS THE WORLD TURNS viewers, but Larry Bryggman is also quite an accomplished theater veteran with two Tony Award nominations under his belt. And this summer, the actor will be back on Broadway opposite THE BIG BANG THEORY star Jim Parsons in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Harvey at Studio 54.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy tells the story of Elwood, a man who befriends an imaginary six-foot rabbit. When his sister, Veta, tries to have him committed to a sanatorium, a comedy of errors ensues when Elwood wanders out of the hospital unbothered, but Veta is committed instead. Parsons headlines the comedy as Elwood, Jessica Hecht of FRIENDS and A View From The Bridge fame plays Elwood's sister, and Bryggman is Judge Omar Gaffney, who tries to have the young man committed.

The limited engagement of Harvey is currently in previews, and officially opens on Thursday, June 14. For tickets and more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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Interview: Hutchison Is Back In Action!

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Fiona Hutchison (Jenna, GUIDING LIGHT; Celia, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Gabrielle, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has returned to the genre that made her famous! As the mystery woman on the Web series THE BAY (www.thebaytheseries.com), she's been slinking around a hotel in a trench coat and seducing young Peter (played by Kristos Andrews) in an effort to gain information about her missing child.

"When I got the script, I thought, 'Oh God! I see where we're going with this: It's vixen time!" she laughs of the sexy scene. "But Kristos was a sweetie pie... I had to straddle him and do all the things you're not supposed to and he was fabulous to work with."

In last week's episode, however, the mystery woman pulled a gun on him! "That's really what makes it all work: a mother who is desperate for their child is prepared to do whatever it takes," Hutchison continues. It's a scenario that that she's played before. "Gabrielle would do anything too -- anything!" she recalls. "So I'm familiar with this sort of thing, and I've enjoyed it because my career has now covered more than a couple of years and it's fun to be given an opportunity to take something like this and try it again at another point in my life."

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Daytime Emmy Update!

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Although the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has yet to confirm whether or not the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be televised, they have made a rather shocking announcement regarding the ceremony, set to take place on Saturday, June 23, during a banquet at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. While most of the major categories will be recognized at the banquet, the presentation of Emmys to the Outstanding Younger Actor and Outstanding Younger Actress winners has now been relegated to the Creative Arts ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, June 17.

The daytime drama categories that will be presented during the banquet are Drama Series, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Writing Team and Directing Team. Additionally, Outstanding New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment will be recognized, along with naming the best in talk show, legal/courtroom show, culinary and game show (and hosts), morning program, children's performer and children's animated program.

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Y&R's Miller Starring In Lifetime Movie

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Billy Miller (Billy) is currently taking a break from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and is spending some time Down Under, filming the Lifetime movie Fatal Honeymoon on Australia's Gold Coast. Based on actual events, Miller stars as Gabe Watson, who pled guilty to the 2003 manslaughter of his wife, Tina, who died while scuba diving on their honeymoon. Accused of tampering with his wife's equipment in order to pocket more than $200,000 in insurance money, Watson served 18 months in prison before being released in November 2010.

Australian starlet Amber Clayton plays Tina in the film, and Hollywood star Harvey Keitel is her father, Tommy Thomas, whose pursuit of justice in his daughter's death will be the focus of the movie.

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ATWT Star Is Still Sassy!

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Were you unable to catch AS THE WORLD TURNS' Colleen Zenk (Barbara) when she performed her cabaret show, Still Sassy, to NYC audiences back in October? Well, you're in luck, because you're about to get another chance!

The actress will be returning to the stage at CAP21, where she recently finished a run in the premiere of the new play Marrying George Clooney, to sing some of her favorite tunes and regale the audience with tales of her days on ATWT.

"It was very exciting to be asked to come and be part of their benefit series," Zenk says of being a part of CAP 21's Summer Concert Series. "Because the other women that are involved are very accomplished. Karen Mason, who is a huge, huge name in the cabaret world, Meghan Duffy and Debra Barsha and a few other people as well. So I'm very excited. Because I'm leading off!"

And while ATWT co-star Trent Dawson (Henry) made a special appearance when she debuted her show at Feinstein's last fall, she's keeping mum about who might pop by this time around! "It's a question whether or not he's gonna be back," Zenk teases. "But I have other friends coming to sing... special guest stars!"

Performances will be Tuesday, June 19, through Thursday, June 21 at 8:00 pm and ticket prices start at $25. For more information and to order tickets online, click here.

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Here Comes The Bride!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Clementine Ford (ex-Mac) is engaged to be married! Arriving on the arm of her fiancé, actor Cyrus Wilcox, the actress was proudly showing off her sparkling engagement ring this past weekend at the 19th Annual Race To Erase MS "Glam Rock" Gala in Los Angeles. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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B&B's Tom Is Gonna Be A Mom!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Katie isn't the only one who is pregnant! Her portrayer, Heather Tom, is, too! The administrator of Tom's Official Facebook page shared the happy news. "Heather just told me I could announce that she is expecting her first child!! Congrats to her!"

The child will be the first for Tom and her new husband, James Achor. Although the parents-to-be are newlyweds, having tied the knot back in September, they've actually been a couple for 15 years. Congratulations!

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Branson Is Back!

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Jeff Branson is, once again, bringing Nina's FBI agent son, Ronan, back to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! "Since the word is out, yes!" Branson announced on Twitter. "Shot my first day yesterday. Happy to be back in the GC."

The Emmy winner was last seen in February when his character left Genoa City on a top-secret mission. Branson's return is set for Tuesday, June 26. Ronan's visit comes on the heels of that of his one-time fling, Heather, who will make her own return to town when Jennifer Landon takes over the role on Thursday, June 7.

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Rowell's New Role!

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Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is making a splashy return to television this summer! Soaps In Depth has learned that the actress has a three-episode arc on the upcoming second season of VH1's hot drama, SINGLE LADIES. Rowell has been cast as Veronica Vanderbilt, a stylish attorney who is working for Raquel, one of the series' main characters, played by ALL MY CHILDREN alum Denise Vasi (Randi). And in another daytime connection, Veronica is the ex-girlfriend of Terrell Tilford's Sean! (Tilford GUIDING LIGHT's David and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Greg.)

According to a spokesperson for SINGLE LADIES, Rowell's episode will air toward the end of the season, likely beginning in early August. The second season of SINGLE LADIES will debut on Monday, May 28, on VH1.

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Watch Meta Bauer Return To Springfield

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The latest DVD set from Soap Classics is the GUIDING LIGHT: Farewell To Springfield collection, featuring the last 10 episodes of the daytime institution. And the latest streaming episode on the Web site is a GL one from November 25, 1996, where Meta Bauer returns to Springfield. This is the follow-up episode to the November 22, 1996, episode that is included on the Bauer Family Story DVD set.

Just make sure not to wait too long to watch it, because these special streaming episodes are rotated out for new ones pretty regularly! Click here to visit SoapClassics.com and enjoy a blast from the (recent) past!

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Cast Your Vote #23

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

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 Rick better off with Amber or Caroline?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Tucker and Ashley's marriage be salvaged?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 24. 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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Roberts Joins The Mob!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Roberts (ex-Vance) loves portraying bad guys, and the one he's taken on in the upcoming film, West End, is doozy! "I play a classic 'family' -- aka mob -- guy, embroiled in an emotional story fueled by a screwed sense of loyalty," he tells Soaps In Depth with a grin. "I'd kill for my brother, but I'd also sleep with his wife."

Actually, it's his grown son, played by Neal Bledsoe (Gary, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Quinn, GUIDING LIGHT) that Roberts' character will have to look out for: he's come home gunning for answers! But first the young man will have to deal with his own past. Namely some complicated feelings for his ex-girlfriend, played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Melissa Archer (Natalie).

Although he'd already wrapped his scenes on the Asbury Park, NJ, set and headed off on a trip to Europe, Roberts was happy to share his experience. "The fun of the project was the cast, the director, and the location," he confides. "You can't beat the Jersey Shore!"

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Bierdz To Be Featured On CBS News Tonight!

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Los Angeles residents can check out a segment on Thom Bierdz (ex-Phillip, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) set to air tonight, Wednesday, May 16, on the Channel 2 CBS news, which starts at 11 p.m. The interview will also appear on CBSLA.com starting tomorrow. "This piece will also be part of a much longer interview - a half hour episode on my life and art - which will be on CBS' new show called CROSSROADS about people who have overcome many obstacles and changed paths," Bierdz shared in an email.

The actor says that he continues to enjoy living in Lake Arrowhead where he works as a painter, creating commissioned portraits. "After decades in Hollywood, this escape to nature makes this the best year in my entire life."

Check out Bierdz's segment on CBSLA and his revamped website www.ThomBierdz.com where the actor displays about 100 of his portraits.

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Gaskill To Host Poetry Evening

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Actor/teacher/poet Brian Gaskill (Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; BJ, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Ozzie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is hosting "Make it Real," an evening of poetry to raise funds for the Garden State Players' summer musical, Footloose. The production benefits Meridian Healthcare's new Pediatric Care Center located at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ. Bring your original prose for a chance to take the stage with Gaskill and read. Later, enjoy a free meet and greet opportunity after the show. Additional entertainment to be provided by singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist George Wirth. The event will take place on Monday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Restaurant in Keyport, NJ. Tickets run $25 each, with an additional $30 three-course meal option available. Call (732) 497-2998.

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Say Farewell To Springfield

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It may feel like only yesterday that the long-running GUIDING LIGHT signed off the airwaves forever, but it was actually back in September of 2009. As part of their ongoing series of soap opera DVD collections, Soap Classics has today released GUIDING LIGHT: Farewell To Springfield, a 2-disc set that contains the final 10 episodes of the legendary daytime drama.

Click here to order your copy for just $19.99 and own a piece of soap history.

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"Mom's" The Word For Chappell!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL delves into its first lesbian storyline this week when Crystal Chappell debuts on Thursday, May 17, as Karen Spencer's partner (and Caroline's other mom), Danielle. This marks the fourth gay character the actress has played in recent years, and she said it was without hesitation that she accepted the recurring role. "I said yes even before we got into any of the negotiation stuff," she notes.

As a celebrity ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, Chappell is proud to help B&B tell this story. "I appreciate that they are willing to represent the people out there who need to be represented," she says.

B&B executive producer and headwriter, Bradley Bell, told Chappell that he'd admired the work she'd done on the Emmy-winning webseries VENICE: THE SERIES, of which she is a creator, executive producer and star. "He told me he was very impressed with what we'd put together. Obviously, that meant a great deal to me, coming from him!" she says.

In addition to VENICE, Chappell is helming another web soap this summer called THE GROVE, and she'll begin taping a role in a third web series, THE TEAM, next month. So while she'll have limited time on her hands to keep Dani in the mix at B&B, the actress feels it's certainly doable. "At B&B you can go in and tape two or three shows in a day," she explains. "Even if [I can only get back for one day], you can absolutely get a lot done. So the role is really perfect for me."

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A "Curtain Call" for DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

With DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES having aired its final episode this past weekend, Darcy Rose Byrnes (ex-Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) posted this original composition "Curtain Call" to YouTube as a farewell to her DH friends and family. Byrnes played Penny Scavo on the primetime soap, on-screen daughter to Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant's Lynn and Tom Scavo.

"Already missing my TV family & friends like crazy! ;D" Byrnes tweeted.

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B&B Vet Hits HAWAII

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Maeve Quinlan (ex-Megan) will be guest-starring in the season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, which is set to air on Monday, May 14, at 10 pm EST. In the episode, entitled "Ua Hala," Quinlan will be playing the wife of Chief Vincent Fryer, played by Tom Sizemore. And since the description of the finale has one of the Five-0 team members "forced to choose which of their kidnapped loved ones will live," she might be the one with the uncertain fate. You'll have to tune in to find out for sure!

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GL Hunk Off The Market!

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Sorry, ladies! Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) just announced via a Facebook status change that he is now engaged to girlfriend Kaitlin Riley. All our best to the happy couple!

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Celebrate Mother's Day With A Classic ATWT!

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In addition to releasing classic episodes of AS THE WORLD TURNS and GUIDING LIGHT on DVD, Soap Classics has also been streaming single classic episodes on their Web site. It's just one, and usually linked to the most recent DVD set that they're releasing.

But to celebrate Mother's Day, Soap Classics is streaming a true ATWT classic: The game-changing episode where Lucinda learns the shocking identity of Lily's birth mother. (Spoiler alert — it's Iva!)

You can click this link to watch the episode, but don't put it off too long, because they only stream one classic episode at a time, and there's no telling how long this one will be up before it's replaced by a new one!

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Comedienne Lands Y&R Guest Spot

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Brett Butler -- the comedienne who starred in the mid-'90s sitcom GRACE UNDER FIRE -- will be making a guest appearance on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS next month. On Tuesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 14, Butler will play Beth, Paul's next-door neighbor. The actress also has a recurring role as a bartender on the upcoming Charlie Sheen sitcom ANGER MANAGEMENT, debuting Thursday, June 28, on FX.

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Meet Y&R's New Fen And Summer!

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A wave of SORAS has hit Genoa City! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has aged the characters of Fenmore and Summer. Lindsay Bushman will make her debut as Phyllis and Nick's daughter on Friday, June 8, followed by Max Ehrich, playing Lauren and Michael's son, on Monday, June 11.

Bushman has made guest appearances on BIG TIME RUSH, RINGER, THE FINDER and even played a young Kate on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Working as a model, she's appeared in print ads for Hot Topic and American Apparel, as well as in videos for Lady Antebellum and Nickelodeon's teen band Big Time Rush. Ehrich played the main character's babydaddy in the 2010 Lifetime movie The Pregnancy Pact, based on real-life events at a Massachusetts high school. He's also appeared on UGLY BETTY, PARENTHOOD and iCARLY. The 20-year-old New Jersey native is also a singer and dancer, and last year appeared in a production of Disney's Newsies at N.J.'s Paper Mill Playhouse prior to the musical's move to Broadway.

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ATWT Grad Has A New Primetime Show!

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Good news for fans of Jesse Soffer (Will, AS THE WORLD TURNS)! His recent pilot project has been picked up and he will be returning to television this fall in the new FOX show MOB DOCTOR! The network announced today that it has ordered to series the medical drama about a young surgeon (played by MY BOYS and HARRY'S LAW star Jordana Spiro) trying to juggle her career with her debt to the South Chicago mob.

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Another Note For Francis!

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Just in time for Mother's Day! Catch Genie Francis (Genevieve, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL) when she appears opposite Ted McGinley in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Notes From The Heart Healer. In this third installment of the popular made-for-television movie series, newly married columnist Peyton MacGruder (Francis) finds a baby on her doorstep and is forced to confront painful memories of giving up a child herself years ago. "I watched it and I was thrilled," the actress offers. "There was never a dull moment, and it moves very quickly. They really created a wonderful movie." Tune in for the world premiere on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Update: Davidson Confirms Y&R Firing!

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Eileen Davidson (Ashley) has been let go from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! "Last week I lost my childcare. This week I lost my job!" she tweeted on Wednesday morning. "It all works out because I don't need a babysitter if I'm not working. #beingpositive"

The actress posted a follow-up on her Twitter page on Thursday, stating, "It's official. I've been let go from Y and R. Not really sure exactly why but in the big picture I guess it doesn't really matter!"

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Stars React To Emmy News!

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Soaps In Depth staffers have been on the phone with Daytime Emmy Award nominees all day, offering our congratulations. Here are just a few of our interviews, so keep checking back for more updates!

"I was so surprised, I couldn't believe it," confesses Genie Francis, nominated in the Lead Actress category for playing THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Genevieve. "I feel like I've had tremendous good fortune with this new show, and I'm thrilled to be part of them." Headwriter Maria Arena Bell phoned Francis this morning to share the news of her nomination. "We get up very early over here. The kids go to school at 7 a.m., so we were all up when I got the call. It was a very nice surprise. I really did not expect it." For her reel, the actress submitted the scenes where Genevieve tells Jack about her daughter that died and needing to get a divorce from Colin. "It was a very long, heartfelt speech and it ends with them sleeping together for the first time. Genevieve came on so angry, and bitter and driven for revenge, but that scene told the audience why."

It's been a while since John McCook (Eric, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) was last nominated, but he's kept a sense of humor about it! "[My wife] Laurette said, 'Finally, you get another nomination!' I said, 'Well, I'm glad I wasn't holding my breath! I'd be long dead!'" In all seriousness, the actor adds that his submission of scenes between Eric and Stephanie where he brings her a gift, hoping to get more intimate with her, were quality ones. "He talks in very adult terms about his needs. I was very glad to have scenes that talked about something adult. The adults on our show talk a great deal about the young people, and that's okay, but let's keep being interested in these adult characters."

Although she's taken home Emmys in the Younger and Supporting Actress categories, B&B's Heather Tom (Katie) will be competing for Lead Actress for the first time. "The category change makes this year very special for me," she confesses. "I kind of debated whether I should or shouldn't, and I was like, 'I've been on daytime for 22 years and if I can't compete in Lead at this point, I should just hang it up!'" Returning home from an early-morning yoga class, Tom found out that her scenes following Katie's heart attack had done the trick in bumping her up on the category ladder. But as far as being the first to win the Trifecta, Tom says she isn't putting the cart before the horse! "I'm just happy with a nomination!"

For Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R), a live video chat played a part in how she learned of her nomination. "It wasn't airing here [on the West Coast] yet, so my mom called me on FaceTime. But they didn't finish all the announcements on TV, so I had to go on-line to see the rest. Thankfully, my name is really long so it stands out! My eyes went to that directly and I couldn't believe it! I was screaming my head off!" For her scenes, Hendrickson submitted the episode in which Chloe learns of her daughter Delia's cancer. "Now, we only get to submit one show. This year, I had this amazing show that had a full arc, everything wrapped up in this sweet little package. I guess the Academy always loves a good cancer story! My biggest competition, I know, is Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth, GENERAL HOSPITAL) because her baby died!"

Naturally, Y&R headwriter Maria Arena Bell is thrilled to see the soap nominated in the Best Drama, directing and writing categories. "I'm very happy for the acting nominees we have -- Genie, Christel [Khalil, Lily] and Lizzie. It's great to see Debbi Morgan (Harmony), Darnell Williams (Sarge) and Missy Egan (Chelsea) all nominated because it honors their work on ALL MY CHILDREN. They so deserve it." Of course, the scribe was disappointed for her colleagues who were not recognized. "There were certain standouts this year that I was surprised weren't nominated," she confesses. "To have a year where you don't see Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) or Peter Bergman (Jack)... [Thomas Scott, Nikki] had a brilliant year with the alcoholism with her special show, that we submitted as one of our Best Drama shows. She has never been more brilliant. The list goes on and on of people I wished I'd seen nominated. They tried a new system this year; it got some new names in there. I hope that those actors who I'd hope should have been nominated know that they helped bring to life the nominations we received for show, writing and directing."

While Shelley Hennig (ex-Stephanie) has moved on from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and now stars on The CW's hit drama THE SECRET CIRCLE, she hasn't forgotten her daytime roots. "I woke up to an excited voicemail from the DAYS hair and makeup room," she says. "What a nice surprise! DAYS was my first TV family, and this nomination reminds me of that. I'm also in great company with my friends Molly Burnett (Melanie), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) and Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R). So happy for the all the DAYS nominations as well!"

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And The Nominees Are....

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominations for the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. Without further ado, those competing for the gold statuette this year are...

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
ALL MY CHILDREN
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
GENERAL HOSPITAL
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS

LEAD ACTRESS
Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly, DAYS)
Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC)
Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL)
Heather Tom (Katie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

LEAD ACTOR
Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH)
Anthony Geary (Luke, GH)
John McCook (Eric, B&B)
Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC)
Robert S. Woods (Bo, OLTL)

Read more after the jump!

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Hollywood Names Its Brightest Young Stars!

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The 33rd Annual Young Artist Awards were given out to Hollywood's up-and-comers this past weekend, and several daytimers were recognized! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Robbie Tucker (Fen) tied ALL MY CHILDREN's Tate Berney (AJ) for Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series in the 12 And Under category, while ONE LIFE TO LIVE rivals Andrew Trischitta (Jack) and Austin Williams (Shane) tied in the category's older group.

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Haley Pullos (Molly) took home two awards! She was named the winner in the Guest Starring Young Actress 11-13 category for her appearance on HOUSE, as well as for the Best Performance In A Daytime TV Series. ALL MY CHILDREN's Danielle Parker (Emma) won for the same title in the 10 And Under category.

AMC alum Emily Alyn Lind (Emma) won the Best Performance In A TV Series by a Recurring Young Actress 10 And Under for her role on REVENGE, while Y&R grad Erin Sanders (ex-Eden) was named in the Recurring Actress 17-21 category for her part on Nickelodeon's BIG TIME RUSH.

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Say Farewell To Oakdale

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It hasn't even been two full years since AS THE WORLD TURNS signed off with its final episode, so the wounds might still be fresh for viewers. But if you would like to relive the end of an era, Soap Classics' latest DVD set is for you!

Farewell To Oakdale contains the final 10 episodes of ATWT, where the writers wrapped up 54 years and 13,858 episodes of romance, adventure, drama and comedy. The 2-disc set is $19.95, but for $24.95, you can get the DVD along with a replica of an annotated shooting script from the final week of the series. The script is from the September 14, 2010 episode, where Jack and Carly are gearing up for their wedding as special guests arrive to help them celebrate. This special bonus collectible is also available separately for $7.95, but is only available for a limited time. So if you want to own a piece of soap history, don't delay!

More information on Farewell To Oakdale and the rest of Soap Classics' line of soap DVD sets can be found by following this link.

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B&B's Jones Guest Stars On Bones!

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Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) will guest star on Monday night's episode of BONES! "The Suit On The Set" revolves around the production of a movie based on Brennan's latest book. In the film-within-the-show, Jones appears as an actress playing the character Dr. Kathy Reichs, the real-life forensic anthropologist/author upon whom Emily Deschanel's Dr. Brennan and BONES is loosely based. But when Brennan and her partner, David Boreanaz' Booth, arrive on the movie's set, they discover that the cadaver body being used is an actual murder victim!

Tune in to BONES on Monday, May 7, at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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