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Straight TALK From Cooper & Duffy

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THE TALK is lathering up this week with a couple of soap star guests in its lineup. First up, on Wednesday, August 1, Patrick Duffy (Stephen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Bobby, DALLAS) will be chatting with the hosts. And then on Thursday, August 2, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) will be on hand to dish the dirt about her new tell-all book!

THE TALK airs at 2 pm EST on CBS.

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A Baby For Y&R's Ex-Brett

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Greg Lauren (ex-Brett) and wife Elizabeth Berkley welcomed their son, Sky Cole Lauren, on Friday, July 20, according to People Magazine. The couple's first child weighed in at eight pounds and the whole family is doing great.

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Y&R's Hasselhoff Gets Funny

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TRUST US WITH YOUR LIFE is a brand new show from the creators of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? that uses improvisational comedy to bring to life the pasts of famous celebrities. Host Fred Willard leads a cast that includes Wayne Brady, MADTV's Nicole Parker and others acting out moments from celebrities' lives in hilarious fashion. And the next celebrity who will be reminiscing and watching their stories turned into comedy skits is none other than THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper)!

To see what tales Hasselhoff tells, and how they're interpreted by the comedians, don't miss TRUST US WITH YOUR LIFE on ABC on Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 pm EST!

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Y&R Celebrates 10,000 Episodes

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will soon air its 10,000th episode, and to honor the milestone, The Paley Center for Media will be hosting a panel discussion with the soap's cast and creative team! The program will take place at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, August 23, at the Paley Center's Beverly Hills location. Actors scheduled to appear are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Eric Braeden (Victor), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Doug Davidson (Paul), Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nick), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Kristoff St. John (Neil) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). Brooks Barnes, who covers media and television for The New York Times, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion.

Tickets are currently on sale and are $10 for Paley Center members, and $15 for non-members. To purchase, visit www.paleycenter.org.

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Baby On The Way For Real-Life Couple

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On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Terri Conn (Katie) and Austin Peck (Brad) were parents to little Jake, and now the real-life couple is expecting a child of their own! Over the weekend, Peck posted on his Facebook page, "It's official! We [are] having a baby girl!!"

While the daughter, due the end of this year, will be the first child for the couple, Peck is already father to sons Aiden and Roman from his first marriage, while Conn is mom to daughter Julia. The Pecks celebrated their first wedding anniversary on July 1. Congratulations to the expanding family!

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B&B Star In Car Crash

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Ronn Moss (Ridge) and his wife, Devin Devasquez, are recovering from minor injuries after having been involved in a multi-car accident on Friday.

"Ronn and I were in a horrible car accident yesterday that involved 8 cars and totaled our brand new truck," Devasquez posted on her Facebook page this morning. "An old guy came out of no where and hit two cars before hitting us that caused us to spin a 360 and hit several other cars including a lamp post that fell on top of the truck. It was quite a scene and poor Ronn had a bad bump on his head that was bleeding along with a shoulder injury. I'm pretty sore and bruised. We spent the night in the ER getting xrays and have soft tissue injuries with soreness and pain. But we are so blessed to be alive and grateful no one else was hurt. Shows you how precious life is and how quickly something like this can change it."

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Bell On Exit: Why Am I Leaving?

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In a statement posted last night her Facebook page, ousted THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS headwriter and executive producer Maria Arena Bell shared that she was "mystified" over being let go from her post by Sony.

"So it was announced today I am leaving Y and R... the show I have loved so much for so long. It is the legacy of my father in law... my mother in law... and all the Bells. The show has been my heart and soul. I loved working with the most talented writers in TV who were also the most wonderful human beings I know. They became a second family and my best friends. I loved the cast and crew. I am extremely sad to go because there are more stories I could have told. So much more I wanted to do. My ratings are strong... each week stronger than last year. The show is in a great place creatively. We are number one by the greatest margin in the show's history and have been consistently while I've been there. Under no one else's tenure as head writer exec producer have we won every demographic for so long. I am just shy of five years at the helm. It has been an amazing ride. So why am I leaving? I am mystified as are my cast and crew.

"There have been a lot of tears shed in the last few days... by me and by my loyal staff and by our iconic actors," she continues. "I was not given a reason and in fact I have heard nothing from Sony or CBS. They sent me a message through my husband Bill who had the terrible job of conveying that they'd gone around him and were letting me go. I fought hard for my vision and to keep the show on track with the characters that matter to the audience. Maybe I fought too hard. But I am glad I did. I never compromised on what I believed in. I never dumbed down the storytelling. I walked in the door at Y and R in 1988... as a young writer getting her first job. Today I leave there knowing it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love you Y and R. Your story was my life story too. And to Victor... Nikki... Jack... and Kay... I will miss you."

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It's Official: Bell Out, Phelps In

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Sony has replaced THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS executive producer and headwriter Maria Arena Bell with former GENERAL HOSPITAL EP Jill Farren Phelps and veteran daytime scribe Josh Griffith.

"We are excited to have such a talented daytime veteran leading our team at Y&R," says Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony Pictures Television. "Jill has a stellar record of success in the daytime genre," said Kent. "We are also happy to welcome Josh back to Y&R and are looking forward to his creative input and ideas.

"On behalf of everyone at Y&R, we extend our sincere thanks to Emmy Award-winning Maria Bell for her contributions to the show over the last five years. We wish her the best of luck and continued success," he added.

A seven-time Emmy winner, Phelps has helmed SANTA BARBARA, GUIDING LIGHT, ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GENERAL HOSPITAL and the first season of that soap's primetime spin-off, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT, which aired on SOAPnet. Together with Griffith, Phelps recently wrapped production on the Nick At Nite daily serial drama HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS.

Griffith's past includes tenures at ATWT, OLTL, SANTA BARBARA, SUNSET BEACH, GH, and a previous stint at Y&R. He has received four Emmy Awards and four Writer's Guild Awards.

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Cast Your Vote #33

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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: Do you think Ridge and Brooke will make it down the aisle?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Who is the right man for Sharon?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 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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Soap Alum Is Engaged!

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Another soap hunk will soon be off the market! Brody Hutzler (ex-Cody, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Zachary, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Patrick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) tells Soaps In Depth that he will be tying the knot later this month with his fiancée, Judith. ""We met at a friend's birthday party almost three years ago," he reveals. "I proposed between Christmas and New Year's Eve last year."

The guest list will be small, but Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Hutzler's pal - and landlady - is set to attend. The newlyweds will hold off on having their honeymoon until the spring. "We're going to go to London and Paris," Hutzler shares. "Judith has a sister in London."

The actor can be currently seen on Web soap THE BAY as Kenneth, the press secretary to Nicholas Coster's mayor character. "I have a few episodes coming up," says the actor, who notes that Kenneth is THE BAY's first gay character. "I like it. It brings a different dynamic to the show." To view episodes of the Emmy-nominated Web soap, visit www.thebaytheseries.com.

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Catch Christian On Primetime!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES hunk Shawn Christian (Daniel; Mike, AS THE WORLD TURNS) will guest-star on tomorrow night's episode of MELISSA & JOEY, airing on ABC Family! In "Pretty Big Liars," Christian will play Sam, who begins to romance Melissa Joan Hart's Mel. But because Sam just so happens to be the father of Lennox's boyfriend, Haskell, Mel must hide her happiness from her niece when the teens break up. Former DAYS star Taylor Spreitler (ex-Mia) co-stars in the sitcom as Lennox.

Tune in to MELISSA & JOEY on Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

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Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Is An Open Book!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans who have been waiting for their favorite matriarch, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), to finally pen her memoirs need wait no longer! Her autobiography, Not Young, Still Restless, will hit bookstores and on-line retailers like Amazon.com on Tuesday, July 31.

The Emmy winner tells Soaps In Depth that it wasn't easy for her to revisit certain chapters, as it were, in her 84 years of life. "It brings back all sorts of feelings! You get angry all over again!" Cooper says, giving her trademark throaty chuckle. "Writing your autobiography is a lot like therapy."

Indeed, Cooper's good friend, Barbara Hale (PERRY MASON), was amazed by the effort. "She was like, 'Oh my God, how did you put it down in a book? How did you get started?' I'm like, 'Please don't ask me that, Barbara!'"

Of course, the showbiz vet is well aware that some of her revelations might raise eyebrows -- like her affair with Beau Kazer, who recurs as her Y&R son, Brock. "I asked Beau's permission to tell people about it, and he said, 'Duchess, I love you and I've always loved you. I'd marry you tomorrow,'" she recounts. "I said, 'But you're already married!' He said, 'It doesn't matter -- I'd marry you, too!'"

While Cooper said she was careful in what she revealed, not wanting to be vindictive or mean-spirited, does she have any regrets after seeing her life story in print? "No. I have no regrets. Not a thing!"

To pre-order yourself a copy of Not Young, Still Restless, click here. And keep your eye out for a feature interview with Cooper in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, where she will reveal more secrets from her book!

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Big Changes for THE BAY!

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Hot on the heels of its first Emmy nomination, popular Web soap opera, THE BAY, has just added this year's Daytime Emmy's show runner, Gabriel Gornell, to its staff. "With his success in this years Daytime Emmys, we're excited to have Gabriel join THE BAY as an executive producer," announced the drama's creator, Gregori J. Martin. "We are certain Gabriel is going to be a wonderful asset to our family!" In addition to serving as the chief creative officer for LocoDistro (Locomotive Distribution, Inc.), Gornell's other recent accomplishments include You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You (Lionsgate's upcoming, hip hop horror flick for which they partnered with Spike Lee), and developing, producing and distributing numerous other TV and film projects. Gornell's slated to begin working on the show's third season, which airs in October, but you can catch THE BAY's summer special, DARKSIDE OF THE BAY, starting Thursday, August 9.

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ATWT's Alonso Checks In To RIZZOLI & ISLES!

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This summer, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Daniella Alonso (Pilar) is just one of several daytime stars who'll be heating up TNT's primetime detective drama, RIZZOLI & ISLES. In the episode titled "Cuts Like A Knife," airing Tuesday, July 24, at 9 p.m. ET, Alonso will debut in her recurring role as Riley Cooper, a new neighbor of Jane's who captures the attention of Angela, Frankie, and Frost. "I can't share details because there's a twist to my character," Alonso teases. "It's been a blast to be on the show... I've been working with everybody!"

Then on Tuesday, August 14, at 9 p.m. ET, in the episode "Melt My Heart To Stone," she'll be joined by Eddie Cibrian (ex-Matt, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), who returns as Dennis Rockmond -- the hunk who pulled a disappearing act on Maura in June -- and Colin Egglesfield (Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN), who plays Jane's screw-up brother, Tommy.

To find out what else Alonso's been up to, including details about her role on NBC's intriguing fall drama, REVOLUTION, check out her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth.

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ATWT's Ray Gets PRETTY!

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ABC Family is adding yet another face from the soap world to its hit drama, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. Look for AS THE WORLD TURNS' Vanessa Ray (Teri) to turn up as Cece, Jason's hip ex-girlfriend and the person who shared some sketchy life lessons with his little sister, Alison. In other words, she's trouble! The episode, titled "Crazy," airs Tuesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. EST.

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Join Linder & Friends For High Tea!

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On Saturday, July 21, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kate Linder (Esther) will be headed to Vancouver, BC, Canada, to host the 14th Annual Afternoon Tea, and she's bringing some colleagues along with her! Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Jessica Collins (Avery), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Jeff Branson (Ronan) and Y&R hair and makeup artists George Guzman and Patti Denney will join Linder for a charity appearance to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street in Vancouver, from noon to 2 p.m. LeBlanc will emcee the tea party, which will include a Q&A session, live auction, an on-the-spot makeover for one lucky winner, and autograph session. Plus, attendees will get a gift bag and be able to purchase exclusive Y&R merchandise. Tickets are $80 and are available at vancouvertea.lonnent.com. For questions, call (604) 836-7929.

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Frantz Stirs Up Trouble!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Adrienne Frantz (Amber) will play a well-intentioned troublemaker (go figure!) in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original, I Married Who? The movie stars Kellie Martin as Jordan, a straight-laced bride-to-be whose bachelorette party in Las Vegas takes a seriously unexpected (and undoubtedly funny) turn. Frantz plays one of the bride's BFFs, Claire. "It's sort of like The Hangover, but a little less raunchy," jokes Frantz of the movie. "I'm the bride's best friend who ends up getting her into some trouble, so that she accidentally marries someone else during her really wild bachelorette party!"

Daphnee Duplaix (ex-Rachel, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) plays fellow bridesmaid Jessica and Ethan Erickson (J, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) plays the unwitting groom, movie star Matt Swift. I Married Who? airs Saturday, October 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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A Baby On The Way!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Adam Gregory (Thomas) is going to be a dad! The actor and his wife, Sheridan, have announced that they are currently expecting their first child. "I don't know if you all heard the good news or not," Gregory tweeted, linking to a video of their ultrasound posted on his wife's blog, www.blueeyedfinch.com. "@imsheridanicole and I are gonna be parents!! I'm gonna be a daddy!!"

The little bundle of joy is due February 10, 2013. Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

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Meet The Hayses From DAYS!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' real-life and reel-life sweethearts, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie), have published a steamy romance novel, Trumpet, and they may soon be visiting a bookstore near you signing copies!

The couple will appear tonight, Wednesday, July 18, at the Barnes & Noble store at The Grove in Los Angeles, from 7 to 9 p.m. PT. Other appearances are:

Wednesday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m.: Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI. Call (231) 946-7290 for information.

Thursday, July 31, from 7 to 9 p.m.: Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL. Call (630) 355-2665 for information.

Thursday, August 2, from 7 to 9 p.m.: Left Bank Books, St.Louis, MO. Call (314) 367-6731 for information.

Friday, August 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.: The Firefly Grill, Effingham, IL. Call (217) 342-2002 for more information.

To learn more about Trumpet, click here.

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"Nun" Of That!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is adding to their roster of celebrity guest stars! According to EW.com, ONE DAY AT A TIME mom Bonnie Franklin has been cast as Sister Celeste on the soap, a streetwise nun who will offer Victor a helping hand. Franklin is due to report to the Y&R set this week, and her episodes will air in mid-August.

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Oscar Winner Holm Dies

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Actress Celeste Holm -- who won an Academy Award in 1948 for her work in Gentlemen's Agreement and nominations for All About Eve and Come To The Stable -- passed away on July 15 at the age of 95. The actress was well known for her turn as Annie in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!, but Holm also had ties to the soap world. She played AS THE WORLD TURNS' Lauren Roberts in the early 80s, and Anna on FALCON CREST, and later played LOVING's Isabella Alden from 1991-'92. During her LOVING days, Holm was married to co-star Wesley Addy (Cabot), until his death in 1996.

While Holm's heath had been failing in recent years, her family told NY1 that the lifelong New Yorker had been hospitalized for dehydration two weeks ago, following a fire in the apartment of actor Robert De Niro in the same Upper West Side building. Holm is survived by her husband, Frank Basile, and her sons. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

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Live From The Red Carpet!

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If you ever wanted to walk the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys alongside your favorite soaps opera stars, then Soaps In Depth is about to get you as close as anyone, as we have an exclusive video of just what the press photographers see!

We attached our exclusive InDepthCam to photographer Jim Warren's own camera as he covered the arrivals and press room at this year's ceremony to get a fun, insider's take at the awards for our readers! It's a great behind-the-scenes look from the photographer's podium some of daytime's biggest stars stop and pose for pictures: THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Heather Tom (Katie), THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), and many, many more!

What are you waiting for? Check out our exclusive video below! And be sure to pick up the issue of Soaps In Depth, now on sale, for 9 pages of behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards!

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Zimmer Has A Wicked New Role!

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West Coasters, look for Kim Zimmer (Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) to soon come to a city near you! The actress has signed on to the touring company of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, which tells the story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy blew in on a tornado! Zimmer will soon embark on an 8-month road trip playing Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz University's Cage Hall, where a young Glinda and Elphaba (who will one day become the Wicked Witch of the West) are roommates.

"My costumes for Wicked are soo incredible!" tweeted Zimmer. "Can't wait to put Morrible together!"

Some of Zimmer's show dates include Las Vegas from August 29 through October 7, then San Francisco in January-February 2013, and Costa Mesa, CA, in March. Tickets are currently on sale for the Vegas shows. To purchase, and for more information about the touring company dates and cities, visit www.wickedthemusical.com.

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Haiduk Makes A Primetime Appearance!

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If you've been missing Stacy Haiduk as crazy Patty on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, then tune in to the A&E crime drama LONGMIRE this weekend to get your fix! The actress will guest star in the episode airing Sunday night as the wife of a wealthy beer distributor who is found beaten within an inch of his life. Could his wife be behind the brutal crime? That's what Sheriff Walt Longmire will try to uncover!

Catch Haiduk on LONGMIRE this Sunday, July 15, at 10 p.m. ET. Bailey Chase (Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is one of the series' stars.

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Wedding Bells For B&B Alum!

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Congratulations to actress Lindsay Price (ex-Michael, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; An Li, ALL MY CHILDREN) and celebrity chef Curtis Stone! The couple have gotten engaged after three years of dating, Stone, co-host of Bravo's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLATES, announced yesterday during an appearance on WNBC's NEW YORK LIVE. During an appearance today on CBS THIS MORNING, Stone shared that he proposed while they were recently vacationing in Italy. "We were on the Alalfi Coast. It was really special. She said yes, so I'm a happy man." Price and Stone share a son, Hudson, who was born in November.

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Cast Your Vote #31

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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's secret doom his marriage to Hope?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you like Abby and Carmine together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 19. 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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Blanchard's Sister Act

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This Friday, July 13, Tammy Blanchard (Drew, GUIDING LIGHT) will face off on the big screen opposite Mira Sorvino in the independent film Union Square. Taking its title from the Manhattan neighborhood in which it is set, the movie centers around two estranged sisters: Sorvino's hot mess Lucy, and Blanchard's reserved Jenny. The younger of the two, Jenny has spent years distancing herself from her tumultuous upbringing -- and finds herself facing her past when Lucy shows up unexpectedly at her apartment. "It's about two sisters and how they come back together after years of being apart, and how their relationship is so strained," Blanchard tells Soaps In Depth. "We are both so crazy in this movie, it's ridiculous!"

Playing sister to the Oscar winner was a natural fit for Blanchard, herself an Emmy winner. "Mira's vulnerable and she's tough. We had such a good relationship and were so open and honest with each other that it was a really great experience for me."

While Union Square is a much more cerebral film than your average action-packed summer blockbuster, Blanchard is quite proud of the indie drama, which was filmed in less than two weeks. "They did that film with no money. I think they had a budget like $50,000 or something," she says. "I'm so excited to see what they created, because it really is all about the emotion and the story of the two of us. And I think we pulled it off."

For more information on Union Square or to find a theater near you, visit www.theunionsquaremovie.com.

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Ex-Soapers Go COVERT!

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Look for AS THE WORLD TURNS' Daniella Alonso (Pilar) and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Agnes Bruckner (ex-Bridget) to turn up this season on USA's COVERT AFFAIRS. Alonso will appear for three episodes beginning Tuesday, August 14, as Suzanne Wilkins, Auggie's (Christopher Gorham) tough-as-nails therapist. She may work for the CIA, but look for her to buck the rules when it comes to getting Auggie the help that he needs. Then on Tuesday, September 18, Bruckner will guest star as Zarya, the owner of a Moscow cafe who befriends Annie (Piper Perabo) during a mission. The third season of this intriguing drama kicks off tonight, Tuesday, July 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

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Teen Sitcom Star To Guest On Y&R

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Dennis Haskins -- known to twenty- and thirtysomethings everywhere as Principal Belding from the 1990s teen sitcom SAVED BY THE BELL -- will guest star on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS this Friday, July 13, playing a priest.

Visiting Genoa City won't be Haskins' first foray into the world of daytime television. In May 2010, he played exterminator Mack on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, teaming up with Pam for one of her pranks against Donna.

In other celebrity stunt casting news, comedienne Brett Butler returns as Paul's next-door neighbor, Beth, for two additional episodes on Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27.

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Davidson Returns To DAYS!

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Eileen Davidson (Ashley) will soon make her exit from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS... and head right over to DAYS OF OUR LIVES, where she'll reprise the role of Kristen Blake. A spokesperson for the soap confirms that the fan favorite will reprise the character she played on the NBC soap from 1993-'98 starting October 11.

In addition to the role of Stefano's adopted daughter, Kristen, Davidson also played the roles of siblings Susan Banks, Penelope Kent, Thomas Banks and Sister Mary Moira Banks on the NBC soap. "I'm thrilled to embark on this new adventure at Days and excited to revisit Kristen and who knows who else! Not to mention my old friends in the cast and crew," Davidson told The Hollywood Reporter, who first broke the news.

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Vaughan Joining DAYS... But As Who?

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Working together upcoming Hallmark movie Two In will be a good trial run for Greg Vaughan (ex-Diego, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) before the two become co-stars in Salem! A DAYS setsider tells Soaps In Depth that Vaughan has been cast on the NBC soap -- but it's unclear whether or not he'll be playing Sami's twin brother, Eric, as rumored. What we do know is that Vaughan will begin taping in August and he'll be entering the canvas as a holy man. Has Eric made a career change since moving to Colorado following a near-fatal accident? Or has Vaughan been cast in an altogether different role? A spokesperson for DAYS could not be reached for comment.

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Risky Business For Roberts!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Roberts (ex-Vance) is the latest former soap star to lend his talents to Cinemax's late-night anthology series, FEMME FATALES. In this week's episode, titled "Family Business," he'll play a politician who, together with a hard-partying trust fund heir -- played by Ashley Hamilton (Cole, SUNSET BEACH) -- gets caught between an ambitious Mafia princess and the determined female detective who's trying to take her down. Nikki Griffin, who had a recurring role on Y&R as Crimson Lights barista Kelly, plays the Mafia princess, Nicole, and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Stephen Macht (ex-Trevor) returns as Mob boss Mr. Ryan. Tune in Friday, July 6, at 11 p.m. ET.

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Gareis Welcomes A Girl!

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Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Jennifer Gareis (Donna) and her husband, Bobby Gassemieh, on the birth of their little girl! The couple welcomed daughter Sophia Rose Gareis Gassemieh on June 29. "Mommy and baby are happy and well," reports a B&B spokesperson. Baby Sophia joins her big brother, Gavin, who just celebrated his second birthday.

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Is Bill's Sister Bolting?

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Karen recently made the move from the East Coast to Los Angeles -- and came out as a lesbian in the process -- but don't expect to see much more of Caroline's mom (at least, not this one). Her portrayer, Joanna Johnson, is currently producing the new CW medical drama, EMILY OWENS, M.D., which will premiere in the fall. As a result, Johnson is currently unavailable to tape more episodes, which is all part of the long-running understanding she's had with B&B's executive producer and headwriter, Bradley Bell. That means the broader story being planned for Karen and Danielle may have to wait, for now. "Unfortunately, Joanna's time is being taken up with this new show," confirms a show spokesperson. "Her storyline is not necessarily going away, but it's being refocused." On the bright side, the rep says fans can look forward to continue seeing more of Caroline's other mom, Dani, played by soap vet Crystal Chappell.

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Porte Says Farewell!

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His short stint at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has come to an end, and Peter Porte (Ricky) admits that he saw the writing on the wall for his future in playing Isabella and Paul's son. "I was there just under a year, but when you start stealing babies, threatening lead characters and murdering people, you know your time is going to be limited," he tells Soaps In Depth with a smile. "He certainly was his mother's son!"

Overall, Porte says his experience on Y&R was "incredible. I had a great time. I learned a lot and worked with some incredible people." And should another soap come calling, Porte has his door wide open. "I'd love to!" he says of tackling another daytime role. "Sign me up!"

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Spend Your Days With B&B's Battle!

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Are you a fan of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Texas Battle (Marcus)? Then this is your chance to spend every day of next year with the soap hunk! The actor has posed for some yummy pictures for his Official 2013 Texas Battle Calendar!

You can purchase the standard edition calendar for $19.99, which comes with a poster. Or for $24.99, you can get the special edition, which includes the poster plus a Q&A with the star, behind-the-scenes tidbits, a B&B screen test scene, and is personally autographed! To purchase the calendar, visit www.TexasBattle.com.

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Booksigning Events This Weekend!

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This weekend, Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney, co-authors of The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of the Young and the Restless and the Bold and the Beautiful, will again be joined by stars of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL at booksigning events.

On Saturday, July 7, Y&R's Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) and B&B's Heather Tom (Katie) will join the authors at Warwick's in La Jolla, CA, from 4-6 p.m. Complimentary admission tickets for two people will be given with copies of the book purchased from the store. For more information, visit www.warwicks.com.

Then, on Sunday, July 8, the authors head to the Barnes & Noble store at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. B&B's Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), Don Diamont (Bill), Heather Tom (Katie) and Y&R stars Peter Bergman (Jack), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon) are scheduled to join Bell and Maloney in signing copies of the tome for fans from 2-4 p.m. For additional information, call (714) 444-0226 or visit www.barnesandnoble.com.

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