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Cast Your Vote #10

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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: Should Liam choose Steffy because of the baby?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Lauren and Michael's marriage be salvaged?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 28. 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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Y&R Teams With THE TALK For MS PSA

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has teamed up with THE TALK for a CBS Cares PSA to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis. The PSA will air immediately following the Y&R episode airing today, Friday, February 22, in which Nikki will finally deal with her own MS diagnosis. The PSA will feature TALK co-host Sharon Osbourne and her son, Jack, who has MS.

"Recording the public service announcement with my son, who was recently diagnosed with MS, was extremely important to me," said Sharon Osbourne. "As a mom affected by this disease, I am passionate about creating awareness and conveying the message to all who will listen that knowledge and a positive attitude are the most powerful weapons in the fight against MS."

"Sharon and Jack's real-life situation inspired this storyline on Y&R, which combined with the PSA helps to further elevate awareness for MS," said Angelica McDaniel, Senior VP, Daytime, CBS. "As the character Nikki's struggle unfolds, our audience will learn about the disease through her eyes as well as those of her family in a story that we think will surprise and move our viewers."

You can visit www.nationalMSsociety.org for more information about the disease. Click through to watch the PSA after the jump.

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Eileen Davidson Back On Y&R!

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This morning, rumors were flying that Eileen Davidson — who is currently appearing as Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — would be reprising her role as THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Ashley for a handful of special episodes. And judging from the pictures that CBS Daytime posted to their Y&R Web site of Davidson on set with Peter Bergman (Jack) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), DAYS did indeed lend the actress to Y&R so that Ashley could visit her brother, Jack, in Genoa City. We'll let you know exactly how long Davidson's Y&R stint will be and when the episodes will air just as soon as we can find out!

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Y&R's Chelsea Engaged!

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Congratulations are in order for Y&R's Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), who over the weekend became engaged to boyfriend Matt Katrosar! The actress tweeted a photo of herself wearing the diamond ring with the caption "Said yes." Click here to see the photo for yourself!

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Is Y&R's Alex On The Wrong Side Of The Law?

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Ignacio Serricchio plays Alex the cop during the day on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but tonight he's a potential suspect on CSI! In the episode, titled "Exile," the actor plays Estefan Meha, the owner of the club where a famous singer's sister dies. "I can't tell you if Estefan is a good guy or a bad guy," Serricchio teases, "but I can say he's trying to do the right thing. He owns this club and wants to make some money. He knows [the victim] so this is very personal to him."

The actor agrees that CBS' crime dramas are expert at hooking viewers in — once you see the setup at the beginning of the show it's very difficult to not stick around to see how it's resolved! It's the same way, he says, when he read the script. "As I read it, I try to solve the mystery myself," he says. "That's what keeps me reading. I may make an assumption at the beginning and as I keep reading it I try to see if I'm right or not. You have to be a little bit of a detective yourself!"

Serricchio's CSI episode airs tonight on CBS at 10:00 pm EST.

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B&B's Lang Is Auctioning Off Lunch And A Set Tour!

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If you're a big THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL fan, and particularly of Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), you might be interested in a new auction that just went up on Charitybuzz.com! The actress is offering up a personal lunch with her followed by a set tour that will include some B&B merchandise to take home with you! Naturally, you'll also be able to get a photo with Lang as well as an autograph. While lunch and the set tour are included, please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation and accommodations. Click here to visit the page and place your bid in the auction, which as we posted this, was already up to $400. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Hollywood Arts, a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth through arts education and job placement. You have until Tuesday, February 26 to bid, so get to it!

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Celebrate Y&R's Anniversary On Set!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is getting ready to celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, March 26, and as part of its festivities, the soap is offering the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to celebrate the anniversary on set with the cast!

The 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes begins today, Tuesday, February 12, and will run for four weeks — but you're going to need to know your history! Just click on over to www.cbs.com/yr40th and try your hand at some Y&R trivia questions about the past four decades of the classic soap for your chance to win a trip to the Y&R set. The anniversary website will also include classic photo galleries, video interviews with stars sharing their memories of the soap, and live chats with actors.

Good luck!

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SURVIVOR Joins B&B!

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Wednesday, February 13, marks a big day for SURVIVOR: PHILLIPPINES cast-off Malcolm Freberg. Not only will he make an encore run on the reality show's latest season, SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN -- FANS VS. FAVORITES, which kicks off that night, but he'll also debut on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL playing a Forrester employee!

"I'm not an employee -- I'm an 'executive,'" Freberg jokes of his scene with B&B's Jacob Young (Rick) and Kim Matula (Hope). "Though I don't know what I'm in charge of or what my duties are."

While on the soap set, the reality star fielded inquiries from a few fascinated B&B castmembers. "Scott Clifton (Liam) is a huge SURVIVOR fan, so while I was sitting there trying to remember my lines, he was grilling me with behind-the-scenes questions about SURVIVOR," he says.

When asked if his B&B dialogue paid any joking nod to his other CBS TV gig, Freberg played coy. "You'll have to tune in to find out," he says, "I won't ruin the surprise, but it's funny, to say the least."

As to whether he'd be willing to reprise his B&B alter ego (also named Malcolm), Freberg was taking a "wait-and-see" approach. "That's going to depend on how the scene turned out -- I'm not sure how proficient my acting was. Then again, it's like SURVIVOR -- it's very hard to say 'no' when you get asked to come back!"

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Win A Y&R Set Tour!

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What could be better than saving an animal's life AND getting a VIP tour of your favorite soap opera by one of its stars? THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) is making both of those things happen!

Egan is donating a personally guided tour of the Y&R set to benefit The Riedel And Cody Fund, a charitable organization that provides funding and support to people whose pets have been diagnosed with cancer and can't afford treatment. The highest bidder (and guest) will get the chance to go behind-the-scenes at Y&R, watch the taping of the show and meet cast members, all while giving a remarkable gift of health to an animal in need.

"I was always a huge animal lover growing up, but now that I have a dog, I have an extra sensitivity to it," says Egan, who has a five-year old CavaPoo (King Cavalier / poodle mix), named Sophia. "There are 12 million dogs and cats every year that are diagnosed with cancer. I was shocked by that number. I kept thinking about families who love their animals just as much as I do but can't afford surgery, medicine. How heart wrenching. Any way that I can help raise a dollar for them, I will. We thought by auctioning off a tour of Y&R that all the money could go to The Riedel And Cody Fund and their families who need support for their animals that are sick."

The auction will be live until Monday, February 18 and you can bid by going to : https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/334704.

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B&B's Gregory Is A Dad!

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Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Adam Gregory (Thomas) and his wife, Sheridan, who became first-time parents last night! "Kannon has finally arrived!" tweeted the new mom. "After 17 1/2 hrs of labor, our perfect boy is here! 8 lbs 12 oz & 20 in born at 7:45 pm! We are beyond obsessed!" Added Kannon's dad, "8 Lbs. 12 ounces of awesome!! @imsheridanicole is the most amazing woman!"

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Cast Your Vote #08

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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 it's too soon for Eric to be moving on?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Is Dylan a serious threat to Nick and Avery's relationship?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 14. 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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ATWT's Silbermann On Stage Again

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Jake Silbermann (Noah) has appeared in more than a few stage productions since the soap's end, and he's about to add one more to the list, having been cast in The Assembled Parties.

The world-premiere play from Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg will feature Silbermann on stage with actors like Jessica Hecht and Judith Light (Karen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). The story chronicles the family drama of a Jewish family living on Manhattan's Upper West Side over a twenty year period.

The Assembled Parties will begin previews on Thursday, March 21, and open for a limited run on Wednesday, April 17, at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street in New York City. For tickets, click here.

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Kyle Lowder Rocks You Like A Hurricane!

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Kyle Lowder rocked the soap world as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Brady and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rick. Now he's stopping hearts with his lead role as long-haired, tattooed singer Stacee Jaxx in Rock Of Ages, the newest smash on the Las Vegas strip! Set in in 1987 ("the era of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair"), the drama tells the story of Drew and Sherrie, two wide-eyed but talented Los Angeles newcomers who chase their dreams while falling in love and crossing paths with the likes of jaded superstars like Jaxx.

Not only does the musical feature a host of your favorite 80s hits, but it also stars the classically-trained opera singer as the glam rocker belting them out. "It's been very challenging, and not just with the singing but also with the character because he's very complex," Lowder confides. "He's this conceited, ultra-cool rock god, but at the same time he's a moron -- it's very comedic."

From learning how not to "blow his tank" vocally when doing seven shows each week to doing his own makeup to becoming the toast of Las Vegas and even being invited to sing with the band Foreigner recently, Lowder says he's enjoying the biggest challenge of his career and that he couldn't be more proud of the show. "I'm living the life of a rock star, rocking out on stage every night," he enthuses. "It's really the best gig I could possibly imagine."

Tickets range from $45-$115 and are available from The Venetian Box Office at (866) 641-7469 or online at www.Venetian.com. For more from Lowder, who also currently appears on DEVANITY, check out his upcoming interview in a future issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Sean Kanan Is On The Radio!

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If you'd like to know what Sean Kanan (A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Deacon, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is like off the set, you need go no further than www.UBNRadio.com where you'll be able to tune into the actor's new Internet radio show!

Kanan and his wife, Michele, will be co-hosting Kanan's Rules on the UBN Radio Network, discussing careers, romance, politics, current events and more with each other and with special guests. Almost no topic will be off-limits!

"Five years ago, I was a bachelor who lived alone in the Hollywood Hills," Kanan says. "I came and went and didn't answer to anyone. Now I am living with a wife, five kids and two dogs. That alone provides enough topics to last the next ten years!"

"We make a great team," Michele adds. "Living with Sean is like a carnival ride sometimes because I never know where we're gonna be or how we will get stuff done. But amid all of our shenanigans, we manage to excel at our careers and more importantly, at being a family."

Kanan's Rules will air live on Wednesdays from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST at www.UBNRadio.com starting this Wednesday, February 6. Past episodes will be archived at iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn, so you don't have to worry about missing a show!

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Chappell Checks Into THE INN

Check out the first episode of THE INN, an eerie new Web series from PRETTY creator Steve Silverman starring Crystal Chappell (Danielle, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Denise Alexander (ex-Lesley, GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
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ATWT's Zenk Rules The Old West!

As AS THE WORLD TURNS' Barbara Ryan, Colleen Zenk certainly had her moments of villainy, but that's nothing compared to the terrifyingly icy performance she gives as Agnes, the matriarch to the deadly Snead family in her debut episode of THURSTON.

This is the second episode of the second season of the western-themed Web drama, so jumping into the middle of things means it might be a little confusing. But you can still appreciate Zenk's scene regardless! (And it might inspire you to go back and check out the earlier episodes of the impressive Web series at its Web site!)

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Chappell's Frightfully Good Show!

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Soap opera veteran and two-time Emmy winner Crystal Chappell (Danielle, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) now stars in the entertaining new Web series, THE INN. Part ghost story and part psychological thriller, THE INN tells the tale of a woman (Chappell) for whom getting stranded in a remote town results in a journey of self-discovery.

"It's about how new people come in and teach you lessons that you need to learn and ultimately resolving some underlying demons," Chappell previews. "Steve Silverman (the show runner behind the award winning web comedy, PRETTY) is a wonderful writer and director. He really put a lot into this show -- the script is spooky fun!"

Also in the series is Denise Alexander (Lesley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Mary, ANOTHER WORLD), whose real-life property was used as the location for the show. "She plays a resident of the neighborhood, and our characters end up bonding," Chappell explains. "It was really fun to [work with] her." Posting at www.theinntheseries.com beginning Monday, February 4, the weekly series will air over the course of three seasons in 2013, all of which have already been shot.

"It has so many twists and turns and symbolism in it," Chappell enthuses. "It's not a gory thing or a scary, 'boo' thing... you just really have to think about it -- the soap fans will enjoy it." For more about the actress and news about her other Internet-based dramas, VENICE and THE GROVE, check out her interview in the next CBS issue of Soaps in Depth.

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