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Another GH Actor To Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has snatched up yet another actor from GENERAL HOSPITAL! This time it's Erin Chambers, who will be going from playing the late, lamented Siobhan to Genoa City paralegal Melanie Daniels. And seeing how so many characters on Y&R are often in trouble with the law, she should be kept pretty busy, even though the role is currently only recurring. Look for Chambers to debut on Wednesday, June 5. Daytime Confidential first reported the news.

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ATWT Alum Is Tony Nominated!

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Congratulations are in order for AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Billy Magnussen, who today earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Play for his performances as Spike Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike! The Broadway play by Christopher Durang nabbed a grand total of six nominations, including Best Play.

The Tony Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 9 in New York City, and will be aired live on CBS.

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Jonesing For Danger!

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If you've been missing Ashley Jones on your screen, you're in luck! Not only is the beauty briefly reprising her role as Bridget on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL beginning Wednesday, May 22, but she's also starring in the Lifetime Original A Sister's Revenge this weekend! In it, she plays the wife of a successful restaurateur whose past as a philanderer catches up to him in an unexpected way. "I'm one of the three leads, and I'm playing opposite Canadian actor Tim Rozon as my husband," Jones reveals of the thriller that she shot last November.

However, the other gal to keep an eye on in this picture is Brooke Burns (MELROSE PLACE, BAYWATCH), whose dangerous character has an axe to grind against the man for wronging her sister. How far might the femme fatale go? Jones promises the kind of "juicy" twists and turns that daytime TV fans love most. "So many of these Lifetime movies are soapy too," she says of the reason everyone should tune in to catch it on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, at 12 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. "You know, you settle in for the evening and it's a great movie to watch with your boyfriend, your family, or with the girls."

For a preview of the edge-of-your-seat film, click here!

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Head Back To THE BAY!

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On hiatus since last September, Emmy-winning Web soap opera THE BAY is at long last returning to production. What secrets and lies will be revealed? Will they pick up from where last summer's foray into Bay City's seedy scene left off in the "Darkside Of The Bay" special? Soaps In Depth was the first to know about the series' brand-new promo for the third season, featuring Mary Beth Evans (Sara), Matthew Ashford (Steve), Nicolas Coster (Mayor Madison), Jacklyn Zeman (Sofia), Kristos Andrews (Peter) and more. The spot was shot just last weekend in beautiful Marina Del Ray, CA, on Coster's personal boat. The show's creator, Gregori J. Martin, says that THE BAY is "expected to return by late summer or early fall." To catch up on what you might have missed, visit http://www.thebaytheseries.com/videos2012.html.

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Maura West Joins GH!

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Rumors circulating that Maura West (ex-Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ex-Diane, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) would be joining GENERAL HOSPITAL in a new role were totally on the money! The Emmy winner is reportedly already on set taping, and should debut as Ava Jerome sometime in May (just in time for sweeps... convenient!).

Longtime fans might recognize the name Jerome from Port Charles history. The Jerome clan was a Mob family that Duke and Anna found themselves wrapped up with. (Remember Tonja Walker as the Duke-obsessed Olivia?) Of course, the last name might just be a coincidence, but then again, headwriter Ron Carlivati is a big fan of GH history!

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Moss Honors Wife With One Night Only Benefit Concert!

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Ronn Moss may not be planning on returning to the role of Ridge on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL anytime soon, but he has returned to his band, Player! Moss reunited with former bandmate Peter Beckett, and together they released the fifth Player album, Lost In Reality. And on Monday, June 3, Moss and Player will be performing a special benefit concert in honor of his wife, Devin DeVasquez's 50th birthday, and supporting her favorite charity, Shelter Hope Pet Shop. The show will be held at The Canyon Club in Agoura, CA, at 8:00 pm PST with a red carpet at 7:00. For tickets to this special one night only live event, click here!

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ATWT's Soffer To Meet A Gruesome End!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Jesse Lee Soffer (Will) has landed a crucial role in an upcoming Lifetime movie, but let's just say that things won't end well for his character! According to Deadline.com, Soffer is set to play the male lead in Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story. LOST alum Tania Raymonde is in negotiations to play Arias, who went on trial for murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander (Soffer). Filming is set to begin soon in Los Angeles, although the ending of the script can't be written until after Arias' trial concludes and the true story has a finale!

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Cooper Out Of ICU!

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Good news! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has turned a corner! Her son, Corbin Bernsen (ex-Father Todd), posted the following update on his Facebook page last night:

Good news continues for my mom as I believe she is being moved out of ICU to a more "comfortable" room. I was able to Face Time with her today and I can't tell you how amazing it was to speak to her and hear her voice! Her sense of humor was in tact, the greatest sign of all. I want to take a moment here to express something that - as usual - I'm at a bit of a loss for words for. So much of my reporting to you in the last week has been a sincere effort to convey her status and progress. And with your magnificent, steady prayers she has, day by day, improved. Yet still I feel a bit "guilty," weird. I mean, with all the other suffering going on, it's hard to celebrate this miraculous recovery. Also, about that, her extraordinary recovery... I've looked back over the posts because I wanted to make sure that I have been truthful and accurate. I know for a fact she was in extreme, life threatening danger that was even made more clear to me than perhaps I let on. But then, she did improve, steadily and somewhat defied the extent of the terrible news I was delivering. I want to make sure no one misinterprets this as my "making more of it than it actually was." I can guarantee you that wasn't the case. Her recovery has been nothing short of "miraculous" and very quick considering everything. That will be, if all continues in this fantastic way, the legacy of this... the effect of prayer and the ability for miracles. As always I want to close with making sure I'm accurate once again and letting you know that which I've been told... remain cautiously optimistic. That will most likely last for some time now but in the upcoming days I'll most likely drop it from these posts. I will keep the connection with you both regarding her recovery as well as "what all of this ultimately means" in the bigger picture.

I also want to take a moment to once again thank the INCREDIBLE STAFF at Cedars Sinai hospital who have helped in this miraculous recovery (that involved a lot of non miracle, expertise and kindness.) Also, I haven't mentioned my brother Collin by name, or my sister Caren who have stood by my side, holding me up and shared in your kindness. I love them both and feel closer to them than ever.

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Cast Your Vote #18

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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 Hope give up on Liam and move on with her life?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Nick and Avery will make it down the aisle?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 25. 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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Spencer Men Sticking Around!

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Good news for fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont (Bill) and Scott Clifton (Liam) as Soaps In Depth has learned that both actors have inked new contracts to remain with the soap. While a spokesperson wouldn't divulge details of the contracts, they did confirm that they had been signed!

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Ailing Cooper Improving

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Over the weekend, Corbin Bernsen (ex-Father Todd, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been posting updates regarding the health of his mother, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine). While none of them have revealed exactly what she is going through, on the plus side, his most recent updates have been more positive, indicating improvement in her condition.

"Healing is happening," he posted to Facebook last night, "but outward signs are small and only visible in numbers I still don't fully understand."

His most recent update this morning read, "I know that this is happening in small steps, but would be so awesome to see it in plain sight. Please don't mistake that. She's mending, but I"m ready for her to stand up, take over the room and start telling everybody what to do (or what she thinks of them).

Our thoughts are with Cooper and her entire family at this time, and we will continue to keep you up to date with new information as we hear it.

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Interview: GL Alum Tackles Sinatra!

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Did you know that Frank Sinatra was behind JFK's presidency? Or that the beloved president's assassination was really a Mob retaliation? And it all happened because the crooner introduced his girlfriend to a young senator, who simultaneously had an affair with the presidential hopeful and the head of the Chicago Mafia!

That's the theory behind the play Ride The Tiger -- currently being staged at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, until Sunday, April 21, and starring GUIDING LIGHT alum Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) as Frank and ALL MY CHILDREN's Christina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca) as the above-mentioned mistress, Judy Exner. Written by William Mastrosimone -- who spent a year interviewing the beloved singer to write the Golden Globe-winning television series SINATRA -- the play is based on a revelation made during one of their conversations. "The play takes specific plot elements that Sinatra told Bill, who then creates a scenario of what happened in these rooms when no one else was listening," explains Stewart.


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Confirmed: Y&R's Adriana Out!

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In a move that shouldn't really come as a surprise to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS viewers, Daytime Confidential is reporting that Jhoanna Flores has already taped her last scenes as Adriana. In fact, she's already made her final appearance! "Her last air date was April 9, and at this time, the role will not be recast," a show rep confirms to Soaps In Depth.

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Bridget's Back On B&B!

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Having lost Nick to Brooke back in the day, Bridget would certainly have a few choice words for her mother upon learning that she's stealing Bill away from her sister, Katie! So it's a good thing that Bridget's on her way back to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL! According to Zap2it, Ashley Jones is on her way back to shoot about three or four episodes.

"There's some fun stuff with Bridget's mom [Brooke]," Jones told the site. "I specifically didn't want to go back for a wedding or a funeral. I feel like this is too cool a character to come back and just sit in the background."

A rep for the show confirms that Jones will first appear on Wednesday, May 22. There's no telling at this time, though, whether or not this could turn into a longer stint with the soap.

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Zenk Makes Performing A Family Affair!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Colleen Zenk (Barbara) is hitting the stage again, and this time she's bringing her daughter, Kelsey Crouch, along for the ride! The two actresses will be performing in the Off-Broadway musical Mama And Her Boys on Monday, May 6.

"I am so thrilled to be welcoming a mother and daughter to our guest star roster," says the show's creator, Ethan Paulini. "And what a fabulously talented pair they are. While the themes we explore in Mama And Her Boys have to do with mothers and sons, they are not gender specific. We worked hard to create a show that presented a universal point of view for all families."

Mama And Her Boys is currently playing at the new Underground Theater at 955 West End Avenue (at West 107th St and Broadway) in New York City, and Zenk and Crouch are scheduled to perform in the Monday, May 6, performance. Tickets range from $12-$44, and are available by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting theatermania.com. For more details on the show, visit the Web site here.

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Help Fund ATWT Star's New Film!

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Jake Silbermann (Noah, AS THE WORLD TURNS) achieved such success funding his indie film Stuffer through Kickstarter that he's back to try again for his new project, The Revival!

The story, by writer/director Samuel Brett Williams, concerns a southern baptist preacher named Eli, played by Malcolm Madera. To keep his congregation from dwindling, he plans a revival, but when he falls in love with Daniel (played by Silbermann), their relationship could destroy everything he's worked for. Eli must choose between his love for Daniel and his love for God, his church and his family.

Silbermann and his friends are nearly halfway to their goal of $67,000 with just over a month left before their deadline. For more information on the project, and to donate yourself, click here to visit The Revival's Kickstarter page. And as always, there are cool rewards for pledging, including signed scripts, DVDs and more! Heck, if you want to pledge $4,500, you can nab all of the rewards including a speaking role in the film!

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Tweet Live With The Stars Of B&B And Y&R!

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CBS is bringing back Tweet Week from Thursday, April 4, through Wednesday, April 10, but daytime fans are going to be most interested in Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9!

On Monday, April 8, during the 12:30 pm East Coast airing of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Jessica Collins (Avery) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) will be tweeting along with the show. Just use the hashtag #TweetYR to ask questions, and be sure to follow @JessicaCollins and @MClaireEgan to read their responses!

Then, on Tuesday, April 9, during the 1:30 pm East Coast airing of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, fans can interact with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Kim Matula (Hope)! Just use the hashtag #TweetBandB and follow @KatherineKellyL and @BandB_CBS (for Matula).

If you really want to join the party during each tweeting session, you can log in to the CBS Connect Lounge with your Twitter account and post questions and read responses collected there for you!

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B&B's Oliver Headed To Y&R

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There have been crossovers between THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS before, some long-term (Ashley, Lauren) and others brief (Eric). And with Y&R's Jabot branching out into fashion, it's only natural that they'd require a gifted photographer to snap some shots of their garments. Which is why Zack Conroy's shutterbug Oliver will be crossing over from B&B to Y&R for two episodes. He's scheduled to start taping his Y&R scenes on Wednesday, April 17, so his episodes should air in late May.

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Cast Your Vote #16

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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 prefer Bill with Katie or her sister, Brooke?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Adam and Victor can finally bury the hatchet?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 11. 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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Exclusive: What Can You Expect From The 2013 Daytime Emmys?

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Now that the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday, June 16, the question then becomes what can we expect from this year's celebration. So Soaps In Depth went straight to the source for answers: executive producer Gabriel Gornell and senior executive director David Michaels!

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmys as well as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and with GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrating 50 years on the air, it's the perfect time to celebrate daytime's illustrious history. "We'll definitely be looking at past, present and future with regards to daytime television," Gornell promises. "It's our own 40th and that will anchor the theme. It'll work nicely as we honor all the anniversaries that we'll be celebrating at the same time."

And of course, you can't celebrate history without plenty of clips to illustrate it! "We're going to put particular emphasis on the wonderful clips from years past," he adds. "I can tell you everybody is excited to see wonderful clips celebrating 40 years of achievements. This year, more than any other, we're going to be embracing that."

And while ONE LIFE TO LIVE is technically eligible for awards for its final month of episodes, ALL MY CHILDREN will also be included in the show. "Let's just say that a lot of those actors are part of our 40 year history," Michaels teases, "so it's certainly appropriate [to have them there]."

Additional creative elements such as the names of presenters and a host will be announced in the coming weeks, but Michaels wants soap fans to know that the genre will not be lost in the rest of the daytime programming. "The talk shows are huge right now as are the court shows and the culinary shows," he admits. "But all of that said, still, there are no fans like soap fans. People want to see the soap stars, and they will!"

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Daytime Emmys Will Be Held In June

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Mark your calendars! The 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will once again be broadcast over HLN, live from the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 16, from 8:00-10:00 pm EST.

"Last year, HLN's first-ever presentation of the Daytime Emmy® Awards was the #1 most-watched, regularly-scheduled non-news broadcast in the network's history, and received terrific viewer feedback both on-air and online. Our audiences thanked us for tapping into that vital part of American pop culture," says Scot Safon, executive vice president and general manager, HLN. "HLN is the news channel that focuses on stories at the forefront of the American conversation, and daytime programming often tackles those same themes and stories. We are so happy to again present the program that honors the best work in daytime."

There are plans to include viewer interaction with the broadcast, and the names of presenters and special guests will be announced soon. As more details of the ceremony emerge, we'll be sure to share them with you!

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Y&R Leaving SOAPnet This Summer!

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TV Guide Network will soon become the new, exclusive basic cable home for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Beginning this summer, Y&R will move from the Disney-owned SOAPnet to TVGN (co-owned by CBS Corporation and Lionsgate). The soap will keep the same 7 p.m. ET/PT time slot it has on SOAPnet, and continue to air the same-day episodes of its CBS broadcast. The exact date for the change has yet to be announced, but the Y&R acquisition marks the first TVGN programming announcement for the new joint venture between CBS and Lionsgate.

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Will Rinna Be A Real Housewife?

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Rumors have been flying around the Internet recently that Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) would be joining the cast of Bravo's THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS. This wouldn't be the actress' first foray into reality television, having appeared in the 2010 series HARRY LOVES LISA with husband Harry Hamlin, and two seasons of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE.

However, a source close to THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS says that the rumor is just that. A rumor that came out of Rinna's recent appearance on Andy Cohen's Bravo Network talk show WATCH WHAT HAPPENS: LIVE. It's a shame, because she'd probably be a hoot as a REAL HOUSEWIFE!

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A New Way To Watch B&B

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CBS is offering fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL a whole new way to watch the soap with the newly-released CBS Connect App! The second-screen experience lets B&B viewers experience content like historical slideshows, interactive polls, behind-the-scenes trivia and Twitter interaction all while watching the show either live or on your DVR. The app syncs to whichever episode you're watching and gives you all the extra information as you watch!

"The release of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL synched second screen app is exciting news for CBS Daytime and our audience," said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. "The app marks a first for any daytime television program on network TV and, most importantly, enhances our fans' TV-viewing experience, offering them a deeper connection with the characters and content of each episode."

There are already second-screen experiences for primetime shows like CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI, HAWAII FIVE-O and NCIS: LOS ANGELES, but this marks the first time that a daytime show has been included on the CBS Connect app. The app is available at the iTunes App Store for free, so there's really no reason not to give it a try!

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Y&R Anniversary Contest

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How would you like to celebrate THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' 40th Anniversary with cast members like Eric Braeden (Victor), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nick), Sharon Case (Sharon) and Daniel Goddard (Cane)? Well, how about celebrating the anniversary with the cast in Monte Carlo?!

All you have to do is watch Y&R daily starting this week (like you weren't doing that already!), then register and sign in at this Web site and answer the daily question about the show! The sweepstakes runs until April 21, so you've got plenty of chances to win! Good luck!

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